New blog – Sumslife101

I’ve been really bad and not posted anything on here for quite some time, the reason behind this is I haven’t been reading much (shock horror i know). I am in a reading slump/funk and I’m still not out of it. I’m rereading my favourite books to help me get out of it but I’ve already reviewed them on here. That’s why i’ve been AWOL. I’ve also been mega busy with work (my new job is stressful) and I’ve been on an amazing holiday to Walt Disney World Florida for 2 weeks. I do love blogging so I decided to set a new blog of all my other thoughts/review/hauls. Please feel free to check that out. Hopefully I will get back into book blogging so. I’m hoping to get out of my slump considering it’s lasted about 6 months!! Thank you to all you guys for sticking with me even though I haven’t been post. It means the world to me.

 

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Exciting News – Hunger Games Props Auction on Invaluable

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I saw on Invaluable that they have an upcoming Hunger Games props and collectables auction and the fangirl in me went crazy. I am so excited about this! I was a bit like say what? I had to share this with you all.

This auction, The World of The Hunger Games Auction, starts at 11:00 AM PST on May 20 and will feature 450 noteworthy lots. The auction features props and outfits from all four of The Hunger Games films. Items include Katniss’ Mockingjay propaganda outfit from The Mockingjay – Part 1, Katniss’ District 12 hunting bow and signature brown leather jacket from The Mockingjay – Part 2, Peeta’s arena wetsuit from Catching Fire, as well as props used by characters President Snow, Gale Hawthorne, Effie Trinket, Haymitch Abernathy, and more. This is an amazing opportunity for us fans and movie enthusiasts alike to have a chance to own these props.

I mean come on who does want props from The Hunger Games. I personally want Peeta’s Reaping costume, that would be a dream come true. I mean look at it?! There is also the fact that Josh Hutchinson has worn this, like seriously.

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So it’s time for The Reaping for these iconic pieces of memorabilia from The Hunger Games. Here are a few lots for example:

Lot 272: Katniss Everdeen Mockingjay propaganda ensemble from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Estimated price: $15,000 – $20,000

Iconic “The Mockingjay” ensemble includes: a black canvas long sleeve zip-front jacket with interwoven nylon strap detail at the front, unique high collar piece descending into tiered shoulder pads, and integral black rubber forearm guard, a pair of black self-striped pants with cargo pockets retaining internal bias label marked “KE 5,” and a pair of black high-top boots with zipper and lace closures.

Lot 6: Katniss Everdeen hero wooden District 12 hunting bow from The Hunger Games

Estimated price: $8,000 – $12,000

Katniss’ signature hero wooden longbow used during her hunting trips with Gale in District 12. Measuring 59.75 in. long (unstrung), the longbow is crafted of dark stained wood and features wrapped twine reinforcement. Appears in The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well as one of the final sequences in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Lot 446: Katniss Everdeen hunting ensemble with bow from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Estimated price: $12,000 – $15,000

Katniss’ instantly recognizable signature brown leather hunting jacket with elastic detail at sides and zipper front closure. Includes a long sleeve oatmeal henley retaining internal bias label marked “KE4,” and a pair of olive flat-front pants retaining internal bias label marked “KE 5,” an olive belt with metal buckle, and a pair of gray canvas Israeli low-lace boots.

These are a tad bit out of my price range but there are other props that you can get your hands on that are slightly more affordable like:

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Feel free to check out their other collectibles and movie props.

 

If you’re interested in bidding then May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favour!

 

Where I’ve been – Cyprus Delights

It’s been quite some time since my last post so I thought share what I’d been up to. I went to Aiya Napa in Cyprus for an all girls holiday with my cousins for a week then spent the weekend in London.

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I was in Ayia Napa between 6th to 13th May, we didn’t arrive until late on 6th May so all we did was have dinner at the hotel and go to bed. We stayed at the Nissi Park Hotel. It was lovely, we were all inclusive which was great too. One of the best things about the hotel is the staff they were so friendly and helpful, the hotel is a 3 star one but I would say if you’re planning to go Cyprus stay there it’s really nice. The hotel itself is clean and nicely laid out, i adore the colour scheme as I like neutral colours. In general the public transport is good, our hotel had bus stops quite near so we could jump on and go Larnaca, Nicosia or Pafos if we wished.

I booked throughThomas cook and had no problems at all. For the hotel website click here if you’re interested in checking it out.

