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Life after exams: TV Edition

You’ve seen my Life after exams: Book Edition (I hope, if not here’s the link…)
https://passthefeels.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/life-after-exams-book-edition/

But, anyway, here’s a TV edition of alllll (well, most) of the things I want to watch when I’m free.

TV Shows:
(To catch up on)

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    The Flash: I recently marathoned season 2, and have watched episode 1 of season 3, so I’m not far behind! Can’t wait to see Tom Felton, aka. Draco Malfoy, in S3!

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    Arrow: Once again, only a few episodes behind, but still excited to be able to watch guilt free, and really be able to get into the new story line of Season 5!

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    Supernatural: Okayyy, so I’m not technically behind on this one anymore (which is amazing to be able to say, considering I only started watching this mega 11 season- now 12 season show- 2 years ago.) But I’m sure I’ll have at least a few episodes to watch by the time my exams are over. I love supernatural.

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    How to Get Away with Murder: I think I deserve an applause for having the will power to actually not binge watch the episodes that are already out in season 3, I mean, every episode is a cliff hanger! But I’m kind of purposefully/not purposefully holding back on this one, so that I can watch a whole bunch of episodes in a row. (I don’t like to be left hanging, okay…)

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    The Vampire Diaries: Okay, maybe now I’m just being crazy, because season 8 hasn’t even started yet (as I’m writing this, it airs in 15 minutes in the US). But I’m 99% sure I’ll be behind a couple of episodes sooner or later. So happy this is the last season, I love it, but it’s run its course in my opinion. Also, secretly hoping for Elena (Nina) to come back and marry Stefan in the end… yep, still a Stelena shipper.

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    Reign: So, I’m about a season and a half behind… Currently up to season 2, episode 13. I can only watch this show when I’m in the mood, and then when I’m not, it just doesn’t appeal to me very much. But once I start watching it, I can’t stop. Definitely not one of my fav shows, but I’m excited to see the direction it takes throughout the rest of season 2, and into season 3.

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    Once Upon a Time: I am currently only a couple of episodes behind in season 6, and I’m so excited to see where this season is going! You just never really know with this show… I love the emphasis on Regina this season, because I think Lana Parrilla is an amazing actress!

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    Shadowhunters: Well, well, ummm. I have about 2-3 episodes until I finish season 1, but haven’t yet because the motivation is just not there. This show does have its good moments, yes, but it is so cringworthy. The only thing that is going to motivate me now is how much better season 2 looks, so I’m determined to finish this one!

(To start watching)

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Supergirl: This show never reallly appealed to me, but seeing as I’ve become even more into the other DC shows, like Flash and Arrow, I now cannot wait to start this show! And a female protagonist with kick ass super powers? Yes please!

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Fear the Walking Dead: Well, I’m not sure if I’m gonna like this one, but I bought the first episode on special for 99 cents on iTunes, so, I shall check it out! Plus, Alycia Debnam-Carey, yassss!

 

And probably a lot more… Whatever I come across, or gets recommended by you guys! 🙂

 

So there are all the TV shows  I plan on watching (atleast in the immediate future)!
Please let me know in the comments, or on Twitter (@thebookgram), of any others I should add to my list. What have you loved recently?

Until Next Time,

Kate 🙂

Life after exams: Book Edition

Hey lovely people!

Today, whilst I’m sick, and therefore taking a little break from studying (although, not a break from stressing about the fact that I’m not studying… #procrastination right?).

I thought I’d write a post about the books I plan on reading after exams (9th November). Seeing as my whole life has been revolved around school and exams this year (senior year, yep, it’s great), I could not be more excited to get back to reading!

So, without further ranting, here are the top 10 books I plan on reading when I can actually read again (in a not-really-ordered order)…

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    It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I’ve been dyinnnng to read this! I mean, a new Colleen Hoover book?! How could I not be excited to read it! Cannot wait to see what crazy plot twist, or other insane things you’d never see coming that her newest release has! 

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    The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends. It’s so mysterious, it shall be interesting! I loved the first instalment, and although the second wasn’t great (in my opinion), I do have high hopes that this will not disappoint! 

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (yes, for the first time), I’m both so ready, and so anxious to finish this series. All the feels are gonna hit me, that much, I do know.

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    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I read Throne of Glass so long ago now, and didn’t completely fall in love, but it can only get better from there right? I’m so determine to get in on the hype of this series (and catch up…oops)

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    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, as well as City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Because it’s about time I finished this series that everyone has probably already read 1000 times over by now. These books take a while for me to get into, but I love them once I do get into them. City of Fallen Angels has been my favourite instalment yet, so I’m excited to see where these 2 go, and how it all wraps up.

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    A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Ahhh! I’m so, so excited to read this one. ACOTAR was so intriguing and crazy. Really pumped to see where this one takes the direction of the story (and to actually be caught up on a Sarah J. Maas series. That would be nice)

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    The Rose Society by Marie Lu. I was not the biggest fan of book one by any means, but I feel like now that I’m older, I’ll enjoy this story a lot more, if that even makes sense… haha. I received the third installment in this series for review, so I can’t wait to devour this one, and finish off the trilogy with a bang!

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    The Amateurs by Sara Shepard. My favourite mystery/thriller author has a new book? You know I’m gonna read it, and you know I’m gonna love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Which I can’t actually read until I’ve finished Deathly Hallows, but I’m so ready to see what goes on after the events of the final HP book! Also, I’m excited to read the script type of writing!

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    Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. I’ve started this one multiple times since I got it, but alas, school has interrupted every time. I can’t wait to actually be able to read this book properly, and finish it!

