Book look forward ~ 2019

Hey guys! Happy 2019! This past year has gone by so quickly, yet so much has happened and so many great books have been read. Check out my book look back on 2018 if you want to know what those books were in particular 😉

Today, though, we aren’t looking back at 2018, but looking forward at 2019! Usually my book look forwards discuss the books I received for Christmas, but this year I didn’t get any, because otherwise my bookshelf would burst with all the books I’ve been given for Christmas/my birthday over the years that I still haven’t read. So instead today I’ll just be listing some of those books, that I’ll hopefully get round to this year!

(Although, with a £20 gift card I got from my sister, I’ve bought two new books anyway…)

(click the booky photos to go to their goodreads page)

Harry Potter ~ J.K. Rowling

Ahhh it’s been like 5 years since I read this wonderful series! I miss it immensely!! Whenever my family marathon the films, it reminds me how desperately I need to reread it. Last Christmas I received the special Gryffindor edition of the first book, which was just another prod. Don’t worry Harry, 2019 will be the year I come back to you!

All the Wrong Questions ~ Lemony Snicket

I loooove this series almost as much as I love A Series of Unfortunate Events (eek the third season of the Netflix show is out!!) because IT’S SO DARN CLEVER. I would reread it every time a new book in the series came out, but I haven’t reread it since finishing because the ending of the fourth book stressed me out, which I guess was Snicket’s intention BUT STILL.

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Ruby Redfort ~ Lauren Child

I’ve only actually read books 1 to 3 of this series, and that was back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the last three hadn’t come out yet. But now that they’re all out – and more importantly, all on my bookshelf – I must finish the series once and for all. Ruby is literally my role model. Why can’t we all be secret agents at 13?

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard ~ Rick Riordan

Yes, all of the books on my rereads list for 2019 are series. I guess I just like rereading them more than standalones? Like with Ruby Redfort, I need to actually finish this series, because I’ve only read the first one. Luckily I have both of the other two, so it won’t be any hassle to finish this. Also I can’t believe in 2018 I didn’t read any Riordan! I’ve missed him.

Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley

Ooh, spooky cover. I was trying to find the least spooky one but… there aren’t many, I can tell you that. I’ve been meaning to read Frankenstein, ever since I studied the shorter play version at school, and read the biographical graphic novel Mary’s Monster last summer (so dark and beautiful, definitely recommend) but I’m hoping the original isn’t too creepy.

Peter Pan ~ J.M. Barrie

The animated Peter Pan is no doubt my favourite Disney classic and, like most people who watched the 2003 adaptation when they were younger, I had a big ol’ crush on Jeremy Sumpter’s Peter. Also, Alyssa over at readinganyone has recommended this book to me quite a few times, as it’s her favourite classic, so I will read it this year, Alyssa! Promise!

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Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

This is one of my English Literature texts but I haven’t actually read it all the way through yet, so this year is my chance. I literally grew up watching the BBC adaptation because we didn’t have TV when I was little so obviously the next thing you turn to as a parent of small children is tapes of period dramas. I had an interesting childhood…

The Grisha Trilogy ~ Leigh Bardugo

I literally just finished the first book and the second is waiting in my Kindle library! I’ll write a review soon, probably of the trilogy as a whole once I’ve read it, but honestly I don’t know how I feel about it?? I mean, I enjoyed reading it and gave it 4 stars on Goodreads so I guess I thought it was pretty good, just not amazing. Let’s hope the other two are 5 stars!

The Astonishing Colour of After by [Pan, Emily X. R.]

The Astonishing Colour of After ~ Emily X.R. Pan

This book is just gorgeous! I’ve seen it here and there on the internet, so decided to buy it when I spotted it while hunting for books to buy with my sister’s gift card. From the blurb this book seems like a really sad one, but I’ve heard great things about it so I’ll definitely be reading it this year. I mean, John Green recommends so how can I not give it a try?

The Colour of the Sun by [Almond, David]

The Colour of the Sun ~ David Almond

Look at me with all my ‘colour’ books. This was my second buy using my sister’s gift card because I was drawn in (again) by the pretty cover. The saying goes ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, buuuut let’s just admit that we all do when it actually comes to books. This one also looks quite sad… can 2019 be more emotional book-wise than 2018? We shall see.

I’m thinking of blogging only twice a month, because this year’s gonna be a busy one for me and I think I’m more likely to stick to blogging twice a month than every week

This year I will reach 100 followers!

And I will (try to) write a book!

Write 5 discussion posts

Read 35 books

(How satisfying is it that my goals are arranged in a lil upside-down pyramid?? I’m an artist really.)

There you have it, folks! My book look forward for 2019. This means that, sadly, the end of the book look season is upon us once more, but don’t you worry, because I’m already getting started on my 2019 TBR! And I’ll (hopefully) be back in two weeks with some feedback on that.

Also eek season 3 of A Series of Unfortunate Events is out on Netflix, so keep your eyes peeled for my review! Which will come after my season 2 review that I still haven’t written hehe oops.

Happy New Year, guys! What have you been up to? What’s on your 2019 TBR? Goals for this year?

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Book look back ~ 2018

Hey guys!

My favourite time of year has come around again – the season of book look posts! It only consists of 2 posts, one looking back and one forward, but it’s exciting nevertheless. The first of the two, this book look back, is a general wrapping up of the year where I list my fave books of 2018 and reflect on my achievements. I’m also kind of linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their Top Ten Books of 2018 prompt, except I’m only listing 5 books and today isn’t Tuesday… oh well.

Before we begin the post, just so y’all know there’s still time to enter my third blogging contest! Send a review – old or new – of any bookish trilogy to simizat@yahoo.co.uk and the winner, who will be announced in the new year, will win an ebook of their choice. Good luck!

Without further ado, let’s take a book look back at this year!

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The perks of being a wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky

Wow, this is honestly a bookish masterpiece. I’m glad I started off the year with such a good read! Charlie is just the sweetest narrator and, by the end of the book, I felt like I had made a friend. Also the loving relationship he had with his family was so refreshing, and Charlie’s friends were so unique and wild but super caring all at once. Basically this book is cute and fluffy, while also being thought-provoking and insightful, and I think that everyone can and should read it.

A Monster Calls ~ Patrick Ness

This one was really moving because the story is so tragic, but beautifully told. I don’t know why I hadn’t picked up a Ness book until this one? But I’m definitely doing it again soon, probably with the Chaos Walking trilogy because I found it at my school library! Anyway, this book is a work of art because the storytelling is excellent, the writing enchanted me. I could feel what Conor felt. It was all so vivid and magical and heartbreaking and you must read this masterpiece now.

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A Thousand Perfect Notes ~ C.G. Drews (Paperfury)

Ahh, Cait’s debut! I just noticed that so far all the books on my list have been pretty heart-smattering… and there’s more to come. 2018 has been an emotional year, especially when precious lil Beck from A Thousand Perfect Notes is around to steal your soul with his beautiful piano playing and loving heart. This boy needs a hug. At least he has lovely August and his wild sister, Joey. I can’t wait for Cait’s second book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, in April!

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda ~ Becky Albertalli

Oh look! Pretty much the only solidly happy and fluffy book on my list today. Aren’t we all grateful for a bit of happiness and fluff from dorky Simon? I watched the film adaptation earlier this year in the cinema and just thought wow that adorable-ness needs to be read, so I stole it from my sister (thanks sis) and read it at the perfect time – summer! This book centers around Simon and his friends and family so it was just fun and a pleasant read, with great diversity.

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Salt to the Sea ~ Ruta Sepetys

I haven’t reviewed this book, because I don’t think any words can really do it justice. The story is slow to start, but gradually we are introduced to the deepest, darkest parts of four young minds, all on a journey to safety, all carrying a secret… and wow, the writing was so beautiful and meaningful. When I finished this book I was in tears. There are so many stories, like this one, out there that are hidden in the depths of history and need to come to light. This is a must read!

Actually try to blog every week ~ yeah, this didn’t work out too well this year because I only wrote 22 posts…

Branch out with my posts ~ don’t really know how I was thinking of branching out? I mean, I did another mini reviews post, but other than that my posts weren’t too different this year.

Reach 100 followers ~ I’m at 89, so almost there! I got Bloglovin’ this year so I have a few more followers from that.

Read 41 books (one up from my goal of 40 in 2017) ~ I read 31, which is 10 more than last year!

Write a book for NaNoWriMo ~ not quite yet. I did start writing a few but didn’t get very far.

I’m thinking of making my 2019 goals a lil more achievable…

Thanks for reading guys! What were your best reads of 2018? Have you read the ones on my list? What did you think of them? Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for my second book look post, a book look forward to 2019!

Mini reviews ~ succumbing to the hype of YA contemporaries

Hey guys!

In my last post – a pretty mammoth bookish tag – I announced some of my upcoming reviews, so today I have for you the first of those many! Plus two others, all squished into one post, because I actually read one back in April I think, and the other two in August, so this post is long overdue. But they’re nice books to review towards the end of the year, ones considered ‘hyped’ due to their popularity and, for two of them, film adaptations! (Still waiting on a The Sky is Everywhere film…)

(click the booky photos to go to their goodreads page)

The Sky Is Everywhere by [Nelson, Jandy]

The Sky is Everywhere ~ Jandy Nelson

Lennie’s older sister Bailey has just died, and Lennie finds that the only person she can rely on to bring her sister back is Bailey’s boyfriend Toby. But she has also caught hot new boy Joe’s eye, and now she is stuck between the two. Through her grief, Lennie is learning lessons of love and begins to grow and mature in ways she thought she could never do without her sister by her side.


The writing in this book is so unique! At times I was grinning like an idiot, but, while it was a fun book, it was also very moving and thoughtfully written. I especially liked the poems that began each chapter, and the ending I thought was well done. My favourite thing though was probably the secondary characters. Lennie’s remaining family, Gram and Big, are the cutest, and Sarah, Lennie’s best friend, is just great. Everyone needs a Sarah in their lives.

BUT, the overall storyline I have to say was very cheesy and unrealistic. And I did not particularly like Joe, the main love interest, a seemingly perfect musician who charms Lennie. Their whole relationship felt a lot like insta love to me, and Joe getting with Lennie so quickly after having his heart broken just prior to the story was kinda immature. I guess he is just a teenager BUT STILL.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣ (6/10)

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda ~ Becky Albertalli

Simon has been keeping his sexuality a secret, until his junior year when suddenly he falls in love online with cute but shy Blue and then gets blackmailed after his classmate Martin discovers Blue and Simon’s emails. Between keeping his secret from his friends and keeping in touch with Blue, on top of helping Martin so as not to be outed, life for Simon is pretty chaotic. How long can he keep all this up before his life comes crashing down around him?


This book is the cutest thing to ever exist!! I’m still smiling like 4 months after reading it! Simon himself perfectly sums up my feelings after putting this book down: “I can’t stop smiling. I mean, there are times when it’s actually more work not to smile.” Guys, this book is hilarious. I was giggling stupidly loud way too often. And when it’s not being funny, it’s just adorable. Simon is so relatable and just a dork, and his friends are so normal and lovely!! My favourite part of the book though was definitely Simon’s family. I loved their cute lil traditions and nicknames, and how they actually care about each other instead of constantly winding each other up! I will warn people that the homophobia is pretty nasty, but other than that this book is just so CUTE. Why are there not more synonyms for cute because honestly I’m being very repetitive here.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before ~ Jenny Han

Lara Jean has been in love 5 times, and she writes a letter each time so as to overcome her feelings. But when the letters find their way to their recipients, everything becomes a lot more complicated for Lara Jean. Her older sister Margot has left for college, leaving behind heart-broken Josh, the boy next door, who happens to be Lara Jean’s crush. What is she to do when he receives his letter?


The focus on family was probably my favourite thing about this book. I think all the books in this post did a good job of portraying lovely family relationships so yayy! I loved the Song girls, especially Kitty, the youngest. That girl is a true inspiration. Also Lara Jean is the cutest! Everyone kept ganging up on her near the end and like please don’t hurt my child, she’s innocent and lovely and all I want for Christmas is literally anything baked by Lara Jean.

