Blogger Book Nook #6 | Sharing The Love of Books

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Can you believe that Blogger Book Nook has hit it's 6 month anniversary? It really has flown by and like I say every month, I feel so proud with how this little book club is going. Every week we have new individuals joining us (hello by the way and thanks for joining!) and the response we get on the Facebook group is just wonderful. 

As Valentines Day was this month, we thought that this month we should make it all about 'sharing the love of books' and to make this prompt a little more special we decided to hold book swaps! Book swaps are so much fun, whether it's with a friend or a family member, I just love taking part in them. Abbey and I decided we would swap books with one another and the book we both received we would read and review them! I can't wait to share my views on the book Abbey sent me but firstly I'm going to answer the monthly questions!

Don't know what Blogger Book Nook is? 
Blogger Book Nook is a book club created by myself and Abbey from Abbey Louisa Rose. The whole idea behind this book club is that we wanted a club which would encourage ourselves and others to read more and read more genres we wouldn't normally pick up! Not only do we write a monthly post but we also have a Facebook group where ourselves and others can discuss everything books! 
1. Is there a fellow book blogger whose shelves you'd love to raid?
There are so many booktubers that I adore and all of their book shelves are gorgeous. All full with wonderful books that I would love to get my hands on. Some of those booktubers being Ariel Bissett, Ben Alderson, Emily Fox, Grace and Regan. A fellow blogger however, I would love to raid Charlene's and Jenny's book shelves as they both always have so many brilliant book reviews over on their blogs! 

2. If you could swap lives with any book character for a day, who would it be?
I honestly despise this question as I never know who to pick, that and all my favourite characters don't have the best lives. I guess if I had to pick someone, I would probably trade lives with Hermione. I know her life isn't full of sunshine and rainbows but damn, I'd do anything to be a student at Hogwarts! 

3. Do you normally swap books with friends or do you hang on to books you've finished reading?
I love to swap books with my friends, it just all depends on the book I'm swapping. If I want someone to read a book that I loved I will normally buy my friend the book so that I can keep my own copy. I guess this probably makes me quite selfish when it comes to my books but I find it real difficult to part with books I love. If I'm swapping a book that I wasn't 100% with and I know I won't get to again the I will just swap that book as I don't have that emotional attachment! 

4. If you could send a copy of one book that you really love to everybody on the planet, which would it be?
Oh this is a hard one, it would have to be 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' by Sarah J. Maas or 'Cinder' by Marissa Meyer! 

5. Is there a book on your shelf that you love so much, you'd never swap it with anybody?
Any book that I loved, or most of my series books (so book series I have devoted my time to). Examples being 'The Court of Thorns and Roses' series, 'The Lux' series, 'The Lunar Chronicles' series and 'The Mortal Instrument' series. 
Mini Book Review (Currently Reading): Melancholy Mind by Charlene McElhinney 

Abbey was a darling and sent me over Charlene's book and I'm thrilled to have this book in my collection. I have read snippets of Charlene's book here and there but never read through the whole thing but now I have and I can honestly say it brought tears to my eyes. If you didn't know already, this book is a memoir of Charlene's mental health journey, written through beautiful poetry. 

What I love about this book is that you can read it in order or you can open up at a random page and read a few of the entries as all of the entries are so powerful in their own way as well as powerful when reading them in order. They all hold their own messages making it such a thought provoking read. 
I loved reading this book just before I went to sleep; reading a few entries an evening. Reading it in the evening allowed me to shut off from the world and reflect on everything. I've been struggling a lot recently with my own life and by reading this, it has helped me feel humble again. I can't thank Charlene enough for that and I know that 'Melancholy Mind' will be a book I will always go to when I'm feeling sad or not myself. 

If you haven't read Charlene's book then please do. It really is such an eye opening book that everyone needs to read. 

Thanks for reading,

Aloha, Tabitha 💃🏻

Coco | A Movie Review

 Movie Review #2

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I enjoyed writing my last movie review so much that I knew I had to do it again! It's also on my 2018 goals list and so I start as I mean to go on. Today I'm reviewing Coco which is the brand new Disney Pixar animation that was released in the UK on January 19th. I knew I needed to see this film in the cinema as I find Disney films (and any film for that matter) are so much better on the big screen. Matt and I went to watch it back at the start of February and oh my, it was brilliant. 

The Story
I loved the story, it really was brilliant and so thought provoking. You follow a young boy who's from a family who make shoes as a living. Unfortunately, Miguel has other passions that don't agree with what his family believe in or what his family hope for him to become. The passion that Miguel holds that is forbidden is his family is his passion towards music and how he wants to be a musician. After a few events, Miguel finds himself in the after world and is faced with having to get back into the land of the living. There he meets many wonderful characters and that's when the story gets really interesting. 

What I love about this story is how much Mexican history has been put into it. I especially love how it's based around and focused on the day of the dead. Not only is it just a fun holiday to explore but it's also really educational if you don't know anything about the day of the dead. 

