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?

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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 

What I read last week…

Last week I travelled to London and stayed with my nan so I had plenty of reading opportunities. *YAY*

Firstly I read The Book of You by Claire Kendal.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was slow in starting…the ending was fast pace and interesting.

        The blurb reads – 

“No other man can do to you what I can. No other man will love you like I do. . . . “

His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns.
At the university where she works. At her favorite sewing shop. At the train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his unwanted gifts keep arriving at her door. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more consuming with each passing day. And as he has made clear, he will never let her go.
With Rafe in pursuit, Clarissa’s only sanctuary is the courtroom in which she is serving jury duty. The rhythm of the trial allows her a sense of normalcy and the space to make new friends, including Robert, an attractive widower. But Clarissa’s deepening relationship with Robert–a source of hope she so desperately needs in her life–will not remain unnoticed for long. As a chilling tale of predator and prey unfolds in front of Clarissa on the stand, Rafe’s relentless fixation, fueled by jealousy, escalates. Her only chance of escape lies in exposing his intentions for what they really are, even if it means immortalising every moment she so desperately wants to forget.
Conceiving a plan, Clarissa begins collecting the evidence of Rafe’s madness to use against him. Strand by strand, she pulls apart the twisted, macabre fairy tale he has spun around them and discovers that the happy ending he envisions is more horrifying than her darkest fears. Masterly constructed, filled with exquisite tension and a pervasive sense of menace, The Book of You is a darkly sophisticated, utterly compelling debut that explores what happens when the lines between love and compulsion, fantasy and reality, become dangerously blurred.

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  • Thriller
  • Change in narrative perspective

I was instantly hooked to this novel, always intrigued by the he said/she said element of it.

The blurb reads – 

Rumours, secrets and lies. It’s all in a day’s work.

Tamsin and her best friend Michelle have been inseparable since they were teenagers. Even now they spend all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle’s handsome husband.

So when Tamsin hears a rumour that Patrick is having an affair, she is furious. Unwilling to ignore it, Tamsin plots a scheme to catch Patrick in the act, using her assistant Bea as live-bait. It should be fool proof.
After all, Tamsin can trust Bea with anything. From her daily coffee order to fetching her dry-cleaning, writing reports and doing all the filing – Bea does everything with a smile on her face.

Except Tamsin never considered Bea might have her own agenda.

And if she does, then Tamsin really needs to watch her back . . .

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…and lastly I read The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

  • YA (different from the other two)
  • Heartbreaking yet heartwarming

It was refreshing to read this book after two intense reads…however, I cried A LOT. You have been warned that this is a crying book.

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery sister Bailey.  But when Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, finds herself struggling to balance two.  Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own.  Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent.  For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it.  But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

 

Have you read any of these?

BOOK DELIVERY 📦 📚 

Buying books makes me so happy, legit reading just transports me to my happy place and I get soo much enjoyment out of browsing books. 

  

YAY BOOKS!!!! 

Hillow City by Ransom Riggs 

September 3,1940. Ten Peculiar Children Flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can then-but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that begins in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved head-mistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around the corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safely, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. 

Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher  

The next much-anticipated romantic chapter in Billy and Sophie’s love story from bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher.

Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .
Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King 

There is a treasure here for every reader: a man who keeps reliving exactly the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again; a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries; a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. 

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.
When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.
But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself. 
What Light by Jay Asher  

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable. 
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle 

This is a life told back to front.

This is a man who has lied all his life.
Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con? 
What has he had to do to survive a life of lies?

And who has had to pay the price? 

The Harry Potter book tag…

AHHHH THE HARRY POTTER TAG…

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A book that you found interesting but would like to rewrite: 

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I love the concept of this book however, I just don’t think it is written well at all. I cannot wait for this how of this to come to Netflix.

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The first book in a series that got you hooked:

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I am sorry…but I had to do it! But I still absolutely adore these books!!!

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A book that you wish you could have right now: 

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A killer book: 

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This book was INTENSE!!!! But I love Gillian Flynn!

Blurb – 

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

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A book you find confusing:

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Confusing in a…its a ‘f***ing amazing book’ that forces you to reflect upon your society.

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Your spirit animal book:

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This book is adorable and represents my crazy fangirl tendencies.

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A dark, twisted book: 

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Blurb:

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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I love this book!!!

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A book that surprised you in a great way:

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When I read this, it was not overly known, so I was happily surprised.If you haven’t read it yet, go and read it.

