You Don’t Want A Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

Published: 14th February 2017Goodreads badge
Publisher
: Little Brown
Illustrator: Liz Climo
Pages: 40
Format: Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s in for. Unbeknownst to him, unicorns make the absolutely worst pets: they shed, they poke holes in your ceiling, and they make a big mess. With a knowing wink from Ame Dyckman, creator of Wolfie the Bunny and cheerful illustrations from Rory the Dinosaur creator and Tumblr star Liz Climo, this rollicking story shares all of the ways a pet unicorn can ruin your life, and is sure to have readers in stitches.

Dyckman tells a humorous and delightful story about a boy who wishes for a unicorn and Climo brings it to life with her unique style. I loved the humour in Dyckman’s story and the interaction the narration has with the character. They speak to each other, rather than the reader and we get to watch this brilliant interaction while the narrator tries to warn of the dangers and trouble of having a unicorn.

Climo’s illustrations are to be enjoyed on their own because once again she has created wonderful drawings that are clever, funny, and suit this story perfectly. The pictures are bright and colourful and small accompaniments to the words on the page, which I love. There are also full page illustrations which allow a lot of fun as you study the drawings and find all the hidden detail and cheekiness that Climo has included.

This is the ideal present for anyone thinking of getting a unicorn and need to know of the hassles they bring before they introduce them into their home.

You can purchase You Don’t Want A Unicorn via the following

QBD | Booktopia | Book Depository | Dymocks

Angus and Robinson | Wordery

Fishpond | Amazon | Amazon Aust

AWW 2019 Challenge

Australian Women Writers Challenge Blog

January has arrived which means the Australia Women Writer’s Challenge has begun once more. I am feeling confident on my Aussie women this year, I’ve picked up a few new names last year so I have a great starting point to get going. If I start strong I can secure a good chunk and I learnt last year that reviewing can always come later, there’s no harm in reading in February and reviewing in December.

Based on my success last year I am starting my goal at Reading 30, Reviewing 20. From there I will either meet it or exceed it. If I hit it early I can always bump it up. I admire those who have their starting points at 50 or beyond. I think that would stress me out too much, I’d rather be pleasantly surprised when I exceed my original goal. Give myself a confidence booster.

If you want to take part in this challenge you can sign up via the website and you can set your own goals, higher or much lower than I’ve chosen. The challenge runs from 1st January to 31st December so there is plenty of time to complete your goal whatever number you pick, and you can sign up at any time during the year until the end of November.

Happy New Year and 2019 Goals

The first day of 2019 has almost come to an end here in Australia. I had been trying to think of an end of year post like I usually do for the past few days but I got myself a tad distracted by the celebrations and never got around to it. All is good though, it was a great year, I really feel like I have found my feet so to speak and I am really proud of what I managed to achieve. I posted more content and more consistently than in previous years, I read over 160 books which is the highest I’ve done on a Goodreads challenge before, I completed my Book Bingo card for the first time, exceeded my AWW 2018 Challenge, and looking at my stats the number of visitors to my blog is steadily growing which is amazing. Another fun little achievement was that I hit 500 reviews on Goodreads after setting myself to reach the goal in August when I noticed it was 407, just 93 away.

With the new year comes all the reading and blogging goals I try and lay out that I want to achieve this year. Today I’ve been thinking about what I would like to achieve, what would be fun, rewarding, and looking at what I have tried (and often failed) to do in the past. For 2019 I am aiming for goals that are simple and (hopefully) manageable because while they are not a grand challenge, they will tick off boxes and give great satisfaction.

I have three main ones, and then a few minor ones that I am aiming for.

Finishing Series

I am in the middle of all of these because I am a Bad Reader. I do want to finish these series but for one reason or another I have been held up, distracted, or just never had a real desire to keep going. This year I am going to aim to finish most of these. There’s probably so many more but these ones I want to finish so it’s a good starting point.

Charlie Parker
I have read a couple of these and I loved them but then I kept reading other things and I’m so far behind because Connolly Keeps. Adding. More. Books. If I get going with a few hopefully I will be so invested again I will keep up the momentum.

