9 Anticipated Releases for 2019

There are quite a few books I am dying to have in my hands in the new year and today I am sooo excited to be sharing them with you because I am sure there are a few on my list some of you are excited for too. Anyways, let’s just get into it!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – January 29th, 2019

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I haven’t heard anything about this book other than what I read on Goodreads, but it sounds pretty awesome if you ask me. This is re-telling of Beauty and the Beast but for part of the book, it takes place in our world before our main character is sucked into a fantasy world to save the prince who is destined to destroy his entire world if someone doesn’t help him break his dreaded curse. One thing that caught my eye when reading this book’s description was that the main character, Harper, has cerebral palsy. It’s really great to see that kind of diversity in a novel and it is something we need to see more of! Hopefully, this book is as good as it sounds though!

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi – April 2nd, 2019

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After Restore Me, the sudden fourth addition to her Shatter Me series, I am so, SO ready for Defy Me. I love Warner…a lot, and without him I doubt I’d love these books as much as I do, to be honest. Since I don’t want to spoil what this book is about, the first book, Shatter Me, follows our main character Juliette who has a deadly and terrible curse that kills anyone she touches. She has been locked away for years because of this until she suddenly gets a new roommate named Adam and he helps break them both out. This is a dystopian series and while I’m not a huge dystopian fan, I do enjoy these books and am looking forward to Defy Me!

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – April 2nd, 2019

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I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston when it came out last year and really liked how quirky and relatable it was, so you bet I am looking forward to The Princess and the Fangirl this spring. This book follows two characters, Imogen who is a die-hard fangirl of the TV show Starfield, and Jessica who is an actress in Starfield who wants out. When the script for the new season of Starfield leaks, Jessica is put to blame and after unlikely events push the two look-a-likes together, Imogen and Jess work together to find the real snitch. I think this book will be a fun ride and I cannot wait for this fangirl-filled story.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesely Chu – April 2nd, 2019

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April 2nd is going to be a busy day for book releases, and while I am excited for them all, I think I am most excited for this one. This is another book set in the Shadowhunter world, and it follows the adventures of Alec and Magnus after the events of the Dark War. While Alec has never been one of my favourite characters, as more books with him in it come out, I’ve learned to like him a lot more than I did in City of Bones. Maybe this book will help me really like him, but nonetheless, I am so excited to hear about what happened to Magnus and Alec after the Dark War. I can’t really say much about the plot because of spoilers, but yeah!

Again, but Better by Christina Riccio – May 7th, 2019

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I have been watching Christine (Polandbannasbooks on YouTube) for years and years now, so of course, I am going to support her and check out her book. Also, it genuinely sounds like something I would enjoy reading. This is a contemporary book that follows Shane, a girl in college who has felt like she was doing it all wrong, her daily routine consisting of her dorm, class, dining hall and repeat. Hoping to right her wrongs, she signs up to study for a semester in London but when she gets there, she realizes she hasn’t left the things that were holding her back at home like self-doubt. I think I will really relate to Shane and I am curious to see how much I like the story overall!

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – May 14th, 2019

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To be honest, I was not a big fan of From Twinkle, With Love, Menon’s last contemporary novel. I really did not like the main character, but I did really enjoy the overall story so I am willing to give this new book a try when it comes out this spring! It follows two characters, Ashish who was recently dumped by his girlfriend and whose parents are frantically trying to set him up with an Indian-American girl, and Sweetie who is tired of her parents saying she’s lacking because she’s fat and is determined to show them and the world how awesome she really is. Ashish and Sweetie don’t plan on it, but when they are thrown together sparks fly and they can’t help but fall for each other. This sounds really cute like Menon’s other novels, and I’m excited about all the mushy, gushy goodness.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – May 14th, 2019

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This book sounds so epic and again, I haven’t heard much about it, but I cannot wait to get my hands on it! The world in We Hunt the Flame is inspired by ancient Arabia and it follows Zafira who is a well-known hunter that has disguised herself as a man, braving the cursed forest to feed her people. We also follow Nasir who is a prince that assassinates anyone foolish enough to deny his father, avoiding any sense of compassion to stay alive and sane in his crazy world. Their paths cross when Zafira embarks on a quest to retrieve a hidden artifact and Nasir is sent after her, not to retrieve the same artifact but to kill Zafira. This book sounds sooo awesome and I cannot wait to sit down and devour it when it hits the shelves!

