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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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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 New To Me Authors I Read in 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish(http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html). This top ten Tuesday topic was easier than usual because I didn’t read many books this year at all. I am still getting the hang of setting time aside to read when I am not in class so hopefully I have a better reading year next year. Also these are my top 10 new to me authors of 2017:

  1. John Hall. I read Is He or Isn’t He, and I absolutely loved it. It was one of the first books I read this year and it was a book that I had lent to me from a friend. I really enjoyed this book.
  2. Victoria Schwab. The first Victoria Schwab book I ever read was This Savage Song and I read that this year. I really enjoyed it and I own the sequel but I haven’t read it yet. I will probably read it during the summer when I am done classes for this year.
  3. Jeannette Walls. I read The Glass Castle for my English class and I absolutely adored this memoir. I also really enjoyed the movie that came out this year as well.
  4. Elle Kennedy. The Deal is probably I think the first real adult book I ever read. I also really enjoyed it. The love interest being a hockey player was something I could relate to.
  5. Renee Ahdieh. I read Flame in The Mist and I enjoyed it. Flame in The Mist is a Mulan retelling which I really liked the concept of. Also I bought it because it was a Mulan retelling and I love Mulan.
  6. Cora Carmack. I read Loosing It this year and I really liked this book as well. It had a university student protagonist which I could understand. I being in college now am starting to like contemporary books with college aged protagonists.
  7. Ashley Poston. Geekerella was the last book I have finished so far and it was not a disappointment. I loved this Cinderella retelling and thought it brought a nice modern twist to the tale.
  8. April Genivieve Tulchoke. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, was a really good book. This book was what I was looking for to read at the time, and was the first book I took out from the library once I finally figured my way about the library system at school.
  9. Melissa Marr. Wicked Lovely was a really good book. Plus it had fae. I love books that have fae.
  10. Curtis Sittenfield. Eligible was a fantastic modern Pride and Prejudice retelling. I really loved reading it, although I did find it difficult at first considering the change in age of the characters. Jane is turning 40 in this book and I am pretty sure Elizabeth is 38 so the characters are far older than they are in the original Pride and Prejudice. That aside I still really enjoyed this retelling.

What are some of the authors that you really liked that were new to you in 2017? Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a good day.

2018 Reading and Site goals

I can’t believe it is almost 2018 already so I thought it was about time that I posted my goals for the upcoming year. I am super excited about several of the things I am already working on planning to write about on my blog. I hope I am able to achieve all of these goals by the end of 2018, and I can’t wait to hear about what some of your guys bookish goals are.

  1. I will be setting my goodreads goal at 50 books this year.
  2. I want to read all the books I currently own physical copies of that are on my tbr shelf this year.
  3. I want to read at least 30 library books this year.
  4. I want to participate in more readathons this year.
  5. I want to post more often so I decided I will post on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  6. I will do monthly tbr’s again, and I will do wrap ups at the end of every month. I will be doing it in a way that when I post my January TBR it will also include my December wrap up.
  7. I want to review as many books as I can that I read. Maybe not all of them but most.
  8. I want to try to get to know some of the other book bloggers in the blogging community.
  9. I also want to reread some of my favorite books this year. I want to reread at least 10 books
  10. I want to read at least 5 of the books that come out in 2018.

These are my goals for 2018. Comment down below what some of your goals for 2018 are. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

Half-Blood Review

Half-Blood

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? Honestly no. Alex feels guilt throughout the entire book about her mother. Then there is of course the talk about how some of the half-bloods become servants, which basically means they get their free will taken from them. There is also a bit of instalove in this book which I didn’t mind although I know some people don’t like it. Also Alex does not have a good relationship with her Uncle or Step-father but you can see that change a bit towards the end. Also it is unfair some of the rules and restrictions this society has against the half-bloods while the pure bloods get everything sometimes literally handed to them on a silver-platter. Although I loved Alex’s relationship with her best friend Caleb.

Did it have adequate representation? This book only follows Alex’s perspective which is nice but I do like books that share more characters point of views. Like I would have loved to have a mixed character Point of view for this book. I wouldn’t have minded seeing chapters in her Mom’s perspective or even Aiden’s perspective.

Did it teach me something or make me think? I would hate to be in Alex’s situation is honestly one of the only things this book truly made me think about.

Were the characters memorable? Yes. The characters were all memorable and I loved reading about all of them. Of course my favorite character was Aiden because I thought that he was very clear headed and also he is definitely one of my new favorite male characters in general. Especially for what he did at the end which I won’t talk about because of spoilers. Alex was also a pretty good main character and you could see her grow a bit throughout the book and learning new things. The Oracle was just as creepy as she sounded to be, although what she said was true. Caleb was a great best friend character for Alex, and I really enjoyed him as a side character. Seth is very intimidating and I don’t know what I really think about him yet I will have to wait until I read the next book.

