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My absolute favourite books from 2016.

January 17, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Last week I shamed myself with a list of all the books that I didn’t read last year that I really should have. This week I’m sharing the ones that I did read that you should (if you haven’t already).

The Sin Eater’s Daughter“I loved the world, it was incredibly built. I loved the history of it, with the war ad the myths of the sleeping prince and the gods that they pray to and the different religious beliefs. The world had everything and was written in such beautiful detail I found myself rereading pages hoping for more and more of the world.”

The Sleeping Prince“I really liked trying to figure out Errin and Silas. They are both very secretive characters, which you would think worked against them and their relationship, but it doesn’t. It makes it even better. And I really like that it is not massively focused on a romance, so we get this really strong trust between them and a protective instinct for each other, which then starts to develop into something more.”

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Bars

June 19, 2016 Sunday Funday, Uncategorized 4

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This weekend I am in the Lake District with the bf and feeling sooooooo relaxed. I have been looking forward to this weekend for months. We’ve been eating loads of yummy food, checking out some beautiful places and of course I managed to fit in some reading time too!

Next month I will be going to YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) in London, and whilst looking for some bookish stuff to do whilst I am there I found some great bookish bars. So I thought I would share some of my favourite, for those of you who live or will be visiting the UK in the future…

The Drawing Room, Southbank

 

The thing I love most about this place is that to get to the drawing room you have to find the secret door behind a bookcase! So cool!

The Society Club, Soho

 

A bookstore AND a bar, what could be better?! Apparently there book selection is amazing, and when combined with their selection of bar snacks, it;s the perfect place to hang out!

Far Rockaway, Shoreditch

 

If your more of a comic book fan than a book lover then this is the place for you! It just looks so chilled out and homely.

Library, Covent Garden

 

If you’ve got £500 to spare then buy yourself a membership for this VERY exclusive place in Covent Garden. Their book selection is meant to be amazing, and if you find yourself still there reading late into the night then you can stay in one of their overnight rooms!

You check out more of the bookish bars in London right here

Have you ever been to a bookish bar? Which is your favourite from this list?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Ten Books Every YA Skeptic Should Read

April 12, 2016 Uncategorized 18

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So, I don’t know about you but when I tell people that I review books online they get very excited, and then they ask which types of books I review and when I say “mostly young adult” I get an eye roll and they walk away. So often people think that YA is a lesser subset of “real books” and for my that could not be more wrong!

YA is just as diverse, has just as many talented writers and is just as worthy of being recognised as any other non YA book. Each of these books is a standout in its genre. Not just its YA genre, but its overarching genre. So here is my list, for the skeptics, which represent just how great this genre is…

The Dystopian/Fantasy Series

Winner's Trilogy

The care that went into this beautifully crafted trilogy is evident in every single page of all three books. Sure it’s got a young adult female heroine (just like a lot of YA) but Kestrel is something completely different. The intelligence of the characters but also of the story told in this trilogy is fascinating and it really shows the political side of war and it’s consequences in a way that no other YA book I’ve read ever has.
The Winners Curse . The Winners Crime . The Winners Kiss

mortal instruments

The amount of worldbuilding that went into this series is incredible and NO ONE can fault the world that Cassandra Clare has created, nor the story within it. This is only one of multiple series set in Clare’s Shadowhunter world, but it is my favourite which is why I’m mentioning it. The characters, the world and the story are incredible (and not to be judged by the film or TV programme!)
City of Bones . City of Ashes . City of Glass .
City of Fallen Angels . City of Lost Souls . City of Heavenly Fire

the hunger games

Skeptics may have seen the films advertised and judged, but as much as I loved the films the books (as always) are so much better. Katniss isn’t your usual heroine and for someone so young she is put through a hell of a lot and ends up coming out of it suffering from PTSD. This isn’t your usual ‘take on the bad guys and then live happily ever after’. This book deserves recognition.
The Hunger Games . Catching Fire . Mockingjay

Lunar Chronicles

I know what the Skeptics are thinking. ‘A fairytale retelling, it must be a teen/childs book’, but they would be oh so wrong. Once again the world building in this series is phenomenal and the entire thing deserves to be recognised as more than just a fairytale retelling, because it is so so much more than that.
Cinder . Scarlet . Cress . Winter . Fairest . Stars Above

