Read-EH-Thon (3rd-9th August 2020)

Read-EH-thon is a Canadian readathon running from the 3rd-9th August 2020 and  hosted by Kayla @Booksandlala, Njeri @ Onyx Pages, Paige @ Minimal Bookie, Jill @ The Book Bully, Natasha @ My Reading is Odd, Janine @ The Story Ain’t Over, Zoe @ Zoe’s All Booked and Rue @ Rue’s Reading Corner.

When the host’s annouced this readathon my interest was instantly peaked. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favourite books of all time, and it’s also the only book that comes to mind when I think of Canada. With that in mind, I thought this was the perfect readathon to try and jumpstart my reading while learning about a country that I greatly admire and would love to explore once more (post-covid19 obviously).

To be perfectly honest, I’m approaching this readehthon very differently to previous readathons. I’m not going into this one with the intention to ‘win’ the readehthon, but rather am planning to read a variety of books and explore the culture and stories more. Continue reading

BLOGMAS 2019 DAY 27 : Five-Star Reads Predictions for 2020

I’ve fallen down the booktubers worm-hole A LOT this year, and have a bunch of new features that I’m hoping to incorporate into the blog in 2020. One of which I’ve fallen in love with after seeing it featured on both BooksandLala and Chandler Ainsley is the 2020 five-star predictions posts.

As the name suggests, the books listed below are books I feel like are destined to be to five-star reads for me in the year 2020. Ideally, in December 2020, I will do a follow-up post to this one, giving feedback on the books read and my experiences; fingers crossed they are all five-star reads! Continue reading

BLOGMAS Day 3: Ten of My Favourite 2019 Book Covers

There have been some epic books released this year, with some amazing covers drawing my attention to them. Alas, past Jess wasn’t as organised, and have never heard of Blogmas before, so I didn’t keep a detailed list of my favourite book covers and I’m kicking myself so badly for it now.  Seriously, I thought it would be super easy to come up with this list straight off the top of my head … and it wasn’t! Not only could I not recall half of the covers I know I fell in love with this year, but it was super hard narrowing the list down to just ten covers!

In order to come up with this list, I’ve chosen five (5) books covers that I loved from the books I’ve read in in 2019, and five (5) book covers that I loved from books I haven’t yet read. All of the books were published in 2019.

Don’t forget to comment below with your favourite covers of 2019!

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Blogmas Day 2: Christmas Cracker Book Tag

 

I know this tag is fairly old, but I’ve seen it done on a few booktuber channels and blogs and it looked like a lot of fun, so I thought I would give it ago this BLOGMAS!

 

Find a book with a wintery cover.

I’m going to break this question into two parts. Part A) I’ll find a book I’m yet to read with a wintery cover, and Part B) I’ll find a book I’m yet to read with a summery cover since we are officially two days into Summer here in Australia.

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A Very Overdue Book Bingo 2019 Update!

Back in February, I challenged myself to complete a Book Bingo Card. I’ve been so busy devouring books and studying this year, that I completely forgot to update you on my bingo progress, so welcome to my VERY overdue book bingo update!

Looking at this list, I think I might be almost able to complete this bingo card twice over. Alas, I’m only doing it once, so here are my picks for each category so far:

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Waiting On: Up On Horsehoe Hill by Penelope Janu

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Alongside Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, Up On The Horsehoe Hill by Penelope Janu is tied for my most anticipated release of the second half of 2019. I was fortunate enough to get an e-arc from NetGalley for this one already, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy the day it releases!

Published by: Harlequin Australia

Expected Publication: 18th November 2019

A kiss can change your life …

Jemima Kincaid loves her home, her horses and her job as a farrier. Life has not been kind to her, but Jemima is happy in the close-knit rural community of Horseshoe Hill, which rallied around in her hour of need. Even so, she is fiercely independent and will never rely on anyone again.

Particularly a man like Finn Blackwood.

