December 2018 Wrap-Up

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

It is my last wrap-up post of 2018, which is always bittersweet to write (read my TBR post for the final month of the year here). This year was pretty good to me, but I hope next year will be even better! Before I start this post off, I want to thank you all for re-welcoming me back into the book blogosphere over these past few months. I’ve had the most fun I have ever had book blogging over the past three months, and I only hope I continue to love doing this more and more! I also want to thank Simon and Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, Harper Collins Canada, Hachette Book Group Canada, and ECW Press, among others, for fueling my love of books and offering me fantastic ARCs to read and review for you. This opportunity is truly a once in a lifetime kind of thing, and I cannot express my gratitude to all of you enough.

The first book I finished this month was “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab. I read about half of the book during the last few days of November, so I finished it within the first few days of November. I really wanted to love this book, as I have the entire box set. However, I ended up thinking it was just “OK”. I probably will continue on with the series, but definitely not anytime soon.

HELLO FRIENDS. This is Alyssa from the past (it’s December 4 when I’m writing this part, FYI). I JUST FINISHED “BEHIND HER EYES” AND OH MY GOD WHAT A BOOK, WHAT AN ENDNG, WHAT A CONCEPT. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME. SOOOOOOO GOOD. SOOOOOOOOOOOO FANTASTIC. HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ALL PHYCOLOGICAL/DOMESTIC THRILLER LOVERS LIKE MYSELF. THIS BOOK HAS A HIGHLY UNEXPECTED THEME/CONCEPT IN IT, WHICH I LOVED (NO SPOILERS AS TO WHY OR HOW IT IMPACTS THE BOOK… BUT READ IT IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT)! SORRY I CAN’T STOP WRITING IN CAPS LOCK, THIS BOOK WAS JUST TOO GOOD. READ. IT. NOW.

I wanted to take a break from reading for a few days after I finished “Behind Her Eyes” in order to digest and process what had happened in the novel. For Hanukkah, my parents bought me this GORGEOUS book that features a ton of fantastic illustrations and interesting facts about my first love… BOOKS! I HIGHLY recommend this book for any bibliophile you have in your life, although, if you’re reading this post you’re probably a bibliophile yourself!

The fourth book I read this month was “Watching You” by Lisa Jewell. I received an eARC of this book on NetGalley, and posted my review for it just a few days ago. You can read it here. In short, I really liked it and gave it 4/5 stars!

I wanted to try and read at least one “holiday” themed book during December, and I’m SO happy I picked “The Afterlife of Holly Chase” up! This book really pleasantly surprised me, as I was not expecting it to be this good! The story was wonderful, I loved all of the characters, and the ending was phenomenal! Obviously, I ended up giving it 5/5 stars!!

The last book I finished this month was “Looker” by Laura Sims. I received an ARC of this book from Simon and Schuster Canada. This book does not come out until January, so I don’t really want to spoil my entire review. But, I will say it was… interesting.

Those are all of the books I read this month! Overall, it was quite a successful reading month, and a great ending to 2018! How was your reading month this year? Let me know in the comments and/or send me a link to your December 2018 Wrap-Up post!

My next few posts will be all about my reading this year as a whole, as well as my 2019 Bookish/Blog goals!

Good Night Book Owls!

(P.S. I just upgraded my phone to the iPhone 8 Plus and I am OBSESSED with the camera/picture quality!! The pictures included in this blog post were all taken on my new iPhone using portrait mode with natural lighting.)

November 2018 Wrap-Up

Hi everybody, Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

In October I read a whopping eight books, but in November I only read one and half of two other books.

I was really busy this month with school and work, so I barely had anytime to read. I am also waiting for some ARCs and a huge Book Outlet package from Black Friday (haul should be up hopefully sometime in the next few weeks… if the package ever arrives…). Therefore, I wasn’t really motivated to read a ton in my free time. I know that December will be just as if not more busy than this month, but I have my winter break at the end of this month for two and a half weeks, so I plan on getting a ton of reading done then (more on that in a few weeks)!

