Project 52: January

Hello everyone!

I have returned from the dead. I am zombie. I am book zombie.

I am actually just obsessed with Instagram right now and I even tried the Booktuber life, but I don’t have the time for that at the moment so I have decided to return to my blog because I need to get my bookish thoughts out there in the open!

Also, I am major procrastinating because I don’t want to do uni work :/

Project 52

As my comeback post I thought I would show you guys my take on Project 52 which I have been participating in all of this year.

What is Project 52? 

This is a year-long book photography challenge hosted by two absolutely lovely bloggers: Josephine at Word Revel and Georgie at What Georgie Did. Each month they release a list of themes which have to be achieved each week.

How do you participate?

Better information can be found on their websites, but you take a photo each week, post it to your social media site, use the hashtag #BookishScene and then share the link to your post on either of their blogs under the specific week’s blog post. Oh, AND HAVE HEAPS OF FUN!

January | Week 1 | Bucket List

I did take a photo for this but I hated it and deleted it. I was trying too hard to be artsy and it was absolutely ridiculous.

January | Week 2 | Winter

It was the middle of Summer when I took this pic so I had to dig out my jumpers but I think this looks super cuddly. The white against the blue-grey background is also Winter-y; like snow and storm clouds.


January | Week 3 | Wanderlust

I have this so bad right now! I have been overseas twice and I need to go more. Magonia had a very Wanderlust-y feel, but also a yearning for home and normalcy.


January | Week 4 | Into the Night

So much of ADSOM is set at night and I felt like Kell and Lila were always storming into the night.


January | Week 5 | Off the Beaten Path

I haven’t read Follow Me but it has such a creepy, beautiful feel to it – follow me into the dark, magical forest…


So this was just a throwback to my January pics, and I will also stick up my February pics soon. Hopefully that will keep me on top of them from now on 🙂

I hope you feel a little inspired and want to join in. It’s such a great experience and I am having the best time testing and pushing my creativity.

Talk to you all soon xx

Book Review: In The Woods

Not to be mistaken by the glory that is Into The Woods…

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… but this lovely little little murder mystery instead:

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“As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.”

This book had some issues but was an overall good read. I legitimately read the majority of it in a seven-hour reading session. My brain hurt afterwards.

Let’s start with the story

I am going to forewarn you and tell you that this is the first in a series; I did not realise this until after I read it and was frustrated because *spoiler warning* the 1984 crime isn’t solved.

Anyhoo, I loved how it unfolded. At times it was tedious but only in the best of ways – it helped you feel the exact same frustration that Ryan and Maddox experienced during their investigation. I think it was a little misleading to say that there were similarities between the 1984 crime and the most recent one. I think French was trying too hard to make a connection so that it would affect Ryan psychologically and emotionally more during the book. I also guessed what would happen in the end as the hints dropped throughout the book were far from subtle. Don’t get me wrong, it did not ruin the reading experience for me one little bit – I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it happen.

Now the characters

This is Ryan boiled down to a rather inspiring quote from the book:

“What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this – two things: I crave truth. And I lie.”

Ryan is a bit of a douche: “emotionally crippled” would probably be a bit of an understatement. He likes explaining a lot of things in detail and sometimes this is helpful but sometimes it is irrelevant. GET IT TOGETHER MAN!

Maddox is BOSS. You want to be her because she is such a badass. The relationship/partnership between these two makes me ridiculously jealous as well. French has written the dialogue between these two very well; you can imagine that they spend the majority of their time together as they bounce off each other really naturally.

The evil-doers will give you the heebie jeebies (which I maintain is a real state of being). They range from psychotic to beyond pathetic, and straight on to depraved.

The rating

4 out of 5 delicious stars. I don’t know if I will continue with the series, but I will probably keep track of what happens in them as I really want to know what happened in the f***ing woods in 1984. It’s eating at me.



Book Review: In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

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Third book of the year and it is a whopper.

“In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death.”

Just turn around and look, I told myself.

I squeezed my eyes shut and counted silently to three.




I flipped myself over. Opened my eyes. And found a dead man next to my bed.

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This book will wreck you. There is no easier way of putting it.

You start off thinking it is going to be an historical romance novel, then you think it will be a romance novel that hurts. Then it goes on to become a supernatural feast of awesome! Then it scares the bejeesus out of you (I legit had goosebumps). Then the pain.. Oh, the pain. And it ends up being a mystery novel! Like, WHAT THE FRACK!

Oh, and the sass!

“The road ahead may be rather upsetting for a sixteen-year-old girl. I’m afraid your delicate female eyes and ears will experience some ugliness.”
“Oh, you silly, naive men.” I shook my weary head and genuinely pitied their ignorance. “You’ve clearly never been a sixteen-year-old girl in the fall of 1918.”

You need to get on this book and escape into one of the saddest periods of time in history and experience this eclectic, heartbreaking story. And an oddly-named bird: Oberon. Please name your future children thus.

I apologise for any pain this may cause you.

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“What’s On My Shelf” Tag

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This shall be easy!

1. If your answer to this is not Harry Potter then I feel sorry for you.

2. The Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Death to you all. You hide in that back corner.

3. Robert Jordan’s ‘The Eye of the World’ … one day bae.

4. None. Even if I hate you Book, I still won’t let you go.

5. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare *drools*

6. Wicked by J.L. Armentrout or The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin; heart those underwater shots.

7. Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly – the gold cover is super offensive.

8. Nope. Can’t pick. Those are my babies.

9. Mini snow globes…don’t ask.

Seasonal Reading Challenge Winter 2015


Goodreads is heaven. It is a beautiful website and app that allows us delicious book readers to explore the Novelistic Universe. An exciting place to be in this Universe is the ‘Goodreads Groups’ as you are able to find people with similar interests or explore some unknown territories. I decided to do the latter. The “Seasonal Reading Challenge” is a contest between readers that is run every three months (aligning with the changing seasons) that asks you to read books that fit particular parameters – this will push you out of your comfort zone in the best of ways.

For example, there is a task which asks you to read a book with an identifiable musical instrument on the cover: too bad if you have a phobia of musical instruments that are in print. The more tasks you do the more points you gain. What is at stake? Your pride, sanity and your bank account. What can you gain? G. L. O. R. Y.

What has it got to do with me?

Everything. I have always found it difficult to find books to read, and was a fan of re-reading books because it was much easier than taking a chance. This just got deep. I started my first challenge three months ago and found it super exciting and it totally exacerbated my anal-retentive, control-freak, organisation-neediness feelings. So worth it!

Why am I talking about it?

Because you all need to be doing it! That simple. And I will be talking about it in the future – probably a lot. Deal with it.

Here is a little snapshot of what I will hopefully be doing over the next three months:

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Is it not the most brilliant thing you have ever seen? Don’t answer unless you are being kind.

The Beginning

Hi persons of great intelligence. You have found me.

My name is Karina and I heart the reading, stroking, hugging, smelling and organising of books.

I have been considering creating an entire social media experience around books for a while now, and I have finally found the time and inspiration to begin… The inspiration being procrastination. I refuse to do household chores! I WANT TO DO SOMETHING FUN THAT WILL CHANGE THE LIVES OF OTHERS!

So to start I am doing this blog which you will come to adore whether you want to or not. It’s super powerful like that. It will be all about books and probably other schtuff as I am incapable of maintaining a linear or coherent thought. I am considering becoming a BookTuber if time will allow some time in the next few months and if I can think of something remotely interesting to record. Yes, I will make you suffer through videos of me.

I don’t know what else there is to say at the moment. Perhaps, “Sorry”? Or, “Please don’t leave me! I am needy and require your attention.”

I will bid you adieu now, kind souls.