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Sunday Shopping – Kal-Elle Unboxing

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Hello my lovely people. I hope you enjoy todays Kal-Elle Unboxing video!

The following is a failure of a complete price breakdown. Because most things have come from Kal-Elle’s own shops I found this meant that I could find nothing on pretty much everything. She has a facebook page where she doesn’t actually post pricing or postage for anything, and she also has an etsy which the name of is never actually mentioned so I couldn’t even find it to get information.

Nightmare Before Christmas Necklace designed by Kal-Elle:

Cost – US – 18, AUD – 24.19

Shipping – US – 2.75, AUD – 3.70

Thoughts – I love the necklace but I would have preferred gold.

Would I Buy It – No but I would love it as a gift.

Jack Skellington Headband by The Purple Chameleon:

Cost – US – 3.85, AU – 5.18

Shipping – Does not ship to AU!

Thoughts –  I don’t normally wear things like this but I think its cute and will probably wear it sometimes.

Would I Buy It – No and I can’t because it doesn’t ship here.

Nightmare Before Christmas Earring Set:

Thoughts – I love them they are small and very cute.

Would I Buy It – Yes

Jack Skellington Keychain:

Thoughts – Really good quality and seems very strong and reliable.

Would I Buy It – In a heart beat, might even have gotten some as presents.

Art Prints:

Thoughts – I think they are both very sunning and are good quality.

Would I Buy It – Yes I would.

Oogie Boogie Bracelet:

Thoughts – While I liked it at first I soon didn’t like it because it was impossible to get it on or off.

Would I Buy It – No.

Lock, Stock, and Barrel with Zero Magnet:

Thoughts – Cute but not something I would normally buy.

Would I Buy It – Nope.

What I Paid For The Box: US – 27.16, AUD – 36.51

Box Worth: US – 24.60+, AUD – 33.07+

Final Thoughts: Would Give It Another Go

I really liked some of the things but not really enough for the box to be really worth it. Then again I liked enough to give the box another go so I signed up for the next one.

 

 

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OwlCrate Unboxing

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Welcome to a Sunday Shopping! Today I bring you OwlCrate along with an unboxing video :D

The following is a complete breakdown of pricing.

Fabric Button Bookmark from My Heart My Tribe:

Cost – US – 4.99, AUD – 6.80

Shipping – ?

Thoughts – So I couldn’t find anything but an instagram page for this store and the only price I could find was the above. This does not include shipping. If I could find an easier way to purchase these I might consider buying them but not with the current system.

Would I Buy It – Not right now.

Oz Passport Notebook from The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild:

Cost – US – 10, AUD – 13.63

Shipping – US – 12.25, AUD – 16.70

Thoughts – For this store you can only place orders if they are 10+ and the notebook costs less than that, so the price could very well be more because you have to buy more than one item. I don’t mind some of the other items but not many.

Would I Buy It – I would pick a different design if I wanted something else from the store.

Charm Bracelet from The Geeky Cauldron:

Cost – ?

Shipping – ?

Thoughts – I was unable to check any pricing for this item because the store is currently closed. I do love the bracelet though.

Would I Buy It – Yes, if it was a reasonable price.

Lost Boys Beanie from Whosits and Whatsits:

Cost – US – 22, AUD – 29.99

Shipping – US – 14.55, AUD – 19.83

Thoughts – As I don’t like the beanie and beanies are not something I would buy anyway I think the cost of this item it way too high.

Would I Buy It – No.

Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter:

Cost – US – 13.39, AUD – 17.92

What I Paid For The Box: US – 49.98, AUD – 65.44

Box Worth: US – 77.18, AUD – 104.87

Final Thoughts: Would Buy Again

So there is some extra value in buying this box as it would have cost me quite a bit more to get everything separately. If I were to know everything in the box I would not have gotten it all but I think the excitement on those few items I would want plus a surprise book is worth the other things I didn’t want.

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Wrap Up

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And its all over (by a few hours by now as I distracted). Here is how it all went:

Total Pages Read: 416

1.Which hour was most daunting for you?

The early hours are the worst for me as the read-a-thon starts at 10pm my time so I am already tired when it starts. Hour 4 I think is when I crashed.

2.Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think easy books are the best for read-a-thons. Short pages are also good to spur you on every time you finish a book.

3.Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

Nope I think you guys just naturally grow in a way thats good for you and good for our community. I always look forward to it :)

4.What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I really enjoyed the genre election at the end! Simple fun battle. Fantasy was obviously going to win though ;)

5.How many books did you read?

