International Women’s Day

As it’s International Women’s Day I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the remarkable female authors who have had such an impact on my life. Reading their work has allowed me an escape from the  bullies at school, to lose myself in an imaginary world where I was able to grow and develop as a woman and realise that it’s okay to be who I am. That I can follow my heart, live my dreams and believe that magic is around every corner. Yes the world’s and characters that they create are fictional but to me that does not mean they are not real. They are the friends I didn’t have at school, the support network I needed to trust in myself and take that leap of faith. They taught me what it means to be a strong and independent woman but also what it means to show grace, be caring and put others before myself. To female authors all over the world, I salute you. I will continue to be inspired and motivated by your work for years to come. If I am blessed with daughters or sons I will teach them what you have taught me. Being a woman is incredible, being a good human being is a blessing to the world.

My Top Ten Female Authors (in no paticular order):
J.K Rowling
Jane Austen
Gabriella Lepore
Cassandra Clarence
P.C Cast
Patricia Cornwell
Jacqueline Wilson
Charlaine Harris
Audrey Niffenegger
Jodi Picoult
Bonus: Julia Donaldson and Enid Blyton (childhood favourites).

Ten of my favourite  Female Characters:
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series.
Clare Abshire – The Time Traveller’s Wife.
Clary Fray – The Mortal Instruments.
Rosie Dunne – Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie).
Kay Scarpetta – Kay Scarpetta series.
Rose Hathaway – Vampire Academy.
Aurora Teagarden – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries.
Jane Eyre.
Bella Swan – Twilight Saga
Tris Prior – Divergent series.
Bonus: Daenerys Targaryen.

Who are your favourite female authors/characters? I’m sure I could name do many more but I’d be here all day.

Anyway, go and read a book by a remarkable female author with a strong female character and celebrate women on International Women’s Day.

World Book Day

Happy World Book Day!!!

Are you doing anything special to celebrate? Are you dressing up as your favourite character? Or are you spending all day reading your favourite books?
In true bookworm style I am wearing  my Harry Potter jumper and bag to school :). I’m only teaching P.E today so a jumper is the best I could do. That’s more than most as my school is not even celebrating World Book Day – I could cry. Children need to be encouraged to celebrate books. Books are fun and magical and all children should enjoy reading. I make it my mission to promote reading for enjoyment.
If I was dressing up properly today I’d love to  be Luna Lovegood – she’s so quirky and fun. I think she’s fab!

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Happy reading bookworms. I cannot wait to dive into my book when I get home!
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Book vs Movie

 

I know that admitting that you prefer a movie adaptation more than the book is blasphemous for bookworms but sometimes it just happens. I recently finished reading P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern and although it was a good read I couldn’t help but be a bit disheartened because it was not as good as the movie. In fact it was nothing like the movie – it’s not even set in the same country! I love the movie, Gerard Butler is perfect as Gerry, I love the sexy Irish vibe and I really like Holly, Sharon and Denise as American girls. People told me that they were different but really I feel that they should be viewed as two separate works as they really have nothing in common apart from a grieving widow named Holly and a dead husband named Gerry.

Now normally I wouldn’t watch the movie until I had read the book but in this case I watched P.S I Love You for the first time years and years ago. It wasn’t until just recently that I discovered Cecelia Ahern as an author when I read Love, Rosie. Had I read the book first I may have appreciated it more and just viewed the movie as being another poor book to movie adaptation.

My favourite movie is Fight Club based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk. I love the book, I’ve read it multiple times but there is something about the movie that I prefer. The same goes for The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, I’ve read and reread the book but still I love the movie more. Although I think Ryan Gosling helps with that!

I am currently reading The Hobbit with the intention of then reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have seen all of the films and I’m really hoping that I won’t be disappointed. The films are epic masterpieces, I hope that the books inspired that epicness.

Are there any book to movie adaptations where you prefer the movie?

 

Top Ten Tuesday #23

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for 2015

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Yes the book that is a book in a book (Fangirl). I am so excited!

