1 whole year and 53 posts later! (One Year Blog Anniversary Q&A)

Hello book lovers and welcome to a really special post! On the 17th of April it was my one year blog anniversary! I am so thankful to have spent a year on this wonderful platform. I want to thank you all for sticking around, reading my posts, following my blog, and commenting/liking my posts!

I had a rough patch for the first few months of my blog, I didn’t post consistently at all so my blog didn’t really improve or gain recognition at all. I have started posting once a week for the last while and it has really worked! I have recently hit over 75 followers which is mind-blowing to me! I never thought that I would enjoy blogging, but I love writing and then typing up posts and sharing my love of reading/books with you all! Thank you for supporting what I love!

Now that all of the thank-yous and sappy stuff is over, today I will be doing a Q&A! I asked questions on my Bookstagram (the link to my account is always at the end of my blog posts, make sure to go follow me over there so you don’t miss out on anything)! Thank you to everyone who sent me questions, I am beyond grateful to everyone who took the time to do so!

Let’s get onto the Q&A (questions are in bold font, Instagram usernames of the person who asked the question are in italicized font, answers are just regular font):

On a scale of 1-100 00, how much do you love Rhys? @noplacelikebooks

Well, I’m going to have to say 40 000 since the other 50 000 is reserved for Azriel…

What are your top 5 favourite books? @thegraduatedbookmark

A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Assassin’s Blade, Crown of Midnight, and Queen of Shadows. All by Sarah J. Maas, what a surprise! (click here for my reviews of all of Sarah J. Maas’ books)

Favourite company’s product that you’ve represented? @addictobooks

I can’t answer this because I rep for companies who all have different types of products and I love them all for different things. (ahhhhh sorry for not answering properly but I can’t choose)!

What is your favourite genre to read? @juliasbookblog

YA High Fantasy all the way!

What is one book series you really want to read? @beauty.books

Definitely The Winner’s Curse trilogy since I’ve heard there’s a lot of political intrigue in it and I feel like I would really like that!

Do you have a weird reading habit? If yes, what is it? @chasingpagesx

I think this is a reading habit, so yes. But when I’m reading it’s almost always at night so I’m usually quite tired. I always find myself spacing out, but flipping pages and “reading.” I end up realizing a few pages later and end up having to go back and reread those pages.

Do you ever force yourself to read? @chasingpagesx

Only when I feel a reading slump is almost over and I want to quickly shake off the slump. (Fun fact, one of my first posts on this blog was a way to beat reading slumps, click here to check that post out aha).

What camera do you use? @bethany.books

For my Bookstagram and my blog, I need photos. At the beginning of my Boookstagram when I didn’t have my blog I was using my iPod 5 camera which wasn’t too bad. Since February 2016 I have been using my iPhone 5s camera for all of my photos.

How old are you? @emmabookworm1130 

I am 15, turning 16 in May!

A debut author you want to read this year? @noplacelikebooks

I actually don’t know of any debut authors this year, if anyone has any recommendations, please leave them in a comment!

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring one book, what would that book be? @boookstagram _police

Definitely, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas because I love that book and it’s characters so much that I would not be complaining that I’d have to read it over and over again. (click here to read my spoiler-free review for said book)

Last book that kept you up all night reading? @addictobooks

I have trouble staying awake but the longest I can stay up is until 3am. That’s the time I stayed up to read Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas since that book was just sooooooo intriguing I just couldn’t stop reading! (click here for my spoiler-free review on said book)

That is the end of my 1 year Blog anniversary Q&A! Thank you all again for supporting this blog because I love putting out content on here so much! I appreciate your support more than you know. Here’s to another amazing year!

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Bookmarks that fit every book! (Bookish Shop Feature, @thegraduatedbookmark )

Hello book lovers and welcome to a new type of post that I will be putting up on my blog! Through my Bookstagram account (always linked at the end of my blog posts) I have been chosen as a rep for some amazing small shops that sell bookish merch! I am going to feature these products here so that I can give them recognition on a different platform!

So, today’s feature post is for a lovely bookmark shop! TheGraduatedBookmark is an Etsy shop owned by a fellow Canadian named Morgan Morgan designs absolutely beautiful bookmarks of high quality and adds a special Canadian touch to each one. All of Morgan’s links will be at the end of this post along with a discount code that you can use to get 10% off of your purchase at her shop!

In December 2016 I was chosen as one of the first reps for Morgan’s (then) brand new shop! This shop will always hold a special place in my heart since Morgan was the first to give me a chance and choose me as a rep. At the (supposed) end of my rep term, Morgan contacted me to be a permanent rep, I was honoured! Of course I accepted! I am so happy to be sharing her lovely shop with you all! I wanted to post this feature at this time because Morgan has recently decided to close her shop. The official closing date is on June 1st, 2017. Now that you know this, you can go stock up on her gorgeous bookmarks before it’s too late (of course using the discount code found at the end of this post to get 10% off of your purchase)!


Now, onto the review! What you see when you first open the mailing envelope is the adorable packaging that Morgan uses for each bookmark. There’s a bunch of little squiggly paper pieces (similar to the “filling” you see in bookish subscription boxes) to “cushion” the bookmarks and fill the package even more. There’s also a handwritten note along with her business card. Each bookmark is wrapped in tissue paper that is stamped with “Oh Canada” and sealed with a cute sticker that says “Open Me!” To top it off, there’s a beige textured string (I don’t know how else to describe it so just refer to the picture I included above this paragraph).


Each bookmark is designed by Morgan and printed onto a gorgeous high-quality card stock material (high gloss makes the bookmark even more stunning). The bookmarks are then cut to have rounded edges and a maple leaf is hole-punched into the corner (the most adorable way to add a touch of Canada). Due to the bookmark’s material, they are quite durable! They’re the perfect amount of flimsy that a bookmark needs. Each bookmark is perfect or any size book, even mass-market paperbacks!

Make sure to go buy some gorgeous, affordable bookmarks before it’s too late. You can use my rep discount code, PLENTIFUL10 at checkout tog get 10% off of your entire purchase!

TheGraduatedBookmark Etsy Shop

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I finished a whole trilogy?! (March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up)

Hello again book lovers and welcome back to another blog post!

So, it’s April?! I feel like I say this every month, but WHERE IS THE YEAR GOING? This month signifies my one year blog anniversary and my two year Bookstagram anniversary (what the heck, 1000 posts and two years later, wow). I have a special post planned for the Wednesday following my blog anniversary so keep an eye out for that (maybe even follow my blog so I can hit 80 followers for my one year anniversary on here ūüôā

Anyways, that was a long intro, oops. This is my March wrap-up! I read quite a bit and I really think it’s because I had a one week March break, yay! In total I read three books, I actually started and finished a trilogy in the month of March which was pretty good! Let’s get on to what I read:

  • No Safety In Numbers by Dayna Lorentz – 5/5 stars
  • No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz – 5/5 stars
  • No Dawn Without Darkness by Dayna Lorentz – 5/5 stars

So, as you can see, I rated all of these books 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely adored these books! I don’y know why they’re so underhyped because they are so good! I highly recommend that you go check them out on Goodreads since more people need to read these! Also, keep an eye out on my blog for reviews of all three of these books because I had so much fun reading and reviewing them!

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The new Pride and Prejudice? (Top 5 Wednesday)

Hello friends and welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday post!

If you’re not sure what Top 5 Wednesday is all about, click here¬†to be brought to the group’s Goodreads page! There you can find information about what T5W is, what the month’s weekly topics are, etc. and maybe you can join in yourself!

This week’s topic is:¬†Future Classics. Today I am going to be telling you about books that I think could be classics one day! These are just some really popular books that I feel people way in the future could learn a lot about the way people from modern times “think.” These are in no particular order.

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. Divergent by veronica Roth

Those are all the books that I consider the be potential future classics!

What books do you think could be classics in the future? Do you share any same choices as me? Let me know in a comment!

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Biggest Book Haul Yet?! (Winter 2016/2017 Book Haul)

Hello book lovers and Happy Spring! Today I am going to be sharing with you all the books that I got in Winter (2016/2017) since I do seasonal instead of monthly book hauls! I’ll be doing this in two different sections!

Books from my Christmas book haul:

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (and others)
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Days of BLood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Books I won from giveaways (I was blessed with winning two different giveaways):

  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  • The Fever Code by James Dashner

So those are all the books that I accumulated this past Winter season!

What has been your most recent bookish purchase? Let me know in a comment!

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Good but not great?? (Flawed by Cecelia Ahern Spoiler-Free Book Review)

Title: Flawed

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: April 5th, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Format: Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

You will be punished… Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed. In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

My Review:

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern follows our main character Celestine North as she tries to figure out where she fits in in a society that only values perfection. Does she do the right thing?  What lengths will people go to stay perfect?

Let’s start off with what I didn’t like. This book was excruciatingly slow. It took over 100 pages for me to become interested in the story. Despite it being slow, it did hold my interest, otherwise I probably would have taken way longer to finish the book. I didn’t like how the society wasn’t really explained much. I wish that we would have gotten more info on how and why the society is how it is. What made this book boring was the unnecessary descriptions and scenes. I feel like there could have been some thing excluded from the story. This book was also super predictable.

This society is one where a minor “mistake” gets you in trouble. You do not typically go to jail, rather you go to the “Guild Court” where they rule on whether or not and where you will be branded (seared with a hit iron letter F, it’s as bad as it sounds) Flawed. This isolates you from society. You shop in a different section of the store, you have to have your brand(s) visible in public, and you must wear a read armband with the letter F on it. To give you an idea of just how hideous this society is: there was an elderly man coughing and quickly becoming short of breath (obviously needing medical attention) but just because he was “Flawed” NOBODY HELPED. I guess the reason I didn’t give this book is more of a “it’s me not you” type thing since I just despised this society.

Celestine was our main character. It was mentioned that she’s biracial, which is awesome! I just felt kind of neutral about her character. I didn’t like how insta-lovey her and her boyfriend’s relationship was. Near the end half of the book, I really appreciated her change of character. Strong-willed, and wanting to fight for what she herself thinks is right.

Onto the topic of Celestine’s boyfriend. To keep it short: I hated him.

Even though we didn’t learn too much about him, I really liked Carrick. He’s a really ¬†intriguing character and I hope to learn more about him in the next book.

I really loved how Celestine’s family played a big part in this book. It was nice and realistic.

Despite the predictability in some parts of the book, the ending came as a surprise to me!

As always, I’d love feedback on my blog, reviews, etc. I’m always looking to improve!

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I still don’t get it?! (Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Spoiler-Free Book Review)

Click here to read my review on the first book in this trilogy, Shadow and Bone. Click here to read my review on the second book in this trilogy, Siege and Storm.

Hello book lovers and welcome back to another blog post!

Title: Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 5/5

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

Publisher: Square Fish

Format: Paperback

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Since this is the last book in a trilogy, the synopsis is a bit spoilery. You can click here to read the synopsis from Goodreads. Read at your own risk.

My Review:

I just want to start off this review by saying that this, like all of my other reviews will be spoiler free. I want everyone to be able to read and enjoy these reviews. As always, if you would like to discuss spoilers, feel free to send me a DM on any of my social media accounts which are always linked at the end of my blog posts.

Ruin and Rising¬†by Leigh Bardugo is the third and final book in the high fantasy Grisha trilogy. In this book, we continue to follow Alina’s journey to fight evil.

