Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Tayor Jenkins Reid

40554141Edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Published by: Hutchinson, March 2019
Genre: Fiction, Historic-Fiction, Music, 60s, 70s
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 31st August 2019

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.


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Why didn’t I find out about this book when it was first published?! I guess better late than never.

When it comes to music and fashion, the 60s and 70s is my favourite era and when I heard about Daisy Jones & The Six, it just sounded right up my street and what a rollercoaster of a read this was! It literally had me finding every opportunity possible to sit down and read this book, devouring it in less than a week. Needless to say, I’m in denial that this is fiction! I want to listen to the Aurora album so bad! This is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid and I was not disappointed.

Set in the sixties in LA, the story follows the rise and fall of Daisy Jones & The Six, which is led by Billy, a talented frontman and they were on the brink of success but when they met Daisy, they became even bigger than they ever could imagine and thus making a masterpiece of an album called Aurora. They were at the peak of their fame becoming one of the most iconic bands in the 70s before their sudden infamous split in 1979 after their performance at the Chicago Stadium.

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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”

Book Review: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

30366941Edition: Paperback, 333 pages
Published by: Faber & Faber
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 8th August 2016

George Foss never thought he’d see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack’s Tavern.

When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past.

Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her…

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Many thanks to Faber & Faber publishing for kindly sending me a copy of the book!

Following the success of The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson’s debut novel The Girl With A Clock For A Heart has been reissued with a new cover.

This story follows George Foss, who works at a literary magazine, lives with his cat called Nora and has a sort of girlfriend, Irene. He lives an ordinary life and nothing interesting happens, until his college one-time mysterious girlfriend appears out of the blue at a bar asking for help. Does he help her? Of course he does. He doesn’t even have to think about it.

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Wreck This Journal Entries #3

This is the next five entries of my Wreck This Journal 😊

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DRAW LINES WHILE IN MOTION ON THE BUS, ON A TRAIN WHILE WALKING

I did started this page with drawing lines whilst on the bus but decided the tube map of the London Underground would be interesting. Stuck down magazine pages, illustrated the map inaccurately and writing some of the well known places in London.

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DO SOME RUBBINGS WITH A PENCIL

This is another one of my ‘pages that went wrong, so I did it again‘ I originally shaded over my  plastic laser cuttings but that didn’t go so well 🙊 Then the idea of books with embossed fronts came to mind 😊 I found that I don’t have many books with an embossed title.

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PRESS LEAVES AND OTHER FOUND THINGS

Probably one of my favourites I’ve done in this journal 😊 I started this page quite early on but it has taken me ages to fully finish it because it involved being bothered to pick leaves off the ground. The purple orchids were the last bits to finish this.

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PRETEND YOU ARE DOODLING ON THE BACK OF AN ENVELOPE WHILE ON THE PHONE

Another one of my old pages. Colourful with black and white inspired Zentangle patterns.

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COVER THIS PAGE WITH WHITE THINGS

This was a easy and simple page to do 😊 I mostly stuck down my plastic laser cuttings, which I did at Uni. I didn’t end up using any of these pieces for my projects for Uni, so now this was a good opportunity to make use of them.

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If you have a Wreck This Journal, how did you wreck these pages? I’d love to know 🙂

Wreck This Journal Entries #2

This is part two of my Wreck This Journal pages. These entries were some of the first pages I did and also some of my favourite pages to complete; thats why it looks more neat than wrecked, which defeats the purpose. Need to do more wrecking! XD

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TEAR STRIPS RIP IT UP!

This page was a lot of fun. I looked on Pinterest mostly for zentangle inspiration, as there is much ideas for inspiration! I went for colourful zentangles on the strips and on the left side black and white zentangle patterns 🙂

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FILL THIS PAGE WITH CIRCLES

This is the first page I did in WTJ. I was inspired by this pattern I saw on Pinterest, which is similar to what I’ve done here. One would say that I haven’t worked outside the box but oh well XD

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WRITE ONE WORD OVER AND OVER

It was hard to pick which word, as there are so many great words in the dictionary! But in the end I went with ‘Wanderlust’ because it reminds me of myself; I do have this desire to travel the world. This page took longer than expected T_T

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PLACE STICKY THINGS HERE

This page was so much fun! When I was younger, I had this obsession with stickers, I have no idea why, I just loved them! The thing is that I’d never use them, I would just stick them in my sticker album or just leave it in the packet for it to look pretty XD This page was the opportunity for me to actually use my stickers! I still have a lot of stickers left over but glad that some of them went to great use. As you can see, I loved Winnie the Pooh! It looks very garnish with the colours 🙂 I will probably cover the whole of this journal with stickers!

