Thoughts on Banned Books Week

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This week is banned books week. Hooray! I think this is an excellent thing. It brings the ideas of censorship, privilege, power, and fear to the forefront of our thinking and can make for some excellent conversations. 

Some people seem to think that in 2015 this is now irrelevant. They think that either there isn’t censorship or they think you should ignore it and just work around it (check out Ruth Graham’s controversial piece in Slate). But what is that saying? 

Anger, Tragedy, Family—Accidents of Marriage │ Review + Giveaway [closed]!

TLC Book Tour Review and Giveaway

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Paperback, 368 pages 
Published June 9th, 2015 by Washington Square Press (Originally published September 2014)

This is the story of the Illica family. Ben is a busy and powerful lawyer. Maddy is an overworked social worker and mother of three. Though their life is busy, on the surface it seems perfect. 

However, that is not the case. Within the walls of the Illica home, there is anger. There is rage. There is… abuse. But not the physical kind. Ben constantly berates his wife and children. He abuses them verbally and emotionally. 

Ben is not a bad man; it's not as simple as that. He is hardworking, and can be kind and loving. But he has an explosive temper, and you never know when he is going to burst. Maddy doesn’t want to be a doormat, but when Ben is mad she tries to stay out of his way—and so do their kids.

How to Tell if Your Bed is Real (and Other Insights) │ I Crawl Through It by AS King

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I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

Surreal, Young Adult
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 22nd, 2015 by Little, Brown
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Is it normal to know, deep down, that you are two people joined as cells? Is it normal to know, for sure, that there is an organ inside us that no scientist has discovered? Is it normal to know, deep down, that you will escape this place in a helicopter that no one else can see?

After reading two of her books, A.S. King became my favourite author. But if we’re being honest, she did after just one! Her books are weird in the best way, and real and honest in the best way. Things don’t have to be “real” to be real, you know? I know. I know it as I sit here hours after I finished I Crawl Through It and am still unable to think about anything else. I know it as I flip through the pages and pages of quotes I jotted down while reading. I know it as I fly off in Gustav’s red invisible helicopter. I don’t know how she does it, but A.S. King seems to have poked me in the soul with a stick. Again. 

What Are Your Bookish Preferences and Pet Peeves?

I don’t know about you, but I am very particular when it comes to reading. I’m not talking about what goes on in the book’s story—today I’m talking about the act of reading and physical bookish things. What are your preferences? Your pet peeves? (Why are they called pet peeves anyway?)

So Many Books, So Little Time... Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is the top ten books on my Fall TBR. There are so many excellent releases coming up, on top of the books that are already on my TBR. It's going to be tough to just pick ten!

It's Monday, Whatcha Reading? │ September 21st

So, it's been about a month since my last one of these posts! I don't know why, but I just haven't managed to keep up with them! Here are the books I've read since my last post!

"The Art of Crash Landing," Because Smooth Is Boring, Amirite? + Giveaway [closed]!

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo TLC Book Tour!

Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 8th, 2015 by Harper
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received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review and my participation in this TLC Book Tour. 

I was immediately intrigued by this book because the synopsis included some things that get me going right away: family, small towns, mysteries, and family secrets. So basically, I was in from the get-go. 

The story starts off with a bang:
Twenty-seven minutes is, if anyone ever asks, exactly how long it takes to cram everything I own into six giant trash bags.

Tales Of a Handless, Ex-Cult Member, Juvenile Delinquent ... A.K.A. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Young Adult, Realistic, Mystery, Retelling
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 9th, 2015 by Dial Books

When Minnow is a young girl living in a trailer with her parents, a man comes along and into their lives. He immediately befriends her father, and her life is never the same. Soon, her father begins spouting off things that the man has been telling him. This man’s name is Kevin. And he calls himself The Prophet. 

Minnow gets whisked off by The Prophet Kevin and her parents to live in the wilderness. Kevin is the only one who can commune with God, aka, Charlie. Minnow’s parents, among others, seem to fall for this hook, line, and sinker. Minnow is only small when they join, so she doesn’t really know any better.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Hardcover... or Paperback-Which do YOU Buy?

I was book shopping yesterday (surprise surprise, I know), and contemplating deep, philosophical ideas. Like, do I like hardcovers or paperbacks better? There are some definite pros and cons to both, you know? 

Ten Comic Book Series & Graphic Novels That I’m Really Into

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the BookishFREEBIE! 10 Comic Book Series & Graphic Novels That I’m Really Into

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling │ Review

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Memoir, Essay Collection, Humour
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 15th, 2015 by Crown Archetype 

If you know me, you know that I am a huge Mindy Kaling fangirl. If you don’t know me, then my obsession is clearly evidenced by this post. Mindy Kaling is a gorgeous, hilarious, talented, successful woman. I want to be her best friend. She’s a frigging goddess. 

Beth Recommends │ Favourite Reads of Summer 2015

I must say, writing this post is very bittersweet. Heavy on the bitter. I love summer and I’m really sad that it’s time for a “best of” post. That being said, I did read some really awesome books this summer and I’m excited to share them with you! I really could just add every book I read this summer, because I was on a pretty great streak of awesome books for a while. But these are the best of the best and I highly recommend all of them!

Top Ten Tuesday │Ten Series I have Yet to Finish!

Ten Series I have Yet to Finish
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Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens │ Review

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Young Adult, Realistic, Tough Topics 
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 25th, 2014 by HarperTeen

Faking Normal is the story of Alexi Littrell and Bodee Lennox. But mostly Alexi. Over the summer, something happened to her. But not the good kind of something. This something has her insides tied up in knots. It has her compulsively scratching her neck until it bleeds. It has her awake at night. It has her seeking refuge constantly in her closet. She blames herself. 

Then there’s Bodee (yes, that’s actually his name). He’s always been the quiet outcast at school. Now he’s Poor Bodee, the quiet outcast at school that everyone pities. Alexi and Bodee come to find themselves kindred spirits. They are both broken and faking normal but no can can see it but them. 

Review │ Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong

Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong
Urban Paranormal, Mystery
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 18th by Random House Canada

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

I've only read a few Kelley Armstrong books, but I've loved the ones that I have read! I chanced upon the first book in the Cainsville series and have been obsessed ever since. I haven't dived into her YA yet, or her Otherworld series really, but I love her writing! I was lucky enough to be able to meet her at BEA and will be reviewing her upcoming title The Masked Truth later in the fall! Also, she is a fellow Canadian. Love that.