August 2017 wrapup

Okay. So I’ve realised that the majority of my wrapups begin with: “this was a different/strange/weird month for me.” And all the months are, because this life is different and strange and weird! So if I had a great reading month it would be a weird month, essentially.

So this month I had an… umm… a great month in all senses but reading, ehe.

I read nine books this month.

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A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of Four (Arthur Conan Doyle) – 4 // 5

Hiroshima (John Hersey) – 5 // 5

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) – 4 // 5

Slice (Steven Herrick) – 1 // 5

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) – 4 // 5

These Broken Stars (Amie Kaufman) – 5 // 5

Spindle (E.K. Johnston) – 2 // 5

The Diabolic (S.J. Kincaid) – 3 // 5

Allegedly (Tiffany D. Jackson) – 5 // 5

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about the books

I’m reading through my big heavy book of Sherlock Holmes stories! I also read a few books from the library, which I definitely have mixed feelings about. One of them was absolutely fabulous (These Broken Stars), and the others were a bit mehhh.

I also realised how much I love Amie Kaufman. I’ve read three books of hers now, and I think … I think I’m in love with her writing and sassy characters … I just can’t get enough!

social media

I joined twitter! Check me out here!

Also I really need to take bookstagram pictures ehe ehe ahhh.

in other news

This month was very busy and lowkey weird. I saw six one act plays, competed in four eisteddfods, and was sick for a week over my birthday.

The fact that I was sick for a week took a chunk out of my reading schedule. It was over my birthday too, and not being able to leave the house on your sixteenth birthday lowkey sucks. But it was okay in the end, because I was so surprised by my lovely friends who gave me food and best wishes and much much love! So in the end I felt very blessed.

I also finished up my university unit! So I’m just focusing on year 11 now, which is both great and a pain. Next year I’ll start a tafe course on the side, though, which should be good.

highlights

There were lots of happy things this month! (being sick on my birthday isn’t one of them though ehe)

  • feeling so blessed by friends!! Like what?? They like me?? And buy me food?? What??
  • An adventure to the shops with a dear fren xx
  • my birthday aha (because BOOKS)
  • A friend’s birthday! Which was so much fun and created many memories which I will treasure.
  • Seeing many plays and performing a little and getting immersed in theatre again!
  • Going to the op-shop and actually finding nice clothes?? That I will wear?? I love
  • Just feeling generally looked after and loved by friends xx

img_0581Soooo that was my month! A bit different, and bit strange, just like all of my months.

What was your month like?

Keep smiling!

Emmi 🙂

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July 2017 wrapup

It’s been a very strange month for me, to say the least. However, I somehow made time for some reading!

I read 13 books this month.

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Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver) – 3 // 5

Quidditch Through the Ages (JK Rowling) – 4 // 5

Illuminae (Amie Kaufman)  – 5 // 5 Review here!

Gemina (Amie Kaufman) – 5 // 5 Review here!

Shackled (Tom Leveen) – 2 // 5

The Fault in our Stars (John Green) – 4 // 5

We are All Made of Molecules (Susin Nielsen) – 3 // 5

We all Looked Up (Tommy Wallach) – 4 // 5

Fly Away Peter (David Malouf) – 3 // 5

The War of the Worlds (HG Wells) – 4 // 5

Smith of Wootton Major (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

Hard Times (Charles Dickens) – 4 // 5

Farmer Giles of Ham (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

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about the books

I read a mixture of classics, Tolkien, and YA this month! Overall I was quite happy with the books I read.

My favourite books were undoubtedly the Tolkien ones, as well as the Illuminae series, which I am a little in love with!! I also greatly enjoyed Hard Times by Dickens. There were a few disappointments amongst the YA that I read, including Shackled, which sounds a lot worse than it is.

For the first time all year I didn’t reread anything, which was wonderful! It was so great to read so many new books. That said, this upcoming month I’m planning on doing a little more rereading, so stay tuned 🙂

on the blog

I actually blogged a lot this month! The reason for this was that my Main Goal™ of this term was to actually have some sort of blogging schedule 🙂


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instagram

I RETURNED AND I ACTUALLY TOOK PICTURES WOW WHAT IS THIS

Who knows how long I’ll stick around for! I just need picture inspiration, because my brain is dry with creativity.


in other news

I’ve been writing again!! Yes, it is a fanfiction, but I’m so excited for it!! I’ve loved every second of writing this story, something that hasn’t happened before. It’s a story where I get to write about badass girls and death and memories and use all the ‘John Green style’ that I can muster. I’m having so so much fun writing it!

My mother was away overseas for 3+ weeks this month, which was really hard. It’s mainly because of this that I’m surprised I managed to read 13 books, because when I wasn’t doing schoolwork I was trying to keep the house/doggos under control.


highlights

I really struggled to find highlights this month. Not because there weren’t any, but rather because I honestly have no idea what happened. July was a blur that I can barely recall.

a list of happy things:

  • theological debates, seeing old frens, and making new ones at a dear human’s party xx
  • camping with good friends on a wonderful, freezing weekend – cooking, putting up tents, going on walks, and getting to know them infinitely better!
  • playing mafia around a campfire with the gang.
  • getting to put into practice the things I learned at a youth camp last month 🙂
  • actually surviving while my mother was away (very unexpected) and….
  • having her come back xx

img_0581All in all, I had a blurry, interesting, different month. It saddens me that I barely remember anything from it – I clearly need to do more journalling!

What about you? How was your month?

Keep smiling,

Emmi 🙂

June 2017 Wrapup

This has been an insanely busy month, but I somehow found time for a Harry Potter reread, as well as a little library visit!

I read 10 books this month!

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Some Boys (Patty Blount) – 3 // 5

reread: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5 review here!

reread: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5 review here!

reread: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5 review here!

reread: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

reread: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

reread: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

reread: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

Infinite Sky (C.J. Flood) – 3 // 5

Mary Poppins Comes Back (P.L. Travers) – 3 // 5

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about the books …

I reread the Harry Potter series, which was definitely a highlight of this month! My love for it only grew and it’s amazing how much you pick up the fourth time round. Such as that Hagrid knits?? Why did I not know this?? It’s the best!

I also read two other YA books which were oookkkaaayyy … both were a little morally problematic in some areas, and were a little frustrating, but I enjoyed the experience of reading both.


in other news …

It is now the second week of my holidays, which are flying by. I am incredibly tired and am staying up too late. I am hoping for this next term not to be a train wreck, though to be quite honest, my hopes are not very high.

This last term was a busy one, filled with good things and bad things. The next term is looking up to be the same. I’ll see how it goes, taking it one day at a time!

Also – I LEFT INSTAGRAM. I’ll probably come back one day soonish, but it won’t be anytime soon, sadly. Too much is going on and I just can’t cope with it and bookstagram.


June highlights

I love finding highlights, because I thought that I didn’t do that much this month – but I actually really did!

  • my sister’s birthday – cake, smiles, and giggles
  • my friend’s birthday – cake, movies, love and laughter xx
  • spending a week away at a camp and growing in my love for Christ and my friends!
  • my teacher getting engaged – eeeeeep I ship it
  • buying books at bookfest and completing the HP collection yessssss
  • having a bonfire with friends and laughing until I cried (multiple times 🙂 )

img_0581So here’s me casually hoping that next term won’t be awful, that I’ll continue to learn to trust in God during the good times and the bad times, and that my family and I won’t starve and die when my mother leaves us for 3+ weeks this month!

Here’s to July!

Keep smiling,

Emmeline 🙂

may 2017 wrapup

*peeks out nervously* Anyone home?

I know I’ve been away for a month before, but I’ll be honest, this was a crazy month. Stuff happened and things went down and I was busy not reading books as hard as I could.

the stuff that happened.

A family friend passed away. To be honest, I wasn’t completely sure how to handle it – it was expected and I’d known about it for months, but somehow, that didn’t help. Being the unemotional bean that I am I still haven’t fully processed it. Now it’s really about keeping going – about loving the people who are left behind.

