What Am I Currently Reading And Watching?

Welcome back to my blog. Long time no see. I know that I have indeed been very on and off with blogging, but I finally really want to get back into it again. I’ve really missed it but I have been in the biggest reading slump and couldn’t get out of it and I also had a lot going on as well, as everyone probably had what with everything going on. I really missed writing blog posts, reviews and just being part of the blogging community again and I don’t know why I ever stopped. I am going to make sure that I post something at least once a week again, whether that’s book related, if something happened over the week, I might even add some TV, film or anime reviews even. I just really want to get back into blogging as it’s something that I was really passionate about and I want to get that passion for blogging back. So this is my official start over.

Currently, I am reading Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas which is a reread but I never finished the whole series before which I would really like to do this time around as it has always been one of my favourite book series. I am also watching the latest season of Haikyuu at the moment as well as the fourth season of Bleach and Jujutsu Kaisen which I will all review once I’ve finished them. I just recently finished watching The Prom as well so that might be another review. So there should be quite a few posts coming up to look forward to, though I will post them most likely weekly so that I will be able to get back into regular blogging. I hope that everyone is doing okay throughout this difficult, challenging year and let’s all hope that 2021 will be much better filled with hope, positivity and let it be just an overall better year than the one we just had.

See you all in the new year,

A Universe For Books

Welcome Back

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. I know I haven’t posted on here in years. Things happened, life happened but I’m now in a place where I know I can write to you all again. I have to admit I have really missed blogging but I also have to admit that, after a while, I stopped having a passion for blogging about books. That’s not to say that I stopped liking books but writing about them became less and less fun for me until one day I stopped completely. Now that’s all about to change.

If I’m going to continue blogging again, I will have to make a few changes. I will talk about books, sure, but I will also talk about other things that I’m passionate about. As some of you may know, I did dance. What you don’t know, however, is that I am training professionally as an actress now. What I want to do with my blog is give you an insight into the life of an actress in training, give advice, talk about rehearsal processes and just give an insight into what it’s like as I go from auditions, into jobs, into more training through courses or classes into projects. I hope that you are all still going to be interested in this. I will also obviously still talk about books when I am able to read properly and get out of my reading slump but with intense rehearsals and my shows coming up, I’m not able to do much outside of rehearsing or learning lines or researching on my characters.

I am currently in rehearsals for Taming of The Shrew and Macbeth on my course which, as you might already know, are two Shakespeare’s. In Taming of The Shrew I play Trania and in Macbeth I play Donalbain but got cast today as an understudy for Hecate and Ross which is exciting. This is the first time I’ve ever been cast as a main character in a play so Taming is definitely the most interesting of the two for me as its challenging but so much fun at the same time. Macbeth is more difficult for me as I’m not the best when it comes to naturalistic theatre like this play is but I’m getting there and it’s really interesting to be a part of due to how dark it actually is. I will write about what it’s like as an understudy and as a main role in some other blog posts in more detail.

In terms of book news, I managed to finish my first book in a year the other day which was such an amazing feeling. It was To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It was such a sweet book and I read it so that I could watch the movie which I loved equally as much. If you want me to do a proper review on it, please let me know. Also please let me know what you think of me doing different things with my blog. Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated.

See you all soon, promise.

A Universe For Books

Life Update, Everything I Have Read And What I’m Currently Reading:

Hi to all of my readers. I know, yet again, I have taken a long break from blogging but I have had a lot going on, many changes within my life, and I needed some time to get settled into my new life as I like to call it. Thank you to all those who continue to stick around and read, comment and like my content on this site. I am not sure if I mentioned this in another post, but I have made a YouTube channel called The Dancing Book Nerd which I will hopefully get started with soon where I will be talking about books, doing bookish activities and posting book related dances inspired by different books; that’ll be different and unique to what we see on BookTube these days. It will also consist of musical theatre content as well for all those theatre kids out there who like to geek out on musicals with me.

Getting back to what this post was meant to be about, the main thing that has changed in my life since my last post was that I got a job. I know. Me, get a job. I didn’t think that this was possible either. Yet it happened during the Christmas holidays and they decided to keep me on, so I have now been working for around 3 or 4 months now. I love my job so much and am so happy that I managed to get the job. I have also managed to seek help for my depression and panic attacks as well, which has helped me a lot with everyday life. I am on medication for it and I am going to go for counseling soon so I am actually doing something to help myself and for the rest of my future as well. Another thing that I have done is that I actually managed to contact agencies now as well for my performance career which I am excited for as 2 of them have come back to me within the last month and I am auditioning again for Musical Theatre at uni, where they will be doing my specific course for the first time. I am so excited and will keep you updated on that and where my career will be headed. I also watched two musicals in the West End this year so far. The first one was Kinky Boots for my best friend’s birthday and it was such a good time. She thought we were going to the London Dungeons, but instead we went to see this show. She cried with happiness and that was the best reaction ever. Then, we both went to see Eugenius a couple of weeks later on the 1st of March and it was one of the best musicals I have ever seen. I loved it so much, still have the music stuck in my head and want to be in it, it was so good. We actually managed to stay behind and get the cast autographs and we had proper conversations with them which was just amazing. We sat in the second row in the middle, so when we met the actors, they recognised us from where we sat and one of them actually somehow knew that we were musical theatre performers before we mentioned it which was amazing. That was by far one of the best nights of my life. Unfortunately, Eugenius has finished its short run now, but, with enough support, hopefully we can make this show bigger and make it get a longer run. It’s such an awesome and unforgettable experience when you see the original cast of a show, talk to them and get an autograph. When this show becomes the next big West End show, which I hope it will be, I will be fortunate enough to say that I saw the original cast and the show from the very beginning. All that’s left to say about that is, “Go Eugenius, go Eugene!”

Now, for the books that I have read since I last posted. The last book that I posted about was Winter by Marissa Meyer, which I thought was a brilliant finale. In September, I read, Flawed by Cecilia Ahern and the first book in the Percy Jackson series. I loved both of these books so much. Then in October, I read the next 3 books in the Percy Jackson series which, yet again, I adored. In November, I read the next book in the Percy Jackson series and in December, I managed to read the last book. These books were a re-read for me and still stands as my favourite book series. The reason why I wanted to re-read this series is because I discovered The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson musical and it reminded me why I love this series so much as it was so accurate. It made me happy after “The movies we should not name.” Then in January, I started off the year by reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and it was epic. Great way to start the reading year. The next book I read was Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirstin Miller which had a really cool concept and I can’t wait to find out what happens next within this world. After that, I started reading Zenith and am almost finished and I am enjoying it so far, but I need to pick it up again soon to finish it. In February, I read Ever the Hunted by Erin Sumerill and I really enjoyed the book again, but it did take me a whole month to finish it. Lastly, we have this month which is March. So far, I have read They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera and I cried so much. I managed to read the book in one sitting and my perspective of life has completely changed due to this book. Those are all the books that I have read from my last post to now.

The book that I am currently reading is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I am only on chapter 3 but I am enjoying where it’s going so far. The only negative I have for now is the size of the font. It’s so tiny that it feels like I take ages reading a page. However the writing and world is keeping me engaged in the story so that doesn’t matter too much.

This is everything that has been going on since last August, which is a lot, but I have everything sorted out now and am back better than ever. There is a brilliant future for this blog and for my life in general, so I hope that you keep reading and supporting my reading and performing journey, which I will keep you all updated on so you’ll be the first to know what’s happening. Have a good evening or a good day, depending on where you are from, and you shall hear from me again next week. Have a good week and remember to keep smiling.

Signing off,

A Universe For Books.

What Should I Read Next?

As you may probably know already, I am currently reading Winter by Marissa Meyer. I should be finished with it in a day or two, but have no idea what I should read after. Therefore I wanted to ask you what I should read next. Here are a few suggestions for what I want to read next:

The Mistborn Trilogy,

Throne Of Glass series,

A Court Of Thorns And Roses series,

The Raven Boys,

Clockwork Angel.

Some of these would be rereads and I have no idea which to read next. What do you think? Please let me know.

What Am I Reading?

