Stacking the Shelves #57

Stacking the Shelves #57

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

I might have failed again this week… And I’m probably going to fail again next week. Seriously, I will take myself out for copious cocktails if I ever manage to break the habit. FOUR new books this week…

FullSizeRenderThe YA Chronicles:

The Secret Science of Magic – Melissa Keil

I have already read this book – it’s lovely! But the finished edition is so much nicer than the ARC! Plus, the goodies this month were fantastic! A Niffler keyring, A Darker Shade of Magic bookmarks (which will be perfect for my reread), a ticket to The Night Circus, a stunning Cinderella print and a notebook masquerading as The Book of Advanced Spells.

Bought:

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Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – edited by Danielle Binks

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – edited by Danielle Binks

FullSizeRenderBegin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – Edited by Danielle Binks
24th April 2017, HarperCollins Publishers Australia
336 pages, 5/5 stars

This is an incredible selection of Australia’s best young adult authors. I loved each and every one of these short stories, all from authors I am familiar with except for Danielle Binks herself, Melissa Keil, and Ellie Marney. I think that a few lines on each story might be the best way to review this book, so see below…

One Small Step – Amie Kaufman

The main character in this short story, Zaida, is the first child born on Mars. Earth loves her; her public status has opened many doors. Her parents want her to study medicine back on the home planet. But who does Zaida actually want to be? If there were no outside influences, what would she choose to do with her life? A scary incident brings these questions to the surface. What a fabulous little story about identity, and especially about that tricky moment between high school and university where there are endless opportunities, but you only get to pick one… (Just for the record, I love Amie’s visions of space habitats; she writes space very, very well – see Illuminae.)

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Weekly Recap April 2017 #3

Weekly Recap April 2017 #3

Eleven books read this week – a really interesting mix! Two graphic novels, a non-fiction, a coffee table book, an audio book and A LOT of fiction. 🙂 I read two books from the Dymocks101 – Lady Midnight and Humans of New York: Stories. And I’m listening to the Harry Potter series on audio – a perfect way to reread; they are just brilliant!

Elizabeth and Zenobia – Jessica Miller (Australian author) (3 stars)

Elizabeth and her friend Zenobia (who is real even if no one can see her) move to the country, to Witheringe House, the childhood home of Elizabeth’s father. Zenobia loves it; she believes that it is haunted and sets out to find a ghost. Elizabeth is more timid, and is fearful when she notices strange things happening – the flowers and vines on the wallpaper in the nursery seem to be alive, and her father’s first book tells a different story after midnight.

Together, the two girls try to unravel the mystery of Tourmaline, Elizabeth’s aunt who went missing as a young girl. It’s a very sweet (and slightly scary) fairy story, which doesn’t cast the fairies in the greatest light. Elements of mystery and magic make this a really worthwhile read.

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The Comet Seekers – Helen Sedgwick (2 stars)
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Stacking the Shelves #56

Stacking the Shelves #56

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

FullSizeRenderSoooooo, my book ban has NOT been going well AT ALL. I did make it to my library though; and the only books I paid for were audio books for my car trips! But still…. I should be making more of an effort…

Library:

  • Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson

I’m going to London at the end of the year! I like to prepare for holidays by reading books about the places I’m going to. I love Bill Bryson’s writing, so I’m starting with him! (I’m also doing a reread of the Harry Potter series!) What are your favourite stories from London/England?

  • What Language Do I Dream In? – Elena Lappin

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Weekly Recap April 2017 #2

Weekly Recap April 2017 #2

Nine books this week! It has been a very productive Easter weekend – and I still have two days to go! Though I think I’m going to devote a lot of time today to holiday-planning! I’m going to London and Paris later in the year – let me know if you have any favourite places in either city, or any tips for travelling alone!

All Rights Reserved – Gregory Scott Katsoulis (4 stars)

A really interesting dystopian in which every word is copyrighted, and each citizen has to pay for every sound they utter. Speth Jime zips her mouth shut and vows to never speak again. This rebellion sparks a media frenzy, which threatens to destroy Speth herself, her family, and the entire city.

This book was a fascinating commentary on where our consumer-driven world is headed. It was incredibly entertaining, and a very intelligent story. It’s a September publication, and one I would highly recommend!

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Love at First Flight – Tess Woods (Australian author) (2 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #55

Stacking the Shelves #55

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

I know I said that I would put myself on a total book ban, but this is me we are talking about!!! An accumulation of ONLY three books is a vast improvement! And I didn’t spend any money on them! (Well, except for my Audible subscription…)

  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking

I changed my mind about a book I had bought, and replaced it with this one – not only is it a part of the Dymocks101 this year, but it is a classic non-fiction which deserves its place on any bookshelf.

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  • 4321 – Paul Auster

IT IS ENORMOUS! This is a book I have been interested in for a while, but haven’t bought because it’s just too big! It’s about a young man and four parallel lives he could potentially lead. A friend won a copy and, because she reads very little adult fiction and saw how excited I was about this book, passed it onto me! I want to read it shortly, butIMG_7430 am also considering taking it on my two and a half week holiday at the end of the year…

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry

I’ve been meaning to listen to these audiobooks for AGES and I finally took the plunge! It’s so great to be doing a reread of these books in a different format. Now I’m thinking I should buy the audiobooks in French and German too!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Weekly Recap April 2017 #1

Weekly Recap April 2017 #1

April is off to a good start! After an intense accumulation of books this week, I definitely had to get through a megaton to make up for it! New rule (I say these sorts of things WAAAAYYY too often): I have to read 10 books for every one I bring home.

Highs this week included a reread of The Night Circus – it’s even more perfect than I remember it being – and Uncommon Criminals. I read quite a lot of non-fiction and graphic novels too! My biggest fail was Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – it just wasn’t for me; I didn’t like the advice or the style of writing.

Uncommon Criminals – Ally Carter (4 stars)

Another fantastic Heist Society novel. Ally Carter is just fantastic! These books are so much fun, although they do make me want to learn the skills necessary to be a spy and/or a thief. If that’s what it takes to make me exercise…

In this book, Kat Bishop is conned… When she realises her mistake, she is determined to fix it, ALONE. But the crew doesn’t let her do that, and together they work to steal back a cursed emerald. Can’t wait to read Perfect Scoundrels shortly!

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The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape (Australian author) (3.5 stars) Read more