Wednesday, 21 May 2014

On My Shelf

Inspired by this video by 'booktuber' Sanne (original here, second one of Sanne's here):

I thought I would do a blog post version of this! I know this is VERY different to what I usually post, but I wanted to inject some life into an otherwise badly neglected blog. I've been absent for quite some time unfortunately, but I've almost finished university (gasp, shock/horror) so my schedule has freed up a little. If you didn't already know, I really love reading, I own a fair amount of books, but have hardly any bookshelves! Which is pretty lame, right? If you want to know what I'm reading, you can follow me on twitter or goodreads. Hope you enjoy this post, and let me know if you would like any more like this! 

Bookshelf 2 - 5 = The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

If you're interested I have a very emotional book review of THG on my Goodreads (Be warned, only read if you've read the book! Spoilers!) so I shall give you a spoiler-FREE description of it. 
I have the series in these pretty covers (the second editions or something?) which I adore. THG book was raved about immediately back in 2009/2010, although I didn't get round to reading it until 2012. 
The Hunger Games, in case you don't know (really? you haven't seen the film yet?), is about a dystopian America wherein there are 12 districts which are controlled by the first, called the Capitol. They lead a competition named The Hunger Games, where two candidates from each district must compete to the death. The protagonist is Katniss, who is unfortunately, rolled into it all. It's quite a good series, although the writing in the first one really does my head in, it's quite bad. 

Bookshelf 1 - 9 = The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks 

Where would any nerd/zombie killer/worrier be without their trusty Zombie Survival Guide? I got the regular-book sized version, although there's probably a big and pocket version too! There are many different editions of these two! 
This fun (scarily hypothetical) handbook covers how to survive from shelter, weapons to use, how to travel and what to wear to survive a viral zombie attack (the book also covers different types of zombies, so don't fret if the world is subject to a 'The Last of Us' endemic!). It is the sister book to World War Z (which I also have a copy of), which is well worth a look if you fancy it. 

Book shelf 1 - 5 = Hamlet by William Shakespeare 

Ah, Hamlet. Everybody has heard of this play, but probably not read it. My edition is part of the Penguin Classics beautiful collection of blue illustrations on white. 

Basically Hamlet's dad, the King of Denmark, dies, and Hamlet (questionably) sees his father's spirit who claims that his brother killed him. Driven almost to insanity, Hamlet spends the majority of the play wondering whether to believe him or not. 
I would definitely recommend, or if you would rather see David Tennant's pretty face enact the play, watch the RSC play on youtube. 

Book shelf 2 - 8 = Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

I can't really review this book since I haven't got round to reading the BRICK that is 900 pages long! But I absolutely adore the 2012 film and the 25th Anniversary live musical versions, so I can't wait to read this. 

Bookshelf  4 - 5 = Dracula by Bram Stoker 

Can you tell I like Gothic/fantasy fiction yet? Haha. The best vampire novel of all time, probably. I have a terrible cheap edition of this novel (lovingly eyes up the Penguin Hardbacks version), I'll have to update it sometime. 
The beginning of the novel is a bit slow, but once you get past that it is really exciting. Much better than film adaptions, even if you feel like you know the story, check out the novel anyway! 

And I'm going to tag Natalie's Book Blog to do the same! Your numbers are 1 - 7 /3 - 6 / 2 - 2 / 4 - 10 / 3 - 8 

L x 
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Get To Know Me: Liebster Award Nomination

written 3rd March 2014. published 21st May 2014. 

Oh wow, I got nominated for a Liebster Award. I've seen this floating around people's blogs and never thought I would get one, so thank you. I was tagged by Natalie at Broke Student Fashion (who you should really check out if you're into making your own clothes/fashion and beauty). I'm not one for tagging on this blog, but I've been convinced, haha, so here goes: 
How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?

Erm, depends on what you define as "blogging." Informal blogging I've been doing for about four years, but this blog I started last summer. I decided to start this one because I wanted another platform to show my photographs and stuff that wasn't the necessarily finished work that's on Flickr. I'm still branching out, experimenting with what goes on this blog so we'll see.  
What is your alcoholic beverage of choice?

Haha well, I am very partial to fruit cocktails - mojitos, daiquris, bellini, you name it. I also like Rose/White wine, fruit ciders, and alcopops. Basically anything fruity and sweet. Anything.  
What is your favourite pet - cats, dogs or something else?
Bunnies and cats. Forever and forever. I can never decide on whether to get an indoor Netherland dwarf/lop rabbit OR a fluffy kitty such as a Ragdoll or Munchkin! I really like rodent pets though, so hamsters, chinchillas, rabbits, we're good. 

Back at my parents we have a lot of pets, but currently they have my cat (She's all old at 12 years now bless her), four chickens and two dogs.  
Do you wear makeup every day?
Not at all! I only actually started wearing make up AT ALL last year? So I'm still at that terrible experimental stage that most people go through at 14. If I had the time and patience I would wear make-up daily, but sadly it's not yet.  
Where would your dream holiday destination be?
Well, St Lucia Wetland Park in South Africa is my paradise. I went there two years ago and it was the most relaxing, amazingly hot and interesting place I've ever been. It's got beach, animals, restaurants and free wifi, what more could you want? 

More generally though, I prefer places with sun and cultural interest, so I can spend mornings site-seeing or visiting museums and the afternoon tanning!  
Have you ever tried vlogging? If not, would you ever?
I'm very hesitant to admit I have, and it is a lot, lot harder than I imagined it would be. I've only done 2 videos. Ideally I would like to revisit filming and actually vlog on youtube. Maybe later this year.  
What is something that scares you?
I'm scared of being out of control.  
Where do you see yourself in five years time, both personally and professionally?
Well, I would be 26... which sounds awfully old to me, right now (apologies for my friends and relatives who are that age and older haha!). Personally I would like to have a stable income, at last! I would like a proper house or apartment full of my own things. I would hope to have made some progress with my photography and maybe not be alone? I really don't have high expectations, wow.  
How would you describe your clothing style?
Hmm, well I seem to swing from "girl-who-likes-indie-folk-music-and-takes-pictures-of-her-food" look to the "girl-who-wants-to-look-edgy-and-girly-at-the-same-time-but-lacks-the-funds" look. I like florals, pastels, black, interesting leggings, over-sized knitwear and flat shoes. I do try and express myself through my clothing, so it tends to change with my mood!  
What book have you read and enjoyed recently? 
I haven't had much time for reading lately, but I'm enjoying A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin :) 

I'm unfortunately not in much of a blogging community since I hardly ever blog (:/) but I really recommend these photography blogs (a teeny sample of the ones I read!):

L x 

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