Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Reading Wrap-Up: January

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the first it what will be a series posted on the last day of every month - my reading wrap up. I'm sure you remember how gigantic the posts got at the end of the year (or even the middle in 2016) when I saved up talking about all the books I read into one post (Just search 2016 in books and you'll get the idea).

This year we will be doing monthly posts and I actually think it is going to push me into reading more books. As I write this (on the 28th) I'm a little embarrassed about only having read three books and I'm hoping that will change over the rest of the weekend.

I started off with Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas per my sister's request and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. It's fantasy which is always a winner in my book, and I liked that the main character, Celaena, is such a badass but also likes pretty dresses and is super into boys. I think that is something you don't see very often so I really loved it. I can already tell that it is going to be a favourite series of mine.
Plus, that was another one ticked off of my holiday TBR!
My rating on Goodreads: 4.5 stars

The next book I read was the sequel to Throne of Glass, and that's Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. Maybe don't read the rest of this paragraph if you haven't read either of them - you've been warned! I am definitely shipping Chaol with Celaena but I can already tell that it is a ship that is going to go downhill very fast and probably won'r recover. I'm very interested to see where this series is going, what with Celaena being fae, and I am really looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series is headed.
My rating on Goodreads: 4.5 stars

My Favourite Things: January

Hi everyone!

I'm back today to share with you my first favourites of 2017. As you'd expect my favourite things from January are pretty January-like but I have thoroughly been enjoying all of them. If you were wondering, these favourites posts will be going up on the last day of the month (every month) as scheduled, but I will also be posting a reading wrap up as well, to avoid the huge posts of last year.

There's a little known fact about me: I love watching the Australian Open. It has been something I've watched every summer since I was little and I love it. When I was really little I never got to stay up and watch the end of the matches but Mum would sometimes come up to my room and tell me who won. But it's something that's stuck with me and I have my favourite players now (Is anyone as excited as me about the Rafa and Federer final - it's only the 28th as I type this so who knows how it will pan out tomorrow). This is probably a bit weird because I'm not sporty at all but I love watching the tennis.

I'm so annoyed I forgot to pick a packet up from Coles today to take a photo for you all, but anyway. I've been loving burger rings this month - they are just so good. I could not sing my praises about these chips enough but I will say I think I eat wayyy too many of these.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Book Tag: TMI

Hey everyone!

We are here again today with another book tag, and this time it is the TMI Tag - Book edition. I found this one at Jessethereader so go check them out. This is quite a long one because, as the title suggests, it is too much information in the theme of books. I've had to adapt some of the questions a tiny little bit so suit blogging, but I hope you enjoy it!

1. Which fictional character has the best style?
If we're talking dress sense style, I'm definitely saying Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. She's a badass but she wears some of the prettiest dresses and always manages to describe them so well.

2. Your book girlfriend/boyfriend/fictional crush
Oh gosh I don't know! As I type this probably Chaol from Throne of Glass, because I am currently reading the series.

3. Ever loved a character but then started to hate them?
Tamlin from a Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, without a doubt. (Sorry - I've just realised the first three answers are all Sarah J Maas. She's a really great author so check out her books if you get the chance.

4. Biggest/longest book on my shelf
My longest book is for sure Les Miserables which is 1231 pages.

5. Heaviest book on your shelf
Les Miserables is also then my heaviest book that I have on my shelves

6. Do you have any book posters?
Unless a poster of the Harry Potter movies counts, I actually don't.

7. Do you have any book themed jewelry?
I have one thing and I can't say I ever wear it - but it's a mockingjay necklace (from The Hunger Games if you aren't aware).

8. Book OTP
Why do I always struggle with this question so much? I'm just going to go with my default answer of Sydney and Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.

9. Favourite book series
I keep wanting to say Harry Potter, but I'll resist. It's probably Bloodlines.

10. Favourite book-to-movie soundtrack
Why is this always a question? I go wayyyy too overboard with it. At the moment I'm really loving the Poldark sountrack and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Year Ahead

Hi all!

You may or may not be wondering what I have in store for the year ahead so I thought I would share what's going to be happening on here and in my personal life.
The blog is going to stay very similar to what it is now - I'll still be doing my favourite posts every month, a book tag on the 20th, and I will be doing monthly reading wrap-ups. This year, I do want to incorporate more book reviews and more stuff involving my interests outside of books - such as clothes, movies, TV shows and general life things. I'm not sure what that will entail yet so stay tuned!

