Tag: Reading

Recent Reads | Royals, Second Chances, and Other Thoughts

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and have been doing some fabulous reading lately!! I have been somewhat struggling with my reading but I’m hoping that July will bring more motivation for me!

If you saw my monthly wrap up for June you would know I did okay with my reading. Not amazing, but honestly pretty average for me! How many books do you read in a month?

So like last time, I am going to do a little update about what I’ve been reading lately. Lets start with what I have recently finished!


I just finished The Heir Affair a couple days ago!

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I absolutely loved this book. I will post a review for it soon but for now let me just tell you that this book did not disappoint! The drama was wild and just as good as the first book (The Royal We)! I received this book for a Goodreads giveaway!

I hadn’t read The Royal We before and then when I realized The Heir Affair was actually the 2nd book I was like oops better read the first one LOL. I quickly bought The Royal We on my Kobo and read it within I think 2 days. I was amazed how long The Royal We was… like it was a BIG ONE YOU GUYS!! Anyways, it was so fab that I plowed through out regardless of size. I pretty much immediately picked up The Heir Affair (also quite large) and read that one within the week.

I think these 2 books were really interesting in the sense that you get a snap shot into what it might be like being royal with today’s media! A lot of the drama is media drama and just how people make up these headlines about them or twist the truths. Also how the public can be SO MEAN and rip these people apart when they don’t even know them?!?!? I know this is a fictional book but it does make you think what it must really be like!

If you like the royals, specifically Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then you will love these 2 books! I don’t know if they will write another one but I hope they do lol.

I also recently finished The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove

Again, I will have a review for this one soon but just a little overview of it… a woman divorces her husband and decides to get a fresh start. She packs everything she owns into her car and drives off to a hotel she used to visit as a child. Little plot twist here… she actually BUYS the hotel and spruces it up to get it up and running again. She of course makes new friends and meets a guy… wonder what happens there?? Lol.

This was a predicable story but cute! It was also short so definitely a good one if you want a fast read that will make you smile!

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My current reads… this is a little up in the air right now lol. I have started a Netgalley book – Bookish and the Beast.

When I say I’ve started it I mean I’ve read about 3 pages lol. It has been sitting on my list for a bit and I know I need to read it AND I am excited to read it but just feeling a little uninterested in reading at the moment. I’m sure once I read a couple chapters I will be hooked… I mean who doesn’t like a fairy-tale retelling??

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I usually read 2 books at once but I honestly don’t know what book I will pick to read alongside!! So right now I will give you the couple options I’m trying to decide between:

  • The Unhoneymooners
  • The Guest List
  • Darling Rose Gold

Struggling to pick one…. maybe someone can help me decide?? What should I read?


Well that is all for today everyone! Hope you enjoyed my little reading update and my thoughts!!

What are you reading right now? Do you plan a monthly tbr or just go with the flow?

Chat with me in the comments 😊

Ancient History Book Tag

If you have been following me for a little while on here or my IG you would know that I LOVE historical fiction. The reason for that love is mostly due to my huge interest in history in general. I love love love me some history.

I always thought this made me a nerd (and many people made sure to tell me this) but honestly history is so important and to me, I think it is so interesting and I just love learning.

My favourite time period/ places to learn about is definitely WW2 Europe and also Victorian England. I am open to other histories and I totally understand that Europe is only a sliver of worlds history but I am DRAWN to it. I cant help it!!

Drop some historical fiction book recs in the comments please ⬇⬇⬇

SO, ANYWAYS – Lets get on to another book tag I wasn’t tagged in (really shouldn’t be a surprise anymore 😂)


I saw this tag on Matfiction‘s blog! This book tag was originally created by Books Michelle. Go check out there answers to this tag 😊

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The Stone Age: one of the first books you remember reading

I can’t be certain which books I actually remember reading first lol but I know that I started reading Junie B Jones books and The Magic Treehouse books around the same time! Those really sparked my interest in reading when I was just little 😊

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Ancient Greece: your favorite myth-inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek mythology), or retelling

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Bidgid Kemmerer

So, I haven’t read this one but it is on my list of books to read and I remember when I first saw this one I was super excited about it because it was a retelling! I really don’t read that many books that are myth inspired or retellings but I want to get on that and read some!!

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The Roman Empire: a book featuring an impressive empire or kingdom

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

So, I haven’t read this and I’m not sure if it has a kingdom or empire… BUT there is talk of an emperor and an army for girls so that intrigues me! This has been on my radar for a while!

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The Middle Ages, (or the Dark Ages): a book that is an absolute bummer

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

This book was a big ole MEH from me! I’ve used this book in like every book tag that asks for a book I didn’t like or a let down or whatever! This is a bummer let me tell you! I did not enjoy it very much. It had SO MUCH potential to be a really awesome story but for me, it didn’t work.

