July Wrap Up

So another month has come and gone which means it’s wrap up time! I did well this month because I reviewed quite a lot of the books I read! I did however read a few short stories and novellas that are online for everyone to see so I have some I haven’t reviewed. I won’t be saying too much about the books I read this month because most of them have reviews or are short stories but I thought I’d do a reading wrap up anyway. I didn’t read as many books this month as I did in June because I’m feeling slumpish at the moment. However I still thought I’d do one anyway because I feel like blogging.

The first book I finished this month was Landline by Rainbow Rowell. This book came out on the third in the UK and of course, I had pre-ordered the book expecting to arrive over the weekend but it came on the day! I finished it 2 days later and of course I absolutely loved it. I did a review on it so click here if you want to read it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend it if you like Rainbow Rowell.

This was basically how I felt throughout the whole book.
This was basically how I felt throughout the whole book.

The next day I read On the Fence by Kasie West in one sitting. I loved this book because it was just a nice simple contemporary. It was fun and light hearted just as I expected. I also did a whole review based on this book so click here if you want to read it. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars  and I recommend it as a fun light hearted read.

Next up I finally finished Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I started this book in June but never finished it because I found it so incredibly boring. I really did not enjoy this book because it was not at all what I expected. Instead of being a fun romance, it turned out to be a self discovery book and I really didn’t enjoy it even though I had expected to. I love If I Stay by Gayle Forman so I’m incredibly disappointed in it. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars unfortunately.

This is basically how I felt throughout the book.
This was me during this. Sorry.

For some reason I decided to read Just One Night by Gayle Forman next which again took days for me to read despite it being a novella. I again found this incredibly boring and didn’t enjoy it at all. This again got a 2 out of 5 stars from me.

I then read Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis which I got from the lovely people at YABirmingham so thank you very much. I really enjoyed this book because it was a fast paced dystopian read which I loved. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go see it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I recently got my hands on the sequel so I shall be reading that very soon.

The next book I read was A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer which is the third book in the Land of Stories series. I absolutely adored this book. It was definitely my favourite out of the series so far. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I strongly recommend you do. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read this review. I, of course, gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I then read Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally which was the fifth book in the Hundred Oaks series. I really loved this installment and this book was definitely my favourite of the books so far. I strongly recommend this series as a nice fun contemporary series. I again wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I then went on a short story binge and read all these free short stories online from some of my favourite series. I first read The Meeting by Richelle Mead. I didn’t enjoy this much and that was probably because I don’t particularly like Dimitri. I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. I then read Adrian’s Lost Chapter by Richelle Mead. I loved this book because Adrian is one of my favourite characters so I of course loved reading from his perspective. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I then read Homecoming by Richelle Mead, another short story about Dimitri. This one I enjoyed slightly more but again didn’t like that much. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I then read the two Throne of Glass short stories which I absolutely loved. The first one I read was the Assassin and the Princess which I absolutely adored and then I read The Assassin and the Captain which I also loved. I love these stories and I can’t wait for Heir of Fire. I gave both of these stories 5 out of 5 stars.

The last short story I read was Vulcans Are Hot by Stephanie Perkins. I absolutely loved this one because it was so amazing and funny. I, of course, gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.

The last book I read this month wasBiggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols. This was another cute contemporary which I flew through. I read it so quickly that I honestly don’t remember much of it so I won’t be writing a review of it. However I loved the main girl because she was different and unique. Will, the love interest, was alright but I didn’t fall in love with him. I’m excited for the rest of the books in this new series by her because I think they will just be nice and fun. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Monthly wrap up:

Favourite book: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Books at each star level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 3 books

3 stars: 1 book

4 stars: 5 books

5 stars: 5 books

 

That’s all the books I read this month. It was an up and down month and I wish I had read more but I don’t mind reading less. I’ve been doing other things this month. Hopefully in August I shall read more.

Sofia

August TBR

I’ve never done a TBR before because I don’t like to plan what I’m going to read ahead of time but I think planning ahead of time is easier because it will make me stick to the schedule of days that I have to finish the book by and I will therefore read more books. So welcome to my first ever TBR! I plan to hopefully read a total of at least 10 books this August. I’m hoping I surpass this because it is the summer holidays and I do have a lot more time. Let’s get going with my TBR.

The first book I plan on finishing is Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. This book came out on the 29th July but I unfortunately had to wait 2 extra days to read it due to being busy. I’m currently reading this but I’m not very far in. Since it is Richelle Mead and bloodlines and since I’ve been waiting for this book for months, I shall hopefully finish it very soon.

The second book is another one that I’ve started but I haven’t finished and that book is Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. This book actually isn’t released until September but I received a copy via netgalley. This is my first Scott Westerfeld book and I’m really enjoying it. It’s just slightly confusing and quite long. Hopefully I won’t take too long reading this book.