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – November 19th, 2019

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Chain of Gold could very well be my most anticipated release of the year but I am not 100% sure yet. In this new Shadowhunter series, we follow the children of Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices trilogy in Edwardian London, James and Lucie Herondale. We follow them as the Blackthorn and Carstairs families suddenly arrive in London, but they are not all that arrives because the plague comes too. Action, adventure and romance are inevitable for Shadowhunters, and they are no different when dark secrets are unravelled and the price of being a hero is made blatant. Actually yeah, this is my most anticipated release of the year.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman – Release Date Undetermined…

This is the third (and final?) book in the Arc of a Scythe series and if this is the finale, I know it is going to be one hell of a ride. If it’s not, it will still be one crazy rollercoaster. Thunderhead left me BROKEN and eager for more, and I am itching to get my hands on The Toll but who knows when that is going to be. The first book, Scythe, takes place in a future dystopian world where humans have conquered everything from death to disease. To keep the world in balance though, there are Scythes who choose people to kill every week at random. Our two main characters, Citra and Rowan are chosen to be the apprentices to a well-known Scythe but it is a burden neither of them thought they wanted. Neal Shusterman crafts such an interesting and terrifying world in these books and I am curious and nervous to see what he does in this next one!

There you have it! Those are 9 most anticipated releases for 2019 and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to let me know what books you are looking forward to next year because I would love to know. Also, make sure you check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which will all be linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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December 2018 TBR

This TBR should be super long since I need to read 12 books to meet my Goodreads reading goal, but I don’t want to force myself into reading specific books all month so I am only going to list five books I want to get to. Anyways, let’s keep this short and just jump right into all the books I plan/need/want to read in the LAST MONTH OF 2018. I’m not freaking out, you are.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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This is the second book in the Dark Artifices trilogy which is my FAVOURITE trilogy/series in the entire world of books. By the time you see this post, I’ve probably already read it because on Sunday I only had 99 pages left so that’s awesome! This book takes place in a world of Shadowhunters with a massive cast of amazing characters, our main one in the first book being Emma Carstairs who is trying to uncover the mystery of her parents’ mysterious death. I am so excited to finish this book but I am also really sad because these books are so good. I don’t want them to end!

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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This is the THIRD AND FINAL book in the Dark Artifices trilogy, and I am not emotionally ready…I wish this was a long, long series, but I am looking forward to getting my hands on this massive beauty. Actually, since it’s Friday and it came out Tuesday, December 4th, I have already picked it up and am probably reading it right now!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This TBR is just jammed pack with Cassandra Clare, but I am NOT complaining. A few months ago I started re-reading The Mortal Instruments series via audiobooks and am still working my through. Currently, I am on book five so that is what I will be listening to this month. The Mortal Instruments series follows our main character, Clary, whose mother is kidnapped and to get her back, Clary has to uncover the secrets of who her mother truly was, and who she really is as well. I’ve read this book…quite a few times already, but I am, of course, looking forward to re-visiting the world and characters and all that fun stuff.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

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I started reading this book in November but did not get very far which sucks because this book is so, so short. I will make it a priority to read it in December though since short books are going to be my saving grace when it comes to reaching my reading goal. Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, a freshman in high school who struggles to fit in until a ragtag group of friends take him in and transform his life for the better. This is a great coming of age story that is both sad and heart-warming, and honestly, it is something everyone needs to read.

