Monday, June 27, 2011

Fave Reads of 2011 (so far) - the characters and covers

Part Two in Nomes' Faves of 2011 (so far) series is all about characters (and the added bonus of pretty book covers).

Below I'm sharing some of my favourite characters from this books I've read this year. Feel free to share your own faves in the comments, and be sure to check out Nomes' blog, Inkcrush, for more blogger picks in this series.


1. Best female POV

Bee in A Pocketful of Eyes (Lili Wilkinson) and
 Charlie & Rose in Chasing Charlie Duskin (Cath Crowley)

2. Best Male POV

Sam in Hold Me Closer Necromancer (Lish McBride) and Adam in Where She Went (Gayle Foreman)

3. Best Couple ♥

Mia and Adam (Where She Went), Anna and Etienne (Anna and the French Kiss) and Bee and Toby (A Pocketful of Eyes)

4. Who I so want to be best friends with

The entire Martin family from Maureen Johnson's Scarlett Fever
Or Anna's friends (especially Josh and Meredith) from Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss
Or Al's friends (especially Maz and Nico!) from Aimee Said's Little Sister.
5. Who I fell completely in love with (new literary crush)

Toby from A Pocketful of Eyes (yay for delightfully nerdy boys!) and Sam from Hold Me Closer Necromancer (yay for snarkym skateboarding slackers!).

6. Worst (best) Villian

Mayor Prentiss from Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy

7. Best Character Twist (who you loved then hated or vice versa)

Miss Texas in Libba Bray's Beauty Queens (hate then love) and Ingrid in The Kid Table (love then hate).

8. Best Kick-Arse Female

I seriously couldn't think of a more awesome-crazy-kick-butt chick than Miss Texas - Taylor Rene Krysal Hawkins (Beauty Queens - Libba Bray)

9. Best Kick-Arse Male

Ollie, Arran and Small Sam from The Enemy, Ed and Jack from The Dead (both by Charlie Higson).
10. Broke Your Heart the Most

Cameron Quick in Sweethearts (Sara Zarr) or Jonah in How to Say Goodbye in Robot (Natalie Staniford).
My review of both books is here.

BONUS: 5 fave covers (from books I have read)

A Pocketful of Eyes - Lili Wilkinson
Dress Rehearsal - Zoe Thurner
Are We There Yet - David Levithan
Good Oil - Laura Buzo
Zombies vs Unicorns - Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fave Reads of 2011 (so far) - The Books

 The very lovely Nomes of inkcrush had the great idea of book-bloggers creating lists to share their favourite reads so far in 2011.

Nomes has created three different categories, to guarantee three days of awesome-book-sharing-love! My picks for some of my favourite books read in 2011 are below, and be sure to check out Nomes' blog for more about her Faves of 2011 (so far) series, as well as the links to other book-bloggers picks for each category at inkcrush. Be warned though - these posts will make your TBR piles grow an awful lot!

 1. Favourite Book Read So Far in 2011

A Pocketful of Eyes (Lili Wilkinson - review to come soon!) and Good Oil (Laura Buzo - my review here)

2. Most Powerful Book

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness) or The Help (Kathryn Stockett)

3. Brilliantly Funny

Hold Me Closer Necromancer (Lish McBride - my review here),
Beauty Queens (Libba Bray - review to come very soon) and Loathing Lola (William Kostakis)

4. Best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read

Where She Went (Gayle Forman)

5. Most Beautiful Story

Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin

6. Delicious rainy day comfort read

Chasing Charlie Duskin (Cath Crowley - mini review here)

7. Adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award

The Enemy and The Dead (Charlie Higson) – both of which I will be reviewing for the second annual My Girl Friday zombie week so stay tuned!
8. The Beautiful Prose Award

Dress Rehearsal (Zoe Thurner - my review here)

9. Most Atmospheric and Vivid Setting
I truly loved the apocalyptic London setting of The Enemy and The Dead (Charlie Higson - repeated from above).

10. I-so-want-to-go-there Award

Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins).
Not only did I review Anna, I also made a Polyvore Profile and Film Lover's Companion for the book!

