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Book Haul: November 2019 – Part 1 (Amazon)

I did it again and made multiple Amazon orders. Books are so expensive in Australia unless you get them from Big W but as I may have mentioned previously they don’t get all books. So I rely heavily on Sales and online shopping.

But I digress…onto the haul.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Price: $13.56

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.”

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie Mclemore

Price: $11.18

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.”

Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Price: $10.57

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron.”

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Price: $15.14

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.”

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Price: $20.94

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: From debut author Nina Varela comes the first book in an Own Voices, richly imagined epic fantasy duology about an impossible love between two girls—one human, one Made—whose romance could be the beginning of a revolution.”

Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom by P M Freestone

Price: $7.84

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: In the empire of Aramtesh, there is power in scent. Seventeen-year-old Rakel has a talent for fragrances, but her scentlore skills aren’t good enough to save her dying father. She travels from her desert village to the city in a desperate gamble to raise funds, but instead finds herself indentured to the head priestess at the temple. Not long after, the temple’s precious scented flowers are set ablaze, and the imperial prince is found poisoned. Rakel and the prince’s bodyguard, Ash, realize they are the prime suspects, and the unlikely pair go on the run, racing across the empire to save themselves, the prince, and the empire itself.”

Her Crown of Fire by Renee April

Price: $21.95

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.”

Wires and Nerve: Volume 2 by Marissa Meyer

Price: $19.46

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: The second graphic novel, and sequel to Wires and Nerve, Volume 1,”

Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Price: $22.06

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations. A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power. Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen’s premier guard. A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.” This is the second book in the Dance of Thieves Duology.

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Price: $12.27

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.”

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Price: $12.52

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It’s inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream college’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.”

Obviously all these books are from Amazon, hence the title, but if you click ‘Amazon’ it will take you to the page. These are affiliate links so feel free to use them or not.

Did you find any good bargains this month?

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Wrap Up: November 2019 (Believathon)

This month I “participated” in the Believathon hosted by Gavin Hetherington. The main goal of this ReadAThon was to read as many middle grade books as possible throughout the month of November. And I failed miserably.
I have a good reason though! I had a lot of library books come all at once and and obviously there is time limit with library holds so I only managed to get to 2 middle grades but I loved both of them. So quantity wise Believathon was a fail but the quality of the books I read were fabulous.

Total Pages Read: 1310 pages

Total Minutes Listened to: 12 hours and 41 minutes

Middle Grade 2
YA 5
Where I Sourced My Books No. of Books
Library2
Digital Library2
Purchased This Year3

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

⭐⭐⭐

Thoughts: This is a graphic novel set in a pumpkin patch following 2 characters and their last year working at the pumpkin patch. We follow them as they explore the pumpkin patch and see the different foods around the park. This book explores friendship and adventure and that’s all you need to know going into it.

Graphic novels are usually shorter in terms of their plots. When people described this I wish they went into less detail. I knew too much about what was going to happen, so I was waiting for certain things to happen. But the thing I was waiting for didn’t happen till the last quarter of the novel. It’s reasons like this why I prefer going into my books blind. And there was build up but it wasn’t enough for me to care about the ending. So unfortunately a disappointing read for me. But if you do want to read it try to avoid detailed descriptions of the synopsis.

The art style though…phenomenal!

Representation: Bisexual, Plus Size, Disability, Bi-Racial couple

Trigger Warning: Fat shaming

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thoughts: *3.75 Stars. This is the third and final book in the Folk of the Air series. I’m sad to say I was a little disappointed. I still gave this 3.75 stars. Which is not bad by any means I just was expecting more. Expecially after the ending of the second book.

The pacing of this book was a lot better than the first 2. As we are already familiar with the world, Holly Black gets straight into the story. There were no dull moments. But I just feel like the book was really rushed. There was a lot going on in 300 pages.

Overall, I think this instalment had a good balance of romance and politics (maybe slightly heavier on the romance haha). Again this book was more political than action driven so if that’s something you prefer I think you‘ll enjoy this series.
Now the romance, honestly frustrated me. In the first 2 books there was a dash of passion brewing between Jude and Cardan. But this 3rd book I feel took a 180 and because of this I just wasn’t invested in their romance. If Holly Black included the letter’s Cardan wrote I think for me that would have helped me believe their “union” more. But as it is, the direction their relationship went was unrealistic in my opinion.
In summary, I think the best way consume this series is back to back to back. The flow between each instalment works really well. And I think the whole Jude and Cardan situation would be easier to believe but I would have to binge the series to see if that’s true.

