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

Friday, 10 February 2017

Top 5 Disney Movies

Hi everyone!

I'm here to do something a little different today and it is actually the start of a new series on this blog - top 5 posts. I know a lot of people do these on Wednesday's but I want it to go up today, so every Friday you will be getting a top 5 post in all different categories.

Today we're doing my top 5 Disney movies and I have to say, it was really hard to narrow it down to five. This was actually originally going to be a top 10 but for future categories, I decided to be tough with my decisions. 


As you can see I have quite a large Disney collection so picking only 5 was super difficult!


No top Disney movie list of mine would ever be completely without having Beauty and the Beast on it. I really love Belle (she's a reader like me) and this is always a pick-me-up movie. I would definitely consider it one of the classics and is a Disney movie I think everyone needs to watch at some point in their life. 


I watched Tarzan for the first time quite recently actually, probably around late 2015, and I cannot believe I waited so long to watch it. It's a gorgeous story and the songs are really really lovely. It's got a bit of humour, a bit of romance, and a bit of action which is all you really need in a Disney movie. Definitely check this one out if you haven't already!


In my opinion, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is Disney's most underrated movies ever. For starters, it has a beautiful moral message behind it, or several actually (for example: don't judge people for what they look like) and tackles darker and more adult themes that Disney does not do very often. It's got an amazing soundtrack to go with it - the first time I heard it I was obsessed for weeks. So so good.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Reading Wrap-Up: January

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the first it what will be a series posted on the last day of every month - my reading wrap up. I'm sure you remember how gigantic the posts got at the end of the year (or even the middle in 2016) when I saved up talking about all the books I read into one post (Just search 2016 in books and you'll get the idea).

This year we will be doing monthly posts and I actually think it is going to push me into reading more books. As I write this (on the 28th) I'm a little embarrassed about only having read three books and I'm hoping that will change over the rest of the weekend.



I started off with Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas per my sister's request and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. It's fantasy which is always a winner in my book, and I liked that the main character, Celaena, is such a badass but also likes pretty dresses and is super into boys. I think that is something you don't see very often so I really loved it. I can already tell that it is going to be a favourite series of mine.
Plus, that was another one ticked off of my holiday TBR!
My rating on Goodreads: 4.5 stars





The next book I read was the sequel to Throne of Glass, and that's Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. Maybe don't read the rest of this paragraph if you haven't read either of them - you've been warned! I am definitely shipping Chaol with Celaena but I can already tell that it is a ship that is going to go downhill very fast and probably won'r recover. I'm very interested to see where this series is going, what with Celaena being fae, and I am really looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series is headed.
My rating on Goodreads: 4.5 stars



My Favourite Things: January

Hi everyone!

I'm back today to share with you my first favourites of 2017. As you'd expect my favourite things from January are pretty January-like but I have thoroughly been enjoying all of them. If you were wondering, these favourites posts will be going up on the last day of the month (every month) as scheduled, but I will also be posting a reading wrap up as well, to avoid the huge posts of last year.

There's a little known fact about me: I love watching the Australian Open. It has been something I've watched every summer since I was little and I love it. When I was really little I never got to stay up and watch the end of the matches but Mum would sometimes come up to my room and tell me who won. But it's something that's stuck with me and I have my favourite players now (Is anyone as excited as me about the Rafa and Federer final - it's only the 28th as I type this so who knows how it will pan out tomorrow). This is probably a bit weird because I'm not sporty at all but I love watching the tennis.






I'm so annoyed I forgot to pick a packet up from Coles today to take a photo for you all, but anyway. I've been loving burger rings this month - they are just so good. I could not sing my praises about these chips enough but I will say I think I eat wayyy too many of these.










Friday, 20 January 2017

Book Tag: TMI

Hey everyone!

We are here again today with another book tag, and this time it is the TMI Tag - Book edition. I found this one at Jessethereader so go check them out. This is quite a long one because, as the title suggests, it is too much information in the theme of books. I've had to adapt some of the questions a tiny little bit so suit blogging, but I hope you enjoy it!

1. Which fictional character has the best style?
If we're talking dress sense style, I'm definitely saying Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. She's a badass but she wears some of the prettiest dresses and always manages to describe them so well.

2. Your book girlfriend/boyfriend/fictional crush
Oh gosh I don't know! As I type this probably Chaol from Throne of Glass, because I am currently reading the series.

3. Ever loved a character but then started to hate them?
Tamlin from a Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, without a doubt. (Sorry - I've just realised the first three answers are all Sarah J Maas. She's a really great author so check out her books if you get the chance.

4. Biggest/longest book on my shelf
My longest book is for sure Les Miserables which is 1231 pages.

5. Heaviest book on your shelf
Les Miserables is also then my heaviest book that I have on my shelves

6. Do you have any book posters?
Unless a poster of the Harry Potter movies counts, I actually don't.

7. Do you have any book themed jewelry?
I have one thing and I can't say I ever wear it - but it's a mockingjay necklace (from The Hunger Games if you aren't aware).

8. Book OTP
Why do I always struggle with this question so much? I'm just going to go with my default answer of Sydney and Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.

9. Favourite book series
I keep wanting to say Harry Potter, but I'll resist. It's probably Bloodlines.

10. Favourite book-to-movie soundtrack
Why is this always a question? I go wayyyy too overboard with it. At the moment I'm really loving the Poldark sountrack and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Year Ahead

Hi all!

You may or may not be wondering what I have in store for the year ahead so I thought I would share what's going to be happening on here and in my personal life.
The blog is going to stay very similar to what it is now - I'll still be doing my favourite posts every month, a book tag on the 20th, and I will be doing monthly reading wrap-ups. This year, I do want to incorporate more book reviews and more stuff involving my interests outside of books - such as clothes, movies, TV shows and general life things. I'm not sure what that will entail yet so stay tuned!

In my personal life, I changed my hair up again, as you can see from the photo below. It's gone back to collarbone length at the front and is shorter at the back. I am really loving it so far! (I also got my eyebrows waxed - finally - if you can't tell)


In other news, I have officially changed my uni degree. I wasn't entirely happy with journalism and so I decided to change into a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Ancient History and History. I'll be starting that this semester and I am so so excited. If you're new here, I study at the University of Queensland and I love history (And I know - so much money wasted. I'm cringing too).

I can't say that I've set any goals specifically for the new year but I'll keep you updated if that changes. For now I'm happy to keep blogging away, going to uni, and working. 
Tynnika


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Noosa Beach Day

Hi everyone!

Today is a day when I am very grateful I have a blog - it stops me from posting sixty thousand pictures on Instagram! I've basically been doing nothing all summer but bumming around the house and going to work, so when two of my good friends said they were going to Noosa for the day, I couldn't say no.

I had a sprained ankle but that was not going to stop me from enjoying the fun and walking for miles. There were seven of us total and honestly, the parking in Noosa is a total nightmare. It's a gorgeous place but the parking would be enough to put me off it forever. We began the day with brunch, which was okay but nothing worth mentioning (I can't even remember the name of the place we went to).  We then proceeded to the beach (after a long long walk) and took a million photos which I want to share because Noosa beaches are gorgeous.

There's a National Park with walking tracks I would love to go along - maybe this time with better footwear and when it's not so hot. We actually saw a wild Koala yesterday!

 


This photo makes me feel like we were somewhere super tropical - like Hawaii or the Caribbean 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 In Books: Part 2

Hi all!

You may or may not remember, but in the middle of the year I did a post about all the books I had loved in the first half of 2016. You can check that out here before we go on if you would like! This was supposed to be one post like last year but I have just read wayyy too many books.

I hope you enjoy hearing about what I have read in the second half of this year and maybe find a gem that you would like to read too.



My first book of July was The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. It's an old favourite of mine and this year I decided to reread it. Spoiler alert: I still love it three years later. It is basically about the upper class of New York in 1899 (and beyond) and follows two sisters with all their scandals and drama. I will admit, it's probably not the best written book but it was thoroughly enjoyable and a quick read, so for that I would definitely recommend it to you. If you love a bit of historical fiction that's not too stuffy or early on then this is for you. My rating on Goodreads: 5 stars.






I had heard a lot of hype surrounding The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski and as such I was a little bit nervous to read it. The premise of the book sounded so amazing and I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations. I can happily say, it did! It is basically about two warring nations who are constantly enslaving the other, and what happens when two of them fall in love from the opposite sides (starcrossed lovers/forbidden romance is a favourite of mine in case you haven't noticed). I really really loved it and couldn't wait to read the next book. My rating on Goodreads rating: 4.5 stars


Sticking with the theme of rereading old favourites (something I wanted to do this year was read all the books on my bookshelf and reread any I hadn't read in a while to make sure I actually still liked them) I decided to read Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. As the title might suggest, it is about to starcrossed lovers who are basically the reincarnation of Helen of Troy and Paris (you know the whole Trojan myth thing - it's about that). It's really cool to learn about some Greek myths and the romance is great. Also, Helen is strong and kick-butt so what more could you want in a book? My rating on Goodreads: 4 stars





And would you look at this, I have another reread - this time City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, which is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. I really enjoyed this one but I obviously won't give you a run down because I don't want to spoil the first three! All I will say is that it is a fantastic series and if you love fantasy and paranormal than this is the book for you. My rating on Goodreads: 5 stars




The next two books was The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass, which while I enjoyed and had a good time reading them, I knew the whole time that they weren't particularly great. They are the two books that carry on from The Selection series and honestly, the only way I can describe these two books is like watching trashy reality TV. You know its bad but you enjoy it anyway. I thought that the first three books were definitely better. My rating on Goodreads: 3.5 stars for both




We're in university territory now and the first thing I had to read for my English Literature course was a poetry book (I hate poetry). I can objectively see how people would think this is good poetry but I hate it all so I got nothing out of it. If you do like it though, check Simon Armitage out because everyone was raving about him. We read his compilation book Paper Aeroplane. I didn't give it a rating on Goodreads because I did not think that was fair seeing as though I really dislike poetry (I just do not get it).