Monday, 29 June 2015

A Week In Reflection | #2

Favourite Songs Listened To...
Walk The Moon - Shut Up and Dance
 Hobbie Stuart - See You Again (Cover)
All Time Low - Time Bomb (Acoustic)

Books Read...
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Reread)

Favourite Blogposts Read...

Photo of The Week
(Taken while playing with my new camera. No other reasons or excuses. This is the closest I get to a selfie.)

Most Interesting Google Searches
Lyrics to 'Oh Cecilia' by The Vamps (I thought confidence was coffin in the song and got kinda confused.)

Curious Thoughts
If objects had feelings and could speak, would tea cups scream when we tried to pour tea in them?

Shows/Movies Watched On Netflix
Once Upon a Time (Finally finished season 4)
Hannah Montana the Movie (I felt nostalgic)
Pretty Little Liars

Favourite Quote
"It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do."
Jane Austen
(Sense and Sensibility)

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Pocketful Of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson (Book Review)

*All opinions expressed in this review are all my personal opinions which have not been influenced or paid for by any outside party.*
A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Genres: YA, Mystery, Comedy/Humour
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Pages: 311
Summary (from the back of the book):
Bee is in her element working in the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History, but her summer job turns out to be full of surprises: A dead body in the Red Rotunda. A mysterious benefactor. A large stuffed tiger in the Catacombs. A handsome boy with a fascination for unusual animal mating habits. And a pocketful of glass eyes.
 Can Bee sift through the clues to discover whether her mentor really committed suicide ... or is there a murderer in their midst?

I have always been a huge fan of mysteries, especially detective mysteries. From Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Poirot to Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes, I am unable to resist the appeal of a good mystery. In my opinion, what makes a good mystery is a reliable and relatable narrator/main character. Wilkinson gives her protagonist, Beatrice May Ross, a strong voice that is humorous, relatable and trustworthy. Bee is one of those characters that, not only do you see as a close friend by the end of the book, but makes you want her to succeed.
The story follows Bee and Toby, who has an usual interest in animal mating habits, as they try to solve a mystery that nobody else seems to think needs solving at all. The story is light hearted, but still draws you in. Wilkinson is able to make you laugh while still being caught up in the suspense of the novel, which I personally found as quite a unique and alluring quality.
The biggest positive to this book is how real the characters feel as you progress through the story. This novel is not short of quirky characters, and getting to know more about them is almost as thrilling as the mystery itself. Wilkinson shows 'Geek' in a whole new light, that is not only positive, but also enviable and respected.
Not only did I enjoy this novel, but I was also able to learn a few interesting facts that I can honestly say have never come up in my many years of education. For example, "Did you know,... that necrophilia wasn't a crime in the US until 1965?". Since reading this novel I have found myself googling the mating habits of snails, and also using the very helpful life tip of asking myself "WWPD?" or "What Would Poirot Do?".
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and cannot wait to read the authors other published works. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for something that is light-hearted and witty, but without the loss of a striking plot with plenty of excitement and plot twists.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Week In Reflection | #1

'A Week In Reflection' is a new little series I've decided to introduce to this blog in the hopes of making my posting a little more regular. The general idea is that I have selected a few topics (e.g. songs I've listened to) and will fill them in each week. Do you get the idea? Maybe I should jump straight into it...

Favourite Songs Listened To...
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Fall Out Boy - Just One Yesterday
As It Is - Cheap Shots & Setbacks
Only The Young - I Do

Books Read...
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Favourite Blogposts Read...
Carriebrighton - Photo Diary
Fashion-Train - 25 Blog Post Ideas For When You've Run Out Of Ideas
My Friends Are Fiction - Discussion - It's hard for me to rate books outside my typical genre

Photo of The Week
(Taken in a random car park, with me trying not to fall out of the car window as I took it.)

Most Interesting Google Searches
What are the mating habits of snails? (I was curious)
How to feel inspired?
Justin Bieber without eyebrows

Curious Thoughts
In TV shows when the heroes are locked up in a cage/cave/prison/dungeon by the villain, where do they pee? In the corner? In a coca-cola bottle? They never feel the need to provide these details.

Shows/Movies Watched On Netflix
Once Upon A Time
The Inbetweeners
Friday Night Dinner

Funniest Text Sent/Recieved
"You know when a car stops when your crossing the road and you wave your hand in acknowledgement, are you thanking them for allowing you to cross or for not killing you?"
Sent by me to a friend. Apparently the answer is both.

Favourite Quote
"Study while others are sleeping;
Work while others are loafing;
Prepare while others are playing;
And dream while others are wishing."
- William Arthur Ward