Friday, 27 February 2015

Why I Love To Read

I've always been asked the same question, over and over and over again. Why do you like to read? Oh the joys of going to school with intellectually inept people who probably don't even know what inept means! These are the short of people who think that Shakespeare is too 'dull' and that Rowling was a cheap for copying the work in the Harry Potter films, who was too lazy to actually write 8 book. Give me a moment so that I can go and repetitively my face with this fridge ... if anyone understands that reference then I will love you forever!

But recently I have been thinking about that question, Why do you like to read? And I think I finally have an answer. But first things first, I do not like to read; I love to read. Just glad that we've got that out of the way.

My dad was a reader. Maybe that's why I love to read so much; perhaps it genetic? But when I was little me and my dad would sit down and read together before I went to bed. It was only meant to be a chapter a night but it would become so much more than that! My dad was an amazing reader, he did all these amazing voices for all the different characters and I still read some of these characters in those voices today. Because of all the reading that we used to do, I think that's actually why I love to read.

But there are other things that make me love reading too! Think the main thing is that I can allow myself to submerge into different worlds and live the lives of different characters. That's something that I really do love. I didn't have the greatest time when I was younger, got to admit that I got bullied a lot when I was younger so to be able to hide my emotions by living in these worlds. You don't know how many times I would walk into my room, curl into bed and just engross myself into the lives of Harry, or Frodo or the Pevensie's. It was the one thing that really helped me I think; if I didn't have the books that I did then I probably would be worse for wears nowadays.

The thing that I do find funny is that the kids who asked the question, why do you like to read? Are the very people who forced me to cling to my books and the fictional worlds that they reside in because they are the idiots who tormented me so much. That is something that I do find funny. If I hadn't been treated like the by my peers then I probably wouldn't be the person that I am today. Strange really.

In a way, I do thank those idiotic people who treated me like that; it does mean a lot.

So, in answer to that question, I love reading, not like it, because not only did it help me to get through some tough time. But it helped me to become the woman that I am today. Also I think that it has helped me to adapt my imagination in such a way. When I read about Katniss' trials I can now picture it as if it were going on in my head; though I never see it like any of the films because God they can be awful!

That is probably the main reason that I love it read!


Book total of 2015: 10


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Oh the joys of being me

I don't know if people know this, but when the Harry Potter Studio tour has premiere events, they invite some of the fandom accounts off of Twitter to go. 

One of my closest friends got to go last year for the Halloween Dark Arts event. It looked bloody amazing, if you'll excuse my French, and I have been jealous ever since. 

A new event has just been announced. They are adding a perminant Hogwarts Express feature, holding an event to celebrate this. Loads of accounts that I know have been invited. Although I am extremely jealous, I am very happy for them. My friend got invited, again, and I was joking how I she should have taken me with her instead of her mum. I wasn't mad or anything; just pulling her leg about it all. 

But then something absolutely amazing happens. One of the other girls who I'm close to has been invited and she asked me to have her spare ticket! I basically cried about it all. I was so happy. Not only was I going to get to go to the studios again but I was also going to get to meet my internet friends! I was beyond excited. But then I asked my parents .... and well ... I guess people are going to know where this is going.

Even though my mum and dad have met one of the girl's who is going; she went to my old school. They did not want me to go since I would have to travel on the train ... alone to London and back. Yes on the way there it would be alright but at back when there are some not very nice gentlemen or ladies on the train. Nope. So that was strike too. Also the event is on a Thursday, a school day. The event might not be until the evening but still I would have to get two different trains and then make my way to the studios too. And the final straw is that the next day j have an exam so ... yep ... as you can see there was no chance in hell they were letting me go. 

My heart has been absolutely broken. I can't believe that I don't get to go and seeing everyone talking about it on Twitter has made me very very sad. I'm sorry if I snap at anyone because of that or if I randomly burst into tears :( 

But who knows maybe the next time they do an event I might get an invite and actually be able to go! Who knows though! 


Book total of 2015: 10 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Reading plan for a Potterhead

The Harry Potter series has been something that has formed my life completely. My dad reading me The Philosopher's Stone to me before I went to bed is one of my first memories and I feel like it has molded me into who I am today.

But, because of how busy my life has become, I have not had the chance to read the books in a while so have decided to do something that will allow me to read them all again. Starting from the first of March I am going to read a Harry Potter book each month. Initially this will start with series and then I will read the stand alone books that go with the series.

