July Book Haul.

 

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I was meant to be on a book buying ban this month. That lasted like three days? I only bought five books but they did cost me a lot of money… Well not a lot but more than I usually pay for books in a month. But I did get a pretty good deal. I’ll talk about that later though. 1

So the first book I got was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’d seen this on Booktube I think and thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I think this is about siblings, a brother and sister, competing for the throne? I’m not 100% sure so don’t quote me on that.

This would totally have been a cover buy for me had I not had the opportunity to review it because this cover is gorgeous.

I think I’ve read two books by Charbonneau. So I’m looking forward to reading this.

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The second book I received to review was from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I didn’t realize this was a sequel until it arrived so I won’t be reading it until I have a copy of the first book. Which I haven’t gotten around to buying yet.

I haven’t really read much about this because it is a sequel but I know it’s about mermaids, or a mermaid.. Whatever. I’ll figure it out when I get a copy of Lorelei.

This is another book with a gorgeous cover. And it’s even better in person because the gold scales are holo I think.

The next five books I bought for myself. I went into a local second-hand bookstore and these were sitting on the counter. Apparently they were an unwanted gift and the guy3 took them into the store. I already had the paperback editions of the A Song of Ice and Fire series but I couldn’t just leave them.

So I started talking to the woman in the store about the books and she took $10 off for me and then I was like “okay I’ll take them.” Now I have to sell my other editions.

I have read the series up to A Dance with Dragons twice and I’ve read A Game of Thrones three times. I still want to re-read A Dance with Dragons before the next book comes out. If it ever comes out. So obviously there’s no rush for that re-read.

The next book I got was a surprise from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I’d read 4the synopsis of this but didn’t request it. I do plan on reading this for ARC August though.

So from what I remember of the synopsis a woman is at home making dinner and the next thing she knows she’s waking up in the hospital… The police are saying she was up to no good. Her best friend doesn’t know what to think. Her husband is on her side. But she’s not sure who to believe. I think it sounds pretty good and I’m looking forward to reading it.

I don’t know when I’ll get to it though because I’m in another reading slump at the moment so yay me. I’m reading The Crown’s Game to try to get out of it. 5

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of City of Circles to review. This is another book I have on my ARC August TBR.

I think this follows a girl who lost her parents and is trying to find out what happened to them. And something about a circus. But I’m not really sure what.

Fans of Erin Morgenstern will apparently like this. I haven’t read her books though so I’m not sure what to expect. Which I think is good because it won’t let me down.

Okay so this isn’t the kind of book I usually read but it said fans of Jojo Moyes will enjoy 6this and even though I’ve only read two books by her I did enjoy them.

I’m just going to admit that since I read the synopsis a couple of months ago I cannot remember what this is about. But I am looking forward to reading it. It’ll give me a break from the books I usually read, which is always a good thing for me.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading this though. My TBR is a little crazy this month but I’ll hoping that I can get to it soon. There was also something mentioned about keeping the secret once you’ve read the book. Which seems really interesting… 7

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me a copy of Sparrow to review. This was a complete surprise as I didn’t request it. But because it’s by an Australian author I think I’ll give it a chance. One day.

I don’t remember what this is about either. Obviously it has something to do with alligators or crocodiles… I guess I’ll find out whenever I pick it up. I think my mother plans to read it as well. I’m not really sure why… But whatever. I don’t care if she wants to read it first. She probably will get to it before I do.

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of The Taste of Blue Light to review. This isn’t 8out til next month but I do have it on my ARC August TBR. I’ll probably read this at the end of August though.

I think this is about a girl who wakes up from a coma and her dreams, or nightmares, are all in red. I don’t know what that has to do with blue light but I’m sure it’ll make sense when I read the book.

I thought this sounded really interesting when I read the synopsis so I’m looking forward to reading this as well. There’s a note at the start of the book that made it sound really good too but I can’t remember who wrote it.

I can’t remember who sent me a copy of Slave Power. I think it actually came from the author but that’s not who I requested it from…. 9

I did read the synopsis of this but it was so long ago that I don’t remember what the book is about. I know it’s the first in a new series and that it’s meant to have a strong female lead. But that’s all I can remember.

