Nails inspired by Amanda Sun’s Ink.
Okay so it’s my first time to do watercolor (sort of) nails. I used nail polish + acetone on a white base and left my index finger white so I could draw on the branches with black acrylic and add cherry blossoms. These were easier than I thought.
Nail polish used:
Essie Bachelorette Bash
Orly White Tips
Review for Ink is on the book blog HERE. If you check out the review you’ll see a picture of the first time I tried nail art. I redid my Ink nails just to see the improvement.
1. Snow White reading outside
2. my boyfriendd
Very cool and fun. I want to roadtrip the US so bad
As promised, here is my feels-themed giveaway! The books/series above all have one thing in common - they made me feel something. That doesn’t necessarily mean I cried but they definitely inspired some kind of emotional response in my robot-like self. They’re also some of my favourite books. Hopefully there’s a decent enough selection for you to choose from.
5 people will be sent a book of their choice from the selection above if they’re randomly selected as winners.
Please read the following:
- To enter, like and/or reblog this post
- You may reblog the post as many times as you like but don’t annoy your followers too much with it
- I would prefer if you were following me, since this giveaway is a ‘thank you’ to my followers
- This giveaway is international, as I am purchasing books via Book Depository and they have free delivery for the majority of the world. Double check that your country is included here
- Your inbox MUST be open. I won’t be contacting anyone via fan mail
- Winners may also choose a sequel to the books pictured above if it’s part of a series
- Winners may choose which edition of the book they want, so long as it is paperback and under $15 (AU). The only exception is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which is over $20 and hardback. I’ll only be buying this for one person (if they want it) so I have enough for the other books, sorry! I just love it so much and want to be able to share it with at least one person, even if it’s expensive
- One of the books, Alexander Altmann A01567 is only available as a prize for Australians, as it is unavailable on Book Depository. If Aussies would like this book, I will order it for you from Bookworld
- If you’re not sure which book you’d like, I’d be happy to tell you more about them and help you pick one that suits your tastes
- No giveaway blogs
- If you’re uncomfortable giving me your address, don’t be. I won’t be saving it or giving it out elsewhere or anything
- The giveaway ends August 1st 12PM AEST
- Winners will be selected using a random number generator and have 48 hours to get back to me. I’m quite lenient on that but I would prefer if people replied ASAP so I can be organised
- If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me
Good luck and happy reading, word shakers!
Okay so here is my giveaway! :D
These are all books that I’ve enjoyed reading or are quite popular at the moment.
Of course there are a few rules so here they are:
- This is a thank you to all my followers, so you must be following me to have a chance of winning.
- I will be using Book Depository so this giveaway is international!
- There will be one that will be randomly selected.
- If you win it would be great if you are comfortable with providing me with an address. Don’t worry I’m not a creeper.
- Reblogs and likes count so go for it, but please don’t spam your followers.
- No giveaway blogs please.
- This giveaway will end on the 16th of August at 7pm NZST. The winner must have an open ask box so I can contact you, and you will have 48hrs to respond.
That’s all I can think of at the moment….
If you have any questions feel free to ask me :)
Good luck and happy reading!
I’m seeing a bunch of unknown books that I’ve been craving for ages on BWB for grrrrreat prices
they’re used copies so one purchase and boom they’ll be gone
I got my paycheck yesterday
there’s a discount on used books
we all know I’ll give in
if i had a dollar for every book i’ve bought i’d have no money because i’m pretty sure i would’ve already spent it all on books.
"Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood."
When the day to raise a glass to Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary comes, the small town of North Carthage is stricken by horrifying news: Amy Dunne has vanished. The investigation kicks off and Nick soon finds himself in everyone’s disgrace, labeled a murderer. Where was he the morning his wife went missing?
This is all I knew prior to picking up the book, and though I think it’s a very vague summary, I also think it’s all I can really give away. On the other hand, I hope it does not put anyone off from Gone Girl because, turns out, it’s a psychological thriller packed with countless twists and turns that will keep you glued to the story.
What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who would answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other?
My reading interest has never verged toward this genre but Gone Girl has definitely ignited it. First of all, the plot is incredible, every detail carefully planned-out. It is divided into three parts and though other reviewers have commented on the slow pace of the first section, I personally did not feel it was dragging on and enjoyed it a lot from page one. I also really liked the theme of marriage and the questions that are, I guess, inevitable: Who are you? Who are we? It is frightening that when you marry someone, you promise to share your entire life with them, yet you can never know what goes on in their mind. Love and marriage entail a wide range of emotions and obstacles that, as Nick and Amy prove, can be felt, perceived and dealt with differently.
Having two unreliable narrators is another element of this novel that only adds more craziness, and keeps the twists coming. The investigation process is narrated through Nick’s point of view, alternating with Amy’s diary entries that guide us through their relationship from the very beginning. You might sympathize more with one of them than the other as I did only to change your mind two chapter later and eventually hate them both. You never know what the next page will smash in your face, especially from the second part on. Both Nick and Amy are, hands down, the most vile, unlikable characters I’ve never come across but they are so intriguing in spite of all the negative traits that you will not be able to put the book down.
I stayed up until three a.m. reading Gone Girl, and five pages away from finishing, I wouldn’t have guessed the ending. Quite understandably, my initial reaction was that it was, let me quote myself, “a shit of an ending”. I still would like to see all the suspense be finished off differently but I have let my brain process this novel, and I kind of see why the author did it.
If I were to describe Gone Girl in one word, it would be twisted. Gillian Flynn herself worked on the screenplay as well, and the movie, coming out in October, is getting a different closure to keep the readers interested. I’m excited to see this on the big screen. Gone Girl might not be a casual, lovey-dovey summer read but it is so thrilling you will get through it in no time. I recommend you read the book whatever your literary comfort zone is. So crazy! So gooooooooood!
5/5 + favorite
It’s reassuring to your know reading choice is kitty approved!
am proud because I am slowly becoming less of an idiot at work and today my TFIOS monologue convinced a customer to buy it 8)
[at mlovesbreakfast ’s request]
Melinda Sordino enters high school with a preset reputation: a party-buster. Hated and friendless, she shuts herself away from the outer world, while on the inside, she is leading a hopeless battle with her mind to repress the trauma she has been through. No one knows why she called the cops to the end-of-summer jamboree but her fellow students are merciless: no one cares. Melinda’s mind is loud and inescapable, but why speak if no one will listen?
"I just need to hang on long enough for my new skin to graft. Mr. Freeman thinks I need to find my feelings. How can I not find them? They are chewing me alive like an infestation of thoughts, shame, mistakes. I will make myself normal. Forget the rest of it."
First published in 1999, Speak has become a YA must-read. There are countless stories of teenage outcasts out there, however, Melinda’s struggle is far greater than unachievable crushes, and that’s why the story has managed to retain its popularity fifteen years after its release. Back in 2002, Penguin Books even named their imprint aimed at teenagers after the novel. It is difficult, impossible perhaps, to not sympathize with the main character. Her narrative voice is the only one the reader gets, and despite the heavy topic, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As Melinda observes the happenings of Merryweather High, she is snide and cynical, at times even funny in her own way.
I have never understood the American high school mentality that has been presented to me in pop culture, and the extent of teenage rage over one raided party is completely over my head but oh well. Naturally, the unjust behavior toward Melinda infuriated me. Heather was annoying and I loved the moment when Melinda finally plucked up the courage to say no to her. Melinda is an only child and the family’s communication system is based on post-it notes on the kitchen counter so it’s no surprise that she is not up to discussing her problems with her parents, either. Should I pick a favorite character, apart from Mel, it would probably be the arts teachers, Mr. Freeman, who assigned quite a cool all-year project and had faith in Melinda all along.
I enjoyed the writing style, and the everyday aspects of Melinda’s life never bored me. I want to point out that went into this story fully knowing what issue Mel dealt with. I actually had no idea that I wasn’t supposed to know because it is not revealed to the reader until the last third of the book or so. Still, I do not think it ruined the story for me in any way (I think it is easy to figure it out along the way), and for the most part I was convinced Speak was on its way to at least four shining stars of my praise. It wasn’t blowing my mind big time but I still thought it was worth the hype.
But then the ending happened. It wasn’t necessarily bad, just different from what I had expected. I rooted for Melinda from the very beginning but I found her new-found drive to speak a little bit sudden, maybe even unrealistic. I thought it would happen earlier on, in a more gradual way which could have been done as the novel has only 197 pages. All in all: go ahead, read the book. I’m definitely going to check out the movie as well starring junior Kristen Stewart, woot!