Favorite Books Of All Time

Hey guys,

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in ages, I have been really sick lately but I have felt well enough to write this blog post. So I love reading SO much and I could spend about 10 hours talking about why I like books but you guys will probably die of boredom. So here are my favourite books of all time (by the way they are in a random order) :

  1. Harry Potter Series by Jk Rowling

HARRY POTTER

To be honest, I really do not need to explain why I love this series because I mean it’s  Harry Potter. I read the first one when I was 5 or 6 and I loved it. Literally, my whole childhood was filled with wands and pretending to sneak around the house looking for the philosophers stone or following the marauders map with my sister. If you don’t know what Harry Potter is then (have you been living under a rock?) Just kidding but go out and buy the books or go to the library because it is seriously worth it. Also, I have been loving the audiobooks narrated by Stephan Fry. They are amazingly read and if you prefer listening to audios over reading then I recommend listing to the audiobooks.

 

2. Wonder by RJ Palacio

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3. Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

Unknown                                                                                                                                This is the first book the wishing spell but there are 5 more books after it. I read this when I was 9 so it is a children’s book, however, I loved it so much that I have collected the whole series and just read them again and again. It is about Alex and Connor who are twins, and the stories follow them through our world and the fairytale world. I love the story ideas they are so unique and creative as Chris Colfer uses such known and loved characters and also hated characters and gives them a story and reasoning behind their actions. I especially love the villain’s backstory because it explains so much of what they did. Although this is a tweens book I love it so much and I really recommend reading it.

4. The book thief by Markus Zusak

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Now before you say “I don’t think I’m going to like a book through deaths point of view” fair enough I would have said the same thing until I read it and my opinion drastically changed from being against it too seriously love it. It is so interesting hearing it from death, but I have read so many books based on world war two where the protagonist is a Jewish in the Holocaust or that they are escaping the bombs in London. However, I have never read a book about a non- Jewish person living in Germany and their perspective on what is happening and also what the English did to the Germans. I loved it and all though it was unbelievably sad and heartbreaking it foreshadowed what was going to happen throughout the book so you could prepare yourself (this is what English class has done to me, it is making me say words like foreshadowing please help me.)

5. The power of one by Bryce Courtney

1907462                                                                                                      Ok before I start explaining why I like this, I have gotten a lot of my friends to read it and they couldn’t get through it because the beginning was too weird for them. The thing is that it sounds really weird at the beginning but it isn’t instead it addresses the form of racism/ discrimination and bullying in it. It was such an interesting and eye-opening book, my dad recommended it so I read it when I was 10 and I LOVED IT. It made such a big impact on me I started my own cactus and aloe garden (however they all died shortly after I planted them as I forgot to water them) but the point is a book has to be amazing if it makes you plant a garden full of cacti. As I said it addresses many messages and it is based in the 1900s after the Boer war in South Africa. I have not been allowed to read Tandia or the rest of Bryce Courtney’s books for understandable reasons that my parents explained (if you are a kid or a teen don’t read the rest of his books until your legally an adult because some of the themes in the other books specifically Tandia are a lot darker and horrific.) The other reason I think my parents didn’t want me to read his books, for example, the potato factory (which I really want to read) is that they are probably worried I will start my own potato factory after reading it.

6. Lorien Legacy series by Pittacus Lore

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Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.”

It sounds like some really dramatic and deep stuff (it is and I love it.) I love most of the characters and I can tell you I got some weird dreams after reading it but don’t let that put you off because this series is amazing it does have swearing in it however so if you don’t like swearing read this series and ignore all the swear words (you won’t regret it.) Also, DO NOT watch the film it sucks, the main character is really good looking in it and his best friend but that is literally the only good thing about it.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please comment your favourite books because I’m really stuck on what to read. I am going to post more often, but as I said before I have been really sick and haven’t had between being in school and sleeping.

Girl of the city x

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Apple custard tea cakes

Hi guys,

So today I decided that I would try to procrastinate even more from schoolwork and do some cooking. I went through the recipe books in our house and I found this recipe. I LOVE IT, they taste amazing and I thought I would share it with you.