Representation: POC, Lesbian

Trigger Warning: Violence, Manipulative Parents

Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thoughts: This is the 3rd instalment in the Spellslinger Series and overall it was pretty good. The ending was epic. Loved the twists and turns. But the middle was a bit boring. Hence the 4 stars.

The world is gradually expanding with each instalment and the political environment is becoming more more interesting. I can feel the plot building to something big and only time will tell what that is. But a lot happened mainly in the second half of the book and I am enjoying where this series is going.

If you like interesting magic systems, character development, politics and can cope with animal cruelty then I would recommend this series.

Representation: Lesbian

Trigger Warning: Animal Abuse, General Abuse/Violence

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan 

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this. I didn’t get that 5 star feeling but this is a solid 4/4.5 stars. This is a middle grade fantasy about twins, Rose and Arthur and they’re highly vivid imagination.

Arthur and Rose are now 11 and they’ve grown apart. Rose is into her phone and Arthur is still wanting to have adventures. When they were younger Arthur and Rose made up a game called Roar, but is it just a game?

Arthur and Rose’s grandparents both came from Mauritius and when I saw that I got so excited. My parents are Mauritian, and just went there this year. It is incredible there would recommend for your next holiday. Anyway it is super rare to see any mention of Mauritius in books so that was a really special moment for me.

Regardless of this the story itself was really well done. It was easy to read. Very descriptive. I could picture myself in the story. I liked the journey these characters took not only where they went but also within themselves.

Representation: Asthma, POC

Trigger Warning: Scarecrows, Kidnapping, Minor Bullying

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Winnie the Pooh is one of my favourite Disney characters but shockingly I’ve never read the books.

I recently found the box set for $20 in Big W and with the Believathon happening it was the perfect time to pick it up.

This first book is made up of short stories about Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Part of this is written in second person. Which I honestly like because it gives the story a playful element.
The stories were really cute. I love Winne the Pooh as a character. He is so funny.

One thing I didn’t like was that Christopher Robin has a gun. It’s mentioned twice, and I’m not sure why. I think it’s inappropriate for children’s book and is completely unnecessary. There is also a bit of name calling, sometimes its self depreciating sometimes its about someone else. Personally I wished there was less of that. But despite these flaws this was just fun to read.

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thoughts: Boy is this series heating up! This series follows two plot lines. The first we follow Stevie in current day. Stevie is obsessed with a kidnapping that took place in the early 1900s. And the second plot line is said kidnapping. The second book continues to explore and expand on the mystery from the 1900s. But weird things are happening at Ellingham Academy and I’m excited for the conclusion of this series. This instalment left on quite the cliffhanger. Call me intrigued.

I will say the beginning was a little slow nothing really happened and there is an unnecessary romance inserted in the story but the second half was so good. I couldn’t not give this 5 stars.

Representation: Lesbian, Anxiety, Non-Binary, Physical Disability (Crutches)

Trigger Warning: Murder, Brutality, Panic Attack

Birthday by Meredith Russo

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thoughts: Oh My Goodness. I went through so many emotions reading this. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Birthday is about 2 best friends and their relationship with each other, their relationship with themselves and their relationship with their friends and family. One of our main characters is trans gender and this story follows her journey of self discovery.

We start on their 13th birthday. Throughout the novel we learn who these characters are and explore different aspects of their lives. And I enjoyed getting to know them.

In the middle I felt so frustrated with Morgan (trans character) I don’t want to say why because it would spoil the book but I realised while reading, the reason I felt so frustrated was because I care about her so much. Meredith Russo did an amazing job at creating 2 gorgeous characters whom I loved. And I just wanted them to be happy.

