Fall Bucket List Book Tag

I was tagged in the Fall Bucket List Tag a few weeks ago by Koo Reviews. It was originally created by Read With Tiffany.

Light A Scented Candle – a book that is light hearted

Yours Truly is a cute romantic comedy about learning to be honest with yourself and others about what you truly want in life. It is cute, cuddly, and light hearted. (Yours Truly review)

Drink Pumpkin Spiced Lattes – A book that has a lot of hype

I was seeing The Girl Who Drank The Moon everywhere this year, but when I read it I didn’t quite love it as much as everyone else seemed to. It was a 3* read for me.

Go Apple Picking – A book that has fun friendships

If you are looking for books with awesome best friends, Dear Mrs Bird and Big Sexy Love both have them. (Dear Mrs Bird & Big Sexy Love)

Wear A Cozy Sweater – A book that warms your heart

Tanabata Wish was a nice, cute read. (My review here)

Bake Cinnamon Rolls – A character who is a talented chef

I had trouble coming up with a chef from any of the books I’ve read this year. Skyler in Tanabata Wish learned to prepare some traditional Japanese dishes.

Jump Into a Pile of Leaves – A Book That Made You Jump For Joy

Not necessarily joy, but there were definitely a few funny moments in Dear Mrs. Bird.

Thanks for tagging me, Koos Reviews! I TAG:

Anyone who wants to give it a go!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumnal Settings

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is favourite book settings. I decided to switch it up a bit, since I’m currently celebrating all things Fall, so I have gone with books with Autumn inspired themes or place names in the title.

  • Autumn Skies Over Ruby Falls – Holly Martin
  • Autumn At Apple Hill – Angie Ellington
  • Autumn Leaves At Mill Grange – Jenny Kane
  • Autumn At The Star And Sixpence – Holly Hepburn
  • The Cottage On Pumpkin And Vine – Kate Angell
  • Autumn Spice On Sunflower Street – Rachel Griffiths
  • The Bookshop On Autumn Lane – Cynthia Tennent
  • The Haunting Of Autumn Lake – Marcia Lynn McClure
  • Autumn At The Cafe And The End Of The Pier – Helen Rolfe
  • Autumn At The Cosy Cottage Cafe – Rachel Griffiths

Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Previous Top Ten Tuesday posts

It’s Monday!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

Happy Thanksgiving Canadians!

It’s Monday again, which means a Monday, What I’m Reading post. So I have been reading, lots of reading, but I am a little behind on all the book reviews. They are all coming, most have been written, some are still a pile of notes. I have a few from before I moved to get finished and published, and between the move and life, I’ve just gotten a little backed up.

What I read last week:

Bring Me Back was a 5* read for me. I loved it so much. I loved the way each character perspective was written to tell the story, and the way it all unfolded the story.

What I am reading now:

I started this last night, and so far it’s okay. It has been on my TBR for a while now, and I’ve been looking forward to getting to it. Like I said, it’s okay. I’m not loving the way it is written, and so far none of the characters are particularly likeable. Still, I’m curious to find out how it all unfolds, even though I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out where it is going.

What I’m reading next:

The Chalk Man is next on my list. I’ve got a couple of C.J. Tudor books sitting on my bookshelf, but I’m planning to start with this one.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this week?

Book Review: The Story Of Tracy Beaker

The Story Of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

‘I’m Tracy Beaker. This is a book all about me. I’d read it if I were you. It’s the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest.’

Tracy is ten years old. She lives in a Children’s Home but would like a real home one day, with a real family. Meet Tracy, follow her story and share her hopes for the future in this beautifully observed, touching and often very funny tale, all told in Tracy’s own words.

I grew up with Tracy Beaker. I loved the book, the tv show, everything. So of course, it is about time that I pulled it out to read with Lottie.

Tracy is a story teller. She is a ten year old girl in foster care, and writing her own story about her life at the children’s home. She exaggerates a lot, and is not always the most honest narrator, but there is something sweet about her all the same.

Tracy is spunky, naughty, cheeky, and very outspoken. All things that make her a very entertaining character to read about. She meets Cam, a writer who is supposed to be writing an article about children in foster care, and they are able to bond over a shared interest.

