Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!

I had a dream a while back, and I can’t remember all of it, but the main gist of it was that there’s a girl who is discovered by this guy. She’s injured, so he helps her (he was returning some kind of favour, but I can’t remember what). She wakes up in this rebel camp, and the guy who saved her is second in command. Then all of a sudden, someone says “The army is here!” Everyone starts gathering all these weapons, and this girl decides to look out of the window. Don’t ask me how the window got there; my dreams never make sense half the time. She looks out, and sees this army of thousands in formation, marching towards this rebel camp. That was the end of my dream.

Well, that kind of coincided with an idea my friend told me that he had for a story. It was dystopian, zombie, war, and action, all rolled into one. It actually sounded fucking cool, so I started brainstorming some ideas with him, and we came to the conclusion that one day we should collaborate and write this series.

Anyway, I think my dream was kind of a variation of my friend’s idea. I don’t know. It seemed different, but I think my friend’s idea was still fresh in my head when I went to sleep and my brain farted out that. So I’ve decided to write an outline of it. I’ve never attempted dystopian or action or anything futuristic at all, so this is going to be interesting..

Let me just say, though, that the only music I’ve been listening to for the last two hours is Alice Cooper, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and Bush. Turns out they are good for inspiring dystopian ideas.

I might post my idea to see what you guys think…

Ziggy xo.

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I suck.

Yep. I suck. I haven’t updated or added a new post here in two weeks! That’s a record! I feel so bad, but life has just been.. crazy. At times. Other times I’ve just been watching The Office or reading or actually writing.

Um, well, what new things have been happening in my life? Nothing really. Just Meg drama where this douchebag she liked told me to go ‘neck it’, or in less bogan terms, go hang myself. That was fun. It actually makes me laugh when people say shitty things like that because I really don’t care what they say. It’s good not giving a fuck.

As for that, nothing else. I’ve been saying for fucking ages that I’m going to put some book reviews up, and I haven’t. Typical Ziggy. I’ll get around to it, I promise! I might also put up some writing. I don’t know yet.

Sorry for this short and shitty post. Forgive me!

Ziggy xo.

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I’m going back to 505.

The title of this post has nothing to do with anything except that it’s the lyric of an amazing Arctic Monkeys song, 505, BECAUSE I WENT TO THEIR CONCERT LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS AMAZING! BEYOND AMAZING!

All my nervousness about the concert went out the window when my friend, Han, and I got there at 5pm and there wasn’t that big of a line (apparently the concert wasn’t even sold out. Guess there aren’t heaps of Arctic Monkeys fans in Brissy). I think it finally hit us that we were actually going to see them live that night.. because all day we’d been talking about how it feels like a dream, like it’s not even happening. Which is a feeling of elation I always get whenever I go to a concert because I’ll be seeing this musician I’ve been listening to for ages in the flesh, live, in the same vicinity as me!

Anyway, we got there, grabbed something to eat and sat down on the grass hill. Soon after, the opening act, Violent Soho, a Brisbane grunge/alt/heavy rock band came on and they were so good! Before the concert, I’d downloaded their stuff and I loved it! They were no disappointment live, that’s for sure. Although an intro of one of their songs sounded like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, and another one sounded like a Blink-182 song, so I guess they have pretty good influences…

Then Miles Kane came on, which Han and I were also pretty excited about because Miles Kane and Alex Turner (of Arctic Monkeys) have a band of their own, The Last Shadow Puppets, and their whole album pretty much sounds like the soundtrack to any James Bond movie. It’s awesome. Miles Kane also has a solo album, which is so good! Han and I are pretty big fans of him too, so half way during his set, we decided to go into the mosh pit.

I know I said that we both hate mosh pits, but we just decided to try it and face our fears, and what better way to do that than at an Arctic Monkeys concert?

Well, never again.

During Miles Kane’s set, the mosh wasn’t that bad. We managed to get into the middle, and by the time his set finished, we were kind of near the front.

All hell pretty much broke loose when the Arctic Monkeys came on.

They opened with ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, and as soon as the intro came on, everyone started fucking pushing and shoving, and this huge fat guy behind Han was pushing so fucking hard. It was so fucking horrible! I thought I was going to explode from all these bodies pushing up against me and I couldn’t even breathe.

After the first song, and during the second, Han and I managed to make our way out, sweaty and thank god to be alive.

I don’t know how people can like it or stand it for that matter! I mean, sure, I would have loved to be less than a metre away from Alex Turner, but I wouldn’t risk my life for it! Fuck that!

