Where have I been? And my plans for May.

As you may have noticed.. I haven’t posted a blog post in quite awhile.
Why? You may ask. 

It’s not like I’ve been super busy or anything but every extra time I have, I’ve been using to write or read even more. I had a few posts planned for separate weeks but I never finished them and just kept forgetting. I’m not going to make excuses for my spelt, but I will say that I haven’t been posting lately mostly because I didn’t know what to write about and I just have been putting it off. Basically I’m just telling you all what a horrible blogger I’ve been…
What do I plan on blogging about?

I want to write about more than just bookish things. So that’s exactly what I’m going to try to do, but don’t worry, I’ll still be writing about books. I plan on doing book hauls, wrap ups, reviews, tbrs and more, but I also plan on talking about other things like my life and events I’ll be going to and maybe things like life hacks or guides to a successful bookstagram and things like that..

I’d gladly take any post requests if you have any.
What have I been reading?


In April, I was in a HUGE reading slump and only read two—almost three—books.

I read one for a reading program at school, and that was Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson. I rated that book 3/5 stars because I enjoyed it but didn’t absolutely fall in love with it..

The second book I read was City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. This was my first time reading this book and again it was another 3/5 stars for the same reason and also that it was very slow paced and boring. I’m not saying anything against this book or the author, just that it’s not my favourite out of the series. 3 stars is not a bad rating, it’s just not the best. Cassandra Clare is a brilliant author and I love the books I’ve read of hers. I would gladly reccomend them to anyone, anyway.

Since I am marathoning this series, the next book that I started and finished in May was  City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. This book was an easy 5/5 stars for me because so many exciting and amazing things happened and I loved it all! I’m so happy to finally be reading this series! Gahhh!
My May TBR 

I’ve already read City Of Glass so now I am planning on reading the rest of the Mortal Instruments series this month and if I finish it, I will either read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys or start The Infernal Devices companion trilogy to The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, depending on what genre I’m feeling more..
So that’s my update for you all! Thanks for reading!

Let me know in the comments if you have any post recommendations and what your May TBR is… ❤️

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My March wrap up!

The first book I read in March was We are all made of molecules by Susin Nielson.

I thought that this book had a wonderful story. It’s about a boy named Stewart, in grade eight, who a couple years after his mom died, moved in with his Dad’s girlfriend and her daughter, Ashley. Ashley does not like the idea of living with Stewart or his father but worst of all is that she has to share some grade 9 classes with him since he’s some genius prodigy. Stewart on the other hand, loves the idea of his dad moving on and being able to have a family again. Ashley also has a few problems herself though, one of them being that her dad is gay and her super hot and popular boyfriend, Jared, is starting to get a bit creepy. After a New Year’s Eve get together turns into a party disaster that is hosted by Stewart and Ashley while their parents are away, everything starts to fall downhill. Though Ashley’s starting to warm up to the idea of living with Stewart, her boyfriend turns out to be some creepy guy and all of her friends are turning on her. Jared and Stewart were becoming friends due to their relationships with Ashley, but when Ashley finds out about Jared, Stewart isn’t too pleased with him anymore and being the school mascot, he does something he is both proud and ashamed of. In the end, Stewart and Ashley become a lot closer and things start to fix themselves. Ashley starts making new friends and Stewart is happy. Ashley surprises Stewart with an amazing protection squad against Jared.

I don’t want to giveaway too much so you’ll have to read it yourself if you’d like to find out what happens in the end.


Overall I thought this was a very well written book and encourage many contemporary readers to pick it up!

Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

The second book I read was The dogs by Allan Stratton.

This book is about a boy named Cameron who loves with his mom. They are always on the run from his creepy dad, and constantly moving as soon as they find out that he’s found out where they live. Cameron doesn’t know why his dad is so bad, but his mom keeps telling them that he’ll know when he’s older.

Cameron and his mom end up moving to an old farmhouse outside of a small town. The house is rundown, and in the middle of nowhere. Cameron finds it creepy that there’s a coalroom with lines counting the days on the wall. Also the fact that the attic is sealed up..

When Cameron gets on the bus the first day of school, some of the kids start trading him about The dogs. Later he finds out that something bad happened between the old owner of his house and his guard dogs, also his son and wife.

After looking into it, Cameron believes that the father killed his wife and son but while he’s investigating he gets into a bit of trouble.

Cameron starts talking to a boy named Jacky, after seeing him in the barn and out in the clearing. Only thing is… Jacky has been dead for many years. Cameron is afraid of Jacku at first but then starts to become friends with him. Meanwhile his mom is becoming very close with her boss, who’s been staying at they’re house to protect them.

