Sunday Funday!

Hello all!

I’ve managed to finish reading The Invasion of the Tearling and so… that means… I can FINALLY MOVE ON TO A NEW BOOK! But I won’t be doing a review of this book (The Invasion of the Tearling) mainly because I took a long break between reading parts of it that I’d have to properly read through it again regularly to even give a decent and worthy review of it.

And so, because it’s Sunday Funday and because of the books that I included on my March Reading List, the book I am going to choose for the next two weeks (might not take me that long to finish it) to read is *drumroll please*

 

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan!!

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The reason I have chosen this one is because it’s the first one that I thought that I could probably get out of the way first and to really get me buckled down and into reading again. It always tends to be thrillers/horrors/mysteries that get me reading after a long bout of not doing so.

Plus, it has a name in the title AND a character with my name in it so it’s a win-win really but alas, I can’t use the same book for two challenges. Stupid rules that I came up with!

 

Here’s my Sunday Funday list as a reminder, and hopefully in two weeks, I can cross through the one with a character with my name in the story. And I’m excited to be able to cross of number 28 after finishing reading Doctor Faustus. I’ll let you know probably next Sunday how I get on, how far I am into the book and my first impressions of it so far.

  1. A book you read in school.
  2. A book from your childhood.
  3. A book published over 100 years ago.
  4. A book published in the last year.
  5. A non-fiction book.
  6. A book written by a female author.
  7. A book written by a male author.
  8. A book that became a film.
  9. A book published in the 20th Century.
  10. A book set in your hometown/region/country.
  11. A book with someone else’s name in the title.
  12. A book with a character with my first name.
  13. A book with a number in the title.
  14. A book somebody else has recommended to you.
  15. A book with over 500 pages.
  16. A book you can finish in a day.
  17. A book that has previously been banned.
  18. A book with a one-word title.
  19. A book translated from another language.
  20. A book that will improve a specific area in your life.
  21. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year.
  22. An award-winning book.
  23. A book on the New York Bestseller’s List.
  24. A book published in your birth year.
  25. A book where the main character is part of the LGBT community.
  26. A book where a character has a physical illness.
  27. A book where a character has a mental illness.
  28. A playDoctor Faustus: the A Text by Christopher Marlowe

 

And as always, happy reading and I’ll see you tomorrow for another exciting blog post!

~A.

Book Review: Doctor Faustus

Hello all, today’s blog is going to be a little different as it’s going to be my very first book review!

So if you’ve read my’ University, Life, And A New Purchase’ blog post, you’ll know that for my first assignment I had to read Doctor Faustus: the A text as part of the discussion. And at first I did struggle immensely with trying to read through it by myself in my head just because of the differences in language used because this book was written sometime in the 1500s.

In the package for my University Course, luckily, I had an Audio CD given that had the whole play (2002 version with Jude Law and Toby Jones) so I could listen to it whilst reading through my copy of the play. This really helped me to understand where certain emphasis was placed on different words/phrases but what also helped was the version of the ‘Doctor Faustus’ play (pictured above). It was released in 2003 by Pearson Longman and it includes annotations/interpretations/language and something that was particularly useful was the definitions of words used back then that we probably wouldn’t use now and their meaning. 

Once I could understand certain words and listen to the audio cd whilst reading through it at the same time, I really enjoyed the story behind it. It’s a mix between a morality play and a tragedy and it was thoroughly entertaining. There were some serious issues that really made you feel for Faustus but then it was balanced with some comical scenes between other minor characters as well.

It really made me want to go and watch this on stage if they were to ever do it again in London any time soon. I might have to go research it now once I’ve finished this blog post.

But I think the thing that really made the play amazing was the language used that was very descriptive and visual. I haven’t read any of Christopher Marlowe’s works but I can see why people think he’s a brilliant writer, because he definitely has a way with words. And it was particularly interesting reading through this play after reading about his background in my textbook because you get more of a insight into why he may have written this at that particular point in his life.

Plus, it also appeals to some of our basic desires of maybe having everything we needed but still wanting more.

