Tag: Bookish

Matching Books To My Favourite Songs | #1

Hey there my bookish loving friends! How is everyone doing lately? I have been enjoying getting back outside and seeing some friends. It has added some normalcy to this crazy world.

I have been finding that my creativity has been pretty high lately and I’ve had so many ideas for blog posts and IG posts and pictures. However, for some reason my motivation is low. I don’t know why!! Anyways, I’m sure it will blow over and Ill be able to follow through with some of my ideas and see how they are!

I tend to list a couple of my favourite songs of the month during my monthly wrap up but for me – I find that I will have a favourite song for much longer than a month. Sometimes I always love a song and always think of it when I list my favourite songs but that is NO FUN when I want to give updates to my life and the answers are always the same!!! Does anyone else feel this way? I know some people get so sick of songs after a couple weeks and I do too sometimes, but not all the time! So I saw this kind of post a long time ago. Someone matched books to one of Taylor Swifts albums which I thought was super entertaining. So finally I decided to give it a go myself and let me tell you… this was harder than I thought!!

Now on to the post – I picked 5 of my favourites songs right now and matched them to a book I’ve read!

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Rain On Me by Lady Gaga (with Ariana Grande) // The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Living in a world where no one’s innocent
Oh, but at least we try

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive
Rain on me, rain, rain

So, when I first heard this song I didnt like it lol I thought it was weird and I just wasnt into it. Flash forward to hearing it a few more time and I decided it is a JAM.

The reason I paired it with The Hunger Games is because its gives me fashion show vibes lol I don’t know why… something about the beat and the parts with the deep voice… I don’t know you guys its just what I think of. This then made me think of the people in the Capitol and how extra they are, especially when it comes to beauty and fashion!

The lyric that I added her made me think of the actual games and how the person who wins the games would be thinking things could be way better but at least they are alive!


Blinding Lights by The Weekend // Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I’m running out of time
‘Cause I can see the sun light up the sky
So I hit the road in overdrive, baby

Okay so I may be WAY OFF here but this song just reminds me of Twilight. It makes me think of songs that played in the movies lol so my mind just jumped there right away. (I also think of Stranger Things when I hear this song too… anyone else?).

For some reason I just think of Edward Cullen and the wolf pack when I see the lyrics I posted above. Something about running out of time… they always seemed to be racing against the clock to solve some sort of issue. Also – vampires and the sun… I know Edward and the Cullen’s could be in the sun without dying but the lyric the sun lights up the sky so I hit the road in overdrive makes me think vampires moving quickly during the day to avoid the sun!


Lose Somebody by Kygo & OneRepublic // The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Sometimes you gotta lose somebody
Just to find out you really love someone

So for this pairing I went with the idea of lost love. The Book of Lost Names came to my mind right away!! The relationship between the main character and her love interest fits this perfectly and just the fact that she knew she liked him but wouldn’t admit it and then OF COURSE waits too long to act on it. I wont say much more because this is a new book and I don’t want to spoil anything but lets just say it fits with this song!!


Look At Her Now by Selena Gomez // Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Of course she was sad
But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet (mm)
Took a few years to soak up the tears
But look at her now, watch her go

Okay so anyone who has read this book knows that Hazel is the most crazy, wacky, hilarious character with a wild history!! I thought this fit SO PERFECT because the song basically is saying a past relationship didn’t work out but it was for the best and know see how good things are!! This is totally Hazel! Her past love interest left her in pieces BUT he was shitty and she made it out better without him!

This could also be seen from Josh’s eyes when he thinks about Hazel from the past but I mean…. we all know how that turned out hahah!


The Man by Taylor Swift // The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I’m so sick of running as fast as I can
Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man

So maybe this is a stretch but I don’t think so! The Grace Year follows this story of girls being sent away for a year to “rid their magic” which essentially means the men think as soon as the girls get their periods they work some sort of magic on the men and make the men do bad things…. TYPICAL MEN AM I RIGHT? So I thought of this book because the girls are punished for being female… for having biological body parts that do different things than male body parts. They are punished because MEN cannot control themselves (is this sounding like real life because it is to me!!).

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So the lyric “wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man” kind of spoke to me and I thought that in the terms of The Grace Year it would be more like ‘wondering if I would be treated better if I was a man’ lol I don’t know!! Maybe I’m pulling at strings but I do think this pairs well!


What do you guys think? Do you have a better book pairing for any of these songs?? Chat with me in the comments!

If you liked… You might like… [Truly Devious edition]

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! I have been seeing a lot of book rec posts on here and also booktube. I always love seeing what people recommend based on other books. It opens up my eyes to SO many other fantastic reads and also makes me think about how books are linked or why someone may like a book based on another book if they don’t seem to have a lot in common. I just love how people think and how people link things in their brains. It is is always such a great way to pass time and get a lot of new books to add to my TBR that is never ever going to end!

I decided to start this series (I guess I will call it a series because I plan on doing these a few times a month… but any-who…). I decided to start with Truly Devious because I really enjoyed that book and I’ve seen it pop up around the internet. I have to say I’ve only read the first book of the series but I do have the second one (Vanishing Stair) on my bookshelf. I have yet to purchase the last book in the series but I will be doing that as soon as I start the second book.

A little bit of a tangent but I used to always get the WHOLE series right from the start. Like if I knew I was interested in a book that was part of a series I would just grab them all. I did this for the Gone series. Its like 6 or 7 books lol I bought them all. Luckily I enjoyed the books or else I wold have had a lot of unread books on my shelf. I tend to only buy the first book of the series now. But I find that I normally finish a series regardless of how much I really enjoy the first book…. I just need the closure 😂

So anyways, back to the post you came here for…. I am going to recommend 5 books you might like, if you liked Truly Devious!

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Truly Devious – some themes/ vibes I got from the book that I will be using as links to the other book recs:

  • Murder mystery
  • Dual time periods
  • Set at a boarding school
  • Sherlock style mystery
  • MC is a true crime expert
  • Kids end up solving a mystery for the adults

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I will start this one off by saying I may be a little bias because I LOVE THIS BOOK AND SERIES. It is fantastic and if you have been around my blog/ IG for any time at all you will know I talk about this book any chance I can get… sorry (but I’m not really).

Why you might like this book:

  • It follows two characters who are decedents from Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
  • This is a Sherlock retelling
  • The main characters end up solving a murder mystery that happens at the boarding school they are at (another one of those kids save the day style stories)
  • There is a lot of blackmail, multiple generations involved, and power families with lots of secrets!

Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey

This book is set in 1834 and follows a female main character who desperately wants to be part of a group called “Bow Street Runners” which is a very elite group of detectives in London! Of course, this is looked down upon because she is a lady and during that time there is no way a lady would be a detective. HOWEVER, she ends up being involved in a mystery and gets to prove herself.

Why you might like this book:

  • It is set in the Victornia Era London which is so famous for detective mysteries
  • The female main character goes againist the statuts-quo
  • This is a murder mystery
  • Possible romance
  • A deep twisted family secret

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

If you are like me, you enjoy a good cozy mystery. This story is about a town full of bookstores. All the bookstores are different genres and the main character opens up her own mystery bookstore. There is a suspicious death of another bookstores owner and it seems to be linked back to the main character!

Why you might like this book:

  • Amateur sleuth – the main character has to solve the mystery to clear her name (very similar to Truly Devious)
  • Book about a town full of bookstores (whats not to like about that)
  • Town secrets that make it hard to trust anyone
  • Bookish cozy mystery

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is a paranormal story following a main character who comes from a family full of psychics. The main character meets a group of boys that she is supposed to stay away from BUT obviously she doesn’t! She goes on this quest with them to solve some sort of magically mystery and starts to unravel a lot of secrets and also finds out things about herself and her powers in the meantime. There is so much more about this book but I would be here all day to explain it!

Why you might like this book:

  • Mysterious private school boys
  • A quest to solve a mystery + a murder is discovered which is quite a shock
  • A prophecy
  • The main character is stubborn and does what she is not supposed to do
  • Magic, secrets, paranormal

This one is less like Truly Devious but I feel like the mystery solving aspect is still there and with the added magic and prophecies, it takes this on a darker turn.