One and a bit.

6.What were the names of the books you read?

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7.Which book did you enjoy most?

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8.Which did you enjoy least?

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9.How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I say this every year but I would really like to host an event or offer prizes at some point for another read-a-thon!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 13

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Okay, so I stuffed up and slept way longer than I was meant to… I wanted to nap for a couple of hours but instead I slept for like 4-5 hours…. Why do I always do this. Next time, I must remember to set my alarm father away from me so I cannot turn it off in my sleep! I feel like getting through the rest of the day will be pretty easy now though.

Currently Reading: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Total Pages Read: 168 still, because of the sleep.

Plan A Bookish Party

Choose a favorite book and plan a party around it. It doesn’t have to be a book you’ve read in this readathon.

Challenge post.

Gah so hard! Where would I even begin?! Well I think a pretty safe place to start would be Alice In Wonderland because really, who wouldn’t want to party with the Mad Hatter? It may be used a lot I think, but there is a reason for that!

 

What book is your party themed around?

Alice In Wonderland!

What food will you serve?

Mushroom cupcakes, chess board biscuits, growing cake, and edible tea cups.

What’s your signature drink?

The shrinking potion of course and some mystery drinks in teapots.

 

What games will you play? 

Card games, Crochet and some other games chosen at random from drawing them out of the down the rabbit hole jar.

What party favours will you send home with your guests?

I would send them all home with their own personalised Mad Hatter hat, because we are all just the good amount of crazy.

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
2. How many books have you read so far?

1/2 a book.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Moving onto a second book ans getting myself some sushi as a snack!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Nope other than my sleep nap. I told everyone so leave me alone today haha
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Hmm I don’t think anything, its just as fun and entertaining as it is every time :D

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 7

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Hello my lovely people of blog land. We are now into hour seven of this wonderful read-a-thon and I thought this would be a good time to update you all on how things are going. As this read-a-thon started at 10pm for me, I had already been up over 12 hours when it started. This means in hour seven, at 4am, I am struggling to keep my eyes open as I read and I think that I may need to take a nap for an hour or two to try and wake myself back up a little.

Currently Reading: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Total Pages Read: 168

Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 

I am reading from the land down under! (Australia)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t really create a stack for this read-a-thon because I know my mood will probably change and I have been going through a bad (horrible) reading slump, but I am going to say that I am most looking forward to starting my second book as that means I completed one!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I know I will at some point go and get myself sushi because I always do, and it will be glorious.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am 24, own a cat, live with 4 other people and aspire to work in a wildlife sanctuary (as well as read books for a living haha)
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I completed forgot to have a nap before the read-a-thon started this time so doing something differently has gone out the window already! But it will still be enjoyable.

Happy Birthday Poem

In this mini-challenge, I challenge you to read a poem written by a poet born in October, to celebrate the October setting of the Dewey Readathon. I have listed the birthday followed by poet name and title of poem and a link to read the poem on-line. Please read one of the following poems and make a comment about which one you read and how you liked it

Challenge page.

For this challenge I chose number four (Oct. 21) Jilly Dybka:  “Carnaval of Souls.”

Carnival of Souls

The bird-like woman
at the ramshackle carnival—
the only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain.

At the ramshackle carnival
the sparse crowd seeks shelter.
A roller coaster in the rain
has but one passenger.

The sparse crowd seeks shelter.
The only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain:
the bird-like woman.

I like this poem because to me it speaks of great personal struggle or sadness, and the desire, or the overwhelmingness of it is stopping someone from letting it go. In a situation most people would avoid, like a ramshackled roller coaster in the rain, a single woman fails to seek shelter with the rest of the people.

Book Memories

That’s all I want from you- your book memories!  Just leave a comment, or a link if you’re posting it on your blog or twitter or litsy or instagram or tumblr or goodreads or whatever social media site you most prefer.

Challenge page.

For this I am going to go with really my first clear bookish memory of my father reading The Hobbit to me as a child. I think it was this early interaction with a proper book (not just a picture book) and it being fantasy has really shaped me as a reader even though because of my dyslexia there was a very painful time in my life where the idea of reading anything seemed to out of reach.

If you would like to see my answers to other challenges check out my twitter account.

 

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Book Review & Event – Our Chemical Hearts

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Title: Our Chemical Hearts

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health

Length: 313

Rating: 3.5 to 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Principal Valentine walked past at one point and spotted me, my forehead pressed flat against my desk, and said, “Page. Aren’t you supposed to be in class?”

To which I replied, without sitting up, “My teenage hormones have rendered me too emotionaly fragile to be in a learning environment right now.”

Valentine was silent for a few seconds, then she simply said, “Carry on.”

So I did.

I would say a big thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me a copy of this book for review!

The way I came about getting this book was really… sort of like the universe telling me I had to read it. I was looking around at author events happening in Brisbane since I had such a pleasant time at BWF and I saw an event for Krystal Sutherland to talk about her debut book Our Chemical Hearts, a book I had yet to hear anything about at this point, at Riverbend Books and thought it sounded interesting so if I had the time then I would probably go. Then a couple of days later I received the Penguin email with the books available for review over the next couple of months and there it was! And its publicist just happened to be the very first publicist to give me a chance as a reviewer and send me a physical ARC. At this point the decision was pretty much made for me at this point so I sent off an email requesting the book and the Monday before the Friday event I had the book in my hands.

Now anyone who has sort of been on here for awhile that Mondays and Tuesdays are pretty much ride off days for since my schedule is filled the the brim so I was actually quite worried that I would get the to event and not have finished the book. But I managed to fly through this book in a two day stint. The writing style was very easy to read and it flowed. If I were to compare this book to other debut YA books by other authors I would not have guessed that this one was a debut.

I also thought the characters were nicely diverse and had depth to them. The only one that annoyed me (sometimes) was the only Aussie character Murray. Sometimes his slang was nauseating, but other than that everyone was fine. I think all the actions taken by each were things that people would have actually done, and none of dialogue felt forced or pointless at any point. Each character also enhanced the story or served a purpose and they didn’t feel like fillers.

I’d been truly drunk only once before, when I was sixteen. Murray had coerced me into drinking tequila with him, to test the legitimacy of the ‘one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor’ theorem. Over the course of the evening I discovered that ‘one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor’ is wildly inaccurate. It’s more like one tequila, two tequila, three tequila,vomit all over your clothes, cry while your father puts you in the shower, vomit some more, cry and ask your mother to cook you ‘salmon eggs,’ whatever that is, be put to bed by your mother, decide you’re going to escape your parents’ totalitarian regime, vomit in the garden while escaping, be put back to bed by your father, floor.

Now here comes my big issue. While I loved the plot and I thought it was really interesting to read about a story that was different from the other YA books I have read, I also didn’t like it because the entire time I was just screaming at Henry. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! IN WHAT WAY DO YOU THINK THIS WILL END?! THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! I loved the idea of becoming more beautiful after being broke, but that takes much time a and willingness to be fixed and Grace had no interest in any of that. I would like to take this moment to tell anyone is you are in a relationship in anyway similar to this one RUN FOR THE FUCKING HILLS.

The event was amazing and I am so glad I went. I love hearing authors talk about their books and lives or influences and Krystal had us all laughing at a few points. I of course got my book signed as well which is always a plus. Riverbend Books was also a very lovely bookstore that I has never visited before, and has inspired be to do a tour of Brisbane book stores at some point.

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The part I really enjoyed though was once the event was over. I got to finally meet the publicist (who I will leave unnamed just encase people try to hassle her) who gave me my first shot and sent me so many books since then, talk with the author, the bookstore owner/manager, as well as the moderator Rhianna Patrick. All of whom were lovely lady’s and were so enthusiastic about everything. Rhianna was very offended about my lack of twitter usage so now I shall have to try and become better at twitter haha. In all serious though is was amazing to be able to talk to these ladies for as long as I did :)

I think this is where I am going to leave this here. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sad YA books, and I would recommend everyone to go to as many author events as possible!

 

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Brisbane Writers Festival 2016

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So this weekend I went to Brisbane Writers Festival! This isnt an even that I would normally consider going to as I went to the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the things I went to see where just not things I am interested in and I struggled not to fall asleep.

But then Melina Marchetta posted that she was going to be at BWF and my world stopped. I had a mini breakdown and went on a hunt to see who, when and where. I had it all worked out except on the 10th I also had a baby shower to attend so I made my friend push it back by half an hour so that I could do all the things and not be too late for that :D

So on the 10th I got up bright and early to go make sure I got a park and I could look around and make sure I got a good spot in Melina’s book talk for the book Tell The Truth Shame The Devil which the publishers were kind enough to send to me so I had managed to read it before the talk. I had all this extra time up my sleeve because I had read someones ‘guide to surviving BWS 2015’ and they had said rock up super early because there was a line for carparks and what not. Well thank god I didn’t mind being early because this was not the case. I don’t know if it just wasn’t as busy this year or if that person was talking about the weekday events but it was rather quiet on the weekend.

