Recent Favourite Music

Hi guys, so today I thought I would talk about something a little different. Basically I am going to be sharing some of the music that I’ve been loving recently. I love listening to music and there’s some great songs out at the moment. I’ve been loving Spotify ever since my mum got the family account thing. It’s a great way to find new music too. Let’s get started.

 

I would say I have a quite eclectic taste in music, although I’m not a fan of heavy metal or anything that involves shouting. I also find it quite interesting how your taste in music can change over time – in my late teens I wasn’t really listening to the stuff I am today. Anyway I would love to know what you guys have been listening to lately. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Books on my Fall TBR

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It is that time of the week for another Top Ten Tuesday. It is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This weeks topic is books on your fall TBR. Personally I say autumn but you get the idea :). I have quite a few books I want to read this autumn, as well as winter, so I can really just talk about all the books on my bookshelves. I don’t think I’ll be able to read all of them though. So let’s get started.

 

Hopefully I will get to all of these books this autumn or at least by the end of the year. So far this month I haven’t done a lot of reading but I’m hoping to get back into reading a lot soon. There are quite a few other books on my TBR but I think I want to get to these ones most of all at the moment. What books are on your autumn/fall TBR? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Current Favourites

Hi guys, how are you? I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some of my current favourites. This is going to be a non bookish post so I hope that is alright with you. So I’m going to be talking about things I’ve been loving over the last couple of months – really since I did my last favourites post back in December, I think. Let’s get started.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn is probably my favourite game of the year so far, but I also really enjoyed Uncharted: the Lost Legacy. Both are fantastic video games. I cannot wait for the release of the new Assassins Creed game in October!
  • My Birkenstocks – I have annoyingly small feet with a wide foot and skinny ankles so I have always struggled to find shoes that fit me well. The ones I have are from the kids section but they fit well and they are super comfortable. Definitely a new favourite, although I probably won’t be wearing them any time soon now.
  • The Electra Jeans from Mango – finding a good pair of jeans is always a struggle but these fit nicely and are comfortable. They are my go to jeans at the moment. I do have to hem them though as they are too long for me.
  • Dua Lipa’s debut album is fantastic. I’ve been listening to it a lot over the past few months. My favourite song is probably New Rules.
  • Two TV shows I’ve recently enjoyed are Orphan Black and Person of Interest. The last season of Orphan Black was recently released and it was so good. I’m currently waiting for the last season of Person of Interest to be released on Netflix.
  • Aussie 3 Miracle Oil – my hair had been feeling a bit rubbish so I decided to try this and I’m happy to report it definitely made my hair feel a bit healthier. I tend to use this before shampooing but you can also use it on damp or dry hair.
  • Almond milk and honey soothing and restoring lotion from the Body Shop – my skin can be quite sensitive so this has been great at soothing and moisturising at the same time.
  • White Company Orange Grove Diffuser – this just smells amazing and lasts really well.
That’s all I have to share this time but I definitely plan on doing posts like this in the future. Unless you guys hate it, in which case I probably won’t Anyway what are some of your favourites right now? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Books to read without a synopsis

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is books to read without a synopsis. These are basically books that I think you can go in blind without reading anything about it. You know those books that it’s better to know nothing going into it. To be honest, I don’t do this often as I like to know what I’m getting myself in for especially if I’m paying for it. There are a few books I would recommend going in blind or at least knowing very little about the book. Basically I think not knowing will add to the mystery and/or creepiness of these books… Let’s get started.
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer – Annihilation (book 1)
  • The Chrysalids by John Wyndham 
  • Out by Natsuo Kirino
  • The Forgotten Beast of Eld by Patrica A. McKillip
Coming up with these answers actually made me realise how little I do this myself. Very rarely do I pick up a book that I haven’t done some research on, but I think it can add to the enjoyment sometimes. What do you guys think about going in blind? Is it a good or bad idea? I’d love to know your thoughts. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Fantasy books released in early 2000’s

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It is that time of the week for another Top Ten Tuesday. It is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This weeks topic is a throwback freebie so I’ve decided to share 10 great books that were released in the early 2000’s. Basically roughly between 10-20 years ago. I have read and loved all of these books, so this topic was a great excuse to talk about them/ recommend them to you guys :). Let’s get started.
  1. Son of the Shadow / Juliet Marillier / second book in the Sevenwaters series / first published 2000
  2. Furies of Calderon / Jim Butcher / first book in the Codex Alera series / first published 2004
  3. The Magician’s Guild / Trudi Canavan / first book in the Black Magicians trilogy/ first published 2001
  4. The Gift / Alison Croggon / first book in the Pellinor series / first published 2002
  5. The Amulet of Samarkand / Jonathan Stround / first book in the Bartimaeus trilogy / first published 2003
  6. Wolf Brother / Michelle Paver / first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series / first published 2004
  7. Fudoki / Kij Johnson / first published 2003
  8. Ruins of Gorlan / John Flanagan / first book in the Ranger Apprentice series / first published 2004
  9. Fool’s Errand / Robin Hobb / first book in the Tawny Man trilogy / first published 2001
  10. Old Man’s War / John Scalzi / first book in the Old Man’s War series / first published 2005
So coming up with the answers to this actually made me aware that I haven’t read a lot of fantasy books written after the 2000’s, if that makes sense. I definitely want to try out more fantasy books written in the 80’s and 90’s. Have you guys read any of these books? Spot any favourites? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Fictional Places Part 2

Hi guys, how are you all? I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some more of my favourite fictional places. There are some incredible worlds out there and I love talking about some of my favourites. I’ve done one of these post before, which you can check out here. Let’s get started with four more fictional worlds I love.

 

Renthia / the Queens of Renthia series / Sarah Beth Durst
Goodreads synopsis: Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . . But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.
With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.

 

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Sevenwaters / the Sevenwaters series / Juliet Marillier
Goodreads synopsis: Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.
When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all…

 

Sharakhai / Songs of the Shattered Sand series / Bradley P. Beaulieu
Goodreads synopsis: Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings—cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens, and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.
Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.

 

Dara / the Dandelion Dynasty trilogy / Ken Liu
Goodreads synopsis: Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

 

All of these worlds are absolutely amazing and quite unique. I love that in Renthia everything is built in trees, and that Sharakhai is so different from your typical fantasy setting. Sevenwaters sounds like such a magical place, and I would love to be able to explore Dara. How amazing would it be if you could visit these places? Obviously I know that’s impossible though :). What is one of your favourite fictional places? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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 I am currently reading two books – Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb and Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy.  I’m not that far into either of them so I can’t really comment on anything yet but I am excited to finish of the Rain Wild Chronicles. The book I recently finished is Artemis by Andy Weir, which is set to be released November 14th. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a digital copy from Netgalley and I really enjoyed it. I will have a full review closer to the release date, so keep an eye out for that. I don’t really know what I’m going to read next. Possibly The Power by Naomi Alderman, or The Good People by Hannah Kent or Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan. I’ve got quite a few books to choose from :).
I have to admit that I’m not feeling a great amount of motivation to read at the moment, so hopefully I can get these books read. If not, that’s fine too. I think it’s OK to not read sometimes – I sometimes go through phases of not wanting to read alot. Anyway what are you guys currently reading? I would love to know your thoughts on any of these books. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa