Thursday, 23 July 2015

Reading List | Summer 2015

Now if you read my Summer Bucket List collab the other week, if you haven't you can read it here, you'll know that I said that I wanted to read more over the Summer so I thought that today I would tell you the books that I'm planning to read over the Summer. This is because then it'll remind me to read the books and it might give all of you some inspiration on what to have as your Summer reads. Some of these are re-reads and some of them are books that I haven't read before. I thought that I'd give you the blurb so it'll give you an idea of what the book is about.

Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.
But the next day Margo doesn't come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance . . . and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery - culminating in another awesome road trip across America - he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.
Masterfully written by John Green, this is a thoughtful, insightful and hilarious coming-of-age story.

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family - and the battle for the fate of the world.

Panic by Lauren Oliver
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and first love - who committed suicide.
Hannah's voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself and Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening - and what he discovers changes his life . . .

What are you going to be reading this Summer?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

What To Do When You're Bored | Summer Edition

The first week of the Summer holidays are amazing but by the second week we're all sat around on our laptops watching YouTube videos for the 500th time, not that that's a bad thing but you can do that at midnight instead. Today I thought I'd share with you some things that you could do throughout the Summer. Let's get into it so you don't all die of boredom.

1. Invite your friends over for a pool party. If it's really warm as well get the barbecue out, get your music on and have the best Summer pool party of the century. 

2. Go to a theme park. They're loads of fun and you can create amazing memories.

3. Become a pro-photo taker. Don't really ask me how to do this because I am by no stretch of the mark a professional photographer.

4. Go for a bike ride, a long walk, a jog or even have a dance party. They're really fun and also help with fitness.

5. Make ice-cream or ice lollies, they're really fun to make and delicious to eat.

6. If you live within a short distance of the beach, go! If it's warm enough put your bathing suit on and go for a little swim with your family or a group of friends.

7. Learn a new skill. From baking to sports there's courses and videos on how to learn lots of new things. 

8. Make a Summer playlist because otherwise what are you going to do about your pool parties, barbecue's and dance parties?

9. Have a movie night. Whether it be with your friends or maybe a sister, brother etc. stick a film on and get some awesome snacks.

10. Create a blog! If you don't already have a blog I recommend you make one. You can document your Summer on it! 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Summer Bucket List 2015 | Collab w/Antonella

It's come to that time of the year again where I've almost finished school for the year and I have seven free weeks ahead of me to relax and do all sorts of fun things. I thought that I would share with all you beautiful people what I'm planning and hoping on doing all throughout the Summer holidays. This is also a collab with a very good blogging friend of mine, Antonella, she's so lovely and I'm so glad that we're as close as we are. I don't have enough words to describe Antonella, she's so amazing and wonderful. Love you girly! You can check Antonella out here. Let's get on with it, shall we?

1. Take photos at any moment possible. I really want to remember this Summer so I'm going to take lots of photos whenever I can. I might even share them on here.

2. Make new blogger friends. Now I have a few already like Antonella but this Summer I really want to reach out a become friends with lots of new bloggers through collabs and such.

3. Try new things whether it be food or a new type of activity I feel like this Summer I really want to try new things. I always stick to the same things and I want to step outside the box.

4. I want to go in the pool lots and just have a pool party with music and hang out with my friends and sisters in it and mess around.

5. Read More. Now, I read a lot of books but lately I haven't really read any because of school work etc. so this Summer I'm going to read lots of books.

6. Make a Summer music playlist which I can listen to for the whole of the Summer and get obsessed with all the songs on there.

7. Laugh and smile at things that are stupidly funny which makes my stomach hurts and I cry. Simple and probably quite easy but it's definitely on my Summer Bucket List.

8. Go to Twycross Zoo. The last time I went to Twycross Zoo with my parents and sisters I was about five *queue cute pictures* and hardly remember it all. So this Summer because of my dads new job we can go there for free. We're definitely taking advantage of that!

