2015

What does 2015 bring?

12:30 AM

I know you are probably going to think this is a pretty boring post but I felt like this had to be said rather than me just jumping about and making changes without any notice whatsoever! So with the new year coming up, I want to make a few changes.


Firstly, I want to carry on with my organisation in my university work, I've been working so hard to keep weeks ahead in my work and to make sure I do the work to the best of my ability, I want this to continue.

Secondly, I want to bring my organisation over into my blog, I want to write post regularly and schedule them so you guys have something to read, I want to plan out my posts better and try and get some original ones in there.

Furthermore, I want to write more about what I love, I never intended this blog to just be about books, I wanted to write about everything I love; games, beauty, psychology and that is exactly what I am going to try and do next year, there will be a mixture of things and hopefully you guys will enjoy that! (And for those of you that have said you really love my serial killer Sunday, it is coming back!)

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Stacking the Shelves #5: Christmas Edition 2014

10:02 PM

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tyngas Reviews
know that a lot of people are doing this and it's incredibly unoriginal of me but let's face it, we all like to have a nosey at what books people got for Christmas! It's my favourite post to read and favourite booktube video to watch so I thought that I would show you all exactly what I got! I want to start off by saying I am in no way bragging, nor did I expect this amount of stuff that I got, I am so lucky to have my family and friends both online and offline and I love and appreciate every one of them. I decided to do it in the typical stacking the shelves style but I wanted to make sure you all knew that this is my official Christmas haul, I hope you enjoy it!


2014

Top Ten Books of 2014

2:37 PM

I know you are probably thinking, where the hell have you been?! I swear, I have an excuse, I have been on work placement for the past week in a disabled school which means I get up, go to the school, come home, have tea, shower, read and write notes and go bed. I have to write a 3,000 word report on this placement so I need to proritise making sure I get all the information I need! But, I wanted to share with you a post that a lot of people are going to be doing! This was recently a Top Ten Tuesday but as I was busy I didn't get the chance to do it, so I'm doing it now anyway! Now these books may not have come out this year and they are from a range of genres but all in all, I enjoyed them so much that they had to be on here. I'm going to set this one out a little differently, one book at a time, starting with my least favourite at number 10 to my favourite book of this year. Let's begin.

10. I am not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells


John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat---and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

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Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

12:30 PM

Star Rating: 5/5
Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder
Pages: 272  
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Where to buy: 

Amazon Waterstones TheBookPeople
Carrie White is no ordinary girl.
Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis.
To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie - the first step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.
But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her

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Bookish Gift Guide!

2:43 PM

Let's face it, buying gifts can sometimes be a gigantic pain! Especially when you have a book friend who owns a hell of a lot of books and you don't know what to buy them or if they'll already own the book (not everybody has an amazon wishlist!). So I've compiled a guide of things that you could buy a booklover who may have every book or even if you just want to treat yourself. I spent quite a long time on this post so I hope that you enjoy it and I hope that it helps you at this holiday season, when it comes to birthdays, you can always use it too!

Brace yourselves, this is going to be a long post.

Bookmarks

I'm sure that for a lot of you, you have already thought about this one but you want to get something a bit different, something that they will really love. So I have a couple of suggestions for you on this one! 

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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

10:25 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This is a topic I have actually struggled to narrow down because I tend to be the kind of person that reads a lot of stand alones which means reading a lot of authors that I have never read or heard of before! But I did my best to narrow it down.. Onto the books!


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Stacking the Shelves #4

8:50 PM

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It's officially acceptable to listen to Christmas songs yay! So here is my first post of December, decided to go with a little bit of a book haul as I feel like I haven't done one for a while and I have bought a couple of books *cough* and obviously with Christmas coming up I will have quite a lot! I'm also hoping to finish a Christmas Gift Guide soon but wow it's taking me a lot longer than I thought and I have university work to get done and a work placement to do *sigh* I'm going to try to write out a few posts and schedule them, don't want to neglect you guys! Anyway, on to the books.

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Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

11:26 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I feel like I haven't done Top Ten Tuesday in a while, but I really liked the theme for this week as I know a few people will be looking for ideas on what to read this winter and I have to admit, mine is a strange mixture of books. Just a quick one this week as I feel like these don't need much explaining, anyway, onto the books!


What are you planning on reading this winter?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

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Anti-Bully Reads Wrap-up!