Was the plot clever? Yes and I cannot write to much about this one because I would end up spoiling the book but I enjoyed the way the book reached its conclusion. I also liked reading about Alex training and there were some things which did surprise me in this book a bit.

So overall I really enjoyed Half-blood although I wouldn’t say it was the best book that I read this year, or the best book I read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I do recommend this book though and I hope if you decide to read it that you enjoy it. If you read this book please comment down below what you thought because I do like seeing different opinions that other people have on the books that I read. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

 

 

Review: Rule (spoilers)

Rule

By: Jay Crownover

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? No. For starters his mom hates him, and said at the funeral of his twin brother that “it should have been you”. What kind of mother does that. Also Shaw’s parents aren’t that much better. Shaw’s mother gave the access code to her daughters apartment to an exboyfriend who was stalking her. Also Shaw and Rule didn’t have a great relationship at the start either, in fact it seems as though their relationship revolves around sex.

Did it have adequate representation? Yes. It is told in the perspectives of both Rule and Shaw.

Did it teach me something or make me think? Honestly the only think I could think about while reading this book was why? Why do you like Rule so much? Why am I reading this again? Why didn’t I DNF this when I first wanted to?

Were the characters memorable? Yes. I do have to admit that I didn’t mind Shaw’s best friend who also questioned why she liked Rule so I might read the second book which is about her and one of the guys. I also didn’t mid the manager of the tattoo shop. Rule is a person who if I met in life I knew I would not like him. Also Shaw at first seemed like a person I would like but I could not understand why she liked him. I mean she did talk about why she liked him but for the most part it seemed like she liked him because he was a bad boy. Also the guy on the cover does not look like Rule in the book. Rule does have tattoos all over his body but he also has a lip ring and he dyes his hair frequently.

Was the plot clever? Not really. Its just something I really didn’t enjoy and I wanted more from.

Although I didn’t really like this book I will try to give Jay Crownover a second chance and read the next book. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you are all having a good day.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 books I Am Looking Forward to In 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. (http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html) and in the future it will be hosted by The Artsy Reader (http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/). This weeks topic was the top 10 books we are looking forward to in 2018, it was a bit difficult just picking 10 books but I was able to narrow down the ones I was most excited for. These are my top 10 most anticipated releases for 2018:

  1. Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas. I would love to learn more about Catwoman. Also this book is being written by Sarah J. Maas so I have no doubt that it will be amazing.
  2. A Court of Frost and Starlight: by Sarah J. Maas. I honestly cannot wait to see what happens next in this world. This is probably my most anticipated release for next year. Sarah J. Maas also said that this book prepares you for what the spinoff continuation will be about so I am really excited.
  3. (Untitled) Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas. This book doesn’t have a title yet but I cannot believe that the last Throne of Glass book is coming out next year. I really hope the series has a great conclusion and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out in the end.
  4. Obsidio: by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I loved Illuminae and Gemina so I have been greatly anticipating the last book in the trilogy. All the stories come together and it is told in such a unique stile. When this last book comes out I know I will be going to the bookstore.
  5. Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue: by Marissa Meyer. I love the Lunar Chronicles and this is the second volume to the spinoff graphic novel series which follows Iko.
  6. The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth. This is the sequel to Carve the Mark and the conclusion to the duology. Since I own Carve the Mark and I am interested in the topic I hope that I really enjoy both books in this series.
  7. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors and probably my most owned author. Some of the books I didn’t like as much as others but I have been anticipating this series and have been hearing nothing but good things.
  8. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. It’s a book about Batman so of course I am interested.
  9. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I really enjoyed These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, so I hope I like this book as well.
  10. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings. I am just really excited for this book. It is a Sci-fi book co-written by one of my favorite booktubers. Also I really enjoyed The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummings so I can’t wait to read the book that they wrote together.

What are some of the books you are greatly anticipating in 2018. Comment down below. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

 

The Festive Christmas Book Tag

First off I would like to say Merry Christmas to all of my readers. This tag was created by GirlReading (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-F6UWl9fCs).  Also I put spoilers for ACOTAR in Question 6 so if you haven’t read the whole series yet up to what is out don’t read the response for that question.

