Rituals by Kelley Armstrong | The conclusion to the Cainsville series

Rituals (Cainsville #5) by Kelley Armstrong

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Random House Canada
Goodreads | Amazon | Indigo

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

Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising – one that doesn’t distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.

Apparently I never reviewed the fourth book in this series. Odd. Anyway.

This is the fifth and final instalment in Armstrong’s series, Welcome to Cainsville. From the very beginning, this series had me hooked. I chanced upon the first book, and from there, I’ve been eagerly anticipating each book’s release, devouring it as soon as possible. This one was no exception.

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What I’ve Been Reading Online

The word “Feminism,” and the rich history of its proponents, needs to be reclaimed by today’s teens, via The Guardian.

Hillary Clinton is neither a saint nor a demoness, via The Establishment. She is not our future, but she is an important figure that deserves to be heard. “There cannot and must not be any doubt that so much of the animus to Clinton is motivated by the audacity of her seeking power while female; it magnifies her real failings into demonic proportions, fit only to be screamed at…. The double standard is real and undeniable; it must be the starting point in any debate about Clinton, and seen as a bias to constantly acknowledge and correct for in one’s criticism.”

Understanding the early days of the HIV/AIDS through fiction, via Electric Literature.

Female author who are worth binge-reading, according to Modern Mrs. Darcy,

Contemporary YA books that feature interracial couples, via Book Riot.

“I’m also conscious of the continuing double standard: I have to be better than everyone; I have to work harder. There’s no margin for me when others have so much leeway. It’s a pressure cooker all the time. I try to pull the curtain back so that young, dynamic women like America (Ferrera) can see themselves in historic context and know they can overcome the obstacles in their way.” Hillary Clinton and America Fererra chat with the New York Times.

100 Must Read Books by Queer Authors, via Book Riot.

Women’s Media Summit’s White Paper calls for the public to boycott media that doesn’t include women. I mean, I already do this personally, and think it’s really important. Tell Hollywood what you want by the way you use your dollars! And the WMS, and I, want gender equity yo.

The best female-led horror movies, according to Vulture. Halloween marathon, anyone?

End of the year book survey: 2016

Each year, the lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner puts together a bookish survey for the year! Here’s my end of the year book survey for 2016.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 
69
Number of Re-Reads:
1 (Not a big re-reader)
Genre You Read The Most From:
Graphica and general fiction probably? I read a pretty wide range of stuff

Best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra
(READ IT READ IT READ IT)
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I thought that I would love this book, but I actively disliked it. The writing was engrossing but I didn’t like the plot or the conclusion.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan. I didn’t really know much about this series going into it. I just picked it up because, well, Brian K. Vaughan. It got super weird. And I loved it.
 
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. I push every book I love, so people don’t always take me seriously. But a couple of people did actually read this one, so, WIN!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I’m not a very good series person. HOWEVER, I did start and finish The Raven Cycle.  So, The Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys), The Dream Thieves, and The Raven King.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Emma Cline. Anthony Marra. Maggie Stiefvater. Jessica Valenti. Lindy West. SO MANY.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Missoula by Jon Krakauer. When I read this book, I didn’t typically read non-fiction. Ever. But I enjoyed this so much it sparked an interest and love for feminist non-fiction and I am SO grateful.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I read a lot of thrillers this year, but I found these books the most unputdownable:
 
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’m not much of a re-reader, but I’d consider re-reading The Tsar of Love and Techno and The Bell Jar.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Tsar of Love and Techno.
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Esther Greenwood from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Girls by Emma Cline. (The Tsar of Love and Techno a close second)
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
I read a lot of really great feminist non-fiction this year. Each title was super thought-provoking. For example, Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates and Asking For It by Kate Harding were insanely challenging and eye-opening.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
The Bell Jar.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
SO MANY. I LOVE QUOTES. But here are a few.
That was our mistake, I think. One of many mistakes. To believe that boys were acting with a logic that we could someday understand. To believe that their actions had any meaning beyond thoughtless impulse. We were like conspiracy theorists, seeing portent and intention in every detail, wishing desperately that we mattered enough to be the object of planning and speculation. But they were just boys. Silly and young and straightforward; they weren’t hiding anything. – Emma Cline, The Girls
I wanted all of life to feel that frantic and pressurized with portent, so even colors and weather and tastes would be more saturated. That’s what the songs promised, what they trawled out of me. – Emma Cline, The Girls
People who shout at women in the street don’t do it because they think there’s a chance the woman will drop her shopping and leap into their arms! It isn’t a compliment, and to call it that disparages the vast majority of lovely men who are perfectly able to pay a real compliment. It is an exertion of power, dominance, and control. And it’s utterly horrifying that we’ve become so used to it that it’s considered the norm. – Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism
The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters. – Sylvia PLath, The Bell Jar
[M]ale and female bear the image of God together; together they bear the image of God. So when our cultural institutions only or primarily reflect the thinking and experiences of one gender, we move further from God’s intentions for his image bearers. And what women bring to the table is not simply a feminine touch but half of humanity’s gifts, passions, and experiences. – Katelyn Beaty, A Woman’s Place

