My brief (okay it was actually quite long) break

I’ve been feeling quite unmotivated and quite stuck for a while now. The end of last year marked both the end and the beginning of a lot for me; it was the end of my time at the school, which meant the end of a lot of friendships, but it was the beginning of university and adulthood and all the joys that were presented with that. I thought I was going to be fine.

The end of the year was fine, at first; however, the beginning of the new year meant a lot was changing, and I am not so adept at handling change well. University was beginning and while it was exciting, it was also a hugely different to any kind of learning I’d ever experienced before and, as a rather socially awkward person, I was terrified at having to start anew; I would have to make all new friends and I would have to learn to do everything on my own, at least for a little while.

Making friends was something I found extremely challenging in a university environment; social groups didn’t naturally form as they did at school and I was not confident enough to make connections on my own.

At the same time that all these changes were occurring I was struggling with some personal issues; I began to really hate my job, I found there was an increasingly growing distance between myself and my friends and there were other, more distressing and more private matters happening in the foreground of my life.

My 2017 seemed to get worse and worse as it progressed, I had some good times, absolutely I did, but the stress of the year was still prominent and, as a result, I became a much more irritable person and my hair started to fall out.

Now, I don’t want this post to be one giant whinge about how my year hasn’t been great, that isn’t my intention, but I think it’s important to understand what has happened before I begin this next part. My year was pretty crap, there’s really no other way to say it. BUT, it got better.

Towards the last quarter of the year a couple of my personal issues were resolved, I found some steady friends, and I managed to land myself one amazing guy. There’s still parts of my life that are crappy at the moment, but, my point is, you can’t let the crappy stuff be the only stuff. For the miserable part of my year I was so focused on the negative that I forgot to search out the positive; it was only when I stepped away from all the stress and the worry and forced it out of my mind that I found where my happiness was again.

Life is never easy. Life will never be easy. But you can’t focus on everything that makes you upset. It’s difficult to do, believe me I know, but forcing yourself to stop worrying, to stop trying the change things that are, ultimately, out of your control, makes everything so much better than you ever thought it could be.

My year wasn’t great, but now, since I’ve stopped concerning myself with things that are, quite frankly, out of my control, my year has become great. I am suddenly excited about life again, I have some of my motivation back, and I no longer fear change as much as I did. I suppose that’s why I’ve chosen now to make my return to my blog; I can finally write it as I want it to be written: contently.

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Why this presidential election is so important

Hi there,
So I haven’t posted in ages . . . my bad. I have, honestly, been so busy lately with exams and everything so the time I have spare is about 3 seconds a day. I have a bit of time right now though so I’d like to talk about an incredibly prevalent issue in the world right now that I believe, despite not being American, affects us all. I apologize in advance as I believe I cannot remain neutral when discussing this topic. This is not meant to sway anyone’s opinions, simply express my own in relation to the current election.

The current US presidential election will, no matter who ends up in the position, change the world. We will either see the US move forward in politics and elect their first female president, or we will see them decline into corporate supremacy. The US is one of the most influential powers and so their political state will have an effect on the rest of the world, particularly if Donald Trump is elected. Now, this will be biased as I have an intense dislike for this man so I mean no offence to his supporters, however, I feel I must question: why do you support this man? Trump is not a suitable candidate for presidency in any sense. Not only has he been discovered as a sexual abuser but his consistent attacks on Muslim people are reflective of the attitudes of a particular dictator during WWII.

I genuinely have an intense worry that Trump will be elected, particular for what this will mean for the citizens of the US. He has made no secret of the fact that he will revoke a woman’s right to decide the most intimate and difficult decisions of her life, decisions that the government has no business making. Furthermore, his attitude toward immigrants is simply ignorant, calling them all “rapists” and “criminals” and demanding that a wall be built between the US and Mexico that Mexico will supposedly pay for. It is not just his policies that worry me, however, it is his personality. Trump is a man who has been proven as selfish, power-hungry and sexually abusive. The way in which he speaks about women is incredibly deterrent to the progress of America in relation to woman’s rights. Moreover, his attitudes to other ethnicity’s has the ability to significantly halt or reverse the extended efforts towards racial equality.

