Sunday, December 13, 2015

Recap: Blogger Positivity Campaign


As a blogger returning from a hiatus (albeit a short one), Jillian's Blogger Positivity Campaign was a great reminder of why I love blogging. This campaign helped me to reflect back on my 3 years of blogging and understand why I started out in the first place. Today's post is recap of the campaign and I will be highlighting some of my favorite moments from the event.

WHAT I LEARNED
  • We need diverse blogging voices so don't be afraid to be yourself. While I understand that finding one's blogging voice is much easier than done, it is possible so we just need to keep working on it. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Bibliophile's Fictional Bucket List




“Besides the alternate universe offered by a book, the quiet space of a museum was my favorite place to go. My mom said I was an escapist at heart . . . that I preferred imaginary worlds to the real one. It’s true that I’ve always been able to yank myself out of this world and plunge myself into another.” 
― Amy Plum, Die for Me
I have spoken again and again of the magic found between the pages of a paperback. The kind of magic that happens every time you read an exceptionally brilliant novel. Inspired by Jesse the Reader's Fiction Bucket List Tag vlog, I have compiled my own fictional bucket list.

DISNEY

  • Spend a fortnight in Beast's library with Bella.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

5 Lankan Book Bloggers You Must Meet






Three years ago when I first started my book blog, Say It with Books I was looking for local book bloggers who might be interested in collaborations and whatnot. So of course, like all normal people I reached out to our trusty friend Google with a quick 'Sri Lankan Book Bloggers' search.

ZERO. That's how many bloggers I found.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Letter To (Magical) Readers


Dear Unicorn,

At the time I was drafting this letter, there were 7,383,852,034 people on this earth. Among these roughly 7 million people, there's a bunch of people that I consider my tribe.

They are a weird bunch. Some would call them crazy. Some would shake their heads at them. 

I call them magical.

By day, some of they are quite ordinary. You might encounter one on your daily commute. At your workplace. At your school. Even in your very homes. They are everywhere. 

But by night (Some do manage to sneak in during the broad daylight - How Scandalous!) they are wizards, superheroes, debutantes, super sleuths, dragon slayers, vampires, undercover agents, soldiers, werewolves and even villains. 

They are time travelers - twirling into the Regency Era, spying their way through the World War II, volunteering as a tribute beside Katniss, whipping up love potions and charms, immortalizing the French Renaissance in their paintings, falling in love in space, racing around on hover cars in 2056 or saving the universe from hostile alien life forms.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

November Must-Reads: Super Heroes + Murder



TitleVicious (Vicious #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab  
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: January 10th 2014

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MY THOUGHTS:

What distinguishes a hero from a villain? Is it their actions and its effect on society, their past or is it their intentions?  Does doing the right thing for the wrong reasons make you hero? 

One cannot dispute the fact that Schwab is a master storyteller. Her writing style is sheer brilliancy and compels you to turn page after page. I was addicted from page one and couldn't help but be pulled into this insanely twisted tale of ambition, power, betrayal, friendship, heroism and villainy. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

2 Things That Have Changed In Book Blogging

Changes in the book blogging community

The Blogger Positivity Campaign organized by the Jillian of Jillian’s Books aims to spread love and bring back some much needed positivity to the blogging community. Today's post is an extension of the campaign and I have chosen to share a few things that have changed (for the better) over the course of 3 years in the community!

D I V E R S I F I C A T I O N 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blogger Positivity Campaign



The Blogger Positivity Campaign hosted by the lovely Jillian of Jillian's Books kicks off today and I'm incredibly excited to be a part of this uplifting campaign! To kick of the event, the participating bloggers are doing an introductory post so here we are. I hope there's a little something for both the new and old readers of Word Contessa! ;)

HEY, DARLIN'


For those of you who are visiting for the first time, my name is Nuzaifa and I am the blogger at Word Contessa (previously, Say It with Books). I am a 20 something feminist working in branding and communications at a local fashion retailer. When I'm not reading, I can found binge-watching Empire, HTGAWM or The Mindy Project, gushing over pretty typography, or volunteering.

