Book update- 

I have just finished reading my review copy of Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. OMG I LOVVVVVVVEEEEE IT!!!


I am currently reading Turtles All The Way Down by the one and only JOHN GREEN. I have been longing for this book since the moment I finish all of his other books.

What are you currently reading?

Penguin Bloom: The odd little bird who saved a family.

*Thank you so much to Canongate for sending me this book to review.*

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-Book description –

Penguin Bloom is an extraordinary true story full of hope and courage, featuring Cameron Bloom’s exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.
Penguin the Magpie is a global social media sensation. People the world over have fallen in love with the stunning and deeply personal images of this rescued bird and her human family. But there is far more to Penguin’s story than meets the eye. It begins with a shocking accident, in which Cameron’s wife, Sam, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralysed and deeply depressed.

Into their lives comes Penguin, an injured magpie chick abandoned after she fell from her nest. Penguin’s rescue and the incredible joy and strength she gives Sam and all those who helped her survive demonstrates that, however bleak things seem, compassion, friendship and support can come from unexpected quarters, ensuring there are always better days ahead. This plucky little magpie reminds us all that, no matter how lost, fragile or damaged we feel, accepting the love of others and loving them in return will help to make us whole.

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Check out this book trailer for the book from Cameron Bloom himself. 

 

Are you intrigued now by the book? Do you feel the urge to rush to the bookshop and devour this heartbreaking story of love and loss? (the answer should definitely be yes)

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-Book Review- 

Warning this book has the power to break your heart but also leaves you with such a sense of overcoming and love. You will be paralysed by the contrast emotions…so much so, that you will be plunged into a deep thought process. IT IS PERFECT. I literally laughed, cried (cried a lot), gushed with love and cried some more at this book.

“She learnt to fly and she would move further afield and not come back for days. Then three days later, she’d come squawking at the front door and let herself in.”

Instantly when I saw this book, I know I would absolutely love it…AND…I did. It did not disappoint.  Not only is the story of this book beautifully woven with deep emotion and love but the pictures of the family leave you breathless.

Upon finishing this book, I places it delicately on my knee, lent back and took a deep breath. I awaited the deep emotions and I longed for more of the book to appear. ‘Oh, why did it have to end….whhhyyyy?’  

Cameron and Sam welcomed the injured baby bird into their home with their three children with welcoming arms. They even refer to her as their ‘baby girl’ and the boys’ ‘younger sister.’ How heart-warminingly beautiful is that? I have always had such an admiration and longing for animal-human connections because of their simple love and beauty.

Take these two passages for example – JUST INCREDIBLE.

“While all this was going on Sam was fighting her own battle to regain movement and her sense of self, after her terrible accident. Her overwhelming feeling of loss made it hard for her to face the world. She even avoided old friends whom she loved dearly as it was impossible to articulate her grief, frustration and anger at what had happened to her without falling apart.”

“Though both were extremely fragile when they met, Sam and Penguin found new strength in each other, and within themselves. Sam took up kayaking and eventually became a national champion. And Penguin finally started to stretch out her growing wings.”

Having such an active life and passionate dreams one day and then having all of that ripped away is of course incomprehensible for most us because it has not happened to us. After devouring this book, I am in awe of how this family handle the situation and loved the quirky element of Penguin helping them out.

Seriously, go check out this book…it is charming, engaging and inspiring.

It is also an easy read…apart from the break to cryI read this book so quickly.  If you want to read a quick book that will leave you feeling loved, shocked, happy, sad and inspired. GO GO GO.

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Have you read this book? If so, comment below.

 

 

A little obsessed? 

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One of my obsession and has been for many years now is Harry Potter. In my defence who isn’t obsessed with Harry Potter? 🤔😏 When I was little (I can’t write that anymore without thinking of Louisa Clarke from Me Before You‘) I had Harry Potter everythannngg- bike, cloack, Nimbus 2000, figurines, towels….you name it, I had it. Evidently my Harry Potter transport was on point haha…

But you know, as I got older the merch started going to car boot sales and charity shops.. *Why mum…why???*  In hindsight I should have kept it all but I didn’t.

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But let’s not let that get us down because recently my sister went to Florida and got me a wand. Harry’s wand in particular…yaaaaaayyy! When I visit I am going to buy another one or two – cough cough- probabally all of them because I have no self control.

Behold – Harry’s wand. Am I the chosen one now because I feel like it?

  • Do you love Harry Potter? Is so, why?
  • Which house are you in?
  • Who’s your favourite character?

TOP TEN TUESDAY

I try to do these weekly but I have failed for a long time now haha. Forgive me? This is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. I saw this weeks on Coffeeloving Bookoholic  and the books she picked and some of my all time favourites- so I feel like I HAVE to do it.