 

So, there you go. Those are the top 10 books I plan on reading after exams, and to close out the year with! There are obviously a lot more, but, these are at the top of my to-read list!

Until next time,

Kate 🙂

Where have I been? UPDATE

Date: 28th June, 2016

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

Sisters of blood and spirit by Kady Cross: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sisters of blood and spirit

Author: Kady Cross

Pages: 270

Read: 10th February, 2016

Rating: 2.75/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.

Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.


REVIEW:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 2.5/5

Writing: 2.5/5

 

The rating may seem like I didn’t like this book, but that’s not true, I did like it, I just couldn’t give it a full 3 stars because I’ve read other books that I’ve given 3 stars which I enjoyed more than this one…see my dilemma? Also can I just mention how stunning the cover is?! Anyway, I’ll continue…

I loved the start of this book, and thought It started out very promising, but as I continued reading it just went in a direction I wasn’t really hoping it would go.
The beginning included a school setting, ghosts, and a gripping back story to the characters, all in which I feel was lost after the first 50 pages or so. cries.
Also, one thing that really bugged me was that the whole book consisted of talk about the suicide attempt by Lark, which set up the novel to where it was going to go, yet it was never explained or even talked about in detail, it was as if readers were already meant to know exactly what they were talking about everytime it was mentioned. Maybe this’ll be explained in more detail in the sequel?

The characters, I felt I couldn’t really get attached to and I found some quite annoying, like Lark. Lark is one of our two main protagonists (as this book is told in dual point of view through different chapters), and I found her to be so aggravating and just downright painful to read from most of the time. Wren was the other POV, she was a little more interesting (because she’s a ghost), and much less aggraving than Lark, although she still did have her moments.

At times I just got completley confused with the characters, and what was going on with them. The writing to me felt as if it was trying to appeal to the stereotyped version of ‘teenagers’, such as using unnessecary slang words or internal monolouge.

As well as this, at times it felt like the author was attempting to hint at something but was not being subtle at all, like she thought us readers were not smart enough to figure it out on our own (which I’m 99% sure was not the intention of the author at all, I’m just saying how it felt). Thus, a few things I did work out before they were revelaed, or even thought about by the characters yet.

I feel like this book had a lot of potential, but didn’t quite meet that point for me, although it was still entertaining to read, and I did enjoy it despite its faults.

That’s all,

Kate 🙂

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: REVIEW

THE DETAILS:

Book: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 461

Read: October 29th, 2015

Rating: 4/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

A tale of fanfiction, family, and first love


REVIEW:

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 5/5

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

First of all, let me say how well-developed and interesting these characters were. Much like the setting and atmosphere of this book, in which I found so easy to keep up with and visualise. It’s always great when visualising a book is both simple and intricate at the same time.

The story was so unique and fun to absorb, I often found myself getting lost in the novel and being able to block out everything around me. Which is what I want the absolute most when reading a book.

I personally didn’t read the Simon Snow parts in the book don’t kill me, but I kind-of got the gist of what was going on there. I just didn’t really want to waste time reading them when I already feel like this book took me forever to read.

Although I didn’t read her fan-fiction, I loved that aspect of Cath, and being a fangirl myself, I really enjoyed the fact that even though she was slightly socially awkward, she never felt as if she had to hide her fangirl side. I loved that.

 Be who you want to be my loves.

I loved the relationship between Levi and Cath, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a relationship that was written so realistically and naturally. Think the complete and utter opposite of insta-love, and that’s what this was. I commend Rowell on her ability to write such a relationship.

Overall, this book was fun and quirky, but I feel lacked a little in plot development, thus the 4 stars. I also feel a little like things weren’t entirely wrapped up, and there were so many directions and opportunities that weren’t taken, but that’s just me. Still, I’d definitely recommend it to all the fangirls/boys out there!

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: QUOTES

Hey everyone! 

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! There was just so many, I had to make an honorary post for them all! Hope you enjoy, and they inspire you or trigger nostalgia as much as they inspired me!

QUOTES:

  1. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

2. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

3. “Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”

4. “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

5. “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

6. “Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.”

7. “It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”

8. “Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity… yes, indeed.”

9. “I have gone temporarily deaf and haven’t any idea what you said, Harry.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Published: Bloomsbury: 2010 (this edition)

Pages: 636

Read: August 16th, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


REVIEW:

Ah, J.K. Rowling truly is a genius! The way this book is moulded together is a true art and masterpiece. It continues to baffle me how one could come up with such an incredible story like this, simply from their own mind.

In this novel, we begin to see the start of Ron and Hermione’s future relationship, and it was so cute to read about Ron’s obvious jealousy.

This book really set up the eerie tone for the next books, and I can’t wait to see how dark the story ends up going, as I know it definitely gets a-lot darker in terms of the movies.

I loved Dumbledore and Sirius in this, and Hermione’s bad-assery really started to kick off towards the end! I can’t wait to see how that progresses. The words Dumbledore says just shows how wise he is, and I love it!

J.K. Rowling’s use of the Dementors is an incredible link to what they’re supposed to represent, which is depression. I’ll share with you a line that made me appreciate Ms. Rowling’s brain on this even more than I previously did:

“Most go mad in there, and plenty stop eating in the end. They lose the will to live. You could always tell when a death was coming, because the Dementors could sense it, they got excited.”

There certainly are some incredible quotes and passages throughout this novel, and I bow down to you, J.K. Rowling. I’m so excited to continue to read how Harry and his friends grow and mature, as the tone of the book does also.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