September ’15 Wrap Up

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I realise how cliche I sound when I say I can’t believe it’s now October, but it’s true. Lo and behold, the sun is setting sooner, school has started and I actually needed a coat the other day because of the chill outside. I’ve discovered so many cool book blogs this month and they’re a m a z i n g. It may not look like a great reading month from the lack of books in my “Books I’ve read section” but I feel like I might be getting out of the reading slump. Hazarrrrrrr!

Books I’ve Read

Anya's Ghost by Vera BrosalAssassin's Blade by Sarah J. MaasMiss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsTess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

Reading Challenge Update

Back to Classics Challenge  I really do think I’m going to reach my goal of the 9/12 classics! I’ve finished Tess of the D’Urbervilles and I’m almost half way through Jane Eyre (which I didn’t think I’d enjoy as much as I am!). After that one I’ll probably read one more and that’s my goal reached. Yay! Current status: 8/12 read.

Alphabet Soup Challenge – Ahh none of the books I read this month covered the ten letters I still have to cover for this challenge BUT I’m still not worried too much. I’ve got timeeeeee…. Current status: 16/26 letters covered.

New Author Challenge – Finished it last month! Whoooo!

Goodreads Challenge – Okay, okay so I’m even more behind than I was last month but I am reading more than I was! I’m reading five books at once give me a break…

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September Favourite

Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas I have absolutely got to give this one to one of my favourite authors of all time, Sarah J. Maas and her series of novellas The Assassin’s Blade. I put off reading this book for a long long while and looking back I’m not really sure why. THERE ARE SO MANY REFERENCES IN THIS BOOK AND EVERYTHING FITS PERFECTLY WITH THE REST OF THE NOVELS IT GAVE ME SO MUCH JOY. I really do love it when everything fits together and because of this book I now love Sarah J. Maas even more, which, to be quite honest, I didn’t think was possible.

Most Anticipated October Release

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

To see the things I've been loving this September click HERE!

I have so many cool things planned for October you’re not even ready! BUT tell me about YOUR MONTH. I know I’m pretty much FAILING but how are you doing with your reading challenges/goals? With only three months left of 2015 (THREE MONTHS!) do you think you’ll make it? Any Halloween plans? If I see anyone dressed as a book character I will probably tackle them in hug that clearly coveys the bookish vibes~

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Nattie’s Catch Up (September ’15)

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The Highs

Remembering how beautiful seaside towns are during autumn – At the very very beginning of September, before school began, my family and I managed to make the most of one of the last sunny days of the year and headed for the seaside. If I’m being honest, it wasn’t the greatest weather but it didn’t matter because I adore cute towns by the sea like the one we went to. It had the cliffs and cream parlors (although I went with a hot chocolate on the day) and pebbled beaches (and some sandy ones too!). It was pretty and not too hot which was great because I haven’t felt so relaxed since!

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The Great British Bake Off – If you could represent Britain with just one show, The Great British Bake Off would be it. It’s a baking competition that takes place in a big tent in the middle of a field where the presenters make bad (yet hilarious!) puns, one of the judges is an lovely 80-year-old lady and everybody cries when someone has the leave the tent every week. The phrase “soggy bottom” alone is the single most British thing I’ve ever heard. What more could you want?

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Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon – Not her actual honeymoon cause that would be weird. I’m talking about her new album that came out only about a week ago! I’ve loved Lana Del Rey for years and years now and although her first album will always be my favourite, Honeymoon is so so good and I’ve definitely got plans to see her when she goes on tour.

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The Low

The stress – I’d be lying if I said school is easy right now. It’s such a big leap from last year in workload and difficulty and I’m not sure how I’m not sleeping during half of my breaks. It’s getting more difficult to fit in my reading time but so far I’m managing (only just) and soon, hopefully, I’ll be doing a lot less of this:

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ENOUGH ABOUT ME. Tell me how your September has gone! Did you go back to school? Work? What music album are you obsessing over that I should probably give a shot? I’m a sucker for any kind of cooking competition, not just Bake Off and especially if it has Gordon Ramsay in it so tell which show on TV you have a weakness for!

Here’s to a wonderful October!

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Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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Ahh muy favourite topic: TBRs! Although I am terrible at actually sticking to what I usually say in these kinda of lists, I do try my best and some of these I’m super excited about. In fact, I’m going today to pick up four of them from the library. That’s the first four titles on my list and oh god am I excited to finally get to Queen of Shadows (that’s probably my most anticipated book of the year if I’m being honest) because I know so so many people have read it already and my copy is STILL waiting for me at the library. *sighhhhh* Anyways, here is my list of books I’ll probably read during this Autumn:

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

4. George by Alex Gino

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

7. Zombicorns by John Green

8. Binge by Tyler Oakley

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

Let me know what books you’re planning on reading in the next few months! Leave your links down in the comments and I will be sure to check them out! :3

REVIEW: Anya’s Ghost IN 200 WORDS

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Published: June 7th 2011 by First Second

Length: 221 pages

Where I got it: Library!

