Living In the Age of Sloths

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Do you remember how I always ramble on and on about getting a fresh start, re-immersing myself in the blogging world, getting back into the swing of things? Let’s be honest here, you don’t have to think too hard. Because I say it every week. Call a spade a spade: it’s all empty words. I’m not getting a fresh start and you and I both know it. Whether or not we care to admit that is a different story. 

Seeking Saturday's Read #26: Technological Catastrophes, the Declaration of "Once A Fortnight" and Getting Re-Inspired

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Should I be meek and shy and wave cautiously as I step back into this space? Yes, there was an absence last week. Yes, just the week before that we had seen Jess declaring a return back to blogging. And then catastrophe after catasrophe  tumbled out of the yearly supply of bad weeks and it became a back to back pile of unnecessary disruptions. Purely because my latest sob story was rather comical, once you look past how crap it all was, I’ll share it with you (as though I haven’t gone about spilling it to everyone out there). Basically, it all began with a horrendous attempt at installing my new printer which sapped about two hours of my life away. And then my laptop died. Followed by phone screen cracking. And the lights in my room refusing to turn on. I guess you could say technology punished me. That’s alright, I’m a kinda gal who likes a bit of the dark ages, every now and again. I got back in touch with my natural roots (baha, what I mean is, I spent that time chatting away and pretty much turning everyone off by the sound of my voice). All that’s thankfully been resolved (with dollar bills dammit) and so now it’s just school biting my arse, as per usual. And PS, can I just say, I know it’s been back to back reviews and fear not, I’ve got some discussions coming your way. I’ve got too much to say, you’ll never hold me back. 

As unintended as it may have been, this segment has seemed to work itself out into a once every fortnight kinda deal. Although this wasn't my intention, life seems to have other ideas, and going by its consecutive successes with foiling my plans for the past two months, I’m just going to take the back seat and let life deal the cards. So yes, we’ll convene once every two weeks, don’t miss me too much. 
pretty swell afternoon reads // my chatterboxes reunite // i drank a plant // then ate again 
This week I was struck with the inspiration bolt. It’s been a while (would you believe?) but I’ve turned back to my camera and am taking a lot more images. I’ve started using a planner again. Black holes such as pinterest and tumblr are now frequent haunts of mine. Can I just say, this has all gone on to background of some of the best flashback hits—think Mandy Moore, Spears, Backstreet Boys. How long this’ll all last is beyond me. You know my inspiration fizzles out at a rather exponential rate. 

I’m currently reading The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey which has me completely hooked. Hopefully the momentum continues, yes? I’ve also got a chunk of A.J. Grainger’s Captive read as well. I’ve delegated that one as my public transport read, only I get horrendously travel sick (but I guess my stubbornness and desire to read outweigh that.) 

That’s me—the Jess who did minimal reading, a lot of procrastination and a couple of assignments here and there. What a snooze, right? So, please, tell me about you! PLUS are you hoping to catch Cinderella soon? 

Every #3: Every Move by Ellie Marney

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Publication Date: March 1st 2015 Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Purchase: Allen & Unwin (intl shipping available) / Bookworld / Booktopia 
Goodreads Summary: After the dramatic events of London, a road trip back to her old home in Five Mile sounds good (in theory) to Rachel Watts, with her brother Mike in the driving seat. But when Mike picks up his old buddy – the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent – things start to go south. Back in Melbourne, Rachel’s ‘partner in crime’, James Mycroft, clashes with Harris, and then a series of murders suggest that the mysterious Mr Wild – Mycroft’s own personal Moriarty – is hot on their tail. When tragedy strikes, Rachel and Mycroft realise they’ll have to recruit Harris and take matters into their own hands… 

(Jess adores this series with her every breath (har har, I'm hilarious). Marney knows how to write a pash ok.) 

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (UK/ANZ) / Harper Collins
Purchase: Book Depository / Amazon / Booktopia
Goodreads Summary: Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

(Jess underestimated this book's capacity to toy with her mind.)

The Winner's Trilogy #2: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 
Publisher: ANZ Bloomsbury / Macmillan 
Purchase: Book Depository / Amazon / Bookworld 
Goodreads Summary: The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

(Jess wants to cuddle all the beautiful extended metaphors)

Seeking Saturday's Read #25: Uni Begins, Sickness Strikes and Life Reevaluated

Sunday, 1 March 2015

the lovely hoard that I came home to 
Adios February, here’s to a new month and a new me. I know it’s early on in the year, but this week alone was enough time for me to meltdown and pick myself up again. It’s been a week of reevaluation—of what my limits are, how far I can push them and when enough is just enough. I’ve been back for a exactly a week now and it’s been a tough transition (hence last week’s blog absence). 

University has started for me and it’s been a hands-on new experience. But I love it (one subject more than the other ha!) I however will have to work out how to balance my life. It’s been a while since I’ve had to mix the blog with school and perhaps I’ve forgotten how to. As of right now, I’m just taking everything as it comes and for the moment, it’s working (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it—I kid, that’s probably not going to last forever). 

As a little cherry on top, I also got sick mid this week. I blame it on my inability to make a smooth transition from winter to summer. I’m horribly sniffy and constantly desiring a good nap. This all comes just as I make a little return to blogging. Like I said, I’ve reenergised over my break and honestly, I think I’m going to tackle things in a different manner now, one that will ensure that my health comes first. 
celebrated my return w/ carbs // and nachos // urgh and burgers // nothing like a sick day and good book
I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses this week and oh save me. I know there’s a particular hype surrounding Maas and while I wasn’t head over heels—completely sold on synopsis alone—before, I’ll have you know that I am now. Maas’ ACOTAR has changed the New Adult game. We need more fantasy in this genre. But man oh man, has she set the bar high. Every Move was also read this week and it’s a little heartbreaking to see this series come to an end. It’s a play on young!Sherlock, with an Australian twist. Go rejoice in this series, please. 

I’m hoping to get A Darker Shade of Magic and Vanishing Girls down this week. The former I’ve already chomped into and am loving. I’ve come to terms with the fact that Schwab writes just the way I like it—multifaceted characters and beautiful prose. Oliver and I however have a bit of a love hate relationship (oh alright, her books never win me over tbh) but her writing always has me intrigued, and whoever’s blurbing this thing is doing it right. Let’s just hope it’s a hit. 

That’s me—all vague and mysterious, debby downer but now rather cheery all over again. What’s up with you this week? Do you have an “Oliver” relationship to share, or is it just me who keeps coming back for more, despite my apprehension? Tell me all.