The Miniaturist ~ Fiction Friday ~

Hi everyone, and welcome to Fiction Friday!

This week, we’re talking about ‘The Miniaturist’, by Jessie Burton.


Historial, and interesting, this book has a wonderful setting, in both its location, and its time period. Not what many readers will be expecting it to be, it tells a sad story, but one that is many layered, and with relevance to the time in which it takes place.

This book has been widely enjoyed since its publication, and has become a part of many a ‘must read’ list, understandably so. It is able to target a wide range of different readers, and can be appreciated by lovers of any genre.

If you’ve read ‘The Miniaturist’, plan to read it, or if this blog post inspired you to give it chance, do be sure to let me know of your thoughts in the comments!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x


Ultrasounds ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

Welcome to yet another Wicked Wednesday!

Ultrasounds. You’ve probably had one, and they’re not a big deal, but I’ve got something to say about the waiting rooms.


I have had a lot of ultrasounds in my time, in fact, I had one just last week. I’ve had them on knees, and ankles, and shoulders, and even jaws. Joints are fine, no biggie. Ive had them on my liver, which is slightly less preferable than joints in that fact that fasting is involved, but still a relatively minor issue in my life.

Kidneys though. And bladders, and ovaries, and uteruses. Anything in that general area of urine, and waste removal. Nope. Not a fan. They make you do a horrible thing. They make you hold your bladder.

First, you have to drink at least two full bottles of water, which is more than I usually drink on any given day (oops, work on that!). Then, they make you hold it. I know we’ve pumped you full of more water than you though would fit into your tiny body, but now keep it. Hang on to it. Don’t ever let it go. Dream of bathrooms, but never visit one.

Usually I cry, just by way of expelling some of the fluid within me. I ask to please be allowed to go to the bathroom, and they tell me I can go a little, if I absolutely have to, as if I have any control over the situation.

Then, when you’re done, and they let you finally go, you come back and they ask you if you’re sure your bladder is empty, as if it’s a job that going to be complete after just one trip. Honestly.

And don’t even get me started on the decor. The sea, the ocean, lakes, and rivers, I even went to one clinic that had a very large and fully functioning fish tank with mermaid stickers on the walls. Water may be calming, but it is far less so when you have been told that a large amount must be within you, and is not allowed to escape.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

I Can And I Will ~ Motivation Monday ~

Welcome to Motivation Monday!

I can and I will.


Believe in you. Believe you can do everything you set your mind to. Believe that your dreams are not only attainable, but that you will soon be achieving them. Have faith in yourself. Known that you can do anything, that you are capable of wonderful things.

Get read, get set, and go. Shoot for the stars, aim high, and be sure of yourself. Absolutely believe with everything you have that you are going to make it. You can. You can do whatever you want to do. You can do it, and you will.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

The Book Thief ~ Fiction Friday ~


Welcome to Fiction Friday!

This week, we’re talking about ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak.


This book is in the genre of historical fiction, telling a story set in the time of the second world war, focusing on the effects of one particular young girl, living in Munich, Germany.

With an incredibly unique kind of narrator, this book gives it’s reader a new and innovative look into life in Germany during Hitler’s reign. Handling it’s sensitive subject matter with class and tact, the story is an emotionally captivating one, with plenty of education along the way.

This story is one more than worth the read, for all, but will be particularly enjoyed by lovers of historical fiction, or those who enjoyed books such as ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’, or ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’.

If you’ve read ‘The Book Thief’, plan to read it, or if perhaps this blogpost has inspired you to give it a shot, do be sure to let me know of your thoughts in the comments!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Baby gate Danger ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

Hi! It’s Wicked Wednesday again!

Baby gates. They’re a hazard.


I know this, because about three weeks ago, one injured me. When I say it injured me, what I really mean is that I injured myself on it, and now refuse to take responsibility for that action, so I’m blaming it on the gate itself.

Either way, a hazard, I tell you!

I knew the gate was there. I had walked over it more than once. Yes, a few times I had come close to tripping, but then I’d remembered to watch my step, and all was fine.

I knew it was there this time too. I didn’t forget that it existed. I had every intention of stepping over it, missing it completely, a mission I was in the process of trying to complete.

I underestimated. I was distracted, by talking, as I so often find that I am. Slam. Straight into the baby gate, rather forcefully, I might add.

If you were wondering, the gate is fine, it survived the impact better than anyone could have hoped it would. No problems there. Me, on the other hand, not bad, but not in quite as pristine condition as the gate is either.

Tripping over baby gates is a cool story to tell people when they ask you broke your toe, right?

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

You Matter ~ Motivation Monday ~

It’s another Motivation Monday!

You Matter.


You do. Even if you don’t think it, or if you don’t remember the last time someone told you did, you do. You matter. You are important. You change the world. You make it a different place, just for being in it. You change people’s lives.

You have made someone laugh, or smile. You have comforted a friend after a bad day. You have offered opinions worth knowing. You have had ideas, you have made friends, you have told jokes, and read books. You have done so many wonderful things, and there is still so much more left to come. All of it mattered, and so do you.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Reawakened ~ Fiction Friday ~

It’s Fiction Friday again!

This week, we’re talking about a book called ‘Reawakened’ by Colleen Houck.


This book isn’t one I’d heard about, but I spotted it in a Big W store, and it captured my attention.

A story of Ancient Egyptian myth and legend, with a modern day twist, this book was exciting and entertaining. It included an interesting and intricate plot from start to finish, a lot of fun mythology, snippets of a history lesson, and hint of romance.

I found this book a very easy one to escape into and get lost inside. It was a wonderful read, and I definitely recommend you try it if you like mythology, fantasy, or young adult fiction, doubly so if you enjoyed stories like ‘The Alchemyst’ by Michael Scott.

If you have read ‘Reawakened’, plan to read it, or if perhaps this blog post has inspired you to give it a chance, do be sure to let me know of your thoughts in the comments!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Kitty Scream ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

Welcome to Wicked Wednesday!

I once had to save my cat from the neighbours house.


He was only a kitten, and had recently learnt to jump the fence. Unfortunately, this newly acquired skill had not come with ability to jump back.

He went missing, I looked for him, and couldn’t find him. There was nothing I could do. I was by myself. I just had to wait until he turned back up.

The phone rang. It was my mum. She’d gotten a phone call from someone who had read her number on his very tiny collar. They had him, and it was my job to go pick him up.

He was in a yard two houses down. I had wondered. At this point, I should tell you that he was SCREAMING. I mean really screaming. Two houses away and I could hear the wailing, enough to let me know he must be nearby, just not enough to direct me to him.

I went and knocked on the door, and had to walk through the whole house to collect my kitten, who was still wailing out the back, and clung onto me when I picked him up. The man at the door thought it was hilarious. I suppose it would be, if it weren’t happening to you.

Dobby: I know you’re not reading this, largely because you can’t read,being a cat, and also because I don’t like to share my laptop, but if you were I’d tell you one thing. You’re hilarious, but also humiliating, please try to limit the ‘h’ words I can use to describe you.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Persistence ~ Motivation Monday ~

Welcome to another Motivation Monday!

A river cuts through rock, not because of it’s power, but it’s persistence.


You do not have to be perfect, or flawless, and you most certainly do not have to be strong all the time. You are allowed to break, to feel sad nd lonely, to feel like you can’t go on, or not want to try. But remember, the power that you have.

The first wave does not change the shape of the rock, and neither does the second. Again and again, the water hits it, and falls back only to see that it has had no effect. The water thinks that its attempts are fruitless, but it does not give up. It lashes at the rock, again and again, a thousand times over. And where before it seemed it could never make any difference, the rock is changing its shape, because the never giving up water and persistence have begun to cut through it.

Cut through your struggles, and if today the things that tie you to them do not break, try again tomorrow. Be persistent, and keep on trying, and eventually you will see all of the power you hold.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Twilight ~ Fiction Friday ~

Welcome to another Fiction Friday!

This week we’re talking about a story that you will almost certainly have heard of; that’s right, I reread ‘Twilight’ by Stephanie Meyer.


‘Twilight’ has been hugely successful since it’s release, both as a book, and in the filmic adaptations. The story is one of love, and lust, of the supernatural, and of adventure. It really has a bit of everything.

Often times, ‘Twilight’ cops a bit of hate, mostly because it’s almost become popular to dislike it, but the majority of the hate is unwarranted. Though it might be girly, and cheesy at times, it truly is an enjoyable story, that almost anybody can get lost in, even if they don’t fit the demographic.

Odds are, you’ve read or seen ‘Twilight’ before, or you at least know the general gist of the storyline. Do be sure to let me know your thoughts on it, and whether you think the attitudes towards it are deserved or not!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x