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International Women’s Day- Favourite Ladies in Literature 2018

Hello everyone and happy International Women’s day! All the way back in 2016 I wrote a post for International Women’s day on my Favourite Fictional Females, in 2017 I decided not to do the same list because I didn’t think it could have grown or changed that much from 2016.

This year I am giving the list another go, with fresh eyes and newly acquired reading habits and although I have gone over my list from 2016 and I still stand by all the ladies on that list I just want to add a few more. I always like to hear what you guys think and any ladies you think should have made my lists and haven’t.

Robin Ellecott – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

 

From going over my 2016 list I realised how heavily my lists are influenced by what I’m reading at the time and Robin is a perfect example of that as I’m currently reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (not that that means she doesn’t deserve to make this years list!) cause she does, she’s awesome.

Robin is a strong and Independent woman  who has had some bumpy roads in life, her career has taken and nose dive and although she doesn’t know it she’s in a relationship with the wrong man. Robin is all about fighting for what she wants and she wants a career, she wants to be a PI and although she took some wrong turns and dark corners that have lead her the wrong way she is fighting for the life she wants and deserves. She’s brilliant, a power house and above all a great detective.

Lou Clarke- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

 

I am such a long time Me Before You fan and Lou fan, Lou is full of heart right down to her core. She loves her family wants to do the best she can for them, she’s a little lost though which makes her totally relatable. Lou’s self discovery and love and eventual  loss of Will makes her one of my favourite characters.

Me Before You- Book Review

Demelza Poldark- Poldark Series by Winston Graham

 

Ahh Demelza, anyone hate Ross as much as I do? I mean seriously what was that guy playing at? Demelza is brilliant she is strong and fiery, she was a poor girl who came from nothing, a father who beat her and left her half starved but this eventually lead her to Ross her future husband… I don’t want to spoil the series for anyone who hasn’t read it or watched it but the woman can handle herself and she needs to cause she’s going to go through some seriously tough times- all hail Demelza Poldark.

Catherine Earnshaw – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

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Oh how we all love to hate Kathy Earnshaw, one of the most self indulgent and selfish characters ever written. But Kathy was strong, wild passionate and a free thinking individual. What ever you think of her life choices and some of her questionable decisions and motives no one can question Kathy’s strength of heart.

Dolly – Cheerful Weather For the Wedding by Julia Strachey 

 

When we meet Dolly it’s her wedding day and she is decided whether or not to marry her fiance while her former lover waits to talk to her desperate to talk to her but he is trapped downstairs while she locks herself in her bedroom drinking in her wedding dress. Dolly is a great example of the tragedies that can befall us in adult hood especially if we don’t know which choice to make.  Dolly is also a woman who I think we have seen many times before if real life, the lines between reality and fantasy are just a little blurred and she doesn’t realise till it’s to late how damaging that can be.

My full review of Cheerful Weather for the Wedding 

So I hope you enjoyed my choices for International Women’s day, hope you’ve all had a good day and I’ll see you next time!

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Soundtrack To My Life – Book Tag

I saw this Tag on The Books out Loud and thought it looked like a lot of fun so although I haven’t been tagged I couldn’t resist getting involved.

Opening Credits: favourite childhood book:

I read a lot of Jacqueline Wilson as a child some of my favorites were The Suitcase Kid, The Lottie Project and girls in Girls in Love.

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Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump:

I do go through reading slumps now and again and I usually find a guilty pleasure young adult novel does the trick. Existence by Abbi Glines got me out of one hell of a reading slump!

School: A book that you ended up reading for school and ended up loving it:

Anything by William Shakespeare – studying Shakespeare at school lead me to a life long love with the Bard and his plays but at school I particularly enjoyed Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.

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Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books:

I actually don’t read books based on author, it’s all about the story for me and what I think sounds interesting.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences:

I read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell last year a historical fiction series about Vikings and Danes and the formation of England as we know it. As well as being completely gripping it has some great battle scenes that really draw you in to the time that is being written about.

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Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gainman I know people love this book but it lost me about 3/4 of the way through and I put it down and have never had the will to pick it back up.

Hanging with friends: A book that you think everyone should read:

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern.

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Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you or had you crying your eyes out:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes I adore this book I read it in a day and sobbed while reading it. I can’t wait for the film adaptation to come out later this year.

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Road Trip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books):

I don’t like to be obvious and say Harry Potter but Harry Potter also Saga, The Infernal Devices, Outlander.

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Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago:

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

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Getting Back Together: A book you can’t stop rereading:

I’m not a massive re-reader if I do it is my absolute faves, so the likes of Summer in February by Jonathan Smith or The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read:

Easily Anna Karenina, read it a couple of years ago and I think the only things that have come close are Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Outlander.

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Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently:

Brooklyn- I really enjoyed this book and really empathized with the character and what she was going through but the ending (ahhh the ending!!) To read my full review  on Brooklyn click the link.

