My weird (yet wonderful) bookish habit.

Recently I have been reflecting upon the weird things I do when I am reading or in my everyday life regarding reading and I thought I would share them with you. Maybe you can comfort me and let me know that I am not the only one who does them.

So, without further ado here are my weird book//reading habits.

  1. My favourite place to read is sat on a cushion, on the floor with my back pressed against a scorching hot radiator. Obviously I can and do read in other locations but this is where I feel the most relaxed.  I love having a cup of tea within reaching distance when I read, any kind – peppermint, green tea, normal tea. Where do you like reading the most?  

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  1. Whenever I am out and about and I can see someone reading a book that I love, this weird thing happens to me. I stop what I am doing and just stare at the person for a while; I try my hardest to look normal on the outside but on the inside I am screaming up and down with eagerness. I want to be their friend, I want to go 3up to the person and chat to them about the book and gain their opinion.   I know this is super weird but I would love it if someone did it to me, it would be slightly bizarre at first but then I would be like ‘yaaaaasss gurl, I love this book. ITS AMAZING!!’ Please tell me that at least one of you do this and that I haven’t gone completely crazy.

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  1. I absolutely despise it when people bend the top of a page when reading as an indicator for where they got to. I will use ANYTHING and EVERYTHING before resorting to mistreating my book. The other day for instance, I didn’t have any paper in my bag so I quickly used my paracetamol packet instead to keep my page. Bookmarks can be so quirky, colourful and amazing…use them people…use them.

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  1. Once facebook told me on a quiz, that I would meet my true love at a bookstore while reaching for the same book. Obviously facebook is 100% an accurate and reliable source, so I am waiting for the day to happen. Imagine it now…it has been a stressful day and I long for the comfort of a bookstore, I am in desperate need for the latest release and just when I am on the verge of giving up. I spot the last copy out of the corner of my eye, I run to the book in a socially accepting manner and just as my hand are about to clasp the book, a strong muscular arm collides with mine. *romantic instrumental music begins* as our touch creates sparks and we stare longingly into each other’s eyes.

So, number on my list is how I always think how romantic it would be to meet      someone as a bookstore. OR, I imagine myself into books where I date the main character.

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  1. Forgetting I have hands when reading and stifling a yawn with a book. I read about someone else doing this the other day and I realized that I also do it. I am so intensely captivated by the book that instead of putting to book down like a normal human to cover my mouth while yawning, I just bring my book to my mouth and yawn.

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This post made me sound crazzzy, absolutely bonkers. I have sooo many more weird (yet wonderful) book habits to share with you guys, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you and scare you away. But if you do like this post and want to hear more- please comment below and I a second post will follow.

Also, do you have any quirky things you do while reading?

The perfect summer read… Sparkling Stilettos by Jess Wright

First of all I would like to say a massive thank you to ‘Totally Bound Publishing’ for sending me this book to review. I have actually met the author of this book in 2012, at the Katy Perry London Premiere and I frequently watch TOWIE so when this book opportunity came about, I was super excited.   

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BOOK DESCRIPTION 

Chasing dreams can be tough, even when you run as fast as your bespoke stilettos will take you…

As Megan Winter’s wedding day approaches, her heart flutters with excitement. Dylan Dunkin-Buckshaw is a great catch. Handsome in a sharp, confident kind of way, he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man and a husband. A match made in heaven—right?

With a fledgling shoe design business that’s set to take off, Megan decides to take control of her life and strut her stuff. With the help of loyal friends and a handsome stranger she begins to turn heads and get noticed. She’s hitched her wagon to the stars and she’s planning on enjoying the ride, wearing her best stilettos whilst she does it!

But will she reach those glittering stars? Is there something lurking in the shadows to hold her back? Under all the excitement and sparkle of her new found adventures there seems to be an ominous presence trying to take the shine from her happiness.

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book, it is everything I require from a summer read. It was fun, fast to read and fabulous. Megan Winter’s was a flawless protagonist; she was feisty, independent and lovable. Megan had a relatable depth about her character, which made her  a perfect paradox, she was strong yet had a vulnerable…which I absolutely loved. It made her easy to connect with and personally sucked me into the narrative and kept me wanting more.

