Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Hello!

I was lucky enough to get sent an ARC of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige from Harper360

so here is my review:

i like that the cover is nice and simple

i like that the cover is nice and simple

Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?

Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

Dorothy Must Die is the debut YA novel from Danielle Paige. I have to be honest, The Wizard of Oz is really not my favourite musical and i have zero emotional attachment to the story. So it was refreshing to see a different, darker view of Oz and the familiar characters.

The heroine of the novel is of course Amy Gumm. What a name. She also has pink hair which is pretty cool. But she doesn’t consider herself special or extraordinary or anything really, she’s just trying to get by in school, stay away from the bullies and annoying girls like Madison Pendleton. Oh and she lives in a trailer park and her mum finds refuge in alcohol.

Yes she lives in Kansas and yes there is a storm and a tornado which sweeps her into the land of Oz…(however this still isn’t explained) yet it is obviously a mysterious force because Amy is from the Outside World ie Earth and non-magical and thus like Dorothy was. So she is supposedly the only one that can KILL DOROTHY.

Why kill Dorothy? Well since Dorothy returned she turned everything upside down. Dorothy was made a PRINCESS and the power and magic went straight to her head and she has become this evil tyrant, causing havoc and making everyone miserable and more importantly draining Oz of its magic!

there's no rainbow here

there’s no rainbow here

At least Amy has her mum’s pet rat Star for company but she soon befriends Indigo the Munchkin and Ollie the Wingless Monkey. But eventually she is alone and has to make her way to the Emerald City and find help. Then she meets the mysterious boy with the green eyes…and that is a MAJOR PLOT TWIST THAT I NEVER SAW COMING. Amy goes on an adventure to try and figure out why she’s in Oz and how to get back home but then circumstances require her to stay and she ends up getting trained to fight in order to kill Dorothy.

The story itself isn’t bad, it’s just the book is very slow and takes a while to get into. The first half of the book is pretty boring but it does pick up pace eventually. Amy is an alright character, i like her pink hair and she isn’t as annoying as some other characters but she does have her own issues to deal with etc. I’m glad there wasn’t such a focus on the love story or anything it’s mainly about friendship, doing what’s right, family love and finding oneself and discovering who you are. oh and trying to kill Dorothy. and yet, I’m not 100% sure whether that is the solution.

Anyways it is a trilogy so I’m sure the sequel will provide us with answers but even more questions!

There is also a prequel novella available as an ebook called No Place Like Oz

you can buy the book from Amazon or Waterstones. It’s already available in the US and is out in the UK on July 3rd.

you can watch the book trailer here

you can follow the author on twitter  and like the facebook page

Apparently it might be made into a TV show by The CW. so definitely read it before.

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Happy Reading!

=D

‘We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!’

i wish

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

The Fault In Our Stars

hello there

the fault in our stars by john green is a book that came out in 2012 and i fell in love with it and the characters and the story and just it’s one of my favourite books. i was lucky enough to meet John Green in 2013. and now 2014 is when the movie is out. so…

i was scared to watch it. terrified in fact. will they do the book justice?

yes.

bring tissues.

first here are some trailers

Official Trailer

Extended Trailer

Annotated Trailer

oh so i FIRST watched in on Wednesday the 11th June at a preview screening thanks to Spinebreakers!!! =D

check out my review for them!

then i watched it again on Friday 20th June with my friends. and yes i cried again…

The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in our Stars

so the Okay? Not Okay tissues were given to us for the preview screening. that hardback signed copy of tfios when it came out and my cinema ticket for today. the shirt is the tfios tour shirt when John and Hank Green came to the UK in 2013.

 

Firstly, hazel is just one of those characters who is likeable. like she isn’t so annoying you want to knock some sense into her you just wanna give her a hug and hold her hand and watch American’s Next Top Model with her.

Shailene Woodley is a brilliant Hazel Grace Lancaster

Augustus Waters is a pretentious douchebag nerd but you gotta love him. it’s a metaphor. oblivion. leaving a mark. yes we know…but if you read the book you will understand everything about his character and why he is the way he is.

Ansel Elgort was a brilliant Augustus Waters. so cute and charming and charismatic and just *swoon*

Isaac is a brilliant character but i felt he didn’t get enough screen time. Natt Wolf was brilliant as Isaac especially the egg scene.

Hazel’s parents are wonderful and i the movie they are just really nice and i felt so bad for them.

they kept most of the quotes which was good.

my fave scene in the movie was the Anne Frank House scene because it was the whole narration of quoting Anne Frank’s diary and then hazel walking up the stairs and they said my fave Anne Frank quote which is:

‘think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.’

however they did not say my fave tfios quote which is at the end. :|

i loved the moments between Hazel and Gus when they’re falling in love.

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

the song Tee Shirt by Birdy captures it perfectly.

also the hopeless romantic in me couldn’t stop smiling except i was also crying coz i just get emotional coz Augustus Waters

the Amsterdam scenes were good. meeting Peter van Houten was just so brilliant and just everything, the dinner, them walking etc it was so cute until of course…

also John Green’s cameo was cut out. =(

and the game scene with hazel and isaac when he says ‘hump the moist cave wall’ was also cut out.

all in all the movie is actually pretty perfect and just so good and i cried so much BUT the ending ruined it for me. like the last word did not have to be changed it was fine. it made it too cliche in the movie. :/ and they didn’t include the most iconic quote, possible most overused quote in the book but still my favourite one. oh and they didn’t even include the title as in the Julias Ceasar quote (“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”)

anyways just some amazing songs from the soundtrack

What You Wanted- One Republic (trailer music)

Boom Clap- Charlie XCX

Not About Angels- Birdy

All of the Stars- Ed Sheeran  (end credits song)

All I Want- Kodaline

and Troye Sivan wrote a song called the fault in our stars a while ago and he released a lyric video for the extended version and urgh i cried.

yeah buzzfeed made a list on why you shouldn’t see the movie. i totally agree. i also got my mum to read it and she defo wants to see the movie.

here are some quotes that feature in the film:

“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up my friend.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them.”

 “The marks humans leave are too often scars.” 

“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt”

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

no i am not okay

EVERYTHING HURTS. ESPECIALLY MY HEART. WHY JOHN GREEN WHY. GO READ THE BOOK IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!!!

thank you for writing such a beautiful book and thank you Josh Boone for directing such a beautiful film.

p.s my fave quote which they did not include is: My thoughts are stars i cannot fathom into constellations.” 

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Summer Book Haul

Hello there people of the world. or hi to any aliens or mermaids also reading this.

anyways so i love books (i’m known as The Book Guru) and i love BUYING books. i’m lucky enough to be able to afford books and live in London so there are so many wonderful charity shops, independent bookshops and of course Waterstones and Foyles. and Amazon.

so anyways after exams  i went to Waterstones Gower Street to buy some books and i also went to Waterstones Piccadilly to buy some books because they usually have offers like 3 for 2 or Buy One Get One Half Price. =D

when i went to Waterstones i wore this top which is from the dftba website and  the book necklace is from etsy

Why Buy Anything Else When You Could Be Buying Books?

Why Buy Anything Else When You Could Be Buying Books?

i also went to my local Oxfam and found some lovely books.

and then of course i’m part of the Editorial tea, at Spinebreakers (Penguin) where they pitch us books and we review them.

and i recently joined Harper Collins (i literally just emailed then saying i would love to review any books and they sent me one!)

also my goal this year was to buy more books from bookstores rather than from Amazon (let’s face it…amazon IS cheaper and easier and i love online shopping) but i NEED to support bookstores!

so here is a pic of my GLORIOUS BOOK HAUL:

BOOKS GLORIOUS BOOKS!!!

BOOKS GLORIOUS BOOKS!!!

Books from Waterstones:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Geek Girl by Holly Smale 

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Dreams Of Gods And Monsters by Laini Taylor

Everday Sexism by Laura Bates (Non-Fiction)

 

Books from Amazon:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 

Books from Oxfam:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

Junk by Melvin Burgess

Collected Stories by Anita Desai

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares

Beyond The Veil by Fatima Mernissi (Non-Fiction)

 

Books from Spinebreakers:

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

The Neptune Conspiracy by Polly Holyoke

Winger by Andrew Smith

 

HarperCollins Book:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

oh yes and i got a FREE BOOK from Beanstalk: The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

 

sad to say i’ve only managed to read two books so far…Geek Girl took me a while because it was annoying me.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale:

she doesn’t look like much of a ‘geek’

at first i was like this book is so annoying this girl harriet is so annoying everything is just urgh. ALSO THE AUTHOR BASED IT ON HER LIFE COZ SHE GOT SCOUTED TO BE A MODEL TOO. um okay then. also if you think you’re ugly and then you get scouted to be a model…YOU ARE NOT UGLY. harriet manners is intelligent yes she knows about maths and science and books but she has like one friend and ZERO social skills or cues and is DEFINITELY NOT STREET SMART. oh and she is so naive as well. but she is 15 so i guess i shouldn’t be so hard on her.

anyways so yes it is a book about this clever ‘geeky’ girl who becomes a model because she is tired of being bullied and picked on and people calling her a geek. excuse you YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY…YOU ARE INTELLIGENT AND SMART AND AWESOME like idk i probs would be friends with her if i was 15 and in her class or something but yeah she would be annoying being a know it all etc. but just so you all know IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE A NERD/GEEK AND LIKE FASHION/MAKE UP ETC. like why can’t you like both? why do you have to be one thing. oh you like books means you have no fashion sense. no…i just like books MORE than fashion…i do love clothes and jewellery and painting my nails and SPARKLY THINGS but i just love books and reading. so being called a nerd/geek or whatever isn’t a bad thing it just means people are probabaly jealous of your intelligence and that you work hard. like i didn’t LOVE school or homework but i worked hard so yeah and i was always reading which is why some people called me a ‘neek’.

now i am 20 and i am a proud nerd. no i don’t wear glasses and i used to have braces but i still read books and am pretty awkward and love random facts and don’t have much social skills BUT I TRY and don’t let the haters get to you.

also SHE HAS A STALKER IN THIS BOOK AND IT IS NOT CUTE BUT CREEPY i mean yeah she knows the guy or whatever but the lengths he goes to…it’s like…um excuse you wtf?!

also harriet is kinda dumb for thinking her friend would hate her for being a model…more like FOR LYING TO HER. when are people gonna realise being honest is what is important and IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE TELL THEM THE TRUTH COZ ARE THEY NOT WORTH THE TRUTH? sure you think you’re protecting them but when the truth come out then what?!

anyways there is are more books but idk if i’ll bother reading them. i mean towards the end when harriet finally saw sense i kind of liked it. there were some plot twists i’ll admit like with nick aka lionboy who smells like green (um wtf???!!!).

but tbh i spent most of the book sighing with frustration or just facepalming at her idiocy.

also it is totes school to wear cartoon tops. like why else would the shops sell them? stop tryna fit it and be like everyone else when you are unique and awesome they way you are. it just takes time to understand that and accept yourself and once you do, so will others. also some bullies are so mean and rule through fear. it takes guts to stand up to them.

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

WHAT A BRILLIANT BOOK!!!

this book. i’ve heard of it. i’ve seen it in the shops. and then i finally bought it. and read it.

oh. my. gosh. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!!. it is beautiful. it is so funny and just amazing and wow what a brilliant book like it’s one of those children’s books EVERYONE should read (like the giver and the little prince).

so…it’s about this boy August who happens to have this genetic thing where his face is all…messed up and he also had a cleft plate and lots of surgery etc so he looks ‘ugly’ or ‘abnormal’. he loves star wars and is pretty intelligent and funny and is 10yrs old. he was home-schooled and eventually goes to middle school and basically how people treat him and react to him. like most people stop and stare and recoil in horror or think it’s a joke/mask but it is HIS ACTUAL FACE.

so yeah it’s not easy for him or his family and not the friends he makes since everyone is like ew don’t touch him and it’s just horrible how mean people can be. but it’s also beautiful how kind people can be.

people who see through his looks and discover he is fun to be around and has a nice personality and all of that. and he laughs at himself which is important…he hates the way he looks but he can joke about it. it’s a really moving book and teaches you about humanity and kindness which is so important.

the book is written from different POVs which is good so you hear different characters and how they view August.

also i love the quote: ‘always try to be a little kinder than necessary’- J.M.Barrie

so basically YOU SHOULD READ WONDER BECAUSE IT IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY WITH BRILLIANT CHARACTERS!!!

 

Currently Reading: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Don’t forget to check out my goodreads

i know i am showing self control by not reading City of Heavenly Fire and that is because it is he LAST book in The Mortal Instruments series and i am so scared coz i know 6 people we know are gonna die and just kgdkhhfdg emotions and i wanna sit down and read it and just not move so i shall probably save it for Ramadan where i have plenty of time. also i can’t lug it around on the tube so i have to read it at home and want to focus all my attention on it and not read two books at the same time.

i won’t be buying more books for a while apart from The Silkworm by Robert Gailbrath (the second Cormoran Strike book) and i am waiting till the end of July for the last Birthright book by Gabrielle Zevin (In The Age of Love and Chocolate). It’s already out but i want the paperback version so i’ll wait.

also my friend recommended the Matthew Swift Novels by Kate Griffin so i’m looking for those and i might get Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo because i’ve heard they’re good and it’d be nice to start a new trilogy.

anyhew hope you all have something good to read!

Happy Reading!

i have no self control in a bookshop

 

 “Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.” Julian Barnes

 

exactly

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

I Like to Read Books and Watch Movies

HEY GUYS!!!

how are you???!!!

so i’ve been busy with revision and exams which is why i haven’t blogged in a while but now IT’S THE HOLIDAYS SUMMER 2014 WOOP WOOP. as in i actually finished my second year of university!!! *gasp* i have no idea how it went by so quickly but it’s definitely been better than my first year.

anyhew so since he last time i blogged i have read lots of books and watched lots of movies so here are my ‘reviews’.

