Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Rating: 5/5 distorted stars

Release date: July 26th 2016

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Goodreads’ Synopsis:

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.


I can’t quite find a word that suits this novel. It’d be an understatement to call this book MIND-BLOWING and UTTERLY EXCITING. It’s SO much more than that. Seriously, how does the author do it? Crouch grabs your attention right at the very beginning and does NOT let you go until the very end. Ladies and gents, this book has made it to my favorite books of 2016 list.

I’m so glad I went into the book blind (except for the fact that it’s a Sci-fi/Thriller/Love story mashup), I was at the edge of my seat flipping through those pages to see what happens next. The story starts off just like any other contemporary would – a normal day at home, preparing dinner for your family when you decide to meet up with your colleague out in a bar just to let your meal cool, and then all of a sudden things get insane and crazy! It’s like there’s a craze-o-meter built inside the story – as you progress things get ugly and twisted and you can’t tell what’s real and what’s fake anymore!

Crouch has such a way with words -The suspense and thrill, the horrific truth that lies within Science and the actually story… gosh, he knows just how to make you squirm and writhe (no i’m not exaggerating, it’s that alarming)! Everything was just bloody brilliant… literally. His use of pauses and paragraph breaks were super effective. Each line I read gives me chills! I was just so completely absorbed in his writing I’m almost swallowing the words whole.

I’ve not read a competent amount of Thriller novels in my life but I can tell that this is one of those books, the one you can rely on to wreck your brains out and keep you guessing. This is a book I think everyone should read. You don’t have to love Sci-Fi or Thrillers, if you want a book that takes you on a severe mind-bending, trippy adventure, then please, by all means, do read this book. You’ve got nothing to lose, and I promise you that you’ll end up just as amazed (and a teeny bit disturbed) as I am.

Thank you SO much to Crown Publishing for sending a copy over in exchange for an honest review! ❤

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Book Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


Title:  The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Rating: 4/5 glamorous stars

Release date: August 30th 2016

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

Goodreads’ Synopsis:

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….


I’m still at lost of words. It was surprisingly… good. It gave off a We Were Liars vibe at first which, not gonna lie, made me a bit iffy. BUT the further I got through the story the more it made sense. I’m not a fan of multiple perspectives, but this book pulled it off really nicely. Each character were all so different from each other yet they’re all somehow connected, and the way the author weaved them together was so brilliantly done.

This was a VERY quick read as well. Each character only gets a few pages before it transitions to another character. You learn about each one per chapter break. I particularly liked Watt and Rylin’s point of view. They were both very simple yet intriguing characters. Watt is this genius technician who owns an illegal computing system while Rylin is just a maid, then stuff gets really complicated and melodramatic and the pacing just escalates as you go (as if it wasn’t fast enough already.)

Yes, it’s a chick-flick novel, so yes, there are some pretty darn annoying characters. I was so ready to put this book back down but I couldn’t. No, let me rephrase that. I wouldn’t. Yes it was pulling your hair out annoying, but there’s this mystery vibe that lingers and you can’t help but read on to find out, and oh boy, once you actually get there, it bursts right at your face and leaves behind the remnants trickling down your face. You’ll be left dumbstruck and, if you’re a bit too attached to the characters, a little scared too…

Overall I’m very impressed with how this book turned out. I’m not a fan of drama, glamour, or Sci-Fi, and this book had it all and more. But look how that turned out for me. It’s safe to say that i pretty much NEED the second book in my hands because I NEED to know what happened.

Technically speaking, if you are a fan of Gossip Girl, this is legitimately THE ideal book for y’all. BUT for a girl who stopped watching the show mid-way through the season because of how irrational and frustrating the characters were, I still enjoyed it. If you want a book that you can read in one night with a cup of fresh brewed tea/coffee and cozy blankets to snuggle with (or hide under, your choice), pick this book up!

Thank you so much  to HarperCollins Australia for sending this book over in exchange for an honest review! ❤

Book Review: Reigntime by S. K. Levy


Title: Reigntime

Author: S. K. Levy

Rating: 4/5 sugar gliders

Release date: July 15th 2016

Publisher: Australia eBook Publisher

Goodreads’ Synopsis:

Lexie Taylor, a seventeen-year-old student nurse in tropical North Queensland, has been assigned a new patient and she’s baffled by his odd and uncooperative behaviour. But she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Myall, who, for the first time since the death of her older brother, reminds Lexie of what it is to be happy.

As Lexie begins to trust him, Myall reveals he is a Reigntime creature—a magical and immortal being from the Awakening—who will die if he remains in hospital. Risking everything, Lexie smuggles him out, and together they travel deep into the dangerous tropics of Kakadu on a mission to locate the key to his survival.

But the dangers that await them will give Lexie a death sentence of her own…


An amazing read! I’m not the biggest fan of Fantasy but this book is very unique! You can tell the author put in A LOT of work into it. The world building and character development are all so well done too. I love how the author is able to re-imagine Australia and its wildlife (with a slight twist) and produce something that’s new and unique, something that you’ve never quite read before. I learned so much more than just the importance of friendship and love.

However, I feel like the story only revolves around Myall and Lexie. They’re both very interesting characters but I feel like the story might have been more interesting if it involved more drama and angst. I thought their mini banters and flirty moments were cute at first, but it went a bit over the edge as the story progresses. There is also a bit of insta-love involved which made the relationship between the couple escalate and it’s like watching two people advance from one stage to another without a stepping stone which… can be confusing. I was also quite bothered by the fact that there was way too little Jamie in the story. He seems like such a great character and I wish I knew more about him!

Comir was my absolute favorite character in the book. He appeared a bit over halfway through the book and at first I did not like him the slightest bit, but his callousness and devilishly good looks won me over. ❤ I really REALLY hope we get to see more of him in the next book!

Action packed, romantic, and in a way very rewarding. This book might seem quite chunky at first but you don’t even realize you’re flying through it once you start reading it. I highly recommend this book to all you Fantasy fanatics. It’s everything you could possibly want in a book. Mysterious creatures, God-like humans, intrigue and magic. Oh, do pick this book up already! ❤

Thank you so much to the author herself for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Book Review: The Return of The Young Prince by A.G. Roemmers

Title: The Return of The Young Prince

Author: A.G. Roemmers

Rating: 4/5 roses

Release date: September 1st 2016

Publisher: OneWorld Publications

Goodreads’ Synopsis: 

Even princes from faraway planets do not always remain small. Eventually they grow up and – no longer content with their tiny planet – set off once again to explore the universe anew. So the Little Prince, now a teenager, one day returns to Earth and finds himself on a lonely country road in the vast, desolate plains of Patagonia. There he meets the narrator of this novel, who rescues him and takes him on a journey. Slowly the Prince shares the stories of his adventures, and together they begin to explore some of life’s most important questions, taking readers along with them on a wonderful spiritual journey. An inspiring, life-changing book.


The very first thought I had when I read through the book is that this book is by all means not necessarily a sequel to The Little Prince. It’s simply Roemmers’ story of his life and how he views the world with the prince in it. There are a few references to the first book, however, but that’s it. So keep in mind that this book is not a continuation of The Little Prince as it is a completely different story all by itself.

Sooo with that out of the way, here are my thoughts of this book!

The writing is exquisite! I can go about highlighting the entire book because all the quotes are so memorable! The narrator is very similar to the one of The Little Prince. The only difference is that these two explore an entirely different set of questions.

Both the narrator and the prince explores one problem, and as they work out a solution to this problem, they come across completely different sets of questions that needs answering as well. The way they go about it is absolutely hilarious and witty, yet moving and emotional. It’s a very quick read, about 200+ pages (the book itself is a mini hardcover. Plus it has illustrations [which are GORGEOUS by the way] so it really shouldn’t take you very long to read), yet it’s able to speak to me in SO many different ways.

My only problem with this book is the prince. He has not changed one bit (except for his age). He’s still the ever so curious little prince we all come to know about, and while i’m perfectly fine with that, I find it hard to picture the prince as an actual young adult. The narrator seem to treat him the way you’d treat a four year old. It seems that after all these years, the prince did not go through any character development whatsoever. Yes, I know it’s not exactly a sequel, and even though it does make the story very nostalgic, it would’ve been nice to see a different view of the Prince’s perspective. Instead, the book made the prince look very immature and naive..

But overall I really enjoyed this tribute ‘sequel’ to The Little Prince! The illustrations are beautiful and so are the aspects of the story. This book is like a little guide to life and it’s something you can bring along with you wherever you go. You’ll definitely learn a thing or two from it. I’m sure I did.

Thank you SO much to OneWorld Publications for sending this book over in exchange for an honest review! ❤

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A Guide to Journaling for Beginners

Bonjour everyone! It’s been a while. I apologise for the lack of posts but school’s in the way again 🙄

So anyways I went on Instagram and asked you guys if you wanted to see a blogpost about Journaling and lots of you loved the idea of it so here it is! I’m so sorry it took a while but I had loaaads to say and I’m pretty sure I missed out on lots of other pointers to take note of but I’ve proofread this a million times and well I’m just hoping it’ll be somewhat helpful to some of you.

I’d also like to warn you guys before you start reading this behemoth of a blogpost that I am in no way a professional. This is in fact my very first journal and I thought I’d share with you guys what I do and how I do it in hopes of inspiring some of you to start journaling too.

Also, I’m not too sure what the difference is between a Bullet journal and a general journal but I think BuJos are more similar to planners where you record your weekly routines/schedules to organize your life and whatnot? I’m not sure, I could be waaaay off, but I just wanted to remind you guys that this post is purely based off of my own journal (which is anything but a bullet journal where I  include junk and random artworks), so consider yourself warned!

Anyways, here’s to a professional how to guide on Journaling (….not).


Okay so I never gave this much thought but after realizing that I only have several pages of my journal left to fill I started being really conscious of the types of journals/notebooks I plan to buy in the future. My current journal was a freebie I received from Scribd a loooong time ago and back then I wasn’t into journaling, so I just ended up writing random book reviews and Bookstagram plans on it and I regret doing so because I wasted a good amount of paper writing the most random thoughts when I could’ve used it for new spreads or entries.

Also, I don’t know if i’m the only one who notices but any permanent ink I use (except for ballpoint pens) smudges on the pages way too easily, and I was told that it happens to all journals but moleskines tend to smudge less. I personally don’t mind the smudging because it makes my journal look messier in a sense that it adds character…somehow…? But yeah there’s a tip before you decide on a specific journal!

Moving on, I would prefer lined notebooks to blank ones because my writing is very inconsistent and messy so the lines are a HUGE help. Plus it helps when you draw on them as well, but I know some people who’d prefer drawing/writing on blank pages because the lines can get in the way of their artwork so that’s your choice really. Personally, it’s lined paper for me!

The sizing of a journal doesn’t really matter but I don’t particularly like the tall thin ones that are meant for travel journaling. I like one that’s big enough for me to draw and write on but not too big that it feels like a freaking textbook. I always bring my journal around and it’s the perfect size (14 x 21.5 [yep I measured it just then] ) and it has enough pages to last for a good couple of months.


I don’t use very many stationery BUT I’d recommend stocking on black inked gel pens. You’re going to want to write and draw a lot and these run out really quickly! I use Snowman drawing pens to whenever I want to outline and I discovered that I own Koi coloring brush pens so I use those whenever I color in a drawing (they don’t smudge easily too!). If you’re not a professional artist like me then you’d want to keep a few pencils and erasers too. I’d also recommend keeping a few binder clips just to hold your pages down so you can write on it easier. Plus it helps when you’re taking pictures of it! The pages aren’t going to fly around 😛

Glue and tape are MUST HAVES. Your journal is not a diary, so why not add some personality to it? Decorative washi tapes make your pages look so much cuter fuller. I don’t own very many washi tapes but the ones I have I try to limit myself from using them because I’m afraid they’ll run out lol. You’d want to glue on lots of things like flower petals, scraps of paper, book pages, and even magazine cliparts. Trust me, these two are vital when it comes to journaling.


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p.s. I know i misspelled ‘unexpected’ let’s just not talk about it okay :’) 


It’s your journal. So include everything and anything that defines you as a person. It could be the things you like or dislike, what you wish to keep forever and what you feel like including.Just a tip: You should always make sure to grab anything that holds a certain memory to put in your journal. It could be a plane ticket, a candy wrapper, a bookmark, gift cards, name cards, stickers, postcards, brochures, a n y t h i n g. Get creative with them!

But don’t just draw/write about what you think people will enjoy. this journal is yours to do whatever you want to do with it. You have to enjoy what you’re doing in order to start getting into it. Have a recent obsession for a band? Write about it! I scribble music lyrics in my journal all the time because they’re always stuck in my head. I also like to add drawings  along with the lyrics because my pages always look too dull when all i have are words. Add a splash of color if you wish. Have a variety of different colored markers you can experiment with. Personally i don’t use that very many colors on my journal because a) i own only a handful of markers with similar shades of colors i.e black, grey, blue, red so it’s very limiting, and b) black color just has this minimalist look to it. 




Buuut, some days where i feel a bit more creative and/or i have some extra free time on my hands i color and doodle a LOT and it’s honestly the best thing ever to finish an illustration complete with colors and shading. But unfortunately i don’t have time to do any of that anymore and all i ever get to do nowadays is sketch and write (which is still really relaxing and satisfying, but not as fulfilling.) 




Oh and flowers. Flowers are SO important (to me, that is) because not only am I a flower fanatic, I think they’re the best examples of ‘little details’ you add in your journal to sort of ‘fill in any blanks’. If you have an empty spot on your page, draw a little seedling/cacti! it looks really cute and adds a bit of a girly touch. you can always use real flowers to decorate your pages too, but (i don’t know if i’m the only one) all the wildflowers i gather always have these little insects hiding under the petals??




I always see the prettiest pages with flower borders all around and i’m just wondering ‘how did they get away without having to deal with all the worms and bees??’ I’m just exaggerating guys, calm down 😆 the insects are completely harmless, and you might not even see them. they’re tiiiiny. I just want to warn you beforehand before you go hunting for wildflowers for the sake of a pretty journal page, because these are in fACT living plants, and you don’t know what lies deep inside them… 

Okay okay, i’ll stop scaring y’all haha! You can always us fake flowers or dried up petals. i’m pretty sure they’re available for purchase in your nearest craft store (Target/Big W if you’re living in Aussie), and they’re great for journaling too.


I love it when the colors in a page match. It satisfies the OCD in me and it looks really good too! It’s not normally my intention to have a specific color coordination on my journal pages, but when it happens it’s just really pleasing to look at XD




I mentioned something about smudging papers with ink earlier and this is the perfect representation of what I meant by not being afraid to be messy. Messes are crazy, charismatic and beautiful. They’re art, basically. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a completely organized journal my whole life. Journals aren’t projects or schoolworks. You shouldn’t put in all your effort onto a journal page just to make it look amazing. Which comes to my next topic…


Do not ever compare your journal to someone else’s. I’ve been there, I see the most gorgeous journal entries and artworks all around tumblr and i automatically feel really insecure about my own journal, but i’ve grown out of that and i’ve learned to love what i produce and how i produce it.

A journal is not meant for display, it’s meant for your to look back to and share. To me, a journal is a tangible memory. I always share my journal entries on Bookstagram because i know a bunch of people in the Bookstagram community are journalers themselves, so I feel comfortable sharing my own work along with theirs. Whenever i find a post on journaling, I always take note of it because it inspires me to write and draw and it encourages me to keep doing what i love to do. So i strive to do the same. Journaling isn’t a competition. It’s a hobby. Some people may hate it, but some live for it. I used to despise writing and drawing, but look at me now! I might not be the best at doing either one of them, but i still do it anyway because i enjoy doing so.

I have to admit, journaling does take a lot of time, especially if you have other work and assignments to do, time sorta just flies whenever you do something you enjoy in your free time. It takes a long time for me to find the right stationery, props and items i want to use in my journal, so always. be. prepared. it’s honestly really frustrating if i don’t get an entry done. I like to write about my day and anything that’s interesting, and when i don’t get to do that it feels like there’s this itch in your back that you just can’t reach. I just can’t go a day without journaling, y’know? Its become apart of me somehow. Like a daily routine i have to go through. So, like any other hobby, journaling is very time consuming. It takes dedication, but you know what? It’s worth it.