The overall story is such an emotional one that really got my tears going by the end. Disney films always make me cry so much and this one was no exception. Matt even turned round to me and said 'I don't think I have ever seen you cry this much at a Disney film before' -  I was a MESS. The story was also really funny, there was a great balance between fun and emotion making it a brilliant film to watch. I honestly have no bad word to say about the story line as I honestly thought it was perfect. 
The Characters
All of the characters in the film are great and really bring the story to life. I actually love that the film is named after Mama Coco who is Miguel's great grandmother. Miguel is the protagonist of the story and you follow him throughout the story, yet the film is named after Coco which I find endearing. I loved Miguel, he was such a fun character and he was so innocent too. He was so sweet and you instantly full in love with his character as soon as you meet him and damn he is amazing on the guitar! 

Another character you meet is Hector. Hector in the after world and he is probably my favourite character in the whole film. Again he's another sweet character and he's also so much fun. You feel for him from the first time you meet him and you just love him more and more as the story goes on.

There are so many more wonderful characters such as Ernesto de la Cruz and Imelda. Another character I have to mention is Dante. Dante is I guess Miguel's side kick and is just super cute. He is a scrappy dog that lives on the streets of Mexico who follows Miguel around everywhere and brings such great comic value to the story.

The Animation/Scenery
The two directors (Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina) did such a superb job when it came down to the animation in this movie. The colours were beautiful and it really did show Mexico's beauty wonderfully. I have never been to Mexico however I have visited the Mexican pavilion at Epcot and so many scenes reminded me of it. Especially the scene that were situated in the courtyards. 

Obviously Disney are known for their amazing animation and they didn't disappoint with Coco. I fall in love with the animation every time and it's definitely what makes Disney's films so incredibly special. I wish I could draw as well as the animators can. 
The Music
Well, what can I say the music was perfect and fitted so well with the theming of the movie. It was all mariachi band -esque with the guitars and trumpets. The main song that is played throughout the film is 'Remember Me' and it's a real fun and lovely song. There's so much more to the song too which makes it even more brilliant! 

My Overall Thoughts
I really did love this film. It was so beautiful to look at and the story was so touching. I 100% recommend to go watch this in the cinema too as it really is breath taking on the big screen. So if you haven't seen it yet then you need to try and catch it whilst it's still in the cinema. 

Aloha, Tabitha xx

How I De-stress at University

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Recently I have been really struggling with the stress of university. I think second year has really taken a toll on me and I'm just finding it difficult to keep up with everything, causing me to feel low most of the time. Though I'm struggling, there are a few things I have been doing that have been helping me bounce up again in how I'm feeling. I thought it would be nice to share with you how I de-stress at university and maybe it will help you de-stress too, whether that's at university or at home. 

Having a Shower - Now I know that normally if you want to relax and de-stress you would normally head straight into the bath however I don't have a bath at university, so I turn to having a shower instead. I find having a shower really does help, it helps me reflect on how I'm feeling. I also love having a shower in the evening as it makes me feel all cosy when I come out. I'm currently using Zoella's Snowella shower gel and it smells so yummy and leaves your skin feeling super soft but when I finish with that I'm going to treat myself with a LUSH shower gel as I find if you lavish in a yummy shower gel it makes your shower that little bit more special and enjoyable. After I have jumped out the shower I will also moisturise which I enjoy doing, especially before bed again making me feel all cosy. 

Painting my nails - This probably doesn't come to a shock for some of you but painting my nails is something I try and do regularly, normally whenever my current nail varnish starts to chip. I love painting my nails whether it's just a simple paint or I add a gem stone or two. As this is something I really enjoy it naturally de-stresses me instantly and puts me in such a relaxed mood. 

Applying a face mask - Face masks are also a great way to get you feeling relaxed and happy. When I put a face mask on I always get excited, the thought of knowing I'm doing something good to my skin just puts me in the best mood. I try and do this once or twice a week depending how busy I am that week as not only does it benefit my skin but it benefits my mood too. 

Going to the gym/Going to volleyball practice - Any type of sport or exercise naturally de-stresses you as it helps release endorphin's (happy hormones!). I've recently been making more of an effort to go to weekly volleyball practice as well as visiting the gym when I can and I feel so much better for it. I'm not the most healthiest of girls but I'm trying to be as healthy as I can! Volley practice definitely helps me de-stress as not am I playing a sport that I love but I'm surrounded by people that I love to. 
Reading a book - Before 2018, between September and December my reading went down hill, I just didn't make time for it. This is something I have changed this year and because I'm making more of an effort I find that I'm not stressing as much due to being able to escape the real world whilst visiting another world through a book. Reading has always been a mechanism of mine to help me de-stress and relax and it always will be my go-to. 

Watching a film/TV series I love - Sometimes, I'm just not in the mood to read due to how tired my brain is from all the university work I have been doing. If this is the case I will put on a film or TV series I love or loving at the time and just let myself turn into a potato. I will normally paint my nails during this time too, combing two activities that help me de-stress at the same time! 

Talking to Matt - Finally, I talk to Matt. This is something that helps me so much. It may seem simple and to be honest it is but talking to Matt really helps brighten my mood and he's ace at making me feel less stressed. I think because Matt and I have been through so much. grown so much together too that we are in a position in our relationship that we just know how to help one another. He knows what to say and he's great at just listening to me. It's even better when he's visiting me in Chester because then I can give him a great big cuddle which instantly relaxes me. I know that's cringe but hey, everyone loves a little bit of cringe in their lives I don't care what you say!! 

All of these factors really do help me feel less stressed and more relaxed and HAPPY! If you are having a crap day or university/work is stressing you out then definitely try some of these things out as they really do help. 

Aloha, Tabitha x 
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