Books that Remind Us of Christmas

Merry Christmas!

As it is the stroke of midnight, Christmas day for all those who live in NSW, I thought I would post a list of Christmas books/ books that remind me of Christmas.

INCLUDES PICTURE BOOKS, YOUNG READERS AND YA.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  2. Letters to Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg
  5. Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
  6. Christmas is Coming by Ruth J. Morehead
  7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (I have always wanted a white Christmas and this reminds me of it!)
  8. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  9. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
  10. Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
  11. Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffman
  12. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  13. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
  14. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
  15. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
  16. The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle
  17. The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrice Potter
  18. He Sees You When You’re Sleeping by Mary Higgens Clark (Edward Cullen anyone?)

For more, Goodreads is an exceptionally good website!

Best Christmas Books

Favourite Christmas Picture Books

Merry Christmas!

Xox,

Laurena, Melia and Ally

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE :)🎄

Dear Readers,

Thank you for the past nine months (or so). It’s been a crazy journey!!! This year we had many pleasant and unpleasant surprises such as the American Election, Book releases and many movie adaptations! This Christmas we would like to give a particular shoutout to our friends, Izzy and Karenza, or you may know them as Karabelle for their fan fiction. They are amazing writers and I believe they are even starting their own blog, so more on that in the new year. But once again, thank you to everyone for your support, your time and your loyalty to the blog (not to mention your dedication to ignoring all the typos… :). Thank you, thank you, thank you and we hope to see you all again in the New Year for more fun and book stuff!!!🎄✨🎉🎄

Love Your Fellow Book Nerds,

Ally, Melia and Laurena.

10 Struggles of Writing

Hello, everyone!

It’s Melia here today and I have put together a list of struggles that often occur while writing.

So, I noticed that a lot of us, here in the book blogging community, love to write and want to write novels for people to enjoy. Ally, Laurena and I all fit into that category and I am sure a bunch of you do too so I thought that this would be a fun, relatable post to write.

Okay, here we go!

  1. People who don’t think writing is a real job. E.g. Person: What do you want to do with your life?       Me: I want to write books. I have this great idea and–   Person: Oh, I meant real job
  2. This question: “Are you good at writing?”     What are you supposed to say? Answering yes will seem arrogant but answering no won’t make any sense because if you think you want to write a book, you sort of need to be a decent writer. And if you just don’t answer, everything become very awkward. So, in the end you usually reply looks a little like this……………..tumblr_npzz2k7cza1u2aztro1_400
  3. When someone asks what you are writing about and you just can’t explain.                   Person: What’s your story about?       Me: Uh………. It’s… like… It’s complicated
  4. Getting a great idea and planning and writing for days and thinking “I am actually going to be the next J.K.Rowling” and then coming across a plothole which completely ruins everything. 14959201
  5. Getting stuck in the endless spiral which is… The Internet *cue ominous music*
  6. Wanting to write but not knowing what to write about. You know when you are just like, “Yes, I am going to write for hours today and get so much done!” and then you realise that you don’t really like this idea or don’t feel like taking the time to plan something out or….
  7. Writers Block. Enough said
  8. When you’re making a ton of progress and then life gets in the way.                                Me: *writing like crazy*    Mum: Hey, we are going to get three cats, ten dogs and seven birds for you to look after on your own because, why not?            Me: Well, there goes any chance of writing ever again  e60a
  9. Reading a great book.      Me: This. Book. 😍😍😍     Me: Oh my gosh… I will never write something this good…      Me: my life has no purpose…
  10. Listening to music while writing and realising you missed your favourite song because you were too engrossed in what you were writing.  *favourite song starts*       Me: I love this song           *song ends*          Me: Wait, I just missed the whole thing. *sighs* I’ll just play it again               *cycle repeats*

 

There you have it. A list of 10 writing struggles.

Until next time!

-Melia

Book Review: Wolf by Wolf

General Information:

Pages: 320

Genre: Sci-fi, adventure, ‘what if’

Series: Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

Publisher: Indigo

Source: Christmas gift from Melia!

ISBN: 1780622031

Release Date: November 5th, 2015

Book Format: Paperback

Rating: 5 stars

Quote from the book: ‘There would be no dressing up as a maid. No cyanide slipped into his crystal glass of mineral water. The Fuhrer’s death was to be a loud, screaming thing. A broadcast of blood over the Reichssender.’

