Thursday, 26 October 2017

My Life Since July

Hi everyone!

This is basically another one of those life updates, I just didn't want to call it that! As you may or may not have noticed, I disappeared again for a while and I'm trying to get on top of my blogging again. I'm not actually sure how much has happened in my life since the last update but I'll just type away and see where it leads us.

I turned 19 at the end of June, and had a super lovely day! I was going to do a haul post and whatnot, but that is wayyy to far gone now so I think we'll just do a Christmas one this year instead. Rather than doing the usual cake thing, I went out for high tea with my Mum, sister, and close family friend which made for a super great afternoon. The place we went to was called Aimee Provence in Buderim and I can say nothing but good things about it! The staff were all very lovely, the food tasted amazing, the tableware (what's the word?? I'm talking about the cups and cutlery and things) were all gorgeous, so thank you for a lovely Birthday Aimee Provence!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Book Tag: The Avengers

Hi all!

We're back with book tags on the 20th again (finally) and I figured since my post the other day was all about Marvel, what better way to get started again than with the Avengers Book Tag? I found the tag on this blog here, though I have no idea who originally created it.

Iron Man / Tony Stark: a book that made you laugh out loud
Weirdly, I don't really laugh in books. So this was super tough! I think I'll choose The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater though, as they can have some pretty snarky lines in those books that make me giggle.

Captain America / Steve Rogers: a book that sends a positive message
This is an extremely difficult question - I can't really think of a book that specifically sends a positive message? I think I'll just go the cliche route and say Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

Black Widow / Natasha Romanov: a book with a kick butt female protagonist
I really love that I struggled with this question - I think it's so so important that we have strong female characters for us to look towards and admire. All the books I have mentioned after this question have a kick butt female in them, and they're all kick butt for different reasons, but I think I will go with Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Hawkeye / Clint Barton: an underrated book you wish more people would pay attention to
Too many to count! I'm going to go with Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

Hulk / Bruce Banner: a book that made you incredibly angry
It didn't make me incredibly angry, per se, but I was ridiculously frustrated while reading Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder because it was nowhere near the quality that the first book had been.

Thor: a book with a character who's strength you admired
There can be no other answer for this but Lina in Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. She endured incredible hardships during World War II as only a young girl, and yet she still persevered. This was an incredible touching story, but also incredibly motivating for the sheer strength Lina showed throughout the book. Side note: I believe this is being made into a movie!!

Loki: a book with a twist or surprise which tricked you
I feel like I've ranted about this a lot, and I will continue to rant until the dawn of time because it tore my heart to pieces. But Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 110% had me fooled and I will never forgive. (If anyone caught my rant the other day about judging books because of other books, this one gets it a lot too which is so frustrating because I love it).

I hope you enjoyed today's tag, and I'll be back next month with a new one!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

GOMA Marvel Exhibition

Hi everyone!

I have another ridiculously late post for you, but it's kind of cool so I guess that makes it okay to still share? I originally did want to post this while the exhibition was still on in Brisbane in case someone saw it and wanted to go, but what can you do. Basically, the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane from the end of May - start of September. You can visit the website here but it was basically a super cool exhibition with heaps of props, costumes, and concept art. There was a ton of interactive stuff for the younger kids and my Mum went with us and enjoyed herself even though she is not a Marvel fan. We took a heap of pictures while we were there (obviously) so I hope you enjoy!



Saturday, 14 October 2017

Reading Wrap-Up: The Extremely Late Edition

Hi all!

It has once again been a very very long time since I last spoke with you all and, not gonna lie, I'm a little bit embarrassed about it. University hasn't been going as well as last semester (although definitely not terribly) and so I have been in a definite slump lately. I have had more time for blog post writing this semester, and I now know how to make time for it, but I seriously have just not been feeling it at all.

So, why now? Over the past two days I have felt like I've been super productive with my uni work and because of that I suddenly feel way more motivated to write again. I will try to do a couple tonight and that will tide us over until the end of my busy exams in a couple of weeks! For how long it has been since I last wrote a reading wrap-up, there should definitely be more books that I've read but I still get that guilty feeling during the semester. So I haven't read too much, but I wanted to share with you all anyway.

Since we last spoke, the first thing I read was Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder. It's the sequel to Poison Study which I read sometime last year. Without spoiling to much, the first book is about a girl who is sentenced to death, but instead of dying is given the option to become the taste tester for the ruler (I can't remember their exact title, but basically the king of their world). She, of course, takes this option and it's basically about her exploring her magic and the world around her, a fantastic romance, and I was thoroughly hooked on the first book. I have to say though, this was one was a bit of a let down in comparison! Yelena, the main character, was wayyy more annoying in this book and I found myself growing quite frustrated with her. The story line was a little ridiculous and there were several WTF moments throughout the book because I could not believe the direction it was headed in. It definitely felt like a filler book and I'm really hoping the third one will go back up to the standard that Poison Study was on. My rating on Goodreads: 3.5 stars.

My next read was one I am so so glad I decided to pick up and that is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I've been hearing nothing but good things about this series for years, both on the internet and from my sister so it was definitely about time! These books (so far I have read the second one as well) is about a girl named Blue who is from a family of psychics and it is her destiny that when she kisses her true love, he will die. It also follows around a group of boys looking for a dead Welsh king along the ley lines and there is honestly so many little aspect to it I don't know how to describe it. There is a bit of magic (although not like fantasy magic) and it is incredibly character driven which I absolutely adore. I feel like I know these people so well and I cannot wait to read the next one in the series because I think they're just going to keep getting better.
My ratings on Goodreads: 4.5 and 5 stars.