Ingredients :

90g butter softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

3/4 self-raising flour

1/4 custard powder

2 tablespoons milk

1 unpeeled large apple, cored and sliced finely

30g butter, extra melted

1 tablespoon caster sugar extra

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Custard Filling-

1 tablespoon custard powder

1 table spoon caster sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

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How to make-

  1. Make custard filling (I know, that’s what it said on the recipe. It didn’t tell you how to make it so I was slightly ripped off and I had to guess how to make it. After 1 burnt custard, I perfected mine) To make custard filling you put all the ingredients in a small saucepan of any kind you choose. Mix on a low heat for about 5 years (well that’s what it felt like) and make sure nothing sticks to the bottom or sides otherwise it will burn (first mistake) make slow movements otherwise it will spill everywhere (second mistake) and do not I repeat do not try and do the cool techniques that they do on master chief (third mistake.) Stir until it has thickened up and take off the heat and place in the fridge to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees fan forced. Line 12 hole muffin pan with paper cases
  3. Beat butter, extract, sugar, eggs, sifted, flour and custard powder and milk in small bowl with electric mixer, on low speed until ingredients are just combined. Increase speed to medium beat until mixture is a pale colour. (tbh I didn’t do this I just mixed it until it was pale and looked like cake mix.)
  4. Take custard out of the fridge and divide half the cake mixture among paper cases, top with custard and then add remaining cake mixture and spread to cover custard. Top with sliced apple pressing slightly into cakes
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes
  6. Turn cakes, top side up onto wire rack (didn’t use wire rack I just put it on the stove and also why would you place cupcakes upside down?) Brush hot cakes with butter and the sprinkle cakes with combined sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm or cold.
  7. ENJOY!
    I hope you liked this recipe like I did. I would also like to remind you that it is alright to have cooking accidents and that no one will judge apart from your siblings, and if you know you are clumsy (yes I admit if there is a door to walk into, I will manage to bump into it) then maybe put something calming on. I was listening to Stephen Fry narrating Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I love the audio books for Harry Potter and I honestly love Harry Potter the series so much. Comment down below any recipes you want me to try as I love to cook and if you liked this one.

xoxo

Girl of the city

My Goal- getting out of bad habits

Hi guys,

So we all know about bad habits, they suck and are so hard to get out of. Just when you think you have broken it, BOOM it’s back again. So I have made a very brave decision (not really but still) and I have decided for my own sake I’m going to try my hardest to get out of mine. So here are the top 3 that I would like to break

  1. Picking/biting my nails. I know, I know it sounds gross and it is. And it hurts a lot actually. But it is more annoying, especially when my friends are talking about doing a manicure or how they just cut their nails, and I have to casually put my hands in my pockets and pretend I can’t hear what they are talking about.  Which is Very inconvenient especially when it’s summer time and it’s too hot to wear my jumper. But this is the one habit I really want to break hence the reason I put it first. For me, it’s a nervous habit especially in competitions like debating or swimming. By the end of it, I look down at my nails and hey look they’re gone.
  2. Ok, this is a really weird one but when I watch tv I sit in a really odd position, and apparently I have an expression on my face like someone had just died. But when I sit in the position I actually damage my eyes slightly because whenever I go back to the mirror,  I have a slight bruise in the corner. Now I’m not saying my eye sight is completely damaged (I don’t mean to brag or anything but my optometrist said they are perfect ) but I have been getting really bad migraines over the last 6 months that keep me in bed for days. Now when people say to you “OMG I have the worst migraine you have no idea.” It makes me so mad because I just want to say “HOLD THE PHONE IF YOU HAD A MIGRAINE YOU WOULD BE IN BED WANTING TO CHOP YOUR HEAD OFF SO NO JUST NO!” Because that is honestly how you feel. Now, this has gone completely off topic. But yeah that’s one habit I would like to break.
  3. This is one I feel everyone should try and break. Computers. Yes I know I said it, but it’s so hard not to come home and just go straight onto youtube, or Instagram (If you’re on your phone). I have found it so hard just to try and get off my laptop recently. And I mean, this is coming from the girl who’s mum told her that you would turn into a zombie if you get a laptop. But guess what and I honestly hate to admit it. MUM WAS RIGHT :(, So I made a rule for myself I’m only going on my laptop for homework or this blog, otherwise, it goes into my school bag and does not get touched for the rest of the day. And maybe you guys should try it too, I recently watched this documentary about how people are always on their phones and missing key events in their days, and that scares me. What happens if I missed the opportunity to bump into a really good looking guy and he ends up being my soul mate. (Well I’m not entirely sure that what they meant but it is possible.)

 

So if you guys have any bad habits comment them down below and we can try and break them together.

xx

 

Introduction

Hi guys,

So I have wanted to start a blog for ages, all my friends have straight, after we learnt about them in school. And yes i am a teenage girl, which can be hard. As we have a lot of expectations and discrimination. Although i am thankful that we can vote and we have rights so thank you suffragettes. But as girls we have expectations from both men and other women, we are expected to live by society’s expectations. We should look like models and we should be able to fit into clothing that i wore when i was a kid. But hey i mean if i got to choose what gender i wanted to be it would be a girl. So I’m sorry I’m rambling on, this blog will be about whatever i feel like writing about. Food, books, school, world issues. You can comment down below anything you want to say and be honest. I hope you enjoy my blog

xx