“Caramels + an contemporary” Teaser Tuesdays | August 16th

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HIYA!!

How is everyone? Today I am finally back with a Teaser Tuesday as I know I haven’t done one in ages. I love updating you guys with my last finds and my current read. As I mentioned a while ago, I have fallen into a reading slump but I’m trying to curb that this week as I haven’t really received much homework. What have you guys been reading lately? Anyway, I’m currently reading:

caramel hearts by e. r. murray

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I’m currently reading this adorable contemporary titled, Caramel Hearts, which is by E.R. Murray. I haven’t really gotten into the book yet as I only just started it but based on the blurb it sounds adorable. I am hoping that it won’t be too immature because I’m getting “Everything, Everything” vibes! However, it is a romance and I need a good break from fantasy:

“I spin on my head and head down the corridors towards Science, pretending I can’t hear Sarah when she calls my name,”
– Caramel Hearts, E.R. Murray

what do you think? have you read caramel hearts? don’t forget to let me know about your current read down below!

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Book Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The leaving review

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  6.5/10
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Thriller

The Leaving literally throws the reader into the midst of a twisting and turning plot, that leaves them on the edge of a thrilling ride. That’s exactly how I felt why I was reading this. The format and the way this book has been written really made it seem like a real story, although it is not actually reality.

One of my favourite features of this novel is its layout. I haven’t read Illuminate yet but the layout of Illuminate is very similar to the leaving. Certain letters are bolded, the words are written in a certain format to convey thoughts and emotions and in addition, words are put into different text boxes to display signs and certain memories. All those things put the book in a three-dimensional edge and it makes it so much more real. In fact, it’s like reading a victim’s diary.  Another feature about this novel is its different point of views. I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of views as I am always confused as to who is who but this was different. Every character had a different story and I love the most point of views were the actual victims.  There are so many unanswered questions from the beginning that you can’t help but turn page after page after page because you just want to find out what has happened.

The plotline was really original and unique. I don’t read thrillers every day and reading one like the Leaving really opened my eyes to this genre. However, the ending was what let me down and this may sound contradicting but the genre also lets me down. Sometimes, I felt like the book was leading to nowhere. Characters went back to their families and they want to know what happened, that is the main story but sometimes I felt like the story really fluffed around the edges and it made it difficult to find out what was really happening. The ending was such a disappointment there are way too many unanswered questions and I think the storyline didn’t really fit the ending. I don’t know if it was just me but I was so confused by the end of the book that I felt like I was reading it just to finish off the book. Perhaps, I need to go  back and read it again but I definitely missed something. I also wished there was something more. I want to know what happens to them in the future.

I think something else that let me down was the emotional attachment. I didn’t feel any emotions in the story, I was just curious about what was going to happen. Reading The Leaving made me felt like I was reading a police report, I want to know what happens so badly and who the culprit is but I never really feel any connection to it. That’s what was lacking in this novel. However, it was a really good read in terms of the thrill and excitement.

if you liked these books you will love the leaving:
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song + novel:

I haven’t written a review in ages! I hoped you enjoyed this one! Will you be reading The Leaving? Have you read this novel? Let me know!

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lessons i’ve learnt in the month of june

lessons i’ve learnt this month

DSC_0360_FotorOrganisation is key: It may seem super simple but one thing that can change your mood and positivity is your organisation. I’ve been really trying to utilise my planner lately and although, I still have a fair bit of practice before I master my journal it is safe to say that writing to-do lists and taking five minutes out of your day to plan and organise your life is a serious benefit. Using my planner in the last three weeks of the month has felt like I’ve removed a heavy burden off of my shoulders. The next step is to start a bullet journal but knowing my “perfectionist-mentality” I don’t know if it’ll go so well.

Your happiness and attitude are only determined by one thing- yourself: Before you think, “She is such a cheesy person,” hear me out. This might sound super simple but I think getting caught up with our busy lives often causes us to forget to take some time out of the day to enjoy yourself. To put it into context, I go to school every day and whilst everyone is complaining about going through this regime for the next three years of our lives, it is really easy to fall into the same trap. I definitely fell into this trap last month and it was definitely not healthy. I dreaded going to school. However, recently I’ve been trying to change this outlook because why should I dread school? I should be so grateful for this chance to go to school, to enjoy being with my friends and just having an overall warm atmosphere.

