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BOOKSHELF TOUR 2019!

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

Believe it or not, on this exact day four years ago I posted my first (and only… until now!) Book Shelf tour (click here to see it)! To this day it is still one of my most viewed blog posts ever! I’ve been getting a lot of requests on Instagram to do an updated one, so when I saw that it had been four years since my last one, I thought it would be so fun to post to see how different my bookshelves look! I am still using the same bookshelves, but I am using a lot more of them now (in my basement my family installed a huge bookshelf, so I use about 1/3 of the shelves, and my Dad uses just over 2/3). I have acquired A LOT more books since the last time you saw these shelves, thanks to all of the amazing ARCs I have received from different publishing houses, my discovery of BOOK HEAVEN (aka BookOutlet.com!), and the fantastic releases that authors have been publishing over the past several years. As you can see, my shelves consist of a lot more YA and Adult books, rather than in my last bookshelf tour where I had an even mix of YA and Middle Grade. I hope that you all enjoy this tour!

DISCLAIMER: I have received quite a few ARCs (which will be indicated with an astric), as well as a lot of books that have been purchased for me from friends or family from gifts. However, most of the books (including all of the books I have purchased from Book Outlet) were boughten by myself. I am not making this post to brag in any way, shape, or form. This post is very requested, and I am publishing it purely because people have asked to see my book collection. 🙂

Key: Bold – Sent for free. Underlined – Reviewed on blog (I used to review most ARCs solely on Goodreads, since I didn’t have much time to write full reviews in the past) (click on the title, it will take you right to the review).

This is my bookshelf! As I previously said, it is a huge bookshelf unit that is installed in the basement of my house, and this is literally only one third of it! My bookshelf isn’t really organized in any way. Some shelves hold books that have the same genre, while some just have random hardbacks. The far left column only holds ARCs and books that i have received for free from publishers (as does a few shelves next to it).

These are all hardcover books that I have received from publishers for free. All of them were sent to me from Penguin Random House Canada, except for “Hello, Friends!” by Jerry Howarth, which I received from ECW Press TODAY!

The Productivity Project ● A Ladder To The Sky ● Once Upon A River ● The Dreamers ● City of the Lost ● Illuminae ● Binge ● This May Sound Crazy ● Salt to the Sea ● Unhooked ● The Skeleton Tree ● Someday ● Final Report ● Hello, Friends!

This shelves houses my XL-Paperback ARCs! Like the previous shelf (and all other ones on the left side of my shelf), I received these from publishers. Most of them are from Penguin Random House Canada, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster Canada and Raincoast Canada.

The Cruelty ● The Square Root of SummerFlawed ● Yiddish For Pirates ● Golden StatePiper Perish ● The Diabolic ● The Suspect ● The Hatching ● The Name Therapist ● Genius ● Everyone Brave Is Forgiven ● Holding On To Normal ● Her Father’s Secret ● Girls of Paper and Fire ● Once & Future

Most of these books were sent to me from Simon & Schuster Canada, Harper Collins Canada and Raincoast Canada from 2014/2015.

Since You’ve Been Gone ● Unravel ● The Defiant ● Chasing Before ● Servants of the Storm ● Black Ice ● Walking on Trampolines ● Me Being MeHit ● City Love ● GalgorithmThree Day Summer ● Kissing In America ● Like It Never Happened ● In Real Life ● Paper Weight ● The War Against The Assholes ● Wild Ones ● Don’t Fail Me Now ● The Unquiet ● The Scorpion Rules

Most of these books were sent to me for Simon & Schuster Canada, Raincoast Canada and Harper Collins Canada!

Walk On Earth A Stranger ● Zeroes ● The Last Kids on Earth ● The Rest of Us Just Live Here ● A Step Toward Falling ● This Is Where The World Ends ● This Is Where It Ends ● The Forbidden Wish ● Where You’ll Find Me ● Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here ● Rebel of the Sands ● Teen Frankenstein ● Charlotte Cuts It Out ● Snow Job ● The Last Boy and Girl in the World ● The Unexpected Everything ● Black River Falls ● Gap Life ● Scythe ● This Adventure Ends ● Ice Like Fire

These books were all bought late last year on Book Outlet! You can read the post that I hauled them in here!

