2017 Reading Challenge and…More Writing! 

Since it’s officially 2017 I thought I would start the year off by setting myself a Reading Challenge! I have never done one of these before so I’m quite exited to see if I’ll manage to complete it. 

I have decided to set myself the challenge of reading at least 50 books this year. 

This may not seem like a lot for some of you seasoned readers, however, since I’ve never done a Reading Challenge before, I thought I would start off small! Also, I need to be realistic about it and since reading isn’t a full time job for me (unfortunately) I have to think about when I’ll find the time to do it! Which will mostly be in the evenings. 

Anyway, I digress…50 books in 12 months! I shall be starting the challenge off by finishing Shatter Me, I hope to read most of the books on my TBR pile! Especially since some of them have been there for years! 

I would like to cover as many genres as I can and vary between stand alone books and series! (When I read a series I will count each book in the series individually). 

As well as completing this Reading Challenge I would like to set myself another task…to write more of my novel! 

I briefly mentioned weeks ago that I was trying to write a novel, well I’ve got a couple of solid ideas now and I’ve been recently working on my first draft. I don’t want to say too much in case I jinx myself but I’m really hoping to get my first draft completed this year. Whether that is possible or not I’m not sure but it’s worth a try! 

Since I have written and published these promises to myself, I’m hoping that’s the push I need to complete them.

I highly encourage you to set your own Reading Challenge’s for this year. Even if it’s only 5 books! 

Reading is a fabulous thing, I hope you all have a great year of it.

Comment down below your 2017 Challenges and let’s start a discussion! 🙂 

Happy Holidays!

Sorry for not being very regular with my posts, in 2017 my goal is to try and be a bit more organised and productive when it comes to my blog and my writing! 

I want to do proper posts and not just things I think up on the spot…basically I want to get better at planning. 

I hope that you’ve all had a great Christmas, if you do in fact celebrate it, if not I hope you’ve had a great couple of days anyway! 

I’ve not got much to say to be honest…I’ve been having a nice time with my family, opening presents and eating waaaaay too much! I’m so bloody full!

As you can see above, my dog is thoroughly enjoying his presents! 

Hopefully these posts will get better, comment down below how you’ve been celebrating the festive season! 

Speak soon! 

Currently Reading: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

Book Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mari

Genre: YA Dystopian 

Release Date: 2011

Shatter Me and Unravel Me have been sitting on my TBR shelf for at least a year. I decided when I first bought them that I wouldn’t read the series until I owned the whole series. Hence why it’s been so long.

Now, truthfully, I didn’t live up to that promise as I still only own the first two books. However, I will be buying the last ones soon and I just thought that a year was long enough for me to wait to read these books.

Honestly, the style of writing is a bit difficult to get used to. The lack of commas being a bit annoying, however, as I’m getting further into the story (which I’m enjoying a lot) I’m hoping I’m getting more used to it. It’s a very hectic style of writing that suits Juliettes character, I really do feel as on edge as she does when I’m reading. 

The characters are interesting and I’m very intrigued to see where this story is going. I’m only up to chapter 23 and there’s still a lot of unanswered questions, for instance, the time period (I know it’s the future but how far into the future?!) and the location (I’m assuming it’s America?) 

Anyway, I’m enjoying it so far, I’ll get back to you if anything changes.

Final note: 4/5 stars for that shower scene.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Review (No Spoilers)

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Release Date: 2016

Author: JK Rowling

Rating: 3.5/5 stars 

I know there’s been a lot of negative opinions flowing around about this book, which is fine, but honestly I think they’re a bit harsh.

Yes, there are a lot of plot holes and some silly bits, HOWEVER, you have to think of it as a play, because that’s what it is! And if you read the stage directions and picture what it would look like on stage, I think it would be amazing.

I definitely want to go and see the play, and I did enjoy reading this book, a lot. 

I liked the story, I like getting to know these different characters (Scorpious I love you) and I had a major fangirl over reading about older Harry, Ron and Hermione.

I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy it as much because it’s a script, however, that didn’t impact on my reading experience at all and I actually quite liked it! I read it quicker, which if you’re like me and have loads of books on your TBR pile, is always a good thing. 

I really enjoyed this book and if you haven’t read it because you’re worried about not liking it, just give it a go! I personally don’t think you’ll regret it.

This book made me want to see the play and the cover is very pretty.

10/10 for making me all nostalgic and emotional.

Ps. The Cedric storyline was a very clever idea and I’m glad we got to read more about that, it made him feel a bit less like a ‘spare part’. 

Christmas Recommendation: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Title: Let It Snow

Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle 

Release Date: 2008

Rating: 4/5 stars

Since it’s officially the start of Christmas, I thought I would share one of my favourite Christmas reads with whomever may be reading this! 

It’s no surprise that John Green happens to be one of the authors of this book (as I am a bit of a fan), however, even if you don’t like John Green I still think you should give this book a chance! 

It’s uniquely written and has a clever storyline that twists and turns, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud and cheering the characters on throughout the story. 

