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Sunday Shopping – OwlCrate January Unboxing

Little Prince Tea from First Edition Tea Co.:

Cost – US – 2.58, AUD – 3.35

Shipping – US – 6.18, AUD – 8.03

Thoughts – Eager to try but not completely hopeful.

Would I Buy It – Probably since I am not a huge fan of most teas.

Soap Book from TeaSoapBooks:

Cost – US – 7.21, AUD – 9.37

Shipping – US – 14.47, AUD – 18.82

Thoughts – While I normally only buy liquid soap I think I would have gotten one to test out.

Would I Buy It – Probably.

Bookmark from Lexy Olivia:

Cost – US – 8.24, AUD – 10.71

Shipping – US – 9.78, AUD – 12.72.

Thoughts – I think its so cute even though I have no idea where the quote is from

Would I Buy It – Yes and some other things from her shop too.

Phantom of the Opera Magnet from Sweet Sequels:

Cost – They don’t normally seem to sell magnets so this is a one off.

Thoughts – I am not a Phantom of the Opera fan so its not really something I am interested in.

Would I Buy It – Nope.

Calendar from Obvious State:

Cost – US – 24.71, AUD – 32.13

Shipping – US – 11.28, AUD – 14.66.

Thoughts – While cute it doesn’t quite suit my needs in terms of calendar.

Would I Buy It – Because I don’t like all the designs and the there is no space for writing I would not buy it.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard:

Cost – US – 15.29, AUD – 19.92

Thoughts – Not normally something I would pick up since I don’t like the story it was derived from.

Would I Buy It – Probably not.

What I Paid For The Box: US – 49.98, AUD – 69.21

Box Worth: US – 99.74+, AUD – 129.71+ 

Final Thoughts: Probably my least favourite one thus far but I will continue to buy.

Not the best one I have gotten before but I am still happy with the value and the overall experience so I shall continue to buy.

 

Till Next Time…

 

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Book Review – The Secret Garden

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Title: The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Genre: Classic, Childrens,

Length: 341

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. One day she learns of a secret garden in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed – and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh this book.

I love this book.

This is one of the books where I simply do not care if I already have two copies of it on my shelf, I will look at other pretty hardcover versions of it because I love it so much. And I will read all those different covers of it too. Right after I purchase them. This is simply just a stunning story.

The only thing I remotely question about this book is that its a children’s book. Its awfully sad and series to be a children’s book to me, but I suppose that is what makes adults love reading it to kids, that they can appreciate it on a deeper level than the children will be able to.

I loved the sad start to this story. The story starts in such a sad place and so does Mary, she is almost just a hollow human being, and she is just forgotten by everyone who was supposed to be looking after her when her parents died. She was nasty on the outside and hollow on the inside. No one gave her any kind of real love, and didn’t teach her how to be a real person.

But then she goes to this dark, cold and wet foreign place and discovers people who actually pay attention to her enough to actually care about the way she acts.  For the first time she sees others as people, and thinks about the way she should be treating them. Then she finds this secret little world that no one loves and no one wanted, and she feels a connection to it and begs to have her little bit of Earth. She wishes to help it grow and become whole again, and as she and the other children go there and grow and become more whole and beautiful people, so does the garden.

I loved all the characters, and I adored the comparisons between the two cousins. How they were different and how they were the same and the different places they had come from in life before they met each other.

I will grudgingly admit that I did feel some parts of the story dragged more then they needed to, but these were only the parts in the story were Colin was going on about how he wants to do scientific discoveries on magic, and how he was going to give grand speeches on the subject, while giving long speeches.

I cannot urge people to read this book more. This is a must read for anyone before they die. Don’t listen to the childrens category, adults will love it. I also think children in school will also love it, I know I did. Just go forth and read it. Just thinking about it makes me want to go read it again, and buy another copy.

 

Till next Time…

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Mini Mondays – Passion, Fallen In Love, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Welcome to a new segment I am introducing to try and help keep me up to date with my reviews, even if I don’t have much to say about them. This segment is going to be called Mini Mondays. In these posts I will be reviewing about 3 books in a couple of paragraphs. Because of the size and nature of these reviews, they will generally only be 1-3 stars. I might as well get on with it now.

Tpassionitle: Passion [Fallen 3]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 420

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As some of you who have been following me for quite awhile, over two years ago I started reviewing the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I reviewed Fallen and Torment and then the reviews stopped. This was for only one reason that up until I decided I would allow myself to do these mini reviews, I could not get past. I hated this book, and when I reviewing these books they were re-reads. I could not bring myself to read it for the third time (I read it twice because I forgot how much I hated it between its release and Raptures). I found this book to be completely pointless, and brought nothing to the story. There are only certain sections of this book that you actually need to read to know what on earth is happening in the last book. The story drags and just repeats itself over and over again. Part of me wants to let this detail go because Luce and Daniel’s story is very repetitive, but that doesn’t mean we needed to be reading about them at all. We got the idea of it when it was explained to us in the first 2 books.

So I am going to do something a little sacrilegious in the book community and basically suggest that you just skim read this book and avoid most of it. If it were not for those few moments on goodness or needed information, I would say just skip it. The Daniel chapters in the first half you can avoid all together.

 

Fallen-In-Love-cover-fallen-by-lauren-kate-26640712-1668-2524Title: Fallen In Love [Fallen 3.5]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 201

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I feel a bit cheesy saying this but I will anyway, I did not fall in love with this book. We were given a number of stories to read about in the world of Fallen, which In theory could be really interesting. There are a wide variety of characters in this book and we do not know a lot of their backstories, which could be extensive when dealing with the lives of the angels on Earth. However, I found that I in general did not like the stories being told. The book in the Fallen series that I liked the least was the third book Passion, as you can see in my review above, and I found these stories were just more of the same rubbish we got in that book. The only story I liked in this book was the third story because we finally got Arianne backstory on how she got the scares that were such a big mystery in the main story but never got answered. I also found this one to be the best written. In the others I felt like the characters had lost their depth and were not acting like themselves, but with Arianne I didn’t have this issue.

If you liked the main series, and were driven crazy about what on earth happened to Arianne like I was, I would suggest picking up this book purely to read that story. I would even suggest skipping the other ones if they are not seeming too wonderful, since you will not be missing anything by not reading them.

picture of dorian grayTitle: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Classic, Gothic

Length: 214

Rating: 3 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Looking back on the comments I made about the book and the rating I gave it on goodreads, I am really surprised. In my head all I remember is totally hating this book and thinking it was one of the most boring books I have read with just horrible characters that just didn’t have any redeeming qualities.

When I actually stop to think about it though, I suppose it was not as bad as it came out to be in my mind. It did have series flaws that refrained me from putting it up anymore stars. In a style that I generally find in classics, certain parts of it just dragged on and on, and were painfully boring. Parts of the story held no purpose to the overall plot and were in there just as word filler. I remember hating Henry(?) and coming to hate Dorian, but I don’t think I had any issues with the rest of the characters.

I think if the book had of just focussed more on Dorian and his picture, and the fact he was struggling to stay beautiful on the inside while his picture made him beautiful on the outside. I would have loved more of a look at the fantasy element and the overall idea of what makes beauty and what we should seek in life. But those pointless and long bits just ruined the story for me.

Since my memory of the story was clouded by the bits I did not like, I cannot really say if anyone should read this book. I am most certainly not going to give it another try to find out.

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Book Review – Northanger Abbey

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Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classics, Romance

Length: 215

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was pleasant enough but it left me wanting more from it.

I could tell while reading it that it was her first book. Like I said pleasant and enjoyable, but it was kind of like just having something to pretty to look at much not really providing anything that I could actually take hold or sink my teeth into with much substance. Yes, it has the classic kind of Austen themes about women in that day an age, the way they think and behave and what not, as well as how teenage’s acted then. But I didn’t really take anything away from this story.

It did take me a moment to get into the writing style but once I did it didn’t really hinder my reading all that much. I do think they say things in the longest form possible sometimes and the grand sentences were not always needed, but its not that big an issue.

Our setting of the story is starts off in Bath with our main character Catherine and things move sort of slow while we are here. You meet some good people and you meet some really really horrid people who I just couldn’t stand. John Thorpe was basically one of the rudest and just stupid characters I ever came across. I kind of wanted to shake Catherine for putting up with his disgusting behaviour for as long as she did. His sister Isabella did not start off quite so bad but ultimately proved that she is just a shallow and two-faced person. We also meet Eleanor and her brother Henry Tilney which are pretty much the exact opposite of the Thorpes. I really liked these characters and thought Henry was a bit of a hunk.

Of course, he had me completely won over when he stated:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

All I could think was YES, YES! Specially John.

The story doesn’t really pick up until we move onto the Tilney house called Northanger Abbey. Here Catherine lets her horror book loving mind get the best of her and she starts thinking up and believing the most silly things ever. Like that Henry and Eleanor’s father did something horrible to their mother like kill her or lock her up in a certain section of the house. Its one thing to imagine things like this but its another to actually believe it which is what Catherine did. She barely knew him and really he had only been nice to her until he found out she had no money.

The ending of this book really annoyed me. The conclusion of the love between Catherine and Henry was kind of just like a side sentence at the end and while they ended up together, it seemed really slap dashed to me.

So, if you like Austen I would recommend this book to you just so you can have a look yourself. But I wouldn’t except anything amazing from it.

 

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Wrap Up)

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I know what you must be thinking. Jazz, this ended forever ago why the hell are you only just putting it up. Well I was looking through my posts and didn’t see it and was like what the heck? and there it was sitting in my drafts. I swear I scheduled the damn thing… Oh well here it is .

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 4

Pages Read: 59

Books Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 5

Pages Read: 143

Books Started: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Day 6

Pages Read: 117

Books Finished: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Books Started: Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott

Total Pages: 876

I did no reading day 7 and very little day 6 because I decided I really wanted to paint. It was awesome. I really needed that. I am happy about the amount I read though. I read more than my two books that I thought I might finish so that was good.

 

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Day 4 & 5)

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While I didn’t do so well on day four, I did manage to finish a book then so at least there is that!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 4

Pages Read: 59

Books Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 5

Pages Read: 143

Books Started: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Tomorrow (or today when this gets posted) is my day off so hopefully I will get loads of reading done!

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Day 3)

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So I have made more progress and have decided to do another update. I do wish that I was done with this book already though, because I am not in the mood for it!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Day 1 & 2)

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Considering I didn’t really expect to get anything much done until the second last day of the read-a-thon which is my only day off this week, I think my modest amount of pages quite an accomplishment. I may actually get more than two books read!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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AYearAThon – July

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AYearAThon is a read a thon that happens each month throughout the year with different themes. You can find the goodreads group here.

Since the last Top Ten Tuesday made me feel like I have a serious lack of classics under my belt, I decided that I should at least give this months theme ago. July’s theme runs from the 7-13. There doesn’t seem to be a specific time in which this starts, I am starting the clock at midnight my time. This months theme is:

Classics

During the week that this read a thon is happening I get a grand total of 1 day off of work. So if you thought last months goals I set up for myself were easy this months are going to give you a laugh cause its even smaller. I know I am going to way to tired to do much reading. Work is actually going to kill me. My goals are:

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And there is my list. My list of two. I really hope I get more in than this. I probably wont update unless I get a serious chunk reading done which I don’t think will happen so just expect a wrap up blog or something.

If you are participating too link me so I can keep up on how you are doing :)

If you would like to purchase either of these books click on the thingy.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Classics

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Favourite Classics/TBR Classics

I haven’t read than many classics so I thought for this I would list all the ones I have read and then list a couple I want to read.

Favourites

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

6. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

7. That Was Then This Is Now by S.E. Hinton.

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8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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So there they are. Be sure to share yours as I want to read more classics!

Till Next Time…