Bookish Pet Peeves

We all have them; the little things in our lives that annoy us to the point of problem. If you’re lucky you can find ways to get over those pet peeves, but if you’re like me, you probably struggle.

I struggle especially when I’m reading. There are too many amazing books waiting for me to read them that I can justify spending time reading books with terrible clichés and annoying traits.

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Liebster Award


Thanks so so much to Emily @ Rose Read for the tag. She’s awesome and you should check out her blog. Go on, you’ll love it!


1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions about yourself, provided to you by the person who nominated you.
3. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
5. Create a new list of questions for your nominee bloggers to answer.
6. Link the people/blogs that you nominated.


What made you want to start blogging

I had so many thoughts and feelings about books, tv shows and movies. And friends that were getting sick of me talking about books all the time. So I went looking for a community where I could share my love for reading. I found book blogging one day and knew it was something I wanted to do. It was years later and after many failed attempts  when I finally thought I had a good thing going.

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April Book Haul

April has been a great reading month for me. I’m smashing my way through my TBR pile, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to pick up some new titles. Plus with some birthday vouchers to spend, you could say I was more than eager to hit up my local bookshops.


April Book Haul

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YASquad 2016 Event

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the YASquad2016 Event here in Melbourne. Hosed by PenguinTeen Australia, it was an event introducing the audience to a bunch of new (and existing) Penguin authors and their books. Going to any Penguin Teen event guarantees that you’re going to have an amazing time, laugh a lot and meet some amazing authors and book lovers. This event was no exception.
I am constantly thanking Penguin Teen for putting on these events, whether its PTALive or PTAChats on Twitter, Penguin Teen Australia gets their audience and caters all their events and interactions for them.

The wonderful authors chatting to us about their books were:

  • Will Kostakis – The Sidekicks
  • Shivaun Plozza – Frankie
  • Megan Jacobson – Yellow
  • Kylie Fornasier – The Things I Didn’t Say

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Feminism in YA

Yesterday I attended the Feminist YA talk at Readings Hawthorn store here in Melbourne. The speakers Lili Wilkinson and Rebecca Lim were so passionate and engaging to listen to. Each author offered some unique perspectives into the complex issue of feminism in children’s literature and young adult and made me so glad I’d attended the panel.

Hosted by Kelly Gardiner, the panel started by talking a little about what they see as feminism in YA lit, what elements make up the successful stories and what tropes cause other stories to fail. The panel broke down some common female stereotypes like the ‘strong female character’, the ‘manic pixie dream girl’ and the very common ‘female sidekick’. Talking about these tropes brought about conversations of these labels in other media, especially in film, like the Smurfette Principle or ‘Fridging Women’ to bring about a male character’s journey.



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Collective Book Haul

I blame the internet for the sheer number of the book’s I’m about to show you! I browse a lot of different blogs online and most of them are book blogs, let’s be honest. So when I came across a few of these books I knew I had to buy them.

Property of Emily WilsonSecret Letters is a book I read about on Goodreads (link to my account) and saw mixed reviews.  A book set in London centuries ago following a young girl trying to be the next Sherlock Holmes isn’t something I’d normally enjoy. But Lauren (365 Days of Reading) raved about this book and I normally love her recommendations, so I bought this book based on her review. Let’s hope it’s good.

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