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

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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

 

wishBOOKS

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December is finally here!! We are now only weeks away from Christmas and I CANNOT WAIT!

Now is the time to shop shop shop for the holidays soooo I thought I would put together my “wishBOOKS” list to help some lovely people with gift ideas for moi. 😉 hehe

Number one book that I absolutely NEED is the new Harry Potter Illustrated edition!! ❤ omg It is gorgeous and any HP addict should have this in their collection 😉

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Continuing with the HP theme I wannnnnt the colouring book!!!!

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There are a few other YA books I would love to add to my collection:

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I want to catch up on Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles  and everybody is RAVING about An Ember in the Ashes so I must find out what all the fuss is about!

And then there is Chuck.. Need to add this to the collection!

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I can make this a realllllly long list but I will stop it here hehe.

Now tell me what books you are wishing for this holiday season!!

xox,

Shannon

Teaser Tuesday (Oct 20)

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

“But all I ever find are pieces of the puzzle. It’s like I’m in a dark room, and I only ever have enough light to see one corner of it at a time.”

  • Title: Carry On
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Page: 101

Your turn!

Teaser Tuesday (july 21)

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

“It’s 2:00 a.m. when I am woken up by her scream. I stand from the chair and see her pointing across the pitch-black room at something that isn’t there.”

  • Title: The Good Girl
  • Author: Mary Kubica
  • Page: 264

Your turn!