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Friday, 31 October 2014

A Monthly Recap: October


Hello Everyone!


How's your October been? I've definitely been enjoying the fact it's Halloween, but I guess since that's coming to a close we should start looking forward to bonfire night. ;) In terms of blogging and books, it's been okay. I've been quite a slow reader and nearly let the blog go unscheduled but I've managed to keep everything in order luckily. It's been tiring how busy I've been, and I'm certainly dreading the work actual exams are going to be.. Ah well. I'll worry about that when I get there. 

Reviews:
Awesome/Important Stuff:
Around the Blogosphere:
  • Jamie has done a post where she dresses up 5 of her favourite YA couples for Halloween. It is SUCH a good post, and so fun too! I love it!
  • Lucy talked about leaving your mark on books, and the history that often comes with a book. It's a very relatable post, and something that I think applies to every reader.
  • I'm in love with Mel's feature, Fairytale News, where she talks about everything to do with reading. I love it because it always gives me new books to be excited about and reminds me of any I should look forward to!
Favourite Book:

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

  • I Lived - OneRepublic: Omg, I love this song. It's inspirational, and really just gets to you. Listen to the lyrics carefully, and you'll be left feeling like you want to fly. The music video is also amazing, and I recommend you watch it. :)
  • Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde: This song is so so so perfect for Mockingjay. I love the tone, and if you listen to the lyrics, there are so many references to the book that I just want to go and hug Lorde. 
  • Prayer in C - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz: How catchy is this? I just want to constantly dance to this and I can never get it out of my head. I just love it too much. 
  • Superheroes - The Script: This is another inspirational song, and as you can probably tell I love those. What I like about this one, though, is that it's more about the struggles of life and how you don't have to do something amazing to be a superhero. 
  • Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift: This is just so. good. I NEED her new album ASAP. I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan and I've loved all the songs I've heard so far, but I think I really like this one. I think it's the repetition and the beat. ;)
Take Away the Books:
  • IT'S HALLOOWEEENNNNN! I love Halloween- well, I love the dressing up. If you look out on twitter, you may see some Halloweeny conversations, but since this is scheduled, we'll see! ;)
  • I don't actually think I have much to say... Hmm.... OOH- I've been watching Agents of SHIELD!!!! IT'S SO GOOD BUT MY HEART IS BREAKING ALREADY.
I hope you have a really amazing November!! Please tell me about your October; Do you celebrate halloween? If so, what did you go as?

Bye! xx
 



Monday, 27 October 2014

The Halloween Tag

Hello Wonderful Spooky People!

Halloween is this week. THIS WEEK. I have been getting my costume together, and now am in the midst of hoping everything arrives on time. I'll tell you all what I dressed up during my October recap, deal?

To celebrate this lovely, spooky occasion, I have decided to create a Halloween Tag, consisting of 5 quick questions to get you all in the Halloween spirit! Here they are, along with my answers. :)


1. The Vampire - A book that sucked out your feels AND KILLED THEM. ;)

Take Back the Skies, anyone? I don't think I've fully regained my full amount of feels after TBTS took them, set fire to them, and then STAMPED ON THE ASHES. Yes. It hurt that much. *Weeps*

2. The Witch - A book that cast a spell on you, that you were enchanted with.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I'm literally enchanted and in love with that book. It got to the point where I took AGGEEESS to finish the last few pages because I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END!! Plus, LEVVIIIII!! I love him ;)

3. The Skeleton - A book that was simple, but worked perfectly.

Listening for Lucca. Hands down. That book is so simple, yet so amazing and perfect. You should definitely read it. It just works amazingly, and I just loved it. Go read it!

4. The Werewolf - A book that made you so angry you almost didn't recognise yourself. 

Well then, don't get me started on The Moment Collector. *clutches feels in agony* THAT ENDING. IT WAS.. AHH. JUST. ARGH. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO ME. JUST ARGHHHHH. I LOVE THE MOMENT COLLECTOR AND I HATE IT BECAUSE IT KILLED MY FEELS, OKAY.

5. The Zombie - A book that had you reading throughout the night.

Oh, City of Heavenly Fire, what you did to me.. I was up till midnight reading you, and SOBBING MY EYES OUT AS YOU KILLED MY FEELS. I'm pretty sure something important was happening the next day, but ah well, I survived the zombie look. ;)


I hope you enjoy this! I tag anyone who would like to do this tag, as well as:

Cat @ Through A Cat's Eyes
Hawwa @ It Was Lovely Reading You
Shazina @ The Book Chapter

Bye! xx



Saturday, 25 October 2014

On the Subject of Idols...