It’s just a fantastic play and I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read a book/play in this format. It is wonderfully insightful and comical at times. Never before in my life would I think I would enjoy plays –  I mean, I’ve read Shakespeare before and enjoyed those but they were child-friendly ones and not the originals, which I may well have to read after this – but this is one book that I am very pleased that I purchased it and got to read and analyse it for my Uni course!

I hope you enjoyed my review of this fantastic play. If you are interested to read it, if you already have it, or even if you have read it and didn’t think it particularly interesting – leave me a comment and I’ll reply! We can have a discussion about it!

Happy reading!

~A.

New Purchases and March Reading List

And here I am for another blog post for the third day in a row! It’s like I’m on some sort of reading/blogging extravaganza!

Anyway, I’ll admit it… it’s pay day for me, and probably for a lot of people too, but for me it’s worse. Because I’m pretty sure most of my money goes straight to the books I really want to buy in the future and so far, I’ve only bought one of those which I’ll explain below, because there are so many pretty book covers and enticing stories that sometimes I kinda just want all the books there. And yes, my bank account does weep heavily at the beginning of the month.

I bought four new books this month and I’m excited because two of them can be used for my Sunday Funday 2017 Book Challenge and one of them I have had on my Wishlist Wednesday for a good two weeks now ever since I saw it. And I finally have it! Which means I am super excited!

I’ve also decided to include my March Reads of the Month just because it’s going to be the 1st of March tomorrow and I know that I’m incredibly behind on my reading and the Book Challenge. Therefore, I’ve set myself the goal of reading at least 5 books this month and then hopefully increase that as the month goes on depending what I’m in the mood for.

But let’s dive straight into the new purchases I got today!

  1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (top left corner of the image below)

If I’m honest, the only reason I picked this book up was because I had recently subscribed to ‘Hailey In Bookland’ on Youtube (if you don’t know who she is, you need to subscribe ASAP because her book recommends are amazingly diverse and wonderful reads! Plus she’s very honest about them!) and she was doing a comparison of the book covers between the UK and the US. This book came up and when she described it I knew instantly I had to get it. Luckily, I was in my local supermarket and decided to have a wander down the book aisle to see if they had any book deals on. Usually it’s either kids books or books with the generic front cover… BUT this time they had a deal on for 2 for £7 and so I started perusing through them and came across Heartless. There was no doubt it my mind! I had to buy this book!

Summary:

“Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole…

And before the roses were painted red…

The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.” 

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £7.99

 

2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (top right corner)

This book! OMG! I always try to make a conscious effort to include more diversity into the books I read and I knew when I saw the trailer for this film and saw what every book-lover is excited about reading – “Based on the novel” – I was sold. All these books were bought as part of the 2 for £7 deal and when I saw that this book was included under that deal, my heart skipped a beat and without hesitation, I picked it up and placed it in my basket. I am so excited to read this because first of all, it’s a true historical event (which if you haven’t gathered, historical books are my faves) and second of all, it’s about a untold story that none of us were really taught in school about how African-American women were actually part of a major event in history and they always have been. They deserve every right for their story to be told and I’m really eager to delve into this book. Plus, Octavia Spencer is in the film which I’m really stoked to see because she was absolutely fantastic in The Help. And every film she’s in to be honest.

Summary:

“Genius has no race. Strength has no gender. Courage has no limit.

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, some of the brightest minds of their generation, known as ‘human computers’, used pencils and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War and the Space Race, Hidden Figures is a powerful, revelatory tale of race, discrimination and achievement in the modern world. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £8.99

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3. Beauty And The Beast by Disney (bottom left corner)

This book just gets me super thrilled for the movie with Emma Watson! I honestly cannot wait for the film to come out and to go and see it. It’s going to be amazing, I can tell already! Plus this says at the bottom (you can’t see it on the picture) ‘Book of the Film’ so I’ll probably end up reading this after I watch the film so I’m not spoiling anything for myself either way. And I’ll probably read this in a day so that’s another checked off of my Book Challenge! Anyway, I’m really excited (as you can probably tell by the amount of times I used the word ‘excited’) to read all these books! They are just fantastic and I’ve been eyeing this book for a while but I’ve been very reserved until I realised the movie comes out this month anyway so I might as well!

