Book Talk: Help a Girl Out! Which Books Should Accompany on My Next Adventure?

Hey bookworms! Hope your week is off to a good start! I really need your help. I am flying to Vancouver on Saturday and I really need your help… I am trying to send positivity for this trip because besides … Continue reading

Book Talk: I’m Slumping Again and Life Updates

Hey bookworms! It’s me Chantal the little short redheaded book blogger that used to blog a lot more.. Hope I’m not fading from your memory jk… Kinda… It’s time for a random book talk even though I know we’ve talked … Continue reading

January Wrap-Up: Better Late Than Never

Hey Bookworms! I promise one day I will get better at this. By “this” I mean blogging and working, or even expressing myself creatively. I also plan on writing a scene today for my story. It’s just working in a call center and staring at screen all day does not make it easy to want to come home and stare at a computer, or sometimes have the energy with 2 hour bus rides at times. I also am going to get glasses even if I don’t want to, I’m hoping it will help my creative and work life plus hopefully will kill the headaches… I wonder if writers that used typewriters had these problems? But anywho onto the to the topic at hand what I read last month!

January Wrap-Up

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars although most of it was enjoyable Rosie’s behavior pissed me off and sometimes hit too close to home. It was a great listen though and the narrator kept my attention.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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I was accepting this to be more paranormal, but it ended up being more of a magical realism book which normally I love, but this one I guessed the plot twist early on and thus it made it a 3 out of 5 stars for this one as well.

Symptoms of being Human by Jeff Garvin

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This book helped me find my need to write and express myself and it was a really inspiring story of self acceptance. I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars!

Born Wicked by Jessica Scottswood

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This whole first book felt too rushed from the love triangle to the way it ended. I did like the parts that kept me guessing and it did make me curious to give book 2 a shot. I don’t know how soon though. I gave this one a 3 out of 5 stars.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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It was a really sweet endearing novel that made me love my dogs past and present. It gave me hope. I really wanted to cry when reading it, but I think so many people telling me I would made it hard to. Overall since the last bit dragged I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

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For fans of The Night Circus  by Erin Morgenstern (which by now I hope you all know by now is my all time favorite book), while we all hopes she will write a sequel, this book will fill your cravings for a similar book. It is another game with 2 players who seemed doomed and yet destined. I also loved the personification of love and death as humans. They weren’t what you usually think of when you usually think of those figures. There were parts where it lost my attention near the end though, but I loved the use of music and singing in the audio book. I really recommend it, and I gave it a 4.3 out of 5 stars.

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It makes me sad to say especially because I was so looking forward to this book, but it was my first DNF of the year. It was just every one seemed weak in this book not strong enough to fight their own battles. I gave it a 2 out of 5 stars because the concept still intrigued me.

Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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This was a cute and sad coming of age series. It was about not only accepting grief but also also accepting yourself and your heritage. I though it was truly sweet and I think I would’ve enjoyed it more younger. It was a 3 out of 5 stars.

Well bookworms that is what I read in January. What did you start 2017 with? Let me know in the comments down below. I miss you all and I promise at some point I’ll figure out a work and blogging life. In the mean time I will try to post as often as I can. Anywho hope you all are reading good things! Happy Reading!

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Looking Back: My Top 11 Books of 2016

Hey Bookworms!

 

I know this is a bit late, but never late than never right? So to start off I am glad to say goodbye to 2016 both it and 2015 made my life pretty hard, but I am still here right? Well most of the important parts of me are.

Now… I am not going to lie I am pretty scared of 2017 too. I am scared of where it is going to leave me, but at the very least I am hoping it will be a year of answers…

As much as there are moments I wish I could change myself, the greater part of me knows without my body it wouldn’t have led to my love of words or my imagination or even my understanding of more. I will forever be a girl that is more than just her shell but the wolf inside her as well. An alpha female leading through.

Okay readers enough with this ranting… I guess I wanted to get those words out of my head, but 2017 will be the year I don’t hold back. As for 2016 out of the 118 books I read, these are the ones that made my lostness more bearable. Now I didn’t reach my goal of 120, but 118 is better than I have ever done. So without further ado, here they are in no particular order (except really the order I read them in…)!

 

Top 10 Books of 2016 that Gave Me Hope

Teen Titans: Earth One #1 by Jeff Lemire (Writer), Terry Dodson (Penciler), Rachel Dodson (Inker), Cam Smith (Inker), Brad Anderson (Colourist), Jared K. Fletcher (Letterer)

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This was my first peek into DC and it really caught my attention not only were the images goregous, but the story line had me. I plan to buy book 2 one I get a little farther into my TBR. I am always up for more recommendations into the DC world if you’re feeling generous.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

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Words cannot truly explain how much I really love this book. I finally felt a character I could relate to in Ling. The way her powers work are the way I feel free in my writing. It let me know that some authors are brave enough to tackle every kind of character and I am forever grateful in that.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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This book touched me and reminded me how books can bring us together and help us grow along with the people who read them. How people can open us up unexpectedly. This was one of my first reads of the year, but I definitely plan on rereading this book somewhere in my future.

