Favourite Quotes:

Hey beautiful creatures!

Today I want to share my top five favourite quotes to you, they are either from books, movies, lyrics or even from the bible. So here they are!

So let your heart, sweet heart
Be your compass when you’re lost
And you should follow it wherever it may go

Compass by Lady Antebellum

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban by J.K Rowling

“May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.”

Genesis 39:41 (NIV)

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

“She was a girl with a mountain to climb.”

The Bok Thief by Markus Zusak

Hope you enjoyed this, its something different.

Loads of love,

Alexandra

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Book Review: Diet Doodle Diary by Julie Macky

Hello beautiful creatures,

I have a book review today, and this book is a type of book you can interact with like colouring books but I wanted to say this book did really help me but I will explain why more on the next Wednesday blog post.

When I was quite into losing weight before university tracking really helped so I know what I put in my mouth and you feel responsible on what you put into your body really, and it helped because you’re not only tracking but your cautious what you put in your mouth too.

While you’re writing what you put in your mouth and recording your exercise but you have several of activities to do in the book full of inspirational quotes for encouragement really which is some people struggle with the most is not having that emotional and encouragement of doing that weightless journey is what I am struggling with at the moment.

So that is it really, and if you’re going through a weight loss journey please do not hesitate by getting this. If it’s helping me, it’ll help you.

See you soon over the moon,

Alexandra Layla

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Book Review: Maus by Art Spiegelman

Hey guys and dolls,

Welcome to another book review and today we have a graphic novel I would like to discuss because I study MDes (BA Hons) Illustration, graphic novels and children’s publishing. Personally, I don’t know where I want to go with this degree but what I do know is that I want to do general illustration including surface patterns and fashion illustration because you know, that’s what I’m into and I am not too keen on graphic novels as it is. I can understand it as a type of art form but however I… doesn’t see myself in that career as a graphic novelist. In fact, before this degree, I thought graphic Novels were for children and comic books such as Marvel and D.C comics which I shouldn’t be admitting.

I have read Maus before when I was eleven because well, it was for children I remember my headmistress saying and all the school children were talking about it and I thought I might give it ago since I think I finished the My Story book series.  I didn’t quite understand what Maus was all about till I got a history lesson when I was in secondary school about the Holocaust and Poland during the World War 2. I am a huge history nerd anyway, and I needed to read it again but I couldn’t find it in libraries or bookshops and after that, it was in the back of my mind.

Till my graphic novel/illustrator tutor told me about Maus in the lecture and how the difference between Comics and Comix (a whole blog post that I need to do on my art blog) and I kept my eye open for Maus after he mentioned it so I could read it.   I found it in the BHF (I try not to buy books new) beside Twilight series by Stephine Meyer. From the moment I brought it, I just read it, read it before the bus home, during the travel sickness on the bus and when I sat on my bed instead of being on my phone. I was so engrossed.

Right, what is the book actually about then?

This is about Art Spiegelman father, his view on before Germany invaded Poland, as the invaded Poland and afterwards. His father is a Jew so he went through the terrors of the holocaust and to imagine I read this when I was 11 but I didn’t know the seriousness of it especially when I read it again 10 years on  and some pages hit me like a tonne of bricks and it was like ‘whoa’ at some parts.

The visual langue of this is very well thought out and I think how he portrayed the characters that appealed to me as a child. How the mice were Jewish folk, then the cats were Nazi’s, the polish is pigs, French are frogs and the Americans are dogs.  Animal and kids always a perfect mixture, and animals are all the rage when you’re a kid.

In the middle of the book, it shown Art Spiegelman’s struggle on trying to carry on writing this due to his father death and how he went to the therapist as well… and now I’m thankful I didn’t understand this as a kid too because now looking at this it’s a very grown-up graphic novel aimed at teenagers (and of course adults).

If you have a chance on wanting to read this I provided an Amazon link to the book on the UK Site if this book is your sort of thing.

So, I shall see you soon over the moon very soon.

Loads and loads of love,

Alexandra

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Review

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escapes. And after the 3rd only the unlucky survives. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now is the dawn of the 5th wave.”

When I picked up this book it was due to the hype around it, and personally I didn’t want to buy a book that was hyped up that much that I didn’t enjoy it once I watched the movie. I mean look at The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare for example loved the book but I really disliked the movie because it didn’t have enough detail and mostly the important detail.

I found the 5th wave to be an interesting concept of originality of during the apocalypse but I can see the idea of where it came from too like Independence Day, The Quiet Earth (1985) and lastly I am Legend.

I adored how inquisitive the characters was to The Others or as Evan puts it The visitors and I think everyone would be quizzing on who are these people are.

What I hear the most of the book is how some details and how gory the scenes can be, not being funny right, but this is a young adults book it’s not going to be like describing every detail on what the character feeling and what the character is seeing with sights of the blood. Instead it is more along the lines of ‘Its wet.’ ‘It’s sticky.’  Yes its horrible visualising but otherwise there isn’t much gore in this which I am quite disappointed about because what the readers and reviewers where saying about it was it goes into that much detail. I was really looking forward how Rick Yancey would put that in written words.

I found the concept of switching characters where confusing since it was all in the same terminology so you couldn’t really tell who was who unless you went to Sammy’s part which that character would speak really young since he’s five and its highly unlikely that he would speak like an adult.

I also found that it was clear that the two main characters were going to end up together too, it was obvious and it can be hard to write a romantic interest but trying to be subtle about it but come on, give me more to chase for.

Down to the fine line, I found this book really interesting and I couldn’t put it down for a day and a bit.

I hope you found my review useful and if you wish to recommend me some books that will be awesome!

See you soon over the moon!

Alexandra

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