Tuesday, 30 July 2013

London

So since my last post, I have been on holiday... and still am. London is somewhere that I have always enjoyed going to and have not come here since I was five, so a lot has changed in nine nearly ten years, but my love for this city has not. So I thought I would show the first day of my holiday to you.

Me and my brother came to the decision a few years ago that given that we like different things, we would go on separate holidays, so it is just me and my Mum in London at the moment. We arrived on Saturday morning and I really love it here. I have never seen so many people in my life, particularly in Trafalgar Square  and yet I felt really at home. As you know I am naturally very shy and so don't tend to like scenarios like this but I just love the constantly busy atmosphere. This picture above is of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and it was really hard to actually get a good picture because there were people walking everywhere and so if you were not careful you were knocked over. Before actually arriving in Trafalgar Square, we decided to go on a long walk around the City of Westminster. This featured seeing monuments such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Having monuments like these really make the city beautiful in my opinion and it was incredible to see them.

This is not exactly the most interesting a photographs but it was just a spur of the moment thing. I have an addiction to buying books (a bookaholic some may say) and after we had left the National Portrait Gallery I spotted a Waterstones. So we went in and it was just like the Tardis and it was enormous inside. Although you can get books in any Waterstones when you go to one in a city centre e.g London or where I am from in Manchester, you find a much larger selection which I found particularly thrilling and it resulted with me leaving with Paper Towns by John Green in tow. This photo was of the Trafalgar Mango and Passion fruit smoothie that they had in the Costa Coffee upstairs and I really wanted to photograph some sort of food or drink that I had in London - don't ask why.
So that was my first day in London. Right now I am sat in a cafe typing this up after taking a look at the London Underground and visiting a few shops. I will upload my second day soon - at Warner Bros. Studio Tour!

Holly x
Ps: Please take a look at my Guest Post on Rachel from Booktastic Reviews blog HERE!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Harry Potter Tag

Butterbeer
Would you rather go to prom with Harry, Draco or Ron?
Ron definitely. There is something about Ron that I just fall in love with on the pages (literarily of course). He is so sweet and funny. Also I love ginger hair. I just can’t warm to Draco  or Harry EVER.

Would you rather be sorted into Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin?
I love the idea of being in Gryffindor, just like the Weasley’s and Harry, Ron and Hermione. However on Pottermore I have been sorted into Ravenclaw and I love it there so I am a bit of both.
Would you rather explore the forbidden forest or the halls of Hogwarts?
Halls of Hogwarts. If there is one place I could chose to be, it would definitely be Hogwarts Castle.
Would you rather enroll in Potions, Charms, Divination or Defence Against The Dark Arts?
I want to be in all of those! Except Divination. I think I would have to go for Charms as I love the idea of a lesson just filled with spells. I know that DADA would be as well but you wouldn’t learn basic ones as well.
Would you rather buy an owl, cat, rat or toad?
Easy – An owl. I hate rats and toads although essentially a toad is what started the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione. Also whenever I think of wizards I instantly associate them with owls, not to be stereotypical.
Would you rather have in possession: the elder wand, resurrection stone, or the cloak of invisibility?
The cloak of invisibility! I would love to be able to go anywhere at all and not be stopped by anyone. Nobody would notice if you went out late or go into a concert for free. It would be the perfect life to an extent.
Would you rather be tutored by Luna Lovegood or Hermione Granger?
I love Luna but I would want to pass my OWLS so it would have to be Hermione.
Would you rather, in the final battle, fight against Nagini (the snake) or Bellatrix?
Bellatrix. I have a huge fear of snakes and I would just crumble at the sight of one.
Would you rather fight a basilisk or a dragon?
I wouldn’t stand a chance against either of them but definitely a Dragon. Because although they can breathe fire and fly, a basilisk is essentially a giant snake.
Would you rather be a part of the Malfoy family or Weasley family?
Is this a joke? Definitely the Weasley family as I would have ginger hair!
Would you rather have a butterbeer or pumpkin juice?
I really don’t like the sound of drinking pumpkin juice. However I have had Butterbeer at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour before and it is like drinking heaven! My profile picture is a photograph of me actually drinking butterbeer.
Would you rather have a conversation with Daniel Radcliffe or J.K. Rowling?