Later on Cameron starts calling his dad, which he’s knows he shouldn’t do, but his number is blocked so he can’t be traced. Only his father still finds him, and comes to take him away from his mother. On the phone his dad seemed nice, but that’s not the case.

You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next, but if I say, I would be giving the whole book away…


I would definitely recommend this book. It’s a bit on the scarier side and though I’m not one to read horror books, I absolutely loved this one!

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The third book I read was Walking home by Eric Walters.

I’m not going to say much about this book but here’s a quick synopsis.

This book is about a 13 year old boy named and his 7 year old sister and their journey to find their mothers hometown and family. After all of the violence in Eldoret, their hometown, their father was killed and shortly after, heir mother dies of Malaria. The two start on their long journey to Kikima, their mothers hometown in hope of finding their family and staying together. After fleeing the night before they were being sent to separate orphanages, they run into some trouble on the roads, but it always passes. Most of their journey was spent walking but with some help of an old Kamba story and fellow Kikuyu tribe members, they make it to Kikima. Their journey lasted about six days, and finally payed off when they met their uncle in Kikima. Meeting their uncle soon led to meeting their grandparents and cousins which then led to the shelter of their new home with their family.


It took me a while to finish this book and a couple of times I considered putting it down but I kept pushing through it. The ending was truly the only part I really enjoyed but I still thought that the whole story and meaning of this book was beautiful. I don’t read this type of book very often so that may come into play a bit but I still did not enjoy it very much and wouldn’t reccomend it.

Rating: 2/5 ⭐️⭐️

The fourth book I read was Uncerain soldier by Karen Bass.

I’m not even going to summarize this book because it truly was terrible.

Here is the back if you’d like to read it…



The only reason I did not put this book down was because I am reading it for The forest of reading program at school. (If you are unsure of what that is see my blogpost on The Forest of reading…)

I read this book in less than six hours because I just wanted to get it done and over with but right from the beginning all the way to the end I honestly never enjoyed any part of it.

It pains me to do this but I rate it 0/5 stars…
The fifth book I read in March was Thirty five and a half conspiracies by Denise Grover Swank. 

This is the latest published book in a series so instead of giving you a synopsis of this book I decided to give you a synopsis of the first book in this series so it’s not quite as confusing.

 The first book is about a twenty four year old girl named Rose that is a bit peculiar. She may seem an ordinary girl but rose often gets visions of something that’s going to happen in the near future to the person she is closest. Though having visions may not seem like a big deal, Rose always blurts out what she saw as soon as the vision has passed and she has no way of stopping herself. Most people in her small town—Henryetta— in Fenton county don’t mind that she’s telling them that they’re toilet will overflow or some other thing she saw in her vision, most just thinks she’s a bit odd. I mean, she does still live with her mother… Rose has never seen herself in a vision before but when she sees herself dead, she starts to get worried. Instead, she finds her momma dead on the sofa when she returns home and is convinced it was supposed to be her. She’s never had a great childhood, due to the fact that her momma thought she was too unusual and would lock her in dark closets when she had visions, but the town of Henryetta is convinced that she had murdered her own mother. After being released from her mothers care, Rose realizes she has wasted her whole life living under her momma’s rules. She makes a list of twenty eight things that she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true and she winds up dead, but some of her tasks seem just a little to hard to complete… Joe, Roses new neighbour decides to help her with her list but won’t help with number 15—Do more with a man—but she soon finds out that Joe has some secrets of his own. When Roses house is broken into and another person she knows is murdered, Rose realizes that someone thinks she has something of theirs and will do anything to get it. The only problem is, she doesn’t know what they want or who wants it but she has a few people she thinks have something to do with it—Joe included.

 


This book was so amazing! It sent me through a roller coaster of emotions and I absolutely loved it! This is the latest published book of the Rose Gardner Mysteries which I’ve loved every single book of! I mentioned this series in my Underated books I recommend blog post if you’d like to learn more about it.

Basically this book had a bit of everything I needed in it! There was romance, heartbreak, betrayal, loyalty, mystery, and not to mention amazing characters! Denise Swank is one of my favourite authors and I will definitely be picking up more of her books!

Overall I wouldn’t ever give this book less than 5/5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



The next book I read was Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

This is the second book to Red Queen, so iim not going to go into a description for this one since I know some people wouldn’t understand it if they haven’t read the first book.. But if you haven’t read Glass Sword yet, don’t read my review below because of spoilers! I don’t think I really gave away too much but just read the rating if your afraid of me ruining the book…😁


Oh my god was this book ever slow! I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy but it took so long to get into it.the book started off with an exciting chapter and then went to not quite as exciting things for the next five.  I felt like this went on throughout the whole book..

