archive: book review: delirium by lauren oliver

“The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well” – Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh

Try and imagine a world in which love does not exist; a world where love is considered to be a deadly disease which should be eradicated. People lived for years, being in love, before they realised that the deliria is the worst kind of illness, the kind that makes you believe you are well. Read More


book review: the statistical probability of love at first sight by jennifer e. smith

I came across this book on a fluke. I had a $50 Angus and Robertson online voucher to use and I was just having a look across the sight. I was in the process of searching for “Love Letters of Great Men Vol. 1” (stay tuned for more on that) when I accidentally hit “search” having only typed in ‘love’. I was partially glad for this as it is the virtual way to browse the bookshelves of the nearly non-existent bookshops (where I live anyway).

When the title “The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight” popped up, I was intrigued. And when I read the following, I knew I had to buy it: Read More

the hunger games review

The odds were always in their favour.

Already slated as “the next big thing”, The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) was predicted to trump The Twilight Saga in the box office for the opening weekend. While THG may not have beaten Twilight on the opening day, it smashed them in the opening weekend, raking in a cool $155million, only behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two ($169.2million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4million). THG was the only film in the top ten opening weekends that is a non-sequel. Well done Lionsgate.

UPDATED: THG made $155million in the US opening weekend – but across the globe, it made $214.3million.

Now onto the actual film. Read More

happy hunger games day

Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is the ultimate female heroine.

Today is the day!

Today is the day the largely anticipated The Hunger Games hits cinemas around the world (well, last night, but whatever). I’m a recent convert to The Hunger Games, having only read the trilogy by author Suzanne Collins last month. I read for the simple reason that I wanted to know what everyone was talking about and I generally prefer to read the book before I see the film. Read More

haters be hating

There are some women in Hollywood that other women just love to hate. Gwyneth Paltrow is one of them. And for the most part, I am baffled by this.

I am a lover of Gwyneth, and apart from the fact that she named her children Apple and Moses, she seems like she’s a pretty decent person, a great singer (as seen in Glee and Country Strong) and an amazing actress (see Shakespeare In Love).

The main reason, I’ve found, that people are hating on Gwyneth is she is so blissfully out of touch with everyday life, yet acts like she’s just a normal, everyday person. Read More

my name is monique and i’m addicted to buying books

I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. A book buying addict. It’s something I’ve been aware of for quite some time but lately it has come to my attention that the reason I don’t have a whole lot of money in my savings is because I spent it all on buying books (as well as DVDs of movies and television shows).

There are books stacked behind the books. It's a little chaotic.

I have little space to store my books (despite having an overflowing library made up of Dad’s books) and have had to stack books in my bookcase, hiding others from view, just to fit them all. Because I was organising my books purely just to fit into the space, there was no order to how they were organised. Read More

happy international women’s day

Today is International Women’s Day, so YAY for all the lovely ladies out there! According to the official website:

“International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world on March 8th each year. The day is about celebrating the vital role women play in enhancing economic security for their families, communities and countries as a whole while recognising that significant barriers to achieving women’s economic security and equality continue to exist. In 2012 UN Women Australia is focussing its fundraising efforts on the Partners Improving Markets program which is working to make marketplaces safe for women across the Pacific.”

For more information, visit the website here. Read More