Booktober Challenge Post 8 (Late)

Sorry this is late.. Should have posted last night.

I am so sorry I am late with this post, time got away from me yesterday and I forgot all about it. The reason for this is because we went to the Ballet last night to see Swan Lake, I will of course be posting about that at some point.

A  Y O U N G   A D U L T   B O O K


T H E   H U N G E R   G A M E S


A never really understood the concept of YA fiction until I had a daughter who became addicted to the genre. As an adult I was always a little wary of venturing in, whether I would be embraced into this world. Since taking my first steps into it I have discovered I am not the only adult who reads YA.

The book I have chosen is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was the first YA book I read, I think? Or should that be remember. A dystopian fantasy, in which the main character is a 17 year old girl called Katniss Everdeen. Katniss ends up volunteering to be a tribute to save her younger sister Prim from going into The Hunger Games.

“The only thing stronger than fear, is hope” – The Hunger Games

The series consists of three books – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I really enjoyed the series up until the second part of the last book. The ending disappointed me.

Blog Challenge Post 7

My latest book buy

M Y   L A T E S T   B O O K   B U Y


T H E   G I R L   O N   T H E   T R A I N 


Everyone I know who has read this book has really enjoyed it and I had been meaning to put it on my to read list for ages. In short I forgot all about it until I saw the trailer for the movie when I went to see Bridget Jones. Inspire by the trailer I went out and brought the book so I can read it before I watch the movie.

To Disney World & Beyond

This is a true account of my awful journey on National Express and the wonderful Virgin Atlantic staff.
Sorry it is a bit wordy…

This is the first in a series of posts I am planning for every Thursday. From now until the end of the year, I will be sharing my thoughts on our holiday to Orlando.

Orlando was my daughter (16) and myself’s first holiday on our own, our first long haul flight and our first 21 day holiday.

To The Airport (My Rant)

Our journey to Gatwick was a complete disaster. If it had all gone to plan we would have arrived at Gatwick with about 2.5 hours to spare, having a little time to relax before catching our flight.  National Express however had over plans. national_express-bus

Dark clouds hung low in the sky, as we awaited the arrival of National Express. It was 4 am and the sun wasn’t even thinking of raising its head. When the bus finally ar
rived, already late, it was already busy. Myself and my daughter could not find seats together but that didn’t matter, we were about to spend 21 days with each other.

The driver of the bus had a bad attitude to start with. At the next stop he decided he wanted a coffee and fag break, he had only just taken over and the stop was literally 15 minutes from where we began. All of us on the bus watched him bleary eyed, silently willing him to get back on the bus and start carry on the journey.

Unfortunately our driver was not the only delay on our journey. We got stuck in a traffic jam for a over 90 mins, due to an RTA, where someone sadly lost their life. Our driver though insisted that he was going to sit in the lane that was closed for what seemed to be a life time instead of trying to move over into another lane that was actually moving. It was so frustrating.

When we got to Heathrow (the stop before ours), they decided that we were going to change buses. Not just once, but twice. That required moving not just a bus full of people but also their luggage, TWICE.  Due to this we missed our flight. We arrived just in time at Gatwick to see our plane take off. I can not even begin to describe how devastated we both were.

The Flight

Our fligvirgin_atlantichts were booked with Virgin Atlantic and the lady on the desk was wonderful. I cannot remember her name but she was fantastic. I owe so much to her – hats off to the that lady. She got us seats on the next flight, a fast pass through security and she also wavered the cost for my daughter.

We were on our way to Orlando. The flight was smooth. We had a whole row of seats to ourselves, the cabin crew were lovely and so were the other passengers. I watched Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Zootropolis and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. It was all good. Until we landed in Orlando. First we had to wait 30 minutes on the plane before we could depart due to amount of planes that had arrived and then we had to queue for two hours in immigration.

By the time we arrived at our hotel in Walt Disney World to check in, I had been awake for over 24 hours and I was making no sense to anyone. Thank fully my daughter was there and she was a little more awake. Looking back I feel really sorry for the guy who was at the desk. I never saw him again else I would have thanked him. Then we found our room and crashed…

In Review

I am sorry this is a bit of a rant but I wanted to share the experience of our journey with you. If you are planning on going to Orlando in peak season, apparently two hours in the Immigration Queue is quite good. I have had people tell me that they waited 6 or 8 hours in the queue. One person told me, that while she was waiting, the people around her began to throw up. Nice!  

I’m also sorry for the lack of photo’s but i forgot to take any.. I was stressed and tired


National Express – In this post I have given you the edited highlights of the journey there were a few other things that happened too. I didn’t want to witter on too long…  After sending them a couple of letters complaining about the journey and their decision to take the bus off, they refunded me half of my ticket money. All I wanted was an apology so that was nice of them. However, I am in no hurry to catch a National Express coach again.

