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My BookOutlet Wish List + My Book Buying Problem

Hello there my fellow bloggers and book lovers!

I discovered BookOutlet like not even a year ago! I saw it on bookstagram one day and looked it up…. WOW I was missing out you guys! I immediately threw down my credit card and started mass buying everything because HOW CAN YOU TURN DOWN a book for like $4.00?!?!?! It was outrageous. I felt like I was unstoppable. I just found the best ever book website. Then, I sort of lost interest because well I bought like 12 books and then when they arrived I was like ‘Oh shoot… Now I have so many books and the desire to BUY MORE’ – I am a sucker for book buying, what can I say.

So, I have been pretty good recently. I haven’t bought any large amount of books since Christmas (which was done via gift card). I think I bought like 2 books from a used book store for cheap, so really, I’m pretty impressed with myself. However, that does not stop my wandering eyes from looking… from adding to my wish list… from just putting them in the cart and SEEING how much it would theoretically cost 😂 Guys – I’m pretty sure this is what people call an ‘addiction’ like what the heck is my problem LOL.

Anyways, I know I’m not the only one out there with this huge issue. I have seen many of you write similar posts about your struggle to not buy books. I see people going on “book buying bans” and to honest I should do that too but like I said, I’ve been good lately. Maybe soon I will deserve a reward in the form of more books 😈 My boyfriend already thinks I have a problem so he would not agree with me on that one!!

So here I am – Just a lonely little book blogger who wants to shower herself in new books and guess what???? I can’t, I shouldn’t, I won’t. So instead I am going to share with you a few books I have on my BookOutlet wish list so you can see what I’m dealing with!

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne ($7.69)

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzzane Young ($7.09)

A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison ($3.73)

Anatomy of a Murderer by Tim Floreen ($3.73)

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather ($4.07)

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson ($9.25)


Well, that is like a third of my wishlist. I will save the rest for another day 🙂

What books are on your wish list? Any of these ones? Have you read any of these ones? Should I buy them? Chat with me in the comments!!

March Wrap Up

The end of March already?? Crazy how time has just flown by!! I feel like so much has been happening this month.

So many changes and still some changes to come. I know that my work has been different since this virus has grown in severity! I am working from home for the first time ever and while the situation that brought it on is horrible – I am LOVING working from home. Life changing!! I envy you people that always get to work from home. Truly the best!

Personally, I feel like I have done nothing super noteworthy this month. It was my dad’s birthday this month, so that was great! I attended a cheerleading competition with the team I coach. I started to go to the gym again and have found *some* joy in running on the treadmill! Small victories 🎉

Now to some of my fav things this month 🙂


Favourite books

The Lanterns Ember by Colleen Houck – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The House in the Cerulean Sea – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating bu Christina Lauren – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

I had two 5 star reads this month!! So exciting! I didn’t get to read as much as I was hoping for but I am happy that the couple books I was able to get through were really enjoyable!

My whole reading list this month was:

  • The Lanterns Ember
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea
  • The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass
  • The Dark Continent
  • Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating

Favourite movies/ TV shows

I really haven’t been watching much TV or really any movies. However, I started to watched a couple new shows that seem interesting so far so I will include them!

Locke and Key (TV show on Netflix) – So far so good!! Living up the hype I was hearing about it

The Tiger King (Netflix) – PLEASE WATCH THIS! Literally the weirdest, funniest, more entertaining show. It is SO WEIRD at times, like this stuff can’t be made up. Give yourself some joy during this quarantine time and watch The Tiger King.


Favourite songs/ artists

The Man by Taylor Swift – Cannot get enough of this one!! I wasn’t sure of it at first but man did it grow on me

You Should Be Sad by Halsey – Again, I wasn’t sure about this one at first but it grew on me and I seriously love it. Love the song, the lyrics, her voice… all sooooooo good!

I Wish Grandpa’s Never Died by Riley Green – I just love this song and Riley Greens’ voice! I go through phases of reallllyy loving country music. This song is sparking my come back to country haha


Favourite posts

Comfort Reads Book Blog5 Star Reads | The Predictions

Paperbacks and PlannersTrope Trial: “Magical” Nature

Bionic Book WormAsking my 9 year old what books are about based on the cover


Favourite book reviews

The Reading ChemistBook Review: The Deep by Alma Katsu

DinipandareadsHavenfall Blog Tour: Review & Favourite Quotes

Jill’s Book BlogReview: The Forgotten Home Child


BOOK REVIEW: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. – Goodreads

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Title: The Lantern’s Ember

Author: Colleen Houck

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal

Format: Physical copy

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos. 