Why We Broke Up ● Every You, Every Me ● Mosquitoland ● Looking For Alaska ● The Love That Split The World ● The Walls Around Us ● A Little Something Different ● Behind Her Eyes ● Firsts ● This Song Will Save Your Life ●  The Smell of Other peoples Houses ● This is the Life ● The Gates ● Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock ● Behind Closed Doors ● This Savage Song ● Before I Fall ● Like A River Glorious ● Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore ● Dumplin’ ● Crimson Bound ● Cruel Beauty

Some of these books were purchased on Book Outlet, while the others I purchased at Chapters Indigo!

An Anonymous Girl ● Leave Me ● The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ● Falling Into Place ● Anatomy of a Misfit ● Made You Up ● The Female of the Species ● A Madness So Discreet ● The Last Time We Say Goodbye ● Bellevue Square

This is another one of my ARC shelves. All of these books were sent to me from Raincoast Canada, Penguin Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada,  Harper Collins Canada, and Hachette Book Group! I will be posting a review of any and every book that has not yet been released on this shelf closer to their release dates!

Labyrinth Lost ● Worlds of Ink and Shadow ● You Before Anyone Else ● Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity ● Romeo & What’s Her Name ● Dare You To Lie ● I Do Not Trust You ● OtherEarth ● The Wren Hunt ● The Gauntlet ● LookerDryThe Field Guide To The North American Teenager ● The Black Coats ● The Meaning of Birds ● Love & Other Curses ● Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee ● You Must Not Miss ● Wilder Girls ● The Lost Property Office ● Eat Better, Live Better, Feel Better

This shelf is home to my all-time favourite “coffee table book”! Bibliophile by Jane Monet is a beautiful book all about… BOOKS! What more could you want?!

This shelf holds some of my all-time favourite books!

Cress ● Winter ● Fairest ● Insurgent ● Allegiant ● Four ● Dorothy Must DieThe Wicked Will Rise ● Yellow Brick War ● The End of Oz ● The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell ● The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns ● The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning ● The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms ● The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odessy

The next few shelves will all feature my hardcover books! I purchased most of these from Chapters Indigo or Book Outlet!

Caraval ● Girls Made of Snow and Glass ● Heartless ● If We Were Villains ● Because You Love to Hate Me ● Between The Lines ● Daughter of Smoke & Bone ● These Broken Stars ● This Shattered World ● Popular ● Red Queen ● The Fault In Our Stars ● Emergency Contact ● Two Can Keep A Secret ● Moxie ● The Chaos of Standing Still ● Isla and the Happily Ever After ● Warcross

First Life ● Forsake ● Soundless ● All The Bright Places ● Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend ● To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before ● Unbecoming ● Love and Other Perishable Items ● Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between ● Turtles All The Way Down ● Noggin ● Burn For Burn ● Stealing Snow ● The Afterlife of Holly Chase ● Two Roads From Here ● Althea & Oliver ● We Are Still Tornadoes ● Here We Are Now ● Tell Us Something True

Something Real ● Pennyroyal Academy ● The Iron Trial ● Curse Of The Thirteenth Fay ● Seraphina ● The School for Good & Evil ● I Will Always Write Back ● Stalker Girl ● The Truth Commission ● The Lost and the Found ● Pretty Little Liars ● The Body in the Woods ● The Screaming Staircase ●  Entwined ● Love, Stargirl ● Stargirl ● Hellen Keller Biography ● Who Was Walt Disney? ● The Giver ● Glittering Court

This shelve holds all of full series/box sets!