Continue reading

Illuminae (The Illuminae Case Files 01)

Hello! My name is Ally and today I’ll be reviewing Illuminae by Miss Amie Kauffman and Mr Jay Kristoff! Buckle your seatbelt… and…uh… what comes next? Oh, yeah- that’s right!

Enjoy! 😉

General Information:

  • Pages: 600
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Series: Illuminae
  • Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Publisher: Allen and Unwin/Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Source: Library
  • ISBN:0553499114
  • Release Date: October 20th, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover and Paperback
  • Rating: 97%
  • Quote from Reviewer: “Warning: Opening this book may lead to severe Mind Blowing. It.Was.Absolutely.Incredible. “

“Brace yourself. You’re about to be immersed in a mindscape that you’ll never want to leave.”-Marie Lu

*silence* And then she stared across the empty space, that was now her brain. Me. My brain. Iluminae killed my brain. *explosion sounds*.

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(Sorry, shouldn’t joke about apocalypses. Rest in peace YA characters.)

Prior to reading Illuminae, it had been sitting on my shelf for over a month and a half. This was mainly due to the fact that the inside of the book looked roughly like a printer vomited, and so I was questioning why anyone would write a book like that. And then I picked it up.

The first few pages were confusing as I adjusted to the new format, however, I soon found myself emersed in my new obsession- a world filled with awesome sciency stuff-*melia points out that ‘sciency’ is not a word*- like spaceships and artificial intelligence. Illuminae is a crazy whirlwind, but honestly, I did not want it to end. The printer vomit was actually what made the book so incredible and not to mention the amazing aesthetically pleasing images! As for flaws, I have no complaints to speak of, aside from the bloody  (Artery joke- no swearing I promise :))mess it left my heart in… and the attack which I didn’t think was adequately explained, but hopefully, they will unravel this knot in the third book.

In conclusion,

I would highly, very much so recommend Illuminae with a 97% and a ‘WOW’ stamp. It really is a new and unforgettable experience!

-Ally xx

 

Another Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hello!

It’s Melia here and yes, I have another Sunshine Blogger Award! I love writing these sort of posts so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Thank you, Book Dragon 1017 for nominating us!

What is one quote you try to live by?

I don’t really try to live by any quotes but I do love all those quotes about living life because it’s short. Now that I think about it, they are sort of sad quotes but also really motivational.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Well, I can’t live without books but that is pretty obvious so I will go with music. There is rarely a day that goes by without me listening to music.

What motivates you?

Seeing other people achieve amazing things motivates me. When I know that others can do something, I know I can.

Choose a fictional character to be your best friend for life.

Ahhh! This is so difficult! I might have to go with Penny from Girl Online by Zoe Sugg because I can relate to her so much and I feel like we would get along really well.

Do you have any unusual obsessions or habits?

I don’t think this is very unusual but I always wear hair ties around my wrist. I literally never take them off.

Did you ever have an invisible friend?

I made invisible friends up all the time as a little kid but being me, I alway forgot about them. Oops.

Pick one fictional monster you’d want as a pet.

Hmmm… I would love a hippogriff maybe. Yes, a hippogriff would be great.

If you took over the world, who would you kill first and why?

I am going to assume this is about fictional characters in The Land of Fiction (Yes, this is a place now. All of the fictional characters live there!). I think I would kill President Snow (Surprise, surprise).

The world is about to end, what is the last thing you’d do if you had the chance?

Jump off a cliff into the sea. At sunset. I don’t actually know why I would do that. I guess it just sounds really fun.

What do you notice first in people you meet?

I don’t really have an answer to this. I notice a lot of things all at once I guess. Hmmm… yeah, I have no idea

What is your favourite post you’ve done on your blog?

Oooooh… This one is hard… I really loved my Books I am Reading! post. It was a lot of fun thinking about what I would read during my trip which I was super excited about. To be honest, I only read two of the books I brought.

 

My Questions:

What is your favourite song right now?

What are you currently reading?

Which book-to-movie adaptation are you most excited about?

What is one thing on your Christmas list?

If you could travel to a different country for two weeks, where would you go?

Which book to you go to when in a reading slump?

If you are really not liking the book you are reading and you are 100+ pages in do you push through of DNF?

Would you rather live by the ocean or in a small town in the country?

Summer or Winter?

Autumn or Spring?

