Christmas Movies

Hello Everyone!

As I have shared Christmas recipe ideas, decor and diys, I thought it only right to share my top ten list of Christmas movies to snuggle down and watch throughout December. There are so many Christmas movies that I adore but I decided to go with the ones that I have actually gone out and bought over the past year, as I have watched them so many times. This list is in no particular order as there is no way I could choose a number one favourite. Let’s get started!

  • Arthur Christmas follows the story of Arthur, Santa’s clumsy son with a big heart full of love for all things Christmas. After finding out that one child has been missed, Arthur is terrified that it will ruin the magic of Christmas for one little girl and begins his own journey with Grandsanta, a young elf and an old sleigh in tow to deliver the present himself and save Christmas. This is a feel good movie full of excitement and fun, it definitely will leave you full of Christmas joy.
  • A Christmas Carol follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who hates everything about Christmas and joy and whose favourite saying is ‘Bah Humbug’. On the night of Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghosts of past, present and future, who teach him the true meaning of Christmas, causing Scrooge to change his feelings about  Christmas and fill his life with joy.
  • A Christmas Story follows the story of 9 year old Ralphie, whose one Christmas wish is to recieve a Red Rider BB Gun. After trying to convince his mother, his teacher and even the mean Santa at his local department store, the only answer Ralphie has recieved is “you’ll shoot your eye out”. You see the ups and downs of being a nine year old around Christmas time in the 1940’s, including seeing Ralphie uttering the dreaded ‘f’ word in front of his father and witnessing a friend getting his tongue stuck to the frozen flag pole. As morning arrives on Christmas Day, Ralphie opens so many lovely gifts, including a gift from his aunt that his mother adores. But will he recieve his single Christmas wish?
  • Four Holidays follows the story of happily unmarried Brad and Kate, whose only plans for the holidays is to jump on a plane to avoid spending time with their divorced parents. When they arrive at the airport, however, a thick fog causes all flights to be cancelled, sending Brad and Kate on the worst Christmas of their lives. This is a movie filled with laughs and Christmas cheer, proving that although your family may drive you crazy, Christmas just wouldnt be the same without them.
  • Fred Claus follows the story of Fred, Santa Claus’ brother, a grumpy man who has lost all belief in Christmas after being forced to grow up in his younger brothers shadow. One Christmas, after needing to borrow money from his brother, Fred travels to the North Pole to discover that Nick is in some trouble of his own. This is a heartwarming movie, filled with laughs as you watch Fred save Christmas and realise that family is the best gift he will ever recieve.
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  • The Holiday follows the stories of Iris and Amanda, two complete opposites who both want nothing more than to escape their daily lives over the Christmas period. By chance, they both meet online and impulsively switch homes, sending Amanda to a cosy cottage in England and Iris to a huge Hollywood estate. As they settle in to living in a brand new country, they both find new romances and have experiences that will change the way they look at life, forever.
  • Home Alone 1 & 2 follows the story of 8 year old Kevin McCallister, who makes a wish that his family would disappear one night and wakes up the following morning to discover that he has been accidentally left behind after his family goes on Christmas vacation. While he’s home alone, 2 burgulars are trying to break in, so Kevin gets to decorating the house with hilarious booby traps that will have you smiling through the whole movie. Home Alone 2 also follows the story of Kevin, except this time he is in New York. What Kevin doesn’t know is that the Wet Bandits are also in New York, seeking their revenge. After their attempts to get him back, Kevin sets up an astounding amount of booby traps all over New York to stop the Wet Bandits once again.
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas follows the story of The Grinch, a grumpy, green , hairy creature who lives inside a cave on top of Mount Crumpit overlooking Whoville. The Grinch absolutely hates Christmas, so when Whoville begisn to set up for Christmas time, The Grinch decides to put a stop to it for good. He invents a contraption to steal all of their presents and decorations on the night of Christmas Eve only to discover that the true meaning of Christmas is about more than gifts. This is a heartwarming movie filled with joy and laughter, based on the book by Dr. Suess.
  • Love Actually follows the stories of ten people discovering the joys and downfalls of relationships in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It explores the lives of boyfriends & girlfriends, fathers & sons, husbands & wives and stars & managers to give you so many different points of view on the aspect of love with all of the characters being connected in some way in the end. It is a magical movie filled with love and laughter and even a few tears, making it the perfect Christmas movie for any kind of person.
  • The Polar Express follows the story of a young boy who no longer believes in the magic of Christmas. Jump on board and watch as The Polar Express travels up mountains, slips over ice and hot chocolate is served by singing-dancing waiters, all the way to the North Pole.  Watch a young boy make new friends, and discover the true magic of Christmas once more. This movie is perfect for Christmas Eve and is a feel good end to the Christmas countdown, filled with magic and joy.