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

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My love and pushiness of this book is endless. It was my heart and it would’ve saved me so much hurt when I was around 16. This book lets you know it’s okay to love who you love and need I say the kisses were amazing?! If you are curious to here more of raving on it click here to read my review

Tempestuous  by Lesley Livingston

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Finishing this series helped me believe in love for the moment at least. The way Sonny and Kelley love made me want that connection to someone again and plus the way the author reads her own book for the audio book was one of my favorite narration of the year.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

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The plot twist and the feels in this book was one of the few books of the year to stir my emotions. I really loved how quick this pulled me in.

The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Although this isn’t my favorite cover (though my favorite dress) it was one of my favorite books of the year once I got to know Eady a bit better. I do recommend readers before reading this spin off watching The Young Victoria it definitely helped. I definitely liked who won this and how it ended.

Every Heart a Doorway by Sean McGuire

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The idea of this book and the magical realism it filled every part of my magical realism craving. I really am praying there is more to this series because I have more questions and need more hope.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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I want to implement the practices of this book and even buy a copy and read it again when I can’t find the energy to write. For every creative person this is a must read book!

The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

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Is it really a surprise a Cecelia Ahern book made my list. I just wish this could really happen. I wish I could meet my life and see their state and have a little guidance in the right direction. For anyone who is feeling a little lost in life I definitely recommend this book!

The Wolf Boy is Mine by Yoko Nogiri

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Hands down renewed my love in manga! I can’t wait till the rest of this series comes out. This is the only one that is going to be the exception to my book buying ban because I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Well bookworms those are all the books that left a mark on me last year? Which books left a mark on you? Which are you too excited for the continue in the next year. Leave me links or just comment down below and let me know. I hope you are all having an amazing start to this new year! Happy Reading!

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December Book Challenge: Day 3&4

Hey bookworms! It’s time for another December Challenge post created by the lovely Annreads. If your curious on my first post, give it a click. I know, I am already behind on this challenge thing, but this week was hectic. … Continue reading

My 2nd Blogaversary!!: The Time Flew By !

Hey Bookworms! I can’t believe how fast time flew by as cliche as that sounds! This second year definitely snuck up on me between graduating from University, job hunting, to adjusting to a new job. I really haven’t been the … Continue reading

Life Update and Weekly Reads

Hey Bookworms! Miss me??? I know I’ve been MIA, but I’m still adjusting to the working world… Honestly my days off aren’t used for much more other than sleep and maybe a trip to the grocery store. I’m hoping I’ll have more energy this week though because my schedule got changed to 8-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, but long story short I get more sleep and I don’t have to wake up at 3 am to get ready for work. I can’t tell you where I’m working, but it is a call center job and most days besides the cranky callers I love helping people.

As for other stuff although having a job is a good thing it may mean longer to save for my own place because I will have to pay for medical insurance now… Which also means adding to how long it takes for Grad School. Every day is still a bit of a struggle for me but I’m trying to take it day by day and week by week and trying to see some bright spots.

Like I’ve made a new friend who lives close to me and I love that she’s bookish! I can pile books on her bit by bit.

But anywho lets get on to the books. Since I probably won’t get to do a Friday Reads with my schedule the way it is for a few weeks. I decided to do a Weekly Reads, so I can still share with you all what I’m trying to read this week. So let’s get started!

Weekly Reads

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

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This is slow reading for me because my post office held it hostage for 2 days, so I’m reading it in between resting, and I plan to read it on my lunch hour too. No spoilers please because I’m only on page 80ish.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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This will be my audiobook listen for the bus for the first half of the week. I’m enjoying the concept so far, but very few books have left a mark on me this year with my mood, so we’ll see most books have earned a 3.5 (aka a 4 stars on Goodreads from me) I am glad I am reading it after the hype though

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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This will be my other audiobook. I do have high hopes for it since Cruel Beauty was my favorite of last year. Hey I can hope!

Well that’s all for now Bookworms! It is time for me to head to bed although I am a little nervous for tomorrow since it’s our first day without our wonderful mentors. I am just taking this week day by day and doing my best to help each person. Anywho have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Any tips for how to blog around working? Let me know in the comments down below. I need all the help I can get please! Happy Reading!

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Quick Update: Why I’ve Been on Hiatus

Hey bookworms I know I’ve been missing but if you’ve been following me on Twitter I’ve posted why, but I’ve been feeling bad that I haven’t posted why on here. Long story short we had to short sale my childhood home and it hasn’t been easy on me at all. So we have to be out of here by the 21st and we’re moving into my mom’s boyfriend’s house which is on the other side of town… Again not something I’m eager to accept, but I am trying to make it through (to quote the Degrassi theme! XD) Once I get a job, I plan to move back to my city of comfort and find an apartment of my own, hopefully with a service dog of my own to help which is something else I’m trying to look into.

