Rapid Fire Book Tag

I feel like I am constantly apologising for my lack of posts, but with studying it is just too hard to juggle this with everything in my life! 😦 I hope you understand, just to put it into context, I’m currently on Easter Break, but still attending school during some week days – I’m just that busy! 😦  But thanks for being there for me when I need you guys! Ann’s Reading Corner! I’m sure you all know who she is by now, but if not, go check out her blog because her content is amazing and she is super friendly!

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2016 End of Year Book Survey (Tag)

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As 2016 draws to a close, and 2017 is on the horizon, I figured it would be a good idea to do a survey of the books I have read over this year.

I got the idea for this tag from my friend Ann from Ann’s Reading Corner, so thank you, Ann! ❤

The tag was created by The Perpetual Page Turner, be sure to check out her blog 🙂

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Autumn Activites Book Tag

Hey, guys! I was recently nominated by notsomoderngirl to do the Autumn Activities Book Tag, and considering Autumn is technically over 😦 I wanted to make this tag as soon as possible! This is going to be so much fun! ❤ 😀

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Apple Picking- a book on your ‘to be read’ list that you can’t wait to take a bite out of!

Hmmm… well, considering I have a TBR list that is as long as my arm, this is such a tough question! However, I think I’m going to have to say ‘The List’ by Siobhan Vivian because it seems like a book that I’m really going to be consumed by and enjoy! The book is essentially about a high school, and  every year a list is posted and on it are 8 girls: the prettiest and the ugliest in each year group. The book basically deals with how the 8 girls cope in the aftermath and also trying to determine who writes the list and why. What shocked me the most is that this book is based on a true story 😮 It’s currently sitting in my bookcase, waiting to be read! 😀 Fingers crossed ❤

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Corn Maze- a book that’s so much fun to get lost in!

This probably sounds really cliché or something, but when I read Divergent by Veronica Roth, I completely immerse myself in the action of the book. I often cite Divergent and The Hunger Games as the two series that really got me into reading, and so they are quite close to my heart ❤

Haunted Houses- a book that scared you silly!

I don’t tend to read scary books, but I guess I have read some thrilling books that have left me on edge and crying my heart out ❤ One particularly amazing book is Tease by Amanda Maciel – this is basically from the perspective of a bully after a teenage girl kills herself, and there in an inquest. It is about what she feels and how she deals with the aftermath. It is told in a dual narrative between flashbacks and present-day. It almost scares me to think that this book is based off a real story, too! 😮

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2016-11-26-15-42-44Pumpkin Patches- the latest book you bought!

Again, I bought ‘The List’ by Siobhan Vivian most recently ❤ Looking forward to that book 😉 But I recently took out ‘Allegiant’ from the library (finally, I hear you cry!) as well as ‘Asking For It’ by Louise O’Neill and … I also popped into Waterstone’s yesterday and bought these beautiful badges ❤ I’m currently looking to buy a book-themed tote bag to pin them on! ❤ Recommendations would be SO helpful!

 

Scenic Drives- a book that is lyrically beautiful!

10000% The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith ❤ ❤ Surely by now you all must know just how much I love this book! I’m just going to share some of the quotes to illustrate the point that YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! ❤ The movie will be coming out next year and I cannot wait!! ❤ ❤

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“It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”

“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”
“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”
“It’s one thing to run away when someone’s chasing you. It’s entirely another to be running all alone.”

I can’t believe you’re here,” she says, her voice soft. “I can’t believe you found me.”

“You found me first,” he says, and when he leans to kiss her, it’s slow and sweet and she knows that this will be the one she always remembers. Because while the other two kisses felt like endings, this one is unquestionably a beginning.”

“Is it possible not to ever know your type – not to even know you have a type – until quite suddenly you do?”

“People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”

“That’s the thing about flying: You could talk to someone for hours and never even know his name, share your deepest secrets and then never see them again.”

“But Hadley understood. It wasn’t that she was meant to read them all. Maybe someday she would, but for now, it was more the gesture itself. He was giving her the most important thing he could, the only way he knew how. He was a professor, a lover of stories, and he was building her a library in the same way other men might build their daughters houses.”

“But just as she turns to walk away she hears him behind her, the word like the opening of some door, like an ending and a beginning, like a wish.
“Wait,” he says, and so she does.”

“People talk about books being an escape…this one feels more like a lifeline.”

I’m so sorry about how overboard I went with these quotes, but this book as absolutely packed with AMAZING quotes ❤ ❤ 😀 I just love love love this book so much !! ❤

Pumpkin Carving- a book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up!

It generally takes a particularly bad book (in my opinion) for me to truly resent it. For that reason, I don’t think I can actually say anything in this part. There are, however, a few books that I just really could not get myself into:

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman 
  • What I Was by Meg Rosoff
  • Falling by Sharon Dogar

Sorry if you enjoyed any of these!

