Summer Reviews

Hello Internet

Let’s get to it…time for a long review post.

Books:

yay

The Kill Order by James Dashner (prequel to The Maze Runner Series)

this book. was so disappointing. if you have read The Maze Runner trilogy DON’T BOTHER READING THIS BOOK. it was so boring and okay only towards the end did it get a bit interesting but i had to like…STICK WITH THE BOOK otherwise i wouldn’t have finished it.

prequel

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

bamf

ah but this book. wow. it came out in 2012 but i have been savouring it. and i finally read it. and boy i did not want to put it down. it’s one of those books where you just can’t stop thinking about it. not only is it full of richly developed characters but also the THEMES AND ISSUES wow. Cashore managed to deal with many issues IN A FANTASY NOVEL and this book proves how FICTION TELLS THE TRUTH BETTER THAN SOME NON-FICTION. it’s scary and disturbing, but it’s so beautifully written and you just want to keep reading. the questions that keep arising and once you get the answers YOU NEVER EXPECTED but you understand.

so happy to see Katsa and Po, i love Giddon and Death and the kitty Lovejoy and Bitterblue thrown into a situation not sure how she is meant to rule a kingdom SHE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT. Saf with his purple eyes and teddy…ah this book is so BRILLIANT. please go read this series.

so essential the story deals with Bitterblue ruling after her father Leck..and the kingdom coping…and dealing with grief and lots of other emotions and just a lot goes on in this book. NOT FOR YOUNGER READERS

The Diviners by Libba Bray

what a creepy book

this book haunted me. in that i read it at night and i had nightmares so i could only read it in the day. OMG IT IS SO SCARY BUT LIKE SO GOD SO YOU JUST WANT TO READ IT AND FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS. ah set in the 1920s so like what a wonderful setting and New York and just WHAT A BOOK. brilliant characters and what a story and PLOT TWISTS and just wow.

i love Memphis.

Evie is slightly annoying but then i kind of like her too. Jericho I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING STRANGE ABOUT HIM…

urgh i really did not like sam at all. so dodgy.

THIS BOOK IS FULL OF WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY AND VOODOO AND CRAZY CRAY CRAY THINGS SO YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. may cause nightmares. NOT FOR YOUNGER READERS.

yeah so it’s about evie moving to New York and working with her uncle and how there are diviners…people with special powers like healing or other stuff…just read it! Libba Bray is one of my fave authors.

it’s the first in a trilogy so looking forward to the sequel. =)

THIS BOOK IS THE CAT’S PYJAMAS.

this quote struck me:

“Often, the monsters we create in our imagination are not nearly as frightening as the monstrous acts perpetuated by ordinary human beings in the aim of one cause or another.” Libba Bray
for example…the things people do for love or religion or their beliefs. they cannot be persuaded otherwise and i am all for respecting beliefs and stuff but like WHO MADE YOU GOD AND TOLD YOU TO KILL EVERYONE?

 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephenie Perkins

this book: 3/4 ARGH and 1/4 SQUEEE

this book frustrated me. Lola is so annoying and just WHY WOULD YOU BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE IF YOU WEREN’T OVER SOMEONE ELSE. urgh. some people. i had to remind myself she is younger than me (i feel so old reading YA now…) but still. urgh so stupid.

of course Cricket is lovely and adorable and nerdy and perfect and funny and EVERYTHING KTGHJDFLKNSVDML/JGLKDFD

but yeah most of the book i was annoyed at lola and just TWO TIMING LEADING PEOPLE ON AND LYING TO YOURSELF STOP IT. but eventually she grew up and admitted the truth. thankfully.

so yeah the final quarter of the book i as like wejgfjdgbdfjkx aahhh why am i such a hopeless romantic?

Girl Next Door by Emblem3 is the perfect song for this book. describing Cricket’s feelings lol.

something ’bout the girl next door…something that i can’t ignore…

we act like we’re just friends though…

‘i’ve seen you with no make up….so glad that you’re my neighbour…and i can’t get you out of my mind…’

DEFINITELY CRICKET’S FEELINGS TOWARDS LOLA

yeah so if you liked Anna and the French Kiss read this but it’s not as good as that book. but still cute.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

AWESOME SEQUEL

OH WHAT A SEQUEL OH HOW I LOVE THIS BOOK OMG SO EXCITED FOR THE LAST BOOK EP.

zuzannah is still my fave

i really miss brimstone though

karou is so badass and just wow her strength but also it’s okay to break down but OMG THE WHITE WOLF AND PLOT TWISTS AND ZIRI and just what even.

so much going on. war between chimera and seraphim.

akiva and karou…karou is all like ‘ WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER…LIKE EVER’ and akiva is like ‘i’m sorry but i love you and i will always love you but i respect your wishes’

basically they have kind of forgiven each other and helping each other out but like KAROU STILL LOVES HIM. don’t deny it karou.

if you love fantasy read this (read the first book obviously). a really good sequel. i devoured it tbh.

“Your heart is not wrong. Your heart is your strength. You don’t have to be ashamed.” Laini Taylor

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Weiner

overrated tbh

meh. so dissapointed by this book. haven’t read any good historical fiction in a long time so was looking forward to this. but it was so…boring. i was barely interested in the story.

but then

PLOT TWISTS MUCH

so yeah it’s okay. i’m not gonna be like EVERYONE GO READ THIS BOOK. if you want to read it but i really didn’t enjoy it. =(

also i like maddie more than verity

Heroes of Olympus: by Rick Riordan (follow up to Percy Jackson Series)

i hate the UK covers

The Lost Hero

PERCY IS MISSING OMG

who is jason?

so confused NOT REALLY

CAMP HALF BLOOD- GREEKS

CAMP JUMPITER- ROMANS

Son of Neptune

I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man’.

ELLA AND TYSON

Mark of Athena

my fave things about this series: banter between the 7 demigods, different narrators, humour, LEO VALDEZ IS HILARIOUS, percabeth

okay so if you have read the Percy Jackson series then PLEASE GO AND READ THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS because it is a continuation…the Prophecy of Seven..introducing ROMAN DEMIGODS WOAH THERE. and bringing back old characters like NICO YAY.

these books are funnier than percy jackson and just idk more fat and juicy and full of action and adventure and emotional moments and just Rick Riordan i salute you. also i want to slap you COZ THANK YOU FOR THAT SENDING PERCABETH TO FRICKIN TARTARUS.

omg i need HOUSE OF HADES NOW (it’s out in October so yays)

No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel-Fattah

really funny

i have read her other books for younger readers and so i thought ooh a new book oohh about marriage should be good. did not dissapoint. this book is really funny but also a good read. like good characters and just what a story and such interesting characters. i really enjoyed it.

it’s an adult novel because the characters are in their 20s. anyways so these friends are looking for love well Esma is looking to get married one day and seeing possible suitors via matchmakers and even *gasp* online dating. awkws.

but it’s also about her friends and their lives and their work. i really love the kids esma works with at the refugee centre and the issue about her work was really…difficult to read.

also the burden of keeping secrets and lying to people you love…this book basically tells you about the importance of trust and honesty IN ANY RELATIONSHIP.

but this book was also really cute WHAT A PERFECT ENDING OMG SO ADORBS.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

a really good book

this is a really good book. yes it is about vampires but so what? IT IS HOLLY BLACK. MEANING SHE IS A BRILLIANT STORYTELLER. the characters are well developed, the story is good and full of plot twists and humour.

i like tana because she’s a realistic character. she does break down and cry but she also picks herself up, saves her friends and takes care of the people she loves. but above all, she takes care of herself and is such a badass. the things she’s done…woah.

Gavriel..now i dd NOT SEE THAT COMING. but what a nice surprise. so funny.

Aiden is such a jerk but it’s funny how he sticks around and really he means well.

i love Pearl and Pauline and Valentina. =)

Jameson is really cool.

i don’t know if this is a stand alone novel or a trilogy but THE ENDING WAS PERFECT.

so yeah it’s about vampires and coldtown is where the infected/vampires go to live full of lavish parties or just full of desperate people trying to be turned. it’s quite a place but the story if good it’s not an annoying vampire novel.

it talks about what it means to be human, what is vampirism…and it’s about love and friendship and morals. i really enjoyed it so i hope you do too!

Currently reading: Every Day by David Levithan

more reviews to come: More Than This by Patrick Ness, House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and more

Movies:

nom nom nom

The Internship

this film was SO FUNNY like i knew it’d be funny but it was SURPRISINGLY GOOD and just aww and i really enjoyed it. tbh i only wanted to see it coz of DYLAN O’BRIEN but it ended up being a good movie too! =D

if you love the internet WATCH THIS MOVIE!

but it’s weird coz my dad is actually like a techno-geek like he knows all about the latest gadgets etc and he knows more about the internet than i do lol

HAHAHAHAHA

Monsters University

THIS MOVIE OMG SO EMOTIONAL LIKE I WATCHED IN ON THE PLANE AND JUST MY FEELS

i legit teared up coz

OMG MIKE WAZOWSKI GAVE ME SO MANY FEELS GHFKJSDLKS

like

awwww baby mike kghjdflsks

his motivation and optimism is admirable. seriously. he WANTS TO BE A SCARER SO HE GOES TO UNI AND MAKING FRIENDS IS HARD BUT HE WORKS HARD AND SUCCEEDS ACCEPT THINGS DON’T GO WELL AND JUST OMG.

but like when he felt lonely and stuff i could totes relate.

mike wazowski has inspired me to do well at university.

thanks Disney Pixar

seriously WATCH THIS MOVIE.

The Bling Ring

omg don’t even bother with this movie. i watched it on the plane and wow it was just stealing, drugs, sex and alcohol. that was it. fun times. the only interesting this is BASED ON A TRUE STORY like some teens legit used to break into celeb homes and steal their things but HELLOOOO CCTV ARE YOU DUMB?

also it was cool seeing into celebs homes like WOAH NICE CLOTHES AND JEWELLERY AND SHOES AND BAGS AND sadly i aint rich so no walk in closet for me.

but this movie is a waste of time unless you REALLY want to see it go ahead and enjoy.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

you know what. i liked this movie. i enjoyed it. YES.

it IS different from the book. but i still laughed and enjoyed it and was like noooo omg don’t do that whyyyugkrshjfd

Simon was hilarious. tbh in the first book i hated him coz CLACE but in the movie he is more likeable.

and jace…well JAMIE IS JACE i approve.

there were some weird wtf are you doing moments but overall a good performance from the actors.

the action was pretty good like WOAH THERE SHADOWHUNTERS AND WEREWOLVES AND VAMPIRES AND DOWNWORLDERS

and magnus bane hello there 😉

the cast is really hot and i enjoyed the movie. UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH CITY OF ASHES MIGHT NOT BE A MOVIE. THEY’VE PUSHED IT TO 2015 so no filming and just sad news really.

READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT. or after. but it’s a funny series and FULL OF FEELS and i liked the movie. =)

Wolverine

it was okay. not like OMG THIS IS AMAZING. i liked the plot twists and the ninja/samurai fighting so cool and what skill fighting with a sword woah. also definitely looking forward to X Men: Days of Future Past

Stuck in Love

this movie was so cute and quite a good movie actually. the director Josh Boone is directing the TFIOS movie so yeah. also i wanted to see if Natt Wolf is a good actor coz he’s playing Isaac in TFIOS.

ALSO LOGAN LERMAN ASDFGHJKL;

Sam (Lily Collins) and Lou (Logan Lerman) totes adorbs

so the movie is about love and writing coz the dad is an author and both kids wanna write. and it’s about discovering love and falling in love etc.

Hercules

my friend had a Disney Day so we watched Hercules and they were gonna watch Mulan but i had to go. but hades tho

my fave Hercules song is I Won’t Say I’m In Love

lol

Anastasia

this is legit one of my fave movies ever and i was watching at my friend’s house and one of her friend’s was commenting on th emovie AND I WAS LIKE

in my head of course but i was giving her dirty looks coz SHE CANNOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ANASTASIA

I LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH THE SONGS AND JUST EGHKFSLDJK

ASDFGHJKL;’ ADORBS OTP OMG FAVE SO CUTE THE WAY HE LOOKS AT HER KTJHGDFKD

Movie News:

The Book Thief Trailer

IT SAYS NOVEMBER COZ IT’S OUT IN AMERICA THEN BUT IT’S ONLY OUT IN THE UK AT THE END OF JANUARY

I THINK THE TRAILER IS AWESOME APART FROM THE VOICE OVER AND I LOVE THIS POSTER. i hope they capture the essence of this story.

click here for news on The Book Thief

The Fault in Our Stars

BUT LIKE JOHN GREEN ON THE SET OF TFIOS

AND LIKE TWEETING ABOUT IT

RUDE

AND THE PAIN

AND THE SET PHOTOS

nope ekrjhgajkdhflnsd

IT’S JUST TOO MUCH

NOT OKAY AT ALL

John Green (author, Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters), Natt Wolf (Isaac) and Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS RELEASE DATE: JUNE 6TH 2014 (idk if this is international or just US tho)

Watch the Frozen Trailer

THE NEW DISNEY MOVIE LOOKS SO CUTE! i love the snowman.

Catching Fire

idk there’s so much going on with posters and whatnot I JUST WANT TO GO TO THE LONDON PREMIERE ON NOVEMBER 11TH

BUT I BOUGHT MY CATCHING FIRE TICKETS

YOU CAN GET THEM HERE 

ALSO HERE’S A BTS FOOTAGE OF CF

AND JUST I AM SO EXCITED FOR PRESS RELEASE AND JUST INTERVIEWS

YOU CAN READ THE EW ARTICLE HERE

PEETA BREAD ASDFGHJKL;

MAGS AND FINNICK OMG MY KUGDFJGKAJDSCNJG,FDM

for more CF news check out this website

Divergent

damn

The Giver

Taylor Swift has been cast as Rosemary in The Giver AND EVERYONE IS LIKE OMG HOW ANNOYING. shut up haters gonna hate she is gonna be awesome.

but they’re filming in Cape Town, South Africa

the movie is set to release August 2014

i have to say the guy (Brenton Thwaites)  playing Jonas is actually kinda 😉

click here for more info

The Maze Runner movie has been pushed back to September 2014 instead of Feb but it’s okay coz they need time to perfect the movie etc so we can wait a little bit longer.

ANYWAYS READ THE BOOKS BEFORE YOU SEE THE FILMS

TV:

you tell them nick

Teen Wolf Season 3

feels feels and more feels.

ISAAC!!!!

STILES WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVE.

the stydia kiss…killed me it was so perfect.

and DEREK AND PAIGE OH MY FEELS

it’s not just a hot cast okay. it’s funny and just yeah addictive. i’ll admit jennifer freaked me out what is that face and the back stories were good.

the ending was meh though.

I DO NOT LIKE ISAAC AND ALLISON. NOPE.

but stiles and scott their friendship is perf

derek poor poor derek i wanna give him a hug…

Suits Season 3

I LOVE DONNA SO MUCH SHE IS MY FAVE. BUT OMG I FELT SO BAD FOR HER SHE OPENED UP HERSELF AND OMG THAT GUY I WANT TO PUNCH HIM I’M GLAD HARVEY DID COZ FEELS

louis litt though. he is hilarious.

mike and rachel woop but damn mike is being a jerk about the whole university thing

Freaks and Geeks

this is like an old show where james franco, seth rogen and jason segel, etc started out but it’s only one season. it’s actually quite good AND REALLY FUNNY.

the geeks are my fave tho

omg me LOL

HAHAHAHA. his reactions though are hilarious.

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel

AVENGERS

AND PHINEAS AND FERB

YES PLEASE. IT WAS SO GOOD.

and AGENT P.

The Great British Bake Off

I REALLY WANT FRANCIS, KIMBERELY OR RUBY TO WIN. i just love this show. and they have Kitchen Aids of course. urgh kitchen aids MY DREAM.

Premiere Season: New Girl (NICK AND JESS ARE SO ADORBS) The Mindy Project (OMG I’M GONNA MISS CASEY SO MUCH) The Middle, Modern Family, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (i love the 2 scientists they are so cute and nerdy) American Horror Story: Coven, Hart of Dixie, X Factor US (i hate the stupid four chair challenge) Awkward

yeah i watch a lot of tv i know. it’s usually mindless crap but it makes me happy and i love funny shows. also i’m pretty sure most of the shows i watch have hot guys…

cartoons i watch: Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball

Music:

yay i got new headphones OMG THE STUPID APPLE EARPHONES ARE SO EXPENSIVE WHAT EVEN

EMBLEM3- Nothing to Lose Full Album

LOOK AT THEM CHILLING BY THE LONDON EYE (Keaton, Drew, Wesley)

my fave songs from their album is: I Wish and XO  and i love their unreleased stuff (as in stuff on youtube and soundcloud as in before they were on X Factor US) but it’s a good album. i love LA is a good summer tune i was singing ‘coz the east coast is the best coast’ though because Durban is on the east coast. =P

they are NOT A BOYBAND. they are a BROBAND. get it right. haters gonna hate.

UM SO LIKE YEAH THEY JUST CAME TO THE UK AND I MET THEM AND WENT TO THEIR EMBLEM3 UK PARTY CONCERT LIKE OMG WHAT EVEN

AHAKgsfjhdfg vlakherjfelskghnf

for reals though no lie

I SAW THEM. I MET THEM. AND HUGGED THEM. ASDFGHJKL;’

i just eysjgfjhdsgfkbdjzc,nx I MET THEM AND HUGGED THEM AND GOT TO HEAR THEM LIVE AND THEIR SMILES AND JUST DAMN THEY GIVE GOOD HUGS AND WHATUYRGEFJSHDBKCJZX

oh and

it's a terrible photo BUT IT IS SIGNED ASDFGHJKL;'

it’s a terrible photo BUT IT IS SIGNED ASDFGHJKL;’

they played: Just For One Day, 3000 Miles, Sunset Blvd, Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover) and Chloe

i just djfgdjgbdvx SEGFSKD HDGFN

their lyric video for 3000 miles is out. it is so cute and really thoughtful…like how we use technology to stay in touch etc

the actual video will be out sometime this week i think.

Lorde 

she has a really good voice. =)

tbh i spent most of my summer listening to T-Swizzle as usual OMG TAYLOR ANNOUNCED THE RED LONDON TOUR IN FEBRUARY 2014. but i couldn’t get tickets.

yeah i tried to get tickets…but i didn’t. ah well. hopefully next time. AND I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO WEAR. sigh. it wasn’t meant to be. =(

can’t wait for Ed Sheeran’s new album probs next year

The Vamps- Can We Dance

don’t judge it’s quite a catchy song and they aren’t so bad. =P

Pink- True Love

i love pink’s album The Truth About Love it’s hilarious (in that she talks about different aspects of love and stuff)

Imagine Dragons- Monster

such a good tune.

Hunter Hayes- I Want Crazy

i really like this song and his album is good.

Catching Fire Soundtrack:

PERFECT

1. “Atlas” — Coldplay
2. “Silhouettes” — Of Monsters and Men
3. “Elastic Heart” — Sia (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo)
4. “Lean” — The National
5. “We Remain” — Christina Aguilera
6. “Devil May Cry” — The Weeknd
7. “Who We Are” — Imagine Dragons
8. “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” — Lorde
9. “Gale Song” — The Lumineers
10. “Mirror” — Ellie Goulding
11. “Capital Letter” — Patti Smith
12. “Shooting Arrows at the Sky” — Santigold
13. “Place for Us” — Mikky Ekko
14. “Lights” — Phantogram
15. “Angel on Fire” — Antony and the Johnsons

you can listen to Gale’s Song and Atlas

oh and i LOVE Lights

it’s kinda sad though coz josh loves the lumineers BUT THEY WROTE A SONG FOR GALE NOT PEETA.

but omg in mockingjay there will be everlark songs jgdfjk.hdfl

THEY ARE ALREADY FILMING MOCKINGJAY AND THERE ARE SET PHOTOS OF KATNISS AND GALE!!!

OMG LORDE AND IMAGINE DRAGONS AND THE LUMINEERS AND COLDPLAY AND ELLIE GOULDING YAYS!!!

hgfksdghfdbsjn exciting times

Youtube:

tbh i spent most of my time on youtube idek

WARNING: WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK

True Facts About The Frog

omg this guy makes me laugh so much ANIMALS ARE SO WEIRD.

vine is insane

this guy tho

Jerome Jarre and his vines omg

i love the  FALAFEL SONG

i just love dan so much

in other news

BLOBFISH IS OFFICIALLY THE WORLD’S UGLIEST ANIMAL

shame. poor him. at least more people know THAT HE IN FACT ACTUALLY EXISTS LIKE GOD CREATED SUCH A THING

on the whole Miss America thing

haters gonna hate tbh

on the whole veil drama ban thingy in the UK

anyhew that’s it for now

this website is awesome so you should totes check it out whether you’re in the mood for animal gifs or funny vids or informative stuff.

see ya

HAPPY READING

DFTBA

Spread Love Not Hate

xoxo

The Book Guru

=D

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” Fernando Pessoa

“I live in two worlds. One is a world of books.” Rory Gilmore

“Books—they weren’t ladders out of the abyss, but they were companions.” John Green

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

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It’s already been a month?

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you

i hope this post finds you well.

