May Wrap Up! Looking Forward to June!

Well Hello There, My Book Friends!

May has come to an end.. It went by so fast! I had quite the good month, reading wise. I read eight books in total.. almost all of which I enjoyed immensely. I will get in to some pictures and reviews. Six of the books were in paperback/hardcover, and two were ebooks. This is done in the order that I read the books. I will include a brief synopsis in my own words, and a little bit of what I thought of the book, so there might be spoilers. I would also like to wish my wonderful, amazing sister Caitlyn, a very Happy 26th Birthday!!! Love you Crazy Ninja.

1) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Hardcover

3/5 Stars.

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Lara Jean has a hatbox full of love letters. Not to a boy she is dating, but to the boys she has loved, and has resolved to not love. She writes these letters to “let them go”. Lara Jean is a middle child, of a single parent house. Her mother died years before, and her older sister Margot is going of to college, in Scotland. This leaves (pretty much clueless) Lara Jean to take care of her younger sister Kitty and their dad. One day, one of the boys Lara Jean wrote a letter to, has it. Her hatbox is missing. The letters are gone. Every boy, except one (because he moved), has read her intimate thoughts. Overall I thought this was a cute contemporary. I read it in one day. Lara Jean was a little immature for me. She calls her dad, Daddy. All three of the sisters do.. and for some reason it really bugged me. I cringed whenever I read the word Daddy. The story was cute and I did quite like Peter.. and I am going to read P.S. I Still Love You, book 2 in the duology when it comes out.

2) The Archived – Victoria Schwab

Hardcover

5 / 5 stars.

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This book.. man.. this book. It was a bit weird at the beginning, but once I got in to the book (which did not take long at all) I absolutely loved it. I just have not read anything like it before. The premise was amazing. The characters were badass.

Wesley Ayers is my new fictional boyfriend.

Mackenzie Bishop is a keeper. A person entrusted to keeping Histories (people who have died) in the Archive. Histories are kept on shelves like books. If a History wakes up, they get to the narrows where Keepers are charged with getting them back. Keepers have Archive Paper which Librarians can get in touch with any keeper in an instant. This is how keepers are alerted to escaped Histories.. names and ages. We are introduced to Mackenzie and Da, who passed on his job to Mackenzie. We learn about his teaching through “flashbacks” were it isn’t just Mackenzie reminiscing (because she can’t tell anyone what she does) but actually a glimpse in to the past. Mackenzie’s family moves because of a death in family and her new area just keeps filling up with new Histories. Is someone waking them up intentionally? Why are there so many? and why does one of them have a weapon? This book kept me on edge. I loved it.

3) Attachments – Rainbow Rowell

Trade Paperback

4/5 Stars.

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BookSplosion Book of May!!! Lincoln works as an internet security guard at t newspaper company. He reads peoples emails for a living. If employees are emailing back and forth to each other, and they use inappropriate words, that email gets flagged and goes to Lincoln. He should send the flagged person a notice of this. But Lincoln has been drawn in to the lives of Beth and Jennifer. He can’t bring himself to report them. Hilarity ensues. This book was set in the 90’s guys.. THE 90’S!!! I absolutely loved that this book was set in the 90’s, right before Y2K. I enjoyed the back and forth between chapters – Lincoln’s perspective and then Beth and Jennifer’s emails. I just wish that we had more Beth and Lincoln at the end. They were adorable. This was another book I read in a day. Actually I read this book in one sitting.. in about 4 hours. That is how much I enjoyed this book.

4) The Unbound – Victoria Schwab

Hardcover

5/5 Stars.

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The sequel to The Archived. We are back with Mackenzie and Wesley. We learn more about the Archive. Mackenzie starts a new school! But she finds that people she has interacted with, go missing. And a strange guy is following her. AND she does not sleep anymore.. She has nightmares from the events that happened at the end of Book 1. Except her nightmares do not stay in her head. They become real. Her world is even more dangerous than it has ever been. And this was a rollercoaster of a ride. Plus! We learn more about Wesley. I love Wesley even more. I can’t wait for Book 3. Seriously guys, read this series. I have never read something so unique and interesting. Victoria Schwab is Queen.

5) Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

ebook

3/5 Stars.

