So, we are at the end of Winter. FINALLY! Hello Spring! That means warmer days and less layers, hopefully. This month has been a great bookish month. I have started a new job at a publishing/distribution house, so I am getting to know a lot about the literary world. I have also had a great month of buying restraint, with only buying three books this month and one of them was at a book fair, which is great. Bit of a slow reading month, but I am trying to get used to reading and working at the same time. I’m getting there but slowly.
Well folks we have gotten to the end of 2016. I don’t know what shape you are all in, but know this, it’s been a tough year for all of us. The hassle of Christmas has come and gone once again, and the hustle and bustle of shopping, relaxing and catching up with friends whilst on holidays is either done, upon us, or about to finish, none the less, 2016 is almost over. December has seen the release of a few great books all around and hopefully many books have been brought and read thanks to Christmas. Now as the New Year is right around the corner, I hope you enjoy my final post for the year. Continue reading “December 2016 Book Haul and 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:
So this month it has been a rather slow month. A really slow reading month. I am only reading my 4th book as I write this post now. It was also my birthday this month and yes I did get books for it. Well what else do you get a bibliophile? I participated in an Instagram photo challenge which you can check out on my Instagram page, if you like.
Anyway here is my small list of books I read, brought and won this month:
September had been a great reading month for me. I have found some great book to buy and read and have loved all of them. I even reached and finished reading my 40th book for this year! YAY ME! At the beginning of September I took my sister along to the #YaFanFest which was being held by Allen & Unwin. It was a great night out and we got to hear from some great writers including Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. It also increased my TBR pile. I also went to the Sydney University Book Fair which was on a weekend and in the city with my mother and sister. There weren’t that many great books there, but I still managed to grab four books to add to my overgrown library. I also got my first paying job and am loving it.
So here is a list of books I brought, and read this month:
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley –
I love this book so much. It is a poetic beauty that any book lover/ book nerd needs to read immediately. If you are a fan of second hand book shops, than you are going to love this book. It is a simple love letter to books and words all at the same time. My book review will be coming out shortly.
The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam –
This was a hard book to read. It is about a nurse who helps the dying, die. It is easy to read but a hard book to swallow as it talks a lot about death and different perspectives and problems with it. If you like books that make you think, than you are going to love this book. My book review will be coming out in October.
Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric –
This book won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. That is the main reason I picked up this book as I wanted to see why it was picked to win. You need to read it to understand. The writer’s knowledge of emotions and pain is extraordinary. If you like books that make you wonder about your life, than this is the book for you. My book review will be coming out in October.
The Dress by Jane L. Rosen –
I brought this book because I wanted something light and easy to read that wouldn’t make me question my own life. I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada and even though this book is nothing like it, it resembles it, with its fashion talk. There is one dress, and I wish I could get one of them and it changes the lives of a handful of people in the book. It is funny, quirky and a great read if you like rom-coms. My book review will be coming out in October.
Run by Kody Keplinger –
It’s no secret that Kody Keplinger is a great writer. If you have read The Duff than you are going to love this, and if you have seen the movie too. With a two characters change in point of views throughout the book, it feels like you are reading two books at once. If you like Thelma and Lousies kind of adventurous books, than you will like this one. My book review will be coming out in October.
The Secret Recipe for Second Chances by JD. Barrett –
Who doesn’t love a book that makes you hungry? I know I do. An Aussie born and bred writer talking about suburbs I know and have been to is the best kind of book to read. It talks about food and there are even recipes within the chapters, there is a love story, and even a reoccurring ghost in there too. If you like Aussie books, than you are going to love this book too. My book review will be out in October.
By Your Side by Jason Carrasco –
I brought this book from the Sydney University Book Fair. I started reading it, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I wasn’t in the mood to read about more death. I think I might go back to it one day though.
French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano –
I also brought this book from the Sydney University Book Fair. I haven’t read it yet, and I don’t think I will until my TBR is finished. It is one of those books I have heard about when studying and I knew I wanted a copy of it for my collection.
