Thursday, 28 April 2016

Talking Personal: The Juggling Game

Hi all! 

I'm now two months into my final, final, semester (hopefully). Last time around I was talking about the end of summer and the summer holidays, which was super sad. Surprisingly though, I still managed to do so many exciting things despite trying to juggle university and work. Yes, it's been a lot of me trying to balance my two major priorities and still do the things I want to do. 


Started off March by seeing G-Eazy, which was amazing! Was a really intimate show and I went with the best people who appreciated him as much as I do. I also got around to seeing two plays, The Secret River and Matilda: The Musical. The Secret River was beautiful and eye opening - it is a book adaptation, but I haven't read it just yet. Matilda was absolutely fantastic! One of my favourite musicals now, and I definitely recommend you guys go watch it because it is so worth it. The setting was so creative and ingenious, and the cast made it so fun to watch. 


My friends and I celebrated one of our close friends' 21st at Nobu, a Japanese Michelin Star restaurant, and damn was it good. What I found fascinating was their taco sushi's, which are made up of sushi fillings inside miniature taco shells. Seriously so good! Also experienced teppanyaki for the first time, which was fun. 

Only recently, I went on a small trip to Sydney to see some family and friends. It was a nice getaway after constantly working and trying to study. Now all I want to do is travel more! 


How Was Your Month?

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Waiting On May

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. The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
Apollo gets his time to shine in this new series by Rick Riordan and I'm super excited because Riordan has an amazing way of portraying Greek mythology, that is both education and entertaining. 

2. The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mind Scott
I haven't read a lot of contemporary this year but this one sounds like it's going to be meaningful and memorable.

3. Everland by Wendy Spinale
Spin on Peter Pan and Im super excited because it's one of my favourite novels! Set in London amongst a disease that has taken over the city, Peter and Captain Hook's adventure is retold.

4. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
I love Jennifer L Armentrout's writing and despite not being a huge romance reader, I still want to read this.

5. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Historical fiction? Female, asian protagonist? Okay you got me. I really want to see how this one unfolds.

What May Release Are You Excited For? 


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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Top Ten Delightful Bookish Moments

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 Bookish Moments That Make Me Warm and Fuzzy

1. Any five star read
Hands down if I end up finishing a mind-blowing, amazing book that I immediately rate five stars, it is the best feeling ever! I always pick up a book hoping that it'll be a great experience, but if it surpasses every single expectation I have then I become super excited about it.

2. Seeing someone read a book I love
My heart does a little a leap when I'm out in the public and see someone reading a book I love, and for the most part it's the Harry Potter series. The amount of people I've seen on the train reading it and I wanted to squeal and go home them - would probably land me in prison already actually.

3. Book Discussions!
When I can actually talk about the book I'm reading/have read to anyone I know, is the best thing ever. I love having book discussions with my friends, especially when we share our own opinions about the book and justify them with different analysis of the plot.


4. The book I recommend is loved
I feel so fuzzy inside when I recommend a book to someone and they come back raving about it. Makes me so happy that I'm not the only one to have fallen in love with it.

5. Pretty book covers
Not going to lie, I am guilty of book cover buys. So any book cover that I walk past and catches my eyes become a moment to treasure.

6. Satisfying endings
I don't even think I need to explain this one. Seriously, anything but a satisfying ending is not a delightful moment for a reader.

7. Hitting double digits in a month
10+ books read in a month is a huge accomplishment for me and something I find so satisfying.


8. New books
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as exciting as receiving new books. Going into a bookstore and browsing all the shelves. Having mail land on your doorstep. You name it, I'll love it.

9. The wait for a sequel is over
BEST THING EVER! Because no more waiting!!

10. My bookshelves
The most fantastic thing is waking up to the beauty that is my bookshelves and all the books that are lined up in the way that I want it to be. Yes, I do like to sit here and admire them.

What Are Your Favourite Bookish Moments?

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Laugh Out Loud Books (At Least To Me)


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 Seven Novels That Made Me Laugh

It's kind of sad when I can't actually think of at least ten novels that has made me laugh. Cleary I'm reading really sad books then. 


