World Book Day 2017

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HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY GUYS!!! 

This is one of my favourite days simply because it’s all about books! Working with kids too means I get to see them in all their wonderful costumes today as well which is just great as they all put so much effort into their characters!

This World Book Day, I’m currently reading The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler and so far I’m really enjoying it. Books have always been one of my favourite things and they’re the one thing that can keep me calm and help keep my mind off things. After being off work sick for 2 months I managed to get through a few of the books I wanted to read and I even went back to the library for the first time in years which was fun!

World Book Day is a day I love as it encourages children to read and let them see the fun and all the different worlds books can bring to them and that’s something I enjoy seeing as it’s so rare nowadays to find children who enjoy reading. If you’re looking for something to read, the World Book Day website has posted a list of “50 books that will change your life.” You can check that list out here.

I hope you all have a fantastic book day and enjoy celebrating it in whichever way you are! Let me know if you’re doing anything in the comments!! I’ll be going back to work unfortunately but after that I’ll be spending the rest of my night trying to finish my book.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3)

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Hey guys! It’s the final day of my 3 days, 3 quotes challenge! I was tagged to do this by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so go head over and check out her blog!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

 

Today’s quote is taken from John Green’s Looking For Alaska.

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

This quote is literally me. My room has been completely taken over by books as I just keep buying more whenever I’m out!


I nominate:

I had a lot of fun doing this so thank you again to Deanna for tagging me! I’m hoping to have a book review up for you all by the end of next week so keep an eye out for that!

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

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Hey guys! So I forgot to schedule my posts for this challenge so I’m a few days late in doing day 2. I’ll schedule a post for tomorrow so it actually posts in time! I was tagged to do this challenge by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so thank you!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

Today’s quote is from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

This quote definitely has to be one of my favourites from this book! If you constantly live wondering ‘what if?’ then you end up missing out on so many opportunities in life!


I nominate:

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 1)

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Hi guys! I was tagged to do this weeks ago by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so I’d just like to thank her for that. I’m so happy to finally take part in this tag!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The first quote I’m going to go for is a quote from one of my favourite books, Clockwork Angel.

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

I absolutely adore these books and this quote really stood out to me. For me I took this quote to mean that books have such a huge impact on some people’s lives that could make them want to change or inspire them etc. I’m going to need to try my best and not use Cassadra Clare’s books for all the quotes I choose!


I nominate:

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The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

It feels so good being able to catch up on all the tags I’ve been tagged in over the past few weeks now that I’m finally off for a few days. I was tagged to do this one by Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) so thank you so much!


Before we start all the book synopsis’ will be taken from Goodreads. So, here we go!

  1. Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

3473 Synopsis: Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.

A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it.

Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…

I adore this book cover and this story. I watched the movie before I read the book and instantly fell in love with the characters and story. If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie then I highly recommend you do!

2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

16068905Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

This is another book that I absolutely loved! The relationship between Cath and Levi was just so sweet and I got fuzzy feelings when reading about them. You can check out my review here.

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Okay so I’m pretty sure plenty of people know what both these series’ are about so I’m not going to add a synopsis but every autumn/winter I try to read one of these series’ as they’re my favourites and I just enjoy sitting in my house with one of these books on a cold chilly night with my hot chocolate.

4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

22509768Synopsis: A sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night in New York. Nick and Norah are both suffering from broken hearts. So when Nick sees the girl who dumped him walk in with a new guy he asks the strange girl next to him to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick, and get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never quite broke up with. And so she agrees. What follows is an epic first date between two people who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.

I loved both the characters in the story and would love to trade place with either of them to spend the night looking for one of my favourite bands secret gig location and what sounds like a fun and mysterious first date!

5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

20810072Synopsis: Carey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?

For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa.

Their mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone. Survival is Carey’s only priority – until strangers arrive and everything changes…

It makes me so sad that I don’t really see anybody talk about this novel. I thought this novel was incredible for a debut and Murdoch created such amazing characters that made you feel every emotion possible. I also reviewed this book which you can check out here. It was also just announce that this book has been optioned for film too which is exciting news so that’s another reason you should read this book!

6. Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I don’t own any embarrassing books but I’ve chosen this collection as I guess many people would say they were childish etc but this collection was a childhood favourite of mine.

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?

One of my favourite things about autumn/fall is that near enough every week a pot of homemade soup is made which makes me extremely happy as there is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work to a nice hot bowl of soup.


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The Autumn Book Tag

Hi guys, sorry for the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I’ve been working so much recently and it’ll continue to be like that from now right up to Christmas unfortunately. However, I will try to keep posting at least once a week!

I was tagged by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse to do the Autumn book tag. You should definitely go and check out her blog and give her a follow.

The Autumn Book Tag

1. What is your favourite thing about Autumn? 

  • I love the jumpers, the weather and the fact that it’s time for Halloween! I also love the colour of the leaves as they fall off the trees. They’re such beautiful colours.

2. What book reminds you of you school days?

  • I think I’m gonna have to say Cathy Cassidy’s books. I read them all when I was younger and they were some of my favourites. I was also lucky enough to meet her one year thanks to one of my teachers taking me on a school trip!

3. What cover reminds you of Autumn?

  • I’m going to have to say Night Owls by Jenn Bennett. The colours remind me of a cold autumn night sky and the gold colour of the leaves.

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4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

  • I don’t read a lot of horror so I’m going to have to say The Demonata series by Darren Shan. This series was one of my favourites as a young teen and it used to scare me every time I read it. It was full of blood and gore and demons. I spoke about the first book in the series briefly in my last post which you can check out here!

