April 2019 Wrap-Up

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This month flew by at a crazy speed, and among mid-term projects and religious holidays, I managed to read a few good books! While I barely read any books that were on my April TBR list, I still managed to finish most of my ARCs and read some great mystery/thriller novels!


The first book I completed this month was WHEN WE WERE LOST by Kevin Wignall! If you can recall, I mentioned this book in my March TBR, but mentioned that I had only finished about half of it. I finished the second half of this novel during the first couple of days in April, and ended up quite enjoying it! My full review will be up in June, as that is when this book is set to release. Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for the ARC!


The next book I read was YOU MUST NOT MISS by Katrina Leno. I read this book during Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, and since it is only just over 200 pages, I flew through it within the first few hours! You can read my TBR for Dewey’s here. This book was super interesting and crazy, and you can read my review for it here. Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for the ARC!


The next book I read was LOVE & OTHER CURSES by Michael Thomas Ford. Since I had been reading a lot of mystery/thriller novels, I was very happy to break it up with a contemporary! And while this one seemed great, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped to. You can read my full review for it here. Thanks to HCC Frenzy for the ARC!


I then rediscovered my love of Libby (an online book database connected to your local library where you can borrow audiobooks or ebooks from their app for free!), and borrowed THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena. I had heard some great things about this domestic thriller, but I didn’t really enjoy it. I predicted a lot of the plot twists and nothing really shocked me in this book. I gave this one 3/5 stars.


From there, I went on to read a YA mystery/thriller that has been sitting on my shelf for the past few months and shouting at me to finally read it! This book is ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus, who also wrote TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET (which I read in February and rated 4/5 stars!). I had heard that this one was a lot better than her second novel, so I had quite high expectations. Fortunately, I really loved this one and definitely fell into the popular opinion! This had a great story with a lot of surprising twists, and featured a great cast, but I thought that the ending dragged out a little. Overall, I gave it 4.5/5 stars!


The last book I read this month is THE LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing! This was my most anticipated release of April and decided to purchase it from Indigo instead of waiting for it to go onto Book Outlet since I was SOOOO excited to read this one! At the time of writing this post, I have not yet finished it (I just past the 200 page mark), but will definitely finish it before today is over! This book not only has a wild premise, but also has my favourite synopsis on Goodreads ever (you can read it here, it is purely spectacular, and whoever wrote it deserves a huge raise… this is how you write synopsis’ people!!!)!


Those are all of the books I read in the month of April! While I definitely could have read more, I am still very happy with this amount! I also wanted to make a small apology as I have not been posting as much as I had been over the past few months. In truth, I did not have many April ARCs to review, and was pretty busy with my personal life. In May, I have a TON of ARCs to read and review (I’ll be sharing them with you in tomorrow’s post), so I hope to be a lot more active on here! If you’re ever wondering what I’m doing when I’m not posting, follow me on Instagram (@ReadingReadingReading) since I have been super active on there lately! What was the best book you read this month?

Good Night Book Owls!

March 2019 Wrap-Up

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March was probably one of the best months I have had in a while! Every single week in March went by so quickly, and I was in such a great mood this month! Even though I was sick during the first week of March, I still managed to read nine books this month! However, unlike the previous two months, I didn’t really stick to my March TBR, but instead read by my mood.


The first book that I read this month was “Once & Future” by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. I went into this book thinking that it was fantasy, but it is actually very sci-fi. I still enjoyed it, but nothing about it blew me away. You can read my full review here. Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with an ARC!


The second book I read this month was “Again, But Better” by Christine Riccio. I had such high expectations for this book… and you will have to wait until the week of it’s release to see my final thoughts! Thanks to Raincoast Canada for providing me with an ARC!


I then went on to read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” and “Daisy Jones & The Six”, which are both written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I posted a dual mini review of both of these novels, which you can read here. I gave Evelyn Hugo 4.75/5 stars and Daisy Jones 3.75/5 stars!


After reading two historical fiction/romance novels, I felt like reading something much different! Since Mysteries/Thrillers are some of my favourite books to read, I picked up “Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I have yet to read there first highly talked about novel “The Wife Between Us”, since I have this a physical copy of this one. While I wanted to love it, I didn’t find anything very shocking or eery. Because of this, I gave it 3/5 stars.


I then finished “Hello, Friends!” by Jerry Howarth! I had been reading a few chapters of this book every night before going to sleep, so it took me about a month to get through. Since I am a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan, I was so excited to read this one! You can read my full review here. Thanks to ECW Press for sending me an advanced finished copy!


The next book I read was “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren. After finishing a thriller and non-fiction book, I was in the mood for something ‘light and fluffy’. I decided to pick up my eARC of Christina Lauren’s newest romance novel… and it did not disappoint!! You’ll have to wait to hear all of my thoughts closer to the release date, but let me tell you that this is definitely one that you should pick up if your into adult romance/contemporary! Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the eARC!


Then, I read “Opposite of Always” by Justin A. Reynolds. I had heard so much buzz about this book from the Frenzy Presents event and from many other bloggers. However, I didn’t love it and thought it was the definition of a “meh” book. This book is so up my ally, so I had a lot of high expectations going into it, but you can’t love everything you read! I gave this book 3/5 stars.


The ninth book I read this month is “Wicked Saints” by Emily A. Duncan. I was part of the blog tour for this one, so you can read my full review of this dark and magical book here!


