Review: Literary Witches by Taisia Kitaiskaia (Illustrated by Katy Horan)

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Publication: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Seal Press
Pages: 128 pages
Source: Christmas Gift
Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism, Biography
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Literary Witches is an odd book. When one thinks of women writers one doesn’t usually think of them as witches (or at least all of them, arguably some of them have that aura about them). But Kitaiskaia and Horan saw something in women writers that was magical, and after reading their book I can’t help but see it as well. Continue reading

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Review: The Cake House by Latifah Salom

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Publication: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 336 pages
Source: Birthday/Christmas Gift
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Retelling, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Hamlet retelling where Hamlet is a girl? Yes please!

The Cake House has been on my TBR pile for at least four years and was a surprisingly hard book for me to find. Not online, it’s easy enough to find on Amazon. But I was never able to find it at my library or at Indigo/Chapters which surprised me. Luckily I got it as a birthday/Christmas gift and made it one of my first reads of 2019 and it did not disappoint! Continue reading

Review: Dead Girls by Alice Bolin

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Publication: June 26th 2018
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 288 pages
Source: Christmas Gift (Thanks Dad!)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays, Feminism
My Rating: ⛤⛤

Well, this book was disappointing. Maybe my most disappointing read of 2019 and I know that’s a big thing to say because Dead Girls is just the second book I’ve read this year but it truly was a disappointment.

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession is about dead girls in the vaguest of ways in which Bolin introduces her book as being about dead girls and violence against women, luring us in with her introductory essay and opening essay and completely derailing after. Because contrary to its title, Dead Girls is not about dead girls. Continue reading

Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Publication: August 28th 2018
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 272 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Middle Grade
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin. But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere…Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there,” (Schwab 1).

So begins Schwab’s foray into the middle grade genre, and she does so as spookily and addictively as ever. Continue reading

Top Ten Winter 2018 TBR

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

Who am I kidding, I’m not going to be able to read ten books before the end of 2018 and I DEFINITELY won’t be reaching my Goodreads goal for this year. Oh well, there’s always next year.

So instead of choosing ten books I won’t be reading, for this Top Ten Tuesday I’m going to focus on what five books I plan on finishing by the end of the year. I think I’ll be able to do it, wish me luck bookworms! Continue reading

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.

Guess who has more library books and not enough time to read them all? It’s me! And of course they’re all books I want to read so either I have to read them fast or decide which ones I have to return, if they can’t be renewed of course (PLEASE LIBRARY GODS LET ME BE ABLE TO RENEW THEM!).

This week I got Sadie by Courtney Summers and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. Continue reading

Review: Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

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Publication: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages:  408 pages
Source: Library
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“That’s the problem with lies. They aren’t solid. They melt, and seep, and leak into the truth. And sooner or later, everything’s going to muddle,” (Oliver 144).

Lauren Oliver is a writer who always seems to be pushing herself and her boundaries as an author. Her stories are consistently unique in their plots from telling the story of a haunted house through the perspective of the ghosts/house who move it or looking at a world where love is illegal, I’m always eager to see what new ideas Oliver will come up with. Continue reading

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

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

Well bookworms, it’s Thanksgiving Week but I’ve got a secret… IT ISN’T THANKSGIVING TO ME! Yes, Canadian Thanksgiving was all the way back in October and it’s so strange for me to see it being talked about again! But I’ll still do a Thanksgiving theme Top Ten Tuesday just for the American booksworms. So here are some of the Books I’m Thanksful For! Continue reading

Review: A Room Away From The Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

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Publication: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages:  384 pages
Source: Library
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“But when there’s one speck of truth in the lie, no matter how tiny, it can make all of it seem real,” (Suma, Nova Ren 233).

I had a lot of hopes for this book and I wouldn’t say I’m exactly disappointed by it, but I’m not all that satisfied with it either. Continue reading

Library Loot

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. Happy Library Loot bookworms! I got two books from the bookmobile this week, one I’m very excited and the other I’m kind of meh about but we’ll see how it goes. I obviously put it on my holds for a reason! Continue reading