Literary Lifestyle: Let's Shake Things Up

For the last few months, what I’ve been reading has changed a lot. If you were to compare the things I’ve read in the last few years to what I’ve been reading lately, you’d see what I mean. Before I joined the book blogging and BookTube community, I mainly read classics and adult fiction—varying from general, to thriller, to literary.

Tour Review + Giveaway[closed]: Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder 
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 3rd, 2015 by Harper (In Canada, published in 2014 by House of Anansi Press)

An ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through TLC Book Tours. I received this copy for my honest review and participation in the book tour. 

This Wednesday I'm Waiting On...

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
YA Thriller
Hardcover, 368 pages
To be published March 3rd, 2015 by Balzer & Bray

Top Ten Tuesday #10: Bookish Problems

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

Because I clearly can’t read (oh the irony), I did this week’s TTT last week. So I guess I’ll do last week’s this week!

Top Ten Bookish Problems

Video Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
YA Paranormal Fantasy
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published January 13th, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
$20.00 (List Price CAD)
Purchase: [Amazon] [Book Depository]

This Wednesday I'm Waiting On...

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski 
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, 352
To be published March 3rd, 2015 by Farrar Straus Giroux

Top Ten Tuesday #9: Awesome Book Heroines!

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

Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery--Tour Review and Giveaway [closed]!

Hunting Shadows Charles Todd
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 30th, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks (Originally published January 21st, 2014)
$18.50 (List Price in CAD)

It’s 1920. The war may be over, but the scars it left behind are far from healed. Memories of horror are brought back in the Fens when a hidden shooter begins killing people. Armed with what can only be a military issued riffle, the killer is what the one witness can only describe as a monster. 

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
$19.99 (List Price in CAD)
Purchase: [Amazon] [Book Depository] 

Kestrel is the daughter of the Valerian General. He led the army that successfully conquered Herran and enslaved the Herrani people. Now Kestrel is a wealthy aristocrat. The menial tasks in her life are performed by slaves. 

Kestrel has always sought independence. Her people value strength and military prowess, as does her father, but Kestrel just wants to be herself and make music. Her life is controlled by the politics of her people. One day on a journey into town accompanied by her best friend Jess, Kestrel finds herself unwillingly in a slave auction house. Soon she meets Arin, and everything changes.

I was drawn into this novel immediately. The world was so interesting, the characters so compelling. I read this book so fast because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I found the author did a really good job with pacing. Because of this, I always felt the tension—in the plot, as well as between the characters. 

I am dying to get my hands on the next book! Thankfully, it comes out in three weeks! (March 3rd!)

Storyline A
Structure/Execution A
Writing A-
Characters A
Conclusion A-

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Literary Fiction
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 10th by Bond Street Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House)

Note:  I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.

This book is hard to write a summary for. The plot sweeps through three generations and the family history that lies therein. A Spool of Blue Thread  is a family saga, a rich tapestry of family history peopled by interesting and compelling characters. There are Abby and Red, the current matriarch and patriarch of the Whitshank family. There are their four children—Amanda, Jeannie, Denny, and Stem— and subsequent grandchildren. There are Linnie and Junior—Red’s parents, the founders of the Whitshank family as we know it—who we only meet through the eyes of the past. As Red and Abby grow older, their children must come together to care for them. They are brought back to the family home, built by Junior’s hands. 

This Wednesday I'm Waiting On...

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, 400 pages
Feb. 24th, 2015 by Tor Books

Top Ten Tuesday # 8: Love in Books

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

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Love In Books!

New BookTube Videos!

Hey friends!

In the last week or so I have posted three new BookTube videos! Check out my channel to see my January Wrap Up, my TBR Jar Reading Challenge, and my February TBR!

Here's the link to my channel!

Do you have a BookTube channel? Link it in the comments! I would love to check it out.

Adventures of a Book Blogging Newbie: OI WITH THE MENUS ALREADY

In the blogging world, there are lots of different people. Many of them—like me—are not very familiar with coding. We too, however, want to have nice, pretty, functional blogs! It can be a bit more of a challenge, though. 

Book Blogging Newbie: Add a Responsive Drop Down Menu to Blogger

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Add a Responsive Menu to Blogger using CSS Menu Maker

If you read part one, you know I have very little coding skills and this tutorial is for people like me! If you don't have these skills, you will likely have to purchase a service. If you buy a premade template, you can buy ones that already have responsive drop down menus. If you don't have such a template, here is what you can do. I have found no other way, personally! (If you have, please link it in the comments!)

This Wednesday I'm Waiting On...

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme  hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

The Illuminations by Andrew O'Hagan

Departures & Arrivals: January 2015

Departures & Arrivals is my monthly Wrap Up feature in which I chronicle the books that have made their way into my hands and out of them!