I’m not usually into hard hitting/emotional contemporaries but this is the type I think I will come to love. The reason I liked this so much (I hope this doesn’t offend anyone) is because Morgan’s experience is so different from mine and I’m someone who always likes to understand all people. I’m so thankful I read this and wish I had a physical copy to add to my collection so I could lend it to other people to read

Rep: Transgender

Trigger Warning: These triggers include spoilers for the book so I’ve hidden them in case people don’t want to be spoiled. If you’d like to see the trigger warnings click’Trigger Warning’ and the trigger warnings will pop up

What was your favourite book you read in November?

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Scavenger Hunt Tag ⚜ The Bookie Trials: Winter Quest

This tag was created by Rachael Marie’s Book Journey as part of her Bookie Trials which is a ReadAThon featuring 4 teams. This tag is all about the covers.

In this tag the prompts feature a word (in bold and capital) and that word/object needs to be featured on the cover.

You will be crossing the Eastern Sea, you’ll need a 𝐁𝐎𝐀𝐓

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle – This is a middle grade adventure series. And when I saw this in Big W I was very attracted to the cover. It has a rose gold spin which is beautiful. But in terms of the plot I have no idea what this is about.

You can’t see in the picture but there are a bunch of boats at a dock in the bottom corner.

To be under-dressed in Orc Eaves is an offence, wear something 𝐄𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐘 𝐃𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐆𝐍𝐄𝐃

Circe by Madeline Miller – This cover is super pretty. I would definitely call it elaborately designed. I also have the UK hard cover which has a GORGEOUS hardback underneath.

Circe is fantasy based on Greek Mythology about a badass witch who was left stranded on an Island.

You need 𝗪𝐎𝐎𝐃 to keep The Beacon of Hope lit

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Trees are wood, right? Well wood is made from trees so I’m counting it.

Finally one I’ve read! This is the second book in the Wayward Children series. This book follows Jack and Jill.

The first book is Every Heart A Doorway but if I were to reread this series I would read Down Among the Stick and Bones first as we get the background of Jack and Jill and actually see into the different worlds children can travel to.

To work with The Serpentine Allegiance you first need to master the language, speak with our own 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐒/𝗪𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐒

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan – I recently read this and loved it. My thoughts will be in my November wrap up but if you follow me on Goodreads I have a more detailed review there. This was a fun middle grade fantasy and if you like middle grade would definitely give this a read.

Tell the dears at Rural Haven that you are thankful – with a gift of 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – This is a YA sci-fi series the second book Starsight recently came out however that cover doesn’t have any stars on it. If only it did because stars on Starsight would have been chef kiss for this prompt.

In order to gain entry, show Eastern Escape that you are an ally to 𝐏𝐎𝐂𝐬

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Is this cover stunning or what? And under the dust jacket…omg stunning. This is a YA contemporary about a teen mum. I believe she likes to cook because there are recipes throughout the book which I think is an interesting touch.

Lay 𝐅𝐋𝐎𝗪𝐄𝐑𝐒 at Graves End of those already passed

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – There are so many books with flowers on the cover. Which is completely my aesthetic. I chose this book because there are flowers on her skirt which I thought was unique. Probably isn’t unique but I’ve picked it anyway.

This is a contemporary where our main character uses k-drama formulas to try and get herself a boyfriend.

Whilst hiding from the Frost Giants keep warm with 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh – So I’m pretty sure that is a phoenix on the cover but I’m counting it as fire because the wings and tail look like flames.

Rebuild some of the Desolate Ruins with 𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐒

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – This is one of my favourite covers of the year. It is stunning! This and her first book An Enchantment of Ravens are some of the most gorgeous covers. The illustrator (Charlie Bowater) did an amazing job.

Gather the 𝐁𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐒 of Daemonic Residue – we will bury our Daemons on our own lands.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab – This is the collector’s edition cover which went out of stock very fast when it was first announced but it looks like there are still a few floating around (click here).

This was initially a standalone but according to Goodreads there will be a 3rd book. This series follows Eli and Victor who conduct experiments in order to obtain superpowers. However they may not have the most heroic intentions.

For the dark shard, you will have to sneak. Cloak yourselves in a 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 robe

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell – There are a lot of black books out there but Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite Disney films and I’m so excited to see what happens with this twisted tale. I can’t wait to get stuck into these Twisted Tales I really think I’m going to enjoy them.

This was such a fun tag. I love book covers but really had to think about some of the prompts. The boat one was probably the hardest one for me.