11:22 AM

I'll be honest, I knew I wasn't going to get to read that much this week because I have been crazy busy with university work, I'm trying to stay really far ahead! So I actually read more than I thought I was going to, which is always a good thing! I managed to completely finish one book and I got half way through a second one which is brilliant for me. If you don't know what the readathon was all about, below I have inserted Sarah Churchill's video explaining it. I'm also happy to say that this will now be an annual event!



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Book Review: Splintered by A.G.Howard

7:07 PM

Star Rating: 4/5 
Title: Splintered
Author: A.G.Howard 
Publisher: Abrams 
Pages: 400 
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy tale, Retellings, Young Adult

Where to buy: 
Amazon Waterstones TheBookPeople
Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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Anti-Bullying Reads TBR.

7:00 AM

For those that don't know Sarah Churchill is hosting this amazing readathon starting on the 17th of November for one week in order to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying. As someone who has suffered from both physical and verbal bullying I wanted to show my support for this cause. If you want to join, feel free! For more information Sarahs video is below, join the good reads group here and let me know if you decide you are participating!



I have to admit my TBR is quite ambitious considering I have a lot of university work and such but I'm going to try my best to get at least one book finished, which is doable... maybe. Can you tell how well I've done in previous readathons? All of the books I have chosen have been taken off the suggested reading list in the goodreads group which can be found here incase you're stuck for ideas

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Reader Problems Book Tag!

9:57 PM

This was originally created by About To Read over on booktube but I watched Katytastic answering the questions and it really made me want to answer them too as well as forcing you all to do it... So I'm bringing it to the book blogging community!



1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? 

Well, I do have a to be read jar... but I hardly ever use that unless I'm desperate. I've recently been going off my What's Next? feature but generally I just pick up whatever I'm in the mood for or people have been raving about and got me excited to read.

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Stacking the Shelves #3

7:54 PM

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Oops... I may have gotten more books. I swear I need some sort of intervention. But it's okay because it's not as many as last time and they were all pretty cheap! I swear! Though I probably don't have to justify it to those of you who are reading because you probably understand.



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Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6:12 PM

Star Rating: 5/5 
Title: The Book Thief 
Author: Markus Zusak 
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages: 560
Genre: World War Two, Historical, Contemporary

Where to buy: 

Amazon  Waterstones  TheBookPeople
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH

It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

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Current Top 5 Booktubers!

9:49 PM

I'm sure a lot of you wonderful bookish people also watch the wonderful world of booktube over on youtube, and if you don't... where have you been?! Booktube is essentially the corner of youtube that books are discussed; hauls, reviews, to be reads and much more are made into videos!

I wanted to share my current top five booktubers, I will be honest, this doesn't change much, and these are people that are very active on booktube, post videos a lot and that whenever they post a video, I will always watch it, I literally won't miss one! So, lets get started.


Ren doesn't always make videos about books, she makes videos about beauty, vlogs and sketches... She puts a hell of a lot of effort into her videos, I really enjoy watching them and anything that she buys, she's so original in her content and I could just listen to her talk for ages (because her accent is wonderful, lets face it). She reads a wide range of books, from The Mortal Instruments to Stephen King, she never fails to keep you interested. I genuinely think she deserves more subscribers! Above I have chosen a video from a book signing she went to (with me) and it just showed her excitement and enthusiasm about books. So go check her out!

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Top Ten Books I want to Reread

9:48 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday I actually struggled to narrow it down to ten! Which doesn't happen that often for me, but there are so many books that I want to reread! So, without any further ado, let me show you my Top Ten!



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The Halloween Tag!

12:00 AM

Happy Halloween everyone! Do you like my little banner? I was proud of it! Anyway, for Halloween I wasn't entirely sure what to do, I was going to write a post about my Halloween costume but I decided that since I was tagged by the lovely Shazina over at The Book Chapter to do the Halloween tag that it was appropriate to do this instead! (plus I have so much university work I don't think I'm going to have time to write out my costume how-to post *sigh*) on with the tag!

1. The Vampire - A book that sucked out your feels and KILLED THEM. ;) 

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, oh my god this book... It's such an intense topic for the whole book anyway (incest) but the ending of this book just... I couldn't handle it, it is one of very few books that have made me go "NO!" out loud at 1am, sorry mum.

