Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Don't Look Back

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. It's hosted by Breaking the Spine

Book: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Disney - Hyperion
Release date: April 15th, 2014

Goodreads Summary

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

I  haven't read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout but this book sounds really good! It sounds like it could be a really good thriller, with maybe a bit of horror thrown in. I love the sound of it. What are you guys waiting for this week? Link me to your posts in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Reading!


Friday, 24 January 2014

Series Review: Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Book: Just One Day

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Speak

Pages: 400 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble

Where to Buy: AmazonChapters IndigoBarnes and Noble

Goodreads Summary

Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the "accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

I have a slight love affair going on with Paris and Amsterdam. They are my two favourite cities in the world, even though I have yet to visit the latter. When I saw that Just One Day was set in both Paris and Amsterdam, I started reading it.

I had never read anything by Gayle Forman before, but as soon as I started, I knew it was going to be a good one. Her writing style is so vivid and unique that it's hard to not be enchanted by it. She writes like everything is important and to downplay anything is a crime. The way that she wrote not only the setting, but her characters and their emotions really struck me as amazing. I was so impressed with the writing, and I am hooked.

The story had me from the synopsis. She played on such a well known fantasy, that an attractive European man will sweep you off your feet and take you to the city of lights and love. But it shows the morning after. The part of the story I liked the most, wasn't the day in Paris (Which I loved), but was the after, how Allyson felt with it. It took such a fairy tale fantasy and made it realistic.

The story was incredible, the characters realistic, and the writing superb. 5/5 stars to Just One Day.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Week in Review: January 12th - 19th

Hi everyone! This is my first week in review for 2014, and I hope that i'll be posting these once a week. I'm in the middle of exam season right now, so I didn't know if i'd be able to put anything up this week. I have exams next week and I've now handed in all of my final projects. It was a long week, but now that it's over, I feel like there is a huge weight off of my shoulders.

This week, I only read one book, which was Wonder by R.J. Polacio! I'll have a review up later this week, but I was a little disappointed in it. I don't know if it was because of the hype that surrounded it, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I was going to. And yesterday, I started my reread of the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. I'm preparing for Ignite Me! 

This week I also received a couple of books! The first book was an ARC of Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I requested this from HCC Frenzy, and I cannot wait to read this one. It's about a girl who has Leukaemia, and when told she has limited time left to live, she goes out to complete everything on her bucket list, only to be told that she's actually getting better! This is Julie's first novel and you can check out her website here. Side Effects May Vary comes out on March 18th!

Then, I got a package from Simon and Shuster, which had in it 2 books! I got Noggin by John Corey Whaley, and To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. I have not read anything by both of these authors, but I own Jenny Han's Summer trilogy and hopefully I'll get around to reading it. Noggin comes out April 8th, and To All The Boys I've Loved Before comes out April 22nd.

This weeks posts:
My Review of The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski
My Waiting on Wednesday post for To All the Boys I've Loved Before

What did you guys read this week? Let me know, and happy reading!


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. It's hosted by Breaking the Spine

I have never read anything by Jenny Han, although she does have a large selection of books. I do love contemporary, and I have never heard anything like this book. I really cannot wait to read this.

Goodreads Summary

Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them all at once? 
Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved; five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

This comes out on April 15th! What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments, and link me to your WoW posts!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Review: The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski

Book: The Paradox of Vertical Flight

Author: Emil Ostrovski

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Pages: 272 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Gifted to me.

Where to Buy: IndigoAmazonBook Depository

Goodreads Summary
What happens when you put a suicidal eighteen-year-old philosophy student, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, and his newborn baby in a truck and send them to Grandma's house? This debut novel by Emil Ostrovski will appeal to fans of John Green, Chris Crutcher, and Jay Asher.
On the morning of his eighteenth birthday, philosophy student and high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack's ex-girlfriend, Jess, has given birth, and Jack is the father. Jack hasn't spoken with Jess in about nine months—and she wants him to see the baby before he is adopted. The new teenage father kidnaps the baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Wal-Mart, and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and the ex-girlfriend. As they head to Grandma's house (eluding the police at every turn), Jack tells baby Socrates about Homer, Troy, Aristotle, the real Socrates, and the Greek myths—because all stories spring from those stories, really. Even this one. Funny, heart-wrenching, and wholly original, this debut novel by Emil Ostrovski explores the nature of family, love, friendship, fate, fatherhood, and myth.

