January Wrap Up

Archived Book Reviews

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

 

Tags

Why I Am a Reader

 

Lists

Anticipated Releases: January – March 2017

Favourite Reads of 2016

 

My Reading

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To Hear the Ocean Sigh by Bryant A. Loney – ★★★☆☆

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – ★★★★★

Ya know, this isn’t a bad start to the year. I think 2 books per month is the reading pace that I want to keep up during the regular school term.

This month, however, I’m hoping to get through 3 books: Rebel of the Sands & Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton, and Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

How did your January go?

Have a great day, everyone!

~Becca

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Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on FEBRUARY 20th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.

 

ATPOY

Publisher: Harper Teen

Date of Publication: November 4th, 2014

Dates Read: February 16th – 20th, 2015

Description:

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

Buy It From: Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My rating: ★★★★☆

Like seemingly everyone else, I bought this book because of its beautiful cover. The blurb was intriguing, too – haven’t read anything about inter-dimensional travel (at least not that I can remember). But after hearing a couple of poor reviews, I was worried. Could this beauty be too good to be true? There was only one way to find out.

Let me tell you: I enjoyed it. A lot, actually. I hardly ever wanted to put it down! The end of each chapter left me wanting to read on, to see what would happen to Marguerite and friends next. Where would the Firebirds take them? How easily would she adapt to the new situations? Would she ever return home?

As you can see, there is one empty star. There are 2 reasons for this.

  1. Sometimes Marguerite and Theo really, really got on my nerves (Theo’s persistence is later given a reason – spoiler! and Marguerite, well, her flopping affections/feelings grew tiresome.)
  2. There was a lot more romance than I was expecting, and while usually I welcome romance, I was hoping for a bit more adventure. Oh well.

Of course, some of the plot I could predict, but maybe I’m just too clever ;P

Overall: I really like this book, both the cover and the story, and can’t wait for the next one!

Liebster Award (Tag)

The always lovely Hannah nominated me to do this tag – thank you so much! Make sure you check out her blog, The Book Thief Without Words!

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you.
  • Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award.
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them!
  • Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer.

Hannah’s Questions for Me

1. Favourite Diverse Book?

Definitely The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I really cannot say enough good things about this duology – intense, swoony, action-packed, plus mouth-watering descriptions of food.

2. Are you a writer? If so, what’s your current project?

I kind of consider myself a writer on sabbatical, if you will. I did a lot of writing in high school – I was in a creative writing club and class, and I even had a short story published in an anthology! Right now, however, I haven’t been doing that much writing, between university work and job work and reading to keep up this blog. Writing is definitely something I want to get back into soon, though, because I really miss it.

3. Favourite song atm?

Power by Bastille is my jam when I’m walking to class.

4. Favourite vegetable?

Does corn count? Is that a grain? If not that, then carrots.

5. What is one trope you love and one trope you hate?

Is “girls taking their destiny into their own hands” a trope? I’m counting it. I’m all about that girl power. As for a trope I hate, I’m one of the many who is tired of love triangles.

6. Least Favourite Book?

The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay. I’m sorry, but that book was a mess.

7. What are your hobbies aside from reading?

Like I said, I used to do a lot of writing, but I started university and got a part-time job at the same time, so when I’m not reading or blogging I’m doing school work or helping people out at my library. I’m pretty boring tbh.

8. What’s your favourite underrated book?

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate!

9. What’s one book that you think doesn’t deserve the hype?

I was super underwhelmed by Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I found it really slow even 100 pages in, and I ended up DNF-ing it. But, hey, if other people loved it, that’s fine, too! It just wasn’t for me.

10. Favourite TV show?

The Amazing Race! It’s a dream of mine to be on that show some day.

11. One thing you’d like to see more of in books?

More close family relationships, more focuses on friendships – basically more books where romantic relationships are not the most important things. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I like it when familial and platonic relationships are emphasized, as well.


I’m only going to tag two people because I’m boring and shy:

Adele

Cat

Your questions are:

  1. Where is the most beautiful place you’ve read at? Describe it, if you can.
  2. Do you prefer reading when it’s raining or reading when it’s sunny?
  3. What’s the best contemporary book you’ve read?
  4. What was the last book that you gave 5 stars to?
  5. Do you enjoy poetry?
  6. What bookish innovation do you wish would be invented?
  7. What’s your go-to reading snack?
  8. What was the last book someone recommended to you? Did you like it?
  9. Which book character do you relate the most to?
  10. If you could have a power or technology from a fictional book, which would you want?
  11. How far are you in your current read(s)?

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely day ❤

~Becca