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Top 5: Must Read Classics

                                                       Top 5: Must Read Classics

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Hello All

So here is yet again another top 5. This top 5 will outline my favourite classic fiction. Classic fiction has stood the test of time for sooo many reasons. Whether the stories can be applied to present day, how beautiful the writing is or how mind blowing the stories are, classic are timeless!!! Now I know classics are not for everyone, especially the writing styles and language but if you can get through these struggles these authors are quite brilliant for their time. The following 5 books are my favourite must read classics which you may or may not enjoy, I hope you do though.

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 1847 4.11 stars on good reads
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So this book was the first classic I picked up to read for leisure outside of school requirements. It was also one of my first big reads as the book is on the longer side. The book is set up in 5 phases of the main character Jane’s life: childhood, education, time as a governess at the Thornfields hall, time at the Moor house and the reunion with Edward Rochester. So not going to get into too many details but this book is full of drama, hardships, love, rejection and personal growth. This is also one of the best known love stories of all time along with anything Jane Austin writes.

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 1868 4.06 stars are Goodreads

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Probably one of the first women coming of age novels. Story focuses around four women which each have such different distinct personalities. They go through the trials and tribulations of leaving childhood and breach into adulthood. The story’s timeline is one year, Christmas to Christmas. I could compare this story to a modern day Judy Bloom story! It outlines a totally different view due to the era it was written. Not only do these girls go through changes but they face them in a hard financial war ridden time. The girls have to face life without their father for a year! The 2 eldest then have to work in order to make ends meet. Great story!!

3. 1984 by George Orwell 1949 4.17 Stars on Goodreads

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This is one of the first dystopian novels published, way before Hunger Game times! It touches on the social issues such as the government’s reach into people’s everyday lives, repression, and how the government wants to control thoughts so no one has an original idea. George Orwell was a brilliant author with crazy insight for his time. It is set in an imagined future where civilization was damaged beyond repair by civil unrest. The leader Big Brother- the government- tries to control any individuality and the main character wants to be an individual. Great read for anyone not yet into classical fiction.

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 1846 3.84 Stars on Goodreads

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This is a newer classic read for me. My friends all have differing opinions on this book. I thought it was kind of similar to other tragic forbidden love story books of its era. However it is still an easier classical fiction read and makes my top 5 list. Main character falls in love with a difficult and rude man who does not initially love her back or shows he loves her. Heathcliff, the poor mannered gentleman, allows Lockwood to stay at this house after seeing the ghost of his lost love Catherine. He falls ill and the love story is told by the housekeeper. Catherine loves Heahtcliff but it would have degraded her to marry him. Heathcliff overhears this conversation and runs away from the manner. She ends up marrying someone else and is unhappy. The story unfolds with a whole slew of debauchery, betrayal, revenge and mixed matched relationships.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin 1813 4.25 stars on Goodreads

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This story follows 5 daughters of Mr. Bennet. He is trying to get at least one of them married off so they may inherit his house and estate as he has no sons. It follows Elizabeth Bennet and her love story. It outlines the issues of marrying for love or for wealth which surprisingly is still in the spotlight today. The story has it all, love, betrayal, loss and humor. A read all around read for anyone to enjoy. From balls to cottages the settings in this British novel are great! All you could want from a book set in this era!!!!

What are some of your favorite classic fiction. What makes you apprehensive to read them. The old language is something to get used to but the stories stand the test of time!!! Please feel free to comment on your favourites below. Or did you not like one of the ones I listed? I would love to hear why.

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Happy Reading!!!!!

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Book Review: The Silence By Tim Lebbon

Book Review: The Silence By Tim Lebbon

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This is a creature feature apocalyptic book which is right up my alley! I first saw this on netflix as a movie – based on a book as always! I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. Spoiler alert the book is better than the movie as most books to movies adaptations are. Interesting fact about Tim Lebbon he wrote a novel that connects the movie Alien to Aliens starring Riddley! Can’t wait to read that one! Other popular books by this author include : The Edge and Coldbrook! I went into this book with no expectations just what I saw on the netflix preview. I was quite surprised by the story even with the common theme of prehistoric creatures taking over the world. Lebbon puts a great twist on a timeless theme.