I connected with this book. I don't know if it's because I just needed a story like this one, one that was though provoking, laugh out loud funny, and heartbreaking all at once, or because I fully understood the main character Jack. I don't know why I really connected with him. It could be because we are the same age, soon to be graduating. We have both made stupid mistakes and push other people away sometimes as well. Or maybe it's just because we have no idea what we're doing with our lives.

Jack's story gave me a lot of hop in a way. He showed me how important it is to be passionate, and how sometimes, it's okay to love things a little too much. The way he described loving Socrates, Jess, Tommy, and Bob made me feel like I was witnessing a very private moment in his mind. I felt so close to him, in such a meaningful way.

Emil Ostrovski is such a wonderful story teller, creating characters that leap off the page with realism, and a plot that was fast, entertaining, and just fanatical enough that whenever I picked this book up, I laughed a little saying, 'what is even going on' every time. He has created a story filled with lessons about being young and stupid and in love, and it's a story  that's going to stay with me for a long time.

I have definatley found a new favourite. If you're in the mood for some wonderful contemporary, reading Paradox of Vertical Flight. 6/5 stars.


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Christmas Book Haul - #NYW14

Usually I get a lot of books for christmas, but since this year we were travelling, I got a lot of gift cards to Chapters and Amazon instead. But included here are some books from TBTB Secret Santa, books I bought for myself, and books I bought from the gift cards.

Bought for myself at Chapters
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Gifted to me by Sara @ Just Another Story for The Broke and Bookish Secret Santa
Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Bought using gift cards
Pre-Order of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Pre-Order of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Gifted to me from my Sister
Dining with the Doctor by Chris-Rachael Oseland

What did you guys get as gifts this holiday? Let me know in the comments below! Tomorrow is the last day of New Years Week, so get ready! See you guys then!


Monday, 6 January 2014

Most Anticipated of 2014 - #NYW14 Day 6

Hey everyone! So, if you're anything like me, today is the day we all go back to school. Gone are the days of reading all day and in are the days of crying about getting up in the morning. But, to keep your spirits up, here are the books that I am most looking forward this year!

Series and Sequels

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Sisters' Fate by Jessica Spotswood
The One by Kiera Cass

Debut Authors
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

New from Loved Authors

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Panic by Lauren Oliver

Adult Novels

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
 Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

What are you guys excited for in 2014? Let me know in the comments! Hope you guys are having a wonderful new year so far! See you tomorrow!


Sunday, 5 January 2014

ARC Review: Promise Bound by Anne Greenwood Brown

Book: Promise Bound (Lies Beneath #3)

Author: Anne Greenwood Brown

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: eGalley from

Pages: 320 Pages

Source: Request for review from the Publisher

Goodreads Summary

Calder and Lily never imagined falling in love would mean breaking apart. But ever since Lily started wearing a glass pendant that once belonged to Nadia, Calder's adoptive mother, she's been having vivid dreams of what life was like for the mermaid matriarch. In fact, she's been dreaming as if she were Nadia! And Nadia, it seems, made a promise before her death. A promise to reunite Calder's biological mother with her son. Lily knows merfolk are bound to keep their promises. Calder's not buying into it, though. He chalks up the dreams to stress. He wants Lily to focus on the future—their future, not the past. Which forces Lily to send Calder away. Calder goes, feeling rejected and more than a little tempted to revert to his hunting ways.
What both of them overlook is the present: Calder's sisters, Maris and Pavati, are fighting for control of the mermaid clan, and now that Lily and her dad have transformed into mer-creatures, both mermaids vie for daughter and father as allies. Which of the two mermaids can be trusted? Will Lily make costly mistakes, forcing her to descend to the depths of Lake Superior? And if Calder returns, will he be the same merman Lily grew to love? The stakes are high, with many lives at risk, but Calder and Lily must confront the past as well as their darkest impulses if they want a chance at being together.

I first read Lies Beneath, the first book in the series, in 2012 and fell in love with the series. The originality of the story line and the characters and everything in between made this one of my favurite stories to keep coming back to. Warning, there may be spoilers for all the books below!