 Movies:

Blackfish- this is a documentary film about Seaworld and Orcas. OMG IT WAS SO EMOTIONAL I CRIED SO MUCH AND IT JUST MADE ME SO ANGRY BECAUSE THOSE POOR ORCAS TAKEN FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND MADE TO ENTERTAIN US HUMANS. urgh it was horrible. plus so many deaths could have been avoided and you might think you can train animals but they can easily turn on you and just it’s sickening. just watch it. i hate seaworld and i never want to go there ever again. stupid big corporations and companies who only care about making money.

The Virgin Suicides – wtf was this movie they all eventually committed suicide and it’s so messed up like these guys idolised them and their parents were so overprotective like kids and teenagers need space and freedom or they will rebel. it was just so weird, also the way the story was told idk i didn’t really like it. i just felt really bad for the sisters like their life was so sheltered they just wanted to be normal and stuff but their parents were so controlling.

About Time-  cute movie about a guy who can time travel and how he uses this to alter his life but obv there are consequences. anyways he falls in love and yeah it’s a cute romcom. is it just me or has Rachel McAdams been in quite a few films about time travel? anyways she is just ridiculously beautiful. it’s a British movies too!!! =D

Funny Face- okay i made it my goal to watch ALL the Audrey Hepburn movies since she was an incredible actress. but this one just BORED ME. plus the guy…idk he randomly kissed and and she’s in love wtf? he’s a creep yeah i didn’t finish this i mean what they wanted to get married and the guy just annoyed me and the songs were lame and HE WAS NO CARY GRANT.

The Grand Budapest Hotel-  OMG. this movie!!! so good- brilliant and funny and just wow. visually stunning too i mean duh it’s Wes Anderson!!!! it was kinda sad too but mostly funny like laugh out loud funny and THE ACTING!!! phenomenal. i really enjoyed this movie. =)

Veronica Mars Movie- HILARIOUS. BADASS. brilliant. watched it with my mum for Mother’s Day coz we both used to watch the show and IT WAS SO FUNNY AND JUST LOVED IT AND it was so good tosee the characters and aaahhh my fave scenes was this:

Sassy Veronica

The Big Wedding- this was quite a cute movie and it wasn’t as terrible as i thought it’d be. Ben Barnes was pretty cute in it but omg this movie had PUGS!!! =D i love pugs. it was also pretty funny.

That Awkward Moment- um such a lame movie. like these three friends made some stupid deal to not DATE people but they all end up breaking the deal and idk THEY THREW BEN AND JERRY’S ICE CREAM OUT THE WINDOW LIKE WTF WHO DOES THAT? idk it was just crappy and stupid and not even cute or anything. i mean some bits were funny but it was mostly just cringe and like wtf are you doing you weirdos. also i just wanted to slap all of the guys who they were being jerks. like grow up.

Vampire Academy- NOT AS BAD AS SOME MOVIES. christian was hot ;) but ew dmitri was so gross with his long hair like nope i thought he was meant to be like WOW… the actor looks way better with short hair. if i read the books when i was younger i would have loved it coz Rose is such a cool character (she is so sassy) and i love mason. it’s actually quite funny and just like yeah an okay-ish movie. i’ve seen worse so yeah. if only i had read the books when i was younger. i feel like i’m too old to enjoy them now.

The Heat- to put it simply…21 Jump Street but older and with females. but i enjoyed it. it was funny but i think it’s overrated. i do love Sandra Bullock though. there was more focus on family and friendship then a lame love story so that was good.

Bad Neighbours- i had high hopes for this movie since last year. i thought it would be HILARIOUS. okay so it was actually pretty funny. also dave franco ;) there was defo some disturbing scenes…um…*spoiler alert* MILKING A HUMAN…what even?! yeah overall it was okay. like yeah it’s a fun movie to watch with your friends but i wouldn’t watch it again.

Divergent- Theo James as four that is all ;) THIS WAS A SURPRISINGLY GOOD MOVIE LIKE I WASN’T EXPECTING MUCH BUT EVEN MY MUM SAID IT GOT GOOD REVIEWS SO YEAH I ACTUALLY ENJOYED IT. i don’t remember much of the story since i read the book years ago but poor tris man…things get cray cray but at least she has four.and then urgh in insurgent all the plot twists AND THEN ALLEGIANT I CAN’T EVEN. but the movie…the cast was good, i missed Uriah though. but Christina was perfect and yeah Shailene Woodley as tris…pretty awesome. i loved the zip lining scene and the initiation stuff. i know they changed some stuff but overall i enjoyed it and i am looking forward to Insurgent which they are currently filming.

so like Theo James as Four

ayyyyyy ;)

Captain America: Winter’s Solider- BUCKY BARNES. LSDHFKJGDFKDJFHCKJFDHGC MY CREYS. WHY WHY WHY WHY. urgh this film was emotional like Steve Rogers is so adorable and sweet adn how can you not love captain america he is just so NICE!!! and SAM!!!! this movie was WAAAYYY BETTER than the first movie which wasn’t that great but omg peggy!!! it’s also pretty funny coz nick fury but yeah trust no one and BLOODY HAIL HYDRA. but just bucky banres and steve rogers that is the most heartbreaking thing. but the action was good and yeah SEBASTIAN STAN ;) chris evans ;) NO I DO NOT JUST WATCH SUPERHERO MOVIES FOR THE HOT GUYS. um i actually DO LIKE THE STORIES. but you know the hot guys are a bonus…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2- OH MY GLOB THIS MOVIE WAS AMAZING YES IT WAS BUT ALSO OMG I TOTALLY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN BUT I STILL CRIED AND IT WAS URGH SO EMOTIONAL THOUGH. but like it was really funny. ANDREW GARFIELD IS SO HOT and Emma Stone i just perfect and dane dehaan MORE LIKE DANE DE DAMN YOU’RE FINE but he is married. his wife is Anna Wood and she is adorbs.

Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn ;)

this was unscripted!!! ;)

The Giver Trailer- it’s out in the US in August but i don’t think they have released international dates. =(

NEW The Giver trailer

If I Stay Trailer- OMG THIS LOOKS SO GOOD AND OMG I AM DEFO GONNA CRY BUT IDK WHEN IT’S OUT IN THE UK URGH.

First look at Julianne Moore as President Coin in Mockingjay Part 1

woah

can’t wait to see X Men: Days of Future Past and of course THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!!

also one of my favourte kids books Olivia Kidney by Ellen Potter IS GONNA BE A MOVIE!!!

