5-Star Predictions: Fall 2020

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SO many new books are coming out over the next few months, and I have loads of them pre-ordered from Indigo already! However, there are a select few books that I believe will be 5-star reads, and luckily for me, I already have them in my possession!

The first book I predict will receive a 5-star rating from me is IN A HOLIDAZE by Christina Lauren. I have an interesting history with Christina Lauren’s books, as I have loved two and not loved two others. However, I hope this one is as great as it sounds! Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC!

The second book I predict will receive a 5-star rating from me is ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman. Believe it or not, I have yet to read a Backman novel, but since I am on a huge literary fiction kick, I picked this one up in hopes of reading (and loving) it very soon!

My third 5-star prediction is HIS & HERS by Alice Feeney. Like Backman, I have never read a Feeney thriller before. However, this one sounds super intriguing to me, and I hope to read it right before Halloween!

My fourth 5-star prediction is THE WOMAN OUTSIDE MY DOOR by Rachel Ryan. When I had first heard of this book, I was so intrigued by it, and I actually pre-ordered myself a copy to arrive on it’s release date. Fortunately for me, Simon and Schuster Canada so kindly sent me an ARC to read and review, and I can’t wait to start reading it!

The final book I predict I will give a 5-star rating to is SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid. This book has been everywhere ever since it was chosen for Reese’s Book Club, and I hope it lives up to my incredibly high expectations!

Those are the five books I predict I will rate 5-stars! Have you read any of these books yet?

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It’s Finally Fall Book Tag

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My reading and posting have been slowing down drastically ever since I started university, but I hope that as I get more settled and more comfortable with my schedule/routine, I will be able to begin reading avidly once again – just as I was able to do in the summer! I stumbled upon this book tag on Krista’s BookTube channel, and thought that I had to jump on it, as I love the fall season and have not participated in a book tag in so long!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng has one of the most well-written small town settings I have ever encountered while reading a book! Although this one did not live up to the hype for me, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books that are set in tight-knit towns.

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is one of the best books I have read all year, both for it’s fantastic writing and ability to capture so many emotions in a heartbreaking story.

Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I have not read many non-fiction books this year, but I am slowly but surely making my way through Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, which I am learning an immeasurable amount of information from.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

The Switch by Beth O’leary is one of my favourite books of 2020 thus far, and what made it so great were the amazing characters that O’leary created in this novel!

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!


Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer is one of my all-time favourite book series, that essentially are all based on the power of storytelling and the adaptation of fairy tales we all know and love!

The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager genuinely scared me at times, and I highly recommend it for the upcoming spooky season!

The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

The Flatshare by Beth O’leary may not be so short, but it is one of my favourite contemporary romance’s of all time!

Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

I have been wanting to re-read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green for ages, and since the movie adaptation is going onto Disney+ later this week, I definitely hope to re-read it sometime in October!

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

Currently, my favourite reading accessory has been my Kindle Paperwhite! Ever since I purchased it, I have been reading one physical book and one e-book at the same time, and while I never used to enjoy reading two books at the same time, I have been loving it ever since I purchased my Kindle!

I hope you enjoyed my answers to the It’s Finally Fall Book Tag! Feel free to share your answers to this tag, and share the link to your post in the comments!

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In My Mailbox #14: Exciting Fall 2020 Releases!

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It is very hard to believe that I have not written an In My Mailbox post since January! Crazy to think that at the time of me writing the 13th edition of this series of posts, we had no idea how insane the year would become. As a result of COVID-19, publishing houses have been sending out a very limited number of physical ARCs (luckily, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite, so I have been loving reading eARCs lately!), especially since most ARCs are printed and distributed from US warehouses, while I live in Canada. However, I have received quite a few incredibly exciting ARCs in the mail over the past three weeks, which I will be featuring right here, right now!

The first book I received in the mail was Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Date. This book was sent to me from Simon & Schuster Canada, and is set to release on October 27, 2020. This year, I have been loving non-fiction, specifically memoirs, so I was very intrigued when this showed up in my mailbox at the beginning of August! The concept of therapy is really interesting to me, and I hope to learn more about it though this book!

The second book I received was Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp. This book was sent to me from Raincoast Canada, and released on September 15, 2020. I read one of Nijkamp’s former publications, This Is Where It Ends, several years ago, and remember enjoying it, so I hope I enjoy this one just as much!

I then received In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren (insert screaming here)! This book was sent to me from Simon and Schuster Canada, and is set to release on October 6, 2020. Words cannot describe how shocked I was to find this inside of the package! I have only ever read Christina Lauren novels as either eARCs or library books, so I am thrilled to finally have one to add to my physical library! Here’s hoping that I enjoy this one just as much as I loved The Unhoneymooners!

The fourth book I received in my mailbox was Undrafted by Nick Kypreos. This book was sent to me from Simon and Schuster Canada, and is set to release on October 20, 2020. Kypreos is a former hockey player and current hockey analyst on Sportsnet (a Canadian sports network). He is one of my favourite hockey analysts, and I am very excited to read his memoir!

The final book I received from Simon and Schuster Canada was The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan, which is set to be released on November 24, 2020. This is one of my most anticipated reads of Fall 2020, and I even had it pre-ordered from Indigo! I am so thankful to S&S for sending me this ARC (among all of the others!), and I can’t wait to read and review it!

The second last book I received was Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen. This book was sent to me from HarperCollins Canada/HCC Frenzy, and is set to release on November 3, 2020. If you were a member of the online book community around 2012, you have probably heard of The Luxe Series, as it was an incredibly popular series during the “old-days” of BookTube and the book-blog-osphere! While I never read any of them, I really looking forward to Godbersen’s newest release!

The final book I received in my mailbox recently was Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson! This book was sent to me from HCC Frenzy, and was released on September 15, 2020. I have had this book on my radar ever since it was first announced, and I am so thankful to have it in my hands! I can’t wait to read and review it!

Those are all of the books I have received in my mailbox recently! Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada, Raincoast Canada, and HCC Frenzy for sending me these beautiful ARCs! I am looking forward to reading and reviewing all of them in the near future!

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A Different Booklist Book Haul!

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Near the end of July, I took some time to research independent, black-owned bookstores near my area. There aren’t nearly as many in Canada as there are in the USA, however, since I live in the suburbs of Toronto, I was able to find a couple in Toronto. The bookstore I chose to purchase from was A Different Booklist. Their online site was very easy to use, and they had a massive catalogue of books. While it took about six weeks to get my order, I was very happy with it, and plan on purchasing from them again in the future!

The first book I purchased was My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. I have seen this book floating around online and on shelves for the past few months, and obviously the cover and title caught my eye. I have heard some great reviews on this book, and since it is quite small in length, I will try to read it very soon!

The second book I purchased was The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Before The Vanishing Half , Bennett’s 2020 publication, took everyone by storm, I actually had her first novel, The Mothers, on my radar. I decided that since her first novel intrigued me a little bit more than her newest one, I would pick this one up and give it a try, and if I enjoy it, then I will pick up The Vanishing Half!

The third and final novel I purchased from A Different Booklist was Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. Last Spring, when this book was released, Bookstagram (especially my friend Jordan), was all over it! People far and wide were practically screaming through their computers about this book, so when I saw it on the bookstore website, I knew I needed to pick it up and try it for myself! I really hope this one lives up to my expectations!

Those are the three books I purchased from A Different Booklist. If you are able to, I highly encourage you to support local bookstores whenever you can, especially since we are still in the midst of COVID-19, and millions of small business will not be able to bounce back from this pandemic.

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Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker (eARC) | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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Wendy Walker is a very popular and widely enjoyed mystery/thriller writer that I had never read from before. I believe her previous publication was a YA mystery, which I don’t typically read. However, when I heard about Walker’s newest novel, Don’t Look For Me, I immediately knew I wanted to give it a try. And after I got approved for it on Netgalley, I picked it up on my Kindle right away!

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.
She doesn’t want to be found.
Or at least, that’s the story.
The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.
They called it a “walk away.”
It happens all the time.
Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.
But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

You know that fulfilled feeling you get after you have just finished a great book? That’s how I felt after reading this one! I have not read a mystery/thriller recently that shocked me like this one did, and I was so incredibly impressed by practically every aspect of this novel.

While this book is obviously very plot driven, the characters are very important in the story. Nicole, the daughter of Molly – the women who “walked away” from her family, is the main and most important character in this story. The plot follows her footsteps, as she is the key in deciding how the story will unfold. Her character was written so well, and she makes huge strides and develops a crazy amount in this novel. I also really enjoyed most of the other important side characters. There were quite a few of them to keep track, but that could have been because I was reading this novel alongside another one, which is something I rarely ever do.

Like I mentioned earlier, the plot twists in this book shocked me. I have not read a book in recent memory that boggled my mind like this one did. The twists and turns in this book were so well crafted and so unexpected, yet, they all made perfect sense in the end. Nothing seemed unrealistic, which is something I take into consideration when reading and reviewing thrillers. There was a point near the 70% mark of this novel where I sat right up in my bed when reading this, simply because I could not fathom one of the twists!

The writing in this novel is really fantastic and unique. The story is written in two perspectives, the perspective of Molly and her daughter, Nicole. Molly’s perspective is in first-person, while Nicole’s is written in third-person. This change in writing style was subtle, but made perfect sense once the story reached the last few scenes. I was never confused by the writing style, and appreciated how distinctive each perspective read.

Overall, I loved every aspect of this novel, and gave it 5/5 stars. If you consider yourself a well-read thriller reader, I would highly recommend this one, as nothing was easy to predict!

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My Exciting Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year!

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In Ontario, Canada, if it wasn’t for COVID-19, every single public school student would be going back to school tomorrow! Unfortunately, many school boards in Ontario have decided to postpone the start of school for another few weeks, however, I will be going back virtually starting tomorrow at a brand new school!

As many of you know, in June, I graduated from high school and officially earned my high school diploma!

For the 2020-2021 school year, I will be attending a local university in Toronto (not UofT) for an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in the English program! I am beyond excited to officially begin studying English full time, and cannot wait to e-meet all of my fellow book nerds!

To document the process, I will be sharing some posts semi-frequently about my experience as an English major. These posts will mostly share what books I have been reading, what classes I have been taking, and my overall university experience!

I am beyond excited to start my university journey, a dream that I have been thinking about my entire life!

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The First To Lie Review by Hank Phillippi Ryan (eARC) | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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Ever since I purchased my very first Kindle (more on that soon!), I have been making a significant dent through my 2020 Netgalley eARCs! Most of my Netgalley eARCs are made up on Mystery/Thriller novels, and one of my most anticipated from the bunch was The First To Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan.


Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

What happens when an undercover reporter gets in too deep? And when a practiced liar has to face off with her own truth—how does she choose her true reality?
Who will be the first to lie?
Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling suspense novel that will leave you breathless.

Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my high expectations. It was the book equivalent of the word “inception”, which initially sounds intriguing, but ends up being very confusing, exactly like how this novel played out.

One of my favourite, yet lesser read tropes in thrillers, is to read about individuals trying to shut down a shady or secretly bad company. That was my favourite aspect of this novel, as I enjoyed reading about the different secrets the main characters were uncovering surrounding Pharminex – the drug company they are trying to shut down.

I also really enjoyed the numerous twists and turns. About 40% through the novel, a major twist is thrown at the readers. Unfortunately, I was able to predict this twist. However, if you are new/newish to the mystery/thriller genre, you will probably not see it coming!

The writing in this novel was done very well, which could have been a problem in this book since there are multiple POV’s and timelines involved in this novel.

For me, what my 3/5 star rating came down to was the execution of the plot. While I enjoyed reading this novel, I found it way too unrealistic. There are certain twists in this novel that occur at the very end, and while I found them surprising, I also found them very strange and unrealistic. Since I enjoyed the writing of this novel, I would be interested in picking up another future novel written by Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC to read and review!

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September 2020 TBR

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I still cannot say if this year has been going by quickly or slowly, but I do know that this has been the wackiest and worst year ever, and I think we can all agree about that! This month, I am starting my first year of University, which I am incredibly excited for, even though my first year will be very different than literally every other freshman year in 100 years. But, hey, I’m part of history! Needless to say, I am not exactly sure how much reading I will be able to get done this month. Obviously my priority will be with school, but I will try my very hardest to read as much as possible.


The first book I plan on reading this month is Teammate by David Ross. If you know me in real life, you will know that my second passion besides books is baseball! I am a baseball fanatic, and because I always try to bring books into every aspect of my life, I started the MLB Book Club! While this book is not our September pick, I am still very excited to read it.


The second book I hope to read is When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. Cole is an incredibly popular adult romance author, but when I saw that she was writing a thriller novel with some aspects of horror (I believe), I knew I needed to pick it up! This book has just been released, and I hope to read and review it for you very soon!


The third book I plan on reading is A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson. I have actually already started this novel, but I put it down a few days ago to take a little reading break. I hope to get back to it as soon as possible, as I have been enjoying it thus far!


From there, I hope to read Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. This book has been getting loads of praise recently, which is why I decided to pick it up from Book Depository last month. I love this UK cover, and I hope this novel lives up to my highest expectations!


The fifth book I hope to complete this month is You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. I don’t think I have heard one negative thing about this novel, and since I found it in paperback on Book Depository, I knew I needed to pick it up! I definitely will be reading this book this month!


The second last book I hope to read this month is His & Hers by Alice Feeney. I have never read an Alice Feeney book before, but apparently according to many trusted reviewers, this is her best one yet!


The last book I will try my best to complete this month is You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria. I pre-ordered this book to arrive right on release day, but unfortunately I prioritized some of my ARCs, which lead me to spend no time reading this one. I really want to get to it this month, as I have heard some amazing things about it!


Those are all of the books I hope to read this month! I hope everyone who is going back to school, or has children or grandchildren returning to school (either in-person or online), will have a safe and successful return!

Good Night Book Owls!