It is coming to the end of the month! Wow, time is flying its actually crazy… where did the month go?? If you are like me then you soaked up all the v-day activities and ate chocolate all month claiming it was in the spirit of valentines day EVEN THOUGH valentines day is one day of the whole month 😂 sorry, not sorry!
I see lots of other bloggers doing a monthly wrap up and including things in the wrap up that are not just about books and blogging and honestly I love to read these posts because it helps me get to know the person better and gives me a little insight into what they enjoy! I figured I would give that a go as well since I have a lot of things Ive enjoyed and want to share them all with you amazing people!
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Sonic (movie) – This was honestly such a cute movie!! I loved every second of it. Jim Carrey is crazy good as usual and Sonic is just the cutest character. Everyone should give this one a watch.
Blinding Lights by The Weekend – really loving this one, could listen to it constantly!!
Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival – this is an oldie but a goodie! Used to hear this one a lot when my parents played CD’s and forgot about it until I heard it again and I’m just feeling it right now!!
This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…
To join in, just answer the following three questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?
The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole
The Lanter’s Ember by Colleen Houck
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
What I’ll Read Next
This question is always SO hard for me!!! I have a long list of books I want to read but I am a mood reader so i never can just stick to a monthly TBR 🤷♀️ So I will say a couple books I feel like I might get to next hahaha. Oops.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
That is all for today everyone! Have a wonderful day 🙂
Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
• Enjoy a drunken night out. • Ride a motorcycle. • Go camping. • Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex. • Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage. • And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
Why I Want to Read This
This book sounds cute, fun, eye-opening, and just entertaining!! I wanted to read this one the second I saw the cover (sorry not sorry). Now, I have been seeing it all over social media and just want to read it even more.
I also feel a connection to the idea of the book. I am not terminally ill, thankfully! However, I do find myself thinking I need to do more and have more experiences while I am young and healthy! I think I would thoroughly enjoy this story! It seems like it would be a light read but also seems like it has a lot of depth to it. I have also taken a real liking for chick-lit stories and that type of stuff so that makes me even more motivated to give this one a read!!
Has anyone read this or have it on their TBR? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Thank you to myself for tagging me in this book tag 😂 This is becoming too much LOL. I saw this book tag on Narrative Paradise‘s blog.
So since it is almost part way through Feb, I am going to just focus on books that have not been released up until this point! So, skipping the Jan releases and early Feb ones even though there were lots of great ones!!
Your most anticipated release of the year:
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
Soooo, I already read this one thanks to Netgalley but it is not actually released yet so it totally still counts!!!
I loved the idea of this story right away! The idea of aliens taking over humanity seemed interesting (although a little freaky) and then adding in love for books and music… cannot go wrong! I can say in all honesty that this was a great book and everyone should check it out even if you are iffy on aliens!
Plus the cover is so so so pretty, it caught my eye right away!!
A book you are not anticipating:
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
I just do not find this book appealing in any way. It looks kind of sad and boring. This story doesn’t seem like it has any sort of excitement. Just focuses on a mom who is reflecting on her children and her parenting over the years… It seems too “real life” for me. I don’t want to read a book and feel like I am talking to someone about their everyday struggles and regrets haha.
I’ve seen this book pop up here and there and it has great reviews but I will not be picking this one up!
Most underhyped anticipated release:
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
I won this book from Goodreads so long ago and honestly when I won the book I didn’t even know what it was about.
Once it arrived I read the back and immediately thought it was a really neat story idea and became excited to read it. I didn’t really hear anything about this book for quite a while but now I’m starting to see it show up on IG a little. I think it will be amazing!
A book you’ve been waiting on forever:
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlene
I haven’t been waiting forever haha but I have been looking for more books written by Mhairi McFarlene since reading ‘Don’t You Forget About Me.’ So I was super happy to find out a new book was coming out!!
I find her writing is very good and captivating! She is also the author that got me into reading chick-lit books and now I find myself looking more and more for these types of books!!
