BOOK HANGOVER?

Have you ever suffered from a book hangover? I know I sure have.

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I few things I do when I have finished a book:

  • Become soo obsessed with the beautiful writing that you have to order EVERY other book the author has written.
  • After seriously looking a book I roam the internet for hours trying to find fandom communities for that book.
  • Long for a movie adaptation of the book and hope it is perfect.
  • Having a countdown on my phone until the release date of the book.
  • Although I am grateful for the book, I wish I could return back time and read it again. I envy those who have yet to discover the brilliance of the authors and narratives.
  • I force my friends to read the books so we can ‘fangirl’ together or have a debate.
  • Get obsessed with the characters within the books and the actor/actresses playing them in the film adaptation.
  • I realise I cannot completely escape within the novel, which makes reality suck.
  • I realise I will never get a boyfriends with all the qualities of my favourite boy characters.
  • I panic that I will never find another book that will fill my life with such joy
  • I become Matilda
  • I start to use book slang such a ‘Muggles’
  • I ponder how I will use my new vocabulary I learnt while reading the book in everyday life.

Have you ever felt any of those feelings after reading a book? Or anything else … please let me know in the comments below.

A girl can never have too many books…

I got some new books, woo! I have a problem okay, even though my reading list in is the 100 I cannot stop buying books and adding them to that list. Send help because I need it!

1. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life – and her relationship with her family and the world around her – for ever.

Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

2. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

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I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and ground breaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

3. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R.Carey

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Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Your brother murdered your family. Your evidence put him away . . . the gripping second novel from the author of the mega-bestselling GONE GIRL.

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…

Have you read any of these?  If so, what did you think?

FULL UP BOOKSHELF PROBLEMS…

My University book shelf is starting to get full and I know the simple solution would be to stop buying books ! (this would also help the poor student issue) ! but I enjoy buying books. Some people find comfort in buying food or clothes, I however would eat and wear books if I could.

Today I sorted out my bookshelves to make more room and I thought I would share with you the five stages I went through when doing it. Let me know if you go through this as well or what you do…

stage 1… DENIAL

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I put off the task of organizing my book shelf because it means that I have to accept I cannot purchase more books. Although I have been in this denial stage for a long time because I just keep taking books home to hide them there on my overflowing bookshelf back home.
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The next stage is SHOCK/REALIZATION…

shock-gifThat devastatingly heartbreaking moment when you realise you cannot fit anymore books any where, not even behind the front ones or on top of them. AHHHH  I hate this part because it is like being hit in the face with a ton of bricks; it physically hurts, okay! (and emotionally) I am such a nerd but I honestly do not care. Books help me to be less taciturn when in a social situation because they let me express my passionate nature.

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stage 3 – The BARGAINING process…

tumblr_mcb45v8VH51riahmqo1_500 The moment you realise there is no other options…

  • Do I get rid of my precious books?     NOOOOOOOOO
  • Do I move some of them, maybe put them away in storage?
  • Do I buy another book shelf?
  • Do I just put some next to my bed, like I am ‘currently’ reading them?

Stage 4- ACCEPTANCE… 

tumblr_n45zkhHOVm1stzneto1_500At this point I accepted that I cannot get rid of any of my friends, I will never let go. I decided I will sneak a few home, move my clothes into storage to make more book space and  organised the remaining once as an apology for even considering such a crime.

This leads me on to the next stage ORGANISATION…(stage 5)

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  • Do I colour coordinate the books?
  • Put the in alphabetical order?
  • Height order, maybe?
  • Even genre order?
  • Classic collection order…books of the same trilogy/series together?

I decided to mix it up and do it in the collection order (I could not split the little book families up) however I then put them in alphabetical order, regarding the authors name.  Jealous? Do you do through this as well?

January favourites !!

A mixture of all of my favourite things in January …

In the book section… IMG_0771

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In the beauty section… 

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Tanya Burr ‘Little Duck’ nail varnish
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Tanya Burr ‘mini marshmallow’  nail varnish
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undress me too MUA eye shadow palette
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Zoella body mist
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zoella bath soap

In the film section 

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The Theory of Everything
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Whiplash
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Camp X-Ray
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Still Alice

In the home section…

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Christmas Eve – Yankee Candle

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Landline brief book review

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IMG_0714The magical thing about Rainbow Rowell’s writing is that it is effortless to read; one moment you are on page one and getting to grips with the characters and delving into their lives and the next you’re completely mesmerized and captivated by the disequilibrium of the narrative.

This is the goodread description of the novel (just in case you’re unaware of the book)…so without further ado..

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble;it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Me reading this book –

HOOKED.PAGE AFTER PAGE. MESMERIZED.MORE PAGES. MORE CHAPTERS.

