Jamie's Wonderland!

Feb 23

Click here for my Goodreads profile :) -

Currently reading …

'Girl of Nightmares' by Kendare Blake. It is book 2 of the Anna series which I love! I will post a review of the series when I am done along with a review of Kami Garcia's 'Unbreakable' :) 

Loving the spooky books at the moment! 

I’ve been feeling a bit ‘meh’ lately. Thinking about what I am going to do when I qualify, not knowing about whether to move back to Birmingham or move to London. I am going to apply for jobs in Bristol, Birmingham and London now. I tend to mull over things a lot and worry about what I will do and where I will live and settle etc. But I really need to start remembering that I am only 24 and I have time to just ‘go with it’ (even though part of me hates not knowing exactly what will happen). 

So tomorrow I am going to start applying for jobs!!! I am nervous and excited all at the same time! I can’t wait to have a full time job and be earning a proper stable wage. When I can save money and afford nice things and not always worry about paying for stuff. It’s going to be so good. 

I’m always thinking about the future and I need to start just focusing on the here and now. 

Feb 09

“BITCHES BE LOCO!” —

Andy - Cougar Town 

:)

Jan 27

My book challenge

So I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to do a book challenge this year. I am aiming to read 50 books this year and I will be logging them all on my Goodreads account (Jamie Lea). So far I am only on my third book so I’m a little behind. I am also not going to include re-reads in my list as I think that would be cheating (I am planning on re-reading quite a few though as I always re-read before I read the newest book in a series!) 

So far I have read: 

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1) By Laure DeStefano 

Cracked (Soul Eater, #1) By Eliza Crewe 

And I am currently reading: 

The Pentrals (The Pentrals, #1) By Crystal Mack 

I won’t review any in this post but you can always check out my Goodreads account :) … I will keep updating my list on here and I will do a few reviews as I go along! 

Jan 18

2014 

So its 2014 already!! New year, same me :) … I am trying to alter some aspects of my lifestyle which I will come back to shortly! I have a load of things I want to do this year so I am going to put them out there and then I can see how it all goes! 

1. So I don’t treat my body so great! I never drink enough water through the day and hardly eat a balanced diet! And so… I am planning on carrying a litre bottle around with me all the time as a constant reminder to drink! I am also going to start eating a healthier diet, more fruit and veg!! 

2. Linking in with my last point. I would like to push my fitness up because I don’t think it could get any lower! I want to be able to run a little, because running can be useful at times. So I plan on starting a little fitness regime, nothing too extreme but anything is better than what I do at the moment which is walking to the car and from the car!! 

3. I would like to travel some more. Being a student (still!!!!!) I am lacking a little in the money department, but I hope to go away at least twice again this year. I would love to go to Belgium and Japan but I doubt I will travel that far this year so maybe somewhere else in Europe. We’ll see! 

4. I love reading, and am a regular user of Goodreads (my username is Jamie Lea) I am challenging myself to read 50 books this year :) .. I am currently only on book 2 of the year but I read fast and so should be able to do it!!

5. I would quite like to go for a few weekends away to places in the UK that I have never been to. Like Scotland and Brighton maybe.

6. Tying in with holiday talk, I would love to take my mom away somewhere. I need to get planning for that… 

ANNNDDDD …. 

7. The biggest goal I have this year is to finish my degree, become a qualified Mental Health Nurse and get my first job :) I am so excited to no longer be a student and earn a proper wage. Maybe then I can afford a nice winter break away with the bf :) 

Sep 24

Books, glorious books!

So, this year I have read loads! Mostly new books and some re-reads. 

These are some of the books I re-read; 

These are the new books I discovered and read; 

I have loved all of these books. (I have written about Legend, Prodigy and Icons in a previous post). 

So first up The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy… WOW! Such a good book.

Written from the POV of Cassie a teenager who believes she could possibly be the last surviving human being left. Here is the book description: 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up’ 

It is so cleverly written and although some of the story is easy to predict, there are some major twists. I was hooked almost right away. Its a gritty read and I can not wait for the next installment! 

 

Next up Leigh Bardugo’s amazing Grisha series. These books were a breath of fresh air. I loved the twists. I love the characters and the book is set in Russia too which is really nice. I just found myself completely immersed in a new world. 

I am currently reading Michael Grants ‘Gone’ Series. I am on book four titled ‘Plague’. Once I finish the whole series I will post up a review! .. 

Now go order some books!… 

 

Breaking Bad

WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BREAKING BAD SEASON 5 FINAL EPISODES!

Something I have been wanting to blog about for a while is Breaking Bad. My favorite TV show EVER. Yep I said it, ever. The reason I have not yet blogged about it is the fact that I am mostly lost for words. It is a brilliantly written show with outstanding performances from the whole cast. And next week is the final… I am scared, excited, anxious.. I could go on. 

