May 2017 – wrap up

Hi,

this month has been stressful, but my life outside of school has felt good. I’ve made two blog posts and read two books. apparently, I’m still one book ahead of schedule for my goodreads challenge.


books I read this month:


posts I made this month:


I’m pretty proud of my small accomplishments this month

let me know how your month went in the comments

Yasmin xx

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I went to a bookish event

hey!

so I went to a bookish event. I’ve never talked about bookish events on my blog before now, but I have commented on other people’s blogs about how I want to go to a bookish event.

I thought it’d be a fun idea to share my experience at the event with you guys because I’m still giddy from the event, which was four days ago.


I went to the Auckland Writers Festival. It is roughly a week long event which is held every year in my city, Auckland. I’ve never been before as I assumed it was for writers, and I’m not a writer (well I thought of an amazing idea for a story about six months ago and I plan to make it into a real story soon-ish).

About four days before the event I found out that Jennifer Niven was going to be at the Auckland Writers Festival because she posted about it on Instagram. I then messaged my friend about it, not knowing if I had to buy tickets or when it was. She said that she wanted to go, so I went on the website and looked it up. Luckily it was a free event and it was in the afternoon. fun tip. don’t do this, be prepared. organise yourselves!


My best friend and I went to Event #68 Light and Shade, which was on May 20th.

“Jennifer Niven (US) is the bestselling author of poignant stories that reveal the often tangled experience of adolescence, including Holding Up the Universe and All the Bright Places. Emma Neale (NZ) is the author of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Award shortlisted Billy Bird – about a boy who kaahkaahs like a kea – which is a serious but humorous exploration of familial grief. Niven and Neale discuss the ways in which fiction can refract and illuminate the rigors of family life from childhood to parenthood, and provide both consolation and hope. In conversation with Catherine Robertson.”

I had never heard of Emma Neale before the event so it was really interesting to listen to her talk about her book. As a whole, I thought it was very interesting. There were a lot of discussions about grief, and writing grief and how not to flood the book with ‘shade’ and how to appropriately add more ‘light’/humorous scenes without taking away from the more serious topics. It wasn’t like a writing advice kind of thing, it was more how they, the authors, were able to find a balance between the lighter and darker moments in their own work. It was honestly such an interesting discussion.

Something that I thought was very important was the fact that they discussed the importance of accuracy when it comes to fiction and things such as grief or depression. Even though it is fiction, people use novels to find themselves and to get lost in another world. It’s important to have accurate representation, even if it is fiction. Books make us more empathetic, and having a real and accurate representation of what people go through in, not just books but our media is important. It’s important because it makes us as a society, more understanding when it comes to what the people around us are going through.


after the event, there was a signing. I don’t own any of Jennifer Niven’s books as I borrowed All The Bright Places from the library and I have an ebook of Holding Up The Universe. I brought a copy of Holding Up The Universe. And my friend and I waited in line.

when I actually met her I kinda freaked out and didn’t say much, which is embarassing. Luckily I had my best friend with me who was super chill and asked her about her time here in New Zealand and all this other fun stuff. there are so many things I wish I had said, but I didn’t.

Jennifer Niven took a selfie with us on her phone and got us to sign her copy of All The Bright Places, which was super cool. But I realised I don’t have a nice quality picture of the three of us on my phone…

overall I had a super fun time and I can’t wait to do something like this again soon!


I thought I’d end this post with some tips/things I should do next time to make the situation less stressful and just to generally be more organised:

  • plan. plan. plan. plan. and plan. seriously, I could have avoided so much stress, if I had planned what time I was going to arrive and even if I was going, more than two hours before the event.
  • don’t bring a heavy bag. trust me, you will have a sore back because you were too lazy to take your maths textbook out of your bag. (by you I mean me, seriously, learn from my mistakes)
  • take a moment to plan/think about what you are going to say to the author. you don’t want to do a Yasmin and say almost nothing because you were so shocked that you’re meeting the human being that wrote one of your favourite books.
  • bring a friend. if you’re anything like me, you need to bring a friend for two reasons: 1. emotional support and 2. to talk for you. also having a friend there makes the experience so much more fun

I hope you enjoyed this discussion, leave a comment if you’ve been to a bookish event before and tell me all about it and if you’ve completely blanked when you met an author you admire

Yasmin xx

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seven deadly sins book tag

Hi,

I’ve made a post! *loud gasps from everyone*

yes, I haven’t posted anything in a very long time. For some reason, I am writing this post even though I have a maths exam tomorrow. Yeah, I know what my priorities are.

I was tagged by the wonderful Yasmin from Poetry Nerds Unite. You should all go check out their post

so let’s get into the tag!


Greed: What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

Read My Lips by Jana Novotny Hunter, Looking for X by Deborah Ellis and Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop are my most inexpensive books. I got all three of them at a school book sale, each book was 30 cents each.

My most expensive books are The Host by Stephanie Meyer and City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I ordered them from Amazon and in the end, they ended up costing $90 NZD, this is kinda because of shipping.

Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

J. I. Rowling. Now I love Harry Potter I just don’t like the ending of The Deathly Hallows for a few reasons;

1. why did she have Ginny and Harry get married and have kids. it doesn’t feel right!

2. why did Harry name his kids after Snape and Dumbledore? They both treated Harry poorly! I just don’t get it

Gluttony: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, I reread this book over ten times in a year when I was ten years old. My primary school teacher told me that I should start reading something else.

Sloth: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Prodigy by Marie Lu. I have no idea why I stopped reading this book because I was really enjoying it.

Pride: What book do you talk about in order to sound like an intelligent reader?

Shakespeare, or any of the books I’ve read for school. I have a shelf on Goodreads with all the books I’ve read for school if you’d like to check it out. The way I sound in my essays is very different to how I sound in real life.  

Lust: What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

I love characters who are emotionally complex. I love characters who are intelligent. I love characters who put their family and loved ones first. I love characters who stand up for what they believe in.

Envy: What book would you like to receive as a gift?

The Harry Potter illustrated editions. I don’t own these yet but they’re beautiful and I really want them on my shelf.


That was the seven deadly sins tag!

I’m going to tag:

Jess from JBelkBooks

Nikki and Amy from A Bookworms Perfect Apple

Ola from Ola Reads Books

Morgan from Happily Ever Bookish

and you, because you’re worth it 😉

Let me know if you’ve done this tag in the comments so I can go check it out

Yasmin xx

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April 2017 wrap up

hey,

so Yasmin, how did your plans for April go? Terribly. And I’m absolutely sorry about that

I’m behind on most things, surprisingly not on my goodreads challenge.

books I read this month:

books I am currently reading:

that’s literally all I’ve done this month. which means I have a huge space for improvement. who knows? I could post 10 times this month, which is unlikely because of mid year exams, but still. who knows?
– Yasmin

March 2017 library checkout

Hi,

my reading and blogging life died this month. my term break is coming up so hopefully I’ll be back in action in April!

this meme is hosted by Shannon from River City Reading.


Library Books Read

Checked Out, To Be Read

Returned Unread

On Hold


That is what I got out from the library in March, let me know what you got out in the comments!

Yasmin xx

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March 2017 – monthly wrap up

Hey!

So if you didn’t know I barely posted on my blog this month and I also barely read anything this month so this is going to be a very short video. somehow I’m not behind on my goodreads challenge, I think this is because I read a lot of books at the begininng of the year :/


books I read this month:

books I brought/recieved this month (that’s right, Yasmin actually brought books):

the only posts I really made this month where my Shadowhunters reviews (I do have loads of ideas for new posts I just need to find time to write them):


so that was my March! Let me know if you were as unorganised as I was this month in the comments.

 

Yasmin xx

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Shadowhunters, episode ten season two – discussion

Hey,

episode ten of Shadowhunters aired well over a week ago and I am so sorry for posting this discussion late. As I have been saying for the past month, I have been really busy with school and I still haven’t figured out a plan for managing my blog and education.

I was not expecting what happened to happen like it did in this episode.I was very shocked (in a good way) at what they did and how they did it. I really loved this episode and I think it was a perfect way to end the winter season.

I was just very happy with the episode as a whole, I felt a lot of feelings and I can honestly say that I’m enjoying the show.

This discussion will have (minor) spoilers for the Mortal Instruments series as well as for this episode, there will be spoilers for the entire plot of this episode.


During the recap of the last episode, we have them mention the vampires that Valentine has experimented on. They brush over this and don’t really discuss it, other than the fact that almost all the shadowhuters are out taking care of them. I think it’d be very interesting to see more of Valentine’s experiments as I really liked the way they’d incorporated it.

The episode starts and there has been a breach anyone running around the Institute. The elevator doors open and Madzie is standing there and there are four unconscious or dead shadowhunters lying around her. All I could think was what! This little thing really showed her power and how even though she’s a small child, she’s still super powerful.  Madzie takes off her scarf and uses her gills which are able to suck the oxygen out of the room and suffocate the people around her. I was kind of confused by this, I didn’t think that Warlock marks do anything other than telling others that they’re warlocks.

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We have Clary and Jace at the abandoned circus. Clary states that the only reason why Valentine has taken Simon is because she cares about him, she continues by saying that he’s innocent he hasn’t done anything and he doesn’t deserve this because he hasn’t done anything. I really liked this. I can’t put my finger on why, but I just like it.

Luke arrives and we find out that there is no one else left in the Circus and that Cleophas can’t be found. I’m wondering if we get to see her in the second half of this season or in later seasons as we didn’t see her later on in this episode.

Clary gets a video call from Valentine. He has Simon tied to a chair and I really liked this. I didn’t really like how it was filmed (when we see the video on Clary’s phone while she’s holding it). I liked it when we got to see it just on the screen, full. I don’t know there’s just something off about seeing Clary holding the phone watching a video.

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Clary is being her reckless self and is going on about how she needs to rescue Simon. Luke, as always, is telling her not to be so reckless. I love seeing Clary being so reckless and the annoying character I enjoyed reading about.

We find out that “every Institute is powered by an angelic core.” I’m really sick of these really convenient plots that don’t feel like something from the books. Luke says that this angelic cores can somehow produce enough energy to create lightning. I didn’t like this, it was weird and just didn’t sit right.

Clary still wants to go get Simon and she says she won’t activate the sword. Somehow Dot is there and was listening to their conversation and decides to tell them that Jace can destroy the sword. I really don’t like how they have involved Dot in this season, it’s random and her character is all over the place.

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As Luke believes that this probably just another trap, they go to Magnus to get more information. They tell/show Magnus about the vision they got from Ithurel and we find out that the sword can be destroyed by a demonic Morgenstern, but they will be destroyed as well. I had so many things running through my head when this was said, I was thinking about how they would use this to reveal that Jace has extra angelic blood in him not demon blood, and possibly introduce Sebastian! Sebastian is one of my favourite antagonists, so I’m really hoping that they portray him well in the show.

Jace believes that he is the demonic Morgenstern and says that he will go touch the sword and destroy it, obviously destroying him at the same time. Clary goes on about how he is being so reckless and she tells him he can’t do it. Jace’s response to this was amazing, “says the girl who is about to destroy yourself for the down world, what yesterday” I loved this it was just great because we know that Clary would’ve done the same thing if she was in Jace’s place.

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We have Raphael and Isabelle together on the couch. Izzy is complaining about Alec which then turns into a conversation about how Raphael feels about Isabelle. She goes to kiss him and he turns away. We find out that Raphael is asexual, which was super exciting because I’ve never seen an asexual character on a TV show/movie before. Something I really appreciated was when Izzy asked it, “being a vampire made you this way?” I loved how he said he’s always been like this.

I was really disappointed by what they did next in this scene. Izzy asks him to turn off her phone, or something like that because Alec keeps calling and texting her (which we know is because of what is happening at the Institute). Raphael sees, because of Alec’s text, that the Institute is under attack and that Alec needs Isabelle’s help and he ignores it and hides her phone. I think this really took away from the positive things that’s happened in this scene.

We have Luke and Jace in the car together. Jace is on the phone to Alec and they’re talking about what to do and if they’re all ok. Jace says that he’s worried and Luke brings up the fact that Valentine’s his parabati, again. It’s really bugging me how this is something that comes up all the time, it’s losing its meaning because of they bring it up all the time, just like they do with the Falcon story.

We have Aldertree and Alec team up to shut down the power core, which they don’t end up doing. When they’re up on the roof trying to shut down the power core but Aldertree can’t because he doesn’t have access to it. Alec asks him why he’s trying to help because he hates downworlders. Aldertree tells a story about how he was once in love with a werewolf, Eva, and that one day a demon killed all of her pack and because he was so upset and couldn’t control her emotions, Eva tried to kill him so he killed her. He went on about how it “was her nature” and how this was when he realised that “a shadowhunter could never be with a downworlder.” I honestly didn’t care, I thought this was all fake and was Aldertree trying to gain Alec’s trust. In this episode, I felt that Aldertree was really dodgy and I didn’t like it. I did like him as an antagonist but not as a protagonist.

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We have Magnus and Clary on the balcony and they both can’t do anything and we have Magnus say that he feels so powerless and I thought this was a nice little play on words. Valentine then video calls Clary again and we have him slit Simon’s throat because he thought she needed more incentive. I was love with this, not because Simon got hurt, but because we got to see Valentine actually do something. Clary then gets really angry and tells Magnus that he’s going to portal her to the institute now.

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we go back to Luke and Jace and Maia comes out of nowhere and stops their car. I really don’t like her character on the show. She’s very hotheaded and reckless, she’s quick to hurt other people because of how she feels. I’m hoping that they change this but they might not.

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Magnus portals Clary to the institute. I really liked how we had Clary tell Magnus that he’s not going to activate the sword, I loved that he tells her that Simons going to be okay. I thought it was a really nice moment.

Raphael goes to attack and kill Clary as she could kill them. Jace tells them that he has a plan. We have all the downworlders join together like we see in City of Glass but not. I was expecting you know that was such an important and Powerful scene in the books of a session important and I feel like it just wasn’t as great the show.

Clary goes into the institute and Simon has lost a lot of blood, she feeds him her blood so that he doesn’t die. All I could think was does Jace actually have demon blood? will Clary now be addicted to vampire venom like Izzy? One out of two of those questions were answered. It was actually Jace using the shapeshifter rune! I hated the shapeshifter rune in previous episodes. I absolutely loved how they used it here, it was shocking and was just so good!

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We go back to Alec and Aldertree and a bunch of Circle members come and go to attack them. Isabelle appears and kicks ass and I loved it! Afterwards, she collapses into Alec’s arms and we see her and Aldertree share this look. I don’t know if this is because he feels guilty because of what he’s done or not but I’m assuming that they’re going to go into this more in the next part of the season.

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Clary and Magnus are inside the institute. Clary goes off to find Simon while Magnus is looking after Madzie, he decides to look after her, like he’s done with other downworlders, and help her.

Jace and Simons’s relationship was so good during this episode! Their banter was great. They took this straight from the books and my little heart sing. Simon is apologising for drinking so much of Jace’s blood and says, “I could’ve killed you” Jace says, “I would’ve let you” I’m just going to leave you with that because I don’t know how else to explain my love of this.

They walk in and Valentine has Clary and is trying to force her to touch the sword, this took so much time and I was kinda getting sick of it. Valentine is pushed away thanks to Simon and everything seems fine. We then have Jace go up to touch the mortal sword. Clary’s telling him to stop, she is tearing up, I’m tearing up. He touches the sword and it shocks him and he goes flying back. I was shook. They did this so well! The way the revealed that Jace doesn’t have demon blood, very well done.

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Valentine gets up and says  “you and nothing but predictable son” and just as all the downworlders come in and are about to attack he lifts the sword and kills all the downworlders in the room. Simon is still alive because he’s a daylighter but every other downworlder in the world was dead (I thought). It turns out the blast was “contained within the Atamis in the walls”  The only character that we actually knew that died was Alaric, who isn’t super important, and convienently all of the main characters got out just in time which took away from how awful it was.

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Jace and Valentine are outside fighting and Valentine reveals that Jace is not Valentine or Jocelyn’s son and that he’s not Clary’s sister. I didn’t like that this was so early in the show. It could’ve been done at a better time. Jace is about to stab and kill Valentine but Clary stops him because she says he’s only one who knows where the mortal Cup is. The sword has then disappeared. Valentine is then taken to the Institute and he says that he doesn’t know where the sword is.

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Magnus and Alec have such a beautiful scene. Alec tells him that he was so worried and thought he’d died and they end up telling each other they love each other. It was such a beautiful scene and I was so happy.

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Simon finds out that he can go in the sun and runs to go tell Clary. They’re outside and they’re hugging and it’s so cute and I loved it. We have Jace come outside, as he’s going to tell Clary that they’re not siblings but he doesn’t because her and Simon are having a moment and he doesn’t want to ruin it for her and he wants her to be happy.

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The episode ends and we have a hooded figure walking with the mortal sword on their shoulder. We know it’s Sebastian. The way he walked it was just so good. I thought this was a perfect way to end the winter season!

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Overall I really enjoyed this episode. I’m pretty sure it’s my favourite out of all of them.

let me know if you disagreed or agreed with anything I said here in the comments, also tell me what your favourite part of the episode was

Yasmin xx

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