Q & A

I  asked you guys a couple of weeks ago for some questions I could answer on this Q&A, and I want to thank everyone who responded.

What is a book you would never want to read again?

Some of the books I have had to read in my English class have been pretty bad, but I generally pick what I’ve heard to be good books and read them. So I can’t pick one book I don’t think, I find if I read anything in the contemporary genre I can’t read it again. It’s not that those books are bad it’s just once I finish them I don’t feel compelled to read it again or want a sequel to that particular book. So any contemporary book, I just don’t read again.

What is the longest time it has ever taken you to read a book?

To be completely honest when I finish a really good book sometimes I fall into a reading slump. That slump can mean it’ll take me 2 months to read a book or not even finish a book. So depending on the slump it can take me a long time to read books.

What genre of book do you prefer and enjoy to read most?

Fantasy. I love getting lost in worlds that authors have created. It is awesome to read and know that God has given that author the imagination and skilled thinking to create a whole world and creatures. I also love Historical Fiction Because it’s like time traveling to a place in the past, and living in that time while reading that book.

If you read one book over and over again, what book would you choose?

My favourite book ‘Waterfall’ by Lisa T Bergren definitely. I’ve read it 7 or 8 times. So that would be the obvious choice. ‘Waterfall’ is the first book in the ‘River of Time’ series, that also happens to be my favourite series. This book is  Historical Fiction set in Italy just before the Black Plague. Completely recommend This and These books they are my favourites. ❤️

You can find Lisa T Bergren’s books here.

Read my book review on her book ‘Season of Wonder’ here.

What is your favourite Bible passage and why?

My favourite bible passage is Romans 5:1-11, It’s titled Peace and Hope. I love this passage because it highlights clearly what the gospel is. If anyone asked me what they should look at to learn about the gospel I would say this passage. Verse 8 is a popular verse in this passage and sums up even shorter the gospel; But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The passage is easy to understand, blunt and truthful, It’s my ‘go to’ passage.

What are your top 4 favourite songs right now?

  • ‘That Green Gentleman’ – Panic! At The Disco
  • ‘Bird’ – Billie Martin
  • ‘What Do I Know’ -Ed Sheeran
  • ‘Lover of the Light’ – Mumford and Sons

I hope you enjoyed this Q&A,

– Tamsyn

– Matched – Allie Condie – Book Review

I am a huge fan of YA Dystopian Book Series’ such as Divergent, and Hunger Games (Just to name a few) When I discovered there was yet another book series I got very excited!

Matched is the first book in a three book series. I am here to give you my honest opinion of the book.

 

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

 

I quite enjoyed Matched, it isn’t my favourite book of all time nonetheless it is quite high on the list. The plot itself I found interesting and clever, the very beginning of the story was confusing and the Author seemed to be putting to much in short amount of time.

The main thing I didn’t like about the book was the constant back and forth of ‘I love this guy but really I love this guy’ It dives into the two guys and one girl scenario which I just find plain stressful.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Age Recommendation: 14+

– H. G. Reilly

 

Being Jazmine by Cecily Paterson – Book Review!

Cecily Paterson’s new book ‘Being Jazmine’ is released today! ‘Being Jazmine’ is #3 in the Invisible novels after ‘Invisible’ and ‘Invincible’.

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review, so I am going to do just that.

To be completely truthful I didn’t like ‘Invincible’ (#2). I found It a bit boring and cliche, so originally I had decided that ‘Invisible’ (#1) was better as a stand alone novel. Then I received ‘Being Jazmine’ as an ARC and I got excited when I read the blurb. I will give you guys a little synopsis now;

Jazmine has never been ‘normal’, and now her life is changing too, it’s becoming anything but normal. Her mum is getting married and they are moving to a bigger, suburban house. But then while her mum is on her honeymoon, Jazmine sees a group of teenagers on a beach, not being ‘normal’ but being themselves and comfortable, speaking Auslan. She decides she needs to go on a camp, an Auslan speaking camp, to see if she can fit into a different kind of ‘normal’. Yet how will she keep balance in her life, between her new friends, old friends and her family?

I loved this book, It was interesting in the way it explored the Auslan speaking community. In some ways, I didn’t expect the perspectives some of the Auslan speaking characters held although I did understand the more I read. ‘Being Jazmine’ delve into common teenage issues like friendships and family relationships, except it was unique in the way that Jazmine’s ‘problem’, her hard of hearing, influenced these relationships.

This book was very clean and it didn’t really have as much a romantic aspect as the other two books, which I thought was refreshing because it allowed the reader to reflect on the bigger themes, which I talked about above.

I would seriously recommend this book to anyone, it was a gorgeous story.

rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Age recommendation: 12+

I did another book review on one of Cecily’s Books read it here.

Visit Cecily’s website here.

Happy Reading,

– Tamsyn

“Commit your way to the lord, trust in him and he will do this, he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6

Planner update!

I like to think that I’m creative and God has given me at least a smattering artisticness (pretty sure that isn’t a word but anyway…) so I have decided to do up my planner. If my planner is more inviting to my eye, I believe that I’ll make the most out of it and it will become an escape setting it up weekly. It’s really relaxing so I hope I can inspire you to do something similar. So this is how I do it.Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

  1. I go on to Pinterest and look up an aesthetic, so this week I looked up pastel purple aesthetic as you can see.  ☞
  2. Collect some pictures, print them out.
  3. Position the pictures and stick them in.
  4. Put in things I need to know for the week ahead.
  5. Draw some little pictures (I like drawing simple things like flowers, stars, and dots).
  6. The during the week I will add in little journal things, as well as write in to-do lists for the weekend.*

*Sometimes I’ll also add in some good Bible verses, as it helps me reflect on God’s word every time I look at my planner.

– Tamsyn

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4

City of Glass: A Book Review

Book: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments (3rd book)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Age Recommendation: 14+

I really enjoyed City of Glass, I definitely enjoyed it more than City of Ashes (It tore me apart). I really liked Clary (the main character) a lot more in this book compared to the first to in the series. It felt to me like she had matured a bit and I liked that a lot, it complimented the storyline very well. so if you have just started The Mortal Instruments, persevere it gets better as the books go on.

WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD, READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK

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March TBR

I may have completely failed reading my TBR of February…. I finished one book and that was ‘City of Ashes’ by Cassandra Clare. I was planning on reading more but school life got in the way and by the end of every day, week, I was exhausted. So, I’m not going to do a wrap up because that’s completely embarrassing but I am going to do a March TBR.

March TBR

I’m pretty sure that these books were my February TBR but that’s okay because I will read/finish them at some point this year. So here are the books I will be reading in the month of March:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (I’ve started this)

The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers (I’ve also started this)

Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

To Kill A MockingBird by Harper Lee (This is for school)

So hopefully I will be able to read these books and have the motivation to read when I feel tired.

– Tamsyn

You How I keep Life Organised

I cannot keep my whole life organised, sometimes life gets you and hits you with something spontaneous. But the stuff I can control, I tend to plan. Why? because I don’t really like spontaneous things to happen. Like a pop quiz, a spontaneous outing, I like to know what’s happening and when. To know these things I have two books.

Personal Planner

I got this planner from Typo. I use this for everything but school work or school things. I really like the gold ‘2017’ and the blue watercolour background.
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So to organise my planner I categorise things into two sections, events and tasks. For events, before I write done the event I draw a circle. And for tasks, I do the same but instead of a circle I draw a square, this is so I can draw a cross in the square once the task is done at or a line straight through to say that the task is cancelled.

 

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School Planner

My second book is, of course, my school planner. This is just a random lined notebook I found in my house I think it’s a good size (18.5 x 24.5cm) because I can fit all the info I need into it but It isn’t too big and bulky. On the front I have hot glued some postage stamps on to give it a bit of character.

 

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This is how I work it. Each month I will do a monthly outlook, where I can write in all the assignments I have that month, then I have a page to a week where I can put in all my homework for that week and what I learnt in classes. Writing done what I learnt each week, I think, is really helpful when exams come round because then you know what you need to study and it’s easy to find.
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So those are the two books I use to organise and plan, but ultimately I’m never going to know anything I just need to rely on my Heavenly Father to look after me and plan my life story.

Next year I think I will try a bullet journal and put my school work in with my personal events and then I will only have one book.

I hope you enjoy this post that’s a bit different than usual, please like if you would like to see more posts like this!

– Tamsyn

‘Smart Girls Don’t Wear Mascara’ : A Book Review (Spoiler Free)

“Smart Girls Don’t Wear Mascara” is a book written by an author in my local area, Cecily Paterson. It is aimed at younger girls 12-14 in age.

‘SMDWM’ is about a girl called Abby Smart who is just starting yr 6 at her local school. With her best friends and their Smart Girls Club, Abby knows that it will be the best year ever. That is until the new girl arrives…

Cecily was so kind and gave me her book after I finished doing work experience with her last year. I read ‘Smart Girls Don’t Wear Mascara’ in my summer break.

I thought ‘SGDWM’ good, but I found the main character quite naive. I think this is because this book aimed at younger people and the fact that the main character Abby is a 12 yr old girl.

So besides that, I didn’t have any other problems with the book and thought that it is well written.

I think if I was younger I would’ve appreciated ‘SGDWM’ a lot more so I do recommend it to younger girls, tweens and young teens.

Cecily’s Website

Happy reading!

– Tamsyn