Weekly Recap September 2017 #1

Weekly Recap September 2017 #1

A really really good reading week this week. I didn’t read a lot, but what I did read was AMAZING! I Am, I Am, I Am, a memoir by Maggie O’Farrell was just astonishingly wonderful, as was Naomi Alderman’s The Power!

The Power – Naomi Alderman (5 stars)

What an incredible piece of fiction. Fast-paced, thought-provoking, horrifying and wonderful, it tells the story of a world where women discover they can channel electricity. The entire structure of society shifts, and Naomi Alderman tells the story of the change through a variety of voices. Margot is a politician. Tunde is a young male journalist. Roxy is the daughter of a crime lord, with incredible power. And Allie is an abused young girl who becomes a cult leader. It is absolutely fascinating. I loved the little asides reframing historical artefacts in the context of the women’s power. A perfect book club read!

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A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab (4 stars) Read more

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Weekly Recap August 2017 #5

Weekly Recap August 2017 #5

I wasn’t sure whether to call this an August or a September recap… Technically we’ve only had three days of September, so I’m going with August! I moved back in with my parents, which means I have a horrendous commute again, but weirdly, I didn’t actually read all that much. Still getting used to the early mornings maybe? There was a lot of napping on the train. My favourite read this week was All the Birds in the Sky. READ IT! SO GOOD!

Heart – Johannes Hinrich von Borstel (2 stars)

I really really loved Giulia Enders’ Gut and I had assumed that this would be similar, a funny, but informative account of the workings of the heart. However, this book focussed primarily on the author’s own journey into medicine and why he himself was interested in the heart. The moments when he did talk about the workings of the organ used a fair amount of jargon, and I was disinterested. Not a fun science book by any means…

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Strings – David Estes (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #73

Stacking the Shelves #73

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

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Six new books this week! I have officially started my book buying ban. The three finished copies here were paid for a few weeks ago and just arrived this week. Aren’t they so pretty?

Harry Potter:

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling

I can never resist pretty editions of Harry Potter books! Now I have completed this colourful slipcase set! Can’t wait to photograph them all together!

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Stacking the Shelves #72

Stacking the Shelves #72

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

Eight new books! OOPSIES! My poor TBR is realllllllyyyy going to crush me one of these days. I only spent money on one this week – the others I had paid for a few weeks back. Planning a major book ban, and some pretty intensive culling too.

Bought:

  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Ravenclaw – J. K. Rowling
  • An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings

The Power was sold to me as ‘Handmaid’s Tale where the women win’ – sounds awesome! The Ravenclaw version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the last of the 20th-anniversary editions I needed to complete my collection! And I just couldn’t resist the beauty that is An A to Z of Magical Beings! LOOK AT IT!

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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