Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New on my bookshelf

**The Musician's Daughter**
by Susanne Dunlap

This beauty came the mail yesterday! 
I'm excited for it because not only is it historical fiction, but the whole musical element is in there too. And mystery. It should be fun. 
It would be so awesome to be living in the time period/s of the greatest Classical composers of all time! 
The Musician's daughter is a YA historical mystery set in 18th Century Vienna. It's going to be interesting to see how the author characterises Franz Joseph Haydn. 

And that is what's new on my bookshelf. 

Monday, November 28, 2011


Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favourite series
Day 04 – Favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book An unexpected good read
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favourite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favourite writer
Day 14 – Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 – Favourite male character
Day 16 – Favourite female character

*Day 17 – Favourite quote(s) from your favourite book(s)*

I've been putting this one off for quite some time, thinking that I'll have to somehow get out all my favourite books and compile all my favourite quotes. I just realised that that isn't possible! It would take about 12479587376 years for me to do that. So why even bother trying? Instead I'm going to just show you a few of my favourite quotes - ones that stopped me in my tracks and had me writing them down. Or ones that just made me laugh hysterically.
Seeing as you know my favourite writers and my favourite books it won't be hard to guess that my other favourite quotes stem from those.

My Summer Reading Pile...s

A couple nights ago I decided to get out all the books from my shelves that are on my TBR list and sort them out into a pile in reading order. 
I've accumulated them over the past two years and there are in total 30 in that pile (or piles). 
These are not all the books I own that I haven't read - I have more, but the ones in the video below are just my current reading pile. hehe.

Take a squiz at the one minute video above, and let me know which book you think should be bumped up to the very top of the list! 
Or let me know in the comments what books are on your holiday reading pile?


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Check out my 'Getting to Know You' interview!

The awesome Rebecca from Reading Wishes featured me on yesterday's 'Getting to Know You' interview! 
Here is a snippet: 

What was the last book you read, that made you feel like shouting from the rooftops, ‘cause it was that good!?
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin! I’m actually only one eighth of the way through the novel, but I already know it is that good. Every single thing about this story is fascinating and ingenious and alluring and captivating. 

Fave Literal Book Crush...
I would have to go with Mr Darcy, for sure. The whole Jane-Austen-style Regency period is so alluring to me - the lifestyle, the social culture, even the fashion culture... I’m definitely an escapist sort of gal like that.

Thanks so much to Rebecca for letting me participate. I had a blast answering the questions. 
CLICK HERE to read the full interview! 


The Time Will Come #9: *THREE WISHES*

'The Time Will Come' is a Thursday book meme which began at Books for Company, where we pick a book we've been meaning to read but haven't got around to yet, one that's been sitting on 
our shelf gathering dust for a while...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Quick Update: New Feature *Follower of the Month!*

On the 19th of November I tweeted about starting this new feature. (I am terribly excited about it!! Wheehehehee) I'm going to pick & award a "Follower Of The Month", every month for November onwards! 

I had a sudden wave of inspiration in the shower (...where else?) and decided to give back some love to you, and kinda of show my intense appreciation by doing this feature. 

'Follower of the Month' will be based on feedback from my blog comments as well as Twitter (re-tweets, mentions, DMs, any sort of interaction). 
It's not so much to do with quantity, but rather quality.
Those who are eligible for the award are primarily Chimneys & Magic followers; being a Twitter follower is just an optional extra (my twitter is personal, not only bookish, so I understand if you don't want to follow). 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: *A WRINKLE IN TIME* by Madeleine L'Engle

Title: A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Genre: Middle Grade Science Fiction/Fantasy
First published: November 30, 1961
Format: Paperback, 245 pages
Source: Bought (Target, US)
Other Details: featured in The Time Will Come meme. Click here for that post. 
My Rating: 4.5 stars

My thoughts:

This is what we, as book-lovers, thirst for. 
That magical, wondrous moment where faith conquers fear and peril reaps a happy ending.
The words we soak up from the page and into our minds and more importantly our hearts - those are what transform a story into something magical, something even great minds struggle to fathom, something better... something heavenly. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

*The Hunger Games Movie* That Might Have Been! (Original Screenplay excerpts)

OK, so I just woke up about half an hour ago from my pre-dinner nap (I'm not that fond of the 'granny' nap term; everyone likes to sleep, right?) and found this video in my Youtube sub box! 
It's by Whitney Milam, the Youtuber I mentioned in my previous post. 
It's got some interesting information about the film we're all desperately waiting to see next March! 