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Kat moves to a new town.. she is a little antisocial. Hot guy lives next door… with a twin sister who loves Kat. No parents. Turns out, new hot neighbor Damien and sister Dee are aliens. But they are not little green men. Their alien-ness is actually really cool.. but if they use their powers in front of a human, said human is “light up” with their strange “alien mojo”. This book.. it just wasn’t anything special for me.. even though so many people love it.. and the ratings on goodreads are phenomenal. Damien is hot though.. but he is an ass. I don’t have too many thoughts on this book.. it took me a while to get through..

6) Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson

Trade Paperback

3/5 stars.

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Peter Pan gets a new mythology! I was prepared to love this book. I loved that the book was told from TinkerBell’s pov. It was so interesting that way! Strictly being an observer. Peter Pan was Tiger Lily’s before he was Wendy’s. We are on the Island of Neverland.. there are different clans that live throughout the island.. including Peter Pan and his Lost Boys.. and Pirates. Tiger Lily was strong.. and I loved her dearly. We learn about her culture.. and how she came to meet and fall in love with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. Then, along came the Wendy Bird. I did not like her at all. This is when the book went way downhill for me. I hated the ending. *MAJOR SPOILERS* Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mind Tiger Lily and Pine Sap being together.. the thing that bothered me was Peter Pan, and The Lost Boys leaving Neverland and living in England. Peter Pan being someone completely different, living with Wendy and being grown up. It just was not believable for me.

7) Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella

Trade Paperback

3/5 Stars

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Fliss and Lottie are sisters. Fliss is going through a divorce and trying to not become bitter. Lottie thinks her boyfriend is going to propose but doesn’t. She goes through what Fliss calls “Unfortunate Choices”.. but this could be the biggest and worst UC yet. Lottie meets up with an old boyfriend.. and they decide to get married! Fliss tries to talk Lottie out of the wedding.. meets the Best Man, Lorcan.. and he is trying to stop the wedding as well. Lottie and Ben decide to honeymoon on Iconos, where they first met.. and Fliss is trying everything to make sure they do not consummate the marriage. It was unbelievable.. and mean. I agreed wholeheartedly with Richard (Lottie’s ex) and Lorcan when they call Fliss out on her behaviour. I would be pissed if someone did to me, what Fliss did to Lottie. At first I thought it was funny.. then it just became to over the top. This is my least favourite of Sophie Kinsella’s books. I own them all.. and I love them all. Except this one. It just didn’t work for me. However, if you’re a fan of the author, I would still suggest reading this.

8) Paradigm – Ceri A. Lowe

ebook

4/5 Stars

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Are you tired of the dystopian genre? Is it played out for you? Well before you give up, I suggest you try Paradigm when is comes out June 10th. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The world suffers Storms. crazy bad, horrible Storms. Alice watches it all unfold. Carter is alive 87 years after this happens. The world has changed. Carter is put in a frozen stasis for 15 years and wakes up believing he is the future. Past and Future are entwined in the new world. Alternating pov’s between Alice (past) and Carter (future) really pull you in to this world. Alice is strong. I don’t know how I would do if I was put in her shoes. I never had a problem discerning whose chapter I was in. I can’t wait for Book 2! Thanks again to Netgalley and the publishers.

There you have it booklovers! All the books I read in May!

I think it was a good month. I hope you guys pick up some of these books.

In June, I hope to read more great books! I have already started Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins. I can’t really say what my June TBR is going to be, because I kind of just pick books on a whim, whatever I feel like reading at the moment.

What were you books that you read in May? What do you want to read in June? Leave me your thoughts in the comments!

I will be posting a May Book Haul very soon!

Brianne – xox.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Top 5 Books You Devoured – ( #T5WFamily )

Hello Hello Book Lovers!

Today is another Top 5 Wednesday! This is a fun one. There are many, many books that I have devoured. So let us jump on in!

5) Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

This book… man this book. It is a crazy upside down twisty roller-coaster ride. I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I read it at the lake, the summer it came out and I sunburned my legs because they were sticking out from under my umbrella.. because I wasn’t paying attention. I love Gillian Flynn’s writing. Man, can she write suspense. I am eagerly waiting the movie to come out.

4) All books by Sarah Addison Allen

I can’t narrow this down because after I read The Girl Who Chased The Moon, and loved it.. I immediately bought The Peach Keeper, The Sugar Queen, and Garden Spells. I even tried to pace myself.. spread the books out over a period of time. It didn’t work so well. Sarah Addison Allen writes beautiful magical realism. I believe in her worlds, and root for her characters.

