These Books Deserve More Attention


It is strange (but true) that many great books just don’t get into the hands of readers. Whether it’s an unappealing  cover / title or just poor marketing I feel sad for those little-known books that are really worth reading.

Here is a list (does anyone else get a spike of joy when compiling lists?) of books I loved but which have had very little attention on Goodreads even though it’s been a while since they were published. One thing these books all have in common, other than that I love them, is that they all have edgy, gritty characters (trust me this is a good thing!).

*All ratings are out of the possible 5 stars, subjective to the individual reviewer opinion published publicly on Goodreads and retrieved on 9 August 2016 .

These Books Deserve More Attention

Between Two Seas


Between Two Seas by Marie-Louise Jensen
317 Ratings,   4-star average
Set in Denmark this is a beautifully written historical fiction by a first-class author. It’s about a strong female character who journeys into the unknown to find her father. I have no idea why this book is not more popular. It’s a must read.


Dust by Sarah DaltryDust
37 ratings, 4.14- star average

An epic fantasy by an author whose writing is so seductive you’ll be sucked in from the first page. Full of twists the three main characters, a princess, assassin and a thief, will keep you on your toes throughout. Fantasy lovers add this to the top of your TBR. This is one of my rare 5-star reads,

Agora Files


The Agora Files by Adam Oster
18 ratings,  3.94- star average 

The Agora Files is a fast-paced, unpredictable and original dystopian story. Full of action, adrenaline, excitement and adventure but with a strong, appealing human element which comes through in family dynamics and unexpected relationships.



Scarred by Joanne Macgregor
327 ratings, 3.86-star average

Written by a South African author this is a tender, sensitive contemporary story of hope and redemption but with strong, complex characters and witty banter.



Retaliation by Yasmin Shiraz
105 ratings, 4.24-star average

This is a powerful, brutal, raw but ultimately inspirational account of life on gang ruled streets.  Although set in Washington D.C. the story will resonate with any inner city streets of all major cities across the world and as such has the potential of reaching many teens who desperately need to hear the message of hope.



Grass by Cathy MacPhail
87 ratings, 3.75-star average

Grass is a story that will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading. Cathy MacPhail is a well-known author and this is my favourite of her books. A witness to a horrific crime by a local gang is placed in a very difficult situation when he is forbidden to grass (tell on).

Last Summer of Us


The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt
388 ratings, 3.64-star average

Drama follows three best friends, whose relationships intertwine with unexpected results, as they embark on a road trip.

One Two Three


One, Two, Three
by Elodie Nowodazki
237 ratings, 3.61-star average

Passionate, gritty, complicated characters abound in this intense story which revolves around a ballerina’s future career after an accident and her bizarre family relationships

Street Duty

Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down  by Chris Ould
60 ratings, 3.82-star average

Trainee student police officers encounter gritty, streetwise characters on their watch. Fast-paced action and realistic settings. A book not to miss.


Goblet Club

The Goblet Club
by S.A. Partridge
34 ratings, 3.75-star average

Set in a boy’s boarding school this is a gothic, sinister, award-winning book by a South African author. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History with the formation of a secret exclusive club which in this case is dedicated to the study of poison. Dark themes and compelling characters make this a book not to miss.

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Six Queens and a King of YA Contemporary

Royal Auto-Buy List

My Royal Contemporary Auto-Buys

The Six Queens and a King of YA Contemporary

It should not come as a surprise that contemporary books are my thing. I devour the books and drool over the covers on Goodreads and Instagram (and sometimes at the library and in bookshops, please don’t tell). Although I like the flirty fun, the edgy angst and the drama, it’s the interactive relationships the characters have with family and friends that I love. People are fascinating. While I can watch them for hours in public places trying to imagine their lives, contemporary books provide a short-cut and I can get my dose of ‘peopleness’ anywhere, anytime in a book… and without the creepy gawking.

I present to you my royal contemporary auto-buy list

There are seven YA contemporary authors that have proven themselves (at least to me) that they rock. I have read  greedily gobbled all their books and any hint of a future book in the works is met with feverously stalking their social media accounts. They rule as the six queens and a king of my auto-buy list.

So in alphabetical order, the crowns go to the following Greats: 

The King

Adi Alsaid

Now before you go off on a rant by gender inequalities let me just say that I have yet to find another male contemporary author who rocks enough to reign. BUT. I would love to add to my list, to look more friendly to the male gender but also because I freaking love YA contemporary. So please hit me with send me lists of candidates who should be on this royal auto-buy list.

Adi Alsaid writes beautiful, realistic, dramatic, character-driven books that I drown in. Pick up one and sink in until you are deeply immersed in his writing and feel your soul rejuvenate. See my review of Let’s Get Lost.
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The Queens

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is (fortunately for me) a prolific author whose books will easily fill a bookshelf. Very popular in the school library, they are full of dynamic family relationships and rich, intense, feel-good depth.
My review of Saint Anything.

Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is known for her big, sink-into-until-you-drown books filled with vibrant, rich characters that will stick with you for life.
My review of Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry rocks so much she agreed to an interview with me way back when I started blogging and ambitiously contacted her. Not only was she friendly and obliging, but she also sent a parcel of bookmarks and printed ribbons all the way to South Africa for our school library.

She specialises in tough, edgy, messed-up characters and her books are gritty, raw and real. Contemporary with a bite. And her characters, which usually find themselves appearing in her other books, are the kind that will loyally stick with you for life. The kind you’d probably be a little nervous (like me) to approach them in the real world, but wish you could.
See my review of Pushing the Limits.

Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson does the quirky so well. Her books are full of life in the offbeat, wildly, crazy rollercoaster, arty way that feeds my soul. I don’t have the words to describe her writing other that it is insanely brilliant.
See my review of I’ll Give You the Sun.

Rainbow Rowell

Although I love Rainbow Rowell’s storylines, it’s her characters that steal the show. These are characters you’ll meet and never forget. Characters that you’ll wish were your best friends.
See my review of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.

Kasie West

Kasie West is the queen of the fun, flirty, feel-good books that I can’t get enough of. Although she doesn’t shy away from serious issues her books are the ones to pick up when you are off to the beach, or wish you were. Because they are going to make you feel as though you are on holiday.
See my review of P.S. I Like You.

Now you know whose books I love, but what about you? Who is on your royal auto-buy list?

Reading Around the World

reading around the world

The challenge set by the Broke and the Bookish was to find books set outside the US. I have never had the opportunity to visit the US sad face and it wasn’t until I began to look closely that I realised how many books are set in America. It became almost an obsession to find books and my list just exploded. I eventually realised that there was no way I could put all of the books I wanted to on one list. I’ll have to do a series of posts featuring books from different continents- watch this space!

This is a (somewhat shorter) list of books from around the world.  I have chosen books I have read and highly recommend. I hope you can find one (or more) you’d like to read.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled  HosseiniThousand Splendid Suns Afganistan

This beautiful, inspirational but heartbreaking book tells the story of two very different women who find comfort and strength in each other in war-torn Afganistan.

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Jellicoe Road by Melina MarchettaJellico Road Australia

Set in a boarding school in Australia this YA book is one that I will always remember. This book combines two separate stories so that they intertwine and enrich each other as you unravel their secrets.

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood Canada

Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark, spine-chilling YA ghost story set in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sinister, menacing and downright creepy, this is the perfect Halloween read.

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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy God of Small Things

Set in Kerala, Southern India this is a beautiful book that weaves wistful words replete with foreboding menace and the loss of innocence. Unforgettable mental images accompany the words making this a story you won’t disremember.

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Coram Boy by Jamila GavinCoram Boy

Eighteenth-century England comes to life in this sinister story that still haunts me five years after I put it down. Shocking, shadowy events and eerie characters traipse through the pages creating a subtle but dark menacing gothic atmosphere.

