Stepping Back in Time in The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

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4.5/5 stars

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Genre: Historical Fiction, War
Author: Kristy Cambron
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 329 {paperback}

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Initial Thoughts

Such a beautiful and heart wrenching story of a talented violinist who ends up in Auschwitz. I loved the way the story of the painting was slowly unravelled between the stories of Adele, the violinist and muse, and Sera, an art collector from the present day who has a personal interest in the missing portrait. I had no idea about the art work that was created by the inmates and I definitely want to read more of Cambron’s work now. Continue reading

The Emoji Book Tag!

This is an awesome idea for a book tag and I’m so excited to be doing it. Firstly, thank you Beth @ Reading Every Night for tagging me!! I’m not sure who originally created this – I think it might’ve been a combination of different people, who knows!

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In any case, the idea is to pick 5 emojis and pick one book that is represented by each. Sounds fun, right? Continue reading

February Book Haul!

February is just about over which means it’s time for my February book haul! I love how I say that as if it’s an expectation that I will only do one haul a month – I WILL TRY. But let’s face it, I probably could do with doing at least two. I do not have a book buying problem. NOPE.

I believe I have been very good this month – at the start of the year I put in place a Kirstie-We-Need-To-Get-A-Grip book buying schedule. It’s very complicated as it involves writing the books I want to buy down and then going AKLJDFHF on the Book Depository for several days straight until I narrow it down to the four books I’m allowed to buy, *shoots daggers at past self*. But my wallet is rejoicing, so yay for my wallet!

A couple of things to note: I mostly focussed on buying books to continue series I’ve already started and a couple of strays here and there. I’m also going to show you the e-ARCs I’ve got from NetGalley (courtesy of my DO-NOT-REQUEST-ANYTHING-ELSE-FROM-NETGALLEY agenda, #EpicFail), what e-books I purchased AND what I’ve stollen borrowed from friends.

But enough fiff-faffing, I’ve got quite a lot of books to show you so LET’S. DO IT. Continue reading

The YA Chronicles Unboxing: February 2016

Each month I get so unbelievably excited for this subscription box to arrive – it’s almost cruel doing this to myself and sitting around rocking back and forth by mid-month anticipating it. There’s always amazing things within and the books selection is on point!

For those of you that don’t know what The YA Chronicles is – it’s a bookish subscription box that is based in Australia and contains one Young Adult new release with 2-5 related nicknacks. They also ‘stamp’ each book in the boxes with an imprint stamp, so if you open the first page you can see the indent of their logo. Which is very cool. The box for each month is themed as well, obviously for the added entertainment of torturing yourself trying to guess what’ll be in the box each time. Continue reading

Swishing Swords in The Sage, The Swordsman, and the Scholars

The Sage, the Swordsman and the Scholars: Book I of Trials of the Middle Kingdom by Pierre Dimaculangan

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4/5 STARS

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Author: Pierre Dimaculangan
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
Pages: 238 {paperback}

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I received a copy of this book from Pierre in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! Continue reading

Exploring My Bookshelves: Don’t Drop It!

It’s Friday!! Yay! The end of the week is just so wonderful, isn’t it? It also means it’s time for another Exploring My Bookshelves, co-hosted by Shannon @ For the Love of Words and Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds. The aim of this meme to explore other people’s bookshelves and see all the beautiful books that they’re hoarding. Each week they give us a new theme to feature one book on our bookshelves with and this week’s theme is:

A Book You Don’t Want to Read for Risk of Damaging It

I actually found this a little tricky to think of a book for this because I don’t own many ‘precious’ books that I’m terrified to touch. Almost every book I read I’m careful not to damage – and when I spill something on a book or break its spine I have nightmares for days. But for the most part I’m pretty careful with my books. HOWEVER. I do have one book that is probably the most beautiful thing you’re going to see this week that I NEVER it read outside of the house – in fact I’d quite like to invest in one of those little metal sticks to turn the page with for it. Continue reading