If you do this tag please link it below. I’d love to check it out.

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Book Haul: October 2019 – Part 1

i don’t know what happened this month. I told myself I was going to cut down on the book buying. And for the most part I did. But… I still got quite a few. I got some really good deals on books. If you live in Australia give Big W a try. They don’t have all the new releases but they get a few. For Part 1 I’ve mostly hauled the middle grade books, Part 2 will include everything else.

Excuse the upside down books down the bottom. This is why I’m not a bookstagramer haha.

The Magic Misfits: The Third Minor by Neil Patrick Harris

Price: $12

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This is the third book in the Magic Misfits series. I love the cover of these. This is a middle grade series which look like they are going to be a fun read.

In the first book, “Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.”

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Price: $13.99

Where: 
Dymock

Synopsis: This is the second book in the Wtches Series within the Discworld. I love these covers in the Discworld series but man are they expensive. So when I saw this in the damaged section of Dymocks I couldn’t pass up this price.

In the first book, “on Discworld, a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late. The town witch insists on turning the baby into a perfectly normal witch, thus mending the magical damage of the wizard’s mistake. But now the young girl will be forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins! Reissue. “

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

Price: $11.95

Where: 
World of Books

Synopsis: Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.”

Honestly I was disappointed when I got this in the mail. I was hoping to get the cover that matched my other copies but alas no luck.

Let It Go by Jen Calonita

Price: $10

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other?

Winnie the Pooh Box Set by A.A. Milne

Price: $20

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This box set includes:

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • When We Were Very Young
  • Now We Are Six
  • Return To Hundred Acre Wood
  • The Best Bear in all the World

Twisted Tales Box Set by Liz Braswell & Jen Calonita

Price: $20

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This box set includes:

  • Part of Your World (Little Mermaid Twisted Tale)
  • A Whole New World (Aladdin Twisted Tale)
  • Mirror Mirror (Snow White Twisted Tale)

*I just wanted to add a disclaimer, Just in case you were wondering the synopsis come from Goodreads. I don’t like knowing much when I go into books so I copy the synopsis from Goodreads so I don’t spoil myself and secondly so you guys can know more about the books. Hope you don’t mind

Have you hauled anything recently?

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Book Haul: September 2019 – Part 1

Sooooo…I bought a few books 🙃


Title:
The Silver Mask (Paperback)

Author:
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Price:
$13.18

Where:
Amazon

Synopsis: Book 4 in the Magisterium Series


Title: The Golden Tower (Paperback)

Author:
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Price:
$10.71

Where:
Amazon

Synopsis: Book 5 in the Magisterium Series

Title: The Magic Misfits & The Magic Misfits – The Second Story Paperback)

Author: 
Neil Patrick Harris

Price: 
$
6 Each

Where: 
The Book Grocer

Synopsis: When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.”

Title: The Lost Tide Warriors (Paperback)

Author: 
Catherine Doyle

Price: 
$
10

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: In the brilliant sequel to The Storm Keeper’s Island, winner of the Books are My Bag Readers Award, Fionn Boyle finds himself at the heart of the fight for the island’s survival.”


Title: The Land of Roar (Paperback)

Author: 
Jenny McLachlan

Price: 
$
12

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: ” When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)”

Title: Lady Helen Trilogy (including The Dark Days Club, The Dark Days Pact & The Dark Days Deceit)

Author: Alison Goodman

Price: 
$
10 Each

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?”


Title: The Ship of the Dead (Hardback)

Author: 
Rick Riordan

Price: 
$1
3.20

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Third book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series


Title: Ever the Brave & Once a King (Hardback)

Author: Erin Summerill

Price: 
$1
2.09 & $13.04

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Book 2 and 3 in the Clash of Kingdoms Series/Trilogy? The first book is about Britta and her journey to discover her father’s murderer.

Title: Echo North (Hardback)

Author: 
Joanna Ruth Meyer

Price: 
$
13.71

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: If she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.”


Title: Capturing the Devil

Author: 
Kerri Maniscalco

Price: 
$2
1.87

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: 4th and I believe final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series. Which is about Audrey and her obsession studying gruesome murder victims.