I have to admit though, the storyline was very predictable and, honestly, in my opinion, this whole fake relationship trope is overused. Also I found myself wanting more Margot and Josh, just to understand their relationship better, and more Gen too, Lara Jean’s ex-best friend and Peter’s ex. I didn’t like how she was just there to be evil. What does Peter actually see in her? Speaking of Peter, the whole guy situation (funnily enough) reminded me a bit too much of The Sky is Everywhere, with Peter being fun but slightly childish and Josh being sweeter but off-limits… basically why are there so few types of boys out there? Why are there types at all? But, while I do have some complaints, overall this book is a fun, fluffy read!

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (7/10)

There ya have it! Some popular YA contemporaries I’ve read this year. (If ya haven’t read them yet, what are ya doing with ya life?!) My opinion on the whole is that these lil things called YA contemporaries are very cheesy, but I guess it is nice to see happiness and cute families in books for a change. If you love a bit of fluff then you’ll love these three books; for me, though, all the fluff is a bit too much. I need to go finish rereading A Series of Unfortunate Events

Have you read these? What did you think? Any YA contemporaries that you desperately recommend? Also don’t forget to send in a review of a trilogy you love for my competition!

Disney Princess book tag

Hey guys!

As you might have noticed, I’ve been terrible at posting lately. Exams have kept me really busy, so I’m behind on basically everything book/blogging related… including my monthly competitions. I will finally announce, though, that the winner of my second competition – for which you had to send me two photos showing me your favourite things – is Maddy @ Maddy’s Digital Diary! She is a beautiful photographer so you must check out her blog, and Etsy too. Congrats, Maddy! I’ll send you your prize as soon as possible 🙂

Here are Maddy’s favourite things:

I love the theme of this one, and will definitely also call reading one of my favourite things!

Maddy’s sunset photos are my favourite ones on her blog. I think it’s clear to see why!

For the next competition (seeing as it’s the third one) you have to review your favourite trilogy, or just one you like if you don’t have a favourite, it’s up to you! The review can be an old one from your blog/Goodreads/Amazon or you can write a new one. But yeah, just one review for all three books. Email the review to simizat@yahoo.co.uk by December 20th and you could win an ebook!

Moving on, today I thought I would do a fun lil tag because there’s something exciting about tags, ya know? I saw this one on Sophie’s blog Blame Chocolate which you should definitely go follow! She has the loveliest blog! GO CHECK IT OUT!

I do love a bit of Disney, as everyone should because Disney is amazing. My top three Disney animated films you ask? Well non-princess: Treasure Planet, Big Hero Six and Brother Bear, and princess: Tangled, Mulan and Frozen (I know Frozen is terrible but I lowkey love it?) if I had to choose, although I enjoy many others too. What’s not to love about Disney? I mean yeah, it’s cliche after cliche… but it’s pretty much everyone’s childhood and it’s great ok, fight me.

(click the booky photos to go to their goodreads page)

(from Cait’s blog paperfury.com)

1) Snow White (favourite debut book)A Thousand Perfect Notes

Ahhh Cait has a book! Her debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, was released this June and you all must have a taste (or, ya know, eat the whole thing) because this book is amazing and heartbreaking and brilliant! Read my review here 😉 And she has another book coming out next April! Cait is on her way up, guys. World domination will follow shortly, as she’d say.

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2) Cinderella (surprisingly a gem)Where Dandelions Grow

So I’m not always a fan of Christian books because I feel like most just slip in a prayer or two and maybe the protagonist goes to church, but it doesn’t really mean anything to the story. However I liked how this book actually incorporated Christian values, especially forgiveness! Thanks, book.