1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 
Ezra: You're taping this, right?
Interviewer: Audio only. Camera is faulty.
Ezra: Okay, well for the benefit of the sight-impaired, I am now raising my ... oh, dear ... yes, it's my MIDDLE finger at Mr. Postgrad here. 
Interviewer: Mr. Mason ...
Ezra: Now I'm wiggling it. 
Interviewer: Terminating interview at 13"58 on 03/19/75. 
Ezra: Look at it wiggl-
- audio ends -
This is literally only a glimpse of the funniest things I've ever read. 

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Leviathan and John Green 
Jane and I each want one hot dog and a soda. Tiny orders four hot dogs with buns, three hot dogs without buns, a bowl of chili, and a Diet coke. 
" A Diet Coke?" asks the waiter. "You want four hot dogs with buns, three hot dogs without buns, a bowl of chili, and a Diet Coke?"
"That's correct," says Tiny, and then explains, "simple sugars don't really help me put on muscle mass." 
Tiny Cooper makes up for most of the hilarious moments in this book.

3. Bad Kitty (Bad Kitty #1) by Michele Jaffe
Little Life Lesson 2: A good way to ensure you will never have a boyfriend is to have a large armed man with an uncertain grasp of English heckle you in public. 
Little Life Lesson 3: If for some reason the guy might still be interested, following up by having your father rush over right afterwards screaming "Jasmine, you know you are not allowed to talk to strangers!" as though you were six will nip it in the bud. Oh, and it helps if your father is wearing a safari suit. With shorts. And knee socks. Because this is his idea of what you wear in the desert.
And many more life lessons that are very relatable and definitely will create many laughs. 

4. Skuldugery Pleasant by Derek Landy 
I just want to let you know that I love you all. Even those of you that I don't like; that's you Beryl.
This is literally something I would find myself saying. 

5. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
"Hey girl," he said, wiggling his eyebrows. "You must be the riptide, 'cause you sweep me off my feet." 
Percy Jackson's voice overall is witty and funny, but the fact that he recounts the history of Greek gods in a modernised way makes it so much better. 

6. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 
When you can't find the quote you're looking for but do think there are hilarious moments. Trust me. 

7. The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham 
I think the events of the story aren't funny, it's actually quite sad, but the overall novel has a dark humour to it and the irony of the events made me chuckle. 

Share Your Recommendations!

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

"Illuminae" Puts A Creative Spin On Sci-Fi

Title: Illuminae
Series: The Illuminae Files
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Review



Illuminae excels in all areas required to make a great book. I fell in love with it and flew through all 600 pages in a day. That's how good it is.

Loved:

1. Unique and Creative 
What was amazing about this book is the storytelling behind it. The set up of the narrative is  unique and incredibly creative, which creates an interest around the plot. The story is told through IM chats, interview transcripts and surveillance reports just to name a few. I found it so engaging, making it feel like the files was suppose to be for me and I was present whilst the events were happening. 

2. Superb Writing
The presentation of the book and the flow of the storyline would not have been successful without the incredible writing by Kaufman and Kristoff's. They created a fast paced and intense plot and I was hooked right until the very end. That says a lot considering I don't read a lot of sci-fi because it's not something I find interesting. But Kaufman and Kristoff's method of relaying information about the world, the technology and everything else that any sci-fi novel needs is very smart and doesn't feel like I'm being bombarded by stacks of information in order to understand it all.

Amongst the intensity, Kaufman and Kristoff also included very humorous moments that made me laugh out loud. Some of it was definitely a lot more inappropriate than what I expected so I do think this is suited for a more older age group within Young Adult readers.

3. Characterisation
I loved that there two very distinct voices despite the unconventional means to introduce and develop the characters. Both Kady and Ezra had great character progression and I was invested in their lives from the moment the book started. Kady is brave, intelligent, snarky and the attitude that she had won me over. Ezra is hilarious and the friendships he built felt genuine, which made me feel like I wanted to be friends with him as well.

Illuminae is truly a fantastic experience, combining great writing, strong plot and even explores issues of the greater good, humanity and loyalty as things to mull over whilst reading. I did find there were some moments I glossed over because I was a little lost with some of the layout of the story. Still, as a novel I would say it hit the mark and I was left with a massive book hangover. I implore you to definitely give this a try! 




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