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New Kate Forsyth Releases!

This year, my all-time favourite author, Kate Forsyth (Bitter Greens, The Wild Girl, The Witches of Eileanan) will have five(ish) new releases! (Well, more along the lines of four, but we’ll get to that.)

Since I first read one of Kate’s books (The Puzzle Ring, and it is still one of my all-time favourites) she has only had four novels released, along with a picture book. Thankfully, however, I’ve had all that time to track down her other novels, too, so I haven’t had to wait for another Kate Forsyth novel to read for some time.

But to have four new books released in a single year is very exciting! Christmas will last all year round! And they’re all quite varied subjects, so we’ll get a little taste of everything.

In the order of their releases, Kate’s new books are:

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The Wild Girl (second edition)

The Wild Girl 2nd editionOkay, so not exactly a new release, but the new edition is so pretty! It looks like a film tie-in edition. (Nudge nudge, film companies…)

This new edition is released in Australia on March 3. You can preorder it on Booktopia.

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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Miscellaneous

 

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Books Read in 2013

I only read a total of 38 books last year. This number is so small, and some books I started, but didn’t quite finish, last year not appearing on the list for personal reasons.

Below, I have listed all the books I read, showing the covers of some of my favourites.

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Miscellaneous

 

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2014: Year of Classic Literature

As I planned in an earlier post, I have decided to dedicate much of my reading in 2014 to classic novels and stories.

Recently I have bought a few novels to begin my endeavours, to add to my miserably small collection of classics.

Some classics to get the year started!

Some classics to get the year started!

I’ve already started Great Expectations, and my own expectations are high!

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Miscellaneous

 

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An Art Post on a Book Blog

As well as a reading and writing fanatic, I am also a fantasy art enthusiast, and I’ve become obsessed with quite a few artists recently. Four of them have stood out for me, because I can imagine their creative flair brightening up the imagined cover of my WIP novel, Angelic. (This post is kind of related to books, still, isn’t it?)

My overall favourite artist is Selina Fenech (who is also one of my favourite authors), who paints the most magical artwork, including fairies, gothic, fantasy, mythology, and more. Selina runs her own online shop, Fairies and Fantasy, which sells various products, including art prints, bags, necklaces, and even dolls, from not only her talent, but that of various other artists, too.

Here’s a few of Selina’s works that remind me of Angelic, even if in a small way:

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Angelic, Miscellaneous

 

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My Top 5 Fictional Heroines

Everyone has their favourite character – the one who they most connect with, who reaches out of the page and holds out their hand to drag you into the wonderful world of fiction. They are the people help you through all the less-than-fantastic days as you curl up in bed and read until God-knows-when. They hold a special place inside you for your entire life.

Since I, for some reason, found it easier to list female characters that I love, I decided to share the fictional women who have changed my life from the pages of a book.

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5. Alice
(from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll)


All throughout my life, Alice has reminded me that normality is the truly trivial thing in this world, and imagination is what makes the planet turn. The story literally shows that entire worlds can be created in one person’s mind.

Alice and her mad acquaintances are some of my favourite children’s characters ever, and Alice herself shows that children can be as witty and clever as any adult. She also tells us that we should never take something too seriously.

I am a massive Alice fan, and I’ve vowed to watch every adaption of the tale I can get my hands on. Seriously, don’t mess with me and my Wonderland.

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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Miscellaneous

 

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A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

I pledge to read

I came across this image in my procrastinating (this book won’t write itself!) and I instantly had to share it. It is perfect. This is what all readers should understand.

Claiming an e-reader is not a “real book” is complete nonsense. Just because it is a technological advancement for reading, does not make the story any different. The story itself is the same, unchanged, and being on an electronic device does not take the power of its narrative away. It can still capture a reader with its magic, hook, line and sinker.

Believing physical, paper books are the only “real” way to read a book does not make you in any way superior to those who like to save space and still own hundreds of worlds to divulge in.

So yes, I take the pledge. I pledge to read. There is nothing more to it than that.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Miscellaneous

 

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Books I Should Have Read By Now

I’ve decided to share how much of a shameful human being I am, and list a few of the more popular novels that I have not yet got around to reading. “Excuses, excuses,” you probably think, and, in my defense, *insert lame reason here* (I don’t have any validations for not yet reading any of these).

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The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Miscellaneous

 

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