Don’t let bad news + failures get to you: Something I still need to work out til this day and something I will probably struggle with for a very long time, but it’s something that I’m improving on bit by bit. However at the start of the term I would always feel horrible after hearing even the littlest of bad news and that definitely did not do me any favours what so ever. I expected the worse in everything and nothing could make me feel better even if the failure/bad news wasn’t really that bad. It was getting to me and it was getting worse and worse. However, I’ve soon realised that there is no point in letting bad news get to you because you are only ever wasting your time to dwell on the past when you should be investing your time into the future.

Stop forcing yourself to do things you don’t like and just learn to say no:  I wish I figured this out sooner but I’ve just realise how important this is. You may think that forcing yourself to do something you don’t like is just a part of every day life but if you have the choice to quit…quit. I recently joined a sports team that I normally join every year and every year I dreaded signing up, going to the training and the competitions. Don’t get me wrong I adore sport but when it came to this sport, it gave me all kinds of motivation and I just remeber feeling horrible the day I had training because I knew I would be wasting more than an hour doing something I didn’t like. So, I quit. I asked to leave the team and although they were disappointed they understood. The whole time I dreaded the coaches reactions when I said I would quit but when I said no their reactions weren’t as bad as I thought.

favourite songs to put me in a motivational mood:

watch this video to put you in a motivational mood, trust me this video is amazing:

 

Hopefully, I didn’t make this post too cheesy and have instead motivated you to do things. I know that my blogging routine hasn’t been the best this month but I’m trying my best to get some exciting posts out and updating myself with all of your blogs.

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July Obsessions and August Excitement

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Currently feeling: extremely motivated

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Okay so maybe July hasn’t been the best of months. First of all, the winter has been icy cold which has caused me to feel like a freezing block of ice. My self-confidence has been wavering in and out this whole month, which has caused a lack of motivation in many different things, including reading and blogging. I know I mentioned this a little in my previous monthly wrap-up but this month I really felt my lack of motivation and enthusiasm weighing in. To me, everything felt like a blur because I felt like I was going through the same routine every day. However this month I’ve learnt a fair few lessons in life and because of that I decided to write a post on it which will be out soon! 🙂 How has your July been?

obsessions:

Music:

Has anyone else realised that there are no good songs on the radio lately? Ugh. It’s so annoying because I love listening to the radio but there is never a good song. Nevertheless, I have to resort to my Spotify (not that that’s a bad thing)! Here are my latest favourite tracks!

Healthy Cooking:

I’ve been “healthy-cooking” for a long time now but I’ve only just realised how much fun it is to create something that is guilt-free. I love cooking healthy muffins and cookies and in the morning one of my favourite things to cook are healthy pancakes and oatmeal. Oh and let’s not forget smoothies and toasts. I think it is safe to say that breakfast is now my absolute favourite meal because I love getting up in the morning and cooking something that is simple, delicious and healthy.

For lunches, salads and rice bowls have been a go-to for me. I have to try to cook my lunches so that they are still fresh and delicious during lunchtime.

 

 

 

Film Photography

This semester I took up a photography elective but it isn’t about the normal digital photography. Instead, we have been working with film photography and it is surprisingly a lot of fun. I’ve been taking a trip back in time with one of my best friends and we have been shooting with an old film camera. I was born around the time film photography was starting to get less and less popular, which means I haven’t had a chance to use a film camera. I would love to show you how the photos have turned out but unfortunately, we are still processing the photos. When I get the photos I’ll try to share some with you guys.

