WWW Wednesday (catch up post!)

Wow it has been the longest time since my last post – and I am so, so sorry for disappearing! I want to dive straight back into blogging with a WWW!

What I’m currently reading:

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City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare

The last chapter of the Mortal Instruments Series! I am 100 pages in, and I love the fast paced nature of this book. There have already been new characters introduced, as well as lots of links to previous events and people. I am hooked onto the story, though some of Clare’s writing quirks kind of annoy me. I will write more on this in my spoiler-free review, after I finish the book!

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A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones, the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and the prequel to this book, was pretty amazing. It took me a very long time to read, as my interest faltered and spiked randomly, but the last 200-300 pages had me reading well into the night. I can see a similar thing happening with this book – I have been stuck on the first 50 pages for about a month now, even though I am very interested in the story. George R. R. Martin writes very well, but the slow paced nature isn’t working for me at the moment.

What I recently finished reading:

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Let It Snow, by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Exactly what it looks like: a cutesy romantic teen novel! Three different cute stories written by three different authors – but they all intervene and seeing the end result of this is really, here it is again: cute! It’s a light, quick read – but nothing special, in my opinion. I do thank this book for gifting me with the knowledge of teacup pigs! 🙂

What I think I’ll read next:

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Life Without Limits, by Nick Vujicic

This book was given to me by a friend, and as I’ve heard of Nick Vujicic and his motivational work, I was quite excited to read his autobiography. I started it, and quickly realised this book is written with a heavy bias for the Christian religion and God. It gets quite overwhelming when nearly every single page mentions God, His plan and blessings. I will finish this novel, though, as I am truly fascinated with Vujicic’s optimism in life.

Again, sorry for the disappearance – hopefully I’ll be posting regularly now!

Happy reading,

Zee 🙂

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Thoughts about Quotes – Africa was a country till I turned 11.

“Knowing is independent of being. I did not know you existed before you bumbled in here and ruined my nap. Yet that doesn’t mean you weren’t real before you woke me.”

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

I find this particular thread of thought very fascinating. I read Eragon years ago, and recently I began thinking about how humans can be very self-centered, how we don’t know about anything beyond what is in our minds. I know it’s impossible to have knowledge of things that we have not heard of, or learnt about. But some people don’t even keep an open mind to the fact that there are thousands of things that you probably don’t know about, and just because you don’t know it, it doesn’t mean it’s not real or true. I don’t know if this is making sense – it’s a difficult line of thinking, and I’m not great at expressing it. So, example: Till I was around 11 or 12, I thought that Africa was a country. I guess I had never learnt about, or more possibly, I didn’t care to think about it; surely I had looked at a map and seen that there are borders and many different bolded names, indicating various countries. But it wasn’t till one day when someone corrected my decade long obliviousness that I found out that Africa is a continent. It took me a while to come to terms with this, because in the course of a few minutes, more than 50 countries replaced just one.

Just something to think about. I love the way quotes from books that we might have read years ago, come back to our thoughts some day.

 

I’m trying this new weekly post: Thoughts about Quotes. This is a fairly short post, but I might make them a bit longer from now on. Let me know your thoughts about this kind of post – do you like it? Would you want more? Do you not like and why not? And also let me know your thoughts on this week’s quote!

Happy reading,

Z.

 

Happy World Booklovers Day and Happy National Bookshop Day!!

This past weekend was quite exciting for us bookworms! On Friday the 9th it was World Booklovers Day and on Sunday the 11th it was National Bookshop Day!

This is just a quick post to give you a belated Happy World Booklovers Day and National Bookshop Day! I also want to share with you 6 TED talks that were under the title: “6 talks to watch for Book Lovers Day”. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to embed the video into this post (I tried for at least half an hour – computers don’t seem to like me much), so I’m just going to have to link you there. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I promise you, following the link is so worth it!

http://blog.ted.com/2013/08/09/6-talks-to-watch-for-book-lovers-day/

Hope you like these videos as much as  I did!

