Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Reserve at the Library... Jacqueline Wilson

Come winter season I look forward to any spare time that I might have which allows me to grab a book and curl up next to the heat of our log burner with. The reading doesn’t stop in the summer either, but instead I opt for lounging outside to get lost in a story.

At my current age of twenty-two I openly admit to occasionally selecting books where primary school children are their target audience. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate novels, chick lits and other genres that are meant for older humans, but every now and again I want to step inside the pages of the fun-packed adventures that I used to mentally as a kid.

If you were to ask me which author’s written material is my favourite, I would quickly respond with Jacqueline Wilson. For many years I have zoomed through almost all of her releases, and I was delighted to get my hands on two of her latest.

Rent a Bridesmaid:
Most girls dream of walking down the aisle in the future, and one of those is youngster Tilly. However this little person isn’t looking to exchange vows, she just wants to be a bridesmaid, but she can’t face waiting until adulthood.

As there is no chance of her own mum and dad ever marrying, the nine-year old gets imaginative and publicly offers to attend a couples wedding to take on the important role that she has planned down to the very last detail.

Eager and with a pink frock already picked out, Tilly just needs to find her soon-to-be-married pair. Then, with her lifetime achievement met, she can compare notes with best friend Matty, who has been asked to take on the important part that Tilly has spent so long focusing on.   

The character of Katy Carr is quiet likely to tug at your heartstrings as she begins a powerful journey after a momentous accident confirms that things will never be as they used to for her.

Surrounded by a big family where she is the eldest of six children, Katy was forever making up games to play with her siblings. Then for her own entertainment, this creative kid liked to express her fearless personality through a bunch of crazy antics, such as climbing trees.

Feeling immensely sad and it being unknown whether she will ever recover, can Katy use her cleverness to lead a happy life once again?

From the large quantity of books that I have owned by the award-winning Dame, there has never been one that I have disliked. From ‘Cliffhanger’ to ‘The Diamond Girls’ I have laughed and cried my way through the events that Jacqueline has the special talent of making seem real.

Each publication features a variety of terrific illustrations by the fantastic Nick Sharratt.

Both ‘Rent a Bridesmaid’ and ‘Katy’ are available to purchase now  from most UK retailers.*

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

In the Limelight... May

 I am liking the month of May already just because the sun has finally made an appearance. 


Over the past week I've come across some interesting stories. I have however, managed to whittle them down to my top five, and here they are...  

Hair today, gone tomorrow.
It is quite unbelievable how a giant discussion can occur from someone in the public eye changing their image. When I logged into Twitter recently the worldwide trend of #RIPJustinHair made me think straight away that another famous name had departed this earth. After seeing the associated pictures I then knew what the story was all about... Justin Bieber had parted with his famous mop.
It didn't bother me when the Canadian twenty-something had dreadlocks and neither does his newly shaved head - As long as he doesn't start messing with pink and blue dyes.

Striking the right Cord.
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are two individuals who I have supported ever since the Camp Rock days. I like keeping up to date with their latest projects, whether it is music or film related, and I had a bit of a chuckle at their latest - A collaboration with UK funnyman James Corden!

The trio got together for a sidewalk rendition of Nick's hit 'Jealous' for 'The Late Late Show' that James hosts in America. This indeed does look entertaining and I really need to take five minutes out to watch it.

Lesson time!
'School Of Rock' is a film that I can sit through again and again, so I was excited to read that the 2003 flick has now been turned into a live show. I would definitely book my tickets had it been in London's West End and not Broadway, but you never know, circumstances may change.

The stage production obviously got leading star Jack Black's attention, as he turned up at one of the performances. He presents himself as such a cool guy - which I hope he is!

Another Bear Grylls programme comes to an end.
All of expert survivor Bear Grylls television shows seem to air around the same time of the year. First it was ITV's Bear Grylls: Mission Survive that finished in April and now Channel 4's The Island with Bear Grylls televised the last installment this month. 

It really is quite inspiring witnessing human beings from regular backgrounds, plus sometimes celebrity names, enter into the wild and prove that it is possible to live with only the very basics
Although many arguments are usually part of the taped coverage, strong bonds are often made between all of those involved, which is great to see - Though, that doesn't mean I'll be signing up any time soon!

Celebrate the life and work of two musical icons with Glastonbury.
As a child 'The Labyrinth' was a movie that I can remember watching a lot, so I was very familiar with David Bowie who starred in it. My dad has been a massive fan of the 'Heroes' superstar since his teens and I would often borrow his albums.

The announcement of his death was such a massive shock, the same goes for fellow musician Prince. I don't always tune into watch Glastonbury, but our family will ensure that we do at the end of June with plans confirmed for a tribute to the pair.

What current piece of news has stood out for you?
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