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Hey everyone

When I was re-decorating my room I added more photos to my mini photo wall I have going on above my desk so I thought I'd share some of my photos and the memories that go with them :)

Here's an overview of my photo wall...



1. The Christmas card that G made me - it's me as an angel - how creative is she?!
2. The Monsters Ball at uni - the first proper night out I had with the uni besties :)
3. One of my fave photos of me and the bf taken in my favourite place on the planet - that was such a good holiday
4. Places I want to visit in America
5. The first holiday the bf and I went on to Wales (yes he really did have that hairstyle :P #loveitreally)
6. The family and I went to watch some driving trials(horseyness) and we found a stand that was selling a 'chip on a stick' - basically a potato skewer; it was hilarious trying to eat it!


7. A couple of years back we spent Boxing Day with a picnic on the beach in Blackpool - it was so much fun!
8. My fave pic of Ma when she was younger :)
9. Ma and I making a speech at my 16th birthday party
10. Prom with the besties and our fave teacher #DJDan
11. The besties and I spent a day in Manchester for my 17th birthday - it was such a fun day :)
12. The besties and I when we went to The Box for a gig - love live music haha 
13. On the last day of Sixth Form the besties and I dressed up as ninjas - it was hilarious


14. Me holding baby Bethany (my god-daughter!) for the first time :)
15. Christmas dinner with the uni besties
16. The uni besties and I were bored waiting for a lecture to start at Christmas last year - I love this pic because it reminds me of what good friends I've made at uni :)

Do you have a photo wall or a memories board? What are your fave memories on it?
aHm xoxo

Book Club Friday: Bumped...

Book Club Friday: Bumped...



Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :)


 This week I'm sharing - Bumped by Megan McCafferty


Synopsis (via GoodReads
In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, 16-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

My Thoughts
I am going to be honest and say that when I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be horrendous - there are lots of new words, phrases and ideas that are thrown at you in the beginning of this book without much explanation which I found pretty confusing to get used to the new coinage of familiar words, especially seeing as it seemed to be every other word that was new (lets not even get started on the overuse of religious language - I think this is one of the facts that made the book so disjointed and the characters so un-relate able)! Having said then once I'd gotten over that fact (about half way through mind!) I began to get into the book and started being interested in the Characters - particularly Melody and Zen. This brings me on to the names - the main characters are twins and yes they really are called Melody and Harmony #cringe. Along with that each chapter swaps between each of the twins point of view so that is a tad confusing - just as I was getting into one twins story then it changed to the others! 

I actually chose to read this book because I thought it'd be a bit more science-y due to the whole infertile virus thing but looking back after having read it I think the book sort of missed this point and just waffled on about fluffy stories about the two teen girls. Maybe it was just me :S

So basically yes there are loads of bad points to this book (sorry) but towards the end it really started to come together - the characters finally became relate able and their world is sort of understood (well enough so you can understand at least). I think it was very ambitious of the author to create and execute this tragedy in the future that was based on things that are real (unlike in the Hunger Games where everything was so detached from real life so it was completely believable)  but she must have done a pretty good job because I picked up the next book in the series (maybe trilogy, I'm not sure) Thumped - but the review for this will have to be saved for a future Book Club Friday :P


All in all I wouldn't say that Bumped is a particularly easy read nor does it contain a really life changing message and I can't see it becoming a cult favourite but it's a pretty good stopgap if you are looking for something really different to read.

Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo

Book Club Friday: The Glimpse..

Book Club Friday: The Glimpse..


Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :) I missed last weeks link up (oopsies!) but I managed to remember this week!


 This week I'm sharing the book that's been featured on my 'Currently Reading' part on my sidebar (<-- look left!) for a while now - it's not been there for so long (around a whole week - crazy!) because it was particularly hard to read - on the contary in fact but because I've been so busy with the musical I've had to put reading on the back-burner again but anyways this book is  - The Glimpse by Claire Merle


Synopsis (via GoodReads
In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.



My Thoughts
I saw this book whilst I was browsing through the Waterstones ebook selection and was really first attracted to it's cover (I'm a sucker for a pretty cover, is it just me?!) and upon reading the blurb I knew I had to give this a go! Thanks to The Hunger Games I've really gotten back into reading books about dystopian societies again (I used to be obsessed with them when I was in high school!) so there's one fact I knew I would like about the book before I'd even started it. Secondly, as my a family member has a mental illness I was drawn  to this book because I wanted to see how the author broached the subject of mental illness (after all not many authors tackle this subject whilst brandishing the word 'Crazies' about!). 

I was completely drawn into this book - the descriptions were so well done that I was fully drawn into this strange society (I wasn't left confused about why things were done a certain way, it was all explained but in a non-arduous way - win!). The characters were amazing too - I have absolutely no shame in admitting the fact that I fell in love with Cole (ahhh, Cole!) but to be honest wasn't much a fan of Jasper (something fishy going on there methinks!) and Anna is the perfect protagonist.

There were only a couple of down sides to this book: The first was that the blurb really doesn't do it justice - there's far far more to this story than just Anna and Jasper (as you come to understand when you read it). Also, the plot does tend to take quite a few twists and turns - for me this was awesome; I love reading bits where I learn new things about the characters back stories and it totally kept me on my toes whilst reading it. 

As a trainee research scientist this book really did give me something to think about and imagine what could happen in the future - very intriguing, if a little scary! As a teenage girl this book had the perfect dash of romance and being torn between two loves. The Glimpse kept me turning the pages - it was so hard to put down! I will admit that I read the last couple of chapters so fast because I wanted to know what happened that I had to go back and re-read them to absorb all the information - haha - a mark of a great book!

I loved everything about this book - except for the fact that the sequel doesn't come out till next year - sob!

Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo


Happy Fourth of July...

Happy Fourth of July...

Hey everyone

Being the self-professed all-things-American obsessed person that I am I decided that today's post will be about how I would spend my Fourth of July if I was in 'the land of the free' (and not in rainy England resting up before tonight's opening night of Oliver! ) Side note: According to wiki (the reliable source that it is of course!) the poem of the American National anthem was apparently set to a a "popular British song" #ironic

I'd liked to have started my day with some chocolate chip pancakes - yum :D...

...then spend the day at the beach with the bf (hiding behind a flag because that's apparently the done thing :P)...

...making a little camp at the beach because it's the done thing in my family...

...no day at the beach is complete without a picnic - complete with a teapot - how cute?! :)...

...as the night draws relaxing by a campfire would be awesome...

...with s'mores of course!...

...and finishing off a perfect day by watching some red white and blue fireworks over the ocean.

I wish.

Hope you all had an awesome Fourth of July :)
aHm xoxo