Weekly Recap July 2017 #1

Weekly Recap July 2017 #1

Not a great reading week…. I was slumping BIG TIME. I did also do a bit of reading for work, which will have to extend into next week too. They are books that aren’t out for months and months yet, so they sadly don’t count for this purpose. Favourite this week was definitely the middle-grade The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome – SO GOOD!

Mask of Shadows – Linsey Miller (3 stars)

I had high hopes for this book! It involves an assassin competition (a trope I adore) and it has a gender-fluid protagonist. While I liked the characters (my favourite was Maud, the sarcastic maid) and the story, it still felt a little bit like I had seen it all before. The storyline itself lacked originality and it vacillated like made in its pacing. Sometimes I was bored witless with the lack of action, at other times it moved so quickly it went over my head. It was still a very interesting story, but it isn’t my favourite in the assassin sub-genre of YA fiction by a long shot.

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Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer (4 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #65

Stacking the Shelves #65

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

Six new books this week!!! My 20th Anniversary Editions of Harry Potter FINALLY FINALLY arrived! They are so beautiful! I am a little bit devastated that the Ravenclaw book (my house) is the least photogenic of the lot though…

  • 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 Ravenclaw – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Hufflepuff – J. K. Rowling

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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. 🙂 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

Weekly Recap May 2017 #1

Weekly Recap May 2017 #1

I felt like I was slumping at the beginning of the week. It took me FOREVER to get through what should have been fairly easy reads for me… And the slump was so bad that I couldn’t even bring myself to start A Court of Wings and Ruin as soon as it landed in my lap…. Whyyyyyyyyy?? But I successfully made my way through five books, even if one was an audio, and one only had 100 pages left…

Sharp Ends – Joe Abercrombie (3.5 stars)

FullSizeRenderI am a pretty big fan of Joe Abercrombie, but I hadn’t yet devoured this collection of short stories. I also have a few of his books which I haven’t yet read… OOPS! The stories were a great reminder of how brilliant his writing is, but I think my enjoyment of them was severely affected by my slump. It has inspired me to read some more grimdark soon though – give me all the death and destruction NOW!

Notes From a Small Island: Journey Through Britain – Bill Bryson (2 stars)

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Stacking the Shelves #55

Stacking the Shelves #55

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

I know I said that I would put myself on a total book ban, but this is me we are talking about!!! An accumulation of ONLY three books is a vast improvement! And I didn’t spend any money on them! (Well, except for my Audible subscription…)

  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking

I changed my mind about a book I had bought, and replaced it with this one – not only is it a part of the Dymocks101 this year, but it is a classic non-fiction which deserves its place on any bookshelf.

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  • 4321 – Paul Auster

IT IS ENORMOUS! This is a book I have been interested in for a while, but haven’t bought because it’s just too big! It’s about a young man and four parallel lives he could potentially lead. A friend won a copy and, because she reads very little adult fiction and saw how excited I was about this book, passed it onto me! I want to read it shortly, butIMG_7430 am also considering taking it on my two and a half week holiday at the end of the year…

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry

I’ve been meaning to listen to these audiobooks for AGES and I finally took the plunge! It’s so great to be doing a reread of these books in a different format. Now I’m thinking I should buy the audiobooks in French and German too!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Weekly Recap November 2016 #4

Weekly Recap November 2016 #4

Nine books this week – hopefully this means I am well on my way to achieving my Goodreads goal – I’m up to 321/366! Favourites this week included Two Boys Kissing and Remind Me How This Ends. Head over to Booktopia if you want any of these for yourselves!

img_6652Reawakened – Colleen Houck (3 stars)

A fun, easy read about a young girl, Lily, who gets caught up with a reawakened Egyptian god. Funny at times, but also very fluffy. There will be a sequel but I really don’t think it needs one. It finished nice and neatly.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari (4 stars)

This book was totally fascinating. I especially loved Harari’s points on immortality and religion. I will admit that there were some bits I missed – I listened to the audio book and it somehow makes it easier to gloss over entire sections without realising!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay – J. K. Rowling (4.5 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #35

Stacking the Shelves #35

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

fullsizerenderNot as bad as last week but still rather intense! I received some truly exceptional ARCs. Please check out Booktopia if you want to own any of these yourself!

Bought:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay – J. K. Rowling

I loved the movie and needed the screenplay. It was an easy read, and interesting to catch the parts of the film I missed (it was rather lengthy, after all!). There are also divine little illustrations. So much better than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

  • Death Sworn – Leah Cypress

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