Saturday, 29 June 2013

Pretty & Bookish #3

The weekend has finally arrived! It's funny because it takes so long to get here and then its over in a flash. Oh well, that's life I guess.  I'm reviving this old (meme? feature?) whatever... of awesome pretty things that Bibliophiles, or any philes for that matter, can drool over.

1. These socks from ModCloth are one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Book-friendly fashion indeed! They would be so good to wear snuggled up in bed on a cold winters night.

2.  I stumbled upon this gorgeous print from Squeeky Chic. I love the hazy lighting and the books - of course the books!
3. How cool is this!  I love oversized jumpers/sweaters and I love HP. It's a match made in heaven. This would be the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe and will help keep me warm since we've been getting a barrage of 1 degree Celsius mornings lately.

4. Guys, I think I just found my craft project for this weekend. DesignMom has instructions on how to make the Perfect Yarn Ball bookmark. Aren't they the cutest? I've got plenty of yarn floating around the house so I'm definitely gonna give these a try.

What are you plans for the weekend? I love hearing about cool things other people are doing; I'm in need of a bit of weekend-spiration lately.


Sunday, 23 June 2013

Mini Book Review: Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Title: Keep Holding On
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Released: May 2012

Summary: A romantic and empowering book about bullying. 

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.

Keep Holding On is primarily a book about bullying in high school and how one girl, Noelle, overcomes this and learns to be happy in her own skin. It is what I always imagined an after-school-special movie would look like (if we had those kind of things in Australia). Aimed at a younger audience (I would say 12-14 year olds) it is lacking a bit of sophistication and finesse of other books in this genre. Noelle is a fairly relatable character, and you can't help but feel sorry for her given her situation; a neglectful mother, and the constant bullying she endures as a poor girl in an upper class area. The cover of the book is somewhat misleading as the romance is very minimal, and there was hardly any build up between Noelle and her love interest Julian. Keep Holding On is a quick read that deals with a real and important issue that has touched most people at some stage in their lives. While this novel had the potential to be a great book it falls flat in the delivery and its lack of depth is disappointing

Recommended for people who like: novels set in high school,anti-bullying stories, inspirational messages.

Did you enjoy Keep Holding On? 
What's your favourite book that deals with bullying?


Saturday, 15 June 2013

Book Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Released:  April 2013

Summary: When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?    

The lives of Hollywood actors has always fascinated me the teensy tinsiest bit. We all know at the end of the day that they're just normal people like me and you. Well maybe not exactly like me and you, but they're human (although, the jury is still out on some of them). It's just that you have to wonder sometimes what it would be like living the way that they do.

In This is What Happy Looks Like we get to meet Graham Larkin, a somewhat reluctant teen heartthrob who much prefers spending time with his pet pig Wilbur than partying it up in LA. Does someone like Graham Larkin exist in Hollywood today? Probably not. I mean we can dream though. While Graham has more money than he could possibly ever need, and is famous throughout the world...he isn't happy. His distant relationship with his parents and the isolation he feels due to his fame are some of the elements that bring a bit of reality to this, overall, unrealistic and cliche ridden novel. 

The romance between Graham and Ellie is cute and nicey-nice. The email exchanges between them at the beginning of the novel were especially sweet and funny. And while they  are both decent human beings - Ellie is a down-to-earth, smart girl and Graham is a genuinely good  guy - there wasn't enough character wise and plot wise to really dig your teeth into. I felt as though this book had the makings of being great, but missed the mark along the way and ultimately fell flat. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy reading this book, because I did. The writing is good and I liked the romance between Ellie and Graham.  

This is What Happy Looks Like is a light read with a likable characters and a cute romance. While it lacks the spark and depth of other novels in this genre, and is not as compelling as Smith's 2012 novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, it is still sure to please those of us who are fascinated (okay, slightly obsessed) with Hollywood stars and the entertainment business. 

Recommended for people who like: Fluffy reads, lifestyles of the rich and famous, E! News.

What did you think about This is What Happy Looks Like? 


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Best of May 2013: Books, Beauty, Music, TV

Source: NatashaJadepe

Happy 1st of June! We survived another month :) I've settled in to the 9-5 daily grind after (finally) securing a full time job (and it only took 6+ months of visiting daily, hazzah!). It officially feels like Winter, something else to be happy about (if you're a freak like me and love the cold, that is). My new job has meant less blogging time but fortunately more reading time (the only thing my daily commute is good for). Such a catch-22, *sigh*. Anyway, here are some of the books, tv shows, music and beauty products that I've been loving this May. 

Arrow: DC Comic book hero, the Green Arrow, brought to TV land. This is SO not my usual kind of show, even with the over-the-top number of sweaty ab scenes. I'm sticking with this for one reason and one reason only: Felicity. Or better yet Ollicity. 

Arrested Development: Ever since this show was cancelled way back in 2006 I've been hoping, dreaming, wishing and praying for a renewal, a movie, a miniseries, a short film, ANYTHING. However, when you've wanted something so bad for so long it's often hard to live up to your expectations. I'm halfway through the recently released 4th season of Arrested Development and the laugh out loud moments are few and far between. However, I remain optimistic that the best is still yet to come! 

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons: I spent most of this month agonizing over the fate of Tatiana and Alexander, the two main characters in The Bronze Horseman trilogy. This historical romance set during World Word II in Russia is such a gripping tale and with characters that will stay with me for a long time to come. *I suppose I should note that this is not YA, in fact, it's far from it. Some of the scenes in here made me positively blush lol. 

The Body Shop Vanilla Body Mist: A warm vanillary fragrance that I love AND isn't overly sweet smelling. I've always aspired to smell like a freshly baked cookie. 

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: I'm fighting dry winter hands with this hand cream. It moisturizes really well and you only need to use a little bit as it goes a long way. 

Indieshuffle: is a great music discovery website/app. I use it to find my new favourite artists and re-discover old hits. Songs are added daily so there is always something new to listen to and enjoy. 

What books/tv/music/movies are you currently loving? 

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