My Christmas Book Wishlist | Wishlist Wednesday


I, like many other booklovers, have more than one book on my Christmas wish list. Of course I also have quite a few items that I would love Santa to bring me that aren’t books at all, but I do have a list of books that I would really love for Christmas this year. The books that have made it onto this list are books that I wouldn’t particularly buy for myself for one reason or another, but do really want. I in no way expect all of these books for Christmas, it’s simply a list of books that I have never got around to buying for myself,  although I may end up gifting myself a book or two!

The first book is the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I got Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas last year so I’d love to continue on the tradition and add the second illustrated book to my collection!



Next up I would love one of the Penguin Classic editions of Jane Austen’s books. I’ve mentioned these editions more than once before, but they’re beautiful and not the kind of thing that I would buy for myself! So one of them would be the perfect Christmas treat, and as Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourite books, I’d have to say that’s the one that I’d love to have a spot on my bookcase.



This book is a little on the pricey for Amazon side of things, which is honestly the big reason that I’ve put off buying it for myself. Again I’ve spoke about this book before and really love the sound of it, but over a tenner for a book? I don’t think I could justify spending that on a book for myself!



This books sounds so cool! My sister has a slight love for Russia due to her history course, and from being constantly told about it, when I saw that The Crown’s Game is set in Tsarist Russia I knew it had to be. As with Blackmoore I feel that this book is slightly pricey at just over £12 on Amazon, so again I’m not able to fully justify buying it for myself.
If you have any recommendations for books you think I should invest in then please let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Wrap Up | March 2016

I only managed to read one book between the months of January and February, something I shared in my February Wrap Up. The reading slump continued long through March, and then with the arrival of the Easter weekend I dusted off two whole books! This might not seem like much, but these two books saw the end of an over two month reading slump! I’m now on my Easter break and you know I’ll be picking up book after book!

I don’t have reviews up for either of these two books yet, but expect reviews on them both in April!

What I Read

In Real Life by Jessica Love
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Currently Reading

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
As I mentioned in last month’s Wrap Up, I started reading Pride and Prejudice as a means to end the slump, while that was working, my life got really busy and stressful, so I had to put P+P down. Now that I am back reading again I will definitely be finishing of the final half of Pride and Prejudice, once I finish re-reading Fangirl! And can I just say, I’m loving Fangirl even more the second time round! I feel that I relate to Cath incredibly, with her shyness, romantic boy life, and love of reading. As I’m reading I keep pausing and thinking “Hey, that’s totally me!” 
What books have you read during March? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Wrap Up | February 2016

This is my first Wrap Up of the year because I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t finish any books in January, sure I got halfway through My Heart and Other Black Holes, and I’ve enjoyed what I have read, but I seem to be in a never ending reading slump. So far this year I have finished one book, and the only real reason I picked up that book to read is for review purposes. I don’t know what’s wrong with my reading self at the moment, but I want it to stop!

As always click the picture to read my review!

What I Read

Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer

Currently Reading

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Reading Pride and Prejudice at least once a year is a given, it’s one of my favourite books of all time, and sometimes you just need a bit of Mr Darcy in your life!! I was honestly craving Pride and Prejudice so I had to grab it off my (beautiful new) bookcase. When I properly break this reading slump I’ll continue reading My Heart and Other Black Holes because I was really enjoying it!

What books have you read during the start of 2016? Let me know in the comments!

The Three Books I’d Save In A Fire | Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read. It’s all about increasing followers and making new friends! If you want to take part just answer the question and add your post to the link, follow the hosts and featured blogs, and hop from blog to blog!

This Week’s Question:

Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. Which three books?

Room by Emma Donoghue

This book was a Birthday present from my Dad and a book I truly love. It’s definitely got mature themes in it, and I wouldn’t consider it a light read to pass time. This is a book that requires time and emotional involvement. I couldn’t recommend it enough, but be prepared for heartbreak. 
Also, it’s a hardback, so you know, that’s just a hundred times better than any paperback ever.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is probably my all time favourite romance novel, and I couldn’t live without it in my life. It’s the ultimate romance, a definite classic. It’s the kind of book that you can pick up at any time and still love it. Sure, it’s on my Kindle, but a physical copy of Pride and Prejudice just feels so right.
The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

I’ve read this book too many times to count, it’s got a well earned place in my heart. The It Girl was probably the first YA book that I ever read, and I fell in love instantly. I suppose you could say it was my gateway novel into the unknown (and incredible) world of YA. I’ve never looked back.
Kindle

Okay, so this is a cheeky fourth. The question says books, but my Kindle is home to the majority of my books, so it only makes sense that I’d take my book storage with me. Plus it’s got The Winner’s Curse and Red Queen on, and I couldn’t part with them! If I had physical copies of those two books they’d definitely be on the list!
Also, my cat is quite fond of it and seems to sit on/with it a lot.

They’re the three books (and Kindle) that I’d save in a fire. Which books earned the right to be your chosen three? Let me know what you picked in the comments!

