Book Haul

I bought a couple of books the other week and decided to do a little post to show you all evrything that I bought.

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The first book that I bought was called Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. I have wanted to read this book for a while but I just hadn’t got around to reading it. I am currently reading it now and I can say that it is definitely worth buying. I also bought The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. Both of these books were 2 for £7 from Tesco so I feel like this was an amazing buy.

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I then went to Waterstone to look for the Penguin Little Black Classics. If you don’t know what these are then I shall tell you. To celebrate Penguin’s 80th they are making 80 ‘Little Black Classics’ for 80p each. I went a little bit mad and bought 10. Hpwever, that’s not too bad considering I have been pack since writing this post and bought some more. Now my collection is growing.

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I hope you enjoyed this haul post!

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

6442769Format: Paperback
Pages: 305
Rating: 2/5 stars

“Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…”

My first impressions of the book was ‘wow, I hate Margo’, ‘Isn’t Quentin just Miles’ and ‘What a unrealistic story’. My feelings didn’t really change as the story went on. I was completely disappointed by this book. I purchased it awhile ago and have wanted to read it for a long time. I finally got wround to reading it and it was such a waste of time.

I’ll start by talking about Margo. Her character was just so unrelatable. I couldn’t muster any sympathy for Margo. Not only was she completely unrelatable, she is pretty much the exact same character as Alaska. The book might as well have been called ‘Looking For Margo’. Secondly, Quentin was so whinny and his obsession with Margo was ridiculous considering he hardly knew her. The only character I could actually stand was Radar.

When I finally managed to get half way through the story, I felt like giving up. I couldn’t wait to get to the end just so that I would never have to hear the name Margo Roth Spielman ever again. I kept on reading though so that I could at least give the book a chance since John Green is such a good writer.

Obviously there are some things that I liked about the book or I would have given it 0 stars. One of the things which wasn’t even a big part of the story is when Lacy and Quentin talk about the cashier at the gas station. I rather liked how Quentin promptly reacted when Lacy made a sexist comment. This made me have a tiny bit of respect for Quentin so the book got one star just for that. The other star was for almost the whole last section of the book. I seemed to enjoy this part of the book a lot more. I liked the friends relationship while they were on their journey together. It’s just disappointing that the book started to get better towards the end.

However, the ending was utter rubbish. What a complete let down. Just as I thought that the book was getting better it ended awfully.

My love for Paper Towns sleeps with the fishes…

Paperchase Haul

Over the course of a few weeks I bought a few cute bits from Paperchase that I just couldn’t resit sharing. Paperchase is one of my all time favoirite stationary shops. Anyone who knows me knows that I am in love with stationary.

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When I walked into Paperchase, I noticed that they had a rack fully of post cards. They were all completely different styles yet all cute. I bought myself 4. They were 60p each so not a bad buy. The first two I bought were tea themed. I love tea so these were ones that I just had to own. I also bought a dinosaur themed one and a bicycle themed one. I thought that all of them would be lovely to post to penpals.

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I also bought myself two packs of British themed stickers. Once again I thought that these were cute to send to penpals. These packs were only £1 each.

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The last thing that I bought was this little rhino puzzle eraser. I absolutelylove these little puzzle erasers, I have so many of them. This one was only £1.

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I know this was only a little haul but I just couldn’t resist sharing these adorable things. I hope you enjoy this little haul and feel inspired.

How To Start Snail Mailing

There’s something amazing about snail mail. Messaging friends and talking to people is all just so easy now. All you need to do is grab your phone. Personally, I feel that this is making conversations so boring and short. No thought is put into a conversation anymore. That is what I personally love about having a penpal. You really think about what you are going to say to your friend and you can really put a lot of thought into your letters making them special to read.

Getting a penpal is pretty simple.

First of all you need to start by finding someone you want to write to. There are multiple ways that you can go about doing this. You could start by looking on Instagram. There are many hastags you can search so that you can find hundreds of people also looking for a penpal. Some of the hastags you can search are #PenpalsWanted, #PenpalsNeeded, #HappyMailWanted, #LettersWanted, and the obvious #penpals.  You can also find penpals through Penpal websites. My person favourote website would be Interpals. Through this website I have met some lovely people. The only problem with this website is that there can be a couple of creepy people.

After you have found the person you want to write to the next thing you need to do is contact the person. This can be a little dauting at first if youre a little bit shy. Personally, I find it difficult to contact someone as I don’t want to be rejected. When you have found someone that you want to write to, pluck up the courage and message them. Start off by introducing yourself. Eventually, you can exchange addresses and start sending letters. Make sure to be careful when giving out your address to people over the internet.

Now it is time to write your letter. This is the fun part. Start off by introducing yourself and saying some fun and interesting things about yourself. If you are looking for some inspiration on what to write about, feel free to check out this post here.

