Halloween is TOMORROW!!! Finally, the spookiest day of the year and my absolute favourite holiday! To celebrate, I thought I’d take part in the Hyped for Halloween Book Tag, which I originally saw on Aoife’s blog (but I also loved Amy’s answers too!). 1. What …
Earlier in the month I discussed the series I can’t wait to finish and the series I can’t wait to continue, so I thought before Blogtober finished I should probably shine a light on some series which I still need to start. This was a …
It’s only four days until Halloween, so for today’s Halloween freebie I decided to shine a spotlight on my favourite candies.
I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world – which is dangerous, because I work in a chocolate shop – so if you haven’t tried any of these sweets yet you need to, because I’m an expert in my field!
10. Coconut Eclair
The only reason that the Quality Street Coconut Eclair is at the bottom of this list is because it’s really hard to buy them individually. You never get enough of them in the Quality Street tub so my cravings are never satisfied.
People will tell you that the Coconut Eclair is the worst chocolate in the Quality Street collection, but that’s because people are basic and they don’t appreciate the taste of coconut as much as they should.
If you love Bounty, this is a must try.
While I was pregnant with Ezra last year, I ended up with a craving for Drumsticks the likes of which I’ve never before experienced. It was so bad that Sean knocked one out of my hand in the car – well, he didn’t even knock it out of my hand, he asked me to charge his phone and in the process I dropped it – and I got so upset that I shouted at him and wouldn’t speak to him for almost ten minutes. With my mum in the back of the car. Awkward.
Until that point I’d never been a huge fan of Drumsticks, but now my mouth waters every time I see one of them. It’s conflicting.
8. Fruit Salad
According to its makers, Fruit Salad is meant to be a raspberry and pineapple flavoured chew, but I have only really gotten pineapple from those. It meant that until now I’ve been really confused on why they decided to put pink on the packaging…
That being said, it has been a while since I’ve managed to find Fruit Salads anywhere. Since they changed the recipe to be vegetarian I think I’ve only managed to find them once: I don’t know if it’s because they’re less popular so places have stopped selling them, or whether they keep selling out!
7. Black Jack
Black Jacks are very similar to Fruit Salad in size, but they certainly pack a punch as they’re aniseed flavoured.
I’m a fan of anything aniseed. Aniseed balls, sambuca… I could eat the stuff all day every day. Which means the only reason that Black Jacks are so low on this list is because they’re too small to fully satisfy me! I need a huge Drumstick-sized Black Jack and I need it now!
6. Love Hearts
Love Hearts are one of Sean’s favourite sweets, and his love of them has made me appreciate them a lot more. We have even discussed getting packets with personalised labels for party favours when we get married!
I do think it’s very fun that they now include Love Hearts with emoji faces in them. This is a sweet which is trying hard to stay relevant, and they deserve props for that.
5. Bubblegum Bottles
The only reason bubblegum bottles aren’t at the top of this list is because it is SO EASY to get them wrong.
I’m talking the traditional bubblegum bottles that you can find in the Pick ‘n’ Mix at Wilko, not the basic bitch bubblegum bottles from Haribo. They just aren’t right!
The top four on this list are of such a high calibre that it’s pretty much impossible to choose between them.
If you haven’t tried a Wham before, it’s a gorgeously sour chewy bar of a highly unnatural pink colour. Fun to eat, not so fun to look at!
3. Dipdab Softies
First of all, can I just say how hard it is to spell Dipdab?! I know you spell it exactly as you say it but goddamn I just keep writing dipdap or dibdab.
I’m not a fan of Dipdabs because they are messy. I do not like getting sticky, so getting absolutely covered in sherbet powder is my worst nightmare. However, the Dipdab Softies allow you to experience the taste of a Dipdab without all of the mess, which makes it a winner in my eyes.
This is the best of all of the softies, with the Refreshers Softies coming in a very close second.
2. Thorntons Alpini Praline
I am slightly biased because I do work for Thorntons… but I’m not getting paid to write this blog post and you aren’t in my shop so I’m not trying to get your money into my till, so this is a completely honest opinion!
The alpini praline is HEAVENLY. Part of Thorntons Continental range, the Alpini is a combination of hazelnut and almond pieces with a dusting of powdered sugar over the top. Before working at Thorntons I wouldn’t eat any chocolates with nuts because I was too scared of them, but as soon as I tried the Alpini it catapulted into my all-time favourites list.
I find it impossible to pick a favourite flavour of Refresher. The blue ones are lemon – a flavour which I don’t normally enjoy – while the pink ones are strawberry flavoured.
I could happily eat Refreshers all day, every day, no matter which flavour you offered me.
I also want to give an honourable mention to Peeps. I’ve only thought of them as I’ve finished this post, and I really enjoy them too – they’re marshmallows coated in a crystallised sugar which gives them a really satisfying crunch, and they’re available in lots of fun shapes – but it’s too hard to pick a sweet to kick off of this list in favour of Peeps!
Which sweets are your absolute favourites?
