2017 reading so far…

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Dissertation Books- 

  1. Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
  2. Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
  3. Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
  4. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
  5. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
  6. Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
  7. Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
  8. Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Tear

University Books- 

  1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  3. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  4. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  5. Close Range by Annie Proulx

Books I read for fun-  

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
  3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  4. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  8. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  9. My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger
  10. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  11. The Book of You by Claire Kendal
  12. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  13. Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon
  14. Twist Me by Anna Zaires
  15. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  16. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  17. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  18. Ordeal by Linda Lovelace
  19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  20. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  21. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

So, that is 34 books so far this year…not great but it was a challenging academic year.

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Those books that stay with you forever…

 

I’ve been thinking recently what books I use as a comfort blanket and what books have stayed with me since I read them. 

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac 
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka 
  • The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald 
  • Harry Potter and the Philospher Stone by J.K.Rowling 
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder 
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

What books comfort or stay with you? 

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?

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.

I’ve fallen in love… 

     

                        Look at them…..

 

I AM SERIOUSLY FANGIRLING RIGHT NOW…..AHHHHHHHH SBDNDJBDJDJDJDHDND

Am I obsessed? 

I absolutely adore Gillian Flynn guys!! Love love love her writing and now I am writing my dissertation on her! 🙋🏼

Do you love Gillian Flynn? Feeling a little obsessed with? (Join the club!!) 

If you haven’t read anything by her, sprint to your closest bookshop and frantically search for anything and everything written by her because she is extraordinary.

Let’s discuss what makes her great, comment below! 


I could lie and say not all of the copies are mine but they are! Ahhh sbbdbbdjdkfbjs I just cannot resist and this is only Gone Girl- I have copies of all her other books in a few different versions.

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I DID IT📚📕📖

✨ I actually read 100 books this year!! Yay me!! A few weeks ago I put up a blog posts saying I wasn’t sure if I would be able to complete it but I’ve read a few books while procrastinating and realised that I forgot to log some of my reads of Goodreads.  If you are interested in seeing what I read in 2016…look below…(&comment if you have read them/ want to) ✨

  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 by J.K. Rowling 
  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 
  64. Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding 
  65. City of Ashes by Casandra Clare (#2)
  66. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  67. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
  68. Meridian by Alice Walker 
  69. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson 
  70. Writing a Woman’s Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun 
  71. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield 
  72. The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson 
  73. Insanely Gifted by Jamie Catto 
  74. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K.Rowling 
  75. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K.Rowling (Newt Scamander) 
  76. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 
  77. On Beauty by Zadie Smith 
  78. Dracula by Bram Stoker 
  79. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher 
  80. Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher 
  81. Hello Me, it’s You by Hannah Todd 
  82. Carry On Rainbow Rowell 
  83. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) #1  by Lemony Snicket 
  84. The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events) #2 by Lemony Snicket 
  85. The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events) #3 by Lemony Snicket 
  86. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis 
  87. The Future of Trauma Theory: Contemporary Literary and Cultural Criticism by Gert Buelens
  88. Child Abuse Trauma by John Briere 
  89. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer 
  90. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
  91. Behind Closed Doors by B.A.Paris 
  92. The Queen of Subtleties by Suzannah Dunn 
  93. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon 
  94. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven 
  95. Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman 
  96. I Was Here by Gayle Forman 
  97. The Girl Who Saved Christmas
  98. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare 
  99. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  100. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti