Down the TBR Hole #6

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Welcome to the Down The TBR Hole meme. The aim behind this game is to whittle your TBR down a little by going through and removing books you’ve lost interest in or aren’t truly likely to pick up.

My TBR is not as out of control as some of yours, but I figure it’s probably still worth trying to get it down a bit. I’d love your comments on any of my decisions.

Here’s how it works, feel free to join in!

    1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    2. Order on ascending date added.
    3. Take the first 5 (or 10 — or even more if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
    4. Read the synopses of the books
    5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, without further ado!

Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren

I’m a bit torn about this one. It sounds cute and I enjoy a royal romance as much as the next person. But it’s a full on romance-to-marriage-to-trying-to-have-a-baby within 350 pages? Honestly sounds like it might be trying to do a bit too much and while I appreciate a book that explores infertility, I’m not sure it’s for me.   

~~ Decision:  GO ~~

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Honestly… as much as the idea of a dystopia set in future India feels different and fresh, I think I’d rather read one from an Indian author. Also a few reviewers that I follow say the world-building is sketchy, which means I’m bound to pick it apart and ask too many questions. I’m going to let this one go.

~~ DECISION:  GO ~~


The Forbidden Wish
by Jessica Khoury

This one sounds really good! I’m not sure if it’s a fairytale retelling exactly, but it has djinn! I love djinn! They’re one of my favourite mythological creatures and I am willing to read any book featuring them. So this is a kepeer.

~~ DECISION: KEEP ~~

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H. P. Wood

There’s a note at the end of the blurb for this on stating that it’s not a children’s or YA book. Which is weird because the blurb totally reads like middle-grade. And based on some of the reviews, the things that would have drawn me to it – Coney Island, carnival oddballs – are not actually a major feature. Apparently it’s more about an outbreak of yellow fever, with a bit of magical realism thrown in. Again, I don’t think it’s for me.

~~ DECISION: GO ~~

Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis

Fairytale retelling! Yay! Sci-fi? Yeeehhh? But it sounds intriguing? Gonna keep this one for now.

~~DECISION: KEEP ~~

TODAY: 2 keep, 3 go.

ALL TIME: 14 keep, 16 go.

What do you think of these choices? Have you read any of these titles? Would you have chosen differently?

You can read my previous Down the TBR Hole posts here.

See you next time!

Down The TBR Hole #5

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Welcome to the Down The TBR Hole meme. The aim behind this game is to whittle your TBR down a little by going through and removing books you’ve lost interest in or aren’t truly likely to pick up.

My TBR is not as out of control as some of yours, but I figure it’s probably still worth trying to get it down a bit. I’d love your comments on any of my decisions.

Here’s how it works, feel free to join in!

    1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    2. Order on ascending date added.
    3. Take the first 5 (or 10 — or even more if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
    4. Read the synopses of the books
    5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, without further ado!

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

This is a time travel romance and to be honest, nothing about this summary jumps out at me anymore (it’s been on my TBR for a full five years). This is any easy go decisions. 

~~ Decision:  GO ~~

Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal

This one’s summary is a bit wordy, which always makes me wonder about the book itself. Does it meander, too? Given the voice the MC hears is that of Jacob Grimm, presumably this has something to do with fairy tales, but there’s nothing there to really hook me so this is another one to say goodbye to.

~~ DECISION:  GO ~~


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry 
by Gabrielle Zevin

I’m not entirely sure about this one but it has a lot of good reviews and many of my friends have really enjoyed it. And it’s a book-about-books, and those are usually good (says the philistine who didn’t like 84 Charing Cross Road). I think I’ll keep this one for now.

~~ DECISION: KEEP ~~

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The blurb of this doesn’t give much away, to the point where I wasn’t even sure if it was a fantasy or something more sinister, like a thriller about a group of kidnapped kids. But Goodreads says it’s fantasy, and I’m intrigued. It’s got mixed reviews from my friends but I want to make up my own mind.

~~ DECISION: KEEP ~~

The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin

I’m a bit of sucker for historical crime fiction, particularly if there’s a serial killer involved. And this one is partially based on fact? Yeah, gonna have to keep this one.

~~DECISION: KEEP ~~

TODAY: 3 keep, 2 go.

ALL TIME: 12 keep, 13 go.

What do you think of these choices? Have you read any of these titles? Would you have chosen differently?

You can read my previous Down the TBR Hole posts here.

See you next time!

Down The TBR Hole #4

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Welcome to the Down The TBR Hole meme. I stole this idea off Sofii at A Book. A Thought. a year ago, did three posts and then never got back to it. But in the interests of making this blog a little more active again, I thought it would be a good series to get back into.

My TBR isn’t as out of control as some of yours 😋but it is probably still worth trying to get it down a bit. I’d love your comments on any of my decisions.

Here’s how it works, feel free to join in!

    1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    2. Order on ascending date added.
    3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
    4. Read the synopses of the books
    5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, without further ado!

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

I’m kind of torn about this one because on the one hand, I love Alan Cumming as a performer. On the other hand, I don’t really love memoirs… but the GoodReads listing for this makes me intrigued enough to still want to take a look at it.

~~ Decision:  KEEP

24 Hours by Claire Seeber

Man, when was the last time I read a good thriller? Feels like such a long time ago! I wish there was a bit to the blurb for this one, though… it’s hard to decide based on a couple of lines… so I think for the moment I’m going to let this one go.

~~ DECISION:  GO ~~


The Girls at the Kingfisher Club 
by Genevieve Valentine

Um, yeah, a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses set in Jazz Age New York? That’s a no-brainer.

~~ DECISION: KEEP ~~

The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher

As much as this sounds really interesting and I do love anything to do with the early twentieth century’s obsession with the occult… reading the reviews it sounds like this isn’t the most well-written book on the subject. It also sounds like it gets quite dense at times and I suspect I would love interest quickly.

~~ DECISION: GO ~~

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D Hammons

It’s my lifelong quest to find good Alice in Wonderland retellings/continuations/adaptations. There have been a few but most of them end up really disappointing me… and yet I continue searching. While I’m not 100% wowed by this book’s description, the fact that it contains characters from other fantasy stories is intriguing, so I will keep it on the list.

~~DECISION: KEEP ~~

TODAY: 3 keep, 2 go.

ALL TIME: 9 keep, 11 go.

What do you think of these choices? Have you read any of these titles? Would you have chosen differently?

You can read my previous Down the TBR Hole posts here.

See you next time!

Down The TBR Hole #3

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Welcome to the Down The TBR Hole meme. I have stolen this idea off Sofii at A Book. A Thought. because it seemed like a great way to get my TBR down. Mine isn’t as out of control as some of yours 😋but it is probably still worth trying to get it down a bit. I’d love your comments on any of my decisions.

I actually have my GoodReads TBRs sorted into standalones and series, with another separate shelf for books I plan to read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. For purposes of these posts, I’m going to start with the standalones shelf (which is effectively the want-to-read shelf on GoodReads).

Here’s how it works, feel free to join in!

    1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    2. Order on ascending date added.
    3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
    4. Read the synopses of the books
    5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, without further ado!

Em & Em by Linda Budzinski

Pros: it’s pretty short, the blurb makes it sound like there’s some interesting suspense going on.

Cons: on GoodReads it is mostly shelved as romance and the publisher is a romance imprint as well, which means the romance might actually overshadow the things that sound interesting. It also sounds like maybe it gets a bit preachy?

~~ Decision:  GO ~~

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

While I’m not 100% sure that I would enjoy this book, I think I have to keep it on my list. I love fractured fairytales and the idea of a boy propelled into a fairytale world that reflects the fact that he is in mourning for his mother, sounds really intriguing. The reviews are mixed, but I want to make up my own mind.

~~ DECISION:  KEEP ~~


We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

This book has really mixed reviews, but I think this is another case of wanting to find out for myself what the book is like. The blurb gives very little away, but it sounds like it’s  YA psychological thriller? And I like those! Also sounds like it might be a bit literary, which I am less into. But I think I’ll keep this one just so I can eventually find out what everyone is talking about.

