Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (101)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

Just a few this week! But ones I'm eager to read as I've been hearing about them for a while.

Bought:

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Tomorrow Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released! I cannot wait! I'll be in line first thing and will be doing nothing else until I've finished reading it. Yay!

Have you read these? Which should I read first? And what goodies did you get this week? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE CURSED CHILD?!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday: To Review or Not to Review DNF Books

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured blogger! Also, don't forget to pop back over in a couple of days to vote for next week's featured blogger.

What is your take on DNF books? Do you review them? Choose not to review them?

It's rare that I DNF a book but when I do, I only review them if they are ARCs - in which case I write about what made it a DNF for me - or if I skip read the rest and have enough to write a reasonable review. Otherwise, if I only get a third of the way through or something, I don't worry about writing a review. I don't think it's much worth it, to be honest. 

What's your stance on DNF books?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows, Book One
Publisher: Indigo
Publication Date: 29 September 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
(summary from Goodreads)


Six of Crows is exactly what I wanted from the Grisha verse - strong characters, heart-racing adventure and awesome magic. 

So I'll admit upfront that my interest to read Six of Crows was really, really, really low. I disliked Shadow and Bone enough that I never intend to complete that series, so a spin off series ultimately didn't appeal to me. However book club gave me no choice - and I'm grateful, because surprisingly, I loved Six of Crows. This is what I'd hoped Shadow and Bone would be. There's no denying Bardugo has created a magical, fierce, wildly imaginative world and I'd always wanted more of that. I love the idea of the Grisha, their different powers, and combined with the 20s style gangster element, Bardugo has created a winner that is at once dark and intense, and fun and spunky. It's part heist, part comedy and part fantasy that had me wholly immersed so that I never wanted to put Six of Crows down. Which was in my favour, thankfully, as I'd left Six of Crows until the day before our book club meet to read! As I hadn't completed Bardugo's first Grisha verse series, I wondered if Six of Crows would stand alone and I'm happy to say it does. I think it's one that can still be read and enjoyed without the background of the previous series. The Grisha and their abilities are still outlined early on, and apart from brief references to the war and Saint Alina (yeah, I checked out the wiki to see what was up with that!), Six of Crows really does stand as its own story. Those details really aren't overly pertinent to following along here. 

What truly hooked me throughout Six of Crows was its characters. I was invested in their stories in a way I never was with Alina and co. in the first series. Here we have six main characters, plus a handful of villains, and each were interesting, remarkable and necessary to the story. Kaz is mysterious and vicious, determined to never be vulnerable; Inej is strong and independent, ready to lead her own path; Jesper is a flirty sharpshooter and gambler, quick to get into trouble; Wylan is trying to find his own place in the world (and handle Jesper's flirting!); Nina is a Grisha in a new world, trying to make up for past choices; and Matthias is a Fjerdan, a Grisha hunter, betrayed and angry, unsure what to believe. Together these six make a ragtag and volatile group. Six of Crows is narrated through multiple point of views and I enjoyed that as it allowed us to really get to know characters, especially as Bardugo shares flashbacks and stories of their varied histories. I adored each of our main characters. They each have their own strengths and vulnerabilities, individually, but are also defined by their relationships with each other. Between just the six of them there's friendships, rivalries and romances that are wonderful and calamitous in turn. I can't wait to read Crooked Kingdom (yay, duology!) so that I can appreciate more of this world and its adventures, as well as find out how things work out for this gang of misfits - especially after a shocking cliffhanger!

Whether you're a fan of the original Grisha verse novels or not, Six of Crows is sure to appeal. With action, shenanigans and characters that entertain, Six of Crows is engaging from start to finish.

Rating:


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I'm intrigued by...

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Pre-Order: The Book Depository | Amazon

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.
(summary from Goodreads)


Sounds like a fantasy I'll enjoy, and I love that cover. A long wait though, but hopefully in that time I'll actually get some of McGinnis's other books read!

