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Oscars 2019 Winner Predictions

Guys!! It’s Oscars night and this is the only time during the year that I stay up for far too long to watch an awards ceremony! I’ve already loved watching the BAFTAs and falling the red carpet for the Golden Globes and Emmys but this is the big night for all things film! Everyone in the industry would love to have an Academy Award on their shelf!

I’ve got a bunch of friends who I always seem to watch the Oscars with and, as I pass the time until I watch E! Live On The Red Carpet, I thought I would try to make some predictions for tonight! My predictions are usually 50/50 right so let’s see how I am this year!

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlackkKlansman
Sam Elliot, A Star is Born
Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Sam Rockwell, Vice

I haven’t seen this film yet but I love the thought behind it and I knew for certain that Mahershala Ali would be nominated for Green Book since he is such an incredible actor! I mean…he was nominated for Moonlight too so deserves this win!

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, Vice
Marina De Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Aghhh! I want so many of these lovely ladies to win! I loved Emma and Rachel in The Favourite and I actually watched Roma yesterday on Netflix and adored Marina! It’s my first time seeing her in anything and I really hope that we get to see more of her now that she’s an Academy Award nominee and possible winner!

Original Score

Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson)
BlackkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)
Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)

MARY POPPINS MUST WIN!! All of the songs in this film were so magical and Marc did such an amazing job on the sequel, especially after the original!

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Rami is going to win this without a doubt! The Academy always love a good transformation in an actor and he had a brilliant one into Freddie Mercury! Though Viggo was great too so it’s going to be a close thing!

Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

PLEASE LET OLIVIA WIN!! I have adored her speeches this award season and she is so humble when she does find out she’s won! It’s so British and she thoroughly deserves it!

Animated Feature Film

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Best Picture

Black Panther
BlackkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

I can’t decide between these three!! All of the films nominated for this award could win!! THE SUSPENSE!

Who do you think will win at the Oscars this year?

Books

11 Booktubers You Might Be Missing Out On

booktubers

It’s almost been a full month since I started reviewing more books on my blog and I’ve enjoyed it so much! You can thank these lovely people above for pushing me to talk more about my love for books! I’ve watched most of them for what seems like forever so it’s time I shared some booktubers who you might be missing out on!

Books With Chloe

I’ve only been subscribed to Chloe for a little bit but I utterly adore her! She seems so fun and she’s from Australia!! People love the British accent and I think the Australian one is awesome! Haha! Some of my favourite vlogs of hers have to be her weekly reading vlogs (I love weekly videos in general but add books to it and I love even more!) and her reading journal! Oh and I really want her bookcase because of all the random stuff she has them along with her books!

Emmmabooks

How Emma only has 100k subscribers (yeah, I know that is still a massive number) I have no clue! I think she deserves more but hey! If you haven’t guessed, this lovely lady is Emma and she’s from New York! I honestly need to visit that city for so many reasons! My reasons for subscribing to her is purely because she seems just as quirky as me and, of course, she loves Harry Potter so score!

Hailey In Bookland

I’m slowly starting to realise that a lot of my favourite booktubers are girls but that just makes them even more relatable for me! Here we have Hailey! If you like someone who is not just books, then she is your person to watch! She scatters her content with other vlogs including her recent one where she chats about her mental health! That definitely is something I understand and I find that I don’t always get triggered by these personal journeys.

A Clockwork Reader

Would you believe that I only just subscribed to Hannah yesterday? I’ve had a bit of a binge of her videos so knew I had to add her to my list of people! There is something about her vlogs that just seem so clean cut to me especially her thumbnails which makes my little weird heart happy! One of her videos I love was her reading playlist! I love listening to music when I’m writing or reading so this was great for music ideas to add to my own!

Jesse The Reader

Jesse! Jesse was one of the first booktubers that I subscribed to and the only guy on my list! What is awesome about his vlogging style is that he’s hilarious! He really uses comedy to make his videos about books effectively and I honestly love them!! Though his crazy thumbnails lately have me on edge!

Peruse Project

Another new person that I’ve subscribed to and that is Regan! She’s been around for around 5 years and I’ve only just stumbled onto her! I do have the excuse of not knowing that a whole community of booktubers existed so I’m just doing a lot of catching up with people. She is adorable and I actually find her vlogs really relaxing to watch. I’m sorry! I know that’s weird but I do!

Tashapolis

You can blame my friend Lisa for me subscribing to Tasha! She told me all about her one visit and I just had to subscribe! Her videos are so fun, she chats about beauty which is cool since I am a disaster with makeup and she fangirls a whole bunch!