Because of the above mentioned stuff that happened, I didn’t read a lot. On top of it all, I had about a million assignments due (and still do) and was trying to get through them as much as possible (and still am).

I’m not just saying all of this to excuse myself, by the way. I’m happy with what I’ve read!! I love the books I’ve read this month (mostly ehe) and they are handpicked and were all worth reading. I just want to record what did happen, so in years to come I can look back and go “oh, May 2017. That month. Urgh.”

Without further ado: I read 4 books this month.

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Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) – 4 // 5

reread: Mao’s Last Dancer (Li Cunxin) – 4 // 5 (review here!)

Salt to the Sea (Rupa Sepetys) – 5 // 5

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Douglas Adams) – 3 // 5

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about the books…

On the whole, reading less books than usual meant that I was able to think about them more. I wish I had liked Wuthering Heights more … but I didn’t. I reread a book that I loved the first time round, and also enjoyed the second time round. I discovered two new books, one of which goes onto my favourite books of 2017.

I’m not sad that I didn’t get to read as much as usual. I am happy that I got to read what I did.

(also Salt to the Sea IS SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD, highly highly highly recommend!!!!)


Instagram

A little quiet from me. I kind of lowkey disappeared towards the end of the month (just like on here ehe whoopsies), and haven’t geared myself up for returning yet. I’d like to. I want to.

Just not yet.

But I took some pretty nice pictures that I’m pretty happy with, so there’s that!


May Highlights

At first I was kind of looking frantically for some highlights, because this month has been a bit of a dodgy one. But it turns out that even in the darkest of times, light can still be found.

  • Getting to see two musicals in one day! (it was a pretty good day 🙂 )
  • Getting sent a delicious hot chocolate by my university, and enjoying it with three marshmallows in my favourite mug. Mmmmhmmmm.
  • Watching The Sound of Music at midnight with a wonderful Best Friend xx
  • Games nights with friends!!
  • Also just downright wonderful support from friends and feeling generally blessed in that way.

img_0581Here’s me kind of hoping that June will be a better month than May was, and crossing my fingers that I passed all my assignments!! Also that my brain will hurry up and catch up with all the situations that are currently happening, because it’s all still very very blurry.

Anyway, how was your May?? What did you read??

Keep smiling,

Emmeline 🙂

April 2017 WRAPUP

I’m back with my wrapup, on time for once! This was an interesting month of reading for me – I read nothing for two weeks and then binge read for the last couple of days.

I read 11 books this month.

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The Summer we Saved the Bees (Robin Stevenson) – 3 // 5 review here!

Half a Lifetime (Judith Wright) – no rating review here!

The Water Babies (Charles Kingsley) – 4 // 5 review here!

Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell) – 4 // 5 review here!

reread The Endless Steppe (Esther Hautzig) – 4 // 5

reread The Story of my Life (Helen Keller) – no rating

Roseblood (A.G. Howard) – no rating (DNF’ed at 60%, but it was a long book so I’m still counting it.)

Life in Outer Space (Melissa Keil) – 3 // 5

reread Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas) – 3 // 5

The Pause (John Larkin) – 4 // 5

The Anatomy of a Misfit (Andrea Portes) – 3 // 5

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about the books…

Only three rereads this month, which is a lot less than usual! I tried to branch out and read five books borrowed from the library. Most of them were a success, except for Roseblood, which I took too long to read and in the end decided that I couldn’t get through.

My favourite book of the month may have to be Mary Barton, by Elizabeth Gaskell. Stunningly written, it portrays life as it was in Victorian England. *slams recommend button*


in other news…

School has well and truly started back, so we’ll see how much I can appear on this blog. Uni is coming into the assignment season, so that’ll be a contributing factor too.

The holidays were wonderful, and far too short! Only eight weeks to go till the next ones *waits impatiently*

That’s really all I have to say. Not a huge amount has been happening. I live a fairly quiet existence.


April highlights

  • sleepovers with dear friends xx
  • HOLIDAYS!!!
  • starting piano teaching again
  • my binge reading session of last weekend 🙂
  • seeing movies with friends and feeling generally blessed!

