Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week, the theme was Ten Things that Make you Instantly NOT Read a Book!

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  1. Hype- I read hyped up books once the hype has died down, but of the books I read that were hyped up, I haven’t liked them, so I tend to be wary of hyped books now.
  2. Supernatural fiction- I’m not overly keen on witchy/angel/fae books- there are some exceptions but I usually avoid them.
  3. Horror- I don’t like blood and gore.
  4. Insta-love.
  5. Unrealistic Relationships. (e.g student and teacher)
  6. Ugly covers (JUDGE ME I DON’T CARE)
  7. Focus on an eating disorder- I don’t care if it is a book to demonstrate the health problems and warnings, having had an eating disorder, I don’t want to read these types of books in case they are written badly/under-researched/glorified.
  8. Bad reviews.
  9. Low ratings.
  10.  John Green. (I’ve read two of his books now and I wasn’t overly keen on either of them)

Some of these are controversial I know!
Anyway, thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Top Ten Bookish Gifts on Etsy!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, this week, was another freebie, and I thought I’d share my Top Ten Bookish Gifts from Etsy. I love Etsy, it has such a variety of Bookish related items that would make perfect gifts.

  1.  Book marks from ReadandWonder.  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ReadandWonder?section_id=17292684
    Large Wizard Magnetic bookmarks
    Both magnet and normal bookmarks, there’s such a range, including these cute Harry Potter ones!
  2. Bookmarks from Otter Nonsense Designs! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OtterNonsenseDesigns
    One More Chapter Bookmark - Book Lover - Quote
    I just think they’re really cute, and made by someone who loves books! Jamie, otherwise known as Ermagerdberks on Booktube.
  3.  Soy Candles from Frostbeard Studios https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Frostbeard
    Wizardy Buttery Drink - Soy Candle - Book Lovers' Scented Soy Candle - 8oz jar
    Because who doesn’t want a candle that smells like Butterbeer?
  4. Sherlock Holmes Nail decal by Inspired Nails. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/89648216/sherlock-holmes-nail-decals-black-and
    Sherlock Holmes Nail Decals Black and Clear Simply Silhouette by Inspired Nails
    These are just super cute!
  5. Book bags, literally (!) by BagsyMeFirst https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BagsyMeFirst?ref=l2-shopheader-name
    Jane Austen Handbag, Pride and Prejudice bag, Pride and Prejudice purse, Jane Austen purse, Bridesmaid gift, Gift for an English teacher
    They’re a bit pricey, but I think they’re something someone would cherish!
  6. Penguin Phone Cases from OVESS https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/290813281/retro-vintage-novel-penguin-books
    Retro Vintage Novel Penguin Books Collection Quirky BLACK COLOUR Plastic Clip Case Cover For iPhone Series
    To show off your love of books whenever you answer the phone!
  7. Bookish necklaces from Belle Regalia https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BelleRegalia
    Go Away I'm Reading 30x40mm Pendant Necklace - Floral Reading Necklace - Bookish Gift Idea - Book Lover Reader Gift - Book Related Jewelry
    They’re unique, they’re pretty- what more could you want?
  8. Library card scarf from Cyberoptix https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/211496117/date-due-library-scarf-book-scarf-black

    Simple, but bookish!

  9.  Bookish themed soaps from TeaSoapBooks https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TeaSoapBooks
    Mini Classic Book Bubble Bath 2 oz || Party Favors, Guest Soap, Wedding Shower, Bridal Shower, Book Wedding Gift, Pride and Prejudice
    So we can read for days, and then smell nice!
  10. Finally, this sweater. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/275711654/i-would-like-you-better-if-you-were-a
    I Would Like You Better If You Were A Book Sweatshirt - Gift For Readers - Literary Clothing - Bookish Sweatshirt - Bookish - Bookish Gifts

And that’s it!
Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish and this week, I’m doing something different, because the US celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, this week is the Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For.

I hope that I don’t offend anyone- but please say so and I can put anything that does offend under a read more 🙂

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1.My Family.

I’m lucky enough to be close to both my parents, (not as much to my brother but I’m still thankful for him (y) ) and sometimes I may get short or bitchy with them, but they’ve supported me and done some much for me that I can’t not be thankful for them.

2. My Friends

I don’t have a large group of friends, I have a few people who I’m close to and comfortable around. I couldn’t be without them though, I mean, if they can deal with my craziness then I guess they can stay around.

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3. Tea.

