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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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 🙂

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 🙂

 

How I Make Time For Reading…

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives. To be quite honest with you, I felt my previous discussion topics for this month wasn’t really exciting me to write, so I’m just winging it for now until I find my feet. I’m back at uni, and being in my final year means I’m already drowning in work, so I thought today’s post should be something I’m thinking about a lot lately… how am I going to find time to read? People often say ‘how to you find the time to read that many books?’, but I don’t find time, I make time. I AM THE CREATOR OF TIME! Honestly though, if you want to be reading 50+ books in a year, you have to make time to sit and read, and not just read as a last resort. Here are some of the ways I make time in my busy schedule for the all important literature in my life…

Read During Breakfast

I know a lot of people don’t eat breakfast, but I wake up hungry, so eating is one of the first things I do in the morning. While I’m having my morning toast and cup of tea, I like to immerse myself in a book. I wake up slightly earlier than I need to, so I can make sure I have plenty of time to do this, even if it’s just a few pages. Some people I’ve spoken to don’t like reading and eating because they get crumbs in their book, but I have become skilled at avoiding this. Practice makes perfect (I’ve learnt this after staining several books with Marmite!) It’s also great for when you’re home alone and don’t really have anything else to do during meal times (I used to read whilst eating lunch and dinner as well when I was living away from home).

Read in the Bath

I tend to only bath once a week now (and before you say it, yes, I do shower every day, I don’t just wash once a week!) but it provides great time for reading! What else are you going to do sitting in a bath? If I’m really into a book, and don’t really have a lot else going on, I can allow myself 40 mins to 1 hour just chilling in the water with a novel. Doing this once a week is great for some alone time as well, and time away from any work/school worries you may have. Grab some nice bath oils or take a trip to Lush for a bath bomb, and immerse yourself in bubbles and a really good book!

Be Early

I leave for uni in the morning at 7:30AM, and arrive between 8:30 and 8:45, depending on traffic. My classes don’t start until 10AM, but if I don’t get there early, I can wave goodbye to any chance of getting a parking space! This is perfect for me though, because it means I can either go to the library to get some work done, or spend and hour and a half sitting in my car catching up on some reading. Pack a pillow and spread out on the back seat, cherish the peacefulness of your vehicle, and get reading! This is the same being early for anything. If I’m early for work, I can chill in the staff room with my book, or meeting a friend, there will always be time for a few pages if they’re running late!

AudioBooks

A few months ago, this heading would never have made an appearance in a post like this, but I have recently come to the conclusion that audiobooks are remarkable things. I found I could never really concentrate on them if I was doing something else, and this is still partly true. However, walking to work takes about half an hour (perfect for a chapter or two), and as I said earlier, it takes me a good hour, if not longer, to drive to uni. That’s an extra 2 hours of ‘reading’ a day that I’m getting through, without having to pick up a book! Some people don’t count it towards actual reading, and I never used to, but it’s pretty much exactly the same, instead of reading the words, your listening to someone else read them for you. It’s just like to listening to your own voice reading them in your head… kind of! I know my way to uni like the back of my hand now, so apart from concentrating on traffic and what’s going on on the road, I can still pay attention to the story playing through my radio. It’s also much more preferable to listening to music I’ve heard several thousand times over (apart from Hamilton, no one gets sick of listening to Hamilton!)

Read in the Evening

Dedicate your day to working. Get all of your school work done during the day, and commit to as little or as much time as you want, so then, when it comes to the evening, you don’t feel guilty about snuggling down in bed early with your current read. Don’t laugh at me, but most days, I can be in bed by 8PM, which gives me a good 2 hours before I have to think about going to sleep. I know that I’ve worked my socks off during the day, and this is my treat at the end of it!

So all in all, let’s break down how much potential reading time I have in my day, as well as keeping up with uni work (not counting the bath, I’m not lucky enough to have the luxury of time every day!):

Breakfast- 30 mins

Being Early- 1 hour

Car Journey- 2 hours

Evening- 2 hours

So even with my packed schedule, I can still have a good 5 and half hours of reading in the day. I’m not saying I get that every day, because life gets in the way sometimes, and I’m sure I’m not the first to admit I get addicted to YouTube from time to time, or have TV binges once in a while, but this is a good aim for me to have, and of course, weekends sometimes open up the possibility to get more reading done!

I hope you have found this post somewhat insightful, and maybe thought about some new ways you can incorporate more reading time into your day. Would love to know if you have any extra tips for me on how you fit reading into your daily routine; let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