City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – book review


Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

Overall Plot

Clary Fray is a normal teenager living in an apartment with her mother Jocelyn. On a night out with her best friend Simon, Clary witnesses something bizarre in a nightclub and discovers the secret world of the Shadowhunters.


I have been wanting to read City of Bones for ages but never got around to it, until now. I have seen the movie adaptation starring Lily Collins and really enjoyed it. I wanted to compare the book and the movie so I ordered City of Bones from my local library. (City of Bones is book 1 – there are 6 books in total).

I loved this book. I loved Jace’s wit and sarcasm and how he kind of gave off a bad boy vibe but was a total sweetheart underneath. I loved reading about Clary discovering everything she never even knew about herself, her family and that the world was filled with all sorts of demons.

Jace and Clary pretty much clicked straight away and I hate to say this but I totally ship them – cue the cuteness overload. I enjoyed learning about the other characters too such as Alec and Isabelle (siblings) the fellow shadowhunters and Simon (Clary’s best friend) who did I mention is so cute. Damn you Clare for giving me yet another crush on a fictional character.


I admit that the ending threw me off a bit (like wait what just happened!?) but I know it’s all going to sort itself out because there’s five other books in the series. (I may have looked up some spoilers online) but anyway, really enjoyable and funny read filled with plenty of action. I can’t wait to read City of Ashes!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My favourite quotes from City of Bones

All the stories are true

He means that the stories we believe in our hearts – stories in which we are the heroes, stories in which there are good people who rise up to defeat the evil, stories in which there is always hope – are also true.

Clary, you’re an artist like your mother. That means you see the world in ways that other people don’t. It’s your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy – just different. There’s nothing wrong with being different.

Jace fitted the key into the lock, glancing over his shoulder at Simon. I’m not sure you’re quite sensible of the honor I’m doing you he said. You’ll be one of the few mundanes who has ever been inside the Institute. Probably the smell keeps the rest of them away.

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How I learned to cope with my anxiety and how you can too!

I’ve had anxiety since I was in 2nd year so I was first diagnosed around 4 years ago. I’ve had it a long time but over the years I’ve learned different ways to cope with my anxiety and make it easier to live with. In today’s post I’m going to share with you some ways you can also learn to live with your anxiety.

Deep breaths/going outside for a walk

Sometimes if I’m really anxious I’ll listen to some soothing music or guided meditation. I usually just take some deep breaths for a few minutes or go for a 30 min walk to relax.

Remain positive    

I’ve tried my best to give up the whole negative thinking and while I do get bad days, by embracing positive thinking and being grateful, it has drastically changed my mood and indeed my outlook on life.

Accepting that I’m not perfect

I might always have anxiety because it’s genetic but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep being myself. So what if I get anxious at the till or my hands start shaking if I’m speaking in public? I still exercise, watch my favorite 80s movies, laugh at funny vines. I’m still me.

Showing people the door

Let’s face it, lots of people suffer from anxiety. While you will meet people who are understanding of your disorder, you will also meet people who might judge or criticize you because of your mental health. In that case, show them the door.


Sometimes when I get a bit overwhelmed I just want to escape for a while so I read a book. It helps me leave reality for a little bit until I’m feeling better.

Listening to music

This one pretty much speaks for itself. If I listen to calming music or even songs about anxiety, it helps me cope with it.


Whether I’m walking in the fresh air or gone for a late night swim, exercise instantly improves my mood and is an important factor in reducing my anxiety.

So there you have it. How I learned to cope with my anxiety and how you can too. Thanks for reading x

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Quiet Power by Susan Cain – book review

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Susan Cain grew up thinking her quietness was a curse. She was taunted by her classmates for reading a book instead of joining in games, and constantly asked why she was so shy. Then she realized that her thoughtful, more introverted personality was really something special: it was her hidden superpower.

