The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am partaking in The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. I hope you all enjoy this quick little tag.

So without further ado, lets jump straight in:

POPULAR BOOKS OR SERIES I WASN’T FEELING

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Honorary mention:

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

BOOKS OR SERIES I ENJOYED MORE THAN THE MASSES

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Honorary mention: 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

A FAILED LOVE TRIANGLE / AN OTP I DIDN’T LIKE

Bella, Edward and Jacob – Twilight series

Honorary mention: 

Lara Jean, Peter and Josh – To All The Boys series

POPULAR GENRES I RARELY READ

Hard Fantasy

Honorary mention: 

Sci-Fi

BELOVED CHARACTERS I DON’T LIKE

Edward and Bella – Twilight

Honorary mention: 

Jacob – Twilight

POPULAR AUTHORS I CAN’T GET INTO

Stephanie Meyer

Honorary mention: 

Marissa Meyer

OVERUSED TROPES I’M TIRED OF SEEING

Love Triangles

Honorary mention: 

Make Overs

POPULAR BOOKS OR SERIES I WON’T READ

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Honorary mention: 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

MOVIE ADAPTATIONS I PREFER TO THE BOOKS

Wonder

Honorary mention:

The Greatest Showman


Well that’s it for me. I hope you guys enjoyed this tag. As usual, hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

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First Winter Cold!

I Hate Winter.

With Winter comes cold and flu season and I am sorry to say that I have already had my first cold for the season.

This bloody stupid cold had a nice long visit at my house recently. Five off us went down, all for different amounts of time.

I don’t think I have ever seen more tissues, cough mixture and cough drops in one place; except maybe a chemist.

The worst part is, we will most likely be gong through this again soon. With so many people living in one house the chances of us only getting sick once this Winter is slim. The house is like an incubator.

Unless I can somehow spend the Winter in a germ free room or in hibernation, I am just going to have to resign myself to the fact that I am going get sick yet again.

With sore throat, running nose, blocked nose, coughing, sneezing and wheezing all expected in my near future all I have left to say is; I Hate Winter.

~>Gem<~

OMG That Song Book Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am partaking in the OMG That Song Book Tag.

The rules:

For each question I will give both song and book that go with the question. They don’t have to go together, but sometimes they might.

I hope you all enjoy this quick little tag.

So without further ado, lets jump straight in:

My Jam: A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book that you’ll never get sick of…

Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Throwback: A song that reminds you of the cringeiest time in your life and a book you read that you would wouldn’t like if you read it now…

Right Thurr by Chingy and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Replay: A recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favorite book…

ME by Taylor Swift and Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lance Black

Gets me: A song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form…

Penny & Me by Hanson and FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell

WUT: A weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason…

Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65 and Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Let’s Go: Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you…

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and After Bali by Jason McCartney

Chill: Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day…

The Greatest View by Silverchair and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Addicting: A guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love…

MmmBop by Hanson and The Selection by Kiera Cass

Nostalgia: A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young…

Mama by The Spice Girls and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Well that’s it for me. I hope you guys enjoyed this tag. As usual, hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

 

 

Allegra In Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel

‘Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn’t be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor.

Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women’s movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her ‘true essence’.

And then there’s Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He’s trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.

Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that’s created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.’

This book was wonderful.

I really loved this book. It was good from the first page and just got better as the story unfolded. I honestly didn’t want it to end.

The story itself was simple and relatable. The relationships were believable and the attitudes and experiences were authentic emotional.

The characters in this book were truly amazing. I feel in love with pretty much every character in this story and I wanted to know more about them and follow their journey’s. It’s not often that I love most of the characters. I was excited to see each of the characters change and develop as the story unfolded.

Suzanne Daniel did a fantastic job with this book. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about it. The story was great, the setting was fantastic and the characters were amazing. I haven’t stopped talking about this book since I finished it and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Allegra In Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel is a beautiful book that will give you a truly wonderful reading experience.

