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My 2017 Summer Reading List.Β 

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. πŸ’› 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

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. So to celebrate I thought I’d take on the “Ultimate Harry Potter Tag” courtesy of fandomsontherun.

1) Favourite book?
 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is the story I remember most vividly from my childhood, when the books began to take a darker turn.

2) Least favourite book?
 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What happens in this one again?  

3) Favourite movie? Goblet of Fire. The excitement of the game, Cedric Diggory, the focus on Hufflepuff house. πŸ’›

4) Least favourite movie? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What happens in this one again? (Honestly, I think I’ve completely erased this story from my memory.) 

5) Favourite Quote? “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

6) Favourite Weasley?
 Molly and her magical knitting will always have a special place in my heart, but I love Fred and George. Their wicked sense of humour and playfulness will forever make me smile. (And sorry, I refuse to separate them.)
7) Favourite female character?
 Luna Lovegood. Luna was the first character I truly related too. 

8) Favourite villain?
 Draco Malfoy. Who doesn’t love a bad boy? But seriously, Draco’s journey through the books is one of my favourites. His loyalty is admirable. 

9) Favourite male character? Neville Longbottom. My heart swells for this boy. I’m still so proud.

10) Favourite professor? Gilderoy Lockhart. I’d have been one of those swooning second years. But also his character is one of the greatest comic reliefs in my opinion.

11) Would you rather A) wash Snape’s hair or B) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself? See previous answer. 😍

12) Would you rather duel A) an elated Bellatrix or B) and angry Molly? 
Bellatrix. No one should ever challenge an angry Molly.
13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via A) Hogwarts Express or B) Flying Car? Hogwarts Express, wouldn’t want to miss the lady with the sweet trolley.

14) Would you rather A) Kiss Voldemort or B) give Umbridge a bubble bath?Pucker up Voldy.

15) Would you rather A) ride a Hippogriff or B) ride a Firebolt? Hippogriff! It’s all about creatures for me. 

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies? No one is springing to mind.

17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

18) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore? 

Richard Harris.

19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most? Peeves. That is all.

20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Just purely because of the advancement in cinematography.

21) Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
 Hufflepuff. Always.

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
 Hufflepuff. πŸ’›

23) Which class would be your favourite?Care of Magical Creatures.

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
 Lumos. I always like to bring light to even the darkest of places. 

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
 Luna, we could be weird together. 

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
 The Invisibility Cloak. The youngest brother’s story. ❀️

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
 I wish Hagrid would have been allowed to keep Norberta.

28) Favourite Marauder? Padfoot but maybe more as Sirius Black.

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
 Cedric Diggory. It wasn’t his fault he was there, he had no need to be killed. His death was unfair. 

30) Hallows or Horcruxes? The horcruxes do intrigue me, but my good nature will always lead me to the hallows.

I would like to tag anyone who fancies joining in with the celebrations today. Spread the magic. ⚑️

– B xo

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My non-fiction binge.Β 

I’m currently working my way through a non-fiction binge. My “just finished”, my “currently reading”, my “tbr” all non-fiction. 

Not that I’m complaining, it’s just that normally I’m not a fan. The realms of unknown worlds, that promise of escapism, dream-like situations and brand new discovery just normally call out to me louder than the rest. But at the moment I just can’t get enough of real life happenings. 

Recently I finished Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Ian Nathan.

Slightly cheating here, I know. But although talking about the wizarding world, Inside the Magic showcases, in gloriously fine detail, the making of a film of such size and imagination. Informing the reader of in depth characters design, costumes and sets. And how everyone had to work together to create a beleiveable fantasty world filmed within our normal one. 

Currently I’m reading Uggie The Artist: My Story. 

Again, a different take on non-fiction with this autobiography written from the perspective of a dog. However Uggie’s journey is in itself factual and an interesting angle to look through on the making of some of my favourite films. Having once been the proud owner of a Jack myself, I find Uggie as a dog utterly adorable and am loving reading about his escapades. 

Then after that I have two more non-fiction books already lined up for me. 

First up, Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes.

Whilst researching my genre and audience when writing Unravelled, Keyes was a name that kept popping up. Never having read any of her work, I picked up this book straight away when it popped up in my local library. The blurb instantly appealed to me with its comic take on everyday life and it’s appropriate tag line “notes from a small woman.” I can’t wait to dive into this soon. 

And finally, one of the newest additions to my bookshelf, The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. 

I’ve been very excited about the concept of hygge ever since I first heard about it a couple of months ago. Cozy-ness, me time and hot cups of tea are right up my street. Plus this has to be one of the most adorable hardbacks I’ve seen in a while. What is there not to love? 
Do any of you experience this bout of binge reading? Do you do it with non-fiction or is it another genre that normally doesn’t turn your head but then suddenly cosumes all of your time? Let me know! Also, if you have any non-fiction recommendations, be sure to leave them in the comments. 