 

 
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

 

Longest: In the Woods by Tana French (592 pages)
Shortest (not counting comics): Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis (171 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Missoula: Rape and The Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer–because I was naive. HOW COULD THIS BE REAL?
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I don’t think I have one. I’m not super OTP-ish. Though I do love Lily and Atlas from It Ends With Us. 
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Blue and her Raven Boys.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. If you weren’t aware, A.S. King is my favourite living author. I got around to reading this one this year and it was DOPE.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Zero things.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Don’t have one.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Absolutely, without a doubt, The Girls by Emma Cline. This book is exquisite.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Henrietta and Cabeswater in The Raven Cycle books.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah Scribbles Collection. Because… HILARIOUS. RELATABLE.
Also Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West. This book hit on some serious topics, but Lindy West is just so smart and hilarious. Not only that, but after I read it I got to meet her and hear her speak!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I don’t know that any of the books I’ve read would really be considered hidden gems… But I definitely think that all A.S. King books deserve more love (ALL THE LOVE), more people should be reading the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong, and that there should be more talk about The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Every book I read about rape culture. But I have hope. Let’s all be feminists together.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. There is just no one like her.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. HOW IS THIS REAL LIFE? How do so many people not see this happening right before their eyes? Why are girls and women taught to be silent and pleasant?

Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I generally stick to my favourites like an old person, but here are some blogs I started following this year.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti. Part review, part commentary, this post was very personal and got a lot of love <3
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Lit Fest in Alberta! I was able to see and meet Andi Zeisler (author of We Were Feminists Once and Bitch Media cofounder), and Lindy West (comedian and writer, author of Shrill)!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
No idea! There were a lot of ups and downs.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I’ve gone through long and hard blogging and reading slumps this year. They made life, both in general and my blogging/reading life, difficult and a little sad.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Considering the amount of blogging I actually did this year (i.e. not a lot), I’m pretty pleased with the amount of love my posts received.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I’m not sure. If I’ve made any new ones this year, I don’t remember!
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I think the only challenge I participated in this year was the Goodreads challenge. Which I did not complete. But I’m okay with that!

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
I honestly have not been keeping track. Probably just whatever A.S. King comes out with next!
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Again… I haven’t been keeping track!
 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Not really big into series. HOWEVER, I love the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong and can’t wait for the next book.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Have balance. I want to read and blog enough that I’m happy.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
Haven’t read any! I’ve stopped requesting ARCs. Any ones that I did read in 2016 also came out in 2016.

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

No One Knows by JT Ellison

Thriller
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 22nd, 2016 by Gallery Books
Note:The  publisher provided me with a copy 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?

I picked this one up without knowing too much about it other than its Goodreads rating.

I got sucked in from the get go. I found the structure of the story and the way it’s told engaging and interesting. It kept me wanting to know more about the characters and see what would unfold next.

No One Knows is told in bits and pieces. Some from the past, from the present, jumping all around in the timeline. While Aubrey is our main character, we also get chapters from others’ perspectives from time to time. In some books, a structure like this might frustrate me. Here, however, I found it worked. Elliston just keeps giving you one piece of the puzzle at a time.

Unfortunately, as the story went on, I found myself less and less engaged.

Here’s the thing. I really love a good thriller. But the problem is good thrillers (to my taste) are hard to find. Enjoyable thrillers? Sure, those are everywhere. If you have no problem suspending your disbelief—pretty much constantly—then you won’t have too much trouble.

But.

But I can’t. I can to a certain extent. I can here and there, if, on the whole, the story is more believable than not. However, continual and unnecessary plot twists left, right, and center make me shake my head.

Why can’t the shocking, bad thing just be shocking and bad? Why does there have to be eight hundred other layers making it more shocking and bad? That is my main pet peeve with the thriller genre as a whole. I like my stories subtler.