I blog from Sri Lanka, a tropical island in South Asia. Think gorgeous beaches, stunning forests, magnificent wildlife, super friendly people and drool-worthy spicy cuisine. Don't take my word for it, check it out here.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Do You Call Yourself A Feminist?




Growing up in household that champions independence and self-sufficiency, being a feminist was only natural. But it wasn't until much later that I realized the weight of this single word.

Reading the accounts of 25 brilliant ladies in I Call Myself A Feminist opened my eyes to the various prejudices that women across the globe face. These women not only had to fight everyday sexism but were also constantly discriminated because of their culture, religion, ethnicity, physical attributes and sexual orientation.

Their stories inspired me to reach out to some amazing ladies from the reader/blogger community so that they too could share what 'Feminism' means to them. Hear them roar! ;)


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I Call Myself A Feminist

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty
Editors: Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Martha Mosse & Alice Stride
Published: November 5th 2015 by Virago
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Is feminism still a dirty word? We asked twenty-five of the brightest, funniest, bravest young women what being a feminist in 2015 means to them.
THE REVIEW
“A male acquaintance of mine, with whom I have never had a dalliance, said to me, ‘You know what? If you lost a couple of stone…’ I said, ‘The rest of this better be a fucking equation.’ ‘If you lost a couple of stone, we could probably go out.’ I said, ‘Only if the couple of stone I lost was me fucking head.
—Sarah Millican 
For better or for worse, feminism is undoubtedly one of the buzzwords of the decade. 2015 alone has brought on a torrent of feminist literature. 

This is amazing. Yet.

Yet, up to now it has not been exactly easy to find a voice that I identified with. Until now. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Post Reading: What We Saw - Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw Aaron Hartzler Review
ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: What We Saw
Author:  Aaron Hartzler 
Published: September 22nd 2015 by Harper Teen
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Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

THE REVIEW

If you read one book this year, let it be this one.

I have always gravitated towards the very books that make me uncomfortable. The ones that make me question everything that society has deemed acceptable. The ones  that take root in my mind. The ones that drive me to think.

Aaron Hartzler's debut succeeds on all of these accounts. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Post Reading: The Moment of Letting Go - J.A. Redmerski


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Moment of Letting Go 
Author: J.A. Redmerski 
Published: August 11th 2015 by Piatkus
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You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart...

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she'd always craved - until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he's convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can't deny the deep connection he feels. But there's a reason Luke doesn't do long-term. He can't promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .
THE REVIEW

I hated it. I loved it. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blogging Rituals That Make Me A Better Blogger





I'm a slave to my moods. 

This makes me an inconsistent blogger despite my best efforts to stick to a schedule. From planners to apps, I've tried everything to beat this inconsistency with no luck. Coming back from my hiatus, something I learnt was that writing was not the hard part. The hardest part for me, was starting
“I couldn’t write. I grew tense. I was strangled by my own ego, by my petty desire for what I perceived to be the literary brass ring. I was missing the point, of course. The reward is in the doing.”
Once I do start writing however, it's like a massive endorphin rush. That feeling of contentment and accomplishment is unlike anything I've felt.
“To forget oneself-to lose oneself in the music, in the moment- that kind of absorption seems to be at the heart of every creative endeavor.” 
I  have always scorned writing rituals as something for the eccentric [never mind, that I'm pretty eccentric myself ;) ]. But this realization that my problem lies at the commencement and not the actual process of writing, motivated me to look more closely at blogging and writing rituals. Writing/blogging rituals are those small feel-good acts that help you write without much conscious thought - The small acts that eliminate the self-doubt, crush the writer's block and spur one to start writing. Today, I'm excited to share a couple of rituals that I adopted to make my blogging life a little easier.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August Must-Reads: Fanfiction and Retellings


Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12th 2015 

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MY THOUGHTS:

My love affair with YA has been going on for over two years. But it was starting to lose its appeal.
Thankfully, Renee Ahdieh's The Wrath and The Dawn came along and revived my love for YA literature.

How does one even begin to articulate the kind of feeling a book like this evokes? But I'll try.

Monday, August 3, 2015

10 Truths No One Tells You About Blogging

Starting a blog is possibly one of the best decisions I've ever made. 

Over the years, I picked up and dropped a variety of hobbies but the most life changing one is blogging. It started out on a boring afternoon as  an effort to entertain myself during my first job. Two years later, it has evolved into a platform to meet and inspire people across the globe while growing as a person. Not only has blogging forced me to become a better writer but it has also opened up countless windows of opportunities for which I'm thankful. Waking up to a positive comment on the blog or a simple word of encouragement on Twitter is undoubtedly the highlight of my day. But like everything else in life, there are definitely some less than amazing aspects to blogging. 

Today's post is an attempt to give aspiring bloggers a peek behind the curtain while also sharing how bloggers can embrace these daily struggles.

Spoiler: Blogging is not for the faint-hearted.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Post Reading: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) - Kate Winter


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Published:  May 21st 2015 by Sphere 
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Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).
THE REVIEW

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning to a trashed bedroom and zero recollection of the previous night, she knows something has gone terribly wrong. She assumes the odd feeling is just the world's weirdest hangover.

Turns out not only is she wrong but she's also dead. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Post Reading: Panther - David Owen


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Panther  
Author: David Owen
Published: May 2015 by Corsair
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Life isn’t going terribly well for Derrick; he’s become severely overweight, his only friend has turned on him, he’s hopelessly in love with a girl way out of his league, and it’s all because of his sister. Her depression, and its grip on his family, is tearing his life apart. When rumours start to circulate that a panther is roaming wild in his south London suburb, Derrick resolves to try and capture it. Surely if he can find a way to tame this beast, he’ll be able to stop everything at home from spiraling towards disaster?

Panther is a bold and emotionally powerful novel that deals candidly with the effects of depression on those who suffer from it, and those who suffer alongside them.
THE REVIEW

Every once in a while you come across a book that takes you by surprise. A sucker punch to the heart. Deceptively simple but astonishingly powerful.

All you can do is grip the book and let the tide of raw emotions wash over you. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The art of perfecting blog post visuals

The art of perfecting blog post visuals

Most bloggers skimp on the effort they put into the visual part of their content creation process. I honestly believe that this is a terrible waste. 

As interesting as I think your content, the chances are that I would not read it without a little push. Blog post images are the little push that motivates me to engage with your content instead of merely skimming it.

The soaring popularity of Instagram is proof that image-centric content creation is becoming increasingly favored by readers. There is no getting around the fact that a huge part of blogging involves large chunks of text. However, with right images you can get your readers to re-focus on your content when they lose interest with the blocks of text. Adding images that are relevant to your blog post and including infographics is something that we bloggers should focus on.


WHY MASTERING BLOG VISUALS SHOULD BE A PRIORITY 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Post Reading: The Liar - Nora Roberts

The Liar Nora Roberts Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Published:  April 16th 2015 by Piatkus 
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When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated. But his death reveals a horrible truth - Richard was a liar and a cheat. Now Shelby is left with the consequences - huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way.

Heart-broken but unbowed, Shelby is determined to fix her problems - if only for the sake of her gorgeous little daughter Callie. Returning home to Tennessee and the family she thought she'd lost for ever, she discovers a new sense of strength and freedom. And hope, too, in the handsome form of carpenter Griffin Lott - a straight-dealing man who couldn't lie to her if he tried.

