Weekly Recap June 2017 #2

Weekly Recap June 2017 #2

Didn’t do well this week… I was slumping a little bit. But I did catch up on some Australian authors – it’s been a while since I read so many in such a short time! I was pleasantly surprised by Graeme Simsion’s new book – I wasn’t expecting amazing things after the incredible¬†The Rosie Project. I also continued with my adventures into the Harry Potter audio books, and read two YA offerings. ūüôā But nothing really stood out for me this week (aside from Harry Potter which is incredible as always)!

IMG_0164Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban –¬†J.K. Rowling (Narrated by Stephen Fry) (5 stars)

This is my favourite of the Harry Potter books – Sirius Black is my favourite fictional character of all time. I might have written fanfiction specifically so that I could write myself as his girlfriend… Stephen Fry again brings the magic to life with his voice; the only person I would like more is David Attenborough. Hehehehe! If you haven’t experienced the Harry Potter series in this format, I highly recommend them, especially for solo car trips.

The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion (Australian author) (3 stars) Read more

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

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

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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 January 2017 #3

Weekly Recap January 2017 #3

I wanted to do another week of all-Aussies, but I failed on one count – a book I had to read and review for work… I read eight books this week, and loved most of them!

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – Ambelin Kwaymullina (Australian author) (5 stars)

I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book – it was INCREDIBLE! But also terrible for my book-buying ban because now I want the rest of the series! Ashala Wolf has been captured and interred in a detention centre. She is an Illegal, meaning that she has a supernatural ability. Together with her Tribe, she is trying to overthrow the government. The pacing was perfect, and the twists and turns were wonderful. I WANT MORE!

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Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers – Adam Spencer (Australian author) (2 stars) Read more

Weekly Recap January 2017 #2

Weekly Recap January 2017 #2

Six books this week! Another week of all-Aussies. I may have to break the Aussie streak next week, due to some reading requirements for work which is devastating! But they’ll still be the first to leave the TBR for the rest of the year. Only one negative experience – with a prize-winner! I often have love-hate relationships with prize winners though…

Taronga – Victor Kelleher (Australian author) (4 stars)

I adored this book as a child. When I found a damaged copy that needed a home, I picked it up, thinking I might reread it.¬†Taronga¬†has aged incredibly well. It is a dystopian novel, set in and around Sydney. Something called Last Days has occurred where a significant portion of the human population died, and those remaining have become violent scavengers. Ben has an affinity with animals – he can Call to them, make them feel safe or scared. From the bush, he can hear one scream of freedom every night at dusk. And so he follows it into the heart of the city, ending up at Taronga Zoo. There he meets Raja, a gorgeous tiger who rejects his Call; it is a battle between beast and man, that calls into question who exactly is the beast. I think I might have loved this book even more as an adult and would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for an Australian children’s classic.

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The Capsule Wardrobe – Wendy Mak (Australian author) (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #42

Stacking the Shelves #42

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

I definitely went overboard this week…. WAAAAAYYYY too many books. However, I will be implementing a rule that from February onwards, I am not permitted to buy a book unless I read six from my pile, and have checked the library. (Please help me stick to this goal, guys!) As usual, if there’s anything that interests you, get it for yourself at¬†Booktopia!

Bought:

  • The Capsule Wardrobe – Wendy Mak

I have had my eye on this for a little while; my wardrobe is full of clothes I barely wear. I feel so guilty getting rid of anything, but in 2017 I WILL DO IT! And Wendy Mak will help me cultivate a more streamlined wardrobe! Plus, she’s Australian which means I can read it IMMEDIATELY!

  • Have You Seen Elephant? – David Barrow
  • The Lost Thing – Shaun Tan
  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy – Oliver Jeffers

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Weekly Recap January 2017 #1

Weekly Recap January 2017 #1

HAPPY NEW YEAR! While I decided to slow down a little bit on the reading front, I’m still off to a great start. Six books, all by Aussies! A great mix of fiction and non-fiction too! Don’t forget that you can buy any of these books from¬†Booktopia! This week has confirmed my opinion that Australian authors are the best – I must make the effort to read only Aussies more often!

Happy, Healthy, Strong – Rachael Finch (Australian author) (3.5 stars)

It’s another new year, the perfect time to reconsider the ways in which he misuse our bodies. I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Rachael Finch through work; she was so calm and peaceful – I needed to discover her secrets! It had some very interesting tips – I’m definitely going to start stretching every night before bed, and try my hardest to reduce my screen time!

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Newt’s Emerald – Garth Nix¬†(Australian author) (5 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #33

Stacking the Shelves #33

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

Not too many books this week, but there are A LOT more coming soon Рthat Christmas order was embarrassingly big! Make sure you check out Booktopia if you want to own any of these yourself!

ARC:

  • Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman (sampler)

img_6498I attended Gaiman’s GRAPHIC event last Saturday at the Sydney Opera House. It included a screening of¬†Dream Dangerously, a documentary about Gaiman’s last signing tour. And then we had a Q&A with the man himself, streamed from England. Yes, I am now a massive Gaiman fangirl. I ordered so many of his books – the two picture books mentioned below,¬†Neverwhere,¬†The Graveyard Book,¬†and¬†Stardust. (I already own¬†Coraline,¬†American Gods and¬†Good Omens.) But the highlight of the event was receiving a special sampler from his new book¬†Norse Mythology, out January! It’s going to be awesome.

Bought:

  • The Four Legendary Kingdoms – Matthew Reilly

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