Weekly Recap October 2017 #2

Weekly Recap October 2017 #2

A terrible start to the week, with some two-star ratings, but it picked up fairly quickly. Unbecoming and P is for Pearl were incredible, gut-wrenching YA novels, Spill Zone was a great graphic novel, and I adored Death on the Nile, my second foray into Agatha Christie. But ten books in one week is not bad at all!

Adventures of a Compulsive Traveller – Dominic Dunne (Australian author) (2 stars)

I wanted a fantastic travel memoir, I got something that could have been written by a washed out politician. The only interesting thing I discovered from this book is that there is a museum in Croatia called The Museum of Broken Relationships – I definitely want to visit. However, I remember nothing about the rest of the places Dunne visited. I didn’t find his style engaging or humorous…

And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration of the World’s Most Interesting Ways to Die – Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty (2 stars)

This felt like it was written for a child, but the content was quite adult. I am rather interesting in death and morbid things at the moment, but this book honestly bored me to tears… At least I know I can’t die from boredom?

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Unbecoming – Jenny Downham (4 stars) Read more

Weekly Recap August 2017 #1

Weekly Recap August 2017 #1

7 books in seven days again! Woooooooo! My Absolute Darling and Murder on the Orient Express were favourites, plus I adored Heaven, which was a friend’s recommendation! I also thought Shannon Hale’s Real Friends was just lovely – so overall a very good reading week! 🙂

My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent (4 stars)

This book has been described by Stephen King as a ‘masterpiece’. And it is definitely an incredible book. Hard to process at times and terrifying in its intensity, My Absolute Darling is a devastating story of surviving the toughest circumstances. Turtle is the main character – a fourteen year old girl who is a bit of a loner. Her father is a misogynist and a survivalist – it scared me how intelligent his voice was though. Every time his character spoke, I felt stupid for not believing the same things he did (despite him obviously being an arsehole). He belittles Turtle constantly, and at the same time tells her that she is the only thing that makes his life worth living. But then Turtle makes friends, and her life changes. She becomes more confident, and willing to face up to the wrongs occurring in her home.

FullSizeRenderBe warned that there is definitely some family abuse in this novel – of many different kinds. It is confronting, but powerful. Martin was the character I found most fascinating – probably because I can see traits of his in so many people I know. What really hides beneath the surface? This book is one that you sometimes have to walk away from, sometimes need to reread, sometimes need to sit intently until the horror is over. Everybody will find something to take away from this book.

Four Weeks, Five People – Jennifer Yu (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #70

Stacking the Shelves #70

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

Nine new books – oopsy! I also placed a big Book Depository order this week, so that will start arriving soon!!! I am having a ban in place for August though – no money will be spent on books AT ALL!

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  • My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent

This book is critically acclaimed and it is my work book club book. Absolutely can’t wait to get stuck in (have to finish it by Tuesday!), as I have only heard incredible things.

  • Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

This is not technically a book club book yet, but I’m hoping I can persuade my group to pick it up for next month! I’ve never read an Agatha Christie, and with the movie coming out I really want to read this one ASAP!

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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!


  • 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…



  • 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