The next book I have to read is another proof copy and that is In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis. This is the second book in the Not A Drop to Drink duology and isn’t released until September but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy. I shall be reading this very soon especially since I really enjoyed Not A Drop to Drink(check out my review here).

The next book I plan on reading is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I have yet to get my hands on a copy of this book but I shall be soon. I AM FINALLY GOING TO READ THIS SERIES. This is apparently a great YA fantasy and I love me some YA fantasy so I’m excited. Hopefully, I’ll be drawn in and I will read it extremely quickly.

The next book I plan on reading is Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore. This is another cutesy YA contemporary and I love them. I read this romances quite quickly so hopefully I’ll read it in a day.

The next book I plan on reading is an August release and that is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. IT’S COMING OUT THIS MONTH AND YOU CAN BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR THAT I’M GOING TO BE READING IT ON THE DAY. The amount of excitement that I have for this book is unreal and I just need it ASAP.

After Isla, I need to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I need to read this over the holidays for English so I shall definitely be reading it at some point this month.

Then since I’ll be going on holiday, I’ve picked three quick and easy books that I should hopefully fly through. The first is Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. There was a lot of hype about this book when it originally came out so I really want to read it. This is apparently a very funny book and I generally fly through those books easily. The next book is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’ve never read a book by Morgan Matson and this is her latest one. There has also been a lot of hype around this one since it came out and it’s again another contemporary which I shall hopefully fly through. The final book I have planned for this month is Alienated by Melissa Landers. This is a YA paranormal romance I believe and if it is anything like the Vampire Academy series in terms of pacing, I should hopefully fly through it really quickly.

That’s all the books I have planned for this month but I shall hopefully be receiving some books via Bookbridgr soon so I might end up reading those since they are review books. As part of my August wrap up, I’ll compare what I read to my TBR to see how well I stuck to it. Hopefully I’ll stick to it but also read more.

Sofia

Meeting Rainbow Rowell

Yesterday I met Rainbow Rowell. Yep. I can officially say that I have met Rainbow Rowell, my favourite author. I thought It’d be fun to do a little event recap and a tiny recap of the day as a whole, just really for my benefit so that I can look back on it.

I started off the day waking up ridiculously early from excitement and getting completely dressed and ready despite having to meet my friends in a couple of hours. I packed and repacked my bag, I kept changing my outfit. I failed at taking selfies. I attempted to read but I couldn’t focus. I was meeting Rainbow Rowell later that day and that was all that was on my mind. I had never met an author before or been to any form of signing so of course I was nervous but immensely excited.

How I felt before the signing.
How I felt before the signing.

 

I then met up with my friends( after arriving late because of the bus!) and we shopped for a little bit but honestly, we were just passing time. We went into the store just to do a little book shopping but then found out that around 200 people were due to come to the signing and started freaking out slightly(well I did anyway!). What if we didn’t get good seats? We then went separate ways and ate quickly and returned to the shop, refusing to leave it. We thought that as soon as the shop closed, we’d go outside and be the first in the queue. However some people started queuing before the shop was even closed! There were only three people ahead of us in the queue anyway. We went and queued for a while. Then me and two of my friends, Ambi and Priya had to go to the other Waterstones in town. We had won a competition on the YABirmingham blog to meet Rainbow Rowell before her signing and we had to meet somebody at Waterstones to take us over. We were given two beautiful badges also; one that said ‘I’m A Rainbow Rowell Fangirl” and one with the UK landline cover. We went over to Waterstones and went in before everybody else. The minute I walked through that door, the excitement hit me. She wasn’t in the room when we went in and we waited around for a bit but the excitement kept bubbling away in me. I was minutes away from meeting my favourite author of all time. We were lead upstairs to the office and I walked in and there she sat! Rainbow Rowell was sitting there, metres away from me. I couldn’t contain my excitement and I squealed slightly. She was so nice and we talked about some things and she signed our books with messages in them, longer than the ones she normally puts in(I’ll put some images at the end). We took a picture with her plus the other winner of the competition, which I shall put at the end. We were given fangirl tote bags, even though they said we’d only get them if we bought the special edition of Fangirl but I had already pre-bought it. We then went downstairs and picked out seats while everyone else entered.We joined the rest of our friends for her talk. Instead of reading, Rainbow decided to just do a Q&A and it was amazing! She is an incredibly funny and entertaining person but she is also insightful and has interesting perspectives. It was then time for the signing and we all stood in the queue, even me and my friends who met her early because we all wanted separate pictures and a picture with all of our friends in it. We got these thankfully but that was the end of the evening.