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Sailsbury.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings

Frostfire: The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking.

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

I know that not all of these are debuts but they are books which I am really excited to read this year. 2015 is going to be a wonderful year for books.

Happy reading!

Goodbye 2014, Welcome 2015!

 

2014 has been a wonderful year for books.

In total I have (somehow) read 107 books!51cKKNJKbqL__

To pick a top ten would be tricky, I’m not sure I could do it but here are some books which I have truly enjoyed reading this year:

The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

City of Heavenly Fire (TMI) by Cassandra Clare.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.imagesCAYX12D4

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.Love rosie

When I joined #bookstagram back in April/May time I had no idea that I would ever start a book blog but at the end of August that is exactly what I did do. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for being so kind and supportive as I find my way in the book-blogging-universe. Finding my fellow bookworms and fangirls has helped me through some tough times this year and has been such fun. Sharing book recommendations and reviews with you is easily my favourite thing to do after reading.

I am really looking forward to the bookish wonders of 2015. I’m just a girl with a bag (and bookshelves and boxes) full of books reading her way through a thousand lives.

May 2015 bring you love and prosperity and of course lots of books!

Happy New Year x

Top Ten Tuesday #22

 

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me This Year.

Please Santa, I’ve been really good this year!

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

The Sandman by Lars Kepler

365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Fires of Calderon (Balance Keepers) by Lindsay Cummings

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Let It Snow by John Green et al.

Eeny Meeny by M.J Aldridge.

I’d be super happy if I got even one of these books or a Kindle giftcard. Thanks in advance Santa!

 

Top Ten Tuesday #21

Top Ten Books That I Read in 2014.

I have read over 100 books so far this year so to narrow it down to just ten is going to be tricky. Really I’m going to pick the first 10 amazing books that come to mind (Sorry!)phoenix holt

The Witches of the Glass Castle, Evanescent, How I Found You and Phoenix Holt by Gabriella Lepore.

All four are incredible reads, gripping from the first page until the last.  –  TWOGC sequel Uprising is released TODAY!!!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

This book, what can I say? Just…WOW. Karou is my perfect female character I completely devoured this book.cropped-fangirl.jpg

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

A book about a fangirl + a cute guy = perfect for the fangirl community! Rainbow Rowell was a real shining star of 2014 and I’m gutted that this was the only book of hers that I got around to reading. More Rainbow for me in 2015.

Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern.

This was my favourite contemporary chick-lit book of the year by far.

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Top Ten Tuesday #20

 

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors in 2014Love rosie

I will tell you the author and then the first book by them that I read 🙂

Gabriella Lepore – The Witches of the Glass Castle

Cecelia Ahern – Love, Rosie

Jennifer Lynn Barnes – The Naturals

Michelle Hodkin – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Lindsay Cummings – The Murder Complex

Richelle Mead – Vampire AcademyimagesCAYX12D4

Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Jennifer L Armentrout – Obsidian

Teri Terry – Slated

Leigh Bardguo – Shadow and Bone

Top Ten Tuesday #19

 

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

To be honest I’m not 100% sure what books are going to be released in 2015 that I am looking forward to reading. This list will therefore be Top Ten Books that I want to read in 2015, some will be new releases and others will be books from my TBR pile which is currently huge!

New Releases:

The Death Code (Murder Complex #2) by Lindsay Cummings

The Copper Gauntlet (Magesterium #2) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kaliciki

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Top Ten Tuesday #18

Just one month left until Christmas!!!

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List.

The Magic of Christmas – Trisha Ashley.

My True Love Gave To Me – edited by Stephanie Perkins.

The Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie.

The Witches of the Glass Castle: Uprising – Gabriella Lepore.

How to Fall in Love – Cecelia Ahern.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café – Jenny Colgan.

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) – Richelle Mead.

Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – Jenny Colgan.

Awful Auntie – David Walliams.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordain.

Bonus book: Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud.