Sunday, 15 April 2018

Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff || The Grand Finale *SPOILER FREE*

Obsidio
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.


It's so weird to finish a series... I don't know why! I've been reading The Illuminae Files since they came out and to finally read the third and final book was actually kinda scary. I don't want this story to be over!? I think maybe that's why I have a problem of starting series and not finishing them, I don't want them to be over. But I did it! I finished The Illuminae Files and I couldn't have asked for a better finale! So without further ado, here's some unspoilerish thoughts on why you should read (and finish) this series too!

Reason #1 - The formatting

This was one of the main things that pulled me into the illumine files to begin with. I love books that are formatted differently to "the norm". I've read quite a few books that have collections of letters and emails and texts, but the Illuminae Files took this to a whole new level. It's a collection of files that consists of pictures, message conversations, emails, transcribed surveillance footage and the 'thoughts' (??) of an AI called AIDAN. The only thing I've read that is kind of similar to this would probably be 172 Hours on the Moon by John Harstad (which I would also highly recommend). Not everyone likes this sort of style, but I am a HUGE fan of it.


Reason #2 - The characters (including AIDAN)

I feel like AIDAN the AI sort of deserves a category of his own because of his insane character (?) development throughout the series. Definitely raised some interesting questions about the future of AI. As for the other characters I loved them all! There was such a huge range of people in different situations. Sometimes when there's a huge cast, I feel like I don't connect with them all because there are just too many people to connect with, but somehow Amie and Jay pulled this off! I'm definitely sad to be leaving all these characters behind.

Reason #3 - It's a SCIFI set in space! And I liked it?!

I feel like science fiction novels are hard to pull off. Don't ask me why, but for some reason I just don't usually enjoy the ones I read... They can be confusing and there's just too much happening. (Maybe it's because I've never been on a space mission so I can't relate to it). However, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have changed space novels for me.. I'm now actively searching them out, but I have yet to find something that compares! The temptation to reread is so real!

Reason #4 - There are so many little Easter eggs

Throughout the entire series there are so many references to other authors and books which I think is such a fun wee detail! (I'm pretty sure that Leigh Bardugo is on multiple civilian death lists throughout the series). I posted about it on Twitter a couple of times, but mind the crappy photos... It was late at night and lighting was not on my side.


Reason #5 - In the end it all connects

Illuminae and Gemina could almost (but not quite) be read as standalone novels because they're about different characters and the storylines seem to only vaguely follow on from each other, but Obsidio brings everything together. It answers all the questions I had and wraps it all up perfectly!

Overall Thoughts

Don't put this book off! I'm the sort of person that puts series finales off and I'm so glad I didn't with Obsidio. And if you haven't read The Illumine Files then I would totally recommend sitting down and binging them all at once! They look like huge books, but a lot of that is just the formatting.. you actually finish them WAY too quickly!

Have you read any of the books in this series? Have you read them all and if you haven't do you plan on reading them? What's a book that you read that had interesting formatting? I need more books like this in my life.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

I Saw Love, Simon With My Bookish Friends


Last week I went and saw Love, Simon with Ella (from A Bookish Time), and Shanti and Shar (from Virtually Read). First of all, it was so nice to see a bookish movie adaptation with three other fangirls who had read and loved the book as much as I did! There were definitely little squeals from all of us throughout the movie as we got to see this book come to life.

I want to preface this review by saying that it has been a VERY long time since I read the book, so I couldn't really remember much of the book. I couldn't even remember who Blue was which I think made it even more enjoyable for me. (Also I definitely suffer from serious book amnesia so even if I had read it recently, I probably wouldn't have remembered much... why am I like this?). Anyway, with that in mind, here are a couple of thoughts I did have.


I LOVED the witty/dry humour

Love, Simon made me laugh. I don't really remember a heap of humour in the book, but it didn't seem forced or anything in the movie. They did it well and it was an aspect that I wasn't particularly expecting (I don't know why because really this movie is a rom-com).