TOP TEN BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO CLASSICS. 

I absolutely love classics I do…good thing I studies an English Literature undergraduate course.

  1. My all time favourite book is – On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  It both breaks my heart and baffles me when I see people giving it like one star. WHYYYY? I initially read this book in anticipation for the 2012 movie starring Kristen Stewart (one of my all time favourite actresses) but I am so glad I read it then because it still stays with me now. qqq.gif
  2. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. I first read this years ago and then I had to study it for first year at University and I fell in love with it deeper. 7.gif
  3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I love love love Dickens. 0.gif
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. http---mashable.com-wp-content-gallery-classics-you-should-read-tumblr_lx025fwjgg1r6gxmgo1_r1_500.gif 
  5.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. 11.gif
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontetumblr_oieqvj0OWL1u76npoo1_500.gif
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. 8888.gif  
  8. A Clockwork Orange  by Anthony Burgess88.gif
  9. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.11305782.gif
  10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. tumblr_m8zurxPuec1qbuwpuo1_r1_500.gif blog-dividers     Have you read any of these?

Which classics do you love?

What I’m currently reading…

Last time I did this post I was reading Louis Pentlands book Wilde Like Me, which I will review soon. 

Now I am reading This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I was sent this in ARC form months and months ago but life has been super busy so I borrowed the physical copy and now I’m devouring it. 

  1. The cover for this book gives me life! 
  2. I’ve heard sooo many good things about it. 
  3. I’m nearly half way and I’m hooked. 
  4. The switching of perspectives makes the pace fast, which makes my adenraline pump with anticipation. 

 

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. 

Blurb- 

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 

10:02 a.m.The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

 10:03.The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05. Someone starts shooting.Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.Winter ‘

  1. Have you read this book? 
  2. Have I intrigued you to read it? 
  3. What did you think? 


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.

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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?

 

 

WHAT I AM READING NEXT 📚

…drum roll please…. dun dun dun….I am going to read… Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland. 

I got this for my mum for her birthday but I’ve been eager to read it myself for ages. Did I slyly just buy it for myself for “for her” . Sorry Mum! 🙌🏻 

   

Excuse the messy bookshelf, I had to cram a lot of stuff on it while I am home for summer. (There are still like 8 boxes of books downstairs aswell 😂) 

 

What are you currently reading? /reading next? ✨

B-O-O-K-S ✨

Treat ya self Thursday 😏

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes 

The girl who wouldn’t die – hunting a killer who shouldn’t exist.

In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras, leaving anachronistic clues on their bodies, until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and turns the hunt around. 

                           Amazon – £2.29 


 

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt 

Twelve-year-old Harriet is doing her best to grow up, which is not easy as her mother is permanently on medication, her father has silently moved to another city, and her serene sister rarely notices anything. All of them are still suffering from the shocking and mysterious death of her brother Robin twelve years earlier, and it seems to Harriet that the family may never recover. So, inspired by Captain Scott, Houdini, and Robert Louis Stevenson, she sets out with her only friend Hely to find Robin’s murderer and punish him. But what starts out as a child’s game soon becomes a dark and dangerous journey into the menacing underworld of a small Mississippi town.

                            Amazon- £2.81 


 
I love Edger Allan Poe and couldn’t resist this beauty!  

                           Amazon – £16.99 

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JULY 24th to JULY 3Oth.

I have seen this popping up all over Youtube on the  booksphere. I LOVE BOOKTUBE! Who else loves book tube?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know that I have always wanted to start a youtube channel for books but I haven’t yet (I am scared okay?) So…I have decided to do the challenge on my blog instead.

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Reading Challenge #1 – Read a book with a person on the cover.

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Blog Divider_BuntingReading Challenge #2 – Read a hyped book.

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Reading Challenge #3 – Read a book in one day.

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I love this collection of poetry and prose. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I read this a few months ago and I want to revisit it because I keep thinking about it.

Blog Divider_BuntingReading Challenge #4 –Read about a character that is different from you.

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This is an emotional story about a tragic event. A soul-shattering novel that will leave your emotions raw. This story will haunt me forever. Everyone should read it’ Guardian.  A lovely follower also recommended this book so I cannot wait to devour it.

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I was sent this from Canongate to review and I cannot wait to read it. I will definitely read this in the sunshine.

Blog Divider_BuntingReading Challenge #6 – Read a book you bought because of the cover.

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I feel like I am cheating here but I don’t mind because I get to read the first Harry Potter again. Yaaaaassss. Any excuse to read this wonderful story again and I will take it. I did technically buy this just because of the cover (and for my obsessive nature of the series).

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Reading Challenge #7 – Read seven books. 

 

Do you want to join in? Are you planning on doing the challenge already? If so comment below or tag me in your posts because I am super eager to see what you plan on reading!