Best of 2016

Hey everyone so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I really should do an end of year post of the best things of 2016…it hasn’t been a great year for the world BUT GOOD THINGS DID HAPPEN!

Whether it’s politics, violence, celebrity deaths or the GBBO being moved to Channel 4…

So here’s my little list of things that made me happy in 2016: Not everything I read/watched came out in 2016

Books:

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo- This duology is everything. It will ruin your life but you will be happy about it…PLUS I GOT TO MEET LEIGH BARDUGO THIS YEAR!!!


Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John- This book is so beautifully written and incredibly heartbreaking and the end you’re just like???

Remembrance by Meg Cabot- THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 7TH MEDIATOR NOVEL WAS AWESOME. it was so nice to revisit old friends and omg the wedding was perf and urgh it was just a lovely read.

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik – amazing to read a book about a hijabi Muslim woman living in London and working in publishing and trying to find a guy lol…awkwardness ensues. it’s full of laughs and cringey moments tbh but it’s a great read and I’m really excited about the sequel next year!

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta- finally finished this amazing trilogy. I will hopefully be doing a post on why you should read this soon! But if you love fantasy then YOU NEED TO READ THIS!

Adulthood is a Myth: A ‘Sarah’s Scribbles’ Collection by Sarah Anderson – I love Sarah’s comics and so for my birthday I decided to treat myself to her book since I am in denial that I am in fact an actual ADULT lol.

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla (Non-Fiction) – The is a timely book on what it’s like being an immigrant in the UK from a range of amazing artists! A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE ESPECIALLY WHITE PEOPLE! Full review coming soon!

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Non-Fiction)-  This is a book about depression. An important book that everyone should read as it gives you perspective on what depression is like and how sometimes IT JUST CAN’T BE EXPLAINED and also has some awesome quotes in it and life advice!


I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty Edited by Victoria Pepe et al (Non-Fiction)Really enjoyed this as it’s very accessible and has some amazing quotes but also it’s so relatable and relevant and an important read!



Movies:

Deadpool- one of the funniest movies I’ve seen. even better than Guardians of the Galaxy tbh

Moana- I am so so so happy with this because they consulted anthropologists for the movie and Lin-Manuel Miranda did the soundtrack and Moana is adorable and I just love everything about this movie. Plus I love the ocean.

ALSO BABY MOANA IS THE CUTEST THING

Zootopia– wow this is a children’s movie that dealt with racism and i just loved it. really funny and just a great movie.

Masaan independent Bollywood movie that dealt with various themes from untouchability to sex etc.

Omar   this was such a heartbreaking movie about being in love in Palestine and how the israelis really make their lives miserable 
TV

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – everything about this show is perf. It manages to be funny without being racist/homophobic etc and it has a diverse cast and it’s just so a feel good show. Also now I only say ‘noice’ thanks to b99.

Stranger Things – the kids are adorbs and Nancy slays and it wasn’t as creepy as I thought it would be!

Reign – Mary and Francis are too cute plus the outfits are amazing…this show is not exactly historically accurate but it’s just fun to watch and so damn emotional smh

iZombie – I love this show. It’s about a doctor who becomes a zombie and ends up working at the morgue and helps solve murders by eating the brains of the victim so she gets their memories etc. It’s really funny and perfect for fans of Veronica Mars!

Firefly – THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SHOW AND I AM SO UPSET IT ONLY HAD ONE SEASON BUT THE MOVE SERENITY WAS ALSO AMAZING AND I WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED BECAUSE MAL AND INARA NEVER BECAME A THING.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life-  was a letdown tbh WITH THAT DAMN ENDING and also Rory just was unacceptable. Luke and Lorelai were super cute and EMILY GILMORE WAS AMAZING but sad we didn’t get to see more of Lane!!! Rory x Logan 5ever SORRY NOT SORRY

Planet Earth II – Sir David Attenborough is a national treasure and I love love love learning about the earth and nature and ANIMALS!!!

Other stuff:
Hamilton – truly a blessing. If you don’t know what it is you clearly have been living under a rock or just don’t care. but it is a Broadway musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton one of the lesser known founding fathers of America. sounds boring right? BUT WAIT…the cast is diverse, and the music is everything. how to become a fan: listen to the soundtrack while reading the lyrics and you will be hooked. my fave songs: My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, Helpless, Satisfied, Non-Stop, Wait For It, Take a Break, Burn, It’s Quiet Uptown and many more.

Finally went on holiday to Turkey and it was magnified end getting to read and relax on the beach and swim and be my true mermaid self again. Dalyan is one of my fave places.

'the ocean is a friend of mine'

‘the ocean is a friend of mine’

Made some new friends…making friends after school is really hard but Alhamdulilah I have had some random opportunities to meet new people and make new friends so yay for that.

Dealt with my anxiety by going to the doctor and group therapy and now i have to use the methods i learn and put them in practice…easier said than done.

Baking- did a lot of baking and learn new techniques and improved my piping etc. don’t forge to check out my baking account on Instagram for pics and also my Instagram stories!

A lot to be grateful for despite the horrendous year it has been what with all the death and violence and war and suffering and political turmoil *ahem* Brexit and US presidential election

Some pics of the Floofs

So I have been meaning to write a post about the death of my cat Neo, but it has been too emotional so hopefully I will post it soon. Well, we did get two other cats and they have truly been a gift and blessing and have made life a bit more bearable. Alhamdulilah for cats.

here are some pictures of them being goons: IT IS SO WEIRD THAT THEY ARE BROTHERS EVEN THOUGH THEY LOOK COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

This is Oscar

This is Toto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, this guy made an incredible rap about his cat having a bath.

Despite everything, I am proud of you guys for surviving 2016 and I hope and pray that 2017 is better.

Thanks for reading and following my blog!

All the best

Happy Reading!

Juwi

xoxo

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

“The pages I’ve consumed since I first started to read, through today, have become essential to me, building and changing and rearranging all the parts of me at different times in my life.” — Nadia Hashimi
“I’m not everything I want to be, but I’m more than I was, and I’m still learning.” — Charlotte Eriksson
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BEST OF 2014

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

Books:

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. =(

Movies:

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.

Music:

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.

