The Queen of the Tearling

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The Queen of the Tearling: Erika Johansen

Many of you have probably heard of or seen this book around in bookstores because of how popular it has become but if you haven’t read this book then DO because it is amazing! It’s about this girl, Kelsea Raleigh who has been living in a cottage in the forest since she was an baby.  On her 19th birthday, soldiers of the Queen’s Guard come for her to take her back to the palace where she is expected to take her place as Queen. This book is about the journey that Kelsea and the soldiers take to get back to the Tearling and how Kelsea must find a way to become an amazing and respected ruler in a land that has a great enemy. I love this book because it has such a strong female lead and Johansen is amazing in the way she is able to incorporate so many different topics and aspects into one book, she brings us a bit of mystery, fantasy, politics, honor and respect. From the moment I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. It is so interesting and so well written that when the sequel came out, I read that in one night as well!! Haha.

If you do see this book during your next trip to the library or bookstore, I would highly recommend that you pick it up and give it a try. I can’t say enough positive things about this book- it honestly is a favourite for me right now.

Teavana Joy Tea

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So, this has been a crazy week for me so far! I have officially finished all of my classes for my undergrad- how insane is that? It honestly doesn’t even feel real that I only have a few more (long) essays to go and then I’m DONE. Yay!! But because of this crazy last week, that has meant that I have not been able to post this week until now but I am going to try and get better and hopefully post a book review on Wednesday or Thursday.

This week I just wanted to do a quick little post on one of my favourite teas that I discovered a few years ago. I got this tea for Christmas one year and I absolutely loved it but, at the time,  it was only seasonal until recently I found it again in a Starbucks shop! The level of excitement I felt when I rediscovered this tea was embarrassing to say the least but I would really recommend this tea for anyone. I find it to be a light tea that has a slight floral taste which I personally love. One thing I will say to people when they are making it is that you need to be careful when pouring in milk and sugar if you’re using them; because this is such a delicate tea, I find that it can be overwhelmed easily. Overall though this is a huge favourite for me and look at the packaging! How nice is that?

And I guess because my mug is in the picture, I should make come comments about it as well because it is also a favourite for me. This is a mug I found at Chapters one day that says, “all you need is tea & warm socks” which I loved because I found it to be completely true to me. Haha. I really do enjoy my books, tea and big warm socks! Anyways, I feel bad that I haven’t posted at all this week but next week will be better!

A Time for Dancing

IMG_0144A Time for Dancing: Davida Wills Hurwin

So I have read this book time and time again and I LOVE it. It’s about two girls, Sam and Jules, who have been best friends for a long time. These two girls are just about to graduate high school and they are in the thick of their dancing careers when Jules is diagnosed with cancer. This book is all about how these two friends must try to overcome this illness and how this cancer affects the friendship that these two have. I found that this book was so touching and beautiful with how Hurwin wrote about the issue of terminal illness.

Although I don’t consider myself to be an overly emotional person, I have to say that I cry every time I read this book. It is so personal and touching; the way the author deals with this sensitive issue in a YA book is amazing. I would highly recommend this book for everyone because it gives readers a peek into an illness that many people have been touched by in today’s world and it shows readers how strong people can be.

Welcome!

Hello to anyone who has stumbled across this blog and welcome! This is my first post and I guess I will start off by telling you a little bit about me and why I decided to create this blog. First, I will start by saying that my name is Riley and I am 22 years old, living in Canada. I am two-ish weeks away from completing my undergraduate degree with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Anthropology. I am always asked what it is that I want to do with my degree and to be completely honest, I have no idea. As far as I know, I will graduate from university and proceed to go into a college program for Human Resources (HR) while also working. I’m really excited to be graduating but at the same time, and I’m sure I’m not alone, I am so nervous to be thrust into the adult world. I think my nervousness is partially why I decided to start this blog now. I just feel like I’m so unsure of what my future holds in terms of finding a job and earning enough money to pay for what I need/want that I need some control and some sort of an outlet for myself and a blog is a great way to achieve that!

My vision for this blog is to talk about things going on in my life and also to talk about or review some of my favourite things like books, makeup and (because I can’t live without this) tea! I don’t have any expectations for this blog as I’m sure it will grow and change, but I hope that some people feel comfortable enough to respond to what I’m writing about and to give some suggestions for what I should post about next.

I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my life and I think this blog will be a good way to document everything that is going on. I’m making this blog for myself right now but I do hope that people feel welcome here to comment or give suggestions or do whatever it is that they want to do!