5 May 2012

Book Haul :)

So as you're all probably aware of, a couple of weeks ago, the Story Siren was caught out for plagiarism which you can find out more from Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Beautifully Invisible and Grit & Glamour. Whilst I'm sitting on the fence about this whole hoo-hah. I'm definitely against plagiarism, so as a result, I won't be participating in the In My Mailbox meme anymore. Instead, I'll just do my own little book haul (which I've noticed a lot of other bloggers doing as well) and if there is another type of meme, let me know :)
I've even made my own thingy ma-jig (the above picture), which was a big effort because I made it on Microsoft Paint (aren't I such a pro!).

On another note, I'd like to apologise for my extreme lack of blogging lately. Turns out the second year of university is a lot harder than the first! So I haven't had a lot of time for reading for fun or blogging. But I am trying, and I do miss you guys :(

So without further ado, here is my haul for this week :)

 Awhile back, I donated to Michelle Madow to help her with her US tour! In return, I scored a signed (and personalised!) copy of her two books, and a signed bookmark! These books are my first personalised books ever so I will be treasuring these <3 I love you! So, a huge thankyou to Michelle Madow for being so lovely and signing and sending these all the way from Florida!!

Now, one thing you must know guys (please don't smite me), Amy and I finished our book ban. WE LASTED FOUR FREAKIN MONTHS OKAY! I think that was pretty awesome. Now, one of us gave in and broke the ban (I'm not telling you who for fear of being smacked on the hand or something) but the other was definitely not complaining. WE HAD ENOUGH! WE STUCK IT OUT FOR SO LONG!
So as a result, I ended up with A Game of Thrones, I have actually been told to watch some of the TV show before I read the book, which has me questioning those people but they reckon it'd be more enjoyable that way? I'm not sure. Opinions? Also, I bought the first volume of Death Note the other day :) I was wandering around in Dymocks, relishing in the fact that I could actually purchase something and instead of buying a book, I ended up buying manga. Hey, it was cheap and I've been hanging out to read the Death Note manga :)

Rememberance by Michelle Madow
Vengeance by Michelle Madow
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Death Note Vol. 1: Boredom by Tsugumi Ohba

PS - What do you think of my little makeover? I got bored of the old one, so attempted a new header :) Does it look okay?

I don't know what to ask you guys :) Seems we're all doing our hauls on different days!


  1. Your layout's GORGEOUS hun! <3 Loving the purple and HUNTING LILA in your banner! Heeee. I so can't wait for Losing Lila!

    DEFINITELY watch the TV show first. Trust me on this one. I know normally it's the other way around, but watching the TV show will help you here. There are a lot of characters in GoT and the TV show makes them easier to recognise and remember. The TV show is an EXCELLENT adaptation, and then reading the book afterwards will just consolidate everything and also be an easier read once you know all the characters. :)

    1. THANKYOU ALICE! <3 I am hanging out for Losing Lila! I need it. Now!

      Okay, I've been told that by a few people, but I wasn't sure whether to trust them haha! I can trust you, I'm sure :) I'm glad it's an excellent adaptation, that makes me feel a lot better about watching it before reading it!
      Thankyou lovelyyyyy <3

    2. Ahhh I know right? How gorgeous is the cover?

      It's really well done. Before I'd bought Game of Thrones, my friend and I saw it in the book store, flicked through some pages the the dialogue was an exact match. I was really impressed. :D

    3. AHEM.

      "and saw that the dialogue was an exact match"** Dumb brain. :P I can't type apprently.

    4. AHAAHHAHA I know what you mean :D
      Yes! The cover is amazing! I would really like it to be August already, but then again by that time, I'd have turned 20 and I don't want to be 20. OH THE DIFFICULTY! Ahaha!
      YAY for correct dialogue! That's what I love about the first two Harry Potter books/movies!!

    5. Ohhhhh shit. D: I will be freaking 18! GAGH. Everyone around me is OH MY GOD I WANT TO BE 18 and I'm like I WANT TO BE A KIDDD STILLL. D;

      YES YES! I adored and treasured the first two Harry Potter movies. Chris Columbus was my favourite director out of them all. It's a shame that he got homesick and couldn't direct the rest. :( BUT IT WAS SO PERFECT. And the scenes they had to cut out weren't HUGE if you know what I mean?

