Stacking the Shelves: Library Livin’

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This week I went down to the library to see if they had any decent Australian YA/fantasy. Turns out it’s not so easy to search their database for Australian authors but the librarians were really helpful. They got me into some bookclub databases that mark Australian authors. It wasn’t easy, but I found a few. They also finally had some manga that was #1 in the series.

The haul:
Countdown by Michelle Rowen (Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia)
Time and Again by JiUn Yun (Manga, Anthology, Supernatural)
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen (YA, Paranormal, Angels, Fantasy)
Alice in the Country of Hearts #1 by QuinRose (Manga, YA, Fantasy, Humour, Romance)
Alice in the Country of Hearts #2 by QuinRose (Manga, YA, Fantasy, Humour, Romance)
Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam (Australian, Science Fiction, Dystopia)
City by James Roy – reviewed this week (Australian, YA, Short Stories)
Darkfall by Isobelle Carmody (Australian, High Fantasy, Romance)

Have you read any of these books? What new books have you added to your shelves this week?

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share the new books we’re adding to our shelves each week.


An accidental colour-coordinated book haul


I lined up my latest book haul on the shelf and realised they were all yellow, black & white! I don’t really own any other yellow books, so it’s especially surprising they all arrived together.

the silent partner coverThe Silent Partner – Terrence King
The dark, quirky story of a smart-mouthed Angel, Homer, who doesn’t trust God, but is sent to Earth anyway. The mission: help Tom, a struggling journalist, to write a book that will change the fate of Earth and the human race. The challenge: Homer doesn’t think the Earth is worth saving.

more than this coverMore Than This – Patrick Ness
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked, bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange, deserted place? As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife.

it's kind of a funny story coverIt’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini (I have already read this. I’ve given a teaser but, as of yet, no review)
Craig Gilner checks himself into a psychiatric hospital after a suicidal episode, and ends up in the adult ward while the teen ward undergoes renovations.  It’s a light, funny but moving story of Craig finally confronting his anxieties.

What new purchases have you made lately? Any colours stand out? Have you got a rainbow of new books? Leave me links if you have photos!

Book Haul: Lifeline Bookfest

bookfest 2014 bookhaul

On Saturday my friend and I went to the Lifeline Bookfest! It’s a charity book sale held in two halls of the Convention Centre, with millions of books at either $1 or $2.50, plus a section of slightly higher priced high quality books. We hauled home my 19 books, plus my friend’s similar number on a bus. Going on public transport was a poor decision on our part. Our fingers, arms and shoulders were incredibly sore by the time we made it home, but it was completely worth it!

As Ron Weasley’s prophecy states, “You’re gonna suffer… but you’re gonna be happy about it.”

Now I just have to find a space on my shelves for all these gems…

What books have you bought this week? What are your favourite charity sales?

Book Haul: Presents from the mail lady

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There’s something electrifying about seeing the mail lady struggling with three cardboard packages in one hand and the electronic signature-taker (what is that thing called?) in the other. I wanted to just grab the packages and run because I knew exactly which three books they were going to be.  Three beautiful books, two with gorgeous art by Jim Di Bartolo.  It’s hard to know which one I was most excited for.

Secret: Anyone paying attention will know I’ve already finished two of these books. It took me a while to remember to post the haul. Shh…

fangirl coverFangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I knew I had to read this book as soon as possible.  As a self-proclaimed fangirl myself, I knew this book would be (should be) relatable like no other.

in the shadows coverIn The Shadows by Kiersten White (text story) and Jim Di Bartolo (art story) – This is a beautiful hardback, with glossy white pages (watch out for the killer papercuts).  It has two parallel stories – one in the text and one in the art.  In the end you realise the connection between the two stories and I promise it will blow your mind. I did not, and (could not possibly) see it coming.

lips touch coverLips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor (story) and Jim Di Bartolo (art) – Laini Taylor (author of The Smoke and Bone Trilogy) is my favourite author.  She writes in a slow, poetic style that captivates me.  As soon as I saw her blog about this book, with her beautiful prose and her husband’s stunning art I knew I had to get a copy.  The art style is quite different to  In The Shadows – more fairytale and magical. Can’t wait to start reading this one!

I’ve got a couple of others, but I’ve been getting lazy with the photography.  I’ll space out the posts, though. I find large book haul posts can be overwhelming.

What books have you bought recently? Got any recommendations?

Book Haul

book haul 16-4-14A trip into Brisbane City isn’t complete without a stop at Pulp Fiction, a bookstore specialising in science fiction, fantasy, crime and mystery.  The guys working at the store are incredibly helpful and have an encyclopedic knowledge of those genres.  They’re always ready to offer recommendations and suggestions.

Yesterday I made a special trip to the store with my list of “books I absolutely have to read immediately”.  After 45 minutes of perusing I didn’t end up buying any books on the list – they didn’t have the ones I was most desperate for – but I did pick up these three.

Pulp Fiction Shop Front

Pulp Fiction Shop Front

Beat The Reaper by Josh Bazell – I saw this last time I was at Pulp Fiction and they recommended it to me as a fast-paced story with some great one-liners, so this time I decided to give it a go.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu – This book was forcefully shoved into my hands by my friend. It’s a survival guide, complete with instructions and diagrams. Definitely looks like a fun read.

Unnatural Creatures – This is a collection of stories about monsters chosen by Neil Gaiman.  Neil Gaiman’s imagination is fantastically wild, and if he likes the stories, they must be great.

Did you pick up any good books this week?

Bargain Book Haul

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I went to buy a pair of running shoes today (only $15 – score!) when I came across another bargain – $5 books!  I couldn’t resist, so I picked up these.  Not a bad haul for $20. I’m particularly excited by the Book of 40.

The Hunt – Andrew Fukuda (Paranormal Sci-Fi Fantasy)
Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things – Steven Connor (Non-Fiction)
The Picador Book of 40: 40 Writers Inspired by a Number – Charlotte Greig (Collection)
Burn Bright – Marianna de Pierres (YA Dystopian Fantasy)

Also, how great is the barcode scanner in the Goodreads phone app? Definitely check it out if you don’t use it. It automatically adds scanned books into a certain shelf. So easy!

What books have you bought this week?