Monthly Archives: Apr 2015

Book of the Month #4: April 2015

Akin to a monthly wrap up, Book of the Month is where I list all of the books that I have read this month and nominate my favorite.

Unfortunately, April hasn’t been that great of a reading month for me with a total of only four books. Hopefully May will bring with it many more books read. However, I do admit that it has been a pretty good month in terms of blog posts.

April Reads

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The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski.

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Ignite (Ignite #1) by Erica Crouch.

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All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter.

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The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3) by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.

April’s Book of the Month is…

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The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski.

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A title that I actually discovered and viewed through NetGallery, The Winner’s Crime is an absolutely spectacular read. For more of my thoughts you can check out my review (just click the book title).

Honourable Mention

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey. I am so close to finishing this book but alas I was not able to do so tonight. Not only is this cover absolutely gorgeous, but the story inside is brilliant, enthralling and just so good. Be sure to keep an eye out for my review which I will hopefully be posting sometime tomorrow.

What are your thoughts? Have you read any of the books that I did this month? Do you have a different preference? Why/Why not? Do you agree with me? How many books have you read this month? Do you have any recommendations for me? Please leave your answers in the comments below.

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Book Haul #3: April 2015

Hello everyone! Today I have a lovely book haul for you which I am super excited about! I have seven books to show you that I have been eyeing off for quite some time and have finally bought. Also, you can see a sneak peek of my gorgeous new shelves that I got last Friday! I am planning on doing a Bookshelf Tour, but it may be a while before I actually get onto that.

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All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter. I had never read an Ally Carter book before so found this beautiful hardcover at bargain price I just couldn’t resist.

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Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a copy of Poison Study (Study #1) in my local bookstore so I ordered it on the Book Depository.

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Fire Study (Study #3) by Maria V. Snyder.

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Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1) by Maria V. Snyder. I believe that the Soulfinders series is a spinoff to the Study series.

Also, while I did buy Maria’s books for their content, I must say that these covers are absolutely gorgeous!

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A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Grey. I am currently reading this book and I absolutely adore it! Not only is the cover stunning, but the writing, characters and plot has had me hooked since the first page.

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Paper Towns by John Green. I have heard so many good things about this books and with the movie coming out in Australia on July 21st, I simply couldn’t not buy it.

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Scorpion Mountain (Brotherband #5) by John Flanagan. For those of you who aren’t aware, Brotherband is the spinoff series to Ranger’s Apprentice series which was a very influential set of books in my reading journey. I have actually also met John Flanagan, and he’s really cool. I can’t wait to marathon Brotherband books four and five!

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That’s all for this month’s book haul! Keep an eye out for more monthly book hauls to come. Please let me know if you have read any of the books that I’ve hauled or series that I have mentioned as I would love to discuss them with you!

Until next time… 😉

Teaser Tuesday #8

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

– Grab your current read.
– Randomly open a page.
– Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey

“Your hair…” he said, and his voice trailed off, because even Paul possessed enough tact to know that calling a girl’s hair a “disaster zone” was probably unwise.

What are your Teaser Tuesdays? Leave a link in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check them out 🙂

Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery

Finished on 4th August, 2013

Author: Dr. Kate Middleton

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5 Stars

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What is an eating disorder? What are the symptoms? What causes them? And is full recovery possible? Written primarily for young adults, this insightful handbook is designed to push those suffering from eating disorders towards recovery. Information is provided on every aspect of eating disorders, including what they are, how they operate, who is prone to have them, and how they can be treated. Worksheets and positive case studies designed to be motivational complete this informative guide that is perfect for those with a disorder, as well as their family and friends.

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As you can probably tell from the date read, this review is long overdue. I thought that I had posted it onto my blog with the original lot of reviews from Goodreads, but it seems not.

Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery is an extremely helpful and insightful guide to eating disorders. It covers what they are (focusing on anorexia and bulimia), understanding why someone might have them, some of the emotions and thinking patterns behind it and a step-by-step guide on what recovery is and how it is possible to obtain.

Every sentence is jam-packed with information and practicalities. This book is written not only for those suffering from an eating disorder (or think they are) but is also aimed at parents and even simply curious readers.

Kate Middleton (not the one who recently married into the English royal family) is actually the director of one of the main eating disorder corporations called Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC). So, you can rest in the knowledge that this book was not simply written from theory, but from real people’s experiences and practical handling.

All in all, Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery is a very informative, helpful, jam-packed book for not only sufferers, but for parents and curious readers.

