Stacking the Shelves #68

Stacking the Shelves #68

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

Four new books this week! I borrowed one, and went second-hand book shopping where I found the other three!

Borrowed:

  • The Wrong Girl – Zoe Foster Blake

This is on the Dymocks101 list for this year – I haven’t made much progress at all recently so when I saw this on a friend’s bookshelf, I asked to borrow it! I think it should be fairly quick, but when I might get to it, I’m not entirely sure…

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Bought:

  • Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

I have NEVER read an Agatha Christie. I really wanted Murder on the Orient Express, but couldn’t find it, so this will have to do! 🙂 Read more

Weekly Recap July 2017 #1

Weekly Recap July 2017 #1

Not a great reading week…. I was slumping BIG TIME. I did also do a bit of reading for work, which will have to extend into next week too. They are books that aren’t out for months and months yet, so they sadly don’t count for this purpose. Favourite this week was definitely the middle-grade The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome – SO GOOD!

Mask of Shadows – Linsey Miller (3 stars)

I had high hopes for this book! It involves an assassin competition (a trope I adore) and it has a gender-fluid protagonist. While I liked the characters (my favourite was Maud, the sarcastic maid) and the story, it still felt a little bit like I had seen it all before. The storyline itself lacked originality and it vacillated like made in its pacing. Sometimes I was bored witless with the lack of action, at other times it moved so quickly it went over my head. It was still a very interesting story, but it isn’t my favourite in the assassin sub-genre of YA fiction by a long shot.

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Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer (4 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #67

Stacking the Shelves #67

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

Annnnnnndddddd, I more than made up for the fact that I accumulated no new books last week. TEN new books. Four of them are borrowed, I suppose, but six really isn’t that much better than ten….

Work:

  • Moonrise – Sarah Crossan

I love Sarah Crossan’s work, and am really excited about this ARC of her new book! It’s a Bloomsbury title, and it looks really interesting – all about a character and his brother, who is on death row.

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  • The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome – Katrina Nannestad

I really loved Olive of Groves and Katrina Nannestad’s new series sounds even better! It’s about a little girl who is sent to live with an eccentric author when her mother falls ill.

  • The Seven – Peter Newman

I absolutely adored The Vagrant by Peter Newman, and The Malice (its sequel) was fantastic as well. I can’t wait to get stuck into the third book, though I will need to check some recaps – it’s been a while!

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Weekly Recap June 2017 #5

Weekly Recap June 2017 #5

Definitely messed up my weekly count this month! Six books again this week! My favourites were This Mortal CoilDiego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic and The Magic Misfits. My least favourite was A Shadow Bright and Burning – soooo slow! But there were way more wins than losses!

This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvada (Australian author) (4 stars)

The twists, the turns! Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She is skilled at hacking into the body tech every human wears to enhance their DNA. And her dad is the top geneticist in the world. This is SUPER interesting – I love anything to do with genetics. There is a killer disease which is literally causing people to EXPLODE, and infect everyone in the radius of the blast. The biggest corporation in the world decides to snatch Catarina’s dad, leaving her to fend for herself in the craziness of the world. But then a boy comes to find her, a super-soldier. He tells her that she is the key to unlocking a vaccine to this dreadful disease, and convinces her to join him. But who can she trust? And what has her father been keeping from her? This book gripped me completely, and I couldn’t predict any of the amazing twists and turns! YAY!

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Whimsy & Woe – Rebecca McRitchie, illustrated by Sonia Kretschmar (Australian authors) (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #66

Stacking the Shelves #66

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

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT I DIDN’T BUY ANY BOOKS IN THE LAST WEEK OF JUNE? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME? THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE ACTUALLY MANAGED TO HAVE AN EMPTY STACKING THE SHELVES AND I’M RATHER PROUD.

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In lieu of a haul post, have a photo of the first half of my current TBR – those are just the books I own! I did a preliminary count and I’m up at about 160 – not sure I’ll be able to cross them all off before the end of the year… Any there I have to read RIGHT NOW?

What did you add to your shelves this week? How long do you think I can make this amazing feat last?

Weekly Recap June 2017 #4

Weekly Recap June 2017 #4

I think I might have divided my weeks up a bit weirdly – June doesn’t have five weeks does it? Oh well! Hahaha – six books this week: staying on top of the TBR (JUST!). Favourites were Wild BeautyOut of Heart and The Circle. I also really enjoyed All The Crooked Saints, but it took me a while to get used to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing – it was my first read by her!

The Pier Falls – Mark Haddon (3 stars)

I really like short story collections and this one was fabulous! I loved the title story, The Pier Falls and the final offering, The Weir – is it weird that my favourites focused so heavily on the idea of death? I also enjoyed The Woodpecker and the Wolf, about a failed expedition to Mars! Plus The Island, about Ariadne, who was abandoned by Theseus in Greek myth. But there were also some super strange ones, hence the three-star raring…

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Out of Heart – Irfan Master (4 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #65

Stacking the Shelves #65

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

Six new books this week!!! My 20th Anniversary Editions of Harry Potter FINALLY FINALLY arrived! They are so beautiful! I am a little bit devastated that the Ravenclaw book (my house) is the least photogenic of the lot though…

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Gryffindor – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Slytherin – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Ravenclaw – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Hufflepuff – J. K. Rowling

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