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I was actually sad when I finished this book because it was nice book to read. I loved the fact that although the book contained the magical element due to the yellow phone, it did not take away from the contemporary novel. It does not make the novel unrealistic at all; just an added extra. It acted as an enigma to me, making me question was the phone magical or does she just miss her husband too much.

Although I have never been married (I am only 18 haha) I still managed to relate to Georgie, maybe not as much as I did to Cather in fangirl but Rainbow Rowell’s writing still managed to suck me in.  This isn’t a young adult book, it is heartbreaking because of how realistic and sad it is. If you can’t associate your own life with Georgie’s you will be able to think of someone who has gone through what she is which makes it so much realistic and hard hitting. The characters were all very complex which made them easier to relate to; especially Georgie’s beautiful struggle.

This book left me pondering life and love because for once it wasn’t sugar coated or smothered with the fairytale ideologies. It was raw emotion being portrayed.

“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”

Reading a book by Rainbow Rowell is like receiving a well need hug from a friend; her writing is so comforting that you not only want it but you need it.

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Fun fact: this book won the 2014 award for the fiction category. 

FIRST BOOK OF 2015…WOOOOO…EXCITING…I LOVE A GOOD AND CAPTIVATING BOOK. 

Girl Online By Zoe Sugg Review

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It took me around seven hours to complete this book; the writing style was not complex so it was a fun, quick and entertaining read. I know Zoe received a lot of unnecessary press surrounding this book but I honestly do not care if she received helped  when writing it because all that matters is if I liked it or not.

I LOVED IT!

I have been reading a lot more challenging books recently like Before I go to sleep and Gone Girl that constantly kept my mind racing with questions so to read this was quite just lovely. Girl Online is Zoe’s first book! wooooo to say I was excited and intrigued with Zoella announced she was publishing a book would be an understatement. I have been following Zoella’s journey on Youtube for years now (I remember when she was thanking 500 subscribers and now she has over six million….MILLION!!! So due to the fact I have been a fan of the author herself for a long time this is probably a biased review.

As I mentioned briefly in a previous blog post about this book , it tackles a lot of current issues that I think is an excellent thing for teenagers to read about. It really is a feel good book that leaves you wanting more cute Noah and Penny moments.  I related to Penny on a personal level because of the fact she suffered with anxiety and was the most awkward person ever. Like Cather (in Fangirl) Penny was me… really cheeky of Zoe Sugg and Rainbow Rowell to jump inside my head and borrow my traits to make their characters. (Joking, obviously)

So, if you are looking to discover a lovely and enjoyable book with a heartwarming story line, which also features awesomely developed characters…Then go and read Girl Online.

Fangirl book review ~ Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl follows Cather throughout her journey of self discovery, falling in love and gaining an unlikely friend for life.  I really connected with her shy, awkward and introvert personality, I am currently in my first year at university and I have found the transition between college to university surprisingly difficult. So, to read this book was a breath of fresh air, it gave me hope that my anxieties would not stop me from making friends and doing well.  I am the type of person that would prefer to stay at home and read a good book while being snuggled up in bed with a cup of tea (don’t get me wrong, I do like the odd night out to let my wild side out) haha definitely 18 going 80.

I felt so sorry for Cather throughout the majority of the novel because she is left to completely fend for herself; as soon as her twin sister and her go to university they drift apart. Wren is more of an extrovert who instantly becomes best friends with her roommate, the fact they had juxtaposing personalities made it easier for any type of reader to  relate to a character and easily connect with them. 

I absolutely adored that the Cather was obsessed the Simon Snow novels which represented the Harry Potter book. As a child I was ridiculously obsessed with Harry Potter…like on another level. Harry Potter birthday parties, nimbus 2000 that I would try to ride to school, a Harry Potter bike and a lot  more.  NOT ASHAMED! Nerd since 1996 haha. 

 Throughout the book I felt as if Rainbow Rowell jumped inside my head and borrowed my life to develop Cather because we are the same person. The only difference is I don’t have a love interest Levi to have an emergency dance party with. (You will understand if you have read the book, if you haven’t go and discover it) I think Rainbow Rowell did a superb job with character development.

I loved that Cather also wrote fanfiction, I myself have never written any fanfiction however I am partial to some Twilight Fanfiction….yes I did just admit that. My younger obsessed self just is not ready to let Bella and Edward go just yet. I could totally relate to the aspect of wanting something to continue when it is coming to an end, I admire her for being so dedicated to her fandom.

If you want to read something that is just an enjoyable, nice and easy read then go and discover the amazing book that is Fangirl, by the end of the book you will find yourself too wanting to read the Simon Snow books. Lucky for everyone that wants that because the incredible Rainbow Rowell is bringing out a Carry On novel starring Simon Snow. BRING ON OCTOBER!

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