Tuesday, 7 January 2014

101 Books to read before you die

I love reading but unfortunately in the past year I haven't been able to read as many books as I'd have liked to. I also really love lists that I can tick off so I thought I'd marry the two so that I have an excuse to read. I didn't compile this list, I got it from a blog ages ago and I unfortunately can't find the link for it, oops! I will be posting reviews and the like of all the books that I read for this list. It would be really fun if we read along together, don't you think? If you'd like this list, I have a link at the end for you to download it. 
Here's my progress so far:

101 Books to read before you die

     1.     The Lord of the Rings- JRR Tolkein
    2.    The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
    3.    Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
    4.    To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
    5.    The Harry Potter series- JK Rowling
    6.    The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingslover
    7.    The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
    8.    Life of Pi- Yann Martel
    9.    The Da Vinci Code- Dan Brown
   10.   The God of Small Things- Arundhati Roy
    11.    Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden
   12.   Spud- John Van de Ruit
   13.   The Power of One- Bryce Courtney
   14.   The Hobbit- JRR Tolkein
   15.   Captain Corelli’s Mandolin- Louis de Bernieres
   16.   Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts
   17.   Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
   18.   Catcher in the Rye- JD Salinger
   19.   Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
   20.   The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
   21.   One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   22.   Disgrace- JM Coetzee
   23.   My Sister’s Keeper- Jodi Piccoult
   24.   The Time Traveller’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
   25.   Birdsong- Sebastian Faulkes
   26.   Catch 22- Joseph Heller
   27.   Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett
   28.   Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchel
   29.   Cry, the Beloved Country- Alan Paton
   30.   The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
   31.   A Fine Balance- Rohinston Mistry
   32.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time- Mark Haddon
   33.   Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
   34.   Atonement- Ian McEwan
   35.   Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand
   36.   The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
   37.   The English Patient- Michael Ondaatje
   38.   Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
   39.   Midnight’s Children- Salmon Rushdrie
   40.   Love in the Time of Cholera-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   41.   The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafom
   42.   I Know This Much is True- Wally Lamb
   43.   A Suitable Boy- Vikram Seth
   44.   1984- George Orwell
   45.   War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy
   46.   Clan of the Cave Bear- Jean M. Auel
   47.   The Unbearable Lightness of Being- Milan Kundera
   48.   The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
   49.   The Secret History- Donna Tartt
   50.   Possession- AS Byatt
   51.   Perfume- Patrick Suskind
   52.   The House of the Spirits- Isabel Allende
   53.   Chocolat- Joanne Harris
   54.   No.1 Ladies Detective Agency- Alexander McCall Smith
   55.   Q+A- Vikas Swarrup
   56.   Dune- Frank Herbert
   57.   Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
   58.   Fugitive Pieces- Anne Michaels
   59.   River God- Wilbur Smith
   60.   Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
   61.   Lord of the Flies- William Golding
   62.   The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- CS Lewis
   63.   Mort- Terry Pratchett
   64.   Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
   65.   The Blind Assassin- Margaret Atwood
   66.   East of Eden- John Steinbeck
   67.   The Name of the Rose- Umberto Eco
   68.   The Other Boleyn Girl- Philippa Gregory
   69.   The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne
   70.   The Prince of Tides- Pat Conroy
   71.   Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier
   72.   Bridget Jones’ Diary- Helen Fielding
   73.   The Shippping News- E. Annie Proulx
   74.   Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
   75.   Animal Farm- George Orwell
   76.   The Red Tent- Anita Diament
   77.   Watership Down- Richard Adams
   78.   Magician- Raymond E. Feist
   79.   Middlemarch- George Eliot
   80.   The Day of the Jackal- Frederick Forsyth
   81.   We Need to Talk About Kevin- Lionel Shriver
   82.   The Magus- John Fowles
   83.   The Remain of the Day- Kazuo Ishiguro
   84.   Agaat- Marlene Van Niekirk
   85.   The Count of Monte Carlo- Alexandre Dumas
   86.   The Shell Seekers- Rosamunde Pilcher
   87.   The Colour Purple- Alice Walker
   88.  The Beach House- James Patterson
   89.   Doctor Zhivago- Boris Pasternak
   90.   Circles in a Forrest (Kringe in ‘n bos)- Dalene Matthee
   91.   The World According to Garp- John Irving
   92.   Northern Lights- Philip Pullman
   93.   Middlesex- Jeffrey Eugenides
   94.   Shades- Maeguerite Poland
   95.   Kane and Abel- Jeffrey Archer
   96.   Fiela’s Child (Fiela se Kind)- Dalene Matthee
   97.   Story of an African Farm- Olive Schreiner
   98.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
   99.   The Magic Faraway Tree- Enid Blyton
  100.  Things Fall Apart- Chinera Achebe
  101.  Winnie the Pooh- AA Milne

