Weekly Recap May 2017 #3

Weekly Recap May 2017 #3

I well and truly broke my slump this week, finishing NINE books! Notables included Good Night Stories for Rebel GirlsThe Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O and Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. I also read and adored the newest volume of Giant Days, my favourite graphic novel series of all time. I was also incredibly impressed by Bren MacDibble’s middle-grade Australian dystopian – so cute!

Spellslinger – Sebastian de Castell (3 stars)

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book as I had only heard negative reviews. I really enjoyed the lighthearted, sarcastic tone of the book, as everything went to total shit. Kellen is moments away from facing the tests which will either make him a mage or an exile. But he has never had much magic and needs to use his wits. He was an idiot, but a loveable idiot. And then Ferius arrives, a magician of a different kind, a con artist. And she starts to teach Kellen her tricks. This results in much mayhem and hilarity, as they work together to uncover a plot which could kill them all.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (5 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #60

Stacking the Shelves #60

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Soooooooo, I cheated and went a bit crazy on BookDepository BEFORE I went on my book ban, and those books ALL arrived this week!!!!!!!! Yay! I was also sent an advance copy of Neil Gaiman’s new book – Cinnamon. It looks beautiful! So another failed week, but I’m very pleased with all of my acquisitions!

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Bought:

  • Touch – Claire North

I have wanted to read Claire North’s work for AGGGEEESSS, and now I can! If I like this one, I will be buying the others too!

  • A Novel Cure – Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

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Weekly Recap May 2017 #2

Weekly Recap May 2017 #2

MORE SLUMPING! I just didn’t feel like reading at all this week… Instead, I have been completely consumed by the new Ed Sheeran album – it’s just soooooooo good! (I’m not normally a music person, so this is pretty strange….) Two graphic novels, a memoir and a fiction – my worst week in a looooonnnnggggg time!

One Week in the Library – W. Maxwell Prince, John Amor, Kathryn Layno (3 stars)

This was a total title buy – anything to do with libraries and bookshops makes me swoon! It was a little bit denser than the graphic novels I usually read, but still really good. It had a mix of genres and techniques – I liked when almost an entire short story was printed in amongst the comic panels! I wasn’t a fan of the ending – the author inserts himself into the story to speak to the character, but overall it was a fun read!

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #59

Stacking the Shelves #59

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FullSizeRenderSo many ARCs this week! But I spent no money on books! SUCCESS! Still struggling under the weight of my TBR and its expectations though…

ARCs:

  • Living on Hope Street – Demet Divaroren

This looks like some heart-wrenching Australian YA fiction. It’s nice and short so hopefully I can knock it over fairly soon!

  • Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index – Julie Israel

I heard great things about this book from a friend – she just said it gave her so many happy emotions! I can’t wait to get stuck in – maybe this will be the book to draw me out of my slump?

  • All Our Wrong Todays – Elan Mastai

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Weekly Recap May 2017 #1

Weekly Recap May 2017 #1

I felt like I was slumping at the beginning of the week. It took me FOREVER to get through what should have been fairly easy reads for me… And the slump was so bad that I couldn’t even bring myself to start A Court of Wings and Ruin as soon as it landed in my lap…. Whyyyyyyyyy?? But I successfully made my way through five books, even if one was an audio, and one only had 100 pages left…

Sharp Ends – Joe Abercrombie (3.5 stars)

FullSizeRenderI am a pretty big fan of Joe Abercrombie, but I hadn’t yet devoured this collection of short stories. I also have a few of his books which I haven’t yet read… OOPS! The stories were a great reminder of how brilliant his writing is, but I think my enjoyment of them was severely affected by my slump. It has inspired me to read some more grimdark soon though – give me all the death and destruction NOW!

Notes From a Small Island: Journey Through Britain – Bill Bryson (2 stars)

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Stacking the Shelves #58

Stacking the Shelves #58

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FullSizeRenderTwo books I ordered AGES ago arrived! A Court of Wings and Ruin was probably most anticipated! So thrilled that I ordered the lovely YA Chronicles box! I picked up an ARC at work of Eliza Henry-Jones’ first book In the Quiet, because I loved Ache so much last week and now need to read everything by her! And then I went to Free Comic Book Day for the first time ever! As well as FOUR free comics, I picked up two really interesting looking graphic novels! (Even though I wasn’t supposed to be buying ANY books this month!)

Fantasy:

  • Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer

I ordered this in January and it finally arrived! (I’d almost completely forgotten about it!) It sounds like a Sleeping Beauty retelling, and the hardcover is really pretty. This was a total cover buy.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

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Weekly Recap April 2017 #4

Weekly Recap April 2017 #4

Only six books this week – I’ve been pretty busy! Only two were great successes; luckily the rest of them either don’t belong to me, or are on the list to be unhauled anyway! I think I’m headed for a bit of a slump though… I’ve barely read anything this weekend! Agggghhhhhh!

We’ll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to be French – Emma Beddington (2 stars)

This looked like it would be a really fun, quirky read. Unfortunately, it was more about the breakdown of a relationship, and the author’s grief over her mother. And yet, with these rather heavy themes, it still tried to be upbeat and quirky. It was incongruous and I couldn’t get excited about it. Also, Emma Beddington HATED Paris, so even the title is a bit strange… Not a good book to get excited about my own adventures there with!

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The Scourge – Jennifer A. Nielsen (3 stars) Read more