The current US election is incredibly important, not just to the US but to the rest of the world as the next president can and will have a significant impact. While Hilary Clinton is not trusted by many Donald Trump is insufficient to run an entire country. He not only has negative attitudes and policies but I believe that his upbringing will have an impact. Trump has had large amounts of financial aid throughout his entire life so he has no concept of what it is like to have no funds, or to be on the cusp of poverty. His lack of knowledge and understanding may very well result in his efforts being targeted towards a more financial able community, particular owners of large businesses like himself. His acute lack of political knowledge furthermore will inebriate his ability to effectively carry out his role in office.

Clinton, meanwhile, appears as a formal and fair candidate whose policies not only aim to benefit the US but to benefit outside parties whom they will effect. Her arguments are justified and she provides evidenciary support for each policy. Her policies are based not on her own opinions and convictions but on her parties’ policies and the good of the country. As I previously stated, it is a politicians’ attitudes that can effect the way in which a country is run. Clinton is professional, mature and appears to have a kind-hearted nature and I believe we should be in support of her.

Signing off,
Verity

Star Wars! And the cool props it has

Hi there,
So recently I was introduced to a company that was interested in involving me a special project. . . Involving Star Wars. . . Who’d have guessed? Anyway, the company is Invaluable.com and they, over the years, have been fortunate enough to be able to auction off a variety of items from the Star Wars series. They want Star Wars Day (May 4th) to become Star Wars month instead. So, as part of Star Wars month they have asked me to share my favourite Star Wars pieces. . . And of course I said yes. But, they also want all of your input too. They want all of you to comment below your own favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia that, if you had all the money in the world, you would buy. So lets just jump right in and take a trip down Star Wars lane, detouring straight to my favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia!

1) Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
Han Solo is my favourite character in the Star Wars series and I could not imagine owning a better prop than his very own DL-44 Blaster. The piece was custom made for the film and is in the same condition from then, so it bears some marks of wear and tear. The prop was sold in 2013 for between $200,000 and $300,000

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You can find it here

2) Section of the Death Star – Return of the Jedi
This piece is a portion from the Death Star miniature and was used to create the illusion of mass. Seriously though, how cool to say you own a piece of the Death Star?! I think it would be amazing. It sold for $25,000 to $35,000 in 2015

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You can find it here

3) Richard Edlund Camera Dolly – A New Hope
This is one of the stranger pieces that they sold at Invaluable. It’s a camera dolly used on the set of Episode IV: A New Hope. This camera dolly was also used in most of his other films including Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only is it a super cool piece of camera equipment but its actually now an antique. It sold in 2015 for $6000 to $8000

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You can find it here

4) Luke Skywalker artist proof Lightsaber – A New Hope
This is not the actual Lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used. But its still pretty cool. Not only that, it was used and signed by George Lucas. This prop is seriously amazing and it sold in 2015 but for an undisclosed price . . . so I’m guessing it was a lot!

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You can find it here

5) Blockade Runner filming miniature – A New Hope
This prop is a miniature of the runner that carried Princess Leia in Episode IV: A New Hope. It was created to imply that it was getting further away at a fast speed. This is the Blockade Runner that was seen in the first scene of the film. It sold in 2015 for between $200,000 and $300,000

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You can find it here

Okay, so they are my favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia. Please comment down below your favourite pieces and don’t forget to look at the Invaluable blog for more information. May the Force be with you.

Signing off, Verity

Favourite Book Couples

Hi there,
So today dawns another Valentines Day, the day of love. And what better love to share than the love you have of books and the fictional characters that inhabit them. To celebrate that love we all have I’m sharing with you my all time Favourite Book Couples. I saw this idea first done over on Katytastic‘s YouTube channel (she’s one of my favourite YouTubers, you should all check out her channel) and I’ve been wanting to do it myself for some time now. I have actually done a shorter version of this for my Top Five Friday’s series, but now you get the full version. So without further ado let’s jump into the incredibly cute pool of couples.

Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Rainbow Rowell- all the couples

Okay so I’m already kind of cheating but oh well. I love every one of the main couples in the Anna trilogy. Anna/Etienne probably rank number 1 but Josh/Isla are such a close second. There is basically a cell-sized gap between them. Seriously, it’s close. Cricket/Lola are my least favourite, only because there relationship didn’t have as much of a build up to me. All of these couples are amazing and special and will always be the reason I have such high expectations as to what my relationships must be like. So to all my future suitors: I blame Rainbow Rowell.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – all the couples (that I know of)
Again with this series I love every main pairing. For the books I’ve read at least. I’ve yet to read Winter, but when I get to it I’m sure I’ll love whatever pairing happens. But for the three I have read, I loved them. Wolf/Scarlet and Cress/Thorne are my two favourite pairings with Cinder/Kai a little behind because of all the drama surrounding their relationship. The pairings are adorable and each couple is so well suited to each other. The way the novels are written makes the connection to their relationship that much more personal. The intimacy each couple has is just amazing. I really hope none of them die.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Sizzy
Now this one was tough. It was between Sizzy and Malec, but ultimately I felt Sizzy had a stronger connection and a lighter, more relatable romantic story. There relationship was cute, while funner at the same time. They seemed to be complete opposites but fit so well together. And then City of Heavenly Fire happened and my heart was ripped into a thousand tiny pieces. Oh well, at least we’ve got more books on the way.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Karou/Akiva
This, as literally everyone knows, is one of my favourite trilogies of all time. Part of what makes it so is the characters and the relationships that have with each other. Karou and Akiva had probably the most complicated relationship I have ever read about. There was murder and past-lovers and war, but despite facing literally every problem a couple could have, they ended up together. And man it was emotional, and beautiful and everything you could want in a couple finally being together.

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan – Percabeth
I’m only referencing the Heroes of Olympus series here because that is when I fell head-over-heels in love with Percabeth. Their relationship is so beautiful and so special and I love reading scenes with them together. They completely steal the show as far as couples go. They care about each other so strongly and they had such an amazing build up with their relationship. We all thought Rachel Elizabeth Dare was a threat for a little while, but that soon vanished from all our minds at the strength of the relationship of Percy and Annabeth.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – Chaolaena
Now, for some reason this pairing isn’t very popular. This genuinely confuses me because they are an amazing couple! I don’t understand and I never will understand peoples’ infatuation with Dorian/Celaena. They just don’t go together! They had a slight thing for a little while but that was it. Now I don’t know what happens in Queen of Shadows but I highly doubt my opinion on this subject matter will change. Celaena and Chaol understand each other in such a unique way. They have to be endgame or I might die. Literally.

 

Outlander by Dianna Gabaldon – Jamie/Claire
Did anyone really think this wouldn’t make the list? Jamie, while the love of my life and definite future husband, is really amazing in his relationship with Claire. They have such a special connection to one another, and the moments of romance in the novels leave nothing to be desired. They have their challenges like any other couple, which I think makes them that much more relatable as a couple. I absolutely love this pairing and I will defend it to the grave.

Alright so that is it for my Valentines themed, favourite fictional couples tag. Feel free to comment down below your favourite couples but please, please, please don’t spoil anything (particularly from the books I specifically said I haven’t read yet in the series’ mentioned). I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all soon.

Signing off, Verity

 

 

30 Disney Questions

Hi there,
I know, I know, it’s been forever. You’ve heard the excuse a thousand times now but I promise you, I was seriously busy so let’s all Let it Go. Anyway, today I bring you the shining, shimmering, splendid world of Walt Disney. You are welcome. I saw this tag on sherlockianbooklovers blog, you should all go check out that post it’s like a Whole New World. Anyway, without further ado, lets Go the Distance and get started.

