READING LISTS: Halloween Picks (If you don’t like a fright)

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DSC_0851Halloween is the day when all the ghouls come out to play. I know, I know, but for some of us who couldn’t say ‘boo’ to a ghost, it means dodging all the horror films that your friends want to watch during a movie marathon and miserably failing. If horror films scare you like they scare me, than you’ve probably had to sit for two hours staring at your lap and occasionally peeked at the screen to see if it was over.

I’m not a complete monster, I do give sweets to trick-o-treaters, but my preferred film on Halloween is The Rocky Horror Picture Show and if I’m going to read, I lean towards the Gothic rather than the scary. Halloween is also puts me in a fantasy mood too, so I love delving into a magical story at the end of October.

So if you don’t revel in fright night, here are some books that will keep you entertained and your heart rate (mostly) steady. Continue reading “READING LISTS: Halloween Picks (If you don’t like a fright)”

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TOP TEN TUESDAY- 3rd October 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment of by creating their own blog post.

I’ve missed out on the last few weeks of Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m back and looking forward to sharing this weeks picks! The topic is Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (which characters do you have crushes on?), but I’m picking characters who have a special little place in my heart. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY- 3rd October 2017”

BOOKISH FINDS: Birthday Books

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It’s my birthday! I’m turning 24 today, and to celebrate I decided to invest in some extra special books. It’s something I started doing last year, and I wanted to keep it going because for me there’s nothing better than a book on your birthday, or maybe three.

I’ve had my eye on these beautiful Austen books for ages. Since I first read Emma as a teenager, Jane Austen has been my all time favourite author. I loved her wit, her warmth and her strong characters. For me, there’s no one like Austen, and these books seemed liked the perfect present to myself.

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Despite being a huge Austen fan, I only actually own a Clothbound Classic copy of Persuasion and a Vintage Classic Pride & Prejudice, so it’s nice to finally have some copies to call my own. I’m thinking I might have to complete the set very soon.

What’s your favourite way to celebrate your birthday? Do you buy birthday books too?

MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 15th August 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

Top Ten Tuesday is back this week, and this week’s topic is 10 recommendations for … Its an open topic, so I thought I’d do 10 recommendations for readers who love strong female characters.

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Top Ten Tuesday- 8th August 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

It’s the final week before Top Ten Tuesday starts back again, so I thought I’d look at an earlier topic: Top Ten Books You Loved But Never Wrote A Review For. It seemed like a fitting topic as I’ve been debating whether to review the last book I read. It’s made me wonder what other great reads have fallen through the blogging cracks!

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READING LISTS: 10 Books I’d Like to Re-read

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DSC_0655If you know my, you’ll know I very rarely re-read anything. I have a trusty copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky that I open every now and again when I’m looking for comfort and Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer when I need a boost, but other than that once I pick up a book I very rarely read it again. I’m not sure it its because I feel so far behind a lot of the time, I don’t always read books when they come out, or whether it’s just that once I’ve closed the cover I don’t feel the need to pick it up again, but re-reading is one of those things I very rarely do, like going to the gym and eating low-fat yogurt.

So, I had a think about the books I would re-read if I ever got round to it and surprisingly there were more YA books than I expected. Continue reading “READING LISTS: 10 Books I’d Like to Re-read”

MISC: 10 TV Adaptations That Made Me Want to Read The Book

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Apple Tree Yard has been on the BBC for the last few weeks and I’ve finally caught up on iPlayer. The TV adaptation of Louise Doughty’s novel about a geneticist’s extra-marital affair sucked me in by the end of the first episode, and like the binge-watching addict that I am, I went straight on to episode two. What could be a familiar story, a woman who finds herself unexpectedly attracted to a man who isn’t her husband, takes some dark and unpredictable turns. I haven’t read the book, so I have no idea what’s waiting in episode three, but watching the series made me think of other small screen adaptations over the years that have made me want to read books I’ve never heard of, or already decided weren’t for me. Here are nine more: Continue reading “MISC: 10 TV Adaptations That Made Me Want to Read The Book”