The Bookish Week in Review (10/04/2016)

Here are some of the interesting bookish news pieces I’ve read this week. I would love to see what everyone else has found interesting this week, so leave a link in the comments below!

1. Mysterious author Elena Ferrante has received for her first international prize nomination for the The Booker International

2. Let this be a warning to all of you – don’t upset the adult Harry Potter fans by organizing another under 18’s only event. A Perth event had to be postponed because of the outrage from the adult Harry Potter community. I guess some wizards were just excited at the prospect of spending an evening outside of their Cupboard Under The Stairs.

3. One adult Harry Potter fan (I’m assuming, because what kind of child has this kind of money?) is now the lucky owner of the chair J. K. Rowling used while she wrote the first two books.

4. Remember when you couldn’t go into an op-shop or second hand book shop without finding at least one shelf committed to the Twilight series? Well now all of those second hand copies of Fifty Shades of Grey are becoming quite the burden. One shop even made a sex dungeon fort out of their donated copies.

5. I’ve spoken about jumping on the adult colouring book bandwagon on this blog before – apparently the whole world is jumping on and now there’s a shortage of colouring pencils.

6. Imagine having one of Shakespeare’s First Folio’s just casually sitting in your private library? Another rare find has been discovered on the Scottish Island of Bute.

7. I’m saddened everytime I hear about any library closing. It’s great that the big authors are trying to help out the wonderful people at Carnegie Library.

8. The world needs more Lena Dunham’s in it – she’s just landed her own imprint “Lenny” at Random House.


Have a great week ahead and happy reading!

The Bookish Week in Review 27/09/2015

I’ve trawled the internet for interesting bookish news stories, so you don’t have to!

  1. When I was a little girl, my grandparents ordered the Reader’s Digest books and fed my love of reading. I’m living proof that this story about grandparents helping their children love reading is spot on.
  2. I almost jumped out of my chair when I read that Amy Schumer signed a massive book deal. Will it be even better than Tina Fey’s Bossypants? The excitement is real in this one.
  3. I don’t know what to think with this story, on one hand it’s great that McDonalds are trying to encourage kids to read by giving them a book with their happy meal… on the other, this isn’t helping the child obesity and diabetes crisis in the UK (which is starting to sound very similar in Australia).
  4. I love a good Shakespeare mystery, even better when it’s to do with the Great Plague. I guess I could be thankful that the plague happened, otherwise my favourite play Hamlet wouldn’t have been written? (So morbid. I know.)
  5. This is probably the funniest story I’ve come across all week. The model giving Fabio a run for his money – he’s been on 414 romance novel covers. The interview is HILARIOUS.
  6. It wouldn’t be TBWiR if I didn’t mention Harry Potter. A fan has created Lily and James comics from questions asked on Tumblr. 
  7. Still on Harry Potter… Pottermore has been re-vamped (I’m in Ravenclaw) and J. K. Rowling has published yet more back story, this time on the Potter family. Her Majesty has also confirmed that Harry Potterand The Cursed Child will be in TWO parts.
  8. How cool are these Games of Thrones inspired tattoos?

Do you have any tattoos inspired by literature? Let me know in the comments below and if they’re appropriate for the internet, I would love to see photographic proof!

The Bookish Week in Review

  1. The Man Booker Shortlist was announced. Is it the most diverse yet?
  2. On the topic of diversity, a 14 year old boy from the U.K. has written to Bloomsbury, highlighting the need for more disabled characters in literature.
  3. Something to think about (and I really wish more people would). Mira Jacob on Buzzfeed about giving a speech on race to the publishing industry. And no one heard her.
  4. Good news, it’s now considered socially acceptable to read erotica in public.
  5. Australia has a new Prime Minister (again) and funding for Australian literature is a hot topic, with big name writers such as Nick Cave, Hannah Kent and Christos Tsiolkas signing a petition to have George Brandis, the current arts minister, replaced.
  6. Another week, another reason to love J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter fandom. Some theories about “Avada Kedavra” have been circling Reddit.
  7. Want to read more fiction written by women? Here’s 6 upcoming female writers to start with.
  8. Jackie Collins, aged 77, has passed away after her secret battle with breast cancer.

Have you heard/read anything interesting about books this week? Leave a link and say hello in the comments below.

Review: “Rivers of London” by Ben Aaronovitch


I must have picked this book up 3 or 4 times in just as many visits to Dymocks over the last couple of years. I know exactly why – the cover is red (my favourite colour) and I am utterly obsessed with London. Call me Adrienne the Anglophile.

It wasn’t until I saw an entire shelf stacked with the first 4 books in this series that I decided to give this series a go. Yes, this is a series. I do not take starting a series lightly. They take a lot of commitment and I was burned by my last experience of impulse buying a series in one go and then being so, so disappointed (FYI – it was Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series. It was okay until the third book. Out of six. Ugh.).

This book made me excited for my time on the train to and from work. It was exactly how Diana Gabaldon described it would be on the cover – it is as if Harry Potter joined the Fuzz. And there are so many little jokes about Harry Potter that it made my little nerd heart even happier. Magic in the streets of London? Yes please! A wizard apprentice using old magic books to crack cases? Give me more! And by my bookish logic, a ten year fictional wizard apprenticeship means at least 10 anticipated books in the series, right? Right!?

If you can’t tell already, I highly recommend “Rivers of London”. It also reminds me of “The Rook” by Daniel O’Malley – so if you’ve also liked that book, you’ll love this one too.

From Goodreads:

My name is Peter Grant. Until January I was just another probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service, and to everyone else as the Filth. My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – We do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from a man who was dead, but disturbingly voluble, and that brought me to the attention of Chief Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. And that, as they say, is where the story begins.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated. I’m dealing with nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden – and that’s just routine. There’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious, vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying. Which, I don’t mind telling you, would involve a hell of a lot of paperwork.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this series or have any other urban fantasy recommendations for me! What else has everyone been reading lately?

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week my highly anticipated new release is the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It comes out the day after my birthday, but I’ve always been down for belated birthday presents!


From Book Depository:

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike. When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

I would love to hear about the books you are busy pre-ordering/waiting for in the comments – or even better, leave a link to your blog so I can check it out!

The Bookish Week in Review

  1. J. K. Rowling shocked everyone (well, perhaps not the French) and announced that we’ve been pronouncing Voldemort’s name wrong. Yeah, but we got Hermione right… right?
  2. Bill Bryson proved his awesomeness once again in a webchat on The Guardian’s website. I once spent 4 hours at the Bath Archaeological site just so I could listen to his audio tour, as well as the standard audiotour.
  3. The Gone Girl effect, a new genre is born – the domestic noir.
  4. Something which has always fascinated me – the gender differences in how often and how widely girls and boys read.
  5. The Queensland Literary Awards 2015 shortlist was announced
  6. It was only a matter of time – iconic book covers have been made into GIFs.
  7. Let’s hope a meteorite doesn’t hit next year – apparently it’s the only thing that will stop George R. R. Martin from releasing “The Winds of Winter”.
  8. Statistics that may not surprise but will definitely upset you – books written by women about women do not win literary prizes.