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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy

This mesmerising book is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Set in 15th century France it is brilliantly, mysteriously bursting with treason and betrayal. I loved the storyline which has murder, secrets, assassins and villains seeping out its pores.

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Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo by Lawrence Babylon's Ark IraqAnthony

A non-fiction memoir by Lawrence Anthony, a well-known South African conservationist and author of The Elephant Whisperer, about the courageous rescue of the Baghdad Zoo animals during the Iraq War.

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OrchardsOrchards by Holly Thompson

Written in verse this award-winning YA book about complicated family relationships and a clash of cultures. I flew through this inspiring, uplifting story of a Japanese-American girl is sent to stay with her grandparents home in Japan after her involvement in a bullying-related suicide.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Between Shades of Gray Russia

This YA historical fiction book is a haunting and compelling portrayal of humanity during the Second World War. Sparks of life, small acts of kindness and decency, shine through between brutal cruelty while the prisoners of war face the reality of survival in an unbelievably harsh environment

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The Trouble with Flying by Rachel MorganTrouble with Flying South Africa

Rachel Morgan is a South African author well known for her YA fantasy series. The Trouble with Flying is the first of a series of contemporary fiction. Although the characters make an appearance in their friend’s stories, each book is about different characters so can be read in any order.

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Scrumptious Bookish Crafts

Scrumptious Bookish Crafts

Recently the lovely blog Candid Cover published a post about hosting a Book Swap Party which I immediately saved under ‘one day when I can get enough bookish friends together’.  It got me thinking about what crafts we could make during the party which lead to hours online literally drooling over beautiful bookish craft possibilities.

A list of bookish crafts that I would love to make

If you’re planning a Book Swap Party, thinking of making a gift for a bookish friend or just want something fun to do during the holidays then take a visit to these brilliant crafters for the instructions to make these scrumptious bookish crafts.

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Leather book necklaces and key chains by Art By Wendy

Leather Book Necklaces


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Glass Map Necklace by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects

Glass Map Necklace by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects


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Book Page Roses by Twigg Studio

Book Page Roses


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Altered Book Journals by Phizzy Chick

Altered Book Journals


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Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament by Stephanie Lynn

Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament


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5 Pointed Origami Star by Homemade Gifts Made Easy

5 Pointed Origami Star


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Paper Garlands by Project Wedding

Paper Garlands


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Zipper Book Clutch by See Kate Sew

Zipper Book Clutch


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Bookish Jewelry Box by Sincerely Kinsey

Book Jewelry Box


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Rolled Paper Flower Wreath by Stephanie Lynn

Rolled Paper Flower Wreath


I haven’t made any of these yet, but I would like to get stuck right in – once I’ve made up my mind which one to start with!

Do you make bookish creations? Any advice? Which one would you start with?

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I Don’t Like Starting a New Book

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I Don’t Like Starting a New Book

So here’s the thing… I don’t like starting a new book.


Yes, it’s true.

Hold on, before you call for reinforcement, let me explain.

There’s a dark black hole between drooling over admiring the cover of a new book, re-reading the blurb insert black hole and getting sucked right into the story.

I dread the first chapter. I don’t know the characters yet and haven’t got a feel for the story. It’s only when I fall into the rhythm that the world is right again.

Sometimes if I’m lucky when the sun is shining in just the right way and chocolate becomes a vegetable I know just from the first line that I’m going to love the book. But like my 5-star reviews these books are very extremely rare.

Now that I think of it, this may be why I give up only a few chapters in if I don’t like the story. I used to feel so bad about this. But no more…  There are too many great books out there to waste time on those that will be a chore to finish.

Do you like starting new books? Do you know it’s going to be a good book right from the beginning?

Best Read New Releases So Far This Year 2016

New releases
My Favorite New Releases So Far This Year 2016

Have I ever told you how much I love authors & publishers? A gigantic thank you to the authors & publishers who ensure bloggers have access to their books before or as they are published. Yes, they receive a public review in return, but this doesn’t always work in their favour. Book bloggers tell the truth. I promise. If we don’t no one would trust our reviews (and Cait’s dragons would devour us)

These are the new releases I think you should check out. Surprisingly there are a lot of historical fiction – a little out of my comfort zone…

I hope you discover a new book here to add to your reading list. Please let me know of any 2016 releases you recommend.


