Alyssa’s Reviews – Someday by David Levithan

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Every Day” by David Levithan was one of my favourite reads of 2015, so when I found out that he was making a sequel and it was being published by Penguin Random House, I knew I needed to request it and read it! Thanks to the amazing people at PRH, I received a finished (!) copy of it, and read it basically right after I got it. I had really high expectations for this book, but I honestly didn’t (and still don’t) think that “Everyday” needed a sequel… but of course I had to read it!

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NOTE: This is the second (third? – I didn’t read “Another Day”) book in the “Everyday” series written by David Leviathan. Since this is a sequel, I may (unintentionally) spoil parts of the first book. If you haven’t read it, I would HIGHLY recommend it! 

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.
For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this.
But A was wrong. There are others.
A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to — and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world.
In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day What is a soul? And what makes us human?

The synopsis seemed very promising. When I found out they were going to introduce other people/another main character like A in “Someday”, I was really excited to read it and was looking forward to finally getting answers to my questions from A and other people like him. However, that is not exactly how the book went. While new people and perspectives were introduced (more on that later), it was mostly about Reverend Poole (A.K.A. “X”). Instead of acting like X was an enemy, I wish they would have joined forces and had a deeper connection. This would have added more character development to A, as well as give the readers answers to their questions.

That being said, I still loved and enjoyed reading about/from the perspective of the different characters. While a lot of different perspectives can sometimes make the book difficult to read/follow (like in “Dry“), Leviathan made each perspective seem very different, which, looking back, probably wasn’t hard to do since each character had a very different part of the story to tell and a very different attitude towards their circumstances. To this day, A is one of the most interesting characters I have ever read about. His perspective on life and the way people live is so interesting, especially considering the very unique life he lives. I know a lot of people didn’t love Rhiannon in “Everyday”, but I really enjoyed her character in both of the novels. Trying to love somebody when they are in different bodies everyday is a mind blowing concept. She developed a lot throughout “Someday” and she was very realistic about their unique situation and relationship she had formed with Alexander (her boyfriend from school). Nathan was also a very interesting perspective to read from. He was getting a lot of the harm from X throughout the first half of the novel, which was strange since he basically had nothing to do with the storyline, however it didn’t add any harm to the plot and made it everything that much more urgent. X was the most unique perspective to read from. Since I was so used to A’s way of life and his thoughts on the way he uses his life while in others bodies, it was interesting to see somebody “abuse their power” and try to make others lives miserable (this is NOT a spoiler, it is mentioned within X’s first chapter in the novel). The characters added a lot to the story, and were one of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book in the first place.

Of course, in a story like A’s, there will be a lot of different settings/places written about in the book. This can be hard to follow, since a lot of setting development needs to take place to fully understand exactly where the characters are. Levithan does this perfectly when picking places for the characters to go, especially since there are over/at least five places we read about between the four different perspectives. I enjoyed all of the settings I read about in this book, and while they weren’t detrimental to the story line, they were an important part of the characters meeting up and connecting.

Without Levithan great writing style, it would have been hard to follow the story and different settings throughout the entirety of the novel. The way he can seamlessly piece a crazy story together with his words is incredible. He has by far one of the best writing styles out of any other author I have read books from.

Even though Levithan has magical ways with words, there were still some parts of the book I found unnecessary. I felt like the middle dragged on a lot, and a lot of the minor details were not needed. It took me quite a while to read this book (or at least more time than the other recent books have), and I think it’s because of the small details that were not needed. While I enjoyed reading about Rhiannon’s personal life, a lot of the meetings between her and her friends were unimportant, especially since she had already made up her mind about not telling anybody about A regardless of her “relationship woah’s” with Alexander. Like I said, I would have enjoyed reading more conversations between A and X, or even Nathan and X. I think that would have added more detail into the story, and would have made it a lot quicker to read.