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The Renaissance: a book that you’ve learned a lot from, or that made you think

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

This story was really sad and the ending actually killed me but it really made me think about the importance of friendship and not taking things for granted!

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The Industrial Revolution: a book featuring an invention or concept that you would love to have in your own life

Terraformer by Colleen Houck

So, this is more of a concept that I think would be cool! The main character, Astra can communicate with plants (and also has some other abilities which I will not disclose haha). I think that is pretty cool! The story is actually really fun and I loved it so everyone should check it out 😊

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World War I & II: your favorite historical fiction book about the World Wars (or if you don’t have one, your favorite historical fiction book in general)

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

This is a great read about the American Library in Paris, France! It follows a Jewish woman who has to flee because of the Nazi take over of Paris. She works at the American Library as a librarian. The book tells the story of how the people at the American Library saved a lot of the books from the Nazi’s who were going to destroy them. It is a powerful read!

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Present day: a book everybody should read in present day according to you

I don’t know if I have a single book but I think that everyone should read some historical fiction! I like them because they give you a snap shot into an event that really happened but its made more entertaining because you follow a character instead of just random events!

I think that everyone should read these because they are a tool for learning and also they spark empathy and understanding for people who are different than you are! I think that historical fiction (and books in general) have played a huge role in my level of empathy!

A few historical fictions I enjoy are:

⭐ The Paris Library (mentioned above)

⭐ The Book of Lost Names

⭐ Home Front Girls


I tag: Soph’s Book World |Reading Between the Dunes | That Book Gal Blogs

If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this one… YOU are tagged 😊


What do you think about history? Do you like it? Is it boring? Chat with me in the comments!

Asking Bookstagram: Listening to Audio Books

Hello everyone 😊

For this month’s ‘asking bookstagram’ post I had SO MANY responses from all of my fabulous IG followers! I am just loving this monthly feature on my blog. It is such a fun time learning what people think about different topics!

This month the bookish question I asked everyone was……

Do you count listening to audio books as reading?

So I have never listened to an audio book before so I don’t really have much of an opinion on this. A part of me wants to say no, its not reading because you are not physically reading it with you eyes… BUT audio books are still books technically so really I suppose it can count as reading.

I know this is a controversial topic and I feel like people are either a hard yes or a hard no and not really in between 😂 I am on the fence only because I’ve never listened to one before.. but perhaps I need to give it a go!


Responses from my wonderful friends:

@_bookishparadise_

I think audiobooks should definitely count as reading, you’re getting through a book and your spending the time to listen to it.


@hailsbooknook

I count them! Books are books, you’re still putting all this time in listening to the book 😊


@thelittlethingsandmore

Yessss!!! I never used to think so and then I realized some people can only do audio so definitely counts 🙌🏻


@books_to_be_read

I don’t always listen to them but if I’m going on a long drive I will find one I like! I would absolutely count them, you are still taking the time to listen and absorb it. In my opinion they are still books 😊


@abundantlybookish

I count them but not towards my reading goal. They are surplus books that I review but wouldn’t add to my goodreads (at least not with a date).


@mcs_bookshelf

I haven’t gone the audio route yet either… but interested as its a great way to pass time while driving. I don’t consider it reading though. Its listening. If you watch a movie adaption of a book would you say: oh I read that book on film? Doubt it 😏 Either way, great entertainment and escape!


@novels.and.tea

I used to not count audiobooks but for a lot of people (visual impairments or learning/reading disabilities for example) audiobooks are the way they usually read books! This changed my perspective and now I count audiobooks the same way 😊


@shes.booked

Absorbing words-however you may do that- is reading!!


@readingonsundays

I count them… but I only listen to non-fiction. Things that are more factual ad boring to read but interesting to listen to


@thereadergram

I don’t listen to audiobooks either. I lean more towards the side of it not counting but I cant really judge since I don’t do it myself.


What do you think about audiobooks? Do they count as reading? Chat with me in the comments!

ARC Review: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, an unforgettable novel about the power of books and the bonds of friendship—and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places. – Simon & Schuster

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Title: The Paris Library

Author: Janet Skeslien Charles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: February 2, 2021


SYNOPSIS:

Paris, 1939. Odile Souchet is obsessed with books and the Dewey Decimal System, which makes order out of chaos. She soon has it all – a handsome police officer beau, an English best friend, a beloved twin, and a job at the American Library in Paris, a thriving community of students, writers, diplomats, and book lovers. Yet when war is declared, there’s also a war on words.

Montana, 1983. Widowed and alone, Odile suffers the solitary confinement of small-town life. Though most adults are cowed by her, the neighbor girl will not let her be. Lily, a lonely teenager yearning to break free of Froid is obsessed by the older French woman who lives next door and wants to know her secrets.