What are your favourite Christmas movies? 🙂

 

 

Top 10 DVDs – Part Two

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a post about five of my top 10 dvds, so this week I thought it was time to share part two.  This list is in no particular order, as I found it quite difficult to pick a number one favourite. I had alot of fun putting together this list and really hope you have as much fun reading it 🙂 Let’s get started!

 Grown Ups + Grown Ups 2

In my collection, I own both movies from this series but the first one is definitely my favourite. This movie follows the story of a group of 5 boys who were once a basketball team, and are now grown up with their own families. They are reunited when their childhood coach passes away. Lenny is rich, Eric is unemployed, Kurt is a house husband, Rob is a hippie and Marcus is a party boy. Although they have all grown apart, and their extended families don’t really get along, I love this movie because you see how different groups of people can come together and enjoy a weekend by the lake. The joint comedy of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider make this movie a great hour and a half of laughs.

The second movie is also quite enjoyable and full of laughs but I found that it was trying a bit too hard to match the heights of the first film. During this second movie you follow the story of Lenny, Eric, Kurt, Rob and Marcus set a few years after the original. All five families now live in the same part of town and see each other nearly everyday getting up to hilarious antics such as wrecking havoc in a store and attending a dance recital. While trying to rekindle their youth, the men cross paths with a fraternity who are out to ruin their lives. While having a dress up party, the fraternity makes an appearance which ends in a fight between 200+ people.

I really enjoy these movies when i’m in the mood for a good laugh and find that the jokes never get old.

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Easy A

This film is definitely one of my top three, as it is such a feel good movie and I love movies that contain alot of romance and comedy. Easy A follows the story of Olive, a student in highschool who makes up a guy to try to get out of going camping with her best friend. This then lands her in a whole lot of trouble as rumours of Olive losing her virginity begin to spread like wildfire. This in turn, leads to multiple guys asking Olive to pretend to sleep with them to raise their social standing and causes further rumours that she is distributing sex for money. Olive is stuck in a web of lies and has to try as hard as she can to fix the havoc she has created.

I love this movie as although it is full of lies and rumours, it teaches you that so many bad things can happen from one tiny little lie and that it is just better to tell the truth, no matter what people may think of you. This film is full of witty humour and it never fails to make me smile.

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The Lucky One

The Lucky One is an amazing film that follows the story of Logan Thibault, a U.S. Marine who is saved from multiple deaths after finding a photograph of a woman in the midst of a battle field. He believes the woman in the photograph is a guardian angel watching over him. When he returns home, he makes it his mission to find the woman and thank her for saving his life. Becoming lost for words when he comes face to face with Beth, he takes up a job at the kennel she runs to get close to her. After a few months Logan and Beth begin dating, much to the disgust of her ex husband who decides to ransack Logans house, where he finds the photograph and goes straight to Beth. It’s tough sailing for Logan and Beth after this incident but as this is a Nicholas Sparks film, of course everything works out in the end.

I love this movie as it is filled with action and romance. It shows that despite controlling ex husbands, death and misunderstanding, true love really does conquer all. Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling bring amazing chemistry to the screen in this film and you can’t help but love them together. I haven’t watched this movie in a really long time and after writing this, I definitely need to watch it again as I remembered how much I loved it.

