Wednesday, 19 October 2016

[Cake Break] Something New

I love Jamie at Perpetual Page-Turner's feature here, where she talks to her readers as if they are meeting up for coffee. I adore getting to know a little more about her this way, so I'd like to follow her lead and maybe make some connections myself! I'm adapting it slightly because I go for sweets over coffee. So, have a cake break and chat with me?

Saturday, 8 October 2016

[Quick Stops] A Common Enemy

“So much good, so much evil. Just add water.” (Markus Zusak)

Usually, I don't gravitate toward stories about wars. It's too horrible to think of, and I've already seen so much of it on the news already. I don't know what possessed me to pick up three novels about World War II one after another (other than the fact that they all sounded compelling). In the end, I'm glad I did. 

The following books are respectively about a book thief, a skinshifter, a shielded young woman - three very different characters with different lives, but fighting the same fight. Which one should you read? All of them.

Monday, 3 October 2016

[Rewind] September 2016

We're officially in the final quarter of the year! I'm mostly excited about this because it means summer break is approaching. September wasn't bad though.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

[Book Talk] Why I'm a Terrible Book Clubber

I love the idea of book clubs. So many times I put down a book needing to squeal with someone about a plot twist or a particular moment, and couldn't think of anyone! Having a book club seems like the answer to that. Plus, meeting other bookworms and discussing books - it sounds like my favourite kind of past time. As the title of this post hints, though, the reality doesn't quite match the idea for me.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

[The List #1] The TBR Pile of Indecision

I am terrible at sticking to a TBR. I keep changing my mind about what I want to read next, and I have a bad habit of picking up books from the library on a whim. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, except that my TBR pile keeps growing. This is despite the fact that I'm reading more than I have in the last two years!  

So, I'm going to start this monthly post where I hold myself accountable for my TBR. We'll check in next month to see if I've stuck to the list! The following are books that I intend to read in no particular order.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

[Series Review] Revisiting The Princess Diaries

Title: The Princess Diaries (I-X)
Author: Meg Cabot
Source: Bought and borrowed
Synopsis: All she ever wanted was for her best friend's brother to notice she was alive-and to pass freshman Algebra. But now that her dad's told her she's heir to the throne of the country of Genovia (and that her horrible Grandmére is going to be giving her princess lessons every day after school) Mia Thermopolis has enough problems to fill a lifetime of diaries....

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Over the past year, I have been slowly rereading The Princess Diaries. I reviewed some of the books as part of my book club with Cam. I haven't bothered with the last few (for reasons that I'll discuss in a moment) and decided to do one review for the first ten books now that I've finished them.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

[Book Talk] When is the Best Time to Listen to Audiobooks?

I have been listening to audiobooks more and more lately. This is partly due to their accessibility - I can download them from my phone - and partly because it helps me rest my eyes. To me, audiobooks are a little like bedtime stories from your childhood: someone's reading out loud to you and doing all the appropriate voices, and there's a 'sleep' option.

Is bedtime the best time for audiobooks though? After a few days of listening at different times during the day, here is what I've found:

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