Tuesday, July 1, 2014

happy Canada Day!

I know, I know, I missed the June blog post. ARGH. MY BAD.

Firstly, Happy Canada Day to my fellow humans! Canada is the true north strong and free and simply the best place to live ever ever ever. For realsies, why don't you believe me? If you don't believe me, believe Patrick Ness:

I always loved that tweet ;)

Anyway, while you're here, I might as well give you some life updates to make up for my two month absence.

I've started a new job at a lab for the summer, and it's going really well. The best part so far has been the fact that everyone (including me) is obsessed with the World Cup, so for the past two weeks, there's always been a game on and it's exciting, fun, and hilarious. I'm cheering for Argentina and France because I bet 5 bucks that they'd make it to the finals (before this year, I had no interest in soccer whatsoever, ha!). If you're in Canada, CBC has FANTASTIC coverage (huzzah, Canadians!), they streams all the games for free online and even on mobile/iPads/etc.

Which of course, brings me to the next point: the World Cup!!! WAY TOO EXCITING. WHEEEE ZERO PRODUCTIVITY! Huzzah for rain + white jerseys = distinctive abs ;)

I went skydiving on Saturday! It's a lot of fun, but I wish there was a more intense "freefall" sensation, because it felt like as soon as I jumped, the air resistance was pushing me up... I know this might be an unpopular opinion but I liked bungee jumping a bit more, just because there was more time of falling. Skydiving was a blast though.

I've watched a ton of movies last month, and I'd REALLY recommend Edge of Tomorrow, even if it includes Tom Cruise. It's entertaining as heck, has a great plot, character arcs (yes, they exist!), and excellent action. Definitely underrated but trust me, it's really good! How To Train Your Dragon 2 was also a bundle of fun (god, I want a dragon so bad), and 22 Jump Street was everything it promised to be. So yeah, if you're bored, go watch movies :) If you have any recommendations for movies that are out on DVD right now and are really good, I'd LOVE to know.

In terms of books read, I most recently finished Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. I think LaCour is an author I can count on for solid four-star reads-- there's nothing really detracting about the book, it's quite enjoyable but not quite on the favourites list. So yeah, recommended. The book I read before that was Raging Star by Moira Young, which sucked so bad it makes me angry thinking about it. And before that was We Were Liars by E. Lockhard, which was well written. I know, I'm so descriptive, right?

I'm not sure what I'm reading next, I want to get around to The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch but I haven't been in a fantasy mood recently. As usual, I'll say follow me on goodreads, it's where I update most frequently in regards to reading. You can also observe my failure to read a hefty number of books.

Courtney Summers is releasing an e-novella sequel to This is Not A Test!! It's called Please Remain Calm and I AM ANYTHING BUT.

My mum sent me pineapple cakes from Taiwan and they are delicious.

OKay, I think that's all for now. Again, apologies for not updating last month... oops. Life, am I right?


  1. I've been loving the World Cup too. I was only 10 during the last one so this was like the first year I really understood everything and it's so exciting!

    So cool that you went skydiving! Haven't been skydiving or bungee jumping but would love to do so one day!

    I'm going to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 today so it's great to hear that it's good. It looks super duper adorable.

    And of course, happy Canada Day Audrey! :)

    1. I hope you enjoy HTTYD2! And yes yes yes, go do bungee jumping if you ever get the chance!

  2. Happy Canada Day back atcha! I have totally been following the World Cup too. Cheering for Germany first and foremost, and after that I tend to cheer for whichever team is the underdog LOL. (Of course I would be rooting for Canada if we ever GOT a team in the World Cup, but... XD)

    I saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 the other day and enjoyed it, though I was surprised by how dark it was. There was a section in the middle that was positively melancholy!

    Also, wow, you have been bungee jumping and skydiving? I would be too terrified to do either O_O

    1. COSTA RICA WOOOOO hahaha I'd love to see them beat the netherlands, what an upset that'll be :)

      And I know!! I was surprised they did that, but I think it made the movie even more appealing to me because it felt less like a "kids movie". I hope you're doing well, Danya! And that it's not raining too badly on the West Coast!

  3. Loved this post and was content to not reply until I saw that Raging Star sucked. I'M SO WORRIED NOW. I haven't had a chance to read it but Blood Red Road is one of my faves and I can't stand for the series to end badly :(

    (also, Brazil all the way for the world cup!!)

    1. Hahah that was probably not very nice of me, it didn't "suck", per se, it just really wasn't my thing. You should still read it!! I hope you have a different reaction than me.

  4. I LOVE THE WORLD CUPPPPP but it's GERMANY ALL THE WAY for me. they are what made me fall in love with soccer in the first place so I will always have a special place in my heart for them and they are the only ones I would bother following outside WC.

    OMG SKYDIVING! SO JEALOUS! it is def on my bucket list!!!

    and yes, I do want to watch Edge of Tomorrow after hearing such good things! I'm reading Everything Leads to You now and I'm really loving it.


    1. Ha, you must be super excited that they're in the finals then! Plus that semifinal match... oh goodness ;)

  5. absolutely agree on Edge of Tomorrow. it was so good.

    i like how your blog is still alive and still so very much you despite being busy with life, etc.

    I know what you mean about your feelings about nina la cour. I have similar feeling towards some other authors i read.

    i have we were liars but am just not that keen to read it for some reason?

    i am excited the courtney summers, too. but wish it was a full size novel :) x Nomes

    1. Hahha calling it alive is a stretch, but thank you! Hmm We Were Liars is interesting for sure, but not a favourite, it's a solid "borrow it from the library" type of recommendation for me. I hope you're doing well these days, Nomes :)


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