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Library Haul

Hello there bookworms!

As some of you may know, I have moved house recently-ish and that means, new library membership!
I am now a member of the Fremantle Library, here in Perth, WA and it is adorable. I will say that it took me way too long to join as I have lived in the area for about two months..better late than never right??

Anyway, I finally headed down there and got myself a bit of a haul, which I am really excited to tell you all about, I have three weeks to read them all so hopefully I am up to the challenge 🙂 

Here they are:

nos-4r2Title: NOS-4R2
Author: Joe Hill
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis: Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Why I Borrowed it: I began reading this one earlier in the year but I couldn’t quite finish it as I wasn’t allowed to renew it any more times..I was in the beginning of a reading slump I think so while I was browsing the shelves I came across it and I thought that I would give it another go!

mime order Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season book 2
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . .
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.
Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

Why I Borrowed It: I finished reading the first book of the series, The Bone Season a couple of days ago and I was going to buy the book on payday, but I found it in the library, so I can get started on it and buy it in a week or so 🙂

 

nevernightTitle: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Nevernight Chronicles, book 1
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Why I Borrowed It: I have seen this book all over the online community and I thought that it was about time I gave it a go. Hopefully it is worth the hype..

room Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: Room describes the heartbreaking story of Jack and his Ma – who live in a single, locked room with no key. Jack loves watching his cartoon character ‘friends’ on TV, but knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in the room. Told from Jack’s viewpoint as he prepares to celebrate his fifth birthday, Donoghue lets you feel his anguish as Ma admits there is a world outside those four walls. Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and compared to The Lovely Bones, Room takes a profoundly affecting look at motherly love.

Why I Borrowed It: I have been told by a few people that the film adaption of this is amazing, so I thought that I would try the book first, see what happens..

missing you Title: Missing You
Author: Harlan Coben
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiance Jeff, the man who shattered her heart 18 years ago, never to be seen or heard from again.
Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.
As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved – her former fiance, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there

Why I Borrowed It: I have come across this one a few times in the past, and though I have only read one book by Harlan Coben so far, I loved it..so I am hoping that this one is good too..plus it sounds like a great read!

 

Those are all of the books that I got at the library this time around..I have three weeks to get through them all..challenge accepted!!
What books have you gotten from the library lately? Have you read any of the ones on my list?? If so, what did you think?? I would love to hear your comments in the box below!
Thanks so much for reading about my Library Haul, and until next time, happy reading!!

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Candle Romance: My Business

Hey there bookworms!!

I just thought that I would take a minute to tell you about my candle business 🙂
It is a small business owned and run by mum Mum and I out of her house located here in Perth WA. We make all of our own candles an melts from natural soy wax, as well as reed diffuses. We also sell as a wide range of locally sourced candle accessories. Everything can be made to order, if you have a specific fragrance and colour in mind.
We also make candles for occasions, such as weddings, funerals and memorials.

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We have access to over 200 different fragrances from your basic vanilla, lavender and sandalwood, to a heap of little-bit-different fragrances such as liquorice, fairy floss, carrot cake and baby powder.

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We pride ourselves on delivering beautiful candles at reasonably low prices. If you are interested in any of our products, or getting more information, feel free to send me an email at candleromance@outlook.com, or click on any of the links below to our social media pages.

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Thanks for reading this post, I know its a little different to my usual things, but I just wanted to get it out there 🙂
Thanks again and happy Sunday!

Kim x

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Let’s Discuss: DNF’d Books

Hi there beautiful bookworms!!

Today I wanted to discuss books that we just cannot find in in ourselves to finish! For me this is something that I try not to do, once I start something I really want to finish it but in some cases I just can’t.
Unfortunately in the last couple of days I decided to quit reading a book that I thought was going to be good, but it wasn’t. It was really over-hyped and I just could not finish it, as hard as I tried (I got through 69% of it). So let’s chat about the book:

when-we-collided Title: When we Collided

Author: Emery Lord

Published: April 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance

Source: Borrowed from library

Format: Paperback

Links to Book: Goodreads \ Book Depository \ Amazon \ Audible

Goodreads’ Rating: 3.85/5 stars

Goodreads’ Synopsis:

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

This book sounded like it was going to be a decent read, and I had seen people raving about it in the online book community so when I found it sitting in my library I thought that I would give it a go.
It started out to be a little slow, boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and so on. The story line I don’t think was the problem, the problem was the characters, one in particular.

