Let’s Chat │ Book Commitmentophobia?!


Have you ever experienced book commitmentophobia? For me this is often the first symptom of an impending reading slump. I also experience this when the book is hella big. You feel me? 


This past week, I have picked up probably seven or eight books and read the first 10-50 pages from them. But, at some point, I would just close the book and decide Nah, not feeling it. It’s really discouraging for me when this happens because I really want to read. It’s not that I don’t want to read. Because I really, really do. But I can’t find anything I’m actually interested in! All these books… I want to read eventually. But for some reason none of them are doing it for me right now! 

To get out of slumps like this, I usually try to find something easy and quick to read. So… I went on the search. Still… Couldn’t find anything. But then a book came in for me at the library! The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I had heard good things about this one and had nothing to lose. I started reading it and am now 100 pages in and still reading. So, I’m hoping that my attention stays grasped! 

Have you ever experienced this? How do your reading slumps begin? How do you bust out of them? 


It’s Monday! Whatcha Reading? │ August 24th

The last week has been pretty much the worst as far as reading goes. I haven’t really read anything since I finished Storm Front by Jim Butcher, and I finished that on the 17th. I’ve tried to read. But nothing has really captured my attention. I’ve started like seven different books, but I wasn’t in the mood to read any of them! I think I’m reading The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly right now, but I’m less than fifty pages in so I might change my mind again. Le sigh

So, since my last post, here are things I’ve read!

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As I expected, Deceptions was awesome (5/5). It did not disappoint. The only disappointing thing is that now I have to wait forever for the next one to come out! And I WANT IT NOW.  From there I moved on to Felicia Day’s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Again, another winner! I loved it (5/5). Felicia is hilarious and wonderful and her memoir is definitely worth a read! It reflects on her time growing up, her anxiety, her addiction to World of Warcraft, and the rise of her career. What a lady! After that I read Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first book in the Dresden Files (3.5/5). This series is about Harry Dresden, the Wizard/P.I. I enjoyed the world building and the fantasy and stuff, but I’m not the biggest detective novel reader. And that’s basically what this is. Just with urban fantasy stuff thrown in. I did enjoy it and will likely continue the series, though (for a few books anyway at least. There are like a million). I’ve given up on Armada for now. I had been listening to the audiobook, but I just haven’t been feeling it for a while now. I only listen to audiobooks in the car, and lately I’ve just wanted to jam to some sweet tunes. It’s nothing against Armada–I still plan on reading/listening to it! At some point. Now is just not that point.
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Also with my weird reading mood, I have no idea what I want to read next. I don’t even know if I want to read what I am reading! And, like I said, at the moment I’m pretty sure that’s The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. The first few pages really drew me in, and it hasn’t lost my attention yet. I’m still not really in a read-y mood (boo) but I think I can bust outta this slump with this book! Hopefully. Blerg.

It’s Monday–what are YOU reading? Do you have any reading-slump busting tips? Have you read any books lately that really grabbed you right from the first sentence? 

Top Ten Tuesday │ Auto-Buy Authors!


My Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s one is pretty tough for me! I like such a wide range of genres that there are more kinds of books that I “auto-buy” than specific authors. I’m also not big into series, so that also limits things! I may not be able to come up with 10, but here we go!
These authors, I will definitely buy their books brand-new pretty much as soon as they come out. I want to read anything they write! I know that I will enjoy it.
1) Sophie Kinsella
I am obsessed with Sophie Kinsella. Her books never fail to make me laugh out loud. Her characters are hilarious and relatable. I will read anything this lady writes!
2) A.S. King
My favourite YA author, and definitely one of my top favourite authors ever. Her books are just so dang beautiful and magical.
3) Jodi Picoult
I have read tons of Jodi Picoult’s books and will always buy them when I see them. Backlist I grab secondhand. But I’m always buying her new releases! She knows how to write a book that draws you in and keeps you flipping the pages.
4) Chevy Stevens
This Canadian mystery writer is an addiction of mine. Her mystery/thrillers just totally engross and entertain me! I need more, Chevy! Hurry and release another 🙂
5) Gayle Forman
I started off with If I stay and have since devoured all of her books. Anything this lady puts out, I’m going to pick up.
These authors I will auto-buy in a second-hand book store, but may or may not buy the books new/new releases.
1) Stephen King
I love Stephen King’s supernatural/horror books. He’s a master writer and definitely knows how to creep me right out. In recent years, though, he seems to have turned away from the horror a little bit, so I may or may not buy his new books.
2) Emily Giffin
When it comes to chick lit, this lady knows whats up. I really enjoy her books and will always grab them if I see them!
3) Jane Green
Pretty much exactly what I said about Emily Giffin 😀
4) Philippa Gregory
I love royal historical fiction! Her Cousin’s War series was auto-buy immediately for me! But her other books I’m fine with buying second hand. Her bigger series is about the Tudors, and they are not my fave family.
Do you have any auto-buy authors? 


