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

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The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Happy Christmas Eve! Sorry for not introducing but I’m just too excited! It’s T-Minus 12 hours and — minutes until Christmas is here. As you may know, Christmas for me is the best time of the year and always will be my absolute favourite thing. So on this most amazing day I thought I’d do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag for you all. It was created by Samatha at the YouTube channel Novels and Nonesense, so go check out her channel. Alright well lets just jump right in.

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
It would 100% be Lady Midnight, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new Dark Artifices series. It was supposed to come out this year but got pushed to April 2016 and I am so excited for it!
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2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing praises for?
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Is there even any other series that deserves such a high level of praise? I don’t think so.
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3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?
Right this is tricky, because so many books have wonderful world building. It’s going to have to be a tie I think. It’s between the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas or Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Both are beautifully created and developed worlds.

4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read
I’d have to go with, and I’m not sure if this actually counts, but To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee would be my favourite classic. I know, it’s a kinda cliche one but I love the way it’s written and the metaphors around equality.
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5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?
Oh, there are just so many! I think for right now though I’ll say Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, the third book in the Outlander series. Just talking about it before has ignited it fresh in my mind!
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6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?
Any Stephanie Perkins book ever! Also Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Just, contemporary’s man.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?
Definitely the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the 20th anniversary Outlander. They are two that I’m in love with right now.

8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?
The decorations are my favourite part I think. That and Christmas lunch. In my family we have an entire day for decorating the house and we always watch Elf and I love that. I think another one of my favourite things is that every year my sisters and I decorate our names on a piece of paper to put next to our sacks so we know which presents are ours.

Alright so that is it for the Joy of Christmas Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to comment your answers down below. I tag anyone who loves Christmas as much as I do.

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

TFF: Favourite Christmas Movies

Hi there,
So Friday is upon us, the second to last Friday before it’s Christmas Friday! So, because I am insanely excited about Christmas, it’s time to count down my Top Five Favourite Christmas Movies for this weeks’ Top Five Fridays. Alright, lets get started.

1) Father Christmas
This is technically an animated short, approximating about 23 minutes, but it’s about Christmas and it comes on it’s own DVD so it totally counts. This is my all time favourite Christmas film, it’s funny, it’s adorable and it shows Father Christmas in the in-between Christmas stage, a unique way to do a Christmas film.
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2) Nativity!
Nativity! is a family music filled film that is so much fun to watch. The story centres around Paul Maddens (played by Martin Freeman) who must find a way to bring Hollywood to his classes nativity play. The acting from the adults is amazing and the children in the film give a realistic and moving performance. The songs are original and so much to sing. This is a film that can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone.
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3) The Nightmare before Christmas
A film that is equal parts Halloween and Christmas will always be amazing. Jack Skellington, Halloween Towns’ Pumpkin King, discovers Christmas and decides to try something new for a change.  This film is fun and festive and has amazing songs! The characters are all unique and the stop motion animation is really fun to watch. The moral of the story though is particularly hard to decipher.
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4) Elf
A Christmas Classic (in my house it is anyway), a fun and magic filled film about the spirit of Christmas.Elf is both festive and hilarious, with it’s comedy as refreshing at it appeared the last time you saw it. As well as being funnily festive, it holds a great message: family is the most important thing of all.
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5) Scrooge
An old Christmas classic, Scrooge is musically fun and brings the classic Dickens tale to life! The characters, while based off of those in a book, feel entirely original due to the brilliant acting. Scrooge’s transformation is subtle, almost imperceptible to the audience. This is a Christmas film I think everyone should take the time to see.
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Alright so that is it for my Top Five Favourite Christmas Films. I hope you enjoyed and feel free to comment your favourite films in the comments below.

Signing off, Verity

TFF: Saddest Disney Moments

Hi there,
So once again another Friday! Today I decided to end the week on a sad note, because that’s always delightful. And to make it even sadder, it’s Disney! So get those tissues ready to relieve some tearful moments. And yes, there will be spoilers so I’ll only be putting the names of the films as the titles of the list so you can skip it if you don’t want to be spoiled. This is in no particular order because they are all as sad as each other.

