We Have Moved!

So it is official! Crash My Book Party has moved to a new domain!

You can keep following our posts at the new, improved Crash My Book Party!

Come over and meet my new coblogger Tessa, see the new design and all our cool new stuff, and enter one of our giveaways that we are running to celebrate the launch of our new blog. We hope you love it 🙂 None of our new posts will be posted here so if you want to keep up with our book reviews make sure to follow us via Bloglovin’ or email.

See you there!

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Merry Christmas!

Well, the presents have been unwrapped, lunch devoured and we’re all sitting around a bit exhausted watching National Lampoons. Christmas is done and dusted for another year, and it has been a wonderful day. Spending Christmas with my family is always eventful and now with kids around again the excitement level is hyped up like crazy!

I have been very spoilt with books this year, both by my family and from my Aussie YA Secret Santa. So thank you all for my very bookish Christmas! I am looking forward to everything I have to read in the New Year.

The year is drawing to a close and you might notice I haven’t been as active especially in the last couple of weeks, on the blog, Goodreads and Twitter. I have a pretty shoddy internet connection at the best of times plus I have started a new job, but the actual reason for my inactivity has been the fact that I have some very exciting new things in the works for the new year! So stay tuned because 2015 is going to be a big year here at Crash My Book Party and I am very excited to share with you what I have planned 🙂

I hope all of you lovely readers and followers that I have had the pleasure of interacting with this year have had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Enjoy lots of food and presents and books! Can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve got in store for the blog next year. See you then!! 🙂

Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa 2014 Blog Hop

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I’m very excited to be taking part of the inaugural Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa, which includes this blog hop! The questions below are to find out if I have been a good or a bad blogger this year and to help the santas and santees to get to know each other! There are also a few clues at the end for the person I have bought for – your gift is not yet on its way, I’m sorry, but it will be soon!

Questions

1. How are you going with your Goodreads challenge?
I’m nearly finished! I have read 129 out of 130 books and am 8 books ahead of schedule. I am on track to finish very soon (like within the next day or two) and surpass my challenge!

2. How many times did you post per week on average? Do you think you’ll post more/less in the future?
It varied week to week, sometimes I would post as much as five times and sometimes only two or three. I’m not sure whether I’ll post more or less but I’d like to post more to a schedule, which does require having a schedule in the first place (which I do not).

3. What is your Netgalley ratio?
Mine is 69.2% which is pretty good, only because I’ve been really careful about not going crazy with my requesting, although I have missed the archive dates for a couple (whoops!).

4. Have you been commenting on other blogs?
Not recently :/ I go through some stages where I am really good and keep on top of it but lately I haven’t been very good due to starting a new job and busy life stuff. I have every intention of improving! Looking forward to a more interactive 2015.

5. Did you read mostly review or non-review books this year?
A good mix of both, I think. I buy a lot of books so I try to get through them while staying on top of the review copies. There’s so many to read, both new and old!

6. What are your blogging goals for 2015?
Well there are some exciting things planned for next year at Crash My Book Party that everyone will be hearing about very soon! I would love to expand the blog’s presence in the blogging/book community and continue to enjoy it, interacting with bookish people and reading great books!

7. What is your favourite blogging moment/achievement of 2014?
I’ve enjoyed the whole experience – I only began blogging this year and I have loved every minute of it. It was crazy to watch my follower and view count start to rise and every comment makes me happy and proud! I have been able to be part of some great events that I wouldn’t have known about before, built relationships with fantastic publishers who love books as much as I do and have met a whole new community of people. It has all been a blast!

Based on your answers above, do you think you’ve been a good or bad blogger this year?
I think I have been a good blogger this year!

Clues for my santee!
1. You are not the only blogger on your blog
2. We have both recently reviewed This Shattered World & Talon
3. The header of your blog includes fantastical things – fairies and dragons and trees (I love trees)!

If you would like to join in or follow the Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop (what a mouthful!), head on over to Happy Indulgence and join in the fun 🙂

I Was Nominated For A Liebster Award!

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So I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award thanks to Bernadette at The Bumbling Bookworm, whose blog I adore and strongly recommend you check out 🙂 I was nominated quite a while ago and have been so slack – I have a bit of a backlog of these things I need to get through! I have also been nominated before but I can’t remember who by, I am so sorry!

The idea of the Liebster Award is the support and promotion of small blogs, as well as to find new blogs. The rules are as follows:

  1. Link & Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
  3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

Here it goes!