The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton

‘When Hannah Witton started documenting her journey coming off the pill and re-getting her period, she wasn’t anticipating the reaction, from people of all ages, that talking about it would bring. It exposed a glaring gap – the resources and the spaces to talk honestly about periods just aren’t there. And with more and more research showing that your period and your hormones can affect literally every area of your life, this is a problem.

Inspired by her YouTube series of the same name, The Hormone Diaries draws on Hannah’s own experiences and, through crowdsourcing on her social media platforms, those of her fans too. With her trademark honesty and humour, Hannah explores and demystifies topics surrounding periods, hormones and contraception, to offer readers support, information and advice.

The definitive period self-help book 50% of the world has been waiting for!’

This book is awesome.

I was very excited to get my hands on this book. After reading Doing It! by Hannah Witton I knew that this would be another book that I needed in my life.

Hannah Witton has done a fantastic job with this book. It was fun and educational. I was surprised by how much I learnt whilst reading this book. I guess that was her point though, we don’t talk about our periods so there is so much that we don’t know about them.

I love Hannah’s writing style so much. It makes you feel like you are having a conversation with a friend not reading a book. This made it really easy for me to both laugh and cry as I made my way through this book.

This book covered so many interesting subject around hormones and it also include some very moving, funny and a times heartbreaking letters from real people talking about their real life experiences.

I read this book in one sitting but I can guarantee I will be reading it again many times in the future.

The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton is a must read for everyone.

The Book Blogger Test Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am partaking in The Book Blogger Test Tag. I hope you all enjoy this quick little tag.

So without further ado, lets jump straight in:

What are your top three book pet hates?

Dog eared pages

Cover changes in the middle of a series

Size changes in the middle of a series

Describe your perfect reading spot

Curled up in bed with a blanket

Tell us three book confessions

I hate audio books

I don’t read ebooks

I don’t DNF books

When was the last time you cried at a book?

Reading Where Is Daniel by Bruce and Denise Morcombe a few years ago.

How many books are on your bedside table?

Two

What is your favorite snack whist you’re reading?

Chocolate and Pepsi Max or Hot Chocolate in Winter

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone

The Harry Potter series

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Write how much books mean to you in 3 words

They are everything

What’s your biggest reading secret?

Sometimes I skim the last few chapters to see what is going to happen before I actually read them.

Well that’s it for me. I hope you guys enjoyed this tag. As usual, hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

‘Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in with her classmates. She doesn’t want to go to parties at the weekend – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

That is until she moves to a new town where a book club, The Paper & Hearts Society, is recruiting. Tabby might just be in luck. Enough of her old “friends” who only talk to her when they need something. It’s time for Quidditch themed fancy dress parties, games like “shut up and Shakespeare” … and LOTS of chocolate.’

I adored this book.

As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to have it. I mean book lovers in a book club, discussing books, playing bookish games and going on a bookish road trip. What’s not to love.

I loved that I knew so many of the books that the characters were discussing in this book. They covered both classics and modern books which is unusual and I really loved it. As I was familiar with the books I felt like I was able to understand the characters and where they were coming from when discussing these books.

The characters in this book were amazing. They were different and diverse yet they found common ground in their love of books and developed wonderful friendship because of their common interests.

Lucy Powrie did a fantastic job with this story. It was fun and sweet while still covering some difficult topics. I though he did an amazing job in dealing with mental illness, grief and bullying. She didn’t gloss over the subjects and the characters dealt with these issues differently but in really normal ways.

The writing in this book was absolutely beautiful. It was perfectly paced and had an emotional cinematic quality about it. This made for a truly wonderful reading experience.

The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie is a must read for everyone.

The Benefits of Young Driver Restrictions!

Did you know that only 13% of all licensed drivers in New South Wales are young drivers; aged between 17 and 25. Yet these young drivers are involved in more than a quarter of all fatal accidents on New South Wales roads.

Almost 1 in 5 or 18% of all speeding drivers involved in fatal car accidents in New South Wales between 2005 and 2009 were aged between 17 and 20 years of age, and 19% were aged 21 to 25 years old. Those numbers combined show us that 37% of all fatal car accidents in New South Wales involving speed between 2005 and 2009 involved young drivers. That means 37% of fatal speed related accidents involved a group of drivers that only make up 13% of all licensed drivers in the state.