Events:

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

indeed

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

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…

jkshdgkdfjhgkjdfhkjfhgkjfhgkjfhgkjdfghkfjgh sobs forever

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 Runnermove 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

The Roaring 20s

Hello World (well the like 5 people who read this blog…)

so like i am 20 years old now. i am supposedly an…*whispers* adult.

what is an adult supposed to BE like or FEEL like? um i don’t know anything about taxes or bills (i still live with my parents but i’m still a thug…)

however i DO know how stressful cooking can be (i have to cook once a week for my family) and laundry is terrible (DOES THIS GO IN THE DARKS OR COLOURED PILE???!!!)

but also…controlling ones emotions is rather adultish behaviour right? but i’m such a fangirl so idk…i guess i know when to tone it down so as to not make people think i’m a freak (when meeting people it is important to APPEAR sane and normal but once you know them and they get to know you more they will soon figure out how truly insane and weird i am…)

so yes i will probably be one of the old people at premieres and concerts and author events. and that is perfectly fine because why should my age stop me from doing the things that i like?

i still read YA…because i AM A YOUNG ADULT.

but also the end of my teenage years…so the THE ROARING 20s…here i come.

as in...things i hope till happen in my 20s: GRADUATE FROM UNIVERSITY WITH A FIRST, get a god job or do various awesome jobs with valuable experience, make more friends, travel, get married and continue to do the things i love like reading and baking.

this quote perfectly sums it up:

“I think your 20s are the hardest part of life. I mean, everyone goes on about how hard it is to be a teenager, but actually I think it’s tougher to be in your 20s because you’re expected to be a grownup and expected to earn your own living and be successful and I think you feel like a kid still.” Nigel Cole

ANYWAYS so i turned 20 on the 19th of January and this was the first birthday id idn’t have a party or do a big thing (usually my parties consist of movie and singstar and food with friends)

so on Saturday i went out to eat with two of my awesome friends. we had a good catch up and we went to this placed called Afters (which i hate) which is a dessert place and we had fun chatting for ages (i think the waiters were looking at us but we hardly noticed) and i was happy coz they played Taylor Swift and The Vamps. =D idk it’s funny that when i’m with some of my friends we always en dup talking about marriage even tho none of us are actually READY to get married…i mean…commitment and ONE GUY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE and like SHARING A BED and what weird habits will he have and just omg it is so weird and scary but then i am a hopeless romantic and i can’t wait to fall in love.

like I’ve had my fair share of crushes but i haven’t fallen in love yet.

so Saturday was awesome spending it with some of my friends.

saturday night i opened some presents:

PRESENTS!!!

PRESENTS!!!

I GOT LOAD OF BAKING STUFF (timer, baking trays, baking bowls, piping set) and even though i turned 20 i still got stickers and i got some jewellery and a wonderful £20 Accessorize gift card (i already bought one ring) and 2 Waterstones gift cards (i spoilt myself and already spent them both!)

then on Sunday when i got up to like a million lovely birthday messages coz you know every1 makes you feel so loved and special.

we had Sunday Brunch in our pyjamas! Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding!!! which was delicious.

then i got dressed (i showered first of course!)

i wore this awesome Sequined top from Mango and my new dark pink jeans from Primark.

Birthday Outfit

Birthday Outfit

then i just chilled, check my messages and at later in the afternoon we had CAKE!!! my friend came over and she gave me her present!!! and then we had tea and cake.

my mum made me a Chocolate Cake and Red Velvet Cake Flowers and Stars (instead of cake balls they’re shaped!!!)

Birthday Cake!!!

Birthday Cake!!!

some more presents:

MORE PRESENTS

MORE PRESENTS

my friend got me an Adventure Games shirt (when fandoms collide. The Hunger Games and Adventure Time) and another friend got me a Catching Fire Quote Cushion.

also A PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES jewellery box which is just so me. =D

and the Taylor by Taylor Swift perfume gift set which i LOVE!!!

some panda gloves to keep my hands nice and toasty

and of course BOOKS: Allegiant by Veronica Roth (i’m dreading reading this coz i know what happens…), Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and The Novel Cure (a book for every occasion/emotion!!!)

Books Glorious Books

Books Glorious Books

i wore my Adventure Games shirt the other day:

i love how peeta is holding a loaf of bread

i love how peeta is holding a loaf of bread

anyways so i went to Waterstones Gower Street (the one by my uni) and i bought some books

although i got Cress from Spinebreakers

BOOK HAUL lol

BOOK HAUL lol

and i saw this cute sign

hehe

hehe

so yeah my birthday was spent with my family, i spoke to my grandparents and cousins (my cousin also turned 11) and yeah it was simple and low-key but nice. =) Alhamdulilah.

oh and i was lucky enough to recieve a Golden Ticket from Spinebreakers to this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory event at the Penguin HQ;  convo with Lucy Mangan (the guardian and stylist) and Luke Kelly (Roald Dahl’s grandson. 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

indeed

awesome decor

awesome decor

and we got some stickers!!!

yay

yay

i love the Oompa Loompa song

anyways so i really enjoyed the event because they had CHOCOLATE (Quality Street)

mmm

and it was quite funny and v.interesting and nice to reminisce on the wonder that is Roald Dahl and his amazing books. check out the @Spinebreakers twitter for more pics and competitions.

oh i went to the SOAS Spoken Word Night…it’s usually the last tuesday of every month and it’s open to everyone from 7:30-10pm and it’s really awesome they also have an open mic slot. i don’t do spoken word but i do enjoy listening to it.

like this one below by Sarah Kaye and Philip Kay

When Love Arrives

on to some Book Reviews!!!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles 3) by Marissa Meyer

i really love this cover

so this book. i really enjoyed it. it was told from different POVs which i usually like because you get different perspectives.

my fave is still Cinder and Emperor Kai. and i really hate Queen Levana. and Cress was annoying at first (also sadly her her was cut shortly after her rescue) and Captain Thorne is hilarious but something MAJOR happened to him and idk if it will be ‘fixed’ or not but idk how he just…got over it so quickly…desperate times i guess.

and Scarlett..poor scarlett and wolf. =(

so basically Cinder and her crew are trying to stop the wedding of Queen Levana and Emperor Kai…and there are lots of plot twists, funny moments, sad moments and action packed moments. so if you’ve read the other two (Cinder and Scarlett) then you should read this. or if you like fairytales. since Cress is a take on Rapunzel but Cress was locked in a satellite for 7 years…fun times. that would make any1 go mad…

i am just really happy for Iko and also Cinder and Kai are adorbs. excited for Winter (2015) and hopefully it’ll be a good ending to this series. =D

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

pleasantly surprised by this book

so i didn’t really know what to expect when reading this book (got it from Spinebreakers) and i found myself to be pleasantly surprised. i enjoyed it. it’s really quite sad but also funny and cute but just really emotional..i thought i was gonna cry on more than one occasion. it also made me angry and everything because why must people be so mean or why do people have to suffer but also really grateful for every little thing that i have and all the opportunities i have been blessed with.

so what is it about? well this single mum who is such a bamf because she has 2 jobs and loves her kids and does everything she can for them and she’s quite funny too…and then there’s some weird coincidence (or fate?) and long story short THE GUY WHOSE HOUSE SHE CLEANS ENDS UP DRIVING HER, HER TWO KIDS AND DOG TO SCOTLAND FOR A MATHS COMPETITION because her daughter is a maths genius. hilarity ensues, plenty of cringe-worthy moments but also sweet, endearing moments and yeah it’s not a bad book.