Basically the whole time they were searching for the people on the list, and though that was interesting, I feel that the first book had a lot more action in it. I do love the new characters in this novel s well as the old ones.. I also really love the relationship between Cal and Mare! They are so adorable! I also really really really really really loved the end of this book!

Rating: 4/5stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The next book I read was The Cat At The Wall by Deborah Ellis…

This book is kind of hard to explain but it’s about a girl named Clare who died at the age of thirteen. She was reencarnated as a cat and woke up somewhere across the worldSShe ends up in a place where there is war and conflict and she has to fight for food. Clare never really though about trying to find a family to take care of her but when she wanders into a house with some Israeli soldiers, she meets a young boy and grows to love him and the soldiers.  The book switches back and forth between her first and second life, between cat and girl. When she’s a girl she mainly talks about one of her teachers, and how she got many detentions . In those detentions she would have to write out a 17 line discipline  poem and I guess in the end tt did reache her something.

 

Overall I thought this book had a really good story and it was a less harsh way to tell of war. Some parts were sad and some parts were sweet but I think that this Novell is a great middle school read.

Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

The with book I read in March was Gilded by Christina Farley.

The back of the book pretty much explains it perfectly so here it is:

Sixteen year old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, deadly proclivity with steel tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenge will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean Grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demigod,haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.

But that’s not Jaes only problem.

There’s also Marc.Iirresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barrier around Jaes heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. but Mbrc has a secret of his own—one   that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jaes been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she’s always wanted.


First of all, isn’t this cover just gorgeous A. Secondly, this book was AMAZING!

The characters in it are just so perfect, especially Marc and Jae! The bit of romance in it is so amazing because it ties in with sacrifice and the fantasy in this book!  Speaking of fantasy, Haemosu and the other Korean mythological creatures are just so amazing! Also after reading this book, I am in love with Korea!

Overall I thought this book was so amazing and I’m definitely going to be picking up the second and third book in this series!

Rating: 5/5 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Underrated books I recommend

In this blog I will mention five books that I have read and loved. All five of these books I have heard very little of people talking about them so I wanted to put them out there so you guys too can enjoy them just as much as I had. All of these books I have read within the past two years so I believe they are all ya or teen books.. 

The first book I’d like to mention is actually the first of a series. This series is called the Rose Gardner Mysteries and the first book is Twenty eight and a half wishes, written by Denise Grover Swank. 

  

The first book is about a twenty four year old girl named Rose that is a bit peculiar. She may seem an ordinary girl but rose often gets visions of something that’s going to happen in the near future to the person she is closest. Though having visions may not seem like a big deal, Rose always blurts out what she saw as soon as the vision has passed and she has no way of stopping herself. Most people in her small town—Henryetta— in Fenton county don’t mind that she’s telling them that they’re toilet will overflow or some other thing she saw in her vision, most just thinks she’s a bit odd… Rose has never seen herself in a vision before but when she sees herself dead, she starts to get worried. Instead, she finds her momma dead on the sofa when she returns home and is convinced it was supposed to be her. She’s never had a great childhood, due to the fact that her momma thought she was too unusual and would lock her in dark closets when she had visions, but the town of Henryetta is convinced that she had murdered her own mother.  After being released from her mothers care, Rose realizes she has wasted her whole life living under her momma’s rules. She makes a list of twenty eight things that she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true and she winds up dead, but some of her tasks seem just a little to hard to complete… Joe, Roses new neighbour decides to help her with her list but won’t help with number 15—Do more with a man—but she soon finds out that Joe has some secrets of his own. When Roses house is broken into and another person she knows is murdered, Rose realizes that someone thinks she has something of theirs and will do anything to get it. The only problem is, she doesn’t know what they want or who wants it but she has a few people she thinks have something to do with it—Joe included.

I loved this book so very much and would definitely read it again. I love how there is so many unexpected things mixed in with romance and mystery. All of the characters are so amazing and the series just keeps getting better and better! I just finished the latest published book last night and though it did make me shed some tears, I thought it was so amazing and there wasn’t a time that I wasn’t on edge! 

The next book I’d like to reccomend is also a series. Darkness becomes her by Kelly Keaton Is the only book I have read out of the series but I know there is three books published and one more that has a release date out… I know that the second book is called A beautiful evil but I do not know the name of the third or fourth.