 

reading updates

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*inserts a large photo of the embarrassed monkey* I haven’t been reading much and it has been frustrating me so much. I’m still reading The Girl From Everywhere! I think it has been because I’ve been lately recently but also I’ll confess: Gossip Girl has captured my attention. It is just so so good! I honestly just want to devour the whole entire show so I can know what is next. My heart feels like it has been on a roller coaster with this TV show! With August comes new releases and the moment Beauty of Darkness comes out I will hole myself up in my room to read it. I’m also going to a Rainbow Rowell and David Leviathan event with some of my good friends and hopefully, that will get me in a motivated reading mood.

august excitement

It’s getting to that time of the year where even though, everything will be so hectic, you know that it’ll be the best few months of the year. I am so so excited for the things I have planned in August. Next weekend I’m going to the Selena Gomez Revival Tour with my best friend and words can not describe my eagerness. I’ve never been to a concert and to know that I’m going to one of my favourite artist’s concert with my best friend is the most exciting thing ever! Alongside that, I’m also going to be doing some exciting excursions and experience weeks with the school which is something I always look forward too.

book #tbr:

I did recently write a post on my TBR but I thought I would specify some of the books I want to read this month:

I hope you guys had a great July and an even better August? What have been some of your obsessions in July?

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One extremely long #tbr list…

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HELLO!!!

Winter has struck here, where I live and it has been frigid cold every day. I’m hoping every day that I won’t catch a cold and every day consists of warm blankets and toasty heaters. However, another important thing that warms me up on a winter day is a good book. I haven’t been reading as much as I would like. (Blame it on Gossip Girl) This means that my TBR list is piling and piling with books. Today I decided to show you some of the many books on my TBR:

romance contemporaries

Contemporaries are vital to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside because the romance in them fills my heart with joy. I’ve been craving contemporaries for a very long time and I can’t wait to fall in love with the characters in these books!

series and trilogies

I need to find a good series ASAP because I’ve been in a mini reading slump for ages. I miss jumping into exciting new worlds and having my heart wrenched from various plot twists. Which series do you think I should read next?

plus more:

I don’t just have contemporaries and series on my TBR I also have other stand-alones and upcoming releases that have been sitting on my TBR for ages!

So that is my tbr!!! Hopefully, I’ll get around to some of these books soon! Collecting and reading the synopses of all these novels have just gotten me so so excited to read them!

What is are some novels on your TBR? 🙂

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“Time Traveling + Hyped Releases” Teaser Tuesdays

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Hiya!!!

I have not done a single Teaser Tuesdays in a hundred years and so today I decided to due a Teaser Tuesday!!! It is the second week of school and everything is actually going great. Well…except for a few things here and there but overall everything has been pretty cruisy! What have you guys been up to recently? I’m currently reading:

the girl from everywhere by heidi heilig

I recently got this novel and although I am not that far into the book, I have been loving it! The main character is so likeable and I love the concept of the novel. I haven’t read many time travel novels and I am sure this book will be a time-travel that I will be recommending. However, I can not jump to conclusions yet! I do know that this novel has been hyped up since its release and so far I think it has been living up to my expectations. Here is a little teaser of the novel:

“My thoughts scattered like chipped ice, and my vision blackened at the edges, as though I was staring through a spyglass,”
– The Girl From Everywhere, Heidi Heilig

what are you reading this week? have you read the girl from everywhere?

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June Obsessions and July Excitement

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Yes, I am writing this on the fifteenth of July even though this post should have been scheduled on the first of July. Sorry 🙂

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June has been a very ordinary, yet exciting month. I was greatly disappointed due to the fact that I hadn’t read much at all in the month of June but I was also super excited for the holidays. Despite the fact that school was dragging along slowly when the holidays finally arrived I couldn’t contain my excitement, especially because we were going away. I visited many different places and it felt like such a relief to have the pressure of school lifted off of my shoulders. However, school has started again and I am so not ready but nevertheless, I am going to try to make this term a good one. Also, last month I took a few breaks with blogging and it felt nice to take a break but that still doesn’t excuse the fact that I love blogging and instagraming, which is why I’ll be posting lots more soon! Here are some of my favourites from last month:

Obsessions:

Here are some of my recent obsessions!