An infuriatingly attractive geneticist and wild animal vet, Finn threatens not only the serenity of Jemima’s present, but that of the future she has so carefully mapped out. But as their paths continue to cross, she finds her attraction to Finn impossible to counter, even as the trauma of her past threatens to undo her. Finn is fascinated by Jemima’s solitary nature and unique vulnerabilities but Jemima knows all about loss and how to avoid it. Don’t let anyone get close in the first place …

As the past begins to cast long shadows, Jemima and Finn discover that a kiss can bring worlds together-or tear them apart. Will they finally face their fears and find love on Horseshoe Hill?

Confession: I have books I’m too scared to read …

And I’m not talking about the horror books we all know I’m too chicken to read. I’m talking about the books that I really, really, really want to read and have purchased but am too scared to start.

For some of these titles, it’s because the book is the last in a much-loved series and I don’t want it to end. Ever …

Or books that I’m scared to read because I liked the first one so much and fear the pain the author might put my beloved characters and myself through with each subsequent books …

 

For others, it’s because I know they are going to hurt emotionally and while I’m desperate to read them like yesterday, I haven’t picked them up yet… because I’m scared to dive in …

For some books, their length is daunting (and the emotional hit I’ve heard is coming) …

And others, I like the series, but can’t stand some of the chapter POV’s and thus haven’t convinced myself to pick up book two yet …

And most recently Penny Reid’s Beard With Me.

I’m going to be brave and read this one.. soon. Are there any books that your too scared to pick up?

Christmas Is Coming … (Christmas TBR)

I know.

I know.

It’s only October you say. THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER.

Trust me, I get it. I don’t want to wish the remainder of 2019 away any more than you do. The sad fact of the matter of is that Christmas is fast approaching, and the majority of shops have started, if not completed, their Christmas setups already. I have a friend (hi Amber if you’re reading this), who is already counting down the days, weeks and paychecks to Christmas. She loves this time of year and I’m all for that. Continue reading

October Reading Challenges

This month I’m only tackling two additional reading challenges on top of my three annual reading challenges.

Slapshot Readathon

The first one is the Slapshot Readathon (aka Ice Hockey readathon!) hosted by @puckspaperbacks and @beccawithabook runs from the 2-8 October 2019.

To read my full post on the books I’ll be reading for this challenge and the prompts visit my October Reading Challenge: Slapshot Readathon & TBR announcement.

  

I absolutely adore Ice Hockey and try to make it to as many of the local AIHL games I can. I have a few books lined up that fit this challenge and I am so looking forward to diving into them! I only wish this challenge was running for the duration of the month. I can’t possibly fit every single hockey book I want to read in that time span!

 

#LoveOzYA Bingo Card

The second and final reading challenge I’m taking on this month is the #LoveOzYA’s bingo card (pictured below). Bingo is taking place all month long (1st -31st October)

Playing is simple – just like a normal game of bingo, you’re looking to get five squares in a row: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. You can mark a square off whenever you read a book that matches the criteria in the square, so long as it’s considered an OzYA book. There’s a “free” space in the middle of the board to make it a little easier if you can’t find five books you’d like to read.

 

Currently, some of the books I have  shortlisted for my TBR that qualify for this bingo card are:

 

Clearly I won’t be getting through ALL of those listed above, hell I’ll be likely to get through 4 books at this rate… I’m being super optimistic at this stage and have plans to carry through this bingo card until the end of the year as it is anyway 🙂

 

Like last month, I’ll be aiming to do a mid-month update on the challenges, and then a wrap up at the end of the month as well.

Are you taking part in any reading challenges this month? If so, which ones? I’d love to hear from you.

 

REVIEW: Rainbow Bear by Stephen Michael King

Published: 1st November 2018

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture book (Borrowed from Library)

RRP: $24.00

5/5 Stars

Bear likes to dive into the deep blue ocean, blowing bubbles and turning somersaults.

He wakes with the sun and sleeps with the moon. One morning, Bear is shocked to discover that his coat has changed.

Is Bear dreaming? Or are two cheeky polar bear cubs responsible?

Rainbow Bear is quirky out of the box picture book about good old fashioned family fun, with a couple of cheeky antics thrown in and bucketloads of imagination and colour for good measure.

Ultimately Rainbow Bear is about quality family time and how sometimes it’s the small moments that mean the most. The coloured markers and paint were a small gesture but turned into a family favourite activity that brought the family together and created endless hours of fun and mischief.

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