Saturday, 20 January 2018

My iTunes Most Played.

2018 has been the year of entertainment so for on PGR. My first post of 2018 was What I Watched, the second was a 2017 Book Round-Up and now I am doing a post about my most played songs on iTunes. It's safe to say that I'm quite happy with my blog so far this year. I've always wanted to put more books, movies, music and tv on PGR because they are the things that I'm most interested in and they are how I like to spend my time. So hopefully more of these sorts of posts will be coming this year!

top twenty tunes.

I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn + Taylor Swift
Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran
Rock Bottom - Hailee Steinfeld
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Children Of The Universe - Molly Smitten Downes
Carry On My Wayward Son - SPN 200th Episode
The Road So Far - SPN 200th Episode
I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
Not Afraid Anymore - Halsey
Try - Pink

Runaways - The Killers
Disaster - Jojo
Too Close - Alex Clare
Sharp Edges - Linkin Park
Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert
The Edge - Tonight Alive
One More Night - Maroon 5
E.T. - Katy Perry
Monster - Paramore
Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones

What songs are on your most played list? I'd love to know! I'm ALWAYS on the look out for new songs to listen to!
Laura x
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2017 Book Round Up.

One of my goals for last year was to read more books. As a kid, I would constantly be at the library choosing new books to read and be that one geeky kid in the class that got all excited when the scholastic library would come to their school. I adored books growing up and somehow along the way to adulthood that passion for books slipped a little. I still kept a long list of books that I wanted to read I just never got around to it and if I did I would take weeks, sometimes even months, to complete just one of them. 

So at the beginning of 2017, I set myself a challenge on Goodreads (follow me here) to read one book a month, so twelve books in total which isn't a lot to some people, but to me, that was probably a more realistic goal. So did I meet my goal? 


(Supernatural is my favourite TV show so this gif was perfect)

I made my way through 14 books, so I passed my set goal (woot!) and I am so bloody happy about it. I finally got my love of books back and I can't wait to stick my nose into some new ones this year. Speaking of, I have been a little braver and set 2018's goal at 15 books, so hopefully, I can do that. EASY.

What I Read in 2017

My Mad Fat Diary - Rae Earl ★★★★
MMFD is one of my ALL-TIME favourite TV programmes. It touched on something that is so close to me personally (Rae is literally me) I decided to give the book a read that it came from originally. The way Rae Earl narrates the book is amazing. It's not sugar-coated tween bullshit that you read nowadays where everyone is a brooding introvert, it's real. It's so real that I found myself crying thinking how damn accurate it was to me and my own self-vision. Even though I loved it, it didn't amass the amount of love I have for the show.

My Madder Fatter Diary - Rae Earl ★★★
My love for the first book made me hungry to read the follow up to it. Sadly though I didn't feel as much of a connection to the sequel as I did the first book. This one just seemed to lose the feel of the first one and I know it's based on a true diary of Rae Earl's but I feel like it could've been edited a little better and make me love the characters as much as I did in MMFD.

Life & Times of Brenda Cankles - Randi M. Sherman ★★★
At the beginning of last year, I was contacted by the author of this book offering me a pre-released version of it for a read through and review. Obviously wanting to kick my challenge off to a good start I jumped at the chance (read my review here). I loved the idea of this book, it spoke to me a lot in the sense that this character, who was a large person, didn't care what people thought about her and she did what she wanted and wore what she wanted, but I was a little taken aback by the actual story of this person and it made me confused as to how I was supposed to view this character. 

HP & The Chamber of Secrets - *The Queen* JK Rowling ★★★★
I haven't read this book in years so I decided last year that I was going to reread all the Harry Potter books and relish in that happy place that I had as a child. I didn't manage to read any other book of the series than this one, but I loved taking that trip back to Hogwarts and I'm hoping I'll get around to doing it this year instead.

Me Before You - JoJo Moyes ★★★
I didn't know about this book until I saw the trailer for the movie and was intrigued by the story of it, so I went out and found a copy of the book and spent the week reading it. I know some have a moan about this book but I truly fell in love with it. I love the characters and the story is something that I haven't read about before, so it was something new that opened my eyes to the workings of others minds.

Me After You - JoJo Moyes ★★
As the follow-on to Me Before You, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book as the two main characters were what made that book good but I was intrigued to see what become of Louisa so I gave it a read. I liked this book. I liked how JoJo kept that connection between Louisa and Will a thing even after the first book. I would've liked it to have had a better ending, but I really enjoyed it. 

Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs ★★★★
Bones has been one of my favourite TV shows for years and I collected all of Kathy's books over those years but never got around to reading them all, so I decided to give them a go and this one is by far one of my favourites of the collection. 
Death Du Jour - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Deadly Decisions - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Fatal Voyage - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Grave Secrets - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs ★★★

The Duff - Kody Keplinger ★★★★
I adore the movie version of this book a lot so obviously, I had to give the book a read, right? I really like the book and I really like the movie, but they're almost completely different stories. The characters are the same, but the development of their relationships and the story behind them is a lot different. I think if the movie had stuck with the book's story I would've liked it a lot more.

Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger ★★★
By the same writer of The Duff, this book is set in the same universe and has a couple of the same characters pop up, but this is a story in its own right. I liked this book. I found it somewhat annoying how long the story took to reach its end because there wasn't much to the middle of it except the same jargon over and over, but I thought it was an okay read.