Music :

I have been obsessed with Often by Kygo and of course, Shawn Mendes’ new song Treat You Better! I have literally been playing them on repeat and I can not get enough! I have been really loving I Heart Radio recently. Instead of playing my spotify playlist, sometimes I’ll put on a hit music station from the website. I’ve been loving the LA I Heart Radio Hits Station the most.

 

Gossip Girl:

I only just started this show, so no spoilers, please! I watch TV shows awfully slow and although I started this show two months ago I’m only on season two. I try to watch it when I have spare time but the drama and gossip in this TV show is so so good. It may sound weird that I enjoy watching people gossip about others but this TV show is honestly one big web of interlocking events that has kept me so entertained!

Shopping

Well…I’ve always had an obsession with shopping but because I have been shopping a lot lately, I thought why not add it to my obsessions list? I’m more of a summer girl and so lately I have been lots buying of summer dresses, some sweatshirts and bags. I recently visited this mall, which was huge! I spent nearly two days there shopping and I still haven’t visited every store in the mall. I bought heaps of stuff there and I can’t wait to wear and use them .

june reads + book hauls

As I mentioned earlier June was a disappointing reading month. I only read a few books, which include Rebel Of The Sands, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Last Star and The Leaving. Hopefully, July will be much more exciting in terms of books and I can’t wait to dive into some good books. Here are some of the books I got this month:

DSC_0313_FotorThe Last Star by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #3)
Blood In The Beginning by Kim Falconer (Ava Sykes Series)
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah
The Girl From Everywhere by Heide Heilig
Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Caramel Hearts by E. R. Murray

july goals

Here are some of goals for this month:
– To workout more intensively and for more periods of time, as well as eating a proper healthy diet.
– To actually work on my blog and Instagram more seriously and with a proper effort and attitude. (*cough* as you can see that didn’t really happen for the first half of the month but there are still 16 more days)
– Write some more lifestyle posts!
– To balance most things in my life, especially the reading facet of my life. This brings me to my next point my July TBR.

july tbr:

Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray
The Blood In The Beginning by Kim Falconer
The Girl From Everywhere by Heide Heilig
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Yay! So this is my June + July wrap-up and TBR! List some books you want to read this month, so I can add it to my own TBR! What have been your recent obsessions?

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Blog Tour + Book Review When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel- Fattah

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Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $18.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Reading the first few chapters of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s When Michael Met Mina, brought a wave of familiarity. I soon began to beileve that this book would be a cute contemporary simillar to Tale of Two Cities. However, as I progressed through the novel I realised that this book isn’t a simple young adult romance- no. In fact, it dove deeper than that and together the novel brought a parcel of cuteness, reality and depth. If you ever need a quality contemporary novel this book is definitely for you. Mina, one of the main characters in the story, is a refugee from Afghanistan but Michael’s family has always wanted to stop the refugee boats from coming into Australia. When Mina moves into town, Michael is torn between supporting his family and Mina. This novel tells the story of how these completely two different people fall in love and discover what they really stand for.

Before reading this novel, I was slightly hesitant. I had read Abdel-Fattah’s previous novel, Does My Head Look Big In This and I didn’t really enjoy the book at all. However, I read When Michael Met Mina in two days. It was a fresh and unique novel that dealt with what feels like an untouched topic in books: Refugees. It was really interesting to see both sides of the story and I loved how this was in two perspectives. After reading this, I have developed a more personal understanding of the issue and it was really enjoyable to read how Abdel-Fattah has woven this story and issue together. Furthermore, the overall main message of the story was very apparent and I liked how it was dealt with because the novel didn’t seem overly educational and political but rather it felt heart-warming and overall really enjoyable.

Michael and Mina’s character development was perfect. Due to the little amount of characters and the main focus on the two main characters, you can really see how well executed the development of the two characters were in the novel, especially Michael. Michael grew from a passive follower and a boy who wouldn’t fight for what he stood for to a more mature and strong-willed boy. It was interesting to see how he dealt with going against his father’s point of view about the refugees, as well as how he broke the news that he no longer wanted to be an architect. Mina’s character was admirable and not annoying at all, in fact at times her voice was easy to click with and I enjoyed reading from her point of view.