1) Favourite character:
Well this sure started off with an easy question . . . I think though I will have to go with the adorable Stitch. I mean he’s cute and fluffy and funny. The whole package really as far as Disney characters are concerned.
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2) Favourite Princess: 
I’d have to go with Belle from Beauty and the Beast for this one. She has been my favourite Princess since forever. I had a brief fling with Ariel but in the end Belle was the one who truly held my heart.
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3) Favourite Heroine:
I’m taking this to mean female character who isn’t a Princess, and in that case I would have to say Mulan. She’s swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon. She’s got the strength of a raging fire and is as mysterious as the dark side of the moon.
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4) Favourite Prince:
I’d have to say lovely Prince Eric, with his brilliant eyes and his hair and his kindness. He also loves dogs.
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5) Favourite Hero:
For sure this is Flynn Rider, AKA Eugene Fitzherbert. Super funny, super caring and super handsome.
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6) Favourite animal:
Koda, the amazingly snuggable bear cub from Brother Bear, the movie that ripped all the tears from my eyes.
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7) Favourite sidekick:
The great and powerful . . . MUSHU. He is hilarious as a sidekick and basically totally useless but it works.
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8) Favourite villain:
Scar from the Lion King. He’s dark and dangerous but funny and sophisticated about it at the same time.
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9) Favourite original character:
It’s Goofy for sure. He was my favourite original character from the very beginning. I actually have no idea why though.
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10) Favourite love song:
At Last I see the Light from Tangled. It’s such a beautiful song and ties in perfectly with the theme of the film.
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11) Favourite song:
I literally have a million of them but for the purpose of this question I’ll pick the one that’s stuck in my head right now. Go the Distance from Hercules, an awesome song that will help you at every point in your life.
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12) Favourite villain song:
Poor Unfortunate Souls from the Little Mermaid, sung by the marvelous villain that is Ursula. Her song is so catchy!
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13) Least favourite song:
I really don’t know. Probably If I See an Elephant Fly from Dumbo. Not too sure though.
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14) Favourite kiss:
I really, really do not know. There are so many amazing Disney kisses that I can’t choose just one.

15) The first movie you saw:
I have absolutely no idea at all

16) Favourite classic:
Probably Snow White, there’s something about it I just really like.
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17) Song that always gets stuck in your head:
I’ll Make a Man out of You. I mean does it not get stuck in anyone’s head?
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18) Favourite Pixar film:
Either Toy Story or Monsters Inc, both are equally amazing.

19) Least favourite Pixar film:
Either Wall-E or Brave. Wall-E was boring and I never made it to the end of Brave.

20) Favourite Sequel:
Probably the sequel to Cinderella. I have no idea why because it’s pretty pointless and the animation is no where near as good, I just love it for some reason.
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21) Overrated movie:
I don’t think there was one, each film that’s been super hyped up was because it was amazing enough to be super hyped up.

22) Underrated movie:
The Rescuers! I used to watch this all the time at my grandparents house. Good times, good times.
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23) Movie that makes you laugh:
Big Hero 6. It was a complete comedy fest and I loved every minute of it.
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24) Movie that makes you cry:
Literally every single one. In particular though, Toy Story 3.

25) The saddest scene from your movie:
I have two scenes actually. The first when the toys hold hands in the furnace and the second when Andy says goodbye for the last time.

26) Saddest death:
Now I really don’t know. Probably right now it’s Tadashi from Big Hero 6
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27) Favourite quote:
That’s a tough one. At the moment it’s probably “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely” from the movie The Land Before Time.

28) Favourite theme park:
Magic Kingdom in Disney World, Florida. It’s amazing there.

29) Favourite theme attraction:
Space Mountain or Splash Mountain, both are equally fun. I also love Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Rollar Coaster but both are in MGM, not Magic Kingdom.

30) Favourite theme park show:
Probably the Beauty and the Beast show at MGM. We make a point to go see it every time we’re there.