A book you’re anticipating that’s out of your comfort zone:
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
This books seems really cute! I love the idea of it. I’m not sure WHY but it gives me ‘Mama Mia’ vibes which makes no sense but for whatever reason it does and it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside 😂
The reason it is out of mt comfort zone is because I just don’t often read these types of books and honestly try to avoid them because I like stories that are more easy reads or action packed to keep my brain busy!
Your top 3 ‘can’t-wait’ books of the year:
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
I read Station Eleven and I thought it was okay. I enjoyed the idea of the story and the writing was amazing, but it just wasn’t for me. However, when I learned Emily St. John Mandel was coming out with another story that is supposed to be just as well written, I was stoked!
I love the idea for the plot AND it is based on Vancouver Island which is just in my backyard! So I must give this a read.
Havenfall by Sara Holland
So, this book caught my attention because of the cover. So pretty! I especially enjoy the sequence of moons at the top and really digging the way the title looks!
I have now requested a copy on Netgalley and honestly it’s taking forever to get accepted (or maybe denied) and its making me want this book even more!!! I love anything about interesting ancient worlds and this just seems so captivating!
Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey
Anyone who knows me of follows me closely on my IG or blog knows I am a sucker for Sherlock. I will read pretty much anything that is a Sherlock type mystery and my favorite series to date is a re-telling of Sherlock Holmes stories (Charlotte Holmes series).
This reminds me so much of Sherlock type mystery and I love that the main character is a female trying to prove herself! I can’t wait for this one!
Top 5 most anticipated backlist books on your TBR:
Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
Top 3 most anticipated reads for next year:
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Girls at the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson
An apocalyptic fantasy told in alternating POVs about the leader of a band of female elite royal aerialists whose plan for survival depends on marrying the prince—until she meets the alluring new recruit who secretly plans to kill him
The Corpse Queen by Heather Herrman
Orphaned 17-year-old Molly Green goes to live with her affluent aunt in 1850s Philadelphia, only to discover the source of her aunt’s secret wealth is from robbing graves and selling the bodies to anatomists. Molly must decide what she will do to claim a place of power in a male-dominated medical society
I am supposed to tag 5 people but just consider yourself tagged if you think this book tag seems fun!
So, recently I was lucky enough to get approved for The Paris Library on Netgalley! I was so excited because well who doesn’t love Paris and I love libraries so the two together must mean it’s fantastic right??? Also, I enjoy a good historical fiction now and then so I was really feeling this one.
First impressions: I am loving it! The setting is just right for me. The first few chapters kind of threw me off though because it bounced back and forth from WW2 era and the 1980’s. But that stopped and it actually made the story more interesting so far so I didn’t hate it.
I find myself immediately drawn to the main character and even some of those supporting characters have really gotten my attention so early on in the book! I’m getting some serious romance vibes but also not getting my hopes up knowing this is set during the war and well I’m most likely going to be heartbroken 😂
I have to say I am already kind of annoyed with one aspect of the book – the overpowering men who think women shouldn’t do anything but be house wives!! Drives me crazy! I obviously know this is the time frame the book is set in so it totally makes sense, but me being “an independent woman” just makes me cringe at these types of expectations! I could not imagine living during these times!!!
I was initially interested on this book based fully on the cover. It is so beautiful in my opinion, I love it. I have a real soft spot in my heart for Paris and history in Europe in general so this was a no brainier for me.
Do you enjoy historical fiction? Let me know in the comments!
I am currently having a war with my cat, Luna, who thinks she needs to be 100% involved in the typing of this blog post. She has discovered that the computer screen is touch screen and now sits and just paws at the screen moving things around and opening all sorts of windows LOL. She is a trouble maker 😂
I finished the Charlotte Holmes series just recently! If you follow me on Instagram you know that I love this series and literally talk about it any chance I get haha. This final book was no different! Check out my review 🙂
Title: A Question of Holmes
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA, Mystery
Published: March 5, 2019
Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson think they’re finally in the clear. They’ve left Sherringford School—and the Moriartys—behind for a pre-college summer program at Oxford University. A chance to start from scratch and explore dating for the first time, while exploring a new city with all the freedom their program provides. But when they arrive, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents have been befalling the members of the community theater troupe in Oxford, and now, on the eve of their production of Hamlet, they’re starting all over again. What once seemed like a comedy of errors is now a race to prevent the next tragedy—before Charlotte or Jamie is the next victim.