  1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with? Just the inner circle of the Night Court, from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I mean it would be awesome to spend Christmas dinner with them. Cassian, Azriel, Mor, Feyre, Rhysand, Amren, Nesta, I want to spend Christmas with all of them.
  2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift? Totally a bookmark. I like collecting them so I have a lot. Also I wouldn’t mind if one of my siblings got me one of those bookish subscription boxes for 1 month. Also a chapters gift card (like my one brother got me for Christmas is awesome.) Although I love getting bookmarks every time I go to Chapters, and I don’t care what type of bookmark it is I will most likely love it no matter what.
  3. A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf? Okay so I am going to say Anne from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, just because I think Anne would love to be a Christmas elf.
  4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song? Silent Night and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I think if you read this book you can see why I picked it. Also I can’t really describe this one because of spoilers.
  5. Bah Humbug: A book or fictional character you have been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list? Rule by Jay Crownover. Okay this book is a New Adult book I am pretty sure. Well at least it is definitely adult and I did not like the main characters that much. Especially Rule at the very beginning, I was actually ready to DNF the book at one point.
  6. A book or fictional character you think deserves more appreciation and deserves to be on the nice list? Actually I am going to say Tamlin from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. In the last book I think Tamlin redeemed himself. I mean without him Feyre would have died in the enemies war camp. Also without him Rhysand would have died at the end. At the end he wanted Feyre to be happy and that is why he saved Rhys. Also Feyre at the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin said that she wishes that Tamlin finds happiness in the future. So I totally believe that Tamlin redeemed himself and should be put on the nice list.
  7. Red, Gold, and Green: A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it? A Season for Miracles Twelve Tales of Christmas, which is a Dear Canada book written by several Dear Canada authors. Image result for dear canada a season for miracles twelve tales of Christmas
  8. A book or series you love so much that you want everyone to find it under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too? The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. This book series is a fairy tale retelling and I love it. I also adore all the characters so I think everyone should at least give this series a chance.

Thank you so much for reading and I understand that today is Christmas so if you want to do this tag today consider yourself tagged but if not Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day today.

New TBR Shelf

I decided to move all of my TBR books onto one shelf. Well the ones I wanted to get to the most out of all my TBR books at least. My classic TBR books are on a different shelf. My photo is not that great but it still shows the majority of what is on the shelf. Basically though I just wanted to do a short update about my TBR shelf so there really isn’t to much to say in this post. Also I have some books at my college dorm that are not on my TBR shelf at home. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

2017 Reading Goals Review

Hey I can’t believe it is already time to review the goals that I set last year and prepare for my goals for this upcoming year. I had an okay reading year this year, but I had to learn how to get my reading time in now with University classes, as well as setting aside time to update my blog.

  1. My first goal last year was to set my goodreads reading challenge to 1 book. Now I am very happy with how this turned out. With it at 1 book I could still see my stats at the end of the year, but I didn’t feel pressured to try and reach my goal that was set. My goal was literally one book so if I didn’t reach that then I have the wrong kind of blog.
  2. My second goal was to review every book that I read. I didn’t do this. Honestly to go in depth about every single last book is a bit to much. I mean I don’t mind doing reviews but if I want to make the review good, and include everything I want to say I have to prepare for the review.
  3. My third goal was to read 10 2017 releases and I read 1/10 of those 2017 releases so that goal didn’t go so well. I mean I am currently reading another 2017 release that I will probably finish before the end of the year, but I still failed this goal.
  4. I wanted to reread 5 books and I reread 1 book which again is kind of disappointing but I will definitely be rereading more in 2018.
  5. I wanted to read all the books that I owned that I have not yet. I did not do this. Honestly I didn’t even think I could do this. I am always buying new books and my tbr is ever growing. Although I do hope to shorten it substantially next year.

Those were my reading goals that I had for 2017, and how I did at completing them (I failed). I hope all of your reading goals went well that you guys had set in 2017. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you are all having a great day.

Why The Library Is Awesome

Hey today I just wanted to make a post about why I like the library so much especially since, I have been using the library more frequently. At the library you are able to get a library card for not that much money and it lasts all year. You can put holds and order in books to your current library if they do not have the book at the library itself. Also it helps save money because you are not buying the books you may have heard mixed reviews about, which you don’t want to commit to buying yet. I know that I have bought many hyped books, some of which I didn’t like that I was very disappointed about afterward. That doesn’t happen when using the library, well I mean you can still get disappointed that you didn’t like the book but at least you didn’t have to waste money and buy a book which you didn’t like. Many of the books I buy now are books which I have previously borrowed from the library and loved. Also if you are a student the library is an amazing place to study and hit the books, because it is quiet and free from the distractions that are at home. It can also just be fun to sit down and read a regular book in the library. I know at my library at home there are comfy couches people can sit at and read. I used to go to the library all the time with my best friend, and we would pick out books for each other and read some of the book. If we enjoyed the book we would take it out of the library, and then we would discuss the book after we finished it. Also you can get e-books and audiobooks from the library. Some library’s even have a phone app so you don’t have to go to the actual library to order the books in. If it is an e-book or an audiobook it just goes straight to your app. I just don’t understand why some people don’t like borrowing books from the library, and I want to inspire people to use the library system more often. I hope this post inspires some of you guys to go to your local library more if you don’t already.

I hope you all liked todays post. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.

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