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So this story starts off with a news broadcast of a discovery in an uncharted cave system. The main family watching this discovery includes Ally who we find out is deaf. Throughout the story we learn that she was not born deaf but was in a car accident with her grandparents who died. She had to learn a totally new way of life. Ally showed resilience that will play a key factor in the family surviving throughout the story. The other members include a brother Jade, father Huw and mother Kelly, and Lynne Kelly’s mother. As they watch the horror of the new discovery unfold on the TV they see creatures from the dark rip apart everything on the screen. They soon realise it is not a stunt or prank but a real life episode.

Thinking they are safe as this cave system is all the way in Moldova they don’t take it so seriously in the beginning. However as time goes on they see that these reptilian creatures called Vesps hunt by sound and are spreading quickly over the continent. Lebbon really plays into the social media aspect here. It is interesting to think of how connected we are today and how if this really happened the speed in which we would all receive live data. We would be way more prepared to anticipate the ‘end of the world’ than say 20 years ago.

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They also learn a lot of life saving information from others posting on social media, not so much the news. People post on Facebook and Twitter that Vesps hunt by sound, they lay eggs in the dead and this is how they spread which are both vital points for the family surviving the Vesp Plague. They decide along with Huw’s friend Glenn to move across the country side to where there is no noise, away from the cities. Live feeds show mass hysteria in the cities, fighting, looting, and people killing each other over supplies. This is a typical apocalyptic scene which I totally believe would happen in real life. It would start off as an every man for themselves attitude. What so you all think? Would humanity help out each other or have the cut throat survival attitude?

We see humanity break down as a man attempts to steal the family’s car and points a gun at Ally. This in turn forces Huw to steal a car in order to get to their destination. The suspense is building at this point as they are nowhere close to their destination and Ally is keeping track of where the Vesps are on social media. The time crunch is on!

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As the pressure to get to safety sets in because Vesps are now in London a horrible turn of events happens. Glen rolls his SUV pinning him in. Moral dilemmas set as Huw and his family decide not to leave him even though the Vesps are almost upon them. They barricade Glen in the best they can and take shelter in their SUV. Ally gives her family a prep talk 101 on how to be silent, her forte now. Her experiences help them understand what to anticipate and how they are going to feel now being able to verbally communicate. As the Vesps descend upon them their dog Otis, who is Ally’s helper, starts to bark. Vesps swarm their SUV and try to break in. Glen can hear the commotion and in a shear act of selflessness he starts shooting his gun to attract the Vesps to him. This is the ultimate sacrifice that restores the readers faith in humanity for a while. Otis however keeps barking and Huw has to make the hard decision to kill their beloved family pet to save themselves. Turn on the tears! At this point they need to draw the Vesps away. Huw blows up Glen’s SUV and the family hightails it for the forest.

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The family comes across a farmhouse. The occupant tried to ward off the ‘intruders’ and ends up attracting Vesps and dying. Everyone finds shelter and safety in the house since the first broadcast of the cave discovery. Huw and Ally try and go to town to find supplies. Two major things happen while they are on their trip. 1. They find out the eggs do not hatch until they are stimulated by noise 2. They find out when it rains the rain disoriented the Vesps giving them a chance to get away. They are slowly finding the Vesp’s weaknesses which gives the reader hope they may defeat their enemy!

On the way back to the farm Huw and Ally meet a different kind of enemy: The Reverend. It is one of the themes in the post apocalyptic stories, the crazy religious cult who justifies what happened as a matter of judgement day. Huw and Ally see first hand the lengths the Reverend will go to survive, he cut his own tongue out!!!! The Reverend now wants Ally so she can teach them sign language, which is the best way to communicate in the silence!!! Huw of course says no and they go on their merry way.

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As night falls the Reverend attacks and throws ringing cell phones into the farmhouse. I thought this was a brilliant crisis causing event! How well thought out of Lebbon. Mayhem ensues as Vesps get in and each family member tries to fight them off. During the chaos the cult followers steal Ally away. Lynn, the reader having learned she has end stage cancer, also self sacrifices and tackles the attackers, screams and sends them all to their death to save Ally. The story ends with the family being on the road again to find their quiet place- haha . Winter is coming and hope is restored that the cold weather will kill off the Vesps.

The Silent was in some ways your typical creature feature but with a modern twist of silence and social media. I really enjoyed this book. Now the movie – meh. It was good, some deviations from the book. Not my most favourite book to movie adaptation but not the worst either. Have any of you read it? What are your thoughts? If you would like me to do a top 5 fav apocalyptic books please let me know!! Please feel free to leave any comments below !

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Happy Reading!!!!!!!

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Top 5 : Reading Hacks to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

Top 5 : Reading Hacks to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

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So we have all experienced a reading slump. Whether it be reading too many books in the same genre or after reading a series and cannot bring yourself to let go, a reading slump is the real deal. I have tried many ways to get myself out a reading block and the following 5 tips have been developed through trial and error. These hacks have worked for me and I am hoping by sharing them I can help some of my fellow book lovers get out of their hangovers If they do not work for you that all right as well. We are all different kinds of readers so something that works for one of us may not work for others. I hope you can use these as tools to develop hacks that work for you!

  1. Reading jar/ Blind date with a Book
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Ok so I am really excited about this one. I made one of these jars for date night and have adapted it for reading. The concept is you get an empty mason jar, popsicle sticks and multicoloured pens or markers. Then you research popular reads in all different genres, make a list. Genres to look up can include: horror, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, science fiction, thriller, mystery, memoirs, biographies, classics, contemporary, young adults etc.

You can now be simple or get creative. Colour code the genres and write each book title on a popsicle stick in the corresponding colour. Write anywhere from 5-10 books for each genre. You can also just pick one genre and write all the books you can find on the popsicle sticks. Now snaz up your mason jar. You can add all sorts of books ish pictures or famous quotes to the outside. Place the sticks in the jar all mixed up. Every time you are ready to choose a new book, reach into your jar and pick a stick. Then read the book the stick has on it!! Bam you have the reading jar.

I have not tired the blind date with a book but I believe it has the same concepts. I think there are some book subscriptions out there you can pay for. Or by the books yourself, wrap them all in the same unmarked wrapping and pick one yourself.

2. Join a book club

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This is a great one to read new and exciting books as well as to get out there and socialize!! There are so many different avenues to find a book club to join. Local libraries/ work/ friends or families or online are great forums to join. I know our local libraries have book face to face clubs as well as online discussion groups for those of us who are a bit too busy to commit to specific days.

Book clubs are a superb way to read out of your genres as books are suggested but others. These give you opportunities to read out of your comfort zone and expand your reading resume. I have actually made my own book club (keep an eye out for a post on how to create your own book club to be posted at a later date).

Even if you do not like the book the club has picked during the discussion you get a great insight as to why this book appeals to others.

3. Join a reading Challenge

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This is a relatively new concept for me. I have not heard of reading challenges until I became a part of bookstagram. It seems to be a great way to interact with other book lovers while getting over your reading hangover. It has more of a social media aspect if this is more up your alley.

The idea is each challenge has its own theme and you just read along until all the reading tasks are completed. Some cool themes are reading ABC’s ( a book with a title that starts with A, then B, then C etc. ) Book bingo which is a hugely popular one, genre challenge.

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The participant tried to read all the books in the challenge. There is usually a time time to complete each reading task by ie 30 days.

Places to find and join these challenges include: bookstagram, booktube, book blogs, goodreads and book riot .

4. Friend Recommendation

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The concept of KISS is pure and simple. Some of the best reads and best ways to get out of my reading rut are the books that have been recommended to me by friends!

Not all your friends share the all the same genre and book interests. It’s great when a friend suggests a book totally out of left field and it turns out to be one of your fav books. Along the same lines as a book club even if you don’t like the novel it’s neat to hear why your friend found the book a page turner and you didn’t!

5. Create or join a book swap Group

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So this may be a new one for you I know it was far me. The idea is you get a group of people together who own books. You then choose a book you own and have read and swap with members in the group. Everyone swaps one book. You can do descending alphabetical so last name with a B swaps a book with last name C then descend through the list. You can also put everyone’s name in a hat, choose a name and swap a book with that person. There are so many options for this particular hack the outcomes have endless possibilities. !

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I had so much from making this post!! This has to be one of my favourite posts as of yet. I have been in so many reading slumps and hangovers its unreal. Each time it has taken me so long to get back into my reading routine. These 5 hacks, especially the book club and reading jar have been my book saviours. I hope these will help you with your ruts!! If any of you have other hack you use please I would love to hear them!!!!!

Happy Reading!!!!!

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Top 5: Beach Reads

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It is the season of sandy toes and soaking up the rays.  Imagine being warmed to the core by sun beams all while having the majestic view of light dancing along the water in front of you.  What better way to enjoy this feeling than with a god read curled up on a beach chair sipping bubbly beverage. One of my favourite places to read in the summer is on the beach/eater front.  I think I have mentioned this before in past blog post but here in Canada we do not have a long truly hot summer season. I try to enjoy the warm weather and beach scenery whenever I get the chance.  Bringing along a great read just enhances this experience for me. There are so many amazing books to appreciate while lounging in the sun. These 5 are just a scratch on the surface of available beach reads this year.  If you have any suggestion for your favourite beach reads I would love to hear them!!