The ending of the novel saved it for me. I thought it was extremely well written, and I didn’t see it coming AT ALL. I knew Rhiannon and Nathan wanted revenge on X, but since they were originally just going to meet to talk, I had no idea that it would spiral into a much bigger event (no spoilers here!). It was definitely one of the best endings that I never saw coming.

Though the story is majorly about A and his life and connections with Rhiannon and the others, my favourite minor/secondary plot lines to read about was Peter and Liam. I absolutely LOVED their little story, even though it had no impact on the original story whatsoever. The ending for them was amazing, and I never saw it coming. I would be really interested in reading a book focused on them and their relationship.

While I did enjoy reading this book for the most part, I still don’t see a point to it. “Everyday” was such a great standalone novel, so I didn’t see a point in a sequel. I still had questions unanswered after reading the first book, but the questions about the plot line were better left unanswered. Since the second book didn’t really answer any of my original questions, it wasn’t as great of a book as I thought it would be.

I gave “Someday” 3/5 stars on Goodreads. To read my initial thoughts while I was reading the book, click here!

Thanks again to Penguin Random House for sending along a copy of this book, I’m so thankful for this opportunity!


Thanks for reading my book review! Have you read “Someday” by David Levithan? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts… tweet me @Readingreadingr and we can discuss!

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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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Alyssa’s Reviews – Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch (ARC)

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Normally, I am not a big YA Mystery type of reader, however this book may change that. “Dare You To Lie” by Amber Lynn Natusch is a new YA Thriller/Mystery novel that I requested and received from Raincoast Canada over two months ago. However, I just read this book last week and LOVED IT. By far one of the best YA thrillers I have EVER read. I featured “Dare You To Lie” in my October TBR, which you can read here!

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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

This book was INCREDIBLE.

I am not normally a huge fan of YA Thrillers/Mystery books, so requesting this one was definitely “out of my comfort zone”. However, reading this was a very rewarding experience, especially since I enjoyed it so much.

Originally, when I started the book, I was not in the mood for a high school story. Most of the ones I had read before had been been very easy to predict and included a very nauseating love story. But even after just 50 pages, I was hooked! The high school setting was great and very beneficial for the story. While we didn’t read many chapters about the school and Kylene’s student life, the role of the kids in the school was important in the story, therefore setting it at a school made a lot of sense.

All of the characters in this story were fascinated to read about, and contributed to my overall enjoyment of the story. I found that I formed a connection to the characters very early on into the story, which usually means that I will enjoy reading the book throughout the whole plot/story line. Kylene was a great protagonist and I loved reading from her perspective throughout the novel. The emotions she felt were expressed in great detail in the book, which made it much easier to read and understand how she was feeling throughout different events in the story. One of my favourite characters in the book was Kylene’s grandfather. While Kylene’s connection with her parents may not have been so strong, her bond with her grandfather was very special and you could tell how deeply they cared for each other. The absence of her parents (specifically her Mom) seemed hard to deal with for Kylene, but her Grandfather filled that void. I also loved both Garrett and Tabby, Kylene’s two best friends. They both added so much to the story and were a great support system for Kylene when she needed to talk out what she was feeling.

Even though Kylene’s parents were brought up slightly during the first half of the novel, I would have loved to have read more about both of them. The mothers’ story was easy to understand because it pretty much resulted in Kylene’s move back to her original home. However, I found Kylene’s fathers backstory quite confusing. I would have liked to read more about her Dad in the passed, and I would have liked to read more about the father in the present and seen him more involved in Kylene’s story.

Since this was a fact-paced YA thriller, Amber Lynn Natusch’s writing style may not be for everyone. It was an extremely fast read for me, which was mostly because of the pace of the plot line. I personally enjoy reading books where you really have to pay attention to all of the events going on in every chapter, or else you would not understand what is going on. Those types of books make for thrilling reads and really impressive story lines, like what is seen in “Dare You To Lie”.

This book also featured a lot of impressive plot twists, that I did not see coming AT ALL. The mystery aspect greatly contributed to the plot twists and turns throughout the novel. I am normally pretty good at predicting events in a novel, but this one had some very surprising ones that I did not see coming.

One of the only things I didn’t like about this novel was the ending. At first, I didn’t realize that this book was the first of a series, so the ending had me quite confused. There wasn’t any real closure in this novel, it only answered one main mystery, but left the much bigger one unsolved. I assume all of it will be solved in the books to come, but I wish we had a bigger hint, and weren’t left with such a cliff hanger.

Overall, this book was fantastic and I gave it 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads. To read my thoughts on this book while reading it, click here!


Thanks for reading my book review for “Dare You To Lie” by Amber Lynn Natusch! I haven’t read a YA thriller like this in a long time, so if anybody has any YA thriller/mystery recommendations, let me know in the comments!

Thanks to Raincoast Canada for sending along an ARC of this book, I’m so thankful for this opportunity!

Spooky Scary Book Tag!

Hi everybody and welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

With just about three weeks until Halloween, I thought it would be fun to participate in another book tag! Although I wasn’t tagged in one, I still thought it would be fun to do! If you have not completed this book tag but want to participate, I tag you (send me a link to your version of the tag and I will tweet it out!)!

I got this tag and all of the questions from “Howling Libraries”, you can check out her post here!


1. What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

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While you would probably expect me to go with a horror or thriller for this question, I actually believe that “Night” by Ellie Wiesel was the scariest book I ever read. The Holocaust in general is such a scary event, and it is even more scarier to me because I am jewish and have close family members that passed away because of it. I think the scariest part of this book is knowing that everything written inside it is real. There is nothing scarier than reading a scary book and imagining yourself in the narrators shoes, wondering if you would have even made it out alive.

2. Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

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The book (or in my case, series), that I always reach for during Halloween time is the Goosebumps series. A few years ago, my cousin was cleaning some stuff out in his basement, and stumbled upon over 40 Goosebumps books. Around that time, I was looking for some spooky books to read, and I figured Goosebumps were great “classic” scary books for young adults. In 2015, I created a little Goosebumps challenge to see how many of them I could read throughout the month of October. I believe I read about 15 of them, and they were all great!

3. Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.

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A book (or again, series) that I LOVE is “The Land of Stories” by Chris Colfer. This is my very favourite middle grade book series, and I still re-read them to this day. They are so magical, and really pull you into a magical world. (Yes, I am missing one but plan to pick it up very soon!)

4. Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series.

I don’t think I’ve read any books with a witch character that I loved. 😦

5. Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).

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For this question, I will go on the “bad” end of the spectrum. “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart is one of my least favourite books that I have ever read in recent history. I feel like this book is one of those where you either “love it or hate it” and there’s no in-between. I personally really disliked this book. Although it’s been a while since I read it, I remember not being able to understand anything that was going on, and I also didn’t feel any connection towards any of the characters.

6. Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?

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“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins is one of my favourite contemporary novels, and one that brought me such joy and warmth when I read it. The characters were so sweet to read about and were written with such clarity. Perkins overall writing style is one of my favourites in general, and of course her cute contemporary storylines are very comforting to read about whether you are in a haunted graveyard or not!

7. The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc).

I would have to say my favourite supernatural creatures to read about are vampires. Even though I have yet to find a book series about vampires that I love (still haven’t read Twilight…), I hope to find a good one in the future!

8. In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.

“milk and honey” by Rupi Kaur is one of the darkest book covers I have seen in recent memory!

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That’s it for today’s blog post! I hope you guys enjoyed it! Like I said, if you like this tag and have yet to do it, feel free to say that I tagged you and I will retweet your post on Twitter! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see sneak peaks of upcoming blog posts and to find out what I am currently reading!

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Alyssa’s Reviews – Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman (ARC)

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“Dry” by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, so when I received an ARC in the mail from Simon and Schuster Canada, I was so excited to read and review it! I knew the very basics about the plot, and knew nothing about the characters – other than the fact that the main protagonists name was Alyssa (we share the same name!). I featured “Dry” in a couple of my newest blog posts, including my October 2018 TBR and my seventh edition of “In My Mailbox“.