The Ones With the Powerful Messages

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For a story that will change your life in ways you never thought a book could I give you If I Stay of the book that my boyfriend so nicely refers to as “the book with the girl who ends up in a coma and has to decide whether to live or die” (so eleoquently put). For me, this books message is about the power of love and family, and that sometimes the things that we think are the most important, and the choices we believe are the hardest to make … really aren’t. Gayle Forman is a master, and this book is so incredible that literally anyone of any age could relate to it, which is why deserves to be known as more than just another YA book.
If I Stay

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Suicide is sadly something that is becoming more and more common in our world today, and a new things that is rising within this is ‘suicide partners’. This book is so delicately written with such important themes that how anyone can judge it to be “just another YA book” is beyond me. This book, and others like it are SO important for all people to read (not just teens and young adults) because they carry such important messages and deserve so much more respect than they get at the moment.
My Heart and Other Black Holes

Honesty Cover

Seth King picks a not so easy but very relevant topic for the world today in this book. His message is honest and powerful and you get the feeling that his stories are written, not to change the world, but so that maybe it will make things better for even just one person. It’s books like this one that deserve peoples appreciation, because they are just as life changing as the no YA books out there.
Honesty

The Ones With the Epic Romances
(that also made us sob)

Just because a YA romance involves young people does not make it any less epic. Romeo and Juliet were only 16 year old yet their story has been told as one of the greatest love stories of all time, so why do YA romances get so little appreciation?!

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Probably one of the most recognised YA books of recent years and often referred to as ‘that book with the kids who have cancer and fall in love’ But it is SO MUCH MORE that a cancer book. Hazel and Gus taught us how to live in the moment, appreciate life and to keep going even after everything goes wrong. Plus it made us (and by us I mean millions of people!) cry, a hell of a lot, and for that reason it deserves your respect!
The Fault in our Stars

November 9

In the same style as the hugely popular One Day, this book features a romance that spans years whilst only actually featuring our MCs on one day a year. The romance is epic, and heartbreaking and just oh so satisfying. Colleen Hoover is the goddess of YA romance and her books are, in my opinion some of the greatest love stories I’ve ever read.
November 9

A Thousand Boy Kisses Cover

If you are looking for an epic romance then Tillie Cole’s books are most definitely worth the visit and especially this one. Any skeptics out there who say that YA cannot produce a romance story that will both break and make your heart then I dare you to read this book and continue to say that! This book deserves every little bit of praise it has received so far, and mountains more beyond that!
A Thousand Boy Kisses

Have you read any of these books?

Which books are on your list this week?

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Sunday Funday: The most beautiful quotes in literature (apparently)

November 8, 2015 Sunday Funday, Uncategorized 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I’m a bit late with my Sunday Funday post this week, so big apologies to those of you who have been waiting for it! I’m not the most organised person (you already know this!) and so my post was not scheduled. Therefore, yet again, when things happen that are out of my control I end up with a very late post!

So I came across this list the other day about 50 of the most beautiful lines in literature and I pretty much loved all of them, so decided to share some of my absolute favourite from the list…

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”
—Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly.”
—Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
—Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

What if your favourite beautiful quote from this list?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Monthly Review: August & September

October 4, 2015 Montly Review, Uncategorized 4

Image of the Month

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This is my “It’s time for Autumn” picture.

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

(and August, because I forgot to do a monthly review for it!)

1) I got dressed up and went to a gala ball (August) – I’m not all that much interested in fancy food and balls etc, but I can’t deny that getting dressed up and going to this big fancy dinner was totally exciting! The food was a bit too fancy for me, with some very hard to pronounce words, and I think that my excitement over seeing a potato on my plate during the 4th course (there had been no carbs up to this point!) showed just how common I am! But the night was a lot of fun, and even if I didn’t like the food, the wine was delicious!

2) Broc’s Bookcase turned 2! (August) – I have said it time and time again, that when I started this blog I really didn’t think it was going to last very long. I had tried with blogs before but never really stuck at it, so to still be here 2 years later is so exciting! Once again MASSIVE thanks to everyone who has checked out Broc’s Bookcase at some point.

3) My best friend moved to China (August) – Ok, so she is only going to be gone for 2 1/2 months, but I am missing her so much. She is my go-to person for everything and I hate that we can’t just nip into town and catch up over cocktails and the time difference totally sucks and makes chatting kind of difficult. Only a month and a bit to go!

