2017 is going to be another great year for Australian young adult book releases. If you have never read an Australian young adult book your life is not complete. You can get started by checking out this post on the 2016 OzYA books to read. Now on to 2017 releases, in the words of Bella Swan, “Holy Crow!”. Guys, there are so many amazing Australian young adult novels being published this year. We have our very own Australian YA anthology, a fantastical fairytale from Garth Nix and a historical novel set in pre-WWII Sydney by Ursula Dubosarsky. Here are 10 Australian young adult books to read in 2017.
Sometimes all you need after a long hard day is a funny, romantic and uncomplicated movie. Watching two people fall in love while battling the odds somehow makes all your troubles melt away. Maybe it makes you feel even better when there’s lame dialogue, goofy sidekicks and unrealistic storylines? Cue guilty pleasure rom-coms. You’ll hate yourself for loving them.
You may have caught our recent post reviewing the Spanish telenovelas currently on offer on Netflix Australia. Of those, La Casa de al Lado has quickly become one of our favourite shows to watch. We love to talk about it, we love to mock it, and we love to love it. Here are our reasons why we think you’ll love it too.
The first episode of Riverdale, the teen drama based on the Archie Comics, aired last week. As a longtime fan and collector of the original comic books, I was pumped to hear it had been revived again (there have already been several film and TV adaptations). The wholesome and lovable characters that I knew were coming to the small screen! But after I watched the first teaser trailer, I realised that it wasn’t going to be anything like the soda-pops-and-sock-hops-world that I was expecting….and that was okay.
If you are traveling to Japan you may be wondering what are the things you should buy? Japan is well-known for its quirky inventions, cutting-edge technology, and amazing food.
Before I went on my whirlwind 10 day trip to Japan last December, I was very excited about getting my hands on some of Japan’s more unusual products . Alas, I didn’t come across a “sleeping dome indoors head tent” while in Japan, however, I did see plenty of amazing things and brought back some fantastic souvenirs.
Here are 10 things that I purchased in Japan and absolutely loved. Most were practical, some were not so practical….
Welcome to the first category of my KonMari declutter! According to Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying, clothing should be tackled before anything else. It is supposedly the easiest category. I say supposedly because maybe it is in comparison to the other categories (which I haven’t started yet). But in my experience it was tough! It was time-consuming and it was actually more confronting than I thought it would be. Here’s why!
If you’re looking for a great role model in this day and age, look no further than Leslie Knope. Who is Leslie Knope you ask? Well, she’s the hilariously dedicated, yet loving and inspiring lead character of the hit show Parks and Recreation. You’re missing out if you haven’t seen it. Leslie is the Deputy Director of the Parks Department in the wacky town of Pawnee Indiana and works tirelessly to make the lives of all Pawneeans just a little bit better – even if they don’t always appreciate the help.
So here are 10 reasons why we should all be a little more like Leslie Knope.
I’ve been going on somewhat of a journey these past few months. I guess I have been feeling a bit stressed and crowded – maybe just a touch of year-end-blues. I have been feeling like there is a lot of excess in my life. I’ve been thinking a lot about my impact on the environment (probably a reaction to watching The True Cost). I’ve also been thinking about how I want my house to be tidy and ‘peaceful’ but it always seems to be in a state of disarray, with a lot of clutter, both out in the open, but also inside wardrobes and cupboards.
This led me to start looking into Marie Kondo, whose name I had heard enough about on social media but I didn’t really know anything about her tidying method. A quick YouTube search had me watching several videos on the KonMari method of decluttering (see some of my favourites linked below). Soon enough I was online ordering both The Life-changing Magic of Tidying and the sequel Spark Joy. And getting super excited about starting my own journey.
You may have noticed that Netflix have recently added a bunch of Spanish-language TV shows, telenovelas and movies – yes, that includes Netflix Australia. This was a sight for sore eyes, because we have been suffering major telenovela withdrawals since En Otra Piel finished on SBS. So we watched the first episode of each of Netflix Australia’s telenovela offerings, so you don’t have to. And here, we help you to decide what to watch next!