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

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This is another short book, but it is also one I’ve been meaning to get to ever since I saw the movie last year. Also, I still have yet to read a Stephen King book other than his book on writing, so I need to change that before the new year. While I’ve seen the movie, I can’t really remember anything about this book other than it has something to do with children being special for some reason…and that there is a gunslinger. Yeah, that’s all, but I am excited to read it and find out what exactly happens!

While I have to read 12 books this month, I don’t want to make a super strict and confining TBR so I am going to leave it at these 5 books to give myself some wiggle room. So, yeah! That is all for my December TBR and I hope you enjoyed. Make sure you check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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November Reading Wrap Up!

Looking back at my Goodreads page, I realized I read a lot more than I thought…but I was still hoping to have read a few more books than I did. However, I did read 4 books this month and one of them was pretty long (like 700 pages), so I’m not complaining. It does mean I’m going to have to read 12 books in December though…but I can do it, right? Anyways, here are the books I read in November!

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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I was in need of a fun contemporary and while it took me a while to really enjoy myself, by the time I hit halfway I loved the characters and story. Some parts were painfully relatable, and while I didn’t love it, I did like it! Emergency Contact follows two perspectives, Penny who is a freshman writing major, and Sam who is an aspiring filmmaker and works at coffee-shop. Their paths cross when Sam goes to the hospital after Penny witnesses him faint, and suddenly, they become each other’s emergency contact but their relationship develops to something more over time. Again, I did really like this book and it was the fun contemporary I needed! 3.5/5 stars

Bent Box by Lee Maracle 

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This is a poetry collection that I picked up for one of my writing class assignments where we had to pick a living, Canadian poet, read their work and then write a really short summary and response to it. Lee Maracle is an Aboriginal writer, so many of her poems spoke of her struggles of the past. It was a really emotional and powerful collection of poetry and while I am not a HUGE poetry fan, I did enjoy this book and there were quite a few poems that I actually adored. If you like poetry, I definitely recommend giving it a read! 3/5 stars

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Surprise, surprise, I LOVED Lady Midnight! I think I’ve read this book three or four times now, and each time my love for it grows dramatically. This world…the characters…the story…ugh, just everything is so amazing and wonderful and I wish I could meet these characters and live in this world. Lady Midnight is the first book in the Dark Artifices trilogy and a continuation of her massive Shadowhunter world. It follows a large cast of characters, but specifically, Emma Carstairs who after her parents were murdered and their bodies washed up on shore, she has been hunting for the justice of their deaths. The last book in this trilogy has come out by the time you are reading this, and I already know it will ruin me like all the other books have so that will be fun. 5/5 stars, obviously!

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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Usually, I fly through these audiobooks but after watching Bohemian Rhapsody, my already crazy obsession with Queen grew and suddenly all I wanted to do was just listen to their music. I forgot all about audiobooks and listened to music every time I had to walk or take the bus…so, yeah, it took me a while to get through Emerald Green, but I did! Emerald Green is the third and final book in the Ruby Red/Precious Stones trilogy, that follows Gwen, a girl from a family of time travellers. Her cousin, Charlotte, is the one believed to have the gene but when Gwen suddenly travels back in time, she becomes a part of a world she thought she had escaped. I love this series. It has its many, many flaws, and to be honest, the ending is NOT as satisfying as I hoped…but it is one of those fun and warm-hearted books you can’t help but like. 4.5/5 stars

I was so, so close to finishing Lord of Shadows in time for the end of November but it is 699 pages! It’s so, so long but honestly, I wouldn’t want anything less. I did finish it today though so I am already one book down in December…only 11 more to go, ha ha ha. Anyways, that is all for my November 2018 Reading Wrap Up, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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5 Books to Give to Your Non-Reader Friend

We all have those friends who claim they aren’t readers, but in my opinion, everyone is a reader. If they aren’t, they just haven’t found the right book yet. That’s where you come in! As readers, it is our duty to recruit as many readers possible by giving them amazing books to read. So, to make your job easier I put together a list of 5 books to give to your non-reader reader friend and I hope you enjoy!