Summary:

“Belle dreams of adventures like the ones she reads about in her books – until she becomes the prisoner of a fearsome Beast in a mysterious, enchanted castle. But life in the castle isn’t as terrible as Belle imagines, and she soon realizes there is more to the Beast than first meets the eye…

Experience this talk as old as time about adventure and love, about looking past first appearances, and about the inner beauty in all of us.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £6.99

 

4. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

This is the one on my Wishlist Wednesday list and has been for a while. Just the story compels me because of the mystery element that I genuinely didn’t really see coming until I read the blurb. Mainly that was based on the front cover and thought it was a romance book to be honest (*slaps on the wrist for judging a book by its cover*) and how wrong I was! I really cannot wait to read this book and live this adventure and the heartbreaks between Izzy and Tom, the two main characters of this novel, because I’m sure there will be many! It’s been a while since I cried at a book before and I’m talking like My Sister’s Keeper-a while ago. And since I don’t have a boy to break my heart for me, why not do it with a book? 

Summary:

“A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. It holds a dead man and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision.

They break the rules and follow their hearts.

What happens next will break yours.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £7.99

 

If anyone has these books already, please let me know in the comments so I can ask you any questions or if anyone is tempted to buy them, let me know how you get on!

Onto the March Reading List, which is not in reading order. So this was basically just an idea to get me back into the swing of reading again and to basically get through my huge 20-odd pile of books that I currently have in my room.

The first book I have chosen for my March Reading List is;

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Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan – I chose this mainly thinking of my Book Challenge in mind because it has my name as a character/title of the book so I can cross one of the challenges off my list once I have finished reading this. Plus, I’ve already explained the synopsis before in a previous blog, but this plot line is intriguing as heck and is certainly one that I won’t be able to put down.

 

My second choice is;

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – I picked this book for 2 reasons. The 1st was because I want to see the film and I like to read the books beforehand and see if I visualised them the same way. The 2nd was because I can also cross this off my Book Challenge list as a book that has been made into a film!

 

My third choice is;

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer – As soon as I picked this book up I knew I desperately wanted to read it straight away! Who doesn’t love a prequel to an already widely-known story?!

 

My fourth choice for this month is;

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Beauty And The Beast by Disney – I picked this book for this month primarily because the film is being released this month (Friday 17th March to be exact) and I want to read this straight after watching the film.

 

And my final choice for this month is;

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The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon – This book intrigued me so much because of the plot being centered around two young girls who are both ten years old. I’ve never read a book before (none that I can remember anyway) that are from the narrative of children before – discounting the HP series – but that was also a thriller/mystery as well. Plus the completely unrelated, for the time being, title of the book just pulled me in instantly! Can’t wait to read this book.

 

I hope you enjoyed my especially long blog post today! And if you have any questions or you just want to chat to me about the books for my March Reading List or the new books I bought, please leave me a comment and I’ll reply!

Happy reading!

~A.

Current Read!

Hello all!

This week is going to be a pretty busy week for this blog as I have numerous ideas that are going to coming out this week! And I’m super excited for it!

So, in today’s blog I thought I’d give a little insight as to what I am currently reading at the moment. And that is; The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

This book is actually part of a trilogy by Erika Johansen and is the second book in the trilogy. The first was The Queen of the Tearling which was released in 2014 by HarperCollins and I have to say it is a fantastic read! This particular trilogy is set in the 24th century about a young girl who is actually the Queen a country called the Tearling. It’s so fascinating that I managed to finish the first book in under a week and had to wait a whole year for this next book to be released!

As soon as it was though I grabbed it instantly and began to read it. And I’ll be honest, I’ve loved the direction the story went! It was totally unexpected and I found myself addicted to it but alas, sometimes real life gets in the way and I haven’t had chance to read the book for the last couple of months. But I’m slowly getting back into it given that I’ve got a challenge for the year to get through as well.

And usually I hate having to leave a book and come back to it a while later because I feel like I’ll forget the story but with this one, I remembered instantly everything that had happened so far and it felt as if I’d not put it down to begin with.

