Tag Archives: Reading

Book/Film: Me Before You

Standard

skshfsInvited by a friend to watch Me Before You, I went and watched this emotional film at the cinema a few weeks ago. Having not read the book, all that attracted me to the film was the trailer and the impending love story (I’m always a sucker for a love story). However, I did go home and order the book (which I finished reading today), but I would suggest reading the book first and not make the same mistake I did.

Starring a truly wonderful cast of Sam Claflin as Will, Emilia Clarke as Lou, Jenna Coleman as Treena, Matthew Lewis as Patrick, Charles Dance as Stephen Traynor, Janet McTeer as Camilla Traynor, Samantha Spiro as Josie Clark, Brendan Coyle as Bernard Clark, and Stephen Peacocke as Nathan, the film was set up perfectly. It is also pretty faithful to the book, hardly surprising when you consider that the author, Jojo Moyes, wrote the screenplay.

‘Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change each other for all time’.

It’s a truly beautiful story, heartbreakingly emotional but also quite inspirational. The book and the film push the idea that life is meant to be lived and you should be grabbing every opportunity you can.

TweetingRawr

Disclaimer – I do own the above image, it is from: http://filmmusicreporter.com/2016/04/22/me-before-you-soundtrack-announced/
Advertisements

Book: Carrie Hope Fletcher’s ‘On the Other Side’

Standard

From the title, you can see that I am recommending Carrie Hope Fletcher’s On the Other Side. Spoiler alert. This book is remarkable and once you pick it up, you’re not going to be able to put it back down in a hurry.IMG_5064.PNG

I must preface today’s recommendation by stating how incredibly biased I am, due to the fact I was already a huge fan of the author before reading her debut fiction novel. Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, YouTuber, singer, songwriter and author. But even being biased in favour of Carrie, I only recommend things that I truly endorse or have enjoyed and I promise that this review is entirely honest.

I managed to get my hands on the book three days before the release date by going to Carrie’s first book signing for On the Other Side. This was held in Sheffield’s Orchard Square Waterstones (my closest Waterstones while I am at university). It was held here as Carrie is currently touring with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (in which she plays Truly Scrumptious) and as part of the tour she has been performing at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre for the last three weeks.
Although I only got to meet Carrie briefly while she signed my copy of the book, she was so lovely and made the wait (and missing my train) so worthwhile.

On the Other Side is ‘a love story like no other’, excuse the cliché, but it’s true. Framed creatively within Evie Snow’s venture to lighten her soul after death so that she can pass through to heaven, the story is brilliantly beautiful.

IMG_5096.JPG‘Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .’

Now, it’s no secret that I am a sucker for a good love story or that I am a hopeless (or hopeful) romantic. The love story in this book filled my heart with so much joy (and wet my eyes occasionally) and the ending was perfect. For those that have read the book, I will leave my spoilerific list of eye-watering moments at the bottom of this post.

The book was so well written and I didn’t want to put it down. It took me two and a half days to read (which is good for me since I’m a slow reader) and I was sad, when I was finished, that I had no more pages to read.

This is a book I’m going to try to force my friends and family to read too because it’s just too beautiful and magical (and I mean really magical at parts) not to be read by everyone. I truly recommend you, yes you, to pick up a copy. Waterstones (not sponsored) are currently selling copies half price. Click here to go to their website.

I have never had a favourite book, not really, and especially not since being a child, but with finishing On the Other Side I can finally state that this is my favourite book and will be for a very very long time.

Thank you Carrie, I cannot wait for further novels from you! ❤

TweetingRawr

*

*

*

SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ‘ON THE OTHER SIDE’.

MY SPOILERIFIC LIST OF EYE-WATERING MOMENTS FROM ‘ON THE OTHER SIDE’:

  • When Evie and Vincent parted ways for the last time (p205).
  • When Isla said her mother was the greatest artist that ever lived (p255).
  • When Lieffe thinks that Evie is brilliant (p261).
  • When Vincent says ‘Evie, you were my single greatest adventure’ (p302).
  • When Vincent says ‘Goodbye’ and lightning strikes the tree (p331).
  • The very end (p340).

Book: Paper Towns

Standard

51hgkNew+XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns, a John Green novel, recently turned into a film (2015), is a story about a boy who likes a girl. However, this girl is Margo Roth Spiegelman and is somewhat of a mystery to everyone she knows. After an all-night adventure, Margo disappears leaving behind clues for Quentin to follow. The book takes place in the last few weeks of Quentin’s school life adding further stress to the exams, prom and graduation.

Having never read a John Green novel, I was first introduced to Paper Towns at the cinema when I watched the film for a friend’s birthday. I enjoyed the film and decided to pick up the book. I first found the book to be quite slow (probably due to knowing what was going to happen thanks to watching the film first – oops). But once I got half way through (its only about 300 odd pages) I was enraptured and couldn’t put the book down.

The story, which follows a very basic structure unwinds in a very linear fashion (find a clue, follow clue, eventually find girl), frames questions about life, people and friendship. While it seems that the book is about Margo, which in a way it is, the story sees the development of unique and unusual friendships between different types of people as they come to the end of their high school careers. Many of which are brought together by the events surrounding and the disappearance of Margo.

I really enjoyed this book and urge you to give it a read if you haven’t yet. If you struggle through the first half, like I did, try your best to power through because I really did enjoy the ending. It was definitely worth the time and effort.

Here’s the trailer for the film (I also really enjoyed the film but it did follow a slightly different ending):

TweetingRawr

Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Towns-John-Green/dp/014241493X

What I’m: June

Standard

skjdfsWhat I’m reading – I am currently reading Paper Towns by John Green. I thoroughly enjoyed the film so I thought I would pick up the novel. The story is about a girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman and her neighbour Quentin Jacobsen. The blurb reads as follows: ‘Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t. She’s left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow’.

What I’m watching – With the university year finished, an abundance of time and very little to do, I 3rd-rock-from-the-sun.jpghave taken to watching a lot of TV. Currently I am watching Friends, 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Big Bang Theory. All three I would recommend, especially if what you’re after is a light watch which you don’t have to put a lot of energy or concentration into.

sakdjWhat I’m listening toPlastic by Nina Karolidou, Like I Would by Zayn, My Demons by Starset, Bulletproof by Young Guns, Give Up by Once Upon a Dead Man and MFT80s by Chris Bourne. sakj.jpgFurther proof of my very eclectic music taste…

What I’m eating – STIR FRY. I think I’m obsessed with Stir Fry… is that weird? At least it’s healthy and easy to make. I make stir fry with cabbage, pepper, onion, broccoli and carrots with either rice noodles, cous cous or rice. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t add meat.

What I’m quoting – ‘In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.’ -Nikos Kazantzakis

TweetingRawr

Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://time.com/3969840/paper-towns-movie-and-book/, https://ansionnachfionn.com/teilifis-television/3rd-rock-from-the-sun/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Kx_zRZ8zo and http://www.belladivalifestyle.com/chicken-veggie-stir-fry/.

What I’m: March

Standard

61bsOddrJwL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_What I’m reading – This month I have been reading The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis which is a side novel to The Mortal Instruments series. This book is quite enjoyable and acts as a handbook to new Shadowhunters (and also has Clary’s notes all over it).

I have also been reading The World According to Wolverine by Matthew K. Manning which is a fun book all about the comic book character of Wolverine.cc514bd2-9de1-4af6-840e-5dc07bd07b54

Both of these were presents for my birthday and I’m enjoying them thoroughly.

What I’m watching – I have been watching Once Upon A Time (I’m obsessed), Friends (also obsessed), Shadowhunters and The Big Bang Theory!

CdsQaTpUkAAlnfeWhat I’m subscribing to – No new subscriptions but I have definitely fallen in love with Wheezy Waiter’s new style of video. He used to do skits and sit-down vlogs, but now he has taken up a daily-vlog style with some artsy cuts. Very enjoyable, do check him out.

What I’m listening to – The top few tracks this month, between my friends and I, are: Broken Generation by Of Mice and Men, X G63587518307449407470197420_TwentyOnePilots-StressedOut15on Give it to Ya by DMX (from Deadpool), Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots and finally, Judgement Day by Stealth (from Suits).

What I’m eating – Too much. I’ve eaten a lot of cake this week… let’s leave it at that.

What I’m quoting – Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness (from Unknown).

