#5Books: My TBR is never going to end. EVER.

Book recs for the week ending 15/1/17

And we’re back to normal sort of.

The first week back to work is always the hardest – getting used to a new alarm time – which is really the old alarm time and one I didn’t use in two weeks. Heh. Much coffee was consumed. Sadly, my coffee place still needs to find its feet because this week was bad, so I switched for a bit. Look, I don’t get going without coffee – which I have accepted. And probably won’t ever change heh.  I saw an ad for a thingy – yes, that’s a technical term – that will keep your coffee warm at your desk for hours, which I would have got if it wasn’t $260 USD. Boo.

Small talk about holidays is only fun after the first morning you get back I think. By the time everything is completely back to normal —  usually the end of January here after Australia Day, I’m just over it. But in reality what I do is grin and bear it – is it just me? Or does small talk eventually annoy anyone else too?

So, don’t know if you’ve heard but Milo Yiannopoulos? The guy who berated Leslie Jones on Twitter when Ghostbusters was released? That’s the only reason I know of him. And the last thing I expected was to read that he now has a book deal with Simon and Schuster and … I don’t pretend to see how this is anything but legitimising him and his views and giving him a bigger platform to berate, belittle and spread his hate around in bookstores. Like how “alt-right” is the new fashionable term for racist and/or misogynists. I’m bitterly disappointed in S&S and their “wait and see the content” plea to readers. That’s pretty tone deaf bullshit right there. But what I am pleased about is that Simon and Schuster UK isn’t going to be carrying it and a load of S&S authors and illustrators have done this.

I don’t want it to be okay to see this name in the window of my local bookstore. And, yes if “Trump’s mates” over here can get a show on Sky News spouting their hate, I do think the ripple effects of the US election will be felt here.

On a good day, I feel like Australian TV is contemptuous of Australian viewers because they tend to change their schedules on whatever whim they have. Movie studios too tend to think of us as an audience not worth paying attention to, which is why we get releases late. Right now, there are a glut of mind-numbingly boring reality TV shows, and movies soooo old you were young when people thought they were just old. Which is why I am grateful for streaming – give me recs people, what should I be watching? Because that’s all there is on TV right now, and sports. So much sport I rarely put free to air on – just to watch the news.

But books, books are niceeeeee — they save me from this madness of Australian TV. I need to learn how to be okay with listening to audiobooks at work while focusing on work. Or something inbetween lol

So, what’s playing at a bookstore near you? These babies:

The first one has a terrible, terrible blurb that confused me thoroughly, so I googled instead. And came found something that you know, made actual sense. Go figure! And written by the author of We were Liars.

Second, I have a confession to make: I am a fangirl. I will go to cons, book meets and whatever I can. Which is why I’m somewhat bemused and rather hopeful that I found two books about fandoms this week, and both are about fans and the objects of their fannish love. In this, the first book, the object of fannish love or disdain is an author.

Third. I blame Sherlock. Yes, the Brit Sherlock that is airing right now and I want to talk about but won’t because I know #spoilers. I am so looking forward to the episode today! In regards to the book: have you heard of Grace Humiston?

You ever have one of those moments where you’re sure you see someone out of the corner of your eye, but you turn around and they’re gone? See, this book is nothing like that. In fact the main character sounds unhealthily obsessed, but the mystery in it intrigues me. And I won der if the obsessive vibe I’m getting plays into it all.

And last. Chris Colfer. The cutness from Glee? Wrote another book – and yup, it’s about fans and their crushes. And fandoms. And a roadtrip.

Genuine Fraud

Catchy title right? The blurb at the link confused me thoroughly so read this instead:

Edgy and inventive, Genuine Fraud is an instantly memorable story of love, betrayal and entangled relationships that are not what they seem. Lockhart introduces readers to the story of Imogen and Jule—Imogen, a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat; Jule, a fighter, a social chameleon and an athlete. This is a novel about intense friendship, a disappearance, murder, bad romance, a girl who refuses to give people what they want from her and a girl who refuses to be the person she once was. Who is genuine? And who is a fraud? You be the judge. 

So, first, the title is going to stick in your head and Imogen and Jule seem like they’re a formidable pair with a boatload of issues and secrets that will make for excellent reading. Who has read We were Liars? What do you think of this one? I will say the blurb on Goodreads did make me wonder: how do superheroes, spies and villains play into this?


While I may not have a clipboard and a walkie talkie, I do have an iphone and a portable battery charger for when I go to a con. It’s a perfect blend of chaos and geeking out and I LOVE it! Cons are about planning to see what you want to see (so not me. I wander) and that’s where Aidan and Lexi meet – over messed up planning. She’s the fan and he’s the author. The blurb on Goodreads invokes Rainbow Rowell which means there’s a lot to live up to as I understand it. On the surface, I think it looks like a romance cliché of the straight-laced planner meets the chaotic opposite and falls in love. But I am hoping there’s more to it than this. What’s your favourite con to go to?

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation

I am going to hazard a guess and say no, you haven’t heard of Grace Humiston. She was a detective, lawyer and first woman US district attorney and first female consulting detective to the NYPD. So, then it’s no wonder that at the height of her career she begins to see connections between her cases that lead her to her Moriarty. This is a narrative biography, so it’s written in the first person and I think closer to the feel of fiction or the sound of it in this case – don’t let the non-fiction part turn you off is what I’m saying. Because ask yourself this: why don’t you know about Grace Humiston given all she accomplished?

Stranger than Fanfiction

The Glee fandom is a wonderful and sometimes scary place, so I was surprised that Chris Colfer went here with his new title. And also thoroughly impressed he went there with this title. So Cash Carter (Gee, I wonder who that name reminds me of) is the lead on a hit TV Show who for some reason accepts the invite of four fans to go on a cross-copuntry trip. As you do. Cue paps and reporters and these fans discovering his secrets on the trip. But best of all? This is a story about friendship. Nary a romance in sight. Who watched Glee and had their songs on your iphone? Come on hands up.

Find Me

Five years ago Jar lost the love of his life (apparently) when she committed suicide under suspicious circumstances, and hasn’t or can’t deal with the loss — personally, I think he’s obsessive. To the point that he starts to imagine seeing her alive. That said, when her aunt contacts him saying she has Rosa’s diary, he starts to try and figure out the circumstances around her death. And becomes convinced she’s alive. His investigation leads him to a dark, nameless underworld (naturally). The book blurb doesn’t mention much of anything but Rosa, which makes me think he’s obssessive in a creepily stalkerish way, but there’s also something up — the lack of detail about this underworld, even though the blurb confirms Rosa is alive? That’s weird. 

Mrs Sherlock intrigues me so much. Who is Grace Humiston? But there’s Unconventional and Stranger than Fanfiction which sound ridiculously cute! What about you?


  • We love We Were Liars. It was such an amazing book. We’ll definitely be checking out Genuine Fraud. Guess we’d better start the Sherlock show series then – but we haven’t finished all of Arthur’s books yet, so we’ll probably read them first. YES, AGREED, it’s like Aussie TV is contemptuous of us viewers – the good shows are always at unearthly times to cater to other audiences first 🙁 Love this post!
    ~ Pendragons 

    • Verushka says:

      Thank you! Aussie TV drives me NUTS. NUTS. It’s lazy. ARGH. I hope you manage to give Sherlock a try. I think it’s so much better than it gets credit for being. I have so god to get on to Lockhart’s books.

  • I agree, the first week back is always the hardest. I’m the same way but with tea. I have to have tea to start my day.

    I’m addicted to all things Sherlock so I’m adding Mrs. Sherlock to my TBR list.

    • Verushka says:

      How did you find the most recent Sherlock series, Angela? I need tea for my afternoons, because any coffee past 12 and I won’t sleep lol

  • I hear you Verushka, we’re already feeling the ripple of the PEOTUS’ horrible views here in Canada. These crazy white supremacist politicians seem to be coming out of the woodwork all over, including one who’s making a bid for Conservative party leadership (of course). Bleh.

    I haven’t read We Were Liars yet, but The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is actually one of my favourite books. It’s probably one of the smartest, most thought provoking YA contemporaries I’ve ever read. Clearly Genuine Fraud needs to go on the TBR immediately!

    • Verushka says:

      Oh God. I used to live in Toronto — Canada is supposed to be the sane part of the world 🙁 but it is hard to escape Trump’s effect. Sighs. I still can’t believe the US actually voted this idiot in. I did not know about Disreputable History! Got to love the title!

  • I have been focusing on books and not the other nonsense going on right now. It is all too much!! Genuine Fraud sounds good. I liked We Were Liars a lot so I will need to check it out. Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  • I’m a total fangirl, so both of those books look like fun, and I personally love Chris Colfer. I had not heard of Grace but I so want to read Mrs. Sherlock Holmes now!!


  • Ah yes, coffee makes the world go round, right?

    As for TV I can’t wait for MKR to start this year – it’s probably the one Aussie TV show that I’m completely addicted to. I have no idea why but I love it!

    Also – My TBR will never end either, and that’s Okay (ish).


    • Verushka says:

      Coffee totally makes the world go round 🙂 Ahhh, I am getting on the my way to being irritated at how the MKR ads are showing the regular types of villain, lovable idiot contestants and getting totally into it once it starts lol

  • Man, all of these books sounds good. I agree, the TBR continues to grow. I’ll be adding at least three of these to the wishlist. Can you find a candle warmer. They have them here in the states. They look like the bottom of candle jars and you plug them in and they make the candle melt instead of burn. They are perfect drink warmers as well. It’s a thought.

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