I need to go on a book buying ban… (Summer Book Haul 2017)

Hello book lovers! Now that summer is over and Autumn is almost officially here I thought that it was about time I thought that it was a good time to do my Summer Book Haul! This haul covers the from the official beginning of summer to the last day before the official beginning of Autumn. Without further ado, here is my summer book haul!

Goodreads Giveaway Winnings (I’ve been on Goodreads for three years and for the first time ever I won a Goodreads giveaway…well…multiple aha):

  • God is Real by Todd Burpo and David Drury
  • It Was a Privlege to Care For Her by Keith A. Klafehn
  • Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
  • Lost in September by Kathleen Winter
  • Bleak Landing by Terrie Todd

Gifts:

  • An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson
  • Through the Eyes of Jesus – Trilogy by C. Alan James

Bought Myself:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront√ę
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Strangers on a Bridge by James B. Donovan
  • The Spanish Bride by Laurien Gardner
  • The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • All Other Nights by Dara Horn
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkein
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein
  • Good-Bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

I am really happy and grateful for all the books I got this Summer season and I can’t wait to read them all!

What are some books you’ve hauled recently? Leave a comment!

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I KNOW NOTHING, you should too! (Top 5 Wednesday)

Hello book lovers! This week I bring you another top 5 Wednesday post. The topic for this week is: Books to read without knowing the synopsis. Now, I’m personally someone who prefers to go into books blind, and these are all books that I went into pretty much blind. If you’re not like me and you actually like knowing all about a book before you read it, these are books that I suggest you go into blind!

  1. The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino. This book is so powerful and I think it’d be best if you learned about the characters and the story as you read it rather than from the synopsis.
  2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. this world is so beautiful and learning about it with no prior knowledge is great.
  3. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. The author makes it so easy for you to put yourself in the character’s shoes and I feel like that would be ruined if you knew a detailed synopsis.
  4. Paper Towns by John Green. the adventure you go on while reading this book is so much more fun when you don’t read the synopsis beforehand.
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The world and characters are so fanominal in this that reading with no prior knowledge is mesmerizing.

What are some books that you recommend reading without prior knowledge of the synopsis?

A great way to end off Summer! (August Wrap Up)

August was a pretty fabulous month for me, it was a great last month of summer break! Looking back at the memories part of my journal, a lot of good thinks happened.

To kick off the month I went to the drag races with my family and spent the day with them and family friends which was so fun! Around the middle of the month I went to a baseball game with my brother and dad. To end off the month, my grandma took all my cousins, my brother, and I to a water park (which was my favourite thing I did this summer I think).

The only TV show I watched this month was Master Chef because my brother put on the first episode of the new season and then I was hooked.

I got my first @acourtofcandles rep package this month! All of the things inside were inspired by Sarah J. Maas books which I was so excited about.

I won a few giveaways this month. I have been on Goodreads for about three years now and I have never won a giveaway, but this month I won four! I also won a candle from @mossandmoonau.

I participated in two readathons this month (my first time ever). I read a total of three books between the two of them which I was really proud of.

Now onto my reading wrap-up! I don’t think I’ve read this much in a single month in over a year! I read 8 full books and started two others! Here’s what I read in August:

  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – 4/5
  • The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino – 5/5
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner – 4/5
  • The Twelfth Angel by Og Mandino – 5/5
  • The KIll Order by James Dashner – 4/5
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson – 5/5
  • The Fever Code by James Dashner – 5/5
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – 3/5

As for the two books I started but didn’t finish: The Assassin’s Blade (reread) and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Stay tuned for my September wrap-up!

Overall I am really happy with the way August turned out! I started school yesterday which I’m not too excited about though. I’m in grade 11 now and I have a pretty heavy course load but I am going to try and manage my time better so I can have time to read. If you’re in school too, I hope you have a great year and remember, you CAN do anything you put your mind to!

What did you read in August? If you posted a wrap-up, link it in your comment and I’ll check it out! ūüôā

Reading = inevitable problems (Reader problems book tag 2017)

As readers we all encounter some bookish problems so I think that this book tag is very accurate. Welcome to today’s post, the reader problems book tag!

