Category: #LoveOzYA

Aussie YA Blog Hop!

Aussie YA Blog Hop!

This week, Aussie bloggers are sharing the love for #LoveOzYA and their favourite Aussie YA reads with this blog hop hosted by Jeann of Happy Indulgence and the rest of the Aussie YA Bloggers and Readers Group mods.  I love this community of Aussie bloggers that we have but I haven’t really been a part of it for a while now.  I thought this blog hop would be a good way to get back into blogging, by sharing the books I love most and the blogs I stalk read religiously.  So here we go! 1. What you love about Aussie YA I adore how relatable it is!  It’s set in places I’ve been to or know about, and the characters remind me […]

Posted August 14, 2016 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Memes / 0 Comments

Review: The First Third by Will Kostakis

Review: The First Third by Will Kostakis

The First Third by Will Kostakis Published by Penguin Australia on July 24th 2013 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 248 Format: Paperback Source: I bought it! Book Depository | Bookworld | Booktopia Goodreads Reading Challenges: A-Z Reading Challenge 2016, Australian YA Bloggers & Readers 2016 Book Club Challenge, Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge, The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge Life is made up of three parts: in the first third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made. That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it, anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now, it’s his job to glue their family back together. […]

Posted March 3, 2016 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Books / 0 Comments

2016: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature

2016: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature

2015 is almost over, can you believe it!?  Only 2.5 weeks to go, how crazy is that!  I honestly don’t know where this year has gone, but the last couple of months has been filled with bookish events for me.  I went to an amazing event on 1 December 2015, 2016: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature.  Representatives from a number of publishing houses attended, filling us in on all the wonderful books they have for us next year, and there are so many I’m looking forward to reading! When I arrived, I was given a book as a gift, Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo, but I already owned […]

Posted December 14, 2015 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Book News / 0 Comments

Australian YA Bloggers & Readers’ Secret Santa 2015

Australian YA Bloggers & Readers’ Secret Santa 2015

Hi guys!  I love a good book swap and Christmas seems to bring out the best with the extra element of Secret Santa!  Last year I took part in the Secret Santa run by The Broke and the Bookish, but this year I’ve decided to stick a little closer to home.  I’ve signed up for the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers’ Secret Santa, which is back for its second year, and I’m super excited about it! As part of the Australian YA Bloggers & Readers Secret Santa Blog Hop, they like to know whether everyone’s been a good or naughty blogger this year.  After all, Santa only gives pressies to the good bloggers, and the naughty ones get lumps of […]

Posted December 7, 2015 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Memes / 5 Comments

Illuminae ~ My first ever book launch!

Illuminae ~ My first ever book launch!

As I’m sure most of you know, Illuminae has finally been released out into the wild for all of us book nerds to gobble up and read.  Last Friday, I had the opportunity to go to the Melbourne book launch of Illuminae and it was fantastic! One of the perks of moving back to Melbourne was the ability to go to bookish events.  A lot of these events are held during the week, and it just wasn’t possible for me to attend while I lived in Bendigo.  This book launch is the perfect example of one such event, and I was so excited to be able to go. The event was held at my favourite book shop, Dymocks on Collins […]

Posted October 27, 2015 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Book News / 2 Comments

Review: One True Thing by Nicole Hayes

Review: One True Thing by Nicole Hayes

One True Thing by Nicole Hayes Publisher/Year: Random House Australia, 1 May 2015 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Format: eARC Source: Courtesy of the Publisher Rating: 3 stars Other books from author: The Whole of my World Booktopia | Dymocks | Bookworld Goodreads | Twitter | Website I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Goodreads Synopsis When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public. Frankie is used to being a politician’s daughter, but it’s election time, so life’s crazier than usual. Add a best friend who’s being weirdly distant, a brother to […]

Posted July 20, 2015 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Books / 0 Comments

Review: The Pause by John Larkin

Review: The Pause by John Larkin

The Pause by John Larkin Publisher/Year: Random House Australia, 1 April 2015 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance Format: eARC Source: Courtesy of the Publisher Rating: 4 stars! Other books from author: The Shadow Girl and many more, find them here 🙂 Booktopia | Dymocks | Goodreads | Website I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Goodreads Synopsis Declan seems to have it all: a family that loves him, friends he’s known for years, a beautiful girlfriend he would go to the ends of the earth for. But there’s something in Declan’s past that just […]

Posted July 10, 2015 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Books / 2 Comments

Flashback Friday: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Flashback Friday: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Flashback Friday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies at Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast, shining the spotlight on books that are at least two years old 🙂 Today’s book I’ve chosen is Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, because it just doesn’t feel right that I haven’t somehow featured this book on my blog yet.  It’s one of my favourites and I’ll get around to reviewing it soon I’m sure. Also, how is it possible that this book 11 years old?!?! I remember buying it when it first came out and that just doesn’t feel like it was 11 years ago… Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta First Published: 31 March 2003 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, […]

Posted August 22, 2014 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Memes / 8 Comments

Flashback Friday: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

Flashback Friday: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

Flashback Friday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies at Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast, shining the spotlight on books that are at least two years old 🙂 Today’s book I’ve chosen is Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty, another favourite of mine since high school 🙂 The cover’s not great but don’t let that stop you!  It’s written almost entirely through letters and notes, it’s a really effective way of storytelling.  This one is part of the Ashbury/Brookfield series, and I highly recommend all books in the series if you have the time. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty Series: Ashbury/Brookfield #1 Publisher/Year: Pan MacMillan, 2000 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Available Formats: Paperback, […]

Posted July 18, 2014 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Memes / 2 Comments

Review: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Review: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta Published by Puffin/Penguin Australia on October 5th 1992 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Coming of Age Pages: 261 Format: Paperback Source: I bought it! Also by this author: On the Jellicoe Road, The Piper’s Son Book Depository | Bookworld | Booktopia | Dymocks Goodreads ‘And what’s this about you and your friends driving around Bondi Junction half-dressed last week?’ ‘Who told you that?’ ‘Signora Formosa saw you. She said you and your friends almost ran her over. She rang Zia Patrizia’s next-door neighborhood and it got back to Nonna.’ Telecom would go broke if it weren’t for the Italians. Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. […]

Posted June 15, 2014 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Books / 1 Comment