Weekly Recap May 2017 #2

Weekly Recap May 2017 #2

MORE SLUMPING! I just didn’t feel like reading at all this week… Instead, I have been completely consumed by the new Ed Sheeran album – it’s just soooooooo good! (I’m not normally a music person, so this is pretty strange….) Two graphic novels, a memoir and a fiction – my worst week in a looooonnnnggggg time!

One Week in the Library – W. Maxwell Prince, John Amor, Kathryn Layno (3 stars)

This was a total title buy – anything to do with libraries and bookshops makes me swoon! It was a little bit denser than the graphic novels I usually read, but still really good. It had a mix of genres and techniques – I liked when almost an entire short story was printed in amongst the comic panels! I wasn’t a fan of the ending – the author inserts himself into the story to speak to the character, but overall it was a fun read!

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (3 stars) Read more

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Weekly Recap February 2017 #2

Weekly Recap February 2017 #2

Twelve books this week, and a super nice range. I read three graphic novels, one non-fiction, one gift book, three middle-grade novels, two YA books, and an incredible anthology. Let me know if you agree with me on any of these, or buy them for yourselves from Booktopia!

The Telomere Effect – Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel (3 stars)

I’ve been fascinated with telomeres for a long time, and this book was an interesting discussion on the things which can improve telomere length, and therefore an individual’s longevity, and health. However, most of the tips described are common-sense ideas for good health – exercise, eat well, take care of your mental health, etc. I still enjoyed the read, but didn’t take many new and exciting tups away with me.

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Wires and Nerve – Marissa Meyer (4 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #46

Stacking the Shelves #46

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

Seven new books this week! I am trying my absolute hardest to make sure next week has only one or two… I started a new job (still in books, thankfully), and ended up with two from there. Don’t forget to purchase anything that interests you from Booktopia!

  • Begin, End, Begin: A LoveOzYA Anthology – Edited by Danielle Binks

I have wanted to get my hands on this book for SO LONG (even though it isn’t out until May…) And I was lucky enough to receive a manuscript! It’s a truly fantastic collection of short stories by Australian YA authors. I devoured it incredibly quickly.

  • The Way of Shadows – Brent Weeks

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Weekly Recap January 2017 #4

Weekly Recap January 2017 #4

I had intended to continue my run of all-Aussie authors, but this week I was completely derailed. I MET NEIL GAIMAN on Tuesday, so I HAD to read Neverwhere, the only book of his I owned but had not read. AND I GOT THEM SIGNED AND PERSONALISED. (Yes, I am still extremely excited about this fact.) It was a bit of a slow week – nine books, but many were graphic novels! I didn’t even have a slump, I just read slowly… Not good considering the sheer volume I have to get through! (See my shameful book haul this week – Part 1 and Part 2.) I also spent some time this week reading self-development books – I’ve been at a bit of a crossroads in terms of employment, and living situation, and I wanted some tips and tricks for ‘Choosing Happy’, my 2017 resolution.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties – Neil Gaiman, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba (4 stars)

A really fun graphic novel about the terrifying nature of teenage girls. Enn doesn’t understand girls, but his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. They end up gate-crashing a party where the girls are way, way more than they first appear… Great twist, lots of fun.

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Bloom: Navigating Life and Style – Estee Lalonde (2 stars) Read more

Weekly Recap December 2016 #5

Weekly Recap December 2016 #5

The last weekly recap of the year! It won’t be a reflection post, because I read way too much to do that. Hopefully, I’ll get to that before the end of the week though! I MADE MY GOAL OF 366 BOOKS THIS YEAR! It got a bit tough when I decided to persevere with a 653 page tome on December 31st, but I finished half an hour before midnight!

Iced Beer and Other Tantalising Tips for Life – Lee Lin Chin & Chris Leben (Australian author) (3.5 stars)

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A very funny, quick read from a fantastic Australian media figure. Lee Lin Chin tells you how to live your life like her, though her publisher has issued a warning that they don’t quite condone it… I would love a serious offering from Lee Lin Chin one day – she really does have a fascinating story to tell.

Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Andersen (4 stars)

Really cute comic collection from the genius behind ‘Sarah’s Scribbles‘. Relevant for all young adults struggling with the real world. SOOOO ADORABLE AND SO RELATABLE! Read more

Stacking the Shelves #40

Stacking the Shelves #40

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

I wasn’t expecting books for Christmas, but I ended up with THREE! I also bought myself three, and borrowed two. Soooo, still too many. Last week of the year – hopefully 2017 will be the year of the unhaul!

Christmas Gifts:

  • Simple Essentials: Christmas – Donna Hay

I’m guessing Mum doesn’t want to do the Christmas cooking next year? 😛

  • The Black Key – Amy Ewing
  • Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

I really liked The Jewel, so I’m excited to have the third book in the trilogy. My little sister bought me a new copy of Empire of Storms because the copy I leant her looked a bit ragged…

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Weekly Recap November 2016 #1

Weekly Recap November 2016 #1

This week has resulted in some very, very intense reading… It’s exam time – can you tell? 11 books! And somehow I have squeezed a little bit study in too? Not sure how exactly… Check out Booktopia if you want to own any of these yourself!

Hexenhaus – Nikki McWatters (Australian author) (3 stars)

img_6429I wasn’t sure about this one – I’d heard very very mixed things. But I thought it was great. It followed three storylines: in Germany in 1628, Veronica and her brother flee into the woods after their father is burned at the stake for witchcraft; Katherine lives in eighteenth-century Scotland and is drawn towards political dissent, before becoming caught up in a witchcraft scandal; and then there’s Paisley who lives in present-day Bundanoon (a small town near my home!) who experiences the horrors of small-town gossip when her mother’s new age shop comes under scrutiny. The first two stories are based on true events, and all three have really wonderful parallelisms for society’s treatment of women who don’t fit in with expected norms.

Only Time Will Tell – Jeffrey Archer (3.5 stars) Read more