  2. Loving the makeover - glad to see some of my fave books in the header - Imaginary Girls & Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Also - Clash of Kings - I read the book, but haven't watched the series - but I've heard it follows it closely and is excellent.

    As for linking up Mailbox type posts - there is Stacking the Shelves @ Tynga's Reviews and Sunday Showcase @ Books, Biscuits & Tea.

    And at my site starting tomorrow, there will be a Sunday Best Link Party - where you can link to your favorite blog post of the week :-)


    1. Thanks Tanya! I adored those books too :) but have decided I'm going to watch the show before I read the book :O I've been told by several people, it'll be easier to follow :)

      Thankyou for the suggestions! I may have to have a squiz at them and see what I'd like to do!

  3. Yes I like the new blog! I'm getting bored with mine too but I have no computer skills lol I also have Remembrance and A Game of Thrones but haven't had a chance to read them yet.
    My Stack

    1. I have absolutely no designing skills myself... I made my header on Paint! Hahahaha


    So where were we? Oh, digging the updated layout! The purple is divine, just like it's owener. <3

    Yay! You finally got your first signed, personalised book! Congratulations, it's a lovely feeling isn't it!

    At least I can now suggest books for you to buy! ;D

    1. AHHHH! REBECCA! *falls to ground sobbing* FORGIVE ME FOR WE DID SO WELL FOR SO LONG!
      Taneika is now a FREE human to buy whatever books she likes!

      You are the cute one, seriously :) And as for the signed book it is a lovely feeling! When I opened it I just jumped around the house for a while squealing :D

      Ohhh yes! You can do that now :D Although you probably won't have to because after four months, I WANT EVERYTHING! ahhaha

  5. Ha, I remember the second year of uni well. I don't think I ever left the library towards the end. Good luck! Keep studying!

    1. Thanks :) it's a pain because I'm not doing exactly what I want to do anymore and I can't change until next semester so I'm kind of just, plodding along! But thankyou :)

  6. Love the makeover :) And congrats on the book haul! Also you're really scaring me about uni :( I'm starting my second semester next week, hope I do ok!

    1. I'm just finding it difficult because I've had a major change of heart and I don't love what I'm studying anymore! But, I'm changing next semester so hopefully I'll love it again :)
      Good luck :D

  7. T A N E I K A!
    You've re-designed! PRETTY! Congrats!
    Hehehehe, also, now my head is just going DoctorWhoDoctorWhoDoctorWhoDoctorWhoDoctorWhoDoctorWho so writing an intelligent comment = hard.

    CONGRATULATIONS ON FINISHING THE BOOK BAN! *hugs* so proud of you guys!

    GAME OF THRONES! You know what? My cousin just loaned me his copy, and I'm REALLY excited (but daunted--it's thick) to read it! I LOVE the TV series. It's proper high fantasy. Hope you love! ♥

    1. S A R A H!
      Thankyouuu :) I got a little bored and wanted a small change!
      AHHH SARAH. You and my mum have turned me into a Doctor obsessed maniac! I'm constantly thinking about the next episode and now I'm rather desperate for Season 4 :O

      Aww THANKYOU :D
      And yes, I am very daunted by starting Game of Thrones... IT'S HUGE! Ooh, high fantasy? I hope I'll love too :D I'm excited to start it! <3

  8. Eeee! Taneika! Love your new design/header/book haul image!! SO gorgeous! <3 Sucks that uni is weighing you down with all that dodgy stuff called 'work' (just who do they think they are?!) but we understand and while we miss you, your brain growing bigger and smarter is more important :)

    Awww yay for your signed Rememberance!! <3 I've heard great things about that, so I need to read it soon! Hahaha you girls did well in your book ban, be proud! I've heard SO much about Game of Thrones... maybe I ought to give the book or show again. Seems like the cool thing to do lately.


    1. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou Brodie :D Yes :( Uni is a pain at the moment BUT it will get better next semester and hopefully it won't feel so much like 'work' then! Turns out Journalism isn't my thing, and it's A LOT of pressure :(

      Ahhh! I can't wait to get my hands on it :) I've heard heaps of great things and I'm so happy I have a personalised book now :) I'm obviously moving up in the world haha!

  9. Taneika actually you are a pro!! I love it ;) :) Enjoy all your awesome books this week ;) :)

    1. Thankyou :) I am definitely aiming to get my book reading count back up! I miss it!


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