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Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue: 

I can’t actually think of any particularly outstanding epilogues right now …

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Because I wasn’t tagged for the post I’m just going to tag all of you- all of you who are reading this.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the soundtrack to my life book tag!

Happy reading everyone!

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Top Ten Tuesday- Top 10 Books of all Time

Ask any book lover what’s your favourite book and they will squirm, I can name my favourites never just the magic one. So when finding out that this weeks top ten was books of all time I thought I could just about handle that although it’s going to be tough.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

* I have just noticed I have written a post about an old topic this weeks topic was supposed to be books and songs I (accidentally) went a bit rouge.

(In no particular order)

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

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Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

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And because I couldn’t help myself here are my honorable mentions!

Atonement by Ian McEwan

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P.S I Love You Cecelia Ahern

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Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday I have to say I found it difficult to choose my all time favourites.

Happy reading everyone!

MULDER

 

 

Me Before You – Movie Adaptation- Poster Reveal!

Anyone who reads my blog knows I am a huge fan of the book Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes and one of the most exciting things for a reader is when one of your favourite books gets adapted to film.

Of course there is always the nerves and worries, the questions- Is it going to be a faithful adaptation? Am I going to like the cast? The list goes on.

So, as Me Before is one of my favourite books I have followed the slow progress and bits of information that we have found out along the way. So hear is a basic run down on Me Before You so far. As well as a poster reveal and our first real look at Clark and Will and that red dress all in anticipation of the trailer reveal tomorrow!

The Cast

Emilia Clark and Sam Claflin are  Louisa Clarke and Will Traynor.

Emilia and Sam really match how I picture Will and Lou in my head and after seeing a few shots from filming I am really excited to see the movie.

Louisa’s boyfriend Patrick  is being played by Harry Potter’s Mathew Lewis and Will’s Carer Nathan by Home and Away’s Stephen Peacocke.

Here are a few shots from the making of the movie to get you in the mood.

If that’s still not getting you fangirling than take a look at the Me Before you Poster which dropped today, keep an eye on my blog tomorrow from a trailer breakdown and review after it drops tomorrow.

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Check out Emilia/Lou in that red dress! I can’t wait to see the trailer and can’t wait to see the movie comes out this March.

Happy reading everyone!

Graham

 

Bath and Body Works Tag!

Thanks to A Little Bookish a Little A Writerly for the Tag! I haven’t done a tag in a while so lets just jump right in.

Pure Paradise – A book that was pure perfection

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes 

 

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Me Before You is a you is a contemporary romance novel that follows Lou Clarke a young woman who has lost her way in the world and is struggling to find her path. When she looses her job and is desperate for money she becomes a carer for quadriplegic man Will. Will is a former international business man and before his accident loved life and lived it to the max. Will and Lou come together in a way which is both funny and heart breaking I would recommend this book to everyone who has a heart beating in their chest. To read my original review click here and to read my update on the upcoming movie click here.


Sweet Pea – A romance/contemporary you really enjoyed

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

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You Had Me at Hello is probably my favourite contemporary romance novel. The book is set in both the past and the present following two best friends who meet at university and as the reader we know there is an event, a falling out that separates them at the end of their third year. Mean while in the present day the two friends bump into each other when one of them moves back to the country after emigrating to America with his now wife. Their lives re-connect and old feelings and resentments come back to the surface once more.

I have never wanted two characters to get together more than these two knowing their back story by reading about their time at university. I was so attached the characters and really cared about what happened to them. A real A* contemparary.


 

Fresh Strawberries – A book you really enjoyed that came out this year

After You by Jojo Moyes

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After You is the sequel to Me Before You and and follows Lou after the events in book 1. It follows her journey and her process in coping after all that happened in Me Before You. (My best attempt at spoiler free)

 

 


Warm Vanilla – A character and/or book that made you feel all warm inside

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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Reading this book is like reading about an old friend or a memory, or returning home after a long trip. It’s so familiar but I’ll still read it forever.

I’m currently taking part in the Problem of Susan challenge to read more about it click here.


 Paris Amour – A couple you majorly ship together

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 


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Outlander is book 1 in this epic time travel adventure series where married, 1945 nurse travels back in time and meets Highlander Jamie Fraser… If you haven’t read Outlander yet or seen the show Jamie and Claire are perfect for you shippers out there.

Outlander Review.


 Dancing Waters – A book that takes place on the beach/ the perfect beach read

On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves

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On the Island is about teacher in her early thirties who is employed to tutor a student who has been out of school with cancer. The boy who is now in remission, and teacher are to go away for the summer and catch him up for school for his senior year.

Well, the plane crashes and everyone dies but teacher and pupil. For years they are stuck on a desert island together until one day boy becomes a man.