Jonah was lovely to read, and the chapters that were in his point of view were relatively enjoyable. It was the character of Vivi that I couldn’t handle. She was suffering from bipolar disorder. I have done a lot of study in the area of mental illness and it is something that I find fascinating but in this case the character just annoyed me. For starters she wasn’t taking her medication and the more the book went on it was obvious, but no one (her mum especially) wasn’t picking up on her manic episodes. This I just found a little bit odd. Her love for life (which in some cases can be refreshing) was a bit of a nightmare, it was just over-the-top and I wasn’t loving it.

I just spent a bit of time talking about the not-so-good parts, but I did enjoy some parts of the bits I read. Jonah was well written, he was a character you could sympathise for. He lost his dad, and was one of the siblings with the new job of looking after the family as his mum wasn’t coping. He also had a super crazy girlfriend, so that made you feel sorry for him a bit more. He was a regular 16 year old boy and I really did like his parts in the story, however, I couldn’t bring myself to finish reading it.

Discussion:

What books have you DNF’d?? Was this one of them?? Have any of you read this book and agree with me? or disagree with me and loved this book?? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and opinions! Leave me a comment below and we can discuss!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and I look forward to reading your comments!
Until next time, happy reading!!

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First-Ever Booktube Video!

Hey there bookworms!

I have just decided (after lengthy debate with myself) to start up a booktube channel. I have been watching other people’s booktubes and I find them really enjoyable, so I thought that I would give my own a try. I would appreciate it if you would watch my video (first-ever, its therefore pretty average, sorry) and see what you think..

If you are a booktuber yourself, feel free to leave your channel name in the comments below and I will check out your channels as well!

Thanks guys,

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

 

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Let’s Discuss: Book-Buying Limits

Hey Bookworms!! How is everyone doing today?? I am really sick 😦 and it’s not fun at all. Hope your all doing well and enjoying your weekend!

I just wanted to write this post about the recent decision that I have made to limit the amount of books that I buy each month. I already had a plan that I would only but books once a month, but was sometimes going overboard (I didn’t think so, but the fiance had different opinions!). So we devised a plan that in the once-a-month book buying I would limit myself to buying three books a month.

I think three books a month is pretty reasonable – I mean, money is a little tight so I am glad that we have limited my book-buying so that I don’t get out of control (ha ha)

Do any of you limit yourself to only buying a certain number of books every month?? I would love to hear from you, so leave me a comment below!

Well that is all for today’s post. I am off to finish reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I am 57% done and I REALLY want to know what happens with all of the characters!

Thanks for reading my thoughts, and I will catch you all in my next post – which at this stage is likely to be my Sunday Post where I talk about all that has happened in my life and on my blog over the week! Until then, happy reading!

Kim x

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My First-Ever Bookish Event!

Hi Bookworms!

So, I have seen a number of book-related events being talked about EVERYWHERE! On my Twitter, blog  and Instagram feeds, just to name a few, so I got curious. As I live in Perth, W.A we don’t get a lot of the “fun stuff” that the Eastern States of Australia get, and as a country I am 99% positive we are no-where near the US in this respect, I got on google (as you do) and looked to see if any of these book events were happening in sleepy little Perth. It turns out there are a few talks with authors run by the bookshop Dymocks, one of which is a talk, Q&A session and book signing with Jodi Picoult. WAIT. WHAT? I ADORE Jodi Picoult, she is on my list of top favourites and she will be in my state in November.

I booked to go to the session and I cannot wait!

Now, as a virgin of sorts for this kind of thing, I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight as to what I should expect? How many books do the authors usually sign for each person at these things? etc. Any tips or information would be very gladly accepted.

Is there anyone else that lives in Perth that is going to this event? Did you know about it? Are you excited? You. Should. Be!

That is all for this post! Thank you for stopping by, and please feel free to leave me your thoughts, opinions and tips in the comments below!

Have a great day, and happy reading!

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Make Me Read It Readathon

So I saw another blogger talking about this read-a-thon and I thought it sounded like a pretty cool idea. It is hosted by Val at The Innocent Smiley and Ely from Tea and Titles and will go from the 9th to the 16th of July.

Here is what Ely has to say about the read-a-thon

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

To look at the books that are on my list and cast your vote, click here!

This seems like it is going to be a lot of fun, so get voting!!

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