Winter

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. So today, I have finally started reading Winter by Marissa Meyer. I have been meaning to read this book for such a long time now and I have finally gotten around to reading it. I started reading this book a couple of weeks ago but found myself in a massive reading slump, hence why I didn’t read much. Yet now, here I am, having read the whole day away and absolutely enjoying this book. I am currently on chapter 35 of the book and have barely been able to keep my head out of this book.

I must admit, the size of this book has definitely intimidated me, which made me worried that I won’t be able to read and finish the book as I have had this trouble with two other books that are this long and longer even. Now that I have started reading this book though, I am completely immersed into the story and can’t wait to find out what happens to all of my favourite characters. In the book before this one, Cress, I really enjoyed learning about Cress and her way of life. I realised that I can identify a lot with her more than the other characters as I have to deal with a similar type of anxiety. I can’t be around crowds, too many people or a lot of social situations that include me talking, unless I’m performing. Due to this, I have grown attached to Cress and I hope in this book, nothing bad happens to her in this conclusion. We also got introduced properly to Jacin and we got to briefly meet Winter as well. Winter freaked me out a bit in the previous book due to how she was behaving, but now that I have started to read Winter, her character has started to grow on me. I now understand her reasons for why she is the way she is and I find all of these characters within this series so great.

I wanted to update you guys on my reading and might do this every day so that you know what I am reading and read my thoughts about the book as I read it. What are you currently reading and how are you finding your books? I would love to know so that we can all talk about our favourite books. See you soon.

A Universe For Books.

 

Re-starting My Book Blog

Hello everyone. I’m finally back. It has been such a long time since I last posted on my blog, and I must admit that I have missed blogging a huge amount. So here I am again, bringing my blog back. 

So much has happened since I last posted on my blog, the most significant thing being that I have finally officially finished college. Which means that I now have so much more time on my hands, meaning that I have more time to read and blog. College has been fun, but the amount of coursework that we got given made my second year really stressful. I have to admit that I will miss it, but I’m also kind of glad that I finished as I’m ready to move on to the next stage of my life.

The next stage being university. I am currently taking a gap year to prepare myself and get myself financially ready, and then, hopefully, I will be going next year. I will continue on with my dance and choreography studies there and see where those three years end up taking me. I also need this gap year as well as I think that I deserve a break to relax, before the next few years of stress come my way. 

I have had an idea for a while, but I don’t know if this is something that would interest people. Your thoughts on this idea would be really appreciated. Here is my idea:

I have been thinking of creating a YouTube channel that is not only based around books, but is also based around dance. I was thinking that I would do book related videos and also post book related dance videos as well. I got the idea when I had to create a dance for my final performance at college. The theme was movies so I decided to choreograph a dance to The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones and everyone loved the dance. It told the whole story in 5 minutes and I was thinking of doing the same thing for the YouTube channel. What do you guys think? Would that be a good idea? 

That’s all I have for this post, but I will continue on with the blog again, so expect a new post soon. 

A Universe For Books.

Why I’ve Been Gone For So Long And Six Of Crows Review:

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. I know that it has been a long time since I last wrote a blog post, which I apologise for, but I have a good reason for this. Since my last blog post, I have had a very busy time at college with my course. I have had a lot of full-on rehearsals for dance shows that I have been in and I have had tons of coursework as well for university next year. I have also had to go visit a few universities for next year so I have had no time to write anymore. As you can probably tell from everything that I have been doing, I have come back home exhausted from hours of rehearsals and coursework. Now, however, I should have more time so I will try and write blog posts for every week. Now that I have talked about all of this, I will talk about the book that I have just finished reading today which is… Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

six-of-crows

I really enjoyed this story as it was fast paced and had me glued from the first page to the last. So much happened and I really enjoyed learning about all of the characters.

The characters were all very different to each other which was good and they all had something interesting about them which made them different. My favourite male character was Kaz Brekker. I like him the most as he is such a clever character. He’s so young, yet he went through so much and ended stronger because of it which I have to say I really admire about him. I was amazed at the schemes that he came up with and how everything he did ended up working. He is also a born leader which was really interesting to me.

