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January Wrap-Up/February TBR

January is finally over! At least I read a lot of good books!

January Wrap-Up:

blood of olympus The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan

Two Can Keep A Secret Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen M McManus

Slayer Slayer – Kiersten White

Antidote The Antidote – Shelley Sackier

wishing spell The Wishing Spell – Chris Colfer

enchantress returns The Enchantress Returns – Chris Colfer

grimm warning A Grimm Warning – Chris Colfer

beyond the kingdoms Beyond the Kingdoms – Chris Colfer

an author's odeysee An Author’s Odyssey – Chris Colfer

worlds collide Worlds Collide – Chris Colfer

Internment Internment – Samira Ahmed

39725622 The Princess and the Fangirl – Ashley Poston

obsidian and stars Obsidian and Stars – Julie Eshbaugh

On the Come up On the Come Up – Angie Thomas

nemesis 2 Nemesis – Anna Banks

Darkest Star The Darkest Star – Jennifer L Armentrout

city City of Bastards – Andrew Shvarts

36577586 The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

Favourite reads from January:

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February TBR:

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October Wrap-Up/November TBR

Only two months left in the year. How did that happen?

October Wrap-Up:

Girls of Paper and Fire Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan. 4/5 stars.

Soldier Soldier – Julie Kagawa. 3.5/5 stars.

Five Feet Apart Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott. 4/5 stars.

Empress of All Seasons Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean. 4/5 stars.

Dry Dry – Neal and Jarrod Shusterman. 4.5/5 stars.

Legion Legion – Julie Kagawa. 3.5/5 stars.

Twisted Palace Twisted Palace – Erin Watt. 3.5/5 stars.

The Disasters The Disasters – MK England. 3.5/5 stars.

Four Three Two One Four Three Two One – Courtney Stevens. 3.5/5 stars.

3236307 Graceling – Kristin Cashore. 4/5 stars.

6137154 Fire – Kristin Cashore. 4/5 stars.

Storm Runner The Storm Runner – JC Cervantes. 3.5/5 stars.

26252859 The Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan. 4.5/5 stars.

Dark Prophecy The Dark Prophecy – Rick Riordan. 4.5/5 stars.

Burning maze The Burning Maze – Rick Riordan. 4.5/5 stars.

Seven Deaths The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton. 4/5 stars.

Marilla of Green Gables Marilla of Green Gables – Sarah McCoy. 4.5/5 stars.

35887193 The Perfect Mother – Aimee Molloy. 3/5 stars.

November TBR:

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Last week was a week of Middle Grade. This week was more adult read.

Currently reading: 13063813

Finished reading: 35887193Marilla of Green GablesSeven DeathsBurning maze

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 1829765512680907

Books read it 2018: 174

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 41

Contemporary: 85

Fantasy: 51

Sci-Fi: 15

Dystopian: 6

Historical: 6

Misc: 1

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September Wrap-Up/October TBR

How is there only 3 months left of 2018? I don’t even want to start thinking about all the books coming out in 2019!

September Wrap-Up:

Two Dark Reigns Two Dark Reigns – Kendra Blake. 4.5/5 stars.

37859646 Broken Things – Lauren Oliver. 3.5/5 stars.

38718233 The Next Person You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom. 5/5 stars.

Love Reborn big Love Reborn – Yvonne Woon. 3/5 stars.

Ayesha at Last Ayesha at Last – Uzma Jalaluddin. 4/5 stars.

Nightblood Nightblood – Elly Blake. 4/5 stars.

Always and Forever Lara Jean Always and Forever Lara Jean – Jenny Han. 4/5 stars.

Broken Prince Broken Prince – Erin Watt. 4/5 stars.

Talon Talon – Julie Kagawa. 3.5/5 stars.

Life Lucy Knew The Life Lucy Knew – Karma Brown. 3.5/5 stars.

This Mortal Coil This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvada. 3.5/5 stars.

People Kill People People Kill People – Ellen Hopkins. 4/5 stars.

Kiss Collector The Kiss Collector – Wendy Higgins. 3.5/5 stars.

That Night That Night – Amy Giles. 3.5/5 stars.

rogue Rogue – Julie Kagawa. 3.5/5 stars.

Light Years Light Years – Kass Morgan. 3.5/5 stars.