3) The Infernal Devices trilogy – Cassandra Clare

I bough these books.. I had them sit on my bookshelf for a little while. Then.. well I started to read Clockwork Angel, and I was pulled in to the world of Shadowhunters again. I love this world. I loved… love.. Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale. So swoony. Then immediately after finishing that book, I started on Clockwork Prince, then right on to Clockwork Princess. I laughed, I smiled, I guffawed, I let out sighs of relief and anger.. and I cried. A lot.

2) Graceling Realm – Kristin Cashore

While I was in California in Oct ’13, I brought a few books for when I was in the hotel or at the pool.. and well, I didn’t read too much. Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, and LA Kings hockey game.. Oh and it was my birthday. But as soon as I got home, I read Graceling, and I just was soo immersed. I already had the next two on my bookshelf so I had to read them right after. I loved Fire even more than Graceling. Bitterblue was great too. These go down as some of my favourite books ever.

1) Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

I am about to admit something.. this time last year, I hadn’t read any of the Harry Potter books. I made a deal with myself.. because I had loved the movies (I saw most of them as midnight viewings..).. and enjoyed the fandom. So from May 22 – September 10, I read all the Harry Potter books.. and after reading the book, I would watch the movie. I know that 4 months is a long span.. but between books 3 and 4, I needed a little break.. about a month of a break actually. But I was so in love with this world, these characters. I invested a lot in to them. Now besides owning the 7 books in 1st edition hardcovers, I own Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Quidditch Through The Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Page to Screen, Film Wizardry, The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived, The Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, The Wisdom of Harry Potter: What Our Favorite Hero Teaches Us About Moral Choices, Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon, and Mugglenet.com’s Harry Potter Should Have Died: Controversial Views from the #1 Fan Site. I basically buy every book I can find relating to Harry Potter. I read trivia and bought Lego Harry Potter for my wii. We had a Harry Potter exhibition at the science centre here in my city and I went 3 three times. I made little chibi type polymer clay Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dobby, and Luna figurines. I am addicted to everything Harry Potter. I even knew information that my sisters, who had read all the books as they came out did not know yet. I would text her at all hours of the day and night asking if she knew that such and such happened. She called me crazy. And for this reason I had to make Harry Potter my #1.

Honourable Mentions

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green ~ Read this book in four hours straight and loved it. I recommend it to every one. I cried a lot.

The Archived series – Victoria Schwab ~ I just read the first two books in this series and I need more. I want more. Such a cool concept. More in my May Wrap Up!

The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins ~ I binge read these books.

I know this post was long and I am so glad you guys have stuck through it with me. I just had soo many thoughts.

What books have you guys devoured? Any thoughts on my books?

Brianne – xox.

Here is a complete list of Wednesday Top 5er’s

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1608567-complete-list-of-wednesday-ers

Here is Lainey’s booktube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerreadslainey

Top 5 Wednesday – Top Magical Items – ( #T5WFamily )

Hello Booklovers!!!

I am sorry this post is a day late..

But I was super excited to see this as a topic for Top 5 Wednesday! This post is all related to Young Adult novels and series.

1) Harry Potter Universe

I know this is cheating because there are way more that 5 things from the Harry Potter universe that I would pick.. A wand, Hermione’s bag, the Invisibility cloak, the Time-Turner, the Pensieve, the Marauder’s Map, the Weasley Family Clock, Godric Gryffindor’s Sword, The Goblet of Fire, Mirror of Erised, Two Way Mirrors, .. it goes on and on! I couldn’t narrow it down.

2) Stele – The Mortal Instruments / The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

Of course, this is if I could handle the process of runes being put on me.. but Stele’s are amazing. Rune’s are amazing.

3) The Archive Paper – The Archived / The Unbound – Victoria Schwab

These little pieces of paper are super cool and super handy when trying to write messages to someone… I loved the thought and imagination behind the rings, keys, and paper in this amazing duology. The paper is used by The Archive when they need to communicate with Keepers of

4) The Wardrobe – Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

Super convenient (when it works).. and I mean.. how cool is it to be able to walk through a wardrobe and be magically transported to Narnia. I always wanted one growing up. There is even a post going around on pinterest, tumblr, twitter, we ❤ this, and the like showing a door that goes in to a child’s play area but dressed up to resemble the wardrobe.. I think it is brilliant.

5) Wishes – Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy – Laini Taylor

There are many different sizes of wishes.. Scuppy, Shing, Lucknow, Gavriel, and Bruxis. Scuppy being the least important and smallest of wished and Bruxis being the biggest and most valuable. Even though the wishes have their limits and you’ll know immediately when a wish won’t work. The wishes work like currency and where available form Brimstone in exchange for teeth.