As a quiet person your search for a place in the world can be daunting; making your voice heard can feel impossible. But a quiet approach can be a hugely powerful force – and has been behind successes from the Apple computer to The Cat in the Hat.

Focusing on strengths and challenges of being introverted, Quiet Power is full of examples from family life, school and friendship, and personal stories from people just like you.

Overall Plot

This self-help book is for introverts like myself who feel like they never quite fit into the world but Cain shows that while being quiet can have its cons it also has many pros. She highlights this through a serious of personal stories from young introverts of all ages.


I was expecting a lot more from this book. I had read the synopsis for Cain’s previous book,*Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking * and it seemed quite good but I couldn’t get it in my local library so I ordered Quiet Power instead.

I am definitely an introvert which I’m sure much of the population are. We introverts like to keep to ourselves, prefer reading to socializing or going to parties, we tend to be quite shy rather than loud. However, this book didn’t really delve into the world of an introvert. A lot of the stories included seemed kind of repetitive (this girl was quiet, then made friends and then she learned how being quiet isn’t such a bad thing).

In reality, this rarely happens. Introverts sometimes may come across as rude but we don’t mean it, it’s just hard to keep up a conversation or engage in small talk. As a result, it can be hard for introverts to make genuine lasting friendships.


Cain listed some famous introverts in Quiet Power such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Emma Watson who have all achieved incredible things. Cain also included some of her own personal stories about growing up as an introvert and also included valuable content such as how to make the most out of social media.

However, the rest of the book was a bit too bland for my liking.

Rating: ⭐⭐

4 mental health pet peeves you might relate to

Mental health issues are hard enough to deal with on their own but combined with stigma and discrimination, it can be difficult to be yourself for fear of being judged. Some people just don’t understand but are supportive and that’s okay but sadly, others maybe do/don’t understand your diagnosis but stigmatize you or define you based on your illness. Here are 4 mental health pet peeves you might relate to …

“Other people have it worse than you”

“Think of those who are less fortunate than you”. I do but I can’t save the world if I’m battling with my own mind.

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When someone uses mental health as an adjective

“OMG that celebrity I like got engaged, I’m like so depressed.” “This homework is making me so anxious. ” Try being anxious/depressed every day.

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“You don’t look depressed”

Why, that would be my mask I wear occasionally #fakesmiletohideoverwhelmingamountofsadness

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Defining someone by their mental health issues

This one is unfair in so many ways. Don’t judge someone because of their mental illness. Period.

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Despite the stigma, here’s one last piece of advice:

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The thrift book by India Knight – book review


Feeling poor because of the credit crunch? Feeling guilty because of global warming? Feeling like you’d quite like to tighten your belt, but aren’t quite ready to embrace DIY macramé handbags?

No need to panic. Put down the economy mince and buy this instead. It’s a blueprint for living beautifully while saving money and easing your conscience.

India Knight(no slouch when it comes to extravagance) shows you how even a dedicated consumer and child of the more – is – more 1980s can mend her ways, embrace the New Thrift and find her life – and bank balance – dramatically improved in the process.

India Knight will show you that saving money and tightening your belt isn’t a penance – it can be fun and glamorous (and a great deal more satisfying that buying the latest It – bag).

Overall Plot

India Knight gives us her tips and tricks on living your best life on a budget. Knight covers everything from dinners, clothing, holidays, crafting and managing money.


This book was published in 2008 and I can tell you from reading this alone that a lot has changed in terms of clothing and crafts. Trends have been constantly changing in the 11 years since this book was written so some of the tips are quite old-fashioned and dated. However, there is some quite useful information within this book which may come in handy.

There’s a little section called seasonal food where Knight shows all the fruits and when they are in season which I thought was quite useful. Knight also recommends shopping at farmers markets, eating locally produced honey and to be smart with sales in order to live comfortably on a budget.

India Knight encourages us to take up hobbies such as knitting, crafts and quilting to bring out our creative side which also saves money.

