Three Books With Badass Female Muslim Characters

Hello there.

Since there are very few books that feature a range of female Muslim characters, I thought I’d list some of my faves. These three books deal with various issues but the main one being marriage as it is quite a big deal for many people. Also, navigating the marriage scene as a young female Muslim can be rather difficult…so why not read all about the awkwardness of finding a partner?!

Anyhew, here are some diverse book recommendations for you to add to your to read list. You’re welcome.

The Story of Maha by Sumayya Lee

Setting: Durban and Cape Town, South Africa

This book is hilarious because it’s just completely MAD. But it’s also really heartbreaking because it’s set during apartheid and it shows how it wasn’t just blacks vs whites but also Indian people suffered too and also being a MIXED RACE Muslim girl in a society that is also inherently against dark skin etc so this book deals with a range of issues but it also makes you laugh despite the seriousness of the situation. There is a sequel too!

You can enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win a SIGNED copy of the book. Hurry, because it ends soon!

No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel Fattah

Setting: Sydney, Australia

This book is brilliant. It’s about four friends (not all of them are Muslim) and about finding love and dealing with work issues and relationship dramas and of course learning to trust each other and it’s just a great book about female friendships and dealing with adulthood. This book will make you laugh and squeal with joy (if you are a hopeless romantic like me then yes).

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayesha Malik

Setting: London, UK

This book is really funny and quite relatable. It is set in an area I’m familiar with and if you like Bridget Jones you will LOVE this book.

Also, CONNAL IS ADORBS HGKJHDJFHGKJF

Imagine meeting someone  in the biscuit aisle in Sainsbury’s???? lol.

Honestly, Sofia is mad but she is a pretty funny character, and thankfully she does see the error in her ways (eventually). Sadly, I only liked one of her friends and i didn’t really like her sister BUT this does include female friends and plenty of awkward marriage talk and relationship issues as well as family drama. Also, the author is currently working on the sequel (thankfully) because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

One of my fave lines in the book:

Guy: ‘your hijab is like a social condom’
Sofia: Yes, to protect me from socially transmitted diseases. Like you. 😹

 Books with female Muslim characters

All books feature a range of Muslim characters and are set in different locations and are laugh out loud kind of books.

I need more books featuring badass Muslim characters that don’t take crap from anyone and stand up for their beliefs and are just great characters and role models.

Can’ believe it is MAY ALREADY!

Got so many books to look forward to!

Happy Reading!

“Seeing reflections of yourself in the fiction you love is one of the most powerful forms of affirmation we have in popular culture” – Bryan Hill

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

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Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Hello!

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

so here is my review:

i like that the cover is nice and simple

i like that the cover is nice and simple

Synopsis:

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

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

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

What happened?

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

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

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

I’ve been trained to fight.

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

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

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

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

there's no rainbow here

there’s no rainbow here

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

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

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

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

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

you can watch the book trailer here

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

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

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Happy Reading!

=D

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

i wish

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

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???

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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

 

 

 

 

 

The Roaring 20s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

this quote perfectly sums it up:

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

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

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

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

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

saturday night i opened some presents:

PRESENTS!!!

PRESENTS!!!

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

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

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

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

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

Birthday Outfit

Birthday Outfit

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

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

Birthday Cake!!!

Birthday Cake!!!

some more presents:

MORE PRESENTS

MORE PRESENTS

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

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

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

some panda gloves to keep my hands nice and toasty

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

Books Glorious Books

Books Glorious Books

i wore my Adventure Games shirt the other day:

i love how peeta is holding a loaf of bread

i love how peeta is holding a loaf of bread

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

although i got Cress from Spinebreakers

BOOK HAUL lol

BOOK HAUL lol

and i saw this cute sign

hehe

hehe

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

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

indeed

awesome decor

awesome decor

and we got some stickers!!!

yay

yay

i love the Oompa Loompa song

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

mmm

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

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

like this one below by Sarah Kaye and Philip Kay

When Love Arrives

on to some Book Reviews!!!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles 3) by Marissa Meyer

i really love this cover

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

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

and Scarlett..poor scarlett and wolf. =(

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

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

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

pleasantly surprised by this book

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

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

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

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

love the cover

love the cover

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

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

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

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

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

How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan

cute cover

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

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

Currently Reading:  Half Bad by Sally Green

Movie/TV stuff:

idk why i did this to myself

Instructions Not Included

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

THE ENDING THOUGH WHY WHY WHY WHY NOPE NO KJHFKFDHGJDF

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

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

also crappy movie nights con mi amiga 

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

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

and we have plenty more to watch LOL

we’re literally like

idek

Anyways

so there’s a new Divergent trailer

the movie is out April 4th in the UK

but more importantly…

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS TRAILER

leave me alone to cry forever.