5. What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

  • I don’t watch a lot of horror either but every Halloween I have to watch Hocus Pocus as it’s one of my favourite films! I used to love it as a child and I still do even now! I remember being scared of the Sanderson Sisters when I was younger too haha!

6. What fall book release are you looking forward to?

  • The book I’ve chosen was released a few days ago and it’s Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I love all of Rainbow Rowell’s books with Fangirl being one of my favourites and I’m so glad she released a Simon and Baz story!

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7. What autumn movie release are you most anticipating? 

  • Okay so this movie has been out for just over a week now but I’ve been wanting to see this since I seen the trailer for it. The movie is, The Intern. I’m a huge fan of Anne Hathaway and plus this looks like a really good movie. You can check out the trailer here!

8. What are three books you plan to read this autumn?

  • Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne. This is the book that UKYA In The Rain are reading this month. This is a book club started by Ally and if you want to find out more information about it then please do click on the link!
  • The Other Son – Alexander Soderberg
  • Imposter – Chanda Stafford.

I tag:

Nostalgic Book Review Tag

Thank you very much to Deanna at A Novel Glimpse for tagging me in this. It looks like it’s going to be fun so I’m excited to take part!


Part 1: The Summary

First, (without looking it up) tell us a little bit about this book, and approximately when you read it. Write a summary (brief, long, anything you like!) of the book you are reviewing.

(MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!)

Okay, so I’m going to choose ‘Lord Loss’ by Darren Shan. My friend introduced me to this book when I was around 12/13 so that would’ve been back in 2007/08. It is book one of The Demonata series and they were just some of my favourite books when I was younger even if they were full of blood and gore!

The Plot

If I remember rightly, the story follows a young boy who has always been brought up around the game of chess. One day he comes home to find his parents have been murdered by a demon and then we are taken along on his hunt to find this demon and compete against him in a game of chess. It’s been years since I last read them so I may be slightly wrong in my description there!

Characters

It’s so bad but I can’t remember any of the characters names which makes me annoyed at myself because I really should know. I have a feeling the sister is called Amy but I’m most likely wrong! What I do remember is there are many different demons that we meet throughout the story which just adds to the horror for a child.


Part 2: My Thoughts

Share your thoughts on your chosen book. Reflect and talk about what you thought of the book back then.

Okay so I absolutely adored these books! Although I wasn’t a horror fan, I enjoyed reading these books so much, however, I did end up with nightmares each time I read it but for me, that made it a brilliant story! There was a lot of blood, guts and gore throughout the book too which made me feel slightly queasy but it is still a brilliant book and series. My book covers were glow in the dark too so I couldn’t sleep with the book in my room because the cover has one of the demons on the front and I would be terrified to sleep thinking it was watching me. Talking about this series has made me want to re-read the books and live my childhood all over again!


Part 3: The Epilogue

Here’s the fun part: now you can look up a summary of the book – find all those names that you couldn’t remember, those plot points that seemed pretty important – and all those things you might have forgotten. Don’t go back and edit the summary from the first part!

Plot outline taken from Darren Shan.

1331644Grubbs Grady is an average kid. A bit bigger and slyer than a lot of boys his age (he loves to play evil, ingenious tricks on his sister), but nothing special. He leads an ordinary life, and expects it will always be that way. But when his parents and sister behave strangely … and Grubbs decides to stick his nose in … his entire world is thrown into chaos. He discovers that demons are real, and that terrible things can happen right in front of your eyes.

As Grubbs slowly and painfully tries to deal with his new situation, help appears in the form of a friendly, eccentric relative. Grubbs moves to the countryside to recover, and starts putting his life back together. But there are secrets to be uncovered and hard truths to learn, and Grubbs is about to find out that as crazy and deadly as the world now seems, life is about to get a whole lot worse!!!

“Lord Loss” is the first book of “The Demonata”, a ten-book series which will take readers into new worlds and universes, all of them populated or threatened by demons. Fast-paced and bloody, horrific and fantastic, frightening and exciting. You might never look at the world in the same way again …

So you know like I thought the sister was called Amy? Yeah, I was completely and utterly wrong. Her name is Gret. I would love to know where I got Amy from because I was nowhere near close! I am so desperate to re-read this series again! Darren Shan’s books always will be some of my favourites as it’s the books I read throughout my first few years of High School. I highly recommend this book to you if you’re into horror/blood/guts etc.


Thank you again to Deanna for tagging me! I really loved doing this. Now I tag;

Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser

Syc @ The Lit Mermaid

Skylee @ The Night Girl

And anyone else who wants to take part!

Your Life In Books Tag

Hi guys! So last week I was tagged by Analee over at Book Snacks to do the ‘Your Life In Books Tag’ and I’m excited to take part in it so here we go!

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

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Some of the books I’ve read and loved for my initials! (KTM) 

2. Count your age along your bookshelf – which book is it?

I’m 20 so that book would be:

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3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

This is a pretty obvious book to choose that’s set in my country (Scotland) but I couldn’t think of any others!

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4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to. 

Oooooh this is really hard! I think I’m gonna go with Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

San Francisco is a place I’ve been wanting to travel to for a while now and hopefully with the thing I want to do in a few years time I’ll be able to go!

5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

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I absolutely adore this colour and I’m so happy that it is the colour of one of my favourite books!

6. Which book do you have the fondest memory of?

I was obsessed with all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books as a kid! I would constantly re-read them and I was so upset when my mum gave them away

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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I have never been so disappointed in a book in my life. I received it through a goodreads giveaway and I’m glad I never spent money on it because it was so bad!

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

 

These books have been on my TBR list for a while so I’ll be glad to finally read them! Especially the Game Of Throne series as they’re such big books.


Thank you to Analee for tagging me! Now I tag: