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

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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: 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

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

It’s time for another exciting day of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me. I love traveling, even though I haven’t been to many places (except around my province), probably the furthest I’ve been is Florida and Disney World. But still, I like traveling to other places and just the act of traveling: planes, trains, and automobiles (hehe) I find it all so relaxing to watch the scenery zoom by. Sometimes I wonder if I enjoy the act of traveling better than arriving at a destination. I guess I’ll just have to travel some more to figure it out! Continue reading

Review: Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

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Publication: 1990
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Pages:  285 pages
Source: Amazon
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Magic
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“I never said my wishes were supposed to do any good,” said the genie. “In fact, I swore that they would always do as much harm as possible” (Jones 102-103).

I have gone on and on about my love for Howl’s Moving Castle on here and my bookstagram (my non HMC obsessed followers must be SICK of me, though bookstagram is the place where I’ve found many of my fellow HMC lovers). When I found out that Howl’s Moving Castle was a series, I knew I had to read the rest of the series as quickly as possible, I needed every little Howl thing I could set my eyes on.

That was a year ago. 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

Time for another rousing edition of Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s theme was a difficult for me so I had to make some changes. Originally the theme was “Books I Decided to DNF too Quickly” but the thing is there aren’t a lot of books I will not finish. I usually read a book to the end because I usually hope that a good ending will turn the whole book around, though sometimes that doesn’t happen. Instead, I’ve changed the theme to books that disappointed me in one way or another.

What are some books that have disappointed you? Continue reading

Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Publication: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages:  368 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Fairy Tales
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“I ask if I can come talk to her in person, and her laugh is hot whiskey on ice. “You’d get lost on the way to finding me,” she says. “You’d need breadcrumbs, or a spool of thread,” (Albert 1).

This review was a hard one to write because I have so many thoughts on The Hazel Wood. It’s one of this year’s biggest releases and has been getting a lot of hype and rave reviews, which it definitely deserves, but my thoughts are still muddied up in some points, clear in the other.

Let’s start at the beginning. Continue reading