The last weekly recap of the year! It won’t be a reflection post, because I read way too much to do that. Hopefully, I’ll get to that before the end of the week though! I MADE MY GOAL OF 366 BOOKS THIS YEAR! It got a bit tough when I decided to persevere with a 653 page tome on December 31st, but I finished half an hour before midnight!
Iced Beer and Other Tantalising Tips for Life – Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben (Australian author) (3.5 stars)
A very funny, quick read from a fantastic Australian media figure. Lee Lin Chin tells you how to live your life like her, though her publisher has issued a warning that they don’t quite condone it… I would love a serious offering from Lee Lin Chin one day – she really does have a fascinating story to tell.
Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Andersen (4 stars)
Really cute comic collection from the genius behind ‘Sarah’s Scribbles‘. Relevant for all young adults struggling with the real world. SOOOO ADORABLE AND SO RELATABLE!
Sunlight and Shadow – Cameron Dokey (4 stars)
I absolutely adored this book when I was in early high school. I didn’t really read much of the rest of the series, but I am now determined to find them ALL, because this was as wonderful as I remembered. It’s a retelling of The Magic Flute. Night and day fight over their daughter, Mina, a young girl who wants to determine her own path. Great characterisation, fun plot.
Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild (3 stars)
The edition that I have of this book is totally and utterly divine. However, for a special edition, there were enough mistakes (spelling, punctuation) for me to notice. The story is really sweet, if a little pretentious at times. There is a movie based on the novel, starring Emma Watson, though it looks rather different… The book is about three girls, adopted as babies, whose guardian disappears. They grow up in a house surrounded by interesting people, on of whom encourages them to attend a school for performing arts. They become successful, though not without struggle.
There May Be a Castle – Piers Torday (4 stars)
This book made me cry. It’s the story of Mouse, a little boy who has to make a big, scary journey when he is thrown out of the family car after a serious crash. His imagination helps him through. Some of the story is also told by his older sister, who takes up the mantle of her hero, a pirate queen. It truly highlights the importance of imagination and day-dreaming in making us the heroes of our own stories. The ending was a bit of a shock, but it worked very, very well.
The ‘Misunderstood’ Monsters of Greek Mythology – Anastasia Tentokali, Beetroot (illustrator), Fanis Skourtis (translator) (3 stars)
Snippets of poetry accompanied by fantastic illustrations of mythical Greek monsters. It wasn’t as cool as I had expected, and I seriously believe something became lost in translation… It is a beautiful book though!
The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher (3 stars)
I think that I might have more success with Wishful Drinking. When she died, I was so intrigued by many of the obituaries of Carrie Fisher that I had to purchase her story in her own words. However, the crux of this book focuses on Fisher’s affair with Harrison Ford during the filming of the first Star Wars – an interesting tale, but not as interesting as other aspects of Carrie’s life. Her journal entries, read by her daughter Billie Lourd, were ridiculously impressive – if only my diary looked like that, with snippets of poetry and such well-analysed thoughts!
Black Panther #3 – Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze (4 stars)
My first experience with Black Panther, and I loved it. I am also really excited to delve into Roxane Gay’s World of Wakanda, seeing as the Dora Milajie (an elite all-female fighting guard) were the most interesting characters and I WANT ALL THE BACKSTORY!
Four – Veronica Roth (2 stars)
The Divergent story as told from Tobias Eaton’s point of view. Short, easy read, but not stimulating or exciting. Pretty boring… Should have read this at the height of the craze. Picked it up now because it was on my shelf and I needed a short, quick read.
Welcome to Gotham Academy – Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl (4 stars)
I’m still a tiny bit lost about where the characters fit into the DC Comics world, or even if they have backstories – it felt like they should have but my Googling didn’t give me much. But the two main characters – Olive and Maps – were so brilliant! There’s a ghost haunting the campus of Gotham Academy, and these two are determined to figure it out. Plus, Olive has a whole lot of other stuff going on… And Maps is her ex’s sister…
The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act – Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, Clayton Cowles (4 stars)
I NEED ALL OF THESE NOW PLEASE! Every ninety years, twelve gods return as young people. In two years, they are all dead. Told from the point of view of Laura, a teenager idolising the gods, who in this incarnation are like pop stats, The Wicked and the Divine is a wickedly fun story. Murder, mayhem – it’s what gods do best.
The Liar’s Key – Mark Lawrence (4 stars)
It took me a really, really long time to get back into the world of Prince of Fools. However, after pushing through 200 pages (only because I was a bit lost, not because it wasn’t good!) I was once again totally absorbed! Jal is still one of my favourite characters of all time – sarcastic, and totally focused on self-preservation. What a finish for 2016 – bit of a cliffhanger, but I’m dedicated to only reading Aussie authors from the 1st-26th January, so that cliff will have to wait until February!
What did you read this week?