What magical items do you guys love? Am I horrible for not being able to narrow down my Harry Potter list?

Brianne – xox.

Top 5 Wednesday – Top Actor/Actress Portrayals of Characters (book to movie/book to tv) ( #T5WFamily )

Hello Booklovers!

Another top 5 Wednesday for you guys.. and this weeks topic is Top Actor/Actress Portrayals of Characters (book to movie/book to tv)… Very interesting. This was really hard for me to pick because there are more than 5!

So let’s get rolling.

5) Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman – The Hunger Games / Catching Fire

When this casting was announced.. I just was extremely happy. I love Stanley Tucci. He is a fantastic actor and the bravado he brings to the role of Caesar is just.. yay! hahah. He is over the top and how he acts with Katniss and Peeta is totally fangirling with the rest of us.

4) Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman – The Southern Vampire Mysteries ~ True Blood 

Since the moment Eric Northman walked.. (well sat gloriously in his throne at Fangtasia) I have just loved him. Alexander Skarsgård brings even more brooding goodness to the role. And It doesn’t hurt that he is gorgeous. Eric Northman has had some unsavory storylines here and there but I will always love him. Then after I started reading the novels, I could just picture Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman.. in the most amazing way. Also worth mentioning is his relationship with Pam, who is also casted perfectly.

3) Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix and on

Evanna Lynch brought the dreamy doe eyed personality of Luna alive. J.K. Rowling writes amazing characters and Luna is one of my all time favourite characters and so I am extremely glad that Evanna Lynch was picked to portray Luna on the big screen. And Evanna’s story – how she came to get the role – is amazing.

2) Colin Firth – Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice

My all time favourite film/TV version of Pride and Prejudice is hands down BBC’s. Colin Firth can be cold, and stand offish. He can portray such emotion. And he is beautiful. Working with Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet.. I just loved their chemistry. I can’t even think of what else to say. I am going to go watch the lake scene now and revel in the perfectness.

1) Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire series ~ Game Of Thrones

Peter Dinklage portrays the imp so perfectly. I can’t think of anyone else who could fill his shoes. His straight forwardness, his mannerisms, everything he does is perfection. He has such amazing dialogue, I could listen to him just talking about banal things and I am sure that he would make it hilarious. Oh and Tyrion’s one liners.. you can’t deny that Peter Dinklage pulls them off.

So there we have it!

Who would you guys pick?

Brianne – xox.

Here is a complete list of Wednesday Top 5er’s

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1608567-complete-list-of-wednesday-ers

Here is Lainey’s booktube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerreadslainey

April Wrap Up – Looking Forward To May

April has come and gone.. we’ve had snow, rain, and some beautiful days…

I read 5 books this April… not horrible but one of them was a short (very short) story.. but I do have an excuse for this.. NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have started! This is one of my favourite times of the year. I love playoffs. And so I have spent a lot of my usual reading time, building my bracket and watching hockey.

But enough about that.. here is my April Read List.

1) The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

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I reread this book.. for the 3rd time. I love it. It is fun and epic. I love journeying with Bilbo, The Dwarf’s, and Gandalf the Grey. I read this book for the first time when I was about 8 and it was my dads copy.. It is a reliable book that I know I can read and reread whenever I need it. And the riddles between Gollum and Bilbo are amazing. One of my favourite scenes in a book.

4.5 / 5 Stars.

2) Tiger – Tash Aw

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I don’t even know what to say about this short story. One day it showed up on my kobo.. I don’t know where it came from but there it was (Kobo partnered up with Tash Aw to write this to give to Kobo’s loyal users.. I appreciate that but not the story.) and so I figured ‘Why Not..?’ and it was not very good. I won’t be recommending it to anyone.. I have heard that Tash Aw is a great story teller.. I just could not get in to this story. Maybe I will try something else of his in the future. But that cover is absolutely beautiful.

2 / 5 Stars

3) Horns – Joe Hill

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I sooo badly wanted to love this book. The plot sounded soo interesting. And the fact that the presence of the horns made Ig hear the deepest thoughts of whomever he was around was spectacularly hilarious.. I just did not enjoy this book. I can’t even think of a good reason. The writing was good, the plot was quite interesting.. it just was not for me.

