Thursday, 23 May 2013

Bye for now...:)

Hi guys!

As you know we will be moving into our new house that we have BUILT very shortly, and our internet moved to that house on Wednesday (Yep, I typed this on Wednesday morning but I have scheduled it for Friday! :P) and I won't be able to post for a week or two! :( I shall missss yooouuu allllll <3

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

What's Next? #5

The Disgrace of Kitty Grey
Kitty is living a happy, carefree life as a dairymaid in the countryside. The grand family she is employed by looks after her well, and she loves her trade, caring for the gentle cows and working in the cool, calm dairy. And then, of course, there is Will, the river man who she thinks is very fond of her, and indeed she is of him. Surely he will ask her to marry him soon? Then one day disaster strikes: Will disappears. Kitty is first worried and then furious. She fears that Will has only been leading her on all this time, and has now gone to London to make his fortune, forgetting about her completely. So when Kitty is asked to go to London to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice, the latest novel by the very fashionable Jane Austen, Kitty leaps at the chance to track down Will. But Kitty has no idea how vast London is, and how careful she must be. It is barely a moment before eagle-eyed pickpockets have spotted the country-born-and-bred Kitty and relieved her of her money and belongings. Dauntingly fast, she has lost her only means of returning home and must face the terrifying prospect of stealing in order to survive - and of being named a thief ...
 Grace has one summer to prove she’s good enough
For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high expectations.
When Ford enters Grace into a surf competition—the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scouts—she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything she’s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?

In a dangerous world, everyone needs protection. 
No one suspects that a teenager could protect someone – but Connor Reeves is no ordinary 14 year old. He’s a professional bodyguard trained in surveillance, anti-ambush techniques, hostage survival and unarmed combat. When he’s summoned to protect the President’s daughter, his protection skills face the ultimate test.
Alicia doesn’t want to be guarded. She just wants to have fun. With no clue that Connor is her bodyguard, she tries to escape the Secret Service and lead him astray. But unknown to her and Connor, a terrorist sleeper cell has been activated. 
Its mission: to take the President’s daughter HOSTAGE.
Accidental Time Traveller
 Saul is on his way to the corner shop on a seemingly ordinary day, when a girl appears suddenly in the middle of the road. She does not understand traffic or the things she sees in shops, and she’s wearing a long dress with ruffled sleeves. Her name is Agatha Black.
Agatha Black is from 1813, and Saul needs to find a way to get her back to her time. With help from his buddies Will and Robbie, he tries to figure out how to make time travel happen.
This face-paced, time-traveling adventure from Janis Mackay (author of the Magnus Fin books) is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action. 
The Host
 Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. 
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading "soul" who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOSTis a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

These all look AMAZING...but which one should I read next? 

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #15

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am very eagerly anticipating...

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publication: December 10 2013
These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

How beautiful is this cover? Seriously, just take a good ten minutes to stare at that cover. It's sooo beautiful, I NEED it on my bookshelf! The story itself also sounds pretty good! I've been wanting to read more sci-fi books! :D

What are you waiting on this week?
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Monday, 20 May 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #4 - Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read

1.  Magic Under Glass - Jaclyn Dolamore
Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

2. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

3. Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

4. Fever - Dee Shulman
Fever (Parallon Trilogy, #1)

5.  Cherry Crush - Cathy Cassidy
Cherry Crush (The Chocolate Box Girls, #1)

6. Ginger Snaps - Cathy Cassidy
Ginger Snaps

7.  Across the Universe -  Beth Revis
Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

8. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

9. Life After Theft
Life After Theft

10. Matched - Ally Condie
Matched (Matched, #1)

These are my favourite covers of the books I have read! What are yours? :D
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Review - The Boyfriend List - E.Lockhart

The Boyfriend ListTitle: The Boyfriend List
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Young adult, Contemporary
Publication: March 22nd 2005
Pages: 229 pages, Paperback
Source: Library book
15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver.
Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break—she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:
* lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)* lost her best friend (Kim)* lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)* did something suspicious with a boy (#10)* did something advanced with a boy (#15)* had an argument with a boy (#14)* drank her first beer (someone handed it to her)* got caught by her mom (ag!)* had a panic attack (scary)* lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie)* failed a math test (she'll make it up)* hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends)* became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)* and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!).
But don't worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.
"Before anyone reading this thinks to call me a slut or even just imagines I'm incredibly popular - let me point out that this list includes absolutely every single boy I have ever had the slightest little any-kind-of-anything with." 

When a book has that as a first sentence, you know you're in for a good read.

The Boyfriend List is a hilarious, yet honest novel, about growing up and the consequences that comes with it.  It is a fantastic young adult contemporary that shouldn't be missed. When I first started reading The Boyfriend List I was expecting a shallow contemporary novel with no depth, but I was pleasantly surprised. Lockhart writes a novel that teenage girls can relate to and they will find the situations Ruby goes through similar to situations they have experienced.

The Boyfriend List is about Ruby Oliver, a fifteen year old girl who resides in Seattle, Washington. In the past 10 days she has lost her boyfriend, her friends and become the famous slut of the school. And then she has her first panic attack. Told in Ruby's voice and through conversations with her therapist, Dr Z, Ruby tells about how she has gone from being semi-popular to a complete and utter social outcast. As you read about Ruby's downward spiral to being unpopular, you will cringe, laugh and cry with her through it all.

You know what made me pick up this book? Is that Ruby has panic attacks. I am a sufferer of anxiety and panic attacks, and there aren't many books on the Young Adult market where the character suffers from anxiety. So reading her experience and her developing this anxiety, it made me relate to her and I love that about a book! When you can empathize with a character.

I found Ruby a very likeable character. She is hilarious practically throughout the entire book and I love how she has a unique voice that shines through. Even when she was going through a pretty tough time, she dealt with the situation in a humorous way. Ruby also definitely matured throughout the book. In the beginning she did some pretty stupid things but she learnt lessons from those embarrassing situations that helped her in the future to become a more mature person. 

Ruby's parents...those two.They frustrated me, as they were so over-protective and were constantly meddling in her life, and panicking, when Ruby first had a panic attack in front of them they started firing questions at her as if they were a verbal machine gun. I was just reading it and shaking my head, thanking the heavens that my parents weren't so clingy. However, I did get quite a laugh out of some of their sayings.

" 'Don't mind Roo,' mom was saying. 'Her boyfriend dropped her and she's been mopey ever since its happened. Full on anxiety.' 

'It's not about you,' my dad added. 'She's working through a lot of pain and forgiveness issues.'

'And expressing a little adolescent rage,' my mom said. 'Kevin, I think we should actually be pleased to see Ruby expressing her anger openly. Don't you think that shows progress? She turns everything in on herself, John. She doesn't talk freely about her emotions. But she's seeing a therapist and we're hoping that will help.'

'Uh huh,' Hutch (John) mumbled.
'Maybe that's normal for people your age,' my mom went on. 'What do you think?'

At that point, I went  into the bathroom, took a long hot shower and tried to pretend none of them existed." - page 116

Ruby's friends were such stuck-up, back-stabbing, little..toads! Especially Kim. There's a part in the book where Jackson breaks up with Ruby because him and Ruby's best friend, Kim, have feelings for each other that they can't ignore or put aside and they claim they each others' soul mates. So Kim, Ruby's supposed best friend, starts going out with Jackson as soon as he breaks up with Ruby, and then they are caught doing something unmentionable! And if they were real I would've given them a piece of my mind, as its just wrong.

I love the way E.Lockhart writes, she writes in such an easy-going, comfortable manner and her writing is hilarious and addictive!

The Boyfriend List is a humorous contemporary novel that deals with situations in a light manner. With laugh-out-loud moments, addictive writing and a witty, comical main character that matures through the story, The Boyfriend List is a book that will have you laughing, cringing and crying at every moment. If you're a contemporary lover, The Boyfriend List would be perfect for you!

I give it: 4/5 CUPCAKES!

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Stacking the Shelves #46

This week I mainly bought non-fiction books! I want to be an astronomer when I'm older and so I bought some really great looking astronomy books that I want to try and read soon! :)

*Click on the book covers to go to the Goodreads page* :D
Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life Beyond Our Solar SystemThe 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of RealityWhat Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday QuestionsThe Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information


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Friday, 17 May 2013

Discussion Post: How to create a Book Nook

Hey guys! HAPPY FRIDAY! I hope you guys are well! As some of you may know, for the last five months my parents have been building a house and we should be moving in NEXT WEEK, and I will be getting a new piano which I cannot wait to play!

Today, I thought I would do a post on book nooks, as well as ask a few questions about your preferred reading space!

At the moment, we've been living in a tiny cottage and almost all my books, save a few, are in storage. I have missed having a bookshelf where I can see all my books on display and see which books I should read next.

Lately I've been on Pinterest, looking at beautiful bookshelves/reading nooks and I was inspired to write a post on how you could maybe create your own book nook and discuss where you like to read etc. Below are some pictures of Book Nooks, and I have included some information on how you can personalise and make your book nook just the way you want it! :)

How to make a Book Nook

1. Find a space in your house, where you would love to read. Maybe next to a window, where you can look outside while you read. Maybe it's just a chair in the living area. Maybe in your room somewhere. Maybe even in a shed outside, or in a hammock. Look around your house and see where you would like your reading space to be! Because a Book Nook must reflect your style and tastes.

2. In the summer, will it get sunlight but not get too hot? In the winter will it be warm and snug and not have you shivering? Think of the weather conditions/temperatures in your Book Nook.

3. Possibly have a little table next to your book nook, if your book nook is a bed or chair etc, where you can place a cup of coffee/tea, snacks, maybe a notebook to jot down your thoughts on the book, and possibly even a couple of books stacked on the table that you will want to read next.

4. If you have a biggish built-in closet, you can create a Book Nook in there, I will attach some pictures below for you to see!

