Saturday, 2 December 2017

Peter Pan Ballet

Hi everyone!

In amongst all the craziness that I mentioned in my A-Z Book Tag the other day, I took Kiara to go and see a ballet for her Birthday. It was a little hard to choose what to see if I'm being honest, but I eventually picked Peter Pan because it was a story I knew and loved and so we would both enjoy it.
It was put on by the Queensland Ballet Company and the artistic director was Li Cunxin, who, judging by Kiara's reaction, is a pretty big deal. I think he was the guy from Mao's Last Dancer? Not entirely sure though - so don't yell at me if I'm wrong!

I thought the ballet was really good though, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I think my favourite bit though was when they flew across the stage. I knew they flew in the story but I definitely was not expecting it to happen and it looked spectacular! The dancing was fantastic, and the costumes were all really cool. I would definitely recommend going to the ballet if you get a chance, it's an amazing experience.

I wore the same thing I did at the ball a few weeks ago, which I mentioned here (and managed to actually take a picture of my hair!) Kiara's dress is actually from Boohoo of all places and if you wanted to check it out, here it is. There was a limited time between Kiara's Birthday and when we went, so I had to be so sneaky buying her this dress and passing it off as a random purchase!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Book Tag: A-Z

Hi everyone!

I'm back with a very belated post for the month, and if I'm being perfectly honest - November was a total disaster. It was basically the pinnacle of all my uni work (a little dramatic, but true) and I did not cope well. I've had a terrible semester all around really, with a few bad grades that have really brought my confidence down. But then right at the end of semester my Mum got sick and was in hospital for a couple of nights, and then just as she was getting better my Dad got sick. And then my sister. Then, once they were all fine again, we came home one night to my dog being terribly terribly ill and we had to rush him to the emergency vet and it was absolutely horrendous. He's okay now though, here's a picture of him looking very cute last week.

So the Monday following all that I had an exam and two big essays due. Had I started? Of course not. Everyone being sick + my normal procrastination + lack of motivation for the semester = one massive disaster. I studied for the exam and I think I went decently, but the essays were late and I hate it all. I've already got one grade back though and I got 72% so I'm stoked with that effort. But never again! Next year, this procrastination and motivation thing needs to be sorted out.

But I am on holidays now so it's not all terrible and I have until the middle of February! I started my manager training at work today so that is all very exciting and so far I've read a total of four books which is even more exciting (look forward to that wrap-up at the end of this month!) Today I'm here with the usual monthly book tag, this time the A-Z Book Tag! I found it over at the lovely blog of beautyfromkatie, so definitely go check out her answers.

A: author you've read the most from?
Excluding the obvious childhood authors where I read a ton of from son, I think it's a toss up between Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead.

B: best sequel ever?
There can be no other answer to this question but A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. The first book, to me, was a five star read but then this one came along and blew everything out of the water and I looooved it.

C: currently reading?
Well this ties in nicely, because I'm actually reading the sequel (very belatedly) to the one above, and that is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I'm around 150 pages in and really enjoying it so far.

D: drink of choice when reading?
I don't drink tea or coffee so I'm never left with many options for these questions! I'm just going to go with nothing for this one, because I'm a terrible klutz and drinking and reading would mean nothing but trouble.

E: e-reader or physical book?
Obviously the physical book. Nothing beats the feel of a book in your hands or physically turning the pages as you read and I love to look at them all lined up on my bookshelf. Plus, how could you smell an e-book?

F: favourite book series of all time?
This is a stupidly hard question. I love Harry Potter, and I love Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, and I love Game of Thrones. I really have no idea!

G: glad you gave a book a chance?
Definitely We Were Liars by E Lockhart. For some reason I had it in my head that I wouldn't like the book but I ended up loving it.

H: hidden gem?
Sooooo many. This time I'm going to go with The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long, as it is currently sitting out waiting to be re-read.

I: important moment in your reading life?
I don't actually know if I'm being honest - I've been a reader my whole life so it's not like there was ever a moment when I "got into reading." I can vividly remember my first Enid Blyton book, or the first book I borrowed out from the young adult section at the library. But I don't know if they're necessarily important moments in my reading life, or even what makes it an important moment.

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!