  1. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (2016)

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I just recently read Love and Gelato and thought it would be a great book to enjoy in the heat of the summer.  Somehow hot weather, love and icecream all go hand in hand and this book and all 3! 

It follows Lina who just recently lost her mother to cancer.  Her mother’s dying wish was for Lina to go live in Florence with a man Lina has never heard of or met -Howard.    Lina then discovers her mother had a whole different life in Florence. One of her mother’s old acquaintances giver her a journal and from there ensues a journey throughout her mother’s previous life.  With the grandiose backdrop of Florence Lina goes to all the places her mother mentions in her journal trying to figure out why she left and how Howard turned out to be her estranged father. With the help of a local boy Lina journeys through so many emotions and feels I could not put the book down.  It also made me crave gelato like mad which is perfect to enjoy by the beach side.  

2. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin  (2018)

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Another one of my recent reads All We Ever Wanted went straight to the top among my books I loved in 2019 list.   It’s a great women’s fiction contemporary piece with an easy to read feel. If you’re looking for a story of lives interchanging and values  questioned and chosen this is right up your alley. Is a great book where the reader can really get invested in the lives of the characters, which is one of the ticket items I look for in a beach read.

This story follows a couple main characters while they try to navigate through a horrible situation.  Nina and her son Finch face allegations that he took a horribly inappropriate picture of fellow classmate Lyla.  This all takes place in a rich private school in Nashville. Lyla’s father tries to stand up for Lyla and her values while battling the powers of wealth and privilege.   It really brings into light current hot topic issues of social media in today’s society along with wealth versus middle class social rights.   

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)

It may be an older title but man what a psychological thriller!  The dark, gloomy suspenseful feel of this book is in stark contrast to the light warm feeling i get at the beach.  I think this parallel is why I like reading thrillers and murder mysteries on the waterfront. Even though these books send shivers down my spine the warmth I feel at the beach counteracts this.  What do you all feel about reading gloom and doom while enjoying some summer fun? Ya or nay?

Gone Girl is one of those books is a crazy out of this world ending.  Nick Dunne finds that his wife Any is missing. Throughout the novel suspicion of course falls on the husband.  Relationship issues come to light and mysterious journal entries explain 2 very different versions of a marriage.  Where is Amy and why is she gone? Is Nick Dunne the perfect husband or is he a villain? Is Amy an innocent victim or a horrible wife?   All these questions and answers unwind in a fast paced, page turning, you can’t put this book down feel!! Great to binge read while drying off in between dips in the water.

4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (2017)

I just finished this one in June.   Little Fired Everywhere was a delve into the picture perfect family in the picture perfect neighbourhood.  Low and behold no family is picture perfect. It takes a mother and her daughter renting their rental house to truly bring all the family issues and resentment to light.  The Richardsons rent their house out the Mia and Pearl. The children soon become fast friends but their friendship brings out the best and worst of each person. After an adoption issue rocks their little perfect neighbour hood even more secrets come to light.  This is a great for anyone who loves a page turner where each chapter reveals something scandalous. Core issues of mother daughter bonds and family ties writtle this dynamic read!

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott  Fitzgerald (1925) 

So this is a considerably older read from the novels I have mentioned above.  This classic just seeps with summer fun. From crazy parties with a mysterious host to forbidden summer love it has everything I want to drift off to while taking in the sun.  Classic books are not for everyone. The Great Gatsby is an easy to read relatively short novel that is a great bring along to any beach day.  

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Who among us has not curled up on a blanket riddled with sand and opened up the crisp pages of a book?  Beach reads have to be one of my favourite things I look forward to while I wait out the endless months of winter.  Which are your favourite beach read? Do any of you like a specific genre while you are watching the waves roll in?  

Happy Reading!!!!!

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Top 5: Books for Book Club

Top 5: Books for Book Club

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Hello all. Here we go with another top 5 list! May I say I really enjoy researching and writing these! This list I have chosen to do a book club approach as I have recently started a book club at my work. I love discussing the books we read each month with my co workers. However each month a new person chooses a book to read and sometimes they have problems choosing this book. They want to choose one that opens up the conversation and is a really great read. I have researched the following books and actually have read all of them. I can see how they are great books for great conversations. I have included questions that may help you open the conversation up in your book clubs are just questions to keep in mind while reading the book yourself. I hope you enjoy!!!

