Eon by Alison Goodman: Review

I’ve had such proclivity for books with oriental motifs over the last year; I have no idea where it’s come from! Eon is set in a fictional quasi-oriental universe and tells the story of a 12-year-old crippled boy in training to become a dragoneye apprentice. Except he is actually a 16-year-old she, and that dragoneye business I mentioned just now? It’s actually a lot more dangerous than you’d think… Title: Eon Author: Alison Goodman Date published: August 1, 2008 Pages: 531  Amazon blurb:Twelve-year old Eon has been studying the ancient art of the Dragoneyes for two years. But he is playing a dangerous game…

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

So I’ve just started reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – number 7 of 339 books on on Rory Gilmore’s reading list (and I recently discovered I had only read 38 of them. That’s a score of 11%  and well below average.) It’s shameful really – how on earth can I consider myself well-read if I count The Very Hungry Caterpillar among my top ten reads of all time?! Okay maybe I gave it a three out of five, but still, not exactly mind altering stuff is it? I found out about the reading challenge, as per, through the reading community on my Instagram feed. In short, it lists all the…

Books on the move: 5 tools for managing bookish cravings whilst travelling

If you’re like me and suffer the constant struggle between reading and exploring, or are considering the latter and worrying about the former there’s a few logistical obstacles you may need to overcome. Thankfully, in the age of technology, it is doable. In fact, it’s almost easy now, as long as you know the basics.  I’ve recently relocated to Canada with plans to travel all over the continent and have been putting a few reading tools into practice. Here’s a quick list of the five I found the most  helpful throughout… [1] E-readers: Now, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the old ‘e-reader&#8217…

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: Review

✩✩✩✩1/2 4.5 out of 5 This is a book I seriously cannot stop raving about. The only reason it hasn’t got a 5 is because I haven’t done enough research yet to determine its accuracy. But it changed me as a reader and I don’t think I’ll ever not think it’s phenomenal so I thought now was probably the time to give it some kudos. So if you have no idea what this one’s about (or just want to remind yourself) here’s the Amazon.ca  description: In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the…

Illuminae by Kaufman & Kristoff: Review

✩✩✩✩  4 out of 5 First off, I don’t like giving five stars. Five stars implies perfection when perfection itself is subjective – I think star rating systems are fine depending on how they’re used; for the most part I grade based on level of enjoyment and man, did I seriously enjoy this book. As usual, the blurb for your convenience (am I not merciful?): This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with…

ARC Review | The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

So excited for this release, have heard only positive reviews…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Review

★★★★☆ – 3.5/5 I finished Fangirl in late December and hope you will forgive me for the delay in posting a review. To contextualise, for those of you who haven’t heard of it here’s the Amazon.ca blurb: In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow…