April 2017 WRAPUP

I’m back with my wrapup, on time for once! This was an interesting month of reading for me – I read nothing for two weeks and then binge read for the last couple of days.

I read 11 books this month.

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The Summer we Saved the Bees (Robin Stevenson) – 3 // 5 review here!

Half a Lifetime (Judith Wright) – no rating review here!

The Water Babies (Charles Kingsley) – 4 // 5 review here!

Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell) – 4 // 5 review here!

reread The Endless Steppe (Esther Hautzig) – 4 // 5

reread The Story of my Life (Helen Keller) – no rating

Roseblood (A.G. Howard) – no rating (DNF’ed at 60%, but it was a long book so I’m still counting it.)

Life in Outer Space (Melissa Keil) – 3 // 5

reread Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas) – 3 // 5

The Pause (John Larkin) – 4 // 5

The Anatomy of a Misfit (Andrea Portes) – 3 // 5

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about the books…

Only three rereads this month, which is a lot less than usual! I tried to branch out and read five books borrowed from the library. Most of them were a success, except for Roseblood, which I took too long to read and in the end decided that I couldn’t get through.

My favourite book of the month may have to be Mary Barton, by Elizabeth Gaskell. Stunningly written, it portrays life as it was in Victorian England. *slams recommend button*


in other news…

School has well and truly started back, so we’ll see how much I can appear on this blog. Uni is coming into the assignment season, so that’ll be a contributing factor too.

The holidays were wonderful, and far too short! Only eight weeks to go till the next ones *waits impatiently*

That’s really all I have to say. Not a huge amount has been happening. I live a fairly quiet existence.


April highlights

  • sleepovers with dear friends xx
  • HOLIDAYS!!!
  • starting piano teaching again
  • my binge reading session of last weekend 🙂
  • seeing movies with friends and feeling generally blessed!

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Keep smiling, and here’s to May!

Emmeline 🙂

March 2017 WRAPUP

What a busy month I’ve had! Full of school assignments, dramas and general busyness. That said, I did get little inbetween moments to read some delightful books!

I read 16 books this month.

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The Gipsy Queen (Emma Leslie) – 4 // 5

Reread: Walk in My Shoes (Alwyn Evans) – 4 // 5

The Enchanted Castle (E. Nesbit) – 3 // 5

The Time Machine (H. G. Wells) – 3 // 5

The Elite (Kiera Cass) – 2 // 5

The Selection (Kiera Cass) – 3 // 5

The One (Kiera Cass) – 2 // 5

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Nothing in my Hand I Bring (Ray Galea) – 5 // 5

Reread: What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Reread: What Katy Did at School (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Reread: What Katy Did Next (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Reread: Mary Poppins (P. L. Travers) – 4 // 5

Reread: Clover (Susan Coolidge) – 5 // 5

Beastkeeper (Cat Hellisen) – 4 // 5

In the High Valley (Susan Coolidge) – 4 // 5

Kindred Spirits (Rainbow Rowell) – 3 // 5


about the books…

Sometimes it annoys me how many books I reread each month – but at the same time, I do love revisiting old friends that I’ve known for years and years! The What Katy Did series is like that for me. I’ve reread it countless times and haven’t had enough yet.

I finally got around to the Selection series – and let’s just say that I’ll be stopping after the third book. It wasn’t really my kind of series. I disliked the writing style, and honestly, when that happens I automatically greatly dislike the book. Unfortunately this happened with The Selection series. That said, I understand if you like it! It certainly has its good points, and there’s no doubt that it’s a page turner 😉


in other news…

I’ve been rolling along semi-steadily this month. A lot of personal stuff has happened but I’m trying not to let it get to me??? At least not if it doesn’t have to. Sometimes I worry about the fact that I don’t stress over dramas a lot, but at the same time I’m just too lazy to stress. It’s just too much work.

Uni is happening. That’s all I have to say on that. Also, IT’S FINALLY THE HOLIDAYS. That means no more school/math!!! *throws confetti in celebration*

I’m currently trying to put all of the books we own into a database. I’m just using googledocs, because I’m too poor to buy an actual program. It’s working well so far. I’ve been told that we (as a family) should open a library! A far off dream – (but I’m starting by making a database, sssshhh).

I started up my bookstagram account again! I went on an unannounced hiatus because of busy school and no motivation to take photos. But I’m back!!!


march highlights ….

  • Starting to read again!
  • It’s the holidays, aayyyyyy
  • long chats with best friends and remembering how blessed I am to have them xx
  • scavenger hunts in shopping centres with fellow buddies 🙂
  • taking photos for bookstagram again!!
  • not dying/getting flooded from cyclones and intense rain

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keep smiling,

— em 🙂

February 2017 WRAPUP

I’m late – dear me I’m late – but I’m finally getting round to my wrapup for last month!

I read 8 books this month.

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Reread: Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll) –  4 // 5

Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) –  4 // 5

Reread: The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater) –  4 // 5

As We Sweep Through the Deep (Gordon Staples) –  3 // 5

Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley) –  4 // 5

No Matter When (Karen Kingsbury) –  1 // 5

1984 (George Orwell) –  4 // 5

Reread: They Came on Viking Ships (Jackie French) –  3 // 5

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I am actually happy with my reading this month. I’ve been ridiculously busy and had barely any time to read, so I’m happy with the books I did finish.

What did you read in February?

love,

Emmeline 🙂

January 2017 WRAPUP

I read twelve books this month.

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Once (by six awesome authors) – 5 // 5

The Star-Touched Queen (Roshani Chokshi) – 2 // 5

A Court of Thorns and Roses ( Sarah J Maas) – 4 // 5

Reread: To Love a Sunburnt Country (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

Reread: The Ghost by the Billabong (Jackie French) – 3 // 5

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

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Reread: The Adventures of Milly Molly Mandy (Joyce Lankaster Brisley) – 5 // 5

Reread: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

Reread: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

Reread: We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea! (Arthur Ransome) – 4 // 5

Whisper To Me (Nick Lake) – 3 // 5

The Loaded Dog (Henry Lawson) – 3 // 5

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I really feel like I have a reading slump coming on. You know that feeling? I actually felt like that at the beginning of the month, but I stubbornly pushed through. I think it’s because I read so much in December. Now I feel like I’m tired of reading before I’ve even started.

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Keep smiling,

–Emmeline 🙂

December 2016 WRAPUP

I know it’s a little late, but here’s my wrapup for the month of December, in 2016!

I read 19 books this month. (which is a new record for me, by the way!)

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Reread: The Little Bookroom (Eleanor Farjeon) – 5 // 5

Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas) – 3 // 5

Reread: The Return of the King (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

Roverandom (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

Defiant Birth (Melinda Tankard Reist) – 4 // 5

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Reread: How to Speak Dragonese (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons (Cressida Cowell) – 3 // 5

Reread: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Break a Dragon’s Heart (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

Reread: How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

Reread: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton) – 3 // 5

Reread: A Waltz for Matilda (Jackie French) – 5 // 5

Reread: The Girl from Snowy River (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

Reread: The Road to Gundagai (Jackie French) – 3 // 5

Blink and You Die (Lauren Child) – 5 // 5


img_0581I had a lot of five star books this month, and a lot of rereads! This was mainly because I reread a lot of books that I don’t plan on reading again for years; books that I grew up with and loved and read over and over again. The How To Train Your Dragon series was definitely a large part of my childhood, and I hope to do a review series on it soon. However, in the meantime I hope you all have a great new year!

With love,

–Emmeline 🙂

2016: my year in reading WRAPUP

Ahhhh it’s the end of the year!! Where has the time gone?

My year in reading was … interesting. I had a huge slump in the first six months where I read hardly anything (well, I did read War and Peace and Anna Karenina… but it felt like not much when you read two books in six months). But then in September I discovered Bookstagram, and all of a sudden I was reading again, starting a blog, starting up Goodreads, buying books, obsessing over new fandoms … and back to being Emmeline.

I read 77 books this year.

1

My Brilliant Career, Anne of Avonlea, Mao’s Last Dancer, War and Peace, Bee Hunter.

2

Huntingtower, Anna Karenina, Pick Your Poison, Dresses of Red and Gold, Bonhoeffer, Yellow Poppy, The Saga of the Volsungs, Le Morte D’Arthur, The City of God.