Lumberjanes Vol. 1 │ Review

Fuelled By Fiction Fueled Book Blog Lumberjanes Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen

Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 7th, 2015 by BOOM! Box 
 
The first volume of Lumberjanes collects the first four issues of this awesome comic series. This series revolves around five besties—Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley. These five ladies are spending the summer at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for  Girls  Hardcore Lady-Types following their field manual and trying to earn their badges! They have many an epic adventure fighting supernatural woodland creatures and going on quests. 
 
As these hardcore-lady types fight battles and solve riddles, you will have SO MUCH FUN joining them for the ride. 
The story is so epic and fun, and the art suits it perfectly! I love how these girls are every shape and size—They’re not just skinny white girls. It’s awesome reading a comic series with an all-female cast!
 
The set-up of the comic is awesome as well! Each issue starts as a page from the Lumberjanes manual highlighting the badge they will be trying to earn throughout the issue! It’s so great.
 
This series is a great one for all ages. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure. I cannot recommend it enough.

Top Ten Tuesday │ Most Read Authors


My Most Read Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!


I’m honestly not 100% sure of these. I’ve only been on Goodreads for the last couple years so I haven’t always kept the best records. I don’t have the greatest memory…And I’ve read a lot of books. From what I can tell, there are some ties… But, here we go! 



1) William Shakespeare

Not totally sure of the number, but I’ve read at least 10 of Shakespeare’s plays and many of his sonnets as well. 

2) Sophie Kinsella
I’ve read 10 of Kinsella’s books, and that number will increase shortly! I’m going to read more of the Shopaholic books soon 😀  Kinsella is one of my favourite authors—I’m going to read anything that lady writes. 

3) Philippa Gregory
I’ve read 10 of Gregory’s books so far. It’s been a while since I’ve picked one of her’s up, but I’ve been craving some historical fiction so maybe I’ll read some more soon!







4) Louise Rennison
I’ve read 10 of Rennison’s books—The complete Georgia Nicholson series! This was one of my absolute faves in junior high! So hysterical! 

5) Sarah Dessen
As a teen, Dessen’s books were my favourite. In high school I read every one of her books that were published then! I’ve read 9 of her books so far, and have 3 more on my shelves! 

6) Jodi Picoult
It’s been a while since I read one of Picoult’s book, but I have 4 waiting for me, and I have already read 8








7) Jane Austen
I’ve read all of Austen’s novels and juvenilia! So, I think that’s 7? Austen’s my fave. My favourite of hers is a tie between Emma and Pride & Prejudice!








8) JK Rowling
I’ve obvious read all of the Harry Potter books, so that makes 7. I also have The Casual Vacancy but I haven’t read it yet. I must say, The Prisoner of Azkaban is clearly the best one. 

9) Stephen King
I think I’ve read 6 Stephen King books. I’m not 100% sure. But something like that! I’ve got a ton more than that and I am definitely going to read them in the not too distant future!








10) Gayle Forman 
I’ve read 5 of Foreman’s books and loved them all! 









11) Chevy Stevens 
Thought I would include an 11th since it’s a tie! I’ve read all of Stevens’ books and enjoyed them! A great Canadian mystery/thriller writer! 🙂 
Who are your most read authors?

It’s Monday! Whatcha Reading? │ August 10th

I haven’t read a ton since my last Monday post, but what I have read has been amazing! Here’s  the lowdown! I’ve been pretty busy since my lat update, and the weather has been pretty fickle. I haven’t read as much as I would have liked, but as I said, I’ve read some really great stuff.

After I finished Shopaholic Ties the Knot, I had picked Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Unfortunately, however, it just wasn’t really doing it for me. I don’t know if it was the book itself or just my reading mood, but I decided to put it down. Maybe I’ll pick it back up another time? I don’t know. I really had OD’d on YA though, so I went with some more adult picks. First I read Chimamada Ngozi Adiche’s amazing We Should All Be Feminists (5/5). So well written, so many insights. If you haven’t read this short book (adapted from a speech, so, really short), you need to! From that gem I moved on to The Invisibles by Cecila Galante (5/5). I received a copy of this book for a blog tour, and boy am I glad I signed up for that one! Read my review here and win a copy (ends 8/8/15)! Next I moved on to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (5/5). What a beautiful story. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! It’s been on my TBR since its release! So good. I then enjoyed the lovely first volume of Thor: Goddess of Thunder (5/5). Frost giants, dark elves, lady heroes…What more can you ask for? Finally, yesterday I finished The Martian (5/5) by Andy Weir! I picked this one up with some birthday money and am I glad I did. I wanted to make sure I read it before the movie comes out and now I just can’t wait. COME ON OCTOBER 2ND! 

All of my latest reads have been 5 stars for me on Goodreads! I highly recommend all of them.