My favourite female character is Inej aka The Wraith, as she is really important to the story. I feel like I could relate to her with the fact that she can sneak up on people and they won’t know she’s there as I can sometimes go somewhere and not be noticed. I feel sorry for how she was treated when she was younger but feel happy at the way she is now. I really want her and Kaz together so hopefully that will happen in the second book. I liked how their relationship grew so much, yet it was more in the background so it didn’t take away from the main plot.

Nina is a good character as well as she is a Grisha and has to go through so much throughout this novel due to what happened to her in the past and what happens to her in the present. She is really tough and cares about the people she is with. I like the fact that she won’t be pushed around and that she will fight when she has to which is really good to read.

Jesper is a really interesting character as he is very different from the others. He cares about all the people that he is with and doesn’t want anything bad to happen to them. He interested me but he wasn’t my favourite character in the book.

Matthias grew on me during the story. At the beginning I hated him, but the more I learned about him and saw him change, the more I started to like him. It was the things that he believed in that truly annoyed me and made me think of him as a villain at first. I like how his character progressed and changed into a more likable character.

Wylan I really like as he is such a naive character who didn’t want to be a criminal, yet ended up working with a group of criminals. He is such a clever character and did things that I didn’t think that he was capable of doing. I like how his relationship with everyone grew and how he changed throughout the story.

There were so many twists and turns throughout the book that I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the story. I didn’t know what was going to happen next and I didn’t see anything that happened coming. Even up to the last ten pages twists keep happening and you don’t know who to trust anymore. I loved this book so much will start reading Crooked Kingdom immediately. I gave this book a 5/5 stars.

P.S. I just created an Instagram account for my blog which is A Universe For Books. I just started on there today so my first picture might not look the best but I will improve with time so you can follow me on there if you want. I hope you all have a good evening and I should have a new post up next week.

My Holiday Adventures:

On Monday, my family and I came back from my holiday to Bournemouth and it was fantastic. If you don’t know where Bournemouth is, it’s by the beach in the UK. We went there especially for this one week because of something that I will tell you later. 

On Monday, we arrived in Bournemouth and had a look at everything while also meeting up with some friends who were also there for half the week. 

On Tuesday, we all went to the beach and had a swim in the ocean. We did this on Monday too, but when we arrived it was late. It was so nice and hot and very relaxing too. This was the first time that I ever got a tan because normally I burn and not tan so this was very alien to me. We ended up staying at the beach for a good six or seven hours, no exaggeration.

 Wednesday was the start of the best part of the holiday though. Our friends were leaving later on that day which was a shame for them because they missed the best part of the year there which, again, I will explain a bit later. There was a treasure hunt type challenge going on where they give you clues and ask you questions about certain things all around Bournemouth. We decided to do this and came across so many cool things such as an arcade, a patisserie valerie shop (one of the best dessert places ever besides Creams) and a 6D cinema. I didn’t go there on Wednesday but I did go on Sunday. While I did this with my friends, my mother and brother found my dream. A dream cone to life. 

A waterstones with a coffee shop on top of it.

That was all I needed and now, I will try to move there as soon as I can. We also found the church where Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, was buried alongside her family.

On Thursday was the first day of the Bournemouth Air Show. This is the part of the holiday that I have been looking forward to all year. This air show is all about the military including: the army, the navy and the royal air force. This event has always been important to me since we found out about it last year as I have been wanting to join either the army or royal air force for a long time. Turns out, I only have to wait two more years now due to some buildings needing to be built. I’m so excited. 

On Thursday, we also went to Waterstones and I got myself an iced banana latte which was okay but really strong. I also brought myself The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson which is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy. The books are huge but I started the first book and it is so good. We went back to the air show where we watched a lot of displays. They were all with war planes and helicopters and they were awesome. Later that night, they did a firework display with the war planes where they shoot out the fireworks which looked amazing. 

Friday was much the same except that we went around Bournemouth for the day and then from the event, we went back to the beach to see the air show displays again. The best display that day was the one where the helicopter was on fire and two planes flew by shooting out fire works again like the previous day. 

On Saturday, we went to Poole to an indoor playground which my little brother loved. After that, we went back to the hotel room. When we left again, I was the one who witnessed the  Red Arrows fly past and low over the beach. We watched this beautiful display which was the highlight to the days displays and then asked about the royal air force. Like I said before, I have to wait two more years so I can prepare and train before I officially join. I want to either join them or the army. We stayed there for a long time.

On Sunday, it was the last day of the Air Festival which was a shame. We went really early in the morning and the first thing that I did was go on the Red Arrows simulator which was incredible as it felt like I was in the airplane. It felt like we did real loop the loops, went upside down and did all of these amazing tricks. After that, we continued down the beach and saw that there were these military tanks, trucks and rescue cars that you can climb into and the soldiers help you climb up and take a picture with you. It was all more cramped than expected but it was all interesting to learn about. There was also this one area where you can shoot with air rifles and the soldiers help you. Seeing as I’ve done air gun shooting before, I knew what to do and did well. After all of this, we went to a formula 1 racing simulator and I did really well on there too. Then, as my mother and brother went off to the water, I stayed behind at the arena which was a barred off area on the sand, and watched first the Parachuters, then the windwalkers, the helicopters, the blades, the Red Arrows and the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight. I think that the best part of these displays were the windwalkers, the blades and the Red Arrows. The wind walkers were two planes with a woman sitting on top of each one and they did some incredible things like go upside down, lying on their sides and walking on the planes wings all while the planes are flying at incredible speeds. I would love to watch these displays again. This whole event was incredible and its by far my favourite part of the year.

On Monday, we went to Waterstones again and I got myself the rest of the mistborn trilogy and had a chocolate chip mint cooler which was delicious. After that, we went into the arcade and then went home.

All in all, this was an unforgettable holiday and I can’t wait for next year to come back and see the air show again. 

What did you do during the holidays? Did you go see the air show? I highly recommend that you should go see it one time as it was spectacular. I’m not exaggerating either. Also, lwt ne kniw if you want to see any picturea of the event. I tried putting them in this post but it didn’t workproperly. I might try again in a seperate post. See you next time with another post,

A Universe For Books.

My Wattpad Obsession

During the last couple of weeks, my reading has changed in a major way. A way that I never imagined my reading to change. Is it good, is it bad? I don’t know but I have figured out something that I have never thought that I would ever enjoy. 

I have become addicted to books on wattpad…

Here is a list of all the good things about this:

I get to read books from normal people who like to write but do it for fun,

I get to write my own stories,

I don’t have to wait a year for the next book in a series,

The books are for free.
Here is a list of all the bad things about this:

I try to read physical books but can’t get into them which is annoying,

I’m reading books on wattpad througout the day which isn’t very good for my eyes,

They might not update for a long time,

They might only have one book in the series but you have to pay for the rest or they have one book in the series and the rest are excerpts.
As it is at the moment, I will continue to read from wattpad as I’m reading some really good books on there at the moment. 

What do you think? Should I write some reviews on the books that I read on there? Please let me know in the comments.

If you want to check out my story that I have started writing called The Secret Storm or want to follow me on wattpad if you have it, my profile name is readingbooks18. I hope to see some of you there.

A universe for books.

The Mortal Instruments Series:

Last night, I finally managed to finish this brilliant series. I loved this series from the first book to the last, and let me tell you, the last book was one of the best endings to a series that I have ever read. I don’t think that this series should have ended any other way. 
The story from the first book all the way to the last ended up being a major rollercoaster ride with action, adventure, battles and twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. 

Whilst reading the last book in this series, I did end up crying quite a few times due to some things that happened and the fact that I had to say goodbye to some of my favourite characters whom I have been reading about for six books. The descriptions of new places was so well done that I could picture everything so clearly in my mind which I really enjoyed. Also, all of the new characters that I met at the beginning of the book I ended up really liking and I can’t wait to read more about them in Lady Midnight.

I hope that you have all enjoyed my reviews of the whole series and if you’ve read the books ( like I’m pretty sure most of you have,) I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

I will link my reviews here:

City of bones book review,

City of ashes book review,

City of glass book review,

City of fallen angels book review,

City of lost souls book review.
I have given City Of Heavenly Fire 5/5 stars and the whole series 5/5 stars too. 

The next book that I will be reading is Clockwork Angel so I hope that this series will end up being as good or better than the mortal instruments series.