TweetingRawr

Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.amazon.com/World-According-Wolverine-Insight-Legends/dp/1608873951, http://hellogiggles.com/big-bang-theory-scholarship/, https://twitter.com/wheezywaiter and http://theodysseyonline.com/cleveland-state/stressed-out-youre-not-alone/267226.

What I’m: January

Standard

stardustWhat I’m reading – Lately I’ve been much better getting books finished. I’ve finished the 6th Mortal Instruments book: City of Heavenly Fire. I, then, moved on to Carrie Hope Fletcher’s book: All I Know Now.

What I’m currently reading is Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This book is set in the Victorian era starting in the unusual village called Wall. This village is separated from a whole other world, the land of Faerie, where Tristan, the young protagonist, is from. He finds himself adventuring off into this new land, zdda sent there by his true love Victoria to find a fallen star. There is also a film based on this novel, information for which, I will link here. It is a truly beautiful film with such a wonderful cast.

What I’m watching – I have recently been watching Once Upon A Time Series 1 and 2. I love this show because it has a unique concept: all fairytale characters have been cursed and therefore pulled from their world and dropped into ours. A 28-year-old Emma Swan, daughter of
Snow White and Prince Charming, is the saviour: the only who can break their curse, but only if she believes. It’s a fantastic show.tumblr_nudpu8BP491uslmbwo1_1280

Other than OUAT, I’ve been watching good ol’ Friends. There’s no use in me explaining that show because if you don’t know it you’ve clearly been living under a rock. However, if you don’t know the show, you should definitely look it up. It’s classic, and fantastic in every way.

What I’m listening to – I have been listening to a lot of Young Guns recently, and I absolutely adore their music. My favourite song of theirs in Bones, I’ll insert the video below.

Other artists and albums I’m listening to in Adele’s newest: 25 and Bryan Adam’s Get Up. Two amazing new albums. Check out Bryan Adam’s songs You Belong to Me and Brand New Day and Adele’s single Hello and the track Miss You from her new album.david-bowie-2013

What I’m quoting

‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’ – David Bowie.

TweetingRawr

Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: https://thebookstop.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/stardust-by-neil-gaiman/, http://52heures.barsentrans.com/, http://plus-premieres.tumblr.com/post/128664399616/bryan-adams-get-up-deluxe and http://michaelcavacini.com/tag/david-bowie/

November ‘What I’m’

Standard

17012621_1300x1733What I’m watching – Currently in my spare time I’ve been watching Happy Endings, which I think is the same as last month too, it’s a comedy about five friends that live in Chicago. I just love the series and I love the characters!

Additionally, I’ve started re-watching Suits (starring Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams). If you’re unfamiliar, Suits is a show about Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, who, after a drug deal gone wrong, finds himself in the office of New York’s best lawyer, Harvey Spectre, who gives him a job.

I nearly forgot all about Doctor Who, series 9 is airing currently and I’m loving it, and I’m a Celebrity, which is also airing at the moment.

What I’m subscribing to – This month I have been watching so much Cereal Time, a breakfast show hosted my Charlie McDonnell and Jimmy Hill. This channel is rather silly but very entertaining to watch especially if you’re already a fan of the channels Charlieissocoollike and Jimmy0010.

jonnI’ve also just finished watching Jonny’s video on the channel ‘I read books in nightclubs’ and thought it was a good time to recommend his videos again. So please check out both of these channels if you haven’t already.

What I’m listening to – My favourite song right now, which has been played on repeat, is Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont.

However, my favourite band right now is Busted. Now, if you know me, you’ll know that I love McFly and I’ve subsequently loved McBusted who have been touring and making music together over the last couple of years. All this time I’ve loved Busted, of course, but I would never have believed that the bBusted-Reunionand would reunite for another tour, let alone make new music together… but alas, the impossible is reality and in May of 2016 I am going to see Charlie, Matt and James play as Busted with both old and new songs! I’M SO EXCITED. I GET TO SEE CHARLIE LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

What I’m eating – Brioche. This may seem totally random but today I tried Brioche for the first time ever and will now be buying it much more regularly. That is all.

What I’m quoting – ‘Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding’. – Albert Einstein.

TweetingRawr

Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/suits/326228/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPqVBL5TvHI and https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/16374/busted-are-back/