Saturday, 6 September 2014

September Problems

It's annoying but it's happening. I'm not blogging as much as I want to these days! I had planned out September to be this great month with exciting new posts - hell yesterday and today there were going to be new reviews up - but alas, life is poking me in the rib and asking me to pay attention to it more. So here I am with my lame and generic excuses.
  • University is quickly sweeping me up and rolling me under all it's work. A part of it is me constantly procrastinating, but seriously, I have a stack of assignments and tests to study for. I don't ever find time for anything else more! 
  • Lack of time also means I don't get to read much either. I've actually hit a reading slump, and have over 3 books that are currently "on-hold" until further notice. Usually I read on the train ride into uni and back out, but now I just sit there and listen to music instead. This is freaking me out! 
  • When I do have time, I'm working. That $$ you know. 

I just have to push through these next couple of weeks and shuffle my schedule around so at least I've got some content for you guys. Sit tight because I'm not going anywhere yet. 

I just wanted to say sorry and explain the situation, that's all!

Hope you have a great month!





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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Wrap Up

Yes, it's finally the end of Winter! August wasn't a great month personally, so I'm glad it's actually over. It started off with me cracking my phone screen, then being sick every few days, and having to start university again. Still, there were the ups as well as the downs so I'm going to stop my complaining now.

On The Blog
I've started some new features on my blog, which I'm actually really happy about it. They're not very original, but I look forward to writing them every week/month. 

I list the most exciting new releases for the upcoming month. It gives me an opportunity to check out new authors or novels that I didn't even realise existed, so my research is definitely useful. September's Waiting List is up if you wanted a read!

I love this one the most because I get to talk about my favourite book of the week, and sort of rave about it forever! Ok well not forever, but I like that I can recommend you guys something to read every week and know that I've really enjoyed it! It does require some commitment though because sometimes I don't read that many books in a week and I sort of get stumped.

The title is literally what I do for the post. Half way during the month I'll update you guys on what's going on in my life - I know, how exciting. 

Posts For Thought

Reading Time

Reading wise, August was actually really good for me. I participated in two read-a-thons again - the AYearAThon and Bout of Books 11.0. I didn't try to be as ambitious, but even then I didn't read everything I wanted to read.

The #AYearAThon topic for this month was Middle Grade, so I was able to whittle down part of my TBR list!

With Bout of Books 11.0 I wasn't as attentive as I would've liked, but I read some really good books. I did a couple of update videos as well as a full wrap up post, so definitely check it out here!

In total I read 11 books which are *drumroll*





Favourites

     



Reviews

         


      


Haul

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Top Ten Tuesday


The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. I'm actually not participating in this weekly, only because I know that for some of the topics I really can't come up with a list of ten. For future topics though, check them out here.

Top Ten Characters I'd Have At My Lunch Table

Back to School Edition



1. Will Herondale of The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare 
The question is why wouldn't he be there? Step back people, power couple coming through.

2. Penryn of Penryn & The End of the Days Series by Susan Ee
Here comes my right hand girl, better watch your backs.

3. Rose Hathaway of The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
I guess Rose takes the left side, but she's equally as sassy as Penryn. Maybe more.

4. Fred & George Weasley of The Harry Potter Series by J. K Rowling
You can't have one without the other, sorry.

5. Tiny of Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
Tiny is the best person you will ever meet, ever.




6. Levi of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Just a little eye candy y'know.

7. Luna Lovegood of The Harry Potter Series by J. K Rowling
She made me some turnip earrings and we've been friends ever since.

8. Celaena Sardothien of Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Her badass-ness scares me.

9. Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
We all have that one friend who keeps our heads screwed on tight, even though they go through with all the silly stuff in the end.

10. Noah Shaw of The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
Danger alert, seriously.
I can't believe I adopted a persona for this entire thing LOL. I'm from Australia so we don't really have the whole lunch table clique thing, like what I see in US movies/TV shows. I still think this was such a fun topic thing and definitely very interesting to think about.

Do we have the same top ten?




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Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Waiting List

The Waiting List is a new feature hosted by PrintedWordsAnd, where I list some upcoming releases for the month that I'm most excited about! 

Sequels





1. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas - 2nd September
I only just recently finished the second book for this series and I am so keen to see how far this can go. The excitement is real guys! 

2. Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian - 16th September
One of the few series I have always wanted to read, but have never gotten around to. The cover change is probably one of the reasons why.

3Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3) by Kat Zhang - 16th September

4. The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey - 16th September
With the announcement of the first book being made into a movie, I'm pretty sure this series will gather a lot more attention that it is rumoured to deserve. I should probably start it already.

5. Remember Me (Find Me #2) by Romily Bernard - 23rd September
This series intrigues me because the heroine is a hacker and that's actually a really unique character in the realm of Young Adult.

6. Stay With Me (Wait For You #3) by J. Lynn - 23rd September

7. The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter - 30th September


Fantasy/Sci-Fi


   


1. The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing - 2nd September

2. Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil - 9th September

3. The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black - 9th September
I'm not sure I'm ready to read this because everything about it reminds me of Harry Potter (don't shoot me). Still, I'm glad to see Clare move out from the world of warlocks and demon hunters for once.

4. Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman - 9th September

5. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld - 23rd Septmeber
Described as a book version of inception, the story revolves around the author of "Afterworlds" and the character in the novel. Scott Westerfeld really knows how to deliver and I hope this pulls through as well. 

6. Poisoned apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Hepperman - 23rd September
This is by far the most creative and interesting novel, with poems to retell fairytale stories. 


Mystery/Paranormal


 

1. Mary: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1) by Hillary Monahan - 2nd September
Yikes, I'm not sure whether to anticipate this or be scared of it. Bloody Mary was one of those childhood things, and now that it's in novel form I'm beginning to freak out again.

2. Blackbird (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey - 16th September


Contemporary


   

1. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang - 9th September

2.  I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson - 16th September
Just reading the blurb of this makes my heart ache. I've actually got really high hopes about this, especially from seeing the very high - 4.26 - rating on Goodreads.

3. Sway by Kat Spears - 16th September

4. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer - 30th September


What are you waiting for?





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Friday, 29 August 2014

Lyrebird Hill - Anna Romer

Title: Lyrebird Hill
Author: Anna Romer
Publication Date: September 1st, 2014
Genre: Mystery
Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this from Simon & Schuster to review
Ruby Cardel has grown up with a part of her life missing. It's the year her sister, Jamie, died and she's seemed to move on from trying to regain any memory back. Yet, when she learns that Jamie's death wasn't actually an accident, Ruby is desperate to unlock her childhood again.

Ruby decides to go back home, to Lyrebird Hill, where it all started. Only what she discovers is a tale of family history and secrets that might have been better left alone.

 Review


I'm in two minds about Lyrebird Hill. I'm actually a massive fan of mysteries, especially when they revolve around family history, so whilst I was interested in the premise of this, I felt like it didn't really engage me as much.

I really liked Anna Romer's writing, the way she painted the perfect scenery for the story to exist in. It's set in Australia and she portrayed the growth of a rural area from the late 1890s to the present day in such a realistic manner, whilst also not losing that refreshing and rugged feel of the outback. The novel is told in a dual perspective, bouncing from the present to the past, but it's easy to decipher the different narrators through their voices. I found that it was really easy to read despite it's size, gliding through the pages, although I wasn't devouring it as I thought I would. 

Romer's writing also drew out realistic physical descriptions of the characters, in really unusual ways. I found that I could definitely see the characters after only a few sentences. Yet, I didn't really grow attached to any of them. I certainly felt for Ruby and Brenna - the other narrator - with their saddening and traumatising experiences, but there wasn't a lot that was relatable. In fact, it felt like Romer only skimmed the surface of these characters. There was so much more that could've been drawn out from these characters, especially Brenna. Her character had more complexity in terms of addressing the issue around Indigenous Australians during the 1800s. That was definitely a great theme to explore, but it wasn't impactful or thought provoking, which I would've liked to have seen. 

The mystery itself was interesting in its revelation. Ruby's memories burst through in moments and it's like she's fallen back into time. I'm not sure every moment was as realistic, even during Brenna's "days", but I looked past that because you never know really. I was caught by surprise at the end, when everything came together, and for those last moments I was fully engrossed. The ending was sweet and satisfying. 

I wouldn't say this was the best family mystery novel I've read, but it definitely has a more unique tone. I just felt at some points it was a little dry. I still have a few questions regarding the connections between Brenna and Ruby, and how it was suppose to add to the story and other things, but it's nothing major. On the whole though it was an enjoyable read though, and you might like it better than me! 





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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted By: The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. I'm actually not participating in this weekly, only because I know that for some of the topics I really can't come up with a list of ten. For future topics though, check them out here.

Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don't Own


I thought this was going to be hard because I'd have to sift through all my To-Read books on Goodreads, but I actually struggled to compile a list of ten. Weird. 

  1. The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory - I've been waiting for this the entire year, and I've featured this countless of time you guys must be sick of it. The finale to The Cousins' War series better be good!
  2. Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas - This wouldn't even be on the list if I hadn't read Abigail Haas' other novel on the weekend. I loved it so much, I just want to read everything that's written about her. I featured Dangerous Girls as my favourite novel for the week, so read about it here
  3. S by J. J Abrams and Doug Dorst - This is the one book I want but don't want because of the price. I found it for $20 in store but hesitated and now it's gone! 
  4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan - Percy Jackon rules! The Lost Hero is part of the companion series - The Heroes of Olympus - to Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman - I haven't seen the movie yet but there's something about this that draws my attention. 



  6. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - Published this year, I keep coming back to look at this. I need!
  7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - I'm hesitantly putting this on my list because as much as I think it'll be an amazing read, I'm also scared out of wits. Still I love crime novels and I can't call myself a crime fan without reading some Agatha Christie. 
  8. Once by Cameron Dokey - There's actually three separate novels in this bind up, made up of three "farityale" retellings; Mulan, Rapunzel and Cinderella. 
  9. The Archived by Victoria Schwabb - I'm going to blame JesseTheReader with this because every time he raves about this I add it to my cart (then end up not buying it).
  10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Yep, another BookTube recommendation, this time by WhittyNovels (Whitney). 

Tell Me Your Top Ten!




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