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The only full book I read this month was “Girls of Paper and Fire” by Natasha Ngan. I received this book from Hachette Book Group Canada, and posted my review of it a few weeks ago! You can read my review here. In short, I really enjoyed it and am very excited for the next book in the series!

(Sorry for the quick pic… I just took it now in school HAHA!)

I started “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab a few days ago after I bought the complete box set from my new Chapters Indigo store, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far. The beginning was slow, but it is finally picking up. I am about half way thru the book as of 10:00AM on November 30th, so I will see how far I can get by the end of the day… maybe I’ll finish it!

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Like I mentioned last month, I am reading 1984 by George Orwell with a group for a school project. I am more than half way thru and I am really enjoying it so far! The world keeps getting more interesting, and I’m really loving all of the characters. By January I should be finished the whole thing, so I still have a while to process all of the details.


Sadly, that is all I read this month. I should have a lot more books on my wrap-up for December, not only because I have some extra much needed free time, but also because I will have a lot of new books and ARCs to immerse myself in!

How many books did you guys read this month? What was your favourite book of the month? Did you write a wrap-up and post it on your blog? Let me know in the comments, I love talking to all of you!

Good Night Book Owls!

October 2018 Wrap-Up

Hi everybody, Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

Before I start this wrap-up, I just wanted to thank all of you for coming back to my blog and supporting it so much this month. Even though I have not been blogging consistently for the past year and a half, you have all shown me a ton of support on this blog, as well as on my Instagram. I could not be happier and proud of all of my posts this month, and I appreciate all of you noticing how I have tried to chose “quality over quantity” and post a few blog posts per week with a lot of detail and depth, rather than post everyday with very rushed content. To be completely transparent, I was not exactly sure how many people would come back and read my posts, but I am so happy for all of you who did and are enjoying them week after week. I was shocked by all of the views and support I was getting during my first week back, and am still surprised by it today. It warms my heart more than you will ever know, and I wanted to thank you all for coming back to my blog.

This month, I read a total of 8 books!!! Pretty good for not reading anything since basically the beginning of April! I enjoyed most of the books I read this month a lot, and posted a review of every single one of them sometime this month. As I had previously said in my October 2018 TBR, this month was all about catching up on ARCs/eARCs I had received that were coming out in either September or October.

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The first book I read this month was “Dry” by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman. I was expecting to love this book, as it was on my most anticipated books of 2018 list. However, I only ended up giving it 3.5/5 stars. You can read my full review for it here!

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The second book I read in October was “Dare You To Lie” by Amber Lynn Natusch. I absolutely adored this book, and while I thought I was going to like it, I didn’t expect to love it this much!! Needless to say, I gave it 5/5 stars! You can read my full review for it here!

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Everyday by David Levithan is one of my favourite books of all time, so I was expecting to love “Someday”, the second (third?) book in the series. Unfortunately, it really disappointed me and I gave it 3/5 stars. You can read my full review for it here!

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I received an ARC of “Otherearth” the second book in this series a few months back, but I hadn’t read the first book, “Otherworld” before! I read Otherworld this month since the second book came out just last week. I loved this book very very very much and gave it 5/5 stars! You can read my full review for it here!

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While I loved “Otherworld”, I didn’t love this one so much… all thanks to the ending. You can read my review for it here!

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This month, in my english class we read King Lear by William Shakespeare. I am not a big Shakespeare fan and found the story very scattered. I also really didn’t like the ending. However, the use of literary elements was spectacular. I gave it 2.75/5 stars.

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In October I made a new NetGalley account and requested a few books to read and review. I was very fortunate to receive and read an ARC of “You Asked For Perfect” by Laura Silverman. Laura Silverman is a popular author in the YA category, but I had never read any of her books before. This book comes out early next year, so I don’t want to spoil any of my thoughts on it. However, I will tell you that I loved this book and cannot wait to post my review and hear all of your opinions on it once it is released!

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The last book I read this month was another NetGalley eARC titled “The Leading Edge of Now” by Marci Lyn Curtis. This book came out earlier this month, but my review will be posted a in a few weeks!


Thank you for reading about all of the books I read in October! What was the best book you read this month, and how many books did you read? I’d love to discuss in the comments!

Good Night Book Owls!

September Wrap-Up, October Blog Info and BlueJays Congratulations!!

Hi everyone,

Today I have an exciting post! This would’ve gone up earlier, but my all time favourite Baseball team the Toronto Bluejays just clinched the AL East Series spot, and are the AL East Champions! Here are a few pictures of me going to a few games this year! I also have a post of my first bluejays game experience, which you can check out here.

   
    
   

Now for the bookish apart… I ACTUALLY READ THIS MONTH! If you weren’t already aware, I was in a reading slump for the entire summer, which was depressing. But with school back on, it gave me more encouragement to read. I managed to read 2 ARCs.

    


I recieved both of these books kindly from publishers.

I’m not going to tell you how I felt about them, because I will be posting reviews for both closer to when they release.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

INFO: Daily Blog Posts will be back for October! Most will be related to Halloween, because all of us book lovers love a good scary book!

Good Night Book Owls!

June Wrap-Up

Hi everyone!

Today, I will be sharing with you my very sad June Wrap-Up!

As I said previously, I only read one book this month.

That book is Kissing in America by Margo Rabb, and sadly I REALLY didn’t enjoy this book. My review will be up soon.

Hopefully, you all had a wonderful time reading this month. Next month, I hope to read more!

Good Night Book Owls!

May Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

Today I am here with my surprisingly successful wrap up! I ended up reading 4 full books and half of another one!
At the beginning of the month I read 2 books, then fell into a reading slump until the last week of May!

My initial reading goal was to read my ARCs and I read 2.5 of them! YAY!


The first book I read was Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang! I read this for my english class, and I enjoyed it! Let me know if you guys would want to see a book review for it!

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The next book I read this month was It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini! I have a book review here, if you want to know my thoughts!

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The first ARC I read was Galgorithm by Aaron Karo! I LOVED THIS BOOK! Review will be coming very soon!

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I then read this ARC entitled Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash. I liked this book, and a review will be coming very soon as well!

Then I finished 200/400 pages of Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. At this point, I don’t really know how I feel about it. I will definitely be finishing this one in the next few days, and doing an honest review soon.


Those were all of the books I read in May!

Good Night Book Owls!

March Wrap-Up!

Hi everyone and welcome back!

It has felt like I haven’t been posting for a week and a half, but I scheduled the 10 previous posts 10 days ago, so this is my first time “live” blogging in almost 2 weeks!

Anyways, this month was a good month for me. I only read for the first 2 weeks of March and yesterday, but then kind of took a reading break to really focus on school work!

This month, I read 5 books, which I am quite happy about!

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I started off the month by finishing Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy! I don’t want to give my thoughts away, as my review will be up in a few days!

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Next, I read Hit by Delilah S. Dawson! Again, my review will be up soon, so I don’t want to give away any of my thoughts!

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Then, I read Sea Change by Diane Tullson, which I really liked and gave 4/5 stars! See my review here: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/sea-change-by-diane-tullson/

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I then read Hopes and Dreams by Steve Dougherty, for a project I’m doing Barack Obama on. I have gotten a lot of questions as to why I chose President Obama for my project when I am Canadian, but I thought that he would be an interesting choice. 


March 2014 Wrap Up: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/march-reads-and-april-t-b-r-s/


Overall, I had a good reading month and am currently 7 books ahead of my 50 book Goodreads reading goal!

Let me know how March was reading wise for you in the comments below!

Good Night Book Lions!