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4 Books I’m Most Excited About This November

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 28. Does anyone else feel weird and out of sorts when the clocks move back or forward? It really knocks me off for a few days. So once again (I feel like I say this more often than not) there are so many amazing books coming out in November. For this post I’ve narrowed it down to 4 and here they are..


The Wren Hunt – Mary Watson.

Release date – 6th November 2018.

Synopsis

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good. 

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.’

One of the first things that drew me to this book was it’s cover. I love how you can interpret the picture as a tree or a bird. It’s also set near Christmas, and one of the things I want to do this year is read more books to get into the festive season.


This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson.

Release date – 13th November 2018.

Synopsis

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.’

I’m not one for sci-fi but I’m finding myself reaching more for the genre. This book caught my attention because its sounds like an interesting concept of whether a virus or a person is killing people.


Skyward – Brandon Sanderson.

Release date – 6th November 2018.

Synopsis

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

As this author is known very well in the fantasy genre, I’m really interested to see what he does with the sci fi genre. I also love the concept of a ship having a soul. I think more often than not machines are portrayed as having no feelings and definitely no soul so I’m interested to see where this book will take me.


How She Died, How I Lived – Mary Crockett.

Release date – 13th November 2018.

Synopsis

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie–beautiful, saintly Jamie–was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

On the eve of Kyle’s sentencing a year after Jamie’s death, all the other “chosen ones” are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie’s boyfriend–knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?’

I think the idea of a text being sent to multiple girls and then the one who answered died is intriguing. I feel like this book could be full of twists and turns so I’m excited.


What books are you looking forward to this November?

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?

21 Easy Self Care Ideas Using The Five Senses

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Hi guys and welcome to Blogtober day 23 and today I’m here with some self care ideas. I see these posts around a lot but I wanted to try and do something different. So, I’ve come with some ideas using all the 5 senses. Once again I thank my beautiful best friend Sarah for helping me come up with these…


Sight.

1. Get out into nature and take some photos.

2. Look at old photos with a positive memory attached. Think about the memory, close your eyes and take yourself back to the day the photo was taken.

3. Pick something to draw, focus your time on what it looks like, every detail. Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out like you expected – you’re not drawing a masterpiece.

4. Colour in a colouring book or print some sheets off the internet, and take note of the colours you’re using.


Smell.

5. Light some scented candles or melt some wax melts and let the scent surround you.

6. Buy yourself some lovely smelling flowers and display them in a vase.

7. Spritz yourself with your favourite perfume.

8. Bake a cake and let the warm smell fill the kitchen.

9. Use a shower or bath bomb and take note of the different kinds of smells.


Touch.

10. Get yourself a manicure or pedicure, or treat yourself to having your hair done.

11. Cuddle a fluffy cat or dog.

12. Pour some bubbles into your bath and let the warm water relax you.

13. Create a sensory book using a scrapbook and items you like the feel of. You could also incorporate other senses into this (would anyone like a post on how I make mine?). If you already have one go through it, taking your time to focus on each item.

14. Have a mini spa – face masks, foot bath/lotion, body lotion. Whatever helps relax you.


Hearing.

15. Create a playlist of your favourite songs and listen to it on repeat.

16. Download a meditation or relaxation app, put your headphones on and relax. (I use Relax and Sleep)

17. Have a conversation with someone you’re close to about something your enjoy. Listen to every word and take note of how it makes you feel.


Taste.

18. Eat your favourite flavour ice cream/chocolate/fruit etc.

19. Mindfully eat something sweet, sour, savoury, and new, and take note of the different feelings and textures you experience for each one.

20. Try to eat when your body is telling you it needs to.

21. Drink enough water to hydrate. If you don’t like water (like me) you could try adding a drop of different flavour juices or use flavoured water. Focus on the differences in the tastes throughout the day.


What kinds of things do you do to practice self care?

10 Lessons I’ve Learnt From Blogging So Far

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Hey and welcome to Blogtober day 21. It’s been 5 months since I started blogging and there are many things I’ve learnt along the way. I’ve had many blogs before but never found my calling. I’ve never let myself just write about what I want because I was too busy trying to fit myself into a niche box.

Here are the things I’ve learned about blogging so far..


Don’t pressure yourself to do more then you can manage. Back in August I made the wrong decision by trying to post too many posts in one week. Safe to say it failed and I hardly posted anything that month. I took that time to decide what direction I wanted to take my blog and realised I needed to plan ahead if I wanted to succeed.


But there are ways to make it easier. Namely apps that you can use to schedule things ahead of time. I have a post here of tools that may be helpful to you.


If you have an idea you’ve never seen done before don’t be afraid to publish it. Same goes for posts there a lot of – just because someone has already talked about a subject, doesn’t mean your post won’t be unique. Everyone has something to say, everyone experiences things in different ways and don’t be afraid to let that shine through your writing.


You don’t need to spend money if the app/tool in question doesn’t work for you. The only one I’m planning on spending any money on is Tailwind, and that’s after I’ve used the free trial to assess whether it works for me as a blogger. Even if everyone else is raving about an app, if it doesn’t work for you, don’t bother with it.


This is probably the hardest lesson I’m learning. Be proud of what you’ve achieved, writing blog posts and all the other things you have to do for your blog is hard work and it takes up a lot of time. If someone comments something nice on your blog posts, take it in and be proud of it.


Keep an eye on what blog posts have done well and which ones haven’t. Inevitably in the blogging world there are certain posts that will do really well and some that won’t. Keep track of it so you can create more content that’ll people will enjoy.


Up until a few weeks ago I didn’t have a clue about Pinterest. Yes I’ve used it for years, even before I started a blog, but I never knew how to utilise it to drive traffic to my blog. Thanks to Tailwind I’m now slowly seeing improvements and seeing more and more people are coming over to my site from Pinterest. I still have a lot to learn – but it’s definitely worth investing time into.


This is probably a really controversial comment but I fully believe that as long as you have passion, as long as you write about what you want to, then niche isn’t important. I made the massive mistake in the past of sticking to one topic and I lost all motivation for my blog. I felt like I was trying so hard to stay in this box that my passion wasn’t able to come through, and I wasn’t writing to the best of my ability.


I can’t tell you the amount of mistakes I make when I’m writing a blog post and there’s always something that I miss. I’ve also been getting my best friend to check over my writing because I can guarantee there’s always something I’ll miss!


Never let anyone change you. One of the most important things I’ve learnt is stay true to yourself, no matter what.


What have you learnt from blogging so far?