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COLLECT THE STAMPS OFF ALL YOUR MAIL

I found a envelope filled of Vietnamese stamps and it was a good idea to stick them on this page 🙂

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Wreck This Journal Entries #1

I brought Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith over 2 years ago (I think). I only brought it because I burned out from my nightmarish fashion degree and I really wanted something to get me back into drawing. To begin with I did really enjoy starting Wreck This Journal but I only managed a couple of pages before I lost motivation to do more pages because I got busy with other things. I guess I prefer to do a serious drawing rather than doing Wreck This Journal pages. I’m hoping by posting 5 entries per post, it will motivate me to finish more pages and to finally complete it!

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STAND HERE

I did stand on this page (in my slippers) but then thought ohh I’d like to draw it! So I drew brogues by Clarks and a Mulberry Alexa bag 😀

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POUR, SPILL, DRIP, SPIT, FLING YOUR COFFEE HERE

I’m not really a coffee drinker, so I spilt English tea on it. Illustrated a tea of cup and some of my favourite books.

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DRAW FAT LINES AND THIN

One of my favourite pages to draw 🙂 these patterns are called Zentangles and they are so relaxing and therapeutic and looks effective! Highly recommend drawing zentangles if you’ve got time to spare 😉

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HANDPRINTS

I’ve got a confession to make: I redid this page. I know I know, it defeats the whole purpose of Wreck This Journal! But it just went a bit wrong. I am a perfectionist, so I couldn’t help myself O_O I originally painted a tree with finger prints.

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THROW SOMETHING

When I saw the target, it just reminded me so much of Katniss from the Hunger Games! So I decided to illustrate Katniss with her bow and arrow shooting her target 🙂

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I do recommend Wreck This Journal, even though it does take time (like reading). It is a really fun and original creative idea that lots of people have been inspired by. I think it brings out the creativity in everyone! When I saw it at Urban Outfitters, I thought it was a bit naff but that was until I actually saw all the amazing creations online. And most importantly, if your a perfectionist, then this book was designed for you 🙂

Alfie Deyes aka Pointless Blog on YouTube published a book called the Pointless Book which is very similar to Wreck This Journal, so I’m not sure where he was inspired that or its just one BIG coincidence.

Have you brought Wreck This Journal? And did you enjoy it?

My Favourite First Lines

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“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” – Stephen King

Eliza from The Bookish Universe wrote a blog post on her favourite first lines. Since I read this article on why Stephen King spends months and years writing first lines in books, I’ve become interested with first lines. It’s a great way to draw the reader in, capture their attention and give them a reason to read on. It’s a significant part of writing a book. Before that, I never realised how important first lines were. I would read a book regardless of whether the first line was good or not.

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To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did. I was just a girl. – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Lesyle Walton 

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. – A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Every morning I wake up and tell myself this: It’s just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through.Where She Went, Gayle Forman

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense. – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too. She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression. Her hair was yellow, and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another. – The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

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These are just some of my favourites. I have yet to discover more great opening first lines. What are some of your favourite first lines?

(Source: I found these arrow illustrations on Pinterest)

Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl

109059Edition: E-book, 240 pages
Published by: Puffin Books, 16th August 2007
Genre: Childrens, Classics, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 21st December 2015

“The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!


Clearly I was deprived of any good children’s classic literature as a child, as I questioned as to why have I not read any Roald Dahl books?!

I watched Matilda a countless loads of when I was younger before I knew it was originally a book. The story was so unique, charming and a little sad in some parts but overall it was a nice message about it that everyone could relate to. I’m being bias by saying Matilda is Dahl’s best book!

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” Continue reading “Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl”

First Book Haul

Hi Everyone ^_^

Sharing with you my first book haul (it’s more of a collective haul), accumulated from Sept-Jan! I really enjoy seeing what everyone else’s brought in their book hauls. I didn’t think I’d ever do a book haul, as I don’t buy a lot of books at the same time. I read a lot of e-books, as it takes up less space and convenient when your on the go. I know it sort of takes away the real feeling of reading an actual book but I’ve grown use to it.

But in August of last year, I looked at my shelf and thought that I should really build on my shelf and buy some new books and here I am! After reading e-books for so long, it was really nice to read physical books and also they look lovely on the shelf.

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