Saturday, 14 July 2018

Short AF Book Review | Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Hey guys so today I'm going to be doing a Short AF book review on the book "Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. As usual this review is going to be short and sweet (like the title suggests) and spoiler free. (However there will be the blurb of the book in this blog post and sometimes they can contain spoilers but usually they don't. Just something to keep in mind if you're interested in reading this book.)



"Straight people should have to come out too. The more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal...

It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal."

So most of you would have probably heard of this book or, at least, the movie of the book "Love, Simon". I saw the trailers for "Love, Simon" and the moment I found out it was a book I knew I had to buy the book and read it. For me, I really love LGBT+ literature because I'm part of the LGBT+ community and I'm always interested to see how LGBT+ literature plays out because some people get it so so wrong, and some people get it really right. I think in this case, they got it really right. (Now some people may disagree with me and that's their personal opinions but please remember that everyone's experiences is different, and my experience could be completely different to others." I adored a lot of the characters in this book and some other characters really grated on me. I however think that is due to the fact that it is set in high school and teenagers can be so so mean (Yes, some teenagers, probably more than when I was a teen are a bit more accepting these days, however bullying culture still exists and anything that makes you any type of different will still result in teenagers being mean. Regardless of what century we're in. A lot still needs to change for the world to be better for the LGBT+ community and I think the book really showed that). I really loved Simon and Blue and how their relationship progressed and I thought it was so sweet and pure and it just felt kind of natural? I would definitely recommend this book to everyone and anyone it's such a sweet novel and I loved it. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating on goodreads. Please give this book a read it's worth it.

What did you think of this book? Do you have any movies or books that you recommend or want me to do a short AF review on? Have you read this book yet? Please let me know down in the comments below!

Have a wonderful day.

Love Lyndsay.
xo

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Short AF Book Review | The Iron Man by Ted Hughes


Hey guys so today I'm going to be doing a Short AF book review on the book "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes. As usual this review is going to be short and sweet (like the title suggests), and spoiler free. (However there will be the goodreads synopsis in this blog post and sometimes they can contain spoilers but usually they don't, usually the blurb of the book is in the blog post but for some reason there's no blurb on my copy of The Iron Man. Just something to keep in mind if you're interested in reading this book.)



"Mankind must put a stop to the dreaded destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world."

So the first thing I quickly want to mention is I have never ever read this book before. Yes, I know you're usually supposed to read it as a kid but I never got the chance to. I also have never seen the movie but definitely will be doing so now that I've read the book! Whilst reading this book I decided to leave annotations on sticky notes in the book, this is the first time I've done this whilst reading a book that I'm going to be doing a Short AF review on because normally I write one a couple of hours after reading the book so it is fresh in my mind. However, my laptop was broken so couldn't do that so if the format seems different that is why. If you prefer this format also, please leave a comment down below. One of the first things I noticed in the book was the silhouette style of art in it. I loved all the drawings in the book and it made a better reading experience. Some of the art took up only small portions of the page and some pieces took up two pieces but they we're all stunning. One of the things I had a love hate relationship with was the amount of short sentences in the book. I loved it because it's a kids book so it made sense for it to be wrote in that way, and sometimes brought out the urgency in what the writer was trying to convey, however other times it made the book hard to keep up with and I found myself having to re read those sentences a couple of times. The book also immerses you using a lot of sounds and colours to describe things, especially when it comes to how the iron man is feeling. It allows you to picture what is happening in your head and I love books that are that immersive. I loved that Hogarth was so brave and kind, he was an extremely relatable character and is definitely a character kids can look up to, I honestly wrote as an annotation "Hogarth has a heart of GOLD" and I stand by that. The amount of empathy that boy has for a kid of his age is unbelievable. The magic that Ted has placed in the real world in this book is pretty amazing, as a child I would have really appreciated this as I was the kind of kid who wanted to find magic everywhere. You find yourself empathising with a lot of the characters in this book, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has children, or anyone who just wants a short read as the book is only 80 pages and most are filled with pictures. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 star rating on goodreads (but you better believe if it was me as a kid reading this it probably would have been a 5 out of 5 stars).

What did you think of this book? Did you read it when you were younger or have you not read it yet? Do you have any movies or books that you recommend or want me to do a short AF review on? Please let me know in the comments down below!

Have a wonderful day.

Love Lyndsay.
xo

Friday, 1 June 2018

Short AF Book Review | They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera


Hey guys so today I'm going to be doing a Short AF book review on the book "They Both Die At The End" by Adam Silvera. As usual this review is going to be short and sweet (like the title suggests), and spoiler free. (However there will be the blurb of the book in this blog post and sometimes they can contain spoilers but usually they don't. Just something to keep in mind if you're interested in reading this book.)



"On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death - Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - To live a lifetime in a single day."

Okay so this book is based in a world where "Death Cast" call you at midnight on the day that you are going to die so you're able arrange everything you need to before you end up dying. Mateo and Ruthus both have this call and end up meeting through an app called The Last Friend to spend their last day together. Before you even begin reading this book, just know that you might (You're definitely going to) cry a lot. So get some tissues, a hot drink and allow yourself to be pulled into the stories. There are so many characters in this book and each character touches on different topics and how important these topics are to the main characters lives. There's amazing character development throughout so if anything definitely read it for that. I was invested in every single character they introduced including the ones that were only in one or two chapters of the books. If you are uncomfortable with the topic of death however I would not recommend this to you as it is literally the main topic. There's a lot of unresolved questions regarding other characters in the books that part of me wish they answered and part of me is glad they didn't because that is what life and death is, unexpected and sometimes unexplained. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 star rating on goodreads. Please read this beautiful masterpiece you won't regret it.

What did you think of this book? Do you have any movies or books that you recommend or want me to do a short AF review on? Have you read this book yet? Please let me know down in the comments below!

Have a wonderful day.

Love Lyndsay.
xo

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Short AF Movie Review | Avengers Infinity War


Hey guys so today I'm going to be doing a Short AF movie review on the movie "Avengers: Infinity War". As usual (even though the old ones are deleted but if you remember then you know this), this review is going to be short and sweet (like the title suggests), and spoiler free. (However there will be the IMDB synopsis in this and sometimes they can contain spoilers however they usually don't. It's just something to keep in mind if you're planning on watching the film.)



"The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe."

Okay, so first things first. If you know me at all, you know that I'm more of a DC girl. I always have been and my love for John Constantine has thoroughly put DC the biggest place in my heart. However, since me and James have started dating I've been getting more and more into the Marvel universe due to him loving it so much. Before this movie we marathoned most of the movies in chronological order (we're still going, we're almost done now though). I have characters that I've truly and utterly fallen in love with and some that I just don't like at all. The majority of the characters that I've grown to love are in this movie though and it made me super excited to watch it. We went at 10pm at night all smiles and excitement and left the movie theatre at 12:40am with tears in our eyes. The movie is action packed and there's a lot of story in those 2 hours and 40 minutes. There was a lot of laughter, there was definitely a lot of tears. I'd recommend this movie to any comic book fan, but I would definitely recommend marathonning the movies as well like me and Jamie did. It's a great movie and I can't wait for the next movie in the series.

What did you think of this movie? Do you have any movies or books that you recommend or want me to do a short AF review on? Have you watched this movie yet? Please let me know down in the comments below!

Have a wonderful day.

Love, Lyndsay.
xo

Monday, 23 April 2018

What I've Been Watching On Netflix


Hey guys so lately I've been watching a lot of netflix in my spare time. I have a load of tv shows that I love on there, so thought I'd share a couple of the ones I've been watching with you. These are in no particular order. So let's just get into it.


Big Mouth | 2017

"Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty."

Okay so this is first on the list because I'm actually watching this whilst I'm writing this blog post. This tv series probably won't be to everyone's taste, but I find a lot of it hilarious. It discusses a lot of the issues you have whilst you're going through puberty, however some of the characters can be a little bit problematic.



Friends | 1994

"Follow the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30 - something - year - old friends living in Manhattan."

So I used to watch this when I was a kid and if you follow me on twitter you've probably seen that I've just finished it. I loved this when I first watched it and I love it just as much now. It brings back so much nostalgia and I binged it in about 2 months. Definitely worth the watch if you haven't seen it before. (Also side note, Ross is a douche)



Dynasty | 2017

"Follows two of America's wealthiest families as they feud for control over their fortune and their children."

Okay so the main reason I wanted to watch this is because Elizabeth Gillies is in it. I'm really glad I started watching it because it's a really great tv series. I didn't originally know that there was a 80s tv show or that this was a remake. I might have to watch it after this series finished.



Riverdale | 2016

"A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade."

