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    Author Interview: A Chat with Maria V Snyder

    Author Interview: A Chat with Maria V Snyder Today, I am bringing you guys an exclusive interview with none other than Maria V Snyder! You might recognise her name from her famous series Poison Study. Around this time last year, I read her novel Navigating the Stars, the first novel in her Sentinels of the Galaxy series (you can find my review for it here!), and today this Q&A is to celebrate her sequel in the same series; Chasing the Shadows. I’m currently reading it and loving it, so I hope you enjoy her interview answers as much as I did: Author Interview: A Chat with Maria V Snyder 1. Hi! How…

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    Spring Wrap-Up | My Holiday in Korea & Finishing Uni

    Truffles is back! It has been an action-packed couple of months this spring in Australia. I finally finished my last semester of university and went on an amazing holiday to Seoul, South Korea. My trip was amazing. I loved it. It ended up being a huge workout because we went shopping and sightseeing, struggling with practising our choppy Korean with locals, walking so much that my feet were bruised by halfway through (tad painful but worth it). I’m not sure whether I’ll upload photos from my trip on my blog but you can find some that I did post up during the trip on my personal Instagram (@trufflelives). More will…

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    Author Interview: A Chat with Dumpling’s Wai Chim

    Author Interview with Wai Chim | The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling I am SO excited to be bringing you guys an interview/chat I had with Wai Chim, the author of one of my newest favourite YA contemporaries The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling (See my 5-star review HERE). I related so much to this novel and it was a pleasure to get to pick Wai’s brain a little about it and about her general author life. Here it is! Author Interview: A Chat with Wai Chim   1. Hi! How are you? I’m sure you must have had a hectic schedule with the release of this beautiful pink…

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    August Wrap-Up & Sequel September TBR

    Hello All ~~ August was a pretty quiet month on the blog cause work, university and the physical embodiment of stress have been slightly ruining my life. Although I read a lot, I was not productive in actually writing my thoughts down or doing anything at all that society even remotely deems necessary for me to succeed. *queue exit stage left here*. Anyway, here’s my wrap-up: What I Read in August   Total Books: 9 (super proud of myself tho daaamn) Total Pages: 2,831   Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman ★★★★☆(3.75/5) | MINI REVIEW The Umbrella Academy Vol 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way ★★★★☆(4/5) | MINI REVIEW…

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    1st Blogiversary, Life Update & Reading Rush FAILURE | June/July Wrap-Up

    HELLO! I hope all of you have been well. I haven’t been posting again for a couple of weeks because of a few things, but first to start with a bang – HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY TO ME!!! I cannot believe that I’ve been blogging for a whole year already – like it’s crazy! To be fair, I’ve taken a lot of breaks but at the end of the day and what’s also my goal and hope for this blog is that while consistency and routine are nice, I want to blog and review books and open discussions when I want to and most importantly when I can. Health should always come…

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    BookTube Babble: An Interview with Samantha of Thoughts on Tomes

    BookTube Babble: An Interview with Samantha of Thoughts on Tomes You should all know I love me a good interview with a bookish person and today, I have the pleasure of giving you an interview with one of my favourite BookTubers who has been on my laundry folding playlist for the last few weeks — Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes! Sam is known for her delightful reviews, thought-provoking and fun discussions, and personally, for me, her super soothing voice and narration in her BookTube videos. I was pretty stoked when she agreed to be interviewed by little old me, and I hope you guys enjoy her answers to my questions…

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    Golden Mid-Year Book Awards | It’s AWARD SEASON: My Mid-Year Favourites

    Golden Mid-Year Book Awards | It’s AWARD SEASON: My Mid-Year Favourites I am seeing EVERYONE do the Mid-Year Book Freak Tag and while that’s fun, I thought I would host my own Book Award Show for my Mid-Year Favourites with some cute Golden Book Awards. I kind of prefer this because I don’t like to dwell on books I didn’t enjoy, I cannot keep track of my anticipated releases for the year and honestly, this is just a great and simpler way to congratulate myself, authors, and books everywhere! Using a similar format to my 2018 Wrap-Up, here are the Award categories and their winners for my mid-year favourite books…

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    BOOK TAG: My Birthday Book Tag

    Book Tag: The Birthday Book Tag Yes. Today is my birthday and what better way to celebrate it on my blog than with a book tag! Today I am turning 21. Such a huge milestone apparently although I don’t feel anything for it other than the fact that I’m getting older (with more responsibilities *sigh*). I’ve almost been avoiding this day also just because I’m lazy, I tried to pawn off the job of organising my birthday celebrations to like 5 people cause I couldn’t be bothered. So many people I know have had massive 21st birthday parties with function bookings at venues and $2000 bar tabs but I’d rather just…

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    The Art of Blog Monetisation: Making Money From Blogging, Affiliate Links & More

    You may not have noticed if you check out my blog posts on WordPress Reader but…*drumroll*, I was approved for my very first Affiliate Partnership with an Australian bookshop some of you may be familiar with; Angus & Robertson. So you’ll see a small little banner at the bottom of every post and there’s also one somewhere in my blog sidebar. Although all the physical stores of Angus & Robertson bookshops closed down in 2011 (rip my old friend), I thought I would help support them especially since I use them to buy books online when I do, and I hardly ever see any affiliates for this Australian bookshop; I mostly see…

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    How To Write A Book Review | My Book Review Writing Guide

    How To Write A Book Review | My Book Review Writing Guide Writing a book review can be tricky. Sometimes you feel an itch after you read a book that you need to discuss it and sometimes you’ve enjoyed or not enjoyed it and absently don’t think about it ever again. Reviewing isn’t for everybody and isn’t for every book. It is largely based on what the individual wants to share in their review to express their opinions on the book. However, I have had a few people ask me how I write my book reviews or just mention how they like my style of reviewing (thank you so much,…