Time to read with a newborn

So like most women I have been trying to balance being a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a cook and a cleaner with my love of books.  Unfortunately reading and blogging have had to take a backseat for the time being.  I have found myself on the odd occasion, when my little boy is asleep, taking a bit of ME time and just relaxing and reading a book.  The washing/dishes/vacuuming will still be there later afterall.

I am currently re-reading The House of Night series.  I started reading this series back in 2012 and really enjoyed it. Between now and then, the Author has finished the series and there are a few books I haven’t yet read. Usually, I would read a 13 book series like this  in a month or two, now with bubs I think it may take me until the end of the year haha.

I am the type that will not just read the new release, I will always re-read the whole series.  Does anyone else do this?






It’s Spring here in Western Australia and it is so lovely to be able to sit outside and soak up the sun whilst reading a book! The temperatures are already reaching 26 degrees (78.8 Fahrenheit). Summer is coming along swift as ever 🙂



Creative Blogger Award

creative-blogger-awardThank you Laura of Lalas Book Reviews for nominating me for this award!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 5 bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Five facts about me:

  1. My name is Jessica, and I am 28 years old. I live in Perth, Australia but I am New Zealand born and bred.
  2. I have 2 dogs, both English Staffordshire Bull Terriers named Tank and Shadow.
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  3. I started reading when I was a kid when I was in love with the Enid Blyton books and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.I was given Twilight as a gift from my work and at first, I did not want to read it as I had heard so many differing reviews, however I ended up reading it over the Christmas break and I ended up really liking the series and it started my obsession for fantasy fiction.
  4. I want to write a novel (or a series) and I started this blog to develop my writing and learn from Authors and other literary fans the best way to achieve this goal.
  5. I work in real estate as a sales and marketing assistant which I enjoy as I get to use my creative flair every day.

The nominees:

  1. Cristina – Tiny Obsessions 
  2. Monique – To Curl Up and Escape 
  3. Aria – Aria Stuck in Wonderland 
  4. Charley – Books and Bakes
  5. Spell Bound Book Reviews 

My Favourite Quotes

Favourite Quotes

Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega: Book 2)

“I am not my grandfather, to look into the heart of man,” he told her.  “I don’t know that what I’ve told you is truth.  It is just what I’ve seen and felt.”

Outlander (Outlander: Book 1)

“Does it bother you that I’m not a virgin?”
“Well, no,” he said slowly, “so long as it doesna bother you that I am. Reckon one of us should know what they’re doing,” he said.

Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega: Book 1)

“Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life.”

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy: Book 1)

“Did you see that dress?” “I saw the dress.” “Did you like it?” He didn’t answer. I took that as a yes. “Am I going to endanger my reputation if I wear it to the dance?” When he spoke, I could barely hear him. “You’ll endanger the school.” I smiled and fell asleep.”

Voyager (Outlander: Book 3)

For so many years,” he said, “for so long, I have been so many things, so many different men.” I felt him swallow, and he shifted slightly, the linen of his nightshirt rustling with starch. “I was Uncle to Jenny’s children, and Brother to her and Ian. ‘Milord’ to Fergus, and ‘Sir’ to my tenants. ‘Mac Dubh’ to the men of Ardsmuir and ‘MacKenzie’ to the other servants at Helwater. ‘Malcolm the printer,’ then, and ‘Jamie Roy’ at the docks.”
The hand stroked my hair, slowly, with a whispering sound like the wind outside.
“But here,” he said, so softly I could barely hear him, “here in the dark, with you…I have no name.”

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices: Book 3)

“Marry me,” he said. “Marry me, Tess. Marry me and be called Tessa Herondale. Or be Tessa Gray, or be whatever you wish to call yourself, but marry me and stay with me and never leave me, for I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it.”

Drums of Autumn (Outlander: Book 4)

“And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours, Claire. I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you.”

Bared To You (Crossfire: Book 1)

“I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”

Frostbite (Vampire Academy: Book 2)

“I think you smoke them so you have something to do while thinking up your next witty line.”
He choked on the smoke, caught between inhaling and laughing. “Rose Hathaway, I can’t wait to see you again. If you’re this charming while tired and annoyed and this gorgeous while bruised and in ski clothes, you must be devastating at your peak.”
“If by ‘devastating’ you mean that you should fear for your life, then yeah. You’re right.” I jerked open the door. “Good night, Adrian.”

Written in My Own Hearts Blood (Outlander: Book 8)

“Are you doing that on purpose?” He looked up at her, surprised. “Doing what?”
“Never mind. When you are fifteen, I’m locking you in the cellar.”
“What? Why?” he demanded indignantly.
“Because that’s when your father and grandfather started getting into real trouble, and evidently you’re going to be just like them.”

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


So happy to be participating in a blogging award! Thank you so much JenAcideByBibliophile for nominating me

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate ten blogs.

The Questions from JenAcideByBibliophile: 

  1. What is your favourite book turned into a movie?
    Mortal Instruments
  2. How long have you been blogging?
    Approximately 2 weeks 🙂
  3. What is your favourite book series?
    To be honest I have three favourites:
    The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    House of Night by Kristin Cast and P. C. Cast
  4. What character do you connect with the most?
    Isabelle Lightwood
    Isabelle is a fiercely loyal friend and protective of her family, she does not trust easily. Isabelle loves her life and what she does. Confident in her looks and uses her sexuality to get what she wants yet can be insecure.
  5. Do you use a bookmark or do you bend the corner of the page?
    I use a bookmark or sometimes a receipt or piece of paper
  6. What genre of book would you like to live in?
    Fantasy Fiction
  7. Do you prefer to buy your books online or at an actual bookstore?
    I buy all my books from Dymocks 🙂
  8. Where is your favourite place to read?
    I generally like to curl up in bed and read but I enjoy reading anywhere!
  9. What author has the best style of writing for you?
    Patricia Briggs, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead
  10. What are your other hobbies or interests?
    I am very interested in Photography but get little time for it as for the past year my husband and I have undertaken a massive renovation project on our home 🙂

My 10 Questions: 

  1. Would you prefer to read a series or stand-alone books?
  2. Would you rather be a book reviewer or an author?
  3. Your house has been robbed and your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?
  4. What is the hardest thing about running a blog?
  5. What novel are you looking forward to reading next?
  6. Do you use an e-reader or paperback books?
  7. Who is your favourite author?
  8. If you could be any book character, who would you be?
  9. Why did you start blogging?
  10. What was the last book you read?

My Nominees:

Dee – The Bookish Khaleesi

Monica – Queen Nicay Books

Susanne – Susanne Valenti

Liis – Cover to Cover 

Taylor Oceans – Playing Your Hand Right

Klinta – Bookowly 

Brittany – Brittany Marie Reads

Jamie – Broke and Bookish

Monique – To Curl Up and Escape

Aria – Aria Stuck In Wonderland 

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Crossfire Series

Today, I was listening to the radio on my way home from work and a new song by Delta Goodrem was playing.  The first thing this song made me think of was the Crossfire series.  For me, when listening to the mood and lyrics of the song, it seems to fit perfectly with the series.

“The deepest veins, the darkest truth,

A secret place I only want to share with you,

Look in my eyes, undress my soul”

If you haven’t heard the song, have a listen 🙂