Sunday, 28 June 2015

Glastonbury Festival

I'm back! Thanks to the lovely organisers I got a chance to go to the festival as a personal assistant to my friend and her free running group. I'd never been before, so I jumped at the chance to go. I didn't like many of the bands playing, but I didn't care, I watch it on TV every year, I was going.

And boy am I glad I did. Aside from the camping, (I am a city girl at heart, and this was one of my first ever camping trips) and the disgusting toilets, (the less said about them the better) I had an absolutely amazing time. I laughed, I danced, I sung and had rather a few drinks. I wouldn't change it for the world. I was with lovely people, if you weren't interested in the bands there was so much more going on. I actually spent most of my weekend in the circus and theatre section, where there were plenty of weird and wonderful events going on. The food I had was really good as well, not the cheapest but one meal was enough for absolutely ages for me.

I would definitely go again, especially if I could go with this group. I found it so interesting being behind the scenes. Seeing what some of the boys did in the night then going out and jumping and flipping around the next day was amazing. Even sometimes a few minutes before they were saying they couldn't be bothered, but once they got out there they were like new people, the energy they put out was incredible.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

My TV guilty pleasure

So we all have one, that one programme we watch every episode of, but only when there are no people around to laugh at us. Mine would have to be Teen Mom. Yes, I know, MTV rubbish, and it's not as natural as they make it seem, but I just love it. I think possibly because when I first discovered it I was 18 and pregnant, so I empathised so much with the girls on the program, and now I've just really enjoyed keeping up with what they and their babies are up to. There have been points where I've been shouting at the screen because of how stupid they have been, but then there are all the heart wrenching moments that make you want to cry, and others that make you so happy you just sit grinning at the TV like an idiot.

I absolutely love Maci, she just seems like such a lovely mum, and you can see all her decisions are based on what is best for Bentley. I definitely don't like Ryan, he needs to pull up his socks and a pact more like a dad, because he does have some moments where you can see how much he loves his son, then minutes later he has all the attitude on. I rather like Catelynn and Tyler as well, although any time they see Carly is an episode I will probably need tissues for. I used to hate Amber, but I actually quite like her now, as time went on I found myself feeling more sympathetic for her, and now I think she's trying so hard. Then Farrah....the less said about her the better.

So there we are, I admit it, I love Teen Mom. What are your guilty pleasures? You ever find yourself quickly changing the channel because someone came through the door, or do you watch it with pride?

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Glastonbury festival

So this time next week, I will be in the lovely countryside exploring and listening to some music, and quite frankly I absolutely cannot wait. I've never been to a festival before, and I'm going with some friends so it should be a complete laugh. I plan on eating more than humanly possible, drinking as much as I can, and having a good old laugh and dance
In the meantime, I have so much packing to do, and so little time to do it in! I haven't done any packing at all yet, and I have work today and tomorrow, seeing my parents on Saturday, seeing the in laws Sunday, a girly day with friends on Monday, and a fun day with the kids on Tuesday. I have no idea when I will find time to do all this, but right now I will be sitting with some food, watching the Christmas episode of Gavin & Stacey, yes right on a sunny day in June.
And there's my next week for you, I will try and keep you all updated with things, can't really promise any reading time though, and I might do a little Glastonbury wrap up when I get back. Until then have a good week!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

June Book Haul

Here are all the books I got this month. 6 books for £30, not too shabby!

So here we are:

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Dorothy Mus Die by Danielle Paige
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Really looking forward to getting stuck in to all these books. Have you read any of the,? If so, what did you think?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Enforced reading slumps

Are these not the worst? I hate it when all I want to do is sit and read, yet life keeps getting in the way, then when I do get a few minutes to read I'm too tired to really know what's going on, or listening to an audiobook, where I tend to zone in and out of the book. I'm currently about 2 hours into Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, and I have no idea what's happening.
I have a free day next Monday, so I'm thinking of doing a personal read-a-thon. I've never done one before, and I really need to boost up my book count this month, I feel like I've barely read anything! I will update you on this idea once I've thought it through, but right now I have to go and get ready for a job interview, eek!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Busy busy!

Sorry I haven't posted recently, I was on a 51 hour week at work last week, and this week hasn't been much better, plus I've been getting ready for Glastonbury festival, which I am pretty excited for! And not just because I get a week off work.

So in my bookish life I have bought a few books, which I shall haul for you guys when they all arrive, and while grabbing the odd free moment at work, and afterwards, I have finished 2 books and nearly finished a third, which is pretty rubbish compared to my usual reading, but I'm glad I managed to read something.

And I guess that's it for now, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten you, and I hope to be back in action very soon.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Starcrossed review

Name: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Rating: 4/5 stars
Goodreads synopsis: Destiny brought them together.
The gods will keep them apart.

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.
An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next...

My thoughts

This book had a feel of Greek mythology mixed with Romeo and Juliet, with a hint of The Mortal Instruments thrown in, which made for quite a different and interesting read. I love all three of the above, so I had no problem at all in having elements of any of these being in there. In fact, the only reason I picked them up was because I'm a sucker for anything Greek (yes, despite not having read much Percy Jackson yet). The relationship kind of sneaked upon us without any explanation, but I suppose sometimes that just happens. I loved them both together anyway, so I just kind of went with it. There were some very surreal parts (not that I mind that so much) and unfortunately a couple of parts that felt rushed to the point of confusion. All in all it was a really good book, and I'm reading the second book as we speak.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Darkest Minds review

Name: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance 
at a life worth living. 

My Thoughts
I absolutely loved this book. The atmosphere during the whole book had me on the edge, and I hated any time I had to put it down and get on with life. I felt I really connected with the characters, I absolutely adored Liam, and him and Ruby's relationship was sudden but sweet. Chubs was one of the perfect side characters, I didn't like him much at first, but as we got to know him more I felt myself really warming to him. The ending had me sobbing in the corner for a few minutes I found it absolutely heartbreaking. I hope to continue with the series very soon.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

June tbr

One of the girls at work has some personal troubles so I'm picking up some shifts, and I'm going to Glastonbury festival at the end of the month, so I don't know how much reading I will get done, but I'm going to try and get through:

Starcrossed, Dreamless and Goddess by Josephine Angelini
The Selection by Keira Cass
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnely
The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey