Top 5 Tuesday – Books That Drained My Emotions

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Hi Readers

This weeks topic is books that drained your emotions. I’ve taken this as books that made me feel miserable about hate humanity. Those books are always fun, huh? 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – For obvious reasons. 

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys – I hate this book but I love this book. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This book just makes you feel all the emotions. 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini – This is a tough read.

Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – I still don’t know how to feel about the situation in this book. 

Let me know if you’ve taken part in this weeks T5T!

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

 

Book Review: Cordially Invited by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

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Hi Readers

This book is branded as being your go to guide to becoming the ‘hostess with the mostess.’ It comes with tips and recipes to spice up every occasion.

Of course, it being written by Zoella, this book is already being slated. You type the book into YouTube and the first thing that comes up is ‘Don’t buy this book’ and ‘Zoella the scammer’s at it again’. I’m here today to try and give you an as unbiased opinion as I possibly can.

I’ll start off by saying I do not think this book is a scam or that Zoe made this purely to ‘get as much money out of her 10 year old viewers as she possibly can’. However, I don’t think this book is all that amazing either.

Let’s start off with the positives. First off, this book is beautiful. It’s got lovely designs, it’s lay out is sleek, the pictures are bright and natural and vast in quantity. It’s all very aesthetically pleasing and I’ll definitely get a few grams out of it.

This book has something for everyone. There are DIY how to’s suitable for children, there are recipes for some of her favourite meals. There’s a lot of people looking at this and thinking it means Zoe doesn’t know who her audience is, but I see it as her trying to include her entire audience in this book. Because as much as people try and throw around fake statistics, Zoe’s audience is not entirely made up of under 15’s.

I’ve heard people critique this book for having too many recipes but I really liked them and I’ve actually written down some before I take the book back to the library. There are recipes for chutneys, deserts and some really nice looking dinners to go with every season. 

Cordially Invited is supposed to be about hosting but that’s not all that’s in here. There’s also a lot of home and lifestyle tips and seasonal activity ideas. Honestly the issues come in when she starts talking about how to host the perfect party. 

There were times when the hosting tips she gave insulted me. (Verging on mean here, but) does Zoe think her audience is full of idiots? There are so many tips that are just common sense, I mean, no one needs a book to tell them to keep the toilet roll stocked up, do they?

Like I said before, I don’t think she’s made this just for the ‘cha ching.’ I do however feel she’s lost touch with reality a little bit. Some of the introductions made me cringe so bad and I was just thinking ‘how does anyone have the time to be thinking about stuff like this?’

Now, for the worst thing about this book. Recycled ideas. A lot of the recipes and how-to crafts is stuff I’ve previously seen on Pinterest or already on her YouTube channel/blog for free. I don’t think she really created anything new with this book. I will say it’s handy to have it all in one place though.

This book really isn’t all bad, I just think it would’ve been better if she hadn’t gone down the route of ‘hosting.’ 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

 

NaNoWriMo WIP Tag!

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Note: This tag was created by Bethany Atazadeh

Hi Readers

So I kind of decided very last minute that I would very hesitantly participate in NaNoWriMo. 

I went into it not really having a plan. I just found an old idea I had written down and decided to work with that. 

I am now 10,000 words deep into this project which is already the most I have ever wrote during a NaNoWriMo and I still have more than half the month to go.

Whilst I am really far behind I’ve found a new groove the past couple of days. I kind of have hope that maybe this year I could win NaNoWriMo!

Doing NaNoWriMo has meant I’ve had to neglect this blog a little bit. I found this tag and thought it was the perfect thing to type up quickly. But you can bet the minute I’ve finished this I’m going back to writing. 

1. What is your NaNo WIP? (aka genre, and a little about the story)

It is a fantasy YA novel. I don’t know why but when writing I always gravitate to this genre. 

2. What stage is your WIP in? (aka first draft, second, third, editing, betas, etc)

First draft. 

3. What are your NaNo goals? (Monthly word count goal? Daily goals?)

I’d love to win NaNo and reach 50,000. But, if that’s not possible, I’d be happy with anything about 30,000. 

 4. Do you have NaNo rewards for meeting different goals or the final goal?

I do and I wish I had done this since day one because it works so well for me. My reward normally involves cake or some other form of food. 

5. Are you in a NaNo cabin and/or do you have NaNo buddies?

I have buddies but I don’t really interact with them. 

6. Have you done NaNoWriMo in the past (November or other months) and how did it go?

Yes. I think four, maybe five times. It didn’t go for any of them. 

7. What are you most excited about for this NaNo?

Honestly, my story. The fact that at the beginning of the month I had nothing and now I have these characters who I care about and plans I’m really excited to write. 

