Let’s keep this short and sweet

A fresh start. The new year is here and I am finally happy about it! I Usually hate new years as it makes me feel that little bit closer to… well, death. Sorry that was an extremely morbid way to start off a post. This year I am a different person. I am engaged to my soul mate, I have a totally new way of looking at life and I have new goals and dreams to which I look forward to accomplishing. Very cheesy really, I know! but the more I have focussed on myself this last year, the more I have realised that I want to accomplish things that before I never would have dreamed of. A person should listen to their heart, not what they have been told whilst growing up. I want to travel to far away places and experience the cultures of the world. I want to be the happiest I can be every day of the year.

I hope you have all had a lovely new years and I wish everyone the best years to come!

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The Chamber of Secrets

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“The chamber of secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”

So, I have finally read the second book in the Harry Potter series! Obviously I know the entire story start to finish already, but reading the books only makes it better. The character’s qualities are a lot more understandable on paper and lets me get to know them a whole lot better. Gilderoy Lockhart, the new defence against the dark arts teacher, really is a funny fellow. His character was absolutely ridiculous (In a good way)! I could understand his character’s traits far better in the book than watching the film! The story wouldn’t be quite the same without him.

There were a few points in the book that I felt were not as good as the way the film portrayed them but this was obviously down to the amount of description needed to make up the film time. Basically, I would have liked more detail in certain scenario’s. Overall though, the book really does give you more of an insight into the plot line and the characters lives which the film could not possibly capture.

This is an extremely short review, but most people already know the story therefore I don’t feel the need to explain it. I would seriously recommend reading the books if you have not! as it really intensifies the overall story.

5/5 stars (Because I love Harry Potter)

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Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

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‘Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market’. The third novel by Heidi Swain, but the first I have read. I wanted something christmassy to read so tracked this one down in Tesco and it only cost £2! It is a newly released title and was a joy to read.

The story follows Ruby, who has finished with University and is heading home to the small town of Wynbridge for Christmas to run a market stall for the cherry tree cafe. With the market under threat she devises plans to bring back joy to the town as well as having to work opposite her ex-boyfriend, Steve which is more complicated then she had expected. Especially when she still has feelings for him.

The cover of this book really did sell it too me as I don’t usually read books of this genre, but I am extremely glad that I did pick it up as I really enjoyed it! The story is very relaxing, easy to read and the characters really do come to life. There was a point where I got a bit restless as I felt that nothing exciting was happening, but that didn’t last long as I pushed on through the book and ended up not being able to put the thing down!

The ending. I didn’t feel that the ending was quite right.. It was okay, but I would have written the ending completely different as it seemed a bit rushed and unrealistic for the characters that were involved. The characters personalities seemed to have been chucked out of the nearest window just to create a last page.. I feel awful saying so but overall, I did really enjoy the book and might even pick up the other titles by this author in the future.

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The Trees

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“…it’s survival of the fittest, not the strongest or the biggest.”

There is no warning. No chance to prepare. The trees arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest.

The Trees by Ali Shaw. The book itself was 488 pages and contained a font so small that when I first turned the pages I died a little on the inside.. The fact I challenged myself to look past the dreaded size of the book must prove something about the story, right? I am so glad I have read this book as it has truly opened my eyes to a world that seems almost realistic but with differences that we can only imagine in our nightmares.

The story begins in England, on the night when the trees came. Adrian sleeps alone whilst his wife is in Ireland on a business trip. Without any contact or any knowledge to how far the forest has spread, Adrian embarks on a journey to reach his wife with the help of unforgettable friends that he meets along the way.

I absolutely loved the main characters. A girl named Hiroko became my favourite, I am going to miss her! She was such a strong-minded character who saw the world in a different light. At first, some of the characters annoyed me slightly but by the end I began to see them as a team and wouldn’t change any of them one bit. Some parts of this book are unsettling, don’t get me wrong. At times I winced away from the pages wishing that I could un-read what I had just read, but this became easier as the pages went on as I started to understand that this is the world we live in..kind of.

