Game of Thrones Season 6 RECAP: Top Moments (SPOILERS)

With Game of Thrones, season 7 finally returning to our television screens on 16th July, I thought it was about time to compile a list talking through some of my favourite scenes and WTF moments.

WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS.

1. JON SNOW LIVES 

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Starks always do the right/honourable thing and it always ends up getting them killed. If George RR Martin was not afraid to kill off Ned Stark, then he will not hesitant to kill off Jon Snow. Even Maisie Williams said he was dead. There were many theories that he will be brought back to life by Mellisandra and what do ya know? It came true! It all went down in episode 2 and I have never ever been so satisfied by a fictional character. I thought the writers would drag it out and I am so glad that they didn’t! This is definitely one of my favourite scenes. JUSTICE! It was such a fangirl moment (and I don’t do fangirling…)

2. STARKS REUNITE  

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After Jon said “my watch is over” I thought, no no no, Jon you can’t leave the Wall before Sansa gets there! That would be a disservice to the show and to the fans, they have to must reunite. It seems like the writers are listening to the fans 🙂 that scene where Jon and Sansa sees each other for the first time since the pilot was very moving. I watched that scene over and over again. It was a beautiful scene. It did that episode justice. It’s funny because in the beginning they didn’t mean anything to each other but now, they mean so much more to each other because they are all they have left.

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Book Review: Believe In Yourself by Jasmin Kirkbride

32068289Edition: Hardcover, 163 pages
Published by: Vie, 12th August 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 22nd April 2017

Do you ever wish you had more confidence in your abilities? Do you sometimes have negative thoughts, comparing yourself to others? Have you ever been afraid to speak up because you don’t think your opinion is valid?

You are not alone, and there is a way to tackle your low self-esteem. Packed with tips, suggestions and quotes, this book will help give you the strength to turn negatives into positives and BECOME MORE CONFIDENT EVERY DAY.


Believe In Yourself is a self-help book about self-esteem and confidence. It’s packed with highly motivating quotes, suggestions and tips on how to become more confident, especially turn negative thoughts into positive ones. This book is separated into eight parts, which is a helpful guide towards overcoming low self-esteem and becoming confident.

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Book Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

24751478Edition: Paperback, 266 pages
Published By: Penguin Books
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 2 stars
Completed: 20th April 2017

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

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I was already fully aware that this book has a lot of mixed review – mostly negative, which is the reason why I wasn’t that interested in reading it because I trust the reviews. However this was a Christmas gift so I had to read it. My friend knew I enjoyed the Vampire Academy series a lot and thought I’d like this one. I thought oh its only 266 pages; it can’t be that bad, right? It was.

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Book Review: Grimm Tales: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman

41rp8tlB11L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Edition: Paperback, 444 pages
Published By: Penguin Classics
Genre: Adult, Fairytales, Retellings, Horror
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 27th February 2017

In this beautiful book of classic fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a’clear as water’ retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice.

From the quests and romance of classics such as ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella’ to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as ‘The Three Snake Leaves’, ‘Hans-my-Hedgehog’ and ‘Godfather Death’, Pullman brings the heart of each timeless tale to the fore, following with a brief but fascinating commentary on the story’s background and history. In his introduction, he discusses how these stories have lasted so long, and become part of our collective storytelling imagination.

These new versions show the adventures at their most lucid and engaging yet. Pullman’s Grimm Tales of wicked wives, brave children and villainous kings will have you reading, reading aloud and rereading them for many years to come.

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When I think about it, I didn’t actually read that many fairy tales because I watched a lot of the Disney classic films but the first one I watched was Snow White. It’s not my favourite now as I love Beauty & The Beast but Snow White was definitely my favourite as a young girl.

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

No one tagged me, I just really wanted to do this tag because it seems like fun. We always hear about people’s positive thoughts of books but its interesting to also hear about other people’s unpopular opinions as well.

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1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

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I am going to get my head bitten off and possibly run over by a car for saying this! Everyone and their mother loves this book so much, so I expected nothing but fantastic things about it. I thought ‘right, this is it. This is the John Green book I will love!‘ But by the time I read it however, I was so underwhelmed. I’m a not cold person; I do cry in books and films (sometimes) but I just could not get into it. John Green books are just not for me. I know, I know, could could I NOT like The Fault In Our Stars?! Believe me, no one is more disappointed than I am.

