Tag: Reading

Historical Fiction Books I Want To Read

Hello everyone!!

Happy Tuesday 🙂 I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

This weekend was just a long weekend for me (Labour Day) and I can say that I feel I need a few more days… or maybe weeks? Lol I am just so over working and want to relax and have no worries.

BUT the good news is, I am going on a little mini vaca next week! Me and my BF are jumping on the ferry and heading to Vancouver Island for a couple days. We are so excited to just be away from home and have some time off work!!!! Literally so excited!

Anyways, that’s my little life update but lets get to why you are here which is HISTORICAL FICTION!

If you are like me, you love some historical fiction. I find that I always talk about this genre and have a million books on my tbr but when it actually comes to reading them I don’t get to them as much as Id like to!

So I figured if I could narrow it down to a smaller list then I could actually work towards reading them. Crazy idea right?? Lets see if it actually helps me lol if nothing else here is a list of some historical fictions I really want to read!


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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

A group of people from very different walks of life come together to save Jane Austen’s legacy. It is supposed to be a very heartwarming story and is set just after WW2!

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

A female spy is recruited to the real life Alice Network in France during WW1. An American socialite is searching for her cousin in 1947. These two women are brought together to go on a mission to truth finding, both for their own reasons and will do whatever it takes to get it.

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The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

A story about everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2. The project is never explained to the women and they don’t know exactly what they are working on. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth of the project, the women have to confront their ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war.

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All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Two women connected across time by the city of Paris, a journal, and a lot of secrets. Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memories. Slowly she regains pieces of her life and comes across a mystery from decades prior. Celine lives in Nazi-occupied Paris and ends up being a mistress for a German officer in order to keep her family safe. These stories intersect when Caroline finds Celine’s diary tucked away in her apartment.


These are just 4 from a list of many! Maybe I will do another post like this once I actually read some of the historical fictions I have listed here!! Keep myself accountable!

Ill leave a couple historical fictions I have read and enjoyed as well, just in case you need some more to read!

📖 The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

📖 The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnball

📖 The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel


Hope you all have a lovely day!

Happy reading 🙂

July 2020 Wrap Up

Hey friends!

Where did July go???? Like actually this month went by quicker than any month this year. I have been a busy bee and just feel like there isn’t enough time to do everything I want to do, so this month was not long enough!

Updates on me: I am still working from home. This makes it about 4 months now which is seriously crazy, it hasn’t felt that long! I don’t know how much longer Ill be working from home but I am soaking it up the best I can. I’m finding that it is different and I do miss being social, but I’m also loving it and find that I’m quite productive when I get to be in my home office, Its more relaxing to me and therefore I get more done! I know that isn’t the case for everyone, but its working for me!

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Also – I kind of just stopped posting blog posts for the last couple weeks. I went to Kelowna around the middle of the month and ever since coming back I just found myself to be insanely busy. I just haven’t found the time to sit down and properly focus on writing posts and because I wasn’t fully concentrated I didn’t want to put something out that was half assed. So, I’m really hoping to get back into a schedule for August! I think Ill be posting a little less just so I can keep up and post quality content for you all!!

Reading updates: I was able to finish 5 books this month! I started off slow with reading. I finished The Heir Affair and then went into a bit of a book hangover haha I just didn’t feel like reading and couldn’t get into anything. But, I got over that and I started reading again and finished 5 books so I’m happy with that!

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What I Read This Month:

  • The Heir Affair
  • Bookish and the Beast
  • The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts
  • The Unhoneymooners
  • Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas

My Favourite Books of the Month:

  • The Unhoneymooners – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Heir Affair – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favourite TV Shows/ Movies:

Cursed (Netflix) – Omg if you haven’t watched this yet please do! It is fantasy full of magic and action! I loved it so much! It only has 1 season so far but it was such a fun show! Its also a King Arthur retelling and has so many cool characters!

Favourite Songs/ Artists:

  • Stunnin – Curtis Waters
  • Popstar – DJ Kalid
  • Taylor Swifts who album Folklore
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My Most Popular Posts for July:

Ancient History Book Tag

New Releases – July 2020

Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Favourite Book Reviews

Prose and PancakesThe Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Books Over Everything Keep My Heart in San Fransisco

The Bursting BookshelfTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Birdie Bookworm The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Favourite Blog Posts:

Foxes and Fairy Tales – Top Ten Contemporary Books

Upside Down Books Favourite Authors

Paws and PaperbacksLets Talk Bookish: What Makes a Book YA?

