treat yo self

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY

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As if I needed any more help with procrastination, I have rewarded myself with a sparkly new game to obsess over before my new term starts

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I was doing pretty well at saving money and trying to reason with myself that I don’t need a new game this close to the start of the new term when I saw it in the shop and

out of nowhere

the voice in my ear began

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Since like a caveman, I was stuck in the world of PS2 games for what seemed like forever until two years ago when Kieran upgraded me to PS3/4, I am ridiculously far behind on new games, so I’m going into this one with no clue, which is kind of exciting. This came at a pretty good time since as much as I love Skyrim, especially the remastered/mods version, I needed a break from DO VAH KIIIIN every few seconds, so here goes!

Daily Prompt: Overworked

via Daily Prompt: Overworked

This prompt is pretty convenient since I had my second essay hand in of the week today, and I don’t know about you guys, but I’m feeling pretty overworked. I stayed up til just before 6am trying to proof-read and make sure it was OK but since it had gotten to the point where it hurt to read and words made no sense: shouldn’t Woolf’s To the Lighthouse be Litehouse? Since you say the T first? Why the hell should the g and h be in there when they’re not even pulling their weight? They can’t just lump on to the word when they’re not participating, they have no right, how dare- you get the idea. Anyway, that’s the last essay of the previous term finished, and now it’s onwards and upwards to the final term of my final year doing an undergraduate course! To celebrate this momentus occasion, I am setting myself up in the perfect place on the sofa and consuming all food within arm’s reach, which is probably not the best idea since like a puppy I eat until someone stops me.

Bruce, I feel ya buddy

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Moomin Madness

The lovely Kieran got me this Moomin colouring book for Christmas:

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Filled with all the Moomin wisdom:

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10 points if you can spot the obsession:

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It all started when I got given this chunky individual:

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As a leaving present from my work before I headed off to uni. They knew of my slight obsession with these Moomin cuddly things, probably because of the way I would possessively patrol their shelf, which was situated in the kids section of the bookshop I worked at (still don’t get why they weren’t also in the adults and young adult sections too since they’re clearly essential to EVERYBODY). And as soon as I got this moomin, he came along with me to uni to get a higher education, and whilst some of the other creatures of the stuffed or heatable-in-a-microwave nature didn’t quite make it from first year through to third year with me (so long, Kevin and Leonard Geoffrey), Moomin has always been a solid companion. Maybe because he is so, well, solid. Like seriously solid. Hugging this thing is like hugging a giant pillow that has a cute little hippo face and adorable ears. Just gonna say it, if none of you have one of these you need to go and get one and cuddle it now, they have the best therapeutic effect. The Moomin love spreads to everyone; most people didn’t know what a moomin was at first, or said they weren’t a fan before very quickly realising how wrong they were (looking at you, Kieran). Anyway, fast forward two years and Moomin is now joined by the coolest T-shirt ever, also a present from Kieran, the most adorable postcard from the Moomin shop in Covent Garden, and now the colouring book.

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Moomin love to all!

‘Three Dark Crowns’ Book Review

Ok so I’ve just finished this book:

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And I’m still all pumped from it. This book blew my mind:

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And by the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. There was something happening on every page. I’ve done a post before on a book that was similar to this in that it too had action on every page, but unlike that book, this one didn’t lose any of the quality of the story by having so much happening all the time. Oh right, the story; as usual because Amazon knows best:

‘In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.’

As I was saying, this one doesn’t lose any depth of the story even with such a quick progression. I read some of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride when I was younger and this book reminds me of that, only because nearer the end when things were racing along there were more of those short, sharp staccato sentences which make everything a lot more dramatic. Unlike some books that use these short dramatic sentences too much, Three Dark Crowns didn’t end up sounding at all superficial; the whole writing style flowed beautifully.

I know I’m raving about this book but I have literally just finished it; I’ve been cantering about the house for the past half hour and I’m both elated and crushed because I was again completely wrong in assuming this was a standalone novel; there’s going to be a sequel, there has even been talk of a series, and this one only came out in September 2016 and I’ll probably have to wait for like a year now

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I probably would have seen that coming if I hadn’t been so much in denial; I was doing the whole no it’s fine, of course the whole story will be tied up even though there’s only *flicks pages in stressed fashion* 20 pages left?!?! it’s going to be fine, there’s time to sort everything, ha ha ha HA

You get the picture.

Basically it’s feeling very difficult to discuss this book without any spoilers (of which I promise there are none) so all I will say is; this book felt like a mind cleanse. It was so refreshing after finishing this term of uni to read a book simply for the story, and it’s the most intriguing premise for a fantasy story that I’ve come across in ages. It’s also really nice to find a story where the romance doesn’t eclipse the fantasy; there are no “languishing sighs”, no “memorising the planes of faces”, no “tracing his cheekbones

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Plus people might find it refreshing that it’s an old school fairytale in ye olde times yet the monarchy is a matriarchy (three queens, y’all) so there’s that too. Plus, I’ve seen some reviews where people don’t like the fact that the book skips between so many perspectives, and normally I find that a little annoying in other books because there’s always that one chapter where you’re like HURRY UP and get back to the interesting stuff, but it actually really works in this book. The whole premise is that it’s a fight between these three queens, and different perspectives help you to build up ideas of what each queen is like, and it’s also pretty cool to hear the rumours about each of them from their enemies before reading from their own perspectives. Plus, if it was only written from one queen’s point of view, it’d be pretty hard to feel sympathetic for the others. Basically, this book is:

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And you all should read it

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