July Wrap Up // August TBR

Hellooooo everyone!!

So last month was a major book slump for me…. I also started back at school recently so I’ve been super busy with work.

Books I bought

I bought so many books this month!!! (Sadly, they are all still unread on my bookshelf…) I’m hoping to get through a lot more books this month and read some of these.

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Akarnae by Lynette Noni
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Valentine by Jodi McAlister
  • Risk by Fleur Ferris
  • Wreck by Fleur Ferris
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • Release by Patrick Ness
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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So WOWWWW that was a lot of books…..

Books I read

  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess

Would you even call this a list? It’s pitiful, I know. But seriously, Cassandra Clare is AMAZING and I can’t wait to read some more of her books this month.

What I watched

THE 100. I started this only about a week ago and I’m just about to start season 3. IT’S AMAZING. I want to keep going (so far there are four seasons out) but this month I’m hoping to focus more on my reading. I also watched the first season of Shadowhunters which was soooo good and I ship Malec SOOO MUCH. I want to finish the Mortal Instruments books book I keep going with this one so that it doesn’t spoil anything though.

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HOW AMAZING IS THIS SCENE?!?! MALEC FOREVERRRRR

Books I plan to read in August

  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • Wreck by Fleur Ferris
  • Every day by David Levithan
  • We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
  • Slated by Teri Terry
  • Release by Patrick Ness

I know, this is a slightly ambitious list….

Other awesome things I’m doing in August

Something I’m super excited for is the Write a Book in a Day competition coming up on the 17th of August. If you haven’t heard of it before, basically you form a team and have a maximum of 12 hours to write, edit and illustrate a 2000 word book (but generally we do it in 10). There are certain parameters and characters you have to include which make it really creative and unusual plot line. You get sponsored to do this and all the proceeds go to the Westmead children’s hospital. I’ve done this twice before, and WABIAD is such a fun (and at times stressful) experience! It’s a day off school to spend writing with friends for such a great cause, and as well as the proceeds, the books we write also go to the children to read. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

https://www.writeabookinaday.com/

Thanks again to everyone who has been supporting me and following my blog (who knew people actually want to read about all my book ranting!?) Hopefully I’ll actually get through some books on my tbr read list this month!

Ashley xx

Help our worldwide refugee crisis

Hi everyone!

School started back a few weeks ago and has been super hectic! I’ve been really busy with assesments but I wanted to tell you about the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge in participating in this year.

 

Basically, I’ll be sponsered to live out of a backpack for 40 hours, with only the essentials. This is to raise awareness about the refugee crisis we have in this world, particulary in places like Syria and South Sudan. Globally, more than 65 million people have had to flee their homes due to conflict. More than half of these people are children. This is such an critical issue that we need to fix. Me and some friends who are doing the challenge as well are also going to be camping for the weekend, to further simulate what refugees have to deal with. We will only have to do this for 40 hours, but for millions of kids across the world, this is how they live everyday.

If are able to, it would mean the world to me and all the people you are supporting worldwide if you could donate to the cause. Even a small donation makes an impact in these people’s lives.

Even if you aren’t able to donate, spreading the word about the 40 Hour Famine Backback Challenge and refugee crisis still makes a difference. Please tell your friends and family! If you want to know more about what the donations are being used for, have a look at world vision’s refugees programs/our impact page. It’s so interesting to see all the programs they have, and exactly what they are doing!

Here is the link for my page, and once again, even the smallest donation would be absulutely AMAZING. I love you all xxxx

https://40hourfamine2017.everydayhero.com/au/ashley-potter

Hopefully I will have another post up soon! (A bookish one maybe…….)

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If you understand this reference. I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE AMAZING. Let me know and we can fangirl together!!
Ashley xx

Week away in the Hunter Valley

Hey everyone!

Sorry I havn’t posted in a week, I was away in the Hunter Valley and I didn’t have any signal (how did I survive?!). If you don’t know where that is, it’s about 2 hours north from Sydney in the country. On the way there, we had to stop a few times cause there were Kangaroos on the road (because yes, that actually happens in the country in Australia, especially at dusk). We have a holiday house that we go to, and it’s really fun because we bring bikes down and there’s lots of trials to ride on.

On one day we drove to Newcastle to do a 32km bike ride. That isn’t actually that far but,

I’M UNFIT AS HELL

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I was really proud of my self afterward, even though my legs basically gave way when I finished. When I was away, I also spent lots of time reading wattpad on my phone because WATTPAD IS AMAZING. Literally half the fun is reading the comments, because people on wattpad are amazing and hilarious.

I read about 400 pages a day. NO I’M NOT ADDICTED… I mainly read teen fiction/romance books, because who doesn’t love a bit of cliche high school romance every one in a while?? My favourite wp book was definitely My Life with the Walter Boys. Its so good, it’s basically about this girl who ends up moving in with a family that has 12 boys, and it’s so so so so funny I love it so much. Does anyone else have a wattpad account? What is your favourite story?

Thanks again for reading my blog! This was a shorter post, but I’m hoping get another longer bookish post out soon.

