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May 6, 2016 - Uncategorized    2 Comments

Giant (somewhat belated) book haul-y goodness!

I’ve been meaning to do this post for ages, but also I am easily distracted by sparkly things so … my bad.

But now, finally, here it is:

The Rather Large Piles of Books I Have Been Collecting Over The Past Couple of Months!



The left stack (clearly) came from the library and my goodness did I almost dislocate my shoulder carrying them around! Absolutely for a good cause though.

The pile on the left was a spontaneous op-shop haul – 6 books for under $20, and it’s capped with The Girl From Everywhere courtesy of Allen and Unwin (thanks guys!)


Next up is a wonderful mix from Supanova and Penguin’s YA Squad. Very much looking forward to getting stuck into the ones I haven’t read yet, which is only half of them (better than expected!).


And last we have Truthwitch and stunning Behind the Pages bookmark via the Easter Ninja Bookswap, and Wolf by Wolf and The Walled City, courtesy of a competition run by Ryan Graudin a couple of months ago. Not pictured are the two Wolf by Wolf bookmarks, also from Behind the Pages.

CLEARLY I have an obnoxious amount of reading to catch up on, but that’s the best kind of problem for a bookworm to have, yes?

Dec 17, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

This actually came last week but I am terrible. 

THANK YOU to my Aus YA Bloggers Santa! You are fantastic, and I am really looking forward to using my bookmarks in every book ever, but also while reading this one!

Dec 16, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

EXCITED FANGIRLING! A very big thank you to Harper Voyager for sending this over, I can’t wait to get stuck into it. 

Dec 16, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Speaking of the Centre for Youth Literature, I gathered many books while in Melbourne! 

The Year Ahead in Youth Literature event:

From Dymocks:

  • Tales from the Arabian Nights (marked down to $10!!) 
  • The Raven Boys
  • The Lives of Tao (although technically this came in the post while I was in Melbourne but close enough)

Scholastic warehouse sale:

Dec 8, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Aussie YA Bloggers – Secret Santa Blog Hop

As part of the
Australian YA Bloggers & Readers Secret Santa Blog Hop, we want to know
whether you’ve been a good or naughty blogger this year.

This blog hop is
for the participants of the Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa list to help you
find out more about your fellow santas and santees and hopefully find out who
your santa is!


1. What are your
top 5 favourite books this year?

Sneak peek at my
top 10 list for this year! In no particular order:

Black Wolves by Kate Elliott
Havenstar by Glenda Larke
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Akarnae by Lynette Noni
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

NOT ENOUGH. Also look at all those beautiful ladies (Jay has been promoted).

2. How did you go
with your Goodreads challenge?

Thanks to a little
thing called the Aurealis Awards, I have flogged my challenge within an inch of its
life. As of right now I am at 102/50 and I many many books to read before the
end of the year.

3. How many times
did you post a week on average? Do you think you’ll post more/less in the

I aimed for twice a
week but I am pretty forgetful and there were several slumpy months. Everything
is mostly back on track now though so hopefully that will also mean more
original content, which is one of my goals for next year.

4. What is your
favourite blogging moment/achievement of 2015?

Hmm. This isn’t
really a blogging achievement but I was pretty damn chuffed to be chosen as an
Aurealis judge. Doomsday-proportion pile of books aside, it’s be an awesome
experience and I have found many books that I wish I knew about earlier.

5. Did you read
mostly review or non-review books this year?

Excluding Aurealis
books, probably 60% review books, but a large portion of them I would have read

6. What are your
blogging goals for 2016?

Mostly to not scare
away my followers.

7. What books are
you looking forward to in 2016?

MILLION DIFFERENT ONES. I am going to do a big huge 2016 wishlist in the near
future, so keep an eye out for that. A handful that I’m super excited about
though are:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica
– The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

and then a whole bunch of
series sequels.

Based on the answers above, have you been a good or naughty blogger
this year?


Ah, pretty bad
overall. I’m trying to do better!

Leave 3 clues to help your santee guess who you are!

1. You live in my
favourite city

2. We have very
similar taste in books!

3. You’ve been to a
few events recently that I wish I could have gone to!

#LoveOzYA? Join the
Australian YA Bloggers on Goodreads and Facebook to join in the fun!

Nov 27, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

One framed Slytherin crossstitch!

The glue is still drying, and the light is terrible as always, by you get the idea. The colours are a lot more vibrant when the room isn’t half dark.

I’m not entirely happy with the frame width but the one I made for the Hufflepuff crest is a little wider, so I’ll see how that goes.

Nov 25, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

I have once again Backed A Thing and then promptly forgotten all about it. But now it’s here and I have remembered and it is so pretty and shiny! Photos will never do it justice.

Nov 25, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Forgot to take a photo when this one came in last week – a beautiful new edition of Mr Punch from the ever-lovely people at Bloomsbury!

Nov 20, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Charlie had commandeered my book basket, and is not the least bit repentant.