Then we enjoyed the rest of the concert at a safe distance and had pretty much the best fucking night ever! It was over all too soon, though. They were only on for an hour and a half and they could have at least played 3 or 4 more songs, I reckon. They had enough time and songs to do it!

But anyway, it was amazinggggggggg! ahhhhh! I don’t have any good photos though, otherwise I would post them!

In other news, I got accepted into university at Griffith! I’m so fucking excited, but so damn nervous, worrying about what it’s all going to be like! I enrolled the other day, and I have three courses this term, and god, I’m already stressing because I have no clue what to expect!

Also, last night, whilst I was having the time of my fucking life, my friend Kj, was having a going away party because she’s going on exchange to Germany for a year. I would have gone, but obviously, I was going to see the Arctic Monkeys! I’d been waiting for it for months, so I had to say I couldn’t go to my friend’s going away party. I felt so bad, but I don’t regret not going. It was the fucking Arctic Monkeys I saw last night!

Penny was telling me about last night, and from the sounds of things, they had a very memorable night. Penny hooked up with a couple of guys, which is always to be expected, and there was joking and drinking, and people sharing showers together… Kj, Meg and Penny have all been messaging me, saying I missed out on a ‘bloody good night’, ‘seriously good night’, and I’m getting pissed off. I hate being left out of things, and I know it’s my own fault because I had a prior commitment, but still, I feel like they’re making me feel bad. So I got angry and said a few things to Kj, and then she told me to calm the fuck down, and at that point, I felt like saying so much more. I felt like just letting it all out, saying everything I felt.

But instead I apologised.

I feel like kicking myself for it, because nowadays I feel like I always have to restrain from saying what I really want to say so I don’t hurt any of my friends. I don’t want to lose any of them, but I just want to say what I really fucking feel and I can’t because I’ll probably get into a stupid fight with them!

I’ve lost four friends over the last couple of years because I never used to think through what I was about to say, so I would just say it, and express myself, and they would end up getting hurt and I would end up losing them.

Is there a way I can say what I really feel without hurting anyone?

No, I don’t think so…

Ziggy xo.

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Awkward non-hipster.

Yes, I am talking about Alex Turner, that hot sexy talented man. It seems guys with the name ‘Alex’ are just automatically hot and sexy, like Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood, or Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low, and especially Alex Pettyfer the British actor. Ah, they are all so sexy and all share the name Alex and it’s kind of a really weird coincidence that I love.

(Sorry for my absence. I’ve just been doing way too much reading and watching American Horror Story and Sherlock, and I just haven’t felt like blogging. But it seems that I always get the urge to write at ridiculous hours of the morning, and I have a lot to write about. I’ve got a few book reviews, and one weird dream to tell, so I’ll be updating a lot in the next 24 hours.)

Anyway, what does Alex Turner have to do with any of my weird ranting?

If you don’t know who Alex Turner is, please, just stop reading and close your tab or browser. You are dead to me, and therefore, do not have the privilege to read my blog when you don’t know who this great man who has recently started dressing like a 50’s greaser, is.

But if my harsh words haven’t stopped you, I’ll inform you. He’s the lead singer of the English band, Arctic Monkeys, AND IN ABOUT 2 DAYS I’LL BE SEEING THEM LIVE AT THE RIVERSTAGE!!!!!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!!

I am so fucking excited. Like beyond excited, I think. If that’s possible. I’ve loved them since I was about 13 or 14 and have always dreamed of seeing them in concert! Now I am!!!!!!! (If you want to listen to any of their genius musical stylings, go here. And if you have a phobia of clowns, I’m sorry.)

I’m seeing it with my friend, Han Mats, who is a friend that I don’t really see often because we went to different schools before we graduated. But I’m seeing it with her and staying over at her house, so I’m even more excited to catch up with her! Her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend will be there, which Han isn’t too happy about, but we’ll have each other, and be in the presence of Alex Turner, so who gives a fuck?

I’m also a little… nervous? Yes, nervous, despite the fact that I’ll be seeing one of my favourite bands since forever in 2 days. It’s because I love seeing bands live, but I don’t like concerts. It’s weird, but true. I love seeing a good band playing their stuff live and hearing it for the first time with them on a stage 20 metres away, but it’s the people that I don’t like. I hate being around that many people; I just hate it. You can’t trust anyone, and you don’t know what they might do. You also usually get fuckwits at concerts which annoys me, and sometimes, those fuckwits start mosh pits which I’m not a fan of. Mosh pits are fucking scary and you could probably get fucking killed. It’s kind of ironic that my favourite type of music attracts a lot of mosh pits, but whatever, I like the fucking music. Mosh pits aren’t going to stop me.