Oh, it’s also by a New Zealand author which is a big reason behind me wanting to read it. I love supporting local authors. I’ve never heard of Raewyn Dawson until I was sent an email about the book.

Anyway, this is on my August TBR, which I will be sharing this weekend.

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of And Fire Came Down to review. This is 10the sequel to Resurrection Bay which I read and reviewed a couple of months ago. If you want to read that review you can check it out here.

I really enjoyed Resurrection Bay so I’m excited to read And Fire Came Down. I think Caleb, the main character, is investigating the death of a woman when it leads him back to his hometown again.

I have And Fire Came Down on my August TBR and am hoping to read it soon. But I also have a couple of other books to read first. 11

I received some surprise book mail from Bloomsbury Australia in July. These two were completely unexpected but definitely welcome.

I don’t know when I’ll get to these, hopefully soon, but I have another book from Bloomsbury Australia on my TBR for August. If I can fit one in I’ll definitely will but I’m not sure I will.

I can’t remember what either of these are about but I did like the sound of them when I first read the synopsis.

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of Tell It to the Moon to review. This is the sequel 12to The Moonlight Dreamers. Which I read recently. I’m not going to talk about Tell It to the Moon because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil things for anyone who hasn’t read The Moonlight Dreamers yet.

But The Moonlight Dreamers was so good. It was about four girls, all completely different and from different backgrounds, that come together and not only become friends but better people as well.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ll be holding a giveaway for both books when I post my review of Tell It to the Moon (sometime in August). So if you live in New Zealand or Australia then keep an eye out for that. The books will be sent from Walker Books Australia. 13

The next two books are both from Hachette New Zealand. Friend Request is a mystery/thriller (I don’t know which).

A woman gets a friend request on Facebook from someone she knew in high school. But this friend has book missing for years and people assume she’s dead. So, who’s sent the request? And is this Maria actually dead?

I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy so I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going on in this book. I do like thrillers so I couldn’t resist requesting this.

I Am Traitor is about an alien invasion and one girl thinks she’s found a way to save 14humanity (I think) but it means trusting the enemy. I’m pretty sure I got that right. But again, don’t quote me on it.

I love alien invasion books. Not that I’ve read a lot of them but out of the ones I have read I enjoyed them.

I can’t wait to see what this alien invasion is about and what exactly is going on. I think this is set in London if I remember correctly. But my memory is shit so I doubt it. I think this is also out in September so I won’t be reading it this month. Unless I can fit it in right at the end. 15

So a couple of months ago I was contacted through my blog about reviewing this book. I don’t normally say yes because it’s always an e-book and I can’t read digital books. But they offered to send me a physical copy of the book.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold has adventure, pirates, stolen gold, criminals, ship wrecks and some curses.

I’d never heard of this before I read the email but I am always happy to help out indie authors if I can. This is the first book in a series and is also on my August TBR.

So the last two books I received in July were sent to me from Hardie Grant Australia to review. I totally forgot to take a photo of these so I’ll have to just link to their Goodreads pages.

The first book was I Have No Secrets and I thought this sounded really good. This is on my ARC August TBR so I’ll be reading this soon. The second book was In the Dark Spaces which also sounded really good. I’m hoping to get to this soon too.

So that’s my July book haul. How many books did you get last month?

– Aimee.

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Tag: Intimidating TBR Book Tag.

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I was going to do my Top Ten Tuesday today but I don’t visit any non bookish sites daily other than Outlook and Twitter so I decided to do this tag instead. I’m not sure how far I’ll get.

What book have you been unable to finish?
The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories by Susan Hill. I was sent a copy of this to review from Allen and Unwin New Zealand last year and I think I managed to read three stories and couldn’t get past the fourth. It was putting me into a really bad mood and I could feel a reading slump coming on.
I did feel bad not being able to finish a review book but it was just so badly written in my opinion. The story I gave up on was in two perspectives and there was no clue whose point of view you were in from chapter to chapter. I did want to try again one day but I don’t know if I will.

What book have you yet to read because…

…you just haven’t had the time?
Um, so many.. I’ve had books sitting on my shelves for years unread. But to narrow it down a little I’m going to say the classics I’ve got in the last year. I’ve wanted to be able to just focus on them but I’ve had too many review books and not enough time. Hopefully one day.

…it’s a sequel?
I can think of two off the top of my head. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and A Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray. I was so excited to get these books and I just haven’t read them.

…it’s brand new?
None. The latest book I got was The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan and I picked it up as soon as I’d finished Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Normally it would go to the bottom of my review pile but because it’s Riordan and I love the Percy Jackson world I couldn’t wait that long to read it.

…you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
I’m going with Rick Riordan again here. I loved all of his books that I’ve read… Except The Kane Chronicles. Those three books took me so long to read and in the end I didn’t even think they were worth me forcing myself to finish them. I’m not sure if it was because I’m not really into Egyptian gods or if I didn’t like the characters.  But these books weren’t for me.

…you’re just not in the mood for it?
Right now I’m not in the mood for a cheesy romance so I’ve been putting off Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I read Anna and the French Kiss last year and surprisingly really liked it but it was kind of cheesy in places and I just haven’t been in the mood for that kind of drama.

…it’s humongous?
After reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin a few years ago I don’t think anything is as big as that on my TBR. I have been put of by a book’s size recently but I’ve already finished it so I can’t count it here anymore. A Dance with Dragons was 1117 pages, The City by Stella Gemmell (which I read last week) was 550+ and I’d just finished A Feast for Crows which was 700+ pages. I think going from one fantasy to another is what was putting me off.

…because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
The last cover buy I got was The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I don’t know if it has poor reviews or not but I still haven’t read it. I have talked to someone who struggled a bit with it which may have put me off a little.

What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
I think this will have to be Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I got this for my birthday in January. I really want to read it but I don’t know. I just haven’t picked it up. I need the time and to be in the right mood for it I think.

That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Especially since I did it all off the top of my head.

– Aimee.

2016 Reading Challenge – April Update.

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I didn’t update my PopSugar Reading Challenge last month because I didn’t read any books that would fit into it. But this month I managed to cross four off the list.

9. A book translated to English – Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama.

10. A book that’s more than 600 pages – A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.

11. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (illustrated edition).

12. The first book you see in a bookstore – Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstorm (I forgot to add this in an earlier update so had to add it here).

So I’ve managed to cross twelve books off this challenge so far. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do any this month, so far the books I have planned don’t fit into any category.

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I thought I’d share my Goodreads reading challenge too. I’m a little surprised by how many books I’ve read in the last four months but a lot of them were really fast reads. Which is probably why I’m behind on most of the TV shows I watch.

How are your reading challenges going?

– Aimee.

 

 

WWW Wednesday [May 4th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – Stella-Gemmell-The-City-chapter-1
I started this over the weekend and by Sunday night had only read 88 pages. That’s completely rubbish for me. But I think because I’d just finished A Feast for Crows which was 700+ pages and this is over 500 pages and another fantasy. I don’t normally read big fantasy books back to back but oh well.

I’m a little past halfway now and it’s taken me this long to get used to the writing. It’s not bad but sometimes chapters will start off with random stories that I didn’t think had anything to do with the story that’s happening but it would turn out that it would have a connection in the end. It just takes a while to figure it out.

I hope to finish this by the weekend but I’m not sure if I will. I still have 200+ pages to go.

I’m also reading Cress. This is the first book I picked for the Neverland Book Bingo I’m 13206828participating in this month. Although I think it was extended into June..

I’ve read Cress once before but I decided to re-read the first three books in the series before I read Winter. I think I read Cress too fast last time and forgot a few things.

I’m almost halfway and really enjoying this. Some things are coming back to me as I read but I’m just enjoying re-reading the book and giving Cress a second chance as a character. I don’t think I liked her the first time I read the book but I wanted to give her a second chance because so many people like her and I feel like I must have missed something. I’m also not rushing it. I like reading two books at the same time because it makes me slow down and not miss things.