It’s such a great follow-on story and Erika’s writing style is so easy to read and it flows really well. It’s also incredible and non-confusing how she writes the time jumps between the two parallel stories in this second novel, which is something I know I struggle with when writing or other authors tend to have a hard time with. But it’s so effortless and it’s obvious the gap between the two stories that you never become confused.

I’m currently on page 319, which is Chapter 10, and this book has 15 chapters if you include the final epilogue and a total of 511 pages so I’m not too far off finishing (which I’m gutted about!).

So this is what the book looks like without the cover on it;

 

 

They are quite plain underneath in contrast with the front cover (title picture) but I love the font of the writing of the spine. There’s something so majestic yet simple about the choice of colour and the choice of font. The front cover’s of these books are amazingly creative and they were what drew me in to begin with. I don’t have my copy of The Queen of the Tearling on hand at the moment to insert a picture of that cover but I’m sure if you search it up you’ll see. They are amazing and whoever designed them is awesome!

So far I am really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves futuristic/young adult novels and I’m not going to post the summary/synopsis of the book because of spoilers just in case anyone does want to get stuck into this trilogy.

Just as a side note as well, which I’m super excited about, I was browsing through Amazon’s book section to try and find any up-and-coming books that I may like to purchase soon (and I did find some that I’ll have to buy soon!) when I saw the front cover for the third and final book, The Fate of the Tearling! Which I’ve been waiting for for 2 years and it’s finally here! So guess who’s pre-ordered it?!

If any of you are curious, it’s release date is 29th June 2017 for those of you who would like to buy all three books in bulk order! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments if you are interested in buying it or whether you’ve already read the two books so we can fangirl/boy about it together.

Happy reading!

~A.

 

The images were taken from my own copy of The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

Sunday Funday!

I am back with yet another blog! In two days, maybe I’m getting my mojo back!

Anyway, I’ve not managed to start a book for this challenge yet… I know, it’s nearly March and I am so super behind but I am currently reading a book at the moment and I like to finish the one I’m reading before I start another one. That’s going to be another blog post coming at you this week anyway!

So today’s blog is a short one and is just going to be a couple more challenges that I’ve come up with for Sunday Funday and add them onto my already massive list. The new challenges I have added will be at the bottom of the list and I’ll put them in bold so you know which are which!

Let’s get on with the list;

  1. A book you read in school.
  2. A book from your  childhood.
  3. A book published over 100 years ago.
  4. A book published in the last year.
  5. A non-fiction book.
  6. A book written by a female author.
  7. A book written by a male author.
  8. A book that became a film.
  9. A book published in the 20th Century.
  10. A book set in your hometown/region/country.
  11. A book with someone else’s name in the title.
  12. A book with a character with my first name.
  13. A book with a number in the title.
  14. A book somebody else has recommended to you.
  15. A book with over 500 pages.
  16. A book you can finish in a day.
  17. A book that has previously been banned.
  18. A book with a one-word title.
  19. A book translated from another language.
  20. A book that will improve a specific area in your life.
  21. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year.
  22. An award-winning book.
  23. A book on the New York Bestseller’s List.
  24. A book published in your birth year.
  25. A book where the main character is part of the LGBT community.
  26. A book where a character has a physical illness.
  27. A book where a character has a mental illness.
  28. A play

I’m really excited for the 25th challenge, just because I’ve been given a couple of good recommendations for that particular one! And I hope all you guys with give me some good suggestions as well if you have any? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

Happy reading!

~A.

Music to Listen to Whilst Reading!

Hello, I’m back again with another slightly book related blog!

Anyway, this thought came to me because I was busy listening to a playlist I made on my phone for all the songs I listen to whilst working out at the gym. And I thought, ‘hey, why not upload a playlist of all the songs you listen to whilst reading your books!’ so that’s what this blog is going to be about… in case you can’t read the title!

This is just going to be a basic list of everything I listen to whilst I’m reading any sort of book. More than likely it’ll either be a slow song or an instrumental because I tend not to listen to ‘Pop’-y songs as I’ll start singing along and then I’ll get distracted (who hasn’t?!) and I’ll have to read the whole page again. It’s rather frustrating! So I try to stick to songs that are quite slow and I’ll alternate between the playlist on my phone or YouTube.

