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

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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.

Okay okay, I know it’s past midnight snd therefore no longer Library Loot day but I haven’t done one of these posts in so long and got excited! 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

Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Publication: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Pages:  386 pages
Source: Gift (Thanks Dad!)
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi, Feminism, Dystopia, Gender Studies
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Gender is a shell game. What is a man? Whatever a woman isn’t. What is a woman? Whatever a man is not. Tap on it and it’s hollow. Look under the shells: it’s not there,” (Alderman 381).

TW/CW: Rape.

I’ve been waiting to read this book a good long time. Whenever you are waiting to read something that’s been on your To-Be-Read pile for a long time, you can’t help but get notice. The hype to reading the book is so great, will reading the actual book be as good as the wait? With Naomi Alderman’s The Power I can safely say it is. 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 Top Ten Tuesday and I’ve been looking forward to this theme for quite a while!

This week’s theme is Top Ten Frequently Used Words In (Insert Genre/Age Group) Titles, and just think about all the words that are possible for this theme! First you choose which genre/age group and it’s the best theme in the world!

I was debating doing YA, but after some thought knew I had to do common words in Thriller Titles, because I keep getting so annoyed by the recent trend of calling adult women protagonists “girls” (in fact, it’s the first word on the list!). Let me know in the comments below what words you’re tired of seeing in certain book genre/age group titles!

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Review: Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston

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Publication: March 15th 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages:  248 pages
Source: Indigo
Genre: Fiction, YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Canadian Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“You can’t fix something that doesn’t know it’s broken,” (Johnston 81).

TW: Rape/Date Rape.

This book is heartbreaking, but it’s also hopeful. Johnston packs a lot into a tiny book, her specialty, creating a story full of trauma and love and connection that is necessary on everyone’s bookshelves. Continue reading

Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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Publication: October 3 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages:  330 pages
Source: Gift (Thanks Dad!)
Genre: Fiction, YA, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Alternate History
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

That Inevitable Victorian Thing has been on my To-Be-Read pile for so long! I can’t remember how I found out about the book, most likely on bookstagram. I remember falling in love with the cover first, because look at it! It’s gorgeous! I then became interested because it’s 1) set in the future and 2) set in Canada and 3) YA and finding a book that fits all three of those categories is a very rare thing. Combine that with finding out that Johnston is a Canadian writer (who I had the pleasure of meeting at Toronto Comic Con this year) and I knew this was a book for me. Continue reading