Alrighty so that is it for the 30 Disney questions. Took me a while to get through but I knew I could do it because if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true. And boy id I wish upon a star. Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you soon cause you got a friend in me.

Signing off, Verity

 

2016

Hi there,
So a new year has begun which brings a new year of reading! So today I thought I’d share with you my reading goals for 2016 and then I’ve created an acrostic type thing just for a bit of fun.

2016 reading goals:
For 2016 I have challenged myself to read 45 books, the same amount I read in 2015. My year is going to be rather hectic so I’ve decided to not attempt to exceed my previous goal but instead match it.

I’ve also been challenged by a friend to complete a challenge for this year. I’m excited to do this challenge because it’ll give me a tonne of opportunities to read books I usually wouldn’t think of picking up. I urge you all to read along with me (choosing your own books of course) and complete this challenge too. It’s all just a bit of fun and it’ll give you all a chance to read a wide range of books.
The challenge is as follows:

  • a book published this year
  • a book you can read in a day
  • a book you’ve been meaning to read
  • a book recommended by a librarian/bookseller
  • a book you should have read in school
  • a book recommended by a friend/sibling/parent etc.
  • a book published before you were born
  • a book that was banned at some point
  • a book you previously abandoned
  • a book you own but have never read
  • a book that intimidates you
  • a book you’ve already read at least once

I hope you all choose to take part because you can join in the excitement with me.

Alright now is time for the fun acrostic type thing. I’ve decided to take each of the numbers from 2016 and create a category type thing for it. So lets just jump in and see if it fails miserably or not.

2 books that are my absolute favourites.
These two books would be series and they would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. These two series are the most amazing series I have ever read and from the first page I fell head over heals in love with them. The worlds are inescapable and the characters are impossible to not become obsessed with (try to ignore Jamie, just try). These are two series I will have no trouble re-reading a million times over.

0 /10 do I recommend this book
This book is non other than the Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden. I know, I know, it’s a pretty unpopular opinion but this book is incredibly slow moving and the characters have no redeeming qualities in my mind. The story is bland and I feel like the protagonist and narrator was the least intriguing character of them all. The villains weren’t interesting and there seemed to be only vague mystery around them that no one seemed to be interested in. Also the end was stupid.

1 character that I identify with the strongest
This is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She loves to read and is bossy and independent and cares about the lives of those she loves. These are all qualities I can identify with and she is character I love above most others.

6 fictional characters I would absolutely marry
We’ll start with the most obvious: Jamie Fraser (from Outlander), the love of my life and future husband probably. Following Jamie comes these five close second places:
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)
Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Raffe (Penryn and the End of Days)

Alright so that is it for my 2016 post. I hope you enjoyed and that my acrostic type thing was not too much of a failure. I hope you have an amazing year, a year that was even better than 2015 and that you have an amazing year of reading and only read books you love.

Signing off, Verity

2015

Hi there,
So as 2015 comes to close we reflect on experiences had, both good and bad. Similarly I reflect on books I read, both good and bad, but specifically today I’ll be discussing my favourite books of 2015. These are books that weren’t neccessarily released in 2015 but that I read in 2015 so if you don’t see a book on here I probably read it a previous year. These books are in no particular order. Alright, without further ado, let’s jump in!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Okay I literally just finished this but I already know it’s a favourite. The plot was exciting and the world was immensely interesting, so much so I may have to buy Hollow City immediately. Despite the awesome plot I feel like the characters really make this story happen, it is them that keep the excitement alive, each one as unique as the last.

