Saturday, 18 November 2017

Book Tattoos?

I've always wanted a tattoo when I'm older and, of course, it would be book related- a tribute, of sorts, to honour my favourite books and quotes. So, I thought it'd be interesting for me to share some designs that I really love and the reason behind me maybe someday wanting them permanently inked
on my skin.

Quotes
I'll likely get a quote but the only problem is that I have a real struggle picking which one- I love so many! At the moment, my favourite is: she reads books as one would breathe air; to fill up and live. I adore this quote but maybe think it's too long? I want a small tattoo, not a giant one.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Westworld 1x05 'Contrapasso TV TALK

I loved this episode. With each episode, this story is getting better and better. Many questions are answered which raised many more questions but it's addictive- I just have to find out what happens! I was so satisfied with the character development in this episode and the women are becoming more and more bad-ass which is so empowering.
This is a quote I loved and I think it really encompasses the whole episode for me:

'You said people come here to change the story of their lives. I imagined a story where I didn't have to be the damsel.'- Dolores Abernathy

TV TALKS
Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with the Man in Black, he's on his mission to find the maze that keeps getting mentioned but we have no idea what it really means. He kills Lawrence in order to save Teddy and convinces Teddy to come along by lying and saying that Wyatt has Dolores- nice move. The interesting part, though, is when they go to a bar and are greeted with Ford. They have a little bit of conversation and it opens up so many new questions!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Writing Diary #13- Woooahh, We're Half Way There!!

It's all about the outline...
I thought I'd make a little update on my Nanowrimo progress because we're halfway there!!! My current word count is 26,535 which is a little ahead, thankfully. From the very beginning, I have been determined to win Nanowrimo because, even though it's my first try, I don't like failing. I will finish this novel my the end of November if it's the last thing I do.
It has been difficult but a manageable difficult. It gets harder as it goes along because you just lose steam with each day and.... I've still got 15 days to go... I write every single day anyway so it's just a matter of making sure I get the words down better than I normally do. I manage to average 1,000 words an hour so spend around 2 hours a day writing. Before Nano, my average was probably only around 500 words an hour so.... progress!!
I really think this challenge has helped me and will make me naturally write more and quicker in the future which will be great because my other book has taken me five months to get to 50,000 words and I'm halfway through....

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Optimists Die First- Susin Nielsen BOOK TALK

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This was so close to being a five star read- it's was exactly what I needed right now. I've previously read We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen and it definitely wasn't my favourite so I was dubious when going into this one but.... I didn't have to worry. It was amazing!
Our protagonist is a paranoid and pessimistic wreck which I loved in itself- it's so great to read about a character so like myself just.... a little more extreme.
This is a coming of age story featuring lies, betrayal and whole lot of pessimism.
(Did you know that, on average, optimists die ten years earlier than pessimists? I've never been so pleased at being constantly down about the world!)


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So, obviously, I loved Petula as a protagonist. As an extremely paranoid person myself, it made me feel a little better that I'm not the only person thinking certain things... despite Petula being fictional. I also loved the facts she knew (this is where the Ravenclaw in me comes out). Some of her facts were really interesting and it was a great learning experienced mixed the book.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Make It Count- Tamar Sloan Non-spoiler BOOK TALK

I received an ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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Make It Count is about a girl who, when touching someone, can see the number of days they have yet to live. Sort of like the series Numbers but with a bigger focus on romance. When Casey meets PJ, she can't stop herself from falling but, one look at his number, tells her she should've kept her distance.
This was a good story- it had a nice romance, good characters and an interesting plot. The love story was cute to follow and I had many theories of what would happen... all of them a lot more devastating and morbid than what actually happened which was maybe a little disappointing- happily ever afters can sometimes feel like a cheat.
I found that I couldn't read too much of this book at once- I had to read in short bursts and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it was because of the writing style and just because the story lacked any real depth for me personally- I quickly needed a break from the dry characters.
However, I did love the focus on family in this book- the protagonist's brothers were really fun to read about and I liked following their relationships.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Game of Thrones 3x09 'The Rains of Castamere' TV TALK

I've been building up to writing this review. Because I don't know what to say.
Game of Thrones seriously should come with free tissues!
This episode broke me and I was not expecting any of what happened. I was left in uncontrollable sobs and... still, the scene was a masterpiece. It was the most beautiful, painful and meaningful scene I've ever watched and the actors did phenomenally. This episode is likely to stay with me a very long time (and haunt my very nightmares).

TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05  |  3x06  |  3x07  |  3x08

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
I'm going to talk about everyone and everything I can before getting to the infamous scene in this episode... because I'm still not over it.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Gender Representation in BOOKS!!

I'm a Sociology, Media and English student which means analysing stereotypes and representation is like puppies and chocolate to me. On Christmas morning.

And I recently had a thought (shocking, I know). In terms of breaking gender stereotypes, society is improving. Heroines are just as common as heroes and therefore women are seen less as damsels in distress which is great but.... what about villains? Men are also stereotyped and when you think of a big baddie in fiction... we often picture men. And this then labels men as always being the cruel and evil ones... and I think this should change just as much as men always being the hero. Because if men aren't always the villain... it will naturally show that women aren't always the damsel too. And, it will also show that men don't have to always be the cruel ones.... they can express their feelings just as much as women.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Call- Peadar O'Guilin BOOK TALK

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I was a bit underwhelmed with this book. I had high expectations and, while it was a generally entertaining read with some key moments of intrigue, it didn't grab me completely.
This story was very ambitious with the world that's been created but, at times, I felt a little confused and mixed up with the action and what was happening. It probably didn't help that I skim read parts but I couldn't visualise a lot of what was happening.
It couldn't read too much of it at a time. With many books, I find I can't physically put it down but I was perfectly happy to with The Call.
Having said that, there were sections of the book that had me completely gripped and on the edge of my seat. There were fleeting moments of heart-wrenching feels and there were characters that pulled me in. It was a unique and different read- perfect for this time of year.


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I found the idea of the Call fascinating but every time we went into the Grey Land, my mind couldn't catch up with the descriptions. A lot was going on, there were a lot of Sidhes jumping around and I couldn't make sense of everything that was going on. However, it was a genius idea and there were moments that were really strong and fun to read.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Writing Diary #12- My First Nanowrimo

Let's be Nanowrimo buddies!!!

I'm doing Nanowrimo this year... I sure know how to make my life even busier.
In case you've never heard of Nanowrimo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. The challenge for this month is to start and complete an entire 50,000 word first draft within the month. That's nearly 2000 words every single day for an entire month. I do normally write every day but my average is usually between 500-1000 words so this task is really going to stretch me.

Also, it will give me time away and distance from the current novel I'm writing.... but not too much distance. The story I'm planning to write for Nanowrimo is going to be a prequel novella for one of my current character's backstories. It's what I originally wanted to base the book on and, when I completely changed the angle of the story, this plot got pushed to the side- it's just someone's backstory now. But that doesn't mean I don't want to write it!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

November Releases and TBR 2017

Releases:
Renegades (Renegades #1)- Marissa Meyer
The Becoming of Noah Shaw-Michelle Hodkin
Chimera (Weregirl #2)- C.D Bell 
Whichwood- Tahereh Mafi
Almost Midnight- Rainbow Rowell 
War of the Cards (Queen of Hearts #3)- Colleen Oakes 




TBR- Nanowrimo Edition

Unravel Me- Tahereh Mafi (Book of the month)
I'm more than happy to be re-reading this book this month as I love this series and need to tide myself over until the next one comes out in March 2018!