NEXT WEEK – WALT DISNEY WORLD (more of a fun post… with photos!!!)



Booktober Challenge Post 6

Day 6 – favourite quote

F A V O U R I T E   B O O K   Q U O T E

This may not be my favourite book quote as I have a few that I really love. Most of them I have blue tacked to my bedroom wall. (This year I decided to print out anything I found inspiring and stick it on my bedroom wall.)

Recently though I have just read – Me Before You by JoJo Moyles and I loved it. (You can read my review here <<<Click Here>>> ).

This quote sums up what I should be doing.


Booktober Challenge Post 5

Best book to movie.. am I right? What do you think?

B E S T   B O O K   T O   M O V I E 

Am I the only person who is usually disappointed with the movie?

I will read a book, love it, discover there is a movie or one about to come out, then I will be disappointed with the outcome. There are a few though which I have really enjoyed. The one I have chosen, I actually did the other way round. I watched the movie and then read the book.


Michael Morpurgo 


This book was first published in 1982 and adapted into a movie in 2011.

The horrors of the First World War are exposed in this uplifting tale through the adventures of a young farm horse called Joey.

I am not really a person who seeks out animal themed books or movies so i was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story.  There are parts of this story that are really moving. Following on from yesterdays challenge, I think I may have shed a tear.

What stood out to me though, was the role animals played in wars, especially World War 1. While I have always been aware of their use in war, I had never really thought about how frightened those horses were going into battle and the dangers they faced.

This story is definitely worth a read, a watch or both. One day I hope to see the stage production.

What is your Best book to movie???

Booktober Challenge Post 4

A book that makes me cry… I have only mentioned one.

A   B O O K   T H A T   M A K E S   M E   C R Y

Oh dear!!! I was trying to discover the exact moment I began crying at everything. Up until I was about 18 years old, I think I had a heart of stone. Nothing I read or watched really affected me enough that I would cry. The only film I had every cried at up till then was “My Girl”. It is that moment during the funeral where the girl starts asking where Thomas’s glasses are? “He can’t see without his glasses.” It gets me every time. I watched Titanic 3 times at the cinema and didn’t shed a tear. I just thought that Rose was a bit of an idiot. If she had stayed in that lifeboat, Jack would have survived if he had not had her to care about.  Anyway I digress…

Lately, anything can reduce me to tears, sad endings, happy endings, reunions, big musical numbers… the list is endless.

The book I have chosen though is…

T H E   F A U L T   I N   O U R   S T A R S 


My daughter read this book before me. I remember her coming down stairs and being completely heartbroken over the death of one of the main characters. If you have not read the book both the main characters, Hazel and Augustus have cancer. I have never seen her so devastated (apart from the time I made her watch Boy in the Striped Pajamas’s).

I decided to read the book after her and I was determined not to get upset. It was my first experience with a John Green novel. John Green has an unusual way of writing his characters which means you become instantly involved with them. I got well and truly sucked into the story, so much, that I was reading this book whenever I got a spare moment. It was when we were on our way home from a day trip, sat in the back of the car that I hit that moment. Unfortunately at the same time on the radio Let Her Go by Passenger was playing which emphasized the loss even more. My throat became restrictive as I tried in vain not to sob, in the end I had to put the book down and just take a moment. Even though it was one of the saddest things I had ever read, it was very well written.

Coming To A Cinema Near You…

A list of 5 movies still to come for 2016.

There are only 3 Months left of the year but there are still plenty of Cinema Movies viewing still to come. So, here are 5 Movies I would like to see at the cinema before the end of the year.

Doctor Strange 


This is the latest offering from the Marvel-verse. I think it is due out in time for half-term in October. Doctor Strange is the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch – I love this guy. He is a great acting talent.



I saw the trailer for this recently and I was intrigued. I hope the movie is as good as the trailer… if not I spend a couple of hours staring at Chris Pratt, things could be worse.

Rogue One 


Now I have a love hate relationship with Star Wars. I love the music, the concept and the characters. I am not a great fan of story. However, I watched the Force Awakens on the plane to Florida and it has ignited my interest, so I am going to give this one chance.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 


I am not a fan of Harry Potter. If I am going to except the whole wizard thing, they have to be archetypal like Gandalf. I do however quite enjoy the idea of someone carrying a suitcase full of mythical creatures. It is unlikely I will see this film at the Cinema but I thought I would add it anyway.



This years Disney movie. I am always anxious in case it is not as good as I want it to be. I love Disney so much.