November flew by super quickly! I had such an awesome month, with two bookish events as well as meeting Sarah J Maas at Supanova! Yesterday I donated quite a few books to the library and also some cans of food to free up my library fines lol. It’s always freeing to do so, I just had to be honest with myself that some books I’m never going to read!
We’re still having no luck with the house hunting, we’ve seen about 30 houses over the past 2 months and it’s just a really competitive market at the moment. Hopefully we’ll find something soon in the new year. Just under 1.5 weeks until I go on Christmas break, we’ll be visiting Whitsundays for a few nights for some beach relaxation!
Meeting Sarah J Maas
I managed to get all 6 of my books signed after waiting in line for an hour each time, it was so exciting to see so many people lining up for her.
She remembered me from Twitter that morning and said we had chatted a few times before too! She’s so completely gorgeous and talented, I’m so lucky to have met one of my favourite authors ever! I was so starstruck I had to be slowly pushed away lol.
Also attended this panel with some fantasy authors and got some fascinating insight into Sarah’s writing process. She says sometimes she has to let the guys shine once in a while because Celaena is so kickass. Her strong heroine inspiration is Willow from Buffy, because she didn’t immediately start out strong. She got the idea for Throne of Glass when she was 16 and gets her best friend who is a martial artist to go through her fight scenes – which is why they’re so realistic! She also says “Never piss off a writer because we’ll kill you off in our novel,” because she names throwaway characters after them hahaha!
I also met Isobelle Carmody and got my Red Queen signed, which is the 7th book that took her over 20 years to conclude! It’s part of the Obernewtyn Chornicles which is a post-apocalyptic Australian YA series, the first book which was published in 1987!
Had an amazing time at PTALive held by Penguin Random House, finding out about new books to add to the TBR, meeting new readers and book lovers and catching up with Bec and Sarah. Unfortunately there wasn’t a goodie bag this year, there were signed copies of Magnus Chase and ARCs of Yellow and Frankie for giveaways, but I wasn’t lucky enough to get any of them lol. Check out my PTALive Event Recap and 2016 books you should add to your TBR here!
Here’s some photos below:
The most hilarious moment of the whole night was when Felicity (from Penguin Teen) described the Lunar Chronicles as “four girls dragging their whipped boyfriends across the universe to overthrow the government”. LOL I’ve never heard it described in that way before, so accurate!
Some of my signed books with my book haul in the past 2 weeks.
Eleanor by Jason Gurley – The ARC cover for this title is gorgeous, it sounds like one of those lovely time travel magical realism books.
Trust Me, I’m Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer – I haven’t read the first book yet, but was sent this one. I will probably track down the first book at the library.
The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody – Haven’t read the rest of the series yet, so when I got the 7th book I was like…what am I going to do? Luckily I do own Obernewtyn (the first book in the series), so I’ll have to read it at some point.
Chimera by Mira Grant – My current read at the moment, the conclusion to the awesome tapeworm zombie series 😀
Thanks to Hachette, Penguin Random House, Text Publishing, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster for sending me these review copies.
Batman Arkham Universe: The Ultimate Visual Guide – You guys know how much I love Batman, so when I saw this game guide at Supanova, I just had to pick it up. It profiles the characters, weapons, villains and location so it’s pretty cool!
Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen – I’ve wanted to read this series forever since Bec recommended it to me, and I haven’t read a series with trolls in it. I picked this up at QBD’s Christmas sale, I just can’t resist!
Winter by Marissa Meyer – Picked this one up when Dymocks was having a sale. I’ll be reviewing this soon, I loved the conclusion to the series!
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – Also picked this one up at the QBD Sale, I’ve heard it’s like Game of Thrones lite with lots of point of views.
I got the hardback of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer from Kelly in a swap and Snow Like Ashes from Joy as part of #AusYASecretSanta! I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while and was so excited when I opened up the package.
In my latest booktube video, I wrap up my November book haul, raved about Winter by Marissa Meyer and give you a preview of the Harry Potter Colouring Book.
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- Currently reading Chimera, which is the last book in the Parasitology series (about tapeworm zombies).
- All My Secrets is a thriller set on an island, and the central love triangle ruined it for me. 2 stars.
- Risk is an Aussie YA on the perils of online dating. It’s actually scarily realistic, but not much of a thriller. 3 stars.
- Last but not least, Winter was a fantastic conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles series! It was EPIC and gave me so many feels. 4.5 stars.
Reviews to come!
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- The 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards are out! The winner of YA Fiction is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and YA Fantasy is Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas! I’m completely stoked about the winners, they truly deserved it. I also voted for Golden Son in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi section and so glad to hear that it won as well!
- I watched Mockingjay Part 2 and I had mixed feelings on it. Here’s my written review on ibrary and my booktube video.
- Illuminae is getting adapted for the big screen by Brad Pitt’s studio! I knew this would be an awesome movie.
- The first 11 chapters of Glittering Court by Richelle Mead are available here.
- The cover for Stars Above, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles short stories has been released and it is GORGEOUS! The excerpt can be read here.
You May Have Missed…
- Jenna reviewed A Corner of White which blended fantasy and contemporary perfectly.
- I talked about how I went with my blogging goals this year in the Aussie YA Secret Santa Blog Hop.
- Aila reviewed These Shallow Graves which offered a great mystery set in the 1980’s.
- I urged bloggers to Remember Why They Started and to not stress about blogging, reviews and ARCs.
How was your bookish week?