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Top 7 Book Series

For this month’s top seven I’m listing my favourite book series.

1) Robyn Hunter by Norah McClintock

The daughter of a detective and a lawyer, Robyn, often finds herself in the middle of mysteries.

I quickly fell in love with these books. They’re fun, realistic, and Canadian.

2) The Tripods by John Christopher

A sci-fi series about a world that has been taking over by aliens.

I don’t remember a lot of detail from this series, but they are the books that got me into reading and will therefore always hold a special spot in my heart.

3) Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

When Chloe starts seeing ghosts she gets sent to a home for troubled teens, while there she discovers things that will forever change her life.

 These books were one of my first introductions to paranormal. I remember really loving the story when I first read it.

4) Matched by Ally Condie

In a society where all of your choices are made for you, Cassia begins to question the world around her.

I enjoyed the story premise and loved the main characters.

5) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Tessa is quickly thrust into the supernatural world when her search for her brother takes her to London. 

I loved this series, I love Tessa, Will, and Jem. In my opinion these books are way better than The Mortal Instruments series.

6) Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Sydney is sent to a human boarding school with a royal vampire, Jill, in an attempt to keep Jill safe as her life is being threatened.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you already know I’m in love with Adrian Ivashkov. He’s a huge part of why I love this series so much.

7) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Against her better judgment Nora falls for the mysterious bad boy, Patch. 

I enjoyed this story, the books continuously had me on the edge of my seat.

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Top 7 Poems

If you’ve read last Tuesday’s post then you know it’s currently National Poetry Month. To continue on that note, for this month’s top seven I’m sharing seven of my favourite poems.

 

 

Sonnet 14

If thou must love me, let it be for nought

Except for love’s sake only. Do not say

‘I love her for her smile . . . her look . . . her way

Of speaking gently, . . . for a trick of thought

That falls in well with mine, and certes brought

A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’ –

For these things in themselves, Beloved, may

Be changed, or change for thee – and love, so wrought,

May be unwrought so. Neither love me for

Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry –

A creature might forget to weep, who bore

Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!

But love me for love’s sake, that evermore

Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Wallflower

Shrinking in a corner,

pressed into the wall;

do they know I’m present,

am I here at all?

 

Is there a written rule book,

that tells you how to be –

all the right things to talk about –

that everyone has but me?

 

Slowly I am withering –

a flower deprived of sun;

longing to belong to –

somewhere or someone.

~ Lang Leav

 

you tell me

I am not like most girls

and learn to kiss me with your eyes closed

something about the phrase – something about

how I have to be unlike the women

I call sisters in order to be wanted

makes me want to spit your tongue out

like I am supposed to be proud you picked me

as if I should be relieved you think

I am better than them

~ Rupi Kaur

 

Longing

I envy seas whereon he rides,

I envy spokes of wheels

Of chariots that him convey,

I envy speechless hills

That gaze upon his journey;

How easy all can see

What is forbidden utterly

A heavens, unto me!

I envy nests of sparrows

That dot his distant eaves,

The wealthy fly upon his pane,

The happy, happy leaves

That just abroad his window

Have summer’s leaves to be,

The earrings of Pizarro

Could not obtain for me.

I envy light that wakes him,

And bells the boldly ring

To tell him it is noon abroad –

Myself his noon could bring,

Yet interdict my blossom

And abrogate my bee,

Lest noon in everlasting night

Drop Gabriel and me.

~ Emily Dickinson

 

Ebb and Flow

She yearns to learn

how his tide is turned,

to understand

each grain of sand,

he knows.

 

To move in rhythm,

with his ebb and flow.

~ Lang Leav

 

my issue with what they consider beautiful

is their concept of beauty

centers around excluding people

I find hair beautiful

when a woman wears it

like a garden on her skin

that is the definition of beauty

big hooked noses

pointing upward to the sky

like they’re rising

to the occasion

skin the color of earth

my ancestors planted crops on

to feed a lineage of women with

thighs think as tree trunks

eyes like almonds

deeply hooded with convictions

the rivers of punjab

flow through my bloodstream so

don’t tell me my women

aren’t as beautiful

as the ones in

your country

~ Rupi Kaur

 

A Drinking Song

Wine comes in at the mouth

And love comes in at the eye;

That’s all we shall know for truth

Before we grow old and die.

I lift the glass to my mouth,

I look at you, and I sigh.

W.B. Yeats

 

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Top 7 Green Covers

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend here are seven green covers that I think are pretty awesome.

  1. Splintered by A G Howard

     

  2. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

     

  3. Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

     

  4. Between by Jessica Warman

     

  5. Fairest by Chanda Hahn

     

  6. The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

     

  7. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
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Top 7 Romance Novels

romance-novels1) S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline 

The first book in a trilogy. This novel follows Cassie as she is introduced to a secret society that aims to help women become more attuned with their sexuality.

2) Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren 

The first book in a series. Chloe is nearing the end of her internship when a sexual relationship begins between her and her boss, Bennett. Chloe is obviously worried about how this new relationship could affect her future career.

3) Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Also part of a series. Caroline has just moved into a fantastic new apartment only to discover that she can hear her neighbours nightly activities; with a string of women.

4) The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine 

Wren is the quiet good girl, Greyson was a star athlete until he gets suspended. Their paths cross when Wren saves Greyson from choking.

5) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Jacob jumps onto a train and inadvertently ends up with a job in the circus. He quickly ends finds himself falling for one of the performers.

6) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

At first Aristotle and Dante seem to have little in common. However, they quickly develop a unique relationship that leads them to learning about themselves and who they want to be.

7) Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 

Abby and Travis appear to be very different, when a bet leads them to spending a lot of time together they find themselves falling for each other.

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Top 7 Books of 2016

books-og-2016Here are the top 7 books I read during 2016.

1) You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here takes place one year after the death of Jaycee’s brother, Jake. On the anniversary of Jake’s death Jaycee finds a map he left behind detailing various abandoned buildings. Accompanied by four classmates Jaycee sets out to explore all of the abandoned buildings in search for any sign of her brother.

2) Splintered by AG Howard

Alyssa is one of Alice’s descendants. Ever since Alice’s escapades in Wonderland her family has been cursed. When Alyssa’s mother takes a turn for the worse, and she discovers Alice’s tales and the curse are real, she descends into Wonderland in hopes of saving her mother, and herself.

3) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist follows the story of a young shepherd on the journey of his Personal Legend – what a person is mean to accomplish in their life. Throughout his journey he meets many interesting people and learns many life lessons.

4) Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

After agreeing to testify in a murder trial Stella is whisked away from her friends and boyfriend and thrust into witness protection. As the city girl adjusts to small town country living she’s surprised by the connections she makes and her attraction to Chet, a boy who is definitely not her  city boyfriend.

5) Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli

After a private email falls into the wrong hands Simon finds himself being blackmailed. If Simon doesn’t help his blackmailer the whole school will find out his secret, that he is gay. But not only that, the leaked email will expose Blue, an anonymous boy Simon has connected with over email. If Simon doesn’t want to risk a chance at love he has to find a way out of this mess.

6) Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey is a collection of poems divided into four parts, the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Through these poems Kaur explores themes of love, abuse, femininity, and loss.

7) Saga Volume One by Brian K Vaughan

Saga is the story of two lovers from warring planets and their newborn daughter. The three of them have to navigate unfamiliar terrain while running from a bunch of people who to kill them.

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Top 7 Christmas Songs

brewery-1To help you – and me – get into the Christmas spirit I thought I would share seven of my favourite Christmas songs.

  1. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Santa Baby
  4. Baby It’s Cold Outside
  5. Last Christmas
  6. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  7. Santa Clause Lane