Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Gilmore Girls Book Tag


In honour of the Gilmore Girls revival, I am so excited to do this book tag that I found over at Pretty Deadly Reviews and Stay Bookish. If you love Gilmore Girls and cannot wait for the Netflix revival, then why not try this book tag in the meantime. Funny enough, both blogs that have a Gilmore Girls tag on it have different prompts, so I might just have to do them ALL. 

Let's start with the one from Stay Bookish:

rory & lorelei - a book with an awesome mother/daughter relationship
White Dresses
by Mary Pflum Peterson - relationships can be complicated and this book shows how true that can be, but it also shows how love brings you together and helps you to remember all of the good (see my review here)

rory - a favourite character who is a bookworm
Hermione from Harry Potter - it's an obvious choice, but she is so my favourite bookworm ever

paris - a character who is snarky and completely honest, almost to a fault
Betsy from the Undead Series by MaryJanice Davidson - vampire queen who says exactly what she thinks and forgets to filter any of her thoughs (love her)

lane - a book with an awesome best friend
Drink, Slay, Love
by Sarah Beth Durst - Pearl's human best friends, Evan and Bethany remind of the Scoobie Gang from Buffy! (see my review here)

sookie - a character that makes you laugh
Ron Weasley from Harry Potter series!

lorelei & luke - a book about best friends who fall in love
Goodnight, Tweetheart
by Teresa Medeiros -  Abby and Mark become close friends via a twitter conversation and slowly fall in love with each other (see my review here)

jess - most swoon-worthy book boyfriend
Arik from Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake - a library jumping, magic wielding, leather clad hottie!

lorelei - a character who is super clever and quick witted
Mattie from The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo - She's sassy, snarky and witty (see my review here)

logan - a bad boy that you can't help but love
Trent Emerson 
from Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker - bad boy with a heart of gold (see my review here)

And now the ones from Pretty Deadly Reviews:

I just got hit by a deer - character having the worst day ever
Georgia from Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave - secrets discovered a week before her wedding, a bride running from reality and the aftermath (see my review here)

Stars Hollow - wildly eccentric cast
We All Looked Up
by Tommy Wallach - think of a cast similar to The Breakfast Club dumped into an end of the world situation - the characters are so varied and tossed together to figure it all out (my review here)

Coffee - a book you're addicted to/a character with an addiction
I think I am addicted to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - the audio book is amazing and is narrated by Wil Wheaton who makes the story come alive with all of its 80s references (my review here)

Someone devil egged by car?! - great act of revenge
Burn for Burn
by Jenny Han - a great revenge book

Mr. Medina - an illicit affair
Second Life
by SJ Watson - This is quite the thriller with an affair.

Kim's Antiques - a world you'd be afraid to enter
The world where The Line exists from the book Carrier by Anne Tibbets. Sex slaves in a dystopian world.

Harvard vs. Yale - character who needs to make a life-changing decision
AJ from The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - a widower who owns a bookshop and an abandoned toddler, adopt her alone or let them take her to another family... what would you choose given the option
?

Luke's Diner - a comfort read
Harry Potter series... all of them. They are my favourite books of all time.

Am I crying or laughing? - a book that messed with my emotions
The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski - emotional ups and downs while June finishes the bucket list of a car accident victim (see my review here)

Emily - the HBIC (head bitch in charge)
Anita Blake from the Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton - very adult series, but she is a head chick in charge

Lorelei & Rory - favourite family dynamic
The Sparrow Sisters
by Ellen Herrick - not a traditional family dynamic, but a family of sisters who are there for each other through so many ups and downs - they are the truest form of having your back and what family stands for (see my review here).

I pushed him in the lake! - a book you'd throw in the lake
The Troop
by Nick Cutter - this was a DNF for me... I just really could not get into it at all.

1000 yellow daisies - favourite romance
I don`t have a favourite, but one that I adore is the romance between Cara and Jack in Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews (see my review here).

Jess - an unpopular opinion
I tried to read After Alice by Gregory Maguire, but even though I adored his book Wicked, I could not get into this one. Many people enjoyed this book, but it just wasn`t for me.

First Snow - snowy or holiday read
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
by Lisa Kleypas - Christmas magic making dreams come true!

Hep Alien - book centered around music
Love is a Mix Tape
by Rob Sheffield - music is a large part of this story, but it's so full of emotion, memory and loss.

He'd better have a motorcycle! - your book crush
Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - he`s the most adorable and completely caring guy that Cath could ever ask for - so much love for Levi!

It's repetitive and redundant - a book that could have been shorter
The Bone Tree
by Greg Iles - i did not finish this book either... it seemed daunting due to it`s size.

Kirk - the weirdest book you've ever read
Random Magic
by Sasha Soren - whimsical, eccentric and definitely weird, but enjoyable.

It's a lifestyle. Its a religion. - that one book that means more to you than any other
I have a few - Harry Potter makes the top of the list and I need to do a reread soon, anything by Rainbow Rowell (I still have a few titles to get to, but love her writing), The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, any Kathy Reichs book (I've read almost all of them) and I am sure there are more.

AND WE'RE DONE. If you love book tags and Gilmore Girls, then consider yourself tagged and link back in the comments so I can check out your choices!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Any day now...


I love this photo! Esme guarding my baby bump - the cats have been awfully snuggly lately. I have a feeling they will be good guardians/babysitters for Baby S.

I'm officially overdue... currently 40 weeks + 4 days pregnant. Due date has come and gone, yet for some reason this extra time home before baby arrives has seen me trying to write some blog posts to get myself back into blogging. I can't say for sure that I'll be back as often as before my hiatus, but I plan to try to write at least one post a week - a review that I'm overdue with writing, a book tag, meme or discussion post. And I'm sure I'll toss in a few baby related posts here and there (perhaps bookish baby posts as Baby S has a ton of books in her room already). 

Wish me luck... I'm anxious to meet my little one soon.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

GIVEAWAY: 5 Robyn Carr ARCs (Thunder Point Series)


Impromptu giveaway! I had been cleaning out my shelves a few months ago and set aside some ARCs that I know I won't get to and I've decided to do a giveaway for some here and there. The first batch is for FIVE Robyn Carr ARCs. (CAN/US ONLY) These were given to me by my BFF, but I just won't have the time to read them, so I'd like to send them to a good home!

It runs for a week, but be patient for the winner to be drawn as I'm due with my first baby ANY DAY now, so this draw might be delayed a little. ;) 


Books included are from the Thunder Point Series (books 4-8):

Monday, June 13, 2016

Simon & Schuster Canada Presents: The Light Between Oceans Read-A-Long


Simon and Schuster Canada is running a read-a-long for The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman in honour of the film being released on September 2nd. If you want to participate you can join the Goodreads Read-A-Long Group - it runs from july 8th to August 26th! 

I already own a copy of this book and it's on my TBR pile for this summer, so I'm super excited to bump this up the list and get started. Since my baby is due any day, I think reading this book in a read-a-long format will work perfectly with my new life change (I'll read while nursing and won't feel bad for not reading the book at a faster pace). 

If you don't already have a copy of the book you can enter the Goodreads Giveaway for your very own copy! (Canada Only)


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Published: July 31, 2012
Pages: 343

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.

*Winner of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award
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