Books:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs:

CREEPY COVER AND CREEPY STORY WITH CREEPY PHOTOS SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

so i expected great things from this book since on the blogosphere and goodreads EVERYONE is raving about it…so i was excited t read it and i bought it with my birthday money and well…it is overrated. i mean it took AGES for the story to actually get exciting…the pictures are LEGIT CREEPY and disturbing…also they’re all real pictures!!! it’s about a boy who after his grandad dies goes to Wales and then he finds this home which people don’t believe exists and there’s something about a time loop and whatnot and it’s weird coz he falls in love with this girl who likes his grandad and that’s just weird and technically all the children shld be old or dead but they stay the same age forever and idk. it’s kind of boring and then there’s some action but really it wasn’t good enough for me to read the sequel Hollow’s City. i really did want to love it but unfortunately it was just okay. i will watch the movie though..i think that would work well. plus i think Tim Burton is directing it.

Half Bad by Sally Green:

i didn’t realise that the cover was a face until after i read the book…

so Penguin pitched this AS THE BIGGEST BOOK OF THE YEAR and like OMG it’s a big deal so i was a bit apprehensive but yeah it’s pretty good. it’s about Black and White witches. the White witches are good and have good magic while the Black witches are evil and hunted. it’s also set in the UK.  i wasn’t sure if they were talking about BLACK/WHITE as in magic or race because then it would touch on the whole racism thing which would mean the protagonist is mixed race. but he is half white witch (his mum) and half black witch (his dad). i did enjoy it. i didn’t LOVE IT but it’s good. i will probably read the sequel and watch the movie. it’s full of action and there’s some really cute moments but there were some horrific scenes too, coz people can be so mean. =(

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: 

pretty cover and brilliant collection of short stories

i absolutely LOVE this book. i LOVE short stories and this is a collection of wonderful stories. most of the characters are of Bangladeshi origin or have something to do with Bangladesh so it was interesting to find out more about that culture. stories about family, relationships, friendships, culture and identity, fitting it or being accepted, being a migrant and making a home etc i highly recommend this to anyone who loves short stories or just books about different cultures and just beautiful writing. it takes a while to get into but you NEED to read it slowly to absorb the rich imagery and the beauty of the words.

Popular: A Memoir by Maya van Wagenen

THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR ANYONE STARTING HIGH SCHOOL OR SECONDARY SCHOOL!!!

THIS BOOK IS VITAL FOR ANYONE STARTING HIGH SCHOOL OR SECONDARY SCHOOL. omg i wish i had this book when i was 14.

it’s actually NON-FICTION. it’s a social experiment. okay so maya finds this book called How To Be Popular by Betty Cornell from the 1950s. anyways so she’s struggling in middle school and whatnot and her mum suggests she follow this advice and see if it works. so she slowly starts changing…her manners, etiquette, her clothes and make up and hair etc. it’s incredibly brave of her. while reading it i just thought of this song. so it’s actually well written and funny as well as eye opening and it’s just really good and if you’re a nerd like me i still learnt from it even though i’m 20.

the best advice is to JUST BE YOURSELF and HAVE MANNERS and dress to impress YOURSELF and posture is important. don’t change yourself for anyone but strive to be a better person!

Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto:

interesting book about a son’s perspective on his mum’s bipolar

it’s about a guy whose mum has bipolar disorder. they live in india so it’s interesting to see how they deal with mental illness.  it’s quite a weird book since the writing style is kind of like inside the mum’s head. so it’s pretty confusing at times. but yeah it’s emotional and well written but it’s not like the best book ever. like it’s quite sad at times and funny but overall it’s just…painful reading it because it must be so hard to deal with this constant fear that your mum will kill herself or always looking after her and not being able to life your life. but then you feel guilty for thinking that since you do love your mum etc. so yeah it’s about how to live your life and deal with a mum who has a mental illness. NOT for younger readers.

You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

urgh please no i don’t want ANY of you.

so  thought i’d give this a try and i needed some chick flick to get me through revision and exams. sadly, this book annoyed me too much. so Rob and Ben are best friends and do everything together. along comes Maddy and they both fall in love with her. then they become a trio coz from when they’re 8yrs old and they do everything together. ben is the shy, sensitive type while rob is the outgoing, sociable ladies man type. once they hit puberty it gets awkward. maddy starts developing feelings for rob while ben has harbored this crush for maddy since he was 8. then a school trip to paris changes EVERYTHING. it is so predictable and annoying i just can’t deal i wanted to give up but then i thought it’d get better. it didn’t.

anyways so in university, ben and maddy end up going to the same uni while rob is somewhere else which is strain on maddy and rob’s relationship. then rob does something stupid and maddy does something stupid but they try and make it work but ben confesses his love for maddy and things get cray cray and it’s just full of unnecessary drama and miscommunication. like if people were honest with each other so much crap could be avoided.

the book alternates from Maddy’s POV to Ben’s POV which is unfair to Robert tbh but whatever. the fact is things happen and maddy ends up marrying one of them (read it and find out) but yeah it’s too cliche and some bits were cute but it wasn’t the book for me. also yes Giovanna Fletcher is Tom Fletcher from McFly’s wife.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth:

i don’t like these covers. but anyways this book is fat and half of it was irrelevant.

SO I FINALLY READ THIS AND OMG. it was okay. it was so anticlimactic because you finally find out what’s on the other side of the fence/wall and it’s just another bloody experiment thing and it’s just WHY WSHGFJHDGV. also i was reading it and everything was about genes and i was like WHY IS THIS BOOK SO REDUCTIONIST?! like not everything is biological!!! it’s written from both Tris and Four’s POVs so that’s good but also their relationship needed help they actually needed to TALK ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS AND STUFF instead of just kiss all the time. like sure kissing is nice (i wouldn’t know) but seriously you need to TALK ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF LYING AND PRETENDING YOU’RE OKAY. urgh.

i love Christina even more and URIAH OMG URIAH WHY WHYIEUKDGKFDGKHFDGHFM SO MESSED UP.

so yes i did tear up but because of the pain of the other people left alive.

and i totally knew Tris would do that…it’s such a TRIS THING TO DO!!!

caleb is the worst character ever i hate him so much. and i really felt sorry for peter. like it’s so messed up.

yeah so it deals with memories and emotions as well as what makes us good or bad people and whether the faction system is effective or if war is inevitable.

i just really feel sorry for Four/Tobias JOHNSON (not eaton anymore!).

this book is just way too long for the stuff that happens like it could have been halved because most of it is boring and irrelevant. also THEY ARE SPLITTING THE MOVIE IN 2. LIKE DO YOU KNOW HOW STUPID THAT IS SINCE NOTHING HAPPENS!!!!!! i’ll still watch it though. just for theo james as four. ;)

Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido

interesting read

i wanted a good book to read during revision and my mum recommended this so i tried it. it’s set in the 1980s in the UK about this middle class girl who ends up at her professor’s house and falls in love with one of his sons. and she has no life or personality so ends ups pending all her time with them and their family coz her life is boring and i don’t think she even has friends of her own. anyways it’s well written and it gives you insight to a posh Brtish upper class family who have lots of money but don’t BOAST about it and live like slobs but then are snobs. i did enjoy it and i look forward to reading more books from the author. also there’s some plot twists and it’s actually quite funny.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole age 13 and 3/4 by Sue Townsend

this book is GENIUS!!!

Sue Townsends recently passed away and everyone was raving about Adrian Mole. even my BROTHER has read this book and he hardly reads. so i thought it was about time i read it. THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS. it is exactly a diary of a 13year old boy who calls himself an ‘intellectual’ and it is just brilliant. it’s set in 1980s in the UK and it’s just so funny and full of madness and his observations are so funny. i just love it. it’s not overrated at all!

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

even funnier than the first book!!!

okay so the sequel is HILARIOUS. even better than the first book! i just love his observations, he writes more poetry and sends i to the BBC and he makes comments like ‘must i live amongst uneducated peasants for the rest of my life?’ -Adrian Mole

oh this book is so funny but there are quite sad moments coz someone died but yeah and his and pandora’s on and off again relationship. he doesn’t realise what a snob she actually is. oh and he goes through some existential crisis when really he’s just jealous of his new baby sister.

i just love the writing and how cleverly it’s written and just yeah. wish  could have met Sue Townsend to thank her for these wonderfully hilarious books. i haven’t read a book this funny in a long time. can’t wait to read the other books.

The Guy Next Door by Meggin Cabot

NOW THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL CHICK LIT!!! cute and funny and just the perfect escape read.

after the failure that is the giovanna fletcher chick lit book i knew meg cabot would restore my faith. AND THIS BOOK IS SO FUNNY AND CUTE AND JUST EVERYTHING A MEG CABOT BOOK SHOULD BE. trust meg cabot to make me laugh and smile. it’s about this girl whose neighbour ENDS UP IN A COMA and she has to look after her pets but then she’s always late for work so she calls her neighbour’s nephew BUT HE IS AN ASSHOLE so he asks his friend to pretend to be him. ooohhhhh things get cray cray. it’s also set in the 1990s so a time before mobile phones and like high speed internet. this book is written in emails but IT WORKS. and it’s so funny. it’s also a MURDER MYSTERY. coz the old lady next door was ATTACKED.

also the guy who pretends to be the nephew is actually some super rich upper eastsider and it’s just so funny his family are all mad and yeah i just really enjoyed this book. if you ARE looking for GOOD CHICK LIT then look no furhter MEG CABOT TO THE RESCUE!!!

The Story of Maha and Maha Ever After by Sumayya Lee

awesome covers

okay so these books are about a Muslim girl growing up in Apartheid South Africa. she has to deal with racism, annoying aunties, boy troubles, crazy friends and growing up as an orphan. it’s really funny but also heartwarming and yeah i look forward to more books by the author!!! Available on Kindle and iPad and Bookstores in South Africa.

don’t forget i’m on Goodreads and check out the Spinebreakers website.

if you live in the UK please check out YALC which FOR THE FIRST TIME there will be AUTHORS at London Comic Con!!! i hope to see Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking), Sally Gardner (I, Coriander), Sally Green (Half Bad), Lucy Christopher (Stolen), Sara Manning (Adorkable), Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) and many more!

also you should check out the Waterstones and Foyles websites for events. =D

there’s this new campaign called We Need Diverse Books which is pretty good but the thing is…there ARE plenty of diverse books but just not enough publicity or marketing surrounding them. also they are shoved in the sections to do with their country or culture instead of just being YA or fiction so people don’t get to read them. it’s very important to have DIVERSE books because representation is important. i have read only a few books featuring Muslim characters, and barely any about Muslim girls in the UK and the only South African books are always about apartheid and rarely feature South African Indians. so for me, i hardly ever see my own race, ethnicity or religion in books so maybe one day i shall write a book about a Muslim girl growing up in London. so please go and read a book about a different culture or by an author who ISN’T white or male and remember to be conscious about your choices. we need diverse books because i always assume all the characters are white until the author specifically says they aren’t.

I MET JUDY BLUME!! YES LEGENDARY AUTHOR JUDY BLUME. author of the fudge series, are you there God, it’s me Margaret? and my favourite, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. it was just so surreal listening to her talk about her books and then i actually SPOKE TO HER and she signed my book. i couldn’t find any of her books at home so we had to buy one but anyways it was just amazing. my mum was in shock because IT’S JUDY BLUME!!! meeting authors is the best. =)

STILL CAN'T BELIEVE I MET JUDY BLUME!!! =D

STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I MET JUDY BLUME!!! =D

also i am hopefully going to volunteer for Beanstalk and they had this event thing and i got to meet Rowan Coleman and got a free book! she’s lovely, she writes letters to kids encouraging them to read and to know that they’re not alone in whatever they’re going through.

looking forward to read it! =)

looking forward to read it! =)

AMAZING BOOKS NEWS!!!

SO LIKE MEG CABOT IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS AND SHE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT YES IN 2015 THERE WILL BE TWO NEW ADULT BOOKS.

THE MEDIATOR: REMEMBRANCE

PRINCESS DIARIES: ROYAL WEDDING

OH MY GLOB

my reaction???

JFHGKJDFHGFKDJ AAHAHHKUSGFHSHDC

lhfdkjdhgkf FINALLY LFHGKJF IT’S REAL SDKJGFDFB SOON

I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE TEARED UP WITH JOY BECAUSE MICHAEL AND MIA GETTING MARRIED AND WEDDING DRESS AND GRADNMERE AND JUST OMG THE FEELS THE CUTE IT’S HAPPENING. mia thermopolis is one of my favourite characters of all time i GREW UP READING THE PRINCESS DIARIES. that series is so special to me. i am so happy and looking forward to June 2015 (eeekkk i will be done with uni then!!!).

TV Shows:

Teen Wolf: wtf. this season was so messed up (okay every season is messed up) but i do not trust malia, why did allison have to die and the twin and like idek anymore. boy did stiles suffer this season it was so messed up and creepy. and scott omgjkfhfgjd poor scott man his best friend and then his first love!!! =(  NEW SEASON STARTS JUNE 23RD.

Arrow: OMG SLADE IS ALIVE AND OUT FOR REVENGE OMG HE IS LEGIT INSANE. ew sarah and oliver were so gross i hate sarah i am so glad she is gone forever. as for laurel she needs to go away too. FELICITY IS MY FAVOURITE. DIGGLE OMG HE IS THE BEST THOUGH I AM SO HAPPY HE IS GONNA BE A DAD!!! oliver queen ;) and thea is probs gonna turn evil or something now. but OLIVER LOVES FELICTY AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS!!! FLHKDFJG no i do not just watch it coz the guy is hot but coz it’s quite a good show okay. i watch it with my bro and it’d always have hot chocolate. ah good times. looking forward to the next season. =)

Girls: wtf is this show? so weird but funny i swear hannah needs a slap they all do tbh i feel sorry for shoshanna the most tho. marnie is annoying but no one is more annoying that jessa. SHOHANNAH’S SHOW DOWN WHERE SHE CALLED EVERYONE OUT ON THEIR BS was my fave. i really do feel sorry for hannah coz sometimes she is just so dumb. i was proud of adam for his theatre thing and omg his sister is INSANE and creepy. i actually do like this show. it’s pretty weird and just totally messed up but quite funny and well i’m just hoping they all realise what a bunch of idiots they actually are.

Suits: i still ship donna and harvey and omg poor Lois i actually feel bad for him and shame Mike this is as good as it’s gonna get…with rachel and your job but now if rachel goes what will happen??? well the NEW SEASON STARTS JUNE 11TH.

New Girl: well we all knew it wouldn’t last..poor jess and nick. ans schmidt i felt bad for him but he was being such a douche. and i dnt know i feel coach is so irrelevant and so is winston in this season. BUT CECE’S NEW HOT GUY ;) idk if i’ll bother with the new season. it’s not as funny as the first season and it’s getting progressively worse.

The Mindy Project: meh i am so disappointed with the season finale like no. of course i loved danny and mindy but then danny was just so jealous and the way he treats mindy sometimes it’s like she isn’t a child but then mindy acts like she needs saving and protecting so i guess idk man danny is kind of controlling. sure he knows her and her quirks but also he is a staunch catholic (altho he has sex before marriage so idk). but this season hasn’t been that great or funny. i I LIKE THE COP GUY OMG HE IS SO HOT AND WHEN HE SAID ‘NO I’M NOT A GUY, I’M A MAN’ IT WAS LIKE WOAH THERE YES YOU ARE ;)

My Mad Fat Diary: season 2 was good. not as good as season 1 but i still enjoyed it. poor Rae tho she is so messed up and i really hated that other guy who was just horrible. she can be so naive sometimes but omg FINN!!! like he legit loves her and she’s like i can’t do this coz you probs don’t like me but he does!!! and chloe man, chloe i felt so bad for her but yeah i get where she’s coming from. this show deals with having issues really well whether it’s self harm, suicide, anxiety etc

awwwwwww the way he looks at Rae ;)

True Blood: finally gotten around to watching season 6 and it just gets more messed up like seriously a vamp camp like where they do sick experiments and just horrible things omg how twisted but eric looks extra hot and billith is hilarious and wtf warlo is kinda ;) but fairy vampire i mean really?  I TOTALLY KNEW THAT GUY WOULD BE WARLOW AND OMG plot twists galore but sookie is such a bamf i love her. LAST SEASON JUNE 23RD. it’s gonna be sad saying bye to everyone but hopfully it’ll be a good finale!

Orphan Black: THIS IS ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD SHOW. IT’S ABOUT CLONES!!! WOAH.  sarah and paul otp PAUL ;) but omg clones and just cray cray yeah experiments BUT WHO IS THE REAL PERSON…is there even an original? i think it’s sarah coz she has a child but idk. i dnt want cosima to die…she must find a cure and oh gosh rachel smh what even is this show. poor helena but she was batshit crazy oh wait THEY ALL ARE. so the current clones are: Sarah, Cosima, Allison and Rachel. in season 2 PAUL GOES TO THE DARK SIDE =( but omg more crazy stuff happens and i just want cosima to be better and FELIX IS MY FAVE OMG I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. it’s such a funny show too like the humour, but mostly it’s dramatic.

Modern Family- so funny and the finale was so cute BUT OMG HAYLEY AND THE NANNY GUY OMG why she deserves to be with someone who will treat her well. Manny is hilarious. they’re all growing up and just aahh PHIL DUNPHY I LOVE HIM.

hahahaha same

Girl Code- this show is gold.

same tbh

Orange is the New Black: wanted to see what all the fuss was about. it’s pretty good. quite funny and disturbing.it’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY  so yeah it’s pretty interesting. about this middle class white woman who ends up in prison for carrying drug money 10 years ago. it think everyone loves it coz it has a diverse cast and it’s an all female cast apart from a few guards who are male. but yeah it’s funny and heartwarming and also pretty gruesome and scary at times. but i think it shows that these ‘criminals’ are in fact human and yes they made bad choices and did bad things but it wasn’t always their fault. also shows the reality of prison life and how hard it can be when you are released adjusting to normal life and finding a  job etc. this show is not for the fainthearted! NEW SEASON STARTS JUNE 6TH

I AM SICK OF TV SHOWS AND MOVIES MAKING SLY ANTI-MUSLIM/ISLAMOPHOBIC COMMENTS…TRYING TO PASS IT OF AS HUMOUR like okay sometimes it’s funny but other times it just becomes racist and if you said so something similar in relation to jews it’d be anti-Semitic so you wouldn’t get away with it. i am tired of Muslims being the scapegoats and enemy like seriously.

Coming this Autumn: Gotham (prequel to Batman) and The Flash (following from Arrow)

Music:

American Authors: Believer, Best Day of My Life, Trouble basically their whole album is really good.

The Vamps- their album MEET THE VAMPS is out!!! but tbh the songs aren’t that great like it’s so..pop…instead of indie but maybe their other stuff will be more indie and less pop. Last Night is their latest song. i think they’ll be releasing Somebody To You soon which is one of my fave songs from the album.  my FAVE song is Golden (but the live version) and i really love Another World, Shout About It and Fall.

Kodaline- GOOD STUFF!!! Brand New Day is like the perfect summer song and All I Want is just so beautiful. it’s also on the TFiOS soundtrack.

The 1975- Chocolate, The City, Heart Out, Girls and yeah check out their album!

ED SHEERAN’S NEW ALBUM MULTIPLY IS OUT JUNE 23RD. but he was released a few songs such as SING, One, Don’t, Thinking Out Loud  and Friends.

The TFiOS Movie Soundtrack!!! Boom Clap is such a fun song!

Birdy’s songs: Not About Angels and Tee Shirt

and Ed Sheeran’s song All of the Stars is JUST

WHYWIUEDFGJDHGBFJK AUGUSTUS WATERS KHFKJFBC

it’s the end credits song which will make me cry even more.

i’m loving this song atm

Ariana Grande- Problem (her voice is incredible)

this is an old song but i love it:

Your Twenties- Billionaires

and Keaton Stromberg’s (from EMBLEM3) covers:

Cardiac Arrest (Bad Suns)

Sweater Weather (The Neighbourhood)

oh and this is an incredible article about tears and how different types of crying produces different tears it’s astounding.

Hope you have a fab week!!!

Happy Reading!

=)

“By being yourself you put something wonderful in the world that wasn’t there before. So be you!!” Drew Chadwick

haha Prince George is so cute!

“Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you go.” Unknown

perf =)

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” Roald Dahl

pretty much

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Angelou, A Truly Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman- Maya Angelou (1978)


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

My drama teacher first gave us that poem when i was 14 or 15 and it changed my life.
I read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings when i was 17 and it just blew me away. the struggles she faced and just what a story. i need to read the other books!
Maya Angelou…i wish i could have met her but what a phenomenal woman she was…a true inspirations and role model.
The world has lost an incredible and amazing woman but i am sure there are many more young girls and women who will become Phenomenal Women and make the world a better place by being in it. =)

Remember, life is too short to be angry all the time so smile, forgive and be grateful.

i’ll leave you with some of my fave quotes :
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

  • “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

  • “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”

  • “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

  • “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

  • “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

  • “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

  • “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

  • “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

  • “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

RIP Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS.

 

Um…So I Like To Bake…

hey guys

hiiiiii

so another baking blog post

so i kind of bake like every week..usually on the weekends. and i bring some in for my uni friends…who all appreciate it. =D and also my family of course.

yes it is therapeutic and i LOVE trying new recipes

but it also tastes yum!!!

perhaps i am giving everyone diabetes… (i hope not…diabetes is not a joke)

so here goes…

NB: the recipes that don’t have links are from the Hummingbird Bakery Recipes books or i couldn’t find a link

Cinnabon Style Baked Doughnuts

since i found the recipe of course i had to try it ASAP. i mean the cream cheese frosting is beyond delicious and i added some nuts for a perfect finish.

omg these are so yum. =D

omg these are so yum. =D

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

there are RIDICULOUSLY SUGARY and like should be illegal. but they taste yum.

these are ridiculously sweet but so good.

these are ridiculously sweet but so good.

Maple and Pecan Muffins

this is the first time i made muffins and i DIDN’T REALISE HOW EASY IT IS. also…maple syrup is EXPENSIVE. but anything with pecans is fab. i hope to make a maple and pecan loaf cake soon. these got eaten really quickly.

my first time making muffins. these are delicious!

my first time making muffins. these are delicious!

Buttermilk Pound Loaf Cake

every1 loves a plain and simple cake. as soon as i made it every1 satrted picking ta it and then were like ”MMMMM…more!!’. it’s perfect with a nice cup of tea or just on its own.

simple yet delicious!!!  this did not last long in my house...

simple yet delicious!!! this did not last long in my house…

Chocolate Melting Moments with Nutella

these are also really easy to make and are very rich but tasty.

deliciously rich and they DO melt in your mouth!

deliciously rich and they DO melt in your mouth!

Carrot Cake

so my friend requested me making a carrot cake and i always thought it’d be kinda difficult but surprisingly easy to make. THREE LAYERS OF PURE GOODNESS. and the walnuts. and i used a lot of carrots. it’s not dry at all. it’s just beautiful. and every1 who ate it LOVED it (even if they don’t usually like carrot cake)

omg. this is incredible. it's SO EASY to make and it's just so yummy!!!

omg. this is incredible. it’s SO EASY to make and it’s just so yummy!!!

Reese’s Choc Chip Cookies

reese’s peanut butter cups are one of the greatest inventions. and in cookies. oh it is delicious. i found mini cups online but if you live in the US you can get them in stores. i chopped the pieces and added them to the dough.

REESE'S PB CUPS IN A COOKIE!!!

REESE’S PB CUPS IN A COOKIE!!!

Baked Nutella Doughnuts with Nutella Glaze

anything nutella is perfect. these doughnuts are lovely and chocolatey and the nutella glaze is just so hgjfkhkjfhgkjdfn

idk what to say other than if you love nutella you need this in your life

idk what to say other than if you love nutella you need this in your life

Chocolate Muffins with Peanut Butter Chips (i added the PB Chips)

2nd attempt at muffins. choc muffins- simple and yummy.

lovely choc muffins and the pb chips made them event better!

lovely choc muffins and the pb chips made them event better!

Toasted Marshmallow Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

nutella and marshmallow. perfect combo. the marshmallow make sit gooey and the nutella makes it soft. the bsicuit itself was a bit over baked but that added that perfect balance of crispness.

Before and After- it's a perfect balance between gooey, soft and crunchy!

Before and After- it’s a perfect balance between gooey, soft and crunchy!

Viennese Biscuits

this is one of my fave things to bake for guests as it is SUPER EASY especially if you have an icing set (which you NEED). and the chocolate ones are the best. every1 loved them. it’s a no hassle tea tie treat. =)

these are so easy to make and perfect for guests.

these are so easy to make and perfect for guests.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

oh. my. glob. these are soooo rich and PERFECT with a scoop of ice cream and just OMG that rich chocolate mixed with the Peanut butter chips oh it’s glorious.

omg...this is soo rich and PERFECT with ice cream...the pb chips...oh this is beautiful!

omg…this is soo rich and PERFECT with ice cream…the pb chips…oh this is beautiful!

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

so one f my friend’s said she likes oreo cheesecake so i made mini oreo cheesecakes for her b.day. it’s actually quite easy and TASTES AMAZING. it’s like cream cheesey and oreos and just wonderfully oreotastic.

amazing

there was more than enough for 24 mini cheesecakes so i made a whole one too…

muy delicioso

muy delicioso

Profiteroles

so i saw this video

and i was like OMG IS IT THAT EASY??? i need to make this. so i did. they’re honestly best after they set in the fridge and even a day later. but that burst of fresh cream and the melted chocolate oh it is yummy. sadly the recipe only makes about 12 so they disappear pretty fast!!!

RIDICULOUSLY EASY TO MAKE

RIDICULOUSLY EASY TO MAKE

Vanilla Cupcakes with Mock Cream

my brother wanted plain cupcakes and this is my go to recipe. of course i had to go overboard on the sprinkles and sparkles. coz that’s just who i am.

you can never have too much sprinkles or glitter

you can never have too much sprinkles or glitter

Reese’s Cup Cookies with PB Drizzle

so i made the other reese’s cookies earlier…BUT THESE…THESE ARE THE BEST. THESE ARE THE ONE. my friend came over and we baked cookies at night (coz we’re so gangsta…) and idek what to say other than f you love peanut butter and if you love cookies and reese’s pb cups then MAKE THEM AND EAT THEM. i used the mini cups again but this time A WHOLE ONE.

THESE ARE BETTER THAN THE OTHER ONES AND OMG THEY ARE SO GOOD

THESE ARE BETTER THAN THE OTHER ONES AND OMG THEY ARE SO GOOD

Baked Churros

one day i got up and decided i want to bake something quick and easy. now usually when i bake i am prepared (take the butter out in the night so it is soft) so i was looking for something that used melted butter. and then i was like OH YES I WANNA TRY CHURROS. so i made them and it’s pretty much choux pastry. also they didn’t last long because they were so good. =D

THEY WERE GONE IN LIKE AN HOUR

THEY WERE GONE IN LIKE AN HOUR

Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

my mum loves lemon and lemon drizzle cake and so i made this for Mother’s Day. i tried a piece and it was too lemony for me. i don’t really like lemon cakes but she enjoyed it. =D

i don't like lemon cake but my parents enjoyed it.

i don’t like lemon cake but my parents enjoyed it.