  1. Educated by Tara Westover
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I really enjoyed reading this memoir by Tara Westover. Tara recounts her life growing up in a strict mormon household that also is a doomsday prepper family. She especially highlights that they do not go to school and they are so off the grid they do not have birth certificates. The reader watches as she constantly struggles to follow her parents teaching but also to try and live a normal life and learn. Her father’s beliefs are so ingrained into Tara that even in adulthood she has a hard time coping with regular day activities of a ‘normal’ person.

Questions/discussion topics

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  • how your childhood experiences follow through with you to adulthood and how these affect the man/woman you are becoming.
  • How would you feel if you broke away from your family to have the life you wanted
  • How would you think it feels to not even know what the Holocaust was
  • How would you feel if your parents did not believe you when you told them your own brother was abusing you?

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mockingbird has to be one of my absolute fav books and it is definitely one that I would take with me to a desert island. The shear innocence of Scout is heartbreaking and invigorating at the same time. It truly is a classic masterpiece outlining the rampant racism and privilege on the old South in the 30’s. Also new for its time outlines what it is like to be a single dad as it was not as common as it is now. Scout’s dad Atticus is a lawyer wh0o defends a local ‘black’ man accused of raping a local white girl. Scout depicts her upbringing and is an awe-inspiring coming of young age tale.

Questions/ Discussion Topics

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  • What parts of this novel did you really like? Which parts did you not find interesting?
  • How do Jem and Scout’s view of Boo Radley change throughout the novel?
  • How do you think Atticus managed the role of being a single parent? Compare what it would be like for a single dad in the 30/s and present day.
  • How did the trial change the town? Did it change the town?

3. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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For me the Life of Pi ranks up there with To Kill a Mockingbird. It follows Pi and his family while they immigrate to Canada (go red and white!!!). They ship capsizes and the story then follows Pi trying to survive when all is lost. He is stranded or 227 days and to his account he is stranded with a bunch of animals from their family’s zoo.

Questions/Discussion Topics

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  • Are the animals real or are they metaphors of real people in Pi’s life that his brain concocked to deal with the trauma?
  • What if any are the religious cross over into the storytelling?
  • How do the people in your life reflect any of the animals and their characteristics?
  • How is the concept of Richard Parker echo that of overcoming one’s fears?

4. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Still Alice was a very different read. I do not think that there are too many books out there shining a light on what a person with Alzhimer’s experiences- first hand. Alice is a cognitive psychologist at Harvard and she recognizes that she is exhibiting signs of Alzhimer’s disease. The story expressing her journey of from the signs to diagnosis to progression of this relenting disease. It also lets the reader see how her family cope with the news and how this changes their lives and relationships.

Questions/ Discussion Topics

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  • How would you feel/react if you did not recognize the place you where in?
  • What do you feel or think it would feel like to recognize what is happening to you, knowing you were getting the devastating disease and the horrible outcome?
  • How do you feel about the family’s reactions? How would you react if someone in your life received this diagnosis?
  • What do we gain from seeing this story through Alice’s eyes? Does her job play into this view?

5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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I loved loved loved this book! I have read this one soo long ago but instantly thought of it as a great book club book! The setting is a circus. The story is told by Jacob who is 93 and lives in a nursing home. Jacob recounts the years he lived in the circus as he watches a circus set up camp beside his home. He becomes a vet to the circus and becomes romantically attached to the star Marlena who has an equestrian show. She had a jealous husband August who is the animal trainer. He also forms an attachment to an elephant Rosie. It gives the readers all sorts of feels!

Questions/ Discussion Topic

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  • Is this story an adventure, love, or survival story and why
  • Does this book change your point of view of the circus, especially in the recent light of the Ringling Brother’s shut down.
  • Who where your favourite characters, animals included
  • Where you surprised at the ending? Why? How would you have liked the book to end?

For all of those out there in book clubs or thinking of starting one (I will have a blog post at a later time regarding how to start a book club) I hoped these books and questions have helped. Even if you are not a member of a book club you can always keep these questions floating around your mind and answer them while you read the book. It may help to bring a deeper understanding of view of the book you are reading. Some of these questions are standard so they can be applied to any book not just the 5 I have mentioned. As always feel free to leave comments below. If you are in a book club what are some exciting book that sparked a great discussion with your members?

