3/31/15

Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is, as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is books that I have recently added to my (ever-growing) TBR.  I've tried to be quite selective with my book choices over the past little while, and even recently culled my Goodreads TBR; however, it's never possible to ignore ALL the beautiful books that are begging to be read and, as such, I have recently added the following books to my (rather large) TBR.

1. After You by Jojo Moyes
If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that reading Me Before You was one of the most profound book-to-life connections I've ever had.  I sobbed while reading the entire book, as my dad has the same spinal cord injury as Will, one of the main characters.  And now there's a sequel?  SIGN ME UP.

2. Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
3. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Both of these books were on my radar, but not officially added to my TBR until I purchased cheap e-book copies a few weeks ago.

4. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat loves this book so much that I couldn't resist!

5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
I was skeptical about this book, since novellas aren't always my favourite, but I've heard good things and I love the series so, so much.

6. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I'm still on the fence about this one... I added it after I finished Heir of Fire, because I've been craving fantasy this year, but still not sure if I'm fully ready to tackle this high fantasy series.

7. Falling too Far by Abbi Glines
My co-worker encouraged me to grab this when the e-book was on sale -- I've never read any of her books before, but this seems like a good place to start!

8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
9. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I honestly don't know what either of these two books are about, but I've seen them popping up all over the place, and have been craving good adult fiction lately, so I thought I'd add them to the list.  Besides, sometimes it's good to go in blind, right?

10. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I LOVED Legend when I read it way back in 2012Re-reading my review now is quite funny, as I closed by saying that I would be waiting in line for book 2 on release date!  I own the entire box set, and have had it sitting on my shelves for over a year; however, I still have not finished the series.  I was going to do so prior to picking up The Young Elites; however, Lauren @ Lose Time Reading's love for this book convinced me to grab a copy now!

Have you read any of these books yet?  Any that I should bump to the top of my TBR pile?  Thanks for stopping by!

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3/30/15

Marko Monday [14]

Marko Monday is a monthly(ish) feature, where I showcase a book that Marko has been loving, as well as an update on what my little man is doing these days!

Marko received a copy of Who is Driving last summer, but this book has recently exploded to the top of his favourites list.  It features a series of different animals, and poses the question "who is driving?" in relation to a bunch of different vehicles.  It's a good book to initiate discussion too, because there aren't many words, but we often make the story last by asking questions about what each animal says or what their names are.

Animals are hugely popular with him at the moment, as he loves learning the different sounds that each animal makes, and he is OBSESSED with driving cars.  When we arrive home from work, he loves having a few minutes to "drive car" before we go upstairs.  It's hilarious to watch him, and I also love starting the car the next morning, only to have my windshield wipers and turn signal immediately turn on!

One of the local parks has been under construction since last spring, but finally opened a couple of weeks ago.  We've spent a lot of time there, soaking up the sunshine and, in this photo, using our empty coffee cups to dig in the sandbox.  His little smile lights up my day!



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3/26/15

Life of a Blogger - Dreams


My good friend, Jessi, over at Novel Heartbeat runs this awesome feature as a way for her followers to get to know her better!  Check out the list of upcoming topics here.

Today's topic is dreams (the sleeping kind).  I don't often remember my dreams, but two that I have had on several occasions have stuck with me.  The first is a dream that my teeth are falling out, and the second is when I dream that I am pregnant.  Strangely enough, I have had the pregnancy dream dozens of times, but not since I actually WAS pregnant.  I remember waking up the next morning and feeling like something was missing because I was not pregnant in real life.  The effects of the dream stuck with me all day, rather than evaporating moments after waking.  The teeth falling out dreams are just as hard to shake, and have left me with a slightly creeped out feeling that haunts me for the rest of the day.  I've Googled what it means to have these dreams, and found this:

Dreaming about teeth falling out can signify:
  • Transition
  • Insecurity
  • Loss
Dreaming that you're pregnant can mean:
  • Growth and Development
  • New Ideas or Pursuits
  • Failure or Change of Heart
It seems like both dreams can have positive and negative meanings, so I suppose it's all in how you view the world.  Personally, I'm an optimist -- so I'm going to assume that these dreams are indicators of good things to follow in my life!

