ANZAC Day – If You Don’t Do Anything Else Today, At least Listen To This Song, Even If You’re Not Australian

Australia’s biggest music names; Lee Kernaghan, Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll & Megan Washington unite to release the official music video for the charity single, ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’, a tribute to those that have given their lives, those who have served, and those that still today step bravely into the unknown to serve our country.


ANZAC Day – Historical Books On My TBR

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So as we are celebrating ANZAC Day here in Australia I thought today would be a good day to talk about War related Historical Fiction & Non-Fiction Books that are on my TBR.

So I enjoy reading Historical Fiction but I don’t read it enough! I really want to read more soon, but as I only own 1 other Historical Fiction that I have yet to read and I’m trying not to buy as many books until I get my TBR shelves down, I won’t be getting to these straight away but soon hopefully! I also want to try and get more into Non-Fiction books, especially War Non-Fiction books as war, especially World War II really interests me.

I have read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Traitor’s Gate by Michael Ridpath. Both were really good books! The Book Thief is so emotional and Traitor’s Gate is really interesting and different.

Now onto the books on my TBR.

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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Berlin, 1942 : When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Code Name Verity Duology by Elizabeth Wein

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I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.


Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war.

His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he’s committed to flying, he’s trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he’s sane and therefore, ineligible to be relieved.


Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Don’t let the ease of reading fool you – Vonnegut’s isn’t a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, “There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters.”

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author’s experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut’s other works, but the book’s basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy – and humor.

City of Thieves by David Benioff

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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

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Maus Duology by Art Spiegelman

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A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father’s story and history itself.

This is a graphical novel and I want to try and start reading graphic novels.


Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

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During the Holocaust at the German concentration camp near Plaszow, thousands of Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. More than a thousand others would have been counted among the dead if not for a womanizing, heavydrinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler.

One of the most remarkable narratives of the Holocaust, Schindler’s List masterfully recreates the daring exploits of Schindler, who used his enormous fortune to build a factory near the concentration camp and saved the lives of over 1,300 Jews. An absorbing, suspenseful and moving account of Oskar Schindler’s legacy of life, this is an unforgettable audio program.


The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A history of Nazi Germany

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Hitler boasted that The Third Reich would last a thousand years. It lasted only 12. But those 12 years contained some of the most catastrophic events Western civilization has ever known.

No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich. When the bitter war was over, and before the Nazis could destroy their files, the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler. This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates, the diaries of officials, transcripts of secret conferences, army orders, private letters—all the vast paperwork behind Hitler’s drive to conquer the world.

The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer, who had watched and reported on the Nazis since 1925, spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation. The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind.

This worldwide bestseller has been acclaimed as the definitive book on Nazi Germany; it is a classic work.

The accounts of how the United States got involved and how Hitler used Mussolini and Japan are astonishing, and the coverage of the war-from Germany’s early successes to her eventual defeat-is must reading


The First World War by John Keegan

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The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times–modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society–and in so doing shattered the faith in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment. With The First World War, John Keegan, one of our most eminent military historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write the definitive account of the Great War for our generation.

Probing the mystery of how a civilization at the height of its achievement could have propelled itself into such a ruinous conflict, Keegan takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations among Europe’s crowned heads (all of them related to one another by blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the crisis. He reveals how, by an astonishing failure of diplomacy and communication, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf an entire continent.

But the heart of Keegan’s superb narrative is, of course, his analysis of the military conflict. With unequalled authority and insight, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names have become legend–Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli among them–and sheds new light on the strategies and tactics employed, particularly the contributions of geography and technology. No less central to Keegan’s account is the human aspect. He acquaints us with the thoughts of the intriguing personalities who oversaw the tragically unnecessary catastrophe–from heads of state like Russia’s hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to renowned warmakers such as Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. But Keegan reserves his most affecting personal sympathy for those whose individual efforts history has not recorded–“the anonymous millions, indistinguishably drab, undifferentially deprived of any scrap of the glories that by tradition made the life of the man-at-arms tolerable.”

By the end of the war, three great empires–the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Ottoman–had collapsed. But as Keegan shows, the devastation ex-tended over the entirety of Europe, and still profoundly informs the politics and culture of the continent today. His brilliant, panoramic account of this vast and terrible conflict is destined to take its place among the classics of world history.

