Month: August 2015

10 Book Challenge Tag

Well, hello hello!

I have been tagged by the lovely Ali Caitrin (Ali Caitrin) for the 10 Book Challenge Tag! Wahoo! I love a good tag post, so I am super excited to do this – thank you Ali, for tagging me! I have to choose my Top 10 Books, and it is going to be rough! And after reading Ali’s, it turns out that we have a few in common! Here I go, but not in any particular order (because that’s even harder and I will feel like I’m cheating on my books!):

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I read this book about 3 years ago, I went into Waterstones and got dragged in by the cover – not having a clue what it was about! I then read the back and the instant that I saw it’s about Germany in World War II, I had to buy it straight away. I absolutely adored this book, I couldn’t put it down and it literally left me in so many tears at the end, my mother would have thought there was something wrong with me!


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

WOW OH WOW. My friend Tom recommended this book to me about 3 years ago (at the time that I read The Book Thief) and when I started reading it, I thought that it was the most perfect book for me, in the world. Everything about it was perfect and relatable to me. Classic video games and bosses, nerdy references.. Perfection! This is DEFINITELY in my Top 3 books and I cannot wait to see what they will do with the film (although I’m pretty nervous about it..)

The Diary Of A Young Girl: Anne Frank

As you have seen from my other choice, I have always been obsessed with World War II and I have always fallen in love with Anne Frank’s story since I was in school. I am not too sure why, but I have always been fascinated by this and will always find myself dipping back into her diary every now and then. I even visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and tried so hard not to cry through the whole thing!

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Of course there has to be a Harry Potter book in my Top 10! You cannot go wrong with the very first book, as I remember reading the first few chapters in the car and I was extremely sad when we had to get out and I had to put my book down – I was so drawn into the story! We (90s kids) have grown up with the Harry Potter series, so there will always be a place in our hearts for them! (The first film is the best, too).

The Martian by Andy Weir

Although this book is in the hype at the moment, I only read this a few months ago although it’s been around for YEAAAARS! I really enjoy learning about space, especially as I child (I entered a competition to win a signed photo by a NASA astronaut – I came second..) and I could not wait to read this! The first chapter was just crazily captivating, I could not put it down – although, the only downside to this book is that it goes on and on a little bit too much about ‘I need this amount of this and this, to make this work today’.. But I still absolutely loved it! Cannot wait for the film to come out, I think that it is going to be incredible!

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

I read this book just over a year ago and I fell in love. It is the most joyful, happy, uplifting book and you have that sense that you can regain faith in mankind (although, it’s fiction..) but still! In my mind, I felt it. This is the most delightful book and a definite mood booster.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

ANOTHER book that me and Ali have in common haha! But I read both of these books by Jen Campbell and I was dying not to laugh in public all of the time! I found them so funny and I could definitely re-read these over and over.

1984 by George Orwell

This book is definitely in my Top 3, too. I adore this book so much, I love a good dystopian world story – everything about this drew me in more and more. Even his style of writing, it pictured such amazing illustrations in my mind whilst I was reading through, that I even decided to study this book for my Illustration Project at university! What’s better than illustrating one of your favourite books?!

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne

Ohhh, such an adventurous book to love love love! This book brought me so much excitement and was extremely intrigued the whole way through that I was even updating my parents after every chapter that I was reading (they might have hated me at the time, haha!). A definite ‘classic’ to read!

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope On The Streets

Oh, Bob and James! I am pretty sure that most of you have heard about this true life story in the newspapers by now. I bought this on my Kindle for me and my mother to read about 3 years ago, and I flew through it in the one day. I absolutely loved it. It’s a heartbreaking story about a man that is homeless and turns to drugs to keep him going, but one day a ginger cat visits him and has never left his side since. They busk together whilst he’s sitting on his shoulder, ride the bus together and practically everything else!
James is now planning on opening a Cat Cafe in London, has raised a lot of money for the Blue Cross as they helped Bob (his ginger cat) at times and they are actually having a movie made about their life!

So there are my Top 10 Books for now – I know that I will probably realise later and think ‘OH, I FORGOT TO PUT IN THIS BOOK, AND THIS BOOK!’ but tough, Zoe. Your choice has been made.
Now I need to pick some amazing bloggers to do the 10 Book Challenge Tag! I am going to be choosing Alex Finch from carasanalysis, Vivatramp from vivatramp.blogspot.co.uk and Emily from Bambi’s Beauty Blogs.
I hope you enjoyed my tag and look out for some more travel posts and book reviews soon!
xx

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Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

I absolutely loved this book, it was full of Star Wars puns, lovely illustrations and a lot of humour for Star Wars fans! I would highly recommend this product to any Star Wars fans, a great little christmas gift!

A quick little explanation of the book: It’s a small book, filled with illustrations that literally have about 5 words in each speech bubble on them. So it’s a very, very quick read but it’s more of one of those ‘quirky books you get as a christmas gift for a friend’ book. It is really funny, although I’m not usually a massive fan of all of those small quirky books which are pretty expensive but over in about 5 minutes, I actually really loved this one!

There turns out to be four sequels and a few other books, now that I have found the links! So I’ll post them below, can’t wait to check them out 🙂
xx

LINKS:
Amazon (Hardcover £7.49, Kindle Edition: £1.52)
Darth Vader and Son Postcards: Amazon (£7.99)
SEQUELS:
Vader’s Little Princess: Amazon (Hardcover £7.99, Kindle Edition £5.69)
Goodnight Darth Vader: Amazon
Darth Vader and Friends: Amazon

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was great to get an insight into how teenagers ‘come out’ and the struggles they face. I have a lot of homosexual friends and I have been with them through a lot, especially ‘coming out’, so I just found it so interesting to read this book and have highly recommended it to some of my friends. I think that they would enjoy to hear other views and struggles that people have had.

So like I said, this book is about a boy at high school who has been emailing another boy from the school, both anonymously as they both feel the same way and have started to have feelings for each other, without actually knowing each other in person. It turns out that they get closer and closer, but one person is ready to come out and reveal himself to the other, but the other isn’t ready yet.
But, this guy accidentally leaves his email signed in on a school computer and someone else finds his emails. They take a photograph of one and blackmails him with it.
It all goes from there..

So I thought I would leave it there as I definitely don’t want to spoil the book! But I would highly recommend this book, it has had a lot of attention from the book community recently.
xx
LINKS:
Amazon: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Kindle Edition: £2.99, Paperback: £5.59, Hardback: £8.69)

Harry Potter and the Illustrated, Beautiful, Hardcover of Loving Goodness?!

*These images are from Amazon*
I have recently stumbled across this gorgeous book, whilst I saw that Bloomsbury were releasing a purple hardcover, with golden pages of Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone full of illustrations which is beautiful – BUT it’s $270.
So I started to read the comments for people’s reactions and they all thought that is was very expensive, nice but too expensive. Somebody then posted a link to an alternative which looks pretty similar on Amazon. HERE IS THE LINK TO IT.
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It’s not going to be the same, of course. But it is still illustrated, has a beautiful hardcover and would look incredible on a bookshelf AND it is only £19.99! What a bargain! I just know that I need this book in my life, right now!
xx

LINKS:
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (Gift Edition)  (£19.99 Hardcover)

Huka Falls

We made a very quick stop to Huka Falls, on the way to Taupo. It was such a pretty stop, we were literally here for 5/10 minutes but the views were beautiful. The actual falls are claimed to be the fastest widening falls, as it starts off very narrow and within a metre or two, it has expanded and opens up completely!

Yet again, the water is VERY blue here too, and it even started to snow whilst we were here! (I’m not too surprised though as it was -1 degrees at the time!).
xx
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Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach

This was my first stop, when I carried on travelling from Auckland – I was a bit nervous to get back on the bus, but it was completely fine! Hot Water Bech was really pretty, it is in a really small area but if you go down to the beach and dig holes in-between certain rocks, the water comes out BOILING HOT! This is because of the Geo-thermals, not that I know TOO MUCH about this, but the heat and water is coming from deeper inside the earths surface, causing it to be very hot! (Something along those lines, anyway!)
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Anyway, I thought that we’d looked really weird digging a little hole on the beach, but when we got there, it turns out that so many people, especially families were down there – not just digging small holes, but pools to bathe in! It was crazy, but such a great idea!
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I’ll just post the photos here, as there’s not too much that I can say now! Yes, my memory is very bad, especially when I’m trying to backtrack my travels! Apologies!
xx

Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach

This was my first stop, when I carried on travelling from Auckland – I was a bit nervous to get back on the bus, but it was completely fine! Hot Water Bech was really pretty, it is in a really small area but if you go down to the beach and dig holes in-between certain rocks, the water comes out BOILING HOT! This is because of the Geo-thermals, not that I know TOO MUCH about this, but the heat and water is coming from deeper inside the earths surface, causing it to be very hot! (Something along those lines, anyway!)
(These first few photos are from Cathedral Cove, which was on the way to Hot Water Beach).DSC02937
DSC02930
DSC02918 DSC02861 DSC02879
Anyway, I thought that we’d looked really weird digging a little hole on the beach, but when we got there, it turns out that so many people, especially families were down there – not just digging small holes, but pools to bathe in! It was crazy, but such a great idea!
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I’ll just post the photos here, as there’s not too much that I can say now! Yes, my memory is very bad, especially when I’m trying to backtrack my travels! Apologies!
xx