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Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet :’(

As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by various bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish.

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The Book of Broken Heart by Sarah Ockler + Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) said this was good after reading If I Stay! It looks romancey and cutesy, something I’m really in the mood for. I’ve been wanting to read it for ages but it got bumped off the list in favour in ‘more important’ books.

I have been wanting to read this since January, ever since I read the first two and fell in love with this series. I thought I ordered it as soon as it came out, and then it never came! I swear I ordered it! But then I had no money and still don’t really.

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Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour + Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Dat cover. Right there. Pretty font, pretty background. I’m interested in the story and interested that the MC is a lesbian, yet that’s not a major part of the book.

I love Peter Pan and I want that cover because it is gorgeous!!! It’s different and chalky.

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord + Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I WANTS THIS BOOK SO BAD. I’ve heard amazing things and I would love to read it but I lack the funds and, I guess, the time. But it looks amazing and as soon as I can get my hands on it I will devour it.

I have really enjoyed Matson’s books, especially Since You’ve Been Gone! My review of that will be up veeery soon and I will tell you why I loved it. Anyway, I’m sure I will love this one just as much, or I hope so. Not too keen on the above cover but I wouldn’t mind if I could actually read it.

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson + White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

That cover is SO PRETTY. ZOMG. Idk, it’s kind of weird but I love it. This is also a book Jamie recommended to everyone because of If I Stay. (Btw I adore her blog and take her recs to heart). After re-reading If I Stay I am in a weird hangover slump thing, but this book might be a good thing to pull me out. I think it deals with grief and romance–something I will probably love!!

So it’s about Gargoyles so obviously this means I want it. I’ve read Armentrout/Lynn’s romance and adult books before and they’re good/okay. I enjoy them but found none mindblowing. (I do love her YA series though!) I’m hoping I might really take to this one because it’s so interesting.

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Golden by Jessi Kirby + Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard

Okay, another book Jamie rec’d to everyone. I want all the ones she rec’d if I’m honest. Hahaa. Ha ha. ha. *Sobs* I just can’t deal with being in this hangover over If I Stay. I JUST CAN’T. IDEK what it’s about, but the cover’s pretty and I want it.

I have been wanting to read Wanderlove for about a year. But, it always got pushed on the back-burner and I don’t know why! It’s definitely my kinda book and I wants it. I hope it’s like Just One Day/Year.

These are my top 10, what are yours? Man, this list could go on forever…

Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin RaeWish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Series: Wish You Were...
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
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Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!

Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?

*I was given this book for review, but it in no way affected my review or opinions–honest!*

This book. Man the cover is so cheesy I can’t get over it! It’s as bad as the old covers for Anna and the French Kiss (y’all who know what I’m talking about understand). However, this book has a lot to offer and I really enjoyed reading it!

Pippa doesn’t have the best relationship with her workaholic parents. For Summer they send her to attend an art course in Italy–something she’s not interested and doesn’t want to do. However, her mother told her about it a week before she was due on the plane. Her friend Morgan gives her a list of all the things she needs to complete for these 3 months (like the premise in Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson), and one includes: Fall in Love with an Italian. As Pippa arrives in Italy, she realises she utterly does not want to do this course…and she has a lot of money from her parents, so she decides to screw it, and travel Italy by herself.

I loved the self-discovery aspect of this novel, how the relationship with her parents developed, and the adorable romance. These Summer books are my favourite. I adore reading about travelling, and the fact that this was set in Italy, makes me yearn to go there myself. The list element of things she had to do was fun and exciting, it gave Pippa the push she needed to reach outside of her comfort zone.

The romance in this wasn’t sizzling or particularly amazing, but it was sweet in a way that is not always easy to find! Despite the fact that it wasn’t anything majorly exceptional, the romance was a really great addition to the story and fit nicely. I loved how his curly hair was a running joke between them!

I had a brilliant time reading the amusing and entertaining adventures Pippa goes through, along with the characters she meets and how she develops as a character in her 3 months in Italy. It’s amazing how something like this can make a person grow. It’s not an emotional romance or gritty or anything like that, it’s just a simple, pretty story to read in the sun. It’s feel-good, sweet, and a great Summer book. It will be going on my Summer recommendations pile!

Wish You Were Italian is the second book from the series Wish You Were…, however it can be read as a standalone, as I have not read the first. The cheesy covers are really off-putting, however I’m really interested in the other books now!!

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Rating: 3.5 Stars

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[DIY] Flower Choker

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HI GUYS! I thought I’d do a diy post because I always love coming up with ways to make my own things and make my own adjustments. Especially soon as I have little money and this latest diy cost me £1.50 altogether!

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All you need: some of this lacey-stuff, an old necklace/a catch and hooks, matching thread, needle.
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This is so so easy, honestly! All I did to make this was grab some of this flower lace-stuff from my local market for £1.50 (which is a bit of a rip off). Anyway, then I raided my jewellery box for a necklace/bracelet I didn’t use. In there I found the necklace above that I was given from someone aaages ago from a huge box of jewellery they didn’t want. It’s pretty but I never wear it so I ripped off the catch and the other end. Using some cream thread I own, I simply sewed it on each side. There was no ‘right side’ ‘wrong side’ because the flowers turn over and they’re the same both sides. I also really liked the look of the catch, because it’s kind of interesting.
The reason I love this so much is because it’s easy and flexible. You could grab any of this lacey-stuff and do the same thing.