See you tomorrow,
Autumn is in full swing: the clocks have changed, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping rapidly. That makes it the perfect time to update your playlist to reflect the new season, so here are ten songs which just scream autumn to me. …
In direct contrast to yesterday’s list of five book-to-screen adaptations which I’ve already seen, today’s list features five book-to-screen adaptations that are at the top of my list of things I want to watch.
The Hate U Give
I read The Hate U Give last year and instantly started kicking myself for not reading it as soon as it came out. Angie Thomas’s debut novel is a timely, relevant book discussing police brutality and Black Lives Matter, and I’m expecting the film to be even more a tearjerker than the novel is.
The film adaptation was released almost two years ago, but I wanted to wait until I read the book to be able to watch it. I don’t know why I’m still waiting, but I won’t be procrastinating this one for much longer.
Looking For Alaska
Looking For Alaska quickly became my favourite book when I read it way back before joining Goodreads. I had a copy that I’d highlighted poignant quotes in – the only book I’ve ever done that to – and recommended it to literally all of my friends.
For that reason, I’m apprehensive about watching the Looking For Alaska hulu show. What if it ruins my memories of the story? What if the book wasn’t actually that good? I haven’t reread it just in case it doesn’t impress me second time around, so even thinking about watching the show is a bit nerve-wracking.
I’m three quarters of the way through reading It – it’s slow going, especially with trying to write a blog post every day! – but I am loving this story. The idea of a shapeshifting murderous monster which appears as each kid’s deepest, darkest fear is so twisted, so I can imagine that the film adaptation for this one will be genuinely scary.
My mum watched the original film when she was far too young and it ruined clowns for her forever, so she’s been recommending the original film to me for the longest time. However, the casting of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in the newest adaptation is superb, so I think I’m going to enjoy that version a bit more. I’m still interested in watching both though!
Talking about Good Omens the other day has made me desperate to watching the Amazon Prime adaptation. The casting is perfect, and I watched the first two episodes through Prime and was really enjoying it… But then our internet connection went funny and cut out, we couldn’t get back to where we were in the middle of the episode so needed to rewatch it and didn’t feel like it, so we just abandoned it mid-way through episode three. Gulp.
My partner’s dad kindly gifted us the series last Christmas (if you’re reading this, hi Ken! *waves*) so we definitely don’t have any excuse for not watching it yet. Think this’ll be a great one for watching while curled up under a blanket now that the nights are drawing in.
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Girl With All the Gifts is the only book on this list that I still need to read as well as watch.
I can’t say too much about this book because I’ve heard that the only thing I actually know about this book is a bit of a spoiler – you know by the end of the book but it doesn’t become obvious very quickly – but all I will say is that this one sounds like it’s going to be a great horror novel and film.
Those are all of the book-to-screen adaptations I can’t wait to watch. Are there any that you’re really looking forward to seeing?
See you tomorrow.
It’s been a while since I’ve written about music, so today I’ve decided to focus on my top five favourite albums (at the moment). My original list features five albums which I still absolutely love – and have not been giving enough love to recently …
I’m someone who normally runs out and purchases my friend’s recommendations immediately… Then they sit festering on my shelves for so long that I completely forgot who recommended which book to me. (I’m terrible, I know). However, these ten books are ones which remind me …
I was only talking about Erik from Breakeven Books a couple of days ago when I shared a list of my favourite Booktubers, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that he’s made a book tag! I discovered this tag when I saw Andrew from The Pewter Wolf Reads shared his responses, so definitely check out his post too.
Sadly Erik’s doggo Max recently went over the rainbow bridge, so he’s created this dog-themed book tag as a tribute to him. It’s such a lovely way to remember him, so even though I haven’t been tagged myself I wanted to join in. I lost my doggo Charlie last year and I still miss him so much.
I’ve Got a Bone to Pick With You: Name a book that was good until it wasn’t
For this prompt I have to pick Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
I shared my in-depth thoughts about this book on day 2 of Blogtober so I won’t say too much more about it here, but this is definitely a book which starts off extremely strongly and plummets hard and fast into 1 or 2 star territory.
At first I loved this story. We follow Clay Jensen as he receives a set of thirteen tapes from his classmate Hannah Baker, who died by suicide a few weeks earlier. The way that the book is written makes it feel like a conversation between Clay and Hannah – his thoughts interrupt the soliloquy of her tapes – and it’s written really well… But things start to fall apart very quickly, and before you know it I was groaning and getting so frustrated with the direction that the story was heading that I was tempted to throw it out of the window. Sean did when he read it!
Welcome Home: Name a book or series that gives you the warm feelings of home
That would be The Gunslinger by Stephen King. Sean and I read most of our books together, but we often read them in the car while driving to or from seeing my parents or going to the supermarket, so most of the books we read remind me of our car Harley rather than home!
However, we read The Gunslinger together in one sitting during lockdown. Whenever I think of this book I get a really strong mental image of the sun shining in through our front window, my feet in Sean’s lap, Ezra asleep on my chest and Zophia rearranging the living room. It’s a very homely feeling, and it makes me feel intense gratitude for my family, too.
