12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza Winners FULL LIST

Congratulations to all the winners of the 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway Extravanganza and thank you to everyone who entered during the month of December 2018 and January 2019.

Below is the full list of winners from the giveaways. All winners have been notified by email already (so make sure to check your in boxes) and if the winner’s have not contacted me back by  January 26, the books will be redrawn.

Please note all winners were assigned a number and entered into random.org’s random number generate which chose the winner.

So without further ado,  the winners are ….

AlisBooks won the copy of Die Hard Christmas

Nicole W won the signed copy of the Woman In The Green Dress

Angie Kawash won the signed copy of Johnathan Thurston’s biography

Leanne won the signed copy of Matthew Reilly’s The Great Zoo Of China.

Ally won the copy of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Kylie won the copy of Dr. Karl’s House of Karls.

 

Sara won the copy of The Wonkey Donkey

Tara won the copy of The Hate U Give

Amy won the copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine 

Sara, Kristel and Kell won the three copies of  Kurt Fearnley’s SIGNED biography PUSHING THE LIMits

Angie K won Kim Congram’s BOOK PACK

 

Rl Sharpe won the copy of Wundersmith (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

 

Happy Monday everyone.

Thank you to everyone who entered the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza. All giveaways closed last night at 12pm and I’m off to draw the winners now through random.org. Winners will be notified today by email, and published on the blog tomorrow. So best of luck everyone.

 

 

Currently Reading:

Jane Rhynehart has a cosy shack in the pumpkin-obsessed town of Willow Creek, and a new job—if only she was able to write like the other women in the local writers’ group. But how can Jane write the perfect romance when she’s never experienced love?

After a lengthy stay in hospital, budding singer and songwriter Sam Marshall ends up as a resident in Willow Creek Nursing Home. Jane soon becomes his guiding light. But how can he be a man for her when he relies on so many others day-to-day?

Will Sam turn out to be the perfect muse to help Jane write her epic romance? Will Jane be the one to teach Sam how to truly live? Does love truly know no barriers?

A fast-paced and poignant novel of survival for young readers by Justin D’Ath that draws on his own experience of escaping the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.

Zeelie wonders if they’re in danger.
When temperatures soar to 47 degrees one hot summer day, 12-year-old Zeelie hopes the neraby bushfires everyone’s talking about aren’t heading towards her family’s new home. What will they do if the wind changes direction? What about their belongings and their beloved pets? And why hasn’t her mum and brother returned from Melbourne?
Nothing can prepare Zeelie for what’s to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Listening to:

 

 

hoping TO read:

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

 

Just Finished:

        

 

 

 

Last week on the blog:

Top Ten of 2018!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

REVIEW: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 5/5 Stars

Waiting On Wednesday: The Secret Runners of New York

REVIEW: Why I Love Australia: Celebrating Australian In Children’s Very Own Words illustrated by Daniel Howarth  3.5/5 Stars

Last Chance reminder that there is still time to enter ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Shelve It!

Brought to you (and me) by Magan & Estelle @  Rather Be Reading

It’s been awhile since I did one of these, so there’s a decent haul for it when you take into consideration Christmas etc.

 

FOR REVIEW (Ebook)

 

Jane Rhynehart has a cosy shack in the pumpkin-obsessed town of Willow Creek, and a new job—if only she was able to write like the other women in the local writers’ group. But how can Jane write the perfect romance when she’s never experienced love?
After a lengthy stay in hospital, budding singer and songwriter Sam Marshall ends up as a resident in Willow Creek Nursing Home. Jane soon becomes his guiding light. But how can he be a man for her when he relies on so many others day-to-day?

Will Sam turn out to be the perfect muse to help Jane write her epic romance? Will Jane be the one to teach Sam how to truly live? Does love truly know no barriers?

 

 

 

FOR REVIEW (PRINT)

A fast-paced and poignant novel of survival for young readers by Justin D’Ath that draws on his own experience of escaping the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.

Zeelie wonders if they’re in danger.
When temperatures soar to 47 degrees one hot summer day, 12-year-old Zeelie hopes the neraby bushfires everyone’s talking about aren’t heading towards her family’s new home. What will they do if the wind changes direction? What about their belongings and their beloved pets? And why hasn’t her mum and brother returned from Melbourne?
Nothing can prepare Zeelie for what’s to come.

 

 

Purchased (Print)

 

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala’s story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.

The story of the father who inspired the phenomenon

For over twenty years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality – first for Malala, his daughter – and then for all girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Taught as a young boy in Pakistan to believe that he was inherently better than his sisters, Ziauddin rebelled against inequality at a young age. And when he had a daughter himself he vowed that Malala would have an education, something usually only given to boys, and he founded a school that Malala could attend.

Then in 2012, Malala was shot for standing up to the Taliban by continuing to go to her father’s school, and Ziauddin almost lost the very person for whom his fight for equality began.