When Elephants Fly When Elephants Fly – Nancy Richardson Fischer. 4/5 stars.

October TBR:
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Book Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time

4 stars

A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

This was my first time reading a Matt Haig book but the concept of an almost-immortal, a secret society, and forbidden love definitely had me intrigued. There were many times it reminded me a little of The Highlander, without the ‘there can only be one’ plot. The main character who had lived for centuries and lived many different lives was ready for something mundane, teaching high school history.

This was a book about time travel but we did travel through centuries with Tom’s flashbacks. We saw so much of his past, from discovering his condition, to him falling in love, to him meeting other people like him. He was a very interesting character and seeing him live through so many extreme ups and extreme downs as he tried to live his life knowing anyone he might connect with will die long before him was a reminder not to take things for granted. Tom made so many poignant observations through the book but he could also be very funny. There were many times I laughed out loud while reading this book.

The secret society aspect of the book brought in the Albatross Society. They were a group who helped keep people like Tom a secret, helped them move so no one clued in about their condition, but they were also quite controlling. They expect their rules to be followed and they, especially their leader Hendrich, will do anything necessary to make sure their members follow those rules and that they’re not exposed.

It’s not an action-packed book. The plot is very driven by Tom and the decisions he both makes in the present and made in the past. It was pretty amazing that someone who’d lived for 400 years could still have character development but Tom did. It’s hard to say much else without giving away some major spoilers so I will leave it with one of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Whenever I see someone reading a book, especially if it is someone I don’t expect, I feel civilization has become a little safer.”

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Book Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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Small Great Things

4 stars

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

I’ve read a few Jodi Picoult books but none have ever struck me the way this one did. This is probably my favourite Picoult novel that I have read. It had very memorable characters and a great plot relevant to today, one that was thought provoking and would be great for discussions in book clubs. The first little bit did feel a little weighed down by a lot of medical information but not in a way that took me out of the story. It made me want to know more.

I loved how the three different points of view: Ruth, the nurse; Kennedy, the public defender; and Turk, the father of the baby, all came together for one story. They all had very distinct voices and were developed into full characters. We get to see Ruth fighting not to be made the scapegoat and questioning how it will all affect her son. We get to see Kennedy learning things about herself she never had thought about. We get to see how Turk got involved in “the movement” and about his upbringing. None of them are made to be one-dimensional characters.

The book wasn’t an easy read and I am so thankful for that. It hits hard, it hits often, and it leaves a mark. And it should. It’s a story meant to evoke all kinds of strong emotions. It’s a story meant to start discussions. It’s meant to feel all too real, all too possible in today’s world. And it does all that. It was a powerful book to read and it’s one I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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My Sci-Fi binge hasn’t cooled off yet. Finished Season 1 of Dark Matter so that show is done. Halfway through Season 1 of Killjoys and Sense8. Also started re-watching Andromeda, just because.

Currently reading: last-true-love

Finished reading: asylum-novellaslike a river gloriousLeave memeridian big

Reviewed: cat kingthree dark crowns

What I’m hoping to get to next week: gamescapeps i like you to read

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What this means for my 2016 challenges:

  • 156 books read in total
  • 79 contemporary books read
  • 60 paranormal/fantasy books read
  • 42 2016 debut authors read
  • 89 reviews posted

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August Wrap-up/September TBR

How is it September already? Only a few more weeks and all my shows, plus all the new ones, will be starting up again. And all my summer shows are starting to come to an end. Not that TV ever cuts into my reading time.

August Wrap-up:

rose society The Rose Society – Marie Lu. 4/5 stars. I love this series and cannot wait until Midnight Star comes out. It’s dark and addicting.

empire of night Empire of Night – Kelley Armstrong. 3/5 stars. I did enjoy this series but not as much as some of her other ones. I had a harder time connecting with this series for some reason.

burning sky The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas. 3.5/5 stars. This was a really interesting start and it made me curious to read more. Just not enough to dive right into the next book.

the fixer The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes. 4/5 stars. Review. I was addicted to the Scandal feel and the Veronica Mars-esque dialogue.

tell me something real Tell me Something Real – Calla Devlin. 3.5/5 stars. Review. I wasn’t as connected to the characters as I would have liked but it was a touching and good story.

