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Top 5: Summer Reads 2019

Top 5: Summer Reads 2019

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Welcome to another of my top 5 lists. Since summer is just around the corner I wanted to release my most anticipated books of the summer. Nothing is better than feeling the warm sunshine, the smell of the beach or fresh cut grass and a brand new read in your hand. Maybe I’m a bit bias but this is the best feeling as in Canada we do not get many months of truly warm weather. There are so many books being released on the next few months. If I have missed one you are looking forward to I am sorry. Please leave a comment with yours as I always love to grow my TBR. Some of these books are seconds in the series so SPOILERS AHEAD

  1. Children of Vengeance and Virtuve by Tomi Adeyemi

Release Date June 4, 2019

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For those of us who loved her first book Children of Blood and Bone I know I cannot wait for this release date. Not everyone may have enjoyed it but there are quite a lot of positive reviews out there. Children of Vengeance takes places right after the epic battle at the temple. Zelie and Amari are on the ship and learn that magic is once again in the land of Orisha. It seems even the nobles who have maji blood have gotten magic. There now is a struggle of uniting the kingdom, maji against noble and everyone is on the same playing field. As Zelie fights to get Amari her rightful throne all they want is peace. As civil war is on the horizon this book promising to be just as action packed as the first. I can’t wait to see how Tomi incorporate magic into the military system of the nobles and how she shows the maji rise up again.!!!!! Epic epic epic!!!

2. The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Release Date June 18, 2019

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Sandy toes for the summer, love the book cover!!! This novel follows 2 sisters Brooke and Mindy. Mindy is the perfect child while Brooke the adventourous one. Now grown up Mindy has 3 kids and is the wife of a doctor. She shows up at Brooke’s doorsteps. Mindy wants to trade places for a while so she can get her life back on track. Brooke agress and head back to their hometown of Wildstone with Mindy’s kids. Brooke apparently is just as disheveled and broken and Mindy but hides his as she wanted to make amends with her sister. Back in Wildstone hidden secrets of the past apparently come to back into light. This novel seems to be a tale of 2 sisters reuniting and facing their hometown secrets. I do love me a good family story!!!!

-also written by this author : Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found sisters

3. The Whispering Network by Chandler Baker

Release date July 2, 2019

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This books seems to play into the me too movement of present day society. It follows 4 women: Stoane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita. They all work in corporate America and their male boss is up for a huge promotion at their cooperation Truviv Inc.. Apparently his professional life is less than squeaky clean and their a lot of rumors floating around regarding how he treats women. After finding out he is being inappropriate yet again with another woman these 4 women form a pact. They decided to take a stand and set a plan in motion where lies and secrets are uncovered. After all the social media coverage of the me too movement this book already has a lot of traction!!

-also written by this author: Alive and This is not the End

4. The Rabbit Hunter by Lars Kepler

Release Date: July 30, 2019

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This is a thriller/mystery novel that is perfect to freak you out in the nice weather!!!! The novel starts out with the murderer being a ‘virgin’ and stalking his first victim in a garden wearing a mask…spooky much. The novel then goes on to follow an ex detective: Joona Linna. The twists- he is on a high security prison giving this novel a Hannibal Lecter feel. To swap for his freedom he must help catch the murderer now known as the Rabbit Hunter. I love a good cat and mouse thriller. I am hoping this book is filled with twist after twist of tension filled pages.

-also written by this author: The Sandman and the Hypnotist

5. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Release date August 27,2019

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So to put how anticipated this read already is, I am number 94 on the hold list at my local library and the release date is not until August !!!!! Rebecca applied to be a live in nanny at the Heatherbrae House. It is a modern ‘smart’ luxury house in the Highlands and of course a picture perfect family lives in it. Twist – turns out this is a horror/murder mystery novel. A child is dead and Rebecca is in jail . She writes from jail trying to tell her lawyer the details of what happened. The children were not picture perfect, the house was creepy and she was left alone a great majority of the time but she is not a murderer but who is? Another tension filled read to load up your summer with!!!

-also written by this author: The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game !!!

I cannot wait to get my hands on these 5 books this summer. I hope I have added to your TBR list. As above please feel free to comment any others you are excited about reading !!!!

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Happy Reading!!!!!!