I think Daniel Radcliffe is brilliant but it would have to be J.K. Rowling. She is one of the people who has inspired me to get so interested in writing and my main inspiration to become an author in the future. There are so many questions I need to ask her and hopefully this honour will be fulfilled someday.
This post has been schecluded as today (Saturday 27th July) I am on holiday in London and tomorrow I am going to Warner Bros. Studio Tour once again. So excited!
Holly x

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Current Obsessions

obsessions  plural of ob·ses·sion (Noun)

Noun
  1. The state of being obsessed with someone or something.
  2. An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind.
I thought I would go into a little detail about my current obsessions. These can be things that have been clouding my mind for years or just been constantly in my head for the past few days.

Romione: As I have mentioned many times before (I think) I am obsessed with Harry Potter and have been for just under two years. However it was not really the the magic and fantasy that attracted me at first although I think it is all brilliant now. It was the scene set 19 years in the future, in particular the Ron and Hermione - Romione relationship. I just think that it is really sweet and perfect to an extent.
London: I am naturally an incredibly patriotic person and am fascinated by anything involving the beautiful city, In addition I am going there on Saturday and am extremely excited!
HIMYM: My How I Met Your Mother obsession has been going on for quite a while now, as I found every episode gripping and filled with humour, however, this has died down now that we have found out who the mother is.
Twitter: For anyone who follows me, (which is hardly anybody) you will have noticed that I have been tweeting normally at least twice a day.
Typography: As I have chosen Art as one of my GCSE's, we have been set a project to be completed based on Typography and I can't wait to find out more about it.
Quotes: My mum keeps finding quotes from Harry Potter on her desk at work and has given them all to me, but I really love anything to do with words and how people express themselves through what they say. 

Also, Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton whose son (who is yet to be named) was born yesterday! 

Holly x

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Book Tag


What are you reading right now?
Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
Just whatever catches my attention when I look on my book shelf. 
What book seems really popular but you actually hated?
Twilight. I read 5 chapters and could not continue or of pure boredom.
What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green.

Where do you usually get your books?
Usually Waterstones as it is possibly my favourite shop ever. If not I tend to go into WHSmiths.

Where do you usually read your books?
Before I go to bed, travelling on trains and coaches, and when I have some free time that I can't fill with any other activity.
When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits
I used to by books based on the designs of their covers and if I really liked something I would read it over and over again.
Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
New Moon. It gave me an excuse to hide behind a book in the library at my old school without being kicked out or having to listen to an awkward conversation between my old friends.

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
I used to do that all the time and usually the book was good and I was lucky in those scenarios. However, it usually is that I won't make a second glance at a book if it has an unappealing cover. A books cover does actually say a lot about its context.
What was your favourite book when you were a young child?
I have a massive collection of Jacqueline Wilson books from when I was younger. Just a piece of my childhood that I want to hold on to.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.” 
I love every single word in this book but it was this little paragraph that particularly moved me. - The Fault in Our Stars.

What are your top three favourite authors?
- J.K Rowling
- John Green
- Cat Clarke

What book has no one heard about but should read?
hmm... It would have to be Struck by Lightening by Chris Colfer. As you may be aware, Colfer plays Kurt Hummel in Glee however he is also a producer, scriptwriter and published author, this being his first book. I did not have high expectations for this book and am currently taking a break from reading it but so far it is really good and I definitely recommend it.
What is your favourite classic book?
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Holly x

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Summer Book Wishlist #1


1. Undone by Cat Clarke - Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she's learning to live with it. Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online ... and he kills himself. Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down. A searing story of love, revenge and betrayal from a bestselling author.
I have read Torn and I am now beginning to read Entangled, both of which are by the same author and were/are amazing. I have come to the conclusion that in spite of her unique writing style Cat Clarke is a pretty good author and at some point I am going to have to buy this book instead of occupying a small corner of Waterstones whilst and try and read it bit by bit.

2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
This book has had a great deal of positive recognition since it was first published in 2005 and released as a film in 2011. I don't know why but I have a strong feeling that once I begin reading this book I will just fall completely in love with it. Additionally, I am quite interested in recent history (including 9/11) and so this maybe the book for me.

3. Ketchup Clouds by Annabell Pitcher - Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Barnes, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.
I have read Pitcher's first book "My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece" and I absolutely loved it. This technically should not be on the wishlist as I went and bought it today because it has just been released in Paperback. (Also I wanted to catch a glimpse of Liz Kessler who was signing books in my local Waterstones). But I love Pitcher's writing style and think that this book will really be one of a kind.
All synopsis' are from Goodreads.com.
Holly x