4) I grew vegetables! (September) – I’m rubbish at growing things and particularly keeping anything plant-like alive, so massive achievement this month in that my lettuce actually grew enough that I can eat it! Was feeling very proud of myself the other day when I placed my homegrown salad on the table for our family dinner.

5) I worked at a Food, Beer and Wine Festival (September) – I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but my dad owns a brewery and bar and so was were invited along to the food festival to sell some of our beer and the meat/cheese platters that we sell in the shop. Unfortunately, day of the festival, my dad fell out of the van (6 months post hip replacement) and ended up having to go to hospital for x-rays! Luckily he is ok, but it did mean that I had to work the food festival in his place. But with yummy food, sunshine and plenty of cider on tap I had a great weekend!

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Song of the Month

 

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. I love it when people take previously released songs and mix them up. Can’t stop myself singing a long when this song comes on the radio.

Honorable mentions: Fight Song (Rachel Platten), Proud Mary (Tina Turner), Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Autumn Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

AUGUST: Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole) – This is my 8th Tillie Cole book and once again she turned my heart to mush with this beautiful but heartbreaking story. She has never shied away from the tough topics, but this book is something else and I literally could not put it down.

cinder cover   ScarletSouls Unfractured

SEPTEMBER: Cinder & Scarlet (Marissa Meyer) – I FINALLY decided to read the Lunar Chronicles and WOW are they amazing! I read both Cinder and Scarlet in September and they even better then I had imagined them being. I love the characters, I love the world building, I love the fairytale twist. I love everything about this series…except the fact that once I’ve finished Cress I am going to have to wait until November to get my hands on Winter!
Cinder Review . Scarlet Review

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Fav Quote this month

I’m going with my favourite quote from August, because nothing from September even comes close to how much I love this one:

“What are words? Sometimes the flick of a pair of eyes or the flush of skin reveals everything you need to know. Words can wound. Silence can heal.” 

Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole)

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Most Pop Review

Souls UnfracturedThe Young Elites Cover

Souls Unfractured Review        The Young Elites Review

I absolutely loved both of these books and so was super happy that they were my most popular reviews from August and September.

Most Pop post this month

Broc’s Bookcase is 2 years old! – My birthday post in which I did some really hard maths, chatted about my laziness and thank all you wonderful people who come and check out my blog! You guys all left me lovely birthday messages and one lucky person won my giveaway!

When the Work Life, Real Life and Blogger Life Refuse to Work Together – September has been an extremely busy and difficult month for me and I really struggled to balance everything. You guys were super supportive and gave me some great advice!

Top Ten Books on My Birthday List – We had a ‘freebie’ top ten tuesday this month, so I used it to plan out the books on my birthday list. You guys gave me some really good recommendations too!

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4 posts I bookmarked

Blogging 101: How to Get Involved in the Community – One of the most frequent pieces of blogging advice I hear is “get involved in the community.” If you’re new, you may not know what the hell that means or how to go about it.

Get Follows from the Right Places – “Encouraging people to click follow does not make them a ‘follower’!”

The Secret to Being Liked is to Like Other People – “Everyone wants to be liked, but some people are more immediately likeable than others, it seems. The secret to getting people to like you: Like other people.”

How I Will Improve Goodreads When I Rule the World – “Presently, I shall be taking over the universe. Don’t be impatient, now, these things take careful planning and time. I already have an army fuelled on cake. But, to assure the doubters that the universe is in excellent hands, I occasionally write lists of WHY I’ll be such a good world ruler.”

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Excited for Next Month

1) It’s My Birthday! – I’m a bit like a 5 year old when it comes to my birthday and get WAY over excited!

2) The Rose Society Release – I LOVED The Young Elites and so I am super excited for the release of this book and to continue on with the story.

3) Only one more month until … The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, November 9 (Colleen Hoover) and Winter (Marissa Meyer). All three of these things I am desperate to watch/read and I am so excited that we are nearly there!!!

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How was August & September for you?

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Monthly Review: April

April 30, 2015 Montly Review, Uncategorized 0

Image of the Month

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You can keep up with all my months images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) I bought my YALC tickets! – I’m going to YALC for the second year in a row, whooooo! So excited!

