The Liebster Award

The Liebster award is a chain award that was created by bloggers and is a tradition to make new friends in the blogging community.

I was nominated by Read By Amanda. So thanks! I’m really excited to do this…

Here are the rules:

– Link back to the person who nominated you

– Give 11 random facts about yourself

– Answer 11 questions from your nominator

– Nominate 11 bloggers

– Come up with 11 questions for them to answer

– Inform your nominees


So here are 11 facts about me:

  1. I love sport. (Netball, Rounders, Cricket and Running all the way!
  2. I live in England, in the South East near one of the greatest universities in the world (Take A Guess)
  3. My favourite shop is Waterstones.
  4. I don’t like ANY fruit. (Long story, that I might be willing to share one day…)
  5. My room is never truly clean.
  6. I want to be a literary publisher/editor one day.
  7. I would probably be one of the loudest people you’ve ever met.
  8. I am never satisfied with my bookshelf layout.
  9. I’ve always wanted to go to Florida, New York, LA, Australia and Hawaii. (I’m going to Florida this summer!)
  10. I can’t not listen to Shawn Mendes and Years & Years.
  11. Currently, I don’t like any classic books. (Which will be a pain when I hope to study English Lit at uni.)

My Questions from Amanda:

1) What is my most anticipated read of the year?

Well, it depends really on whether you mean the ones I own or ones I want to own. In my current TBR, I don’t really have one because I want to just read all of my books… Outside of my ‘Library’, I really want to buy loads of books but I do really want The Wicked + The Divine.

2) What author do I most want to meet?

Hmmm… This is a tricky one because who doesn’t want to meet loads of authors. But, I think it would have to be Kiera Cass because I need to thank her for bringing Maxon into my life.

3) If I could read only one book for the rest of my life, which would I choose?

Again, it would have to be one of the Selection books. I never get bored of those. Mainly, The Selection or The One because they were just perfect.

4) How often do I try and post on my blog?

I attempt to post daily but I’ve been failing recently and I need to get better. Apart from Mon & Tues, which is Ceri’s day.

5) When did I start blogging?

May 2014. Nearly a year ago, and I’m still proud of how far this blog has become. I’ve gone from being a beginner to actually roughly knowing what I’m doing and I love how a bit of fun has turned into something that in my opinion has turned amazing…

6) Buddy the Elf, What is my favourite colour?

My favourite colour constantly changes. I have a couple of faves though. Orange, Teal, Purple. What a mess those three would be together. 😦

7) Have I stayed up all night to finish a book?

No, but I have stayed up till midnight to finish one before. Luckily, I finish good books before the night, and average books can be put aside till the morning.

8) What is a weird habit that I do?

I do a lot of strange things. I like to say “Then again,” a lot, I twiddle a pen a lot, or I spasm my right leg (I can’t keep it still. I think I have a problem.)

9) What is one book that everyone has read but me?

One book I haven’t yet got/read is the The Final Empire.

I don’t know why, but I don’t feel very interested in it as such. I will hopefully give it a go, but everyone has read it and enjoyed it and I’m scared I won’t…

10) What is my favourite place to eat out?

My favourite place to eat out. Hmmm… Again, a toughie… but I have to choose Costa Coffee or McDonalds because both are local to me and I love their foods.

11) Have I ever thought of writing a book?

YES! I’ve always wanted to be published but never written a full book. I’m hoping to change that though, and for an English project, I’m currently writing a book which may/may not be called The A-Z of Getting Revenge On The Bad Boy… I’m hoping to finish it this time!


Bloggers I Nominate:

Ceri @ A Book And Beyond… (I wanna see your response)

You know what? I’m rubbish at nominating people so YOU. Yes, you. I nominate you. Have a blog? Do this. Don’t have a blog? Find a way to do it, whether it be Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram or Goodreads.


Nominee’s Questions:

1) What book character is most like you and why?

2) What drink/snack do you like to consume when reading?

3) Why did you choose to start blogging?

4) What’s the longest book you’ve read?

5) If you could only ever re-read a single book, what would it be? (You can read new books though)

6) What is the most popular book that you own but haven’t read?

7)  Who is your favourite author that you’ve met?

8) Have you written anything?

9) What is, in your opinion, a completely underrated book?

10) What is your favourite dramatic scene from a book?

11) Book or Movie? What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?

Okay guys, so that’s it and I want to thank Read By Amanda and say good luck to my nominees…

Collective Jan-Feb Book Haul

Firstly, I’d just like to say a HUGE Happy Birthday to Ceri! Thanks for everything you do for me and the blog, it means a lot…

WP_20150216_002WP_20150216_003Here are the books that I have obtained over the last few months….

I’m so happy with  this selection and can’t wait to show you…

 

Also, if I looked into it, would you rather me film book hauls as videos or posts? Let me know in the comments below….

LEGGO!

First up: Lord of The Flies by William Golding

Trash by Andy Mulligan (Signed – He’s a very nice man)

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas (Gorgeous Cover)

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking (Again, Amazing Cover)

Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Have A Little Faith by Candy Harper

Airhead: Being Nikki by Meg Cabot

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (IT’S ENGRAVED….)

Slated by Teri Terry

Tempted by P.C and Kristin Cast

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor

Marked by P.C and Kristin Cast

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Dreamland by Alyson Noel

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Hidden by P.C and Kristin Cast

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Vampire Diaries – The Return: Nightfall by L.J Smith

Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

If you want to see a picture of any of the covers or the synopsis, request it in the comments and I will post them…

Oxford Story Museum

Hiya,

Today I met a lovely lady from the Oxford Story Museum, who is going to help me and 14 other girls from my school. We are running a project for the museum and the school and we get to go on trips to Oxford and London and things and budget and run things like author events for teenagers!

So, if you’re in Oxford soon (Alice’s Day comes up soon) then please check out the Story Museum, it’s beautiful and I’m glad to be working with them…

Katherine

Christmas Book Haul

IMG_4511IMG_4512I got quite a few books over the Christmas period as you can probably see. I’m going to name each one but if you want to see a picture of the cover or the synopsis, request it in the comments and I will post them… Onwards…

  1. Gone by Michael Grant
  2. Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer
  3. Linked by Imogen Howson
  4. The Rain by Virginia Bergin
  5. Battle Angel by Scott Speer
  6. The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson
  7. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  8. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
  9. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  10. The Fear by Charlie Higson
  11. The Dead by Charlie Higson
  12. Mates, Dates & Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins (Signed)
  13. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
  14. The Fallen by Charlie Higson
  15. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  16. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  17. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  18. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

So that was what I received for Christmas… I’d like to add that I am not bragging in any way, just showing people the books that will be showing up on my blog very soon…

Birthday/ October Book Haul

IMG_4492 IMG_4496 As you can tell by these pictures, I obtained a lot of books this month… I’m only going to name each one and whether I bought it or it was a present. If you would like to see the cover and/or synopsis of a particular book, comment below and I will include it at the bottom of a post or maybe do a new post if many people want to see them? 🙂

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green – Present

Tamar by Mal Peet – Present

Paper Towns by John Green – Present

The Kill Order by James Dashner – Present

The Death Cure by James Dashner – Present

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle – Own Money

Code Name Verity (Signed) by Elizabeth Wein – Own Money

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard – Own Money

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – Own Money

A Greyhound of A Girl by Roddy Doyle – Present

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Present

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi – Present

Dreamland by Alyson Noel – Present

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Present

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier – Present

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – Own Money

Half Bad by Sally Green – Own Money

Panic by Lauren Oliver – Own Money

The One by Kiera Cass – Own Money

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Own Money

The Enemy by Charlie Higson – Present

How To Keep A Boy As A Pet by Diane Messidoro – Present

Heartside Bay: More Than A Love Song by Cathy Cole – Present

Heartside Bay: The New Girl by Cathy Cole – Present

Silverfin by Charlie Higson – Present

Double or Die by Charlie Higson – Present

A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison – Present

The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes – Own Money

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant (Signed) – Present

So that’s my books for this month… I’d like to add that I am not bragging in any way, just showing people the books that will be showing up on my blog very soon…

September Book Haul

IMG_4474This month wasn’t too bad, considering I’m ‘meant to be on a book ban’!

So in the month before my birthday (27th October), I decided that I would go on a book ban. This clearly failed but I bought less books!!

Shimmer by Alyson Noel – I got this book at my local Works store for 59p!! It was in an everything must go sale and I took it…

Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I got this at The Works again but in a broken boxset missing Allegiant. I couldn’t pass up both books for £4 though so I picked them up.

If I Should Die by Amy Plum – Again, The Works for 59p but I’ve wanted this series for a long time and hopefully, I will make myself get the first two books now!!

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane – Found this in a book sale at my local doctor’s surgery and picked it up as it looked interesting…

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory – Located at the doctor’s surgery again and seeing as I have number 1 in the series, I decided that I would pick it up.

The Danger Game by Kevin Brooks – I won this on a giveaway at Girls Heart Books and I’m so excited to read it!! I read Bunker Diary as a Carnegie book and thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan – Again, I won this on Girls Heart Books and it was on my Need To Buy list so I cannot wait to pick this up!!

So that’s it for this month and I can’t wait to read all these amazing books… Have you read one of these? Which of these should I zip straight to the top of my to-read pile? Leave a comment down below…

August Book Haul

IMG_4453Yet again, I have too many books than planned for…

Borrowed From Local Library: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler, Briar Rose by Jana Oliver, Struck By Lightning by Chris Colfer and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Bought: The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding, The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne, Swapped By A Kiss by Luisa Plaja, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Shadowland by Alyson Noel, The New Recruit by Andy McNab, Mates, Dates & Portobello Princesses by Cathy Hopkins, The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory, The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory and The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory.

Also, I nicked Laying The Ghost by Judy Astley off of my Mum.

That’s it for this month, phew! Have you read one of these? Which of these should I zip straight to the top of my to-read pile? Leave a comment down below…

July Book Haul

IMG_4441Wow!! I thought that I hadn’t bought that many this month… Guess I was wrong! Let’s get straight into it then:

Borrowed from Local Library: Out of Tune by Beth Reekles.

Bought: Wreck This Journal Everywhere by Keri Smith, Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith, Startled by His Furry Shorts by Louise Rennison, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Model Under Cover: A Crime of Fashion by Carina Axelsson, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Angel Cake by Cathy Cassidy, Ginger Snaps by Cathy Cassidy, Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell, Three’s A Crowd by Sophie McKensie, Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.

Most of these, I obtained at charity shops!

Finally, my wonderful Mum bought me City of Heavenly Fire and I’m so happy because I’ve wanted it for ages!!

So that’s all my books for this month. Hope they’re all good! Read one of these? What should I read first? Leave a comment below.

 

Book To Movie Adaptations

Book To Movie Adaptations are a big thing at the moment. The Fault In Our Stars, Divergent, The Hunger Games and Twilight are some examples of this. Problem is though, is that so many people can watch the movie and claim that “I’ve watched the movie, I don’t need the book…” However, the whole point of this is that these movies wouldn’t be here if these authors hadn’t written those books.

So, why should film companies get all of the revenue for movies when there is a book sitting on a shelf in a shop waiting for you to read it which has been made into a movie? If you’re going to claim that you don’t need the book after you’ve watched the film, buy the book and read it before you watch the movie. Also, the movies are hardly ever as good as the book, because authors get no/hardly any input into the movie. The author’s ideas about the characters and setting could be really useful but apparently the author of the book isn’t good enough to create a good movie. It’s nicer to see authors being allowed to have more input and their names being shown on the credits for Producer or Co-Director.

So the next time someone comes up to me and says, “Well, that wasn’t as good as the book.” or “I don’t need the book.”, I will have this rant at them. And yes, it is a rant and I admit it but it’s something I feel strongly about because they’re becoming a lot bigger and people need to hear my opinion! I love books and I love movies so when people say things about them, I get very protective. What do you think about this?

Well, my feelings have definitely been portrayed now. So, on the subject of BTMA’s, what ones are you most looking forward to this year? If you could have one book made into a movie, what would it be? Comment below with your ideas…

June Book Haul

This month has been hectic for books. I’ve borrowed so many from libraries and Ceri. I think I’ve only bought 1 and it hasn’t even arrived yet.

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Borrowed from School Library:

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell – Johnston, White Lies and Tiaras by Marilyn Kaye, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell and Blood Family by Anne Fine.

Borrowed from Local Library:

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang, Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Gloss by Marilyn Kaye, Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine, Ticket To Love by Marilyn Kaye, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding, The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles.

Borrowed from Ceri: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Hereafter by Tara Hudson, Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin, Threads by Sophia Bennett, Let’s Get Lost by Sarra Manning, The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp, Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning, I Love Genie: Wishful Thinking by Rose Wilkins, Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, The Summer That Changed Everything by Ann Brashares, Just Henry by Michelle Magorian, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Ice Dreams by Jo Cotterill, Forget Me Not by Jo Cotterill, My Summer on The Shelf by Lara Fox, Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning, New Girl by Paige Harbison, Love At Second Sight by Cathy Hopkins, Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done by Sarah Mykowski, Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti, Forever by Judy Blume, Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, Matched by Ally Condie, Crossed by Ally Condie, Reached by Ally Condie, My Year In Agony by Lara Fox, Heist Society by Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter and Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter.

Bought: The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Won: Countdown To 5th June Giveaway – Chicken Mission by Jennifer Grey.

 

So that’s all my books for this month. Hope they’re all good! Read one of these? What should I read first? Leave a comment below.