1) Lilo and Stitch
Lilo and Stitch for the most part is a heart-warming movies about acceptance but there is one scene that makes me tear up! When Stitch find the Ugly Duckling book and leaves Lilo, calling out that he’s “lost”. It’s so emotional as a scene because I think everyone at some point in their lives has felt like they’re unloved and don’t belong.
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2) Brother Bear
Brother Bear is a film that is sad from beginning to end but two scenes stand out the most to me. The first, when Kenai is telling Koda what he did and the second when Koda sees his mother’s spirit. They are really emotional scenes, particularly because they involve family and as a person whose family is very important to me, I cannot imagine going through those situations.
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3) Toy Story 3
This was always going to be a sad film, with Andy grown up and no longer into toys like he once was. The saddest scene in the film was the at the end when Andy made the decision to give his toys, including Woody, to another little girl. Then Woody looks into the distance as he goes and says his final goodbyes. Cue the tears.
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4) Monsters Inc.
Monsters Inc. is a beautiful Disney film with a sad middle and a good ending. The most heart-wrenching scene, however, has to be when Sully has to say goodbye to Boo and she opens her wardrobe expecting him to be there. A heart-breaking moment because everyone can relate to losing someone they love.
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5) Up
Everyone who has ever seen this movie knows what scene I’m talking about. The Ellie and Carl montage at the beginning of the film. You know, the montage that develops a relationship perfectly in about 5 minutes? The montage that makes you want that kind of relationship and makes you sad for every person who has ever lost anyone they love. Yeah, that one.
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I hope you enjoyed my top five saddest Disney moments (and didn’t use too many tissues). Feel free to comment your saddest moments down below and I’ll see you next Friday.

Signing off, Verity

 

 

November Wrap-Up

Hi there,
So this is a little late because it’s the second of December but oh well. Today will be me sharing the books I read in November (it’s an appalling amount) and I know I usually pair this with a December TBR but I have no ideas at all about what I’m going to read. Alright so, without further ado, lets get started.

November Wrap-up

1) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and it was amazing! The characters were incredible and the story was so fun and fast and exciting. I have absolutely no idea what to expect of the story but I am seriously scared for quite a few characters (Dorian). It was an amazing book in an amazing series and I highly, highly recommend it to all of you.
Rating: * * * * *

2) The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
This is a stand-alone that centres around Lex, a girl whose brother killed himself, making it difficult for her to move on. Lex has kept a text that her brother sent on that night secret, a text that could’ve changed everything. This was a book that I expected a lot more from. It gave good insight into the experience of a family after a tragedy such as that but characters were underdeveloped and sub-storylines were bland. This book really effected we though, in a way I didn’t think it would. It made me realize that when people kill themselves they not only lose out on their life, but the lives of those they love. I recommend this to people who love contemporaries but do be wary of the intense subject story.
Rating: * * *

3) The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
This book started off really bizarrely but got really good by the end. It posed so many questions and is a book that really makes you think. It focuses on Hanna and Michael, particularly during Hanna’s trial for charges during the time in which she was a Nazi. It’s incredibly mind-boggling and you just cannot make sound decisions about anything, which I think is possibly the whole point. A thoroughly enjoyable read that really makes you think.
Rating: * * * *

I hope you enjoyed reading the ridiculously slim amount of books I read this month but oh well, maybe this month will be better.

Signing off, Verity

All I Want for Christmas Tag

Hi there,
So I know what you’re thinking, “it’s not even Decemeber yet!” I know, I know, but I’m just too excited to not begin the festive tags. Today I’ll be doing the All I want for Christmas book tag, a tag created by youtuber Sasha; her channel is really incredible, she’s creative and funny and loves the same books as me so go check out her channel! Alright so lets just get started I guess.

1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?
Jamie Fraser. No question.

2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
Once again Jamie Fraser. He is the love of my life so who else would I want to kiss under the mistletoe?

3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?
Alright the top five books on my list this year are: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Winter by Marissa Meyer

4) It’s secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to recieve?
Oh wow, now this is tough because there are so many amazing magical Christmas items to get. I suppose I would love a wizards chess board or a riding broom! Both would be amazing to get as presents.

5) You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?
This would have to be Harry Potter, I love both the characters and the actors and a day with them would be like a dream come true, I couldn’t imagine a better Christmas!

6) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?
A Hippogriff for sure (I know, more Harry Potter), they are amazingly beautiful creatures and I’d love to be able to ride one, or just pet one.

7) You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?
Jamie Fraser for sure (I need to kiss him at the countdown obviously)
George Weasley
Isabelle Lightwood
Etienne St Clair (the king of party games)
Celaena Sardothein
Baz
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Akiva (I wouldn’t have to walk anywhere)
Raffe and Penryn (they could really do with a night off)

8) What character would make a good santa? (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)
I’d have to say Hagrid, not only is he lovely and round like Santa, but he would have the best time and children would love his fun spirit.

Alright so that is all for the All I want for Christmas book tag, comment your answers done below because I would love to know your answers. Hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you 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

TFF: Favourite movies 2015

Hi there,
So another Friday has rolled around and you all know what that means! It’s just the best day of the week of course, who doesn’t eagerly await another Top Five Friday’s!? Anyway, this weeks topic is my favourite movies of 2015 so far. More are being released towards the closing months of this year (including Mockingjay Part 2 which I’ve yet to see) but because I couldn’t think of anything else, this is what you’ve got. These are in no particularly order because that is seriously way too hard. Just a warning there will be spoilers. Alright let’s just jump right in.