Cinder
I own this entire series and yet I still have not finished it. I enjoyed Cinder and I want to keep going but something has stopped me one way or another. This year though I will endeavour to keep going because everyone raves about it and I love a good fairytale retelling.

A Court of Thorns and Roses
I will admit I got a bit bored reading the first book and so I may have put it down and never picked it back up, but I might not have been paying enough attention. I will try again and see if I can finish the series this year.

Obernewtyn
I trailed away from book two cause it was a teeny bit dull but I will push through because I said I’d give the series a chance and I will. But I don’t think I could make myself read all 7 if they are really not enjoyable.

Parasol Protectorate
I adored book one and I have tracked down a copy of book two so I am ready to go. I tried a few times through the previous year to get book two and start reading but it just never happened. I love these characters and need to see the next adventure so I will find a way.

Nursery Rhyme Crimes
Fforde is a genius and all of his books are divine masterpieces and the first book in this series was no exception. I so often praise the first books yet don’t pick up the second.  There are only three in the series (for now) I don’t know how I resisted the charms of nursery rhyme crime for so long. I certainly must finish the set.

The Four Kingdoms
I have read 2 of these and Cellier is brilliant in her fairytale retellings and I am definitely tracking down the others to finish this series.

Miss Peregrine
I got the latest book in the series for Chrissy so with that motivation I am going to finish the rest of the books so I can read my new copy. Whatever motivation works, right?

Rereading 

I am always up for a reread of books but then the little voice pops into my head telling me to read the books I haven’t read first. But that desire is always there, itching to revisit some of my favourite worlds, characters, and stories. These are just some of the books I want to reread but I am also open to any stand alones that come across my path.

Thursday Next Series
I need to revisit the Thursday Next series because it is possible one of my favourite series up there with HDM, Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter. I don’t think I could emotionally go through HDM again so soon and I did a Harry Potter reread last year so it was a tossup between Thursday Next and Artemis. My desire to read about Thursday is stronger than Artemis. Maybe I can prompt the universe to get Fforde to finish book eight because I have a mighty need for the next book which I’ve been waiting for since 2013 which will no doubt be mightier by the time I finish them again. I can see another 14 year wait like Pullman’s The Book of Dust. I might be ok with that if I know it is going to come for certain.

Mary Poppins Series
I recently saw the new film Mary Poppins Returns which was incredible. This prompted me to watch the original again which is also incredible. This is turn now makes me want to revisit the books because they were a delight and were so brash and unforgiving at times but also filled with magic and fun. I can never have too much Mary Poppins in my life right now.

Recapping Book Events

I have finally (after five years of working it out) found a rhythm in terms of reviewing, scheduling, content and all things blog. And yet, I still keep forgetting to do posts about book events I go to and so a lot gets left out, but that is one of the things I want to work on because I used to be very good at it so I want to return to sharing my experiences. Things like the Newcastle and Sydney Writer’s Events that I take page after page of notes for yet never put out there for others to enjoy. Or the book launches and author talks that I always plan to recap and yet never get around to it and then weeks have past and it feels too late. I am aiming to improve my neglect and share some of these experiences I have been fortunate enough to attend.

 

These three things are my very basic and easy to achieve goals. On top of that I have my usual Book Bingo and AWW Challenge which I’m counting separately. I also want to try and read more books when they first come out, review current titles while they are still relevant. This will be a footnote kind of goal that I’ll keep in mind on the side.

I look forward to revisiting this post in December to see just how much I have achieved and how I may have strayed from my path, or, I might have created a newer, better one, I just don’t know. Do you have any blogging or reading goals you would like to achieve in 2019? Let me know in the comments.

AWW 2018 Wrap Up

It is the end of the year which means it’s time for a wrap up of my Australian Women Writers Challenge. After a brilliant start then a dry spell, I’ve come good just in time. One of these years I am going to sustain my streak of reading Aussie authors because even if I get a really good roll going until August, I then drop off again. I also keep forgetting to update my progress which is also why I start to fall behind because I don’t remind myself to do it and the numbers aren’t staring at me in the face telling me I’m behind.