The Maze Runner ● The Scorch Trials ● The Death Cure ● The Kill Order ● The Hunger Games ● Catching Fire ● Mockingjay ● Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone ● Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ● Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ● Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ● Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix ● Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ● A Darker Shade of Magic ● A Gethering of Shadows ● A Conjuring of Light ● Lady Midnight

This shelf holds paperback dystopian, sci-fi, and a few thrillers.

More Than This ● City of Bones ● City of Ashes ● The Darkest Minds ● Otherworld ● The Diviners ● Across the Universe ● The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer ● Big Little Lies ● Gone Girl ● Twilight ● New Moon ● Snow Like Ashes ● Frost Like Night ● Divergent ● Cinder ● Scarlet

The shelf features some contemporary, middle grade, and non-fiction books.

Everyday ● Brain on Fire ● It’s Kind of a Funny Story ● What Happened to Goodbye ● Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour ● Anna and the French Kiss ● My Life Next Door ● Paper Towns ● Where Things Come Back ● Normal Girl ● This is What Happy Looks Like ● The Geography of You and Me ● The Mysterious Benedict Society ● The Fill-in Boyfriend ● Say What You Will ● Girl’s Best Friend ● 13 Gifts ● The Clique ● Best Friends For Never ● Revenge of the Wannabes ● Nancy Drew: Without a Trace ● Choose It and Lose It ● Show Me A Story! ● Falling up ● Make Up: Your Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success – Online and Off

This final shelf holds some horror/halloween-themed books, historical fiction novels, and some classics!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ● The Night Circus ● The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall ● Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer ● Dead Upon A Time, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die ● The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall ● Doll Bones ● The Perfect Nanny ● Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ● A Night Divided ● Red Scarf Girl ● Between Shades of Gray ● Prisoner B-3087 ● One Crazy Summer ● The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ● The Breadwinner Trilogy ● The Book Theif ● Stones on a Grave ● Small Bones ● Night ● The Wave ● The Great Gatsby ● The Hobbit ●The Two Towers ● The Fellowship of the Ring ● Lord of the Flies ● The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka ● Lord of the Flies ● King Lear ● The Catcher In The Rye ● Nineteen Eighty-Four

AND THAT IS MY 2019 BOOKSHELF TOUR! I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the books I own!

Good Night Book Owls!

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GUEST POST: Christene Browne, author of Philomena Unloved

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

Today I have a very special post I am eager to share. Just under a month ago, I was asked to share a guest post written by Christene Browne. Christene Browne is the author of Philomena (Unloved), which was released on September 25, 2018.

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Christene Browne is a well-respected and internationally acclaimed Toronto independent filmmaker and was the first Black woman to direct a feature film in Canada. Her documentary series “Speaking in Tongues – The History of Language” won the Visionary award at the Women’s Intl. Film & Television Showcase. Christene’s most recent short film, Mount Misery, won best film at Berlin’s Film Festival in 2017. She is currently working on a feature documentary on Toronto’s Regent Park – the oldest and largest Canadian housing complex as well as an animated film on the early life of famed Canadian author Austin Clarke. This is Christene’s second novel.

Her new book, Philomena (Unloved), is about a women named Philomena Jones who was born in the Caribbean and has been abandoned by her mother and left at the mercy of her grandmother who, after raising many children and grandchildren, is not capable of dedicating herself to another child. Love-starved, Philomena is easy prey. Not since Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye have readers been exposed to a heroine so in need of love. Abused by her pastor, Philomena begins a descent into mental instability. She leaves the islands for America, but ends up homeless and battling mental illness. Released from a psyche ward, Philomena is sent to a supportive housing facility for women. In this most unexpected of places, she finally realizes her dream of family. Reminiscent to “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest”, the women united through their damage, all sharing a history of abuse and sexual violence ultimately support each other and find tenderness. In the midst of the #MeToo Era, this story delves into the stories of women living on the margins of society and the violence that is inflicted upon the already vulnerable. Philomena’s story is poignant and unbearably sad, but ultimately uplifting.

Personally, I love reading about what inspires authors to write and who sparked their writing journey. Christene Browne has shared her writing inspirations with me, and I am honoured to share them with you!

As a human, I write because I need to write. The urge to write is (as it is with a most writers) is as necessary as the act of breathing, eating, or sleeping. It’s as innate and essential. Writing is a form of release in which I give life to the ideas, thoughts, emotions, stories and characters in my head. Writing is a form of communication, a form of therapy, a form of catharsis. It is primarily a dialogue that I have with myself.

As a citizen of this world I write to contemplate the beauty that is life and this planet and to underline injustices and inequities.

As a Black woman who is an immigrant to North American and someone who grew up on the margins of society in a low-income community, I write to declare my existence. As an invisible entity, I am in the process of constantly writing myself into existence. In this aspect, writing is a dialogue I have with society to say, I and people like me, am not to be discounted, dismissed or forgotten.

As a mother I write to convey my passions, reveal my moral compass and provide lessons and cautionary tales to guide my children and lead them in the right direction.

As a teacher I write to instruct future generations.

As an artist I write to escape from reality into creations of my own makings.

As a lover of everything, I write to convey the magnitude of my sentiments.

As a writer, I write because I must. I write to tell stories that need to be told, stories that I have never read.

The inspiration for my second novel, Philomena (Unloved) came from my encounter with a stranger. I would see this diminutive Black woman on a regular basis when ever I left my house to run errands in the neighbourhood where I lived. Something in the woman’s demeanor told me that she didn’t want to be noticed, she was content with her invisibility. This for some reason made her all the more intriguing to me. Every time I saw her I wondered what her story was. I wondered how she developed the skin condition on the upper part of her face that she always seemed to be trying to conceal with a wool hat even in the heat of summer. I wondered how far her seemingly directionless walks took her. I wondered about her living conditions. I wondered if she had any people in her life and if she was loved. The more times I saw her, my wonderings continued. At one point I was seeing her every time I left the house. I took this as some sort of sign. The universe was telling me that there was a story there, so I began to write it. I had never spoken one word to the woman since she did everything in her power to avert her eyes or even cross the street to avoid me and everyone else. Since I could not approach this woman, I decided to invent her story, imposing real circumstances and individual stories from my past on it. When I began the story, I didn’t set out to write the story of a group of survivors of sexual violence. Through the writing process I was lead to these marginalized women. As I was trying to imagine the trauma that the stranger may have lived through, the trauma of women who I knew started to speak to me and these are the stories I was lead to tell. I don’t remember if my contemplation on love and what happens to the human psyche when one does not experience love came before I began to imagine the stories of these women.

What it means to live on the margins of society, what it means to be a survivor of sexual trauma, what it means to live with mental illness, what it means to live without love all become the underlying premise of the novel. Philomena Jones much like Pecola Breedlove of The Bluest Eye is an unloved child. In Philomena (Unloved) this child grows up and must deal with the all the trauma from her past. This trauma is inescapable.

Thanks to Christene Browne for sharing her inspirational story and what inspires her to write and what inspired her to write Philomena (Unloved). You can purchase a copy of this story here.

Good Night Book Owls!

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READING, READING, READING TURNS FIVE & GIVEAWAY (OPEN)!

WELCOME BACK TO READING, READING, READING!!!!!

Guess what today is?!

December 8, 2018, marks the FIVE YEAR anniversary of the creation of Reading, Reading, Reading! I cannot believe that I am still writing on this book blog for all of you amazing people to read! Reading has always been a huge passion of mine, and I am so thankful that so many of you come back to read all of my blog posts. I am also very thankful to all of the publishing houses that I receive books from, and that trust me to read and review their books in a meaningful way. I am forever thankful for this opportunity.

In order to truly express my gratitude, I have decided to do a giveaway!

YOU will have the chance to win one $10 gift card for my favourite place to buy books… BOOK OUTLET!!! This giveaway is open to anyone in the world (just make sure that Book Outlet ships to your country before you enter the giveaway please).

