November Wrap Up, Mini Reviews and December TBR

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November

November has gone by so fast! It’s been a great month though, and certainly not a bad one for reading at all. I pretty much read all the books I planned to and really enjoyed them as well. I also finished watching Sons of Anarchy (WATCH!), started watching Westworld (omg) and binge watched the two seasons of Lovesick over a weekend (where season 3 please!) I also went to see a play called Blood Brothers and went out to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (MAGICAL) with my boyfriend. So, overall it’s been a great month for entertainment :P.

 

Books I Read

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

I didn’t love this book as much as I hoped to. Which is a massive shame because the plot/topic is so important, needs to be recognised as such and I am really interested in Transgender stories/culture and learning more about that kind of life. However, as much as I admire Russo and everything about her confidence to write this novel and be who she is, just like I admire anyone who is brave enough to be who they are, this novel just didn’t connect with me. It didn’t feel like a new story to me, it felt like the same story thats been told about so many LGBT people in YA novels. It didn’t surprise me enough and I felt that the plot was unbalanced. There were certainly good things about it, like Amanda/Andrew was well portrayed and her struggles felt real and true, but the other characters were just pale in comparison, and some I even downright hated (namely her Dad and the love interest…). For many reasons, this novel just didn’t sit right for me, but it’s still worth reading if you haven’t already read quite a lot of YA LGBT themed novels.

My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels 1) by Elena Ferrante

This was given to me for my birthday by my boyfriend’s mum and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, I think largely because I judged it too much on its cover. It is actually a fascinating and hilarious and clever and sad first instalment about a friendship between the narrator Elena, a girl who is trying to find her self, and the mysterious and strange Lila.  It’s a book about belonging and growing up in a poor village in Naples, where everyone is searching for happiness and security, and is so easily jealous of or manipulated by those who hold shiny jewels. Can’t wait to read the next one!

  

The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

What I liked most of all about this book was the whole concept of the plot, being magical reading powers, something I can’t really explain properly in a mini review like this. I found it incredibly interesting and original and suggest you read it just to delve into this world where transmitters and receivers delve into the magical world of storytelling. However, the good versus evil kind of plot was fairly predictable and it wasn’t the best translation from a LOTE into English that I’ve ever read. But, still, those are minor problems with this rather entertaining and worthwhile read.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

I finally decided to join the craze train and got a hold of a copy of the first of the Miss Peregrine books and I’m really glad I did. I enjoyed this book quite a lot, actually. It has twists I didn’t expect, humour, an interesting plot and a group of fascinating, (and peculiar) characters. I loved the photographs and how they added to the narrative throughout the story and just generally enjoyed the time I spent reading this. Definitely keen to see what happens next to Jacob and his friends! 🙂

Meant To Read/Still Reading

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This is just getting funny now… I haven’t even looked at this book this month. I’ve been reading it since September…who knows when I’ll actually finish it! I just have other books I want to read more than this one atm…So ON HAITUS with this book 😛

 

Currently Reading

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My boyfriend finally talked me into reading Stephen King’s The Stand and I started it a week ago. He was so excited to see me start it, adorkable! It’s such a massive book (1300 PAGES!) so I’m a bit daunted, but I am enjoying it a lot so far!!

 

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December 

These are the books I’m hoping to read before 2017 begins. There are so many books I want to read though….it was difficult to decide on reading these ones! I have no idea if I’ll get through them, especially since The Stand basically counts as three books!! But I think at least two of them should be easy binge-worthy reads so hopefully I’ll manage it!

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What do you think of my TBR? What’s on yours?

Hope you all had a great November! Happy December 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Gifts

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

The Topic This Week: Holiday Gift Guide Freebie

For this Gift Freebie I chose Bookish things that I think would be great gifts for booklovers (and for myself :P). I found all of these on Etsy, where there are loads of awesome bookish gifts to check out!!

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Book/Author Quote Prints on Dictionary Pages

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Soy Candles That Smell Like Bookshops

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Book Charm Necklaces

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Cute Bookmarks

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Adorable Mugs

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Book Covers Printed on Wood

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HP Key Hanger (or whatever you’d call it)

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Snuggly Booknerd Jumpers 🙂

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Cute Prints

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Personalised Book Notebooks!

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What do you think of these for gifts, is there anyone you’d buy them for? Or would you get them for yourself? 🙂

Book Traveling Thursday: A Book I’m Thankful For

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Book Traveling Thursday is an awesome weekly event held by Danielle and Catia over on Goodreads. There’s a new topic every week and the deal is to share why you chose the book and four different covers of the book: The Original Cover, Your Countries Cover, Your Least Favourite and Your Favourite:).

The topic this week: It’s Thanksgiving! Choose a book you’re thankful you read.

I’m Australian and currently living in England, so I don’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving. But hey, I’m definitely thankful for a  lot of things and a number of different books is certainly one of those things. The book I decided on today is one that’s extremely thought-provoking, beautifully written and raw to its core. I loved this book, and though it’s a bit of a hefty story, I think it’s such an important read and I’d recommend it to anyone!

Middlesex (2002)

by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

Original Cover:

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I wasn’t able to find a very good quality image of this cover, which I think is the first edition published in September, 2002. I don’t really like this cover, though there are worse ones!

Australian Cover:

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As usual there isn’t an Australian edition, so this is a Bloomsbury UK edition instead.

Least Favourite Covers:

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I don’t like any of these, especially the second one. So weird!

Favourite Covers:

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These two are my favourite covers, I’m not even sure why. I love the design of the black and white one and I also just love the blue colour and the moth in the second one :).

What do you think? 🙂

 

Top Five Wednesday: Books I’d Love to Re-Read

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

The Topic this week:  Books I Want to Re-Read – Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

I’ve been so slack with t5w this month and haven’t been able to join in with one topic! I probably won’t participate in next week’s Villains t5w, but at least I can make a post this week, even if a day late!

So, first of all I want to say that each book I’ve chosen for this week’s Re-Reading topic are books I’ve never re-read before. Therefore, I couldn’t include books like Harry Potter, Watership Down and I’ll Give You The Sun, a select few favourites that I’ve read 3 or more times. Instead, I chose 5 books that I’ve always wanted to re-visit but have never had the chance to, on top of reading books from my neverending tbr. We’ve all been there! So, without further rambling, here are the books I’d love to re-read someday!

 

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

by Ishmael Beah

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I know that I’ve already talked about this book a lot on my blog, and probably in similarly themed posts, but I can’t help mention it again. Ever since I read this back in high school, it’s always been in the back of my mind. It’s the saddest story I’ve ever read, and though I think it would mean being kind of cruel to myself, I want to read Ishmael’s story again because I think it’s an important story that needs to be relived. Not because it’s about anything good or happy, but because it’s about the horrible things that happen, that are real and that are ignored by those of us so fortunate and privileged. And I never want to forget that. This isn’t a book to escape into for entertainment and comfort. It’s a book about people who can never escape, or whose only escape is death.  It’s a book that tells you never to take your own life for granted.

2)

More Than This

by Patrick Ness

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I read this years ago whenever it came out (okay I just checked and  it was only 2013, but feels like longer!) and have wanted to re-read it again ever since. It’s odd, it’s one of those books that I read during University and really enjoyed, but because I was studying like mad during the time, my mind was often elsewhere even when I was reading a good book back then, so there are parts of this story I’ve completely forgotten. I think because I can only vaguely remember what happened in this book, it would be a great one to re-read as it would almost be like reading it for the first time again :P.

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The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

 

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What an astounding book! I can’t even begin to explain how this book made me feel back when I read it a few years ago. I feel like this book demands multiple readings as it’s one that needs to be digested again and again to fully understand and appreciate it. It’s so powerful and rich and harrowing. I definitely need to re-read this!

4)

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

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Technically I have re-read this already, but that was for the mere purpose of writing an essay on it during university. I’d love to re-read this book again without studying it. I have so many books like that that I’ve really enjoyed, but because I’ve studied them relentlessly, I’ve never wanted to re-read them again (other books like Pride and Prejudice come to mind!) I think this is the only book I read during Uni that I’d actually love to re-read today, some three years later. It’s such a brilliant and fascinating book, and I think if I read it again today, there would be things I’d discover in it that I didn’t before.

5)

Attachments

by Rainbow Rowell

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While it’s not my favourite Rainbow Rowell book, I really enjoyed this when I read it a couple years ago. I thought it was a funny, smart and romantic story. It’s one I’d love to sit back down with, or cuddle up with under a doona (duvet), during a cold weekend or something like that. It’s just one of those really enjoyable, easy reads and I’d love to experience this lovely story again :).

And that’s it! What do you think of my choices? What books are you hoping to re-read?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Films

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

The topic this week: Movie Freebie 

I haven’t been doing TTT’s for ages!! I’ve been busy, plus I haven’t been able to think of good lists to go with the topics over the last few weeks. Still, I’m now back and for this week’s Movie Freebie, I decided to do a pretty easy Favourites list. I love a lot of films, but these are some of my ultimate favourites, movies that I love to watch and re-watch and that always make me happy :). Of course, these are in no particular order.

