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My current bookshelfie.

It’s been a while since I posted so I thought I’d start again.

2017 wasn’t a good year for me in terms of reading or blogging. I threw myself into work, accepting any and all shifts I can as I’ve been saving up (more on this later) so I didn’t have much time to read. Plus I was in a massive book slump for the most of last year. In 2016 I had read 70+ books, and last year I only read 30+. I’m trying to change it this year,  I’ve been lucky because all of the books I’ve read so far this year has been amazing (I’ve read 7 so far), I’m just trying to keep the ball rolling. I’ve set a reading goal of just 50 this year, fingers crossed I reach/surpass it.

More updates from my personal life, including a photo of our dogs minus one:

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“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.” – Tyrion Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab: Mini Book Review (spoiler-free)


I finished this book in just about 3 hours too. Yay, buh-bye, reading slump! That’s two books down out of my four priority TBR in just over a day.

This book was amazing! Much like the first book in the duology, This Savage Song.

Our Dark Duet is set a few months after This Savage Song. August is now taking a much crucial role within the FTF, and Kate is in Prosperity being the monster-hunter that she is but there’s a new monster. There used to be only the Corsai, Malchai and Sunai – now there’s a new one she’s aptly called Chaos-eater. This Chaos-eater feeds on violence, making humans – and monsters alike – turn on each other, and kill each other. It reminds me of the antagonist in Josh Malerman’s Bird Box but while Malerman’s has to be seen in order for their ‘spell’ to work, Chaos-eater just has to be there.

Not only is there a new monster, there’s also a new Sunai, Soro, who I immediately loved. I wanted to hear more about them – Soro is gender-less. Such a shame they made an appearance in the second book of this duology.

The book started off slow – it showed us what Kate is up to in Prosperity, and August constantly fighting inside himself between what he thinks his duty is and what/who he used to be. But boom, about halfway through, something just shattered. Be ready for all the feels, I got more than what I bargained for, definitely but I’m glad Schwab didn’t shy away from destruction and effects. That ending destroyed me and I want more!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: Book Review (spoiler-free)


I started Stalking Jack the Ripper a few months back and I only got a couple of chapters in before I put it down and got distracted by something else. This time though, when I finally picked it up again, I didn’t put it down until I finished – I finished it in one-sitting, in 3 hours. Is it safe to say I’m finally over my reading slump?

I became engrossed in the 1880’s – with the way they speak, they dress, what manner of interaction and language they deem polite between men and women, and most importantly the fragile way they treat women as if women are children who must be protected at all times, as if women are incapable of carrying themselves as men do, as if women shouldn’t bother themselves with anything other than tea parties, luncheons, fancy dresses, and finding appropriate husbands.

Our protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, is a headstrong and passionate young adult who is currently an apprentice to her uncle who is a doctor who performs post-mortem examinations to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease, along with another apprentice, Thomas Cresswell. It’s a profession that is seen as inappropriate for someone like Audrey Rose, not only because she’s a woman but also because of her family’s wealth, and good standing in society.

The way the author portrayed the 1880’s was captivating. I could honestly see the setting in my head while I was reading. I could see the fine dresses, the fine china used during luncheons, the grand parlours, the servants waiting on wealthy families. I can hear the manner of tone they use when addressing each other with their formal names, always beginning with a Miss or Mr. I can see the unpaved and muddy roads, the carriages, and in my head I can see the characters postures, how their backs are always straight, with men and women of class keeping a respectable amount of distance between each other at all times.

I did my best to play detective – I was reading way into the characters’ words and personalities to see if I could figure out who Jack the Ripper is; I even copied Jack the Ripper’s letters to see if there’s any clues. My first guess was wrong though I admit I thought it would be because surely it wouldn’t be THAT obvious. Alas, my second guess was spot-on. I felt so silly for not realising it sooner, I should have known because when in doubt, it’s almost always the person that you would least likely think of.

