He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker | TLC Book Tour

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 2nd, 2016 by Atria Books
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Please note: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review as part of the book tour.

Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker’s Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.

 On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

Black Apple: Residential Schools and One Girl's Search for Identity | A Review

Black Apple by Joan Crate

Historical Fiction
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster 

The idea of reviewing this book is giving me heebie-jeebies. It covers such a sensitive and complex topic. I must start this by saying my review here is not to be seen as any sort of commentary on this part of Canadian history. That is, other than the fact that it was horrible. These are my thoughts on this book.

I’m not really sure what I expected this book to be, but it’s a thoughtful bildungsroman set in Canada when residential schools were still functioning. It’s the story of a young Blackfoot girl growing up, coming into her own, and finding a place to belong. This story is about humanity and choices. It’s about one girl’s journey to reclaim herself; her search for identity when her own was stripped away from her.

Super Late April Wrap up!

April is over. May is (way) upon us. Spring has sprung, and all that jazz. Wee! 

April was a pretty strange month all around, I've gotta say. Weather wise, it was all over the place. One week there was a snow storm and schools were canceled. The next week it was 24 degrees Celsius. And then 3 days later a snow storm again. And rain. Lots of rain. Just... Very Maritime-y. I want to say that the snow is finally done, but I think I jinxed it the last time I said that. I will continue to hold out hope though! We have been getting a lot of sunny days thrown in there too so that's very nice.

Let's Catch Up: Mugs, Life, Books

Hey guys, let’s catch up. This is inspired in part by the “If We Were having Coffee” posts on The PerpetualPage-Turner

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted anything. And even when I was posting, it was pretty sporadic. I thought it was about time that we caught up. So, let’s grab a beverage and chat.

I am currently drinking a coffee out of my new Downton Abbey mug. (one cream, one sugar, in case you were wondering). If you didn’t know this about me, I have a thing for mugs. They are great! You can get them with basically anything on them, in a ton of different shapes, and they serve a really great purpose: They hold the coffee.

It’s Monday April 26th! Whatcha reading?

It's Monday April 26th! Whatcha Reading?

Hey y'all! I've been doing poorly at keeping up with my book-buying-ban-type-thing. So many books. Oh well. I also wanted to participate in the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon but I had to work and then had previous plans! If you participated this go-round, let me know how it went for you!

This past week I was lucky enough to find a copy of The Raven King on the shelf early! Because of this, I obviously had to put whatever I’d been reading aside so I could dive into the final instalment of the Raven Cycle. It did not disappoint (for the most part). I can’t wait to see what the rest of the fans at large think! Especially of the ending. I think I will be doing a series review in the near future!

No One Knows: A Thriller by JT Ellison | A Spring She Reads Selection

No One Knows by JT Ellison

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 22nd, 2016 by Gallery Books

Note: A copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review as part of the She Reads blog network.

From the publisher:
The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?

It's Monday, April 18th. Whatcha Reading?

We're halfway through April, guys! I can't even believe it. Each year goes by faster than the last. And I'm not happy about it. However, I am happy that I can reasonably assume we've had it with the snow. We had a couple of storms last week which was pretty lame... But the forecast looks pretty good this week. And (fingers crossed) it will only get warmer!

I'm also pretty excited because I should be getting some big bucks back on my tax return (!!!!) and I'm looking for apartments with a friend! Going to move out (hopefully!!!) and give adulting a try. We'll see how it goes.

In case you were wondering, I've joined the Hamilton tribe. I got the album on Apple Music and have been listening to it non-stop for the last couple of weeks. SO GOOD. HOW DID I NOT LISTEN TO IT BEFORE. So, yes, lovely folks of the internet, you have led me right and I thank you for it.

Feminism & Punk Rock | Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Hardcover, 244 pages
Published October 27th, 2015 by Riverhead Books

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

All we ever wanted was just to play songs and shows that mattered to people, that mattered to us. Music that summed up the messiness of life, that mitigated that nagging fear of hopelessness, loneliness and death.

Before I read this book, I didn’t know that much about Carrie Brownstein. I, of course, know her from the hilarious show Portlandia, but I hadn’t heard of the punk band Sleater-Kinney before. I really love Portlandia so when when I had the chance, I was eager to learn more about Ms. Brownstein.

Books and Discussions: Links to check out during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Five Novels that Illustrate Rape Culture from Book Riot 
A discussion about the prevalence of rape culture and books that capture it. "Here are five novels that can help you understand rape culture and how it demands that rape survivors become perfect victims because the rapist is always given the benefit of the doubt."

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Boys will be boys.
What did she expect?
She probably just regrets it.
She wanted it.
She was asking for it.
What was she wearing?
She was just drunk.

Consent, rape, and rape culture have been getting more attention in the media and pop culture. Books, articles, and discussions on this topic have been popping up all over the place. And it’s awesome. But it’s not enough. It is, however, a good start.

Rape culture is a huge problem. Because of it, because of the lack of education about consent, we are amidst a rape epidemic.

Here’s feminist author Emilie Buchwald’s definition of rape culture:
a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.

And we have to be the ones who change it. We need to continue spreading education and awareness about sexual violence and consent.

Sexual assault is unacceptable.
Sexual assault is preventable.

Don't just stand by. Educate. 

More resources:
Viral consent and tea video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZwvrxVavnQ

 This month, let's talk about sexual assault. Let's talk about consent. Let's talk about rape culture. 

It’s Monday. Whatcha Read In March?

Hey guys! It’s Monday! What are you reading? What did you read in March?

For me, March was a pretty good, but unproductive, month. The first week of March I was lucky enough to go on a trip to Mexico with my family! I had an amazing time! You can read about it here. This month, I only wrote seven posts. However, I have been having a good time making new friends and getting out of the house more! Wee!

Exciting April New Releases!

Exciting April Releases

Spriiiiiingtime! It's spriiiiingtime, lovely people! Winter is melting away, and soon it will be warm again. I can't wait. I'm so sick of this cold, dreary weather! You know what's as exciting as nice weather? New books! And let me tell you, there are some seriously exciting books coming out this month. Here are the books that I am most excited about.

The Latest from Amy Zhang | This is Where the World Ends

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22, 2016 by Greenwillow Books

Note: An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

From the publisher:
Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

This books reminds me of a mixture of AS King, John Green, and Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places).

Ten Super Awesome Books I've Read This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a super fun meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week's prompt is 10 books that you've given five stars to recently. There aren't 10 books that I've given five stars to this year, but there are ten books I've really enjoyed!

It's Easter Monday, Whatcha Reading?

Hey guys, I hope you're all having a lovely long weekend! Isn't Easter amazing? Jesus is just the coolest dude. Yesterday, like every Easter Sunday, we had a huge breakfast at church before the service. It's wonderful to gather together and eat a ton of awesome food. 

After church we popped over to my bro's house. His son is almost two and they are expecting their second kid in just a few months! They need to get my nephew out of the crib and used to sleeping in a bed. They've been making him a new room and they wanted to show us. It's adorable and dinosaur themed. My nephew loves it :) 

Later in the afternoon, my bro and his fam came over for Easter/my father's birthday supper. We had a lovely turkey dinner followed by cake and ice cream! Yum yum! What did you do to celebrate (if you celebrate)?

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