The first 100 or so pages of this book were about as fun as watching paint dry. I really struggled to get through them. I think it was mostly because Nikolai wasn’t there because right when he came back into the story, things picked up. It was also because I just really hate the Apparat, he’s so annoying.

Alina really grew throughout this book, as she did in the previous books. She became more independent and confident, I was so proud of her. She was a bit annoying at times but I feel like this just added to how realistic her character is. That is something I really admire about Alina in this trilogy. I was not too fond of Mal in Siege and Storm, but this book really rekindled my love for him. I was really grateful for Mal in this book because he was one of the only ones being logical. The epilogue of this book also made me really happy, although I do wish we got to see more of what happened after the ending in more detail.

Now, the Darkling. I DON’T UNDERSTAND. Why are people so obsessed with him? I was told that my love for him would grow as the trilogy went on, WRONG.As the books went on, I just hated him even more. Even after the bonus short story about him in my copy of Ruin and Rising, I didn’t even remotely feel for him. He did so many evil and disgusting things (especially in this book) that I just can’t bring myself to like him.

Now, Nikolai. Nikolai is so dear to my heart. He’s honestly one of the major reasons why I love this trilogy so much. He’s the main reason I laughed (and cried…a lot) during this book.He’s also one of the first characters that has ever made me literally laugh out loud while reading.

A really interesting part of this book for me was learning more about the backstory of Alina/Mal/the Darkling. Making connections to other things in the first tow books and this one while learning more about said characters was so cool! The plot twists in some parts of this book left me so shocked! the side characters, their relationships, etc. made me so happy! There was also a LGBT aspect of this book which was unexpected but pretty cool! The fact that there was a cat in the book that was like a part of Alina’s squad made my heart melt.

This book was definitely more of a roller coaster than the previous  two. I laughed and definitely cried a lot more. The ending was also absolutely amazing. Not necessarily a completely happy ending, but happy enough for a high fantasy, haha. A lot of people seem to not like the ending, but I did!

Final thing, I really love Leigh Bardugo’s writing. It’s so detailed while also being quite easy to read and comprehend. I’m really looking forward to reading her Six of Crows duology!

I’d highly recommend this trilogy to everyone! If you’re looking to get more into high fantasy, this trilogy would be a fantastic place to start!

As always, I’d love feedback on my blog, reviews, etc. I’m always looking to improve!

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February 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Hello book lovers and welcome back to another post! Today I will be sharing with you the books that I read in the month of February. I am really happy with what I read considering it was the first month of a new semester and things were really busy. Can I just say that this year is flying by?! Like, I can’t believe that it’s already March! Anyways, let’s get on to what I read last month!

  • Flawed by Cecelia Ahern – 3/5 I enjoyed this book. I requested an ARC of the second book but I never got a response back, so I just decided to give this book to my cousin. I hope she enjoys it more than I did.
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5 I really enjoyed this book! I’m really happy with how this series wrapped up.

    So that’s all that I read in the month of February! I had a better reading month than I did in January which I’m really happy about! I also got around 100 pages into No Safety In Numbers by Dayna Lorentz but I didn’t have time to finish it!

    What did you read in February? Do you have a February Wrap-Up on your blog? Let me know in a comment!

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    Why do people love the Darkling?! (Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Spoiler Free Review)

    Title: Siege and Storm

    Author: Leigh Bardugo

    Rating: 4/5

    Release Date: June 17th, 2014

    Publisher: Square Fish

    Format Read: Paperback

    Synopsis from Goodreads:

    Since this book is the second in a trilogy, the synopsis has some mild spoilers, read at your own risk. Click¬†here if you’re interested in reading the synopsis.

    My Review:

    Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the high fantasy Grisha trilogy. Full of twists, new characters, and returning old characters, this sequel follows Alina and Mal throughout their journey, forging a different life.

    Let’s start off with what I didn’t like. I felt like this book dragged at times. There were parts that really weren’t necessary in my opinion. Sometimes absolutely nothing happened and I found myself really bored.