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The Fault In Our Stars

I absolutely loved The Fault In Our Stars after reading the book and when I heard that a movie was in the works, I knew right away that I needed to watch it and that I would love it. I didn’t actually get the chance to watch the film in the theatre, and ended up watching it online a few months later. It was an incredibly moving movie and I really loved the chemistry between Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. This movie follows the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old with thyroid cancer that has travelled to her lungs, causing them to fill with water and make it difficult for her to breathe. While attending support group one day, she meets Augustus Waters, an 18 year old who lost his leg to cancer a few years ago. The film follows their short love story, full of horrible authors, an amazing trip to Amsterdam and sunny picnics in the park. Although there are quite a few sad scenes in this movie, I absolutely love it, as true love doesn’t always run smoothly and the romance between Hazel and Gus is incrdible to watch.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and The Beast is definitely one of my favourite Disney movies. I’ve always loved Belle, as she’s so kind and has a strong love of books. This film follows the story of Belle, who is an outcast as she loves to read and her father, Maurice, is an inventor who people think is insane. While on the way to a science fair, Maurice becomes lost and ends up inside the castle of the the Beast. The only way for Maurice to be free is for Belle to takeHaha that’s true his place as prisoner. Eventually a romance begins to spark between Belle and the Beast, she teaches him how to read and he learns how to use a spoon for his soup so that they are able to eat together. Suddenly everything is threatened when Gaston has Maurice taken away to the mental asylum because Belle refuses to love him. Belle returns to save her father and the village goes on to attack the Beast, who gets very hurt. Belle’s love heals him and transforms him back into his original human form.

I absolutely love this movie because it is full of such happy characters and although quite a few bad things happen, everything works out in the end and the film has such an amazing soundtrack.

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Have you seen any of these movies? Are any of them your favourites? 🙂

Bullet Journal

As you can see from my previous posts, I really enjoy writing about all things baking, fashion and beauty, along with my favourite collections. But for today’s post I decided to do something a little bit different and write about a product that I have come to love using recently.

I discovered the Bullet Journal system a few months ago, while I was researching different kinds of journal layouts as I really wanted to begin a few different notebooks including a dream journal, daily log journal and a planner. When I found out that the Bullet Journal system combined all three and more, I was beyond excited to start my own. It took me a little while to understand how it actually worked as the video on the original website was quite confusing for me, as I hadn’t heard most of the terms before. You can find the video here.

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Weekly Layout

While researching different page layouts for my Bullet Journal, I spent quite a bit of time watching various videos on YouTube that would help me to set up my own notebook, and found the most helpful videos on a channel called BohoBerry. A lot of my layouts were inspired by these videos and by other photos on Pinterest. I really love all the layout ideas that I have seen on Pinterest and I can only hope that one day my journal can look as creative and beautiful one day. In the meantime I am really happy with how my layouts look as I am a huge fan of the simple, rainbow look.

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Daily Workout Layout

Since I started using my Bullet Journal, I’ve found that I have begun to be more organised and I actually wake up excited to write in it every morning. A few of my favourite layouts include my daily workout and my monthly tracker. Although there are still quite a few days where I don’t complete everything on my lists, I’ve found that I am more likely to attempt to get them done, than if I didn’t use these pages.

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Social Media Tracker

This journal really encourages me to be productive each day and one of my favourite parts is getting to set up the next weekly layouts and making them as colourful as possible. I highly recommend this journaling system if you’re the kind of person who makes a lot of different lists or you just want to be more organised. It is so much fun to create and I really enjoy being able to write about my day, and tick off everything I completed, and I think that is an incredible thing to look back on in a few years time, and remember all the exciting things that happened throughout this year.

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Level 10 Life Layout

Do you use a bullet journal? Which layouts work best for you? 🙂

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Daily Log Layout
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July Tracker

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Top 5 Fragrances

One thing I like to do when I go shopping is to head into the fragrance section and test out a few that I really like the look of. I tend to be drawn to the brightly coloured bottles and deliciously Summery scents, which is why I have so many in my collection, but occasionally I will find one more on the spicy, Wintery side that I feel needs to be a new addition. In the list below you will find more Summery scents instead of Wintery ones, but I have gathered a list of my top 5 fragrances to share with you today. Lets get started!