3) Sleeping Beauty (couldn’t hold your attention)The Eyre Affair

It seems like this book is always popping up in these tags under a negative category, so I’m sorry book. To be honest, I think I just need to give it another try because I was too young when I first read it to really understand and enjoy it…

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4) Ariel (water setting)The Grim Grotto

I need to reread this, and will soon for Season 3 of the Netflix show (January 1st! I’m so excited!!), but I do remember that pretty much the whole book is set underwater, making it very suitable for this category. The Baudelaires stumble across a submarine and its crazy captain, his daughter and an old friend on a mission to find a lost object… ONLY ONE MONTH TO WAIT!

5) Belle (features a bookworm)The perks of being a wallflower

Charlie! The cutest lil bookworm ever! He would just eat his way through books and then write essays on them as a hobby, and I admire him so much for this. Can we all have a lil bit of Charlie please. I need his attitude towards school.

6) Jasmine (unlikely love story between two characters or you and book) – The Maze Runner

This was, I think, the first dystopian I read and LOVE LOVE LOVE. I was looking back at some old posts to see what I actually thought of this (of course I don’t remember, it was a whole last summer ago) and saw that I had called it my favourite read of 2017! So that just says it all, really. Not a fan of the rest of the series, though 😦

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7) Pocahontas (based on a true story)Mary’s Monster

Wow. This book. I’m yet to review it so I don’t want to say much, but it is so darkly gorgeous and Mary Shelley’s story is so moving. Seeing what Frankenstein’s monster really meant to her… all I can say is everyone needs to read this book.

8) Mulan (fierce heroine)To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I ‘nominated’ quite a few books for this because there are lots of fierce heroines out there! Woo for fierce heroines! In the end though, I chose Lara Jean from TAtBILB because the thing about her is that she isn’t very fierce, but when you step back you can see that she really knows who she is and what she wants, which I admire about her and think counts as being fierce. (Review to come!)

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9) Tiana (a diverse book)Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

This book is bursting with diversity, as books should be nowadays. Magnus, the title character, and his friends, a dwarf and a deaf elf, are homeless, there’s a Muslim character (Sam, my fave) and no romance! So yeah, this book is a refreshing read. I should really finish the trilogy at some point…

10) Rapunzel (a really long book)The Book Thief

I’ve read longer books than this, but they were mostly part of fantasy series whereas this one is a standalone. But a really, really long standalone (554 pages) that takes quite some time to get through, especially for a snail reader such as myself. I think there are around 90 chapters? But also honestly the more gorgeous Zusak writing the better.

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11) Merida (no love story)Clownfish

I had to pick a Middle Grade book for this one because ahaha, a YA with no romance? Never heard of it, sorry mate. I had originally put Holes down for this, but then remembered the beautiful love story between Kate and Sam… *sniffs* Anyway, Clownfish (review coming soon) features a cute boy/girl friendship! I mean, they’re only around 12 BUT STILL. No romance.

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12) Anna & Elsa (winter setting)An Elephant in the Garden

I read this quite awhile ago, though I do remember it was set in winter and features a long journey (the cover was a bit of help, I won’t lie…), similar to the book in the next category. But I think I chose this for the winter category just because of the snow on the front haha.

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13) Moana (features a long journey)Salt to the Sea

I read this very recently and now am broken forever. The cold and perilous journey that is the focus of the book is one that millions had to take to escape the Russians. With each of these stories, I am more and more astounded by the great courage and resilience of those who suffered. I hope to review this book soon so you can all know how important it is to read it!

Thank you for getting through this monster of a post, guys! I feel like most of it has just been me shouting about reviews that I’m going to post soon… Do look out for those 😉

Feel free to steal the tag, then comment below the link to the post so I can come check it out!

Do you love Disney? If not, are you insane? What’s your favourite film ever? Don’t forget to take part in my competition and send your review to simizat@yahoo.co.uk!

Let’s talk about Gerry…

Hey all!

This is going to be a bit of a weird post, so beware. Basically I’m ranting about my laptop. Someone please come fix it. Or just buy me a new one maybe? Because I CAN’T LIVE LIKE THIS ANYMORE. Every day is a struggle. Today I’ll be listing the reasons why.

(Don’t worry, I’m quite a calm blueberry most of the time. But when it comes to my laptop…)

(Also yes, I named my laptop. Gerry. Short for Gerald. Very majestic, don’t you think?)