 Knight also touches on topics within the fashion industry such as which high street brands oppose child labour.


A nice book detailing how to save money but still manage to look good and have fun nonetheless.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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Mentalhealth-athon review

Hello June! May really did fly. May was a very eventful month filled with everything from mental health awareness, to Eurovision and various readathons. I took part in the mentalhealth-athon for the month, a readathon dedicated to reading about characters with different mental health issues.

While I didn’t get to read all of the books as they were unfortunately unavailable in the library, I did manage to learn about a few mental health disorders. A very interesting readathon or as Josh from Clueless would say, It was a good learning experience for me –

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Those eyes though 😍 Anyway, back to the post, here are all the books I read during mentalhealth-athon and their ratings ….

Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall

Prompt: Own Voices

Disorder: Agoraphobia

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Prompt: Anxiety rep

Disorder: Anxiety

Rating: ⭐

Turtles all the way down by John Green

Prompt: OCD rep

Disorder: OCD

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Marbles by Ellen Forney

Prompt: Hosts Pick

Disorder: Manic Depression/bipolar disorder

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Liar & Spy – Rebecca Stead

Prompt: Phobias rep

Disorder: Agoraphobia

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

So that’s all the books I managed to read during mentalhealth-athon. I’m currently half way through The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and I’ll put up a review when I’m finished reading it. I hope you guys liked this post and thanks for reading x

Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall – book review

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I’m Norah and my life happens within the walls of my house, where I live with my mom, and this evil overlord called Agoraphobia.

Everything’s under control. It’s not rosy – I’m not going to win any prizes for Most Exciting Life or anything, but at least I’m safe from the outside world, right?Wrong. This new boy, Luke, just moved in next door, and suddenly staying safe isn’t enough. If I don’t take risks, how will I ever get out – or let anyone in?

Overall Plot

Nora suffers from Agoraphobia. She lives with her mom who constantly worries about her and gets regular therapy sessions from Doctor Reeves to help her cope. Then one day while hunting away a blackbird she sees the new neighbour, Luke. Luke gradually starts putting notes to Norah in the letterbox and Norah fears what Luke will think and will face some of the biggest challenges she could have ever imagined…


Under rose-tainted skies has all the feels. It made me laugh and cry. I couldn’t help smiling when reading about Norah and Luke, its just sooo cute. Norah’s mom is super supportive and the doctor helps her out a lot too. Louise Gornall does a great job of describing Agoraphobia especially for those who don’t have it as we get an insight into what it’s like to go through. Norah has many fears but despite her agoraphobia she is very brave.


A beautifully written book describing a young girl’s life with agoraphobia while also experiencing bravery and love. Would highly recommend.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Favourite Quotes from Under rose-tainted skies

The point is {the blackbird} can fly away whenever it wants.

“She knows I would be completely isolated without the internet. The clunky plastic box with flashing blue lights is my friend. Sad, but true. It helps me keep a toe in real life.”

“When people say “weird”, what they really mean is “different”. And difference has never been a bad thing.”

“Beauty comes from how you treat people and how you behave. But if a little lipstick makes you smile, then you should wear it and forget what anyone else thinks.”

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Turtles all the way down by John Green – book review


Sixteen–year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Overall Plot

In the beginning of Turtles all the way down, Aza is struggling with her intrusive thoughts and OCD. When an opportunity arises for the girls to possibly become rich, Aza and her best friend Daisy decide to investigate the disappearance of a billionaire.

Aza has regular therapy sessions and tries to come to terms with her thoughts and to stop constantly cleaning the Band-Aid on her finger with the help of Dr. Karen Singh. Her friend Daisy is a massive Star Wars fan and writes on a fan site. She’s actually pretty famous. Aza also meets an old friend while investigating Pickett’s disappearance.


I absolutely loved this book! I’ve already read quite a few of John Green’s books and he has gradually become one of my favourite authors. I could relate to Aza quite a lot especially when she was talking about the thoughts in her head. “like invasive weeds, these thoughts seem to arrive at my biosphere from some faraway land, and then they spread out of control.”