Givenchy – Live Irresistable

One of my absolute favourite fragrances in my collection is Live Irresistable by Givenchy. I usually only wear it in Summer as it is quite a tropical scent, but there have been times on warmer Winter days that this has felt appropriate for wearing. Its’ scent is an incredible mix of fruits, flowers and spices. It contains the delicious scents of pineapple, rose, amber and vanilla, along with a few other ingredients to really bring the Summer months alive. I really love the packaging of this fragrance, the triangle shaped bottle with textured glass gives it a sense of class and the pink colouring of the fragrance itself is amazing. Another thing I really like about this scent is that is faced by Amanda Seyfried, who is one of  my favourite actresses.

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Elizabeth Arden – Green Tea and Nectarine Blossom

My number one fragrance at the moment would definitely have to be Green Tea and Nectarine Blossom by Elizabeth Arden. Although this one is also a Summer scent, there has been one or two times where I have been drawn to wear it during the Winter months. This is an extremely sweet fragrance and I find that it really captures the feeling of the warm air and delicious fruit in Summer. Its’ scent is a delicious Summer fruit smell with subtle notes of green tea. It contains the incredible scents of peach, nectarine, green tea and other exotic fruits with quite a musky base. The bottle of this fragrance really speaks for itself, it is a really beautiful peachy orange colour and it covered in gorgeous pictures of blossoms and leaves. It has a very Summery vibe to it.

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Dolce & Gabbana – Floral Drops

My first designer fragrance that I added to my collection was Floral Drops by Dolce and Gabbana. I was immeditely drawn to this one because of its amazing floral scent and thought it would be perfect for wearing over the warm Summer months. I found that this fragrance wasn’t particularly sweet but had quite a fresh scent, almost like stepping foot into a field of bright flowers and fresh air. It contains the gorgeous scents of daffodils, water lilies and an array of other white flowers on a base of musk and sandalwood. It is perfect if you want a scent for Summer but aren’t a huge fan of extremely sweet scents. Another thing that drew my attention to this fragrance was the bottle, I really like the flower shaped lid and the addition of a black bow added a sense of formality to the bottle. I also really liked the mint green colour of the fragrance itself.

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One Direction – Our Moment

One of the very first fragrances I received was Our Moment by One Direction. I really enjoy the sweetness of this scent, and feel that it is perfect for Spring/Summer time. It is a quite a fruity and floral scent that perfectly captures the feeling of the warmer months. It contains the delicious scents of pink grapefruit, forest berry and jasmine along with a few other fruity and floral scents on a musky base. The bottle of this fragrance is quite pretty in a diamond shape with a gem and tulle crown for the lid. I really like the shade of pink that has been used to colour the fragrance itself.

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Burberry London

This is quite a recent addition to my collection. I came across it online while I searching for the male version as a Christmas present and knew that I had to get the female version for myself. Although this is definitely a spicy scent for the Winter months it is also quite a Christmassy scent and as Christmas is during the Summertime in New Zealand, I find myself torn as to when to wear it. Its’ scent is quite warm and cinnamon filled, so it is perfect for the colder months. It contains the delicious scents of rose, honeysuckle and jasmine on a musky, sandalwood base. I also really love the packaging of this fragrance as I find the plaid fabric is quite Christmassy and Wintery and I find the plain, rectangle bottle is quite classy and sophisticated.

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What are your favourite fragrances? Do you prefer sweet or spicy scents? 🙂

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Top 10 DVDs – Part One

A few weeks ago, I shared a list of my favourite books with you, so this week I thought I would share a list of my favourite movies. As you will see, a few of the movies included in this list, were also mentioned in my top 10 books post but I thought I would still talk about them here, because I feel that they were almost perfect portayals of the books and this is something that I love the most about them. This list is in no particular order, as I found it quite difficult to pick a number one favourite. I have divided this list in to two seperate blog posts as it ended up being extremely long, so watch this space for part two 🙂 Let’s get started!