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Keep smiling, and here’s to May!

Emmeline 🙂

March 2017 WRAPUP

What a busy month I’ve had! Full of school assignments, dramas and general busyness. That said, I did get little inbetween moments to read some delightful books!

I read 16 books this month.

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The Gipsy Queen (Emma Leslie) – 4 // 5

Reread: Walk in My Shoes (Alwyn Evans) – 4 // 5

The Enchanted Castle (E. Nesbit) – 3 // 5

The Time Machine (H. G. Wells) – 3 // 5

The Elite (Kiera Cass) – 2 // 5

The Selection (Kiera Cass) – 3 // 5

The One (Kiera Cass) – 2 // 5

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Nothing in my Hand I Bring (Ray Galea) – 5 // 5

Reread: What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Reread: What Katy Did at School (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Reread: What Katy Did Next (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Reread: Mary Poppins (P. L. Travers) – 4 // 5

Reread: Clover (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Beastkeeper (Cat Hellisen) – 4 // 5

In the High Valley (Susan Coolidge) – 4 // 5

Kindred Spirits (Rainbow Rowell) – 3 // 5


about the books…

Sometimes it annoys me how many books I reread each month – but at the same time, I do love revisiting old friends that I’ve known for years and years! The What Katy Did series is like that for me. I’ve reread it countless times and haven’t had enough yet.

I finally got around to the Selection series – and let’s just say that I’ll be stopping after the third book. It wasn’t really my kind of series. I disliked the writing style, and honestly, when that happens I automatically greatly dislike the book. Unfortunately this happened with The Selection series. That said, I understand if you like it! It certainly has its good points, and there’s no doubt that it’s a page turner 😉


in other news…

I’ve been rolling along semi-steadily this month. A lot of personal stuff has happened but I’m trying not to let it get to me??? At least not if it doesn’t have to. Sometimes I worry about the fact that I don’t stress over dramas a lot, but at the same time I’m just too lazy to stress. It’s just too much work.

Uni is happening. That’s all I have to say on that. Also, IT’S FINALLY THE HOLIDAYS. That means no more school/math!!! *throws confetti in celebration*

I’m currently trying to put all of the books we own into a database. I’m just using googledocs, because I’m too poor to buy an actual program. It’s working well so far. I’ve been told that we (as a family) should open a library! A far off dream – (but I’m starting by making a database, sssshhh).

I started up my bookstagram account again! I went on an unannounced hiatus because of busy school and no motivation to take photos. But I’m back!!!


march highlights ….

  • Starting to read again!
  • It’s the holidays, aayyyyyy
  • long chats with best friends and remembering how blessed I am to have them xx
  • scavenger hunts in shopping centres with fellow buddies 🙂
  • taking photos for bookstagram again!!
  • not dying/getting flooded from cyclones and intense rain

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keep smiling,

— em 🙂

February 2017 WRAPUP

I’m late – dear me I’m late – but I’m finally getting round to my wrapup for last month!

I read 8 books this month.

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Reread: Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll) –  4 // 5

Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) –  4 // 5

Reread: The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater) –  4 // 5

As We Sweep Through the Deep (Gordon Staples) –  3 // 5

Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley) –  4 // 5

No Matter When (Karen Kingsbury) –  1 // 5

1984 (George Orwell) –  4 // 5

Reread: They Came on Viking Ships (Jackie French) –  3 // 5

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I am actually happy with my reading this month. I’ve been ridiculously busy and had barely any time to read, so I’m happy with the books I did finish.

What did you read in February?

love,

Emmeline 🙂

January 2017 WRAPUP

I read twelve books this month.