I truly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone out there who thinks that they can look past the gruesome parts. (Animal violence is included which did make me cry, so be warned). The ending was a little bit strange to me, I liked it better as it came to a close but then hit another ending which I disliked. It made me sad and angry at certain characters, but if you want to know what I am talking about then you will have to read the book as I don’t do spoilers here. Overall it was a dark and beautiful book which I will never forget.

4/5 stars.

 

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A Bookworms Christmas Gift Guide

Wondering what to buy for the bookworm in your life? Here I have prepared a little helpful list of gift ideas which are sure to excite all the book lovers in the world. Being a bookworm myself, I chose things that I would be thrilled to receive and hope that maybe I can get my greedy little hands on them soon! On with the show! Hope you find it helpful.

1. Alice In Wonderland Bookmark.

Spookyisland (Etsy) £8.99

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This bookmark is just the cutest thing! This is perfect for all the Alice fans out there. Now you can take teapots and the white rabbit with you wherever you go. The chain will hang over the outside of a book and will look absolutely beautiful.

2. Library Book Stamp.

packagery  (Etsy) £21.43+

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A custom book plate stamp which can be personalised with your name on it! There are a selection of different styles but this one is my favourite. There is a choice of different styles of stamp too such as a self inking stamp or a wooden handled stamp.

3. Cloth bound Classic: A Christmas Carol.

Waterstones £14.99

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Part of penguins beautiful cloth bound classics, this hardcover copy of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ is perfect for any book collector. This story is one of my favourites and I seriously hope this turns up on Christmas morning! (Hint hint!)

4. Readers Gonna Read Enamel pin.

LiteraryEmporium (Etsy) £7.50

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Being a pin collector, this design makes me smile every time I see it!  Even if you don’t collect pins I believe that any book lover would be proud to own this adorable enamel pin.

5. Constellations A5 Notebook.

Nikkistrange (Etsy) £4.99

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This beautifully printed notebook is one of many stunning designs available. This would be great not only for book worms but for pretty much anyone!

6.  642 Tiny Things To Write About.

Waterstones £6.99

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This one is for the writers out there. This little book is  a delightful and thought provoking present which will inspire writers and all the creatives in the world.

 

Hopefully this post helped some of you out and I will speak to you very soon!

 

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The Night Book

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I will remember this book for quite a while. ‘The Night Book’ by Richard Madeley is a story set in the Lake District back in the 1970’s, where beneath the depths of the lake waits danger and death. Murder, lies and love. All the ingredients for a disaster. I don’t want to give away too much information as when I first started reading it I really had no idea what it was about but that worked out better for me as I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had. I was pleasantly surprised. I also guessed completely wrong about the genre of this book. I suppose you could say it was crime/romance, I don’t usually pick up books that include this sort of story line but in the end I couldn’t put the thing down. I really would recommend this book if you want a simple, easy read which keeps you gripped till the end.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that the font was printed a bit large but to be honest that is a silly point so feel free to ignore that.

3/5

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Foxes and Watches

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After a stroll around my local waterstones and a bite of my favourite breakfast (avocados on toast with pine nuts and chilli oil, YUM!) I decided on two new books to add to my reading list. ‘The Trees’ by Ali Shaw and ‘The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street’ by Natasha Pulley. The illustration on the front cover of ‘The Trees’ really struck me and instantly got me to pick it up and read the blurb. The story sounds extremely unique and just utterly incredible. Let’s hope this book lives up to my expectations! The second book was more of a lottery buy as the blurb did not really explain the story but included reviews which hinted to the type of story that it possesses. The front cover is interesting to me and makes me feel incredibly curious to what the story might be about as well as the pages being green on the edges, I find this extremely cute.

I will review these books once I have read them and will bid you all farewell. (I should be in bed right now.)

 

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