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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Top Ten Tuesday #16

toptentuesdayTop Ten Books I Would Like To Reread.

I know that some people hate rereading books but I love it, I have favourite books which I reread often. There’s something so lovely about rereading a book which you enjoyed first time around, you see things which you didn’t notice before and fall in love with the characters even more.

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger This is my favourite book of all time and I haven’t reread it for a while so I am desperate to do so again sometime soon.

The Witches of Castle Glass by Gabriella Lepore With the second instalment coming out in December I really want to read this again and refresh the characters and story in my mind.

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Top Ten Tuesday #12

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Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.

I shall be honest now and say that I was a little unsure as to what ‘character driven’ actually meant. I did Google it and think that I understand but if any of the books that I recommend are not part of that particular category then please forgive me and know that they are at least wonderful books else I wouldn’t be recommending them!cropped-fangirl.jpg

  1. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (my favourite novel of all time!)
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
  4. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
  8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
  9. Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger.

Bonus: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (any of Jodi Picoult’s books would work for this category and I definitely recommend them all).

Top Ten Tuesday #11

toptentuesdayJust a quickie from me for Top Ten Tuesday this week, didn’t want to miss it. It’s time to name those books that were hard to read due to the subject matter, hard-to-read, too cringe worthy etc.

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read.

The End of Alice by A.M Homes– subject matter was quite disturbing.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – just difficult, all of those Russian words and names, plus it was uber long!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling – because it was the last one! Boohoo!!! I still feel the pain from that one.

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – for the same reason as Harry Potter, I did not want the Twilight Saga to end.

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis – I found that it was largely a very boring book, so much description about their clothes etc just weird. Then the ‘action’ scenes were deeply disturbing!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – the dialect made parts of it almost impossible to understand and I hated the characters Cathy and Heathcliffe. I also felt guilty for not liking it because it’s considered a ‘Classic’.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – very dull but again I felt guilty because it is ‘Classic’ and I’m supposed to like it.

The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – I’m not sure why I found it so hard to get in to but I did. Reading this book was not a pleasurable experience at all.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – it was so cringe worthy. It was nowhere near the same high quality standard as the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – I didn’t like the main character, she whined a lot and was not very relatable making the whole book difficult to read.

Top Ten Tuesday #10

toptentuesdayI’m so sorry that I missed Top Ten Tuesday last week, I was snowed under with university work and my aim of getting balance between university and blogging slipped. Apologies fellow bookworms! Anyway, I am back now 🙂

Top Ten Books on My Fall-To-Be-Read List.51cKKNJKbqL__

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – this gorgeous book is sitting on my bedside shelf right now just begging to be read.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – need some sweet Y.A lit in my life.

The Monogram Murders (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) by Sophie Hannah – A new Poirot!!! What more can I say? Stoked.

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber – my ‘grown up’ read, I have read other books by this author and she is simply wonderful, effortless writing and always such real-life romances. Perfect.

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead – I really need to get back in to reading this series, the first two books were fantastic I can’t wait to read the third instalment.

Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling – As I have gorgeous new copies of the entire series I feel a need for a re-read of my most favourite series of all time.gg

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – This book has been on my Kindle for a while now and it deserves reading. It sounds amazing, I’ve heard such great things about it.

Lux: Consequences by Jennifer L Armentrout – I am currently reading Onyx, taking me a long time because I’m so busy all the time but I’m loving it. Katy is a wonderful character, very relatable and Daemon H-O-T!

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams – I have yet to read any of David Walliams’ books but the children on my placement loved them so I want to give them a go, this one sounds intriguing.

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – I’m such a fan of Mr Morpurgo and I’ve heard such good reviews of War Horse, once I’ve read it I can watch the film!

Top Ten Tuesday #8

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is taking on a back to school theme, seems rather fitting as I literally went back to school yesterday. This week’s Top Ten is:

Top Ten Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table.

Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter (The Golden Trio come as one) Luna

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Frank Porter (Since You’ve Been Gone)

Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Zuzana (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Tom Ward (Wardstone Chronicles)

Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)

Dee Black (Lux series)

Jesse Jaxon (Phoenix Holt)

Stark (House of Night)

Bonus seat: Daemon Black (Lux series)

This list would likely change a lot over time. As I read different books/series I connect with different characters and want to spend time with them. The only real consistency would be the Harry Potter gang!

Who would you want sitting at your lunch table this week? Do we share any of the same picks?

Liebster Nominations!

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The Liebster Award is a blog award that one receives from another blogger. In order to be nominated you must be a newer book blogger.  Once you’re nominated, you get to nominate other book blogs.

The Rules:

Link and thank the person who nominated your blog.

Answer the questions they asked you.

Pick eleven bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate.

Ask them eleven questions.

Let them know by commenting on one of their posts.

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I was very kindly nominated by the lovely The Writing Hufflepuff (go check out her gorgeous blog!) here are the questions that she asked me and my answers:

If you could live in any book, which one would you live in and why?

This is probably quite an obvious answer but it really is the truth – Harry Potter. If I had to pick a specific book from the series it would most likely be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as it is my favourite. I could eat ice cream sundaes at Florian Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, I could use the Marauder’s Map to sneak into Hogsmead, ride on a Hippogriff and give those Dementors what for by learning the Patronus Charm with Lupin! Being at Hogwarts would be a (childhood) dream come true. Oh and I’d get to see Hermione punch Draco Malfoy!

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The Making of Harry Potter.

 

Yesterday was one of the most amazing days of my life. A real childhood dream came true – I went to Hogwarts!

For my birthday back in July, my Mum bought 3 tickets for Warner Bros Studio Tours in London – The Making of Harry Potter. This was one of the best presents I could have received. Those of you that have read my blog from the beginning, follow me of Instagram or Twitter, will know that gatesI am Harry Potter crazy and have been for the majority of my life.knight bus

The first Harry Potter book was released when I was 5, I read it when I was 7, and I completely fell in love with the magical world of Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts. Since then I have read each of the seven books at least 4times each; The Philosopher’s Stone, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Deathly Hallows more like 5 or 6 times each, they’re my top three. I have fond memories of the book releases, the movie releases, when shops first began selling Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, the coins that you could collect at Asda if you had enough tokens (anyone else remember those? Did you complete your set?). In a nutshell, Harry Potter was my childhood and has been a huge part of my life since I read the first book.

I have been wanting to go to the tour for years and I had kind of resigned myself to the fact that I would probably never get to go. When Mum told me that she had booked tickets I actually cried! For a 22 year old that may seem a bit pathetic but it’s the truth. For the last month my excitement has been building, on Sunday I could barely say Harry Potter or Warner Bros without my face cracking into a big, goofy grin. My fiancé thinks I’m nuts (though he was insistent that I got him a Chocolate Frog!)

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Top Ten Tuesday #5

 

 

 

top-ten-tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

{Sorry for being a day late, had some internet trouble yesterday and couldn’t upload.}

Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read:

1 & 2 – Lolita and Tampa I just don’t feel comfortable reading books of this kind. I read The End of Alice by A.M Homes when I was at university and, although it was not as graphic as I am led to believe that Tampa is, I was disturbed. I don’t want to read about things like that. I can appreciate what Alissa Nutting has done with Tampa; women do commit these crimes to and awareness needs to be raised.

3 – The Cuckoo’s Calling I read J.K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and I absolutely hated it. It was so dull and boring. There was none of the spark that is present in the Harry Potter series. I know this may seem like an unfair comparison as they are completely different genres but still, The Casual Vacancy was boring and I don’t want to read any of the Cormoran Strikes novels in case I experience the same disappointment.

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