Favourite Books and Resolutions For 2015 // New Years Special!

Books of 2014

Since I only began this blog in August of 2014 and I am very grateful to the views and the comments since I have not kept a detailed recording of all of my readings so I cannot give a precise account of what I have read throughout the year but I can tell you a little about my favourite books of the year the ones that have left a lasting impression!

-      Cinder After a lot of pointless avoidance of this book I finally read it a month ago and I did really enjoy it, and since I got the rest of the published books for Christmas I will happily be diving into them in 2015!

-      Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares I know that I read this book at the beginning of 2014 because I remember feeling slightly awkward that I reading a book set in Christmas after Christmas had just passed. I loved this story, it was an easy-ready, enjoyable and festivedefinitely one I would recommend to my YA-loving cousins and to a younger audience of book blogs.


-      Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops It is rare that I write about Non-Fiction books on this blogsomething I wish to remedy in 2015 but I loved this book. It was very funny, and incredibly easy to read since I read it sitting in the same position and with the same drink (it was a can of coke) in one hour. But still great! (The second book is on its way!)

-      The Kingmakers Daughter I read this book just after Christmas as well as it was the last book in The Cousins War book saga of Phillippa Gregory which I read. I really enjoyed this story, it was my favourite of the four and that was probably to do with the story between Richard and Anne which was my favourite part of the TV series that aired a few months pre-reading these books!

-      Where Rainbows End I remember seeing the trailer for ‘Love, Rosie’, the adaption of this book, and feeling in pain with the excitement of wanting to see it (I was going through a Sam Claflin phase) and then the following day I walked into my ‘Books for Free’ shop and saw it on the shelf. I literally ran with the book and left! I actually forgot to get it stamped by the nice cashier people! How bad is thatanywayI put down whatever book I was reading at the time and read this one in 3 days and then gave it to my sister who also enjoyed it as much as I didand I know that she did as it was the first book she had actually read in years! Proud Sister Moment!


-      Room I thought that this was a haunting book and again a book I wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for Booktube and my favourite book bloggers. It’s not a book I’d want to read again  as it was disgusting and shocking in places but it was well-written and heart-wrenching as much as it was disturbing. 

-      Downton Abbey Scripts Season 1 & 2 I got these books on a whim in a charity shop and oh my god I loved them. I devoured them. My mum got the third season for me for Christmas and I squealed! It is taking effort for me to not read it straight away! There is something about reading scripts which I love!


-      Harry Potter: From Page to Screen Okso I also got this book for Christmas and it is huge! But I have to admitI did read it. It wasn’t so difficult, I read it in a day as there are a lot of picture pages but I adored it! I went to Harry Potter Studios at Leavesden yesterday andit wasthe best experienceof 2014! Even with the worst cold known to man! It helped also that my whole family was there which is a rare thing for me! It was great and this book was superb! I really recommend it even though it is expensiveIt is the book version of the Harry Potter Studio Tours! Trust me on that!

-      Eleanor & Park I will go as far to say that this is my book of the year! It is the one that I remember the most vividly and I read it this Summer it is the book I discovered only because of book blogging and booktube. It is the story and the characters I would give my book Oscar toif a book Oscar was an actual thing!


So these are my top books of this yearI’m sorry that there isn’t more but I never really paid much attention to what books I read so long as I read a booknow that has all changed and I must admit to loving the experience of reading a book even more now than I did before! This Book Blogging is fun!


SoBook Resolutions for 2015:

1.   Read 50 books in 2015 there will a Page to let you know how I am doing. I will add the books and date I finish them to this pagestarting as of when I finish my next book.

2.   To blog at least twice a week if I can. I do have University and Job commitments to consider but I will try!

3.   To do my reviews!

4.   To publicise my book blog more!

5.   To reply to all comments within a 24 hour response time!

There we have it. 2015EllesBellesBookshelf is ready!

Top 10 Love Stories

Top 10 Love Novels

Disclaimer: These books are my personal choices and are not in any order, they are just 10 books I would recommend to people who fancied reading a love novel.