Have you read any of McGinnis's works? What book are you waiting on this week? 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

  • Knitting - A book I read made me want to learn to knit, so I did. I'm not very good at it though and it's been a while since I've knitted anything now.
  • Learn languages - I'm always wanting to learn other languages, and any time I read a book where a character speaks more than one I think about giving it a go.
  • Travel - The great thing about books is that they transport you to other places or worlds. Still, I want to see many of them for real. There are many places I've added to my 'want to visit' list thanks to books.
  • Create art - I'm not very creative unfortunately, and often books make me wish I was. Whenever I read books about characters painting, drawing, sculpting, etc, I wish I could do so too. 
  • Be a Witch & Attend Hogwarts - Yep, anytime I reread Harry Potter I wish again I was a witch and could attend Hogwarts. I'm sure I'm not alone!
  • Get heaps of tattoos - Books seem to inspire me to want to get tattoos. I only have one bookish tattoo so far, but I have plans.
  • Change my wardrobe - A few times I've read about a character with a great or different fashion sense and I always want to change up my wardrobe afterwards. 
  • Own many pets to name after fictional characters - It's true, I love so many names that I've read in books that I wish I owned a heap of pets so that I could use the names. Plus, I just want a home full fo pets. Lately I've been wondering if it's possible for me to own an owl...
  • Be a writer - I'm sure many of you feel the same way. Books always inspire me to imagine my own stories. Sometimes they play out in my head but I've never actually put pen to paper.
  • Read more - I don't just mean in general, but when I read books based on myths or history, I always want to read more about those particular subjects. 

The power of books, they inspire in so many ways. What are some things books have made you want to do or learn?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (100)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

Bought:

And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Won:

Daughter of Nomads by Rosanne Hawke - with many thanks to Dymocks Brisbane and their YA Book Club


Review:

The Reader by Traci Chee

So much for not adding more books to my already full shelves, right? Heh. It'll never happen. Which is great, because I'm intrigued by a number of these books and looking forward to reading them.

Have you read any of these? What did you add your shelves?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday: Favourite Book to Movie Adaptations

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured blogger! Also, don't forget to pop back over in a couple of days to vote for next week's featured blogger.

What are 2 of your favourite book to movie adaptations?


Definitely Bridge to Terabithia. The movie is pretty much exactly like the book, if I remember correctly. It's fantastic. And so sad. I can't help but watch it when I see it on and I always end up a sobbing mess.


The Harry Potter series too. I do love the movies, I think they did a very great job adapting the books. Sure, there's some things I wish they did better. I was always disappointed they didn't go into detail about the Marauders and that they changed the circumstances of Fred's death. I so wanted that scene with Percy, even though it would have also left me even more of a sobbing mess!

What are your favourite book to movie adaptations?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats Edited by Jessica Spotswood

Title: A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls
Editor: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Tung Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein
(summary from Goodreads)


A Tyranny of Petticoats is a powerful and fun anthology. 

From the moment I heard about this anthology I wanted to read it and I about squealed when I found it at my library. I just love the whole idea of A Tyranny of Petticoats. I really enjoy historical fiction, and that each story has a female main character(s) paving her own path through so many iconic eras of our history is brilliant. The mix of fictional and true life is awesome. A Tyranny of Petticoats is full of adventure, friendship, romance, inspiration, some heartbreak and prejudice, a little fantasy and a whole lot of diversity. I was tempted to go through and rate each story, but have decided against that. They work well together, creating a whole. I did love some stories more than others, but ultimately all of them bring something unique to the anthology. I'd be interested to read every one of them as a full length novel, that's for sure.

A Tyranny of Petticoats offers a much needed alternative look at history though the eyes and actions of some kickass women. I don't doubt women like this truly lived such lives so it's inspiring and refreshing to imagine their stories this way.

Rating: 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

Cannot wait to read...

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Pre-Order: The Book Depository | Amazon

“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back.”

What does a sixteen-year-old girl have to do to kiss a boy? Molly Peskin-Suso wishes she knew. She’s crushed on twenty-six guys…but has kissed exactly none. Her twin sister Cassie’s advice to “just go for it” and “take a risk” isn’t that helpful. It’s easy for her to say: she’s had flings with lots of girls. She’s fearless and effortlessly svelte, while Molly is introverted and what their grandma calls zaftig.

Then Cassie meets Mina, and for the first time ever, Cassie is falling in love. While Molly is happy for her twin, she can’t help but feel lonelier than ever. But Cassie and Mina are determined to end Molly’s string of unrequited crushes once and for all. They decide to set her up with Mina’s friend Will, who is ridiculously good-looking, flirty, and seems to be into Molly. Perfect, right? But as Molly spends more time with Reid, her cute, nerdy co-worker, her feelings get all kinds of complicated. Now she has to decide whether to follow everyone’s advice…or follow her own heart.
(summary from Goodreads)


Most definitely counting down the months until this one is released! I adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I'm sure this one will be just as good. 

Have you read Simon? Are you looking forward to The Upside of Unrequited? What book also has you eyeing your calendar?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Ten Books Set Outside the US

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6936382-anna-and-the-french-kiss https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8490112-daughter-of-smoke-bone https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6698199-a-spy-in-the-house https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6786718-the-day-after-forever https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23395680-illuminae
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27193294-frankie https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/72193.Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher_s_Stone https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23437156-six-of-crows https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10852343-stormdancer https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23403402-a-darker-shade-of-magic

Books set in space or fictional worlds totally count, right? What books have you enjoyed that were set outside the US?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (99)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

A whole lotta books this time around. One, because I haven't updated here in a bit, and two, because it was Lifeline Bookfest time again! Always fun.

Bought:

King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Odyssey by Homer
The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Selected Poems by Robert Frost
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel


The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
Lady Friday by Garth Nix
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz


Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh, plus swag

Borrowed:

Darkmere by Helen Maslin
The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean
Becoming Darkness by  Lindsay Francis Brambles
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Long Dark Dusk by JP Smythe

Phew! I'll probably need to take a break from adding more books to my shelves before I run out of space. I say that, but what do you want to bet I'm here with new books again next week? Just the way it goes, right?

What goodies have you added to your shelves?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday: Fave Character Archetypes

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured blogger! Also, don't forget to pop back over in a couple of days to vote for next week's featured blogger.

What is your favourite character archetype(s)?

I definitely like the smart girls, like Hermione Granger. They kick butt through cleverness! I have a soft spot for the nerdy boys too. And considering my love for the superhero movies, there's no denying I like heroes too. I would have said the bad boys once, but I'm a little over them these days. I like reading about the nice guys, the ones that are sweet and funny. Though flirty and charming works too. Eh, I can't choose!

How about you, what archetypes appeal to you?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book Four
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 26 April 2016
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
(summary from Goodreads)


The Raven King is the perfect conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater's lush and magical The Raven Cycle.

This whole series is something really special. I'll say again how it blew my mind because of how imaginative, beautiful and emotional it is. Awe is my favourite word when it comes to Stiefvater's works and it's definitely no different for The Raven King. I'm forever in awe of Stiefvater's skill. The way she brings all the many tidbits together to weave the ultimate big picture is brilliant. I loved that moment in The Raven King, when I could see and understand everything the series had been building towards, how it was so much more connected than I could have realised. It's stunning. The end isn't overly climactic. It's not action packed or quite what I was expecting even. I liked that. It's really intense, in that subtle, quiet sort of way that is the tone of so much of this series, where you're completely immersed and practically holding your breath in anticipation. I'm thoroughly satisfied with how Stiefvater ended this series. I want more, of course. I will always want more because it's just that good, but I'm happy with how she left everything and all my beloved characters. 