But not everyone is thrilled to see Shelby Pomeroy back in town. And when a shocking act of violence is traced back to Richard's shady business, it becomes clear that she is not safe from him, even in death. With her life in danger, Shelby must face the lies of the past - or lose everything.
THE REVIEW

The Liar follows the story of a pretty and talented lead singer,Shelby Anne Pomeroy in a small town band. When Shelby meets the charming Richard Foxworth, she falls hard and fast in love with him. Smitten Shelby leaves Rendezvous Ridge, TN for Richard and his promises of love. 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Post Reading: Clash of Iron - Angus Watson

Book Review - Clash of Iron - Angus Watson

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Clash of Iron 
Author: Angus Watson
Series: Iron Age #2
Published: April 14th 2015 by Orbit
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LEADERS ARE FORGED IN THE FIRES OF WAR

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other -- and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile, Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?
THE REVIEW

Stating that Britain in the Iron Ages was not quite the best place to be would be a gross understatement. The threat of the fast growing Roman empire and the brutally legendary Caesar was imminent and worried even the greatest of warriors.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Currently: Chapter 3 of 12


WHAT I DID

Aside from some much awaited changes in my shift/job role at work and the #GuiltFreeReads collaboration with Jules, Sydney & Mishma, the other thing that took over my life was my project proposal. Crazy does not begin to describe it.

4 times. That's how many times I changed by project topic. I kid you not.

Have I ever told you that I can be quite indecisive? I detest the finality of making decisions and settling on one topic was damned near impossible. HOW DO PEOPLE EVEN DO IT. After WEEKS of indecisiveness and hesitation, I had pull an all-nighter to write the actual project. And I even made it on time for the submission. ;)

After that like every other normal 20 something, I reveled in the taste of that sweet liberation. And by reveled of course, I meant that I marathon-ed the heck out of my favorite TV shows in bed. I also watched Cinderella and I did love it but mostly I think it was the nostalgia and the dress-envy (So MANY gorgeous dresses) speaking. 

Post-Project-Proposal celebration also included ordering myself some EPIC books for my upcoming birthday (BEST PART OF BIRTHDAYS - ALL THE BOOKS). I will be saying goodbye to 21 and that makes me not-so-happy. But as I've been reminded multiple times I get to finally sing Taylor Swift's 22 and eat LOTS of cheesecake.


It's miserable and magical. 
Oh, yeah. 
Tonight's the night when we forget about the deadlines.

Here's to hoping that my 22 will be magical (I'm going to conveniently ignore that miserable part) because I've already gotten the forget about the deadlines part down to perfection!

WHAT I BLOGGED

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads

Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads Discussion
Melissa Cassera at Tiny Buddha re-defines a “guilty pleasure” as something that ignites and electrifies you in a way that should be totally illegal, but isn’t. She thinks it's should be something you should enjoy every day, with wild abandon. 

I could not agree more.

Today I have three wonderful readers, bloggers and fellow champions of guilty pleasure reads on the blog. Say hello to Jules from Jules Bookshelf, Mishma from Chasing Faerytales and Sydney from A Daring Adventure!
Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads DiscussionNUZAIFA: The notion that somehow certain books are more worthy than others is utterly ridiculous. The idea that one should be ashamed of reading mainstream books that entertain/amuse readers is silly. If the book that you choose to read is one that teaches you a life lesson, takes a position on social issues or if it is an award winning one, that's all well and good.

However, the snobbery about what constitutes literature and what doesn't needs to end. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Post Reading: Hero - Samantha Young


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Hero
Author: Samantha Young
Published: March 5th 2015 by Piatkus
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Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…  
THE REVIEW

The general consensus among the readers of Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series seems to be highly positive. I haven't had the opportunity to find out what the winning formula of this Goodreads Choice Award winning author is so I was pretty excited for Hero.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Currently: Chapter 2 of 12



Dear February,

Chaos. That's what I would use to describe you. 

I'm happy to see you go and yet I'm grateful for you. Does that make sense? It's been a tough month in every aspect and while I'm glad it's over, I'm incredibly grateful for the clarity that you have brought me. I started off this year hoping to live my life intentionally and be completely present in every moment. But a month later and I seem to have forgotten everything that I had hoped to be. But that is alright. 

Lets hope that this new month brings new opportunities and new beginnings that I so badly crave. 

Here's to change, faith and happiness.

Much Love,
Nuzaifa

Currently I'm...

