The Disney tag!

My friend Amber did this over on her blog (she’s a daily blogger and some how always manages to be hella positive every single day!) and I figured that I would do it too, mostly because around the time that she uploaded it marked a year since I visited Disney World for the first time and I really want to go back. I miss it. So, if anyone fancies paying for me to go to Florida, I would be well up for that. Just so you know…


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Anyway, the tag!

  • What is your favourite Disney movie?
    The Great Mouse Detective, I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and that was my first experience with it! Also, who doesn’t love Vincent Price voicing a giant rat?
  • Disney World or Disney Land?
    Having been to both, I think I prefer Disney World for the sheer size of it and the amount of stuff there is to do, but Land will always have a special place in my heart for being my first Disney experience! Although, my first trip there was very traumatic.
  • Favourite Disney character?
    Belle. Girls got her priorities right.
  • Something you collect from Disney?
    My family always used to buy me character plushies, I had loads of them! I used to be an avid vinylmation collector, now I’m pretty into tsum tsums and I have a collection of plushie Mickey Mouses in various costumes, like these guys:

    "We can live like Jack and Sally if we want."

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    Its annoying that you can’t get Mickey and Minnie in various costumes in the UK, why do you only have them at the Parks damnit?!

  • Favourite Disney ride?
    Pirates. Pirates will always be my fave. I also love Haunted Mansion, Star Tours and Big Thunder Mountain.
  • Disney dream job?
    Does being in a Star Wars movie count because I think I want to be in a Star Wars movie.
  • Most treasured Disney item?
    I have a Sorcerer’s  Apprentice Mickey Mouse from my first visit to Disney Land Paris that I love.
  • Which Disney voice actor would you like to meet?
    Lea Salonga, she is just a bamf right?
  • Favourite snacks at the park?
    This stuff:

    Dole whip is amazing

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    Dole Whip, Dole Whip Floats and Le Freu’s brew were all incredible. Funnel cake and churros and popcorn is all amazing from Disney. I don’t know what they put in the stuff is amazing.

  • Flounder, Sebastian or Scuttle?
  • Do you have a favourite pair of Minnie ears?
    I don’t own any Minnie ears. Sad times.
  • Favourite restaurant at the parks?
    I don’t remember where I ate in Paris, but in Florida, the best place was the Sci Fi diner, that place was incredible, they give you glow in the dark drinks and they put sugar and cinnamon on sweet potato fries. Mind blown.
  • What Disney princess has the best sidekick?
    Rapunzel, Pascal is the best!
  • A scene from a Disney movie you’d like to experience?
    At the risk of repeating myself, I love the bit in Rapunzel with the lake and the lanterns and the song and eurgh.
  • Which character would you choose to be your BFF?
    Baymax. Meeting Baymax was the best experience ever.

    I am satisfied with my care

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  • If you had the chance to see Walt himself, what would you say to him?
    I think I’d have to call him out on the whole racism thing, but I’d also like to say thank you for giving us the whole franchise and the parks and everything…!

So, there we have it, the Disney tag.
This made me miss Disney even more and also my friend Charlotte who actually works at Disney and as such, left for a big city! If any of you guys do this tag, let me know, I’d love to hear about your experiences and stuff!


Sunshine Blog Award


I was nominated by Rachel at Life of a Female Bibliophile! Thanks Rachel! So, now I’m going to answer some qs and rec some blogs and we’re all going to have a jolly good time!


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers.


  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer


  1. Describe how did you first get into blogging?
    I finished university and thought, wow… wtf do I do now? I need to keep writing because that’s literally my only thing, but what could I say that someone else will possibly find interesting? I also wanted to get back into reading because uni literally made me hate reading, so I combined the two and now its morphed into this weird review/recipe/online journal thing…
  2. What do you do in your spare time?
    I watch A LOT of movies, I make YouTube videos (because I want to make movies), I read, I play piano and ukulele very badly and I cook…
  3. What is your favorite genre of music?
    Um… I literally have no idea, I have a pretty eclectic taste!
  4. What book do you always recommend to other readers?
    The Miseducation of Cameron Post – seriously, go read it!
  5. What is your favorite word? Least favorite?
    My favourite word is incognito! My least favourite word is nice. Its just so bland isnt it?!
  6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
    I want to go to Japan and also explore Europe, I’ve never been to the west coast of America so it would be cool to go there and I’d like to do Australia at some point too! (Basically, I love travelling, but I don’t have the money or the travel companions to do it.)
  7. What’s your favorite season?
    Winter. Its the only time of year its acceptable to just wear jumpers all the time. I also like beanies. And I feel like a bit of a fool wearing them in the summer.
  8. What is the best TV show you have ever watched?
    Ever? Probably Spaced. But I do love Supernatural, Lost and New Girl as well…
  9. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
    Short, anti-social and introverted!
  10. Where do you buy most of your books?
    I hate to say this, but Amazon. I read a lot of kindle books because of a lack of space. I wish I had the space and the money to shop at Waterstones!
  11. What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
    Trying to make subjects interesting!