 

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Amelie

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The sweetest, quirkiest film I’ve ever seen. I love it to pieces. It’s brilliant, clever, heartbreaking and heartwarming. And Amelie herself is just one of the best female characters ever!

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Such a brilliantly compelling film. I love Jim and Kate in this. I love the concept of it, so unique! This is a film that I’ll never, ever forget.

3)

Little Miss Sunshine

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Outstanding! Fantastic group of actors playing one of the most dysfunctional film families. Such a wonderful script, story and overall message. Hilarious, honest and so, so pully at your laughter and heart strings!

4)

Donnie Darko

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Donnie’s story is one that I’ve always loved, though it took me a couple of watches back in the day to really get it. I love how strange this film is, it’s just wonderful. No words for it, really.

5)

Palo Alto

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I didn’t expect to love this film as much as I do, and I know that it’s one of those polarising films. I think it’s a raw and true depiction of teenage life in suburbia, has amazing acting and cinematography and is just all-together a masterpiece.

6)

Short Term 12

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Brie Larsen’s character is yet another of my favourite female characters, even though she can be a little insane. But seriously, this film is tremendous. It tells such an important story about foster children, and how far humans can go to help those in desperate need.

7)

The Lord of the Rings

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The LOTR trilogy just had to be on my list because I adore it so much. It’s probably the best adaptation of a book/series I’ve ever seen. So, so amazing! Just everything about it.

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Harry Potter 

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I couldn’t have a list of Favourite films without Harry Potter on it. This is my childhood. Any of the 8 HP’s are my top go-to for whenever I need some cheering up. Sure, they’re not perfect films, but they’re still amazing and I love them to bits.

9)

Stand By Me

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One of the most incredible films I’ve ever seen about friendship and bravery. This film has all the feels. An amazing story straight from King and just phenomenal in all senses of the word.

10)

Eagle Vs Shark

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So, this one is a little bit of a wild card. Definitely not well-known (as far as I know :P). It’s super strange, but also super hilarious because of it. I love this NZ film, it’s very special to me and always makes me smile without fail :).

And that’s it! What do you think? Have any of these made your favourites list, too? 😀

Dear Trump Supporters

Dear Trump Supporters

The truth!

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You did this.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully forced this country to take a giant step backward.

You’ve handed one of the most powerful countries in the world over to a man with 0 political experience.

You’ve just elected a president that ran their entire campaign on hatred and insulted millions of people along the way.

Many of the the people that I trusted the most and looked up to in college identified as gay, bisexual, or gender non conforming. Your vote for Trump told the LGBTQIAP+ community that you don’t believe that they should have basic human rights, like marrying the person they love or having protection from discrimination. Is that how you make America “great” again?

One of my best friends from high school is Muslim. Your vote for Trump told Muslims that instead of seeing what the majority of people who follow Islam believe, you will continue to falsely…

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Book Traveling Thursday: Book Written By A Favourite Author

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Book Traveling Thursday is an awesome weekly event held by Danielle and Catia over on Goodreads. There’s a new topic every week and the deal is to share why you chose the book and four different covers of the book: The Original Cover, Your Countries Cover, Your Least Favourite and Your Favourite:).

The Topic This Week: National Author’s Day was a couple of days ago… choose a book written by one of your favourite authors.

I have many favourite authors, but this week I decided to go for one of my favourite Australian authors who wrote one of my all-time favourite series! He’s a brilliant writer and this is an amazing first book to an even more amazing series. Without further ado..

 

Tomorrow, When The War Began (Book no.1) (1994)

by John Marsden

Original Cover:

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As far as I can tell, this is the first 1994 publication by Bolinda Publishing.

Australian Cover:

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This is the 2002 Pacmillian Australia publication, the same editions I read and own back when I was first introduced to this series :).

Least Favourites:

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I don’t get the dove? Yeah, it’s a book about a war and wanting peace again, but really… a dove? So generic. It’s a shame, cause the rest of this 2011 set are actually quite nice.

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This Polish edition is just so odd.. it doesn’t convey what the books are about at all. The only part I sort of like is the storm cloud in the distance, but otherwise.. it looks too soft and peaceful and not right to me.

Favourites:

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I mainly like this cover because I like the whole set of this edition. I just think it’s nice and simple and look of it just suits the story in general.

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Okay, so this one isn’t the best cover. But I like the colour and the overall look just works for me for some reason 😛

Well, that’s it! What do you think of the covers?