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My Reading Week

I’ve had the very good luck of catching a cold right before the long weekend so I’ve pretty much spent the weekend at home and probably will not be stepping any foot out the door for the rest of the long weekend except maybe to look for food… the fridge & pantry are looking pretty bare right about now.  Hubby’s about to step out to get us some dinner.  I’ve begged him to get him a small bag of Kettle chips (Honey Soy) and he’s refusing me!  How could he refused a sick wife her comfort food?  Enough whinging on my part!  Hope the rest of you are having a terrific weekend and for all the Aussies, Happy Australia Day!  Don’t forget to enter the Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

Update: he loves me after all, he came back with the chips, yay! 😀 ❤

This week is all about books I’ve purchased (erm, yea, book buying ban broken within 13 days from NY day, lol).  A few of these are second hand and about half will fit in my challenges this year.  I was slightly generous and bought one for my son 😉

Currently reading:

What I’ll HAVE to pick up this week:

circus  repose  godfather  wattle sleep  taste  rose tower rescue  cecilia  rule of  sisterhood   deep north  yearning

Truth or Dare: Bookshop Visits


This is a meme hosted by JennaDoesBooks and this week’s challenges are:

TRUTH: Tell us about a book-related event you have attended!
DARE: Go into a bookstore and take three pictures of books that catch your eye. Talk about them!

I’m not sure whether the Dare was supposed to be a vlog but as I’ve got a cold, I really don’t feel like talking much so… apologies, all you’re getting is a little spiel on my bookshops visitations.  Yes, you read that right… bookshopS.

At first, I was only going to visit the closest one to my office at one lunchtime but then… I saw this…


I thought, “What Fun! And since I was planning on going to one bookshop, I might as well go a little bit further and walk to 3 different ones.”  I managed this in 1 hour lunch time with plenty of time leftover so you can imagine how close my office is to 3 bookshops (it’s really not a good thing for me).  I had no luck in finding the red cover but I found the walk to be really good, especially since I had the perfect weather for it 🙂  For more information on the hunt, go to Gabrielle Tozer’s website.

Onto the books!


The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

Josie Browning dreams of having it all.

A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism – and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.

Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson.

From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.

Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry.

Not my typical read, I have to admit, but looking at the absolutely chic cover, I’m tempted to get one each to grace my bookshelf.  Won’t they look fantastic?!  It sounds to be a very fun read though, I would probably love it despite reaching out of my comfort zone.  It’s definitely one to seriously consider noting that it will also fit within my AWW2014 challenge.  Congratulations, Gabrielle Tozer, on the release of your debut novel!

Kingdom of Little SoundsThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.

Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

It was the beautiful cover with attracted my attention, of course.  Plus it looks like it could fit into my comfort sort of reads, YA fantasy although at a closer look, it seems to be more YA historical fiction.  However, with strong female characters I may just love it.

Reading through some of the GR reviews, I note some reviewers’ assertion that this does not fit the YA classification and a particular review (here) made me think that maybe this is not for me.  Or at least, I need to be in a peculiar sort of mood to read this. Soooo… maybe not…

Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter’s humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there’s no place like home.

Woah, what a gorgeous cover!  And… another YA though this one leans towards the fantasy / romance genre.  I’ve heard of Kiersten White before though I’ve not yet picked up any of books yet.  This one though with the promise of Egypt / Egyptian mythology (I don’t care if it’s been done to death, it’s still a point of interest to me!) have totally made it to my TBR.

What do you think of my choices?  Have you heard about any of them or will you be adding any of them to your TBR?

My Reading Week

Aaah, thanks for coming along on the ride for me, if you’ve been around the past week, you’ve seen that I’ve decided to tackled on both memes I was considering.  We’ll see how long that will last, especially the Truth or Dare -this vlog business is nerve wracking!  Nevertheless, thank you so much for all your encouraging notes about my voice; you guys have definitely made my day. Hugs & Kisses to you all!

It’s been a pretty busy week for me and so, a very very slow reading period.  I went to the movies twice (*gasp* oh, the luxury!) -once with my kiddo for Walking With Dinosaurs in 3D (his first full feature film and he gets to see his fave dinosaurs in 3D -he absolutely loved it) and then, with a couple of girlfriends to see The Railway Man.  I must say that I didn’t really know that much about The Railway Man and I wasn’t really in the mood for a serious movie – I went just to hang out with my friends for a bit.  When discussing this with a friend, she commented how underwhelming my ‘review’ of the movie was… but I just couldn’t help myself.  At the risk of sounding superficial, Colin Firth’s glasses were just so prominent that it really distracted me from the whole movie! I was getting really annoyed with that.  Plus, the young Japanese translator -um, he doesn’t look like he knows if he’s supposed to be there?  The only bit I love, though, was the endin… I haven’t read the book or any reviews so I was really unsure how it was supposed to turn out and I was completely blown away.  The ending sooo saved the movie for me 🙂

Then on Saturday evening, I went to see “An Evening with David Sedaris” at the Sydney Opera House.  It was such a wonderful evening, when the lights came on, I was surpised to find that 1.5 hours have passed.  He’s such a witty story-teller.  He read some of his diary entries, and seriously, I wish my diary entries were like his!  I can’t thank Hachette Books Australia enough for these tickets! My girlfriend and I absolutely enjoyed the night.

The post seems to be geneous this week with 2 deliveries of books.  It’s a thrilling experience each time I ripped into those packages -I’m sure you booklovers will know what I’m talking about 😉  This week I’ve received:

From Hachette Book Australia:

From Harlequin Books Australia:

Currently reading:

What I’ll be trying to fit in this week:

casey  ugly  gift  wings  hunted  queen  purman  cecilia  rule of  sisterhood   deep north

Truth or Dare: An Excerpt from King Cave


This is a meme hosted by JennaDoesBooks and this week’s challenges are:



Wow!  Can’t believe I’m doing this but here we are!!!  I’m totally freaking out :p

I’m not very good at this thing called vlogs so apologies in advance for the UNclearness of it all!

About the book:

kingcavebookKing Cave (Forever Evermore #2) by Scarlett Dawn

The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall: the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within…

The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.

Their friendship saves them both…but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It’s not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra’s life as well?

What do you think about this book so far?  This is one of my most anticipated release for 2014 so I’m very excited to be reading it 🙂

My review for this book is due this coming Wednesday so be sure to come back to check it out 🙂

My Reading Week

I’ve been considering of joining in a meme or two but I just can’t decide what would be fun to do without too much of a pressure (ie. more books to read).  For part of last year, I participated in the Random Reads hosted by i’m loving books which were really fun and helped to trim down random readsthat TBR.  However, with my focus this year being to complete challenges I’ve taken up, I didn’t really need another book to read per month so I’m shelving this challenge this year.

teaserI’ve always wanted to join in Teaser Tuesdays though I still haven’t fully made up my mind if I wanted to commit a weekly post…. easy as it is!

I also saw Truth {or} Dare hosted by Jenna {does} Books which looks really fun and requires a bit of daring sometimes!  This might come with a bit of pressure depending on the weekly task though.


What do you think?  Help me make up my mind!  I’m a very indecisive person (most times!) so I’m going to need some sort of push one way or another ;p

Currently reading:

What I’ll be trying to fit in this week:

240px-Laskar_pelangi_sampul  rainbow troops  cecilia  rule of  sisterhood  kingcavebook deep north