Literally the elixir of life for me! This one is random, but if there was not tea I wouldn’t function as a human being, especially in the colder months so yeah- tea is as valuable to me as diamonds. Sort of…

4.  Titch.

Titch, my dog, is something I am immensely thankful for. I would never have gotten her if I hadn’t had an eating disorder and needed a pet of some kind that I could talk to and hug. Well it worked, she’d got me through some really rough times and she knows when I need a cuddle if I feel sad.

It sounds really silly, but she’s great at making me happy.

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5. University.

I was lucky enough to go to uni, but at first, I didn’t want to go or leave home. I did though, and although I live back at home now, I have really come out of my shell and grown as a person. I couldn’t have done that by staying in my bedroom. I also met some great friends which is a good thing.

The next five are books I’m thankful exist! I couldn’t do a completely non-bookish post!

  1. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
  2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  3. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

These books all spoke to me in different ways as my reading skills developed and these books will always mean something to me. I could have done ten books but then I would have probably added more!

That’s my top ten tuesday!

Thanks for reading.
~Katie.
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Top Ten Benedict Cumberbatch movies

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week, the theme was a freebie based around movies and this post isn’t book related unfortunately. I thought I would do full fangirl and share my Top Ten movies starring Benedict Cumberbatch! So here goes:

1. Doctor Strange.
Starting off with the most recent! I love Marvel films and this film is all kinds of trippy (and Benedict’s American accent is weird) but it’s visually amazing and I’d definitely recommend it.

2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug/ The Battle of the Five Armies
I’m not counting this as two as he played the same character in both- Smaug, the dragon. Considering he did the motion capture, I love this role. I’m pretty sure he can do anything, so he became a dragon!

3. The Imitation Game
This was my favourite film of 2014. Benedict stars as Alan Turing, the man who gave us the computer, but also struggled in society because he was gay. His story is sad because despite the fact he broke the German Enigma Machine, he was punished for being homosexual. It’s a brilliant film and I totally recommend it if you like historical movies.

4. Star Trek: Into Darkness
Yes, his character may have been whitewashed but Benedict is good at playing the genius with a dark side (like Sherlock) so there was no way he was going to be bad in Star Trek. John Harrison is a seriously understood guy. I actually really like the new Star Trek films, I would have seen this even if Benedict wasn’t in it!

5. Third Star
This film is an Indie film, so you probably haven’t heard of it but Benedict plays James, a man who has terminal cancer and is going on one last trip to his favourite place with his best friends. It’s funny, but it’s also heartbreaking. I cry every single time I watch it 😥

6. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
Based on John Le Carre’s classic spy novel, Benedict plays Peter Guillam alongside Gary Oldman’s George Smiley. It’s your generic spy thriller with brilliant casting throughout and would recommend it. (And you don’t have to read the book because it is slightly different!)

7. War Horse
He’s not actually in this film much, but I had to mention War Horse, based on the Morpurgo novel, because it’s a beautiful film and it’s great to look at war from the perspective that demonstrates how important the horses were.

8. Hawking
As I mentioned above, Benedict is known for playing geniuses. Before Eddie Redmayne took on the role of Stephen Hawking, Benedict played him much earlier in a film that shows how his illness starts to affect him. It’s a very good performance.

9. Atonement
Again, he’s not in this film much, but his portrayal of Paul Marshall, chocolateer and peadophile is all kinds of creepy. Kudos to Benedict for freaking me out (fun fact, this role got him the role of Sherlock Holmes!)

10. Starter for 10
Based on University Challenge, the British humour of this movie is hilarious. James McAvoy, James Corden, Dominic Cooper and Alice Eve also star in it. It makes student life seem boring AND fun and it’s brilliant. I left it until last because it’s the least dark on the whole list.

Thank for putting up with my fangirling!
Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I added to my TBR recently.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish- this week is books I added to my TBR recently and- I sort of am on a book buying ban??? I mean apart from one of the books I mention, they’re predominantly ebooks!

So they don’t take up any space….

So, without rambling on any further, here’s my list!

  1. Doctor Who: The Complete History- Issue #31
  2.  The Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill (from Netgalley)
  3. The Ghost of Buxton Manor by Jonathan L Ferrara (from HusbandandHusband on here- I’ll read it soon Jonathan I promise!!!!)
  4. Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
  5. Holding by Graham Norton (from Netgalley)
  6. Flawed by Cecilia Ahern (from Netgalley)
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  8. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  9.  Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

and finally

10. Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson

I have so many more books to read to let’s see when I finally getting around to reading these ones!
Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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