Thursday, March 23, 2017

Here are the books I've been fangirling about lately ^^

Hey guys. In today's post, I want to share with you those books that I've been really loving lately. Let's start!

Wires and Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer & Douglas Holgate

This is a graphic novel spin-off of Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, which follows the adventures of Iko, an android unlike any other and the best friend of the main series' lead character, Cinder. While the format is different, this book still manages to capture the same sci-fi/fantasy universe the Lunar Chronicles were set in and faithfully portrays all those characters we fell in love with in the main series. I loved the art style. Plus it was really cool to be back in this universe. I read this in one seating the moment I got home after buying it and now I can't wait for the sequel to be finally released. 


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

This is the first book in Clare's new series set in the Shadowhunter universe. While it's not my favorite Shadowhunter book, I still really enjoyed it. In fact, I feel like Cassie Clare's writing has got even better with this book. It's just that I couldn't connect with the characters as well as with those of her other series. Maybe it's because it's the first book. I still fangirled hard throughout the book though XD. Like, the emotions, the story twists, the reveals... As with all Shadowhunter books, this one was one hell of an emotional ride and I loved it! 


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare & others

You HAVE to read Shadowhunter Academy BEFORE Lady Midnight. This collection of short stories takes us where The Mortal Instruments left off and leads right to the beginning of The Dark Artifices. Not only are those stories essential for understanding a lot of stuff that goes on in TDA, including some hints that other readers might not pick up on, but the stories were also superbly written. Plus, the main character is Simon Lewis, so yeah! The stories were fun, they were full of cameos from our favorite characters from the Shadowhunter universe, and many of them added a lot of backstory on certain events and characters we never encountered in the main series. Shadowhunter legend and lore, so to speak. So yeah, if you love Cassie Clare's Shadowhunter universe, you need this book in your life.


An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare & Cassandra Jean

Okay, that's a looong title. This is essentially a collection of character portraits of characters from all of Cassie Clare's Shadowhunter series. For each character we have a gorgeous full color portrait, along with fun trivia about them. This book is a Shadowhunter fan's dream come true! The illustrations are really, really beautiful and it was fun to learn new stuff about all these characters. 


So those were some of the books I've been loving lately. Yes, I'm having a bit of a Shadowhunter binge at the moment! I seriously can't wait for the next book in the Dark Artifices to come out. I need it now >_< 

So what have you been reading lately? Let me know down in the comments!

Until next time, take care and read on 💛

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Am I still a blogger? Yes! I totally am and now I'm back ^^

I'm back!


Hey guys... So um, I'm back ^^ Okay, I know I've been gone for a looong time. In fact, my last post was a Halloween themed one. HALLOWEEN guys!!! That's like more than four months ago. What can I say? I thought I could juggle university life and blogging easily. Well, turns out I was wrong!

So where the hell have I been?


So for those of you who don't know, I'm currently doing my Masters abroad. So right now, I'm living and studying in Malaysia. I'm from Mauritius by the way, for those of you who are new here ^^ I might write a post about my life here and share some snapshots of Malaysia and my uni. So let me know if that's something you'd like to see.

Why did I suddenly stop blogging?


I used to blog super frequently back when I was still doing my Bachelor degree, uploading new posts almost twice a week. So when I decided to do my Masters, I didn't think it would affect my blog too much. After all, a Master degree can't be that different from a Bachelor degree, right? *Sigh* Boy, was I naive back then! 

My course being a research-based one, I don't have exams. And while I love that, it also means that I get lots of assignments and research papers to write. And it didn't take that long for me to realize that this was going to seriously affect my blogging. In fact, for many months, I was so overwhelmed by everything - life abroad, living on my own for the first time, the studies - that I didn't even read as much as I used do.


When blogging started to feel like a chore...


So yeah, with my time taken by my studies, blogging was starting to become tedious. In fact, it got to a point where it felt like work. And I don't know about you, but when a hobby starts to feel like a chore, that's when I can't do it anymore. And I didn't want to feel that way about blogging. 

I wasn't enjoying blogging simply because I didn't have the time I would have wanted to spend on it. So instead of struggling with it like with a difficult assignment, I told myself that I would take a break from my blog and only return to it when my life was a bit more under control and I could devote my full love and attention to it.

It's good to be back guys ^^


Now that I'm in my third uni semester and I've gotten a little better at the whole 'living by myself in a foreign country' thing, I feel confident enough to finally get back to blogging. I've also been reading more lately. But more on that in next posts ^^


What can you expect from my blog now?


I have a lot of exciting posts for you guys in store and I'm very happy to be preparing and writing them for you. But most importantly, I missed my friends from the blogsphere. So I'm also really happy to reconnect with all of you people of the Internets.

This year, I'm reading a bunch of new and exciting stuff like more mangas, comics and graphic novels, more classics and a bunch of new series including Goosebumps, which I've decided to read ENTIRELY. So you can expect my content to be a little different from my old posts. But what's never going to change is my undying love for books. So do expect lots of fangirling on my part for old and new favorites in future posts.

Leave me a comment and let's catch up with some chitchat ^^


Comment down below to share your thoughts with me! You can tell me what you've been reading, share a link to your latest post or just drop me a line for some random chitchat. Or even just say hi ^^ 

So until next time, take care and read on 💛

Sunday, October 23, 2016

6 Halloween Movie Recommendations

Hi guys! Halloween is only a few days away and so, today, I thought I would share with you some of the movies I love to watch at this time of the year. Halloween is my second favorite holiday, right after Christmas, but while the day itself is one of my favorite things in the year, anticipating Halloween is also part of the fun. And what better way to count the days till Halloween than to watch some spooky movies? 


I need to preface this though by pointing out that none of my recommendations are actual horror movies. I don't watch horror stuff. I'm too much of a scaredy cat for that. And the darker movies in this list lean more towards gothic than actual horror, so if like me you also don't really dig horror movies, these should suit you just fine. 

And now, onto the movies. Enjoy!

Practical Magic

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Sally and Gillian Owens, played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, come from a family of witches. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, for years the women of their family have been plagued by a curse, whereby all the men they fall in love with come to eventually meet an untimely death. Despite growing up to lead completely different lives, the sisters are as close as ever and when supernatural forces start wreaking havoc in their lives, they decide to join their powers and rid their family of the curse. This movie is perfect for Halloween because not only does it have witches and magic, but it also has at its heart a lot of humor. And for me, fantasy-comedies are the best Halloween movies ^^

Watch the trailer here.

Hocus Pocus

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Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of evil witches, the movie follows their adventures as they are accidentally resurrected by a young boy after they were put to death in Salem centuries ago. This movie is hilarious and still great fun to watch now despite having been released in 1993. 

Watch the trailer here.

Halloweentown

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Marnie, played by Kimberly J. Brown, loves everything about Halloween and the supernatural, despite her mother disapproving of it all. When her grandmother Aggie, who is in fact a real witch, shows up on the night of Halloween, she tells Marnie and her siblings the story of a magical place called Halloweentown, where all sorts of fantastical creatures live together in peace. When the children secretly follow Aggie back home after she leaves their house, they stumble right into Halloweentown, which turns out to be very real. If you enjoy the movie - and you probably will - be sure to also check out the sequels!

Watch the trailer here.


The Phantom of the Opera

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Starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum in the lead roles, this is the movie adaptation of a musical which was itself based on a French novel. It is 19th century Paris and the story takes place at an opera house rumored to be haunted by a mysterious masked Phantom. After he takes an interest in a young performer, Christine Daaé, the Phantom begins to scheme to give her the lead role in the opera, hoping to also win her love in the process. When Christine instead falls in love with someone else, the Phantom decides to do whatever it takes to make Christine his. The movie retains most songs from the musical, which is one of my favorite musicals by the way, and has the right amount of mystery mixed in with romance and gorgeous visuals to make this a delightful movie to watch in October. Plus Gerard Butler is in it. Enough said...

Watch the trailer here.

Scooby-Doo

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Back to comedy with this movie starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard and Rowan Atkinson. The story follows Mystery Incorporated, a group of four young detectives who solve mysteries with their dog Scooby-Doo. After going separate ways two years ago, the group reunites after they are called to a horror resort to solve a mystery there. This movie was a staple of my childhood growing up and one of those movies that I watched all the time with my sister. It’s a guilty pleasure and one of those goofy, fun movies that totally lives up to the spirit of Halloween.

Watch the trailer here.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Set in Victorian times, this is the story of Sweeney Todd, a barber turned serial killer who returns to the city after being wrongfully arrested and exiled many years ago. On a quest of vengeance, he takes his old job as a barber back and begins killing off his customers with a razor while his new accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, helps him get rid of the corpses by baking them into the meat pies she sells in her shop. It has Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the lead roles and while it’s much more violent than the other movies on this list, it’s more a gothic story than a horror one. Plus, it has the songs that featured in the musical it was adapted from and is overall quite a stunning film. 

Watch the trailer here.

So those were some of my Halloween movie recommendations. I know there are a lot of classics I haven't mentioned, like Beetlejuice and the Addams Family, but that's because I haven't watched those yet. I do have a list of Halloween movies I still need to watch so expect a second part to this post at some point!

Until next time guys, have fun counting the days till Halloween ^^

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