Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrating Valentines Day


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here!

Top Ten Favourite Romantic Quotes
I'm not a crazy romance reader but I am a sucker for beautiful quotes, especially those that express feelings of affection - and in celebration of Valentines' Day I wanted to share them with you guys!





















What's Your Favourite Romantic Quotes?


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Thursday, 4 February 2016

January Wrap Up

On The Blog


First month of the year done and dusted! This month I got back into blogging, for the millionth time, so these are the first few posts for the year!

Top Ten Tuesday 

 I talk 3 months of absence on the blog and what I've been up to!

February new releases I'm excited for!

What the past year has looked for me reading wise!

I revamped my blog as well, which actually hasn't been publicly announced or "gone live" but TAH-DAH! It's not 100% what I want it to be, but progress will be perfect right? Let me know what you guys think!


Reading Time


The year has started off quite well, if I do say so myself! Watch what I've read for this month.


Favourites



     



Reviews


      


What Was January Like For You?



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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings I've Loved

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love
I am a massive history buff, and it excites me when authors incorporate historical events into their novels - real or not. Any setting that is vivid, memorable and enticing immediately become my favourite to visit over and over again. 


1. The Tudor Period; 15th - 17th Century England
Hands down, any novel that is set during the Tudor era immediately peaks my interest. I don't particularly love all of them but for the most part I have enjoyed majority of those I've read. In particular, Philippa Gregory novels have fed my obsession. Maybe it's how scandalous and thrilling the setting is written as but the Tudor Period stands as my favourite setting to read about. Ever. 

2. The Roaring Twenties; 1920 America 
Books like The Great Gatsby, The Shifting Fog and The Diviners series are set during this booming period of gorgeous fashion, upbeat music and prosperity. There was an edge to everything, although what I love most is probably the flapper fashion - The Great Gatsby movie does a stellar representation. I mean it's referred to as "roaring" for a reason. 

3. Greek Mythology Era 
I don't have a specific date/era for this so if you do, please let me know! I've read The Odyssey by Homer and it cemented my love for Greek Mythology - anything to do with the gods and heroes. It's fascinating, at times exaggerated, but makes it so much more entertaining. 

4. World War II; 1939 - 1945
The standout for this period would be The Book Thief for me, because although it's set during this period, it isn't overpowered by the war only. My Brother Jack is also a great read during this historical period because it portrays the affect the war has on Australia, not just for Europeans. 


5. Bombay 1980's
This is a little different but I was drawn to this period through Shantaram. It was a rough house for sure, but for some reason the period was also bustling and exciting - seemingly bringing in a lot more foreigners and possible growth for the country. Definitely different to India that I've seen portrayed these days. 

6. 19th Century England
The quaint, simple lifestyle of England during this era is perfectly demonstrated through a vast number of literature, although my favourite would be Pride and Prejudice. I love the charm it has, as well the mannerisms and speech. Not to mention countryside England would've been such a picturesque scene. 

7. The War of The Roses; 15th Century England 
This is pretty similar to my love for the Tudor times. I think I'm very much fascinated by the evolution of England's monarch and this is a setting drenched with constant bloodshed and wars. It provides a backdrop that is scary but sets up for the Tudor Times. 

8. Russia 1920's
This stems from reading Tsarina as well as my interest in monarchs again. It's fascinating to read about the fall of the Tsars, the set up towards it happening and what Russia was like, which led to the events. If you have any other novels you've read in this era, leave a recommendation!


Which Periods Do You Like Reading About?



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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Waiting On February

The Waiting List is a feature hosted by PrintedWordsAnd, where I list some upcoming releases for the month that I'm most excited about! 



1. He Will Be My Ruin by K.A Tucker
Thriller written by the author who actually made me enjoy New Adult? This must be good.
3. These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Vakas
4. Why We Came To The City by Kristopher Jansma
I wasn't particularly interested by the synopsis to this, but there's something that makes it seem like it'd be a great contemporary to read. 

5. The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine 
6. After The Woods by Kim Savage
7. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Retelling of Aladdin, but with a very surprising twist!

What Books Are You Excited For?



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Friday, 29 January 2016

"The Duff" Cements That The Book Is Much Better Than The Movie




Title: The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend}
Author: Kody Keplinger
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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "the Duff", she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren't so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it.

Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Review


The striking difference between The Duff book versus The Duff movie, is the actual plot progression. Whilst one is solely focused on Bianca and Wesley's relationship development and her changing life going through high school, the other is more of a rom-com makeover story. It's safe to say I like the book more.

1. The character development is a lot better in the book.
I actually got to know Bianca, Wesley and many of the minor characters as the story unraveled. There was a bit more depth to the characters and I was inclined to feel more attached to them, as opposed to the movie. In the movie they're quirky and quite close to the book characters but I actually found them to be quite annoying. I found that I didn't like Bianca at all in the movie.

2. The storyline is more impactful in the book.
The Duff is very much a light, fluffy Young Adult read but the book delivered a message regarding self-esteem and body image. In the movie it sort of does that, but not until after Bianca seeks out Wesley to transform her into someone she's not. I don't particularly love this part of the plot - probably why I don't like the movie as much - because I don't agree with seeking approval from other people, especially a young boy who thinks he knows what's hot or not. Although, I do think that the book does portray Bianca and Wesley's type of relationship as very unrealistic, at least the ending is. It's also not the best relationship to ever get into but is portrayed in a sweet, romantic way.

3. The book is more memorable.
This probably links in with point number two, but the book just left a mark on me compared to the movie. If I was quite honest, the trailer for the movie does cover the entire story. It's something very easy to watch and enjoyable in the moment, but becomes something I wouldn't really watch again. I'm not too sure if I'd read the book again either, but it did give me the feels.

I don't think the movie is terrible, it was actually quite fun, but I'm glad I read the book as well.

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