Have you ever tried writing a book?

 

I Nominate:

Don’t feel obliged to do this if you don’t want to or you have already been tagged.

Kayla @ kdrewthebookworm

Icebreaker694

Alyssa @ Book Huntress’ World

Maria @ My Parisian Bookshelf

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Please ping back to this post so I can see your answers!

-Melia💚

 

ARC:QUANTUM BY HANNAH GODDARD

*Before we begin, we would like to state that The Immortal Readers received this book as an ARC. Getting this book as a PDF and as an ARC does not affect our views on this book.*

Welcome back to- *shouting* *other argument sounds* Okay, well apparently, I am not allowed to use the ‘Welcome back ‘phrase anymore… because its *straining to hear*  Oh. Well, fine then. If my English phrases are too overused, I present to you my NEW intro: *Melia and Laurena collective facepalm*

Bonjour Mes Fromage! Je m- oh. So, apparently, ‘fromage’ means ‘cheese’ in french… So …I- that would roughly translate to ‘hello my cheese’.

*clears throat* Um, just start the review already….

But in all seriousness (WOW, I am not good at comedy), my name is Ally and today I’m reviewing Quantum by Hannah Goddard. However, before I begin, allow me to congratulate everyone who participated this year in NANOWRIMO! Sadly, I did not finish, but I shall come back swinging next year!

Enjoy the review! 😉

General Information: 

  • Pages: 314
  • Genre: Mystery, Action
  • Series: The Quantum Series
  • Author: Hannah Goddard
  • Publisher: City Lights Press
  • Source: E-ARC
  • ISBN: B01MRKV6LB
  • Release Date: November 15, 2016
  • Book Format: Paperback, Ebook, ARC
  • Age Rating: 13+ (Violence, sexual references and very minor swearing)
  • Percentage Rating: 79% or a 3/5 stars
  • Quote From Reviewer: ‘A witty and enjoyable tale.You haven’t seen anything like it!’

SYNOPSIS:

Nothing is more glamorous than the CIA … at least for Clara. All she wants is excitement and adventure, to help people … and to be a part of something bigger than life.

At nineteen, she leaves everything she’s ever had behind to join the CIA with her boyfriend Ross. But when the agency starts to fall away like shattered glass,

Clara and her team get thrown into the biggest mission ever to hit the agency. How will they deal with the pressure?

Clara has all her cards out on the table and she’s trying to keep them all in place … except she can’t hold them all down on her own. She’s trained and she’s ready … but something isn’t right. Is the real way to win the game not to play it, or is the trick not to play it for too long?

MY THOUGHTS:

Quantum By Hannah Goddard was refreshing right from the first page. It could just be my lack of a wider selection of books recently, but I enjoyed reading a light hearted and clever story- and about the CIA, none the less! Whilst it was centered around the mystery aspect, there were so many moments where I laughed out loud (or LOLed if we’re being professional). The romantic and witty aspect was arranged perfectly to counter the darker themes:

“Someone other than Ross?” I ask.

“I see you two are really in love,” Madison says.

“Oh yeah. I can feel the affection. It’s like being madly in love with a brick wall,” Ross says.

And, the humorous side was the cherry on top-

“I’m kidding, but in all honesty, something always goes wrong on everything we do, please stay safe,” she says, turning around from the front seat to face us.

“We’ll be fine. I know how to swim.” I laugh.

“Well, that’s relieving, but I was more worried about the bullets.”

I also loved the exploration of normalised issues and how they were extremely relatable. Which led to my sister giving me weird looks as I nodded along with the character’s view and opinions.  Although, like most books, this one wasn’t without its flaws.

Sometimes the narrator (Clara) would tell us things that weren’t quite believable and that impacted the plot and the ability to which I could take the book seriously. Also, the plot had some issues of its own, which I hope (fingers crossed!) are solved and explained in the second book, John Doe.

Overall, I liked Quantum despite some minor issues, and I would encourage anyone interested in a different take on YA, to pick it up for some holiday reading!

You can find it here:

https://www.amazon.com.au/Quantum-Book-1-Hannah-Godard-ebook/dp/B01MRKV6LB/ref=sr_1_36?ie=UTF8&qid=1481191463&sr=8-36&keywords=Quantum36&keywords=Quantum

And you can add it to your Goodreads TBR here:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31930713-quantum

-Ally xox