BEST OF 2014

so this post is…about 2014…the things that happened, books i’ve read etc


Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J.Maas –i still need to review these books and write a post on why everyone should read this series because Celaena is one of my favourite characters…she loves books, cake, boys and clothes AND SHE CAN SLAY…ACTUALLY SLAY…KILL PEOPLE coz she is an assassin. ultimate bamf.)

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta-my friend is obsessed with Melina Marchetta and i’ve been wanting to read this book for ages because i have heard great things. this book did not disappoint.READ IT.)

Wonder by R.J.Palacio– this is supposedly a kids book. idc it is beautiful and thought provoking.

Winger by Andrew Smith– this book is so funny and heartbreaking i was laughing so much and i didn’t expect to frickin cry. it was a surprisingly good book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins– oh my glob. the cuteness in this book is too much. i am posting my review soon. i am such a hopeless romantic so this book was everything.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor– the final book in the daughter of smoke and bone trilogy. oh what a fat book. what an intense book. and what an ending… i really love this trilogy.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare– another end to a great series. i doubt i’ll be reading the other shadowhunter books but i had the best time reading about the shadowhunter world and all these characters.

sadly in 2014, quite a few of my fave series or trilogies ended so i shall be writing a post about saying goodbye to them…I AM SORRY FOR NOT POSTING AS MUCH. =(


Mockingjay Part 1– of course this is on my list. I NEED TO SEE IT AGAIN. but it broke my heart. so proud of Katniss and oh peeta kjdhskjghdfkjghkjf. you can read my review here

Boyhood– this is the film of one boy from age 5-18. great actors and a beautiful movie.

The Grand Budapest Hotel– i love Wes Anderson movies and this was brilliant.

The Fault in our Stars– urgh the pain. so beautiful and just i love this book and the movie is good.

Guardians of the Galaxy– honestly, i had no idea what this movie was about. i knew it was marvel. so i went to see it with my friends not expecting much but omg it’s hilarious i laughed so much my fave scene is the dance off and also GROOT OMG.

The Book Thief– Rudy Steiner i just can’t with that boy

Queen: The Movie– this is a Bollywood movie- absolutely brilliant. it’s not your usual Bollywood film but it is excellent. and really funny too.


1989– Taylor Swift’s 5th album slays. it’s pop, and shake it off is good but nothing compared to the genius that is the rest of the album. my fave songs are: Style, New Romantics, Blank Space and Clean. can’t wait to jam to all these fab songs on the 1989 tour. Currently obsessed with this Blank Space/Style mash up

X– Ed Sheeran’s 2nd album is incredible. i was lucky enough to go to his concert and wow he is just amazing. my fave songs on the album are: Don’t, Tenerife Sea, Photograph, Take it Back, Thinking out Loud and Afire Love.

The 1975– love their sound: fave songs are: Chocolate, The City, Girls and Heart Out

Oh What A Life-American Authors. my friend introduced me to them and damn they are good. they are actually amazing life so was lucky enough to see them when they came to London. my fave songs are: Believer, The Best Day of My Life, Trouble, Heart of Stone and Home.

TV Shows:

Outlander i know it’s based on a book but the book has mixed reviews. the show however is brilliant. mainly because of jamie fraser but also claire is pretty badass. Season 2 is back in April 2015

Modern Family– i love this show because it is consistently funny.

Arrow– sure oliver is hot but really Felicity Smoak is amazing and olicity needs to happen but i like superhero stuff and this is a good show. also i’m loving thea’s new look and i loathe laurel.

The Flash– barry allen is adorbs. cisco is hilarious. i want more arrow/the flash crossovers

The Newsroom– this came to an end and what an ending. brilliant show.

Orange is the New Black– i love this show. it’s so funny but also really emotional. i actually hate piper, larry and alex and only care about all the other characters and their back stories. fyi it is based on a true story.

Orphan Black– i didn’t LOVE season 2 as much as i loved season 1 but i am looking forward to season 3 in April 2015.

Jane the Virgin this show is like a telenovela which is a latina drama? it’s really funny and features POC and i like the characters.


in February i went to see Taylor Swift on the RED Tour. it was magical.

in July i went to YALC– the first ever YA lit convention at Comic Con. I MET PATRICK NESS.

i also met Judy Blume…so yeah 2014 was a good year for meeting some of my fave authors.

In October i went to see Ed Sheeran on his X Tour and damn that guy is incredible.

in November i got to see American Authors in concert and wow they are phenomenal.

i made quite a few new friends. =)

even though i spent the whole year in London i had a great time.

i passed my 2nd year of uni.

moved house…like with my family so i moved from the house i’ve been in for the past 11 years. which was pretty scary and hectic but Alhamdulilah i have a massive new room and i am loving it because i can fit all my books in it!!!

Finally got to see the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical!!! it was really good- so funny!

Also finally went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park…it’s super cold and sooo busy. kinda disappointed with the churros i had (mine are better tbh) but the magical ice kingdom was pretty cool coz it had an ICE SLIDE and also the sculptures were amazing.

so i’ve been to the Cereal Killer Cafe but i still need to go to the Cat Cafe so hopefully i’ll be able to do that in 2015. they have a huge cereal selection and the prices are reasonable.

Cereal Cafe and Winter Wonderland

Cereal Cafe and Winter Wonderland

the best thing about 2014 is i baked lots of things and read loads of books and had a great year Alhamdulilah. i am healthy and blessed and no matter what crappy thing i’m going through (usually stressing over essays or exams) i know it is temporary and i will get through it.

so despite all the crap that is going on in the world, i had a wonderful 2014.

i really hope 2015 is even better. i am excited but also pretty scared because i’m gonna be 21 and hopefully graduate university and have no idea what i want to do with my life.

but there are plenty of things to look forward to like:

  • A NEW PRINCESS DIARIES BOOK IN JUNE!!! you can read an excerpt here
  • Paper Towns movie
  • The Scorch Trials movie
  • and of course Mockingjay Part 2 (although i am dreading this because it’s the end of an era).

Have a FAB 2015!!!

thanks for reading my blog.

Happy Reading and don’t forget to follow @juwibakes on instagram.

‘today is a new day to be brand new…’

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” L.M. Montgomery

more positive doodles here

“Be a little kinder than you have to.” E. Lockhart.

“A good goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.” Chris Soriano

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia


When I tell people how happy I am to be living alone and living my life on my own terms and to be free and independent and empowered, the first thing they say to me is ‘Oh, don’t worry you’ll find someone’ and that is so not the point. What if your life completes itself?”  Taylor Swift

I leave you with dancing groot

shake it off groot





Mockingjay Part 1 Film Review

hey guys look it’s my future husband at the World Premiere of Mockingjay Part 1 in London 😉

this review WILL contain SPOILERS.




Here are the


Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Movie Clips:

Return to District 12


Meeting the Crew

The Mockingjay

The Soundtrack:

Lorde curated the whole soundtrack. I was super excited to hear that coz i like Lorde but it’s actually quite disappointing. i think The Hunger Games Soundtrack is still my fave.

The few songs i actually like from the soundtrack are:  Dead Air by CHVRCHES, Scream My Name by Tove Lo, Kingdom by Charlii XCX ft Simon le Bon and Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde



Mockingjay Pins 'and i got that red lip classic thing that you like' 😎

Mockingjay Pins ‘and i got that red lip classic thing that you like’ 😎

so now for the actual movie…


Bakers Gonna bake bake bake bake bake


because this summer (June-September) i have literally just spend it reading books and baking and it has been fantastic.

so here goes…hope you enjoy it and let me know if you decide to bake any of these things! =)

Chocolate Brownie Bites



i used the SORTED Brownie recipe which is super easy:

Maple and Pecan Loaf Cake (I found the recipe online but now i can’t find it again sorry!)



Baked Vanilla Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze


so good

 Chocolate Swiss Roll with Strawberries and Cream Filling (mum’s recipe)

I've never made a swiss roll before...

I’ve never made a swiss roll before…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

my problem is that i either leave them in for too little or too long so they’re either undercooked or overcooked. i love my cookies soft and chewy yet slightly crisp so it’s hard to get the perfect balance. but everyone else seemed to enjoy these so yay!

i have yet to find the perfect recipe

i have yet to find the perfect recipe

Nutella Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

these are beautiful and if you love Nutella and peanut butter then YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE.

this is how much chocolate i used...

this is how much chocolate i used…

and then…

these are glorious

these are glorious

i also put these cookies in a cute jar for my friend's birthday!

i also put these cookies in a cute jar for my friend’s birthday!


seriously…the perfect gift.  I will defo be doing this again!

they're so cute

they’re so cute

a lovely little gift of snickerdoodles!

a lovely little gift of snickerdoodles!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

i just halved the recipe for the carrot cake in the Hummingbird Bakery Book

these are delicious

these are delicious

Banana Honey Almond Muffins

my friend wanted me to make something healthy so i did. they’re actually really good and easy to make.

healthy and tasty!

healthy and tasty!

Banana and Brazil Nut Loaf (Hummingbird Bakery recipe)

banana brazil nut cake

bananas and brazil nuts- perfect combo since the bananas add sweetness

 Spinach and Cheddar Muffins (recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Book)

30g butter
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
360g plain flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
250g cheddar cheese, grated
220ml whole milk
1 egg
130g baby spinach leaves
Preheat oven to 170C.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then fry the onion until cooked.
Set aside.
Put the flour, baking powder, cayenne and cheese in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the milk and egg together, then slowly pour into the flour mixture and beat with a handheld whisk until all the ingredients are well mixed. (I used a spatula)
Stir in the onion and spinach with a wooden spoon until evenly dispersed.
Spoon the mixture into muffin cases until 2/3 full and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until deep golden and the sponge bounces back when touched.
Leave to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

and the result should be:

really easy to make and freeze well

really easy to make and freeze well

South African Indian Naan

this is not Pakistani Naan but South African Indian Naan. it’s perfect with soup or Haleem (broth) but i like it toasted with butter.

