Spontaneous e-Haul!

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I may be on a book buying ban – but that doesn’t mean I can’t collect some free books!

Over this crazy little weekend of sales that America has got the world participating in, a publishing company called Curiosity Quills was promoting a little deal they had on. Now, if you don’t know, this company’s social media gig is run by one of the very popular BookTubers, Benjaminoftomes. Continue reading

How to Deal with The Chosen One

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The time has come. The Chosen One has risen. And the eye-rolling is abound . . . 

This is something that’s been playing on my mind recently, the superfluous numbers of ‘chosen’ characters in (specifically) YA novels. Hmph. They can be somewhat frustrating and often result in you exclaiming OH GET OVER YOURSELF! You know what I mean?

There’s a dramatic moment when Mr. Nobody gets a visit/letter/vision/whack on the head and suddenly is enlightened to their special-ness. And whilst this was okay the first time, by the 200th time you’re banging your head against the wall. Continue reading

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451

2.5/5 STARS

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Genre: Classics, Fiction, Futuristic, Dystopian
Author: Ray Bradbury
Published: October 1953
Publisher: The Ballantine Publishing Group
Pages: 227 {Hardcover}

Original review on Goodreads


— You have no idea how much trouble the spelling of this word has caused me. I’m so glad Australia goes by Celsius. —


Um. Well . . . it wasn’t great. I was so excited to read this book – I placed my reservation at the library, got an audiobook, thought yeah! Now I can be one of the cool kids that listens to these things . . . hated it . . . .returned the audiobook . . . got out a proper book . . . and yeah. It was a bit like flat lemonade. Yup. Flat lemonade is probably the best way I can describe Fahrenheit 451 to you. Sorry. Continue reading

Book Review: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

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The Wolf Wilder

4/5 STARS

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Genre: Fiction, Middle-grade, Historical Fiction, Fairy-tale
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Published: September 2015
Author: Katherine Rundell
Pages: 319 {Hardcover}

Original review on Goodreads


**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.**

“A real wolf runs in the way a thunderstorm would run if it had legs.”

There’s so much to love about this book, from great quips to loveable characters it’s bound not to disappoint! Continue reading

Book review: Wishing Cross Station by February Grace

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Wishing Cross Station

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4/5 STARS

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The beautiful cover of Wishing Cross Station by February Grace

Original review on Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi, Historical Fiction, Romance
Author: February Grace
Publisher: Booktrope
Published: May 2015
Pages: 153 {eBook}


 

**I received a free eBook copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. Thanks also to February Grace for writing such a fun book!**

“Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain he will ever find his way home.”

Overview
Wishing Cross Station is a cheerfully short story about a man who gets caught up in some time travelling shenanigans. I really enjoyed reading it and whilst it was a quick read (coming in at just over 150 pages) I found the atmosphere of the book to be a lot of fun. The characters are quite interesting and it’s a great little period setting that probably makes the book. It is also a tad sad but don’t worry, it’s manageable. I absolutely adore the cover and I really want to the buy the book (I read it as an eBook) so that I can stare at it’s pretty face all day long. *Sigh*. And, of course, this book gets brownie points for being a book about books (sort of) – well, a book is a key element to the time travelling aspect of this novel. Continue reading

Series I’ve Yet to Read!

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Well I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like I’m playing a never ending game of catchy-up when it comes to what I need to read. There are some real whoppers that I’ve yet to delve into and then there are also those books that you buy thinking: Yeah! I’ll read all of these as soon as I get home! And next thing you know, it’s two years later . . .

Perhaps your prioritisation of your reading schedule isn’t as neglected as mine, or maybe it is, but I seem to be constantly making these lists and never actually reading them. You might recall a while back I said I have 140+ books to read – I still do. How? I have no idea, but I’m going to blame the library . . .

So today I thought I’d share with you the 7 sore thumbs on my TBR list that I am absolutely determined to get round to. My university exams finished yesterday *party* so I no-longer have any excuse: summer, we’re taking down this list together. Continue reading

Reaching for Tissues in The Railway Man

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The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

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5/5 STARS

The Railway Man

Genre: Historical Non-Fiction, Memoir, War
Author: Eric Lomax
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 336

Original review on Goodreads

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The Railway Man

“It is strange, looking back now, to think of those boys at school to whom I was never really close. Men born ten years after me could speculate idly about their schoolmates, but that option was closed to me by events in China and Central Europe while I was growing up. I know exactly what happened to each of my contemporaries.

Of the twenty-five of us in our final year at school, only four survived the war.”

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