July Book Haul

So I haven’t done a book haul in quite a whilethe reason beingI haven’t bought many books!

I was just having a phase of ‘not-enough-hours-in-the-day’ so I was lacking in books. But, nonetheless, I have got some books recently and they are:

1.   The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I was in Sainsbury yesterday and spotted this for £6.49, reduced from £12.99 and since everyone has been raving about this book I thought ‘Why not!’ and purchased it. I don’t normally read thriller/mystery type books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

2.   It Ain’t Easy by Kesia Alexandra
This is review book I have been sent of short stories about living in Washington D.C and I am looking forward to readingso watch out for the review of this!

3.   1984 (the play) by George Orwell
I once tried to read 1984 but struggled so I thought I’d try to read the play as I can normally read a play in one sitting, and if I enjoy it I’ll probably read the book as well. If notwell at least I know what the story is now.

4.   The Lie by Helen Dunmore

This is a World War One book and one I’ve seen on Waterstones tables for ages and never purchased. I managed to find it for £1.99 in a local charity shop so maybe I’ll finally get around to reading it!
5.   Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

I love the movie adaption of this book. The book revolves around Lily and Snowflower in 19th century China. The two girls are ‘laotongs’ sworn sisters as they marry for money/business etc they separate but communicate through a secret language on a fan over years of heartache and suffering. It’s a really interesting story and I never read anything about China so I’m looking forward to reading this.
6.    The Bees by Laline Paull
This book has been propping over Booktube and the premise just grabbed me. Set in the perspective of a bee called Flora it tells the story of a bee’s life as a worker/mother bee. It sounds fascinating and I cannot wait to read it!

7.  The Outcast by Sadie Jones
I recently watched the BBC adaption of this book and I found it really entertaining but I wanted to know more about the workings of the characters mind as it revolves around Lewis Aldrige who witnessed the death of his mother and who changes because of it. I’m hoping the book will illuminate the mindfulness that adaption lacked.

8.   The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy is my favourite poetry and I’m looking forward to reading this collection of her poems. Each one has something to do with a bee in it or around it. (Clearly this month is ‘Bee Month’)

9.   Birdsong (the play) by Sebastian Faulks adapted by Rachel Wagstaff
I went to see this play (check out my book to play review) and I loved it! And I desperately wanted to read the play itself to see how it was crafted and too take tips on it for my own writing as it is the kind of play I aspire to write after I complete my degree.

10. Peter and Alice by John Logan

This is a play about Peter Llewelyn Davis and Alice Liddell the inspiration behind Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. The true story tells of Peter and Alice meeting for the first time. Both of their lives were ruined by being the inspiration for these stories and this meeting offers them a chance to discuss it with people who understand.

11. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
One of my first graphic novels. This book tells the story of a couple in a strenuous relationship only through photographs. It seems like a really interesting concept and I’m looking forward to flicking through this.  

Those are all the books I purchased recently and I am so excited to read them as I have only really read Harry Potter for the last two months no complaints but it is time to shake up the genres a bit!

Happy Reading Folks!

Harry Potter Studios Tour

Harry Potter Studios Tour

On the 22nd of July myself and my best friend went to the Harry Potter Studios for the second time! And we had an amazing time! It is one of those places that never seems to get boring! I loved it!

The first times we went we both missed the Hogwarts Express so we were absolutely thrilled to finally see the beauty that is the Hogwarts Train! It was incredible and utterly worth it just to go back for that!

The new area itself opens onto the original stage with all the main stages and the settings of many of the iconic scenes. Freyja, my best friend, and I got our pictures taken on broomsticks confusing the poor attendant when he offered us both Gryffindor outfits and we turned them down for Ravenclaw (Freyja) and Hufflepuff (myself). Apparently it is rare for people to turn down Gryffindor! But I am a Hufflepuff loud and proud!

WARNING: Never wear a dress whilst doing the broomstick stimulator it is not done in the most flattering position and there is a lot of moving and lifting of arms and legs!

We did the tourist thing and got all the photos and were very pleased with ourselves. But we still screamed like small children, particularly around the train which was stunningly beautiful!

The new area is large and full of things to do not just the train although the train is certainly the best part!

Then we tried some butterbeer my feelings have softened towards it after the first tasting, it goes to prove you should not try Butterbeer when you’re suffering from a really bad cold like the first time I went! It still taste like cream soda though.

Another tip: Take a selfie stick! Otherwise you are constantly taking photos of amazing things but without your amazed expression showing how much you love it!With my selfie stick I managed to take a lot more photos than last time and many selfies which only improved our stay as we ran around making people laugh as we posed for literally 3 seconds before running off to get our picture taken elsewhere!