It’s basically three stories intertwined together to create one story! It’s funny, simple and extremely festive. So if you’re looking for an easy read to get you into the Christmas spirit I’d definitely recommend this one!

It’s almost 10 years old now but I still don’t think enough people know about it, personally I’ve never read that many Christmas books and I never really see many on display, when I picked this one up a few years ago I was extatic! 

So give it a go and tell me what you think 🙂 

Do you know about any other festive books? Leave your recommendations in the comments section and we’ll start a discussion! 

Currently Reading: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary Fiction (YA)

Release Date: 2013

Honestly, I’ve been meaning to pick up Fangirl ever since it came out. 

I’ve always picked it up when in Waterstones and thought I really want to read this, yet for one reason or another I’ve never actually bought it.

Today, however, I decided to go for it. Partly because my friend said that she absolutely loved it and I needed to read it immediately and partly because I had a £10 off card and wanted something else to buy. 

So I’ve spent the best part of my night starting this book off! And I’m not dissapointed so far, fingers crossed it continues to be an amazing book! 

I have to say, so far, I’m relating to Cath more than I’ve ever related to a fictional character before. I completely get her. I can’t wait to read more. 

Nick is cute and mysterious, Reagan is cooler than I’ll ever be and Levi is such an adorable little snowflake. 

I’m stopping on page 74 (chapter 7) so I can get some kip, tomorrow is going to be a reading day I hope! 

Current Rating: 5/5 stars because Nicks eyes are incredibly blue and he has trouble taking turns.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

If I could describe this movie in one word it would be…surprising.

Not surprising that it was good, I knew it was going to be amazing from the moment the movie was announced.

It was surprising because I hadn’t really put much thought into the concept of the movie and what events would take place in the story. 

I’m used to knowing the book beforehand, or knowing the story it’s based off well enough to have an idea of what the next 2 hours are going to be like.

However, with this movie I found myself walking in mostly blind.

Of course I knew my basics, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan so I had a good idea of what it would be like, or what I thought it would be like, but there were so many surprises in this movie, for me, that it made the whole experience even better. 

Firstly, I expected the movie to be set in the wizarding world, I had hogsmede and diagon alley in my head when I should have realised that if the story is set in New York then chances are it would mostly take place in the muggle (non-mag) world, which it did! 

And just changing that one small thing, muggles in the background instead of wizards, made all the difference! The whole vibe of the movie was different (in a good way) because suddenly they had to try and be secretive and sneaky with what they were doing. 

Instead of openly using magic they had to subtly flick their wands and whisper their spells…of course once the action started that was thrown out of the window…and I suppose Newt isn’t the most subtle of wizards.

The time difference was obvious, the whole 20s vibe set it apart from the Harry Potter franchise. They really stuck with the theme and used everything to their advantage. 

I loved the inventiveness of it, the characters were funny and had a lot of depth. I got to know each character seperatly throughout the entire film! 

Not only is JK Rowling a brilliant author, she’s also a brilliant screenplay writer! 

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would definitely see it again! 

Newt was adorable and quirky, he made me fall in love with him instantly and I think Eddie was perfect for the part! 

Bring on the rest of the movies! 

Meeting Charlie McDonnell 

The other week I went to Charlie McDonnell’s Fun Science book signing and I can honestly say it was the best book signing I’ve ever been to.

I should start off by saying that I was originally going to the signing on my own as I didnt personally know anyone who was interested enough in Charlie’s videos to want to go and meet him to get his book.

However, my parents decided they would take me there and wander around the shops a bit while I was getting my book signed, then take me home again so I wouldn’t be completely by myself the entire time. 

So, a couple of days before the signing I had sent a tweet out (you can follow me @louiseandrews04) asking if anyone was going to Charlie’s Liverpool signing, I didn’t get any reply so quickly forgot about it.

I wasn’t that bothered about going by myself, it would have been nice to have people to go with, but I wand the going to let it get in the way! 

The morning of the signing, while I was getting ready, I heard my phone go off to find I had a reply from a girl saying that she was going and that she would meet me in the line, a couple of minutes later I also got another reply from a different girl saying the same thing. 

So suddenly I had people to go with! 

And don’t worry, I’m completely aware of stranger danger, however, as my parents would be with me until I met them and I was meeting them in a COMPLETELY public place it was all fine and dandy! (Although I wouldn’t recommend doing it unless you 100% completely know they are safe.)

Once we’d arrived at Waterstones (the venue the signing was held at) I wandered  down the line a bit looking for the girls who had tweeted me, I knew that one of them had bright blue hair so I had something easy to recognise them with. 

Finally, after walking around looking like an idiot for a bit, I found the girls! 

They were stood with three other girls they had met in the line.

The first thing I noticed about all of these girls was how gloriously geeky they were, I knew instantly that I would have a lot in common with them, one even had a Doctor Who themed bag! 

We started chatting (my parents had wandered off at this point) and quickly realised we didn’t know each other’s names, so we went around the circle introducing ourselves. 

I had heard of people meeting friends through things like concerts and signings before but it had never personally happened to me, probably because I had never been to one on my own before and therefore had no reason to be talking to other people. 