How about you?  What do you dream?  Do you take the meaning of the dream to heart?  I'd love to hear what your thoughts are on this!

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3/25/15

On My Nightstand - March 25

I used to participate in WWW, but I don't think it's even running anymore, so I thought I'd run with my own version of this meme.  I recently posted about my struggle to write reviews and, ever since then, I haven't posted a single review!  It's been liberating but I do miss sharing an update on what I'm reading, as well as what I think about those books.  So, I came up with this idea to marry my old WWW posts with mini-reviews.  My goal is to post these bi-weekly, so that you, my dear readers, will have a somewhat regular update on what I've been reading!


On My Nightstand:
I've been struggling through Nabokov's Lolita for the past week as it's a book club pick for our meeting tonight.  It's so icky and disturbing that I keep finding excuses to do anything besides read.  Consequently, my house is really clean!  I finally decided to just read the last few chapters and call it a day.  On audio, I just started Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain and I'm really liking it so far!  It's told from the perspective of a dog, which is so refreshing and different, but also poignant and philosophical.
Shelved as Read:
It took me a few weeks, but I finally finished Heir of Fire!  It had some slow parts, but I also wanted to take my time with the story, since I know I have to wait until the fall for more Celeana.  After that, I blasted through two contemporary review books, 99 Days and Things We Know By Heart, and I loved them both!  I'll have full reviews for both of those books up on the blog next month.

Next Up Off the TBR Pile:
I'm going to try Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and I'm really hoping that I like it!  Lauren @ Lose Time Reading has already read it and, if I catch up and want to continue with the series, we're going to read it together.


What are YOU reading this week?  Please leave me a comment below!

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3/24/15

Top 10 Books from my Childhood that I Would Love to Revisit


Top Ten Tuesday is, as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Today's topic is one that is dear to my heart: childhood favourites that I would love to revisit.  I often reminisce fondly about my favourite books from childhood, and eagerly look forward to the day when I will be able to share my childhood favourites with Marko!

1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
This book holds a special place in my heart, and I wished that I could find a book that l could literally escape into the same way that Bastion did.

2. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Technically, I read these as an adult, but because they're a children's series, I'm counting them!

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
This series is probably the Harry Potter of my generation, and a series that I still love to this day.

4. E.B. White
I can't choose just one book!  I reread Charlotte's Web as an adult when I was teaching ESL, and the story still held the same charm, but Stuart Little and the Trumpet of the Swan are two other favourites.

5. The Wizard of Oz Series by L. Frank Baum
I read and reread these books so often as a child, and loved getting lost in this world.  I have been looking for a set that I like to add to my collection!

6. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
What childhood would be complete without a little Pooh bear?  I have a beautiful hardcover collection of all of the stories that I received as a gift when I was very young.

7. Serendipity Stories
I think that these are written by a variety of authors, and I have a dozen or so in my collection, although I think they might be out of print now.  Each story has a little moral at the end, and the illustrations are really pretty.  I loved Flutterby the best, which is about a flying horse who sets off to find out who she is.

8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Unless I have a daughter one day, I'm not sure that this series can be passed along to Marko since it's a bit of a girly book.  Although, who knows, maybe he'll love Anne's spunk as much as I do!

9. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Ditto on this series!

10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This is a childhood classic, and one that I really enjoyed!  I think I read it when I was 13 or 14, and I think I would have loved it even more if I read it at a younger age.

How about you?  Which books are you excited about revisiting from your childhood?  If you'd like, please leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by!  Thanks for visiting =)

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3/19/15

Life of a Blogger - Nature


My good friend, Jessi, over at Novel Heartbeat runs this awesome feature as a way for her followers to get to know her better!  Check out the list of upcoming topics here.

Today's topic is nature.  Honestly, I live in one of the most naturally beautiful parts of the world.  I'm surrounded by lush old-growth forests, spectacular mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  The West Coast of Canada is definitely the place to be for spending time out in nature, which is, unfortunately, something that I don't do as much as I should.

