BookTube; Second Video; First Book Haul!

Hello fiction lovers,

I'd been having a bit of trouble uploading my newest video... I tried doing it last night but it failed, then somehow it uploaded an older version of it before I had finished editing it... I don't know. I don't even know. SO. I have finally managed to upload the finished version of the video! It's my second BookTube video and my first book haul video! As I continue to blog and BookTube, I learn new things every day and start to find my voice. I hope you come along for the ride! Here is the link to my latest BookTube video! If you watch it, thank you! And please subscribe :)

New Page! Book Blogging: A Glossary.

Howdy Folks,

I've just added a new page to the blogA glossary! When I first entered the world of book blogging, there were lots of terms I was unfamiliar with. Over time I grasped thembut I am immersed in the book blog world quite regularly. For those fellow newbies, or casual blog readers out there, I thought I would add a glossary to make your life a little bit easier.

You can find it here. 
(You can also find it in the menu under Features)

End of the year survey for 2014

Hey guys, 

Sorry for my silence! I went on Holiday Hiatus and I guess I never mentioned that. So, sorry! Right now I am in the process of editing my second booktube video! It’s my December book haul! You can find the link to my channel in the sidebar! 

As the the year winds down—we’re on the final stretch now!—everyone is posting about their favourites of 2014 and their reading/blogging resolutions for 2015. I thought, what the heck, and am going to jump on that bandwagon! 

Top Ten Tuesday #6: Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year

Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Adventures of a Book Blogging Newbie: PLAY NICE

Book Tag: Would you rather...?

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Top 10 Tuesday #6: Best Books I Read in 2014

Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Top 10 Books I Read in 2014:

TLC Book Tour: "Woman with a Gun" by Phillip Margolin Review & Giveaway[closed]

Woman With A Gun by Phillip Margolin 
Mystery, Thriller (?)
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 2nd, 2014 by Harper
$33.50 (CAD)

Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.

Short Review of "Belzhar" by Meg Wolitzer

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer 

Young Adult, Magical Realism
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published September 30th, 2014 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Wooden Barn is a boarding school for "troubled" teens. It's meant to be a place of healing. Jam Gallahue finds herself here against her will after the death of her boyfriend Reeve. Jam ends up in a selective class called Special topics in English, and, in this class, Jam and five other students discuss the work of Sylvia Plath. Their teacher gives them each a journal in which to document their personal experiences throughout the semester. One night, Jam pulls out the journal and begins to write. Suddenly, she can feel Reeve's arms around her. She turns, and, there he is. Reeve. Alive! But she's no longer in her room at the Wooden Barn. She's... somewhere else. Somewhere the journal has brought her.

Adventures of A Book Blogging Newbie: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

Book Blogging Newbie

I don’t blog to get page views. I blog because I love it and I need an outlet (let’s be honest, my friends and family are sick of hearing me talk about this stuff so much). However, getting pageviews would be nice… But how do I do it? Some of the blogs I’ve been reading suggest a few things, mainly: SEO (search engine optimization), social media, quality content, and engagement. But what do those things mean and how do I do it? 

Follow & Feature Friday

Hey guys! 
I came across this meme whilst perusing Bloglovin'. Thought I'd give it a hook this week! 

Question of the Week: Do you have a favourite place to read? - Suggested by Liberamans
My Answer: My favourite place to read ever is on the deck of my cottage on a warm summer's day. But, when I'm at home, I like to read while stretched out on the couch in the living room. 
What about you? 
To join in the fun, follow the rules that you can find here at Alison Can Read or here at Parajunkee

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Departures&Arrivals: November

Welcome to Departures & Arrivals, my monthly wrap up feature! Here you will find all the books that have made their way into my hands--and out of them!

1st Year in the Blogosphere

I began blogging as part of my New Years resolution in 2013. I had resolved to review every book I read that year. I originally posted these reviews solely on Goodreads. After a while I decided to start a blog in order to host these reviews. At the time, this was an arbitrary decision. I was exclusively posting reviews and cared little about readers, features, or design. What I was doing was hardly blogging at all! 

Top Ten Tuesday #5: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

You may have noticed, but I haven't posted for the last few Tuesdays... Sorry! Here is my Top Ten for this week! The best New-to-me authors I read in 2014! 

Elizabeth Is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Fiction, Psychological Mystery
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Knopf Canada
$29.95 (CAD)

I picked this book up in October, unable to wait until my hold came up at the library. I'd heard about this book in the summer. It sounded right up my alley, and I was excited to read it. When I began, I couldn't put it down.

If you haven't heard of it, this book is about an elderly woman called Maud with dementia. She is convinced that her best friend Elizabeth is missing, but no one takes her seriously. This obsession stirs up flashbacks of her past, back when her sister Sukey went missing just after the Second World War. The narration goes back and forth from the present to back when Sukey went missing.

This book reminded me of the show Cold Case, which I loved. This book was exciting, mysterious, poignant, heartfelt, and a million other positive adjectives. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers of mystery, suspense, and just general fiction. Basically, if you like reading, read this.

My Rating: A+ 

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Life; the Gist-New Feature; Upcoming

Hey guys,

Sorry I have been slack with posts! Life has been pretty busy the last few weeks. I've been working a lot, and then crafting a lot when I get home! Yesterday was my Church's craft and bake sale. I may have went a little overboard... but because that's over now perhaps I will have time to post more!

TLC Book Tour: The Language of Hoofbeats Review & Giveaway[closed]

The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 9th, 2014 by Union Lake Publishing 
$19.95 (CAD)

Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.

From the best selling author of Pay it Forward comes a heartwarming and poignant tale of family. Paula and Jackie have moved their family to a small town. The two women and their three children are new in town and are seeking to make a new start. They are loving and well-meaning people and hope to settle in quickly. However, their neighbour has other ideas.