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Musing Mondays ( 25/4/16)

Hi guys and once it’s Monday and as we are back to the beginning of the week its time for Musings Monday! Musings Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat where you answer one of the of the questions bellow followed by a weekly random question. So let’s get started!

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  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Your favorite poem, or collection of poetry?

Currently Reading

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I have been on such a Shadowhunters binge this month and have been totally drawn into this world again, throughout April I have managed to read City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire and Tales from Shadowhunter Academy. I am still reading Lady Midnight and will do a full review on it soon so I won’t say to much on it now- but I will say I have had so much fun reading this book so far. I tried so hard to stay away from Lady Midnight spoilers and this book has been an unexpected and interesting ride. Sadly I only have about two hundred pages left, I’ll be sad when it’s over but only because there is such a long wait till the next book!

City of Fallen Angels – Review

City of Lost Souls – Review

Favorite poem, or collection of poetry?

Annabel Lee by Edger Allen Poe

I wouldn’t say this is neccessarly my favourite poem but it is definitly a poem that I enjoy and I have read and enjoyed Edger Allen Poe’s poetry collection in the past. Also Annabel Lee is referanced quite alot in Lady Midnight so this poem is on my mind at the moment.

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we—
   Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Musings Monday!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books That Will Make You Laugh

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday which is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish this weeks topic is books that will make you laugh (or at least chuckle). While participating in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday I realised that I don’t read a lot of ‘funny’ books, books with funny moments (or characters) but not where comedy or humour is the main objective- having spent some time thinking about it here is my list.

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In no particular order-

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand 

Essentially an autobiography from comedian Russell Brand talks of Russell’s early years and his struggle with drug and sex addiction all told through his unique voice and prose.

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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

I feel like I need to specify that ANY of Cassandra Clare’s books could have made with list except maybe Clockwork Princess *wipes tear from eye*, she is the queen of witty dialogue. I chose City of Bones because it has some of my favourite Simon and Jace moments they have such great back and forth in the early days.

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You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi Mcfarlane 

You Had Me at Hello is a love story between best friends which makes for some super cute, super hilarious moments this book also tugs on the hearts strings as well.

You had me at hello

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian centres around one man in a dire situation it his strong sense of humor that gets him through and it’s  the comedic writing that makes The Martian a must read.

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The Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick

Although not automatically thought of as a funny book The Silver Linings Playbook has some great emotionally charged funny moments guaranteed to make you think.

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This a funny, witty and charming graphic novel and has real nack for writing about family.

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

I feel like Me Before You is everywhere right now and this makes me so happy because it’s one of my favourite books. Although the story is fundamentally quite heart wrenching Lou and Will provide some great laugh out loud moments.

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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by  Julia Strachey 

A comedy about family – set on the morning of a young woman’s wedding while her former lover waits down stairs.

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Tamara Drewe by Posey Simmonds 

Posey Simmonds very British graphic novel based on Far from the Madding Crowd Tamara Drewe is a hilarious romp set in the English country -side with three love interests to boot!

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P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Yes, P.S I Love You is a sad book but through the tears, there is a lot of laughter to be had.

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Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday Everyone!

Happy Reading!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Rainy Day Reads!

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Hi guys! It’s Wednesday once again and that means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more about Top 5 Wednesday you can go to the Goodreads page by clicking here. This week’s theme is Rainy Day ReadsFor me a Rainy Day Read is a short (ish) stand alone with a sad or melancholy feel that I can just curl up with and be pulled into the world for the day.

In no particular order-

  • Like a Virgin by Gordon Steel

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Like a Virgin is a short play about two loving teenage bestfriends who dream of being pop stars. The story revoles around their friendship and what happens when one of their lives changes and not for the better…

Like a Virgin by Gordon Steel – Review

  • We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

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A hard hitting tale of family, friendship and the mistakes we make and the ones we have to live with.

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart – Review

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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Brooklyn is a real Irish immagration story, I found Brooklyn so relatable, relatable to anyone who has ever been home sick, ever been in love or dreamed of a better life.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Review

Tuck2  Tuck1

What if you could live forever? Would you really want too?

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – Review

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Great for fans of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Chronicles of Narnia The Magician’s Nephew is the real orgin story of Narnia and tells us how Narnia really came to be.

The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) – Review

That’s it for my Top 5 Wednesday,

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TTT- What Am I Reading This Spring?