I used my aunty’s recipe but I’m sure there is a recipe in the Indian Delights (every South African Indian has this book)

Alhamdulilah it turned out perfect!

Alhamdulilah it turned out perfect!

 Strawberries and Cream Cake (i honestly cannot remember which recipe i used)

but google is your best friend. i think i searched for a 3 layered cake. It was a vanilla sponge cake and I whipped some cream and yeah.

i'm really proud of this

i’m really proud of this



French Strawberry Tart/Tarte aux fraises

i used this recipe for the sweet pastry crust (pate sucree)

this recipe for the pastry cream

and this recipe for decoration

I made this for Eid and i am so proud of this…



so pretty

so pretty

Almond and Coconut Bars (recipe from Indian Delights)

lovely and crunchy

lovely and crunchy

Pecan Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing 

so yummy

so yummy

 Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

i didn’t get the cool design right BUT THEY TASTED REALLY NICE COZ NUTELLA CHEESECAKE yes

i couldn't get the swirl right but they tasted good

i couldn’t get the swirl right but they tasted good

and this is what we put them on:



Red Velvet Cupcakes

I made these for my friend’s birthday party. she had a Frozen Bouncy Castle. yes she turned 20 in August and had a bouncy castle. coz we’re cool like that ya know?!



For my friend’s 21st Birthday i made her a Red velvet Cake- you just double the cupcake recipe. although for the icing i used double the quantity plus a quarter more.

Triple Layered Red Velvet Cake

Triple Layered Red Velvet Cake


the recipe actually says to use the mixer but i couldn’t find the dough hook so i had to make it by hand…

thanks to youtube i followed this method and Alhamdulilah it turned out perfect!



a family friend who is French came to our house and tried it and said it was perfect and not like the sweet ones you get in British Supermarkets. so this isn’t that sweet but it’s genuine french brioche.

Tiramisu Cupcakes (Hummingbird Bakery)

non-alcoholic of course. this took AGES because i didn’t have a cupcake corer thing (so i had to use a knife) and soaking the sponge in the coffee mixture took some time. but luckily i had my friend to help me coz she wanted to bake these. anyways she said it’s perfect.

cocoa dusting adds the perfect finishing touch

cocoa dusting adds the perfect finishing touch

Buttery Shortbread Biscuits

really easy to make but the dough is so soft. also i went a bit overboard on the sugar…

these are addictive

these are addictive

Double Chocolate Oreo Cookies


Oreo Brownies

these are my new favourite brownies. these brownies are not cakey but are just the perfect consistency and it is so easy you don’t need a mixer or anything.



I used the same recipe but added Reese’s PB Cups instead!



Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

a dusting of icing sugar gives a nice finish to double chocolate cookies

a dusting of icing sugar gives a nice finish to double chocolate cookies

i put a rolo in the middle

i put a rolo in the middle

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie with Ganache

i have made these quite a few times now. easy and also really chocolatey



Sugar Cookies

i had fun decorating these but i couldn’t get the consistency of the icing right…

pretty hearts

pretty hearts

i kinda went overboard with the sprinkles...

i kinda went overboard with the sprinkles…

Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

i had leftover cream and strawberries so instead of making strawberries and cream  so i decided to make some choc mousse

added some flake for decoration...we didn't even have guests i just made this for fun lol

added some flake for decoration…we didn’t even have guests i just made this for fun lol

Doughnuts (Home Sweet Home Recipe Book)

since it was summer i had time to fry doughnuts and they’re actually not that hard to make.

sugar coated doughnuts

sugar coated doughnuts

cinnamon sugar coated doughnuts

cinnamon sugar coated doughnuts

Milk Tart

this is a South African dessert and i made this for Eid. my mum’s friend’s husband is an Afrikaner and he said it is perfect.

simple yet delicious

simple yet delicious

Ultimate Chocolate Truffle Cake

Since i saw the video i wanted to make this but it’s too decadent for just an ordinary weekend so i made it for Eid and it was fun to make. also it is so rich because of the dark chocolate but it’s just lovely with the pralines, the strawberries and the mousse.

this was fun to make

this was fun to make

gold leaf decoration

gold leaf decoration

actually so proud of these. =)

Alhamdulilah everything turned out nice

Alhamdulilah everything turned out nice

Chocolate Cupcakes- this is actually a chocolate swiss roll recipe  (secret recipe soz) which is why the cake is so soft and ganache for the icing

with ganache and flake

with ganache and flake

Pecan Biscuits

it took me ages to cut them into squares and then my grandma told me you can make a log and then refrigerate it till firm then cut it.

they look so cute

they look so cute

Carrot Cake

i’ve made this before but LOOK HOW AWESOME THIS LOOKS…because now i have a turntable and icing scraper and i know to crumb coat it.




carrot cake



Madeira Cake

Note: i didn’t add the JUICE of the lemon only the lemon zest. and after folding in the flour i added about 2-3 T of milk

i didn't like it because i don't like lemon but everyone else did so yay

i didn’t like it because i don’t like lemon but everyone else did so yay

my grandad loves plain cakes so i made him a very plain cake.

I AM MOST PROUD OF THE FRENCH STRAWBERRY TART AND THE BRIOCHE and improving on my decorating skills.

so there you have it…


my summer baking adventures with Peeta’s help of course. ;)

Evidently i am no photographer  just use the iphone camera.

but also DO NOT FORGET TO FOLLOW MY BAKING ACCOUNT: @juwibakes on Instagram!!!

in other news:

my friends keep asking me to go on The Great British Bake Off (so happy Nancy won but Richard’s bakes were amazing and MARTHA IS ONLY 17 AND WOW) but i am such an amateur like idek how to make my own jam so i doubt i’d get very far. i still have to practice so maybe in a few years!

this is Nancy who won GBBO. but this happens to me all the time COZ I COULDN’T FIND THE LID for the kenwood (my dream is a kitchen aid obv) ICING SUGAR GETS EVERYWHERE

also…TAYLOR SWIFT loves baking and did a bake it off sketch with Jamie Oliver for Stand Up To Cancer AND in her 1989SecretSessions she baked cookies for her fans. like she is just incredible. my dream is to one day bake with Taylor Swift.


Happy Baking!

There's something really calming and soothing to me about having everything measured out and stirring it and pre-heating the oven and getting it all worked out. I really like baking and I really like cooking." Taylor Swift







So Long Spinebreakers

This is so hard for my to write because it means that it is over.


So for those of you who don’t know, I have been part of Spinebreakers for around four years.

How did it start?

Well I was in Year 11 and in tutor period I would either be reading a book or talking to some friends. So this girl in my class would always see me with a book and suggested I join Spinebreakers. I knew about Spinebreakers because I have read a lot of penguin books and the YA books have the Spinebreakers logo on the back.

But I never thought of joining or applying since I’m always like ‘I’d never get in’.

But she said she’d put a good word in for me and so I applied. And lo and behold they accepted.

The first Spinebreaker event I went to was a workshop and it was lovely meeting all these different people.

The first author event I went to was meeting Anna Perera who wrote Guantanamo Boy and The Glass Collector. It was at Daunt Bookshop so it was really cool to hang out there AND meet an author and have her sign my books. I am not a stranger to meeting authors (Alhamdulilah…I have been blessed not only with the love of books but also living in London means I have had the opportunity to meet some of my favourite authors).

The Spinebreakers that I met were so welcoming and friendly and they suggested I attend the Editorial Meetings at Penguin HQ. (thank you Ciara and Cameron!)

So my mum took me to Penguin HQ on the Strand and I was so excited I had no idea what to expect.

I was not to be disappointed.

The editorial meetings consist of a group of teenagers who all have a passion for reading. The marketing team or some of the Penguin stuff from different departments (not just Puffin) come to the meetings and PITCH US BOOKS. So we get to choose which books we would like to read and review. WE ALSO GET ARCs (advance reader copies aka proof copies) which means we GET TO READ THE BOOKS BEFORE THEY ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PEASANTS (aka all you muggles).


So the fact that I as a teenager discovered this world of publishing and free books is incredible. The fact that I could MEET NEW PEOPLE and they let me talk about books non-stop is amazing. They welcomed me and accepted me into the Spinebreakers family.

Shoutout to Lily and Atifa!!!

Naturally I sung about my elevated status with my friends and told them all to join but they had other responsibilities. However anyone I could find or tell about Spinebreakers I made sure to get the message across.

So Spinebreakers didn’t just give me free books but also the opportunity to make friends, meet authors, attend exclusive events and be part of an amazingly unique book community. WE create the content and WE choose what we want to do etc.

Some of my favourite Spinebreakers memories is when I got to meet MALORIE BLACKMAN…it was so informal and casual and we just started chatting as I thanked her for Noughts and Crosses and it was so surreal. Other authors i got to meet thanks to Spinbreakers: Meg Rosoff and Kevin Brooks as well as Beverley Naidoo. The authors love being interviews by Spinebreakers and they love that there is a book community for teens in the UK.

Also making the TFIOS video for John Green was so much fun because it means that HE SAW MY FACE KJDSHGKJFH.

Some Spinebreaker Books that i have really enjoyed:

Cinder series by Merissa Meyer

The Rosie Project by Graeme  Simsion

Between Shades of Grey and Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys

Winger by Andrew Smith

Secrets of a Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed

Great House by Nicole Krauss

and many more

I loved going into Penguin every month and seeing how the publishing industry is and then all those books. Being surrounded by BOOKS and BIBLIOPHILES is the best thing. Sharing the love for books.

Also the food. Oh gosh they always had plates of biscuits and fruit and drinks and it was so nice after school/6thform/uni to go there and just have some snacks and chat about books and what books we’re gonna read and review.

books and food

The Spinebreakers website offered me opportunities to improve my writing with reviews, creative content and blog posts. They offered a wide range of competitions which were so cool like theatre tickets or book sets and just so many wonderful things.

Spinebreakers wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of Penguin and Livity.

Livity works with young people FOR young people. they are amazing. Seriously their office is so cool (it’s in Brixton) and they run Live Magazine UK. If you are interested in joining just go to their office on Wednesday at 4pm. Or check out the website for opportunities. They are always tweeting about stuff for young people to get involved in.

Somewhere to is also this amazing thing where IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING BUT DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO DO IT…they will FIND A PLACE FOR YOU TO DO THE THING. i.e if you want to put on a play…they can find you a place. Check out their website for more details.

So thank you Livity and the Livity team who have helped makes every editorial meeting wonderful…even if we usually got lost!

I cannot thank you enough: Danielle, Dwain, Aisha, Florence, Charlotte and Will for running the editorial meetings.

To all the Penguin Team  who have come to the meetings, been so friendly and offered advice and pitched us BOOKS- THANK YOU!!!

Above all…thank you to Anna Rafferty– The inventor of Spinebreakers. Without your dream of a book community for young people; a place where books are treated like films/music/games I wouldn’t have met all these wonderful people or developed my passion for books further. I have also read many books that I wouldn’t normally have read so Spinebreakers has challenged me as a reader.

So on Thursday 4th September 2014 was the Spinebreakers Party at the Livity office. There was crisps, popcorn, music, drinks and of course PIZZA. Oh and books. Duh.

Pizza Not Patriarchy is my motto

Anna Rafferty introduced herself, asked us questions, told us about the birth of Spinebreakers and what it was almost called (I won’t tell you it is too shameful). Sadly I was too busy eating pizza and talking to my friends to go up to her before she left but I shall defo be contacting her and writing her some long email thanking her.

It was good to see familiar faces of the Livity team and Spinebreakers and just hang out and talk about books. There was a timeline of Spinebreakers memories and a memory wall where we wrote some of the best times.




The fact that it has ended is heartbreaking because it has been such a huge part of my life. Seeing the same people every month or meeting new book lovers…I feel like a Spinebreakers grandma since I am older than most of the members and one of the first few Spinebreakers. I have stayed till the very end.

However, Penguin have said that IT WILL NOT BE THE END OF FREE BOOKS so that is excellent news.



Spinebreakers has given me a platform for talking about books with other book lovers across the country, meeting new people and just a safe environment without judgement to be yourself and share the love of literature.

Once a Spinebreaker always a Spinebreaker.

It’s been an amazing journey and i am so grateful to have been part of such a wonderful community

Thank you to everyone who has been involved with Spinebreakers and although this book has ended…may the adventure continue!

Thanks for the memories and books!

oh and of course…

i had the best time with you

Spinebreakers Crew: I Had The Best Time With You

Happy Reading!


p.s the Spinebreakers website will be taken down so the links won’t work anymore.





The Book Guru’s Book Giveaway

HI THERE!. welcome to my blog. thank you for visiting.

So i have moved house and omg sorting out my bookshelf has taken me like 3 days…i shall post a picture soon. it is a beautiful sight. =D

anyways so here are some books i liked but don’t want anymore like i won’t be sad to part with them so i thought HEY…why don’t i do a BOOK GIVEAWAY?!


UK ONLY (sorry postage is expensive)

MAX of 2 books per a person

Must be following me on: instagram @juwibakes or twitter @juwithemad and subscribe to this blog!

first come first serve- message me about which books you want and your details please

Giveaway ends on October 11th 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE: i have written my initials and the date i purchased the book in most of the books but otherwise i haven’t written in them or anything. They are in pretty good condition…apart from maybe The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks…but it is still readable AND…HELLO…FREE BOOKS!!!

it's yours if you want it!

it’s yours if you want it!

Perfect Chemistry is going to: Lily

How They Met and other stories is going to: Orli

so the rest is up for grabs!

Book Giveaway:

  1. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

  2. Private by Kate Brian

  3. Necropolois by Catherine Arnold

  4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

  5. The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

  6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

  7. Runaway by Meg Cabot

  8. Not A Fairytale by Shaida Kazie Ali

  9. What I Was by Meg Rosoff




These Books Are Amazing And You Should Read Them

hey so these books are amazing

and before i review them i want you to know that…

Winger- Andrew Smith

i actually prefer the cartoon cover. it’s much cooler

this book just hooks you in…


What’s it about?