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Once (by six awesome authors) – 5 // 5

The Star-Touched Queen (Roshani Chokshi) – 2 // 5

A Court of Thorns and Roses ( Sarah J Maas) – 4 // 5

Reread: To Love a Sunburnt Country (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

Reread: The Ghost by the Billabong (Jackie French) – 3 // 5

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

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Reread: The Adventures of Milly Molly Mandy (Joyce Lankaster Brisley) – 5 // 5

Reread: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

Reread: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

Reread: We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea! (Arthur Ransome) – 4 // 5

Whisper To Me (Nick Lake) – 3 // 5

The Loaded Dog (Henry Lawson) – 3 // 5

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I really feel like I have a reading slump coming on. You know that feeling? I actually felt like that at the beginning of the month, but I stubbornly pushed through. I think it’s because I read so much in December. Now I feel like I’m tired of reading before I’ve even started.

img_0581Does anyone have any good tips to survive a reading slump?

Keep smiling,

–Emmeline 🙂

December 2016 WRAPUP

I know it’s a little late, but here’s my wrapup for the month of December, in 2016!

I read 19 books this month. (which is a new record for me, by the way!)

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Reread: The Little Bookroom (Eleanor Farjeon) – 5 // 5

Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas) – 3 // 5

Reread: The Return of the King (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

Roverandom (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

Defiant Birth (Melinda Tankard Reist) – 4 // 5

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Reread: How to Speak Dragonese (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons (Cressida Cowell) – 3 // 5

Reread: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Break a Dragon’s Heart (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

Reread: How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

Reread: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton) – 3 // 5

Reread: A Waltz for Matilda (Jackie French) – 5 // 5

Reread: The Girl from Snowy River (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

Reread: The Road to Gundagai (Jackie French) – 3 // 5

Blink and You Die (Lauren Child) – 5 // 5


img_0581I had a lot of five star books this month, and a lot of rereads! This was mainly because I reread a lot of books that I don’t plan on reading again for years; books that I grew up with and loved and read over and over again. The How To Train Your Dragon series was definitely a large part of my childhood, and I hope to do a review series on it soon. However, in the meantime I hope you all have a great new year!

With love,

–Emmeline 🙂

2016: my year in reading WRAPUP

Ahhhh it’s the end of the year!! Where has the time gone?

My year in reading was … interesting. I had a huge slump in the first six months where I read hardly anything (well, I did read War and Peace and Anna Karenina… but it felt like not much when you read two books in six months). But then in September I discovered Bookstagram, and all of a sudden I was reading again, starting a blog, starting up Goodreads, buying books, obsessing over new fandoms … and back to being Emmeline.

I read 77 books this year.

1

My Brilliant Career, Anne of Avonlea, Mao’s Last Dancer, War and Peace, Bee Hunter.

2

Huntingtower, Anna Karenina, Pick Your Poison, Dresses of Red and Gold, Bonhoeffer, Yellow Poppy, The Saga of the Volsungs, Le Morte D’Arthur, The City of God.

3

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, How to Train Your Dragon, The Snow Child, The Treasure House, Act of Faith, The Bone Sparrow, The Ghost by the Billabong, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

4

The Consolation of Philosophy, Anne of Green Gables, The Count of Monte Cruiso, Black Forest Summer, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Crusoe of Lonesome Lake, Delerium, Pandemonium.

5

Requiem, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Summer Secret, Always Emily.

6

Vanishing Girls, Eleanor and Park, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Jewel, Four, The Raven Boys, Geek Girl, Six of Crows.

7

She is Not Invisible, The Coral Island, The Fellowship of the Ring, All the Bright Places, The Sea of Monsters, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Titan’s Curse, The Two Towers, Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves.

8

My Story: Workhouse, Anna and the French Kiss, A Rose for the Anzac Boys, The Decameron, The Little Bookroom, Throne of Glass, Return of the King, Roverandom, Defiant Birth.

9

How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse, How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale, A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, How to Break a Dragon’s Heart, How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero, How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury.

10

Blink and You Die, The Road to Gundagai, The Girl From Snowy River, A Waltz for Matilda, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

And there you have it, all the books I read this year!

img_0581This year was a year of reading and writing and growing. I’m so thankful for everyone I’ve met who’s encouraged me, whether by written word or face to face. Thank you humans for simply existing. For everything.

Love,

Emmeline 🙂