Some of my best friends are writers, but I wouldn’t want my daughter to marry oneby Robert Turner –
I loved the title of this book and couldn’t not buy it at the Sydney University Book Fair. It is in my collection now and maybe one day I will get to it.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue –
I just brought this book to read after The Secret Recipe for Second Chances and I can’t wait to get stuck into it. I read Room earlier this year and I just loved it. I think Donoghue’s writing is amazing and she is definitely an automatic author buy from now on.
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee –
Was given to me by its publisher Harper Collins. I started to read it, but then its text was too small for my eyes and I couldn’t keep going with it. It sounds like a great book and I am making my sister read it and hopefully we can review it together.
#YAFANFEST16 proof by Allen & Unwin
With Malace by Elieen Cook
The Perfectionist by Sara Shepard
V for Violet by Alison Rattle
Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe –
All of these 5 books are on my TBR to read when I can. My sister has been going through them though so I might see if I can get her to write some reviews for them.
I also won 4 books from Mills & Boon by watching an episode of The Bachelorette and on Twitter at the same time and entered a Dymocks Books Twitter competition. The book have the boys on the cover from the photoshoot they did in the episode. The books are pretty cool. (You can see a picture of them on my Instagram).
So as you can see I have had a pretty good reading month. Unlike last month, which was an awful reading month.
So the statistics for this month = brought 10 books, read 6 books, added 5 to my TBR and 3 to my book collection.
October is my birthday month, and I am hoping to get a few more because of that. I have already worked out which books I am going to buy and read for October. Look at me I am already organised for the next month.
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This month has been a very weird reading month for me. I haven’t been able to settle on a book long enough to finish it properly. I think I have started three or four different books this month and haven’t started them yet. I hate it when this happens, and it seems to come right when I have the biggest TBR pile to read. It’s like a curse and I’m not a fan of it. I’m sure some of you out there suffer from reading slumps from time to time, I know I do, I think this is the 2nd or 3rd one I have had this year already. I don’t know if there is a proper remedy for it, I usually read comic books when this happens but I haven’t had the time to go out and buy any. I have managed to read a few books this month, but I definitely brought more than I read. Continue reading “August 2016 Book Haul & Reading List Wrap Up”→
Today I went to another LifeLine Book Fair. It was great. Lots of books, lots of people and lots of bargins. These are the books I grabbed to add to my ever growing book collection. They are great and I can’t wait to get stuck into these book.
This month I went to my very first LifeLife Book Sale. I went with my mother and boy did we have a good day. I didn’t know what to except or what I was going to find. By the time my mother dragged me away I had a very large stack of books, some for myself and some for my sister of course. It had been over an hour in the large room filled with all sorts of books and I didn’t want to leave. Not only did I get some great books to read, I also got a couple for my book collections. You will see that some of the books on this list were on last month’s book haul and reading list but that is because last month I probably got them and this month I actually read them.
So here is a list of books that I have read and brought this month:
The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr:
I was given this book by Harper Colllins Publishing but I cannot recommend this book enough to people. I LOVE IT. It is such a great book and I wish it didn’t end. I took it away with my last month on the small weekends away trip I went on and never go to it, but then I got back finished what I was reading and then devoured this book very fast. I picked it up and refused to put it down. If you haven’t read this book you need to get your hands on it now. It is about a witch and I wish I was a witch. My book review will be coming out shortly.
I also received this book by Harper Collins Publishing and as much as I was excited to read this book, it wasn’t the best young adult book I have read. The writing is great, but the story is a bit lacking. I found myself struggling for the first 50 pages, but then after that I was hooked and needed to know what it was about. It was okay in the end and wanted more to the story. My book review will be coming out shortly.
