Top 6 Books/Series To Read

Hey guys, so, today I discovered that it was World Book Day yesterday! I’m so sad that I didn’t realise sooner! I mean, it’s only a day late but I wish I could have acknowledged it properly yesterday but I think I got caught up a little with having 200 followers and studying and things like that. However, I have decided I’m going to catch-up today, I am going to write a blog post on my top 6 books/book series that you should totally read! It’s not going to be 6 individual books and 6 book series because I’m not sure I have 6 individual favourite books… that’s a lie, I probably do haha! Anyway, let’s see how it goes.

1. Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life By Maureen McCarthy:

I think I’ve mentioned this in other posts before but this book is my favourite book of all time. Unfortunately I’ve never had the opportunity to re-read it because it’s quite long and I’ve been reading other things but this book is incredible! It’s an Australian Classic and it’s about three university students in their first year. They’ve all moved into an apartment together and despite being from completely different backgrounds and basically completely different worlds they all have to get along and live together for three years. The reason I love this book so much is because it’s completely based on reality. This might not appeal to other people but there is nothing overly dramatic or unbelievable, yes, there are dramatic moments but they’re all things that could happen in real life, for example, someone cheating on you, a relative getting sick etc. and it’s just about three really relatable young women trying to find a way in the world. It’s great, I would highly recommend.

2. Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson:

This is my second favourite book ever, again, nothing overly dramatic happens. Well, it’s kind of dramatic. It’s a book about two girls; Sloane is very much an extrovert, she gets on with everyone, is really energetic and enthusiastic, loves to go to parties etc. and her best friend, Emily, is a bit shy and doesn’t really get on in a party environment and is a bit awkward, a wallflower. Then one summer Sloane disappears, leaving behind a to-do list (bucket list) of things for Emily. Things that Emily would never dream of doing, that make her nervous and scared. Things that she would only do with her best friend. If Emily completes the list will her best friend come back? Whilst it sounds like a big kind of Pretty Little Liars type mystery, it’s really not. Sorry to disappoint. It’s a really funny, really summery and happy novel about a shy girl finding her way in the world, finally finding her own feet and coming out of her shell and it’s just a fantastic read for a summers day. Or if you miss the summer and want to be back there again. I definitely think I’m going to try and re-read it this summer.

3. The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Series By Maggie Stiefvater:

This is one of my favourite trilogies, even now and I read it when I was… 11-12? I think the ideas in the story are so unique and I just love the characters. The main couple in it are absolute goals. The trilogy consists of; Shiver, Linger and Forever. It is a series about werewolves. And a girl that falls in love with one of them. I know you’re thinking ‘how are the ideas unique?’ basically, and this isn’t giving anything away, the werewolves are only wolves in the winter. They transform into actual wolves and then in the summer they remain human until it gets cold again. I just think it’s a truly great idea and really adds a twist onto the story, because it’s a whole season (and a half?) when they’re not human. They don’t transform into humans once unless they get hurt dramatically. There’s lots of drama throughout the trilogy. Some truly amazing characters that I can’t help but fall in love with. It’s just great. There’s also a spin-off book called Sinner about one of my favourite characters from the books, which I also own and which is also amazing. I would highly recommend these books if you’re someone who loves anything supernatural and you’re dying for a new werewolf series to sink your teeth into – I would say reading them in the winter or cold nights are the best because it’s great to be able to snuggle under a blanket and read this great series but it really doesn’t matter when you read it, it just gives you a nice cosy and warm feeling and a sense of winter when reading it, I don’t really know why. Isn’t it amazing how books can do that though?

4. The Maze Runner Series By James Dashner:

I mean, it’s not like I haven’t mentioned this series enough on my blog, is it? But, I’m going to mention it again. I read the first book a couple of years ago now and absolutely loved it! I still remember the chilling feeling’s I got from reading it. There’s this one scene that is truly awful, it’s absolutely horrible to read and really well written and I remember reading it at night before bed because I was so gripped and I read that ‘scene’ and I was like, ‘how am I going to be able to sleep now? Just how?’, I did manage to sleep but I think I read for a couple more hours. There are so many great scenes in the first book. The second book, The Scorch Trials, I have to admit wasn’t as good as the other books in the series. I felt like there wasn’t as much going on but boy did it have it’s moments. When there was drama there was drama, there were moments when I just couldn’t understand why I was doing this to myself or why James Dashner had written this because there were some real twists and horrific moments! The third book in the series, The Death Cure, I absolutely cannot fault it. I cannot recall a single moment when I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, the story was really fasted paced, really dramatic, full of action, and also one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever read in my entire life. No lie. I’ve never cried at a book, and this didn’t make me cry either but boy I wanted to. I don’t know why I don’t seem to cry at books but I just don’t. However, there were multiple scenes in this book when I could feel my heart aching, like, it was actually painful to read the book at times because it was so sad. If you’ve read the book you will completely know what I’m talking about. But, there’s something that happens and James Dashner doesn’t just make it sad, he takes it to a whole new level. A level that destroys your soul (if you believe in souls.). And then there are two prequels. The first one is The Kill Order, which I haven’t read. The second is The Fever Code which was so amazing! And oh my god the twists! It destroyed my life a little bit. If you’ve watched the films, whether you’ve liked them or not, read the books. They won’t let you down.

5. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell:

I’m not sure if this is actually in my top 6 but it is a book I read quite recently and absolutely loved! But there are so many great books I’ve read. Just some of them were a long time ago and I remember reading them and liking them but not how much I liked them. I absolutely loved this book! I think one of the reasons is because I could see a few similarities with Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life but it was just really refreshing. I love how the author told two stories in one. Basically, it’s about two identical twins Cath and Wren. They are both starting university and moving into dorms etc. Wren is the party-girl, the popular one, the one that likes to be social. Cath would much rather stay in and read a good book, study or write her fanfiction. Cath’s fanfiction is where the two stories come into it, the author has cleverly laid out the chapters in such a way that we both get to read about Cath and her life and also get to read her fanfiction as she writes it. So, we’re being entertained by two stories which is just great! I love that about the book. As an avid reader, writer and hard-working studier. I can completely relate to Cath, also, as hard as it might be to believe I am actually quite a shy and awkward person. I just feel like she’s a really well written character, entering a big and scary new chapter of her life that everyone gets anxious about and this is just a really good, down-to-earth and relatable book. I would highly recommend reading it!