if you like romcoms and chick lit then read this but also if you want a story about allowing yourself to fall in love then give this a go. =)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

love the cover

love the cover

this book came out last year in the US and i waited till January to get it in the UK and i am so proud of myself for waiting for so long. and it’s rainbow rowell so naturally i had high hopes plus every1 else was raving about it.

i did enjoy it it. it reminded me a lot of my first year of uni (it wasn’t exactly the best year) and fangirling over books and stuff…but Simon Snow (basically Harry Potter) is Cather’s life…and that is a bit much like i mean it’s all fine and well to write fanfiction but don’t let that TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE. and i mean it should be common sense that when you take a fiction writing class you submit your own work not fanfiction…i mean really…

but Cath was kind of annoying. i felt sorry for her but when i read books i wonder if i will be friends with that character irl and no i probs wouldn’t. i like her roommate Reagan. and of course Levi is actually adorable. there’s something about guys in plaid shirts…

anyways so the book is basically about Cath and her life at uni/struggling to find a place in the world/looking after her dad/trying to enjoy uni/writing fanfiction/avoiding everything/hating her mother

so i enjoyed most of it and some parts were super adorable and kjdhfkjhgkjd but some stuff was just unresolved and like i hated the ending. so…if you haven’t read any Rainbow Rowell GO AND READ ELEANOR AND PARK THAT BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL.

How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan

cute cover

so i picked up this book coz it was Buy One Get One Half Price at Waterstones and i’ve read some other David Levithan books so i was like yay cute love stories. and yeah i enjoyed some of them like falling in love, about crushes and how grandparents fell in love. just so you know there are some gay/lesbian love stories…which are pretty graphic so yeah.

i did start Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut but i couldn’t get into it even though it’s really short. plus i got this new book from Spinebreakers so now i am

Currently Reading:  Half Bad by Sally Green

Movie/TV stuff:

idk why i did this to myself

Instructions Not Included

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE IT IS HORRIBLE IT WILL RIP YOUR HEART APART AND LEAVE YOU SOBBING LIKE THIS

THE ENDING THOUGH WHY WHY WHY WHY NOPE NO KJHFKFDHGJDF

anyways…don’t watch it unless you want to cry forever.

Thor: The Dark World- it was really funny and i love Loki and Thor and just yeah it was a good sequel. =)

also crappy movie nights con mi amiga 

so we literally find the worst movies and we watch them together (via facetime since we don’t live in the same city…so we watch the same movie and we talk about it on facetime it’s hilarious)

so far we’ve seen: Safe Haven (nicholas sparks…omg this woman murdered someone or not woah plot twist wow he so likes her omg hat now um okay yes aww the girl is cute omg his daughter ships them lol what is with his son tho so rude omg noo are you dumb tho well that was unexpected okay then wow…5/10), The House Bunny (omg i heard great things about this movie…the only great thing is emma stone and even her character was such a wannabe and just no it was painful to watch because DO NOT CHANGE YOURSELF FOR ANYONE but yourself ie wear nice clothes and make up for yourself to feel confident but you don’t have to change everything about yourself and just yeah it wasn’t even that funny it was just weird…like 3/10),  Fun Size (idek why we watched this movie it was so bad like wtf who just randomly loses their brother????? and did they have no concept of stranger danger????? um weird movie and zero hot guys and omg woah plot twist NOT but seriously wtf was that? 1/10), Labour Pains (starring the fab Lindsay lohan, one of her finest movies yet she pretends to be pregnant so she can keep her job then actually believes she is pregnant and falls in love with her boss wow wow wow so great wtf was that movie i mean it was so weird and bridgit mendler was in it too like maybe 3/10) and omg  The Wedding Pact (literally at the end of uni these friends say okay if we’re not married in 10yrs we shld marry each other and then they dnt talk for 10yrs and the guy is like well i aint married yet so lemme check if she is and yeah so he finds her n she is gonna get married but obv doesnt and just wtf was that movie starring hayley duff like please no 1/10) and then  Pretty Woman (it wasn’t THAT bad but it’s definitely overrated! like i love the shopping and stuff but some parts were so stupid and idk it’s meant to be so romantic but not really they knew each other for a week seriously like 5/10) and Beauty and the Briefcase (idek how we find these movies but like hilary duff stars in this fab movie about a woman who goes undercover in the business world to date as men many in suits just so she can write an article in cosmo like that is it and idek it was so weird 4/10)

and we have plenty more to watch LOL

we’re literally like

idek

Anyways

so there’s a new Divergent trailer

the movie is out April 4th in the UK

but more importantly…

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS TRAILER

leave me alone to cry forever.

JUST LOOK AT THEM BEING ALL ADORABLE

‘his smile could stop wars and cure cancer’ WHY WHY WHYSUKDJFHDJGDJHF STOPAW RLHWRGDFKJ NOPE

okay NO NO;OFGKFDHGKJDFHGKJFDH

NO NO NO

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

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET THEN I AM SORRY DON’T READ IT UNLESS YOU WANT TO CRY FOREVER. the move is out June 20th in the UK.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS AND MOCKINGJAY PART 1 HOW WILL I SURVIVE (i won’t)

can we talk about how beautiful Taylor Swift’s Grammy Performance was???

All Too Well

shocked that Tay didnt win any Grammys but happy for Lorde and Imagine Dragons

SO EXCITED FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF MY MAD FAT DIARY

but OH MY GLOB THE MINDY PROJECT!!! so happy it finally happened but at the same time…wtf mindy is just oh yes i am in love with cliff or not…what MAKE UP YOUR MIND..but will it last? i love danny he is adorbs and he loves mindy it’s so ovs..love is when you want to be a better person etc ejhddjh urgh so cute…he didn’t want to imagine life without mindy basically.

Teen Wolf. i don’t even know what to say HOW IS THIS SHOW SO PAINFUL AND SAD AND CREEPY those shadow things terrified me and omg stiles poor stiles but evil stiles is so hot but omg can dylan o’brien act i can’t wait to see him in the maze runner!!! but seriously. this show is crazy intense.

this is a very important article about women respecting other women!

a snippet from the article: You are not your age, your weight, your hair, your skin or your clothes. You are not your favourite magazine’s opinion of you, you’re not what your ex-boyfriend thought of you or what your current boyfriend thinks you should be. You aren’t any of that. It’s that simple. Really. So, what are you, then? That’s for you to decide. Learn to value the things in yourself and others that people would have you believe aren’t worthwhile.” Jennifer Still

also another one about Labelling women as ‘crazy’

and #LifeofaMuslimFemenist

anyways hope you’ve enjoyed this long rambly post. thanks for reading. =)

Have a great weekend and week. hope it’s not too cold (polar vortex) or wet (floods) or hot (heatwave) and you’ve having fun and enjoying life.

Happy Reading!

xoxo

p.s Hermione and Ron make sense Hermione and Ron are perf, they balance each other out and it’s normal to argue and fight and hellooo marriage counseling is totes okay. so idc what J.K.Rowling said

Peeta Mellark ❤

“Stop giving people power to control your smile, your worth, and your attitude.” Mandy Hale.

