Liebster Award ~ Discover New Blogs 


First off, I’d like to thank Naty from Naty’s Bookshelf for nominating me!  Please check out her blog when you get a chance! 

Here are the rules:

• Thank the person who has nominated you for the Award.

 • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

 • Nominate up to 11 people

 • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Okie dokey..here were go:

1. What is your favorite genre?

I actually have more than one.  But if I had to choose only one, it would be mystery/thrillers.

2. Which book of this genre would you recommend to someone who is trying to start reading it?

Ooo..that’s a tough one.  Either Gone Girl or The Girl On the Train.


 3. Is there a stereotypical plot from your favorite genre that you dislike?

Hmm..no not really.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have read books in this genre that haven’t been repeated..yet..

 4. Do you have a guilty pleasure book?

Yes..children’s books.  Lol.  I love Robert Munsch.  Especially The Paper Bag Princess.

 5. What is your favorite movie?

I’m a fan of Tim Burton, and my 2 favourite movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.

 6. What is your favorite color?

Blue.

 7. Do you have a system to organize your bookshelf?

Yes! I like to organize my books in alphabetical order by author last name.

 8. Which fictional character would you take to be your partner in adventures?

Good question! I would take Hermoine Granger.  She’s loyal, clever and logical.  Plus, she has a magic wand which could come in handy! 

9. What are you currently reading?

The Child by Fiona Barton

10. What is your bookish pet peeve?

My pet peeves..ooh, I hate predictable plots & endings.  It ruins the whole experience.  Overly descriptive stories bug me as well.  I end up getting bored and frustrated.

 11. Do you have a favorite author?

Yes!  Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss & J.K  Rowling 

My Nominees

I apologize in advance if you’ve already done this.

Erica Robyn Reads

Books, Vertigo & Tea

Eldon Farrell 

Jessica Jesinghaus

Jessica’s Reading Room 

Heather Cilley

Dinh G

Emie’s Nook 

Very Biased Reviewer 

Restless Soul

Chloe’s Books Blog

 
My Questions (copy & paste)

1. What is your favourite genre?

2. Who is your favourite villain?

3.  If you could be a character from a book, who would it be & why?

4.  Who is your favourite author?

5.  What are you currently reading? And are you liking it so far?

6.  Which genre do you absolutely hate?

7.  How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?

8.  What are your bookish pet peeves?

9.  Which do you prefer: Hardcover, Paperback or ebook?

10.  Have you ever bought a book without reading the description?

11. Where is your favourite place to read?

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[#BookTag] Inside & Out @ericarobyn

Hello bookworms! Wow..it’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag.  Thanks @Erica Robyn Reads for tagging me.   Feel free to participate!  Please tag me in your post so I can see your answers. 🤓

Let’s begin, shall we?!

1. Inside flap/back of the booksummaries: Too much info or not enough? 

I always read the inside flap or the back, since I’m always interested to know what the book is about.  Sometimes I do find it lengthier then it needs to be.

2. New book: What form do you want it in?

I prefer trade paperback.  But lately, I’ve been reading ebooks for convenience.  

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

*gasp* OMG! No! I most certainly do not scribble in my books.  Because of my OCD, I like keeping my books in mint condition and looking like it was never cracked open.  I know..I’m crazy right?  But this is the beauty of ebooks.  You can highlight, bookmark, change fonts, etc.

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

Nope.  Gender doesn’t matter to me. As long as the story is good and it was well-written.  If I’m unsure whether the author is male or female, I usually Google them 😊.

5. Ever read ahead? Have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

OMG, yea.  I don’t do it often, but sometimes I get so into the book that I just want to know how it all ends.

6. Organised bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Organized in alphabetical order according to author’s last name. 

7. Have you ever purchases a book based on the cover alone?

No, not yet.  Since books can be pricey, I need to know what it’s about and whether or not I’ll be interested in it before purchasing.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?  

To be honest, I’m not much of an outdoor kinda gal.  I can’t stand bugs, especially flying ones.  So I like to read indoors..at my desk at work, or in bed fire I go to sleep.

What’s your reading style?  Do we have anything in common?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #INWAYR

Hello Everyone! It’s Monday..How was everybody’s weekend? Here in Canada it’s a long weekend. Today is Family Day.  A day the government created for families to spend the day together.  If you ask me, families should be spending as much time together as possible.  Creating a statutory holiday for that sole purpose was kind of unnecessary.  But hey, what do I know?!

Personally, I hate long weekends.  Most stores are closed and since I live in Niagara (tourist hotspot), it gets really busy here.

Anyhoo..IMWAYR was created by BookDate and features what you have been, are or about to read.

My Current Read..still..

I should’ve been done by now, but life has been busy and all 4 of my kids are sick right now 😞.  But I will finish it soon..so stay tuned for my review.

Up Next


I got a nice surprise when I opened my email today from Netgalley. My request for Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. 

Looks like I’m gonna have told hold off on The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter.

Have you read The Bone Witch? Thoughts?

What are you reading?


Standalone Sunday || 2•19•17

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend.  It’s my youngest son’s birthday tomorrow, so I’ve been busy finding gluten-free ingredients to make his birthday cake.

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan @bookslayerreads which features a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend.

If you want to join in the fun, head on over to her fabulous blog and add your link in the comments.

My feature for this week..drum roll.. 


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Quotes:

“For you, a thousand times over.”

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.” 

Synopsis:

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Goodreads

Have you read this book or watched the movie? What did you think?