Idols. We all have them right? They range from celebrities and every day people to public figures and world leaders. The truth is idols can be found everywhere and anywhere. It's very likely that you're an idol to someone else and also very likely that the person you just passed on the street is an idol too. We all touch someone's heart throughout our life, no matter what we do.

But what brings this on? I guess it's the whole Youtuber situation that's happening right now, and it was actually Cat's post that got me thinking.
You see, these Youtubers Cat talks about- they're all idols. A great amount of people watch their videos, admire them, talk about them, and genuinely look up to them. These people who have done horrible, horrible things hold a lot of influence in their hands, and that genuinely upsets me.

You see, I've never actually been a great fan of Youtubers. I don't know why, I just never have been. I've never been someone who has a celebrity or person I don't know as an idol.
But my personal reason for never having a idol like an actress or singer, is that I immediately realise that one day, I will wake up and that person will have done something incredibly stupid that will shatter my image of them for ever. It will happen. Just like we do stupid things, so will they. I guess I just don't want to deal with having all the praise I built up on those people destroyed.
These people are idols, but they are also purely human, and we have all realised we have a great gift for doing the stupidest of things sometimes. That's why I don't believe in having an idol: it works for a lot of people, but for me, I like to think that the best idol to have is the best version of yourself that there can possibly be. Why should you aspire to be someone else, when you can do so many equally great things by being yourself?

We all need guidance sometimes. We all feel a little lost, and sometimes your idols are the ones you turn to for advice. I constantly use the advice of those around me- it's a way of making yourself better, and striving to be a better person.

But back to the subject of stupid things and being a better person. We're all idols. We're all human. But I firmly believe that there is a difference between doing something stupid and doing something so horrible it impacts the lives of others. That's not a mistake. It's something that should make you sit down, and relinquish all influence you have on others. You should use that last ounce of respect to explain to others that what you have done is wrong, in the hope that you finally realise it is wrong too. You should not continue to impact the lives of others when you can't even be an appropriate role model for yourself.

And that brings me to my next point. We inevitably impact others. People will constantly ask for your advice and follow your example. And you should always keep that in mind. You should strive to be the best possible version of yourself. You should strive to be someone does good, and who can proudly offer advice to others when they need it. You should strive to be the idol that you can be. And if you can't bring yourself to that for your own good, you should at least do it for the good of others.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Come Back to Me Giveaway: Goodies + Signed Copies

Hello Everyone!

I have some great news for you: Once Again, you have a chance to win Come Back To Me goodies and a signed copy from the lovely Mila Gray (Sarah Alderson)! a Rafflecopter giveaway

It's a truly great book, and you can have a look at my reveiw here, or my interview with Sarah here. Good Luck, and May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favour. ;)

Rita xx


Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Maze Runner Movie


Hello Everyone!

Last Saturday, I went to go watch The Maze Runner with my family, AND OH MY GOSH IT WAS AMAZING. JUST. WOW. WOWOWOWOWOWOW. I LOVED IT SO MUCH AND ASDFGHJKL..

Anyway, as you can pretty much tell, I absolutely loved it. Just- GAH. IT WAS PERFECT. You see, sadly, I almost expect Hollywood to sometimes go ruin my perfectly loved books with their terrible movies that make you shudder, so I was scared that The Maze Runner would get back from the operating table with half it's organs missing.
IT DIDN'T. I CAME BACK WITH ALL IT'S ORGANS AND RAINBOWS AS A BONUS.

So WHY exactly was it so amazing?

Well, personally, I felt that just everything was spot on. I agreed with the casting, the film stuck completely to the book, the special effects were brilliant, and most of all, the action was amazing. AMAZING. There was fights, run-for-your-life moments, really creepy creatures, and just general action that was like an adrenaline rush. My heart was beating along with the film, and I felt that I got really into it. It was just perfection.

The casting was spot on?

Bearing in mind that I haven't read the first book in a while, I thought that the casting was just perfect. To be completely honest, I saw the stills for the movie before I read the book. So... the reason I picked it up may have been because I tool one look at Dylan O'Brien's face and though: OH MY GOODNESS HE IS SO GORGEOUS I MUST READ THIS.

Seriously, just LOOK at his face. JUST LOOK. I swear I spent half of the film elting at the sight of him... *swoon* I NEED THE NEXT FILM ALREADY.
What about the creepy crawly things?