Let Her Fly is Ziauddin’s journey from a stammering boy growing up in a tiny village high in the mountains of Pakistan, through to being an activist for equality and the father of the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and now one of the most influential and inspiring young women on the planet.

Told through intimate portraits of each of Ziauddin’s closest relationships – as a son to a traditional father; as a father to Malala and her brothers, educated and growing up in the West; as a husband to a wife finally learning to read and write; as a brother to five sisters still living in the patriarchy – Let Her Fly looks at what it means to love, to have courage and fight for what is inherently right. Personal in its detail and universal in its themes, this is a landmark book from the man behind the phenomenon, and shows why we must all keep fighting for the rights of girls and women around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchased (Ebook)

 

 

 

Last Chance reminder that there is still time to enter ….

Below I have listed and linked all six remaining giveaways which will remain open until MIDNIGHT on SUNDAY 13th JANUARY 2019. So click the link, leave a comment on the posts answering the questions, and who knows, a book or 6 might be flying your way very soon!

 

 

DAY 7 – Wonkey Donkey Giveaway link= https://wp.me/p3yY1u-1xh

DAY 8 – THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas Giveaway link = https://wp.me/p3yY1u-1xl

 

DAY 9 – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  Giveaway link = https://wp.me/p3yY1u-1xo

DAY 10 – Kurt Fearnley’s SIGNED biography PUSHING THE LIMTIS Giveaway Link = https://wp.me/p3yY1u-1xM

DAY 11 – Kim Congram’s BOOK PACK giveaway link = https://wp.me/p3yY1u-1xr

 

Day 12 – Wundersmith (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend Giveaway Link = https://wp.me/p3yY1u-1xt

 

Remember to go to original post and leave a comment there for your chance to win! Good luck everyboday!

REVIEW: Why I Love Australia: Celebrating Australian In Children’s Very Own Words illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Published: 17th December 2018

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture Book

RRP: $14.99

3.5/5 Stars

‘I love Australia because… ‘

This beautiful book combines endearing things said by children about Australia, with fun illustrations of cute Australian animals. And from the beautiful scenery to the plentiful outdoor activities, there is certainly a lot to love!

The perfect keepsake for residents and visitors of Australia!

Why I Love Australia is the most recent addition in the best selling worldwide Why I Love Series and it’s just in time for Australia Day 2019.

Using children’s own words as they describe the many reasons as to why they love Australia, author and illustrator Daniel Howarth has created a picture book celebrating the best and most diverse parts of Australia and it’s culture.

Featuring full, double page, bright illustrations Howarth has certainty created an eye-catching and memorable picture book covering everything from Australia has to offer from the theme parks on the Gold Coast, Queensland to the tropical rainforests, food, beaches, Indigenous culture, cricket, the outback and Uluru, Sydney Harbour  and everything in between.

What’s more Why I Love Australia is inclusive, not only in text, but through the deliberate use of Australian flora and fauna as representation throughout the book. Featuring a wide range of Australian aniamals, readers will delight in seeing Koalas, Kangaroos, Emus, Echinda’s, Quokka’s, Kookaburra’s and Platypus’s (just to name a few) taking part in some of their favourite activities and being in their favourite places within Australia.

Taking it all a step further, Howarth has included a chance for the reader to personalise the book that little extra bit with the very last page have a dedicated space for the reader’s photograph as the story ends with ‘.. Everyone loves Australia, especially …. ME!’ This personal touch is quite unique and adds another dimension to what is otherwise a fairly decent portrayal and encompassing picture book for kids, and people visiting Australia.

The one downfall I have with this book is the concept of ‘written in Children’s very own words’. Some of the phrasing used and choices chosen leads me to question who these children are and what ages they are? While the text is largely simple and easy to read in big bold font, the phrasing of some of the reasons makes me think the children in question are a lot older than those this book is aimed at OR that they have been edited and perhaps swayed in one direction or another. To make matters worse, I can’t find anything on how they find, choose or recruit the children or their words for the book; all of which makes it a bit murky for me personally.

All in all Why I Love Australia is a pretty spectacular picture book perfect for teaching young children about Australia, for celebrating all the best parts of the country and it would make the best gift for any tourist looking for a keepsake.

To purchase a copy of Why I Love Australia, visit the following online retailers:

Harper Collins Australia | BooktopiaBoomerang Books | Harry Hartog | Angus & Robertson | Book Depository | QBD

Waiting On Wednesday: The Secret Runners of New York

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

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

I’m a long time fan of Matthew Reilly, so when he announced this surprise book release on Christmas Day it’s safe to say I lost my shit. I am so excited for this book to come out and even more ecstatic that it’s a March release; not long to go now!

Published by: Pan macmillian Australia

Expected Publication: 26th March 2019

THE COMING END

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York.
But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future.

And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

RUN! AS FAST AS YOU CAN!

