Half the World in Winter

I really need to paint that bookshelf don’t I?

Maggie Joel
Allen & Unwin
Published October 2014
Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book for an honest
review. This did not influence my 
review in any way.

It is 1880s London, and the Jarmyn family are coming out of deep mourning for the youngest member of their household, nine-year-old Sofia, after a terrible accident. Each member of the family is struggling – head of the family Lucas, his wife Aurora, eldest son Bill at Oxford, newly eighteen year old Dinah, younger sons Gus and Jack who were left out of it all – and it seems only their housekeeper Mrs. Logan is able to keep them all together. Six months later, another nine-year-old girl has died and it’s on the railway that Lucas owns. Her father Thomas travels to London for explanation and justice and the future of the two families collides.

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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


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!

The Romances of George Sand


The Romances of George Sand

Author: Anna Faktorovich
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 18th to 28th, 2014
Thank you to LibraryThing and the author for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

 Who is George Sand? Before I started this book I had no idea, and was lead to some moments of confusion when ‘George’ is referred to as a ‘she’. George Sand, successful 18th century author of romantic novels, was the pseudonym for Aurore Dudevant, nee Dupin, an aristocratic woman who suffers throughout her life with the constraints placed on women during those years. Forced into marriage with a man she doesn’t love, Aurore is on a search for a love that is lasting and true and this leads her to men and one woman companion outside the ties of her marriage while she fights for a divorce and essentially, the right to just be.

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