Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Booky Meme

So, I have been drowning you all in reviews, I thought I'd do a more fun post to lighten the mood around here :)

This meme has first popped up over @ the lovely Miss Angieville and also Janicu's blog.

I've listed two answers ~ one for myself, and the other what I am reading with my kids :)

1. Book I am currently reading:

I have just started an Aussie YA sci-fi, alien, time-travelling book: Singing the Dogstar Blues. It was published in 1998 and won the Aurealis Award. It's recently been reprinted with an updated cover. I am reading this with two of my book club friends (they are currently ahead of me and loving it... I have some catching up to do)

Currently reading to my kids: Georges Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Hilariously silly, perfect for reading aloud.

2. Last book I finished:

Slide by Jill Hathaway :) I have been following Jill since I bumped into her on Absolute Write and was thrilled to read her debut early. It reminded me of Veronica Mars, very fun. (review soon)

Last finished with my kids: Five Run Away Together (Famous Five #3) by Enid Blyton. I loved these as a kid, but always need a breather when reading them as an adult ;)

3. Next book I want to read:

Coming up with be Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. I reread Finnikin in September to whet my appetite and I am most excited. Plus, has anyone read the reviews yet? It sounds mind-blowingly amazing ~ 76% of reviewers so far have gone with 5 star brilliance :)

Next up with my kids: Holes by Louis Sachar. Very much looking forward to this one. We have already watched the movie together, but I know the book will be better (and I read it was also inspiration to Melina Marchetta when she was developing/writing On The jellicoe road)

4. Last book I bought:

I bought my daughter this set of Billie B Brown books for her 7th birthday ~ they come in a cute little metal case. They are by lovely Aussie author/illustrator Sally Rippin and are funky little chapter books (4 chapters each) perfect for Carissa reading aloud.

Last bought for myself? I bought Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar to read on my kindle while in Bali. It's Christian fiction, and a retelling of prostitute Rahab of the walls of Jericho fame. Gosh, I loved it so. A gorgeous romantic story, authentic with the dusty, tent-city setting and a bit of a tear-jerker with it's theme of redemption (I am such a sucker for stories of redemption).

Now I kind of want a copy of it for my shelf. But when I got my kindle I promised myself I wouldn't spend money on duplicates ;) (buy the ebook, then buy the paperback). Has anyone else purchased the same book in ebook and afterwards in hard copy?

5. Last book I was given:

The awesome Jade gave me an ARC of Sara Zarr's most AMAZING latest book, 'How To Save a Life'. Guys, it was crazily brilliant. I have always been a Sara Zarr fangirl, but this book took my fandom (is that the word? haha) to a whole new level.

I was also gifted with an ebook from my lovely friend Olivia: Wolves, Boys and Other Things That May Kill Me. It has been on my wishlist for a while, so it's right up the top of my TBR :)

If you join in in this (fun, easy) meme, hit me up with a link and I'll check it out.

*also, if you are a new follower HI and leave me a comment so I can find your blog and follow you back :) x Nomes 


  1. This is a really cool meme!!
    I like it. And those books with the case? adorable!! :D

  2. Ooo I didn't realise you got an ARC of Slide too! So glad you enjoyed it :) Gotta love that Veronica Mars vibe!

  3. Hey, I'm a new follower (well I've been reading your posts for a while but now I am properly subscribed :D)

    I love coming on here and reading about your favourite Aussie YA authors! Two of my favourites are Markus Zusak and Melina Marchetta! Im very tempted to order Froi from overseas because its not out here for a long time :(

    Any recommendations which Aussie author I should
    try next? :)

  4. oh, hey amy :)

    (and Jess and Alex ;))

    I completely recommend Jaclyn Moriarty. She writes epistolary books ~ in the form of letters between characters. I would try Finding Cassie Crazy first (also published as The Year of Secret Assignments)

    I'll do another Aussie YA post soon :)

  5. Must get Slide especially since you mention Veronica Mars. Hope you and your children love Holes such a great book.

  6. !!!! I bought Pearl in the Sand too! Wow. O.O

  7. Oh I adored GEORGE'S MARVELOUS MEDICINE when I was a kid.

    "YA sci-fi, alien, time-travelling book" ... I must look into this.

  8. That was fun :) Oooo I'm so glad you loved Pearl in the Sand. I loved it soo too.

  9. Ooh, this is sweet.

    The Famous Five make me so nostalgic. I used to swear by those books..back in those years ;)

  10. Yay for Enid Blyton! I read a few in that series when I was a kid. Also her Naughtiest Girl in the School series is fantastic :D

  11. Nomes, I'm so excited because my friend who came home from Australia got me the Aussie edition of Finnikin! I plan to read it soon. Too bad Froi wasn't available though because I'd love to have that too. :(

  12. Ooh, great idea adding the books you're reading with your kids!

    The boy and I are currently in the middle of THE CASTLE OF LLYR by Lloyd Alexander.

  13. Please tell me that Wolves, Boys and Other Things That May Kill Me is as fun as it looks and sounds. Can you bump it up again? LOL

  14. Love this meme. Singing the Dogstar Blues sounds great, I love the cover and I can't wait to read Froi, although it is suddenly listed as March 2012 on Amazon.co.uk - noooo!


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