Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

I don’t know what the weather has been like for you but for me it has been true British summer weather. It’s been chucking it down. It’s been literally bouncing off of the pavements. Luckily, on the days we’ve booked things it has been lovely! Yay!

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On Thursday we went to the Hilton hotel by Green Park (oo, fancy) for an afternoon tea and cocktails. It was absolutely scrummy. I just love scones with jam and creme. The tea was so good I drank 3 teapots full and then went on a hunt around London to buy some for myself (Caramel Roiibos).

 

DSC_0144We also took a day trip to Dover castle. Our poor little car really struggled getting up that hill but we made it! It’s an amazing castle with so much history. I love going through the all the tunnels and we were really lucky that the waiting time for the underground hospital and war tunnels was short. It’s definitely a day trip I would recommend but be prepared for walking up and down a lot of hills! Dover’s really close to where my parents live so afterwards we surprised them by popping in for a cup of tea.


What made you smile this week?

Top Ten Shortest vs Longest Books I’ve Read

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. They’re currently on a break until mid-August so I’m choosing some past topics I missed out on in the meantime. I saw Maria @ Big City Bookworm do “ Top Ten Shortest vs Longest Books I’ve Read” a few weeks ago and I was really interested to see what mine were. So here we go…

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)Of Mice and Men

Wise Man’s Fear @ 994 pages vs Of Mice and Men @ 112 Pages

I’m not surprised that Wise Man’s Fear is the longest book I’ve read. Seeing it sitting on my shelf it stands out a mile. It definitely read a lot easier than some of the other books in this list and is one of my favourite books. I knew Of Mice and Men was short but because I studied this in school it felt a lot longer. I’ve read children’s books longer than that!


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Animal Farm

Game of Thrones @ 835 pages vs Animal Farm @ 122 Pages

I’m really not surprised to see Game of Thrones as my second longest book because it read as being very long. Animal Farm is one of those books that you’re meant to read in high school but I never did – I really enjoyed it, it was really easy to read.


harry_potter_and_the_order_of_the_phoenixThe Stranger

Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix @ 776 pages vs The Stranger @ 123 pages

The book where the series starts getting serious but is fully with humour vs a serious book. Again another one I studied for IB so it felt longer than it actually was.


breaking_dawn_coverOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Breaking Dawn @ 756 pages vs One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich @ 182 pages

A long book that I can’t remember what happens vs a short book in which nothing happens. I didn’t particularly enjoy either of these books.


Crime and PunishmentHeart of Darkness

Crime and Punishment @ 671 pages vs Heart of Darkness @ 188 pages

Both of these I had to do for the IB. I loved Crime and Punishment, I feel it is definitely a book that you get more enjoyment out of if you study it (like Shakespeare). On the other hand, I HATED Heart of Darkness. I just couldn’t get on with the writing style.


What are the longest and shortest books you’ve read?

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

  • After years of wanting to get into photography but never having the money to buy a DSLR camera, I finally saved up enough to get one! So I’ve spend the week fiddling around with it and testing it out on my gerbils.
  • We went to Whipsnade Zoo! I’ve never been there before because it’s one that you can’t really get to without a car. It’s part of ZSL, the same as London Zoo but it is SO much bigger (apparently the biggest in the UK). We managed to see most of it before the rain started bouncing off of the floor which sent us home bound. I definitely preferred it to London Zoo as the animals had so much more space. During the talks they shared with the audience information on the animals (obviously) but also logos to look out for when you go shopping to help sustainability, including this palm oil one that I’ve never heard of before.

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It was also an excuse for me to use my camera again.


What made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

  • Our local MP visited our school this week. I audibly laughed when he asked my shiny faced 5 year olds if they knew about Brexit. We also learnt not to let them ask their own questions that hadn’t been pre-planned as one of them, confident as you like, asked: “What’s the fastest dog in the world?”
  • This time next week I’ll be on my summer holidays, my energy levels are very grateful for that!
  • I had a wonderful meet up with lots of university friends which is always lots and lots of fun!
  • After my reading slump, I’ve completed THREE books this week! (round of applause for me) I just haven’t been motivated to write the reviews for them yet!

What made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

We had our annual 3 days of summer this week! It was glorious. Except I was in school.

This weekend it was West End Live in Trafalgar Square, where different old and new musicals showcase a few songs. It was wonderful to see lots of new musicals and add a few to my To Watch list.

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What made you smile this week? 

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

I’ve been on half term this week which means I’ve been able to sleep (yay!), drink (yay!) and do things that I want to do with my days (yaaaay!) So I’ve got lots of smiles for this week.

  • I had a lovely day in London, eating street food in Camden, visiting Forbidden Planet, and seeing my first show in the National Theatre! I went to see Ugly Lies the Bone, which was different to what I was expecting but really, really good! It was a straight run through, with no breaks, and the setting was incredible.
  • My Illumicrate arrived! (My unboxing). It’s a 3 monthly subscription, so I’m always really excited when this arrives. It was a super haul this month too, with my highlights being: two books, a candle and a cute HP keyring.
  • I went to Oxford for the day (my post). We had a completely nerdy bookish day going to the Bodleian Library (where they filmed HP), buying books from Oxford University Print shop and going to the Eagle and Child (drinking grounds of the Inklings).
  • We went to London Zoo at night! ZSL are doing evening events during summer where people walk around in costume, they have food and music. It’s rather lovely without all the children! The animals tend to be more active in the evening too 🙂
  • I completed all my school reports! Hurrah! 30 reports takes an awfully long time to write and I’m pretty sure by the end most of them didn’t really make sense. But they’re completed!

What made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

It’s been beautiful sunshine all week! Nothing cheers me up more than lovely weather. (I say as it is now chucking it down). And it’s half term! Hurrah! It really couldn’t have come sooner. I’m very excited to catch up on lost sleep (lets just ignore all those reports I have to write.)


What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

I have a couple this week!

  1. I had a lovely Saturday in Brighton with some friends, exploring the lanes, eating lots of food and playing mini-golf (which I sucked at).
  2. I had a school trip this week which was actually really nice. It’s always good when you return back to school with the same number of children you left with.
  3. I scared my gerbils and housemates by squealing with delight because I have been granted access to Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan, who is one of my favourite authors! Meep!
  4. I have a tea subscription and it arrived this week with my favourite fruit tea in – Strawberry and Kiwi. It also has a lovely Chai tea which I can’t wait to try 🙂

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What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

I have a couple this week!

  1. Monday was a bank holiday. We were meant to meet up with friends and go for a picnic in a park but the rain scarpered that idea. So instead, we set the picnic blanket up on the floor in the living room and had an indoor picnic instead which was really nice.
  2. I had my performance management this week, which is always a huge relief when it is over. It’s always lovely to get lots of positive feedback, especially when I’ve been feeling low recently.
  3. I was granted access to the ARCs of One of Us is Lying by  Karen M. McManus and The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion both of which I am super excited about!

The Best of Adam SharpOne of Us Is Lying

What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

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.

My Sunday Smiles

This week we were meant to have an inset, in another school, with an interactive drama section. Performing in front of other people, especially my peers or people that are older than me, is pretty much my idea of hell. I’ve been ill this week, so I seriously contemplated pretending I was still ill just to get out of it, that’s how much I really didn’t want to do this. But I forced myself to go. I felt like a complete idiot. But you know what? It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. So a pat on the back to me for not bailing!

What’s made you smile this week?