Italy: Rome, Pompeii and Tuscany

This summer I was lucky enough to have the trip of a lifetime. I visited Italy with my family and adored every minute of it. I also managed to read a lot of books, so expect some reviews to come over the next few weeks.Overall, I loved the whole country, even if it was a bit too hot for me. All the locals were extremely friendly and very welcoming. I loved how ancient and modern living clashed so dramatically in the cities but blended so well in the country side.

I just thought I’d share my favourite photos with me (and my brother) in them as I realise that most of the time on this blog I am in costume and nobody knows what I really look like! I apologise for the quality of them, I had to get them off of facebook and that eats up any goodness in them.

 
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LFCC and Cosplay

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Hello lovelies, I am back! For now anyway as I go on holiday for about 2 weeks tomorrow so it may be a while before I post again. I wanted to post a few pictures from my most recent adventure out to London, more specifically London Film and Comic Convention. I’d like to also extend a huge thank you to Padfoot Cosplay for taking the photo in the header.

I always cosplay at conventions, I find the atmosphere so exciting and I love meeting people that are so obviously interested in the same things as me. I was Beth Greene from The Walking Dead this time and so many people said I looked like her, which made my day. I loved how people would come and tell me that she was their favourite character. You can find some more photos on Tyche Cosplay.

Heres some photos from the day:

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This photo was taken by the lovely Padfoot Cosplay

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Daredevil Review in Gifs

So over the last week I have been revising hard for my up and coming exams, but in my downtime I have been watching the new Daredevil series, which is available on Netflix. It’s really fun and action packed. My favourite TV shows always involve crime and my favourite films involve superheroes, so it is perfect. I don’t have time to write a proper review so I thought I’d tell you my feelings through the medium of Gifs. So here are my reactions when:

When Matt kicks ass

When Claire patches Matt up

When Foggy and Karen are cute

When cute old ladies get passionate about their houses

When Fisk appears

When Matt is shirtless

When Foggy and Matt have a moment

So, if you can’t tell, I am thoroughly enjoying this show and can’t wait to see where it ends up. I’ve become a hardcore Clairedevil shipper so watch out. Have you seen Daredevil yet?

Erin xx

Happy UKYA Day!

Today is UKYA day. A day created by Lucy Powrie (QueenofContempory) to celebrate all the brilliant Young Adult books brought out by British Authors. She has a full schedule for today on her blog so I recommend checking it out and joining in. I try to read as much UKYA as possible but I’ve been lacking recently. So I’ve put together a list of UKYA novels that I want to read in the future.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I realise that this book is ridiculously famous. I have done my usual thing of ignoring the hype around a series when it is released and then never finding time to read it once I have realised my mistake.I have no idea what this about and would prefer to keep it that way. I enjoy having a mysterious ending to a book so I’m trying to keep as far away from spoilers as I can.

Trouble by Non Pratt

I love books that deal with hard hitting subjects and this one is about teenage pregnancy. I’m known to binge watch a lot of 16 and Pregnant so it will be interesting to read about it instead. I guess it gives a nice change from sitting in front of the TV all afternoon as well. Everyone I know who has read this has enjoyed it and I can’t wait to pick it up.

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

This isn’t specifically YA but I know a lot of my friends are reading it now so I am including it. My only problem with starting this series is whether I will ever finish them! I have no idea what this series is about, I just know it is fantasy. I’ve been recommended these books so many times it is most likely that I will enjoy every page of them.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Okay, so technically I have read these before. I was about 10 and can’t remember a thing about them I’d love to read them again and rediscover the universe. It’s another case of actually finding the time. I seem to remember it took me about 3 months to read these originally.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I’ve been recommended this by various people and whilst I don’t normally like books about the war, I think I will give this a go. It looks intriguing and may fit in with my AS History course.

Of course there are too many UKYA books to name and these are just the few that I haven’t read yet. What are your favourite UKYA books?

Erin xx

Top Ten Characters You’d Like to Check in With

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I know, I know. I’m shocked that I’ve written another post so soon as well. Although, I didn’t actually come up with the premise for this post. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is characters that you would like to check in with and see how they’re doing now that a series is over.

  1. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter – Luna is one of my favourites and I would love to just have a glimpse at her life every now and again to make sure she is hanging in there.
  2. Esther Greenwood from The Bell Jar – I identified with Esther in so many ways so it’d just be nice to see how she is doing and find out if she ever becomes happy.
  3. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower – This is the same as Esther. I just want to make sure he managed to get on with his life okay.
  4. Tori Spring from Soliraire by Alice Oseman – This book was my favourite from last year, so it makes sense that I feel attached to the characters. Tori was getting her life back on track when we left her, so I’d like to see if she finally managed to do that.
  5. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl – I have a love/hate relationship with these characters, so much so that I feel the need to check up on them often to make sure they haven’t had kids or done anything that will make their genes carry on into a new generation.
  6. Billy and Teddy from Young Avengers – Whilst these two babes are not technically from a book, I love them all the same. I have extreme withdrawal symptoms and they need to stop. Any writers out there that feel like carrying on the comic series, I will pay you.
  7. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre (obviously) – I feel responsible for Jane because I passionately hate Mr Rochester. If I had my way, Jane would’ve left England and joined a gang of pirates and had marvellous adventures.
  8. Melanie from The Magic Toyshop – The ending of this book is extremely ambiguous. I want to know if she ever married Finn. I also want to know what happened to the rest of her family, she never really expands upon that.
  9. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries – I stopped reading these books a long time ago, but it would be nice to see how Mia is doing now. I realise I don’t actually know how the series ended, so looking it up on Wikipedia might be the more manageable option here.
  10. Magnus Bane – He’s in so many books I can’t be bothered to write them all out. I think someone needs to keep an eye on him though, it might stop him getting into trouble.

What characters do you want to check in with?

Erin xx

Where have I been?

Hey guys! I’ve been gone for so long this time, blame my English Literature coursework and a school trip to Berlin. But all of that is over now so hopefully I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule. Due to trying to get as much school work as possible out of the way, I have not had much time to anything brilliant and my reading has been severely lacking. So no interesting blog post today. However, I can offer you this adorable video Mia made for my wonderful friend Naomi’s birthday. I hope you enjoy and look out for me posing for selfies and making inappropriate comments as usual.

This Week I… #2

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Reading: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. I’m reading TMT for my English Lit class, but it is really good and I will most likely review it later on next week. It’s such an odd book. As for Clockwork Price, I still haven’t gotten over the last few chapters.

Listening to: Clean Bandit for some reason. I really like the string instruments used on a couple of their tracks.

Watching: Arrow, yet again. I also watched Kid Criminals on Channel 4. If you’re interested in the American detention system, as I apparently am, then this is extremely interesting.

Enjoying: Othello. Yesterday I saw a production of it at the Globe Theatre in London. It was awesome and the tickets were free which was an added bonus!

Looking forward to: Finishing my English Coursework. I have worked so hard this week and still have’t gotten it done, maybe tomorrow will be the day.

Also, If you haven’t noticed my header image is of art. Yet again. Two art galleries in two weeks makes me seem quite cultured, doesn’t it?

Erin xx