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New Book Blog 25 Bookish Facts

Hello. I am a reader and I love to read. I created this blog so I can share my opinions with other readers.  So I decided it would be cool if I started off this blog with 25 bookish facts about me.

  1. I like to read physical books more then ebooks.
  2. My favorite genre is fantasy
  3. I like to read books by Canadian authors to support my nationality.
  4. I like to read both paperbacks and hardcovers
  5. I love to go to the library to get new books
  6. My favorite place to buy books is chapters
  7. The genre I own the least amount of books in but still love is contemporary.
  8. I love reading books with love triangles even though that is some peoples most hated trope.
  9. I read several books at a time
  10. My tbr (to be read) pile  is always growing.
  11. My favorite author (at the moment) is Sarah J Maas
  12. I don’t have just one favorite book I have several.
  13. I like to read series more than standalones
  14. A Court Of Thorns And Roses is my favorite Sarah J Maas book
  15. My most anticipated book coming out in May is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  16. All of my family loves to read
  17. I hate getting into reading slumps
  18. I want to try to read more classics
  19. The majority of books I read are YA
  20. I have never read a book that I truly hated
  21. I have never DNFed a book
  22. I love completing a series and also hate it because that means I will never see those book characters ever again.
  23. My goodread’s goal this year is 100 books
  24. I have only met one author in person
  25. My favorite bookstore is Chapters.
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Currently reading book tag

Hey guys sorry for not posting very often. I have been really busy lately and have not had the chance to read lately. I thought it might be nice to do a book tag though so why not? By the way I do not know who the creator of this tag was but if you know can you please comment it down below.

First I will mention what books I am currently reading.  I am reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I am also finishing up Champions: At Fire’s End by Charlotte Jain which I received a free copy of via epub to review. So far though what I can say about the first book in the Champions series is it is like Avatar the Last Air bender meets Greek mythology. I am really excited to finally post my review of that book up. It will probably be up around December 20 after I finish doing my final exams.

How many books do you normally read at once?

Several. Not even kidding sometimes I read one book at a time but that is usually not the case. If I get bored somewhere while reading a book but I still feel like reading I will honestly pick up another book, and read that.

If you are reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I typically switch books if I reach the end of the chapter and I am kind of feeling bored with the book. Also if I finish a part of a book I will switch to another books sometimes then. I also read a chapter of each book I am currently reading until one books chapter I am currently on grabs my interest.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while your partway through a book?

No. Although I collect bookmarks so I have a wide variety to choose from.

Where do you keep the books you are currently reading?

On my bedside table, because most of the time I read is when I am in bed.

What time of day do you  spend the most time reading? 

Whenever I am not studying, or going to class. So usually I read before bed. Or in the hallways while waiting for a lecture.

How long do you typically read in one sitting? 

1-2 hours. Although I have also pulled all nighters while reading books. I read City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare in one day when I first read it. I started it in the morning and finished it the next morning with breaks to eat.
Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off? 

I leave the dust jacket on. I have lost the dust jacket for a book I read once when I took the dust jacket off so I leave them on. Plus the dust jackets have the title on them and sometimes people have come up to me and talked to me about the book I was reading when they saw what it was.

What position do you mainly use to read? 

I read in a sitting up position. I also have a reading pillow back at home which I love.

Do you take the book you are currently reading everywhere you go?

No. I am just scared of forgetting it somewhere or something. Sometimes I bring my book, depends where and how long I am going to be there.

How often do you update Goodreads on the book you are currently reading? 

I try to do it as often as I can. For my copy of the first book in the Champions series it was hard because I could not identify the page numbers on epub. Although I really have to update that ones progress. I won’t probably update my rating until my review is ready to go up though.

 

Thanks so much for reading. Comment down below books you are currently reading, and/or books you want me to read and review. I try to respond to every comment I get. I hope you are all having a good day.

Queen Of Shadows Review

Image result for queen of shadowsQueen of Shadows

By: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? I think it is pretty hard to do this in a fantasy world which is filled with death and destruction at the moment. I do like the relationship between Aelin and Rowan, as well as her cousing Aedion. I also like what Aelin and Chaol were able to accomplish at the end of the book.

Did it have adequate representation? This book is told in the perspective of both the male and female characters. I love the way that Maas is able to represent her characters throughout all of her books including this one.

Did it teach me something or make me think? Yes, I think if a person reads something and doesn’t learn anything from it that it is kind of sad. I took a lot from this book which describes what some of my favorite quotes are. Honestly so far I think that this book is my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series, with Heir of Fire coming in at a close second.

