Meet Matthew

I realised that I never actually introduced my boyfriend. So, that’s what I’m going to do.

3 pointless and probably not that interesting facts about Matthew:
1. He likes Pokémon. When I say like, I mean more is completely obsessed.
2. Matthew is a huge geek. I don’t mean like one of those computer geeks. In fact, I don’t think Matthew could use a computer to save his life. He is a geek when it comes to all things superhero. You could ask him anything superhero related and I’m sure that he would know the answer.
3. He loves drama which is super adorable.

Time to get soppy..
I love Matthew so much. It’s so crazy how much he means to me. He makes me so happy!

Enjoy this selfie of us..


101 Facts About Me

I realised that I don’t really talk about myself much on here. Partly because I’m not that interesting and I just don’t think that anyone would really care. So, I thought I would share some information about me, just in case anyone did care. Warning: I’m a boring person.

1. My name is Eleanor.
2. Most people call me Ellie.
3. I’m a 90s kid.
4. I have a pet dog called Gizmo.
5. I have 3 cats.
6. I spend a lot of my time reading.
7. I live in Wales but I can’t speak much Welsh.
8.  I have two younger sisters. (Being the oldest kid is not the best)
9. I love bands (I would list them but there’s way too many)
10. My favourite colour is dark purple.
11. My second favourite colour would have to be mint green.
12. My boyfriend, Matthew, is perfect in my eyes.
13. My best friend lives 3 hours away from me.
14. I want to be a journalist.
15. Writing makes me happy.
16. I drink way too much tea.
17. I love Starbucks.
18. I want to travel the world.
19. I can’t sleep unless there’s music playing or someone is talking to me.
20. Spiderman is my favourite marvel superhero.
21. I waste a lot of time on Tumblr.
22. I’ve had black, brown, blonde, red, purple and blue hair.
23. My lucky number is 3.
24. I love watching people play video games but I never actually play them.
25. I’m terrified of lifts (elevators).
26. Marshmallows make me super happy.
27. As soon as I turn 18, I’m getting a tattoo of an owl on my back.
28. I watch a lot of reality TV shows.
29. I love lists.
30. I hate warm weather and I wish it was always winter.
31. I love long walks.
32. I spend a lot of time in libraries.
33. I have an obsession with doing other people’s hair but hate doing my own.
34. I love to take photographs wherever I go.
35. I try to learn a new word every day.
36. I can spend days listening to the same song, over and over, and not get bored of it.
37. Visiting museums and art galleries makes me happy.
38. You can easily win my wrath by mis-handling my books.
39. People that don’t know me thing I’m really shy (they couldn’t be more wrong).
40. I never go anywhere without a book and my iPod.
41. I love buying cups/ mugs.
42. I wish Pokémon were real.
43. I could waste hours of my life on Minecraft.
44. I have had over 10 goldfish in my life, none have lived longer than a week.
45. I am useless at anything maths related.
46. Receiving letters in the post makes me happy.
47. I like paper books more than ebooks.
48. I hate shopping.
49. I’m seriously nosey and love to know everything about everyone.
50. My phone is in my hand pretty much all day.
51. Lush is one of my favourite shops.
52. I hardly ever drink, but when I do, I am a lightweight.
53. My worst habit is biting my nails.
54. I love horror films.
55. Cuddles are the ultimate way to calm me down.
56. I love the idea of coffee, yet the taste is awful.
57. I love exploring new places.
58. I hate the colour pink, it just looks tacky.
59. The first concert I ever went to was P!NK.
60. I realised while writing this list, that I’m seriously boring.
61. I hate mornings.
62. I own so many notebooks that just look too nice to write in.
63. I hate being late.
64. I can never drink the end of a drink.
65. I love long walks (especially in the middle of the night).
66. I love my boyfriend so much.
67. I wish I could play an instrument.
68. I have a love hate relationship with food.
69. I always make a wish at 11:11.
70. I hate having my toe nails not painted.
71. I often write short stories that I will never show anyone.
72. My name (Eleanor) means light.
73. My middle name was Mary but I hated it so my mum got it changed.
74. Recently, I’ve developed a ‘fuck it’ attitude.
75. I rather enjoy watching Pokémon and Adventure Time.
76. I can’t commit to watching a 2 hour movie. However, I can commit to watching 10 episodes of a hour long TV show.
77. I don’t give a continental crap about being “in fashion” or “on trend”.  I will never spend huge amounts of money on things like handbags, watches or shoes.  Those things just don’t matter to me.
78. I own nothing designer and I don’t intend on buying anything designer.
79. I hate how blue is considered a boy colour and pink is considered a girl colour.
80. Receiving and writing hand written letters makes me happy.
81. When I was younger, I collected snails and kept them as pets. I kept them in a box under my bed and fed them lettuce and cucumber.
82. I’ve never not had a pet dog and it would be weird not having one.
83. When I was younger, I wanted to go horse riding. I got on a horse, cried the whole time and even since, I’ve been scared of horses.
84. I sometimes wear guy’s t-shirts.
85. I’ve never been out of the UK.
86. I like things to be organised.
87. I once met a boyband (The Wanted) and hyperventilated and didn’t say a single word.
88. I’m almost 18 and I’ve never had a job (*sighs*).
89. I love socks with cute frills on.
90. I’m one of those rare people that enjoy spending time on public transport.
91. I know more about my favourite fictional characters than I know about my own family.
92. When I was little, I went to dance classes (It’s not surprising that I quit considering I have two left feet).
93. I love to scrapbook.
94. I’m addicted to buying stationary.
95. If I could have 3 superpowers, I’d have; telekinesis, shape-shifting, and the ability to read minds.
96. I’ve never broken a bone.
97. I find teapots rather cute.
98. Peter Pan is my favourite Disney film.
99. I love baking but I’m completely useless at cooking meals.
100. I refuse to drink orange juice. I call it The Juice of The Devil.
101. I’m really not an interesting person. As you can tell from this list.