1. The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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Not only is this a decently lengthed book (about 350 pages) so it won’t intimidate a non-reader, but it is also a beautifully haunting and interesting book that reels you in from page one. It reminds me of an older version of Narnia but following the characters after they leave a magical world called The Woodlands. Philippa, Evelyn, and Jamie are siblings that spent years in The Woodlands after retreating there during the war and return back to their own world as if no time has passed. While Philippa and Jamie are eager to return to their old lives now that the war is over, Evelyn is reluctant and still feels tied to the magical world of The Woodlands. I absolutely adore this book and how raw everything is. I feel like it is a book that anyone would enjoy, reader or not!

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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The Selection is just one of those fun, light-hearted books that are like candy. Once you pick it up, you can’t stop reading it. This is a dystopian-contemporary book that is part of a trilogy (technically a series but we don’t speak of the last two books) where our main character, America Singer is picked to be part of the Selection; a contest to win Prince Maxon’s heart. It’s a little cheesy and cliche and predictable, and yes, the main character can be stubborn at times, but the story is just a lot of fun to follow. It has romance, drama, and a little bit of action even and trust me, it’s a blast.

3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Ah, this book is so, so incredible that I can’t help but recommend it to anyone and everyone. This is also a dystopian book that takes place in a future where humans have solved every problem, including death. To keep the population in check though, there are scythes who pick a certain amount of people to die each month, and our two main characters, Citra and Rowan, have been chosen to be apprentices to well-known scythe but this is a burden neither of them wants. Not only is this plot gripping, as is the world (which is also kind of scary, giving us an insight into what the future could hold), but the characters are incredibly vivid and fleshed out, making the story even better. Just read it! It’s a five-star read.

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This series has it all; magic, darkness, and amazingly witty characters. Blue Sargent is one of our main characters and comes from a family of psychics, yet has never shown any psychic abilities herself. But when she goes to a church like she does every year so her mother can watch the soon-to-be-dead walk by, but without seeing them herself, Blue sees her first ghost named Gansey. When she meets the real life, still alive Gansey who is a rich kid from her least favourite school, she can’t help but feel drawn to him and his strange group of friends in a way she can’t explain. The first book in this quartet is amazing, and hopefully, the first book will draw in your non-reader friend so they read the rest of the series as well!

5. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters is another easy book like candy, but it does have a little more substance to it than The Selection I will say. Not only is the main character pretty relatable, but the story and relationships in it are as well. In this contemporary, Eliza Mirk is a mysterious and strange, quiet girl who is the anonymous creator of one of the most famous online webcomics, Monstrous Sea. When Eliza meets Wallace, incidentally Monstrous Sea‘s biggest fanfic writer, she comes out of her shell a bit more but becomes torn between telling him the truth about who she is or just not. I read this book in one sitting and cannot recommend it enough!

Those are the 5 books I recommend you give to your non-reader friend, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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October Reading Wrap Up

I didn’t expect October to be as great of a reading month as it turned out to be, and I am definitely not complaining. October was…stressful, to say the least, but because of how stressful and busy it was, seeing that I still came out of the month with 7 books read feels really good and also gives me hope for November! Anyways, onto what books I read this month!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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I’m really glad I squeezed in reading this book when I did because now all my reading slots are booked up with The Dark Artifices trilogy (not complaining, I CANNOT wait for Queen of Air and Darkness), and also whatever else I am reading for classes. Eliza and Her Monsters is a YA contemporary following a girl who is the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic series called Monstrous Sea, and her struggles and relationships and anxieties during her final year of school. I really love this book because I relate to Eliza a lot, but I also don’t at the same time if that makes sense. I like to think I’m more extroverted and willing to put myself out there than she is, but still, in the ways that count, I see a lot of myself in Eliza. The story is also great and the romance between Eliza and Wallace is ugh, everything. 4.5/5 stars

Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

This was another spur of the moment decision except instead of sitting down and reading these books, I listened to the audiobooks. I have read the Ruby Red trilogy a million and one times, and I have even listened to the audiobooks in full one or two times. The audiobooks are really well done and the narrator captures Gwen amazingly, bringing her to life. This is a time-traveling book following our main character, Gwen who lives in a family with a time-traveling gene, however her cousin, Charlotte is the one everyone believes has it. That is until Gwen travels back in time. This trilogy is so much fun and while a lot of people dislike it because it is too predictable or “not original” enough, it is one that I can come back to again and again! Ruby Red: 4.5/5 Sapphire Blue: 4.5/5

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Audiobooks are key during busy months, especially when you are behind on your reading goal AND if you spend a lot of time commuting. Ha, both of those apply to me! This was another audiobook listen for me because ever since August, I have been listening to the audiobooks for The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because while I’ve also read these book a million, maybe even a billion and one times, I have yet to listen to their audiobooks which so far, are really well done and I am enjoying! This is the fourth book in a series that follows characters who live in a world of angels and demons and after our main character, Clary’s mother is kidnapped, she sets out to find her, discovering that she has more of a place in this strange, crazy world than she thought. 4/5 stars

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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I was reading this book again because it finally released to the world on October 23rd, and because of that, I really, really wanted to put up a non-spoiler review for it. Luckily, I love this book and it is the perfect gloomy, fall read so I picked it up for the second time this year and gave it a quick(ish) re-read. This is YA fantasy-historical-contemporary sort of book that follows three siblings after coming back from a fantasy world called The Woodlands, who are trying to adjust back into the real world. It is such a fast read and it’s a good one too, so I recommend picking it up! 4.5/5 stars

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

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This was a book I had to read for English class and while it was hard for me to get through the first half, I didn’t mind it afterwards. This book is on a really, really important topic to Canadians though, and it was nice to see a World War I story through a fresh pair of eyes, a pair that didn’t usually get to tell the story. Three Day Road follows Xavier, a young Cree man from Moose Factory, who goes to fight in the war, and also his aunt Niska who raised him. We get to hear both of their stories and what happened in their early lives leading up to the present. It was definitely raw and hard to read at times, but it was a reality for the Indigenous people of Canada. However, I had heard that while Joseph Boyden claims to be from Metis roots, he is not actually…I couldn’t really get that out of my head while reading it because after everything he wrote in his books, lying about his background completely counteracts it! 3/5

Traplines by Eden Robinson

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I also had to read this for a class, but I was able to choose the book as long as it was a short story collection by a living Canada author. So I chose this. I have heard a lot about Eden Robinson and was really excited to finally pick up something of hers! Traplines contains four short stories; Traplines, Dogs in Winter, Contact Sports and Queen of the North. All of these stories connect in the way that they take place in Northern Canada and follow characters with not the smoothest family trees. I read Traplines, the single short story, last year for class and really enjoyed that, Dogs in Winters was alright, Contact Sports was a rollercoaster ride, and Queen of the North…well I wanted more. In a good way! I really recommend picking this short story collection up because you should help support Canadian authors! Traplines: 3.5/5 Dogs in Winter: 3/5 Contact Sports: 4/5 Queen of the North: 4.5/5

So, those were all the books I read this month and I hope you enjoyed! I am very excited about next week’s and the rest of November’s blog posts because they are ideas that really excite me and I hope you all are looking forward to them too! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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November 2018 TBR

October came and went in the blink of an eye, and now November is only days away which is crazy! I am extremely excited for my November TBR this year though because it is full of books preparing me for my most anticipated book release of the year: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! Anyways, let’s get into this TBR and talk about all the books I plan on reading in November, which is also the month of NaNoWriMo…