I loved every moment of the talk and I can now proudly say that my favourite book is signed. It feels soo good. I just wish I had had the guts to ask her for a picture, but she was so serious and composed the entire time. I was just so flustered!

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Then after Melna’s talk I went to a booktalk with Jay Kristoff for his book Nevernight. Holly hell that man is tall! He came in like a dark lord towering above us all but was super happy and friendly the whole time. Again I really really enjoyed this talk despite the fact that I have yet to actually read this book. I do have a copy, just haven’t gotten to it yet with my schedule :( I think in terms of talks I liked this one even more because Jay told us a few different stories about a few other books as well, and he was just so damn happy and enthusiastic the entire time.

This super friendly attitude was sort of my downfall here though. I was like the 5th person in line, but he was so friendly to everyone that it took like 20 minutes for him to get to me and by then I am freaking out because I was already going to be late for the shower and everyone was taking pictures so I wanted a picture too but then I freaked and sort of invaded his personal space and bhfiebkjrkjbrjkbf. I was very embarrassed for myself. I look spastic in the picture too!

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Then I raced down to the shower and proceeded to get drenched helping her get presents inside the house when the shower was over.

Moving on to the day to, the very first thing I did was see that David Levithan was about to come out for his signing, and while I have yet to read any of his works, some of them where for sale there so I thought why the hell not and picked up a few of his works and had him sign them for me. It was a bit awkward because I couldn’t comment on anything of his so I just asked him how his day was going haha.

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I then went straight to Meg Rosoff’s book talk on her latest book Johnathan Unleashed, which I have not read because I have not heard very good things but I had just got given and read How I Live Now so I was interested in listening to what she had to say. She had a very different kind of way about how she did the interview. It was very serious but also funny in a serious kind of way, sort of a sarcastic funny. She at one point said how she wished she got asked or compliment more on other works besides How I Live Now and was sort of sick about hearing about it so this lead to me awkwardly apologising for not having a more original  book for her to sign as I was the first person in line XD

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Then I had Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman talking about Illuminae. This was just as fun as the Nevernight talk. This talk had the same host and she was really good at asking the right questions and keeping everything fun. Jay and Amie are just the funniest thing together they get along so well. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I didn’t realise they were Australian authors that had just gotten then works published in the US first because it was a bigger market. I just assumed they were from the US because thats where the books were first happening.

Again I got a photo with these two. I wasn’t going to because no one before me and the girl I was in line with had gotten pictures, but then the girl asked me to take a picture and I just said only if you don’y mind taking one for me as well! You can see if this picture I was very conscious not to invade anyones space haha.   I also had the guts to asked a question during the panel about whether or not they felt pressure for writing the third book because of the success of the first two and they said that it was already written and they try not to look at reviews as to keep true to what they wanted to write. This is probably a good way of doing things. But yes, just two of the most friendly people in the world.

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And then of course no literature day is complete without getting hold of some stationary.

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And that all I have for you guys today, sadly there will be no TTT this week as I do not have time, but for the first time in a very long time I might have the weekend off so I hope I can get some posts in there somewhere.

 

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Bout Of Books 17 – Wrap Up

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Soooooo I didn’t end up having much time for this read-a-thon as you can see. I didn’t do challenges and I only really got to read on the weekend. BUT I did manage to complete my overall goal of finishing at least 2 of my books I wanted to read so for someone in a reading slump I think thats pretty great.

Total Pages Read: 649

Books Finished:

tell the truth how i live now

 

Books Unfinished:

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Bout Of Books 17 – Day 1 Challenges + Update

 

Day 1

Pages Read: 31

Books Read: The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling.

Book to Movie Challenge

All I need you to do is share with us your favorite book-to-movie adaptation and your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation. You can give reasons for your answers or just names, it’s really up to you how much you share.

For more info please follow the link.

My Favourite: Mockingjay Part 1

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This is just my most recent movie adaptation besides TFIOS, but I going to put this one first.

Least Favourite: City of Bones

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I haven’t even hit 10 minutes into this movie without turning it off with hatred.

 

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