Day and Night Book Tag

I have seen this tag floating around the BookTube community for a while and so was quite excited when I was tagged by Meena from Tattooed Pages to complete it. So thank you Meena!

D: Do you read more in the morning or at night?

I read more in that afternoon/evening and at night than in the morning (unless you count the wee hours such as 12-3am).

A: Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was the first book for me that really delved into the issues of suicide and bullying in a contemporary setting. Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery by Kate Middleton (not the one married to a prince!) was very influential and insightful in my understanding of eating disorders.

Y: YA or not?

Heck yes.

A: Are there any characters you honestly believe to be real?

Unfortunately, no matter how much I wish it otherwise, book characters are works of fiction. So, no

N: Nobody borrows my books or I don’t mind lending them out?

It depends on who is borrowing the book(s). I do lend out my books to a few trusted people.

D: Do you ever smell your books?

Many sometimes, but not really.

N: Not everyone likes books, is this a positive or a negative?

It’s certainly a very depressing thing to witness. I am passionate about and I enjoy stories, no matter what form they’re in – book, film, TV show, it doesn’t matter. However, books are by far my favourite format and, I believe, the most important.

I: I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?

I try to keep my books in the best condition, though I do tend to break my spines. However, it is an entirely different story for (most of) my school books. *cough* Unnecessary highlighting, annotations, pen, grey lead… Whoops.

G: Gosh I have too many books! True or False?

I have so many more books to buy it is not even funny. Now that I actually have a job, I have so much catching up to do…

H: Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something, and if so how?

The most memorable time is when I was on holidays in Queensland and brought a class text with me that belonged to the school library so that I could do my homework. I clearly remember spilling tomato soup all over the open pages and mum coming in and having to use the hair dryer to get rid of it. To be fair, it was a really bad book (Hunting Elephants) and I would have only been in grade five at the time.

T: Toned or untoned while reading? . . or in other words. . .Do you read and workout at the same time?

Hahahaha–NO. Just, no. I don’t even know how that would work… Not that I really care as I don’t work out regardless.

Thank you again Meena! I tag Lizzie from mylittlebookblog and Katie from IntoTheBookCase to do this tag. I also tag anyone  who stumbles upon this and decides that they want to do it – you can say that I officially tagged you. Please let me know if you do so I can check out your answers!

Liebster Award #2

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First and foremost, I would like to give a huge thank you to A Fangirl’s Opinion for nominating me for the Liebster award!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog!
  • Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than or equal to 3000 followers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 new questions.

As I have done a post on this only a couple of weeks ago, I will be bending the rules slightly and not nominating fellow blogs and posing questions for them to answer.

11 Facts About Me: (This is getting ridiculous. After the One Lovely Blog Award, the Liebster Award and the Versatile Blogger Award, I am running out of ideas – not that I’m complaining about being nominated, I feel truly honored by that.)

  • I am a Ravenclaw.
  • I can never decide between the young Remus Lupin or the young Sirius Black… I would probably have more in common with Remus, but I ship him and Tonks, so…
  • My beautiful new custom made bookcases came and were installed yesterday! I am so excited and they look absolutely stunning! I am certainly on my way to having a wall of books… (Let me know in the comments if you are interested in a bookshelf tour!)
  • I have organised my books into books that are not mine, nonfiction books and then authors A-Z.
  • I am still in high school.
  • Despite living in Australia, I do not read many Australian authors (which is something that I want to fix).
  • I have 14 signed books and 2 additional author signatures, but I am eager to collect more (though there does not seem to be much – if any – opportunity for that…)
  • The books that I have signed are…
    Blossom Possum by Gina Newton
    – The Dragon Keepertrilogy, prequel and encyclopedia by Carol Wilkinson
    If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
    The Ruins of Gorlan and The Outcasts by John Flanagan
    Girl Underground and Grace by Morris Gleitzman
    The two author’s signatures are from Fiona Wood and Kieth Grey.
  • The day that I was going to meet John Flanagan, I would have brought all of his books that were out at the time with me but my mum protested and said that he wouldn’t sign them all. I listened to her but then found out through conversation with him that he would have signed them all had I brought them. – I am still rather depressed about it to this day.
  • I have red streaks in my hair.
  • TenRose is my OTP! And it’s cannon!! *squeal* David Tennant said so ;).

Questions From A Fangirl’s Opinion:

#1: If you could switch roles with any fictional or real person, who would it be?

Ooh, this is really hard… It’s a tie between Tessa Grey from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because Will Herondale and a Ravenclaw from the Harry Potter universe – I would love to be Hermione’s best friend and, you know, magic.

