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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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”

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?

Dashing Through The Snow and ‘Tis the Season Book Tags

Hello all ^_^

Between this month and the last, I haven’t been good at keeping up with tags and writing book reviews altogether. I’ve been on a hiatus! November and December have been two busy months, but I was tagged by the lovely Summer @Xing Sings, so I thought I better take part in these tags before Christmas and because they seem like fun.

I have a Instagram for my illustrations but recently I finally created a Bookstagram – @ireeadthereforeiam. I wanted to create one for a while, so I did on a whim and am excited to be posting bookish posts 🙂


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Name a book you’d like to see under your Christmas tree?

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because I read them as e-Books. I’m not sure whether I like the new covers because the font is a bit…bold? I prefer the old ones.

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