This book was an amazing finale. The way that the story ended was perfect in all senses of the word. The characters, mainly Calder and Lily are going through so much when the book started, and I was really scared that their characters would change from the ones I love so much because they've been put under this stress. I was so glad when, even throughout all the changes they were going through, they stayed themselves. 

Another Part I loved was the different POVs throughout the novel. Lies Beneath was told from Calder's perspective, while Deep Betrayal was told from Lily's. Promise Bound was told from both Lily and Calder's, as well as from a few others, including other members of the White family. I was a bit hesitant when I saw their names, but I found that it enhanced the story instead of hindering it.

My favourite part of this series was the characters of Lily and Calder. I love the juxtapoisiton of the two, and how well they work together. Their characters have grown together and they are really trying to help each other with whatever problem they have. I have never seen a relationship like theirs. I don't know how to describe it, but I know that it is one of my favourite relationships in YA.

Promise Bound was an amazing finale that kept me engaged from start to finish. I was on my toes the whole time. Promise Bound is a roller coaster of emotions that leaves readers not only satisfied, but happy. I am so glad that I have gotten to read this series, as it is one of my favourite of all time. I can't wait to see what's next for Anne. 5/5 Stars.

Have you guys read this series? If you have, what do you think about the series? And don't forget to pick up Promise Bound on Tuesday the 7th of January!


Saturday, 4 January 2014

My 2014 Reading and Blogging Resolutions - #NYW14 Day 4

A New Year means a chance to change my habits. So here's what I hope to change and accomplish in the new year!


(1) Read 74 books
I started the year off thinking that I was going to read 80 books, but quickly reassessed that and made a change. I changed it to read 73 books (one more than 2012). Even though I read 76 in 2013, I instead wanted to challenge myself to read 74 because I don't know what the new year brings for me in terms of University. So 74 books sounds good in my opinion, but really, i'll be aiming for 77.

(2) Read 3 Classics
I read 6 classics this year, which I was pretty proud of. The Thing is, is that, I read all of these for school. Since I'm going to school for English, I can guess i'm going to be reading a lot more. So what I'm really challenging myself to do is to read 3 classics of my choosings and read them for pleasure. I already knew two that I want to read, which are Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Let me know what else I should read!

(3) Read 5 Adult Novels 
I read 6 adult novels this year and loved almost all of them. I want to expand my range of genres and demographics, and I have heard of a few that I really want to read! I want to read the Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, one of my favorite adult novelists, and Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I also really want to read Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight.

(4) Start and Finish 5 Series
I love reading series, and I'm really bad at starting series and never finishing them. So this year, I want to read 5. I already have planned out most of the series I want to read. I'm going to read the ENTIRE Percy Jackson series, including the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Kane Chronicles, and the Heros of Olympus series. I also want to read the Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry. What other series should I read?


(1) Post twice a week
I want to make a schedule for posting. I want to have up either a meme, or a discussion as well as a review. I applaud people who can have up five or six posts a week, because I know that a lot of bloggers have children, and full time jobs, and actual social lives, while my excuse is Tumblr. I want to start getting myself into this new routine so that I can dedicate more time to the blog.

(2) Review Every Book I Read
I read 76 books last year. Now, not including picture books, or school books, I'm going to say I read 65 books. I only reviewed 35 books this year. That's 30 books that I might have loved that didn't get any on the blog. I want to make sure I review every book, giving each one the attention it deserves.

(3) Do More Book Discussions and Personal Posts
I feel like my blog is really one sided, so I want to do more discussion posts. I do my series called Book Banters, but I want to do more of them. Maybe get some other bloggers to do guest Book Banters! I feel like I coul do so much, but i'm not. I also want to do more personal posts, which is pretty self explanatory.

(4) Grow the Blog!
I love my blog, but I feel like I could do so much more with it. I want to gain more followers, and make more of a name for myself here! I'm not sure how I'm going to do that, but who knows what the new year could have in store for me!

What are your New Years Resolutions? Let me know in the comments, and if you've made a post, link me! I'd love to see it!