All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Adult ThrillerNew releases

I haven’t written a review for this book simply because I am still suffering from book hangover, This book is the best I have read so far this year and the talented Megan Miranda has proved that she can master the transition from YA to adult fiction.
Read this book! This is my ONLY 5-star book so far this year!

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Recoil by Joanne MacgregorNew releases
YA Dystopia

Written by one of my favourite South African authors, Recoil is a new genre from her and I think it’s her best work ever. My review starts off with Recoil is an unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride… read more here

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue HitchcockNew releases
YA Historical Fiction

Unique and so readable. I loved this Alaskan story which in my review I called a beautifully written, enchanting novel that brings a breath of fresh air into the world of YA… read more here.

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonNew releases
YA Contemporary

I just finished this book a couple of days ago. It’s just what you’d expect from Morgan Matson – fun & relatable – the perfect beach read. A book you’ll fly through while wishing it would never end.

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Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle TaylorNew releases
YA Historical Fiction

Loosely based on Peter Pan, this book is a heartbreaking story of love, friendship, strength and survival. Bringing to light the racial prejudice Japanese Americans were subjected to after Pearl Harbour and encouraging tolerance. This book should be in all school libraries.

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The Summer Before the War by Helen SimonsonNew releases
Adult Historical Fiction

Reading this heartening, character driven story felt like I was gliding gently, almost dreamily through the pages before jerking to a halt with the intrusion of the cruelty and brutality of the First World War.

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And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteNew releases
YA Historical Fiction

I initially chose And I Darken for its stunning cover and soon found out that it is much more. A deeply-layered, well-researched story set in the 15th century Ottman Empire and filled to the brim with treason, betrayal, murder, love, intrigue, jealousy and deceit. This book is good enough to eat!

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The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodNew releases
YA Contemporary

The Square Root of Summer is a weirdly absurd story and I think that’s why I liked it so much. Grief affects us all differently and this book got right in under my skin and took hold, even though the math was a beyond me!

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Alice and the Fly by James RiceNew releases
YA Contemporary

This début is a mixture of Eleanor and Park and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Like The Curious Incident, the narrator is unreliable the real story is revealed slowly with unexpected twists. I felt like I was slightly detached from the story (but curiously in a good way), like watching a movie without sound.

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall KellyNew releases
Adult Historical Fiction

I received a physical copy of this book from the author late last year in response to a post describing upcoming new releases. My review describes her soft, subtle, understated way of storytelling which spins a comforting and nostalgic cloak around the reader. But don’t be fooled into thinking this book doesn’t pack a punch, the tranquility only emphasises the enormity the impact of war has on humanity. Read more here.

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Looking Forward To. . .

2nd half 2016

Looking Forward To. . .

The Other Half of 2016

The last half of 2016 promises lots of stunning books. These are on my list and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!


This Adventure Ends by Emma MillsThis Adventure Ends

Add to Goodreads: This Adventure Ends
Preorder from Amazon: 
This Adventure Ends

To be published: 4 October 2016

I’m going to read this just because I love the cover, but it sounds pretty good too.

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

When a beloved painting goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.


The Pain Eater by Beth GoobieThe Pain Eater

Add to Goodreads: The Pain Eater

To be published: 13 September 2016

I have heard a lot of buzz about this book with the fantastic title and I can’t wait to read it.

She hadn’t told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone’s lips. She’d thought about it at first – had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the shame, and the intimidation from the boys who raped her – and the one who held her down.


The Lost & Found by Katrina LenoThe Lost & Found

Add to Goodreads: The Lost & Found
Preorder from Amazon:The Lost & Found

To be published: 5 July 2016

This book is surrounded by hype already and those who have been lucky enough to score an ARC have rated it highly.

Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear.


Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju LeeEvery Falling Star

Add to Goodreads: Every Falling Star
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Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

To be published: 13 September 2016

I have never read anything about North Korea and am looking forward to this highly anticipated memoir.

An intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. 


This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston This is Our Story

Add to Goodreads: This Is Our Story
Preorder from Amazon: This is Our Story

To be published: 15 November 2016

This sounds like a really good thriller. Possibly along the lines of The Secret History by Donna Tartt…

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns

Add to Goodreads: Three Dark Crowns
Preorder from Amazon: Three Dark Crowns

To be published: 20 September 2016

Dark, mysterious and poison is enough for me to be first in the queue. The sisters out to kill each other is a bonus!

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.   


If I Fix You by Abigail JohnsonIf I Fix You

Add to Goodreads: If I Fix You
Preorder from Amazon: If I Fix You

To be published: 25 October 2016

Contemporary romance is always a favourite and just look at the beautiful cover!

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself. With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. 

The Row by J.R. JohanssonThe Row

Add to Goodreads: The Row 
Preorder from Amazon: The Row

To be published: 11 October 2016

Talk about having the rug pulled from under your feet. I just have to know what happens in the book!

A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent. Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father confesses ….

The Stand-In by Steve BloomThe Stand-In

Add to Goodreads: The Stand-In
Preorder from Amazon: The Stand-In

To be published: 1 October 2016

A fun, easy read perfect for October in the Southern Hemisphere when Summer has arrived and most of us will be needing a break from studying! Plus it’s always a welcome change to have a male POV in YA contemporary.

When Brooks volunteered to be a stand-in for Burdette’s cousin who got stood up for Homecoming, it was with the noblest of intentions—helping a fellow human being, free of charge. But when he gets a tip of more than three hundred bucks, word spreads quickly and Brooks seizes the opportunity to offer his impeccable escort services to super-wealthy parents who want their daughters to experience those big social events of senior year.


The Smaller Evil by Stephanie KuehnThe Smaller Evil

Add to Goodreads: The Smaller Evil
Preorder from Amazon: The Smaller Evil

To be published: 2 August 2016

I’m on the fence with this one, I think it’s going to be either very good to terrible. We’ll have to see…

17-year-old Arman Dukoff is struggling with severe anxiety and a history of self-loathing when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He’s taken a huge risk—and two-thousand dollars from his meth-head stepfather—for a chance to “evolve,” as Beau, the retreat leader, says. Beau is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? 

And then, in an instant Arman can’t believe or totally recall, Beau is gone. Suicide? Or murder? Arman was the only witness and now the compound is getting tense. And maybe dangerous.

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What I Love About Audible

What I love about Audible

What I Love About Audible

I’ve only recently started using Audible, Amazon’s audiobook subscription site. Not because I don’t like audio books, our family spent many happy hours in the car listening to Roald Dahl, Francesca Simon and Audrey Wood‘s books. But up until a few months ago I was working full-time which left little time for hobbies. Now that I have many more hours to spend painting, art journaling and other craft activities I discovered that I am easily bored and music alone was just not filling the gap.

So in came Audible which offers 2 free books during the free trial. Bonus! What to choose… My TBR (to be read) list is dangerously long. Daunting. Intimidating. It is really impossible difficult to choose what to read next. Then I remembered there were a few books on my list that had been there a while, mostly because of their sheer size. And then I had it – A Game of Thrones. And just like that, I rediscovered a passion for audiobooks…

Here is a list of what I love about Audible. (Lists are addictive!)Snow & Roses

  1. One month free trial and includes 2 credits (= 2 books)
  2. I can listen on my android device and sync to my phone
  3. One credit is included in the monthly subscription
  4. Relatively inexpensive
  5. Many titles to choose from
  6. Makes chores something to look forward too
  7. Prevents my brain getting up to mischief while I am painting
  8. Ticking off my TBR list quicker than I would have
  9. Completing my Goodreads reading challenge a real possibility
  10. Discovering hidden gems in the story that the A Game of Thrones TV series doesn’t show

Are you using Audible? Do you like audiobooks?

