Stacking the Shelves #78

Stacking the Shelves #78

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

FullSizeRender 63Another seven books this week – no money spent, but STILL! This needs to slooooowwww down….

Borrowed:

  • Raw Blue – Kirsty Eagar
  • Take Three Girls – Cath Crowley, Simone Howell, Fiona Wood
  • Artemis – Andy Weir
  • Revenger – Alastair Reynolds

What good friends I have! Revenger is a book club book that I didn’t want to buy, and my library is never open when I have the time to visit… Artemis is SUCH a beautiful ARC – I’m so thankful my lovely friend entrusted it to me for a small moment! And the other two are Australian YAs which I always ADORE!

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Weekly Recap September 2017 #2

Weekly Recap September 2017 #2

Six books this week – finished off an eBook I have been reading for AGES! I had two days off work to get a wisdom tooth out, but didn’t get all that much reading done… Favourites this week were the sequels to A Darker Shade of Magic and In the Quiet. I was really disappointed in Quid Pro Quo – it was written as if for teenagers, and didn’t really give me any new information about the Latin language and its influence on English.

A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab (4 stars)

A Darker Shade of Magic left me with so many questions and this book answered *some*. It did, however, introduce me to my favourite character so far – Alucard, Lila’s captain on the privateering crew she joined! The main storyline revolves around the Element Games, a competition for magicians. Both Kell and Lila enter in disguise. And then, right at the end, in what I feel is a Schwab trademark, things get super intense and lead perfectly into A Conjuring of Light. I am so glad I had the third book ready to go – I don’t think I could have waited for this one!

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In the Quiet – Eliza Henry-Jones (Australian author)(4.5 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #77

Stacking the Shelves #77

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

I broke the ban for one book… OOPS! In my defence, it was pretty! And I accumulated another seven… ALSO OOPS! Where am I going to find the time to read all of these???

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  • Witches of New York – Ami McKay

I BROKE THE BAN BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS SO PRETTY! I knew that the small paperback was coming out soon and sometimes that means a cover change and I LOVE THIS COVER so I wanted it in this edition… OOPS!

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  • The Choke – Sofie Laguna
  • Two Steps Forward – Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist
  • How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

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Weekly Recap September 2017 #1

Weekly Recap September 2017 #1

A really really good reading week this week. I didn’t read a lot, but what I did read was AMAZING! I Am, I Am, I Am, a memoir by Maggie O’Farrell was just astonishingly wonderful, as was Naomi Alderman’s The Power!

The Power – Naomi Alderman (5 stars)

What an incredible piece of fiction. Fast-paced, thought-provoking, horrifying and wonderful, it tells the story of a world where women discover they can channel electricity. The entire structure of society shifts, and Naomi Alderman tells the story of the change through a variety of voices. Margot is a politician. Tunde is a young male journalist. Roxy is the daughter of a crime lord, with incredible power. And Allie is an abused young girl who becomes a cult leader. It is absolutely fascinating. I loved the little asides reframing historical artefacts in the context of the women’s power. A perfect book club read!

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A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab (4 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #76

Stacking the Shelves #76

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

The book-buying ban is going fine… I didn’t spend any money on books this week, but I still managed to accumulate six new books! AGGGGHHHHHHH! I need to be stopped! However, I am super dooper excited about all of these so I can’t complain, except about not having enough time to read…

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Bookshop Job:

  • I Am I Am I Am – Maggie O’Farrell

I 100% knew that Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir would be my one of my top books of the year even before I got a chance to read it! It’s all about her many brushes with death – HOW COOL IS THAT? I jumped on it as soon as I could and it is INCREDIBLE! I haven’t done a proper review in a while but definitely will for this!

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Weekly Recap August 2017 #5

Weekly Recap August 2017 #5

I wasn’t sure whether to call this an August or a September recap… Technically we’ve only had three days of September, so I’m going with August! I moved back in with my parents, which means I have a horrendous commute again, but weirdly, I didn’t actually read all that much. Still getting used to the early mornings maybe? There was a lot of napping on the train. My favourite read this week was All the Birds in the Sky. READ IT! SO GOOD!

Heart – Johannes Hinrich von Borstel (2 stars)

I really really loved Giulia Enders’ Gut and I had assumed that this would be similar, a funny, but informative account of the workings of the heart. However, this book focussed primarily on the author’s own journey into medicine and why he himself was interested in the heart. The moments when he did talk about the workings of the organ used a fair amount of jargon, and I was disinterested. Not a fun science book by any means…

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Strings – David Estes (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #75

Stacking the Shelves #75

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

Only two new books this week! I’m actually kind of proud of myself! And I didn’t spend ANY MONEY!

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  • History of Bees – Maja Lunde
  • Wizards of Once – Cressida Cowell

All three of these came from my job in a bookshop! I picked up A History of Bees, because I can’t resist ANYTHING with bees in the title or on the cover! Wizards of Once looks brilliant and I can’t wait to get stuck into some quality kids’ literature.

What did you add to your shelves this week?