Annie Likes WordsBook Recs For Your Enneagram type


What was a highlight for you this month?

Did you read as much as you hoped?

Chat with me in the comments!!

If you liked The Grace Year… You might like…

Hey friends! I’m back with another book recommendation post! I really loved doing the last one which was book recs if you liked Truly Devious! Check that one out here if you haven’t already 😊

If you are like me then you LOVED The Grace Year. I have been seeing this one pop up again on social media. I feel like the first wave of people grabbed it right when it came out and now we have everyone else picking it up for the first time and also loving it. So happy to see so many people enjoying this one!!

So anyways, I like to browse around on Goodreads and on others IG and blogs and see what the heck I can read after I read a book and loved it and WANT MORE. Goodreads I find to be the most helpful for this because they have that little side bar with books that people thought were similar or whatever!! Sometimes they aren’t good recs (for me) but other times they hit the mark! I found this time they were on point!

So without any further chit chat, lets get into the book recs!!

IF YOU LIKE THE GRACE YEAR… READ THESE, YOU MIGHT LIKE THEM 😊


Characteristics of The Grace Year that helped me pick the recommendations:

  • YA dystopia
  • Survival
  • Village life
  • Magical ideals
  • Girl who rebels against the village/ government

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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For some reason Wilder Girls came to my mind right away when I was thinking of books similar to The Grace Year! They are very different but have so many similar elements that my brain just pushed them together!

Wilder Girls is about a group of girls who live on an Island and attend a boarding school. The school is then placed under quarantine due to some mysterious anomaly that hits the Island. The girls and the Island itself start changing and things become quite dangerous. They are waiting for a cure but it seems like a cure may never come. The main character decides to break the quarantine and of course, a lot of horrible things start to happen!

Why you might like it:

  • Survival aspects
  • YA horror
  • Boarding school setting, secluded from rest of the world, group of girls
  • Possible magic/ powers

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

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This story sounds SO interesting. It is a YA fantasy. In brief, this story is about a girl who does something she shouldn’t and then negative things start to happen 😂

The story speaks about who everyone has a soul. Some souls are beautiful and others are evil. The main character is a Soulwalker which means she can go into peoples souls when they sleep. When she visits peoples souls she always sees a black door… mysterious right? Her mom tells her to never open the black door, but some events occur and she ends up opening the black door!!

Why you might like this:

  • Fantasy
  • Main character goes against the wishes of her mother and does something she shouldn’t
  • Soulwalking – sounds interesting enough
  • LGBTQ representation

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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I haven’t read this one yet but its on my TBR!

This is about 3 girls (The Sawkill Girls) who end up coming togethr on an island called Sawkill Rock. There are stories told about the island – the healing waters, the strong people, and about some monsters that lurk in the shadows. The legend says that girls have been going missing on the island for decades… no one has ever tried to do anything about it. However, the Sawkill Girls are willing to fight back and discover what is really going on.

Why you might like this:

  • Female lead characters
  • YA horror
  • Possible magic/ powers
  • Survival aspects
  • Mystery

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I feel like this one has to be the list! If you have not read this book or series yet…. not sure WHERE YOUVE BEEN?

Divergent is set in a society where people are placed in different factions when they turn 16 based on a particular virtue. We follow Beatrice who struggles when she has to decide being with her family or being who she truly is. There is a lot of action and competition. The story gets darker and darker and often times it seems no one can be trusted.

Why you might like this:

  • Set in a dystopian world
  • Female lead character who is very strong and independent
  • Survival and action
  • Betrayal
  • YA science fiction

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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The legend has it that anyone who tries to settle down at the isolated finishing school in South America will be cursed. Mavi decides that this is a good place for a new start. She wants to teach at the school. Mavi tries to soak up the strangeness of the school – she is told not to roam at night, is receiving threats, and hearing rumors about mysterious Others.

A student then vanishes and teacher begin to act very strangle – almost like they are possessed. Mavi starts to believe the legends and finds out some information that could unravel her existence. She must solve a cosmic mystery and then fight for her survival.

Why you might like this:

  • Psychological thriller
  • Paranormal
  • School setting
  • Legends/ myths
  • Survival aspects

What do you think? Do any of these books sounds interesting to you?

Have you read The Grace Year and want to check these ones out?

Chat with me in the comments!

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!