The creepy crawly things, also known as the grievers, were somethings I was really looking forward to seeing how they would be portrayed. In my head, I pictured them as slug-like things that had bits of metal sticking out. The grievers in the film weren't exactly like what I pictured, but they were probably a load more scary and realistic than what I had pictured. I mean, a slug isn't exactly going to run after you and eat you... Unless it's Ross...



Will I buy this on DVD?
OF COURSE! I AM DESPERATE TO WATCH THIS AGAIN! 

Bye! xx


Friday, 17 October 2014

I Guess It's Time I Told You... I am TERRIBLE at keeping up with Bloglovin'

TERRIBLE. JUST SO TERRIBLE.

You know how many posts had built up the last time I went and looked? 160. ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY POSTS. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?

I'm lazy, that's why. I always tell myself that at the end of each week, I'll go through and read all the posts. Then that Sunday, something comes up. I have to revise, I go out, I get distracted... SOMETHING happens, and from then on, the snowball effect starts. The snowball rolls and rolls and rolls until BAM! 160 posts, and I'm pretty sure it's been higher than that before.

Miraculously, I somehow manage to find some determination inside me and I ACTUALLY MANAGE TO READ AND COMMENT ON POSTS.*high fives everyone* So that's why, the next time you find one of my comments on your 3 week old post, I AM NOT BEING CREEPY. HONEST. The snowball effect just caught up with me and I ended up buried under an avalanche.

I LOVE ALL YOUR POSTS, by the way. When I get my daily bloglovin' email, there are always a series of oohs and ahhhs when I look through it quickly. Of course, I never get time to read anything in the morning, so THE SNOWBALL BEGINS TO ROLL AGAIN. Basically, I need to combat my laziness/forgetfullness. I'm getting better at it though, YAY!

Tell me, are you terrible at getting through your blog feed too? What's the highest amount of posts you have ended up with in your 'snowball'? 


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Bring Out the Book Boyfriends: Butterfly

Hello Everyone!

Whilst deciding this post, I realised that I'm kind of needing a few more book boyfriends!! I've featured a lot of my favourite ones, but I would really like to hear suggestions from you guys on which book boyfriend should be on the blog. Also, what do you think of having a few Book Boyfriend wars? And if the 'wars' did occur, what would you like to see featured in them? Tell me through the comments, twitter, email- anything really! I would LOVE to hear feedback!

Thank you to Rachel, Charli and Arianne for helping out with this! Also, lookout for me looking for your help on Twitter if you'd like to be involved with this. :)


I hope you liked this post! Go read The Elites if you want to know more about Butterfly- it's a great book, and you can read my review here.

Bye! xx




Monday, 13 October 2014

Grace and the Guiltless by Erin Johnson

Hello Everyone!

I received this book from the publisher, so thank you to the lovely people at Curious Fox! 



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Title: Grace and the Guiltless
Author: Erin Johnson
Series: Grace and the Guiltless #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Curious Fox
Release Date: August 1st 2014
No. of Pages: 272


Grace Milton's peaceful life with her family on a horse ranch outside Tombstone, Arizona is shattered in one devastating night. Her family is brutally murdered by the notorious Guiltless Gang, leaving Grace the only survivor. Trekking into the wilderness on her stallion, Grace falls ill from the elements. A young man name Joe saves her life by taking her to an Apache camp where she learns about their way of life and begins to fall for Joe. When Grace encounters one of the Guiltless Gang, her strength will be tested. Can she survive as a bounty hunter, or will she fall into darkness again? This Western revenge epic will captivate teen readers with its ruthless spirit of suspense and adventure and a powerful central romance. -(Goodreads)
3.5 stars: Page thinks this book was good, but didn't
make him fly.




Thursday, 9 October 2014

Things I Learned From YA #1 Survival

#1. If I don't learn a survival skill soon, I'm pretty much done for if all my favourite YA books come to life.

All of us here have had a moment where we've gone: I WISH MY YA BOOKS COULD COME TO LIFE. Or at least, you'll have gone: WHY CAN'T I GO TO HOGWARTS AND BE HERMIONE GRANGER/HARRY POTTER/RON WEASLEY/INSERT HP CHARACTER NAME HERE. Am I right? Hmm? Well, I hope I am, since I'm still expecting a Hogwarts letter any day now...