Anyway, enough useless babbling from me and let’s get on with the list!

These first couple of songs are from YouTube that I listen to (they’re in a playlist on my user).

  1. My Jolly Sailor Bold Cover by StephanieSings – super relaxing and easy to listen to. Almost like a lullaby!
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lily’s Theme Extended Version by Alexandra Desplat – brilliant tune! Haunting and soothing as the same time.
  3. The Wolf and the Moon by BrunuhVille – I love practically all of his music. Some of them seriously make me want to ride into battle! Go and check him out if you haven’t yet!
  4. Winds of Freedom by BrunuhVille
  5. King of the North by BrunuhVille
  6. The Voice of the Forest by BrunuhVille
  7. Angel of War by BrunuhVille
  8. Dragon Empress by BrunuhVille
  9. Carry Me by Eurielle – such a lovely soothing song to listen to. There are lyrics to this but you honestly cannot tell once you start reading. Brilliant song!
  10. City of the Dead by Eurielle
  11. Rescue Me by Eurielle
  12. Dreams Cover by Bastille and Gabrielle Aplin – these two voices are absolutely wonderful when together!
  13. Come Back Down by Danny Fernandes
  14. My Demons by Starset
  15. Carnivore by Starset
  16. Everything by Neverest
  17. May I by Trading Yesterday (I think this band has changed their name because I can’t find any other songs by them other than this one and the one listed further down!)
  18. In My Veins by Andrew Belle
  19. Safe by Britt Nicole
  20. Temporary Bliss by The Cab
  21. Center of Attention (Alternative Version) by Jackson Waters
  22. A New Hope by Broken Iris
  23. Kill This Love by Molly Sanden
  24. Freak by Molly Sanden
  25. Sad Song by We The Kings ft. Elena Coats
  26. Collide by Desiree (Claire Demorest)
  27. Never Get to Heaven by Sarah Blaine
  28. Losing Your Memory by Ryan Star
  29. Shattered – Trading Yesterday
  30. Blink by Revive
  31. Cut by Plumb
  32. I Found by Amber Run
  33. Broken by Lifehouse
  34. Til My Heart Stops by Too Far Moon (any fans of Teen Wolf?!)
  35. Ava by FAMY
  36. Dance With the Devil by Breaking Benjamin
  37. Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian
  38. Without You by Ashes Remain
  39. I Love You Will Sound The Same by Oh Honey
  40. Battleships by Daughtry
  41. Breathe by Lauv
  42. Family by Boyce Avenue
  43. Never Stop by Safetysuit
  44. I Wouldn’t Mind by He Is We
  45. Boudica by Enya

 

So that’s all for my list of songs on YouTube, not for my playlist on my phone! Some songs my crossover just because I found them on YouTube first and then bought them on my phone. Brace yourselves, it’s long one!