Hiking – a book that was a highly enjoyable romp!

Boy, was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a LONG book! It took me days to read due to the sheer length of it! But it was BY FAR my favourite Harry Potter book to date ❤ My emotions were completely exhausted by the end of it, but I wouldn’t change that feeling for anything in the world! 😀

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Drinking Apple Cider- a sweet book to cuddle under the covers with!

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‘Attachments’ by Rainbow Rowell – God, I loved this book! The friendship between Beth and Jennifer was amazing! 😀 They had me in stitches throughout. Another thing I love about this book was the format: I know some people absolutely hate the email/letter format thing (aka. contemporary epistolary), but it is something I have loved since day 1! ❤ The first book I read in that format was ‘Boy Meets Girl’ by Meg Cabot – another office romance told through letters, emails, and notes! I highly recommend that book too! I truly have fallen in love with this format ❤

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Anyway, back to Attachments! Lincoln was truly a good guy, hence the reason why he did the right thing in the end! He was truly lovely and I loved how his world collided with Beth’s in a strange twist of fate – as well as when he was helping out Jennifer. Although we never truly meet Mitch, I thought he was wonderful for Jennifer! And please tell me I’m not the only one who HATED Beth’s boyfriend! 😦 The book ended in the PERFECT way and it left me squealing with joy! ❤

Jumping in a Leaf Pile – a book that reminds you of your childhood!

This question is quite difficult as I wouldn’t consider myself to be an adult quite yet, but if we are referring to my early years, I think I would have to say that the entire Paddington Bear series! ❤ I used to watch all the tv shows and movies, but being read those books were one of the highlights of my childhood. My grandma recently bought me the entire collection with the edges lined in gold! It is truly something special that I will keep with me to cherish the memories!

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Well, guys, I hope you enjoyed this fun tag! I certainly did 🙂 Thanks for the nomination, notsomoderngirl! 😀

See you guys again soon!

xoxo

Hannah

Playlist of the Month: November ’16

Sorry for my absence from blogging recently, life has been really busy for me, and in fact, it is set to get even busier! 😮 I’m having more rehearsals for Hairspray! than ever, I recently entered a public speaking competition as the main speaker (and got through to the next stage, yay!) and I’m constantly busy. To top it all off, mock exam week is a mere few weeks away and I’ll have to invest my time in revision etc. I’m so sorry about this, and I hope you understand! Anyway, on with the post 🙂

Recently, I’ve been listening to music on Spotify, making playlists on there with a mixture of old and new songs, as per usual. I’m going to highlight my favourite songs of this month and why you should listen to them,

‘Doubt’ – Mary J Blige 

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I wouldn’t call myself a mega-fan of Mary J Blige in any way, but this song is brilliant! The first time I actually heard it was when Taylor Swift performed it at one of her concerts on The 1989 Tour. I only heard a short part of it because it was part of a live singing compilation of Taylor Swift. Immediately, I loved the sound and message of the song, so I looked up ‘Doubt – Taylor Swift’. What I soon found was the full-length music video of Taylor Swift at the Staples Center in LA, talking about how she was inspired by the song having heard it at one of Mary’s concerts in LA. She then started to sing, bringing Mary on stage for the second verse. What struck me was how awe-struck Taylor was by Mary – she is clearly a huge MJB fan. I then proceeded to look up the original – the vocals for which are amazing ❤ If you’ve ever had problems with self-belief and doubt, this song is definitely for you 🙂

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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Book Review)

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Annabel Green is “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s what she portrays in her modelling shoots. But Annabel’s life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly, and her older sister’s eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracised at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen — intense, music obsessed, and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?
– From the synopsis found on the Goodreads Website

First off, I’m going to talk about the plot. When I first picked up this book, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting. What I got was definitely different from what I had anticipated, but I feel like the book works better this way. You can definitely draw a lot from this book, which is something that I really like. One song lyric that comes to mind when I think about this book is ‘And I might be okay, but I’m not fine at all’ from All Too Well by Taylor Swift. This really makes you think about how many times we have pretended to be okay because it is easier than the truth. The truth can be a massive burden for others to have to cope with. The truth can hurt a lot sometimes, and telling it to someone else can mean admitting it to yourself. And that is what Annabel is afraid of.

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Better Than Them: A Song

Here is a song that I wrote last year. I wanted to share it with you guys. I hope you enjoy ❤

 

‘Better Than Them’

I don’t think you made the right choice,

Didn’t even let your people have a voice,

Say you’re doing this for the greater good,

Decided to kill another just because you could.

All of those innocent lives lost,

So you could protect yourselves, but at what cost?

Seems you don’t take a moment just to think of what you’re doing.

 

You can’t change this,

You can’t turn back time,

This will haunt you forever.

Steal away a future to protect your own and mine,

It will never make you any better…than them.

