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unachievable summer TBR // Top Ten Tuesday

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I swear no matter how many books I read, my TBR pile never shrinks. It just continues to grow and grow until it becomes multiple piles and, oh no, now it's a sea of books and I can't see the floor anymore.

But that's not what this post is about. Not really. Although my TBR "pile" does somewhat resemble a small ocean, today I am discussing just ten (well, eleven) books that I'm hoping to read this summer.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I tend to gravitate towards contemporaries in the summer months, however, I've since realised that I have A LOT of fantasies to catch up on. So it looks like some of those contemporaries may have to take a backseat.

Nevertheless, I'm excited to read each and every one of the following books so if that's any indication, then it's going to be a great summer! 
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic to respond to every week.

most anticipated YA book adaptations of 2019

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2018 has been THE year for YA adaptations, with films such as A Wrinkle in Time and Ready Player One finding huge success at the box office and Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Dumplin' also extremely popular with audiences. I myself absolutely loved TATBILB and watched it multiple times shortly after it was released!

I was also lucky enough to see an advanced screening of Love, Simon earlier in the year, which I adored! Both films received critical acclaim for the performances of their lead actors and actresses and were also lauded for their diversity – something not often accurately represented in blockbuster films.

Unfortunately, apart from TATBILB, Love, Simon and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (which we won't talk about), I haven't had the chance to watch any other 2018 YA adaptations yet. But I'm hoping next year will be a different story! Because there are some seriously amazing YA adaptations scheduled for release in 2019! 
*Release dates ar…

series I need to finish // Top Ten Tuesday

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I love a good series – the longer the better! But with all the enticing shiny new releases that just keep popping up on Goodreads and Bookstagram, it can be hard to keep up with sequels to that series you first started reading five years ago.  Especially if you're like me and are TERRIBLE at remembering what happened in the first two or five or TEN books.  Because then you need to reread. And as enjoyable as it can be to revisit the first few books in one of your favourite series, it takes sooo long. And who has time for that with all the shiny new releases?! 
Over the past year or two, I've made a concentrated effort to try and finish part-read series. In fact, just the other day I finally caught up on Brotherband by John Flanagan and am now continuing the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy by D. M. Cornish – a series I started in PRIMARY SCHOOL but never completed. Whoops. 
But of course, I also read multiple *new* books this year, so, um, I still have lots of series that I need …

Bridge of Clay // Review

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Published: 9th October 2018 by Picador Australia
Format: Paperback
Pages: 592
ISBN: 9781760559922
RRP: $32.99

★ ★ ★ ★ 
Bridge of Clay is about a boy who is caught in the current - of destroying everything he has, to become all he needs to be. He's a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for memory and tragedy. He builds a bridge to save his family, but also to save himself. It's an attempt to transcend humanness, to make a single, glorious moment: A miracle and nothing less.

summer recommendations // seasonal reads // Top Ten Tuesday

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Summer has well and truly arrived here in Australia. At least where I live. We've already had multiple days of 35°C+ weather and it's only the start of December. All I can say is thank goodness for air conditioning!

During the warmer months, I tend to read a lot more contemporaries. I couldn't tell you why, but they're just not something I reach for in winter. As a result, I have a bit of a backlog of contemporaries on my TBR at the moment (more on that in a few weeks!). And today I thought it would be a great idea to add EVEN MORE to that list! So for this post about the perfect summery books, I'll be discussing five that I've read and loved, and five that I've yet to read but think would be ideal for this season!

Spoiler alert: Despite only last week raving about how much I like platonic relationships in books, I can't look past a cute summer romance! 
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a new topic to respond …

where did november go? // #amcurrently

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Um, did I blink and miss November? Or maybe I took a nap one day and woke up a whole month later? Seriously, where did this month (and the rest of this year!) go?!

The first two weeks of November were super busy for me: I was in charge of planning and organising a two-night camp for the Girl Guide unit that I run. This was the first time I've ever done anything like this and it was all just a little bit stressful. And A LOT of work! But, thankfully, everything went really well (minus a small hiccup involving a possum and a fuse box) and it ended up being a great weekend! Although, I was completely exhausted by the end of it!

The last two weeks have been a little more relaxing. In the lead up to the holiday season, I've been catching up with friends and also starting to prepare a few things for Christmas. It's never too early to start brainstorming gift ideas, after all! But I've also been allowing plenty of time for myself – keeping up with my reading, obviously, and …

platonic relationships in books // Top Ten Tuesday

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Let's face it, book friendships are often better than book romances. I'll choose a story with a well-developed, beautiful friendship over one with a sappy, romance-heavy plot any day. Plus, non-romance books aren't plagued by annoying, overused tropes like the brooding-bad-boy-with-a-dark-secret or insta-love. I mean, who ever heard of insta-friendship?!

Platonic relationships are as diverse as the fish in the ocean: every friendship, every family is unique. So there's really no limit to the kinds of platonic relationships you can encounter in novels. Some of my favourites make me so happy (or sad), even now just thinking about them!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic to respond to every week.

books I am thankful for // Top Ten Tuesday

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Thanksgiving is not a holiday that is traditionally celebrated in Australia*. However, as the year draws to an end, it doesn't hurt to reflect on the things one is thankful for.

*Except for in the territory of Norfolk Island, where it is celebrated on the last Wednesday of November. 

I wouldn't be who I am today without the books I've read throughout my lifetime. They have been my constant friends and companions, and have helped me through more than one rough time in my life. Naturally, I am immensely grateful to the authors for creating and bringing those stories to life because, without them, the books simply wouldn't exist. But I also have to thank my parents: for reading countless stories to me throughout my childhood, and thus fostering in me a love of reading that has persisted to this day. 
It is impossible to pinpoint a single moment or name an individual book that inspired my love of reading – it's been an ongoing love affair virtually ever since I was bor…

Fall Into Fantasy TBR // readathon

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Over the past year or two, I've acquired quite a few new release and backlist YA fantasies. Many are the first in a series and because I'm partway through so many other fantasy series, I've been hesitant to pick them up.

However, Penguin Teen recently announced an exciting new event: the Fall Into Fantasy Readathon!  The goal of this readathon is to read at least four fantasy books off your TBR, so it's the perfect incentive for me to finally pick up some of those fantasies that have been languishing on my shelves.

#FallIntoFantasy will take place from November 18th – 25th and its hosts are Hailey @ Hailey in Bookland, Cece @ ProblemsofaBookNerd, Naya @ NayaReadsandSmiles, Emma @ EmmmaBooks, and Monica @ SheMightBeMonica.

my bookish wish list // Top Ten Tuesday

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As a devoted enthusiast of all things books, I LOVE bookish items! They're the perfect things to indulge my love of my favourite characters, ships, and series. And they're also a great way to support our fellow bookworms who have turned their love of books into a business.

I've been subscribed to The YA Chronicles, an Australian book subscription service, for two years now and every month I look forward to unboxing the creative, and often exclusive, bookish goodies contained within. In this way, I've been introduced to many incredibly talented artists and designers, some of whom I'm delighted to feature in this post!

So read on to discover the top ten bookish items that I would sell a kidney to own. (And likely would have to because postage to Australia is so damn expensive.)
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl with a new topic to respond to every week.