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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In preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness, the third and final book in the Dark Artifices series, I need to re-read the first two books. I believe I have re-read this book once and I would have re-read it a million more times than that if I could because of how amazing it is, but this is no small book. It is almost 700 pages and I do not have the TIME to sit down and read 700 pages (two 700 paged books) this month…but I am going to anyways. Lady Midnight follows a race of half-humans and half-angels called Shadowhunters, whose mandate is to protect the world and humans from demons. In this book, we follow a large and AMAZING cast of characters who are Shadowhunters and after bodies murdered in the same way one of our main character’s, Emma Carstairs, parents were, start surfacing, she puts it on herself to find the murderer. This book has romance, action, kick-ass heroines (and heroes), and a beautiful family dynamic so I cannot wait to re-read it and re-visit this world and the characters!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I do not believe I have had the chance to re-read Lord of Shadows, so I am especially excited to pick this one up again. It is the second book in the trilogy and honestly, I only remember the key points in the story since I read it over a year ago. However, I do remember it having a lot more of my two favourite characters (Christina and Mark!!!), so again, very excited about that.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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While I was planning on listening to the Ruby Red audiobook in October, and then the second book, Sapphire Blue in November, I just ended up listening to Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue a lot faster than anticipated! This is great because I need to read more books every month because I am so close to my 75 books in one-year goal! Anyways, Emerald Green is the third and final book in this YA time-traveling trilogy that follows our main character, Gwen, who lives in a family that possesses a time-traveling gene. Her entire life, it was her cousin, Charlotte who was believed to have the gene, but when Gwen suddenly travels back in time she becomes part of a world she thought she had escaped. I love this trilogy and I love listening to the audiobooks so I am very excited to listen to this on the bus and when I am just walking around!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This the second audiobook I plan on listening to this month because since I am wanting to read to monstrously sized books, I am going to want to take a break and just listen to some stories as well. I have also been making my way through The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook as I finished City of Fallen Angels last month, so I am looking forward to continuing on! This is the fifth book in the series that also follows characters who are mostly Shadowhunters, give or take a few vampires and werewolves. After our main character, Clary’s mother is kidnapped in the first book, she is suddenly thrust into a world of demons and angels to get her mother back, and along the way, realizes she has a large part in this world than she thought.

Okay, so those are the four main books I want to get to in the month of November which is going to be a struggle. November is always a very, very busy and stressful month because it is when lots of projects and essays for school are due, and it is also National Novel Writing Month! However, I have been on a reading roll lately so I am sure I will find the time. I also only plan on reading two physical books and two audiobooks of my own choice because I know I will be assigned some reading in English and I don’t want to put too much on myself!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this November TBR and make sure you comment the books you plan on reading this coming month because I’d love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content below 🙂

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September 2018 Wrap Up

I knew I read a few books this month, but I am honestly surprised with how many I actually did manage to read. September…was a busy month. Lots of stress and things to do, but I still managed to squeeze in reading time and I am very proud of what I read! I read 5 whole books this month which is a lot for a school month, especially the first school month of the year. Anyways, enough ramble so here are the 5 books I read in September!

City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I listened to the second and third book in The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook, and had so much fun revisiting one of my favourite series by listening to them while commuting to school! This series follows a girl named Clary who after her mother disappears, is suddenly thrust into a world of angels and demons and discovers that she has more of a place in this crazy world than she thought. There is adventure, action, and heaps and heaps of romance so what’s not to love? CoA – 4/5 stars, CoG – 4.5/5 stars

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

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I think its obvious that I had to read this for school since it is not normally what I read, but I am actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this Greek tragedy. While the story is…strange, it is entertaining and really powerful. It has actually made me want to pick up more Greek tragedies and give them a try, so who knows, maybe we will be seeing some more plays in my monthly wrap-ups. Anyways, this follows our main character, Oedipus who is the king of Thebes and he discovers that his life is not exactly what it seems…lots of drama and irony but a very good book to dissect in English class! 3.5/5 stars

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

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Another book I had to read for English class, but another one that I really enjoyed. This story was so impactful and important, and there were several times while reading it where I had to put it down to take a break. Indian Horse follows our main character, Saul, who is retelling the story of his life while in a rehab centre when he is around thirty years old. We watch him get taken away from his family and taken to a residential school, and how he survived that and the following years to come. This is a book I think everyone needs to read and I definitely plan on reading it again in the future because it was that good! 4/5 stars