Happy Reading!!

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Top 5: Best Playlist to Listen to While Reading

Top 5: Best Playlist to Listen to While Reading

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So this may not be a popular blog post but hey why not right? I love listening to music while I read. Yes, I know that the majority of readers cannot listen to anything while reading. I guess I am in the select few who can and enjoy a good playlist. Now not all playlist are reading conducive. It has taken me quite a while to come up with these top 5 playlists. A lot of trial and error when into this post. While these playlist are enjoyable for my reading experience these may not be enjoyable for all. So disclaimer, not everyone may like them. I do hope for those of you who enjoy listening to music to at least try these out.

  1. Lord of the Ring Playlist
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I have found that all the Lord of the Rings’ soundtracks are great for casual reading and even studying. There are no songs with words or repetitive choruses so it is not distracting for me. The instrumental aspect is very relaxing and soothing background noise. I have found the full soundtrack on youtube (link below) as well as Spotify. There are over 13 hours of music so no need to worry about changing playlist when you are just getting into your read. The instrumentation is sensational and immense! It also has a celtic vibe if your into that.

2. Easy Classical playlist on spotify

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This playlist can be found on spotify- which i like using as you can save your favourites thus not having to search for your favs every time. There are quite a lot of numbers orchestrated by the London Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma cellist, Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra just to name a few famous ones. It has all your typical classical music by Bach, Beethoven and Vivaldi. Sometimes just listening to the instrumental pieces are tranquilizing. There are pieces everyone can recognize as well as pieces I have not heard.

3. Movie soundtracks

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One of my favourite reading playlists comes from movie soundtracks. My absolute fav is on Spotify (as you can see i use this app a lot). It is called “ The fantastic world of movie soundtracks”POTC. Once again there are no lyrics or very minimal occurrences so these are not distracting to the reader. This playlist features soundtracks from some of the most famous movies. Forrest Gump, Gladiator, Avator, Inception,. Braveheart, Da Vinci Code, Titanic, Harry Potter, and the Last Samurai are just a few.

4. Halo Soundtrack

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So for not being a big gamer I do like the soundtracks to all the halo games. They have a space/ galaxy/electronic feel about them making it quite laid back. These once again can be found on Spotify and youtube (link below). It is all instrumental.

5. Reading soundtrack

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This playlist found on Spotify- by the way Spotify has not sponsored this post- is mixed instrumental. It has composers like Hans Zimmer and features some more movie soundtracks. These however are more modern day movies like Mocking Jay, Christopher Robin movie and the new live action Cinderella. Once again this seems to be all instrumental.

I hope this post has given those of you out there who do enjoy listening to music while reading some options you have never heard of. If any of you have favourite playlists of your own I would love to hear about them!! Please feel free to leave comments below. Also if you are the person who does not like listening to music while reading I would love to hear why not.

Happy Reading !!!

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Top 5: Stephen King Books

Top 5: Stephen King Books

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Hello all my book nerds/ Stephen King fans

Going along with my blog post last week the review of Mr.Mercedes, I decided to do a top 5 list of my favourite Stephen King novels. I love so many of his books that it was hard to pick just 5. As time goes on and the more books of his I read I’m sure this will become a more fluid list. For the time being these of my favourite books that gave me all the feels of chills and thrills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Pet Sematary

 

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This was the first Stephen King book I ever read. It has made such an impact on me as a reader. I still remember going to my local library as a ‘adult’ -one of the first books I picked out of my first adult fiction experience. I remember the typical musty paper library smell and feeling so grown up at the check out. I remember the look of the cover and the feel of the pages against my fingers. -oh the good memories books inspire . This book did not let me down! What a first read choice! A tribal burial ground that brings things back to life! My imagination was sparked trying to imaging this grungy cat coming back to the house after coming back from the dead.

2. Carrie

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What can I say about Carrie except classic, classic King!. I do believe that this was my second King book that I read and it stands a number 2 on my list. King has a fascination for psychic abilities and this book fully revolves around this. Carrie literally scared the pants off me and kind of made me scared to have my prom. Carrie outlines the cruelty of teenagers and bullying, which I may add is a huge issue now a days. Only one mind could imagine soaking someone in pigs blood then kill off most of the teenagers/ facility in a forifying manner. The original movie was so great outlying the timid and scared Carrie in comparison to her crazy religious mother and their co-dependent relationship it does the book justice.