Ryan Dean West is a 14yr old boy who goes to boarding school in the US. he is way too clever for his age and thus is ahead of most people his age…so yeah that’s one reason why he doesn’t fit in. also he is pretty skinny yet he happens to play rugby. this book is not just about school, friends, girls but also about rugby. he loves doodling and his comics are really cool. so not only does he have to share a dorm with one of the scariest dudes on campus…so he is constantly living in fear for his life (or getting beat up) while he is also in love with his best friend. so yeah it’s basically a book about school, life, friends, trying to fit in and the stuff that happens. a lot of stuff happens. some good..some funny…and a lot of surprises.

Did i like it?

i actually had no idea what to expect when i started this book. but from the first page i was hooked and laughing. the diarrhea spell is one of the funniest things…and joey is my fave character he is just the nicest and most wonderful person. Ryan Dean West kind of reminds me of Adrian Mole of the 21st century but also a more likeable boy. sure he thinks about girls and sex a lot and can be quite sexist but he does try his best to mend his ways…though man does his ego often get in the way. but he tries to be a better person. oh yes I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS HILARIOUS I WAS LAUGHING OUT LOUD A LOT AND I DIDN’T WANT TO FINISH IT BUT I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS BUT THEN I WISH I HADN’T FINISHED IT. the ending is just…heartbreaking. i kind of had a feeling something like that would happen but it is so so horrendous. it’s really eye opening the challenges some people face.

oh and there WILL be a sequel…which i will hopefully read.

also i tweeted Andrew Smith and he replied!!! =D

you can follow him @marburyjack

i look forward to reading his latest book Grasshopper Jungle which sounds incredibly strange.

Jellicoe Road aka On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

one of my favourite books

my friend Lisa is obsessed with this author and i have heard of this book and heard great things but i couldn’t find it anywhere. i don’t think it’s published in the UK?! or if it is, it’s just very difficult to find. i think you can get it on kindle but i prefer paperback. anyways so i ordered it of the Book Depository this summer because i thought it was time i finally read this book and see what is so great about it.

i was not disappointed.

What’s it about?

IT IS SET IN AUSTRALIA WHICH IS COOL. Taylor is the leader of her boarders at the Jellicoe School. they have this thing called territory wars with the cadets and townies. idk it’s kind of hard to describe. it’s about this girl Taylor and her trying to piece together the puzzle that is her life, her past and her mum. also Hannah who looks after her has disappeared and she wants to know why…and how Hannah’s story ties in with her mum and the dreams she has. it’s so confusing at first but then you get into it and you’re liek woah IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW. also there is Jonah and Raffy and all the other wonderful characters and it’s so emotional and wonderful and is about friendship and family and trusting people and just read it.

Did I Like it?

yes. Jonah Griggs is wonderful. Taylor is annoying at first but i can see why but she proves herself and i like her. i love her friends and Ben omg and i love the characters and the 2 stories merging together to complete the puzzle and how everything eventually makes sense and it’s like OMG THIS IS AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTBREAKING AND WHY I LOVE IT SO MUCH WOW. i just think you should read it. it may surprise you. i hope it does. it’s just a great story, well written and deals with a lot of issues. also it will break your heart.

Fave Quotes:

‘And if i could bottle the look on his face, I’d keep it by my bedside for the rest of my life.’

‘But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for.’
I look forward to reading her other books: Saving Francesca, Looking for Alibrandi, The Piper’s Son and The Lumatere Chronicles.





so yeah


in other wonderful book news

Lauren Oliver did a UK Book Tour and she wasn’t supposed to have a London date but then she did so i went to Hatchards PICCADILLY (THE OLDEST Bookstore in London…it was founded in 1797)


i think every author i have met has just been so wonderfully nice.

'To Juwi- Don't worry you are young. =) I'm so glad that you read and connected to BIF so strongly and that we got to meet- and your grief makes me cackle! hahaha (evil laugh)

‘To Juwi- Don’t worry you are young. =) I’m so glad that you read and connected to BIF so strongly and that we got to meet- and your grief makes me cackle! hahaha (evil laugh)

she signed my book and wrote a long message!!!

i was saying how i felt old whenever i go to meet authors coz everyone is between 12-19 and i’m 20 and so i’m like…oh well i don’t act it. =P

if you haven’t read Before I Fall you should. it’s one of my favourite books. i read it four years ago and it has stayed with me.

also i asked her about the movie and she said things should be happening soon what with different producers etc but it should be a movie sometime in the near future.

she is also really really pretty.

oh and her other books are the Delirium Trilogy (i read the first book and loved it but i haven’t read the other books) and her new book Panic which actually looks pretty good. i shall have to get that sometime.

oh and here is my mini book haul when i went to Waterstones Piccadilly.

My cat Neo and my mini book haul

My cat Neo and my mini book haul

Crown of Midnight– Sarah J Mass (i will be posting a blog about this series soon!)

Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo

Dreamland– Sarah Dessen



i love Sarah Dessen. i hope she comes to the UK one day so i can meet her.