Georgie, Brendon and Megan created a fabulous trio full of laughter, excitement, support and comfort. Their friendship gave the novel a comedic element which I really enjoyed, Brendon and Gucci were comedy gold. Then there is James Carter…the mysterious ‘hot guy’ who really captured my attention, the juxtaposition between James and Dylan really emphasised the differences between them and represented James as a hero/prince figure who comes along and makes Megan happy. While Dylan’s overbearing and controlling characteristics made him appear as a villain figure, making me feel more sorry for Megan.

The narrative itself worked really well, the novel starts by throwing the reader straight into the story-line which immediately grabs the readers attention.  The narrative throughout continued to please me; especially with the switch in point of view from Megan to James Carter (A.K.A ‘HOT GUY’)   it gave me a chance to develop a connection with James and see Megan from another person’s eyes.  The shift in point of view also allowed me to gain extra knowledge before other character, the use of dramatic irony made me feel more involved within the narrative, which sucked me into the story further.  

I really enjoyed this book and devoured it within an evening. The cliffhanger at the end not only left me wanting more, it made me need more. I want to know what happens…tell me…now…(please?) Megan is the type of protagonist that people should read about and think ‘wow, with determination and ambition I can achieve anything.’ This strong type of women needs to be more publicized and I am really proud of Jess Wright for creating a character that did not rely on a man to fulfill her dreams.

To conclude this review I will say that if you are going on holiday or are looking for a quick, enjoyable read then go and pick up this book. It has friendship, work, ambition, romance and drama in it. What else could you possible ask for?

4-stars

It is currently only £3.50 on Amazon, so click here and go and buy a copy. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Jessica Wright shot to fame in 2010 when she first appeared in the flagship ITV2 show The Only Way Is Essex. Jessica is one of the most loved and talked about stars in the UK and is now the leading lady in the show. Jessica has proven her popularity with the nation by carving out a fashion career with her own e-commerce site and highly successful range at Lipstick Boutique. 2015 sees Jessica launching a career as a fiction author and releasing her first novel.

Jessica has 1.4 million followers on Twitter.

Jessica is currently starring in the brand new series of The Only Way Is Essex on ITVBe.

Hi, my name is Shannon and I need to be sent to book rehab…

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So over the last two weeks I have purchased a lot of books! I love buying books so much so  prepare yourself…

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I do not have these copies so I thought I would get them…
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I have read The Book Thief but that was when I was at school (so I borrowed it from the library). So I wanted my own copy because I love it so much!

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My bookshelf is already overly full but I cannot seem to stop buying books! FOR MY OWN GOOD, PLEASE SEND ME TO BOOK REHAB! Have you read any of these? ( If so, lets chat)

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I WISH I COULD LIVE IN WATERSTONES…

images (3)  I got lose myself within Waterstones, I went in there today and just wanted to run around like a crazy lady and grab all the books I wanted to buy. If I won the lottery, one of the first things I would do would be go to Waterstones and buy all the books me heart desires.

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Reason why I love books so much…

  • I love escaping into the different worlds.
  • I gain so much knowledge and love from a book.
  • There is a book to match every mood for example; when I am sad I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. (EXCELLENT BOOK…GO READ)
  • I discover more about myself in books. 
  • Gain friends through fangirling through books.
  • I fall in love with fictional characters.
  • I become best friends with relatable protagonists.
  • I get to obsess about books, books and books.
  • I can force my friends to read a book I love with my tantalizing passion for the book.
  • I get to explore so many genres.
  • I get hit with the brutal book hangover after reading a mesmerizing book.
  • I can relate to Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
  • …and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.” — Franz Kafka

Today my best friend and I were walking around waterstones for ages like…

  • ‘OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING’
  • ‘AHH THIS BOOK THOUGH’
  • ‘HAVE YOU READ THIS?’
  • ‘THIS IS MY FAVOURITE!’
  • ‘I LOVE THIS BOOK!’
  • ‘YOU SHOULD READ THIS, IT IS INCREDIBLE’
  • THE CLASSICS SECTION, AHHHH!
  • READ THIS…NOW!

Could you live in waterstones? You would just have to take food and a blanket but come on, you have alllll the books there.