Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

Book Review of London Belongs to Me

Stars: 4/5


Goodreads Description:

A New City A New Start. Same Old Demons.

Your flight is now boarding! Join Alex Sinclair for a life-changing, trans-Atlantic journey. London Belongs to Me is a coming-of-age story about friendship, following your dreams, and learning when to let go … and when to hang on.

Meet Alex, a recent college graduate from Tallahassee, Florida in love with London, pop culture, and comic cons. It’s not easy being twenty-one-years-old, and Alex has never been the most popular girl. She’s an outsider, a geeky fangirl … with dreams of becoming a playwright in a city she’s loved from afar, but never visited. Fleeing America after a devastating betrayal, she believes London is where she’ll be understood, where she belongs. But Alex’s past of panic attacks and broken relationships is hard to escape. When her demons team up with a jealous rival determined to destroy her new British life, Alex begins to question everything: her life-long dream, her new friends, and whether London is where she truly belongs.
 


Review:

I had seen this book around, and was curious about it since I had seen rave reviews. Stories that are set in University or characters just out of University really peak my interest. Alex Sinclair is a recent graduate living in Florida. Her mother is not  She heads to London to start her play writing career. She knows she's talented, but hopes that it will be enough. I immediately adored Alex, she's a very likable character and I connected with her right away. As she discovers London and learns that her room is nothing more than a walk in closet in her best friend Harry's house she soon realizes that Harry's girlfriend, Olivia is not the welcoming kind. 

Olivia wants to do every thing in her power to hurt Alex, and Alex is very naive. As she begins to meet new people and find her way, she grows as a person and doesn't feel so vulnerable. Alex meets an old friend named Lucy, and the two of them become inseparable. Lucy's friends are welcoming and Alex beings to build a new foundation in a town she loves.

London Belongs to Me was a very good read. I enjoyed Alex and her new found friends. This is a strong debut novel and I would love to read more from Middleton. The book caught my attention right from the beginning and held my interests throughout. Highly recommended. 


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Friday, June 16, 2017

New Books Added To My Ereader


I've been doing some reading lately, but not as much as I would like. At this point, it comes and goes. When I'm really into a book, it feels great but sometimes I struggle to pick up the next great book. Summer is here and I'm excited to read, my reading tastes are all over the place. I feel like I haven't read any YA in a long time, I feel so out of the loop. These four books are new to me books that I have on my TBR list. I just started The Bookshop on the Corner and I think I'm going to really like it. The others peaked my interest, and I hope to get to them soon. I've heard alot of great things about Carve the Mark. I loved the Divergent series. The Secret Wife and Sweet Home are books that I found on Kobo. I have read good things about Tillie Cole. Happy reading!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: Keeper'N Me by Richard Wagamese


Description:

When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.

Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family.

The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway -- both ancient and modern -- by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways.

By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy -- as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.

Review:

Richard Wagamese is a "go to" author for me, I know when I open the pages that I’m going to be told a story by a powerful storyteller. Wagamese’s books are profound reads that always lead me to reflect on my own life as an indigenous person in Canada. My story is very different from Wagamese’s but I can always relate to the identity struggles and the broken and fragmented family history. When I heard that he passed away on March 10th, I was heavyhearted. I wanted to remember him but picking up a book of his that I hadn’t read, and Keeper ’N Me was what I needed.

Keeper ‘N Me is a story about struggles, the ability to power through and overcome. Garnet’s identity issues are heartbreaking. As a child, he was brought up in foster care, away from his culture, and he struggled with feeling alone. He was unsure about what it meant to be indigenous. The only people he saw that looked like him, were sitting on street corners panhandling. He didn’t even know what tribe he was from. He wanted to fit in somewhere and adopted a black lifestyle for awhile. Garnet’s character is largely based on Wagamese’s life. I also read his autobiography One Native Life, and I was able to see the similarities. Both books were captivating reads.

When Garnet is released from jail, he has the opportunity to meet his biological family and start to reconcile with them. He has a mother, brothers, a sister and extended family that have been waiting over 20 years for him to return home. They remember him as a little boy, but he has no recollection of them. The rebuilding of his relationships is gratifying. Garnet has to come to terms with his past, and decide if he wants to continue being a part of this family. It’s really his choice, and he grew up in the cities, a very different environment from being on a secluded reservation.

Overall, I loved this book and it wasn’t surprising. I haven’t picked up a Wagamese book that left me disappointed yet. His words are powerful, and his lessons are relatable. He stories touch your soul. Wagamese will be greatly missed among the indigenous community and I'm so happy that I found his books a few years ago. I think his books are for anyone who have struggled and want to overcome their situation. Life is full of ups and downs and we’re constantly learning and we have the ability to accept our past and keep growing as person.