So I started watching this about halfway through the first season because I didn't want to give into the hype. But I'm so glad that I did. This tv show is amazing. There's so many twists and turns in this tv show and it always leaves you wanting more each episode. My favourite character is definitely Cherry Blossom.



Once Upon A Time | 2011

"A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed"

Okay so there's a lot of seasons in this series and there's a lot of episodes per season. So it makes for a really great binge watch. When you watch it please get past the first season. The first season isn't the best out of all of them but once you get past it it's an amazing series.



RuPaul's Drag Race | 2009

"RuPaul searches for America's next drag superstar."

So the only trailer I could find is for season 9 but all of the series are pretty much the same so it doesn't make too much of a difference. I love RuPaul's drag race and I get excited over all of the seasons contestants. It's currently on season 10 and I've been watching this season every single week.



Jane The Virgin | 2014

"A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated."

I absolutely adore this tv show. This is one of the most amazing tv shows I've watched for a long time. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, you'll have so many emotions watching this TV show. It's definitely made me feel more interested in trying to find some good tellanovellas (if anyone has any please leave them in the comments down below). Gina Rodriguez is also one of the most gorgeous women I've seen on this planet.

And that's most of what I've been watching on netflix lately. I'd definitely recommend checking out all of these tv shows. Do you have any recommendations to watch on netflix? (Please keep in mind it's Netflix UK for me). Have you watched any of these? What did you think of them? Please leave your comments down below.

Have a wonderful day.

Love, Lyndsay.
xo

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Blogger Tag



Hey guys so today I'm going to be doing the blogger tag. I haven't been tagged by anyone however I really wanted to do a get to know me type of blog post and I thought this would be the easiest way to do it. So let's just get into it. (If you want to answer these questions too I tag you all!)

Question 1: How Tall Are You?

I am 5 ft 5". I'm the shortest one in my immediate family and also James is much taller than me to.

Question 2: Do You Have A Hidden Talent? If So, What?

I don't think I have any hidden talents, I know how to play the piano but that's not really hidden.

Question 3: What's Your Biggest Blog - Related Pet Peeve?

When people tell others what they should/shouldn't do with their blogs. I don't mean when it's specifically been asked either and constructive criticism is okay. But blogs are meant to be an expression of their writer's individuality. Don't try and control what someone else can and can't do with theirs.

Question 4: What's Your Biggest Non - Blog Related Pet Peeve?

When people don't use their manners. Please and thank you's go a long way.

Question 5: What's Your Favourite Song?

My favourite song at the moment is currently Toothpaste Kisses by The Maccabees. 



Question 6: What's Your Favourite Social Media Website?

I really love Twitter and Instagram. I check both of them every day and I try to post every day on Instagram as well (most of the time I fail miserably)


Question 7: What's Your Favourite Way To Spend Your Free Time When You're Alone?

I mainly catch up with tv shows on netflix. I've been watching Friends a lot lately. I also love reading and listening to music.


Question 8: What's Your Favourite Junk Food?

I really love chinese food but at the moment it hasn't been agreeing with me so currently I'm super into Mexican food!

Question 9: Do You Have A Pet Or Pets? If So What Kind And What Are Their Names?

I have a dog, he's an english bull terrier x rodesian ridgeback. He's 8 years old and he's my baby. His name's Ozzy.

Question 10: What Are Your Number One Favourite Nonfiction And Fiction Books?

My favourite fiction book is definitely They Both Die At The End by Adem Silvera at the moment. I don't really have a favourite none fiction.

Question 11: What's Your Favourite Beauty Product Or Tool?

I love all of my Makeup revolution eyeshadow palettes. They're super pigmented and extremely pretty. I use them all the time.

Question 12: When Were You Last Embarrassed? What Happened?

I embarrass myself every day by falling over daily.

Question 13: If You Could Only Drink One Beverage (Besides Water) For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would It Be?

Tea. It's pretty much the only thing I'm drinking at the minute besides flavoured water anyway. So yeah, I'd say tea.

Question 14: What's Your Favourite Movie?

I really love 10 things I hate about you. It's always been one of my favourite movies since I was a teenager. Young Heath Ledger stole my heart. 


Question 15: What Was Your Favourite Lesson In School And Why?

I really liked doing maths in school, so much that I took the extra statistics GCSE in year 10.

Question 16: If You Could Live Anywhere In The World, Where Would You Live?

I don't think that I'd change where I lived. Like if this was a if you could travel anywhere in the world it would be a whole other story. My family is here though, and I love where I live. So I'd stay where I am.