Were the characters memorable? Yes. At this point I am in love with all the characters including some of the characters we didn’t know to well until this book. I cannot wait to start Empire of Storms.

Was the plot clever? Yes, and the ending of this book did in fact surprise me. That is one of the reasons why I can’t wait to get my hands on empire of storms.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Fire-breathing bitch-queen.”
  • “You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.”
  • “She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”
  • “She looked at them, at the three males who meant everything—more than everything. Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. “Let’s go rattle the stars.”
  • “If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.”
  • “They joined hands.
    So the world ended.
    And the next one began.”
  • “Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options.”
  • “She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”
  • “They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity. The king standing before them gaped as the shield of flame died out to reveal Aelin and Dorian, hand in hand, glowing like newborn gods as their magic entwined.”
  • “Thirty minutes later, Rowan was still staring up at the ceiling, teeth gritted as he calmed the roaring in
    his veins that was steadily shredding through his self-control.
    That gods-damned nightgown.
    Shit.
    He was in such deep, unending shit.”
  • “To whatever end.”
  • “But she was her own champion now.”
  • “Where will we go?”
    “I hear hell is particularly nice at this time of year.”
  • “Elegant, feminine, and utterly wild. Warm, and steadfast—unbreakable, his queen.”
  • “Tell me that we’ll get through tomorrow. Tell me that we’ll survive the war. Tell me—” She swallowed hard. “Tell me that even if I lead us all to ruin, we’ll burn in hell together.”
  • “It’s Aelin now,” she snapped as loudly as she dared. “Celaena Sardothien doesn’t exist anymore.”

Those were some of my favorite quotes from the book. Thank you so much for reading feel free to comment down below a book you want me to review or if you just want to discuss this book. I hope you  are all having a great day.

Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag

I am not sure who created this tag but if you know please feel free to comment down below or if I find who created it I will comment down below.

  1. Crunching Leaves: the world is full of color choose a book that had reds/oranges/and yellows on the cover. Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  2. Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing, what book gives you the warm fuzzies. Loads of books, but one in particular that I think really fits this question would be Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I do have a review of that book which you can look at if it interests you. Anna and The French Kiss is an amazing contemporary book, which I highly recommend.
  3. Fall Storm: the wind is howling and the rain is pounding, choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day. Fantasy, is my favorite genre and I do not necessarily have a favorite book. It changes quite frequently.
  4. Cool Crisp Air: what’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with? Maybe Anna from Anna and the French Kiss because she is a character which isn’t in danger. Most of the characters from books I read are in danger because there are several people trying to attack them. Although Anne from Anne of Green Gables would also be a cool character to switch places with.
  5. Hot Apple Cider: what under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing? Many of the books I read are very popular but I remember the Dear Canada books which are incredible. One of my favorite is Orphan at My Door by Jean Little. All the books though are amazing and they also delve into things that deal with Canadian history.
  6. Coat, Scarves, and Mittens : the weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up, what’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public? The cover of  Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout.
  7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods? Pumpkin pie.
  8. Warm, Cozy Bonfire: spread the cozy warmth, who do you tag? I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Thank you for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

Why I Haven’t Been Posting In A While and A Book Haul

Hey guys I am back. This summer I actually travelled across Canada and then when I got back I started preparing for my first year of University. I am so sorry it has been so long since I posted, but now that I have kind of gotten into the groove of University life I think I can start posting more often like I used to. Also I wasn’t able to bring all my books from home which kind of sucks but I did end up buying some books recently so that I can have some books here. Now for the book haul.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly and Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Yes the only books I bought were in the Outlander series but that’s fine. I am super excited to read them and the show is also amazing. If you have read the books or have watched the TV show comment down below what you thought.

As well I got a bookmark which I posted a picture of on my Instagram @bakergirl16 I don’t post on Instagram to often though. Thanks for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

 

June Book Haul

Sorry it has been awhile since I have posted. This month I have to still finish all of my exams. I bought six books this month, all of which I am very excited to read.

  1. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. Synopsis:There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

    Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

    Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

    What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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  2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Synopsis:The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

    What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

    The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

    Welcome to Weep.

