Monday, 29 February 2016

My Favourite Things: February

Hi everyone!

Yes, I know this is late but lets all pretend it was published on the right day ;). Basically, I've been crazy busy with uni starting and blog writing for whatever reason, seemed slightly too daunting for me to tackle during the week. But here I am - ready to share with you what I loved in February. (For those who are new here - if you're looking for a makeup-y or beauty kind of favourites, you are well and truly in the wrong place).

Clothing: Converse shoes
These shoes are so incredible I think I could talk about them for hours and hours. Basically, with uni starting I am going to be doing a lot of walking and I will be in a pair of shoes for long periods of time. But I didn't have very many comfortable shoe options and I have wanted a pair of converse for a while now. So when I went on a slight shopping spree I was absolutely delighted to find this pair in a gorgeous burgundy colour. My whole wardrobe mainly consists of black, white, grey, and burgundy so they fit in perfectly! I have worn them a couple of times now and they have been great, and I am very happy with this purchase. (They were a bargain too! $59!!)

Movie: How To Train Your Dragon
I know, I know I'm a little slow to watch this one but it's never late than never, right? I don't know what I was expecting going into this movie but I was completely blown away by it. The characters were all relate-able, humourous, and entertaining. I loved Toothless, and I thought the plot and themes were very advanced for a children's movie, making it both entertaining for adults and children. Absolutely fantastic, and needless to say I watched the second straight after!

Product: Body Shop's Grapefruit Body Mist
This body mist/perfume/whatever is a very fresh and light scent that I have been loving throughout summer. It is my favourite scent of the body shop line, and this is a bottle I've had for years and I will be very sad when I reach the end as I don't think they sell this particular product anymore. It is slightly sweet, but not cloyingly so, and is perfect for a summer, or spring, day.

TV Show: The 100
Honestly, do not even get me started on this show. I am completely and utterly obsessed about it. I haven't loved something this intensely in a while and it's fantastic. Two of my good friends Fiona and Juade watch it, so I decided - why not try it? Thank god I did! I love the characters. the plot, and I find the constant conflict on morality and humanity to be very intriguing and refreshing in a TV show. Seriously, go watch it. A++ show. (ALTHOUGH: S3E7 - if anyone has seen it, flick me a tweet on twitter, comment or whatever. I need to discuss this with someone. I have so may thoughts swirling around my mind and I need to tell someone or I may explode.)

Book: Simon vs. the Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book is a fast favourite of my sister and she kept recommending it to me, and so this month I finally gave in and picked it up. IT WAS SO CUTE AND FLUFFY AND SWEET. It's basically about two guys who anonymously email each other, and they know that they go to the same school but they don't know who the other is. It's a love story, and it's gorgeous. I highly recommend if you are looking for something sweet and lighthearted. (So totally called who the other guy was btw)

Music: Shawn Mendes
Through my love of The 100 I also discovered a new artist who I've been loving! His name is Shawn Mendes and he is 17 years old, which is pretty crazy. I looked him after he sang a song on The 100 and I love his music. I connect to all the lyrics and his style is right up my alley.

What did you love in February?

Saturday, 27 February 2016

I've Been Buying More Books...

Hi everyone!

As you may or may not know, I am a huge book lover and I have absolutely no self control when it comes to buying books. Over the past month or two, I've bought several books that I want to share with you and so here we are (This isn't even all of them, but I've already mentioned the Fifth Wave in a post and I bought my sister a book so it didn't really count).

My first purchase was back in January when QBD was having absolutely incredible sales. This box set was $14.95 and it is absolutely gorgeous! It holds a collection of classics which I will showing you next.

The first book is an absolutely gorgeous edition of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I love the way this book looks and I cannot wait to read it!

It also has Dracula by Bram Stoker, one of the most famous vampire stories in history.

I actually read this one the other day and I really really enjoyed it! Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, is what some people consider a horror, but I read it as a book that examines the effect that the human race tampering with nature can do. Because what Frankenstein created was incredible, but it was also horrifying and absolutely saddening. 

The box set also has Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and I am so pleased to finally have this book on my shelves.

There's also Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and alike to Wuthering Heights I absolutely love the feeling and tone the cover brings to this book.

And finally in the box set is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Please everyone, just take a second to fully appreciate the colours and design of this cover. It is stunning!

Friday, 26 February 2016

Italy: Rome (Part 1)

Hi everyone!

As I am sure you have seen from my previous posts, in 2013 I went on an incredible trip to Italy and I am sharing with you all my adventures (I basically just want to travel but being a poor student means that's not going to happen anytime soon, so I'm living vicariously through my past).
If you haven't already guessed from the title, today's post is all about Rome! After staying on the Amalfi Coast for three nights, we departed there and headed for the next stage of our adventure with much anticipation.