Crown of Midnight/Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
These are the second and third books in the Throne of Glass series, a series I am falling head over heals in love with. This series is action packed from the get-go, the characters are kick-ass and the storyline sucks you in. I recommend this to literally everyone, I think you will all get something out of, whether it be from the plot or the characters. I cannot wait to continue with this series in 2016 and see where it goes.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This is the fifth book by Rainbow Rowell and it’s a sort of spin-off to Fangirl. And it. was. amazing! I seriously could not get enough, I read it in one sitting it was that good. The characters are what make this story and this world come alive, they are unique and interesting (Baz was my personal favourite) and they pull you deeper into the world. The spells were a fun addition to the novel, being based off of common sayings like come out, come out, wherever you are. I recommend this to everyone too and, although you don’t have to, I recommend reading Fangirl first.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I actually only read the first three in this series this year (I’ll pick up Winter soon) but it had to make my favourites list because these books are incredible. From beginning to end the excitement is there and the love for the series only grows as new characters are introduced. You’ll think Cinder is the best ever and then you’ll read Scarlet. You’ll think Scarlet is the best ever but just wait until Cress, because it all hits the fan then! The characters are super awesome and the pairings (particularly Wolf/Scarlet and Cress/Thorne) are adorable and actually add an exciting element to the plot.

World After/End of Days by Susanne Ee
These are the second and third books in the Angelfall trilogy, a trilogy that I completely fell in love with. First of all Penryn and Raffe are the most adorable couple to ever exist! Second of all, the plot is super exciting; third, the villains are some of the most interesting I’ve ever read about. This trilogy was supposed to be six books and honestly, I would’ve loved that. But in the end the three books did their job: they entertained me. I fell into this world with high expectations that were met at every turn. This was a series that cannot be easily put down or forgotten about.

I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I feel like I don’t talk about this book as much it deserves. This book is so moving and so emotional and it scores high on every level a book should. The thing I loved most is that it’s a contemporary stand-alone but it’s about so many different relationships, not just the romantic kind. There’s, mother and son, mother and daughter, father and son, siblings! It’s about growing up and living life and sad times and happy ones and I cried so much through this book because it moved me to such an extent. You all should pick up this book, I promise it is worth it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
I think we all knew this would be on the list! I read this trilogy early on the year and it surprised and excited me from the first book! First books in high fantasy series don’t often do that for me. The characters were amazing! Karou and Akiva are some of my favourite fictional characters of all time, and one of my favourite pairings of all time. The supporting characters (particularly Zuzanna and Mik) are some of the best I’ve ever read about. This series will forever have a special place in my heart.

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
This book blew me away! It’s a sensational read, with sensational characters. The history of the waves was so interesting and so detailed that I never craved more. With the exception of the second wave of course. Cassie was my favourite to read from but in terms of learning about the world, Zombie gave a better idea. The Others are the most intersting villains I’ve ever come across. The only negative is that Nugget seriously annoyed me.

Legend trilogy by Marie Lu
This trilogy had one of the saddest endings I’ve ever read in my entire reading life. But it still makes the list. The characters were exciting and interesting and the storyline was really creative. Seeing the same war from different sides of the fight was the best thing about this series. It showed that the villain is always different when shown from different perspectives, something us readers often overlook. It was an amazing series that deserves so much recognition.

Outlander/Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
I think we all knew this was coming. I mean, let’s be real for a second, I pick Jamie for every  answer in a book tag ever and I mention this book in basically every single post. Outlander is one of the most creative historical books I’ve ever come across; it has one of the best plots and some of the best characters ever. I felt so connected to the story and never wanted to leave the characters behind (still don’t to be honest). An absolutely amazing series that deserves every inch of attention it can get.

Alright so they are my favourite books of 2015. I hope 2015 was a successful year for you all, both in reading and your everyday lives. Always remember that no matter the challenges you face, you can overcome them; a new year is always waiting. So here’s to an amazing 2016, to a year of adventures and fun and good times, to a year of truly finding yourself. Happy New Year to you all, I hope you realize everything you want to achieve.

