Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Favourite Villains

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share. You can share your most or least favourites too!

As I did a post on my favourite villains not too long ago, I thought I would share my favourite Disney villains instead!

So here are the Disney villains I love or love to hate!

1 Hades from Hercules – I actually love Hades, I mean I know he’s trying to take over Olympus but he’s so sarcastic while doing it that you just can’t help but root for him just a little.

2Maleficient from Sleeping Beauty – The only good thing about this film was Maleficent.

3 Scar from The Lion King – Another absolutely awful villain who was sarcastic enough for me to actually enjoy his presence

4 Gaston from Beauty and the Beast – The Disney version of white male privilege and damn I could not stand him.

5 Jafar from Aladdin – I really hated him and how he view Jasmine as a thing to be owned

6 Mother Gothel from Tangled – I have never hated a Disney villain more than her. She manipulated, isolated and controlled Rapunzal and gaslit her when she tried to fight for her dream. Urgh! I really hate her!

So these are the villains I love to hate! Let me know who your favourites are!

Fiction Books, Middle Grade Books

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – Book Review

This book was one of my favourite series growing up, it introduced me to antiheroes and morally grey characters and I fell in love! So when Disney announced they were making the first book into a film I felt it was time to reread. And I loved it as much as I did when I was younger!


Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

The story is centred around a 12 year old genius boy who uses his intellect to become a criminal mastermind. He runs his empire under the pretence that he is his father (also a criminal) as he knows that adults will not take him seriously. He also has a loyal bodyguard, Butler, who ensures he stays safe. Artemis is unique in the sense that being 12 years old means he is still young enough to believe in the existence of fairies yet smart enough to uncover the truth about who these fairies really were. And this is when we are introduced to him and the story begins.

This book is so much fun and there is so much sass and sarcastic characters which I loved! The book is fast paced and action packed and I love the way the story is told.

Artemis Fowl is a wonderfully complex character. He may be a criminal mastermind but he’s still a kid and it just makes the whole situation even more amusing. Especially when you see others underestimate him and then the look of shock on their faces when they realise how dangerous he actually is. Yet, he still has a moral conscious and throughout the story you can see that he has to actively push it down to continue with his plans. Even his “evil” plans are for a “good” reason. He is trying to find his dad and for that he needs money. His plans are also so ingenious and complex and it’s so much fun to see them unfold. You think you know what he is planning but then it surprises you!

Butler is the bodyguard and a father figure to Artemis, and you can see that he often points out the moral dilemmas to Artemis and that he would do anything to keep Artemis and his sister, Juliet, safe. There is one spectacular scene of him in battle with a magical creature and honestly, it’s one of my favourite parts!

Holly is the fairy that is kidnapped by Artemis and I just adore her! She is so sarcastic and sassy and I love how she deals with being in a male dominated environment. She doesn’t let others make her feel as though she isn’t worthy of being there and she always does everything to the best of her abilities. I really loved her growing up!

Even the rest of the characters are so great and each one has a distinct personality and are well rounded characters. We get to know each of them quite well even in just the first book.

The main part of the story takes place in about a day so we get to see everything happen by the hour so we actually get a lot of information regarding the way the LEPrecon works and what Artemis has planned. So we really get a sense of the history behind the fairies and humans and why the fairies dislike the humans so much.

Usually it’s pretty clear who the bad guy is and although technically Artemis, being the criminal, would be the bad guy. However I also sympathised with him a lot and was rooting for him. The fairies are also not exactly morally upstanding as they are willing to kill a few humans to achieve their goals.

So despite this being a children’s book, I really loved it as an adult and I think anyone could enjoy it!

I’m really looking forward to continue my reread of this series, especially as a spin off has been announced!


Illumicrate Unboxing – Clever Ruse November Box

Hey booknerds! I have an unboxing for you today! This is the Illumicrate November box and the theme was Clever Ruse. As usual the box was amazing and I loved all the items! Plus this month they included two books as it was their anniversary box! So lets get to the unboxing.


The first item included was a woodmark inspired by Warcross. I love the design and the quote! The artwork is by @chattynora


They also included a pin banner inspired by The Night Circus, Caraval and all things Circus! I love that it looks like a circus top! As you can see I have already filled it with all of my pins! It was designed by illumicrate themselves!


