The 2015 Book Awards!

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As the end of the year is nigh, I assumed it is about time to decide which were my favourite books and my not so favourite books of the year are. So, I present to you the 2015 BOOK AWARDS! Presented by the fabulous, fantastic Angelina Jolie. Nah, just kidding, it's me. 

Round 1: The Best Books

7) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs 
5) Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison
4) Paper Towns - John Green 
3) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K Rowling 

And, the certificate for best book of the year goes to:
Round 2: Ahem, worst books.
I am VERY nervous about this one as I feel it is pretty harsh.

And the worst book of the year is:
Round 3: Best Classics:

5) Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
3) The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe
2) The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

The best classic I read this year:

Round 4: Best Novellas

3) Double-Crossed - Ally Carter
2) Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades

Round 5: The Final Round: Best Children's Books

5) Guleesh and the King of France's Daughter (Traditional Fairytale)
3) The Dinosaur That Pooped the Bed - Tom Fletcher
2) Bart Simpson's Guide to Life - Matt Groening

The award for best children's book goes to:

Total books read for Goodreads reading challenge: 54
Total books by female authors: 29
Total books by male authors:
Total books by other/unknown gender authors:
Total books read in 2015:

So, what are your best/worst books of the year? 


Just a reminder, I am changing the name of the blog to ' One World, Too Many Pages' on the 1st January 2016. However, I am not changing the URL.


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          "Promise me you'll always remember: You are braver than you think, stronger than you think,   and smarter than you think" - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Jen Campbell) BOOK REVIEW

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I don't think I've reviewed a non-fiction book on here yet! Sorry it's so blunt, I couldn't really think of much to say for such a short book! 


In a Nutshell:
A montage of funny comments from customers in bookshops.

The Actual Review: 

I first heard about this book when I saw it in Carrie Fletcher's video background and couldn't help being intrigued by it (and how couldn't you be?!). The basic setup is quite literally each paragraph demonstrating each conversation. 

Every couple of pages, I found myself laughing at them, but some of it was just waffle that shouldn't have been in the book. The book also includes memories from other bookseller's at the back of the book, all of which were quite funny. 

If you're looking for a funny book you can read in <1 hour, this is the one for you!



In Conclusion:

⚫️ It's a quick read
⚫️ It is quite interesting 
⚫️ There's a lot of padding

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"A single sunbeam is enough to drive many shadows" - Saint Francis of Assisi 


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Christmas Book Tag | CELEBRATION POST

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Well, merry Christmas to you! Or, if you do not celebrate Christmas, I still wish you a great day!

I decided that I would do a Christmas celebration post - the Christmas Book Tag. 

Brain:  oh joy, another celebration post?
Me: uh huh!
Brain: ok then, permission to go ahead

A book with a wintry cover:
A Wayne in a Manger - Gervase Phinn

A book you'll likely buy as a present:
The Amazing Book is Not on Fire - Phil Lester and Dan Howell

A book you can curl up with by the fireplace:
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

A book you love to read over the festive period:
The Christmas Bear - Lucy Mangan (up until the age of 13, no matter what I would get this from the library at Christmas until my Mum just gave in and bought me a copy!)

A book so good that it gave you the chills:
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

A book on your wishlist:
The Time in Between - Nancy Tucker 
I've also asked for a Chinese dictionary (slowly learning the basics) and a few Spanish board books (my Spanish vocabulary is absolutely abysmal)

All images from amazon (dot) co (dot) uk - for more information on the reuse of images please see the new Terms and Conditions policy found in the about section.

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"No matter who you meet in life, you take something from them - positive or negative" - Gary Allan


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50 Facts About Me Tag

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I was tagged by Girl Abroad to do the 50 Facts About Me Tag, thank you Girl Abroad!

1) I am English
2) I love travelling - I want to go on a Europe tour (going to every country in Europe!) and visit a country on each continent.
3) I love singing although you'll never hear me sing because I'm time-deaf and a, too embarrassed to do it around people.
3) I speak English and am okay with Spanish. 
4) I really want to be a polyglot
5) I hate physics and maths. I'm also bad at it. Consistency is key
6) Baking is a passion of mine (although I'm not as keen on cooking) 
7) I love listening to rock and metal music 
8) My favourite bands are Bon Jovi, Slipknot, My Chemical Romance and Panic! At The Disco
9) I want to be an editor
10) I'm a only child 
11) I have always been a wallflower 
12) I'm slightly eccentric - if you hadn't already guessed 
13) I don't believe in monsters and demons but at night I'm more open to the idea (I'm not afraid of the dark, it's just I've always thought night is just the time for all the demons to come out)
14) My favourite food is either chocolate or olive 
15) I love wearing dresses 
16) I don't have my ears pierced 
17) My hair is blonde 
18) my eyes are blue but can appear green
19) If you ever see a bulldog chewing a wasp, it's actually me in a really bad mood
20) I love coffee, tea and cocoa
21) I love writing poetry and I've been lucky enough to have two published!
22) I'm a cat person. Cats cats cats. 
23) though seriously, I have cat ears, a cat tail and collar. Not real, I'm eccentric but not inhumane
24) I'm careless
25) I am a procrastinator 
26) I have a collection of troll-dolls
27) Origami is one of my favourite past-times
28) I may be a cat person but I love rabbits, rats, dogs and all animals basically.
29) I used to have a phobia of clowns.
30) I love history, English, foreign languages and biology 
31) I love doing yoga 
32) I adore olives 
33) I've performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome 
34) I like photography 
35) I wear makeup when I want to, not because I have to
36) I have freckles 
37) I love reading
38) My favourite movie is The Breakfast Club
39) I've never seen Star Trek or Star Wars and I just about managed Batman 
40) I'm a nerdfighter
41) I loved watching YouTubers
42) My favourite shows are the Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, Sherlock and Dr Who (I'm a nerd) 
43) I used to want to be a drugs patrol officer 
44) I play my music far too loud 
45) My favourite season is autumn
46) I get nostalgic over the craziest of things 
47) I am left-handed 
48) I have a massive forehead 
49) One of my favourite places in the world is Cornwall
50) I want to be able to help everyone 

