Friday, July 29, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this every bit as much as I thought I would. It is shameful how long it took me to finally pick it up and I really have no excuse except to say that I was afraid that I'd be disappointed due to my high expectations. Thankfully those expectations were fulfilled marvelously. This book made me laugh, pulled at my heart and left me wanting to stay in Avonlea. My copy even has a recipe for Raspberry Cordial in the back, which I will definitely be trying out!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#Book1CoziesClub: Announcement & Books for August



Inspired by the #SaveOurCozies Readathon, please join me in reading the first book in several cozy mystery series! Link to my original post about this idea is here. Links to purchase the books for August and to Goodreads can be found below:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Books: #SaveOurCozies 24 Hour Readathon Vlog



I participated in the #SaveOurCozies Readathon on July 16. I was happy to be a part of this to bring attention to the genre and help out our favorite cozy mystery authors. If you would like more information about what this readathon was all about, please see the readathon website here: https://saveourcoziesreadathon.wordpress.com/about/

The book I read was Better Read Than Dead (Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye Mystery #2) by Victoria Laurie. Goodreads link here:

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Better Read Than Dead (Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye Mystery #2)

Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery, #2)Better Read Than Dead by Victoria Laurie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Read for the #saveourcozies Readathon. Didn't think I would be able to finish this in less than 24 hours, but I did! I really enjoyed this one, and it was very easy to read. I like how Abby's team chimes in whenever she's lying or when others are lying to Abby. I also like how we experience the feel of a yes or no response based on the description of the feeling. I'm really looking forward to getting to the next book during the #booktubeathon



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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Books: BookTubeaThon TBR

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that I will be participating in the BookTubeaThon next week. I don't have time to film and edit a video at the moment, so I decided to put together a blog post instead. BookTubeaThon will run from July 18-24 and it was the very first readathon I participated in after starting to watch BookTube. I'm pretty excited! Anyway, let's get into the details.

There are seven challenges for the readathon that you can endeavor to accomplish. I will list them and what I will be planning to read for each challenge after the break.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the ForestThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book! It made me remember how much I enjoy stories that have Fae in them and that I should really get back to reading more stories that include them. I did read this in conjunction with it's audiobook and though I enjoyed the narration, I ended up reading the physical copy more because I enjoyed the story that much that I just had to find out what happened next.

There is a bit of parental neglect that was glossed over. I'm not sure that it was even necessary to state it directly in the story (especially because it was described towards the end of the book), as it did seem pretty obvious to me that's how those parents were. Though this definitely wasn't dealt with, there's a part of me that thinks the story couldn't have happened if the parents weren't the way they were. I did appreciate that we find out right off the bat that Ben is gay. The author didn't try to hide it, it's just part of who he is and that's that.

I do believe this is the first book I've read by Holly Black, though I know I have several of her books on my TBR. I really enjoyed her writing as it was very easy to read and the story pulled me in rather quickly. Looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Books: June Reading Challenges Wrap Up

It is time again to let you know how I'm doing with the reading challenges I set for myself at the beginning of the year.


#RockMyTBR - For this challenge, I set a goal for myself to read at least one book off my physical TBR every month. In addition to this list, I want to read one book from Scribd or Kindle Unlimited to make sure I'm making use of those services. Since I paused my Scribd membership for the moment, this meant I had to read something off Kindle Unlimited in June. The books I read for this challenge are as follows:
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #6) by C.S. Lewis
  • Broken Wings (Hidden Wings #2) by Cameo Renae - read from Kindle Unlimited


#FinishingtheSeries - For this challenge, I set a goal for myself to complete or become current on 3-6 series during the year. I am not counting series I start and finish in 2016 until I finish the initial 6. These are the books I read towards this challenge in June:

  • Fairy Tail Volumes 27 & 28 by Hiro Mashima
So my total completed series for this challenge is still 5, not including any other series I have completed or become current on that I started in 2016. In addition to the above two challenges, I want to strive to read 52 novels in addition to the large amount of manga I've read this year in my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I read 4 novels in June, so that brings my total number of novels read to 36. This means that I still have 16 novels to read before the year is done so I will again be adjusting my Goodreads Reading Challenge to reflect these. I think that's a totally manageable number!

Let me know how you're doing on your challenges! I hope you are all doing great.

Until Next Time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always,

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Books: First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club


In light of the #SaveOurCozies Readathon that's coming up, I've been seeing a ton of cozy mystery series and authors that I am not familiar with. It's been making me want to try them all! I have several series already on my shelves that I haven't started (a few of them are pictured above), and I have a ton that I've added to my To Read list just from joining the Save Our Cozies Readathon. I will be making a conscious effort to read at least one first book in a series every month and which will help me get acquainted with more cozy mystery series and their authors.

I thought that maybe I wasn't the only one who was interested in trying out more cozy mystery series, so I thought I'd start this book club in case others might want to join me. My thought is that we'd read one book each month and at the end of the month (or whenever you finish the book) you can link up your review via hashtag on your favorite social media site, or we could do a group on Goodreads. I'm pretty sure there isn't a book club out there like this focusing on first books in cozy mystery series, but let me know if there is!

I don't think I'll start until August, which would give anyone joining in a chance to discuss what series we'd like to start and give us ample time to pick up the book if we don't already own it, or I can just choose one at random. If you are interested in joining me, please let me know! You can leave me a comment below or send me a message on any of my social media sites.

I hope you are all doing great!

Until Next Time, Take Care and Smi-Le Always

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7)

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I can finally say that I've read this series. I do wish that I read it when I was younger as this series wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be for me, reading it as an adult. The twist at the end of this book didn't surprise me too much and I was disappointed to find out about how another character had grown up. I was happy to see past characters towards the end of this book, but that didn't push this book from a like to a love for me.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will always be my favorite of this series, but I was happy to find The Horse and His Boy, as it is a second favorite of this series. I think overall, I'd give this series three stars and would still recommend people read it if they haven't.


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Books: June Wrap Up



I was going through a bit of reading slump in June, but surprisingly I was still able to finish about four novels. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Links to the books mentioned can be found after the break.

Saturday, July 2, 2016