Monthly Wrap UP & TBR | Mar-Apr 2016


March started off with a bang. It was going to be my best month ever. That was until I realised I had three assignments all due within a week of eachother and when I get stressed, all logic goes out the window.


So, what did I read?

  • Just So Happens by Fumio Obata
  • The Favorite (The Selection, #2.6) by Kiera Cass
  • Notes From My Kitchen Table by Gwyneth Paltrow
  • A Game of Thrones graphic novel, volume 2, by Daniel Abraham
  • Never, Never Part One by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Never, Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (you know who wrote it)
  • Asa (Marked Men, #6)

I also read/skimmed 3 fiction books for one of my assignments, which I posted reviews for. That was also a requirement 🙂


So what am I going to read this month?

Well, I’m almost finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so that’s definitely on the list.

While procrastinating today, I discovered a new April challenge. It’s APRIL ARCs and it’s hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat. Time to read those Advanced Copies you get from the author that you haven’t read yet. That’s perfect for me. I just received a new book this week. It’s not my usual genre, so I’m looking forward to trying something different.

Keeping it simple this month. I really need to get into my reading for the next round of assignments. Reading because you have to really takes the fun out of it.

Thanks for reading & will catch ya next time!
xoxo Shaz

Review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Green, J. (2012). The fault in our stars. Melbourne, Australia: Penguin Books

Written by John Green
313 pages
Appropriate for ages 13+ years
Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook and audiobook

Sixteen year old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, lives her life attached to an oxygen tank, but the real story begins when she meets Augustus Waters. At a cancer kids support group, with one glance at Augustus, Hazel’s life changes. He is tall, good looking and in remission. Hazel doesn’t like her odds of living a long life. Augustus lives with more optimism. But to Hazel, what’s the point in hurting someone when you don’t have to?

This book deals with cancer, dying and losing a loved one. Death is unavoidable. John Green does not shy away from this, and Hazel’s story is heart-breaking. Everyone knows someone that has died from cancer. It’s what makes this book relatable. It’s sad and equally, so full of life.

Hazel and Augustus are well rounded characters. She’s cautious. He’s in too deep. They teach you that life isn’t fair. But live it to the fullest while you can.

John Green knows the English language well. This book is filled with dialogue and clever banter. He doesn’t downplay the situation by using easier language.

The Fault in our Stars is a love story like no other. It’s beautifully written. The plot is believable. The characters will become your friends. This book will make you laugh and cry. Everyone should read this book! If you get dust in your eye at the end, know that every tear was worth it.

Review: I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Acampora, P. (2014). I kill the mockingbird. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press

Written by Paul Acampora
176 pages
Appropriate for ages 10-12 years
Available in hardcover, paperback and ebook

Three young kids decide to honour the death of their recently departed teacher, Mr Nowak, better known as “Fat Bob”. On their final day of middle school, Lucy and her best friends, Elena and Michael, were given a summer reading list. Lucy’s favourite is on the list. She also knows it was one of Fat Bob’s favourites. What transpires is an elaborate conspiracy to get all the kids reading To Kill a Mockingbird. But their plans gets a little carried away. It ends up on the local news and all over social media. Before they know it, people from all around the world are joining in #iKilltheMockingbird.

I Kill the Mockingbird is quick, funny and smart. The story is about friendship, first crushes and having a little adventure. It’s filled with witty dialogue, you’ll be laughing out loud at their antics. The chapter titles are strange, like ‘The Queen of England is in our bathroom’, that you’ll keep reading just to discover what it means. Going viral is so common that the attention from their use of social media is very realistic.

There author writes some really mature child-to-adult conversations, that touch on death, cancer, and christianity. But this book is about encouraging people to read, and to really think about what it is you’re reading.

This passion behind literature in this book is inspiring. I Kill the Mockingbird could be just the book to becoming an avid reader.

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #10

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

Kia Ora and Happy Thursday!

I have had a busy and interesting month.

In Bookish News,

  1. This month I have posted my March TBR on booktube, so you can check it out there, clicky here: March TBR
  2. I cracked my laptop screen, which happens to be touch screen, so it was out of action until I could get a second screen to change my screen settings. Phew! It took me a day or two but my laptop is back in action. Unfortunately my March TBR went up unedited, with no flashy titles, music or links. So forgive me, but its raw. It’s me, sitting on the floor, in what I plan to be my new book nook, sharing the titles I hope to read this month.
  3. TBTG, I got a job. I put my CV in the ring for so many different jobs, doing anything and everything. I scored a Library Assistant job. I’m finally working with books (and staff & students, but BOOKS!). I start tomorrow. I’m so EXCITED!

In Not So Bookish News,

  1. I have discovered that one of my friends, who I met a few years ago when I was working in Youth Ministry, is a Vlogger! Her YouTube channel is hello_harriet and she posts a video each week. Her videos are about 5 minutes and she is super funny. I cracked up watching her Valentine’s Day pranks & the Whisper Challenge with her lil bro. You need to subscribe. Do it now.
  2. Because I’m working part time, I decided to go back to full time study. I’ve completed 6 papers towards my Bachelor of Arts (Communications, Information and Library Studies). It feels like I still have 100 to go. If I can manage the load then I am set for finishing my degree towards the end of 2017! I might get my tohu before the hubby does (tohu means award in Maori & a bunch of other stuff). Might have to add that to my goals for next year. Someone remind me.
  3. One of my papers requires me to start a blog. I already have one, you’re reading it, so at some point you might see some book reviews on genres that I wouldn’t normally blog about. Keep your minds open to the possibility that you might like something more than Young/New Adult fiction. I know it’s slim, but it COULD HAPPEN. Just roll with it.
  4. Lastly, today I signed up for YouTube Boot Camp. It starts tomorrow (which might be the next day in US time) and I am a little scared. But I hope to get some tips from it and boost my YouTube Channel with confidence. Wish me luck!

For a month that felt so hectic, after writing this, I feel like I haven’t achieved very much…

Never mind. There is always next month.

xoxo Sharlene