Job, Blog, and Moving


Bah! I feel like I have been neglecting my poor blog lately. I have been missing my reading companions greatly. I know I promised that my posts would resume as normal after I returned from my holiday, and while I have been getting some posts up that mostly consist of TTT’s, that hasn’t really been the case. This last month and the next two to come have been and are going to be full on and crazy busy.

Work has been super stressful and taxing because they changed the menu from an eight item thing to fifteen, so it was all consuming and when I get home I am either a zombie or pass out. It then took a turn for the different though. On Monday I found out that my workplace’s last day of business would be the Wednesday and on Thursday would be completely packed up and gone. Boy was this a shock! While I was planning on quitting soon anyway, the suddenness of this took me by surprise because I wanted another month of work. So on the Tuesday and Wednesday everything in the store was half price and gosh was I running around like a headless chicken. In a fourish hour period we served the same amount of people that we would normally serve in a ten hour day. It was insane. Then yesterday was an angry day of packing and being pissed off with the owners one last time as they were not there to help pack and we had no idea what to do with anything.

Waking up this morning was kind of surreal, I don’t know what to do with myself now really. Getting another job is an option but it seems a bit pointless.

Its pointless because I am actually planning on moving across country over the month of December. I plan on going to Brisbane early December, buying a car, finding a house, and then coming back to Melbourne after Christmas and renting a moving truck and driving our stuff back to Brisbane. So I have been busy trying to pack and work out if hiring a removalist would be a better idea (I don’t know if we will be over or under the legal weight limit to drive it ourselves).

I suppose with the loss of job a month earlier than I planned, I am a bit broker now, but I have time to pack and try and read and work on my blog more. I am thinking about redesigning it a little and possibly changing the name to The Written Word as I am starting a booktube by the same name next year when I get settled, so keep your eyes out for that. I am not going to promise many reviews because I really should be focusing on other things. I apologise in advance for any blog silence.

If you have any comments on any new designs you see or thoughts of the name change, if its a good or bad idea or what not, be sure to let me know. I really appreciate your opinions <3


Till Next Time…


Thursday Tags – Creatures of the Night


This tag was created by the wonderful BookTuber Kat from Katytastic. Since it is so close to Halloween I thought it would be a good thing to do. It pretty much highlights books with all kinds of spooky and supernatural creatures! Check out Kat’s original video here. Lets get started shall we?


1. Vampires

I am going to go with a double one for this because I have read a lot of vampire books. For the YA answer I am choosing Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I think we all know how I feel about Adrian. Then for an adult romance books I am picking A Whisper of Eternity by Amanda Ashley. Oh Dominic, I want you.

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2. Werewolves

Do I read werewolf books? I feel like I have but I cannot really think of any at all. Cause of that, I will be going with New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

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3. Zombie

I hate zombies. I bloody hate them. I think they are the most boring thing ever, so there are really no books were zombies are a huge feature other than what people are kind of running away from. So, for this section I will be going with  The Passage by Justin Cronin. They are not really zombies, more of a failed human testing thing taking over the world, but thats the closest thing I got.


4. Ghost

A topic I haven’t read much from because I feel like it has huge potential to be horrible, but I guess I should let that go and pick up more paranormal. I pick Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar.


5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

.For this I am going to highlight Magnus from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. He is an awesome Warlock.


6. Fae/Fairy

I need to read more in this topic. I want to. I am reading a book at the moment where the main character is fae but I don’t like it so much so I am not going to pick it. Instead I am going to pick a book where the fae are kind of a secondary character, and go with Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Fae are supposed to be scary and evil in my opinion. Their world is on another level to ours so of course they wouldn’t treat things the same.


7. Demon

I am going to do something a little different from what I have seen before and pick Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey. I suggest reading past this book because the second one was better, but this world is filled with all kinds lore. Our main character is a hell spawn and then we also have the sexy sexy ghoul Stafan.


8. Angel

This is another topic that I haven’t really read much of so I only have one choice to go with and that is Fallen by Lauren Kate. Daniel is boring but Arriane was awesome.


9. Alien

I haven’t read more than one book with this topic but it doesn’t matter cause this book would win no matter anyway. I pick The Host by Stephenie Meyer. This is one of my all time favourites. I think I need to read it again soon actually.


10. Super-powered Human

So many choices I had for this, fantasy is my thing. After much umming and ahhhing I have chosen to go with The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee. I chose this one because it gives you different perspectives and different powers. It was also awesome :)






And that ends the tag. I am not going to tag anyone but if you choose to do it please link me so I can see everyones answer to the questions.




