Saturday, 25 October 2014

6 things that made me happy this week

Girls - I tried to watch Girls earlier this year and I enjoyed it but for some reason I didn't watch the rest of season 1. I started watching it again last weekend and I couldn't stop laughing at it and ended up watching the rest of the series. 

Books - This is a regular feature on my things that make me happy this week posts and that's because I love books so much. This week has been a brilliant reading week for me, I've read: Endgame: The Calling, obliterated and fell in love with Anna and the French Kiss, This Is Sarah and finished Every Day, which I didn't really enjoy but at least I finished it.  

Anna was amazing. I understand the hype, I totally get it now. It is so well written. 

I know my blog has been very book heavy this week so I'm going to try and make sure it's more balanced next week. 

NaNoWriMo - NaNoWriMo begins next Saturday and I've begun my preparation and I've been digging out my dinosaur stickers ready smash the 50,000 word count goal. 

Inspiration and a bit of fear - Yesterday I enrolled on the NCTJ sports diploma course. I'm not starting it just yet as I'm finishing off the course I'm on but I'm looking forward to starting the NCTJ after thinking about it for two years. Now I just need to find some of that self-discipline thing. 

Crunchie - I don't know about other cat owners but it seems like some times my cat doesn't want to talk to me and just sits at the other end of the room looking at me. This week though he's been all over me and keeps sleeping on me. He tried to sleep on my head earlier this week.

The colours of autumn - I can't believe I haven't got any nice autumn pictures but I just haven't had chance. My drive to work has been much more interesting than usual as the leaves are all beautiful orange colours. 

What made you happy this week? 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Endgame: The Calling - James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton* | book review

Endgame: The Calling - James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton cover
Title: Endgame: The Calling
Author: James Frey
Genre: Dystopian, young adult, science fiction, fantasy, thriller
Pages: 477 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: October 7th 2014

Description from Goodreads: Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame. 

The description is quite long so I cut it short, you can read the rest on Goodreads though. 

I picked this up because the blurb made it sound a lot like The Hunger Games and a lot of reviewers on Goodreads said it was a rip-off, so I was curious to see how it compared.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Love, Rosie - Cecelia Ahern | book review

Love, Rosie - Cecelia Ahern book cover

Title: Love, Rosie (Previously published as Where Rainbows End)
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Genre: Romance

Description on GoodreadsRosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S. 

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She's pregnant by a boy she'd gone out with while on the rebound from Alex. 

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn't done with them yet.

Love, Rosie comes out in UK cinemas today so it seems like the perfect time to tell you about the book it's based on. 

I picked this up after seeing the film posters everywhere in Dublin. When I discovered that the book is set in Dublin and that the writer was Irish, I knew it was meant to be. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Barry M Gelly autumn in Chilli and Mustard | review

It's been a fair few months since I bought nail polish and to be honest it's not like I need any more but I love autumn colours. 

I saw a swatch of all of Barry M's autumn shades on Lucy's Stash and loved the look of Chilli and Mustard. Not just because they're autumnal but also, Gryffindor colours. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

6 things that made me happy this week

Things That Made Me Happy This Week October 18th

Last Saturday I forgot to do this, so this post will actually be about things that have made me happy over the past two weeks! 

Dublin; Last week Tom and I went to Dublin for a few days. It was so nice to have an actual holiday and Tom definitely deserves one as he's working ridiculous hours at the moment. Dublin is a beautiful city that I instantly felt at home in. We had so much fun and I'd love to go back. 

Bewley's coffee; I was never one of those people who really cared for a particular brand of coffee. As far as I'm concerned, if it's coffee I'll drink it. There is now a special place in my heart, and mouth, for Bewley's coffee now. I might have to move to Dublin just so I can get it easily. 

Books; I love the feeling you get when you read a really good book and it puts you in a good mood, don't you? Last week I ploughed through Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern. It was such a good book, I felt all fuzzy after putting it down. Keep an eye out for a review over the next week or two. 

Christmas shopping; That's right, I've started my Christmas shopping. I am always organised when it comes to Christmas shopping and I aim to have it done by the end of December, I can't be doing with going to shopping centres in December or wondering whether or not something will arrive in time. 
I get really excited about giving people gifts so the downside to starting your shopping so early is that you have to wait ages to give them their presents. 

Feeling inspired; Earlier this week I gave myself a kick up the ass and set a goal to finish my sports journalism course by the end of the year so I can start the NCTJ next year. I've also started to learn shorthand now since it's so time intensive it's worth starting ahead. 

My Nan's birthday + Miranda Hart; This Wednesday was my Nan's birthday. For her birthday we got her to see Miranda Hart in Birmingham on Friday. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, especially my Nan. I saw on Twitter earlier this week that Miranda said it might be her last stand up tour, which is a shame because she is brilliant, so I'm glad we got to see her. 

What made you happy this week? 
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