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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You never really find answers, just new and deeper questions.

-Turtles All The Way Down

 

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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This was my most anticipated read of the year, and I have to say it did not disappoint! John Green is one of my favourite authors, and his books give you so much to think about, and this one was no different.

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

My Review

Turtles All The Way Down is the long awaited YA novel from John Green since the release of The Fault In Our Stars. We follow a young girl named Aza, her best friend Daisy, and son of millionaire, Davis Pickett. Set in Green’s home city, Indianapolis, the story follows these characters through life, loss, and friendship. For me, the characters made the story, and while the plot was important, and very well developed, the characters, particularly Aza, were the stars of the book. Green’s writing always tackles issues in life in very particular but extraordinary ways, and Turtles even more so than others, in my opinion. His mind works in complex but incredible ways that forms characters and stories that make you think about the book days after finishing. His way with words is highly commendable, and an absolute joy (sometimes, they can also destroy your life) to read. The underlying plot that runs alongside main issues tackled through character relationships was interesting, adding a mysterious vibe to the novel, and while it wasn’t the central point of the novel, it drove the narrative well, and everything was tied up at the end.

It’s so difficult to not fall in love with all of the characters that John Green writes into existence. And it really does feel like they are in the room with you! Aza’s charcater was incredibly well developed and made the book such a powerful novel. The way Green has written about mental health in such a sensitive and important way really translates what he has experienced in his own life, and helps any reader understand what it’s like to live with OCD and anxiety. This was the most powerful, creative, and informative book tackling mental health I’ve read to date.

I could not put it down, and there was always this nagging sensation that kept me guessing where Pickett Sr was, even with everything else going on around it. My favourite part of the book was all of it. No seriously I can’t choose! It was all written so well, and I did find that times when Aza was arguing with her conscience were particularly powerful, as it put OCD compulsions in perspective for someone who may not suffer from it.

There were several humorous points throughout the novel, little tidbits that Green added that just made me giggle, but overall, the book stirred a lot of different emotions. The power behind the writing made me feel sad and anxious and worried, but also made me feel happy and warm on the inside. John Green books have a way of making you feel like you are on a literal emotional rollercoaster!

I learnt a lot reading this book, not just about mental illness, but also about life in general. As with many of his other books, Green has laden Turtles with quotes that will soon become some of the most important quotes in YA literature. As I said earlier, John Green’s mind and way of thinking is so vast and extraordinary, I swear there is not a lot this man doesn’t know, therefore it is such an experience reading his books. I can highly recommend Turtles All The Way Down to anyone who is a fan of Green’s writing, or of YA and books that tackle mental health issues in general. Go out and buy this book now, because I believe everyone should read it!

My Rating: 5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):

Amazon

The Book Depository

Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

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 🙂

Monthly Book Roundup for September

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Hello fellow bookworms! Where has September gone? I feel like this month really has flown by (I think I say that about every month?) I’m back at uni now and already drowning in work, but I’m still continuing to blog when I can. I also haven’t been able to read as much, although I’m using my time when I’m early to uni to get some reading done, and audiobooks have also become my friends for my long commute twice a week. However, I’m trying to read some shorter books now (with the theory that I can get through them quicker…) and I’m only 3 books behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge schedule (my life revolves around that thing I’m not sorry).

What books have I read this month?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany (5 stars)

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (4 stars)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Audiobook) by JK Rowling, narrated by Stephen Fry (5 stars)

I’ve just realised it’s been a very Rowling-filled September… not that I’m complaining!

Side note: Stephen Fry was an absolutely incredible narrator for Harry Potter, and I will try to write a review for the audiobook (somewhen…)

What am I currently reading?

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Speeding through this one, it’s very good so far!

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Average Rating: 4.6 stars

Number of total pages read: 1,652 pages (not too shabby)

Books read toward 2017 Book Challenge goal: 37/55 books

Books I plan to read in October:

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TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN

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(I think I’ll just read this in October, just over and over and over…)

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I think I said I’d read this in my last Monthly Roundup… I will read it this month!

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy October and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Unique Blogger Award

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Okay, not so much a tag post, but oh well…

Hello fellow bookworms! Thank you to Holly over on Nut Free Nerd for tagging to do this award, it always feels a little bit special when I get tagged to do these posts 🙂

Award Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

The Questions

Do you have a favorite book genre?

When someone asks what books I like to read, I feel a little bit pressured into thinking I can only like one certain type of book. However, like a lot of us here, I cannot pinpoint just one genre! I enjoy reading Young Adult fiction and crime thrillers, I’d say they are my main two, but I also love fantasy novels and general fiction, and the occasional memoir as well.

How do you feel about what is considered to be “classic” literature?

Good question! Firstly, I am not the kind of reader who will bend over backwards trying to understand a classic book. If I’m reading it and not understanding what is going on, I will probably put it down. That being said, there are some books that are considered classics that appear on my all time favourites list, such as To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m not ashamed to say that I haven’t got round to reading Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice, but they are books I hope to tackle some day. I think that classic books will constantly be changing. In 20 years, classic literature will have a completely different meaning to what we consider to be classic now.

What has been your favorite experience blogging so far?

Blogging has been a winding road for me! Starting out was one of the best feelings, because I could finally express my feelings about books to people in the wide world that actually cared about what I had to say. Taking a break recently was also an important step in my blogging ‘career’, as I had so much to do in life that blogging seemed like a last priority. However, coming back into blogging earlier this year has been so much fun, and  I would have say my favourite experience about blogging is being able to talk to loads of other book loving people I never would have met otherwise! Discussing books and bookish things has become a part of my life I don’t ever want to be without!

Who’s Been Tagged?

My apologies in advance if the people I tag have already done this post. Please don’t feel like you have to do it, think of this more as an appreciation of your blogging supremeness…

Yes, you! I you like what you see and wanna I’ve this post a go, then go for it!

Your Questions

  1. What was the last 5 star book you read, and why was it a 5 star read?
  2. Do you have certain genres you like to read in different seasons?
  3. What was your favourite required reading book at school?

That’s it for today! I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts, and thanks again to Holly for the nomination! Do you have a favourite book genre, or are you a well-rounded reader? What’s your opinion on the classics, and do you have a favourite blogging experience? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

 

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