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Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween Books and Movies


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books & Movies to Read & Watch to get in the Halloween Spirit

Creating this list has seriously shown me how greatly under read/watched I am in wonderful Halloween/horror things. Horror movies used to be my favourite so I don’t understand why I cannot think of any! This must be fixed.


1. Since I literally watch this every Halloween the number one spot for me goes to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Check out its catchy Halloween song here.

2. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I think Anne Rice is pretty much a safe choice in general for Halloween/horror kind of books. This one though is filled with witchy goodness

3. The Silence of the Lambs. Now who doesn’t like this movie? Its suspenseful and has Jodie Foster. Not sure if I would call this a Halloween movie but its going on the list anyway.

4. Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar. For those who want a dose of ghostly reads.

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5. Sleepy Hollow (1999 Movie). You can tell that Tim Burton is going to pop up a bit can’t you? But who could leave this off a movie list?

6. The Passage by Justin Cronin. Zombie time!

7. House of 1000 Corpses. Anything Rob Zombie touches is horrifying and has an amazing soundtrack.

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8. Zodiac. Scary cause it really happened.

9. Edward Scissor Hands. Here is Tim again! I really think he is one of my favourites.

10. The Strangers. When people mentally and physically torture you for no reason other than the fact you were home.

and 11. for good measure, Misery. Such a good movie.

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And there is my list! More movie than book but what can you do. Not all of them are totally scary either but meh.

Be sure to share your lists this is an area I need to work on clearly.



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Book Unhaul + Giveaway

I have a big big list of books to unhaul today because I will be moving and do not want to take them with me. While some of them are are like new most of them are old and dodgy second hand things as they were not new when I got them. Best get started!


  1. Grieftime by Heather Bulpett
  2. Deadly Lode by Randall Reneau – This book is signed by the author but also has my name written inside.
  3. The Jury Must Die by Carol O’Connell
  4. Head Over Wheels by January Valentine 
  5. Blood is the New Black by Valerie Stivers
  6. Southern Cross by Patrcia Cornwell
  7. The Last Precinct by Patrcia Cornwell
  8. At Risk by Patrcia Cornwell
  9. Portrait of a Killer by Patrcia Cornwell


  1. Come the Night by Susan Krinard
  2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  4. Harmless by Julienne van Loon
  5. Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber
  6. Vampireville by Ellen Schreiber
  7. The Heiresses by Allison Rushby – Signed by author but also has my name written inside
  8. The Poison Garden by Sarah Singleton


  1. Strange Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson
  2. The Wounded Hawk by Sara Douglass
  3. Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell
  4. Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell
  5. Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell
  6. Trace by Patricia Cornwell


  1. Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
  2. Risk Factor by Charles Atkins
  3. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  4. King of the Murgos by David Eddings
  5. The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
  6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Marks on front cover
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Marks on front cover

I am willing to do a giveaway for most these books for people within Australia. Sadly to post to outside aus will cost me at least $20. If there is enough interest in a couple of books I will consider it, but for the most part I will only do aus entrants. Let me know if anyone is interested in any and I will either do a first come first serve thing or I will create an actual random selection contest thing.

Last but not least:


I am selling all of these books. The only one I have read is the first and the only other damage is from the original postage. If anyone is interested please contact me and we can work something out.

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Top Ten Tuesday – New Series


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

New in this case means that they have been released in the last couple of years. To create this list I just went on goodreads and see which series I clicked on want to read recently, so they are not really in any form of order other than the one I found them in on goodreads. I am also including trilogies in this list.

1. The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson.

2. The Red Queen Trilogy by Victoria Aveyard.

3. Guardians of Tarnec Series by Sandra Waugh.

4. Queen of Hearts Saga by Colleen Oakes.


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5. The Falconer (Trilogy?) by Elizabeth May.

6. Half Life Trilogy by Sally Green.

7. The Murder Complex (Series?) by Lindsay Cummings.

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8. The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen.

9. Pennyroyal Academy (Series?) by M.A. Larson.

10. Twin Willows Trilogy by Nicole Maggi.

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So share your lists because I need new lists of books forever and always.

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Also, I am thinking about giving away a bunch of my books, most of them will be well worn ones that were given to me. I will be doing this cause I want want to take them with me when I move so if you guys would be interested let me know and I shall set something up!


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Book Review – The Ersatz Elevator


Title: The Ersatz Elevator [A Series of Unfortunate Events 6]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 198

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13



Dear Reader,

If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.

Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


My favourite one so far. This review will contain spoilers so I suggest only reading if you do not care what is said or if you have read the book already.

In this book the children enter a home where is kind of looks like they have finally found a home where things are not so bad, nearly as good as when they were with uncle Monty, with their new caretakers Jerome and Esme. Esme only cares about what is ‘in’ and this makes our orphans worry about when orphans are no longer in, but Jerome listens to what they want and seems to go out of his way to make things comfortable. For example he gave them each a room which would accommodate each of their individual needs. He is even willing to help them or at least let the children look for their kidnapped friends the Quagmire triplets who Count Olaf got at the end of the last book.

And can I take a moment here to just fail to imagine how big this new penthouse the children move into is? Its has 75 bedrooms or something. Thats just the bedrooms, that doesn’t count any extra rooms like kitchens, bathrooms or lounge rooms. Can you picture just how big that is? How big was this damn building?

In their search for Olaf and the Quagmires the children climb down an elevator shaft with homemade rope and guess who they find at the bottom, the Quagmires. I was so happy to have them found, but they were locked up and they had to leave them to go and get something that would open the cage they were held in. By the time they returned however Olaf had moved them and hidden them in an item that he planned to sell at Esme’s auction. Later the children raced up and told Esme what was happening hoping that she would cancel the auction, but it turns out she was actually working for Olaf and is in love with him. She pushes the chidlren down the elevator shaft which has now had a net placed in it to keep the children captured until they returned for them. She screams about doing it because of Beatrice, the women our author keeps mentioning throughout the books. What on earth?! Need answers now!

Here is where I find something to complain about, everything up until now was very exciting. In order to escape Sunny must climb up the shaft with her teeth to fetch their home made rope. Lets picture that for a moment. If at all possible, it would takes years or her teeth would have to be super long and be able to kind of walk themselves up the shaft. Moving on though.

They go down the shaft and out the tunnel and pop up in their old burned down house. Again, what the hell! Esme was clearly involved somehow but we have yet to get any answers at all. The children don’t even get to rescue the Quagmire triplets and to make matters worst, because Jerome doesn’t like to argue and isn’t brave, he gives the children up to Mr. Poe again because hunting down the Quagmires seemed to dangerous. My heart wept for the kids in this book. So close, everything was so close but no dice.

My favourite quote from this book would have to be:

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.


Till Next Time…


Book Review – The Austere Academy


Title: The Austere Academy [A Series of Unfortunate Events 5]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 230

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded down

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13



Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket


I was a little worried after the last one that this one was going to go downhill from there even more but I was pleasantly surprised.

I think what made this book the most for me is the fact we are introduced to other kids, the two remaining Quagmire triplets Duncan and Isadora whose family also died in a fire. Loved these new kids, really liked seeing the orphans interact with people their own age let alone people they can relate to. Introducing these kids though makes me think that the author is trying to put across the message kids are smart, adults are stupid.

The writing style is still just as funny and annoying at the same time as all the books before it. There were a few quotes I really like:

There is no worse sound in the world than someone who cannot play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.

God yes. Its so so so painful. And the other is:

As I’m sure you know, a good night’s sleep helps you perform well in school, and so if you are a student, you should always get a good night’s sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means ‘flunk.’

Again. I agree. Though I haven’t flunked because of it a good book has done this to many times and I am sure it has done it to you as well!

Plot wise this book is very much the same as all the other ones so I really don’t know what else I can say in this review. With the children both being in similar situations we are finally getting an idea of a much bigger plot that will hopefully start taking over the story. The ending really got to me and a big mystery is opened up and I read on to find out what the answers were. If it wasn’t for this opening of larger plot I think I would have dropped the series because its not so much fun to read the same story with slightly different details over again and again.


Till Next Time…



Book Review – The Miserable Mill


Title: The Miserable Mill [A Series of Unfortunate Events 4]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 169

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13



Dear Reader,

hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire story of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


I think this was the scariest of the books thus far.

The children head on to a lumbermill where they are forced to work in exchange for their new guardian keeping Count Olaf away from the children. Of course this doesn’t happen and the children fall into more troubling events. Klaus gets hypnotised and is forced to commit horrible actions. I was freaking out when Klaus got hypnotised. It is bad enough that bad events keep happening to them and all around them but it is another to force them to join in the bad activity.

