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The Clock Strikes Four

birthday-4Hello everyone!

Its that time of the year again where I reflect on how much this community means to me. Four years ago today I took the plunge and posted my very first post on this blog and my journey began.

Every year I am flawed by how much the blog has grown and how lovely you all are. While last year for the majority was a complete and utter flop of a year, I did accomplish setting up my own booktube The Written Word. While its still small with only 2 subscribers I want to work on it and grow it like this blog grew.

Despite my flop of a year 128 people decided that I was a worthy read and wanted to know when I actually do things and I thank you for it. And I thank the other 197 of you that have stuck it out with me for longer. If i could dedicate all my time to you guys and putting up things that you are interested in I would!

This community is like my family and I hope to embrace it more and to gain more and more members. We come for the books, and fall in love with the community <3

I hope you are all doing well, ad I hope to keep growing my platforms and getting to know you all so much more in the years to come.

 

 

Till Next Time…

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March 2017

Hello my blogging lovelies <3

As those of you who have been around for awhile now you know that I started my blog in March back in the day and in the years since I have tried celebrating this by giving you more content than I normally would. Now, last year was a flop for me so this year I really want to set myself the challenge of putting up a post a day for the whole of March! I am not sure what yet, and I haven’t got everything mapped out or planned like I wanted, but I am going to push through anyway. If there is any kind of content you would like to see me try or do again please let me know! I am already planning on trying some other videos other than unboxings, I would like to aim for one video a week but don’t hold me to that.

See you in the words.

 

 

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Building & Organising My Shelves

Sorry this video is a day late. I had it uploaded but as I ran out the door to see David Attenborough (which was the best thing ever) I forgot to post!

This was filmed over a few days because I cannot film in the new house at night and I only have so many hours of the day where I am actually home. Enjoy :)

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Welcome 2017

Hello everyone! I bet I have been nearly and completely forgotten here. I don’t even want to talk about 2016. I was in a reading block for pretty much the entire year. In 2015 I read about 90 books, in 2016 I only read only read about 20 and basically didn’t review any of them. I feel so bad for all the publishers who sent me books in these dark reading days. I promise I will get to them :( I hope you all had a better year than I did.

I am not going to a readings resolutions post this year, I just want to focus on bringing back the joy again.

But I am hopefully that I am going to be able to turn in around this year! I took January off because I was moving. I am sill not done organising my new house but I want to get right into blogging and stuff again at the start of February so I don’t fall into the habit of not doing things again.

Here is a list of what is coming this month. Things may move around a little bit but for the most part its up and scheduled:

31/1 TTT – Visually Appealing Graphic Books

1/2 Book Review – Soundless

 

4/2 Building & Organising Shelves

 

7/2 TTT – Books I Wish Had More/Less of X (I haven’t thought of a good idea for this yet)

 

10/2 Book Review – The Glittering Court

13/2 Book Review – Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

14/2 TTT – My Favourite Romance Stories

16/2 Thursday Tags – ?

 

19/2 Sunday Shopping – Owlcrate Unboxing

21/2 TTT – Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would

22/2 Book Review – The Passion of Dolssa

 

25/2 Book Review – The Siren

 

28/2 TTT – ?

So i look forward to seeing you all in the posts! If there is anything you would like to see let me know :)

 

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Book Review & Event – Our Chemical Hearts

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Title: Our Chemical Hearts

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health

Length: 313

Rating: 3.5 to 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Principal Valentine walked past at one point and spotted me, my forehead pressed flat against my desk, and said, “Page. Aren’t you supposed to be in class?”

To which I replied, without sitting up, “My teenage hormones have rendered me too emotionaly fragile to be in a learning environment right now.”

Valentine was silent for a few seconds, then she simply said, “Carry on.”

So I did.

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

The way I came about getting this book was really… sort of like the universe telling me I had to read it. I was looking around at author events happening in Brisbane since I had such a pleasant time at BWF and I saw an event for Krystal Sutherland to talk about her debut book Our Chemical Hearts, a book I had yet to hear anything about at this point, at Riverbend Books and thought it sounded interesting so if I had the time then I would probably go. Then a couple of days later I received the Penguin email with the books available for review over the next couple of months and there it was! And its publicist just happened to be the very first publicist to give me a chance as a reviewer and send me a physical ARC. At this point the decision was pretty much made for me at this point so I sent off an email requesting the book and the Monday before the Friday event I had the book in my hands.

Now anyone who has sort of been on here for awhile that Mondays and Tuesdays are pretty much ride off days for since my schedule is filled the the brim so I was actually quite worried that I would get the to event and not have finished the book. But I managed to fly through this book in a two day stint. The writing style was very easy to read and it flowed. If I were to compare this book to other debut YA books by other authors I would not have guessed that this one was a debut.

I also thought the characters were nicely diverse and had depth to them. The only one that annoyed me (sometimes) was the only Aussie character Murray. Sometimes his slang was nauseating, but other than that everyone was fine. I think all the actions taken by each were things that people would have actually done, and none of dialogue felt forced or pointless at any point. Each character also enhanced the story or served a purpose and they didn’t feel like fillers.