This was basically how I felt throughout the whole event!
This was basically how I felt throughout the whole event!

We all sat around for a bit and just watched her sign some books. She ended up running over and missing her train but I heard her saying she was fine with it. I did however feel sorry for her because she had to attend LeakyCon today in Orlando so she must be extremely jetlagged. However, I would like to thank Rainbow Rowell for being so amazing and making yesterday one of the best days of my life. I’d also like to thank Waterstones New Street for holding such a fabulous event and YABirmingham for allowing us to meet her beforehand! Yesterday was honestly one of the absolute best days of my life. Now I’m going to attach some photos from the event and of my signed books.

Our picture with her when we met her beforehand!
Our picture with her when we met her beforehand!
The packed audience at the signing last night!
The packed audience at the signing last night!
My picture with her!
My picture with her!
The signing of Attachments.
The signing of Attachments.
Rainbow Rowell during her talk.
Rainbow Rowell during her talk.
Signing of Eleanor and Park
Signing of Eleanor and Park
Signing my other copy of Eleanor and Park
Signing my other copy of Eleanor and Park
Signing of Fangirl
Signing of Fangirl
Signing my other copy of Fangirl
Signing my other copy of Fangirl
Our group picture with Rainbow Rowell
Our group picture with Rainbow Rowell
Signing of Landline
Signing of Landline

 

At the end of the day, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I had lasted through a day of meeting my favourite author and it was fabulous! I can’t wait for anymore events and the one at the moment that I’m most excited for is Alice Oseman’s launch party on Thursday. I shall be hopefully writing a post about that event as well so look out for that soon. I’ll see you soon with another post.

The sense of victory I felt at the end of the day is well and truly depicted in this gif.
The sense of victory I felt at the end of the day is well and truly depicted in this gif.

 

Sofia

Bookish Academy Awards Tag

Hey! Today I thought I’d do another tag that I found on YouTube which is the bookish academy awards tag. This tag was created by Kayla over at Bookadoodles and you should all go check out her videos because she’s amazing. The concept of this tag is simple. It takes the academy awards and alters the categories to suit books. You are meant to do it only based on a year of reading so I thought I’d do it based on the books I read in 2013. Let’s get started!

Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)

This would have to go to Percy Jackson. I read House of Hades so I can rightfully hand this award over to him because he is just so funny and witty. He is also strong and fights amazingly for those he loves. This shows a lot in House of Hades when we see him go through all kinds of hell with Annabeth. He protects her amazingly.

Honourable Mention: Perry from Under the Never Sky

Best Actress:(Best Female Protagonist)

This would most definitely go to Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. Celaena is strong and an incredibly kick ass character. I love reading from her perspective and I can’t wait to read more of her perspective in Heir of Fire.

Honourable Mention: Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy

Best Cinematography:(Best Plot Twist)

This one would have to go to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Honestly both of these books could have won this but the first one just won it for me because that ending was just mind blowing and unpredictable!  I cannot wait for The Retribution of Mara Dyer because I know that it will mess with my mind almost as much, if not more, than the other two did.

Honourable Mention: Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

Best Costume Design:(Best Book Cover)

I have to give this award to Crown of Midnight( I would have given this to The Assassin’s Blade but I’m only doing 2013 books). I love the covers of the whole series but Crown of Midnight just won slightly because I prefer this cover just slightly because of the colours. I prefer the UK covers of these books just because of the contrast between the colours on the front and the ones on the back so that is why it wins.

Honourable Mention: Mara Dyer covers by Michelle Hodkin

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

For best male sidekick I give the award to Simon Lewis from the Mortal Instruments because I absolutely adore Simon. He is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time(check out my top fictional crushes list) because I think he is just funny and nerdy yet still so helpful and badass. He really improves a lot as the series goes on. For female sidekick that will have to go to Isabelle Lightwood from the same series because she also incredibly badass and just all round fabulous.

Honourable Mentions: Kenji from Shatter Me, Nehemia from Throne of Glass

Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)

For most unique world that will have to go to Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Delirium has such a unique world that I think is so fascinating. I actually wrote a whole post on it so click here to read it.

Honourable Mention: Throne of Glass by Sarah J.Maas

Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)

This one has to go to the obvious one that everyone is probably saying which is Catching Fire. This movie was absolutely stunning and such a perfect adaptation. I didn’t realise you could get an adaptation so right until I saw this one. Honestly, this movie was amazing and just breath taking.

Honourable Mention: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Animated Feature:(A book that would work well in animated format)

I give this award to the Legend trilogy as a whole but because this is 2013 books it goes to Champion and Prodigy by Marie Lu as I read both of them last year. This series would just be amazing as an anime, I believe. I don’t watch anime but if this was one, I’d watch it!

