Monthly Archives: September 2014

September Wrap Up

It occurred to me that I haven’t posted a Wrap-Up since the first week in September so here I am Wrapping up the last three weeks of the month!

 

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 currentlife in gifs “Arachnid Attack”

Okay so I’m chilling in my room as you do, scrolling through Facebook.

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and I realise I need to look out my clothes for going out the next day, so I decide to try on some of the clothes my cousin had passed on to me

and

*le wild spider appears*

scared

I was terrified, it started charging across the floor at me!

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So as an extreme arachnophobe, I dealt with the situation accordingly

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by throwing a shoe at it.

2 hours later

I return to my room from brushing my teeth

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*le even bigger spider appears on roof above my bed*

scream

Now, my grandparents were fast asleep and it was 1am so I couldn’t scream or get my grandpa to kill it, and there was no way I was sleeping in that bed

hell to the no

run away

So I moved ALL of my stuff through to the living room

and slept on the floor.

Ahhhhh, safety.

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Made for You by Melissa Marr Review

Made for You
Made for You by Melissa Marr
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Southern Gothic, Young Adult
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

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About the Author
Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.
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Made For You is a compelling YA thriller which has that perfect blend of mystery, dark humor, romance and some bat-shit crazy. Eva was a relatable protagonist whose POV contrasted sharply with the chilling narrative provided by the “Judge”. I will admit I did not twig who it was until very late on in the book which is a testament to either my obliviousness and the recipe of clues and red herrings provided by the author. I was almost falling out of my bed at certain points because I NEEDED TO KNOW!! So without further ado:
4 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Made for You
1. The supernatural element really plays in well with the story and serves as a unique twist on the typical thriller genre.

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2. The cute love story running through the novel provides some less heavy plot to stop from being bogged down in the dark, dark subjects covered. The ” Will I? Won’t I?” vibe provides some light relief.

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3.  The charade of Southern Hospitality put on in this small town almost parallels the style society in Elizabethian times, it’s a lot of fun to see this facade crumble to the ground as the unwritten rules of the Jessupites are broken.

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4. Reading from Judge’s point of view is a very intense reading experience, getting to seee inside his mind and trying to wrap your head around the way he thinks may prove to be a challenge but he is such an intriguing (if deranged) character who certainly stands out from the typical antagonists encountered in YA.

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Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

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Made for You

Made For You by Melissa Marr

The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty

The Universe Builders by Steve LeBel

Opposition (Lux, #5)

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Landline

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Afterworlds

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Finding Mr Darcy by Erin Butler

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Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition

by Erin Butler

Release Date: 09/16/14

Swoon Romance

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Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza’s Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF’s ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what’s a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother’s copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It’s too bad Austen’s heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza’s determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can’t trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

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About the Author

Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.

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That’s What He Said Thursday – Josh Wasserstein

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Every Thursday Post a Quote from a YA hero to his heroine!

So I just finished Isla and the Happily Ever After and there was too much cute in that book NOT to include a few of my favourite quotes in this week’s post so we have That’s What He Said Thursday brought to you by Josh!

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

“I’m…getting there. I’m beginning to think that maybe it’s okay to be a blank canvas. Maybe it’s okay that my future is unknown. And maybe,” I say with another smile, “it’s okay to be inspired by the people who do know their future.” “It goes both ways, you know.” I link his icicle fingers through mine. “What does?” “Artists are inspired by blank canvases.”

“You know, If you weren’t tiny, cute and remarkably innocent looking I’d be running away right now. This feels like the set-up to some torture porn.

“What are you working on?” I ask.
“The last page.” He gestures towards the table, where a pencilled sketch is being turned into inked brushstrokes. It’s a drawing of us, in this café, in this moment.
I smile up at him “It’s beautiful. But what comes next?”
“The best part.” And he pulls me back into his arms. “The happily ever after.”

reading Update

Thought I’d drop in with a mid-week reading update to let y’all know what I’m reading at the mo!

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I’m currently half way through Revenge of Seven and absolutely loving it, so worth the year’s wait I can’t wait to see what happens.

Also just started Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith which I’m also enjoying, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Up next is Made for You by Melissa Marr which I’m really excited to make a start on quite soon hopefully!

