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! I wasn’t into today’s theme (and I had to make a queue to prepare for my vacation) so here’s a theme from two weeks ago: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype! I’ve read a lot of “hot” books and am always disappointed when they aren’t as good as I hope they’ll be, but more often than not I get the reason they’re so talked about. So here are some of my favourites!

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Review: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

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Publication: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Harper
Pages:  368 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Adult, Adult Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Tamed. A word for a wild girl made obedient. A word for a hawk with clipped wings, a declawed tiger. A word that made me safe,” (Fine 245).

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. I wouldn’t say I’ve been in a reading slump the past few months, but I’ve read more blah books than good books. Sure the good books are there, but it’s maybe one book that really hooks me a month with the other dragging by. Not bad per se, but forgettable. Entertaining at the time but not in the long run.  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! Here’s another theme I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while: Books You’d Mash Together. I ended up having a conversation with one of my friends about this, about what some of our favourite books were and what epic stories could come if they were all smashed together. This theme turned out to be a great kind of writing prompt, and I’ll probably look back to this list in the future for writing ideas!

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Review: Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane

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Publication: May 1st 2018
Publisher: Scout Press
Pages:  293 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Anthology
My Rating: ⛤⛤

“Men will kill you with their idiocy but women will kill you with their brilliance,” (Crane 205).

I really really wanted to like this book. The article for it on Bustle Books made it sound like something right up my alley, dark and mysterious, something feminist. But all I got was a disappointing book about mean girls that only had the vague outlines of darkness and greatness it could have been. Continue reading

Review: Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

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Publication: January 1st 1972
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart Lmtd.
Pages:  192 pages
Source: Bought (Used Bookstore)
Genre: Fiction, Canadian, Mystery
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

I’ve read a lot of books by Margaret Atwood, but none of them have been as strange as Surfacing was.

I heard of Surfacing a few years back when I was just getting into Atwood. My dad had read the book way back in university not long after it had been published. He hadn’t liked the book, had said it was confusing and strange, and it had completely put him off of Atwood until this year when he read The Blind Assassin and recognized how great a writer she really is (I kind of like Margaret Atwood okay!). I had just finished reading the Maddam series and couldn’t believe he’d said such a thing about such a Canadian icon, so when I found Surfacing in a used bookstore of course I had to buy it and prove my dad wrong.

Except it is kind of weird, and strange, and confusing, at least at the end. But it didn’t put me off Atwood! 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 Top Ten Tuesday bookworms! I was looking forward to this week’s topic so much that I ended up using the theme Books With Sensory Reading Memories as a prompt to write a blog post on my personal blog. The theme covers anything from where you were reading the book, what you were doing, who you were with, what you were eating, etc. It’s an interesting topic, but I don’t have many books to relate it with (just the one I used for my personal blog post). So this week I’m focusing my Sensory Reading Memory on my love of books and how that came to be.

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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

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