At the same time, she talks about her previous foster families, as well as her mum. Tracy fantasizes and makes up stories to explain the reasons her mother hasn’t been in touch, hasn’t visited, and can’t take care of Tracy herself. And while some of those reasons can seem a little far-fetched at times, it isn’t entirely unrealistic to imagine that a ten year old might believe some of those things.

Tracy’s narration is entertaining and quirky, and the way she describes the adults and other children are pretty funny at times. Lottie is 7 and she laughed a lot, and I did enjoy reading the book again. I hadn’t picked it up in a very long time, so it was nice to revisit it.

Have you read The Story Of Tracy Beaker?

Top Ten Tuesday: Memes That Sum Up Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is bookish pet peeves. I decided to post some of my favourite and most relatable bookish memes on this subject.

When you’re “just” reading or you read too much:

Who needs sleep:

When you would rather be reading:

The rest:

Top 5: Thriller Tropes That Don’t Scare Me

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan reads.

This week’s topic is looking at horror/thriller tropes that I either don’t find scary or particularly thrilling.

  1. The stalker ex & domestic abuse/controlling partners. I can handle small amounts in a book, but stalking or domestic abuse or controlling partners sets off my anxiety. I just don’t find it to be particularly enjoyable to read about.
  2. Cults. I tend to avoid books about organized cults or religious groups. Thrillers set around cults is not a trope I particularly enjoy.
  3. Unreliable or chaotic narrators. When the narrator or plot is too busy or chaotic, I can’t always follow what is happening or tell who to trust/believe.
  4. Random amnesia. Characters, particularly the protagonist having amnesia, is not really a trope I read.
  5. Inheritance plots. When rich relative conveniently dies within the early parts of the book, I tend to be able to figure out exactly where the rest of the plot is going. If I can guess the ending of a thriller too easily, it’s not exacting thrilling.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

And just like that, it is October. This year is just flying by. I’m still finishing up the last remnants of unpacking from my move. Yeah, I’m a procrastinator. It’s mostly just those last few things that I still need to find a home for. I love my new apartment, and slowly but surely Lottie and I are making it feel like a home.

I didn’t get a whole lot of actual reading done in September. I was unpacking and adjusting to life as a single parent, but I’m getting it all figured out now. I’ve got a bit of a routine going, and finding time to get some reading done. I lacked motivation as I got closer to the move, and it has taken some time to get it back again, but I think I’m back.

I joined several readathons this month to hopefully pull me out of the reading slump. I did join Bookoplathon in September, but I only actually managed to do two of the prompts before losing my motivation completely. Between being tired of unpacking and actually unpacking, I just didn’t get to it like I thought I would. But that’s okay.

But let’s talk books!

What I read last week:

The Woman In Cabin 10 was my first prompt for both Spoopathon and Spooktober. I only finished this yesterday, but still technically counts as last week. It was my first book by Ruth Ware, and I thought it was okay. I found it confusing in parts, and some of the plot choices were not what I wanted, but it was fine. The main character, Lo, I wasn’t a huge fan of which I don’t think helped. It started off very promising, and I quite enjoyed the end, but the portion in between I found to be chaotic and jumbled.

What I am reading now:

I started Bring Me Back yesterday and so far I am hooked. The back and forth between timelines and glimpses into the past and present stories is excellent.

Bizenghast is my first manga, and I chose it to fulfill a new genre prompt. It’s a little creepy and weird, so right up my alley.

The Mutts Autumn Diaries is a book I chose to break up the heaviness and weirdness of Bring Me Back, Bizenghast, and Woman In Cabin 10. Sometimes so much heavy at once gets a bit much and I like something lighter to brighten it all up.

What I’m reading next:

I have had The Guest List on my TBR for a while now, ever since I picked it up at a 2nd hand bookstore. I should get to it later on this week, assuming I can get my current books finished by then.

What are you reading this week? Have you read any these books?

The Cozy Autumn Book Tag

It’s the time of year where pumpkin spice is everywhere, the leaves are changing colour, and the nights are gradually getting longer and cooler. September-January is my favourite time of the year. I love sitting with a blanket and some hot chocolate while the world outside changes. I love the build up to the holidays, I love decorating and crafting for them. And yes, I am ready for autumn.

The Cozy Autumn Book Tag was created by The Book Belle, and it is all about autumn reading.

What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?

I don’t know that I have one specific book, as I don’t tend to do a lot of rereads. There isn’t really any one book that I pull off the shelf every autumn.

What is your favourite autumnal book cover?

