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?


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?

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.

Top Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017

Top 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. 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 Was Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)”

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of books I intended to read to tick off my Around the Year in 52 Books challenge. I only ended up reading 7 of the books in the end!

Here are the ones I definitely will be reading this year:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Game of Thrones series by George R R Martin
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)The Complete Sherlock Holmes

What books did you not manage to get around to?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Despite being back at work, I’ve had a wonderful week!

I got to try on my wedding dress and feel like a princess *happy squeal*.

I completely forgot that I ordered a signed copy of Michael J. Sullivan’s new book The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter. It’s not due for official release until about June but it arrived this week!

I’ve already read 2 books this year, which has completely shocked me. I’m really please that I enjoyed both of them too 😀

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Happy New Year everyone!

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.

2018 Challenges

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For the past couple of years I have been setting myself a few challenges. I love seeing a little bit of progress as the months go by and seeing what I’ve achieved at the end of the year. It always gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

The challenges I didn’t complete last year, some of which were already rolled over, are going to be rolled over to 2018.

My 2018 targets:

  • To read my pre-ordered books. (Court of Mist and Fury and Angel of Storm)
  • To get above 75% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (I’m not sure I’ll be able to beat 2017 but that would be brilliant)

2017 – 19,113 pages (55 books)
2016 – 16,084 pages (59 books)
2015 – 13,223 pages (49 books)
2014 – 17,030 pages (51 books)

  • To read at least 25 books I already own.
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read at least 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes, including any new ones I get- The Graces by Laure Eve, Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, The Walking Land  by Callie Bates, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, Artemis by Andy Weir and The City of Brass by S.A.Chakraborty.
  • To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

Again, like last year, I’ve decided not to set myself a number of books challenge as otherwise I feel guilty about adding children’s picture books and making it look like I’ve read more than I have – this is why I’ve set the pages challenge!
Grimm's Fairy StoriesThe DiabolicThe Graces (The Graces, #1)The Complete Sherlock Holmes

So far the books I intend on reading next yearbased on the 2018 Around the Year in 52 Books and books I own, are:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas
  • Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
  • All This Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Blood for Blood – Ryan Graudin
  • Blood of Elves – Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Caraval – Stephanie Garber
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
  • Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore
  • Gone Girl –  Gillian Flynn
  • Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • I am Malala  – Malala Yousadzai
  • I am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes
  • IT – Stephen King
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  • The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
  • Murder on the Orient Experess – Agatha Christie
  • Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss (Re-read)
  • The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  • Rebel of the Sands –  Alwyn Hamilton
  • Sandman – Neil Gaiman
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Star Touched Wueen – Roshani Chokshi
  • Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
  • Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  • When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
  • Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • The Witcher (graphic novel) – Paul Tobin
  • Wonder woman: War Bringer – Leigh Bardugo

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Last year I only read 7 of the books I intended to at the beginning of the year, so lets see if I do any better on that front this year…

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What are your challenges?
Can you recommend me any books I’ll enjoy?
Which book on my list should I begin with?

Illumicrate Unboxing – November 2017


Illumicrate is a bookish subscription box based in the UK. It contains at least one book and lots of other bookish delights. It is a quarterly box that arrives in February, May, August and November.

This is the nineth illumicrate box so far and they are now beginning to do special boxes around certain series – they’ve recently done a Grisha box and their next one is a Howler (Red Rising). I think they plan on doing a ACOTAR themed box soon too!

I’m always super excited to get these not only for the books but for the amazing bookish goodies with it.

Spoilers ahead! Don’t read on if you haven’t opened yours yet…

November Box


Artemis by Andy Weir (exclusive edition)

I wasn’t overly excited when I first pulled this book out of the box as it doesn’t really look like the sort of book I would usually choose for myself. But that’s part of the reason I subscribe to this box! When I read the blurb, it actually sounds really interesting!

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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.


Bookish Tea Towel by @evannaveillustration (exclusive)

Always need a tea towel to wash up all my tea mugs. plus, the design is in my favourite colour. Win.


“The Right Book” Print by @nutmegandarlo (exclusive)

I adore this quote! I’m putting it straight up in my classroom for all my children to see.


Unicorn Journal by @prismofstarlings (exclusive)

This has a super cute design on the outside but my favourite part is the inside. It has the birthdays of famous literary figures, which I just love!


Reading in Bed canle by @ Merakicandles (exclusive)

This is my favourite item in the box! It smells like chocolate and it looks gorgeous. I loved the last candle Meraki Candles did for the box too – I will definitely be ordering people presents from them!


Moon and Stars Necklace by @ohpandaeyes (exclusive)

The description say “a little tribute to stories set in space” but my first thought was Game of Thrones. Eitherway, this is super cute!

Extras: Excerpts of The Mortal Coil and Iron Gold, and an ARC of The City of Brass by S.A.Chakraborty.

This has a beautiful cover! It’s not released until Spring 2018 so we’re very lucky 🙂

My Thoughts (2)


Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for


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The Awakening + The Struggle (Vampire Diaries #1+2) by

The Awakening & The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)

Title: The Awakening + The Struggle
Author: L.J.Smith
Series: Vampire Diaries #1+2
Publication: 1st January 2007

My Thoughts (2)


The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret – a secret that will change Elena’s life for ever …

The Struggle: Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon. But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all. Damon wants to lead Elena astray – and he’d rather kill Stefan than let him possess her …

My Thoughts

I dragged myself through this book so I could tick off the challenge, from Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge, of reading one of the 100 best YA books. Imagine my frustration when I realised I got confused and it’s actually Vampire Academy that’s on the list, not this. On the bright side, at least this isn’t in the top 100 best YA Books because it’s truly awful.

The first book was originally written in 1999, so years before Twilight. However, it was hard not to draw connects between the two as it’s incredibly similar. They both had annoying and whiny main characters, stupid instalove and frustrating writing. This obviously reflects worse on Twilight than this book. I can’t say I was overly impressed with either of the books but at least Twilight was slightly better writing and marginally better characters.

The main character, Elena, is blonde, skinny and self claimed queen of the school. She prides herself on getting any boy she wants, so when a dark, handsome boy walks past her, completely blanking her, she instantly dumps her boyfriend and won’t rest until this stranger is hers. Rolling your eyes yet? It get worse. She is just a horrible person, she is manipulative, obssessive and egocentric.

Of course this dark, brooding stranger is a vampire and is staying away from her because she looks exactly like the love of his life from his past. He spends half of the first book ignoring her and when they finally do talk BANG they’re together and “in love”. God knows why, maybe because they’re both as dry as each other?

Then there’s Stefan’s brother, Damon. He’s the consistant “bad guy” who sexy and mysterious. Guess what, he want Elena too. Funny that. Turns out he was in love with the girl that Elena looks like too.

Guess I should have learnt from the TV series. Wasn’t overly impressed with that either.

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Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

You know how last week I said I had been naughty and bought a stupid amount of books? Well, I maaaay have done it again. I’m not even sorry. It was 3 for £10, how can you say no?

I bought Open Very Carefully and Zog and the Flying Doctors for my class. I was also an idiot and went to buy The Lion Inside but accidentally clicked kindle, so now it’s no use to anyone 😦 I also bough Parsnips, Buttered : How to win at modern life one email at a time, The Light Between Oceans, Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime and The Hufflepuff Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Although I’ve bought a stupid amount of books I’ve actually done some reading this week! How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends was not my best purchase, but that’ll teach me for not reading the children’s book before I buy it. I completed Parsnips, Buttered : How to win at modern life one email at a time by Joe Lycett, which was so so funny. I also read Saga and Fables (reviews on Thursday).

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A child also made me stifle laughter when they randomly asked “Do you know what boozy means?” When I asked them if they did, they replied with “It means when you’re really really cozy.” How adorable is that?!

My friend’s child also seriously thinks babies are conceived by the man weeing on the bed and the lady sitting in the wee. I really hope they haven’t gone around telling their friends that!

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.