Five books this week – looks like this is becoming the regular number; I suppose that makes 20 books a month, so not bad overall. 🙂 I read only fiction this week, but a nice mix between fantasy and contemporary. I really must get back into short stories and non-fiction though… Loved the absolute wackiness of The Last Dragonslayer – think this might finally inspire me to finish the Thursday Next series! I also adored Literally – it was a very fun, easy read.
Literally – Lucy Keating (4 stars)
Annabelle’s life has always been pretty perfect. But then she meets world-famous young adult author Lucy Keating and everything goes pear-shaped. Her parents are getting a divorce, and selling the house Annabelle grew up in, and then she meets a boy who can only have been written for her – it has to have been manufactured. Just when she thinks her theory that Lucy Keating is writing her life is too bizarre for words, she finds herself in a love triangle (typical), and the fight between author and character is ON! I loved that Keating spoofed and applauded the stereotypes of YA literature, while creating a vivid story which encapsulated some of the struggles which come with the writing process.
It Looks Like This – Rafi Mittledehldt (4 stars) Read more
Six books this week (19th – 25th December) – I’ve been a bit slack over the holiday weekend. I’m a teeny bit concerned about reaching my Goodreads goal of 366 books for the year! Audio books have been amazing; I really can’t believe I never got into them before November. And I might get into some graphic novels next week to ensure I reach my goal. If you want any of these for yourselves, please check them out at Booktopia!
The Road to Ever After – Moira Young (3 stars)
This was an incredibly cute middle grade fiction about a young orphan boy, Davy David, who is hired to drive an elderly recluse, Miss Flint, back to her birthplace before she dies. It’s a crazy journey, and an unlikely friendship. A really lovely story about life and death for children.
Fight Like a Girl – Clementine Ford (Australian author) (3.5 stars) Read more
AND I’M BACK!!!!!!! Uni slowed down for the teeniest moment, and I took full advantage – 11 books in a week! I can’t wait until classes are over forever – imagine how many books I’ll read then! Maybe the dreaded TBR piles will diminish. 😛 Reviews this week are very tiny, otherwise this blog post would be waayyyy too long! The important ones will get longer reviews soon.
As always, you can buy any of these books from Booktopia.
The Diabolic – S.J. Kincaid (4 stars)
This book was really cool – it was set in space (already a tick from me), and it centred on a genetically modified humanoid called Nemesis whose purpose in life is to protect one human, Sidonia. When the greatest danger to Sidonia is travelling to the imperial court, Nemesis is trained to go in her place, and must feign a humanity she doesn’t believe she possesses. There are many intricate plots and hierarchies. I read it more slowly than I usually read books, and did guess some of the plot points, but I enjoyed myself immensely.
My Name is Book: An Autobiography – John Agard (4 stars)
An incredibly simple read, this would make an excellent gift to any primary-school-aged book-lover. It is told from the point of view of a book, as it traces its ancestry back to the time of clay tablets. Even I learned a fair bit about the history of the book, and I thought I was pretty well-versed in that trivia category! Read more
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
25th July 2016, Harper Voyager
427 pages, 5/5 stars
NEVER FLINCH. NEVER FEAR. NEVER FORGET.
Mia Corvere is the kind of girl I wish I could be. She is intelligent, brave, and deadly. She reminded Caelena Sardothien from Throne of Glass – and then I realised that Mia was overall totally more badass! (I still love Caelena, but she is SOFT compared to Mia.)
There is so much to love about this book that I cannot possibly fit it all into such a small amount of space – I could easily write an essay on the positive points of this book!
I was highly, highly impressed by the FOOTNOTES! I absolutely love footnotes in books – and Jay Kristoff uses them incredibly well for his world-building. I learnt a lot about the culture and history of Itreya. The book is set on a planet with three suns, meaning that the world is very rarely dark. I loved the small detail Jay mentioned about the Guild of Curtain-Makers being one of the wealthiest! Jay had an astronomer friend of his help him with the creation of this world – I love that level of research! Also, the city in which the book is set, has been formed by the bones of a dead God – HOW COOL IS THAT? Are you intrigued yet? Read more
I’ve had a great reading week – getting back into the swing of things now that my exams are OVER! Only one more semester, and I’ll be finished with my entire degree! While I’ve been up-to-speed with the reading again, I’m not doing so well on the blogging front…. Time to get serious; the books I need to review are piling up, and their publication dates are very close!
Coraline – Neil Gaiman (4 stars)
I haven’t had the greatest success with Neil Gaiman’s adult fiction. I tried a collection of his short stories, and American Gods. Neither really grasped me. However, someone recommended that I try his children’s fiction. I’m glad I gave him another chance! Coraline was gorgeously creepy! And Chris Riddell’s illustrations were fantastic! I’m tempted to watch the movie now – even though I have been told that it is terrifying (and I don’t do scary very well…)!
Mort – Terry Pratchett (5 stars)
I need all of the Pratchett books now. This book was so wonderfully satirical. So witty. So funny. Mort is apprenticed to Death, which makes for some truly fantastic scenes and moments. When I have read a second Pratchett, I will do a proper review! Read more
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I haven’t picked anything up on a whim recently – all the books I want to read have come from recommendations, the Dymocks101 list, or they’ve come across my desk at work. But when I was younger, I picked things up on a whim A LOT; I discovered some of my favourite authors and series that way!
1. Lost in a Good Book – Jasper Fforde
I vividly remember picking this up in the school library when I was in Year 7 or 8. I loved the title, and the book itself sounded wacky! I didn’t realise until the very end that it was a sequel; I went back and read The Eyre Affair almost immediately! The whole series is truly wonderful!
2. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruis Zafon
Another book about books! I was completely captivated by the idea of a book cemetery, and I adored this story. I was probably a little bit young when I read it the first time, but I still loved it the second time around! Read more
The Fireman – Joe Hill
17th May 2016, 768 pages, 5/5 stars
I absolutely adored this book, and that makes it incredibly difficult to review!
I knew of Joe Hill before I read this book – he’s Stephen King’s son, and his novel Horns was adapted into a film with Daniel Radcliffe in 2013. However, I didn’t feel the need to pick up any of his books until The Fireman came along. The premise reminded me of King’s The Stand, a book about a superflu; I became convinced that my headcold would kill me while I was reading it, but I loved it nonetheless.
Joe Hill creates a different kind of virus for his apocalyptic novel. Dragonscale covers its victims in beautiful black and gold patterns, before causing them to spontaneously combust. Obviously, Hill explains it a lot better than I do, but I found this completely enthralling. I studied science to a first-year university level, and was really impressed with how real he managed to make the disease sound. Read more