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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

While this book did not live up to my highest expectations, I still really enjoyed it!

Alyssa, the main protagonist, was my least favourite character in the book. During the beginning of the novel, I enjoyed reading her thoughts and perspective surrounding the Tap-Out, however, by the end of the novel, I didn’t think that she added much insight and was more of an “annoyed personality”, rather than a crucial character that added a lot to the storyline. In my opinion, she was the least significant character out of their group. Although the story was based around her family and how the tap-out impacted them, I preferred to read about Garrett, Alyssa’s 10-year-old brother. He was one of my favourite characters in the novel, and he played a huge role in the story. He seemed much braver and courageous than a typical 10-year-old boy would be, but since these were unimaginable circumstances, he stepped up to the plate and helped out their group a lot throughout the novel. Garrett developed the most out of all of the characters in the novel, and he was my favourite character to read about by far. Jacqui, Henry, and Kelton were three very interesting characters to read about as well. In “Dry”, we get to read about them in Alyssa’s perspective, as well as read about their thoughts and emotions from their own perspective. Jacqui was my least favourite character during the first half of the book, but she slowly grew on me, and by the end of the book, I really enjoyed and appreciated her character. While I thought Kelton’s role at the beginning of the book would be Alyssa’s love interest, he shaped into his own character thought the progression of the novel, and ended up affecting the story line much more than I had originally thought. Kelton’s family dynamic and his parents thoughts on the world were fascinating to read about, and I would have loved to have read more about his family overall. Even though Henry is introduced more than half-way into the novel, I loved his character and how he added a mysterious element into the storyline. He seemed like a wealthy teenager living in his house alone while his parents left during the tap-out, but we quickly learn that he is not who he really appears to be. I also loved reading about the neighbours. Like Keltons family, I would have loved reading more about them and how they felt towards the other families on the street. I would’ve liked more time to read about them and delve into some of the families more individually.

Even though we didn’t get to read much about the neighbours, one of my favourite aspects of the book was the little “snapshots” of other peoples lives during this disaster. Normally, I hate reading any sort of “snapshot” chapter (like a look into the future or past), but these individual stories added so much emotion to the book, and I could not have enjoyed reading them any more than I did. From reading about news anchors, to people who ran water plants, we got read about other peoples perspectives and emotions during the tap-out, and we also got to see how the sudden loss of water impacted different types of people.

Like I mentioned before, the plot/overall concept of this book was very interesting and appealed to me very much. And while it was a good idea in the beginning, I felt like it was a little flat. There were so many dramatic parts/climaxes in the story, but they all felt very anti-climactic and didn’t really result in anything. There were some things (like the neighbours/different home-lives of the characters, etc.) that I would have liked to have read more, while there were other things I could have read less about (travelling in the car, trying to locate water even though they could never really find anything, etc.). I felt like some of the “travelling” chapters dragged on, and when they finally made it to their desired destination, we only read about it for a few pages. Shusterman could have made some of the destination parts longer, resulting in more world-building. In my opinion, the ending felt very abrupt and incomplete. I would have loved to have read more about their “rescue” (no spoilers here!) and how their lives went directly after the tap-out (in hospital, stuff with parents, etc.), rather than reading about their thoughts two weeks after the initial event took place. The book was extremely thrilling and fast-paced, which made it much easier to read in a timely matter.

“Dry” is a multi-perspective book, not like your typical “two-sides of the story” novel. I thought the POV writing style was beneficial in this story, since no two people would be feeling the exact same emotions during an event as dramatic as a literal water lock out. That being said, I wished they would have stuck to two individual POVs, rather than making ever single character in the book (except Garrett) have POV parts. At times throughout the novel, I was confused as to who was speaking and who they were talking about. Some POV parts were longer than others, and during those long parts I found myself flipping to the beginning to remind myself who was speaking. The characters all spoke pretty similarly, and I found it hard to distinguish one character from the next.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and gave it 3/5 stars. To read my thoughts throughout reading the book, click here!

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending along this book, I’m so thankful for this opportunity!

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Quick Thought #20: How to Get Rid of a Book Hangover

Hi everybody!

Welcome to the Quick Thought #20! To read all of my previous Quick Thoughts, click here.

In today’s Quick Thought, we are going to be discussing “Book Hangovers”!

A “Book Hangover” is when you read a fantastic book and have trouble picking up a new one because you are still thinking about the events that occurred in the previous one you read.

I suffer from book hangovers a lot, which leads to a lot of the reading slumps that I have over the course of a year. Sometimes I can read literally five books in around two and a half weeks, but other times I will read one amazing book, but then analyze the book over and over again in my head, resulting in not picking another one up until weeks/months later! Since I suffer from “Book Hangovers” so much, I thought I would share my top tips on getting over them.


Tip #1: Have a Reading Schedule and DO NOT change up your schedule no matter what!

Sometimes, one of the best ways I can get over a book hangover is to use a planner or type out in your calendar a strict reading schedule over the next few weeks. I will type out what book I want to read on each day, and how many pages I want to read. Most of the time when I do this, I will either finish the book right on time, or read it even quicker by not following the strict page number counts. That way I am technically ahead of my schedule, which motivates me to pick up even more books in a shorter time span.

Tip #2: Choose a New Format to Read on!

Whenever I am struggling to pick up a new physical book, I like to download one onto my iPad to read. Whenever I read on my iPad, I tend to finish the book a lot easier since I can’t really see how much of the book I have left. Like the first tip, this makes me read a lot faster and encourages me to pick up another book once I am finished the first one. This also includes audiobooks and any other form of book you can think of, but reading on my iPad is my second favourite format to read when I don’t really feel like reading from a physical book.

Tip #3: Plan out a TBR List with Books You Will be Motivated to Read

A TBR (To-Be-Read) list is one of my favourite ways to chose a new book to read after suffering from a “book hangover”! While I post a monthly TBR post on the first of every month, sometimes none of the books will appeal to me at certain times during the month. This is why I like to have a continuous TBR list on my Goodreads.com page. Some of the books I added date back to 2013, and some may have even been added just yesterday! Either way, I am always able to find an interesting book on my TBR list that I may have forgotten I even added onto the list.

Tip #4: Re-read One of Your Old Favourite Books

I have a TON of my favourite books on one particular spot of by bookshelf that I will reach for if I’m ever in a “Book Hangover” or reading slump. These books will motivate me to read more after them, just as I did when I first read them quite a long while ago.

This is a picture of my current favourites shelf, which has some of my favourite books of all time on it!

Tip #5: Ask for a book recommendation that is similar to the book you just finished

“If you like this ___, check out _____.” is one of my favourite features in Chapters/Indigo stores. If I see a book in the “If you like this …” section that I have read and really enjoyed, I will tend to look at the other books to see if any of them interest me. Nine times out of ten, I will pick up one of the recommended books and enjoy them almost as much as the original book! If you don’t have something like this in your local bookstore(s), I recommend searching up other book bloggers that read similar things that you like to read and check out their book recommendations. Most of the time, the blogger will have seasonal recommendations that they write several times during the year, or the will make recommendations based on different genres of books. If you are interested in some of my book recommendations, you can check them out here. As always, if your in the mood for a new book but don’t know what to chose, tweet me @readingreadingr and I will get back to you with a great book recommendation ASAP!!


These are my top-5 tips on getting out of a “Book Hangover”! If you have some of your own tips that I didn’t mention, post them in the comments!

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Good Night Book Owls!

In My Mailbox #7: Simon and Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House & Raincoast

Hi everybody!

This October is going to be a very busy and fun reading month! While I have a few books on my TBR list for October (which you can read here), I will also be writing a lot of reviews for books coming out throughout the month. When I knew I wanted to get back into book blogging, I emailed all of my favourite publishing houses a few requests for books coming out within the next few months that I could read and review right away. Thankfully, they sent me some great books to review, including one of my most anticipated books of 2018!