With 24 pages of photographs, 2 endpaper maps, and 15 maps in text


Sniper of the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger Knights Cross by Albrecht Wacker

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Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight’s Cross.

An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency that he was returned to the front on his regiment’s only sniper specialist.

In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in fieldcraft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering. Russian snipers had used the illegal explosive bullet since 1941, and Hitler eventually authorised its issue in 1944. The result was a battlefield of horror.

Allerberger was a cold-blooded killer, but few will find a place in their hearts for the soldiers of the Red Army against whom he fought.


Hiroshima by John Hersey

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On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey’s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic “that stirs the conscience of humanity” (The New York Times).

Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told.  His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.


Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley

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Lastly I want to add a couple books that are about Australians in the War seen as it is ANZAC Day so I need some books that include the ANZACs that we are remembering today.


The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau: How Australia’s Signals-intelligence network helped short the Pacific War


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This is a rich historical account of a secret and little-understood side of the war, interwoven with lively personalities and personal stories. It is the story of Australia’s version of Bletchley Park, of talented and dedicated individuals who significantly influenced the course of the Pacific War.

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Line of Fire by Ian Townsend


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The little known and intriguing WWII story of an eleven-year-old Australian schoolboy who was shot by the Japanese in Rabaul in 1942 as a suspected spy.

It’s hard to imagine this story as being part of our past, but in 1942, an eleven-year-old Australian boy, Richard Manson, and his parents either side of him, were shot by the Japanese for suspected spying in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

Acclaimed 4th Estate author and award-winning science journalist Ian Townsend has uncovered a fascinating story of WWII, little known to most Australians. Centring on the hotspot (in every sense) that was Rabaul in WWII, his account is an intriguing narrative, which weaves together Australian history, military conflict and science – with volcanology being the peculiar science which drew the Americans, Japanese and Australians together in conflict in the Pacific in the 1940s – and the story of one ordinary but doomed Australian family.

Like The Hare with Amber Eyes, this is a fascinating work of narrative non-fiction, a story of spies, volcanoes, history, conflict and war, set against the romantic, dramatic and ultimately tragic backdrop of Rabaul in WWII.


The Fight for Australia by Roland Perry


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From Changi and Darwin to Kokoda – The Triumph of Individual Bravery, mateship, and National courage that saved us in World War II

Well that is all for this post. I know it’s long but there were tonnes of books I wanted to share and I knew this was going to be long, so that is why I only put the Goodreads Synopsis and didn’t talk about each book myself as that would be even longer!

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Down the TBR Hole #1

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This is a new meme to me. I have seen it a few times now and have considered starting it and I’m finally doing it. I have already gone through my Goodreads TBR pile and removed all sequels unless I have read the book directly before it in reading order.

There isn’t a specific day for this meme so I will be doing it on Monday seen as I am no longer doing Goodreads Monday and Monday and Saturday were the only days I didn’t have other memes and posts already on.

This meme is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Here is what you do:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

These first books will be books I’ve owned for a while as when I first made my Goodreads I added all the books I owned and then stopped using it until I started my blog.

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The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien


I read The Fellowship of the Ring & then I listened to The Two Towers on audiobook. I will most likely listen to this one on audiobook as well. I have already purchased the audiobook through audible so I will definitely use it. I enjoy the narration of the audiobooks!

Verdict: KEEP

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Of course I will be keeping this and reading it. You can’t read the other LOTR books and not read The Hobbit. As this book is Young Adult & LOTR is Adult this book will hopefully be easier to read than LOTR which is so dense and full of info and takes ages to read.

Verdict: KEEP

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


This is another book I own. I want to read more classics and they is a staple classic. I have seen the movie and enjoyed it. This book is also really small only 180 pages, so it shouldn’t take long.

Verdict: KEEP

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Another book I own, I bought this one AGES ago and have never read it, I bought this before I was a big reader and I had no idea what it was and I just liked the covers. I think the idea of the world of this book is interesting, however I’m not a big fan of romance books. I’m okay with books that are based on something else but has a romance going on as well, but straight out romance I’m not a fan of.

Verdict: GO

I do own this book though like I said, eventually I will get rid of it, there just isn’t many options to do so in the town I live except giving it to the St Vinnies OP shop. If I knew there was real interest in this book then I would consider adding it to a giveaway in the future, but I don’t like giveaways that are a certain book and not an option to choose whatever book you like.

Fallen by Lauren Kate


I own the 4th book in this series, Rapture. I purchased it for the same reason as the book above, liking the cover and knowing nothing about it. Both were purchased probably more than 6 years ago. This description of this one sounds interesting though. I haven’t read many books involving Angels, so I do want to read this one.

Verdict: KEEP

So I only got rid of 1 book so far but as the first books are ones I own then there won’t be as much of a chance of getting rid of them as others that I just saw on goodreads about pressed the button.

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Read-A-Thons Guide – End of April & May

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So there is a couple Read-A-Thons coming up that I want to participate in and I just wanted to talk about them! I will do another one of these at the end of May for the ReadAThons starting in June & continue this throughout the year.

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So this one is coming up at the end of April and I will definitely be participating in this one!

This is a ReadAThon that goes for 24 hours! There is no reading challenges, you just read as much as you can in that time. What is different about this ReadAThon is that it doesn’t start at midnight in your timezone, it starts at the exact same time no matter where you are in the world! So if you are interested in participating HERE is a link to find out when it starts in your timezone

For me in Australia is starts at 10pm on the 29th of April and finishes at 10pm on the 30th of April.

Find more info HERE and Sign-Ups are HERE!

For this one I will be posting a TBR on the day before this one as there is no reading challenges it will just depend on where I’m up to at the time!

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This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read. In May the aim is to ReRead books! I don’t know what exactly I want to ReRead yet but I will also post a TBR for this one closer to the date. Also each month there is a challenge and May’s challenge is to read books that are 400+ pages (this is optional I believe).

You can find their Goodreads group HERE!

This one runs from midnight in your timezone on the 1st of May until 11:59pm on the 7th of May.

For this one there is also sometimes group reads. There isn’t one for May that I have seen though.

Also upcoming dates, themes and challenges:

1-7 May: Rereads
Challenge: Books with 400+ Pages

5-11 June: Catch Up/Finish a Series
Challenge: Read a Book with a Character your age

3-9 July: Translations
Challenge: Read books from the year you were born

7-13 August: Childhood Favourites
Challenge: Marathon a Series

4-10 September: Standalones
Challenge: One Word Titles

2-8 October: LGBTQIA+ Books
Challenge: Read Poetry & Short Stories

6-12 November: New to you authors
Challenge: Read A Duology

4-10 December: 2017 Debuts
Read the last book (or books) you bought

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This ReadAThon also is every month. This one has 12 options for challenges that you can pick from and the idea of this is that you participate every month and by the end of the year you will have done them all. As I have already missed Jan, Feb, March and April I will not get all the challenges done, but I hope to participate every month from now on!

You can find info and join the Goodreads group HERE.

Upcoming Dates:

May 24-30
June 24-30
July 19-25
August 1-7 or 11-17 (it has two dates on the goodreads pages, so I’m not sure atm)
September 18-24
October 7-13
November 22-28
December 25-31

Challenges to pick from:

Read 1,200 pages
Start OR finish a series
A 2017 debut author
A short story
A Graphic Novel
A Non-Fiction book
A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years
A book with multiple authors
A book you picked up because of the cover
A book that has to do with travelling
Someone else’s favourite book
The first book on your shelf you have read

Challenges I’m going to try and complete:

Read 1,200 pages – this one should be a little difficult but I like the challenge

Start Or finish a series – this should be easy as there are a couple series I need to finish

A 2017 Debut author – I might do this one for May as I’ve just ordered online Caraval and it should be coming soon, but it will depend on if I can wait till the end of the month to pick it up! Other options I’m considering is Frostblood, Daughter of the Pirate King & The Hate U Give

A Short Story – You could get through a couple short stories in a week easily and feel like you have accomplished heaps! I just don’t know which I would choose

A Graphic Novel – I have never read one before I do want to give it a go, but I just don’t know. If you have suggestions please leave them in the comments! I’m a fantasy reader and I don’t know how that fits into Graphic novels really haha. They are just an unknown for me.

A Non-Fiction Book – I want to read some Non-Fiction World War II stories, so this would be a good opportunity to do that. Any recommendations?!

A Book with multiple Authors – I have These Broken Stars on my TBR shelf and it is by 2 authors, so that is an option I already own.

