I’ve fallen in love… 

     

                        Look at them…..

 

I AM SERIOUSLY FANGIRLING RIGHT NOW…..AHHHHHHHH SBDNDJBDJDJDJDHDND

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.  

Aug’16 wrap up 💚

So at the beginning of August I put this picture up as my August TBR. 

 
I read 3/4 of these, while working 40 hours a week at my job.  

Matilda description  ~ 

Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. Even before she is five years old, she has read Dickens and Hemingway and still her parents think of her as a pest. So she decides to get back at them. Her platinum-haired mother and car salesman father are no match for her sharp genius, and neither is the cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull. And then the child prodigy discovers she has an extraordinary magic power that can save her school and especially the lovely kindergarten teacher, Miss Honey.

The Things They Carried description ~ 

The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.

 The Wind in the Willows description~

The Wind in the Willows is a children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames valley. In 1908 Grahame retired from his position as secretary of the Bank of England. He moved back to Cookham, Berkshire, where he had been brought up and spent his time by the River Thames doing much as the animal characters in his book do—namely, as one of the phrases from the book says, “simply messing about in boats”—and wrote down the bed-time stories he had been telling his son Alistair.

Falling Man description~

Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. 

There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years. Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. 

First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he’d always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes. 

These are lives choreographed by loss, grief, and the enormous force of historyBrave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. It is cathartic, beautiful, heartbreaking.


But aforementioned, I only read 3 out of 4 of the books I assignment myself in August. 

 

  • I read ‘The Cursed Child’ again in August. I am still in awe of the magic !🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟5/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The Things They Carried’ was incredible, very touching. 🌟🌟🌟🌟4/5 stars🌟🌟🌟🌟


  • Matildaas always was wonderful, amazing to reconnect to my childhood through this book!  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟5/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 


  • ‘Falling Man’ was another really insightful read.  🌟🌟🌟3/3 stars🌟🌟🌟 

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 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?

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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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.

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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

Top 5 Wednesday: most recent additions to your Wishlist.

  Books that you are dying to get your hands on for your collection. 

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  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling.

This is not a ‘new’ addition to my TBR list but I will be getting hands on it soon. I have already seen the play, so I know what will happen in the play but AHHHH I am soo excited for it.  So, if you have been living under a rock, this play is a …

The brand new, eighth instalment of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a play. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II, available as a script book, is a piece of theatre based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be on July 30th 2016 in London’s West End.

Being Harry Potter was never easy but now he must contend with being an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school children as well.

Harry struggles to keep his past buried and move on, while his youngest son Albus must bear the weight of a family legacy that he does not want. As the past fuses with the present, father and son face an ominous truth: sometimes, darkness originates where you least expect it.

 

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2. Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

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Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend and their mutual friends, and the rest at her tediously mundane job, but it’s fine. She’s happy(ish). But it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins looking forward to falling asleep at night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted. Because people never really find the person of their dreams…do they? JLP2013 - POST DIVIDER

3. Dream a Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher

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Join Billy and Sophie for the next chapter of their story by bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher.

Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special one for Sophie May.

When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true?

As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?

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4. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

9780552574235.jpg The girl who lived in a bubble – and the boy next door. “Everything, Everything is everything, everything – powerful, lovely, heart-wrenching, and so absorbing I devoured it in one sitting. It’s a wonder. The rare novel that lifts and shatters and fills you all at once”. (Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places). Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddy, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddy dare to step outside her comfort zone? Everything, Everything is the perfect summer read – an inspirational story about the thrill and heartbreak that ensues when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

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5.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, who she can really help with her stage fright. 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? Book three in the number one bestselling Girl Online series.

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I know that none of these books are ‘hard’ to read but sometimes I love that…especially after intensily analysing texts for my degree. Have you read any of these? Do you want to read them?

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