1. You have 20 000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next. I’m a mood reader so I’d probably just anxiously try and choose what I feel like as the other books on my TBR loom over me and threaten to crush me. No biggie.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just now loving it, do you put it down or are you committed? My weak old reader self would struggle through it, but now I’d either skim read or DNF it (mostly because my TBR is still looming over me and I’m scared).

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you catch up? If so, how? I don’t set reading challenges anymore because I don’t really care to be honest. I only have a Goodreads challenge set so at the end of the year I can check and see how many books I read.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope? I don’t mind mismatched series, I don’t like when all my books perfectly line up on my shelf and series look uniform to be honest.

5. Everyone loves a book that you don’t, who do you bond with over your feelings? The joys of the online bookish community is that there’s always someone who shares your unpopular opinions which is great.

6. You’re reading a book in public and are about to cry, how do you deal? I don’t deal. Let the tears come, maybe I’ll look strange enough for people to avoid me so I can continue reading my heartbreaking book in peace.

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happened in the first book, do you reread the first book before moving on to the second? Of course! I love rereading books and I’d also rather not ruin my opinion of the sequel just because I didn’t remember the first book.

8. You don’t want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks? “No, sorry.” What else would I say??

9. You’ve picked up and put down five books in the last month, how do you get over this reading slump? I sit in front of my bookshelf and cry hoping that the tears will carry out the slump as I watch BookTube and stare hopelessly at my TBR tower.

10. There are so many books that you’re dying to read, how many do you end up buying? Most likely none of them because I’m broke (and my TBR is still looming over me giving me looks that make me feel guilty for buying new books when I haven’t even read them yet).

11, After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf? Like I said in my answer to 10, I probably wouldn’t have bought any. If I did, they would probably sit there long enough to join my growing TBR tower in judging me for not reading them.

While you may think that a lot of my answers to these questions were sarcastic, I assure you that they are only a slight exaggeration of the truth.

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What did I read before the Internet? (Top 5 Wednesday)

Hello book lovers and welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday past! This week’s topic is: Books from before you joined the bookish online community.

These are some of my old favourites that i read before I joined all the bookish social media:

  1. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
  2. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
  4. The Winnie Years series by Lauren Myracle.
  5. Junia by Michael E. Griesler.

I really love this topic because its always so nice to recall my reading life before the influence of the bookish community and compare it to now.

What book(s) did you read before you joined the bookish online community? Let me know in a comment!

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The not so rapid fire book tag… (Rapid Fire Book Tag 2017)

I feel like summer is perfect for book tags, so today I’m bringing you another one! This is an older tag but I have seen a lot of people doing it so I thought I would do my own!

1. Ebook or physical book? Physical book!! Nothing beats being able to hold, smell, and flip the pages of a book. I’m also not a fan of looking at a screen for too long.

2. Paperback or hardback? Paperback! I only buy the hardcover version if it’s the only format available.

3. Online or in-store book shopping? I’m only going to say online because the books are cheaper and I’m broke.

4. Trilogies or series? Series. All the trilogies I read always leave me wanting more.

5. Heroes or villains? While I do appreciate how good villains are at being villains (as indicated by how much I hate them), I prefer heroes.

6. What’s a book you want everyone to read? No Safety In Numbers by Dayna Lorentz!

7. Recommend an underrated book. The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

8. The last book you finished? I think it was The Fever Code by James Dashner.

9. Last book you bought? I haven’t bought myself books since December so I can’t remember…

10. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark? A pen.

11. Used books, yes or no? YES YES YES.

12. Top three favourite genres? Non-fiction, YA high fantasy, YA sci-fi/dystopian.

13. Borrow or buy? Buy.

14. Characters or plot? Definitely characters.

15. Long or short books? Long!!

16. Long or short chapters? Short. It makes the books go by faster (which is good since I like long books).

17. Name the first three books you think of. Empire of Storms, The Assassin’s Blade, and Heir of Fire which are all by Sarah J. Maas. You shouldn’t be surprised by that if you’ve been following my blog for a while haha.

18. Books that make you laugh or cry? Cry. If I cry during a book it makes it more memorable for me, although an ideal book would make me laugh and cry.

19. Our world or fictional worlds? Fictional worlds. If you can find me a real life version of the Inner Circle that I can be part of, I might change my mind.