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We did so many activities out there that it was unreal, we only had 2 days at the beach the rest was cramming in activities. I attempted scuba diving for the first time. This was scary but so worth it, I cannot swim well but I went to a scuba place who were happy to let me scuba even though I was a novice swimmer, they catered to your needs. For the life of me I cannot remember the name but I will put a link in once I find out who the company where. We also went for a camel ride at the Camel park, that was fun too. We did also go on the Red bus village tour, if your going to Cyprus and are interested in knowing the history i’d recommend this tour, the tour guide Ian was so knowledgeable and friendly, we all really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. We watched the sun rise from Cape greco, and so much more. It really was a brilliant holiday. I even managed to make some time to read haha.

This is what I’ve been up to over the last week or so. If your planning a holiday and don’t know where to go then go Cyprus! It is amazing and the weather is great.

Have anyone else been to Cyprus before?

Don’t you hate it when..

Someone spoils a book or film for you by telling you the ending or a major spoiler?

I did a blog post earlier on the fact that I was ordering Me before you by JoJo Moyes as I saw the film trailer and decided the book was a must read. Well I was discussing at work my new book purchase and how I was looking forward to reading it and how from what i gathered from the trailer I thought it would make me cry. The person I was talking to then proceed to tell me how she had heard about the book, thought about buying it but decided to check the story out on wikipedia instead and then told me the entire ending. THE ENTIRE ENDING AND TWIST! I was like what!!

My face was literally like:

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On the plus side the book arrived and I love the cover. My copy just arrived from book depository. There were other covers but I liked this one the best. (Ignore the copy of Lean in 15! I thought i’d give the recipes a go as it was on offer)

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On the downside I now have the book but I know the entire story essentially and so don’t want to pick the book up yet.

I mean really why must people give spoilers? Has this ever happened to you?

Affiliations & My blog

I recently decided it was a good idea to sign up to the affiliate programs with both Amazon and Book Depository. I was just approved with both and so thought i’d make a post on it so all you guys knew that if I included a link with an affiliate link I will use an asterisk in my post to show it so you know that I will be upfront about it.

Through the affiliate links I would earn a small percentage if you buy books through my affiliated link. This is not the reason for my blog, it is more to do about sharing my love of books, posting reviews and just fingerling in general, but thought it would be a good idea to sign up to both these programs even if i don’t earn anything through it.

My links are:

Amazon

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Link: http://amzn.to/1V2hqZz

Book Depository

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Link: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=hyperaboutbooks

You can ignore this post but I wanted to be upfront and let you guys know I have signed up for these affiliate programs 🙂

I do have some book hauls to post soon to which I will get round to at some point so you all have that to look forward to.

Happy book buying!

When a film makes you buy a book

I went to the cinema today with some friends and saw the advert to Me before You and recognised that this was a book that i’ve been seeing around Instagram but didn’t know much about. After watching the trailer though I decided I not only have to buy the book but watch the film. I came home and ordered the book straight away. I look forward to reading it. I have a feeling I know how this is going to end. I’m going to end up in the same boat as The Fault in Our Stars, but we shall have to see.

Me after The Fault in Our Stars:

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Has this ever happened to you? Have you made a book purchase based on a film or a trailer?

Interested in the trailer?  You can click here to watch it on Youtube

Signed up to my 30 day Free Trial

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Based on all the positive comments I received about Kindle Unlimited I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for the 30 day free trial. I’m glad I did as it means I can “borrow” the new Natasha Anders book A Ruthless Proposition as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy the book. I love Natasha Anders book The Unwanted Wife but I found I didn’t like the 2nd book in the series A Husband’s Regret, the hero was a total jerk in that and I thought the 3rd book in the series His Unlikely Lover was ok. So her books can be a bit hit and miss and I’m excited I get to read the new book but not have to commit to buying it. I will if I enjoy it but I like the freedom of choice.

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I had a quick look through the titles that are available on Kindle Unlimited (as I can access the list now I’ve started a free trial) and i would say if you are looking to read the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games Series, The Mortal Instruments series or The Maze Runner series but don’t know if you want to buy the book. Sign up to Kindle Unlimited as you can borrow all the series I mentioned. So you can get the free trial and if you like it then after it £7.99 per month. there’s no contract with it so you can cancel at any point.

I will let you know if I continue with Kindle Unlimited and if I think it will be worth subscribing too

Happy Reading!