What Does That Spell? Part 2

In my last post, Part 1, I let you guys know some titles I’ve loved in the past. This time I’ll be giving you a few books I’m really looking forward to reading. Some of these are titles I already own and haven’t gotten to yet and others I’m desperately hoping to buy in the near future. This all depends on the cooperation of my wallet/bank account of course. Without further ado, here is my name in books:

 

Side Effects May Vary-edited 2Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

I’ve had this one sitting on my shelves since my birthday in May. It didn’t get AMAZING reviews, and it got a little lost in the post-TFiOS shuffle for me, but every time I read the synopsis I’m convinced all over again that it’s something I NEED to read. I’m a sucker for books with lists (Since You’ve Been Gone) and especially bucket lists in this case.

 

Also Known As-edited 2Also Known As by Robin Benway

I’ve made it pretty clear how much I love Robin Benway. She knows her away around a funny book. I can’t imagine anything better than that combined with a high-action heist plot. I own this one too, and I’ve mostly been waiting for her to release more books beyond the two that are out, but I’m not sure I can wait much longer!

 

Rites of Passage editedRites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Seriously, have you guys seen the reviews for this book? I need it NOW. It makes me think of Tamora Pierce’s Alanna in military school. Compare anything to a Tamora Pierce book and I am in. Every review I’ve seen has described it as unputdownable and desperately in need of a sequel. Book, get thyself on my shelf.

 

Ask Again Later edited3Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

I’ve heard Liz Czukas’ books described multiple times as fluffy in the best possible way and I consider that such a compliment. It’s difficult to write a book that’s lighter in tone without crossing the line into superficial. Her latest book, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, was just released to rave reviews from the blogger community and I can’t wait to read that one either.

 

Holier Than Thou-edited 2Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

I already included Laura Buzo in my list of top ten authors I discovered in 2014 and with good reason. She’s able to write characters in such a relatable way. I already loved her debut novel, and this one actually speaks more to me, so I’m expecting big things. The MC is a bit older and she’s on the cusp of having everything she’s ever wanted when tragedy strikes for her. Sounds perfect. Well, for everyone but her.

 

Well that’s it for Part 2. Hopefully you guys have gotten to know me a bit better through these posts. I’m really looking forward to getting some full reviews up here soon, once the exam period is over.

Have you read any of these titles? What’s on your TBR that you’re hoping to get to soon? Feel free to play along with me and give me your list according to your name.

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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This is a list of new (to me) authors that I first read this past year. Some of them were just making their literary debuts while others had been around for a while and I was just slow to catch on.

 Emery Lord

I’d actually been anticipating her debut from the time the synopsis was released. Right away I knew it would be my type of book, and I was so right.  What I loved about Open Road Summer was that she took the harder road and made the story about Reagan and not Lilah, the country star. It’s not about the perky singer, instead it’s about the prickly best friend and that’s what made the book. That way she was able to focus more on the character of Reagan, and not wholly on the glamour of the celebrity lifestyle. This is what makes a book stay with you.

Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life actually came out in 2013 and I immediately heard great things, but for some reason I was slow to pick it up. Once I finally read it, I was blown away. If I had to compare it to anything it would be my favourite Sarah Dessen novels with a cute romance, fun side characters and emotional depth. I’m so glad I discovered Leila Sales’ work this past year.

Katie Finn

This is where I start to cheat a little bit. For those of you that don’t know, Katie Finn is actually Morgan Matson, author of some of my all time favourite books. HOWEVER this was my first official book by Katie Finn. This is the book you read after the last one tore your heart to pieces. It’s a completely different vibe from a MM book, basically all fun and shenanigans. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

Heather Demetrios

I’m actually the last person you’ll ever find watching that show Infinity Kids and Counting or whatever the latest iteration is (no judgment I promise, you should see what I DO watch) but I was completely hooked when I read Heather’s Something Real. I loved how it brought us into all the drama behind the camera, because no matter what we see on tv, there’s always another story. I can’t wait to read more from her.

Tahereh Mafi

Yes I’m the last person to read the Shatter Me series. I wanted to wait until all the books were out, and even then it seemingly took me forever. I’d already been stalking Tahereh and her amazing style on twitter for over a year beforehand. Her writing style is very different. It can be fractured and overly-metaphorical, but in the end it’s what made me love her. Once I got used to it, it was essential to my reading experience. Every emotion was multiplied by a thousand. I loved her entire series.

Kasie West

This past year I read both The Distance Between Us and On the Fence with the former being my favourite of the two. I haven’t picked up anything from her Pivot Point series but I know I will. Kasie really knows how to write character dynamics. The Distance Between Us was full of tension and amazing banter. I can’t wait to see how she adds those elements to a book with a more structured plot like Pivot Point.

Laini Taylor

After hearing overwhelmingly positive things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I was in. Again though, I waited for the entire series to be released. I haven’t yet read the last two books in the series, but I plan on doing a complete read-through at some point next year. I loved the intricacies of her writing with the world she crafted. It was so different and refreshing from anything I’d read recently.

Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different was just one of those books that makes you go AWWW. I love a book with a good hook. Also apparently a good rhyme. Throw me a concept like “love story told from the perspective of everyone around the couple” and I’m there. She managed to give all her characters such different voices. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

Laura Buzo

Originally titled Good Oil in Australia, Laura’s Love and Other Perishable Items was a great read. I’ve rarely been disappointed by Aussie YA. It more consistently has a grittier, less glamorous take on life than you’ll find in other branches of YA. You get two distinct POVs and two completely different character arcs which is always a sign of a good author.

Suzanne Young

This past year I finally picked up The Program and really liked it. I liked the characters, I liked the concept. Now, I was not the biggest fan of The Treatment. To me, it’s as if they were written by separate authors and the second one wasn’t given any clues as to what book one was about. Still, I’ve become a big fan of Suzanne Young as a writer and will definitely be reading Just Like Fate.

How about you guys? Which authors did you discover this past year and absolutely love? Any of them on my list? Let me know in the comments below!

What Does That Spell? Part 1

My blog is still really new and most of you guys haven’t had a chance to get to know me yet, so I decided I’d play a little game. This definitely has nothing to do with not having a review ready to post or anything. Absolutely not. So for each letter of my name, I’ve picked a book that I’ve read and loved.

 

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

It was a toss-up between this and Second Chance Summer, which is one of my all-time favourite reads. I live for stories where the main character is taken completely out of their element and forced to rediscover themselves in a different setting. I expect I’ll write a full blog post about this one at some point because it really hit close to home for me. I’m making this book sound so serious but it’s also tons of fun because of The List. The List of things that takes Emily out of her comfort zone and changes her over the course of a summer.

 

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Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

This one was my first book by Robin Benway so I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up and the best word I can use to describe this book is hilarious. I so rarely read YA that is just plain funny. It was also cute and Audrey has one of the best voices I’ve read. This book is from 2008 but if anything it feels even more relevant now in the age of internet fame. Plus, I’m sure we all remember this song and the madness that followed. Poor Delilah.

 

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I will admit I don’t read a lot of adult fiction. You guys all know FOMO right? Fear of missing out. Well I love YA but there’s also so much else out there that I could potentially love and I’m afraid of never discovering so I try to branch out once in a while. The Rosie Project is one I picked up from a recommendation and I was absolutely charmed by it. It’s essentially a love story from the perspective of someone who is so analytical that they don’t believe in love, or at least not in their ability to experience it. Think Sheldon. Do yourself a favour and check this one out.

 

A Little Something Different editedA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A love story told from the perspective of everyone but the couple involved. This book was so refreshing and each voice felt completely different from the rest, which is so hard to do when you’re juggling every POV from an inanimate object to a nemesis. I read this one on a plane as I was heading to Orlando (DIAGON ALLEY) and it did just the trick to keep me distracted from the crying babies and hacking coughs invading my personal space.

 

 

Heist Society edHeist Society by Ally Carter

Ally Carter has a different style from every other author that I read. I don’t read her books for an in-depth emotional experience like I would Gayle Forman, but it’s not like you watch Ocean’s Eleven or the Fast and the Furious movies for character development either. Instead, she specializes in fun shenanigans and eccentric characters. She’s a great counter-balance for when you’ve just finished with some heavier reading. I’ve only read this first book but I think the entire series is out (unless there’s going to be a fourth one?) so I’ll be catching up soon!

 

Look for part 2 in the coming days, where once again I’ll be narcissistically using my name to list books. Part 2 will be a list of books I can’t wait to read.

Now I want you guys to do the same thing. Can you come up with a book you love for every letter of your name? 

Do YOU Audio?

I have a confession to make. I’ve never listened to an audiobook. It’s honestly never occurred to me that I should even try one. I was talking to a friend recently, and the topic turned to long commutes. She was telling me how it takes her an hour to get to and from work every day and to pass the time she started listening to audiobooks. She’s actually just coming to the end of listening to the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones etc) on audio which is over 200 hours. NOW that may be more of a commitment than I’m looking for but I realized audiobooks could be the solution to my transit problems because….

I am that person who gets distracted by every little noise and detail of what’s going on around her. I actually feel super awkward when I’m on the bus heading to and from school because I’m absolutely paranoid that the innocent-looking 50-year-old lady beside me is reading over my shoulder and judging me with her eyes. No seriously. This is basically me the whole time as I try to concentrate on my book.

 

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This is why I have perfected the awkward reading angle where I shield myself from stranger criticism. It’s very subtle and looks kinda like this:

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So I’m starting to realize audiobooks are pretty great. If you’re listening to the radio while driving, all it takes is one bad song and you’re right back to noticing the guy who’s tailgating you and the other guy who’s changing lanes without a signal. I have a lot of driving pet peeves, but hey Montreal is known for its terrible drivers. BUT. If you’re listening to a great book on audio, then maybe just maybe you can tune all that out.

SO MY POINT. I actually just started my very first audiobook. I was about 60 pages into the Veronica Mars book The Thousand Dollar Tan Line and the format just wasn’t working for me. The voices in my head are a poor substitute for Kristen Bell’s lovable snark. I’m about 10% in right now, but look for a review of that one in the coming days. Also look forward to tons of peer pressure if you’ve never seen the show. It’s my specialty and it’s more or less in my blog name. You’ve been warned.

Bonus Content

 Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner wrote a post about using audiobooks as a motivation for exercise which you should check out. It’s a great idea if you’re better than I am at multitasking.

So what about you? Are you an audiobook first timer like me or a seasoned veteran? When do you listen to them and what makes you decide to do audio vs. print? Tell me your story!

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This is a list of the books I’m most excited to read next year. It also happens to be my first real post on my brand-new blog so it should also give you a better idea of what I like to read and what you’ll be seeing on here in the future. If you want to know more about any of these books, just click on the covers and it’ll bring you straight to the Goodreads page.

I was here

January 27th

 

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is one of my absolute favourite authors and I’m just so grateful I only have to wait another two months for it to come out. This book just gets to me. We’ve all had people in our lives who’ve made choices we can’t understand. This book is going to make me cry. I can’t wait.

 

I'll Meet You There

February 3rd

 

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

My friend Tiff basically forced Heather’s Something Real on me, not that I needed much convincing. I was already in as soon as I read the synopsis. What I love about the premise of this one is that it seems like we’re getting a fully realized male character with a complicated story of his own.

 

The Start of Me and You

March 31st

 

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

My friend Briana sent me Emery Lord’s debut Open Road Summer for my birthday back in May and it was seriously amazing. This new one sounds exactly like my kind of book, and with a nerdy love interest to boot. Don’t mind if I do.

 

 

All the Rage

April 14th

 

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

I’ve been reading her books for years and I’ve yet to be disappointed. She likes to tackle difficult subjects and they’re always culturally relevant (yes, even the zombies) but none moreso than this book. This book is quintessential Courtney Summers. It’s the book I always wanted her to write and didn’t even realize until this very second. Basically I need it yesterday.

 

Things We Know by Heart

April 21st

 

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

1. That cover needs to get on my shelves right now

2. A story of loss and healing and a guarantee that tears will be shed

3. This book now please

 

Saint Anything

May 5th

 

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Even I will admit that her latest books have not been great for me, but I always hold out hope that her next book will give me the same feeling I had when I first read The Truth About Forever. I love the way she crafts second families for her characters and those people are always the standouts for me so this one looks promising!

 

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

June 2nd

 

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

2 cups Little Mermaid, 1 tablespoon of bad boy with a heart of gold and a pinch of Pirate Regatta (I don’t know what that is but I like it) and I am all in.

 

 

The Devil You Know

June 2nd

 

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Trish can do no wrong for me. It doesn’t sound like something I’d typically read, but neither did Something Like Normal, and that blew me away. Cannot wait.

 

 

Emmy & Oliver

June 23rd

 

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Audrey, Wait! was a hilarious surprise for me when I read it last year. I can’t wait to see what Robin does with this one since it looks a bit more serious in tone. I love the idea of two people rediscovering each other after being apart for so long.

 

Tonight the Streets Are Ours

September 15th

 

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

If you haven’t already read This Song Will Save Your Life then all I can say is READ IT NOW because it was such a breath of fresh air. As good as I thought it would be, it was even better. I’m expecting big things from this one because I already love the title and the cover.

 

 

Now this is the part where I cheat and add two bonus books! The first is a novella sequel and the second is my most-anticipated 2015 fantasy since I went a little overboard with the contemporary on here.

 

Please Remain Calm

January 20th

 

Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

I could not leave this one off the list. This Is Not a Test is my favourite Courtney Summers novel. It’s a book about zombies and it’s also a book that has nothing to do with zombies. My only complaint is that this won’t be a full-length novel.

 

The Orphan Queen

March 10th

 

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I know it’s not obvious from this list, but I LOVE fantasy. I’m a huge fan of Tamora Pierce, and I love me some Kristin Cashore and Leigh Bardugo. I haven’t read any Jodi Meadows yet (though I do own Incarnate!) but the premise of this one has struck me right in my Tortall-loving heart.

 

 

What are your most anticipated books of 2015? I’m sure I’ve missed 2 or 3 or 20 that I also can’t wait for so leave a comment and let me know what you can’t wait to read next year.

I finally did it…

Hey guys,

Welcome to my blog! This is something I’ve been talking about doing for years now. I’ve even had the site ready for close to a year, but something always stopped me before I put up a single post. I think I both loved and feared the idea of having something out there that was entirely mine. It’s exciting, but it leaves you open to criticism once it exists. It’s silly to obsess over that and maybe that helps to paint a picture of the obsessively self-aware, neurotic person that I am. In any case, it’s happening and now that it’s out there I have no choice but to follow through, right? That’s what I’m hoping anyway.

Special shout out to Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner for coming up with my blog name  when I only had a tagline. Also giant thanks to TiffBrianaBetty and Magan and Estelle for a combination of endless encouragement and patience as I went back and forth about doing this.

Hopefully I’ll have some content up soon for you guys to get to know me better, but you can always check out my about me if you want to know more.