RIP Richard Wagamese you have touched so many people, your stories will be greatly missed. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


Description:

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

Review:

As a reader, who loved this book, I think you should go into this one not knowing a lot about the plot. The story was heartbreaking, powerful and thought provoking. I’ve read a few books by Colleen Hoover and this was my favorite. When I finished this book I was happy, I was sad, I was disappointed but satisfied. I was disappointed because it didn’t end how I wanted it, but it was the best possibly ending that it could have had.

I loved Lily’s determination, her drive and her realness. I really enjoyed the past and present storyline, it added depth and understanding to the currently Lily and where she has come from. It proves the added shock value to her currently situation. I also enjoyed her relationships with secondary characters. It made her real, and relatable. Her relationship with Ryle’s proved how unexpected life can be.


If I were to recommend one Colleen Hoover book, it would be this one. I thought it was well written, well thought out and it will leave you torn up. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

February Wrap Up



The Break by Katherena Vermette
It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid


I had a good reading month in February. I was stuck on The Break for about a week, but I put it aside and waited to pick it back up. When I did, I devoted a good portion of my time and I felt like I was able to really enjoy it. I'm excited to see Candy Palmater debate this book during Canada Reads. It's hard to "enjoy" a book like The Break, but it is an important book and I'm really glad I read it.
3.5/5 Stars 

It Happens All The Time was another book that was hard to "enjoy" but it was a great read. The subject matter is so important and really draws you in. Amber and Tyler have been best friends since childhood. Tyler has loved Amber for a long time, and wished for more. One drunken night their friendship is ruined, when Amber asks Tyler to wait, and he doesn't. Amber doesn't know if it was her fault, but her raped her, and now she's terrified of him.
5/5 Stars

I saw The Hating Game over and over on booktube and blogs. I thought I should pick it up for a fast weekend read. It was so good. I've really been into contemporary romances lately, and this one was excellent. When I first started reading it, I thought it would be really cheesy...nope. I really enjoyed it.
5/5 Stars

Maybe In Another Life was another excellent read. I loved the parallel worlds that showed two possible ways a person's life can go, according to the choices they make. Go home with the man, or go home with your friends, each life decision has it's own consequences. One isn't necessarily worst than the other, just your life turns out different.
5/5 Stars

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Review: Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers
Pages: 264
Released: 2006
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5



Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days finding and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the German army invaded. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis.


On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person: a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such a dangerous task but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations—where the only way out is through.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Let's Chat | Books| Toddler | Shows


Reading:

This weekend I started reading It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany. I love her books, and couldn't wait to get to this one. I believe it releases next month. I was reading The Break for Canada Reads but I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere with it. It feels like the type of book that I really need to sit down and read in order to really understand what is happening. I'll pick it back up soon. Reading is for me, and if I feel stuck because I'm not liking the book that I'm reading...put it down. I don't like feeling stuck because my current book isn't making me want to pick it up. I'm a mood reading, and not liking a book doesn't mean it isn't a good book- it just means I'm not in the mood to read it.

I've also been checking out alot of books from my library and review books. I want to get better at reading ARC's. I primarily use Edelweiss and Netgalley. I might try to sign up for some blog tours and really try to get back into having a blogging schedule.

Toddler Life

Caleb is such a smart little boy. He amazes me every day. When he loves something, he wants to know all about it. He's currently interested in dinosaurs. He loves learning all the different names, and facts about them.

This weekend we went to a Hunting/Fishing Exhibit and Caleb had a blast. He got to fish from a kiddie pool and he tested out all the ATV's. We're still working on toilet training. It comes and goes. He seems to do much better at home than daycare. It's coming along, and we're being patient.



Shows:

I downloaded Riverland on Netflix and want to start watching it. I keep seeing people commenting about it on twitter. I've mostly been watching Big Bang Theory on CraveTV in the evenings. I also want to get back into This is Us. I forgot about it for a few weeks. I still watch quite a bit of youtube when I'm cleaning, folding laundry and stuff like that. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Upcoming Releases: The Bridge Across the Ocean and Secret Sisters


The Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner (March 14th)

Edelweiss Description

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life.

February, 1946. World War Two is over, and Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Resistance spy, join hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to be reunited with their American husbands. But when the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…

Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.


Story Locale: San Diego, France; Belgium, Germany

Secret Sisters by Joy Callaway (June 21st)

Edelweiss Description

A Paperback Original
From the author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society comes this unforgettable historical novel based on the founding of the country’s first sororities

Illinois, 1881: Whitsitt College sophomore Beth Carrington has two goals to fulfill by the time she graduates: obtain a medical degree, and establish a women’s fraternity, Beta Xi Beta, that will help young women like herself to connect with and support one another while attending the male-dominated Whitsitt.

