Phew, it’s been a super busy time lately, I have barely had time to blog! I don’t know what I would do without Aila and Jenna and scheduling!
Next week I’m heading to Brisbane Writer’s Festival and catching up with lots of authors and bloggers. I’ll also film an August reading wrap up and put it up separately when I get the chance.
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for I finally put up my bookshelves in my new home! I feel so much better now that it’s up, it took a straight 6 hours of rearranging, moving boxes and unpacking! I originally wanted to do a full rainbow, but I realised that 50% of my books actually have black spines. So I just arranged it into 1 rainbow shelf and my favourites/display books.
Because I can’t fit all my books on the main shelves, I’m using my old bookshelves in one of the bedrooms featuring my TBR pile, review copies and books I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Also there’s a lot of the black spined books that didn’t fit into the rainbow.
Loop Day Event – 3 September
I got the chance to head to the exclusive preview of Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children at our local cinema. Penguin Teen Australia held a competition for a few lucky people to attend, and my friend couldn’t go so she gave me her spot! It was such an awesome event, with lots of fun activities – got one of my nails painted, some yummy doughnuts, fruit carving and a tattoo.
We also got this amazing goodie bag featuring tickets to movie when it comes out! The movie looks like it’s going to be amazing, with some great actors and scenery as directed by Tim Burton. I haven’t read the book yet but this definitely makes me excited for the movie.
#MonthofMaas Trivia Challenge – YouTube
The amazing Piera Forde invited me and Aprilius Maximus to take part in her Month of Maas quiz on the Throne of Glass series. This video is basically just me laughing my ass off but you can tell how much fun we all had! It was really inspiring seeing other people’s book rooms and her vlogging set up!
Check out the video here. (Warning: Throne of Glass series spoilers!)
August Book Haul
It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do a book haul, so here’s all of the books I got during August! No doubt I’m missing a few, it’s been totally hectic.
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
Shield by Rachael Craw
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Girl in Pieces by Katherine Glasgow
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Elegy by Jane Abbott
Becoming Aurora by Elizabeth Kasmer
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
Thank you Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, Pan Macmillan Australia, Scholastic Australia, UQP, Bloomsbury, HarperCollins Australia and Walker Books Australia for sending me these review copies!
The Flywheel by Erin Gough
Faking it by Gabrielle Tozer
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar – Kirsty gifted me a signed copy of this book as thanks for hosting the Writing Herstory panel earlier this month! (Recap here)
The Diet Starts on Monday by Tamar Chnorhokian
The Girl from Before – I got these 4 books from the Hachette Christmas Roadshow, which I was lucky enough to attend with booksellers!
There May Be A Castle by Piers Torday (not pictured)
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
My Best Friend is a Goddess by Tara Eglington – the lovely Tara sent me this book, which I’m excited to read.
#SaveOzStories – Picked up this free short story collaboration at the bookstore.
And all these books below from April when we met up!
OZYAY on Air – September
Today, we’re talking about two recent Aussie YA releases live on ABC Radio. I gave both of these books 3 stars, I enjoyed them but they weren’t without issues. I’ll review them soon on the blog!
As always, will post up the link to the podcast once it’s up. Or subscribe to the #LoveOzYA podcast here!
What about Jenna & Aila?
Aila recently got back from hiatus during her holiday in Bali which looked really stunning!
Jenna has been hauling books and attended the Melbourne Writer’s Festival and met David Levithan & Rainbow Rowell! (I’m totally jealous)
How was your bookish month?
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Gaaah, so pretty the rainbow books/bookshelves!! Must of been so nice to get that done!
Definitely seems like you've been busy! And so many new books to read 😉 I'm thinking I need to check out A Torch Against the Night, I didn't love book 1, but I've been hearing good things about this one!
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Yesss I am so glad I finally have them set up! I stare at it everyday. Yes way too many books, finally get some reading time <3
So many pretty books! My eyes are popping out of my head, and the rainbow style of shelving your pretties is so gorgeous!
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Yesssss thank you Braine! I love my shelf so much <3 Hope you are well!
Oh my goodness, your bookshelves are the stuff dreams are made of! I am suddenly inspired to reorganize my bookshelves….
Enjoy the book festival, it sounds exciting, I love book/writing festivals, and wish I could attend more of them!
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Hehe yesss and post a pic when you're done Jane! Thank you, it's going to be a busy weekend but I'm really looking forward to it.
YOUR SHELVES ARE SO PRETTY. I think it says a lot about your reading tastes that you have so many black books :') My contemporaries are all nice light colours.
Also omg I can't stop thinking about that Miss Peregrine's event. Like the PR person who thought of that is brilliant. I WANT TO GO.
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Hehe thank you so much Em! I'm so glad it's finally up! Yeah, lots of fantasies are black spines lol. YES That Miss Peregrine's event was so fabulous! It was actually the Fox Studios PR person, which makes sense because they have more budget 😉
Hooray for getting the shelves in order, they look pretty like that. Oh how cool, that event looks like it was a lot of fun. And you got some good looking books last month. I enjoyed Wolf Road a lot!