Writing the emails

What I remember about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was that there was a lot of back and forth of emails and I was so afraid that they'd portray that badly in the movies. It could have been boring and repetitive, but I really liked how you saw Blue writing the emails throughout the movie, but it changed depending on who Simon thought it was. It really allowed the audience to connect more with Simon because we were just as clueless as he was about the identity of Blue. (Unless you'd read the book and actually remembered it... unlike me).


Simon was privileged

I'm not saying that Simon had the perfect life, but he and his family were definitely privileged. I think that's one of the first things that we all talked about when we got out of the cinemas. How Simon was from a rich (mainly white) neighbourhood and how he had a big room in a huge house and his own car from his parents and all the latest and greatest phones/laptops. And it wasn't just him, it was his friends as well. It's something I definitely don't remember from the book.


The cast

I thought they did an amazing job with the casting of Love, Simon. I loved Nick Robinson as Simon and I though the whole group of friends were perfect as well. I'm so stoked that the movie was cast well because that's one of my biggest fears with book to movie adaptations... that they'll cast people who just don't seem right.


The book to movie aspect

I know they changed little things here and there, but overall I think this movie stayed pretty true to the book. The biggest thing I remember about the book was the cute feels it gave me and the movie definitely did the same. (You should have heard us all squealing over all the cuteness... I think we made the most noise in that theatre). 


Overall Thoughts

Love, Simon was a super cute movie on so many levels. They definitely did the book justice, but you don't have to have read the book to enjoy it. Would recommend to everyone! (Also now I understand why people say they could watch it again and again).

Have you seen Love, Simon? What did you think of it? Also, what's you're favourite book to movie adaptation of all time? This one is definitely up there for me. 



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Saturday, 31 March 2018

March, 2018 || I'M ON HOLIDAY!!!!

So March.... What happened in March? March felt like it really flew by. Probably because life was busy, but I'm not officially on holiday from university for the next three weeks so if this wrap-up is a little boring then hopefully Aprils wrap-up will be jam-packed full of all the fun holiday things I did (probably just reading and sleeping, but we'll see).

IN THE BOOKS
(what did I read this month?)

March was a month of graphic novels and starting books without actually finishing them. Once again I'm "currently reading" five books... But the way I look at it that just means I will finish heaps of books in April because I'm already at least half way through all of them.



Review Here

THE HAUL
(what books have I added to my collection?)

FROM PUBLISHERS: Thank you so much(!!) to Allen and Unwin NZ for sending me a copy of Obsidio. I love the Illumiae Files and cannot wait to see how the series ends. (this is one of the books that I'm currently reading so expect a review soon. AND IT LOOKS GORGEOUS!

Although the cover is irritatingly impossible to take photos of...
FROM ME (so much for a book buying ban): I went to a second hand book sale with Ella, and ended up with four books (I'm just relieved it was only four), but what a funny wee selection I got; two books I'd already read and two non-fiction books. (I can highly recommend We Were Liars and Dangerous Girls and I want them on my shelf. And the other two just looked funny). 


ON THE BLOG
(what happened on the blog?)

I'm back up to one post per week! Wahoo! Go meeeee!

  1. I reviewed Because You Love to Hate Me, which is a collection of villainous short stories that I absolutely adored!
  2. I discussed where I find the time to read while also studying, working and having (ahem, trying to have) a social life.
  3. Finally I can now say I've read Alice in Wonderland (and here's my review to prove it).

IN REAL LIFE
(all about meeeeeeee)

I feel like I reeeallly don't have anything super interesting to report for this month. Uni took up most of my time and I'm currently working two jobs so life is busy busy! I did manage to sneak some time off and go to a book sale with Ella (from A Bookish Time) and I'm really enjoying all the random wee bookish things we do together. Next month we're planning on going to see Love, Simon(!!!) and the excitement for that is so real!

What was your favourite March read and what are you looking forward to the most in April? Is anyone else on holiday at the moment? What are your plans???

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures
Weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations," the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground--to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat--each more eccentric than the last--could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children's literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children's world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal--real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.


