Anything From The Trolley, Dears? … Fictional Foods I’d Love To Try

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Most Yummy Sounding Foods From Books. Even fictional characters have to eat, so I’ve compiled a list of foods I’ve come across in books that take my fancy (some of them might just be normal foods, but reading about them then has me craving them!)

Dauntless Cake (from the Divergent trilogy)

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This was the first thing that came to mind when this topic came up. I think there’s a lot of us out there who wouldn’t mind trying a bit of that cake, it sounds like it would be chocolatey and gooey and luscious…

And now I want cake…!

Cauldron Cakes (from the Harry Potter series)

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We don’t get much info on what these are like, but I imagine them to be soft, moist sponge cakes which come in a little cauldron that you can eat them out of, maybe you can get them filled with cream or jam… mmmmmm!

Chocolate Frogs (from the Harry Potter series)

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There are so many magical foods in Harry Potter I couldn’t choose just one! I’ve had a Chocolate Frog from the studio tour, but of course, that’s just not the same as the real thing! (P.S. I got Dumbledore!)

Pumpkin Pasties (from the Harry Potter series)

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Yeah, I really couldn’t decide what magical food I wanted to try! I’ve never tried pumpkin, but I love pasties, and I imagine them taste like butternut squash!

Yorkshire Pudding and Gravy (from Carry On)

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I’m currently reading this, and reading about their meal times has me craving all sorts of things, but no one can resist a good Yorkshire pud!

Dragon Carrot Risotto (from The Fault in Our Stars)

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Every time I read this or watch the film I absolutely crave risotto! I love this dish, but I have never tried dragon carrot (it looks purple?) It sounds absolutely delicious!

Turkish Delight (from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe)

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I think I’ve tried Turkish Delight before, and I didn’t reply enjoy it (and I don’t think I can actually eat it now) but it looks so visually appealing, so even if I know I don’t like it, I still want to eat it (does that make sense?)

Wonka Bars (from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)

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We used to sell these in the UK when the Johnny Depp version of the film was released and they were so yummy, but Wonka bars are no more and I am back to my dreams.

That’s all for today’s post, I hope your mouths are all watering and i’ve made you sufficiently hungry enough to go and grab yourselves a snack! Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about Unique Book Titles if you want to pop back, or even join in the list making fun!

PS. I’ve tried to link most of the images to their recipes if you want to try making any of them!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Autumn Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Book Covers That Remind Me of Autumn. So basically, anything orange or leafy…

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Orange spiral, autumn release date, what more do you want?

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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I think it’s the forest setting… haven’t read this one yet but want to get to it soon!

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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Fire… Bonfires… I’m making this up as I go along here

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Spooky tree, nighttime, serious Halloween vibes (without the orange)

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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Driving into the unknown, I’m sticking with the Halloween theme here…

Jane Eyre (Penguin Clothbound Classics Edition) by Charlotte Brontë

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The leaves remind me of Autumn, and the colour scheme in general is very cozy for a cold October day.

 

That’s al for today I’m afraid, I’m sorry I haven’t been writing as often, I have had a lot of work to do, but I will hopefully be posting at least once a week (fingers crossed!) let me know what your favourite Autumn book covers are in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Don’t Judge Me, I’m Love With Fictional Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Fictional Crushes. I love this topic, as I, as many others, have fallen for many fictional characters in my reading lifetime…

Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

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I fell, and I fell hard! I love love love Augustus Waters and he absolutely breaks my heart whenever I re-read the book.

Jace Herondale (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)
jace-herondaleAhhhhhh, I just cannot explain my feelings towards this boy! In reality, someone like him would definitely not be my type, I don’t know what it is about him!

Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

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I wanted to be Cath in Fangirl, just so I could date Levi. He’s so kind and caring and happy I just can’t…

Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

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His character development throughout the series is amazing… certain parts of Clockwork Princess killed me!

Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling)

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He’s magic, and he carries cute furry animals around in a bottomless suitcase… come on! Also the fact that he is just absolutely adorable!

Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)

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What can I say, I like a guy who can time travel! Watching his and Clare’s develop throughout the book just made me want to be her and have that same experience with him.

Only 6 today I’m afraid, but it takes one hell of a character to really pull me in, and I’ll hopefully find many on my bookish journey! I know there are plenty of books with lovable characters that I am yet to read. Any recommendations of books where there is the possibility of me finishing and planning a wedding then please let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Crime Solving Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Characters Who Solve Crimes. I love a good crime thriller, especially series with detective inspectors and PIs. I decided I would compile a list of everyone’s favourites this week, and even include some I’m desperate to meet, but haven’t yet had the chance…

Detective Erika Foster (Robert Bryndza)

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I need to get round to reading the rest of the series, because I’ve only read The Girl in the Ice, but Erika was such a great detective, I really want to read more of her story.

 Tandy Angel (James Patterson)

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Tandy was a great crime solving character, mainly because she was so young! Her mind worked in such an incredible way, and she was inspirationally smart!

 Comoran Strike (Robert Galbraith)

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A modern day Sherlock! Comoran Strike was the detective missing from my life! He is a great character, with that slight edge of humorous sarcasm to his dialogue that makes him more likeable than an average detective.

 Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyal)

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Who doesn’t love a bit of Sherlock?! I must get round to reading a Holmes book, but after the TV series I am already in love with his character.

 Eli & Ava (Shay West)

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I feel like I don’t say it enough on this blog, but Organ Reapers and Soul Reapers are incredible books that don’t get enough recognition! Eli and Ava are the perfect team, and I need more of them!

 Jack Reacher (Lee Child)

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I’m not actually familiar with Reacher as a character, but I know he’s a well known crime solver, and I have Killing Floor on my shelf just itching to be read!

