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? ✨

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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 ☺️ 

Nearly half way…

I am nearly half way through my Goodread reading challenge of 100 books for this year. Some of the books I’ve read are not on my yearly reading list, (I know it’s naughty but I cannot help myself 😜) 

So far I have read – 

  1. You before Me 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 
  11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again) 
  12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
  13. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
  14. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 
  15. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!) 
  16. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again) 
  17. Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer 
  18. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire 
  19. The Lovely Bones (read again) 
  20. The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
  21. Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald 
  22. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  23. The Jugle by Upton Sinclair 
  24. Anthem by Ayn Rand 
  25. The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien 
  26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
  27. Room by Emma Donoghue 
  28. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy 
  29. Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭) 
  30. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff 
  31. After You by Jo Jo Moyes
  32. Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again) 
  33. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  34. The bees by Carol Anne Duffy 
  35. Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
  36. A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg 
  37. The Widow by Fiona Barton 
  38. The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt 
  39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again) 
  40. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 
  41. F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way

I didn’t realise that I was reading so many again, I just sometimes cannot resist picking up a beloved book of mine. 

If you follow me on Goodreads you will know this already and if you don’t and would like to go and follow me on – 

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I want to read more and post more but my second year at University is getting on top of me-  I promise I will after my exams in May!!! 

  
(How I feel when I look at my books – them waiting for me to start reading them)  

Comment below if you have read any of them and your thoughts and even better-recommend books to me ☺️

Super scared and seeking support…

I want to try something new and put myself out there because I really want my passion for books, life and happiness to shine through and although I hope my blog already emphasizes these qualities. I want to push myself further and perhaps try and video blog on YouTube.

I am just super worried about being overly awkward and shy, if I posted a video about my August ‘to be read books’ or ‘my top five favourite books’ (or something along those lines)  would you lovely follows watch it and give me criticism?

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My fear level at the moment is Ron + spiders.

I would love for you to get to know me more and I believe this will help my confidence and allow me to prove (to myself) that I can do anything I desire with determination.

Want to help me achieve getting over my fear? 

Support me and lets go on this adventure together…

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The Liebster Award (s)

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THE RULES…

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog!
  2. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
  5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees!

I have been nominated for three Liebster awards so I thought I would just do them all together… I am just going to stick to 11 of each, except the questions. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THESE THREE LOVELY BLOGS!

https://jetweasleybookreviews.wordpress.com/

https://booksandfeathers.wordpress.com/

https://booknerdmind.wordpress.com/


11 FACTS ABOUT ME…

  1. I am a bit of a socially awkward person, meaning that I get super shy all the time. 

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2. I want to have a library in my house when I grew up.

library3. Thinking about growing up scares me quite a lot, for the last 13 years I have been in education and will be till 2017 when I hopefully will graduate.

4. I really miss working at the cinema, (I had to leave when I went to University).

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5.  I  do not know where I get passion for reading from, everyone in my family seems to think I am the shy, awkward and nerdy one that just likes to read.

6. I am in love with the Saccone Joly’s on Youtube, if you don’t know them please go check them out because they are so cute and funny. They upload daily vlogs so I feel like I know them haha. I just love youtubers to be fair.

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7. I love watching tv series, it allows me time to become emotionally invested in the characters. Warning do not become invested in Grey’s Anatomy characters because they do not last long…

8. My favourite colour is blue…woo to blue

9. I feel like I am a really boring person  because  I cannot seem to think of 11 facts about me.

10. I live in Bristol (for University), My mum, step dad and sister live in Swindon. While my dad lives in Denmark with my step mum and both of my Nan’s live in London.  Although it is difficult to not have your family right there, it makes me appreciate them more.

11. I really like history and when I was younger I wanted to become a history teacher, but then I discovered the beauty of English.


THE QUESTIONS I HAVE BEEN ASKED…

The Book Dectective…

1.What would your patronus be?     I love this question, I think I would be a Doe.

2. Who is your favourite Greek God? Apollo, god of the sun, truth, music and poetry. 

3.If you could write a story like Harry Potter, what would you name your main character? eg. Isla Inkwell and the Astronomer’s Stone.  I really like name Aria…so maybe Aria and the cave of happiness 

4. What is your favourite genre to read? Oh this is hard to answer, I like fantasy books I guess. 

5.Which would you rather be: Shadowhunter, Wizard at Hogwarts, Gallagher Girl, Alien from Lorien, Divergent in Dauntless, Tribute of the Hunger Games, Agent of Spectrum, Consulting Detective, Doctor’s Companion, or a Targaryen?  Can I be all of them? I want to be a Divergent in dauntless, taking refuge in Hogwarts before going off to become a tribute in the Hunger Games. 

6.What book got you hooked on reading?  Ummm The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory, it was the first book I properly read. 

thumb_95ae667216e2392a8bf302d55c1d26cc7.What inspired your blog name? I am going to talk about Captivated~By ~Fantasy, I choose this because it is my tumblr name but it also what happens with me because when I read, I allow myself to be captivated.

8. What element would you like to manipulate/bend; water, fire, earth, air, metal, or spirit?   water 

9.  What is your favourite read of this year? Probably Fight Club because it was incredible.

10. Who is your favourite character of all time?  Bella from Twilight

  1.  If you could date one fictional character, who would it be… and why?  Four from Divergent

Books ‘n’ Feathers blog asked me…

1.Would you ever set a book on fire just because it has upset/pissed you off?  noo never!

2.How many hours do you spend inside a bookstore? Way too many, I could live in there. 

3.What book reminds you of a phase in your life which you don’t want to ever be reminded of?  Twilight eclipse because it reminds me of the time I went to LA to interview the Twilight Cast, wooo 14 year old Shan. 

4.If there is just one last copy of your favourite book remaining in the world and your best friend’s kidnapper is after it, would you give up your fav book to save your best friend or not? I would definitely sacrifice my favourite book for my friend 😀 proving how much of a good friend I am. 

5.Do you keep a diary? yes 

6.What do you enjoy the most about writing? just being able to express myself because I am not that great at talking about my feelings. 

7.Do you talk to random strangers about a book which you see them holding? I have to admit I do try and talk to people, if they are holding a book I love and they look approachable.  I love seeing people reading. 

8.Do you think people should slow down on tweeting about books every minute of the day when they can actually spend that time reading? I have  never thought about it, but sometimes when I get  really  excited I just need to write about it rather than read more. 

9.Which place would you love to visit in winter?  New York 

10.Are you a coffee/tea drinker? both!!! I love hot drinks so much. 

11.Would you stop using that lipstick you apply everyday if you know that whales are being killed everyday because of you? yes

Book Nerd blog asked me… 

1.Where do you want to go that you read about in a book?  HOGWARTS!!!

2. What is your favorite genre? like to read anything and everything. 

 3.Have you always liked to read, or is it something you just started to like randomly one day…  I went on holiday once and went to the resorts book section (where people left their books) and picked up a book to read by the pool and I liked the way I could escape within it so from that moment I continued to read. 

4.What is your favorite book that got turned into a movie? The Fault in Our Stars

5.What is your favorite snack to eat while reading? crisps 

6.What was the worst book you’ve ever read? Umm this is really hard, I cannot think of anything right now. 

7.Do you use the same bookmark every time you read a book, or do you just grab the closest thing and use it has a marker? I grab the closest thing I can

8. Is there a certain book or series that you have read over and over and over again? Harry Potter, Divergent and Twilight

9. What’s the longest book you’ve ever read? I don’t know 

10. Favorite subject in school? English 

11.If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be?  I think I would get along really well with Hermione. 

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MY NOMINEES…

  1. https://whatdoesonedowiththat.wordpress.com/
  2. https://inspiredbyabook.wordpress.com/
  3. https://acrossthebooks.wordpress.com/
  4. https://beccaandbooks.wordpress.com/
  5. http://bookishroyalty.wordpress.com/
  6. https://abritishgirlsblog.wordpress.com/
  7. http://thebookwormhole.com/
  8. https://blanketsbooksandcoffeecups.wordpress.com/

I know I am meant to nominate 11 but I see that quick a few of the people I wanted to nominate have already had this award a few times and I did not want to annoy them or the people nominated me.


MY QUESTIONS…

  1. What was your favourite book as a kid?
  2. What is your favourite classic (if you read them) 
  3. What are you currently reading?
  4. Why did you start a book blog?
  5. What is your favourite contemporary authors?
  6. How long is your “to-read” pile?
  7. Which book have you re-read more than 3 times? If any?
  8. What is your favourite genre ? 
  9. Who is your ultimate favourite author?
  10.  If you could be friends with a fictional character who would it be? 
  11. If you had to choose a fictional partner (boyfriend or girlfriend) who would it be?

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January favourites !!

A mixture of all of my favourite things in January …

In the book section… IMG_0771

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In the beauty section… 

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Tanya Burr ‘Little Duck’ nail varnish
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Tanya Burr ‘mini marshmallow’  nail varnish
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undress me too MUA eye shadow palette
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Zoella body mist
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In the film section 

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The Theory of Everything
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Whiplash
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Camp X-Ray
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Still Alice

In the home section…

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Christmas Eve – Yankee Candle

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