Also, I fucking love the Arctic Monkeys, but a lot of ‘hipsters’ are fans of them. Han Mats is a hipster, but she’s fucking cool. I don’t have anything against hipsters or people like hipsters, honestly. It’s just that I’m not a hipster-type person; I don’t really fit into that stereotype crowd, or any crowd really. I just love the music, so I’ll probably be feeling a little out of my league, and depth, at the concert.

I’ll be awkward as fuck.

But when Alex, Jamie, Nick and Matt get up on that stage, I’ll forget all about and fucking enjoy the music.

At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. :)

But concert people do suck.

Ziggy xo.

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Japan! I love Japan!

Well, Happy New Year! This is the first post of 2012 that I am making, and of course, I’m going to talk about my eventful NYE last night. Get ready.

So Penny and Meg came to my house, with Meg coming straight from the airport, and to my surprise, these two guys we know dropped her off. They are well known stoners, but they are actually really nice guys. One of them, Jordan, is pretty good friends with Penny and Meg, having hooked up with both of them in the past. My first thought when I saw them was “Great. Now they know where I live and what number my unit is.” Is that a bitchy thought? No, because I don’t like people who I’m not associated with, or even acquaintances with, to know where I live. That’s kind of weird, isn’t it?

Anyway, my dad drops us off at this party and not a lot of people were there yet. This is around 8pm, mind you, so no one was really drinking. There was a bunch of adults there, which I felt awkward about. Yeah, let’s fuck shit up and get drunk in front of these random adults! There was also this group of guys there that no one knew. (They come up later in the story…) But there was almost our whole group there, except for Eleanor. So the niggaz were reunited! Me, Durell, Tyreese, and Penny (Meg isn’t part of the niggaz… yet). Then Eleanor turned up and it was a proper reunion!

More people I knew started turning up and Durell brought Vodka so we got stuck into that like alcoholics and then the real night started.

I had one drink of vodka and lemonade and I was already feeling it. One fucking drink. My alcohol tolerance has all of a sudden changed.. but that was okay. So I was hanging around my group, talking to Nanami (fucking hardcore girl, seriously), Bridie (who was talking in her Irish accent for like the whole night because alcohol does that to her), and a bunch of our other friends.

Penny had already found the boys and was talking to three of them, as well as Jordan and Brad (the two guys who dropped Meg off at my house).

I lost track of Eleanor some time after I went out to have a cigarette with Nanami and Chris. I only had one left so we were just sharing it, which made me pretty sad. Then surprise, surprise, here comes Penny with this group of guys who conveniently had smokes. Chris went inside, but Nanami and I stayed as these guys introduced themselves to us. There was two Alex’s. One was talking to Penny pretty much the whole time and he was really cute, and actually nice compared to the guys Penny usually gets with. Then there was Sleazy Alex. That’s what I’m calling him because he was. Then there was this fat guy we never talked to, and this other nerdy guy who was trying to look all tough smoking a cigarette.

Then the mother of the guy who was hosting this gracious party came up and started to talk to the guys. Apparently she knows them pretty well. They were complimenting her and Nanami and I were just awkwardly off the side. We just wanted a cigarette. We finally got a few but they were rollies. Fucking rollies. But I was too drunk to care. They were really strong, and god, I can’t imagine chaining them. Argh! Give me my menthol cigs, thanks.

So within 15 minutes of introducing himself, Sleazy Alex was getting in with Nanami. This is what he said, and please, refrain from falling to your knees and exclaiming “THIS GUY IS A FUCKING LADIES’ MAN!”

He said to Nanami “Wow, you’re Asian. I love Asians. Where are you from?”

Nanami says “I’m from Japan.”

He goes “Oh my fucking god! Japan! I love Japan!”

Clearly this guy just wanted a lay and was trying to get in with her any way he could. Well, it worked because they ended up making out for a good ten minutes against someone’s car on the drive way. It also worked the other four times when he hooked up with four different girls. He even took the virginity of one poor girl, and I feel so bad for her! Meg told me there was blood on the bed… which disturbs me because how could Meg know that? It’s never party unless some poor helpless drunken girl is taken advantage of…

Anyway, it was so awkward because Penny was with this other Alex guy, and between all of this, Brad somehow turned up. So we were awkwardly making small conversation because we don’t really talk a lot unless we are both drunk. At a party a few months ago, Penny and I ended up walking a good 2 kilometres to Chris’ house with Brad for cigarettes and… other things.