  1. The A Team by Ed Sheeran
  2. Airplanes by B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams
  3. Alegria by Cirque Du Soleil
  4. All Good Things by Nelly Furtado
  5. Angel by Theory of a Deadman
  6. Angel With a Shotgun by The Cab
  7. Apologise by OneRepublic ft Timbaland
  8. Arsonist’s Lullabye by Hozier
  9. Awake and Alive by Skillet
  10. Bad Intentions by Digital Daggers
  11. Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian
  12. Battleships by Daughtry
  13. Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
  14. Believe by Cher
  15. Better in Time by Leona Lewis
  16. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
  17. Both of Us by B.o.B ft. Taylor Swift
  18. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
  19. Breathless by Shayne Ward
  20. Broken by McLean
  21. Broken Angel by Boyce Avenue
  22. Broken Strings by James Morrison and Nelly Furtado
  23. Carnivore by Starset
  24. Cinderella Man by Eminem
  25. Circle of Life from the Lion King by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M
  26. Come Back Down by Danny Fernandes
  27. Cool Kids by Echosmith
  28. Crawl by Chris Brown
  29. Crazy in Love Cover by Sofia Karlberg
  30. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
  31. Decode by Paramore
  32. Demons by Imagine Dragons
  33. Deuces by Chris Brown ft. Tyga and Kevin McCall
  34. The Devil Within by Digital Daggers
  35. Don’t Stop by Innerpartysystem
  36. Down by Jason Walker
  37. Elastic Heart by Sia
  38. Energy by Keri Hilson
  39. Faded by Alan Walker
  40. Fallen Angel by Three Days Grace
  41. Far From Home by Five Finger Death Punch
  42. Footprints In The Sand by Leona Lewis
  43. Forever by Chris Brown
  44. Freak by Molly Sanden
  45. Free Fallin’ by John Mayers (Live Version)
  46. Gangsta by Kehlani
  47. Hall of Fame by The Script ft. Will.I.Am
  48. Halo by Beyonce
  49. He Lives in You from The Lion King by Lebo M
  50. Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World
  51. Hello by Adele
  52. Here (In Your Arms) by Hellogoodbye and Elliot Yamin
  53. How to Save a Life by The Fray
  54. Human by Christina Perri
  55. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello
  56. I Was Here by Beyonce
  57. I Will Pray For You by Katherine Jenkins
  58. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
  59. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  60. If She Knew by Lemar
  61. Ignorance by Paramore
  62. Immortals by Fall Out Boy
  63. Is It You by Cassie
  64. It’s all Coming Back to Me Now by Meatloaf and Marion Raven
  65. Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri
  66. Just One Yesterday by Fall Out Boy ft. Foxes
  67. Kill This Love by Molly Sanden
  68. Last Kiss by Taylor Swift
  69. Lay In My Bed by Mario
  70. Learn to Love Again by Lawson
  71. Life is Beautiful by Vega4
  72. Like a Rose by a1
  73. Little Me by Little Mix
  74. Love How It Hurts by Scouting for Girls
  75. Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
  76. Love Me Now by John Legend
  77. Mad by Ne-Yo
  78. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script
  79. Mirror by Lil Wayne ft. Bruno Mars
  80. Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
  81. Misery Business by Paramore
  82. Miss Jackson by Panic! At The Disco ft. Lolo
  83. A Moment Like This by Leona Lewis
  84. Moving Mountains by Usher
  85. My Demons by Starset
  86. My Heart Takes Over by The Saturdays
  87. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
  88. My Immortal by Evanescence
  89. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy
  90. No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
  91. No Promise by Shayne Ward
  92. No U Hang Up by Shayne Ward
  93. Not Like the Movies by Katy Perry
  94. One Step At A Time by Jordin Sparks
  95. The Only Exception by Paramore
  96. Patience by Take That
  97. The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy
  98. Pity Party by Melanie Martinez
  99. Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
  100. The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin
  101. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  102. Rainy Day by Janel Parrish
  103. Remember Everything by Five Finger Death Punch
  104. Run Away With Me By Carly Rae Jepsen
  105. Russian Roulette by Rihanna
  106. Sad Song by We The Kings ft. Elena Coats
  107. Satellite Heart by Anya Marina
  108. Say Ok By Vanessa Hudgens
  109. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
  110. Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
  111. Simply Amazing by Trey Songz
  112. Sleeping With the Light On by Busted
  113. Snow White by Christina Grimmie
  114. Someone Like You by Adele
  115. Soul 4 Sale by Simon Curtis
  116. Space Bound by Eminem
  117. Standing in the Dark by Lawson
  118. Stay With Me by Ironik
  119. Still Here by Digital Daggers
  120. Stuck With Each Other by Shontelle
  121. Superhuman by Chris Brown ft. Keri Hilson
  122. T-Shirt by Shontelle
  123. Take a Bow by Leona Lewis
  124. Take a Bow by Rihanna
  125. Takin’ Back My Love by Enrique ft. Ciara
  126. Taking Over Me by Lawson
  127. Te Rog by Carla’s Dream
  128. These Are the Lies by The Cab
  129. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
  130. A Thousand Years Part 2 by Christina Perri ft. Steve Kazee
  131. TKO by Justin Timberlake
  132. Too Little, Too Late by JoJo
  133. The Tragic Truth by Five Finger Death Punch
  134. Trouble by Leona Lewis ft. Childish Gambino
  135. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
  136. Tunnel Vision by Justin Timberlake
  137. Ultraviolet by Stiff Dylans
  138. Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy
  139. Unconditionally by Katy Perry
  140. Until it Hurts by Fransisca Hall
  141. Waiting Game by Banks
  142. Warzone by The Wanted
  143. Watercolour by Pendulum
  144. When It Was Me by Paula DeAnda
  145. Who Am I Living For? by Katy Perry
  146. Wicked Games by The Weeknd
  147. Wide Awake by Katy Perry
  148. Wish Your Were Here by Avri Lavigne
  149. Witchcraft by Pendulum
  150. XO by Beyonce
  151. You And I Tonight by Faber Drive
  152. You’ll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins
  153. Your Song by Ellie Goulding

