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.

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

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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?

January 2018 Wrap Up

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The first month of the year comes to a close and I feel like I would like to hibernate. The winter always makes me feel very tired and I feel like I’ve just about dragged my way through this month. It’s been long but short at the same time?! I’ve had illness and observations, reading obsession and slumps, tea and cake; it’s been a strange one.

Books Read in January

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses 2) by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses 2) by Sarah J. Maas

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman

The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shausterman

 

Blog Posts

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Sunday Smiles – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea, The Birthday Party play and LEGO shop

Sunday Smiles – Wedding dresses and signed books

Sunday Smiles – goodbyes and chocolate

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TTT- New  To Me Authors I Read In 2017

TTT – Books I Meant To Read In 2017

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Day 1 – The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes and Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman.

Day 2 – Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Day 3 – The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge and Copy Cat by Ali Pye

Day 5 – Children’s books about babies

Days 6 + 7 + Wrap Up – The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan and Wrap Up.

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My 2018 Challenges.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.


Books I Bought In January.

I’m currently on a book buying ban until March.

But… I picked up a copy Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party when I went to see it.

Currently Reading: 

Poison (Tales from the Kingdoms, #1)

Poison (Tales from the Kingdoms #1) – Sarah Pinborough


Looking Forward To In February…

  • Spa day!
  • Harry Potter Exhibition at the British Library!
  • A comedy show with lots of different comedians, most of which I’ve never seen before!
  • Half term and being able to sleep.

How was your January?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

DSC_0057Unfortunately, I don’t have much to smile about this week, especially this weekend. I’ve been ill, it’s been raining and my little furbaby, Harry, passed away.

So, feeling sorry for myself, I’ve been eating chocolate, drinking hot chocolate with squirty cream, and finally watching Big Little Lies. I loved the book so am hoping the TV series is just as good. I didn’t realise Alexander Skarsgård is in it!

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 Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Publication: 3th May 2016 by Bloomsbury
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Around the Year in 52 books challenge – A book with the letters A, T and Y in the title.

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(Goodreads)

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Thoughts

I purposely saved this book to be the first book I read in 2018. That was such a good choice because this book was brilliant. It was so good that I had to read ACoWaR straight away. I feel that this is the best book of the three, so far.

Although this book is classified YA, it wavers that line where I would be more inclined to remove it from that category and put it in full fledged fantasy.  There are a few sex scenes in the book, they’re not necessarily graphic but they’re pretty descriptive and may not be appropriate for young YA readers.

The book begins with Feyre back in the Spring Court preparing, but not really engaging, for her wedding to Tamlin. Although she made a bargain with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, to spend one week with him a month, his has not called in on this yet. Feyre is withering away due to not eating, disturbed sleep full with nightmares about under the mountain and Tamlin being more overprotective than usual and leaving Feyre like a prisoner in her own home. As she walks down the isle, she is silently praying for help. Like an answer to her prayer, that is the momeny Rhysand decides to turn up and make Feyre hold up her end of their bargain.

Although some people may consider this a love triangle, I think this is probably more about Feyre growing as a person and deciding who she wants to be, not who she wants to be with. Feyre grows so much within this book, both personally and romantically. She not only learns about her newly acquired powers, she learns to read and write and becomes more confident and assurtive.

The characters are just wonderful in this book too. I didn’t feel there were too many and as we progressed we found out more about each one. I just love Mor.

And man, that ending!

My Thoughts (1)

5-stars

Top Ten Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and The Bookish and now 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 Bookish Resolutions / Goals”

I have already done a post on what my goals are for this year (which you can find here)

My Resolutions

  • To not buy any more physical books until at least June (with exception of continuations of series – looking at you Morgan Rhodes and Michael J Sullivan, and longing for Scott Lynch and Pat Rothfuss to surprise us all)
  • To only request Netgalley books that I really want so they don’t sit on my shelf for months/years.
  • To start using actual book marks rather than just everything and anything I can grab.
  • To stop shying away from classic books. I’m a big girl now. They shouldn’t scare me.
  • To try and interact with people more on here. I’m read all the comments that people leave on my blog but haven’t always replied or commented on other people’s. I’m going to make a more conscious effort to talk to all you wonderful people.
  • I try and be healthier – to eat out less, to cut down on eating biscuits/cake in the staff room, to eat more fruit, to drink more water. Not major things but hopefully the little things will make a positive impact.
  • To try and go out with my camera more.

What are your resolutions this year?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

This week I was meant to be partaking in Bout of Books. It hasn’t gone anywhere near as well as I was hoping. It’s been a very stressful week during which I’ve been falling asleep about 9. I still have today to go so I will do a full update on it tomorrow.

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Despite my draining week, I had a fantastic Saturday. We went to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea at One Aldwych. It was absolutely incredibly and I would completely recommend it. You have savory sandwiches to begin with, followed by the scrumptious sweets. My highlights were the chocolate tea, flavoured candyfloss, bacon jam and Cocoa bean financiers. Yum! We didn’t have the cocktail Charlie but it did look incredible.

Afterwards, we went to see The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. Image result for harold pinter the birthday partyThe only other Pinter play we’ve seen before is No Mans Land and just like that play, we had very little idea what was going on! Ir’s about Stanley Webber who lives in a run down boarding house by the sea, run y Meg and Petey. Two sinister strangers arrive on Stan’s supposed birthday and they all have a party which turns into a nightmare. The play is one that can’t be taken at face value, with pretty much all the characters contradicting themselves throughout. It’s ambiguous as to what ultimately happens to Stan and what truly happens at the party. I bought the script while I was there and fully intend to read in with the hope that I’ll understand it a bit better!

We also went to the LEGO store and made our own people. Can you guess who they are? (They took ages to make!)

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.