MY REVIEW:

This is a story about a lovely witch named Ember who goes on an unforgettable adventure into The Otherworld with the help of a handsome vampire, a lantern, and a mortal. The book has everything spooky! There are witches, ghosts, vampires, goblins, lanterns, even the Boogeyman! There is action and mystery throughout that doesn’t stop or slow down. I got some Halloweentown vibes from this one!! I honestly couldn’t get enough of this story.

Ember, the main character, is so wonderful. I found right away I was drawn to her rebellious and curious personality. She is so easily liked which is apparent throughout the story as many of the male characters are infatuated with her!! I had NO problems with Ember. She was smart and made good decisions. She wasn’t easily swayed by romance which was different! Normally female characters are so driven by romance. Not Ember. She was independent and while there is a romance in this story, it is not her that is leading it. I loved that aspect of the book!

Dev, the vampire that is involved in Embers adventure, was so handsome and interesting! He was everything a vampire should be (mysterious, dangerous, instinct driven) and everything a vampire shouldn’t be (caring, empathetic, and thoughtful). I LOVED Dev. He was fabulous. He saved the day several times and had such a deep and honest care for Ember that just made my heart melt into a puddle of love. He was probably my favourite character and I have to say I was a little bit disappointed that Dev didn’t get the ending I was hoping for!

Jack, the lantern, was a very intriguing character to me! First off, you are probably asking “what is a lantern?” So, Jack is basically immortal and essentially dead. He lives to protect the “crossroads” which are the spots that the mortal world and The Otherworld connect. He spends his days just watching and stopping humans from crossing and also stopping creatures from entering the mortal world. This is how he met Ember and that is where the real journey begins. Jack is a sweet character. It took me a little bit to warm up to him but once I did I was hooked. He is such a special character in this story and believe me, the ending will have you smiling ear to ear!

Overall story – LOVED IT!! The author took such a wildly fun idea and did an amazing job. There was not even one time that I couldn’t picture where the characters were. Everything was perfectly descriptive but not boring. There was a lot of background for the characters that helped bring them to life. The story is written in 3rd person point of view so everyone’s thoughts and feelings are quite out in the open throughout the story. I actually really enjoyed that because it gave me more information and everyone’s true intentions! Also, the ending had me a little shocked but also happy with some warm and fuzzy feelings!!

I saw a lot of mixed reviews about this book. There were some 1 star, some DNF reviews, but also some 4 and 5 stars. I had no idea what to expect so I just went into it with an open mind. I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised by this and really connected to the characters. I love spooky things so this fit so perfectly. By no means was this book scary or anything, just simply the idea of the story gave it those spooky vibes! I would recommend anyone who enjoys Halloween, witches, magic, or spooky creatures to read this book!


Do you like paranormal, spooky, fantasy reads? Have you read this one?

ARC REVIEW: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. – Goodreads

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Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea

Author: T.J Klune

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ, Romance

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.


MY REVIEW:

This book left my heart feeling so full. This was such a fantastic story about magical children and the love that can grow when people have open minds and open hearts.

Linus, a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, is sent to a secret orphanage to check out the well being of the magic children there. He is tasked to write reports and decide if the orphanage should remain open. He quickly decides it’s something he has never seen before and with that he meets some of the most wonderful children and an even more wonderful caregiver who changes Linus’s life forever.

This was such an interesting take on regular day social work. Coming from the social services field, it really brought me joy when Linus went above and beyond the line of duty to truly understand the magic children he was sent to observe. It made my heart happy and also made me think of the amazing social workers I know who connect with and care for so many incredible children everyday.

This book reminded me a little bit of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. This story was full of mystery and magic. It was a really fun read which I could hardly put down! It touched on topics such as discrimination, segregation, abuse, social services system, LGTBQ+, and advocacy! These can be really tough topics but the way the author fit them in was in a light and fun way that really tied the whole story together!

I loved the magical children and getting to know all the really cool things about them. The relationships created throughout the story were so sweet and heartwarming. I enjoyed the overall writing style. It was so nice to see how Linus (and the rest of the characters) grew and evolved throughout the story. The ending had me smiling ear to ear, I was so happy!!

I would recommend this to anyone to enjoys stories about strange creatures, magical beings, or unusual things! Also, if you enjoyed Miss Peregrines Home for Peculair Children you may enjoy this one as it has similar vibes!

** thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this ARC for an honest review!


PUB DATE: March 17, 2020!!