So this was a completely new experience to me and it was incredibly cool! 

We all had so much in common and it was fun getting to know new people and all being extremely exited about something together, we were fangirling and trying to see Charlie through the window and it was fine because none of us found our fangirling annoying or over dramatic since we all felt the same way! 

The line went really fast and soon were next in line to meet Charlie! 

We were all a bit nervous and didn’t want to go first, but since one of us had to, I ended up being the one to take the plunge.

I was nervous and giggly (annoyingly that’s how I get when I meet famous people) I walked up to him and told him he was the first YouTuber I ever watched and that it was his fault I became such a fangirl!

He laughed and said “Sorry about that!” 

One thing I noticed about him was that he is very shy, which I sort of expected and completely understand. 

It must be intimidating having all of these teenage girls and boys love him and want to meet him but he handled himself very well.

Once we’d met Charlie it started to settle in that it was over and we were all left a bit deflated, we were happy because we’d met him and made loads of friends in the process, but there’s always that moment afterwords where you’re sad it’s over and you wonder how it went by so quickly! 

We stood outside Waterstones swapping Facebooks and stories, fangirling over hugging Charlie and planning to go for some lunch.

We could still see Charlie inside signing the last of the books, we thought maybe we could sneak in and try to meet him again since it was practically empty by the time the signing was over and there was still people in the shop buying books. 

Once the last of the fans left we crept back in, we could see Charlie walking out a door in the back that must have led to some leasure rooms for the staff.

We idled around outside the door, wondering whether we should try our luck at getting in.

None of us wanted to bother Charlie so that idea was quickly thrown out the window.

We strolled outside the shop again, a bit giggly because we felt rebellious trying to meet him again.

At this point we had resigned ourselves to the fact we weren’t going to see him again and he’d probably already been whisked away in some taxi back to his hotel.

However, just as we were about to give up and leave, one of the girls suddenly exclaimed “It’s Charlie!” 

All of our heads collectively turned towards the door, but, alas, it was just a lookalike.


“Wait there he is!”

We turned again to find the real Charlie walking out the shop! Right towards us!

We stood there in shock, not sure what to do. None of us had really thought we’d actually see him again.

He stood there for a while, he’d definitely seen us clutching our Fun Science copies, it was just a case of who would be confident enough to approach him.

We debated it for a while, sneaking glances at him while someone was showing him how to get to the docks.

Finally, one of the other girls sparked up enough courage to shout “Charlie!” Before he wandered off.

He turned around, walked over and was sweet enough to let us have a group picture with him (taken by his lovely publicist).

He had a little chat with us about how he’d never properly seen Liverpool before, I felt like any awkwardness that I showed when I met him the first time was completely gone now that I could have a proper conversation with him, when he said bye for the last time we were left feeling so so happy because we’d just met him twice! 

Afterwords we got a McDonalds and let everything that had happened sink in.

Charlie is honestly so lovely and it was such a fun experience to meet him and make new friends who have the same interests as me.

It’s a day I wish I could go back to but I love remembering! 

Now I can watch his videos and say that I’ve met him! 

So have you met a celebrity? Been to a signing? Leave you’re stories below 🙂 

New Purchase: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay 

I saw this when I was in Waterstones yesterday and HAD to get it!

I feel more comfortable reading scripts after The Cursed Child so I’m exited to give this one a go! 

I’m going to see the film on Wednesday so I think I’ll wait to read it until after then to avoid spoilers (I usually don’t mind but the movie came out before the screenplay so I think I’ll see that first).

I’m super super exited about the film and will post a review of it once I’ve stopped fangirling enough to type out a coherent sentence.

Harry Potter holds a very special place in my heart and the idea of five more movies in the wizarding world is making me the happiest person ever, never mind all of the negative comments, I’m thrilled! 

And I’m also incredibly happy Johnny Depp has been cast in the films because he is honestly one of my favourite actors, I know a lot of people don’t like him but you can’t deny the man has talent! 

I know I’m going to be an emotional wreck when I hear Hedwigs Theme and the Warner Bros logo appears, god help me!

Wish me luck guys.

So all in all I’m chuffed with JK Rowling and everything magical at the moment! 

Man, I wish I was a wizard.

My TBR Shelf

I have around 50 books in my TBR (To Be Read) pile, which I know compared to a lot of other bookworms isn’t actually that many.
A lot of these books make up a series, some of which I have already read but plan to read again because a new book in the series has come out (this is a ‘problem’ I have, whenever a new book in a series comes out I have to read the whole series again from the beginning).

Some of these books are random, stand alone ones that I’ve either been given as a present or got really cheap and decided to give it a go.

Most of the books are fictional but I do have 1 or 2 autobiographies in there.

I know I’ll get around to reading them all but the temptation to buy more never goes away, I’m sure my TBR pile will remain the same size no matter how many of them I get through. 

I don’t really find this a bad thing though, it’s nice to know I’ve always got something to read, also they look really pretty on my shelf.

How many books do you have on your TBR pile? Or do you even have one at all? 

Leave a comment down below and let’s start a discussion 🙂