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!
Tynnika

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!
Tynnika

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.


Friday, 30 June 2017

My Favourite Things: April/May/June

Hi everyone!

As you all know, things got a little hectic with uni this semester so I ended up missing two months of favourites, but I have accumulated quite a lot of favourites during that time and I'm so excited to share them all! Looking at my list, there is so much that is music based which surprised me a little bit but I've been loving a lot so maybe you'll find a new favourite?



My first favourite is not a surprise to anyone who knows me: Harry Style's new album. I've been a big fan of One Direction for years and years now so I was obviously going to support them in their solo careers. I was a little scared I wouldn't like it and I will admit, some of it is definitely outside what I normally listen to but I have been thoroughly enjoying the album since its release in May. My favourite songs are definitely the slower songs like Two Ghosts and From the Dining Table but the upbeat stuff is a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see it live next year.





I have needed a new iPod for a very long time - the one I had was an 8gb iPod touch that I got for my Birthday in 2011. I had smashed the screen earlier this year (pretty good going I would say) and I could no longer physically fit all my songs on it. I also didn't want to buy a new iPod touch though because they are so expensive and I already have an iPhone so it would be a bit of waste. But a family friend of ours gave me a classic iPod! I'm so excited because I've wanted one for ages but they're no longer for sale and this one holds 80gb or something crazy so I can definitely fit all my music! I've been loving it so far and my only complaint is that you can't edit playlists from the iPod, but that's only minor.




Next we have a bit of an out there purchase for me! I'm not usually one to buy heels or anything, in fact the only time I've worn them was for my school formal in 2015 (and even then they were pretty small). But I bit the bullet and bought a pair of heeled boots I had been eyeing off for months. I've only had the chance to wear them once so far but I love them so much! I thought that considering the height they give me, the boots were pretty comfortable the whole time I wore them so that's good, I'm pretty big on having comfy shoes. They make me so tall and I love how they look so I can't wait to wear them again. I found them online here.




Very unusually for me, I have recently been really enjoying soft baby pinks. It's definitely been a change for me because my favourite colour is blue and I love to wear burgundy and black clothing. But I got this pink lamp for cheap at Target when my old one kept blowing all the bulbs. Maybe a lamp seems a little boring to you but I love it! I even got pink ribbons for my curtains to match and it's been a great time all around. I found it online here.


Monday, 26 June 2017

Harry Potter In Concert

Hi everyone!

For Kiara's Christmas present, I got us tickets to go see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone In Concert. Basically, you watch the movie like in a cinema but a live orchestra plays all the music. Kiara and I are both big fans of soundtracks, and have both played the flute for many years so I figured this would be a great experience.


I didn't take many pictures (I couldn't find a poster for us to stand in front of!) but this is what the orchestra looked like. It was a little hard at first to figure out what to concentrate on - the movie or the music but I really quickly got into it and it was so enjoyable. I think that my favourite part was when they were doing the end credits. It really gave you a chance to focus solely on the orchestra and just take in all the music they were playing.


All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience and I want to go to the second one now! We obviously had public transport disasters, because when don't we when something is on? I would highly recommend going to something like this, it was so lovely!

Tynnika

Friday, 23 June 2017

Where Have I Been?

Hi everyone!

It has been absolutely ages since I last posted and I'm super sad about it! I was so determined this semester to have the blog on track, but it was not meant to be. Basically, I was going really well (wasn't even procrastinating!) but then I got sick for a week and it all went downhill from there.

I wanted a picture but this is the only
selfie I've taken since you
last saw me..
I wrote 6 essays this semester, so it's been just a little bit hectic uni-wise but I'm happy to say that so far I am going really really well. I haven't got all my results back for exams and whatnot yet, but so far I haven't gotten anything less than 78% which is pretty great. I'm super proud of myself because I got an email the other day saying I not only had a High Distinction in the class but also came equal third.

So yeah, between that and work it's been crazy but I have plenty of blog posts planned that I have wanted to write about for literally months! Kiara (my sister) and I went to Harry Potter In Concert at the start of the month so I will be writing all about that, as well as a collective favourites for what I've missed and a Birthday Haul (I turn 19 on the 30th and it's all very exciting).

Bookwise I have nothing new to tell you - I read nothing during uni so the reading wrap-ups would have been terrible even if I had written them. I'm reading heaps so far these holidays though and I can't wait to share them all with you!