Does this book interest you at all?? Will you be checking it out?

Comfy Corner: What’s the deal with giveaways + follow count

Hi there everyone! Welcome to my comfy corner of the internet where I can share my deepest darkest secrets (just kidding)! But really, this is the place where I can share my thoughts with people who might actually care which is PRETTY COOL!

So, as many of you know, I am also on IG (check me out I am fun and love to chat with people)!!

On IG I see people hosting giveaways all the time!! For a while I was like “what is this” and “why are people spending their own money to give things away.” Like most of you, I love to enter in the giveaways and obviously hope I win!! When I first started my IG I entered any one I could and ended up following a ton of people who never followed me back or interacted with my posts. So, slowly but surely I started to unfollow these accounts and stopped entering in so many giveaways – I will get more into this after.

There are like probably a million blog posts about how to do giveaways and why they are soooo amazing. I have read many of these posts in order to do my own giveaway and learned that people do these giveaways mainly for more followers and really no other reason. I wondered does this really work and if so, how well?

Something I learned: I did not realize that some of the accounts on IG “partnered” with other accounts and publishers in order to do the giveaways. This did not even cross my mind when I started!! Silly me!

I found I was looking into how these accounts were partnering with publishers and trying to figure out how they were hosting so many giveaways. To be honest, I never really found the answer I was looking for other than they have a lot of followers and publishers may contact them to feature the books/ other accounts contact them to partner on the giveaway to boost their followers. (This seems so obvious but little new bookstagram me had no idea).

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My own giveaway: So then when I reached around 1500 followers I decided I would join in and try this giveaway idea. I wanted to see if you gain a lot of followers and honestly I started to connect with a lot of cool people and it felt nice to give back to them especially since I won a few giveaways from them!

So, I searched high and low for the best way to host a giveaway. Do I pick a specific book, do I let the winner choose, do I go with a gift card or care package, do I surprise them with a book…… The options are endless. I decided to go with good old Book Depository and let the winner choose the book they wanted! This ended up being the best option in my opinion because that seems to get people more excited!

Did I get more followers? So, this question is difficult. Yes, I temporarily got more followers. NOT A LOT, but some. I’d say about half of those new followers were gone once the giveaway winner was picked. So, I don’t think it is really any better of option than simply following people and interacting with them on their pages. Maybe I simply don’t have enough followers for a giveaway to be super successful. I wouldn’t say it was a flop though. I would do one again but it wouldn’t be for the purpose of gaining followers 🤷‍♀️

What I like about giveaways: I think if done correctly, the giveaways are such a fun way to further connect with your followers and to give back to your friends. They can be relatively inexpensive or even free if you giveaway a copy of a book you already have. I enjoy when publishers do giveaways for ARC’s and newer books. I like to follow publishers anyways because of their announcements and different things they post!! So it works out!

What I don’t like about giveaways: I don’t like when a giveaway is hosted by several accounts and then I have to follow like 5 different accounts to enter for 1 book. 99% of the time those 5 accounts won’follow you back so now you end up just following a bunch of people for no real reason. The same goes for the accounts with 20k followers hosting giveaways. I follow a few big accounts because I truly enjoy what they post and enjoy their updates. However, I don’t want to follow someone who will have no interest in following me back just to enter a giveaway (like those 20k accounts who actually only follow 100 people…. no thanks).

Or, some giveaways require you to “repost” their post which I just simply won’t do because I like to keep my feed somewhat uniform with my own unique stuff! I don’t want to repost a giveaway post 🤷‍♀️

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Overall – my thoughts on giveaways are somewhat positive. I like the idea of them because who doesn’t like to win things?? Especially if it is something you want or enjoy. But, all the following and unfollowing that comes with it doesn’t seem totally worth it to me.. maybe if you are able to partner with a publisher and get the book for free then why not, but spending your own money for a few extra followers just isn’t my cup of tea!

I will continue to interact with my people and gain followers the old fashion way – by being consistent and working hard! May take longer but that’s okay, I’m not here for the followers, I’m here for the community (but followers are nice too haha).


What do you think about giveaways? Have you hosted them? Do you think they helped your follower count? Chat with me in the comments 🙂

What Is Currently On My TBR?

Do you find your TBR grows and grows and seems like it is basically a huge mountain that just wont stop growing?? I sure do. When I first started my Goodreads account I added a lot of books that seemed in anyway interesting. It became obvious that it would take me years to actually read any of these goods and honestly probably longer because new books come out constantly!