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon:

I was originally only going to write about 5 books for this post but then I remembered this book that I read relatively recently and I know they’re turning it into a film this year and I just had to write about it. I know I wrote about it in a favourites post quite a while ago, but I’m going to mention it again. Everything, Everything is about a girl who is quite literally allergic to the world. She has to live in an air-tight, sterile house so she doesn’t get sick and die. Her only friends are her mother and her live-in nurse. When she gets new neighbours she can’t help but be intrigued by the new boy next door. She wants to get to know him. But how does someone get to know another when they can’t leave the house? This book had such an original storyline and everyone was raving about it so I couldn’t help but read it. It was so amazing! Beyond anything I ever thought it would be. It’s also got the biggest twist of any book ever, I think. I would highly recommend reading this book, be open-minded and prepared for absolutely anything.

And there we have it, a list of some of my favourite books. I really want to re-read them all now! Maybe I will. Maybe this summer or sooner I will re-read all of the books in this list because I just love them all so much! They’re just truly incredible books. Make sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you did for World Book Day and some of your favourite books – maybe you can even suggest some to me!

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January Favourites 2017

Hey guys, so it’s that time again! For a monthly favourites post! I’m so excited, so many great things are in this month’s favourites post. It’s also the first favourites post in the new year. It’s also my first ever January favourites post!

So let’s get into it!

TV SHOWS:

I’ve decided to start with TV shows because there are so many from this month that I’ve ben loving, I could almost write an individual post just on TV shows.

CasualtyThose of you in the UK will know that this is a medical drama show on BBC1 every Saturday. I went off this show for a while and had stopped watching it, yet, somehow I got dragged back in and at the best time possible as well as the story lines were so gripping and I was desperate to find out what happened next. This is definitely a programme you should consider watching if you’re looking for something simple to watch at the end of the day.

SherlockOh my god, can we please talk about the new season? Wasn’t it amazing? Okay, so, I was never a huge fan of Sherlock, I have to admit (please don’t hate me) I watched it with my family but it was never anything I was passionate about watching. But, then came season 4 and it completely blew me away. Episode 2 was absolutely incredible! The acting was great, the story line was compelling, it was just amazing. I hope Benedict Cumberbatch wins an award for his performance in that episode because it was truly phenomenal. The season finale was also fantastic, it was so gripping and tense and I actually struggled to watch it at times and found myself covering my face with my hands, but it was great all the same. I would highly recommend buying this on DVD when it comes out!

Gilmore Girls – This is going to sound ridiculous but I only watched one episode of this show this month and yet I’m recommending it to you. That might seem a bit soon to be suggesting it to you but the first episode left such a great impression on me that I had to put it in my favourites. I can’t wait to watch more of it but I’ve been busy watching other shows. This show had me very pleasantly surprised because it was one of those shows that everyone was talking about and I assumed that it would just be another one of those TV shows that were okay and you could watch but didn’t actually have any interesting elements to them – Gilmore Girls definitely proved me wrong!

Nashville If you read my 5 Shows To Binge Watch post then you will know that this show is my all-time favourite TV programme, it truly is the one to watch. This month season 4 was released on DVD in the UK and as I don’t have the TV channel it was aired on I wasn’t able to watch it on live TV so had to wait, you have no idea how incredibly excited I was for this season and I have to say that it absolutely blew me away, it was very definitely one of the best seasons, if not the best season of the entire show! I loved seeing some of the lesser characters truly grow into great and important characters in this season and there was some very empowering and awareness raising storylines on both sexism and homophobia. It was just a fantastic season, I would highly recommend this show – if you do watch it let me know in the comments what you think and who your favourite characters are!

BOOKS:

I actually only have one book for you this month as I haven’t been reading very much and that book is;

After Ever Happy By Anna Todd – This is the final book in the After series that I have been raving about for the last few favourites posts, it was truly great! All of my least favourite elements of the book were lessened and all of my favourite parts heightened. The characters developed in truly great ways and I found myself falling in love with lots of the characters all over again. There were lots of dramatic moments in this book and lots of truly swoon-worthy moments in this book. I’m really sad I’ve finished this book series and I really hope they make the film soon! I have to admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending and I felt it jumped forward to the future way too many times but overall it was a fantastic book and a great series.

FILMS:

Nerve – Okay, this film was possibly the highlight of my month where favourites are concerned. I got this film for Christmas and had wanted to see it in the cinema but was too broke and friendless to do so haha! Anyway, I’d been wanting to watch this film for ages and only got around to it this month, however, it did not disappoint, with a fantastic cast and a unique storyline based on the book by Jeanne Ryan this film was one of the best films I have ever seen. It was funny, cute and dead terrifying! I was on the edge of my seat terrified of what was going to happen next. Not only all of that but it really raised the issue of cyber-bullying and anonymity in a way that I have never seen done before, it was just a fantastic film! It was so gripping and widely entertaining, I would truly recommend this film for a sleepover, date night, or any other kind of night (or day) just watch this film. You will not regret it.

BEAUTY AND HEALTH:

MUA Wet Look Liquid EyelinerThis month I have really got into wearing liquid eyeliner, including the whole winged eyeliner effect. I don’t know why but I go through stages of wearing liquid eyeliner and then stages of not wearing it, but I bought this eyeliner because I was in a show and needed to have winged eyeliner, it is truly great, it’s easy to apply, really cheap and yet good quality. It’s a wet look eyeliner so it looks shiny and not all dry and crumbly when it’s on your face. It’s long lasting. You do have to put quite a thick layer on your eyelid and it feels a bit weird while it dries but once it’s dry you’re good to go. Would definitely recommend.