Cinnamon Rolls

so i made these for my mum’s birthday. and it literally took all day because of the proving etc…

this was my first time making anything with yeast. but it was fun.

and the end result OH MY GOSH THESE ARE AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS. i mean they’re not so sweet which why they’re better than cinnabon and they got eaten quickly! this recipe made about 2 cake tins full of buns. so you roll it and then cut it and place it in a cake tin and then when it’s done you gut the bun etc. and the icing…oohhh… so good!!!

they're better than cinnabon...

they’re better than cinnabon…

Chocolate Eclairs

i bribed my brother by telling him if he watched Catching Fire with me i’ll make him eclairs. =P

he actually enjoyed the film!!! yay. and the eclairs are  bit harder to make than the profiteroles. but they were still perfectly delicious.

not as easy as the profiteroles but still yum

not as easy as the profiteroles but still yum

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

i made this for my friend’s birthday. she really enjoyed it. =D

idk what this tastes like but my friend said it was good. =D

idk what this tastes like but my friend said it was good. =D

Banana Boston Cream  Cake

i didn’t know what to make for my dad’s birthday. he wanted like a pudding cake or something idk but i was like really? so i showed him one of the Humingbird Bakery recipe books and he saw this and said CUSTARD YES THIS IS IT. i made a face coz it didn’t really sound that nice but hey ho it’s not my birthday. so i made this and it’s actually quite nice. the banana flavour isn’t too strong and the custard isn’t that much so it’s okay.

actually quite nice

actually quite nice

Gooey Chocolate Oreo Crunch Butter Cake

i asked my friend what she wanted me to bake for her birthday and she said something with oreos. so i found this recipe a while ago and was waiting for an occasion to make it since i knew it’d be big. and this was it. it is glorious. super chocolatey and rich. and just wonderful. it’s also fun to bake!!! it’s actually like three layers. there is a base layer which is the crust and then the gooey layer and then oreos and then the top which is melted chocolate and peanut butter. so maybe 4 layers? but it is SO YUMMY!!! it needs to set though so rather bake it a day early.

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!

and then…

this is perfect

this is perfect

anyways that’s it for now. i’ll probably be baking some cookies throughout revision and exam season to keep be going.

and once that’s over i’ll resume my my baking adventures….i recently bought a pie pan so i hope to make pies and try some bun/bread recipes and of course more cake recipes!!!

i also discovered these 2 amazing blogs:

Passion for Baking

Cooking Classy

so till the next time

and HAPPY BAKING!!! don’t be scared…just make sure if MEASURE everything accurately and follow the recipe and you should be fine. also if you don’t live in the US…when following US recipes make sure you CONVERT temperatures and certain ingredients (flour, sugar, etc) as there are different kinds!

baking is fun and SHOULD be fun. not stressful. so don’t make it harder for yourself.

have fun!

xoxo

Juwi

=)

yes

choc chips make me happy

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GANACHE!!!! 😻

“I have no self control in kitchen stores.Taylor Swift

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Book Adaptations in 2014

hello world or the like 3 people who read this…

so Hollywood have nothing better to do than turn books/comics into movies

and lately it’s been A CRAZY LOAD OF ADAPTATIONS. some good. some bad. and some truly horrific.

so here are the ones i’m looking forward to in 2014.

The Book Thief 

this movie is out in the UK and the dvd is out soon in the US.

SO I ACTUALLY SAW THIS AND…of course i cried. it’s not amazing. it’s not ven close to the perfection that is the book BUT it is good. i did sob my way through the film…RUDY STEINER OMG THAT BOY…

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rudy steiner is amazing. he is just one of my favourite characters ever. you don’t understand unless you have read the book. but he just…i can’t explain it…

“He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”

i love liesel and her book thievery

AHJHGDKJHDK LIBRARY!!! BOOKS. MAGIC.

HOWEVER I HATED DEATH’S NARRATION and some scenes just felt really forced and awkward (maybe it was the directing not acting). however the score is beautiful and every scene with rudy and liesel was perfect (apart from the whole is he your bf thing coz wtf rudy wouldn’t say that and the bit when rudy said i love you coz THAT WOULDN’T BE HIS LAST WORDS SMH).

Nico Liersch who plays Rudy is literally THE PERFECT RUDY EVER.

i enjoyed the movie i mean i cried and i laughed and stuff but it’s not AMAZING EVERYONE MUST SEE IT RIGHT NOW. the book on the other hand EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT ANS BASK IN ITS GLORIOUSNESS AND JUST BE AMAZED BY THE BEAUTY OF THE WORDS.

i just really love The Book Thief.

Divergent

i have been dreading reading Allegiant (the final book) because i know what happens. divergent is a good book. it’s fun, fast apced and full of action both badass and romantic ;)

it’s also a cool/freaky concept about factions etc.

starring Shaileene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort and many more (Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet etc)

it’s out in the US on March 21st and out in the UK on April 4th.

The Fault in Our Stars

out in the UK on June 20th and out in the US on June 6th. starring Shaileene Woodley (again)  Ansel Elgort and Natt Wolf. please read the book.

so i don’t know how i will survive this movie since i sobbed throughout The Book Thief…

The Giver  but this book is SO GOOD…it’s really short and just mindblowing.

if only they filmed half of it in black and white and then when jonas can see in colour then in colour…but oh well IT LOOKS SO GOOD THOUGH!!!

please go read it before the movie is out in the US on 15th August. i hope it’s also out in the UK this year!!! TAYLOR SWIFT IS IN IT. don’t you dare criticise her…no she’s not much of an actor but she will be wonderful in this. so don’t judge until you actually watch it. they also filmed it in Cape Town!!! there’s also like other people like Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites etc

If I Stay- no trailer or poste ryet but it’s set to be released on 22nd August in the US. starring Chloe Grace Moretz

The Maze Runner- move stills

FINALLY WE HAVE A TRAILER AND POSTER

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starring DYLAN O’BRIEN, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and many more.

out in the US on September 19th and in the UK 24th October. i am so excited coz it’s a really good book and just an insane concept and omg i just can’t wait to see how they film it. it’s different to how i imaged but i’m excited to see the movie!!!

last but not least…

Mockingjay Part 1: November 21st (they might make it November 20th idk)

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so RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee) and CLIFFHANGER OF CATCHING FIRE so you better read the books so you know what happens. but omg peeta and johanna are taken by the Capitol and things go down…a proper rebellion…it gets crazy and PEOPLE DIE WJHSFKJSDGKHFDGHDFBKG and yeah it’s heartbreaking and i will probably cry. catching fire blew me away by how accurate it is to the book so hopefully Mockingjay part 1 won’t be disappointing.

this is probably my shortest ever blog post lol but yeah just wanted to let you know about those books YOU SHOULD READ BEFORE YOU SEE THEM IN THE CINEMA.

there are plenty more books to movies this year but i don’t care about them (eg 50 shades of grey)

and many more in the next few years!!!

so

READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT.

Happy Reading!

enjoy the movies, remember they ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE BOOK but can still be good.

xoxo

GO AND READ THE BOOK THIEF

lol basically unless you WANT TO READ IT AFTER YOU SEE IT THEN THAT IS FINE TOO AS LONG AS YOU READ THE BOOK

usually yes

omg don’t spoil it…um THERE’S A BOOK!!!

“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.
She was the book thief without the words.
Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” Veronica Roth (Divergent)

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” Lois Lowry (The Giver)

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.” Gayle Forman (If I Stay)

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.” James Dashner (The Maze Runner)

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay)

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

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