Hey there – I’m Alexandra, a twenty-something dreamer from Melbourne, Australia.
I’ve always held a certain fascination for make-believe worlds. But then again, growing up in the boonies will do that to you. When my head wasn’t stuck behind a book, I was exploring caves, climbing trails and swimming in rivers.
It didn’t come as a surprise when I started crafting my own story worlds.
Guess who’s back and super inspired to start writing again? This girl.
*Me walking back to my desk after being totally MIA all month*
Wow – what a month. Looking back post-vacation, I can’t believe just how much I managed to cram into thirty days.
The first thing I need to address is the fact that even before I left for the Whitsundays, I was super inactive. No, I wasn’t suffering through another reading slump. Actually, I was caught up in the drama of my own life. Spoiler alert: it didn’t end well. But, it was a wild ride and for one glorious month, I felt like the Main Character. [More on that later].
Break the curse. Save the kingdom. Reclaim her magic. The Queen must prevail.
Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.
No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.
To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.
March. What a month. There were plenty of highs but the lows were seriously killer. Especially because the month started off on a bit of a sour note. And while I can’t really talk about said sour note [let’s just say it was a confronting work related incident of criminal nature], it inspired yet another setback in terms of my mental health.
BUT, that’s not what I’m choosing to focus on. So, ignoring work stress and without further ado, let’s spread some positive energy and get into the highlights:
Meet Nina Hill: a young woman supremely confident in her own… Shell.
The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.
The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all–or mostly all–excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?
Nina considers her options. 1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page
It’s been one year since Melbourne entered it’s first stage three lock down and let’s just say it’s been a wild time. Looking back, it’s unbelievable just how drastically our lives have all changed since March 2020. I mean, remember when we were all worried about the Australian bush fires? It almost seems like an entire lifetime has past since.
Anyway, because travel seems to be off the table for a while yet, I wanted to share some recommendations. I’ve personally curated a selection of hauntingly atmospheric books to take you on a sweeping fictional journey. These books blend genre and explore different cultures – perfect for any bookish vagabond to get lost in.
Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.
Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.
February was such a roller coaster. I mean, it was pretty full on but once again, the southern state of Victoria found itself in the midst of yet another lock down. Apparently nobody does lock downs like the Victorians.
It all started when the very contagious UK strain of coronavirus sparked an outbreak in the hotel quarantine program. As the cluster grew and the panic buying started to set in, we all knew it was only a matter of time before we were all forced into lock down 3.0.
But lock downs and panic buying aside, February actually turned out to be a very social month which is new for me. I like to call myself an introverted extrovert. I love going out but I also just love chilling at home. But my social calendar proved to be a welcomed change after my recent struggles with mental health and I ended up doing a lot.
Behold: the post I’ve been shamelessly teasing for the better half of two months – my 2021 summer reading list. I mean, better late than never right?
Anyway, ignoring the fact that the Australian summer is almost at an end, today I’ll be sharing with you the books I’ve carefully curated for my summer reading. A collection of classics, fantasy, contemporary and poetry, these are the books I’m escaping with this summer – especially because travelling seems to be off the table for the foreseeable future.
Hopefully my list might even inspire your own summer plans?
Once upon a time, an angel and a demon fell in love. It did not end well.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
When a stranger – beautiful, haunted Akiva – fixes his fiery eyes on her, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past.
From National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor author Laini Taylor comes a sweeping and gorgeously written modern fantasy series about a forbidden love, an ancient and epic battle, and hope for a world remade.
Let’s start off by addressing the enormous elephant in the room – the fact that this post [which I’ve been teasing for ages] is WAY overdue. As in two months overdue. Whoops.
I think we can all agree that 2020 was a weird year and by the end of it, I just needed a break.
But, despite the fact that 2020 was an actual dumpster fire, today we’re taking a look back at all the books that saved everything. Because let’s face it, while the world went to shit, we were graced with some truly amazing books. Some got me through quarantine, others through post-lockdown exhaustion.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s celebrate the best books of 2020…