Ashley xx

 

Today’s shopping haul (yes there were books!)

Hi guys! So today I actually left the house (rather than being lazy at home) to go shopping! I had a really good time, and I got lots of cute clothes for winter. I got a couple of tops and jumpers from Dotti and Zara, a cool biker jacket from Bardot, some cute boots, and a pair of flats from Zara. I also got this pretty dress from sportsgirl, which I’m looking forward to wearing out tomorrow. (that’s right. I’m actually socialising with people rather than reading in bed. achievment!) Tomorrow I’m going out with a friend to see the movie Wonder Woman, so that will be fun.  Have any of you seen it? What did you think?

Then I’m planning on going home and reading some of the books I got today. THAT’S RIGHT. I BOUGHT BOOKS. I went to the legerdary KING of all book stores, Kinokuniya. If you haven’t been there before (and it think its worldwide),

Firsty: DROP EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND (oh right you’re reading this post right now, so finish this post first, and then…) GO STRAIGHT THERE

Secondly: for those of you who don’t know, it’s this massive bookstore that has a ya section the size of a whole room. IT’S AMAZING. I spent a good hour in there before my Mum dragged me out. Alas, I did buy five books. And two of them were signed by authors. Here’s a list of the books I bought!

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1. Every day by David Levithan

So I was super excited when I saw this book, because I’ve had my eye on it for a while. Someone recommended it to me last year, but it was always on loan at the library so I havn’t been able to read it yet. I can’t wait to finally read it!

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

This has been on my tbr list for soooo long and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. Excited because all my friends that have read it loved it!

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Ok so the cover was so pretty, which is kinda why I chose it (yes I am a major cover judger…), but also becuase I’ve read some reviews on other blogs, and it seems like a worthwile read. I can’t wait to review it as well!

4. Valentine by Jodi McAlister

You may remeber this one from my holiday reading list. I havn’t read it yet, but I found a copy signed by the author, so I thought I’d pick it up, because who doesn’t love owning signed books!

5. Risk by Fleur Ferris

OMG OMG OMG OMG I’VE READ THIS BOOK SO MANY TIMES I LOVE IT SO SO SO MUCH. I saw a copy signed by the incredible Fleur Ferris herslef and I HAD to pick it up. HAD to. There was also a signed copy of her other book, Black, but for some reason my Mum wouldn’t let me get 6 books, no matter how much I begged her. I believe she called it…. addiction.

Ok thanks for checking out my posts! It means so much and I can’t believe people are actually interesting in reading about my book rants!!! Love you all!

Ashley xx

Fangirl moments with amazing authors

Hi everyone!

I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing authors at book signings and talks (because yes, I go to a lot of those), so I thought I would share some of the authors that I have met and what they were like. Enjoy!

A few months ago went to the secondary schools sydney writers festival day and it was awesome. I got a day off school to meet authors and listen to them talk about their books! Plus, I got heaps of books signed. The first three authors below were some of the authors I met there.

1. Jennifer Niven

Yes, I have actually met Jennifer Niven!!! (I was fangirling so much) She’s so sweet and nice and the story behind her books is so heartbreaking. She was actually in love with a boy who suffered with depression and ended up commiting suicide, so All the Bright Places is such a personal story to her. And for Holding Up the Universe, she has a relative that suffers from prosopagnosia as well as family members that struggle with obesity, so she understands what it’s like.

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On a happier note…  I’M ON HER INSTAGRAM!!!!

Here’s a picture she posted after the day, if you look in the top right corner you can see a picture we took with her. I also took the liberty of finding the snapchat I made at the time (as you can see, I was very excitied…)

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2. Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan was another one of the authors I met on the day. She was probably my favourite speaker, because she was so engaging and HILARIOUS. Sarah Crossan writes a lot of verse poetry, which I don’t usually like, but her books are amazing (I’m using that word a little bit too much but I DON’T CARE).

She spoke mostly about her book One, which is about a set of conjoined twins, and it was intersting because she talked a lot about the research she had to do to make it accurate. If you haven’t read any of her books, check them out now! My personal favourite is The Weight of Water. If you’ve read any of her books, let me know what your favorites are in the comments!

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3. Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis is an Australian author who has written the books The First Third and Sidesicks. Tbh I havn’t actually read either of his books…. but he’s really funny and I loved listening to him speak. I bought The First Third at the writers festival and I hope to read it soon!

4. Lilli Wilkinson

Lilli Wilkinson is another Australian author, who I met when she came to my school for a book talk. She’s written a lot of books, but I’ve only read Scatterheart and Pink. I have couple of her other books that I want to read at some point though (added on my never ending tbr list).

Lilli spent a lot of her time focusing on how she wrote her books, and specifically a good character. She uses this super cool website called “100 metres of existence”, which is basically someone who’s taken 100 metres worth of photos of people on this bridge in the UK. We chose a person, and from there we wrote a whole character and book plot; their aims, fears, hobbies, family etc. I’ll put the link here: check it out, it’s so interesting, and some of the people are so weird. (Seriously, what is up with those two people wearing matching eye patches!? See, you could write a story about that…)

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5. Megan Jacobson

I went to a book took with a panel of four Australian authors last year, and Megan Jacobson was one of them. So far she’s written one book, Yellow, and it was probably THE BEST book I read last year. So yeah, I can’t wait for her new book to come out later this month.

