The Boys in the Boat

A beautiful day for reading outside

Daniel James Brown
Published 6th June 2013
Borrowed from my uncle.

I have never had any interest in rowing. But my uncle, whose recommendation I read this off, was a rower and is now a rowing coach. I can easily see why the story of the rowing crew from Washington, nine working class boys trying to work and study and live in the 1930s, whose big ambitions took them to Hitler’s 1936 Olympics in Berlin appealed to my uncle. I didn’t expect it to have such an affect on me.

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Every Ugly Word

Tablet Reading, never thought I’d do as much of this as I do!

Aimee L. Salter
Alloy Entertainment
Published 29th July 2014

This book was provided by the
publisher via Netgalley in exchange
for an honest review. This did not
influence my review in any way.

Every Ugly Word.

Every Ugly Word.

I just – I have no words. I’m going to try, but I can’t guarantee I’m going to be coherent.

Ashley Watson has been bullied and tormented by the people who used to be her friends since she was thirteen. Walking down the halls of her high school invites a slew of aggressive comments and shoves. On top of that she has a mother who is convinced that it’s Ashley’s fault she is a victim. Her only saving grace is her best friend Matt, but she can’t make him fall in love with her. And every time she looks in the mirror, she sees herself from the future – Older Me, who has already been through it all. Her older self gently encourages Ashley and tries to give her advice, while hiding a secret about something devastating that is about to happen.

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The Afterworlds on a North Melbourne train platform

Scott Westerfeld
Published 24th September 2014
Bought from Megalong Books in Leura, NSW

Since hearing of its impending release all the way back in April at PTALive, I have been eagerly awaiting Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds.  Afterworlds is not just one story, but two – the story of Darcy Patel, a high school graduate who just sold the novel she wrote during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those not in the know) told alongside the story she wrote, titled Afterworlds.

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Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead

Yes Cooper is on a plane with me!

Rebecca James
Allen & Unwin
Published 1st October 2014
Gifted by my friend Tessa, via Allen & Unwin

It just so happened that my wonderful friend Tessa somehow ended up with two copies of Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead, which meant I ended up with an awesome advanced copy, which flew with me to Sydney. I’d had other books to read so it took me a few weeks to get around to it and I really wish I’d just listened to Tessa and started it as soon as I got it!

Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead is written in both present and past tense (‘then’ and ‘now’), from four perspectives (Cooper, Libby, Claire and Sebastian) in both first and third person. Doesn’t that just sound crazy and really ambitious? You just wouldn’t think it would work but here’s the thing – it totally does. I don’t know how she managed it, but through all the changes in tense and perspective, Cooper Bartholomew’s world comes alive.

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Reluctantly Charmed

Ellie O'Neill
Simon & Schuster Australia
Published 1st October 2014
 Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia
 for providing me with this book in exchange for 
an honest review. This did not influence
 my review in any way.

I finished Reluctantly Charmed in the midst of a wicked hangover while on a train. While I had been reading, I forgot that every bump in the ride made me want to throw up and that my head was spinning. I just concentrated on the words and when I made it to the end, I had to start it all over again. Needless to say, a book that can make me forget about my painful hangover (self-inflicted, yes) is a pretty damn good book.

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Tin Lily

Joann Swanson
Cranky Owl Books via Netgalley
Published 14th July 2014
 Thank you to Cranky Owl Books and Netgalley
 for providing me with this book in exchange for 
an honest review. This did not influence
 my review in any way.

I’m crying on the train again and this time its because of a book I’ve never heard of by an author who hasn’t written anything else yet, from a publisher I didn’t even know existed. What I do know is that I can feel this book right there in my chest and today, as soon as I access the Uni Wireless I will be tracking down this book in paperback and paying the ridiculous shipping costs to Australia.

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I Am Juliet

Author: Jackie French
Publisher: Harper Collins
Star Rating: 4.5/5
Date Read: June 14th to 15th, 2014
Read Count: 1
 Thank you to the publisher Harper Collins for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

I have loved Jackie French’s writing since primary school, and Shakespeare since my first time reading Romeo & Juliet in high school. I was that one kid that really got Shakespeare. I thought he was funny and witty, I could see it all as I read it. I went on from Romeo and Juliet to read a lot of Shakespeare plays (my favourite being Much Ado About Nothing), but its funny that the one play that got me into Shakespeare I had some issues with. Romeo was arrogant and rash, Juliet melodramatic. I saw it as a waste of young life. Jackie French’s I am Juliet made me rethink the story I thought I knew.

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