Honourable Mention: House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

Best Director:(A writer you discovered for the first time)

This award goes to my favourite author of all time: Rainbow Rowell. I read her first three books for the first time last year and I fell in love. Honestly all her books are amazing and I just can’t recommend them enough. If you’re interested check out my review of Fangirl, my friend Ambi’s review of Eleanor and Park and my review of Landline. Seriously, go pick up one of her books now. Stop everything you’re doing and read one of her books because they will change your life completely.

Honourable Mentions: Tahereh Mafi, Michelle Hodkin, Sarah J.Maas

Best Visual Effects:(Best Action in a Book)

This has to go to  the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Celaena is an assassin so of course, there is a lot of fighting and a lot of action. I loved reading about the action in this book because it was incredibly detailed and I felt like I was actually seeing it on a TV.

Honourable Mention: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Best Musical Score:(Best Music in a book-to-movie adaptation)

I listen to a lot of film scores but the winner for a 2013 book-t0-movie adaptation has to go to Catching Fire. The score in this movie was so hauntingly beautiful and it fit in well. It didn’t distract from the movie but you did notice it was playing because it made the scenes more real.

Honourable Mention: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Short Film:(Best Novella or Short Book)

I have to give this to Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi. Anyone who knows me well, will know I love Warner a lot so of course this novella was perfection in my eyes. I loved seeing inside of his head and seeing a different perspective to the story. I definitely recommend you read this before reading Unravel Me because you will love the books a lot more if you do.

Honourable Mention: The Prince by Kiera Cass

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

This has to go to my favourite book of all time, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s no surprise that I absolutely adore this book for many reasons that  I won’t go into now. If you want to know more about why I love it so much, click here to go read my review.

Honourable mention: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)

I don’t read many historical fiction or even non-fiction books so this award will have to go to  the one historical fiction I have read, The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory. I read this in anticipation for the BBC TV series and even though it took me over two weeks, I loved this book.

Honourable Mention: Life and Laughing by Michael McIntyre

This was a fun tag so I tag my friends Priya, Makayla, Veena and Ambi. I’m interested to see your responses. Thanks for reading and see you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

I’m A Rainbow Rowell Fangirl

Weeks, maybe even months ago, the amazing people at YABirmingham held a competition to meet Rainbow Rowell before her Birmingham signing and I of course entered. You had to write a post about what makes you the biggest fangirl or why you love Rainbow Rowell so much. I chose to do the latter. I ended up being a runner up which is exciting because I still do get to meet her early! But I’m here to share with you my entry because I think it shows a little bit about why I am such a big Rainbow Rowell fan. I hope you enjoy it.

I’m not going to sit here and write a paragraph about how I think I’m the biggest book fangirl because I’m not. Being young, I haven’t been able to travel to various places to see some of my idols and they seem to hardly ever come to Birmingham, but I would say that I am a big fangirl, especially when it comes to Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl is my absolute favourite book and I could write pages about how much that book means to me and I did actually write a review of it on my blog and on the YA Birmingham blog so definitely check that out if you are interested in knowing why I love that book so much. But in a nutshell, that book changed me and made me feel like I should be happy being who I am. I’m quite a quiet person and I’m incredibly socially awkward. Most fangirls that I’ve encountered are loud and they scream at the mention of their fandom whereas I quietly freak out(unless I’m surrounded by my friends). I thought this meant that I wasn’t a proper fangirl, until I read Fangirl. Rainbow Rowell wrote a character that was very real to me and I related to her a lot. Fangirl wasn’t the first Rainbow Rowell book I ever read, I had read Eleanor and Park previously and had absolutely adored it. I was excited for Fangirl ever since I first found out about it and I read as soon as it came out. After that I was going through Rainbow Rowell withdrawal and I started researching her and this is how I came across Attachments. I immediately got it on my kindle and read it and again absolutely adored it. I then heard about Landline and started freaking out, then I realized that I’d have to wait a while for it and became very upset. I then wrote my Fangirl review  and got into twitter.  I tweeted Rainbow Rowell about how much I loved Fangirl and she replied to me! I had a massive fangirl attack and started freaking out! My favourite author had acknowledged my existence! It was crazy and I couldn’t believe it. She has now tweeted me a total of three times and has favourited a few of my tweets! I love the fact that she really gets involved with her fans. When I found out she was coming to the UK, I started freaking out and was already planning what to wear and what to say when I met her. Then I found out that she wasn’t coming to Birmingham and I was distraught. I wanted to go to London to see her but unfortunately I will be fasting during that time and I can’t go to London. Then my prayers were answered! She announced she was coming to Birmingham! I immediately started freaking out and I kept texting my friends in our group chat and none of them were replying! I was in the car with my mum and brother and I was literally shaking. My mum told me to calm down but I couldn’t! My favourite author is coming to Birmingham! Finally my friends started answering and we started freaking out together! We were the first people to get tickets and I’m still in a state of shock. I’m going to meet Rainbow Rowell. I mean how crazy is that? I’ve started planning it. What I’ll wear, what I’ll say when I go up to get my books signed. I’m saving all my money and I’m going to have self restraint when buying books because I need the special editions of her books, especially Fangirl. I’m honestly so excited and I just can’t wait for it. It’s going to be a perfect day.

