Sunday, 25 January 2015

recent reads || january

Hello everyone!

It's Judy here, with another monthly book-tastic post! Me and Lena will be taking turns each month to tell you all about the books we've been getting into recently.

Loving the contrast between the two covers!

Mockingjay (from the Hunger Games series) - Suzanne Collins ★★★★☆
As a fan of the Hunger Games, it was kind of sad to read the last book knowing that the extraordinary adventure that you've experienced will end once you turn the last page. But nevertheless, the novel was packed with action as well as tear-jerking moments. *four note whistle* 

House Rules - Jodi Picoult ★★★★★
I love how most of Picoult's books are written with different point of views, and this one is no exception. You really get to see inside of the characters minds and try to figure out the mystery yourself!

Girl Online - Zoe Sugg, Siobhan Curham ★★★☆☆
Note: I know Lena has already done a review on this book, but I thought I'd just chuck it in and write what I thought about it :)
So there's been a lot of controversy on who actually wrote the book, but we'll put that to the side for the moment. Girl Online is the typical teenage romance novel where the socially awkward girl meets the hot, mysterious boy and fall in love. It is very cliché, but don't we all enjoy a "lovey dovey" book once in a while?

The Scorch Trials (from the Maze Runner series) - James Dashner ★★★☆☆
Continuing my journey into the wonderful land of mazes and deadly diseases (note sarcasm), I was more than eager to continue reading. Yes, this book was filled with action and very hard obstacles (e.g. replace the maze with a hot, dry desert this time), but I didn't enjoy it as much as The Maze Runner. Maybe it's because of the new array of characters introduced, or the fact that there are no more grievers... I'm not really sure.

Make sure to check out Goodreads for more books n' stuff!

Now go venture out into the world and read a book!
~ Judy (*^▽^*)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

my new year resolutions


A new year always means a new start, and new beginnings mean new goals. I personally love making goals, as they give me something to work towards and to always try and improve. So, today I'll share with you some of my new year resolutions. I'll probably not achieve all of these , but it's always fun to chuck in a few unrealistic ones in there xD Hopefully you'll be inspired to make your own list!

I resolve to...

• Visit Hogwarts
• Be more organised: use a planner, schedules and to do lists, and actually STICK to them for once!
• Make more original and creative polymer clay charms 
• DON'T PROCRASTINATE!!! When I get homework, don't stuff it in the bottom of my massive school bag and leave it to deteriorate with all the other junk in there...
• Use up more candles. Yep, kind of random, but I have too many!
• Listen to a broader range of music. i.e. deviate from the top charts for once.
• Actually REPLY to emails and messages, instead of glancing at them, then forgetting them instantly
• Be a better listener and not fall asleep in class
• Actually DO my maths homework....
• Go to new places.
• Spend less money. Get some self restraint Lena!
• Eat healthier. (Ha, as if that'll ever happen!)
• Get fitter. 
• Read more books, and go to the library more. And read a bigger variety as well. Yes Lena, time to leave your little head full of chick flicks and cliches, and learn new stuff!
• Stop making insults at everyone! 
• Do something for the community and volunteer somewhere. Hopefully the library.
• Get my head out of technology. Yes, that means less time watching YouTube and movies and scrolling Instagram and the like.
• Blog more! I've decided to dedicate myself to blogging and into making more creative and interesting content: D 

Hope you enjoyed my list, which comprised of a lot of capital letters, exclamation marks and the general vibe that I'm yelling at myself. Because I kind of am xD 

If you make your own list, be sure to let me know your main points in the comments down below :)

Stay fabulous!
Lena xx 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

welcoming the new year | 2015

Hello fellow viewers!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you have all had a wonderful 2014 *disco dances* (wow, time sure does fly past...)

It's already the 11th?? 
So, its that time of the year again where we all write down our new year's resolutions (which most of us end up breaking. Surprise, surprise!). Since I can never stay committed to any of the resolutions I set for myself, I decided to just make a list of goals which I'll strive to achieve during 2015.

Stay organised with a calendar! This one acts as a cute pen holder as well :)

List of goals which I will strive to achieve during 2015 (and probably fail nonetheless)
  • Post (regularly) on instagram.
  • Read more books. (I've actually set myself a goal on Goodreads!)
  • Pass my piano exam with a nice grade (preferably an A... ya know)
  • Art. (Well more of it.)
  • Actually study for tests.
  • Take more pictures ._. (and try and put up with the poopy camera I have)
  • Exercise. (which is most likely never going to happen.)
  • Annoy Lena as much as possible (by not achieving the first goal)
  • Try not to stress or over-think as much
  • Improve my posture. (I have the posture of a banana. Kidding. But pretty close.)
  • Stop crossing my legs all the time (I've heard it's bad for your blood flow)
  • Keep posting on this blog!
  • And last but certainly not least... 

Now you can enjoy this picture of a happy little bear! (You may recognize this from somewhere...)

I would love to see your resolutions/goals so please feel free to leave some in the comments below :D

See you soon!
~ Judy x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

recent reads || december

Sharing some of the books that I have read recently, as well as a few I am currently reading :)

To All the Boys I Have Loved Before by Jenny Han ☆☆
Despite having a rather shallow story line, with the plot not moving very quickly, I enjoyed this book as I found the characters realistic and somewhat relatable. To be completely honest though, the ending was abrupt and definitely needed more to it.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
I love how this story connected the nature of real world fandoms with story world. The main character in this book, Cath, is a reputable fanfiction writer (I found that the books she writes about are quite similar to Harry Potter! :D) and faces real life struggles in college. 

Diary of A Wimpy Kid- The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney  
Hilarious as usual. I really love this series. xD

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I've only just started reading this, but it seems to be an interesting read, with an interesting structure. The beginning centres around Noah and his twin sister, Jude, with Noah being an artistic yet introverted person, and we venture into the realms of Noah's imagination, which conflicts with reality.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Again, I've only started this yesterday (as of when this was written) so I do not have much to judge, but this story seems to be a typical, cliche'd story line of a teenage girl falling in love. However, the popularity of this novel is due to the author, a well-known YouTuber who I adore! Yes, there is lots of controversy about who actually wrote the book, yet I am still looking forward to reading this, as cliche's are one of my guilty pleasures. xD I recieved this book as a Christmas present as well, which makes it even more special :)

What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments below :D 

See you!
- Lena xx