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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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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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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August 2018 Wrap Up

August was an…okay reading month. Nothing compared to July but that is how it goes, some months are better than others and that is okay. However, I did get 3 books read this month and here they are:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Reading this book brought back all the feels and nostalgia from when I was younger and reading this book for the first time which was already about four years ago. Wow, it doesn’t seem like that long but it has been four years already! Anyways, it isn’t like I haven’t re-read City of Bones since, I have numerous times, but this time really reminded me how much I adore this story and its characters. City of Bones follows 15 year-old Clary Fray and one day, her mother disappears and Clary is left without answers. That is, until a mysterious boy from the Pandemonium club tugs her into his world of demons and angels, helping her realize that she has a part in this world she was unaware of her entire life. 4.5/5 stars

Fullemetal Alchemist Volume 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

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I was watching the anime of this manga series on Netflix and decided to try the manga out even though I had never been a manga or graphic novel person. However, I did end up really enjoying Fullmetal Alchemist! I love the story and what I experienced while watching the anime, and after reading the manga I realized how well the show stuck to the amazing story Hiromu Arakawa illustrated. Fullmetal Alchemist follows two brothers, Edward and Al who are alchemists searching for the philosopher’s stone. I am sure everyone who enjoys anime and manga has heard and read/watched Fullmetal Alchemist already, but if you haven’t, then please do! 4/5 stars

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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This book took me a very long time to get through but overall, I did really, really enjoy it. It is a big book, about 500 pages, but I was also doing lots of traveling (and yes, procrastinating) which is why it took me like oh, three and a half weeks to read. Thunderhead is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series/trilogy by Neal Shusterman, taking place in a world where humans have conquered everything from disease to poverty to even death. However, to keep the population in check there a scythes who choose people and glean (kill) them whenever they want. Our two main characters, Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentices to a scythe but this is something neither of them really wants. These books are amazing and will keep you on your toes! 4.5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read in the month of August so fingers crossed September is also a decent reading month! I hope you also had a good reading month and don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as all my social media accounts all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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May 2018 Wrap Up

When I looked back at what books I read in May, I was pleasantly surprised because I had read a lot more than I thought. I read a grand total of four books in the month of May, and while I am still four books behind on my reading goal, I still managed to get a good chunk read this month. Anyways, here are the books I managed to read!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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During April I had jumped back into To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the first book in the trilogy, and afterwards I just had to continue on. Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the third and final book in this trilogy which follows Lara Jean, a teenage girl who writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before as a way to say goodbye, right before sealing them away in a teal hatbox forever. One day these letters get mysteriously sent out, and Lara Jean’s worst nightmares suddenly come true. I LOVE these books, and the first book is actually a movie which is being released on August 17 so yay! 4.5/5 stars

 

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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I had to read this play for English class and well, it’s Shakespeare, which is all I really have to say. Without a doubt I can see the genius behind it and how it acts as a template for hundreds upon hundreds of books and plays and TV shows that we see now. However, it wasn’t something that really gripped my attention and I probably wouldn’t have read it if I wasn’t forced to. 2.5/5 stars

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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My initial plan was to read this book when it first came out back in March, but not only is this book pretty big, but I was also terrified that I wouldn’t love this book as much as the first three in the series. Spoiler alert: I did. This book was everything and more, and I was so happy to not only get to read from Juliette’s point of view, but Warner’s as well. Anyways 10/10 recommend and I cannot wait for the next book! 4.5/5 stars

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

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Ugh I love all the books in the series so much that all I want to do is read them over and over again, and it has been a long time since I found a book series like this. Sapphire Blue is the second book in the Precious Stones trilogy by Kerstin Gier, which follows Gwenyth, a teenage girl who comes from a family of time travelers. Everyone believes it is her cousin Charlotte who inherited the gene, but when Gwen is thrust back in time secrets unravel about herself that she didn’t even know. This book was originally in German, and there is even a movie (in German but with good English subtitles) which is a lot of fun, just like the book! 4.5/5 stars

Those are all the books I managed to read and I am happy to say that I adored 3/4 of them which means it was a very successful month! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and social media accounts, all which are linked below 🙂

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April 2018 Wrap Up

Wow, I barely remember April because it went by so fast…and that will be my excuse for why I didn’t read as many books as I had hoped. However, I did read a grand total of 4 books so here they are!

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

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This was an unexpected read, because I just happened to be in San Diego during the time of Gayle Forman’s signing for this new release. Obviously I went and picked up the book, managing to read it in about two days. I Have Lost My Way follows three characters; Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel, all whom have lost their ways. One day in Central Park their paths connect, and suddenly each becomes an important part in each other’s worlds, and finding their ways once again. It is definitely a feel good book that I really enjoyed, and recommend! 3.5/5 stars

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Okay, this book took me forever to get through, but once I was finally finished it, I felt incredibly accomplished. It is a big book, at just over 500 pages and also a historical fiction which are some of the reasons it took me a few weeks to get through. While I enjoyed the first 400 pages, it was really the last hundred that gripped me and had me obsessively flipping to the next page because they were amazing. If you didn’t know, this book is told from Death’s point of view, who follows a young girl named Liesel who is off to meet her new foster family. Along the way, her younger brother dies abruptly, and they have a quick funeral which is where she steals her first book, claiming her new title of the “Book Thief”. We follow her as she grows up as a young German girl when World War II begins, and how her relationships between her foster parents and new friends grow. 4.5/5 stars

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before + P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Obviously I adored these two books, considering it was my…fourth re read? Maybe even fifth! I just love these books so much because they are the books I go to when I want a smile and to feel all warm and mushy on the inside. The first book follows Lara Jean, a girl who after she is done loving a boy, writes them a letter and then seals it in a teal coloured hatbox her mother got her, the ready to move on with the rest of her life. But one day those letters mysteriously get sent out, and she finds herself digging a hole of lies to keep her true feelings for her sister’s recent ex-boyfriend, and the boy next door, a secret. If you haven’t read this book, read it, especially since the movie is coming onto Netflix on August 17th, which is a day after my birthday! Both: 5/5 stars

That is all for my April wrap up and I hope you all had a fantastic reading month as well! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post linked below, as well as follow my social media accounts so I can follow you back 🙂

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