 This entry turned out to be longer than I thought it would be but I just have so much to say about how much I love Fangirl and Rainbow Rowell and I’m so excited for Landline and to finally meet her. I would definitely call myself a big fan of Rainbow Rowell, even though I’ve never travelled to meet her but being young and broke doesn’t let me do that. I had always hoped she’d come to Birmingham and that I could finally meet her and now it’s happening and I’m so excited.
I hope you enjoyed that. Honestly, I just uploaded it so that I can have my own way of referring back to it before I lose it forever. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon with another post.
Sofia
P.S This was written back in May so some of the information may be a little outdated.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

After finishing A Grimm Warning, I wanted to read just a cute romance novel that I could fly through quickly so I picked up Breathe, Annie, Breathe, the latest installment in the Hundred Oaks series. This is a series of  YA romance novels that generally have a sporty aspect to them. This series is a set of companion novels which means that each book centers around different people but people from the previous novels are involved in the books. This one was probably my favourite out of the series so far. If you are interested in knowing what it is about, here is the blurb:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

This book focused a lot on grief and moving on after someone you love has passed away. Annie feels incredibly guilty and takes up running in order to ease her guilt. Since she is training to run a marathon, she has a lot of alone time which means we as the reader spend a lot of time in Annie’s head when she is alone. This allows us to understand her a lot more. I think Annie is probably my favourite so far of the Hundred Oaks girls just because I feel like she didn’t let a guy take over her life and mind as some of the others did. For most of the book she struggled with moving on and accepting being with someone else since Kyle had died and I liked this aspect. Usually in books, the girl moves on quite quickly from one boy to the next and I liked the fact that Annie couldn’t just move on.

Jeremiah is also probably my favourite of the Hundred Oaks boys(even though he doesn’t actually go to Hundred Oaks). I feel like he’s tied with Henry because I really liked Henry. He was understanding and he helped her a lot when she was trying to deal with her own problems. He was very comforting. I didn’t understand his adrenaline junkie thing but as we got further into the book and he explained why, it made a bit more sense.He was quite sweet.

The plot was simplistic, simply because it was just a YA romance novel. YA romance novels generally followed a trend and this one did but I don’t mind. I enjoy the trend because it’s comforting in some way to me. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and I recommend this series to anyone that likes YA romance novels because they are quite enjoyable. I liked this one more because the sport was running but Annie herself wasn’t a runner so I wasn’t lost by a lot of terminology as I sometimes was in the others. Thank you for  reading and I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

P.S The lack of gifs in this review is because I couldn’t find a review that showed off how I felt about this book.

My Top Ten Favourite TV Shows

Today, I thought I’d make a post about my top ten favourite TV shows. If you’ve read most of my posts you will already know what some of my favourites are, especially my top favourite show but I thought I’d make a post anyway because some of these shows I’ve never mentioned on this blog. If you’re interested, check out my top 10 TV couples list. This is going to be in descending order starting from number 10. Let’s get started.

10.Revenge:

I used to be a massive fan of this show during season 1 but recently it has gotten quite boring and repetitive at times but I still love it. If you’ve never heard of this show it is about a girl called Amanda Clarke who’s father was framed for a terrorist attack and murdered when she was younger. She has grown up and has now changed her name to Emily Thorne. She’s come back to the Hamptons to get revenge on the family that framed her father, the Graysons. What I love about this show is that Emily is a very strong female character. She knows her mission and she is focused on it. Sometimes she may get distracted but she is always thinking of her goal. I also love the side characters as well especially Nolan. Nolan is her sidekick in the show and he is quite a technological genius. This show is a great drama and it is constantly suprising you.I also love that Emily has such great sayings in the show that really make you think. At the start of the episode, she’ll do a voice over and say something that is related to the theme and title of the episode.

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9.The Big Bang Theory:

This is the show that I like to watch to cheer myself up. If you’ve never heard of this show, which I highly doubt, it’s about 4 scientists who are all friends and Penny, a normal pretty girl, moves opposite 2 of them and they all become friends. It’s a great show to just watch whenever it’s on. You don’t have to watch every episode, and you don’t have to watch them in order but I do. I love this show because you learn things about science while watching it. If it wasn’t for Sheldon, this show wouldn’t be half as funny as it is. He is ridiculously amusing. The others are funny but not quite as much as Sheldon.

