Monday, April 23, 2018

Using my TBR Jar again...

I made this TBR Jar back in 2015 and it sat on my shelf all pretty and unused. I had so many review books to get through and then I kind of took I hiatus when I was pregnant and now I am trying to tackle my obscene TBR pile (all while continually adding new review books to my shelves).

The only real reason it has come back to my attention is the fact that my toddler pulls everything she can reach off my shelves. She brought me the jar the other day and wanted to look at the papers inside. So, I dumped it out to take a peak and see if it still applies and it does! 

The things I wrote on the papers were things like: horror, thriller, romance; red cover, blue cover, yellow cover; A, B, C; Kathy Reichs, Bertrice Small. So genres, cover ideas, letters of alphabet to chose a book starting with that letter or books by a certain author. Oh and the best one: book that's been on TBR the longest! 

I have decided that I'll be using this in combination with reading my review copies (trying to get caught up) and reading books for the TBR Pile Challenge (since that had to be predetermined). I hope this will help me tackle my huge pile of unread books.

Do you have a TBR Jar? Either way, what did/would you write on the slips of paper? Leave a comment because you just might inspire me to add more slips to my jar!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

I Spy Book Tag

found over at Kelly's Rambles

Rules: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!

1. Food - The Cake Therapist by Judith M. Fertig
2. TransportationHarry Potter and Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
3. Weapon - The Princess Bride by William Goldman
4. Animal - Dewey by Vicki Myron
5. Number - One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

6. Something You Read - Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff 
7. Body of Water - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
8. Product of Fire - Firelight by Sophie Jordan
9. Royalty - God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
10. Architecture - A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

11. Clothing - The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean
12. Family Member - The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
13. Time of Day - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
14. Music - Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
15. Paranormal Being - Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

16. Occupation - The House Girl by Tara Conklin
17. Season - The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff
18. Colour - Sister's Red by Jackson Pearce
19. Celestial Body - A Million Suns by Beth Revis
20. Something That Grows - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
 I tag anyone that wants to play along!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Book Dreams | Titles I'm Excited For In April

The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes - April 1, 2018 Lake Union Publishing

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In this novel from a New York Times bestselling author, the search for truth is defined by secrets and lies.

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.

As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.

In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It by Lauren Graham - April 3, 2018 Ballantine Books

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[Non-fiction | Essays]

Advice for graduates and reflections on staying true to yourself from the beloved Gilmore Girls actress and New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Talking as Fast as I Can and the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

“If you’re kicking yourself for not having accomplished all you should have by now, don’t worry about it. Even without any ‘big’ accomplishments yet to your name, you are enough.”

In this expansion of the 2017 commencement speech she gave at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now. “Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing, especially when the joy isn’t finding you.” In her hilarious, relatable voice, Graham reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes us or what we’ve yet to achieve. Grounded and inspiring—and illustrated throughout with drawings by Graham herself—here is a comforting road map to a happy life.

“I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve had successes and senior slumps. I’ve been the girl who has the lead, and the one who wished she had the bigger part. The truth? They don’t feel that different from each other.”

Other Books Releasing in April...

Come From Away by Genevieve Graham - April 24, 2018 Simon & Schuster [Goodreads | Buy It][Historical Fiction]
The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi - April 17, 2018 Simon & Schuster Canada [Goodreads | Buy It][Non-Fiction]
Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion - April 3, 2018 KCP Loft [Goodreads | Buy It][YA | Contemporary]
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell - April 24, 2018 Atria [Goodreads | Buy It][Mystery | Thriller]
Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd - April 24, 2018 HQN [Goodreads | Buy It][Romantic Suspense | Mystery]

What books are you looking forward to in April? 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

TTT: Books That Take Place In Another Country

Now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Most of the books I've read are based in the US, some in Canada (I'm trying to read more set in my home country) and a few in England. So this list is made up of 10 books I've read that are set in countries other than Canada. And in no particular order...

Poland - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
China - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Afghanistan - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Egypt - Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
France - The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie
Iran, Afghanistan & multiple other Middle East countries - A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
USA - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (so many great stories set in the US, but this is a fave)
Pakistan - I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Maldives - On the Island by Tracey Garvs Graves

Leave me some suggestions for books to read set in countries that I have not listed above... I'm always looking for great stories in amazing settings!
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