Don’t forget to add me on goodreads

oh and i have an Instagram @juwibakes

till the next time

Happy Reading!

p.s Patrick Ness announced his new YA book title The Rest Of Us Just Live Here which is out sometime in 2015

so pretty

more collages here


I’m So Behind On Book Reviews…

HELLOOOOO PEOPLE OF THE WORLD. and all the other creatures reading this. i know i have a mermaid fanbase. don’t worry no one reads this so they won’t find you.

um yeah so IT’S SUMMER and i am having a WONDERFUL TIME…chillin maxin relaxin all cool and swaggy in the LONDON summer sunshine…though it’ss till not enough Vitamin D but whatever.

so i haven’t read as much as i thought i would by now… i’ve only read 13 books summer…which isn’t that many but i hope to read more.  so here are some of the reviews…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

US Book Cover (left) and UK Book Cover (right)

What’s it about?

it’s about this guy who returns to his childhood home and then it brings back all the memories of that place and the adventures he had with lettie Hempstock. It’s about memory and how we remember things…as well as being a child and how adults don’t ever believe you and that innocence of childhood. oh yeah and monsters and witches and magic of course. oh and love of stories and books. It’s quite creepy and disturbing at times (it is Neil Gaiman after all) but overall it is a good book.

Did I Like it?

yes. it wasn’t as amazing as i thought it would be…but maybe i just didn’t ‘get it’? it’s not very long and takes a while to get into and you have to piece everything together because it’s from a child’s POV…well the man is looking back on when he was 7 so yeah. my favourite Neil Gaiman book is The Graveyard Book.

Fave Quote: “Books were safer than other people anyway.”

The Bubble Wrap Boy- Phil Earle

yes that actually happens to him =(

this is actually my first Phirl Earle book and i had no idea what to expect. i was pleasantly surprised.

What’s it about?

Charlie Han is mollycoddles by his mother…he has only one friend who is always staring at walls and picking his nose. he gets bullied a lot for being the kid from the ‘Chinese chippy’. so charlie struggles o fit in to the crowd at school because his mum is so overprotective and his one and only friend Sinus is also a ‘loser’ but he doesn’t seem to care. but then one day he discovers these skaters…and then he decides to try skateboarding. obviously without telling his mum. so it’s about him learning to skateboard and trying to be ‘cool’ but things don’t turn out according to plan and he also uncovers a family secret which is actually pretty heartbreaking and totally unexpected.

Did I Like it?

YES. for one thing…a POC protagonist!!! it’s also set in the UK. charlie is a funny character and he is likeable. i felt so bad for him because bullying is horrible and just no one helping him and everyone laughing it’s just humiliating. but it’s also about perspective because his mother has her reasons for why she acts the way she does.

i do want to read his other books: Being Billy, Saving Daisy and Heroic.

he is also a lovely person because i was lucky enough to meet him at YALC.

The Catcher in the Rye- J.D.Salinger

everyone is a bloody phony

so i finally read this ‘classic’. i’m always wary when i read classics because i often find them overrated.

What’s it about?

Holden caulfield is a 16yr old boy who certainly has issues. it’s set in the 1950s i think so the slang and language is very old and specific to its time. which is quite funny. so the book is just holden complaining abut everything and everyone. he is so cynical it is hilarious and you just want to slap him…but then he does realise his flaws and faults. except i mean he is too egotistical to do anything about it. i think i understand why everyone goes on about it. it is a rather iconic book i suppose…and if you are a teenager then yes you should read this book. why? because you will so relate to holden…and how he thinks everyone is a phony, how annoying adults are and wtf is the point of school?! well…this book provides good advice and may help give your life a bit more direction.

Did I Like it?

yes. i don’t LOVE it. it is funny but i feel like i should have read it when i was 16. instead i read The Perks of Being a Wallflower so that book means more to me than this one.

Fave Quotes:

I know. I’m very hard to talk to. I realize that.

Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.

I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.

Just One Day- Gayle Forman

urgh so disappointing

so i really enjoyed reading If I Stay and Where She Went…and i am looking forward to the movie which is out late August sometime in the UK.

anyways i had heard great things about this book on the blogosphere so i thought it’d be a great summer read coz i like a good cheesey cutesey love story kinda book.

What’s it about?