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” Ben Aaronovitch

basically

I think I’ve always been half out of my shell and half in. Sometimes I can be extremely wild and sometimes I can be extremely shy. It just depends on the day.Emile Hirsch

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Backtrack to 2013: Catching up on Reviews and stuff

Hello There.

so this post is all about an update on my life/what i’ve been up to/reviews

Movies:

We’re The Millers – this movie is hilarious!!! Will Poulter’s character is my fave of course! possibly one of the funniest movies of the year.

Before Midnight – these movies are really unique because 90% of the movie is just two people talking. and i love that. it started of as such a cute loves tory but the ending…i wasn’t so happy with.

 Kick-Ass 2 – so violent i wouldn’t recommend it. unneccessarily violent. funny at times but majority of the movie was just stupid.

3-tamil movie my friend told me to watch this coz of the guy AND SHE DIDN’T WARN ME. so i’ma all like squee this is so cute he loves her and the way he dances and haha so funny and aww her little sister is adorbs and whatnot yay woah they get married so quickly and then BAM. omg he gets her a pug…here’s the song where he gives it to her at 1.17.

and then suddenly everything changes and of course it goes crazy and doesn’t end well.

because he loves her so much and she loves him so much it is UNHEALTHY. he lies to her. he has bipolar and he doesnt tell her because he’s scared and it’s jst horrible.

so messed up

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs- what a wonderfully weird movie, i love it it’s so funny and such an insane concept. i know it’s based on a book. but it’s adorbs.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2– sadly this wasn’t as great as the first movie. but still quite cute. urgh the marshmallows and the strawberries kfhgdzhj adorbs

THERE’ A LEEK IN THE BOAT:

*dead*

Frozen – urgh such an emotional movie i actually teared up! the songs were good and PLOT TWIST MUCH I DIDN’T SEE IT COMING I WAS SO ANGRY.

kristoff and sven are wonderful- kristoff kind of reminds me of Peeta lol. i want a reindeer friend!

and princess anna who is adorable and awkward and just i love her.

Princess Anna and Kristoff on an Adventure.

i love queen elsa such a bamf

perf

and of course olaf is my fave

yes. yes it is.

i may or may not have cried in this movie…

Let It Go- Demi Lovato

i’ve seen Catching Fire three times. =P can’t wait for the DVD with 2hrs of extra stuff!

HAHAHAHA that was improv!

Books:

Every Day by David Levithan

US and UK Covers- i like the orange one which is the one i got

THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD PLEASE GO READ IT. IT IS SO CUTE AND WONDERFUL AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

it’s about a ‘boy’ who wakes up as a different person ever day!!!! omg ikr. it’s crazy. what a concept. so he lives the lives of different people just for one day. BUT they’re usually the same age etc but it’s just really weird but so good and then he falls in love with this girl and things get complicated and the end omg the end is so cute but sad and i just gddfjkfdgkjhfkjgh THIS BOOK WILL GIVE YOU FEELS. but go read it. it is worth it. =)

House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Spinebreakers

i loathe these covers

um. what can i say? this book is everything. i love it. it was funny and emotional and omg PERCABETH IN TARTARUS AND BOB IS MY FAVE AND OMG LEO AND CALYPSO AND OMF POOR NICO I LOVE NICO. i honestly thought nico would have a POV but sadly he didn’t. also omf frank became such a bamf and wow i just love this book and i can’t believe the Heroes of Olympus Series will be over soon. =(

if you HAVEN’T read the Percy Jackson series yet? WHY? if you love greek mythology please do. and then Heroes of Olympus is just WAY better…more humour and the characters are older and a mixture of characters and also ROMAN DEMIGODS WOAH. serously idc if it’s for 9 year olds i am gonna be 20 and i’ll still read the last book.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

cute but not as good as Eleanor and Park

so of course i love Rainbow Rowell because ELEANOR AND PARK IS SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK. but this is an adult book that she wrote ages ago (in the 90s). it took me a while to get into because frankly the first half is kind of BORING but then after a while i kind like the characters and it’s funny and then it becomes REALLY CUTE and yeah. it made me want to play Dungeons and Dragons…is that weird? at least once…just to try it…lol.

Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle

perfect holiday read

literally the 2nd best book  (first is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares) to read during the Christmas Holidays . which is what i did. cute holiday romances by wonderful authors. the stories eventually link, they’re funny and yeah i enjoyed them. a light read for the holiday. =) also doesn’t help with my unrealistic expectations of guys…

Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K.Rowling

BRILLIANT

so like i felt like reading a REALLY GOOD BOOK because the book si’ve previously read weren’t THAT amazing and i needed to get into a good read so i was like OH. i shall try some crime fiction. and of course j.k.rowling is a fabulous writer. so i read this. OMG IT IS SO GOOD. like seriously. it’s funny an descriptive and intriguing and like woah plot twists and just really well written and the detail…like SHE WROTE ABOUT MY AREA. as in Tottenham Court Road is RIGHT NEAR MY UNIVERSITY. AND SHE SAID HE WENT TO TH EUNIVERTIY OF LONDON UNION WHICH IS LITERALLY NEXT DOOR TO MY UNI!!! so like j.k.rowling could have been walking around my uni area kjhdfkjdhgkhdfkgdk . i love when books are set in places i know about. but then i also love it when they’re set in places i don’t know about so i can one day go there and explore!

anyways it’s about this model who supposedly commits suicide (or does she?) and her brother wants to reopen the case etc and it’s just really good and i like Robin the secretary and Cormoran Strike aint such a bad guy. i don’t usually read crime fiction but this is so good and gripping and if you want a good CAPTIVATING novel then this is it.

SoPhia: a novel by Shafinaaz Hassim

cover is kind of dull but i like the pattern

i had high hopes for this book. sadly i was kind of disappointed. there was too much going on…like bad things just kept on happening and it was like REALLY IS THAT NECESSARY? also the whole philosophical aspect was a bit too much like what is your point? the character i was most invested in was Mariam, her parents and her children. Zareen was annoying and i felt sorry for her but also SHE NEEDED THERAPY TOO. i am glad in the end it all worked out etc but i don’t get the whole alchemy, enlightened thing and the SoPhia house in Mauritius like wtf? okay so it’s a story of domestic abuse and maintaining a household and keeping the family together (for whose sake though?) and suffering in silence etc. i think it had POTENTIAL to be a good sotry if there wasn’t so much going on (domestic abuse, depressed sister in law, death, therapy, coma etc)

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville (courtesy of Spinebreakers)

papercutting workshop! i think i did a pretty good job!

papercutting workshop! i think i did a pretty good job!

at the Spinebreakers Editorial Meeting we had a paper cutting worship by Poppy Chancellor it was nice being creative and artsy…it’s been so long since i’ve drawn/painted/done anything art related since school (i usually just make cards).

this is a mix of historical fiction/mystery and fairy tales. it was kind of like inception…a story within a story and very confusing at times. eventually i kind of pieced some stuff together but the end it was all revealed.

i did enjoy it but it was also rather disturbing…it dealt with a lot of things from abuse to harassment and then friendship and love.

sadly i didn’t meet my goal of reading 52 books i think i only read like 36 or something. my aim is to read a book a week.

