Awesome Blogger Award

Hello blogging friends, I hope you’re all having a wonderful day wherever you may be!

A little while ago, I was nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award by Saanika from Heart of a Dreamer – thank you so much for nominating me Saanika!

Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you.

• Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward

• Answer the questions asked.

• Nominate at least five awesome bloggers.

• Give your nominees ten questions.

• Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Questions from Saanika

  1. Favourite book? I really dislike this question because I don’t have a definite favourite book, but at the moment I’d have to say my favourite book is November 9 by Colleen Hoover.
  2. Favourite movie? My favourite movie is definitely the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy.
  3. Favourite city? From the cities I have travelled to so far, I would say Bath is my favourite city.
  4. Do you wear glasses and if yes, do you like wearing them? I don’t wear glasses but I have always wanted to (don’t ask)!
  5. What do you like more, dancing or singing? I prefer singing over dancing, however I don’t have the greatest of singing voices.
  6. Favourite song? My all time favourite song is Iris by Goo Goo Dolls.
  7. Favourite season? My favourite season is a mixture between Spring and Autumn.
  8. Do you prefer reading or writing? I prefer to read.
  9. Favourite cuisine? My favourite cuisine is Indian.
  10. Land or water? I prefer water over land.

My Nominees:

My Questions to My Nominees:

  1. Do you prefer hot chocolate, tea or coffee?
  2. Would you rather read under a snuggly blanket by the fire or outdoors in the warm sun with a cold drink?
  3. What is your favourite animal?
  4. What is your favourite movie?
  5. What is your favourite dessert?
  6. What is you favourite book?
  7. Do you prefer reading or writing?
  8. If you could pick any book that you wish you had written, what would it be?
  9. Who is your favourite author?
  10. Which do you prefer, Marvel or DC?

I enjoyed answering these questions and hope that my nominees enjoy answering mine too! If you have already been tagged before, please don’t feel obliged to have to do it again.

Speak to you guys soon,

Claire 📚

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated an an ordinary kid – but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. “Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R. J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” – indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Daisy Jones by Mack Mama Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): DAISY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND. Gorgeous temptress, Daisy Jones has the power to send men to prison for sexual relations with a minor. She is the epitome of a gold digger and raised to go after rich men by a bitter mother. Mama Jones mad at her fate in life taught Daisy the art of manipulation and how to scheme on her prey. She didn’t warn Daisy about letting her heart get in the way of business, forcing her to fall for a southern rapper and the CEO of a multi-million dollar empire. The story begins in Atlanta, Georgia, travelling to New York City, and enters the notorious crew, the OBGs a gumbo of women hustlers, killers, and drug dealers, who have earned a reputation in the streets for being beyond terrorist. And they’re connected to Daisy Jones, all of them wanting to get their “Daisy” on.

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One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated by Karen Jo from Sincerely Karen Jo for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much Karen Jo for nominating me! If you guys don’t follow her, I suggest you click on the link above to check her blog out because it’s wonderful!

Let’s move onto the award!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.

• Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.

• Share 7 facts or things about yourself.

• Nominate up to 15 bloggers that you admire and inform the nominees.

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I used to be a gymnast. When I was around 5/6 years old, I started to go a gymnastics club. Up until the age of around 12/13 I kept this up and thoroughly enjoyed it. Competing in competitions, doing displays for festivals and local events. Sometimes I wish I still did it, but my time got taken up by school work and socialising.
  2. I have an unhealthy obsession with Lightly Salted Doritos and Tzatziki. I can happily eat a whole bag of Doritos with two tzatziki dips whenever! So damn good. Surely it’s healthy right?
  3. My favourite animals are Pandas and Killer Whales (Orcas). The first time I ever saw Free Willy, I immediately fell in love with Killer Whales. Yes, I understand (now) that Willy is not real and that still upsets me, but he was an incredible mammal! I wanted to move to America, marry Jesse and play with Willy. Wow, my eleven year old self was very odd. With Pandas, I’ve always loved their fuzzy ears and have wanted to visit China and have a panda experience day for a very long time!
  4. I am running a half marathon this Sunday 25th March. I ran a half marathon two years ago with my sister and we enjoyed it so much we decided to challenge ourselves and run another one. We are participating in the London Landmarks Half Marathon and are raising money for the Tommy’s Charity to help fund research and raise awareness about miscarriages, still births and premature babies. I am over half way to reach my target goal on my Just Giving page. If anyone would like to contribute to this, you can check that out here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/claireadavis
  5. I love skateboarding. Although I haven’t done it in a few years, I really love skateboarding. My friend, Claire, and I used to go skateboarding all the time and although we were never really good at doing tricks, we liked to cruise up and down the roads whilst listening to our music.
  6. I am a vegetarian. I became a vegetarian last year in January 2017. I have to say, for me personally, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever done. So if any of you have great recipes for vegetarian meals, let me know what they are or leave any links to recipes in the comments below.
  7. I can’t live without music. I think this saying goes for a lot of people, but I simply can’t. If my boyfriend isn’t staying with me for the night I have to play music to get me to sleep otherwise I feel lonely and won’t be able to sleep as my mind starts ticking and thinking of crazy things. My music taste varies all the time, since primary school I loved rock music and in secondary school I discovered all different genres of metal and screamo music. I don’t think it’s a phase as I still love the bands I listened to all the time then as I do now. However, my all time favourite bands (if I had to pick three) would have to be: LANY, The 1975 and Paramore.