Aza’s friend Daisy is a character I would love to have met in real life. She’s obsessed with Star Wars but even though she sometimes finds Aza annoying, she loves her a lot and supports her.

I like how Green talked more about the girl’s friendship and about Aza learning to deal with her OCD rather than focusing entirely on romance. I also liked Davis’s blog entries as it was an insight into Davis’s own thoughts and was a nice addition to the novel.


A really well written, enjoyable novel featuring a character whom many can relate to with OCD. Would recommend.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the first book as part of the Mentalhealth-athon which covers the OCD rep.

Eurovision Song Contest 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is now upon us. This year’s competition will be set in Israel after last year’s winner Netta won over the public with her song TOY. Madonna will be performing in the song contest this year.

The Beginning of the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision began in 1956 making it the longest-running annual international television contest. The Eurovision previously only included songs from European countries but Australia joined the competition in 2015.

Ireland have won the competition a total of seven times since the competition first aired. The international song contest is broadcast in several countries including America and China. It is also available to watch live on the Eurovision website.

Voting in the Eurovision

Each participating country picks a song to represent their country. Six countries are automatically pre-qualified for the Grand Final while the remaining countries perform in one of the two semi-finals. After all of the acts have performed, each country gives a set of points for example: 5 points to a particular country and 12 points to a different country.

Viewers can’t vote for their own country. Lastly, viewers points from all participating countries will be added up at the end and the winner of the competition is picked.

My Favourites

Here are my favourite songs from this year’s competition:

Switzerland: Luca Hänni – She Got Me

Italy: Mahmood – Soldi

Hungary: Joci Pápai – Az én apám

Spain: Miki – La Venda

The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – Arcade

Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi

Belgium: Eliot – Wake Up

Cyprus: Tamta – Replay

Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm

Ireland: Sarah McTernan – 22 ☘️

What are your favourite songs from this year’s competition? Let me know in the comments x

My Favourite Met Gala 2019 Looks

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala with a different theme chosen each year. All money fundraised goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It was established in 1948 and has become one of the biggest fashion events of the year.

Met Gala 2019

This year’s Met Gala took place on the 6th May. The theme was Camp:Notes on Fashion. Invited guests wore their “campiest” looks.


So to get to the main part of this post, here are my favourite fashion pieces from this year’s Met Gala…

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Lady Gaga

Nicki Minaj

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: Nicki Minaj attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for THR)

Gemma Chan

Miley Cyrus

Saoirse Ronan

Regina Hall

Deepika Padukone

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: Deepika Padukone attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Dakota Johnson

Dua Lipa


Mindy Kaling

Rita Ora

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (10225566im) Rita Ora Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Camp: Notes on Fashion, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA – 06 May 2019 Wearing Marc Jacobs

Kate Moss

Gisele Bundchen

Taylor Hill

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre

Elle Fanning

Solange Knowles

Met Gala 2019 Best dressed red carpets Outfits menswear womenswear best dressed Travis Scott Jared Leto Halsey Frank Ocean Awkwafina French Montana Solange Knowles Gwen Stefani Cardi B Harry Styles Alessandro Michele Florence Welch Anderson Paak Katy Perry Nicki Minaj Lady Gaga Kanye West Kim Kardashian Serena Williams Gigi Hadid Bella Hadid Michael B Jordan Emily Ratjakowski Benedict Cumberbatch Tommy Hilfiger Tom Ford Ezra Miller Winnie Harlow Pyer Moss Jeremy Scott Kylie Jenner Kendall Jenner Tessa Thompson Janelle Monae Donatella Versace Zendaya Dapper Dan Anna Wintour Naomi Campbell

Kacey Musgraves

Sorry for the length of this post but there were so many looks I liked, I just had to include them all.

I hope you guys liked this post and thanks for reading x