Ruffin It: Name a book that has a travel or journey element
I could think of hundreds of books which fit this prompt, but I decide to go with First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson. It’s a 5 star read which I don’t talk about enough, so I’m glad to have an excuse to gush about it a little bit more.
Lisa Williamson’s fourth novel focuses on two best friends, Frankie and Jojo. Frankie is worried when Jojo disappears on results day – without collecting her results, ditching Frankie at the school on her lonesome – and becomes even more concerned when she phones Jojo and hears a baby crying on the other end of the line. Just a couple of hours ago a baby was abducted from a car at their local services, and Frankie is convinced that Jojo has stolen the baby and gone on the run.
Frankie teams up with her ex-boyfriend, Ram, to drive across the country, chasing Jojo to Swindon (my hometown, of all places!). That means this book features a train journey, a road trip, a lot of running around Swindon and a ton of personal growth – that makes it perfect for this prompt.
Marking Your Territory: Name a book or series that you will always stand by no matter what
Predictable, but it would have to be Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
Despite the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of Dark Age, the fifth book in this series, Red Rising will always be my favourite book and I will recommend it and rave about it until the day I die. Nothing will ever change that.
If you’ve ever visited this blog before you’ll already know all about Red Rising and why I love it so much, but in case you’re new here I’ll just say that this is a book set on Mars about the lowest people in society rising up and trying to tear down the privileged cast that have supresses them for decades. It is bloodydamn brilliant.
Diggin Holes: A book that had some hidden secrets or a big plot twist uncovered
Again, I could think of hundreds of books which would fulfill this prompt perfectly, but I decided to go with The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
I took part in the blog tour for The Inheritance Games last month, and I really enjoyed it. This YA mystery follows a girl called Avery Grambs who discovers that she’s been included in the will of a very rich stranger. This rich stranger has disinherited his two daughters and his four grandsons to leave the majority of his billions of dollars in wealth to Avery, and he’s left behind nothing but a series of puzzles to explain himself.
If you loved Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson but you found yourself wishing it was following the glamorous family from Dynasty, this will be your new favourite book.
Stand By Me: Name a book or series that portrayed a very loyal friendship between its characters
The reason Stephen King’s It popped into my head as soon as I read this prompt is because I’m just over two thirds of the way through it. I’ve been reading it since the beginning of the month and have been enjoying it a lot, but when you’re reading a 1,400 page book and working full time it slows your reading progress down dramatically.
It tells the story of a group of friends – Bill, Ben, Eddie, Richie, Beverly, Mike and Stan – as they discover that their town is being terrorised by a glamour which shapeshifts itself into each of their deepest, darkest fears. Set in both 1958 and 1985, It follows the kids as they decide to team up to take down Pennywise the clown, and then rejoins them as they return to Derry 27 years later to try to finish Pennywise off for good.
I still have no idea how this story is going to end, but at the moment I’m reading the reunion section where the grown ups meet up again for the first time and begin reminiscing about their childhood days. Their friendship is everlasting despite – or perhaps because of – the trials that they went through as children, so their friendship is definitely a loyal one.
Tug of War: A book that you have very mixed feelings about
I didn’t enjoy The Queen of Nothing. I thought it was half the length it should have been – if it had been longer things would have been more fully fleshed out, but as it was they were horrendously rushed – and that the big twist in the story was nonsensical.
Whenever I think about this book I find myself feeling so disappointed by how the Folk of the Air series finished, because although I really disliked the second book I absolutely loved the first one.
However… I gave it 4 stars?!
I’m not sure if that was because I’d just given birth and my brain was all hyped up on hormones (“Someone wrote this book! Good job! 5 stars!”) but that rating definitely makes me doubt my sanity. So although part of me feels like this is a 1 star book, that 4 star rating makes me think I must be forgetting some really great aspects of it. I’m probably going to end up rereading it before I unhaul it just in case.
TREATS: A book that you are super excited about and will reward yourself by reading it
I’m not supposed to read Shorefall this month because I didn’t draw it while playing TBR Trick or Treat, but also my TBR has gone to hell this month anyway because It is taking me so long to read so why shouldn’t I pick up Shorefall!
Shorefall is the sequel to Foundryside, which I read last month and absolutely loved. With snark reminiscent of Pierce Brown and an extremely unique magic system, my first Robert Jackson Bennett read has already made me wonder whether I’m going to be adding him to my list of favourite authors one day.
I borrowed Shorefall from the library so I should read it sooner rather than later, so why shouldn’t I treat myself to reading this as a reward for finishing It?
I hope you enjoyed my answers to the Barking ‘Bout Books tag! Once again a huge thanks to Erik for creating this tag.
I’m only going to tag one person, and that’s Barb at Booker T’s Farm. I hope you still read my blog, Barb, because this dog-themed book tag is perfect for you!
See you tomorrow,
I posted my autumn recommendations earlier in the month, but thought I’d wait until a bit closer to Halloween to give you 10 spooky book recommendations. If you’re looking to read something unsettling or scary, these are the books to pick up! 10. Rules For …