Question 17: PC or MAC?

Well considering I always use a PC. I'm going to have to say a PC. Not just that but whenever I'm on a MAC it feels like I'm using an alien computer and have no idea what I'm doing.

Question 18: Last Romantic Gesture From A Crush, Date, Boy/Girlfriend, Spouse? (Or Kind Gesture From A Friend)?

Anything my boyfriend does is romantic for me and I'm just happy I get to spend the rest of my life with James because he's perfect.

Question 19: Favourite Celebrity?

Okay so I have 2, one female one male. Anne Hathaway is my favourite female celebrity as I've loved her ever since I was younger and always thought she was perfect. Hugh Jackman is my favourite male celebrity because I've always loved him as an actor.

Question 20: What Blogger Do You Secretly Want To Be Best Friends With?

No one to be honest. It's not that I don't like making friends with people but I don't have that whole idolism around people who I watch or read online.

Question 21: Who Is Your Biggest Inspiration?

As cheesey as it sounds. My mother is my biggest inspiration. She's always been the strongest woman in my life and is an amazing role model. If I could aspire to by like anyone it would definitely be my mum.

Question 22: What Is Your Favourite Blog To Read?

I don't really have a favourite. I love reading different people's blogs and seeing everyone's views on things and how their individuality shines through.

Question 23: What Is Your Favourite High Street Shop?

At the minute I've been loving superdrug and I've been finding myself in their a lot lately for pretty much everything. I love all the makeup stands they have there and I also love that they have a whole section for travel sized items especially for when I go travelling.

Question 24: Are You In Education Or Do You Work?

I work and I've been at my current job for just over 2 years now.

Question 25: One Thing You Are Proud Of?

The relationships I have with my friends and family. When I was younger I didn't have the strongest relationships with well, anyone. Now that I've grown I have fulfilling relationships with all of my family and most of my friends.

And that is the blogger tag. As I said, if you'd like to do the questions feel free to do so!

Have a wonderful day.

Love, Lyndsay.
xo

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Pottermore


Hey so if there's one thing you need to know about me it is that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. It was the series (both books and movies) that I grew up with and have very fond memories of delving into the magical school of Hogwarts. I loved every adventure Harry and his friends would go on and other characters we would meet along the way, *ahem* Luna.

So when Pottermore first came out I knew I had to go on it, and I did. However my laptop that I had back then was rubbish and I unfortunately wasn't able to go on it for long periods of time without it crashing. So today, I thought I would go back onto my profile on Pottermore to find that my account was no longer there...

Which meant I had to start all over again.

Now don't get me wrong, the thought of starting all over again wasn't too bothersome, however the fact that I've been a proud hufflepuff for the last couple of years of my life and they've changed the quiz sort of made me worry that I might have changed houses since the last time I went on...

So I redid the quiz, and they also had a couple of more quizzes on there so I just wanted to share with you what I got.

My house:

Okay so this is the one that put my on edge, as I thought that I would not get hufflepuff again and then would cry over all the hufflepuff memorabilia I have managed to find over the years.

Thank god I'm still a hufflepuff.

Like seriously I don't think I could have dealt with being in any other house. Hufflepuff is the hardest to find memorabilia for and I honestly love being a Hufflepuff so much.

My Patronus:

I honestly don't remember what my patronus was last time i logged onto Pottermore. It's been so long so I was excited to see what I'd get this time. I was really hoping for something cute like a fox or a doormouse.

My patronus however is a dapple grey stallion. Which is sort of cool. Although what does that say about me?

My Wand:

So I do know that last time I was on pottermore, this was not an option. So I was excited to take this test and see what kind of wand I would have.

I ended up getting a "Pear wood with a unicorn hair core 11 1/2' and slightly yielding flexibility." It's quite cool it has unicorn hair in and I'd love to see a wand like that in real life. (But alas, unicorns aren't real)

My Ilvermorny House:

Okay so I honestly still have no idea what this means, when I have a minute I'm going to have a proper read of the pottermore site but apparently I'm a Wampus? I don't know whether that's good or bad but we'll have to see!

And that's all the quizzes I could take regarding my page on pottermore.

The website has definitely changed since I was last on it, but it also means it's a little smoother to use than it used to be and is also easier to navigate. I'm just gutted that my old profile has somehow been deleted, but hey, at least I'm still a Hufflepuff.

Have a wonderful day.

Love, Lyndsay.
xo