Here is the plan of action:

March: The Philosopher's Stone
April: The Chamber of Secrets
May: The Prisoner of Azkaban
June: The Goblet of Five
July: The Order of the Phoenix
August: The Half Blood Prince
September: The Deathly Hallows
October: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
November: Quidditch Through the Ages
December: The Tales of Beadle the Bard

I might do this again at some point with Tolkien's Books too; once I own all of them that is. But for now this is all do to Rowling.

So that's my aim for all this, my reading plan for a Potterhead. What do you all think?
Until next time


 Book total of 2015: 9


Sunday, 8 February 2015

January Favourites

So this is a new segment that I have decided to include on this and basically each month I am going to talk about my favourite things that I have read or watched or listened to or eaten or ... well, you get what I'm trying to tell you.
Alright then, let's start.

Favourite Film:
So this is really really easy for me to say, so I thought I'd start off with this one. It's a bit of a cheat, I have to admit because I watched the beginning at the end of 2014 paused it to celebrate new year and then continued watching it. The film that I am talking about is .................................................................................. The Guardians of the Galaxy!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know that I'm a bit behind, that most people will have seen this film several months ago but I couldn't afford to see it in the cinema. Therefore I waited till it came out on DVD.
Guardians of the Galaxy, for those of you who don't know, is about a space adventurer who calls himself Star Lord finds himself in the company of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, he is forced into an uneasy truce with four other misfits. But then he discovers the truth about the orb and he and his team must save the universe.
Come on, that sounds awesome right! It really was amazing!!!!!!!

There is actually a second film that I can mention which was the best film of 2014 for me and that was obviously The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies. It may have destroyed my soul a fair bit but it was still completely beautiful.

Favourite TV Show: Now this is a hard one but I think that the main telly show that I have been completely in love with in January was Silent Witness. Though I was mad about the 100 too, for me silent witness was so much more amazing! Silent Witness, for those of you who don't know, is about a forensic scientist who helps solves crimes. These crimes occur over two episodes and they have the most amazing plot twists at the end. Watch this show, or you will never live!

Favourite Food: Red Velvet Cake. Do I really need to say any more? It was most definitely the food of 2014 but I can still be obsessed with it, right? What am I saying? I don't need to explain myself to people. I can eat what I like, even though it isn't the healthiest and it will eventually put on the weight that I've just lost that I need to lose again now. Oh who cares, time to get more cake!

Favourite Album: This one is easy, X (deluxe edition) by Ed Sheeran. Need I explain anymore? He is my ginger buddy, even though we have never met, therefore he will obviously be someone I listen to all the time. And he did the main song for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, so of course I love him.

Favourite Song: This one is also obvious. I See Fire. Need I say anymore.

Favourite Product: I don't use a lot of makeupy, cosmeticy stuff. I'm not super girlie. I wear a bit but not a lot. But I do love my Mac Prep + Prime, Natural Radience Base Lumiere. It is basically something that you put on beneath foundation and concealer, but after your moisturiser. It stops makeup getting into your pores and it actually works .... when I remember to put it on. 

Favourite Cosmetic: This one is was harder to pick but I have to say the new foundation that I've tried has definitely been my favourite cosmetic this month. This is the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation in light porcelain. This I really like because it's the only non Mac foundation that I have found which blends in with the skin completely. It's rather nice. 

Favourite Musical: Though I have still not yet seen it live, and unless it comes to London then I will probably never get to see it live. I am completely in love with The Adams Family. It has the most amazing songs in it and I am constantly singing one of them. One I did in an audition at the start of February. It is amazing and I suggest that people watch it on Youtube.

Favourite Book: This is probably the easiest thing to mention, the rest of the time I have felt slightly conflicted about what should go where but I knew this one instantly. This book was been out for a few years, but in Booktober last year, Carrie Hope Fletcher read it and recommended it to all of my fellow hopefuls. If you haven't guessed, this book is The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I am not going to mention a lot about this book because it really will spoil it for everyone. But it is about a girl who can see, feel, smell the echoes that the dead leave behind. And she finds a body of a young girl who was murdered. More girls go missing and more bodies are found and she is the only one who can stop this guy.
I finished reading it at the train station when I was waiting to be picked up and I had a little bit of an emotional break down. An old lady came up to me, thinking that it was something to do with a relationship. It was actually rather funny, until a girl in the opposite seat said "wait till you read the next one" WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can they say that! You can't!!!!! 

Right, well that's that. I'm going to be doing one of these each month so it would be really nice if someone could think of some more sections to include. Oh, and tell me what you think too. What's been your favourite thing in January? 

Until next time :) 


(Book total of 2015 - 8)