Books To Cuddle Up With At Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m lucky enough to have already be in my third week of the holidays. There’s nothing better at Christmas time than to cuddle up by the fire with a tin of Quality Street and a good book. Here’s my list of books that I think are perfect during the Christmas period.
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
I read Flat-Out Love when I first got my Kindle and loved it. It’s a really sweet YA romance with a twist, perfect for this time of year.
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Once upon a time I had a slight obsession with books about Princesses and royalty, and Suddenly Royal was by the far the best of the bunch. What could be better at Christmas than an ordinary girl falling in love with a Prince?
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
The Shopaholic series is one of my favourite chick-flick series, without fail they all make me laugh out loud, and I think they’re perfect feel good books for Christmas.
Just For Christmas by Scarlett Bailey
Just For Christmas is a lovely Christmas novel (the only full-on Christmas book in the list), that I really enjoyed. It’s the perfect amount of romance, Christmas-ness and laugh-out-loud situations. Link to my review.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I know, I know, I talk about Pride and Prejudice A LOT, but it’s just SO GOOD! It’s the perfect book to read and make you swoon. I love this book at any time of the year, but especially sat next to the fire with some chocolate!
The Selection by Kiera Kass
I love The Selection trilogy, it encompasses two of my loves, the dystopian genre and princesses. Do I need to say any more? With the new one coming out next year I highly recommend you read these books!
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
I haven’t read this book, but as I write this it’s sat on my bookshelf staring at me. The Jewel is a book that I’m planning to read over the holiday, and to quote my sister, “it looks Christmassy!”
So they’re my books to cuddle up with at Christmas! They’re not all Christmas novels, but I think that the fun and feel-good books are perfect for this time of year! What books are you planning on reading over Christmas? Let me know! As always I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

The Best Film Adaptations | Books and Films #1

Lots of books are deemed brilliant enough to work on the Silver Screen, but not all adaptations are successful. I’ll be doing a series of three blog posts about books and films, starting with the film adaptions that I think are the best.

Description from Goodreads:
Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest’s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!
Oh my goodness, I LOVE this film. It’s basically verbatim of the famous Oscar Wilde play, which I adore. Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon, Frances O’Connor and Judi Dench are spectacular. I can’t even describe what makes this film so incredible, it’s a whole load of brilliance packed into 90 minutes. Okay, time for a confession, ever since first seeing Colin Firth on the big screen I’ve really liked him. Every time I watch this film I swoon, he’s just so argh! (I can’t find a suitable adjective!) Perhaps one of my favourite moments of the film is when Firth (Jack Worthing) and Everett (Algernon Moncrieff) serenade Cecily and Gwendolen. As in they sing. If you’re a Colin Firth or Rupert Everett fan then you need to get this film in your life! I seriously recommend watching it!
In my opinion this is the best Pride and Prejudice adaptation, the Kiera Knightly one really disappointed me. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth are the perfect Lizzie and Darcy. This is such a good adaptation of Austen’s classic. Also, the infamous Colin Firth wet shirt moment. Enough said. Mr Darcy is probably one of my favourite male fictional characters, and with Firth in the role can you blame me?
If you’re only going to watch one adaptation of Pride and Prejudice then it has to be this one. The cast is impeccable, the mother is exactly as I imagined her. I really can’t speak highly enough of it!

I can’t do a post about the best film adaptations and not include The Hunger Games, it’s a firm favourite in my household, and it’s safe to say my little brother and sister are OBSESSED. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins has a cult following. I remember when I heard the books were being made into a film and thinking how could they possibly do them justice? Well, they certainly did. Let’s start with the cast. Jennifer Lawrence is incredible. For me she’s the perfect Katniss. And Josh Hutcherson? Yet again a great casting choice. In fact the whole cast are pretty damn incredible. Haymitch and Effie (after Katniss and Peeta, of course) are my favourite characters. 
The film didn’t feel like it had been changed ridiculously for Hollywood, Gary Ross got it spot on. The setting for the games was just as I imagined it. The clothes and makeup for the people of the Capital were perfect. I love both of the films, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. They’re definitely two of my favourite adaptations. I can’t wait for the final instalments!

Divergent (2014)

I loved this film, it’s such a great adaptation, and I actually enjoyed the film more than the book. (Controversial, I know.) I liked the books, but they didn’t wow me, the film on the other hand, well, it certainly did. Maybe this had a little to do with Theo James. I saw Divergent at the cinema with my friend, and every time Four looked hot/took his top off we shared a knowing look. He’s hot, and for me, he’s a great Four.
Warm Bodies (2013)

I read Warm Bodies purely because I saw the film was coming out and wanted to read the book first. I’d heard it was a zombie Romeo and Juliet, and with the names R and Julie, Marion’s inspiration is pretty obvious. I really enjoyed the book and loved the characters R and Julie, the film is a very good adaptation, I love Nicholas Hoult as R, he’s got zombie down!

SO FREAKING GOOD. I first heard about The Perks of Being a Wallflower from my English Literature teacher, she’d given her GCSE class a copy of the book for them to read, purely because she loved is so much. She told us that the film was exactly like the book. She played the film for us and I loved it, I simply had to read the book! She was right. The film is so similar to the book, it really annoys me when half the book is missing, or the film has been completely changed, but this was not the case with The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Logan Lerman is SUCH a good Charlie. I really felt for him throughout the film. The scene at the school dance when he’s standing on the outskirts bobbing his head is just so sweet!
Also, how can you not love a film that has a dance number to Come On Eileen in?

I really liked this film, yes, they missed parts of the book out, but no it didn’t alter the fact that I loved the film. Honestly, I think Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as Pat and Tiffany were a brilliant casting choice, and they definitely added to my enjoyment of the film. With a book as good as The Silver Linings Playbook as inspiration it would be really difficult to make a bad movie.

These are some of my favourite film adaptations, would you add anymore films to the list? I’d love to hear what your favourite book adaptations are! If you’re new to the blog then it would be great if you follow me on Bloglovin’!