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Ten Series I Haven’t Read Yet (But Everyone Else Has!)

Posted June 20, 2017 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 3 Comments

 

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FACT: I am a terrible reader of series. I’ll start series, and not finish them. Even worse? I’m so far behind on catching up on series I haven’t even started yet, that I want to read. I know, I know. What sad excuse for a book dragon am I? But life, people. Life. Why can’t I get paid to just lounge around in my pjs all day and read books?!

 

 

The Dark Artifaces by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight | Lord of Shadows | The Queen of Air & Darkness

I haven’t even finished The Mortal Instruments yet, so this is one series that has been sitting on my to be read list and probably will for a while! I just can’t justify starting it without knowing how TMI ends…which means an entire re-read of the books I have read is in order. Hello, binge reading session! Maybe once the last book is out – because I’m terrible at waiting!

 

The Disruption Duology by Jessica Shirvingon

Disruption | Corruption

This duology by #LoveOzYA author Jessica Shirvington has been sitting on my shelves for ages (well, okay, since last year). It’s a blend of sci-fi and dystopia, and I’ve heard very good things, so why haven’t I read it yet???? #tbrtoolong

 

  

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Choshski

The Star Touched Queen | A Crown of Wishes

Yet another duology I’ve heard really great things about and I’ve not started yet. A Crown of Wishes only came out this year, and these two books just sound so appealing!

 

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae | Gemina | Obsidio

I think I’m the only person in the book community to have not read these books? Okay, so Obsidio doesn’t come out until next year, so I’ve either got a lot of catching up to do or I can get away with not reading them until it is out…

 

 

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives | Poisoned Blade | Buried Hearts

This series sounds so good. A fantasy world with a competition of epic proportions, friends and family loyalty? I think I need a four week holiday for all this series binge reading I need to be doing!

 

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

The Imposter Queen | The Cursed Queen | The True Queen 

Some of my favourite people rave about these books, but again, it’s another series where the final book hasn’t been released yet. I feel like now that I’m older, I’m less “I want it now/can’t wait for the next book” and more “I’ll wait until the series has finished” for books I’ve not read? Ha, who am I kidding – give it to me now!

 The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & The Dawn | The Rose & The Dagger

There’s a reason this TTT is so aptly named. I PROMISE I WILL READ THIS DUOLOGY BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, OKAY????

  

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic | A Gathering of Shadows | A Conjuring of Light

See above. Although I’m going to have to take a week’s holiday to binge read these books because boy oh boy, they are maaaaassive.

 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina | Shadow Scale

A series about dragons and I haven’t read it yet? I feel like Derek from Zoolander. “Who am I?”

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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In my defence, I’m going to go down the “but there’s more books in the series and I don’t know if I can deal with the pain of a cliffhanger” route on this series too.

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Ten Authors I Discovered in 2016

Posted December 6, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 4 Comments

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I feel like I’ve really branched out in my reading this year. As I’m getting older, YA becomes a little less appealing in some aspects, and I’m finding I’m expanding my reading horizons a lot as I trial and test other genres. What is great about this is that I get to discover new authors as well to fall in love with! Double the win, right? I’ve divided this post up into two sections – the first five are authors whose books I’ve read, and the second are authors whose books I’m yet to read, but am planning to read before 2016 is over (that doesn’t give me a lot of time, yikes!)

untitled-designAnne Barton (nee Anna Bennett) | Goodreads

I found Anne’s book, Once She Was Tempted at my local library and plucked it off the shelf on a whim. Boy was I ever so glad to! Anne writes the historical romances that I love – strong willed and fiesty heroines with brooding love interests and tight family units who would do anything for their kin. In. Total. Love. I can’t wait for her new books under Anna Bennett!

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 Julie Jame| Goodreads

Julie was also another random discovery! I absolutely adored her FBI/Attorney series and have found a new favourite trope! What I love the most? While everyone is sexy and gorgeous, they’re also smart, intelligent and have worked their way to where they are through hard work and integrity. The host of characters are smart, funny and loyal, and make me laugh all the time.