Young drivers are most at risk in the first six months after gaining their Provisional 1 or Red P licences as they are more commonly known.

With such astonishing numbers is it at all surprising that measures have been put into place to help lower these numbers. The following restrictions have been put into place to protect young drivers, their passengers and all other road users.

Restrictions such as a zero blood alcohol level for all Provisional drivers. A total ban on all mobile phone use by Provisional drivers. Provisional drivers must display their L and P plates on the outside of their vehicles at all times. As well as passenger laws such as Provisional 1 drivers under the age of 25 only being legally allowed to carry one passenger under the age of 21 between the hours of 11pm and 5 am.

These young driver restrictions have been implemented on top of all of the current road rules in place to protect drivers in New South Wales.

With this presentation I aim to show you the impact that these young driver restrictions have had on New South Wales road safety.

Comparing the statistics from the period of 2008-2010 with the most recent statistic from the period of 2014-2016.  This data shows that the number of fatalities of young drivers on New South Wales roads was 25% less in the years of 2014-2016 then in was in the years of 2008-2010. These numbers also show that all involvements of young drivers  in fatal car accidents on New South Wales roads was 23% less in 2014-2016 then they were in 2008-2010.

Comparing the data from 2008-10 with that of 2014-16 in relation to young male drivers in particular the numbers of young male drivers in fatal car accidents was reduced from 18% to 15%.

In the data collected from 2014-2016 the number of illegal blood alcohol concentration in young drivers (not including motorcycle riders) involved in fatal car accidents was 52% lower than the number from the 2008-2010 data.

A snap shot of these statistics shows that of the 82 young drink drivers involved in fatal car accidents in 2008-2010, 10 of the drivers were female, while in the 2014-16 data 5 of the 39 young drivers involved in fatal accidents were female.

While these statistic only represent the fatalities, the number of young drivers; 17 to 25 years old, with an illegal blood alcohol concentration involved in non fatal accidents decreased by 37% from the 2008-2010 data to the 2014-2016 data.

Another major cause of road accidents in Australia is speeding. Australian Provisional drivers are given their own maximum speed limits depending on their level of provision. With L Plater’s only allowed to drive the maximum speed of 80kms/ph, Provisional P1 or Red P Plate drivers only allowed to drive a maximum speed of 90kms/ph, and Provisional 2 or Green P Plate drivers only allowed to drive a maximum speed of 100kms/ph.

The current data shows that the number of young drivers involved in fatal car accidents in the 2014-2016 data was 34% less than the number of young drivers involved in fatal car accidents in the 2008-2010 data.

The 2008-10 data shows that 147 young drivers were involved in fatal accidents in that time, with 25 of these drivers being female that is 17% of the drivers. The number of young drivers involved in fatal accidents where speed was a factor decreased to 97 in the data from the 2014-2016. Whilst the number of young driver fatalities as a result of speed decreased from 147 in 2008-2010 to 97 in the 2014-2016 data, female drivers still represented 25 of those drivers or 26% in total.

While the number of fatalities on our roads is more known, not all high speed accidents are fatal. The number of serious injuries has also decreased. The data shows that the number of speeding 17 to 25 year old’s involved in serious yet non fatal car accidents decreased by 8% from the 2008-2010 data to the 2014-2016 data. The numbers also show a decrease when highlighting just the sexes.  In the 2008-10 data, 31% of the young speeding drivers involved in non fatal accidents were female while the number of female’s involved in non fatal car accidents in the 2014-16 data was down to 30%.

Fatigue and driver distraction also make up a large number of young driver fatalities on our roads. The total number of young drivers involved in fatal car accidents caused by fatigue or driver distraction actually increased by 6% from the 2008-2010 data to the 2014-2016 data.

In the 2008-2010 data, 6 of the 34 young fatigued or distracted drivers were female whilst in the 2014-2016; 3 of the 36 young fatigued or distracted drivers were female.

So while the number on a whole has increased by 6% the number of females in this statistic dropped from 33% to 32%.