Then Sleazy Alex was saying how he got an OP 4 and is going to study to be a doctor. First of all, let me say that Sleazy Alex looked like a dumb arse fuckwit. I know it’s mean to judge a person like that, but he didn’t ooze intelligence. I outright laughed at him and told him I didn’t believe him. I think I offended him but I didn’t really care.

After that, we all made our way inside and I ended up going out the back onto the patio with friends and ended up having a really long conversation with Chris about music and concerts and how the only way to truly enjoy going to them is going intoxicated with illegal substances. When we finished talking to him, I said drunkenly “Wow, it feels like we talked about that for over an hour!” And he laughed and agreed. Oh, Marina. Classic drunk.

It was near midnight then so we all slowly make our way inside, and by this time, Eleanor had left because she wasn’t feeling well, and I’d lost track of Penny. As always. As Durell and I are walking up the stairs, Durell falls into the fly screen door, breaking it, and in turn, knocking me awkwardly to the ground on the stairs. We couldn’t stop laughing whilst Bridie frantically asked us if we were okay. Bless Bridie.

I rang in the New Year with all my friends around me and it was so great. :) I thought ringing in the New Year drunk would be a bad way to start the New Year, but it was the complete opposite!

For a while I continued to hang out with my group and then Durell and I wanted cigarettes so we walked to the petrol station that was a couple of blocks away only to find out it was closed. Mother fuckers! We had to walk all the way back, and then, I lost Durell.

I was hanging outside the front with some random people I don’t talk to much. One guy kept repeatedly saying that he was my bitch and that my purple and blue hair was pretty much the fucking trippiest/coolest thing he’d ever seen. It was so fucking random and hilarious!

It was time to go by then and Penny’s mum was taking me, Meg, Penny and Durell home. Crisis! We couldn’t find Durell anywhere. He had literally disappeared. I ended up sending him a distressing drunken text saying how sorry we were and how we hoped he was okay. I still feel so bad! But he messaged back several times and said “Its okay.” So I don’t know what that means at all..

I also sent a few drunken texts I severely regret, but it’s not a true fucked up night unless you send some texts that make you cringe.

A lot of other stuff happened, but my memory is still a little muddled, and I don’t want to bore you all!

My hangover wasn’t that bad this morning either. Well, not until later. So, that’s a plus!

Happy New Year everyone :)

Ziggy xo.

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Gonna party like it’s 2012.

So tomorrow is New Years Eve and I’m excited as fuck. With one cigarette left, I’m going to a NYE party for pretty much the first time ever. There’s only been a couple of instances with Penny that we’ve celebrated NYE together, and this year, it’s going to be me and all my closest friends drunk as fuck! Best NYE ever, I can already tell.

I’ve re-dyed my hair, so now it’s a fantastical blend of electric blue and purple haze. It looks even fucking better than my original purple hair! It’s a fucking addiction, I swear. Now I just need to become a hairless rodent and do all those womanly things to get ready for the party tomorrow night.

Meg is coming back from Melbourne tomorrow at like, 7pm, and staying with me for a few days. Penny is coming over and we’re all going to the party together! WOOOO! Now I just need to get alcohol, and somehow get cigs from Durell, who’s back from the Philippines, and I’m all set!

Since this is the time when everyone talks about their New Years’ resolutions… I have a confession.

I don’t really have any New Years’ resolutions. I can’t think of any really.

Maybe get a job? Maybe try to finish a novel for once? Maybe do well a university and then transfer? Maybe get healthy?

But with me, making goals or resolutions doesn’t help me in achieving them. By not outright stating what I want to resolve next year, it kind of helps me to actually achieve it. If that makes sense. I don’t know, I’m weird like that.

So I’ve read two books in two days… Maybe that be a resolution: Try to beat my record. It gives me something to do since I’m unemployed!

I’ll post the reviews up either later, or tomorrow, or maybe when I have a hangover on Sunday. If I can.

So goodbye for now, and see you bitches in 2012!

Ziggy xo.

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Current Y.A. lit books.