I hope this post helped those who are looking for a penpal!

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

20935171Format: Paperback
Pages: 227
Published: May 13th 2014
Rating: 5/5 stars

“We are the Liars.
We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.
We are cracked and broken.
A story of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?”

We Were Liars is a heartbreaking read that really messes with your mind until the very end. The writing style was completely beautiful. It’s so unique and poetic and full of carefully crafted imagery. It’s a writing style that’s totally different. You will either love it or hate it. Personally, I loved it.

The plot is something that is difficult to talk about without ruining the end. The less you know about the book, the better. The book is like a puzzle that you work out as you read. There’s clues all over the pages for you to work out. By the end of the book, you will kick yourself for not working it out sooner. You may even find yourself reading the book all over again to see how you missed it.

Something I wasn’t completely happy about was the cast list. I struggled to remember everyone involved in the book. It took me a while before I could keep track of all the different cnaracters. I completely fell in love with the main character, Cady. I felt like I could relate to her through her love of books.

I’m going to keep this review nice and short. I don’t want to accidentally ruin the story for you. All I can say is that you need to read it.

There’s not even a scrabble word for how I’m feeling right now…

Liebster Award

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This morning I woke up to a comment from therosenotes, nominating me for this award. I have seen a few of these posts going around so I am super happy to be taking part!

The rules are:

1) Link the person who nominated you to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions.
2) Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
3) Nominate 10 other bloggers.
4) Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5) Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Questions

1. If you could choose one book to be made into a film, what book what you pick?
Matched by Ally Condie

2.  If you were able to travel in time, where would you go?
I’d either go back in time to see the dinosaurs or go years into the future to see how I die. I feel like both of these could possibly mentally scar me forever though.

3. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received?
This would probably have to be the time mum said she was proud of me.

4. Name three of your pet peeves?
My worst pet peeve would have to be when people bend the covers of books. Or even if they open the pages of books to wide and the bind bends. My second pet peeve is text talk. I don’t understand it, I never have and I never will. Lastly, I hate people that leave switches switched on with nothing plugged in.

5. If you met a ghost how would you react?
I’d like to say that I would act all cool and casual but in reality, I’d probably cry and run away.

6. What’s the best joke you know?
How do NASA organise a party?
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They planet!

7. Who is your favourite cartoon character?
Marceline from Adventure Time.

8. If you were to join a circus, what would you perform?
This is hard because I have no tallents… Hmm… I’d have to be just an assistant of some kind. There purely to help.

9. If you could be with/talk to anyone right now, who would it be?
John Green

10. If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?
Anna Kendrick. Not based on appearances because we loook nothing alike. Purely based on the fact that she is amazing at every roll she plays.

My Nominations

AnotheronecalledBecky

A Random Person Called Annie

Precarious Writer

A Touch of Beauty

Jessica’s Rainbow Inspiration

Puddles of Ink

Maddy Amelia

(Sorry, I couldn’t think of 10)

My Questions

1. If you could travel to any place in the world right now, where would you go?

2. If you could invite 3 people (dead or alive) to a tea party, who would you choose?

3. What is your favourite zoo animal?

4. If you could have any superpower, what superpower would you have?

5. If you could live in any time period, what time period would it be?

6. Who is your favourite Disney Princess?

7. What is the last book you read?

8. What is your party trick?

9. What’s your favourite childhood memory?

10. What is your guilty pleasure?

Thank you again for being nominated!

10 Ways To Feel Instantly Happier

1. Have a cup of tea. I dont know about you but I feel like a nice cup of tea is just like a hug in a mug.

2. Look at photographs from happy memories. This is something that I usually go when I really don’t feel happy. However, I do have two photographs by the side of my bed so I can see them every morning when I wake up. Both of the photographs make me smile.

3. Watch funny videos. You can find loads of them online, especially on YouTube.

4. Call a friend. Have a rant, a gossip or just a catch up. Sometimes talking to a friend makes you feel happier knowing that, that person loves you and cares about you.

5. Take a walk. If you are not a regular walker then you might not see what is so nice about this. You might even find the idea of walking boring and tiring. Personally, I find walking exciting and beautiful. I love looking at all the scenery and of course my camera comes with me.

6. Smile. It really is that simple. Smiling instantly makes you feel a little better.

7. Do something nice for someone else. This will make you feel like you have dome something good. Send someone flowers. Hold the door open for a stranger. Help someone carry their shopping. Being selfless will be sure to make you feel happy.

8. Exercise. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins and feel-good neurotransmitters. You don’t have to do a huge gym session or run for hours. Simply get up and start moving.

9. Clear your space. A cluttered room leads to a cluttered mind. Being in a more organised place may help you feel more calm amd relexed.

10. Talk it out. Tell someome how you feel. Talking to a friend is often a good way to express how you feel and often a solution can be found leading to you feeling better.