Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Crochet Daisy Granny Square Cushion

Since summer is well and truly over I thought it was time to finally finish my daisy granny square cushion I had been working on.

For some reason it took me way longer than most of my other projects, mainly due to my hesitation to sewing the squares together. Such a tedious task, almost as annoying as sewing in ends!

I am so happy with the outcome though. It's so bright and inviting.

The pictures I have posted have been altered on instagram (yes, I am one of those!) So the colours might not look the same in all of them.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to see on the Big Screen.

I have seen this "post" done on a few blogs, and it just looks like such a fun idea.

Here are 10 books that I have read that I would love to see them on big screen/TV.


1. The Night Circus - The book was absolutely beautiful and it would make an even more beautiful movie.

2. TFIOS - ok, so it's currently being filmed as I type and it's going to be a huge hit, but i'm still allowed to be oh so god damned excited about it? Okay?!?!

3. Cinder/Scarlet - these books have such a unique take on well known stories and characters. I think the Sci-Fi aspect would translate well to the big screen.

4. Ready Player One - this would be awesome. It could be similar to Tron with the virtual reality world it's set in.

5. Rivers of London - Harry Potter meets the Metropolitan Police. This would be hilarious and a great way for older HP lovers to get their magic fix.

6. A Monster Calls - This hauntingly sad story would work well as a indie made short film. With atmospheric music and mood appropriate lighting and scenery. Beautiful.

7. Maus - I find Holocaust/WW2 literature endlessly interesting. I would love to see this graphic novel come to life in a more grown up animated movie. Controversial.

8. Paper Aeroplanes - A lovely, heartwarming coming of age story would be great as a TV series aimed at a teenage audience.

9. Looking For Alaska - because who doesn't like John Green?

10. Noughts and Crosses - i'm late to the show on this one. Having only read the first book in the series recently I feel that this book just NEEDS to be made into a movie. The social commentary it would create would be immense.

What's your top 10 books you want to see on the big screen?

Happy Reading

ps: please ignore the awful picture placement in this post. I was having major issues with blogger this evening. Grrrr.


Friday, 6 September 2013

My most anticipated reads...

Here are 3 books I am most looking forward to reading.

They may not be new, and they may not be popular and I may not even have them in my possession, but I sure as hell am excited to read them!

What are you most excited about reading at the moment?

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Work Experience/London Book Haul: Part 1

One of the perks of working at a publishing house is the availability of books you are allowed to take home with you.
Of course, I have been taking advantage of this generous perk so I thought I would take some photos and post the books I have accumulated so far.

I have also purchased (well my Auntie actually bought it for me.) my first Orange Penguin Classic.
I haven't heard much about the title, but of course H.G. Wells is rather famous so it should be good. I'm too scared to open it though, as the pages are so flimsy/old!

Also, I may have mentioned before, but I had the fantastic opportunity to attend a book launch for:

You may know the well known poem by Edward Lear, well this book takes off straight after that story is finished. It's a beautiful children's book written by Julia Donaldson with stunning illustrations by Charlotte Voake. I just had to buy a copy at the event. The new story is so in tune with the style of Lear's original work that you would have thought he wrote it himself.

One of the best things about the event was that everyone was given either an owl or a pussycat mask. I went for the cat, of course. Meow.

What does your book haul from last week look like? I, for one, can't wait to get started on this interesting bunch!

Happy Reading.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Last 5 books I've read...

I thought I'd start a new "thing" where I write a list/wee review of the last 5 books I have recently read.
Hence the post know!
The idea is I post a picture of the book cover, a star rating of it and if I would recommend it or not.

I may write a more elaborate review about 1 or 2 of them, and if I do I will post the review in a link.

The last 5 books I've read are...

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

Star Rating: 4.5/7
Would I recommend it? Yes! It was incredibly moving and a great insight to the subject of terminal illness.

The Reason I Jump - Naoki Hishagida

Star Rating: 3/5
Would I recommend it? To parents/friends/teachers of those with ASD: definitely. To those with no interest in Autism, probably not. It was still an interesting read however.

Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

Star Rating: 5/5!
Would I recommend it?: Hell YEH I would. I am so excited to read the next book. Whenever I get around to it that is...

Moon Over Soho - Ben Arronovitch 

Star Rating: 4/5
Would I recommend it?: Only to those who have read the previous book in the series. This book (2nd in series) is much better than the first.

Wonder Girls - Catherine Jones

Star Rating: 3/5
Would I recommend it? Hmm, I wouldn't go out of my way to tell someone to read it, but if someone was to pick it up I would not dissuade them. It was enjoyable and easy to read.