So I’ve only emerged from my bat cave (my incredibly messy room) to go out and buy some more books. My bookshelf is already overflowing, but with all my Christmas money, I couldn’t resist. I brought four big books and I’m so eager to read them. Once I finish Across The Universe by Beth Revis, which is a cool sci-fi romance and it’s pretty good so far, I’ll start on them. The title is also a reference to The Beatles’ song with the same name and I’ve picked up a subtle lyric that has been put into the book by the author. So clever!

You can listen to this awesome song here if you want some tunes. Or you can also check out the cover by Fiona Apple here which is also pretty fucking good. It’s the only cover I actually like, even though David Bowie did one (but that was shite).

Anyway, I picked up these four books, and I’m pretty fucking excited to read them:

 Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Legend by Marie Lu

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’m so excited! They all sound so good! Once I’ve finished reading each book, I’ll post up a nice big review of what I thought of each book. Lately, I’ve been so into dystopian novels it’s not even funny, and writing reviews.

Don’t expect to hear from me for a few days!

Ziggy xo.

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My best reads of 2011.

As a pretty avid and addicted book reader, I’ve randomly decided to devise a list of the best and most memorable books I’ve read this year. Maybe you’ll find your new favourite book in this list, or a book will entice you and then we can both fangirl over the book together! No? Just me then.

These are the books that I consider to be the best I’ve read this year, in my opinion, and that have been published in 2011. Some are debut novels from authors or part of a spectacular series, so enjoy this list. It is in no particular order because choosing my favourite book of this year is like choosing which David Bowie song I love more; it’s not possible!

The first cab off the rank…

 Possession by Elana Johnson

I found this book online through Amazon when I occasionally browse online for new books to pick up, and I was instantly intrigued. Being a huge fan of The Hunger Games, it resembles the ironclad fist government that is seen in THG, but that’s where the resemblances end. The novel follows the story of a girl named Vi, who lives in a government controlled world of ‘Thinkers’ who brainwash the population to prevent things such as uprising and rebellion. But Vi is a bit of a rule breaker, and knows that plugging into transmissions every night is continuously brainwashing everyone.

In this controlled environment, ‘Thinkers’ determine matches for every boy and girl to create perfect children, and Vi is paired with her best friend, Zen. Through her rebellious ways, she meets Jag, another rule breaker. What ensues is a love triangle, but that’s just one of the many plots in this amazing book.

As the story continues on, Vi has to run for her life with Jag, and together, they end up learning things about themselves that they never knew; they realise how powerful they truly are, and that this power, can defy the government.

I couldn’t put this book down, and when I had to, it was much too hard to depart from reading about this amazing world Elana Johnson has created. There are some big twists and turns in this book that left me gasping and in absolute shock. If I hadn’t borrowed it out from the library and owned it, I would read it again and again and again.

Recommended if you like: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Allie Condie, Akira, awesome sci-fi books and movies with romance and action.

Next up…

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

This book is part of an amazing series by Cassandra Clare called The Infernal Devices which is a prequel series to The Mortal Instruments series which has kind of turned into a cult over the years. If you haven’t heard of either of these series, well, I don’t want to ruin the surprises for you if you intend to read them (which I hope you do because they are amazing!). But let me give you a run down of the books:

Both series of books follow the world of Shadowhunters, descendants of Angels (a technicality of this I’ll overlook so I don’t confuse you), designed to hunt and kill demons. The first series takes place in modern day New York City, but in this series, it is put into London circa the 1800s. Since the book has demons, it obviously has vampires, faeries, werewolves, and any other creepy fantasy creature you can think of, so it’s pretty fucking awesome. There’s even warlocks and witches! And of course, there’s love and romance. It’s fantasy and romance and action and cool shit all rolled into one!

Clockwork Prince is the second book in The Infernal Devices series and it did not disappoint. I had been waiting for this book for almost a year to come out so I could finally see what happens next, and honestly, it was such a huge shock to me. Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer and she had me gasping, sobbing, crying my eyes out, and laughing, all at the same time! It took me almost two days to get through this book because I had to take breaks to contain my sobbing/squeals (because I have no life and I love books and I get really attached to them).

If you want to read the first book of the series, Clockwork Angel, you can without having to read the first series, The Mortal Instruments.

Recommended if you like: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith, The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and any fantasy/romance/action novel you can think of!

And carrying on with Cassandra Clare…

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Continuing on from what I’ve said above, The Mortal Instruments series focuses on modern day New York City, and the demon hunters of that city. As well as vampires, werewolves, faeries, witches, etc. It’s the fourth book of the series and there’s still two to go!