JUST LOOK AT THEM BEING ALL ADORABLE

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

okay NO NO;OFGKFDHGKJDFHGKJFDH

NO NO NO

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

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

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

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

All Too Well

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

SO EXCITED FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF MY MAD FAT DIARY

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

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

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

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

also another one about Labelling women as ‘crazy’

and #LifeofaMuslimFemenist

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

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

Happy Reading!

xoxo

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

Peeta Mellark ❤

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

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

basically

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

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Backtrack to 2013: Catching up on Reviews and stuff

Hello There.

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

Movies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

so messed up

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

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

THERE’ A LEEK IN THE BOAT:

*dead*

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

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

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

Princess Anna and Kristoff on an Adventure.

i love queen elsa such a bamf

perf

and of course olaf is my fave

yes. yes it is.

i may or may not have cried in this movie…

Let It Go- Demi Lovato

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

HAHAHAHA that was improv!

Books:

Every Day by David Levithan

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

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

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

House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Spinebreakers

i loathe these covers

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

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

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

cute but not as good as Eleanor and Park

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

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

perfect holiday read

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

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

BRILLIANT

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

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

SoPhia: a novel by Shafinaaz Hassim

cover is kind of dull but i like the pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veronica Roth and Shailene Woodley

Veronica Roth and Shailene Woodley

SIGNED BOOK AND SOME FREEBIES!!!

SIGNED BOOK AND SOME FREEBIES!!!

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

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

ASDFGHJKL;'

ASDFGHJKL;’

some Music stuff:

Wild Heart– The Vamps

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

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

TV:

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

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

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

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

Jessica Lange is just phenomenal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

the most iconic/annoying thing

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

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

The Newsroom

i literally watched 2 seasons in a week. =P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern Family is hilarious as always

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary:

even google was excited for the 50th anniversary!

11 Dancing Doctors

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

Doctor Who Christmas special:

so long raggedy man

matt smith- bowties are cool

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

Sherlock:

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

drunk sherlock was hilarious.

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

molly’s bf…hahaha

MRS HUDSON THINKING JOHN IS GAY OMG

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

every fangirl’s dream tbh

um

*coughs* *clears throat* *dies*

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

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

In Other News:

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

Les Miserables programme

Les Miserables programme

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

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

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

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

Olinguito Cub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

i REALLY LOVE SPOKEN WORD:

Halloween

Pretty

Shrinking Women

What Guys Look For In Girls

social experiment: fouseytube

hijab

bullying

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

check out this blog post and this about Nelson Mandela

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

Power to the People Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela 1990

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

Free Palestine

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

Happy Reading

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

thanks for reading my blog!

Much Love

Juwi

xoxo

The Book Guru

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

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

Hope is Stronger Than Fear

ALL THINGS CATCHING FIRE

okay so let’s set the scene.

tick tock

November 2013.

my fb status:

NOVEMBER 2013

1st NOVEMBER 2013

BUT SERIOUSLY.

i have waited so long for the Catching Fire movie

tick tock

lol nah about a year and a half.and then

then i saw

Catching Fire advert!!!

Catching Fire advert!!!

not gonna lie i actually gasped on the street.

and then…

Catching Fire London World Premiere: Monday 11TH November 2013

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

OH MY GLOB

OH MY GLOB

i saw them putting up the giant mockingjay

BEFORE:

wow wow and wow

wow wow and wow

AFTER

OMG A GIANT MOCKINGJAY IN LEICESTER SQUARE

OMG A GIANT MOCKINGJAY IN LEICESTER SQUARE

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

so anyways yes this is my fave pic ever

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

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

also.

why yes sam claflin i would thank you

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

don’t we all jen.

