Weekly Wonders: 16th April

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Time escaped from me last week and I never got around to writing this. That’s what happens when I decide to have an early night.

This week has involved quite a lot of uni stress, I must admit. But I saw a friend for lunch (and then saw her again at the end of the week), which was really lovely. Also, for me, kind of a big deal because to say I have a non-existent social life is an understatement.

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Last year, for my brother’s 30th, I bought us both tickets to walk over the O2. We finally did it this week, and oh my word, it was amazing! The climb itself was easier than I thought it would be but the view from the top was incredible. We were lucky with the weather; it was a really nice evening. It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so I’m glad to have finally had the chance.

As it is Easter, we had a family gathering today. There were thirty of us! With cousins and partners etc, it’s fair to say that I have quite a big family. It’s lovely how close we all are though. I even met my mum’s aunt and her son, and had a lovely chat about books with my Great-Aunt Joan! Just to keep things interesting!

It’s been a bit of a social week for me! Definitely need to get back to the studying next week – hopefully a few long days will help me to feel a little calmer.

I hope everyone else has had a lovely weekend. While you’re digesting some chocolate, have a read of some of the posts you might have missed this week:

I’m hoping to spend a little time on the blog over the next few weeks. Although I’ve been writing all the posts etc, I want to just give it a bit more of my time and attention and hopefully generate a real buzz about how I feel about it. At the moment, I feel as if it is falling a little flat, so would love to hear any suggestions about what you would like to see from me in the near future.

But for now, here is what is coming up next week:

  • Monday: Book Review: A Mighty Dawn by Theodore Brun
  • Wednesday: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
  • Friday: Television Review: Orphan Black, Series 2
  • Saturday: Book Review: Dragon Trials by Ava Richardson

I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter books since January (slowly, on and off). I think my plan for the rest of the evening is just to curl up with Order of the Phoenix and lose myself for a while.

How’s everyone else’s weekends been? I hope you’ve been able to enjoy the long weekend and get some reading done! What are you all reading? Anything you would suggest? Let me know in the comments below!

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Film Review: The BFG

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the-bfg-1When a young orphan, Sophie, looks out of her window one night, she doesn’t expect to see a giant looking back at her.

Snatched so she can’t tell, Sophie is transported to giant-land. But her initial fears dwindle as she befriends the BFG – the smallest giant in giant-land, shunned by his brothers because he refuses to eat children. Instead, the BFG catches dreams.

But Sophie is in danger –all of the children are. With the BFG, the queen of England and some snozzcumbers, a daring plan is hatched to eliminate the threat caused by the giants once and for all!Read More »

Up and Coming: April’s Posts

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Although March has whizzed by in a blink of an eye, it feels like it has been ages since I wrote an `Up and Coming` post. Perhaps I was just more organised at the end of February in regards to knowing what I wanted to happen in March. Who knows!

I have had such a reading buzz lately that it was hard selecting four books to focus my reviews on. Although the way I have been going, I’m certain that I will get a few more slipped in there somewhere!

It’s because of the train journeys that I’ve been reading so much. But, scarily, I don’t have many of them left. Or, at least, they won’t be as frequent. I’m going to have to be careful how I plan my reviews from now on to make sure I can stay on top of things.

That being said, I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to see how much I can read before those journeys stop. I’m trying to get a better balance of books for reviewing and books for pleasure and, I must admit, it feels like it might be working. Watch this space is all I can say there!Read More »

Film Review: The Jungle Book

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the-jungle-book-1The jungle is his home and the wolves his family. But Mowgli knows that he isn’t a wolf: his fondness for tricks is not the wolf way.

When Shere Khan, a vicious tiger with a hatred for man, threatens Mowgli, returning to the man village seems like the only course of action to keep him safe.

Meeting friends and foes alike, Mowgli begins his journey. But his love for the jungle and his family is strong and Mowgli refuses to leave while his family is in danger.

But to defeat Shere Khan, Mowgli must accept who – and what – he is.Read More »

Film Review: Finding Dory

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Everyone has a place where they belong, a place to call home. But what if, like Dory, you can no longer remember where that is?

Dory knows she comes from somewhere. She knows she had parents, a family. Rather than dwelling on what she can’t remember, Dory sets off an adventure to reunite with her mum and dad.

Marlin and Nemo join her in an epic quest across the ocean, encountering new friends along the way. Finding her home is one thing; getting inside to find her parents is a different matter entirely.

Nothing deters Dory, not even the impossible.Read More »

Weekly Wonders: 13th – 19th March

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Another deadline out of the way! Needless to say, this week has been another crazy one with working intently. How can you finish something, and then two days later still be tweaking and altering words? What can I say: I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my work.

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Apart from having work (at my job) this weekend, I’ve allowed it to be a couple of days of breathing space. I am certainly ending this week feeling ready for the week to come – which is more than I can say for last week!

I’m really behind on promoting posts at the moment, but managed to get a few of those done. I’ve also written a review and have actually scheduled some tweets for the first time in about a month.

Plus, I’ve just done a face-mask, my eyebrows and painted my nails. I am so excited to be breaking the spring colours out. There has been some gorgeous weather lately and it has lifted my mood (and energy levels) no end. I’ve never noticeably suffered from SAD before, but I think this winter did affect me.

I had my first experience of The London Book Fair this week. In a word? Overwhelming! The sheer size of place was completely daunting and it did involve lots of getting lost. But I was surrounded by books, so it was a good place to get lost in! I didn’t get as much out of it as I hoped, but it was great to have experienced it.

Time is getting away from me this evening – I’m sure I had lots of other things I was going to catch up on. But if I’m not the only one chasing lost time, here is what you missed on the blog this week:

I don’t know why considering I have a huge list on Netgalley, but I actually feel in control of reviews at the moment. Maybe it’s because I’m reading/reviewing a few sequels without having to re-read first, which naturally saves a lot of time.

I’m just going to enjoy the feeling while it lasts!

Just to continue that feeling of contentment, this is what I have coming up next week:

  • Monday: Book Review: Hoffer by Tim Glencross
  • Wednesday: TBR Pile: March
  • Friday: Film Review: Finding Dory
  • Saturday: Book Review: Those who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

Definitely tune in to next Saturday’s post – there’s a giveaway involved! It’s also my first blog tour with Neverland Blog Tours, so I am very excited to see what the future will bring with them.

No mini-make-over is complete without finishing it off with a good night’s sleep. So I think it’s time to wrap this blog post up and get some shut-eye!

What has everyone been up to this week? I hope you’ve had an enjoyable one and read plenty of great books! Don’t forget to let me know!

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Film Review: Annie

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It’s a hard-knock life for foster kid, Annie. She lives with her mean foster-mum and her mission to find her parents is futile.

But a chance encounter with local businessman and politician changes Annie’s life forever when Will Stacks takes her in. What starts off as a campaign move soon turns into a tale of love and hope, where family may turn up in the most unexpected of places.

Annie must determine whether Stacks’ genuinely feels a connection to her or whether she is just part of his campaign to be elected mayor.

A modern twist on a well-known tale.Read More »