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April Wrap Up 2018

April was a month I spent doing a lot of day dreaming. It was a very relaxed month and I didn’t really feel like I’d done much until I came to write this blog. 😅 However, it appears I was wrong to think that….

I booked a family holiday!

At the beginning of the year I wrote myself a little bucket list. On said list I included places I’d like to visit and holidays I’d love to book. In amongst was the dream of living in a cabin in the woods for a week, switching off from the world and just taking a breather. Well last month I took the bull by the horns and booked that dream escape for me and all those I love. It was rather spontaneous and the first time I’ve booked up a trip for a group of this size. But the website promises an amazing getaway and I literally cannot wait! 😁

I started knitting again!

I do truly wish there were more hours in a day. Actually let me rephrase that; I do truly wish there were more leisure hours in a day. 😂 I love my hobbies, all of them. But I do find myself having fads and flirtations with each at different times. (I’d love to be able to commit to a long term relationship with them all sometime. Maybe a few more years practice at allocating my time and I’ll get there! #goals). However this month I picked up my knitting needles again and loved it. Maybe it’s to do with the fact I’m wielding those Knit Pro Zings 😍😍😍 or maybe it’s my infactuation with the colour mustard. Either way, I’m back to knitting again and I’m determined to finish this project. 💪

I got very nostalgic over Pop-Punk.

The boyf treated me to this MTV Pop-Punk album in early April and it just gave me all of the feels. Although we grew up miles apart we were definitely meant to find each other purely because of moments like this. I ended up starting a full iPod over haul due to this. I’m a strong believer that music speaks to the soul. I also like listening to music when I’m looking for writing inspo, so it maybe it’s a sign…

I conquered my reading slump.

I suppose this is something I’ve been a little hush hush about, but given that it’s over now and also the fact that my plan has always been to be genuine with all, I’m going to say it. I’ve just not fancied reading these last few months. It wasn’t even like it was my choice of book, Throne of Glass is AMAZING!, or necessarily my schedule. I just didn’t want too, which was a very sad state of affairs. But that’s okay, because with a little motivation from one of my besties getting back into books, I’m back on that reading train and I’ve already finished that novel and started a new one! You see, it’s okay to be an writer and take reading breaks. I feel there is so much pressure on aspiring authors to be avid readers. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely read, but it’s okay to have slumps and breaks. Nobody’s perfect.

I picked a pattern for my holiday.

I spent most of April trawling the internet for a knitting/ crocheted garment pattern that I’d want to make to take away with me on holiday. I must admit this took me ages. The spectrum ranged from huntress cowls to boho bikinis. 😂 In the end I settled for a granny square crop top by Beautiful Crochet Stuff. However, because it took me so long to decide I’m now having a race against time to see if I can get it done before we go away!

The Temperature CAL gained new colours!

April was a great month for my AIYSO Temperature CAL blanket. We had the introduction of not one, not two but three new colours! We seem to have very swiftly taken a hot tropical vibe and I love it! Here comes summer! 🕶👙🏝

What did you get up to in April? Let me know in the comments. (Oh and if you’ve ever stay in a cabin in the woods send me your tips and tricks! 😂)

– B xo

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Christmas Haul 2017🎄🎁

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you well, that you all had a lovely Christmas and that you’re now lounging on the sofa, tucking into what’s left of those Christmas choccies. At this point I feel like my Christmas Haul post has become a kind of post-Christmas tradition on my blog. 😂 But I also like to see it as a virtual version of my Christmas thank you letters.

Once again I have been absolutely spoilt by my loved ones (thank you everyone! ❤️) and I had a wonderful, cosy Christmas spent at home with my little family. ❤️ I can’t wait to show you what I got this year and how, thanks to friends and family, I’m ready for the new year ahead!

So let’s get cracking! 🎉 (Cracking, Cracker, Christmas… get it?…. Moving on…)

Crafty Kits & Woolly Supplies Let’s be honest, no haul of mine would be complete without wool! 😂 My passion for crafting has led me to where I am today and I’m so happy that people still want to fuel the habit. ❤️ I’m absolutely loving the variety this year. We have some old favourites there with TOFT and Brittany making an appearance, but I do have to say I am very impressed with Aldi’s So Crafty range. Also that Hygge CAL kit is absolutely lush. 😍 I cannot wait to give these a go! #notspon

Pug Measuring Tape With all that knitting to do I’m very happy I’ll have this little guy to keep me company and tell me how well I’m doing.

