3/16/17

ATSOReadathon -- Halfway Point!

It's hard to believe that we're already halfway through March, and halfway through the All the Short Ones Readathon, hosted by the lovely Jessica @ Novel Cravings.  I thought I'd take a moment to share the books that I've already read this month...

1. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I honestly didn't know what this book was about, but as a mother I thought I'd like it.  It was a heartwarming, incredibly unique story and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

2. Girl Coming in a for a Landing by April Halprin Wayland
This was cute, but a bit too cute for my tastes.  It's a middle grade collection of poetry and was a quick, easy read.

3. The Tiger Rising by Kate diCamillo
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kate's books.  While this one wasn't as amazing as The Tale of Despereaux or The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (two of my favourite books of ALL TIME), it was still a beautiful middle grade story.

4. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
I loved the movie when I watched it years ago, and have had the book collecting dust on my shelves for years.  It was great, and I enjoyed it, even if it didn't tug on my hearstrings the same way the movie did.

5. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
This is the only genuine disappointment of the readathon so far.  The structure of this book was AWESOME -- told from nine (I think?) different perspectives, including a squirrel and a bench.  But I just couldn't get past the fact that everyone in the story only thought or talked about whether the two main characters (whose perspectives we do not see) are going to get together.

6. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
This book slowed me down a little, as it's short but the content was a little heavier than the previous few books.  It was really different than I had expected (honestly, I wasn't too sure what to expect!) and I really, really enjoyed it.  Definitely glad that this readathon is motivating me to pick up books that I otherwise would have continued putting off!


POST SIGNATURE
Read More

3/10/17

Spring TBR!

I didn't quite finish my winter TBR pile (just The Bone Season left) but I definitely plan to catch up and read these five books now that spring is here!

1. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
So, here's a funny thing -- I have a list of TBR books in my bullet journal, and I accidentally checked this off, when I meant to check off a different book.  So now I have to read it, like ASAP.

2. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
This book is on my All the Short Ones readathon TBR, so it'll be finished by the end of March.

3. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
4. Burn by Julianna Baggott
I'd like to knock a couple of series off my TBR list this season.

5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I read, and loved, A Darker Shade of Magic last month, and I want to keep reading this series while it's fresh in my mind.

POST SIGNATURE
Read More

3/7/17

Forever, or a Long Time - Caela Carter

I used to be a big middle grade reader, but slowly veered away when I discovered YA.  I've picked up a couple of middle grade books in the past few years and have been absolutely blown away, which has reminded me that these books can pack a serious punch, even if they're targeted at younger readers.  Forever, or a Long, Long Time is one of those books -- the cover looks sweet and innocent, but this book is heartfelt and heavy.

The story follows an older sister and younger brother who have been bounced around in the foster care system.  They have both been adopted into a loving blended family; however, they still bear the scars of their traumatic past.  Each sibling needs to learn to trust in the idea that this home is forever and relearn what family and love mean.

There were moments in this book that tore my heart out and moments where I was smiling through my tears.  Although the subject material may not be for everyone because of its triggering nature, the way these two children see the world is so unique.  I loved exploring the world through their eyes, and learning to trust the things that most of us take for granted.  The writing is beautiful, the characters are absolute perfection and the story is one that stuck with me long after I'd savoured the final pages.

Note: A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This did not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

POST SIGNATURE
Read More

3/1/17

February Wrap-up!


The Books

Books Read: 4 (Forever or a Long, Long Time, Wires and Nerve, A Darker Shade of Magic, Station Eleven)
A much quieter reading month, but I started back at school and have been trying to figure out a way to balance it all.  Plus, I took my time and savoured ADSOM and LOVED IT.

Books Acquired: 4 (Wires and Nerve, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Little Life, A Gathering of Shadows)
Two Chapters trips this month -- oops -- plus a pre-order.

The Challenges

Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +1 (can I count Wires and Nerve?  I think so.)
TBR Challenge: +1 (Station Eleven)
Flights of Fantasy: +2 (Wires and Nerve, A Darker Shade of Magic)

I still need to switch gears and focus on some series books and my TBR challenge, but I am proud of myself for already reading three of the ten fantasy books that I had planned to read this year!

The Blog

I started to write that it was a quiet month on the blog, and then remembered that I participated in the Love-a-thon this month, so it was actually quite busy!  I won't link up all the posts, just my introductory post.  This was my second year participating and I had a ton of fun, although I got sick halfway through the weekend, so I didn't get to do as much on Sunday as I had hoped.  I also read and reviewed my first book of poetry since my university days, The Princess Saves Herself in This One.  I loved The Hate U Give as much as I had hoped that I would!  I'm also looking forward to Novel Cravings' month-long readathon All the Short Ones, and planning to catch up a bit with my TBR pile challenge.

 The Other Stuff

OK, seriously, how is it March already?  I have a feeling that this is going to be the question that I ask each and every month -- time is just flying.

The highlight of the month, by far, was celebrating Marko's fourth birthday.  I should have shared a birthday post on the blog, but it was such an emotional week for me.  He came down with a low-grade fever the day before his birthday, and then I was a MESS at work the next day, worrying about him.  My co-worker offered me a ride home mid-day and I gratefully accepted, just feeling like I needed some Mama-Marko time.  I absolutely loved the afternoon that we spent together, just playing and hanging out.  He knew that I'd come home early as a special treat, and it was absolute bliss.  Next year, I'm definitely taking his birthday as a holiday from work -- I just felt like I needed to be with him that day.  Any other mamas feel that way?

