Art Attack

My blog is mainly about books because it’s one of my hobbies that I do regularly. But I also love art. I have two sisters and all 3 of us are creative in different ways. My baby sister (I say baby, she’s 20) has a wonderful imagination and is wonderful at drawing. My middle sister is an actual artist, she does commissions and is just incredible, here are a few of her pieces.

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I, on the other hand, love making things. I have a scrap book that I’ve added to since I was about 10. My home has collages around that I’ve made. Most recently I’ve decided to make all the table decorations for my wedding. I know I’ve mentioned my wedding a few times, I promised I won’t go on about it too much, but I wanted to share with you what I’ve made so far.

So I started off by making flowers out of books. I chose Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Chosen because their both of our favourite books. They go really nicely together because the HP is band new so it has white pages, whilst LotR is a very old copy which is yellowing.

I then put them into jars. I trialled a few ways of doing this, below is one of my early attempts. Clearly, it needed more.

I ordered some fake pink roses and gypsophila. I tied a wooden heart around the top, which has both of our initials on, with some brownish string.

Finally, I put pink ribbon around the jar to finish it off. I’ve also made little tea lights in jars. I’ve simply glued the candle in and tied some brown string around the tops of them.

On the tables we will also have photos in little wooden stands, which I haven’t made. Along with disposable cameras and bubbles.

Do you enjoy doing art? What have you created?


Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

I’ve got to the point with my wedding in which I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. To add to my things that are going wrong, we went to collect our rings yesterday and when we arrived we discovered that they had ordered in the wrong ring! *sigh* I hope this isn’t the universe trying to tell me something…

Image result for shappi khorsandi mistress and misfitOn the positive side, I had a fun evening. I met up with my friends and went to see Shappi Khorsandi. At the beginning of her set, based on Emma Hamilton, she says “I don’t think you should be allowed to review a prostitute until you’ve seen her – live – at least three times,” Pause. “Or a comedian.” As this is only the second time I’ve seen her I’ll simply say I enjoyed it. I will also highly recommend her book Nina is Not OK, which I have reviewed, here, because it was ruddy brilliant.

What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

February 2018 Wrap Up

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Finally February is over! I am super glad as it seems like I’ve just had the worst luck throughout the whole of this month. Hopefully March is going to be better!

Books Read in February


Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) – Neal Shusterman

Blog Posts

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Sunday Smiles – Gerbils meeting and ice cream

Sunday Smiles – Wedding plans, book crafts and gerbils

Sunday Smiles – Bad luck


TTT – Books that have been on my TBR for the longest

TTT -Books I’ve decided not to read anymore

TTT – Books I could read forever


Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Books I Bought In February.

I’m currently on a book buying ban until March. My exception is if it is a continuation of a series.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) – Neal Shusterman

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) – Morgan Rhodes

Image result for thunderhead bookImmortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)

Currently Reading: 

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)

Looking Forward To In March…

  • My freaking wedding!!!!
  • My friend’s wedding
  • My hen do – afternoon tea followed by an escape room and cocktails – fab!
  • Seeing comedians

How was your February?

Top Ten Books I Could Read Forever


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsty Reader. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Could Read Forever.”

Yes Please!

Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling – Are you really surprised?

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The Kingkiller Cronicle by Patrick Rothfuss – This is quite possibly my favourite book, I’m definitely going to re-read it this year.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Wise Man's Fear  (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

Lets Get Lost by Sarra Manning – I’ve read this so many times already.

Let's Get Lost

The Lies of Loche Lamora by Scott Lynch – Just the first one.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

P.S. I Love You by Ceceila Ahern – I don’t care if this isn’t the best book in the world, I love it so much.

P.S. I Love You

What books could you keep re-reading?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

So after last week, my bad luck seems to have continued.

“It can’t be that bad” I hear you say? Well… My week started with sister telling me that she can’t make it to our wedding. I haven’t seen her in two years, so I’m pretty unhappy. Next, Daz’s school get the call. The OFSTED call. So I rush over, with lots of goodies in hand, to help them all out. Then my laptop breaks. I’ve tried everything but there’s just no hope, luckily I backed everything up about a month ago so I’ve only lost a few documents. We have to go to two different stores to get the laptop I want, this wasn’t really something bad, we got a bit lost on the way and it was a bit of a panic to make sure we got there in time, but all was well. Then as we’re going back to the flat to set it up, we get stuck in the lift.

It’s just been one of those months!

What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Publication:  2017 by Bloomsbury
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Around the Year in 52 Books – A book with a location in the title.

My Thoughts (2)


Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

My Thoughts

This review was really hard to write. After the ending of ACoMaF I just had to pick this up and read it straight away. Although I enjoyed it, I had really high hopes for this book and came out feeling like this is the weakest of the 3 books. That’s not saying it’s bad, far from it, but the other two books had me reading at ridiculous times and for hours on end, squealing and fangirling. This book had me more thinking, get to the point!

I’m finally completing this review almost 2 months after reading the book. Every time I sat down to write it, it was hard to think of what to say that hadn’t already been said before. I also found that the more I thought about the book, the harder it was to focus on the things I enjoyed, it was so much easier to pull out the things I disliked.

I was put off of this book more than the others as it is so ruddy thick! I was really frustrated as within the first 100 pages Fayre is undercover, which was great, except she kept doing something and then explaining it. We as readers are not dumb, surprisingly enough we can figure out what she was doing and why without being spoon fed.

