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Brisbane Writers Festival 2016

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So this weekend I went to Brisbane Writers Festival! This isnt an even that I would normally consider going to as I went to the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the things I went to see where just not things I am interested in and I struggled not to fall asleep.

But then Melina Marchetta posted that she was going to be at BWF and my world stopped. I had a mini breakdown and went on a hunt to see who, when and where. I had it all worked out except on the 10th I also had a baby shower to attend so I made my friend push it back by half an hour so that I could do all the things and not be too late for that :D

So on the 10th I got up bright and early to go make sure I got a park and I could look around and make sure I got a good spot in Melina’s book talk for the book Tell The Truth Shame The Devil which the publishers were kind enough to send to me so I had managed to read it before the talk. I had all this extra time up my sleeve because I had read someones ‘guide to surviving BWS 2015’ and they had said rock up super early because there was a line for carparks and what not. Well thank god I didn’t mind being early because this was not the case. I don’t know if it just wasn’t as busy this year or if that person was talking about the weekday events but it was rather quiet on the weekend.

I loved every moment of the talk and I can now proudly say that my favourite book is signed. It feels soo good. I just wish I had had the guts to ask her for a picture, but she was so serious and composed the entire time. I was just so flustered!

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Then after Melna’s talk I went to a booktalk with Jay Kristoff for his book Nevernight. Holly hell that man is tall! He came in like a dark lord towering above us all but was super happy and friendly the whole time. Again I really really enjoyed this talk despite the fact that I have yet to actually read this book. I do have a copy, just haven’t gotten to it yet with my schedule :( I think in terms of talks I liked this one even more because Jay told us a few different stories about a few other books as well, and he was just so damn happy and enthusiastic the entire time.

This super friendly attitude was sort of my downfall here though. I was like the 5th person in line, but he was so friendly to everyone that it took like 20 minutes for him to get to me and by then I am freaking out because I was already going to be late for the shower and everyone was taking pictures so I wanted a picture too but then I freaked and sort of invaded his personal space and bhfiebkjrkjbrjkbf. I was very embarrassed for myself. I look spastic in the picture too!

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Then I raced down to the shower and proceeded to get drenched helping her get presents inside the house when the shower was over.

Moving on to the day to, the very first thing I did was see that David Levithan was about to come out for his signing, and while I have yet to read any of his works, some of them where for sale there so I thought why the hell not and picked up a few of his works and had him sign them for me. It was a bit awkward because I couldn’t comment on anything of his so I just asked him how his day was going haha.

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I then went straight to Meg Rosoff’s book talk on her latest book Johnathan Unleashed, which I have not read because I have not heard very good things but I had just got given and read How I Live Now so I was interested in listening to what she had to say. She had a very different kind of way about how she did the interview. It was very serious but also funny in a serious kind of way, sort of a sarcastic funny. She at one point said how she wished she got asked or compliment more on other works besides How I Live Now and was sort of sick about hearing about it so this lead to me awkwardly apologising for not having a more original  book for her to sign as I was the first person in line XD

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Then I had Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman talking about Illuminae. This was just as fun as the Nevernight talk. This talk had the same host and she was really good at asking the right questions and keeping everything fun. Jay and Amie are just the funniest thing together they get along so well. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I didn’t realise they were Australian authors that had just gotten then works published in the US first because it was a bigger market. I just assumed they were from the US because thats where the books were first happening.

Again I got a photo with these two. I wasn’t going to because no one before me and the girl I was in line with had gotten pictures, but then the girl asked me to take a picture and I just said only if you don’y mind taking one for me as well! You can see if this picture I was very conscious not to invade anyones space haha.   I also had the guts to asked a question during the panel about whether or not they felt pressure for writing the third book because of the success of the first two and they said that it was already written and they try not to look at reviews as to keep true to what they wanted to write. This is probably a good way of doing things. But yes, just two of the most friendly people in the world.

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And then of course no literature day is complete without getting hold of some stationary.

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And that all I have for you guys today, sadly there will be no TTT this week as I do not have time, but for the first time in a very long time I might have the weekend off so I hope I can get some posts in there somewhere.

 

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Bout Of Books 17 – Wrap Up

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Soooooo I didn’t end up having much time for this read-a-thon as you can see. I didn’t do challenges and I only really got to read on the weekend. BUT I did manage to complete my overall goal of finishing at least 2 of my books I wanted to read so for someone in a reading slump I think thats pretty great.

Total Pages Read: 649

Books Finished:

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Books Unfinished:

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Bout Of Books 17 – Day 1 Challenges + Update

 

Day 1

Pages Read: 31

Books Read: The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling.

Book to Movie Challenge

All I need you to do is share with us your favorite book-to-movie adaptation and your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation. You can give reasons for your answers or just names, it’s really up to you how much you share.

For more info please follow the link.

My Favourite: Mockingjay Part 1

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This is just my most recent movie adaptation besides TFIOS, but I going to put this one first.

Least Favourite: City of Bones

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I haven’t even hit 10 minutes into this movie without turning it off with hatred.

 

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Bookshelf Organisation

Hello and welcome! Today I bring to you my very first video! Woo! I thought a bookshelf organisation video would be a good way to kick things off on my channel. I have a bookshelf tour coming up as well so stay tuned :D. I do have to let you know however that these videos I filmed at the start of the year, and do not include any books that have come into my possession since then.

I want to film more, but right now I am filming on my tablet and it is proving very difficult just to set the thing up and get it at an appropriate height to film since I cannot attach it to a tripod. Im going to try and get my hands on a camera, but that could be a long way off.

