Category: Books

September TBR 

​There’s been a strike at my university so the vice-chancellor brought our mid-semester break forward. This doesn’t work out to my advantage since I still have work to do for my classes. Usually my mid-semester break is spent catching up on reading but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anytime soon. It is for that reason that my September TBR is a mix of books for college and some really amazing Netgalley reads that I can’t wait to start.


Assigned Readings for Class:

1) A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiongo: this is the last book for my previous English module. I actually missed out on the classes on this section because the strike was violent so I didn’t go to campus.

2) English Handbook: I’m going to be honest with you guys…I’m probably not going to read this until just before exams. Reading the articles based on the books we’ve studied in class is my way of preparing for exams.
3) A Grain of Wheat Study Guide: I found this in the library and I’m in awe. I’ve never found a study guide for any of my college books so this is so fascinating to me. I’m still undecided as to whether I will be reading this now or in preparation for exams.
Netgalley Reads

1) Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp: I’ve heard really great things about this book so I can’t wait to start it. Preferably before the book releases.
2) Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers: I was actually reading this before university closed and it was so fun. The Immortal Writers are writers who are so talented that their characters COME TO LIFE! How exciting is that? I get giddy imagining what if that could really happen.
3) The Pleasure of the Rose by Jane Bonander: I’ve never read anything by Bonander before but I love historical romance so I was really excited to read this.(I say “was” because this was a while back and I can no longer remember what the book is about. I do know that I really liked the plot though).
4) Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin: I love love love Holly Martin’s writing. Her characters are always so colourful and lively and her writing is very entertaining. I can’t wait to start reading this book.

Library Books

I hate hate hate my local library (we’ll get into that some other time). However when I visited them to get a copy of A Grain of Wheat, I ended up with the books pictured above. Am I going to finish them all? Probably not. But I’d love to try.

What books are on your TBR for the month?

Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #1)

The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved meeting this unusual family. The Bridgertons are a family of eight siblings who are all named alphabetically. Their adventures in London are chronicled by a mysterious gossip columnist named Lady Whistledown.
Daphne and Simon meet when she tries to get rid of an over eager suitor. There is an instant attraction which poses a problem as Simon is a) friends with Daphne’s brother and b) has sworn off marriage.
This was a wonderful read and I especially enjoyed reading Lady Whistledown’s gossip.
This series is a must-read for fans of historical romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Christmas Under a Cranberry SkyChristmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a bit disappointed that this wasn’t a White Cliff Bay story but Juniper Island seems just as interesting as White Cliff Bay.
Pip and Gabe were each other’s first loves until a misunderstanding tore them apart. Now twelve years later they reunite on the picturesque Juniper Island. However can they really trust each other and fall in love again? Gabe has a daughter and Pip has a secret that may tear them apart.
I especially enjoyed all the Christmas festivities that took place. This book is a great Christmas read.
I didn’t really like Gabe’s meddling family members at first but they eventually grew on me. I also found the ending predictable. Besides that I really enjoyed this novel.
Gabe and Pip make a cute couple and I loved that they were always so close throughout their lives. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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Book Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)And I Darken by Kiersten White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has left me speechless. I have so many questions and so many feelings I don’t even know how to put them into words.

Lada is a vicious girl who is abandoned in the Ottoman courts by her father along with her brother, Radu. Lada and Radu soon make friends with Mehmad, the son of the Sultan who holds them captive. However the Ottoman courts are a brutal place and their happy friendship is soon threatened by outside forces.

I really loved Lada’s character. She is strong but almost blood-thirsty at times which makes her both terrifying and amusing. I especially enjoyed her unwavering dedication to her brother. Radu was an annoying character and I hated his childhood (he was pitifully weak). However Radu’s character development was amazing. I fell in love with him just as the characters in book did. My favourite part about these characters was that as they grew up and changed, so did my feelings for them. I pitied them, I hurt for him, I rejoiced with him. This is an incredibly long novel and by the end of it, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’re parting with a long-time friend.

At first I found it difficult to keep track of all of the cities and places that Lada and her family visited (It was only afterward that I discovered a glossary at the end of the book). However as time passed I became familiar with the places and their scenery which delighted me. I really feel like I was a part of this book. The story is just that well-written and immersive. I grew really attached to this book and it’s characters and can’t wait to read the next one.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover 

It Ends with UsIt Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve yet to read a Colleen Hoover novel that doesn’t leave an impact and this one is no different. In fact I was having a pretty great time with this book and was sucked in until I realised “Wait! This is a Colleen Hoover book. Something has to go wrong and it’s going to hurt when it does.”So I read. And I read. And then the bad thing happened and I cried. I cried because it was nothing that I had expected. Nothing on the internet, the book’s synopsis or even Colleen Hoover’s social media alerted at precisely what the conflict in this book would be. Believe me, the conflict is MAJOR! I understand the importance of not revealing spoilers so I’ll try my best not to (it’s so damn hard not to!). I will however say that this is a book that every woman needs to read. The significance of the words “It Ends With Us” is beautiful.Lily and Ryle have an instant connection when they meet. Despite Ryle’s aversion to relationships the two of them are blissfully happy. Then they’re not. Lily’s first love returns to town and her relationship with Ryle is threatened. Except Lily’s ex isn’t the only risk to both her relationship and happiness.I couldn’t put this book down (except for when Colleen Hoover’s words moved me and then I needed to share them on social media). I cried throughout the last few chapters but I enjoyed them nonetheless. Lastly (and this might be considered a SPOILER SO PROCEED WITH CAUTION), I especially loved that I was able to fall for the villain in this novel. He was flawed but he was an amazing person. I loved that I was able to hate him and love him at the same time. I pitied him but I desperately wanted him gone. I’ve never felt such complex emotions for a fictional character before. I’ve always enjoyed Colleen Hoover’s work but this is a work of art.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- My Name is Simon (A Rainfall Short Story) by Melissa Delport 

