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November Favourites

It’s already 3rd December, but I don’t think it’s too late to share with your some of the things I enjoyed during November!

Favourite Song: I’ve listened to ‘New Rules’ by Dua Lipa at least once a day, I love it!

wizard and glass

Favourite Book: I’m currently reading, and enjoying ‘Wolves of Calla’, the fifth book in the ‘Dark Tower’ series but ‘Wizard and Glass’, which I read during November, stands out for me as the best installment so far. *Mild Spoiler* The majority of this novel is a flashback, but I really think it helps the reader to understand the main protagonist Roland Deschain, much better than any of the previous novels within the series.

Favourite TV Series: ‘Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets’ BBC series.

My mum saw the first episode of this new series and recommended that I watch it. Initially, I assumed that I wouldn’t like this at all, considering this is about stately homes in the U.K., however I found the first episode about Highclere Castle (AKA ‘Downton Abbey’) fascinating. A mixture of history, cooking and learning about the day to day running of these magnificent buildings; complete with Mary Berry’s charm and wit, means this is an interesting programme. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of this series.

Favorite YouTube Video: Ariel Bissett’s Discussion on ‘Competitive Reading’. I have been a subscriber to her channel for a while now and really enjoy her posts about reading and writing. The other day, she posted a video about ‘Competitive reading’ and her comments about reading pressure and ‘Good Reads’ resonated with me. At the beginning of this year, I signed up to the GoodRead’s Reading challenge and found myself reading books for the sake of it, rather than to discover new stories, characters and authors. I realised that the goal I really wanted to achieve was to enjoy the experience of reading, rather than reading to increase the number of books I read. So I stopped doing the Good Reads challenge and do not plan to participate next year. This video is quite long, but worth watching in my opinion :

The ‘Favorites’ series will be back at the end of December and I’ll also do a Reading Wrap Up at the end of the month!

What are your November Favourites?

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Favourites Series – Stephen King

I have many favourite things in my life. From clothes to songs, films to food. So I thought that I would share a list of favs with you in this new series.

Like my mind, this favourites list will be random. Each post will be about a completely different subject.

This time I’m going to share with you, my list of 5 favourite Stephen King novels:

The Stand

1.This will forever be my favourite Stephen King novel. At a whopping 1344 pages, it seems an  intimidating read, but trust me, you won’t notice how massive this book is.

The diverse, believable characters combined with fantastic storytelling, will transport you to post virus America with a message of good against evil.


2.The character of Carrie, in my opinion, depicts the perfect anti-hero. Yes, she is a hormone fuelled, crazy psychopath, but when reading about what she gets up to at her high school prom, you can’t help but feel pleased for her. Maybe that’s a bit worrying…


3. Not only is this a gripping story, but as a writer myself, I’m fascinated by the insight the protagonist Paul Sheldon gives on the writing process.

This is a story which will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a twist at the end, that I wasn’t expecting.


4. ‘The Cell’ is a lesser known novel by Stephen King (correct me if I’m wrong), but once I started reading this book, whilst on holiday many years ago, I couldn’t put it down.

It channels into the modern day obsession with technology and mobile phones, to tell a horrifying story. It also sends a very strong message of family.The main character, illustrator Clayton Riddell fights to save his wife and son from being over taken by the power of a vicious, futuristic virus.


5. It was hard to think of only five novels to be included in this ‘Favourites’ list. I could have selected ‘Bag of Bones’, ‘The Green Mile’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Doctor Sleep’ and loads of other Stephen King Novels. However, the last in my list is ‘Thinner’.

What I like about this short novel, is the suspense that is built up throughout. I also really like the ending. I won’t give it away, but it’s one of the most bizarre endings I have read!

I will post another ‘Favourite’ list soon. If you would like to join in with this series, post a ‘Favourite’ list on a subject of your choice, on your blog. Then post a comment here, including the link.