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Life Updates + A Mini Break

Posted April 2, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 1 Comment

It’s April!

How is it April? Once again, another year, shooting right by us. Time is marching on so quickly, I swear it’s giving me whiplash.

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Which brings me to this post. I don’t tend to do monthly updates – my life is boring enough without needing to share it with all of you! Pretty much the same on repeat month in month out. And as you can imagine…that gets pretty repetitive. In case you didn’t know, I’m currently midway in my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sydney…but I also work full time as well. So you can imagine – full time study + full time work makes for an awfully dull, stressful Hannah.

March was an incredibly stressful and busy month. Early March, I went home to WA for a few days for a friend’s birthday and surprised my parents while I was at it. That was fun. Being able to breathe and not think (well, more like ignoring) about university for a few days and just be around people I love filled my tank back up from empty. However that little sojourn quickly caught up with me, and I’ve been battling to catch up ever since. If I’m not at work, I’m at uni, and if I’m not at uni, I’m at work, or trying to catch up on sleep. But it never feels enough, and I can slowly feel the claws of anxiety sinking in, threatening to put me back in a place I don’t want to be in again.

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So on that note, in order to, well, get a little bit of order back in my life, I’m taking a mini break from the blog. It’s been just over a year now since I started blogging again, and none of the grand things I envisaged myself doing for the blog have really taken off. I’ve started questioning my place a little in the community, and where I fit in, and while I know that I love blogging, in order to maintain some calm in my life, I need to take a step back and re-prioritise. Everything will be left up, but there may be some days where the blog is down for maintenance as I fix some things up and retweak my theme and look. A break will also allow to catch up on my reading (outside of uni!) and reviews, as well as brainstorm new ideas without that looming panic of deadlines.

It’ll also give me time to work on my own personal health, both mentally and physically. As I said, I can feel those tendrils of anxiety weaving their way in, and for me right now, self doubt is a really big thing that I need to kick to the curb. I feel it in so many aspects of my life, and I know that it’s going to be a little while until I can next take a small break away from everything.

I’ll always be around on Twitter, albeit a little quietly, and my postings on #bookstagram will probably be sporadic to say the least. Until then, you probably won’t see any updates on the blog until the end of April/early May…and hopefully by then, uni stress impending, I’ll have some balance restored to my life! Because always remember, you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. And do know as well – if you are ever looking for someone to talk to – whether it’s about mental health, books, uni life, or life just in general – I’m always here!

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Book Tour Spotlight: Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Posted March 18, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 0 Comments

For all the stops on the Proof of Lies blog tour, head on over to YA Reads!

Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix, #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on March 7th, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery

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Some secrets are best kept hidden… Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages. And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead. She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true. Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility. She will find her sister.

 

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is not the child of super spies, as far as she knows. But she is an avid traveler, and every scene in her books comes from a place she has lived or visited—from her senior year apartment in Boston, MA to the hotel where she stayed in Cortona, Italy. In addition to the Anastasia Phoenix series, Diana is also the author of the award-winning Amor and Summer Secrets series; the Mirror, Mirror short story collection; and essays in both Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories and Latina Authors and Their Muses. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. But of course, this all could be a masterly crafted piece of disinformation.  Website | Twitter | Facebook

Take a listen of the Proof of Lies playlist here!

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All The Books I Need in 2017: The Diversity Edition

Posted February 25, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 4 Comments

My final edition of All The Books I Need! Whew, we made it guys. And these aren’t even all the books I need. I keep adding more and more to my TBR – how about you? Are you just as bad as I am?

2017 is my year of reading diversely – something I recognise that I do not do enough of. And I need to rectify that straight away. There are so many wonderful #OwnVoices out there that need to be heard, and as readers, we do ourselves a disservice by not listening to them – by not being educated by them. Here are just a few – the tip of the iceberg – of diverse books releasing this year that I’d love to read. As always, click on the book cover to be linked to Goodreads so you can add it to your TBR as well!

There are so many more books I could have added to this list, but then we’d be here all day! Do you have any suggestions of what books are diverse favourites? Please let me know – I’d love to hear what books you love too!

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All The Books I Need in 2017: The Adult Edition

Posted February 19, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 0 Comments

It’s time for another All The Books because I’ve been incredibly lazy by not posting January, and now it is February and I’m slowly panicking at where the time has gone. But let’s not get carried away, because there are more books we should be adding to our TBRs and this time, it’s the Adult Edition!!

I’ve really started to branch out in the past year or so with my reading tastes, and I’ve found so many new books and authors to love. I’m completely smitten with historical romances, I love nail biting psychological thrillers and even started to delve into the non-fiction world a bit. While YA is always going to be my true love, branching out into the “adult” world of books means I have even more books I must read!! All books, as always, link back to Goodreads, so feel free to increase your TBR!!

      

    

    

   

What are you reading in 2017? If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

 

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Happy Book Birthday New York Nights!

Posted January 29, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 0 Comments

I’m so excited to be participating today in the release day blitz for New York Nights, the second standalone in the Heart of the City series by awesome Aussie author C.J. Duggan. New York Nights is a great, warm fuzzy type of a read, and I’m especially excited to share my review with you later in the week. But so you know what I’m talking about, and just to torment you a little, there’s going to be teasers as well!

Title: New York Nights

Series: Heart of the City #2

Author: C.J. Duggan

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: January 29, 2017

New York Nights is the second standalone book in CJ Duggan’s HEART OF THE CITY series – a very sassy, super sexy New Adult romance from the internationally bestselling author of the SUMMER and PARADISE series.

Sarah Williams is a spirited, independent Aussie who has always dreamed of living in New York City. So when a job opportunity arises to become an au pair for a successful businessman in the heart of Manhattan, Sarah jumps at the chance, ready to embrace the Big Apple in all its brilliant well-lit glory. What she doesn’t bet on is Grace, the beautiful newborn she’ll be looking after, and Grace’s distant, abrasive father whose eyes hold a million anguished secrets. Determined to care for Grace and face the challenges of the impossible Ben Worthington, Sarah was always prepared to follow her heart; she just wasn’t prepared to lose it to a complicated man like Ben.

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CJ DUGGAN is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year- old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

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All The Books I Need in 2017: The Contemporary Edition

Posted January 26, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 1 Comment

OH MY GOSH THERE ARE SO MANY CONTEMPORARY BOOKS IN 2017!!!

How am I supposed to read all the books when there are so many?! I need a holiday, stat! I didn’t realise it would be so hard to pick what I’m looking forward to the most. There’s the books that remind me of my favourite movies (You’ve Got Mail & Stranger Than Fiction), there’s books that sound so adorable that I want to eat them right up, there are books with ballet, with Antarctica (I KNOW!) and then there’s the creepy psychological thrillers I’m getting addicted to at the moment.

If one decided to live off contemporaries for the year, one would definitely have enough sustenance, for sure. And it’s because of that reason I’m not going to go into the books that I wanted to read in 2016, because otherwise we shall be here until 2020 – God Forbid!

Let me know down the bottom what you’re looking forward to reading the most – and are there any others I should definitely be putting on my list? As always, all images link to Goodreads – so go add them ASAP!

 

 

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