What a delightfully strange read!

I know the story of Alice in Wonderland. I heard about it as a child and I've seen the movies, but it's taken until now for me to actually read the book. (It's amazing what procrastination will do to you, I was supposed to be studying so I decided to read this instead). I didn't know quite what to expect, but I loved it!

The illustrations were quite something which was an aspect of Alice that I'd never seen before, I never knew that it was full of such weird and wonderful pictures (and am I the only one that desperately wants to print them out and colour them in?). My favourite part though was definitely the nonsensical style. I don't know how something can make so little sense, yet so much sense at the same time... Does that even make sense? I don't know.
And the poetry! The poetry was so much fun. I'd already had a taste of it because I'd seen the movies, but being able to read it all was everything. It was funny and insane, and if there was anyone else around me when I came across a poem then there was no way I wasn't going to read it out to them. (sorry guys!)

So the allusions to drugs throughout this entire book.... I've heard a lot of bits and pieces here and there about Lewis Carroll being in some sort of drug haze while he wrote about Alice and I don't know if it's true or not, but it wouldn't surprise me at all. Never mind that everything was already so strange and disjointed, there were a lot of allusions to drugs. From the caterpillar smoking a hookah pipe to eating a mushroom and drinking potions that alter who you are... I just think it's a funny theory especially since it's concerning a children's book.

Also, I will always be obsessed with the Cheshire Cat.

Do you know the story of Alice? Have you read the book? It's probably one of the strangest things I've ever read... What do you think was the weirdest part?

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Where Do I Find the Time to Read?


Last year I took a gap year between school and study, and was working full time, but I had plenty of time to read. I thought when I started university it would be similar, but I was so wrong. My first month here I got barely any reading done because I just didn't know where to fit it in, my whole routine had changed. I'm getting there though and at the rate I'm going, I should be back up to reading at least four books a month.

So what changed? I found the time to read. In-between working, studying, blogging and having a social life I managed to sneak a few books in here and there. It's definitely not as much as I used to read, but it's something. And I'm here to impart some of my wisdom on anyone else who is struggling to find the time to read (also please tell me your secrets too, I need to know where everyone else finds the time to read).

Moments in the day when you can sneak a page (or two) in

1. When you're travelling (car, bus, boat, plane, train, bike... etc)

This is when I get the majority of reading done - when I'm travelling. I'm only a two minute work from university so that doesn't really work, but I work in the weekends and it's a half hour bus ride during which I can get plenty of reading done. If you drive or bike, then don't read a physical book (that's unsafe), get an audiobook! Audiobooks are awesome, there are so many more opportunities to read if you're listening to an audiobook.

2. At the gym (as if I go anymore, but it's still a good idea)

When I first moved out I started going to the gym and I would listen to an audiobook while I was there. The motivation to go to the gym is totally gone now and I hardly ever go (I'd rather just sit on the couch and watch crap TV), but if (and this is a very big if) I started going again, I would definitely get the audiobooks out.

3. In the evenings.... (or not)

I went into university thinking that this would be the time to read, but no. I live in a flat with five other girls. If we're not going out, we're studying or watching TV or doing nothing. Most nights we don't get into bed before midnight and by that time I just want to hit the pillow and sleep. Sorry books!

4. During the ad breaks

Our flat religiously watches Married at First Sight most nights so I've started whipping out a book in the ad breaks (at first I found the ads kind of riveting because I haven't watched actual TV in so long, but the novelty of that wore off pretty quickly).

5. When you're supposed to be studying for an important test

I find that this is when the motivation to read an entire book really hits me... I'm not sure why and I'm not sure if I should be indulging myself in a book when I should be studying, but a chapter or two can't hurt. Right? Just one more chapter and then I'll go back to studying.... 

6. In the toilet

Yes, this is why I'm in the bathroom for so long. Sorry to my other flatmates who need to use it.


Where do you find the time to read? Let me know your secrets because I'm keen to sneak a few more chapters into everyday!

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