My weird (yet wonderful) bookish habits – Part Two.

I had a really positive response to the first post about my bookish habits…we are all a little weird and I LOVE IT. This is my second post and I love hearing what you reply, so please comment below and lets be weird and wonderful together.

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Read part one here –

Here I discussed my impulse to talk to anyone reading a book, stifling a yawn with my book, hating on people who abuse books and my favourite reading location.

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  1. Smelling books. New or Old I will give a book a cheeky little smell. Have you ever walked into a old vintage book shop and thought wow, it smells amazing. I wish they made candles in old book scent because I would burn that for daaayyyyssss. I always think old books smell well loved if that makes any sense at all. P.S. Early season Rory gives me life, she was a complete bookworm.giphy.gif
  2.  Leaving books scattered around the house. I am sooo guilty of this and it irritates my mum so much, she would always say she knew when I was back from university because she would just find books in random places. I need access to books at all times okay, what if something happened and I had to stay in that room…it would be okay because I would have a book with me.

rapunzel-books.gif  3. Always having a book on me.  I won’t leave the house unless I have a book with me. You never know when you will have a spare minute to read. Waiting for someone?-read. Early somewhere?-read. Unhappy?- Read. Bored?- Read. Legit the other day I went to Bath for the day with my best friend and I thought I would be early to the station so I grabbed my trusty version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

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4. Going on holiday and packing more books than clothes. THANK YOU KINDLE FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER NOW! When I use to visit my dad in Denmark over summer I would take like ten books for a week trip and SMASH them all. He would have to work somedays so I would just read in his apartment or walk to the park and read.  I still sometimes take physical copies of books with me but prefer to take my kindle nowadays because it is lighter and easier to carry. Although I prefer reading books over kindle books? what’s your thoughts on this matter?

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5. Spending hours on end in libraries and bookshops.  Guilty again. I got spend an endless amount of time roaming the shelves in bookshops and libraries. Being surrounded by books fills me with a sense of comfort and belonging and I LOVE IT.

tumblr_o14lftvOZc1tzv1dpo1_500.gif 6. Talking about fictional characters as if they are real. I am a nightmare when it comes to this. They are real to me okay, they have touched my heart and now live in there. When I was going to my dissertation meetings my supervisor had to sit me down and advise me to stop writing and discussing the characters as if they were real. So…instead of writing Nick and Amy volitile relationship, I would have to write Flynn constructed the characters of Nick and Amy to give the illusion of a volatile relationship.Blah Blah Blah.

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So here are six more reading habits of mine. Do you do the same? What do you think of mine?

 

 

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3000 + followers…

Over the last academic year, I have dedicated a lot of my time to my final year at university because I knew that if I didn’t give it my all and failed I would be extremely disappointed at myself.  That being said, I have missed blogging frequently and interacting with you guys.  

Sorry for abandoning my blog and thank you for sticking around to read this. 

 

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This blog means soo much to me, its my little place on the internet that allows me to truly be myself and speak freely about topics that I adore. This is also an excellent place for an introvert like me to passionately display my fandoms and interests…while meeting others who feel the same.

I have some how accumulated 3000+ followers while sporadically posting so thank you!!!  

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Thank you for every comment, every like, every follow and every ping back. I cannot express how much they mean to me but THANK YOU. Thank you for making me feel included in this community and thank you for motivating me to blog.

Let’s stay connected…

I did a post similar to this a while back linking you guys to my Goodreads and I thought I would do it again but with some other social networks. Let’s stay connected and be friends.   

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Click the logo below to follow my twitter.   

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Click the picture below for Goodreads.

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Click the ‘Bloglovin’ below for my account.    

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So, I am going to be honest here and say I don’t use twitter and bloglovin as much as I would like to, but it is because I don’t have you awesome guys to motivate me and chat to. If you would like, leave your details in the comment section and I will check them out.  I do want to get an Instagram for my blog, but I don’t want to log out of my everyday account…and then I don’t want to bore you guys with my everyday posts (or should I…would you care?  Please go and give me a cheeky follow, I would love to chat to you more and you never know…one day this might have a link to my YouTube channel which I said I would create about a year ago and then got scared.

**update** I’ve joined bookstagram!!! Search ~ Book_Captivation. Follow me ☺️ 

Me Before You day out…

Hello,

 GUESS WHAT…GUESS WHAT…GUESS WHAT????

 

I have seen Me Before You.

 So, it comes out properly on Friday (the 3rd of June) but I got to see it. For some reason, I was looking at the Bristol cinemas and they just did not have the times up for  it to book. I was devastated- I actually cried a little bit and then frantically searched the internet for other possibilities.

I was thinking whyyywhyyywhyyy can I not watch my favourite book be beautiful transformed into a film. Why are you doing this to me, Bristol? But, I found a solution. Oh, yeah I did.  A little cinema in Bath (not far from Bristol) was showing ‘Me Before You’ for students only – for free!!!! So, not only did I get to see the film, but I got to see it for FREE and the bus for only 4.50.

I also got to spend the day in Bath, which was lovely. Check out the following two pictures I took of the city. It is such a quaint place.

  How cute are these umbrellas? I want some to hang from my bedroom ceiling- they just instantly make me think so summer.   

We watched it in this cute little cinema (below) and we were soo lucky with the seating because my flatmate and I got the last two seats!!

 Here we are waiting for the film to start…AHHHH!!! My heart was beating fast in anticipation, I had high expectations of the film.

My ‘Me Before You’ brief film review

First things first, the film broke me. I was prepared, I was ready but my heart was not. In the adverts, I whispered to my flatmate ‘I am not emotionally ready, I cannot do this’.  She hasn’t read the book – but came to Bath with me anyway to watch the film and for the day out, so she looked at me like I was absolutely crazy for crying before the film even started.

I thought the cast was perfect, they made the adaptation so special and heartfelt. Lou was perfect. Emilia Clarke was amazing as her, she was hilarious and cute and Sam Claffin was incredible as Will. They both captivated my heart and made me feel the story in my bones. I know that this story will stay with me for ages, if not forever. Lou is still my spirit animal. 

Jojo Moyes made sure that the film stayed true to the book and that is something that is really really important to me. Maybe I am naive in thinking that it is hard to stay true to the book but it shouldn’t be.  Don’t get me wrong there were slight changes- for example, Mr. Traynor wasn’t having an affair. Well, I guess it was implied and I got the reference because I had read the book but it was subtle so it could have been easily missed. I am okay with slight changes like that and am soo happy that there wasn’t anything major.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I have heard a lot of negative comments regarding the film- shaming it for misrepresenting disability. Even now after seeing it, I can positively say ‘IT DOESN’T… IT REALLY DOESN’T’. It is a raw, realistic and relatable story and oh boy did it tug hard at my heart strings.

Here, is a hideous picture of me after the film- as you can see the film made me cry. I cried all the way through but I also laughed and cried more with laughter.  The setting of the film was stunningly beautiful. Luckily my flatmate’s hometown is where the film was set, so in the summer, she is going to take me there. (Knowing me, I will be overwhelmed with emotions and cry)

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In conclusion, go and see the film on Friday when it comes out but PLEASE if you enjoy reading – make sure you read the book first but otherwise it will ruin it. It is also quite a short, easy reading book, so you would be able to easily devour it.

 

Lazy Saturday…

Last night I stayed in a hotel and had a really chilled out evening; planned some blog posts and watched a movie. Also, let just take a moment to appreciate my new favourite thing – my MacBook… AHHHHHH!! It is sooo pretty. It is also going to help me up my blog game.

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tumblr_inline_nq4prkyBpj1t26qoy_500.gif So, today I am having another chilled out day. I am applying for jobs, organising my room and I have every intention of starting Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I should really clean the house as well but-  reading. I want to read. I want read soo much. I should also revise for my exam.  (PROCRASTINATION) 

I started organising my bookshelf earlier and then got too distracted by using my typewriter.

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Have you read Cinder? Tell me, what did you think? Did you like it or dislike it…why did you feel that way?

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Heartbreaking books…

(This is another post from my University blog, I decided to post this because I thought it would give you an insight into my personality.  I am a nerd, okay? And sometimes I just like to silently cry into a book. )

First thing you need to know about me is that I am a crier.

