Too 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’s 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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Freaking out because of how little I’ve read this year yet my TBR keeps growing!! (Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017)

Like I said in my June Wrap Up post, I want to do more tag posts on my blog since they’re so fun, so today I bring you: the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! Before I start, I just wanted to say that I’ve read around 15 books so far this year; two of those being for school, and two others being rereads.

Now, onto the questions:

1. Best book you’ve read so far this year? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. It was one of my most anticipated books and it did not disappoint!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far this year? Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. The first book in the trilogy, Shadow and Bone, was a tad underwhelming but the second book blew me away!

3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to? The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein. It’s the prequel to Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and I want to read it before I read Code Name Verity!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year? Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. I feel like I’m one of the few people that adore Chaol and are so excited for this book!

5. Biggest Disappointment? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I adored the movie and thought I’d enjoy the book too (considering all of the hype surrounding it), but I was completely wrong.

6. Biggest surprise? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I had to read this for school, and I ended up enjoying it! I don’t usually enjoy school books, but this was definitely a nice surprise.

7. Favourite new author? I’ve read the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo this year and her books are so enjoyable! I am really looking forward to picking up Crooked Kingdom.

8. Newest fictional crush? Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. He scares me but he’s also such a cinnamon roll.

9. Newest favourite character? Jurian from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I loved his character so much throughout the book!

10. Book that made you cry? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.  This book made me sob so hard that I had to take a good twenty minute break before I could go back to reading it (side note: this happened multiple times while reading).

11. Book that made you happy? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.  While this book did make me cry, the fact that Azriel played so much of a bigger part in this book than he did in A Court of Mist and Fury   warmed my heart.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation you saw this year? I’ve only seen a book to TV adaptation this year, so I’m just going to talk about that. I binge-watched Thirteen Reasons Why in like four days last month after I wrote my exams. That show was so well done and really moving. I also ADORE the cast (especially Tony, he deserves the world).

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year? I’m really proud of how I managed to write my review for A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas  without spoilers.

14. Most beautiful book you bought this year? This book was a birthday git from my dad, so I didn’t buy it, but The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is such a gorgeous book!

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? I really want to read all of Morgan Matson’s books which I’m actually hoping to accomplish this summer!

So that was the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! It was such a fun tag and if you’re reading this and want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

What are some of your reading goals for the rest of 2017? Let me know in a comment!

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Do I even read anymore? (June Wrap Up 2017)

Hello book lovers and welcome to today’s post, my June wrap up! I’m not going to be calling it a reading wrap up anymore because I also want to start talking about TV shows, movies, music, etc. in the posts just to change it up a bit! If you haven’t noticed, I also changed the featured image. I wanted my blog to be more uniform so I am going to be using the same background and font in my featured images. I think it’ll make my blog look cleaner too!

So, the month of June was the last month of school which means teachers piling on work to finish up the semester, final projects, and exams. It was a very busy month and I got some reading done, but not enough to finish the book I was working on, Six of Crows. I haven’t not finished at least one book in a month in years. I think the stress from the final month of school got to me and put me in a reading slump.

This reading slump continued even after I finished exams so in the last week of June I watched a bunch of TV shows I’d missed out on during the school year. I binge-watched Thirteen Reasons Why which I ADORED. I loved how it was done and the cast is absolutely amazing. The show was very powerful and changed my perspective on a lot of things. I also binge watched ten episodes of Riverdale. I also LOVE this show and its cast. I am hoping to finish up the season some time this month.

This June I’ve been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack a lot. I’ve been listening to it for quite a while now, but lately it’s all I’ve been listening to!

I hope you all have a good reading month in July!

What are some of your favourite TV shows? Let me know in a comment!

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Where are my tears? (A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas SPOILER FREE Review)

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Indigo Exclusive Edition Hardcover

This review will not contain any of the books in this trilogy. I prefer keeping all of my reviews spoiler free so that anyone can read them. If you haven’t already, click here to read my spoiler free reviews for the first two books in this series.

Where did my tears go? Oh, right, they were all used up on my most anticipated read of 2017. Wow, I don’t even know where to start with my review for this book. It was everything and more than I expected from a Sarah J. Maas finale. I was anxious going into this book because we’ve never gotten a SJM finale before, but this book blew my high expectations out of the water. There’s nothing that I didn’t like about this book. I’ve also officially given all of Sarah J. Maas’ books a 5/5 stars, YAYAYAY.

Also, I thought I’d mention that this book made me ugly cry. Like full on sobbing and hyperventilating. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much/long/hard over a work of fiction. This ugly crying happened way more than once while reading this book, I was a mess.

This book involved quite a bit more politics than the other two which I really enjoyed because politics (both in the real and fictional world) is fascinating to me.

All of the new characters we were introduced to/seen (whether or not they were mentioned in other books) was amazing. I find that Sarah J. Maas is very talented at effectively intertwining characters and world building. The characters we already knew from the past books developed so much and my opinion on so many characters changed drastically. It was amazing following characters from A Court of Thorns and Roses all the way to and throughout this book. The character development Sarah J. Maas is capable of writing throughout her books always boggles my mind.

Speaking of world building, OH MY GOSH. SJM perfectly developed this world even more throughout the book. She is very talented at creating a world and characters where you can take all of the description(s) and form a vivid image in your mind, allowing you to sort of create a movie in your mind as you read. Sarah J. Maas is so talented in every aspect, I can’t even fathom how she manages (if you can’t already tell, I admire Sarah J. Maas so much). I was very very very very impressed by this book.

As I say in all of my reviews, I am so grateful for Sarah J. Maas’ books. Before reading them, I’d been falling in and out of reading slumps and wondering why I wasn’t enjoying anything that I read. I felt my love of reading slipping away. Sarah J. Maas’ books sparked something inside of me. I completely fell in love with the world, characters, writing, and just everything about her books. I attribute my restored love of reading and hope in reading to Sarah J. Maas. Her books will forever remain my favourite and hold a special place in my heart.

Sarah J. Maas also helped me with rating books. I never knew how to rate books. I always gave out 5/5 stars to any book I even remotely enjoyed. SJM’s books have set a standard for 5 star books. reading her books have given me a true understanding of what a 5 star book is to me and how I should feel about a book and its components to rate it 5 stars. I hope one day Sarah will know how much her books mean to me.

I truly encourage everyone, fantasy-lovers or not, to at least give Sarah J. Maas’ books a chance; none of her books have let me down. I’ve been wanting to reread A Court of Wings and Ruin since since I read the last page. I can’t believe this story is over, I need to know what and who the next books are about.

If you want to discuss spoilers for Sarah J. Maas’ books, feel free to contact me on any of my social media accounts which are always linked at the end of my blog posts. As always, I’d love feedback on my blog, reviews, etc. I’m always looking to improve!

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Birthday Books! (Spring 2017 Book Haul)

Hello book lovers! I wasn’t expecting to get any books this Spring, but then my family decided to treat me to some discount book buying for my birthday! All of these books were bought for me for my birthday from my grandma, mom, and dad! I am very grateful that I received these books! Also, what better day to do my Spring book haul than on the first day of Summer? Happy Summer everyone!

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  • Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

So, those are all of the books that I got for my birthday and I am beyond happy! I’ve been wanting to explore the historical fiction genre, so I am happy that the majority of the books I got are from that genre!

What’s your recent bookish purchase? Have you read any of the books I hauled? If you have, what did you think (remember NO spoilers)? Let me know in a comment!

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The best bookish candles! (Bookish Shop Feature/Review: @fictionalflames )

Candles? Books? Two of my favourite things come together as BOOKISH CANDLES. So, Melissa is the owner of the amazing Etsy shop called Fictional Flames. You can find all of her links and a discount code at the end of this post!

In the Fictional Flames shop you have quite a few options o choose from. You can buy an 8oz candle on its own or in a bundle deal which works out to be cheaper! You can also choose from the mini sets that are available in which you get four 4oz candles! I’m going to let you in on a little secret; you might want to keep an eye on Melissa’s shop because soon there’ll be more than just candles that are available!

Here’s some more detailed information about Fictional Flames candles. Each candle is hand poured into an aluminum tin. On the tin there is a label on the lid and a quote on the side. Each candle is glittery which I find absolutely gorgeous, but if you aren’t a fan of glitter you can make a comment in the “Notes to Seller” section saying that you don’t want glitter! That’s just one of the perks of hand poured candles made with lots of love!

Soy wax is used for every candle which is awesome because it’s cleaner than regular wax. The burn time for the 8oz candle is approximately 40 hours and for the 4oz candle burn time is approximately 20 hours. All of the candles burn evenly and won’t tunnel as long as you burn it long enough for there to be a full liquid wax layer on the top before blowing the flame out. You should do this for any candle though.

The fragrances used in the candles are amazing! Melissa is very talented at creating amazing candles and scent combinations. When burning, the candle fills the room with just the right amount of scent. It’s never under/overpowering.

Melissa’s candles are all absolutely amazing and have never disappointed me. I am so honoured to have been able to be a rep for her and her shop. Fictional Flames is definitely my favourite bookish shop and I hope that when you make a purchase from Melissa it’be yours too!

  • Click here for Melissa’s Shop Instagram
  • Click here for Melissa’s Etsy Shop
  • When you make a purchase, remember to use the code PLENTIFULPAGES at checkout for 15% off of your entire order. You have to hurry though since that code is only good until the end of this month!

Do you have any bookish candles? What are your favourite bookish shops? Let me know in a comment!