Handmade Decoration How sweet is this little gingerbread house decoration? It was handcrafted for me and my family by my boyfriend’s mum and I just love it. Knowing the time and effort that goes into making something like this makes me appreciate it even more.

Books Another staple of a Briony present haul. I’m very excited for Boys Don’t Knit (In Public).

Supplies! Next year I’m hoping to get back to writing and therefore treats and cappuccinos at home are just the perfect gift! However I’ve got to try and resist eating all these over just the next couple of days! (Disclaimer 1: These treats aren’t all mine. Disclaimer 2: But this picture isn’t all of them. 🤫)

Notebook Speaking of getting back into writing, I’m going to need somewhere to jot down my new ideas and I can think of no where more beautiful than this notebook. With it’s silver leaf pages and gorgeous cover it would be a scandal to leave it blank.

Calendar & Diary 2018 is looking to be a busy year for me so these tools to keep me organised and motivated are invaluable.

Tripod I think this mini tripod come vlogging handle is trying to tell me something, don’t you? 😉

Book Blouse Isn’t this blouse just the cutest? I think I’m going to save it for my next event. So excited to finally own a piece of Joanie Clothing. ❤️

Fantastic Beasts Lego Dimensions However, when I’m not doing author things, I’m looking forward to relaxing with mini Newt. I’ve loved what I’ve played of the Lego Dimensions series so far and I think the addition of Fantastic Beasts can only make it more awesome. Thank you to my boyfriend for this one, I knew he’d get me a Niffler for Christmas eventually. 😉

Secret Santa And last but by no means least I need to tell you about my secret santa present. Every year me and my friends take part in a secret santa present swap. We’ve all known each other for years, so the present game is always pretty strong, but this year for me was extra special. In fact, when I opened my gift I very nearly cried! Reading this post you may not have yet noticed the change to the blog. It’s something very small, but to me it meant so very much. For Christmas Santa bought me a domain name… Welcome everyone to brionymarshall.co.uk! ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you
girl very happy. 🎅🏻

– B xo

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The Ultimate Unravelled Kit. ❤️

Today I have a very exciting announcement to make. Something that my publisher and I have been working on for six months now. Something I’ve been immensely excited about since day one. Something that I think you’re all gonna love.

May I introduce to you The Ultimate Unravelled Kit…

This unique knitting kit is for craft lovers and chick-lit readers alike. Fall in love with ‘Unravelled’ on a deeper level; interact with the tale – knit an actual item from the story with our unique Unravelled knitting pattern; let your Unravelled Buddle give your book a cuddle (‘book’, ‘cuddle’ – ‘Buddle’. Get it?!); save your place in the story with your unique Unravelled woolly bookmark, and keep everything together in the attractive tote.

A fantastic gift for someone, or simply a treat for yourself.

(Text courtesy of Hall Good Books.)

The Ultimate Unravelled Kit is available now from HallGoodBooks and I’m so excited about it because…

  • Firstly, I was that involved in the creative process of this bundle that I actually knitted the heart bookmarks and designed the pattern for Adrian’s scarf myself. ❤️
  • The kit’s are limited editions, so there are only so many of them in existence!
  • The red heart Buddles were also designed especially for Unravelled and won’t be available anywhere else.
  • The tote bag can also double as a very fetching and spacious knitting bag.
  • And I just think it’s the perfect gift and what better time of the year for that than Christmas?!

So what are you waiting for? All that excitement for under £30, I think you better let Santa know about this one pretty sharpish! 😉

– B xo

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Adaptations: The Best, The Worst & The Promising.

Inspired by A Redhead’s Rambling’s post: Book to Big Screen: The Best and Worst Adaptations, today’s blog is all about book adaptations. I’m currently a little bit addicted to them and I know that in the bookish world they’re a subject that can really kick start a discussion. So I thought I’d share some of my opinions and I welcome you to share yours with me. Let’s get a conversation going and maybe we can all discover something new?

The Best Adaptations:

The Handmaid’s Tale

I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood quite a while ago now. It was a set text for my English A Level, however it’s a story that’s always stuck with me. So when I heard about them making a television series, I knew I was either going to love it or hate. Now, after watching the whole of series one, I can confirm I love it. There’s a spark of plausibility with The Handmaid’s Tale that gets right under my skin; it’s a feeling which I believe is a mixture of fear, disgust and just downright outrage. So when the show started to make me mad, I knew it was doing something right! I’ve heard they’re making a second series to The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m intrigued exactly where they’ll be taking that. I think I may need to give the book another read.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Controversially picking the Jim Carrey GIF for this one. However, I do feel the need to include both the movie and the Netflix series in this discussion.