P.S: I’m currently in the middle of doing author talks for Unravelled. If you’ve managed to pop along to one already, thank you so much for coming, if you’ve not yet been able to, don’t forget the Wool-ves Yarnival is taking place this Sunday at the Newhampton Arts Centre. I recently got the times for my talks confirmed as 1pm and 3pm. If you can make it, I’d love to see you there! 

– B xo

World Book Day 2017.

Happy World Book Day everyone! 🌎 πŸ“š 

How have you all been celebrating? I’ve been wearing my Fantastic Beasts t-shirt and I treated myself to Sophie Kinsella’s new book: My Not So Perfect Life. πŸ’–

I wish they did book tokens for adults. πŸ˜‹ I could have brought so many more books home with me today. πŸ˜‚

– B xo

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Christmas/ Boxing Day Sale Haul.Β 

Hello, everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and that Santa treated you to everything you wanted. It was a quiet one for me, but a nice Christmas nonetheless. 

I was spoilt again this year by my amazing family and friends and I’ve also managed to squeeze in a little bit of sale shopping before the new year too! So of course this calls for a little Yule time haul. πŸŽ„ Enjoy! 

Books! 😍😍😍

You can never have too many books and this Christmas helped my library to expand even further! Some of these were on my wish list and some of these were a complete surprise. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This series had intrigued me for a while and I’ve heard many good things. I was happily surprised to open this one. 

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

The third in the Girl Online series. I’m currently reading Girl Online: On Tour, so it’s nice to know I have the third one to pick up straight away if I want to.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Perculiar Children & Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

After watching the film earlier this year, I really fancied reading the books. So I was very happy to find these under the tree. I love the fact  they have all the photographs in them to! 😍

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare 

Oh my life these books are gorgeous! 😍😍😍 (Note: I am yet to take the cellophane off! πŸ˜‚) I just thought these covers were beautiful and so at first sight they went straight to the top of my Christmas list. But can you blame me really? 

Wool! 😍😍😍

Well it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t receive some form of woolly gift. 

This year my parents gave me Star Wars Crochet. I’m so excited, I can finally make my very own Jabba! However it only seemed right that I started with Princess Leia after recent events. πŸ’” (Although she’s still a work in progress at the moment.) 

Hugs in a mug! 😍😍😍

You all know that I’m a bit of a hot drink fiend. Especially those of you who kept up to date with my #twetnyfivedaysoftea over on Instagram. So it’ll probably come as no surprise that my stocking was stuffed with hot drink supplies too! β˜•οΈβ€οΈ

Teapot & Whittards Loose Leaf Tea Strainer.

I’ve longed for a teapot which I can make cosies for, for so long and now my parents made that dream  a reality. ❀️ My boyfriend also made it posh by providing me with a loose leaf tea strainer. πŸ˜‚ I love these gifts. They’re adorable.

A Cable Knit Mug.

Speaking of adorable, how perfect is this mug? And I now finally understand the craze of putting marshmallows in hot chocolate. Thank you to my good friend Sandie for this one. 

Whittards Christmas and Mulled Wine Tea and Whittards Hazelnut Coffee. 

Whittards’ Christmas packageing is just so pretty! I don’t want to put them in the cupboard.

Oh and speaking of which, I couldn’t resist Whittards’ Boxing Day Sale now could I?…

The baubles contain more hazelnut coffee and mulled wine tea but then the red one is honeycomb chocolate. 😍😍😍 And they’re half price too! 

Speaking of bargains, Primark had reduced a lot of their Harry Potter wear, so I picked up this baseball jacket for only Β£7!!! The crest is embroidered too. 

And I just could not refuse this Cath Kidston bag and book tin. 😍😍😍

The storybook print is one of my all time favourite Kidston patterns. I couldn’t believe it was in the sale! And I can’t wait to use that book tin to house my “TBR jar”.

Also I like having a diary to start the new year and Waterstones had a half price sale across their collection. So I picked up this gem.

Every week has a different poem featuring the likes of Shakespeare, Armitage and Plath. ❀️ I am verrrry excited to start using this.

And finally for this one I’ll have to post a screen grab as this little beauty is currently still making it’s way to me.

I’m pretty sure Ted Baker’s large Colour Block tote is going to be very useful in 2017. 😍😍😍

And that’s it! What was your favourite present from Christmas 2016? What’s the best bargain you’ve found in the sales. Let me know in the comments. 

– B xo

P.S: I must have been a very good girl this year as Santa even managed to get me my very own Niffler! He’s so cute! ❀️