As the two become friends, Odile sees herself in Lily – the same love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. The Paris Library’s dual narratives explore the relationships that make us who we are – family and friends, first loves and favorite authors – in the fairy tale setting of the City of Light. It also explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, and what happens when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us.


MY REVIEW:

The Paris Library was an outstanding book. I fell in love with every piece of it! I loved the characters, the setting, the drama, and all the love.

First off, the book is interesting because it not only shifts between characters but it also shifts between time. Some chapters are in WWII Paris and some are in 1980’s Montana. I loved it! The story was serious and kind of sad at times but there was sprinkled in humor too!

Odile is the main character. She is a strong young woman who works in the American Library in Paris. I enjoyed her absolute love for books and the library. Lily, is a young girl living in Montana next door to Odile as an old woman. Lily experiences loss and Odile ends up being the person that helps her through it. I really enjoyed the characters and how different but similar they were. I liked how the author flipped back and forth and intertwined the stories so it all fit together like a beautiful masterpiece.

When I put the book down I couldn’t help but reflect on my own life. It opened my eyes to things I’ve done and things I’ve overlooked because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I feel that if a story makes you reflect so deeply it must be an amazing book written by an outstanding author. That is what this book was. It was amazing, heartfelt, full of despair and hope, eye opening, and thoughtful. I loved this book with all my heart as I knew I would when I read the synopsis originally. Odile and her friends are the type of people I wish I knew and aspire to be. This story reminded me that not everyone is as they seem and that people change and grow throughout their lives.

The setting of the American Library is the best. It felt like home and it was a home to the characters in the book. I loved that part. Every time the library is mentioned or Odile was working there it just felt so whimsical and full of wonder. It’s a place I would love to see. Something from a dream.

I have always been interested in history which is a reason I was excited for this book! I found the writing to be so good that when the first bombs were dropped and I was reading about the peoples fear and uncertainty, I too felt that way. My heart rate increased, I was holding onto every word, I could not stop reading. This story opened my eyes to the struggles of war. How people had to do things they didn’t want to or thought were wrong just so they could survive. How people turned on each other. How there was so much hidden racism and discrimination! Odile is such a hero throughout the book. Living during that time is unfathomable. Unreal.

Finally, this story is full of love and loss. Odile suffered much loss throughout her life and Lily is lucky to have such a role model. Lily suffered loss as well and in the end it was very heartwarming that they were able to help each other and have such a great relationship! I sure enjoyed the romance and true love expressed in this book. It filled my heart many times. This story is worth the read. It is really something special that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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


Do you like historical fiction? Chat with me in the comments!

8 Mystery Books I Want To Read

I am a huge mood and seasonal reader! Anyone else out there like me?

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I love to match the types of books I read to the type of weather that is outside haha I don’t know if this is common or if I am just crazy…. but for me, the weather influences a lot! I tend to read happy, romantic, light books during the summer. I love to read thrillers and mysteries in the fall. During the spring I read more intense fantasy and sci-fi books. Winter I like to read holiday themed stories and cute romantic books. Obviously, I am up to read anything but those are what I seem to go to during those times!!

So, I am already thinking ahead to September and into fall because time is FLYING BY ME and I figured I should maybe think about what Ill be looking forward to reading! I already have a long list of books for the summer and I’m trying to catch up with my Netgalley books so for the most part my summer is planned!

I thought if anyone else is like me and goes for more mysterious, spooky, and thrilling stories in the fall, you may like this list and maybe even add some to your fall reading list this year 😊


First on my list is Mydworth Mysteries by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello. So this is a series of mystery books and they just look fabulous! These mysteries push together 2 of my favourite genres (historical fiction and mystery) so really this is a must read for me! The first book is called ‘A Shot in the Dark’ and takes place in 1929 England… NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT TIME!

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Synopsis: Sussex, England, 1929. Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there, when young and handsome Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his diplomatic posting in Cairo, with his beautiful and unconventional American wife, Kat. No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry’s aunt’s home – Mydworth Manor. The police are baffled and overwhelmed with the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the dangerous culprit: not only do they have certain useful “skills” they’ve both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English society that your average bobby can’t reach …


Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson!!! I’m a little late to the game with this one but it has been on my TBR for so long! Since. It. Was. Released. What is wrong with me you might ask? I wish I knew. I need this book in my life you guys. So many people have loved it and the reviews are great!

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Synopsis: The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?


Felicity Carrol Mysteries by Patricia Marcantonio – so there are currently 2 books and I’m hoping there will be more because they seem fantastic! Not only are the covers very pretty and intriguing, but the stories are again twisted with historical fiction!! Te first book is called ‘Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit’ which just sounds so fun!

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Synopsis: Felicity Carrol is interested in everything—except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money.

Felicity has other ambitions—but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit. As the killer sets his sights on a new victim—a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination—the stakes rise to impossible heights.


