This post marks the first day of a new series I'm trying out called Baking by the Book. It's exactly what it sounds like - bookish recipes, along with photos, taken by moi, of some simple but delicious baked goods. Yay! The first recipe is inspired by the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han. I read these books last month and I loved them so much that I literally marathoned them, one after the other. One of Lara Jean's signature recipes is snickerdoodles: soft, chewy cookies coated in cinnamon and sugar. They're absolutely delicious, and what makes it better is that a movie is being made of the first book! I can't wait to make these cookies to take them to the cinema with me when it comes out. Here's the recipe so you can join me!
This month I got to fulfill one of my lifetime ambitions and visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando. Because it's the first ever Month of Magic and today is Harry Potter's birthday, I decided to end this round with the most exciting post - my experience at the wizarding world and a haul!
Welcome to another Month of Magic post! Today's post is about what I consider to be the top five best (i.e. most aesthetically pleasing and/or powerful and/or significant to the plot) wands in the Harry Potter series.
Welcome to the first post of Month of Magic! Today I'm going to be discussing my favourite fan theories - several of which I think are completely possible. This is the first post in a mini series (within a series) of theories that I want to share - I love scouring the internet for new ideas. So let's get started!
Everyone needs a lucky break. Layla Harrison, Aster Amirpour and Tommy Phillips always dreamed of the ultimate celebrity lifestyle. But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would come with a cost – their involvement in the disappearance of Madison Brooks-a story that's blinded the world like a starlet dazzled by paparazzi flashbulbs, Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster faces a looming murder trial and Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person who Madison saw alive. You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they will find that some secrets are best kept in the grave...
If you read my May TBR you know I was very ambitious about how many books I planned to read that month. If you know me you know that I fail miserably under that kind of pressure. Also, for some reason, I was really in the mood to read when I was meant to be studying, but once I was finished my exams and had lots of free time, I didn't want to read at all. I managed to read seven books in May, three of which were Harry Potter books. I entered June in a huge reading slump and it took me most of the month to get out of it. I ended up reading ten books in June. Altogether in the two months I read seventeen books!
A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about the books I've featured on my blog and realised that I very rarely mention Harry Potter, and when I do it's only in passing. Harry Potter is my favourite series of all time, my favourite fictional world, and Harry Potter is my favourite ever character. So, to showcase my appreciation for the series, I decided to do a month-long series about anything related to Harry Potter, ending on July 31st - Harry's birthday! I'm excited, and I hope you are too! So, without further ado, I present to you, the July 2017 edition of Month of Magic!
Nine months. Two weeks. Six days. That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered. Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?
Lucy has her perfect summer all planned: perfect boyfriend, perfect job and quality time with her perfect parents. Then her mom’s cancer comes back, and suddenly life makes no sense. Before she knows it, Lucy finds herself agreeing to volunteer as a counsellor at a camp for troubled kids, where lives are more different from her own that she could have imagined possible. Here Lucy meets the dashing but mysterious fellow counsellor, Jones – who will change the way she sees the world forever. With tragedy hovering at the edges of Lucy’s life, this summer she must find out discover who she really is and what it means to love.
Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she's scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it's a sign. Surely Álvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back - and how to bring her sister home? Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he's only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces. As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Álvaro's disappearance - and return - their planets start to collide. Linny's life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.