In my personal life, I changed my hair up again, as you can see from the photo below. It's gone back to collarbone length at the front and is shorter at the back. I am really loving it so far! (I also got my eyebrows waxed - finally - if you can't tell)

In other news, I have officially changed my uni degree. I wasn't entirely happy with journalism and so I decided to change into a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Ancient History and History. I'll be starting that this semester and I am so so excited. If you're new here, I study at the University of Queensland and I love history (And I know - so much money wasted. I'm cringing too).

I can't say that I've set any goals specifically for the new year but I'll keep you updated if that changes. For now I'm happy to keep blogging away, going to uni, and working. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Noosa Beach Day

Hi everyone!

Today is a day when I am very grateful I have a blog - it stops me from posting sixty thousand pictures on Instagram! I've basically been doing nothing all summer but bumming around the house and going to work, so when two of my good friends said they were going to Noosa for the day, I couldn't say no.

I had a sprained ankle but that was not going to stop me from enjoying the fun and walking for miles. There were seven of us total and honestly, the parking in Noosa is a total nightmare. It's a gorgeous place but the parking would be enough to put me off it forever. We began the day with brunch, which was okay but nothing worth mentioning (I can't even remember the name of the place we went to).  We then proceeded to the beach (after a long long walk) and took a million photos which I want to share because Noosa beaches are gorgeous.

There's a National Park with walking tracks I would love to go along - maybe this time with better footwear and when it's not so hot. We actually saw a wild Koala yesterday!


This photo makes me feel like we were somewhere super tropical - like Hawaii or the Caribbean 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 In Books: Part 2

Hi all!

You may or may not remember, but in the middle of the year I did a post about all the books I had loved in the first half of 2016. You can check that out here before we go on if you would like! This was supposed to be one post like last year but I have just read wayyy too many books.

I hope you enjoy hearing about what I have read in the second half of this year and maybe find a gem that you would like to read too.

My first book of July was The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. It's an old favourite of mine and this year I decided to reread it. Spoiler alert: I still love it three years later. It is basically about the upper class of New York in 1899 (and beyond) and follows two sisters with all their scandals and drama. I will admit, it's probably not the best written book but it was thoroughly enjoyable and a quick read, so for that I would definitely recommend it to you. If you love a bit of historical fiction that's not too stuffy or early on then this is for you. My rating on Goodreads: 5 stars.

I had heard a lot of hype surrounding The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski and as such I was a little bit nervous to read it. The premise of the book sounded so amazing and I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations. I can happily say, it did! It is basically about two warring nations who are constantly enslaving the other, and what happens when two of them fall in love from the opposite sides (starcrossed lovers/forbidden romance is a favourite of mine in case you haven't noticed). I really really loved it and couldn't wait to read the next book. My rating on Goodreads rating: 4.5 stars

Sticking with the theme of rereading old favourites (something I wanted to do this year was read all the books on my bookshelf and reread any I hadn't read in a while to make sure I actually still liked them) I decided to read Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. As the title might suggest, it is about to starcrossed lovers who are basically the reincarnation of Helen of Troy and Paris (you know the whole Trojan myth thing - it's about that). It's really cool to learn about some Greek myths and the romance is great. Also, Helen is strong and kick-butt so what more could you want in a book? My rating on Goodreads: 4 stars

And would you look at this, I have another reread - this time City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, which is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. I really enjoyed this one but I obviously won't give you a run down because I don't want to spoil the first three! All I will say is that it is a fantastic series and if you love fantasy and paranormal than this is the book for you. My rating on Goodreads: 5 stars

The next two books was The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass, which while I enjoyed and had a good time reading them, I knew the whole time that they weren't particularly great. They are the two books that carry on from The Selection series and honestly, the only way I can describe these two books is like watching trashy reality TV. You know its bad but you enjoy it anyway. I thought that the first three books were definitely better. My rating on Goodreads: 3.5 stars for both

We're in university territory now and the first thing I had to read for my English Literature course was a poetry book (I hate poetry). I can objectively see how people would think this is good poetry but I hate it all so I got nothing out of it. If you do like it though, check Simon Armitage out because everyone was raving about him. We read his compilation book Paper Aeroplane. I didn't give it a rating on Goodreads because I did not think that was fair seeing as though I really dislike poetry (I just do not get it).