A book you picked up because of the cover – Well the only books I have done that too that are on my physical TBR shelves is Everything, Everything & These Broken Stars. So this is a maybe as I’m not going to go out a specifically purchase books that just have pretty covers,  I don’t have money to waste like that.

A book that has to do with travelling – This doesn’t say travelling by distance, so I’m going to take this as travelling by time. So some options are Passenger and A Thousand Pieces of You

Challenges I won’t be doing:

A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years – I didn’t have a TBR 2 years ago, so I can’t exactly do this one

Someone else’s favourite book – Nearly every book you read is someone in the world’s favourite. I didn’t really not choose this one for any particular reason, it was just the least interesting to me.

The first book on your shelf you haven’t read – Well I don’t actually know if this means the first book you physically put there that you haven’t read yet or you go along from left to right going down your shelf until you find a book you haven’t read. Either way, I won’t be doing this. If it is my second guess then it will be The Hobbit as I have my TBr separate from books I’ve read on my shelves and by TBR section is in colour order, so it’s the first black book that I haven’t read, so that is what it would be.

Now I want to talk about other ReadAThons that are happening in May that I’m not participating in.

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I will not be participating in this even though I really wish I could.

This ReadAThon goes for 3 months! From the 15th of May to the 6th of August.

Required to read in that time:

– Harry Potter Series
– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
– Hogwarts Library books: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages & The Tales of Beedle the Bard
– Pottermore Short Stories: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardships & Dangerous Hobbies, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics & Pesky Poltergeists & Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide.
– Pottermore Info on Illvermorny
– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Required to watch in that time:

– Harry Potter series
– A Very Potter Musical
– A Very Potter Sequel
– A Very Potter Senior Year
– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

So as you can see that is a lot to do, if this was over the year then I would definitely do it. I could do it in a 3 month time frame, but even though I love Harry Potter that is a waste of a 3 reading months in my opinion as this would be all I was reading and wouldn’t have time for too much else. I would probably do this in a year without it being a ReadAThon, but I won’t be doing this challenge. I still wanted to let you know that is is a thing though. There is also challenges and chat time and quizzes and stuff that go along with this ReadAThone and you can find out everything HERE! You can also purchase a handmade bookmark in your house colours with your name on the back and I purchased mine before actually thinking through whether I was going to do this or not. So I’ll still be getting a cool custom bookmark but won’t be participating.

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This ReadAThon is hosted by Elena Reads Books on YouTube. This ReadAThon is exactly what it says in the title, you read with a buddy and your challenges involve you buddy. This one you can choose anyone you like to buddy with, whether it be someone you know from the community on YouTube, Blog, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Or someone you actually know like a friend or parent. However if you can’t find someone that want’s to participate that you know then you can head to the comments of Elena’s announcement video and comment saying you’re looking for a partner or checkout the comments already there and find a partner that way as there is always people commenting looking for a partner.

You can find the Announcement video HERE!

This ReadAThon starts at 12:01am on the 6th of May and ends at 11:59pm on the 12th of May in your timezone.

For this ReadAThon there is 5 challenges for the week

Buddy read a book with your buddy, this can be any book that you both want to read
Pick a book on your shelves that is your buddy’s favourite colour
Pick a book on your shelves that’s name starts with the same letter as your buddy’s first name.
Pick 3 books that you want to read and let your buddy pick the one you will read
Guilty Pleasure – Pick a book to read that you really want to read but haven’t got to yet.

For this ReadAThon there will also be Instagram giveaways and twitter sprints so make sure you go follow. Twitter: @robertson_elena & Insta: @EReadsBooks

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This ReadAThon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and goes from 12:01am on the 8th of May to 11:59pm on the 14th of May in your timezone.

You can find the blog for this ReadAThon HERE!

There is reading challenges for this one but they haven’t been released yet, so if you’re interested in participating and want to know the challenges go follow here twitter @boutofbooks

Well that is all of the ReadAThons that are happening before the end of May that I know about. If you want a full and awesome list and calendar with links to ReadAThons for the whole year then check out Catriona @ Little Book Owls’s HERE!

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Tag Sunday – Anything But Books Tag

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I’m back for another tag sunday! I have seen this tag done by 3 of the people I follow today so I chose to do it too haha.

