Review: The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle

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Publication: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Pages:  165 pages (PDF)
Source: ARC (Thanks Tachyon Publications!)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher (Tachyon Publications) in exchange for an honest review. 

“What good is their fear to us? Let them
rather fear each other, as they do every minute they live, let them fear the world they make. They’ve never feared Hell as they fear their own lives” (Beagle 92).

Let me start by saying that getting the chance to receive and review this book was an honour itself. I adore Peter S. Beagle, have since I watched and fell in love with the movie The Last Unicorn as a little kid and later the novel when I was older. It’s a story that has stayed with me and in many ways has made me who I am today. But enough about me, let’s get on to the book. Continue reading

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Monthly Wrap-Up!

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Monthly Wrap-Up is a book meme hosted by Bookidote.

It’s my first Monthly Wrap-Up bookworms!

I’ve seen a lot of book blogs do this and I thought, why not give it a try? It would probably organize my blog a bit, give an idea about what I’ve done each month. The thing is the Monthly Wrap-Up is pretty vague, saying I can basically post whatever I want as long as I highlight the past month on my blog. So I’ve decided to focus on which books I’ve read and which I posted on my blog this month (and what’s to come!). Continue reading

Review: The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

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Publication: 1958
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages:  448 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction, Classics
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤.5

“She was beginning to have that feeling that comes after midnight, of one’s thoughts opening out, flowering, groping out loud for some new discovery, some new truth that is really as old as all the hundreds of years girls have been confiding to one another in the relaxing intimacy of the night,” (Jaffe 52).

I stumbled upon The Best of Everything from; you guessed it, a Bustle article, which I again can’t find for some reason. I don’t know if Bustle articles just disappear after a while, if they don’t tag anything, or maybe I’m just hallucinating. Whatever it is it’s irrelevant, I found out about this book because of an article which talked about how relatable it is today and to the #MeToo movement and compared it as a much less dramatic Valley of the Dolls, and what an accurate description all of that is for this 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

Happy Top Ten Tuesday bookworms! Sorry for being kind of absent last week, I got back from holidays and it took me a bit to get back into the swing of things, but I’m back now and queueing up a storm!

This week’s theme is Ten Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump. I chose ten of my personal favourite books that I’ve either re-read, want to re-read, or have stuck with me. Sometimes a book to pull you out of a reading slump is one that you can’t get out of your head, and here are some of mine! 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.

Books With Sensory Reading Memories 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

Sorry about not posting a Top Ten Tuesday last week, I completely spaced on it! But I’m back this week and ready to make some lists!

This week’s theme is AMAZING because it’s about best character names! I don’t know about you, but sometimes just finding out a character’s name will make me interested in reading the book, or inspire future names for kids! I’ve always loved names and name meanings though, so it makes sense that I’d like character names! Continue reading

Review: The Book of Barb by Nadia Bailey

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Publication: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Smith Street Books
Pages:  95 pages
Source: Gift (Thanks Andrea!)
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi, Media-Tie-In
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Whenever life gets particularly difficult there’s only one question we can ask: What Would Barb Do?

The Book of Barb is an ode to all things Barb, our favourite minor character from the ever popular Netflix series Stranger Things. I know I loved with Barb the moment she appeared on screen: her clear caring and love for her best friend Nancy, her logic and worry about following the rules and not wanting to give in to peer pressure but wanting to keep Nancy safe, her demise at the demigorgon when she did NOTHING WRONG!

Sorry, I’m still upset about that. Continue reading

Review: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

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Publication: October 11th 2005
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pages:  216 pages
Source: Niagara on the Lake Book Shop
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Feminism, Mythology (Greek), Historical Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

I’m a Greek Mythology junkie; give me a book on it or a book focusing on one myth or character and it’s mine to read. With all the talk of Circe by Madeline Miller, I’ve been itching to read it or something similar to tide over my mythology craving.

I’ve had The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood since last fall so it was the obvious choice, plus I’m also an Atwood junkie so it was like giving myself an extra treat to read. Continue reading