Hiya, mates! Happy Saturday 😊 ▫▫▫ Earlier this week I received the most unexpected news that I scored an ARC of #findmetheirbones 🙌 ▫ I had been climbing at walls wanting this book baaad after reading #bringmetheirhearts over a year ago. The way it concluded left me completely devo and absolutely needing to find out how Zera was gonna sort everything out.. especially with Lucien (aka Prince dumb-dumb) 😝😁 ▫ Find Me Their Hearts comes out November 5th, 2019! Swipe to see the blurb ➡ ▫ Anyways, I'm starting this baby tonight. Hopefully I'll have a review up soon! ▫ Enjoy your night, guys! Xo ▫▫▫ #ampersandoct19 | CHILLS: CURRENTLY READING #clockworkoctober | VILLAINS POV . . .
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . I love the idea of bookstagram monthly photo challenges, and always want to join in, but have incredibly poor organisational skills and I’m never going to be able to complete one. . BUT, I thought to myself, I could do at least ONE photo, and this month’s #kingtober was something I wanted to do, I’ve been a Constant Reader since I was about 14. . So I picked the 18th #misfits -childcast.....aaaannd then forgot to post it on the 18th 🙈 Anyway, I’m only a day late and it’s still the 18th somewhere in the world, so 🤷🏻♀️🎉 . I got so excited when I read the premise of this one, it sounded like a return to early 80’s SK with telekinetic kids and secret government agencies and let me tell you, I am here for that. . And that’s exactly what it is - it’s a good bit of old school SK updated for the contemporary reader in contemporary times. . It’s got all the hallmarks of an SK read that long time constant readers will be familiar with. There’s a drifter, a group cast of characters, sociopathic minor villains and major villains, links to characters and places from other books, contemporary social commentary through the mouths of everyday people, children as more purely human and more powerful and insightful than the adults. . What’s new is the nod to the kids being more than just a rebellious force in their small, contained world, they’re a global revolutionary force. Loved it. Also loved the dig at a certain tangerine-man. 👍 . I also think he nailed the ending, thematically. The battle between good and evil, a common theme in his work, is less clear, and less concrete, and the question of ‘what happens next’ is up in the air. If ‘great events turn on small hinges’ then we need to think about the idea that even small choices by any individual could mean the difference between good things, or terrible things happening in our world. . Favourite line: ‘Telepathy always sounded great in stories
Unsheltered - Barbara Kingsolver 🏚 •• 2016, Vineland. Willa Knox is a woman braced against an upended world. 1871, Vineland. Thatcher Greenwood is a fervent advocate of Charles Darwin, but those in power have no desire for a new world order. Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic, and are asked to pay a high price for their courage. . •• I wrote a review of this and then lost it (🤯) and I wasn’t emotionally invested in this book to go through all that again. So I’ll just say, it was an easy and fairly enjoyable read, Willa’s sections were relatable, I don’t really know why Thatcher was even in it to be honest. The two narratives carry tenuous links through the theme of populism, but the comparison with the other didn’t make either more profound. Which kind of sums up how I feel about this book - I liked the evocation of Willa’s very relatable daily life, but I didn’t really gain anything from it. Basically, it’s a big “but if you’re going to put in the effort to write an entire book why would you write this” from me. (Although I do appreciate the lovely cover.) . . #bookstagram#booksofinstagram#bookstagrammer#bookreview#bookstagramaustralia#aussiereader#barbarakingsolver#unsheltered#americanliterature#historicalfiction#prettybookcovers
#thepoisongarden by AJ Banner was a book I was really looking forward to. The synopsis promised everything a good thriller has. Elise is a pharmacist who returns home to Chinook Island (fictional) from a brief trip to Seattle to sort out some of her financial affairs. Elise has recently taken over her mother’s herbal business following her death and is expecting to celebrate her one year anniversary with her husband, the local general practitioner upon her return. Arriving early she discovers him in a compromising position with a young house stager. Elise promptly tells her husband to leave. What follows is a twisted tale of relationships and incidents involving Elise, her husband, her ex-husband, and neighbour. There’s allegations galore about one trying to kill the other, one trying to protect the other, one thinking they murdered someone when another person actually did, poisoning, attempts at poisoning, failed poisoning, sleepwalking, lies, deception, stalking, gaslighting and an unexpected pregnancy. At times this book felt like it was moving at a promising pace but it just did not flow for me giving a bit of an ‘all over the place’ feel. I really struggled with it at the end, as much as I wanted to like it. On this occasion, this one was not a book that captivated me as much as frustrated me. This is the first book I have read by the author. I’d like to give another book a go though. Thank you to AJ Banner, Lake Union Publishing and @Netgalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This one’s out on 22 October 2019. Happy weekend all. What do you have planned?
