Friday, 31 March 2017

My Favourite Things: March

Hi everyone!

I know, I know both this and my reading wrap up were late (again). I can promise you I had a legitimate excuse though! Basically there was a tropical cyclone (Debbie) up in north Queensland which caused some pretty serious damage to up there. She then came all the way down the coast to the Sunshine Coast where we got flooding and I lost power for almost two days. It was a little hectic and work was crazy busy but we made it through. Then, after that Kiara and I had a show in Brisbane which I will be blogging about in a few days.

I don't have too many favourites this month - but I think I've got a few good ones to share with you.

Ed Sheeran's new album, Divide, came out right at the beginning of the month and I new from the get go it was going to be on this list. I have honestly listened to this on repeat for the whole month. Multiple times in a day, twice in one train trip - I was ridiculous. I really really love this album though and I think Ed Sheeran is absolutely brilliant. Some of my favourite songs are (this is tough, I love them all so much) would probably be Happier, Supermarket Flowers, Nancy Mulligan and Perfect. And Hearts Don't Break Around Here. And every song on this album. It is literally pure perfection and I haven't actually listened to it today for the first time in ages which is an absolute tragedy.

These sandals have definitely been mentioned in a favourites post before but I thought they deserved another mention. I do a lot of walking at uni just to get between classes so there is no way I can wear uncomfortable shoes that are going to give me blisters if I walk more than twenty steps. It was also still hot during the entirety of March (guys that was six months of 25+ degree weather several of which never saw a day under 30. I was done. April has brought a cool change though so yay - I know it's midnight but right now it's 18 degrees which is insane. I've got the flannels out) so I couldn't wear my comfy boots meaning these sandals were literally my only option. They've been great though and I still love them.

Reading Wrap-Up: March

Hi everyone!

I think this has to be my most embarrassing reading wrap up to date. There got to a point in the month where I honestly thought that I wasn't going to have read anything - and what would I tell you then?

Basically, I have been in the biggest reading slump I've had in a long while and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it might be because I'm back in the mindset that if it is not uni work then I shouldn't be doing it. Which is not great, but I've been procrastinating slightly less this semester.

All I felt like reading was something super trashy - I couldn't deal with anything too heavy. So Kiara said to me one night: why don't you just read Twilight?

So I did, and I'm slightly embarrassed. I know it's absolute trash, I understand that the relationship is by no means healthy, but this book is a bit like watching reality TV. It's a way to just turn off your brain and relax for a little bit in something completely ridiculous.

I won't lie to you - I enjoyed reading this a whole lot and I think it may have succeeded in bringing me out of my slump. I haven't read another book yet so I'm not entirely sure, but the want to read is back with force.

I know my wrap-up is a little pitiful this month but I wanted to share anyway. What did you read in the month of March?

Friday, 24 March 2017

Top 5 Comfort Movies

Hi everyone!
For the non-bookish top 5 this week, I really wanted to talk to you all about my favourite movies - the one's that I have and will continue to re-watch over and over again. They are my comfort movies and I love them all to death. I actually had no trouble picking the top 5 today because these are truly my favourites.

We of course have the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley on this list. Despite my lack of romantic relationships, I definitely think I'm a bit of a romantic at heart and I adore movies like this. It basically combines all my favourite things: a historical setting with a fantastic love story. It's cute and makes me laugh and I just have a great time whenever I watch it. The soundtrack is gorgeous and I think all the cast is amazing. Love love love!

This one is a little bit different to all the other movies on this list - it's a kids movie. But the first Narnia movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is so heartwarming and lovely. It's a beautiful fantasy world that lets you escape for a while, and it's so great. It's got a good battle in it, so it's not all super sweet, and this is all around a really great kids fantasy movie that is definitely a comfort movie for me.

Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon has been a firm favourite of mine since I was about 11 or 12. I used to watch it with Mum occasionally and I really love it. It's about a girl (or woman really), Melanie, from a small town in Alabama who moves to New York to pursue fashion. She leaves behind an old love and when she goes back for a visit before she gets married everything gets dramatic and just makes my heart squee (I'm sorry there was no better word for it). I still love it today and I've watched it so many times it is not even funny.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Book Tag: Les Mis

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Les Miserables is by far one of my favourite musicals (you can read about the time I went to see it here) so I figured it was long overdue that I do the Les Mis book tag. To be honest, I've just been putting it off because I don't know how to lay it out but we are just going to go for it.

I Dreamed a Dream 
/I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living/
A book that didn't live up to your high expectations 
This one is easy, actually I think I may use it way too often. But it would definitely be Soundless by Richelle Mead. I love all the other books I have read by her, and so I was definitely let down when I read Soundless. It had a great concept but it was way too rushed.

The Confrontation
/I've hunted you across the years/
Your favourite literary duo
Anne and Gilbert are amazing - where I'm up to in the books they are not together yet but they are just the sweetest. Just read Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery guys, it's cute and it's heartwarming and I love it.

Castle on a Cloud
/I know a place where no one cries/
A book you have read that made you comforted and happy
Do I even need to say? You can probably all guess this one now! For sure Heidi by Johanna Spyri, it is my ultimate feel good book and happy place.

Read and Black
/red, the blood of angry men/
A book that you have an unpopular opinion about
I don't actually know? I love a lot of books people hate if that counts as an unpopular opinion. For example: The Selection by Kiera Cass, Fallen by Lauren Oliver, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Top 5 Books I Read In One Sitting

Hi everyone!

You may (or may not) be wondering where I was last Friday with a top 5 post and that is because we've had a slight change of plans. With uni having started back up again there is no way I can keep up with how many of these there are so we will be doing a top 5 post every second Friday.

Today is all about the books I read in one sitting, and it was honestly quite hard to narrow down. I read very quickly, and would probably average around 100 pages an hour. So today I tried to find books that I literally did not get up from reading to do anything besides go to the toilet.

The first book in the top 5 would have to be Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This book is kind if like a Harry Potter fanfiction wherein it's set in a magical school with Harry and Draco-esque characters. The magic system is really creative, there's a gay romance, a rivalry and it's a whole lot of fun. There's also a pretty cool mystery throughout it, and Carry On keeps you hooked the whole way through. This book just flies by and before you know it you've finished it all and are wanting more.

A lot of people dislike John Green, but I actually really enjoyed his book The Fault in Our Stars. Although utterly heartbreaking, this book was a super quick read that I loved every second of. I can remember sitting in the lounge room crying while everyone kept nagging me to come to lunch - but I just wanted to finish my book!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart was a book where I don't think I even got up to pee I was so engrossed. It is quite a short novel but oh so intense and engaging. I don't want to tell you any of the plot as I think that ruins the book. It is definitely best if you go into this book not knowing anything - just trust me on this. A super quick read, and one that surprisingly left me in tears.

Monday, 6 March 2017

A Not So Accidental Book Haul

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I've just gone back to uni (finally!) which of course means that I had to buy some textbooks. This is me we are talking about though, so I could never just buy textbooks - I have to get a few of my own as well. I figured that I would show you the books I have bought recently (I've been really good!) and maybe you'll get a couple of recommendations.

I finally got Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver, which is the third and final book in the Legacy series. I won't lie to you - these are pretty bad. But to me it's kind of like watching trashy TV in book form, and sometimes that's all you want to read. So I've got the third book now and I'm actually quite excited to see where the characters end up.

I recently read Outlander, so I then also bought Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I am very excited to see what happens to all my beloved characters and how this story will now unfold after the choices of book one.