Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I don't often do this pick a book out and feature it her eon the blog, but in the spirit of change, I thought I'd give it a go.
I don't think I have seen many books out there that focus on postpartum depression (that may be just be me and my little bubble though). When I saw talk of Kelly Sokal's debut, The Unprotected, on Twitter, I knew it was something I wanted to explore. Mental health is a much discussed topic right now (as it should be), and I really appreciate it's presence in fiction. Postpartum depression is a very real condition and it appears in up to 20% of new moms, yet it still carries such a stigma.
So, I will be reading The Unprotected soon, and I would encourage any of you to join me. We can coordinate and maybe have a virtual book club of sorts.
I was lucky enough to grab a little sneak peak into the book- which I get to share with you all below. Enjoy
Buy the Book:
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There you have it, a look into what I am looking forward to reading. I hope you will join me.
~Happy Reading Everyone
Saturday, April 22, 2017
We all know about my Beauty and the Beast obsession, and when I saw this book at the library I knew I had to read it. I mean look at that cover! I always wanted that library from the movie!
It was so great to be back in this world; it felt like this book was a continuation to the animated made-for-DVD sequels Disney produced way back when (all of which I own of course ;) the Christmas one was my childhood favourite). It was really great to see the enchanted creatures get more of a staring role in this, we find out more about the secondary characters like Plumette (can someone write her own book already?!!).
The prologue felt maybe a little out of place at the beginning, but it all makes sense when you finish reading. I actually thought maybe I was reading the wrong book when I finished the prologue, but it didn't fit into any traditional Beauty and the Beast world that I know about.
I enjoyed that this book was able to give us another peek into Belle's and the Beast's relationship and we got to see it grow and come together more. The Beast seemed a bit more toned down in here than the abrasive nature he has in both movies (although, side note: I felt he was more rude in the animated and a bit nicer in the live action) and he seemed to act more human (cue music for Human Again!). It was nice to see their friendship blossom in a different context.
Belle was just as book loving as always and talked about books throughout. Her friendship with Chip was explored some more in here and I just loved her and Chip's scenes together.
Then we come across Nevermore, a place that feels like Narnia mixed with Wonderland. Nevermore is a place where nothing is as it seems and the tale of Persephone comes into the mix. I think I loved Nevermore the best because it wasn't just a textbook world; it was dark and scary and unpredictable. It was different than a Disney tale world, filled with twists and unexpected turns.
The only negative would be how rushed the ending felt, maybe everyone was wrapped up a little too much...I won't give any spoilers away though so I'll end it at that.
However, I loved the short chapters and I basically read this whole thing in one setting. It made me feel like I was back to being a child and I can't lie, I was two when the animated got released. I'm so happy I was able to read this and enjoy the world of Beauty and the Beast again.
A solid 4 star read here and I highly recommend it for any Beauty and the Beast fans. Fairy tales will always be a book love of mine!
Until my next review,
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Guys, mysteries and thrillers have been my jam lately. I have been finding them SO much fun to read. I love trying to figure out what's happening, who did what, I love it. So when I saw Lisa Jewell's newest thriller I Found You available for review, I jumped on the opportunity- I was pretty excited to get this one read.
I Found You is my kind of book- The story is really a three in one- which is something I love. I really enjoy these intricate, multi-layered stories- trying to figure where they connect, because you know they do, somewhere and somehow. In this particular story we have a man who has forgotten everything, he doesn't know his name, where he comes from or how he got to the tiny seaside town. Than there is Alice, the single mother with a bleeding heart, who can't help but be drawn to this nameless man. Finally, Lily, the young bride new to the country, whose husband has recently disappeared. Three stories with three narrators and in some way all three are connected.
While Lisa Jewell has a number of novels under her belt, I Found You is the first book I read of her and I am pretty sure I will be checking out her other books, I really enjoyed this read. Sometimes with any type of thriller or mystery novel, they can end up being very predictable and cliche, a been there done that, kind of thing. I did not experience that with I Found You- there were a few times I would assume I had everything figured out and would continue reading through that lens and bam- something would happen and I would be second guessing my theories. This made for a very fun reading experience. I also appreciated that the story was told from the past and the present and trying to figure out how that was also connected. One would think this would become convoluted and confusing, but it was pretty clear what was happening and when.
I Found You is a pretty character based story, and is very much told through the characters and their experiences and feelings. Because of this, you really get to know them and start rooting for them all. I am a fan of stories that are pretty character focused seeing things unfold through their eyes.
Overall, I Found You was a solid read and I am excited to read more from Jewell as soon as I can. I think if you're new to the genre this is a good place to start, it's not to overwhelming (plot wise), but it's still completely engaging and a really enjoyable read.
~Happy Reading Everyone!
Saturday, April 8, 2017
I feel like I was kind of absent on the blog this month; with moving and getting sick, life just seemed to get in the way of blogging and reading. I really didn’t read that much this much either; I fell into a reading slump and nothing I read seemed to be the right book for me. I haven’t really experienced a reading slump that bad before. Thankfully I was able to break it by reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and continuing into my obsession of British reality shows by reading Charlotte Crosby’s book. She’s from Geordie Shore and I loved it, so I followed it up by reading two more biographies from my all-time favourite group Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole. I don't tend to read biographies of well-known people and it's rare for me to actually enjoy them, so this was a big moment for my reading.