The ending was befitting for Miss Audrey Wadsworth, her family and her partner-in-crime Mr. Thomas Cresswell. Weeks before I decided to give Stalking Jack the Ripper another try, I heard Kerri Maniscalco was due to release another book, Hunting Prince Dracula. I was intrigued and I thought it would be a standalone, much as I thought Stalking Jack the Ripper was a standalone, and it wasn’t until the last page of Stalking Jack the Ripper did I realise that it would be part of the same series, with both Audrey Rose and Thomas still the lead characters.

I’ve added Kerri Maniscalco to my list of authors whose future works will always be an anticipated release of mine. I can’t wait to get my hands on Hunting Prince Dracula and I gotta say I love the direction Kerri is going with this series.

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#SHELFIE + updates


It’s been a while, huh? Thought I’d make it up to you by posting an updated bookshelf photo (though not really because I took this photo a week or so ago and since then I’ve bought a few books already).

I was a bit MIA this year in all my social media accounts but recently I’ve been posting more and more on my Instagram again. I also took a bit of a forced reading break for a few months but I’m back now – in fact, I read 7 books just this week alone. I call it a forced reading break because I didn’t want it, I just couldn’t read anything. I tried so hard to read but no matter what book I pick, I can’t go more than a couple of chapters. This has happened to me before but not as bad as this, this is the worst reading slump I’ve ever had and I’m glad to be out of it – I’m so relieved to be reading again and to be posting on my Book Instagram again. I missed reading and I missed seeing other people’s book posts.

Also, my family and I received some semi-good news yesterday. Only semi right now because it’s not 100% yet but we’re getting there. I’ve never wanted anything as much as this, my family have never wanted/needed anything as much as this. Let’s just say this is our ultimate goal and we’ll be incredibly thankful if we get this.

Earlier this year, I got a puppy! Her name is Ellie and she’s a Maltese x Shih Tzu and she’s now 8 months old. I first saw her when she was 2 days old and I fell in love, I went to see her once, sometimes twice, a week until she was 8 weeks old and ready to go home with us. When I was young, I’ve always wanted a Shih Tzu and now I have Ellie. She’s not a pure Shih Tzu but I love her. She’s the perfect companion for our Labrador, Riley, because they’re amazing together.




















I’ll try to post more this time, I swear 😉

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Happy 2017!

It’s been months since I last posted, I can’t believe I let it be this long. I’ve been occupied with work that I don’t even read as much as I’d like to but I still manage to sneak in a book or two per week. So far, I’ve read 5 books in 2017. I’ve added 10 books to my goal of 60 from last year, so I aim to read at least 70 books this year. I’m going to write a Most Anticipated Reads of 2017 post soon, hopefully before one of my most anticipated reads comes out in two weeks.

Anyway, here’s a little pic of what my shelves look like now (not really since this was taken over a month ago and I have bought a few books since then but this is my most recent pic).


I counted my books a few weeks back and I had over 400 but I’ve only read 200+ of them, so my goal is to read more of what I have and buy less. This doesn’t count my anticipated releases though.

After Christmas, I also bought a personalised book embosser. I love it so much! It embosses my name to a page in a book, and it’s the greatest thing ever! 😉 Here it can be seen on the bottom right of the page.


I’m so glad I tried it on a few scraps of paper before I stamped it on a book because the first couple of times I used it, I ripped the paper. I would’ve been devastated if I had ripped any pages of any book but after 5 or so tries, I have managed to master how much pressure I have to use, and now I can even tell if it’s on the verge of ripping and when I should stop pressing. You’ll all be glad to know I haven’t ripped any of my books.

My latest read was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I really enjoyed it – I know some people found it slow, and I suppose it is, but I was engrossed by it from the beginning. I wanted to know what happens, and I developed theories early on that I wanted to see if it would come true – it didn’t by the way, my theories weren’t even close to that cliffhanger. Oh man, that cliffhanger. I didn’t see it coming at all. I can’t wait for the next book; I hope this is only a duology and not a series. It seems more appropriate for it to be a duology.