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  3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. Someone actually recommended this to me on a blog post I did so I decided to pick up a copy at the bookstore. Synopsis:In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

    Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

    Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.Image result for passenger by alexandra bracken

  4. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I actually watched the Netflix series and really enjoyed it so I decided to pick up the book. Synopsis: You can’t stop the future.
    You can’t rewind the past.
    The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

    Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.Image result for 13 reasons why book

  5. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. This is the second book in The Dark Artifices Trilogy. Since it is a sequel I will not put the synopsis. Image result for lord of shadows
  6. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. This is the sequel to This Savage Song which I did a review on. So if you want to know more about what I thought about the first book you can read that.  Image result for our dark duet

So those were all the books I bought this month. If you have read any of them comment down below what you thought, also comment down below which book you think I should get to first. Thanks for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

Top 5 Wednesday Favorite Side Ships

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam@thoughtsontomes on booktube. I love this topic because you do not usually hear about the side ships.

  1. Nesta and Cassian from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I love this ship. I think Cassian and Nesta are great together. Also that one moment in ACOWAR was amazing.
  2. Simon and Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I shipped this more than the main ship in the series. At the end of the series Isabelle didn’t give up on Simon and I loved that.
  3. Will and Christina from Divergent by Veronica Roth.
  4. Finnick and Annie from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
  5. Elaine and Lucien from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I really want this to happen although I do think there is going to be a love triangle in the next book between Elaine, Lucien and Azriel.

These were some of my favorite side character ships. What are some side character ships that you can’t get enough of? Thank you for reading and comment down below.

A Little May Book Haul

I got two more books this month and both sound absolutely amazing. I have heard nothing but good things about both of these books so I am excited to see what they are all about.

  1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

    Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

    There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right? I have heard really great things about this book so far and I have also been really into contemporary recently so it sounds like a book that I want to read soon.

  2. Flame in The Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.

    The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
    Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires. 
    This book sounds absolutely incredible. Throne of Glass and Mulan are two of my favorite things in the world so if this book combines them, that is amazing. 

Those were two of the books I bought this month I also got ACOWAR which got its own book haul post. Thanks so much for reading my post and I hope you are all having a great day.

A Court Of Wings And Ruin Review

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A Court Of Wings And Ruin

By: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: (since this is the last book in the series I will put the synopsis of the first book in case you haven’t read this series yet.) Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? The relationship that the group at the Night court have is amazing. Yet there is a moment where one of the characters attacks another character, not on purpose but still. Also there is a war in this book which is not healthy in any sense. There was also a lot of lying and deception going on in the first part of this book.

Did it have adequate representation? Yes. All of the characters are different in there own way, be it what there sexuality, gender, or color is. I also loved how the book was mainly told in Feyre’s perspective with two chapters being told in Rhys’s perspective.

Did it teach me something or make me think? I always try to look for something to take from the books I read and this book taught me to try and look deeper. Think about if there is another scenario before you act.

Were the characters memorable? Totally. All of the characters were memorable and each had something special about them. Even the characters that just got introduced in this book were memorable. I am very happy with what happened with Tamlin in this book because I believed that he did love Feyre in his own way. Also I cried a lot during this book because of things that happened to the characters, so of course they were memorable.

Was the plot clever? Yes this series will forever be one of my favorite series and now that I have finished it all I want to do is reread all the books again. I wish that I could spend more time reading about all of the characters in the book. I know more books will come out but it will be kind of weird not following Feyre. I hope we see all of the characters from the series again in the next books.

Favorite quotes:

  • “Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
  • “You belong to all of us, and we belong to you.”
  • “It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”
  • “When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”
  • “I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”
  • “And as its chest rose and stopped altogether, as its breath escaped in one last sigh, I understood why the Suriel had come to help me, again and again. Not just for kindness … but because it was a dreamer. And it was the heart of a dreamer that had ceased beating inside that monstrous chest.”
  • “I am yours, and you are mine.”
  • “What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”
  • “You bow to no one,”
  • “I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that i do not love with everything I am.”
  • “It is a new world, and we must decide how we are to end this old one and begin it anew.”
  • “I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.”
  • “The great joy and honour of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful – more than I can possibly say – that I was given this time with you all”
  • “Night Triumphant – and the Stars Eternal.
    If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”
  • “And death at Nesta’s hands … I wondered if they’d have to invent a new word for killing when she was done with Graysen. “
  • “But this is war. We don’t have the luxury of good ideas—only picking between the bad ones.”
  • “I hadn’t realized I was a villain in your narrative,”
  • “Perhaps that’s because Rhysand has not lost you at all. But rather unleashed you upon us.”

This book was incredible. Comment down below what you thought about the book if you have read it. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

Book Haul

I got A Court of Wings and Ruin today. I know I might get more books in May and that is why I didn’t title it May book haul but I am super excited to now own ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas. I got the Indigo exclusive addition which has the fan art end pages which are really awesome. Thanks for reading my post and I hope you are all having an amazing day. Image result for acowar

 

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