Anyone who’s clued in on the blogosphere will know, that it’s been a drama-filled week for us book bloggers. From controversial opinions turning into a shitstorm on Twitter, it was just a disappointing and eye-opening experience. All I can say on that is, if you don’t like what someone shares on their blog, you don’t have to attack them on Twitter by linking to them and sharing their name. Blogging is about sharing your honest opinion, and we shouldn’t hate on someone for that.
On a more positive note, I received some SUPER HUGE exciting news this week that I can’t wait to share with you guys! I can’t tell you yet, but it’s the biggest thing that’s happened to my blogging career!!!
Next week is my birthday on January 30, and I’ve finally mustered up some excitement for it! I’m well and truly past my mid 20’s, which makes you reflect on everything I’ve experienced.
Last week for my giveaway on Twitter for This Raging Light by Estelle Laure! All you need to do is follow on Twitter and retweet this post. The giveaway ends 31/1/2016.
Last weekend, I grabbed some book bargains at our twice yearly Lifeline Bookfest which is the biggest secondhand book fair in the southern hemisphere with Chiara. I’m super happy with my haul – every book here was $4-6! You really have to take your time sifting through the many rows of books and it’s quite hit or miss. But it’s definitely worth it!
Here’s my haul – I came home and saw I had House of Hades already – noooooo! #booknerdproblems
- Burning Midnight was an interesting adventure based on hunting spheres that give you abilities. The ending was crazy though. 3 stars.
- I participated in the #KingdomReaders readalong with Josie and a few others on Twitter. While Falling Kingdoms didn’t offer that much depth, it was still a fluffy entertaining read. 3 stars.
- Currently reading Saint Anything which I’ve put off for a year (I’m sorry Penguin Teen Australia!). It takes me a while to work up to emotionally heavy books, but I’m enjoying it so far.
- I enjoyed A Madness So Discreet so much that I borrowed Not a Drop to Drink from the library! A beautifully written book set in a historical insane asylum and a twisty murder mystery. 4.5 stars.
My favourite pics I’ve posted from the past few weeks:
- Preorder this beautiful signed limited edition of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare on Waterstones (UK) or Dymocks (Aus).
- The 2016 Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers Book Club Challenge is now live, by Nara! You can participate here! If you haven’t already, you can join the group on Facebook or Goodreads.
- Our beloved Snape from the Harry Potter movies, Alan Rickman has passed away. RIP to a fantastic actor.
- Want to blog about games through our gaming feature, Read Play Blog? Ana and I are planning something different, make sure you sign up for updates!
- Bieke, Rachel of Istyria Book Blog and Liza @ Reading with ABC have combined their blogs! Check out the beautiful Quite the Novel Idea!
- Shadowhunters has now been aired on Netflix around the world! I haven’t watched it yet. I’m kind of afraid.
- The cover reveal for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, the second book in A Court of Thorns and Roses is out! AND ITS GORGEOUS.
- SUICIDE SQUAD TRAILER DROP – This looks like so much fun!!
I’ve enjoyed these discussion posts in the past few weeks:
- Aentee @ The Social Potato on do truly unique books exist?
- Cynthia @ Book Binges blogs about when an author doesn’t like your review
- Aentee @ Read at Midnight on the integrity of book blogging – how do we stay honest?
- Kat @ Cuddlebuggery talks how to deal with blogging with anxiety and depression
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight talks about numerical ratings
- Mel @ The Daily Prophecy is hosting her annual LoveaThon this year, to help spread the love within the bookish community!
- Josephine @ Word Revel gave us a handy guide on choosing your camera and equipment for Bookstagram.
- Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist shares a controversial post of book blogger confessions
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- I ask whether we’re desensitised with death and how randomly it occurs in books.
- Second Chance Summer made Jenna cry because of how emotional it was, find out why in her review.
- Aila absolutely adored Starlight, a space pirate novel with a swoony romance.
- I didn’t enjoy the 5th Wave book, but found the movie quite entertaining, despite the cheese.
How was your bookish week?