Category Archives: Blogtober 2018

October Favourites (Books, Stationary and More).

 

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Hey guys and welcome to the final day of Blogtober! To finish off I’m going to be sharing books, games and anything else I’ve been loving this month. I see these posts around a lot but I’m not a make up gal and my skincare routine consists of a little micellar water and a spritz of tea tree water. So here is my take of monthly favourites with some of the things I’ve been loving this month..


I’ve not really read anything this month that I feel I can put as a favourite. However, I received a copy of ‘Girls Of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan’ in my October Fairyloot box. I am so in love with the cover and the pink sprayed edges. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while so I’m so excited to finally get into it.


So this month I’ve really been loving the Papermate Inkjoy gel pens. I bought them to use for my university notes (as seen here in my uni haul) and I’ve found myself reaching for them a lot. I love how smooth they write and that they come in a lot of pretty colours. They are definitely something I will repurchase when they run out.

Another stationary item I’ve been absolutely loving is the Stabilo Boss pastel highlighters. I use highlighters all the time – uni notes, mind maps, bullet journal, as well as in my writing notebooks, and I got bored of the neon colours pretty quickly. I love these because they’re so pretty and add colour to any form of writing.


I finished playing Horizon Zero Dawn at the beginning of the month and I loved it. It’s such a great game – the combat, graphics and open world environment are amazing. However, my favourite thing about this game is the story – it could quite possibly be my favourite ever story in a video game. It kept me enthralled throughout the entire game and I just wanted to find out more and more about the world and characters. I so hope they make a second one because I feel like there’s so much more to explore.

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This beanie I received in my October ‘Beautiful Deceptions’, and it’s going to be so good with the colder weather – especially because I struggle with the cold.

The second item I received in my Fairyloot box was this keychain. It’s so beautiful and I love the quote. It’ll make a nice addition to my keys!

Lastly, is this Ravenclaw bag I received in my October ‘Back to Hogwarts’ Lootcrate. I love bags, especially backpacks and messenger bags. This one is definitely going to become my new favourite bag, and even better I can show off my house pride.


What are some of your favourites this month?


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What I Achieved in October & November Goals

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 30. Today I’m going to share what I read this month, and also give a writing update. As always I’ll also be sharing what I aim to achieve in November and the books I plan to read.

October has been such a weird month for me – I don’t know if it’s to do with the colder weather, getting back into university or something else. I feel like it was the 1st of October and now it’s the end of the month. Nevertheless, I still had quite a productive writing and reading month!


books read

Seed by Lisa Heathfield.

3 star book review

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.3 star book reviewClick here for my review.

There’s someone in your house by Stephanie Perkins


writing

So there are 2 main things to update on this month. I feel like I’m starting to find my flow with my writing. The novels I’ve stored up in my brain for all these years are starting to come together on the page.

  • The first MAJOR thing that happened this month is that on the 3rd October I officially started writing my first draft of my first full length novel (nicknamed Project MK). As it stands I am currently at just over 11,000 words so I’ve taken a big chunk out of the word count already.
  • The second thing to update on is that I have began outlining a new post apocalyptic novel (nicknamed Project Enigma). I am so unbelievably excited about this one. It’s going to take a lot of planning and researching to make it work (and also to avoid those common cliches!) I like to have the next book ready to go so there isn’t any gap in between writing. This works better for me because I find if I have a break I lose my flow and inspiration.


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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.


  • Reach 20,000 words of Project MK.
  • Finish character development of Project Enigma.
  • Prepare for Blogmas.

What have you read this month? What are you planning on reading in November?

My Top 6 Damn Good Fictional Villains

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 29. In honour of Halloween I’m going to be sharing my top 6 fictional villains. I love a good villain, no story is complete without them and they are one of my favourite types of characters to develop in my own stories. The villains I’ve chosen are either featured in YA fiction or video games and here they are!


Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter.

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Voldemort has got to be my favourite damn good villain. There has been no one else whose been on par with Voldemort and his evil ways. I also love how complex his background is and how far he went to become the most powerful wizard in the world.


Professor Umbridge.

Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix.

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As much as I hate Professor Umbridge – she was portrayed as a brilliant villain. She was one of those quietly evil characters – never showing everyone her true colours whilst tormenting Harry and the other Hogwarts students behind closed doors.


Queen Levana.

The Lunar Chronicles.

Queen Levana is one the cruelest villains I’ve ever come across. Her barbaric tactics to getting what she wanted were heartless. But I guess that’s what we want in a villain!


David.

The Last Of Us.

David was one of those type of characters that just makes my skin crawl. However I loved the way David and his disgusting actions brought Ellie and Joel together.


Handsome Jack.

Borderlands 2.

I think one of the best things about Handsome Jack is he spends the entirety of the game believing he’s the hero and we’re the bad guys. It’s reiterated every time we have any kind of interaction with him. He is one the most intriguing and interesting characters I’ve come across in a video game, and I think that makes him such a compelling villain.


Jacob Seed.

Far Cry 5.

Even though Jacob wasn’t the main villain of this game, I thought he was the best one out of the 4. The song his music box played throughout the game really creeped me out and if I even hear the tune now it freaks me out.


Who are your favourite fictional villains?

5 Places I Want To Visit In My Lifetime

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Hey guys and welcome to day 27 of Blogtober. Today I’m here with the 5 places I want to visit in my lifetime. I don’t travel often for various reasons – I’m terrified of flying, my health, it’s expensive and I’m a home bird. Nevertheless I do want to travel at some point in my life, and here are the first 5 places I’ll be going first..