Along with The Harry Potter Series, these books were my childhood. Their kooky, quirkiness was something I adored as a kid. I can still remember now the moment I discovered Jim Carrey was going to play Count Olaf. As soon as I read the words on my computer screen I jumped up from my chair and went running through the house to find my Mom and let her know the fantastic news! (I’m a huge Jim Carrey fan for those of you who are unaware. To discover that one of my favourite book series and my favourite actor were to be involved in the same project was like the best thing in life ever!) I believe I went to see that film in the cinema some where in the region of ten times. I owned all the Burger King toys, along with the PC game and the PS2 version, I even got a fringe cut like Violet’s and a Victorian style coat to match. I was a little bit obsessed. That movie holds many a quote that my mother and I still use in casual conversation that will always provoke a smile.I love it. In fact, for years I clung on to the hope that they’d one day do the rest of the series…

So when I first heard about the Netflix series, I did kind of try and ignore it’s existence in the hope that it would go away. However, with gentle persuasion from my boyfriend, I caved and watched it. I like the Netflix series, for all intent and purposes it was a fantastic adaptation that kept me hooked even though I knew the stories like the back of my hand. But I know deep in my heart that Jim Carrey will always be my Count Olaf.

 

The Harry Potter Series

I’m a huge fan of J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World and I can honestly enjoy the Harry Potter stories in any format. (Most recently I’ve been enjoying listening to them on audiobook.) However, I think without the films, as amazing as the Harry Potter books are on their own, we wouldn’t have the Wizarding World we have today; The Warner Bros Studio Tour, all the amazing merchandise, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. The films have shaped how we visualise Harry Potter universally and I really don’t mind. So really it goes without saying that they are some of my favourite adaptations.

 

The Twilight Saga (specifically Breaking Dawn Part 2)

I’m just going to say it now, I love The Twilight Saga. The time when it was at its prime was such a roller coaster for me and Twilight was one of the few things I could cling to and escape within. Edward Cullen was my first official fictional boyfriend and it was the first book series I ever managed to complete by myself, before the films came out. Therefore when the films did appear they never ruined anything for me and I could enjoy them as if I was welcoming home an old friend. However, in this best adaptation list I want to give a special mention to Breaking Dawn (Part 2). I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to give too much away. However, that film is the perfect example of how adaptations can breathe new life into something without completely disregarding and therefore disrespecting the original source material. A very clever move guys, I loved it!

 

The Worst Adaptations:

A Time Traveler’s Wife

I was so excited to see this film before its release. In fact, I remember sitting in the front room with my Mom just before we were about to leave for cinema, discussing what parts we were most looking forward to. Both of us were there reminiscing about this beautiful love story and balling our eyes out at the prospect of seeing it come to life. The film as a film, fine. The film as an adaptation, not so fine. However, my main problem is with the ending, so instead of ruining anything for anybody all I’m going to say is if you ever fancy watching this film, read the book. Or if you’ve already watched the film but have never read the book, read the book.

 

Murder on the Orient Express

I know you should never judge a book by its cover but I’m definitely judging this Poirot by his moustache… Wowzers.

I love Agatha Christie, I also love Kenneth Bragnaugh. (After my version of the Ultimate Harry Potter Tag I’m pretty sure we all know how I feel about his Gilderoy Lockhart.) So it was only natural that I started out loving everything about this film, that was until I saw the first trailer.  My Mom has likened Bragnagh’s facial hair to the face-hugger from the Alien movies and she’ the biggest Agatha Christie fan I know.

I know, I know the film isn’t even out yet and I’m judging it so intensely. I’ll obviously give it a chance once it’s released. But, can I just refer you to this quote:

His moustache was very stiff and military.” –  Captain Hastings

 Now scroll back up to that GIF.

I feel it was a very bold choice to alter Poirot’s rather iconic stache so radically for this new adaptation. David Suchet’s tash was so on point, somehow this just all seems wrong. But truly only time will tell with this one.

 

The Vampire Diaries

I recently began watching The Vampire Diaries again from the beginning and I have to admit, I do enjoy this show. It makes my inner teen verrrry happy. “So why have you put it in your Worst Adaptations Section?” I hear you cry! Well that’s because I’ve also read The Vampire Diaries. Admittedly I have only read the first two books, but that’s okay because I’ve only really watched the first two series.