Reading Samantha Young's Hero.
February was all about Celaena Sardothien. I read Sarah J Maas's The Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and The Assassin's Blade at a stretch and damn, I'm DYING to get my hands on Heir of Fire. Since that is not happening anytime soon, March is going to be about tackling my huge to-read-and-review pile.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wanderlust: 5 Places To Go + Books To Read





“I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met. ”

Melody Truong

All I ever want to do in life is to travel the world, read the kind of books that enchant my heart & soul and create something amazing every once in a while. While I haven't had the opportunity to see the world yet, as a reader I have had many an adventure in beautiful and sometimes, strange places. My to-travel list is filled with so many gorgeous places to see and wonderful cultures to experience.

Today I've picked 5 destinations I want to visit and paired them with to-read books that are set in these great places.
#01: England: A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray



To see: 
Oxford, heaven to Harry Potter enthusiasts seems to be filled with awe-inspiring architecture. There is nothing more I'd love to do than walk along the same charming cobblestone streets walked by legendary authors and great poets.
I'd love to see Cambridge, Hever Castle, Chinatown, the Big Ben, The Globe, Durham Castle, York Minster, Westminster Abbey, The British Museum, Warwick Castle, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Natural History Museum and Jurassic Coast.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Post Reading: Obsession in Death - J.D. Robb

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Obsession in Death 
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #40 
Published: Jan 12th 2015 by Piatkus
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A crisp winter morning in New York. In a luxury apartment, the body of a woman lies stretched out on a huge bed. On the wall above, the killer has left a message in bold black ink: FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING. 

Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an 'admirer', who just can't stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her - again and again...

With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide - approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk - along with those she cares about the most.
THE REVIEW

David Baldacci thought Obssesion in Death was a 'gut-searing emotional drama'. Stephen King seems to be a die hard Eve Dallas fan because he thinks Dallas is '....tough as nails and still sexy as hell'.

I wouldn't be lying if I said that Obsession in Death is one of the best murder mysteries that I've read in a long time.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Pinterest For The Visual Lover In You

List of Pinterest Accounts For Design Lovers Enthusiasts


Confession: I am an unapologetic Pinterest addict. 

I easily spend more than five hours on Pinterest every week. For a social network that has very little conversation and actual engagement between readers, Pinterest is highly popular. It is perhaps the lack of chatter that actually attracts a huge number of users. Compared to Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest is super quiet and requires very little community participation. There is hardly any doubt that visuals are a better story telling tool so Pinterest is highly effective in its simplicity. 

My favorite thing about Pinterest is that it allows me to collate all my interests on one site and at the same time makes it super easy to filter the content I want.

For my fellow Pinterest addicts I have curated a list of must-follow Pinterest accounts for the visual lover in you. Most of these Pinners are focused on design but they do share some pretty amazing interest-focused boards ranging from lifestyle, food, DIY to beauty, branding and travel.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Post Reading: Messenger of Fear - Michael Grant

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Messenger of Fear
Author: Michael Grant 
Series: Messenger of Fear #1 
Published: Sept 23 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books 
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I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear. 

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . . .
5 REASONS WHY MESSENGER OF FEAR WAS NOT FOR ME

#01 - Great concept not so great execution.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Currently: Chapter 1 of 12


I wish I could say that January was blur. Of course, there were some good days but like all good things those days seem to have rushed past me. And there were a lot of not so good days so I'm definitely glad to say goodbye to January. So here I am saying a big hello to February!

Currently I am... 

READING  Damsel Distressed. Don't let that cutesy cover fool you because Kelsey Macke pulls all the stops in this emotional debut. I have also been listening to some of the soundtracks for this novel and I've got to say Wedding Day Rain's Breathe Easy is my favorite! Many thanks to Hazel for introducing me to my new favorite fairy tale retelling.

WATCHING The 100. I might be a little obsessed with this show but man, the leading ladies are kicking ass! And I can hardly complaint about Bellamy Blake, can I? This show also wins because #Bellarke - The mother of all OTPs.