Even though I am yet to read or watch The Handmaid’s Tale (I’m old school and waiting for the DVD to come out to watch it), I really want to read some of the books on this list from Penguin Teen Australia.
I have already read Matched by Allie Condie and loved it. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey was amazing and the movie wasn’t too bad either.
Wreck / Fleur Ferris / Penguin Random House Australia / 2017 / ISBN 9780143784319 / 288 Pages / Young Adult
Book Blurb –
Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy town and part time job at the local paper. Continue reading “Book Review – Wreck”→
Once and For All / Sarah Dessen / Penguin Books / 2017 / ISBN 9780141386690 / 357 Pages / Young Adult
Book Blurb –
Louna spends her summers helping brides plan their perfect day and handling all kinds of crises: missing brides, scene-stealing bridesmaids and controlling grooms. Not surprising then that she’s deeply cynical about happily-ever-afters, especially since her own first love ended in tragedy.Continue reading “Book Review – Once and For All”→
I didn’t know this but April is Sexual Assault awareness month. What I did know was that there are many young adult books that have the theme of sexual assault in them. The act, the consequences and the emotions tied to it.
Penguin Teen has put a list of 7 books that they think you should read this month about Sexual Assault.
The First Third / Will Kostakis / Penguin Teen Australia / 2013 / ISBN 9780143568179/ 247 pages / Young Adult
Life is made up of three parts: in the first third you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made. That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now it’s his job to glue their family back together. No pressure or anything.
Will Kostakis is a genius when it comes to writing something he knows. This book The First Third is a great easy read for anyone with a family. I really enjoyed this book just like I enjoyed The Sidekicks by Kostakis because I was able to relate to it so easily. The easy of the structures, the building of the characters throughout the story that build to make an epic story and the familiarity of it all makes for an excellent read. This is the type of book you should read when you want to learn about other cultures, families and even yourself. I brought a tear to my eye in one bit at the end in particular. I cried out in laughter in the middle of the night thanks to the great jokes within the book. If I didn’t know any better Kostakis is talking about my Nonna in this book.
If you are looking for something to tug on your hear string, give you a boost of love or a hit of family drama than this is the book for you.
This month I have brought a great amount of books. It is probably the most books I have ever brought in an entire month before, but there were special circumstances I was dealing with. One, I was meeting Sarah Ayoub at her book talk at The Beachside Bookshop which happened last week, so I had to grab a copy of her book and read it. And Two, I was going to #YaSquad2016 and couldn’t go without reading at least one of the authors work so I had to buy one (I found 2 before the event) and read at least one of the books they had written, so I did.
Here is a list of books that I brought or received as a prize or was given to read to give an opinion this month and what I think of them and where you can buy them from:
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub:
I loved this book, I have even written a review for it here on my blog that you should all go and check out! It is great, well written, has awesome characters, very realistic, very down to earth and anyone can relate to it, unless you are of course a Martian from another planet, well then hello to you. If you are looking for something fun and quick to read and want to fall in love with a random group of kids this is the book for you. I gave it 4.1 out of 5 booky stars on my review.
This is the first book I have ever read by Kiera Cass, I know, I know blasphemy and all of that, but I will catch up on her other books soon, but this is still the first one of hers I read. I have also have a review for it up on my blog here that you should all go and read. I was up in arms about this book when I finished reading it. I don’t know why, but it kind of felt off (my review states why exactly). It was a great story, just needed more to happen during the pages rather than at the end of the pages. If you want to read about sirens, life, teenager drama and the like, then this is the book for you. This book received 3.1 out of 5 booky stars on my review.
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood:
I received this book from a new local bookshop who wanted my opinion on it. I think it took me almost 2 months (with about 3 books between covers too) to finish it. I haven’t reviewed it yet because I honestly don’t know what I think about this book. I didn’t know the author or her work before I read this book. The story is there, there is a lot of science in it which kind of turned me off, there is a great romance to it and has a large element of reality to it. But I don’t know. It’s not my sort of book but it might be for you if you like reading about space, stars, wormholes and the like.
You can buy a copy from here (please note this book has not been released yet):
This is a great book. I have a review for it going up on my blog tomorrow which you can all read then. This is the first book I read written by Will Kostakis. I think it is very 2016 and very on the nose about what is happening in our society at the moment and with teenagers. The characters are great, I loved Ryan but Harley and Miles were awesome too. I like the depth and truthfulness that Kostakis has written into the characters in the book. If you are looking for something empowering either as a boy or girl, this is the book for you. I gave this book 4.0 out of 5 booky stars on my review (shhh don’t tell anyone just yet, the review’s not out yet)
This is also another book I have just recently read but my review for it hasn’t been posted yet (I’m thinking it will be up on my blog next week). This was the first book by Kylie Fornasier that I have read and honestly it was the best young adult book I have read in a while. Very realistic, very heart-warming, very emotional. I couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t want it to stop or my time of living vicariously through Piper and West to stop. If you want real love, real life and real emotions read this book. I gave this book 4.8 out of 5 booky stars on my review (again don’t tell anyone that yet).
I finished reading this book last night just before midnight so I haven’t written a review for it yet, but once I have I will post it on my blog in a few weeks. Well Will Kostakis is great at writing, writing heartache, romance, friendship, life, comedy, family and even death. I don’t think there is anything he can’t write. I connected a lot with this book because I am Italian and my Nonna is the same as the Yiayia in the book. I cried and laughed and didn’t want to story to end just yet. If you want an ethnic experience, learn about another culture, read about a dysfunctional family than this is the book for you.
I brought this book when I attended #YaSquad2016 earlier this month. I have not read it yet, but I know that it is going to be great after hearing Shivaun talk about it and having read a number of reviews on it. I can’t wait to meet Frankie and cause some trouble.
This book is in the same boat as Frankie. I brought it at #YaSquad2016 and haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I started it but then had to put it down briefly and now it is at the top of my TBR Pile.
I was given this book for asking a question at #YaSquad2016. I haven’t read it just yet but my sister has. She loved it and didn’t want it to end. She has even gone in search for more writing by the author Julie Murphy. I can’t wait to get stuck into it!
Again I was given this book for asking a question at #YaSquad2016 along with Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. I haven’t read it yet and have worked out that there are two books to read before this one. I didn’t know about this author before I received this book, so I still have some reading to do before getting to this one it seems.
I brought this book today in the hopes of starting The Selection Series I have been told to read by a few too many peoples. Silly me didn’t know or realise that this book has nothing to do with the series. I think it is going to stay on my TBR (To Be Read) Pile for a while until I have read the right books to get to this book. Oh well what’s a TBR Pile for but to pile of good books to be read eventually.
So in March 2016 I brought 8 books. I was given 2 books (plus a Super Proof by Penguin Teen Aus). I have read 5 books and have 5 to go from this pile. I also read one extra book that was given to me by a local bookshop owner which took longer than I would have liked.
Finally I just wanted to say that I participated in the Instagram book challenge the #AusYaChallenge this month. It was a great challenge, my first Instagram and book challenge that I have participated in and most likely not the last one either. I haven’t read a lot of Australian young adult books I have learnt over the last 31 days. But now with 6 read and 2 more on my TBR Pile that are Australian Young Adult that need to be read still, I think I can stay that I have read some but not a lot of Australian young adult literature. If you want to see my journey of picture taking, reading and learning for this challenge you can check out my Instagram page (the link is up the top right hand corner of my blog) or my personal Instagram page where the journey started on (Instagram.com/gules93). I’ll let you know about the upcoming book reviews when I post them. Don’t forget to check out the reviews I already have up for some of the books. Hopefully next month I can do this again.
Last weekend was a weekend of firsts for me. I had the opportunity to do a lot of new things that I have always wanted to do and now have finally had the chance to do them.
On the Saturday I went to my very first book event. I know you must be thinking ‘how is this possible’ but with university, family and life in general getting in the way, I haven’t been able to get to do a lot of things that I have known about and wanted to do. I went to Penguin Teen Australia’s #YaSquad2016 and it was just great. I had already purchased 2 books of the authors who were going to be there and had finished one book just the night before the event and was beyond excited to go. When I walked through the doors, I immediately brought the rest of the author’s books and found a great spot at the front so I could hear and see everything.
The authors that were there were Will Kostakis (The First Third, and The Sidekicks), Megan Jacobson (Yellow), Shivaun Plozza (Frankie), and Kylie Fornasier (The Things I didn’t Say). All of them talked about their books, their publishing journeys, what and who inspires them, how they write and about the book industry itself. Then there was this little competitive trivia game, where I think Will and his teammate won. Then there was a question and answer section where the audience got to ask any random question they wanted answered and I even got to ask a question and got a great response. Because I asked a question I was called up to the front at the end of the event and got the chance to grab a few freebies (books of course).
The authors were inspiring I couldn’t wait to get home to write. The book signings took place at the end of the event. In line I stood waiting for all the authors to sign their books and I even got to have small conversations with them all as they signed my books. As I headed home after seeing them individually, I tweeted the author’s thanks and even got a few replies and follows.
So that was my first, first of the weekend.
Then on Sunday I went to my first Bridal Shower. One of my friends from high school is finally getting married to her boyfriend this year. Last year my friends and I attended the engagement party which I wrote about here if you want to know how that went down. This was my first Bridal Shower so I didn’t know what to expect from it or what was going to happen during it, and if you follow me on Twitter you will already know what happened and I’m not going to repeat it here, because I might get in trouble. Anyway, there was great food and drinks, I mean 6 different flavour juices to pick for our mimosas, little quiches, sausage rolls and even stacks of different sandwiches were on the tables to be eaten. And a pretty pink dessert bar too!
There were even a few games that were played. We were all given rings on ribbon as we walked through the door and if you said the words ‘ring’, ‘wife’ or ‘wedding’ and someone realised, you had to give them your ring. The person with the most rings won a small prize. I was cheated out of winning literally minutes away from the end of the day. We threw balls into bras, wrote advice on cooking utensils, wrote memories of the girl who is getting married on paper and she had to pick whose memory it was. She didn’t get mine right, so I won some nail polish. Then the gifts were unwrapped, secrets were spilled and the day was over just in time for a drenching of cold water as it started to pour with rain.
There is something to be said about firsts I think. I mean if you do the same things over and over again, life becomes stale and boring. So mixing it up every once in a while is exciting. I will be going to another book event soon and will let you know about it. And the wedding is only next month so I will be writing one of these sooner rather than later. So stick around to hear more gossip.
I will be at the Sydney #YaSquad2016 this Saturday. This will be my first proper book event and I am excited and nervous to be going to say the least. I can’t wait to see and hear the four selected authors talk about their books and their writing journeys and to perhaps meet and befriend fellow bloggers.
Let me know if you are going to the event also.
I’ll probably be posting something about the even afterwards too.