Here are the ways that you can win:

You MUST follow me on either my Instagram (@ReadingReadingReading) AND/OR my Twitter (@ReadingReadingR). After you do that, you must come back to THIS post and comment the handle of the social media account you used to follow me so I can make sure you entered the giveaway correctly.

In addition to the mandatory entry on either Instagram or Twitter, you can add another entry into this giveaway by following my blog either via your WordPress account, or via your own email. You will only get emails for my new posts, and not anything else. If you do either of these things, please COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH THE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT USERNAME AND PLATFORM THAT YOU ORIGINALLY ENTERED MY GIVEAWAY ON so I can count your additional entry to your profile!

This giveaway will be running from December 8, 2018 (the day I’m posting this) until January 8, 2019. I will be announcing the winner on a blog post on January 13, 2019, and will be contacting you via your social media account (so make sure you check your DM’s on that day).

Thank you all SO much for an amazing five years, I’m so thankful for each and everyone of you!

If you have any questions about the giveaway, feel free to make an additional comment and I will get back to you ASAP!

Good Night Book Owls!

FINE PRINT:

1. No purchase of any sort necessary to win.

2. Following @ReadingReadingReading on Instagram, or @ReadingReadingR on Twitter is the mandatory entry. An additional entry will be added for anyone who follows me via their WordPress account or personal email address.

3. Giveaway is open to anyone internationally as long as Book Outlet ships to the country in which you currently live. Check this to find out.

4. The duration of this giveaway is specified in this post.

5. The number of eligible entries in this giveaway is specified in this post.

6. The giveaway prize is specified within in this post.

7. The number of entries received and total prizes available determines the odds of winning.

8. Winners must comply with all terms and conditions of these official rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements.

9. The giveaway winner will be notified by via the social media account they used to enter.

10. If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to reply to the notification email within the required time period {two weeks}, or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. 

11. In the event that a prize winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner by random drawing.

12. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and aponsor’s and administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the promotion. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

13. Void where prohibited by law.

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OPENING OF HILLCREST MALL INDIGO BOOK STORE!

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

My current favourite mall called Hillcrest has been getting a huge “Glow-Up” over the past year. They have added a ton of new stores including Old Navy, Lindt, and Honey, just to name a few! However, my favourite and most anticipated addition was the new Indigo (the biggest book department store in Canada)! It opened up last Monday, and over this passed weekend I visited it for the first time! The actual “Grand Opening” is actually this coming Saturday, December 1. With every purchase you make at Indigo @ Hillcrest on Saturday, you will receive a free book tote. Also, for the first 100 people that enter the store, you will get a free $10 gift card upon entry!

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The outside of the store was nothing fancy, it was just the logo for Indigo and IndigoKids.

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The inside of the store was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It was basically just different open rooms that have items from categories/themes (ie. YA books, Adult Books, Paper/Stationery, etc.).

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On the right side as soon as you walk in, Indigo features some Fiction and Non-Fiction bestsellers, which happened to be 40% off thanks to their Black Friday sale(s)!

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Like I said, there were a ton of great Black Friday sales that Indigo created, and many of them were featured on tables with beautiful center pieces for the holidays!

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Probably my most favourite part of the store were bookshelves with labels on them that featured some of the best books from the past few years. This one features “Heather’s Picks”. To read more about Heather and her book picks, click here!

Indigo also had a lot of 40% off items that were specifically for the holiday time. These include socks, hot chocolate, and mugs!

Indigo creates and purchases a lot of kinds of cards, including Birthday, Anniversary, New Child, and more! All of the boxed holiday cards were (are!) 40% off.

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Near the very front of the store, there is a section called “The Joy of the Table”. This section area features all things related to cooking/baking/food. All of the books and accessories featured were so pretty and nice to walk around!

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Indigo is home to some of the coziest home accessories, including candles and pillows! These were on full display at the new store.

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There was a huge section dedicated to picture frames and home goods (coffee table books, records, pictures, DIY shelves, etc.). This was one of my favourite sections to walk and peek through, plus it was my parents favourite too (yes, that’s them – hi Mom and Dad, I know you’re reading this!)!

