Books I’m Thankful For

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

3120fb3d144294430cb4ce90b4087d97

Hi Readers

We may not celebrate Thanks Giving here in the UK but there’s never really a bad time to think about the books you are thankful for. So, in no particular order…

Peter Pan – While this is definitely a very different story reading this as an adult I have such a vivid memory of reading this when I was 9 and loving it.

Shadow Forest – Same with Peter Pan I have such a vivid memory of reading this when I was 10. I read it with my year 6 class and I feel like it’s a book that entire class will remember because we all loved it so much. 

Pride and Prejudice – The first classic I fell in love with and it definitely made me give other classics a go. 

Perks of Being A Wallflower – You guys know how I feel about this book. It just gets me. 

Harry Potter – I feel like this is going to be in a lot of this weeks T5W posts.

Let me know what book you’re most grateful for!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Bedroom Decorating

Hi Readers

Non-bookish post today. The walls in my bedroom have been looking a little tatty for a while now so I took it as the perfect opportunity to re-decorate my room and change it up a little bit. 

BeFunky Collage.jpg

I went with a pink, grey and copper/rose gold theme this time around and I love how it goes with my white furniture (which I painted a few years ago).

I chose a geometric wallpaper from Graham & Brown that I found in B&Q and got a few copper/rose gold accessories including a fake succulent from The Range (who have a great range of fake indoor plants at the moment). 

I also have some pictures dotted around. A couple of my family in copper frames and I also recently framed a poster of Taylor Swift that came with her new album. It’s such a gorgeous picture and I had to have it on my wall. 

Also from The Range I got a new light shade that I am in love with. It’s a forest scene that just looks magical when you turn the light on. 

And then the most expensive new addition to my room is the curtains and matching duvet set from Julian Charles. I got these for £20 each in the sale although I think the curtains were supposed to be twice that but it scanned as £20 so we got them for that (result!).

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Taylor Swift’s ‘reputation’ – Gush

Hi Readers

Reputation is out and it is wonderful. Now I want to talk all the feels, all the thoughts and all the emotions with you.

You may not know this about me but I have been a hardcore fan of Taylor Swifts for 10 years now and honestly I am so proud of her for making this album. Admittedly I had my doubts about it, especially after the first single came out, but she did not disappoint me. Seriously. I haven’t listened to anything else since Reputation was released.

I am going to talk about the songs individually starting with ‘least favourite’ (although I don’t despise any of the songs) to ‘the songs I can’t stop listening to because I am obsessed with them’.

Look What You Made Me Do –

This is what started my doubts about reputation. When I first heard it I really did not like it. I don’t hate it now and I really like the verses, but I do sometimes skip it. I do love ‘I’ll be the actress staring in your bad dreams’.

So It Goes… –

I feel like Taylor albums always has that one song for me that I find beautiful but forgetful (sorry Taylor). 1989 was This Love, RED was Sad, Beautiful, Tragic. This is reputations. 

King of My Heart

I don’t really like the sound on this one just before the chorus starts. Kinda hurts my ears. This is kind of like the Bad Blood of this album. There are parts of the song that don’t belong in the song. But I do like the end verse with ‘say you fancy me not fancy stuff yes all at once this is enough.’

Dancing With Our Hands Tied

I can imagine this playing in school discos and getting everyone on the floor. This almost has an old time feel to it (or is it just me?) This captures how freeing it can feel to dance with the one you love in a crowd of people and just feeling on top of the world. 

Gorgeous

This is a song about fancying someone on a night out. It’s kind of a break from the songs about the heavy emotions and is just fun, cute and flirty.  I love the lyric ‘guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats… alone… unless you wanna come along *wink*. 

End Game –

This song is smooth and almost hip hop but, honestly, could’ve done without Futures bit. Not because I don’t like his music but I just don’t think his verse adds anything (plus, I wanted more Ed.) I do love the ‘I swear I don’t love the drama, it loves me’ line. 

…Ready For It? –

Baby, let the games begin. This is such a great opener for the album. Plus I love the music video. Favourite lyric, ‘Burton to this Taylor’.

Delicate –

It wouldn’t be track 5 if it was an emotionally vulnerable song. With the lyrics ‘my reputation’s never been worse, so you must like me for me’ and the fact that it’s called Delicate shows the uncertainty at the beginning of a relationship. 

Dress –

This is a very sexy song that the more I listen to it, the more I like it. So many great lyrics in this song. I love ‘I’m spilling wine in the bath tub, you kiss my face and we’re both drunk’ and the entire end verse with ‘even in my worst times, you could see the best in me.’ Beautiful. She seems to be really happy. 

I Did Something Bad –

This is where we get into the songs I’m obsessed with. I lost my shit when she said shit, also ‘they’re burning all the witches even if you aren’t one, so light me up’ is going on my grave.

Don’t Blame Me –

This song. Her voice has improved so much on this album and it’s most relevant on this song. The notes she hits are insane.

Getaway Car

Instant new favourite, and I feel like that’s a shared consensus with anyone who’s listened to this album. I really hope this gets a music video that follows the Bonnie and Clyde theme. 

Call It What You Want

When this came out as a promotional single it was the first time when I thought ‘okay, this album has the potential of becoming my new favourite thing.’ It’s so beautiful, so personal. It’s emotionally raw and honestly, Joe Alwyn, you’re doing great sweety. This whole song is perfection. 

New Years Day

This is a very loud album with a lot of electronic instruments and a lot of emotions. When I first listened to it I danced so much I was worn out. Then this came on. This quiet acoustic song with just a piano and a gentle guitar. It felt like the end of a party does. When you can almost hear the quiet (if that makes sense.) Also this has one of the most beautiful lyrics I have ever heard ‘please don’t ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognise anywhere.’ Ugh, it’s beautiful. 

This Is Why Can’t Have Nice Things

Swifties new bad ass anthem. Just a huge middle finger up to probably and whole bunch of people and I am LIVING FOR IT. She basically sings this as if she is dealing with children. Favourite lyrics (there’s a lot.) ‘did you think I wouldn’t hear all the things you said about me? ‘But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately, if only you weren’t so SHADY.’ ‘Here’s to my real friends, they don’t care about the he said she said.’ And finally ‘here’s to you, cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do… HAHAHA I CAN’T EVEN SAY IT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE.’ This is the petty I live for. Ugh, it’s so fun. 

So those are my thoughts and feelings on reputation. Let me know your favourite song on this album.

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

Book Tag: This Or That

Hi Readers

I was tagged by Chelsea from Spotlight on Stories.

1) Which Is Your Oldest Book and Your Newest?

In terms of when I bought them…

Oldest: I got The Secret Garden by Frances Hogsen Burnett when I was really young, maybe when I was 6.

Newest: I actually haven’t bought a book in ages. I think the last one I bought was Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. 

2) Which Is Your Biggest Book and the Smallest Book? (in terms of book size not page length)

Biggest: Harry Potter Film Wizardry (amazing book if you want to know more about the HP films.)

Smallest: The Collectors Library books I have are so tiny. I have two, Pride and Prejudiced and Jane Eyre.

3) Show the Longest Book You Own and the Shortest (in page length)

Longest: Technically Lord of the Rings although I do have the edition where it’s split into three parts. 

Shortest: Animal Farm by George Orwell. It’s under 100 pages but it’s a really compressed edition.

4) Which Is Your Most Expensive Book and Which Was the Best Bargain?

Most Expensive: Hamilton: The Revolution was pretty expensive but I got it for my birthday.

Best Bargain: I reckon Mists of Avalon again. I spent 20p for over 1000 pages. I just need to read it.

5) The Most Beautiful Cover On Your Shelves and Which Has the Ugliest?

I hate picking the prettiest so I won’t, but the ugliest has got to be my Wordsworth edition of Count of Monte Cristo. 

6) What Is Your Favourite Book and What’s One That You Hated?

Favourite: Perks of Being a Wallflower. Beautiful book. 

Hated: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I detest it. 

7) Name A Book That Made You Cry and One That Made You Laugh

Made Me Cry: Clockwork Princess

Made Me Laugh: My Family and Other Animals. That family was hilarious. 

8) Name A Book That Warmed Your Heart and One That Made You Shiver

Warmed my heart: Pride and Prejudice. 

Made You Shiver: Handmaids Tale. 

9) What’s One Book You Can’t Wait to Read and One That You’ve Been Putting Off

Can’t Wait to Read & I’ve Been Putting Off: The Name of the Wind fits both of these. I’ve put it off because the series is still unfinished but I’m dying to read it. I will. Soon. 

10) Recommend A Book You Want More People To Read and One That Wasn’t As Good As Expected

Back to my favourite and least favourite. Everyone should read Perks, and I so hoped Cursed Child was going to be amazing. 

11) The Next Book You Want To Buy and the Next One You’ll Be Getting Rid Of From Your Shelves

Next to Buy: I really want the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition. But Christmas is soon so I’ll have to wait till then.

Getting Rid Of: I’ve decided I’m never going to read the Chaos Walking series, so it’s time to get rid of them. 

Taylor Swift Book Tag

Hi Readers

IT’S REPUTATION RELEASE DAY!!

Taylor is probably the only singer out there that I am trash for. I’ve LOVED her for 9 years now and to celebrate the release of Taylor’s sixth album I thought I would do the Taylor Swift book tag, which I can’t believe I’ve never done before.

…Ready For It?

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

– A book/series you were pretty sure you loved but then wanted to break up with –

I really loved the first book in the Tearling trilogy and had such high hopes, but that ending just made me wish I’d never read it. So disappointing.

Red

– A red cover –

I haven’t read it yet, but I love the cover of Inkheart (pictures are at the end.)

The Best Day

– A book that makes you feel nostalgic –

I think My Sister Jodie by Jaqueline Wilson. I remember the moment I finished it when I was 10. It was the first book to break my heart and was probably the first book I properly fell in love with.

Love Story

– A  forbidden love –

This was the first Taylor song I ever listened to and I love a good forbidden romance. I think my favourite is Emma and Julian from the Dark Artifices series, Cassandra knows how to write a good love story that will make you feel all the feels. 

