DOable TBR Pile September 2017

Yesterday I posted my August Wrap Up post, if you scroll down to the very next post you will find it.

My Doable TBR pile consists of books I have picked out that I want to read this month. I didn’t have a great time with my Doable TBR Pile in August, a shocking time actually. I read one book on the list and started another but couldn’t finish it. I didn’t even bother with the third one as I didn’t want to ruin a good book whilst trying to read it during a reading slump. Continue reading “DOable TBR Pile September 2017”


Currently Reading 

Last night I finished reading When It’s Real by Erin Watts and started reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan.

This is my first David Leviathan book I have ever attempted to read. I hope its as good as everyone says it is.

What are you guys reading at the moment?


Book Review – Four Weeks, Five People

Four Weeks, Five People /Jennifer Yu / Harlequin Books / 2017 / ISBN 9780373212309 / 348 Pages / Young Adult


Book Blurb –

Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her is she’s okay. Andrew want to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous. Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality. Gorgeous and overly confidant Mason thinks everyone is an idiot. And Stella just doesn’t want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy.

As the five teens get to know one another and wok to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives, they find themselves forming bonds they never thought they would, discovering new truths about themselves and actually looking forward to the future.

My Thoughts –

I was sucked into this book from the very first page. With well positioned and well written characters with lives described that made you believe that they were real kids with real mental health issues, who wouldn’t be sucked in? But it was the writing in the book that initially sucked me in and was the only thing that made me keep going back to the book. The first one hundred pages of this book are great, but then from the moment the five teenagers get to camp, it gets confusing. A group of teenagers, with similar, not very well described different mental health illnesses and personality, go to New York to attend a wellness camp, four weeks of group and individual therapy for ill teens.

But here lies the problem with the book: the story is being told from the five teenagers point of view, alternatingly. Every time the chapter changes you must think back to the character who is now talking and their mental illness in particular, to work out why they are acting and thinking the way that they are. It goes from one to another and the story continues but the issues don’t continue.

The other main problem with this book is that it doesn’t allow for the situations to play out. During the camp, the teenagers are charged with creating a cubby house, a safe house, by the end of the book, is it made? Is it finished? Who knows because you don’t really find out. Then there is a major thing that happens which I won’t mention, although you might work it work halfway through the book if you see what is happening. This one event happens and from then on, it is like nothing else that was mentioned previously can be touched or mentioned again.

The book doesn’t end, or it does but not properly enough to make it seem like it has finished. I liked this book initially and it took me a while to get through it because too much happens and as great as it is that there is a diverse young adult book that solely talks about teen mental health issues, I don’t think this one was done right.

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 Booky Stars!

*I was given this book by Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion/review. The above review is a collection of my own thoughts on the book*

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Book Review for ‘Run’ by Kody Keplinger

Run / Kody Keplinger / 2016 / Hodder Children’s Books / ISBN 9781444932706 / 326 Pages / Young Adult

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and an alcoholic mum. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone things. Agnes Atwood has never stayed out past ten p.m., never gone on a date and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally-blind daughter, but Agnes isn’t quite sure what they are protecting her from. Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs more deeply than anything else. But when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, police sirens wailing in the distance, Agnes is faced with the biggest choice she’s ever had to make. Run, or stay?



I am a huge fan of Kody Keplinger. I loved reading The Duff and Laughing Out Loud. She is a great writer and knows the young adult reading audience that her stories are so relevant and easy to swallow. So when I found out that she had another book coming out, I had to automatically buy it and read it. I read it in two days, and that is a record for myself.

The story follows a legally blind girl who befriends the town disappointment. After a rocky start, their friendship blossoms and things start to chance. Agnes, the legally blind teenage girl who has very over protective parents starts to come to her senses about her friends and the way her parents look after her, when Bo, the town disappointment starts helping her have fun. What follows is a trail of booze, boys and behaviour that is shocking for both Agnes and her parents. But then there is a twist, they go on the run and run they do. With a stolen car, unexpected information and dirty motel rooms, the girls find themselves at wits end, when they run out of food and lies for each other.