ABookUtopia

Sasha is brilliant! She just seems so colourful and vibrant and her hair is to die for! I love the variety of book content that she has from personal to utterly unique and, when you have a lot of people who love books out there, being unique is key! Or at least I think so!

Little Book Owl

Remember when I said I love the Australian accent? Yeah, here is another amazing booktuber from the land of Oz! This is Caz and her style is gorgeous! You can easily grab a cup of tea, a cosy blanket and just watch her vlogs through the evening!

BooksAndQuills

How could I not have Sanne on my list of booktubers?! She was THE first one I ever subscribed to after coming to hear about her through John Green! She has a gorgeous accent, a way with words that makes you want to sit and listen to more and she literally left her home country to come to work in London in the publishing industry! She is amazing! One day I hope to meet her and just say thanks!

LucyTheReader

Lucy knows how much I love her and her channel since I kind of tweet her a lot! (Sorry, Lucy! Hehe!). She is one of the few booktubers who chat about the classics especially about the Brontes which is brilliant! It makes me feel smart just watching one of her videos and, if you’re a new book blogger and are looking for a Twitter chat to join, then check out the #UKYAChat! It’s amazing!

What booktubers are you in love with? (Share so I can subscribe to more!)

Books

Top 4 Romantic YA Novels | Valentine 2019

valentine

Here is your own Valentine bookish post, everyone!

I hope you have all had either lots of roses, chocolate or, if you’re single, treated yourself to something special. As you may have seen from the title, I’m going to be chatting about some YA novels about love in different ways. Some are forbidden, one is fantasy…you get the idea.

Truly Wildly Deeply (Jenny McLachlan)

What drew me to reading this was that the main character, Annie, has cerebral palsy and you don’t get many books like this! More should! Both she and a boy called Fab (who had moved from Poland) seem to be discovering themselves and happen to stumble upon each other. I absolutely love how sassy Annie is and refuses to let her disability stop her from living her life finally to the fullest. This novel is so fluffy, cute and Fab is crazy! A good kind of crazy and reminds me a little bit of Scorpius from Cursed Child!

Hush Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick)

Remember the whole phase of vampire romance novels that flocked bookshops a few years back? Now it’s fallen angels and I’ve had a couple of people saying I should read this series! I have never read a book about a fallen angel so will have to let you know how it goes, but I decided to include this since it’s all about a forbidden romance! Patch and Nora do sound like they kind of mirror Edward and Bella but again…we’ll see!

Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

Everyone knows that Paris is the city of love so how could I not include a book set there?! I have always loved the plot of someone going to France for some reason and ending up falling for a boy over there! Stephanie does a remarkable job at making you feel all of Anna’s frustration and nervousness about being left alone in a different country, but that all changes as the book goes on! She also comes up with some hilarious lines: “Girl scouts didn’t teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys.” I’m currently re-reading this as a Valentine choice because it’s just that cute! Haha!

Indigo Donut (Patrice Lawrence)

If you’re looking for a unique love story that also has a bunch of other twists and turns in it, then you will adore this! The relationship between Indigo and Bailey is so beautiful! It kept me on the edge of my comfy seat right up until the end and even left me wanting to read so much more. Both of them are relatable and they go through so much, especially Indigo. That poor girl has it rough! Even though both of them has two different types of upbringing, they ultimately are drawn together. If you love a mystery, you’ll love this even more.

What romantic novels have had you hooked as your own little Valentine?

Lifestyle Mental Health

Why I Shall Be Dating Myself For Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

Everywhere is shouting that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and, while I love people showing their partners/fiancees all the love in the world, it can be an utter nightmare for us who are single. My love-life is literally non-existent unless you count the many male characters that I marry in my mind! *sigh*…Arthur Pendragon!

It’s why, tomorrow, I’ll be dating myself for the day.

It probably sounds so wrong and big-headed but who cares? Haha!

Living with depression has, in the past, stripped me of all love for myself both physically and emotionally but it’s one of my mini goals to try and figure out how to self-love again. It feels impossible right now but hopefully be the end of the year I’ll feel a little more at peace with myself.

Valentine’s Day has always been a dodgy day for me, even when I was younger.

When I was at school, I was like all the other giggly girls who used to have crushes on a certain boy and hid in the corner of the playground with my friends, whispering behind my hand and giggling when said boy looked over at us. You know what I’m on about, ladies!

As soon as I entered the hell of secondary school, everything went so odd! I got too scared to approach any boy that I liked the look of and just wrote secret hearts in the back of my book. I learned my lesson to never tell anyone…I told someone who was my friend, she told the guy and he came and said ‘why would I love someone ugly like you?’, laughing in my face.

13 year old Daisy’s heart was broken.

Between that and finding out the one boyfriend I’ve had (at 17 and was 3 years older than me) been dating another girl at the same time and had proposed to her without me knowing…love sucks.

It’s embarrassing to admit but I haven’t had a boyfriend since that time and, being the social outcast that I am, I’m never really out to meet anyone new or confident enough to approach anyone. Mum used to say that I would flirt with some guys so she could tell my confidence was getting better but never enough to do anything.

This is why dating myself on the day of love seems like a decent option, especially for a mental health warrior like me!

How will you be spending your Valentine’s Day this year?

Books

Book Review | House of Windows by Alexia Casale

House of Windows

Hey guys, another book review to take a glimpse at!

Today I’m going to be reviewing House of Windows by Alexia Casale. I wasn’t sure what to expect after seeing the cover but as soon as I read the back I knew I wanted to read more:

Nick hates it when people call him a genius. Sure, he’s going to Cambridge University aged 15, but he says that’s just because he works hard. And, secretly, he only works hard to get some kind of attention from his workaholic father.

Not that his strategy is working.

When he arrives at Cambridge, he finds the work hard and socialising even harder. Until, that is, he starts to cox for the college rowing crew and all hell breaks loose…

Having had a couple of friends who have gone to Cambridge, I thankfully had an idea of some of the terminology that students use! I was actually proud of myself for understanding! If you didn’t, then there were plenty of explanations to help get your head around it. What I love about learning the different words used was that it made me feel as if I was a first year student along with Nick and that we were taking the journey together.

My first thoughts on Nick?

TEEN SHERLOCK HOLMES!!

He is socially awkward to the point where he seems rude, he’s not interested in going out with people or taking part in clubs, is beyond smart (but is not a genius, according to him) and was bullied brutally at school. All the signs are there!

At first I wasn’t so sure about him as a character. He was moody, didn’t seem to care about people trying to help him and wanted to be better than everyone else. Tends to put you off a person! However that all changed when you discover what stuff he has to go through alongside being the youngest at the university. Bullying, family problems, lack of confidence, struggling to understand the people around him…sounds a lot like me to be honest!

What else did I love?

I adored Alexia’s range of characters from Michael (the workaholic dad), Tim (adopted-against-his-will-and-is-too-young-to-be-a-dad dad), Ange (the most colourful, friendliest girl that I wish was real so we can be friends) and so many more!!

House of Windows is so relatable if you have social awkwardness and been to/starting university. I ended up going on a rollercoaster with this book from being frustrated at Michael, Nick and their situation, really happy for the people who ended up in Nick’s life and I actually cried during one particular moment since it reminded me of what happened to my mum.

Have any of you read House of Windows? If not, do you think you would love?

 

Lifestyle

Setting Blog Goals For 2019 And Beyond

It might be the beginning of February but we’re only 2 months into 2019 so we can still do these kinds of posts for a little while! This is usually the time of year where people tend to flood into the blogging universe, but for people who have been blogging for a bit, it’s a great time to look at blog goals.

Next month will mark 1 year since I came back to blogging.

It’s crazy how quickly time passes and I’ve been so happy to find my way back into this and being able to post what I want regardless of the trend. I have had a few little ideas on what I would love to happen over the next year; some of the goals are pretty achievable (I hope) and others are wishful thinking!

work with a brand

One of the cool things about being a blogger is that you get to sometimes work with a brand that you love/admire or discover through being contacted. Though my blog is still invisible, there is absolutely nothing wrong with with aiming high. There are so many brands that I would love to one day work with:

WB Studio Tour London
Bloomsbury (Childrens)
Mind
National Autistic Society
Samaritans
Waterstones

I know that it will take forever to even be looked at by some of these brands but, since I’m a huge fan of all of them anyway, this goal gives me the push to post about what I love. As you can tell, I have a love for different things such as Harry Potter (duh!), mental health and books. All three of these have a part in my life and blog so who knows!

reach 5k followers on twitter | 1k on instagram

The Twitter one is way more possible than the Instagram. I’m constantly on there and it is definitely my favourite social media platform to use. I can chat quickly, see news and use my gifs! I’m actually so close to hitting 5K which is a massive number for me so I really hope I get to see it some day this year. As for Instagram, ugh. I don’t see this really being a thing for me since it is constantly up and down by a couple of followers. It’s such an infuriating site to use and triggers me a lot with the ‘perfection/photo-shopped’ image. Still something to try for though.

attend a blog event

This is something I’m aiming towards in terms of my anxiety. I find it so easy to chat to different bloggers over the internet but when it comes to chatting to the same people in real life…yeah. I really want to push myself to be social in the blog community and be seen. One of the best ways has to be through a blog event. I’ve been to a couple in the past and they’re so much fun!