Allyson goes on a trip to Europe after graduating high school. she meets this cute guy in Stratford-Upon-Avon who does Shakespeare int he park or something. so instead of actually going to the performance that she paid for…or her parents paid for…she goes to the park to see the cute guy and he is hot and he winks at her or whatever. anyways she’s annoyed she didn’t get to go to Paris and he’s like ‘i’ll take you’ and she says yes and SHE GOES TO PARIS WITH A HANDSOME STRANGER. um…this isn’t BEFORE SUNRISE (which is a fantastic film you should watch it).

so she thinks um he could be a serial killer let me find out more…all she ends up finding out his his name..NOT EVEN HIS FULL NAME…liek what is this the 90s?! SHE DOESN’T KNOW HIS FULL NAME SO SHE CAN’T FRIEND HIM ON FACEBOOK AND LOOK AT HIS PHOTOS. okay then whatever. but he probs doesn’t even have a fb since he’s like some kind of nomad. oh yeah he’s Dutch so he’s blonde and has blue eyes. ;)

so like they legit spend a day in Paris together and yet she doesn’t find out that much about him…awkws. but they go explore different part sof the city and OMG I AM SO HAPPY THAT GAYLE FORMAN WROTE ABOUT THE RACISM IN PARIS BECAUSE LIKE THAT IS A REAL THING AND PEOPLE THINK PARIS HOLDS THE KEY TO YOUR HEART (it does..i mean there’s a song so duh not really)

oh i forgot to mention SHE PRETENDS TO BE SOMEONE SHE’S NOT. AKA LULU. ACTUALLY THE GUY names her that and it’s like um wtf that’s not even her name.

stuff happens and she’s back in the US and she starts uni and hates it and she’s really depressed and hates everyone and everything. then she joins this Shakespeare Out Loud class which sounds amazing minus all the essays but it’s Shakespeare so yeah and she meets Dee who is hella awesome and i wanna be his friend.

eventually she decides she has had enough and goes on a mission TO FIND THE GUY and yeah. you’ll have to read it to see if they meet or not. BUT THERE IS A SEQUEL Just One Year which is from Willem’s POV.

Did I Like it?

um no. i really wanted to. i nearly gave up reading it. tbh i should have. i told my friend to tell me what happens in the sequel coz i was so done with these two idiots. the thing is I AM A HOPELESS ROMANTIC so i thought i would love it. but i just thought allyson or lulu or whatever was stupid and annoying and she needed to get over herself and this guy. but clearly it was love at first sight or whatever.

i did like Dee and Wren. they are wonderful characters and i would read books about them. i also liked how allyson struggled at uni because it reminded me of my first year and how much i hated it and struggled and i felt so alone…like i peaked in high school and i’m not as clever as i thought i was. but 2nd year has been way better. if you’re starting university/college dw i’m sure you’ll be fine and survive as long as you do something you love. =)

Landline- Rainbow Rowell

US Cover (left) and UK Cover (right)

Rainbow Rowell’s 2nd book for adults (the first one is Attachments)

after the disappointment that was Fangirl i was skeptical about Landline but when i went to meet her and found out what it was actually about then i was excited to read it.

What’s it about?

Georgie McCool (YES THAT IS HER NAME!!!) works in TV and so is very very busy…and when she gets the opportunity to pitch the show she’s always wanted to create she has to stay behind while her husband and 2 kids go see their grandma…in another state. spending time apart form her husband makes Georgie realise how much she needs Neal and how important he is to her life…also how much she misses him and how love isn’t enough in any relationship but time and effort as well as being able to compromise. oh yeah THERE IS A MAGIC PHONE. so she ends up staying at her mum’s house and uses her old landline from when she was a teen. she calls Neal. he picks up…but it’s the 20/21yr old Neal not her husband Neal…well they were dating. so yeah she talks to him and is so confused and freaked out by the magic phone. BUT THEN IT’S LIKE BACK WHEN YOU’RE A TEEN (‘when you’re on the phone and you talk real slow coz it’s late and your momma don’t know‘) when you’re talking late into the night and fall asleep to each others voices (not that i would know what this is like…but hey i’ve read and seen enough movies okay).

so it switches from the present time to georgie looking back on when she first met neal and how everything changed etc and it is so cute like neal is adorable and their relationship is so lovely and he is like a stay at home dad.

Did I Like it?

yes. THERE ARE PUGS IN THIS BOOK. A PUG GIVES BIRTH. omg. but also it is a cute love story…and how love isn’t so simple but you have to make it work. if it’s the right person you’ll WANT to make it work. and they will feel the same way and urgh it is so cute.

also i love all the secondary characters. her sister heather is so cool and just yeah. it’s a great book. not as amazing as Eleanor and Park but i did enjoy it. on a side note…i really love the cover, the feel of the book, the layout and the font. and of course the style of writing. it’s also pretty funny and easy to read so i finished it pretty quickly. my fave scene was the beach scene. ;) it’s just ridiculously adorable.

Rainbow Rowell is a a wonderful storyteller and she writes awesome love stories. my friend wrote a wonderful post on how her books makes you FEEL.

yeah you should totes read ALL OF HER BOOKS. Especially Eleanor and Park.

yeah so that’s SOME book reviews…will be writing more review posts soon!!!

i am contemplating whether i should get this shirt or not…

it is from the DFTBA website

you can buy it here

this is a funny video on literal book titles

also check out the awesome Epic Reads Youtube channel







i was like

brb dying

till the next time.

Happy Reading!


 “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” J.D. Salinger


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