forest of ruin Forest of Ruin – Kelley Armstrong. 3/5 stars. As mentioned, not my favourite series from her but still a good read.

taken Taken – Erin Bowman. 4/5 stars. I loved Vengeance Road by this author so I have no excuse to why it took me so long to pick up her other series. I really liked it and will definitely be reading the others.

diplomatic immunity Diplomatic Immunity – Brodi Ashton. 3.5/5 stars. Review. It was a really interesting read and I loved the friendships that developed.

as i descended As I Descended – Robin Talley. 3/5 stars. Review. This one was creepy but a little off the whole time. I didn’t connect with a lot of the characters.

female of the species The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the darkness of this book and the growth of all the characters.

deep blue Deep Blue – Jennifer Donnelly. 3/5 stars. This series has been sitting on my shelves for a while so I decided to read them all this month. They were good but didn’t draw me in completely.

girl mans up Girl Mans Up – ME Girard. 4/5 stars. Review. Loved this character’s voice and the whole book.

rogue wave Rogue Wave – Jennifer Donnelly. 3/5 stars.

three dark crowns Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake. 4/5 stars. Review coming. This was more a set-up book than I was expecting but I was still drawn into the world and the characters’ lives.

girl on a plane Girl on a Plane – Miriam Moss. 3/5 stars. This one’s hard to rate since it’s based on true events from the author.

dark tide Dark Tide – Jennifer Donnelly. 3/5 stars

sea spell Sea Spell – Jennifer Donnelly. 3/5 stars.

cat king The Cat King of Havana – Tom Crosshill. 4/5 stars. Review coming. This was surprisingly fun to read along with having great characters and lots of tension.

September TBR:

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week’s Top Ten is a freebie so I’m doing Top Ten( of a top 5/top 5) good things and bad things about being a bookworm.

Bad:

10. Always running out of space on your bookshelves. Which books do you move? Adding one book in a series to a shelf could mean a whole day of re-arranging every single book just so it looks right.

9. Feeling like you’re not reading enough because your TBR pile is growing and never seems to be going down.

8. Being unable to resist buying multiple copies of a book because the publisher released a special edition that includes deleted scenes, author essays, pictures, etc.

7. Losing time. Getting absorbed in a book is great but being late for appointments or forgetting to eat because of getting too absorbed….not so much.

6. Being the only person you know who has read a certain book so there’s no one to fangirl over it with you.

Good:

5. Always having something to do. Hard to be bored when you have a massive TBR pile.

4. Being ahead of the news when all your non-reading friends start freaking out about a new movie that looks good. You knew about it last year, way back when the rights were bought.

3. Having a whole community to talk to about anything book related.

2. Being able to collect so many bookish things: jewelry, totes, wall hangings, stickers, bookmarks, etc.

1. Visiting so many different worlds without leaving your bedroom.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten characters I didn’t click with.

10. harry potter Hermione from Harry Potter. At least at first. I came into the whole phenomenon late so I knew Hermione was the book lover character in the series. I think I was expecting this instant connection through love of books but instead I got a kind of annoying know-it-all. It took time for her to grow on me.

9. breaking dawn big Bella Swan from Twilight. Does this one need explaining?

8. side effects big Alice from Side Effects May Vary. She just wasn’t a very good person.

7. my blood approves Alice from My Blood Approves. Another girl caught up in the vampire world and making stupid decisions because she thinks she’s in love after a day.

6. fifty shades Ana from Fifty Shades of Grey. Yeah, just no. We won’t be playing nice and being friends.

5. great Naomi from Great. She was pretty judgmental and annoying.

4. taking chances big Harper from Taking Chances. There were many times I just wanted to scream at her to act like a decent person. You’re a cheater hurting a great guy, you have no moral high ground.

3. law of loving others Emma from The Law of Loving Others. This might be another case of expecting something different but I just couldn’t agree with anything she was doing and she had me rolling my eyes a lot.

2. dear killer big Kit from Dear Killer. This is a character I’m glad I didn’t connect with, considering she’s a serial killer. She was just a little too all over the place for me.

1. hello i love you Grace from Hello, I Love You. She just never tried to really be open to a new culture and new experiences even though she was living in a new country.

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