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Weekly Reading Recap


I enjoyed my reading week. Hope y’all did too.

Currently reading: Fountains of Silence

Finished reading: HereticsDress for the WickedFan the FlameRipple

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Turn of the KeyRest of the Story

Reading stats for 2019:

Books read: 49

Pages read: 18,746

2019 debut authors: 9

ARCs read: 27


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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:

InternmentOn the Come up

February TBR:

40519254leafSerious Moonlight'


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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


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:
DryGirls of Paper and FireStorm Runner

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August Wrap-Up/September TBR

I can’t believe Summer is pretty much done already. Almost back to school time.

August Wrap-Up:

These Broken Stars These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. 3/5 stars

Give the Dark my Love Give the Dark my Love – Beth Revis. 3/5 stars.

Lady's Guide The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee. 4.5/5 stars.

Beware that girl Beware That Girl – Teresa Toten. 3/5 stars.

this shattered world This Shattered World – Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. 3/5 stars.

Picture Us in the Light Picture Us in the Light – Emily Loy Gilbert. 3.5/5 stars.

What If It's Us What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. 5/5 stars. Review.

5323390 Radiant Darkness – Emily Whitman. 3/5 stars.

13138736 Their Fractured Light – Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. 3/5 stars.

35180938 Neverwake – Amy Plum. 4/5 stars.

29749098 Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J Maas. 3.5.5 stars.

famous #Famous – Jilly Gagnon. 3/5 stars.

Light Between Worlds The Light Between Worlds – Laura E Weymouth. 4/5 stars.

paper-princess Paper Princess – Erin Watt. 4/5 stars.

Towering sky The Towering Sky – Katharine McGee. 4/5 stars.

31332356 The Resolutions – Mia Garcia. 4/5 stars.

10551253 Life Eternal – Yvonne Woon. 3/5 stars.

September TBR:

38718233ember in the ashesLife Lucy Knew

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May Wrap-Up/June TBR

2018 is almost half over. How did that happen?

May Wrap-Up:

Stormwake Storm Wake – Lucy Christopher.

Disappearance of Sloane The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan – Gia Cribbs.

Allied Allied – Amy Tintera.

Bird and the Blade The Bird and the Blade – Megan Bannen.

image Past Tense – Star Spider.

image Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D Jackson.

Contagion Contagion – Erin Bowman.

Sanctuary Sanctuary – Caryn Lix.

Geek Girl Geek Girl – Holly Smale.

War Storm War Storm – Victoria Aveyard.

My Plain Jane My Plain Jane – Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton.

36502054 Sea Witch – Sarah Henning.

32051912 The Alice Network – Kate Quinn.

35294262 Aftermath – Kelley Armstrong.

Infamous Infamous – Alyson Noel.

Channel of Peace Channel of Peace – Kevin Tuerff.

33914010 Now is Everything – Amy Giles.

June TBR:

LegendaryHidden PiecesGrace and Fury


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Weekly Reading Recap


Love Simon is officially out on digital release! I might be watching it tonight.

Currently reading: Losing the Field

Finished reading: 33914010Channel of PeaceInfamous35294262

Reviewed: Sanctuary

What I’m hoping to get to next week: LegendaryThese Rebel Waves to read

3529426233914010 to review

Books read it 2018: 86

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 31

Contemporary: 46

Fantasy: 22

Sci-Fi: 4

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I disliked but I’m glad I read.

10. fifty shades Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James. I can officially say that I read this.

9. twilight big Twilight – Stephanie Meyer. I feel like this series was a right of passage and I’m glad I read this, mostly for the supporting characters. Team Jasper!

8. my blood approves My Blood Approves – Amanda Hocking. I was a little too over vampires at this point but I gave this series a try anyway. The Team Jack vs Team Peter also reminded me too much of Twilight.

7. Eat Pray Love Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert. I think I was too young when I read this one. Now, I might appreciate it more.

6. blood red road Blood Red Road – Moira Young. This series was interesting but I just had a hard time getting into it with the way it was written.

5. hello i love you Hello, I Love You – Katie M Stout. I don’t listen to much K-Pop so it was interesting to see it, even though I couldn’t connect with the two main characters.

4. The Ward The Ward – Jordana Frankel. I think I was mostly out of dystopian, or just a little too dystopian’d out by the time I read this.

3. icons big Icons – Margaret Stohl. I couldn’t connect with the characters but it was such a cool concept.

2. great Great – Sara Benincasa. There were just too many elements of a modern-day Great Gatsby that didn’t work. Or it’s so much less romantic now that I’m old.

1. twisted fate Twisted Fate – Norah Olson. I was able to figure out the major twists very early on so it took all the mystery out of the plot.


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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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