IT’S BEEN A MONTH SINCE I’VE BEEN IN SOUTH AFRICA OMG WHAATTTT??!!! already? yes. yes it has.

first things first. I PASSED MY FIRST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY. ALHAMDULILAH PRAISE THE LORD IT IS A MIRACLE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PRAYED FOR ME. I AM SO GRATEFUL AND I WILL DEFO WORK HARDER NEXT YEAR.

I AM SO EXCITED OMG KJGFKADFGH;KJDFHG;KDF I PASSSED SKJHGKADFG YAHOOO WOOPPPDDEEDOOO KGJDJKF,NX

DANCE PARTAAAYYYYIG KJFDGH.KJAFDHNSM

things i’ve been up to in SA:

shopping: got lots of rings. usually bangles but this time rings and some nice clothes…like i think i’ve gotten like 10 rings this month. I LOVE JEWELLERY OKAY. so prettyyy and shinnyyy. and in london i can only wear rings in spring/summer coz winter  have to wear GLOVES!!!

family gatherings-urgh. i just…because it’s like extended family so it’s people i don’t really talk to or know but i mean i know them but like we don’t have much in common/ everyone is either older than me and married with kids or younger than me. and it’s so not funny pretending to care about whatever they say or try and join in on the convo because whenever i speak no one hears so it’s like i’ll just sit here and eat my food. at least there’s food. food is good. so yummy. homemade food and South African Indian food. YES. =D.

i do love dressing up and a lot of these gatherings are fancy coz urgh fancy people but i don’t have all my fancy clothes and whatnot because it’s in London but still. at least i have my little cousins to keep me entertained.

land rover trail. so i’m at my friend’s house and her dad who is like my dad basically took us on this Land Rover trail over these rocky places and through rivers and stuff IT WAS AWESOME. and we even saw some guys doing this dirt bike challenge thing it was SO COOL and the view was incredible Subahanallah. i love nature. we saw loads of cows lol.

also i don’t really know but i think i get along quite well with younger boys because idk they’re not so judgmental and well i can laugh at myself and i don’t really know. just coz this 9yr old boy was in the car on the land rover trail and we got along quite well lol. idk i also get along with little girls well mainly my cousins and my friend’s younger sister who is beyond awesome. she’s weird tho LOL like she’s in love with Voldemort it’s so funny but yeah. but with my younger cousins they’re like: 4, 6 and 10. and i’ve been on the swings and chasing bubbles and skipping and whatnot. it’s been exhausting but fun. and Alhamdulilah my patience is still intact.

the best is when i’m with my 10yr old cousin and we’re at our grandparent’s house in my mum’s old room. reading in bed. she reads her book and i read mine and then we have fun talking and laughing and omg it’s so funny coz i swear she has a weak bladder or something coz every time she laughs so much she has to go toilet and i’m legit rolling on the bed or on the floor with tears in my eyes coz SHE IS CRAY CRAY. and the pillow fights we have in the morning and the tickle fights omg it’s been great Alhamdulilah.

ROFL actually me

also IT HAS BEEN SO AWESOME SEEING MY TWO YOUNGER BROTHERS. oh in case you didn’t know i have two younger half brothers. it was so funny coz when the 10yr old one saw me he just immediately hugged me and the 14yr old one was GONNA SHAKE MY HAND AND I WAS LIKE…are you for real GIVE ME A HUG!!! it’s so weird to see them growing up like the 14yr old bro is kinda chubby and has pimples and his voice is breaking it’s so funny. but i’ve been an awesome big sister beating them up, playing games and we have to make our own fun coz they don’t have tv or a garden. so it’s hard but we try.

i have been here a MONTH AND I HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN TO THE BEACH WHAT IS MY LIFE. i’ve seen the beach from the car like 5 times but i haven’t felt the sad between my toes or inhaled the ocean breeze or dipped my toes in the Indian Ocean. sad times. hopefully after Ramadan i shall do that.

hanging with my grandma LIKE A BOSS. learning how to cook some stuff like i MADE SPRING ROLLS AND I TRIED MAKING SAMOOSAS BUT THAT WAS A FAIL BUT I’M OBSERVING AND IT’S FUN. i love my grandma.

the weather hasn’t been too bad. it’s been like over 20 degrees and quite windy. some days are lovely and hot others are like london…dull and miserable.

i went to Flag Farm with my cousins. it was so much fun coz the animals are all free to roam about, i was stalking the peacock coz i wanted to touch his feathers LOL. and when the ostrich wasn’t looking i touched it’s feather. REBEL ALERT. lol. omg and i stroked a tortoise!!! woohoo. fed some goats and sheep and was talking to the horse and chasing rabbits it was so awesome coz i love animals.

one thing that’s really annoyed me about people in SA is their ignorance/narrow minded people about certain things. whether it’s religion or racism or sexism it’s like what even. BUT I HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD AND AM KEEPING MY MOUTH SHUT BECAUSE OTHERWISE I’D EXPLODE AND EVERY1 WOULD BE LIKE WTF. as it is they already think i’m so ‘Anglicized’ what. ever.  urgh some people.

just stop. i do not approve

also i haven’t really had a PROPER conversation like an intellectual convo with people it’s sad i don’t really TALK to anyone. like it’s more yes school is fine london is fine all is well alhamdulilah not much going on. WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED? like for reals? idek if they’re joking or serious but no.

seriously

i’m 19. i aint ready for marriage unless JOSH HUTCHERSON BECOMES MUSLIM AND ASKS ME TO MARRY HIM RIGHT NOW.

there really isn’t much to do in Durban but i hope to go ice skating soon and when my parents come I HAVE TO GO HORSE RIDING AND SAFARI. i’m here for another 2 months…

it’s been great so far =)

so the games i’ve played: I NEED MORE GAME IDEAS!!!

Stop the Bus or General Knowledge:

you basically write girls name, boys name, animal, food, country, object and total

and you go through the alphabet and you write everything beginning with that letter and whoever does it the quickest wins and hen you tally your score etc so it’s very educational too. =P

i'm an expert

i’m an expert

and Rory’s Story Cubes!!! IT’S FUN AND IMAGINATIVE!

you roll the dice and make up a story!!!

Baking:

my cousin loves baking but hasn’t baked much so i’ve been baking with her. BUT I MISS MY HOUSE AND MY KITCHEN WITH MY BAKING EQUIPMENT AND MY BELOVED PLATTER KNIFE AND KENWOOD. because other people don’t have the same stuff. i really want a kitchen aid. ONE DAY Insha’Allah!!! =D

i also really wanna bake a rainbow cake but no one has 6 pans and also i dnt have any REASON to bake one sigh.

Cheesecake:

yummy

yummy

glad everyone enjoyed that. it’s my mum’s foolproof recipe.

Whoopie Pies with marshmallow filling-so sweet!

nom

nom

Double Chocolate Cookies minus the marshmallows coz they were out of stock)

my cousins had fun decorating!

my cousins had fun decorating!

and finally

for one of the family gatherings my 10yr old cousin and i baked a

Giant Cupcake with Nutella Icing

it looked so nice inside coz the bottom half was choc and the top half vanilla

it looked so nice inside coz the bottom half was choc and the top half vanilla

Books:

The Death Cure by James Dashner

the final installment in The Maze Runner trilogy

this book…omg i didn’t even know that it was the last book in the trilogy but IT MADE SENSE FINALLY AND OMG THE FEELS. PEOPLE DIE. LIKE ONE OF MY FAVE CHARACTERS DIED. I KNEW IT WAS COMING BUT STILL. i wasn’t prepared. if you haven’t read this trilogy yet PLEASE DO because the movie is out next year and the books are so good and it’s full of action and humour and LJHFJKDFHGLSSKHGF WHAT AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER. go read it shuckface. or you’re no better than a piece of klunk.

me throughout the book

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

this book asdfghjkl;

OMG PLEASE READ THIS BOOK IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING AND YOU HAVE TO READ IT. if you love romance then read it. but it’s much more than that. it’s about young love and how cruel the world can be and it teaches you to be grateful and just omg please read it. i don’t know how to describe how beautiful this book is. not just because of the adorableness of the characters and how their relationship evolves but the writing is just amazing and WORDS FAIL ME. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. IT IS SO GOOD. READ IT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

IT’S LIKE

so cute kjgfkdfjghkdfjnvx i can’t deal with the cuteness of this book

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

flipping awesome!!!

this book blew me away with how awesome it is. like i didn’t even know what to expect. BUT CHIMERAS AND ANGELS AND WOWZA.

i didn’t even know what was going on i was as lost as Karou the main character but then it dawned on me and i was like

OMG DKFJHGKJDFHS

BECAUSE SO MANY CRAZY THINGS HAPPENED. my fave characters: BRIMSTONE AND ZUZANNA. zuzanna is actually hilarious and brimstone is so awesome. but i love karou she is a badass.

akiva is okay yeah he’s pretty hot literally but idk but i was so looking forward to reading the sequel BUT IT ONLY COMES OUT IN AUGUST WHAT EVEN! sigh.

if you love fantasy and action and a brilliant adventure story and discovering new worlds and mythology then read this. =D

Movies:

Man of Steel

i have to say Henry Cavill looks HOT with a beard. damn

sexy hobo look suits him 😉

ah yes the question we’ve all been wondering…

LOL

no but i enjoyed the movie i really like the back story stuff. i thought his human mum was amazing. but tbh every time russell crowe came on i thought he was gonna say AND I’M JAVERT (les miserable) and amy adams was gonna start twirling and burst into song. 😐 so yeah but henry cavill was hot that is a fact but yeah idk it wasn’t as good as expected but still i enjoyed it.

Despicable Me 2

MINIONS are the best

RAMSBOTTOM i laughed too okay omg so immature whatever

PURPLE EVIL MINIONS were crazy

omg cray cray

but it’s not as good as the first movie but i still laughed a lot more than the kids i think.

i thought it was adorable and funny and just MINIONS KSJDGFKDFJGHBV.DJLN

Star Trek into Darkness

chris pine tho…

as captain kirk hot damn 😉

urgh your face is so perf stop

zoe saldana on chris pine’s beautiful face

benedict cumberbatch as Kahn? hollywood whitewashing again but he was brilliant. he makes such a hot bad guy urgh.

how lovely

and finally CAPTAIN KIRK AND SPOCK I LOVE THEIR RELATIONSHIP

brotp OMG CAPTAIN KIRK AND SPOCK LOVE THEM

like this movie was so good the action and the humour and just wow i loved it.

can’t wait to watch monsters university and wolverine and of course tmi and percy jackson

FANDOM NEWS:

excitement

woohoo

OMG NEW CATCHING FIRE TRAILER ON JULY 20TH and so many new stills and character posters

Catching Fire: Katniss Everdeen

MY HUSBAND KSFGKDFHJSFLNSDK PEETA BREAD

Catching Fire: Peeta Mellark

THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY DIVERGENT STILLS IT IS SO EXCITING.

this is an edit of loads of stills

i am so excited for The Maze Runner movie because i love the books and the cast are just ridiculously awesome.