Simple Eye Make-Up RemoverI bought this from Superdrug this month because it was on offer and I was really struggling to get my waterproof mascara off at the end of the day as it was waterproof and didn’t wash off easily. At first I thought it might be a waste of money buying a product like this because it looked like liquid in a bottle and I thought it wouldn’t work, however, it worked like a complete charm and now I can go to bed with a clean, mascara free face and then my eyelashes are all fresh and ready for the next day. I was really struggling with my mascara when I wasn’t getting it off easily because I would believe that I’d got it all off but then the next day I would be putting mascara on and all my eye lashes would stick together and go all clumpy and horrible looking, I blamed this on the mascara and thought it was just because the mascara was rubbish, turned out I just couldn’t remove it at the end of the day. This eye make-up remover has been an absolute star and really saved my eye lashes and entire make-up look.

Boots Extract Mango Lip Balm – I got this lip balm in a set with a vanilla one and a strawberry one a couple of Christmases ago, I quite often get dry lips in the winter and this lip balm saves the day. It smells nice, it’s not gloopy or sticky on your mouth, it makes your lips shine but it also makes them look natural and it really helps clear off the dry skin and make them soft and smooth again. And the little pot it comes in is really handbag friendly and small. *Unfortunately they don’t make it any more as it was strictly a Christmas gift so I can’t leave a link.*

Head And Shoulders ShampooI have allergic reactions to lots of different shampoos and conditioners and they make my hair look really dry and life-less. I was using a shampoo a few months ago that was making my head go all flaky and disgusting and it was just making me feel bad and it wasn’t doing my hair any good. I changed to this shampoo quite recently and it has been an absolute hair life-saver, it has made my hair soft and easy to brush, it’s taken longer for my hair to get dirty and need washing, it’s made it’s shinier and more alive looking and the shampoo itself is both blue and really easy to massage into your scalp. I would highly recommend this to everyone but specifically to people who have difficulty finding good shampoos, it will change your hair care experience!

Aussie Dual Personality: Curl Defining and Soft Feel Serum –  Okay, so I’ve become slightly obsessed with hair care this month and yet at the same time I have become completely lazy with my hair care ritual. Anyway, much like me struggling with shampoos recently I’ve really been struggling with the ends of my hair, my hair kind of needs cutting but at the same time I refuse to get a haircut because I’m trying to grow it and I know everyone tells you trims are necessary to have long hair but there is no such thing as a ‘trim’ when you go to the hairdressers, they will cut a third of your hair off before you can do anything about it, so I’m boycotting hairdressers for that reason but my hair is dry and slightly damaged through curling and straightening it, so, I started using this serum that we had lying around the house, what I would do is at the end of every day I would pump some of the serum onto my hand, comb it through my hair and then put my hair in a plait for the night and then low and behold in no time at all my hair was shiny, smooth and lively looking and I felt really great about my hair and it was helping with the dry ends and my hair was looking healthy and long again. This is definitely something to add to the shopping list!

This has been a long favourites post but we have finally come to the end. I really hoped you enjoyed reading it and it gave you some good ideas for things to watch, read and incorporate into your healthcare routine. Do let me know in the comments if you use any of these products or watch any of the TV shows or films or read the book, also, make sure to share some of your favourite things from January in the comments below as I am always looking for new things!

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2016 Acknowledgements

Hey guys, so, I’m always a little lost as to what my ‘introductions’ should exactly say, sometimes I say something along the lines of – ‘I hope everyone is having a great week’ but that’s just a bit boring, isn’t it? A bit business e-mail style. If you have any ideas, do let me know in the comments, along with any other ideas on how to change my blog – I am always looking for ways to improve my blog, and whilst we’re on this subject then please feel free to let me know if you have any post ideas that you would like my to write up and publish and I will see what I can do.

Anyway, you may have a slight idea from the title about what this post is going to be about, let me explain. Firstly, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Oh no, not a post about 2016, can’t we just forget that year already? Haven’t we discussed and reminisced it enough yet? Let’s just move on.’ Unfortunately, I can’t do that, because I was ill on the day I was supposed to post this and I think it’s really important, maybe others won’t agree but I have to write this post. I have read many posts this month and in fact last month talking about 2016, there were so many people talking about what a terrible year it had been and how it wouldn’t be missed and that they were so glad it was over. I think no one really thought about focusing on some of the good parts of that year, I understand that some people believe there was nothing good about that year, and maybe they were right, who am I to judge on what year they had had but at the same time I feel like there were many people that were glad it was over because of all the history-making political things that happened, all the bad things but I feel like last year really shaped me and taught me a lot, it made me realize a lot of things and I know other people feel the same. Anyway, I would like to write a post talking about all the people that really helped me in 2016 and all the people I would like to acknowledge for everything they did for me, as stupid as it sounds. And yes, before you say anything, I know this isn’t a book.

Firstly, I would like to thank my Mum for always, always being there for me no matter what phase I’m going through and how stressed I get. Her continued support and patience with me continues to inspire me, as does her kindness, selflessness and knowledge. She is always there when I need to talk things through and willing to make helpful comments that help me with a dilemma or confusion that I’m having. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her.

I would like to thank my sister for being there when I need a distraction from my studying, someone who will always, always, without a fail make me laugh and smile and take all the stress away even if it’s only for a short amount of time. Someone who reminds me that I will always be a child at heart, someone I can muck about with without feeling stupid and silly, someone who makes me feel like there’s nothing to worry about and as long as I have family and friends then everything will be okay in the end. Without her I genuinely don’t think I would be as happy as I am.

