Reading Music.

When I pick up a book and decide to read I like to be in control of the volume around me, so I tend to venture off to my room for some piece and quiet. 
If I were to read downstairs, where all of my family usually are, the volume and noise wont be under my control and I feel like I wont concentrate and fully appreciate the book.
I recently experimented to see if i would be able you read while listening to music, two of my favourite things in the whole word.
Music makes up the majority of my day, along with books, food and instagram.  
I discovered that I was able to listen to music, but only certain music. Some of my favourites that I can listen to are; Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac, Paramore, certain My Chemical Romance songs, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran and Mayday Parade. I listen to these bands on a daily basis so I was very pleases to know that I can enjoy them whilst reading. Unfortunately there are a lot of bands that I am unable to listen to whilst reading such as Pierce The Veil, Bring Me The Horizon, certain My Chemical Romance songs, and a lot more of my favourite bands and artists. I feel I can get too caught up in the music I’d have to read the same page 5 times and i’ll still have no idea what it says. 
Obviously everyone is different when it comes to reading. If I tend to dislike a book that i’m reading I tend to listen to a little music to keep me interested and help me get through the book. 
Just a few songs from my Reading Playlist; 
The Only Exception by Paramore

Lithium by Nirvana

Seven Wonders by Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
As Long As You Follow by Fleetwood Mac
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
No.1 Party Anthem by Arctic Monkeys
When You See My Friends by Mayday Parade 

Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys 
I Don’t Love You by My Chemical Romance 
Terrible Things by Mayday Parade 
Fake Your Death by My Chemical Romance 

Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys 
Knee Socks by Arctic Monkeys 
Stay by Mayday Parade
Decode by Paramore

Going To California by Led Zeppelin 
Take Me To Church by Hozier
Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

If you were to actually see my full Reading Playlist, there would be a lot more Fleetwood Mac, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Nirvana, a few Oasis songs here and there and a hell of a lot more Arctic Monkeys.
Not my photo, i just googled music and books.👍🏻

🙂 

   

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Book Review #5

Luck by Alison Prince

As I have finally plucked up the courage to visit the library by myself, I went to pick up some books that I reserved, I had a good look around at all the books and decided that if a book caught my eye, I would check it out and read it. I looked around in the Teenage section for a while and I spotted this book. The cover and the blurb both intrigued me to read it. I didn’t really know what to expect while reading this book, after all it was only 53 pages but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and read it because I remembered that I found it interesting, not because I wanted another book to boost my good reads goal.

I decided to read this book when I took a break from the book I was reading at the time (Slammed by Colleen Hoover). Luck took me not even 10 minutes to read and I was surprised that when I first opened the book the first line read “My mum is slag.”.  The way the pages and text is set out reminds me of the books I used to read in Primary School or further back and the reason for this is because the publishers, Barrington Stoke, is and independent publisher that edits and design books to help reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers, which I personally think is amazing.

I felt like Luck gave out a message though, not a powerful or life changing one but a message at least. I think it shows that if you make on good choice or do one good deed bigger and better things can follow.

Although its only 53 pages, even less is you remove the illustrations, the book contains robbery, gangs a car incident and some other topics like immigration and broken families/homes. I gave Luck 3/5 Stars 🙂 DSC_1507

Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Making Of Harry Potter!

I recently went to London on June 12th to go to the Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter. I’ve been a Harry Potter fan for a while but I when I was younger I was never really interested in reading the books. I’ve got back in to reading around two years ago now and I’ve read a lot since then. One of my new year resolutions (or just a goal that I set for myself) was to start and complete all of the books in the Harry Potter series, and I have.

My experience at Warner Brothers was amazing, I was so excited to be there I kept running off. If you plan on going soon I recommend that as soon at you arrive you eat and drink something because there is a lot to see before you get another chance to eat or drink. Just seeing pictures scattered around of the cast made me really excited and happy.

Walking around and seeing everything was amazing. When we got there we were given a digital guide that talked us through different sets as we walked round, which was amazing because told us things about the making of the movies that no one else would of known. I was able to ride a broomstick which was the most amazing experience ever! IMG_1163 IMG_1205 IMG_1213 IMG_1273 IMG_1321 IMG_1364 IMG_1456 IMG_1445 IMG_1446 IMG_1471

Book Review #2

  

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

* Meet Bianca.

Hamilton High’s

Resident Duff.

Apparently.