Nominations

I love and admire so many of you blogs and your creative ideas, you’re all inspiring! Whether I have chosen you or not, please feel free to leave a couple of facts about yourself in the comments below if you’d like, I’d love to find out more about my followers.

I hope you all enjoyed reading the seven facts about me, I can’t wait to read the facts about every one of you!

Happy reading folks,

Claire 📚

All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher Book Review

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher. I’ve wanted to get my hands on one of Carrie’s novels for a while now and I’m so glad when I got snowed in at my sister’s, she had this book so I borrowed it.

I have given All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description (via Goodreads): Feelings are part of life – feelings are life. If you take away what people feel, you take away anything meaningful. Wanting to diminish the evil in this world is a good cause, one I have fought for the majority of my life, but not like this … Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can’t and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she’s simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don’t know why they’re drawn to a Cherry’s bakery – they just know that they’re safe there and that’s how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift. And then Chase arrives in town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she’s not the only one who can see what she sees … A story of love, food and a little bit of magic, All That She Can See is an enchanting and beautiful novel that’s guaranteed to be the most magical story you’ll read this year.

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The Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Luna for nominating me for The Liebster Award, I really appreciate it! If you haven’t checked Luna’s blog out already, I suggest you do so, it’s awesome!

The Official Rules

• Link to this blog post in your Liebster Award blog post

• Answer the questions given to you

• Create more questions for your nominees to answer

• Comment on The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2018 blog post with a link DIRECTLY to your Liebster award.

• Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog.

• Display the award on your blog

• Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.

• Nominate 5 – 11 blogs

• List these rules in your post

• Inform the people/blogs that you nominated

Why I am Passionate About Blogging

I am passionate about blogging because I like being able to share my own opinions about anything, not just about books in this blogging community. It feels so good, to be able to read everyone’s opinions, listen and share. It’s something that I created for my own headspace and I’m so glad I took the plunge because it’s so nice to be able to write book reviews, participate and to be nominated in book tag/awards. A couple of nights ago, I hit 300 followers on my blog and I couldn’t be more grateful! As I said, I created this for my own headspace but for others to enjoy my content and read what I have to say is an added bonus, so thank you all for being a part of my blog.

The Questions

1 What books has the most sentimental value for you?

It would have to be the big book of Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection and The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter. I treasured these books so much as a child, especially the illustrations; they were gorgeous! They were huge books which are most likely in the loft collecting dust which makes me quite sad, I really want to find them now and re-read what I used to when I was little! I’ve found images from Google of what the books looked like:

2 What does your dream bookshelf or library look like?

I would definitely want a cosy book book to relax in, so I feel it would definitely need to have a window seat with lots of natural lighting. Blankets and cushions for extreme comfort, with a special holder for any hot or cold drink. I’ve found some pictures from Google which best describe and look like what I’d love:

3 Have you had a pet that you gave a bookish name? If not, if you did get a pet what bookish name would you give them?

Surprisingly I haven’t given a pet a bookish name, then again I don’t think I’ve ever had that chance to …apart from my fish I had which I ended up calling him fish. Guys, come on, I was only nine! If I had the chance to name my pet after a bookish name, obviously depending on what they look like, I would choose Neville or Hagrid for a boy and Minerva or Luna for a girl. Harry Potter fan alert!

4 Have you ever DNF’ed a book? What book was it and why?

I haven’t DNF’ed a book as I need to have closure on each book, even if I’m not enjoying it as much as I wanted to. I simply can’t just put it down and never come back to it. Sometimes it can feel like torture, especially if I’m not keen on the book in any way, shape or form.

5 Do you reread books? Please explain because I am very curious.

I have re-read books in the past when I was a child. It’s definitely something I would consider doing when I’m a bit older, but for now I love discovering new books to read.

6 What is your reading routine?

My reading routine normally consists of making a hot drink, read a couple of pages whilst the kettle is boiling, then go upstairs to my bedroom. Put the sidelight from my bedside table on and get Cody under my duvet and blankets.

7 What was the first book you remember reading?

Oooooh. Now this is a tricky one, because I definitely remember reading the Animal Ark series and Jacqueline Wilson books, but I also remember loving my big children’s book of Thomas the Tank Engine and Other Stories Book. I don’t think I managed to finish the book because I’d always re-read the same stories that I loved over and over again.

8 What format do you usually read?

I normally read in a physical book format.

9 How many books are currently in your TBR?

I don’t really have a TBR list, I would like to make one maybe later on in the year, but for now I’m just reading any books that I have bought in the past and am trying to read them before I decide to buy any more (which is so difficult!!!).

10 What book are you most excited about reading this year?

The book I am most excited about reading this year has to be Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt. Here is the link to the Goodreads page of this book where you can find the book description.

I Nominate:

My Questions

  1. If you could only read one book series over and over again for the rest of your life, which one would you pick?
  2. What was your favourite childhood book growing up?
  3. If you could be any character in the Harry Potter series, who would you choose?
  4. What is your guilty pleasure book?
  5. Do you organise your bookshelves in any particular way?
  6. Which do you prefer best: paperback, hardcover or eBook? And why?
  7. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
  8. What is your reading routine?
  9. What book are you most excited about reading this year?
  10. What is your favourite post you have written and why?

If I haven’t tagged you to this post, feel free to make a blog post about The Liebster Award if you’d like to join in and copy me into a link in the comments below so I can check your answers out!

I had so much fun answering these questions and trying to think up new ones for you guys to answer!

Until next time, happy reading,

Claire 📚

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne Book Review

I have given It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description (via Goodreads): Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies… The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban of cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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