Stacking the Shelves #81

Stacking the Shelves #81

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

9 new books this week! I have been coveting Knowledge is Beautiful for ages! It is a really really beautiful book presenting knowledge in interesting ways. I was also lucky enough to attend an event with Jessica Townsend, the author of Nevermoor, and I had my book signed. This is the next big thing in children’s books and I am so excited to have two signed copies!

Kids:

  • The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

My friends have been telling me to read this book for AGES! And now that I know there is a movie coming out next year, I grabbed the first copy I saw!

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  • Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

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Weekly Recap October 2017 #1

Weekly Recap October 2017 #1

My overall favourite this week, and a strong contender for favourite of the year was The Growing Season! It is just amazing scifi. I also really loved the beautiful The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain and middle-grade mystery, The Lie Tree.

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The Growing Season – Helen Sedgwick (5 stars)

I read The Comet Seekers earlier this year, also by Helen Sedgwick. I loved the writing, but wasn’t 100% sold on the story. However, I still thought I would give her another try. And I am THRILLED that I did! This book is phenomenal. It takes place in a world like ours, only pouches have been developed so that women do not have to carry babies and face the pain or risk of childbirth. Instead, the burden of carrying the pouch can be shared between parents. In this world, the task of child-rearing is more equal too. But FullLife, the company behind the pouches, has been hiding things. And Eva, an anti-pouch campaigner, is determined to reveal it to the world. Together with her ex, journalist Piotr, she searches for the truth. Why is FullLife suddenly promoting natural birth? The story was fascinating! Told through audio logs from an unknown older woman who developed the pouch, through the eyes of Eva and Piotr and Holly, the first woman to carry her child in a pouch. Beautifully written and a completely fascinating science fiction about women. Pertinent issues about abuse and misogyny were also raised, though more on the periphery than as the central story. Fascinating and completely brilliant.

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Stacking the Shelves #80

Stacking the Shelves #80

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Far out! I didn’t think I could be WORSE than last week! But here we are – thirteen new books! OOOOOPPPPSSSSIIIIIEEEESSSS! But there were way too many good things in the bookshop this week!

Bought:

  • Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff x 2

Why did I get two copies of this book you may ask? BECAUSE IT IS SO BLOODY GORGEOUS! Too excited about this! Also, I might have a problem…

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  • Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King and Owen King

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Weekly Recap September 2017 #4

Weekly Recap September 2017 #4

IMG_2633 2It wasn’t a bad reading week at all, though it felt slow while it was happening! Some of them were pretty skinny though! Favourites were Wayfarer and The Subtle Knife!

The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman (5 stars)

HOW DID I FORGET ABOUT WILL? He was basically my first crush and I kind of forgot about him completely! HOW? Anyway, this book is glorious and wonderful and I encourage EVERYBODY to read the series. Audio is a fabulous way to get into it, but so are the books!

In the Midst of Winter – Isabel Allende (3 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #79

Stacking the Shelves #79

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I well and truly broke any semblance of a ban this week… OOPS! Twelve new books! Oh no, my TBR might actually crush me soon! Soooooo excited about meeting the lovely Jane Harper this week! And I can’t wait to get stuck into so many of these books!

Bought:

  • Invictus – Ryan Graudin

Time travelling thieves – what else could I possibly want from a story???

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  • Force of Nature – Jane Harper

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Stacking the Shelves #78

Stacking the Shelves #78

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FullSizeRender 63Another seven books this week – no money spent, but STILL! This needs to slooooowwww down….

Borrowed:

  • Raw Blue – Kirsty Eagar
  • Take Three Girls – Cath Crowley, Simone Howell, Fiona Wood
  • Artemis – Andy Weir
  • Revenger – Alastair Reynolds

What good friends I have! Revenger is a book club book that I didn’t want to buy, and my library is never open when I have the time to visit… Artemis is SUCH a beautiful ARC – I’m so thankful my lovely friend entrusted it to me for a small moment! And the other two are Australian YAs which I always ADORE!

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Stacking the Shelves #77

Stacking the Shelves #77

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I broke the ban for one book… OOPS! In my defence, it was pretty! And I accumulated another seven… ALSO OOPS! Where am I going to find the time to read all of these???

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  • Witches of New York – Ami McKay

I BROKE THE BAN BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS SO PRETTY! I knew that the small paperback was coming out soon and sometimes that means a cover change and I LOVE THIS COVER so I wanted it in this edition… OOPS!

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  • The Choke – Sofie Laguna
  • Two Steps Forward – Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist
  • How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

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Stacking the Shelves #76

Stacking the Shelves #76

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The book-buying ban is going fine… I didn’t spend any money on books this week, but I still managed to accumulate six new books! AGGGGHHHHHHH! I need to be stopped! However, I am super dooper excited about all of these so I can’t complain, except about not having enough time to read…

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Bookshop Job:

  • I Am I Am I Am – Maggie O’Farrell

I 100% knew that Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir would be my one of my top books of the year even before I got a chance to read it! It’s all about her many brushes with death – HOW COOL IS THAT? I jumped on it as soon as I could and it is INCREDIBLE! I haven’t done a proper review in a while but definitely will for this!

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Weekly Recap August 2017 #4

Weekly Recap August 2017 #4

This week was incredibly busy, so of course I managed to read MORE than average. TEN BOOKS THIS WEEK! Weirdly, I read two on eBook, both non-fiction. I absolutely ADORED Station Eleven – it was AMAZING, and convinced me that I would absolutely be a recluse with my library in the case of an apocalypse – because ‘survival is insufficient’. I also really enjoyed Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, and The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. I also read quite a bit of non-fiction. The No-Spend Year has encouraged me to make some big changes in the way I spend money! I was also pretty grossed out by Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed – what are your thoughts on fiction that disturbs you?

The Masked Truth – Kelley Armstrong (2 stars)

A YA thriller about troubled teens being held hostage. Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for. This weekend was supposed to help her. And then armed men wearing masks storm the building where they are meeting. They’re not careful with their weapons, and soon Riley and another teen, Max are trying to escape. Only, Max can’t always trust what he is seeing… This book was OK, but it didn’t grip me. I’m not sure if this is just because I’m not big on the thriller genre, or if I’m correct in thinking that the writing and storyline weren’t amazing.

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Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel (5 stars) Read more

Stacking the Shelves #74

Stacking the Shelves #74

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

I have been on a book-buying ban for two weeks now! It’s actually been a success for once! I have been tempted so many times, but haven’t succumbed. I did, however, still manage to accumulate EIGHT new books!

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  • The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
  • The No Spend Year – Michelle McGagh

Both books I have been interested in for a little while – all about comfort and saving money at the moment. (Hence the book-buying ban!)

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