My Name is Simon: A Rainfall Short StoryMy Name is Simon: A Rainfall Short Story by Melissa Delport

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so eager to read this book that I bought it as soon as I saw it without even bothering to look at the price.
I am a huge fan of Melissa Delport’s writing but “Rainfall” had me sobbing like a baby so I never reviewed it.
Reading “My Name is Simon” however is such a comfort after “Rainfall”.
This isn’t a full novel but Simon’s character and his motivations are shown so well. As much as I hated him it was impossible not to feel for this guy who has had most of his life ripped from him.
I desperately wanted to hate this book (to match my initial hatred of Simon) but I couldn’t.
“My Name is Simon” is incredibly well-written and the book finishes beautifully.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Refuse (Recoil Trilogy #2) by Joanne Macgregor

Refuse (Recoil Trilogy, #2)
Refuse by Joanne Macgregor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Refuse” picks up instantly after the thrilling cliffhanger in “Recoil”. Jinxy is captured and taken in for questioning. The great thing about this book is that it does eventually provide a recap of the previous book. This is really helpful since I couldn’t really remember precisely what the government’s real agenda was.
Jinxy finds out that her ex-boyfriend’s brother is being held in the same facility that she is and she’s desperate to get him out (she was the one who put him in there in the first place).
To do this she has to get back into the organisation that captured and tortured her. Cam Jinxy stand to go back to the people who think nothing of torturing a child? Will she even be accepted back into an organisation that thinks of her as a traitor to their cause?
This book was such a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I hated some characters with such intensity and I loved other characters with the same intensity. My favourite part of Joanne Macgregor’s writing is that she always creates characters that are well-fleshed out and real. (Honestly I started this series to see more of Macgregor’s great characterisation but stayed for the intriguing plot). The characters in “Refuse” certainly do not disappoint. I especially enjoyed seeing how characters have developed since the first book.
I loved that this book had the same fast-paced action as the first one. Jinxy has so many unique skills that help her throughout the novel. At several points I literally had to put the book down to absorb all the clever things she found or did.
“Refuse” was a wonderful read but again, I strongly believe this is a series that should be binge-read. The book was 50 chapters which I found intimidating at first but at the end I really wanted more.
I think this series is one of the most unique and believable dystopian books around. The issues with the government in this series is something we see everyday.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA fiction or dystopian novels. Hell, read it even if you don’t like dystopian novels. This is just that great of a read. I found this book impossible to step away from.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Faerie’s Curse (Creepy Hollow #6) by Rachel Morgan

A Faerie's Curse (Creepy Hollow, #6)A Faerie’s Curse by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn’t really want to finish this book because this is the end of Calla’s part of the Creepy Hollow series. At the same time I couldn’t stop reading it. The ending was so dramatic in the previous book that I desperately needed to know what was going to happen.Calla is working on a plan to break Chase out of his mother’s childhood home. Meanwhile the Guild still thinks she and Lord Draven are evil and need to be stopped. Her family is under scrutiny and things just seem to be going from bad to worse.Rachel Morgan did not hold back at all on this novel. I cried so much because how is it possible that one girl could have such bad luck?I found the ending a bit incomplete but I’m betting it’s just going to make the next part of the Creepy Hollow series even more intriguing. This book was romantic and sad, heartbreaking and well-written. I loved seeing Violet and Ryn as more fleshed-out characters and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world. Creepy Hollow is a great series but as time goes on the Creepy Hollow world seems to get darker and darker which makes for a highly enjoyable read.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Faerie’s Revenge (Creepy Hollow #5) by Rachel Morgan

A Faerie's Revenge (Creepy Hollow, #5)

A Faerie’s Revenge by Rachel  Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After finding out the truth about the intriguing and mysterious Chase, Calla is determined to forget all about him. She throws herself into her Guardian training. However it’s difficult to forget Chase when he is mentioned in most of her textbooks, he’s a vital part of Creepy Hollow history AND he keeps showing up everywhere. Then, Calla is accused of spreading a disease that rapidly kills the faeries. Left with no other place or person where she can remain safe, Calla is forced to rely on Chase.
I thought this book was far darker than others in the series but I absolutely loved it. For me, the Guild has always represented a place of justice and hope but that changes in this book.
I especially enjoyed seeing Chase again. Unfortunately this book has an ending that left me craving more which proves my theory that Rachel Morgan’s books should probably all be binge-read instead of read one at a time.
This was an excellent read that I highly recommend to fans of fae, fantasy or “A Court of Thorns and Roses”.
This book is a relatively quality read that is interesting with characters that are real and funny.

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Birthday Book Haul: June/July

My birthday was July 1. Before the day and on it I got some really great reads.

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These books were on sale at Bargain Books.
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I also found this in June during a casual visit to Adams bookstore.

I didn’t really like how long The Vampire Diaries book series was but this was the last book and I needed to know how it all ended.

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