Bittersweet. That is one word I would use to describe this book. The book was wonderful and just as amazing as the others in this series, yet I find myself feeling this empty feeling after finishing it. I didn’t want it to end!!
I will say – I don’t think this was my favourite Charlotte Holmes book in the series. It felt too calm to me. It was missing the out of control craziness, the totally random twists, and the impulsive Charlotte Holmes! While the mystery Charlotte and Jamie find themselves involved in was entertaining, it just felt too simple for this amazing crime solving duo! (Although there is a pretty big twist that happens that ties in from the last book, however, it wasn’t all that surprising and unfortunately once the twist is revealed, nothing comes of it)
I enjoyed the character growth from Charlotte. As the title suggests, this book is very much about Charlotte and her life. She has come so far from the first book. It feels like I watched her grow up 😂 I wish I could have had a little bit more Jamie. I tend to find Jamie more relatable so I just missed his voice in this book. However, it was still amazingly written and just as gripping!
The ending left me feeling mixed. I needed more from Charlotte and Jamie. For 4 books I’ve been on the relationship roller coaster with them and while I would say the ending was happy, I just wish I had more information! I also felt a little but annoyed with Jamie’s father… he was not an active character in this one but he is mentioned and I have to say I’m disappointed with his ending 🤷🏼♀️
Overall, this was another fun adventure and mystery from Charlotte and Jamie! It was very enjoyable to read and I found I couldn’t put it down!
Has anyone read this series or is thinking about reading it? I would love to know your thoughts!! Leave a comment and we can chat about it!
Here I am again…. I’m sure you can guess it – doing a book tag I wasn’t tagged in 😂 I can’t help myself they are so fun!! I came across this one on Adventures of a Bookish Girl’s blog!
So, here we go! Come with me on a little journey to see “my life in books”…
MY LIFE IN BOOKS TAG
So, I am going to try to do this entire tag with books that are on my shelf… so bear with me, they may not be the most new and exciting examples haha! I will try my best 🙂
FIND A BOOK FOR EACH OF YOUR INITIALS
D: Divergent by Veronica Roth
L: The Leveller by Julia Durango
F: Frankly in Love by David Yoon
COUNT YOUR AGE ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF: WHICH BOOK IS IT?
25! The Case For Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
PICK A BOOK SET IN YOUR CITY/COUNTRY
Okay this one is hard…. I am from Canada (British Columbia) and while many books talk about Canada (usually in a joking matter haha) I’m not sure of one on my shelf that is directly set in Canada…..
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – this book is not on my shelf but it is on my goodreads shelf hahaha. It is set on Vancouver Island in BC which is quite close to me 🙂
PICK A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO
Hmmm…. I mean I kind of want to pick a book that is set somewhere that doesn’t actually exist. Maybe like Harry Potter (Hogwarts) or The Hotel for the Lost (Hotel Ruby)…
This is a difficult question 😂 It would be neat to travel to many of the book destinations just to see them like The Maze Runner or into the virtual world of The Eye of Minds BUT I wouldn’t want to stay too long!
PICK A BOOK THAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The book is pink and pink is my fav color 🙂
WHICH BOOK DO YOU HAVE THE FONDEST MEMORIES OF?
I think the Divergent series. Those book really got me into reading. I have always read books but didn’t actively search out new books and get excited about them. The Divergent series totally changed me and for a really long time they were my favorite books!!
WHICH BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY READING?