Just like Clockwork Prince, this book had me reading non-stop and continuously being shocked and surprised by the developments in plot and characters. The main romance is between Jace and Clary, and Simon, Isabella and Maya. And of course, Alec and Magnus, the resident gay couple.

I remember when my friend got me into these books. It feels like ages ago! I think I’ve been following the series since late 2009, and I can’t get enough.

There’s not much else to say about this book without ruining the previous books in the series, so if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments, I suggest you do with City of Bones. It’s also being made into a movie, the first book, with Lily Collins and Jamie Bower playing Clary and Jace, so I’m pretty fucking excited, even though it won’t come out until 2013!

Recc0mmended if you like: The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith, The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, hot brooding guys, and mystery/fantasy/action/romance all rolled into one!

Now, we move on to…

Divergent by Veronica Roth

So I literally just finished reading this book in the early hours of this morning because it was that good. I started reading at around 4pm yesterday afternoon and couldn’t stop reading; I just could not put it down. It was so addicting!

The story revolves around Beatice Prior, living in a city divided up into Factions. Factions contain people with different personality types that the government developed so everyone has their place, and personality traits that previously destroyed human society, are eradicated. In it, there is a tradition where teenagers from each Faction can change into a different Faction if they feel that they are better suited there. That is what Beatrice does, and from there, the plots erupts into a story about romance, love, the choices we have to make, and the consequences.

I went into this book having no idea what to expect, and came out at the end emotionally raw from all the crying and sobbing I did near the end of the book. It had such a tremendous impact on me. The chemistry between Tris and Four (I won’t put his real name here because that will give it away) is electric. I found Four to be so different from all the other male protagonists I’ve read in Young Adult novels.

Divergent also has a similar feel to The Hunger Games, with the different Factions and the fight of survival Tris goes through during the book, but I found it to also be significantly different, in a good way, with the characters and the concepts, and even the tragic scenes which had me sobbing. In The Hunger Games trilogy, there are a lot of deaths, some of which moved me to absolute tears, and with Divergent, I found myself sobbing so much more. I don’t know why, I just did. I always hate it when people compare The Hunger Games to anything because I’m such a huge fan, but I found that in Divergent, the stakes are so much higher because Tris is so different. Although Katniss Everdeen in THG is the symbol of the revolution, she was never different to anyone in anyway; she just knew how to survive pretty damn well. With Tris, it’s different; she never thought she could survive, and because she’s so different, she has to.

If there’s one book you should read from my list, read this book. I’m not recommending this just to fans of The Hunger Games because I don’t think anyone should be deprived of Veronica Roth’s amazing book. This is just the first book to the trilogy, with the next book, Invergent, coming out May 1 next year. Excited is just a tad emotion to what I’m feeling for that release.

Recommended if you like: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Crossed by Ally Condie, Possession by Elana Johnson, and pretty much any dystopian romance novel/movie with kick ass action and suspense!

Next on the list…

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

So I brought this book on a whim during late night shopping, and when I read the blurb, I thought it would be a nice little cliche Y.A. lit story about losing someone you love and how you deal with it and get over it. It’s all those things and more.

The story revolves around Harper, who just lost her sister to a painful suicide. Her sister, June, dreamed of moving to California as soon as she graduated high school, which was a few weeks before she kicked the bucket. When Harper’s divorced parents receive the ashes, Harper decides to take them to California without her parents permission, like the teen rebel she is. That’s how she meets Jake; he was her sister’s friend, and he has a car, so he drives Harper and her best friend to California. That’s when all the mishap and adventures ensue.

This book has a lot of references to music; it even has playlists at the back that ties in with the story during different moments and I love that. I love it when authors use music in their novel to tie it all in with the characters and the plot. And since I’m a very big music-loving girl, this book is perfect to me. It’s poignant, but hilarious and awe-inspiring at the same time. Harper is sassy and opinionated, and there’s lots of swearing in it, so when reading this, I felt I could relate to Harper so much more.There’s a scene in the book that I particularly love which caught me off guard because of the word Hannah Harrington uses… and I loved it.

This novel, despite me making it sound cliche, is amazing. It’s not as cliche as you really think it would be. There were many surprises in it for me, both great and small. I really just love all the music references and the fact that the male and female protagonist both smoke. haha!

Recommended if you like: Any novels by Sarah Dessen, any novels by Meg Cabot, lots of music and you’re a music junkie, romance/love/drama/funny shit, The It Girl series by Cecily von Ziegescar, The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegescar, any YA lit novels with swearing and nudity, just any YA lit really.

