Back to my ongoing quest! Part 1 is found here, and Part 2 is found here.
41) Half Bad by Sally Green
42) Half Wild by Sally Green
43) Half Lost by Sally Green
44) Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
45) Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
46) Lips Touch by Lainie Taylor
47) A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
48) Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
49) The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns
50) Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
52) Geek Girl by Holly Smale
53) Model Misfit by Holly Smale
54) Picture Perfect by Holly Smale
55) All That Glitters by Holly Smale
56) Head Over Heels by Holly Smale
57) Forever Geek by Holly Smale
58) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
59) Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
60) Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Sunday, 9 April 2017
|Angie Thomas in conversation with Nikesh Shukla|
I first connected with Angie nearly two years ago via Twitter when we both entered The Writer's Voice. Angie entered with an Upper MG Fantasy and was selected onto Brenda Drake's team (I still have my spreadsheet with all the stats!). I am so thrilled that her writing dreams are coming true.
Here's the blurb about her book:
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.
|Angie and me at the Watershed|
|Bought the book. Got my copy signed - yay!|
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Armed with our latex gloves, camera and kit bag, we investigated a burglary that had ended with the home owner being stabbed. Door handles were dusted for fingerprints, stains were tested for traces of blood, photographs were taken, and evidence was bagged.
The home owner had come home after a few pints at his local and disturbed the burglar. Piece by piece - from clues we gathered at the scene - the story emerged of a woman who was unhappy that her ex-partner had now found love elsewhere. She'd come to the house, knowing he was out, so she could reclaim some items, and that was when she discovered the clothes and shoes of her rival in the wardrobe. The man returned home early, a tussle had ensued, and the man had been stabbed.
It was a fascinating morning and gave me a good taste of what a forensic expert would experience when investigating a crime.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
|CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber|
Stephanie has flown over to the UK from her home in America this week, so check out her book tour if you're in the vicinity. She'll be at the following places:
|The hidden cover revealed|
21st February @ 7pm - Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester
22nd February @ 6.30pm - Waterstones, Liverpool 1
23rd February @ 12.30pm - Waterstones, Sheffield
23rd February @6.30pm - Waterstones, Birmingham
Not only does the outer cover of CARAVAL look gorgeous, but there are four secret hidden covers underneath the dust jacket. Mine was of a rose, but there are also ones of a dress, a clock face and a
circus tent. You'll have to read the book to find out the significance of each (I was rather enchanted by the dress), and here's the blurb to entice you further:
Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.
Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.
When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.
Saturday, 21 January 2017
|Napier Public Library (NZ)|
I borrowed books from twelve different libraries, adding two new libraries to my collection - one of which was in ... Australia! Yes, I went to the Land Down Under last year, visiting my sister and her family. She's a member of her local library, so I was able to borrow some books under her card whilst I was there - yay!
|Queenstown Library (NZ)|
Additional excitement came when I visited New Zealand whilst in that part of the world. I was on an organised tour of the two islands and thought it would be a good quest to see how many libraries I could come across in my travels. I visited a whopping ten libraries there.
Yes, my worldwide library crawl is gaining momentum! Epic!
Here are some more pics of the new libraries in my collection - enjoy. :o)
|Duncraig Library, Perth (Australia)|
|Karrinyup Public Library, Perth (Australia)|
|Public Library of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia)|
|Melbourne City Library (Australia)|
|Central Library Peterborough, Christchurch (NZ)|
|Dunedin City Library (NZ)|
|Geraldine Library (NZ)|
|Greytown District Trust Lands Library (NZ)|
|Oamaru Public Library (NZ)|
|Rotorua Library (NZ)|
|Taupo Public Library (NZ)|
|Williams House Public Library, Paihia (NZ)|