What do you guys think? Are you big DIY-ers? Do you like this one? What are you reading?

Thoughts on Tease by Amanda Maciel

Thoughts on Tease by Amanda MacielTease by Amanda Maciel
Published by Hatchette Children's on April 29th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 394
Source: Given From Publisher

*This isn’t really a review, it kind of is, and not. I might write a review afterwards discussing other aspects of the book. It’s more my thoughts on the book and my thoughts on the themes in general. For when I want to go beyond the review into my own personal views and experiences. Thinking of making it into a feature…?*

I was given this book a while ago Hatchette Children’s books, but have only gotten around to discussing it now.

I recently read Tease by Amanda McKiel and it frustrated me in so many ways, but also made me think deeper about suicide and the help given to suicidal people. When I recently went to San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge, they had to stop the tour bus momentarily because someone was busy jumping off of it. The tour guide then proceeded to tell us that SF is going to spend thousands on building a net below it to stop this. The stupidity of this annoyed me–people will simply find other ways to kill themselves, like jumping off of the Bay Bridge, which just so happens to be opposite. As my older brother said, why don’t they just use that money for charities to support suicidal people?

Tease was a very eye-opening read for me in a couple of ways. A girl commits suicide after being bullied horrendously for months. The main themes are bullying, slut-shaming and suicide, with a dash of friendship and romance. The book follows Sara, one of the many people who bullied Emma before she killed herself. The book is supposed to ask whether this is Emma’s fault, society’s fault, or Sara and the other bullies fault. With the amount of suicide’s on the rise in general, I can’t help but think it’s beginning to be more of an option in society, especially to young people. Teenagers are known to think that their life is over at things that would ultimately be tiny later in life, and many kill themselves over test results, or an unfortunate topless photo of them being passed around. I don’t ever think it’s the victim’s fault, especially to someone like Emma, who obviously had some self-esteem issues before some utterly horrible girls harassed her. I felt like Sara and her best friend Brielle had absolutely no excuse to bully Emma to the point that they did. They had amazing lives that could have grown into so much more. Even afterwards, Emma barely even resembled an emotion such as regret. She blamed Emma a lot at the beginning, and even though I think this was part of her development as a character, it didn’t make me like her much.

One thing that majorly surprised me in the book is slut-shaming. Constantly Sara and Brielle, are calling Emma a ‘slut’, ‘whore’ etc. Emma doesn’t seem like a very nice person I grant you, she steals people’s boyfriends and sleeps with a lot of boys. I understand this isn’t something everyone respects. However no one comments on the guys that sleep with her, they get nary a mention. At all. The fact that girls are judged for sleeping with boys in high school is almost twice as worse because everyone knows about it two seconds after as well.

I think the worst thing about the events in this book – not the book itself – was the fact that the people doing the slut-shaming were girls. That stuns me. Constantly everyday, girls and women are trying to achieve equality and it’s being broken down by that very same gender. Has no one ever heard the phrase ‘us girls have to stick together’? Slut-shaming our own gender is undoing everything we’re trying to achieve and it’s based on such a double standard.

I’m obviously a huge feminist here, I honestly don’t know how you couldn’t be. Who doesn’t want equality? Has anyone else read this book, and what do y’all think? 

[Lifestyle] This Week

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The other day I went out with my friends for some much needed sun and Ben and Jerry’s. Everyone has been going on holiday and having family stuff, so it was nice catching up, even if it was only part of our group. I’ve been wanting to improve my photography, but these were mainly for fun! Hope you enjoy them, and if you’ve had a bad week, I hope they make you smile. (Can we allappreciate Soph’s awesome Taylor Swift top).
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Now for the books!
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I received the manga version of Clockwork Princess from Piatkus. Thank you Clara! I’ve not read the next two in the series, I’ve only read Clockwork Angel, but hopefully I can speed through those and then read it! I have got a load of school books and general review books though, so this will go more on the backburner.

I have been wanting to read The Bone Season since before it was released, but I didn’t want to pay for the first released hardback and then it went to the back of my mind. However, I saw that and Days of Blood and Starlight for £2.20 together at my local charity shop. There’s no way I’m not buying that. I also received some books from Guardian, but I’ll save that for the haul coming your way next week ;)
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Above is my nails in Seventeen Colour Clash. I really love this, it’s kind of funky and interesting; not my usual pick, but Imma go with it. On the right is some Corn Silk powder. I am not a huge user of foundation, I just imagine it sinking into my pores and urgh. I use it sometimes, but when I do it’s fairly light and nothing too thick. I especially hate wearing it in the Summer, as it’s so hot, I sweat it off and it sinks into my skin, urgh, right? However, Summer also brings greasy face and the sweaty look. Corn Silk is making a comeback from the sixties and is a simple powder that mattes up your face and hopefully won’t block your pores as much. It is said to give the glow people are trying to achieve when taking selfies. IDK. If it isn’t too heavy and stops my face looking greasy, I’ll be grateful. My thoughts on those two will be coming up in a post later next week.

That’s some things I wanted to show you about my week, how was yours? I want to know, and I want to know what you’re reading as well!

Credits // Photos: taken by myself on timer // Corn Silk Powder + Seventeen Colour Clash: Available from Boots