#NowWeRise Book Tag

I can’t believe that one of my most anticipated fantasy books of 2018 is finally here! AND IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN WHAT I HAD HOPED IT WOULD BE. I’m always a little cautious going into fantasy books because 80% of what I read is contemporary, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with Children of Blood and Bone from the very first page.

So I thought I’d do the #NowWeRise Book Tag to celebrate! I saw this tag on Bec’s Books and I couldn’t not participate. If you’ve read Children of Blood and Bone and would like to do the book tag, I’m officially tagging YOU! You’re also welcome to use the graphics I’ve created.

#NowWeRise Book Tag

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What’s a trope you’d love to see die, and one you’d love to see live, or flourish more often?

LOVE CURING MENTAL ILLNESS CAN GO DIE IN A PIT, THANK YOU. Honestly, it’s 2018 — we don’t want stories that show how falling in love will cure all your problems. We need novels that have mentally ill characters who have good support systems, or go to therapy, or take medication. There’s nothing that angers me more than one character thinking they can ‘fix’ another’s mental illness by their love. Most of the time, this is just done in a completely unrealistic way, not to mention how harmful it can be for some readers.

A trope I’d love to see more often is the ‘friends to lovers’ trope. Ever since I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I’ve been desperate to get my hands on romances as adorable as this. MONTY… PERCY… THEY’RE JUST SO ADORABLE. There’s something so sweet about two people who go from being friends to being in a relationship, and it never fails to melt my heart. If you have any recommendations for more books with this trope, I’d love to know!Read More »

How to Read 200 Books a Year

Do you ever just look at how many books someone’s read this month, or what their Goodreads goal is, and just melt into a puddle of despair crying HOOOOW?! Same. I’m that puddle. But instead of wallowing in misery that it’s highly improbable we’ll ever get around to reading all the books on our shelves or finally conquer our TBR, I’m going to give some VERY HELPFUL TIPS about how you can read hundreds of books each year. It’s pretty much foolproof.

My reading habits have remained mysterious to this very day, but NO LONGER ARE THEY A SECRET. I’ve #exposed all those other readers out there who read 200+ books a year, purely for your benefit. Shh… don’t tell them I spilled the tea. So take a seat, grab a notepad, and get ready to learn all about the secret lives of these speed-readers.

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Read multiple books at once.

You might think I mean flicking between a few different books at once – perhaps one of them is an audiobook for your commutes. Perhaps one is a physical book you only choose to read before bed. But no, I’m talking about reading multiple books AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. How are you meant to read two or more books at once when you only have two eyes, you ask? GET SOME MORE EYES. I recommend at least eight. It’s the only way to ensure you will have maximum retention of the novels and be able to smash through your Goodreads goal.

What, like, growing more eyes is hard? AMATEURS. Read More »

Three #LoveOzYA Launches of This Year So Far

In the past three weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to attend three incredible #LoveOzYA book launches. I’ve eaten cake, caught up with some of the most passionate bookish Melbournians, and had the chance to get my books signed and chat with these amazing authors. So today I’d like to share some photos and videos from these launches, as well as mini reviews of the novels that were launched!

White Night


White Night was one of my most anticipated #LoveOzYA reads of this year, and it certainly didn’t let me down. I mean… CULTS. HOW EXCITING! I’ve been DYING to pick up a book about cults for ages (and yes, I’ve had Lili Wilkinson’s The Boundless Sublime on my TBR for, like, two years) and so I was incredibly excited to see how White Night would play out. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed. White Night was an intriguing book that showed you the alluring side of cults and how and why these types of groups exist.