Back in the day, I used to be very involved with Girl Guides, and would hike and camp on a regular basis.  Then, when my then-boyfriend/now-husband and I moved to Vancouver, life just got too busy to fit in volunteer time in Guiding and, as a result, I stopped all my outdoor activities.  Nowadays, we still spend time at the park or throwing rocks in the river (one of Marko's favourite past times these days), but I definitely don't spend entire weekends outdoors like I used to.  I've always thought that I will get back into Guiding again but, in reality, it'll likely only be if I have a daughter to share the experience with.  In all honesty, I don't miss camping that much, but I do enjoy soaking in the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis, even if it's just out the windows on my drive to work, or while sitting outside in the sunshine during my lunch break at work.

What about you?  Do you spend time outdoors in nature?  What's the natural environment like in your part of the world.  Leave me a comment below -- and thanks for stopping by!

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3/17/15

Top 10 Books on My Spring TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is, as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I'm going to try to participate in Top Ten Tuesday a little more often this year, because I love making lists and hopping around to see other lists on the same topics!  Today's topic is my favourite of the bunch ... planning my spring TBR!  As part of my bookish resolutions for 2015, I set myself a goal of only buying books when I planned to read them right away.  So far I'm doing okay on this resolution, as I've read all but 2 of the books from my January book haul, but also acquired a pile of new books for my birthday!  So, this spring, I plan to get caught up on my new acquisitions, and read these books while I am still excited about them!

1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
2. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
3. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
4. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Then, I know that I will be buying A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas the MOMENT that it comes out, so this book will definitely be read this spring!

Keeping this list to eight books should help me to reach my goals!  Have you read any of these books?  Any idea where I should start with this pile?  Leave me a comment below!  Thanks for stopping by =)

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3/11/15

Book Haul [16]

To be perfectly honest, I've been in a bit of a blogging slump!  I had an awful head cold that dragged on for almost the entire month of February, and I was so congested that I could scarcely read!  Fortunately, I'm feeling much better now -- but this lackadaisical feeling has carried over into March, and I haven't touched this blog!  But what better way to jump back into blogging than to show you all what's new on my shelves over the past month.  I celebrated my birthday last week, and was lucky to receive some birthday money, which of course turned into a Chapters order!


The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
This is the first time that I've ever bought a duplicate of a book that I already own!  I purchased, and read, the e-book, but when I saw that it was out in paperback, I just knew that I had to have a complete physical series on my shelves.  I love love love this series so much!


The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat LOVED this book and, since I enjoyed her Article 5 series, I know that I'll like this one too.  Plus, I was super pumped when I found out that it's a standalone dystopian!  I don't see many of those these days, and it's been quite a while since I got lost in a dystopian world.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Lauren @ Lose Time Reading really enjoyed this one.  I loved Legend when I read it a few years ago and, although I haven't finished the series yet, I'm sure that I'll love the rest of the books too.


Fairest by Marissa Meyer
I was going to wait and buy this at the same time as Winter so that I could binge read both of them later this year, but I just couldn't wait.  I love the Lunar Chronicles, and I'm excited to jump into this one!


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I've had my eyes on this book for a long, long time.  The cover is gorgeous and I've heard really good things!  If I like it, I'm going to suggest it for an upcoming book club choice!


Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor
I read, and loved, the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.  I've recently succumbed to purchasing cheap e-books so this, as well as the rest of the books in this haul, are all e-books for my Kobo.


Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
My co-workers loves this series, and gave me a heads up when the first book was on sale for $2.99!


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
This looks like a fun, summery read, and it was only $2.99!


Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
I've heard mixed reviews on this book, but it's MORGAN MATSON so I have to give it a try!


The Diviners by Libba Bray
I started this one a while back, and set it aside when it was due back at the library.  I was liking it, but not loving it, so I picked up a cheap e-copy for whenever I feel like picking it back up.

Phew -- that's a lot of books!  Have you read any of these books?  Any ideas on where I should start?  Thanks for stopping by!

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