I AM REALLY EXCITED FOR: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Cress by Marissa Meyer, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan and lots of other new books in 2014!

I had the pleasure of meeting Holly Black (author of tithe, curse workers trilogy and the coldest girl in coldtown)

as well as Veronica Roth (okay i STILL haven’t read Allegiant BUT i know bad stuff happens. i will be getting it for my birthday!) and I SAW SHAILENE WOODLEY!!!

Veronica Roth and Shailene Woodley

Veronica Roth and Shailene Woodley

SIGNED BOOK AND SOME FREEBIES!!!

SIGNED BOOK AND SOME FREEBIES!!!

if you want to know HOW to meet authors? simply check out their websites/social media and also BOOK websites. in the UK i check out the Waterstones and Foyles websites for author events and you simply book a ticket and go see the author give a talk and sign books. =)

speaking of that JOHN GREEN HAS SEEN THE FAULT IN OUR STARS MOVIE I REPEAT THE AUTHOR HAS SEEN THE MOVIE. and he loved it.

ASDFGHJKL;'

ASDFGHJKL;’

some Music stuff:

Wild Heart– The Vamps

I AM SEEING TAYLOR SWIFT’S RED TOUR IN THE UK IN FEBRUARY 2014. YAY. (the vamps are opening for her i am so exciting!!!)

I See Fire– Ed Sheeran wrote a song for The hobbit: Desolation of Smaug movie soundtrack and it is beautiful! i am also hopefully going to see him in October 2014. YAY FOR HIS UK TOUR!!!

TV:

MTV Girl Code: this is hilarious. guys should watch this too, but seriously an mtv show where some girls talk about ‘girl stuff’ and a few guys too. it’s quite informative in an informal way.

omg when i was in South Africa it was great for my self esteem coz my three younger cousins (4, 6 and 10) were all like YOU LOOK SO PRETTY, BEAUTIFUL WOW I LOVE YOU’ and i’m like aasdfghjkl;’

Arrow– my dad hates that my bro and i watch this show coz he says it’s so crap. it’s not terrible. i really like shadow and i hope she hasn’t died. oliver and felicity needs to happen. i do not like laurel one bit.omg barry alan yay and omg plot twist much the end why.. urgh shadow is the best

American Horror Story: Coven: THIS SHOW IS SO MESSED UP 

Jessica Lange is just phenomenal.

too bad we don’t see much of Kyle. =( he’s kind of like Frankenstein’s monster…but poor kyle…what happend to him was so messed up (abuse).

the racism is clear: black= voodoo and bad while white= superior/good magic

and of course the whole slavery thing which was horrific. i couldn’t watch it.

beauty/youth- fiona’s pursuit of the concoction- whole idea of elixir of life/immortality/youthfulness/fear of aging (AND THE THING THAT KEPT HER YOUNG…? BABY’S BLOOD. GROSS)

i don’t get it- this world is so crazy and messed up why be immortal? outlive everyone you love etc

this show is like some eps are really good and others are just annoying.

the most iconic/annoying thing

bet you thought you’d seen the last of me…

The Mindy Project- omg danny likes mindy-he admitted it to himself. but the annoying thing about the show is that they introduce new guys for mindy to date and they’re nice and so i like them but ultimately DANNY AND MINDY JDSHFJHDGFJH i mean he danced for her…like he actually did a dance as her christmas present. IF A GUY DANCES TO YOUR FAVE SONG…JHFJMGHFD KEEP HIM FOREVER.

The Newsroom

i literally watched 2 seasons in a week. =P

jim and maggie need to happen. BUT OMG POOR MAGGIE WHAT HAPPENED IN UGANDA WAS HORRIBLE.

but also her hair looks gross. like okay cut your hair fine but then go to a salon and get it done again.

at first i was like OMG JIM IS PERF and then he gets annoying and can be an idiot but i still like him

i thought Don was a jerk at first but him and Sloane are cute and he does mean well but i would prefer to date Jim than Don.

Sloane is actually my fave character. but i also love Neil- he is hilarious.

Will and Mackenzie though like seriously. are you blind/dumb? why torture yourselves. I’M SORRY BUT YOU DON’T JUST BUY A TIFFFANY’S RING AND THEN SAY YOU’RE OVER THE PERSON AND LEAVE IT IN YOUR CUPBOARD FOR THREE YEARS OR MORE LIKE WTF. nope. obv u still love her smh.
love is weird man these people are messed up. WHY DENY YOURSELF LOVE…
but then the finale was too good to be true and too predictable like it was kind of anticlimatic.

but the show is good…it’s the news. and the drama in the newsroom etc

Modern Family is hilarious as always

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary:

even google was excited for the 50th anniversary!

11 Dancing Doctors

brilliant. seeing Rose as Bad Wolf was painful but seeing the three doctors interact was ksjdhfkj.

Doctor Who Christmas special:

so long raggedy man

matt smith- bowties are cool

i feel like Matt Smith was saying that to himself as well as the audience

Sherlock:

omg i can’t. i love Molly but wtf was her wedding outfit? i love mary dnt say anything bad about her SHE DID WHAT SHE HAD TO DO TO SURVIVE. also. john omg i just wanna hug him. sherlock urgh so hot i can’t.

drunk sherlock was hilarious.

john’s mustache RIP lol I DON’T SHAVE FOR SHERLOCK HAHAHA

molly’s bf…hahaha

MRS HUDSON THINKING JOHN IS GAY OMG

season 3 was defo for the fans. it was also funnier. but the end tho…jadshfkdjhg DID YOU MISS ME??????? HAHAHA

every fangirl’s dream tbh

um

*coughs* *clears throat* *dies*

SO LIKE ANOTHER YEAR TILL SEASON 4????????!!!!!!!!!!

Suburgatory, Teen Wolf and Girls are back on TV! yay

In Other News:

I WENT TO SEE LES MISERABLES STARRING CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER AS EPONINE

Les Miserables programme

Les Miserables programme

omg it was amazing/spectacular/incredible/wow LOVED IT. was singing along tot he songs. quietly of course. i love the theatre and musicals. i hope to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory next year!

i wrote a Guest Blog Post at my friend’s blog about British Misconceptions.

there’s this super awesome Hijabi Superhero called Qahera and this girl basically just made her up and wrote and drew the comics. how cool is that?

IS IT A TEDDY BEAR? NO IT’S AN OLINGUITO. A NEW MAMMAL FOUND IN ECUADOR/COLUMBIAN RAINFOREST!!!