What are you raving about right now?

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Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

 Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

 Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

Book Teaser: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor


Recoil by Joanne Macgregor is due for release on 14 May 2016.

I am so fortunate to have an ARC and I can’t put it down. If Recoil is not on your TBR list add it now!

There’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real. Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.  – abstract from

The teasers…

As gently as though I was touching a raw wound, I squeezed back on the trigger. The recoiling rifle stock slammed into my shoulder. A vicious expletive from down the avenue told me I’d hit something.

“What the hell did you do, Blue?” he said. His voice was a mixture of amazement and confusion.
“I took the shot,” I said, closing the distance of the last few metres to Sarge and Leya.


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For the Love of Reading

For The Love Of Reading

For the Love of Reading . . .

Any bookworm will have a list of the things they love most about reading. Fanatic Avid readers who take the love of reading to the next level (to consume their identity and (if they are lucky) become their bread and butter) will easily jabber on for hours testing the patience of anyone but a fellow book lover soulmate.

The Escape

I have always fallen head first into story worlds which I find far easier to navigate than real life. I recall three-day-long annual treks to my grandparents’ home near the beach where despite the distractions amazing views I spent every day on the road wrapped up in a book (or six). Packing for holidays meant trying to fit in enough books to ensure I was never without another world to escape to. Painfully shy, the books played the additional role of protecting me from unwelcome conversations.

The Covers

Shallow? Maybe. But I’m the first to admit that the cover determines which books I add to my reading list. I know it’s subjective and that there are many great books with unfortunate covers that I have probably missed, but I have judged the book long before I’ve seen the title, the author or possible content. Unless bribed strongly encouraged books are immediately assigned a category somewhere between hell yes and never.

The Ritual

Before eBooks ruined my life made themselves so useful, I followed a personal a bookish ritual every time I started a new book. Every new (to me) book was held like a precious gem while I admired its cover, contemplated the thickness of the spine, stroked the crisp pages, breathed in the new book smell of ink and paper and read the blurb. The anticipation of the treasure within heightened by the wait.

First Lines

Sometimes, if you’re lucky you’ll find a book that you know is going to be great from the very first few lines. The joy of finding such a treasure where the author seems to be talking directly to you is exceptionally rare. Living between Southern Africa and South East Asia the opportunities to attend bookish events are few and far between. This is probably fortunate for authors with whom I have felt such connection as they’d probably run wailing to the hills in response to my enthusiastic ambushing barely contained fandom.


If you have never wasted spent time amongst the books lining the shelves of a library or bookstore (virtual or physical) then you’ve never experienced the bittersweet joy of possibilities. You know you’ll never live long enough to read all the books you want to and you have no idea how to choose which will be next but you find yourself greedily drooling in the anticipation of devouring as many as you can!


My heart sings every time I see someone lost in a book. Wanting to find out what they are reading and wallow in the pleasure of discussing books with other bookish people, I have a hard time stopping myself from intruding. If you catch me staring, please put me out of my misery and initiate a bookish conversation!


Sometimes, if you’re very lucky you’ll come across a character that will jump out of the pages and into your heart. You’ll know straight away that carrying them with you will forever change how you see the world. For me these characters are rare and so precious I am reluctant to share in case you tell me they meant nothing to you… Don’t read on unless you can agree or keep silent! Park, Verity, Lily, Cath, Zuzana

Fantasy Story Worlds

The pleasure that 3comes immersing yourself into a well-constructed story world where life is far from reality but makes perfect sense within the world itself is something that is exceptionally difficult to put into words. These are worlds that you can easily lose time in. Think Narnia or Middle-Earth.


I love when I discover within the story the reason a particular title is chosen and of course without titles we wouldn’t have fun constructing bookspine poetry.

I know I am not alone in smothering myself with printed pages, what are your bookish pleasures?

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