  •  Bring your journal and journaling essentials everywhere. You never know when you’re going to have some free time to add in a couple of journal entries!
  • If you don’t feel like journaling, DON’T DO IT. There’s this thing called the Journal slump, and it works the same way as a book slump. Forcing yourself to work on your journal isn’t going to do any good. Go watch some TV or hangout with friends, when you feel like writing again your journal will be waiting for you.
  • I know this is really cliche to say, but just have fun! Pop on your earphones and listen to some music or make yourself a nice warm cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate as you write. Journaling can be really therapeutic. I had a comment on one of my pictures the other day (@books_never_cheat on Instagram!) and she said how writing about your day instead of mourning and ranting all about it helps relax your mind – and I couldn’t agree more!

Aaand that’s all, folks! I’m really for the looong post. I hope I didn’t miss out on anything! But most importantly I hope this could be your first stepping stone to starting out on your own journaling adventures! If you have a journal or are planning to start one, let me know! I’d love to have a look ❤

Also, if you want me to include any other crucial advice on journaling, do let me know!


Bookish Journal Updates #3: Diary Entries ♡

Hey there everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded a new blogpost but things have been really hectic lately and I haven’t been in the mood to read much :/ But I’m here today to talk about a new journal theme I’m implementing in my reading journal.

So lately I’ve been writing a lot in my journal. I write about the songs I’m currently obsessed with, how school went for me that day, a book I’m currently reading. Whatever it was that I did that day, I record it. And it’s been reaaaally therapeutic for me

I posted a few pictures on my instagram where I included some of my recent entries:

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This was my very first diary entry and it was during the release day of The Cursed Child :’) It was such an amazing day. I can always go back to it and read about the excitement all over again ❤


I sorta had a rough day when I did this entry so I guess you could say the drawings depict my emotions :’) Buuut I also talked about an anime film I had just finished watching and how aWESOME it was. You know what they say, with every rain comes a rainbow 🙂

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Here’s my latest entry! I talked about writing a story and visiting some of my favorite thrift stores. I always doodle to highlight the topic of my entry, it’s always more expressive that way.

I’m sorry for the inevitably short blogpost. I shared this idea on Instagram and thought I’d  write a more detailed post on it. I hope this inspires you write your own entries! Documenting moments of your life is the best way to store a memory. You can look back to it whenever you want and it’s honestly the best thing ever ❤

Have a great day everyone!

Book Review: Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham


Title: Maggie’s Kitchen

Author: Caroline Beecham

Rating: 5/5 casseroles

Release date: 27th July 2016

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Goodreads’ Synopsis:

When the British Ministry of Food urgently calls for the opening of restaurants to feed tired and hungry Londoners during WWII, Maggie Johnson seems close to realising a long-held dream.

Navigating a constant tangle of government red-tape, Maggie’s Kitchen finally opens its doors to the public and Maggie finds that she has a most unexpected problem. Her restaurant has become so popular that she simply can’t find enough food to keep up with the demand for meals.

With the help of twelve-year-old Robbie, a street urchin, and Janek, a Polish refugee dreaming of returning to his native land, she evades threats of closure from the Ministry. But breaking the rules is not the only thing she has to worry about. . . as Maggie fights to keep her beloved Kitchen open, she discovers that some secrets have the power to change everything.


This book was such a delight! Not too heavy on the Historical Fiction and there’s a hint of Romance/Chick lit in it too. The plot line might not be very appealing at first glance but I promise you it’s amazing. It’s not completely flawless by any means, but it’s a very easy and light read that’ll have you flip those pages like crazy.

One thing I particularly liked about this book is Maggie’s passion for cooking and opening her own restaurant. It reminded me so much of Tiana (from Princess and The Frog, a movie I completely adore) and her determination to open up her own restaurant and cook for people and make her family proud. Maggie was a lot like her in many ways – fierce, loyal, and kindhearted. The ideal protagonist, if I do say so myself.

Then we have the articulate writing that weaves the story together so brilliantly. The author basically had me salivating over the delicacies that were presented in the book. Couldn’t help but sneak myself a slice of custard pie and a warm cup of tea that goes perfectly with this novel.

I also wanted to point out the unlikely friendship that was formed between Maggie and Robbie. To think of it, she was more of a mother to him; cooking his favorite meals, allowing him to stay over for the night and rest. It was interesting that their bond was much stronger than anyone else’s, and you understand why as you go through the book. Lots of friendship blossom as the book progresses. A bit of drama involved, but that’s as far as the characters go to being ‘irrational’.

It’s amazing how the author is able to centre the story around the world war and the unlikely events that are occurring during that time. It brings about a new perspective to fans of Historical Fiction like myself. There’s just so much more to the World War than air raids and tragedies. Maggie’s Kitchen emphasizes on the fact that sacrifices are important, and that there is always hope even when society is collapsing.

I would love to read more of Beecham’s works. Is it too much to ask for a sequel (if there isn’t one already)? I’d love to know what happened. Plus, the book includes recipes for all he meals mentioned in the story. How neat is that?!

Such an amazing book. I highly recommend it to you kitchen-crazed bookworms, or just anyone in general.

Thank you Allen & Unwin for sending a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Book Review: Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland

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Title: Every Frenchman Has One

Author: Olivia de Havilland

Rating: 3/5 cups of coffee

Release date: Reprinted (hardcover) edition: June 28th 2016

Publisher: Crown Archetype (Penguin Random House)

Goodreads’ synopsis:

In 1953, Olivia de Havilland—already an Academy Award-winning actress for her roles in To Each His Own and The Heiress—became the heroine of her own real-life love affair. She married a Frenchman, moved to Paris, and planted her standard on the Left Bank of the River Seine. It has been fluttering on both Left and Right Banks with considerable joy and gaiety from that moment on.
Still, her transition from Hollywood celebrity to parisienne was anything but easy. And in Every Frenchman Has One, her skirmishes with French customs, French maids, French salesladies, French holidays, French law, French doctors, and above all, the French language, are here set forth in a delightful and amusing memoir of her early years in the “City of Light.”

Paraphrasing Caesar, Ms. de Havilland says, “I came. I saw. I conquered.”


I’m not very familiar with the actress/hollywood starlet myself except for the fact that she was in Gone With The Wind (which my mother absolutely loved) but the fact that she became a Parisian intrigued me. I love her little misadventures in Paris! Not to mention the witty chapter titles this woman come up with. Genius!

The author was brutally honest through it all which made it fun and hilarious! I love a good book that has a narrator that’s writes with no filter. Honesty is the best policy, people! Sadly it was way too short, and I felt like there was more to say than just the crazy mayhem the actress had to undergo during her time as a Parisian. Still, this book was an absolute delight! I wish to get to know more about Olivia, she seems like such an enchanting person (yes her writing gave me that much of an effect) and I hope to read more of her works in the future!

A huge thank you to Crown Archetype for sending this my way!

Book Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy [HOLY SMOKEBALLS!<3]

Title: The Deal

Author: Elle Kennedy

Rating: 5/5 hockey sticks

Goodreads’ Synopsis:

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.


Holy playboy. This book was insanely good. I was recommended this book by a lovely friend over on Bookstagram and I cannot thank her enough! Much hugs to you Clara :*

You know how cliche and overly dramatic a New Adult book can get? Especially when the characters are highly irrational and, oh, I don’t know, just plain stupid? THIS BOOK has none of that jazz. The plot may not be very enticing, but the way the story was told was fresh. The chemistry wasn’t ‘love at first sight’ either, there was actually a build up on the romance. Gasp! it’s like finding a wild shiny Pokemon! Yes, and the love element actually develops throughout the novel and blossoms into something real and compassionate. *sigh* you’ll fall deep for these characters, I promise.

The characters are probably the highlight of this book. They were lighthearted and hilarious! I can’t help but giggle at their horrible puns. All of them are just so lovable. Garret is not your average overly possessive bastard of a ‘bad boy’. He’s sweet, witty, and a hunk of a hockey star. Hannah is sarcastic, bold and sassy. I love the heated arguments between these two. The sex appeal behind their debates sizzles like wildfire 😈 Same goes for the minor ones – Garret’s hockey team and Hannah’s roommate, Allie. They weren’t the least bit annoying. If anything, they enhanced the story and made it even more engaging.

So, in conclusion?

  • Close to nil drama
  • A sexy and steamy read
  • Characters who throws around dirty jokes like hot lumps of coal
  • Will keep you up until 3:30 in the morning
  • Completely and inevitably raw
  • Unforgettable

Is that convincing enough? READ.THIS.BOOK.

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I was pretty much ecstatic the moment my mom announced that she was to book a ticket to Japan *cue confetti* but sadly, I wasn’t to join her *cue downfall music* BUT I did ask for a few things! I wasn’t sure if there were any bookshops in Japan, so no, I did not ask for books this time (sHOCKER!) but based on the title, you might have a clue on what was inside the huge bag my mum sauntered in my room with instead 😉

If you’re not familiar with Studio Ghibli, who are you and where have you been? Living under a rock??? :O I have a post here where I basically talked about the films produced under the film production and the movies I recommend watching. I’d suggest you skim read the post before going on with this one 🙂


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Look at all that Anime glory!


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Eep! How cute do these little finger puppets look? These are the characters from the iconic film Totoro ❤

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Kiki from the film Kiki’s Delivery Service is by far my favorite character, so I was super hyped when I was presented with these precious ❤

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An Ornithopter finger puppet and (I may be wrong) a Totoro/sprite themed hair tie.

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This badge has a little lever at the bottom and when you pull it, Cat Bus’ legs will move about like a rattle 😀

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Totoro-themed ballpoint pen and a Totoro (with mushroom hat) ear pick 😛

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Aaand that’s a wrap! I’m so grateful to receive these goodies. I’ve been a massive Ghibli fan for a while and having to own these wonderful merchandises just goes to show how great of a film production Studio Ghibli is. I’d love to go visit Japan someday, and maybe then will I be able to learn more about their traditions and cultures.


Bookish Journal Updates #2: ANGSTY MUCH?

Heeey everyone! It’s time for yet another journal update! I’ve been watching lots of films lately so that means more doodles 😀 Keep in mind that I am by no means a professional artist (you’ll see what I mean), I’m doing this merely for the fun of it all and to share them with you all. I also intend to fill these pages with memories of my favorite films and books so that one day I can look back to it. 🙂


Yes yes I’m aware that I spelled ‘unexpected’ wrongly /sobs but the owl turned out cute though? 😆 I taped a piece of scrap paper to make the page look like there’s a little pocket sticking out of it where I can fill all my letters in! This way I can just slip out each card and re-read them anytime I want. Also I’m pretty much obsessed with this washi tape! It came with another roll but I’ve not used it yet.

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So there’s this film I found by accident called ‘Hotarubi no Mori e’ and man did that film left a dent in me. It was barely 50 minutes long guys, but it was breathtaking. I tried really hard to draw the characters but alas…

I am quite happy with how it turned out though!

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A page of lyrics! I was OBSESSED with the Disney Soundtrack for Princess and The Frog, Dig a Little Deeper being one of my absolute favorite. Every time the music come on I think of the scene in the movie where they actually sang it. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful as well. I’m telling you, it’s pure magic!

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Another movie I’m totally obsessed with! I watched Wolf Children a few months back and I only just had the time to get around to making a dedication page for it. This time I colored in the drawings by shading them. I also thought the text under the wolf with pencil outlines made it look ‘scratchy’, so I left it that way. It’s safe to say that the film has become possibly my favorite movie ever! Tears, laughter, smiles.. you name it, this film is sure to bring it out of you.

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So I joined a Poetry/Creative Writing Club in my school and I love it! I use to love creative writing when I was younger but because of school and the amount of workload I get I stopped making up stories and writing them out, so I decided to be a part of this little community where I can motivate myself to get back into writing. Knowing this, the teacher actually recommended the Creative writing students to try Poetry. And if you were wondering, no I’ve never actually read a proper poem before, neither have I ever written one. BUT I tried anyway and this is what I got. I’m not sure what to feel about it but my main idea is to reflect the poem with the attitudes of society today. It started out on a piece of used paper and it is now presented in my journal as my first ever written poem. The drawing of the girl isn’t part of the poem but I thought it had a nice touch to it.

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I have @Cherry to thank for this page

I hope this somewhat inspires you to maybe start your own journal where you can fill in all your amazing doodles? 😀 Do you keep your own journal? If so what do you write in it?

Roald Dahl: A Hero

I did The Coffee Book Tag a few days ago and there was an answer to one of the questions that lingered in my mind. The question asked: ‘What is your favorite children’s book?and of course, without hesitation, I answered Roald Dahl’s books, (you don’t expect me to pick just one, do you?!) but while I was writing the reason to my answer, I thought, huh… I’ve always been an avid fan of this author, so why haven’t I ever talked about him or his books?