The lowlight of the month was the stomach flu.  My husband came down with it on a Thursday evening, and we both called in sick on Friday, him because he was sick and me because I was sleep-deprived after being awake with him all night.  Then early Sunday morning, I succumbed to the flu, and ended up off work Monday as well.  We were so lucky that Marko didn't catch it, as neither of us have been that sick in a long, long time.  Thankfully, we're all healthy now, and hopeful that this is the end of the flu season for our family!  As a result, yoga has taken a bit of a back seat, but hoping to get back on that train in March.

How about your?  Have you stayed healthy so far this year?  Let me know if you've read something amazing so far this year?  Thank you for stopping by =)


POST SIGNATURE
Read More

2/28/17

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

This book first appeared on my radar after Jaime @ The Perpetual Page-Turner tweeted that she'd finished reading it and wanted to know if anyone else had because she was dying to talk about it.  I love books that make me instantly want to discuss them, so I searched it out on Edelweiss.  Plus, any book that Jaime enjoys is almost a definite win for me as well, so I went into this one with the highest of expectations.  The bookish hype is fully deserved for this book.

I was sucked in from page one and read this book in TWO DAYS.  TWO DAYS.  I have a full time job, an almost four year old and a big house that takes forever to clean.  Plus I'm kind of hooked on the new season of The Bachelor.  That doesn't leave a lot of time to read these days, but I shoved all of my other obligations aside one weekend and absolutely devoured this book.  Bathrooms can be cleaned later, right?

The characters were so strong in this book.  Starr's family was one of my favourite parts of this story.  Everyone was so real and genuine that I felt like I was sitting around their living room, living the story alongside these characters.  And the story, what a story.  It is especially fitting that I'm writing this review on the day that Trump is officially sworn in as the President, while the entire world holds its collective breath and waits to see what will happen next.  This story addresses racism and self-identity and fitting into a pre-determined place in society and socio-economic differences and what it means to assume things about others.  It's a total issue book, but it tackles all these issues in such a powerful way that I never felt that I was being preached to, the way other issue books have felt to me in the past.

In short, this is a book that captured my heart and wouldn't let go, long after I'd finished the last page.  I will definitely be buying a physical copy for my shelves, and it's a book that I will reread for sure.  If you're looking for a book that will change you for the better, add this one to your TBR.  If Trump does what he plans to do, we're going to need to continue to love one another and this book will teach the world how to love, one page at a time.

Note: A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This did not affect my opinion of this book in any way.


POST SIGNATURE
Read More

2/22/17

All the Short Ones Readathon


I love the idea of readathons, but it's hard for me to participate because, on average, I read about a book a week, not seven.  So when my friend Jessica @ Novel Cravings told me that she was holding a month long readathon, I was immediately intrigued.  Now this is the type of readathon that I can get behind -- a whole month to read books, and the focus is on short books!  Without any further ado, here's my TBR pile...

1. The Tiger Rising
2. Freak the Mighty
3. The Passion
4. Milk and Honey
5. For One More Day
6. Exit, Pursued by a Bear
7. A Little Something Different
8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
9. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore
10. I Shall Be Near to You
11. Little Knife
12. Too Clever Fox
13. The Beedle & the Bard
14. Half-Blood

I doubt that I can read 14 books in a month, but we'll see.  If I can, it would be awesome, as all 14 would count towards my TBR challenge since I've had them on my TBR piles for a while.  Five of them are e-books, which would reduce my e-book TBR (one of my 2017 reading resolutions) and one of the books is on my 17 books to read in 2017 list.

If you're interesting in joining this readathon, head on over to Novel Cravings for more info!

POST SIGNATURE
Read More

2/19/17

Mini Challenge #8 - On the Road

Last mini challenge of the Love-a-thon -- how fast did this weekend go by?  I have a hot cup of tea, Station Eleven and the couch calling my name, so this is going to be short-ish.

In my perfect road trip, Morgan Matson would have prepared all of the road trip mixes.  Amy & Roger's Epic Detour holds a special place in my heart, as it's the one book that I've read that perfectly, PERFECTLY pairs music and literature.  In fact, I bet someone has the soundtrack to that book on Spotify, which is the perfect excuse for a re-read.  *checks Spotify*  Yup, there totally is a playlist.  This is going on my summer TBR pile for sure.

So, Morgan's in the backset because we have an iPod with a long auxiliary cable so she doesn't need to be in the passenger seat.  In the passenger seat we have Macy from The Truth About Forever because she's serious and studious and would map-wield like nobody's business.  And because she started the book off quiet and serious, but learned how to open up and relax a little, which is what she's going to learn on our road trip as well.

And finally, the second body in the backseat is Dana from Fireworks because she needed to get out of town with someone who is not Olivia and I can be her ticket out.  You'll have to wait for my review in April to hear the rest, but Dana was the stand-out character in this book for me.

POST SIGNATURE
Read More

Flexible Template by ScreenWritersArena

Custom Design by Lea Christine Designs