2) I went to visit my friend – One of my friends from uni lives down South, and so I went to visit and had so much fun. We went to the zoo (gorilla selfie!) and checked out Dover Castle and all the tunnels underneath. There was also A LOT of book talk, and swapping!

3) My dad had a hip replacement – which means that me and my mum have basically become his slaves. I can’t wait until he is fully healed and back to normal so I don’t have to run round after him all the time!

4) My sisters came home – My big big sister moved to Canada last August, and other then a week over Christmas I haven’t seen her since. She came home this month for a few days, and although it was only a short visit, it was so nice to see her.

5) Easter & Food Festival – I am all egg-ed out. Seriously, I have eaten a ridiculous amount of chocolate eggs this year. But they were awesome. Also, during Easter weekend I went to a food festival which was full of some yummy street food and things like cheese etc. It was so much fun and I was so full by the end of it!

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5 songs this month

I adore this song at the moment. Every time it comes on the radio, no matter where I am, I am up and dancing around to it!

Love Kodaline, and LOVE this song. It is just so gorgeous. By far one of my favorite Love Songs of all time!

I watched How to Train You Dragon 2 this month and immediately fell in love with this song. It has been on repeat A LOT this month, I think everyone in my house is actually hating it now!

I love a good Fall Out Boy song, and this one is no different. Great for listening to in the car!

Really loving the new installment of Mumford and Son’s songs we are getting. This one has been on the radio a lot recently, which is great because it means I get to listen to it ALL THE TIME!

Honorable mentions: Honest – Kodaline, Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson, Lips Are Movin’ – Megan Trainor, Ashes – Embrace, Yours – Ella Henderson

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to this month in my April Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

I haven’t done much reading this month, and so I feel like there are only two that deserve a mention this month.

  Fuel the Fire

Everything Everything – I was so excited to be approved for an ARC of this, and I literally devoured it in a few hours (thank god for uninterrupted train journeys!). I know there has been quite a bit of excitement surrounding this one, and you will not be disappointed when it’s released in September.

Fuel the Fire – A bittersweet book as it makes us getting even closer to that final book in the very addictive Addicted series. Krista and Becca Ritchie did an amazing job with this one, and I know I will be rereading it for a very long time to come!

Fav Quote this month

“There are rare people who will fuel the fire inside of you, who will awaken a dormant passion, who will push you and better you. She alone is my rarity.”

– Fuel the Fire (Becca & Krista Ritchie)

Most Pop Review

Fuel the Fire

Check out my review.

Also, shout out to my review & Interview with Seth King for The Summer Remains, which seems to have gotten a lot of hits this month. I always like it when past reviews from previous months get a bit of loving again, and this one really has been getting quite a bit of love!

Most Pop post this month

Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Have Skills I Wish I Had – I loved chatting about this, and once I started it was really hard to stop. I never realised how many characters were out their who I was jealous of!

Release Day Post: An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir – I have been so excited for this books giveaway for MONTHS, so taking part in the release day post was awesome. Plus it has a giveaway!

Sunday Funday: Bookish Mugs – Everyone needs a bookish mug in their life, and these ones are super pretty!

4 films I watched

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – I FINALLY got round to watching this film. There were a lot of WOAH’s and OH MY GOD’s, and there were also rather a lot of tears. But it was soooo good and I loved every minute!

The Avengers: Age of Ultron – YEAY Avengers. I am a Massive Marvel geek and this film was so kick ass! I can’t wait to see it again!

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – I can’t believe I waited so long to watch this. It was so much fun and the soundtrack was great! So much love for Hiccup and Toothless.

2 new loves this month

Panini’s – I can’t stop eating them. It has gotten so bad that the lady in the canteen in work knows my order before I get there!

Strawberry flavored Chewing Gum – Because I am diabetic I am not allowed to have bubble gum due to all the sugar. A little while ago I discovered Strawberry flavored sugar free gum and this month I seem to have become OBSESSED with it!

Puzzles – I can’t count the number of puzzles I have done this month but I have become a little bit obsessed!

4 posts I bookmarked

Does My Idea Have Potential? – This post was super helpful in me trying to find ways to get my ideas off the ground!

Book Spine Poetry – I loved this post, such a cool idea. I can’t wait to do this with some of my books!

Mood Reading – Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner has done a few posts on mood reading over the past few weeks and I’ve really enjoyed reading them. She speaks such sense!

Email Guidelines for the World – I found this via Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner and it made me chuckle, but at the same time this girl knows what she is talking about and WAAAAAY more people need to read this post. Maybe then I will stop getting annoying emails!

Excited for Next Month

1) Beer Festival (Bank holiday) – Every May bank holiday my local pub has a beer festival, and it is always SO MUCH FUN! A chance to just chill out, drink some good beer and eat lots of yummy food.

2) Wedding dress shopping (not for an actual wedding dress)! – My cousin is getting married in June and I am super excited to go and do some shopping with my mum and find the perfect dress…and maybe some new shoes.

3) Spring maybe? – It has been getting warmer lately and the sun has been out a whole lot more so I am super excited for more good weather. One of my favorite places to read is out in my garden, so I am hoping for a lot more of that next month!

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How was April for you?

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Monthly Review – March 2015

March 30, 2015 Montly Review, Uncategorized 2

Image of the Month

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This month I discovered Tiffin, and then I made my own. And now I can’t stop eating it!

You can keep up with all my months images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) I started my new job! I spent my first week in a state of “I have no idea what I am doing/what everyone is talking about. Can I please just go back to pulling pints at the bar?!” It was hard, like really hard. But I’m more settled in now, and understand what people are talking about at least half of the time! Plus, pay day tomorrow, and you know what that means … more books!!!

2) I met Gayle Foreman! (and Kelly from Have Book Will Read) I must have been chatting to Kelly online for nearly the full two years I have been blogging and sadly had never had the chance to actually meet up face to face. So getting to meet her this month at the Gayle Foreman event in Liverpool was great. The event was definitely one of a kind, with Gayle interviewing herself in spectacular fashion, and then when getting my books signed we had a great chat about which Hogwarts house we were in. I definitely need to go to more book events in the future!

3) I saw McBusted! It was my second time and they were just as amazing if not even more amazing then the first time. Our seats were so good (7 rows from the stage) so we were sooooo close I could almost touch them! I woke up the next day with no voice and legs which wouldn’t quite work, which is a sure sign of a fantastic night!

4) I met the new boyfriends mum! It’s not something I’ve mentioned yet on here as we have only been together a few weeks and I’ve never really talk all that much about my personal life, but there’s this boy … 🙂 And this month I had to do something totally scary that I have never had to do before: meet the mother! There was a lot of freaking out, I must have changed outfits like 10 times! Turns out I was totally stressing over nothing as she is the nicest person ever, and an amazing cook (seriously, her Lasagne, OH EM GEE!) So happy times all round!

5) It was Mothers Day! It was just me and my mum this mothers day as unfortunately neither of my sisters could get back home. But it was such a nice day just chilling with my mum: we ate yummy food and spent the day watching girly films. It just shows that you don’t need to do anything massive or expensive to have a good day!

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5 songs this month

This is one of those cheesy songs that I can’t help but dance to and sing along when it comes on the radio. I have been getting some seriously weird looks from other drivers recently.

I’m pretty late catching up with The 100, but this song featured on an episode I just watched and wow was it perfect for the scene, but still I can’t stop listening to it either!

Another soundtrack song that I fell in love with and now cannot stop listening to. I was humming this in work the other day and now everyone in my office constantly has it suck in their heads! Oops!

Such an unusual collaboration, but also such a catchy song.

Since seeing him perform this at The Brit’s I cannot get this song out of my head. Every time I hear it the volume goes up and every has to be totally silent. Well, except for singing, people are totally allowed to sing along!

An oldie, but for some unknown reason I just started singing it one day and could stop, so it made it onto my playlist and every time it comes on I am immediately up and singing along!

Honorable mentions: I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons / All About You – McBusted / Believe – Mumford and Sons / Kids In The Dark – All Time Low / Come Together – Echosmith

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to this month in my March Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

  

Sweet Hope – I feel like I have been waiting for this one FOREVER, but as soon as I got the book I was scared to start it because once it was over it meant the entire series was over! It was emotional, but an incredible ending to the series, and after months of secrecy from Tillie Cole (best kept secret ever btw!) I finally got to find out who the mystery man was in this book. Check back on Wednesday for my review as part of the blog tour.

