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You're the Voice: Sophie on getting carried away with books

May 06,2013
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May is going to be a monster month of Voices! I had some visitors to my kennel (yaaaay!) recently. I was told they're doing "work experience", but really they were here to get my autograph. It's such a hard life, being a rock-star reader. It did give me a chance to talk to them about what they love reading.

This week I'd like to introduce you to Sophie:

A good book is like a girl’s journal, a check list, or it can be like a little kick in the right direction. We have all been in the situation where a book has taken us on some great adventure through Mordor (Lord of The Rings) or have had our heart wrenched out by Charlie (Perks of Being a Wallflower). And I know this may sound cliché, but books really do have the power to make us laugh or cry. With a good book you can easily step into the main characters' shoes. Reading takes me away from the harsh reality of everyday or gives me a new view to what is been seen or is happening in my life.

File 14524 'Oh Gus you really know a way to a girl's heart, you really shouldn’t have, please dinner is amazing, marry you yes yes'.... Sophie... Wake up, stop kissing your pillow.

...I may get a tiny bit carried away while reading books by people such as John Green (although just to let you know I am Gus’ girlfriend)... or reading books like Lord of The Rings and allowing myself to get captured in the essences of the great expedition. Books can also act as guides: Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris has taught me that sniffing on a train loudly or walking while eating and twitting is ‘So not Chic!’

Dreaming of Dior and Dream of Chanel sent me on a marvellous fashion journey through history and over America, Paris and Africa, inviting me into the lives of amazing women with a great sense of fashion.

Reading can become a chore or be forced upon us by teachers or the people around us.
‘Hey Sophie you should read this really great massive book on leaves.’
‘Sure Nan,’ I say while slowly stashing it behind my bed.
Yes, I love my Nan and value her suggestions, but times have changed and we, being teenagers, are not really too fascinated about most types of leaves. I am not telling you to say no to suggestions - you may find out that a book about leaves has changed your life. I would recommend seeking out recommendations from people that have the same interests and hobbies as you.

File 14527One big thing: don't forget to read the classics. Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher In the Rye... Classics are not only a part of literature history but also make you seem a whole lot smarter if you have them sitting on your book shelf. (Okay, I haven’t read them myself, but I love them for their potential to make me smarter and for people to look at my book shelf and be like ‘Wow! Who is this sophisticated young woman?’)

Need I go on???

Okay I will stop but I do insist: Read away. Be caught on the train laughing like a baboon and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of books.

Warning: Reading does become highly addictive.

- Sophie;15 years old; Brunswick Secondary College (Vic).

If you'd like to do work experience with me at the State Library of Victoria, please see their website for details.

May 07,2013

@ambivalence - ditto. I wasted a week of my life at that dreaded place that shall not be named for my work experience. -.-'

Haha, I'm probably the kind of person who would read a book about leaves. :P And I'd put that on my resume. "Well informed about the numerous different types of leaves". I think it's a winner. x)

And I will echo ambivalence again - read To Kill a Mockingbird!! It's amazing and brilliant and Lee is a genius. And Atticus is one of the most awesome fictional characters ever to have existed.

P.S. If you ever start a Bookaholics Anonymous, I may need to sign up. o.o

May 07,2013

Thanks for the great blog post!


Love those classics but I've never read books about the fashion however they sound like very interesting reads.

Right now my books....

The trailer for Stark Trek Into Darkness was just on tv...and Cumberbatch was in that 30 seconds and I now I can't remember what I was going to write.

Oh yes, Augustus. I love Augustus. So I like you already. 


May 06,2013

:O READ THOSE CLASSICS YOU RECOMMEND! Well, especially 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. It's the embodiement of awesome and power. It'll take your breath away, it will x)

(And haha to the profound effect of Augustus on your dreams :P It must make you a bit sad, though, wouldn't it? Because suddenly we have these great expectations on real guys... but then I think, surely if a guy could think up such a character, he must see that potential too, right? RIGHT? )


Now I reallyreallyreallyreally wish I did work experience with you guys. Reallyreally. I feel like I've wasted an Amazing Part of My Life. *sigh*

May 06,2013
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Nice post! I was the voice for April (yes, I'm that awesome) and I also talked about The Fault in Our Stars. Twice, I think. I get carried away as well. Nice post. I look forward to reading the rest. (also I would love to read a massive book on leaves)

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