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

This story is super interesting!! This is about a bookseller who writes up a list of the most perfect, unsolvable murders from the books hes read which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders.” He later becomes a suspect of a series of murders that are exactly like the ones from the list. Oh no!

Why you might like this book:

  • The main character is framed and has to do some mystery solving to clear their name
  • FBI involvement
  • Ultimate mystery story as the author ties in iconic mysteries to the book
  • Suspenseful – the killer seems to know so much about the main character that no one can be trusted!

What do you think? Would you read any of these books? Have you read any of them?

I know these lists can be a bit subjective, so let me know if you have any book rec’s that are similar to Truly Devious!

Book Review: The Leveller by Julia Durango

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Title: The Leveller

Author: Julia Durango

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: YA, Sci-fi

Format: Physical copy

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Buy it here!


SYNOPSIS:

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?


MY REVIEW:

I really enjoyed The Leveller! It was one of those books that start out and you are like “oooooo why did I want to read this??” But then it turns around and is super enjoyable!

I have to say the writing is a little young? Like its not a middle grade or anything but at times it felt a little immature. But like I said, I still really enjoyed this one!

Here are 5 reasons you should read this book:
🎮 Its based in a video game virtual world and its fast paced and exciting

💁‍♀️ The main character (Nixy) is so smart and witty, and pretty badass – she is basically a virtual reality bounty hunter

🔪 There is a major betrayal and a couple good plot twists

✨ Fun, light, with a little romance, quite a bit of action, and a lot of imagination

📚 This is a decently short book so definitely could be read in one go! If you like virtual reality and YA books then I’m sure you would enjoy this one!


If you like virtual reality books or books with video game worlds, check out these books!

Ready Player OneBuy it here!

The Eye of MindsBuy it here!

WarcrossBuy it here!


Do you like books with video game settings? I feel like these types of books are becoming bigger now. What is your fav part about a book set in a virtual reality world? Chat with me in the comments!

Recent Reads | Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, and Other Thoughts

Hello friends, hope you all had a great weekend and were able to read lots and just relax! The state of the world is honestly unbelievable and I feel so deeply for everyone right now.

In other bookish news – I have been getting a decent amount of reading done and I’m feeling happy about that! So I wanted to start doing a recent reads blog post every couple weeks just to give an update on what I’m reading and my thoughts. I love doing WWW Wednesday but I want to get a little deeper into the recent reads than just list them! So, I’m going to give this a go and see how it goes!! Let me know if this is an idea you like? I see others doing weekly reading wrap ups and whatnot but I don’t think I read fast enough to do it weekly. We will see though!!

So, first off, I have recently finished Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth.

I LOVED Veronica Roth ever since Divergent.. I feel like that is like everyone else 😂 I’m definitely not a unique opinion when it comes to that LOL but I loved her writing style and loved the story. Since then I know she has come out with other books like Carve the Mark and the sequal to Carve the Mark (cannot remember the name right now). BUT for some reason I didn’t pick those ones up? Like what the heck Deanna? Anyways, they are on my long long list of books I should read one day. Will I get to them? That is a the age old mystery that I do not know the answer to!! All I can say is, I like Veronica Roth and I hope to get to those books sometime soon.

So, to Chosen Ones! I have a full review to post so Ill just go into it a little bit here. The book follows 5 characters called the “chosen ones” who are picked based on a prophecy that states the “dark one” will destroy the world. They go through this whole war with the dark one and you find out the dark one was DEFEATED. Now, that is NOT a spoiler (it is in the synopsis). The book then starts in the present and the reader finds out about the dark one and the war through flashbacks and other means of the characters going into the past! The characters are then taken on a new adventure when a new “dark one” (actually the same dark one) comes around and they have to save the world AGAIN. Obviously!

This book is entertaining. There is some magic, action, YA romance, zombies even make an appearance! There is also some sci-fi aspects to the story that I really enjoyed! Overall, it was a good read.