3 Bookish Pet Peeves

1. Stickers on the cover: They are not easy to remove and they will leave a sticky residue and I will get upset.

2. Movie covers on books: I really just don’t see a point in making the book have a completely different cover. I like all my book series to match and movie covers just don’t.

3. Not all books being the same size: I like to have my bookshelves looking perfect. When books come in different sizes, it really bothers me.


Book Review: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon

I’d been meaning to read The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time for a while. I finally got around to reading it and I was strangely disappointed. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it, it just didn’t live up to the hype.

The book is written from the viewpoint of a fifteen year old boy, Christopher, who has Asperger’s syndrome. One day, Christopher notices that the neighbour’s dog, Wellington, has been killed. Christopher sets out on a detective mission to find out who killed Wellington. Slowly Christopher’s well constructive universe becomes threatened. He has to overcome some of his deepest habits and fears, and he also uncovers some unexpected secrets. 

The structure of the book reflects Christopher’s mindset and way of viewing life. The book is filled with diagrams, maps and maths puzzles. The chapter numbers are all prime numbers to reflect Christopher’s love for maths. Christopher loves maths because it is safe, straightforward and has a definite answer, unlike life. He’s also good at explaining some aspects, ending an explanation of calculating primes with “Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away”. 

I love how Mark Haddon maintained the consistency of Christopher’s voice through out the story. He didn’t try to change Christopher to make the character more likeable. There were moments when I wished that I could just snap Christopher out of his moment and make him understand what was really happening but that just made the story more realistic.

The second part of the story all started to seem a little pointless. It showed the reader more about Christopher but that was it. It wasn’t that the second part was bad, it just didn’t seem mind-blowing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy read, and are interested in learning more about Autism.


Book Review: An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green

As someone who really enjoys all of John Green’s books, I couldn’t wait to read An Abundance Of Katherines. I bought it and couldn’t wait to get home and read it. The book had been getting completely mixed reviews from John Green fans.

After being dumped by his 19th Katherine, child prodigy Colin Singleton set out on a road trip with his  best friend, Hassan. Colin set out to find his ‘eureka moment’. It just so happened that his eureka moment was found in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Gunshot, Tennessee). Colin and Hassan met a Celebrity Living magazine lover, Lindsey Lee Wells. Now boarding with Lindsey and her mother Hollis (who owns a textile mill that manufactures tampon strings), Colin struggles to solve The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. If he can find the correct equation and graph, he could predict future break ups and even get the girl.

So, what did I think? I have to follow the crowed and say that it wasn’t one of my favourite books. However, it wasn’t one of the worst. I did enjoy reading the book and I would happily read it again. At first, I felt completely disconnected with the characters. It took a good few chapters for me to start feeling connected to them. Once I started to be able to relate to the characters, I started to fall in love with them.

Towards the end of the book, I was completely into it. Apart from the odd pointless chapters which didn’t get me hooked, I started to fall in love with that story. That’s when it came to a quick, predictable end.

I don’t think I would recommend the book to someone who is looking to read something by John Green. It was not his best work but it was still a good read. I would probably rate it a 3/5.

5 Saddest Books That I Have Read

It is pretty easy to make me cry whether it is from a book or a film.

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
If you have not yet read this book, I seriously think that you should. The film comes out in June and I am 100% sure that I will be sat sobbing.

2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
This is one of my all time favourite books. Everyone I spoke to about this book have all said they they cried.

3. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman.
This book is not exactly a sad but. However, one the book got towards the end, the tears came. I won’t spoil it by saying what happens though.

4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.
I cried at the film as well as crying at the book. It’s such a heartbreaking story that it is hard not to cry.

5. The Declaration by Gemma Malley.
This book is not one of the saddest that I have read but I wanted to put it in the list. Towards the end of the story, it turns heartbreaking. While reading it, I had to put the book down because I couldn’t read through the tears.