The Winners CurseThe Winners Crime – I can’t believe I waited so long to start this series, but wow was it worth the wait. They were addictive and just so clever and by far one of my favorite fantasy worlds I have ever read. I don’t know how I am going to cope until next year for the final book, especially with THAT ending!

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Fav Quote this month

I couldn’t pick between the two!

“She turned to look at him, and he was already looking at her. “I’m going to miss you when I wake up,” she whispered, because she realized that she must have fallen asleep under the sun. Arin was too real for her imagination. He was a dream. “Don’t wake up,” he said.”
– Marie Rutkoski

“He was living breathing poetry. Not love poetry, but the poetry which tears out your heart, rips it to shred, pushes it back into your chest, and makes you question what the hell just obliterated you soul”
– Sweet Hope (I felt like I had to chose this one, because it basically describes how I feel every time I finish a Tillie Cole book!)

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Most Pop Review

I absolutely loved this book and I am so happy that so many people checked out my review and interview with Seth King. It is one of those books that just changes everything once you have finished it. Such beautiful writing.

The Runners Up…

  

The Winners Curse . The Winners Crime . My Heart & Other Black Holes

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Most Pop post this month

The Stupidity of my TBR – My TBR is ridiculous, so I basically moaned about it, and you guys all read it and agreed with me!

Working 9 till 5, What A Way To KILL MY READING – Getting used to my new job and trying to find time for reading has been so hard these past few weeks, but I think I am finally there!

Sunday Funday: Books With A Touch Of Colour – I love it when old posts ge a bit of attention, and this one from last June seems to have been getting rather a lot of it from you guys this month. Maybe everyone is in a colouring mood at the moment?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books for People Who Like Books About REAL Characters in REAL situations – I got a bit passionate about this one and felt it was a little deep at times, but I can’t help it. Once you get my chatting books you are stuck with it!

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4 films I watched

50 Shades of Grey – I thought I’d mention this one first and get it out of the way. I haven’t read the books, because in all honesty they don’t really interest me, but I thought I’d give the film a go. There were parts that I liked, but they were more the rom-com type parts of the film and I felt overall that it wouldn’t be something that I would watch again.

Insurgent – I came out of this one with mixed feelings, I liked it as a film, but as a book adaptation it was kind of disappointing. Check out exactly what I thought in my (no spoiler) Page to Screen Review.

Brick Mansions – I mostly watched this one because it had Paul Walker in it. I can’t lie, it wasn’t the greatest story line, but if you like a good action film then it is perfect. Some really cool stunts and fighting in it!

Walking on Sunshine – This one just made me laugh, like a lot. It’s full of great songs from the 80’s which I couldn’t help but sing along to the entire time! If you are a fan of Mamma Mia, then this one is most definitely one for your to watch.

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2 new loves this month

Easter Eggs – I have probably eaten about 3 years worth of Easter eggs in the past few weeks. It’s so bad, but at the same time it’s just so good! I bought myself some moulds the other day so very excited to have a go at making my own eggs!

Tiffin – A new discovery this month, I am ashamed that I didn’t know such a thing existed! I made my own (see my image of the month) and it was delicious, but now the only problem is how to stop eating it!

Knitting – I used to knit quite a bit, but then lost it, and this month I seem to have picked it up again. There is nothing better then cosying up on the couch to watch a film with a set of knitting needles. I’m currently working on a patchwork blanket, I’m only on square 2, so don’t see it being ready any time soon, but I will get there!

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4 posts I bookmarked

How Much Work Goes Into Book Reviewing? – Jenny does a perfect job at summing up what it is to be a book blogger. And at the same time reminded me just how unorganized I am when it comes to blogging!

Dark Lord Funk – It’s not a blog post but if you are as obsessed with Harry Potter as me then you will love this remix of Uptown Funk!

Chose Less, Do More – I am awful at saying no to people, like really bad. I’ve been trying to hardest this year not to sign up for too much with my blog, and not to say yes to every single review request I get sent, which I can proudly say I have been doing! Say No!!!

Good Question: Why am I not doing that one thing I really want to do? – I spend a stupid amount of time doing things that aren’t what I want to be doing. My to-do list of things that I actually want to achieve in my life is so long, and yet I still find myself wasting time doing other stuff. According to Alex who wrote this post I need to be ridiculous, well that shouldn’t be too hard!