Entertainment wise though I think this is probably the one I have had the most issue with thus far.

One of the first things I had issues with, though not really that big a deal, is the fact that the place was obsessed with gum, that the children had to eat it, and it was stuck basically everywhere. You can’t eat gum. It doesn’t digest properly. And ew. I think the only reason why it was such a big deal in this book is because Klaus required gum to do something at the end of the book.

Also, I know the whole point to these stories is that they are supposed to be sad, but there was never any happy moment in the book. There wasn’t really any contrast so it was all the same and kind of dull. Even the part where someone I liked was being threatened by an electric saw, the event seemed to last an exceptionally long time so I no longer really gave a damn if they got chopped up or not because I was tired of hearing about it.

I think the thing I found most ridiculous however was at the end where Sunny, a baby who cannot even walk, had a sword fight with a fully grown woman. Oh, and Sunny didn’t even had a sword, she used her teeth instead. And apparently not being able to move or be as tall and only using the 4 teeth in her mouth she was able to be evenly matched for the woman. She didn’t even get a scratch on her face. I had to picture Sunny as baby vampire pretty much the entire time, being able to float and move quickly, and have super strength and healing otherwise it didn’t work. I know its middle grade but you don’t have to be stupid about these things!

I will say that the book had some good lines though:

Raisins are healthy, and they are inexpensive, and some people may even find them delicious. But they are rarely considered helpful.

So yes, if you are reading this series I hope you find more enjoyment from this book than I did. The more I read the more I seem not to like it. I don’t think these books are a good thing for me to marathon.


Till Next Time…


Top Ten Tuesday – Character Driven Novels


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

Writing this list has made be realise one thing. I need to read more character driven novels! Good thing you have all made wonderful lists for me ;)

1. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – Really is anyone surprised that this is up top of my list? Any of my followers or anyone who looks at my TTT often knows this book makes it way to the top of quite a few of my lists.

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Great, great book. Gives you more ‘rough’ characters.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Gives you a perspective and development of a character that is actually no longer around and those who helped make it so.

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4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Do I really need to give reasons as to why I am putting this on the list?

5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – All character development. Does she want to continue or does she just want to let go.

6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Mary goes through much growth and development in this book.

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7. The Returned by Jason Mott – Though works around people returning to the dead, I believe its character driven in the sense that its about the characters finding solace.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I love this book.

9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I feel like I am cheating a bit by putting this book on here but it still fits the theme.

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Aaannnnddd I don’t think I can actually think of a 10th book. So as usual share your lists, I am really interesting in this weeks theme so give me!

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Book Review – The Wide Window


Title: The Wide Window [A Series of Unfortunate Events 3]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 183

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13



Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


Though I liked this one I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first two.

In this book the orphans travel to their Aunt Josephine’s house which is atop a hill off the edge of the cliff over the lake. The setting of this book was quite exciting. It was interesting to get a story based around a lake that is filled with leeches that eat you all up if they even sniff a crumb on you. They will even sink a boat to get to you, which is a hardship the children must survive thanks to Josephine. It was all very exciting really.

However, Aunt Josephine is the very reason why I didn’t like this book quite as much. I want at least one side character to like other than the children. Aunt Josephine is such a horrible person. She is terrified of just about everything and will not do or let the children do a great many things that would make life easier or just plain comfortable because she is terrified about something horrible happening. For example, she is afraid to cook hot food despite how cold the house is because the stove might burst into flames. While all this could be forgiven, she does look after the children despite the stupid challenges she invents. She also actually teaches them things like grammar cause she thinks it the most important thing ever. None of this though makes up for what she does at the end of the book so if you have not read this book skip the next paragraph.

Her fear of Count Olaf, which is understandable I suppose since he tried to get her to kill herself, makes her offer the children over to him even though she knows he will make them suffer for their money, in exchange for her own life. I was so mad. A part of me was happy she got eaten by the leaches because she created all the issues herself. I did feel bad for the orphans when that happened though because someone else that was suppose to love and look after them had died and this time they had to watch it.

I don’t really know what else to say because the overall structure of the stories seems to be the same. Find new home, some bad but not so bad things, Count Olaf appears in a new outfit and tricks everyone because he has shoes on, some bad things happen, children solve issues, Count Olaf is discovered and disappears again, children move into the next home and book.

I continue on reading for I want more substance and I hope that I shall get more the more I read/listen.


Till Next Time…