Speaking of Y.A. romance lit…

 What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is my favourite Young Adult, and overall, writer. I just love the way she writes and the characters she creates. Her stories all address different questions about things and they all answer them in different ways each time. The way she writes is how I want to write my novels one day. She just inspires me so much and I was so excited to read this book.

The story centres around Mclean, who constantly moves around with her father, and everywhere she goes, creates a different persona, reinventing herself. Then she meets her neighbour Dave and that’s pretty much the end. I’m kidding! There’s obviously a lot of things that happen in the book and I kind of want to keep it a secret if you’re a new Sarah Dessen fan, or you’ve never heard of her and want to read her books.

The story is just really… different. Not in a way like The Hunger Games or Divergent where the world is different and futuristic, but What Happened to Goodbye is different in the way Sarah tries to make every character unique and special. Every single time I read a Sarah Dessen book, I learn something new. I just love when an author can bring many new perspectives to a situation that might otherwise be black and white.

Sarah Dessen is such an inspiration. That’s all I’ll really say.

Recommended if you like: Good Young Adult literature books, any books by Meg Cabot, any novels by Cecily von Ziegescar, romance and drama.

And last, but not least…

 Matched by Ally Condie

I didn’t expect much from this book. You know how they say never judge a book by it’s cover? Well, that’s what I do. I also judge books by their thickness. Nothing wrong with that; it’s just how I pick and read books. Needless to say, this novel took me by surprise.

The debut novel in a series by Ally Condie focuses on Cassia in a world where you have no say in anything really. The government chooses who you marry based on compatibility, your job, your food, what you do in your spare time; it’s very controlling. Cassia is matched with her best friend, Xander, but when she puts in the data disk to find out more about him, another picture comes up of a boy named Ky. This causes Cassia to question what the government does, and why they get to choose who she can be with.

I know what you’re thinking: Ziggy, this sounds very similar to Possession crossed with Divergent! And, in some aspects, it is. All three books are based in a futuristic society after our current one was destroyed, and all tackle rebellion and the idea of revolution against a dictator-like government. But unlike Possession and Divergent where both protagonists are different to everyone else in their society, Cassia is fairly normal. She just gets roped into and gets the idea that the government can’t choose everything for them.

The book is the first in the series, with the second book Crossed, having been released in early November. But I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet because I’ve been busy! I really want to read more though. The relationship between Cassia and Ky is very sweet and I love it.

Recommended if you like: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Possession by Elana Johnson, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and any kick ass YA, dystopian lit you can think of!

So that’s it! And yes, all of my best reads of 2011 are Young Adult literature books. I just love that genre so much. I’ve been reading it ever since I was 12 pretty much, and it’s also the genre of stories I write, so I love it. I’ll probably still be reading YA lit when I’m 50 years old, but whatever; it’s good. I do read other genres, but YA is my favourite. :)

Comment and let me know if you think any other books are worthy of being the best reads of 2011, and if you have any suggestions for me ;)

Ziggy xo.

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Help, I’m alive.

Yes, I haven’t blogged for about two weeks now, but with Christmas happening and all that, life has been busy for me. For once. But now that Christmas has come and gone, I’m back to reading books and watching television shows all day with some shopping added in there.

I had a pretty good Christmas. My mum’s best friend, Jen, and her daughter (my childhood BFF), Bella, spent Christmas day at our house and we had a laugh! It was soo good! I dressed up as an Old Italian Widow, Maria, and there’s even a video of me acting like her. Needless to say, I have amused and made many people laugh this Christmas which is really all I can ask for as a Christmas present.

I didn’t get anything I really wanted or needed for Christmas, but I’m totally okay with it and thankful anyway; Dad gave me $300 as a present so I’ve spent over half of it on shit I’ve wanted for a while. I brought the True Blood box set as well as some David Bowie dvds, Sex and the City season two, The Office US season five, and Misfits season one. I also brought some stuff I needed and a David Bowie t-shirt! WOOOO! I still have heaps of money to spend plus a $50 gift voucher, so I’m pretty content at the moment, feeding my materialistic needs.

Although I need cigarettes. Badly. I have three left and I thought Jen would get me some for Christmas, but she didn’t. I’ll either have to find a way for her to buy them or wait until Durell gets back from the Phillipines on the 29th. I need them before New Years Eve because I’ve been invited to a New Years party! The first New Years party I’ll ever go to where I’ll be getting wasted and having a fucking awesome time with my closest friends. I’m so excited! No idea how I’ll get there and home, but I’ll find a way. Like always. I always find a way to party and drink because I’m pretty good at it.

That’s my update at the moment because I’ve been reading a lot lately, and for once, I feel like writing. Let’s see how far I get..

Merry belated Christmas and a Happy New Year, fuckers!

Ziggy xo.

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A silver lining to every stormy cloud.

Yes, I’m alive! I haven’t died (yet), which I’m sure you’re all relieved to know because that could be one reason to explain my absence from blogging since last Thursday. But alas, this isn’t the case. Unless there’s a way to blog from Hell, which in that case, I hope they have good Wi-Fi.

Honestly, it’s just been a shite week. But just because it’s been a shite week, it doesn’t mean I haven’t felt like blogging or anything. I’ll try to explain it all in a relatively short amount of words (try).

So it all started when I found out my school results in the early hours of Saturday morning. I got an OP 13 (technically a 12 because I did Spanish), which means that I can’t go to my dream university and attend my dream course. I was so disappointed and angry with myself that I had let this happen to me. I had crushed my hopes and dreams single-handedly and I felt like shit.

Adding to that, Eleanor got a nine (technically an 8 because she did Spanish with me). So she gets to go to my dream course at my dream university when she doesn’t write and isn’t even very good. Needless to say, I was pissed. Eleanor then said to me after she told me her score: “Oh, who wants a nine anyway? It’s such a dud number. No one sets out to score a nine.” That got me even more pissed and angry because she should be fucking thankful she got a nine. I would kill if I had gotten a nine, and here she is, complaining to someone who got a 13 about her good score. I thought life was fucking unfair and cruel by then.

Well, as if things could make me even more sad and angry, both my laptop and my ipod break on Saturday. Both within an hour. (That’s why I couldn’t blog. My mum’s computer would always fuck up on WordPress when I went on it so I couldn’t use it.) By this time, I was in my self-wallowing/pity mode, crying and thinking “Why the fuck does life hate me so much?”

My parents were pissed about my ipod and laptop, and my mum actually reacted pretty well to my OP score, saying she was proud of me, etc (although parents are actually bound by some type of parental law to say that). My dad, well, he wasn’t so proud. I told him my score, and after that, he didn’t want to hear anything more. I think he thinks that I’ve failed high school somehow and won’t go to university. Frankly, it seems as if he’s disappointed in me, which at the time, depressed me. But now I couldn’t really give a fuck what he thinks because I have a whole life ahead of me.

And now I’m over that whole, self-pitying, “My life is over” outlook on my future and life. When my mum’s computer was fucking up on WordPress, I’d written this completely depressing and ‘fuck my lifeeeeee’ post about my unfortunate events on Saturday. But since then I’ve gotten over it, and as always, have managed to find the silver lining in what was my depressing score outcome and bad karma.

Since both my laptop and ipod are still under warranty, I get them replaced for free. I got my laptop back today actually, and they had to replace the hard drive all for free. They copied all my data onto it, thank god! I took my ipod to get fixed, but I haven’t heard from them yet. I’ll most likely get a new one back and have to put all my music back on there. That’s all fine though. Things definitely turned out better than expected.

As for my school results, I can’t change them. I can get them reviewed though, which I’m doing, because based on my school assignments, I should have at least gotten an 11 (or so my mum thinks). It’s not that I’m still angry and depressed about my outcome; I’m only getting it reviewed to give myself peace of mind, that I actually did get a 13. Otherwise I’d end up going off to uni wondering if it’s what I truly deserved.

Not only that, but I’ve had since Saturday to really think about my result and uni, and basically, what I’m going to do in the future. Going to the local university and majoring in creative writing there won’t be all that bad; I can transfer after a year if I have a high enough GPA and go to my dream university, hopefully. But I’ve also thought of something brighter and better. There’s a few good universities in Melbourne that have creative writing courses, and even though it would be great to go to my dream uni, maybe it’s not meant to be. Maybe I could move to Melbourne, the hometown I sincerely love with all my heart, and attend uni there. I don’t know if it’s possible to transfer universities interstate, but it could be an option. One that I would love, because it means that I could get out of here, and I’ve always dreamed of moving to Melbourne.

But that’s all speculations and options. I guess it’s good that I’ve managed to find the positives in my result and actually come to be somewhat content with it.

Sorry about the short absence, and stay excellent.

Ziggy xo.

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