If you simply scroll down past this post, you will see that I've been really busy these past few days, catching up on reviews I skipped doing after I finished reading the books. Now that I'm all up-to-date, I hope to be a little more active on here, bringing you all some bookish goodness.
This month, I didn't even bother trying to stick to my ten book limit. I had a handful of books to purchase for university, and then there were end of financial year sales, so you can hardly blame me for picking up 25 books!
Yours, E.R. by Terence Blacker
Her Majesty has written a letter to her most trusted private secretary, Sir Jeremy, ever week for several years. For the first time, she has allowed these letter to be published. Honest, charming, and hilarious, they show what she has really been thinking: about her mischievous grandson Harry, her beloved baby great-grandson George, Dame Helen Mirren, the ladies and gentlemen of the press, and the various politicians she has known over the years.
Yours E.R. offers a glimpse into what life might be like for our Queen - and what, in her private moments, she might make of it all.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...
On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift; a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations ring eerily true.
As Nella uncovers the secrets of her new household, she realises the escalating dangers they face. The miniaturist seems to hold their fate in her hands - but does she plan to save or destroy them?
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
This is book 2 in the Goddess Test trilogy.
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry's first wife, Persephone.
Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner
This is the book 1 in the Nobody's Princess duology.
She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favourite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of like. Unlike her pissy sister, Clytemnestra, she takes no pleasure in weaving and embroidery. And despite what her mother says, she's not even close to being interested in getting married. Instead, she wants to do combat training with her older brothers, and go on heroic adventures, and be free to do what she wants and find out who she is.
Not one to count on the gods - or her looks - to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with determination and an attitude. And while it's the attitude that makes Helen a few enemies (such as the self-proclaimed "son of Poseidon," Theseus), it's also what intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.
King Arthur & his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Step up to the Round Table and join the Knights of the Realm
A legend is born when young Arthur meets Merlin and draws the mighty sword from its stone. This spellbinding retelling brings to life King Arthur and the adventures of his Knights, from the quest for the Holy Grail to the final tragedy of the Last Battle
The Iliad by Homer
A cornerstone of Western literature, Homer's Iliad is the epic tale of the siege of Troy.
After nine years, the Greeks are still fighting to reclaim the beautiful Helen and it is hardly the time for their supreme warrior, Achilles, to drop out of the war. But he does, in revenge against the overlord Agamemnon for seizing his concubine, Briseis.
Only the death of his best friend, Patroclus, persuades Achilles to return to battle and confront the Trojan leader Hector in single combat.
The Odyssey by Homer
Homer's Odyssey is the ancient Greek tale of Odysseus and his eventful voyage home after the Trojan War.
The hero and his crew escape a man-eating Cyclops and, having angered the sea-god Poseidon, are then beset by storms and blow to an island where a witch transforms the sailors into pigs.
With his fleet destroyed, Odysseus is held captive for seven years by the nymph Calypso, who offers him immortality if he will stay with her. But the desire to return to his loving wife, Penelope, is too strong and Odysseus determines to reach his home at Ithaca.
The Galliard by Margaret Irwin
Queen of Scotland at six days old.
Queen of France at seventeen years old.
A widow at eighteen.
The young and trusting Mary, Queen of Scots, is sailing home to her kingdom after years in exile. The danger from her cousin, the English Queen, has not lessened since then. Religious divides threaten to tear the nation apart and, across the border, Elizabeth keenly watches this new threat to her throne.
Amid the furious turmoil and uncertainty in her Scottish kingdom, Mary finds she has one loyal servant James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, a glorious, rash and hazardous young man known to all as the Galliard. In Bothwell s courage and love for her, Mary finds serenity, and though fate works against them, no force can conquer their spirit.
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
This is book 1 in the Maid of Secrets series.
If God won't save the Queen...they will.
Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth I and pressed into royal service. With a faked noble identity, Meg joins four other skilled girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.
Meg's natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: not everyone is who they appear to be.
Meg’s mission tests every talent she possesses, even her loyalty to her fellow Maids. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows lots of things.
She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
It's Okay, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers! by Louise Rennison
This is book 2 in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.
What is the matter with my life? Why is it so deeply unfab?
Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
This is book 3 in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.
Ellen's brother says if you pull out a girl's breast and let it go... it goes nunga-nunga-nunga!
Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
This is book 1 in the Matthew Shardlake series.
It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. And under the order of Thomas
Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be oneoutcome: dissolution.
But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwells Commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege.
Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes...
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
This is book 2 in The Archived duology.
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy-not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.
Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
This is book 1 in the Pretty Little Liars series.
Everyone has something to hide-especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna.
Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.
Flawless by Sara Shepard
This is book 2 in the Pretty Little Liars series.
Four pretty little liars have been very bad girls.
Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.
And why shouldn't I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.
Perfect by Sara Shepard
This is book 3 in the Pretty Little Liars series.
In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.
Aria can't resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can't keep her hands off anything that belongs to her sister.
Lucky me. I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it's hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say... or else!
Unbelievable by Sara Shepard
This is book 4 in the Pretty Little Liars series.
Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.
Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her uberconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars--because of her. Spencer's afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much.
If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's going to look like the lucky one.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Set sail aboard the Hispaniola, with fearless Jim and the formidable Long John Silver!
Following the demise of bloodthirsty Buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune. For he has discovered a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island. But a hosts of villains, wild beasts, and deadly savages stand between him and the stash of gold. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas...
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is book 1 in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power - the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord Sauron's evil dominion
Prelude to Christopher by Eleanor Dark
A doctor crashed on a country road. As his life, his past and his choices unravel before him. The women around him wrestle with hopes, inhibitions and disturbing knowledge, striving to claim something of themselves from a corrupt destiny.
What future is there for a hero who is a practical idealist ("rare, dangerous combination!")?
Or of a woman who won't bend - "the sort of woman who made you feel she might indulge in eccentric infidelities - or take drugs - or fly about on a broomstick"?
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
When a man is found dead in a hansom cab, one of Melbourne’s leading citizens is accused of the murder. He pleads his innocence, yet refuses to give an alibi. It falls to a determined lawyer and an intrepid detective to find the truth, revealing long kept secrets along the way.
The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories by Henry Lawson
One of the great observers of Australian life, Henry Lawson looms large in our national psyche. Yet as his best Lawson transcends the very bush, the very outback, the very up-country, the very pub or selector's hut he conveys with such brevity and acuity: he makes specific placed universal.
Henry Lawson is too often regarded as a legend rather than a writer to be enjoyed. In this selection Lawson is revealed as an author whose delightful, humorous, wry and moving short stories continue to delight generations of readers. This is the essential Lawson collection - the classic of Australian classics.
Wild Cat Falling by Mudrooroo
Wild Cat Falling is the story of an Aboriginal youth who grows up on the ragged outskirts of a country town, falls into petty crime, serve times in goal, then returns to do battle with the society that put him there. White society has no place for this young man, no place but behind bards, and in Wild Cat Falling there is an inexorable momentum pushing him back to the goal from which he was only recently released. But when he meets the strange old black rabbiter, he is offered both kindness and acceptance and a connection to his heritage that gives him a touchstone for his questions about identity. But it is too late; the police are already on his trail for the accidental shooting of a police officer.
The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry by John Leonard (ed)
The rich diversity of Australian poetry stands in no need of makeovers or prescriptions. What will benefit it is attentive and brilliant readers, of whom John Leonard is without doubt one of its finest. — Martin Harrison
Australian poetry from a 21st century perspective, with a selection from a wide range of living poets as well as familiar voices from the past. There is an emphasis on social observation and personal experience of Australia’s changing history that gives new context to poetry by previous generations from Wright and Hope through Lawson and Paterson to Harpur, Kendall and the poets of early settlement. — Susan Lever
Two centuries of poetic achievement demonstrating – no, crying out full-throatedly – that it is our poets who manifest ‘a pungent awareness that language is an inheritance we accept for alteration and renewal.’ This selection is panoramic, but it also has a depth and a thoughtfulness in its clusters of poems by 164 original, funny, perplexing, and gifted poets. If you love poetry, this book will amplify that love; and if you are a teacher or student of poetry, read this anthology over and over. —Lyn McCredden