[Book Memes] Waiting On Wednesday #WOW #Thriller #PsychologicalSuspense @PaulaHWrites

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking The Spine  that features upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting.

My want-to-read is Paula Hawkins’ Into The Water.  I really enjoyed Girl On the Train.  So I’m excited to read this one!
Is it May yet?!
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Synopsis

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.


Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

-Goodreads

Did you read Girl On The Train? What did you think?

What’s your next anticipated read?

[Book Tag] Good Reads

I’m not sure who or how this tag got started, but I wanna thank the awesome Orang-Utan Librarian for tagging me.  
I love Goodreads! I discovered the site about 3-4 years ago while bored at work one night.  It has become my go-to source for book information.

I invite you all to take part in this fun tag.  Just don’t forget to tag me in your post so I can see your answers.  There are 12 questions, so let’s get down to it! 

1.  What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?


I won an ARC through Goodreads Giveaway! Cool right? I thought so too, considering I’m someone who doesn’t win a lot of giveaways.

2.  What are you currently reading?


I started this last month.  I know..I’m a slow reader.  But it’s hard to find time to read these days.

3.  What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?


4.  What book do you plan to read next?


The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter.  Even though this is book #8 in the series, which I just discovered.  I’m hoping it won’t be too confusing and can be read as a standalone.

5.  Do you use the star rating system?

Yes! 5 stars means I LOVED it and can rave it about it all day.  1 star means I hated it and want to burn the book.

6.  Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

No.  I don’t have time for it this year, but I will probably try next year 😊

7.  Do you have a wish list?

Duh..of course I do. 

8.  What book do you plan to buy next?

Not sure.  There’s so many I want to buy!  But I’ve had my eye on The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.


9.  Do you have any favourite quotes? Share a few.

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

-Stephen King

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

-C. S Lewis

10.  Who are your favourite authors?

Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, J.K Rowling & JRR Tolkien.

11.  Have you joined any groups?

Yes.  I belong to a few groups.

12.  How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

Not sure. Maybe 4?



[Book Tag] A Series Of Unfortunate Events

I have only seen the movie adaptation, but I recently saw this fun book tag on Erica Robyn Reads (which she created) and absolutely loved it! 

I encourage you to participate too! I always love hearing everyone’s answers.  Please remember to link Erica along with my blog to your answers/post.

Ok..so let’s start!

1.  The Bad Beginning- Name a book or a series that you had trouble getting into, but ended up loving.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

I literally read the 1st chapter 3 times before getting into it.  I feel like I had to be in the mood to read it, which is probably why it took a few tries.

2.  The Fire- Name a book that you wouldn’t rush to douse with water if it happened to catch fire. 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I don’t mean to sound insensitive, since this book was about a woman’s journey to finding herself again after her divorce.  But it really seemed like A LOT of complaining and whining. I hated it.  Sorry.  Just my opinion.

3.  The Orphans- Name a book duology, trilogy, or series that you wish had been a stand-alone book. 

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

By the end of this series, it just got a little ridiculous and felt like the author just added a bunch of nonsense in order to complete the story.

4.  Mischievous Schemes- Name a character (or characters) that always seemed to be up to something. 

Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

5.  The Eye- Name a book scheduled to be released in 2017 that you’ve had your eye on. 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

6.  Disguises- Name a book that you read and loved but would never have picked up if you had judged the book by its cover. 

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer & The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7.  The Villain- Who is your favorite book villain? 

Lady Tremaine from Cinderella & Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

I love fairytales. These women had a case of the green-eyed monster and were cruel for no reason other than jealousy.  

8.  Letters- If you could write a letter to tell your past self to read a certain book, what book would that be and why?

Anne of Green Gables by L. M Montgomery
This book was written by a Canadian author and follows the adventures of an orphan girl named Anne Shirley. She is sent to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert who are two older siblings. However, they had originally wanted to adopt a boy to help out on their farm, Green Gables.

Anne is a smart, talkative and imaginative little red-head who sometimes finds herself getting into trouble.

9.  Clever Inventions- Name an invention from a book that you wish was real. 

The Time Machine by H.G Wells

How cool would it be to travel back and forth through time?!

10.  Mob Mentality- Name a book that you read based solely on the recommendation of others but didn’t enjoy.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

While this novel was beautifully written, it was incredibly slow and boring for me.

11.  The V. F. D.- Name a book or a series you’ve read that is about a secret society. 

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

12.  The Sugar Bowl- Name a book that you used to own, but can no longer find. 

I don’t have an answer for this one since I’m still able to find and replace any books I used to have.

13.  Unhappy Endings- What book or book series did you feel ended badly or in a way that you did not like? (NO SPOILERS!)

Hmm. As much as I enjoyed All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, at the end I was like “WTF? That’s it?”

Same with Orphan Train by Christina Baker.  The ending was abrupt.

Have you read the books or seen the movie? Did you like it?





It’s Monday! What are you reading? #IMWAYR

Hi I realize it’s now Tuesday, but I’ve been a bit busy and kinda missed the mark on this one.  It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is hosted by BookDate and is a weekly post to share what you have been, are and about to read this week.

Well..I’m a VERY slow reader these days, so it takes me way longer than a week to finish reading.  It’s more like it takes at least a month or two.
What I read last:
The Twilight Wife by A. J Banner

 

Current Read:
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

 

Next Intended Read:
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

 
What have you been reading? What do you plan to read next?