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Heartbreak… (May 2017 Reading Wrap-Up)

Hello book lovers! I hope you all had a good reading month. Mine was alright, I was kind of busy with school so I didn’t read as much as I wanted, but I am happy with what I did read.

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars of course. I reread this after I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin. Click here to find my original reviews for both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury.
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick – no rating. I read this book to do an essay on it for school. I don’t rate books that I read for school because I feel like the extensive analyzing of a book for school hinders my ability to truly decide whether or not I enjoy it.
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars. I have a review coming for this book later this month.

Now that I think about it, I am very happy with what I read this month! I read two books that were over 600 pages, that’s more than I usually read in a month! I have my two final exams at the end of June so I’m not sure how much I”ll be able to read. I don’t think studying will take too much time away because last semester I had four exams instead of two and I managed to read. Stay tuned to my blog for my June wrap-up to see what happens aha.

What did you read in May? What was your favourite read of May? Do you read books? Let me know in a comment!

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UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Spoiler Free Book Review)

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Rating: 2/5

Publication Date: June 7th, 2011

Publisher: Quirk

Format: Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Review:

From the synopsis this sounds really interesting, right? WRONG. Well, in my opinion. I didn’t enjoy this book very much. So many people have been reading this and raving about it over the years that I was really hoping to be able to rave about it with them. I also had seen the movie when it cam out and I adored it, so I was expecting to love the book too.

Let me start with what I did enjoy because yay for positivity. I really thought that the photos were a great addition to the story. They went along with the text and I found it so cool to be given a visual about what the characters were talking about. The photos gave more depth to the story which was much appreciated.

I thought that this book was going to be scary. It was a bit creepy and gross at times but not as I had expected. If you’re going into this book expecting to get scared, you might be  a bit let down. I was actually grateful for this fact since I’m not a huge fan of scary stuff.

Now… onto what I didn’t enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept of this book (which I initially gathered from the synopsis, reviews, and the movie) and it’s intriguing. I just felt that the way the concept was carried out was done poorly. I thought the plot dragged out and things were repetitive, I was bored throughout (pretty much) the whole book.

I liked the first 40 or so pages which displayed out main character, Jacob, and his grandpa’s (Abe) relationship. Their connection was just so great to read about and Abe’s stories had me interested in reading more. Then the rest of the book came along and I felt myself trudging through it.Nothing super interesting happened until the last 40 pages where the plot picked up a bit in order to lead into the next book.

I am a very character-driven reader. If the characters in a book are good, I can usually look past a boring plot. As you might have already guessed from that fact, I disliked the characters in this book. Jacob is a spoiled, ungrateful, and whiny kid (oops, I mean teenager). I felt like he was very immature and the only time I liked him was when he was with his grandfather. That was only because his grandpa could “counteract” how annoying Jacob was.

I feel neutral on Miss Peregrine an the peculiar children. Many of then lacked depth and weren’t as interesting as I’d hoped. I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see if that changes. I also didn’t like the romance (if it can even be called that) in this book. I felt it to be really forced and awkward.

From what I got from reading this first book, I feel like this trilogy could have been condensed into a dulology. I’m hoping that the somewhat intriguing ending of this book leads to a more action-packed and interesting rest of  the trilogy.

I’ve seen so many positive reviews for this book, so I’d still recommend that you give it a try for yourself!

Have you read this book? Do the books get better as the trilogy goes on? Let me know in a comment!

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

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The new BookBeau?! (Bookish Shop Feature, @zbbooksleeves )

Have you always wanted something to keep your books from getting damaged? Have the costs of shipping prevented you from buying a book sleeve to do so? Look no further than @zbbooksleeves a new, Canadian Book sleeve shop with so many cute book sleeves to choose from! With the initial affordable price and amazing shipping costs ($3 in Canada, $8 to United States) you can keep your books safe in a cute way that won’t break the bank! You can find the links to the Etsy shop and Etsy shop’s Instagram at the end of this post!

Kristi contacted me on Instagram asking is I’d want to be one of the first to receive and review one of her book sleeves! I said yes because I love helping out small shops and I received the book sleeve last month! Shipping took less than a week which I was really happy about!

ZBBooksleeves are made of 100% cotton designer quality fabric and a cotton/polyester double layer of padding. The book sleeve can be bent in half and return to it’s original shape/form afterwards! The double layer of padding keeps your book extra safe! They’re also lightweight which is good since that means no extra weight when travelling!

The book sleeves she has up in her shop now are 7.5 by 10 inches. I find that the sleeve is stretchy so you can fit a 450 page standard-size hardcover or a 600 page standard-size paperback as pictured below (page numbers are approximate).

 

I really recommend that you go check out Kristi’s amazing shop! Click here for the shop’s Instagram. Click here to be brought to the Etsy shop!

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