Sunday, 31 July 2016

My Favourite Things: July

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I have done one of these posts, but I'm determined to make this happen every month for the rest of the year (cross your fingers). I loved a lot in July though so I am super keen to share it with you all.

My first favourite this month is something that is a little (very) different to what I would normally wear and that is a leather jacket! It's not proper leather but it feels super soft and looks really great on (or so I think anyway). I bought the jacket on sale from Dotti, and I think this is the one I got, and if not it is pretty similar.
I actually really really love it! As I've said it is very different to what I would normally go for but the black is super versatile with my wardrobe and I have honestly been wearing it  whenever I go out.
(I've also discovered while trying to take an okay photo of me that I look really awkward in all of them - but thank you Kiara for trying)

Okay so this one may not count because as I am writing this, it is the only book I have read in July. But I'm adding it in my favourites anyway because I really enjoyed it and it is a favourite of mine from a few years ago.
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen basically follows the rich elite young adults of New York in 1899 and it is all about their scandals and power struggles and forbidden romances. Some call it shallow, and it may be a slight guilty pleasure read, but I absolutely adored it.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something fun and easy to read.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Book Tag: TBR

Hi all!
It is time for another book tag and this month I've decided on the TBR Book Tag. I obviously wasn't tagged but we're going to do it anyone and I am really looking forward to it - these are always fun to write.

I found this tag while browsing through Smiling Shelves' blog so go check them out!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Honestly, I don't really make a conscious effort to keep track of the books I want to read. I have a Goodreads list but I don't do much more than that. The unread and read books aren't even separated on my shelves!

Is your TBR pile mostly print or ebook?
It is entirely print for me. Nothing beats the feeling of a good book in your hand and the whole experience it brings.

How do you determine what to read next?
I don't follow a monthly TBR and I definitely don't force myself to read something just because everyone else is reading it. I read entirely by what I feel like reading and it makes me terrible for book clubs and reading challenges!

What book has been on your TBR the longest?
On my actual bookshelf I think it would be Lord of the Rings but on Goodreads it is The Heir of Mistmantle by Margaret McAllister and I added it early 2012.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Birthday Haul 2016

Hi everyone!

I am here today with the promised post - my Birthday haul for 2016. I was definitely spoilt by my family this year and I couldn't wait to tell you all what I got. I'm so so grateful to them all - I love everything I got.

There's not too much I can ramble about, so let's just get started!

You guys may or may not know, but I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones and I adore playing board games. So Mum found this and it is so cool! Instead of Piccadilly or whatever, there's Kings Landing and Winterfell and it's just generally really cool. I had great fun playing this with my friends the other day.

I also got these two gorgeous necklaces from extended family and I love them! I especially love how much thought went into the silver one with choosing which charms to put inside.

Mum has this exact perfume (Bvlgari Rose Esentielle) and I randomly sniffed it a while back and thought it was divine. So Mum got me a bottle and I think it is my new favourite perfume! I also got a few compliments on it when I saw friends on Thursday,

I of course also got two books, which Kiara helped Mum to pick out and I am now one book away from completing the entire Selection Series by Kiera Cass.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Mt Ngungun

Hi everyone!

You can probably tell already - but I don't exercise. Last year I had a yoga class once a week but I this year I don't even do that. So when I actually go out and do something it's a pretty big deal (although I will never go to the gym, that doesn't sound at all enjoyable).

So yesterday, along with a few of my girl friends we climbed a mountain! Now I have climbed Mt Ninderry a couple of times, as I've told you about here and here. These times are a rarity though so I was pretty excited when Mt Ngungun (pronounced noo noo) was suggested. It's located in the Glasshouse Mountains of Queensland and most of us had never been before which was lovely. It was a more gentle slope than Ninderry and it was actually really busy! It was kind of heartening seeing families going up before us - if they could do it than so can I (even if I'm really unfit). 

I made it to the top after only stopping briefly twice and the view is so worth whatever pain my legs are in! We took many customary photos which I will leave below. 

Climbing in winter is great because you definitely do not sweat as much and you can go out whenever without the threat of bad sunburn or heatstroke or something. I highly recommend it! It's a great form of exercise which is actually enjoyable.

Friday, 1 July 2016

2016 In Books: Part 1

Hi all!
You may or may not remember, but earlier this year I wrote this post telling you about all the books I had read during the year of 2015. I was going to do that again but there's been a slight complication... I've read way more books and it's only June! I'm writing this a few days early so you might see on my Goodreads that the count has changed, but anything after I'll add into the next post.
So far, I have read 26 books! (I only had a goal of 15)... I have to say I'm pretty proud and I've loved them so much. Seriously though, everything is rated so highly.

(I apologise in advance for how long this is - but don't worry, if you don't want to read it all I've added pictures so you can skim through and pick out something that looks interesting)

The first book I read was City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, which is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series (I'm rereading them all this year for Lady Midnight). It's not as good as the first (mainly because I find Simon to be so whiny in this book) but it was still a great story and a great sequel.
Goodreads rating: 5 stars

Next I read the second half of A Storm of Swords by George R R Martin, and I honestly think that this is my favourite book of the whole series. The entire thing was so intense and dramatic and there was just so many things happening in every chapter that I was kept on my toes for the whole book.
Goodreads rating: 5 stars.

I then read Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 & 4. I manged to pick this up for around $12 (normally $40 something) and I really enjoyed reading it. It was great to be able to examine some of the characters in a little more depth and understand why the show-runners chose to do things in a certain way. The pictures where fantastic and I loved the look at the behind the scenes stuff.
Goodreads rating: 5 stars

I then took a bit of a dramatic turn with my reading (this happens a lot so don't be surprised) and read Anne of Avonlea by L M Montgomery. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first book, it was still a delightful story and Anne is an absolutely lovely character to read about. I love her so much! I'm a little shocked I haven't read these books earlier, because although I'm enjoying them now I would have absolutely loved them when I was younger. Goodreads rating: 4.75 stars

After watching the movie with some friends, I decided to pick up The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and in some ways I was very disappointed but in others I really loved it. I did a full review at the time and you can find it here if you want to know a little more of my thoughts on it.
Goodreads rating: 3.75 stars

At my sisters insistence I also picked up my first Sarah J Maas novel and absolutely adored it. The book was A Court of Thorns and Roses. The plot was pretty intense, especially in the second half, and the world it was set in was very interesting and I cannot wait to learn more about it. Feyre, as a main character, is kick butt and so strong-willed which I really loved. I hated Rhysand and loved Tamlin and I had some very strong opinions on it all (which little did I know was all about to change).
Goodreads rating: 5 stars