We spent the first little bit on a bus, having a little tour and driving past some very cool sights.

My first selfie in Rome (there's a lot of graffiti)

We stopped a little later and after a short walk we had our first sighting of the infamous Colosseum, which was super duper exciting!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Book Tag: Courtship

Hi everyone!

I enjoyed writing the last book tag so much that I've decided to do another one, and this time it is the Book Courtship Tag by Hi I Love Books, and I cannot wait to answer these questions. Hopefully you enjoy these tags too, and let me know in the comments how you would answer each of the questions or link me to your own blog/video - I would love to see them!

Phase 1 - Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover

I didn't actually buy this book for the cover, I don't generally do that, but I did borrow it out from the library solely because the cover was gorgeous. And that's The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long (seriously, just look at it - I love it). It was more than just a good cover though, as I ended up absolutely loving the book and I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads. I have also since bought the book and it is looking very beautiful on my bookshelf.

Phase 2 - First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary 

A book I bought because of the summary was More Than This by Partick Ness. It sounded very intriguing and the premise was nothing like anything I had ever read before so I decided to buy it. I have still not read it so I don't actually know what happens but based on the summary alone (that's all I've ever read about it) it sounds amazing!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Italy: the Amalfi Coast

Hi everyone!

I'm here to share with you today the third installment of my Italy posts. During the time I visited Pompeii we were staying in a lovely place, Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast and it was absolutely gorgeous! It was a very peaceful place and the whole time we were there I felt completely safe - I would definitely recommend visiting this charming place!

This was our hotel and I highly recommend it! The food was absolutely delicious.

Seriously though... So good!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Italy: Pompeii

Hi everyone!

If you didn't read my first post on Italy about the start of my adventure you might want to visit this page to find out the details.

On our very first day in Italy we went to visit the one place I was most excited for - Pompeii! Basically Pompeii is an ancient Roman city and in 79AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, completely covering the entire city and Herculaneum, a nearby city, in ash. It wasn't until 1748 that the city was rediscovered, the people and their lives perfectly preserved by the ash.
I absolutely love learning about the history of Pompeii, and have since I was a young girl so you can imagine my excitement when we went to visit.

We travelled there by bus and got to see some pretty amazing views on the way

Outside of Pompeii were some markets we had a wander around and one of the girls in our group got pooped on by a bird! 

The first we saw of Pompeii was a big courtyard which I believe was the forum in the old times, otherwise known as a market-place of sorts.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Book Review: The Fifth Wave

Hi everyone!

As I mentioned the other day on this post, I went to see The 5th Wave with a couple of friends. I had never read the book but I really wanted to see the movie anyway. I definitely enjoyed the movie, despite that it was somewhat predictable with a few questionable plot holes and so I left the cinema desperately wanting to read the book.
I finally bought it and read it and boy did I enjoy my time reading it! So as it is high time I wrote a review; here you go!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, which focuses on a young girl name Cassie. We follow her struggles after the invasion of a foreign alien race and gain an insight into the deterioration of humanity in some of the human races darkest times. Cassie makes the cliche promise to her brother which I would normally cringe at and roll my eyes. Girl, post-apocalyptic worlds are not the place to be making huge promises. But somehow Rick Yancey makes it work and I absolutely adore it.

Cassie is determined and feisty and strong and she is, in all honesty, one of my favourite female characters of all time. She can kick some serious ass guys. As well as being such a strong person, Cassie's narrative has a very sarcastic and sometimes humorous narrative which I absolutely loved. She could be in a dark and tough situation but she still has a sense of humour and I really like that. The book overall had a humorous tone to it which was really great - shrapnel up the ass anyone? - and definitely added a nice dimension to the book.

The relationship between the characters was quite fascinating to read about as Cassie has such a deep connection with every single one of them. From her little brother, to the boy she sat in front of at school, Ben Parish, and the strange boy who found her, Evan Walker. It's not often characters have such deep relationships which were developed on the page, but these did and it was so so refreshing (I ship Cassie and Evan everyone).

As to the writing style, particularly at the beginning, I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was very choppy, changing from times and places with little to no warning and if I had not seen the movie I think I would have been a little confused. Which is not always a bad thing as it sort of turns the book into a giant puzzle for you to work out piece by piece and that isn't always everyone's style. As it was though, even with the movie I was still super duper confused and it made it really difficult to enjoy that part of the book.

While I loved some aspects (characteristation and the relationships in particular) the writing of the book has made me a little reluctant to pick up the rest of the series.

My rating on Goodreads: 3.75/5 stars