Canada.

Canada is the very first place I’m planning on going! Not only does it look stunning but there’s also someone very close to me who lives there who I can’t wait to meet.


USA.

I want to travel all over America. Obviously Disneyworld and the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter but also New York, California and Utah are top of my list.


Australia.

If I can get over the fact that there’s snakes and spiders galore, then Australia looks like a beautiful and interesting destination to explore.


Lapland.

Although I don’t do well in cold and I’d probably have to get around on a sled instead of a wheelchair, Lapland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. It looks so peaceful especially staying in a log cabin with a roaring fire.


Hawaii.

Hawaii looks like paradise wrapped up with a shiny bow placed on top. I might even have to put my hula skirt on and be one of those embarrassing tourists shimming along the beach.


Where are some of the places you want to go to in your lifetime?

The Autumn Tag!

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 26. I can’t quite believe we’re nearly at the end of October! This whole year is going scary fast. Today I’m here with the Autumn tag which my beautiful friend Channie tagged me in – you can check out her blog here!


1) What signifies the start of Autumn to you?

The drop in temperature, the leaves coating the ground, and the crunch beneath my wheelchair. Also, when all the Halloween stuff starts coming into the shops.

2) Best way to spend a rainy day?

Wrapped up in a blanket burrito with a stack of fantasy books or tapping out my current work in progress!


3) Your most favourite Autumn memory?

Ya know, I can’t think. But it’ll probably have something to do with pumpkin carving or fireworks.


4) Favourite fall scent?

I actually did a post on my favourite autumn scents, but if I had to choose one it would be bonfire smoke.


5) What are you most excited about this Autumn?

Two things I’m super duper excited for are – the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie and Fallout 76 being released!


6) Favourite Autumn song?

I don’t know if it’s an Autumn song but Wake Me Up When September Ends by Greenday always reminds me of autumn.


7) Favourite Autumn film?

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is one of my favourite films and that was released out in Autumn 2016.


8) What TV shows are you looking forward to this fall?

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, Criminal Minds and Greys Anatomy.


9) Favourite Autumn colour?

I don’t really have a favourite Autumn colour but orange always reminds me of Autumn.


10) Favourite fall fashion trend?

Baggy jumpers and military boots.


11) Your most loved outdoor Autumn activity?

Going for a walk (or roll!)


I Tag;

(Sorry if any of you have done this already!)

Butterflies and Boundaries.

AllThingsAlexx.

And anyone else who fancies doing it.

My Top 5 Horror Movies (That Really Scared Me!)

 

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 25 and today I’m going to be sharing the 5 horror movies that really scared me! Now, let me tell you I’m a wimp when it comes to horror movies. I’ll hide behind my pillow and I’ll squeeze my eyes shut at all the scary parts. These movies are probably not scary for all you hardcore horror movie fans but these are the films that REALLY really scared me..


Sinister (2012)

This legit scared the hebee jebee’s out of me. I made the mistake of going to see it in the cinema (why?!) and the final scene has stayed with me for so long!


A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

I haven’t actually watched the original film made in 1984 – but the 2010 one scared me enough to put me off forever. And what’s worse then getting scenes from a movie in your head? Having that creepy song stuck in your head!


The Evil Dead (1984)

This is a film I watched when I was 15 years old – sitting there terrified and hiding my terror from my friends because I didn’t want to seem like the wimpy one. Even rewatching this trailer has freaked me out! It’s one of those films that’s weird but terrifying at the same time. I haven’t watched the remake but honestly I don’t want to!


Pet Sematary (1989)

Another one I feel is weird but terrifying at the same time. Now, I love my cats but I don’t fancy them coming back in the middle of the night to haunt me. I’ve heard there’s a remake coming out in 2019 and I am tempted to watch it to see how much its changed.


The Ring (2002)

After I watched this movie I was terrified every time the phone went. I kept expecting someone on the other end to be like ‘you will die in seven days’ – creepy!


What are some of the movies that have really scared you?

Book Review | There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.

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There’s someone in your house by Stephanie Perkins

Title – There’s Someone Inside Your House.

Author – Stephanie Perkins.

Publication date – 26th September 2017.

Publisher – Dutton Books For Young Readers.

Series status – standalone.

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Synopsis

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.


My thought on the book

3 star book review

What I liked.

  • There was fantastic character development – especially Makani and Ollie.
  • I loved the suspense and mystery before the murderer was revealed.
  • The gory descriptions of the murders were top notch.
  • The book was quick to read and relatively ‘light’ despite the subject matter.

What I didn’t like.

  • I didn’t find it scary at all – which was disappointing because I expected it to have the creepy factor.
  • It was a different type of book than I was expecting. From the synopsis I expected horror and for there to be more mystery and plot twists. Instead, what I got was a romance story with the serial killer as more of a side thing.
  • There were way too many lust scenes for me.
  • The killer was a complete letdown. I don’t know if I’m the only one but to be honest I didn’t even know who he was.
  • Sue me but I felt like the big secret about Makani was so underwhelming. We had this massive build up and then it was oh…

About the author

‘Hi, there! I’m Stephanie Perkins, and I’m a New York Timesand international bestselling author of books for teenagers and for adults with teenage hearts. I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, and I attended universities in California and Georgia. Since 2004, I’ve lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

I’ve always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, now as a novelist and editor. My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Every room of our house is painted a different color of the rainbow, and we share it with a feisty cat named Mr. Tumnus.’

Find Stephanie: Twitter | Instagram.


Have you read this book, if so what did you think?