I don’t have a specific favourite cover either, but anything with autumnal colours (red, orange, yellow, brown, green), gives me autumn vibes.

What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with?

I love hot chocolate with a dash of either nutmeg or cinnamon in it.

Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?

I have never been a morning person, and unless I have actual plans that require me to leave the house, I do not get up early. I prefer to read later in the afternoon, early evening, though I definitely stay up too late reading on a regular basis (probably the cause of my not being a morning person, but oh well).

Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read?

You know, I don’t read a ton of horror, but I’ve been slowly adding more thrillers to my reading lists.

What is the ultimate comfort read for you?

Something chick-lit. Lately I’ve been enjoying Kirsty Greenwood’s books, but anything in that kind of genre feels comforting to me. And not just the book that I’m reading, but also the atmosphere while I am reading it.

What is your favourite autumnal reading snack?

I always keep a bowl of trail mix beside me when I’m reading or watching TV. I buy several bags of different kinds and mix it all up in a bowl.

What is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?

Probably more wintery than autumn, but I like the candles that smell like pine trees.

When you’re not reading, what is your favourite autumnal activity?

I love it all. I like carving pumpkins, baking, I knit, decorating for the holidays, and doing tons of crafts with my daughter.

What is on your autumn/fall reading list?

I have a mix on my TBR for fall. They include The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, and The Guest List by Lucy Foley. There is something about curling up with a blanket and hot drink and a chilling story while the world outside changes into Fall.

What are your favourite things about autumn?

Six Degrees Of Separation – October 2021

Six Degrees of Separation is the brain child of Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best where we all start with the same book, and head down the rabbit hole to add six more, and see where our links take us!

Follow the hashtag #6degrees on Twitter to check out everyone else’s chains. Six Degrees of Separation takes place on the first Saturday of the month.

The starting book for this month is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

Perhaps a kind of obvious jump, but I’m participating in a readathon in the month of October, and for one of the prompts I am choosing to read The Haunting Of Hill House which is also by Shirley Jackson, so that is my first jump.

So next I’m going to go to another haunted house style book, that I read recently, and that is Bly by Kelsey Ketch.

Next I’m going to the inspiration behind Bly which was The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James.

Okay, this next jump is totally a me issue, but I have always gotten the titles of Taming Of The Shrew and Turn Of The Screw mixed up, so logically, that has to be my next book.

And now we are at Shakespeare, so I am going to end of That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler, which is a book containing 15 different Shakespeare retellings.

Have you read any of these books? What path would you take? Let me know!

Book Review: Bly

Bly – Kelsey Ketch

I left the United States to find inner peace. Instead, I find myself confronting a malicious ghost.

Astyr Salt is a spiritual and emotional empath who moved to England with the intent to forget about a traumatic, supernatural event that occurred during her freshman year of college. However, when she takes a spiritual cleansing assignment in a haunted country home in Essex, she is isolated with all her own pent-up emotions.

These emotions energize the ghosts inhabiting the country home, helping them draw their own tragedies to the surface. Searching for the truth, Astyr is forced to relive the past. And the deeper she dives into the country home’s horrific history, the more the intertwined memories place her in the path of an evil and demented predator.

A blend of contemporary fantasy, horror, and mystery, Bly is inspired by Henry James’s classic novella, The Turn of the Screw.

I spent almost the entirety of Bly trying to figure out:

(1) what was going to happen next, and

(2) whether or not Astyr was actually going to survive it

so that had me going. I do quite enjoy a horror story, and this one felt like I was watching a movie unfold in front of me. It wasn’t a horror as such, in the way that it wasn’t all that spooky, but there was a ton of supernatural type stuff so it still felt like it fits in the horror/spooky kind of theme.

So Astyr is a spiritual empath. She can share the feelings of another person, and she believes and can feel spirits. The ghosts/spirits in this book aren’t exactly your cute, cuddly, friendly ghosts, so being a spiritual empath doesn’t really work out too well and leads to a lot of problems for Astyr.

This is a book with a very fast – pace, so it was easy to sit down and read this in one sitting. I like to read horror/spooky things quickly or close together anyway so that I don’t get pulled out of the emotional aspect of it, and the storyline was interesting enough to keep me sucked in until the end. I liked Astyr, the character felt very real to me, which definitely helped me to stay within the story.

Do you like a spooky story? Let me know!

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