Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Buying Books To Mark A Place

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And to be honest, I'm really not sure what to name this post, so I'm writing it down, in the hope that a title comes to me!

It's about something that I've started doing whenever I go to a town that I haven't been to.
It's like when you go to Parkrun to tourist somewhere new.
So, whenever I go to a new place, like when I went to Durham in June, and I went to Boston on Saturday, and because there were Waterstones' in both of those places, to make my mark on the town, I decided that I was going to make it a rule that I buy a book in Waterstones.

And it's a trend that I've decided to keep carrying on with that trend.
Here are some of the books that I've bought, along with the places that I've bought them at.
Also, there's only two at the moment, so this'll be really short.

Durham- Heartstopper Volume 1
I'm not going to go into detail about this book because I've already talked about it a million times. I love these characters so much I just want to hug them close and never let them go. They send my emotions on a rollercoaster whenever I pick up one of the volumes.

Boston- A Darker Shade of Magic
Although I much prefer the US cover, I can't deny its the story that I want to emerge myself in; not the cover. I've been wanting to pick a darker shade of magic for the longest time. It's been on my series tbr far longer than any of the other trilogies I've wanted to pick up. Most people that enjoy reading fantasy probably knows what this book is about. But if not, A Darker Shade of Magic is from the POV of Kell, who is one of the last travellers, who can travel to the different parallel universes throughout the city. There's Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad king; Red London, where magic is present. And there used to be a Black London. All I know is, everyone is in love with this trilogy and I can't wait to pick it up!
That's going to be it for today! I'll do an update when I've been to visit more places- and got more books!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll see you all soon!

-Abi xxxxx

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Bookish Scenarios Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm surprised to discover that I have never done this tag: The Bookish Scenarios Book Tag!
I'm deliberately not looking at the questions for this one, so I can't go back on it.
There's nothing left to say, except enjoy!

1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres- contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction, and one other genre of your choosing. Which books do you keep?
I haven't read that many Rainbow Rowell books, but this is by far my favourite. I love Cath's character, the way she grows throughout the course of the book, how her friends help her start to enjoy life at Uni. Highly recommend if you haven't picked this up yet.

Under very hard scrutiny, I've decided on Mistborn for my fantasy book/trilogy. Not only do they have beautiful covers, but the characters, the story, the world, all of its absolutely mind-blowing. These books are huge, but they're worth the time commitment. I read this entire series in 10 days, I love them so much.

I don't think I've read a non-fiction book in my life, so I'm going to skip this one.

It's been a while since I've read this one, 2016 if I do recall, but it still remains one of my favourite books, and it's high up on my favourite Sci-Fi's. If you aren't much of a book-reader, then I highly recommend the film. Best world-building I've read in ages.

2. You're at a bookshop and you hear a teenager telling their mum that they don't like to read, but their mum insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren't big on reading- what book is it?
It's popular, well-known. It's a good book to introduce teens to. It's in the teen section of Waterstones, and this was what I was reading when I was a teenager. It might be a bit bloody and violent, but I think that this would be a good recommendation.

3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. What book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?
Both of these authors have been my favourites for years. I own every single one of Chris Higgins' books and even though the writing is a little young, there are themes in these books that make them some of the most hard-hitting, yet easy to pick up books I've read in years. My Sisters Keeper is just such a compelling personal book, one that I've re-read many times when I'm going through a slump.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely to have caught yourself reading?
Considering I'm only 21, that was only a couple of years ago. My favourite series' throughout my teenage years has to be Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy. The 12th book was out in May and I can't wait for the next one.

5. Your friend treats you with a surprise four-day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. What book do you bring to read on the way?
Probably the books that I'm reading at the moment, can't choose between them. Both have quite serious subjects, though one springs straight into action and the other is a slow burner!

6. Your house has been robbed! Don't worry- everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What's the book you really hope is safe?

Probably these two! I read the first one in June and got my hands on the second as soon as I could. These characters- they do something to me. They're both so precious, (not all of the side characters, but the main two) and even though it'll be a long wait until the 3rd edition, which is released in 2020, I'm anxiously awaiting the new year for it to be released into the world.

7. Your friend borrows a book and brings it back in awful condition. Do you a) just pretend you haven't noticed, b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs?
Easy: I don't lend my books out. Ever.

Okay! That was the Bookish Scenarios Book Tag!
You're free to do this tag also if you want to.
I hope you enjoyed this tag, and I'll see you all soon.

-Abi xxxx

Monday, 12 August 2019

The Lion King Film Review

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And as promised, today I will be reviewing The Lion King live action film!

After I finished watching this film, I sat. And wrote a ton of notes on my phone on what I thought about this film.
So I'll start.

Firstly, the world and his wife was always going to see this film, because of the music, the story, or a hundred different reasons. Which is why I don't think BeyoncĂ©, cast as Nala, was necessary. This was one of the few negative opinions I have for this film, which is why I'm putting it first. Although I respect her voice, she just wasn't right for this part. That and, she totally oversold "Can you feel the love tonight".
Rant over.

Other than that, a perfectly wonderful film.

Although there were drawbacks to the way they made the animals look like actual animals, and less like the cartoons in the original- like the fact that I didn't shed one tear when Mufasa died- I couldn't deny how cute Simba looked when he was a cub.

Another part that I loved was the voices: even though James Earl Jones' voice must have changed over the years, he still managed to voice Mufasa justice; Zazu's voice dripped with sarcasm, and I have to admit, Donald Glover did a fantastic job in voicing Simba.

Not to mention Timone and Pumba, who absolutely stole the show with their humour. Although there were a few differences in the way the humour played out, like the "farting" part in the introduction, it was just as funny as the original.
So many moments, where I couldn't stop laughing. "In the jungle." (Those that have seen the film will know what I mean.) Using the quote from Beauty and the Beast ...and then running away screaming.
And then, just when I thought they couldn't get any better, they reference riffing!

Other than that, we also got more of a backstory with Mufasa and Scar, what happened before the events of the Lion King, which I really enjoyed.

I also want to mention, which was arguably the best part of the film: Rafiki waving his BIG STICK AROUND! That crazy monkey is my absolute favourite and it was wonderful to see him get stuck in.

So overall, even though I enjoyed this live action remake of the classic Lion King, I think I prefer the 1994 version. What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments.

I'll see you guys soon.

-Abi xxxxx