With No One Knows, even the “aha!” moment did not hold enough thrill for me to forgive the story’s many holes and inconsistencies. In fact, it just threw in more.

I really wanted to like this one. Instead of getting a complex story with interesting characters, I got an unnecessarily convoluted one with pieces that just didn’t quite fit together.

Honestly, I think this is just a type of thriller that doesn’t work for me. I’ve read many that I’ve had similar feelings about when most other people had loved them. I think it’s just down to your preference. If you like tons of twists and turns and don’t plan to spend too much time thinking through the plausibility of it all, you may like this one. Unfortunately for me it just didn’t do the trick.

For more reviews of No One Knows and the other spring She Reads selections, click here.

Yay! I’m Going to Meet Linden MacIntyre!


GUYS! A very exciting opportunity has presented itself! And
 I’m going to get to meet and chat with Linden MacIntyre! 


In case you didn’t know, Linden MacIntyre is a fellow Canadian! He is a journalist, broadcaster, and author. He’s won many awards for his journalism, including serval Gemini awards and an international Emmy! His novel The Bishop’s Man won the 2009 Scotiabank Giller prize.  

Linden MacIntyre’s latest book Punishment is up for one of the Atlantic Book Awards! It’s up for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. As part of the festivities, MacIntyre will be reading from Punishment Wednesday at the library I work at! I have been presented with the opportunity to dine with him and some of my colleagues before the reading! How COOL amirite?!

Here’s the synopsis of Punishment via Goodreads:  

In Punishment, his first novel since completing his Long Stretch trilogy, Scotiabank Giller-winner Linden MacIntyre brings us a powerful exploration of justice and vengeance, and the peril that ensues when passion replaces reason, in a small town shaken by a tragic death.

Forced to retire early from his job as a corrections officer in Kingston Penitentiary, Tony Breau has limped back to the village where he grew up to lick his wounds, only to find that Dwayne Strickland, a young con he’d had dealings with in prison is back there too–and once again in trouble. Strickland has just been arrested following the suspicious death of a teenage girl, the granddaughter of Caddy Stewart, Tony’s first love.

Tony is soon caught in a fierce emotional struggle between the outcast Strickland and the still alluring Caddy. And then another figure from Tony’s past, the forceful Neil Archie MacDonald–just retired in murky circumstances from the Boston police force–stokes the community’s anger and suspicion and an irresistible demand for punishment. As Tony struggles to resist the vortex of vigilante action, Punishment builds into a total page-turner that blindsides you with twists and betrayals. 


His novels are certainly on on my TBR, especially Punishment since it’s his latest and I have a copy. Now that I will be meeting Mr. MacIntyre, Punishment has jumped to the top of my list! It works out too because the Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon has begun! Hopefully I’ll get a good chunk of it read before the dinner. 😀

Are you familiar with Linden MacIntyre’s fiction, non-fiction, or journalism? 

“Follow Me Down” by Tanya Byrne

Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne
YA, Mystery, Thriller
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 10th, 2013 by Headline
Goodreads|Amazon|Indigo

Adamma Okomma is a 16-year-old girl who has spent her childhood moving from continent to continent. That’s what comes with her father’s job as a Nigerian diplomat. Now Adamma and her family are moving from New York City to Wiltshire, England. Adamma is less than thrilled, especially since she will be shipped off to boarding school in the countryside.

However, when she meets Scarlett, things are looking up. Scarlett is a beautiful, impulsive, and fiery girl with a flair for the dramatic. However, she and Adamma become fast friends and are soon inseparable. However, their relationship turns volatile when they fall for the same guy. Neither one is willing to budge.

Things take a turn for the worse when Scarlett goes missing. At first it just seems like Scarlett being Scarlett—she’s been known to run off before. But, there is something different about this time. Is there something more dark and sinister going on? Scarlett has always had her secrets, but this one will change everything.


I must say that I loved this book. It was a thrilling and well-written read. It was a great blend of teenage coming of age/romance and mystery. I am glad that I didn’t take a long time to read this book. I read it within 24 hours (it was my day off) and I’m very glad I did. This way there wasn’t a lot of time for me to reflect on what I was reading—I was just engulfed by it, living the story out along side Adamma and Scarlett. This way, the mystery felt more intense and real. Given too much time, I would have thought it out, analyzed the plot, tried to figure out the whodunnit etc. I probably would have figured it out, and that would have made the ending less enjoyable. I just finished it and was floored by the ending, literally exclaiming, “what, what, WHAT?” and I think that’s how Byrne intended it. So, if you read this book (and you should), don’t prolong the process. Just let yourself get swept up in it.