One of the things I was most surprised by was finding out that Ellie herself used to be in a cult. While this isn’t something I’ve experienced, I felt that the way in which she wrote about the cult was incredibly well done. But not just that — she explored the ways in which cults sell themselves and what makes people join them. The cult in this book wasn’t some group of people that did witchcraft or went on murder sprees. A lot of what they did made sense and sounded like something we could all be pulled into, and that’s what was scary about it. It was just so fascinating to see the realities of how cults recruit members, instead of the way in which the media portrays cults. Read More »

Misconceptions about YA

Being so involved in the bookish community in Melbourne, it’s easy for me to forget what other people think of YA — and that there are even people who don’t appreciate YA like I do. I’m sure I’m not just speaking for myself when I say that a lot of us get so incredibly wrapped up in the YA community. I mean, YA is such a major part of my life. I blog about it, I write YA stories, I attend book launches, I run a book club, I make booktube videos about YA, I created a YA podcast… YA is everything to me, and I’d be lost without it.

But it wasn’t until last week, when I attended my first Contemporary Australian Writing class at university did I realise not everyone who loves books is as passionate about YA as I am. And of course, people are entitled to their own opinion and everyone has a different taste in books, but I was just so surprised by some of the things that were said about YA in this class. There were so many misconceptions, and it took everything I had not to get up and do a Ted Talk on what YA actually is to my tutorial. Sigh.

So instead of making my classmates sit through my crash course on YA, I thought I’d come here to rant instead! Today, I have five of the main misconceptions about YA and why they’re false — and, not gonna lie, I’ll probably airdrop this link to everyone in my class if someone says something negative about YA again. Let’s get down to business.

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YA Books with Unique Formatting

There’s nothing that makes me nerd out more than novels that have unique formats. Okay, except maybe when hardcovers have cool designs under the dust jackets. But I can’t help but get all heart-eyes over books with illustrations or different formats from the traditional paragraphs of prose. And I’m sure you’ll agree that reading over a hundred books a year makes those novels that are a little different from the rest really stand out.

So today I’m going to share some of my favourite books with unique formatting with you! If you’re looking for something that stands out from the rest, here are eight of my favourite ones to add to your enormous TBR!


THIS SERIES IS INCREDIBLE. Honestly, it’s not only changed the way I read sci-fi, but it’s broken down my expectations of what novels have to be and dared to do something unseen in YA before. I didn’t read sci-fi before picking up Illuminae, but the way it was made so accessible and easy to read through the documents and chat logs and surveillance footage made it something I instantly fell in love with. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up Illuminae, you won’t be able to fully comprehend just how stunning the formatting and typed illustrations are in this series just from my words. SO TRUST ME. This is a series not to be missed out on.Read More »

How to Talk to Authors

I think we’re all so lucky to live in the era we do, where it’s so easy to connect with authors and other readers online. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where there are bookish events or book festivals, you’re even given opportunities to talk to your favourite writers in real life – it’s pretty cool. So today I just wanted to share some advice about talking to authors, from one awkward booknerd to another.

Over the last few years, my confidence has grown so much when it comes to interacting with authors online and speaking to authors at events. When I was just a smol teen blogger, authors favouriting my tweets made me freak out a little bit, and then if they REPLIED, I would spend LITERAL HOURS trying to compose a reply tweet. Then meeting authors at events made me a nervous wreck. My hand would shake as I handed over my books for them to sign and all I’d be able to do was mumble out an “I love your work!”.

But wow, how the times have changed. Going to numerous bookish events the past few years has made my confidence grow so much, to the point where I now run a book club and I’ve even had the opportunity to HOST A BOOK LAUNCH AND BE IN CONVERSATION WITH AWESOME AUTHORS. I never thought I would have the chance to do that in a million years, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. Last year, I was lucky to have an exclusive 30-minute Skype interview with Angie FREAKING Thomas! I got to launch a book from an author I’ve admired since I was 14 last July. And next month I’m going to be in conversation with Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman at the Obsidio launch in Melbourne! I’m low-key FREAKING OUT.