11. Most Original and Imaginative

When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead)

12. Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book

Halfway to Good (Kirsten Murphy - my review is here)

13. I-had-no-idea-I-would-love this-so Award

Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins) and Hold Me Closer Necromancer (Lish McBride)

14. Most Haunting Story

Five Parts Dead (Tim Pegler) and Sweethearts (Sara Zarr - mini review here)

15. Outside my comfort zone but gosh how I loved it

Not YA, but Room (Emma Donoghue)

16. Series that I’m loving

Chaos Walking trilogy (Patrick Ness)

17. Most Memorable Voice Award

Girl Meets Cake (Suzie Day - my review is here)

18. Completely Awesome Premise Award

Dream Factory (Heather Hepler & Brad Barkley)
Teenagers working at Disneyworld?! I think that is a pretty damn-awesome concept!

19. Would make the Best Movie

Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)
I would definitely watch this as a film (Drop Dead Gorgeous Meets Lost = hell to the yes!)
20. Want to re-read already

Zombies vs Unicorns (edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier - again, will be reviewing this for Zombie Week so check back soon!)

What are your favourite reads from 2011 so far?

Monday, June 20, 2011

By My Bedside #26

Hello friends! Here's a glimpse of the books currently sitting on my to-read pile. By My Bedside is part of In My Mailbox, created by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Ladies A Plate - Alexa Johnston
Bitesize: Macaroons, Cake Pops & Cute Things
Star League: Lights, Camera, Action Hero - H.J Harper
Star League: Curse of the Werewolf - H.J Harper
Dream Factory - Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler (from my local library)
Flawless - Lara Chapman (thank you Bloomsbury Australia!)
After childrens and YA, my biggest book-buying genre is cookbooks! I love pretty cookbooks and have a rather large collection of dessert and baking books (because I love sweets, and am not great when it comes to 'real' cooking). I can't wait to start baking this weekend (maybe I'll even share the results on here, like I used to in ye-old-blog days).

What are you reading this week?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What I've Been Watching Lately

Whilst I've been reading up a storm on my daily commute and can't wait to tell to tell you all about the great stuff I've been reading but I thought in the mean time, I'd share/vent about some of the things I've been watching lately (unlike my Popcorn reviews, there is no theme - just some random thoughts about my TV and film viewing).

Class (1983)
Isn't this the most awkward film poster ever? I think so. After reading You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora, I am dying to watch more 80s teen flicks. I hadn't seen Class before but as it stars Andrew McCarthy (better known as Blaine from Pretty in Pink) and Rob Lowe (The Outsiders, St Elmos Fire), I thought that the likelihood of it being awesome were pretty high. I was not disapointed. Though some parts were mega-awkward, Class is full of really great physical comedy and was a lot of fun to watch. Like Weird Science, I feel like Class has helped influence it's successors in the teenage-boy-sex-comedy genre and films like American Pie and Sex Drive have clearly taken a lot from it.
Check out the trailer here.

Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)
I also watched Zombies of Mass Destruction on a whim. I do love zombie films and the description of ZMD sounded especially terrible (which means it's going to be great as the best zombie films are the ones that have the worst plotlines). These zombies are a terrorist weapon and are out to take over a small town. ZMD is very gory, strangely political and parodies almost every zombie film cliche. If you don't mind the gore and are a fan of zombie films, add this to your to-watch list. You can view the trailer here.

Ahh Community! It's one of those shows that in the past I've seen 5 minutes here and there but never had the chance to sit down and watch a whole episode. Then I picked up the boxed set for $20 and watched the whole first season in about 36 hours (yes, I have a slightly addictive personality when it comes to these kind of things ...). I love it! I think it has one of the best ensemble casts and Troy and Abed have incredible on-screen chemistry (seriously, the way they end each episode with the two of them kills me every time!). It's such a fun show, and if you're a pop culture nerd, you will love the multitude of references pumped into each episode.
I'll leave you with some krumping from Troy and Abed.

So what have you been watching lately? Feel free to share in the comments!