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

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

then there was other stuff like

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

tick tock

so like here are all the trailers for Catching Fire:

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

We Remain TV Spot

and there are so many more seriously

here are some ACTUAL CLIPS FROM THE MOVIE

District 11

Gale and Katniss

Finnick and Johanna

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

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

so on the morning of Thursday 21st November

tick tock

up up up it’s a BIG day!

i wore

OOTD- rocking my mockingjay pins

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

i just kept on saying tick tock the whole of November

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

as soon as i saw the LIONSGATE sign i was like

IT’S STARTING

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

so now for the actual review are you ready?

Catching Fire Film Review:

Director: Francis Lawrence

Screenwriter: Nina Jacobson

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

Recurring Cast:

Jennifer Lawrence- Katniss Everdeen

Josh Hutcherson- Peeta Mellark

Woody Harrelson- Haymitch Abernathy

Liam Hemsworth- Gale Hawthorne

Donald Sutherland-Preisdent Snow

Elizabeth Banks- Effie Trinket

Lenny Kavitz-Cinna

Willow Shields- Primrose Everdeen

Stanley Tucci- Ceasar Flickerman

New Cast:

Sam Claflin- Finnick Odair

Jena Malone- Johanna Mason

Stef Dawson- Annie Cresta

Lynn Cohen-Mags

Amanda Plummer-Wiress

Jeffrey Wright- Beetee

Alan Ritchson-Gloss

Stephanie Leigh Schlund-Cashmere

Bruno Gunn-Brutus

Meta Golding-Enobria

Philip Seymour Hoffman- Plutarch Heavensbee

Running Time: 2hrs 26mins

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

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

Plot: read the books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVERLARK LOOK AT THEM

URGH SO PERF

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

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

the capitol/president snow

i was crying like 90% of the time.

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

and then bam

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

poisonous fog, blood rain, monkeys, jabberjays- BRILLIANT

the jabbery jay scene tho…

katniss it’s not real

MAGS..BEAUTIFUL SWEET MAGS…

SHE WAS HALF HIS FAMILY

everlark though EVERYTHING ABOUT PEETA MELLARK S PERFECT

NO ONE NEEDS ME

KATNISS LOVES PEETA AASDFGHJKL;’ AND IT IS REAL

and i just the end…

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

everlark feels

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

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

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

because Katniss destroys the forcefield

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

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

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

and when she wakes up again GALE is all like

katniss, there is no district 12

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

um

it’s a trilogy. read the damn books

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

THANK YOU FRANCIS LAWRENCE

my fb status after i watched CF

my fb status after i watched CF

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

OOTD Catching Fire woop

OOTD Catching Fire woop

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK THAT WERE IN THE MOVIE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICK TOCK -Wiress

Convince Me- President Snow

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

and many more

it’s basically the book

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

excellent

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

Effie Trinket

the detail, the nuisances,

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

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

and the dialogue.

better than THG movie.

Fave scenes:

Elevator Scene where you first meet Johanna Mason

perfection 😉

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

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

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

beach scene kjhfkjdghdkfjhgs

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

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

effie and haymitch- WE’RE A TEAM

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

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

and the Oscar for best actress goes to: JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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

best actor: josh hutcherson

best supporting actor: philip seymour hoffman

best director: francis lawrence

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

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

i just really love this trilogy okay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mockingjay Part 1: November 21st 2014

Mockingjay Part 2 November 20th 2015

my fave songs from the soundtrack are:

Lights- Phantogram

Who We Are- Imagine Dragons

Mirror- Ellie Goulding

Silhouettes- Of Monsters and Men

We Remain- Christina Aguilera

Gale Song- The Lumineers

Atlas- Coldplay

Shooting Arrows at the Sky- Santigold

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

p.s

The Odds Are Never In Our Favour

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

haha

that’s all folks.

hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

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

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

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

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

‘i never planned on you changing your mind’

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

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

till the next time

toodles

i almost forgot

now we wait

less than a year woop

less than a year woop

 

xoxo

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

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