Right now I’m currently reading two books. I’m still making my way through the audiobook of Armada by Ernest Cline. I’ve been listening to music in the car lately rather than the booknot sure why. So I’m still not too to far into it. However, what I have listened to I’ve really enjoyed! The other thing I’m reading is Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong! I received a copy of this one from Random House Canada and I am SO EXCITED. This is the third book in Armstrong’s Cainsville series. I adored the first two books and I can’t wait to get more into Deceptions. I’ve only read the first few pages but I’m loving it already! If you haven’t started this series yet, it’s a must. Want to know more? check out my review of the first book in the series, Omens.

One I finish these two, I have no idea what I’ll feel like reading next. I’m enjoying this foray back into adult fiction so I think I will continue that for the time being. Other than that, who knows! I’ll let you know next time what I picked up!

It’s Monday, what are YOU reading? 

The Invisibles │ Tour Review & Giveaway[closed]!

Cecilia Galante, The invisibles, Fuelled By fiction, Fueled by Fiction


Cecilia Galante, The invisibles, Fuelled By fiction, Fueled by Fiction
 
The Invisibles by Cecilia Galante
Fiction
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 4th, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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‘We’ll choose to remain invisible. To everyone except each other . . .’


“Thrown together by chance as teenagers at Turning Winds Home for Girls, Nora, Ozzie, Monica, and Grace quickly bond over their troubled pasts and form their own family which they dub The Invisibles. But when tragedy strikes after graduation, Nora is left to deal with the horrifying aftermath alone as the other three girls leave home and don’t look back.
 
“Fourteen years later, Nora is living a quiet, single life working in the local library. She is content to focus on her collection of “first lines” (her favorite opening lines from novels) and her dog, Alice Walker, when out-of-the-blue Ozzie calls her on her thirty-second birthday. But after all these years, Ozzie hasn’t called her to wish a happy birthday. Instead, she tells Nora that Grace attempted suicide and is pleading for The Invisibles to convene again. Nora is torn: she is thrilled at the thought of being in touch with her friends, and yet she is hesitant at seeing these women after such a long and silent period of time. Bolstered by her friends at the library, Nora joins The Invisibles in Chicago for a reunion that sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will change each of their lives forever.
 
“The Invisibles is an unforgettable novel that asks the questions: How much of our pasts define our present selves? And what does it take to let go of some of our most painful wounds and move on?”




Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for my participation in this TLC book tour and my honest review. All opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.

 
The Invisibles is a powerful tale of friendship, secrets, and the power of the past. This crew of misfits hasn’t spoken in years. Fourteen years. Not a peep. It was a terrible secret that drove them apart, but that same secret still binds them together. And while that secret plays an important role in the story, it’s really a symbol of things much bigger—love, friendship, family, the past, forgiveness, acceptance, regret… all these things and more. 
 
I loved The Invisibles—both the characters and the novel as a whole. As these quirky women each try to move on and live their lives, they realize there’s an unbreakable bond tying them together that they can’t shake: history. And try as they might, they can’t out run it. They have to face it. Over a decade after their time together, when one of them is hurting, they band together around her. This dredges up the past and so many old memories—some good, some… not so much. We see all this through the eyes of Nora. Out of the four women, she is the most quiet, the most subdued. She’s closed herself off to the world—and this includes even the Invisibles. 
 
When they come together again, it’s a strange feeling. These women feel both like strangers, and like coming home. There are so many layers to these women and their lives. As the story goes on, another is peeled back. This unraveling goes on right until the end, and this pacing fits the story just right. 
 
I loved the characters in this book. They are each so unique, and so fleshed out. They all have baggage that, try as they might, they can’t seem to get rid of. They are fun, funny, and flawed.  
 
I sped through this book, always needing to know more, never wanting to leave the gang behind. I loved getting to know these women and learn about their lives and their pasts. I must say, I even shed a few tears at the end! I hesitate to describe this book as Women’s Fiction because I think that might unjustly pigeonhole it. However, it could be described as such. But it’s also much more than that. 
 
I must mention though—trigger warning for abuse and abortion. 
 
Verdict: I loved this book. It was the perfect choice for a weekend at the cottage!

Content warning: Scenes of, and allusions to, abuse and abortion. There is also some mild to explicit language. 
 

About the Author

Cecilia Galante, The invisibles, Fuelled By fiction, Fueled by FictionCecilia Galante is the author of three young adult novels, three middle-grade books, and a children’s chapter-book series. She is the recipient of many awards, including a NAIBA Book of the Year and an Oprah’s Teen Read Selection for her first novel, The Patron Saint of Butterflies. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Turkish, and Polish.
Find out more about Cecilia at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 4th: Many Hats
Wednesday, August 5th: BookNAround
Thursday, August 6th: Fuelled by Fiction
Friday, August 7th: Kritters Ramblings
Monday, August 10th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, August 12th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, August 13th: Raven Haired Girl
Monday, August 17th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Tuesday, August 18th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, August 19th: The Well-Read Redhead

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