Six books this week! And I moved to Sydney, so I had a whole day out of action. Plus the hours spent packing during the week. Whichwood was a definite favourite, as was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I also FINALLY jumped onto the Hamilton bandwagon. Let me know what your recent favourites have been in the comments at the bottom! 🙂
Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart (3 stars)
I am really intrigued by books that work backwards in time, as this one does. Jule is on the run, and makes the mistake of befriending a police officer in the glamorous hotel she is holed up in. That’s when the story begins to turn back time, to show how Jule got to where she is and the sinister events which occurred. It was an interesting story, but I was incredibly disappointed in the ending. I wanted to know more about where Jule came from and why she ended up the way she did – I was just left dissatisfied…
The Map of Bones – Francesca Haig (Australian author) (3 stars) Read more
Five books read this week; it has been insanely busy, and I am even too tired to read! Absolutely loved Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I can’t wait to see the finished version with illustrations! The Potion Diaries was also a nice surprise – I definitely enjoyed it much more than I thought I would!
Cinnamon – Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan (3 stars)
Really cute little Indian folktale retold by Neil Gaiman. The illustrations by Divya Srinivasan are absolutely delightful! While it is very cute, I didn’t connect with the story and found myself more confused than entertained…
Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars – Miranda Emmerson (3 stars)
An historical fiction about a missing actress. Anna Treadway worked for Lanny Green and needs to discover what happened to her when she suddenly disappeared after a show. Covering issues such as racism and sexism, and the stigma of abortion and pregnancy in unmarried women, this book touched me more than I thought it would. It was easy to read, but was definitely not light fiction.
Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody (5 stars)
I well and truly broke my slump this week, finishing NINE books! Notables included Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O and Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. I also read and adored the newest volume of Giant Days, my favourite graphic novel series of all time. I was also incredibly impressed by Bren MacDibble’s middle-grade Australian dystopian – so cute!
Spellslinger – Sebastian de Castell (3 stars)
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book as I had only heard negative reviews. I really enjoyed the lighthearted, sarcastic tone of the book, as everything went to total shit. Kellen is moments away from facing the tests which will either make him a mage or an exile. But he has never had much magic and needs to use his wits. He was an idiot, but a loveable idiot. And then Ferius arrives, a magician of a different kind, a con artist. And she starts to teach Kellen her tricks. This results in much mayhem and hilarity, as they work together to uncover a plot which could kill them all.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (5 stars) Read more
Eight books this week! I’m a bit concerned that I won’t reach my Goodreads goal… Might just need to find some short books to read in the coming weeks! Make sure to check out Booktopia if you want any of these for yourselves!
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor (5 stars)
Every sentence is a work of art. I found the story itself the teeniest bit predictable, but I was too pleased with the beauty of the telling to care too much. Strange is the book boyfriend I need in my life forever more.
Illusions of Fate – Kiersten White (4 stars)
This was an unexpectedly gorgeous story about a young girl who is drawn into a magical world. It is a bit romancey, but the side characters were just incredible. I especially loved Sir Crow – a bird who is also a book. And Emma – a very gossipy young lady, who is also a very loyal friend.
Hunted – Meagan Spooner (5 stars) Read more
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week was a bit tricky – I fangirl A LOT! But which ones do I forget about? Hopefully, you remember some old favourites, and feel free to fangirl about your own forgotten loves in the comments below! 🙂
1. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
This is probably at the top of my all-time favourites list, but I don’t mention it anywhere near enough! It’s a beautiful story about two magicians pitted in a duel against each other, using a circus as their playing field.
2. Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
I read this book so many times when I was in primary school! It’s about a little girl who discovers that a local family are immortal. I hated the movie because it made Winnie Foster much older, and created a romance!!!!! The book, however, is absolutely lovely! Read more