With so many different facets to take into account when looking into fatigue and driver distractions it is almost impossible to determine why the number on a whole has increased. Young driver fatigue and distraction is something that still needs a lot of investigation into in order to better understand the individual statistical breakdowns.

If we want to see the number of young driver fatalities caused by fatigue or driver distraction decrease like we have seen with numbers of speeding and drink driving, we need to look into this element of young driver safety more comprehensively.

As the statistic into other facets of young driver safety has shown, young driver fatalities were 25% less across the board in the 2014-2016 data compared to the 2008-2010 data. With a 52% decrease in drink driving fatalities and a 34% decrease in speed related fatalities.

On the non fatal side of the coin the numbers show a 23% decrease across the board from the 2008-2010 data and the 2014-2016 data. With a decrease of 37% of young driver involvement in drink driving related non fatal accidents and an 8% decrease in young driver involvement in speed related non fatal car accidents.

As we know, young drivers are most at risk during their first six months of driving with inexperience, distracted driving, peer pressure and deliberate risk taking behaviours adding to the dangers they face on our roads.

With accident numbers reduced when a young driver has an adult in the car with them instead of a peer and with the data showing that we now have 25% less young driver fatalities and 23% less young drivers involved in fatal accidents, we are able to see the benefits of young driver restrictions on our road safety statistics in New South Wales.

While these restrictions may seem harsh; especially to the young drivers, the data clearly shows that they are working and isn’t that what we want. Safer roads, safer drivers and no more families torn apart by fatal car accidents, or lives forever changed by non fatal accidents.

Young Driver Restrictions may not be perfect, and we will probably never see a zero fatality road toll, but we have to do whatever we can to protect our young drivers. If one life is saved by these restrictions then I can’t see how they can be anything but a good thing.

If these restrictions mean one less cross on the side of the road or one less bunch of flowers tied to a telegraph poll then doesn’t that mean they are working?

All we can do is our best and the best we have right now is young driver restrictions and as you have seen today they are already reducing the number of young driver fatalities and that’s all we can hope for.

~>GEM<~

Book Reader Problems Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am partaking in the Book Reader Problems Tag. I hope you all enjoy this quick little tag.

So without further ado, lets jump straight in:

You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

If I have ARC’s they come first, if not I will use my TBR jar.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I may pick up a new book and go back and forth between the two but I will finish the book I started.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I will try and read smaller books and books that I am looking forward to the most. If I am enjoying a book I usually finish it fast.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

After having a melt down, I re-organise my shelves so that I don’t notice it as much.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

My followers.

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I put the book down and try and distract myself.

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Maybe. I will look over my notes and review from the first book but if I am still not happy I will do a re read.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I just tell them the truth. I don’t lend books.

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I will go back to an old favourite or maybe take a few days off from reading all together.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

As many as I can afford, or I request ARC’s or depending on the time of year I ask for them as gifts.

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

That depends on how many ARC’s I have but usually I’m pretty good at reading the books I buy quickly.

Well that’s it for me. I hope you guys enjoyed this tag. As usual, hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

TV Off Season!

It’s that time of year again. When the TV Season ends in America and I get sad.

It’s okay for America not to have any TV Shows to watch this time of the year, it’s their Summer. They are having long day, BBQ’s and nice weather.

For me however it is hell. There is nothing better on a cold Winter’s night then curling up in my warm bed and catching up on some TV Shows. Only that doesn’t happen because all of my favourite shows are off.

Back in the day we use to get a heap of Australian made shows coming on in the Winter but for some reason now all we get in reality shows, which I don’t watch.

I am hoping that some of the American Summer shows get picked up by the Australian Networks. This has happened in the past and I usually really enjoy the shows, so i’m hoping that is the case this year.

Just in case that doesn’t happen, I have started recording and saving some movies that I am interested in watching but would usually not have time to watch.

I am a massive TV watcher so this is actually a problem for me. My only saving grace is that I am also a bookworm and books don’t go off for the Summer.

Hears hoping I make it through the Winter without too many boring nights.

~>GEM<~