Annnndddd… that’s everything! It’s a very long playlist but usually I just put it on shuffle and skip through the ones that I think will fit the genre of the book I’m reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and maybe you enjoy the same type of music as I do!

Let me know if there’s any songs you like on here or if you’re tempted to have a listen to a couple of them!

Happy reading!

~A.

 

I own none of these songs listed and they belong to the artists and their record labels.

What I’m Excited to Read!

Hello and I’m back again with another blog post for you all!

This one is going to be about all the books I have recently/or not so recently bought and which ones I’m super excited to start reading in the future. If some of you have the books sitting at home or have already read them, please let me know if the comments what you thought or why you can’t wait to read them! I’d love to hear from you all! So without further ado, let’s get right into it!

 

1. Painting Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

I’ll hold my hands up and say that I have already read this book a couple of years ago, maybe when I was in my second/third year of high school. I borrowed it from the local library on a whim because the cover looked quite interesting, plus it’s got Leonardo Di Vinci in it as well! Why wouldn’t I want to read it?!

Anyway, I completely forgot about this book until the plot randomly came to me one day and I was like ‘What is this book? What is it called? I need to find this book again and re-read it!’ and so I simply searched it up and, thankfully, found it quite easily and ordered it off of Amazon. I was so excited when it arrived, it was exactly how I remembered the cover to be. And I simply cannot wait to relive the journey again!]

2. Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Okay, so, Stephen King is one of my all time FAVOURITE authors! Ever! His thrillers are just phenomenally written and so captivating that I honestly cannot put the books down. My favourite books definitely have to be Misery, Pet Cemetery, and Carrie. I’ve not yet managed to finish The Shining (but I promise I will do eventually!). So when I saw this book, I knew automatically I had to have it! It’s front cover is so brightly coloured as well and fantastically artistic also. 

The reason I was so excited to read this is because it’s not a full novel, it’s a collection of mini horror/thriller stories put together. It just makes me so excited that I practically get three of Stephen King’s stories in one book at the same time!

 

3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

So I’ll be honest here and say that I picked this book up originally because it was on sale for £4 in the supermarket (and I love a good bargain, lol). But when I picked it up and turned it over to read the blurb, I noticed that it said that there were 3 different covers and you could choose which cover you wanted (based on the three different types of Queen’s in the story). And I immediately bought the one with the roses on the front… because I’m obviously attracted the colour red in books! But I thought that was a pretty cool idea to have 3 different covers so you could choose which Queen to support in the story (obviously the story doesn’t change depending which cover you choose). 

 

4. & 5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children & Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Okay, I swear I saw this book AGES ago in Waterstone’s and just never thought anything of it until the movie trailer came out for it and I was like ‘I’ve heard that title before? Where have I heard it?’ before possibly realising I may have been thinking about Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends because I was obsessed with that school when I was younger. But, again, obviously it wasn’t that. And so I researched it a bit more and was certain I had already read this but knew I needed to own a physical copy of the book myself as well. So I’m really looking forward to re-reading this again. Plus I don’t think I’ve read the second novel so I’m looking forward to that also.

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you have any of these books, I’d love to hear your thoughts of them in the comments!

Happy reading!

~A.

 

The image above is taken from my own copies of the books.