 

I won’t say I’m proud of what you did,

I’ll be mourning all of those lost instead,

And hoping maybe one day that you’ll see the light.

And every one of those broken hearts,

A million and one lives torn apart,

And haunted by the terrors of their past.

After all of this time,

Did you think that committing a crime,

Would finally set them free?

You’re wrong – you’ve locked us in; you turned the key.

 

You can’t change this,

You can’t turn back time,

This will haunt you forever.

Steal away a future to protect your own and mine,

It will never make you any better…than them.

 

Sat home at night with head in hands,

Wondering how you ever thought up this plan.

You’ll understand in the end that nobody has won,

Finally, see that it’s not our game to play,

We were better off leaving it that way,

But thanks to you, the damage has been done.

 

You can’t change this,

You can’t turn back time,

This will haunt you forever.

Steal away a future to protect your own and mine,

It will never make you any better…than them

 

xoxo

Hannah

 

The Reader’s Playlist (Tag)

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Inspiration

I have always been interested in creating original content for my blog, so I thought – what better way to do this than to create my own tag? I have very recently started using Canva to design my graphics (it’s absolutely brilliant, I thoroughly recommend!) and designed that I would create a little logo for my tag. The whole idea stemmed from the fact that I love to read and listen to music, two things that I feel have a very strong and similar relationship.

At the bottom of my recent 50 followers post, I asked my followers to suggest some ideas that I could put into the tag, combining them with my own. I have been absolutely overflowing with ideas, so many that I think I’m going to have to split this up into 3 parts. I will be crediting any suggestions that I was given with links to the blogs of these wonderful people.

I’m going to provide my own examples as a little guide and inspiration next to the questions.

I really hope you enjoy this tag because I have worked for HOURS on perfecting it!

The Rules 

  • Answer as many or as few questions that you like. I suggest if you want to attempt them all that you turn it into a few daily/weekly posts, probably organised as I have. Make sure you have fun with it!
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their post.
  • Leave a link to my post so that others can see all of the questions! 🙂
  • Tag the post with the tagline ‘The Reader’s Playlist Tag’ so that I can see all of your lovely posts! ❤
  • Use the logo as above in your post if you want! However, I ask that you don’t modify it, please!
  • Tag a few friends to take part in the tag at the bottom of your post! 😀
  • Feel free to leave a link in my comments to your own responses. I look forward to reading them!

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Playlist of the Month – October ’16

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One of my Bookstagram Pictures about the book ‘Just Listen’

 

I have a huge passion for music, so below I’m just going to put what I have been listening to recently! You really should check some of these out, I’m going to classify them by style!

Alternative Rock/Indie

I am very much into the alternative scene right now, I particularly love Coldplay – I love everything about them and can’t wait to go and see them someday!

  1. Harbour Lights – A Silent Film
  2. Message in the Sand – A Silent Film
  3. Everglow – Coldplay
  4. Up&Up – Coldplay
  5. A Head Full of Dreams – Coldplay
  6. Amsterdam – Coldplay
  7. Politik – Coldplay
  8. This is the Last Time – Keane
  9. Bend & Break – Keane
  10. Everybody’s Changing – Keane
  11. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
  12. Ride – Twenty One Pilots
  13. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
  14. Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
  15. Love & War – Lawson
  16. Roads – Lawson

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Soundtracked Books (Reading Music): Bringing Books Alive Through Song

 

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A picture of my CD collection, headphones and my (then) current read, Me Before You | Taken from my Instagram Page

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I have two main obsessions in life: books and music ❤ 🎶 📚 From a very early age, I was reading everything I could find, and I took keyboard lessons. My present for my sixth birthday was my own keyboard, that I have now, nine and a half years later. I have always been in love with music, and I now take singing lessons instead of the keyboard, to aide my Music GCSE. But I am self-taught at keyboard instead 😊

A few months ago, I really focussed in on the fact that music can really enhance my reading experience, especially if the perfect song is playing. And so I started to make ‘Soundtracked Books’ playlists on Spotify for all of my favourite books so that I (when re-reading them) and others could enjoy the music whilst they read. I’ve made these collaborative, so anyone who has any good song suggestions can add to my playlists as well!

Leave a comment about what style of music you like to listen to, and what genre of books you read. Mine tend to be YA/Contemporary Fiction and Alternative/Pop Rock!

I’ve included Spotify section links to them below, and I hope you enjoy! I will update as I create more playlists for more books. I have also included links to the Goodreads pages of the books just in case you want to find out a little more about them! Happy reading!

xoxo

Hannah

Soundtracked Books (SB): Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You – Goodreads

Soundtracked Books: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud – Goodreads

Soundtracked Books: Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja

Swapped by a Kiss – Goodreads

Soundtracked Books: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

TSPOLAFS – Goodreads

Soundtracked Books: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door – Goodreads

PS. Follow me on Goodreads! Let me know you came through my blog!  Hannah Galvin – Goodreads Account