What I Watched:
I was able to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie with my sister during this month. It was actually pretty good. I know I’ll be in arguments about this movie with people because I am obsessed with the animated one. The new song Evermore by Dan Stevens is the highlight from the movie; his version was so good and he has such a great singing voice. The visuals were great too and I loved the inclusion of the feather duster (who I felt needed a bigger role in the animated version). I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Power Rangers on the other hand, not so much.... I've been binge watching Imposters trying to catch up and enjoying the return of Prison Break!
What I Read:
Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby
A Whole Lot of History by Kimberley Walsh
Healthy Is the New Skinny: Your Guide to Self-Love in a "Picture Perfect" World by Katie H. Willcox
The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
Archie Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
Books of the Month:
Fantastic Beasts and Bookman Dead Style (cozy mystery)
I had a hard time choosing between the two of them so I decided to just pick both, shout out to The Possessions for being one of the weirdest books I have read in a long time.
I kind of fell off the re-read challenge I had given myself; I think I’ll be able to pick back up on that in the summertime when all of TV is in repeats and I read like a madwoman. I feel like after I moved and displayed all my books I have so many more books I want to read and re-read. I wish I could read as fast as Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds and then my tbr would be completed and I could just focused on reading as many random books as possible. I’m bad for that when I go to the library and just walk into the fiction section and leave with a bag full of books I hadn’t heard of before.
I hope April will be more eventful in the book department and I hope I can read more. I hope everyone had a great March!
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Whoa. What a month March was. If you read my last wrap up, you would have seen that I was giving up to TV for Lent. So, no binge watching Netflix/CraveTV or anything for that matter- Until April 17th. This has left me A LOT Of time to read and contemplate life. I actually have been really enjoyed the no TV and I think once this fast is over, I may take on a more restricted TV schedule- I'm toying with the idea of no TV on weekdays. We'll see when we get there.
March was pretty uneventful for me. Spent some time with a few local bloggers at a board game cafe here in the city, it was fun. I got a new tattoo - you'll need to check out my Instagram if you want to see it (shameless plug). Had my nephew over for the night last weekend, which was great. He's six, and full of so much energy- we went on an field trip to the bookstore and it was fun walking around with him and talking to him about books. The remainder of the time was spent reading.
Number of Books Completed
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (2 Stars)
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (3.5 Stars)
Dirty Doctor by Whitney G (3 Stars)
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (4.5 Stars)
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (3 Stars)
I Found You by Lisa Jewell (4 Stars)
Nocturne by Syrie James (2.5 Stars)
I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The only other novel by Jojo Moyes was Me Before You, which I enjoyed, but it broke my heart. One Plus One is SO different. It's charming and lovely. I've pushed it onto a number of my friends already.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (4.5 Stars)
The Empire State Series by Louise Bay (4 Stars)
Love Unexpected by Louise Bay (3 Stars)
Forbidden by CD Reiss (1 Star)
Favourite Listen of the Month
I finally did it guys, I finally
read listened to Truly Madly Guilty and I loved it. I have seen a number of reviews that claim this book is a little slow and boring- while I can totally see where they are coming from I think this is just a custom Moriarty trait. She writes about the most mundane things in a way that makes them seem exciting. I really appreciate this. I want to give major props to the narrator Caroline Lee- of the four books I have completed by Moriarty, I have read two and listened to two. Lee narrated Big Little Lies and did such a fantastic job that it made me want to listen to everything else she's narrated, I loved her rendition of Truly Madly Guilty so much. She has such a knack for giving every character their own voice- it was great experience.
2017 Resolutions Update:
If you want to check out my actual resolutions/goals for the year, check them out here.
Woah betty, March was good month for me. I have 11 books under my belt- 7 of which I physically read. I am on track for my 100 book goal- I am actually one book ahead. I read more books than I listened to- which is great- because overall for this year I have read more books than listened to, which wasn't the case last month. I read three 2017 releases (go me) - Behind Her Eyes, We Are Okay and I Found You, I also read book three in the Percy Jackson series- so I am one stop closer there. However, I have not made a dent in the audiobooks sitting in my audible library- sigh. I haven't listened to a single book on my back list. I think for April I am going on an audiobook buying band, and every single book I listen to has to be from my back list. I have 17 to chose from. Wish my luck.
We still have two weeks of Lent to go, so I still plan on doing lots of reading. I want to try and push myself to read 8 books, but I don't think that will happen this month, so I'll be happy with 6 physical books. I am going away Easter Weekend, and I don't think I'll read a lot during that time. Otherwise, not a lot planned for April.
This Month of the Blog:
That's it for me and March, I hope you all had a great month.
~Happy Reading Everyone!
Thursday, March 30, 2017
I never knew just how busy life would be after I moved. I finally bought most of my furniture and had an epic adventure carrying an IKEA dresser up three flights of stairs (pretty sure my sister will never forgive me for asking for her help) and then me building a bookshelf, only to get an afghan caught in-between the frame. Furniture building will not be on my to-do list for a very looooong time time!