1) Jurassic World
Okay, I was seriously so excited for this film for a long time. And it seriously did not disappoint me. I mean Chris Pratt and dinosaurs for 2 hours, what’s not to love! It was a brilliantly crafted film that didn’t heavily lean on it’s special effects (which were awesome by the way). The one part of this movie I did not like was the ending. And not the T-Rex vs evil dinosaurs part but it was the water dinosaur magically popping out of the water and eating the evil weird mutated dinosaur that was just a little hard to believe. It was still a brilliant film though and I would rate it 5 stars.

2) Inside Out
This was one of the most emotional Disney films I think I’ve ever seen. It was so beautiful and funny and creative and everyone will enjoy it. It also gave an insight, I think, into what it feels like to have a mental illness, the emptiness that you can feel and that absence of joy. I think everyone can feel a real connection to Joy when she’s crying over the faded memories and how she just wanted her to be happy, because we all love people that we just want to be happy. It was a really creative, brilliant film.

3) The Martian
This is one of the more recent releases and it was spectacular. I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t so sure how entertaining it would be to watch someone alone on Mars, but it was so well constructed that I couldn’t help but love it. The supporting characters I would’ve liked to have had a bigger role but the entire film played out brilliantly. Mark Watney was a really interesting character and he made living on Mars, not only frustrating but funny. At times it felt like you were there, on Mars, with no way off. I think the greatest moment was the ending. I was so completely stressed at that point in the film but it was excellently done and I have absolutely no complaints about it. The patriotism felt like a bit much at the beginning of the film but it became to be one of the films most redeeming qualities.

4) Age of Ultron
This is the second film in the Avengers series and I loved it. I fell in love with that characters all over again and even fell in love with the new characters that were introduced. I loved the twins, despite my hesitations about them at the start, but I was really annoyed at the prevalence that the Nat/Bruce relationship took over more important, necessary elements of the film. It was a well-constructed film and I very much enjoyed it.

5) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
I wasn’t sure how well this book would be translated to film but it was done very well. I didn’t realize how visual everything was until I watched the film and saw all the movies they made, an element that I think made it stronger as a film. The thing I love about this story is the absolute lack of romantic intentions between the Greg and Rachel. It made the story more believable and focused more on the effect of death on friends which I liked. The ending in this film was both beautiful and sad and is one of the top reasons it made my list.

Alright so that is it for my Top Five Friday’s: favourite movie of 2015. feel free to leave your favourite movies of this year down in the comments below.

Signing off, Verity

 

TFF: Favourite Harry Potter moments

Hi there,
So it’s been a while . . . sorry about that but this week has been so hectic! Anyway, another Friday has rolled around so it’s time for Top Five Friday’s. This weeks topic is really hard; my favourite Harry Potter moments. Because it is so darn difficult the five moments will be in no particular order, they are just the five I love the most. Alright lets get started.

1) Tom Riddle’s death
I’m not talking the movie death here, I’m talking the book death. It was so simple and so quick and it was a plainly human death. It brought that slice of humanity back to Tom Riddle and gave him the death he most deserved; a death that made him normal. It was the finality of the moment that made me realize the books were ending, that I was drawing close to the end. It was a simple and yet strangely heartbreaking moment that I will never forget reading.

2) Mirror of Erised (first meeting)
Harry finding the Mirror of Erised was such a beautiful moment and was great foreshadowing for character development to come. Harry longed for the family he never got, and that longing was part of what fueled him to keep going, to win the war. Harry is one of the bravest characters but I think some small part of him broke when he realized that Mirror showed him something that could never be reached. It was a truly beautiful scene and I loved both reading and watching it.

3) Neville’s speech
Neville’s speech was, for a lot of people, what proved his braveness. Neville is one of the most courageous characters in the series, he faced his worse fear every day, and I loved that this was how he decided to show the world. He developed so much as a character in the Deathly Hallows and this entire scene, not just the speech but the hat and sword, made me love Neville even more. What he went through because of his bravery was horrific, but the fact that he continued after that, is what makes Neville so special.

4) Hermione and Ron kiss
Once again I’m talking about the book, not the movie. Firstly the scene showed how much Ron had developed as a character, his truly caring nature becoming more apparent. Secondly it was a beautifully crafted scene, with romance and comedy making an appearance. I waited seven long books for that kiss and boy was I glad of the wait. It was really simple, but really nice, a perfect encompass of their two characters.

5) Harry conjures a Patronus
In the moment when Harry and Sirius were facing the dementors a mysterious person fired a patronus, a person that was later revealed to be Harry. He had believed it was his father but then realizing he wasn’t coming, Harry conjured the patronus himself. This scene was a true show of Harry’s character, of his take charge attitude. I also think it was a turning point (a rather dark one) for Harry as it was the moment he realized no one was coming to save him, he was going to have to do that himself. It was a beautiful and heartbreaking scene and it will always rank high on my list.

Alright so that is it for my Top Five Friday’s: favourite Harry Potter moments. Feel free to share your favourite moments in the comments down below.

Signing off, Verity

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