1.    The Fault in our Stars John Green

-      A staple book for all YA lovers who want to read a love story in return. Warning: Tissues and someone to love might be required upon reading this.


2.   Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell

-      I remember feeling so moved and rooting so much for Eleanor & Park, the two misfits of their school. Definitely well-worth reading if you like subtle romance rather than ‘in-your-face’


3.   Where Rainbows End Cecelia Ahern

-      ‘Platonic love’ which turns into ‘true love’anyone got that boy-who’s-just-a-friend-but-not-gay-so-could-be-more?


4.   Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffeneger

-      Another weepy but really beautiful written and beautifully told story. Again Warning: Weepy and adult. You will need chocolate!


5.   Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

-      Oksome might argue that whilst this has a strong romance in it, it is not a love story I say this after having several full-blown arguments with English Teachers over the years whilst it is a bildungsroman (telling the life story of one character from childhood to adulthood) it is also a romance! Mr Rochester and Jane are soul-mates!


6.   Atonement Ian McEwan

-      This is not one of my favourite love stories, and again many will argue that it is not as the story focuses more on the sister of the girl in love but there is true and sexual love in this story, as well as unrequited and young love set in the 1930s and 1940s nothing like a war to stir up some hasty romantic feelings trust me.


7.   Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell

-      Gone with the Wind is complicatedand long. Very long. Over 1000 pages, 3 marriages, loads of death, several years and little romance. It is more about manipulation and blindness we suffer when it comes to love, but it is an epic! So a good readif you have the time.


8.   Twilight Stephanie Meyer

-      In 2008 people would have been nodding their heads like Churchill dogs in cars but nownot so much. But I can’t forget or deny that I think Edward and Bella (In the books) are a cute couple and have a good love story.


9.   Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

-      Another epic! Heathcliff and Cathythe moors.the screaming and ghosts that never leave youit’s Women in Black meets The Notebook! I swear! The love is so strong throughout it becomes devotion and obsession and everything that is extreme about love! That being said it is a hard readI’ve still only made it to page 103


10. Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

-      I had to get Jane Austen on here somehow. Whilst I can’t deny she has written 6 beautiful love stories Northanger Abbey is my favourite for the simplicity and the themes of young love. Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland would be my perfect relationship!

So there we have itmy Top 10 Love stories!

Stardust by Neil Gaiman // Review

Stardust by Neil Gaiman


Author: Neil Gaiman. Other credits include: ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’, ‘Neverwhere’ and ‘The Graveyard Book’. A children to YA author who writes imaginative fantasy stories.

Rating: ***


I wanted to love this novel. It is short, it is by Neil Gaiman and it is the book to one of my favourite films of all time: Stardust (2007) but I just didn’t love it.

The story itself is only a hundred odd pages long, and could easily be read in an afternoon, but for me it dragged and not in a good way. There are a lot of intertwining stories from illegitimate children to first loves, fairy-lands and a star just being a few of many more! And since there are so many, and the book is so short, it was hard to feel anything for the characters besides a faint: ‘have we met?’ feeling.

The beauty of the story lies in Gaimans ability to create a world without seemingly any bother whatsoever. The land of fairie, or Stormhold, or the ‘world past the wall’, was  well-developed and totally bonkers. A place that I would like to visit myself! There are unicorns, witches, rumplestitlkin kind of characters, odd market places and magical glass flowers: what is not to love. But it is so odd and different that it is hard to follow sometimes. Any person who reads Gaiman’s work from The Graveyard Book to Neverwhere - has to have a vivid imagination or their mind will become claggy with ‘what the hells!’ before they reach the second chapter!
Movie poster

Stardust, in comparison to it’s movie, hold similarities and characters but not really plotline, so if you are anything like me and were expecting to see the movie and the actors that played the characters in your head whilst reading the book you will be disappointed. There are quite a few obvious bits that have been cut why I don’t know? and obvious bits that have been added like Ricky Gervais. What pothead put him into the equation? the book itself is not far from the film but the characters were different and the back-stories were so much more complicated that I really wanted to have the simplicity of the movie back. That was part of its charm and that was what I thought was missing in the book: charm.