So, what are some facts about you? 

I tag: 

The Book Goddess
It's Theepika 

Also, for an explanation of why I have changed the layout, click here

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"As lost as Alice, as mad as a hatter"


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Nearly New Year, New Stuff

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For a long time the layout has been bugging me, so I've decided to find a new layout. I was browsing layouts online and found one that I absolutely love, so am changing it to this.

I am still working on it: reuploading pages which have weirdly gone missing, so hopefully in the new year it will all be back!

A few months ago, I did a poll asking you guys which blog name you thought was best. Hence, I will be changing the name of this blog to One World, Too Many Pages (although the URL is staying the same, I'm not ready to completely move on from TheDonkeyInvasion!)

Also, I'm pretty sure that no one has noticed I'm no longer doing my monthly Spanish post. They were getting too hard to do and the quality of them was crap. I'm not saying I won't do them anymore, but they won't be a feature. #literallynobodycares

I'll change the name on the 1st January! 

I hope this isn't too much too soon and that people will stay with me! What do you think of the new layout? 

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"Every morning is a chance at a new day" 


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Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon) BOOK REVIEW

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This was pretty disappointing. Find out why!

amazon (dot) co (dot) uk

In a nutshell:
Maddy is allergic to everything and has spent her life in isolation. But, when Olly comes along - is she prepared to risk it all? 

The Actual Review:

I have been anticipating this book since I first saw reviews of it in its pre-publication stages and I was sure that I would love it because it sounded so promising so interesting and so deep. However, upon reading it I found that the story was just disappointing and wasn't delivered like the description was. However, it was a nice enough story to read.

Maddy.... Maddy irritated me. Wait, what?! She's ill, she's lonely and so how can you hate her?!  Well, let me tell you that Maddy is just another YA protagonist with an obsession with books and I am getting sick with the whole cliché. Hermione and the March girls started it all but now there's Calaena, Cath, Hazel, Alaska and need I go on? I feel like that authors are now jus doing it to make their teenage characters 'relatable' and it's just getting irritating now.

Everything, Everything is undoubtedly a unique story and the info-graphs, photocopies and doodles add to the whole experience but not enough to detract from the disappointing story;

Also, I would like to thank Nicola Yoon for writing Everything, Everything. I lent it to a friend who is currently going through a tough time with mental health and they said that it is the only book that has managed to take them somewhere else and distract them from their current situation and that it really helped them. So, thank-you so much Nicola, thankyouthankyouthankyou.



In Conclusion:
⚫️ The description is far more promising than the actual story.
⚫️ Oh look... It's another cliché!
⚫️ The story however, is unique 

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"Life is a gift. Don't forget to live it" - Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything


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The Nightmare Before Christmas | BOOK TAG

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I was tagged by the lovely Carrie in their original book tag: The Nightmare Before Christmas. 

Please check out Carrie's blog

The Questions

Sally - A book with a character who loves someone so much and actually gets them in the end.
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Macbeth (William Shakespeare) BOOK REVIEW

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Another book I've read in one sitting! 



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The MANY Uses of a Book! | TheDonkeyInvasion

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"Books are so useless, what can you actually do with them?"

"You mean aside from making a room look gorgeous and any person who carries one (or more) the most stylish human being ever to grace the planet?"


"Aaaaand entertainment?"


"Well, let's put Hercule Poirot to the test!"

Booster Seat
How are we supposed to let the world see this awesome Christmas troll without a booster?


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October/November WIR

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As I've mentioned, I was a lazy b so I present to you THE OCTVEMBER EDITION!
October was such a good reading month whereas November, well I only read three proper books

Black Roses - Simon Armitage 

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October/November Playlist

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So, last month, I was a bit of a lazy b and I didn't write a reading wrap up or playlist, so here, in a bumper edition I present THE OCTVEMBER PLAYLIST!

What have you been listening to?

Human - The Killers


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