GLADERS!!!

some stills

and here is a video of the cast dancing.

OMG THE BOOK THIEF HAS A RELEASE DATE: January 17th 2014. that is 2 days before my birthday!

for more book to movie news check out this website!

onto a much more serious topic…

tbh i don’t even know what’s going on in Syria other than PEOPLE ARE STILL DYING AND NOTHING IS GETTING BETTER. some say it’s worse than Bosnia because of the length and it’s just disgusting. killing your own people. killing in general.

Also EGYPT!!! what even. hank green explains it well and omg this 12 year old boy wow. kids aren’t stupid.

everyone is awaiting the birth of the ROYAL BABY!!! is it gonna be a girl? or a boy? who knows!! also if kate gives birth in the night we’ll only know about the baby in the morning because THE QUEEN SHALL NOT BE WOKEN UP. lol

Zimmerman is free. like well done US justice system. what a joke..JUSTICE HAHAHAHA. seriously. basically this guy Zimmerman shot this boy Trayvon Martin one night BECAUSE HE FELT THREATENED BY HIS PRESENCE. the boy legit just went to get some sweets idek like wtf and he shot him. point blank. if that’s not murder i don’t know what is.

WARNING: WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK! here’s a lovely *sarcasm* video of what it’s like of detainees in Guantanamo Bay to be force fed…

so yeah didn’t Obama say he’d close Guantanamo Bay…?

sigh

so right now BRITAIN IS HAVING A HEATWAVE AND THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH IT. THE ROADS ARE MELTING. and i’m not there. sunshine…actual sunshine in LONDON and no one knows what to do. it’s like 30 degrees.

idk the world is crazy messed up place. load sof good things are happening while lots of bad things are happening. we just have to do our little bit to make it a better place.

random acts of kindness are the best

and finally last but not least IT’S RAMADAN. RAMADAN IS THE 9TH MONTH IN THE ISLAMIC CALENDER. it is the month of fasting.

OMG

fave time of year

i love john green

what’s Ramadan you ask?

well it’s the 9th month in the Islamic Calender and Muslims all around the world fast from dawn until dusk.

so we get up before sunrise and eat (i usually have muesli or toast and milo and a banana) and then we pray Fajr and then we sleep or whatever. and then we don’t eat or drink until sunset.

but it’s not just abstaining from food or drink. it’s about sacrifice and cleansing your soul and purifying your body and increasing worship to your Lord. fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam.

Ramadan is my fave time because i love the unity of the ummah and how Merciful God is. i mean got is ALWAYS merciful but in Ramadan it’s like you get extra reward for good deeds and duas get accepted and it’s just a month to make the most of. use your time wisely.

Ramadan is also the month of the Quran which is our holy book. it is the word of God and Ramadan is the month when the Quran was revealed. therefore it is good if you try and finish the whole Quran in a month. last year Alhamdulilah i read it in English so this year i’m trying to read it in Arabic. =D and i’m telling you the Quran is truly beautiful and just so peaceful reading it. it’s as if God is speaking directly to you. it’s full of stories of all the prophet’s from Isa (Jesus), to Moosa (Moses) and Ibrahim (Abraham) and many more. it’s also full of rules and it’s sent as a GUIDE.

the amount of times God talks about being good and doing good deeds and all of that it’s just i love it. Subahanallah. =)

oh a small note on dua:

dua is supplication- praying to God asking Him for whatever you want/need etc. God is ALWAYS listening.

there are FOUR ways in which Duas are answered:

1- you get what you want

2- you get something better

3- you are saved from a calamity

4- your reward is in the hereafter

so you should always pray for what you want because God loves it when we ask him BUT make sure you also say for whatever is best because God Knows Best.

i am so blessed to be a Muslim because honestly i’d be lost without God in my life. so i am so grateful for everything that He has blessed me with. i pray that whoever is reading this, May God Guide you and bless you with all the good in this world and the hereafter-Ameen.

till the next time when i have more news and stuff to say or good internet or whatever.

hope everyone is well and having an awesome holiday or school/uni/life is going well.

Happy Reading

DFTBA

xoxo

p.s i don’t know how i’m surviving without my cat!!! I MISS NEO SO MUCH! I HAVE TO FACETIME HIM LOL. YES I AM THAT PERSON.

IT IS A HEDGEHOG WITH A STRAWBERRY ON OMG

it’s important to be a good person

and last but not least

you know it =P

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Movie Reviews etc

Hello there!

so since it’s been a while there’s been a lot of movie news and stuff

so let us begin with some movies i have seen. then trailers and casting news.

The Host

so yes it’s based on Stephenie Meyer’s book BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT. IT IS BETTER THAN TWILIGHT. it was actually supposed to be her first Adult novel but alas all the teens read it. like me. lol. it’s sci fi coz it’s about these aliens. anyways i REALLY ENJOYED the movie because it was cute and they amanged to condense it coz the book is LONG and capture the essence of the story about Us vs Them etc IT’S SUCH A GOOD STORY OKAY YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A CHANCE. though ithe book…it takes a while to get into. but yeah.

anyways it isn’t a love triangle it’s a love BOX. lol

Melanie and Jared 😉

yeah they’re cute bUT NOT AS ADORABLE AND FRICKIN IAN AND WANDA

Ian and Wanda…THE WAY HE LOOKS AT HER THO OMG ASDFGJKL;’

my friend and i wre seriously like

fangirling squuueeeeasdfghjkl;

coz IT WAS JUST SO CUTEFGIUJKAEFHSDL yeah okay moving on

Inception:

woah

OKAY I KNOW I AM LIKE 3 YEARS LATE TO THE PARTY but i finally watched it and yes it was very good. all i could think about though was REAL OR NOT REAL AND ‘the only way out of the labyrinth is to forgive’ john green because RELEVANT. but yeah it was a really good movie with a great cast

ellen paige is awesome AND FRICKIN JOSEPH GORDAN-LEVITT URGH SO HOT AND TOM HARDY AND LEO i mean woah great cast and cool movie and idk ALL THAT JUST TO SEE HIS KIDS.

AND THE QUESTION REMAINS…

DID HE REALLY SEE HIS KIDS? OR WAS HE LONG GONE?

MIND BLOWN

Student of the Year

okay so my friend made me watch this purely coz of the hot guys LOL coz the film isn’t like amazing but it’s a funny high school kind of movie

i mean this new guy

oh hi nice smile. and body. and everything 😉

and the rich kid who supposedly has everything but was always the boss

oh hello there…

and they were basically enemies till they became friends then like BROMANCE

and one of them was dating this girl

so pretty

but the other started falling for her too…

WHO WILL END UP WITH WHO???\

oh yeah and student of the year is this competition thingy lol it’s a fun movie and songs are alright =)

Arranged

OMG THIS MOVIE WAS SO GOOD.

it’s about a friendship between a Muslim woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman. they’re both teachers. and yeah they’re both looking to get married etc and OMG IT IS JUST SO CUTE AND LOVELY. watch it.

also it just made me realise arranged marriage for me is legit the last option like if i cannot find someone myself then it’ll have to be through others arranging a meeting with a guy and his family AND OMG I WOULD BE SO AWKWARD COZ OMG SERVING TEA AND WHATNOT JUST NO.

if the guy is so hot i’d be like…

anyways in case you don’t know ARRANGED MARRIAGES is basically when FAMILY MEMBERS or someone from your community ORGANIZES meetings with a potential partner and their family and you see if you WANT TO GET TO KNOW THEM or not…both people have a say. it is very common.

forced marriage is WRONG and no religion or culture allows it. yet some stupid people FORCE girls into marriage smh.

The Great Gatsby

GATSBY? WHAT GATSBY?

okay so i read the book in year 13..so like senior year for English Lit and yeah i pretty much hated all the characters i mean really Diasy is such a bitch and Gatsby oh Gatsby i love him but he deserved better and he was a hopeful fool and just sigh. as for tom what a bastard. Nick was the least annoying.

anyways SO I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE MOVIE FOR LIKE 2 YEARS SINCE I HEARD IT WAS GONNA BE A MOVIE. LIKE YAYS.

and then i finally saw it after exams old sport.

how perfect is Leo as Gatsby?

cheers old sport

i mean…just

awwww

it was simply SPECTATUCLAR

i thoroughly enjoye dit. it’s very visual in that there is a lot going on. THE PARTIES. WELL. AINT NO PARTY LIKE A GATSBY PARTY YA KNOW OLD SPORT.

the fashion and the sparkles, the decadence and the distinction between New Money and Old Money and the Two Eggs and of course the valley of ashes etc

i loved the contrast of the modern soundtrack with Jay-Z and Landa del Ray it was superb. Young and Beautiful was Gatsby and Daisy’s theme and i really think it suited them perfectly. i hate daisy so much coz she NEVER DESERVED GATSBY AND YET HE FELL IN LOVE WITH HER URGH

my favourite scene was when Gatsby and Daisy meet at Nick’s house for tea. and the way gatsby arranges the flowers and whatnot and how he enters and acts like a little schoolboy with a crush IT WAS SO AWKWARD BUT ADORABLE.

also Amitabh Bachan as Meyer Wolfshiem

Wolfsheim, Nick and Gatsby

oh btw Gatsby’s name is Jay…well actually not rally but YOU DON’T KNOW THAT UNLESS YOU’VE READ THE BOOK. OR SEEN THE MOVIE.

but i’m glad the movie kept the essence of the story and the green light as a metaphor etc and i liked how they made Nick narrate the story from the future and he wrote the story etc

so yeah a lot of people really DIDN’T enjoy it well boo to them coz i LOVED IT and i’d watch it again =)

Epic:

OMG THIS MOVIE WAS SO GOOD

like okay i only watched it coz well…

Josh did the voice of Nod

but like i would have watched it online but i went to the cinema with my friend AND WE HAD SO MUCH FUN LAUGHING AT THE TRAILERS AND THE MOVIE

coz the movie was so funny ALTHOUGH REALLY SAD COZ THE QUEEN OMG. beyonce was the queen…how…appropriate lol.

anyways it was beautiful…the leaf soldiers and the flowers just wow.

the pug was hilarious

and the snail and slug were the best

mub the slug tho SO FUNNY

if you love animation or nature THEN GO WATCH IT. =D

alas i havent watched any movie since…need to watch Stark Trek: Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 as well as Before Midnight and Stuck in Love

(it has Lily Collins and Logan Lerman AND is directed by JOSH BOONE THE GUY WHO IS DIRECTING TFIOS MOVIE)

TRAILER TIME WOOP:

i love superheroes. i always have. my bro and i used to watch all the cartoons and stuff so yeah i’ve grown up with superheroes. i havent read any f the comics but still i enjoy the movies. NOT JUST FOR THE HOT GUYS.