5. If you have a small room, like I do, then instead of placing a chair in your room or such, you can place pillows on the floor and blankets, and maybe attach a little shelf to the wall to hold a few books.

6.  Proper lighting/natural lighting. If your Book Nook doesn't get a lot of sunlight, then make sure you have a little lamp for you to read by, as you don't want to damage your eyes reading in a poorly lit room! If your Book Nook has natural light, that's great! But you might also need a lamp there, when it's dark and you want to read.

7.  If you like listening to music while you read, maybe take your music device with, be it your phone or a small radio to listen to music, softly, while you read.

8.  Maybe think of a theme for your Book Nook? Maybe pastel colours, or bold colours, maybe print pictures of your favourite book covers and stick them on the walls, so that when you occasionally look up from your book you can see a stunning cover in front of you!

9.  A lot of book bloggers have a reading/blogging schedule, if you have a calendar or a bulletin board that you could place in your Book Nook to see what books are being released this month and what books you need to try and read.

10.  If you live in a warmish, sunnyish place, maybe have an outdoor Book Nook. Maybe a hammock with pillows in your favourite colours! It all depends on your personal style and taste.

Pictures of my favourite Book Nooks

Book Nook no.1: A sunny window seat, and a built in reading place at the wall. I would love to sit by the window and read the whole day, all that's missing in this room is a bookshelf.

Book Nook no.2: I love, love, LOVE, how they have  used this space, imagine just being able to climb in that area, choose a book and sit down and read. I would LOVE a space like this in my house one day, I would just use different colours! :)

Book Nook no.3: Although I'm not too keen on the interior of this room, I once again love the window seat, and I think the white inbuilt shelf/storage space would be a great place to put books.

Book Nook no.4: This, is epic. Imagine placing this in your garden and swinging on it while reading, and being shielded from the sun's glare. I seriously need this.  

Book Nook no.5: I absolutely would love to have a garden like this, and a hammock and pillows like that! I love how the pink goes so well with the green, and also, it looks like the perfect place to read!

Book Nook no.6: Whenever I look at this picture, it reminds me of the olden day reading spaces you read about in books! I love how warm and cosy it looks and how it looks like it's a reading room that dates way back.

Book Nook no.7: You should all know by now that my favourite colour is pink, and maybe that's why I love this room! I love the pink fabric covering the windows, I love the couch (it looks so comfortable!) and I love how there is a bookshelf right behind the couch, and a little desk next to the couch to place a book or snacks!
Which Book Nook is your favourite?


Do you have a Book Nook? If so I would love you to comment and tell me about it! 

*None of these pictures are my own and I do not know their sources as I found them on Pinterest and some didn't have a website. If the pictures belong to you, let me know and I will put the source :)*
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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #14

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publication: September 10th 2013
The Chaos of Stars
Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.
Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.
Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.
The Chaos of Stars looks AMAZING! Not only does it have a gorgeous cover but it looks fantastic too!  I absolutely love books to do with Egyptian mythology! :D 
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Saturday, 11 May 2013

World Book Day Author Interview: Patrick Ness

Hi guys!

Everybody knows how much I loved the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness and for World Book Day, I was extremely privileged to be able to interview him! Enjoy the interview! :)

Image of Patrick Ness
1. How did you get the idea for the Chaos Walking trilogy and how long did it take you to write each of the books?
Just concerns I had about the world already being pretty noisy, with the internet and social networking and stuff; I thought what if you couldn't get away.  And about year for each book. 

2. Did you celebrate when you found out that The Knife of Never Letting Go was being published and if so, how?

Well, it was my third published book, so I really celebrated when the first was published, but mainly just quietly with friends.  That's my style. 


3. When I read The Knife of Never Letting Go, it broke my heart to see that you killed *spoiler*Manchee, *spoiler* I'm not sure if I can forgive you for that :P. Why did you kill him?

It's how he would have wanted to go.  As a hero. 

4. What genre of books do you generally read and what are you currently reading?

I read all kinds of books, and that's I think the most important part of reading.  Never be a snob, who knows what an unexpected book might offer.  I'm currently reading The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. 

5. Are you busy planning/writing any other books at the moment?

Yep, I have a brand new YA novel called More Than This out in September!  A different sort of thing, hope everyone likes it. 

Hope you enjoyed it! If you haven't yet read his need to!
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Stacking the Shelves #45

Sorry for the lack of posts my blog, I haven't had much time to blog lately and I apologize for that!
Here are the books I've received the last two weeks! :)

For Review:
Hostage (Bodyguard, #1)God "Hearts" Me New Life Bible for GirlsGod "Hearts" Me: A Bible Promise Book for GirlsGod "Hearts" Me: A Devotional Journal for GirlsThe 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)BZRK Reloaded (BZRK, #2)New Lands (The Chronicles of Egg, #2)

Thank you to Penguin South Africa for sending me these lovely titles, I can not wait to read them! :)

Spellcaster (Spellcaster, #1)Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)
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