Becky, George and Rebecca!


  1. What is your least favourite movie and why?
  2. What is your go to meal at your favourite restaurant?
  3. Favourite song?
  4. Have you ever given up on a book?
  5. Favourite place you’ve ever visited?
  6. Favourite thing to binge watch?
  7. Hardbacks, paperbacks or kindle?
  8. Which mythical creature represents your personality the best?
  9. Team Cap or Team Iron Man?
  10. Candle fan?




Book Fangirling Blog Award


Well its been a while since I’ve been nominated for a blog award! I couldn’t resist doing the post for this one though as I consider Fangirling to be my greatest talent. I was nominated by Becky who you should go and check out! Also I’m a tad worried about not being able to include her in my list of blogs I fangirl over! Also look at that graphic, much harry very potter. It’s so beautiful!

The rules:

  1. Create a post to receive your award
  2. Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  5. Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

The questions Becky wanted answers to are:

1.) What was your favourite read from 2015 and why?
I read a lot of great books in 2015, you can check out everything I read in my The Read List tag, but I also did the end of year survey talking about some of my favourites. After some consideration, I think Carry On might have been my favourite. It’s the only one that’s really stuck in my head and I’ve fangirled over the most!

2.) What’s the most nerdy fangirly item you own? (E.g. necklace, poster, mug etc.)

IMG_7157Here’s a collection of things.
I decided to limit this to only bookish related fandom memorabilia because I don’t have a camera lens large enough to include all the nerdy shit I  have in my house!
I take fangirling really seriously and I literally love so many things that I have A LOT of merchandise. Clothes, shoes, collectables, bed sheets, pillows, toys… I think (though its not book related) the fact that I have a three foot tall cuddly Dean Winchester is probably worth a mention. That’s definitely the most fangirly thing I own and I pray to God that I never end up in a situation when Jensen Ackles is anywhere near my home because if he sees it, he will probably call the authorities.
I just really love the fandom nod. You know the nod you get when pass someone in the street and they are wearing a shirt from a fandom you’re in and the two of you just catch each other’s eyes and smile because you get the reference and its like even though you don’t know each other, you’re in this private club for two and you’re both super clever because no one else has noticed the reference.

3.) What do fandoms do for you? Aka, what do you get out of being a part of one, belonging, friendship, etc.
Fandoms are great. They enhance the experience of the thing that you love, you make friends with unlikely people and you can meet people through sites like Tumblr that you can have intellectual meta conversations about the original source material and characters. Being a massive nerd, I like to think about and discuss character’s reasons for doing stuff and being a writer, I like thinking about the wider context of stories and when you’re in a fandom you get the opportunity to do that with other people who have interesting thoughts on the same thing.

4.) If you could pick one character from your favourite fandom to be your best friend, who would you choose and why?
Just one person?!?! Why are you doing this to me!? My favourite BOOK fandom (it’s important to highlight the difference) would probably be Ginny Weasley. She’s amazing. I love her a bit. (if you’re wondering my favourite non book fandom bff would be Charlie Bradbury – clearly I have a thing for redheads).

5.) How do you react when you meet someone that has never read/watched/heard of your favourite fandom? (A few options: clonk them over the head, shove a book in their face, do the hokey cokey.)
I mostly gaze at them like but it would benefit your life greatly, why haven’t you experience this thing?!

The questions I want you guys to answer are:

  1. What was your first experience of fandom?
  2. Have you had any bad experiences with fandoms?
  3. Have you ever written fan fic based on a book you’ve read and loved?
  4. Pick a fandom – favourite and least favourite characters?
  5. And as I liked Becky’s question so much – show me your fandom merch, any and all fandoms allowed!

And my five nominees are:

A stranger’s guide to novels
Life of a female Bibliophile
and my friend Rebecca!

Happy fangirling!

The Inside Out Book Tag!

Anyone that has followed this blog for a while will know two things, one I am a sucker for a memtacular book tag and I never get tagged in said memetacular book tags. But that doesn’t mean I don’t do them anyway, behold, The Inside Out Book Tag!
As it says in the title, this is an Inside Out themed book tag, as in the questions are tailored around characters from the Disney film Inside Out (which is utter genius by the way)


Its all very simple! Talk about a book that brings you joy, fear, disgust, sadness and anger!!
I tag everyone who wants to do it! I’m going to be looking out for Inside Out characters on my wordpress reader, just so you all know!

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

I’ve seen this challenge floating around the internet for a while and its always caught my eye, I kinda love  Gilmore Girls (that show needs to be on netflix in its entirety so that I can laugh at baby Sam Winchester and so that I can enjoy it all over again.) and I especially love Rory and her passion for reading.
Anyway, I am rather fond of reading challenges. This blog began because I started a 52 books challenge . I’ve done the Six Week Challenge with Somer Valley FM, where I had to review every book that I read in a six week period, I’ve done the 30 day blog challenge, where I had to post something every day for the whole of April and last year, I spent my time doing the Book Genre Challenge, where I had to read at least one book from a certain challenge each month until the end of the year.
Now, 2014 and the book genres are over, I was looking for something new to challenge myself with and so, I decided to give the Rory Gilmore challenge a go, because honestly, I can’t not have a challenge. Now, realistically, this is going to take me more than a year, there’s like 300 plus books on it! But, I like the idea of stretching myself and doing something a bit different, so, challenge accepted!
The list below is the one you’ll find if you happen to google Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and find my fellow blogging friend, Becky’s blog, most of the lists have a few variations, but I feel if I use this one, at least I can cry on Becky’s virtual shoulder when it gets too hard!
Books that are crossed through are already read and I guess I’ll do updates every couple of months to show my progress!

1.) 1984 by George Orwell
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a
Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.) Carrie by Stephen King
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
52.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
53.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
54.) Cujo by Stephen King
55.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
56.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
57.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
58.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
59.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
60.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
61.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
62.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
63.) Deenie by Judy Blume
64.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed
America by Erik Larson
65.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
66.)The Divine Comedy by Dante
67.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
68.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
69.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
70.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
71.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
72.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
73.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
74.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
75.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
76.) Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
77.) Emma by Jane Austen
78.) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
79.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
80.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
81.) Ethics by Spinoza
82.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
83.) Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
84.) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
85.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
86.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
87.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
88.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
89.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
90.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
91.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. 
92.) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
93.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
94.) Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
95.) Fletch by Gregory McDonald
96.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
97.) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
98.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
99.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
100.) Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
101.) Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
102.) Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
103.) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
104.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
105.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
106.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
107.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
108.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
109.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
110.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
111.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
112.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
113.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
114.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
115.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
116.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
117.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
118.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
119.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
120.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 
121.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
122.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
123.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
124.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and
Curt Gentry
125.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
127.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
128.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
129.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
130.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
131.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
132.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
133.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
134.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
135.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
136.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
137.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
138.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
139.) The Iliad by Homer
140.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
141.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
142.) Inferno by Dante
143.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
144.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
145.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
146.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
147.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
148.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
149.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
150.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
151.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
152.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
153.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
154.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
155.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
156.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
157.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
158.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
159.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
160.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
161.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
162.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
163.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
164.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
165.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
166.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
167.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
168.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
169.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
170.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
171.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
172.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
173.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
174.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
175.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
176.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
177.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
178.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
179.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
180.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
181.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
182.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
183.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
184.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
185.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
186.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
187.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
188.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
189.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
190.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
191.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
192.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
193.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
194.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
195.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
196.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
197.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
198.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
199.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
200.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
201.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
202.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
203.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
204.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
205.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
206.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
207.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
208.) Night by Elie Wiesel
209.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
210.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke,
Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
211.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
212.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
213.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
214.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
215.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
216.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
217.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
218.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
219.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
220.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
221.) Othello by Shakespeare
222.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
223.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
224.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
225.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
226.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
227.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
228.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
229.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
230.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
231.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
232.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
233.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian
234.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
235.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
236.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
237.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of
Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
238.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
239.) Property by Valerie Martin
240.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
241.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
242.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
243.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
244.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
245.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe 
246.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
247.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
248.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
249.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
250.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
251.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
252.) The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
253.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
254.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
255.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
256.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
257.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
258.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
259.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
260.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
270.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
271.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
272.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
273.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
274.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
275.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
276.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
277.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
278.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
279.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
280.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
281.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
282.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
283.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
284.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
285.) Sexus by Henry Miller
286.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
287.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
288.) The Shining by Stephen King
289.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
290.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
291.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
292.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
293.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
294.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers 
295.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of
the Modern World by Barrington Moore
296.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
297.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
298.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
299.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
300.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
301.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
302.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
303.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
304.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
305.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
306.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
307.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
308.) Stuart Little by E. B. White
309.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
310.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
311.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne
312.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
313.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
314.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
315.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
316.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
317.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
318.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
319.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
320.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
321.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
322.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
323.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
324.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
325.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
326.) Ulysses by James Joyce
327.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
328.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
329.) Unless by Carol Shields
330.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
331.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
332.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
333.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third
series) by Joe Harvard
334.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
335.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
336.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
337.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
338.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
339.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
340.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
341.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
342.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
343.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
344.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
345.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
346.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
347.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
348.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
349.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

 So, I’ve read 56/349 so far, (I think!) let’s see how well I do come the end of the year!


