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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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Why We Love Books

That title is a lie. I can’t tell you why we love books. However, I can tell you why love books. Maybe some of my reasons for loving books will overlap with yours, and maybe not.

I wasn’t very fond of books until I was eleven years old, when I was introduced to The Tripods series by John Christopher. They were the first books that I wanted to read on my own, I really loved the story. After that I started picking up book after book, developing a love for the written word.

Books are a great – and cheap – way to explore this world, and others, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. They provide a sense of comfort, finding stories that show you aren’t alone in they way you think, or what you’re going through. You can explore an endless amount of possibilities between the pages of a book.

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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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At What Point Do You Give Up on A Book?

Have you ever been reading a book that you weren’t enjoying but weren’t sure if you should stop reading it?

I’ve read a few books like that. I always feel bad giving up on a book; but why should you spend time reading something you don’t like when there are so many good books out there?

Before stopping a book I always try to get at least 50-100 pages in. Some books are slow to start and then get rather good. Sometimes I give up on a book because the plot is dull, other times it’s due to poor writing/editing. Then there have been books that didn’t seem to be saying anything, or were just reiterating the same thing over and over, drawing it out for 200+ pages.

What books have you giving up on? What made you give up on them? 

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Fictional Crushes

fictional-crushesIt’s the month of romance, so why not talk about fictional crushes?

My biggest fictional crush is Adrian Ivashkov. Adrian is a character from the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. And yes, he is a vampire.

Adrian is tall with brown hair, and emerald green eyes to die for. One of the things I like the most about Adrian is his complexity. On the surface Adrian is a confidant rich playboy, with a few too many vices. However, when you dig below the surface you find a man who is kind, creative, intelligent and a tad insecure; all he wants is to help his friends.

Who’s your fictional crush?

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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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Giving Bad Reviews

giving-badHow do you feel about giving bad reviews?

I feel almost guilty when I write a bad review.

If you look through my reviews you’ll notice that the reviews with lower ratings tend to be longer than those with high ratings. It always seems that it’s easier to say a lot about books you didn’t enjoy than those you loved.

Whenever I write a bad review I try to include a couple positive points as well. I don’t want the entire review to be negative.

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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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#ReadTheMargin

img_3923For the month of December the lovely Manda – also known as ladybookmad – is hosting a read the margin challenge. The idea is to read books by marginalized authors: women, people of colour, LGBTQ+, disabled people, etc.

I plan to finish reading the final three books in The Dowser series by Meghan Ciana Doidge, as well as Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, a Native author.

I almost feel like I’m cheating by reading Doidge’s books since the majority of books I read are already by female authors, but I also don’t want to put the series on hold.

Are you participating in Read the Margin? What books are you reading? What books would you recommend for others to check out?

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Preferred Genres

img_2296If you’ve been following my blog for a while you probably already know that I love to read young adult and fantasy/paranormal books.

 

In this post I’m going to try to explain why. Every now and then I’ll step out of my comfort zone and read a classic or a contemporary adult fiction, but I always go back to young adult books.

I’ve always had a love for magical things. I love exploring different worlds and seeing different takes on mythical beings. Some vampires are vicious blood suckers, others sparkle. Some werewolves can change on command, other only change during full moons. Every fantasy or paranormal story is different, each author creates their own unique world.

Being in my early twenties I find I relate to teen characters a lot more than I do to adult characters. In young adult books the characters are often trying to figure who they are and what they want to do with their lives, much like I am.

Adult fiction often focuses on characters that are 40 or older, and going through things that I’m no where close to experiencing. As much as I may like the stories, for me, they lack that connection that makes reading a book a truly great experience.

I also like romance novels. However, I find if you’ve read one romance you’ve pretty much read them all. Romances seem to vary among maybe three different plots.

Basically I gravitate towards young adult and fantasy/paranormal stories because I relate to the characters and love magic.

What genres are your favorites? What makes them special to you?