I Knew You Were Trouble

– A  bad character you can’t help but love –

Honestly, Draco Malfoy. He’s a bully and a dick to Harry but he makes me laugh so much with his pettiness. Also I love his character arc. 

Everything Has Changed

– A character that goes through extensive character development –

Can I pick a TV show character? Daenerys Targaryen. She went from being sold by her brother to a BAMF who has I don’t know how many titles now. 

You Belong With Me

– A most anticipated book release –

I can not wait for the next Robert Galbraith book. The cliffhanger in the last one was just cruel.

Forever And Always

– A favourite book couple –

I just love Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. Ugh their so perfect for each other. 

Begin Again

– A series that deserves a second chance –

I’m quite quick to give up a series but one that I’ve had on my TBR for ages that was totally worth it in the end was the Study trilogy by Maria V Snyder. 

Wonderland

– Your favourite fictional world –

I do love MiddleEarth. It’s so vast and I love how much imagination Tolkien put into it. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say the Wizarding World.  

Last Kiss

– A series your not ready to let go of, even though it’s finished –

Harry Potter. Although I could’ve done without Cursed Child.

Wildest Dreams

– Favourite fictional bad boy –

Does Rhys from ACOMAF count?

Enchanted

– A book you found by chance and ended up loving –

The only one I can really think of for this is Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. I haven’t seen this on any blogs on booktube videos which is where I get my book recommendations but I really loved this book. 

All You Had To Do Was Stay

– A book you DNFed but wish you’d given another chance –

I DNFed this ages ago but maybe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I wonder if I would like it more now, I may have to give it another chance after all.

Come Back, Be Here

– A book you wouldn’t lend out for fear of missing it too much –

My Harry Potter books 100%. Other than those I wouldn’t be too worried about lending book, share the love!

Teardrops On My Guitar

– A book that made you cry a lot –

The ending of Clockwork Princess. I was crying so hard it was ridiculous. 

Blank Space

– Favourite autographed book –

I don’t own a lot but I love my Samantha Shannon autograph in The Bone Season. 

Today Was A Fairytale

– Favourite fairytale retelling –

I haven’t read nearly enough of these. I think the best one I’ve read is The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.

So those are all the questions! I just have one more thing to say. 

GO BUY REPUTATION!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

Book Review: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Hi Readers

Every year there seems to be this one thriller/mystery novel that blows up (in the UK at least). First there was Gone Girl, then there was Girl on the Train. But out of the three, Good Me, Bad Me, is the only one that did not disappoint.

Image result for good me bad me

Published: September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Source: Library

Length: 292 Pages

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.03

My Rating: 76/100 ****

Synopsis:

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And, after putting a stop to it by going to the police, she gets a fresh start, with a new name, new family and new town. But Milly has secrets of her own. Nature vs nurture.

Review:

I really enjoyed the characters in this story and would have found it very interesting if it had been in multiple POV’s as they all clearly have their own things going on. I loved the depth of them though and the fact that you feel that without ever reading from their mind is impressive.

This book is subtly eerie. The plot progresses in such a quiet way that you don’t realise where it’s going until it gets there.  Just a single line was enough to creep me out. Loved the pacing and the writing. The ending shook me.

The sub-plots almost distracted you from the big things that were occurring because they were just as interesting. They made a daughter of a serial killer relatable and made you sympathise with her. This book explores bullying and family and how hard it is just being a teenager.

I read this in one sitting and it stayed with me for a long time afterwards. Highly recommend. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Non-Fiction November and Tome-A-Thon TBR

Hi Readers

At the beginning of the month I said I wanted to take part in non-fiction November but didn’t actually have a plan of what I want to read. Well now I have a couple of books that I’d love to get to.

I also want to take part in the tome-a-thon. Which is a readathon where you dedicate two weeks to just reading the big books (over 500 pages) on your TBR. I love this readathon because I have a bad habit of avoiding the books that intimidate me and it gives me the perfect excuse not to anymore. 

So first, non-fiction November. 

As I said I only want to read two books for this. The first is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This is a memoir from a neurosurgeon  battling cancer. This is going to be an emotional one. 

I’d also like to read Margaret Atwoods On Writers and Writing. It’s Nanowrimo month so I thought a book about writing books would be helpful. Even though I’m only casually doing it this year. 

Now for Tome-a-thon, which starts November 17th and runs for 2 weeks. 

I have three books I definitely want to get to but I also have a couple of other maybes if I somehow read them really fast or don’t like them. There are challenges but I don’t really care for them, but if you want to know more here’s a link to the hosts announcement video.  

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I’ve put this off because he still hasn’t finished writing the final book but I can’t wait any longer. 

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes – I was so excited when I first bought this but it’s just sat on my shelf unread for maybe a year now. It’s time.

Middlemarch by George Elliot – I really love classic books about quent country life in the 1800’s and I’ve seen so much love for this one. Can’t wait. 

As backups I also have The Night Watch by Sarah Waters and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

Let me know if you’re doing either of these readathons

Thanks for reading

Jess X