Fiction Friday: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story has a sweet idea but falls flat towards the end. It seems like the characters are dragging out their romance simply because November 9 is a special day for them. If you look past that obvious flaw this is an amazing book, well-written with intriguing characters.
Fallon and Ben have an instant connection and because she is moving away, decide to meet every year on November 9. However life gets in the way and as they grow, they struggle to keep to their arrangement.

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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A “Beauty and The Beast” retelling that involves fae…How can you not like this book? Feyre accidentally kills a faerie when out hunting for her family’s dinner. Tamlin, another faerie, demands that Feyre returns with him to his home in return for killing his friend. (Yes this makes absolutely no sense but play along coz it will eventually make sense).
Eventually Feyre and Tamlin fall in love. But there’s a dark evil force that could tear them apart.
I don’t think my review can be trusted to be 100% non-biased because I love anything to do with Beauty and The Beast. However this is a far darker and an infinitely more compelling tale. This book is my everything and I am obsessed with it! I really believe that everyone should read this book. It’s compelling, it’s different, it’s very well-written and the evil monsters in here are absolutely terrifying. Read it. Now!!!!

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I’m Taking A Hiatus

I’m taking a short break from college-blogging. For June the content of this blog will be solely book-related. I have exams until the 24th (and that is taking into consideration any possible supplementary exams) so I will be busy focusing on that. I will also be busy attending the Durban International Film Festival (more on that in another blog post).
In the meanwhile, I’ve searched far and wide to find the best books and I’m sharing them here.
Happy Twilight (and other books) Month!

Happy Twilight Month!!!

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Proof that I love my Twilight books- they're covered in plastic

I didn’t even know Twilight had a month until Monique from Urbanised Geek told me. I’m so excited to reread the series. I used to love it until I eventually outgrew it but I’m looking forward to going back to Forks. Twilight was like the book of my youth. I read it atleast five times.
Will you be reading or rereading Twilight this month?

Book Review: Demon Road (Demon Road #1) by Derek Landy

Demon Road (Demon Road, #1)

Demon Road by Derek Landy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Amber is an ordinary sixteen-year-old. Or so she thinks. One day when provoked by two guys, Amber suddenly transforms into a demon. When her parents find out, they show no sign of surprise. In fact, they want to kill her and eat her. Soon Amber is on the run with a guy she barely knows and an unusual car. But no matter where Amber goes it seems like danger is always close behind her. It becomes difficult for Amber to know who to trust and who is after her for their own evil plans.
I loved how different this book was. This book takes every story we’ve heard about road trips and twists them. It’s totally terrifying. Amber was a witty character and I loved how unexpected her reactions to everything was. I was so gripped by this book that it was impossible to do anything else. I can’t wait to read more about Amber and her adventures. This girl attracts trouble like a magnet but she’s also pretty good at getting out of it.

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Purchase a copy of Demon Road here from Readers Warehouse.

My First Visit to Readers Warehouse

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST HAS BEEN COPIED FROM THE OLD Playground of Randomness SITE. THIS POST ALSO INCLUDES AFFILIATE LINKS

 

I remember my first visit to Readers Warehouse the way some people might remember their first boyfriends. To me, that was the moment that I fell in love. All my life I was told not to buy books because they were expensive and here was a place that sold them for ridiculously cheap prices.
It was December 2011 and I was in Johannesburg with family. Uncle George decided we should go to the lifestyle market which sounded pretty boring. So we looked at some plants and some waterfalls. And then I saw it. Nestled in a corner as if it in hiding, there was a bookstore. I was thrilled when we went in.
I was also thrilled when I found books for R50(at that time it would have been lucky if you found a book for R98. No one sold books for R50).
Eventually I ended up with a stack of books for R400 and the kind saleslady seeing the glee in my eyes (and the heap in my arms) got me a basket. I’ve never seen a basket in a bookstore before so that delighted me even more.
Unfortunately my uncle caught sight of me and made me leave a few books behind.
“You can’t take all of these.”
“Yes I can. They’re cheap,” I replied defensively.
He picked a few out that he thought weren’t age appropriate. Eventually we settled on eight books for R250. Still a great deal so I was okay.
In retrospect it was a good idea he stopped me since I ended up spending the rest of my money throughout that holiday.
Have you ever fallen in love with a bookstore? I’d love to know! You can find out more about Readers Warehouse and their bargains by visiting their site here.

Their stores are only in Cape Town and Johannesburg but you can order online. We all know that book mail is the best mail.

How to Avoid Burnout in College

The stress of college can all too easily lead to burnout. Here are a few tips to help you make it to the end of the semester with your sanity and energy levels intact.

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1) Plan Yourself Well- Failing to plan is planning to fail. Those words were drilled into my high school senior year Accounting class. Those words can also be my life motto. It’s difficult but always ensure that you have enough time to get an assignment done (possibly even extra time in case of any unexpected circumstances).

2) Have fun- I’ve been known to literally just sit around and read for hours or have a TV show marathon when I should be studying. Downtime is very very important to ensure you don’t overstress yourself. Take breaks and take them often.

3) Work smart not hard- Okay so this is going to make me sound so bad but I always work harder for the first assignment of each module. The reasoning behind this is that if I get a good enough mark for the first assignment, I don’t need to worry as much for the second one. If you kick ass at both assignments then you’re pretty much guaranteed a pass for the semester (depending on how your final mark is compiled).

4) Don’t compromise on your sleep- Sleep has health benefits and blah blah blah. Don’t give up on your sleep even if it’s for an all-nighter. Your body needs rest to recover from the day and prepare for the next one.

How do you avoid burnout in college?

Fiction Friday: The List by Siobhan Vivian

The ListThe List by Siobhan Vivian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every year the List is released with the names of the prettiest and the ugliest girl of each grade. These girls are thrust into the school spotlight where they will either sink or swim What happens when the odd girl is voted the prettiest in the grade while the most popular one is the ugliest? What happens when one girl is voted as the ugliest every year since the list has began?This book has an interesting idea and I couldn’t stop reading it. I loved how each girl reacted so differently to their results. Some didn’t let it bother them while some let it define them. I especially loved the mystery behind who created the list. This book is a must-read for girls everywhere.

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The Post-Exam TBR List

I love making lists especially when it comes to reading. Who needs a five-year-plan when you’ve got a list of books to buy? (I’m kidding. I love my five-year-plan). This is the list of books I want to read once exams are over. They are actually all books that I need to review but hey, reading is reading!

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1) Demon Road by Derek Landy- I received a free review copy of this book from Readers Warehouse. The synopsis of this book doesn’t give much away which frustrates me. I can never read a book that has a mystery in it or is mysterious in any way.

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2) Serpentine by Peter Parkin and Alison Derby- I want to read this book so bad but the cover terrifies me. It reminds me of Final Destination 3.

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3) The Goodbyes by Leslie Welch- The Goodbyes is a romance novel about a rock star who finds out that the woman he loves is dying. Like Serpentine, I’m scared to read it but for a totally different reason. This looks like a book that will make you cry and I’m not done recovering from the last book that did that.

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What’s on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? Leave me a comment below.

5 Items to Help You Survive Winter

I’m sitting in the library right now and I’m freezing. Unfortunately the air-conditioning isn’t even on. Yes, winter is coming and it can even be felt in Durban (which is normally pretty hot). Here are a few things you’d need to help you get through winter:

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1) Hot-water bottle- Heating a hot water bottle is a quick and easy way to get warm. For kids, you can get one of those stuffed toys with the hot-water bottle or sandbags inside. It’s such a treat to be warm and toasty in your bed while the rain falls outside.

2) Winter clothes- I strongly believe that you should always go out with layers of clothing especially when it’s winter. This allows you to be warm when you’re cold and you can simply shed a few items when you’re feeling hot.

3) Socks- my dad once told me that “you can’t be warm unless your feet are warm”. I don’t know what the science behind that is but it’s true.

4) Pack an umbrella- an umbrella is nice to have unless you live in one of those areas with a really strong wind.

5) Cold and flu medication- Pretty much everyone I know and their grandmother has already gotten sick from the cold. Stock up on cold and flu medication- especially med-lemon to help protect against cold and flu.

What are your tips for surviving winter?

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