Divergent Series

In my collection, I currently only own the first 2 movies from this series; Divergent and Insurgent. However, I did go and watch the third movie; Allegiant, a few months ago when it was in the theatre. I absolutely love this movie series, the action-packed scenes and the growing romance between Tris and Four are definitely the highlights for me. The first movie would have to be my favourite of the three, as I really enjoyed the unfolding story of Tris transitioning from the quiet, selfless life of Abnegation to the loud, courageous life of Dauntless. I found the storyline was very engaging and liked that it followed the order of the book perfectly.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the second movie as it also followed the order of the book and really displayed the development of Tris as a character and her growing bond with Four. However, as it was sequel and followed a similar to story to the first movie, I did find that in some sections, I started to get a bit bored. When I heard that they were releasing a third movie, I was beyond excited to see where the story would lead. As I had loved the first two movies in this series, I walked into the theatre expecting amazing things from the third installment and sadly, was met with nothing but confusion and disappointment.

I hadn’t quite had time to read the third book before the film was released but I thought that it would be okay, and I would understand it anyway, as the first two flowed perfectly with the corresponding books. But unfortunately, not a single thing made sense to me and I watched the whole thing with a look of confusion. I am about halfway through the Allegiant book at the moment but I’ve found that the movie didn’t really follow the book at all. I feel that because of all the changes that were made, the storyline got tangled and lost. I have heard that they are releasing a fourth installment to recover from the flop of Allegiant, so I am hoping that this one will be easier to follow.

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Hunger Games Series

As with my Divergent series collection, I currently do not own the last DVD for The Hunger Games but I did go to see it while it was in the theatre, so I am able to give my opinion on this one also. The first Hunger Games movie was released in 2012, however, I did not jump on the bandwagon and had refused to watch it up until 2015. I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t want to watch it, I just had it in my head that I was going to hate it and didn’t see the point in watching something I knew I wouldn’t like…and boy, was I wrong.

I bought the first 2 movies; The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, when I saw them on sale one day, and decided ‘why not?’ I sat down that night, and watched the first one with a little hesitation, but about 15 minutes into it, I was completely hooked. I ended up watching the second one that same night, and bought the third one; MockingJay Part One, the following week as I found they were such an amazing series. I loved the action-packed scenes as Katniss fights to live and the relationships between Katniss and Prim, Gale and Peeta. Although, I found a few scenes a little hard to watch due to the blood, strange creatures and dead bodies, I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these movies.

I was so excited to see the final installment of this series, and was expecting big things from MockingJay Part Two. As I was watching it, I found that I was really enjoying the storyline of the final movie, it was more action-packed than any of the first 3 but it was also more grusome. This film was also so much more emotional than its predecessors due to deaths of so many of my favourite characters, tears were definitely shed while watching this movie. I am so happy that this series ended with another great movie and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys movies that are action-packed.

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Letters To Juliet

This film is definitely one of my top three, as it is such a feel good movie and I love movies that contain alot of romance. Letters to Juliet is mostly set in the beautiful countryside of Italy, it is always sunny and warm and always makes me want to visit Italy. This movie follows the story of Sophie, a writer from New York who is on her pre-honeymoon with her fiancee Victor. She finds a letter in the wall of Juliets House that was written 50 years earlier and replies to it, sparking the beginning of a quest to find a man called Lorenzo for Clair, the woman who wrote the letter.

I love this movie as it takes you all over the beautiful towns of Italy in a quest to find true love and I really enjoyed the romance forming between Sophie and Charlie. Another thing I really liked about this film, is that fact that it stars Vanessa Redgrave as Clair, and as someone who grew up watching The Wind In The Willows, it’s so lovely to put a face to the voice and she really is perfect for the role. Amanda Seyfried has always been one of my favourite actresses and I feel like she is perfect for the bright and bubbly, lovestruck Sophie.

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Safe Haven

Another one of my absolute favourite movies is Safe Haven, I think I probably watch this movie almost once a month because I love it so much. I bought this DVD sometime last year immediately after I had read the book, as I loved it so much and was delighted to see that it had Julianne Hough as a lead role as she is definitely one of my favourite actresses. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are perfect in their roles for Katie and Alex and they really make the chemistry seem real.