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8.How I Met Your Mother:

This used to be up there near the top of the list but after the finale, I had to bring it down the list. This show is about Ted who is telling his kids the story about how he met their mother but really it’s a show about a group of 5 friends and their journey through adulthood. I love watching this show for the same reason as to why I love watching TBBT, it’s ridiculously funny and it keeps me entertained. However, if you follow this show in order you will love it a lot more because there are a lot of running jokes. This show is just always on in the UK as is TBBT so I watch at least one episode a day. I’m just going to pretend that finale didn’t happen.

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7.Teen Wolf:

Now this show has been getting a lot of hype recently. I got into this show during season 2 and it was much less known then. But recently everyone is watching it and talking about it and I’m slightly sick of it. I love this show but honestly a lot of people I don’t like are now watching it and are obsessing over Dylan O’Brien and Daniel Sharman and I’m sitting here like BACK OFF PEOPLE! Now if for some reason you’ve been living under a rock and you don’t know what this show is about, it is simply about a teenage boy, Scott, after he gets bitten and turned into a werewolf. It’s a great show with a lot of humour. Season 1 and 2 are so ridiculous but I love them. Season 3 was incredibly dramatic and so far season 4 is a mix of them both. Stiles’ is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. He is just so funny and I love him.

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6.Nikita:

I made a whole post about this show so I won’t be talking much about it but click here if you want to know more. I binge watched this whole show over the February half term(which is a week long) and I got slightly addicted. I mean 3 seasons in 5 days. This show follows our main character called Nikita who was trained by a secret government group called Division to be an assassin for them but has now gone rogue and she wants to take them down. This show is action packed and I absolutely love it. I’m sad that it’s over but I shall always and forever love it. Plus it had Shane West in who I absolutely love.

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5.Sherlock:

Almost everybody in the world is as in love with Sherlock as me.  I started watching Sherlock in 2012 and I had the agonising wait for season 3 along with the rest of the world. Sherlock is a show about Sherlock Holmes but it is set in modern day London. As of now there is only 3 series, 3 episodes in each. It may not sound like much but each episode is an hour and a half long. There is a wait of 2 years between each season because Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are incredibly busy people. I love this show because it is so clever and it is so hard to guess what will happen. I don’t love it nearly as much as Rainbow Rowell does but I still love it.

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4.New Girl:

I absolutely adore New Girl. New Girl is again one of those shows that I just watch to cheer myself up. If you don’t know what it’s about, it is about a girl called Jessica Day who after a terrible break-up moves in with three bachelors who all have issues of their own. I love watching all the characters interact especially Nick and Jess. Jess is one of my favourite female TV characters and I absolutely adore the way she dresses. All of them is absolutely hilarious and it’s hard to just choose one favourite character out of them because they are all so amazing. I strongly suggest you binge watch this show because it is absolutely hilarious.

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3.Gossip Girl:

I watched this show last year unexpectedly and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This show follows a bunch of stuck up rich kids in the Upper East Side. There is a site called Gossip Girl which knows everything about them and it causes a lot of problems for them. I absolutely adore this show. It’s addictive, funny and just down right entertaining. I love watching all of them in their lives and go through problems that normal people wouldn’t normally go through. I love Chuck and he is just one of my favourite fictional TV characters of all time. Chuck and Blair are my ultimate TV fictional couple and I’m absolutely in love with them as a couple.

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2.Merlin:

Most people who know me in real life will think that this show is my absolute favourite because while the last ever series was airing, I was constantly raving about it. Literally at least once a week there would be a Merlin related facebook post on my wall. I do very much love this show but one show just narrowly beats this one out. Merlin is another one of BBC’s period dramas. It’s about a young Prince Arthur growing up to be the king we know him to become along with his servant Merlin. This show is so ridiculously funny during the first 3 series but during series 4, the show takes a turn for the dark and emotional side. The last series was incredibly depressing and I needed a lot of chocolate during the episodes in order to drown my tears. I absolutely adore this show a lot and I’m very sad that it’s over.

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1.Friends:

If you have seen my Friends post, you will already know that this is my favourite show of all time. I’m not going to talk much about why I love it because I did make a whole other post on it, so click here to see it. This show is simply about a group of 6 friends living in New York going through life. I absolutely adore this show for many reasons but the main reason is because it will always cheer me up and make me laugh. I always have a smile on my face while watching it and even though I’ve seen every episode numerous times, I still laugh out loud at some of the jokes. If you haven’t seen this show, I strongly suggest you go watch it because it is absolutely fabulous.

