Thursday, 29 May 2014

Goodreads Tag

I’ve recently subscribed to abookutopia who is a booktuber and I absolutely love her videos! After watching her Goodreads tag I wanted to give it a go myself but in a blog post. If you guys didn’t know already Goodreads is a website that gives you the latest on all book related things including reviews and new releases. I’ve only recently made an account but I’m loving it so far. I definitely recommend you check it out if you’re a lover of books like I am.

Link to abookutopia’s YouTube channel: 

Link to the Goodreads website:                                 

What is the last book you read?
The last book I read was Looking for Alaska by John Green and it was a pretty good relatable book but I definitely think it’s a little overrated. You can check out my review on Looking for Alaska here:

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Fault in our Stars by John Green and I have been absolutely loving it so far! I’ve fallen in love with the characters and I feel like John has redeemed himself after I didn’t really enjoy reading Looking for Alaska as much. It’s taking me ages to read it though because of exams so hopefully I’ll be finishing it as soon as summer starts.

What was the last book you marked as TBR? (To be read)
The last book I added to my ‘to be read’ list was Undone by Cat Clarke. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I have read a few chapters in school but I haven’t properly started reading it. I am super excited to read it though as I was hooked from just the first few chapters and I am definitely hoping to read more of Cat Clarke’s books. It’s a very realistic book and addresses lots of issues that people go through every day so I definitely recommend that you check it out.

What book do you plan on reading next?
That is so hard to answer since there are just so many books I want to read. It’s either going to be Divergent by Veronica Roth since I want to read it before I watch the film, The Little Prisoner by Jane Elliott or I may start The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. These all look like fantastic books so it’s going to be a very hard decision deciding which one to read next.

Do you use the star rating system?
I do use the star rating system and I think it’s always good to rate books so other people know what to expect and whether the book is worth reading because whenever I find a new book on Goodreads I always look at the ratings to see what other people thought of it. I know some people would like to see half stars or percentage ratings as that’s more specific but I honestly don’t mind and I think Goodreads actually have a pretty good star rating system.

Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?
I haven’t planned one to be honest because I’ve been so busy with schoolwork and exams and I knew I wouldn’t be able to read a lot however I really want to do one this summer as I’ll have a lot more time on my hands. I’m not sure how many books I’m going to challenge myself with but I’ll see as soon as summer starts.

Do you have a wish list?
I actually don’t have a wish list on Goodreads at the moment but I will probably be making one in the near future. I do however have a wish list on my phone which includes books like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie and many more.

What book do you plan on buying next?
I’m planning on buying Matched by Ally Condie or I might buy the whole trilogy in one go depending on if I can find it in a pack or if I have to buy the three books separately but I’ve been hearing lots of great things about this series so I’m buzzing to buy them and start reading them!

What’s your favourite quote?
Oh my gosh there are so many quotes that I love but I have narrowed it down to three. The first one is from my favourite book The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald and it’s the last line of the book where it says “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” which I think sums up the book pretty well. My next favourite quote is one that is less known from The Fault in our Stars by John Green and it’s from the cab driver when they arrive in Amsterdam. He says “In freedom, most people find sin” and I remember reading that and thinking he couldn’t have been more right. I thought that John Green was foreshadowing how with freedom comes a price and it is in fact short lived; especially for cancer patients like Hazel and Gus. And the last quote is from Looking for Alaska and is from Alaska Young herself when she says 'Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die” which was really significant because this is how a lot of teenagers think and I think it really added to her mysteriousness and made me love her character even more. 

Who are your favourite authors?
A few of my favourite authors would probably be Charlie Higson, Alan Gibbons and Jacqueline Wilson because I just adore the simplicity of their writing and it entices and urges you to keep reading. I remember reading books by Jacqueline Wilson when I was younger and literally falling in love with the fun aspects but then picking up a book like The Edge by Alan Gibbons and realising the world isn’t such a happy place after all. These authors all really know what they’re talking about and they are people whose books I could read again and again and never get bored.

Are you apart of any Goodreads groups?
I’m not part of any Goodreads groups at the moment as I’m fairly new to the website and everything on it but I will hopefully be joining some groups very soon. Which groups have you joined and which would you recommend?

What could Goodreads do better?
I think Goodreads could definitely make the search bar much more clever because if you spell one thing wrong it doesn’t correct you and it just says nothing was found so I think that definitely needs improving. Lastly I think they could make the layout more clear and easier to navigate around as it can get confusing but other than that I do love Goodreads a lot and I’m glad I’ve come across it.

Thanks so much for reading! I really enjoyed doing this tag. Have any of you got a Goodreads account and what books are you loving at the moment?

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

McBusted Concert and Interview with the Support Act

If you didn’t know already I write for a magazine that goes by the name of Voice 21 and I’ve loved every minute of it so far! Through this new experience I’ve been lucky enough to try amazing new things that I never thought I’d be able to do in a million years! And this was no exception.

I was over the moon when I was told I was going to be given the opportunity to interview the support act for McBusted and get two free tickets to see the show! I did my research on the support act that go by the name of E of E and I wrote up my questions ready in time for the event.

So when it came to the 2nd May my brother and I had to rush home from school and college to catch the bus into town. The one day when we need the bus to come early it decided to come half an hour late. We were extremely annoyed as we timed everything to the second but we luckily got into town in time. After a 10 minute walk to the train station we caught the very busy train to the LG Arena!

By this point I was so nervous because being given a chance to do something like this is all very new to me. We gave the tour manager a call to find out where to meet him and get our tickets. We got our tickets from the box office as we were on the guest list and we then met up with the tour manager.

The tour manager was super cool and a great guy! We finally got to meet E of E backstage and start the interview. My brother was in charge of holding his phone for the voice recorder and asking the questions and I was taking notes of all the answers which isn’t as easy as it looks!

At the end of the interview I honestly don’t know what I was nervous about. E of E were great guys, they were so sweet and genuine! It was so lovely meeting them.

After the interview we had the rest of the night to enjoy the show. As we were given free tickets we had no clue what seats we would get but they turned out to be perfect! We were on the side of the stage so we got a great view and to be honest we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Out of all the support acts I have to say E of E were my favourites (of course I’m not being biased! :P) My favourite songs were Kiss Me Like You Mean It and their cover of Dirty Diana.

Here’s a link to their YouTube channel:

I have to say I’ve never really been a huge fan of Mcfly or Busted but they were amazing live! My favourite band member has to be Tom from Mcfly and my favourite songs were definitely 5 Colours in Her Hair, Sleeping with the Light On and All About You! They put a lot of effort into making the show a masterpiece with all the lighting and effects added together making the night so special. With shooting t-shirts, big inflatable balls and even a UFO as a stage it was such an epic and memorable night!

Oh and how could I forget about the surprise appearance from Fearne Cotton which made it all so much more exciting! She was here with the ITV crew to film for her new show ‘Fearne & McBusted’ - I can’t wait to see it!

After a lot of jumping and dancing we finally exited the arena full of smiles and laughter after having such a fantastic time. Our journey home was pretty out of the ordinary too as we met a man from Ukraine who was lost and we spent about 20 minutes trying to help him get home whilst trying to understand what he was saying aha!

Overall it was such a perfect night that I will never forget. I’m honestly so grateful to Voice 21 for giving us this crazy opportunity especially since journalism is what I would love to do as a career so to have interviewed a band was a huge thing for me!

Thanks so much for reading guys! I will try and post more regularly when my exams are over so keep an eye out for that. As always please share my blog around with your friends and family and give it a follow if you like.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Friday, 9 May 2014

Trip to Telford Town Park

Me, my mom, my two little sisters and lots of our friends all went on a fun day out to Telford Town Park in the Easter holidays and I thought I’d share with you what fun stuff we got up to! We woke up bright and early in the morning, rushed around getting things ready and eventually hopped onto the coach to get there as early as possible. The coach journey only took around an hour so it wasn’t too bad at all.  The weather warmed up towards 12pm which was really nice and made the day even better.

Once we got there we had a little bit of food since I skipped breakfast (oops!) I then bought a hot chocolate and went for a wander around the beautiful park. I was gutted when I found out that we had forgotten the camera because of the rush to get everything ready in the morning but oh well, I used my phone camera instead and the result came out pretty good. I had never been there before so it was all new to me but I have to say it’s such a pretty place. What I really liked was the size of it and how there was something there for people of all ages.

After exploring the fascinating park we all went off to the High Ropes Adventure area organised by Closer to the Edge. This included lots of things like rock climbing and a tree trek. All the children who came with us had a great time and really got into the activities. My 9 year old sister was the only one who managed to climb right to the top – so proud of her! I didn’t have a go myself however because I just don’t like that kind of thing and plus I was wearing a dress which wasn’t very suitable for rock climbing aha.

So after a good hour and a half the session ended and we all wandered off in separate groups to have another good look around the park. I found a race track somewhere and went for a run which was so much fun. I also slipped in some mud (I’m such a klutz don’t even ask) but I was fine aha!

After a while we all started to sit down for some food but I wasn’t very hungry so I wandered off for a walk and took the opportunity to take some good photos. The park is honestly so amazing and there’s just so much to see. I came across a pretty little park called Chelsea Park that contained gorgeous flowers and had such a tranquil atmosphere. I sat on a bench in the little garden for a while just taking in the nature surrounding me and it was the most special experience. After a while I got a phone call telling me to make my way back to the coach so I started making my way back.

Overall it was such a fun day out and I had a great time spending time with my family and friends. I really hope I’ll get another chance to go there soon since we had such a wonderful time.

Thanks so much for reading!  Let me know if you liked this blog post, I thought it was more personal and more about my life so I hope it wasn’t too boring aha. Talk to you all very soon!

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Quick Healthy Eating Tip

Hi everyone! So for the past month or so I’ve been really motivated to eat healthily and keep myself fit and I’m really surprised that I’ve actually managed to do it so far. I’m so proud to say that I’ve managed to avoid any kind of chocolate, crisps, cake, fizzy drinks and junk food. Surprisingly it’s not that hard and I’ve found that I’ve not been craving all these tasty treats as much anymore. I’m really determined to carry on with this and hopefully I’ll be able to look and feel healthier!

I wanted to share with you a tip that I’ve found that is a really good alternative for sugar. I’m not by any means saying that I’m a health expert or anything but I think it’s a great tip and its benefitted me quite a lot and I hope it will benefit you too.

For breakfast I tend to have cereal since it’s quick and easy for those days that I’m running late (basically every day aha!) Instead of putting sugar in my cereal for that sweet taste I’ve been sprinkling some sultanas on top instead and it’s been a great alternative for sugar. It’s much healthier and you’ll feel like you don’t even need any sugar. If you don’t like sultanas you can always have raisins instead as they taste pretty much the same. I just think it’s a good way of reducing your sugar intake and it’ll taste exactly the same. I know sultanas and raisins don’t go with every cereal but I’ve been having them with cornflakes and muesli and it tastes so good. I’ll definitely be using this tip from now on!

Thank you for reading guys! Let me know if you like raisins in your cereal or if there are any other healthy tips that you’ve benefitted from. I won’t be blogging as much because of exams and everything in general has been super busy but as soon as summer kick starts I’ll be blogging a lot more frequently. As always please follow my blog if you like it and share it around with your friends and family. Talk to you all very soon!

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x