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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This was a book I was super excited to read ever since I read the synopsis a few months back, and I was so happy to find the time to sit down and just read it this month. I have an entire spoilery review on this book so if you are interested in that definitely check it out here, but basically, it is a gory re-telling of “The Little Mermaid”. We follow two main characters, Lira, a siren who has the heart’s of seventeen princes, and Elian, the heir of a kingdom and killer of sirens. Their paths cross when Lira kills one of her own and as punishment, is made human with the task to take Elian’s heart and bring it back to her mother. Obviously, though, things do not go as planned. I had a lot of fun with this book and while it did have its problems, it was still an enjoyable read overall! 3.75/5 stars

So, those are the 5 books I read in the month of September and I am pretty proud of reading them all. Let me know what books you read this past month because I would love to know, or if you got too busy and didn’t have a chance to read anything at all! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below for more bookish and writing related content. Thanks 🙂

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October 2018 TBR

September was a better reading month than I thought, so fingers crossed that October is just as good. For the most part of September, school work was steady but easy enough, however, now that it is halfway through the month it has picked up a lot, to say the least. I still want to make time for my personal reading though, but I also have a few required reading books for my writing and English class so hopefully, I’ll get a few books read by the end of the month.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am re-reading The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook and will definitely be on the fourth book by the time October rolls around. This series follows a race of half-humans and half-angels called Shadowhunters who fight demons to keep balance in the world. This is one of my favourite series and I’m really loving listening to the books while commuting to and between my classes every week.

Traplines by Eden Robinson 

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For my writing class, we have a mini assignment series called “Reading Like a Writer” where we read/watch projects written by living Canadian writers. For the short story part of this assignment, I decided to pick up this short story book and am really looking forward to it. It is written by a First Nations woman and her stories are heart gripping and incredibly realistic. I read one of the stories in this book for English last year and liked it so it was the first book to come to mind when this assignment popped up.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Clearly, I did not get to this book in September because of all the homework, reading and procrastination that had to get done. However, I am ready to (hopefully) pick this West African YA fantasy book up in October. Like I just said, this is a West African fantasy book that has lots of magic and epicness. Other than that, it is a mystery to me but I am so ready to dive in.

Those are the top 3 books I want to get to this month but I know this list will grow once I get more assigned reading for my classes. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts all linked below! Thanks 🙂

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My Favourite Books of 2018…So Far

I know that it is like 3 months past the halfway point of 2018, but I still wanted to make this post just to reflect on some of my favourite books I’ve read since the beginning of 2018. Some are new releases and some aren’t, but what these 5 books do have in common is that I really enjoyed all them!

On Writing by Stephen King

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On Writing was a fantastic book about the journey and process of writing and really opened my eyes to the world of writing even more. Not only was it insightful and motivating, but it was overall just an enjoyable read. Sometimes with craft books, they are helpful and full of great tidbits of information but are kind of a bore to read. That was not the case with this one and because of that, I would definitely be willing to give this book a re-read in the future! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to write and wants to hear the story of one of the greatest writers ever. It is also beneficial and inspiring to see that like all of us aspiring authors, Stephen King struggled too and that is something really important for all writers to realize.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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One thing I loved about this book was that it was a contemporary-fantasy book and that is a genre I have been loving recently. While it had an interesting and beautiful storyline, the characters really pulled it off the pages with how realistic and flawed they were. This book really gives off mystical Narnia vibes that bring you back to when you were a child and really believed in a world of magic. In this book, we follow two sisters; Philippa and Evelyn who during a World War II bombing, somehow end up in a magical kingdom called The Woodlands. Years in this world pass and finally they are returned to their world as if no time has passed by at all. While Philippa and her brother are anxious to return to the pattern of their old lives, Evelyn dreams of returning to the magical kingdom and struggles to find herself back in the real world. One day, Ev disappears and Philippa is forced to look into the truth of her younger sister’s despair in order to understand why and how Evelyn disappeared. This book is beautiful, mystical and lyrical and hits shelves in late October so make sure you check it out when it comes out!