The last book I read this month is “When We Were Lost” by Kevin Wignall. Even though this book is not scheduled to be released until the beginning of June, I was in the mood to read a YA thriller/survival story (that wasn’t “Wilder Girls… I’m saving that one for the summer!) and decided to pick this one up! Truthfully, as I write this (the morning of March 30), I am only 75 pages in, but I think I will be able to finish it before the end of the day tomorrow. I am very excited to continue reading this one, as I am loving it so far! Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me an ARC!


Those are all of the books I finished in March! I am really happy with how much I read, especially since I didn’t read anything until March 8th! What did you read this month?!

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February 2019 Wrap-Up

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Even though I only read six books out of the ten books I had on my TBR for this month, I would still consider this month a successful reading month! I read my first 5-star book of the year, and my lowest rated book was only 3.5 stars – which is not bad at all!

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The first book I read this month was “The Dreamers” by Karen Thompson Walker. I really enjoyed this book, and almost felt like I was reading magic. You can read my full review for this book here. Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for an advanced finished copy!

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The second book I read this month was “The Black Coats” by Colleen Oakes! This was my first 5-STAR read of the year, and I was not expecting my first 5-star book to be this one! This book was spectacular, and you can read my full review here. Thanks to HCC Frenzy for the ARC!


The third book I read this month was “Two Can Keep A Secret” by Karen M. McManus. While I did really enjoy this book, nothing about it surprised me. I was hoping for some exciting twists and turns, but sadly there weren’t many that truly shocked me. However, I still gave this book 4/5 stars!

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The fourth book I read this month was “Moxie” by Jennifer Mathieu. I read this book because it was our group read for the Fierce Female Reads Readathon! I posted a full review for this novel, which you can read here. In short, I loved this book and gave it 4.5/5 stars!


The fifth book I read this month was “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee” by Jeff Zentner. This book was released on Monday, and I posted my full review for it yesterday, which you can read here. Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for sending me the ARC!


The last book I read this month was “Chicken Girl” by Heather Smith. I featured this book in my latest “In My Mailbox” post, which you can read here. I thought that this book was pretty good, and gave it 3.5/5 stars. My full review will be posted next week. Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the advanced finished copy!


Those are all of the books I read this month! Thanks to the publishers mentioned above for sending me some great books! How many books did you read this month and which one was your favourite?!

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January 2019 Wrap-Up

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This month was a PACKED month for me! I started the month off with a week off, and then was rushed back into school mode by finishing several final projects and final exams. I had my last exam yesterday and I am SO happy to be finished with this semester and am extremely excited for next semester!

Among all of the chaos, I managed to read nine books, which I am beyond happy about! I read two January ARCs, two eARCS, three backlist books, and two classics!

The first book I read this month was “Bellevue Square” by Michael Redhill. I picked this up at Indigo, since over the past few months it has been in their front display with all of there top selling books. While the synopsis was very intriguing to me, I ended up really disliking the book. The story started off very strong, but ended up spiralling in several different directions and the ending made ZERO sense to me. I gave it 1.5/5 stars.


The second book I read this month was “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager” by Ben Philippe. I received an unsolicited ARC from Harper Collins Canada back in December and was really excited to read this book! I ended up really enjoying it, and posted my review for it earlier this month which you can read here.

The next book I read this month was “The Catcher In The Rye” by J.D. Salinger. I read this book in my English Lit class during December and I finished the last quarter of it in January. I did not love this book, but I still enjoyed it. I ended up giving it 3/5 stars.


The third book I read this month was “A Ladder to the Sky” by John Boyne. I received a finished copy of this book from Penguin Canada earlier this month and was highly anticipating it because I throughly enjoyed John’s earlier novel “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. I absolutely loved this book, and you can read my full review here.

I then finally finished “1984” by George Orwell. If you have read my previous TBRs over the last three months, you will notice that this book was on every single one of them! I began reading this book in October with a book group/club in my English Lit class and we finished it two weeks ago. While I thought I would love this book, and ended up disliking the second half of the novel. I gave this book 2.5/5 stars, but I still encourage you to read it, as there are a lot of important messages enclosed within the novel.


While finishing “1984”, I began and finished “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris. I was recommended this book a countless number of times over the past two months, since I have been reading and loving domestic thrillers. I fully expected to rate this book 5/5 stars, but was very disappointed with the story. It started off very eery and suspenseful, but I did not find anything very special about this novel. I gave it 3/5 stars.


Over the past three months, I have barely read any dystopian novels. And after reading “1984”, I was very interested to see what I would think about “Golden State” by Ben H. Winters novel. When I first heard about it, it seemed very “1984”-esque. I received an ARC of it from Hachette Book Group Canada, and was even more excited to read it after finding out that it was one of the January Book Of The Month picks. I enjoyed this novel much better than 1984, but I found this plot line confusing as well. You can read my full review of this novel here.


I have several NetGalley eARCs that are due to come out within the first week of February, so I wanted to read some of those during the end of January if I wasn’t totally swamped with school work. Luckily, I read eBooks very quickly in general, and since I had a few days free from studying, I thought it would be beneficial to take those days to read some of my eARCs! The first eARC I read was “Roam” by C.H. Armstrong. I received an eARC from Central Avenue Publishing via a NetGalley wish! I really enjoyed this novel and think that this is one of the most important books I have read in a long time. My full review will be out in just a few days!

Those are all of the books I read this month! How many books did you read this January? What was your favourite one? Let me know in the comments!

Good Night Book Owls!

December 2018 Wrap-Up

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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.


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

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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)!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!

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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!


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!


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


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!