Title: Darkdawn (Hardcover)

Author: 
Jay Kristoff

Price: 
$33.39

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: The third and final book in The Nevernight Chronicle. In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Tall paperback you know the floppy ones. Love them)

Author: 
Alix E. Harrow

Price: 
$16

Where:
Big W

Synopsis: “In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.”

This ends part 1 of my September Haul. It’s a lot I know. But I found so many good deals and there was a couple pre-orders in there so I’m not going to punish myself too hard for the spending. Have you found any good deals on books lately? I feel like in the US books are a lot cheaper so when I see a good deal I grab it.

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Popular Books I Don’t Want to Read

I have what seems like a never ending TBR. There are however a few books that I have no interest in picking up.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reed

From my understanding Daisy Jones and the Six is about a band. They are being interviewed and I guess it’s about their relationships and life as artists. That’s pretty much all I know about it.

The interview format and the content does not interest me one bit. In general I’m not a fan of reading interviews. I find them super boring and if I ever do read interviews (which I don’t seek out) I skip the half questions and end up moving onto something different.

I’ve also heard there’s content about drugs and alcohol and while this is reality for some real stars in the world today. I have no interest in reading about it.

I love the UK cover but the cover isn’t enough for me to pick this up.

Anything by Stephen King

None of his books sound remotely like something I’d read. Stephen King mainly writes thrillers and horrors. And I am such a baby I don’t think I could get through it without getting nightmares. So that gets a no from me.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

For this book I just don’t like sad books so I have no interest in reading this. As the title suggests they both die at the end and my heart can’t take that.

Is a stupid reason? Not for me.

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass is a series about a bad ass assassin who is asked join a competition in order to determine a champion who will become the new Royal Assassin.

This series is not a definite no. I might be persuaded to read this series in the distant future but there are so many books and series that I’d like to get to so this is a very very low priority. It’s not even on my Goodreads TBR and that will not change anytime soon.

Seven Husbands of Evenlyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reed

This book has received so much buzz and hype. It is so rare to see negative reviews for this book.

However for me this book is out of my comfort zone but despite this when I hear the synopsis nothing intrigues me.

Evenlyn Hugo is a famous actress and as the title suggests she has had many husbands. She is interviewed and talks about her life and her many husbands. This has LGBTQIA+ rep which I can appreciate but I’m not a fan of memoirs or non-fiction. And I understand that this is fiction but the way its written in terms of the plot doesn’t align with my personal taste.

If you are into historical fiction though this might be a good one for you.

So there we have it. These are a handful of books that I am not interested in reading. If only there was more I wouldn’t have such a massive TBR. I think I will make more posts like this because there are so many books out there that are super hyped that I have no interest in reading. But the reason I don’t want to read them may be the reason someone else does.

Are there any hyped books your not interested in reading?

End of Year Book Tag

This Book Tag was created by Ariel Bissett on BookTube. Click the link if you’d like to see her video.

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I’m not going to include books that I am currently/actively reading because that is constantly changing. But there are 2 that I started a while ago and haven’t gotten back to.

The first is New World Ashes by Jennifer Wilson. I started this while I was in Europe and wasn’t able to finish it while on holiday. However when I got back from holiday in July (let that sink in) I didn’t pick it back up.

This is on my kindle and I don’t really read from my kindle unless I’m on holiday. So…not sure when this will get read.

The second is City of Girls. This I was reading for my work book club. I was really enjoying this however the day we were catching up I wasn’t in office so I didn’t feel any pressure to finish reading it. That was last month so it hasn’t been that long but I have so many things I want to read I don’t know when I will fit this in.

2. Do you have an autumnal (Spring in Australia) book to transition into the end of the year?

Not really. I don’t have seasons or times where I read specific books ie Fantasy in Winter or Contemporary in Summer. I read various genres all year round. The only thing I have have to transition to is Christmas. I’m hoping to get to the Christmas series by Matt Haig.

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

This is probably a generic answer but honestly it’s Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. The last book ended on a cliff hanger and I want to know what’s going to happen next.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

1. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson – I started this series a couple months ago and I’d really like to finish it before the year ends

2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – I finished Strange the Dreamer at the start of the year. I then proceeded to start Muse of Nightmares but couldn’t get into it so I stopped. The first book really left you hanging at the end but the start of Muse of Nightmares follows another plot line hence why I couldn’t get invested. But I would really like to finish the duology.

