12/1/16

December TBR

The year is almost over!  I completed my Goodreads challenge months ago, wrapped up my series reading challenge in October and my TBR pile challenge in November.  I only have one reading challenge left this year, which is Around the Year in 52 Books.  When I originally posted that I was joining this challenge, I didn't think that I would complete all of the challenges, but thought that it would push me out of my reading comfort zone -- and I ended up doing both!  I only have two challenges left to complete, and here are the two books that I plan to read:


I have seen the movie P.S. I Love You, but have never read the book.  I've heard that it's quite different from the movie, so I'm excited to read it!

With my Harry Potter re-read drawing to a close, I've already purchased the three novellas that were recently released, and plan to read at least one of them to satisfy the "read a novella from your favourite genre" prompt.

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11/30/16

November Wrap-up

Sooooo excited to see the year draw to a close!  December brings all kinds of fun, reflective blogging posts, looking forward to the coming year and, of course, our upcoming move!

The Books

Books Read: 7 (Dangerous Girls, The Hating Game, The Nightingale, The Husband's Secret, The Little Prince, Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Anthem)
Less than what I read last month, but I've spent close to two weeks savouring Crooked Kingdom, and I've already completed my reading challenge for the year, so it's nice to read at a slower pace for a change.

Books Acquired: 1 (Shadow Lands)
I'm overdue for another book haul (I don't think I've officially hauled the books that were listed as acquired in my wrap-up last month!  Spoiler alert: this book was sent to me by my wonderful OTSP secret sister =)

The Challenges

Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +2 (Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince) -- COMPLETE
TBR Challenge: +3 (Dangerous Girls, The Little Prince, The Nightingale) -- CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!!
Around the Year in 52 Books: Three more challenges completed ... and the ones that are left are pretty hard!
  • A book originally written in a language other than English (The Little Prince)
  • A classic book with less than 200 pages (Anthem)
  • A crime story (Dangerous Girls)
  • A book about books (The Hating Game)
  • A book about a major world event (The Nightingale)
  • A fairytale from a culture other than your own (The story of the Warsaw Mermaid)
You guys -- I signed up for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, fully expecting that there was no way I'd complete it ... but I'm only TWO CHALLENGES AWAY.  Seriously, only TWO.  I have to read a book that I've seen the movie of, but haven't read the book.  I'm planning to pick up P.S. I Love You, because I've heard it's excellent.  The second challenge is to read a novella from your favourite genre.  As I'm getting close to completing the Harry Potter series, I think I'll also pick up one of J.K. Rowling's recent Pottermore novellas before the end of the year.

The Blog

It's been a very quiet month for me, both here on the blog and in real life.  I didn't share too many posts, but I did start the month out with my November TBR (and read one of the two books I'd planned to read, but both of the back-up books that I planned to read if I had time).  I shared an On My Nightstand post and participated in the Tome Topple Readathon.

 The Other Stuff

November flew by and, in all honesty, I'm not 100% sure what I was so busy doing.  It feels like it was a hectic month, but in all honesty, I just remember lots of family time and errands.  We are gearing up for our move mid-December, and are getting the keys to our new home on December 7th, so there's been lots of planning renovations, looking at paint colours, picking out carpets and deciding on new furniture.  Plus making TONS of to-do lists.  My enthusiasm for bullet journaling was waning in early November, but with the move just around the corner, I rejuvenated it in order to have a place to track the million and one things that need to be done and taken care of before the end of the year.  Basically, we get the keys and my father-in-law flies into town to help us paint and visit.  Then he flies out and my mother-in-law flies in on the day that we move (she stays with my sister-in-law for the first few days, then comes to stay with us from December 22nd to the 28th).  Then, we have a nanny moving in with us on the 26th, which is exciting and a little bit scary at the same time.  I'm looking forward to (hopefully!) a nice relaxing week off between Christmas and New Years.  My office is closed for a couple extra days after Christmas, so I'm only using three vacation days, but get to enjoy 10 blissful days away from the office.  If you're looking for me, I'll be unpacking and organizing my library =)

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11/28/16

On My Nightstand - November 28

Recently shelved as read:

It's been a few weeks since I've shared one of these posts and, in that time, I've finished quite a few books.  The Hating Game and The Nightingale are two that stick out in my memory though.  I was set on plowing through the rest of The Young Elites series, but after watching so much depressing American election coverage and news, I opted for a lighter read.  I devoured The Hating Game, and loved it so, so much.  It's been a while since a contemporary really grabbed me like that, and it was sweet and funny and witty and romantic, and absolute perfection.