  

Darkness becomes her is about a girl named Ari. She has teal eyes and very unusual silver hair that cannot be cut or dyed, trust me, she’s tried. Ari has always stood out, and after growing up in foster care, she’s can’t help feeling the need to find more about her birth parents and the life she would’ve had. Searching for answers only leads to one disturbing massage from her mother, Run. Though Ari has no clue what she’s running from or why, she can sense something getting closer, something dngerous. Ari decides to return to her birthplace of New 2, an oddly rebuilt city of New Orleans. New 2 is very different yet she feels as if she fits in there more than ever. Most people in New 2 are afraid of her and she can’t figure out why. Ari try’s to unravel this mystery and find more about herself and her birth world but some truths are better left unsaid.

This book did not take me very long to read and I do not mean that in a bad way, it’s was just simply too amazing to put down. There is so much more to this book than the short description I gave, there’s good and evil, many creatures and gods and Ari discovers that she is the descendant of a women that held a lot of power. The whole story is so interesting and unpredictable and there’s lots of action towards the end. I’m very much looking forward to reading the next books in the series. 

The third book I would like to reccomend is This dark endeavour by Kenneth Oppel. The sequel to this is called Such wicked intent from the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series. I believe that both of these books are equally amazing! 
  
This book is about two inseparable sixteen year old twin brothers, Victor and Konrad Frankenstein. The two brothers, their beautiful cousin Elizabeth and close friend Henry take lessons at their ancient home and spend most of their spare time fencing, horseback riding and exploring the hidden passage ways and secret rooms of their home, the palatial Frankenstein Chateau. While exploring the castle, they find themselves in a dark library that contains ancient tomes written in strange languages and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise to never visit the library again after finding out they had discovered it. Soon Konrad becomes very ill to the point where he could die, Victor knows that he must find a book that contains the recipe for the Elixir of life and he knows just where to find it. After breaking his promise to his father, Victor finds the recipe and seeks out an alchemist to recreate it. With friends Elizabeth and Henry, he scales highest trees in the Strumwald, dives deepest lake caves, and each sacrifices a body part—All to save their beloved friend and brother, Konrad. 

This book has a bit of romance but that is mostly carried out in the second book. I love all of the adventures they go on to save Konrad and how they risked so much. Palatial Frankenstein Chateau is definitely an amazing place to grow up in and to be able to spend your spare time dicovering every crevice of that mansion would be amazing! I also really love how the characters develop throughout the series and the love triangle in this series reminds me a lot of the Vampire diaries! Overall this book is just fantastic and I reccomend it to all ages! 

The fourth book I would like to reccomend was one that I read quite quickly because it was just that amazing! That is So in love by Caerine Clark.

  

This book is about a Gil named Liza and she gets a summer job at this hotel in Rhode Island and its called Tides Inn Hotel, she meets a boy named Hayden that she falls in love with from the first second she saw him. He also works for the hotel. Hayden and Liza’s relationship develops more throughout the story all while her new friend Clair is warning her about hookups and Hayden’s history with girls. Liza also knows that she shouldn’t fall in love with him for she has a boyfriend back home. Eventually Liza and her boyfriend break up and she decides to go on a date with Hayden. Hayden seems like he really loves Liza, in fact he tells her so. While Liza is head over heals for Hayden, so is Zoey, a girl that works at the same hotel. Zoey keeps sabotaging Liza and not only taking her away from Hayden but almost getting her fired. Soon the hotel manager finds out what Zoey’s doing and puts a srop to it. But Lizas still worried that Hayden will end up as a summer hookup and take advantage of her.

I thought that this book was so cute and really related to real relationships. While some characters werent as developed as i believed they could be, they were all amazing. I think the whole book was very well written and captured my attention right away. 

The fifth and final book im going to be reccomended is Snowed in by rachel Hawthorne. 

  

Snows in is about a girl named Ashleigh who moves with her mother to a small island in the Great Lakes. The small island they now live on is quite cold and while Asheligh doesn’t like their new location, she does like the amount of hot guys on the island.  Her new home is turning into a B&B and while her mothers working on setting it up, Ashleigh’s working on making new friends and hopefully a date. She ends up settling in quickly and making plenty of friends and meets a guy that she’s really into and she knows the feeling mutual. The only problem is his ex girlfriend is still into him. 

This book was pretty predictable so I didnt want to giveaway too much. Basically this whole book is just a cute little romance that is set in a beautiful place. I absolutely loved all of the characters, the island and all of the new activities Ashleigh learns are popular there  on that snowy island. 

I really hope you guys pick these up if you see them and enjoy them just as much as I did if not more! Thanks for reading!

My current favourite books , tv shows and more…

I wasn’t really sure what kind of post to make so I decided that the easiest would be a favourites… 

Let’s start with books…

  
I recently read City of bones by Cassandra Clare… Let’s just say that I absolutely loved it! 