I don't know if I have anything else to say really! Kiara and I have bought a few concert tickets recently so I'm super keen for that even though they're not for months and months. (We're going to Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, and Harry Styles).


I'll be posting very soon,
Tynnika

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?
Tynnika

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

Hi everyone!

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

Hi everyone!

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.




Tuesday, 28 February 2017

My Favourite Things: February

Hi everyone!

I can scarcely believe that we are once again at the end of February, and that this time I am starting my second year of university (!!). I've loved quite a few things this month and I am so excited to share all my finds with you.




I think you have probably all seen this one already - a lot of my photos recently has had this in the background! But I found a quilt cover in Target the other day (you can find it here) that was covered in dogs!! I love dogs and this quilt cover is simply amazing. I love the simple black and white design and it's so great. I feel so happy every time I look at it, and I'm not sure I ever want to take it off my bed.













My favourite book this month was definitely Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. It is an old favourite of mine, and I finally got around to rereading it this month. I can't say I thought it was as good as the first time I read it but it was still a 4.5 star read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I won't say too much about the plot here, but if you want to know more check out my reading wrap up for the month.






Reading Wrap-Up: February

Hi everyone!

Well this post is ridiculously late (even if I've set the date to the right one) so apologies about that! Basically I left this post until the last day of February to write because I was still reading a book and wanted to include it, but then we had no internet for over a week and I started back up at uni. So it's been pretty hectic but I've finally got myself together enough to write this post!
I, again, only read three books this month and I have a feeling this is going to be pretty common throughout the year, especially now that I'm back at uni.


I've been making a point recently of rereading books I haven't read in a while, just to make sure I still enjoy them and that they are not taking up precious space on my bookshelf. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers was next on my list, and while it wasn't quite the five star read I remembered, I still really enjoyed this one. It's about a girl named Ismae, who has been trained all her life by nuns (assassin nuns!) to be a handmaiden of death - which is exactly what it sounds like. This book centers around Ismae's first mission and it has political intrigue, romance, and a bit of action. Super easy to read but super enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this one!
My rating on Goodreads: 4.5 stars



I then continued on with the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, this time with Blood Promise. I can't really say anything because it was the fourth book but it was just as enjoyable as the rest and I couldn't rave about this series enough. If you don't know, Vampire Academy is about a half-human half-vampire Rose Hathaway and her vampire friend Lissa. They go to a vampire school where Rose learns to be a guardian and Lissa to use her magic. Basically, a lot of bad things happen to them and it's all very dramatic, the love interests are amazing, and Rose is a badass so it's just great.
My rating on Goodreads: 4 stars

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Tips for Starting University

Hi everyone!

Starting University is a super daunting time for everyone, and as a second year I thought I would share with you all the tips I have learnt during the past year for starting university. I'm definitely not an expert and what works for me may not work for you - but I hope you get at least one thing out of this post anyway.

After you have enrolled and sorted out which classes you have to do and the financial side of things, my first piece of advice is to get your textbooks as early as possible. I never buy mine from the Co-op Bookstore because they are ridiculously expensive. Getting them early means you can get them online or hunt around for the best secondhand deal. I know a lot of people try to find an online version, and that's great if you can read off a computer screen. I find I don't learn anything that way and will always go for a physical copy of a book.


I also like to sort out my timetable fairly early, just so I can get an idea of what my schedule will be like and also so I have time to figure out a few backups if I don't get the classes I want. Signons are super hectic, and you have to be quick to get the class you want. Definitely be logged in and ready to go at least five minutes before the signon starts because you don't want to miss out and get stuck with the early classes!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Top 5 TV Shows

Hi everyone!
You all know I am a huge lover of reading and books but you may not be aware that I also looove watching TV (and movies, but today we're talking about TV). There are a lot of shows I could have mentioned in this list, both old favourites and recent discoveries, but I've decided to go with my all time Top 5 TV Shows. These are ones that I recommend time and time again, and that always spring to mind when someone asks me what my favourite shows are. Don't worry though, I'll still talk about the other shows one day, so keep an eye out!


