Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hello lovelies. How are you doing today? Today’s blog post is about the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag. This tag was created  by IsThatChami. Please leave me a comment down below letting me know what your best book of the year so far is. Hope you have a great day.

1.  Best book you’ve read so far in 2015. 

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I have three books tied for the best book I’ve read so far in 2018. The first one is The Neighbours by Hannah Mary Mckinnon, the Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz and American Marriage by Tayari jones. 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.

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The best sequel I have read so far in 2018 is The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket.  

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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A new release that I haven’t read that, but I want to is the Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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My most anticipated release for the second half of the year is A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. 

5. Biggest disappointment.

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The biggest disappointment for me was the Hazelwood by Melissa Albert. I just thought this was ok. 

6. Biggest surprise.

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The biggest surprise was the Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. I had low expectations for this book because it was so well praised. It is well raised for a reason.  

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

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Favourite new author (debut or new to me) is Tayari Jones. She is the new author to me and she wrote American Marriage. Her writing and stories are pure magic and I still think about this story to this day. 

8. Newest fictional crush.

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My newest fictional crush is Elliot from Love and Other Words. 

9. Newest favourite character.

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My newest favourite character is Ruth Jefferson. She is the main character from Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Ruth is such a strong female role model to me and many other women. She is strong, wise and kind. I just want to give her a hug. 

10. Book that made you cry.

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A book that made me cry was The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. This book broke my heart. I didn’t except for this book to impact me so much. 

11. Book that made you happy.

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A book that made me happy was Matilda by Roald Dahl. I have seen the movie of this but never read the source material. I am so glad I did. This book is just so magical and beautiful. It made me smile.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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The most beautiful book that I bought so far this year is by far hands down The Queen of Hearts by Kimmey Martin. I love the illustration of the heart and the flowers coming out of it. 

13. What book do you need to read by the end of the year?

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The book that I need to read by the end of the year are Anne of Avonlea.

14. Favourite Book Community Member(s)?

My favourite community members are Kristen from Super Space Chick, Hailey from Hailey in Bookland, April from Getting Hygge With It and Emma from emmmabooks. 

Love and Other Words Review

Hello lovelies! Today’s blog post is all about my thoughts about the book Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I really enjoyed this book. Please comment down below if you have read this book. Hope you have a great day.

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Average Rating- 4.3 / 5

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Format – Audiobook

Narrator– Erin Mallon

Length – 8 hrs and 21 mins

Synopsis (GoodReads) 

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love

Thoughts 

Pros

  • I really enjoyed this book. 
  • It was beautiful and heartbreaking. 
  • Loved the father and daughter dynamic. Their relationship was funny and sweet. 
  • Loved the romantic relationship in this book. 
  • They bonded over reading which I fell in love with. 
  • It wasn’t insta love which I really appreciated. They fell in love over a couple of years which was realistic. 
  • I also appreciated how the main girl character Macy broke things off with her current boyfriend Brayden before she got together with Elliott because I feel like in other books the main character would have cheated on the current boyfriend. 
  • Throughout the novel Macy and Elliot had a lot of sexual tension and it was really satisfying as a reader when they finally got together. 
  • Enjoyed the family dynamic of this book. 

Cons 

  • Did not like the reason that Macy and Elliot broke up. I felt like it was really out of character for Elliott to do what ultimately tore them a part. 

Rating 

Plot – 4 stars 

Characters – 5 stars 

Writing – 4 stars 

Pacing – 4 stars 

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 5 stars 

Overall – 4 stars 

I would highly recommend this book. 

“I never got to fall out of love. I just had to move on.” 

– Christina Lauren, Love and Other Words

Thrillers and Mysteries I Want to Read

Hello lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog post is all about the ten thrillers\mysteries that I want to read by the end of the year. This year I have really gotten into thrillers and mysteries more then I ever have and summer and fall are the perfect times to read them. Please leave me a comment down below letting me know what are your favourite thrillers and mysteries. Hope you have a great day. 

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Bookshelf Tag

Hello lovelies. How are you today. Today’s blog post is the Bookshelf Tag. This tag was originally created by Dan Reads on Youtube. I wasn’t tagged to do this, but it seemed really interesting to do so you guys can learn about my bookshelves more. Hope you have a great day.

How many bookshelves do you have?

I have three bookshelves all together. I have 2 big bookshelves and 1 smaller one.

How many books are on your bookshelves? Or how many books you think you have?

I have 380 books on my bookshelves. 

How do you organize your books?

I organize my books in many different ways. My left bookshelf has all of my series and the series is organized by genre. The first shelf has my contemporary and historical fiction series. The next two shelves has my fantasy series. Then on the next shelve I have my science fiction shelves. My dystopian series is on the next shelf. The final shelf has colouring books, mass market paperbacks and graphic novels. 

What is the oldest book on your bookshelf?