I bought City of ashes two weeks ago and am looking forward to reading it! I’ve also watched the first couple episodes of it, but stopped because I’m going to watch it once I’ve read more of the series. The show was okay but Clarys acting kind of sucks…okay, back to the point. This is one of my favourite books and I’m probably going to end up rereading it…
I also read Eleanor and Park not too long ago, and I just flew through it because it was so amazing! 

  
I don’t normally read contemporary novels but this one managed to make my top 10… It was simply brilliant, and one of the best books I read in 2015. If you haven’t read it, then I strongly encourage you to… I have no other words about this book other than it’s beautifully written and fantastic!

My next favourite is Throne of glass, which I also read in 2015.

  
I’ve boughten The assassins blade and the book after this as well, but have yet to read them… This was such a good book, I’m so glad I picked it up while I was at the library… the characters are all amazing, especially Celeana and Dorian. I also really love the idea of the book, and how it takes place at a palace, or castle… I sort of forget… I love the fact that Celana is an assassin and battles against others to become the Kings champion throughout the book. This is simply just a marvellous book!

Harry Potter books are obviously my favourite too but I don’t feel the need to tell you all how amazing they all are…
Now onto tv shows…

I’ve really been loving Vampire Diaries, Doctor Who, Lucifer and Grimm.

Basically anything with immortals, vampires, aliens, downworlder a, Angels, shadow hunters,werewolves…etc..

I’m only in season two of Vampire Diaries, halfway through season one of Doctor who, and I watch Lucifer on tv, but I’ve just been watching Grimm on tv whenever I see it, though I would like to watch it from the beginning….

Oh! I almost forgot Supernatural! I also really love that show…

   
    

 
 

 

My music favourites would have to be….

Seven years by Luckas Graham 

Burning house by CAM

Lost boy by Ruth B

You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

Tear in my heart by twenty one pilots

Youth by Troye Sivan  
And last but not least, Trouble by NEVERSHOUTNEVER
I can’t really think of anymore favourite so I guess that’s all… Sorry for the late post. 

Thanks for reading!

February Wrap Up!

Overall I think that I did pretty good this month! So hee is my February wrap up!

The first book I read was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  

Synopsis: When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. this is Clarys first meeting with the shadow hunters, Warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demo so—and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. it’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden haired Jace. Within twenty four hours Clary is pulled into Jaces world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. but why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the sight? The shadow hunters would like to know…

First of all, this book was amazing! I’m looking forward to reading more of this series, hopefully sometime soon. I found it a bit overrated in the beginning but it ended up living up to most of my expectations in the end. I love all of the characters but I think Isabelle might be my favourite with the exception of Clary… But I also really love Jace and Magnus so far! In the beginning I didn’t like Simon at all but now I’ve started to warm up to him.

There are many parts that I absolutely loved and many parts that lost my interest. I would have to rate this 4/5 stars… 

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second book I read was Don’t even think about it by Sarah Mlynowski.

  

Synopsis: We know what your thinking. We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. Suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before ey dump us. We know what our friends really think our our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming.

Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same. So stop obsessing over your ex. We’re always listening.

My friend gave this book to me for Christmas and said that she really liked it when she read it awhile ago, and that she wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. I loved the idea of the book and its story and how there’s not just one narrator but everyone narrorates it. There was a lot of drama in this book and I generally prefer fantasy books, but I’d say this is a bit more contemporary minus the fact that it’s about telepathy between a home room class… I’m glad I read this book but it’s one at I don’t think I’d re-read. I honk I would have like it better if I read it about two years ago.. 

I guess I’d have to rate is about 3/5 stars…

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The third book I read was Prison boy by Sharon E. McKay.

  

Synopsis: From the moment Kai arrives at the orphanage, Pax is his devoted protector, though he’s still so young himself. Like most young teens Pax still enjoys children stories but is ever more curious about the secrets adults keep. When the orphanage is shut down, Pax has to grow up fast. The two boys are on their own.

Out on the street, they meet thieves, ruthless policeman, and worse. Desperate to save money for Kai’s schooling, Pax agrees to work as a bicycle boy for a mysterious man named Mister. Life is finally stable—until Mr. asked them to deliver a strangely heavy package.

This deeply moving story brings to light critically important issue—the plight of children in countries where they are systematically imprisoned and subjected to cruel punishment. This is also a story of selfless love, courage, and redemption is the face of unspeakable odds

The beginning of this book was okay… But then it just got really boring. Not very mush happened until the very end. The last 40 pages were probably the best. I wish I could say better things about this book but I just did not enjoy it. I thought the whole idea of the story was rely good but I don’t like the way it was written very much. It was kind of sad too.. The only reason I kept reading it was because it is part of the forest of reading. (see previous post) 

It pains me to say that my rating is 2/5 stars….

