Long Lost Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 

Taken from book blurb

Just throwing it out there, I read the first few books of this before watching the movie. My memories of the book though are coloured extensively by the movie. It doesn’t help that I’m a fan of everything Edgar Wright does so when I say extensively coloured, I mean extensively coloured. Most of my memories of the book relate to the film 😅

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The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz

The Escape Manual for Introverts

by Katie Vaz.

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Feeling cornered at a wedding reception by gossipy guests? Stuck at a holiday party that lasts forever? This beautifully illustrated book is the ultimate funny, sometimes absurd guide to escaping those painfully awkward situations. 

Trapped in an airplane seated next to a chatterbox? Are you hosting a dinner party with people who just won’t leave? Katie Vaz has the key to your escape. The Escape Manual for Introverts guides readers through different scenarios with themed chapters (“Friends,” “Family,” “Strangers,” etc.). Each chapter covers a range of situations, from an invitation to karaoke night to group lunchtime. And she offers a number of escapes for each scenario: bringing odoriferous foods to lunch for a while, having a pet (real or imagined) that “requires” frequent check-ins, and even investing in a jet pack. This book features Vaz’s full-page illustrated spreads, hand-lettering, and spot illustrations. From the silly to the sincere, Vaz’s clever, hilarious escape plans and bizarre excuses speak to the introvert in all of us.

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 6 August, 2019.

Length: 144 pages

Series: N/A.

Genre: Self-Help. Graphic Novel.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

The Escape Manual for Introverts, is a fun and quick read which not only features cute illustrations but actual advice. I will admit that when engaging socially with people, I tend to get emotionally exhausted and over the years I have found I do have a time limit on how much social interaction I can take. The Escape Manual for Introverts is a perfect guide for people who want ready made excuses to get out of social engagements.

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Confessions of a Professional Book Lover – I Borrow Books and Don’t Read Them

My name is Ally and I am a Librarian.

I am also a Librarian who rarely reads the books that I borrow.

I love my job, and I am very proud to call myself a Librarian. I will admit though, that the biggest draw of the job is also the biggest drawback – I work in an environment where I am surrounded by books.

Books that I can take home, for free.

A person can only have so much self control. So naturally I borrow a lot of books.

Also completely naturally, I do not have enough time to read all of these books.

So I am a librarian who borrows a lot of books, takes them home, thinks about reading them, and then has to return them back to the library… unread.


So there it is, my terrible professional secret. Try not to judge too much, I could always be out there actually buying these books and never reading them 😋 Do you also borrow library books with the best intentions but never read them? Please tell me I’m not alone in this 😅 Leave a comment and let me know!

Quick Non-Fic Reviews – Sustainability

I have a terrible habit of borrowing books from the library and then either not reading them at all or only skimming them. As I work in a library and am surrounded by books and borrow waay too many, I thought I would try and force myself to read some of the books I borrow.

So the below are some non fiction books that have caught my eye and I have given a quick read. Since I do this so often I’ve decided to group them together into themes, so enjoy the first: Sustainability (with a side note of creativity)


Sustainability

Waste Not by Erin Rhoads

I have been quite interested recently in how I can reduce my personal waste and be more ecologically responsible. Waste Not was a pretty decent book about steps individuals can take in order to throw away less. I didn’t read the entirety of the book but I did take away a number of things that I can do as an individual such as newspaper bin liners, having a set of my own cutlery, and challenging myself to go completely plastic free (which I am making a big effort to do).

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Long Lost Review: Taronga by Victor Kelleher

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Taronga

Victor Kelleher.

Two years after the Last Days, Australia has become a dangerous place, and a battle-ground for survival.Ben, who has a telepathic ability to control animals, leads a hazardous existence in the bush west of the Blue Mountains. Hopeful of a less brutal life, he escapes to Sydney – only to be further disillusioned. Then, at the heart of the city he comes upon Taronga Zoo, which has been strangely unaffected by the general chaos. Or has it? Is it an island of safety in the midst of so much danger? Or is it really the most sinister place of all?