I am reading two books right now – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson & The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

Treasure Island is my 2nd ever classic. The only other classic I have read was Pride and Prejudice in college and to be honest…. I did not like it. Don’t @ me 😂 I know, its an unpopular opinion BUT I just did not enjoy the book and I felt forced to read it which made it so much worse.

However, I’m feeling different about Treasure Island. Its a little hard to read I wont lie. The English is very old!! Like the book was published in the 1800’s and that is what the English is like. SO I’m having a hard time with that a bit. The story itself though is entertaining. I like the adventure and the pirates! I’m at the part where they get to the island and some of the crew gets off the ship and some stays! Some murder ensues on the island and now I’m feeling SUPER sketchy about some of the characters!

So that is that! Will update you more when I get further in the book 😊

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is so far so good! I’m about 100 pages in and I’m happy with the story. I never liked President Snow in the other Hunger Games books but I’m liking this take on his character. Basically if you don’t already know – this book is a prequel to the Hunger Games series. It follows President Snow, before he is President, when he is still a kid and the Hunger Games are only 10 years in. He is a mentor to a tribute and basically it goes from there!

I wont lie to you.. I didn’t want to read this book when I first heard about it. It was all over the internet, people were freaking out, fan girling all over again for this book franchise! I LOVED the Hunger Games and also the movies when they came out. I was all for Gale and didn’t want Katniss and Peeta to be together, I was THAT girl 😂 but, I felt that I left the Hunger Games in the past. I read the stories when I was in high school and while I loved them and they were a turning point for my reading life, I just didn’t want to bring it back. If that makes sense. Anyone else feel that way?

HOWEVER, I will say that the more I saw it on IG, the more I needed to be on that hype train with everyone else. Then, on this past weekend, my parents stopped by my house and what did they bring you may ask??? THEY BROUGHT THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES. This is where my journey on the hype train began! Thanks mom and dad!

The story is fab so far. Loving it! The book is large and so I feel it will take me some time to get through but you know what? I’m cool with it. Ill ride this train for a while and when I have more solid thoughts and feelings about this (because like I said, I’m only about 100 pages in) I will let you all know!


My last reading update is what I am hoping to read next but am unsure about.

I will for sure be picking up a Netgalley title because as you guys know I have about 10 books waiting for me on there LOL. I’m thinking I will pick up The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove. It looks so cute and I just want to read some more fluffy books after I finish my current reads (or even during… maybe Ill try to read 3 books at once?) 🤷‍♀️

I also bought the whole series of Harry Potter books and LET ME TELL YOU I’m excited!! I wanted to start them the second they showed up at my house but I didn’t because I just cant drop a book I’m reading half way through, it feels WRONG. I am hoping to get to Harry Potter and the whole wizarding world soon but I also am torn because a part of me feels that Harry Potter should be read in the Fall/Winter. What do you guys think??


Well that’s all for today folks! That was more in depth than my WWW Wednesday and it was more fun to get some thoughts out about what I’m reading instead of just telling you all the titles with no real updates.

Let me know what you think of this post in the comments below. Do you like it? Is it too long? Do you simply not care about what I’m reading? I need to know so please tell all 😊

Stay safe out there everyone and talk soon!

My All Time Favourite Robert Munsch Books

If you are like me, you have a huge spot in your heart for Robert Munsch. I spent SO much of my childhood reading his books. They are actual masterpieces and I actually came across my little collection of his books not long ago while cleaning mt house.

I sat down and I read of them (The Paper Bag Princess to be exact) and YOU GUYS I loved it like I was a child again. I don’t know what it is about his books but they honestly appeal to everyone at any age. Little Deanna as a child loved the humor in the books and the funny pictures and just found comfort in them. Older Deanna as an adult sees just HOW funny some of the books are and the hilarious situations that parents honestly deal with and I see them as an outlet for teaching and learning.

So, I wanted to share a few of my TOP favs because lets be real…. I love them all. So I’m narrowing it down to just a few (maybe?? so sorry)!