I went through a bit of a reading slump too, not knowing what to read and anything I did try to read didn't make me happy. Then I got sick (I think that's my sister's revenge for the IKEA furniture since I got her cold), I saw the new Beauty and the Beast in theatres and read two amazing books which got me out of the slump: Fantastic Beasts and Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby (if you don't know who she is, that's alright. She's a reality star from Geordie Shore, a British show in the vein of Jersey Shore, which I have never seen, but I'm obsessed with all things British and I read basically all books published by different British reality stars). I have never laughed so much from a book before and that's what I needed, and it felt appropriate to read, keeping with the British theme I have going. Also I've been re-watching the Harry Potter movies this month, one a week. It's been so nice to be back in the HP world.
I had the original version of Fantastic Beasts; pretty sure I bought it while I was on vacation in the States, along with the Quidditch book. I loved them so much that it felt so wonderful to be in the magical world and having almost a taste of what being a Hogwarts student would be like (still waiting on my letter, but now that I've moved the owl is probably so confused as to where to drop it off).
I loved the illustrations in the updated version, they made it feel like a real textbook. My favourite part of the book was the inclusion of the six new creatures from the Fantastic Beasts movie. I myself would love to have a Niffler, Jarvey or a Bowtruckle. I should just go into Magizoology so I can work with all these creatures!
The Foreword By the Author section made me laugh out loud. It talked about how a copy of this book was made aware to the Muggle population and I just love how Newt Scamander handled how the entire book was just fiction, nothing to worry about you poor Muggles (that's in my own words, although I'm sure I can actually picture the character of Newt saying you poor Muggles, or No-Maj).
I did miss the little comments between Harry, Hermoine and Ron that were included in the original version. Ron's were the funniest, because they usually were about Hagrid and how he shouldn't be allowed to be around any of these creatures or discussing the Classification of the creatures, ranging from Boring to Known-Wizard Killer.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for the copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I honestly couldn't give this book anything less than five stars. The entire HP world has basically been my entire life, since the publication of the first book, so any new new addition to the world will always be highly loved by myself!
Until my next review,
Also, I hope next week my life goes back to normal and I can get you a review on time, apologizes for missing last week.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
In about a week and a half (April 7th), I will be turning 30!!! Eeeeeeks! It blows my mind that I will be 30, I feel like I just graduated high school, I remember turning 25. Where has the time gone? I don't know, I just don't know.
I have been saying for months now, that all I want for my birthday are books- I don't want anything else- just books. However, this has meant that I have had to keep myself from buying any books. This is usually pretty easy for me, but there has been a time or two where I had to reign it in and walk out of the bookstore empty handed.
Since I no longer use Amazon- I have been using the Chapter/Indigo website to keep track of all the books I want to read/wouldn't mind owning, and I thought I'd do a sneaky little post and share with you some of the books I am hoping to get for my birthday.
***disclaimer- I am not expecting any gifts for my birthday. I just thought this would be fun to share with you, these are basically books I really want to read.***
1) Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier- I have heard nothing but good things about this book and I really want to get my hands on it. I don't even know a whole lot about this particular story, but I still want it in my life. Particularly this cover or the red and fold version of it- I think it's stunning.
2) Wire and Nerves by Marissa Meyer - I loved the Lunar Chronicles saga, and I loved Iko, and I think the concept of a graphic novel as a way to share her adventures is genius. I would love to get my hands on this.
3) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman - I really like Neil Gaiman's writing and I am SUPER curious about this one. I am half Norwegian (believe it or not), and I think this is going to be a really great
4) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - Another story I don't know a whole lot about, but still one I think I would enjoy. I just know it takes place in Russia, and I like anything Russian (I think).
5) The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking - I just love the cover of this book, and I kind of love the idea of Hygge. It looks so cozy, don't ask me why I think that.
6) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - Again, I know very little about this book. But a few people whose opinion I value, really enjoyed it. It's also by a Canadian author - which is awesome!
7) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel - This is a sci-fi novel, but it sounds SO good. A friend of mine read it a little while ago and really enjoyed it. And I have been eager to get my hands on it.
8) The Anne of Green Gable's box set- This is a bit of a hefty request, but this is a Canadian classic and I have never read any of these books- and I want to. The box set that's out right now is absolutely beautiful and I think it would look lovely on my shelf.
A few Pre-orders I wouldn't mind are
9) A Court of Mist and Fury (The paperback) by Sarah J. Maas- This is being released on May 2nd and I need it, I just need it. I am excited to reread this book, and to finally get to A Court of Wings and Ruin (which again I will wait a year to own).
10) The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord - I have read a couple of Emery's novels and I have enjoyed them, her newest one, out May 16th has been getting a lot of buzz and I wouldn't mind owning this one.
There you have it a short list of 10ish books I wouldn't mind getting for my birthday. If you want to see what I actually keep on my Chapters/Indigo wishlist check it out here.
~Happy Reading Everyone