December Book Photo Challenge
Day eighteen: set in the past


December Book Photo Challenge

Day eighteen: set in the past

(via prettybooks)

Harry Potter Challenge: Day 6 - Favourite Professor

Hands down, my favourite professor would have to be Professor McGonagall. I don’t think it really needs much explanation but I suppose it has a lot to do with her underlying sense of humour throughout the books. I also think that the great Maggie Smith could be topped by no one in the role. 


I’ve just finished…

Book Thief completed, as of two nights ago, and it really was a beautifully written book. Look out for a review in the near future.

Book Review: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

In the mid 1940s, two Western Australian families each suffer their own tragedies and flee to the city. It is there that their paths cross and they end up sharing a giant, old house on Cloud Street. The novel follows the lives of the residents of the house with a mind of its own…

Tim Winton’s writing style is less than traditional. In particular, the punctuation in conversations is practically non-existent with absolutely no quotation marks, and for me at least, it took a good fifty or sixty pages to find myself settled into it and find myself comfortably following the story without concentrating. That being said, once I did settle into it, I found that the writing flows wonderfully, and it is quite an easy and quick read.

Rather than being action-packed and full of adventure, the novel is more an interpersonal journey of the characters living in the house known as Cloudstreet. These characters are well rounded and well written. 

Cloudstreet is recognised as a great Australian classic, however while I was reading it, I wasn’t sure that it was all that it’s cracked up to be. I didn’t find it hard to get through at all, but I didn’t really connect with the story until the last few sentences of the novel. In those last sentences my whole body was suddenly covered in goosebumps and I knew that this is the sort of novel that you have to read twice. I know that the second reading will be so much richer and fuller than the first. 

have you ever read the book thief? it seems that everybody loves it!

I’ve just picked it up from the library actually! :-) 

I haven’t read it as of yet, for one reason or another billions of things kept getting in the way but I’ve finally got my hands on a copy to read. It is extremely popular and I’ve been recommended it by people who I know like similar sort of books to me so I’m quite confident that it is going to be wonderful, and I’m very excited to read it.

I also have a special place in my heart for World War II novels, for some reason I’ve always been fascinated by them - and any historical fiction to some extent, but mostly WWII.

So long story short, I haven’t read it, but am just starting it today and there will be a review up shortly so you can see what I thought! :-)


Harry Potter Challenge - Day Five: Saddest Moment

When I saw this, one moment came to mind immediately. But then thinking about it, so many more started flooding in and I couldn’t pick just one. 

Of course, when Sirius Black died I was upset. But it wasn’t until Dumbledore that I was really, truly upset by something - for days.

Hedwig and Dobby were also pretty horrendous.

And of course, Snape. How could I fail to mention Snape.

any recommendation to read? best books? :)

Definitely! But I guess it depends on what sort of books you like to read.

My all time favourite book is Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. A book so ahead of its time. 

A book similarly ahead of its time, with a strong woman at the helm is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, left me completely breathless.

If you’re looking for something a bit funnier then try The Messenger by Markus Zusak.

If you prefer young adult books then I loved Feeling Sorry for Celia (and the companion books to it) by Jaclyn Moriarty. 

Anything by John Marsden or Melina Marchetta.

If there’s a particular genre that you were looking for that I didn’t mention then feel free to ask for more specifics! :-)

Hope you’re having a good day! :-) 

Harry Potter Challenge - Day Four: Favourite Villain

I have a few, but I think number one would have to be Bartie Crouch Jr. (as Mad Eye and himself). And I’m not going to lie and say that my decision isn’t partly swayed by the fact that he is played by David Tennant in the film, because it is. But I did also really enjoy reading his character before I saw the film. 


A little Library Haul

Just a few this time since the library was closing and I was a bit rushed. 

Reviews of all to come, when I’ve read them!

1. The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusack.

Finally! I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for so long. I know that it’s going to be amazing. I did want to purchase it myself (and probably still will) but I didn’t want to wait for it to arrive so I went ahead and picked it up to read immediately. I’ve been putting it off for far too long!

2. Dreaming of Amelia, by Jaclyn Moriarty.

When I was a younger reader I really enjoyed Jacyln Moriarty’s books. Feeling Sorry for Celia, Finding Cassie Crazy and The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie were all companion books for each other. Dreaming of Amelia is another in the “series”. I’d never actually heard of it, and I think it’s probably because it came out after I’d become less obsessed with Young Adult books and it just slipped my radar until now. 

3. Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta.

Another Young Adult book. Melina Marchetta is the author of some of my favourite books of my younger years: Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca (my absolute favourite by her) and On the Jellicoe Road. So, since I was already in the YA section, I just happened upon two more of her books, I thought I may as well read them, so I picked up one to start with. 
From the back cover it appears to be in the fantasy genre (based on the characters’ names), unlike her previous books. So I’m a bit dubious of how it’s going to turn out, but it’s Young Adult so it should be a fairly quick read.


What have you picked up to read lately?