Sunday, 28 July 2013

Pretty & Bookish #4

1. The Lovely Librarian Soap Collection was created by Barbara Georges for her bibliophile sister. The collection includes Kerouac's Ginger Carrot, Plath's Lavender Rose and Bukowski's Basil Mint. Such an awesome idea with beautiful packaging - plus it sounds like they would smell absolutely divine. 

2.  I love this illustration by Mab Graves. It's got a slightly gothic/creepy vibe going on which I really like. 

3. When I (eventually) move out of home, I'm so gonna go get me some of these hand painted porcelain bookish plates. *Sigh* 

4.  Custom designed Where the Wild Things Are Vans . Some people are so amazingly creative - I seriously have no words. 

5. Although, I've been doing more crocheting than knitting lately, I would still love a pair of these book lover's knitting needles. So gosh darn cute! 

What bookish things have you come across on the interwebs that you love? 


Monday, 22 July 2013

Mini Book Review: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Released: May 2013

Summary: The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart. 

 Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit.

The Avery Shaw Experiment is delightfully fun, romantic teen read. It features a: 

a) Cute nerdy science girl
b) Hot athletic guy
c) Science fair
d) Funny BFF with no filter and, 
e) heap of banter and innuendo 

It is a truly enjoyable read with cute characters and funny and swoony moments. It's a perfect pick-me-up read if you're feeling low. And just goes to show that not all books that feature cliches (e.g. nerdy girl and popular guy) have to be trite and stale. I really enjoyed the alternating POVs, in particular Grayson's bold and cheeky narrative voice. Avery's sweet and  naive personality is the perfect pairing to Grayson's outspokenness. I loved how Grayson bought Avery out of her shell and helped her not only overcome her heartache, but become a stronger person. The Avery Shaw Experiment is a perfect summer read: fun, funny and super sweet. 

Have you read The Avery Shaw Experiment? 
What's your favourite cliche?


Friday, 5 July 2013

Favourite Books About War (Feature & Follow Friday #10)

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Q: Today’s is the US’ Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government. 


1. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden: Australian YA; A group of teenagers go on a camping trip and return to discover that their country has been invaded 2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: An unforgettable novel, set during World War II, by another great Australian author. 3. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons: One of the most romantic stories I had ever read, set during World War II in Russia. It has become one of my favourite books. 4. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: This classic novel which takes place during the American Civil War is a must read, or at the very least a must watch!

Be sure to leave a comment so I can stop by your blog :) 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

June Reading Recap

One word to sum up my June. Cold. And lovely (Sorry I just had to sneak another word in there). I've done quite a bit of reading this month, both YA and adult. Aside from reading This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti I managed to get through a few other,more adult, books this month. I also found myself cracking open my craft supplies and getting out the old knitting needles. I was surprised to find that I still remembered how to knit! Given that it has been over a year since I first learned. My next project is learning how to crochet :) Now if only I could actually finish one of my many started and then abandoned projects..... 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman 
 The Princess Bride movie has become a cult classic and while I don't love it with the same fervor as others, I still like it well enough. This is (probably) one of the only times when I will say that the movie is better than the book. Maybe it was just too clever (or meta) for me.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 
A collection of short stories that exposed me to a whole culture I had never encountered before. It's gritty and vulgar and has a main character who is a not so nice guy. While I never out right hated Yunior I also never really cared much for him, and what was to become of him in the end. The writing however is great.

A fascinating historical fiction/ fairy tale retelling that I highly recommend. This is not the Rapunzel you saw in Tangled. It is better, because it's dark and scary and has elements of mystery and romance and all that good stuff that is not for little eyes or ears. I also love that it taught me so much about French history. Learning new stuff is awesome!

 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A book about a bookstore! This book so had my name written all over it. And as an added bonus it's set in San Francisco, one of my favourite cities. I feel like this book had all the elements to make it amazing: musty old bookstore, creepy and mysterious shenanigans, cute google girl, amazing nerdy friends. But it just didn't quite hit the mark. Still an entertaining read that kept me guessing till the end.

Dare You To by Katie McGarry 
 So, although it may not seem like it from this post I do in fact read YA books. Dare You To was the first book by Katie McGarry that I have read. For reasons unknown to me, I wasn't able to bring myself to read Pushing the Limits. After reading Dare You To I'm extremely tempted to go back and give it another shot. It is such an awesome edgy read. And Beth and Ryan... *sigh*. Ah-mazing. 

What have you been reading in June? 
Do you solely read YA or do you like to mix it up a bit?

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