Book news

5 Debut Novels To Look Out For in 2017

Are you sicking for waiting for the next novel to come out in an evergoing seven book series? Well to cure that time of anticipation, I’ve compiled a list of ten debut novels that you might wanna check out in 2917

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This novel was inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and is soon to be converted into a motion picture so you better get on it folks.

One of us in lying by Karen McManus

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Five kids walk into detention . Four of them walk out alive. This is a murder mystery surrounding four stereotypical high school kids and boy do I wanna know who killed Simon.

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

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Okay so this one is about time travel and I am already sold. Twenty-first century vs World War II? Um hell yes especially because our protagonist gets listed as a casualty in World War II so how is he still alive now?

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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So this one again is a murder mystery except our protagonist immerses herself in the world of the dead Lizzie Lovett which includes taking her boyfriend

#famous by Jilly Gagnon

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This seems like a very light and fun read about boy meets girl and instagram and I’d be down to read it.

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5 New Series To Start in 2017

Hit a reading slump? Have an urge to get invested in a series? Want to be the cool kid on the block who’s read the brand new series? Here are 5 series starting in 2017 that you should totally get on

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu 

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Expected Publication Date: October 3rd

The Lowdown: A novel based on a game called Warcross. There’s gambling, hacking, a badass female protagonist and a whole lot of sci-fi thirll

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber 

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Expected Publication Date: 31st January

The Lowdown: These two sisters have an evil father and they try to run away. Basically one sister ends up becoming the prize money of this magical show that the other sister has been obssessed with. So the other sister tries to save the sister that’s being held hostage and chaos ensues.

The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (The Gatlon Trilogy #1) by Marissa Meyer 

Expected Publication Date: November 7th

The Lowdown: Two schools in Gatlon city. One is elite, one has a reputation. As secrets unfurl about the two schools it becomes hard to tell which one might be the enemy.

Strange and Dreamer (Strange and Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor 

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Expected Publication Date: 28th March

The Lowdown: A super vague, super mystical novel which has underlying poetic hues.

Wires and Nerves Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

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Expected Publication Date: 31st January

The Lowdown: For anyone who has read the Lunar Chronicles this is a graphic novel about Iko, the Android. The graphic novel follows Iko’s path in life and love and all things wires and nerves.

 

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5 Sequels To Look Out For In 2017

2017 promises to be quite an exciting year for books especially YA. There are plenty of sequels releasing this year to  keep you busy and today I’m about to delve into some of them

Wayfarer (Passenger #2)

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The sequel to passenger has already been released but I haven’t gotten around to it yet and I AM SO KEEN. Passenger was an incredible book for wanderers and the adventure types and I’m sure Wayfarer would be the same!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

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When I heard a third installment was coming into this series I screamed. These books are so light and fun and they take you back to being 16 and young and stupid

The Illuminae Files #3

The last two books in this series have left so many questions inside my brain. I am buzzing for the entire story to all come together and for some mad space time theories

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A court of thorns and roses #3)

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So Sarah J Maas writes series that you get totally obssessed with and this is no exception. This has got to possibly be the most talked about sequel of the year

Throne of Glass #6

Following on with the SJ Maas trail. The sixth installment in her long standing series is also set to be out this year and I cannot wait for her to just deliver the amazing work that she does every year.

 

Book news, Discussion

Milk & Honey & The Rise of Modern Poetry

Modern poetry has taken the internet and the world by storm. I mean who doesn’t love our deepest, darkest thoughts being convoluted into neat little poetic wonders? But what makes modern poetry so special from traditional poetry?

First of, it’s relatable as hell.

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Heartbreak, abuse, insecurities, passion, authors like Rupi Kaur and Beau Taplin have mastered the art of tapping into their own experiences and creating a universal masterpiece.

The fact that such authors are also younger means that they have an easier time convincing their adolescent or young adult audience. They occupy platforms such as Instagram that young people often find influential.

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I guess the thing I like most about modern poetry is that it encourages you to express your feelings instead of shying away from them.

It teaches you that problems are solved better when they’re out in the open

That pain is easier to deal with when shared because that makes you feel less alone in this world

Modern poetry makes people feel understood. It gives them a voice. It gives them strength.

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Rapid Reviews | Edition #1

Reviews are a pain to write and since I myself don’t particularly like reading reviews, I doubt most of you do too. So, I’m here to give you the lowdown on every book I read this month in a few sentences.

Quiet by Susan Cain

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A non-fiction novel commenting upon the art of introversion. If you’re obssessed with personality types this book is right up your alley. It challenges your preconceived notions about introverts and demonstrates how introversion thrives in business, romantic and leadership settings.

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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I’m at a point in my life where I believe you can never go wrong with a Rick Riordan novel. This installment in the series leaned more towards the heavier side. The novel explores sexuality and morals. I even did a post listing all the things I loved about it!

Gemina by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff

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The Illuminae series just keeps getting better. Without giving away any spoilers, this book just mind-fucked everyone I bet. It’s riveting, it’s funny, it’s totally outside of this world (get it?)

The Secret History by Donna Tart

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I went into this book expecting it to be about cults and rituals and all things eerie. I was disappointed to find that it is quite a mundane novel. While parts of it are captivating, I found myself drifting off more than a few times.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and whether you like the idea of rapid reviews!

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Does Anyone Even Read Anymore?

As I look around myself, I see more and more people choosing more convenient and instantly rewarding forms of entertainment.

Now there is nothing wrong with that but I can’t help noticing that the average person (especially my age) does not read books anymore. It is a novelty if I find a friend who enjoys the same books as me let alone enjoys reading at all.

We’d rather go on facebook or watch Netflix or watch the movie adaptation of the book rather than read the book itself. Forget reading thought provoking classics or discussing ideologies. Those are the things of the past and just not cool anymore.