(the more I look at this heading, the more I hate the fact that I put an emoji in like an annoying 10-year-old girl but oh well, I just wanted to emphasise my anger)

  • His keyboard was definitely treated cruelly in his past life (I’m pretty sure he was new but still) because you literally have to punch the keys for the letters to appear, especially the space bar. I always get annoyed in books when someone ‘punches’ a number into a phone or ‘punches’ the button for the lift, because I just see in my mind the person literally punching the phone, and I’m thinking wow why are they being so aggressive with that delicate piece of technology, but NOW I UNDERSTAND. I have to literally smack my keyboard to get it to form legible words, and you can see why this is frustrating when I’m writing a blog post and I look up and see that allthe wods aremushd togethe rto mak a BLOB. This paragraph alone has taken me 3 hours and 17 minutes to write (I mean I’m not timing myself but that seems like an accurate amount of time) because I keep having to go back and split words up, like guys please stop hugging and start making sense.
  • The mouse is very very overexcited and wants to go everywhere and see everything AT DIFFERENT MAGNIFICATIONS and just no, mouse. I beg of you, please calm down. I’ve had to plug in one of those old PC mice because mine is just so hyper. I mean, when I start it’ll be ok, but after a short time it gets bored and disaster strikes.
  • WiFi? What’s that? Gerry just can’t connect. He doesn’t have the best social skills. I have to have, in addition to my special USB mouse, a lil WiFi adaptor and yes, it’s pretty cute and tiny but also I’d prefer to just take my laptop anywhere in the house without help. Come on, Gerry, you’re approaching your first birthday! It’s time you connected by yourself.
  • I can’t get Microsoft! I know, upsetting. Well, I do have Microsoft – meaning I can see documents I’ve carried over from my old laptop – but I have to pay to actually create/edit stuff. I don’t see why, really. Isn’t free access to Microsoft a basic human right?? So yeah, I mostly use Google Drive these days which is good but you can’t do as much.

  • BUT I still do love and appreciate Gerry. He is my son after all! He’s quite small and light so easily portable (well, not to the point where I could carry him around in a handbag, but you know what I mean) which is always nice.
  • My last laptop had such a problem with our printer that I had to email all my documents to my mum’s laptop to print them on hers, and that is just unnecessary hard work and effort. But now that I have Gerry I can easily print what I like!
  • Unlike my old laptop, he actually works at a normal pace! So thanks Gerry. With my last laptop, it would’ve literally taken me a day to write this post. IMAGINE THE PAIN. I am not a patient person when it comes to technology, as you may have noticed throughout this post.

So I think it’s clear to see where my feelings are for Gerry. Though I still am thankful that I have a machine thing that does work most of the time! I guess I’m just more aware of the bad things. I’ve never lovingly stroked my laptop, but I have punched it and hurt myself more than I’ve hurt him which is even more frustrating. But yeah, thanks for sticking by me Gerry, despite my sometimes slightly aggressive response to your flaws.

Wow, this has been weird. Sorry if reading this was a complete waste of your time! But it’s nice to rant so thanks for being there y’all *sniffs* ♥

Do you have a stressful laptop? Do you face similar struggles to me? How do you cope?

P.S. I got Bloglovin’! You can now follow me on that if ya want to.

4 bookish worlds all bookworms (well, me anyway) want to live in

Hey peoples!

First off, I’m finally announcing the winner of my August blogging competition thing! Each participant had to write the first sentence (or two) of a book, and I just want to thank everyone who took part! You guys are awesome! And very talented writers! But yeah let me just get on with it and tell you that the winner is… Daniela Ark @ BOOKIVERSE! Here’s her entry:

I didn’t know we could die, until the day we did, one by one.

Well done, Daniela! (Drop me an email at simizat@yahoo.co.uk so we can arrange a prize for you!) I like how a single sentence like this one can tell so much. Already a strange, probably non-human protagonist is introduced that I feel an odd connection with because we’re both curious about what’s going on. I’m hooked! This story, if it ever becomes one (hint hint, Daniela), will definitely be an interesting one that I would love to read.

