Wednesday, 6 December 2017

November Wrap Up


Paper Girls, Vol. 3 (Paper Girls, #3) Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) Holes What to Say Next
This latest episode of Paper Girls was kind of weird, I definitely was left with more questions than answers again, and I'm intrigued how its all going to come together as some stage (or if it ever does?)

Of course because its coming to the end of the year, I decide its a good time to start another series with Incarnate (instead of finishing the piling list I have). It's got some interesting ideas about reincarnation which are pretty unique and the story was pretty good if a little lagging sometimes. Holes, was my favorite book of the month. It got me out of my reading slump as it always does. One of my favorite childhood books. 

What to Say Next was also a great read this month, about an unlikely friendship between a popular girl whose recently lost her father and the 'odd' boy at school who has Aspergers. Very sweet and funny, but also addressing the cruelty of others for being 'different'. 

Up Next In December

I have high hopes for my reading in December. I'm taking annual leave in a few weeks till early January so I'm hoping to dedicate some of my time to finishing my Goodreads challenge, amongst all the Chrsitmas prep and holiday madness. So far on my list I have. 

    Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) The Upside of Unrequited Kiss Kill Vanish  

Asunder (Newsoul, #2) Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)

Other Updates 

I really enjoyed using my bullet journal this year to document all my crazy lists and notes. I was good at updating these things throughout the year, but I was quite bad at setting up each month for everyday life tracking and planning. 

Unfortunately that also means I'm left with a whole bunch of empty pages in my bullet journal which seems like a waste. I think next year I am going to revert back to a planner for everyday use for my tasks, and use a smaller moleskine journal for my fun list making and goalsetting etc. 

For those of you who used bullet journals, how did you find them? Any adjustments for next year?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Thanksgiving Book Tag

OK, so we don't actually do Thanksgiving down here in little old New Zealand (and it's been over a week since Thanksgiving)  but I thought i'd give this one a go. 

This tag was originally put up by Fangirlscity on Youtube- go HERE to check out their video. 

Kiss Crush Collide
BREAD- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

 Kiss Crush Collide

One of the first books I ever reviewed on my blog, and it was complete and utter fluff (but not even good fluff unfortunately)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

One of the first bo It wasn't completely bad, but it was a great cure for my insomnia. Maybe it was the overly descriptive prose that lulled me off to sleep i'm not sure.

The One (The Selection, #3)

The One

This is a hard one for me since I am chronic for not finishing series. I loved all the books in this series, but this one was by far y favorite, because everything gets wrapped up and everything turned out how I wanted it.

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)

 Not a Drop to Drink

Wow, this book (and it's sequel) are super packed with all the action and drama you could ask for. It was one of my top books of last year and will definitely be reread in the future. 

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)

Biggest Flirts

One of the first boI was really excited for this series, but felt really let down by this book. I found it hard to connect with the main character and that impacted my enjoyment. The other books in the series feature different characters so I might give those a go.


The Avery Shaw Experiment

This book is so sweet and the budding romance between Avery and Grayson is adorable especially since they've known each other since they were kids, but Grayson has only ever seen Avery as his annoying little brother best friend. 

Fallen (Fallen, #1) 


 Probably longer than it needed to be really. End of story.



This is one of my favorite childhood books and it never fails to get me back into reading. 

One of the first bo I'm not that familiar with traditional Thanksgiving foods but I love a good baked/glazed ham and I am definitely having one at Christmas time. Delicious! 

Image result for christmas ham

Monday, 6 November 2017

Wrap Up (many, many months)


Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) By Your Side Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

In Real Life Plain Truth Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Alex, Approximately The Fault in Our Stars Wesley James Ruined My Life

Brave New World Apeshit   Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1) Paper Girls, Vol. 2 (Paper Girls, #2)
So over the last couple...OK, OK, like 6 months I've dabbled in all sorts with my reading. I tried for the first time Bizarro fiction which wasn't altogether unpleasant. Definitely different and something I feel many readers that follow here probably haven't looked into before. Apeshit was kind of a mix of a terrible D-grade 80's horror movie. So absurd that it wasn't really scary, but lived up to it' namesake of bizarro fiction. There were definitely some WTF am I reading moments, and I was kept on my toes more due to the sheer nature of what insane debased thing the writer was going to come up with next than the actual scariness. Overall though it wasn't bad, and if you want to something a little (read ALOT) different I'd give it a go. 

I also went back and re-read the first 2 volumes of Paper Girls, and am awaiting the 3rd to come in at the library. My love for Brian K. Vaughan only grows with each new graphic novel I read of his. Ofcourse, I felt in the mood for a short classic at some point, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley it was. I imagine it's along the same lines as 1984 by George Orwell (which I have still yet to read) and deals with a dystopian society in which the civilians are regulated meticulously in order to function at their most optimal. 

Jodi Picoult has always been a favorite of mine, and I was not disappointed reading Plain Truth, about an Amish family who are caught in a police investigation regarding the death of a newborn infant. The story seemed well researched and the insights into Amish life were intriguing, not to metnion the suspense in finding out what really happened.

Other honorable mentions, THRONE OF GLASS series, OMG. Ok I'm pretty late to the party on this one, I read the first book a few years back and didn't continue on (There's something wrong with me, I know) but wow, the emotional rollercoaster just in the first 2 books... and I just no there is more to come, my heart can't take it.!

Up Next In November

  What to Say Next Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Other Updates 

I'm still loving Instagram, AGAIN I was a bit late to the party on this one, and only really started up this year with my Instagram account. It's a bit of a mishmash of things, boos obviously, but also food, nature and lots of animals.

Wedding planning has actually started...relative style and colors have been settled, budget set (if we can stay within it). For the mot part I think we've decided on a little place that was a vinyard but is now an arts centre. They have a cute little church onsite for the ceremony and we're going to rent this old rustic barrel store for the reception. The only fallback is that it's going to be alot of DIY, which is great because I can get my creative juices flowing and pinterest is a great help, but time constraints is going to be my biggest problem.

If you have any book reccomendations or even better, wedding advice. I would love to hear it. Until next time :)

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