2016 Recap

2016 has been a crap year for the most part.. but on the reading front – my number of books read has gone up (not by a lot but I am still pretty proud of it.)

Here is a little recap of my year in reading..

Some of my favourite books read in 2016:

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Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

If you are a Gilmore Girls fan and a Lauren Graham fan then this book is a MUST read! It was fun, quirky, and real. It felt like Lauren was talking directly to me. My only gripe – not enough Gilmore Girls in this book. I wanted moreeeee.

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The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

This was a quick read but the story was sooo impressive. It was a strange and magical story that shared a message that nothing is perfect. I don’t know.. this book was kind of perfect 😉

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Wenjack by Joseph Boyden

This one is a heart breaker. It’s a short story that packs so much truth and emotion in to it. I couldn’t put it down. Ugh 😦 It sheds light on Canada’s seedy past. The past that we try to avoid but really should be made to see and hear it. This should be mandatory reading for all Canadians. </3

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

If you are looking for a messed up book that will leave you drained from its intense story telling..then this is the book for you. What a wild ride this was! So dark and twisted.. I wanted to skip work and read this in one sitting (but I am a responsible adult..so I didn’t do that. lol)

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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Another great psychological thriller. This one wasn’t like any I had read before. Did not see that ending coming or the direction of this book!! I cannot wait to read more by this author (I picked up her newest book! Need to get around to that asap)

 

Some of my not-so-favourite books of 2016:

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Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

I wanted to like this one. It was recommended by a coworker who adores this author/series so I really wanted to like this too. We have the best book chats at work (she reads a lot) but we read very different books.. this was my attempt to read books from her fave genre. I just couldn’t get in to it. The main character was so annoying and just DUMB. How many times can you put yourself in danger before common sense kicks in and tells you to stop being a stupid f*ck and take better care of your life?? Ugh. The main guy was hot..but not really my type I guess. I’ve heard the series gets better.. I may have to pick up the second book and see if I can enjoy it..

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Breathe by Abbi Glines

This was another recommended book and another one that I didn’t really enjoy. It was WAY better than Rock Chick but I found it kind of annoying for the following reasons: insta-love, kind of unbelievable, characters were too young. Who falls that quickly for someone?? And really..you just happen to work for this this mega hot superstar and he falls for you hard? The issue with the age has more to do with my age than the characters. I just couldn’t get in to a 17-year-old’s relationship. I am told to try the other books in this series. The characters are older and the authors story-telling improves. I definitely will check out the next book!

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My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

This one makes me sad! I’ve heard great things about this book of short stories. It is always recommended as a MUST-READ this time of year… but omg. NO. I adored the first story in the book (by the fabulous Rainbow Rowell) but the rest were so ‘meh.’ Even the stories by some of my other fave YA authors were boring (I am talking about you Jenny Han, Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins..) I think my expectations were a little too high for this book. I just couldn’t get in to it. Can Rainbow write a whole book around her story please? I would buy it and read it every year around the holidays ❤

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2016 brought some amazing books in to my life and some not-so-amazing books. If you want to creep the other books I’ve read you can find them on my Goodreads or Instagram account. I don’t really review anymore (I am so lazy now haha) but I star rate all of the books on my GR account. So check it out!

What were some of your favourite books of 2016? Least favourite?

xox

Shannon

October <3

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Carrie by Stephen King

Happy October!! My absolute favourite month (aside from May..’cause wedding anniversary!)

October is the greatest because it is full of fall weather, pumpkins, rust coloured leaves, warm drinks, sweaters, scarves, and the feeling of cozy comfort when you are decked out in fall attire.

The air is fresh and crisp. Not too cold as the later months bring but cool enough to cleanse the soul. I seriously love this month! AND it always brings out the urge to read dark and creepy books, watch movies about witches (The Craft, Practical Magic..) and watch those awesome Disney channel movies about Halloween that we all grew up on (HALLOWEENTOWN!)

I am hoping to get back in to blogging (as I say time and time again.) I kind of miss it. It has always been a great outlet to purge all of my book related thoughts and opinions. Here is hoping I can stick with it.

Enjoy the beautiful weather today! I shall be back soon (hopefully with a review to post. haha)

xox,

Shannon

 

Halloween 2015

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I can’t believe it is almost Halloween! My favourite time of the year!! ❤

I was going to dedicate a whole post to awesome Halloween reads but realized I haven’t read enough ghoulish/scary/creepy reads to make a list so I opted for a “How I love to celebrate” post instead!

Back in my “younger days” I would use this holiday to get dressed up and hit the clubs. I am far too old for that now and I much prefer the comfort of home, cozy pjs, and lots of good movies!

So let’s get started!

Books

The past couple of Halloween’s I have been reading The Strain trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro. I enjoy the creepiness and dark nature of the books. It really sets the mood!

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From Goodreads: “A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.”

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A more recent read that I think would be perfect this time of year: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

From Goodreads: “Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.”

I am hoping to add some more titles this year! What are some of your fave Halloween reads?

Movies

There are so many great movies for this time of year!! From family fun to super scary – there is something for everyone!

Some of my fave movies to watch on or around Halloween are:

Halloweentown – I’ve watched this movie for yearsssss. It is one of those “once you see it on TV you know Halloween is just around the corner” movies. Plays every year on the Family Channel.

The Craft – I adoreeeeee this movie. Witches, teenagers, good, evil, magic! Everything you want or need in a witch movie!

Practical Magic – Another great witch movie! Put the lime in the coconut..Need I say more? haha

Casper – HOT DEVON SAWA! That is all.

The Nightmare before Christmas – A nice mix of the two upcoming holidays! So gooooood.

I can go on and on and on! So many great choices! Don’t forget to add The Simpsons Halloween specials!!

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Pair up your book and movies with a lovely pumpkin spice candle!

And add some holiday spirit to your shower with Lord of Misrule by Lush! An addictive smell in a gorgeous green colour!

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There are so many awesome ways to celebrate this time of year. I am always looking for new ideas soooo share some of your fave ways to enjoy Halloween!

The Struggle is REAL!

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I have a major super-book-nerdy problem and I am hoping I am not the only one…

A book I really really reaaaaally want finally comes out and I rush to the store to purchase it ASAP. Unfortunately I am in the middle of another book so I can’t start it right away.  This current read was super interesting and I was digging it…until the new book arrived. Now I can’t concentrate on the current book and it becomes a major struggle to finish it. What the heck is going on?? And how do I fix this? I usually end up power reading through the rest just to get it over with and I tend to not really absorb any of the story that way. Where did my patience go and how do I get it back? I know I could start reading the new book at the same time (but really – I will probably ignore the first read until I finish this new book and then I will forget the story and have to start over.) I want to give 100% to the anticipated book so I probably won’t ever read two at once. The struggle is real!!

Am I the only one who goes through this??

Back to Real Life..

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I can’t believe vacation is already over! I look forward to this week of holidays all year and the minute it gets here it goes by so quickly.. cry. I guess it is time to get back to real life.

I miss it. Vacation was TONS of fun. We shopped (way too much) and hung out at the beach. We visited wineries and drank lots of yummy wines AND ATE SO MUCH FOOD. I probably gained 20lbs last week. It was so worth it. The food there is delicious!

I didn’t find much time to read *thumbsdown* We were out and about a lot and didn’t feel up to it when we got back to the cottage. I did manage to find time to buy books 😉 There is always time to shop.. especially for books!

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I picked up some used books (mostly classics) from the library book sale and the local book shop. If I had more money I would’ve come home with more.. Husband wouldn’t like that too much. lol.

Can I go back like NOW?!?! 😦

How was your week/weekend?

 

Shannon

Get Me Out of Here!

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Why does the week before holidays feel like the longest week ever? Why?! I seriously cannot wait for this week to end!!! Saturday we are leaving for our yearly trip to Prince Edward County, Ontario. We will bask in the sun at Sandbanks beach, eat lots of yummy food, check out the local crafts, and drink SO MUCH wine. It is going to be AH-MAZING. Of course I will try to fit some time in to read! Now I need to decide on what books to bring because this will be my last week of freedom before school starts! No more pleasure reading until assignments are completed. Ok.. that is a little extreme. Knowing me I will still pick up books while homework waits. But I shouldn’t. Oh wells haha. But back on point — IS IT SATURDAY YET???? cryyyyyyyyyyyy

What are some of your summer reads?

The Saddest Day: RIP Richard Gilmore

December 31st, 2014 marked the saddest day for Ed Herrmann and Gilmore Girls fans. Our beloved Richard Gilmore passed away from battling brain cancer.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Gilmore Girls since the day it aired on TV.  I followed this mother-daughter duo from the very beginning and continue to watch to-this-day the girls, their family, friends, and love interests in the quirky town of Stars Hollow. i.e. HUGE fan over here!! So it only seemed fitting to dedicate a post to the Grandfather of the show: Ed Hermmann/Richard Gilmore.

“When we were casting the part of Richard on Gilmore Girls, we all sat around saying, ‘If we could only get Ed Herrmann.’ So we sent the script to his agent who said Ed will come in and meet, but he won’t read. We said fine — great. Set it up. The agent said, ‘But I need you to understand — he will not read.’ We said we get it — no reading. The agent said, ‘He’s Ed Herrmann. He’s worked with Woody Allen! He was in Reds! He will not, under any circumstances, read!’ We were like ‘Hey, if he’ll even sit down and talk to us, we’d be honored.’ So Ed came in. He sat down and said, ‘I like it. It’s funny. Should I read?’ We sat there in stunned silence as Ed opened the script and proceeded to read. And just like that, Richard Gilmore was sitting in front of us. And that’s when I knew this show was charmed… To our patriarch, I thank you. I miss you. And I could never repay you.” – Amy Sherman-Palladino (creator)

“We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from [Edward’s wife] Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren [Graham], Alexis [Bledel] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.” -Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore)

“My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man. It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.” -Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore)

“Ed Herrmann was a wonderful actor and a kind man. He was endlessly knowledgeable about theater, TV and film, and would generously share his wisdom or tell stories from a long and rewarding career. I am grateful to him for that, and will miss him tremendously. He loved acting and was the head of our Gilmore family with his strong presence and great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.” -Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore)

“RIP #EdwardHerrmann I was lucky to know you. I can’t imagine what #GilmoreGirls would have been like w/o you. ❤ to your Family.” – Keiko Agena (Lane Kim)

 

R.I.P Richard Gilmore 😦

2015 Reading Goals

I can’t believe it is already 2015! Time is flying by! With every new year comes the time to reflect and plan my reading goals of the new year. I usually try to set a specific number of books I hope to read throughout the year. However, sometimes life gets busy and finding time to sit down and devote to reading becomes increasingly hard.. I usually end up short of my goal and thoroughly disappointed. I hate being disappointed. So this year I have decided to skip choosing a number and instead work on more attainable goals like…..

1. Finish / Catch up on series’ that I have started but never got around to completing. I have so many I want to finish! (Delirium, Shatter Me, True Blood, Thursday Next, etc)

I am starting with Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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2. Buy less books… This one is going to be tough but I want to try to save money!! I have so many unread books on my shelf that I really shouldn’t buy more. I WANT more..but I shouldn’t. lol I see myself failing at this one.

3. Read more adult fiction. I have been on a young adult kick lately. It’s all I want to read. SO hopefully I will pick up more adult books and broaden my reading for the year.

That is about all I have picked out for the year. Here’s hoping I can stick with it! haha

What are your reading goals for 2015?!