Brie @ A Slice of Brie read The Nightingale a few months, and raved about how incredible the book was, but how it left her a sobbing mess at the end.  I had had this one on my TBR for quite a while, and decided that now was the time to pick it up.  You guys, I was crying during the FIRST CHAPTER.  This book was incredible from cover to cover and it absolute tore my heart out.  If you haven't picked this one up and you love a good WWII story, or a story about two sisters who couldn't be more different, then please pick this up.

I also finished Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince on my drive home from work today.  I'm not sure that my heart is ready to jump into the final book, but I'm determined to finish my re-read of the series this year.

On my nightstand:


I'm slowly savouring Crooked Kingdom.  I chose this book for Tome Topple, and I'm not sure if I'll finish it by Friday, but we'll see.  It's been excellent so far, but my evenings have consisted of online furniture shopping and house-related discussions with hubby, with little reading.  Hopefully, I'll find the time to finish this one soon.


I went to this open house BBQ thing for work over the summer, and met a nice lady who was chatting about books with me.  She told me how she'd just listened to her first audio book, and what she had thought of it, and then gave me the audiobook because she didn't plan to reread it.  I've been meaning to pick this up for a few months now, and thought I'd give it a listen between Harry Potter books while I let my heart recover a little from the ending.

Calling my name from the shelf:

In all honesty, I don't know WHAT to read next!  I've put P.S. I Love You on hold at the library, which will be one of two remaining reads for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge.  Other than that, I've packed almost all of my books, and just kept out a couple of choices for when I finish Crooked Kingdom.  I'm thinking either Heartless or Empire of Storms.  Any suggestions?

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11/14/16

Tome Topple TBR!

Earlier this year, I participated in the Tome Topple readathon, hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes.  She's hosting a second round of this readathon, which starts on November 18th and runs for two weeks.  Normally, I don't participate in readathons because I'm not able to read all that quickly, but I love this readathon because it's two weeks long, and it encourages readers to pick up longer books.  Too often, as we try to meet our reading challenges, we opt for the shorter books and neglect those chunky reads that end up collecting dust on our bookshelves.  The focus of this readathon is books that are over 500 pages, and that's the only rule.  There are five challenges, but I won't be meeting all of them (and that's okay!)

CHALLENGES: 
1. Read more than 1 tome2. Read a graphic novel 3. Read a tome that's part of a series4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)5. Read an adult novel


The book that I'm planning to read is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, which is tome-worthy at 536 pages.  I loved Six of Crows earlier this year and I'm looking forward to finishing the series.  This will satisfy the challenge of reading a tome that's part of a series.  If I finish it, I might pick up Empire of Storms, which is also a tome, but we'll see.  I'm planning to savour Crooked Kingdom, so it might take me two whole weeks to read it!

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11/11/16

On My Nightstand - November 11

Recently shelved as read:


I finished The Rose Society, which I didn't love as much as The Young Elites.  I also finished Leave Me by Gayle Forman, but will have a review posted sometime in the next couple of weeks.

On my nightstand:


Since I didn't love The Rose Society, I had my husband choose my next read from a pile of books that I wanted to read before the end of the year (my wishful thinking pile!)  He picked The Midnight Star so I figured I'd finish up the series.  But after watching all the election coverage and hearing about so much hate and anger in the world, I needed something different in my bedtime reading, so I picked up a copy of The Hating Game, which I'm loving so far.  My bookclub picked The Husband's Secret, which I read a couple of years ago while participating in Epic Recs.  I was laughing at myself because I couldn't remember what the husband's secret was, so I knew that I needed to re-read the book before the meeting.  I'm listening to it on audio, and the narrator is incredible.  

Calling my name from the shelf:


I'm hopeful that I can finish up all the books above before next Friday, when the Tome Topple readathon starts!  My TBR post is coming on Monday.  I also have Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale on audio from the library, so that'll be my next audiobook before I get back to my Harry Potter re-read.  Brie @ A Slice of Brie loved it, and I can't wait to have my heart broken by this book.