9. Bake some awesome things whether that be cakes, cookies etc. I only ever bake vanilla cupcakes and I really want to be able to bake other things.

10. Blog. Blog. Blog. Seeing as I have so much time off this Summer I'm going to try and blog lots for all you beautiful people because I feel like I've abandoned this blog over the last few months so I'm really going to try and make up for it.

11. I know everyone says this but get a bit fitter. I've already started by substituting things in for other things and I'm already drinking lots of water so I think I'm definitely on my way. I've just got to keep it up.

12. Try and learn something new everyday. This could be hard seeing as I won't be in school but even if it's just the most random of things that I learn I'll be glad.

13. Don't sleep in as much. Now I'm that person in Summer who'll lie in until as late as possible and miss half the day. This Summer I don't want to do that, I want to get up and actually do something productive with the day.

14. See my friends more. When the end of the school year comes everyone's always like we're going to see each other so much over the Summer including myself and it just never happens so this Summer I want to make an effort to see friends as much as I can.

15. Just do exciting things. This sounds so silly but I just want to do more this Summer rather than just lying on the sofa doing nothing.

So that's what's on my Summer bucket list, what's on yours? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to check out Antonella's blog post!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Tea Talk #4 | Grudges: To Hold Or Not To Hold?

Tea Talk is back again. I've decided that today we're going to be discussing grudges and whether to hold them or not because over the past few weeks I've learnt a lot about holding grudges. So without further a do let's get into the tea and the talking.

Okay, so where do I start with this? I don't want to go into too much detail about my experience with holding grudges against someone but I will tell you this much; I fell out with one of my best friends over something that was said and something that had happened a few months before that. I didn't talk to her for months after saying I'd be civil with her and it didn't work out. Blah. Blah. Blah. Miss out a few details here and there and there's my experience wrapped up in a little bundle of grudginess, yes I know that's not a word.

There's a big question surrounded grudges, do we keep onto them and hold them or do we let go of them? I thought that I would never ever let go of the grudge I was holding but in all honesty grudges do nothing for us but make us feel utterly rubbish, trust me. I was more prone to break outs because I was always stressed and angry, I was never hungry because I felt that stressed and whenever I remembered something between us that was funny to us I had to push it to the back of my mind.

I know that I'm not a professional or anything but this is my honest opinion about holding grudges; LET IT GO! Yes I'm still getting Frozen references in there two years later. However putting that aside I'm serious just let the grudge go and that's exactly what I've done. I feel so much better knowing that I can text one of my best friends again or just be absolutely ridiculous with her. In all fairness now that I think about it holding grudges are the most pointless thing in the world because at the time you feel as if you haven't done anything whereas in all fairness you've actually got a part to play in why you're mad at the person you're holding a grudge against.

Until our next Tea Talk do something good; smile at a stranger, help your parents or let go of a grudge you've been holding and make amends with the person you hold a grudge against. It'll not only make them feel better but you as well.

* = Not my Picture

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Monthly Favourites | June Tunes

I'm back with another monthly music favourites because I've decided to do something with all my non-music favourites at the end of the Summer, so look forward to that. Anyway, let's get right into my June music favourites.

Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood
I Look To You - Whitney Houston
Runaway (U & I) - Gatlantis
Shut Up & Dance - Walk The Moon
All I Want - Collabro
Someone New - Hozier
Don't Wait - Joey Graceffa
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Album - M83
Words Don't Come So Easily - Lower Than Atlantis

Cry Me A River - Michael Bublé
Frozen Soundtrack
Mmm Yeah - Austin Mahone feat. Pitbull
Notice Me - Alli Simpson
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Young & In Love - Hunter Hayes
Photograph - Ed Sheeran

Before we part ways I just want to direct you in the way of this video. My cousin showed me this when I was up in Skelmersdale for the weekend whilst we were watching Frozen. I'd like to say that my mind was and still is blown by this video! If you're a Disney fanatic like myself I recommend that you watch this video like now!