Sunday, 20 April 2014

50 Books That Will Change Your Life

So for World Book Day a wide range of people were surveyed about books that have changed their lives. And these were the top 50 that kept coming up. I've seen other variations on this(I think the BBC have one) but I thought it would be interesting to look at this list because it was made so recently. I saw a post by Charlene where she was going through the list to see how many she'd read and I thought it was a great post. It's kind of like a tag so if you'd be interested in doing this then please do! It's something a little bit different!

Books that will scare you
Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

The Rats by James Herbert
The Shining by Stephen King
1984 by George Orwell
Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Score: 2/5

I'm not really a fan of scary books if I'm honest. I've read 1984 and The Shining. I've never even heard of the others.

Books that will teach you about love
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Forever by Judy Blume
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Score: 3/6
Halfway there! I've read The Diary Of A Young Girl, Twilight and How I live Now. I absolutely hated How I Live Now by the way, I really do not see what all the fuss is about. I downloaded Jane Eyre onto my Kindle last week so I will be getting around to reading that eventually.

Books that will make you laugh 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

Score: 2/6
I've read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. I did take Catch 22 out of the library but I couldn't really get into it. I might come back to it again, I didn't know it was supposed to be humorous.

Books that will transport you
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Score: 4/6
I've read The Great Gatsby, Life of Pi, the Harry Potter series and the first book in the LOTR series, so does that count as 4? I'm counting it as 4. The Percy Jackson series is something I've wanted to read for a while but honestly I have no real desire to read Northern Lights.

Books that will change the way you think

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack

Score: 6/7
I almost got a full house! Damn you A Streetcat Named Bob for letting me down! That did sound kind of interesting so maybe I will pick it up.

Books that will make you cry

Before I Die by Jenny Downham
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My Sister's Keeper by Jodie Picoult
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

Score: 6/7
I've read all of these apart from War Horse and I have not cried at a single one of them. The only book that's ever made me cry was The Fault In Our Stars.

Books that will help you understand you  
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Score: 4/5
AGAIN. I think I'll forever be one book away from completing any sections! I've not read The Outsiders by SE Hinton. I've never even heard of it. -searches on GoodReads-  Yeah it doesn't really sound like it's for me!

Books that will thrill you

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Gone by Michael Grant
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Score: 3/7
Not a great one for me either. I've read City Of Bones, The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Ultimate Score: 30/50

That's not too bad. 60%. That's a B? I'm pretty pleased with that. I might make the extra effort to read the ones I've been meaning to read this year. Have you read many of these? And what books would you like to see on a list like this?

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Names I Wish I Had

When I was younger I hated the name Hayley. I just didn't think it was very 'me' at all. Now I'm a lot more attached to my name and I don't think I'll ever change it but I thought it would be interesting to share the names I wish I had at some point. Do you ever wish you had a different name? I like most of these names because of the way that they sound, because I think they're pretty or because they're quite unique. Hayley is quite a popular name in my generation(there were 4 Hayleys in my year in high school) so I've always kind of wished I had a name that wasn't so common. 

 I guess I could have called this post names I'd call my children/pets but I don't really want kids nor do I want to freak out my mother in such a way. I'm also not a big fan of human names on pets. Yes I know that my dog is called Sam but he came with his name! If you've ever thought of changing your name I would love it if you could also do a post about what names you've liked!

What names do you like? Is your name one of these names?

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Friday, 18 April 2014

6 Things To Clean Out This Spring

Ah. It's that time of year again. The time of year when the sun comes back out. It shows up all the dust and forces you to clean everything. Damn it. I recently went on a bit of a spring cleaning binge, I was sorting clothes out for a blog sale, rearranging my bookshelf and cleaning my room so I could post a room tour. It gave me a bit of inspiration. This is a blog post with some ideas for little things that you can do that will make a big difference!

1. Your wardrobe.
It's the obvious place to start. I don't know about you but every time I go through my wardrobe there are pieces that I know I never wear but I keep anyway because I'll wear it with x, y and z. And you know what? I never do. If you can't remember the last time you wore something or it was over a year ago then it's probably time to go. Send it to a charity shop or try and make yourself some money by selling it. Try a blog sale or stick things on Ebay. You can see my blogsale here.

2. Chargers.
I recently went through the technology drawer and found chargers for phones than I don't even have anymore. Why do I have these? I also found one of the really old iPod chargers. You know the ones you used to have to hold in at the sides to release? Ah. Memories. Pass them on to people who need them or just throw them away. I also like to tie mine up with hair bobbles so that they don't get tangled or take up too much space.

3. Your email subscriptions.
I woke up to 9 emails the other day. 1 was about a comment left on my blog and the other 8 where all emails from online shops offering me sales and discount codes. And I get this all the time. I swear BooHoo constantly has some kind of deal on. But I've been unsubscribing myself from all these emails and it's so much nicer and decluttered. And I'm not spending as much. Win win.

4. Your sock drawer.
Unsurprisingly the sock fairy has stolen lots of my socks. Leaving me lots with no pairs. You're getting chucked in the textiles bank odd socks. Deal with it.

5. Under your bed.
Things just get shoved under my bed and forgotten about. I also now have an overflowing wool collection and I need to clear some space under my bed to fit that in. I'm also going to be throwing out all the little things I keep but don't use. AKA the giant bubble wand. Ok maybe I could use that first.

6. Your laptop.
My laptop seems to me some sort of dirt magnet. I'll be dusting mine off, cleaning between the keys and I'm going to try and take the battery out and get out any dust. And lets not forget about the files. Reorganise everything into folders and delete what you don't need. And back everything up! I think I'd cry if I lost everything on my laptop.

What are you cleaning out this spring?

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Things That Make Me Happy #71

1. Cherry scones are usually my pick but these blueberry scones look irresistible.


2. I absolutely love this bright blue colour for spring/summer.


3. This crocheted doily is so beautiful!


4. The most elegant and classy dressing table I've seen on Pinterest.


5. Feeding my cactus obsession.


6. Inspirational quote of the week.


7. Throw cushions are my favourite.


8. This cupcake recipe is amazing!


9. I love sitting on piers. So relaxing!


10. Fabric and craft stores are a great place to be.


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Room Tour

Hello everyone! I'm finally doing this room tour. I moved into my house 3 months ago and I've been excited about posting a new room tour since then! Sad, I know! I decided to go with all white walls so that I had a blank canvas to work on. I wanted the colour in my room to come from my bookshelves and my clothes rail. Much to my mum's dismay I picked a clothes rail rather than a wardrobe. It's a lot more open and I can fit in so many clothes. Plus it's not as bulky as a wardrobe!

And that's my room! All of my bedroom furniture apart from my bed is from IKEA. The bed was from a local shop so I'm sorry if you like it!

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