I have been considering changing my header image and starting to use graphics for headings on my page! So I’m going to try that out in this post for the questions, just to see if I like it! Please let me know what you think!

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Well I don’t really watch cartoons anymore but I don’t watch much Tv at all anymore except Big Bang Theory occasionally. I mainly watch YouTube on my Tv. But I liked the old school cartoons like Tom & Jerry, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, etc.

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I don’t really have a favourite song atm. I have been listening to the same songs for ages as I don’t look at new music or buy it. So there isn’t really a specific song I go to, I just press the shuffle button on my phone and let whatever play.

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Watching YouTube! Mainly BookTube and the Beauty community, I love watching beauty videos as I’m a Beauty Therapist and love getting tips and see what’s trending. I also love watching BookTube, except that sometimes you can get mini spoilers for books. I love going into books knowing absolutely nothing, so sometimes it can suck when it comes to that, at least blogging you can just skip over the bits you don’t want to read.

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Well this isn’t something I do anymore as I did it in school but couldn’t continue it after. But I absolutely loved Agricultural Studies at school and in Year 10 when were lucky enough to help a local Droughtmaster stud owner parade his cattle in shows around the area. I love working with animals and had learnt to lead and work with cattle in year 8 and 9, so it was awesome to put that knowledge into action in Year 10. I participated in 6 shows, I think and it was awesome and so much fun! Myself and 2 mates also got to lead for a different stud that had Santa Gertrudis cattle at two shows which was also fun to have a go on cattle that we had no experience with and didn’t know their habits, the pic in the bottom right. The bus all got bogged at one show as it pissed down rain the night we were there and it was still wet when we had to leave. We also had to participate in Junior judging while we were there which wasn’t too bad. It was great fun and I wish I could have kept doing it but our school principal thought that we wouldn’t be able to do it in senior as well as getting good marks. But I can guarantee I would have been able to, so it was shit that we couldn’t!

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I don’t know if there is anything unusual that I know how to do. I guess cattle parading would be something unusual to many of my followers.

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Well I made this blog in the last year, so that was definitely fun! In the last year I also started and graduated my Diploma of Beauty Therapy which was amazing!

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Well I haven’t started it yet, but I have done this before and stopped and that is journalling. Last year I gave it a go, but I was doing it in an art journal and I was doing it with print outs which just didn’t always fit what I wanted. I have finally decided to actually give a bullet journalling a go. So I have ordered one online and I’m just waiting for it to get here. I don’t know how long it will take as I have never purchased anything before.

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There isn’t really anything I think about often, I don’t think. Besides just life in general. One thing I do think about occasionally is starting a BookTube channel. Originally that is what I wanted to do and I tried filming a couple videos and just wasn’t happy with the results. At the time I tried on my iPhone and I have since purchased a Canon 750D camera as I love photography and I wanted a proper camera. Anyway, that is how I started my blog, BookTube just wasn’t working out so I tried blogging instead and have loved it ever since!

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Well I’m going to say a couple different favourites as that is just  such a broad question.

Favourite fruit: Watermelon or Mango (when it’s in season!)

Favourite Funko I Own: Niffler

Favourite BookTubers to watch: Little Book Owl (where I discovered BookTube), Jessethereader, Hailey in Bookland, AbigailHaleigh (new discovery) & Peruse Project

Favourite Food to cook: Mac n Cheese Lasagna. This sounds really odd but I discovered this on facebook and kinda made it my own. This is meant to be made with leftover bolognese mince. But as I don’t eat bolognese what I do it just cook up mince and add a bit of water and add some Maggie gravy powder and a bit of BBQ sauce (I don’t like tomatoes or tomato sauce, so that’s why I chose BBQ sauce). Then I make homemade white sauce and add some parmesan cheese and some tasty cheese and sometimes some mozzarella. And then I add cooked mac n cheese to that. Then you just layer it like lasagne and top with cheese and bake in the oven to brown cheese. It is sooo good and I always make a baking dish full of it and have leftovers for a couple days which is amazing!

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My cats name is Possum. This was hard to do when listening to Jessethereader on BookTube on my TV!

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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

Too Much of a Book Nerd

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir Spoiler Free Review

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Title: A Torch Against the Night
Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 454 (Hardcover
Publishers: Harper Voyager
4 and a half Star

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Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


7th book of the month finished! And all 7 have been books I’ve enjoyed! So happy with this month, hope this keeps up! I honestly can’t say that I enjoyed this book more or less than An Ember in the Ashes, I think this is equal to the first book.

You can find my spoiler free review for An Ember in the Ashes HERE!

This review could possibly contain spoilers for An Ember in the Ashes, mainly just spoilers for who survived that book and made it to this one. It’s hard to not talk about somethings, so just a warning.

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I like the cover of this book but I also kinda wished that they did something a little more similar to An Ember in the Ashes. I wish that it showed us Kauf or somewhere rather than just a brick wall with a tunnel. I liked that part of An Ember in the Ashes’s cover because it made it easier to picture Blackcliff. It would have been cool to have that for Kauf.

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Like I said in my An Ember in the Ashes review, Sabaa Tahir’s writing is nice and easy to read and I really like her world building. I also like her character development.

I was disappointed that this book didn’t have the maps in it though. I know it wouldn’t have needed the Blackcliff map as Blackcliff isn’t apart of this book. But I wish the map of Them Empire was in there as there was a lot more travelling in this book than the first one. I like to be able to track on the maps where characters are and where they are travelling so I ended up taking a photo of the map in An Ember in the Ashes on my iPad and having that open when I was reading. I also think it would have been cool to have a map of Kauf, like they did for Blackcliff in the first book as besides that its a ‘wheel’ shaped building/set out it was kinda hard to picture and know where the characters were. 

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This book was full of twists and turns, especially a couple shocking ones. So this plot was really good and kept me hooked the entire time. So much went on in this book, actually in both books, there was never a boring point. I also liked that we started seeing from the point of view of Helene in this book as well. That allowed the reader to see what was going on in the world outside of following Laia and her group to trying and break Darin out. 

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There is no way to say a couple things I want to without spoilers, so the bits in purple are spoilery.

I still enjoy Laia & Elias in this book. Laia is still one of the most relatable female heroin protagonists I have read about. She was always true to herself and will always be loyal to her family, the scholars and her friends. I still really enjoyed Izzi’s character. Out of all the character deaths and near deaths or deaths that we thought happened but actually didn’t Izzi’s got to me the most. All she every wanted was to survive and live and she stuck with her friend until the end, when she died in the book I had to stop reading for a second and get my head around it and I’m still not okay with it. While Keenan was Keenan I enjoyed him as a character. Afya was a new character that I enjoyed, we did meet her briefly in the first book, but we got to know her more in this one. I love how committed to her tribes believes she was and that when she made a vow she damn well stuck to it. I liked Tas, even though he was treated so poorly he was strong. There is one quote I want to share in regards to him that I loved.

“Rise Elias Veturius.” Tas smacks my face, and I blink at him in surprise. His eyes are fierce. “You gave me a name,” he says. “I want to live to hear it on the lips of others. Rise

Marcus is an ass. Helene I don’t know how I feel, I enjoyed that she was loyal to the empire and seeing her struggle between what she wanted to do. I still kinda hated but enjoyed her. The Commandant can be thrown off the cliff at Antium for all I care, or do to her what she did to Elias, that would be good karma. 

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I really enjoyed this book and wish the next book was out so I could go read it straight away as I’m curious to find out what happens next with Darin, Laia, Elias and the Empire in general.

The field of battle is my temple. The swordpoint is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release.

Well that is all for this review! If you have read An Ember in the Ashes or A Torch Against the Night then let me know in the comments and what you thought of them!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book With Original Blue Cover

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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: Choose a book that has originally a blue cover.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Original Cover:


Favourite Cover:

Left: English Hodder & Stoughton Edition

Right: Chinese Edition (Don’t know the publisher as it’s not in the English alphabet)

Left: Indonesian Gramedia Pustaka Utama Edition

Right: Italian Fazi Edition

Least Favourite Cover:

Top Left: Portuguese Porto Editora Edition

Top Middle Left: Slovenian Mladinska knjiga Edition

Top Middle Right: Korean Edition

Top Right: Italian Fazi Edition

Middle Left: French Gallimard Jeunesse Edition

Middle Right: German Fischer FJB Edition

Bottom Left: Slovak Ikar Edition

Bottom Right: English Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Edition

Well that is all for today! Let me know your favourite in the comments?!

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