3

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, How to Train Your Dragon, The Snow Child, The Treasure House, Act of Faith, The Bone Sparrow, The Ghost by the Billabong, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

4

The Consolation of Philosophy, Anne of Green Gables, The Count of Monte Cruiso, Black Forest Summer, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Crusoe of Lonesome Lake, Delerium, Pandemonium.

5

Requiem, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Summer Secret, Always Emily.

6

Vanishing Girls, Eleanor and Park, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Jewel, Four, The Raven Boys, Geek Girl, Six of Crows.

7

She is Not Invisible, The Coral Island, The Fellowship of the Ring, All the Bright Places, The Sea of Monsters, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Titan’s Curse, The Two Towers, Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves.

8

My Story: Workhouse, Anna and the French Kiss, A Rose for the Anzac Boys, The Decameron, The Little Bookroom, Throne of Glass, Return of the King, Roverandom, Defiant Birth.

9

How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse, How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale, A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, How to Break a Dragon’s Heart, How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero, How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury.

10

Blink and You Die, The Road to Gundagai, The Girl From Snowy River, A Waltz for Matilda, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

And there you have it, all the books I read this year!

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Love,

Emmeline 🙂

November 2016 WRAPUP

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So today it’s time to share with you my November wrapup!

I was surprised to find that I read eleven books this month. Most of them were pretty easy going ones though, and I enjoyed the majority of them 🙂

books I read this month

reread: The Fellowship of the Ring (JRR Tolkien) – 5/5

All the Bright Places  (Jennifer Niven) – 4/5

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters  (Rick Riordan) – 3/5

reread: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood  (Howard Pyle) – 5/5  review here!

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse  (Rick Riordan) – 3/5

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reread: The Two Towers  (JRR Tolkien) – 5/5

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves  (PG Wodehouse) – 4/5

My Story: Workhouse  (Pamela Oldfield) – 3/5

Anna and the French Kiss  (Stephanie Perkins) – 3/5

reread: A Rose for the Anzac Boys  (Jackie French) – 5/5

The Decameron (Giovanni Boccaccio)   – 4/5

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Some standouts were A Rose for the Anzac Boys, and (of course) Lord of the Rings, which was my reread for the year. (I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS.)

But A Rose For the Anzac Boys broke my heart, I swear. It’s such a brilliant and touching representation of WWI from the eyes of a young girl from New Zealand (which I also thought was good, as New Zealand doesn’t seem to have a large representation in books – at least in those I’ve read). If you haven’t read it, please do. It’s wonderfully wonderful.

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Have you read anything on my list?

That’s all for now, and thanks for reading bookworms! Hopefully I’ll read a bit more in December 🙂

–Emmeline 🙂

October 2016 WRAPUP

It’s the time of the month for a wrapup! YAYYY!

I read SEVENTEEN books this month. A change from the six of last month, if I can just say! Without further ado, I’ll jump right into it!

Books I read this month

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Books I read that I own

 

The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) – 4/5

Pandemonium (Lauren Oliver) – 2/5

Requiem (Lauren Oliver) – 2/5

reread – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (J.K. Rowling) – 5/5

Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell) – 4/5

reread – Coral Island  (R.M. Ballantyne) – 5/5

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Books from my first library visit

Vanishing Girls (Lauren Oliver) – 1/5

Always Emily (Michaela MacColl) – 3/5

A Summer Secret (Kathleen Fuller) – 2/5

reread – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling) – 5/5

reread – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling) – 5/5

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Books from my second library visit

The Jewel (Amy Ewing) – 1/5

Four (Veronica Roth) – 1/5

Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater) – 4/5

Geek Girl (Holly Smale) – 3/5

Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo) – 2/5

She is Not Invisible (Marcus Sedgwick) -4/5

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So those are the books I read this month! If you have any questions about my ratings do let me know. I was quite happy with seventeen books, but not necessarily the ones I picked. I feel like lots of them were let downs.

Standouts were … She Is Not Invisible and Raven Boys. She Is Not Invisible was a gorgeous book about a blind girl and it was positively delicious. Raven Boys was much better than I expected and wonderfully written. Highly recommend both these.

NaNoWriMo starts today!

Am I prepared? No.

Am I going to fail epically? Probably.

But I am determined to have fun, and I think that that’s the point, isn’t it.

That’s all I have for now! Keep smiling, and until next time, humans!