My list of favourite TV shows would never be complete without mentioning my favourite show of all time: Downton Abbey. It is a show I have watched many many times, as have my family, and I've adored it each and every time. It's a delightful show set from 1912 (think when the Titanic sank) to 1925 and centers around an aristocratic family, the Crawley's, and their servants. It's both heartwarming and heartbreaking, witty (and dare I say funny?), and completely addicting. There's obviously a lot of drama and it's all set in a wonderful old abbey. I just love this show so much and if there is only one you watch from this list I hope it is this one.







Poldark (starring Aidan Turner - think Kili in The Hobbit) is a more recent find of mine and only two seasons are out so far but I really love it. The cast is fantastic and the rugged setting of Cornwall, England is to die for. Poldark is set around the 1780s and is about a poor man trying to restart his fathers old mines. There are lot's of struggles, romance, and drama and it's a great show that once again my whole family loves to watch.





Monday, 20 February 2017

Book Tag: I Messed Up

Hi everyone!

Today I am going to be doing the "I Messed Up" Book Tag, which, as you've probably guessed, is about times you've messed up while reading. I don't remember where I found this one, because a lot of my tags are written down on loose sheets of paper, but have a search around and you could probably find the original.

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently
To be honest, the appearance of a character is not something I picture that often unless it is really emphasised like Harry's green eyes (Harry Potter) or Celaena's white hair (Throne of Glass). So I don't really have an answer for the exact question but when I was reading We Were Liars by E Lockhart I was fully convinced that Cadence was a boy.

A character name that you've been pronouncing wrong
Okay, this is so embarrassing I hardly even want to tell you. But I have always thought that Ginny Weasley's fully name (from Harry Potter) was GineRVa. You know, kind of like Minerva McGonagal. Turns out it's actually GineVRa. I'm still in denial and I cannot believe I read it wrong for so long. I feel like I can't even change to her actually name now because it's been so many years. The day I found out there was a crisis, let me tell you.

An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure
I talk about this so often you all know what it is by now - starcrossed lovers/forbidden romance.

A cliche character type that you like seeing on screen more than reading about
I think I'd have to say bad boy meets good girl, because I love movies like Grease and Dirty Dancing, but in books I'm not as big a fan of it as I am when watching movies.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Top 5 Books I'm Thankful For

Hi everyone!

I know, I know, it's only the second installment of Top 5 Friday's and I'm already late. But in my defense I've had a super crazy week with work, catching up with friends before uni goes back, and buying my first car (!!). But I'm here now and I wanted to share with you all this week my Top 5 Books I'm Thankful For. There were so many to choose from but I think I have narrowed it down pretty well!




One of the first books is, of course, Heidi by Johanna Spyri. No list of mine would ever be complete without mentioning this one! Heidi was a book I first read when I was quite young and it is still honestly my favourite book. It's a story about a girl who goes to live with her recluse Grandfather in the Swiss Alps and it is just such a delightful book. I really really love it.







I can hardly believe now that when Mum first showed me the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton I was super skeptical to read them! I think maybe it was because they were older? I don't know, but I gave in and I am so glad these books (and many many others by Enid Blyton) were a part of my childhood. They opened up worlds and adventures I had never read about before and you can bet that when I have kids I'll be reading them these. Five Get Into A Fix (no. 17) is in the picture as well because that was the first one I ever read and it will always be special for that reason.







Harry Potter by J K Rowlingwas another obvious choice for a list on books I am thankful for. It is a book series that impacted my life in so many ways - even though I read it after the craze over it had died down. I'm sure you don't need to me to talk about the plot (who hasn't heard of Harry Potter?) but it is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story that teaches you about the meaning of love, true friendship, and how not everyone is black and white. Definitely give this series a read - I am so so thankful for it.




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

I Bought A Car!

Hi everyone!

Today was a super exciting day for me because I made the biggest purchase of my life thus far: a car! 
As you all know, I have a part time job and I've been saving and saving for years now and I finally decided to take the plunge. It was a big decision and I've been looking at a couple of different cars for a few weeks now - all little ones of course!

We ended up seeing a 2008 Suzuki Swift (manual if that interests you) for sale and it is honestly the perfect little first car. It's got a couple of little nicks and it is used but this is such a great car to start off with and I couldn't be happier. It drives so nicely and is the perfect little size for me and ahhhh. I actually have words to describe this, I'm way too excited!


Love love love it!
Tynnika