Stephanie’s Ponytail

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Honestly hilarious. A little kid who just wants to be different in her class so she decides to wear a ponytail but everyone copies her. She keeps trying to be different by changing her hair and it just becomes so outrageous 😂


Alligator Baby

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Basically this is about parents who are just a mess and bring an alligator home from the hospital instead of their baby and everything that would come from that LOL


Mortimer

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Just a little boy who keeps his family up all night with his singing! The story is extra funny because it shows the parents frustrations increasingly getting worse throughout the book!


Something Good

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This one just depicted my childhood and going to the store with my parents hahaha. The child puts every sugary bad for you treat into the cart during the whole shopping trip. Dad says no over and over to the point where he just told the child “stand here and don’t move” lol I feel that.


Mud Puddle

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If I remember this one correctly – this is about a girl who loves to get outside and dirty in the mud. Then a mud puddle starts to follow her and she works on trying to defeat the mean mud puddle lol


FINALLY MY ALL TIME FAV ROBERT MUNSCH BOOK……

The Paper Bag Princess

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This one is so funny but also a really good story for children to learn from. Princess Elizabeth is supposed to marry Prince Ronald but that is ruined when a dragon kidnaps the Prince and destroys the castle and everything in it. Elizabeth is left wearing only a paper bag. Elizabeth then goes on an adventure to save the prince but when she does he is not happy with her appearance. Elizabeth doesn’t take that type of attitude from Roland. Elizabeth is awesome.


Have any of you read these books? What do you think of them? Lets chat in the comments.

ARC REVIEW: The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

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Title: The Little Bookshop of Love Stories

Author: Jaimie Admans

Publisher: HQ Digital

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Buy it here!


SYNOPSIS:

Today is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!

Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life.

That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop!

Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first pages of every book, she knows she’s stumbled across something special.

Things get even better when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever.

But maybe it’s time for Hallie to find her own happy-ever-after, too?


MY REVIEW:

I feel like I just returned from the most amazing little trip to the sweetest town and bookshop after finishing this book. First off – this was ADORABLE. Hallie and Dmitri are so cute and I just could not get enough of them!

Hallie has lived a super unlucky life! Everywhere she goes bad luck seems to follow. She finds out she’s the winner of her favorite bookshop and she decides to start a new life as a bookshop owner! I LOVED this! I didn’t realize how much I also want to own a bookshop hahaha this story just makes it seem so perfect and I need that in my life.

Hallie meets a wonderful man, Dmitri, who helps her with the bookshop and of course an adorable romance ensues! I loved reading about their blossoming love and the exciting discoveries they make while working in the bookshop!

I was so impressed by this book. The writing was great, story was sweet, there were some interesting twists and turns, I enjoyed the characters a lot!! Really there were no negatives to this. If you love stories about books/bookshops and cute fluffy romances then this is for you!! Prepare to have your heart filled with love and happiness 💟

** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review


If you do like these types of books, you might also like these ones!

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Have you read The Little Bookshop of Love Stories? Is this something you would read? Chat with me in the comments!!

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New Releases – June 2020

FINALLY one of my most favorite months is here. Why is it one of my fav months you ask? Well, here in British Columbia, June is the first month that you can pretty much depend on the weather being nice. May has been okay for weather, but June… I have some good feelings!

June is also a great month for book releases! Again, similar to last month, a couple books I was looking forward to coming out got pushed to later in the year or even next year, I’m assuming due to COVID. So unfortunate! But, there are still so many great books coming out and I’ve only listed 10 of them. Just a little peek into the books I’m wanting to read or to discover.

So here we go…. June 2020 releases 😊


The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

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Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Pub date: June 9, 2020


The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

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THE TRUTH

Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.

THE LIE

But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.

THE UNTHINKABLE

As the fallout starts, it’s clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn’t as perfect as it appears.

Pub date: June 16, 2020


Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

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Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.

Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Pub date: June 9, 2020


The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

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A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.

After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…

As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.

As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.

Pub date: June 9, 2020


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

Pub date: June 23, 2020


The Second Home by Christina Clancy

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After a disastrous summer spent at her family’s summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that’s been in the Gordon family for generations. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward. But then Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.

Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family–and in the process, they’ll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

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Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.

All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.

With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.

Pub date: June 16, 2020


Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

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When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down.

But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.

Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

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After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

Pub date: June 23, 2020


Any books on the list you are excited for?? Did I miss any big ones that should have been on my list? Chat with me in the comments

May Wrap Up

Hello there friends!

Another month is gone. As usual I am wondering where the time has gone?? I feel like I am getting into the routine of being home now. I’m not sure if that is a positive thing or not LOL I think we are all going to be incredibly anti-social by the time this is all over.

However, this month the restrictions have eased a bit where I’m living and I was able to get some dinner at Oliver Garden so that was awesome!! I didn’t realize how much I missed throwing my money away at a restaurant 😂

Anyways – this month has been a decent reading month for me. You’ll see below that I read 6 books. This seems to be pretty normal for me. Usually 5 or 6 books a month! I so wish I was one of those people that read 10 + books every month but that is just NOT me. I cannot focus that much and obviously my reading speed is on the slower side haha. Are you a person who reads tons of books a month?? If so, please share some tips with me!!

So, lets get to it then! This is a little look into my month!


What I Read This Month:

  • Terraformer by Colleen Houck
  • The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans
  • The Leveller by Julia Durango
  • The Last to Know by Jo Furniss

Favourite Books This Month:

  • Terraformer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Little Bookshop of Love Stories – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Book of Lost Names – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favourite TV/Movies:

  • Star Wars (new one) – So fun fact about me… I have never ever watched a Star Wars movie. I had like no interest at all lol they just looked so old 🤷‍♀️ anyways, I know you are all thinking I’m horrible now LOL but my boyfriend loves Star Wars and when this new one came out on Disney+ he was like we need to watch it. So, I sat down with the expectation that this would be dumb because well a) I’ve never seen any of the movies so that’s confusing and b) I just figured it wouldn’t be my style. I WAS WRONG YOU GUYS!! This was a fantastic movie. I loved it so much!!
  • Trolls Movie – I ordered the “world premier” of this one as just something cute to watch one night and it was super adorable. I actually loved it and was dancing in my seat the whole time!!

Favourite Songs/Artists:

  • Stuck With You – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
  • Savage (remix) – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce

My Most Popular Posts for May:

New Releases – May 2020

Blogging, Bookstagram, and Self-Esteem

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books I Decided I Wasn’t Interested In Anymore


Favourite Book Reviews:

Becky’s Book BlogBook Review: Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Kate, A Dreamer – Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

The Caffeinated Reader – A Song Below Water eARC Review

Favourite Blog Posts:

The Last Book on the LeftLets Talk Bookish: What Makes A Good Villain

Eternity Books – Lets Talk Bookish: Blogging 101: How to Write a Discussion

Jill’s Book Blog – Bookish Friday – Disappointing Books

BookTubers To Check Out:

I am new to booktube and only now starting to watch some videos here and there!! So I figured there are probably many like me who have been missing out on some fun booktube videos! I’m just going to link a couple here since I’m just starting to explore 😊

Mackenzie Lane – she is so sweet and I’m loving her videos!

Hailey in Bookland – she is really passionate and listening to her speak is wonderful!


Well that is all folks!! Thanks for sticking around with me. I love chatting with you all and I’m so happy that there are people out there who are enjoying my content 😊

How has your month been? Chat with me in the comments!!

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

Hello there everyone!!

Beauty and the Beast has been probably my favourite Disney movie ever. Belle is the best princess in my opinion. She is just so cool! She is idependent and smart, she reads, shes badass…. the list could go on forever, she is just my favourite!!

So when I saw this book tag I was like YUP I need to do this because it just feels so right.

Also – I LOVED the Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson. That is fabulous. Emma Watson is the QUEEN. She can do no wrong in my books.

I found this tag on World Unlike Our Own‘s blog. This tag was created by Kristy @ Kristy and the Cat Read.


Tale as Old as Time: A Popular Theme, Trope, or Setting You Will Never Get Bored of Reading

I have a few!

