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Hi everyone!

After a lot of contemplation I’ve finally decided to give this a go and start up my own shiny corner of the internet where we can all squee over books together. I’m going to post here as regularly as I can and keep you updated on my book world – what I’m reading, what I want to read, what I own, what I’m buying, and all other fun bookish things! But first, a little be about me, eh?

I’m nineteen years old, studying History and the Italian language at University. I live in Australia and, obviously, I love books. I love a whole range of things but my two primary loves are historical fictions and YA (with fantasy pulling in at a very close third). I love dragons, I love sassy heroines, and I love magic. If you want to see more that I’ve read and reviewed in the past, check out my Goodreads page – I’ve been there for years. Like many other booklovers, I have/am attempting to write my own book – it’s a fantasy/YA sort of thing that’s been in the wood works since I was 12 . . . yup. I’ll get there one day, guys, one day!

My favourite book is Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck and has been for a long while now! Whilst it really doesn’t need to be said, I’ll go ahead and say it anyway, Harry Potter is a life-long love of mine (and I’m actually trying to read it in Italian now! Yes, it is as trying as it sounds). Other notable mentions are the His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers, the Throne of Glass series by the one and only Sarah J. Maas, and the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. And I could probably ramble on about all the other books I love but let’s just stop there for now.

I feel I should explain two things first: my username (ozbooksnail) and my tagline (Upside down books). Firstly, ozbooksnail, or, Oz Book Snail, came about from a frustrating episode on Twitter when I attempted to think of a snappy username and fell short. I’ve always considered myself a slow reader (in comparison to others) so I thought I’d play around with the expression ‘book worm’ (which, in Italian, translates to Library Mouse – cute huh?!) and use ‘snail’ instead, because har har it’s a slow animal/bug/thing. And Oz because I’m from Australia, not the Wizard of Oz. Upside down books is simply because Australia is at the ‘bottom’ of the world – so I guess that makes everything upside down here, tah dah! There you go!

I can’t wait to talk books with you all and I hope you enjoy all of my bookish rambling to come!

~ Kirstie

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