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11/1/16

November TBR

Only two months left in 2016 -- holy smokes!  I find that my reading starts to slow down at this time of the year, and I think it's because I start to stress out a little about the number of books left on my planned TBR lists.  So this month, I'm taking a look back at books that I had hoped to read, while also including what I'm in the mood to read.


Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes is hosting her Tome Topple challenge later in November.  I'll have a sign-up post coming for that readathon at a later date, but I'd definitely like to dive into Crooked Kingdom for that readathon.  And I'm almost finished with The Young Elites, and I'm enjoying my binge read of the series, so I might as well finish it off with The Midnight Star.

In addition to these two, I'd also like to read Dangerous Girls if I can, as it's one of 16 books that I had hoped to read in 2016.  And, if time permits, maybe also Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince.  It's entirely possible that I may finish my re-read of the Harry Potter series before the end of 2016!

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10/31/16

October Wrap-up!

Another month come and gone, and we're drawing ever closer to December ... and my final move!  Super excited to see the end of the year arrive, and to be finally settled in our forever home, and excited that we now only have just over a month until we get the keys!

The Books

Books Read: 10 (Among the Enemy, Among the Free, How to Be Someone Else, The Undomestic Goddess, The Girl on the Train, Night of Cake & Puppets, Before We Were Strangers, The Young Elites, Leave Me, The Rose Society)
Finished off a series -- hurray!  And started a new one -- hurray!  I honestly don't feel like I read all that much this month, but sometimes I surprise myself when I add it all up!

Books Acquired: 6 (Empire of Storms, Burning Kingdoms, The Rose Society, Crooked Kingdom, Lips Touch and The Midnight Star)
With all of the packing and moving, I haven't bought too many books this year!  But there were SO MANY good fall releases, and many Indigo sales and specials and, well, yeah.  Things happen.

The Challenges

Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +17 (Among the Enemy, Among the Free, Night of Cake and Puppets, The Rose Society) -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
TBR Challenge: +3 (The Undomestic Goddess, Night of Cake and Puppets, The Young Elites)
Around the Year in 52 Books: Three more challenges completed ... and the ones that are left are pretty hard!
  • A book about an anti-hero (The Young Elites) -- I had previously assigned Mara Dyer for this book, but have switched that one to 16th book on my TBR list.
  • A book with food or drink in the title (Night of Cake and Puppets)
  • A book from Goodreads recommendations (Before We Were Strangers)
  • A book that takes place more than 100 years ago (The Rose Society) -- I had previously assigned Burial Rites for this book, but have switched that one to a historical fiction book

The Blog

Since last month's TBR was a bit of a flop, I started the month off with a much more achievable TBR goal (and read 'em both -- hurray!).  I also caught up on all of my review books, and shared reviews for Replica, Small Great Things and How to Be Someone Else.

The Other Stuff

Oh October, you were great and not so great.  I started off the month by embarking on a new project: bullet journalling!  My husband surprised me with a Chapters gift card as a thank you for my hard work on getting us moved and settled in, so I treated myself to a Leuchtturm 1917 journal, which is absolutely gorgeous.  I then spent the first couple of days in October watching YouTube and scrolling through Pinterest, searching for inspiration before I put pen to paper.  It's been a fun adventure so far, as I'm slowly learning what I need out of the journal to be more organized in my life, but also keeping it light and not making the bullet journalling into a chore.

Then, one Sunday evening, I overflowed a teacup full of boiling water and scalded my left hand really badly.  I sat with my hand in a bowl of cool water from 9:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m., when it finally felt like the skin was no longer on fire and I was able to sleep.  It was gross and blistered and peeled and was just all round icky, but it's finally healed now!  And I'm very careful with my teacup now =)

The highlight of the month, by far, was my trip out to Ontario for one the wedding of one of my closest friends.  It was my first time travelling alone, since I left my boys at home.  I missed them like crazy, but also enjoyed a little adult getaway and LOVED all the reading time on the plane.  The wedding was absolutely perfect, and it was such an honour to stand beside one of my best friends as she ventured into married life.

The second highlight of the month, by far, was Hallowe'en.  Although this is Marko's fourth Hallowe'en, it was the first one that he was really into.  We went carved pumpkins and he was really excited about dressing up as Chase from Paw Patrol.  Although I've loved every single stage along the way, I really feel like he's getting to be the age that will be the MOST fun of all.



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