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As in all bookstores, “The Paper Shop” was another one of my favourite areas! I am such a sucker for cute stationery and planners, so The Paper Shop always sucks me in no matter what time of year!

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A Room of Her Own” was a very cool new sections implemented in Indigo. It featured room decor that was more feminine, as well as some gender neutral items.

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The Wellness Shop” is a great place to look for Self-Help books, as well as items that will better your sense of self.

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As always, with snow and cold weather comes hockey season! While you should all know that I am a baseball kinda gal, I still enjoy the hockey season! Indigo had a lot of great hockey accessories to go along with some of their hockey themed books, and a few of them can be featured in the picture.

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Even though board games are not as nearly popular as they have been in the past, there are still a very fun way to have lots of entertainment without the use of technology! Indigo featured a great variety in their “Games and Puzzles” section.

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Both on the walls and on tables, Indigo featured a lot of bestselling and new Non-Fiction books.

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Near the back of the store close to “The Paper Shop” was a huge section of all kinds of Magazines, both national and international.

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And of course, my favourite section was the Young Adult section of the store! While I didn’t get too many pictures of this section, I was wandering in this area for several minutes, and I must say Indigo did a great job with it!

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Thrillers are an extremely popular genre in the book world, and are one of my personal favourites! A ton of popular Thrillers were featured on the $15 table, which is a fantastic deal for books that can retail over $25 CAD!img_8115

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Since this is a bookstore after all, there were millions upon millions of general fiction books, that fall into several different genres. Some were featured on specialty tables, while others were spread out onto the magnificently large shelves!

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Along with “Heather’s Picks”, there were also many “Staff Picks” featured all around the store. All of these books have an easy to remove customized sticker, put on by the employee that recommended the book!

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What I liked and appreciated most about this Indigo in comparison to other Chapters/Indigos as well as other book stores was the fact that there was a lot of open space, which made it easy to maneuver and walk around, even when there were a lot of people walking around at the same time.

Indigo is nationally known for its phenomenal section of Kids books, and this store had an entire section just for kids to pick books and sit around! They also had a large American Girl area, which was pretty neat.

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And that, my friends, was the Alyssa Cohen edition of a virtual tour of the BRAND NEW INDIGO IN HILLCREST MALL! I hope you all enjoyed this, it took quite a while to put together, but I LOVE the way it turned out! I am NOT getting paid to post this blog post, so if you feel like doing a good deed, feel free to share this with Indigo in whichever way you’d like!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for exclusive blog post sneak peeks and to be updated on what I am currently reading!

Good Night Book Owls!

P.S. There is no way I could leave this new store empty handed! Indigo had 50% off select box sets, so I picked up the box set of “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab! I have heard incredible things about this series, and the box set was an absolute bargain! I posted a picture of it on my Instagram, which you can see below!

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I hope that you all had a fantastic #Thanksgiving and #BlackFriday! I just made my first ever visit to the new @chaptersindigo in @shop_hillcrest! It was STUNNING. I will have a new blog post with a TON of pictures all about it sometime in the coming week! I recently made a huge @bookoutlet purchase from their #BlackFriday sale, and I didn’t want to buy any more books until literally 2019 because I bought so many… however, that didn’t exactly happen! #ChaptersIndigo has some PHENOMENAL sales going on this weekend, including 50% off (select?) box sets! I have been wanting to read the #TheShadesOfMagic series FOREVER, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Fortunately, the box set of all three books was 50% off, so it ended up costing me just over $30!!! I’m SO excited to start this series. Have you any of you read it yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts! #bookblogger #yabooks #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #boxset #booksale #bookoutlet #chapters #indigo #canadianbookblogger

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Halloween Books On My Shelf

Hi everybody!