Three Dark Crowns is about a set of triplets – Katharine, Mirabella and Arsinoe – and one of them must become Queen. That’s how it’s always been, a set of triplets are born from the current King and Queen – the Queen also having come from triplets – and one of them must be Queen but in order for someone to rise and become Queen, they must kill the other two. Heavy premise right? Yeah, which is why some people expected it to be fast-paced and full of action though through out the book, we see the Queens’ personal growth, and the difference between. The Queens have been separated since they were young and are not allowed to see each other until the festival begins when they turn eighteen, which is when the battle begins. Who will become Queen? At this point, I hope they break this stupid tradition and that all three of them will rule together.

My Most Anticipated Reads of 2017 post is coming soon, and maybe a My Most Favourite Reads of 2016 too.

Thanks for reading!

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Owlcrate September Box: Darkness


This post is way, way overdue. I know, I know. I have a few posts in store, all long overdue but I’ve been dealing with stuff that’s why I haven’t had time to blog, or to read much even. The good news is that I’m finally seeing a doctor about this next week. Hooray I’m finally seeking help, yay me. Okay enough with the heavy stuff.

This is my first Owlcrate and I’m pleased about the contents of the box. I used to worry that I may already have the book that they would include but thank heavens this book was still in my wishlist, that I haven’t ordered it yet. All the inspirations of this box I either love, or have heard of – well except the short story book on the right.

Contents are:

  1. Book: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I adore Kendare Blake. I enjoyed her duology (is that even the right word for a two-book series? Apparently not because it has a red underline) Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares. So naturally when I heard she has a new book, it immediately went on my wishlist. I did plan on ordering it but fortunately, the box came before I could. Also includes a letter from Kendare Blake and a signed book plate.
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children pouch – I have just finished reading Miss P a week or two before the box came so this is good timing.
  3. Scented candle called Celaena’s Cake – I love Celaena (Aelin), I love Sarah J Maas. I am very sensitive to smell though, the first time I took a whiff of this, I sneezed a few times in a row but I still love it, I just won’t use it.
  4. Six of Crows book mark featuring their infamous line: “No mourners, no funerals” – The box came while I was reading Six of Crows and I already fell in love with the series. Honestly, a couple of chapters in that book and I knew I was a goner. I knew I’d obsess over this book for a while. Blog post about Six of Crows and Crooken Kingdom coming soon 😉
  5. Passport Preview from P.C. Cast’s new book Moon Chosen – I’ve read the first five book in Kristin and P.C Cast’s House of Night series but I stopped there. Not sure if I would check out Moon Chosen.
  6. Fortune-telling Bath Bomb
  7. Short story book: Remade

I’m more than happy about the contents of this box, everything in it (except the book) went straight to my display cases. This box is gifted to me by a friend, I want to subscribe monthly but it’s more than I can afford because I live in Australia and the shipping is too much, almost the same if not the same price as the box itself plus I love/hate the idea of getting random things or a random book. I don’t know what I’d do if there’s a box that I received with things in it that I’ve never even heard of. Hopefully sometime in the future, the delivery cost with be lower. As far as first time goes, I loved the experience.

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I added a third bookshelf!

This post is late because I actually got the third bookshelf a couple of weeks ago but oh well, better late than never. I’ve needed a third shelf for a while because my books are getting too heavy because of me stacking the new books I got wherever they fit. Then finally hooray, I bought one! My dad put it together and he also helped me organise my books alphabetically by author’s surname.

This photo is what it looked like before (actually a month or two before, I didn’t have a photo of the actual before. Before dad put together the third shelf, I was already double stacking the bottom shelves and I had more books on the middle shelves):


After dad assembled the third bookshelf, as you can see there are more books on the middle shelves and bottom shelves:


This is after we organised the books I had above alphabetically, this is mid-August:


And this is what it looks like now (first week of September) because I bought more books:


I absolutely love it! Before I go to sleep, I always spend a few minutes staring at my bookshelves and also after I wake up. My bed is just on the left of the photos. you can see my pink sheets. I think before long I’d need a fourth bookshelf 😉

I’m thinking of maybe writing a blog post about my August Book Haul but I’ve been feeling lazy because I bought over 40 books HAHA so we’ll see how we go.