Countess of Harleigh Mystery series by Dianne Freeman. Okay so maybe it’s clear there is a theme to the types of mysteries I feel like reading right now lol. This is ANOTHER mystery with historical fiction. I am so drawn to these!!

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Synopsis: Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York—for her first London season.

No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband’s death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she’s also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie’s demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.

While busy with social engagements on Lily’s behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing London’s elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sister’s suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily’s season—and their lives—come to a most unseemly end . . . 


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Sooooooooo, again, I’m really late to this one and need to read this one AND the second one! So much reading to do!! When I heard this is like Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars I was like YUP say no more I need that!

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Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens! I just came across this one when I was watching a booktuber (cannot remember who because all I do now is watch all these booktubers lol). I love me a good mystery where everyone ends up being involved!! So juicy!

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Synopsis: The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?


This is a Bookstagram made me do it pick!! The Guest List by Lucy Foley is HIGH on my list of mysteries I need in my life. I have seen this book everywhere and it wasn’t really on my list at first but then I just decided I needed to jump on the bandwagon and now here we are!

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Synopsis: The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. TALK ABOUT A GOOD MYSTERY! This has everything you need. I love a good amateur sleuth type mystery and I love when the main character is a suspect of the mystery! Always SO interesting!

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Synopsis: Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects—and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.


What are some other mysteries I should check out?? Are there any on this list you want to read too? Chat with me in the comments!

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!

Bookish Baking Book Tag

Hey there everyone! Does anyone else love to bake and have found that they are baking like way more than usual right now?? I LOVE to bake. I especially like making cookies and cupcakes. I also like muffins but cupcakes can be decorated all cute so I really like that part!

I came across this book tag on The Reading Fairy and loved it and figured I would give it a go! I also feel super inspired to create my own book tag so I will be working on that for the next little bit! I will keep you all updated 😊


Rules:

  • Thank whoever tagged you
  • Link back to them and the original creator (Kay @ Hammock of Books)
  • Answer the 12 prompts, and feel free to use these graphics
  • Tag 5+ friends to share the sweetness 

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Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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I thought this book was SO funny and the beginning had me laughing and cringing and feeling so many things so quickly! I was hooked at the beginning of the book and all the way through! Hazel is such a lovable character and her insane personality shines right from the start!

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For some reason whenever I think of a holiday book I always go to Christmas… but to be honest I don’t have any Christmas book rec’s that I have actually read myself. So instead I’m doing to do a Halloween book!

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck!

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This would be the perfect Halloween read. It is a little spooky, deals with magic, has a crazy unbelievable world, AND the main character is a witch. So yeah, defs a good Halloween read!

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Terraformer by Colleen Houck

2 Colleen Houck books back to back??? What!!

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Astra is the main character in this story and I just loved her. I felt so nervous for her throughout the story because she was in SUCH a compromising situation and also her health was not good so I worried about her in that sense too! The ending is fabulous and I felt so much better about her and her situation!

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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This book LOOKS super summery and just a must read for summer time! Not only is it a lighter, cuter read – it also takes place in Hawaii which to me, seems like the land of summer time!

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I mean other than the obvious answer of a children’s book or something… I would say the Twilight series as a whole. I read this series when I was much younger and it feels honestly like a life time ago! It really takes me back when I think about those books.

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Sooooooo, I’ve only actually read 1 classic (Pride and Prejudice) and I didn’t really like it, However, I am currently reading Treasure Island and that is shaping out to be pretty good. So, Ill go with that, Treasure Island

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I will say this book/ series EVERY TIME! The Charlotte Holmes series is fantastic! Everyone should read it. I loved all the books, it is just so under rated! I don’t see it pop up too much but when I do I GET SO EXCITED! I love sharing this one with the world! Go read it.

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The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

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This is such a cute book! Its a total chick-lit style book that focuses on the main character who wins a bookshop and basically follows her new life and a new love interest! Such a fun, fluffy read!

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The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

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This book was so interesting!! I loved it and the message it has is powerful. Its mostly about advocating for people and sticking up for what is right. Also a little bit of not judging people before knowing them and protecting children! Its a great read with some social work themes! (Also, there’s magic in this book!!)

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The Institute by Stephen King

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I say this book because first off, it was my first King read.. and second, the book is quite big and I was worried it would take me forever to read!

It was fantastic and I was intimidated for no reason! It was not scary like I thought it would be and I flew through it because it was a great story!

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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I will start off by saying I did not really enjoy this book because it was so slow BUT it had very diverse characters which was awesome!

There was at least 2 trans characters, a gay character, and a non-binary relationship!

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Obviously this is a big book with lots of hype right now! Hunger Games was such a well known, amazing book series so it is not surprising that the newest installment is very popular!!


Thats it everyone!

Do you agree with my answers? If you like this book tag, feel free to join in! I’m not going to tag anyone so consider yourself tagged if you want to do it!

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.