April Wrap-Up Post

I didn’t get to read too many books in April. I was in a reading slump and only finished three books in the last two weeks or so. I did participate in A Very ARC-ish Readathon hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. I only read one arc but I’m happy to have least completed the challenge.

Books Read:

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

ICYMI:

Book Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

A Very ARC-ish Readathon + Update Post

Book Review: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

Top 5 April Releases

25 Books I Must Read Before 2018

Book Review: Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana

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March Wrap-Up Post

IMG_3807March was another great reading month! I liked all the books I read and was able to finish a book I started back in 2016 (Beyond the Red). I’d wanted to read at least 8 books, but I’m still happy with 5 – reading the same amount as the previous month is better than less. My favourite March read was a tie between Beyond the Red and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The latter is so good! It didn’t just inspire me to tidy up but I actually made progress. Click on the titles below to read my reviews.

 

Books Read:

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles #1) by Sarah Andersen

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Magic Cleaning #1) by Marie Kondo

Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise by Shin Towada

ICYMI:

Top 5 March Releases

Book Review: A Tail of Camelot by Julie Leung

February Wrap-Up Post

IMG_2758February was a great reading month! I was able to finish one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2017 – Windwitch by Susan Dennard. This was such a great sequel ❤ I also read this super cute middle grade novel called A Tail of Camelot by Julie Leung. Definitely recommend, even if you don’t read MG that often. I’m also trying to read the 2017 Canada Reads shortlist and was able to finish my first book – Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis. I really enjoyed it, but I’m not sure if it’s the one book Canadians need to read now. I hope to read at least two more of these books in March (there’s five books on the shortlist).

Books Read:

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

A Tail of Camelot by Julie Leung

ICYMI:

Top 5 February Releases

Book Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

January Wrap-Up Post

tinaconnollySo January flew by really fast! I didn’t get to read a lot of books, but I hope that changes in February. It feels like I only read one book because the other two were plays I read for a class. I never read plays and find them hard to rate so if you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll notice I didn’t add a rating or review. I was slightly happy to find out, as I was adding Concord Floral to my Goodreads read shelf, that it was a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist for 2016. When the finalists were announced a bit ago, I’d made a Goodreads shelf with them all. I was only really planning on reading the fiction, YA lit and non-fiction titles, but it’s nice reading more.

Books Read:

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly – the first in the series, this was so funny and such an original and modern take on witches and magic. 100% recommend you check this one out!

Love and Human Remains by Brad Fraser

Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill

ICYMI:

10 Sequels to Read in 2017

10 Books to Preorder in 2017

Cover Reveal: The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen

10 Must-Have Debuts of 2017

Cover Reveal: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

One of my goal’s for 2017 is to finish the 16 books I already have on my currently-reading shelf. These are all books I started in 2016 or earlier. I plan to read one book I started before 2017 and then I get to start a totally new book. I’ve been somewhat successful, I started Seriously Wicked back in December and then started and finished Windwitch in 2017. I’d love to know how you’re tackling that huge TBR pile. See you next month!

December Wrap-Up Post

5983694Happy New Year! It’s already 2017, time goes by so fast. I’ve been thinking about my reading goals for 2017 (which I’ll be posting soon) and have come to the realization I’m not completely happy with what I read in 2016. I read lots of things (75 books to be exact) but there were so many other books I wanted to read. I also feel like I read a lot more 5 star books in 2015. In 2017 I hope to read more diverse books, #OwnVoices and books on my backlist. I’d also like to finish some series versus starting new ones – I’m really bad with that.

Books Read:

All the Way Home by Natale Ghent

One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi

Inuyasha Vol. 4-6 by Rumiko Takahashi

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

One Half from the East and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon were my favourite reads of December! I’m really excited to read more of both authors’ works in 2017. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to finish my reading challenge of 75 books, but I was able to get in three books at the last minute. I only read one book for #12DaysofDiversity (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) but better luck next time right?

ICYMI:

Top 10 Books of 2016

#12DaysOfDiversity Retelling Readathon 2016

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I’m participating in 12 Days of Diversity, a holiday readathon of Diverse Retellings! Hosted by Julia Ember, author of Unicorn Tracks and the upcoming titles: Tiger’s Watch and The Seafarer’s Kiss, the readathon runs from December 19th to 30th, 2016. I’m not sure if sign ups are still open but you can read all about it in Julia’s original post here. There are also prizes 🙂

Reindeer level – Read one of the books from each category plus one other book from any category. Six books in twelve days. Then review the book on Goodreads, your blog and another retail website. Everyone who completes this level is entered into a draw for a $35 Amazon gift card or equivalent from a bookstore of your choice.

Badass Santa level – this is given to the participant who earns the most amount of Readathon Points. Points are calculated as 10 points per book read and reviewed, with a further 5 points for taking a photo of the book and showcasing it on Instagram. This person will win an actual mini trophy engraved with their name, their title as Badass Santa, their blog name and #12DaysofDiversity, along with a $75 Amazon gift card or equivalent from a bookstore of your choice.

There will also be prizes for Most Beautiful Instagram Post and Most Hilarious Review. Winners will get a diverse retelling of their choice.

I don’t expect to win the Badass Santa level, but I am aiming for the Reindeer level and the Most Beautiful Instagram post. I’m not that funny, so I don’t think I’d win Most Hilarious Review 😉

Here are the books on my TBR. I don’t believe I’ll read more than six, but I’ve included all the books I’m interested in reading – if not now, at some point in the future.

Please check out the full list here. There’s so many great titles, some I’ve read, that I couldn’t possibly fit them all here. You’ll also notice some titles fit in multiple categories.

Diverse Retellings Published in 2016:

And I Darken by Kiersten White — Retelling of Historical Dracula, Gender-Flipped, LGBTQIA

Beast by Brie Spangler — Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, LGBTQIA

Marian by Ella Lyons — Retelling of Robin Hood, LGBTQIA

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades & Persephone, POC Protagonist

Protagonists of Colour:

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale — Retelling of Maid Maleen (Grimm), POC Protagonist

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine — Retelling of Phantom of the Opera, POC Protagonist

Street Love by Walter Dean Myers — Retelling of Romeo and Juliet, POC Protagonist

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriot — Retelling of Cinderella, POC Protagonist

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis — Retelling of 12 Swans, POC Protagonist

Ramayana by Daljit Nagra — Retelling of Ramayana, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler — Retelling of Little Mermaid, POC Protagonist

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades & Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin — Retelling of The Wizard of Oz, POC Protagonist/Non-Western Influences

LGBTQIA Protagonists:

And I Darken by Kiersten White — Retelling of Historical Dracula, Gender-Flipped, LGBTQIA

Ash by Malinda Lo — Retelling of Cinderella, LGBTQIA

Beast by Brie Spangler — Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, LGBTQIA

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesa Lia Block — Retelling of The Odyssey, LGBTQIA

Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee — Retelling of Selkie Folklore, LGBTQIA

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller — Retelling of The Iliad, LGBTQIA

Non Western Stories & Myths:

Ramayana by Daljit Nagra — Retelling of Ramayana, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson — Retelling of Indian Folktale, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades & Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin — Retelling of The Wizard of Oz, POC Protagonist/Non-Western Influences

Published by a Small Publisher:

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Marian by Ella Lyons — Retelling of Robin Hood, LGBTQIA

Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee — Retelling of Selkie Folklore, LGBTQIA

If you’re not able to participate, you should still check out the list. There’s a lot of great books to discover! Let me know if you’re participating and what books you’re hoping to read.

Sept/Oct/Nov. Wrap-Up Post

img_0785I haven’t done one of these in three months and decided to just combine them. I’ve been super busy with school and haven’t had much time to read. Little to no reading time means little to no books to talk about here  😦

September Books Read:

Vampire Knight Vol. 13-17 by Matsuri Hino

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Black Bird Vol. 1 by Kanoko Sakurakouji

Inuyasha Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

October Books Read:

None 😦

November Books Read:

Wolf Pack by Edo Van Belkom

Dear Canada: These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens by Ruby Slipperjack

Inuyasha Vol. 2-3 by Rumiko Takahashi

Rush by Eve Silver

Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

I ended up reading six books in November but I feel like I’m back on track. I started Rush over a year ago and Warrior Witch back in May. It’s really great to be able to check two books off my very long, currently-reading shelf.

Out of this list, I have one favourite I hope you check out above all the others: Warrior Witch. I know I said it took me six months to read this book, but I didn’t want it to end. Warrior Witch is the last book in Danielle L. Jensen’s Malediction Trilogy and it’s one of the best endings I’ve ever read! I can without a doubt give this book five stars. The writing is beautiful, with action-packed scenes and everything we could ever hope for in a final book. I won’t lie, the ending just about killed me but it was worth it. The characters were phenomenal and Jensen gives both her characters and her readers what we deserve: a riveting conclusion. If you haven’t heard of this series, the first book is called Stolen Songbird and it’s such a great fantasy series, 100% recommend.