Originally, I was going to write a post about my “Halloween TBR”, but I have too many ARCs to read to even begin to read a halloween-themed book. However, I just recently re-organized my books by genre, and I seem to have quite the collection of scary-ish books! I haven’t read most of them, but I will share where I bought them from and the summary posted about them on Goodreads!


The Pefect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

A few months ago I picked this book up from Indigo since I was hearing so much hype about it! I tried reading a few chapters of it, and I found it quite slow. I will definitely try and pick it up sometime next year to read.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

I purchased this book three years ago at a Scholastic Book Fair. I have never read a Holly Black book, but she has written so many interesting spooky books! I hope to read this book next October and hopefully it lives up to all of the hype!

The Ghost of the Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents’ death. But Florence doesn’t expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it’s too late?

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

“Take her out back and finish her off.” She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.
And that she must run.
In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.

Dead Upon A Time by Elizabeth Paulson

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she’s given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles — and if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . . .A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate’s world. She’s not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother’s house in the woods — and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can’t get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what’s happened.Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention — even though the girl’s stepmother would rather he didn’t. It’s up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that’s far from happy.

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots. But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette. Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . . 

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…
Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself. But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted. Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free. But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

If you are an avid book blog reader or book tube watcher, you must have heard about this book before! Not only is it Jesse The Readers favourite book of all time, but it is obviously a very popular book to read around Halloween time. I will definitely be picking this up next halloween (or even sooner) to read!


I hope you all enjoyed this blog post! Since I am just coming back to the book-blogosphere I have many ARCs I need to read and review, so I will not be able to read any spooky books this year. Hopefully next year, when I am all settled in, I will be able to read a few of these! Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Let me know what you thought about them in the comments!

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Reading, Reading, Reading Turns 3!

Hi everyone!

Three years ago today, I published my first ever blog post on Reading, Reading, Reading!

This blog has definitely changed my life for the better, and I am forever grateful to those who have stuck by me through it all!

Like last year, I’d like to thank you a few people for making me always feel motivated to write my blog posts! Firstly my lovely parents who comment on almost every single blog post. Next, my wonderful friends! Finally all of the amazing publishing houses I’m in contact with! Simon and Schuster for being the first publishing house to let me read and review books for. Harper Collins Canada for the amazing tweets, ARCs and Frenzy events. Penguin Canada for the amazing books. Raincoast Teen for the amazing events and monthly newsletters. Clean Teen Publishing for the awesome experiences and Facebook group! I’m sure I’m missing a few, but thanks to every single one of you!

A big thank you goes out to my Book Owls for all of the support I have had on this blog. I love you all!

In the upcoming year of 2017, I am going to try and post on a schedule so I don’t leave you all hanging with what I’m doing. I will be sharing with you my schedule and the future of this blog in January, and you won’t be disappointed!

Thank you all for the amazing times on Reading, Reading, Reading and I am looking forward to some amazing memories to come!

Good Night Book Owls!

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Alyssa Searches Search Terms #3

Hi everyone!

A while back I started writing posts for a series called “Alyssa Searches Search Terms” and I thought it would be fun to continue on the trend!


Alyssa Searches Search Terms is a series where I will be going through my search terms (6 per post) used on my blog, and be reacting/responding to them. For a few, I may answer them correctly but for the others I will be kind of “sassy”. The search terms are not modified and are exactly as searched in the search box. This should be fun! Let’s get started!

most disappointing books of 2015

If you want to read about my most disappointing books of last year, click here!

who says you cant do it read online free

Oh, but you can read online for free (illegally of course, therefore I don’t condone it!)!

interview readingreading blog

Sadly, nobody has asked me to do any interviews lately!

daniel chidiac ku mund ta gjelme

Who?! If you mean Daniel Chidiac, click here.

queen levana without glamour

I WISH I could see her without glamour!

becky g and harry styles stories

I think you’ve come to the wrong place!


I hope you have enjoyed my third post in the searching search terms series! Let me know if you ever get weird search terms leading to your blog, or which term you thought was the funniest!

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Good Night Book Owls!