Thor: The Dark World

OUT IN NOVEMBER OMG i can’t wait coz natalie portman and kat dennings and of course chris hemsworth and tom hiddleston

Man of Steel

i’m no superman. looks good. =) i think it’s out sometime in july or august

Wolverine

out july sometime and omg looks so good

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

the films are NOTHING LIKE THE BOOKS. but idk logan lerman is hot so i’ll watch it lol. the books are 100% better and they just kinda ruined the movie. i mean i watched Percy Jackson and the  Lightening Thief and then i decided to read the books. but if you love Greek mythology then read it! also i love Tyson. =) OUT IN AUGUST!!!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

this actually looks SO GOOD so i’m really excited but URGH I WON’T EVEN BE IN THE UK WHEN IT COMES OUT so i’ll have to wait till i get back to watch it. =(

but yeah shadohunters and downworlders and eeww mundanes. but yes AWESOME BOOK SERIES and the movie is gonna be good =)

also it’s like a really hot cast with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Godfrey Gao, Jemima West, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kevin Zegers. so yeah READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT.

WARNING: incest…

Monsters University

of cours ei’m excited for this. I’VE DONE MY WAITING. 12 YEARS OF IT. IN AZKHABAN. anyways yeah it’s been 12 years since Monsters Inc SO…idc i’m gonna watch this. =D plus it’s fitting coz i just finished my first year of uni so yeah

Ender’s Game

i’m really excited for this movie coz i enjoyed the book. it’s sci fi and LOOKS SO COOL. plus a good cast too so yeah. November 2013 is gonna be EPIC;LDKFHKGJHDFSV;

Despicable Me 2

you don’t even KNOW HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THIS MOVIE. COZ. MINIONS.

what even omg LOL

also Gru was on The Ellen Show

ah so excited

i really like potatoes okay and singing this

oh no

i didn’t forget

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

still counting the days till CF only 172days to go…LOL

anyways THIS TRAILER. SO EMOTIONAL.

altho peeta was in it for like 5 secs 😐

but still

EVERLARK FEELS asdfghjkl;’

this is actually my fave tho

like woaah REVOLUTION

and Effie…oh effie…

yeah they defo want to smile…

BUT IT LOOKS SO GOOD AND YES I AM SO EXCITED AND HA IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YOU’RE LIKE WTF GALE AND KATNISS WHAT?

we’ll get another trailer soon where we will see the other Tributes…FINNICK. sam claflin as Finnick is perfect. DON’T HATE. but LIONSGATE RELEASED LOADS OF STILLS AND THE CAPITOL COUTURE PORTRAITS.

can we just

Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen Capitol Couture Portraits

THAT IS KATNISS’S WEDDING DRESS. SUPPOSEDLY. CAN YOU SEE THE MOCKINGJAY WINGS? OMG. so beautiful.

also the newest CF Poster

MOCKINGJAY CLOUDS OMG

The Infernal Devies has been OPTIONED for a movie…yes that is  the prequel to TMI set in Victorian England. they already have a screenwriter and idk they better get the casting right.

They’re also gonna make a The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes movie. usually they wait to see if the first movie does well and then decide to continue but idk they just were like WE’RE FILMING IT ASAP.

Delirium was in the works as a tv show but they cancelled it so we shall never see it. =(

Divergent cast

i’m pretty excited about the cast and think the movie is gonna be good. =)

The Maze Runner

omg i am so excited coz they’ve started filming

TMR cast

I MEAN DYLAN O’BRIEN IS GONNA BE THOMAS. like i dnt even like thomas that much. but i love dylan o’brien.

but omg thomas sangster aka ferb from phineas and ferb is gonna be newt. I LOVE NEWT.

the londoners

AND MINHO

AND ALBY

OMG THIS BOOK THOUGH i’m gonna read the next 2 soon. =)

anyways the movie come sout 14TH February 2014 so yes. READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT.
last. but not least

The Fault In Our Stars

this guy

hmm

Ansel Elgort is our Augustus Waters…

like he aint ugly or anything but he’s not the Augustus i pictured but i will give him a chance i mean john green said he was amazing so yeah.

AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN ANSEL AND SHAILENE PLAY BROTHER AND SISTER IN DIVERGENT

AND LOVERS IN TFIOS

to all the haters…

John Green has spoken

therefore

well

that’s it for now.

Happy Movie Watching! =D

make sure you READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE.

DFTBA

Happy Reading

xoxo

10 things i hate about you…what a movie

Demitri and Anastasia. SO ADORABLE. omg this is one of my fave movies ever

WESTLEY NEVER DIED. omg the princess bride. this book and movie. fave!!!

so fetch

Madagascar is one of my fave movies.

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

2013- Only Good Things Are Coming

ahoy there

firstly all i can say is

ALHAMDULILAH

praise the lord

so far 2013 has been AMAZING to me…

what with passing my term 1 essays HOLLLAAAAA

and my 19th birthday party PARRTTTAAYYYYY

going to the aquarium

my presents

fangirling- CF stills, the host stills and trailers and interviews, city of bones stills and interviews, book news, movie news AND OF COURSE emblem3 and taylor swift stuff.

MEETING JOHN AND HANK GREEN asdfghjkl;I AM STILL NOT OVER THAT AND WILL NEVER BE OVER IT

spotting benjamin cook and caspar lee at the john green event

going to Barjis London fashion show for london fashion week

seeing benjamin cook and CHARLIE MCDONNELL at the becoming youtube thing at southbank
as well as Jack Howard and Chris Kendall...

THEY ARE SUCH NICE PEOPLE. i wish i could be their friend…i wish i was confident enough to do a vlog…BUT WHAT WOULD I TALK ABOUT? book reviews? idk…i’m not good with cameras anyways.

so yeah…I MET CHARLIE FRICKIN MCDONNELL

my reaction…

who is charlie you ask?

ONLY ONE OF THE CUTEST MOST ADORABLE AND CLEVER AND FUNNY YOUTUBERS…

yeah

hi

i mean just

THAT SMILE. THOSE EYES. ASDFGHJKL;

EXACTLY

so yeah. i MET THIS GUY. he’s so cute and really nice.

he signed my ticket!

SMILE FACE!!!

SMILE FACE!!!

he has a girlfriend. her name is BRYARLY. she is awesome.

Also went to an awesome talk on humanitarianism and Islam by dr hany el banna (head of charity Islamic Relief) and professor Tariq Ramadan at my uni. it was really inspirational and just gives you perspective about what humanitarianism is about…not just giving charity but to help humanity…help the world…respect the people and animals and environment and do your bit to be a good human being and help those in need. but NOT see them as victims..but as PEOPLE. with dignity.

mis amigas- my friends. thank you so much to all my friends even though none of them read this but if you ARE then thank you. for making me smile, for making me laugh, for putting up with my fangirling madness and rants and just for WANTING to be MY friend.

mis abuelos- my grandparents. it was really lovely to have them around. got lots of shopping done. NOW MY GRANDMA HAS AN IPHONE AND IS WHATSAPPING ME OMG SHE IS SO CUTE.

mi familia- my family. i am so thankful for my amazing family. my parents have done so much for me. and my bro…as much as he annoys me i know he loves me.

my cat neo who is just a big fatty and i love him so much he makes me really happy and i love stroking him and playing with him and just talking to him.

he's a platypus...

he’s a platypus…

this is actually one of my fave pics of him. hehe

this is actually one of my fave pics of him. hehe

what are you doing there cat? you're not going anywhere...

what are you doing there cat? you’re not going anywhere…

chilling on my bed

chilling on my bed

all curled up on the sofa

all curled up on the sofa

um so let’s just…

TAYLOR SWIFT AT THE BRIT AWARDS!!! awesome performance!

IKYWT Brit Awards 2013

and this version of IKYWT is EPIC…enjoy =P

JENNIFER LAWRENCE WON AN OSCAR I AM SO PROUD OF HER OMG

so jen fell…

AND HUGH JACKMAN CAME TO OFFER HER A HAND AND SHE JUST GOT BACK UP AND DIDN’T NOTICE OMG

ALSO BRADLEY COOPER

Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook) and Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables

AND SO DID ANNE HATHAWAY!!!!!

HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH THO…

“Here’s hoping that someday in the not too near future, the misfortunes that befell Fantine will only be found in stories and never more in real life.” Anne Hathaway’s Acceptance Speech

AND LIFE OF PI won like 3 awards woop

if you don’t think SURAJ SHARMA IS ADORABLE THEN YOU ARE WRONG

coz

bowties are cool. look at that adorable smile 😉

last but not least

let’s not forget

the One Day More performance by the cast of Les Miserables

i think i died a little when Aaron Tveit came striding in…

i mean

daayyyuuuummmmnnnnnnn

and then AFTER JEN WON HER FAMILY EMBRACED HER

jennifer lawrence and her family

also did i mention I SAW CHARLIE MCDONNELL?

okay yeah

IN FANDOM RELATED NEWS:

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES CLIP FEATURING MAGNUS BANE

godfrey gao as magnus is damn fine. ALSO THE ONE WITH THE BLUE EYES. MALEC. ❤

the host IS COMING OUT 29TH MARCH YAY

oh and i didn’t know but apparently it’s a trilogy so stephenie meyer will be writing the sequel…idk if i will read it but i did really enjoy the host. BETTER THAN TWILIGHT.

YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THESE

Catching Fire Victory Tour Posters

i know it’s heavily photoshopped..i think the Capitol were aiming for that look.

and the 2nd one…

i just…

WE SHOULD BE GETTING SOME CATCHING FIRE NEWS SOON

also

Shaileene Woodley is gonna be Tris prior in Divergent movie. still waiting on other casting news. AS LONG AS ALEX PETTYFER IS NOT CAST AS ANYONE IN ANY YA MOVIE I AM HAPPY

Delirium casting news  altho it’s actually gonna be a tv show not a movie. plus the book was good but idk i wasn’t that bothered to get the sequekl.

TFIOS:director is john boone

Ender’s Game stills

Hailee Steinfeld as Petra (Left) and Asa Butterfield as Ender (Right)

i saw Warm Bodies

it was surprisingly funny. don’t really wanna read the book tho…but yeah i enjoyed it and laughed a lot. nicholas hoult is one hot zombie…even when he is eating brains…also dave franco was in it for like 5mins 😉

Martha & Mary

so i innocently started watching that because Sam Claflin is in it (he plays Finnick Odair in Catching Fire) and then IT WAS SO SAD AND I WAS CRYING AND JUST AAHHH. it’s for Red Nose Day and about malaria and how millions die every year and yet it is a CURABLE DISEASE.

i read scarlett by merissa meyer:

yeah kind of red riding hood but not really

great sequel to Cinder. i really liked the link between Cinder and Scarlett. also i really like Captain Thorne. also…PLOT TWIST MUCH.  i wrote a Spinebreakers review here

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

would YOU want to be a Special?

i mean…your bones wouldn’t be bones anymore your whole body would be a killing machine kind of and just meh doesn’t sound fun HOWEVER you yo have awesome reflexes. you’re kinda like a superhuman/hero with nails like claws and a wolfish grin.

not as good as the first 2 books though AND OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO ZANE LIKE WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

dash and lily’s book of dares by rachel cohn and david levithan

THIS BOOK IS SO ADORABLE YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW!!!