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

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I was expecting to find All The Bright Places a bit ‘meh’ but I didn’t. I just felt like I really understood Finch and the book really struck a core with me. It made me cry so much! I know a lot of people don’t like this book because they say its romanticising mental illness and I understand why a lot of people have issues with it, as I had issues with it as well, in terms of the parents being crap, but overall I loved the story. I feel like I need to reread this to get a second opinion, as I did rate it 5 stars! I don’t rate books 5 stars at all unless I really loved it. Continue reading “The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag”

A Year in Books | Top 5 Books of 2016

Hey all,

First post of 2017.

I call this my top 5 books, only because I only read a disappointing 20 books which isn’t enough to say which are my top 10 books. Initially I wanted to read 30 books because 50 books last year was a bit too much! The last three months of last year was just crazy busy, so I wasn’t able to read as much as I’d like to unfortunately. I’m still literally still stuck on reading the Hero of Ages, much to my despair. Anyway here are my top 5:

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Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild 

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This is hands down my favourite book of 2016! Its funny because its a children’s classic and not something that was released recently. I just adored this story so much. I rated it 4 stars but really it should be 5 stars. I saw the BBC adaption for it ages ago and its when I thought about re-watching it sometime last year that made me think oh I’d like to read the book for it! It’s a story about three foster sisters living in London who took it upon themselves to earn a living to achieve their dreams. Some of the themes in this book were ambition and determination, which is what I liked about it.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover 

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Oh my god. This book actually teared me apart, which sounds pretty dramatic to say the least. I wasn’t expecting this book to be so thought-evoking and emotional. I just thought oh its probably some angsty new adult romance. I’m not going to say what it is about because its a major spoiler but it is about romance and it’s so much more than just that. I just had too much ‘feels.’ This book isn’t perfect, there are things I liked about it and things I didn’t like – one of which is that things escalated way too quickly. But its because of this book that I will (eventually) venture into reading more Colleen Hoover, despite the problematic storylines that I often hear about! I better brace myself…

The Shining by Stephen King

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Okay, the reason why I even read the Shining is because of my only real-life bookish friend who is a massive fan of the King of Horror himself, Mr Stephen King. This book surprised me, I found myself really immersed and enjoying the story so much. The only thing is that it is really long. Funny thing, I could only read this at night time rather than during the day because I wanted to be scared and reading at night just sets the story so well. It is a scary book but I wasn’t that scared to be honest. I got a real appreciation for Stephen King’s writing style. Its amazing. So very detailed and descriptive as well. I was like I wish I could write like you.

One by Sarah Crossan

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One is definitely the one (no pun intended) if you are looking for a diverse YA book to read. It’s a story that feels very real, unique and raw, and also very different from what’s currently on the YA bookshelves these days. It’s about conjoined twins, Grace and Tippy and their everyday lives, how they cope with being scrutinised by people but also making friends and falling in love for the first time. What I liked about it was the poetic writing style and how this story was not sugarcoated.

Never, Never Part 1 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher 

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I really enjoyed Never Never Part 1. It was very mysterious from the start and I wanted to know more. It’s about Charlie and Silas who are supposedly meant to be in love but they have lost their memories. They don’t remember who they are, how they got where they are and who their friends and family are. Therefore, they are trying to work together to find out why this is happening to them. Part 1 and 2 were great reads, I really enjoyed them. There was so much potential to be an amazing story but part 3 did not deliver. Part 3 was a sorry excuse for a conclusion of a book, it was just lazy writing because the mystery did not add up and there were so many plot holes, which was very disappointing.

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So these were my top 5 books of 2016. What were some of your favourites of last year?

Book Haul: February – September

I thought it was about time that I did a post on my second book haul. This haul took a lot longer to accumulate than my first haul because there have been books that kept me occupied *coughs Mistborn*. There were actually more books I wanted to buy but I know I’m not going to read them straightaway, so I’ll reserve to purchase them in my next haul (whatever that is). I think this haul is a good amount for now ^_^

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The first thing I brought back in January is not exactly a book…but looks like one! It was this purple Penguin books bag, which is a colour I’ve been looking for a while! They also come in the classic Penguin orange, pink, green and red, which are very colourful and bright. I felt like the purple is more of a subtle colour. I really love this bag and have been wearing it quite a lot! It has a popper clasp on the inside of the bag, which helps it to be secure. They are retailed price at £12.99 in bookshops but you can get them cheaper at Amazon. Continue reading “Book Haul: February – September”