The books were very, well, childish I’d say compared to the television show. The readers of The Vampire Diaries would probably be much younger than the watchers. I believe the TV show made the stories darker and more sexual and thrilling, which are all very good things but as a direct adaptation from page to screen, it doesn’t ring true for me. As a watcher becoming a reader I was a little disappointed in the books because of what I’d seen from the show. From what I remember the characters names and descriptions are all the same but the actual stories are very different. I may be wrong it may pan out that way and catch up with the show in the later books. If you’ve read them all, let me know!

 

The Adaptations I’m Most Looking Forward Too:

The Bell Jar

As soon as I saw there was a new adaptation of The Bell Jar happening I jumped for joy but also panicked. I love that book. I love Plath. They cannot mess this up for me. I’ve heard Kirsten Dunst is involved in the project though, so I have faith that it’s in good hands.

13 Reasons Why

Fun Fact: I have owned the book of 13 Reasons Why since 2009, I am yet to read it. However, after the recent Netflix series, I have heard nothing but good things, so I really want to watch it now. But after waiting on my TBR pile for all those years, I think I better read the book first.

All The Bright Places

This book is everything. It is all the colours in one, at full brightness. I know the casting for Finch is still on going at the minute. I can’t wait to see who it will be!

Looking For Alaska

Alaska is one of the sassiest female characters I have ever read, to bring her to screen just seems right. However, in terms of John Green film adaptations I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but as soon as this one hits the cinemas I’ll be there.

 

– B xo

(Disclaimer: All GIFs used in this post are from the website Giphy, apart from the one of Poirot, I found him on Tumblr.)
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And the winner is…


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!

Thank you to everyone who voted! (See my previous blog post if you’re a little confused about what I’m talking about.) I gathered together all the votes that took place across my blog, Instagram, Twitter and on the Books & Writing Amino, Throne of Glass was the clear winner! 

I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far, even though that’s not much, and I’m already looking forward to where this story is going. 

If you’ve read it/ voted for it let me know in the comments what you love about Throne of Glass. (Spoiler free please! Obviously.) 😊
Right then, time for me to soak up some sun, sea and a good read! ☀️🌊📚❤️

– B xo

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My 2017 Summer Reading List. 

Guys… I need your help! 

For me the perfect summer’s day consists of a seat in the sun, a cold refreshing drink and a good read. Whether that be on a beach towel by the sea or in a deck chair in the garden, it all sounds like bliss to me as long as I’ve got that book in my hands.  However, with my current read rapidly coming to an end and my TBR pile looming over me like a personal Everest, I’m yet to find my next summer sizzler. And so this is where you come in…

I need your help picking what to read first this summer. And to plunge you all in at the deep end, it’s going to be a holiday read too. (No pressure guys!) I’ve  managed (with the help of my Moma) to whittle down the choices to just six books! (A feet in itself!) But I need your help making that final decision! 

So here are the nominees. I’ll leave a little bit of info about why I’ve chosen them below and also hyperlink you to their Goodreads profiles, in case you are not aquanited yet. (Just click on the title.) You can then vote by posting your choice in the comments. 

I look forward to seeing (and reading) what you choose! 

The Nominees: 

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – I have heard so many good things about this book. In fact last year I feel like this was the book/ series everyone was reading and blogging about. The feminist inside of me is very excited for a female lead fantasy and I love a romance story with a twist. 
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I adore the cover of Fangirl, especially the Zoella Bookclub edition. 💛 Rainbow Rowell is the only author on this list I’ve read before, which I thought was an interesting fact. I enjoyed her World Book Day story, Kindred Spirits, and know that I like her writing style. 
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – This book was my Mom’s choice and it has been kindly lent to me by her. Her only criticism was it had a slow start, but I’ll be on holiday, so I’ll have time for slow starts. I’ve heard it’s a good crime/ thriller and something to wrap your head around. 
  4. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – The blurb for this book is very ambiguous, but that intrigues me. I also know this book has a film coming out very soon and who doesn’t want to join the hype train before it leaves the station?
  5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Everyone keeps telling me to watch the Netflix’s series for this,  but I know within my heart I can’t do that until I’ve read the book. I’ve also owned this book since 2007 and still haven’t got around to reading it! Maybe it’s about time I did. 
  6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I recently bought a signed edition of Ness’s new novel, Release, so I really want to like the guy. But from where I’m standing right now, I don’t see why I shouldn’t. I feel like this book will be moving but beautiful as that’s the impression I got from the movie trailer and I presume the book will have much more detail. 

Happy Voting! 

– B xo