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

The fourth book I read was The truth commission by Susan Juby.
  

Synopsis: Open secrets of the heart of gossip—the things that no one is brave  or clueless enough to ask.

That is, except for Normandy Pale and her friends dusk and Neil. They are juniors at green pastures Academy of Art and applied design, and they have no fear.

They are the truth commission.

But Normandys passion for uncovering the truth is not entirely heartfelt. The truth can be dangerous especially when it involves her brilliant older sister, Keira, the creator of a best-selling graphic novel series, who has left college and come home under mysterious circumstances, and in complete silence.

Even for a truth commissioner, there are some lines that cannot be crossed…

This dryly funny, knife sharp novel, written as “narrative nonfiction” by Normandy herself, features footnotes, illustration, and a combination of a Mistery/love story that will capture readers from the first page.

Okay, so I’ve had a bid of bad luck with reading amazing books this month…. But this one was a bit better. I found the beginning to be pretty slow and boring but as the book went on it got better. Epecially once the romance started. The ending was perfect and some of the book was predictable but then some parts were very, very unexpected. All in all dismay that this was a pretty good book… I give it a 3.5/5 stars.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

  

The fifth book I read was The gospel truth by Caroline Pignat.

It’s 1858, and Phoebe is a 16 year oldslave girl living on a Virginia tobacco plantation. She is a keen observer of the brutality that comes from being owned. While she understands she’s in a cage without freedom, her best friend, Shad, deceives himself that life on the plantation is good; he’s happy in his ignorance. Meanwhile Phoebe has taught herself to read, at once an advantage and a danger: slaves are not permitted such knowledge. 
When a Canadian doctor visits the plantation for bird watching, Shad and Phoebe soon realize it’s more than the birds that he is after.

Wow. I really enjoyed this book. It is narrorated by a few of the slaves, their mater, their masters wife, and their daughter, Tessa. The main narrarator is a slave name Phoebe. It is so interesting to see and feel, and know the way things were so long ago. Our world was so cruel. It this book made me very greatful to live in Canada. All in all, I ought this book was amazing and beautifully written. Definitely one of the best Red Maple books I’ve read so far. I’m going to have to give it a 4.5/5 stars…

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

  

The sixth book I read was Young man with camera by Emil Sher.

Synopsis: This is T— but this isn’t the whole picture of him. It doesn’t show his scars or his attraction to fire. It’s incomplete without Licy and Sean. And it leaves out Ryan , who torments T— so badly, he chooses not to use his full name.

t—’s photographs speak louder than words. But when he captures a horrific assault on camera, the attackers want to silence his pictures. Going to the pod early. Keeping the truth hidden could be worse.

Everything comes down to what matters most.

Again, this book was for Red Maple….. And I haven’t exactly had too much luck with it this year. This one was a bit better…. It took me a whole week to read it because I just couldn’t get into it but then there was a big plot twist and that got me reading. After that, I had it finished the next day… I don’t quite understand the whole point to this book and it’s not one I would normally read… It was a bit depressing but it really made you think. However, I did not like the format of it, and that author didn’t use quotation marks, just bold letters which I don’t like but it did emphasize the book. Overall I think it was a good story and the ending was pretty satisfying… I’ll give it a 3/5 stars…

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The forest of reading.

I wanted to write a blog post about the books that I have been and will be reading for the next month and a bit. So here it is…

The forest of reading are a series of awards named after common Canadian trees… Books are nominated for each reading level/section and those books gets voted out by readers, until it comes down to the one with the he most books, which is the finalist. Each book is written by Canadian authors, and are nominated by the Canadian library association. 

The reading levels all go by grades. Here is a chart to show each level, and it’s name and logo.

  Many schools run programs associated with the forest of reading. If you read 5 of the books in your level, you get to participate in the voting for the finalist. 

At my school, if you read four of the books, you get to join in on a pizza party along with the others that too read four books of their level. If you read five, you get to vote, and if you read e most in your level, or all of them, you get an award. We have to record the amount of books and what books we have read in order to participate. Last year, we had to write summarys as well. That’s for grade seven, though. 
There aren’t many books in each level, so I read them fairly quick. Oh! I forgot to mention that you have a due date to read the books by. It normally ranges from about 1-2 months. This year, we have until the beginning of April, and we started a week into February. 

Since it is so easy to read all of the books in the a,out of time given, I have gotten the award, along with my friend for the past two years or so. Maybe it was only last year, though, I can’t remember. 

So far this year, I have read 3 of the books, and just started another, from the Red maple reading level.