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That’s all for my very long post about my favourite TV shows. I hope you enjoyed it and got some new TV recommendations from it. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

Earlier today, I finished A Grimm Warning  after waiting months to read it and I had a lot of feels about it so I thought I’d attempt a review. A Grimm Warning is the third book in the Land of Stories series written by Mr Chris Colfer a.k.a Kurt Hummel in Glee. I must admit the reason I started this series was because I am a big Chris Colfer fan(despite not really liking Glee anymore) and because I had read his other book, Struck by Lightning. If you’ve never heard of the Land of Stories, it’s a great children’s book series. For those of you who are interested here is the summary of the first book:

The Land of Stories tells tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

It’s a very short summary but it is just about what it says. It’s about two twins who find themselves in a universe where all of the fairy tale characters live. After reading the first book, I discovered that Chris Colfer is absolutely fabulous. He sings amazingly, acts stunningly and writes beautifully. This series is honestly so amazing and it makes me feel like I’m a little child again. Since I never really read any fairy tales growing up, reading this series sparked my love for fairy tales hence why I am currently reading the Grimm fairy stories, one by one. Now onto A Grimm Warning. This was a fabulous third book in a series and as soon as I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading. I have never attempted to write a review of the Land of Stories books before and that is simply because there is so much to talk about and it’s basically impossible to do it without spoiling anything but I’m going to attempt it anyway.

Alex and Conner were amazing as always. I love the fact that they have grown up throughout the three books and I can only see them growing up throughout the future books. I feel like this series will become like Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. Many children will grow up along side these characters. In this book, Alex and Conner are 13 turning on 14 and I loved seeing them face teenage issues as well having to deal with saving the world yet again. In the previous books, it had been very much focused on them two doing everything together yet in this book they spent time trying to do things separately. As much as I missed, seeing them together saving the world, it was nice to see them growing up and not having to rely on each other all the time.

The plot of this book was so interesting. I won’t tell you what it’s about because it would mean giving spoilers for the other books but the plot line of this one has been my favourite of the series so far. It meant seeing the two worlds, our world and the fairy world and that made it interesting. Previously, we had only really stayed in the fairy world for the duration of the book but it was interesting to see both. The plot made it fast paced and easy to read despite it being over 400 pages long. It was quite action- packed and I just wanted to know what happened next and how they would fix everything.

The side characters in this novel were so intriguing as well, including the new ones. This series has so many characters that it’s easy to forget people but once you remember who they are it makes it so much more intriguing. Red was funny as always and Froggy was amazing too. There were too many characters to mention. Some of the new ones e.g. Rook were always quite interesting but I still didn’t like them as much as the others.

The ending of this book was mind-blowing! It ended on such a cliffhanger and it left me wanting more! I probably have to wait over a year for the next book and that annoys me. I need to know what happens and how it can be! I have so many theories and I just want to know which one is true if any of them are. I had predicted the big mystery by the end but still when it was actually revealed to be true, I was like WOAH!

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My reaction to the ending
When that person turned out to be the person I expected it to be, this was my reaction.
When that person turned out to be the person I expected it to be, this was my reaction.

I, of course, gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Mr Chris Colfer, you are a talented author and I applaud you on your ability to write such amazing books. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. It has also come to my attention that a film of the Land of Stories may be in store so I’m very excited for that! Thank you for reading and definitely go check this series out if you haven’t already. See you soon with another post.

Sofia

Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Recently, I received a copy of Not A Drop to Drink and I couldn’t have been more excited to read it. Ever since I heard about this book last year, I was so excited to read it but I never ending up getting my hands on it. But now I have one and I’ve read it. I absolutely did adore this book. If you don’t know what this book is about, here’s the synopsis for you:

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

This is a great dystopian novel that is just simply a story of survival. What I did love about this story was that it was just about a girl who was doing whatever she can to survive. When I first started reading this book, it took me a while to get into it but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading because it was a fast paced dystopian novel. I have missed reading fast paced dystopians so this one was amazing.

I think Lynn was a great main character. She was strong and she knew what she had to do in order to survive. She did grow throughout that book as she started off as a very lonely and isolated character but she grew to let people in. However she didn’t lose her essential desire to survive. She didn’t let people do things for her, even at the end as she is a very independant person who likes to be in control. However, when she first comes across the other characters and starts talking to them you realize just how much she doesn’t know. Living with her mother in an isolated house for her whole life meant that she wasn’t aware of things that we all know such as flirting or sarcasm. This made her a very weird person around others as she didn’t understand fully. I still did really enjoy Lynn as a character and I think in the second book, I will like her more.