365 month 12!!

Well this is it guys, full circle! The final 365 post!
I really enjoyed doing it and I think I have become a better photographer, to the point where I am considering doing a proper course in photography at some point this year, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing into 2015 with the photo a day thing. Part way through the challenge I stopped setting up shots and started just taking random, natural photos which I actually preferred. But that’s it from me, here are the last 31 photos of the challenge!

Goodbye 2014!

Another year over and we’re still together…

Irrelevent song is irrelevant.
Anyway, Hello! Happy end of the year to you all, it’s time for me to reflect on one of my three challenges for this year, those of you who’ve been here since the first of January and beyond, will know that this year, I have embarked on a 365 (which finishes next week), a Goodreads challenge to read 100 books in a year and the Book Genre Challenge hosted by eternal-books on Tumblr.

These are my thoughts on finishing the Book Genre Challenge, which at times, was actually really difficult – which was sort of the point. I wanted to do something that would really widen my reading habits and get me into things I wouldn’t have looked at otherwise and it certainly did that. Without this challenge, I probably wouldn’t have ventured into steampunk or sci fi and I certainly wouldn’t have gone out of my way to find classics to read! For those that missed it, or maybe want to try this is into the coming year, the Book Genre Challenge gives you a different genre each month, with the view that you have to read at least one book from each specified genre until the end of the year. I’ve been summing this up month by month, but here’s a comprehensive list of how I did!



January – Historical Fiction.

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein,
The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

February – Dystopia

 Under the never sky – Veronica Rossi,
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Attwood,
The Lux Guardians – Saruuh Kelsey

March – Contemporary

(At the time, I thought everything I read counted, but on reflection, turns out only one of them was listed as contemporary fiction on Goodreads!)
Perfect – Rachel Joyce.

April – Fantasy

The Last Werewolf – Glen Duncan,
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman,
The Fifth Wave – Rick Yancey
Death’s Daughter – Amber Benson

May – Steampunk

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld,
Boneshaker – Cherie Priest,
The last cogman – Rebecca Ferrier

June – Science Fiction

A Scanner Darkly – Phillip K Dick,
Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

July – Classics

A tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevelier
Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus – P G Wodehouse

August – Fairy Tale Retelling

Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Page
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns – Chris Colfer (well, I read half of it!)
The book of lost things – John Connelly
Spindles End – Robin McInnery

September – Mystery

The Cuckoos Calling – Robert Galbraith
Rivers of London – Ben Aaranovich
Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas
Death comes to Pemberley – P D Winters
The Big Four – Agatha Christie
The long, dark teatime of the soul – Douglas Adams

October – Paranormal

Point Pleasant – Jen Archer Wood
The Immortal Rules – Julia
The Vampire Academy –
Hemlock Grove –

November – Mythological retelling

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
Dreamless – Josephine Angelini

December – Romance

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg
The Rosie Effect – Graeme Stinson
Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins


Like I said earlier, science fiction and steampunk aren’t particularly two genres that are normally on my radar, I tend not to read classics all that much either, mostly because I feel like some of them are cumbersome and that people seem to think that you’re all kinds of pretentious if you try and read a million classics, but I also found tracking down mythological retellings quite difficult – you have no idea how many libraries I scoured looking for some kind of Norse mythology retelling that wasn’t Odd and the Frost Giants (which I ended up reading in January having had it for Christmas.)
Out of all of them, I found steampunk to be the most interesting, even though it wasn’t something I read a lot about, I was familiar with it and I did really enjoy searching for books in that genre and reading the different interpretations of it. Contemporary was surprisingly the one I did the least well with, especially considering that I think anything published in the last five years counts as contemporary fiction. Paranormal was my least favourite of the genres. So. Much. Twilight. Style. Books. I was rather hoping for like, Supernatural, but in book form. Oh how I wish that were the case. Though I did manage to track down actual published Destiel fan fic which was AMAZING.
Anyway, I have really enjoyed this particular challenge, I feel enlightened and think that I may have to expand my horizons into the coming year and read more mystery, more fairy tale and more mythological retellings because once I found books in those categories, they were really interesting.

So, all that remains for me to say is thank you for sticking with me for so long, thank you for putting up with all these posts and for actually reading about my stupid life and to ask that if you can think of another challenge to take me through this year, I would love to hear it!

Hope your 2015 treats you well!

made of awesome