Throughout The Raven Cycle Stiefvater has had multiple point of views, and The Raven King switches between the most. I've always loved that we got the point of views of the bad guys. They're creepy and chilling, allowing further insight, an alternate perspective to the story. That and Stiefvater just imagines up such weird and wonder...wait, no, just plain weird - and scary. This time around we have Piper, the Darkness that was awoken in the previous book, and a set of triplets who are so identical in every way they go by just one name. Super creepy. Should we be worried Stiefvater has such an imagination? Nah. As long as it's used to create fictional worlds and characters only, we should be fine. Maybe. I was glad to be back on adventure with Blue and her Raven Boys too. I'm beyond sad this is my last with them. The thing I loved best about The Raven King is the romances! Hallelujah, resolution! I was a giddy mess for the romances, no doubt about it. Grinning, squealing and flailing all 'round! Of course there's still a lot of wrenching heartache too - of course! It wouldn't be a Stiefvater novel if we weren't both reveling in the love and sobbing from the pain, am I right? The Raven King cemented my being a fan of Adam, finally, and I really enjoyed how other characters, such as Mr Gray, the Orphan Girl and Henry, had bigger roles to play. The resolution, how so much changes yet so much stays the same, really satisfied me. It was, as I said, perfect. 

If you have yet to read The Raven Cycle, what are you waiting for? Go now! The Raven King is a bittersweet ending. 

Rating:


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Waiting on Spindle by E.K. Johnston

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I'm definitely looking forward to...

Spindle by E.K. Johnston

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: 6 December 2016
Pre-Order: The Book Depository | Amazon

The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.
(summary from Goodreads)


Oh, yes. I really enjoyed A Thousand Nights so I'm certainly intrigued by this companion novel. 

Have you read A Thousand Nights? What book caught your attention this week?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ten Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Ten Facts About Me


  • I have a pet Westie named Finn - He is my baby and I adore him. He's named after Seamus Finnigan from the Harry Potter series. Mostly because my Dad wanted to call him Finbar because he liked the nickname "Finn" - but Finbar was definitely not working for me, so Finnigan was the next best thing...especially because I had wanted to name him after a fictional character. I'd been leaning towards Ianto from Torchwood.


  • I count. A lot. - It's a bit weird, but whenever I'm not occupied in some way, I count. By 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. I can't really explain it. And it gets weirder. I count running my tongue over my teeth, count on my fingers...it's like it's not just my mind unsettled, I'm doing something physical too. It's like a tic, I guess. It'd probably make more sense if I could show you but it wouldn't be any less weird! I don't even remember when I started doing it. 
  • I am a book buying addict - I can't not buy books. I have too many to ever get them all read but I still cannot stop buying more.
  • I collect Pop! Figurines - I have barely enough space left on my shelves because I keep buying books and yet I still buy all the Pop!s that appeal to me. They're just so cute! 
  • I'm in a wheelchair - I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I walked - slowly - until I was 11, then I had surgery where steel rods were implanted along my spine to correct scoliosis and I've been in a chair ever since. I'd always known I'd end up in a wheelchair though so it wasn't too huge an impact. 
  • I'm obsessed with TV and movies - Much like I love books, I love TV and film. I go to the cinema every week to watch new movies, and I have a pile of shows I watch regularly. And there's still plenty more I plan to watch. I like marathoning television shows when I want to be lazy. My favourite show currently on TV is Agents of SHIELD. Cannot wait for the new season!
  • I suck at gaming - I like video games and I always want to play more than I do, but I'm just not very good. I usually get stuck and need help to get to a new level or something. The only games I can play well are those like Animal Crossing or The Sims! And I'm not too bad at Mario Kart.
  • I wish to travel the world - I've been to places in the US, Canada, China, France, Italy and the UK; and I'm hopefully off to Japan and New Zealand in the near future. There are so many places I want to visit, I wish traveling was easier. And cheaper!
  • I'm terrible at keeping in contact with people - I see my friends' updates and whatnot on Facebook, but when it comes to real conversation I'm really bad at keeping in contact. I don't live very close to many of my friends which doesn't help.
  • I've tried to learn French a number of times - I've always wanted to learn other languages, French the most, and I have tried - through audiotapes, online lessons, courses at Uni. But I struggle and can't keep it up as much as I need to for it to really sink in. Hopefully one day! 

There you go, ten weird and not so interesting facts about me. What did you share about yourself?