Sunday Summary 20: Challenging Myself.



Happy Sunday everyone!

I've got something a little different for today's post; I've been up to some exciting things this week - one thing is for my blog, which I'm trying to keep to myself until the week it's's tough but it's only a week away! I also took momma-smurph to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show and it was amazing! I've never seen the show live, so it was a treat for us both. We had an evening together with food, cocktails and dancing, it was really nice to spend that time together and I'm even more in love with the concept of Rocky Horror than I have been before! But other than that, I've been a little lazy and watched too much Grey's Anatomy! So I wanted to talk about a new challenge I've given myself. 

I've almost made a decision with myself and now I'm writing it online; it's my contract! 

I've decided I want to start reading more, I've never been a massive reader - but when I find a good book I can't put it down. I'm now challenging myself with four books and hoping to have read them all by the end of 2016...with the intention to choose a few books to read within a month in the new year! And whilst I'm sipping my cup of tea with Disney music making this day easier I wanted to share my challenge and the first four books I've chosen. 

"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wale, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of the Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores it's decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible thought it seems- they may still be alive." 

Working in a cinema, new films come and go and most of the time they're book adaptations - and when that happens, I'm intrigued to find out more! I'm yet to watch the film and I'm about to start reading the book, I think both will be perfect with the run up to Halloween. This book choice is something a little different to what I've picked up before, I think it'll easily spook me out - so hopefully I complete the book. 

"Hollywood blockbusters of the 80s taught Hadley all she needed to know, from how relationships might really work (When Harry Met Sally...), to why your parents matter (Back to the Future), and even how to deal with the kissing parts (The Princess Bride). Funny, fascinating and insightful, Life Moves Pretty Fast is a heartfelt tour of some of the best loved movies ever made."

I love films; I really love films and it excites me that a book combines movies and stories. 80s movies are some of the best, whilst I've still got a long list of films I've yet to watch...I'm obsessed with the ones that I have. I'm hoping the connection between the character & the stories and the films will make this book one I can relate with. 

"Two Outsiders. Two Secrets. David longs to be a girl. Leo wants to be invisible. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long." 

Again something different to what I'd usually read; but something I'm really intrigued to read. The LGBT is close to my heart and I think reading this book would give me a better insight or teach me more than I already know. I'm really excited by this book!

"With a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle and a prince poised to wake her, a fairytale ending seems certain. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden's, it's clear that this fairy tale is far from over...Experience the second title in the thrilling series that puts a twist in much-loved tales, exploring what would happen if key turning points didn't work our as planned. After binding her soul to the curse, Maleficent now lives on through Princess Aurora's dreams, controlling the princess and everyone asleep with her. For Aurora to break the curse, she must find a way to control her dreams and defeat the evil fairy within them. For one then can the sleeping beauty finally wake up and find her happy ever after."

When I decided I wanted to pick up some new books: this was top of my list. What could be better than a Disney fairytale...a twisted fairytale! I originally started reading Miss Peregrine's but this one has stuck with me so far! Whilst it's not a dark story, it views Sleeping Beauty in a different light and I'm really excited to see where this story goes!

I've been watching Grey's Anatomy whilst reading this post; but I'm now going to grab myself a cuppa, make myself some lunch and read Once Upon A Dream until I have to get ready for work. Hope you all have a great Sunday, any book recommendations - please leave a comment!

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