Friday, 3 January 2014

Top 13 of 2013 - #NYW14 Day 3

2013 held a ton of great books for me, so here they are; my favourite! I can't put one book over the other, so I've listed them in chronological order!

#13: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Read in January 2013 - Goodreads

Anna quickly became one of my favourite books, not only because my favourite city in the world is Paris, but because Anna is an amazing character and the story was killer. All contemporaries should be this good!

#12: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Read in February 2013 - Goodreads

Tahereh Mafi is one of my favourite authors and favourite people. Her stories make me so happy and her writing sweeps me off my feet. This book was just as good as the first one, and I cannot wait to finish the series. (Already pre-ordered Ignite Me!)

#11: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Read in March 2013 - Goodreads

I recieved an eGalley of this book back in March when it was still called Severed Heads, Broken Hearts, and I fell in love with it. It was one of my most anticipated of this year and it did not disappoint!

#10: The Girl of Fire and Thorns Series by Rae Carson
Read The Girl of Fire and Thorns (#1) in April 2013 - Goodreads 
Read The Crown of Embers (#2) in August 2013 - Goodreads
Read The Bitter Kingdom (#3) in December 2013 - Goodreads

I started this series in April and finished it a few days ago. This was my first real dive into fantasy, and if all fantasy is this good, with kickass characters, a great story, and beautiful world building, then sign me up for more!

#9: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Read in June 2013 - Goodreads

This book jumped out and stole my heart. It was beautifully written and utterly captivating. I think everyone should read this now because it is just so perfect.

#8: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Read in July 2013 - Goodreads

I have an immense love for Rainbow Rowell and her writing style. She is so honest in her writing, and that makes me love her characters so much. This book lives up to the hype.

#7: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Read in August 2013 - Goodreads

I can't believe I had waited this long to read this book. I loved the narration style and the characters. Liesel is one of my favorite characters ever and I just want to hug her and feed her.

#6: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Read in September 2013 - Goodreads

I was excited to read this, but wasn't sure what to expect. I was blown away by the beautiful and insiteful narration. Everyone should pick up this book.

#5: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Read in September 2013 - Goodreads

This is probably my favourite Rainbow Rowell book. I really connected with the characters, especially Cath. I felt such a strong bond with her and her situation. I adore this book so much.

#4: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Read in September 2013 - Goodreads

I didn't actually read this, but listened to the audiobook on I really loved the way the story played out vocally, and I think I'll have to actually read the book :)

#3: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Read in October 2013 - Goodreads

Once again, Rainbow Rowell. Need I say more?

#2: Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Read Just One Day in October 2013 - Goodreads
Read Just One Year in November 2013 - Goodreads


This was the first of Gayle Forman's novels that I had read and I loved it! The travelling, the imagery, and the beautiful naration made it such a special duo.

#1: The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski
Read in December 2013 - Goodreads

This book snuck up on me, and I loved it a lot more than i expected to. It was an amazing way to close out the year.

So those are my top 13 of the year! Link me to your posts below, or tell me what your favourites of the year were! See you tomorrow with my reading and blogging resolutions!


Thursday, 2 January 2014

013 End of Year Book Survey - #NYW14 Day 2

Hey everyone! I hope you're as excited to read this as I was to write it! Jamie, from The Perpetual Page Turner does this survey every year, and this is my 2nd survey! I hope you guys have fun reading! 

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Fantasy/Dystopian: The Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson (The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of 
Historical Fiction: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 Definitely Reboot by Amy Tintera!  

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Just One Day by Gayle Forman, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Rainbow Rowell, Hilary T. Smith, and Emil Ostrovski

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I don't read many adult novels, im not huge into science fiction, and I don't usually listen to the audio book, but I really loved this story in all sense.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Defiance by CJ Redwine, Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith, and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don't often re-read books, but I think I'm going to reread Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door before Isla comes out. I also think im going to reread Divergent series if I have time before the movie!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Kiri Byrd from Wild Awake, Ezra Faulkner from The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, Kenji from Unravel Me, and Hector from The Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Unravel Me. No, Wild Awake. Wait, Paradox of Vertical Flight... and Book Theif. Oh God, I don't know

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

Paradox of Vertical Flight and The Beginning of Everything. I loved Paradox because of so many reasons, mainly because I could see so much of my own insecurities within the main character. And I was really impacted by TBoE because of the idea of personal tradgedies. Just, read both of these