get a pipdig theme

If you’ve never heard of Pipdig, you need to check them out. Their themes are some of the best in the blog theme world!! I have used them at least twice over the last few years and have loved so much. Their work is stunning and really makes your blog look professional and easier for readers to use. The theme I have right now is just a default one from WordPress and, while it’s okay, I really want to change it.

work on my photography

This is a massive trigger for my mental health and it’s something I’ve only noticed in the last few months. As I mentioned above, photography is a big element when it comes to your blog. Whether you’re showing off products you’ve been loved or highlighting a topic, an image sometimes reads better than a bunch of words. I really struggle with creating photos and I’m really want to work this. I’m looking at you, Jordan, Katy and Kaye! TEACH ME YOUR WISDOM!!

What blog goals have you aimed for this year?

Books

Books I Read In January | Monthly Wrap Up

January

Wow, so many people that I know were so happy to see the back of January. It’s the same every year to be honest but I actually didn’t have a bad month for a change. Well, as good as you can when you have depression.

It was good in the fact that I found my way back to my love for reading and, in doing so, supporting my local library by getting newer books from them. My county is going through a bit of a crisis lately where they’re shutting down small libraries and having volunteers run the bigger ones to save money. Makes my bookworm blood boil just thinking about it.

I found some incredible books at the Young Adult section (though the first book was something I bought ages ago and never got the chance to read!) so here I am, sharing my thoughts on these. Maybe I can point you in the direction of some great titles!

The house with chicken legs (sophie anderson)

Can’t go wrong starting January with a book based on Slavic fairy tales! I was recommended this book by a bookseller at Waterstones (and it came with a free badge too!). I’ll admit that I had passed this on a couple of occasions because it wasn’t a book I’d usually pick up, but after listening to what it was actually about, I immediately got Studio Ghibli vibes. It’s all about a young girl called Marinka who wants a normal life like others but the house she lives in has…you guessed it…chicken legs that sometimes to choose to get up randomly and walk somewhere new. She also lives with her grandmother Baba who decides what they do. I loved how much Marinka wanted to take control of her life and her journey of self-discovery!

Extraordinary Means (robyn schneider)

I also got recommended by someone! I like to get book ideas from people! Haha. If you loved The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, you’ll love this book! A smart kid called Lane who is aiming high in education suddenly develops TB which gets him sent to Latham House to recover and ends up meeting a girl called Sadie. It’s full of dark humour, teenage angst and Robyn definitely did a great job!

The Upside Unrequited (Becky Albertalli)

It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of Becky’s work having loved Simon Vs The Homo Sapien Agenda and her latest book, What If It’s Us! As soon as I finished reading that, I moved to The Upside Unrequited and was pretty excited that my library even had this stock! It follows her tried-and-tested genius with LGBTQ+ characters trying to find their way through puberty and love. I’m still trying to figure it out in my 30s! I loved Molly to pieces due to the fact that she was relatably confused about love and couldn’t figure how it even worked, even when she had it possibly staring in the face. I loved it and the fact that nerdy facts about Tolkien were thrown in too!

All About Mia (Lisa Williamson)

Okay, you know how I say I prefer to be honest on my blog? Well I have been honest with the above reviews and I’m carrying on with this book too. I didn’t really like it and I was gutted too! I’ve loved Lisa’s two other books and I was honestly wanting to love this too but I just couldn’t connect with it. I did like the characters and the clear Britishness about it…that was about it. I think it was because Mia and her friends were rather out there and I tend to like characters I can relate to. That and I already guessed the ending as soon as a certain thing happened in the book. *sigh* I tried!

House of Windows (Alexia Casale)

This book was another I’d passed on the shelf when I visited the library but I decided to give it a chance and I’m so glad I did! Nick (the main character) reminded me so much of the BBC version of Sherlock Holmes in the way that he is a genius, sarcastic and a bit prickly with people. I’m so glad that I follow Cambridge Uni vloggers and so know some of the lingo that they use or I’d have to ask a friend what the heck is being said!  It was more than just the obvious student at uni but also looked at family and belonging. So beautiful!

PS I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

If you haven’t read To All The Boys I Loved Before, you’ll have more than likely watched the film based on it on Netflix (it’s still on so go watch if you haven’t!). This is the sequel to that particular book and Lara Jean gets right under my skin all over again. She’s your typical teen but, just when you think she’s all sorted, another guy plops into her life and confuses everything. I wanted to shake her sometimes! Still loved it though! I would have given it 5 stars but ended a bit too quick for me but ah well…maybe we’ll get a sequel to the film too! Haha.

What books did you love in January?