If you guys would like anymore videos please let me know! Also let me know what kind of things you would like to see. While I will not do video reviews of every book I read, upon request or ones I feel deserve the effort I shall do video reviews. I will also do tags, challenges, and anything else I think would be fun. Let me know what you guys think, I hope you all have wonderful days :).

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – REWIND Quotes From Books Read In The Last Year

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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 Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Last Year

Now this weeks topic is a rewind where we get to take posts from the past that we would like to do/do again and I decided this would be a good week to post one that I had started writing up but never finished. Does it matter if they are all from the same book? I shall try to avoid this haha these shall be in random order.

1.

To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did.
I was just a girl.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

2.

‘Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you.’ Valek’s warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

‘But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.’

‘That sounds more like a poison than a person,’ was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

‘Exactly,’ Valek replied. ‘You have poisoned me.’

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

3.

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

4.

We’d been born with our souls’ fingers interlocked. What if we’d never let go?

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang.

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5.

“Guards are of no use in a library.”
Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries are full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Mass.

6.

I’m an accident. I’m a lie. And my life depends on maintaining the illusion.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

7.

But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

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8.

Whenever she had a problem to consider, she invariably found herself in the library, for it was easier to think when she was surrounded by books.

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

9.

And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

10.

 

A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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Book Review – Special

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Title: Special

Author: Georgia Blain

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Length: 320

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I am not Delia Greene. I should not be here. Why haven’t they come for me?

Alone in my room, I log onto the Wastelands, the data dump where anonymity is guaranteed, where people go to throw their unfilled hopes and dreams, their despair, their pain, their loneliness, a great tangle and mess of words that cannot be unravelled, and I start to tell this story. The names are changed. So are the locations. As for the rest? It is up to you to choose what you want to believe . . .

Special is a beautifully crafted and atmospheric YA novel set in the not-too-distant future, where corporations control everyone’s lives from their DNA to their schooling and career. Where a Lotto Girl – designed from before birth to be Special in every way – can escape the slums and be given every opportunity to shine at an exclusive boarding school. Where the future is bright. Until it all goes wrong . . .

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to say a big thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me a copy of this book to review!

I don’t really know how I feel about this book.

Part of me really wants to like it. The idea of it is pretty good, and it is totally something I can see our world turning into. Children are altered to become ‘specials’ mostly by rich people, but once a year 4 families from the poor districts win ‘the lotto’ and get to genetically alter their baby girl to be and have her go off and study at the special schools for the specials. These people thrive far above the rest while those who are poor remain their and live each day at a time because they might not have a next one because they don’t get given a chance to even earn enough for the one day.

See, good idea and totally something our meddlesome ways could potentially head towards. This idea combined with the very easy to read and well flowing writing style of Georgia Blain had me charging through this book up until about two thirds of the way through where my enjoyment sort of just stopped.

It was at this point that I realised that I hadn’t really formed any kind of attachment to the characters. They start to go through some stuff and found that I didn’t really care. I actually didn’t like our main character Fern that much she took her whole ‘special’ title way too seriously and was really up herself.

Spoiler – Then when she finds out she is probably isn’t so damn special she totally freaks out which I don’t get. If anything I feel like I would like to find that out, because she was able to keep up with all the other specials even though she was normal. But no, she totally freaks out because she cannot call herself special anymore. – End Spoiler

We don’t get any world building, and nothing in the plot really gets explained or we don’t get any answers to things. I know part of the book is that you are supposed to make your own choice about how things work out or what is the truth, but I don’t think that worked. The story because nothing was really answered seemed pretty pointless to me.

I don’t know if I would recommend this book to anyone. If you have free day to fill I wouldn’t say not to read it, but there are better things. It has made me want to read more from the author though because the style was nice.

 

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24 Years

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Heres to my 24th twirl around the sun, and with that I bring you another evil bunny post to mark the day! He just gets more and more aggressive each year. Silly bunny.

In the past year I have completed my course and gotten another job after my old one fell through, but I right now I don’t feel like I have accomplished much. Starting from scratch at a new job that isn’t on the path goal to the one I really want makes me feel… icky. The work environment is not ideal either, but I hope that it gets better with time and becomes less stressful. But as of the 9th I will be starting to officially volunteer at the wildlife sanctuary that helped run my course and this will help keep my name in for job opportunities. Even if the thought of getting up at 6am to go to work there hurts me on many levels haha.

After finishing work today (writing this post ahead of time) my boyfriend is taking me out to dinner and then we have tickets to see Suicide Squad because it came out today. SO EXCITED. This movie better be as amazing as I want it to be. I was tossing up between it and the Absolutely Fabulous movie, but since I know he will not get as much enjoy from that as me so my mother and I are going to see it in gold class after I am done with the sanctuary for the day. So many good movies <3

But birthdays mean hauls and I know thats what everyone really wants ;) I don’t think I am going to be getting many books for this particular birthday, but depending on the kind of things I get I may do a birthday haul anyway. I will be doing two book hauls however for the time period that I have been away, one for books I have bought and one for books that have been sent to me by publishers. Until then however, I think thats about all I should say for this blog. I hope you guys all have a wonderful day!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Would Buy Right Now

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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 I Would Buy Right Now If Someone Handed Me A Gift Card

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. While I have a copy of this book, I need this edition. Its so beautiful.

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. The hardcover of this book is so stunning I have been avoiding the paperback.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I avoided the movie because I don’t have this book yet. I need it.

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. While I have read an loved this book I still don’t own a physical copy and it is madness to me.

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8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Same as the above. WHY DON’T I OWN IT.

9. The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen. And the blasphemy continues.

10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It doesn’t matter that I have not yet read the first book.

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