And those, ladies and gents, are what I read in 2017. I'm already on with my 2018 goal and am currently reading Naked Heat by Richard Castle (Castle is one of my fave TV shows too)

Have you read any of these books? Or have you got a recommendation for me to add to my list?
Laura x
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Friday, 12 January 2018

What I Watched: Dec 2017 & An Update.

Happy New Year! How is 2018 treating you so far? Good, I hope. If I'm honest with you I've not done anything remarkable so far this year. The only thing I'm sorta proud of is that I've started to eat a little healthier and cut down on all the junk food I'm used to devouring during the day. I'm not sure how long this new found love of salad bowls will last but fingers crossed it's long enough to lose me some timber!

Over Christmas and the New Year, I've done a lot of thinking regarding PGR and where I want it to go. I'm completely aware that my blog is so far under par compared to the blogs that I love to read (Your Almost Alice and See The Stars for example), but I enjoy writing my blog and I like editing it and making new headers and colour schemes etc, so I've decided that I'm not just going to give up on it like I initially wanted to, I'm going to try my best to pick it up this year and get some half decent posts put up. Even if it's just once a week I want to keep PGR going. So if you're new here, hi, if you've stayed on to read my dreadful posts, I thank you and hope you stick around.

What I Watched: December 2017.

Home Alone 2. My FAVE film to watch at Christmas and pretty much any time really.
Santa Who? I really enjoyed this movie, so I've added it to my infinite Christmas watch list.
A Christmas Prince. I gave into the hype and I'm glad I did. This is such a cute little movie.
Twilight. Not seen it in a long time. I still hate it. Also, I still love it.
Star Wars, The Force Awakens. First SW movie I've seen, kinda like it. Watched in prep for...
The Last Jedi. I honestly enjoyed this and feel a tiny bit like I'm becoming an SW fan.
Elf. 'Goodbye, Mr Narwhal'.
Get Santa. This was a random movie choice from 2016, but it's not a Christmas fave.
New Moon. Favourite of the saga.
Eclipse. Meh.
Chicken Run. First time watching this and it was okay.
Breaking Dawn Part One. This was where I stopped watching the first time around.
Frozen. I adore this friggin' movie. It's amazing. 'Yeah! Why?!'
Breaking Dawn Part Two. First time watching and it wasn't too bad a round up of the saga, really.
Under The Mistletoe. This hit home a little but it was a nice little movie.
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. CLASSIC.
Rush Hour 1 + 2. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Together. That's all.

I think it's safe to say that December was the month where I went into hibernation. This is the longest movie list I've ever written and I've been doing these lists for around a year now! I had a nice time just relaxing and enjoying the moment though and I hope this month makes me feel the same way.

Until next time beauties,
Laura x
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas TAG #2.

Merry Christmas you lovely lot! I hope you're all having an amazing run up to Christmas. I can't believe it's in five days. I must say it every post but WHERE has this year gone? It's gone way too fast for my liking and it makes me feel quite sad. Christmas, though, is my favourite time of the year and since losing my Mum I've vowed to try and enjoy it as best as I can. So the posts that I make in the next few days will most definitely be Christmas related. Like yesterday's post, this one is a CHRISTMAS TAAAAAAG! I love tag posts and Christmas, so why not?!

What would be your dream place to visit over the holidays?
New York has ALWAYS been my dream Christmas destination and I pray that one day I will make it there. It looks amazing and I can't wait to see it for myself.

Which Home Alone Film is the best?
I love the first two movies, but Home Alone 2 is what made me so enamoured with New York.

Do you like mince pies?
I always so no, but honestly, I'm not even sure whether I've tried one before. I'll have to give one a go this week.

Do you like Christmas pudding?
No. I remember having it at school with the hidden 20p stuffed into it and I didn't like it, I only asked for the pudding for the money in it!

What is your all-time favourite Christmas food?
I don't really have one, but I love all the chocolates that come out around Christmas.

Favourite Christmas song?
Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade. It's been a part of my Christmas since I can remember and Noddy Holder shouting 'It's Chriiiiiiiistmaaaas' just makes me flick back to being a child.

What were you in the Nativity play at school?
I remember one year being a shepherd. I have photos of it somewhere and I looked horrible, ha! I learned my lesson there though as I was in the choir for the rest of the school plays.

Best present you’ve received?
Tickets to meet the cast of Supernatural.

Best present you’ve given?
I can't really say. A gift means different things to different people.

One big present, or lots of little ones?
I'm honestly grateful for anything. I tell my dad every year that I appreciate whatever effort he makes and it's true. I do love getting gifts but I like giving them even more.

Do you make New Years Resolutions?
I used to but c'mon, who actually sticks to them?

Favourite Festive Chocolates?
ALL OF THEM, hehe! I love the Malteres and Galaxy choccies in Celebrations.

Christmas twice a year, or every 2 years?
I'd love for the feeling that Christmas gives me to be more than once a year because it just makes me feel relaxed and happy. 

Favourite tradition?
My family have never had any traditions, which is sad, but I enjoy the day anyway.

Do you stay comfy in your PJs, or get glammed up for Christmas Day?
I stay in my PJs all day until around 4-5 when I start to get ready to go to my boyfriends for a piss up!

I got this from a fellow bloggers post, I'm sorry but I can't remember who it was I just searched for Christmas Tags, so I tag anyone else that would like to add this to their blog. Let me know in the comments and I'll come and have a read, I love being nosey!

Merry Christmas beautiful people!
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