I would like to acknowledge my brother who is always there when I just need to have a simple chat, someone I can go to and have a good catch-up but someone I can also joke with and who’s there if ever I need a hug. Someone who will mock and tease me and remind me that I will always be his little sister no matter how lost and grown up I think I am, he will always be there for me. For this I will be forever grateful.

I would like to acknowledge my best friend for being there for me throughout the past year, someone who I can go to and talk to about anything and and everything. Who won’t judge me no matter what crazy thing comes out of my mouth, who will listen to me like it’s the most interesting thing in the world when in reality she couldn’t care less. Someone who is both my complete opposite and my twin at the same time and who keeps me on my feet and reminds me who I am when I get so overwhelmed with work that I forget. Who’s continued support and belief in me continues to astound and bewilder me yet I love her for it, more than she will ever know. She’s someone who has no awareness of quite how brilliant she is and yet she makes me so happy and so motivated and inspired. She has no idea how much she has improved my life in the three and a half years that I’ve known her and I am glad that last year we got the opportunity to grow even closer.

I would also like to take this time to thank anyone who supported me and gave me the opportunity to develop myself as a person. I would like to thank anyone who was there for me when I needed them or even if I didn’t need them. Anyone who believed or had faith in me when I didn’t have it in myself. Anyone who gave me the opportunity to realize who I am and what I wanted out of life and was part of shaping who I was then, who I am now and who I hope to be in the future. I will be forever grateful to all of you forever.

And lastly, I would like to thank both all the citizens of the UK and the US for teaching me that life is incredibly unexpected, that nothing is ever certain and that you can’t always get what you want, no matter how hard you wish for it. People are not always on your side even when you wish they were or would be and it doesn’t matter how much you reason with them they simply will never accept the truth, they will insist on being blind to it simply so that they don’t have to admit to being wrong. It was an absolutely invaluable lesson and one which I will never forget.

So, I know this was a bit of an unusual post and not really anything I would usually post, but I just thought that I owed it to all the people who had been there for me to acknowledge it even if they won’t read it and never know about it. Get involved by acknowledging someone that played an important part in your 2016 in the comments!

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The Candy Book Tag

Hey guys, I hope you’ve all been having an inspirational and exciting week.

Today’s post is going to be a tag, I’m very excited because I haven’t done a tag in ages! I would like to apologize to Queen JoJo for taking so long to do this tag, with Blogmas and studying I’ve only just got round to it. I would also like to thank her for nominating me for this tag, I’m so pleased that you did! 🙂 Make sure to go and check out her blog – I’ve only been following her for a short time but her blog is amazing! Before I start I would like to say that this tag is about books and the headers for each ‘question’ is very creative and clever in how it asks the question. So, keep an open-mind with this tag and enjoy!

Okay, now that we’ve done that, let’s get right into it!

Apples – Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful and has probably won a lot of awards but it really isn’t your thing;

Okay, there are so many books that I could put into this question, so many, but I think the one I’m going to go for is Harry Potter, I know I’ll probably lose half my followers for this but I’m just being honest. It’s one of the most successful novels ever and yet I can’t understand why it’s so popular, when I was younger I used to absolutely adore the films and although I loved to read; the books were a bit out of my comfort zone due to length and I thought they needed a lot of editing. If you like it, that’s fine, I’m not criticizing. I just don’t hugely have an interest in it.

Milk Chocolate – This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE;

I have to go with my absolutely all-time favourite book, an Australian classic called Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude – Get A Life By Maureen McCarthy. It is the most influential and brilliant book I have ever read. It is fantastically laid out so that you get to read one third of the book from each characters perspective in a way that isn’t annoying and adds to the book rather than taking away from it. It’s about three university students who all share a flat together and they are absolutely nothing alike, they have to learn to get on and juggle university life at the same time. Funnily enough, they’re not as different as they seem. I would suggest that everyone reads this book because it is nothing more than a simple book about life. Everything that happens is a perfectly natural, realistic lifestyle and I think there’s something about it that is just so genuine and fresh compared to all the books that are current at the moment.

Black Jellybeans – Why do these exist;

I’m not entirely sure what the rules are about this tag, do I have to have read the book? Or can it be something I haven’t read? I don’t know, but I’m going to go with a book I haven’t read – Fifty Shades Of Grey By E.L James, I’m sorry but I just don’t understand why this book has become such a big thing. Okay, E.L is entitled to write any fanfiction that she wants but why anyone decided to actually officially publish the thing is beyond me, being a fanfiction on one website will by definition reach less of an audience than publishing it and turning it into a movie franchise, it should have stayed on whatever fanfiction website it was and only have been accessed by the people that wanted to find it. Instead, it’s been published and advertised and now it’s promoting abusive and violent relationships with dangerous and controlling men and I just don’t think that’s what the world needs. We need to be breaking away from views and suggestive relationships like these not promoting them, especially in this day and age. The thing that annoys me most isn’t that the books exist but that people who really should have more sense are reading the books thinking this is a relationship to aspire to, it’s one thing reading a book like this and knowing it’s absolutely outrageous and appalling and not something to aspire to – much like you would watch an action film and not necessarily believe that’s what you should want to happen in real life – and deciding to read it anyway, it’s another thing to read it and then actually want to be able to live a life like the characters from the book, but I haven’t actually read it so what do I know?

Chocolate Kisses – Awww this novel had the best romance;

I had to think about this one for ages, I am all for a really great romance in a novel, in some books it makes the difference between a decent book and an amazing book. I’m not sure I can definitively decide but the two choices are; Noah and Penny from Girl Online By Zoe Sugg or Grace and Sam from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Both of these romances are just insanely cute and adorable.

Gummy Spiders – Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one;

I don’t tend to read scary novels really, it’s not so much that they’re not my thing but more that I just never get round to it and I can only read emotionally challenging and adrenaline creating books if I’m in the right mood for it, the right frame of mind so I usually go for an easy read, something that will keep me entertained but that no matter my frame of mind I can always read otherwise I’ll either have to not read if I’m not in the right frame of mind or I’ll have to be reading multiple books at once. I guess, at a push, The Woman In Black By Susan Hill because it’s the only book of ‘horror’ genre that’s even remotely freaked me out and there was only really a page that freaked me out. There have been plenty of moments in books where I’ve found it challenging to read it because it’s been so horrible but I haven’t been ‘scared’.

