Summer Reading List 2019

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Over the past few months of the year, I have often looked at my bookshelf and thought “I want to read ____ in the summer!” Today, I have compiled that small and mighty list for you, which is made up of back-list books that I hope to read this summer!


The first book that I hope to read at some point during this summer is THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X.R. Pan. I am determined to read this one within the next few weeks, as it has been sitting on my shelves for a while now and I have heard absolutely phenomenal things about it. I don’t think I have read one negative review for this book!


The second book I want to read this summer is THE ONE by John Marrs. I semi-recently picked up this one for $15 at Chapters Indigo, but have yet to read it. I actually loaned this one to my aunt a few weeks ago, and she loved it (she told me it was one of the best books she has read in a long time), so I hope it lives up to my expectations!


I then hope to read THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne. I am going to try to read this one in August, but we will see if I can get it done earlier than that. My mom has read both this book and 99 PERCENT MINE (which I own but don’t plan on reading anytime soon), and like most of you, she preferred this one a lot more.


The fourth book I hope to get to at some point during this summer is WAR CROSS by Marie Lu. I picked this one up on Book Outlet (click here for $10 off your first order!), but it hadn’t really peaked my interest until I watched BooksandLala’s most recent challenge video. Late last year, I read and loved the first two books in the OTHERWORLD series, and this one sounds like it has a lot of similarities to it!


I recently picked up THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY at a local library book sale haul. I was shocked to see a copy in perfect condition at the sale, and I knew I needed to purchase it! I have read some great reviews about this book on Goodreads, and can’t wait to read it!


The last book I hope to read this summer is ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins. I have read one of Stephanie’s books before and really enjoyed it, so I hope to enjoy this one as much!


Those are the top back-list titles I hope to read at some point this summer! Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Good Night Book Owls!


Alyssa’s Reviews: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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Believe it or not, I have never read a Riley Sager book before! Riley is a critically acclaimed Mystery/Thriller writer, but even though I am a huge fan of that genre, I have still never read any of his books… until now! When I first heard about this novel, I knew I needed to read it, as it focuses on one of my favourite mystery tropes, a mysterious well-known building. And while I wouldn’t say that this is one of my new favourite thrillers, Riley definitely didn’t disappoint!


Synopsis (

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

HOLY… this book was one wild ride!

To be completely honest with you, throughout the beginning and middle of the book, I thought it was quite boring and dragged on a lot. I didn’t feel any connection towards any of the characters, and thought that I had predicted the ending of the book at the halfway point. It took me over a week to read just the first two-thirds of the novel, which justifies me saying that it seemed boring and slow. However, the ending was crazy and super unpredictable! I did not see it coming at all, and was so crazy to read about!

By far my favourite thing about this book was the writing. The writing was so clear and crisp, which made it super easy to visualize everything. Even though I thought the pacing was off during the majority of the book, the writing captivated my attention throughout the entirety of the novel. I also loved how there were little two-page snippets into the future at the end of each section of the book. The peaks into the future made the story super intriguing and even more eery as I read further and further.

Like I said earlier, I didn’t particularly love any of the characters. I don’t think they developed at all throughout the novel. I would have loved to have learned even more about them, especially since there aren’t too many characters that we read about in this novel.

Even if you are a seasoned Mystery/Thriller reader, I think you will still really enjoy this one, as the ending is super unpredictable and crazy. That being said, I gave it 3.75/5 stars, as I really enjoyed the ending, but didn’t really love the first two-thirds of the story.

Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a finished copy! If you are interested in reading this book, pick it up at your local bookstores now, as it is officially out to the public today!

Good Night Book Owls!

July 2019 TBR (& Exciting Summer Blog Plans!)

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Summer is going to be a fantastic time on RRR, and I cannot wait for you to read all of my future books! This month, I am going to be introducing THREE different mini blog series that will be taking place throughout the summer. Let’s get to my TBR, and then I will share them with you!


The first book I plan on reading this month is WE WALKED THE SKY by Lisa Felder. This one sounds super interesting to me, as it deals with parallel timelines and a circus! Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for the ARC!


After that, I plan on reading THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT by Tanaz Bhathena. I had the pleasure of meeting Tanaz at the Penguin Teen Social, and have been very excited to read her book ever since! Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for providing me with a finished copy at the event!


The new release I am most excited to read this month is WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power! I have heard fantastic things about this one, but am a bit worried about the massive hype this book has received over the past several months. I can’t wait to finally see if it lives up to my expectations! Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for the ARC!


I then hope to read THE ART OF LOSING by Lizzy Mason. I received this one at the Penguin Teen Social event as well, and am really excited to read it!


Next, I hope to finally read Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke! I have been meaning to read this one for quite some time (I even gave one copy of it away on my Instagram), but haven’t heard the best things so I have pushed it back on my TBR. I hope to read this one in July and make some opinions on it for myself! Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the finished copy!


The last book I hope to read this month is THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides. I have read amazing reviews on this book, and hope it lives up to all of the hype!


Those are all of the books I plan to read in July! Now let’s get to some summer blog series plans…


Over the next two months, I will be visiting a lot of independent bookstores throughout Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and am going to be taking you with me! I will be sharing little photos of the shop, as well as sharing my thoughts on it with you! I have been planning out this series for a long time, and hope that you will love it as much as I do!

Behind The Bookstagram

Due to popular demand, I have decided to make a four-part mini-series on all things Bookstagram! I will be taking you through my photo and editing process, as well as my captions and favourite bookstagram accounts!

If you like this, read this!
Month of August, EVERY WEDNESDAY

I have been really slacking on my book recommending, and hope to recommend a wide variety of books with this mini-series!

I hope you are excited for my summer blog plans! I have spent a lot of time on creating some amazing posts for you to read this summer, and hope that you will love them!

Good Night Book Owls!