    If you want to download the list so that you can see how many of the books you've read, here's the link to the PDF file that you can download to Google Drive. I really hope this works, I've never done this before!


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    Wednesday, 1 January 2014

    Films I'm looking forward to in 2014

    Happy New Year everyone, I hope you had fun celebrating! Does anyone else find it weird that it's 2014? Hopefully I'll be better at blogging this year than I was last year, I was very good at the start and then I just stopped altogether! This year I'm going to start vlogging and making videos which I will probably share here so stay tuned for that! I suppose that you could say that those are my resolutions for this year. I'm really looking forward to the films coming out this year, here are the three that I'm most excited about.

    1. Divergent

    Everyone has been ranting and raving about this book so it's no surprise that they've decided to make a movie out of it. It's another story of the struggles of teenagers in love set to the backdrop of an unyielding dystopian world. It does seem good though and this trailer does a really good job of explaining it.  I haven't read the book but I do plan to once I manage to find the book.

    2. 22 Jump Street
    Yes 22 Jump Street is the sequel to the majorly successful 21 Jump Street which is a remake of the majorly successful TV series 21 Jump Street. Seems to be more and more common these days isn't it? Saying that though, I loved the first one. Jonah Hill was brilliant as always and Channing Tatum was surprisingly good, the whole thing was just hilariously funny. I'm really looking forward to this one and will definitely be seeing it when it comes out.

    3. Maleficent

    This is set to be released in May 2014 and I am really excited about it! It's the story of Maleficent (obviously), the witch in the story of Sleeping Beauty and of her reasoning behind her decision to put the curse on Princess Aurora.  I don't think I've ever actually seen the original Sleeping Beauty film but I'm still really interested in this movie especially since Angelina Jolie is in it. She does seem like the perfect choice for this role. I must say, it looks like a really good film, and not like a fairy tale at all, I suppose it's the dark side of the fairy tale that we all know. I really like the way they've started telling the stories of the villains in fairy tales, like Wicked (the story if the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz), although it might be because they've run out of ideas for new films...
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    Tuesday, 2 July 2013

    I'm addicted to... The Vampire Diaries!

    Hi everyone!

    Yes, I've admitted it. I'm addicted to The Vampire Diaries. I realise it's not that unusual but I need to discuss it, I have to! I have only just started the third season but I raced through the second, especially the last few episodes! You may be thinking "She is so far behind", and yes it is true that I am behind and I am cursing myself for it!

    I started watching TVD along with the rest of the world when it started and I loved it. For some reason however, I fell off the wagon and never finished watching the first season. I'm terrible, I know! It was a running joke among my friends that I would never finish it but I knew I had to find out what happened so not too long ago, I got myself a Netflix account and braced myself for a marathon TVD session. I am so happy I did and can't believe it took me this long! I think the reason was because after I stopped watching season one, people started telling me what happened in season two so I didn't need to watch it. I have no idea what happens in season three or four so I'm super excited!

    I actually read all of the Vampire Diaries books. The series and books are nothing alike though. The only thing they have in common is the concept and names of the characters. The books are good but they got pretty weird and not believable in any way, then again they are about vampires and werewolves so they're not believable to begin with! This is one of the few instances where the adaptation is better than the books, in my opinion.

    If you don't watch The Vampire Diaries, here are three quick reasons why you should:
    1. Literally everyone in it is good-looking! There is not one ugly member of the cast which makes for pretty great viewing!

