Tuesday, 27 September 2016

[Book Talk] Why I'm a Terrible Book Clubber


I love the idea of book clubs. So many times I put down a book needing to squeal with someone about a plot twist or a particular moment, and couldn't think of anyone! Having a book club seems like the answer to that. Plus, meeting other bookworms and discussing books - it sounds like my favourite kind of past time. As the title of this post hints, though, the reality doesn't quite match the idea for me.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

[The List #1] The TBR Pile of Indecision



I am terrible at sticking to a TBR. I keep changing my mind about what I want to read next, and I have a bad habit of picking up books from the library on a whim. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, except that my TBR pile keeps growing. This is despite the fact that I'm reading more than I have in the last two years!  

So, I'm going to start this monthly post where I hold myself accountable for my TBR. We'll check in next month to see if I've stuck to the list! The following are books that I intend to read in no particular order.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

[Series Review] Revisiting The Princess Diaries

Title: The Princess Diaries (I-X)
Author: Meg Cabot
Source: Bought and borrowed
Synopsis: All she ever wanted was for her best friend's brother to notice she was alive-and to pass freshman Algebra. But now that her dad's told her she's heir to the throne of the country of Genovia (and that her horrible Grandmére is going to be giving her princess lessons every day after school) Mia Thermopolis has enough problems to fill a lifetime of diaries....

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Review:

Over the past year, I have been slowly rereading The Princess Diaries. I reviewed some of the books as part of my book club with Cam. I haven't bothered with the last few (for reasons that I'll discuss in a moment) and decided to do one review for the first ten books now that I've finished them.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

[Book Talk] When is the Best Time to Listen to Audiobooks?



I have been listening to audiobooks more and more lately. This is partly due to their accessibility - I can download them from my phone - and partly because it helps me rest my eyes. To me, audiobooks are a little like bedtime stories from your childhood: someone's reading out loud to you and doing all the appropriate voices, and there's a 'sleep' option.

Is bedtime the best time for audiobooks though? After a few days of listening at different times during the day, here is what I've found:


Monday, 12 September 2016

[Review] Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1) by Winston Graham

Title: Poldark
Author: Winston Graham
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Source: Library
Synopsis: Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin.

But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home - an act which alters the whole course of his life ...

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Review:

I came to this book in a kind of roundabout way. My friends gushed about the Aidan Turner-starred series at the start of last year, then this year I realised it was based on the book. I ended up reading the book before I started the series, purely because I saw that the audiobook was available in my library. At this stage, all I knew about Poldark was that Aidan Turner was swoon-worthy, which means nothing when it comes to the book.


Friday, 9 September 2016

[Rewind] August 2016


It is that time in the academic year where I think of doing any writing that's unrelated to my coursework and instantly feel guilty. In fact, I'd interrupted the writing of this blog post twice to go work on an assignment. When I'm not thinking of assignments, I'm trying to not ruminate about the crazy learning curve that is my placement. "You're doing your master, you don't have a life," said one of my lecturers. I suspect she's right.

But anyway! 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

[Book Talk] The Upsides of a Book Budget



If you've been here before, you may know that I have been trying to stick to a book-buying ban of sort. I set myself a book budget of $100 for the year. I was literally the only one who was optimistic about this goal; even my mother didn't think I'd be able to do it! Unfortunately for my wallet, she was right, but not by too much! My spending on books for 2016, so far, stands at $200. Not bad for someone who can easily spend triple that amount.

Apart from skepticism, the general reaction from other book lovers when I say 'I'm on a book buying ban' is incredulity. Why would anyone deny themselves books?! It is bad for your health. In a way, this is true. The amount of times I wandered into a bookshop only to browse longingly and exit empty-handed is depressing. I would love to have unlimited money and buy all the books. Alas, I do not.

A couple of good things have come out of holding myself to a budget though!

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