As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is perfect time for revenge…

 

 

REVIEW: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Published: 6th February 2018

Publisher:Nelson Books, An Imprint of Thomas Nelson

Pages: 220

Format: Hardback (purchased)

RRP: $22.99

5/5 Stars

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Faceshows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

Girl, Wash Your Face is arguably the book I heard everyone talking about last year … and I totally understand why.

I believe that you are a not a mistake – and feeling guilt about who you are (working, staying at home, overweight, underweight, overeducated, undereducated, emotional, bookish, street smart, or whatever) does a disservice to yourself and the creator who made you.

This review is going to be a hard one to write, for in order to do that I need to be willing and able to admit out loud that there are many aspects of my life that I felt like a failure in, insecure with and just downright terrified and stuck in a rut by. I’m not going to break down those fears, except to say that I was aware of the way I was feeling and what those feelings were ultimately doing to me (holding me back). Perhaps I  was even subconsciously looking for a way to fix these aspects of my life and thus Girl, Wash Your Face came along at the perfect time.

There are hundreds of ways to lose yourself, but the easiest of them all is refusing to acknowledge who you truly are in the first place.

Everyone talks about the books that change your lives for the better, and while it’s cliche as hell to say so, I’m going to say this book has done that for me. While it wasn’t earth shattering, Girl, Wash Your Face is the kind of book that confirmed many of my fears and suspicious and allowed me to let go some of the guilt that I had been holding on to for the past five or so years. It’s a book that allowed me to critically look at my life and see what BS was holding me back from achieving the things I really want out of life. In parts it was incredibly disheartening to read when I applied the narrative to my own life, but inspiring, liberating and down right hopeful as well.

You-the real you- is not an accident.

Girl, Wash Your Face is not going to be a book that is for everyone. There will be readers out there rolling their eyes and going ‘dah!’ to everything this book represents and talks about. There will be things that aren’t applicable to you and your life. That’s totally fine; there were many aspects not applicable to me either, or other areas that I knew I had control over… but the biggest thing I took away from this book was the feeling of community, of knowing that I wasn’t alone in feeling the way I was in some regards to my life and knowing how to start going about correcting those missteps, how to take that giant leap into the unknown and actually let myself be who I was meant to be. It was recognising the patterns and fears I held on to unwittingly and unwillingly, and learning to overcome them.

Those dreams you have for yourself are not silly; they are the road map to your divine calling! Don’t sit this one out. Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you determine your worth. Don’t miss out on the chance to live the life of incredible possibility in front of you.

You were not made to be small.

Girl, Wash Your Face is not your typical wellness or self help book. Not by a long shot. Social media superstar Rachel Hollis has created a book to help women of all ages, one that looks intently at the lies  the media and society constantly feed us and the ones we so readily eat up and feel ashamed about. It’s an honest, raw and a thought provoking book that examines Rachel’s life while shedding light on the world as a whole.

Broken into chapters examining the common lies we believe and compare our everyday lives too, Hollis has broken down some of the biggest issues women face on a daily basis into short bite size features. However, don’t be fooled by the chapter size, for Hollis doesn’t pull any of her punches throughout the entire book as she examines, explains, and busts the myths and lies that we so readily follow unconsciously. What’s more, for each lie, Hollis gives personal and in depth examples from her own life and explains how she changed her thinking to overcome these roadblocks and finishes every chapter with short and sweet guides on how you too can work through the issues.

Covering topics ranging from the idealistic ‘something else will make me happy’ to the more problematic ‘I’m not good enough/ I’m better than you’ mentality, to the downright absurd   ‘I’m going to marry Matt Damon’ and the frightfully scary ‘I need to make myself smaller’,Girl, Wash Your Face covers all the basis and seeks to empower, rebuild and inspire women to step outside of the small boxes we’ve placed ourselves in.

It’s, dare I say it, revolutionary in it’s conversational tone and honest look, that will appeal to readers from all over the world. What I find perhaps most appealing about this book, is the way Hollis is able to deal the mother of all wake-up-calls without making you feeling insane or stupid for feeling or thinking that way in the first place. On every page she acknowledges the mistakes and missteps she’s made. but she found a way through them all and is here now to light a fire under your ass so that you too can walk free from the shame, guilt and fear that holds you down.

Girl, get a hold of you life. Stop medicating, stop hiding out, stop being afraid, stop giving away pieces of yourself, stop saying you can;t do it. Stop the negative self-talk, stop abusing your body, stop putting it off for tomorrow or Monday or next year. Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next. Get up, right now. Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday, and start again .. Girl, wash your face!

 

To learn more about Rachel Hollis, visit the following social media sites:

 The Chic Site | Mrs Rachel hollisInstagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Youtube | Girl Wash you face

To purchase a copy of Girl, Wash Your Face, visit the following online retailers:

Girl Wash Your Face | Amazon Aus | Amazon US | Angus & Robertson | Book depository | Booktopia |