55 Questions About Reading – Part 2

55 questions

So it dawned upon me that I never finished my 55 Questions About Reading Post which I published pre-hiatus and I really ought to do that so here goes. Originally done at the Literary Lollipop and read by me at Icy Cold Reads

28. Favorite reading snack?

Woodside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate seeds NOM!

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29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I didn’t love it and because of the hype surrounding it the fact that I didn’t love it has made me hate it which sucks because it wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t amazing either, i firmly believe that there are other books out there which are better which deserve the hype this book has but doesn’t have any whcih really sucks.

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30. How often do you agree with the critics about about a book?

See, I don’t tend to pay attention to book critics but with movies NEVER. I cannot get over the injustices I have seen on some sites (Namely: Rotten Tomatoes) and usually it’s because of the prejudice in the market towards young adult adaptions which is what I mainly go to see.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I have written an entire post on this topic, to see it click here.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

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I would choose French because from the 4 years I spent learning it I found it to be really beautiful.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve read?

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, not even because of the Hugeness but because I wanted it to be AMAZING so badly and I was very worried for the safety of my favourite characters. Also the Book Thief because it cover such a powerful topic.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

Emma by Jane Austen. I haven’t read a classic in a really long time and I’m so excited o read it but concerned about being able to follow it!

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35. Favorite Poet?

I’m REALLY not one for poetry, the only poem I can recall really loving is Demons Run from Doctor Who and I’m nto sure that counts, if it does then Stephen Moffet wrote it so yeah.

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36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time?

I used to have my card maxed at 15 books all the time but recently not so much at the moment, not a single one!

37. How often do you return books to the library unread?

Again, it used to be never but ever increasingly as of late 🙁

38. Favorite fictional character?

Sydney Sage from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. The transformation in thsi girl is truly mesmerizing. She’s gone from a closed minded annoying little bitch to a spell-casting, vampire loving, rule breaking BAMF!

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39. Favorite fictional villain?

It never specified froma book so I’m gonna go with the demon CROWLEY!

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40. Books you’re most likely to bring on vacation?

Whatever I can get on my Ereader. If I was to go on holiday right now, i’d be equipped with The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore and Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout.

41. The longest you’ve gone without reading?

2 weeks. Remember my bloggin hiatus, yeah that was also a reading one and it was PAINFUL

42. Name a book you could/would not finish.

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John Winchester’s Journal by Alex Irvine. I feel like the worst supernatural fan ever but ugh. I bought this for the sneak peeks into the childhoods of Sam and Dean with some monster stuff but what I got was mini snippets of baby Winchester and pages upon pages of pieced together myths which are half in other language or in verse and don’t make sense and just no. I came to hear about Dean getting the impala for his birthday and to find out the story of Papa Harvelle, not for pages of latin stuff and religious mythness

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Getting called on by my parents to do things and the draw of TV.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

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If I Stay. Favourite book and now favourite film. LOVED IT

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Does it even need to be said?

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46. Most money you’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time?

$120 – Strand bookshop in New York in July WORTH EVERY CENT!

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Mum: Scarlett, shouldn’t you get a basket for those? Me: NO! If I don’t carry them it isn’t REAL!

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

NEVER! I love going in blind.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?

If the protagonist is unbearable then I cannot, or bad grammar and dull sentence structure. Also if the protagonist is like 16 and is fawing over her boyfriend who is like 30 years old. I had to seriously force my way through Lola and the Boy Next Door because even though ti was wonderful and cute and brilliant, the boyfriend thing just pissed me off.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

YES! GODS YES! My preciouses!

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50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read?

I keep ALL of my books, nobody else is getting their paws on them and putting a book in the bin is sacrelige!

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?

John Green Books. i am constantly being told how amazing they are but I can’t get past TFiOS. I’m starting small with Will Grayson, Will Grayson because I adore David Levithans writing.

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52. Name a book that made you angry.

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

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53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

One for the mOney by Janet Evanovich, my mum had to force me into it and I’m SO glad she did!

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54. A book you expected to like but didn’t?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

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55. Favorite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading?

I don’t beleive in guilty pleasure reading as I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I’m not going to feel ashamed of what I’m reading (even if the cover is cringe worthy). If I wanna read Twilight I will do it with PRIDE!

