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Perfect Playlist #16

January 15, 2015

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

This week I’m featuring We Are the In Crowd, a band who I absolutely love. I’ve seen them live twice, and they were awesome both times. I love listening to their music, Tay Jardine is a brilliant vocalist.

This Isn’t Goodbye, It’s BRB

This Isn’t Rocket Surgery

You’ve Got It Made

Perfect Playlist #15

January 8, 2015

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

I’m taking a slightly different twist for the next few weeks by focusing on a single band per week, and showcasing my favourite songs by that band. This week, I’ve gone for Blue October, a band who I used to love ages ago, then my boyfriend reintroduced me to them late last year, and I’ve been in love ever since.

Calling You

Into the Ocean

A Quiet Mind

2014 End of Year Book Survey

December 27, 2014

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It’s that time of the year again! Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has created the 5th annual End of Year Book Survey. I can’t quite believe we’re filling in another one of these surveys! Admittedly I didn’t read too much this year, but I still can’t miss out on taking part in this survey. It’s almost tradition now! This year I’m only doing the first two categories of the survey, purely down to time constraints and the fact that I haven’t been all that active in the blogging world this year.

2014 Reading Stats 

Number Of Books You Read: 35 (at the time of writing this post)
Number of Re-Reads: 0 (possibly 1 by the end of the year)
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary (I think!)

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014? 
Probably Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. After much deliberation, this was the book that made me the happiest whilst reading it.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunar. I thought it was going to be so much more than what it was.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 
Probably Code Name Verity. I knew I was going to love it. I didn’t think I was going to love it as much as I did.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Stolen Songbird all the way.

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Starter: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery. Fool’s Gold #1
Sequel: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor. Mine #2
Ender: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Anna #3

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
James Dawson. Technically I didn’t discover him in 2014, but I read my first book by him in 2014. It was awesome.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I don’t typically read historical YA, and this was such a delight to read myself.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
You Are Mine by Janeal Falor. So much stuff going on all the time. I couldn’t stop reading, literally unputdownable. 

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably Easy by Tammara Webber, so I’m fully prepared for Breakable. 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
I don’t actually have a favourite. Bad I know.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door. Sweet Cricket.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Oh lordy. Possibly the short stories in My True Love Gave to Me. I don’t know!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
I can’t say I read anything particularly thought-provoking, but my current re-read of The Raven Boys is making me think far harder this time round! 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 
Toss up between Rainshadow Road and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Both excellent reads, and I’m so annoyed it took me so long to get round to them!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
Can I just say all of Code Name Verity and have done with it? Thanks.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
Shortest: Cupcakes & Chardonnay by Julia Gabriel – 134 pages
Longest: Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation – 636 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Cruel Summer by James Dawson. Full of twists and turns and just purely excellent writing.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Josh and Isla, of course.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Maddie and Julie from Code Name Verity.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Fearless by Emma Pass. I loved ACID in 2013, and The Fearless did not disappoint either! UKYA at its best.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Code Name Verity, Easy, Cruel Summer. Cannot narrow it down any further. All highly recommended by the blogosphere.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. Lukas from Mine to Spell.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen. One of my favourite books of the year!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Chardonia from the Mine series. How I’d hate to live there but I loved reading about it!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Probably My True Love Gave to Me, purely because it was just full of cute Christmas stories that I fell in love with.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Code Name Verity. I know, my answers are getting boring and repetitive but THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. THIS BOOK.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
You Are Mine by Janeal Falor. I want more people to read this book! Such an underrated series.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
CODE NAME VERITY. Not only did it crush my soul, it ripped my heart into tiny shreds and stomped all over the pieces. Dammit.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
The Traveller or Bald New World. Uniqueness isn’t always a good thing though, sometimes it works and sometimes it just makes my head hurt.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Rainshadow Road purely because of Alice and Kevin. Talk about douche-y characters.

Perfect Playlist: The End of Year 2014 Edition!

December 24, 2014

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

It’s almost the end of 2014! Crazy. So what better time to to share the songs that I’ve been obsessed with during this year? I’ve narrowed it down to 10 songs that I have, at some point, listened to on repeat for a ridiculously long time. And I’m still listening to them on repeat. Constantly.

Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift

Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood

Amnesia – 5 Seconds of Summer

Map – Frankmusik

Clarity – Zedd feat. Foxes

Rockstar – A Great Big World

On Our Way – The Royal Concept

Not a Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake

Budapest – George Ezra

The Christmas Tag

December 6, 2014

I love the run-up to Christmas, so when I stumbled upon this tag on Makeup Savvy, I knew I’d have to fill it in myself! I’m tagging anyone who fancies doing the tag, just let me know in the comments and I’ll come and visit your post!

What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Hands down, Home Alone. I flipping love that film! Close runners up are Love Actually and The Holiday for some feel-good Christmas cheer.

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Neither, we open ours after Christmas lunch. It makes the day last longer, plus we’re either too busy/too tired to open them in the morning!

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Walking into the living room after helping mum wash up after Christmas lunch and finding my brother, dad and grandad all snoozing in various chairs, snoring in perfect sync with one another. Definitely wasn’t planned!

Favourite festive food?
Pigs in Blankets. Or the cold stuffing roll I always have for breakfast on Boxing Day. Or my mum’s homemade sausage rolls. And the chocolates…I just really like food. ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS FOOD.

Favourite Christmas gift?
The white-gold necklace my brother bought me. I put it on immediately and have rarely taken it off since.

Favourite Christmas scent?
The smell of Christmas lunch cooking. Or the smell of wrapping paper, which is odd, but it’s so distinct, every time I smell it, it reminds me of Christmas!

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not really, bar having an evening meal of cold meats and picky, buffet type food with my family whilst watching the Christmas Dad’s Army re-run. We’ve also trekked down to the pub the past couple of Christmas Eves, and returned slightly merry singing Christmas songs at the top of our voices, waking up some of the neighbours. Whoops.

What tops your tree?
It used to be an angel, but she’s seriously creepy looking, so I bought a gold, glittery star that takes pride of place now, in all its sparkly glory. I much prefer stars to angels, they just look really pretty amid all the twinkly lights!

As a kid, what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I always asked for one of those Mr Frosty ice machine things but never got one, probably because my mum knew it would be a lot more hassle than it was worth! I never really asked for anything over the top at Christmas though, I was just happy to receive a present, it didn’t really matter what it was.

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
It’s got to be the run-up to Christmas, watching people getting more and more excited about the festive period, seeing people frantically rushing around buying last minute presents, going out for umpteen Christmas meals with my friends. It’s just a lovely time of the year, and I love it.

Perfect Playlist #14

December 4, 2014

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

I’m refraining from spamming you with Christmas songs. Just. My restraint may not hold out much longer.

Long Way Home – Five Seconds of Summer

Clarity – Zedd ft Foxes

I Lived – One Republic

Perfect Playlist #13

November 27, 2014

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

I have listened to a few songs besides Taylor Swift’s new album, I swear…

Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

All Star – Smash Mouth

I Wish You Would – Taylor Swift

Perfect Playlist #12

November 6, 2014

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

I finally got my copy of 1989 by Taylor Swift. I’m only sharing one song this week, it’s my current favourite off the album and I love it too much. Don’t be surprised to see an appearance by every song on the album in the upcoming weeks though, THIS ALBUM IS TOO GOOD.

Clean – Taylor Swift

Perfect Playlist #11

October 30, 2014

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

This week’s been pretty meh for music, aside from discovering Tonight Alive (thanks Bekah!) I haven’t really listened to anything new or different.

Tonight Alive – The Other Side

Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne – Real Love

Imagine Dragons – Every Night

Perfect Playlist #10

October 23, 2014

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Perfect Playlist is a feature highlighting some of my recent favourite songs. I’ve come to realise that I don’t talk about music nearly enough on the blog, and I really need to change that, so I figured that sharing some of the music that I’ve been listening to lately would be a good way to do so. This feature is inspired by Listen Up at Rachel Reads.

Truth be told, I haven’t been listening to a huge amount of new music recently, but I have discovered a few new favourites, mainly thanks to Spotify’s Evening Acoustic playlist, which I’ve been listening to a lot when I’ve been working at home.

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Poison & Wine – The Civil Wars

Things That Stop You Dreaming – Passenger