Jumbo Lollipop – This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it;

So… there have been plenty of books that have taken me a long time to get through purely because I haven’t had the time to read but the two books that have taken me the longest to read through their size, and that I was younger and read a lot slower then (and I found one of them incredibly dull – guess which one and let me know in the comments) were; Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows By J.K Rowling and Twilight: Breaking Dawn By Stephanie Meyer. These both took me a really long time to get through and with one of them I very almost gave up because I just couldn’t even be bothered but my Mum told me I wasn’t allowed to watch the film until I’d read the book, I understand now that she was just trying to encourage me to read but I hated the book so much that it was really hard to finish but I wanted to see the film.

Cotton Candy – Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction;

I am not going to lie, I do still love this book, I got it for Christmas when I was nine-years-old and it changed my life. It led me to a whole new area of life and discrimination that at that time I hadn’t really thought about, hadn’t even understood but through the author’s pure genius of storytelling he managed to capture my attention and keep me entertained whilst teaching me something really important about humanity. This book was Shadow by Michael Morpurgo and is probably the second highest book that I would recommend to absolutely everyone, old and young, boy and girl, women and man, there is not another book like it. It’s a must read for everyone. Michael manages to connect with young people the way lots of people do, by using dogs or other cute animals and yet with doing so he teaches you about not only war but also refugees and before you know it you’re aware of these new things and you’re thinking about everything more than you might have done before reading the book. It’s just great!

That brings us to the end of this post, I really hope you got some ideas for books to add to your to-read list, which, if you’re a reader is probably much too long. If you did enjoy this post then please make sure to give it a like, every little helps haha! If you aren’t following me already then you can go and do that to read new posts by me as soon as they’re published! Please share some of your favourite (or least favourite) books in the comments below as I am always looking for suggestions!

I nominate anyone that would like to do this tag, it’s open to all bloggers! Join in the fun! I don’t nominate specific blogs because I don’t want them to feel pressurized into doing a post that they don’t connect with or have any interest in doing because I know their post will suffer for it. But if it’s inspired you then please feel free to get involved – make sure to leave your version in the comments below so I can check it out!

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That’s all for now!

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Quotes I Live By!

Hey guys, it’s been awhile. And by a while I mean like a week… but after doing Blogmas it feels really weird to suddenly not be blogging everyday, but more important things take priority – as important as my blog is and as much as I would like to dedicate way more time to getting it absolutely perfect and to writing more posts, I can’t, it’s just not possible with the amount of work I have to do for exams. Yesterday I found out the date for one of my exams – it’s on the 10th May and I am slightly freaking out with stress, it’s illogical stress but it’s there all the same.

Anyway, this morning when I was lying in bed after waking up from a mildly relaxing sleep even though I’m insanely stressed, I was lying there being stressed and I was wondering how on earth I was every going to get the amount of work I need to get done, done, I thought it just wasn’t possible. However, then I looked beside me and hanging off some fairy lights on my wall were three quotes that I randomly found one day on the internet and thought were motivational and so I jotted them down all nicely and hung them beside my bed, little did I know that they would end up being the things that got me through all of my studying for years to come. It’s insane but they truly do, so I thought I would share these quotes with you now in the hopes that they could inspire you to get your act together and really smash 2017 – in whatever way you hope to 🙂

You Don’t Get What You Wish For, You Get What You Work For – So, whilst the other two quotes are also very motivational and hold meanings that inspire me and make me feel better, I think this quote is by far my favourite and the one that really makes me pull myself together and work hard. Maybe it’s because I decorated the background of the quote in pink and pink is my favourite colour – but that is besides the point. The reason this quote holds so much meaning to me is that I am quite often wishing for good things to happen, or hoping that I get good grades or I get the lead role in the play my youth theatre are doing. However, sometimes I don’t consider that to get these things I need to work for them. People don’t just get their GCSEs handed to them on a plate, yes, some people find exams easier than others and some people are more advantaged than others, I think I’m unfairly advantaged in some exams because I can read and write really, really fast. And I mean, really fast. I consider this to be unfair to other people, but what can I do? Anyway, last year, when I was working towards my first ever GCSEs I was getting really stressed, I was putting so much pressure on myself, I couldn’t imagine how I was ever going to get the work done and pass those exams but somehow, I did, and I honestly believe that in some way – even subconsciously, it was these quotes that helped me through it. This quote made me realise that it didn’t matter how many hours I spent sitting around wishing for good grades, imagining how I would feel on results day when I got my results and they were good grades, if I wanted my fantasy to come true I had to work to make it come true, because it wasn’t just going to come true by itself. Life does not work like that.

There is no success without sacrifice – This is the quote that I turn to when I feel really sad and upset that I have no social life, or any kind of life really, when I’ve been sitting at my desk staring at a textbook for 6 hours I always glance over at this quote and it gives me the extra boost I need to keep going with my studying. It helps me to realise that I have two chooses, I can sacrifice my studying to laze around watching another episode on Netflix, or I can sacrifice Netflix and any other pass-time and actually study. When I think about it this quote makes me realise that there really is no success without sacrifice, and I want to be successful in life. Therefore, for the time being I have to sacrifice my free time and all the things I would rather be doing and study, but in August, when I get my results, everything will be worth it – the nine hour study days will be worth it, the lack of entertainment will be worth it, my stress will be worth it, everything will be completely worth it. The sacrifices I make now will lead me to the success I hope to have, if I work hard I will get into the school of my choice, I will go onto the university of my choice (haha, jokes, as if) and then I will have the career I want (definitely not going to happen, but I will continue to be optimistic) but all of this will involve an insane amount of hard-work on my part and a lot of misery and stress, but when I’m on the top of this mountain I will be able to look down and know that I made the right decision. That all of my sacrifices were worth it.