    Okay, onto characters. I was really proud of Alina in this book. She grew so much, becoming more reliant on herself, and she really held her ground with the boys. I feel like the gender equality was awesome in this book, I felt that the boys admired Alina as much as (if not more than) she admired them. She was hilarious (her and another character that I will mention later were so funny). Despite her immense growth she thankfully still had her flaws and stayed relatable.

    So, Mal. I don’t even know where to start with him. I mean, he did have his cinnamon roll, traditional sweet boy Mal moments, which is why I have hope for and still love him. On the other hand, he was so rude? He was really selfish at times and wasn’t there for Alina when she needed him. He did have some redeeming moments though, I’m interested in seeing what happens in the next book.

    I’m going to talk about Sturmhond and Nikolai at the same time since I feel the same way about both of them. THEY ARE SO FUNNY. This book actually had me laughing out loud, which I don’t think has ever happened before. They’re so witty, and I adored their banter with Alina, so many quotes and scenes that I took note of!

    Tolya and Tamar were two new characters that I actually really enjoyed. They were pretty mysterious but they really cared about Alina so yay! I hope we get to learn more about them in the next book.

    Okay, so, the Darkling…I still really hate him, even more than I did in Shadow and Bone. I see no redeeming qualities in him. He’s manipulative and a creepy jerk in my opinion. I don’t understand why people like him so much? Oh, speaking of characters I hate, don’t even get me started with Prince Vasily, he’s an idiot and tries way too hard.

    What I really liked about this book, that was different from the first, all the action/battle scenes were EPIC 9regardless of how short they were).There was a lot of political stuff too, which I enjoyed.

    ALSO LET’S TAKE A MOMENT FOR THOSE LAST 50 PAGES. I did NOT see that coming and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was a little sad though. I cannot wait for the next book!

    As always, I’d love feedback on my blog, reviews, etc. I’m always looking to improve!

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    The most unique book I’ve read in a while?! (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Spoiler Free Review)

    Title: Shadow and Bone

    Author: Author

    Rating: Rating

    Release Date: May 7th, 2013

    Publisher: Square Fish

    Format Read: Paperback

    Synopsis from Goodreads:

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life‚ÄĒa power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

    My Review:

    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo follows Alina Starkov who is discovering a newfound ability within the Small Science. She is whisked away to the royal court to collaborate with the Darkling in trying to save Ravka.

    I really enjoyed the whole concept of this, it was super unique! It was quite slow at times, but it was all worth it in the end. I have to admit, I was really confused or the first part of the book. We were being introduced to this new world/magic system and things were being thrown at us with not too much explanation. We were getting all of these different Grisha with different powers, kefta (robe) colours, and different embroidered cuffs. I actually found myself having to refer to the Grishaverse wikia to try and sort things out. Don’t let that put you off though, as you go on, things fall into place.

    This trilogy is inspired by Tsarist Russia of the early 1800s, which was something I’d never read about before! I really loved the play on Russian language and culture. It was such a unique world that I didn’t find it too hard to immerse myself in the world.

    Now, onto the characters. I really found our main character Alina to be relatable. She wasn’t over-confident, and she was pretty chill. Malyen is a little cinnamon roll and he’s not a real jerk to Alina. I don’t really like the Darkling, like, at all. I’m not sure why so many people are obsessed with him, maybe I’ll find out in the next books?

    I really love Alina and Mal’s relationship. They’ve been close friends since they were kids, and their relationship didn’t feel insta-lovey. I love how Mal isn’t controlling, he gives her space when needed, protects her but isn’t overprotective, and he truly admires her *heart eyes*.

    The ending of this was really good! Alina really surprised me, and my jaw literally dropped a few times. Speaking of jaw-dropping moments, PLOT TWISTS MAN. I did not see any of them coming, and they blew me away!

    Id’ recommend this if you want something unique (and Russian inspired) to read!

    As always, I’d love feedback on my blog, reviews, etc. I’m always looking to improve!

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