The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
Okay so I read Twilight and obvs loved it like the rest of the world did. So, I thought Id also enjoy The Host right?? Well I think I’ve hard this book for like 10 years and I’ve maybe read 6 pages? I just COULD NOT read it. I had zero interest in it. I bought it not even knowing what it was about and then the size of the book made me cringe 😂 safe to say – I don’t think I will ever read it!
WHICH BOOK WILL GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN FINISHING IT?
The Institute by Stephen King
It was my first King read which I was a little nervous about because I’ve heard he writes some pretty crazy stuff! It was also much bigger than I normally read so the size was a little intimidating to me. It took me about a month to read because it was over Christmas and I was just so busy. When I finished it I was so happy with myself and also realized I love Stephen King and want to read more of his books 🙂
Consider yourself tagged if you liked this book tag 🙂
“Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity?” – Goodreads
Title: The Sound of Stars
Author: Alechia Dow
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Format: eARC (from Netgalley)
Pub date: February 25, 2020
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.
Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.
Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.
Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
I really enjoyed this book!! First off, this book is set on Earth after an alien invasion takes place! Earth is taken over and humans are given “vaccinations” that essentially wipe their minds so they are easier to control. Ellie, is the main character we follow and she is pretty darn cool. She is a strong and rebellious hero!
Ellie meets Morris (an alien) pretty quick into the story! Morris is different and really takes a liking to Ellie and they start their adventure to save Earth!
I loved this book! I found Ellie to be so normal and just realistic. Like that would be how someone really acts in this situation! I enjoyed the alien things like the tech and weird communications! Although at times I found myself thinking they were more like robots than aliens but that could just be me!!
The story plays on themes that happen everyday (like racism, difference in class, ect.) Morris is different than other aliens – hes a “labmade” which essentially means hes lesser than the “true” aliens. Ellie is a black girl in New Yotk and she speaks to a lot of racism and discrimination she and her family experienced! Ellie and Morris kind of bond on these experiences. I liked how that was tied into the book!!
The chapters switch back and forth from Ellie to Morris. I liked this a lot! I got to really be inside both of their heads which created a really well rounded story! I found the ending was kind of long, its dragged on. I loved everything that was happening I just felt it took too long to happen! So that is my only real complaint about the book.
Speaking of the ending – WOW I loved it! A twist I NEVER expected happened! The ending was both heartwarming and nerve wracking! I was left with so many loose ends…. I wish I could have gotten a bit more! It ends in such a way that there could be another book or you just need to use your imagination and decide what kind of ending Ellie and Morris would have!
** Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Let me know what you think of this book! Have you read it or will you be checking it out once its released?
I recently decided to give Netgalley a try! I have been wanting to use it pretty much since I started my blog and my bookstagram but I didn’t really know how it worked and assumed I didn’t have enough followers for them to accept me! So, I waited and now that I have more of a following I gave it a try!
I wish I would have been using it all along. I love it! I have been approved for a few books (this one being the first one)! If you have any tips or tricks for using Netgalley let me know as I am still a newbie and would love all the help I can get!!!
Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer Chow
Mimi Lee is in over her head. There’s her new Los Angeles pet grooming shop to run, her matchmaking mother to thwart, her talking cat Marshmallow to tend to—oh, and the murder of a local breeder to solve…now if only Mimi hadn’t landed herself on top of the suspect list.
Mimi Lee hoped to give Los Angeles animal lovers something to talk about with her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof. She never imagined that the first cat she said hello to would talk back or be quite so, well, catty—especially about those disastrous dates Mimi’s mother keeps setting up.
When Marshmallow exposes local breeder Russ Nolan for mistreating Chihuahuas, Mimi steals some of her cat’s attitude to tell Russ off. The next day the police show up at Hollywoof. Russ has been found dead, and Mimi’s shouting match with him has secured her top billing as the main suspect.
Hoping to clear her name and save the pups Russ left behind, Mimi enlists help from her dreamy lawyer neighbor Josh. But even with Josh on board, it’ll take Mimi and Marshmallow a lot of sleuthing and more than a little sass to get back to the pet-grooming life—and off the murder scene.