I jut don’t see how this is gonna wrap up in one hour!! After watching ‘Granite State’ I am anticipating a brutal ending. It was the calm before the storm. Just when I was wondering what the hell was gonna happen with Walt.. it happened. Heisenberg re-emerged. So now I am guessing (which is a ridiculous thing to do as I have never once been right) that he is going to take on Uncle Jack and Todd in an attempt to get his money back for his family who frankly do not want any thing more from him. I don’t think we will see him die though but we know its impending. 

Poor Jesse (oh my heart bleeds for Jesse) it maddens me that everyone is so focused on what will happen with Walt. I personally want Walt to pay for what he has done. Everything he touches ruins. Jesse is being held captive by Todd the Lydia loving psychopath. Will he live? Will Walt (who basically sent him to his death) come and save him? Will he want to live? Having lost so much I doubt it. I just feel so much for him. When Walt first asked him to cook he was practically still a kid, and I don’t doubt that without Walt he would have wound up dead somewhere. But Walt has completely destroyed him. 

What about Skylar? Walt jr? Marie? Hank’s body? arghhh… 

Oh so many questions.. and only one hour left. One bloody hour. 

I have never been so emotionally invested in a TV show before. I don’t want it to end. But it’s time. I’m not sure my heart could take anymore! 

Jul 03

End of second year!

I have officially completed the second year of my course! Over half way there to becoming a Registered Mental Health Nurse… Its scary how fast its gone! I am determined to work harder in third year and put everything  into my studies because to be honest this past year was a struggle! … 

But for now I will just enjoy the summer which means work!! and books!! Oh and Barcelona in 16 days :D 

Jun 05

Spare time = book time…

Hi everyone! 

I know I have been away for a while but I have been super busy with Uni placement which I finish in 3 and a half weeks!! Well little white lie, I can’t have been that busy as I have managed to read read read and read some more! … I’m sure you will gather that all of these books belong to the YA family and are all pretty much dystopian novels however are all so different to one another… 

Firstly I re-read The Hunger Games trilogy which I loved even more the second time around! I think they are brilliantly written, they completely draw me in and I can’t put them down when reading them! I am a fan of the movie too so I am excited for the Catching Fire movie this November!! 

  

Next I read Legend by Marie Lu. I found out about this series as I was in Waterstones book store having a browse and stumbled across it! It is written in the perspectives of June and Day. Here is the description from the back of the book … 

Los Angeles, California

Republic of America

He is Day.

The boy who walks in the light.

She is June.

The girl who seeks her brother’s killer.

On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past.

But Day murdered June’s brother.

And she has sworn to avenge his death.

It did take a while to get into the book, however once I got into it I was hooked. It is fast paced and there is a lot of mystery surrounding the characters and the whole world they live in.

I then started reading Prodigy which is the second in the series and this was a really good read, there is more character development and you get to learn a lot more about the current state of the country they are living in. I now can’t wait until the third book in the series Champion is released on 5th November this year! I am so happy its being released so soon considering Prodigy was only published in January! 

Next I picked up Icons by Margaret Stohl. I had pre-ordered this book as I thought it sounded good and I am a massive Beautiful Creatures fan (books only, read previous post on my opinion of the movie) and so thought I would see what she had to offer next… 

The only issue I had with this book was that annoying orange logo on the front of the book which ruins an otherwise decent cover! The book itself however was so good!! Really easy to get into, it is a really good story and I really liked Dol the protagonist. I read this book so fast and now I will have to wait forever for the next one!! 

Here is the description … 

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside – safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.

She’s different. She survived. Why?

…. 

I have a few more I have been reading in the last two months however I will split this up a little and post another post soon letting you know about those books!! .. Now go on, get to a book store or get on amazon and get these books :) 

Until next time! 

Apr 02

New Stuff!!

Just thought I would put up some pics of some of my recent purchases! 

I really didn’t need to buy two new pairs of shoes… but I wanted to! I’m off to Portugal for 5 days on Sunday so I can take them along as they are very spring-y!! 

I got these woven flats in Topshop! They are super comfy and look really cute with nice painted toenails :) These can go with anything! (Excuse the sock lines across my legs!!) 

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I also got these black suede-esque wedges from New Look! I don’t usually like ankle straps but I tried these on and really liked them! 

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I am really excited for Summer this year (if we have a summer, what with British weather and all that) there are loads of nice clothes on the high street that I can’t wait to buy when I can!! 

I got these sunglasses in Topshop too :) 

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Last up are these high waisted shorts I got in River Island.. these are the first pair of denim shorts I have had since I was a kid! I don’t usually like wearing shorts, but I really like these on they accentuate my waist and don’t make my ass look huge! 