This movie follows the story of Katie as she escapes an abusive relationship and begins to make a new life for herself in the small beachside town of South Port in North Carolina. She meets Alex on her first day in South Port, when the bus she is travelling on makes a brief petrol stop, but Katie hops off as she feels that this is the perfect place for her to settle down. She begins working at Ivan’s Fish Shack and finds a cottage to rent in an isolated area of the town, where she meets a surprising neighbour called Jo. Although there are quite a few ups and downs in the budding romance between Katie and Alex, I really enjoy the scenes that they share, especially when they are having fun with Alex’s kids, Josh and Lexi.

I found that this movie really followed the storyline of the book and only made a few subtle changes that although were a bit strange to start with, really improved the story and helped to slightly set it apart from the book.

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Paper Towns

This movie is relatively new to my collection, but I knew that I would definitely be buying it after I found out that a movie was in the works. I think that Paper Towns is possibly my favourite book by John Green, so it was a no-brainer that I was going to love the movie, as I had already read and seen The Fault In Our Stars so I knew to expect incredible things. Cara Delevingne is perfect for the role of Margo and although she had to put on an American accent for the film, you would never know that it was not her natural accent.

The chemistry between Margo and Quentin (Nat Wolff) is incredible, which I think is due to the fact that they have known each other since they were kids, and although they grew apart as they got older, the one night that they reunite is like they never stopped being friends. This movie follows the story of a night of chaos between Margo and Q, that includes fish, blue spray paint and the top of the Sun Trust Building. This is the best night of Q’s life and he believes that maybe things are starting to looking up for him until the following day when Margo disappears, which sparks a lengthy quest for clues and hints as to where Margo is.

As the film develops and Q begins to dicepher the clues Margo left for him, he plans a roadtrip with his best friends Ben and Radar along with Lacey and Angela which turns out to be the perfect way to end their senior year. I was not disappointed in the slightest with how this movie turned out and I almost wish that there was a sequel, just so I can enjoy watching the chemistry between all the characters again, unfolding to create the best year of their lives.

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Have you seen any of these movies? Are any of them your favourites? 🙂

Top 10 Books

There are quite a few things that I enjoy doing during my free time and one of my favourite pastimes is reading. I enjoy reading a range of books, from horror to ones that make you feel happy and even ones that make you feel a little sad. As long as there’s a good story line, I’m bound to enjoy it! So I decided it would be a great idea to compile a list of my top 10 books to share with you 🙂 I have included the blurbs to each book, to give you an idea as to what they’re about. Let’s get started!

1. Girl Online + Girl Online: On Tour – Zoe Sugg

Girl Online

Penny has a secret

Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

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Girl Online: On Tour

Penny’s bags are packed

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend. But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot… and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

2. Divergent Series – Veronica Roth

Divergent

In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is. Her choice shocks everyone, including herself.

During the initiation that follows, Tris and her fellow initiates undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends really are – and whether she can trust the man who both threatens and protects her.

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Insurgent

I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

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Allegiant 

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Four

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

3. Love, Tanya – Tanya Burr

Hi everyone and welcome to Love, Tanya! This book is really close to my heart, because it’s inspired by my journey to becoming confident and feeling happy about who I am. I wanted to write a book to share the things I’ve learnt with you – to reveal my top tips on fashion, beauty, love, friendship, YouTube… and loads more! Plus, there is room for you to list your own hopes and dreams alongside mine – so get creative and get involved! I’d love it if this book became a keepsake you can turn to whenever you need some guidance or a little pick me up. I hope you enjoy it!

Love,
Tanya

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4. All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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5. Paper Towns – John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

6. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten..

7. Looking For Alaska – John Green

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

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8. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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9. Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter – Louise Pentland

THIS IS MY FIRST EVER OFFICIAL BOOK! Aloha Sprinklerinos! Imagine you are in one of those glorious vintage shops where every surface is laden with treasure. Cut glass, pill boxes, old cameras, pendants, chests of drawers and stacks and stacks of books. This book is like that. Each chapter is one of those gem encrusted tins that you can open, peep inside and enjoy. You can either methodically wander the entire shop, looking at each individual item in order, or, you can dance around with wild abandon, opening and closing whatever you like, whenever you like. You can take in tiny bits of it at a time or you can devour it all in one go. I don’t mind. I don’t mind how you go about it; all that matters to me is that you take something from it. Divided into four sections: Glitz, Create, Need to Knows and All About Love, you’ll find all my little tips and tricks, stories and insights and nuggets of advice. I want you to walk away from this book feeling uplifted. I want you to feel as though you are equipped to deal with something in your life and deal with it in the best possible, positive way. I want to show you how I find so much joy and enrichment in my life and how you can do it too, with just a Sprinkle of Glitter…Toodlepip! Xxx

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10. The Pointless Book & The Pointless Book 2 – Alfie Deyes

The Pointless Book

Brought to you by YouTube Vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Pointless Book, accompanied by the free downloadable app, is the ultimate addition to his YouTube channel a weird & funny video-diary of fun, challenges and nothingness: bake a cake in a mug; take part in a people-watching challenge; create a time capsule; diarise a week of your life and learn to make origami. Fully illustrated and packed with a host of games, activities and pranks, Alfie invites you to join his online following as he challenges you to complete your journal of pointlessness and do virtually nothing with pride.

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The Pointless Book 2

Alfie Deyes is back with another instalment of his unique brand of nothingness. Bigger, better and even more pointless,The Pointless Book 2 is once again full of hilarious challenges and crazy activities, and the ultimate accessory to Alfie’s wonderful PointlessBlog. With all the humour and quirkiness of Alfie’s celebrated YouTube site, Pointless Book 2 is packed with a host of games, activities, dares, pranks and jokes – and, of course, an exclusive digital app to take you closer to Alfie and the PointlessBlog. Fully illustrated and endlessly entertaining, Alfie invites you back to his Pointless party and to once again do virtually nothing with pride!

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Have you read of these books? Are any of them in your top 10? I’d love to know! 🙂

Autumn/Winter Essentials

Now that the weather is getting colder and it’s getting dark earlier, resulting in cosy nights on the sofa under a blanket with your pet, watching TV or your favourite movie, I decided to do a post about my Autumn and Winter essentials. There are so many things that pop into my head when I hear the words Autumn and Winter, and I have included many of those things in this post.

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Around this time of the year I really have to start looking after my skin as the cold means it ends up getting quite dry, so I always try to use moisturiser in the mornings and evenings to minimise this. The colder months also tend to see an increased number of baths that I have, so I always make sure I have a good stock of bubble bath and bath bombs (as you will have seen in a previous post). It also helps to make it feel very cosy to have a scented candle flickering in the room and really brightens up those rainy, dreary evenings.

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Another of my essentials is warm drinks! As I’m not a fan of coffee or tea, I rely solely on hot chocolate to keep me warm during the colder months. Although I absolutely love a classic hot chocolate, I also enjoy finding flavoured hot chocolates just to spice it up a bit. A few of my favourites include Marshmallow, Caramel and Peppermint, add a swirl of whipped cream, a few mini marshmallows and you’re good to go!

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The last of my Autumn and Winter essentials are clothing related. There’s nothing better than wrapping up warm on a cold day, especially when you can make a great outfit out of it. A few of my wardrobe staples include leggings, beanies, scarves, jumpers and boots. I am usually that person who is completely unorganised for Winter and end up wearing my strappy Summer tops with a pair of jeans and a jacket, and as someone who usually feels the cold even on the warmest days, it means I am absolutely frozen for the entire season. BUT this year I’ve been stocking up on Winter clothing since about the middle of January (New Zealand Summer time) so I’m hoping I’ll be toasty all Winter long. A few of my favourite items include this Robin Jumper from ASOS and Reindeer leggings from Boohoo (which are actually Christmas themed, but they were too adorable not to get and I personally don’t mind getting a bit festive in April ;), this Polar Bear beanie from ASOS, my Chelsea Boots from Iconic and my yellow scarf.

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What are your Autumn and Winter essentials? I’d love to see! You can tag me on Twitter @cheyennesmith96 or on Instagram @cheyennesmith01.