Wednesday, 31 August 2016

My Favourite Things: August

Hi everyone!

We are back at that time where I share with you what I have been loving during the month. Honestly, where has the time gone? I can hardly believe that tomorrow is already September!
I struggled a little bit with picking my favourites this month - most because I still love what I did last month. Honestly, I am ridiculously obsessed with that Atonement soundtrack. Nevertheless, I did love some different things as well and I hope that you enjoy hearing about them.

The first thing doesn't have a picture because it was the Olympics! I'm sure you all know that the Olympics were this month and I have to say I really really enjoyed watching it. Anyone who knows me will know that I don't do sports and I don't follow any sports (aside from the Australian Open every summer) but I think the Olympics is my second exception. It was really cool getting to watch so many different sports that you wouldn't get to see and I loved sitting around with my family every evening to watch it.

My favourite book this month would definitely have to be The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. I read the first one earlier on and absolutely loved it but I then had to wait ages for my second book arrive. It was well worth the wait though and this final book was such a fantastic finale, I was blown away. I loved the characters and the complexity of the political intrigue and I especially loved that you never knew what was going to happen next.

I splurged a couple of weeks ago and bought a new lip balm - something I have not done in a long long time. It turns out there are a lot of options and I wasn't really sure what to pick but I remember Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman raving about them ages ago, so I picked up a Burt's Bees. I'm so glad I did because I absolutely love it! While it isn't the nicest smelling, it goes on really smooth and I love the consistency of it. I would definitely recommend this brand if you're looking for a new lip balm (although this one just went through the washing machine - are they still okay after that?)

Monday, 22 August 2016

I Got Glasses!

Hi all!

This may seem a little bit random to you, but lately I have noticed I am struggling to see road signs clearly and the board at uni is really hard to focus on. I've also been holding my phone and books a lot closer to my face than usual so I decided to go an get my eyes checked, just in case. After all - it's better to be safe than sorry!

It turns out I wasn't been over dramatic like I thought I was being, and I have now got glasses. I'm kind of excited and kind of not, I am definitely going to have to get used to wearing them.

Basically, I am a bit shortsighted and so here we are. I've got no idea what strength they are or anything but I feel like I've suddenly got HD definition. I don't have to wear them all the time or anything, well not yet anyway. Hopefully it won't get any worse for many years!

These are the two pairs I got (from Specsavers if you were wondering) and I am really happy with them. I think they suit my face well and should go with all my clothes (far out though guys, who knew glasses shopping was so difficult).

So there's a little update from me today - tomorrow is the big test run of them at uni. Wish me luck!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Book Tag: Cake

Hi all!

Today we are combining two of my favourite things, reading and baking, in another book tag. Yes, it's that time of the month already and this month we have the Book Cake Tag which I found over at SpinesandCovers. I'm really looking forward to doing this one actually, so let's go!

Flour: a book that was slow in the beginning, but then really picked up 
For this one, I think I am going to say The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman. This book was quite slow all round, but it definitely picked up in the second half when the story-line began to unfold pretty quickly and it all got very dramatic. Definitely a great read and I immensely enjoyed it, though I can see that it would not be everyone's cup of tea.

Butter: a book that has a really good rich plot
When I think of great plots, I think of Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. I mean, have you read those books? Every single book has many different plotlines going at the same time and the best part is that they all intertwine with each other. It can definitely be confusing sometimes, but Game of Thrones has one of the "richest" plots I have read.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

I am out of control!

Hi all!

If you had said to me during July, "Tynnika you have bought way too many books this month," you would be absolutely right. I think I went a little crazy but, to be fair, I did have to buy some for university. That kind of justifies it, right?

I have a grand total of 20 books to show you, and 9 of those were for university so it's not too bad. I spend a ludicrous amount of money but anyway, let's just get on with it. I was going to do them in the chronological order I bought them but I cannot for the life of me think which book I got first. So I've just stacked them up next to me and I going to talk about them at random.

In Maroochydore there is this amazing secondhand bookstore along Ocean St and it is honestly one of my favourite places to go. It is filled to the brim with books, the shelves are overflowing and the piles look like they are going to topple over at any second. So obviously when Mum and I went I had to pick up something, right?
Enid Blyton was one of my absolute favourite authors as a child, so I decided to finish of my St Clare's collection with my two missing books - Kitty at St Clare's and The Sixth Form at St Clare's. These two are written by Pamela Cox but she keeps the magic and style of the original Blyton books so well that I don't even care or notice.

(Does anyone have any idea on how to get rid of the price tags without them leaving a mark on the books?)

A favourite series of mine a few years ago (even though I never finished it) was The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. I have had the first one on by bookshelf for ages and ages and when I saw the next two in the secondhand bookstore I just couldn't resist. The Luxe was actually in my July Favourites, so go check that out if you want to hear a little bit more of my thoughts on it.
Only one more book to go and then I will have the whole series!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Horse Isle

Hi everyone!

You've probably just read the title of this post are thinking I've gone insane or something, but just bear with me. Basically, when I was quite young (Grade 5) I was obsessed with horses. I loved heaps of horse books such as The Saddle Club, Winnie the Horse Gentler and Phantom Stallion. So obviously when I discovered the big wide world of the internet, I wanted to play horse games. I tried a couple (Mystable, anyone?) but they just weren't cutting it. I don't really know how I found it, but I stumbled across Horse Isle way back in 2008 and now, in 2016, I am still obsessed with it.

(Sorry for the blurriness I didn't know how to fix it)
This is my little character in the main town

Horse Isle is basically a game which, while it has a large focus on horses (obviously), it also is heavily focused on doing quests. My favourite part is honestly talking to all the NPCs and doing the odd jobs or quests as they are known in game, whether that be delivering something, doing a maze, finding a lost object, or solving a minigame. You catch wild horses and then look after them - from training, to their groom and feed. It's literally my life and I love it.