Stacking the Shelves #71

Stacking the Shelves #71

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

Soooooo, I went completely and utterly overboard this week…. OOPS! 18 new books! Not entirely sure when I am going to find the time to read them all! What are your best reading tips???

Harry Potter:

  • 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 Hufflepuff – J. K. Rowling

I may have ordered myself all the paperbacks…. Hehehehe! Unfortunately, my house (Ravenclaw) is the only one that didn’t arrive this week! They’re so pretty, but I am seriously going to need a new bookshelf to fill entirely with Harry Potters.


  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling

ANOTHER edition! I love these slipcase editions. The final two should be in my hands sometime in the very, very near future! *party*


Finished Copies: Read more

Weekly Recap August 2016 #1

Weekly Recap August 2016 #1

7 books for the first week of August – not bad! I will definitely be slowing down as uni gets more hectic though… Favourites were The Lover’s Dictionary and Holding Up the Universe. Caraval was enchanting, and The Hungry Isle  was a fantastic conclusion to Emily Rodda’s Star of Deltora series. Find any of them for yourself at Booktopia!

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven (4 stars)

Jennifer Niven’s  All the Bright Places left me bawling in the corner of my bedroom. I had hoped that this one would not leave me quite so emotionally traumatised. (It didn’t, thank goodness!) Libby used to be the America’s Fattest Teen – she’s lost a lot of weight and is starting high school. Jack is one of the popular kids; only problem is, he has no idea who the people around him are – he can’t recognise their faces. Libby was just the best character EVER – the sheer level of sass she possesses is incredible. Jack was a bit irritating in his advances, but Libby always called him out on it. I will definitely be reviewing this in more detail – there’s too much to squeeze into this teeny tiny little paragraph!


The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan (5 stars) Read more

Ten of the Greatest Australian Authors – Top Ten Tuesday

Ten of the Greatest Australian Authors – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, and it coincided with Australia Day! Therefore, I thought I’d share the love for some AMAZING Australian authors. I did a similar (if smaller) Australia Day list last year, and while I adore all authors mentioned there only a few made the cut this year…..

1. Emily Rodda

As followers of my blog will know, I recently reread the Deltora Quest series, in preparation for her new Star of Deltora books. I loved every single minute, and am tempted to go back and read The Three Doors trilogy and reread Rowan of Rin. I also saw Dog Tales in the bookshop the other day, and I remember it being absolutely adorable! There was a goat named Mabel who thought she was one of the dogs! And then there was Pigs Might Fly and The Best-Kept Secret!! Goodness, I’m making my reread list longer by the second!

2. Matthew Reilly

Everything this genius writes is just amazing (I am ignoring Troll Mountain in that particular statement – but just the one failure isn’t bad at all!) And we got this fantastic news just recently! The Great Zoo of China has been optioned for a movie and the fourth Jack West Jr book has been delivered to the publishers! Time for yet another reread?!?! Read more

Shadows of the Master – Emily Rodda

Shadows of the Master – Emily Rodda

Title: Shadows of the Master (Star of Deltora #1)
Author: Emily Rodda
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 1st August 2015
Pages: 165
Rating: 3/5 stars


Britta has always wanted to be a trader like her feather, sailing the nine seas and bringing precious cargo home to Del harbour. Her dreams seemed safe until her father’s quest to find the fabled Staff of Tier ended in blood and horror. Now his shamed family is in hiding, and his ship, the Star of Deltora, belongs to the powerful Rosalyn fleet. But Britta’s ambition burns as fiercely as ever. When she suddenly gets the chance to win back her future she knows she has to take it – whatever the cost.

She has no idea that shadows from a distant, haunting isle are watching her every move. Read more