#2: Hardbacks or Paperbacks?

While I adore the look of hardbacks and get extremely jealous when I watch BookTube and see all of these beautiful hardbacks behind them *cough* Katytastic *cough*, I have to go with paperbacks as they are a lot cheaper and I can essentially get two for the price of one hardback. However, there will be instances when I want to/will buy the hardback instead of the paperback, in spite of the cost.

#3: What is the saddest book you’ve read?

Hmm… The saddest book on my shelf would have to be Falling into Place by Amy Zhang – I remember sobbing my eyes out reading that. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusac and A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French are also really sad.

#4: What films/books/tv shows are you really looking forward to this year?

This is hard and will be rather long… There are probably more than what I list but I cannot think of them off the top of my head.
Movies
– Tomorrowland
– The Longest Ride
– Paper Towns
– Inside Out
– Ant Man (I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday and LOVED it!)

Books
Magnus Chase and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody
The Heir by Kiera Cass
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Winter by Marissa Meyer (No, I have not read Cinder but I plan to get caught up on the series before the finale comes out.)

TV Shows
– New episodes of Agents of SHIELD
– New episodes of Supernatural
– The next season of Doctor Who and the Christmas special
– The BBC Sherlock Christmas special
– The next season of The Blacklist
– New episodes of Elementary

#5: What/Who inspired you to start blogging?

Funny story, actually. About two years ago, we had to make a website for health as part of our assessment. I got a good mark and the task introduced me to WordPress. Naturally, I deleted the content as soon as I had my result but could not remove the site – which is why the URL joysofbookworms.wordpress.com is private. (For those of you who don’t know, this website is joysofbookworms99). That summer break, I got bored so for whatever reason decided to create another website and post all of my reviews that I had put on Goodreads. About six months later, I revisited the site and started posting some more reviews and started participating in some weekly book memes. And, low and behold, here I am a year and a half later.

#6: If you were offered a career of you dreams what would it be?

I aspire to be a clinical psychologist specialising in youth. However, I also really want to be a professional reviewer – getting sent physical books would be a dream come true.

#7: Whats the best advice you have ever been given/gave?

I think the best ideal/attribute/quality (I’m not sure of the right word here) that I live by and think is really important is to just be yourself. Embrace you likes, your dislikes and your passions, no matter what anyone says. Don’t let people make you ashamed of who you are – be it in looks, skills, passions, friends or otherwise. Never let anyone pressure you into changing. In the same way, do this to others – try to be understanding and not judge others.

There is one quote that I remember loving and feeling really impacted by: “Somewhere in the midst of it all, it hit you. You realised that these days are more than ice cream trips, homework and pimples. This is called life. And this one is yours.”

#8: What was your favourite childhood book/film/tv show?

Ben 10 and Ben 10 Alien Force. No doubt about it.

#9: Favourite Disney Film?

Beauty and the Beast. I have always loved Belle – even before I became a massive reader, I always admired her passion for books. The bookstore and the library have stayed with me ever since I first saw them.

#10: Who is your favourite villain and why?

Dolores Umbridge. No matter how many books I read, I doubt I will ever find a villain as despicable as she. Let’s face it – we all want her dead more than Voldemort.

#11: If someone wrote a book about you, what would it be called?

Hmm… I have several ideas, all relatively cliché: Joys of a Bookworm; Live. Laugh. Read.; Obsessed? No. Just look at all my bo– Oh; Too Many Books, Too Little Time.

Thank you again to A Fangirl’s Opinion for nominating me for this award! Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Cover Reveal: Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) by Shannon A. Thompson

Hello everyone! I am super excited to be participating in another cover reveal – especially considering it’s for another of Shannon’s books! If you haven’t seen the cover reveal that I did for Minutes Before Sunset, the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy, you can check it out here. Shannon is a really lovely person and an absolutely amazing author. If you have not heard of the trilogy, I have reviews for all three installments: Minutes Before Sunset, Seconds Before Sunrise and Death Before Daylight.  Shannon is also holding a giveaway for Minutes Before Sunset, for which you can find links to later in this post.

Message from the Author:

The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at shannonathompson@aol.com, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.

Thank you for reading about this dark journey,

~SAT

Be sure to check out Shannon’s blog for readers and writers.

YouTube Video Reveal

This link will work at noon (CDT).

For those of you who can’t wait that long, here it is!

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Ta Da! Isn’t it beautiful? I certainly love it! Let me know what you think in the comments below ;).
 

Synopsis:

Seconds Before Sunrise (Book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy)

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.” 

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

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