The little motifs throughout the novel, such as the slam poetry definitely help tie the knots together in the novel. I really enjoyed the analogies throughout the book because they all felt weirdly correct. Overall, the important issues and themes were discussed so so well in this novel, which is one of my reasons for why I enjoyed this book. Might I add, the romance was adorably cute! 🙂 What brought down this novel for me was the fact that it didn’t exactly suit my cup of tea but I definitely enjoyed reading this and I will be recommending it to many people!

if you liked these books, you’ll love when michael met mina:

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have you read when michael met mina? p.s: don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour!
tomorrow’s post will be on: Bookss101
yesterday’s post was on: Loony Literate

That’s all for my review! I hope you guys enjoyed it and now I am off to read! I have some good posts coming up so stay tuned. P.S: Sorry for not posting last week, I was away and I didn’t have internet connection.

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Review: Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of The Sands
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, High-Fantasy, Adventure

I believe that Rebel of The Sands is one of the most hyped up stories of 2016. Therefore, coming into this novel I expected the best of the best. Just like my expectation, what I found inside this magical novel was a carefully woven, beautifully written Persian adventure and fairy-tale. Rebel of the Sands follows the story of a girl, Amani who wants nothing else but to escape her village and she will do whatever it takes to get out. When she ventures out she meets a new boy and together they travel across the Arabian desert to a new place. However, with every step, she takes Amani questions whether or not she is taking the right path.

The novel starts off with a fast-past scene that definitely got me into the story. The pacing of the book was something that brought it down a little. It definitely was fast-paced but because of how quick some moments where I felt like some character development was lost on the way. Amani and Jin’s development were perfect as the novel revolved around both of them and I found that I just wanted to know more and more about both of them. However, characters such as Amani’s brother and Shazad were not as developed and I found it difficult to understand their characters. Furthermore on character development, I thought there were a few too many characters which made it difficult for the author to go in depth with every character. Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump

Amani and Jin’s relationship was cheesy, yet adorably cute at the same time. Their relationship was very stretched out, which means more cuteness in the next novel. I actually am so pumped to see where their relationship is going because at times I see them teetering on a beam and sometimes it seems like they are perfect for each other. It pained me to see that Jin tricked Amani and I really hope they are together by the end of the books.

Now on to the plot line, I have a major love for Persian and Arabian fairytales. There is just something so uniquely magical that I love about them. I thought Rebel of The Sands was perfect. Although The Wrath and The Dawn will always be my favourite Arabian fairytale novel, I believe Rebel of The Sands was an enthralling novel. I was surprised when I discovered that Amani was a Djinni and that Jin was a prince. I am so excited to see more of this Arabian story in the next book. I was expecting a retelling of Arabian nights but instead what I found was a unique storyline that had woven bits of the Arabian nights fairytale.

Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump and upon finishing it, I think I have saved myself from the slump. I loved so many parts in this novel and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one. If you haven’t read this recent release I highly recommend it, it’s magically and wonderfully exciting and it will keep you up at night!

if you liked these books, you will love rebel of the sands:

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what did you think of rebel of the sands?

 

Reading Slumps…Teaser Tuesdays 22/06/16

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Hello Guys!!

I AM FINALLY BACK. I know, I know. I have taken a very long break from this blog because I’ve been lacking a bit of motivation due to a reading slump. I guess I really had an overdrive of motivation at the start of the year, which has now died down. However, I am determined to find that motivation again. I will definitely have some exciting posts coming up in the near future because it’s the holidays and I can’t wait to write some exciting posts. Anyway, let’s get back to the subject…Teaser Tuesdays. I have a very exciting current read:

rebel of the sands by alwyn hamilton

DSC_0287_FotorWords can not express how excited I am to read this novel. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I can’t wait to jump straight into it. I have heard many comparisons of this novel to The Wraith and The Dawn, which is one of my favourites. Have any of you guys read this novel? I only just started so I’m on chapter five. I love it already! Here is a little teaser:

“I looked and a bullet was embedded  in the wall a hair to the left of my skull. Only then did I start to shake,”

what are you reading this week?

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