Signing off, Verity

Never Judge a Book by It’s Cover

Hi there,
So a Friday went by and I missed it . . . Sorry about that. Instead (on this glorious Sunday) I will share with you 7 books that will make you decide to not judge books by their covers. These are amazing books that just so happen to fall flat with their cover designs (as we know all too well). Alright so lets just jump in!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Now these are the original covers I’m talking about. The whole series’ covers are an abomination to the series but City of Bones is particularly awful (probably because of the nasty yellow colour). These books are amazing and are filled with kick-ass characters slaying demons, but does the cover reveal this? No. It’s a mans chest with tattoos who lives on the sun probably (just look at that yellow).
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Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Now with this book cover I’m specifically talking about the UK edition. It tells me nothing of the awesomeness within, nothing about the absolutely incredible characters and comedic genius. And just to add insult to injury, it’s yellowy, I mean I know it’s the sun and all but seriously?
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This cover is just pointless. There is nothing on the cover that suggests that angels are involved, nothing that even hints at the incredible storyline and kick-ass protagonist, Karou. It’s just a door. Is this a book about a mysterious red door? Are there even people? Is this a book about a band of doors that are friends? Because that’s the impression this cover gives!
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The Martian by Andy Weir
This is an incredible book about a man who is stuck on mars. And whats on the cover? A mans face with sweat drops. What does that even mean? The book isn’t about a sweaty man, it’s about the science of staying alive and the patriotism that comes with renewed hope. And once again the cover is annoyingly yellow!
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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
This is again the UK cover (why are they all so bad?) and once again it has nothing to do with the story! The book is about young people with special abilities but this cover just has a girls face on it, a face with a weird looking headband. I just don’t understand why someone would design this and decide that “yeah, it’s totally fine”.
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Now this is the mass-produced paperback version, the version that’s just blue and has a symbol on it that, unless you were very knowledgeable about history, you would have no idea about. The story is so good as well! It’s romantic and funny and has some magic involved and I just love it so much and this cover makes me so mad! At least it’s not yellow.
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is the old cover I’m talking about, the one with a couple of randoms sitting on a bench whose hands are almost touching. This is just nothing, I mean seriously Anna was never that forward with Etienne in the first place. Argh, it’s just so ugly.
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Alright so that is is for the covers that’ll make you not want to judge books by their covers. I hope it’s been enlightening for you and that you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment other books that’ll make you feel the same and I’ll see you all next time.

Signing off, Verity

Contemporary Recommendations

Hi there,
So down under in sunny Australia it’s summer is fast approaching, and what better time to read a cute contemporary than summer? So today I will giving my top recommendations for contemporary reads, all YA, no adult, in case you couldn’t tell.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? 

This book is the first in a trilogy of contemporary novels and they arethe cutest, funnest, most exciting contemporary novels. Anna is the best in the trilogy but you should read absolutely all of them! The relationships are well-developed and you will have such a fun time reading them.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Rainbow Rowell has written three YA contemporary novels and you should read all of them! Eleanor and Park is the first that she wrote and my favourite of her novels. The relationship is adorable and amazing and I love the sub-story about Eleanor’s family. If you’re interested in contemporary novels with more than just romance this is for you.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

This is a classic and one I’m sure many of you have already read but I had to recommend it anyway. It’s an incredible story that not only is adorable but has characters that are suffering with an illness no person, especially not one so young, should ever have to go through.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This is a book that I think really captures the high school experience. The ups, the downs, the friendships, the heartbreaks, they’re experiences every adolescent goes through and they’re so perfectly written about. The sub-plot at the conclusion of the novel is a really intense subject matter and is the one thing that moves outside of the “regular high school experience” but it a welcome addition to the plot of the story.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This a book that is deeply, deeply emotional and super adorable at the same time. It’s beautiful and meaningful and not just another typical romance. It’s different, and it’s special and should be read by everyone.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This book is seriously emotional and really moved me in a way I didn’t think a contemporary actually could. The central relationship was between a brother and a sister instead of a romantic relationship (which still was present) and it was beautiful and messy and amazing and I loved everything about it.

Alright so they are my contemporary recommendations, let me know down below what your favourite contemporaries are and whether you’ve read these books or not.

Signing off, Verity