Happy Friday! ⚠ Profanity ahead! ▫▫▫ "Come on you f*cking f**! You're such a little f** p****!" ▫▫▫ That right there is the first line in King! The first book in the #king series by T.M. Frazier. ▫ It was literally one of the first dark contemporary reads I had ever tried. I remember it was an Amazon freebie at the time. The blurb was intriguing and I was curious to see what it was about. ▫ What I ended up with (and was not at all what I was expecting) was a twisted, gut-wrenching, and completely disturbing story. The band of characters are damaged –I'm talking backstories that made me wince, yet the further I delved into the book, the more I loved each one of them. ▫ I've mentioned many a times that I've been converted.. I'm an ebook loving reader now! 😜I've discovered soooo many unbelievable indie authors through ebooks! But the downside to indie books? Getting the paperbacks of them is hella-expensive! So it's always a happy feet moment when I can get them! 💃 ▫▫▫ ❔ ARE YOU A FAN OF DARK READS? ▫▫▫ #ampersandoct19 | ZOMBIE: CAME BACK TO IT #clockworkoctober | FRIGHTFUL FIRST LINES . . .
✨ Book Review ✨ . I feel like I am one of the last people to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz but this week I finally did. I wish I could say I loved this book but I just can't. . The subject matter of the Holocaust is undeniably awful and emotional. It is something that I absolutely confess I do not know enough about. However the writing style of this book was so unemotional I could not connect to the characters at all. It felt flat - all dialogue and no descriptive language and the writing did not develop the characters of Lale and Gita. It felt like an an amateur essay - Lale said this and then he did this. . Unfortunately this was a ⭐⭐ read for me - for the writing not the actual subject matter. It does make me want to read more about this time in our history though. . I'd be interested in other book recommendations that feature Auschwitz or the Holocaust. Any ideas? . . . . . . . . #books#bookish#bookstagram#bookworm#bibiliophile#ninareads#ninareads2019#aussiereader#aussiebooklover#canberragalsreadbooks#bookreviews#ninasbookreviews
This beautiful window display is from @megalongbooks in the Blue Mountains’ town of Leura. This fantastic shop had super-friendly staff that didn’t mind my joining in with their newspaper quiz questions as well as a huge range of books and bookish accessories. The Blue Mountains themselves (of which more to come) are breathtaking - have a flick through these photos 👀 and look at my stories to see the view on my early-morning hike! I was lucky enough to be working here for a couple of days and I cannot wait to go back and explore a little further.
Thank you to @foylesforbooks, @thebookerprizes and more importantly @bernardineevaristowriter for a compelling discussion about #girlwomanother. I cannot possibly imagine the experiences of a woman of colour growing up in the UK, but I cannot wait to read and learn about the stories of these 12 women. #manbookerprize#manbooker2019#bookstagram#aussiereader#aussiereaders
Broken Knight (All Saints High #2) Another awesome read by @authorljshen I am obsessed with her writing. After reading Pretty Reckless, I drove straight into this one and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. • BLURB Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.Sweet. Caring. Charitable. Quiet. Fake. Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language. Who taught her how to laugh. To live. To love. Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero. Gorgeous. Athletic. Rugged. Popular. Liar. This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna. But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore. When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes. Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy. • Ashleigh
The power of a sunrise!! 🌞 I’ve been feeling absolutely frantic all week and have been waking up exhausted so haven’t been going to yoga. This is just what was needed - sitting on a rock at Coogee watching the sun rise. It was so beautiful that I started crying (all those tears must have needed to come out). Happy Friday!!
#bookstagrammademedoit #thenightingale is the first @kristinhannahauthor book I have read. It may have spoiled me for any future books. It was the September read for the #khbc. My previous attempt at reading along in July was a dismal failure. Just putting that out there! The Nightingale is the story of two sisters during the German occupation of France in WWII. Vianne is the eldest, a teacher, devoted wife and mother of a young daughter. Isabelle is the younger, non-conforming sister who has been banned from a number of schools, is perceived as defiant and obstructive. She has been sent to live with Vianne when Vianne’s husband goes off to the front. Isabelle and Vianne have radically different views as to how they will see out the war. Vianne wants to raise her daughter quietly and safely whilst awaiting her husband’s return. Isabelle wants take on the might of their country’s oppressors and decides she will do better (and more) if she is not living with Vianne, especially since a German officer is billeting in Vianne’s home. And so, through growing connections in the underground rebellion she assists allied airman who have been shot down, escape occupied France on foot through the Pyrenees and into Spain? She thus becomes known as The Nightingale. Meanwhile, Vianne remains in France and does her best to protect her daughter. Isabelle and Vianne’s points of view alternate throughout the story at that time, their lives, their loves, their losses. You learn their family history, their relationships with their father, their mother, and each other. It’s a powerful story I did not think I would enjoy so much, upon reflection. There is an overarching narrative fifty years forward in 1995 and the reader does not know the identity of the narrator with certainty until the final chapters. It’s a rare book that makes me emotional let alone shed a few tears but this one actually did. And I am as surprised as anyone about