All posts tagged: books

Top books that have been on my TBR since 2012.

This is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more info here! This week I have some exciting news! Believe it or not, there are barely any books that I have sitting constantly on my TBR pile since I first joined the book community! Can you believe it?! My TBR has changed drastically since I first started online. I cut my Goodreads TBR from almost 300 down to just over 30 in the past 2 years. I love not being overwhelmed by the books I want to read. Of course I want to read more than 30 books in my life time, but for the meanwhile I’d like so only focus on a set few. So today I’m here to share a few stand outs that have made the cut (but I haven’t picked up…) since 2012! Enjoy! Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling This book (along with Bossypants by Tina Fey and Yes Please by Amy Poehler) is one of the comedic …

Weekend Reads #10

So I just had a good old scroll back through my blog and realised I haven’t posted a weekend reads since February. February. That’s over 6 months ago. Jesus Christ 2016 is going quickly! But since I’m off work this weekend and I’m expecting to have a pretty relaxing time, I thought I might share with you a few of the books I could possibly be reading over the next few days. But who knows, I could just end up binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix like I have been all week!! 1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I am only a short way into this one but I am really keen to continue on reading now that I’ve finally picked it up. If you’ve been living under a rock this is a psychological thriller about a woman who goes missing and the repercussions that has on her husband. I’ve seen the movie so I’m a bit spoiled, but I’m excited none the less! 2. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith. I have been reading this book for a few weeks now …

Week of Reviews: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher [4]

I honestly don’t think I could have found a more perfect time to pick up this book. Let me set the picture: I was on holiday to visit my Gran, two days sober, and was just about ready to throw my head through the wall with frustration. (If you have ever tried giving up a substance, you’ll completely understand what I’m talking about here). Gran however didn’t know I was trying to go cold-turkey (I’m honestly shocked she didn’t figure it out) and so I went to town to go to a bookstore with her, when I stumbled across this gem of a book. Wishful Drinking is memoir written by Star Wars star Carrie Fisher about drug abuse, hypersexuality and manic depression and boy was it hilarious. Usually it wouldn’t be appropriate to put all those topics under the umbrella of ‘comedic’ but somehow Fisher manages to make it an absolute laugh riot. It would have to be one of the funniest memoirs I have ever read. Born to entertainer Eddie Fisher and movie star Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher has a lot of stories to share. …

Week of Reviews: Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng [3]

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”   And if that isn’t one of the best opening sentences you have ever read, you’re wrong. Moving on. This story was an absolutely stunning read. It tells a story of a Chinese-American family living in small-town Ohio in the 1970’s who are dealing with the death of their middle child, Lydia. I went into the novel expecting the normal ‘murder mystery’ type of book where the entire plot revolves around how and why Lydia has died, but boy was I wrong. Celeste Ng has crafted an absolutely stunning read that covers such a wide range of issues from broken families to depression, and prejudice and belonging. It also manages to cover race-identity and gender-identity all within 304 pages – so for that I truly have to applaud the author. The centre of this story – Lydia’s death – is a platform which the author uses to explore this family in depth. This book is not a story about death, but more so the lives of the Lee family as they learn of …

Week of Reviews – Starting tomorrow!

I have been behind on reviews for so, so long now that I can’t even joke about it! It’s gotten to a point where it is completely overwhelming having a pile of books just waiting to be reviewed – so I’ve given myself a challenge! This week I have dared myself to write 5 reviews in 5 days. Essentially, a week of reviews. I plan on having a book review up every weekday at 12pm AEST this week, so if you’re keen to hear some of my thoughts on what I’ve managed to read recently, I recommend dropping by here to see my thoughts! Wish me luck! xo

Adult books I want to read soon.

Now I know, I know, the term ‘adult books’ is very broad. It could be anything from a romance to a mystery, from a psychological thriller to a sci-fi. But today I want to give you a quick list of some of the adult books I am looking to read in the near future. Sorry if I’ve blabbed on about them before! (I did a YA version of this post on Sunday, check it out here) Title: How to be Both Author: Ali Smith Release Date: August 28th 2014 I recently started reading Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith since its the book I already owned by her, and have immediately fallen in love with her writing style. From what I can tell How to be Both sounds like her most popular (and the most interesting to me) book and I’m very excited to pick this up eventually. Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora Author: Scott Lynch Release Date: June 27th 2006 I’m not positive I have mentioned on this blog that this was one of the few books I definitely wanted to read during 2016 – but it was. …

Books that have made me want to learn something once I finished them.

This is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more info here! One of the main reasons I enjoy reading is because I am able to learn about things that I otherwise may have never thought to learn about. I always try and find the lesson within every book – even if it’s completely useless or irrelevant to my life, but I think it’s so important to learn at least something from every book I pick up. So these are the books that have inspired me to learn something somewhat (maybe) interesting to you all – enjoy! 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad I’ve definitely mentioned this before but 172 Hours on the Moon was one of the first sci-fi books I ever read – and it completely made me fall in love with the genre. This book was also probably the start of my love for space. I freaking love space. I think it’s such an interesting topic, and I can guarantee that I’ve only continued to learn more and more …