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I really love this book and this series and I just rEALLY WANT ISLA NOW.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
 From Wild Awake:

“As I pedal down the street ... the city blocks peel away like pages in a book I’m rifling through to find a single, highlighted sentence.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

This is not including children's books and Novellas.
Shortest: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (208 Pages)
Longest: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (560 Pages)

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

I don't wanna spoil anything, so highlight for the books you've read:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; When Cath and Levi kissed
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell; the Postcard at the very end
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak; When Rudy Steiner died
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi; Chapter 62

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Romance – Cath and Levi (Fangirl), Juliette and Warner (Unravel Me), Willem and Allyson (Just One Day), Hector and Eliza (Bitter Kingdom)
Friendship – Eliza and Mara (The Bitter Kingdom), Ezra and Toby (The Beginning of Everything), Cath and Reagan (Fangirl)

Familial — The Cahill Sisters (The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood)

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. I read her middle grade series called Knightly Academy that she published under the name Violet Haberdasher and I fell in love with her then. Also, Two Boys Kissing.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

 Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Contemporary YA :)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Levi from Fangirl, Finn from The Cahill Witch Chronicles, and Hector from The Girl of Fire and Thorns Series!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I'm going to go with The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I would also like to say that honorable mentions are The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski and Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Stolen: a Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher, and The Book Thief. I was instantly transported to both WWII Germany and the Australian outback as soon as I started these.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. I got to run a book club at the library where I work and reading this with the kids was so much fun!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Too many to list. I cry easily. The ones that I remember most vividly are The Book Thief, Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I cannot stress this enough, but Wild Awake. I know I talk about it a lot, especially in this survey, but I really think it was a beautiful book and I don't know many people that have read it.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

I found Belle's Bookshelf earlier on this year. I really love the features she has on her blog, and I loved her Aussie Author book challenge :)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

I'm really proud of the reviews I did for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, where I talked about how Cath was a super hero to girls like me. I also really liked my review of Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, even though it was super short.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I didn't really have any discussions on my blog this year. That was something I wanted to change for the new year. I want to do more posts about what im thinking about, and more personal stuff.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I was really interested on this post about how book blogging isnt very expensive. I agreed with the original poster to an extent, but I find it very interesting that she has this outlook. It might be because, in comparison, my blog is not known very well at all and her's is, but she made the point of saying that once she started getting review copies and hosting blog tours, the costs of book buying went down significantly. I have only received review copies and eGalleys once in a blue moon, and think that that statement is only relevent to certain people. She also made a statement about blog themes and about how those who are 'serious about blogging long term' should be able to invest in a decent theme. That rialed me a little, but oh well. We can disagree every once in a while.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Going to see Rainbow Rowell in October, and going to the Ontario Blog Squad Meet Up!
Getting to meet a ton of bloggers at the OBS Meet up this year!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

I really loved getting to meet authors this year! i got to meet Jessica Spotswood, Emily Pohl Weary, Elizabeth Wein, Eve Silver, and Rainbow Rowell!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My review of Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson! She retweeted it, so it was really all her ;)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

... All of them? To be honest, I'm lucky to get 20 views on a post sometimes.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Epic Reads and HCC Frenzy, as well as the RazorbillCanada Twitter!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I set a goal to read 73 books (1 more than last year) and I read 76 books!


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Scarlet by Melissa Mayer. I liked Cinder, but I wasn't thrilled with it. A lot of people who have read Scarlet and Cress now say that it gets better, and I have been pushing it off. Also, I've been wanting to read the Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead. I think I'm going to binge read the series sometime this spring or summer.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

I'd list them all here, but I'm doing my most anticipated books later this week! I'll post a link when it's up!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I cannot wait for The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, which comes out June 10th, and Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy, which comes out March 18th! I cannot wait for these two beauties to join the ranks of my shelf!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?


5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I really hope that I am able to dedicate more time to my blog and get into a regular blogging schedule. I don't know how well that's going to go because I start University this year, but I will try my hardest!

Thank you all for reading all the way to the end! Link my to your surveys in the comments, and Happy New Year!

See you tomorrow with my top 13 of 2013!