Hence the birth of this blogpost 😛 Before I go any further, here are a few things you need to know about Dahl:

  • Roald Dahl was born on 13th September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales.
  • Dahl’s famous for his books: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, James and The Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more!
  • He wrote all of his children’s stories in a small hut at the bottom of his garden.
  • Fantastic Mr Fox was partly inspired by a tree that grew outside Roald Dahl’s home in the village of Great Missenden.
  • He always wrote in pencil on yellow paper. (How quirky is that?!)
  • It has been said that Roald Dahl created more than 250 new words. Many of them appeared in The BFG.
  • Roald Dahl co-wrote the script for classic children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  • According to his teachers, Roald Dahl wasn’t a very good writer.
  • Roald dahl loves chocolate.
  • He died on 23 November 1990 at the age of 74.





Okay now let’s talk books! The first book I read by Roald Dahl was Matilda, a story about a gifted little girl who is surrounded by some of the nastiest people on earth. She then discovers she has magical powers  If I remember correctly, it was compulsory for primary school students to pick up this book during their second (or was it third?) year. Honestly I couldn’t get to it the first time, but seeing that I wasn’t the only troubled reader, my teachers made us watch the film instead before going back to the back. I loooooved the film, so I jumped straight to the book to recapture those scenes in my head as I read. This book is perfect for readers like us. Matilda is a bright bookworm who’s innovative and inspiring in many different ways.

The BFG 


I’m pretty sure y’all have heard about this book, because it’s being turned into a movie!!! Aaahhhh I CANNOT wait to see my childhood imaginations come to life. The trailer looks stunning and the animation is simply exquisite! Basically, this book talks about the adventures of a girl and a giant. Not a bone-crunching nasty giant, but a Big Friendly Giant. I remember picking this one up and being quite hesitant about it. An ugly giant befriending a little English girl? How peculiar! But I picked it up anyways and LOVED IT. Goodness, I can gush about it all night. It’s a truly magical read, and one of Roald Dahl’s personal best in my opinion. Dahl’s personality is all over this one – wacky words, nasty villains, dreams encased in little glass jars ~

The Witches


Ahhh I remember curling up on my sofa with red flecks all over my body and a dangerously high body temperature. Yep, I was sick in bed with the measles when I picked this up. And boy did it roil my guts! Yuck! The Witches follows a little boy and his grandmother as they live in a world where Witches roam freely – but these witches aren’t your average wort-faced hags, they’re actually quite normal. Beautiful, dare I say…. On the outside, that is. I was about 11 when I read this book and it was considerably quite creepy… there are illustrations in these books, you see. The pictures you’ll be witnessing won’t be very pretty. BUT there was a lot of tension! And mishaps and mayhems! And mice! Who doesn’t love clever ole’ mice?

Fantastic Mr. Fox


I picked this up on a whim and flew through it in a few hours. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I loved every single moment of Mr. Fox’s devious plans and tricks. Oh, and they actually have stop-motion film of this book directed by the famous Wes Anderson. I still have yet to give it a try, but I will soon! This book follows Mr. Fox and his family as they find a way out of the disaster that is the three farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean. These three have been tracking down the little pest that’s been sneaking their chickens out of their coop, and will not stop until they have Mr. Fox’s fur up on their wall. A witty, one of a kind story. I highly recommend!

James and The Giant Peach


Another one of Dahl’s that was compulsory for my English class. Same story with Matilda – a bit hard for me to get into but the film got me HOOKED! Honestly everything about this book was just… weird. But I liked it. A lot. I’m not sure why? I’ve lost count on how many times I re-read and re-watched the book and film. Nostalgia hits me every time!

So this is my short list of (Dahl) favorites. His books always manage to make me smile and laugh. They never fail to reminisce my childhood days where I’d imagine I was perched on top of the world’s giant peach, or when I have super magic powers to levitate and move things without touching them. Dahl’s books were always there for me when I needed a friend. I’ll always treasure his stories. I had a collection of his books when I was younger but I’ve given them to my 9 year old cousin who’s just getting into reading and claims to be a HUGE fan of his books. Spreading the word about his tales never fail to make me happy. In short, Dahl’s my hero.

Soooo these are some of my faves that I thought I’d share with y’all. Were you an avid fan of Dahl’s growing up? If so, what was your favorite book by him? 🙂