3. The Shining

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So this may spark some controversy but I enjoyed the original book version of the Shining rather than the movie adaptation. I know the movie was good but the book was freaky. I think the scares in the book would have been way scarier on the real screen. The hedge animals almost made me have nightmares! I think the slow descent into madness was more unsettling in the book than movie. I feel the movie Wendy was kind of annoyingly pathetic but the book version was portrayed was weak but not irritating. This may be a very unpopular view but hey I like what I like.

4. Salem’s Lot

Vampires meet King, King meet vampires. I am really not a huge fan of vampire books/movie but I love love love King’s portrayal. The suspense in this novel was built up to the point I nearly split in two. The creepy immigrant Barlow was an excellent villain spreading his infection throughout the town. As per King’s usual even young kids are not exempt from the horrifying events and transactions that is a Stephen King book. Here I go again making my TBR longer than it needs to be but I would love to re read this book!

5. It

 

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The piece de resistance, the clown that started it all (not including Gacy. It was a very intimidating read as per the length. Oh man did it scare the pants off me. I couldn’t walk past a sewer drain or old abandoned house without having flashbacks from the book. The only aspect of this book I could have done without was near the end of the book, yes for those who have read it they probably know what I am talking about. The Loser’s CLub having a ‘kid orgy’ may have taken it a bit too far from some readers, especially they younger ones. The TV mini series and Tim Curry are legendary!

So these are just a few of my Stephen King picks. I would like to hear from you guys and see what your favourite King novels are. He has touched so many readers with his creepy and sinister novels it is truly amazing!

As always

Happy reading!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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Top 5: My Favourite Series

Top 5: My Favourite Series

I have been wanting to write a top 5 fav book series for a long time. I am a huge fan of reading a series. Getting to know the characters so deeply over 3,4,5 books is a thrill! I love investing in the worlds and all the side plots. Now this list is actually way longer than just 5 but these are the top series that have imprinted on my reading soul. If you have any series you have been enchanted by I would love to hear about them and as always grow my every daunting TBR list! So without any further adieu here we go!

  1. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Yes those books are as worn and used as they appear, hence why there are my #1! These were the very first books I read while transitioning into adult ’reading’. A brief reading history: my grandmother was an avid reader and passed down the reading bug to me. This was the first set of books she ever bought me. I have read this series 3 times in total and a few individual books a couple of times more. Reminiscing I have a hankering to reread this series over the summer…LOL . Very short summary for those who are not familiar with Anne and her shenanigans. This series follows the orphan Anne Shirley who is sent to live with a brother and sister by mistake, they wanted a boy to help around their house in Avonlea. It takes us on adventure after adventure with the spunky Anne to adulthood. I don’t want to give any spoilers but this series is full of hilarity, love and has its own hints of sadness. Avonlea and Anne will always have a special place in my heart. I hope to one day fuel the reading fire in my own children with this series the way my grandmother did for me!

2. The Finoavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

 

 

This is a new read for me as of 2018 and instantly went straight to the top of list. The author is Canadian, a little bias here and the beginning is actually set in at the University of Toronto. Not for long though as this trilogy quickly sweeps us for the majestic and regal UOT to the fantasy world of Finoavar. This is a high fantasy book for the LOTR lovers, which I also am.(see #3 lol). It follows 5 main characters on their quests throughout this series and with the war against evil. The writing style of Kay is so divine. The inter-connectivity is simply breathtaking and pulls you in. We find near the end of this series how all the side plots are connected with one another and it is done in such a manner that cohesive makes sense. Not everyone can have 50 billion stories all intertwined – embellishment made on the numbers. Kay intertwines Celtic, Welsh, Norse, First Nations, and many other mythologies so it has a something everyone recognizes!

3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

 

 

As per the spoiler above here is another high fantasy series that has made my top list. Really though, who does not like LOTR – if you don’t that completely acceptable I have just met more people who loved it than hate it. The LOTR is a celebrated classic trilogy that has also been made into the classic movies as well – in breathtaking New Zealand. I love the way Tolkien is so descriptive in his storytelling. They way he describes middle earth and the characters makes it easy to feel transported to these places. LOTR is the epic battle of good against evil and someone who you do not think could change the world stands up with so much courage and proves everyone wrong. The one ring to rule them all!!!

 

 

 

 

4. Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

 

So the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was one of my first larger reads and I was super intimidated by it. While reading I couldn’t help fall in love with Lisbeth Salander. What a punk ass girl who does not take crap from anyone especially when life throws her so many shit balls. This initially drew me in and kept me reading book to book. The back story of how Stieg Larsson died only added to the mystery and pull of the books. He worked in politics and real life journalist.  He did research into the right-wing extremists. Due to the type of research he did he had to keep his address hidden, this is why some say he did not marry Eva. Was his death foul play or just his lifestyle catch up with him?

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5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling —duhh

 

 

A top series list wouldn’t be complete without the good old H.P. listed somewhere. I fondly remember reading this series and anticipating when each new book was to be released. This was a turning point for YA and readers everywhere. It made all little kids imagine that an owl would show up to their house and invite them to Hogwarts and unveil that they are really magic! To be able to read this series to my future children who do not know what happens to the kid with the lightning bolt scar is a gift from Rowling.

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I hope all of you enjoyed my fav series. If you have any top series I have not listed I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments below.

 

 

Happy Reading!!!!

 

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Top 5: Spring Reads 2019

Top 5: Spring Reading Lists 2019

So spring is finally here, thank god because here in Ontario Canada it was one rough winter.

 

So to go along with our new, warmer mood I thought I would accompany it with the books I am most looking forward to reading this spring !! There are so many out there so if I have missed one you are looking forward to I am sorry but I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment with your most anticipated spring read !! Expand my TBR !!

1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Release date February 5, 2019

So this is the first book in the new Dark Star trilogy written by Marlon James. He is also the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. After reading multiple synopsis this is a fantasy book seems to be about a hunter who is hired to find a missing child. The setting is an african style mythology. This hunter called Tracker must work with a bunch of unusual characters that seem to have their own, maybe sinister, agenda of finding this kid. Reading the reviews is has been compared to an African Game of Thrones esk type story. I am really fascinated with this story perception and cannot wait to see where this fantasy takes us.

 

 

2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Release date February 7, 2019

This is Alex’s debut novel and what a novel to kick off his career. The basis of this book is around Alicia who is a painter. On the outside her and her husband have the perfect life. who shoots her husband 5 times then never talks again. The story follows her to the psychiatric facility. Insert Theo a criminal psychologist who tried to get her to talk. The book has murder, mystery and psychosis! I wanted to read this so I bought it!

 

 

 

3. Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Release Date March 5, 2019

Gingerbread: A Novel by [Oyeyemi, Helen]

 

Helen Oyeyemi is also the author of the highly popular Boy, Bird, Snow (2013) and What is not your is not yours (2015). Its is a modern-day twist on Hansel and Gretel. It does not take the real fairytale perception. It is more of a family passing down the recipe for the famous gingerbread with a twisted angle. It is set in Britain and follows a mother Harriet Lee and daughter Perdita Lee duo. On the outside they may appear to be a normal family but there are glimpses of  more oddities than normalities. They live in a weird place and no one seems to know where their hometown is which is where their gingerbread is said to be famous. The story follows Perdita trying to track down her mother’s childhood friend Gretel. I am loving the new takes on fairy tales!!! -Lunar Chronicles are along the same fairytale plot changes,

4. Run Away By Harlan Coben

Release Date March 19, 2019

 

Harlan Coben is also the author of Tell No One (20001) and Six Years (2013). Run Away appears to be a thriller that follows the viewpoint of a parent. All the synopsis are very vague. The parent finds their troubles drug addicted daughter in Central Park and she runs – hint to the title. The novel follows this parent into a dark underworld which I assume is the drug world. I don’t know why this book catches my attention so much but I am looking forward to finding out what is wrong with the daughter and if she is in this world by her own doing or maybe because of something/someone more sinister.

 

 

5. Stepsister by Jinnifer Donnelly

Release Date May 14

Stepsister by [Donnelly, Jennifer]

 

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of the popular historical fiction novel A Northern Light and the Waterfire Saga. You may tell I am a huge fairytale retelling fan. Is is the untold story of the original Cinderella tale where one of the ugly stepsister Isabelle cuts off her toes to fit into the glass slipper,. PS Loving the cover! Sick and Twisted Lovers unit!! So she Prince finds out the truth that Isabelle is not the girl who lost the slipper, well duh her toes are missing! The tale follows Isabelle as she is banned from the kingdom and she is on a quest for redemption and inner beauty!!!!

 

If anyone else has a different anticipated read please leave a comment below!!

 

Happy Reading !!