I can literally cry at anything; from emotional television adverts to powerful writing, grabbing at me from inside a book.  I am also one of those people that although I know I will end up on the floor curled up and crying. I continue to both watch and read these heart wrenching narratives.

These tear jerking narratives pulling and pulling at my heart string, making me feel connected to the characters before the author aggressively pulls out my heart completely.

As I mentioned I am a sucker for an emotionally compelling book and within this post I am going to confess the two most recent,that truly broke me.

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1.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. 

This book…ahh…this book shattered my heard into a trillion pieces, in the most beautiful way possible. I read this book in one sitting, completing it in four hours.  I think the reason the ending of this book hurt me soo much, was the fact I felt connected to the characters and their unique attitudes to death struck me and gave me hope that everything would be okay. EVERYTHING WAS NOT OKAY. I remember once I finished this book; I led on the floor sobbing while contemplating life. If you have read this book, can you relate to this? If you have not read this, stop everything, go find a copy and read it. It truly is a beautifully heart-breaking novel that portrays the necessity of suffering through the eyes of its protagonist Hazel Grace.

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2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

This book is the third instalment in the Divergent trilogy. Veronica Roth crushed my heart. She made me admire, fall in love and relate to the main protagonist Tris and then set me up to fall deep down into despair. When I read this book, I was naive in thinking that reader and author had an unspoken rule that never- under any circumstances was it okay to kill off a main character…BUT NO…it happens in this book and it will ruin you.  The magical thing about these books is that they get people invested in the characters in such a wonderful and delicate way that you cannot resist falling for them. Once again, after I finished the final page I was left curled up and pondering ‘WHY?’ left sobbing and begging for answer.

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I love these books because they left me thinking, reflecting and feeling deep emotions. It baffles and amazes me that words have the power to do this to someone and show them pieces of society that they have not witnessed themselves. I am always eager to learn, which makes me really proud to be an active reader because I felt like I travelled on their journeys alongside them; watching as both female protagonists grew and learnt new aspects of themselves. I admire and respect that way in which John Green opened my eyes to the suffering that goes hand in hand with cancer because it make me grateful for everyday that I am happy and healthy.

I think that both of these books changed the way I think and act today because although they are just books on the surface, when you read them they grasp you and force you to self-reflect.

You can buy them below by clicking on title- 

The Fault in Our Stars 

THE SELECTION BY KIERA CASS REVIEW…

 

I am in love with America Singer! 

So, this morning in the car back from Bristol I casually started reading The Selection by Kiera Cass and now I have finished it. Straight up I will say that I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to read the others in the series. If I am not too exhausted after I have finished this blog post I think I might start the second one!

It was just SOO good! Extraordinary! Amazing! Captivating! America is one of the most relatable characters, I instantly thought ‘wow I love you, we could totally be friends’ 


BOOK DESCRIPTION BELOW… 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. Less


I am just on a THE SELECTION hype at the moment, sometimes I go a few weeks without reading and then I read a book like this, that completely and utterly captivates me and it reminds me of how much I actually love reading!

The story line to this series is so clever, the rating system reminded me of books such as THE HUNGER GAMES AND DIVERGENT which I also find so fascinating! I think they present the society divides in a really clever, entertaining and thought provoking way.

This dystopian novel really captured my attention, the glitz and glamour that surrounded the royal family enticed me and made me want to be part of the selection, I would love to wear beautiful gowns like the ones that were so elegantly crafted by exquisite description.

However the hard hitting brutality that surrounded the lower rankings also makes me think and in conclusion if I was in America’s situation I would work my hardest to win over the Prince in order to provide my family with a comfortable life. Her selflessness made her a honorable characters, while her sarcastic and suborn personality made the book easy to read and funny!

I am sorry to any Aspen fans out that but after reading the first book I am definitely team Maxon! He is sweet, awkward and caring.

I don’t want to give too much of the story line away because I want everyone to experience it on their own; if you enjoy other dystopian novels you will definitely enjoy this one! Please go and check it out, you won’t regret it! Go and fall in love with Maxon and American! 

I would rate this book 5/5 because I am now hooked and cannot think of anything else other than the perplexing questions that haunt the ending of the book. Who will she choose? Will she win? Ahhhhhh…I love it when books leave you begging for more information. Please comment below if you have read the book and enjoyed it.