Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish settings I’d love to visit

I had so much fun with this last week I decided to do it again. This is a link-up hosted every Tuesday over on The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was made for me I think, bookish settings I’d love to visit. Combining travel with reading, what’s not to love? I generally enjoy reading books set in far away places, even if it’s just a mystery/crime novel, I find the book more entertaining when the location is exotic.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Winter To Read List

I did a few of these posts last summer, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and The Bookish every Tuesday. There’s a different theme each week, it’s a fun way to see what other people are reading and get recommendations for books you may not have chose to read otherwise. I already shared a few books I’m looking forward to reading on my Fall Reading List post, but here are eight books that I’d like to read this winter. Continue reading

Big Little Lies

Did anyone watch the Oscars last night? Do people even watch the Oscars anymore? I usually tune in to watch part of the red carpet and the opening monologue. Apparently I missed all the drama!

I checked out of the Oscars to watch Episode 2 of Big Little Lies. I’ve been excited for this show to air. I liked the book, and they amped it up with a killer cast. I don’t have HBO so I missed last weeks episode and went to my mom’s house to watch the first two last night. I was definitely impressed.

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Top Ten Tuesday

I had so much fun doing my first Top Ten Tuesday, that I decided to do another one. Some of the books I’m putting on my list this week are inspired from people’s lists last week. Top Ten Tuesday is a link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s theme is the top ten books that you’d buy right now if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card. Shouldn’t be very hard to come up with ten books that I’d want to read right now, the hard part will be narrowing it down to ten only….

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – This one is at the top of my list, but I’m also a little conflicted about it. It’s not written solely by JK Rowling so who knows what sort of influence the other writers will bring. Also, sometimes it’s better to leave well enough alone. I have very good memories of the Harry Potter world, am I ruining it by re-opening the door? Continue reading

July Book Round-Up

Summer is a great time for reading. Whether you’re relaxing at the beach, the park, or a cabin in the woods, life just feels a little more low key. I like to keep my reading low key as well, light and easy and quick. I want to feel like I’m in control of the book, the book’s not in control of me. I’ll keep the heavy tomes for winter fireside reading. I made the mistake of reading Gone With the Wind last summer and while I loved the book, it felt like it dominated several of my summer weekends. This July my reading has a distinct, mystery/crime focus, although I wouldn’t call all of them light.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The latest addition to the Millenium Series was the first not to be authored by Stieg Larsson, the original author. This book is written by David Lagercrantz a Swedish author and journalist. Initially I had assumed  that this book was based on notes or plot developed by Stieg Larsson but it turns out that the material all belongs to Lagercrantz. Apparently it has been slightly controversial as Larsson’s estate is controlled by his father and brother who okayed the project, while Larsson’s long-time partner was against the idea. Additionally she possesses a partially completed fourth book in the series. Obviously the success of the series meant that there was significant motivation to continue the books. It is clear though that Lagercrantz, while staying true to the characters, didn’t attempt to simply mimic Larsson’s style, which may or may not have been successful. He imparted his own style onto the book and while good, to me it was not as good as the originals (that may just be nostalgia talking though). 

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Top Ten Tuesday

I’ve decided to do something new this week and participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve never done one of these before, so bear with me here. They post a new top ten list every week and you have to answer the top ten of whatever the category is for that week. This week it’s books set outside of the US. I find that many novels, even though they are fiction, can tell you a lot about the culture and feeling of a place. So reading books set in different places in the world can add another element of interest for me, so here goes, my top ten books set outside of the US (and Canada, I’m Canadian so I’m excluding Canada to go a bit more international).

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30 books to read before you turn 30

I am continuing on my trend of 30 before 30 because why not? I’m not necessarily going to actually read all these books before I turn 30 because I really don’t have that much time left to go. You can find countless versions of this list in every corner of the internet but I went with the list posted at Goodreads because I figure it’s voted by multiple people and less likely to be skewed by one persons opinion. Or by one person showing off how intellectual and well-read they are by picking the most pretentious books possible. I suppose  it’s all down to what you consider must reads. Is it the most lauded books of all time? The classics? Or books that you should read because everyone else has read them and you’ll be left out (has anyone not read Harry Potter?). So here goes the list from Goodreads, there is actually more than 30 books on the list, I’m just going with the first 30.

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Book Release Updates

I get excited about new books coming out from my favourite authors so I like to follow potential release dates. Even though they aren’t necessarily followed it does give you a sense of excitement, thinking about what’s to come.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – July 31, 2016. Available for pre-order, obviously I’m not the only one excited for this, it’s been almost ten years since the last Harry Potter book came out. I’m going through withdrawal, and I have unsatisfied desires of going to Harry Potter world.

Oh She Glows Everyday – September 6, 2016. Available for pre-order now. This is the second cookbook from Angela Liddon at the Oh She Glows blog. I have the first cookbook and follow her blog, so I’m excited to see what comes out with this one.

The Fate of the Tearling – November 29, 2016. Book 3 of the Queen of the Tearling Series, excited to see what happens next with this one. Also there’s currently a movie in development potentially staring Emma Watson so can’t miss that. Continue reading