Book Haul – 14 to 20 August 2020

This week I binged the second season of Good Girls. It took a few episodes for me to get back into it but by the end of the season I was hooked. I’m also halfway through the third season of Rosehaven, which is one of the most Australian shows I’ve ever seen. I absolutely love it!

Three ducks decided I was interesting yesterday. I saw them across the park from where I was sitting, so naturally I wandered over for a closer look. I gave them plenty of space so I didn’t scare them but they waddled over to investigate. When I walked back to the car they walked with me. It was so cute! I lost sight of them once I was in the car but heard them quacking so looked out my window. They were standing right next to my door.

I went back to see them again today. This time I took some food for them and am pretty sure I made some new friends. I need to remember to take my good camera with me next time so I can get some decent photos.

It’s been really windy for a couple of days and Mum and I have found a new way to entertain ourselves. We noticed a few weeks ago that the new jetty at the lake moves when there are waves from boats passing by. We figured it would be fun to ride the waves on the jetty while it was windy and now it’s our new favourite thing to do. We’re obviously easily entertained but it’s so much fun giggling and trying to remain upright while the jetty moves beneath our feet.

Word of the Week: inimitable. “So good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.” (from

Bookish Highlight of the Week: The Raven. I wasn’t expecting it to be that good but I loved it. Buckets of blood, mythical creatures and a main character I really liked. I’m crossing my fingers for a sequel.

This week I read:

Kindle Black Hole of Good Intentions

The new face of big evil is a little … small.

Dastardly deeds aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one hears the name “Clementine”, but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day the Dark Lord Elithor is cursed by a mysterious rival.

Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord. As Clementine forms her first friendships, discovers more about her own magic than she ever dared to explore, and is called upon to break her father’s code of good and evil, she starts to question the very life she’s been fighting for. What if the Dark Lord Clementine doesn’t want to be dark after all?

Rooted in foundational loss and the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is both a global dystopian narrative an intimate family story with quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.

Ella and Kev are brother and sister, both gifted with extraordinary power. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by structural racism and brutality. Their futures might alter the world. When Kev is incarcerated for the crime of being a young black man in America, Ella – through visits both mundane and supernatural – tries to show him the way to a revolution that could burn it all down. 

Mythical creatures, inner demons, and fear are a few forms in which monsters present themselves. When confronted by such savage beasts, the vulnerability of humanity is often exposed. Will we rise above, or will we succumb to our inevitable demise?

These sixteen horror stories by Red Lagoe explore the supernatural as well as human horror associated with grief, guilt, severed relationships, and severed limbs.


When my best friend Skyler told me about this party in the Hollywood Hills, I was less than enthused. As it turned out, my feelings were more than justified. That party ruined my life.

Tansy didn’t even want to go to the party. It’s hard enough living in one of your best friend’s shadows and secretly in love with your other best friend.

And now she’s leaving it a vampire.

Now her best friend Skyler is stuck on the road trip from hell, on tour as a groupie with a literal band of vamps. Tansy sets out with Vaughn, her other BFF turned maybe more, to save Skylar’s life and take down the band. But when they find themselves in the middle of a vampire war, will Tansy be able to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends?

Where does the story of the Owens family begin? With a baby abandoned in a snowy field in the 1600s. Under the care of Hannah Owens, little Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognises that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows.

When Maria is abandoned by the man she loves, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s is here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

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