This book deals with some uncomfortable themes and you think the teacher student relationship is going to be awkward and hard to read about. This is one of my favourite contemporaries, I would definitely recommend reading watching the relationship of these characters develop and grow over the years is really interesting and heartbreaking.


 

I Heart Cake (and Books) – Your favorite book

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It’s always hard as a reader to say THIS is my favourite book, I rate this above all the others and it is true when asked this question I could give you a list as long as your arm of my favourite books. But if I have to say, my favourite book is probably Summer in February by Jonathan Smith. It is the true story of a artist colony that existed in the 1930’s. The colony had members such as Laura and Harold Knight, and A.J Munnings who painted the picture of the cover of the book. The focus of the book is the woman in picture a young woman called Florence Carter-Wood a painter who came to the colony with her brother. She was the first wife of A.J Munnings and a subject he found hard to talk of in later life. The story is a love story, between Florance, A.J and A.J’s best friend Captain Gilbert Evans. It ‘s also a story of art, passion and a time when war was looming in the shadow of the sun.

To read my Film Review of Summer in February

 


 Winter Candy Apple – A book set during Christmas or winter

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin 

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Winter’s Tale is a magical realism novel set in New York the novel is a love letter too New York as well as being a really beautiful story.


Beautiful Day – A book with an unusual / interesting / appealing setting

The Harry Potter World

With the teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropping a couple of days ago and Harry Potter Mania rearing its head again – I don’t think I could do this tag without mention the Harry Potter Universe.

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Dazzling Diamonds – A beautiful cover

Uprooted by Noami Novik

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I got this book as a birthday present and as my birthday was yesterday I haven’t had time to read it yet! The cover is stunning, it is gold embossed and gorgeous. From what I know Uprooted is a stand alone, fairy tale esk novel about dragons. Can’t wait to get too it!

Hope you enjoyed this Tag.

Here are my Tag-ees…

Today I am tagging some of my new followers thanks for the follows guys.

Abbie Lu  Cafe Book Bean

Charley   Charleigh the Warrior

Bree        The Literary Hellion

Can You Pick a Flower Garden

Tash Glitterful Thoughts

 

After You by JoJo Moyes – Book Review

Ebook provided by Netgalley in return of an honest review.

Spoilers for Me Before You Ahead!

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After You is the sequel to Jo Jo Moyes international bestseller Me Before You. The first novel followed Lou Clarke a young woman stuck in a rut and suddenly finds herself desperate for a job and working for Will. Will is a former international playboy, business man and now Quadriplegic.

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Will and Lou (or Finnick and Khaleesi!)

Will wants to die, he intends to end is life and for his friends and family the clock is ticking to change his mind and keep him living. Lou finds that in Will’s sad life she might have something to learn from a man who used to live big and Will finds that from Lou he might just have something to Learn…

Me Before You was one of my favourite reads of the year it is heartbreaking and beautiful and left me feeling like I really knew all the characters but in particular Lou and Will.

So when I heard there was going to be a sequel to a book that a genuinely LOVE I was nervous but really excited.

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What did I think?

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After You picks up about a year after Will’s death and we take a look at the repercussions for Lou and the other characters. Lou is suffering greatly without Will and her grief leads her to getting drunk and falling off a roof(classic Lou). Her fall leads to Lou meeting the lovely Sam a paramedic and perfect for our grieving heroin.

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After You is a book about grief, Lou’s grief, the grief of Will’s parents and the grief of characters who are new to the story. It’s  a book that is a process, Lou wanting to fore-fill her promise to Will. I really enjoyed re-visiting Lou again but as I was reading the problems I had with the original novel were still present- I don’t really like Lou’s family, I find them selfish and grasping and to be honest just really unlikable and I have similar issues with Will’s family.

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Emilia Clarke as Lou in the up and coming film (2016)

What made Me Before You great was having Lou and Will together in their different  family dynamics and I missed the dialogue between the two of them with Nathan always in the back ground making a happy three.

I enjoyed reading After You but the best part for me was the end-

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When reading Me Before You and now After You all I wanted for Lou was a happy ending and After You gave me that and I’m so grateful.

Would recommend. 4/5 Stars keep your eyes peeled for the film that comes out in 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

Me Before You – Movie Up Date

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I love the book Me Before by JoJo Moyes and as promised here are some updates ( in picture form ) from the up coming film. To check out my original review just click here – https://goo.gl/EIF577

New picture of Lou and Patrick

New picture of Lou and Patrick

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Any Home and Away fans may spot Brax pushing Will’s luggage here as Nathan. Great casting choice for the trio and it will be really interesting to see how the film develops.

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Will and Lou at their adorable best.

Will and Lou at their adorable best.

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The first look at Lou wearing the notorious yellow tights and clutching Will’s letter (my heart just broke a little.) For more Me Before You up dates keep checking back and I will do my best to keep you updated. The sequel After You  is due to be released in September 24th, can’t wait.