In this book we see a lot more characters introduced and more locations, as they go to the different courts. I loved seeing all the different courts and hearing the Bone Carver and Weaver’s back story. The characters are a definite strength in this book, and series as a whole. We get a lot more back story to the main characters, and I just love how she’s able to write about Feyre’s raw emotions such as struggling with PTSD.

However, with more characters and places came greater pacing issues. I feel this book could easily have been a third of a book smaller, especially if you removed all the unnecessary sex scenes. If I’m honest, I’m writing this review about 7 weeks after finishing the book and I’m having to look up what happened because a lot of  it was just that unmemorable.

Taking the series as a whole, it would definitely be a solid five star. I will definitely be re-reading it again the future and it will be very interesting to see how my opinion on it changes with the re-read. Especially for the first book, knowing what I know now…

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Top Ten Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsty Reader. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In.”

No thank you…

Image result for john greenAnything written John Green – These always get really hyped up. I read them. Groan at the pretentious metaphors, put in there so teenagers will quote them. Then finish the book feeling majorly disappointed.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan- I read the first one and it was OK. I enjoyed the films but didn’t think they were overly great. I’m definitely older than the target audience now!

Fever (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStafano and Crossed (Matched 2) by Ally Condie – I’ve grouped these together because I read the first books in both series around the same time and have no idea which is which. They’re both dystopian books and I’m not really into that thing anymore.

The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard, #4)The Thorn of Emberlain (Genteman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch – This is really hard for me to admit. I loved the first book, it’s it up there in my top 5 and instant recommends to anyone and everyone. But since the first book I’ve found that they’ve been going down hill a bit. The wait doesn’t help as I go in with really, really high expectations and come out feeling disappointed that the wait wasn’t worth it. This book has been given official release dates numerous times and then withdraw at the last minute. After almost 5 years I’ve lost patience and hope.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – I pretty much only wanted to read it because of J.K.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – I really loved the sound of this book but it’s been sitting on my shelf for years and every time I go to pick it up I end up reading something else instead. Clearly a sign.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard – I watched most of the TV series and enjoyed it for the most part. I read the first book in this series and found it disappointing as it was essentially just the first episode of the first series so I can be bothered to read the next 15!

The Miniaturist  by Jessie Burton – I picked this up because loads of book clubs were reading it. I didn’t actually look at what it was about. I read the first chapter and decided it probably wasn’t for me. Maybe I’ll pick it up in the future. Possibly…

What books have you decided are no longer for you?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

It’s been half term for me this week. I’m aware that I’ve been neglecting my blog quite a lot recently and had every intention of updating it with reviews and what not. However, that has clearly not happened. I didn’t even log my laptop on this week, that’s how busy I’ve been. I also haven’t even picked up a book (I know!)

So what have I been doing this week? I’ve been sorting out a ton of stuff for my wedding because pretty much everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Most recently, the place that I was meant to be having a meal at on the day closed down suddenly and my sister’s mum is unable to make the wedding as she’s having an opp (completely understandable!) but I fear this means that now my sister might not be coming for my wedding. So I’ve started this week pretty stressed! So I’ve managed to blitz through a load of things, finalising the bridesmaid’s dresses, sorting out the flowers, visiting the venue for the party, sorting out a hog roast for the party, sending out final invitations, buying things for decorations and finding a new venue for our meal. So, not much!

I have this bright idea, which will probably go completely wrong, to have the table decorations made out of books. We’ve bought second hand copies of our favourite books (Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings) and I’ve had a go at making heart confetti and paper roses. I’m pretty happy with how they’ve turned out so far but we’ll see if I’m still saying that after I’ve made hundreds of the things!

Finally, before we went away we just introduced our two gerbils together. I was really nervous about leaving them alone just incase they turned. Luckily we arrived home to this adorable sight.


What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

It’s been a full on week this week as I’ve had deadlines, parents evening for two nights, the place I was meant to be having my wedding meal at closed down, and I’ve managed to loose my voice. But there have been lots of positives (like all of those things being over!)

After my little furbaby died a few weeks ago, Aerys was getting lonely so we bought a new gerbil. We’ve finally introduced the two of them this week and they’re good together. Woohoo!

We went around Camden yesterday for a friend’s birthday. What could possibly be better than having liquid nitrogen icecream from Chin Chin Labs, in the pouring rain? Possibly only their hot chocolate, or the hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolate. Yum.


What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsty Reader. Every week they post a new Top Ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read”

  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – I still intend to read this especially as so many people have told me that this is their favourite book.
  2. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – Another that I still intend to read.
  3. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – I read Red Sister last year, which was brilliant, so that’s made me want to read this more.
  4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – This one I’m not so sure about anymore.
  5. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I intend on reading this this year in the hope to tick off one of my challenges.

The Kite RunnerWe Need to Talk About KevinPrince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1)The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

6. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman – I’ve not really heard many good things about this book…

7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I have tried this book so many times, maybe someday I’ll finally complete it.

8. Emma by Jane Austen – I have it on my kindle but haven’t even attempted this one.

9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Another one I have tried numerous times but just can’t get through.

10. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – I might just re-watch the musical…

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What books have been on your TBR the longest?