But don’t worry y’all, there are still four competitions that you can take part in!

For the current one you just have to take 2 photos of your favourite things because I love The Sound Of Music 🙂 I hope you’ll participate! If you do, email your photos to me at simizat@yahoo.co.uk.

Sooo moving onto today’s post. 4 bookish worlds. Is it just me who sometimes imagines they’re inside a book? Ok yeah, maybe that’s a dumb question. Most books want to make you feel like you’re part of the story, right? But in my head sometimes I’ll make up lil tales of me in a bookish world, because I want to be there so badly. Today, therefore, I have decided to list a few of those worlds (not the lil stories though haha) that I wish I could at least visit.

(Like please if anyone knows how to get there – some spell or wardrobe or TARDIS – then do let me know. For now though, I’ll just list them and hope a fairy somewhere will get the message and take me away from Earth please I beg.)

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

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Middle Earth (well, The Shire or Rivendell) ~ Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit

I mean, the life of a hobbit/elf is just how everyone should want to live. The Shire is a quaint little place, perfect for retirement I’d say. All hobbits do is eat (like 8 meals a day), go to the pub, do some gardening (or leave it to the lovely Samwise) and smoke their pipes. I imagine it’s quite a nice place to wait to die reflect on life, ya know? But maybe while I’m still in my early 2000s I’d like to live in an Elven realm, where I could comb my luscious locks and sing spooky songs and embrace nature… Seems like I’ve pretty much got my whole life mapped out haha.

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Hogwarts ~ Harry Potter

How could I not include Hogwarts?! At age 11 who wasn’t wondering in a tiny corner of their mind what it would be like to get a Hogwarts letter? To eat until they burst in the Great Hall? To FLY ON A BROOMSTICK like how cool is that?? When I was reading the books I was just head over heels in love with every tiny detail: the house-elves in the kitchen, Peeves, the long nights in the Gryffindor Common Room doing homework… Little things not important enough to the main plot to be included in the films. I totally get the whole thing about Hogwarts being home for Harry, and Tom Riddle. It’s home for all of us readers too *sniffs* I should reread this series soon, I miss it!

Camp Half-Blood ~ Percy Jackson and the Olympians

They play capture the flag but in a huge forest and you get to stab people and it’s all for fun. Who wouldn’t want to be a half-blood? First of all, it’s safe from all the monstery types in Percy Jackson’s world which, ya know, is always good. Second, it’s basically a huge adventure camp. There are so many cool things to do that are nowhere near as awesome in the real world, like the lava climbing wall, sword-fighting, slightly stabby capture the flag in the woods…

Also there’s a Roman equivalent (which is almost as amazing) and part of that is this cute little Italian village where demigods can live safely when they’re too old for the camp part and just aww.

Narnia ~ The Chronicles of Narnia

Ahh Narnia. This enchanting world was a big part of my childhood. We would watch the creepy BBC adaptation and the new, significantly less creepy films (although that scene when Tumnus plays his little flute that makes those images appear in the fire… *shudders*) and listen to the audiobooks and then finally I read the books themselves, with the beautiful little illustrations like the one above. Each of these things gave me very different pictures in my mind of what Narnia was like, but collectively is what I know Narnia to be, a mix of my childhood imaginings and the imaginings of directors… There’s so much to discover about this wonderful land, and each book and story shows a different little corner of it. Of all the worlds listed, I feel closest to Narnia ❤

Usually I do 5 thingimys, but this post is getting pretty long and I couldn’t really think of another world worthy enough to be on the same list as the likes of Lord of the Rings so yep. There’s only 4. At some point though I’d love to do a part 2 of this post! Maybe 4 more worlds I’d love to live in or – more likely – 4 worlds that I’d steer clear of because that would be fun.

Would you want to live in these worlds too? Why? Where else would you want to live? And will you enter my competition? Just 2 photos and you could win prizes! Probably an ebook, but we’ll see.

One perfect book

A Thousand Perfect Notes ~ C.G. Drews

Hey guys!