I know there are programs that promote reading all the time and with movie adaptations the YA genre has received this whole new generation of readers. But I’m talking about real books: Dickens and Dante and the Odyssey. Timeless, precious book that people need to read once in their life.

Maybe that’s why the retail price on books increases significantly every year or the number of my readers diminishes every year. No one even reads anymore

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My Favourite Bookstagrams 

Among other things taking aesthetically pleasing photos of books is an art in itself. I compiled a list of my favourite book dedicated Instagram accounts so we can sit here and marvel together!

First up is Cait from Paper Futy 


I mean just look at the beautiful flower theme and just ahh like goals. Absolute goals. 


Next up is the loonytuney Insta which is glorious in all its pastel and rainbow glory 


I just love people who can stick to an Instagram theme. Monochrome is always a winner so this one goes to sammy!


Can’t go wrong with a couple of fairy lights. Kori’s Instagram looks just delightful and magical 


Ahh look how cute and colourful! It’s bright and fun and fresh. Love 

Give a follow to all the people mentioned in this post and I hope they don’t mind me sharing their creations! 

If you’d like to please follow me on Instagram as well @infinity.reads 

Book news, Discussion, recommended

If You Like This…You’ll Also Like This

So who doesn’t like book recommendations. Especially around this time of the year when we’re all trying to better ourselves and broaden our horizons. So here goes

If you like….

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You will also like…

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Both books filled with these sweet love stories that encompass mental health issues and body image and growing up. It’s almost a given that if you’ve read one you’ll read the other

If you like….

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You will also like..

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If you love a good contemporary read, these two books are your go to! One takes you around Paris and its romance while the other has its own charm with high school romances and yummy recipes.

If you like…

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You will also like…

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Illumnae is heavily focused on science-fiction and takes place outside of Earth yet it’s got humour and philosophy, which is where it is similar to WALU. We All Looked Up goes behind the philosophical meaning of existence as an asteroid prepares to destroy Earth.

I hope you found some good reading suggestions in this post. Don’t worry, I hope to do many more in the future because who doesn’t love book recommendations?

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Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop 2016 

Once again this year I am participating in the secret Santa gift exchange. To commence the hop let’s answer some questions.

What are you top 5 favourite books this year?

In no particular order. 

  • Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven 
  • The Last Star by Rick Yancey 
  • Yellow by Megan Jacobsen 
  • On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 

What are you top 5 favourite Aussie YA books this year?

Okay so I didn’t have time to read many books this year. But some of my all time Aussie books are:

  • The Captive Prince series by C.S.Pacat 
  • Yellow by Megan Jacobsen 
  • On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • The yearbook committee by Sarah Ayoub 

How did you go with your Goodreads challenge?

I surprisingly did really well. To be fair I set myself a really small goal which I knew I could achieve due to my busy year. So yeah. Pretty good 

What is your favourite blogging moment of 2016? 

Being a hermit in South Australia means I don’t get to attend many bookish events. Although my favourite moment would have to be when Tommy Wallach’s publisher recognised me at his book signing. Read all about it here!

What are your blogging goals for 2017?

  • Post at least twice a week 
  • Be more active on Twitter and other social media 
  • Attend more bookish events which should get more possible next year hopefully 

What books are you looking forward to in 2017?

SO MANY books to look forward to!

  • 3rd Illuminae books by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff 
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han 
  • An Ember in the Ashes #3 by Sabaa Tahir 

What is your favourite thing about the Aussie YA Blogging Communtiy?

I just love how everyone is so accepting and inclusive. I’m always amazed by how we’ve managed to create something so sweet in our little corner of the world.

Three clues for my santee:

  • You love food
  • You recently reviewed a contemporary novel 
  • You are older than me 

Good luck in guessing who my santee is and I hope you enjoyed my post!

Book news, Tags

The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger

Happy December and Happy first day of Blogmas guys!

To kick things off I thought it would be a good idea to do a little tag to get to know each other. Also, this tag is all over the internet and is not my original creation so that’s out the way.

How long have you been a blogger?

I began blogging in January 2014 so coming up on three years now (which is unbelievable). I’ve done countless posts on this blog about why and how I started blogging and yeah once I started, I never stopped.

At what point do you think you will stop?

I feel like I’ll keep this blog going for as long as I possibly can. Even if it does undergo periods of stagnation, I know I’ll come back because this blog is my happy place!

What is the best part?

The best part would have to be the interaction and connection you develop because of blogging. You meet so many like-minded people who share the same passions and they’re from all around the world. It’s incredible

What is the worst part?

The worst part would have to be that blogging is not a full time commitment for me. Oftentimes I have to prioritise school or work above my blog. So yeah, the worst part would have to be the fact that the blog has to be sacrificed sometimes.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

My blog is mostly centered around writing and written content so my images usually come from Google which takes about three seconds.

Who’s your book crush?

The first person that comes to mind would be Adrian Ivashkov from The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead or more specifically from the Bloodlines series. Brown hair. Green eyes. Artist. Are you convinced yet?

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I think it would be super duper cool to have Jennifer Niven on my blog. She seems so lovely and she’s so pretty. Otherwise Sarah.J.Maas or Tommy Wallach.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Literally my pyjamas. The comfier, the better.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

That depends on the post. A review would usually span about two weeks because it involves reading a book or watching a film. Other sort of spur of the moment posts cost me 20 minutes of my day.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I absolutely love it. To think we live in an age where we’re able to share our common passions so easily ahh!

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Keep persisting. I think that goes with anything in life. If you work hard enough on something and puts loads of effort, it’s gonna return in some form or another. You just have to have patience.

I encourage you to do the tag and leave it in the comments below!