Discussion

Where Is All This Going?

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of this blog.

Now that I have a lot of time on my hands I’m able to post more often and in an ideal situation I would be buzzing with post ideas and new creations. However, something has been lacking lately. I’ve always been the kind of person that works on creating genuine connections rather than focusing on the numbers. But it gets hard sometimes.

This blog has been static for the majority of the year and that’s because school took priority for me. I now wonder if that will be the case next year as university and finally my career takes priority. It’s just really hard to rise above that feeling of being stuck, with post ideas and inspiration, just being stuck.

I mean there are only so many book reviews a person can write or only so many cover to covers I can do. I’ve always been the sort of person who likes being challenged and whenever things start to get repetitive I take off. I mean do you guys even like the stuff I do here?

When you think about it, less and less people are starting to read these days. We just wanna lay on our beanbags and watch Youtube right?

I’m sorry I guess I’m just a little frustrated. I’ll see you tomorrow.

Book reviews

Book Review | PS I Still Love You

Jenny Han’s sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before takes you on an equally thrilling journey involving boys, baking and a whole lot of emotions.

The story centers around Lara Jean and her relationship with her new boyfriend Peter. I admired that the novel addressed cyber bullying and the effects it has on a personal level but also the effect it has on the community. When it comes to emotions, Jenny Han is the Queen, oftentimes I found myself sighing at just how accurately she described adolescent love from a male and female perspective.

The novel does not get weighed down by the emotions in it though. Han finds an admirable balance by involving baking (I might try one of her recipes on here oo), fashion and Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters. She also focuses on some heavier topics of single parenting and growing up without a mother. The novel is a healthy blend of all things life.

Something I haven’t come across often in young adult novels is elderly people. Especially elderly people having a perspective or any say in the novel. This novel depicted young love from the perspective of the elderly who are long past it yet they still yearn for their days. It added quite a unique element to the novel. Sometimes the elderly need a little spotlight too.

From caramel cakes to dreamy boys and retirement homes, Jenny Han writes a light yet thought provoking novel that is perfect to read any time of the year.

Rating

4

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Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover | The Little Paris Bookshop 

Today I am going to do something I have never done before.

A cover to cover on a book I have not read and know very little about. The gist of the novel is that a bookseller sets off on an adventure in the south of France to find the love of his life. It sounds romantic and deep and it has France in it. Also the covers are gorgeous

The English Edition

This cover was the first thing that made me so keen and curious about this book. It’s so vintage and almost like from another time. I love it

The other English Edition

Now this cover seems to make a statement. I love how the blue just pops put of the colour scheme. It also has an old school feel to it. Almost like these novels I used to read in middle school. This cover would look great on a hardcover edition.

The German Edition

I love the subtlety of this cover. It reminds me of a wedding colour palette. Lavenders are of course amazing and the textures happening on the cover also appeal to moi.

The Croatian Edition

I love this cover! I love the magic happening around the words. I love how the picture of Paris looks like it came out of a movie. So vintage again ah.

The French edition

When you think about it there isn’t much happening on this cover. But I wanted to include it for the sake of it being French.

The Bulgarian edition

I really like this cover. Again. the storybook kind of feel and the colours are great.

Which one is your favourite?

Tags

‘Tis the season book tag

Since Christmas is fast approaching I thought this would be the perfect tag to do. Hopefully this gets you even more into the holiday season and let’s go!

Do you have a favourite winter read?

Not particularly but I do like to lean towards more books set in the winter season and in the summer I’m more of a contemporary kind of gal

Find a book with blue on the cover

Let it Snow

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Find a book you’d use as a star on a Christmas tree

Looking for Alaska the anniversary edition because it’s gold and seems perfect!

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Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter holiday

I don’t know if this counts or not but I’d love to be at Hogwarts during Christmas

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Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter holiday 

Hmm..I would take Adrian Ivashkov because there will never be a dull moment with that one around

Name one book on your wishlist this year 

A Torch Against the Darkness by Sabaa Tahir

Favourite holiday drink, treat, movie

Drink: Hot chocolate with marshmallows

Treat: Marshmallow Santas

Movie: Elf

Hope you guys enjoyed the tag and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Book reviews

Book Review | Holding Up The Universe

Jennifer Niven, once again, turns a simple love story into a beautiful life lesson that readers will be sure to remember. To be perfectly honest, I am still recovering from reading All the Bright Places which I read many months ago. Holding up the Universe similarly tells the story from the dual perspectives of a boy and a girl who experience different hardships in the same circumstances.

We have Jack Masselin who is the “cool guy” at school and from the outside it seems like Jack has it all together but his family is falling apart and he has this rare disorder which inhibits him from recognising faces. On the other hand there is Libby who is labeled America’s Fattest Teen and along with her weight she also has to constantly deal with the loss of her mother. When Jack and Libby meet, the reader is taken on a journey where two teenagers try to tackle the weight the universe bestows upon them.

The thing I love most about Jennifer’s novels is that she integrates her own life experiences into her stories. This enables the reader to form a connection with the author and hence, you’re more susceptible to agree with the message the novel is sending. While this novel was not as emotionally scarring as All the Bright Places, it was just as powerful.