SQUEEEEE

i got this at the charity shop so i was happy and then i read it and it was SUCH A CUTE BOOK. why does Dash have to be FICTIONAL? :/

basically lily leaves a notebook in a bookshop for someone to find and take her up on the dares and dash does…and it’s just this awesome adventure and communication thing and just ASDFGHJKL;’ THE END OMG THE END. aaahhhhh AND IT’S AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME so it’s like a perfect holiday read but idk i just read it and it was just so cute and like i was trying not to fangirl on the tube but I COULDN’T HELP IT COZ IT WAS JUST FUNNY AND CUTE. *sigh*

basically if you liked Anna and the French Kiss READ THIS.

Demi Lovato’s new song heart attack is amazing!!!

NEW GIRL OMG NICK AND JESS…but nooo whyyyy poor schmidt.

LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES. OH. MY. GOSH. BING AND JANE. MY FEELS.

Bing Lee and Jane Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

SO. FRICKIN. ADORBS.

PLL– URGH IT’S GETTING SO FRUSTRATING

Suits- OMG i feel so sorry for harvey though i wanted him to be with zoe but he shld defo be with donna. mike and rachel…wtf but FINALLY.

hart of dixie. no. just no. WADE AND ZOE. =(

but tom and wanda OMG THEY ARE SOOOOO CUTE THE ZOMBIE PROPOSAL AND THEN THE LOTR/STAR WARS MASH UP WEDDING- EPIC.

one day i shall find my weirdo…and we can be weirdos together. =D

PEETA AND I  made peanut butter chocolate chip brownies and they were YUM. you can get the recipe here

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Brownies WITH FROSTING

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Brownies WITH FROSTING

everyone enjoyed them…well my mum and dad and the people i gave them to. so yeah. =D

i may or may not be absent for a while since i’m SO BUSY WITH UNI STUFF as in reading lots and lots of ACADEMIC reading…and i have essays to write FUN TIMES.

also a note: though i have been happy and am very grateful doesn’t mean everyone is. i know people are going through some hard times and i know the world isn’t in the best state ever what with climate change and wars and people taking everything at face value without QUESTIONING…i mean we live in a scary world. yes it is a beautiful world but it is so messed up. filled with some amazing people like moi but there are plenty of bad people too…
we just have to kinda see the good in every day and appreciate what we have coz it can be gone any minute. and idk it must be hard if you don’t have faith/believe in God or anything coz what do you hold onto when you feel like you’ve lost everything?

God is always there to listen to you and i pray that whoever is reading this He will grant you whatever is BEST for you coz only He Knows Best.

anyways but i think it’s a good idea to keep a little notebook and write down all the GOOD things that happened to you today whether it’s wearing your fave top or someone smiling at you or just eating chocolate…just little things that made your day better. it helps when you look back and appreciate how blessed you are. for me right now it’s the fact that i have a house and it’s warm and food and shelter because seeing homeless people breaks my heart and it’s like i am so grateful to have a home to go to. so always be thankful and you will get more.

i leave you with

this is an awesome fairytale!

this is the video of the FASHION SHOW i went to

okay so you all have a FABTASTIC WEEK IT IS FINALLY MARCH MEANING MORE BOOKS AND THE HOST MOVIE AND urgh essays yay.

also Lizzie Bennet Diaires is ending. =( but make you sure watch it here

okay also EMBLEM3 are having concerts in the US. here is there new song Khloe/Chloe SO IF YOU ARE NAMED CHLOE LUCKY YOU. i know it’s like really pop-y…and not their ususal kinda sound probaably coz urgh simon cowell got them writing with the dude who does 1D songs :/

Happy Reading!

DFTBA

xoxo

JUST WATCH THIS. I ALUGHED FOR THE FULL 30 SECS COZ WTF.

SINGER TURNED RAPPER

lol T-Swizzle

nom nom nom

Inspiration

till the next time…

over and out

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

19 on the 19th

hey guys

so my birthday was on the 19th of january

and i turned 19! yay

so i had a party con mis amigas

basically…

we watched pitch perfect which was ACA-AWESOME AND HILARIOUS

so Anna Kendrick does this awesome song Cups (You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone)

WOWZA. the movie was just so funny and i’m so glad i got to see it with all my friends

rebel wilson as fat amy (actuall yit’s fat patricia) was just SUPERB. i love her.

ate lots of yummy food and my mum and peeta baked marshmallow cupcakes!

Marshmallow Cupcakes nomnomnom

got loads of awesome presents

but here are some of my fave

the oreo cushion i’ve been waiting for for 5 months THANK YOU AMANDA ❤

OREO CUSHION ASDFGHJKL;

and then omg

IT’S A FRICKIN #TEAMINSPIRE TOP WITH MY TAGLINE PEACE.LOVE.BOOKS OMG

the whole #TeamInspire is a think EMBLEM3 started and they’re this band i’m in love with and they love inspiring people. and my insanely awesome friend fatichoh got me this top along with some other amazing things.

so all in all Alhamdulilah i had a fantastic day!

also part of my present from one of my friend’s was a day out to the AQUARIUM yays which was super awesome we saw some sharks and sting rays and turtles but sadly the penguins weren’t there =( AND ONE WAS CALLED VLADIMIR BUT WE DIDN’T EVEN GET TO MEET HIM.

but i did get a penguin on my face

woop sparkly penguin coz i’m awesome

what’s been going on in my life?

enjoying term 2 of social anthropology…lots of work still SO MUCH READING especially those long ethnographies whether it’s Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa which is like supposedly the most famous anthropological book…probably because it’s not very academic and is about sex…

it’s been snowing in london bbrrr so cold and then sunshine and now back to cold

i mean subahanallah the snow is so beautiful but i have to wear so many layers and waddle the a penguin so i dnt fall…

ALSO

i was lucky enough to go to an EPIC NIGHT OF SPOKEN WORD thanks to the SOAS spoken word society

SHIHAN…from the US was there so i had to go and wow it was just amazing. he’s such an incredible person.

love like

Expectations

the problem with being a poet with a poem like love like

basically love like is him saying how amazing his wife is and just asdfghjkl; and then the other one is a response that how everyone expects his love to be so great but love is more than just commitment and loving someone it’s about being there through the good times and the bad and it’s about loving all their little quirks and accepting their faults…’being perfect in your imperfection’

i mean his spoken word poetry is just so beautiful so yeah enjoy. so glad i got to see him live =)

i finally saw Les Miserables

hugh jackman WAS AMAZING. and anne hathaway!!!

eddie redmayne as marius urgh so hot…and in FRENCH ATTIRE *swoon*

but i was like WTF THERE’S ANOTHER KING AFTER THE FRENCH REVOLUTION…well that went well.

so this movie is set AFTER the french revolution.

i really wanna read the book and see the play now!

i cried at the end!!! so much coz hugh jackman’s character jean valjean was just such an incredible man.

LOTS OF PEOPLE DIE.

also…SHE SAVED HIS LIFE…FRIENDZONED AND YET SHE SAVED HIS LIFE. *CRIES*

and as for love at first sight…idk it seems like such a nice cute idea but i may be a hopeless romantic but i’m also a realist.

anyhew the soundtrack is amazing of course and i love One Day More

The Dark Knight Rises– I FINALLY SAW IT OMG

can i just say bruce wayne is a hot hermit…

Bruce Wayne and Alfred in The Dark Knight Rises

ANNE HATHAWAY WAS AMAZING AS CATWOMAN

bamf

i don’t understand how THIS GUY (BANE)

bane

IS THIS GUY

what??? HOW??? I CAN’T EVEN

TOM HARDY

also Joseph Gordan-Levitt was AMAZING and OMG ROBIN!!! AAAHHHH

and the ending was SO ADORABLE.

it’s a REALLY LONG MOVIE BUT BRILLIANT.

congrats to JENNIFER LAWRENCE for winning quite a few awards woop so proud of her

it’s a quote from the movie The First Wives Club JLaw winning Best Female for her role in The Silver Linings Playbook at the Golden Globe Awards

HAHAHA JLaw winning for her role in The Hunger Games at the People’s Choice Awards

why are they all naked statues though? JLaw winning for her role in The Silver Linings Playbook at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

i hope she wings the oscar. or Anne Hathaway.

i have to say i was kind of disappointed with her skit on SNL…it wasn’t that funny. and she made fun of josh and i did not approve. :/

so books…

colin fischer

he finds it difficult to understand human emotions

so this book…i just thought it was gonna be like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time but it wasn’t. so i was pleasantly surprised. easy to read and quite funny at times and full of random facts. i actually really enjoyed it.

so this boy loves observing people and witnesses a kid bringing a gun to school and the gun going off *GASP*

is it just me?

so disappointing…

so i was REALLY looking forward to reading this book coz i enjoy watching the show Miranda. but this book isn’t that great. not really that funny and just kind of annoying. and cringey but not even in a good way. sigh. so unfortunately miranda IT IS JUST YOU. maybe someone else can relate but i sure can’t. expectations lead to disappointments. :/

will grayson, will grayson

OMG GO READ IT

so i’ve been putting of reading this book for a while now…and I WANT TO SLAP MYSELF BECAUSE WHY DID I EVER NOT WANT TO READ IT? IT IS FABULOUS…tiny cooper i want him as a friend. both john green and david levithan are amazing writers and just this book is brilliant. so funny…you’ll be laughing out loud in public. and emotional and just WOW. john green sure knows how to write…i would LOVE TO SEE THE TINY COOPER MUSICAL. it needs to happen. oh yeah it’s about these two guys named will grayson who end up meeting each other

my name is not common so i could never meet a person with my full name…i have met people with the same name as me but different spellings.

the scorch trials

sequel to the maze runner

SO THIS IS THE SEQUEL TO THE MAZE RUNNER AND OMG WHAT EVEN IS THIS so good. basically…it’s another experiment kind of thing and they have to get through it and it’s just this desert place and they meet some allies brenda and jorge and teresa is there but IT’S ALL A LIE and i dn’t know what to believe and it’s so confusing but still so gripping.

and there’s 2 more books oh great. more death and fun and i hope i figure out what’s going on eventually…

but yeah the movie is coming out next year SO SOON!!! SO READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT.

the rosie project

don’t really like this cover but the guy loves riding bikes

this book is actually quite good. was surprised…really easy to read and funny and cute and mad at times. but yeah. so this guy decides to find a wife and so he come sup with the wife project which is a questionnaire asking things like do you smoke and stuff like that to see who he is compatible with….this is not so crazy since my friend and i actually thought of that…we should do that…since we have such high expectations. LOL nah i’m just like do you read books? can you have an intelligent conversation? do you love Disney movies. obviously not smoking and drinking hopefully that is a no to that and faith is definitely important.

march = THE HOST. and a few of my friend’s have birthdays etc so lots to look forward to AS WELL AS THE RELEASE OF THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NOVEL CLOCKWORK PRINCESS…THE FINAL INSTALLMENT IN THE INFERNAL DEVICES TRILOGY BY CASSANDRA CLARE. march 19th we die from feels.

you can read the Prologue to Clockwork Princess here

OBVIOUSLY DON’T READ IT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS. gosh.

in other book related news OMG THE BOOK THIEF IS GONNA BE A MOVIE WHAT WHAT WHAT they’re gonna start filming and OMG IT’S GONNA BE RELEASED NEXT YEAR

THE MAZE RUNNER HAS A RELEASE DATE FEBRUARY 14TH 2014 omg they better not ruin it

idk all these books turning into movies…the trick is to see them as two different things. it will NEVER be like the book. but as long as the author is involved in the process and the cast and director have read the book/books i am okay…

TV

PLL– crazy frustrating show…but so good. I HATE TOBY FOR LYING AND FOR JUST BEING OH GOSH IT HURTS SO MUCH. poor spencer.

