200th Post! (Plus 3 Book GIVEAWAYS!)

200th Post! 

To celebrate my 200th post I am doing my first ever book giveaway, and seeing as Halloween is fast approaching, the three books I am giving away are perfect for this time of year. Misery by Stephen King, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and Monster by C J Skuse. I’ll also provide an update on some of my blog changes and thoughts on blogging.

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Hall of Fame Songs List (Live Version)

Hall of Fame Songs List (Live Version)

Following on from my Hall of Fame Songs List, I thought I should do a Live Version due to the memorable, iconic and beautiful live performances below. This is a bit of a mixed bag, from huge stadium performances to intimate acoustic studio performances. There should be a song that everyone will like below.

Queen | Radio GaGa

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Book Review | The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carré


Genre(s) | Espionage, Thriller, Mystery, Classic.
Goodreads Rating | 4.04
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An encounter with literary greatness

The course of this tale concerns a complex double-agent operation, which le Carré tells in an economical style that somehow displays the coldness of human relations as well as fiery interrogations. He reveals the cold-bloodedness of British Intelligence—and, by implication, of all intelligence systems—which will be unyielding in its pursuit of secrecy and success no matter if the innocent stand in their way. When the British Station Head operating from West Berlin loses his last agent operating in East Berlin, he returns to London to contemplate retirement. However, his superiors instead see an opportunity to give him one last assignment for him. They want him to “defect” and set up his nemesis in the end game of a plan that has been in the works for years.  Continue reading

Ratings of the National Lampoon Films

Ratings of the National Lampoon Films

This time 12 months ago I hadn’t watched any National Lampoon films. Not a single one. But all that changed after watching the brilliant and funny Animal House. I have now seen 13 National Lampoon films, and I have made a list of my top 12 with their respective IMDb ratings (the 13th is Class Reunion, but it was so bad I haven’t included it). The majority of these films are not going to be included included in the ‘best comedies’ lists, but they are an easy and enjoyable watch for a night in. Today also happens to be Chevy Chase’s birthday too!

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#NationalPoetryDay

Today is National Poetry Day in the UK, and I thought I would share one my favourite poems with you…

Invictus, William Ernest Henley (1875)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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Dr. No Book Review

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Dr. No
Ian Fleming

Genre(s) | Espionage, Thriller, Adventure, Mystery.
Goodreads Rating | 3.76
My Rating | 3.5 

James Bond is sent to Jamaica for some R&R, instead of rest and relaxation he gets a riotous and rip-roaring reception. He faces a calculating and menacing villain in the form of Dr. Julius No, who has acquired Crab Key island off the coast of Jamaica, and his intentions and actions are shrouded in secrecy. Bond, accompanied capably by the beautiful Honey and the fiercely loyal Quarrel, visit the private island where they encounter an abundance of obstacles in their attempts to bring the undoubtedly evil Dr No down.  Continue reading

Hall of Fame Songs List

Hall of Fame Songs List

In this musical post I have decided to post some of my favourite songs which have featured in various Songs posts before, but as there has been 16 editions of Songs, averaging 8 songs a post, that is 128 songs, and some of these songs need a greater spotlight on them. Hence this Hall of Fame Songs List, which I will add to whenever a song really impresses me.

The first 7 songs to be inducted to the Hall of Fame are: Learn to Fly (Foo Fighters), Howl (Gaslight Anthem), All Goes Wrong (Chase and Status), The Wolf (Mumford and Sons), Iron Sky (Paolo Nutini), A Rush of Blood (Coasts) and Young Blood (The Naked and Famous).

Foo Fighters | Learn To Fly

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The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong
Duchess Theatre, London

5 / 5

“Two hours of unadulterated mischief, mishaps and madness”

Starring: Hayden Wood, Adam Byron, Drew Dillon, Daniel Millar, April Hughes, Joanne Ferguson, Fred Gray and Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins.
Plot Summary: The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does!  The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! 

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Songs XVI

Songs XVI

You may be wondering why I am posting a few posts in quick succession…or not. But I will be in London for the next 2 weeks on a work placement with Penguin Random House! I’ll be doing Marketing and Publicity for Children’s Books. Therefore, I will be focusing on that rather than the blog, make sure to leave some of your blog post links for me to look at when I come back! 🙂

The recent edition of Songs that I have been listening to recently includes: Catherine McGrath, The Shires, The Chainsmokers, Olly Murs, Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen, Sam Hunt and Matchbox 20.

Catherine McGrath | Let Me Love You (DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber cover)
One of my favourite artists from YouTube, Catherine has been doing covers for a while now and her talent has not gone unnoticed as she has recently been signed up by Warner Music. Her Let Me Love You cover is absolutely brilliant, and so is her most recent cover of OneRepublic’s Kids.

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Suicide Squad Review

So So Squad…

Suicide Squad
3 / 5
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jay Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto and Karen Fukuhara. 
Plot Summary: Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated super-villains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, the dangerous and villainous inmates must learn to work together in a team dubbed Task Force X. The criminals must unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity. 

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War Dogs Review

War Dogs Review
3.5 / 5
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Starring: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper and Ana de Armas.
Plot Summary: ‘Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.’ (Warner Bros)

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The Ruby in the Smoke

The Ruby in the Smoke Book Review
Phillip Pullman
4 / 5

Genre | Young Adult Mystery
Published: 1985
Goodreads | 3.8 

This was a book I read when I was 12 or 13 and it was a book I remember enjoying immensely, yet I haven’t reread it…until now.

This Young-Adult mystery is centred around the suspicious death of Sally Lockhart’s father in the South China Sea which has left her a teenage orphan alone in the smoky fog of Victorian London. Her father’s death and dying note to her triggers a series of events that place her in terrible danger. The danger and mystery deepen, and at the heart of this fascinating tale lies the deadly secret of the ruby in the smoke..

The mystery begins when Sally endeavours to uncover the significance of her father’s last warning to her – ‘Beware the Seven Blessing.’ She intends to pursue this lead and find out the identity of his killer and bring the villain to justice. Shortly after her arrival at her father’s trading office, she becomes embroiled in another murder, the vagaries of the opium trade, and the mystery of the disappearance of the fabled Ruby of Agrapur. During her adventures in London, she encounters a few associates who become true friends, including a young errand boy named Jim, an amiable photographer by the name of Frederick Garland and his friendly actress of a sister Rosa. Before the game is played out, she will need her new-found friends in her race against the clock to make sense of her convoluted past and discover just who is behind the strange web of betrayal and deceit that has taken over her life.  Continue reading

Family Holiday in Norfolk

Family Holiday in Norfolk
(Hopton and Yarmouth)

Sorry I haven’t been blogging this week but I have been on a family holiday with my parents, my brother, his fiance, her little boy and my 18-month nephew. We went to a caravan resort overlooking the beach, and every day we had sunny weather which was a bit of a shock! Here are some snaps from our time in Norfolk…

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The Prince of Mist Book Review

The Prince of Mist
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

3.5

A short and dark YA novel that captivates the reader through Zafon’s use of atmospheric descriptions, gothic themes and adventure that leaves the reader on tenterhooks. Max and his family have moved to a small village on the coast to escape their war-torn city life, however, as soon as they arrive, mystery, death and a sinister tale reawaken, and they have swapped the danger of war, for the unknowable danger that lurks in the mist. Prince of Mist Continue reading

Olympics Book Tag

Olympics Book Tag

I thought I would start an Olympics Book Tag as I haven’t seen any doing the rounds …or I just haven’t been nominated :/ Anyway, I’ve done 7 events/people, feel free to change/add/alter any to suit you best. I for one love the Olympics, and there have been some incredible moments already, so let’s spread the Olympic joy among us bloggers and see what we come up with!

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