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper knows shes not the hottest girl at school, but when school jock and man-slut Wesley casually refers to her as a DUFF-

DESIGNATED UGY FAT FRIEND

– the gloves are off! But then before she knows it, Bianca finds herself in a secret enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

If there’s a thin line between love and hate then Bianca has crossed it. She just never thought she was capable of breaking anyone’s heart.*

This book was definitely not what expected but I still enjoyed it. I seemed to be like a typical high school story, typical ‘unattractive’ girl, barely noticed by anyone but it’s so much more than that, I love how sassy and upfront Bianca can be, the comebacks she comes up with are hilarious! I can relate to Bianca’s home life, divorced parent’s but unfortunately neither one of my parents travel or have written a book. Wesley Rush, he’s the typical school jock in all American high school movies, gets all the girls, is popular but there’s always something happening in their home or private life that no one knows about. Toby Tucker sounds like the sweetest cupcake ever, The ending is just fabulous. I do feel like this book is a little over hyped, even more so now that the movie has been released, which I watched because I really liked the book. The movie is completely different from the book, so much that I actually forgot what movie I was watching half way through because I didn’t recognise anything.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Thank you for reading this review and I’m sorry its been a while, I’ve just been really busy. 🙂

– C 

Book Review!

Clockwork Angel!

Clockwork Angel is the first book In the Infernal Devices Trilogy written by Cassandra Clare.

When Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrive in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I had seen this book on many booktubers shelves, after reading nothing but good things about the whole trilogy, I finally got the whole Infernal Devices Trilogy! I had high hopes for this trilogy so I decided to pick up the first book right away.

It took me a while to get through this book, due to being told not to read until I got my glasses, but I really enjoyed it. I really love starting a new series especially when it includes entering a whole new world, you get learn all about the characters and the world they live in, in this case you find out what they are and what abilities they have… It really fascinates me.

Finding out that Tessa is a shape shifter made me a little scared that I was going to not enjoy it but it really was amazing to read, especially when she is just coming to terms with what she is and what she can do.

William Herondale is a moody jackass, but you can’t help but fall in love with him, the more you read the more you understand that he is hiding something and pushing himself away for a reason but you don’t know what it is.

Jem Carstairs hat to be my favourite character, he is just so sweet and caring. I myself could feel Tessa sort of falling for him but the again could also feel her love for Will growing.

Aside from the characters, Cassandra Clare’s writing is just amazing I find myself turning pages faster than ever, she manages to write book that just flow together so perfectly. Normally an author is so into describing what someone or something looks like, so you can get a clear image in your head, that they ramble on for ages and it diverts you from the story for a while, but Cassandra Clare manages to describe an image so clear in just a matter of words.

All in all I really enjoyed this story, I love the setting, the time period, characters and everything  in between.

If you haven’t read this book or trilogy I really recommend that you do. Also you should read some of Cassandra Clare’s other books!

I read this book back in April and I am still astounded by it.

I rated this book 5/5 Stars!

Thank you for reading!

-C x

(Picture taken from my Instagram @withrecklessabandon_ )

March Wrap up!

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These are all the books I had managed to read in the month of March, I got through quite a lot and even reread some of my favourites.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn [3/5 stars] 

 
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger [3/5 stars] 

 
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey [4/5 stars] 

 
We Were Liars by e. lockhart  [3/5 stars] 

 
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments Series #1 [4/5 stars] 

 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling [5/5 stars]

The Boy In the Stripes Pyjamas by John Boyne [5/5 stars] 

 
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments Series #2) [4/5 stars] 

 
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo [3/5 stars] 

 
Paper Towns by John Green [5/5 stars] 

 
Looking for Alaska by John Green [5/5 stars] 

 I understand that people have their own opinions about different book so you may not agree with my ratings, feel free to comment your own thoughts about any of the books listed 🙂

march book haul!

Hello! This is my first post on my blog! I’ve wanted to be a part of the book tube/blog community for a long time but the thought of uploading video scares me, so I decided to create a book blog instead!

These are the books i have either purchased or have been given to be as gifts in the month of March.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame- Smith

Where She Went by Gayle Foreman

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Price
  • Clockwork Princess

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

  • The Lost Hero
  • The Son of Neptune
  • The Mark Of Athena
  • The House of Hades

The first three books in The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

  • City Of Bones
  • City Of Ashes
  • City Of Glass

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern