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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday- First Books I Reviewed

Rissi @ Finding Wonderland submitted this wonderful idea to That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, I'll be listing the first 10 books I ever reviewed! It'll be a trip down memory lane for all of us!

I reviewed this book way before my blog was even about books! It's the first book I ever reviewed on here- and I have to say, it got me pretty hooked to book reviews! 

I'm still not sure what I was thinking when I wrote this review! It was a paragraph about suspense and then a little bit about genre... 

I've done my fair share of Rainbow Rowell reviews over the years- and while this wasn't the first book of hers I read, it was certainly the first book of hers I had the courage to review! 

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A historical fiction that tries to tell the story of Anne Frank from Peter's eyes.

Reviews are getting better- this one definitely has more details than the Carry On review. 

I think this is where I started figuring out that I loved Historical Fictions- and hopefully my review shows that! 

Not a huge fan of my review- but definitely a fan of this book! I'd recommend it to any type of reader!

This book brought me into my second Big Book Challenge, and thankfully the world of better reviews! 

I distinctly going through a phase where I read just Christie's- but I'm not sure why I didn't review more... 

Back in the days when I used to raid my mom's collection for books to read- not the other way around!

So there you have it- the first 10 books I ever reviewed (and the links to my reviews)! Have you ever gone back and looked at your first anythings (artworks, compositions, performances)? What did it feel like? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday Snapshot- Vivid Sydney

Final installment in the Australia mini-series: 'Vivid Sydney'! Vivid Sydney is an outdoor lights and music show that takes place in Sydney, and I was fortunate enough to attend their June 2018 exhibition. We viewed the 'exhibits' from a Sydney ferry- and thanks to Melinda @ A Web of Stories, I get to share these images with you!

Sydney Opera House in the Daytime

And showtime!

Have any of you ever attended an outdoor lights show? It's an amazing feeling watching a visual artist perform their work for you- I'd love to go back again! 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Snapshot-Whale Watching

Next stop on the Australia Diaries- Whale Watching on the Gold Coast! Thank you Melinda @ A Web of Stories for hosting Saturday Snapshot and allowing me to share my travels with you all! You can see the rest of the series here. 

Alright here we go! 

Waiting to board the ship

Spotted our first fin!

Get ready for the big jump!

Now my photography skills aren't the best- and I was a little bit preoccupied with not falling off the boat, so I couldn't get any pictures of the whales completely out of the water. It was a surreal experience though!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday Snapshot- Twelve Apostles

Hey everyone, I'm finally back with the next installment in my Australia Saturday Snapshot series! Thanks to Melinda @ A Web of Stories for continuing to host this series! Photo credits go to my dad for this one!

Here are some stunning rock formations along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

View from the Twelve Apostles

Have any of you driven the Great Ocean Road? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday Snapshot-Antique Cars at Queen Victoria Market

Hey guys! This summer, my family and I traveled to Australia. I'm linking up with Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads to bring you pictures of my travels through Saturday Snapshots. I'm starting a series on my trip, so get ready to see loads of Australian sights!

This week, I'll be sharing pictures of some Antique cars we saw while at Queen Victoria Market (Melbourne). Hope all you car buffs enjoy!

Have any of you been to Australia? Or do you recognize any of these cars? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Publication Date: January 11th 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Own Copy

This novel is based on the true story of two Slovakian Jews who survived the horror of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Lale Sokolov was made the tattooist at Auschwitz and had to scratch numbers into his fellow inmates' arms every day. He was forced to carve what eventually became a prominent symbol of this terrible time.

Lale used this position of relative superiority to create a small business of trade. His survival and that of those around him, depended on it. His post allowed him a certain degree of movement, which he used to exchange money and jewels taken from his murdered comrades for food and essential supplies. "Many owed him their survival"

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

                                                              Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult,
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Own Copy

Starr Carter attends a fancy suburban prep school. She has friends who live in suburbia and spend hundreds of dollars on clothes and makeup. Starr can't afford that. Starr goes home to a poor neighborhood, where tragedy seems to be the norm.

The balance she's managed to strike between her two worlds is shattered when tragedy befalls her community again. Starr witnesses a policeman shoot her childhood friend, Khalil. He was unarmed.

Now his death is making headlines around the country. People are calling him a drug dealer, a gangbanger and so many other things. The cops try to intimidate Starr. The local drug lord tries to intimidate Starr's family. All the while, she's the only one who can attest to what really happened.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer 2018 Comment Challenge

Hey guys! I'm back with another challenge- The Summer Comment Challenge! I've signed up with Alicia and Lonna twice already and I'm looking forward to my third experience! I believe that this challenge is a great way to make new friends, encourage yourself to post and explore the various blogs out there!

I'm participating in the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlught

Midnight Blue

Publication Date: 26th June 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher, through Edelweiss+

Holland in its Golden Age still has its secrets. In 1654, small-town girl Catrin has just lost her husband. It's a sudden death, but Catrin can't say she's sorry. It's her chance to escape the small town and its rumors, start anew in the big city. She takes on a role as a housekeeper to the Van Nulandt family but struggles to keep a low profile.                                                                                       Her talents as an aspiring young artist are soon discovered by local master, Rembrandt. Her opportunities are stripped away, however, when a figure from her past threatens her. She runs away to the city of Delft, where she earns a job painting pottery. She begins to develop pottery to rival the Oriental imports ruining her livelihood and there begins the story of Delft Blue Art. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & OliverPublication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

Emmy's best friend was kidnapped ten years ago. Life in her small town home has been stilted since Oliver was taken by his father. Her parents are the most over-protective parents in town and she keeps so many secrets from them it's hard to keep count.

Then Oliver comes back. After ten years, Oliver finally learns that his father was the bad guy. It wasn't his mother who deserted him, it wasn't a messy separation that led to him never seeing her again. He needs time to figure out his new world. He's back in a place he doesn't remember calling home and his life has changed drastically.

In the second grade, Emmy and Oliver pledged to be best friends forever. Has their relationship withstood the test of time and distance? Can they mend their friendship and build it into something greater? Emmy has held onto him for a decade. Has Oliver held onto her?

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