Monthly Archives: January 2014

Life Of A Blogger – Genres of Music


Life of a blogger is a blog meme hosted over at Novel Heartbeat to let you know what we do when we’re not reading/blogging/in school
Okay, so when it comes to music, I’m a bit weird which seems strange seeing as I’m taking music at GCSE (I don’t play an instrument, I sing). My tastes are all over the place. I don’t have anything really recent in my itunes in terms of pop music, but I’m not one of those “hipsters” who listens to these weird underground bands who nobody else can find. Don’t judge guys. I am really into show tunes and pop music from like a year ago. I would say that the album I listen to the most is the Soundtrack of the Grey’s Anatomy musical episode which was rally cool because the covered a heap of songs from memorable moments in the show’s previous 7 seasons. I also listen to the scores from Doctor Who because they are really relaxing to listen to while reading or doing homework because there aren’t any distracting words buzzing around in the background.
I would say that in no particular order, my top 10 favorite songs are:
  • Chip On my Shoulder – Legally Blonde
  • Lie to Me – The Wanted
  • I am the Doctor – Doctor Who
  • One Day More – Les Miserables
  • Circle the Drain – Katy Perry
  • Seasons of Love – Rent
  • Princess of China – Coldplay ft. Rihanna
  • Let it Go – Frozen/Idina Menzel
  • Running on Sunshine – Grey’s Anatomy Cast
  • How to Save a Life – Grey’s Anatomy Cast

Weekly Wrap Up – 26th January

Week 20th January – 26th January

Books I Read this Week

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Books I Bought this Week – Stacking the Shelves (created by Tynga’s reviews)

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead – Finally! I own all four Bloodlines books!

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – I LOVE this book! 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone – I wanted and American copy of this book, I plan to craft with it at some point (it was second hand and in bad condition so it was $1)

Posts of the Week

(If anybody is interested in writing a guest post please contact me via twitter direct message with your post idea, I’m @SJBookBlog)

Piled with homework and revision for exams so not much this week.

Monday had me Fangirling about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!

On Tuesday, I raved about the top 10 things I enjoy reading about most! Click for boarding schools, espionage and Out of Body experiences!

Thursday brought my first post on a new meme I will be completing weekly! I had an inner crisis when I realised that all of my celebrity crushes are middle aged men from TV shows? I also had a go at round 3 of Acrostic Authors! Featuring Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Meyer!

Acrostic Authors Round 3!

If anybody reading this was around back in October/November you might remember my other two Acrostic Authors posts where I took an authors name an made a mini acrostic thing out of the character names or just things from the word they write in, so here goes round 3

Imaginative Writing
Built in Best Friend

Ranch Management

Don’t judge


Young Forever

Life of A Blogger – Celebrity Crushes


Life of a blogger is a new Thursday book meme I am going to be doing which is a bit more personal than most. It let’s me talk about the non-book-related aspects of my life! Life of a blogger is hosted by NovelHeartbeat
This week’s theme is: Celebrity Crushes

Okay then, so I’m big on TV, if you didn’t know that already so here are an assortment of hotties from the various tv shows I watch:

Grey’s Anatomy- so we have here Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Kevin McKidd and Jesse Williams

Doctor Who – Matt Smith ermahgerd i just love him he’s so cute!

Once Upon a Time – Josh Dallas

Okay I better stop now! Jesus these are mostly middle aged men and I’m like fifteen! Wtf!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?” – Goodreads

Favourite Character: I CAN’T CHOOSE! Probably Reagan
Favourite Scene: Queuing up to buy the 8th Simon Snow Book
Favourite Quote: “But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.” 
Rating: 98% I WANTED MORE!

Like every other person who has read this book, I adored it! I couldn’t get enough, I needed it to go on forever and I feel like Cath is me from the future. I am really not a social person, I have my group of friends and don’t really stray away from that. That being said, I am definitely a lot louder than Cath is though I tend to hermit in my room as she does. I’m not old enough to have grown up with Harry Potter but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love it as much as those who did. When I was seven, I did my first school presentation on Harry Potter nad the Order of the Phoenix, it took me 7 weeks to read and is still the largest book I have ever read (though now my fastest time is 2 and a half days) and reading that last chapter brought me and many other Harry Potter fans back to 2007. When I was 9 years old and dressed up as Hermione outside Waterstone’s at midnight in the cold with my cousins, it was so much fun!
So Cath embodies the average fangirl, which is great because although we all obsess over books in the way Cath does, this is the first time we have been able to fangirl about something which hits so close to home. So as well as the whole idea of the book being fantastic, the characters, plot and writing were too! I really liked the way that we got to see Cath grow up and struggle to hold on to Simon Snow. She would comment on how bad she felt because it had been a week since she wrote a chapter of Carry On Simon and I was just like, oh my gosh! I do that when I skive off of blog duties because of like exams and homework and shit.

The relationship she has with Wren was one which really embodied something I’m going through right now because I moved to Houston and had to leave all of my childhood friends behind and while I’ve been gone I feel like I’ve been stuck in a timelock. While I’ve been continually obsessing over books and Tv, my friends have grown up and moved on to other interests, leaving me behind.

I really liked Reagan. She was like Cath’s Fairy Godmother. Coaxing her out of her shell, encouaging her to stop hiding away in her room and bringing her back into reality. Not to mention her sassy personality and the hilarious things which fell out of her mouth.

“Why are you so obsessed with Simon Snow?”
“I’m not obsessed, I’m just active in the fandom!”
“What the fuck is the fandom?”              
                                                 -quotes not exact,going from memory as the library has my book

I really liked the storyline with Nick too. He used her, took the credit and then dumpped her int he trash when he was done with her so when he came grovelling back and Cath had her posse of people and turned him down it was just a “Fuck Yeah!”  moment.

Okay then, on to Levi. Can I rip him from the book and make him real? I swear to god he is the closest thing to the perfect specimen that the world is ever going to find! He was just the epitome of loveliness. Even before they were dating Levi took care of Cath, helping her in emergencies and waiting for her to catch on to the fact that he liked her. She was so oblivious it was cute!
    I think Cath took the whole “he kissed someone else!” thing to the heart for too ling. They weren’t even dating at this point and she hadn’t texted him. Build a bridge and get over it.

So Yeah those were my thoughts o n Fangirl! My only critisism of it was that it wasn’t long enough! I wanted it to go on forever! I want a sequel! But alas, it was not meant to be…. Oh well!

Top 10 Things on my Reading Wishlist

Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is the Top 10 things that I love reading about in books
10. Out of Body experiences à la If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9. Parents who aren’t dead/damaged/absent/abusive à la almost NO YA book ever (with the exception of Jocelyn and Luke from TMI by Cassandra Clare)
8. Fairytale retellings and modernized classics à la Once Upon A Time, Red by Kate Serine and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. So I’e yet to come across this in a book but I’m excited to! I’m about to start Cinder by Marissa Meyer and apparently it has something to do with Cinderella? IDK
7. References à la Notorious Nineteen. I love it when books make jokes about well known parts of Pop Culture because it makes me connect the world which the book is set in with the real one. it’s the sort of conversation I would have with the characters.
6. Main Character likes to read à la the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I really enjoy reading about a main character who enjoys reading as much as I do, especially in the case of Katy, It just makes me relate to the character a lot more.
5. Comedy à la Janet Evanovich. It is rare that I will come upon a book which will cause me to laugh out loud all the way through and Janet Evanovich’s books certainly do that. The easy dialogue and witty conversations between characters makes for an amusing and light read.
4. Time Travel à la Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and Doctor Who. You all should know how much I LOVE Doctor Who, so reading about time travel? FABULOUS!
3.Epic Battle Scenes à la The Mortal Instruments/ Percy Jackson. Reading about hand-to-hand combat is always exciting. You are on edge the whole time hoping that your favourite character will be okay, hoping the bad guys will be defeated and when you read it, you can picture it so much clearer in your head than it could ever be shown on screen. The heroes can jump unrealistically high and deliver blows with superhuman strength behind them, it’s just magical.
2. Spies à la Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter. These books are just so much fun to read, the girls are running round their school hiding in secret passages and their classes are fun, like Cove Ops etc. There’s something exhilarating about reading about spies. A secret the reader needs to swear to keep, a detail you must remember should the heroine require it later. I’m addicted to the thrill
1. Boarding School à la Gallagher Girls/Harry Potter/ Malory Towers. With both of the top 2 on my list is it any wonder that the Gallagher Girls series is one of my faves? Along with that Harry Potter and Malory Towers are two of the first series I read as a child and really enjoyed, the good memories have stayed with me and I long to find a series appropriate for my current age which will incorporate a boarding school!

Guest Posts

Hey guys! So as you may know if you have been reading for a while now, this is a very important school year for me which means that the blog had been forced to take a backseat as I have exams. On the topic of which, in just under 5 weeks I have mock exams so I wont be able to post as frequently as I had hoped. I am looking for a few people to Guest on my blog these next few weeks. If you would be interested, please contact me via direct message on my twitter ( @SJBookBlog) with an ides for the post you would like to write. You can post about anything! A book review, book from your childhood, an auhor who inspired you or you could get creative and write a short story or something, its up to you! So if you are interested please get in thouch within the next week or so! 

