Stacking the Shelves #52

Stacking the Shelves #52

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book enthusiasts can show off their newest additions to their collection!

I was planning to be really really really good this week…. And then my friends took my along to a Lifeline Bookfest! I bought so many books! And that was in addition to an amazing gift, and another book I bought for myself! OOPS! 😛

Don’t forget to take a look over at Booktopia if you, like me, need any of these in your life!

Gift:

  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook – Dinah Bucholz

My friend knows me waaaayyyy too well. A Harry Potter obsessive, this is the cookbook of my dreams. It includes recipes for almost every food item mentioned in the series, and has a paragraph explaining exactly when Harry and his friends eat it. SO COOL. I’m sure Mum will be impressed when I actually start cooking from it…. 😛

Bought:

  • The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

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Weekly Recap March 2017 #3

Weekly Recap March 2017 #3

Another slack week… Must do better if I’m to defeat the TBR! Five books, and one of those was a Little Black Classic! It was a good mix though – a non-fiction, an anthology, a middle-grade, and a YA. And I enjoyed these reads a lot more than I did last week’s! Sadly, I didn’t include any Aussie authors… Will have to change that for next week. Grab a copy of any of these options for yourselves from Booktopia. 🙂

The Rose & the Dagger – Renée Ahdieh (3.5 stars)

I think I liked this more than the first one! It was really a really great sequel, with some really intriguing characters, and some massive heartache. I loved that Ahdieh wasn’t afraid to kill some of her darlings, even if it hurt my soul…

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A Hippo Banquet – Mary Kingsley (2.5 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #51

Stacking the Shelves #51

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book enthusiasts can show off their newest additions to their collection!

Okay, so my ban on accumulating books is most definitely not going to plan… But I needed these ones! 😛 Five new books this week – if you like the look of any of them, pop over to Booktopia.

  • Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

It’s so pretty!!! My friends have made me a teensy bit obsessed with Hamilton, and I’m so excited to have this in my possession.

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Weekly Recap March 2017 #2

Weekly Recap March 2017 #2

FullSizeRenderOnly four books this week + the Illuminae audiobook! I’m never going to get through my TBR at this rate. (Aside from the obvious reason, that I accumulate WAAAAAYYYY too many books…)

It was also a little bit of a lacklustre week – not much astounded me. I struggled with Radiance; it just took me so long to read. And so did Into Thin Air – even though I enjoyed both books, I was much slower reading them than I tend to be!

Grab any of the following that take your fancy for yourselves at Booktopia!

In the Dark, In the Woods – Eliza Wass (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #50

Stacking the Shelves #50

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book enthusiasts can show off their newest additions to their collection!

I was going to try and accumulate no books at all this week, for my fiftieth edition of Stacking the Shelves. However, it was my birthday week, and I lack no self-control. I GOT NINE NEW BOOKS! Four were purchased by me, one is borrowed, one was a gift, one is an ARC, and two were books from work which nobody wanted. If any of these tickle your fancy, you can find them at Booktopia.

Gifts to self:

I already own many copies of this book, but I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I also want the UK hardcover at some point!!! (I may have a few problems…) I had hoped that it would arrive in time for the Garth Nix signing last week, but Australia Post accidentally sent it nine hours drive in the wrong direction! OOPS!

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Frogkisser! – Garth Nix

Frogkisser! – Garth Nix

Frogkisser! – Garth Nix
22nd February 2017, Allen&Unwin
336 pages, 5/5 stars

I want to scream from the rooftops about this book. I need EVERYONE to buy a copy and devour it as many times as possible so that I can discuss it with everyone I meet. It is absolutely adorable, funny, and probably MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2017. (Yes, I’m calling it this early.)

Princess Anya is in a pickle. Her sister’s prince has been turned into a frog by their step-stepfather. But Morven doesn’t want to fix her own messes. So Anya steps up, and takes on a quest to find the ingredients for a magic lip-balm which will restore the prince to his human form. Together with Ardent, one of the talking palace dogs, Anya’s hijinks begin.

Frogkisser is a truly marvellous, rollicking, twisted fairytale with giggles galore. Princess Anya is plucky and funny, and treats her adventures with a perfect level of scepticism – this princess isn’t a damsel in distress. Plus, there is no romance plot which is incredibly refreshing. Read more

Weekly Recap March 2017 #1

Weekly Recap March 2017 #1

Eight books this week, though one was a Little Black Classic, so I’m not sure how much weight it carries as a book… The first three had been sitting on my TBR for months and months, as had Wheel of Osheim, but I read this one now because Mark Lawrence’s new book, Red Sister,  comes out soon! I loved Brian Selznick’s The Marvels, just as I have loved all of his books, and it was amazing to get my hands on Patrick Ness’ new book, Release. I am disappointed that NONE of the books this week were by Aussie authors. I will do better next week. Grab any of them for yourselves at Booktopia!

Nothing Tastes As Good – Claire Hennessy (3 stars)

An interesting story about being a young girl in the modern world. Annabel is a spirit, assigned to help a particular person before she can move on. Julia, Annabel’s assignment, is fat. So it’s obvious what Annabel has to help her with – being fat makes you unhappy, right? But it isn’t so clearcut, and Annabel has a lot to learn, as does Julia. There were some moments which made me nauseous as the book described what young women afflicted with anorexia think and the actions they take. It was insightful for a number of issues, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. A really good read, especially for high school students.

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The Icarus Show – Sally Christie (2 stars) Read more