If you’d like to learn more about the forest of reading, you can simply just type that into the Google search engine, and you’ll find lots of information on it, including the books that are nominated this year. 

Thanks for reading!❤️

Don’t forget to check out my bookstagram! The_Pleasures_of_books

The Leibster award

Hi guys, so I was nominated by the lovely Bethsbookishcorner for the Leibster award, though I know I don’t deserve it, that’s just how nice of a person Beth is! I encourage you all to go over and check out her blog! Anyways, I just wanted to thank her for nominating me! 😘

I nominate Becs bookshelf, So bookish blog, Turning pages, and The mind of a book nerd.

(Hopefully all the links work 😁 I’m sort of new to this..)

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a post.
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you in their post. Meaning if you are nominated, my questions…
  3. Nominate 11 blogs you think are deserving of this award and let them know you have nominated them.. In my case I only nominated four because I haven’t read too many blogs yet…
  4. Give them 11 questions of your own for them to answer.


Here are the questions that Beth has asked me:

  1. Hyped book or book series that you didn’t like? Hmmm… I loved The fault in our stars when I read it, and it was very hyped but now if I read it, I feel like I wouldn’t enjoy it half as much as I did, and why? I don’t know. I guess the only other one I could really say is The fifth wave, and though I did like it, it took me awhile to read and I didn’t look forward to reading it when I picked it up… But something just kept making me pick it up and finish it. I’m not sure that I’ll read The infinite sea though..
  2. Do you like listening to music whilst you read? Sometimes yes, but mostly I read in the quiet, or at least as close to quiet I can get at my house.. there’s always people talking or a tv on… So I definetly don’t find music a distraction.
  3. Favourite place to read? My favourite place to read? I guess I would say my bed or the couch… Sometimes I sit outside in the summer or fall but other than that I don’t think I really read anywhere else…
  4. Do you use your local library? Yes. I use my local library only every so often because as I’m sure most people relate, I like to have my own copy of the book and special editions as well. Though I do find many awesome books at my local library and should really start going there more.
  5. Are you a spine breaker or are you always careful? I guess you could say I’m both.. I mean, I don’t purposely try to break the spine but if it happens, it happens. I am still planning on reading the book so what’s the point in not reading it just to save the spine? 
  6. Favourite book to movie adaption? I guess I would have to say The fault in our stars or divergent… I thought this movies weren’t missing much from the book, and the actors all did an amazing job developing the characters. Oh! I almost forgot Harry Potter! That book to movie adaption was amazing, and watching the films first may have a big part in that but I think many people agree with me on this!
  7. All time favourite book? I have asked Beth this question before and I am going to reply with the exact same answer as she did. Could you have asked a harder question? I can’t just choose one book/book series, so instead I’ll just name but a few. Harry Potter and Twilight are definetly some, as is the Throne of glass series. I can’t forget the Mortal instruments series, though I have only just finished the first book, I am certain that this series will be at the top of my list!
  8. Do you read/write any fanfiction about your favourite characters? I like to read some fanfiction on bookstagram but other than that I don’t really read or write it too much…
  9. Which book character do you think your most like? Hmmmm…. Again, what a hard question. I want to say that I’m like all of the badass characters that kill demons or cast spells to defeat a Gillian or some other downworlder, but sadly I’m not. Though I can’t exactly say that I don’t know how to use any weapons or fight.. I can use a bow and arrow, throw knives, punch and kick properly (but very forcefully 😁😂) and I occasionally practice charms… (If only I wasn’t a muggle) The truth is, I honestly don’t know what character I’m most like.
  10. Are you a fan of audio books? I wouldn’t know, I haven’t listened to any. Though when I get my licence, I may like them since I can pretty much read books in the car. 
  11. What’s the most you’ve spent on books in one go? I’m not exactly sure but I think about $80 or maybe $60 but I definetly don’t regret it!

My questions for you:

  1. What’s an average range of time that it takes you to read a book?
  2. Do you like to write? If so, what about, what genre?
  3. Do you like to draw character from books and movies?
  4. Have you ever watched a play of a book that you’ve read?
  5. Have you ever enjoyed the movie more than the book?
  6. Do you have any bookish merchandise?
  7. What’s the lowest rating that you’ve given a book?
  8. Have you ever participated in a book club or book group?
  9. Have you ever went to a book signing?
  10. What kind of blogs do you read?
  11. Do you have a favourite book series? If so, what is it?


      Thanks for reading 😘

      January Wrap Up!

      I have been in a big reading slump lately and barely got three books read in January, but I’m still going to attempt a Wrap up blog!

      The first book I read was Winter by Marrissa Meyers.

      I loved this book so very much, all 824 pages of it! I thought it was very well-written and the characters just kept getting better and better, not to mention the romance! I love how they all stuck together even when they were not. They fought for each other and were willing to sacrifice their lives for one another, fight the control of a thaumaturge rather than turn against one another. I don’t want to give anything away so I’m not going to say much more about this outstanding book!

      Rating: 5/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


      The second book I read was Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

      Thus book too was wonderful but I did find it a bit slow in the beginning.. I also thought it was pretty predictable, that was…….until I got to the end. If you’ve read this book, you know what I’m talking about.. You know, that crazy plot twist that left everyone in shock? Yeah, that’s the one… Haha but seriously, if you haven’t read it yet, I would add it to your TBR list.. The end of the book was beyond amazing and I was so satisfied with the he ending, and am looking forward to reading the next book! 

      Rating: 4.5/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨


      The last but certainly not least book I read was Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets by J.K Rowling.

      Yes yes I know, I haven’t read all of the Harry Potter books yet… But I’m working on it! The first book was way better than I thought it would be,and now reading the second book has made me way over obsessed with Harry Potter, but you know, isn’t every book reader? I have not words to say about this book other than GO READ IT!

      Rating: 6.5/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (seriously, this book deserves that rating.)


      As always, I love you guys, and thanks for reading my blog!😘

      Go check out my bookstagram as well! http://instagram.com/the_pleasures_of_books
      (Also, just a little disclaimer, sorry for the no photo post, I didn’t have very much time so I couldn’t add any photos, but I hope it’s still worthy of reading 😁😁)

      About me/my blog.

      As I’m sure most of you know I’m a book lover, I just wanted to tell you a bit more about me and my blog…

      First of all, I have a bookstagram that I would love for you guys to check out.. Link: http://instagram.com/the_pleasures_of_books

      I haven’t really been posting much on here and judging by the way my wordpress is working right now, I still won’t be able to post too often because it’s glitchy and doesn’t always save my drafts.. I work on my blog with my iPad because my laptop is too outdated to use WordPress, so I’m not exactly sure how well my blog looks.. I’m also still getting used to having one. I would like  to start posting more often, ranging from book reviews, to tags, and other things that might come up.. Hopefully WordPress will start working better for me 😁🙏

      I don’t really know what else to say, but I would really appreciate some blog requests!

      Love you guys, I hope you all have an amazing rest of your day! 😘

       

       

      Inside Out Book Tag!

      1. Inside flap or back cover? Too much info or not enough                           It doesn’t really matter to me if it’s the inside flap or the back cover, but I feel like there’s normally more information in the flap rather than the back cover, since they obviously want to keep the back cover neat and pretty-looking, so I guess that’s probably part of the reason. 
      2. New book : what form? Audio book, e-book, paperback, hardcover, etc…                                                                                                         Hardcovers for sure! They are way more preservable, and I just love the way they look compared to paperbacks, although I do always love a good paperback! I really don’t enjoy audio books, but I can stand e-books, but it’s a pain to have to make sure my tablet (or other devices) is charged…. Plus books smell way better!
      3. Scribble while you read. Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or keep in clean?                                                  I like to keep my books nice and clean because eventually I will donate them to a library or second-hand store, and they are just nicer when they’re clean! If I want to make comments about my book, I can always rely on the Bookstagram community to listen!
      4. Does it matter if the author is male or female? Unsure of authors gender, Uh oh, or Oh well!?                                                                                    Not at all! I don’t care one bit if the authors male or female, ouch I do find that I read a lot more female authored books, but I still enjoy books that have male authors! Unsure of the authors gender? Who cares! I’m still gonna read the book!
      5. Ever read ahead? Ever read the last page before you get there?              Yes, and I often regret it, because I get close to the end and can easily predict what’s gonna happen!
      6. Organized book shelves, or outrageous book shelves?                          I prefer organized bookshelves, but I don’t exactly have a bookshelf at the moment, due to lack of books, but not that I am gaining in the amount of books I have, my book area is getting to be messy! But I plan to make a bookshelf out of stained wood crates this summer, so that problem will eventually be fixed! Yay!
      7. Ever bought a book based on only the cover?                                            Obviously! Who hasn’t?
      8. Take it outside to read, or stay in!?                                                                I love reading outside! (Especially in autumn!) but sometimes the sun gives me headaches, so I go back inside. I normally only read outside in the autumn, due to that problem! 

      Sorry I haven’t been posting lately! 😁😁😁 

      I’ll try to post more often but no garauntees since I’m busy with school work lots,  ur I’ll be able to blog more when the Christmas break/holidays start!