First of all, for those of you who don’t know, I’m doing monthly competitions to celebrate my 5th blogiversary, and today I’m announcing the September competition only ever so slightly late! Keeping with the theme of, um… well numbers (the first challenge was to write the first sentence of a book, and by the way the winner will be announced in my next post!), the second competition is basically to do with the number two.

All you have to do is enter 2 photos, old or new (but no stealing, y’all), of your favourite things! Or favorite things if you’re American 😉 I want to see some creativity and originality! Your photos don’t have to be book-related, but of course they can be if books are one of your favourite things (“when the dogs bite, when the bees sting…”). Please note that you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take part! I don’t know the first thing about photography so… Yeah, just be creative. Email your photos to me at simizat@yahoo.co.uk to enter the competition and maybe win a prize! I was thinking an ebook? But we’ll see.

Anyway, onto today’s review! If you weren’t already aware, Cait from paperfury.com wrote a lil book and today I shall review it, or at least try because anything I say probably won’t give the book justice. BUT I’m sure gonna give it a go because this book needs to be read and I am here to spread that message in the best way possible! READ IT OR I’LL RELEASE MY PET SALAMANDER ON YA. Hahaha don’t worry, she’s friendly.

His whole life Beck has been controlled by his mother, held down by the piano and the pieces he must play to perfection. But what he longs for most, what he won’t dare tell a soul, is to write the songs that are trapped inside of him. That have been since he began to play, since his abusive mother, the Maestro, decided that she wanted him to be just like she had been: a prodigy, praised and respected. When Beck’s mother suffered a stroke all those years ago, she lost her music and now she can only attempt to play it through her son. Then he meets August. Quirky and bright and free – a stark contrast to Beck’s darkness – August gradually pulls the music from within him. But with the Maestro looming over him constantly, can he really ever be set free?

So I’m gonna talk about the happy stuff first! As there really was some despite the possibly misleading summary I wrote up there…

First off, the school-ish parts (mostly at the very start, in the first couple of chapters) were pretty funny and actually relatable so I loved that. There was no delay in introducing August so we got as much of her as Cait could squeeze into 275 pages. Maybe it’s because we’re inside Beck’s brainforest the whole time, or just because August is a feisty yet lovable ray of sunshine, but I found myself missing her and her wit in the chapters that she wasn’t in. She was bursting with surprises and an odd but wonderful taste in cake. Her annoying persistently friendly nature honestly reminded me of myself and how I make friends ahaha… *clears throat awkwardly*

JOEY! Also known as Beck’s lil sis. Also known as my favourite character. Also known as a crazy, chaotic, adorable bundle of sass. So much sass for someone so young. But also she was so fiercely courageous, and it really broke my heart to see how she, and Beck, had to live. I just want to hold them both in my arms for eternity. Now we’re getting onto the sad stuff…

So, I love the piano. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to learn it. My sister tried to teach me when I was a lil blueberry, but all I can remember from that experience is that major is happy and minor is sad. Up until a few months ago when I started having proper lessons, I decided to leave the piano playing to my sister. When she did play, sometimes I would dance around the room. Sometimes I’d hum the tune ahead of her playing it and distract her. One time, when she played I Giorni by Einaudi, I cried. (That one’s my favourite.)

What I’m trying to say is, music makes people feel things. Or at least it should. The thing about Beck’s mother in this book is that she didn’t see that, she only saw the need for success and perfection and that’s what I found really sad. She didn’t understand.

Passion is more important than perfection.

Guys you have to understand that the writing in this book was just effortlessly beautiful. I LOVED THE WRITING. It was so alive. I couldn’t get enough of it. My heart was captured. And completely and utterly shattered broken slightly. Towards the end of the book I could feel myself about to cry. I read the last few pages over and over so I didn’t have to read the very last one and finish this book. Once I’d come to the final sentence, I just burst into tears. I think it was a combination of obviously the book being so moving but also I really didn’t want it to end. For a few days, the anticipation of reading this was what got me through school. So ’tis much appreciated, A Thousand Perfect Notes. But also WHY DID YOU END. Ya know what, I’ll just go reread this now so bye.

Also yes, there is cake.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (10/10)