Olinguito Cub

University: in case you didn’t know i am currently in my SECOND YEAR of university at SOAS studying Social Anthropology.

Alhamdulilah this year is SO MUCH BETTER than last year. probably because i am more used to it, know people etc

New Religious Movements in Asia and Africa: term 1 i did a course on this which was so interesting about ‘cults’ and ‘sects’ and charismatic leadership etc and we had to do a fieldwork report I HAD TO GO OUT IN THE FIELD AND INTERVIEW PEOPLE. it was quite fun apart from people wanting to convert me…

Ethnographic Region: Near and Middle East– some weird stuff i have to read about cultural practices, like women stuff it’s weird. but it’s so interesting and just yeah i love debating and discussing stuff.

Theory in Anthropology– so dense and i find it very difficult but it’s the basis of anthropology so i need to know it. learn about Barthes, Kristeva, Derrida, Lacan, Bataille, Foucoult, Geertz etc etc

Islam in Britain– the history of Islam in Britain and modern day issues etc it is SO GOOD and i’m learning new stuff and i just love it. also visited a shi’a islamic centre which was interesting. OMG WHAT OTHER WORD CAN I USE APART FROM INTERESING WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

NEW COURSE: the Anthropology of African and Asian Communities in Britain– this is about the history of the blacks and asians in the UK and migration as well as settling down…the issues faced and they currently face. history of oppression and racism but omg so good to learn about it.

i REALLY LOVE SPOKEN WORD:

Halloween

Pretty

Shrinking Women

What Guys Look For In Girls

social experiment: fouseytube

hijab

bullying

ISLAMIC RELIEF Charity Week: universities and schools all over the country and world take part in raising money for orphans and needy children. my contribution was of course donating but also i baked the whole week from brownies to cupcakes! (will post a baking blog post so you’ll see it there) UCL also held this women’s night event with some amazing guest speakers and i got to meet the youtube Amenakin! she’s so lovely Masha’Allah!

Book Club: i host a historical fiction book club at my dad’s school with my friend. the book ic hose this term for year 10/11 was Ruby Red by Linzi Glass which is about growing up in apartheid South Africa in the 1970s, and being a white english girl yet supporting black people etc. it’s a really good book, and covers the Soweto Riots and the brutality of the apartheid regime. i’m so glad the girls enjoyed it AND they learned about what apartheid was all about! it’s also nice to be an inspiration to those girls. =) the next book i’ll be doing is I, Coriander by Sally Gardner with year 7 and 8s.

this is a really interesting article about disability, being grateful, death and just appreciating life

lots of books, movies and exciting things to look forward to in 2014 so Alhamdulilah for another amazing year.

can’t believe 2013 just flew by…i miss my cousins in South Africa so much…

and of course, the world lost a great man in 2013

Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

check out this blog post and this about Nelson Mandela

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’

Power to the People Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela 1990

‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite’

Free Palestine

‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’

Happy Reading

Hope you had a wonderful 2013 and that the new year brings you more amazing memories and full of good times!

thanks for reading my blog!

Much Love

Juwi

xoxo

The Book Guru

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

i am so grateful for all that God has blessed me with

Favourite Things: 2013

Hello There

of 2013

Books:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (final book in the Infernal Devices trilogy)

House of Hades by Rick Riordan (fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series)

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Every Day by David Levithan

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (final book in the Graceling trilogy)

Music:

DEMI by Demi Lovato

Nothing to Lose by EMBLEM3

Catching Fire Soundtrack

New artists I discovered:

Lorde

The Vamps

Hunter Hayes

Movies:

Catching Fire

We’re the Millers

The Internship

The Great Gatsby

Frozen

Epic

Despicable Me 2

Monsters University

Pitch Perfect

Les Misérables

Memories:

turning 19 on the 19th of January- i had a fab birthday party!

Meeting John and Hank Green in February

going to the Aquarium with my friend as a birthday treat
and going to the zoo in the summer with said friend just coz we both love animals so much!

my friend’s party where i this really cute guy who loves animals and books and who was just really nice and he gave me hope for the future =P

Baking!!! i’ve discovered some amazing new recipes and yeah trying new things. =)

Ramadan in South Africa was just beautiful. Alhamdulilah.

Summer in South Africa: going to the beach, meeting new people, spending time with my cousins, playing with kids and just relaxing and having fun. I STROKED A CHEETAH JHDGFJHDGJHDGJHFD

EMBLEM3 came to London and i met them and went to a special concert.

and many more of course!

Have a FAB 2014…can’t wait for all the good things to come!

i’d be nothing without God. so Alhmadulilah He has blessed me with so much. =)

Happy Reading!

Juwi

p.s a bit of Neil Gaiman wisdom

don’t forget!

yes!

tay casually dancing with her award LIKE A BOSS. look at her in that elie saab dress urgh so perf

this is everything

so this is my future husband

Joshua Ryan Hutcherson…’every time you smile, i smile…’ ❤

and finally

JLaw has spoken.

“The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life, and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. The people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in you too. The people that love you, simply for being you. The once in a lifetime kind of people.” Unknown

“Don’t waste your time explaining who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.” Lecrae

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Hope is Stronger Than Fear

ALL THINGS CATCHING FIRE

okay so let’s set the scene.

tick tock

November 2013.

my fb status:

NOVEMBER 2013

1st NOVEMBER 2013

BUT SERIOUSLY.

i have waited so long for the Catching Fire movie

tick tock

lol nah about a year and a half.and then

then i saw

Catching Fire advert!!!

Catching Fire advert!!!

not gonna lie i actually gasped on the street.

and then…

Catching Fire London World Premiere: Monday 11TH November 2013

unfortunately i tried to queue up but it was a monday and that’s my busiest day at uni and i wasnt gonna skip uni for a 1% chance of seeing josh and jen but after uni i went to Leicester Square to check it out and i waited in the cold and it was okay. it was quite a boring premiere tbh. sad times. the best part was seeing josh and jen and the toher cast ont he screen and also when i came home i checked out all the interviews and photos.