This story is an expected Thelma and Louise recreation. It tells of lies and truths and how much it can hurt someone. It tells of confidence and self-worth, but most importantly, the book talks about the importance of friendship.

If you like Kody Keplinger, adventure and escapades and just an overall great female friendship, than this is the book for you.

I give this book 4.0 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review for ‘The Dress’ by Jane L. Rosen

The Dress / Jane L. Rosen / 2016 / Penguin Random House (Century) / ISBN 9781780895895 / 300 Pages / Fiction

Legend has it that every season there is one dress. The dress that can make your career, ignite a spark with that special someone, or utterly transform your life. For Felicia, who has been in love with her book for 20 years; for Natalie, who has sworn off men since her ex dumped her – for them and for others, life is about to change. And all because of their brush with the dress of the season, the perfect little black number that everyone wants to get their hands on…


Review –

I love this book. It is a great romantic comedy that I couldn’t put down when I picked it up and started reading it. The story follows a handful of people, all of which you kind of lose track whilst your reading the book, because there are so many of them and because every chapter is from a different character’s perspective. But it is great. It’s about a dress, and not just any dress, but the dress of the season and somehow, every character in the book is bound to this new fantastic dress and their lives change because of it.

There is the man who designed the dress, the ladies selling the dress, the men buying the dress for their wives and girlfriends, the lucky few who get to wear the dress for a special night out and then have to return it and the doctor who makes his grandmother happen when he meets a girl because of the dress. A lot happens in this book but yet at the same time, you really want more to happen in the book because it doesn’t feel like you are getting enough of the one characters story because it is broken down into everyone else’s story.

I love the author’s writing. I love the unique voices she has given to all of the characters, and didn’t lose their unique voices when combining and interloping characters throughout the book. The titles of the chapters are fun, but kind of unnecessary. The ending is fantastic, but I wish there was more.

If you’re a fan of romantic comedy books and movies, like Bridget Jones Diary, or The Devil Wears Prada, than this is the book for you and all of your girlfriends too.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 booky stars!

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Day #21 #aussieoctoberchallenge 

Day #21 – book + music.

I thought I would do something a little different and take a photo of the last concert book I brought and last cds I brought. And yes I do buy cds still.

The concert book is from the Rob Thomas Concert I weny to up in the Hunter Valley with my brst friend at the beginning of the year. The One Republic and Kings of Leon cds are new purchases and if you aren’t listening to them than you are definitely missing out.

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Book Review for ‘Black Rock White City’ by A.S. Patric

Black Rock White City / A.S. Patric / 2015 / Transit Lounge Publishing / ISBN 9781921924835 / 248 Pages / Alternative Fiction

Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children. Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia’s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected response of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour. xblack-rock-white-city-jpg-pagespeed-ic-8alvmq_-vr


There has been a lot said and write about this book since its publication last year and was skyrocketed to fame again when it won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. There are reviews for it everywhere, all of them pretty much saying the same thing: Patric is an impressive writer for a debut novelist and all stating that the story will carry on within them forever.

The story is about a migrant couple, Jovan and his wife Suzana who have fled their home town in Serbia, where they were both loved and accomplished academics, with children, whom they loved, to suburbia Melbourne. This story has a lot going on in it, but the overall balance that Patric shows within his writing is what makes it a winner. There is war, death, sex and depravity, all within the story, all of which that work off each other to feed and create a story that is relevant to our world today. A world filled with hurting and displaced humans, just trying to get on with their lives.

Filled with hurt and angst, poetry and lost memories of their children and the life they used to lead, Jovan and Suzana find themselves immerse within Australian culture as they start to work and live as Australians. The writing is unique with combinations of point of view changes to narration voice changes throughout the story too. A few scenes within the story ask fundamentally challenging questions for the reader and most of the story shows the bravery and strength of humans. Its world class, it’s different, it’s a hard story to swallow but it is a great book.

If you like books with an edge, books that make you think and feel for other people, than this is the book for you.

I give this book 4.0 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review for ‘The Easy Way Out’ by Steven Amsterdam

The Easy Way Out / Steven Amsterdam / 2016 / Hachette Australia / ISBN 9780733636271/ 264 Pages / Fiction

Evan is a nurse, a dying assistant. His job is legal…just. He’s the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it. Evan’s friends don’t know what he does during the day. His mother, Viv, doesn’t know what he’s up to at night. And his supervisor suspects there may be trouble ahead. As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against legality, his own morality and the best intentions of those closest to him, discovering that his own path will be neither quick no painless. He knows what he has to do.



This book is about a young man who has a lot of experience in nursing having worked all over the place in a lot of different situations. But that doesn’t help Evan, the nurse, when he finds himself working as a dying assistant. His jobs is to hand over the drug that the dying asks for and waits for them to pass away. The book also talks about Evan’s mother who is in denial about her own medical problems. As Evan’s mother gets sicker and his whole world changes because of one small action, Evan finds himself searching for answers about his childhood, his father’s mysterious death all whilst looking for his missing mother.

A lot happens in this book and a lot of emotions are played with when reading this book. At one moment I was scared for the dying patient, the next I was laughing at Evan and his friends and the next I was worried about his mother. The writing is great, it is very touching and light hearted even though the subject of the book is very heavy. As I read this book I wondered about dying people and what they go through and how instead of going when they are ready, they have to wait in pain because of laws that won’t be passed to help them. This books makes you ask a lot of questions, it also makes you think about yourself and your loved ones and what and how you would handle yourself in the position that Evan finds himself when trying to help his patients.

This isn’t an easy book to read if you know someone who has died or has committed suicide, but it is a book that should be read by everyone as it is eye opening and life perspective changing as the reader reads a number of situations that pulls on anyone’s heart strings. The writing is great, the content is heavy, and the ending of the story isn’t what I thought it would be, but a very pleasant surprise.

If you like a book with a difference, a book that makes you think and wonder and question the world we live in, than this is the book for you.

I give this book 3.4 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review for ‘Words in Deep Blue’ by Cath Crowley

Title – Words in Deep Blue

Author – Cath Crowley

2016 / Pan Macmillan Australia / ISBN 9781743289570 / 349 Pages / Young Adult

This is a love story. It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets. It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea. Now she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She’s looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.


Review –

I love this book. It is perhaps the best book I have read all year long. I picked it up because of the cover and because I had heard great things about it. I grabbed myself a copy and read it within a handful of days. I couldn’t put it down. Every word, every sentence, every scene pulled me in and kept me there, holding me hostage in the word of Henry and Rachel and I honestly didn’t want it to finish.

The story revolves around a girl who is grieving after the death of her brother, and her best friend who has no idea why she left town or what is eating at her. Focusing on the events happening at the bookshop owned by Henry’s parents where they live and work in, Henry is in a world of his own until Rachel comes back and stirs up feeling for both of them. Grief stricken and too scared to let anyone close to her, Rachel lies to everyone and is full of rage and hurt, not knowing how to live without her brother anymore. But it’s the care and love of her once best friend Henry and his bookshop that bring Rachel back to life.

This story needs to be read by everyone. Anyone who write, everyone who reads or appreciates the written language should read this book. It is simply a love letter to books and words. You’ll love it just as much as I did if you call yourself a book nerd, because quite simply, it’s a story we are dream to be part of.

There was only one this I didn’t like about this book and that is every time a new chapter started it changed character perspectives and recapped what just happened in the last page or two. I loved reading Henry side of the story and Rachel’s side of the story and I think without that, the book wouldn’t have worked as well.

If you like heart breaking drama, boundless romance, bookshops and the idea that words have power, than you are going to love this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 booky stars!

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TBR Pile for September/ October

In September I read 6 books.

You can see which books they were by scrolling down a little bit and finding my September 2016 Book Haul & Reading List Wrap Up post, just down there.

I read a lot of books this month, brought a lot, was given some and yet I didn’t end up taking anything off my TBR, which is still growing.

Here is my current and up to date TBR pile:

  • Yellow by Megan Jacobson
  • Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
  • 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*

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

I set reading goals for September but that all changed when I got a job and started reading different books. I have however made a list of books coming out in October that I want to read and buy, but I think if I write them here it will kind of jinx them, so I won’t. You can find out what I am reading as I post them on here or on my Goodreads.

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