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Whenever Lynn would talk to anyone throughout the book this gif ran through my mind(and not just because it has Dylan O’Brien)

Most of the side characters were good too. I loved Stebbs, Lucy and Eli. I feel like they all bought out a new side to Lynn and they did change her quite a lot. Stebbs made her open up and let people in because he convinced her that she needs to start talking to other people. Lucy made her realise just how much she enjoys the company of others and how she can still take care of others while protecting herself. Eli just changed her and made her better because he helped teach her new things that she wasn’t aware of and he taught her how to love. I really didn’t understand Neva and I didn’t like her character at all.Even after what she did at the end, I didn’t like her. The final side character that appeared was Vera. However, she only appeared about 80% through the book and I hardly got to know her but for now I like her.

This is only a four star read because at the start, I found it to be quite slow until the thing happened that completely changed the book as a whole as well as the pacing of the book. It is also only four stars because I felt as if the ending of this book was too rushed. If this book was slightly longer and the ending was spread out over possibly 100 more pages, I would have enjoyed it a lot more and possibly have given it 5 stars. I also really didn’t like the thing that happened to a character at the end. Why did that have to happen? I felt as if it was unnecessary and the response to what happened was too quick to really appreciate why it happened.

When that thing happened at the end, I didn't feel overwhelmed with sadness. This was basically me when it happened.
When that thing happened at the end, I didn’t feel overwhelmed with sadness. This was basically me when it happened.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I am very excited to get my hands on the second one and read it as soon as possible. Thank you for reading and see you soon with another post.

Sofia

The One Where Sofia Discusses Her Love For Friends

I love many TV shows(check out my top ten TV couples list) but Friends will always and forever be my favourite TV show so I thought I’d tell you all why I love Friends so much. This is not a book related post but I wanted to do it anyway.

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So why do I love Friends? I got into Friends in year 7. For those of you who live in the UK, Friends used to come on every day on E4 and me and my mum used to watch almost every episode. It has since been replaced by The Big Bang Theory(don’t get me wrong I love The Big Bang Theory but it isn’t Friends) and has been moved over to Comedy Central. I don’t have Comedy Central which is quite annoying so the first big purchase that I ever made with my own money was the complete Friends boxset. This is normally around £100 but it was on sale for £40 so I bought it and I have not regretted it ever since. So I guess the first reason as to why I love Friends is because of sentimental value. I still remember watching the episodes with my mum and my siblings occasionally and I loved that.

I got into Friends at the same time that I got into Harry Potter. I’d seen the odd Friends episode before but I had never started loving it until then and the same thing happened with Harry Potter. I had seen all the films but I had not fully appreciated it’s beauty until then. I made friends in year 7 because of my new found love for Harry Potter and because of my new found love for Friends. As a group we all loved Friends and we would talk about it endlessly and watch episodes together. So the second reason I love Friends is because it helped me make friends.

The third reason is because I see parts of myself in all of the main characters. Even though I am clearly not an adult going through the things they go through, I still feel like I can relate to them all in different ways. Chandler is basically like me in the way that he is quite sarcastic and he uses humour as a defence. I don’t always use humour as a defence but I do sometimes and I can be very sarcastic when I want to be(which is most of the time).  People don’t always think he’s funny because they don’t get his jokes and I’m like that because I make fandom related jokes and nobody understands them. He also has a lot of self esteem issues and that is basically me as well. He also isn’t very good at advice or comforting people and I think we’ve already established that I’m basically Chandler Bing. Also, he can’t cry just like me!

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I am also quite like Monica. I love to cook(mainly baking but I still love to cook) as does Monica. I’m also very annoying without realising. I’m somewhat of a neat freak as well but not as much as Monica is. I am slightly crazy like Phoebe and I’m wacky and weird like her. I also am a bit silly and stupid sometimes like Joey. I’m also just as bad at French as Joey is and I’m doing it for GCSE so I am well and truly screwed. I also get confused over everything just like Joey does. Also I share his love for food, especially pizza. Pizza is just the best thing ever. I am not as similar to Ross and Rachel as I am with the others but I still love them.

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I haven’t yet told you the main reason why I love Friends so much. That is because it is so bloody funny! I love to watch Friends no matter how I’m feeling. Whenever, I’m feeling down I watch Friends because it always cheers me up. I think I’ve seen every Friends episode so many times that  I could probably quote whole episodes to you. I just love Friends so much. I share this love with most of my friends especially Priya and Veena and I think our love for Friends has strengthened our own friendship. So my love for Friends is similar to my love for Harry Potter because it helped me find friends and it’s always there to cheer me up. so thank you Friends and anyone who was ever involved in making it. I love you all because you’ve just made my life happy.

I love everybody who was involved in making Friends as much as Joey loves Chandler.
I love everybody who was involved in making Friends as much as Joey loves Chandler.

Sofia