OH MY GLOB

OH MY GLOB

i saw them putting up the giant mockingjay

BEFORE:

wow wow and wow

wow wow and wow

AFTER

OMG A GIANT MOCKINGJAY IN LEICESTER SQUARE

OMG A GIANT MOCKINGJAY IN LEICESTER SQUARE

um it’s on fire. kind of. how amazing.

so anyways yes this is my fave pic ever

actual perfection. jennifer lawrence attacking josh hutcherson at the cf premiere

Josh commented on this moment and said Jen is insane and needs medication lol maybe…but she is awesome. i love joshifer/their friendship

also.

why yes sam claflin i would thank you

this wonderful person SAM CLAFLIN plays Finnick Odair and  i just…he is really lovely. oh and his wife Laura Haddock they are adorbs.

don’t we all jen.

um so yeah then it was literally 2 weeks of premieres and cf interviews and madness and i was like WHAT IS AIR OH MY GLOB I CAN’T BREATHE THIS IS TO MUCH SO SOON I AM NOT READY I NEED TO SEE IT BUT THEN WHAT OMG CINNA AND MAGS AND PEETA AND JUST WHAT OMG I CAN’T DEAL. SOON.

yeah basically. my family and friends had to put up with this.

then there was other stuff like

sesame street release Catching Fur where peeta is an actual pita it is perfect

tick tock

so like here are all the trailers for Catching Fire:

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

We Remain TV Spot

and there are so many more seriously

here are some ACTUAL CLIPS FROM THE MOVIE

District 11

Gale and Katniss

Finnick and Johanna

so i started re-reading Catching Fire in preparation of the movie and luckily i finshed it ON THE DAY.

i forgot how amazing the book is and how good the writing and story is and just thank you suzanne collins

so on the morning of Thursday 21st November

tick tock

up up up it’s a BIG day!

i wore

OOTD- rocking my mockingjay pins

OOTD- rocking my mockingjay pins- oops it’s upside down

i just kept on saying tick tock the whole of November

so i went to uni and then i ate lunch and went to Waterloo AND OMG I FOUND THE US WEEKLY CATCHING FIRE MAGAZINE AND I BOUGHT IT AND THEN I MET MY MUM AND WE WENT TO BFI IMAX TO WATCH CATCHING FIRE

as soon as i saw the LIONSGATE sign i was like

IT’S STARTING

AND THEN I WATCHED THE MOVIE. I SAT THERE FOR THE WHOLE THING EVEN AFTER THE CREDITS (they play Atlas by Coldplay and Silhouttes by Of Monsters and Men)

so now for the actual review are you ready?

Catching Fire Film Review:

Director: Francis Lawrence

Screenwriter: Nina Jacobson

THE AUTHOR SUZANNE COLLINS had a huge role in contributing the the screenplay etc

Recurring Cast:

Jennifer Lawrence- Katniss Everdeen

Josh Hutcherson- Peeta Mellark

Woody Harrelson- Haymitch Abernathy

Liam Hemsworth- Gale Hawthorne

Donald Sutherland-Preisdent Snow

Elizabeth Banks- Effie Trinket

Lenny Kavitz-Cinna

Willow Shields- Primrose Everdeen

Stanley Tucci- Ceasar Flickerman

New Cast:

Sam Claflin- Finnick Odair

Jena Malone- Johanna Mason

Stef Dawson- Annie Cresta

Lynn Cohen-Mags

Amanda Plummer-Wiress

Jeffrey Wright- Beetee

Alan Ritchson-Gloss

Stephanie Leigh Schlund-Cashmere

Bruno Gunn-Brutus

Meta Golding-Enobria

Philip Seymour Hoffman- Plutarch Heavensbee

Running Time: 2hrs 26mins

best to see it in IMAX (the arena scenes were filmed in imax)

Before: ‘yeah i’m probs only gonna cry 3 times…the jabberjay scene for sure and cinna and mags’ HAHAHAHAHAHA I CRIED FROM DISTRICT 11 AND I DIDN’T REALLY STOP…majority of the movie i spent crying…

Plot: read the books

Katniss and Peeta ‘won’ the 74th Hunger Games- more like survived. just about.  both are suffering from PTSD

is Katniss in love with peeta? or was it was all for the games? WELL SHE DOESN’T REALLY KNOW BUT PRESIDENT SNOW ISN’T CONVINCED.

the berries at the end…seen as an act of defiance. the people of panem see it as a SPARK…katniss is the SPARK- preisdient snow is afraid of future uprisings- katniss has become the spark- mockingjay- symbol of rebellion- act of defiance against the capitol

Victory Tour- go to all the districts and give a speech about the fallen tributes in the 74th hunger games- HOW WONDERFUL SAYING I SURVIVED AND YOUR CHILDREN DIDN’T. things go down.

Quarter Quell: every 25years there is a SPECIAL hunger games to show everyone that we’re all just pieces in the Capitol’s sick twsited game. this quarter quell: male and female from existing pool of victors from each distric- DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS? IT MEANS ‘I AM GOING BACK INTO THE ARENA’

so like haymitch gets chosen and peeta is all like i volunteer obvs and so haymitch says they have to make allies in the arena coz these are all TRAINED KILLERS coz they all won thg once.

so katniss wants Beetee and Wiress and Mags and peeta is all like are you kidding me and it is perfect.

and Finnick Odair being all like WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS and johanna mason being all badass with her axe AND WHEN SHE SAYS UNZIP ME IT WAS FLAWLESS I DIED.

CINNA’S COSTUMES ARE ACTUALLY THE BEST THING EVER SO BEAUTIFUL. KATNISS IS SO HOT DEFO THE GIRL ON FIRE.  I MEAN THE TRIBUTE PARADE WHEN KATNISS AND PEETA WERE ON FIRE URGH SO HOT LOL AND THEN…her wedding dress…AND THE ‘CINNA HAS TURNED ME INTO A MOCKINGJAY’ it’s so beautiful but then i know the consequences of his actions.

EVERLARK LOOK AT THEM

URGH SO PERF

urgh and the interviews JOHANNA MASON SWEARING…BRILLIANT AND KATNISS TURNING INTO THE MOCKINGJAY AND PEETA’S SURPRISE HAHA PERFECT.

AND THEN LEADING UP TO THE ARENA AS IN SAYING BYE TO EFFIE AND HAYMITCH AND ‘WE’RE A TEAM’ and stay alive and

the capitol/president snow

i was crying like 90% of the time.

when katniss says bye to cinna and omg how she has changed since the first film because she knows she won’t be coming out alive (or will she?) AND THEN CINNA. OMG I JUST IT HAPPENS SO QUICKLY AND HORRIFICALLY.

and then bam

the arena- tick tock the *SPOILER ALERT* the arena is a clock

poisonous fog, blood rain, monkeys, jabberjays- BRILLIANT

the jabbery jay scene tho…

katniss it’s not real

MAGS..BEAUTIFUL SWEET MAGS…

SHE WAS HALF HIS FAMILY

everlark though EVERYTHING ABOUT PEETA MELLARK S PERFECT

NO ONE NEEDS ME

KATNISS LOVES PEETA AASDFGHJKL;’ AND IT IS REAL

and i just the end…

‘I’LL SEE YOU AT MIDNIGHT’ and i was like no you won’t. and then i could feel my heart actually break in two.

everlark feels

THEY ALL MADE AN ALLIANCE TO KEEP KATNISS ALIVE AND PEETA SAFE BUT…

katniss and beetee and finnick got saved by the Resistance and are being taken to DISTRICT 13

while Peeta, Johanna and Enobria get picked up by the Capitol

because Katniss destroys the forcefield

so when Katniss wakes up she’s like WTF WHERE IS PEETA and they’re like THE CAPITOL TOOK HIM and she’s like NO…NOT PEETA.

