Author Events: Kazuo Ishiguro and Graeme Simsion

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Hello everyone πŸ™‚ Last week I attended two author events/signings, which is awesome considering authors rarely come to my area.

The first event was on Tuesday evening, and it was Kazuo Ishiguro with his new book the Buried Giant. I paid for the book with my ticket and picked it up on the night, and the dust jacket had a small rip at the top. I was not happy about that. But the event itself was great. Kazuo Ishiguro read out the first few pages of the book. It sounds really good so far and I really can’t wait to read it. He also talked a bit about his inspiration for the Buried Giant, the idea of doing something so bad that you want to just be able to forget it. Or something like that. I don’t have the best memory. When he was finished talking, he signed books, so I now have a signed first edition of the Buried Giant πŸ™‚

The second event was Graeme Simsion on Sunday afternoon and it was a lot more casual. You didn’t have to buy a ticket and there was tea and cake πŸ™‚ I got there slightly early and Graeme Simsion was already there and willing to sign, so I managed to avoid any large crowds that may have occured, which was great. He signed my books and we had a chat about how we were both born in New Zealand but lived in Australia.

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So I now have three more signed books to add to my collection. Hopefully I’ll be adding a lot more in July at YALC. Feel free to leave any comments down below πŸ™‚

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“Waiting On” Wednesday: P.S. I Still Love You

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“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. The aim is to spotlight upcoming books that we’re anticipating πŸ™‚

This “Waiting on” Wednesday I am anticipating:

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

downloadPublication date: 4th June 2015 (paperback edition)

Summary:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing

Why I’m waiting:Β I readΒ To All the Boys I’ve Loved BeforeΒ last year, and I absolutely loved it. It was one of my favourite books of the year. So, obviously, I am so super excited for the sequel πŸ™‚

Feel free to comment down below what books you are anticipating πŸ™‚

eReader Help!

Hey guys! So I have a question for all e-reader users out there, and it is very important. Does any of you have or know of any e-readers that allow you to organise your books the same way you would organise physical books on a bookshelf, i.e. in any order you want. I have a kindle keyboard and it only lets me organise my books in a few pre-set ways (most recent first, title, author, collections). I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PUT MY SERIES TOGETHER BUT I CAN’T! I bought the Skulduggery Pleasant series on my kindle and then had to download them to my eBook management software on my laptop to change the names so that they would be in series order on my kindle.

You know how on apple products, or any smartphone really, you can drag your apps around to put them in whatever order you want? I want that on an e-reader. So if you know of one please please please comment below to let me know (that rhymed… I hate unintentional rhyming). Please. Thank you.

2015 Reading Challenges and Goals

Hey guys! So its now 2015 and I have set myself some reading challenges for the year, and I thought I would share them with you guys πŸ™‚ So I have set myself 3 reading challenges/goals for this year. They are:

  • Read 100 books. I’m going for it. 100 books in 1 year. I hope I can do it…
  • The Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge. This is a list of 50 reading challenges, for example ‘a book with more than 500 pages’, and the aim is to read a book to fulfil all the challenges in the year. I made a post on it here.
  • The 10 books challenge. I think I’ve heard people call it that… Anyway, basically you’re not allowed to buy any books until you’ve read 10 books from your TBR. I own a lot of books that I haven’t read (over 100) so I really want to bring that down.

I have one other reading goal, but its not just for this year. My grandparents got me a bind up of Jane Austen novels for my birthday last year, so I want to read at least one Jane Austen novel a year, until I finish them. There are seven novels in the bind up, so I’ll let you know how I got on with the challenge in seven years πŸ˜›

So yes, those are my reading challenges/goals. I hope I manage them all, that would be quite nice, but I would still be happy if I only managed one πŸ™‚ Feel free to comment any reading challenges you might be doing this year. If we’re doing the same one/s we should talk about it πŸ˜€

2015 Reading Challenge

Hey guys! So I found this reading challenge while scrolling down tumblr and I decided to do it πŸ™‚ (sorry the pictures so small btw. It becomes big enough to read if you click on it)

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I have a book for most of them, but I don’t know what to do for A Memoir, A Book Set In The Future, A Book With A Love Triangle, A Book With Bad Reviews, and A Book With Antonyms In The Title. If you guys have any ideas for any of these prompts please comment below πŸ™‚ YA is preferable… Thanks πŸ™‚

End of 2014 Read-A-Thon

Hey guys! So I’m participating in the End of 2014 Read-A-Thon in December. It actually doesn’t start for over two weeks yet, but I thought I would say something about it now so that you have time to sign up if you want to. There is a group for the Read-A-Thon on Goodreads, which I will link here, and it has information about the Read-A-Thon, and you can find more information about the Read-A-Thon here, but it goes for 12 days and there are daily challenges to do through out the Read-A-Thon, and I think there might be giveaways but I’m not sure.

Okay, so I thought I would share my TBR for the Read-A-ThonΒ with you guys πŸ™‚ Here it is:

  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
  • Half Bad by Sally Green
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (For the ‘re-readΒ a favourite of 2014’ challenge)
  • Plus any books I get for Christmas that I feel like reading

This is just a vague idea at the moment… If I decide I want to read something else instead then I might pick that up. Who knows.

Most of my updates will be posted to my tumblr, but I’m thinking of doing a post about it here at the end, to let you guysΒ know how it went.

So yeah. If you’re interested, go check it out, and if you decide to join it, maybe we could chat about it… Yeah…

Review: Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

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*I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley*

Summary:

Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn’t spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.

Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can’t quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.

Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

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