Libby’s weight issues and following her development in the novel from being a homebound girl to this confident young woman encourages all insecure chickens out there to just be comfortable in the skin you’re given. Through work of fiction, Jennifer has managed to spread a positive message which I’m sure resonates with a lot of teenagers. Not only that, by integrating diversity in race, gender, weight etc. the reader is challenged to break stereotypes.

The novel also raises awareness about face-blindness which I had no idea about before I read this book. I absolutely love the fact that apart from life lessons you’re also learning science in this novel. You’re learning how to speak out if you have a problem and about the effects of cancer and loss on a person.

Instead of writing a typical boy-girl romance and leaving it at that, Jennifer delves deeper into the issues that continue to haunt young people in today’s society.

Rating

5

Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover | Let it Snow 

Cover to cover is an ongoing feature where I show you different covers of the same book and you decide which one you like best. Happy Blogmas Day Eight!

The English Edition


I have always liked this cover. It has a certain simplicity to it and the snowflakes make it seem so festive!

The Portugese Edition

The festive feels are captured in this cover as well. It reminds me of The Polar Express and it’s so colourful!

The French Edition


This cover might come off as a bit plain but I like the minimalistic look. It’s very similar to the English one

The German Edition

I don’t particularly like the colour scheme of this cover. The illustrations are interesting but not feeling it

The Other English Edition


I love the snowflakes once again! In real life this cover has a gloss to it which I like!

Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite

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10 Things I Hate About Christmas

Everyone is always raving about Christmas and they’re all excited this time of the year so I decided to do something a little different. Happy Blogmas Day Seven!

  1. The Pre-Christmas shopping rushes and crowds
  2. Post Christmas Boxing Day Sales rushes
  3. Australians don’t ever get to experience a White Christmas and it’s always freaking hot
  4. Christmas-Kilos as in putting on weight
  5. Basically everything is shut down on Christmas Day
  6. Christmas means the end of the year is literally 6 days away
  7. I find Christmas movies annoying
  8. The gifts I buy for others I secretly want them the most
  9. Gifts are expensive
  10. Christmas Day means I have to wait another 365 days for Christmas!

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The Literary Dinner Party

So I found this tag on DreamlandBookBlog and thought it would be super fun. Happy Blogmas  Day Five!

In this tag, you’re hosting  a dinner party. You can invite any character you want, but there are 10 different categories you need to fill, and there are only room for 11 people:

1. One character who can cook/likes to cook

Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines/Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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2. One character who has money to fund the party

At first I wanted to say President Snow but I wouldn’t want him at my dnner party. So let’s go with Richard Gansey from the Raven Boys

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3. One character who might cause a scene

Effie from the Hunger Games. With her grandeur she would have all eyes on her the whole night but most importantly she would go around criticising and fixing everyone’s outfits

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4. One character who is funny/amusing

Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. While his humour is not up everyone’s alley, his wit is definitely amusing!

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5. One character who is super social/popular

I have not heard many bad remarks against this certain individual. So I’m gonna go with Prince Maxon from The Selection Series. Being from a Royal Family he is very socially adept.

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6. One villian

The Joker. Hands down.

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7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic

of course it’s gonna be a romantic couple. Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. Swoons

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8. One hero/heroine

Katniss Everdeen. I have had a crush on her since I was like 12

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9. One underappreciated character

Charlotte Lucas from Pride & Prejudice. She’s Lizzie’s best friend and I feel like she needs some love

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10. One character of your own choosing

Well since I am inviting Charlotte I might as well invite Lizzie!

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I encourage you to do the tag and leave it in the comment! see you tomorrow!

Book news, Tags

The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger

Happy December and Happy first day of Blogmas guys!

To kick things off I thought it would be a good idea to do a little tag to get to know each other. Also, this tag is all over the internet and is not my original creation so that’s out the way.

How long have you been a blogger?

I began blogging in January 2014 so coming up on three years now (which is unbelievable). I’ve done countless posts on this blog about why and how I started blogging and yeah once I started, I never stopped.

At what point do you think you will stop?

I feel like I’ll keep this blog going for as long as I possibly can. Even if it does undergo periods of stagnation, I know I’ll come back because this blog is my happy place!

What is the best part?

The best part would have to be the interaction and connection you develop because of blogging. You meet so many like-minded people who share the same passions and they’re from all around the world. It’s incredible

What is the worst part?

The worst part would have to be that blogging is not a full time commitment for me. Oftentimes I have to prioritise school or work above my blog. So yeah, the worst part would have to be the fact that the blog has to be sacrificed sometimes.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

My blog is mostly centered around writing and written content so my images usually come from Google which takes about three seconds.

Who’s your book crush?

The first person that comes to mind would be Adrian Ivashkov from The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead or more specifically from the Bloodlines series. Brown hair. Green eyes. Artist. Are you convinced yet?

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I think it would be super duper cool to have Jennifer Niven on my blog. She seems so lovely and she’s so pretty. Otherwise Sarah.J.Maas or Tommy Wallach.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Literally my pyjamas. The comfier, the better.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

That depends on the post. A review would usually span about two weeks because it involves reading a book or watching a film. Other sort of spur of the moment posts cost me 20 minutes of my day.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I absolutely love it. To think we live in an age where we’re able to share our common passions so easily ahh!

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Keep persisting. I think that goes with anything in life. If you work hard enough on something and puts loads of effort, it’s gonna return in some form or another. You just have to have patience.

I encourage you to do the tag and leave it in the comments below!