Taken from book blurb

I read Taronga while I was in high school and thought it was amazing. The book is a post-apocalyptic survival novel that literally takes place in Sydney’s Taronga zoo. People set up a safe haven within the zoos walls and use the animals to protect their people. As you can see from the cover, the tigers play a large part.

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Confessions of a Book Lover – I Don’t Read Introductions

My name is Ally and I don’t read introductions.

I know that the Introduction section of a book is there for a reason, I just don’t read them.

Don’t get me wrong, I started off reading them but one rambling 20 page chapter after another, I grew tired and just a little bit jaded about the content of these sections.

I figured it wasn’t worth reading these sections as they made me feel a number of things:

  • bored
  • bogged down
  • lost in the rhetoric of the author
  • less enthusiastic to read the actual content of the book.

To be fair though, the majority of these long winded introductions are found in non-fiction books. Which has me reminiscing about my long winded PhD research days.

I will admit, if a non-fiction book is interesting, then sometimes I will return to the introduction. But then, and only then.

Just to clarify, sometimes in classic fiction there is a foreword by a modern day author introducing the book, usually these are discussions about the importance of the book or the authors memory or experience with the classic – I skip these as well.

To be fair, in non-classic fiction books I will read these introductions as I have found them to be quite short and usually just a note about the world of the book. I’m not a complete monster.

It’s been my personal experience that when I do read the Introduction of a book, it will take me longer to read and I will also feel more bogged down in the content. In my growing years I have become fickle with my remaining time on earth and skip straight to the content. Why wait for the good stuff?


What are your opinions on introductions and forewords? Do you avidly read these sections or do you skip them like me? Do you think they provide much worth in a book or are they just taking up space? Leave a comment and let me know!

Favourites: Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent

Family of Lies: Sebastian

by Sam Argent.

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Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.

Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.

Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.

Taken from book blurb

Length: 324 pages

Series: Family of Lies #1

Genre: Romance. Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.

Read As: Paperback.


Why is it a favourite?

Family OF Lies: Sebastian is such a breath of fresh air! The first time I read it, I DEVOURED it! I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the romance between the main characters.

Not only is this book an amazing example of the fantasy genre but my god, the characters just jump from the page! Honestly I think Sebastian and Prince Turren are my favourite romantic pair 💕

There is snark.

There is sarcasm.

And there is a hard won happy ending, I may as well stop reading other books because Family of Lies: Sebastian is the perfect book for me.

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LLR: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

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Captive Prince

C.S. Pacat.

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

Taken from book blurb

Okay, so I have been promising myself that I would write a blog post dedicated to this book or the Captive Prince series as a whole… and I haven’t. So it looks like this is the perfect opportunity to force myself to write about how much I enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed this book.

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Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters

Kaidyn’s Courage

by Diana Waters.

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When one man’s courage is lost to his own anger, another will try to rekindle it—no matter the cost.
Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.

taken from the book blurb

Release Date: 22nd March, 2019.

Length: 147 pages.

Series: Wild Magics #2

Genre: QUILTBAG. M/M Romance. Fantasy.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: the author.


My Thoughts

Kaidyn’s Courage is an emotional fantasy novel that at times had my heart racing and tears in my eyes. I really enjoy reading fantasy books that include QUILTBAG romances and Diana Waters has written an amazing book which delivers on all of these fronts.

I foolhardily started the book in my lunch break and was quite disappointed that I had to put it down and return to work. After this however, I was able to quickly devour the rest of the book in one sitting. Waters has written a really well paced novel that was not only really easy to read but made me want to keep reading. I found myself immersed very quickly and emotionally engaged with the characters. While I did read Kaidyn’s Courage quite quickly, boy did it manage to pack an emotional wallop.

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Five Reasons My Book Club is Better than Yours

I love my book club. I love reading, and I love catching up with my friends, and I love that I get to do both at once!

If you ever think about joining or creating a book club, I would 100% recommend the experience and 110% encourage you. If you are interested in starting a book club check out my post about my Top Ten Book Club Books.

If you already are part of a book club, how awesome are they? Just to be completely honest with you though, my book club will always be better than yours.

The below are just a few reason why my book club is better than yours.

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