The World’s Most Improbable Libraries

You know how everyone keeps saying that books are dead, that the written word isn’t going to exist in so many years. Well I’ve got something to say to all of you naysayers – go read this and tell me if the art of writing is dying.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/the-world%E2%80%99s-most-improbable-libraries/6483292

If you are like me and absolute love books, libraries and all bookshops around the world even though you always go to your favourite local book shop and hate it when you hear people say that bookshops are a dying breed, well take a few moments and read this interesting article that I found published by the ABC and was written by Alex McClintock.

Look at how some of the societies around the world are keeping books and words in business. How inspiring. I wish there were some cool libraries in Australia that I could visit.

Books aren’t a dying breed.

♥ GWAP

 

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Week Wrap Up

First week of May wrap up –

So I thought I would do a quick wrap up to let you all know what has been happening.

Well we started a new month this week. Isn’t this year going by so fast?

I ended last month with a post with all the books I bought and read and you can find it here.

On Monday, I released my April Doable TBR Pile out on my blog.

Tuesday saw a new and exciting Tip for Tip Tuesday which was all about magic.

On Wednesday, I shared a link to an article I found about quirky things all book lovers have done before.

Yesterday I posted about which book I was reading – ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon.

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This week I also started and finished reading ‘Geekerella’ by Ashely Poston. Such a good book, you all need to go out there and get a copy so you can fall in love with it too.

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I also watched Younger on DVD in between my writing sessions. It is such a good television show and thankfully it has been picked up for another season. If you don’t know about the show, google it and then go and look for a way to watch it because Hilary Duff is in it as is Nico Tortorella and well hello!

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I’m going out to dinner with my friends for the first time in a while tonight and seeing some that I haven’t in a while too. I hope it’s a good night as I have to find a catch-up episode of Arrow as it is on during dinner.

Oh, and do you guys watch The Flash? You have to watch it. I can’t believe what happened during this week’s episode. I mean I screamed! How is all of this meant to work out now. There has to be an explanation for what they did on the show. None of it makes sense. Okay my rant is over now.

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So that has been my week so far.

Here’s to the weeked.

♥ GWAP

26 Literary Tattoos That Are Borderline Genius

I’m a big fan of Buzzfeed as most of you probably know with all of the articles of theirs that I re-post for all of you to read as well.

Well here is another one. I’m not sure I have posted this article before or something like this one similarly, but I’m posting this one anyway:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/spenceralthouse/26-literary-tattoos-that-are-borderline-genius?utm_term=.hcgGaXOaP#.gr2ZyMoy9

Literary tattoos seem soo good to get. Do any of you have any?

I think I might make a list of my own Literary Tattoos I think are cool, what do you think?

♥ GWAP

Happy Valentines Day!

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We have reached the 14th of February again, so you know what that means, it’s Valentine’s Day. A day that is based of a gruesome and horrible historical day, that has now turned into a multi-million dollar conglomerate day celebrated around the world with expensive flowers and chocolates.

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If your going out for lunch or dinner with a loved one, I hope you have an amazing time. If your staying at home for some well needed Netflix and Chill time, then go a head.

Or if your like me and going to be spending the day working and snuggling into bed with a new book, then remember this: your not alone, and who wants to go to the effort of working out what to wear on a date when your too tired to think straight?

So girls, grab that ice-cream and chocolate, find a DVD or book and get comfy for the long haul until the right person comes along. Until then…here’s Dean Winchester breaking hearts again…

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Happy Valentine’s Day lovers.

♥ GWAP

New Year: New You: New Desk

Every year we try and do something new. We clean our rooms/house, get new hair cuts, try new clothes and all the like. But what most of us probably don’t do is give ourselves a whole new work place.

I’m talking about your table guys. You know, that place where you sit and spend most of your days. The place that becomes your dumping ground, your best friend and nightmare all in one day. Where you lose important paperwork and get distracted from your actual work.

Well guys, this year should be different and it is going to be different. This year I urge you to take a moment and change things up. Get a new table, buy some cool stationary (no you can never have to much stationary) and get rid of that stuff you’re to scared to get rid of. Just do it.

I found this link from a stationary making company called NoteMaker, some of you might know about them, they have gorgeous things we all wish we could have. Well here is one thing that they have which we can all have – advice.

Here is there link to: FRESH START: 7 Steps to a total desk make over.

http://blog.notemaker.com.au/fresh-start-7-steps-total-desk-makeover/

Click on it and read it and then guys, do it. You don’t have to do all of it, just maybe a step or two and it will make everything better. Trust me, I tried it out for you all. Here is how I cleaned and reorganized my own table:

Step 1: I cleaned out the paper, and got rid of a lot of stuff I didn’t need anymore.

Step 2: Then I filled everything away in my pink desks on my table or under my table.

Step 3: I didn’t need to add more storage, because I have no more room and because I don’t need to either.

Step 4: Added a handy pen and tiny thing holder from Kmart which was only $10 I think, which makes grabbing pens and post-it notes easier.

Step 5: Then I added my favorite cup and candle and cream on top of my locker. Kept my favorite self made calendar from a few years ago with Stephen Amell all over it.

Step 6: Got a new table calendar and have now got three, actually four diaries to use – a book/reading dairy, a personal diary, a diary I got from my godparents for Christmas and a new Amelia Lane Paper Life Designer I’m going to try out.

Step 7: And the last step, a notebook or paper you can get to quickly was added to my table.

Here is what my desk looks like now:


Have a go, because you’ll never know if you don’t find out.

Let me know, or show me what you get up to.

♥ GWAP

 

Book Review – The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Call / Peadar O’Guilin / 2016 / David Flickling Book / ISBN 9791910989203 / 332 Pages / Young Adult

On her birthday, Nessa finds out the terrible truth about her homeland, Ireland – the truth that will change her forever. That she and her friends must train for the most dangerous three minutes of their lives: The Call. That any day now, without warning, they will each wake in a terrifying land alone and hunted, with a one in ten chance of returning alive. And it is Nessa, more than anyone, who is going to need every ounce of the guys, wit, and sheer spirit she was born with, if she – and the nation- are to survive.

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Book Review – The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

The Chemist / Stephenie Meyer / 2016 / Sphere / ISBN 9780751568233 / 518 Pages / Thriller

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was part of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or use the same name for long. Something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking on one last job. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation more dangerous. Preparing for the toughest fight of her life, she finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. With her choices dwindling, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

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Book Review – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns / Kendare Blake / 2016 / HarperTeen / ISBN 9781509804559 /  406 Pages / Young Adult

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn a set of triplets is born; three queens, all equal heirs to the crown, all possessed of a coveted magic. Mirabella, a fierce elemental, can spark hungry flames with the click of a finger. Katharine, a poisoner, is known to be resistant to the deadliest of snake bites. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is rumoured to have the ability to bloom the reddest of roses. But becoming the Queen Crowned is not just a matter of royal birth. These three sisters must fight to the death for the throne, and on the night they turn sixteen the battle begins. Only one queen can inherit the crown. Whose side are you on?

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November/December TBR Pile

In November I read 3 books. I started 2 of them but unsuccessfully finished reading them.

You can check out which books they were just with a few little scrolls down to the blog post called ‘November 2016 Book Haul and Reading List Wrap Up’ and you will find out all the books I brought, read and received.

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November 2016 Book Haul & Reading List Wrap Up

November was a great bookish month. Filled with exciting new bookshop openings and the attending of a few book fairs, November has been a great book month. I read less books than I usually do in a month, but I was finding it hard to find new and different books to get interested in this month. A lot of young adult books caught my attention this month as did the release of Stephenie Meyer’s new book that reached our shelves. Far different than all her other work so far.

Anyway, here is my list of book that I read, brought and won this month:

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Best Young Adult Books of 2016 according to Readings

The year is almost over and the countdowns have begun. Everything from music, to television shows, episodes, movies, news events and the like. So have the top whatever for books have started to come out.

Here is a list of the top 10 Young Adult books for 2016 according to Readings:

http://www.readings.com.au/collection/best-young-adult-books-of-2016

The list contains:

  1. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  2. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  3. The Call by Peadar O Guilin
  4. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
  5. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
  6. The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson
  7. The Road to Winter by Mark Smith
  8. This Savage Song by V.E. Schewab
  9. Everything is Changed by Mova Weetman
  10. Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I have only read three books on this list, you can see which books they are by checking out my 2016 Reading List page which is just right above here.

Which books have you read that have made the list?

Do you agree with the list above?

Which books would you have put on this list?

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End of the year…

You know it is nearing the end of the year when book publication dates state either December or January 2017.

I’ve been all over the place looking for books and simply can’t find the ones I am looking for. I think I am going to have to start buying books online, but I don’t want to turn my back on bookshops.

I mean bookshops are the heart and soul of the publishing world and I think without them, books would be dead. But on the other hand, waiting and waiting and waiting for books to come out in bookshops takes forever and I’m not a really patient person when it comes to books.

But when you have waited a month or two for a book you know has already come out in Australia a month ago and it is yet to come to your local bookshop, sometimes you have to bail.

There aren’t many bookshops around my house. One just opened today, and it looks amazing, but a bit pricey. I mean books cost but marking up prices doesn’t help.

Where do you guys buy your books?

In other news, I have already made a list of books I want for Christmas.

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8 Best-Selling Books Written During NaNoWriMo That Show You It Can Be Done

So as most of you probably know, it’s November so that means it’s NaNoWrirMo month. A lot of the people I follow on here and Twitter are going ahead with the mission, but I however, am not.

But for those who care, and you probably should know this, here is a list of books that were created and published thanks to their efforts during NaNoWriMo:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/192069-8-best-selling-books-written-during-nanowrimo-that-show-you-it-can-be-done?utm_content=buffer2ddcb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

I had no idea that these books were written during NaNoWriMo and thank god they were, because the one’s I have read that are on the list are great books.

Check them out.

P.S. Cinder, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer are on the list 🙂

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TBR Pile October / November

In October I read 4 books.

You can check out which books they were just with a few little scrolls down to the blog post called ‘September 2016 Book Haul and Reading List Wrap Up’ and you will find out all the books I brought, read and received.

Here is my current and up to date TBR pile:

  • Yellow by Megan Jacobson
  • Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy*
  • Where Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid*
  • The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill*
  • I Sang For My Supper by Margaret Fulton*
  • Mia Culpa by Mia Freedman
  • The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Wedding Night by Sophia Kinsella *
  • One Would Think The Deep By Claire Zorn *
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  • With Malice by Eileen Cook
  • The Perfectionist by Sara Shepard
  • V for Violet by Alison Rattle
  • Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe
  • By Your Side by Jason Carrasco*
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Note  –  a * means that I have already started the book but have yet to finish it.

I still also have the books I got from the 2016 Sydney Writer’s Festival. One day I will get to them:

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nivan
  • Demon Road by Derek Landy
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Season
  • Lady Helen by Alison Goodman
  • Zeros by Scott Westfeld
  • Bro by Helen Chebatte

That is now 26 books that are sitting on my TBR pile. I don’t know when I am going to get to them, if I am honest with you and I don’t know if I can do another photo with all of them in it again, it’s too hard to find them all, arrange them all and fit them in the one shoot.

You can follow what I am reading on my Goodreads, or on Istagram or my here on my blog.

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