Month: February 2020

February Wrap Up

Hey there bookish friends 🙂

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!

Favorite books

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Favourite movies/TV

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.


Favourite songs/artists

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!!


Favourite posts

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR I predict will be 5-star reads – The Bibliophagist

Books With Love in the Title – Paperbacks and Planners

Favourite YA Contemporary Romances – Paws and Paperbacks


Favorite book reviews

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert MunschKayCKay Book Reviews

Frankly In Love by David YoonKristin Kraves Books


WWW Wednesday – Feb 26, 2020

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’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?

Currently Reading

  • The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole
  • The Lanter’s Ember by Colleen Houck

Recently Finished

  • 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 – Feb 24, 2020

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

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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 🙂

Anticipated Releases Book Tag

Rules:

  • Thank the person (or persons) who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

First Impressions: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

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.

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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!

BOOK REVIEW: A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Hi friends! Hope you are all doing well 🙂

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 🙂

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Title: A Question of Holmes

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: YA, Mystery

Format: Print

Published: March 5, 2019

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Synopsis:

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. 


My Review:

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!

BOOK TAG: My Life In Books Tag

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 🙂