But despite that happening, this year by some miracle I have managed to surpass my goal both in reading and reviewing! Some reviews are only on Goodreads right now because of my blog schedule and literally running out of days to post reviews this year, but I might do a sneaky work around and publish them early next year on the blog too.

This year I’ve read a great variety of books by amazing Aussie women including picture books, junior fiction, historical fiction, romance, short stories, and suspense. I tried a few new authors like Karly Lane who has always been on my list, and continued the back catalogue of others like Liane Moriarty and Zoe Foster. Another achievement was a lot of these books were published this year or last year. There’s a lot of satisfaction having actually read current books and not getting to them years after everyone else.

I’m thinking perhaps of upping my goal slightly for 2019, maybe sitting around the 30 mark. I think I can inspire/guilt myself into hitting the goal again.

If you are interested in signing up again or for the first time, the 2019 sign up page is live.

 

AWW18 BOOKS

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green – Review

Beauty in Thorns by Kate Forsyth – Review

Heart Beat by Belinda Williams

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – Review

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty – Review

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah – Review

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody – Review

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews – Review

Chasing Odysseus by S. D. Gentill – Review

A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins – Review

The Great Rabbit Chase by Freya Blackwood

The Women in Black by Madeleine St John – Review

It’s Hard to Love a Tiger by Anna Pignataro – Review

I Don’t Believe in Dragons by Anna Walker – Review

I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon – Review

Blood Secret by Jaye Ford

Heartstrings by Belinda Williams

If Wishes Were Horses by Karly Lane

Vera: A Tale of Pelythia – Review

The Younger Man by Zoe Foster – Review

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – Review

The Internet is Like A Puddle by Shona Innes – Review

P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry-Jones – Review

Nose to Tail by Louise Harding – Review

Meet Alice by Davina Bell – Review

Alice and the Apple Blossom Fair by Davina Bell

Alice of Peppermint Grove by Davina Bell

Peacetime for Alice by Davina Bell

Truly Tan by Jen Storer

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty – Review

Meet Rose by Sherryl Clark

Rose’s Challenge by Sherryl Clark

Rose in Bloom by Sherryl Clark

Rose on Wheels by Sherryl Clark

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – Review

That Feeling When by S. M. James – Review

The Great Garden Mystery by Renee Treml – Review

 

AWW18 TOTAL

Read: 37/25

Reviewed: 24/15

 

Book Bingo 2018: Win

I often think it is a sign of a great blog feature that gets posted in January and then completely ignored and partially forgotten about until a final post in December. Real winning formula there. I feel bad I neglected it so but by some pure miracle I have managed to achieve a Bingo and actually completed all my bubbles! Without trying I filled all but two and they were easy to complete.

I read a great selection of books this year. Even without trying to complete the bingo I read a lot of LGBT books and went on a little binge of m/m books which were divine. I found a couple of favourites doing that, one even became one of my Top 5 for the year! Actually looking at the list four books from my bingo ended up on my Top 5 of 2018 which was excellent. But that is for another post to come.

Looking at my post in January it’s full of optimism because I was going to be more productive and organised. It’s only slightly comical how that has failed.

“I am looking to get a full card this year” – Serendipitous success

“My second idealistic goal is actually doing updates through the year” – Failed hilariously

“Review them” – Smidge successful

I suppose, one can forgive the neglect since I managed to achieve a full card. No updates and few reviews aside, it might be my first win at total completion. I have listed the books below with links if they have reviews if you want to check them out. I will be creating my 2019 Book Bingo card soon if you want to join in for next year, or you are welcome to use one of the ones I have created in previous years.

 

Beauty in Thorns | A Thousand Perfect Notes | The Younger Man | Christopher Robin: A Boy, Bear, Balloon | Sisterhood Everlasting

The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe | Harry Potter | Lord of the Rings | I Want To Be in a Book | Just Juliet

Dear Evan Hansen | Artemis | Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle | Loving Laykn | The Adventure Zone: Here there be Gerblins

The Hate U Give | Clifford the Big Red Dog | Naughty Kitty | I am Jazz | Heartstrings

The Women in Black | Noah’s Song | Vera | Boys Will Be Boys | The Little Prince

 

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