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This Week At The Book Party…

This week was my last week of uni before exams, my last week of undergraduate classes FOREVER. The last three years have gone by so quick! There have been assignments to finish, crepes to eat, last wanderings around campus to be had – I was feeling a bit nostalgic. I’m going to miss the place! I worked so hard through high school for this, and now it’s over. I made the very conscious decision this year to not apply for postgrad straight away – I got a job which I’m excited to start and I want to do some travelling, so there’s so exciting things ahead but I can’t help but be a little sad. My favourite lecturer told me the door there is always open for further study so that was nice to hear. And of course I can go and visit, even though I probably won’t (maybe just for the crepes).

In bookish news, it’s been a slow week. Earlier this week Rafflecopter handed over some winners for my Belzhar and Tin Lily giveaways, so a drum roll please?

BELZHAR – Eugenia from Genie in a Book

and

TIN LILY – Cait from Notebook Sisters.

Congratulations, girls!

This week I read The White Divers from Broome, a non-fic about a little-known time in Australian history, when pearl shell diving was big business in WA. It was generally work done  by Malays, Japanese or Aboriginal divers but the Government at the time wanted the British to do it. It was a bit of a doomed experiment. Very interesting read which I gave three stars.
I also started A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, which in a hectic mad rush to make a train fell out of my bag at the train station, and I didn’t realise until I was already a few stops away. Trying to make a deadline at uni, I couldn’t go back so I called my boyfriend who had dropped me off and luckily he could go back and rescue it. Book is reportedly in good condition and my bookmark still in place, waiting for me to collect it tomorrow.
While mourning, I moved on to The Prophecy of Bees by R.S. Pateman. A creepy read that I finished this morning, my review for that one will be online in a few weeks time. I will now be moving on to another non-fic read, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

I also posted a discussion post this week about how I don’t use libraries *gasp*. Check that one out here and leave your criticism (I am prepared!).

Next week I have quite a few reviews coming up for new titles, scroll down for covers!

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That’s all from me this week!

Tin Lily GIVEAWAY (INT)

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**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

What is Tin Lily?

I hear you ask. You must have missed my review of this beautiful book that I read thanks to Cranky Owl Books and Netgalley. But don’t worry! Because thanks to Cranky Owl Books I bring to you a GIVEAWAY so you can see for yourself why I loved this book. And better yet this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!

Goodreads synopsis

Just because you survive doesn’t mean you’re alive. One moment fifteen-year-old Lily Berkenshire is sitting in her bedroom, favorite song blaring through her earbuds, history book open on her lap. The next, her alcoholic father is shooting and killing her mother. Then he’s pointing the gun at Lily and pulling the trigger. Click. He’s out of bullets. For now. When she moves to Seattle to live with her aunt, Lily retreats into peaceful, dissociative trances to escape the shattered nightmare that is her life. Soon, though, she discovers a beautiful boy who wants to take her out, a therapist who wants to help her heal and new friends who believe she can find wholeness again. But her father wants something else entirely. He is hunting her and unless Lily confronts and heals the devastation inside her, she’ll forfeit her life to a father determined to end it. From the first shot to the final, terrifying showdown, Tin Lily is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller.

My thoughts (the short version)

Check out that beautiful new cover! Tin Lily has just recently got a new cover which I love, which happily has coincided with this giveaway. Since I first read Tin Lily a couple of weeks ago, Lily’s story has stayed with me. I immediately bought myself a copy from Amazon and though I haven’t read it again, I know I will. The content is dark and the story is tragic, but that should not deter you. Lily is a beautifully crafted character who doesn’t turn to rage but instead, amazingly, she tries to comprehend how her father turned from Dad to Hank, two separate identities to her. I loved the idea of Lily’s tethers – things or people that keep her in the present instead of disappearing into her own mind. She’s not sure what’s real and what’s not sometimes, and neither are we. This book can be confronting at times, that’s for sure, but I think it tells a powerful story about the choices we make in our own lives and where blame lies, as well as mental health and its effects on different people.

the giveaway

Follow the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway! GOOD LUCK!

2000 views + Belzhar GIVEAWAY (AU giveaway)

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

I love STATS!

And my stats have told me that Crash My Book Party has just reached 2000 VIEWS! This is why I love stats!

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I started this little blog in February this year, with absolutely no idea what I was doing. I just knew I wanted my own platform to share the books I was reading. I have learned so much in that time – and I haven’t even reached my first blogversary! I never expected to be able to reach so many fellow readers and bloggers, and it’s such a great community to be a part of.

So I want to celebrate with, of course, a book giveaway!

The wonderful Simon and Schuster AU sent me a finished copy of Belzhar, a book which was an instant 5 star read for me. You can read my review here. I had already received a book proof which I proceeded to dog ear and underline. I’m limited for space, so I try not to amass multiple copies of the same book. That means I’m giving this one away! (Australian residents only, sorry!)

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All you need to do is follow the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway. Good luck, and thank you for reading, commenting, sharing – I appreciate all my blog followers and readers!

Follow this link to the Rafflecopter giveaway!