The Lying Game– also annoying and frustrating but it’s good I AM SO HAPPY LAUREL AND EMMA FINALLY KNOW!

New Girl- so funny and i just love it AND OMG NICK AND JESS KISSED FINALLY! they’re not going out though…YET

asdfghjkl; SQQUUEEEEE

Suits– SO GOOD i love harvey and mike and donna and rachel and jessica…but aww harvey has a heart and mike is so hot and just i love this show.

patrick j adams as mike ross and gabriel macht as harvey specter

Suburgatory– i love this show.

the mindy project– really really funny.

hart of dixie– this is like my guilty pleasure okay don’t judge IT IS SO CUTE coz i’m just a hopeless romantic =P

Africa- so many david attenborough shows yay I LOVE HIM SO MUCH and ahhh africa subahanallah this world is so incredible

My Mad Fat Diary– is this show on E4 it’s really good apparently based on a true story. finn is hot. it’s about this girl who has problems like eating problems and self harm and suicidal etc and integrating back into society. it’s set in the 1990s.

radio: DAN AND PHIL ON BBC RADIO 1 SUNDAYS FROM 7-9PM you can watch them LIVE they’re so funny and they actually play GOOD MUSIC. something to actually make sunday nights better =)

youtube: okay so i’ve added some MORE people to my list of youtubers

PointlessBlog aka Alfie

he’s adorable.

Marcus ButlerTV

he’s really hot. and funny. his girl voice is hilarious.

dicasp aka Caspar Lee

he’s south african. and i met him yeah just saying…(i’ll explain later)

ninebrassmonkeys aka Benjamin Cook

he’s awesome and just started out on youtube and making youtube videos etc ALSO I MET HIM

subeeTube aka Subhi Taha

he is arab-american. half palestinian half ilipino. he’s hot with or without glasses. and he’s funny and clever and MUSLIM WOW FOR ONCE

so obviously when i’m not reading or blogging/tweeting/eating i am spending my time watching youtube videos of mainly guys…doing weird things or talking about random things…wow what a life.

OH btw

yeah

i saw john and hank green

no biggie

I SAW JOHN AND HANK GREEN AT CADOGAN HALL ON SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY IN THE EVENING AND IT WAS EPIC

john talked. hank sang and played guitar. they did a question tuesday and john failed and got slapped by hank LOL

LOL hank green slapping john green

maureen johnson blessed us with her presence

THEY SIGNED MY BAG

AND TICKET

AND BOOK

ASDFGHJKL; JOHN AN DHANK GREEN SAID HI TO ME AND SIGNED MY THINGS OMG I AM NOT OVER IT

not personalised but still

too many people so cldnt take photos WITH them

but still

JOHN AND HANK GREEN SAID HI TO ME

so if you missed that or couldn’t make it i’m sorry i hope you get to meet them one day but someone filmed the one in Manchester so enjoy:

John and Hank Green

so far i’ve met: MEG CABOT, CASSANDRA CLARE, KAREN MCCOMBIE AND JOHN GREEN.

still need to meet: patrick ness, sarah dessen and of course my actual friend ELLEN POTTER.

so alhamdulilah life has been SO GOOD so far in 2013 i am so grateful and so blessed

EXCITING NEWS: going to london fashion week next week because it’s my friend’s aunty’s show…

BARJIS

woop

so will hopefully write a post about fashion and that

coz i love shopping and clothes

so to end

anglerfish

taylor swift’s features in a song with tim mcgraw and keith urban

Highway Don’t Care it’s actually a really emotional song.

Tokyo by Imagine Dragons

and I JUST LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY AND THE VIDEO IS HILARIOUS AND I JUST LOVE JAMMING TO IT WHETHER I’M IN MY ROOM OR THE KITCHEN

don’t mind me

and this is an awesome NEW song from the lovely drew chadwick

and here’s something to get you through the week:

CATS

and this video made me laugh so much

YOU’RE WELCOME

so have a great week

and i shall hopefully do a fashion blog post soon and more reviews and ramblings etc

thanks for reading this

xoxo

a hedgehog wearing sunglasses…

since it’s valentine’s day this week

exactly…

thought tbh i don’t really care i mean RELATIONSHIPS- AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT. i’m so not ready for one. and valentine’s day should be like every day…when i’m married to josh i want to buy him a present just coz i saw something he’d like not coz i have to on valentine’s day. though josh is quite the romantic so he’d probably force me to do something. ah josh…

also i really hope taylor swift wins a grammy and a Brit Award.

also i have come to the conclusion that i just fall in love with people’s smiles…like i might see some random person on the street or tube smiling and i’m like asdfghjkl;’ awwwww

but seriously every time i see a picture of josh or keaton or logan or any1 else i like smiling i just kesjgrsfdbhlgk`.jfksdfndbk.sdjb,dnakndjb *swoon* coz smiling is adorable and cute and just yeah…smiling…is beautiful.

so SMILE COZ YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN SOMEONE COULD BE FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR SMILE 😉

finn harries says SMILE

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

p.s wombat poop is cubed. just so you know. you’re welcome =P

pp.s I ALMOST FORGOT: so how did i meet caspar lee and benjamin cook and some other awesome youtbers? i saw them when i went to see john green…i mean i was sitting there and then saw this red headed guy come in and was like WAIT..OMG IS THAT BENJAMIN COOK OMG and i was quietly fangirling coz no1 else seemed to notice…then after the event i was like..hmmm OMG IS THE CASPAR LEE WHAT EVEN so i was like i NEED A PHOTO so i asked them and yeah i got a photo with them. woop. coz i am cool like that! then other people started noticing and took photos with them. sorry i dnt put photos of myself online…like idk not even on my tumblr or twitter. maybe someday you’ll get to see my pretty face…but for now you’ll just have to believe that i went there and saw them.

October Awesomeness

SAALLLLAAAAMMMM fellow people of the world spice up your life lol

no seriously people readin gmy blog thank you i appreciate it like i don’t know why you’d be interested in my life unless you know me personally then it’s just funny and awkward that ur ead it but i’m just gonna shout out to my AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL AND AWESOME cousin Zahraa you know who you are =)

so i just KNEW October was gonna be amazing

and alhamdulilah i was right

well first week of October was alsomy first proper week at university

so…

so basically i wrote this post and it has amazing quotes and pictures and when it ried to preview it it wouldn’t and the draft didn’t get saved so IT ALL GOT LOST AND NOW I REALLY CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO DO IT ALL AGAIN COZ I JUST FEEL LIKE NO

urgh

but i will

u shld appreciate it and it better get lots of views actually i don’t care i’m doing it coz i want to do it and i love my blog and i need to blog about all of this stuff sigh

BARE WITH

so first thing’s first.

university.

is going well thank the lord.

Introduction to Anthropology- we get to watch a short film after each lecture

Social Theory

Voice and Place- every week it’s a different topic so last week we did human sacrifice of the yoruba people in 19th century nigeria. fun times.

State, people, power in asia and africa- this is a politics course which talks about colonialism, decolonisation, neocolonialism etc

there’s a LOT OF READING but i love it and the tutorials are awesome coz u get to discuss the readings and i have people from all over the world in my lecture and tutorials mostly europeans

but there is this one guy…

his name is Josh.

he’s American.

He’s blonde.

and really clever. and likes reading…

just saying

so everyone at SOAS is really friendly and i love the atmosphere and there’s always something going on so yeah it’s pretty cool i’m still adjusting and kind of only have one friend but she’s okay she likes nutella and spongebob so that’s cool.

i’m just REALLY REALLY shy at first so it takes a while for me to break free and yeah i’d rather someone come say hi to me then i can uphold a conversation otherwise i just sit and read my book.

so i finally saw THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

so beautiful

go read the book if you haven’t it’s really short and so brilliant and the movie is phenomenal. the cast are incredible and yes i laughed a lot but also teared up. it’s emotional.

Moonrise Kingdom

what a movie

so the story is basically about these 2 kids who run away and fall in love it’s really cute and just what a wonderful story and well made and the cast are brilliant. also really funny.

Brave

pretty good

i kind of thought it was overrated. i mena i enjoyed it and i love pixar animation and the landscape was pehnomenal and it was really funny but the story wasn’t THAT great and it was kind of dissapointing in that there was so much expectations but i liked it. i do like Princess Merida coz she’s so badass and can shoot an arrow but i felt bad for her mum. her little brothers were adorable little rascals and her dad was really funny.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

POLKA DOT CIRCUS

mwahahahaha so funny. you know chris rock who does the voice for marty just came up with that and they thought it was so awesome so they put it in the movie. =P

i love the fact that king julian falls in love with a bear and he sings a lot

*SPOILER ALERT* THEY MAKE IT TI NEW YORK.

but…

well you have to watch it to find out =P

Hotel Transylvania

BRILLIANT

ah such a brilliant movie. so funny and ah i love it. i love all the monsters and just too funny. SCREAM CHEESE. when am i gonna zing? =(

also DRACULA CAN RAP

Casablanca

a classic

so yes i finally watched this and i think it’s kinda overrated but i enjoyed it. the girl was kinda  a biatch but hey they’ll always have paris. and here’s to you kid. it was cute but i was surprised at the end but hey he did love her.

i do like those old fashioned guys who wear suits and have those sexy deep voices and that charm and charisma and he genuinely loved her. awww.