On the note of  a job: I’m still on the job hunt the Bureau of Vocational Rehab process is taking much too long for my taste, but it’s due to their high in take, so I understand why. I want and need to work because not only do I need the money, but I am going stir crazy! I am still volunteering at All the Same Wild and Tame. We have 2 new kitties at my location (which I will need to figure out if I need to change my hours with me having to move 3o minutes away)

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Who is turning out to be another little diva. Sweet to me when I arrive and when I leave but 5-10 minutes later she changes her mind. I’m sure she’d stay sweet if she did surprise easy though with all the noise. She is a year old and is quite sweet when she wants to be.

Bluegrass

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I’ve fallen in love with him and wish I could take him home! He is the sweetest 5 year old little boy in the world! He is content to just simply sit there, be petted, and mew greeting at you every time! I miss him when I’m not there, but I hope he finds the most loving home!

As for reading I am still in a slight slump due to being busy and my heart a little heavy with the move. I am listening to 2 audio books from the library Anne of Green Gables and Rebel Angels.

What else my mom decided to treat me to an early Birthday present which is on the 18th. She paid for me to get my hair done!

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I’m so happy to have my hair short and red again. So at least that has kept my day bright as well as cleaning my room I found my favorite childhood picture and frame!

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Can you tell how much I’ve always been a Disney Freak? I literally adore this picture and want to go back to Disneyland and take another picture  and buy another frame (even if I am sad that they took away wheelchair line privileges because people who didn’t need it abused it…) I want to go back to the happiest place on earth and take the happiness and inspiration back!

Well bookworms that is all for now I have to get ready to tackle my last shelves in my closet and pack my books. I miss you all and books! Please send positive and lucky vibes my way I need them! I hope you all are doing well and I will be back the moment I’m settled! Happy Reading!

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Life Update: Is It Friday Yet??!

Fire Emblem Fates

Hey Bookworms! It’s me again! I’m sorry I don’t have a banner for my Life Update posts, but I will eventually! Hopefully… Any who this post will be about my gush for Fire Emblem Fates

which I will be picking up the retail versions on Friday! Eeep! I will be playing Hoshido first and then Nohr! I have been a FE fan since the game Sacred Stones, so  to have a new game after Awakening in which I fell in love with the Prince Chrom! He is my game husband and it is just as bad as having a book boyfriend, so I’m not ashamed!

The thing about both Awakening and Fates is both games are more immersive for the players allowing you to play and design your own character. It adds to the part about the games I love the most! The story line and the roller coaster of feels as you get more attached to characters the ones you have and the ones you gain. There is also a marriage aspect that builds character on a whole new level. So if you are a reader with a 3DS I recommend starting with these games. They have such good story line and allows you to think for and with the characters which you can’t do enough in books lately. RPG’s have always been my game of choice and the strategy part of it tests my brain as well. If I do persuade you to play the game or if you already plan to do feel free to DM on twitter for your friend code!

Other Life Updates:

I graduated University in December and I got an email saying my diploma was being mailed today! I am so relieved and I was beginning to think I filled out something wrong! I mean it’s been 2 months… Besides that I’ve started the job hunting process through the Bureau of Vocational Rehab. Sadly we don’t live in a perfect world and jobs do discriminate. This job helps find jobs and get accommedations at said jobs for people with any kind of disability whether it’s mental (depression), learning (Developmental, ADD, Dyslexia) or Physical like me. It’s great to have this tool because I want to do everything through the proper channels because I am on SSI and don’t want to ruin it if I need it later in life. Now this process can take up to 60 days after the initial applying appointment to see if you qualify which I do and did last week. My counselor is hopeful because of how prepared I was, so I’m hoping that this all goes quickly. If I didn’t stay positive my depression would get the best of me in this dragging time.

So I needed to do something to fill my time in the meantime. I’m volunteering at an Organization called All the Same: Wild and Time Sanctuary! I get to play with and love on kitties (and the menial tasks of cleaning litter boxes and feeding them) as they wait to get adopted.  Like the lovely Morticia:

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The thing I love most about this organization is that they rescue from pound and things like that. It is fun and gets me out of the house on Thursdays and Fridays. It helps me be social and gives me some physical activity that I have been missing since I finished School. It gives me a kitty fix until I get my own place and adopt my own.

Speaking of which I am also dealing with an unwanted move, so I may be a bit unavailable in March, but I don’t know when yet, so I will let you all know sooner. I am trying to focus more on the positive, which is why I can’t wait to get a job. Although I don’t know what I want as a day job, but since I don’t plan to stay in my state because there’s not much for me to pursue in my desired career choices. So any job I have in these next 2 years will be experience and hopefully lead to new friendships!

Well bookworms that’s all that up in my life right now? How about yours? Have you played Fire Emblem? Which were your favorites? How bout favorite characters? Did I convince you to play? Do you have any other advice for not going stir crazy? Feel free to comment down below and let me know! Happy Reading and Gaming!

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Writing Wednesday: Musings on Fiction Leading into Love Expectations

Hey bookworms! It’s me again and since it’s Wednesday I thought it would be a good time to introduce my new blog feature: Writing Wednesday! This feature will be a chance for me to talk about my own writing musings … Continue reading