The common denominator of all these next books are... they're not really full books. They're either poetry books or anthologies as it'll be easy and quick to read as I do Nanowrimo. I've planned this all to a tee.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

October Wrap Up 2017

This month was an epic fail for me. I only read a couple of books and next month will be even worse with Nanowrimo taking up all my reading time!




Make It Count- Tamar Sloan (ARC)
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I was lucky enough to be contacted by the author and sent an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. I generally enjoyed this story- it was cute and an easy read. It has a similar plot to Numbers but focuses much more on the romance angle of the story. I did find that the story was a little too happy and didn't have a realistic ending but I still had fun reading it.
A full Book Talk will be coming soon so stay tuned for that!




The Call- Peadar O'Guilin
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I was a bit underwhelmed with this book. I had high expectations and, while it was a generally entertaining read with some key moments of intrigue, it didn't grab me completely.
This story was very ambitious with the world that's been created but, at times, I felt a little confused and mixed up with the action and what was happening. It probably didn't help that I skim read parts but I couldn't visualise a lot of what was happening.
Having said that, there were sections of the book that had me completely gripped and on the edge of my seat. It was a unique and different read- perfect for Halloween.
Full Book talk coming soon!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Game of Thrones 3x08 'Second Sons' TV TALK

This was a very awkward episode but..... just the funniest awkward ever! Everything was so cringey and it had me laughing like crazy. And through all of this, it still managed to stay tense and on the events were balanced on a sword's edge. That is the brilliance of this show.

TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05  |  3x06  |  3x07


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Let's start with Daenerys for the first time in a while- because she is my Khaleesi.
Dany goes to the Titan Bastard, Mero, to bargain for his slaves. And I have to say: Mero was a right pompous douche-canoe. After he refuses her, he send Daario to kill her and I quite like Daario (and I think Khaleesi sure does too). Instead of killing her, he brings her Mero's head and offers to help her which will be super entertaining.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

October Book Haul 2017


Not many additions to my collection this month but as Christmas draws nearer, my book buying always decreases as I kinda need the cash to buy presents for people...

The Sun and Her Flowers- Rupi Kaur
I flicked through this in the book store, wondering if I should buy it and, when looking at a couple of the poems, I knew I had to own it. I'm not a massive poetry reader but glancing at this collection had me really excited to pick it up. The poetry looks really elegant and relatable.





Creative Journal 
I finished a Short Story Creative Writing course this month and one of the people there got me this as a gift because she knows how much writing means to me and thought I would like it. This was such a lovely gift and it will be really fun to wade through all the exercises and activities.





Sunday, 22 October 2017

Fantasy Recommendations!!!

It's been a while since I recommended any books and so I thought I'd jump into a fantasy edition. I find that, in the winter, I'm much more inclined to pick out a fantasy rather than a contemporary so this is your guide on what to dive into next!

(I'll try to stay away from obvious choices eg. Harry Potter)







The Covenant series- Jennifer L. Armentrout
JLA is such an underrated author and the Covenant series is such an underrated series. I have read these book so many times and each time is as epic and exciting as the last. It centres around Greek mythology which is a personal passion of mime and the characters are so sassy, bad-ass and... human! They feel so real! JLA has a talent for creating amazing characters and writing her books with such humour. Honestly, I would recommend any one of her books but, if you love fantasy, these are definitely the ones to go for first.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Westworld 1x04 'Dissonance Theory' TV TALK

This show is addictive. I love analysing every single scene, theorising what it all means and trying to figure out the reality of everything. There are so many questions and I will not stop watching until I have answers!

TV TALKS

Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03




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I wanna start with Bernard because my theories on him keep piling up and everything is turning towards the conclusion that he's a host. When he talks to Dolores at the beginning of the episode, she talks about the pain of losing everyone she loves and, when asked if she would get rid of that pain, she said no because it's the last thing she has left of them.... in other words, exactly what Bernard said.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fandom Edits || Female TV Edition Part 1

I've really been getting into photo editing recently and have naturally gone straight to fandom editions. I love putting in quotes and have also been making many wallpaper settings for my phone and such. I thought I'd share some of my favourites and you can comment any requests that I can make for the future.
This edition is focused solely on kick-ass females from TV shows that I love... they make me feel really empowered so I hope you enjoy! This will be part 1 of 2 so stay tuned for even more epic TV females...

NO SPOILERS 
Game of Thrones

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Westworld Book Tag - Original Tag


I've always wanted to create a Book Tag but have never found a topic that hasn't been done before. After watching Westworld, I really wanted to do a tag of it but found none already made.... enter me. I came up with eleven bookish questions about Westworld which I'm so excited to post!
I tag anyone that loves Westworld and wants to do this tag!!!




1. Dolores- A 'damsel' that redefines the word by saving herself
Celestine- Flawed duology by Cecelia Ahern
Celestine is your classic damsel in distress when beginning this book. Everyone else is trying to help her and save her but she's undergoes massive character development and helps herself. She grows so much as a character and she stands up for what she believes in. I love his duology so much and Celestine's independence is a major reason why.


2. Bernard- A book with a shocking twist
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
We Were Liars is one of my all time favourite contemporaries. The writing style is poetic and beautiful, striking and thought-provoking. The plot is so deep and has so many layers. And, ultimately, yes there is a plot twist. Once I finished this book for the first time, I went straight back to the beginning to re-read it and spot all the obvious pieces of foreshadowing. Why? To make myself feel like an idiot. Just like I did with Westworld.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Game of Thrones 3x07 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair' TV TALK

We had a lot of characters in this episode and a little progress for all of them. Obviously there are some characters that I prefer to others but, overall this, episode was as entertaining and epic as always.(There's honestly, no new way to say this).






TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05  |  3x06

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Beginning North, Jon Snow and the other wildlings are headed to Castle Black despite the wildlings not trusting Jon. Ygritte is as sassy as she always is until Jon tells here that the wildlings will never win a war against the South. Your classic relationship problems, really.
With Bran and co., we get some Osha background about her life above the wall where she had to kill her husband after he had turned into a white walker. Nevertheless, Bran is still gung-ho about going North of the wall because..... he's a very clever kid.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Writing Diary #11- Critique Partners

Side note: All previous Writing Diaries will be linked below in case you missed any.

First things first, another song from my writing playlist is Warriors by Imagine Dragons.

As far as they go... I'd consider my brother to be my critique partner for my novel. After I finish each chapter, I let him read it and he raises any issues, plot holes or things that need altering. This is super helpful because it enables me to go back and edit things instead of continuing with a glaring mistake ruining everything else.
But there are pros and cons for having your sibling critique partner for you and I thought I'd go through them.

Pro: He's honest. I'd be different if I was asking a parent or friend for feedback- I feel like they'd be a little nicer and kinder about everything- sugarcoating my mistakes. Siblings on the other hand, are pretty blunt and don't care as much about hurting your feelings.

Con: Siblings don't care as much about hurting your feelings. I will say that my brother isn't too bad- he gives me constructive criticism as opposed to just bashing my entire novel but... sometimes feedback hurts. And I think that's the same with any critique partner or beta reader. Some feedback and opinions will just break your heart a little because it's something that you love that's getting torn to shreds. This process is hard for me in that respect but I figure it's good practise for the future- not everyone will like my books.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Inadequate- Original Poetry

Another depressing poem for you guys.... sorry not sorry. This one was written pretty recently and I just thought I'd post it- raw and unedited. I'm not one for sharing my feelings but I can channel everything into poetry fairly easily and it helps me get everything out in a way that doesn't involve torrential crying and unloading my sob stories on people. It's my therapy, in a way.

Inadequate

inadequate
chasing what i long to be
wondering what's wrong with me

the last jar on the shelf
withered and empty
untouched, unwanted
suffocating with envy

glass that's stained too much to see through
lungs too swollen
unable to breathe through