Now that we've established that this happens, I have another theory. Have you ever been in the middle of reading an action/dystopian/filled with kick-ass scenes kind of book, and suddenly started convincing yourself that if you found yourself being chased by a group of people with spears you would be able to run with a badly wounded leg and climb a tree, all whilst dodging badly fired arrows? 
This will probably have convinced yourself of this, even if you don't realise it just yet. The thing is, it's hard to convince yourself that you wouldn't have a meltdown because whilst reading about a kick-ass hero or heroine, no one wants to be the character that starts hysterically panicking every three minutes.

But lets be honest. That would mostly be us. Still, no one wants to admit that which is why that due to The Hunger Games, whever you go out and see a tree, you instantly think SURVIVAL OPPURTUNITY. Then you find yourself slowly drifting towards the tree. Slowly...slowly... Then in a matter of seconds, you are attempting to climb it. After this stage, there are two possible scenarios:

1) You manage to defeat the tree and climb it victoriously, and go home with a pulled muscle but a nice sense of accomplishment that you might not actually be the first to die in The Hunger Games.

2) You wake up in A&E with broken bones, and really hope that you won't ever find yourself in The Hunger Games.

The same thing applies to Divergent: Pfff, of course I could be in Dauntless. Of course I could jump from a train. Obviously, I hope that in this scenario you just keep on believing you can jump from a train and DON'T ACTUALLY TRY IT, OKAY.

So what is the point of all this. In short: Learn how to climb a tree, shoot arrows, kick a bad guy in the face or just accept the fact that you would be done for in a YA book. It's what I've learned from YA. :D

Bye! xx



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hello Everyone!

I got this book for review from the lovely people at Orchard Books, so thank you to them for sending me this! I definitley did not expect it to mess with my feelings this much... XD

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Title: The Moment Collector
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Series: N/A 
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: August 7th 2014
No. of Pages: 256


"The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig."

There's a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn't know who she was, or why she's still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends - beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her.
But the ghost isn't all that's lurking in Gill Creek... Someone is killing young girls all across the county. Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose? -(Goodreads.) 
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Sunday, 5 October 2014

It's A Wide Bookish World Sign Ups


Hello Everyone!!

As you're probably aware, bloggers come from all over the world. I'm pretty sure we're tucked into every single corner of the globe and people don't even realise. *high five* It's like we're a secret organisation. Since people live in so many different places, it's pretty common to get a serious case of Wanderlust, so what I would like to do is start a little feature where bloggers can share a little bit about the place where they live, or their home country, etc.

The aim would be to have a blogger share whatever they want about the place where they live, their home country, where they would like to live, through any means they want every once in a while on this blog. You could use pictures, make a vlog or video, write a short story or poem- anything you want really! I just want everyone to gain some enjoyment from all the different places in the world. :)

I would do an example, but since I've already done loads of posts on my home country, Portugal, I'll just link to them here, here and here.

Below is a sign-up form so that you can join in:



Friday, 3 October 2014

Listening For Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur

Hello Everyone!

I have had this book on my TBR pile for a while, and then the lovely Zoe gave it to me! THANK YOU- I LOVED IT!

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Title: Listening for Lucca
Author: Suzanne LaFleur
Series: N/A 
Source: Gift
Publisher: Puffin
Published: August 6th 2013
No. of Pages: 299
"I'm obsessed with abandoned things." Siena's obsession began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. Now Mom and Dad are moving the family from Brooklyn to Maine hoping that it will mean a  whole new start for Lucca and Siena. She soon realizes that their wonderful old house on the beach holds secrets. When Siena writes in her diary with an old pen she found in her closet, the pen writes its own story, of Sarah and Joshua, a brother and sister who lived in the same house during World War II. As the two stories unfold, amazing parallels begin to appear, and Siena senses that Sarah and Joshua's story might contain the key to unlocking Lucca's voice.(Goodreads.) 
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.




Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Letter From a Reader: Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

Hello Everyone!!

I received this book from Indigo, so thank you to them for sending me such an inspirationla book!! I loved it!



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Author: Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Indigo
Published: August 19th 2014
No. of Pages: 240


Written in collaboration with critically acclaimed NATIONAL BOOK AWARD finalist Patricia McCormick, Malala tells her story - from her childhood in the Swat Valley to the shooting, her recovery and new life in England. She's a girl who loves cricket, gossips with her best friends, and, on the day of the shooting, nearly overslept and missed an exam. A girl who saw women suddenly banned from public, schools blown up, the Taliban seize control, and her homeland descend into a state of fear and repression. This is the story of her life, and also of her passionate belief in every child's right to education, her determination to make that a reality throughout the world, and her hope to inspire others.-(Foyles)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



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