September Haul

The Book Depository links are the paperback editions..


Physical Copies:

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I also got this colouring book that is absolutely great!

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iBooks/eBooks:

These books I bought on Scribd.

Audiobooks:

These are the audiobooks I have got on Audible

There is also 1 Audiobook from Scribd that I purchased this month…

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Subscription Boxs:

The Bookish Box: September

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Contents:

  • Leviosa Earrings by J&Co Jewelry
  • Kimmy Schmidt magnet by Jar of Button
  • Pride and Prejudice Tea: Citrus and Roasted Mate Herbal Tea by First Edition Tea Co.
  • Katniss Arrow Pen holder by Nonies Custom Creations
  • Throne of Glass Watercolour Bookmark by Lexy Olivia
  • Bookworm Highlighter & Matilda sticky noted
  • Sneak Peak of The Call by Peader O’Guilin

The Bookish Box Website 

Funko Pops:

  • Neville Longbottom and Trevor the Toad
  • Cedric Diggory in his Triwizard Tournament uniform
  • Aloha Stitch
  • Eleventh Dr with Fez Hat and Mop
  • Flocked Cheshire Cat

That is the end of my haul for September 2016.. Someone really needs to take my Visa card away from me.. I just can’t help myself to spend money online often!

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Friday Finds – 30th September

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This meme allows you to post the books that you have found or discovered this week and added to your To Read pile. This can include books you discover online, bookstores or libraries and you don’t have to have purchased the books.

I found the original creator but it has been passed on to other blogs and the one that is meant to be the most recent hasn’t posted in months, so that’s why I haven’t linked any blogs!


These are all the books I have added to my Goodreads To Read list this week.

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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare- MINI SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series Name: 
The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: March 28, 2008
Pages: 411
Publishers: Walker Books
Rating:
3 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

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No spoilers… Only a mini review.

So after over 3 weeks I have finally finished City of Ashes.
I know that when it takes me this long to finish a book I’m just not that into it.

It is a good story and I enjoy the characters and plot but something about it just isn’t exciting me. I think it’s partly because of all the hype that is around the series and I just don’t have that same view of it.. It’s a good story but it’s not the Harry Potter or Vampire Academy series…
Personally, I enjoyed the TV show adaption more than I am enjoying the books..
I probably won’t be picking up the next book.. At least not at the moment.

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Anticipated October Releases

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These are my most anticipated releases for the month of October.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Series Name: The Illuminae Files
Pages: 608
Release Date: 18th October

Gemina is the second book in The Illuminae Files series. I read Illuminae about a month ago and I absolutely loved it!

I have a full spoiler free review here for Illuminae.

Illuminae was so different from anything I have ever read! I love that this book uses IMs, emails, interviews and other forms of hacked files to portray the story. It makes for such an interesting read and also a quick read!

I won’t put a synopsis for Gemina otherwise, it will spoil Illuminae. However, it is a thrilling sci-fi that is set in the year 2575

The Wands vs the World by Jade Chang

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary/Humour
Pages: 368
Release Date: 4th October

The Wangs vs. The World was recently on one of my Diversity Spotlight Thursdays posts.

This book is about a wealthy Chinese family that loses every cent they have. They take a road trip across America that brings them back together as a family.

Well, this is what I get from the Goodreads Synopsis. It sounds like an interesting read and is also a diverse book and I want to read more diverse books.

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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Genre: YA/Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Pages: 384
Release Date: 25th October

This book is based in the modern world, however, inside the palace of Versailles people act, eat and dress like it’s the eighteenth century. This book has been described at Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette.

This book sounds so interesting and different from anything I have ever read! I also want to get into some more Historical Fiction.

This book cover is also gorgeous!

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Genre: YA/Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 304
Release Date: 4th October

Goodreads synopsis (because I couldn’t even begin to explain it in my own words):

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

I love fantasy/paranormal books and this sounds like a perfect book for that!


What October releases are you looking forward to!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book with a Badass Heroine

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is today you have the choice. Go back to the previous themes and choose the one you want to.
So I chose: March 10th -It was International Women’s Day!! Choose a book with a badass heroine.
So I’m going with Divergent by Veronica Roth.


Original Cover:

According to Goodreads this was the first published book cover. So I’m guessing this was the original.
These covers are so interesting and beautiful.

Cover from my Country:

Again there is no specific edition for Australia, we just get UK  editions.

Favourite Covers:

The top one is the Harper Collins Children’s Editions that were released in 2013.
They are simple and gorgeous.

The bottom is the Harper Collins Children’s Editions that were released in 2012.
This is the editions that I own and I think they are beautiful and I love the colours!

Least Favourite:

The covers to the left are the Harper Collins Children’s Editions that was released in 2015.
I  don’t like the bright colours, I just don’t think they fit the story and they just aren’t really pretty.

The cover on the right is one of the movie adaption covers that were made when the Divergent movie was released.
I just don’t like it when book covers are adapted when movies come out.


Let me know your favourite cover!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Gateway Books to Your Favourite Genre

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Gateway Books to Your Favourite Genre

My favourite genre is Fantasy, whether it is YA or Adult I love all fantasy. Also, some of these will be series and not just single books.


The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

This series is an easy read and also has a bit of drama and romance in it which would help for readers that are contemporary lovers trying to get into the fantasy genre. The world building is really well done in these books and character development is great! This was the first Fantasy series I actually read and it got me into reading as well as the fantasy genre. There is also the Kanin Chronicles which is a companion trilogy to this one.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This is an awesome book and is very well written. It is a book that sucks you in and you just can’t put it down! With the second book in the series, Traitor to the Throne coming out soon it would be a good time to get your hands on Rebel of the Sands and read it. also, the covers are gorgeous and would look awesome on any book shelf!

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs

If you want to get more into the creepier side of Fantasy then this is defiantly a good series to start with! I actually have only read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but I have heard great things about the series so I’m hoping the rest of the series is just as good as the first book! It’s also another book that drags you in! Also, the Tales of the Peculiar book was recently released which I have heard is basically the stories of the peculiar children told like fairytales (please correct me if I am wrong).

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

This is a good series if you are into longer the longer series that has a tonne of world building and that you can really get into. After reading The Trylle Trilogy this was the next book series I picked up and it just increased my love for Fantasy. It is very well written and it always keeps you guessing!

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Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (I don’t consider Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a part of this series)

Of course, I had to put this series in there! It is a perfect series to get you into the Fantasy genre and it is such a beautifully written series! My only advice is that if you have watched the movies before reading the book then try not to think ahead to what is going to happen when reading the books, it will ruin the magic for you! This series is a series that I think every book lover should own and read! The world building is incredible and even if you have questions that didn’t quite get answered or if you want to know more about a character or creature then you can ask any HP lover or go on Pottermore! I don’t recommend reading Harry Potter and the cursed child especially if you are trying to get into the genre. Also, I highly recommend the Audiobooks for this series! They are so well done and Stephen Fry is the perfect voice for the series.

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Well, that is my top 5 recommendations for someone trying to get into the Fantasy genre!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book on my Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts here.

This week’s prompt is Book on my fall TBR list.
Firstly, it is Spring in Australia, not Autumn, so this will be my Spring TBR list.


1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

I have already started this series and I am about 3/4 of the way through the second book in the series, City of Ashes. I want to finish the entire series altogether as lately I have been starting series’s and then starting something else. I want to go back to reading the whole series in one go.

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2. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I have also started this series and it’s another one that I want to finish before starting another series or book. I have read the first book in this series, but I still need to read Hollow City, Library of Souls and I am also going to include The Tales of the Peculiar in this.

3. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I have read Illuminae and I want to read Gemina when I receive it. I have already purchased it through the YA Chronicles subscription service as they offered a limited Gemina box that includes the book and some goodies that are related to the book. Gemina is set to release on the 18th of October, that is also the day that the Gemina box is shipped.

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4. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

This is another series that I have started and need to finish. I have read The Raven Boys but I still need to read The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King.

5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I figured that I will need a break from all the series’s that I need to finish so I thought throwing in some shorter more fluffy reads would be a good idea.

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6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I have been meaning to read this book for ages and seen as I have recently purchased it I decided that now is the time!

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7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book was on a recent TBR for a read-a-thon and I just didn’t get to it, so hopefully I will get to it soon.

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8. Nevernight by Kay Kristoff

I have heard a lot of good things about this book and I have wanted to read it since I purchased it. So I’m planning on getting to is soon aswell.

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9. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I really liked The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson and ever since I have wanted to read something else by her. So I decided to choose Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. This is another light and fluffy book that can separate the fantasy and series’s that I plan to read in the coming months.

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10. Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige

This is another book I have heard good things about that I want to get to read. So I decided to add it to this list. I would like this to include all the 6 prequels that are currently available and the 3 books in the series that have been released already.


So that is it, I can’t guarantee that I will finish any of these books but these are the ones that I wish to read!

Let me know if you have read any of these books  and what you thought!

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