The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

These are the second and third books in The Raven Cycle, another beautiful and mystical book series that I have really enjoyed reading over the past few months. They follow a group of friends whose paths all lead to finding a supposedly lost Welsh king from ancient times.  I love darker fantasy-contemporary books just like The Light Between Worlds, and The Raven Cycle is exactly like that. I have one more book left in the series and am extremely curious and excited to see what happens!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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While I went into this book with high expectations because of all the amazing hype it has received, and Scythe completely exceeded them all. Neal Shusterman somehow created such a vivid and three-dimensional world that really popped off the page and built itself up in my mind. The characters were people I could truly imagine meeting in real life; flawed and unique, and they interacted with the storyline perfectly. The story takes place in a world where humans have conquered basically everything from disease to death but to keep the population in check there are scythes who choose people to glean in order to do just that. Our two main characters Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentices to a well-known scythe and then eventually become scythes themselves, however, that is something neither of them really want. Such an amazing read that takes the genre of dystopian to a whole new level.

Those are 5 of my favourite books of the year…so far, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know some of your favourite books of the year so far and what ones you think I would like because the year’s not over yet! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Books I Want to Read Before College

Yesterday was my first day of senior year which means time is ticking before I finally go to college. I thought it would be fun to make a list of books I really want to read (or re-read) before college, because I know when it starts I won’t have much time for reading. Not only will I be trying to handle all the school work given to me this year though, but I also want to keep working on my own writing projects and my blog. So, today I compiled a list of 6 books I want have to read this year and here they are!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This is a MASSIVE fantasy book that has received so much amazing hype. However, I still haven’t read it. I own it so I could read it whenever but to be honest, it is really intimidating. I do want to get to it ASAP though because I know I will not be able to dedicate time to read this in the future, and want to make sure I read it when I have time, which is right now. Children of Blood and Bone like I said, is a YA fantasy book influenced by West African mythology and that is about as much as I know but enough for me to be really excited to dive into it.

The Dark Artifices triology by Cassandra Clare

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This is easily my favourite trilogy and while the third book has yet to come out (December though!), I know I will love it just as much as I have the other two. These books are just filled with rich and amazing characters and plot, twisting and turning without leaving you behind and always making you want more. I haven’t given these books a re-read in a while but I really want to before the third and final installment comes out in a few months! They are really big so they might take me a bit to get through but I am determined.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

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I have never been a huge reader of the classics but I really want to put in the effort and try. That is the reason I want (and kind of need) to read this book this year because I have been thinking of studying English in college and if I liked classics it would be a much more enjoyable experience. I have heard the synopsis of this story many times and love it, so I feel like if I stick to it I will love the actual book itself just as much!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Another classic but I actually did try to read this one before. I believe I got around 50 pages into it but then put it down because not a lot was happening. In the book’s defense, it isn’t a YA fantasy book or anything like that, or even anything similar to a YA contemporary. I think I went in with that head space even though I knew it wouldn’t be anything like that because that is just what I am used to reading. If I go into it with fresh eyes and an open mind though, I think I could enjoy it just like a lot of others seem to!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby is a super short book and I have only heard great things…plus, it comes with the movie adaptation starring Leonardo Di Caprio so it is a must read I think. I have taken this book out before but never got around to reading it as one does when they take out too many books from the library. However, because of its incredibly short length I don’t really have an excuse during this year for not reading it. Even if I am busy, I should be able to fit it in and get it read before my senior year is over.

Those are some of the major books I want and NEED to get to before college next year and I hope you enjoyed! If you have read any of these books let me know what you thought about them, and also give me some more recommendations! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts all linked down below 🙂

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