Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Why Sharing a Room SUCKS!

Hello everyone! For the past eighteen years (so all of my life) I have shared a bedroom with my sister, which is totally terrible and awfully suckish for these reasons (to which everyone on the planet sharing a bedroom can relate to.)
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1) Not being able to sleep because they want the light on.

2) After you argue with your roomie in your bedroom and you can cut the tension with a knife.

3) When they have to wake up early in the morning and both their alarm clock and them getting ready wakes you up.

4) When they are singing/ talking/ playing their awful music out loud and all you want to do is read/ have some peace and quite.

5) Having to SHARE every single thing in your bedroom, which includes wardrobe space and clothes.

6)Not having any personal space when you desperately want it. You have nowhere to go to be alone, to cry, watch tv, etc. because they are always there.


THAT is why sharing a room absolutely SUCKS. I am pretty sure I can come up with many more reasons but this post will be way too long.

Do you share a room and can add to this list? Tell me some of you reasons :) 


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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Book Talk #9: Wonder by R.J Palacio

So going into this book I thought I'd be a bit too old for it. However seeing the amazing reviews and ratings on Goodreads I knew that I must read it.
'My name is August.
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Going into Wonder I did not expect to like it as much as I did. I never expected the book to teach me about both the courage and cruelty of children and that one little boy can change the views of many.

August is a 10 year old boy who has a severe facial deformity. August has also never been to school. 'Wonder' follows August's first year at middle school.
The beginning of middle school seemed to be tough for August as he deals with a lot of bullying and confidence issues, as people stare at him, talk about him and laugh at him. We also have an insight into his past. The beginning of the book, in Auggie's perspective gives us an insight on the challenges people with facial deformities face and how affected they are by what happens. Despite this August manages to make a few friends and remains his bright, funny self... not a victim.

The rest of the book changes perspective. The multiple perspectives adds a great dimension to the book as we not only see how August is affected by his deformity but how the people around him, his family, friends and strangers are affected by it.  We see these through the perspective of his older sister, Via and August's two best friends, Summer and Jack, in which all three we see a different side of August but also form a bond to. 

Palacio gives us an insight on the challenges people with deformities face and how other people affect them, whether it is with looks or words, good or bad.

'Wonder's' messages are amazing, too:
- 'There are always going to be jerks in the world.'
- 'Whenever you can, try to act a little kinder than is necessary- the world really would be a better place.'

Overall, Palacio wrote the book beautifully. Her amazing writing allowed me to form bonds with the characters and also take home amazing messages, despite not experiencing any of these experiences first hand.

I gave Wonder: 4/5 stars.

Have you read Wonder? What do you think about it?


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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Huge July Book Haul 2015

Hi guys. so today's post is going to be a really long book haul. I forgive you if you don't read all the mini blurbs. This book haul consists of books bought in both June and July. All of them came from either The Works (9/12 did,) the charity shop and the library. 

All of these books I bought for £1(!) apart from The Girl and COHF which were £1.99- still an amazing bargain. I got all of these books from The Works and the Charity Shop

The Works:
'A Monster Calls'- Patrick Ness
This is book is all over booktube and booktubers love it. It's about a boy who has reoocuring dreams and then suddenly one night he wakes up to find a monster at the end of his bed who wants the truth. 

'City of Heavenly Fire'- Cassandra Clare
This is the long awaited final book in TMI series and I really did not want to look up the blurb for this incase I spoiled something for myself.

'The Immortal Rules' and 'The Eternity Cure'- Julie Kagawa
I already had the third book in this trilogy so when I saw the first and second book for a pound each I had to get them. 
The series is basically about a poor farm girl who one night is turned into a vampire. She then goes on a journey that she has to disguise herself as a human to find the 'Eternity Cure...'
This book scored really high on Goodreads, despite myself being over the whole vampire genre. 
The Girl With all the Gifts:
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

'All our Yesterdays'- Cristin Terrill.
This book really interested me as it is about time travel. Em is locked in a cell and the only thing she has is the boy next door and the instructions in the drain pipe.
Marina suddenly faces a disaster to do with the love of her life. 
They both therefore have to race against time, however only one of them will win.

'Talon'- Julie Kagawa
This will be the first dragon book I will have ever read and I am so exited for it!
'Burn Mark'- Laura Powell
This will also be the first witchraft book I have ever read, that I can remember. Yes, I have never read Harry Potter. I know, I hate myself for that too. 
Burn Mark is essentially about a battle between two covens which was created by a new witch. 
'Earthfall'- Mark Walden.
This is a dystopian, post apocalyptic novel where if you are a survivor of the apocalypse you are essentially hunted. 
I've also just found out that this is a part of a series. 
'Rupture'- Simon Lelic
Rupture has a very interesting story line where a teacher shoots himself and a bunch of students. A police officer, instead of brushing the shooting off, wants to discover why he did it. 

                         I got these two books from the library and was very happy that I saw them.

'Sister's Red'- Jackson Pearce
This is a retelling of Red Riding Hood, which I've been wanting to read for ages. The book is about two sisters who want to protect the girls from werewolves by hunting them.
'A Court of Thorns and Roses'- Sarah J Maas.
I've been wanting to read a book from Sarah J Maas for absolutely ever. I've heard many good things about her writing and can't wait to read this book. This book is about wolves and faries (I believe) and I'm guessing there is going to be a battle in there somewhere.

Those were all the books I got in June/ July. I know I've bought a lot of books but I only really spent £15 and I also don't plan on buying anymore.

Have you read any of these books? I'd love to hear what you think of them but please dont leave any spoliers :)


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Thursday, 9 July 2015

FREE Things to do in the Summer

Hey guys, so for most of us we are either on our annual leave (or going to be) or we're on our summer holidays, if you are still in school- I really do feel sorry for you. Living in London most things that you want to do our quite expensive and lets face it: we are not all made of money, especially us students. I have therefore composed a list of fun, free* things (not including travel) that you can do in London and mostly anywhere else.

1) Visit some museums: my personal favourite is definitely the natural history museum.
2) Hit up Hyde Park or any other big park: you can ride on bikes or just walk around the whole place.
3) Go to Camden Town: the stalls and the atmosphere is very unique and different.
4) Go to Brick Lane: once again the culture is different and the stalls and sights are something new.
5) Be a tourist in your own city- go sight seeing.
6) Get on a bus/ train and just go anywhere.
7) Go to a big nature park, like Kue Gardens #beautiful
8) Visit some galleries.
9) Go to the Theatre Royal Stratford East on Monday nights for a free comedy show
10) Go on a picnic
11) Go and see all of the west end.
12) Check out the fountains in Granary Square
13) Go to the new Foyle's flagship store (#bookloversdream)
14) Go window shopping in Knightsbridge
15) Go to the Tower Of London
16) Go all over zone 1 and zone 2 and take pictures of all the pretty buildings
17)See the animals in Regent's park
18) Take pictures of the city skyline at the top of Primrose Hill
19) Visit Notting Hill
20) Just go somewhere open and relax with your friends.

So that was my very short list of things to do in the summer. I know this ended up being pretty London based but London is really all I know. However, some/ most of these can apply to your city if you change the name of the attractions ;)

If you have anything else to add, please do.


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