–Emmeline 🙂

September WRAPUP

Hello humans/future me!

Today I’d like to write about … My September And What Happened In This Whirl Wind Of A Month, As Well As The Books I Read.

Well, a lot of things happened actually. The first being we moved the house around and it took AGES. But it’s done now and my piano has a lovely new spot – I won’t show you a picture because it’s covered in music books and flighty pieces of paper that-I-need-several-folders-for … so let’s just imagine that this is my piano.

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Because it’s my dream piano.

*ahem* moving on. I ordered my five YA books off Book Depository (seriously I can’t get over how cool BD is, I mean free worldwide shipping. Seriously?!? Epic!), and adore the covers, though I can’t say as much for the actual stories.

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I mean, the covers are gorgeous (particularly Eleanor and Park) but I’m not sure that the glimpses of the writing that I got when I flicked-through-the-book are particularly good. I suppose I’ll find out when I actually read all of them (I’ve only read one so far).

I read a not-so-grand total of six books this month.

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Yeah, I’m not happy. This year has been nothing but a reading slump. I may not even get to my Goodreads goal of a measly 35 books. Eeek. I’m working on it – slowly. Next year I’m going to aim for eighty books, if not more, and see if that pushes me along a little. Goodness knows I used to read at least eighty books a year … *cries*

BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH

Anne of Green Gables // L.M. Montgomery – 5/5

Because I can’t bear to give Anne anything less. I just imagine her looking me in the eye and I’m gone. Sorry.

Anne of Avonlea // L.M. Montgomery – 5/5

Once again, it’s Anne. Enough said.

Black Forest Summer // Mabel Esther Allen – 2/5

Find my full review here, which pretty much explains everything. Eeeek, I did NOT enjoy this one. I suppose it goes to show that as you grow older, your tastes change. And you realise that sometimes vintage novels aren’t great. Just like some YA books I could mention … *ahem*

Crusoe of Lonesome Lake // Leland Stowe – 3/5

This was an interesting book, and the first non-fiction book I’ve read in a while. I certainly enjoyed it, that’s for sure.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas // John Boyne – 4/5

I am a big, big fan of WWII stuff. This is definitely one of my faves. It’s so simple, and it’s just done so well. I anticipated the ending but still wasn’t ready for it. BE STILL MY HEART.

Delirium // Lauren Oliver – 3/5

I absolutely LOVE the concept of this book. I also love her prose. It just seems to go so well with the genre – though you wouldn’t think that it would. However, it fell for me in some points – specifically the inconsistencies and the idiocies of the main character.

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WRITING UPDATE

Well, if you’ve read my bio you’ll know I like writing. Recently, however, I stopped. I think it had something to do with the fact that I got sick of both of the stories I was working on … and then just didn’t start a new one. Or picked up any of my numerous one-maybe-two-chapters-in stories.

BUT I’ve been working on a story that has been in the back of my head for AGES! I don’t really want to say too much about it except that it is mainly about libraries. And writing. Wow, that’s not characteristic at all *rolls eyes at myself*

But seriously, when I’m rich-and-famous and my book is published-and-has-its-own-franchise-and-tv-show*, I’ll be able to say that this book is based on a dream. That I had. At night. Because it is. And that makes me happy 🙂

*ahem. Yeah this will never happen. But you can’t stop me dreaming, reality!

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OTHER BIG THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH

Well (let’s start with the obvious one, shall we) … I started this blog! As well as joined the bookstagram community! And rediscovered my love of writing! Woop woop!

Well, this blog is (at the moment) (right now) a place for me to keep track of things. Of myself. Because otherwise I get confused and give up. I actually do.

But I’m happy with that 🙂 It’s a fun place for me to let go and express myself IN CAPITALS OCCASIONALLY and sometimes in italics.

And I’m happy! Are you? Keep existing humans, because who knows what the world will be without you? You’re not just a number. You’re a human. A human bean, as the BFG would say.* And all human beans are important, and beautifully and wonderfully made. So keep on going.

And that’s all from me 🙂 Keep smiling, and until next time, humans!

–Emmeline 🙂

*Has anyone seen that movie? I must see it! If they change too much, though, I will sue them I swear, because the BFG was my favourite book for at least a month as a kid. It was on my FAVES list for one point in time, okay!