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Excited for Next Month

1) Easter – mostly for the chocolate eggs, but also because I just love the holiday. I get a long weekend off work, I get to spend time with my family, and usually if the weather is nice then we go out somewhere. Plus, did I mention the chocolate eggs?

2) My Sister is coming home – My sister, who moved out to Canada last Summer, is coming home for a whole week in April which is going to be amazing, because the last time I saw her was Christmas! So excited to see her, and just spend some girly time with both of my sisters.

3) Reunion with a uni friend – I try to see my friends from university as much as possible, but it can be hard as we a dotted all over the world! But in April I will be going to visit my friend Sam and exploring her little bit of the world (well, the UK) which I am very excited for 🙂

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How was March for you?

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike About Romance Stories

February 10, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized 0

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I LOVE LOVE! I’m a totally girl when it comes to romances, I love the butterflies and the swooning and of course the hot and sexy times too!

So here are my Likes and Dislikes when it comes to romances in books:

(I was looking for cute love gifs for this post and loads of Carl & Ellie, from Up, kept appearing, so I couldn’t help myself! They are like the cutest thing ever!)

Dislikes

Insta Love – This is going to be on A LOT of lists this week and that is because it is just plain stupid! It is not cute, or romantic, or sweet or realistic or sexy or ANYTHING if people fall in love after just one day. Yes, ok so Cinderella fell in love with the Prince after dancing with him but that was a fairytale! Love at first sight is only acceptable in Disney films! I have gotten to the point now that if I am reading a book and it contains insta-love then it immediately gets put down. No thank you!

Love Triangles (squares or any other type of shape!) – We don’t like them, we don’t want them, we don’t need them. Please stop giving us awesome couples and then throwing someone else in the mix! It’s not nice!

White Knight Complex – I hate romances where the guy suddenly thinks he has to go all protector on his new girlfriend. She managed fine before you buddy, I’m sure she can still look after herself now you guys are dating! Sure, it’s nice every so often for a guy to swoop in and rescue a girl, but she does not need carrying everywhere, her shoelaces tying or just basically anything that she can already do for herself!

I love you, I hate you, I love you… – I just recently read a book in which this girl and guy were totally meant to be together but decided that they couldn’t because (according to her) he wasn’t over his ex (who totally broke his heart btw!) So they decided not to be together, and then a few days later things get all steamy and they have a totally hot make out session and for about 6 hours they are all pro relationship. Then suddenly she decides that they can’t be together because of his ex. A few days later we get the steamy time once again, the few hours of ‘Yeay, lets be a couple’ and then we are back to ‘we can’t be together’. This happens over and over for about 70% of the book. No one needs that, let alone me as a reader! Just make up your darn minds already!

Finally get together…The End – My favourite part of a romance is the whole build up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see part of the happily ever after! Too many books (and films for that matter) seem to end just as the couple get together, this is so frustrating when we have stuck with the couple for 300 pages and we don’t get to see anything more. I mean, it doesn’t take too long to write a ‘1 year later’ epilogue just to give us a glance does it?!
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Likes

Healing romances – The person you love is meant to bring out the best in you, so I like it when people heal from their past or just become better people once they are in a relationship. It just confirms how perfect a couple is for each other when they make each other better.

Friendship to Relationship – I really like romances when they emerge from people who have been friends FOREVER but never quite made it there. Things like best friends since they were 5 or the girls brothers best friend, those type of romances I love and they don’t feel insta love-y because the couple have a totally solid and believable basis for their love story.

Hate to Love – These are often some of the most best types of romance. We all know that they are going to end up together, but it’s not the ending thats the best bit, it’s the banter and the flirting and just everything that happens on their way to the moment when they finally realise that they actually don’t hate each other anymore!

Second Chance Love – When a couple gets together in high school and then for some reason gets pulled apart and then they see each other like 5 years later and realise that they never quite got over each other. I love these ones because there is all that history and the whole re-discovery of each other. It just makes it feel like their love is even stronger now.

The Forbidden Romance – Trying to force two people who love each other apart only makes them love each other more, and only makes us as readers love them even more. Although these types of love stories can be totally heart breaking at times they are also normal the most intense and powerful.

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What do you think of my choices? Do you agree/disagree?

What do you like/dislike about romance stories?

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