Ahhhh pre-ordered 

✨ I recieved the best email earlier that John Green has a new book out. ✨

*keeping the hyperventilating at bay…but omfg abshdjksnskajsbsosn* 

I absolutely adore John Green and his writing style so I am super super excited.

  • Anyone else super super thrilled for this book?
  • What is your favourite John Green book?

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I’ve fallen in love… 

     

                        Look at them…..

 

I AM SERIOUSLY FANGIRLING RIGHT NOW…..AHHHHHHHH SBDNDJBDJDJDJDHDND

Interrailing reads…

On Wednesday I arrived back in England after exploring Europe for five weeks. During this time, I had to take some long train journeys…which meant READING TIME. YASSSSSS reading time.  

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I read 10 books in 5 weeks… I don’t know if this is good or not hahaha.  So without further ado, this is the list of the books I read.

  1. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L.James (I read all of these before but I wanted to read something easy and not challenging.)
  3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L.James
  4. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L.James
  5. Grey by E.L. James
  6. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (I have read this book like three times and it breaks me every time.
  7. How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell
  8. Brave is the New Beautiful by Lee Wolfe Blum
  9. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  10.  The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

 

 

 

Book to TV adaptation.

I know, I know that adaptations cannot be exactly the same as the book for many many reasons.  BUT despite being slightly different from the book, I loved them so so much! Despite their flaws and differences I thoroughly enjoyed them.

1.Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Goodreads Summary –

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 The cast are AMAZING!!!!!!!! Shailene Woodley, Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman and Adam Scott. That’s just naming a few. It is a fast pace, extremely dramatic and thoroughly enjoyable. 

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2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Goodreads Summary

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

I also loved this! There were some MAJOR differences but its okay because the show was still really good!

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3.A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Goodreads Summary (first book)

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

A lot of people I know hated this adaptation of the books but I loved it. It reminded me of the tv show Pushing Daisies – LOVED THAT SHOW! I also think the show is more sarcastic and sinister than the film and more like the books.

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4. *UPCOMING* Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 

You guys know that I am obsessed with Gillian Flynn and her debut novel is being adapted into a tv series and AHHHHHHHHHH adkajsBFKLJVBDKJBRjfb I cannot comprehend that I am going to be able to visually love it. I am very skeptical  but hopefully it will be AMAZING.

 

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Goodreads Summary

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

What books/ series have you been enjoying? 

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me…

The books listed below are in no particular order, I just cannot wait to get my hands on them. 

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – illustrated edition

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 This is the second book within the series that has been illustrated, last year I asked for the first one for christmas…so hopefully my family have used their initiative and got me the second one this year.

img_04112. Girl Online – Going Solo by Zoe Sugg 

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Penny’s life is back to normal.

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy. Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey – struggling with stage fright and in need of support. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

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3. It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan 

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Most of us accept the way our heart flutters when we set eyes on the one we secretly admire, or the sweat on our brow as we start the presentation we do not want to give. But few of us are fully aware of how dramatic our body’s reactions to emotions can sometimes be.

Take Pauline, who first became ill when she was fifteen. What seemed at first to be a urinary infection became joint pain, then food intolerances, then life-threatening appendicitis. And then one day, after a routine operation, Pauline lost all the strength in her legs. Shortly after that her convulsions started. But Pauline’s tests are normal; her symptoms seem to have no physical cause whatsoever.

Pauline may be an extreme case, but she is by no means alone. As many as a third of men and women visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected and yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, this is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say.

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4. The Humans by Matt Haig 

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After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?

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5.  Girls by Emma Cline 

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Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?

img_0411 6.  King’s Cage (Red Queen 3) by Victoria Aveyard  (Out Feb ’17)

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.

Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.
As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back.

img_0411 7.  Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis 

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This is the life of Bret Easton Ellis, the subject of this remarkable novel. Confounding one expectation after another, Lunar Park is equally hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking. It’s the most original novel of an extraordinary career – and best of all: it all happened, every word is true.

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8.   The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis 

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Lauren, who changes the man in her bed even more often than she changes course, is dating Victor but sleeping with Sean. Sean – cool, ambivalent and deeply cynical – might be in love with Lauren, but he’s not going to let that stop him from bedding Paul. Paul, as shrewd as he is passionate, is Lauren’s ex-lover and the final point in this curious triangle. This is a breathtaking tale of sex, expectation, desire and frustration.

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9.  Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard 

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

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10. The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store―for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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  • Have you read any of these?
  • Do you have any recommendation for me, based on the books above? (I know my books taste is quite diverse…I also LOVE historical books)
  • Do you also want these books?

 

 

Can I do it?

*Drumroll please*

At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself a reading challenge and if you have been reading my blog for a long time now, you know the ultimate number changed a few times...50/75/115/100… you get the idea.   

A few posts of mine about the reading challenge-

Nearly half way…

62 out of 100 reading challenge.

As you know, we don’t have very long left of 2016 and I am starting to panic a little bit because I  have only read 88 books this year. That means that I still have to read 12 more books to reach my goal of 100 books read in 2016. 

I need your help…please motivate me in the comments below with book suggestions/ books you have loved this year etc. JUST PLEASE MOTIVATE ME!! I REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL. 

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62 out of 100 reading challenge.

**Due to working full time over summer, I have decreased my reading challenge from 115 to 100, just because I really want to complete this challenge. If I reach 100 before the year is over, I will put it up to 115 again. **

  1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  2. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  4. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab
  6. Grief Is Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabovok
  8. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (read again)
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (read again)
  10. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (read again)
  11. Girl on Tour by Zoe Sugg
  12. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again)
  13. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  14. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  15. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  16. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!)
  17. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again)
  18. Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer
  19. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
  20. The Lovely Bones (read again)
  21. The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  22. Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald
  23. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  24. The Jugle by Upton Sinclair
  25. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  26. The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien
  27. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  28. Room by Emma Donoghue
  29. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  30. Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭)
  31. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
  32. After You by Jo Jo Moyes
  33. Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again)
  34. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  35. The bees by Carol Anne Duffy
  36. Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
  37. A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg
  38. The Widow by Fiona Barton
  39. The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt
  40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again)
  41. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  42. F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way
  43. Reason to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  44. Writing Essays: A Guide for students by Richard Marggraf
  45. One with You by Sylvia Day
  46. **** the Anatomy of Melancholy by Mattew Selwyn
  47. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  48. The Diver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
  49. Gone by T.J.Brearton
  50. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  51. Monster by Allan Hall
  52. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L.Armentrout
  53. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M.Barrie
  54. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (read again)
  55. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin
  56. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  57. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  58. Matilda by Roald Dahl (read again)
  59. Falling Man by Don DeLillo
  60. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
  61. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  62. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  63. Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

63 out of 100 – 63% of my ‘Goodreads’ reading challenge.