Six books this week! And I moved to Sydney, so I had a whole day out of action. Plus the hours spent packing during the week. Whichwood was a definite favourite, as was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I also FINALLY jumped onto the Hamilton bandwagon. Let me know what your recent favourites have been in the comments at the bottom! 🙂
Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart (3 stars)
I am really intrigued by books that work backwards in time, as this one does. Jule is on the run, and makes the mistake of befriending a police officer in the glamorous hotel she is holed up in. That’s when the story begins to turn back time, to show how Jule got to where she is and the sinister events which occurred. It was an interesting story, but I was incredibly disappointed in the ending. I wanted to know more about where Jule came from and why she ended up the way she did – I was just left dissatisfied…
The Map of Bones – Francesca Haig (Australian author) (3 stars) Read more
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)!
Harry 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
Five books this week – looks like this is becoming the regular number; I suppose that makes 20 books a month, so not bad overall. 🙂 I read only fiction this week, but a nice mix between fantasy and contemporary. I really must get back into short stories and non-fiction though… Loved the absolute wackiness of The Last Dragonslayer – think this might finally inspire me to finish the Thursday Next series! I also adored Literally – it was a very fun, easy read.
Literally – Lucy Keating (4 stars)
Annabelle’s life has always been pretty perfect. But then she meets world-famous young adult author Lucy Keating and everything goes pear-shaped. Her parents are getting a divorce, and selling the house Annabelle grew up in, and then she meets a boy who can only have been written for her – it has to have been manufactured. Just when she thinks her theory that Lucy Keating is writing her life is too bizarre for words, she finds herself in a love triangle (typical), and the fight between author and character is ON! I loved that Keating spoofed and applauded the stereotypes of YA literature, while creating a vivid story which encapsulated some of the struggles which come with the writing process.
It Looks Like This – Rafi Mittledehldt (4 stars) Read more
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…
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)
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!
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (3 stars) Read more
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)
I 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)
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!
The Scourge – Jennifer A. Nielsen (3 stars) Read more