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Anyway, bit of a random post but I just wanted to share!! I will put up some nice pics of Portugal when I come back too!! 

Mar 30

Not so beautiful … (In my opinion!!)

So I know this is way late but I wanted to put my opinion out there!

I was super excited for the movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures to come out, at first a little sceptical about the whole thing as the changes which I heard had been made seemed drastic, but anyhow I still got excited seeing the trailers etc.
I went to see the movie with a friend who has also read the book, the first part of the movie was fine, I liked it even though Amma wasn’t really Amma, then came the Macon and Sarafine scene and from there on it sucked (calling Macon a dark caster was just a joke he’s an incubus!). I just kept wanting to scream out ‘that’s not right’ haha! The love story was nice but the rest was wrong! The twist ruined it, sorry to all those who loved it, they should have re-titled the thing it was so far adapted!
I think if I hadn’t read the books I could have enjoyed it more, but I was just comparing it. I understand that the word ‘adaptation’ does not mean ‘carbon copy’ however I just expected better.
Aside from all that I really liked the cast especially Emmy Rossum playing Ridley! If you haven’t read the books but loved the movie then I suggest reading them as you would love them so much too!!

I will always love the books and will read them over and over again, however I think the movie was too dumbed down :( … I tried really hard throughout to love it but I just couldn’t! If Kami and Margaret had written the screenplay I’m sure it would have been way better. If I was them I would be majorly proud of the books and of the fact it was made into film however if there is a second movie they should definitely be more involved!

Guess who’s back ….

Well it’s only me! I’ve been busy for a while, with uni and work so I know I’ve neglected my blog once again! And so whilst it may be 00:42am I figured I would have a go on my friends mini iPad whilst she’s sleeping (she gave me permission!) and write a quick post!

I got a few posts in mind so just stick about and see :)

Feb 20

Friends .. the real kind

I grew up with a load of mates, I would always be with the same 6/7 girls in Primary School. When I moved to Secondary school I drifted from a couple and ended up making a whole bunch of new friends, there was a girl who hated me at first but we did end up being really good friends eventually. I admit I was a bit of a friend hopper (I always had been even in Primary school) but I would always end up going back to my ‘best’ friend. Then one day I went off with another girl and I was never allowed to hop back, at the time I thought ‘whatever’ and just got on with it, but I paid for not trying to re-build bridges at that time because I went on to Sixth form with about 3 friends to my name. 

Not long later I met my now boyfriend of six years and I ended up with 2 mates following the fall out of my decision to be with him. I went on to University and took with me no friends, I made a friend whilst there but it didn’t last. I used to get upset that I basically had no one to talk to no one to have a proper laugh with. And then I met Suzie :) I spoke to her a little in the first year of uni but at the start of second year we got close and I practically lived on her bedroom floor for 9 months until I finally moved into the student house the following year!! We eventually went our separate ways, but never lost touch!

I am now studying in Bristol and Suze lives in Stroud not too far away, I know for a fact that I have found a true friend in her. We BOTH make the effort with one another, we can tell each other anything, we have fun together and we respect each other. 

There are a few old friends I often think about and wonder how they are doing and what it would be like if we hadn’t lost touch, but if it was meant to be we would have gotten back in touch by now I guess. And I now have a bunch of lovely friends who I am on the same course as at UWE. 

I think what I am trying to say is that friends come and go, that’s a natural part of growing, but there are some people who become more than friends, they become family to you. The kind of friends you couldn’t imagine living without :) … And also that through all the upset I went through about my lack of mates, all the ‘whats wrong with me’ conversations I had with my boyfriend I realise now that I had a best friend right there all along! .. 

I don’t know why I wrote this … I just wanted to jibber jabber about something. 

Feb 03

The start of a healthier me..

This year I decided not to bother with setting new years resolutions as I kind of find them negative. Instead I have set my self goals.

My main goal which I am going to start on right now is to get healthier. I always say I want to do this every year but this year I am SERIOUS… At least if I exercise I can eat what I want! Losing weight is not the most important thing to me as weight doesn’t bother me, I would just like to be more physically fit. And so I will be joining at my local gym shortly. I don’t enjoy the gym as I get bored so easily, however they run classes at The Gym (which is its name) such as spin, yoga and zumba and I would love to try all of those out! 

I am also going to eat more healthily, starting with more veggies, smaller portions and less chocolate (although I need a little here and there!!) And I need to start drinking more water (must stop paying for bottled water and just use the tap! ha!) To keep myself motivated I am going to set myself little challenges during the weeks and I will update my progress on here!! 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have an issue with my body, I would just like to be a healthier version of myself. I don’t want to end up with a bunch of health problems when I am a golden oldie all because I was too lazy to do this!! .. 

I’ll keep you updated :) !