Mimi Lee and Marshmellow the cat are a really cute pair of mystery solvers! The story follows Mimi Lee, a pet groomer, and her super cute kitty Marshmellow. A little twist – the kitty can talk to Mimi and he helps her solve a murder!
The story is super cute and really that’s all I can say about it. Overall there wasn’t a lot of substance to it. The characters didn’t have much to them. I struggled to like Mimis mother. She was overbearing and too involved in Mimis life. I found myself annoyed everytime she spoke lol.
There is a little romance between Mimi and her neighbour/ lawyer, Josh. Josh seemed sweet and caring. However, I didn’t totally ‘ship’ them because Mimi lacked any sort of relationship skills and Josh didn’t seem to notice any of the weird things Mimi did such as waiting outside of his apartment all morning until he came out so she could talk to him. I don’t know… it just felt weird to me!
The mystery was interesting and well put together! It was light and cute. Marshemmlow made the whole book! This was what I’d say is amazing, it was just okay! It was an easy read and it was even better with a cute kitty who solves crimes!
** thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this ARC!
I wanted to share something I’ve been thinking about for a while which is why I started this blog and my “bookstagram” and where I am at now and my hopes for the future.
First off – I have always excelled with reading and writing. It was something I had no problems with in school and honestly enjoyed (although secretly because reading and writing was not cool in school 😂). So really it was just a matter of time that I would begin this blogging journey.
Also, I have never really had any sort of hobby in my life. I remember speaking to a close friend about this before. We talked about how everyone seems to have a “thing” whether that’s fishing or painting or really anything… we just didn’t feel like we fit into a category and nothing really peaked our interest enough to follow through and be a hobby. I never thought of reading as a hobby before simply because most people in my life have never been into reading and so I just never really talked about it and mostly just kept it on the DL because well it’s just reading!
I found myself in a very blah kind of slump for a while. I was happy but often just felt like I had nothing going on. I was going to work and doing something I found boring, I would come home and have nothing really to do, and then I’d go to sleep and then do it again the next day. I started to read at night after work one day. Just picked up a book I was part way through and just abandoned before. I read the book within 2 days and I was like ‘wow I sure missed that.’ It took me into this world away from my everyday. It took my brain on an adventure that I would not otherwise get from my boring job and blah life. So, I did as any normal person would and I bought way too many books and started to immerse myself in the world of books!
I found myself talking endlessly about these books and characters to my boyfriend, who bless his heart, would just sit there and listen and nod his head haha. He was a big reason for the blog. He made my feelings and thoughts feel relevant. We had discussions about themes and topics and often had lengthy chats about the books and deeper meanings. I felt as though someone cared about what I thought and with some convincing, I started my bookstagram. That was my first step!
From there after I saw people were following me and actually following my content, I decided to make a blog (the comfy reader). I figured no one would see it and I was honestly embarrassed about it a little. I didn’t want people to make fun of me or my ideas. However, I realized that people did the opposite! They supported me and I gained a few followers along the way (not too many but enough for me to continue haha).
Now, I am constantly struggling with what to write and what people want to see. I read all of these amazing posts and just think how can I engage people the same way these other bloggers do…. what can I do that will make me stand out…. what will make this blog successful? While this blog has been mainly for my creative outlet, I still obviously want it to be successful and I know that it comes with a lot of persistence and time.
I suppose a large part of being a successful blogger is sharing personal details of your life and personality! This is something I’ve always struggled with but have recently became better at! I always figured that sharing your life and personal thoughts and feelings would turn my blog into a lifestyle blog and I honestly don’t have a fun enough life to do one of those haha!
But here I am, writing my book blog and posting to my bookstagram finding more and more people who enjoy my writing and follow my content! It’s a great feeling knowing that my ideas and thoughts matter and that people like to read this!
So, yeah! Todays post was to share my journey to where I am now! I hope to continue this blogging journey as I am loving it. I hope to become a better writer and to be able to share my thoughts with more and more people!