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Top Ten Book/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

4:41 PM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Today's Top Ten Tuesday was a choice between two, one which was character orientated and then this one! I decided to go with this one because I haven't read very many scary books so I thought it would be good to get you in the mood for Halloween with both a mixture of book and film recommendations! (I'll be honest it's mostly film)


What do you watch/read to get you in the mood for Halloween? What are you going as on Halloween?

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Stacking the Shelves #2

8:00 AM

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tyngas Reviews
I haven't done one of these for a while mainly because I banned myself from buying anything due to my birthday. But I have managed to accumulate some books. The majority of which I have bought with my own money. I will explain each one below the image.




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Top Ten Series I Want To Start

10:45 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Remember me? Feel like I haven't blogged in a while, but I have a good excuse! University work has officially started and it has literally taken over my life. Therefore, I'm going to try to write a post two days in a row to make up for it.

This Top Ten Tuesday was supposed to be "New" Series I want to start but seeing as I am not one for reading series, I'm just going to put the Top Ten Series that I want to Start. I will put an image of the first book in the series. I myself prefer Stand alone books, I often get bored of series and find it hard to continue. But there are a few that I am interested in starting. Decided to try a different way of setting this out, therefore the one that is my number one pick is going to be the biggest image!




I own the majority of these, sadly I don't own any of the mara dyer and that is a series I have wanted to start for an incredibly long time!

What series do you want to start?

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What I got for my 20th Birthday!

1:48 PM

Disclaimer before I begin, I am in no way bragging or showing off, I just wanted to share what I got for my birthday and this was requested. I also really love reading/watching other hauls myself so here's mine!

So, if you didn't know I turned 20 on the 22nd of September, that's right, I'm no longer a teenager *boo* but I wanted to share with you all the stuff that I was given by my wonderful friends and family! It's taken this long because I was waiting on some things to arrive and wanted to make sure that I showed everything that I was given. There's one more thing I'm waiting on but I know what they are so I'm just gonna tell you anyway! I also got money from the rest of my family members so I have been able to treat myself! I'll do them in categories of what each person got me, because otherwise it's going to just get confusing. Brace yourselves, this is going to be a long post.




My Parents


My mum always gets worried every birthday/christmas that she hasn't gotten me enough, which is ridiculous because I was expecting to only get my piercing but she gave me more! So, yes, my main present off my parents was a helix piercing. Which looks like this:


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Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real)

10:35 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! I'm doing well with keeping up with these, I'm pretty proud of myself. This week is "Top Ten Places Books have Made Me Want To Visit" so I'm going to try and do a mixture of real places and fiction, tell you what book made me want to go there and explain why! I found this topic incredibly difficult, so I'm sorry that there isn't ten this week, I'll try again on the next one!

Amsterdam


Book: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I feel like this might be on a few peoples list's but anyway, the way Amsterdam is described in this book (and the way it looks in the film) just made me really want to go. I'm not one for travelling and I haven't been to very many places but I sure as hell want to go to Amsterdam before I kick the bucket!








McLean Hospital


Book: Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Yeah, this is a bit of a strange one. But I do love the idea of visiting this place, both Susanna Kaysen and Sylvia Plath have been admitted to this hospital as well as a few other well known names. If you read my blog regularly you know how interested I am in mental illness and this would definitely have to be a place that I visit.







Middle Earth



Book: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkein

I doubt I really needed to put what book Middle Earth is from, I doubt there are very many people that haven't heard of it. I read this series a very long time ago, when i was about 10 years old, but I do remember really loving the world, who doesn't want to live in a world with elves I mean c'mon?








Genovia


Book: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

I know what you're thinking, wow that's really sad. But I just adored these books when I was little! Genovia was a place that I had never heard of until these books and the place just sounds absolutely magical.


Sorry this was such a short one! But I haven't read anything like harry potter or percy jackson so this was quite a difficult one for me! Especially because most of the books I read are generally depressing and do not make me want to visit somewhere. What did you chose?

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Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

6:20 PM

Star Rating: 5/5 
Title: Forbidden 
Author: Tabitha Suzuma 
Publisher: Definitions 
Pages: 418
Genre: Taboo, Contemporary, Family, Incest, Dark, Young Adult, New Adult

Where to buy:
Amazon  Waterstones
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed.
He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future.
And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.
 

