Challenge Your Shelf: June 4

Prompt: Currently Reading

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Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart
(Release Date: June 7, 2016)

Goodreads Blurb:

A coward’s son, a merchant’s daughter, a young prince, a wild girl, and a half-dragon all find themselves refugees from their island home. When a plague destroys their home, they try to forge their own future. Along with a sinister wizard, they awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe. With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?

This is a book I am reading for NetGalley, and I am SUPER excited.

What are you currently reading?

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 3

Prompt: A Book About a Difficult Topic

I am a relatively lucky person. I don’t have any severe triggers, and the ones I do have are pretty specific, so I don’t encounter them often. That said, there are a lot of books out there that have made me really think about various issues.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (Goodreads)
This is a book of poetry written by a friend of mine that I made while blogging. It deals with some heavy topics, and I am so very glad to have read it, and so very touched that she chose to share this with people she doesn’t even know.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers (Goodreads)
This book is about rape and rape culture. If you don’t think rape culture is a real thing, read this book. I promise your mind will be changed.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Goodreads)
As a woman who has had only the most brief encounters with disordered eating, this book was really hard to read.

What this list lacks: books that tackle racism and issues that affect the LGBTQ community. I welcome any recommendations to remedy that!

What was the hardest book you have read, because the topic was just too much for you?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 2

Prompt: Favourite Trilogy

This was super easy for me. My hands-down favourite trilogy is the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant.

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Zombies, bloggers, bad-ass female characters, government conspiracies, nerdery to the extreme… this series has it all, and I continuously re-read it to visit the characters and the intense story over and over again. This is my brand new copy that my husband bought me at Christmas. Until I got these, I was reading library copies.

So what is your favourite trilogy, and why?

Stay bookish!

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June Challenge Your Shelf: June 1

Prompt: Summer Read

I don’t have a particular “kind” of book I read in the summer. If I am at the beach or hanging out at the park, I get just as much enjoyment out of a nice, dense fantasy novel as I do from a light and fluffy contemporary. So, for this prompt I am going to list five books that I really want to read this summer.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
I am so close to finishing off the Outlander series! I am really interested to see how the last few books go. I read Fiery Cross last year, and I don’t want to wait too long to move on, or I will forget everything.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I sent this book out for a traveling book project, and I am looking forward to reading it when I get it back with everyone else’s lovely notes in it!

A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
I was gifted this book a while back, and I came across it on my shelves the other day. I really want to read it, because books about books are awesome!

Armada by Ernest Cline
I am a Cline fangirl. I loved Ready Player One, and I have really been looking forward to Armada since it came out. It is about time I actually read it.

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
I am really scared to start this series… I am really scared to commit to another series. But I really want to read it. So I will read it.

So, bookish lovelies, what are some of your summer reads? Do you have one book you read every summer? Are you a light-and-fluffy summer reader, or an everything reader like me?

Stay bookish!

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June Challenge Your Shelf

I came across this on Tumblr, from a lovely follower. I decided to tackle it, starting this month!

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Welcome, Winnipeg Authors

I just wanted to take a moment and welcome anyone visiting as a follow-up to our discussions today at the Winnipeg Local Author Fair. It was lovely to meet all of you, and I look forward to reading your work and speaking to you again soon!

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April 2016 Wrap-Up

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What I read in April:

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (★★★★☆)
The Three by Sarah Lotz (★★☆☆☆)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (★★★★★)
Thorn by Frances Gordon (★★★☆☆)
No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank (★★★☆☆)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★★)
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall (★★☆☆☆)
Riders by Veronica Rossi (★★★★☆)
Pax by Sara Pennypacker  (★★★☆☆)
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (★★☆☆☆)

The Good:

I really loved Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire). I mean, come on, it is Seanan McGuire. I also finally read The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater) (since the last book was coming out), and I got a surprise love there, too!

I didn’t know what I would get going in to The Library at Mount Char (Scott Hawkins), but I got something good, because it ended up being one of my favourites so far this year.

The Disappointments:

The Three (Sara Lotz) has been on my radar for a long time. I was really excited to finally read it. Except that I really didn’t love it. Something about books written as other books (see, it doesn’t even make sense when I write it out) is very irritating. I was really disappointed in The Glittering Court (Richelle Mead), which is surprising because I adored the Vampire Academy series.

I was also mildly disappointed in Thorn (Frances Gordon). It was one I had grabbed at a used book sale a while back, and I was putting off reading it because it sounded SO good. And it wasn’t that good. Colour me sad.

In Conclusion:

Ten books is a respectable amount to have read this month, but I am looking forward to reading more in May.

What did you read this month? What did you love? Do we have any similar experiences?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Top Ten Tuesday: March 29

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

Today’s topic is about 5-star rated books, and has some options. I chose to kind of make up my own. My Top Ten Tuesday for today is Top Ten 5-Star Books That Went Beyond 5 Stars. And here we go!

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • All the Rage by Courtney Summers
  • Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop
  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

I went through my Goodreads from most recently read to least, so you will notice some of these books are recent and some aren’t. I also skipped books that weren’t the first in a series.

What are your five star reads that were actually worth more than 5 stars?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Farewell, Harper Lee

Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your art. I am so sorry for how you were treated later in life. You will be truly missed.

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About Damned Time

So, I am making a November resolution. In addition to the joys of NaNoWriMo, which I will be participating in this year, I am going to be reading at least one NetGalley book a week to get my pile down so I can request more.

Reviews incoming. Posts incoming. Awesomeness incoming.

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