Why I got it: I haven’t really explored the graphic novel section of YA so I wanted to give it a go and I’ve heard fabulous things about this particular story.

Summary from Goodreads:

Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part.
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

This was an interesting one. Anya’s character seemed complex enough with her own insecurities etc. yet it took me a while to feel any positive feeling towards her. Starting off, I thought she was too bitter towards other people that didn’t deserve it. It’s a problem that comes up in YA quite a lot and it’s the issue of girls competing with other girls. It’s absurd. Realising that hating people you don’t know is wrong because they also have their own issues is great. Realising that hating people you don’t know is wrong because it’s petty and ridiculous is better. There is definitely a lesson that has been learnt in that regard but I wish wish wish it could have been shown differently. It wasn’t really until the end that I felt those horror elements really taking effect and I thought from the summary and what I’ve heard about this story that it would be scarier. The side characters were interesting and Anya’s backstory was fantastic. Overall, I did enjoy this graphic novel and felt that although it didn’t blow me away, I would recommend it as a quick read to someone who might want a different kind of story.

RATING: [3/5]

Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations

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Ahhh everyone that has been around here a while knows I’m a sucker for a good book to movie adaptation. I mean, we all love them right? There is that dilemma of “I don’t want them to ruin it!” versus “What if it’s epic and I’ll have a whole different way to love this story.” I’ve experienced that mental struggle too many times to count and, although this is a post celebrating the films that were translated brilliantly, there have been a lot of cringe worthy adaptions that make me all the more grateful for everyone who made the films below so fantastic. Okay. Enough already! Here is my list of Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptations:

101. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

This is and always will be the best book to movie adaptation out there. I keep a list of book to movie adaptations that I’ve seen on my phone and over the past 4 years I’ve watched over 25. None of the beat the amazing work of ART that is the last Harry Potter movie. The first time I saw it I must have been around 12 years old and I was taken with the adults of the family (parents, uncles, aunties etc.) to go see it and I remembered nothing of it. I didn’t grow up with Harry Potter, I didn’t read the books. Honestly, it was a bit annoying. Fast forward to 2014 and I’m bundled up in a blanket at 10 pm. I’ve finished the book a few hours earlier and stopped crying about an hour beforehand. I put the DVD on and I KID YOU NOT I watched the whole thing and then I restarted it and watched it again. I spent about an hour watching the extra bonus footage after that and so god knows what time I went to bed but I can tell you that so so so many tears were shed that day. (The rest of my list would be mostly HP so I’m going to count all the others in this one too.)

112. Catching Fire

What is there to say about this movie? What can I say that hasn’t been said before. This film is still my favourite out of the three that are out so far (with Mockingjay Part 1 close behind and I’m pretty sure Mockinjay Part 2 will be high on this list too). The Hunger Games is such a fantastic movie series even without mentioning how closely they follow the book. These movies are successful because they know what to change from the book and they know what to leave out all together (especially with Mockingjay. Don’t even get me started on that train wreck of a book.) I’m so so excited for the last film! We’re all going to need a lot of tissues.

123. Divergent

I know a lot of people are a bit iffy about this series/this movie in particular, but this is a one of the few movies I allowed myself to see twice in the cinema. THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE MOVIE. Gosh, just writing about how amazing this first film was makes me so mad at the creators of the second film. If I was making a list of book to film adaptations which I hated, Insurgent would be very high indeed. Back to Divergent, I thought it was absolutely fantastic and I cried a few times while watching it (what a surprise, I know!).

134. If I Stay

Woah! Another one that a lot of people (*cough* critics *cough*) hated and I couldn’t help but love. Chloe Grace Moretz is such a fantastic choice for Mia and this movie had be bawling 10 minutes into it (just like the book!). I really loved how they did the flashbacks and how they put importance on the family relationships and not just the romance and GUYS IT WAS SO GOOD. I cannot believe I haven’t rewatched it yet (although I think I’m waiting for an evening when I can unapologetically cry over this stupid teenage girl with a stupid family and a stupid boyfriend that gives me all these stupid EMOTIONS).

145. Paper Towns

Paper Towns before TFIOS? OMG Nattie what’s wrong with you????  Honestly, I just liked it better. When I look back at TFIOS it’s nowhere near as funny as Paper Towns and I, unlike many other people, really liked Margo’s character (and Cara Delevingne, but that’s beside the point.) Although looking back at it I would not give it a five star rating, I enjoyed myself immensely while watching this film and as soon as I walked out of the cinema I wanted to go in again. It was wonderful!

Other favourites:

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6. The Fault in Our Stars
7. Mockingjay Part 1
8. Breaking Dawn Part 2

(Shhh, don’t judge. That film was amazing and twilight haters of the past have to admit it was epic)

9. The Hunger Games
10. Eclipse

So that’s it! I hope you also loved some of the films from my list and I’m 100% recommend all of these movies as well as the books that came before them! Leave me a link to your Top Ten for this week and I’ll be checking them out all day. I’m especially excited for today because it’s a Freebie! Who knows what lists I’ll find C:

Summertime Madness Book Tag

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I’ve gone back to school, I’m drowning in work and my reading time has been significantly reduced. Yupp, sounds like summer is officially over. But don’t threat, with this book tag I’ll attempt to hold onto summer for a couple more minutes. Thank you very much to the lovely Kelsey over at Don’t Shush MeI’m not going to waffle any more so let’s begin.

