Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Recent Purchases Haul

Hi everyone!

I haven't done a favourites post in about a gazillion years, so I have literally no idea what I've talked about and what I haven't. So rather than do that, I figured I could do a haul style post where I share with you some of my recent purchases. I hope you enjoy!

The first thing I wanted to talk about is the most exciting - I bought Peter Alexander pyjamas!! I love this shop and always stare at the different collections when I walk past but it's just wayyy too expensive for me to even consider buying pair. But they were having a sale for half price and I just could resist.
I bought a super cute pair with Harry Potter characters on it (sorry about the crinkles - they've been my pyjamas of choice this week). I also got a pair after one of my favourite movies, Dirty Dancing. I did not know these existed and they're basically the greatest thing ever. You can get the Dirty Dancing pair here but I couldn't find the Harry Potter one's anymore, they must have sold out. Check out the website though as they have some gorgeous pyjamas! Mum got a Lion King pair (sold out) and Kiara got a pair of ones with constellations that make dogs. Love love love.

This is a very random haul so brace yourself! As a child I was a big fan of Enid Blyton, and in particular the Famous Five - they were literally the greatest books in the world to me. Lately I've been wanting to get into the colouring books, Kiara has quite a few and it got me interested. So when I saw this one with the Famous Five I just had to get it! I've only done a couple so far but it's very relaxing and I'm really enjoying it.
My other random purchases is a metal water bottle with Little Miss Princess on it which I got from Aldi. I love it.

I made my first purchase from Topshop recently which was pretty exciting. I've been looking everywhere for a decent black denim skirt but haven't been able to find the style I want, until I was randomly looking on the Topshop website one day. I looked in store for it but couldn't find it and ended up having to buy online which I'm not doing again because it was such a hassle with the currency conversion. But I love the skirt and it's petite so it actually fits me lengthwise. But I have to say - I'm so used to wearing longer skirts it feels like I'm showing off a lot of skin! I also got a really pretty top, which I believe you can get in petite, tall, and the normal range. The embroidery is a lovely quality and I'm really happy with my purchases.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Book Tag: The Summer Reader

Hi all!

We are well into summer here now, and I don't think it has been as bad as usual (I'm writing this on the 8th of January, it could have deteriorated badly for all I know) but I'm sick of the humidity and sweat. Dare I say it: I'm looking forward to winter this year. Mostly because we barely had winter and I'm hoping it will just be that nice temperature again. But anyway, I thought it only right to do a summer themed book tag, so here we are with the Summer Reader Book Tag.

Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better
I'm not sure what they mean by bitter, but I've picked Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It took ages for that book to establish itself and get going but one it did it was fantastic.

Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare
Probably any of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Yancy. Those books can be absolutely hilarious and you always know you are in for a feel good adventure with those.

Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country
Seeing as though I'm in Australia, literally every book ever. But I'm going to choose Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins as that's set in Paris and I would love to go one day.

Tree Shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced 
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson is my favourite book for this. It's about a Princess who instead of entering into an arranged marriage, she runs away to a small village to live like a peasant. But two people follow her: the jilted Prince and an assassin. You know straight away one is super shady but who don't know who is who and I love it.

Beach Sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed
I always hate saying this because Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors, but definitely Soundless. It had so much potential and then was just the biggest let down.

Green Grass: pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile
I don't know why I'm struggling with this character so much but I think I'm going to go with Louisa Clark from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. She had such a vibrant personality which shone through every page of the book and I adored reading about her.

Watermelon: pick a book that had some juicy secrets
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. The entire series is literally the elite of 1900 New York and their juicy secrets and scandals. It's pretty trashy but I love it all the same.

Sun Hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting
Hands down Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. That series has a ridiculous amount going on, a stupid amount of history and mythology, and the physical size of it is pretty amazing.

BBQ: pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk
Hector from Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. Good lord, I love this trilogy but there's so much talk about the size of Hector and how physically fit he is! He's definitely the first one that springs to mind.

Summer Fun: pass the tag on
I am going to tag everyone reading this to have a go at this tag, and I would love to hear your responses so just leave a link in the comments!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Christmas Haul 2017

Hi everyone!

I seem to be a little late to the game with my Christmas haul this year, everyone else has already posted theirs! But I wanted to get my reading wrap-up first and still wanted to talk about Christmas for just a little bit longer.