Click play...

What did you think? 
I'm so glad they got Suzanne Collins in to co-write the final screenplay, I think the movie adaptation would have turned out to be a bit of a disappointment if they stuck with the original! 
Gale sneaking around Capitol? NO THANK YOU.

What's HOT on my *Wishlist*! [ top 7 ]

I finished my last exam a couple of hours ago... YAY! 
No more stress for me! Apart from the stress I'll get from my mum nagging me about getting a job. 

I thought it apt timing to show you the books I'm craving for this Christmas - these are the Top 7 (I tried making it a Top 5 but failed) books I should have read already but somehow still haven't! 
These seven books soar high above my wishlist in terms of the crave scale.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Time Will Come #8: *The Undomestic Goddess*

'The Time Will Come' is a Thursday book meme which began at Books for Company, where we pick a book we've been meaning to read but haven't got around to yet, one that's been sitting on 
our shelf gathering dust for a while...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sneak Peek: *I've Got Your Number* by Sophie Kinsella

Random House just tweeted this sneak peek video, and I'm so excited!!!
If you're not already aware, Sophie Kinsella is one of my all time favourite authors - she has a talent for mixing in great storylines with heartwarming characters and binding them with some brilliantly hilarious writing.
I can't say much more; this video speaks for itself, and I have an English exam this arvo to cram for!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I Have a Belly Full of Peppermint Tea (an update)

I just drank a massive mug of peppermint tea and my head feels a little woozy right now. It's throbbing a bit too and I sort of feel like passing out. 
If I pass out on you, apologies in advance.

Anyway, how have you been doing?? I've been better. This week was the pre-exam study week.
Over the next 2 weeks I have several exams - all of which I'm not ready for yet - so I might be quite AWOL during the upcoming fortnight. 
I'll give you some scheduled 'The Time Will Come' posts because I love doing those; they are really fun to write. But reviews will be pretty much at 0 as will everything else. -sad face-
But don't worry, I haven't got a job yet, so I'll be back straight after the 21st! 

Let me know what posts you'd like to see from me in the comments - 
e.g. visual inspiration (photos from the interwebzz), bookshelf tour... I need more ideas! 
I'll have reviews up for Jane Eyre and A Wrinkle In Time shortly after exams too. 
I might do a review for the Epic of Gilgamesh as well - would anyone be interested in that? Two of my units had readings for the Gilgamesh myth so I got a version out of the library to study. It was ... interesting.

I think I might sip a glass of water and pass out on my bed now. My head is screaming at me right now! 
Oh Lordy. 

Wish me luck for my exammys! 

Much love & happy reading,


The Time Will Come #7: *LAMENT* by M. Stiefvater

'The Time Will Come' is a Thursday book meme which began at Books for Company, where we pick a book we've been meaning to read but haven't got around to yet, one that's been sitting on 
our shelf gathering dust for a while...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Zine Review: *BRAVE LOVE* by Romi Foster

*Brave Love* by Romi Foster

Brave Love is a custom-made little storybook created by Romi Foster @ Where the Writer Comes to Write. You can buy these cute 'zines' online through Romi's Etsy store: willowsandwhispers.

The story is about a girl who is different. 
She likes the wrong sort of music, wears the wrong sort of shoes.
She has trouble making friends but stays brave and strong with her beliefs and interests.
It's a story about self-identity, strength of character, courage, growth and self-love.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Tallulah Casey is the artsy, funny cousin of Georgia Nicolson. She's 14 and off to performing arts school for the summer, and so the misadventures begin!!
If you're into a funny, light, tween read in the style of the fabulous Louise Rennison - you shall not be disappointed! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Time Will Come #6 : *A WRINKLE IN TIME*

Good morning, friends of the blogosphere.

My TBR Pile is taller than this.

'The Time Will Come' is a Thursday book meme which began at Books for Company, where we pick a book we've been meaning to read but haven't got around to yet, one that's been sitting on 
our shelf gathering dust for a while...