This month I did abysmally, so terribly in fact that I almost wasn’t going to do this post this month. However, since I made myself a promise to try to do this monthly here I go.
Life got busier than I expected in March, rushing about, renewing my work contract, doctor’s appointments, and more just left me with little time to dedicate to reading. Additionally I also started knitting again so some nights I would choose knitting to calm the mind before bed over reading.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is a Fandom Freebie, so I chose to do the top ten fandoms I’m in. There are many more, but here are my top ten fandoms in no particular order.
“Three dark queens, are born in a glen, Sweet little triplets will never be friends. Three dark sisters, all fair to be seen, Two to devour, and one to be Queen.”
“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . its life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.” (Summary from Goodreads)
I received two copies of Three Dark Crowns in October last year. The black hardcover was a part of Owlcrate’s ‘Darkness’ box and the paperback came in The YA Chronicles ‘You Win Or You Die’ box. This was the first time I purchased two book subscription boxes in a month, and was surprised to get the same book, although I know realise how common that is. However, since the covers are different, I don’t really mind. Plus Owlcrate’s came with a signed book plate and letter from the author so that was really cool. However, I prefer to read paperbacks, as they are lighter to carry around so I am quite happy to have both editions.
I had no expectations going into Three Dark Crowns, I’d never heard of the book, but after reading the blurb on the book I was incredibly intrigued by the book’s premise. I was completely drawn into the world where three sisters are born with incredible gifts (or so we initially think) and are destined to kill each other. That part just breaks my heart, sisters having to kill each other; in fact, they are encouraged to do so.
“I could do this. If whole galaxies could change, so could I.”
“Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.
So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?” (Summary from Goodreads)
The Unexpected Everything is a light, enjoyable, and easy read. The perfect book to read whilst laying in the sunshine, while at the beach or beside a pool. It is just a lot of fun.
“I was taught that being myself was not only okay, but encouraged—and by being unapologetically yourself, you thrive and inspire others to thrive.”
“Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than 10 million followers across social media.” (Summary from Goodreads)
Tyler Oakley posted his first YouTube video in 2007, never expecting much to come from it. He definitely never thought that one day he would amass a following of over eight million subscribers on YouTube. Tyler has taken the online world by storm with successes including interviews with Michelle Obama and One Direction (both of which each have a chapter in the book, and one of them really pulls at the ole heartstrings), a worldwide live tour, a chart-topping podcast Psychobabble and a documentary titled Snervous. It’s crazy to think that all this started because a boy decided to film videos in his living room and upload them to YouTube.
So this has been delayed a little, mostly because I wasn’t sure what to write for the beginning of the month, a book review or a tag. Then I stumbled across a lot of bloggers posting monthly wrap ups, which I thought was a great idea and something I’m definitely thinking about doing continuously throughout the year.
As today is the official last day of summer (for the Southern Hemisphere at least), I wanted to do this tag in honour of that. Although the heat will probably stick around for most of March. I was inadvertently tagged by AlwaysandForeverReading who tagged everyone in the Southern Hemisphere, so as an Australian I was tagged.
The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. (Source: IMDB.com)
One of my most anticipated films of last year was Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, my boyfriend took me to the midnight screening as an early birthday present. So I know this review is incredibly late, but alas life and other things piled up and catching up on reviews fell to the wayside.
Attending the midnight screening was incredible, being in a room full of Potter-heads, all equally excited about this extension of the universe that defined our childhood; it’s the best thing. It’s one of the reasons I love attending pop culture conventions, the sense of community and ease you feel when surrounded by people you know don’t think you strange for fangirling over things. It’s the best feeling. So to say I was excited about this film is an understatement.
I found The Book Blogger TMI tag on Spines and Covers and thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate my one-year bookstagram anniversary. I can’t believe it has been a year, I definitely think my account has grown and changed over the year, and I would like to think that I have improved.
How old are you?
What book are you reading?
I’m currently reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m going back and forth between the two.
What are you wearing?
A grey oversized shirt and leggings.
I would have to say Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
“When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers… and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.” (Source: IMDB.com)
Earlier this year I read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Childrenby Ransom Riggs and I quite enjoyed it. So, when I heard they were adapting it to a film I knew I had to see it. However, the trailer alone had already filled me with quite a bit of doubt. Unfortunately, I’m one of those moviegoers who if I’ve read the book previously can’t help but mentally notice all the differences, and sometimes outwardly display my displeasure at the changes. So, when I saw this I made sure to go with a group of friends who had all read the book, so we could all air our grievances together.
This review is going to be spoiler heavy, so please don’t read any further if you have not read the book or seen the movie.