20. Audiobooks, yes or no? I’ve listened to a few audiobooks before but I wasn’t a fan, so nope.

21. Do you ever judge a book by its cover? If you say you’ve never judged a book by its cover, you’re lying.

22. Book to movie or book to TV adaptations? Book to TV because then there’s more time to do the book justice.

23. A movie or TV show you preferred to the book? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I really disliked the book but I adored the movie!

24. Series or standalones? Series!

And THAT was the rapid fire book tag, although I do feel like it took forever to do.

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A whole new perspective on cover buys?! (Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In)

I’ve missed doing Top 5 Wednesday so much so I think it’s finally time for me to start doing it again here on my blog!

This week’s topic is: Book covers you’d like to live in. I thought this was such a unique topic and I can’t wait to share my choices with you!

Here are 5 book covers I would want to be transported to:

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo so I can go live in Ketterdam and join the Dregs.
  2. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare¬†because there’s a city with a cool bridge.
  3. The Maze Runner (movie tie-in) by James Dashner because I love the Gladers (*cough* especially Minho and Newt *cough*).
  4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson because ICE CREAM TRUCK.
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart because I want to go swimming haha.

This was so fun to do! It got me thinking, what if we had to be really careful with our cover buys because if we bought a book because of its cover there’s a chance that cover would become our new home…? I don’t know if that made sense but that’s what I was thinking about while doing this post.

Also, I realize that this is a week late. ¬†I didn’t realize until I had already typed up the whole post, so oh well. I’ll just be doing the topics a week late this month lol.

What book cover(s) would you want to live in and why? Let me know in a comment!

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Best reading month…ever?! (July Wrap Up 2017)

July was a really good month for me. I know, it’s August now, but in this post when I say “this month” I am referring to July. Also, can we talk about the fact that it’s already August?! I really do not want to go back to school; why does summer go by so fast yet the school year goes by so slow? During the week I would usually be at home which meant lots of time for reading and watching TV/YouTube. On the other hand, my weekends were filled with fun and I would usually be going out somewhere.

This month I applied to my first ever job. I heard something back but it was not confirmed whether or not I will get an interview. I will update you on the matter in next month’s wrap up post because I am really excited and nervous! I guess this was a month of firsts because I also learned how to ride an ATV which was cool because the only other motorized “vehicle” I’ve ever driven was a lawn tractor haha.

I went to two MLB baseball games this month which was so fun! I really love sports (especially baseball and hockey) and it’s always nice to go see games live (even though I still have yet to go to an NHL hockey game). I really love that going to a baseball game means that you’re out for the whole day and I love being out of the house! I even went to a car race which is also SO much better when you watch it live!

If you follow my Bookstagram (which you totally should; it’s always linked at the end of my blog posts) you would know that I started a new outdoor theme! I really loved the outdoor theme that I did last summer and had a lot of fun with it so I decided to try the outdoor theme again this summer! I am having so much fun with it, I feel like my photo options are unlimited! Whenever I go to my grandma’s when I have an outdoor theme I always bring a separate suitcase full of books so I can take photos at her house. The gardens around her house are so beautiful and it’s worth all the weird stares I get from neighbours walking by.

I was also chosen as an Instagram rep for @acourtofcandles for August, September, and October! I am so excited because I have been following this shop since they first opened! I have a discount that you can use on everything in their shop (except for the monthly limited edition boxes)! When you make a purchase, use the code PLENTIFUL for 15% off of your purchase!

In July I finished watching Season One of Riverdale. I really love the show and that last episode was CRAZY. I need the next season like NOW. I also watched Wonder Woman with my family. I ADORED this movie so much and the ending had me sobbing even after the movie was over. I really recommend watching Riverdale and Wonder Woman if you haven’t already.