Our excitement was uncontainable!

We had a good old mooch about the shop before and after the tour and the one thing I can definitely say is that it is getting to go to the tour after 5pm as by the time you come out, as Freyja and I did around 7pm, the shop was practically empty! It was wonderful to look at everything without fear of being poked to death by a wand or hit with a rubber Dobby.

We both chose to be kind to our bank balances and only bought a postcard with our chosen houses and a chocolate frog each.

So I can now add said items, and a pencil I bought for my boyfriend but I think I’m keeping for myself because it’s just a pencil after all, to my Harry Potter Memorabilia collection! Woo!

Overall, I had such a lovely day with my bestie and I cannot wait to go back in November with my family! Haha! Three times in one year! Can you tell I’m obsessed yet??

Leave me a comment if you have any questions or to share your experience at Harry Potter Studios! I’d love to read them!

Happy Reading Folks!



Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for another award! I’m very grateful to Victoria over at: Victoria Giggles

Check out her blog guys! J It’s a great lifestyle and book blog and looks gorgeous!

So, without further ado here are the rules:

1.   Thank the person who nominated you Check!

2.   Include a link to their blog Check!

3.   Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about yourself

4.   Select up to 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly.

Right then, 7 facts about more

The Facts

1.   I have a hereditary disorder called Gilberts Syndrome. It is not serious and I had no idea I had it, or my sister had it, until this year. It is an illness that affects the enzymes in your liver which in turn affects your stomach so you lose weight, eat very little and cannot drink much alcohol.

2.   I hate clubbing! I have been clubbing twice in my life and the first time I watched my friend get groped and the second I felt like I bopping idiot. I really hate it!

3.   My favourite TV series, ever, is Merlin! I love it! I have the whole set and my best friend and I regularly have ‘Merlin Drinking Games’ although minus the alcohol these days!

4.   My favourite colour is yellow. My room is yellow. Yellow is happy colour to me sunshine, buttercups, blonde hair and brightness.

5.   When I was younger I use to call all my male Barbie dolls ‘John’.

6.   My go to order Starbucks is either: A White Chocolate Mocha or a Vanilla Spice Latte.

7.  My favourite time of year is Christmas Cheesy music, family get-togethers, great smelling food, jumpers and boots.

There are 7 random facts about me.

The nominees:

Michelle @ Fluttering Butterflies

Laura @ Books That Make Me

Samantha, Ashley, Jessie & Wren @ Spine and Covers

Amy @ Tripping Over Books

I’ll leave it at 7 for the moment although there are many, many more blogs out there! J
Thanks again Victoria and I look forward to reading everyone else’s posts!
Happy Reading Folks!

Goodbye Mr Chips // Book Review

Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton


Author: James Hilton was an English novelist and Hollywood Screenwriter of the early 1900s. His most famous works include Goodbye Mr Chips (1934) and Lost Horizons (1933).

Rating: *****


I have been meaning to read this short (120 pages) story for the last two years,  ever since I discovered the Martin Clunes adaption of Goodbye Mr Chips was in fact an adaption!

The story is short and incredibly fast-paced, as it is such a tiny book, yet it still makes you want to cry as you gain emotional attachments to the main character: Mr Chipping aka Mr Chips.

Mr Chips is an old schoolmaster whose life revolves around his old school Brookfield: an upper class boarding school for young men. The story spans from the 1870s to the 1930s, accounting for Mr Chips life in-between.

It tells of his arrival at the school as an under-rated teacher with a lack of grip over discipline all the way to his death as the most loved and charming teacher the school ever had. It is a charming and beautifully written novella of one life.

Its length, however, may allow the reader to immerse themselves in Mr Chips’s story for a whole hour or so but it also hinders the emotional effect slightly as sad moments hit you like a ton of bricks but then disappear into the next chapter. It is cleverly done, however, with snippets of realistic memories just dropping into the narration as Mr Chips recalls past students whose descendants now visit for tea.

The emotional side of this novella are gripping and easy to digest, if a little jarring at first, but it is beautiful novella. Great for a little break in-between TBR’s. I would highly recommend it.

Happy Reading Folks.


Harry Potter Spells Tag

Yes, I know, I’m obsessed with Harry Potter! I just needed a tag to do and this one is simply awesomesoyeah. If you’re getting sick of the Harry Potter-ness of this blog: send me some new ideas! J

Until then

1.   Expecto Patronum: A childhood book Connected to good memories

The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis I just remember reading this everytime I went to my Great-Aunt’s for a week in summer. That week usually entailed a trip to a museum, a zoo, a park, lots of puddings and good weather!

2.   Expelliarmus: A Book that took you by surprise

Jacky Daydream by Jacqueline Wilson I remember thinking this was the next book by Jacqueline Wilson but it was in fact her autobiography and I loved it! I read it when I was about 10 and I simply adored it. I think it was part of the reason why I decided to become a writer.

3.   Prior Incantatum: The Last Book you read

Very suitably: Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling was the last book I read!

4.   Alohomora: A book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered before.

Moonchild by Ewa Zwonarz I was sent this book for review and it has a supernatural, mystery element to it which I usually avoid but I actually really enjoyed it!

5.   Riddikulus: A funny book that you’ve read

Weird Things People Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell This is just a collection of quotes and weird things people have said in the bookstore that Jen works at and at other stores and it just made me chuckle!

6.   Sonorous: A book you think everyone should know about

The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern There is something magic about this book! Like the circus magic within it surrounds it too! I don’t know how else to describe it!

7.  Obliviate: A book you wish you could forget having read

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte I wish I could forget it so I could read it again and feel the pleasure and surprise that I got from reading it before.

8.   Imperio: A book you had to read for school

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver I hated this book. I don’t normally hate any book at all but I really didn’t like this book.

9.   Crucio: A book that was painful to read

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Whilst it is a beautiful book and has a great plotline and some great quotes it is such a hard and confusing read that I am yet to actually complete it!

10. Avada Kedavra: A book that could kill.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin Simply because I want to know what is going to happen and it is killing me that I know that there are 2 books to go and they may not be published for another 10 years at this rate of publication!

I hope you enjoyed! I tag you all as usual! Have a go tag me back, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Fictional Baddies // Listopia

To quote Rita Skeeter: ‘Everyone loves a rebel’ and whilst most baddies are not necessarily rebelling against the ‘right’ things sometimes you can’t help but like them for their humour, wit or simply their fashion sense!

1.   Long John Silver from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Long John Silver is a strange baddie, but one who is believably human. He changes sides whenever possible, knows what he wants but understands that sometimes plans change. He is actually a nice guy to anyone that doesn’t stand in his way or irritate him. He is almost fatherly to ---- in Treasure Island. And he gets away in the end that’s success in a baddies’ dictionary!

2.   The White Witch from The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

There is something so wondrously evil about the White Witch, she is the Oliver Cromwell of Narnia she stole Christmas! There is nothing worse than that! But she is also very powerful and has the whole girl-power thing going for her!

3.   Captain Hook from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I always feel sorry for Captain Hook, whether this is because I find kids irritating (not always but if they scream/shout/whinge/cry/complainI hate them) but also because he is so typically British Old Etonian, likes romantic poetry, plays the harpsichordbut then again he also enjoys plunging his hook into people...

4.   Sauron from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

There is something quite frightening about an all-seeing eye that can look across a whole earth constantly! It is also a really appealing idea for a baddie! I always think it’s a miracle that the goodies won in this story! It certainly seems, at least half the time that they were all screwed!

5.   Mrs Danvers from Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Talk about mental issues, Mrs Danvers torments and mentally confuses Mrs De Winters constantly throughout Rebecca. Reminding her of her husband’s first wife whilst seemingly going insane in her own right! She is the worst kind of human being but a really good baddie as you can’t help but feel sorry for her.

6.   Voldemort from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Voldemort is the baddie of my generation but I have to admit besides the whole ‘living forever plan’ he doesn’t actually have much of a planif he had won I wonder what would have happened to the population of the wizards or muggles? He’s bad but he is also an idiot.

7.  Fagin from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Fagin can be perceived as a lovable baddie, particularly with the late Ron Moody’s portrayal of him in the 1960s but he is also a straight up criminal pickpocketing is the basics of criminality and he only increases it by forming a legion of children to do his dirty-work! For an uneducated peasant he does fairly welluntil the end of the novel that is.

8.   Iago from Othello by William Shakespeare

He is one of my favourite baddies simply for being awful. You just want to shake him by the shoulders and tell him to stop being so mean! With just a few words he causes murder, insanity and accusations and he is still perceived as a lovely bloke!

9.   Mr Wickham from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

He was so close to being our Mr Darcyuntil he turned out to be an arse with good looks. So mean! Bad Mr Wickham.

10. The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Water kills herwhy, because water is pure and the witch is not! She is tries to kill Dorothy for shoes! I mean sure I would a pair of Louboutins but I’m not going to try to kill you with bees, crows, winged monkeys or poisonous flowers!

So there are my top ten fictional baddies! I am not saying I like any of these characters or would ever want to be friends with them but you can’t deny some of them are awesome!

Let me know which baddies you ‘like’ or you’d put on a list like this!

Happy Reading! J