Top Ten Tuesday #1

Posted 19th December 2016 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 18 Comments

“Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.”

Yes, it is actually Monday right now. I just couldn’t bring myself to do a review, so I’m opting to post tomorrow’s Top Ten Tuesday instead. Breaking the rules, that’s what I do!

I cannot believe that it’s nearly Christmas, and indeed nearly 2017. How time flies.

Topic: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

This is actually a list of the first ten books I intend to buy after Christmas, a girl must have her priorities in order after all (and it includes a pre-order or two)!

1. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
2. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
3. Shield by Rachael Craw – I must admit that I’ve not read the first two books yet, but I wanted to have them all before I started. I have a feeling I’ll need to read them back to back!
4. Goats of Anarchy: Goats Just Wanna Have Fun by Leanne Lauricella. I follow Goats of Anarchy on Instagram and Facebook and while some of their stories are heartbreaking, there’s also a lot of hope.
5. Yassmin’s Story by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, simply because she sounds like a very inspirational lady!
6. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. Apollo is one of my favourite Gods, and while I didn’t love the first book like I do the Percy Jackson series, it was still fun (and better than Magnus Chase, in my opinion). I really do enjoy Riordan’s work.
7. Chicken & Egg by The Hairy Bikers. Okay, I can bake things (cakes, cookies, roasts) but actual cooking? I have about 3 things that are good, and everything else tends to fall over. The only meat I like is chicken, and I also like eggs. So uh…perfect cookbook seems perfect!
8. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I prefer the Greek Gods (to the point where they are actually part of my spiritual journey, if you will – I consider myself to be under the Pagan umbrella) but the Norse Gods are just as interesting, even if they are a little cartoony in my head (thanks, Marvel).
9. Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish. Because one can never have enough bread books.
10. Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

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Aussie YA Bloggers: Secret Santa Blog Hop 2016

Posted 8th December 2016 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 12 Comments

This year I’m taking part in the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers Secret Santa ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve not done one of these in the bookish community before, so I’m really thrilled to be taking part!

Now I get to answer some questions and leave a few hints for my santee.

The Questions

1. What are your top 5 favourite books this year?
I thought this was going to be hard, but I guess I haven’t read that many books this year heh. In no particular order, my favourites were:
Awakened by the Wolf by Kristal Hollis
Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie
Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

2. What are your top 5 favourite Aussie YA books this year?
Ummmm…I only read one? *hides* it was a really good one though!
Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie

Fail. I’ll have to read more next year!

3. How did you go with your Goodreads challenge?
I’ve read 42 of my 52 goal, which isn’t bad considering I stopped reading in July and only started again a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure if I’ll reach 52 by the end of the year, but I *do* read a lot over Christmas usually, since there’s never anything on tv!

4. What is your favourite blogging moment of 2016?
Designing my own header for the first time in years was pretty fun.

5. What are your blogging goals for 2017?
Blog more – pretty much sums it up! Keep this blog open, even ๐Ÿ˜‰

6. What books are you looking forward to in 2017?
All the ones I’ve not read yet! This blog isn’t really about what’s coming out next year (though there’ll be a few new releases, I’m sure), but it’s about what is on my shelves now (I have a lot of books!) There’s plenty I’ve forgotten about (there’s also duplicates as I cannot keep track of what I do have, but let’s not talk about that).

7. What is your favourite thing about the Aussie YA community?
I do love everyone’s enthusiasm for the things they enjoy.

3 clues for my santee:
1. We’re on opposite sides of the country.
2. Your site layout shows the beauty of nature.
3. You’ve marked over 800 books as ‘read’ on Goodreads.

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