3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I’m 95% certain that this will be selected for Big Ass Book Club hosted by Cass from What Cass Read. I like the idea of buddy reading a book like this not only because of the content but also to keep motivated to read despite the chunkiness of this book.

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I gave The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 3.5 stars. I then gave The Cruel Prince 4 stars. So I may potentially give The Queen of Nothing 5 stars because the books keep getting better and better in my opinion. In saying that though the book is quite short so I hope she can finish strong.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Aside for trying to get my TBR down (aren’t we all?) I have no other reading plans set for 2020. I’m not a big planner. Love a To Do list but that’s pretty much it.

What are some books you think will surprise you in the next few months?

Book Haul: October 2019 – Part 2

This month as I said in Part 1 I was able to find a few good deals and as a result did a lot of damage. I’m weak.

The Lies of Locke Lamora & Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Price: $23.35

Where: 
Angus & Robertson

Synopsis: An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.”

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Price: $14.90

Where: 
Angus & Robertson

Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.”

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Price: $12

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This is the sequel to Carry On. See above.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Price: $13.25

Where: 
Angus & Robertson

Synopsis: Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.”

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Price: $14.95

Where: 
Angus & Robertson

Synopsis: Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke’s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.”

The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

Price: $39.98 for all 3

Where: 
Dymocks

Synopsis:  These are the first 3 books in the Wheel of Time series. These were on promotion for 3 for 2 deal.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.”

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Price: $8

Where: 
Book Grocer

Synopsis: The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir’s New York Times bestselling EMBER QUARTET.”

The first book – “Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.”

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

Price: $9

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.”

The Accidental Tour Guide by Mary Moody

Price: $22

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: I love travel novels and books about travel and this blurb really peaked my interest.

“Mary Moody’s bestselling memoirs about her adventures in France, Au Revoir and Last Tango in Toulouse, inspired thousands of women. The Accidental Tour Guide completes the circle by sharing another major turning point in her life.

When Mary loses her beloved husband, her world is turned upside down. Part of her journey to reignite her passion for living is to boldly go where she has never been before – in her travels and in her everyday life.

A powerful, moving and inspiring true story about how to rebuild your life without the people who matter most.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition by
J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
(not photographed)

Price: $35

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: I love these illustrated editions they are absolutely gorgeous. So excited to re-read this and see the beautiful illustrations.

“Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”

Tip: If you make a purchase over $60 shipping is free for Angus and Robertson. In addition if you sign up for honey you can potentially find coupons which may get a percentage off. Honey also does this for a number of online stores so I would highly recommend checking it out.

Where do you like to shop for books?

Wrap Up: Sims-A-Thon (October 2019)

This month I low key participated in the Sims-A-Thon Readathon. I planned to read as many books from my TBR to get it down. So I thought may as well participate 🤷🏽‍♀️ It was a pretty poor effort because I only managed to get 22 points.

Minor spoiler for Avatar: The Last Airbender TV Show. Proceed with caution.

Total Pages Read: 798

Total Minutes Listened to: 8 hours and 10 minutes

Middle Grade 2
YA3
Where I Sourced My Books No. of Books
Library3
Owned TBR2

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Challenge: Choose a Household (Read a book from late in a series)

Thoughts: I’m finding this series really hard to read. These are middle grades so I’m not the intended audience, as a result I’ve decided not to rate these. But even if I read these as a child I still don’t think I would like them.

C.S. Lewis’ writing is overly descriptive. At points he describes things that have no relevance to the plot. Even though these books are short, they are so boring. I think half the book had been spent lost in a forest *face palm* His writing is also quite whimsical too so those two together just didn’t work for me.

I’ve watched all 3 movies and I can’t help comparing the books to the movies. And I love the movies so much that I can’t help but be let down by the books. And while reading the first two books I kept thinking about the changes they made and how much more interesting the movies are compared to the books.

I want to read these because I feel as a fantasy reader I should have read these when I was younger. I did try when I was younger but I don’t know what happened. Either it went over my head because the writing or I was bored. Either way trying to read them now as an adult. I can confirm I am not having a good time.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Challenge: Build a House (Read something set in another world)

Thoughts: This is probably the better of the books I’ve read so far in this series. There was more of a coherent plot. In this book we follow Prince Caspian, the Pevensies and Eustace as they search for the lost Lords.

The writing again for me is too wordy and there were some obstacles that were solved a bit too conveniently. There is the scene with the Sea Serpent that just ends. There was a little drama but after 2 pages the scene just ends. I didn’t really understand what happened. The Sea Serpent was there battling the ship and the next minute it was gone.

I liked the journey aspect and getting to explore more of Narnia. I think its getting used to the writing that is giving me the most trouble.

I should just DNF this series but I can’t. I don’t like leaving series unfinished.

High Stakes by Meg Cabot

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Challenge: Become a Ghost (Read a spooky book)

Thoughts: I read the first book last month and similarly to the first book this was a quick, fun read. This is still following Suze and she is still as head strong. I’m waiting for her to finally ask for help but it’s just not happening. Good on her for trying to do everything herself but she gets herself in some very precarious situations.

There was one line though that I didn’t not appreciate. Which was “Cee Cee, I knew, was probably going to look just like her aunt Pru someday, once she got rid of the braces and puppy fat” Now it’s not the worst thing in the world I just thought it was unnecessary.

Overall though I’m still thoroughly enjoying this series.

Trigger Warning: Murder, Violence, Death, Drugged, Ghosts

Avatar: The Last Airbender North and South – Part 2 & 3 by Gene Luen Yang

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Challenge: Business Career Path (Read a book with a number in the title) & Make a Friend (Read a book that features friendships)

Thoughts: I love getting to see Team Avatar years later. They’ve grown up and now have separate lives and their own responsibilities but they come together when it matters most. One thing that is a little bit weird is Aang and Katara call each other sweetie a fair bit (spoilers if you haven’t seen the series). I love them together but it was strange… Haha.

I’m having an amazing time gradually getting through these. I love these graphic novels. If you love the TV Show you will love these. I wish the art style was the same as the show but it’s close enough. You know who everyone is. The characters look a bit more “cute” I don’t know how to describe it but their eyes are bigger. Just read them you’ll see what I mean.

Representation: POC (Asian rep)

Currently Reading

There are 2 books I started this month but didn’t manage to finish before the end of the month so I thought I’d give them a quick mention. They include:

  1. Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell
  2. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hopefully you will see them in next month’s wrap up.

Bit of a short one this month hopefully November is better.

What have you read recently?

My 5 Star Predictions

Honestly I’m not very fussy when it comes to giving 5 stars. I rate books based on enjoyment. So if I really enjoyed a book and couldn’t put down I’m more than happy to give a book 5 stars.

5 stars for me doesn’t mean a book is perfect. Sometimes I have issues with the books I rate 5 stars but if it’s not something detrimental i.e. racist, offensive, sexist etc then I’m still happy to give it 5 stars but I recognise it has flaws.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This has taken BookTube by storm since its release. A majority of reviews have been super positive but there have been a few people disappointed by this book (probably because of all the hype). However this sounds like everything I want in a book. Its a fantasy. Apparently it has a swoony male character aka the love interest. Its set in a library. And I love books. So I love books about books. So I definitely think this will be a 5 star read for me.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Next we have Truthwitch which is an old favourite in the book community so i don’t hear it talked about much these days (except when there’s a new release in the series). However this is still a series I’m highly anticipating. The only reason I haven’t started this yet is because I’m not sure how many books are going to be in the series. Susan Denard has alerted to it being a longer series so I’m going to wait till more of the books have come out. I like to marathon my series so even though there are 3 books out plus a novella I’ll wait a little longer to read this.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It was initially only supposed to be a duology however it was announced that it was turning into a series. This book includes cerebral palsy rep which is unique for a fantasy. I don’t see much disability rep in my fantasy novels. I’ve heard the ending of this book ends on quite the cliffhanger so I’d like to hear what people say about the second book which comes out early next year. Also second books are usually filler books so again I think this one will be put on the back burner for a little while longer.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renagades is a superhero, sci-fi/fantasy which follows 2 main characters. And these 2 characters are on opposites sides. What that means I do not know… I love Marvel and DC (tv shows more than the movies, though the movies are getting better). I’m currently in the midst of The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson which is also about people with superpowers and I’ve been loving those. So I think I will really enjoy this series. I’ve read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and enjoyed her writing style so all things point to this being 5 stars. The last book is coming out before the end of the year so Renagades will probably get read sooner rather than later.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

People have been comparing this book to Harry Potter and if you know me, Harry Potter is my favourite everything of all time. I currently have 2 Harry Potter tattoos but I would like 7. One for each of the books. And no I am not including Cursed Child no matter what J.K Rowling says. That was a tangent no one asked for.

The point is the fact people are comparing this to Harry Potter has raised my expectations exponentially. It sounds like it’s going to be a magical and whimsical story but still tackle some harder topics. Morrigan Crow is essentially an outcast in her town. People blame her for all the bad things that happen. I know if that were me my mental health would not be able to handle that. But overall this sounds like something I will love. So I’m excited to get to it.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This is an Adult Fantasy where our protagonists is out for blood and revenge. I mean she goes to an assassin school. You don’t go to an assassin school if your happy and content. I’m not usually into super dark stories but everyone raves about this series and I want to know why! Plus with the recent release of Darkdawn, Twitter blew up with people crying with no context. My prediction is someone important does. But who? That is the question. Only way to find out is reading it. So no spoilers!!

So these are some of my 5 star predictions. Are we sensing a theme here? Haha.

All of these books except 1 are part of series and all of them are fantasies. I just love reading Fantasy and if its in a series…even better. When I eventually get to these (which won’t be for a while. Not even going to lie) I’ll revisit this list and let you know the rating I gave them.

What was the last book you gave 5 stars?

Exploring My TBR: Duologies

I am someone who loves having a huge TBR. I love that I can go to my shelf and have a plethora of options to chose from.

I have a shelf on Goodreads called Owned TBR so you can see a full list of books I physically own (plus any pre-orders) if you want to check that out. However I’m starting this series and breaking down my physical TBR into different categories, starting with my completed unread duologies.

Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor

I’ve already read Strange the Dream but Muse of Nightmares is currently sitting unread on my shelves. I’m surprised and not surprised that I didn’t move onto the next on right away but I did try to read Muse of Nightmares and it just wasn’t capturing my attention so I put it down.

I enjoyed Strange the Dreamer but I didn’t love it. The writing was a bit too floral for me and over the top. Some of the descriptions went into way too much detail. But I do definitely want to see this one through.

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

This is a Polar Fantasy and honestly the reason I got these was because the covers are absolutely gorgeous. Also I’ve haven’t read a Polar Fantasy aside from The Golden Compass and that was a very long time ago. So I’m interested to see how I feel about this type of Fantasy story.

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

So umm this was was another cover buy, whoops. Which means I have no idea what this is about. Now you may be saying look it up…you’re a book blogger however I like to go into my books blind and the fact that no one I follow has talked about this I’m excited to go into this with a fresh set of eyes. So if you would like to know more check it out on Goodreads.

Villains by V.E. Schwab

I’ve read the Monsters of Verity Duology by Victoria Schwab which I loved so I think it will be the same for the Villains Duology. This is an anti-hero story which follows Victor and Eli and their friendship relationship. Victoria Schwab does amazing things with morally grey characters so I can’t wait to see what she does with this.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn is one of the first books I bought when I first discovered BookTube and Book Blogging in 2017. Since then I’ve heard mixed things about this duology but that doesn’t really phase me. That being said I still haven’t picked this one up. I think I just haven’t been in the mood for it but I’ll get to it eventually.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

This has been sold as Mulan meets Throne of Glass. Mulan I love. Throne of Glass I haven’t read and am not interested in reading so we’ll see how this goes. Again this duology doesn’t get the best reviews so at least I’ll be going into this with average expectations.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This is a very well loved heist story set in the Grisha Verse. I am excited to read these but they are big books. Years later and these books are still being talked about so I really need to read these.

So there you go. These are the duologies on my shelves that I still have not read. I have a few first books but not the second book. The reason I haven’t included them on this list is because I won’t read them unless I have the second book. In the case of duologies I am more likely to marathon them (with the exception of Strange the Dreamer). So even though they are on my shelf they are not on my TBR because I am unlikely to read them unless I’ve got the sequel.

Let me know your favourite duology.

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