Weekly Recap June 2017 #3

Weekly Recap June 2017 #3

Six books this week! And I moved to Sydney, so I had a whole day out of action. Plus the hours spent packing during the week. Whichwood was a definite favourite, as was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I also FINALLY jumped onto the Hamilton bandwagon. Let me know what your recent favourites have been in the comments at the bottom! 🙂

Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart (3 stars)

I am really intrigued by books that work backwards in time, as this one does. Jule is on the run, and makes the mistake of befriending a police officer in the glamorous hotel she is holed up in. That’s when the story begins to turn back time, to show how Jule got to where she is and the sinister events which occurred. It was an interesting story, but I was incredibly disappointed in the ending. I wanted to know more about where Jule came from and why she ended up the way she did – I was just left dissatisfied…

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The Map of Bones – Francesca Haig (Australian author) (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #64

Stacking the Shelves #64

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

This week has been the most amazing haul week EVER, even despite the fact I have now added 13 new books to my TBR! My best friend is in America at the moment, and she attended BEA. Because she ended up with 55 (!!!) new books in total, she sent some home. And some of those have been sent via my house so that I can read them too!!! I also received one book from work, Editing Emma.

Please note that these books have been loaned to me. I will not be entering into ANY discussion about trading them, as they are not my books to trade. Thank you! 🙂

Work:

  • Editing Emma – Chloe Seager

I was told that the voice in this book was very funny, and that I might appreciate how true to life the story feels. I’ve already read it, so look out for my recap tomorrow!

BEA:

  • Magic Misfits – Neil Patrick Harris

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Weekly Recap June 2017 #2

Weekly Recap June 2017 #2

Didn’t do well this week… I was slumping a little bit. But I did catch up on some Australian authors – it’s been a while since I read so many in such a short time! I was pleasantly surprised by Graeme Simsion’s new book – I wasn’t expecting amazing things after the incredible The Rosie Project. I also continued with my adventures into the Harry Potter audio books, and read two YA offerings. 🙂 But nothing really stood out for me this week (aside from Harry Potter which is incredible as always)!

IMG_0164Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (Narrated by Stephen Fry) (5 stars)

This is my favourite of the Harry Potter books – Sirius Black is my favourite fictional character of all time. I might have written fanfiction specifically so that I could write myself as his girlfriend… Stephen Fry again brings the magic to life with his voice; the only person I would like more is David Attenborough. Hehehehe! If you haven’t experienced the Harry Potter series in this format, I highly recommend them, especially for solo car trips.

The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion (Australian author) (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #63

Stacking the Shelves #63

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

FullSizeRenderAnother five books this week. All borrowed or received at work, but still not great for the deadly TBR! I’ve heard amazing things about A Tragic Kind of Wonderful and REALLY enjoyed Eric Lindstrom’s last book, Not If I See You First. A friend of mine gave me her copy of Heaven to read, because it is her favourite book in the world! I love when people lend their favourite books!

  • Heaven – Christopher Marzi

An urban fairytale which is one of my friend’s favourite books. It looks really interesting!

  • The One That Got Away – Caroline Overington

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Weekly Recap June 2017 #1

Weekly Recap June 2017 #1

Five books this week – looks like this is becoming the regular number; I suppose that makes 20 books a month, so not bad overall. 🙂 I read only fiction this week, but a nice mix between fantasy and contemporary. I really must get back into short stories and non-fiction though… Loved the absolute wackiness of The Last Dragonslayer – think this might finally inspire me to finish the Thursday Next series! I also adored Literally – it was a very fun, easy read.

Literally – Lucy Keating (4 stars)

Annabelle’s life has always been pretty perfect. But then she meets world-famous young adult author Lucy Keating and everything goes pear-shaped. Her parents are getting a divorce, and selling the house Annabelle grew up in, and then she meets a boy who can only have been written for her – it has to have been manufactured. Just when she thinks her theory that Lucy Keating is writing her life is too bizarre for words, she finds herself in a love triangle (typical), and the fight between author and character is ON! I loved that Keating spoofed and applauded the stereotypes of YA literature, while creating a vivid story which encapsulated some of the struggles which come with the writing process.

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It Looks Like This – Rafi Mittledehldt (4 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #62

Stacking the Shelves #62

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

FullSizeRenderFive new books this week – not too bad, especially seeing as I only paid for one of them! I received one book from TeenCon at Sydney Writer’s Festival, a friend found a second-hand copy of one of the books in a series I’m collecting, and then I found two lovely finished copies on the freebies pile at work! Lucky week! 🙂

  • Legion – Brandon Sanderson

This is one of the BEST short stories I have EVER read. I own it in a combined collection, but have wanted this pretty hardcover edition for quite some time. I caved this week!

  • Red Sister – Mark Lawrence

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Sydney Writer’s Festival All Day YA 2017

Sydney Writer’s Festival All Day YA 2017

I had not intended to attend the Sydney Writer’s Festival All Day YA this year, as it was in Parramatta and it was just a bit too far from my place to feasibly get to. However, I was lucky enough to win a ticket from the wonderful people at Happy Indulgence, and I am so delighted – it was a marvellous day and I would have missed out had I not made the trek to the Riverside Theatres! It was a great location, though I did miss being close to the city…

The day started out with a highly entertaining panel with five contributors of the Begin, End, Begin: LoveOzYA Anthology. It was hysterical – the camaraderie between the authors was just wonderful to watch. And Will Kostakis remains one of the funniest people I have had the pleasure to watch on stage! I had my book signed by all five – Danielle Binks, Gabrielle Tozer, Will Kostakis, Jaclyn Moriarty and Amie Kaufman. All are just wonderful humans.

I was then lucky enough to attend a sold-out event with Rupi Kaur, the amazing poet behind bestseller milk and honey. Read more