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What's Next? #2

10:39 AM

Hosted by Icey Books
I have finished Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (Review coming soon) so it's time to tell you all what book won the poll and to get you to vote on my next read again! I loved this, watching the votes change and knowing what I'm going to read next was great! The winner with a total of 6 votes is...


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! I will be reading this starting today, so now, help me chose what's next?

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Meeting Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

4:00 PM

Yes, that's right. Yesterday I went to an event in Liverpool to meet Cassandra Clare and Holly black! I have read the first two of the mortal instruments and it wasn't my thing and I hadn't read anything by Holly black *shame* but I wasnt about to let this opportunity go by without getting some books signed (plus Ren is kinda obsessed with Cassandra Clare).


The Venue

So first we got there about 5.30pm and there was already a bit of a queue even though the doors didn't open till 6.00pm! It was in a different venue to Waterstones because of the amount of people in there so it was in this cute little place called West Africa House.

View from outside
Selfie whilst waiting to go inside! Me in the middle, Ren to the right and Hannah to the left.
So we had to wait outside for a bit, the queue kept growing and we were getting excited, the man at the door kept looking like he was going to open it but then didn't, such a tease! When we finally got inside we were on the front row!

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Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

9:46 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
From what I can gather, character driven novels are novels where the actions of the character have a direct effect on the outcome of the book. I found this one quite difficult to think of answers for, but in the end I am happy with my selection of books. I even think everyone should just read these books because I thoroughly enjoyed them all!


What did you chose for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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Psych Bites #1: Why do we Obey Authority?

2:08 PM

I know, I know, another feature, I start these oh so often and I swear I do intend to actually keep them! I want to try and get all of my ideas out of there so that anyone who visits my blog knows exactly what I'm about. 

This brand new section I have decided to call "Psych Bites", I know this may sound somewhat geeky, and maybe even a little bit childish, but I like the name so hush! 

You may be wondering what this segment is going to be about. Well my friends this is going to be all things Psychology! For those of you that don't know I currently study Psychology at university and have just entered my second year, I have a big passion for this subject and know that there can be a lot of interesting parts to it that a lot of people may not know about! I have a LOT of books on this topic, obviously, so it still fits in with the bookish theme I have going on this blog.

I'm going to be writing about case studies, whacky things that were done in the past (and obviously disproved), theories into different topics such as personality and much more!

For the first one I decided that I would start with an experiment that I learnt about in my A level studies and found very interesting. If you have studied Psychology in any shape or form you may have heard of this experiment.

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My Local Bookshop: Books are my Bag Campaign

8:06 PM

I saw that books are my bag is running again this year (starting today Infact) and I wanted to join in with sharing my local bookshop!


For those of you that don't know, I live in the north-west of England in a small town in-between Manchester and Liverpool. Unfortunately, my town is so small that it doesn't have a Waterstones or a WHSmith but what it does have is the most adorable independent bookshop ever and I just love visiting it. It's only a ten minute bus ride from my house and it is called "Curiosity Bookshop"


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What's Next? #1

2:46 PM

Hosted by Icey Books
I know what you're thinking "Jesus Becky ANOTHER feature?" but I really enjoy getting involved with the book blogging community and I think that the features are one of the best ways to! So, this feature was created by Icey Books in order to help book bloggers to chose what books that they read next by getting their readers to vote on it! So, that is exactly what I am going to do! Obviously, I don't expect loads of votes because I'm a fairly new blog but I just wanted to get you readers more involved in what you wanted to see! So, I have just started reading two new ones, one that has been sent for review and one that was one of my birthday gifts (haul coming soon) and I wanted to get this up now so that I had at least one vote when I had finished! These books are all part of the Bookish Bingo reading challenge hosted by Great Imaginations that I have decided to take part in, so go check that out too!

Option 1: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green


Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart 
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

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Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

9:58 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
We were told that we could interpret this topic in any way that we wanted to, so I decided that my interpretation was going to be books that had difficult subject matters or that were quite difficult to read in the sense of description of horrible happenings in the book. To be honest, there aren't many books that I find difficult to read, but I feel like these are difficult topic's and that is why I chose these. Therefore, here is my top ten books that I found difficult to read.


Link me your Top Ten Tuesday if you've done one and let me know if you have read any of these and whether you found them difficult to read or not!

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