Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #11

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Kia Ora and Happy Hump Day!

What are months? Honestly, time is just disappearing! I wish it wouldn’t. I could do with an extra day or two to hide in a cubby hole and finish assignments.

In Bookish News,

  1. I received a few books for review this week. They are Stephen Barker’s The Secret of Spirits Bay, The Riddle of the Stones and Deadwater Lane.
  2. In my last Bookish Thoughts I mentioned my new job as a Library Assistant. I am working in an academic library, and really enjoy working alongside students and staff.
  3. Over on Goodreads, I’m hosting a Book Pool challenge in the Book Loving Kiwis Group. You can read all about it in my previous post. It started 1 Jun and ends 31 July, so you’ve still got time to join us.
  4. I’ve been reading Captain Underpants to Neff. I didn’t realise so many adults are trying to ban it from our libraries and bookstores. It does have potty-mouth humour. But I think it’s harmless and hilarious. Neff loves it and if it keeps him reading, it’s sticking around 🙂

In Not So Bookish News,

  1. My decision to return to full time study is kicking me in the BUTT! I probably should have considered that my new job would take a lot of my energy in the first few months until I got on my feet. But now that I am settled into work, new opportunities have come up.
  2. My hubby and I are now caring for our nephew, as of a few days ago. He starts school tomorrow and TBH, I would rather dedicate the next few weeks to settle him into life living with us, than study.
  3. Our car is at the shop this week. Hubby bumped into another car at the lights and the bumper came off. The other car, totally unnecessarily, took his car in and we had to pay the excess. There was nothing wrong with his car! So we put our car in too. Might as well, only one excess payment. Our car also needs a service… time is not on our side. Busy busy busy. We need our car.
  4. Bookishly Boisterous in her latest Bookish Thoughts post talks about getting a massage and how weird that is. I can totally relate. There is a lady who comes into work and offers mirimiri every couple of weeks. It lasts 30 minutes and can be done with your top still on (or topless, whatever you prefer). I don’t think I’m quite ready to go in yet. Maybe in another month or two!

That’s enough from me. I need to get my nose in a book, like Pronto. People are kicking my butt in the Book Pool. Catchya later!

xoxo Sharlene

Monthly Wrapup & TBR | May-June

may-wrapup-june-tbrKia ora everyone! June has come around so quickly. We are halfway through the year and it’s a good time to take stock of all the reading we have done to make sure we are on target for the end of the year.

Goodreads Reading Challenge: I have read 53 out of 100 books. It say’s I am 11 books ahead of schedule and I hope to keep it that way until December.

Day Zero Project: I have completed 13 out of 101 bookish things. But luckily I have until March 2018 to get them all done. Not as far as I would like to be, but it’s a start.

I don’t have any readathons this month, but I am taking part in a two-month long Book Pool over at Book Loving Kiwis. There are like 50 books to choose from. I can’t wait to get into my pile of books for that.

I have another 3 assignments due this month, 2 are due this week. Eek! Like last month, once I’ve knocked out those, I hope to get some serious reading in.

Books I read in May:

  1. The Hueys in: What’s the Opposite?
  2. Revenants: The Odyssey Home
  3. Lumberjanes, volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
  4. Saga, volume 1
  5. Soundless by Richelle Mead
  6. Lumberjanes, volume 2: Friendship to the Max
  7. Saga, volume 2
  8. Lumberjanes #3 <– i think this is a different series to the volumes I’ve started?
  9. Saga, volume 3
  10. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (audiobook)

Books to be read in June:

  1. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  2. Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  5. I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale
  6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  7. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Currently reading:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audiobook)
  2. I am not Esther by Fleur Beale

Review: Revenants – The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Revenants: The Odyssey HomeRevenants: The Odyessey Home
Written by Scott Kauffman
Pages: 275
Appropriate for ages 16+
Available in paperback & kindle

***I received a free copy from the author in return for an honest review.

After finishing this book, I have a better understanding of the title.

Summary: It seems odd to say that there is so much life in this book, when it’s about a young girl working through the grief of losing her brother in the war and uncovering the journey one of the vets went through to get home. There’s a couple of layers and I can’t find the right words to mingle the stories together, like the book does. There is so much depth. The story will definitely stay with me.

Characters, Locale & Story: It starts off from Betsy’s teenage perspective. I thought she was going to be a character I really despised. A cheerleader, one of the popular girls. I don’t think I’ve read a book yet that starred the popular kid. It’s always the outsider. But circumstances lead Betsy to be a candy striper at the local veteran hospital. That’s where she carves out a space in my heart.

The hospital is located on the outskirts of town, and the locals choose to ignore it. It’s like they put our returned servicemen in the too hard basket. Betsy even says it after her first day, “They’re awful to look at. Perfectly awful.” They don’t want them ruining their perfect little town of Hanna.

I really enjoyed the band of misfits at the hospital. They are exactly how one would imagine war vets to be, characters.

Grumbles: I had a few niggly moments towards the beginning. I found it hard to keep up with who was telling the story, just within the first 50 or so pages. They each have their own voice and it becomes easier to differentiate between them.

And I wasn’t too sure about the jump back in time in the second chapter. I’m so used to reading YA or childrens fiction where the jumps/voices are clearly labelled in the chapter titles.

There was a sentence which I had to laugh at. Did they really say BOSS in ’84? I think that’s cool if they did!

“Nathan’s boxes were just so boss, but I always worried they might not make it.”

Language: In terms of the language though, I think the author wrote that time period very well. Just as an example and this isn’t the best, but this made me giggle. Betsy was blackmail her brother, “Not if you’re serving time in the kiddie slammer swinging a shovel it won’t.”

But my favourite phrase, I was wondering if it was quoted from somewhere, is

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were our fathers; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”

Recommendation: I don’t want to give too much away. I’ve never been great at writing spoiler free reviews. I would definitely recommend this if you’re into historical fiction, war, and mystery.

My rating: 4 out of 5

4 Leaf

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Daily Progress | Bout of Books 16

Let’s do this!

Time Devoted to Reading

I haven’t finished both of the assignments due, so during the day, aside from work, that will be my focus. That leaves me an hour or two each night dedicated to reading & catching up on the Bout of Books challenges.

My Goals this week

  • Finish and post my review of The Revenants: The Odyssey Home
  • Read at least 500 pages
  • Finish 2 books

Here is my TBR pic


I’m starting with Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. I’ve read a few of the novellas but I really wanna get to the end of the Lunar Chronicles series.

Monday (posted on Tues)

Number of books I’ve read: 0
Total Pages Read: 212
Total Time Read: about 4 hours
Title of Books Read: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Currently Reading: Lumberjanes
Daily Challenge: Introduce myself #insixwords


Number of books I’ve read: 1
Total Pages Read: 258
Total Time Read: about 5 hours
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1
Currently Reading: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, Soundless by Richelle MeadMy loaned copy of Stars Above expired! so I’m back on the waiting list.
Daily Challenge: #shelfie4boutofbooks

Wednesday (POSTED ON thurs)

Number of books I’ve read: 2
Total Pages Read: 293
Total Time Read: I’ve lost track!
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1., Saga vol. 1
Currently Reading: Soundless by Richelle Mead


Number of books I’ve read: 3
Total Pages Read: 560
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1., Saga vol. 1Soundless
Currently Reading: Lumberjanes vol. 2

Book Pool Challenge | Starts Jun 2016

Have you heard of a Book Pool Challenge?

I have only seen this type of reading challenge done in the Crazy for Young Adult and Crazy for New Adult groups on Goodreads. I really loved taking part and I thought that I would start this up for the Book Lovin’ Kiwis group.

All you do is,

  1. Ask each person in the group to recommend 3 books to add to the “Pool”. Avoid duplicates.
  2. Set a timeframe. Ours are one or two-month challenges.
  3. At the end of the month, close the Pool and invite the group to read any or all of the books.
  4. If people want to join after the close date, they can claim points, but not add new books to the pool.
  5. 1 point per book read.

booklovinkiwis-goodreads-profileSo as an example, Book Lovin’ Kiwis are having a two monthly challenge. Today, I opened a new thread on Goodreads asking for participants to name their three books. The Pool will close on 31 May. The reading begins on 1 June and continues til 31 July. You can join whenever you like, but there will be no pool entries once pool has been closed. You can pick any genre book, they can be novellas, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, chunky reads, you name it.

It’s the stress-free way to readathon. Zero pressure. It’s all about reading what you want and maybe finding something in the Pool that piques your interest.

You are more than welcome to join us! Check out the Book Lovin’ Kiwis Group on Goodreads for more info.