I had a super lovely day with my family, and as per usual, no photos were taken. I opened presents with my parents, sister, and my cousin and his girlfriend who were down visiting, and then we had our traditional brunch of crepes. We then did what we always do Christmas - read and just generally chill out. For dinner we went to my grandparents with my other cousin, and Auntie and Uncle. It was all around a really nice day and I hope yours was great too!

A short disclaimer: I don't want anyone to think I'm bragging in this post, I just really love sharing stuff like this and this time of year is so great on YouTube because I thoroughly enjoy watching them all (Tanya Burr's is a firm favourite).

Every year without fail I get books for Christmas and this year I had specifically asked for a new edition of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I wanted this one as it isn't a simple paperback like I have (in the dreaded movie cover and everything) but it wasn't a hardback either so not completely impractical to read from. It feels super lovely, the spines look great on my book shelf and I just all around love it. I also got given Peter Pan by J M Barrie as Mum and Kiara loved it too much to leave it in the shop.

I did Christmas with two of my friends this year where we just got each other small gifts and I got to pick out my a book! To be honest, I had a very hard time choosing but I went with Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart as I really enjoyed We Were Liars and this book has such an interesting concept - it is told backwards.

The other book, Almost Adulting by Arden Rose, was more of a joke-y present from my sister and I have already read it and talked about it a bit in my end of year reading wrap-up.

I don't know if I have actually talked to any of you about this yet - but I am absolutely obsessed with the show Victoria. It's about Queen Victoria (obviously) and I've been dying over it and my whole family has now watched it. The acting is amazing, the story-line is lovely, and the romance. Oh man the romance is the best. I won't lie, the end of season two nearly destroyed me and I will forever be bitter about it but I did thoroughly enjoy the Christmas special. I just want the next season now!
From my cousin and his girlfriend I got a new beach towel (it's one of those cool round ones!) and a QBD voucher, which, in my opinion, is always an amazing present.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Reading-Wrap Up: End of Year

Hi everyone!

I'm here today to share with you all the books I read in the second half of 2017 - from basically whenever my last reading wrap-up was! If I'm being honest, quite a few of the books I read were re-reads, which is not a bad thing for me, but I hope you don't get bored. I read some fantastic books though and I'm so excited to tell you all about them.

I'm starting of with the boring though and talking about some of my uni books. I read two for my medieval course, Ralph Tailor's Summer by Keith Wrightson and The Black Death by John Hatcher. They were both pretty interesting books, mainly focusing on a small village during the plague. I think I did enjoy the one by Hacther better though as it read more like a story. There's also The Houses of History by Anna  Green and Kathleen Troup, which I hated the course and hated the book. I did not get along with the subject matter at all but this wasn't too hard to understand. Finally there is a collection of Euripides plays, the majority of which I read in first semester. I just read the last one recently because it was bugging me that I hadn't finished it.

We then had my first re-read and I'm a little bit embarrassed to share it if I am being honest. I read Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick which is basically a trashy book about fallen angels with a cliche romance. This time around I found the main character, Nora, way more annoying and definitely noticed how terrible the love interest is but I was entertained nonetheless. Do not read this expecting something groundbreaking! This is a book for a quick escape with a book that does not require thinking. I had to lower my rating on Goodreads (past me apparently gave it a five) and I now give it 3 stars.

My next read was definitely a step-up from Hush Hush and that's The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. If you are looking for LGBT+ representation then this is definitely the book for you. There's same-sex parents (who are present in their child's life! Bit wild for a YA book), a pansexual character, and a gay character. Asexuality was even mentioned which is pretty amazing. The story itself was so lovely and the main character, Molly, was super relatable. The love interest was great and I found myself laughing so many times while reading it. I would definitely recommend this one!
My rating on Goodreads: 4.5/5 stars.

I then finally read Ruta Sepetys second World War II book, Salt to the Sea. You have all heard me rave about Between Shades of Grey and so I was super excited to dive into this one and, let me tell you, it did not disappoint. It had an amazing cast of characters all coming together with the same goal - leaving Nazi occupied territory. I am amazed that the story of this ship is real and yet in all my years of history I have never heard anything about it. It was incredibly moving, captivating, and also horrifying. I could not recommend this book enough to someone who wants to read a historical novel - this is one done so well.
My rating on Goodreads: 5 stars.