My Year in Books

Top 15 Books of 2015

It’s been a pretty decent year of reading. A lot of very good books accompanied alongside some other not so good. I’ve managed to compile my final list of 15 favourites that I read this year. Some are new releases, some are YA and there are also a fair amount of graphic novels included in there too. All, in my opinion were brilliant in their own way. Happy New Year, let’s hope 2016 brings a lot more reading. Continue reading “My Year in Books”


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Book Review

Samantha Reed has spent years watching her neighbours from her window. The Garretts are a diverse household of contrasting personalities, alluring Sam away from her seemingly ordinary and fortunate lifestyle. The day Jase Garrett appears at her bedroom window changes everything for her, and she is enlightened by his extraordinary presence. Living in the shadow of her high profile political mother, family problems never seem to be far away for Sam, startling events cause disrupt for her and the people closest to her. Faced with tough judgements, Sam must decide between what she thinks is right and what is best for her loved ones.

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Film, Movie Reviews

Christmas with The Coopers (2015)

Film Review

Charlotte and Sam Cooper want nothing more than the perfect family Christmas. Spanning across four generations, it may be the last chance they get at hosting the annual ideal gathering of their most beloved relatives. Unexpected events unwind for each member of the Cooper clan as the build up to the occasion progresses, testing and relocating family bond in the true spirt of the holiday season.

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Film, Movie Reviews

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Film Review

In an alternative world, dinosaurs continue to roam the land. Attempting to contribute and make his mark on the family farm, young Apatosaurus Arlo lands himself in a hapless condition, forced to survive and find his way back home. Unfamiliar with his surroundings, he stumbles across assistance in the form of wild Neanderthal child, Spot, together they embark on the treacherous travels. A magical, distinguishing Pixar tale of how family and unlikely friendships can provide the motivation to face your fears.

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Film, Movie Reviews

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Film Review

Attending one of the most prestigious Universities in Britain during the 1960s, a young Stephen Hawking is questioning his principal thesis towards his PhD in Physics. At the age of 21, he is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a life-threatening progressive disorder that spirals his life into gradual muscle decay. It is his encounter with love in the form of religious arts major Jane, that provides his with the strength he needs to pursue his desire into uncovering the next great leap of discovery into the universe and the existence of time.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Book Review

“The Greatest Mage. The Chosen One. The Power of Powers. It still feels strange believing that that bloke’s supposed to be me. But I can’t deny it either.”

Simon Snow is the Chosen One. Orphaned and forced to spend summer with the ‘normals’, he relishes in the time he gets to return to the magical Watford School of Magicks. In addition to his studies towards his final year, Simon also has the burdens resulted from prophecies; declaring he is the one to end wars and defeat the malevolent Insidious Humdrum. A perfectly typical Rainbow Rowell-esque story of love, friendships, wizardry and discovering yourself.

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Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Vol. 1) by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Book Review

Scott Pilgrim is 23, bassist, boyfriend to a High Schooler and totally awesome. Between jobs, playing in a rock band, Scott Pilgrim’s life is pretty wholesome. When a mysterious girl roller-blades into his dreams, Scott is left bewildered, unaware of the identity of this unexplainable occurrence. Ramona Flowers is the girl who turns Scott’s awesome life upside down.

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