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CommasAndAmpersands

Joined July 2016

🇦🇺📚 Aussie bookworm with a never-ending TBR. commasandampersandsblog.wordpress.com
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I think I'm all caught up with my reviews now so here's a #shelfie! I've been tripping around the U.K. and Ireland for the past month but I'll be heading back to Brisbane and my #bookshelves tonight. It'll only take about 24 hours on two planes to get home 😅

I'm pretty sure I'll finish off the #audiobook of #TenThousandSkiesAboveYou on the plane! What are you #currentlyreading?

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The Song Rising | Samantha Shannon
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Mehso-so

#TheSongRising is probably the most engaging installment in #TheBoneSeason so far but I dunno. I'm just not fangirling as much as I'd like to be. I read the first three books in quick succession, but I'm not sure if my interest will be sustained for another four books!

Full review is up on the blog!

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The Mime Order | Samantha Shannon
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Mehso-so

I had to know what happened after #TheBoneSeason and #TheMimeOrder definitely started to improve my relationship with the characters.

Full review is up on the blog!

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The Bone Season: A Novel | Samantha Shannon
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The world-building was incredible! I just couldn't connect with the characters most of the time, and the big romance bored me.

Full review of #TheBoneSeason is up on the blog!

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Everland | Wendy Spinale
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I really wanted to like #Everland but there was a bit too much #PeterPan and not enough #steampunk #retelling. The beautiful cover still has my heart, though!

Full review is up on the blog!

LauraWeasley That edition of Peter Pan is sooo beautiful! 😍 2y
CommasAndAmpersands @LauraWeasley I've had it for as long as I can remember but it's definitely one of my favourites! 2y
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My Lady Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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Weird and wonderful! I have no idea what I was expecting but this fresh take on an old story had me giggling throughout.

Full review of #MyLadyJane is up on the blog!

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Even after watching the first season of #Outlander I was loving every moment of this and itching to get through it. Some parts were a bit clunky but still an enjoyable read.

Full review is up on the blog!

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Take Three Girls | Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell
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#TakeThreeGirls is absolutely fantastic, even as an uncorrected proof! Loved all the characters and the story.

Full review of this #LoveOzYA book is up on my blog!

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Panpan

Really wish I'd liked this more, but it reminded me too much of other books I've read, and the characters got on my nerves.

Full review of #ThisIsWhereTheWorldEnds is now up on my blog!

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Magrit | Lee Battersby
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Such a sweet and haunting book! Love the little illustrations throughout.

Full review is up on the blog!

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Where You'll Find Me | Natasha Friend
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I wasn't expecting to like this book so much but it kind of crept in and stole my heart. VERY mature for a middle-grade book and the characters were so well-developed.

Full review is up on the blog!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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The narrator for the audiobook of Stalking Jack the Ripper was absolutely fantastic! She totally made the story for me. This is a strong start to the series and it's full of twists and turns.

Full review is on the blog!

#StalkingJackTheRipper #audiobooks #audiobook

Booktineus This book is SO GOOD! Cannot wait for the sequel 3y
mcummings206 Loved it! Can't wait for Hunting Prince Dracula. 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Booktineus @mcummings206 I hear Hunting Prince Dracula is pretty darn epic! Not long to go now! 3y
mcummings206 @CommasAndAmpersands I've heard the same! Totally have mine preordered, and eagerly awaiting its arrival. 3y
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If Birds Fly Back | Carlie Sorosiak
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A bit of a slow start but #IfBirdsFlyBack ended with great plot and character development. I'm glad the romance (while an important aspect) doesn't overshadow the characters' individual stories!

Full review on the blog!

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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"One egg is a deep green, with burnished bronze flecks that came and went depending on how Dany turned it. Another is pale cream streaked with gold. The last is black, as black as midnight sea, yet alive with scarlet ripples and swirls."

#gameofthrones #dragons #dragoneggs #craft #diy

bookisglee This is so pretty aww 😍💕 2y
CommasAndAmpersands @bookisglee Thank you! ❤❤❤ 2y
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This was such a hard book to review! The subject matter is SO important but I got to the end and realised I didn't like a single character.

Full review is up on my blog! Just click the link in my profile.

#thirteenreasonswhy #jayasher #audiobook

cj.fairhart I agree! It's already a really difficult book to read because of the subject matter, but the characters are just 😰😰😰 3y
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Couldn't connect with the characters or world-building in this one, no matter how much I pushed myself. It's a lot like #HarryPotter, except everyone is painfully polite and hardly anything about the magical world is explained over the course of a year.

decorating.reader I was sent this one and tried to read it and didn't make it very far ☹️ 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Bookiemoji I can understand that! I'm sure it'll be a lovely read for the right person but that's just not us 3y
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The Bone Season: A Novel | Samantha Shannon
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Oh yeah, I'm totally getting through this whole pile in a month. HahahahahHAHAHAHAHA

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#tbr #theboneseason #outlander #crossstitch #janeausten

thebookdiviner Those are some very heavy books. BEST OF LUCK 😂 I absolutely adore Outlander and I hope you find time for it 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @thebookdiviner ME TOO! I watched the first season and loved it, and this has been on my TBR for aaaaaages 3y
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Started rewatching season 5 of Game of Thrones last night! My little babies are all grown up and getting their lives ruined.

#gameofthrones #asoiaf #bookcrown #funkos #targaryen

daisyreadthat I'm 3 eps into season 5, it's all downhill to disaster from here! 3y
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Crescendo | Becca Fitzpatrick
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What‘s a book you used to like but have grown out of?

I was obsessed with the #HushHush series but the last time I tried to reread them, the magic was gone for me.

It's a bit like meeting up with old friends and realising you don't have anything in common anymore—kind of sad, but a sign that you've grown up without realising it.

#crescendo #silence #finale #beccafitzpatrick

Utopiyll That was the Morganville Vampire series for me! I read it when I was early teens and now I go back and it's all different for me! I can appreciate it for how magical it was at the time though 😀 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Utopiyll For sure! I think I'll always be fond of these books but I'm not sure if I'll be able to read them again! 3y
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"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."

#harrypotter20 #harrypotter #philosophersstone

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The Undercurrent | Paula Weston
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Absolutely loved #TheUndercurrent! I was a little worried that Paula Weston wouldn't come close to matching the awesomeness of #TheRephaim (her first series) but this #scifi standalone was epic.

It's out in July! Full review on my blog!

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I'm just a girl standing in front of a never-ending TBR pile, asking it to love her. (And to not get any bigger please and thank you.)

#shelfie #bookshelves #bookshelf #geekchic #bookishoutfits

jfalkens Love the dress 😍😍 3y
ruthemmielang Awesome dress! 🤘🏻 3y
novelheartbeat I am LOVING that dress! 😍 3y
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BooksForEmpathy Love everything about this!!! 3y
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Clockwork Prince | Cassandra Clare
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"It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them."

#TheInfernalDevices is definitely my favourite #Shadowhunters series! What's yours?

#clockworkangel #clockworkprince #clockworkprincess

decorating.reader This is my favorite also 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Bookiemoji It's such a wonderful setting! And I feel more of a connection to these characters as well ❤ 3y
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives."

I AM DEAD. Just saw the new trailer for #GoT7 and it looks so damn gooooood ?

#gameofthrones #asongoficeandfire #asoiaf #dragoneggs

Utopiyll HOW GOOD! This season is going to get insane! I also love that early edition pb you have!! I've always loved those prints 😍 3y
decorating.reader I'm SOOOOO ready for S7 3y
Sophoclessweetheart Those eggs! They're divine 😍😍 3y
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TheLiteraryCasanova Those eggs though, omg. 😍 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Utopiyll Thank you! It's my dad's copy and it was in our family bookshelf for years. I only noticed it after I bought my own copy! 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Bookiemoji It's gonna be EPIC 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @SeelieWarrior @TheLiteraryCasanova Thank you so much! They were the first ones I made and I'm still so pleased with them 😍 3y
Sophoclessweetheart You MADE them!? They're divine 💗🙈 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @SeelieWarrior I DID! They're so much fun to make and actually quite easy if you have enough time and materials. There's a tutorial up on my blog if you're interested ❤ 3y
Sophoclessweetheart Thanks Hun. I'll take a look 💗 3y
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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He presses the triggers
and like roses in his hands
death blooms

#illuminae #gemina #obsidio

thebooktweeter My favourite page 😍😍 3y
literarywisdom What a pretty picture 😍😍♥ 3y
decorating.reader What a gorgeous shot! I love this one so much! 3y
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CommasAndAmpersands @thebooktweeter I think it might be mine as well! 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Bookiemoji Thank you! ❤❤ 3y
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Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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"What she really loved was to hang over the edge and watch the bow of the ship slice through the waves. She loved it especially when the waves were high and the ship rose and fell, or when it was snowing and the flakes stung her face."

#graceling #kristincashore #bluebooks #bookstack

thebookdiviner Kristin Cashore is an angel! 3y
TheNovelNomad I will read anything she writes. 3y
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CommasAndAmpersands @TheNovelNomad I can't wait for her new book in September! 3y
TheNovelNomad Neither can I, it is going to be an instant buy/read for me. 3y
Utopiyll Graceling is an all time favourite of mine!! Such an amazing author, Kristin cashore does such an amazing job at writing females!! 😍 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Utopiyll She's bloody fantastic! I really want to reread the Graceling books now 😍 3y
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A Storm of Swords | George R. R. Martin
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I just finished rewatching season 4 of #GameOfThrones and holy cow that was a wild ride. I forgot just how much content they can pack into 10 episodes! And my baby Sansa is growing up and becoming a badass!
#stormofswords #asoiaf #asongoficeandfire #dragons

Sophoclessweetheart Love this series 💗 3y
Booktineus I cannot wait for season 7!!! 3y
caskandquill YES I am getting so hyped for the new season. Not long now! ☺️🙌 And I'm actually reading A Storm of Swords as we speak! Loving it. ⚔️ 3y
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CommasAndAmpersands @SeelieWarrior It's such a great series! 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Booktineus It's going to be EPIC 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @caskandquill Storm of Swords was one of my favourite books in the series! 😍 3y
caskandquill So glad to hear that! I think it might be one of mine as well. 🙂 3y
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When Michael Met Mina | Randa Abdel-Fattah
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I've read very few contemporary YA books with an unflinching depiction of refugee situations, but #WhenMichaelMetMina was absolutely spectacular.
 