Overall, it is a quick and easy read filled with great imaginative lines, plots and places but it was just too confusing and too full for me to enjoy as much as I wanted too.



Favourite Book Quotes // Quotes Series

Favourite Book Quotes


I think if a book has a brilliant or moving quote within it makes it more memorable and sometimes more enjoyable ‘Inconceivable!’ well not really.

This is my first post on a new quotes series: I hope you enjoy! J Happy Holidays!

Book Quotes 1

‘I am haunted by humans.’ The Book Thief Marcus Zusak

‘Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die’ The Princes Bride William Goldman
‘We accept the love we think we deserve’ The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Choboswy

‘Do you think that because I am poor, obscure, plain and little that I am soulless and heartless’ Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
‘This is not a war, this is a test of how far men can be degraded.’ Birdsong Sebastian Faulks

‘I think everyone in this world is friends if you can only get them to see you don’t want to be un-friends.’ The Railway Children E.Nesbit

‘I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.” Little Women Louisa May Alcott

I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what your favourite books quotes are? :)
Merry Christmas!


Countdown to Christmas! // Tag

Countdown to Christmas!
I haven’t done a tag in ages...or I may not have done at all well I am making up for that now with a completely un-book-related tag! But it’s Christmassy so please forgive me!

I tag all those who wish to answer these questions as I know I did! J Happy Holidays!

1.   What’s your favourite holiday movie?

There are so many! Probably: Scrooge the musical with Albert Finney. Its not one I hear lots about but it has so many great songs in: Thank you very much being my favourite. But also...the Grinch, The Holiday, Meet me in  St Louis...I have a checklist of films I have to watch at Christmas...  
1970's Scrooge! Classic!
2.   What are your favourite Christmas colours?

Red, Gold and icicle blue. (that really is a colourever since Frozen came out it has become a colour!)

3.   Do you like to stay in your PJs or dress up for Christmas?

I dress up for Christmaspretty dress, make-up, hair the whole shebang. New Years is the PJs time for me.

4.  If you could only buy one person a present this year who would it be?  

My best friend: Freyja (No I haven’t spelt her name wrong it does have a J in it and is still pronounced ‘Freya’) She is my bonkers other-half and I always know what to get her for Christmasand its always just as bonkers as we are!

5.  Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? 

Christmas morningwe used to have a rule in the family that the kids come down first and can open their stocking but they have to wait for everyone to be up and dressed before they can open their presentsbut somehow, Im the one that is now getting woken by my parents who want to open their presentsIm not kidding either! The student gets the better of me!

6.  Have you ever built a Ginger Bread House? 

Never. Don’t know anyone that has. I would like to decorate one but I’m not sure I’d like to build oneI don’t have much patience for that kind of thingnow my sister: she loves lego so maybe a gingerbread house will be her kind of thing?

7.  What do you like to do during your Christmas holidays? 

Ideally with the family and see as many of my nice relatives as possiblehowever the norm is actually to work: right up and then after Christmasgot to earn pennies as a student!

8.   Any Christmas Wishes?

I wish that this year everyone in my family is healthy. This may seem cliché but we always have a medical emergency on Christmas day or Boxing Dayhappened every year for the past three years! Could do without the ambulances for once!

9.   Favourite Christmas smell?

Cranberries. My mum stocks up on her favourite body shop oils and my favourite is: Cranbery Wish. She burns it all year but at Christmas she can’t help but pour more in as she gets more of the little bottles! Always feels like Christmas when I can smell cranberries, the living room is only lit by the Christmas tree lights and fire and the Christmas songs are on the TV.
Cranberry oil from The Body Shop!

10. Favourite Christmas meal or treat?

Christmas treat: eating the chocolates off the tree. Although I have been banned recently as I snuck the chocolates off the tree one year and ate them all on my ownthis was when I was 10 so I think the ban should be lifted now9 years later!