I am so happy with how much I read this month. I haven’t read this much in a single month in so long! I was in a slump for the whole month of June and didn’t finish a single book so I am so glad that I finally got out of that horrendous slump by the beginning of July. Here’s what I read this month:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo –¬†3/5 stars.¬†This took me over a month to read, partly because of my slump and partly because of how slow I felt the book was. I think it contributed to why my slump lasted a month, but I enjoyed it enough. I read the majority of this in June when my slump would let up for a little part of some days, but I finished it in July.
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth –¬†5/5 stars.¬†I needed to reread an old favourite to pull me out of my slump and this definitely helped.
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth –¬†5/5 stars.¬†This book did the trick to shake off the rest of my slump. I think it’s the 5th time I’ve read Divergent and Insurgent and I appreciate them more and more each time I read them.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky –¬†1/5 stars.¬†I read the first 90 pages of this, then skimmed the rest so this is basically the first book I’ve ever DNFd. It was just SOOOOOO boring and I felt it pulling me back into a slump. I didn’t even bother writing a full review to ¬†post on my blog so check out my Goodreads (which is always linked at the end of my blog posts) if you want to know more of why I didn’t like this book at all.
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo –¬†4/5 stars.¬†I enjoyed this more than Six of Crows but I didn’t love this duology as much as everyone seems to. Keep an eye out here on my blog for reviews for both books.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner –¬†4/5 stars.¬†I feel like this book has a lot of negative/neutral reviews, but I really enjoyed it!
  • I also started reading The Scorch Trials by James Dashner and got around 140 pages in. I’m enjoying it so far, keep an eye out for my August wrap up if you want to know more of my thoughts after I finish it!

So that’s what I read in the month of July as well as a wrap up of other things I did this month! I really like the way my wrap up posts are now because I feel like I can be more genuine and open with you guys rather than ONLY talking about books. I do things other than reading so it’s nice to talk about those things!

How many books did you read in July? Which one was your favourite? Let me know in a comment!

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To keep reading, or to DNF? Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better! 

I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday post in so long and I’ve missed it! I thought this prompt was really relevant to me because I feel like the majority of series I read get better as the books go on.

Here’s the 5 series (in no particular) that got better as the books went on!

  1. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. I have the first book 2/5 stars and the last book 4/5 stars. I think those rating speak for themselves.
  2. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. I didn’t really connect to the first book, but the third book had me sobbing at some parts.
  3. The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. The first book was just meh for new, but I adored the second and third books!
  4. The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Like with the Grisha trilogy, the first book of this duology wasn’t the best in my opinion, but I really enjoyed the second book!
  5. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I think this is an unpopular opinion, but I thought the books in the trilogy got better and better as the trilogy went on!

What are some series that you thought were better as the books went on?

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Summer Book Tag 2017

This week I bring you, another tag post! I’ve been planning out posts for the next month, and I think it’s safe to say that this is going to be the summer of the tags! Tags are my favourite posts to read, so I hope you don’t mind! With that being said, today’s post is the Summer Book Tag! I did this tag last year (click HERE to check last year’s post out), but I thought I would do an updated one!

1. What book cover makes you think of summer? The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. The ice cream truck and bright colours just scream summer to me!

2. What book has brightened your day? A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. It’s not exactly the happiest book, but it is the book that rekindled my love of reading so thinking about it brings a smile to my face.

3. Name a book with yellow on it. Dreams of gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.

4. What is your favourite summer beach read? It’s not the first book you’d think of since it’s not really a light beachy read, but We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is so fast paced and captivating. It’s a book that can easily be read in one sitting which is my idea of a beach read!

5. What book had you running for the ice cream? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. This book was so intense and had me sobbing. I needed ice cream because ice cream fixes everything haha.

6. What book has left you with a bad ending? Miss Peregrine‚Äôs Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I just didn’t like hat book whatsoever. I’ve also never DNFd anything in  my life, but I’m 99.9% sure that I’m going to DNF the trilogy. I don’t need to waste my time anymore with books I don’t think I’m going to enjoy. I’ll just give the books to my little brother.

7. What book gave you the happiest feeling when it ended? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, although I’d describe the feeling as more bittersweet than happy.

8. What book cover reminds you of a sunset? It’s not exactly a cover, but the spine of my copy of The Host by Stephanie Meyer reminds me of a sunset.

9. What is one book series you want to read this summer? I really want to read either The Maze Runner series by James Dashner or The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey. Maybe I’ll even end up reading both.

So there you have it, my updated Summer Book Tag! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me!

What’s a book series you hope to read this summer? let me know in a comment!

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