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Top 5: Books that Should be Made into Movie

Top 5: Books that Should be Made into Movies

So with all the remakes and live action movies coming out I thought we should get the book world more screen time! We all have mixed feelings about book to movie adaptations. They care either go really well or crash and burn, and let’s face it they usually crash and burn. The follow 5 books are stories that I think would transcribe to the big screen and the special effects would be mind blowing.

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book sparks such vivid images in my imagination. I think the Night Circus would have breathtaking illusions on the big screen. All the different circuses the 2 magicians Marco and Celia conjure up could be visually dazzling in a movie. I would love to see the directors take on some of the circus themes and performances that take place in Le Cirque des Reves. The love story between Marco and Celia is so different than anything on the romance market it would be a nice break in the cinema.

2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I do love me a good post apocalyptic book and Station Eleven delivers. I would love to see how the world looks and the devastation after the Swine Flu pandemic. I love who all the characters are somehow connected to the pre breakdown of civilization. I think the flash back/ present day views would translate great to a motion picture. The dystopian apocalyptic genre has been really popular as of late and I think Station Eleven would be a nice addition.

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Myers

I think everyone who has read these books can agree if made into a movie the special effects would be out of this world. Cyborg, space and monsters all mixed together in a series of movies is a sure win at the box office!!! I would be interested to see their take on the how lunar cyborg aspect and how they would make the lunar people shimmer.

4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The first book that got me to truly love the historical fiction genre. I believe the sheer background and setting would make this a astonishing film. Any type of world war movies are usually a hit with movie goers. I would be so interested to see how they choose to portray Marie-Laure LeBlanc’s view as she is blind. Seeing the Sea of Flames jewel and the lengths Marie- Laure’s father goes to hide it would be so moving. All the Lights We Cannot see could translate to a heart wrenching movie experience.

5. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Lastly I choose the Hazel Wood because for the anticipation of how the visual and imaginatroy scenes would play out on film. This book was so whimsical and fantastic the visual effects/ scenes in the Hinterland would be so fun to view as a movie. Alice Three times would be a spooky and thrilling experience to sit through as well as all the stories Tales from the Hinterland. Seeing twice killed Katherine and her bird would be intriguing!

These are just a few of the book I choose as I think the visual and special effects would be out of this world. If you have any other book to movie suggestions I would love to hear them and they reasons why you choose it!

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

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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

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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 !!

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Best Places to Read

Hello All

Lets talk about some of our favourite places to read.  Sometimes the choice of our reading location is just as important as the choice of book we make.   The ambiance of our reading environment sets the mood for our entire reading experience.  I find that I read faster and I am able to imagine the world in which I enter while I am reading more vividly if I am in a comfortable place.  The following are just some of my recommendations for reading nooks that I enjoy and find enhance my adventure.

  1. My go-to reading spot is my couch accompanied by a blanket/pillow and my most valuable reading accessory , my cat  !  Who couldn’t snuggle with this little one !

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2. Another comfortable spot that a blanket and pillow complement is my bed.  I try and make it a habit to read for at least 30 minutes to a hour before bed.  This cuts down on my screen time and helps me fall asleepbeverage-bible-book-64775

3. One of the best spots to read if you prefer a quite scene that does not have the distracts of home is your local library.  I know the one close to my house has great couches that are super comfy.  Not having the distracts of endless to do list at home makes it a whole lot easier to get into my book.

4.The Bus or local transit may be how you get around in your city.  Depending on the length of your ride this may be the prefect time to delve into your current read.   I find that loosing myself in my book is a great way to make the transit time go by so fast.  However I have been known to miss my stop on occasion 🙂

5.  What would be better than to curl up at the waterfront/ park with a blanket and picnic basket? The answer is probably nothing.  Being out in nature is refreshing and what better way to enjoy it than with a book?

6. The beach is where I spend most of my time on vacation.  I love pulling up a beach chair, umbrella and book while i build ‘sand castles’ with my toes.  Listing to the waves in the background while soaking up the rays has to be one of the most relaxing ways I think I can of to escort my reading mind

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7. A coffee shop kills 2 birds with one stone.  You get to enjoy a great cup of java and enjoy a great book!

8. The gym is a great place to listen to a book for those who love audio books.   Popping in my headphones and listening to some Stephen King or Ann Rice is a great way to make your workout fly by!

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These are my favourite places to read but I would love to heard from you guys!  What are your favourite places to pull up a book and unwind?

Happy Reading!!!!!