TV Shows:

Suits- i’m on season 2 and it’s just a really good show i love mike ross and i really hope he gets with rachel eventually. also donna is awesome and harvey. it’s a lawyer programme.

The Vampire Diaries- yay it started again elena is really annoying. i hope rebekkah and matt get together.

New Girl- i just want nick and jess to get together. new girl is hilarious though i mean schmidt is just too funny.

The Mindy Project- actually really funny show

Modern Family- never fails to make me laugh

2 Broke Girls- always funny

The Middle- i love axl okay don’t judge

Hart of Dixie- i really like zoe and wade together but zoe needs to sort her life out.

Doctor Who- i hate river song. sad to say bye to the ponds but at least they’re together. awww the doctor i love him can’t wait to meet the new companion =)

Suburgatory- new season starts soon yay such a funny show

Elementary- new sherlock holmes show set in NYC. looks good.

American Horror Story- i can’t wait coz adam levine is in it

can’t wait for the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode it’s gonna be so creepy as always.

but yeah as you can see i watch waaayyyy too much tv. and i also get too emotionally invested in the tv shows…not good.

BUT GUESS WHICH BOOK I FINALLY READ?

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

this book was totally mindblowingly awesome. just go read it. seriously it’s one of those books EVERYONE tells yu to read so you’re like no i’ll read whatever i choose to and i don’t want to read this but just pick it up and give it a go. and you won’t stop. okay it took me a few days to get into it but then i was hooked and it was so gripping and intense. and what a plot twist.

that society where everything you do or say or think is monitored and there is no privacy or even nice chocolate and there is no history because they change the past to suit them so you only have your memory but you can’t really rely on that either and it’s scary what the people get up to and are capable of blind obedience and whatnot.

it was banned for a reason. because of how relevant it is. it’s always going to be relevant.

at times i’ll admit it felt like reading an essay but it’s just an incredible novel. terrifying to say the least.

but ever wondered where Big Brother and Room 101 came from? this book.

so after this i had to read a really funny book to cope. i quite like memoirs/autobiographies so i’m currently reading Jenny Lawson’s one. she is The Blogess.

http://thebloggess.com/

in music news:

WE ALL KNOW WHO HAS AN ALBUM COMING OUT IN 2 WEEKS. why yes it IS TAYLOR SWIFT how did you know?

so taylor is releasing a song each week and so far we have: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and the music video for that

Begin Again. she filmed the music video in Paris but i don’t know when she is releasing the video

Red, the title song and I Knew You Were Trouble. so tomorrow we get a new song and then the week after THE WHOLE ALBUM. i can’t wait to hear the song with ed sheeran.

in other news:

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES SNEAK PEEK (i will not be held responsible for anyone having fangirl heart attacks)

http://shadowhunterfordeppand-hiddles.tumblr.com/post/33363315319/tmi-exclusive-video-for-all-viewers-uk-people

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE THE CAST LOOK AWESOME YAY

also there’s been some more CATCHING FIRE STILLS

Haymitch and Peeta playing chess

JUST LOOK AT THOSE ARM MUSCLES *SWOON*

anyhew so hope everyone had an awesome weekend

enjoy the week

i leave you with some cool stuff as always lol

Happy Reading

xoxo

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

excellent advice

“Confidence is the only key. I know a lot of people who aren’t traditionally ‘beautiful’ — not symmetrical or perfect-bodied or perfect-skinned. But none of that matters because all that shines through is their confidence, humor and comfort with themselves. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” Emma Stone

my future husband ‘you’ve got a smile that could light up this whole town’

he makes me go kugjeragfaugsdfjhadsygaekiudks

“My level of awkward makes everyone feel normal.” Taylor Swift

Happy Halloween- Grim and Dracula dancing. you’re welcome

“The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding — which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together — blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author.” Lemony Snicket

Peeta and I baked homemade oreos nomnomnom

“People inspire you, or they drain you — pick them wisely.” Hans F. Hansen

yep that’s my cat Neo. and yes that is our collection of books. we have more. trust me.

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” C. S. Lewis

Silver Linings, Sport and Freshers Week

greetings people who read my blog

people actually read my blog

why?

thank you
anyways so i just finished reading The Silver Linings Playbook…

amazing

and yeah i wanted to talk about it and like no one i know has read it so it’s frustrating because it’s a really good book and people should read it

the min reason i read it is coz i want to see the film coz jennifer lawrence is in it and she’s just awesome. AND SHE HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR FOR HER ROLE SO EJHGVJHDJSH she has to win.

anyways so it’s about this guy who ends up in a neural health facility after a certain accident and crime he committed but he lost his memory i think as a way of coping but it comes back and he is shocked.

he is so innocent and it says it’s similar to the curious incident of the dog in the night time which btw i had to study…it is not the easiest book to study let me tell you

so anyways silver linings the guy believes in happy endings and thinks his life is like a movie and he will be reunited with his wife nikki who actually divorced him. =(

but damn the amount of hope he has…’HOPE, IT’S THE ONLY THING STRONGER THAN FEAR’ and it just shows life isn’t a movie and he reads these depressing books and gets frustrated and annoyed that these books are taught in school teaching pessimism when essentially it’s teaching us about life. not enough people enjoy reading and that is the problem because if people read more they would understand the world a bit more. it’s all about perspective. reading AND understanding.

“Life is hard, and children have to be told how hard life can be…So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind.”  Matthew Quick

on a random note i’m kinda sad that my friend is doing english lit so i can’t recommend books to her anymore coz either she’ll criticize them endlessly or won’t have time to read them. =( i don’t ONLY read YA fiction and also regardless of the genre BOOKS CAN SAVE LIVES.
same with music and movies and tv and inspiring people etc

so back to silver linings i love his optimism but it’s kind of freaky coz he is obsessed with working out but it’s nice coz he is bettering himself coz he thinks nickki will come back to him if he is a better person…motivation is suppose.

so jennifer lawrence plays Tiffany who is Pat’s best friend’s sister in law…and she is depressed after her husband died. and she end sup falling in love with Pat but Pat is still in love with nickki and it’s so messed up but well written and i love how innocent he is even though he’s like this 35 year old man and it’s so sad to see the relationship between his parents but how much his brother loves him and yeah.
it’s kind of a random weird book but i enjoyed it and found it beautifully messed up. also it makes you think about people in mental institutions and the things they’ve been through to end up there and how some of them never get out…

also i loved how Pat believed in God because i don’t often read books where the main character is Religious or even watch tv with that because idk there is this disregard for religion or it’s seen as a chore or something and that makes me sad (am i 5 or something?) because i am a person of faith and when i see how people hate religion in the world…it just breaks my heart. so many people lose faith BECAUSE of religion and religious people mainly extremists or pedophile preachers or something it’s disgusting.

but also parents forcing children to grow up with faith and then they rebel and hate religion. that happens too much. teenagers need to question things and IT IS OKAY TO QUESTION IT IS NORMAL AND HUMAN AND God has the answers but we must learn to admit we will never know everything and understand certain things. we are not god. we are human and we are flawed beings.

so yeah religion is important to me and Pat believes in miracles and it’s important to believe in miracles because THEY HAPPEN EVERY DAY.

faith is between you and your Creator but it’s important to be a good person and to good and to practice what you preach.

so the sport aspect features heavily in the novel because Pat supports the Eagles and whatever but it just makes me think about how big a deal sport is to people and how weirdly it brings people together. think about the world cup and olympics and all those big sporting events and singing for your team being united and forgetting your differences coz u support the same team.

however the downside is obviously the mobs and hooligans and violence if your team loses and drunk people acting crazy and causing discord. and people being abusive and mean and horrible like making kids cry…

also how much sports people get paid like footballers as in english football it’s ridiculous how someone who is skilled enough to kick a ball into a net gets paid more than someone who can save a life aka a doctor or someone who teaches you how to read aka a teacher. but hey that’s the state of the world for you. messed up and there is no justice.

that is why when people say they want to live forever they obv don’t believe in heaven or hell or  BETTER WORLD BECAUSE THIS WORLD IS NOT IT. there has to be something better. and there is. the akhirah-afterlife.

also my thing about sports is people get so obsessed and defensive and all of that and how much money goes into it and advertising and the sponsors and the press etc but coke advertising sport makes me sick and same with how McDonald’s was the main sponsor for the olympics because that makes total sense how a franchise which causes people to become obese is sponsoring an event promoting being healthy…brilliant.

but sport is important too as it motivates people can help inspire people like how you get football hero or athletic heroes and how some of those footballers are scouted in townships and then it’s like from rags to riches like talk about diversity…half of the english football teams have foreign players who barely speak english.

i have to say i like cricket. i think it’s a gentleman’s sport but it’s fun to watch and play and yeah it’s only paled in certain parts of the world whereas football is worldwide.

my brother loves sport and so does my dad and stuff but as a geographer and current anthropologist i look at the world slightly differently. yes sport has its benefits bringing people together but it can also create conflict and cause issues and problems with racism and also fans being abusive towards players.

anyways so it’s been my first week at university…

and truthfully. it’s been lonely. and usually i’m okay on my own just that it’s a new environment, new place with new people it’s not like people aren’t friendly but yeah idk i’m shy at first and find it hard to make friends.

seriously if you come talk to me first then that’s cool. but i probably won’t make the first move. YES i have grown and am more confident and yeah i try to be fearless and whatnot but it’s scary and not easy.

so yeah i’m exciting to start my course next week and also learning arabic but i hope i’ll meet people in my lectures and make friends and join clubs and societies and yeah have an amazing university experience.

i love learning and knowledge is power and anthropology is so diverse involving politics, history, culture, geography everything

so anyways next week i’m excited to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower read it before you see it. =)

so here’s the trailer for silver linings playbook

and here is Taylor Swift’s new song Begin Again. it’s adorable.

yes her new album RED is out october 22nd but she is releasing new songs every monday till release day =)

also listen to Pink’s new album The Truth About Love it’s brilliant.  i’m gonna listen to the new Mumford and Sons album Babel and get see what it’s like. i LOVE the new Two Door Cinema Club album Beacon.

anyhew probably going to read:

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

1984 by George Orwell

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling

oh and THE LIFE OF PI TRAILER CAME OUT AND IT LOOKS AMAZING AND I LOVE THE BOOK SO YOU SHOULD READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT IN DECEMBER AND OMG I AM SO EXCITED

have a great rest of week and enjoy your weekend

thanks for reading my rambles

Happy Reading

DFTBA

“That which makes you different is what makes you strong. Whether you’re gay, straight, purple, orange, dinosaur; i don’t care.” Darren Criss

“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books. Books make sense of life. The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people’s lives, never your own.” Julian Barnes

“Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.” Audrey Hepburn

josh thinks so. i agree.

and don’t forget

i love her

i leave you with my university’s anthem

it is pretty damn hilarious so enjoy

SOAS anthem 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS =D