Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Long time no Library Loot bookworms! By this point I’m never going to finish the Unread Shelf Project 2018, I guess I’ll always have 2019 to finish it. Right now I’m more interested in getting closer to my Goodreads end year goal (I’m crazy behind) so reading anything will help. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Another Top Ten Tuesday AND I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY PUMPED FOR THIS WEEK’S THEME I CAN HARDLY HANDLE IT!

This week’s theme is Top Ten Favourite Novellas/Short Stories and I absolutely love short stories! I’ve always loved reading a good short story that can hook me and make me think just as in-depth as any book can. For the ones I’ve listed this week I wrote a small non-spoilery summary and provided a link to each story. Continue reading

Review: House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

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Publication: June 1 2008
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Pages:  327 pages
Source: Bought (Amazon)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Children’s
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve finished the Howl’s Moving Castle series and don’t know how I’ll ever recover. House of Many Ways is the perfect end to Howl, Sophie, and the many new characters we get to meet adventures and a good farewell to Ingary. It felt very final, though Jones did talk before her death about more Howl stories she wanted to write. Still, I’m happy it ended with House of Many Ways in true Jones fashion: magic, humour, and sweetness all rolled into one magnificent book. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hooray it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Sorry for missing last week, we had a long weekend for Canada Day and it really messed me up. But I’m back this week and am digging this theme! This week’s theme is Ten Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far).I’m still new to regularly posting on this blog, so I didn’t know a bi-annual look at what book bloggers are enjoying so far was a thing.

Also fair warning, I’ve only read seventeen books this year (I am WAY behind on my Goodreads goal and it is slowly panicking me) so most of the books I’ve read will be on this list, but what can you do! Continue reading

Review: The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Publication: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages:  288 pages
Source: Bought (Indigo)
Genre: Fiction, Experimental, Ghost Story, Horror, Fantasy, Poetry
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“‘They cut every time,’ warned The Man With No Arms. ‘Every time'” (Danielewski 170).

I’ve been fascinated by Danielewski’s work ever since I read House of Leaves, an incredible, brilliant, and terrifying book that has never really left me. I’ve only read one of his books since reading House of LeavesThe Familiar: Volume 1 and though it didn’t scare me like House of Leaves it was a story that stuck with me just the same. Continue reading

Review: I Am Not Okay With This by Charles Forsman

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Publication: October 2017
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Pages:  184 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction, YA, Comic
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“All this hatred, anxiety, and anger built up in me. I held it inside in front of Dina. But soon the cork burst off the bottle. It all came out of me. I’m afraid I won’t get it back on” (Forsman 108-110).

All I can say is WOW! I did not see that ending coming, though I did read Forsman’s The End of the Fucking World and based on that alone I should have been waiting for a happier ending. I blame it on the YA happy ending trope, and while I’m happy Forsman continues to change it up it still left me speechless. Continue reading

Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Publication: September 24 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages:  371 pages
Source: Bought (Indigo)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human” (Schwab 289).

V.E. SCHWAB I AM ADDICTED TO YOUR BOOKS! HOW DOES YOUR BRILLIANT MIND WORK? HOW DO YOU MAKE SUCH COMPELLING, INTERESTING, AND DARK CHARACTERS AND MAKE ME LOVE THEM? WHY ARE YOU SO AMAZING?

So if it isn’t obvious, I loved Vicious and I love V.E. Schwab (which is bound to become an old mantra very very soon). Vicious has been on my reading list since last year when I first read and fell in love with the Shades of Magic series (and V.E. Schwab), and if it weren’t for my many many holds at the library last year I probably would have read it sooner. But then Schwab announced that Vicious was getting a face lift to match the cover to its sequel Vengeful, so I made myself wait until the new cover came out to buy it. And am I ever glad I did. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday bookworms, I hope it’s been terrific so far!

This week’s theme is Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. Now bookworms, I love reading, every book blogger does, but I cannot read by a pool/beach. It’s not like I’m afraid of getting the book wet or anything like that, it’s that if I’m near water then I’m swimming in it! I just love swimming too much! The idea of sitting on a deck/beach reading when I’m so close to the water is just mind boggling to me, but you do you!

So I’ve tried to choose some water-themed books that you might want to read by some water and I might want to read because it makes me want to swim! Continue reading

Review: This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong

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Publication: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages:  359 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Don’t rely on me. Just don’t. I will do what I can, everything I can, but please do not rely on me. Do not give me that responsibility. I will fail” (Armstrong 191).

I absolutely adore Kelley Armstrong. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, probably many times on here and multiple times on bookstagram I know of, but the world needs to know she’s amazing! I was first introduced to Armstrong’s books when I was in high school and read her Darkest Powers trilogy. Since then I’ve read everything I can get my hands on by her, because she’s an amazingly diverse writer ranging from fantasy to young adult and now to thrillers. And it isn’t like Armstrong excels in one genre more than another, she excels in ALL genres!

So I guess it’s time to stop gushing about Armstrong and start gushing about the newest book in the Casey Duncan/Rockton series, which really means I’m not about to stop gushing about Armstrong for the whole review. Continue reading