Hi Everyone and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is – What will I be reading this Spring?

So lets find out shall we!?

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlett

I’ve recently been reading Cinder and LOVED it so this Spring I want to continue on with this series, it’s so good and so addictive!

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman 

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I own this book already and have been warned it’s a heartbreaking tale of love and loss (I can’t wait to find out, who doesn’t love a good tear jerker?)

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry 

the love that split the world

I keep seeing this everywhere and it seems like such a fun romp, right up my ally.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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It’s Cassandra Clare, need I say more?

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon 

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I am slowly but surly making may way though this- it’s not as good as Outlander seems like more of a bridge to book three (but hey we’ve all been there). Looking forward to series two of Outlander starting this April though.

The Night Manager by John Le Carre 

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I am OBSESSED with The Night Manager (BBC Drama) that hits UK screens on Sunday nights. Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Coleman and Hugh Laurie are delight. It’s an addictive, sexy, James Bond esk tele! I need to read this NOW!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

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I’m in the mood for some time travel in my life, also I keep hearing great things!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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This has been on my TBR for awhile now and I’m in the mood for reading some Historical Fiction this Spring.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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I know, ambitious and I have made a (small ) start on this whopper which is probably going to take me more than just Spring . But ever since watching the adaptation of the novel of been dying to give it a go and see if I make it through.

The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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I have been reading this series for my Problem of Susan Challenge, now I am slightly lagging behind but I am picking them back up again and hope to make some series head way with the challenge this Spring.

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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WWW Wednesday – 9/3/16

It’s WWW Wednesday! This is a weekly meme  currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, so make sure you stop by her blog and send her some love! Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in just remember to leave your link so I can check out you WWW- so lets getting cracking!

The only rules are to answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

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I’m really enjoying this so far, I love Cinderella and any adaptation or re-telling is always going to get a thumbs up from me.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Girls by Emma Cline

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I recently finished reading The Girls by Emma Cline this was such a well written re-telling of the 1969 US Manson Killings. To read my full review click here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman

The Light Between Oceans

My interest in this book peeked recently when I saw the film trailer starring Alicia Vikander and Micheal Fassbender. It looks like an emotional roller coaster and the type of story that really has the potential to pull me in. The film comes out this year so I have to make sure I’m all caught up before it hits the cinemas September 2016!

I hope you have enjoyed my WWW Wednesday, see you next time!

Happy reading everyone!

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Musing Mondays (March 7th)

Hey guys, today I will be taking part in my first Musing Mondays – A weekly Meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer, Musing Mondays is hosted by Jenn at Books And A Beat go check her out!

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

I’m currently reading 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I have been meaning to read this for ages but just haven’t been in the mood for fairy-tale re-tellings, but this month Cinder has been screaming at me from my book shelf dying to be read. I am about two chapters in – so far, so good!

Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

Ian and Wanda from The Host

Ian and Wanda

My desperation for a sequel from The Host knows no bounds even though I have (almost)  come to terms with the fact that is never going to happen but still a girl can dream.

Well thanks for joining me on my very first Musings Monday,

Happy reading everyone!

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WWW Wednesday – 17/2/16

Hi guys! So once again it’s time for WWW Wednesday – a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words. (Formally hosted at Should Be Reading)

The only rules are to answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading 

The Girls by Emma Cline

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The Girls was my most anticipated read of 2016 and luckily I was approved to read it early thanks to NetGalley. I am only a couple of chapters in but this beautifully written story of murder and cults already has me hooked.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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I have been gripped by the BBC adaptation of War and Peace and of all the reviews I have read book readers seem a bit 50/50 about it claiming it’s ‘sexed up’ for the tele (which it probably is, I mean hello James Nortan!). But I enjoyed the adaptation so much I have now started Tolstoy’s 1000+ page beasty. And I have to admit it is really great to be re-entering this world again.

What did you recently finish?

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My Uprooted Review

What do you think you will read next?

I have been in a bit of a reading slump recently but I have a few things on my TBR that I’m leaning towards. Likely candidates are –

Flawed dragonfly in amber

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite writers and I’m always really sucked into her stories (P.S I Love You, Love Rosie and A Place Called Here) all great examples of her work. With season 2 of Outlander hitting our screens in April I need to get on this asap, and who doesn’t need a bit of Jamie Fraser in there lives hmm?

Right, well that has been my WWW Wednesday see you next time.

Happy reading everyone!

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