Disappointing Sequels…

Disappointing Sequels…

DisappointingSequelsDo you ever get incredibly frustrated when you LOVE a book, can’t wait for the sequel and then it disappoints you?

I get this feeling a lot, so traditionally I’m rather slack at actually reading sequels when they come out…

But while I was away, I wanted to smash through a fair bit of my TBR, and so I determined to finally read a few of the sequels lying on my shelf.

One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake (3/5 stars) Read more

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Blogging Update

Blogging Update

I have taken an unscheduled hiatus over the last month. I went travelling and when I launched back into everyday life, I just couldn’t bring myself to blog!

But I’m back. I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired, so instead of doing a recap as such, I’m going to do mini reviews grouping books on similar themes.

Be prepared for a little influx while I get back into the rhythm!

 

Weekly Recap October 2017 #2

Weekly Recap October 2017 #2

A terrible start to the week, with some two-star ratings, but it picked up fairly quickly. Unbecoming and P is for Pearl were incredible, gut-wrenching YA novels, Spill Zone was a great graphic novel, and I adored Death on the Nile, my second foray into Agatha Christie. But ten books in one week is not bad at all!

Adventures of a Compulsive Traveller – Dominic Dunne (Australian author) (2 stars)

I wanted a fantastic travel memoir, I got something that could have been written by a washed out politician. The only interesting thing I discovered from this book is that there is a museum in Croatia called The Museum of Broken Relationships – I definitely want to visit. However, I remember nothing about the rest of the places Dunne visited. I didn’t find his style engaging or humorous…

And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration of the World’s Most Interesting Ways to Die – Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty (2 stars)

This felt like it was written for a child, but the content was quite adult. I am rather interesting in death and morbid things at the moment, but this book honestly bored me to tears… At least I know I can’t die from boredom?

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Unbecoming – Jenny Downham (4 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #81

Stacking the Shelves #81

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

9 new books this week! I have been coveting Knowledge is Beautiful for ages! It is a really really beautiful book presenting knowledge in interesting ways. I was also lucky enough to attend an event with Jessica Townsend, the author of Nevermoor, and I had my book signed. This is the next big thing in children’s books and I am so excited to have two signed copies!

Kids:

  • The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

My friends have been telling me to read this book for AGES! And now that I know there is a movie coming out next year, I grabbed the first copy I saw!

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  • Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

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Weekly Recap October 2017 #1

Weekly Recap October 2017 #1

My overall favourite this week, and a strong contender for favourite of the year was The Growing Season! It is just amazing scifi. I also really loved the beautiful The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain and middle-grade mystery, The Lie Tree.

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The Growing Season – Helen Sedgwick (5 stars)

I read The Comet Seekers earlier this year, also by Helen Sedgwick. I loved the writing, but wasn’t 100% sold on the story. However, I still thought I would give her another try. And I am THRILLED that I did! This book is phenomenal. It takes place in a world like ours, only pouches have been developed so that women do not have to carry babies and face the pain or risk of childbirth. Instead, the burden of carrying the pouch can be shared between parents. In this world, the task of child-rearing is more equal too. But FullLife, the company behind the pouches, has been hiding things. And Eva, an anti-pouch campaigner, is determined to reveal it to the world. Together with her ex, journalist Piotr, she searches for the truth. Why is FullLife suddenly promoting natural birth? The story was fascinating! Told through audio logs from an unknown older woman who developed the pouch, through the eyes of Eva and Piotr and Holly, the first woman to carry her child in a pouch. Beautifully written and a completely fascinating science fiction about women. Pertinent issues about abuse and misogyny were also raised, though more on the periphery than as the central story. Fascinating and completely brilliant.

The Truants – Lee Markham (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #80

Stacking the Shelves #80

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

Far out! I didn’t think I could be WORSE than last week! But here we are – thirteen new books! OOOOOPPPPSSSSIIIIIEEEESSSS! But there were way too many good things in the bookshop this week!

Bought:

  • Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff x 2

Why did I get two copies of this book you may ask? BECAUSE IT IS SO BLOODY GORGEOUS! Too excited about this! Also, I might have a problem…

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  • Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King and Owen King

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Weekly Recap September 2017 #4

Weekly Recap September 2017 #4

IMG_2633 2It wasn’t a bad reading week at all, though it felt slow while it was happening! Some of them were pretty skinny though! Favourites were Wayfarer and The Subtle Knife!

The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman (5 stars)

HOW DID I FORGET ABOUT WILL? He was basically my first crush and I kind of forgot about him completely! HOW? Anyway, this book is glorious and wonderful and I encourage EVERYBODY to read the series. Audio is a fabulous way to get into it, but so are the books!

In the Midst of Winter – Isabel Allende (3 stars) Read more