MISC: Spring Cleaning

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DSC_1419I’m not one to follow trends, which is probably why I’ve decided to spring clean in July instead of in the spring. I’m also a hoarder by nature, so if I don’t set aside three or four days a year to sort through the things I’ve collected I can run out of room pretty quickly. I started on my chest of drawers today- it’s looking a lot less like a magpie’s nest now that I have put some things away. But, the big change today is my blog.

I’ve been blogging on WordPress since January without really ever changing anything. So in line with my spring cleaning activities I thought I would spruce it up a bit and change the layout. I’ve also added About and Review pages so you can get to know me and find my reviews a little easier (and see what reviews I’m planning in the future?).

What do you think?

MISC: Reasons why you should read The Perks Of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksy

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been my favourite book since I first read it at 14 when I was a painfully shy and questionably dressed teenager. Young Adult fiction has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last few years with many, including Perks, being adapted for the big screen but unlike the action-packed dystopian series that have obtained widespread success, Perks focuses on the everyday struggles that we face. While Charlie is a teenager, navigating his way through high school, he is someone you can relate to especially if you were socially awkward at that age (I know I was). I don’t think it’s a book you can outgrow but rather one that grows with you.

Here are just some of the reasons you should read it (if you haven’t already):

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MISC: Playlists or 5 Albums I Read To

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Some people enjoy reading a novel on the Tube, others prefer to tuck into the corner of a bustling cafe. You might enjoy reading on a bench in a park or at the harbour with the wind beating at your book’s pages. Or maybe your the sort of person who gets through a couple of chapters curled up in bed. I am all of these people rolled into one over-zealous book-lover. If I’m sat anywhere for more than five minutes, ‘this would be so much nicer if I had a book’, is often one of my first thoughts.

I enjoy the background noise that these different places provide: the rustle of leaves, the chatter of fellow travellers, the whirr of a coffee machine and the splash of water against stone. But sometimes I like to shut out the world around me, and these are my top five albums to do that with:

  1. This is All Yours by Alt-J
  2. Communion by Years & Years
  3. Bang by Empires
  4. Wild EP by Troye Sivan
  5. A Different Kind of Fix by Bombay Bicycle Club

10 Film Adaptions I’ve Watched Without Reading the Book

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that all true literary-lovers should read the book before watching the film. Not to do so is a crime. But sometimes temptation wins out, and your friends are all going to watch the adaption on the opening day and ‘I haven’t read the book yet’ sounds like a poor excuse not to go. It happens. It happens more than I will ever willingly admit. So, here are the 10 films I watched before reading the books. I’ll let you in on an even more shameful secret: I still haven’t read them yet!

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  3. The Help by Katherine Stockett
  4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman


What film adaptions have you seen before reading the books?