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Rachael Craw | Goodreads

I’ve had Spark on my bookshelf for quite a while, and never read it until this year. I have no idea why, the series was UH-MAZING! I love genetic-y superhuman power-y type stories, and Rachael sealed her fate as an amazing writer with this series, and I honestly can’t wait to read more. Like maybe that spin off series of Davis, hmmm???

 Jen MaloneGoodreads

Wanderlost is probably one of my favourite contemporaries of 2016. It was such a sweet, fun read about some of my favourite places on Earth and I really can’t wait to read her other YA books!

Cath Crowley | Goodreads

How have I never read a Cath Crowley book before??? Am I even Australian? What am I doing with my life? Words in Deep Blue is one of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. It was just so beautiful and it’s about words and the power of words and bookshops and books and love and really you just need to read it for yourself!

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Victoria Schwab  | Goodreads // Sarah Glen Marsh | Goodreads // Kathryn Holmes | Goodreads

Evelyn Skye | Goodreads // Brittany Cavallaro | Goodreads 

Who are some authors you’ve discovered this year? Let me know in the comments!

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The Holiday Gift Guide for the Practical Bookworm In Your Life

Posted November 29, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 1 Comment

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If you’re a bit like you, you mind not have need for a lot of the bookish paraphernalia that’s floating around these days. While I love seeing so many fellow bookworms who are insanely creative, it also makes me a little sad that I’ll never have any of their stuff, simply because my practical mind won’t justify the need in having little bits and bobs floating around the place, or just sitting in a box never getting used, which is why I’m more wary about subscription boxes (aside from the cost of shipping!) . So when this week’s Top Ten prompt came out, I thought it was a great way for me to find some amazingly talented people who create awesome stuff that even the most practical of bookworms can use! All links will take you to the store where you can buy the goodies, as well as the Instagram page for the business and/or the Bookstagrammer featuring their items – I hope you enjoy discovering some amazing Bookstagram accounts while you’re at it!

 

1. You Smell Nice! What Is It? Boyfriend Material!

We all need to wash, so why not smell of your favourite fictional character while your at it? Gina at Behind the Pages has got you covered. Her full range of soaps doesn’t just include boyfriends, but girlfriends as well, and most recently ‘Ship of the Month’ (honest to God Gina there better be a Chaolaena one and I’m buying 10!)

Who? Behind the Pages | Instagram 

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2. Lip Smackin’ Good!

Let’s stick with Gina for a minute, because I haven’t even told you my favourite thing about Gina and her incredible store. If you’re like me (and I can guarantee it, you probably are), you probably go through, what, at least a gazillion lip balms in your life. I lose them all over the place, they’re like bobby pins, I swear. But Gina here, Gina’s solved all our problems ladies. At this stage, I’ve only got Manon, which came with the YA Chronicles October box, but I’m putting in an order very soon because well, honestly? Who wouldn’t want Chaol on their lips?!?

Who? Behind the Pages | Instagram

3.  Scent It with Candles

Why did I not know that bookish candles were a thing? Because they are an amazing thing, and I think candles are one of the most practical gifts you can give someone, because who doesn’t want a beautiful smelling room, especially when the scent is your favourite book or character or fictional location or just books in general?

Who? Burning Pages Candles | Instagram 

Who? The Wick Library | Instagram

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I’ve recently discovered that there are some AMAZING candle makers out there, so if you get a chance, check out these other stores too:

The Book Hangover | Nook and Burrow | The Melting Library | The Leaky Candle | Meraki Candles | Anthology Candles

4. Say It Loud, Don’t Cover It Up!

I’m so in love with this beautiful iPad skin designed by Aentee of Read at Midnight, who also designed the header for my blog! I use my iPad as my e-reader, so it’s only fitting that I kit it out in something pretty to show the world what a ‘bibliophage’ I am! You can get other practical things too, such as laptop cases or iPhone covers, but I think this is my favourite!

Who? Read at Midnight | Instagram

5. There’s Nothing Better Than a Hot Beverage and a Good Book

I love my coffee almost as much as I love my books, and there is nothing better than curling up in bed or on the couch with a wonderful book and a warm drink. Or what about a mug for at work? Assert your dominance as a book lover and shout it out loud with a beautifully designed mug by Bookworm Boutique!

Who? Bookworm Boutique | Instagram

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6. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I know it’s practically summer now, but when it’s cold outside there’s nothing better than a warm pair of socks or a comfy jumper…and Out of Print have some pretty cute designs!

Who? Out of Print | Instagram

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7. Never Be Late for Any Important Date!

Never be late again for anything because this adorable Alice in Wonderland desk calendar is absolutely a perfect edition to any study space (and look, it comes with that gorgeous edition of the book too!

Who? The Rifle Paper Co | Instagram

8. Channel Your Inner Marauder

This cute 2017 planner from Hafsah at Icey Designs is absolutely gorgeous, and would make a great student diary (because we are always up to no good!) It’s the perfect size as well to slip in your bag! Perfect for any Harry Potter lover, that’s for sure!

Who? Icey Designs | Instagram

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9. More Than Just A Pouch

This is my favourite quote from Beauty and the Beast and this carry all pouch is utterly adorable! I always have too much stuff and I hate loose bits! My handbag is meticulously organised! Of course, this pouch’s practical use is completely up to you! Is it a pencil case? A make-up bag? A coin purse? It can be whatever you want it to be!

Who? Books and Cleverness | Instagram

10. Practical People Always Love Presents

As much as I love useful things, every now and again it is extraordinarily wonderful to receive something pretty yet meaningful. I love the necklaces that Julie from Author Adornments creates. They’ve got that beautiful vintage look that makes them look like absolute treasures. Being a major Mr. Darcy fan, I would definitely wear one of the Pride and Prejudice necklaces! And bonus – they also do subscription boxes too!

Who? Author Adornments | Instagram

Do you love Bookish gifts? Let me know of your favourite places to buy book related items!

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Oh The Thrills, They’re Multiplying: Ten Thrillers on my TBR

Posted October 25, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 9 Comments

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It’s the spooky time of year! Happy Halloween to those that celebrate it. To the rest of us…Happy Chocolate Binging Season? I know I will – uni is a mere week away from finishing, and I’m in need of some serious relaxation (three months of it, to be exact). In honour of the spooky season and today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d share some of the books I have on my TBR. I love psychological thrillers, books that get my mind spinning. It’s a recent discovery, so of course I’ve been piling my Goodreads TBR with them, but here are ten that I’m looking forward to.

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda // I LOVE Megan’s other works, so I am very excited to dive into this one when semester ends.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware // Woman witnesses someone going overboard on a cruise yet everyone is accounted for…this is what I want, why is this what I want? My mind, I swear.

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti // Generally I roll my eyes at books that are rich people centric (yeah, I’m looking at you, We Were Liars), but this one sounds really exciting and I’m a sucker for mysterious pasts.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer // I’m actually really looking forward to reading Meyer’s *first* adult novel (we’ll see, The Host was supposed to be an adult novel but look how that turned out). The premise is something that is right up my alley, for sure.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins // Okay, so everyone’s talking about it, and generally I’m not one of these people to read something for the sake of popularity, but the trailer for the movie keeps playing every time I open Youtube, and each time I watch it the more I want to see it (I love Emily Blunt too). And of course I have to read the book before I see the movie, that’s just how these things are done.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // I’ve read the first two books (I think), but I can’t for the life of me remember anything that happens, but I’d really love to conclude reading the series, so I dive back into a world where Noah Shaw exists is definitely on the cards!

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah // I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this book, from trusted bloggers, which makes me all that more curious. I love (I think?) family centric thrillers, and I think there’s not enough in YA, so woo! Well keen.

The Deviants by CJ Skuse // Sleepy English village, ruined friendships…and that tag line! When you set out for revenge, dig two graves. Why am I not reading this book yesterday??

I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore // Another book that has mixed reviews…so we’ll see. Curiosity, after all.

Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown // World War One! Female spies! Forbidden attraction!

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Ten Character Names To Name My Cat (If I Had One)

Posted October 18, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 5 Comments

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I’m pretty sure I’m only doing this Top Ten Tuesday because it gives me an excuse to post cat gifs on a book blog, but hey, it’s my book blog, so I can post whatever I want, right? Also, the title of this post is slightly misleading, because I in fact do have a cat, and his name is Noodles the Second and he is everything.

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Excuse my very sunburnt face, it was summer and I cannot go outside unless I want to look like a cooked lobster. Internet, meet Noodles the Second, a terminally grumpy three legged ball of fluff that I absolutely love. He is our family cat, which means he resides in Western Australia, whereas I am on the other side of the country and only see him on Skype dates and the rare holidays. I would love to adopt a kitten, however it’s not feasible in my current rental, but I’m waiting for the day when I can have another little ball of fluff to call my own, and trust me, I have been workshopping names (so far, non book character names include Mufasa or Sparta. I’ll let you figure it out). Here are ten book character names  I would call my cat.

Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass) – I’d think a lot of people would think I’ve named my cat Kale, to which ugh you uncultured swines go introduce yourself to the most wonderful man you’ll ever meet. But yeah I’m totally doing this. A little Chaol. Eeeep.

Kestrel (The Winner’s Curse) – She’d be a quiet but feisty little thing for sure.

Jellicoe (On The Jellicoe Road) – okay, so this isn’t a character, but I think Jellicoe would be a really cool name for my ‘Jellicle’ cat (see what I did there?!)

Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss) – I see a pattern forming here…’St. Clair’ for short (because let’s face it, my French is terrible and I cannot pronounce Etienne). This little kitty would have a bundle of swag and would charm the pants off even a non-cat lover.

Tucker (Unearthly) – OMG COULD YOU EVEN IMAGINE

Adrian Ivashkov (Bloodlines) – DON’T YOU DARE EVEN – WHAT DID WE SAY ABOUT CLIMBING ON THE CURTAINS ADRIAN NO is pretty much what life with Kitty Adrian would be like.

Darcy/Fitz (Pride and Prejudice) – He’d be the cat that would hate you instantly but then two minutes later be curled up in your lap being totally adorbs and giving you cuddles. Also Darcy or Fitz?!?! Help me choose!!

Dorian (Throne of Glass) – because who am I to split up best friends?! Where Dorian goes, Chaol goes, right? RIGHT?

Mungojerrie or Rumpleteazer (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats) – okay so this is basically a two for one deal but I really can’t choose who because I love all the cats from Cats so I’ll be a cat lady and have allllll the cats, but until then this cheeky duo will suffice. They’ll be a notorious pair of acrobats, that’s for sure.

Cat (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) – I have wanted to name my cat Cat ever since I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s as a child. In fact, when we were petitioning names for Noodles the Second, Cat was the name I championed. That didn’t work so well, sadly. One day, one day.

So there you have it! Ten fictional characters I’d name my cat after. What would you choose? Let me know in the comments, or feel free to leave me your suggestions!!

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Ten Books I’ve Read Because of Recommendations

Posted October 11, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 6 Comments

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is short and sweet, and all about books that have been recommended to be by one person or another. Most books I find I’ve generally sourced myself (thanks Goodreads!), but I’ll always listen when people tell me about books they’ve loved. If you’re recommending a book, you’re essentially giving it the highest praise, because word of mouth is so important for books. It’s the reason books succeed or fail. You’re telling someone they should spend money on a book, and most of these are personal favourites of some of the most awesome people I know!!

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Pivot Point by Kasie West // Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson // Storm by Brigid Kemmerer // Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson // Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas // Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley // The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stefivater // Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins // On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta // Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

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