 Alex Cross (James Patterson)

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Why have I still not read Alex Cross??! I will pick it up soon, my mum has read a lot of them and I wanna get into Alex Cross’ story as well as the crime solving aspect of the stories!

That’s it for today’s post, I now want to curl up with a blanket and a good detective book! Let me know in the comments who your favourite fictional detectives are, and whether any of them appear on my list! Any recommendations gladly received!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

 

What’s on my Autumn TBR?

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books of my Autumn TBR. Being back at university, and in my final year, my reading (and blogging) time will be sadly limited, but I will definitely be trying to my best to get through as many of the books on this list as I can…

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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I am loving the Strike series at the moment (I’ve been a bit slow reading recently, but when I get to pick up The Cuckoo’s Calling, I really get into it!) and I can’t wait to catch up with the series, hopefully in time for the release of Lethal White next year!

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

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I’ve heard so many good things about this, and I’m intrigued by the YA thriller vibe it has. Perfect for a captivating Autumn read!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Another book I’ve heard amazing things about, and I really need to jump on the bandwagon for this duology!

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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I’ve had this book on my shelf for donkey’s years, and I do enjoy a thriller from time to time (The Strike novels have put me in the mood now!)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved Fangirl earlier in the year, and it would be great if I could read Carry On this year as well!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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A new release for September. I didn’t much enjoy History Is All You Left Me, but I’m willing to give Silvera’s books another go, because I did like his writing style!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This book has had so much hype, and I am so desperate to read it! I feel ashamed that I haven’t read enough diverse books this year, and this would definitely count!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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I own the entire trilogy and it’s about time I read them! I’ve heard mixed reviews, but mainly good, and a book described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassie Clare, could be a great October read!

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker

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Another book I’ve had on my shelf forever! My sister bought this for me, and the premise sounds so interesting (also the colours are autumnal, is that a good enough excuse?!)

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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And finally, I couldn’t write this post without including the book I will inevitably be reading the day it comes out, Turtles All The Way Down. Nobody understands my extreme excitement for the release of this book! John Green’s books help me through so much, I love reading and re-reading his books for the genuine characters and incredible storylines that take you places you never thought you’d go! October 10th cannot come fast enough!

That’s it for today’s post, I hope you liked my list of books (I liked making it, I mean, who doesn’t love making lists?!)(That wasn’t sarcastic I do like lists it’s on my CV if you want proof) Let me know in the comments what you’re planning on reading this coming season, and whether any of your Autumn reads appeared on this list!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

PS apologies for not posting on Sunday but I had such a hectic weekend. Plus I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Sunday, which I will be writing a spoiler free review of for this week’s Time for Tea post, coming on Thursday!

Books I Read in my First Year at Uni

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Read in my First Year at Uni. I read a lot when I started uni, especially when I was short on work to do (or I’d managed to finish it quicker than expected!) I was by myself with not many friends at the time, and I found comfort in all the books I had with me. Here are just a few I read (and some in my summer after first year) that I really enjoyed reading…

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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My Rating: 5/5

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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My Rating: 5/5 (although I would give it 6 if I could)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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My Rating: 4/5

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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My Rating: 4/5

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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My Rating: 5/5

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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My Rating: 5/5

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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My Rating: 4/5

So these are just some of the books I enjoyed in my first year of uni, and I hope to read plenty more in my final year this year! Have you enjoyed any of the books on this list? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Struggling Through Books

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Struggled To Get Through. Like most readers, there are books I pick up, hoping to enjoy, and end up forcing myself to read. I absolutely hate this feeling, but it happens even to the best of us! This list is comprised of some of the books that have not lived up to expectations…

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

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I was so excited to read Int The Water, after being captivated by The Girl on the Train, but this just didn’t live up to my expectations. I found I was forcing myself through it, rather than being hooked and wanting to find out who the culprit was. Not a very plot driven story unfortunately (in my opinion).

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Unpopular opinion time! I know a lot of people loved this book, and I thought I would too when I was half way through the second chapter, but unfortunately I was disappointed. I was promised tears and heartbreak, but I didn’t get that at all, which was a big let down of me, and all in all, I just got bored of the storyline.

Nest by Terry Goodkind

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This book could have been about 200 pages shorter than it actually is! I had to drag myself through the unnecessary detail that the author added in to get to the good parts!

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Samson

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I loved The Rosie Project, and I whizzed through it last summer, but I just found the sequel to be a bit of a let down. I really hoped to enjoy it, but instead I found myself wishing it to end!

Her by Harriet Lane

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I love a good thriller, and when this was first published I was intrigued, but slightly put off by the cover. When I eventually got round to picking it up, the story was so repetitive I just go bored really easily, and had to force myself to continue.

Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard

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I loved the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series, and like most people who have read the books and watched the TV show, I wanted to find out who ‘A’ was! However, by the middle of Flawless, it just got repetitive and boring (the same as ‘Her’), so I have not continued with the series.

The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan

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With the promise of a thriller, this didn’t deliver. I ended up reading a story that was 75% family issues and 25% action at the very end! It took me ages to get through it and not one that I would recommend!

Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson

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I’m not even sure what this book was meant to be! There didn’t seem to much point to the storyline at all, which meant I was incredibly unmotivated to read it (it took me the best part of two weeks to struggle through it)!

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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This was such a struggle to get through!When I started it, I was excited, I had heard great things, and it got off to a fairly good start. However, the further I read, the more bored I got, and it was also quite depressing at times (which was to be expected considering the topic of the book, but still).

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Holden Caulfield made me want to hit my head against a brick wall! There was no point to plot whatsoever and Caulfield seriously drove me round the bend! This is definitely a Marmite, you either love it or you hate it, situation!

So those are a few books that I really struggled to get through! have you read any of these? Did you feel the same way about them? Let me know what books you struggled to get through in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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