I tell myself that I will get to them and I don’t want to take them off my list because WHO KNOWS when I might want to read it and god forbid I forget about it and it slips into the book abyss… I have a hard time parting with my list 😂 So, instead of deleting some books and being realistic… sorry not sorry… I am going to tell all of you wonderful people about my very long list and pick out some of my top “to reads” as well as a few that have been on there for, well, a long time!

My top “to-reads” right now:

  • Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  • A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • If I Never Met You by Mhairi MacFarlene
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig
  • Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

So, as you see this is a decent list of some newer books that have made it to the top of my list! I desperately want to read them all and I just need more time during the day to do this haha stupid working schedule!!! So, with all these wonderful books popping up to the top of my list, lets see which books have been getting shoved down….

My backlist “to-read” books:

  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • The Hive by Barry Lyga
  • How To Hack Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
  • Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
  • Good Girls Lie by J.T Ellison
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  • Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
  • Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro

Honestly so many good ones are on my backlist and so many more are pushed even further down the list haha. I need to go through my goodreads and do a massive clear out and be realistic but it is SO HARD!


What is your TBR like? Are you like me with a forever growing list with the backlist just stacking up to never ending heights??

Women’s History Book Tag

FINALLY I GOT TAGGED IN A BOOK TAG! You guys, this is great! For once I am not just picking book tags to participate in all by myself 😂 Thank you Lauren @ Narrativeparadise for the tag!!!

Margaret @ Weird Zeal created this wonderful book tag in honor of Women’s History Month which is now (March)! I am also posting this a couple days after International Women’ Day!! Everyday should be women’s day in my opinion haha!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag
Rosa Parks
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? – Goodreads

This is such an over used book I’m sure but honestly it is SO iconic and one of the first major female leads that made a huge impact! I read these books when I was in high school and absolutely loved them. When the movies came out I knew I needed to see them and I thoroughly enjoyed them and found them to be quite empowering and moving.


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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. – Goodreads

LOVE THIS BOOK! Charlotte is such an interesting character to me. She is the descendant from the great Sherlock Holmes ad solves all sorts of mysteries. She is so smart and sneaky! If you enjoy Sherlock mysteries then this would be for you! Its a series as well!


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One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. – Goodreads

I haven’t read this one but it seems like a really fun idea! You cannot go wrong with Queens and war!


Virginia Woolf
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The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri

When young Eleanor Amore finds herself pregnant, she returns home to her estranged family in the Bronx, called by “The Sight” they share now growing strong within her. – Goodreads

I personally did not end up enjoying this book very much for several reasons. I wrote a review about this book and gave it 2/5 stars. However, the writing in this book was so beautiful and artistic. I referred to it as being like a song, so smooth and well put together. Really wonderful writing. Worth checking out even though I wasn’t a huge fan!


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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. – Goodreads

I am waiting for this book to come out and just cannot wait to get my hand on it!! First off, this seems like an amazing book that will have such a strong female character. Second, I need to read more fantasy books I just don’t read them enough! Lastly, I love a book with a emperor and war and immortality… so fun!

Pub date: May 26, 2020


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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhonda Belleza

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge. – Goodreads

So my understanding is that this is about a princess who is going to war with the same people who killed her family! She sounds like one tough cookie to me!! Plus, the cover is beautiful!


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Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief. – Goodreads

This was a great book that was on my reading list for a very long time. I just kept putting it off when something new came out and really I am so disappointed I waited so long. It was lovely. Full of mystery, love, heartbreak, despair, and so many twists I didn’t see coming. This is a book I would re-read and I have NEVER re-read a book.


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The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. – Goodreads

I have not read this one but I have heard good things. It is a historical fiction about living in the 1950’s in Virginia and dealing with segregation and hardship due to sexuality. Two female characters are on opposite sides of the movements but start to fall for each other!


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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.Goodreads

I have had this book on my TBR for a long time now. Always thinking I’ll read it next month or I’ll get to it soon. I find I am so interested in reading it and have heard such amazing things but to be honest it touches on some really difficult topics and I never feel like I’m ready for it. Maybe some time soon.


Your Choice

Anne Frank!

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. – Goodreads

That young girl has always stuck out to me as such a strong and powerful person. I have read her story and wow, was it heartbreaking. I think this is something every single person should read if not for the amazing young woman she was but for the history and understanding!


So many amazing women in this world! I loved this tag. It reminded me of the amazing women that have shaped my world today and to connect it to books makes it even better 🙂

I tag you! Anyone who wants to join in, please do!! I’d love to see your picks!