Recently Finished – the-one-in-a-million-boy-by-monica-wood
I think I finished this on Friday last week. I wasn’t really sure if I would like this or not, it’s not the kind of thing I usually read but I really did enjoy it.

It did take me about 100 pages to realise that the boy in the book was never mentioned by name. It was always “the boy.” I don’t know why it took me so long to figure it out but I had to flip back through to make sure. Maybe because there was something else happening that I wasn’t really focusing on him as much because he wasn’t there. Who knows.

I’ll be doing a full review on this soon. I haven’t actually written anything yet. I’ve been so lazy this week.

I have finally finished A Feast for Crows. I didn’t struggle with this as much as I did the 710P11Qhs7Lfirst time I read it. I think because I knew that my favourite characters weren’t in it and I knew there were all these new perspectives.

I did enjoy Jaime, Brienne and Sansa’s chapters. I really don’t like the Ironborn and Cersei.

There is one week left of the Read Game of Thrones read a long and I plan to read 150 pages on A Dance with Dragons but won’t be including it on here because I don’t plan on finishing the book until the next read a long.

I won’t be reviewing these books on my blog. They are way too big and I wouldn’t even know where to start. But I will say that I love the books and wish George would hurry the hell up and finish The Winds of Winter already.

Reading Next – ChaV0gkUcAAFhK4
I said earlier in this post and my April Wrap Up and May TBR post that I’m participating in the Neverland Book Bingo so I don’t know what I’ll be reading next.

I’ll be picking a book out of my Superman/Supergirl (I can never decide which because I love them both) mug after I’ve finished Cress.

There are 25 books on my board all from my TBR and I think I added three (including Cress) that I really wanted to read.

It’ll be a surprise for next week so find out what I get out of my mug 😉

What have you been reading lately?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (May 3rd): Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh.

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I’ve been really slack with my Top Ten Tuesday posts lately. I meant to do this one a couple of weeks ago and missed it. So I decided to do it today because I’m not really into today’s theme.

imrs1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – 

I don’t know how many times I’ve read these books but they still make me laugh. The Weasley twins are hilarious, Ron even has his moments.

I recently read the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and even that had me laughing a few times.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan – 

picmonkey-collage2The sass in these books! I love Percy and Leo, they’re both hilarious. I have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians twice and Heroes of Olympus once.

I’m looking forward to reading The Sword of Summer and The Trials of Apollo. I don’t want to get my expectations up because I didn’t really like The Kane Chronicles but I think that they’re up already. Especially because Apollo will be going to Camp Half-Blood!!

Even the books Rick wrote in Percy’s perspective about the Greek Gods and Heroes are hilarious, if a little disturbing in places.

985870_Fotor_Collage_Fotor3. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin – 

Okay so these books have a lot of blood and death but they are also funny in places. I don’t know a lot of people who enjoy the books as much as I do but there are some on my Instagram that I talk to.

My favourite character that always makes me laugh is Tyrion. He’s always so sarcastic and uses his wit instead of his fists. It doesn’t always work out for him but he’s always funny when he insults people.

Jaime also has some funny parts. Especially from the third book on. He changed a lot in the books and I hated him at the start but now he’s grown on me.

81N-m6WpExL4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 

Okay so TFIOS isn’t funny all the time but it did make me laugh even while I was crying.When Issac was doing his eulogy for Augustus (I think I’m far past spoiling this book for anyone but my bad if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie) was really sad but hilarious.

Then there was the part where Hazel, Augustus and Issac egg his ex-girlfriends car. That was funny because Issac couldn’t see and Augustus was trying to help him aim.

I think I’ve read TFIOS three times now and it still makes me laugh and cry. I haven’t read all of John’s books but this is definitely my favourite.

Apparently I don’t read many funny books. The only others I can think of is The Mortal Instruments and that’s only Jace that’s funny for me so I can’t really count it because even though he did make me laugh he’s kind of depressing and frustrating most of the time.

These are the only ones I could come up with. I did Google funny YA books but the ones that came up I either haven’t read or didn’t find funny. Like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl came up a lot and that book was just a waste of time. I regret ever reading that and don’t understand how it was published.

So I’m giving up after only finding four funny books/series to share. Even though every one of these books is filled with death, suffering and blood they are funny too.

What are some funny books you’ve read?

– Aimee.

April Wrap Up & March TBR.

 

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I read 16 books in April. Although I only read the last 50 pages of Six Four so it doesn’t really count.

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Six Four by Hideo YokoYama – ★★★★
Dreaming the Enemy by David Metzenthen – ★★★
Storm Siren by Mary Weber – ★★★★★
Beloved Poison by E.S. Thomson – ★★★★
MARTians by Blythe Woolston – ★★
Book of Lies by Teri Terry – ★★★★
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar – ★★★★
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub – ★★★★
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★
Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford – ★★★
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay – ★★★★★
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – ★★★★
Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino – ★★★
This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang – ★★
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★
The One in a Million Boys by Monica Wood – ★★★★

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This month I’m taking part in the Neverland Book Bingo held by Nicole on her Instagram. If you’re interested I’ll link to her account here. You have until the 5th May to post your board on Instagram if you want to participate. There’s also a giveaway.

I have 25 books on my board. So far I have picked Cress by Marissa Meyer (a re-read) from my Superman/Supergirl mug. I’ll be starting that today.

I guess the other books I read will be a surprise for my wrap up at the end of this month.

What will you be reading in May?

Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [April 27th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – 710P11Qhs7L
I’m still reading A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin for the Read Game of Thrones read-a-long on Instagram and Goodreads. There’s only a week and a half left and I think I’ll have finished this by the end of the week. I don’t think I’ll be starting A Dance with Dragons because I won’t be able to finish it by the end of the read-a-long. I think I might save that for the next one.

I’m really enjoying re-reading these books. They got me even more excited for this season of Game of Thrones. I enjoyed the first episode and am looking forward for the rest of the season. Especially Jon Snow because I am not giving up hope on him until they burn his body, which they should have done right after he died. So there’s definitely something going on. the-one-in-a-million-boy-by-monica-wood

I started The One-in-a-Million Boy this morning. I’m not that far into it but I like what I’ve read.

This is about a father who starts to visit Ona, an elderly lady that his son had been visiting and helping. Now he’s going to finish what his son started.

I received a copy of this to review from Hachette New Zealand. I don’t know much more about it but have heard good things. And have been warned to have tissues ready while I read it.

Recently Finished –  24039424
I finished This is Where the World Ends yesterday. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. One of the main characters, Janie, really annoyed me. I’ll go into that more in my review though.

This book follows Janie and Micah one before the bonfire and one after. I’m not sure their friendship was good for Micah at all.

I received a copy of this from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I haven’t figured out my thoughts on this and am not sure if my rating on Goodreads will stay the same. I’ll hopefully be posting my review soon thought. isbn9781409150862-detail

I read Under Italian Skies over the weekend and enjoyed it. I’ve wanted to travel to Italy for so long and this just made me want to go even more.

I received a copy of Under Italian Skies to review from Hachette New Zealand.

It reminded me a little of The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet but not a lot. I think it was just the house swap part.

There were a few colourful characters in this and they made me laugh a few times. I’ll be posting my full review soon.51BnBUYXmBL._SX423_BO1,204,203,200_

I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for a group on Goodreads. I didn’t think I was going to fit it in because I have so many review books and I was doing the read-a-long too. But I did.

I loved this edition of The Philosopher’s Stone. The illustrations are beautiful and I still love re-reading this series.

I’m not sure if I’ll be doing a review on this yet. I can’t review the story because I’ve read it so many times and am biased now but I think if I did review this it would be my thoughts on this edition and I’d share some of my favourite illustrations.

Let me know if that would be something you’d be interested in reading.

Reading Next – Stella-Gemmell-The-City-chapter-1
I got this from the library last week. I was sent the sequel from Penguin Random House to review but I’d never read the first book. Luckily the library had a copy.

I did read the synopsis when I ordered the book from the library but that was at the start of April and now I cannot remember what it’s about.

Hopefully I’ll like it.

Have you read any really good books lately?

– Aimee.