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

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

 

 

 

The Fault In Our Stars

hello there

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

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

yes.

bring tissues.

first here are some trailers

Official Trailer

Extended Trailer

Annotated Trailer

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

check out my review for them!

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

The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in our Stars

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

 

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

Shailene Woodley is a brilliant Hazel Grace Lancaster

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

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

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

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

they kept most of the quotes which was good.

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

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

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

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

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

the song Tee Shirt by Birdy captures it perfectly.

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

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

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

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

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

anyways just some amazing songs from the soundtrack

What You Wanted- One Republic (trailer music)

Boom Clap- Charlie XCX

Not About Angels- Birdy

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

All I Want- Kodaline

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

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

here are some quotes that feature in the film:

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

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

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

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

 “The marks humans leave are too often scars.” 

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

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

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

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

no i am not okay

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

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

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

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Summer Book Haul

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

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

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

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

Why Buy Anything Else When You Could Be Buying Books?

Why Buy Anything Else When You Could Be Buying Books?

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

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

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

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

so here is a pic of my GLORIOUS BOOK HAUL:

BOOKS GLORIOUS BOOKS!!!

BOOKS GLORIOUS BOOKS!!!

Books from Waterstones:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Geek Girl by Holly Smale 

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Dreams Of Gods And Monsters by Laini Taylor

Everday Sexism by Laura Bates (Non-Fiction)

 

Books from Amazon:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 

Books from Oxfam:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

Junk by Melvin Burgess

Collected Stories by Anita Desai

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

Beyond The Veil by Fatima Mernissi (Non-Fiction)

 

Books from Spinebreakers:

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

The Neptune Conspiracy by Polly Holyoke

Winger by Andrew Smith

 

HarperCollins Book:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

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

 

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

Geek Girl by Holly Smale:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

WHAT A BRILLIANT BOOK!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Don’t forget to check out my goodreads

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

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

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

anyhew hope you all have something good to read!

Happy Reading!

i have no self control in a bookshop

 

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

 

exactly

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

I Like to Read Books and Watch Movies

HEY GUYS!!!

how are you???!!!

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

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

 Movies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sassy Veronica

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

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

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

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

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

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

so like Theo James as Four

ayyyyyy 😉

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

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

Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn 😉

this was unscripted!!! 😉

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

NEW The Giver trailer

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

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

woah

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

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

Books:

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

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

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

Half Bad by Sally Green:

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

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

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: 

pretty cover and brilliant collection of short stories

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

Popular: A Memoir by Maya van Wagenen

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

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

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

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

Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto:

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

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

You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

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

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

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

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

Allegiant by Veronica Roth:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido

interesting read

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

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

this book is GENIUS!!!

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

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

even funnier than the first book!!!

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

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

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

The Guy Next Door by Meggin Cabot

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

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

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

The Story of Maha and Maha Ever After by Sumayya Lee

awesome covers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

looking forward to read it! =)

looking forward to read it! =)

AMAZING BOOKS NEWS!!!

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

THE MEDIATOR: REMEMBRANCE

PRINCESS DIARIES: ROYAL WEDDING

OH MY GLOB

my reaction???

JFHGKJDFHGFKDJ AAHAHHKUSGFHSHDC

lhfdkjdhgkf FINALLY LFHGKJF IT’S REAL SDKJGFDFB SOON

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

TV Shows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

awwwwwww the way he looks at Rae 😉

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

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

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

hahahaha same

Girl Code- this show is gold.

same tbh

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

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

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

Music:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birdy’s songs: Not About Angels and Tee Shirt

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

WHYWIUEDFGJDHGBFJK AUGUSTUS WATERS KHFKJFBC

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

i’m loving this song atm

Ariana Grande- Problem (her voice is incredible)

this is an old song but i love it:

Your Twenties- Billionaires

and Keaton Stromberg’s (from EMBLEM3) covers:

Cardiac Arrest (Bad Suns)

Sweater Weather (The Neighbourhood)

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

Hope you have a fab week!!!

Happy Reading!

=)

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

haha Prince George is so cute!

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

perf =)

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

pretty much

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Angelou, A Truly Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman- Maya Angelou (1978)


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

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

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIP Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS.

 

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