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2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

  1. A book recommended by a librarian.
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
  3. A book of letters
  4. An audiobook
  5. A book by a person of colour
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
  7. A book that is a story within a story
  8. A book with multiple authors
  9. An espionage thriller
  10. A book with a cat on the cover
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel
  15. A book with a subtitle
  16. A book that’s published in 2017
  17. A book involving a mythical creature
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
  19. A book about food
  20. A book with career advice
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective
  22. A steampunk novel
  23. A book with a red spine
  24. A book set in the wilderness
  25. A book you loved as a child
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
  28. A novel set during wartime
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator
  30. A book with pictures
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  32. A book about an interesting woman
  33. A book set in two different time periods
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title
  35. A book set in a hotel
  36. A book written by someone you admire
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
  40. A book you bought on a trip

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  41. A book recommended by an author you love
  42. A bestseller from 2016
  43. A book with a family-member term in the title
  44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span
  45. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  46. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of
  47. A book with an eccentric character
  48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
  49. A book you got from a used book sale
  50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book
  51. A book about a difficult topic
  52. A book based on mythology

    Here is the POPSUGAR 2017 Reading Challenge, I really fancied finding another Reading Challenge for this year as I found 2015’s really fun and I actually did go outside of my comfort zone to find books that fit and I genuinely enjoyed them!

    I will be posting my progress to my Instagram with the hashtag #popsugarreadingchallenge and here’s the link to POPSUGARs page if you want to check that out!

    Are any of you doing a Reading Challenge this year? Let me know!
    xx

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book

*For some reason, I hadn’t posted this.. from six months ago..*

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Romance

Themes: Disability, Romance, Strength, Emotion

Review: WOW. Yes, that is going to be the first word of this review. WOW…
Basically, I have seen this book floating around on Goodreads and YouTube, but I was a very bad person and judged a book by it’s cover.. I expected this book to just be one of those stereotypical romance novels that are all pretty similar.
I was wrong! Lesson learnt.

It turns out that I saw the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of this book and I watched it half way through and decided that I need to read this book urgently – so I stopped the trailer to save it from spoiling the book for me and off I went!

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This book just blew me away completely, it was such a great, captivating story but also so so sad at the same time.

To give you a quick little feel of this book: A man called Will (about 30-35 years old, I believe) has been in an accident and has become Paraplegic, he cannot move any parts of his body apart from his head and the tips of his fingers. He is miserable and feels like he’s just completely lost in life. It turns out that a woman (Lou) really needs a job and takes up a ‘carer’ job as she desperately needs the money. She looks after Will, has a very hard time at first as he acts quite rudely and blunt to her, making it even more difficult but eventually he opens up to her, which he hasn’t done with any other carers in the past!
That is all that I will leave you with, as there is so much more to the story but I do not want to spoil it for you all!

UPDATE: I have read the sequel ‘Me After You’ and yep, you’ve guessed it right – I cried through this one too! Click here to read my review.

Have any of you read this? How much did you love it? I haven’t heard one bad thing about this book at all – everybody on Goodreads told me that it was incredible from the start!
Have you seen the film adaptation? Let me know.

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Book Review!

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: J.K. Rowling

Purchase: Available in the UK and US.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Who doesn’t love Harry Potter?

Themes: Magic, Battles, History, Family

Review: That’s right, the wait is finally over!
It was safe to say that I was waiting for the Amazon delivery man to arrive and I ended up finishing the book within hours. I couldn’t put it down!

So, this new novel is based on the new play ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ and is about Harry, his two sons and a daughter. They are off to Hogwarts to start their new adventure but they notice strange things going on with their son Albus..
Will we see people from the past? More encounters? Love? Death? You’ll have to wait and see for yourself.

And I’m not going to say anything else about the storyline, but there’s a lot of back and forth in the story and it is also written in a script format. I wasn’t too sure about this at first and I’m still not too sure, to be honest..
I found it a little difficult to keep up with each character (past, present, future) but I got there in the end!

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I really enjoyed this though and I cannot wait for some more Harry Potter related goodness! Sadly I haven’t got tickets for the play yet but I would absolutely love to see it, especially after reading this!

This book definitely brings back all of the ‘Harry Potter feels’ from the past novels and you won’t be disappointed 🙂

What is your favourite Harry Potter book and why?

Check out my other book reviews:

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Ok, so I have heard a lot of hype around this book (& now the series) and I wasn’t too sure what I was going to think about this.
I actually loved this book! I was surprised at how drawn in I was to this, from the moment I started reading – I could not put it down! I ended up reading it in 2 days and it did not disappoint at any point.

Now I am looking forward to reading the second and third (and then wait for the film to come out!).
Another great little detail about this book, is that it is set in Walesrepresent!

If you haven’t read this book yet, it is about a small home in North Wales where ‘Peculiar Children’ stay. They are all different, some have powers, some have odd appearances but there is a reason why they are kept away and there is a big twist but I feel like I cannot say, as it will pretty much ruin the whole book!

I would definitely recommend picking up this book, and I have heard that Tim Burton is going to be directing the film, if I think correctly?

Have you read this or the series? Show me your love or hate for this!
xx

You can purchase these from Amazon, here:
First Book: HERE
Second Book: HERE
Third Book: HERE

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Purchase: Available in the UK and the US.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Young Adult, Fans of Thrillers

Themes: Death, Supernatural, History

Review: Ok, so I have heard a lot of hype around this book (& now the series) and I wasn’t too sure what I was going to think about this..
I actually loved this book! I was surprised at how drawn in I was to this, from the moment I started reading – I could not put it down! I ended up reading it in 2 days and it did not disappoint at any point.

Now I am looking forward to reading the second and third (and then wait for the film to come out!).
Another great little detail about this book, is that it is set in Wales – represent!

If you haven’t read this book yet, it is about a small home in North Wales where ‘Peculiar Children’ stay. They are all different, some have powers, some have odd appearances but there is a reason why they are kept away and there is a big twist but I feel like I cannot say, as it will pretty much ruin the whole book!

I would definitely recommend picking up this book, and I have heard that Tim Burton is going to be directing the film, if I think correctly?

Have you read this or the series? Show me your love or hate for this!

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Ok, so I have heard a lot of hype around this book (& now the series) and I wasn’t too sure what I was going to think about this.
I actually loved this book! I was surprised at how drawn in I was to this, from the moment I started reading – I could not put it down! I ended up reading it in 2 days and it did not disappoint at any point.

Now I am looking forward to reading the second and third (and then wait for the film to come out!).
Another great little detail about this book, is that it is set in Walesrepresent!

If you haven’t read this book yet, it is about a small home in North Wales where ‘Peculiar Children’ stay. They are all different, some have powers, some have odd appearances but there is a reason why they are kept away and there is a big twist but I feel like I cannot say, as it will pretty much ruin the whole book!

I would definitely recommend picking up this book, and I have heard that Tim Burton is going to be directing the film, if I think correctly?

Have you read this or the series? Show me your love or hate for this!
xx

You can purchase these from Amazon, here:
First Book: HERE
Second Book: HERE
Third Book: HERE

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Purchase: Available in the UK and the US.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Young Adult, Fans of Thrillers

Themes: Death, Supernatural, History

Review: Ok, so I have heard a lot of hype around this book (& now the series) and I wasn’t too sure what I was going to think about this..
I actually loved this book! I was surprised at how drawn in I was to this, from the moment I started reading – I could not put it down! I ended up reading it in 2 days and it did not disappoint at any point.

Now I am looking forward to reading the second and third (and then wait for the film to come out!).
Another great little detail about this book, is that it is set in Wales – represent!

If you haven’t read this book yet, it is about a small home in North Wales where ‘Peculiar Children’ stay. They are all different, some have powers, some have odd appearances but there is a reason why they are kept away and there is a big twist but I feel like I cannot say, as it will pretty much ruin the whole book!

I would definitely recommend picking up this book, and I have heard that Tim Burton is going to be directing the film, if I think correctly?

Have you read this or the series? Show me your love or hate for this!

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

Review: What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor Book

Title: What Milo Saw

Author: Virginia Macgregor

Purchase: Available in the UK and the US.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Young Adult

Themes: Struggles, Generations, Disability

Review: It’s been a long time, waiting for this book review but alas, it is finally here!
I have settled back down at home, been working and getting a routine back together – so now I can bring you all some more book reviews!

I was luckily approved on NetGalley to read this book called ‘What Milo Saw’ which is by Virginia Macgregor. I read the synopsis, thought it sounded like such a lovely book and bang! I applied for this book and boy, am I glad that I did!

This is a story about a young boy named Milo, who lives at home with his mother and his grandmother. One day, a fire breaks out in the kitchen and the fire brigade are needed, it turns out that it was his Grandmother who was responsible. Milo loves his grandmother so much and tries to help her out as much as possible, but his mother decides to place her into a care home after this incident. The story unravels from there, as Milo wants her to move back home but is unable to do so!

This is such a heartwarming story about a family and other people that they meet along the way. There are struggles, heartbreak, dilemmas, love and all sorts throughout this book – you can really connect with the characters in this and one very, adorable character too! (which I won’t speak about!)

I would highly recommend this book, it is such a uplifting story and a great read!

Don’t forget to follow Virginia on twitter, she loves to hear your thoughts! @virginiawrites

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K. Rowling

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Young Adult

Themes: Magic, Wizards and Witches, Adventure, Challenges, Vengeance

Review: As always, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are always ALWAYS incredible!
I have decided to start re-reading these this year! And, as you can tell I just finished The Goblet Of Fire, which is probably one of my favourites out of the books, although I really don’t like the film adaptation of this book..
This now reminds me that I really, really want to go to the Harry Potter Studios when I get home from travelling, as I have been to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando a few times but not London?!

Anyway, I don’t think there’s much explaining to do about this book, as most people have read them or seen the films – you all know the jist! I just thought that I would share my excitement that I am re-reading them and you all should too! 😀

Have you re-read the books? If so, how many times? If not, will you?

Check out my other book reviews:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Other Harry Potter related posts:

Harry Potter Studios

Florida Vlog

I surprised my mother at Disney World

How I do Disney World and Universal on a Budget

 

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