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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

The first book I received from Simon and Schuster Canada was “Dry” by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. When I found out about this book earlier this year, I immediately added it to my “Most Anticipated Books” list. Before I read the official synopsis, I had no idea that the main characters name was the same name as mine! I have yet to read a book where the main character and I share the exact same, so reading my name on every page in the book should be interesting! This book has such an interesting and unique concept, and I can’t wait to start reading it! P.S. I posted a picture of this book on my Instagram a few days ago, and you can check the picture out here (follow me over there while you’re at it!).

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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Soon to be a major motion picture in March 2019! In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

The second book I received from Simon and Schuster Canada was “Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott. While the synopsis on Goodreads compares it to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I have a feeling that it will be more similar to Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I haven’t read a book like this in a while, and I’m excited to see how it differentiates from books similar to it, like TFIOS. This book will also be made into a movie in 2019, so I’m sure it will be getting a lot of hype within the next few months!

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending along those two books! I can’t wait to read and review them!


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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice. For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this. But A was wrong. There are others. A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to — and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world. In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?

Every Day by David Leviathan is one of my favourite books of all time, so when I found out he was making a sequel, I new I needed to get my hands on it! Thanks to the amazing crew at Penguin Random House, they sent a hard cover version to me, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to read it! I did not read Another Day (technically Every Day #2, but I see it as more of a companion novel and not a must read), so hopefully going into Someday without reading that one will be fine. To be honest with you, I was VERY surprised to see that David Leviathan was writing a sequel to Every Day. Every Day was a great stand alone book, and I really can’t see why he felt the need to make a sequel. It ended very well, and although there were still some questions left unanswered, it felt complete. That being said, I am looking forward to seeing where exactly this book will take us.

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Synopsis (GoodReads.com) *may include spoilers from “Otherworld”*

Return to the series BuzzFeed compared to Ready Player One in the second book in a new fast-paced trilogy from New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller that’s perfect for fans of HBO’s Westward. Simon saved his best friend, Kat, from the clutches of the Company and their high-tech VR gaming experience, Otherworld. But it was at a steep price. Now he, Kat, and their friend Busara are on the run. They know too much. About the Company’s dark secrets. About the real-life consequences of playing Otherworld. And about Kat’s stepfather’s involvement in everything. The group is headed to New Mexico to find Simon’s old roommate, who is a tech genius and possibly the only person who can help them reveal the truth about the Company before it’s too late and the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy is erased . . . forever. Imagine a future in which you can leave reality behind and give in to your greatest desires. That future is now. And the future is terrifying.

I have wanted to read the first book in this series called “Otherworld” for quite some time now! When I found out that Penguin Random House had ARC of this book available, I knew that if I received one I would be more motivated to finally start the series and dive into this new world. I have heard great things about this series, and am looking forward to starting it!

Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending along these two books! I can’t wait to read and review them!


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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good. In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.

I’ll be honest with you… The Wren Hunt is not very similar to books I have requested in the past. However, I want to try and read more books that are “out of my comfort zone”, and I think this will be a great book to start with! I used to LOVE fantasy books, but I haven’t read one in quite some time. Plus, the written reviews on Goodreads make this book seem spectacular, so I hope it lives up to all of the recent hype!

Thanks to Raincoast for sending along this book! I can’t wait to read and review it!


Once again, I’d like to thank Simon and Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House, and Harper Collins Canada for sending me some amazing books to read and review! I’d also like to thank all of YOU! Without you reading my posts and interacting with me on social media, there’s no way I would have this incredible opportunity! Check out all of my previous “In My Mailbox” books here.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s blog post! If any of these books are on your TBR list, let me know and we can discuss them in the comments! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for sneak peaks of new blog posts, and to see which book(s) I am currently reading!

Good Night Book Owls!