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenShow a book with a summery cover

My mind went instantly to Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More. I’ve only read two of her books (this one and Along for the Ride) which is bad because I know a lot of people love her and I did enjoy both of the books that I have read from her. What I also know is that her stories mostly (always?) take place during the summer and the cover of The Moon and More is very summery indeed.

tumblr_lzxnn9TksB1rp36l1o1_400Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a summer vacation

Whenever I hear “fictional place” in a question, my brain chooses to think of nowhere else but Hogwarts. Hogwarts. HOGWARTS. HOGWARTS! However, since this is a summer vacation and nobody’s going to be there until September, I’ll go with the next best thing: the Weasley’s Burrow. I mean, CAN YOU IMAGINE? Playing Quidditch in the garden and eating Mrs Weasley’s massive meals three times a day and going to see the Quidditch World Cup, I repeat: can you just imagine? It sounds perfect.

25005214You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation, but you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, what novella do you choose?

Since I heard the new Red Queen novella has just been released (although this fantasy world doesn’t exactly scream light-summer-reading), I’d definitely go with Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard. You can find my review of Red Queen HERE but overall I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the sequel in 2016. AHHH give it to me already!

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellYou have a case of summertime sadness, what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

I know Rainbow Rowell’s books are fantastic as well as funny and cute so I’ll probably pick up Fangirl. I’ve read Eleanor and Park and so I have full trust in the hype surrounding Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl is the one I hear the most about and the one I actually own. Plus, I mean, it’s about a girl who writes fanfiction, how have I not read this yet?

The Lightening Thief by Rick RiordanYou’re sitting alone on the beach alone… which fictional character would be your beach babe?

My default answer for any book boyfriend question is, of course, William Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. BUT, since this is someone I’m going to be spending my time on the beach with (and let’s be real, all that black Shadowhunter gear and weapons? Not the greatest outfit for the beach) I’m going to chose Percy Jackson. If you don’t know, Percy Jackson is the son of the sea god which makes him an absolutely perfect beach babe.

dobby-harry-potter-dog-222063 (1)To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional side kick do you pick?

I straight away thought of Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians but she’s not a sidekick and I refuse to consider her a sidekick. I think Dobby would be a really cool and interesting sidekick. Sure, he’s had some ups and downs but he’s super helpful and I’d give him socks every day just to hear him say, “Mistress has given Dobby a sock.”

It’s so sad that summertime is nearly over for the year! Before it is though, I will tag the last 5 blogs I followed!

Cait @ Paper Fury

Shelumiel @ Bookish and Awesome

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts 

Sarah @ Exploring All Genres

Thank you again to Kelsey for tagging me! You can find her answers to the tag HERE. It’s been fun and now that it’s over I can officially welcome Autumn (or Fall if you want to be American) in all its chilly-days-and-falling-leaves glory. Bring on Halloween!

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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This week was hard for me because I tend to marathon all the books in the series together so unless the last book hasn’t come out yet, nearly all of the series that I’ve started are finished. BUT I tried my best and here is the result:

Geek Girl by Holly SmaleRed Queen by Victoria AveyardA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasA Darker Shade final for Irene

1. Geek Girl by Holly Smale – After finishing the third book, I’m not too keen on the main character. She’s just too immature and I can’t relate to her whatsoever. I will be finishing it though!

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I want the next book now please! Please? Although a new novella just came out so I’ll definitely be reading that sometime soon!

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – This author is a queen and I’m pretty sure I everybody knows why so I’ll save myself from the explanation.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – God, I can’t wait for Queen of Shadows to finally arrive. I’m dying over here!

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I have yet to read her other books but I do really like the first book in this series and I can’t wait for the sequel.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra ClareThe Vampire Diaries by L.J. SmithAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  The Host by Stephanie Meyer  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

6. The Magisterium Series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – I’ve heard no buzz surrounding the release of the sequel which is a shame because I kinda liked the first one. Will be getting to it soon!

7. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith – I mean, I’ve read 12 books from this mega series of a four book original series and the two trilogies that followed. I have yet to read the last one. One more won’t kill me?

8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Yeah, yeah, this probably doesn’t count. They’re companion novels but I really enjoyed both Anna and Lola so Isla is definitely on the horizon too!

9. The Host by Stephanie Meyer – *glares at the author from a thousand miles away* It’s been SEVEN YEARS Stephanie. I want my sequel.

10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I’ve said this before but I don’t really want to finish this series because the romance annoys me and Sydney annoys me and the way Adrian changed annoys me. I looked on the wiki to see what happens at the end of the series and I might just finish this series out of curiosity. I’ll get there someday…

Are you guilty of starting and not finishing a bunch of series? Or do you like to marathon them back to back like me? Leave me a link to your list for this week and I’ll make sure to check it out!