If you don’t try, nothing will ever happen – This is the quote that gets me through the harder subjects I have to study, I know this is very much a post related to studying but at this current moment in my life these quotes mean something to me by way of studying, as I get older and my life changes maybe the quotes meanings to me will change too but as of this moment they help in terms of exams. I don’t want to brag or show off or anything, but being home-educated I’ve never really had to study a subject that I don’t enjoy, I’ve never had to waste my time on something that I’m not interested in, if I’ve gone to an activity and not enjoyed it then I left. If my Mum tried to teach me a subject I wasn’t interested in and didn’t learn anything from listening to her try and teach me, we stopped learning it, but as I’ve got older my choices have disappeared slightly. When I got to the age of taking GCSEs I had to make the decision of what ones I wanted to take and I did a lot of research, like a lot, and properly considered what subjects I wanted to do. However, there were certain subjects that I had no choice but to take – maths being an example, I hate maths more than anything but it’s pretty much one of the only exams I absolutely have to do. The other one being chemistry, whilst I don’t need to take chemistry, I decided to take chemistry and have now said on sixth form applications that I am, it will look pretty bad to drop it now. Anyway, when thinking about these subjects which by definition stress me out the most because I don’t enjoy them and consider them to be impossible I look at this quote and realise that no matter how impossible I consider them to be, if I don’t try, nothing will ever happen. If I do not at least try to learn the chemistry or the maths then I will just be throwing those GCSEs out of the window, and I can’t afford to do that. At the end of the day, I have to try, if all else fails then I know at least I tried my very hardest. If something good comes out of it then, something good has come out of it. But nothing is ever going to happen in terms of those subjects if I don’t just pick up those textbooks and get on with it.

Okay, I feel like this has concluded my post – I really hope you could connect to it and it motivated you in some way, do consider leaving these quotes somewhere noticeable in your house or bedroom because you have no idea how much more positive and motivated it will make you, or select your own quotes that you believe will help motivate you. I also hoped you liked the photos which I took, I don’t very often put photos into my blog posts so this was a new thing for me. I hoped you liked it.

If you enjoyed this post please give it a like! It would mean so much to me! If you have any good and motivational quotes please leave them in the comments below – I need all the motivation I can get! And if you aren’t already, you can follow me – I am aiming to publish at least one post a week if not two!

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That’s all for now!

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2016 Review

Hey guys, so I know everyone seems to be publishing these posts today but I can’t let the year end without updating you all on how the year has gone. I think it’s really interesting how at first glance everyone seems to be writing the same thing but actually everyone’s post is completely different because everyone’s had completely different experiences of this year, some people are writing about their good experience of 2016 and some people of their bad experience of 2016 and I really like reading about people’s life experiences so this is a good time of year for me, from reading blog posts perspective, however earlier on when I was scrolling through my reader I became slightly overwhelmed by the number of people who have actually posted in the last couple of days, being the last day of the year and all that.

Before I actually get into the specifics of my year I would just like to quickly touch upon the fact that it really is the first day of the year, I know, completely obvious. When I was younger I never really cared about the new year because it didn’t really matter to me. It wasn’t obvious that there was a celebration to be had, in my head it was just a pointless post-Christmas celebration and as far as I was concerned there were no presents and therefore no cause for excitement, however, as I’ve got older Christmas has become less exciting and the new year more important. To me, now, it’s an opportunity to make the changes I’ve been too lazy to make throughout the year, it’s an opportunity to really get my act together and sort my life out and that’s more exciting to me than Christmas is. It’s like a new burst of enthusiasm, optimism and energy and I can foresee finally getting my act together, I feel like I’ve done a lot of that this year and plan on doing even more of that next year. I’m going to go into detail of all the things I feel like I’ve got better at later on in the post.

The idea that the year has ended is brining me many mixed emotions, as every year ending always does, but as I was saying above, the year ending is becoming more important to me. On the one hand I want to smile and jump around with happiness because the year’s over and I can put all the bad things from this year behind me, it’s a time for new beginnings etc. and I can really focus on the things that matter rather than bringing myself down with things that don’t matter, on the other hand I want to sob with sadness and heartbreak at the year being over. I have come so, so far this year and to think that’s it’s left us now is really upsetting to me. I know it’s just a few numbers created by humans to record time and whatnot but to me it matters, it’s a landmark in my history and this year is one that’s been really influential to me as a person – which I’m going to go into more detail about now.

If you read my 2016 Achievements post from the other day you might be familiar with a few of the topics I’m going to discuss with you now.

This year for the world as a whole hasn’t been a great one, we’ve had Donald Trump become President elect of the USA, we’ve voted Brexit, we’ve had many iconic figures die (although personally I don’t really see that as a down side to the year as everyone dies), we’ve had more terrorist attacks, the list is endless.

For the town where I live this year hasn’t been great either, especially in the last month or so we’ve had quite a few crimes and serious ones as well. More than I’m usually aware of happening in my town.

For me personally, this year has been a whirlwind of emotions and achievements/failures.

This was the year I turned 16, it was crazy and I had been waiting for it from the age of maybe 5-years-old, that’s 11 years I’ve waited for one day. It’s insane to think that, that moment came and went so quickly. It’s crazy to think that the year I’d anticipated for 11 years is over. I will always remember this year because it was the year I became a semi-adult. It was the year I finally felt like I could be myself,the year that I finally felt ‘complete’ in a way, the year I could finally be respected as an adult and all of that stuff.

