It’s time for a look back over the last week with Clock Rewinders. This feature is based on the original Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge.
Last Week on the Bookcase
This week was huge for incoming books – more on that later. Early in the week I visited Brisbane’s Lifeline Bookfest – an enormous second-hand book sale to raise money for the Lifeline charity. I could have gone nuts in that place, but I was rather restrained and managed to leave with only four books. I nearly turned around and went back in again when she said it was only a total of $8.50 though! Here’s what it looked like. Cheap books ahoy!
In other news, during the week I saw a few people mention on twitter that it would be great to have a list of bloggers participating in Armchair BEA by city, state and country. Being a map nerd myself, I knew what needed to be done – and the Book Blogger Map was born. Have you added yourself? Please, spread the word! At the moment we have 50 placemarks and counting!
The Kingdom blog tour is on until the end of June – make sure you get your entry in the giveaway for the chance to win a Kindle Fire. My review will be up on June 22!
- Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device, Tee Morris – A steampunked fairy-tale novella.
- The Oracle, K.B. Hoyle (Gateway Chronicles #2) – Very enjoyable sequel. Get your copy of this fantasy for teens now!
Around the Community
- This week coming is the Wicked Wildfire read-a-thon, June 20-24! There’s still time to sign up if you’d like to be involved.
- Fantasy’s Ink wrote a very interesting article about what makes main characters interesting. Are you finding the same old heroes a little boring? The list on this post might help you find a new kind of main character.
- Shannon of Giraffe Days has started her Obernewtyn reading marathon in preparation for the final book in the series, due later this year (although apparently it’s been shifted to next year now? *cry*). If you’re a fan of fantasy/dystopian/awesomeness, and haven’t read the Obernewtyn series I suggest you get a hold of it right away. It’s one of my all-time favourites!
- Finally, I don’t usually post about other giveaways but the prizes are really great in this case. Pure Imagination is giving away an item from the TangleThorn Etsy shop, which is full of all sorts of bookish goodies including Hunger Games and Harry Potter t-shirts and charms. Check it out!
Oh wow, such a huge week this week! Fourteen books! I totally didn’t mean it! *hides from to-read pile*
- Traitor (Bridger #2), Megan Curd – for an upcoming blog tour. I picked up Bridger as a freebie a while ago so I must get around to reading both of them.
- White Witch (Coven #1), Trish Milburn – from Netgalley (March 2012)
- Bane (Coven #2), Trish Milburn – from Netgalley (May 2012)
- Ahead of the Game, Shaun Micallef (June 2012) – This is a short novel from one of Australia’s top comedians. This guy’s a nutter – should be hilarious.
- Battleaxe (Also titled: The Wayfarer Redemption), Sara Douglass
- Daughter of the Dark (Shadow Through Time #2), Louise Cusack – I already have a Kindle copy of this book but.. this one is signed!
- Blood Ties (Castings Trilogy #1), Pamela Freeman
- The Tower on the Rift (The View from the Mirror #2), Ian Irvine
- A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair #1), Allison Pang – these were from a giveaway from Jennifer at Books Make Me Happy – thanks very much!
- A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair #2), Allison Pang
- Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere #2), Melina Marchetta – I just finished reading Finnikin of the Rock, but you’ll have to wait until July and my Australian Fantasy feature to hear what I thought about it and this second one!
- Darkfall (Legendsong #1), Isobelle Carmody – Another one for my Aussie Fantasy feature. Why don’t Aussies write any small books, these ones are enormous!
The Long Earth, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
1916: the Western Front, France. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No man’s Land gone?
Very interesting so far. It’s a bit different from Pratchett’s usual fare and I haven’t read any Baxter before, but the first 20% has been exciting.
Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen
An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of “Riding Lessons.”
Here’s something completely different towards the Eclectic Reader challenge. I haven’t seen the film, so have no idea what to expect (trying to keep Robert Pattinson out of mind).
Have a great week, everyone!