Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween Snapshots

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Summer Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone!
Summer is over :( It is officially back to school time and the lazy days are gone. It's not all bad though, it is now Autumn which means it is time for scarves and duffel coats, sitting by the fire drinking hot chocolate, and it is acceptable to stay inside curled up with a good book. However since I'm going back to college and now have a job, I'm not sure how much reading I'll get done. I did quite a bit of reading over the summer so I thought I'd share with you exactly what I read since I've been neglecting updating you lately. My last wrap up was in May so I'll start from there, that post is here if you want to read it. If you want to keep up to date with what I'm reading you can always follow me on Goodreads.
Goose by Dawn O'Porter
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Bridget Jone's Diary by Helen Fielding
A Sixpenny Song by Jennifer Johnston
No Country by Kalyan Ray
The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Started but haven't finished
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Dubliners by James Joyce
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Currently reading
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Book review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Publisher: Corgi, London (2004)
Format: Paperback
Page count: 593
Synopsis: Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vaults of history.

Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever...

My thoughts: This is the second book in Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series and is the most famous book in the series. It caused quite a stir when it was first published in 2003 due to it's wild claims concerning religion and secret societies. The book contradicts everything that we know about religion and turns our ideas about the Catholic church upside down. It is glaringly obvious why many religious groups condemned this book. I love the idea of conspiracies in the church so I knew that I was going to like it and after seeing the 2006 film starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou I was extremely excited to read it. It had been on my TBR for a really long time and is also on my 101 Books to Read Before I Die list. I eventually picked it up in a charity shop for 50 cent a few weeks ago and knew that there was no way that I could leave it there.

The plot was fascinating and held my attention despite having seen the film and already knowing the ending. I think I would have liked it a hell of a lot more had I not seen the film but it was still enjoyable. As the title The Da Vinci Code suggests, it had a lot to do with art history and the enigma that was Leonardo Da Vinci. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about all of the symbols that were in his paintings and delving deeper into the complicated art world as it wasn't a subject that I knew much about. It was clear that Dan Brown had done a massive amount of research, I'm not 100% sure if any of it was true but I enjoyed hearing about it nonetheless! 

The characters had immense depth and were extremely believable. I really liked how Brown gave them fears and insecurities, it made them more complex. Both Robert and Sophie were highly intelligent and the way they solved the riddles felt organic and not orchestrated in any way. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, especially since Brown's latest release Inferno, has topped the best-sellers list since it's release.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

The Bloggers Snail Mail

Hi everyone!

I did a bloggers swap about a month ago now and I am eventually getting around to writing the post about it. Sorry to my wonderful swap partner Abigail from Not Just a Curl for taking so long to write this, I feel like the worst blogger in the world right now! The Bloggers Snail Mail was set up by Gemma from Lipsticks and Lashes. It basically involves being partnered up with another blogger who you spend a few weeks getting to know and then you send them a lovely gift worth £5. Sign up is now open for the Autumn swap if you're interested in taking part, here's the blog post about it

Like I said earlier, I got partnered with Abigail who is from England. I loved emailing and getting to know her and I hope that we stay in touch. Here are the lovely gifts that she sent me. If you want to see what I sent Abigail, her blog post about the swap is here.

Thanks again to Abigail for sending me this beautiful package and for being a great partner :)

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Reading Updates

Hi everyone!
Here's a little update video that I thought I'd share with you all. In the video I talk about some good videos that I've seen recently and I also update you on what I'm currently reading which is No Country by Kalyan Ray. I have actually since finished it and I absolutely loved it, a review will be coming. Speaking of reviews, I have quite a few to do. 10 to be exact. If you would like to see me review any book in particular just let me know and I'll get round to it as soon as I can. I have so many to do at this point that I don't know where to start so it'll be good to know what you guys want to see. Let me know if there are any other types of videos/posts that you would like to see and I will definitely try my best to get it done for you!

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