TOP TEN TUESDAY

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I have missed doing these, I love them!! 

BackTo School Freebie-anything “back to school”

I decided to interpret this weeks meme as books that touched me throughout my school life, from primary school to college. The is all over the place and in no order, I just adore all of these books.

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  1.   Matilda by Roald Dahl, this book is the epitome of my childhood. As you may know, I recently had to read this again for University and I fell in love with it all over again.

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  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is soo important and should be given to children and young adults because it contains critical information. This book is written in a non linear diary format, telling the story of Melinda Sordino whose life was completely destroyed after calling the police for help at a party. While,she longed for answers as to what happened to her, her ‘friends’ turn against her for bursting the party. This book really touched me and open my mind to acceptance.

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 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. AHHH, THIS BOOK!!!! The reason this book is in this list, is because my favourite english teacher or all time reccommeded this to me and it will always be in my heart forever.

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This book, like Matilda is the epitome of my childhood.

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Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling, this is surely on everyones list. Its magical and wonderful, amazing, spectacular, incredible and fantastic. Everyone should read it!

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I still think about this book all the time and love it. Aww,Lenny! This school reminds me of secondary school, especially my GCSEs.

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Oh William Shakespeare, we do have a love/heart relationship. I adore analysing your word once I understand it slightly but at first glance you confuse me ever so much. I studied Romeo and Juliet for my GCSE like ‘Of Mice and Men’ and LOVED IT!

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The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. The epitome of my adolescence!! This book really did help me, especially in realising that being an introvert was okay.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I really want to read these again.

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The Fault in our Stars- this book should also be recommended to children at school because it opens your mind to the reality of people being ill. What I really appreciated about this book is that is shows that life is not all about happy endings and rainbows, sometimes life can suck…but you survive.

MY INNER CHID IS LOVING LIFE.

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 I AM A HUGE FANGIRL. I love being captivated by books and joining fandoms, I adore that shared feeling of excitement between fellow fandom lovers.

Throughout my teenage years, two series in particular struck me and made me fall deeply in love with them.  The first being The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling and the other being The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. I know it sound crazy but these books really helped me throughout my adolescence, Bella helped accept myself. I finally understood that it was okay to be awkward and it was okay to quirky. You don’t need societies acceptance to be happy.  I could easily go on a gushing rant about my admiration for J.K.Rowling and Stephenie Meyer but I won’t…but seriously, if you share my love for them…comment below and we can hardcore fangirl together.

So, now that you have a slight glimpse into my obsession with Twilight and Harry Potter you can understand why 2016 is such an important year for me, with regards to books. 2016 saw the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I have seen the play (saw it on the 28th and 29th of June) and the screenplay will be released in 11 days. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH my brain cannot comprehend how excited I am. 

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and…GUESS WHAT???? Stephenie is also releasing a new book. I know she released the mixed gender twilight recently for the 10 year anniversary , but this is different. This is new, exciting and intriguing. 14 year old me is jumping up and down screaming with joy. Actually, who am I kidding…20 year old me is bubbling with excitement.  When I saw Shannon’s retweet of the news, I texted my best friend Emma like a million times because we loved Twilight together. Twilight is actually one of the main reasons we became friends and together we obsessed over them.

 

THE CHEMIST BY STEPHENIE MEYER

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-Description- 

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

-Release date//15th November 2016-

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Are you excited for it? I am…I am…I am! (Oh, Bell Jar reference) BUT I am excited! Go and check out Stephenie’s updated website HERE

BOOKISH BOOK LOVER TAG

Thank you to the amazing ‘The Bookie Monster’  for tagging me in this tag, it looks awesome. Thank you Tasha!!

The Rules

Use the original banner.
Answer the questions.
Use lots of book covers
Tag your friends!

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What book are you currently reading?

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I was sent this book to review and am currently devouring it and enjoying it so far.

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What’s the last book you finished?

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Favourite book you read this year? 

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What genre have you read most this year?

Young Adult for sure.

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What genre have you read least this year? 

Properly historical fiction.

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What genre do you want to read more of?

Once again historical fiction.

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How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

So far I have read 51 books and want to read 115.

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What’s the last book you bought?

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What book are you saving up to buy next?

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These Harry Potter books.

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How many books did you check out last library visit?

About 20 for my last assignment.

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What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

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Harry Potter of course.

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Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?  

Jojo Moyes all the way, I have only read ‘Me Before You’ and ‘After You’ so I do have a lot of her books to read.

Going to also say Gillian Flynn, I know they are completely different but I love both of them.

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A few books your heart adores?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, The Harry Potter series, The Twilight Saga, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I am going to have to say ‘The Selection’ as well like Tasha.

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What books are on your wish-list?

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I tag  – 

Okay, okay I got a bit carried away with the tags. If you have done it before, don’t worry about it.

Poppy books- Here 

Ravenclaw Bookclub-Here

Away in Neverland-Here

Not Capulet –Here

The Bandar Blog-Here

DriftingLexi –Here

Drizzle and Hurricane Books-Here

Written word Worlds -Here

My Passion is Happiness –Here

Clockwork Bibliophile – Here 

In Case of Bookishness – Here

Five things that satisfy me as a reader…

1. Hardbacks all the way!

I prefer hardback book covers because I think they look lush on my bookshelf! I normally buy a book in softback (because they come out first) and then if I fall in love with it, I purchase it in hardback as well. I also NEED these Harry Potter books!! 

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2.Beautiful book covers!

I know that you should never ever judge a book by its cover but I do and I am often influenced by the book cover. I am also an absolute sucker for limited editions of books that I cherish.  I love that book covers can express elements of the books!f-scott-fitzgerald-spinesbeautiful-book-covers4eba5638f09153171b2445d0762e6d36 JLP2013 - POST DIVIDER

3. Limited Edition books!

Following the previous point, I also need to stress my admiration for limited edition books, ESPECIALLY – if it is a limited release of one of all time favourite books. Signed copies also make me soooooo happy!

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4. Getting hooked on a series!

I love anticipating a new release….ahhh! It is soo exciting, to be so involved in a fandom that you are really eager for the next book. I really enjoy the feeling of being a part of a fandom and feeling the buzz of excitement from everyone.

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5. A perfect movie adaptation!

There is no better feeling than watching a beloved book be beautiful transformed to the big screen. I always feel a mixture of anxiety and curiosity before watching a movie adaptation of a book. At the moment all I can think about it how wonderful and perfect the adaptation of ‘Me Before You’ was.

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  • What do you love about reading? -let me know in the comments below.
  • Do you agree//disagree?

 

18 DAYS TILL MY 2016 IS COMPLETE 

Eeeepppp!! 18 days until I get to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and words cannot describe how excited I am.

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Harry Potter played by Jamie Parker. 

 

 

 

Albus Potter played by Sam Clemmett.                               
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Ginny Potter played by Poppy Miller. 

 

 

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Ron Weasley played by Paul Thornily. 

 

Hermione Granger played by Noma Dumez. 
Rose Granger-Weasley played by Cherrelle Skeete.

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Draco Malfoy played by Alex Price. 
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Scorpius Malfoy played by Anthony Boyle                   

 

Any of you going to see the play? Ahhhhhhh!!! I am soo excited.

 

My top tips to reading more…

If you are anything like me you desire to read more but life gets in the way…or mostly Netflix. (Sorry, I just love a lot of TV shows.)  But I am going to try and motivate  us to read more.

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  •  Always have a book with you, as Lemony Snicket once said “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Recently, I have been travelling a lot to London and to work everyday on the bus. So, I utilise the time spent travelling by reading my kindle or book.
  • If you are a morning person, wake up a little bit earlier and read a little.
  • Or…if you are anything like me, take advantage of your evenings and end your day with a book.  Apparently if you devote 15/20 minutes reading a day, you can easily read 20-30 books a year. Think of all of the books you could read, if you dedicated a few hours a day. WOW!!! 
  • You could also try an audio version of the book and listen while you everyday tasks.
  • Set yourself task…I, for example aim to read 115 books this year. If you want to set yourself a goal, get the Goodreads app. It’s a dream, because not only can you can set your own challenge but you can also view your friends challenges for motivation and//or recommendations.
  • Put your phone down.
  • Don’t pick Netflix over reading…I am guilty of this. Stop, don’t watch another episode…pick up a book.
  • Read in a peaceful place.
  • Read with a friend.
  • Give a book up if you don’t enjoy it, otherwise it will put you in a book slump.
  • Maybe set yourself book deadlines- for example I said I would read six books this month, meaning I need to read one and a half books a week.
  • Like the transport one – Utilise your other free time, I waste a lot of time. Honestly, I sometimes spend hours doing nothing and then look back and think ‘wow, that was stupid of me.’
  • Keep an open mind when reading.

Have you got any tips for me? Did you find these helpful?

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

**I was sent this book to review for an honest review**

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Goodreads blurb…

HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

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Review//ideas

 I feel like it is imperative for books like this to be taught in school because children and even young adults need to learn that any thing that is not consented is rape. Most importantly everyone can learn from this book; parents can glimpse into the minds of their children while gaining an understanding  of the situation and  teenagers can learn that its not their fault and/or how to seek help if it happens to them.

After devouring the book within one sitting, I followed Jessica Knoll on Twitter and searched online for more information on the book and its author. I am quite weird when I absolutely love something, I cannot just be like ‘ah, cool…I like that’ and become a crazy person, whom seeks more knowlegde as to why I like it.  So, after a while I found an article over on Lenny  written by Jessica Knoll, titled what I know and it is heartbreaking. If you have read the book, go and check the essay out and if not, please do save it and read it after because it adds another level of emotion to the novel.

Ani reminded me a little bit of Amy Dunne from Gone Girl…obviously Ani has more of a reason to be manipulative but both characters are soo eager to please society in order to approval. They also both have me loving and hating them….I just really appreciate a good strong female protagonist.

Another aspect of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the fact that every chapter shifted from the past to the present depiction of Ani’s life.  With every chapter came knowledge of why present Ani acted so guarded and stone cold.  This also made the book really easy to read because I was really eager to learn more.

I don’t know if this is because I am overthinking it or the fact that I am an English Literature student but I really liked the link between TifAni FaNelli’s name and her broken character. Let me explain a little…so, at the beginning we met Ani who due to other peoples actions ,broke as a person. To dissociate herself with her childhood, she drops the ‘Tif’ part of her name… I saw this as a visual representation of how when people are abused, they lose a part of themselves and I loved it! As, the book unfolds and the reader learns more about Ani//TifAni, she learns to accept her situation and gains the closure she longed for – resulting in her concluding the book as ‘TifAni’. I rambled, I am sorry. Do you get where I was going with that?

In conclusion, I did enjoy this book and don’t fully understand why it is getting soo much hate but I also felt like something was missing. Just something small… maybe they way it ended. Anyone else agree? I also wanted her to sleep with her teacher, hahaha am I a horrible person?  But, ultimately I enjoyed it.

 

4 out of 5 stars ****

 

 

Bucket List Tag

  • Write the rules in your post
  • Thank the person who tagged you (I wasn’t tagged, but if you do it -please let me know)
  • Write ten things that you wish to do in the future
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TEN THINGS I WANT TO DO IN THE FUTURE…

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  1. Travel- I want to travel around Europe…but guess what??? I have already booked it for next May, so May ’17. So, my flatmate and I are leaving straight after our third year exams and going around Europe for 5 weeks and then coming back just before our graduation day.
  2. Publish my writing- I know I publish my writing on here but imagine if I could actually get my writing published. OR A BOOK…AHHH A BOOK, OH MY GOD…THAT WOULD BE THE  DREAM.
  3. Do Camp-America// teach abroad // or an Au-Pair in America.
  4. Read  all of the books that I have been meaning to read for ages!
  5. Take self-defence classes..POW…I don’t need no man to protect me.
  6. Take my sister on holiday – she always looks after me and one day I will pay her back and surprise her.
  7. Buy a pug!!
  8. Move into my own house…(bye-bye University flatmates)
  9. Do my Masters. 
  10. Meet a top author//or go to a book convention.

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I TAG

@alluringalaskabeauty

@Sittingintheclouds

@Dizzle & Hurricane 

@Ravenclaw Book Club

@Awayinneverland

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The Book-Blogger Memory Tag

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person who tagged you (no one tagged me, just thought ‘hey, why not…I wanna do it.’)
  2. Answer the questions – Do not search for the answers online//use your memory.
  3. Tag people to do the tag

 

  • NAME A BOOK WRITTEN BY AN AUTHOR CALLED MICHAEL.

Michael Grant- author of the ‘Gone’ series. 

  • NAME A BOOK WITH A DRAGON ON THE COVER.

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  • NAME A BOOK ABOUT A CHARACTER CALLED GEORGE.

George Weasley. You know me- always eager to answers a tag question with a Harry Potter reply. 

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  • NAME A BOOK WRITTEN BY AN AUTHOR WITH THE SURNAME SMITH.

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  • NAME A BOOK SET IN AUSTRALIA.

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  • NAME A BOOK WITH THE NAME OF A MONTH IN THE TITLE

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  • NAME A BOOK WITH A KNIFE ON THE COVER 

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  • NAME A BOOK WITH THE WORD ‘ONE’ IN THE TITLE

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  • NAME A BOOK WITH AN EPONYMOUS TITLE.

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  • NAME A BOOK TURNED INTO A MOVIE.

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TAG- I tag everyone who wants to do the ‘book-blogger memory tag’, just tag me in your post so I can see your answers. 

May Book Haul

I nearly completed a month without buying a book, but I failed on the last day of May! On the bus yesterday, I saw that my local bookshop was having a £1 book sale. So, I had to walk there today- unfortunately, the sale was over but I still indulged.

I still got 7 books for £7 because 3 of the books were 50p each.  I have no shame in buying second-hand books, if someone didn’t want them, I will happily accept them. Three of the books are also for my course.

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I remember reading Sophie Mckenzie in secondary school and her books were 50p each so I couldn’t resist.


Girl, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie 

Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?


Sister, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie

It’s two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life for sixteen-year-old Lauren is not getting any easier, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren’s birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste N G 

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.


Meridian by Alice Walker 

The second novel written by Alice Walker, preceding The Color Purple is a heartfelt and moving story about one woman’s personal revolution as she joins the Civil Rights Movement. Set in the American South in the 1960s it follows Meridian Hill, a courageous young woman who dedicates herself heart and soul to her civil rights work, touching the lives of those around her even as her own health begins to deteriorate. Hers is a lonely battle, but it is one she will not abandon, whatever the costs. This is classic Alice Walker, beautifully written, intense and passionate.


Bad Company by Catherine Macphail 

Lissa’s world has been turned upside down for the second time. The first time was when her father was sent to jail. This time it is because he is coming home.


Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens / Peter and Wendy by J.M.Barrie

In Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, J.M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as a baby, living a wild and secret life with birds and fairies in the middle of London. Later Barrie let this remarkable child grow a little older and he became the boy-hero of Neverland, making his first appearance, with Wendy, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys, in Peter and Wendy. The Peter Pan stories were Barrie’s only works for children but, as their persistent popularity shows, their themes of imaginative escape continue to charm even those who long ago left Neverland. This is the first edition to include both texts in one volume and the first to a present an extensively annotated text for Peter Pan in Kensington Garden