Weekly Reading Check-In #2

Well, this last week was incredibly uneventful in my world of reading.

I am not necessarily in a reading slump, but I am definitely not on top of my game. I cannot decide what kind of reading mood I am in, and that resulted in me currently reading five different books at once. Oops.

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Wyrd & Wonder: Can’t Wait to Read

Perfectly in character, I am posting this a day late–oops!

The prompt for May 8th is to discuss a book or books that you cannot wait to read. Of course, as I recently counted all of the unread books on my shelf (literally, just the ones I own), I have 70. 70 unread books. That I own. That does not even begin to encompass the books that are on my TBR from the library, or on books I have not even bought yet. My god.

Well, all of that being said, these are the top five books that I cannot wait to get to!

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April 2019 Wrap-Up!

Woo-hoo! April is done folks, and while it is one of my favourite months (and my birth month), I am a little happy to let it go and move on to May! I love spring so much, I love the weather and the colours, but I am ready for the next stage of the year to commence and begin my spring and summer break!

I had a really good reading month, especially towards the beginning of the month. I had four finals, and reading was (unfortunately) a very good way to procrastinate studying. I also participated in the OWLs Magical Readathon, which really pushed me to read a lot more! All of that being said, here is my wrap-up of the month! Continue reading “April 2019 Wrap-Up!”

Wyrd & Wonder TBR!

I recently discovered what the Wyrd & Wonder is, and it sounds like something I definitely want to be a part of! I have always wanted to read more fantasy books than I already do, especially since I have so many on my shelf that I have not read.

For those of you that don’t know (as I did not until a couple days ago), the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge was created by the wonderful folks over at There’s Always Room for One More. Essentially, it is a challenge to make everything of the month of May fantasy focused.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy-Day Reads

Hey everybody! It’s Wednesday today, and for many, that means Top 5 Wednesday! This is a weekly meme moderated by YouTubers Thoughts on Tomes and gingerreadslainey

This weeks prompt is your top five rainy-day reads recommendations! I love nothing more than to curl up with a book when I can hear the rain coming down, wind howling, and a storm rolling by. There is nothing more comforting than transporting yourself to another world while the weather around you is almost supernatural. I love it. That being said, here are my top five books to read in this situation:

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5. More Than This by Patrick Ness – This book is fast-paced and emotional. It delves into life and death and the choices that we make with those that we love. Not only is it hard-hitting, but it has an intensely immersive plot and world. Once you start reading it, it is almost impossible to stop, which makes it perfect for the type of day where you want to read and not be disturbed for hours.

4.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This must go without saying, but another emotional read must be included on this list. Rainy days are meant for emotional reads, historical fiction (we’re getting there, don’t worry) and fantasy. I have not read this book for more than five years, but I read it so many times before. The story will never leave me, and it is always comforting to go back to it.

3. Misery by Stephen King – Stephen King is the god of all things rainy day. Does that make sense? Read this book and it will. If you do not know what Misery is about, open it and start reading. This is a chilling thriller and it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole story. I have a very distinct memory of reading this book in one day at the lake while it was pouring outside. I sat on the porch at the cabin, hidden from the rain. I could hear it around me and smell it. Opening this book and reading this story is transporting myself back to that time.

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – I love historical fiction so much, and this story has such a special place in my heart. The cover reminds me of a rainy day, and the emotional and real story of this novel allows for the perfect atmosphere of a rainy-day read. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Of course, The Book Thief is on this list. OF COURSE. I have read this book more times than I have fingers on my hands. I have read this book during rain, sunshine, snow, and storm. It will never leave my mind or my heart. It is such a familiar world to me, and the characters are like old friends. It is a very comforting story to return to when it’s raining outside.

What are some of your favourite books to read on rainy days? Let me know! (Also, Harry Potter is of course on this list as a hidden #0.5, but it’s kind of a given, isn’t it?)

Sarah x


Weekend Reads (April 19-21)

It is now the weekend! Hooray! 

With Easter being celebrated this weekend (and me having finals Monday and Tuesday), I both have lots of time, and no time at all. However, because of this stressful little ‘holiday,’ I will be spending my time cooped up in my room alone, alternating between reading, writing, and studying. 

All of that being said, here is what I am currently reading this weekend.

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REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Synopsis of Murder on the Orient Express:

What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?

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O.W.Ls Magical Readathon TBR!


As some (or many) of you may know, April is the month of the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, created by the booktuber Book Roast. She went above and beyond this year, creating the readathon’s prompts and adding on a catalogue of careers to strive for and what exams will be required for each!

For myself, I have chosen the career of a Healer, as it resembles so closely what I will be studying (nursing). Though we are already two weeks into April, I am still going to throw in my TBR for this month. I am a few books in already, but I still want to throw the goal down to be accountable. 

Without further ado, here is my TBR for the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon!

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