They included some unique items this month and one of them was this drink cosy inspired by To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I really love the artwork which is designed by @giacatam


I adore this item that was included, a Throne of Glass inspired necklace. It’s so beautiful and designed by @fableandblack And of course I just had to have my cat, Sherlock, model the necklace for me!

They also included an exclusive edition of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. I have heard such great things about this series and this is the perfect excuse to start reading!


The last thing included is a Mulan inspired scarf which has some beautiful artwork on it. The artwork is by Feifei Ruan. It’s absolutely stunning!

The book included in this months box was Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean. This edition has an exclusive cover and sprayed pages. It sounds like such a great story and I’m super excited to read it!

The extras that were included in this months box are a bookmark inspired by The Poppy War and a This Mortal Coil DNA helix

So that’s everything in this months box! I loved everything and I am so excited for the Saints and Scars box and their next quarterly box!

Booksish Discussions

My Favourite Films to Watch in the Winter

Okay so with the weather getting colder I just want to snuggle with my cat and a blanket with candles lit and a cup of tea. I love being able to read in the cold evening but I also love watching my favourite films this time of year, even more so than the rest of the year! There’s just something comforting about watching them this time of year. So I thought I would share with you all and find out what you like to do when it’s cold.

Of course the Harry Potter films are top of the list! I watch them every winter, when I lived at home with my family, me and my sisters would watch them all over the Christmas holidays. Now though it’s just me as my husband is not a big Harry Potter fan. He only watched the films a few years ago when I made him watch them with me!

Since the release of Fantastic Beasts on DVD this has also become one of my comfort films. I love watching it especially when I feel unwell. I love Newt so much, he’s such a cinnamon roll!

Another favourite of mine is The Lord of the Rings trilogy! This is actually one of the few films my husband enjoys and will watch more than once so we will watch them together, when it’s cold and neither of us can be bothered to go out for date night. Takeaways and The Lord of the Rings has become a staple date night in our house.

Okay so I know many people didn’t like The Hobbit films but I do and I also love watching these.

My favourite Disney film is Tangled and I HAVE to watch it, I mean I watch it throughout the year too but it’s a must in the winter. I adore Rapunzal and Flynn and they are my OTP!

I have a few other Disney films that I love to watch too, all of them films of my childhood and they always make me feel nostalgic. From Hercules, Aladdin, Aristocats and Mulan being some of my favourites!

The last one that I love watching is Pride and Prejudice. I adore Darcy and Elizabeth so much! It’s my favourite classic and I’m glad the film does it justice!

So here are some of my favourite films to watch during the winter. Do you love any of these? What do you like watching?

Booksish Discussions

My Favourite Childhood Books

So I’ve been trying to get my little cousins to read more and it got me thinking about all the books I read as a kid and how there was some which were clearly favourites. Books that were read multiple times and I just could not get enough! A lot of the books I read as a kid is books I borrowed from the library and I’m actually really sad that I don’t have my own copies of them. I definitely need to buy them at some point (amongst the other thousands of books I want to buy)!

So I thought I would share some of my all time favourite books with you all!

Of course I have to mention Harry Potter! These books were a huge part of my childhood! From the age of 10 I was well and truly hooked! It has become a huge part of my childhood and I have some great childhood memories about the midnight book releases.


I was also a huge fan of Enid Blyton books as a kid. I loved The Magic Faraway Tree, The Secret Seven and Famous Five. These books I have read countless number of times! I always wanted to be part of a secret group like the secret seven as a kid!

Another book I loved was the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. This was my first anti-hero story and I loved it! Disney are making the first book into a film which will be released next year and I cannot wait for it!


One of my favourite classics as a kid was Black Beauty. I remember reading this for the first time when I was 11 years old and completely falling in love! I must have read the book about 10 times in year 6!

The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz was another series I loved. A teenage MI6 agent? Of course I had to read it! The series ended a few years ago but now he’s starting the series again from where it ended and I am so ready to be back in that world!


The Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan was another favourite of mine. It had vampires and the story was so complex and interesting.

I adored The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid! My favourites are Prince Caspian and of course The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. Such magical books! I wish I had a wardrobe that took me to a magical land!


So these are some of my absolute favourite childhood books! I always feel like rereading them but I’m scared they won’t live up to my childhood memories. Anyone else feel like that?

Let me know what your favourite childhood books!

Also any books you would recommend for a 10 year old now!