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PS. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas came out today!! I’m waiting for my pre-order to arrive then I’ll get started immediately. There are some spoilers that came out last week or the week before and I managed to avoid it for a day but it sneaked up on me. I’m still looking forward to reading it of course!

PPS. My birthday is on October 4 and my family and I, along with some friends, are spending it out of town for a whole weekend. I can’t wait!

PPS. The illustrated version of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets comes out on my birthday! Yayyyyy!

A little update

I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while, I’ve been busy with work + my Macbook broke down! A Macbook I’ve had for over 2 years! I had at least 7-10 unfinished reviews on it, and silly me, I don’t have a backup so when it broke down, it wouldn’t turn on again and I lost all those reviews. I don’t have it in me to re-write them at the moment, which is why I haven’t posted anything. I’m really sorry, I’ve been very lax with anything reading-related. Boo! I promise to be back soon with some book hauls (I’ve gone Op Shop shopping quite a few times), and some TBRs.

You’ll hear from me again soon 😉

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Book Review (spoiler-free)


Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was released worldwide yesterday, 31st of July, on J.K. Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthday. Upon the announcement that there’s an HP play with a new and original (ish?) story, the fans all over the world rejoiced…. for a short moment. Things took a dark turn when it was said it would only be be played in London. Yep, how unfair. Harry Potter have fans in every corner of the world, and to say it’s unfair it will only play in London was an understatement. Bless Dumbledore, a few months later it was announced that the script will be published! Hooray! Let the rejoicing continue. I pre-ordered my copy in February, yep that’s how keen I am for it. How could I be not? This is another Harry Potter story, I, along with everybody else, have wanted this for years. Of course, it’s in script format not an actual book so it’s not for everybody but I didn’t mind, I actually liked the format because it was fast-paced and easily followed – they paint the scene properly and swiftly.

When the show opened, there were mixed reviews. Some thought it was disappointing, some loved it – I started this book with caution, but I started it blindly. I didn’t read anything about the play, I didn’t read the reviews or the recaps available online. I stopped myself because I wanted to be immersed in this book just as much as I was with the original series. I actually enjoyed this book. I liked the story and the execution and I especially loved the appearance of old characters.

From the first page, I was tearing up. It felt so good to be back in this world I love so dearly. It picks up from the last chapter of The Deathly Hallows – the train scene with Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and their children. Draco and his wife, Astoria, were also there with their only son, Scorpius. It’s Albus Severus’ first year at Hogwarts and he’s worried that he’ll be in Slytherin, Harry repeated his line, “Albus Severus Potter, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”

The next several scenes passed by in a blur – years flow by without much happening, it’s simply to show us that time has passed and the children (Harry and Ginny’s, Ron and Hermione’s, Draco and Astoria’s) has grown.

Several old characters make an appearance, characters we’ve known and loved for a while and that made my heart swell to 4 times its normal size. A certain character or two or three or maybe even more (no spoilers) especially made me sob even harder that I had to stop because I couldn’t read anything with the tears in my eyes.

The big “reveal” was a tad predictable. I literally called it the first time it/he/she/they (no spoilers) made an appearance. I don’t particularly love this reveal and I felt they probably could have come up with something more plausible or something with a little more history and honestly, this reveal has been used by several fanfic writers so get ready to get some strong fanfic-y feels.

Overall, I don’t have any complaints. The script made me feel warm, fuzzy and nostalgic especially the sorting ceremony because once upon a time it was Harry, Ron, and Hermione that was getting sorted but now it’s their kids.We get to see what the trio does now, all these years since the Battle of Hogwarts. Yes, they’re still very good friends, no surprise there. Of course, it’s not perfect, there are flaws but it’s so much fun to read it and experience it again.

I can’t say much without spoiling the story so I have to stop here. Just know that I enjoyed this and that it will surely make you feel nostalgic if you’ve been a fan for a while.


^ That’s me! 😉

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