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Yessss I'm so glad to finally be set up! Glad to hear you enjoyed Wolf Road, I haven't heard much about it but I'll have to check out your review! Hope you are going well Christy.
OMG!! It's like looking a gorgeous paradise!! Love the new bookshelves, Jeann!! ♥ Hopefully, one day I'll have the amount of books you have ahahaha Enjoy, and enjoy… Oh, and ENJOY!!
Heheh thank you so much Antonela! I love them too, I've been staring at it everyday!
Ohh, your bookshelves look so pretty!
And boy you got a lot of books, they all look so pretty… I hope you'll enjoy reading all of them! 🙂
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Thank you Irena, there are so many books to read and not enough time lol!
Oh my gosh, I'm so in love with your shelves, Jeann! Hehe, I also had the same dilemma (too many black spines) when I tried the rainbow shelves so mine looks a little off, but whatever. I love the final arrangement of yours though! And omo, all those awesome books. Hope you enjoy! ^.^
I haven't really been active in the blogosphere but I hope you are well! 🙂
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Hehe thank you Summer! Yeah, most fantasy books seem to be black spines for some reason! Thank you so much, I hope you are going well too with school and everything! <3
Wow, you've been busy! I hope you enjoy all of these. I especially love Highly Illogical Behavior and Girl In Pieces, so I can't wait to read your reviews for those.
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Thanks Lekeisha! So many books to read, not enough time hehe.
I just bought A Torch Against the Night yesterday and I cannot wait to start reading it! It's beautiful and I've been waiting all year for this book to come out.
I hope you enjoy that one, I haven't picked it up yet but I'm looking forward to reading it too!
Gorgeous bookshelves, Jeann! I love white bookshelves. Sigh. I'm attempting to use my living room bookshelves for white spine books only, so I'm familiar with the struggle. Lol.
Have a great week!
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Thank you Joy! White bookshelves are so gorgeous and make the colours really stand out. Lol yesss I have admired your living room shelves frequently 😛
Awesome shelves! I'm actually a little bit jealous :p I only have space for one bookshelf in my room, a fact which saddens me greatly. You got some amazing books as well! I loved Starflight and Truthwitch! I hope you'll enjoy all the books you got! Happy reading!
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Thanks Lynn! So many books to pick up I don't know where to start! You will get there one day <3
Love the colourful bookshelves!
Thanks Chrystal! You know I love my colours haha 😀
I thought about attending BWF but had already decided to go to the ProBlogger conference this year. I've skipped the last two but then I decided I'd probably get more out of BWF but I wasn't sure if any bloggers were going so decided the networking at PBEvent would be okay.
Look forward to hearing how it goes!
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Ahhh that pro-blogger conference looks like it'd be a good one Deb! I hope you enjoy it, will definitely report back on how BWF was.
Thank you so much Lauren! I had the best time with the pair of them, we're lucky to be in the same city. Hope you have a great weekend!
Thank you so much Cait!! I have been staring at it all day hahaha <3 I love it. I have seen your rainbow bookshelf, it's the prettiest! I have 2 big bookshelves in the room for my other books lol. 1 of them is completely black XD
Awesome haul! I want to read Nerve (and Starflight too). And love the bookshelf pics. Nothing like nice shelves full of books. 🙂 Miss Peregrine's looks like it's going to be fun, to be honest the book never really appealed to me but seeing the movie trailer definitely has me curious now.
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I love your new shelves, Jeann! I need to do something about my main shelves, as they are getting very full… I think I need something custom made 😉
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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Thank you Lexxie! Yeah, I know what you mean, that's why I have spare bookshelves in the room lol! These are Ikea Billy shelves and they work beautifully! Have a lovely week ahead, yourself <3
SUCH PRETTY SHELVES JEANN AHHHH. Have you considered converting the spare room into a library? 😀
The Loop Day thing looks pretty hectic, the thing with the jaws and big cucumbers looks freaky as. I need to read Miss Peregrine's!
Great haul happy reading
Thank you so much Jaz! I actually took ages deciding because I wanted to see where to put my shelves, in the room or the living room but now I have bookshelves in both places hahaha. It's actually too small for a library! Yeah, Loop Day was so cool hehe! It's making me hyped for the movie and the book.
AHHH, your bookshelves!!! They are absolutely STUNNING. I recently got a new bookshelf in an attempt to free up some space… but I still had to double-stack them on the shelves, haha. I'm SO excited for A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT–I loved the first so fingers crossed the sequel will live up to my expectations. 🙂
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Thank you Kara!! Ahhh I remember those times, I got 2 new bookshelves and was still double/triple stacked! I can't wait for Torch Against the Night, I hope it lives up to expectations! Thanks for comment, Kara <3