Weekly Recap May 2017 #4

Weekly Recap May 2017 #4

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…

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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)
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Stacking the Shelves #60

Stacking the Shelves #60

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

Soooooooo, I cheated and went a bit crazy on BookDepository BEFORE I went on my book ban, and those books ALL arrived this week!!!!!!!! Yay! I was also sent an advance copy of Neil Gaiman’s new book – Cinnamon. It looks beautiful! So another failed week, but I’m very pleased with all of my acquisitions!

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Bought:

  • Touch – Claire North

I have wanted to read Claire North’s work for AGGGEEESSS, and now I can! If I like this one, I will be buying the others too!

  • A Novel Cure – Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

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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

Stacking the Shelves #43

Stacking the Shelves #43

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It was a REALLY big week this week… Oops. Hopefully that is the last of it for a while. I desperately need to implement the rules stated last week – only buy a book if I have read six from the pile, and checked the library. You can get any of these for yourselves too, from  Booktopia.

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Bought:

  • More Letters of Note – Shaun Usher
  • Lists of Note – Shaun Usher

These are brilliant coffee table books; I am in love. They’re so much fun to flick through!

  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties – Neil Gaiman, Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba
  • Giant Days – John Allison & Lissa Tremain

I have become really interested in graphic novels, and these two came highly recommended. I also really want the next volume in The Wicked and the Divine, but I have to do some saving first… Read more

Weekly Recap December 2016 #3

Weekly Recap December 2016 #3

Big reading week – still chasing the Goodreads goal of 366 books! Nine books. Favourites were I,Robot, The Hate U Give, and Stardust. If you want any of these for yourselves, please check them out at Booktopia!

Rivers of London: Body Work – Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero, Rona Simpson, Janice Chiang (4 stars)

There are so many people involved in the production of a graphic novel! I love the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, but it took me FOREVER to finally read this graphic novel! There is a new one out as well – Night Witch; I have added it to my wish list!

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I, Robot – Isaac Asimov (5 stars) Read more

Weekly Recap November 2016 #3

Weekly Recap November 2016 #3

Little bit of a reading slump after last week! Had my last ever university exam on Saturday, and I just didn’t get up to much reading before it happened! So many retellings this week!!!

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman (4 stars)img_6498

Although the photo is of a chapter sampler, I was actually lucky enough to get my hands on a full reading copy through work. 🙂
Beautifully retold Norse myths. I did expect a tiny bit more of Gaiman to come out in the retellings, but I wasn’t too disappointed. They are beautiful stories, put together by a master who remains true to their essence.

No Virgin – Anne Cassidy (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #34

Stacking the Shelves #34

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

My massive Christmas order started coming through so I received A LOT of books this week – most of them are incredibly exciting ones!!! Make sure you check out Booktopia if you want to own any of these yourself!

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  • His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  • The Malory Towers Collection – Enid Blyton

I love box sets! These were some of my favourite stories from my childhood, and I know I will want to reread them someday – therefore, it is very important I add them to my collection. (Can you see an attempt at justification here???)

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