Neither is an easy task. The sole female student in the physicians’ program, Beth is constantly called out by her professors and peers for having the audacity not to concentrate on a more “fitting” subject like secretarial studies. Meanwhile, secret organizations are off-limits, and simply by crowding together in a dank basement room and creating a sense of camaraderie, she and her small group of fraternity sisters risk expulsion.

In order to have the fraternity recognized, she knows she needs help. She turns to the most powerful student on campus: senior Grant Richardson, Iota Gamma fraternity president and the scion of a Whitsitt family—a man she’s only acquainted with because of her longstanding friendship with his fraternity brother Will Buchannan. Staunchly traditional, Grant doesn’t see the purpose of this women’s organization, but captivated by Beth, he agrees to give her a helping hand. What she doesn’t know is how many will stop at nothing to keep her burgeoning organization out of the record books—and who she can actually trust along the way.

As Beth fights for her beloved Beta Xi Beta to be recognized, she will uncover deep secrets about the college and those who surround her, and will have to put both love and friendship on the line so that history can be made.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: Paper Princess, Broken Prince and Twisted Palace by Erin Watt




Description:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 


Review

When I first hear fellow bloggers and Youtubers raving about these books, I really didn't think I would like it. The description doesn't sound like anything I would read. I decided to give it a try and see. Well, I LOVED them. I actually read them back to back and I never do that with a series. I read them so quickly, that I didn't get bored with the characters. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Canada Reads 2017 Shortlist




You guys, I'm so excited! I look forward to the Canada Reads debates every year and this year is no different. These are the 5 books that were chosen from the longlist. If  you haven't heard about Canada Reads- it's a yearly "battle of the books" that revolve around a theme. This year the theme is "What is the one book that Canadians need now?" These 5 books are new to me, and I will be reading them all and listening in to the debates in March.

Here are the contenders this year:




Can we take a moment to appreciate the diverse group of contenders? Canada is a diverse, multicultural country and this makes me so happy. I'm so excited that Candy Palmater is on the show this year. I tweeted her last year, hoping she would host the show when Wab Kinew wasn't able to host. She's a fellow native american, and Mik'maw. 

So far, I have The Break and Fifteen Dogs. The other books are on my wishlist. I'm jumping in and starting with The Break. 


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Reading Wrap Up





My January wrap up consists of 5 books, which I'm really happy with. Work was really busy for a few weeks, and I didn't really have the energy to read much. I hope to continue reading about a book a week. If I don't get through a book within a week, I find I get bored with it, and tend to want to move on. I will have reviews on these books coming up on the blog.

Everything You Wane Me To Be by Mindy Mejia Amazon | Book Depository
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Amazon | Book Depository
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Amazon | Book Depository
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse Amazon | Book Depository
Twisted Palace by Erin Watt Amazon | Book Depository


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Haul: January


I didn't purchase many books in January. After the holidays, I really tried to stay away from book buying. These are the new books that I added to my Kobo. 


I'm currently reading Every Thing You Want Me To Be and it's fantastic. I've seen it all over the internet, and I had to see for myself what it was about. 


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham




When I sat down to read Talking As Fast As I Can, I felt like I was sitting down talking to Lauren Graham. Her personality shines through and you feel like you're laughing along with her. She writes very much like how she speaks, and that familiarity wraps around the reader. Graham discusses her upbringing, being raised by her Father, her college years and her struggles with trying to "make it" in show business. She offers her advice and encourages readers to follow their dreams. She comes across as a very positive person, and someone who truly loves what she does.

This collection of essays was published at the same time as the revival was released on Netflix. I watched A Year In The Life and had some hit and misses with the show. Reading these essays, I had a new appreciation for the revival, and it made me want to watch it again. Gilmore Girls was a huge part of my life, and will always be a favorite show of mine. I really enjoyed the insight that Graham brought to the book.

This collection of essays reads very quickly and if you're a Lauren Graham fan or Gilmore Girl/Parenthood fan you will want to read this. I really appreciated the essays that Graham wrote, and I will continue to read any new releases that she put out there for us to read.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Beauty Haul

Beauty Haul

I purchased the Morphe X Kathleenlights palette from MorpheBrushes. I love the neutrals and the colours in this palette. When this palette restocked, I had to get it and I'm really happy that I picked it up. I love Morphe shadows and this palette is great. I also purchase Morphe brushes and some palettes from Orabel. They're a Canadian site and shipping is really fast. 




This palette was purchased through BH Cosmetics and it came with their Essential Eye Brush set. Both the palette and brushes were great. This is another palette that I've really enjoyed so far. I'm not a makeup artist, I'm just a woman who loves doing her makeup in the morning and I love these neutral palettes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

3 Books I want to Reread


This year I want to reread books that I loved, and will quickly say are "favorite" reads. I want to see if they still have the same impact, and the same adoration. These three books, I can picture myself where I was the first time I started reading them. I remember what time in my life it was, where I was living, where I was when I was reading them...

White Oleander by Janet Fitch




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Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes--each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned--becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath




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Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. 

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith




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The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Upcoming Release: Always by Sarah Jio


I discovered Sarah Jio in 2016, and I'm really excited to see that she has a new release this year. I'll be picking pre-ordering this one.

Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March comes a gripping, poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart's capacity to remember.

While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle's chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can't believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt "right." But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants.

Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she's willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.
 




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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Review: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Review:

*Contains Spoilers*

Going into Go Set A Watchman I didn’t have many expectations, I had seen many mixed reviews. The book opens with Scout going to visit her aging father. The first half of the book we see the same comfortable, small town life that Scout is use to, but half way through Scout’s views start to change. Scout realizes how much things have changed since she left. Atticus isn’t the hero that she always thought him to be. Scout has been living in New York, and her eyes have been opened. Her world has been expanded.

In TKAM, Atticus is the hero, where in GSAW, he’s the fallen hero in Scout’s eyes. The dynamic between Scout and Atticus really change in this book. In truth, I think Scout was very immature and didn’t give Atticus a chance to explain his actions with the KKK meetings. It clearly states in the book that he had an agenda. He always wanted to keep an eye on his enemies. He wanted to know whose faces were under the hoods. I felt like Atticus was a product of his time. I felt like he thought the blacks weren’t ready in terms of education and leading. He wasn’t completely against it, he wanted what he thought was best. When Scout asked Calpurnia if [she] hated them, and Calpurnia hesitated, I felt like that spoke volumes about the times. I don’t doubt that Calpurnia loved Scout and Jem but they lived during a divided time, and the waters were murky. 


The rewrite of GWAW into To Kill A Mockingbird was fantastic. I didn’t feel like GSAT was really necessary. In my opinion this was not a sequel, it was a first draft. It did feel like a rough draft, it felt unorganized, and unedited. I loved that Scout was appalled that Atticus would support segregation, it shows the growth in her and in her generation. At the same time, I feel like she should have let Atticus explain. There’s a new class in the South, and Scout will be the one to see it. Atticus won’t be around to see the aftermath. I loved the childhood flashbacks within the story, I felt like I saw TKAM peak through. The starting of a great classic was hidden within those passages. I’m glad I read GSAW but I didn’t love it.



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Thursday, January 5, 2017

December Book Haul




These are the books that I purchased in December. I read all of the Erin Watt books, and loved the series. I never read books in a series back to back, and I read all 3 of these over a few days. I'm currently reading The Girl in the Blue Coat and it will most likely be a 5 star rating. I've heard great things about The Nest, and when I saw it on sale, I added it to my cart. The Break is on the longlist for Canada Reads this year, and it was also on sale.


Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse Amazon | Book Depository
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Amazon | Book Depository
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Amazon | Book Depository
Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Mas Amazon | Book Depository
Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mas Amazon | Book Depository
Twisted Palace by Erin Ware Amazon | Book Depository
See Me by Nicholas Sparks Amazon | Book Depository
Broken Prince by Erin Watt Amazon | Book Depository
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Amazon | Book Depository
The Break by Katherena Vermette Amazon | Book Depository
Paper Princess by Erin Watt Amazon | Book Depository
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney Amazon | Book Depository

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: Upcoming Release



Amy Hatvany is one of my favorite writers and she has an upcoming book being released in March. I can't wait to read this one and for it to release. Her books are always so original, and thought provoking. This description is really intriguing and I'm really looking forward to this one.

Description:

From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times betselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.
I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.


This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers highlight a book that they are eagerly anticipating the release of!





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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

December Books Read


December was a good reading month, I read books that I really enjoyed. I tried reading a Christmas book but I wasn't feeling it and decided to move on. Go Set A Watchman was very interesting, and I'm glad I finally decided to read it. I really saw the book as a first draft, but I will have a review coming. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham was a great read, especially after watching the revival on Netflix. She seems like a genuinely nice person, who enjoys what she does. My absolute favorites for this month were Paper Princess and Broken Prince. While these books take place in high school, this is not a young adult book. I consider these books New Adult. Both books left me wanting more and I had to continue the next books right away. I never read books in a series back to back, but I had to with these. They were really good, and I just finished the third book. Highly recommended.

My reading goals for January are to keep up the momentum with reading. Find books that I really enjoy, and make time to read them. When I don't make the time to read, it feels like I'm missing something.


I've also been watching This is Us and I'm loving the show. I'm only about 5 episodes in, but I thoroughly enjoy each episode. I heard good things and decided to give it a chance, and I'm so glad that I did. I don't take the time to watch shows or movies very much, but I would like to change this.