8. What is your #1 advice for people doing NaNo?

Set food rewards! They’ve been a game changer for me. 

9. What is your NaNo Handle so we can follow you?

Mine is Comfort Reads. I’ll be sure to add you back!

10. Who will you tag to do the NaNo tag?

I won’t be tagging anyone in this one!

Let me know how your NaNoWriMo is going if you’re taking part. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

End of Year Movie Releases I Want To Watch

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Hi Readers

It’s come to that time of year again where there are so many exciting movies coming out in theatres and there are so many exciting ones I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. Here are the movies at the top of my list:

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – This is a new take on the story we all know and love. This film looks so beautiful, it will certainly be a treat for the eyes.  

Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald – As controversial as this movie has been so far, I can’t help but admit I am still quite excited for it.

Widows – I just love Viola Davis and women coming together to kick as is a must see movie in my book. 

Mary Queen of ScotsGreat cast and I love this period of history. 

Bohemian Rhapsody – I’ve never actually been a huge fan of Queen but this biopic of their story looks incredible. 

Mary Poppins Returns – I’ve been excited for this movie ever since Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced for the cast. Also I’m so glad this is a sequel and not a remake. 

Wreck It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet – If that Princess scene hasn’t got you hyped for this movie then I don’t know what will. 

The Hate U Give – Even though I only gave the book 3 stars I still really want to see this movie. I’ll have to bring tissues though cause it’s going to be an emotional one. 

What upcoming movies are you looking forward to seeing? 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Book Review: Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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DETAILS:

Published: April 2017
Genre: Non-Fiction
Length: 399 Pages
Source: Library Book 
Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.2
My Rating: (I don’t like to rate non-fiction.)

Hi Readers

This is a book that was a pick for Our Shared Shelf a few months ago that I never got around the reading. I’m so glad I decided to pick it up anyway because this was a truly remarkable and emotional read. 

This non-fiction tells the story of women and young girls who worked in radium-dial factories using a new chemical discovered by the Curies. They use the chemical as luminous paint to make clock dials glow in the dark. Several years after this began, the women working in these factories became mysteriously ill. 

I had never heard about the events in this book prior to reading it so the pain and suffering the radium caused was a complete shock to me. Some of the things that these women went through made me feel sick and it was so hard to read about at times. 

Whilst this book explores the dangers of radium it is also about class and exploitation. All of the girls working in the radium factories were young and from working-class families, many were children of migrants. The reason why this went on for so long, long after scientist knew the radium was dangerous, was because they didn’t care about their workers. 

This book was incredibly researched and beautifully written. It was so deep and personal it felt like Kate Moore personally interviewed these women herself, even though that’s impossible as these events happened in the early 1900’s. 

It made it even more of an emotional read. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Finally Fall Book Tag

Hi Readers

So, this tag I was tagged by the lovely Darina over at Facing the Story. Her blog is beautiful so make sure you check her out!

This tag was originally created by Tall Tales

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

The Weasleys. I love a bit of family chaos.

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!

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6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

9. Fall  returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

I always want to return to Harry Potter but I’d also like to reread Jane Eyre soon.

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

A blanket, a jumper, cozy socks, hot chocolate with mini marshmellows, a scented candle and a dog.

11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

Janel from Keeper of Pages

Ellen from A Little Book Life

Briana & Krysta from Pages Unbound

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Top 5 Tuesday – Books I Almost DNFed But Now I Love!

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Hi Readers!

This weeks Top 5 Tuesday topic is books that I almost DNFed but decided to continue and ended up loving it. 

I will admit, it was hard to think of five books for this one. Normally when I DNF a book I don’t give it a second chance and it’s very rare I end up liking the book if a do. But here are the five I’ve come up with!

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This is one of my all time favourite books. But the first time I tried reading it I really didn’t get it and I almost gave up on it. It actually took a couple of rereads before I realised just how beautiful this book is. 

The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith – I’m not really that big on mysteries (I prefer watching them to reading them) and I almost didn’t finish this. I remember really struggling with this but now I love this series so much. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I think the reason I struggled to finish this was because I thought the ending had been spoiled for me and it just made me so reluctant to finish it. Thankfully I did finish it because it turns out I hadn’t been spoiled. 

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas – There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t bother finishing this series. I’m now half way through the final book and having a blast with it. 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Yes, that’s right, I almost DNFed the Harry Potter series. I read the whole series when I was 13 but I first picked up the series when I was 9. It didn’t click with me because I didn’t like boys and the main character was a boy. So I stuck to my Jacqueline Wilson books for the next few years and picked it up again later. 

Let me know if you’ve taken part in this weeks Top 5 Wednesday!

Thanks for reading!

Jess X