    2. The whole story is based around the Salvatore brothers, Stefan and Damon, who are vampires, both competing for the love of one human, Elena Gilbert. This obviously causes great divide among TVD viewers as to who Elena should choose, Damon, the bad-boy or Stefan the kind-hearted sensitive type. I myself am a fan of Damon's, you'll just have to tune in to decide which is your personal favourite!

    3. The story lines are amazing, I don't know how they come up with it! From werewolves to witches and unbeatable vampires, TVD has got it all! There is none of that sparkly Edward Cullen shit in this show, it's all badass vampire drama! 

    I'm off to finish season 3... you may not see me for a very long time!

    Do you watch The Vampire Diaries and if so who is your favourite, Stefan or Damon?

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    Thursday, 27 June 2013

    My project box

    Hi everyone!

    I'm trying to bring back in the DIY element to my blog. I really miss sewing and stuff like that so I'm going to try to do a project every week. To kick start it all, here's a brief glimpse into my mounting project box. It's so overwhelming, I don't know how I'm going to get through it all! I don't have ideas for everything in there but I do have some exciting ideas for my favourite items, so lets take a look shall we?

    This is probably my favourite dress in the box. I got it in charity shop a few weeks ago for a fiver, I think it's originally from Dunnes. The problem with this dress is that the hem of the slip is longer than the dress itself so I'll have to fix that. It's also a very pale pink and since my skin is pale, it makes me look even paler so I think I'm going to dye it a darker shade of pink. I'm not sure whether I'll do an ombre effect with it or just do an all  over pink.

    There are so many shorts revamps that I could do with these but I have one in mind that I just can't wait to try! I think the DIY that I have in mind will look better with high-waisted shorts so I'll see if I can find some high-waisted ones so I'll see if I use these or not, probably not!

    I love this skirt so much but it doesn't fit! I think I got it in H&M like 2 years ago and have never worn it. It's a medium  but the waistband is HUGE! I'm not sure how I'm going to make it smaller without destroying the skirt but I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

    I think this dress is so beautiful! My mum gave it to me a little while ago. She has never worn it, as you can see by the label! I don't have and idea for this dress but I just thought I'd show it to you anyway because I love it so much!

    I'll probably do a part 2 of this post because as of today I have two new dresses to add to the box and I'm sure if I can get my creative juices flowing I can come up with more ideas for other items.

    Am I the only one with an overflowing project box or are there others out there?

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    How to make your legs look longer

    Hi everyone!

    Many women are of average height and many are considered short. I myself am 5'9" so I am definitely not short! I love showing off my legs and I have picked up many tips along the way of how to make them look even longer. I think everyone should love their legs so here I am sharing my tips so that you can look long legged and lovely! To illustrate my tips I have enlisted the help of Kim Kardashian who stands at a pint-sized 5'2" and is an expert at looking taller. It's all about the illusions you see!

    1. Heels
    Heels are a short-girl's best friend. Not only do they give extra height, they also give that elusive illusion of longer legs. When wearing heels your foot is pointed downwards, showing off more of the leg and guiding the eye downwards. Another tip is to wear nude heels or heels the same colour as your tights. Again this gives the illusion of longer legs which is exactly what we want!

    2. Short skirts
    If you want people to think that your legs are longer, you have to show them off! Wear short skirts and dresses and flaunt those pins girl!

    3. High-waisted pants
    These make it look like your legs start at your waist so a definite positive in my mind!

    4. Avoid ankle boots
    A definite no-no if you have short legs, they can make your legs look kinda stubby! This is because they cut your legs off at the ankle, your ankle is the slimmest part of you leg so you have got to show them off! Wear heels or ballet flats that show off your ankles and you'll be singing!

    5.Avoid flats
    Don't get me wrong you have to wear flats at some time! When wearing skirts or dresses with bare leg avoid Converse or high-top sneakers. Just like ankle boots they cut your leg off at the ankle and we don't want that! See how Kim wears ballet flats? She's a smart one!

    6. Self tan
    Tanned legs are very often slim legs and slim legs are very often long legs, a definite plus!

    7.Striped pants
    I couldn't find a picture of Kim wearing striped pants so I had to use Rita Ora instead! She's 5'5" which is pretty average but doesn't she look tall? The vertical stripes on these pants guide the eye down giving the illusion of extra length.

    Do you have any tips for the illusion of longer legs and what do you think of mine?

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