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Then oldest book on my bookshelf is Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. This is the first book I remember that made me fall in love with reading. 

What is the newest book on your bookshelf?

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The newest book on my bookshelf is Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag. I have heard so many great things about this. It sounds like the perfect summer read. 

What is the longest book on your bookshelf?

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The longest book on my bookshelf is Wise Man’s fear coming in at a whomping exactly 1 000 pages. 

What is the shortest book on your bookshelf?

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the shorts book on my bookshelf is Depression and Other Magic Tricks at a page count of 80 pages. 

What is the predominant genre on your bookshelf?

The predominant genre on my book shelf is a tie between contemporary (Young adult and adult) and fantasy (adult and young adult). 

Have you done a bookshelf tour?

I have not done a bookshelf tour yet. 

Go on a random number generator and talk about the book that corresponds with that number. https://www.random.org/

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I got the number 71 and the book that corresponds with that number is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I read it last summer at the beach. It is categorized at a historical fiction, but reads like contemporary fiction. Evelyn was such a complex character that was beautiful reading her journey. I would highly recommend the novel. 

Do you have fan merch or any other decorations on your bookshelf?

Yes I do have fan merch and other decorations on my bookshelf. I have various bookish candles, pop funkos, magnets, bookish mugs and bookmarks. 

12- Show us your bookshelf!

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13- Tag someone.

I tag everyone that wants to do this tag.

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Fathers or Father Figures

Hello lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog post is another Top 5 Wednesday topic. This week’s topic is our favourite fathers or father figures. I thought it would be fun to also include how each character is like my own Dad. Please leave me a comment down below letting me know who your favourite fathers or father figures are. Hope you have a awesome day.

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  • Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
    • This man is my hero. He embodies everything I wish to be. He is empathetic, brave and smart. 
    • My Dad and Atticus are very similar. They both stand up for what they believe in even if it is an unpopular opinion. Both of them are empathetic. My Dad never judges any one. He is also smart. My Dad researches the facts before making any decisions. No matter how big or small. 

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  • Daniel Convey (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy) 
    • This charter is a family man. He bases his decisions on what is best for the family.
    • To my Dad family mean everything to him. He puts us first and I am eternally grateful for that.

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  • Robin (Second Chance Summer)
    • This character pushes his kids to go out of there comfort zone. He is so encouraging and sweet so just want to hug him. He is the heart of the family. 
    • My dad always encourages me. He is my number one fan. 

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  • Hans Hubberman (The Book Thief) 
    • Hans is just a sweet and intelligent man. During World War Two in Nazi occupied Germany he teaches Liesel to read at night. He is so patient with her and compassionate. 
    • Although my Dad does not like reading, one of my fondest memories with me is him reading me bed time stories to me. My dad also use to help me with my homework and when I didn’t get it right away he would be so patient with me until I understood it. 

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  • Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter Series)
    • Arthur has such a heart of gold. He tries so hard to provide for his family and he never complains.
    • My Dad is one of the kindest people I know. He puts everyone before himself. He works hard at work every day and never complains about what he knows he has to do. 

The Outsiders Review (Spoilers)

Hi lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog post is about my review on the novel the Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This reviews does contain spoilers. Please leave me a comment down below what your thoughts are on this classic work of fiction. hope you have a great day.

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Average Rating (GoodReads) – 4.7 / 5

Genre – Classic Fiction

Format – Audiobook

Narrator – Jim Fyfe

Length – 5 hrs

Synopsis (GoodReads) 

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. 

Thoughts 

Pros 

  • I did not have to read this book in grade school. 
  • One of my Best Friends loves this book and has been wanting me to read this book forever. I am so happy I listened to her. 
  • Cross between the movies Stand by Me and West Side Story. Both are my favourite movies. 
  • Loved the aspect of friendship and family that this novel portrayed.
  • The novel is easy to get into and keeps your attention. 
  • Enjoyed Pony Boy as a narrator. 
  • Offers a theme of everyone is different, yet everyone is the same. 
  • Favourite character was Johnny. He was such a lovable and broken character. All throughout the book I rooted for this character. I was so upset when he died at the end. 
  • Everyone needs to read this book because everyone will get something out of it no matter the age. 

Cons 

  •  I have no cons to this novel.  

Rating

Plot – 5 stars 

Characters  5 stars 

Writing – 5 stars 

Pacing – 5 stars 

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 5 stars 

Overall – 5 stars 

I highly recommend this novel. 

“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.” 

S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders 

Classics I Want to Read 

Hello lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog post is about the classics that I want to read. Please leave me a comment letting me know what classics you want to read. Hope you have a great day.

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  • A Little Princess 

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  • Anne of Avonlea 

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  • The Magician’s Nephew  

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  • The Diary of Anne frank 

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  • The Sword in the Stone 

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  • The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson 

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  • The Twits 

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  • A Little Prince