This is a book anyone can read, and it‘s a book that I feel all Australians SHOULD read. I would very much like to see this book become part of the high school curriculum one day.

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Loooook, it wasn't perfect. It didn't rip my heart out the way ACOMAF did. But I still enjoyed it.
Full review on the blog!
#acowar #acourtofwingsandruin

MsBookNook I was kind of expecting more from acowar, but it was ok ish😂 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @MsBookNook I think I expected so much of it because ACOMAF was so amazing for me. When I separate it from ACOMAF, I still think it's a pretty solid fantasy read. Just not amaaaaazing. 3y
Sophoclessweetheart Gorgeous photo 3y
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CommasAndAmpersands @KendalReads Thank you! ❤❤ 3y
MrBook What a fantastic pic! I'm sure you concur, @BookBabe . 😎👌🏻 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @MrBook Thank you! ❤ 3y
TheLiteraryCasanova I agree with you on separating the two books so there's a better way of reviewing it, but it still flopped a bit for me. 😂 It felt a bit rushed and the ending was kind of annoying. 3y
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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MARRY ME. This book tore me apart and put me back together.
Full review on the blog!
#acomaf #acourtofmistandfury

oasisgirlmd I adore this shot ,Sarah!! 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @oasisgirlmd Thanks, Asma! ❤❤❤ 3y
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A bit of a slow start but the last 100 pages were glorious. And I bloody love this world.
Full review on the blog!
#acotar #acourtofthornsandroses

MrBook Amazing. You do absolutely amazing work. Check out @NovelPairing 😊👍🏻. 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @MrBook Thank you! Will do! 3y
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'Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire, Harry?' Dumbledore asked calmly.

CALMLY.

#harrypotter #gobletoffire

eattrainread Hahaha, calmly was not the word I would use to describe Dumbledore in the movie 🙊 lovely picture! 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @eattrainread Thank you! And yeah, movie Dumbledore was just out of control 😂 3y
LuniReads Hahahahaha if only movie Dumbledore had been that calm!😂😂😂 This is like the funniest inaccuracy in the movie!🙊🙊 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @LuniReads DIDJA PUTJA NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIYAAAAAA 3y
LuniReads He "calmly" shoves Harry into the wall!?? 3y
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Begin, End, Begin: a #LoveOzYA Anthology | Amie Kaufman, Gabrielle Tozer, Jaclyn Moriarty, Ellie Marney, Alice Pung, Will Kostakis, Melissa Keil, Michael Pryor, Lili Wilkinson
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I never really seek out short story collections, which is a bit stupid because I always end up really enjoying them. This one is probably my favourite so far. SO MANY AWESOME AUSSIE AUTHORS 😍
Full review on the blog!

MrBook Great review! Beautiful. 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @MrBook Thank you! ❤ 3y
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The Silent Invasion | James Bradley
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The idea for this book sounded so much better than the execution. An easy enough read but it's been a few weeks and I've already forgotten everything except the things that made me angry.
Full review on the blog!

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Hunted | Meagan Spooner
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I am such a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings and this one was AWESOME. A bit of a slow start but I was mesmerized. Full review on the blog!

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So I've had Litsy for pretty much a year now, and I always think of moving over here when Instagram is being crappy. But this is my first time actually posting! We'll see how it goes.
I absolutely loved Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact. Alison Goodman is my new favourite historical fiction author!

JenWindramReads It seems like instagram is being crappy all the time these days 🙄 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @JenWindramReads TRUTH. It's so stupid. 3y
Spinatale I'm trying the same thing! Fingers crossed this one works better 3y
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CommasAndAmpersands @Spinatale It seems awesome so far! 3y
MrBook Welcome to @Litsy !!! We hope you enjoy your time on here with us 😊👍🏻! You won't find a more positive and tight-knit bibliophile community than right here. ☺️ @Spinatale I'm not Instagram, but I can tell you that Litsy is many, many readers' favorite social media community now. 🙌🏻 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @MrBook Thank you so much! I'm loving Litsy! 3y
brytontaylor Been seeing more people mention Litsy this week so thought I'd better check out what the fuss is all about! 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @brytontaylor I love it so far! It's such an adorable platform 😍 3y
Chachic Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉🎉 I love it more than Instagram because everyone here is a reader.📚 3y
CommasAndAmpersands @Chachic Thank you! It's wonderful! 3y
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