I love reading anything to do with books. So like, set in a library or bookshop. Or something to do with books.

I also love the friends to lovers trope in romance/chick-lit books!


Belle: A Book You Bought for Its Beautiful Cover That’s Just as Beautiful on the Inside Too

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

This is such a beautiful cover!! I was in love the second I saw it. Turns out the book was amazing as well!!

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Gaston: A Book Everyone Loves That You Don’t

So, I don’t think that EVERYONE loves this one but it is popular and I just didn’t totally love it…… Wilder Girls by Rory Power.

This book was okay for me but didn’t live up to the hype.


Lefou: A Loyal Sidekick You Can’t Help But Love More Than Their Counterpart

Jamie from the Charlotte Holmes series!!

He is such a cute character and is SO loyal its honestly just dumb at some point haha. Charlotte is a great character but she can be a little too much at times and Jamie really just was the best “side kick”


Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth: A Book That Helped You Through a Difficult Time or Taught You Something Valuable

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

This book made me open my eyes and really look at the relationships I have in the life. It made me reconsider what I was focusing on as important events and important people. This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. If nothing else it taught me to appreciate your true friends and to not waste peoples time if you do not share the same feelings as they do!! (Which seems obvious but sometimes you need that reminder)

I think that Mrs. Potts would approve of this 😂


Something There: A Book or Series You Weren’t Into at First
But Picked Up Towards the End

The Leveller by Julia Durango

I actually just read this one and it started off slow and I was a little unsure based on the style of writing but then I really enjoyed it!


Be Our Guest: A Fictional Character You’d Love to Have Over for Dinner

Hmmm.. this is tough because thre are SO MANY great characters that would be super fun to have for dinner. So as per usual I will just give multiple answers LOL

Based on pure attractiveness – Four from Divergent 🔥

Based on interest – Stevie from Truly Devious 🔎

Based on love for books – Odile from The Paris Library 📚


Do you love Beauty and the Beast? If not, what is your fav Disney movie?

Asking Bookstagram: Favourite Romances

Hi there bookish friends!

I am back with another “asking bookstagram” post! Last month I did one and it was actually quite successful and people loved the idea so I want to keep this going as a monthly thing!

I just love to be able to mix the platforms. I love bookstagram so much and I also love writing this blog so this is the perfect way to mix the things I like! Also, I love to hear everyone’s thoughts on things!

This time I asked all my followers on Instagram……..

What is your favourite romance/ contemporary romance and why?

I figured I would start off by naming my top 3 fav books in these categories!

  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
  • Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  • The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

Responses from my lovely bookstagram peeps:

@krisnovels

“The Simple Wild and The Hating Game. I love a good enemies to lovers romance 😁”


@sand_between_pages

“The Friend Zone. Funny, sexy, deep!”


@tales_of_a_bookbug

“The Hating Game by Sally Thorne! It’s one of the best enemies to lovers romance books with amazing writing!”


@pagescapes

“At the moment I just finished 100 Days of Sunlight and I AM OBSESSED.”


@jk.booklover

“I’m going to say London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton, as I could relate to the MC so much it was a bit deja vu”


@bookstorevibe

“The Unhoneymooners because it’s super entertaining and I love the main characters. I also really loved The Bromance Book Club! Super original and hilarious!”


@sammycataspires

“My recent favorite us lie to me by Natasha Preston because it’s so genuine. It’s funny. It’s clever. And witty. But it’s also deep, sincere, and rational. It’s mysterious and suspenseful. It’s sexy and steamy. It has everything I could ever want in a romance and it was so hard to keep away from. I was buddy reading it. Couple chapters a week and I read ahead twice because I couldn’t stop. I finished it in tears. I’ve read many good and even great romances, but I feel like even though I just finished it, its definitely one ill recommend and remember for a long time! The writing is amazing and the characters were so likable.”


@barksbeachesbooks

“The Friend Zone, The Light We Lost, All We Ever Wanted. All very different. The first one because it had tons of laugh out loud moments to break up the achy heart parts”


What do you all think? Do you agree with some of these answers?

What is your fav romance??