This year I also decided to finally sort my future out, I realised that my future was going to happen whether I made plans for it or not and therefore it was probably best to make plans for it. So that’s what I did. I studied for my first ever proper GCSEs and passed with nothing below Cs and I was insanely proud of myself, as much as I hate to say I’m proud of myself, I was. I’ve always been someone who’s judged myself in a very negative light and believed I can’t do things even when there is evidence that I can, I don’t think that will ever change. So I’m always slightly surprised when I get good results or do something I didn’t think I was capable of. I’m not sure I will ever forget results day 2016. Although I had a results day last year for my English Language GCSE that I sat I didn’t even care, I literally was not fussed because I was sitting it two years early, I could re-sit it and as far as I was concerned it wasn’t going to have any effect on my life because I didn’t have a life plan anyway. Back then, as far as I was concerned I was going to walk dogs as a full-time career for the rest of my life. Now I want to be an actor. Funny how things change. Anyway, results day, it was such a long and painful wait for results day, I think my last exam was on June 09th, so whilst that gave me a long summer it was also lots of time to spend wondering about my results. I felt positive but at the same time felt I was being too positive, I became very scared that I’d messed them up and done worse than I thought, I was consumed by this need to know my results. I was constantly thinking over my exams papers wondering if I’d got my facts muddled up or if I could have gone into more detail about that specific subject. When the day rolled around I had to wait for the e-mail to come in from the school where I sat them, I remember waking up and playing Wii Fit and telling myself not to even think about it, my Mum woke up and came downstairs with my exam results, I opened the document and cried. Actually sobbed with happiness because I’d done it, I’d actually done it. I was probably crying with relief more than happiness. The wait and stress had been exhausting and I was so happy to have it off my chest. That was one of the highlights of the year.

Another one would be my change in personality. Not necessarily in personality, but my confidence I guess. At the start of the year I was dealing with lots of emotions going through my body, in a kind of normal, teenage hormonal kind of a way. I was becoming more independent. Old enough to be left at home on my own while my family went out all day etc. and this was all a new thing for me. Suddenly I was left with all this independence and responsibility and I didn’t really know what to do with it all. I was stressed when I was left at home on my own, I would worry about whether my family were okay on a constant basis, I would have these horrible visions of them being involved in car accidents or being attacked and they wouldn’t come home. And I would just be sat at home watching Netflix all innocently and then I’d imagine the police knocking on my door and telling me that whilst I was watching my 13th episode of Teen Wolf my family were lying murdered in a ditch somewhere. These thoughts and feelings were a lot to handle throughout the year, it became ridiculous and stressful for my whole family and made them worry when they weren’t with me. Made them feel obliged to contact me and keep me updated so I knew they were okay, I have managed to overcome that this year and I feel so much better for it. I feel like I can breathe slighter more now and I can relax when others aren’t in the house with me 24/7.

Another thing that’s happened this year,  I got my braces. It sounds really silly but it’s made me more confident in who I am and made me able to smile without worrying about my teeth (except now I worry 24/7 whether I’ve got a massive piece of food stuck in them). When I first had them fitted in March I cried the next morning because I couldn’t even eat porridge because it hurt too much, I wish I hadn’t had them fitted and hated myself for the decision – I had no idea how I was going to get through a year and a half of it if I couldn’t even eat something as simple as porridge. Although the pain went away and then I could eat again. Now, although I still get a certain level of pain when I get my wires tightened etc. it’s worth it. I can see the effect it’s had on my teeth and I now believe it was totally worth it – I very almost have movie star perfect teeth. I only have four months of treatment left which means I’m very lucky because the treatment has worked faster than the orthodontist first thought.

I had my first job interview this year, which, although I didn’t get the job it was a really great experience and I’m really glad I’ve got the first interview out of the way because it now means I’ll be less nervous for all the other interviews I may have in the future. I also consider it an achievement that I had my first job interview two days before turning 16.

I also feel like throughout the year I have become more money aware and started handling my money better – I now no longer spend my money on pointless things I don’t really need unless I know I really want them. For example, yesterday I spent £7 on earrings but they were in the sale so I actually got about 13 pairs of earrings for that amount but then I also went shopping around and considered buying make-up and a calendar, however, with my new found skills I decided that it really wasn’t worth the money because I have a calendar on my phone and I’m not in need of any more make-up at the moment, better to just save the money for when I actually really want something (Like a Vamps t-shirt when I go to their gig in May!).

This has been a very long post – maybe even the longest post I’ve ever written, so I’m going to end it here. I’m sure there are a billion other things I could put on this list – I’m sorry if you couldn’t get to the end because it was so long; if you did get to the end thank you so much for reading this! Please give it a like if you enjoyed it! Join in the conversation by leaving a comment letting me know your ups and downs of 2016 – can you believe it’s really over?! Also, if you aren’t following me already you can do that free of charge and get all of my posts straight into your reader as soon as they’re published!

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Happy New Year!

Inspired Teen 🙂

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November Favourites 2016

Hey guys, it’s that time again when I publish my favourite things from the month! I know today is BLOGMAS and don’t worry there is a Blogmas post coming as well – I am so insanely excited, also a little stressed, but mostly excited – I have such an awesome line up for you guys! The biggest secret of all though is that I haven’t yet scheduled a single post… dun dun dun! I thought it would be nice to publish this as well as a Blogmas post today though, so my Blogmas post will be a little later on – 7PM most likely.

Anyway, enough about Blogmas – more on that later. Right now I want to talk about November. November is my second favourite month of the year (after December) because it’s my birthday! It’s also the motivating second to last month of the year when you realise all your resolutions are still not complete and now’s your only change to really get ready. I have quite a list of favourites for you this month but I’m not going to separate it into two parts, I’m just going to talk about things in less detail so it doesn’t drag on for too long.

FILMS:

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had films as a category, but this month I actually did watch some films – yay for me! So I actually have some to talk about!

The First TimeThis film stars the amazingly talented Dylan O’Brien (which may have been the motivator to watching it) but it’s a really funny, really cheesy romantic comedy. It’s about two people that full in love over the weekend. It’s very cringe-worthy in places but I feel like it was quite refreshing as it wasn’t a typical rom-com, you couldn’t predict what was going to happen minute-to-minute and it was a lot more comedy than romance which I thought was quite nice. I als thought it was quite realistic of young people in love – not that I have any experience in that area – but kind of nervous, hormonal etc. anyway, just watch it.

HushThis is a horror/thriller which I watched on my birthday as part of mine and my friend’s failed horror movie marathon. I’m not a huge fan of horror films, I don’t understand why they’re scary, I don’t understand why people scream at them or get nervous etc. I guess it’s just not really my thing. However, this film had me on the edge of my seat, fully engaged after just the first five minutes! It’s about a deaf woman who lives on her own, a man tries to break into her house and attack her – this leads to lots of heart-pounding blood-pumping scenes of anticipation. Five stars. Definitely a one to watch.

The Girl On The TrainI saw this with a friend around the time of my birthday and absolutely loved it. I really loved the way it was filmed, I loved the mystery behind it all, I loved the acting, it was amazing. There were two twists – the first being absolutely ground-breaking and completely unexpected, the second being slightly more predictable however it didn’t take away from the film. I would really suggest watching it when it’s out on DVD.

Now You See Me 2I adored the first film and I loved the second too. I was slightly less satisfied with the magic in the second one because I feel like it was slightly more unrealistic magic whereas most of the magic in the first film was believable magic. However, the characters and actors were just as entertaining and the story was just as clever. There were some scenes that left me bewildered but in a really amazed way. There was excellent scenes of magic, despite what I’ve said above. If you enjoyed the first one then I highly recommend watching the second, if you didn’t enjoy the first one I feel like this probably isn’t the film for you.

TV SHOWS:

Teen Wolf season 5You’re probably fed up of me suggesting Teen Wolf by this time, I’ve mentioned it so many times in favourites posts but it is truly one of the greatest shows you will ever watch in your life, I cannot express how much I love it enough. But it’s not only a love but an appreciation as well, I appreciate everyone involved in this TV show so much for all the hard work they do to make such an amazing show. One of the reasons I like it so much it because it literally has no boundaries. It will kill off anyone, do anything to anyone, you literally never know what to expect with the stories. Whilst you would imagine it would just be another typical show that you’ve seen a thousand times over every series it proves to you more and more that it’s so much more than that. It continues to be an incredibly unique programme even though it’s along the same lines as other shows. It makes my heart ache to know it’s currently on its last season in the US.

HumansYou may not have heard of this programme but it’s a show that I have come to love over the last couple of weeks. The show is about new appliances called Synths, which are robotic servants and do your domestic tasks and clear up your schedule so you can find more time to do the things that truly matter. The Hawkins family decide it’s time that they get one, after a while they discover that their Synth isn’t quite normal, it does and says things that a Synth shouldn’t be able to do or say – what is the truth behind their mystery Synth? I really, really suggest you watch this programme. It takes a little while to get going and understand everything that’s going on but it’s a really great show.

BOOKS:

After We Collided By Anna ToddIf you read my October Favourites – Part 2 post then you will know all about the first book in this series and despite what I said about it not being my kind of thing and actually being quite appalling and offensive, I can’t help but be hooked on the storyline and desperate to know what happens in the lives of Hardin and Tessa next.

The Vamps: Our Story, 100% Official – I have been waiting for an autobiography by The Vamps since 2012! I was so excited when they announced they were releasing this. After a long wait I finally got it for my birthday (from my best friend)! It was very unexpected in the way that it was actually much better than I thought it was going to be, I didn’t think it was going to be bad but I’ve read other band autobiographies and this felt a lot more detailed and personal. It felt like they all had a lot more to say than other bands had in other books. If you’re a fan of bands, the music industry or The Vamps themselves I would really suggest reading this book. Also, The Vamps are going on tour! You can find information about their 2017 world tour here.

MUSIC:

All Night By The Vamps feat. MatomaThis is their new single and it’s absolutely amazing! Very dance-y, very party-ish, very energetic and exciting. I would really suggest going and streaming, downloading, listening etc. to this song as soon as possible! The Vamps will not let you down, neither with this song.

BEAUTY AND HEALTH:

Collection Fast Stroke, defining lash Waterproof MascaraI bought this on a birthday shopping trip because I desperately needed a new mascara. I couldn’t get my usual favoured mascara so I went for this one instead, I’m not going to lie, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever put on my eyes. It’s ultra black, it really makes your eyelashes stand out, it’s also incredibly waterproof – so waterproof I struggle to get it off at night. I would highly suggest getting this if you’re in need of a new mascara.

MUA Lipstick Shade 9I have multiple shades of MUA lipsticks to suggest to you, I just can’t get enough of this brand! I’m not going to say much because I’ve spoken about these before. Basically, they’re long-lasting, smooth, hydrating, glossy, easy to apply and look amazing.

MUA Lipstick Shade 11Information above.

MUA Lipstick Shade Persian RoseInformation above.

Colgate FluoriGard Alcohol Free RinseIt’s unusual for me to mention something like this in a favourites post but I wanted to mention it because it has made such a difference to the health and cleanliness of my teeth and I’ve only used it maybe four times. It’s especially good if you have braces and can’t reach certain parts of your teeth with a toothbrush. Using this mouthwash every day has made my teeth whiter, shinier and just look healthier. It’s made me feel better as well to know I’m walking around with sparkling teeth. I’ve never had anything make such an effect on my teeth as this before, I would really suggest buying it and giving it a go – although of course be sensible and follow the instructions provided on the bottle.

This concludes the end of another favourites post! I really hope you enjoyed it – if you did please give it a massive like and make sure to follow me if you aren’t already to see more posts like this and much more! Also, feel free to leave comments down below talking about your favourite things from November. If you happen to try any of the things I’ve suggested make sure to come back and share your opinions in the comments!

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That’s all for now!

Inspired Teen 🙂

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