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Click the numbers below to check out my nominees!! You guys don’t have to do it but if you do, tag me in it as I cannot wait to see your answers. Also, if you want to do this tag…do it.

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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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FULL UP BOOKSHELF PROBLEMS…

My University book shelf is starting to get full and I know the simple solution would be to stop buying books ! (this would also help the poor student issue) ! but I enjoy buying books. Some people find comfort in buying food or clothes, I however would eat and wear books if I could.

Today I sorted out my bookshelves to make more room and I thought I would share with you the five stages I went through when doing it. Let me know if you go through this as well or what you do…

stage 1… DENIAL

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I put off the task of organizing my book shelf because it means that I have to accept I cannot purchase more books. Although I have been in this denial stage for a long time because I just keep taking books home to hide them there on my overflowing bookshelf back home.
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The next stage is SHOCK/REALIZATION…

shock-gifThat devastatingly heartbreaking moment when you realise you cannot fit anymore books any where, not even behind the front ones or on top of them. AHHHH  I hate this part because it is like being hit in the face with a ton of bricks; it physically hurts, okay! (and emotionally) I am such a nerd but I honestly do not care. Books help me to be less taciturn when in a social situation because they let me express my passionate nature.

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stage 3 – The BARGAINING process…

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  • Do I get rid of my precious books?     NOOOOOOOOO
  • Do I move some of them, maybe put them away in storage?
  • Do I buy another book shelf?
  • Do I just put some next to my bed, like I am ‘currently’ reading them?

Stage 4- ACCEPTANCE… 

tumblr_n45zkhHOVm1stzneto1_500At this point I accepted that I cannot get rid of any of my friends, I will never let go. I decided I will sneak a few home, move my clothes into storage to make more book space and  organised the remaining once as an apology for even considering such a crime.

This leads me on to the next stage ORGANISATION…(stage 5)

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  • Do I colour coordinate the books?
  • Put the in alphabetical order?
  • Height order, maybe?
  • Even genre order?
  • Classic collection order…books of the same trilogy/series together?

I decided to mix it up and do it in the collection order (I could not split the little book families up) however I then put them in alphabetical order, regarding the authors name.  Jealous? Do you do through this as well?

Fangirl book review ~ Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl follows Cather throughout her journey of self discovery, falling in love and gaining an unlikely friend for life.  I really connected with her shy, awkward and introvert personality, I am currently in my first year at university and I have found the transition between college to university surprisingly difficult. So, to read this book was a breath of fresh air, it gave me hope that my anxieties would not stop me from making friends and doing well.  I am the type of person that would prefer to stay at home and read a good book while being snuggled up in bed with a cup of tea (don’t get me wrong, I do like the odd night out to let my wild side out) haha definitely 18 going 80.

I felt so sorry for Cather throughout the majority of the novel because she is left to completely fend for herself; as soon as her twin sister and her go to university they drift apart. Wren is more of an extrovert who instantly becomes best friends with her roommate, the fact they had juxtaposing personalities made it easier for any type of reader to  relate to a character and easily connect with them. 

I absolutely adored that the Cather was obsessed the Simon Snow novels which represented the Harry Potter book. As a child I was ridiculously obsessed with Harry Potter…like on another level. Harry Potter birthday parties, nimbus 2000 that I would try to ride to school, a Harry Potter bike and a lot  more.  NOT ASHAMED! Nerd since 1996 haha. 

 Throughout the book I felt as if Rainbow Rowell jumped inside my head and borrowed my life to develop Cather because we are the same person. The only difference is I don’t have a love interest Levi to have an emergency dance party with. (You will understand if you have read the book, if you haven’t go and discover it) I think Rainbow Rowell did a superb job with character development.

I loved that Cather also wrote fanfiction, I myself have never written any fanfiction however I am partial to some Twilight Fanfiction….yes I did just admit that. My younger obsessed self just is not ready to let Bella and Edward go just yet. I could totally relate to the aspect of wanting something to continue when it is coming to an end, I admire her for being so dedicated to her fandom.

If you want to read something that is just an enjoyable, nice and easy read then go and discover the amazing book that is Fangirl, by the end of the book you will find yourself too wanting to read the Simon Snow books. Lucky for everyone that wants that because the incredible Rainbow Rowell is bringing out a Carry On novel starring Simon Snow. BRING ON OCTOBER!

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