Scarlett xx

Scarlett Draws Bookcovers

So I decided to set myself and you a challenge. Over the next month or so, I am going to be drawing bookcovers and I challenge you to do the same. I am fully aware that I’m not going to get many people participating in this but at the end, I’m going to post all of the drawings and choose my favourites. I am going to point out now that I can’t draw for shit! But I want to have some fun so hey ho, there’s no harm in getting other people involved so please regardless of whether you have existing drawing skills or not, I challenge you to draw a Bookcover and tweet it to me!

Proof of my non-existent drawing skills:
This is supposed to be Matt Smith, I know I’m a failure at life!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

It’s 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under.
 A cross between the iconic ’80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel”

Favourite Character: PARK! HANDS DOWN!
Favourite Scene: Either when Park shared his comics with Eleanor on the bus or when Park’s mum warmed to Eleanor and gave her a makeover.
Favourite Quote: “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” it’s the sweetest thing!
Rating: 85%

This is without a doubt one of the cutest books I have ever read, Eleanor and Park’s relationship is such a bumpy road and they spend the whole book trying to keep their footing. Eleanor’s situation reminded me of Tracey Beaker, for all the care she got in that family, she would have been better off in a children’s home. It was like Jaqueline Wilson for young adults.

I thought it was really sweet how Eleanor had a little box which she keeps all of her most treasured possessions in. I also really loved Park’s family as a whole, there was such a stark contrast between his and Eleanor’s. Her foster father reminded me of Gabe Ugliano from Percy Jackson except amplified like 1000% I didn’t think anybody could be such an asshat. The fact that he beleived that to be acceptable behaviour staggered me, I can’t beleive Eleanor stayed as long as she did. Eleanor’s mother is almost worse than he was for putting up with it for so long and subjecting her children to his behaviour.

On another, less ragey note, The bus scenes were unbelivably cute, especially at the beginning. All Eleanor needed was a friend, someone to show her the slightest bit of kindness and by sharing a gift as precious as reading with her, Park really stands out as one of the best people I have had the pleasure to meet in YA fiction (his competition being Levi from Fangirl and Percy Jackson). Even though Park was having his own troubles, he still put Eleanor first.
I really enjoyed watching the relationship between Parks mum and Eleanor grow. She was very suspicious of Eleanor in the beginning but she had a mothers instinct which told her Eleanor just needed some affection from a motherly figure in her life and I really admired Parks mum for getting past her preconceived notions about Eleanor.
One thing which annoyed me in this book was the fact that Eleanor wouldn’t stay for dinner. I thought maybe after a while she would get over her fear of Park’s house and stay for dinner (at least she’d be getting nutritious food, right?) but sh never did. I understood why she bolted out of the door the first time she visited but after that I was willin her to be more confident. She’s such a great character but she blocks herself off from the world because she’s so insecure.
That was the jist of my thoughts and feelings on this book! I loved it but was on holiday when I read it so I couldnt sit and review it then and time has just been running away from me since then!
Thanks for reading, please comment with your opinions on the book! I hearing back from you guys!

Top Ten Books I Just HAD to Buy………But are Still Sitting on my Bookshelf

Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was actually my top 10 2014 debuts, but I only know of two which I’m excited about, so I decided to go back to a theme which was done before I started blogging.

10. Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine
It’s the second book of the Morganville Vampires series which is 15 or so books long, I can just never bring myself to keep climbing that mountain.

9. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Polandbananasbooks keeps talking about how much she loves this series and it keeps popping up everywhere and I bought it, just haven’t got round to it yet.

8. My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent
Picked this up at the Houston Book Rave, I’ll read it soon, I promise!

7. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Everyone is raving about this and I’m so excited to read it!!!

6.Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Sounds like The Infernal Devices meets Malory Towers and The Gallagher Girls, what’s not to like?

5.Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
If I Stay is my favourite book of all time, I need to read Gayle Foreman’s other books!

4.Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Everybody all over the internet has read and loved this series, I wanna feel the hype!

3.Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I have a really good feeling about this book, I wanna get on it ASAP!

2.Heist Society by Ally Carter
After reading and loving the Gallagher Girls, I made a start on Heist Society but I couldn’t bring myself to move past Cammie, Bex, Macey and Liz!

1. Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout I cannot think of 1 single excuse why I haven’t read this yet. Lux is fantastic and I want to read more of her books!