Top Ten Underrated Paranormal/Sci-Fi YA Books

Too many times do I go to people buzzing about an AWESOME book which nobody else knows about, WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?!

So here are my Top Ten Paranormal YA Books which I think Y’all need to read ASAP!

1. Gathering Water by Regan Claire

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oh my goodness! I LOVED THIS BOOK AND I NEED BOOK 2 NOW! I read it as part of a tour earlier in the year and it was just FAB! It’s really different from anything I’d read before, check out my review here and you’ll realize how awesome it is and that you have to read it and we can be BFFs! I just can’t beleive it’s not more popular!

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2. Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent

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I cannot rave about this series enough! Teh use of bean sides (banshees) is so original and the world just builds and builds as the series goes on, it’s great stuff! Luckily I have Julie over at Chapter Break (check out their TTT) to gossip about this gem with. Check out my review here. (Jeez I’m doing an awful lot of plugging in this post aren’t I? I’ll stop now, promise.)

3. The Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore

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After a truly terrible adaption, many people are too spooked to pick this one up bu I promise you, It’s so worth it! The books continue to surpass themselves in awesomeness as the series goes on, its absolutely fantastic! I haven’t talked much about it on the blog but it’s one of my faves.

4. Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I can’t even say how many times I have talked about the awesomeness which is this series. The main character, Katy, is a book blogger! This is the book which made me aware that book blogs exist (as opposed to just booktube) and it made me start blogging as well as having a really funny and kick-ass plot .

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I know the “A” word turns a lot of people off from the start but just give it a try!

5. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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Now I know Vampire Academy could be considered pretty popular in the YA world but many people don’t make it to the spin off series because they think Sydney is too annoying but I swear to God she is now my ALL-TIME FAVOURITE fictional character, but you’re gonna need to read the books to learn why! and hey, if you haven’t read Vampire Academy,

Okay, so I only got 5… What can I say! I’m a sheep I just roll with what everyone else reads! Now then,  New topic which has me wanting to kill things:

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I’ve decided I’m just gonna include this feature in any post I want because hey it’s my blog and i Have things to rant about, namely (for today) SLOW WALKING PEOPLE – DIE.

I have been back at a new school (like i went there for two years, left for 2 years and have now returned) for two weeks now and something I cannot get over, i the number of 13 year old boys (not exclusively, but mostly) who think it’s a fab idea to walk in a straight line, really slowly down a corridor blocking the whole thing off.

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I HATE YOU.

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I CANNOT

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I am going to be late for class because you mothertruckers cannot stick to one side of the corridor or just move a little faster? I mean

are you serious

is it REALLY that hard?

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It’s so frustrating! Today I was in such a rush because I was running late for Biology and theres this protective wall int he corridor of boys who are walking at a snails pace

for serious.

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I couldn’t be polite about it anymore. I was just done….. so i shoved. Like full on “EXCUSE ME!” Moses parting the friggin ocean level of shoving because I had already politely asked and been ignored THREE TIMES. You get to a point where it’s jsut no longer acceptable to wait it out in silence.

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Rant over. Now let there be kittens to brighten up the day again.

Weekly Wrap Up – 7th September

 

Wrap Up

So it’s been another week in the bookish world and I’m so glad to be returning to it! After 11 months of consistent blogging, taking 2 weeks off felt really weird but I knew I’d come back and here I am!

Added to Shelves

Just because I haven’t been blogging, doesn’t mean I haven’t been buying ALL the books!

This week I added

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Sparks

Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal by Alex Irvine

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Dead Ends by Erin Lange

and

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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to my physical Shelves as well as

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

and

The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

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to my ebookshelves along with ARCS

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Finding Mr Darcy by Erin Butler

and

Made for You by Melissa Marr

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Sparks

This was a read for school and it was incredibly RUBBISH but hey that was predictable so no surprises, seriously it’s about this delusional teacher who is grooming this 12 year old for sex with the art teacher so that it seems like she will be having sex with him by proxy, its just WTF

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

It was super cute, I LOVED IT  and it will probably get reviewed soon (but no promises, I warned you that I was gonna be flaky for the time being)

life in gifs

So in my post about the new and improved Scarlett’s book blog, I said I’d be talking more about less booky things i.e tv and my life so this is a new feature I’m going to be adding to my weekly wrap up where I tell y’all about my week in GIF form, well mostly.

So my life at my new school is in full swing and I appear to be failing maths,

confusedbut acing English!

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I had to write a reflective essay, the subject of which was “How Books Have Shaped Me as a Person” and I LOVED writing about it. It caused me to make some realizations about myself and brought on a LIFE CHANGING EPIPHANY!

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It occurred to me that I really enjoyed writing, particularly trying to craft together sentences and I realized that that’s what i want to do with my life! I want to be a writer! To me this was groundbreaking news but everyone I told about it replied with:

called it

So it was only me who this was news to

Sam SPN Seriously

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but hey, at least I’m not stuck in a confusion of

Friends Doing with my life
dont know how to answer

So there’s that.

Also, panto rehearsal have started so yay! I’d like to clarify for all you American Folk what a pantomime is “a theatrical entertainment, mainly for children, which involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is based on a fairy tale or nursery story, usually produced around Christmas.”

It’s great fun and there are SO MANY awesome songs in it this year which I am thrilled about!

yay

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In other news, I am effectively homeless for the next two weeks. My granny has gone on holiday which means I’m moving around from family member to family member until she gets back so that’s going to be an experience.

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Posts of the week

Guess Who Moved to Scotland! ( And That’s What he Said Thursday)

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Okay so I finished Supernatural (heartbreaking stuff) and so I’ve been watching a SHIT TON of clips from that on Youtube because I seem to have like a Jared and Jensen Quota which I need to fill each day or else I can’t function, so there’s that.

But also at the request of the guy I sit next to in Chemistry, and the dude who sits behind me, and the lady in the ceramics shop, I have continued Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 6 and OH MY GOD! I’m just casually watching and then the next episode comes on and BUFFY STARTS SINGING! i had forgotten there was a musical episode and it was simultaneously the creepiest and most adorable thing I have ever seen, LOVED IT! I think my favourite number was Anya and Xander’s rom-comesque duet, It was really cute!

Guess Who Moved To Scotland! (and That’s What He Said Thursday)

If you didn’t know already, I MOVED BACK TO SCOTLAND!

It was a very rapid decision made by my family and I because we decided it would be better for my education for me to stay here when my family returned to Houston after the summer holidays, so Scarlett got left behind (with all her books still in Houston) and I am two weeks into a very difficult course at school, namely because I’m very far behind due to my school in Houston teaching a different curriculum. So if you were wondering where the hell I’ve been the last two weeks, there’s your answer,

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I’ve been absolutely swamped catching up in my subjects AND

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I have been cast as Cinderella in my local pantomime this year (you’ll never guess what show we’re doing right haha)

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if you hadn’t guessed already I’m SUPER excited EEEEEEEEP!!! So yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to, I’ve barely had time to breathe with all this going on never mind read but I’m determined to keep this blog running, however erratically i might be posting (yes, that’s a warning). Also, I’m going to be making a few changes to the blog, primarily that it’s not going to b exclusively about books anymore, I want o be able to post about my tv shows and random life anecdotes and just you know, STUFF! I realise “hey it’s my blog, I’ll write about what i want” so that’s going to consist of a whole lot of weird shit from now on. I’m aiming to continue with Top Ten Tuesday, That’s What He Said Thursday and a Weekly Wrap Up each Sunday as well as a bookish post and/or tv post and/or anecdote/update on my life(which might just get put into wrap up) each week, but don’t hold me to anything because the amount of work I have to do with school and the panto and trying to cram in some free time is like astounding! So yeah, that’s been the last two weeks for me! I WILL have that Throne of Glass review up soon, its all written i just haven’t fund all the GIFs for the last section yet but hey im getting there. So yeah, that’s everything time for

That’s What He Said Thursday!

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A meme where you can share a quote from a book boyfriend to his heroine every single Thursday! Woot!

This week in the spirit of my move to Scotland I was going to do a quote from a book set in Scotland and then I realized that such a book doesn’t freaking exist (or at least not one that I’ve read, and also depends on if you count Harry Potter?). So instead, on the sujbect of separation, I give you Percy Jackson

“We’re staying together. You’re not getting away from me. Never again.”

Seriously how I’m feeling about my books right now guys, I miss my babies!!