2 / 5 Stars

4) Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor

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I LOVED THIS BOOK! Seriously, anyone who hasn’t read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (and one novella) by Laini Taylor, should. Right now. Get on it. Her writing is lyrical and dreamy. The world that she made up is stunning. Her characters are flawed but beautiful. I devoured each book in this trilogy.. and the 17 month wait between books 2 and 3 was horrible. I can’t say enough good things about Karou, Akiva, Liraz, Hazael, Zuze, Mik, Ziri.. and the whole gang. This is a fantasy book with a little bit of romance. No love triangle. There is action and adventure.. and CHIMAERA! That was my initial selling point for this book.. Chimaera are awesome.

6 / 5 Stars

5) Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

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This is book 2 in the Lunar Chronicles… There are a lot of different retellings of fairy tales.. and this is probably one of my favourites. Book 1 is Cinder.. loosely based upon Cinderella.. but as a cyborg in the future. It sounds out there.. but it works. It really truly does. Book 2, is about Scarlet trying to find her grandmother.. with help from a man named Wolf. There are twists. We still have lots of Cinder in this book (yay!) but lots of Scarlet and Wolf (double yay!). I can’t wait to read book 3 – Cress. I own it.. I am just not there yet. There are a lot of good things about this series.. it is fun, something completely different from anything else I have read, the world is cool.. I like visiting here. I like how Marissa Meyer has intricately weaved her characters together.. their pasts, their presents, and their futures. It is cool. I don’t even know what else to say.

5 / 5 Stars

So overall, I am pleased with my April books. Can’t wait to see what May brings.. what worlds I will be transported to.. I am currently reading

> To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

> Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

What books did you read in April? Did you like them?

Brianne – xox.

Top 5 Characters You Hate – Top 5 Wednesday ( #T5WFamily )

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on youtube (linked below), and every Wednesday there is a new top 5.. this weeks is Top 5 Characters You Hate. This is quite fun to do.. makes you think back to various books and why you hated someone so much! I guess the Authors are doing their jobs for eliciting such strong emotions from us!

I am going to go from least hated of my characters to most hated. Here We Go!! I am sorry if there are any spoilers.. I tried to keep this spoiler free.

 

1) The White Wolf – Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

Man was he volatile. Just completely horrid. Especially what he does to Karou in Book 2 – Days of Blood and Starlight. I wanted to destroy him myself. I flinched quite a bit during his scenes.

2) Amy and Nick Dunne – Gone Girl

Anyone who has read this book will probably easily identify with this. I do not want to spoil anything for people who haven’t read this fricken amazing book.. because everyone should. It is that good. I have never hated 2 main protagonists and loved a book so much. It was a weird feeling! But I am pretty sure I went through all colours of emotion during this book.

3) “Ben” (aka Mike) – Before I Go To Sleep

What a crazy. This book was only so-so for me.. but “Ben” had the creep factor from early on.. and the last 150 pages had me hooked and his crazy went full on insane. Poor Christine =(

4) King Leck – Graceling, Fire, & Bitterblue (Graceling Realm)

Creepy almost from the moment he was born, Leck had a disturbing Grace. I won’t go too much in to detail for anyone who hasn’t read these amazing books. Leck would torture, mutilate poor helpless animals and leave out in the open for someone to find, and then he would take them in to fix them and seem like an amazing King who takes care of animals. He uses his Grace for bad and this forces his wife and daughter to flee. Reading some of his scenes were hard.. I would flinch or scrunch my face up.

5) Professor Umbridge – Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix.

Geez Louise, how I hated this woman.. More so than Lord Voldemort. Reading the book, watching the movies, Imelda Staunton played this character perfectly. The sickly sweet, nasty woman that she was. With her ‘special’ quill to punish students, to throwing professors out of the school.. and she did all this because she truly thought it was the right thing to do.  Her being in this books, made Professor McGonagall and Harry Potter both a little bit sassy. My favourite being…

‘Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?’
‘Yes,’ said Harry. ‘You called her a liar?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?’ ‘Yes.’
Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry. Then she said, ‘Have a biscuit, Potter.’
‘Have – what?’ ‘Have a biscuit,’ she repeated impatiently, indicating a tartan tin lying on top of one of the piles of papers on her desk. ‘And sit down.’

Let me know in comments some of your most hated characters!

Brianne – xox.

Here is a complete list of Wednesday Top 5er’s

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1608567-complete-list-of-wednesday-ers

Here is Lainey’s booktube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerreadslainey

Welcome Welcome!

Hello Blogesphere, and Book Lovers!

I am a new blog here, and  I am going to strive to be something fun, educational, and interactive. I don’t read just one genre.. I love YA, chick lit, mystery, classics.. everything!

I will be posting book shelf pictures, book hauls, book unboxing, book tags, reading challenges, a monthly wrap up, and more!

Please enjoy my blog, and comment if I can be doing anything better!! I look forward to this crazy journey we are about to partake in.

Brianne – xox.

I Love Spring [Book Tag]

Hello Readers!

I am going to do the I Love Spring [Book Tag] before it is no longer spring..

So let us get started!!!

Questions

1) How is spring where you live?

Well.. so far here in Alberta we got another dump of snow.. but it melted fairly quick.. and this past week it has been rainy and a little chilly.. Spring is usually like this though.. some nice days and some not so nice days.

2) Most anticipated book release this spring?

Hands down, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. This book came out on April 8th and I have already finished reading it. It was fantastic and I enjoyed the conclusion to this trilogy that I LOVED. But since I have already read that book, another anticipated release is of course City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I have an autographed copy pre-ordered. Can’t wait.

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3) Show us a cover that makes you think of spring

I am going with Barefoot – Elin Hilderbrand.. and I know it has a beach on it and that usually means summer.. but the fact that they are in jeans and have the blanket wrapped around them makes me think more of spring – still a slight chill in the air but you want to be by the water..

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4) Where are you going to read this spring?

In my bed, on my couch, during my breaks at work, on my deck, at my farm.. Wherever I have good lighting and can get comfortable!

5) Find a cover with the sun on it

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord!! There is a lovely sun (lens) flare going on there.. and this cover makes me happy.

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6) What are your favourite spring reads?

Anything! A lot of booktubers have been saying contemporary but I go by more what I am in the mood for.. It can be anything! right now, I am catching up on different series that I have read the first book..

7) Find a book with many different colours on it

Asunder – Jodi Meadows.. These covers are gorgeous and this one stuck out for a lot of colours.. Blues, Greens, Reds, Pinks, Purples.. so many. asunder

 

 

Well that was fun! It was kind of hard to find a book with the sun on it! Soooo many books have moons! we need more sun!

 

This tag was created by booktubers: Helene Jeppesen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shp2M0frZGc  and MySecretBookClub https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0hjcMi_79g

 

Brianne, xox-

Ten Books

Ten Books

My 10 books that have stayed with me over the years.

Go to your shelves.. Without over-thinking, just grab the first ten books that you think of – that have stayed with you long after you’ve finished reading them. Remember! Do not over think it!

1) Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor {Beautiful story, I devoured each book in the trilogy as soon as they were released.}

2) Stardust – Neil Gaiman {A great adventure I loved when I was younger}

3)The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway {I have been reading this book every summer for as many years at the lake for as long as I can remember.. }

4) The Sugar Queen – Sarah Addison Allen {Learning to love yourself, open yourself up to new experiences, new friends, new love.. and it made my cherish my sister even more}

5) Graceling – Kristin Cashore {Kick ass, strong female.. doesn’t follow conventional gender roles and it is empowering}

6) Three Songs For Freedom – Maxine Trottier {I remember reading this book at my farm, and I just couldn’t put it down.. Coming of age story for the ages}

7) Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling {Love the entire series, but I enjoyed this one the most. Harry Potter is one of the things my sister and I absolutely freak out on..}

8) The Fault in Our Stars – John Green {How John Green can write from the perspective a 16 y.o girl so profoundly is amazing. Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters’ story is too beautiful, and too heart wrenching.}

9) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins {Strong female lead, I have read this books more than a few times.}

10) The Fellowship of The Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien {I read my Pops copies of The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Silmarillion when I was young and I reread them now and again. Great Adventures =) }

Jack Skellington, R2-D2, Harry Potter (I made him out of polymer clay), Eiffel Tower, and The Tardis. The Jelly Sandwich necklace was a gift from a very special friend of mine, we worked together and I had heard about The Fault in Our Stars, and I was going to wait until it came out on paperback to buy and read it.. She disagreed with that notion and when I showed up at work the next day, her copy was sitting in my locker.. I read it in one sitting the next day.. I couldn’t put it down and I cried a lot. She also knew that I had seen the Peanut Butter and Jelly bff necklaces on Etsy and that I wanted them.. so she bought them for me.. I got Jelly and she got Peanut Butter. I love her friendship and her view of the world.