plutarch tells her ‘while you live, the revolution lives’ Katniss- YOU ARE THE MOCKINGJAY- THE SYMBOL OF REBELLION.

and then she is sedated coz she is in hysterics over peeta

and when she wakes up again GALE is all like

katniss, there is no district 12

and THAT IS THE MOVIE. omg what happens next???

um

it’s a trilogy. read the damn books

and then i was sat there in awe at the sheer perfection of the movie

THANK YOU FRANCIS LAWRENCE

my fb status after i watched CF

my fb status after i watched CF

and then i went to see it again with my friends on Friday 22nd November 2013:

OOTD Catching Fire woop

OOTD Catching Fire woop

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK THAT WERE IN THE MOVIE:

“You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him.”-Haymitch

“So it’s you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans.” -Haymitch

“It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.” -Katniss

Want a sugar cube? They’re supposed to be for the horses, but who cares? They’ve got years to eat sugar, whereas you and I…well, if we see something sweet we better grab it quick.” -Finnick

“Remember, girl on fire, I’m still betting on you.” -Cinna

No one really needs me.” -Peeta
“I do, I need you.” -Katniss

TICK TOCK -Wiress

Convince Me- President Snow

when katniss and peeta talk about their fave colours OMG THE CUTENESS.

and many more

it’s basically the book

since i finished re-reading it on the thursday it was fresh in my mind and i was already emotionally fragile coz EXCITEMENT BUT ALSO CATCHING FIRE FEELS and then seeing it come to life blew me away. beautiful.

excellent

the costumes (Effie’s outfits were incredible…my favourite is the butterfly dress which is Alexander McQueen but i also really love this outfit:

Effie Trinket

the detail, the nuisances,

the added scenes  with Snow and his granddaughter- THIS WAS AMAZING. because it showed how Snow has a life and the reality of the situation and how even snow’s granddaughter wants to look/be like katniss. mwahaha nice touch

and Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee- oh their convos were brilliant.

and the dialogue.

better than THG movie.

Fave scenes:

Elevator Scene where you first meet Johanna Mason

perfection 😉

District 11 victory tour- RUE’S FAMILY OMG I CRIED SO MUCH.

Training- Peeta’s painting of rue and katniss hanging seneca crane dummy (with beard AND she bowed again)

EVERLARK- train scene when katniss says stay and peeta whispers ALWAYS/pearl scene/beach scene/all the kisses EVERYTHING ABOUT KATNISS AND PEETA.

beach scene kjhfkjdghdkfjhgs

jabberjay scene was so powerful- jen screaming and sam’s face and peeta screaming it’s not real and just wow the acting.

Philip Seymour Hoffman as plutarch heavensbee just his casualness and subtlety blew me away

effie and haymitch- WE’RE A TEAM

the interviews- Johanna swearing, finnick’s poem to annie, katniss turning into the mockingjay and peeta’s bombshell (and his smile after like he knew exactly what he was doing!)

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE IS PERFECT AND FLAWLESS AND BRILLIANT AND FULL OF ACTION AND GOOD ACTING AND WONDERFUL WARDROBE AND A FABULOUS CAST AND JUST THE DIRECTING THANK YOU FRANCIS LAWRENCE I SALUTE YOU AND APPLAUD YOU.

and the Oscar for best actress goes to: JENNIFER LAWRENCE

best supporting actress: jena malone for her performance as johanna mason – i cannot get over how amazing jena malone is as johnna mason like wow the elevator scene and the interview and the arena and everything. urgh just PERFECT CASTING.

best actor: josh hutcherson

best supporting actor: philip seymour hoffman

best director: francis lawrence

but alas catching fire won’t make it on the oscar list because it’s a YA book to movie and all these award thingies are snobby and picky and just because teenagers love thg franchise they won’t see how amazing it really is. although catching fire is blowing up the box office records so yay and i’m sure it’ll be one of the highest grossing movies of 2013 so YAY.

i’m just happy more people know about thg and want to read it because it’s a good story about how one girl inadvertently starts a rebellion and becomes the symbol of the rebellion. nope she didn’t ask for this but she has to be the leader now and it’s a lot to take on. plus she has t deal with her feelings for gale (a boy she’s known all her life) and peeta ( a boy she’s shared so much with and who understands what she’s going through having been in the arena with her). on top of that the amount she has lost..the people she has grown to love and constant worrying about her mother and prim. and she has a rebellion to incite. katniss everdeen is amazing. no she isn’t likeable at first but you grow to appreciate and admire her courage and bravery and yes it is okay to cry and her love for her family motivates her and she has something to fight for and she believes in doing what is right and she hates the system but she knows she has to play the game and just wow.

i just really love this trilogy okay.

and don’t get me started on peeta mellark. i hear people are saying he’s weak and is the damsel in distress and katniss is the ‘strong female character’ while peeta is ‘feminine’ and i’m like damn role reversals? no. we have been conditioned to see strong a synonymous with being male and any sign of weakness is seen as feminine.

peeta is not weak. he choose to use words rather than violence.

she’s a baker and a painter. he has a pure heart and soul. he is genuine.

also let’s not forget he is alone. his family don’t love him, his mum abused him and he even says ‘no one needs me’

does that make him weak? he will defend himself but most of all he will fight so katniss lives. because his love is pure..because his love is real.

urgh and then the capitol just destroys everything and ruins everything BUT they survive. as in they get through it. because they are DETERMINED to get through it. together. i just have a lot of everlark feels.

i think it might be the best film of the ‘franchise’ since mockingjay is split in parts. but we’ll have to wait till next november.

Mockingjay Part 1: November 21st 2014

Mockingjay Part 2 November 20th 2015

my fave songs from the soundtrack are:

Lights- Phantogram

Who We Are- Imagine Dragons

Mirror- Ellie Goulding

Silhouettes- Of Monsters and Men

We Remain- Christina Aguilera

Gale Song- The Lumineers

Atlas- Coldplay

Shooting Arrows at the Sky- Santigold

NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS PLEASE GO READ THEM AND PLEASE GO WATCH THE MOVIE!!!

p.s

The Odds Are Never In Our Favour

pp.s this is brilliant: check out her other stuff

haha

that’s all folks.

hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

anyways i am not over catching fire. STILL EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE.i wanna see it again.

also i realised the song Last Kiss by Taylor Swift reminds me of everlark especially when katniss kisses peeta in the arena when she’s like i’ll see you at midnight’

por ejemplo: ‘never thought we’d have a last kiss, never imagine we’d end like this, your name forever the name on my lips’

‘i feel you forget me like i used to feel you breathe’

‘i never planned on you changing your mind’

and if it doesn’t remind you of everlark and mockingjay then go away

ah i’ll just be off crying/sobbing in a corner/on the floor

till the next time

toodles

i almost forgot

now we wait

less than a year woop

less than a year woop

 

xoxo

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D