~~ DECISION: KEEP ~~

The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley

So I enjoy a spin an old story as much as the next person, and this version of A Christmas Carol from the perspective of two street urchins pushed aside by Scrooge sounds quite intriguing. It’s also only a short book and my library has a copy, but… I just don’t find myself pulled in by the description.

~~ DECISION: GO ~~

Time Storm by Steve Harrison

Ehh… time travel isn’t my favourite and the idea of a boatload of eighteenth or nineteenth century convicts figuring out twenty-first century Sydney honestly doesn’t appeal to me… even if the main character’s name is Kit, which is one of my favourite names, and even if he is a gentleman.

~~DECISION: GO ~~

TODAY: 2 keep, 3 go.

ALL TIME: 6 keep, 9 go.

What do you think of these choices? Have you read any of these titles? Would you have chosen differently?

See you next time!

Down The TBR Hole #2

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Welcome to the Down The TBR Hole meme. I have stolen this idea off Sofii at A Book. A Thought. because it seemed like a great way to get my TBR down. Mine isn’t as out of control as some of yours 😋but it is probably still worth trying to get it down a bit. I’d love your comments on any of my decisions.

I actually have my GoodReads TBRs sorted into standalones and series, with another separate shelf for books I plan to read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. For purposes of these posts, I’m going to start with the standalones shelf (which is effectively the want-to-read shelf on GoodReads).

Here’s how it works, feel free to join in!

    1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    2. Order on ascending date added.
    3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
    4. Read the synopses of the books
    5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, without further ado!

A Curious Tale of the In Between by Lauren DeStefano

Just looking at the cover, I was nearly ready to get rid of this one, but then I re-read the synopsis, and it has ghooooosts! (Probably should have figured that from the reflection with no figure above the water). I love ghosts! And going by the reviews, it is a really charming but emotional MG read. So I’m going to keep this one.

~~ Decision: KEEP ~~

Ash by Malinda  Lo

On revisiting, this one… just doesn’t sound that interesting. My friends’ reviews seem to suggest that while the writing is very good, the plot meanders a bit.  And fairytale retellings are so popular now that if I want to find a lesbian Cinderella, there’s probably another one to  choose.

~~ Decision: GO~~

Mortal Musings by Arai Glazki

Aghh, that cover is so cute. But I feel like I’ve read things very similar to this since I first added it to my TBR. While I have enjoyed modern day stories with characters from Greek mythology in the past, I’m not sure it’s really my thing anymore. Also I think there’s probably more sexy times in this one than I generally prefer. So I’m going to let this one. go.

~~ Decision: GO ~~

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

I don’t think this is quite my thing. I’m not terribly into Victorain comedy-style stuff and the blurb gives me vibes of Gail Carriger’s Soulless, which was not one of my favourites. There are many other Victorian murder mysteries waiting in the wings that I would rather pick up.

~~ DECISION: Go ~~

The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able by Natalie Grigson

Oh man. I’d love to keep this. It sounds very clever – the story of what a fictional character does once his series has wrapped up and he is no longer bound by a plotline… but the reviews aren’t great and when I checked the preview, I wasn’t impressed (it was all EXPOSITION!!!). Also I often miss allusions to other works of literature, and the author says in her own review that there are lot of those.

~~ DECISION: Go ~~

TODAY: 1 keep, 4 go.

(I was rather ruthless today, wasn’t I?)

ALL TIME: 4 keep, 6 go.

What do you think of these choices? Would you have chosen differently?

See you next time!

Down The TBR Hole #1

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Welcome to my first Down The TBR Hole post. I have stolen this idea off Sofii at A Book. A Thought. because  it seemed like a great way to get my TBR down. Maybe. Mine isn’t as out of control as some of yours 😋but it is probably still worth trying to get it down a bit. I don’t know how often I’ll have a chance to post these, but I’d love your comments on any of my decisions.

I actually have my GoodReads TBRs sorted into standalones and series, with another separate shelf for books I plan to read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. For purposes of these posts, I’m going to start with the standalones shelf (which is effectively the want-to-read shelf on GoodReads).

Here’s how it works, feel free to join in!

    1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    2. Order on ascending date added.
    3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
    4. Read the synopses of the books
    5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, without further ado!

Treason, Treason! by Josh Langston

This is an alternate history where the United States never existed and North America is still under British rule. In 2012, two scientists have invented time travel and go back to the War of Independence in the hopes of finding George Washington and helping him secure a better future.  I’ve had it on my TBR since 2014! And I actually do have the ebook already, and I’ve read the first chapter or two and enjoyed it.

~~ Decision: KEEP ~~

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas

I already own a copy of this one, too! And it was highly recommended to me by some friends. I’m not sure that it will be exactly my cup of tea (I suspect it might get a little too deep and philosopohical), but I am definitely interested enough to keep it on my TBR.

~~ Decision: KEEP ~~

The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi

I read John Scalzi’s “Red Shirts” a few years back and wasn’t a big fan, but I always said I wanted to try another of his books. Having said that, the way the blurb of this one is written on GoodReads, it sounds like the humour is similar, and that’s one of the things I didn’t really click with in Red Shirts. I don’t think I’ll worry about this one.

~~ Decision: GO ~~

Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W. Gortner

I was interested in this book as a fictionalised version of Coco Chanel’s rise through the fashion world. But to be honest, I don’t actually have that much of an interest in fashion or in Chanel personally so I’m not really sure why I sought this out. I can’t see myself being terribly interested in this.

~~ Decision: GO ~~

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

This is a book about a girl who discovers she was born intersex, a fact that gets around her whole school before she is able to properly process this herself. There are very few books that depict this experience and I try to read about diverse experiences, so this is on is staying on my TBR.

~~ Decision: KEEP ~~

I was going to do ten, but I’ve already had this post in draft form for a week and I want to get it posted, dammit! Haha. I guess 3 keeps and two goes is not too bad! I’ll keep whittling away at it through these posts whenever I get the chance.

See you next time!

The Christmas Book Tag

 Anticipation – The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating.

These are a few upcoming releases that I’ve come across recently and added to my TBR pile.

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  • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
    This is a contemporary YA so not my usual fare, but it’s basically Mulan set in the a capella music world and it sounds delightful. Also I have friends who are altos (I’m one of those sopranos who enjoys getting carried away on all the high notes) so I’m hoping I’ll be able to recommend it to those friends.
  • Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
    Love the idea of a geeky scientist girl accidentally becoming Queen after the 21 people in front of her in line for the throne all end up dead. I’ve enjoyed Rhiannon Thomas’ other books, so I think I will definitely enjoy this one.
  • Hunted by Meaghan Spooner
    I have tried reading Meaghan Spooner’s books before and not finished them, but this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it’s another stunning cover and so I’m willing to give her writing another shot.
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
    I haven’t read any of this author’s other work but holy moly that cover. Also it’s a sort of Mulan retelling except in Japan (or a Japanese-inspired world. There are samurai).
  • The Dragon’s Price (Transference #1) by Bethany Wiggins
    This is one of those “Princess either marries the prince or gets fed to the dragon and she chooses the dragon” type premises. Basically any dragon book that sounds mildly interested gets on my TBR.

Honourable mention to Release by Patrick Ness which doesn’t have a cover yet but it’s a new YA, so you bet I’ll have it pre-ordered.

 Christmas Songs & Carols – What book or author can you not help but sing its praises.

Patrick Ness! Marissa Meyer! Jonathan Stroud!

 Gingerbread Houses – What book or series has wonderful world building.

golemdjinniThe Djinni and the Golem by Helene Wecker. At first it was a bit slow, but it builds up a beautiful magical version of turn-of-the-century New York City that I fell in love with.

 A Christmas Carol – Favorite classic or one that you want to read.

LOL, A Christmas Carol is actually one of my favourite classics. I’m more into classic plays than books; I love things like Much Ado About Nothing and The Crucible.

 Christmas Sweets – What book would you love to receive for Christmas.

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Disenchanted: the Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2) by Megan Morrison. For some reason this was only released in hardback in October, and an ebook (or even a paperback) doesn’t appear anywhere in sight. I could get it for a reasonable enough price on Book Depository but if someone gave it to me for Christmas, I wouldn’t complain. The first book in the series was so wonderful!

 Candles in the Window – What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.

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The House at Pooh Corner
by A. A. Milne. I love the others as well, but I had a copy of this one at my grandmother’s house growing up, so I’ve read this one a lot more than the other three.

 Christmas Trees & Decorations – What are some of your favorite book covers.

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Recently I was raving about the cover of Elenore by Faith Rivens. Stars Above is definitely my favourite of the Lunar Chronicles covers, even if I haven’t read the books yet. Digital versions of The Last Days of Magic and Rebel of the Sands don’t really do the covers justice, because they just don’t give you a sense of just how shiny they are. Ad Cinnamon Girl is just a perfect cover for a near-perfect book.

 Christmas Joy – What are some of your favorite things about Christmas.

The Doctor Who Christmas episode! Lol kidding. Mostly. Actually not really kidding. Loudly singing carols, and throwing in the descants and surprising the people next to me in church (see note about my soprano tendencies in the first question). Also fruit mince pies. And my mum’s Christmas pudding (seriously, no other Christmas pudding has ever lived up to it).

… is this the part where I’m supposed to say spending time with family and all that? Yeeaaah, let’s not go there. 😉

I’m not going to tag anyone, simply wish you a Merry Christmas if you celebrate that, and a Happy Holiday season if not. 🙂 See you next year!

~ Emily

#WWW Wednesday – May 4, 2016

Happy Star Wars Day!

(I’m not actually even a Star Wars fan, really, but that is beside the point)

It’s also Wednesday, which means WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

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  • What are you currently reading?

A Gathering of Shadows FinalI’ve read a little more of The Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel but really do need to commit to this properly again. Unfortunately, that might not happen until I have got through my pile of library books.

I started A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab after feeling so dissatisfied with The Raven King (more on that below). I needed a strong urban fantasy that actually would live up to my expectations.

Having said all of that, my life got overtaken by uni this week as I had a report worth 40% of my grade due today, so I haven’t been reading very much. When I stopped writing each night I was more likely to go to Netflix than my book, just because the attention required was far less. (Related: everyone should watch Call the Midwife)

  • What did you recently finish reading?

ravenkingcoverI finished The Raven King, and asadfjkh, I was really disappointed! If it had been its own book, it probably would have been fine, but as the fourth and final book in a series, it really needed to ramp up the epicness a lot.

My reviews of the Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book 3) and The Raven King both went up this week.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch is due back to the library in a week (damn these popular books with their loan period of only two weeks!), so I’m probably going to need to put my ebooks aside for a bit and read that. I still have some uni work to complete, but I’m hoping some solid work on the weekends will pretty much see me through that. This semester has been a bit of a struggle; I’ll be glad to see the back of it.

For now, I think it’s time to pop on another episode of Call the Midwife. See you all later!~ Emily

#WWW Wednesday – 20 April, 2016

First of all, how is it April 20 already?! I mean, really.

Second, it is Wednesday, and that means WWW Wednesday! Yaaaay! WWW Wednesday is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

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  • What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue and Gansey are quite likely to be the death of me. I’ve got way more invested in them and their non-relationship than I ever expected.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating. It was cute, but nothing mind-blowing, and read quite young given the characters were supposed to be in their late teens. My review is here.

After that I read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the second book in the Raven Cycle, and the one before Blue Lily, Lily Blue. It made me conclude that I was simply not in the right mood for The Raven Boys when I read it over Christmas. I didn’t really have the opportunity to absorb the writing properly. Funnily enough, even though Ronan is the focal character in this book, the majority of my favourite moments in it did not involve him. I will try not to gush too much here; my review is going up either Friday or Monday, depending when I have time to finish writing it.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read the Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel, which is the last book in her Darkness & Light trilogy.

I also plan on reading The Raven King, the fourth Raven Cycle book, when it comes out next week. I hadn’t actually deliberately started reading the other books just in time for this one’s release, but the timing was fortuitous. I knew it was coming out at the end of April, but in my head, the end of April was still months away. I am currently torn between not wanting to Gansey to die because I’ve gotten attached to him, and feeling like after three books of set-up, it would feel like a cop-out if they find a way around him dying.

Funny story before I go: a couple of days ago I discovered that the author of Greythorne, a book I’ve had on my TBR since November last year, is the wife of a guy I met last year when I was in My Fair Lady. I had no idea that this book was even Australian, let alone that I had played board games at the author’s house just a few weeks ago. So I’m probably going to bump that one a bit further up my TBR, but it’ll probably be a May read at this point.

I should probably get a move on because I need to do a decent chunk of uni work tonight, so I’ll catch you all later!

~ Emily

Book Tag: The Seasons of Book Blogging

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I got a bit lax with my Thursday book tags, but I’m back now with this cute one, borrowed from Yvo’s blog. I’m Australian, so the seasons are all in the wrong months for me, but I’ll forgive it. 😉

March.
…is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book/series you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

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The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. This series was incredible and left me in a shaking, crying heap, but if I could read it again for the first time, I totally would.

Honourable mention to the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud.

April.
…is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations

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It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this (I gave it four stars in the end!), but there were definitely parts (namely the first 200 pages) where I was thinking, “Really, this is what everyone is raving about?”

May.
…is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

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It took me a while to get into this book, mostly because I was reading it in very short spurts and it’s really a book that should be read in as few sittings as possible. Once I actually got to sit down with it and give it my full and undivided attention, I was hooked. It’s a beautiful book!

June.
…is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

Generally I’ll go with a light urban fantasy at this time.

July.
…is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks.

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For ages, I wasn’t really sure about this book. It seemed really slow and I wasn’t sure what was going on and the characters were all a bit weird… then it all came together at the end and I was freaking out about how well it was all constructed.

August.
…is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

girlfromeverywherecover  cinnamongirlcoverI haven’t actually read too many really new, up-and-comers lately, but these authors only have one or two books out there; I don’t know if they will be the next hottest thing but I feel like they deserve to! (I just realised it’s hard to read: Heidi Heilig is the author of The Girl from Everywhere).

September.
…is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

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I actually read this myself a year or so before I had to study it, but I didn’t mind revisiting it (and I’m also having trouble calling to mind books I read for school right now). We actually did a comparative study of Emma and the movie, Clueless, and to this day, I can still quote quite a lot of Clueless by heart.

October.
…is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as.
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Let’s be honest here, if Halloween was as big in Australia as it in the States, I would probably alternate between Doctor Who characters and Disney. So since she’s my favourite Disney Princess and this was also one of my favourite 2015 reads, let’s say Rapunzel.

November.
…is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!
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The Winnie-the-Pooh series, which I first read when I was about five years old, and I still have a boxed set of the hardcovers on my shelf (though it’s one I had to go out and buy myself; the ones on my shelf as I grew up were my sister’s). I never really had them recommended, they were just always there.

December.
…is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

A Gathering of Shadows FinalmonstercallscoverseraphinacoverI was tempted to name my own book here, but I refrained. 🙂 I was trying to go for some variation because this would really depend on the person, but I guess all the books I would consider giving as gifts are fantasy of one form or another.

January.
…begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I didn’t do resolutions this year. While I’ve got goals in various forms, they have only been set fairly recently (see my 100 Days of Productivity posts).

February.
…is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

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In order: Todd/Viola from Chaos Walking (which is friendshippy for the majority of the series, though it gets a little bit romantic towards the end), Cress/Thorne, who were pretty much my 2015 OTP (would I have read Winter right through if not for hanging out for more Cress/Thorne? Probably not), and Chava/Ahmed in The Golem and the Djinni, which is only very mildly romantic and doesn’t even have to be read that way if you don’t want to. I was trying to find some books I’d read with familial relationships, since I’m a sucker for sister stories, but apparently I confine those to movies/TV more than the books I read.

I’m not going to tag anyone particular for this, but please do feel free to steal if you like!

~ Emily