Happy reading,

Z.

Book to Movie Adaptions I’m Most Excited For!

So, recently there have been heaps of books being adapted into movies and most of them are great! I love it when my favourite books or series are made into films; the excitement of casting, first pics of the set, movies stills and all that good stuff! I loved The Hunger Games, Life of Pi and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And there are lots of other adaptions coming up in the next year or two that I’m very excited for!

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Have been following the making of this movie since the very, very start! I am so, so, so excited to see this in August! The cast look amazing and just AHH! Can’t wait!

PERCY-JACKSON-SEA-OF-MONSTERS-PosterPercy Jackson (#2): The Sea of Monsters

I recently finished reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and then watched the first movie. Very disappointed with that adaption, but by the looks of the trailer for this second movie, we will not be disappointed by The Sea of Monsters. Fingers crossed!

UnknownThe Hunger Games (#2): Catching Fire

Catching Fire was actually my favourite book in the trilogy, so hopefully I can say the same for the movie. I watched the trailer and it looks really good! Love Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss; this movie is going to have a whole lot of new characters (like Finnick, played by Sam Claflin, who is awesome!) and I absolutely love the plot!

Unknown-1Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

The Vampire Academy series is one of my favourite supernatural-ish series and when I heard they were making a movie of the first book, I freaked. They started filming a while ago, but aren’t finished yet. It’s meant to come out early next year.

Unknown-2The Maze Runner

I finished The Maze Runner book last night, and even though it was one in the morning, the first thing I did was Google information and pictures of the movie. I went on Tumblr to see more pictures and then read Q&As with the cast and director! I think it’s safe to say that at this current moment, I am most excited for this movie, above all others! It comes out next Feb, and I will probably re-read the book before then.

If you haven’t read any of these books, then definitely get onto reading them soon! Sorry I couldn’t find any reliable sources to give you exact dates on all these fantastic releases, but I’m sure with a little research, you’ll find something you personally trust! There are heaps of other book to movie adaption projects going on (like TFiOS!!!, Divergent and The Book Thief) but I think those come out late next year or even further down the track. SO, for now, these are adaptions that I am most excited for!

Happy reading and movie watching,

Z.

Where I buy my books (and preferences).

I feel that in Australia, we have less bookstores than in America, or Canada. To be fair, I haven’t really explored outside my vicinity (a problem I’m hoping to fix very soon). The bookstores I have bought from in the past are:

Collins Booksellers (kind of like an Aussie version of Barnes and Noble)

Dymocks (similar to Collins)

allbooks4less (a really cool bargain bookstore)

Kmart (not a bookstore, but they sell some books)

I really like Collins and Dymocks for their quality and varitey, but I feel the prices are too high. If I wanted to shop there, I would usually have to pay around $20 for a paperback. Kmart has cheaper books, but they don’t have a wide range to choose from. And allbooks4less is really cool, but I can’t always find what I want there. It’s one of those stores that you can’t walk into with your mind made up about what you’re going to buy, because you probably won’t find it. 

Usually, I if I really want a book, I will buy from any place I can. I often try Kmart first, then go to Collins or Dymocks, because my local mall doesn’t have an allbooks4less store. 

But more often then not, I shop for books online. I really like amazon.com, but the shipping to Australia usually costs more than the actual order. And that’s why I like The Book Depository above all others: free shipping, reasonable prices and a great selections of books! Another site that I like, but have only ordered from once, is Booktopia. It’s an Australian website which sells books and movies. I liked their fast and secure shipping and the shipping price is reasonable. 

I would recommend all of theses stores and websites, even though I may have put you off by  discussing a few of the price problems. I always find myself going back to Dymocks or Collins, because they truly are great booksellers. But being a student, I find it more affordable to buy my books at The Book Depository or Kmart or allbooks4less. 

Are there any other great booksellers in Australia? Let me know! I’m always looking for new stores, and at the moment I’m on the hunt for independent bookstores in Melbourne. 

Happy reading and book buying,

Z.