the perfectly imperfect tag

What kind of blogger am I? I’ve forgotten all about It’s Simply Me, Jasmine tagging me in this! (I am so sorry, Jasmine.) I can’t believe that I forgot all about this tag! I guess the only way to redeem myself now, is to do it! Hahahah.

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This tag has been created by Aqsa Says What?, and I actually hadn’t heard of her blog before, but being tagged for it now, I went to read what she said about creating the tag and it was for the sweetest reason. Aqsa said that this tag is all about excepting your flaws and lifting yourself up so that you can see that you’re flaws are what really makes you perfect.

And thank you so much Jasmine (It’s Simply Me, Jasmine) for tagging me to do this! (I still feel so bad about forgetting about this.) Everyone should definitely go check out her blog as she is really inspiring, funny, and her posts always make me smile!

The Rules…

  • Copy/paste the image of the tag in your post.
  • Make sure to share a little blurb about the creator of the tag.
  • Give a shoutout to the person who nominated you.
  • Talk about what your strengths are, and what you love about yourself. These can range from anything positive about you, or your future aspirations and goals.
  • Who/what are you inspired by, and how do you want to make a difference?
  • What’s your advice to those that struggle to love themselves, and to those that doubt themselves?
  • Lastly, nominate as many bloggers as you would like (ranging from 1 to whichever amount you choose) and let them know that you nominated them.

The Questions…

Talk about what your strengths are, and what you love about yourself. These can range from anything positive about you, or your future aspirations and goals.

I’d say that my biggest strength – that I’ve developed quite recently – is my ability to not really care about what other people think of me. (I’m still working on this, of course.) Because people from my school have found out about my blog I had to make a decision: quit or keep going. And I came so close to quitting – I even took all my post down and wrote a goodbye post – but then the next day I realised something. I realised that I cared so much about what my peers thought of me that I was willing to leave the one thing that was a constant source of happiness in the past. And so, I decided to keep blogging and to not care what others though. And so far so good. Except I still haven’t conquered talking about it out loud, simply because for the longest time this blog has just been something online – it’s just text. So when people at school try to bring it up I kind of shut down.

My next biggest strength would be that I always TRY to be healthy. I’m not exactly really healthy or fit or whatever, but I TRY. I never just give up. I have my downfalls, like everyone. But I always tell myself that I can do better. When it comes to my diet, I try and eat as healthy as possible, but I also find myself constantly making exceptions to the rule. For instance, I’m trying to not eat as much sugary things but I let myself off because I just got braces on which limits my diet as I couldn’t chew and right now I still can’t bite into anything with my front teeth. BUT I’m always TRYING.

And my last biggest strength – which is also fairly new – is that even though I’m pretty sure I’m prone to being a negative person I always try and look at the bright side and try to be as happy as possible. I have quickly learned that always being unhappy and unsatisfied can take a huge toll on you and takes away from your overall value of life.

Who/what are you inspired by, and how do you want to make a difference?

I’m really inspired by Elm (Just Call Me Elm Or Something) as she often posts very honest content about herself and her experiences, and it always inspires me to do the same. But also, I’m inspired by all her posts about mental health. It’s such an important part of our world and it isn’t talked about enough, yet she talks about her mental health issues openly on her blog while also seeking professional help.

I’m actually working to make a difference right now, as I’ve just launched a book club – with Tiana (The Book Raven) –  called Beyond the Surface, where we specifically pick out books about mental health and discuss and review them.

What’s your advice to those that struggle to love themselves, and those that struggle to doubt themselves?

I could say some cheesy thing about how you’re worth it and that you just need to remember that you are loved and all that, and while that stuff works, I find that it often wears off way too soon.

So instead, here is a bit of advice that I have picked up. If you find yourself picking out physical or mental parts of yourself that you despise and want to change… every time you do that I want you to catch yourself and change your state of mind, and pick out five or more things that you love about yourself, whether that be your hair, your smile, your intelligence. Something that makes you feel strong and in control.

And if you doubt yourself, which is a slightly different issue to struggling to love yourself, I want you to think of this. When you’re running, your mind thinks that you can’t go any further, that its time to give up; but you’re body can keep going as long as it continues to ignore what the mind tells it. And you can do the same. Even if you tell yourself you can’t do something – that you’re not capable – just remember that you’re capable of so much more than you think. You just have to push past what your mind tells you.

My Nominations…

IndieSongLyrics

Life of a Teenage Ranter

LIFE IN A BLOGSHELL

So that’s it! I’ve FINALLY completely The Perfectly Imperfect Tag! I hope you all enjoyed and if you want to do this tag, and I didn’t tag you feel free to just do it anyway!

talk later,

Indy xx

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harry potter and the philosopher’s stone – movie review

Adaptation of the first of J. K. Rowling’s popular children novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding  school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths.

I have seen this movie before, but not for a very long time, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect watching it now. Would it be entertaining? Boring? Childish? Only watching it once more would tell me if my older self enjoyed the movie just the same.

And I loved the movie! I’d explain the plot but, I mean, most people would know the general gist of it anyway.

I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Truth be told, I did have quite low expectations when deciding to watch it. And that just made the movie seem all that much better! Whether that’s a good or bad thing? I’m not too sure.

Anyway, I’ve actually seen all the Harry Potter movies, but like I said before, not for a very long time! And now that I’m reading the book series, I thought I would watch each movie after finishing the book it is based off of!

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talk later,

Indy xx

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the indy chronicle #1

A new series! Inspired by It’s Simply Me, Jasmine, I have decided that instead of writing occasional posts about my day, I would make updates every now and then about what is going on in my life! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a while, and have finally decided to go ahead with it!

Also, I find that posts about what is happening in people’s lives really interesting and intriguing, and I also find them really fun to write. So I hope you guys feel the same!

Skipping class (not really)

The last few days at school haven’t really felt very school like because almost half of our year are on a trip to the snow. I had a double for art and we were allowed to go for a walk in between the double. I decided to go to the top of the school, and ended up laying on the grass with Hannah and another friend.

About ten minutes passed, I saw another person from my class was up there too, so I decided that when they head back that I would too. So that if we get in trouble it won’t be me alone. Anyway, another ten or fifteen minutes passed and then I suddenly noticed that they were gone and I was over twenty minutes late.

I told my friends I should probably go back to class and headed back down to the bottom of the school. I hurried to my class, fingers crossed that I wouldn’t get in much trouble… and when I walked in? The teacher looked up and then just said “hey” and went back to doing whatever he was doing.

Destroying classrooms (again, not really)

I was in PE, and because of the snow trip there weren’t many people there, so the teacher told us that we were going to go out and do practical with some other classes. I was sitting with a friend of mine up the back, and we were the last ones out of the classroom when the teacher asked us to stay back and clean up. Knowing that cleaning up gets us out of PE – at least for a while – we agreed. She gave us the key and told us to lock up when we were done.

The only thing really to do was push some chairs in and tidy the desks. So we took our time. One chair was sitting way out and my friend walked up to it and kicked the chair… and it went flying up into the air and landed a few feet away. We burst out laughing like maniacs and then fixed the chair.

Then we decided to fix some other chairs as well, and tried to make everything as tidied as possible – to waste time, of course. When we were finished and there was nothing left to do we decided to lock up and join the others.

When we arrived it was clear that this was a “do whatever you want” type PE lesson, and so we ended up just walking around the school for the rest of our PE time.

Perfect Places Music Video

I just saw the Perfect Places music video and I love it so much, everything about it is amazing. The locations, Lorde’s singing, Lorde’s dancing, Lorde’s outfits. Everything. It was so good, and I liked the song, but now with the music video out I can’t help but love the song.

Atomic Blonde

I went to see Atomic Blonde one night with my family and it was okay. It was kind of boring. It was okay but I became bored and wanted to check the time on my phone at least five times, and towards the end I was kind of just begging for them to rap it up already.

Parkrun

I did parkrun this week, just like I do every week with Jade, Mia, and Hannah. We run five kilometres, and it honesty felt a lot harder than it usually does, which is a bad sign because next week I’m running 14 kilometres for the City2Surf. Also, I ran it in 31 minutes!

Waffles for breakfast

Hannah, Jade, Mia and I decided to go to The Hood Milk Bar for some breakfast after our 5k run, and Jade and I both ordered waffles with fruit and ice cream! Yum! I ordered mine with Peanut Butter ice cream, and Jade ordered hers with Nutella ice cream! And Hannah got an iced chocolate, and a gourmet doughnut from Doughheads!

Watching a play

At the last minute, my friends and I decided to all go to see this play that some of my other friends were in (they were part of the orchestra). And when I say at the last minute, I’m serious. We decided that day to go.. and it was the last day that it was showing. The play was really good and enjoyable.

Sleepovers

After the play, some of my friends came back to my house and slept over. We probably went to sleep at around 2am, and we were pretty tired by then. I woke up at 7am six hours later too so after that I was even more tired.

Braces

Yep. I got braces. I was honestly really scared to get them on because lots of people were saying that it really aches and you can’t eat anything but soup for days. And maybe that’s true for some people. But luckily for me it doesn’t ache at all. And it’s been two days since I got them on and I can already chew again, except I can’t really bite down with my front teeth just yet.

City2Surf Training

I’m completing the City2Surf this weekend in Sydney with my friend Jade. And so, we decided on Monday afternoon to go for a run to see how far we can go, because the City2Surf is a 14k run.

Long story short, we weren’t that productive when it came to training… but we did take some amazing photos as we were running along the beach! (My header photo is actually one that we took on our run!)

Me attempting to get some “model” shots for instagram.

An excursion to the Sydney Opera House (and sleeping through Macbeth)

I went on an excursion with some friends to Sydney to see MacBeth. It was for year 10s, but since there were still spots left, it was open to year 9s that were in the top class, and so, being in that class, I decided to go.

It was pretty fun on the trip there. I mainly just listened to music and talked with some friends. Then, when we arrived we had a little under an hour to do what we wanted before the play started, so we went and bought food. I ended up getting a hot chocolate,  and then later a salted caramel ice cream.

Me (on the far left) and some friends with our ice cream! (I put hearts over our school logo because no one needs to see that hahah.)

Then, when the play was going, I started to get kind of confused as to what was going on because I hadn’t actually read the play (but our teacher had explained to us the basic plot line) I became really bored.. and actually feel asleep. Multiple times. I kept getting woken up every time an actor made a loud noise or shouted and then I’d just fall asleep again.

I figured out later that I must have just been really exhausted in general because when I got home I changed into my pjs and got into bed to watch some Netflix (even though it was only 8pm) and ended up falling straight asleep.

A day off

After my busy weekend, braces, and then an excursion… my mum (surprisingly) let me take a day off just to recover. A much needed break that is. I mainly just lay around watching YouTube all morning, but by 10am I decided to have a shower and actually do something.

Thursday Night Shopping

On Thursday afternoon, I went with my mum to the shops because she had an appointment and we decided to go get some food and look around beforehand. For dinner we had Nandos, and then after I walked around with my mum while she we waited for her appointment.

Later, I went and looked around some book stores, browsing the shelves. I had to resist the urge to purchase anything though as this weekend I’m going down to Sydney with Jade for the City2Surf.

After I grew bored of looking at books I couldn’t buy, I decided to sit down and read the book I had brought with me; My Heart And Other Black Holes. It’s really good so far, although I’m only 70 pages in.

talk later,

Indy xx

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beyond the surface book club: a talk about suicide and depression

*trigger warning* – this post will be discussing suicide and depression in depth

Okay, so as part of my book club that I created with Tiana (The Book Raven), we are each writing a blog post about suicide and depression as that is what we are focusing on for this month.

I want to say that I am in no way an expert when talking about suicide and depression. I can only speak from my own individual experiences and perspective. I, myself, have only felt depressed at one point in my life, but it never got far, and I pulled myself out of that state. I think it was kind of a phase thing where nothing really felt right anymore, and I became very bored and disinterested in all the things I loved doing. But once I realised that I’d been feeling down for way too long to be normal – I reached out to my dad and once I told someone it felt like a weight was lifted and I slowly came back to normal. But I also think that blogging might have helped as well, as I started my blog a little after that experience.

But that wasn’t my first experience with depression, as I had a friend that fell victim to that illness long before me.

It started all the way back in primary school. Year 6. My friend – Danika – who I wasn’t that close with at the time, was suffering from depression; she has inherited the illness from her mother. I remember the day I came to school, and these two girls were freaking out about something. So, obviously, being a curious twelve-year-old I asked them what they were talking about. They said that they were worried about Danika, and then they went to ask her little sister something. Apparently she’d been talking about cutting herself the day before, and thats what she’d done when she went home.

At the time I didn’t even know what cutting – or even self-harm – was. I was only vaguely familiar with what depression was.

After the two girls discovered that she had in fact self-harmed, they ran to tell everyone. And by the time Danika arrived at school? Everyone knew. I don’t really remember exactly what happened after that. I know the teachers talked to the girls that had spread it, and then talked to our whole year about what had happened. After that – for a while anyway – everyone looked out for Danika, and everyone wanted to sit with her. I didn’t do any of that, because I knew that if I were her, I wouldn’t want to be smothered with people always trying to talk to me.

I think a couple months later – maybe five? – long after everything had settled down I started to become friends with Danika. It’s kind of ironic really, because our mums were friends, and they introduced us her first day, yet we had never really connected. Then a couple months later we became friends anyway.

She told me lots of things – like why she cuts and how its hard not to – and honestly, little me didn’t fully understand what it all meant, but I listened anyway. I remember she showed me the cuts on her leg and I just didn’t really know why? But I think the reason we were such great friends is because I had a different reaction to most people.

When most people found out she was cutting again they’d get really mad and upset and they’d tell her she had to stop – like it was that easy. I, on the other hand, never said that. I cared, but I also knew that getting mad wasn’t going to do anyone any good. So instead, I listened, and I understood, and I tried to help as best I could, without making it seem like I was always disappointed in her for what she’d done.

The next year we were put into the same class for basically all our classes. And we became even better friends with many good times. Everything seemed to be going better, she didn’t seem that sad at all anymore – even though I knew that something like that wouldn’t just go away.  Later, during that same year, I moved cities, and so I couldn’t look out for her so much anymore.

But only last year, after a lot of drama went down at her school where she was basically being attacked on the daily, she attempted suicide. I remember finding out from someone else that morning, and everyone was freaking out. Her little sister had found her – luckily in time – and she was rushed to the hospital. And then, a little later, Danika told me. It upset me to hear that I could have lost my best friend, but I again didn’t want to be mad at her like everyone else, so I told her that I’m always here, even if its not in person.

The worst thing about that was what people said. One girl I know said that she should have just died, and that she deserved it. Which really, no matter how mean or bad someone is, no one deserves to die, especially not like that.

She’s better now, at the moment anyway. But she’s had her struggles, and I only wish that I could have been there for her. That I should have been there for her. But I couldn’t be.

I believe she’s had a councillor for a while or at some points. I think she might have had counselling on and off over the years. And she’s talked to school councillors too, so she’s doing well, and she’s seeking help.

Danika is strong though. She’s still here, and from what I can tell, she seems really happy too. She’s still here, living, breathing. And that in itself is a victory. It’s shows how strong she has become. And I’m so proud of her for that.

talk later,

Indy xx

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Q and A #2

This my little Q and A to celebrate the fact that my blog has officially reached 200 followers! It’s honestly insane to think that anyone would want to read the nonsense sentences that I string together and publish on this blog.

But anyway, let’s move on now, and start with the questions…

Who’s your role model in life?

(ITSSIMPLYMEJASMINE)

Right now, my role model and inspiration to work hard on my blog and online presence is Arden Rose. I love her videos, and every time I watch one I get really inspired to get up and actually get something done. She’s really motivating and I really love her channel.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

(ADVENTURINGGIRL)

This is a really hard question because I love ice cream! And I go to many different ice cream places frequently because that’s how much I love my ice cream. So, because I could never choose just one, I’m going to name my top three. Ferrero rocher, salted caramel, and peanut butter. They are all so delicious!

What is the first thing you look at on your phone when you wake up?

(ANNIE EARNSHAW)

I know the first thing I do on my phone is definitely check my notifications. So usually I’ll be opening snapchat streaks and replying to comments on my blog and that sort of stuff, but obviously the types of notifications will vary from day to day. But after I’ve done that – depending on what I have on that day – I might check my Instagram and twitter feed, but that’s only if I don’t have to get ready for school.

Writing or reading?

(GRACIE CHICK)

As a blogger and a total bookworm I feel really torn having to answer this question. I mean, don’t they come hand in hand? Like exercise and a good diet? You need both to be optimally happy. …but if I have to choose, I’d probably choose reading. Because I feel like you can gain a lot more from reading what others have to say the just writing from your own perspective.

Favourite song?

(ASH)

This has to be the hardest question to answer. How can you ever choose just one song? I’m going to go with a sporadic decision for this one, because I have so many old favourites, so I think I’m going to say one I just started listening to the other day after I watched the music video for the first time. It’s called Got Love by Thundamentals and whenever I listen to it, it just makes me really happy. I also find it kind of hilarious how it’s hip-hop music or whatever but they’re seeing about being happy.

What made you start your blog?

(VASITHA)

I’ve actually answered this question before in my first Q and A, so feel free to check it out here.

What is your pet peeve?

(RYRY’S AVALANCHE OF THOUGHTS)

You do not want want me to get started on all the things that annoy me. But if I have to choose one, I’m going to go with a very specific example. It’s kind of hard to explain but basically, where my bed is, next to it there is a door that leads to my sister’s room, and we have a blind that is pulled down because the door is glass. But at night, when I’m trying to sleep, she leaves the light on, and so then this tiny beam of light shines RIGHT into my eyes. And then, I have to get up to turn it off, which means I have to pull my bedside table away from the door (because we don’t actually use the door to walk through) and open it, then climb into her room to turn it off. And by then, I’m wide awake.

 

And those are all the questions you guys asked me!

(Also. I’ve decided to now only use images that I have taken for my headers, so please tell me what you think?)

talk later,

Indy xx

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shuffle the music tag!

lonelymeme from Life In A Blogshell has tagged me to do the shuffle the music tag! A tag she created herself!! And I’m very excited to complete this tag! I think it might be my favourite ever invented! It’s such an amazing idea!

THE RULES

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link to their blog.
  • Thank the person that nominated you for this tag and link to their blog as well.
  • Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why there are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them ect.)
  • Mention the songs as well as the artists.
  • Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!

LET’S SEE WHAT I GOT AFTER GIVING MY MUSIC LIBRARY A SHUFFLE!

  1. Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys: I feel like this song is a true classic. I mean, who hasn’t at least heard this song at least once, even if it was just on the radio or background noise in a busy cafe. I also think that this song – when you really listen to the lyrics – actually has a really strong meaning and is kind of sad. It’s also quite an accurate representation of the Arctic Monkeys music style.
  2. Truce by Twenty One Pilots: This song was never really that special to me and didn’t hold much significance… until I went to their concert and they played this song near the end and it was the perfect unwinding song. And since then I’ve loved and valued this song so much more, and it’s definitely the type of song I’d listen to right before I go to sleep.
  3. Sweetie Little Jean by Cage The Elephant: I actually just recently found out what inspired this song, and it makes the lyrics make a little more sense. Of course I already knew it was about someone disappearing but I thought they ran away. And after watching an interview with the band I found out that it’s actually about a kidnapping. It’s based off a childhood experience that Matt – the lead singer – experienced when a girl from his neighbourhood went missing.
  4. HEAVEN by Troye Sivan: I used to listen to Troye Sivan all the time when his album first came out, but slowly I started to drift away from it as I found new songs and artists. I still listen to his music every now and then and I really like how soft and mellow all his songs are, but I don’t think I’d ever be as in love with his songs as I used to be, which is kind of sad but also an inevitable part of growing.
  5. Empty Gold by Halsey: I think this song is one of my favourite’s of Halsey’s. Of course, I have all her songs because they are amazing! But what I really like about her music is how strong it makes you feel. She has a very strong voice and combined with the lyrics and beat it makes you feel as if you’re unstoppable. I feel like she is such a fantastic role model for young girls and – having watched quite a few interviews – I can see that even though she has a strong character she is also really sweet.
  6. Lucky by AURORA: I love AURORA! Her voice is breathtaking. Haunting. And her album is so great. I remember her saying in an interview that it’s all about making peace with the bad things in your life – hence the name: All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend. And I think that especially shows in this song as she talks about being lucky to simply be alive.
  7. Sober 2 (Melodrama) by Lorde: I’m really glad that out of all of her songs from her new album I got this one! This is probably one of me favourites and I can’t help but like it better than Sober, which always seems backwards to me but its how I feel. I feel like Lorde’s music has really matured since her first album and it really shows how much she’s grown as a person.
  8. A Car, A Torch, A Death by Twenty One Pilots: Again, another one of my favourites. All Twenty One Pilots songs have quite strong messages but I think the songs from their self titled album have so much more depth and sadness and I love it. Especially this song. It’s all about leaving behind a loved one and sacrificing yourself for them. I feel like every single word in this song is so carefully thought out and put together.
  9. Quit Your Job by Thundamentals: Now this is a throwback to the days when I really liked this duo. I must have been in around twelve – yes, a twelvie – when I started listening to them, and I even went to see them in concert because they were an opening band for Hilltop Hoods. I’m not really too embarrassed about liking them because they’re not a bad band at all, but it’s just not me anymore.
  10. One For The Road by Arctic Monkeys: Definitely not one of my favourites of their songs. I feel like there are much better songs that deserve more recognition than this one.. but it’s not really bad either. Just probably one of my least favourite from their AM album. I also think that Arctic Monkeys have a very specific feel with this album, and while One For The Road definitely fits into that sound I also think that it’s doesn’t live up to the other songs.
  11. Buzzcut Season by Lorde: Yes! I’m so glad I got a song from this album! This is probably going to sound really weird but this album really reminds me of summer. I don’t know exactly what it is about it but I listen to these songs and thats what I think of. I love this album, and was slightly annoyed when Melodrama didn’t top it. Pure Heroin will always hold I special place in my heart for me, and I’m just so glad that – even though it doesn’t sound like this anymore – Lorde is still making music.
  12. Ten Thousand Hours by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: I used to love Macklemore! I bought their whole album – this was in the same phase as when I liked Thundamentals. I don’t have the whole album anymore, but I still have some of their songs and this is one of them. This song is about how people are defined by the grades they receive and the marks they achieve and how that shouldn’t be what is seen as a basis for your worth, as you can still build a great life for yourself even if a piece of paper tells you otherwise.
  13. Ribs by Lorde: Another Lorde song! I used to really love this song in particular and it was because of the verse: “this dream isn’t feeling sweet / we’re reeling through the midnight streets / and I’ve never felt more alone / it feels so scary, getting old”. Those words just made me relate so much to the meaning of the song and how it is terrifying growing old, and I just have some extreme nostalgia listening to this song right now!
  14. Strangers by Halsey: I feel like the songs my Spotify is giving me is making me look so basic. There are so many hidden gems and I keep getting dished-out really popular artists like Arctic Monkey, Lorde, and Halsey. But anyway, this song is okay. It’s definitely not one of my favourites from her new album. I find it kind of repetitive at times, and if you’re wondering why I even have it it’s because there are two types of people in this world. Song people and album people. I’m an album person. I like songs as a whole of a collection more than I do as an individual piece.
  15. The Louvre by Lorde: So, after my mini rant.. Spotify gives me another popular artist. Okay then. But if I’m being serious, I actually really do like this song. I think it’s one of the best from the album.. although, if I had to choose a favourite it would be Writer In The Dark… but this would definitely be second or third.

I NOMINATE…

  1. It’s Simply Me, Jasmine
  2. Ella, Cactus Clique
  3. 2am by Rose
  4. Adventures of a Lost Teen
  5. Little Teen Blogs

I know you’re meant to chose seven… but there were only five blogs that I found that this tag would be something for them. Because obviously, I don’t want to tag a book blogger for a musical tag… hahahah.

I was honestly really surprised I only got one Cage The Elephant song and only two Twenty One Pilots song because… I have 64 Cage The Elephant songs and 46 Twenty One Pilots songs. And I only got a few rock songs.. when I have 113. And I got no songs from The Neighbourhood! But anyway, thats just why I got seriously annoyed about the lack of variety that I was receiving.

I really enjoyed completing this tag, and I would love to do it again one day! 😉

talk later,

Indy xx

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harry potter and the philosopher’s stone by j. k. rowling – book review

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Through Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doubt so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first instalment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

A lot of people are probably really surprised that I haven’t gotten to this book sooner. And I guess it’s probably because I’ve already read the book. But that was back in year four or something, so I don’t really think that counts.

As you probably know, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone is about Harry Potter and his two friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and their adventures in which they uncover the mystery behind the special stone. The story starts off with Harry and Ron meeting, and later coming to be friends with Hermione.

So far, I can see why Harry Potter is such a highly regarded middle grade series. Although it is mainly aimed at a younger audience, it is still very entertaining for any age. The novel is also quite easy to read, and paints the most vivid image of a wizarding world.

This book was actually better than I expected, which is surprising because I had quite high expectations going into it. I flew through the book, reading it in a matter of days, and am already a little ways into the next.

harry potter and the philosopher's stone

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Indy xx

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to the bone – movie review

Ellen is an unruly 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better half of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules, Ellen must discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance.

I’m just going to start by saying that when this movie ended, I was surprised, because surely there had to be more. But no, I was left with what is commonly called an open ending. I don’t usually like these endings, but for some reason it worked.

To The Bone explores the story of Ellen and the mental illness that she struggles with – anorexia. She is submitted into a group home where she finds herself surrounded by people just like her, except completely different.

Something that really stood to me is that they didn’t try and glamourise anorexia. They didn’t try and romanticise the idea of being unhealthily skinny. They made it very clear that being that thin is in no way good, and showed how badly it affects people.

An important aspect of the story was the family. How this illness affected them and what they went through – mainly her sister – knowing that Ellen was slowly killing herself every day.

The interesting thing about this movie, is that it shows a different way of recovery. Its not some story where she’s sick, she goes to this group home, and then she is better. Ellen doesn’t even really consider recovery until she hits rock bottom.

to the bone

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Indy xx

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july wrap up 2017

I’ve decided to start doing wrap ups on here too…. because why not? Again, I’m hoping doing this will motivate me to read more, but who knows what will happen?

I read four books this month! 

I read Bone Gap on the 3rd of July

Synopsis:

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps – gaps to trip you up, paps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap – their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures – acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness – a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Book review of Bone Gap

I read Geekerella on the 16th of July

Synopsis:

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet- with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all – not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Book Review for Geekerella

I read Love & Misadventure on the 27th of July.

Synopsis:

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair – from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights – through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Book Review for Love & Misadventure coming soon!

I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on the 28th July

Synopsis:

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to love in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first instalment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

Book Review for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone coming soon!

I hoped you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been reading in the past month. What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books?

talk later,

Indy xx

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august tbr 2017

So, I guess I’m doing TBRs and Wrap Ups on here now. Why? I’m not too sure. They kind of seem quite fun and interesting and I’m hoping that it’ll motivate me to read more. So that’s what I’m doing now. I kind of decided to do this because off all the book posts from The Book Raven, so definitely check her blog out! I hope you enjoy.

This is the pile of books I’m aiming to read this month.

 

I’m reading My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga for my book club – Beyond The Surface.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

I’ve actually already started Windfall – 60 pages in.

Synopsis:

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck – at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining over her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday – just when it seems they might be on the brink of something – she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

One of my best friends bought me this book and I can’t wait to read it!

Synopsis:

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava – in all other ways a normal girl – is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feather fill the air, and Ava’s quest and family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Already 120 pages into this book! Book review for the first one coming soon.

Synopsis:

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts mosts suspects: Harry Potter himself?

I’m already 80 pages into this book and loving it so far!

Synopsis:

A sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & Misadventure, Lullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.

Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.

Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist.

Another poetry book by Lang Leav!

Synopsis:

Lang Lead presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skilfully crafted words.

And her most recent poetry book!

Synopsis:

Best-selling poet Lang Leav presents a gorgeous hardcover gift book featuring the best of Lullabies and Love & Misadventure plus thirty-five new poems for fans to discover, along with original colour illustrations by the author.

For fans of Lang Leav, this beautiful gift book is a must-have! Beloved pieces from Lullabies and Love & Misadventure are collected together in this illustrated treasury. In addition, 35 new poems that have not been published in any Lang Leav collection offer something new to discover. The author’s original art is presented in lovely four-colour illustrations.

Lang Leav’s evocative poetry in a gorgeous package with ribbon marker and cloth spine is an irresistible gift for any poetry lover!

Lang Leav’s first novel!

“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to – it’s the first one who breaks it.”

Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautiful written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.

School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin our of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad – the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance driver her closer to the edge?

So they are all the books that I’m hoping to get through this month – but there are no promises! And I’m also hoping to post some more book reviews so you might want to look forward to that as well!

talk later,

Indy xx

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