Weekly Recap May 2017 #3

Weekly Recap May 2017 #3

I well and truly broke my slump this week, finishing NINE books! Notables included Good Night Stories for Rebel GirlsThe Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O and Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. I also read and adored the newest volume of Giant Days, my favourite graphic novel series of all time. I was also incredibly impressed by Bren MacDibble’s middle-grade Australian dystopian – so cute!

Spellslinger – Sebastian de Castell (3 stars)

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book as I had only heard negative reviews. I really enjoyed the lighthearted, sarcastic tone of the book, as everything went to total shit. Kellen is moments away from facing the tests which will either make him a mage or an exile. But he has never had much magic and needs to use his wits. He was an idiot, but a loveable idiot. And then Ferius arrives, a magician of a different kind, a con artist. And she starts to teach Kellen her tricks. This results in much mayhem and hilarity, as they work together to uncover a plot which could kill them all.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (5 stars) Read more

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 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

Weekly Recap April 2017 #4

Weekly Recap April 2017 #4

Only six books this week – I’ve been pretty busy! Only two were great successes; luckily the rest of them either don’t belong to me, or are on the list to be unhauled anyway! I think I’m headed for a bit of a slump though… I’ve barely read anything this weekend! Agggghhhhhh!

We’ll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to be French – Emma Beddington (2 stars)

This looked like it would be a really fun, quirky read. Unfortunately, it was more about the breakdown of a relationship, and the author’s grief over her mother. And yet, with these rather heavy themes, it still tried to be upbeat and quirky. It was incongruous and I couldn’t get excited about it. Also, Emma Beddington HATED Paris, so even the title is a bit strange… Not a good book to get excited about my own adventures there with!

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The Scourge – Jennifer A. Nielsen (3 stars) Read more

Weekly Recap April 2017 #3

Weekly Recap April 2017 #3

Eleven books read this week – a really interesting mix! Two graphic novels, a non-fiction, a coffee table book, an audio book and A LOT of fiction. 🙂 I read two books from the Dymocks101 – Lady Midnight and Humans of New York: Stories. And I’m listening to the Harry Potter series on audio – a perfect way to reread; they are just brilliant!

Elizabeth and Zenobia – Jessica Miller (Australian author) (3 stars)

Elizabeth and her friend Zenobia (who is real even if no one can see her) move to the country, to Witheringe House, the childhood home of Elizabeth’s father. Zenobia loves it; she believes that it is haunted and sets out to find a ghost. Elizabeth is more timid, and is fearful when she notices strange things happening – the flowers and vines on the wallpaper in the nursery seem to be alive, and her father’s first book tells a different story after midnight.

Together, the two girls try to unravel the mystery of Tourmaline, Elizabeth’s aunt who went missing as a young girl. It’s a very sweet (and slightly scary) fairy story, which doesn’t cast the fairies in the greatest light. Elements of mystery and magic make this a really worthwhile read.

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The Comet Seekers – Helen Sedgwick (2 stars)
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Stacking the Shelves #56

Stacking the Shelves #56

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

FullSizeRenderSoooooo, my book ban has NOT been going well AT ALL. I did make it to my library though; and the only books I paid for were audio books for my car trips! But still…. I should be making more of an effort…

Library:

  • Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson

I’m going to London at the end of the year! I like to prepare for holidays by reading books about the places I’m going to. I love Bill Bryson’s writing, so I’m starting with him! (I’m also doing a reread of the Harry Potter series!) What are your favourite stories from London/England?

  • What Language Do I Dream In? – Elena Lappin

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Weekly Recap April 2017 #2

Weekly Recap April 2017 #2

Nine books this week! It has been a very productive Easter weekend – and I still have two days to go! Though I think I’m going to devote a lot of time today to holiday-planning! I’m going to London and Paris later in the year – let me know if you have any favourite places in either city, or any tips for travelling alone!

All Rights Reserved – Gregory Scott Katsoulis (4 stars)

A really interesting dystopian in which every word is copyrighted, and each citizen has to pay for every sound they utter. Speth Jime zips her mouth shut and vows to never speak again. This rebellion sparks a media frenzy, which threatens to destroy Speth herself, her family, and the entire city.

This book was a fascinating commentary on where our consumer-driven world is headed. It was incredibly entertaining, and a very intelligent story. It’s a September publication, and one I would highly recommend!

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Love at First Flight – Tess Woods (Australian author) (2 stars) Read more