But enough about me! Now I’m just going to share some of my tips for interacting with authors, and some of the things I wish someone had told me when I was starting to go to bookish events at 15. So I hope this helps you a little if you’re someone that gets anxious when speaking to people you admire!Read More »

Mini Reviews Make a Return (just kidding… they never left)

Ahh yes, the infamous mini reviews. THEY’RE BACK! Yes, it’s true that they never really left, but I’m known to include a touch of the dramatic. *throws glitter*

So today I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve read recently with you! I know we still have a bit of time left in February, but I just have SO MANY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS about the books I’ve been reading, and I have to share them with you! WHAT’S NEW?!

So without further ado, here are some of my February reads so far!

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WOW. YES. A thousand times yes. I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Valentine, when I read it — but I was absolutely blown away by the second instalment! This novel threw me back into the world where faeries are real (and can be deadly), the Seelie and Unseelie are after Finn, and Pearl is being isolated from her classmates. I’d honestly forgotten how fun these books are to read, and how much I love Pearl’s voice and the way Jodi incorporates humour into the storytelling. The pop culture references are on point, and I just adored this Aussie urban fantasy. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW. JODI, HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME LIKE THIS.


4 Stars

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Hyped Books I’ve Enjoyed

In the book world, there are always books that get more hyped than others. Sometimes that’s because prominent members of the bookish community share their excitement about a particular upcoming release, or popular authors speak highly of the book before it’s out. In most cases, I’ve found that the majority of books are hyped for good reason — and I don’t let the hype put me off reading them for fear that I won’t enjoy them as much as other people have.

A little while ago I wrote a post about the dangers of hype, but today I want to discuss one particular hyped book that I recently read and loved, as well as some other hyped novels I adore!While it’s not uncommon for some people to not want to read hyped novels because they know they won’t love them now that everyone else has built up the novel to some unattainable standard, I usually make sure I check out reviews from bloggers who usually tend to have the same opinion about books as I do.

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My Favourite Books About Death

BOOKS ABOUT DEATH. They’re killers, right? I mean, metaphorically speaking. But I would also argue that each time I read a book about death, a tiny piece of me dies inside because all the ones I’ve come across are SO GOOD and they break my heart in more ways than one. So today, I just wanted to share three of my favourite books about death, and in particular, Scythe!


Scythe by Neil Shusterman

WOW. This book was absolutely mind-blowing. I’d been meaning to pick up a copy for what felt like a million years, and now that I’ve read it, I NEED THE SECOND ONE RIGHT NOW. First off, the premise of this novel was one of the most captivating synopses I’ve ever encountered. I’m fascinated by death, science-fiction / fantasy, and the future of humanity, and I was even more thrilled to find Scythe wrapped up all these things into one neat package for me to consume. And wow — I JUST DEVOURED IT. IN ONE SITTING. To me, it was the perfect blend of fantasy and earthliness; a story that was grounded in the plausible while imploring the fantastical side of your imagination to think of what our world would be like if this really WAS the future. It was just sensational.Read More »

Short Reviews from a (Somewhat) Fast Reader

I don’t know about you, but my reading progress has been pretty good this month so far. Whether or not that’s because I’m always more motivated in the beginning of the year, because the bookshop has been fairly quiet and I’ve been able to read on shift, or maybe a combination of the two. But I’M PROUD OF ME NEVERTHELESS. I mean, if I keep reading at this pace, I could crack 200 by the end of the year. Just sayin’. JK IT’S NOT A COMPETITION AND WHETHER YOU READ ONE BOOK OR ONE THOUSAND IS GREAT AND I’M PROUD OF YOU. You’re doing amazing, sweetie.

So today I’m going to share some mini reviews of the books I’ve read so far this month in the hopes that I’ll continue to read as much as I have in the past two weeks or so. FINGERS CROSSED. I might need to increase my reading speed to enable me to read eight books a day for thirteen years in order to get through my TBR, but I’LL GET THERE ONE DAY!

… Okay fine, you’re right. I’m never getting through all the unread books on my shelves. YOU CAUGHT ME OUT. I’M A FRAUD.

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