The writing and the structure of the book were quite well done. The vivid description and the realistic characters really brought the story to life. I really enjoyed the structure, even though I don’t usually enjoy split perspectives. In Follow Me Down, the story has two different time lines: “Before” and “After,” both from the eyes of Adamma. This makes the mystery unfold in a unique and thrilling way, shedding light on different aspects of Adamma’s and Scarlett’s friendship, and Adamma’s new relationship.


Two thumbs up from me! Definitely put this book on your to-read list! It’s a must! Do it! now!

Hello 2015! Reading & Blogging Resolutions; Challenges


Happy New Year everyone!

As we ring in 2015, the conversations are awash with new years resolutions and reflections on 2014. This is just the way we function! The new year is seen as fresh start. A blank page, if you will. In a recent post, I did The Perpetual Page-Turner’s end of the year survey and reflected on my year. Now let’s look forward! 


Reading Resolutions: 
I will read a minimum of 75 books in total. 
Last year my original goal was 50, but I ended up bumping it up to 70. I made it to 75! This year I am challenging myself to read 75 books again. I am not going to up that number because I don’t want to stress myself about trying to read a whole bunch of books. I felt like this year I was at a good pace, and I just want to keep it up!
Complete in 5 reading challenges and participate in at least 1 Readathon. 

I had no idea how many reading challenged there were out there! And I didn’t even know a Readathon was a thing until recently! Down below I will tell you the challenges I am planning on participating in! 🙂

Read more diversely.
I will read at least 15 books by non-white authors and at least 5 taking place on a different continent/in a different culture. I’m not exactly reaching for the stars here, but it’s a start.
Read more sustainably.

I will read more library books, ebooks, and books I already own. This is meant to decrease my footprint, increase my self-control, broaden my horizons, and save me some moneymoney.

Read more classics.
I will read at least 5 books considered classics (this includes modern classics). In the past year I have been mainly reading bestsellers and I want to get back into the lovely classics. There are so many on my TBR!
Re-read. 
I will reread at least 1 book that will impact me in a meaningful way now that I am older. I am really not a big rereader. At all. 
Read more broadly. 
I will read books from a wider range of genres, including at least 3 books from genres I’m less familiar with/don’t read often.
I will journal. 
I will keep a journal of all the books I read! Even if it’s just a list. Although preferably I’ll scribble in some thoughts. I like to have a hard copy of these sorts of things!
I will “read” more audiobooks.
I’ve given audiobooks a chance this year and have really enjoyed it! This year I will “read” at least 10! 
I will give debut authors a chance. 
I will read at least 5 debuts.
I will get into the backlist of at least 1 author I first read in 2014. 
I just… Want to do this. 🙂

Blogging Resolutions: 
Comment back.

I will respond to all comments (and tweets and stuff), and comment back on the blogs of all people who comment on Fuelled By Fiction! (Unless my blog somehow explodes over the next year and that becomes impossible. I somehow doubt it).

I will post a booktube video once a week (ish).
A few weeks ago, I joined BookTube! Hurrah! This year I challenge myself to keep up with it and try to post one video a week.
Post more.
I will post at least 3 times a week on the blog. At Least 1 should be a review. 
Encourage interaction.

I will write more discussions posts and participate in more discussions on other blogs.

Be consistent and disciplined.
I will make a post schedule and keep the deadlines! 
Be social.
I will reach out to other bloggers and be more involved in the blogging community. I will also participate in at least 3 Top Ten Tuesday a month!
Stay in the loop.
I will keep up on new and upcoming releases! 
Learn, learn, learn.
I will keep learning about how to blog successfully and posting about it in Adventures of a Book Blogging Newbie. 
Take advantage of the excellent bookish resources that are out there. 
I will learn how to use Netgalley. And then use it. I will actually read the ebook I got from Blogging For Books.
Grow in confidence. 
I will get to a place where I feel confident in my blogging and begin to feel ready to request review copies from publishers. 🙂 

Challenges
31 Days of Better Blogging


This month, Parajunkee’s View is hosting 31 Days of Better Blogging. I think this is an awesome idea and the daily challenges are all excellent. I am only sort of participating in this one, however. I do plan to tackle these challenges, but I am not going to be doing them daily, or only in January. Here is the link to the challenge!

TBR Pile Challenge.
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Part of my goal in reading sustainably is to read books I already own that have been sitting on my shelves for a while. This year I will be participating in the the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Bookish! I am aiming for A Friendly Hug (11-20 books). Here is the link to the challenge!
Library Challenge.

This challenge is hosted by Book Journey. I think this is a really excellent idea, and again will help me with my sustainable reading resolution. I am aiming for Seasoned (14-22 checkouts). Here is the link to the challenge!
Non-fiction Challenge.
Nonfiction Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader
The Introverted Reader is hosting the Non-Fiction reading challenge! I have discovered a love of memoir and plan to continue exploring the genre this year. I am aiming for Explorer (6-10 books). Here’s the link to the challenge! 
Audiobook challenge.

This challenged is hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens! Having just discovered my enjoyment of audiobooks, I am aiming for Stenographer (10-15 audiobooks)! Here is the link to the challenge!

Goodreads Challenge.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Beth has read 1 book toward her goal of 75 books.
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Last but not least, the Goodreads Challenge. This is my third year participating and I am aiming for 75 books!

What are your 2015 reading resolutions? Are you participating in any challenges this year?

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)

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!



Departures: 

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer 
Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters 
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
Look out for a mini review on this one — i.e. The Gist

Proof of Angels by Mary Curran Hackett

Acquired by:  Book Tour Participation (From Publisher)
Format: ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy)
Condition: New
I was part of the TLC book tour for this one. Check out the post here.

The Vineyard by Michael Hurley

Acquired by:  Book Tour Participation (From Publisher)
Format: ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy)
Condition: New
I was part of the TLC book tour for this one. Check out the post here.

Ms  Marvel Vol 1: No Normal

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters 
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: New

They were raving about this on Book Riot so I obviously immediately went out and bought it.

The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Acquired by:  Book Tour Participation (From Publisher)
Format: ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy)
Condition: New
I was part of the TLC book tour for this one. Check out the post here.

Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile

Acquired by: Library Loan
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: Worn
I read about the Fables comic book series on Panels, Book Riot’s sister site. 





Arrivals:

Captain Marvel Vol 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters 
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: New
I read Ms. Marvel on a recommendation from a few Book Rioters on BookRiot.com! Ms. Marvel references Captain Marvel and I wanted to read about her!

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Acquired by: Book Tour Participation (From Publisher)
Format: ARE (Advanced Reader’s Edition)
Condition: New
I’m participating in the book tour for this one in January! I received the book in the mail last week! I started this one a couple of days ago and am enjoying it so far.

Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
I have been waiting for this one to be released! I purchased in on the day in came out! When I have the time, I am going to get into this!

That Night by Chevy Stevens

Acquired by: Purchase from BookOutlet.com
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: New—Scratch&Dent
This was a book outlet purchase! Chevy Chase can write a great thriller! 

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
I picked up this YA title this month. It sounds really interesting! 

The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter 

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
This book sounds poignant and suspenseful—a great combination.

Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Acquired by: Purchase from BookOutlet.com
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
This horror is a Book Outlet deal! Can’t wait to get into that this winter!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
I can’t wait for the hilarity that is sure to ensue! 

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success—Online and Off by Michelle Phan

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
I picked up this book and have been putting it to good use! My skin is so soft:)

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi 

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway 
All Acquired by: Purchase at Value Village
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: Used—Good
I found these titles at Value Village! They’re in great condition!

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by AS King

Acquired by: October New Release Giveaway by Bo-ok Nerd Canada
Format: Hardcover
Condition: New
I read about this one BookRiot.com. Then heard about it on the Bookrageous Podcast. They raved! So I TBR’d it! Thanks Bo-ok Nerd Canada for the copy! 

Tell by Frances Itani

Acquired by: Purchase at Chapters
Format: Trade Paperback 
Condition: New
This one was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It sounds so good! Can’t wait to read it. 

Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm

Acquired by: Library Loan
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: Worn
I read about the Fables comic book series on Panels, Book Riot’s sister site. 

Fables Vol 3: Storybook Love

Acquired by: Library Loan
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: Worn





Looking for Alaska by John Green
Acquired by: Free Library Discard
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Condition: Very Worn

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by

Acquired by: Free Library Discard
Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: Very Worn








As you can see, I am a nut who buys/borrows way more that I can read. But what can I say? I am a collector.