She was such a nice person, and it was interesting to see the difference between how Megan and the other authors wrote their books. For example one of the authors, Shivaun Plozza, took about 8 years to write her first book (on and off) while she was doing lots of other things. Megan Jacobson took 3 months to write her book, soley focusing on finishing it. If you havn’t read her book yet, you need to!!

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And my fangirl moment with her: When I got my copy signed, she told me how much she loved my hair. MEGAN JACOBSON. WHO WROTE AN AMAZING BOOK. ONE OF MY FAVOURITES. COMPLIMENTED MY HAIR. It was amazing. And I will never forget it. Ok. I’m going to start writing proper sentences again now.

6. Fleur Ferris

Technically I’ve never met her, but we’re friends on Goodreads. And she followed me back on Instagram (because yes, I follow authors on Instagram). Should I repeat that? SHE FOLLOWED ME BACK. ON INSTAGRAM. OMG.

Also, her third book came out today, which I mentioned in my last post. I’ve ordered it so it should be arriving very soon. I’M SO EXCITED.

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the authors I’ve met. Most of them are Australian, so you may not have known them all. Do any of you have fangirl moments with authors? Let me know in the comments!

Ashley xx

 

Books I’m anticipating this year

 

Hey everyone, I’m back with another bookish list!

Recently I’ve been super excited for some of the books coming out this year, so I thought I’d write a list of the ones I’m looking forward to reading. There are so many great authors that have released books this year, and I love all the authors below. Tell me if there are any books not on this list that should be! I’ve made this list in order of release dates.

1. Wreck by Fleur Ferris

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Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. O-weeks awaits, which means parties, cute boys and settling into student res with her best friend Relle. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is this mysterious note? And why does it mean so much to one of Australia’s most powerful media moguls? Caught between a bitter rivalry and dangerous family secret, who can Tamara trust? Or should she trust herself?

Release Date: July 3rd 2017

Notice that Wreck is coming out tomorrow!! (Can you see why I was excited about books coming out) As I mentioned in my first post, Fleur is an amazing australian author with a really interesting story. Her past books have been ya mystery/ thriller/ contemporaries, and this one proves to be no exception. Definitely going to pick this up tomorrow!

2. The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson

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Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper – Ily for short – is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Her love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, a local actor and someone who’s as complicated as she is.

From the author of Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin.

Release Date: July 31st 2017

Megan Jacobson is another ya author that I love- this is actually only her second book. Her first book, Yellow, was one of my favourite reads last year so I cant wait for this one to be released. I’ve actually met Megan in real life, she’s so nice and she’s got so many helpful tips for people who love to write like me.

3. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

Release Date: September 26th 2017

I’ve read (and loved) Stephanie Perkin’s Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, which was a sweet, beautifully written ya contemporary romance series. Her new ya thriller There’s Someone Inside Your House promises to be something nothing like anything she’s written before. I’m looking forward to reading this so much, and interested in seeing her writing in something completly new.

4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

Release Date: October 10th 2017

Of course this had to be included in my list. Looking forward to reading it and I’m sure it will just as heartbreaking as all his other books. Should I start buying my tissues now?

Ok, so those are some of the books I’m most anticipating for the remainer of the year! Hopefully you now have some ideas for more books to add to your to-reads list on goodreads (though I’m not sure if that’s a good thing…) Happy reading!

Ashley xx

Books I’m reading this holidays

Hi guys!

I have about three weeks off school, and so far I have spent all that time holed up in my room reading, netflixing and setting up this blog (pittiful, I know).

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How true is this gif… anyway moving on,

I thought I would write a list of the books I’ve read so far, and the books I’m planning on reading for the rest of holidays. In a way, I’m summing up my accomplishments of the holidays…

Firstly, the books I’ve read. I started City of Bones near the end of the school term, and since then I have been addicted to Cassandra Clare’s books. I do have some others books I borrowed that I want to read this holidays, but whether they’ll actually get read is another question entirely. So the books I’ve read so far are:

  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince

And I’m currently reading Clockwork Princess (I love the Infernal Devices SO MUCH, Jem is amazing, but so is Will, ugh I just love both of them so, so, much can she date them both?!).

I want to read City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire at some point, but here are some other books I borrowed that I was planning on reading in the holidays. They aren’t very well known, but I was in the library and they looked interesting. Tell me if you’ve read any of them and what you thought of them!

  • Valentine by Jodi McAlister
  • Slated by Teri Terry
  • Afterworld by Lynnette Lounsbury
  • Half Bad by Sally Green

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I just noticed this, but how great is the theme I’ve got going!? I officially have a holiday theme: black, white and red. (Making things up like a pro).

Thanks again to everyone who’s checked out my blog, it means a lot!

Ashley xx