20 years of magic 

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It has now Been 20 years since Harry Potter, the boy who lived and captivated the world but I didn’t discover this phenomenon until a few years later on Christmas Day, and it changed my world for  the best. 

Since that faithful day I had to have every book on the night released, even begging my parents to take me along at mignight  just so I could guarantee a copy in case they sold out and also cause I couldn’t wait any longer to have a copy in my hands. 

Then making sure I saw every movie when they came and buying anything to do with Harry Potter. 

Even though the books and movies have finished, there has been an entire world created and expanding every year into something extraordinary. 

With all these moments, I can’t wait to see what’s to come next and I’m still filled with the same joy as I was all those years ago opening that Christmas present, and I know  all the stories off by heart, there is always magic in every word and even more to discover everyday. 

My only trouble with the series is I can’t actually live in it, but at any opportunity I can to experience the wizarding world I grab with both hands. 

A meal in winter 

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A meal in winter is by Hubert Mingarelli, its only 138 pages, so a  short book.  This is another book I bought a while back and forgotten I had it.  I sometimes just wander around Waterstones when I have spare time and buy books that look interesting and then accidently forget about them until a few months later, and then its a nice surprise for myself.

This book has great reviews, so was interested to see what it was like and for a short book it has great story about three German soldiers during ww2,  who are sent out to find a Jew to bring back.

Its when they stop on their journey back, for something to eat that they become aware of their “own personal consequences become clear”, while confronted by a pole who wants to join them and the Jew they have captured.

This is one of those books I will go back to again, its interesting, very moving and doesn’t take long to be drawn in to the life’s of these soldiers, who have a job to do but know deep down that what they are doing is wrong.

Funny Girl 

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This is a book I have had for a few years and one of those ones I have meant to get around to reading but then there is another new book I buy and this one get shoved to the back.  Well I have finally brought it out and it was very good.

It’s about a northern lass moving to London to follow her dreams to become the next Lucille Ball.  Its how she become the Funny Girl on TV, and takes you behind the scenes of her finally getting on the telly, becoming a house hold name and everyone involved. It’s great look into the British sitcoms of the 60s.

It has been so well thought out that when I was reading it thought it was based of a trueish story but is all from the imagination of Nick.

This is the first book I have read by nick Hornby but have seen movies and TV shows he`s written like “An Education”, “About a Boy”, “Brooklyn” and “Love, Nina” to name a few.

 

Beautiful 

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Beautiful By Katie Piper, was the most inspiring book I think I have ever read and now a huge fan of this incredibly strong and beautiful women.

I don’t normally choose to read autobiographies, but after being recommended by two people to read it, I thought I would give it a go.

If you haven’t heard of Katie Piper, then you must be hiding under a rock, but she is the women whos ex had assaulted and raped her, then paid someone to throw acid over her.

The book goes through her life before, the running up to the attack and then after, through her treatment, the trial and how she was finally able to move on.  Just reading the book at the point of the attack was difficult and heartbreaking I could never imagine how she felt during and after the attack.

She now has set up her own foundation, The Katie Piper Foundation to raise money to help other’s gain the same treatment and help she was given. She has also done a few different documentaries on her journey and other similar issues, that are worth a watch.

There are other books she has written that I​​​​ will be moving on to next. She`s an incredible women, who has managed to make great things happen and shown courage at such a difficult time in her life and then to be able to help others.

The Next step…

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At the moment I am trying not to panic over what to do next with my life and if it is all going to go down hill from here. wait don’t think like that,  It is going to be great, I will have everything finished and passed by the 2nd.   I am also going to be getting a phone call soon telling me I have a job to go to and I will not be poor or useless.

But then I panic that I am useless, idiot who can not do anything and forever destined to only work in the family bakery that I HATE and also may I add rubbish at, though saying that I am pretty good at eating everything, as cakes are my only friends.

I have applied to everything I can, I have waited around for the phone calls or emails that have eventually driven me to wanting to pull my hair or burst in to tears.  I have had some success, most recently an interview that went really well and had high hopes for but that was 2 weeks ago now and I am not to sure it went as well as I thought.  It also leaves me wondering what did that person that I don’t, better grades, a better face, who knows,

I just really want a job secure before I finish college, but that doesn’t look like it will be happening any time soon, so just praying that I have something for before July would be great or else I will really loose it.

And by losing it I mean shutting myself of from the world and becoming a hermit that spends no money since I will have nothing to spend.

That may seem extreme to some and I know that there are plenty of others who have it worse but how can I contribute to society if I don’t have anything to give.

This all could becoming from my anxious mind which doesn’t like to help at keeping me rational or logical and this will all be a worry for nothing but till then I am going to be the one in the corner crying and cradling her phone till she hears some good news.

 

What I`ve been reading.

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As you can tell this has been what I have been reading this year so far, I canot belive we are in April already were has this year gone so far.  So in January I read Jojo Moyes “Me before You” and the sequel to that “After You”.  I loved both these books and became so invested in Lou Clarks life, from her struggles and how her life changed after meeting Will Traynor.  I have never cried so much when reading a book and this one made me weep, I was an emotional mess at the end of both these books.

I was soo pleased when I found out Jojo Moyes announced that she will be continuing on with Miss Clarks story and another book will be out next year.

I then moved on to another emotional book, “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness but the concept of this book actually came from Siobhan Dowd, who sadly passed away from cancer before having the chance to write this herself.  This has also been adapted into a movie, which I have still yet to see but after reading this book cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.  The story follows Conor, a young boy going through a tuff time as his mum goes through treatment.   Then one night a monster shows up, and wants Conor to tell him a story but not any kind of story, the truth.  I think this is aimed at a younger audience but is definitely a book to be read for all age groups as it is an experience everyone will know of someone going through or like me have been through.

Also when I saw the book I couldn’t resit in buying the illustrated copy by Jim Kay to this and loved all the pictures will reading, they were so beautifully drawn.

I then moved on to a Non fiction book called “Anxiety for Beginners” by Eleanor Morgan, which is clear from the title what this book is about, but it is also the first hand account of anxiety from the author as well, as investigating other forms of Anxiety.  She has done her research, and shared some of her own experience making this very relatable for anyone living with mental health problems and making you feel less alone on your journey.

The Most recent finish is “The mime Order” by Samantha Shannon, the second book in the series of “The Bone Season” I have already read this once, ages ago but since there was the release of the third book “The Song Rising” I needed to read it so I was ready for the next, and I am glad I did.  After reading it a few years later, I noticed bits of the book differently than I may have done before and knowing the end result made me think of Paige differently.  So now I cannot wait to get into the next book of the series.

The book I am currently reading at the moment is “Beautiful” By Katie Piper, this is the memoir of one inspiring women’s life after an acid attack.  She has had a life changing experience mentally and physically but has been extremely brave to share it with the world.  Katie Piper has achieved so much, even though I have only just started reading this book have learned so much about who she is, as I was only slightly aware of her before but now I am a huge fan of this incredible women.  I cant wait to learn more about all the work she has done since the attack from her charity “Katie Piper Foundation”, her TV series and read her other books.

xo

 

 

1 year 

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Before the end of 2015, my cousin showed me an app that she had downloaded, were you take a picture of yourself everyday for a year ( for example) and then can turn it into a video. 

The app which is called Close – Up, for me sounded perfect to see how much my hair would change, which I had only a few months before had shaved it off for charity.

The hardest part was remembering to take the photo everyday and ended up being more like every month. 

But I do love the video that has been achieved  at the end of the year. Really good and interesting to watch.

I am hoping to be more successful this year coming and try to at least take a photo more often to see if next year is any better.