I’d been truly drunk only once before, when I was sixteen. Murray had coerced me into drinking tequila with him, to test the legitimacy of the ‘one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor’ theorem. Over the course of the evening I discovered that ‘one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor’ is wildly inaccurate. It’s more like one tequila, two tequila, three tequila,vomit all over your clothes, cry while your father puts you in the shower, vomit some more, cry and ask your mother to cook you ‘salmon eggs,’ whatever that is, be put to bed by your mother, decide you’re going to escape your parents’ totalitarian regime, vomit in the garden while escaping, be put back to bed by your father, floor.

Now here comes my big issue. While I loved the plot and I thought it was really interesting to read about a story that was different from the other YA books I have read, I also didn’t like it because the entire time I was just screaming at Henry. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! IN WHAT WAY DO YOU THINK THIS WILL END?! THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! I loved the idea of becoming more beautiful after being broke, but that takes much time a and willingness to be fixed and Grace had no interest in any of that. I would like to take this moment to tell anyone is you are in a relationship in anyway similar to this one RUN FOR THE FUCKING HILLS.

The event was amazing and I am so glad I went. I love hearing authors talk about their books and lives or influences and Krystal had us all laughing at a few points. I of course got my book signed as well which is always a plus. Riverbend Books was also a very lovely bookstore that I has never visited before, and has inspired be to do a tour of Brisbane book stores at some point.

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The part I really enjoyed though was once the event was over. I got to finally meet the publicist (who I will leave unnamed just encase people try to hassle her) who gave me my first shot and sent me so many books since then, talk with the author, the bookstore owner/manager, as well as the moderator Rhianna Patrick. All of whom were lovely lady’s and were so enthusiastic about everything. Rhianna was very offended about my lack of twitter usage so now I shall have to try and become better at twitter haha. In all serious though is was amazing to be able to talk to these ladies for as long as I did :)

I think this is where I am going to leave this here. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sad YA books, and I would recommend everyone to go to as many author events as possible!

 

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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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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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2016 Reading & Blogging Resolutions

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Welcome everyone! I am so looking forward to the year to come so we might as well get started.

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I think I am going to do my reading challenges a bit different this year. Less but more. I am going to do less challenges but I think they are going to be more challenging than the ones I have done in years past.

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 90 books this year. I chose to keep the number the same because I want to try and not use single mangas towards it.
  • A-Z Challenge: Read 26 books that follow the alphabet.
  • Read at least 5 books that have been turned into movies/series, watch their movie/series counter parts, and review them both.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 12 books by a debut author.
  • Reread at least 3 books.
  • DNF books you are not liking after 150 pages. This one I will ignore if I get told it gets better in the second half.

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  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags.
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community.
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days!
  • Take notes while reading for reviews.
  • Review every book I read, even if its just a partial review.
  • Schedule my posts and reviews in advance.
  • Update the blog in one way or another (looks, domain name, youtube)
  • Be more active on social media in relation to the blog.

 

I think I shall leave my resolutions at that for now. I am working very hard on trying to get into my desired work field right now and have huge assignments this year and I don’t want to over stretch.

 

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2015 Reading & Blogging Resolutions Results

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Barring some things I didn’t do/cheated on a little I did really pretty good so we might as well get started. I am going to cross out the things I completed :)

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  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 90 books this year. This I cheated on and used manga’s and many of my books :/
  • Completely the reading goals I didn’t finish last year, then add more if I get more time.
  • Read at least 5 classics.
  • Read at least 5 different mangas/graphic novels.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 6 books by a debut author.
  • Read things I feel I will enjoy rather than feel might be ok.
  • Only read one NetGalley book at a time. I haven’t read any books off of NetGalley because I am having issues getting through a book I got two years ago. I might have to give up.
  • Be better at reading the books which are apart of my bookclubs. Nope nope nope. None.

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  • Have the courage to finally start my booktube channel. I’m seriously freaking out about it! I went to go get a camera before I had car things to pay for… Do I get credit for that?
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tagsKinda.. While I didn’t do much diversity, I did a lot of TTTs.
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community. Kinda…
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days! Mostly except the last couple of months.

Goodreads: PARTIAL CREDIT 90/90 – Though I completed I give myself partial credit because lots of them were single volume mangas.

Classics: COMPLETED 5/5

  1. The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  2. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Manga/Graphic Novel: COMPLETED 5/5

  1. Blue Spring Ride by Io Sakisaka. Pretty much all of it.
  2. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. Vol 19
  3. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman.
  4. Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino. Vol 1&2

TBR Shelf: COMPLETED 10/10 So I think the part that made this so hard last year was that I didn’t use anything twice, but I am going to let myself do that this year. Its a bonus if I kill two or more challenges with the one book. Go me for having things that fit.

  1. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit.
  2. Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin by Ayuna Fujisaki.
  3. Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino.
  4. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman.
  5. The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester.
  6. The Faerie Queen by Jeanie Lang.
  7. Losing You by Nicci French.
  8. Newes From The Dead by Mary Hooper.
  9. Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley.
  10. Nana by Ai Yazawa.

Debut Author: COMPLETED 6/6 – WOOO

  1. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway.
  2. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
  3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
  4. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.
  5. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.
  6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga.

Pretty damn happy about what I did this year. The only iffy one is the goodreads challenge. I hope to be more into improving my blogging AND my reading this year. Bring on the challenges!

 

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