Last month I told you that I won this book from a twitter competition from Date-A-Book and only read it this month. I’m not going to sit here and lie and tell you all that it is a great book, because I don’t think that it is. I wasn’t a fan of Matthew Quick’s book that was turned into a movie Silver Linings Playbook and I wasn’t really impressed by this book. If you look online, especially Tumblr you will find people raving that this book changed their lives. It didn’t so much for me. My book review will be coming out shortly.
This is such a great book. It was the first book I brought this month after telling myself I couldn’t buy any because I already had too many to read. But I had been seeing it all over the internet and my Instagram so I knew that when I saw it at the shops, I grabbed it. I got it and started reading it in the car and before I knew it I was too scared to put it down, but I was also scared to keep going. It is dead set a freaky book. I haven’t read anything else by Fleur Ferris because the bookshop near me doesn’t stock anything great, so Black is my first book of hers and I love it. My book review will be coming out shortly for it.
I brought this book along with Black on the same day. I was standing there staring at it wondering what I was about because the cover looks so cool. But then I picked it up and on the back there wasn’t really a blurb, but more of a quote and I loved it and put it on the pile. I read it straight after Black and was iffy about it at the beginning not knowing what the point of the book was, but then BAM! And I couldn’t put it down. It is great, it is epic, it will make you want to get into a rocket and leave this earth. My book review will be coming out later.
I found this book at the LifeLife Book Sale I went to. I have always loved Gordon Ramsey and wanted to know more about him. When I saw his gorgeous face staring at me on the pile I knew I had to get it and read it. I am loving it, it is so well written and so interesting. I have just finished the book. My book review will be up as soon as I finish it.
I couldn’t not get this book at the LifeLife Book Sale I went to. I can’t help myself with Nicholas Sparks. If I have it already or don’t I pick it up and when it is cheap like the $3 I picked up this hard cover version for, how could I not pick it up. I have already read The Wedding a few years ago, it is the story that follows The Notebook for anyone who is interested to know. I won’t be reading, just adding it to my ever growing collection of Nicholas Sparks books.
This rustic old red hardcover tiny book was sitting in the small ‘royal’ section at the LifeLife Book Sale I went to. I love reading about the British Royal family and thought that this book looked fun and interesting and if nothing else worth money in the future and meaning later on in life. I won’t be reading this book right now, but perhaps in the future.
Mia Culpa by Mia Freedman:
I have this love/hate relationship with media mogul Mia Freedman. I know she has a lot of books out and I have wanted to read some if nothing else but to getting learn about her. But they have always been expensive so when I saw this at the LifeLife Book Sale I went to, I grabbed it and can’t wait to read it. I have high expectations for it and I’ll let you know when I am reading it.
The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon:
So Josephine Moon recently came out with a new book called The Bee Keeper’s Secret I love books about food, but it is a big book and I have so many on my pile already I thought I would wait a while before I buy it. At the LifeLife Book Sale though, I found a copy of The Chocolate Promise and thought ‘why not’ and got it. It’s about chocolate and more I am told and who doesn’t love chocolate. I can’t wait to read it.
This is another cooking memoir I found alongside Humble Pie at the LifeLife Book Sale I went to. I don’t really know a lot about Margaret Fulton but what I hear on t.v. or from my mother and want to know more. So I can’t wait for this book.
So this month – July – I have read 6 books by the time that this is posted on my blog. I brought 3 books from a book shop and 6 books from the LifeLife Book Sale I went to. I now have 7 books on my TBR pile without including the stack of books that I got from the Sydney Writer’s Festival which I still have not touched.
So this month coming up – August – you will see all the book reviews of the books I read in July, posted on my blog. So you have to stick around for that. I will also be posting my book reviews for the books I read this month to my Goodreads account. Keep an eye out for my Instagram and twitter page for more reading and writing news.
Today I went to the shops with my Mother and Grandmother. It was great and I even got 3 new books.
1. Black by Fleuris Ferris
2. The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling
3. The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill
I have just finished reading Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick and have been looking for a new book to read as the books on my TBR aren’t good enough yet. So now I have 3 new books to read through.
June, what a cold and miserable month it has been. Thanks to this great wintery weather, a lot of reading has been done. And thanks to a few days away in the blistering cold Blue Mountains, I was able to finish off another book. I was able to go to Mr. Pickwick’s Fine Old Books in Katoomba, Blue Mountains and you should all go there. If you love books, than this will be your heaven. Old books everywhere. The smell of books all over the place. The range of books is amazingly and you are sure to find an old book you want to have on your bookshelves.
So here is my list of books that I have read, brought, was given and won:
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey:
I brought this book at the beginning of the year excited and ready to read it. It has been sitting on my TBR pile and had to wait as I read a few other books first but I have finally gotten there. It was time and I did it, I read it and got hooked. This is the second book of the trilogy and a definite read for those who have read the first book The 5th Wave by the same author. My book review for this book will be coming out next month. But for those who want to know, I will be giving this book 4.1 out of 5 booky stars.
I won this book on a twitter competition that was bring run by Hachette Australia. It is a biography about a girl who turns to stripping for enjoyment and a bit of money. This isn’t the first sex industry based book I have read, and it is a great insight to the industry. I read it in a matter of days. If you like real life, reading about real people and their experiences, than you should read this book. My book review will be coming out soon. I will be giving this book 3.0 out of 5 booky stars.
This is the last book in The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey. I started and finished this book with great enthusiasm. I loved it and hated it all at the same time. I’m glad the trilogy is over, but I can’t wait for the next movie to come out. If you haven’t read the first book then go out and get a copy and don’t forget a copy of The Infinite Sea too before you read this one. If you like girl power, than pick this trilogy up. My review will be coming out soon. I will be giving this book 4.3 out of 5 booky stars.
This book has been doing the rounds lately and I knew that at some point I would be stuck in it too, so when I found it cheaply at the shops I grabbed it as I didn’t want to read an eBook version of it. At first I swore I would never pick this book up, but then my sister really convinced me so I did. Now I can’t wait to see the movie and compare notes with my sister. This book was hard book for me to review, but none the less I have and the review will be out soon. I will be giving this book 3.0 out of 5 booky stars.
I won this book on a twitter completion that was being held by Date A Book. Matthew Quick is the author of Silver Linings Playbook, a movie I didn’t enjoy to say the least, but this book seems promising. It is now sitting on my TBR pile.
I was given this book by Harper Collins Publishing too. It is about fairy tales and I am a huge fan of fairy tales. I took this book away with me but I didn’t get the chance to read it yet. It is literally on the top of my TBR pile.
I watched the ABC Book Club and they were talking about this book and I knew immediately that I had to find a copy and see what all the fuss was about. When I was in the Blue Mountains as I was walking back to the car there was a fete with a book stand and I found this book for only $8 so I grabbed it. The man that sold it to me and I were having a great talk about the book and the book club. I think this book will be sitting on my TBR pile for a while but at least I have it now.
The Old Wives’ Tales by Arnold Bennett:
I brought this book at Mr. Pickwick’s Fine Old Books in Katoomba over the weekend simply because I could not leave such a remarkable bookshop empty handed. I don’t think I will actively read this book but it is beautiful and old and smells amazing.
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford:
I also brought this book at Mr. Pickwick’s Fine Old Books in Katoomba and the women who sold it to me said that it was funny and that I was going to love reading it. It will be going alongside the other book I brought. It’s a classic and who doesn’t love having ancient old books on their bookshelves.
This month I brought only 2 books (plus 3 books in the Blue Mountains), both of which I have read. I also won another book and was given three books by publishers to read. This month I have read a total of 4 books which might not seem like a lot but there were all pretty big books, so I think 4 is a good number. My TBR pile number still stands at six, although some of the books on the list has changed.
Watch out for my upcoming book reviews for the above mentions books on my blog or even on my Instagram page or Goodreads.
This month I went to the Sydney Writer’s Festival. What a fun and whacky but awesome day that I had on the last day of the festival that was dedicated to children and young adults. I also dragged along my mother and sister to the festival. They both had a blast too. I also had the chance to go to an ABC the Book Club taping and went. It was a great day in the studio, watching Paul Kelly sing live and Jennifer Burn do her thing.
May has been a big reading month. I am about to finish my sixth book for this month (although I’m sure I will finish it tomorrow instead of today).
At the Sydney Writer’s Festival, as a part of the Teencon event that I went to with my sister, we both received books in a bag. Books in a bag! It was so great. It also added 6 more books to my TBR.
So this is my May list of books read, brought, given and won:
When The Music is over by Peter Robinson:
This is a book that I won on a Twitter competition run by Hachette. It is a Proof Copy and it is now sitting on the bottom of my TBR pile.
This book was given to me by Hardie Grant. It is a colouring in book with so many great pictures designed within to colour in. My sister and I have attacked the book and coloured in most of it. Some of the designs are so complex and hard to colour in, but they are so amazing to look at. It is a great book and my review for it will come out within the week.
I started this book last month and binged read it at the beginning of this month. I have already posted my review for this book and you can find it here if you want to have a look at it. I not quite sure about this book and you can see why in my review. I gave this book 1.3 out of 5 booky stars.
This book is a must read. I had the chance to meet Tommy Wallach at my local book store during this month. It was such a great night out and then I went and saw his event at the Sydney Writer’s Festival with my mother and sister. He is a great singer and songwriter and this book is a great book for teenagers and adult alike. Go out and buy a copy now. My review for this book will be out later this month.
I was given this book by Harper Collins. I read it as soon as I received it and it took me a while to read it. It is supposed to be as good as Pretty Little Liars, but I don’t think that it is. It is slow and a little bit boring. I hope that the second book in the trilogy is better. My review for this book will be up later this month.
Book four of The Selection series and not only did I buy it this month, I also read it cover to cover within a few days. It is a must read if you have read the first three books in the series. My review for the book will be out this month.
The last book in The Selection Series. I brought this book as soon as it came out this month. I brought it and added it to my TBR so I could read it straight after The Heir. It is a great conclusion to this great series of books. I wish that there were more books in this series but alas it has come to an end. I will be writing my review for this book later this week and it will be up later this month.
I have been looking for this book for a while now since finishing the first book in the series The Book of Ivy by the same author. I haven’t been able to find it in any book shop so when I saw it I pounced on it and grabbed it. I am now reading it and hope to finish it tonight before the end of the month, I only have 70 pages or so. If not it will also be on my June book haul and reading list. It’s a great book, but read the first book first.
Where Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Raid:
This book is an impulse book buy. I was in the city with my mother and walked to a book shop as I waited for her. I had been in there for a while and couldn’t walk out with nothing, so I brought this book. It sounds and looks good and I can’t wait to read it. It is on my TBR but there is only one book in front of it now.
So that is my complete list for May. This month I brought 5 books, read 5.5 books (hopefully 6 books), was given 8 books and even won a book on Twitter. My TBR pile stands at 4 plus 6 books that were given to my at the Sydney Writer’s Festival.
These are the books from my Sydney Writer’s Festival goodie bag:
The Next Together by Lauren James (already had)
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 Westerfeld
(All of these books have been put on my TBR and will be read once I read two other books that have been sitting on my TBR for a while)
This month I also participated in another Instagram book challenge. It was the May #AusYaChallenge. You can find my Instagram profile icon on the right hand side. All the books that I have read this month, have been reviewed (2 reviews are about to be written) and will be posted during June. I think that I will be posting my book reviews for the books I have read a month after I have read them. So if I read the book in May the review will be up in June. Not only does that give me time to read and review them, but also for you guys to have read them too.