Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What Are YOU Reading?

Who's sick of Winter?


I honestly feel like such a negative Nancy lately(no offence to the Nancy's out there!). Christmas is over but the ba-humbug-ing has not hit the road. I am groaning and grumbling every day as I look outside the winter. We are either getting slammed with a snow, ice, hail, whatever storm, or on the clear days we do have, it is too damn cold to do anything without your face freezing off!

Ok! Negativity aside, how is everyone Else's Winter going? Getting some great reading done? I honestly thing that is the only perk this Winter has had for me. I have read some wonderful books so far, ranging from Contemporary Romance(I'm talking about you Nicholas Sparks) and some Mystery & Thriller's(Stephen King anyone?) and of course some Young Adult. But what I really want to know is what YOU are reading? 

Any great new authors I should check out? Did you stumble across a riveting series that I simply must read? I WANT TO KNOW!

Let's kick these Winter Blues together, huh?!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Just HAD To Buy... But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf

Books I Just HAD To Buy... But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf

Oh boy! I'm sure I am going to catch some flack for some of the books on this list... Please be gentle...

 Twenty Boy Summer

Pretty Little Liars Box Set (Pretty Little Liars, #1-4)

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy: The Summer I Turned Pretty; It's Not Summer Without You; We'll Always Have Summer

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

The Disenchantments

The Book of Lost Things

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

The Secret Life of Bees

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

This doesn't event begin to scratch the surface, but these are the ones that I pretty much had a hissy fit over, but alas, have yet to read. *Hangs head in shame*

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 398 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book:  Amazon | Amazon

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

“After all, if there is a heaven, we will find each other again, for there is no heaven without you.”

My thoughts of this book in a nutshell:


Yay, another Nicholas Sparks book! I am giddy with excitement. Let the romance begin!


Oh Mr. Sparks. You sure know how to pen the most perfect, swoon worthy characters. Can I have Luke for Christmas?

Nicholas Sparks! Why do you do this to me every time. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, you flip the script!



I didn't see that coming. I'm so happy!!

I can't believe it, a Nicholas Sparks book that didn't make me cry. Only one more chapter left!


Whoa boy! That is pretty much the only way I can sum of this amazing, heart-warming novel. Nicholas Sparks, you did it again!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: Find a 'New to You' blogger and feature them on your Follow Friday post.

I came across this wicked Tumblr blog just a few weeks ago by accident. Boy, am I lucky I found it. I love the easy on the eyes layout. The awesome posts/reviews. They are witty and don't lack gifs! 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

The Demonologist
Release date: January 7th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 320 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: From the publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA 

Professor David Ullman is among the world’s leading authorities on demonic literature, specializing in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Not that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing more. So when the mysterious Thin Woman arrives at his office and invites him to travel to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” David is hard-pressed to overcome his skepticism.
But there are forces at work beyond anything David can imagine, and they will stop at nothing to ensure that the professor does not escape their grasp. Against his better judgment, David, accompanied by his beloved daughter, Tess, finds himself traveling to Venice, where an unspeakable horror awaits.
Soon David is pulled into a journey that will redefine what he is willing to believe. Guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David races to save his daughter. If he fails, he will lose Tess forever.

“Sometimes, monsters are real,” Tess said, rolling over, leaving me alone with the ladybug staring up at me. “Even if they don’t look like monsters.” 

Where the heck do I even start? Really?! My head is still buzzing after this wildly suspenseful ride! My tush was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time while reading The Demonologist. It deserves every piece of praise it gets. 

I usually keep away from "Horror" books; Not because I get scared, but because they don't scare me. The usually fall flat. Well, that was not the case with this novel. Goosebumps, spine tingles, shivers, you name it, I got it. The Demonologist not only has the scare factor, but it had a very compelling and thought provoking storyline. Andrew Pyper had a great flow to his writing style as well. He doesn't fill the space with unnecessary details, or drone on about this and that. The fantastic plot lines flow consistently throughout the entire novel.

The characters were the final piece to this hauntingly wonderful puzzle. David's emotions radiated off the pages. He was a bold character but he didn't lack vulnerability. He was okay to reveal weakness. And I absolutely adored Diane. She was spunky, smart, and hilarious. She added the light touch this book needed.

The Demonologist was an epic win! I'm glad I gave it a chance. One last thought, read it with the lights on. You never know what creeps in the darkness... ;)

In One Word
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Let's Talk: A vest that would make us FEEL the books emotions...

Let's Talk is a feature that I want to start here on Saturdays. It gives us an opportunity to chat! 

What books did you read this week? 
See any movies? 
Anything you would recommend? 
Did you come across any cool new blogs this week that you think I need to check out? 
Did something hilarious happen to you that you just have to share? 

Whatever it is, I want to know. I want us to chat! In these posts, I will also update you on some of my weekly events as well! 

I am really trying to find a solid way to reach out and connect more with my readers! So please help me along with this feature, and Let's Talk!

This week has been so busy for me! Full of some Yoga goodness, too! Aside from that though, my manager shared a really weird wacky interesting article with me at work Friday, and I just couldn't wait to share it with you. It's called Sensory Reading and it's a vest that you would wear that what makes us FEEL exactly what the characters we are reading about feel. SAY WHAT? No jokes here friends!

"You know the power of a great book. It transports you, taking you into another place and time. But if well-written prose and the power of your imagination aren't enough, a few clever engineers at MIT have come up with a wearable vest that hooks up to an e-book to enhance your reading experience even more".

Sounds pretty cool, but I couldn't even imagine me wearing one of these while reading The Fault in Our Stars or The Book Thief, or ANY Nicholas Sparks book. I would feel sorry for any poor soul near me having to witness this:

or this


or any other feels I experience during a novel!

What are YOUR thoughts on this high tech vest thingy? Would you want one or at least want to try it?

Let's Talk!

Monday, February 3, 2014

The F-It List by Julie Halpern

The F- It List
Release Date: November 12th, 2013
Publisher: Macmillian
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon

With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer. 
Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family. 
But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again—Becca has cancer. 
So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help your ailing friend—you do it.

Do you ever think you could just sum up everything you want to say about a book in one word? Yes, of course you want to explain why you are using said word, but sometimes you can just think of one thing to say. The F-It List gave me this feeling...

 I freaking LOVED this book. I loved every minute of it. I absorbed and devoured every page. Okay, okay, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'll break it down a little bit better for you!

Julie Halpern sure knows how to pen a heart-wrenching yet hysterical novel. Even in the very core of a Cancer diagnoses the puns and one liners keep coming that you can't help but laugh through your tears. I absolutely adored  Becca. And even though it was very early on in the book, the bedroom scene with the neighbour still gets me giggling.  That scene will forever stay in my mind when I think about this book!

I also loved that this book touched heavier on subject matter that a lot of YA brush past(like sex and masturbation *gasp*)

Alex was a great character as well! There were moments I found her a little too angsty(is that a word?) at times but that was easily overcome by her witty personality and sense of humour.

If you're not a fan of heavy storylines don't let this book slip by you. Yes, it has a heavy subject matter, but the book has a lovely delivery to it. Like I mentioned before, a great lightness to it. 

I loved everything about this novel; From the writing style to the beautifully crafted characters!

In One Word

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