Saturday, February 25, 2012

Polyvore Profile - Cyd Charisse

I made this set a while back, after I first read the three Gingerbread books back-to-back. Cyd Charisse (or CC) is such a fun character, so I had a great time putting this profile together.

Cyd Charisse

♥ Heather Taylor of Hello Giggles rates Gingerbread as one her 'Now  Read This' picks
♥ Rachel Cohn's Facebook page and twitter
♥ Lenore interviews Rachel Cohn about her upcoming dystopian novel, Beta.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Snack Size #19 - Rachel Cohn

Another trio of mini reviews (at one hundred words each) - this time I read the Gingerbread series by Rachel Cohn (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist).

Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2002
Length: 176 pages

Cyd Charisse (yes that’s her real name!) is a reputed ‘bad girl’ with a heart of gold and a sweet tooth. When she’s not hanging with her surfer boyfriend Shrimp, she’s serving coffee (also her drug of choice) and raising hell for her tightly wound mother and step-father. After being kicked out of boarding school (for extracurriculars of the bedroom variety), Cyd heads to NYC to reconnect with her distant father and his other two children. Gingerbread is a fast-paced and funny read and Cyd is a strong female lead with an attitude and distinct vocab (which may take some getting used to!)

Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2005
Length: 288 pages

Ok, confession time:  when it comes down to it Shrimp (the character) is where my love for Cyd Charisse falters. For an awesome, kick-arse, independent chick, she spends a lot of time dilly-dallying over Shrimp (who in his defence, does seem like a cool guy but not worth the amount of time and energy devoted by the books to him). Anyway, this book sees Cyd return to San Francisco, make some girlfriends (yay, finally!) and attempt to make some (half-hearted) decisions about her future but ultimately concentrates on Cyd and Shrimp’s relationship. Plenty of sass, sadly not so much substance.

Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2007
Length: 256 pages
Cyd Charisse is back in New York with big plans. Culinary school (for her parents peace of mind), living in New York with her lovely baking half-brother and has said the big goodbye to Shrimp. But of course, as per Cyd’s history, things do not go according to plan. Again, there is plenty of crazy, chain-of-thought inner dialogue, delicious baked goods, eccentric characters and yes more Shrimp/Cyd drama. This is the final book in the Cyd Charisse series and even though I’ve come to love most of the characters, I feel like the story finishes at the right time and place.

Have you read this series? What did you think?
Did you want to eat a sweet treat afterwards?

Monday, February 20, 2012

30 Day Challenge February: Days 7 - 18

Excuse me while I blow the dust away from my blog! I promise I've still been keeping up with my 'photo a day' challenge, I've just been really struggling to find the time and motivation to blog. I think I need to take my own advice and try to get out of this funk!

In the meantime, here are some of my daily photos!

I've mentioned my love of trashy TV on here before and my current obsession is Extreme Couponing. We seriously have nothing like this in Australia and very few places even do coupons here. I'm torn between thinking these people cheat the system and in awe of the crazy savings.

Early morning at the train station. I'm now used to getting up super early and now appreciate having that extra bit of time in the day.

Ugh!!! I'm a very reluctant exerciser and every time I get on the treadmill is one part struggle, one part triumph.

Because there are so many photos, I've put photos 10 - 18 under the cut.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Love-shy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine to "spotlight upcoming releases". I am super excited for the release of Lili Wilkinson's new book!

Love-shy - Lili Wilkinson
Publisher - Allen & Unwin
Date of Publication - April 2012

From A&U: Penny is a schoolgirl investigative journalist in search of a story. And she finds one: a boy at her school who is painfully love-shy. Surely he's the perfect subject for a feature article. What could possibly go wrong?

I've been really looking forward to reading Love-shy since I first heard Lili talking about it at the Melbourne Writers Festival. I am a huge Lili-fan and I love that she writes smart, funny teen girls. And seriously, how cool is the cover (I love the terrarium).

Add it to your Goodreads and mark it on your April wishlists!

Monday, February 6, 2012

30 Day Challenge February: Days 3 - 6

I swear I have not been slacking on my first 30 day challenge - I just didn't want to clog up your readers and inboxes with my challenge posts.

Day 3: Shoes!

At not quite 5'1, I need all the help I can get. I saw these shoes on Friday and oh my goodness, I would very much like a pair come pay-day. Black is obviously more practical, but the aqua is so pretty!

Day 4

I spent my Saturday in this beautiful pool and my aunt and uncle's. Swimming followed by a barbeque dinner = suburban bliss!

Day 5

I've mentioned it on here before but I'll say it again - I love going out for breakfast. I'd put in my top five favourite things after reading and before stationary shopping. I often get poached eggs when I go out because I never make them for myself.

Day 6

The view from our back deck (how's the serenity?)

How was your weekend? What did you do?
Also, which colour shoes should I buy?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

30 Day Challenge February: Day 2

Both yesterday morning and this afternoon, there has been a mini army of green people encouraging people not to jay-walk and cross on the green light! Here they are in full force today!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

30 Day Challenge February: Day 1

Woohoo first day of my photo-a-day challenge! One of my favourite things about summer is finishing work when it's still light out! Look at that beautiful sky!!!