Sunday Weekly Wrap Up (33) — In Which the HSC Rears Its Ugly Head

Sunday weekly wrap up

The HSC totally looks like Smaug.

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Pretty much sums the HSC up.

For all you un-Australians out there, the HSC is the Higher School Certificate, our last, and terrifying, exams in high school.

But anyway, let’s live in the moment past and recap what’s happened this week:

  • I’ve read a measly one book. ONE. But after exams, I assure you, I’ll be reading ALL THE BOOKS.
  • I, um, might’ve eaten some chocolate. It was only a little bit, I swear! But from now on I’m going to do my best to continue my sugar strike until October 31st. (Can I blame it on the stress? Yes, yes I can.)
  • I saw some beautiful mountain-y nature-y stuff, putting it oh-so eloquently. (Technically this was last week, but I didn’t have the time to put it in that post… so it’s going in here.) Isn’t Australia beautiful??

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  • I’ve made it my spring/summer mission to capture a picture of a bee on a flower. You know those awesome close-up shots of a bee landing on a flower? Yeah, one of them. I kind of got one last Saturday, but I’m not satisfied with it. I CAN DO BETTER. There was too much grass in the way for me to get a clear shot. Here it is (You can click on it if you want it bigger):


  • I’ve been procrastinating studying hard.
  • I haven’t written much this week; I’m only 4k or so into the third chapter of The Empire of Stars.
  • I’ve been complaining/stressing/panicking over the impending exams. (But you already knew this.)
  • Stacking the Shelves!


This is the meme where you can highlight books you’ve bought/borrowed/gifted/received for review. You can read more on the meme and how to get involved here!


The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen:

Well, this isn’t really my thing, but hey, maybe I’ll like it more than I’m expecting? I’ve heard good things about the author.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo:

Ooh, I’m intrigued!

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anna Blackman:

I’ve been looking for this one for awhile — however I only just found it as it was shelved as an Adult book in my library.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell:

Because why not? I’m always hearing good things about her.

Cracked by Clare Strahan:

I’ve seen this one floatin’ around the blogosphere, so I thought I might as well give it a chance! And yay for Aussie books.

Rebel by Amy Tintera:


Haze by Paula Weston:

I really enjoyed the first in the series so I’m intrigued as to where the second will go.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld:

Heard some mixed thing about this. Still, fingers crossed I like it!

Drowned by Nichola Reilly:

Impulse borrow!

Horns by Joe Hill:

a) It sounds awesome, and b) it’s being made into a movie. With Daniel Radcliffe.

What happened on Diary of a Teen Writer this week:

Monday — No blog post!

Tuesday — Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character Driven Novels

Wednesday — Worldbuilding: Part Two (Geography & Terrain)

Thursday — Loony Blurbs (2)

Friday — [Tag] Twenty Things You Mightn’t Know About Me

Saturday — Book Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer [3/5 stars — enjoyed, but was underwhelming.]

What You Can Expect of Me Next Week:

  • More panicking about the HSC, followed by relief on Monday afternoon when I realize I’ll never have to analyse Peter Skrzynecki’s ridiculously vague poetry ever again. (Followed again by panic when Paper 2 of English is upon me.)
  • New reviews — She’s Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, and Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Worldbuilding: Part Three (Society & Culture)
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Friday Photography

 . . . Annnnnnd that’s a wrap. See you next week!


11 thoughts on “Sunday Weekly Wrap Up (33) — In Which the HSC Rears Its Ugly Head

  1. WHAT?! NO MONDAY GIF? *stomps foot* I’m disappointed, Kara.

    But, oh gosh, I totally understand the panic of HSC. YOU’LL DO MARVELLOUS! YOU DO DESERVE THE CHOCOLATE! HUZZAH. I didn’t read much this week and I don’t even have HSC to blame it on. (Although I was rereading my own book in preparation for rewriting it, and it was at that point that I despaired so badly of ever writing eloquently that I might have tossed my kindle to the other end of my bed. <– that's as vicious as I get, I'm so kind hearted.) *ahem* What was I saying? Whatever.
    AFTERWORLDS! I've seen all the writer-book-bloggers rave about it and I'm curious. Is it a library book for you? Woah, your library moves wonderfully fast! XD I've just reserved Huntress by Malinda Lo at my library, so kind of excited! I have friends who swear by her writing. :)))

    • OH, CAIT, YOU’RE RIGHT. I completely forgot about about my Monday gif! SHAME ON ME.

      Eek, good luck with rewriting! I have a very love/hate relationship with doing that haha. xD

      I know, right?? How awesome is my library! Though Afterworlds was “on order” even before the book had been published, so it must’ve come really quickly. (Not that I’m complaining. ;) )

      Ooh — I’m curious to see what you’ll think of The Huntress! I pretty eager to read that one too.

  2. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR HSC. One of the other classes did Skxldkfjsldkf for prelim and I’m so glad our class did Emily Dickinson instead. Skzlkfsldkmfls sounds like not a lot of fun. And also (clearly) I cannot spell his name. BUT AT LEAST THE ENGLISH ONES ARE OVER FIRST, RIGHT? Because they’re like the hardest. You’ll do exxxxcellently.

    Have fun with all your reads!! I really hope you like Afterworlds :)

    • Skzlkfsldkmfls is pretty accurate if you ask me. HAHA. I hope they don’t take marks of from me when I inevitably spelling it wrong! I have some friends that are doing Emily Dickinson, too, and I’m kinda jealous to be honest. :P Though at least Skzlkfsldkmfls’s poetry is pretty straight-forward.

  3. I think the HSC is basically the equivalent of the American SAT. The SAT is very scary as well. Luckily, I won’t have to think about it for a while…I hope you like Prisoner of Night and Fog. I thought it was pretty good and I really liked how it was told form a unique POV (Hitler’s niece). Yay! I can’t wait for the photography and world building posts!

  4. OHOHO GOOD LUCK FOR THE HSC TOMORROW! Hell begins, I suppose :P

    (I’m so devastated that my original comment got eaten up and chewed vigorously but never spat out =_=)

    Chocolate is totally acceptable under stress! But I’m rooting for you in this sugar ban :D

    I’ve only read Rowell’s younger works which I didn’t really like but I’ve heard great things about her adult novels. I hope you enjoy them! I’ll definitely have to read them in the future :D

    Have a fun week (of exams LOL) Yay (I think I’m loosing the plot by now)

  5. You done really well to read one book and get some writing done, even if you feel like it wasn’t much, while studying, not to mention keeping up with your blog. You deserved that bit of chocolate you had. I know how stressful this time is. Good luck with your upcoming exams.
    And great photo’s by the way.

  6. Best of luck for your HSC Kara, you only get one shot, so definitely doing the right thing putting all your energy into that! At least the chocolate is helping x Those nature pictures look really scenic and pretty! Have a wonderful week lovely.

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