I’m only six books away from my reading goal of 75, but I’ve decided to try for 100 books, or as close as possible. I’ll have lots of free time in December so fingers crossed.

December TBR:

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Spindle by E.K. Johnston

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Plus a few more but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I’d love to know what everyone’s reading in December and how close you are to your reading goals!

ICYMI:

Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Back to School & New Books

Goodreads Choice Awards 2016: Semifinal Round

Goodreads Choice Awards 2016: Final Round

August Wrap-Up Post

23381012So I read a total of five books in August, which feels like even less because four of those were novella-length 😦 Hopefully I’ll be able to read at least ten in September.

Books Read:

Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Vampire Knight Vol. 11-12 by Matsuri Hino – these were the only books I gave 5 stars to, so let’s hope for more 4-5 star reads in September

Circle of Jinn by Lori Goldstein

I did get to finish a series this month (Circle of Jinn), which is one of my goals of 2016. I’m glad I read the Becoming Jinn/Circle of Jinn series, but overall there are other series I enjoyed more so I wish I put more time into those versus this one. You can read my full review here and decide whether this series is for you. I was not, however, able to read a single book for ARC August, which is really disappointing.

I feel like I’ve been concentrating so much on reading 2015/2016 debut novels that I’ve forgotten a bit about what I really wanted to do this year re: my reading goals. I love reading debuts and supporting these, usually, brand new authors but there are so many series I love and want to get caught up on. I’ve decided that for the last four months of 2016 I’m going to try and read backlist titles as well as books I’ve been putting off for months. Don’t be alarmed, I’m still going to read debuts, but only if I already own or have placed a library hold on it.

So I’d love to know what books you’re planning to read in September? Is anyone else going through something similar, where you try to support new authors but also end up putting off books you really want to read?

ICYMI:

Book Review: Nil Remembered by Lynne Matson

Book Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Author Interview with Courtney Summers

July Wrap-Up Post

IMG_1391I read a total of 16 books this month. Even though most of them were novellas, I’m still feeling very accomplished. I was able to reach the 50 books read mark before the end of July. One of the books I read, The Bane Chronicles, I started over a year ago so I’m glad I finally finished it. I also started Rebel of the Sands back in March, so I’m happy I finished that too!

Books Read:

Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Naruto Vol. 3-4 by Masashi Kishimoto

Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Nil Remembered by Lynne Matson

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

Nothing but Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Rebel of the Sands would have to be my favourite book of July. Hamilton’s writing is gorgeous and I loved the slow-burning romance between the main character, Amani and Jin, a mysterious stranger she meets in the beginning of the novel. I am super excited for the sequel Traitor to the Throne. I hope you guys all check it out! Some books I liked but ultimately underwhelmed were Nothing but Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. For the first, it was basically a story within a story and very boring. The second one was also very boring for the first half of the book and there wasn’t a lot of action.

I’d love to know what everyone read in July and what they plan to read in August? Are you taking part in the ARC August challenge?

Click on the links above to read my reviews.

ICYMI:

The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

ARC August Challenge

Book Review: Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Book Review: The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

May + June Wrap-Up Post

tumblr_o94xrqi3dh1sefywro1_1280I didn’t have a chance to blog about what I read in May so I’m combining it with June’s wrap-up post. I read a lot in May, but it was all novellas – no full-length novels so I’m a bit bummed about that. That made me determined to read more novels in June, which I did but not a lot. I did finish ACOMAF which is basically three books in one, so that’s got to count for something. 🙂

 

 

May:

The Black Knife by Jodi Meadows

The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo

The Siren by Kiera Cass – unfortunately this one was a DNF

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

Vampire Knight Volumes 7-10 by Matsuri Hino

June:

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

I loved ACOMAF! It’s definitely my favourite Maas book to date and one of my favourite reads of 2016. It’s the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses and I totally recommend it.

How did everyone do with their reading last month? Any good books to recommend?

So I was looking at my Goodreads Currently Reading shelf and noticed I have 10 books on there. 10! I’ve also started a couple other books that I haven’t added onto there, so I am determined to finish a couple of those this month. I’m also planning to finally start some books that have been sitting on my shelf for almost a year. Anyone else have the same problem?

ICYMI:

Movie Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

Review of Rabbit Ears + Interview with Maggie de Vries