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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2018

January was a pretty busy month for me. I’ve started to slowly get back into working again. Although I didn’t make an specific New Year resolutions, I’m trying my best to make better decisions and to take better care of myself. Its hard to do when you have a little one. Even harder when you are a single parent. But I’m trying my best.

Charlie has learned and grown so much since Christmas. He is now over 9 months old, with two teeth and two more coming through. He never ceases to amaze me or melt my heart.

As you will see from my monthly wrap-up below, I only completed 1 book in January. However I’m actually pretty please with the amount of reading I’ve fit in this month. I’ve been slowly re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as an eBook by Beth Labonte.

I came to realize that in the past year I put a lot of pressure on myself to finish a book by the end of the month. I’m trying a new approach to this. I’m just going with the flow. I’ll get it finished when I can. And if that so happens to be a few days into a new month, then that is ok. I know this will change up my monthly wrap-up totals, but allow me to take my time and enjoy the stories I’m reading more.

Books Completed

40 Love by Madeleine Wickham
♥♥.5      2.5/5
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Audio Book

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 1
Total Number of Fiction: 1
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 0
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 0
Audio Books: 1

Total Books Read in 2018: 1

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February TBR


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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Meant to Read in 2017


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme that has been hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, since 2010. After this post, it will move on to its new hosting blog with That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today I am linking up to list 10 books I meant to read in 2017, but didn’t. Will I get to them in 2018? Only time will tell..

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2. Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18) by Janet Evanovich

3. Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen

4. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by JK Rowling

6. The Devoted (The Bishops Family #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

7. The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

8. Nights at Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

9. Bear Town by Fredrick Backman

10. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Hope Santa Brings


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Back again with another Top 10 Tuesday. That’s two in a row! Look at me go, haha. Oh this is what happens when I can’t sleep at night. Anyway.. I didn’t ask for any specific books for Christmas this year, but I always have a list of books I’d buy if I had a chance. Here are some I wouldn’t mind adding to my physical shelves..


A Harry Potter Box Set by JK Rowling. Believe it or not I don’t actually own my own copies of these books. I am currently borrowing them from my brother.


Keeping with Harry Potter, I’d love to have the illustrated books to share with my son.


There are two books from Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series that I have yet to buy.. Holiday Princess and Royal Wedding.


A Winter’s Tale: The Wreck of the Florizel by Cassie Brown


The Alaskan Courage Collection by Dani Pettrey


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach


Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5) by Ann Brashares


Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Did you participate in this weeks TTT? If so leave me your links in the comments below. 

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Monthly Wrap-up: November 2017

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November started off well here, but ended with a cold that hit my whole family. However it didn’t dampen the Christmas spirit that is starting to build. I got a good start on my Christmas shopping, which is surprising. The Christmas lights are up and we’ve been watching some fun movies and festive television shows. Those cheesy Hallmark movies are such a guilty pleasure of mine.

One thing that has always kicked off the festive season (for me) is watching the Toronto Santa Claus Parade on television. This year I was able to share that tradition with my son Charles. Sure he didn’t understand what we were watching, nor did he really pay much attention to what was on, but it was nice all the same. The holidays this year are going to be so special as it will be his first Christmas.

I’m satisfied with my reading progress this month and the quality of the books I read was good. Being sick sucks, but it allowed me to spend some more time reading. I finally finished reading The Measure of Katie Calloway, which I’ve slowly been making progress with on Kindle for PC, for quite a while now.

Books Completed

  • Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
    Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Novella
  • The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) by Serena B. Miller
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
  • The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas 
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW

The Stats 

Total Number of Books Read: 3
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 3
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 25 

Currently Reading

December TBR

I hope you all had a wonderful November and happy reading!

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Monthly Wrap-up: October 2017

October 2017

Do you ever think back and try to remember what you did over the past month, but draw a blank? That is what seems to happen to me whenever I sit down to put together my monthly wrap-ups.

Here is what I do remember off the top of my head (ha).

Baby Charlie is now 6 months old. This is such a fun age, because he is becoming more and more interactive. His personality is starting to shine and he is such a happy baby.

Yesterday he celebrated his first Halloween. Kicking it off with a party with some local Moms and their babies. He dressed up as a cute puppy dog. To check out the costume I bought him click here to be directed to the Party City website.

Mom life is keeping my quite busy and I’m having trouble prioritizing my time to blog. Hopefully this is something I will get better at over time.

On to the books..

I am pleased with my reading progress during the month of October, however I didn’t absolutely love the books I read. All of the books I read were sent to me for review.

Books Completed

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  •  The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo 
    ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW
  • Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
    ♥♥.5 2.5/5
    Genre: Contemporary Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW
  • Newfie Come Home by David Belisle 
    Rating TBD
    Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Satire
    SENT FOR REVIEW

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 3
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 3
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 0
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read:
Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 23

November TBR

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Book Haul: August-September 2017

Today I would like to share the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months.

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Have any of these titles caught your eye? I’d love to hear from you so leave me a message in the comments.

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Articles · Recommendations

For Fans of Gilmore Girls..

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Source: Gilmore News

If you are anything like me, you were super sad to see the Gilmore Girls end in 2007 after 7 seasons. And likewise you were super excited for its revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, that was released last year on Netflix.

But now you are back to missing our favourite mom and daughter duo, right? Me too!

Well I recently stumbled across a 2016 article by Johanna Golden (from Book Bub Blog) entitled:

14 Books to Read if You Love ‘Gilmore Girls’

And while these books may not replace our favourite show, it may provide us with some great reading.

Several of these books I’ve had on my TBR for a while including: Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple and Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Now, with this list of recommendations my TBR has grown again.

I can’t wait to read some of these books and see how they compare to Gilmore Girls.

Have you read any of the books from the article? Which were your favourite and did they compare to the show? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a message in the comments. 

Books Hauls

Book Haul: July 2017

I think I found my new favourite bookstore. And it isn’t even a bookstore at all. Last month I was in Value Village thrift store and decided to check out their book section. I was so pleasantly surprised by the selection they had.

This is what I picked up..

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  • Spanish Holiday: Or How I Transformed the Worst Vacation Ever into the Best Summer of My Life by Kate Cann

    Dear Bella and Bobby,

    Thank you SO MUCH for letting us stay at your villa. It’s gorgeous, and we’re having a fab time looking after it and enjoying the view of the mountains and the lovely olive grove. I figured out the bus to Ercos on the first day here — it’s as easy as you said! And Miguel’s son Juan is helping us take care of everything, so you needn’t worry at all!

    Love,
    Laura

  • The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham 

    Everything’s coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats… if that’s humanly possible. Beautiful, charming, and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. But behind Fleur’s Harvey Nichols wardrobe, is a woman with a mysterious past.

    Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour, and she swoops into his life like a designer-clad tornado. His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father’s new girlfriend descends on the family estate leaving chaos and excitement in her perfume-scented wake. Soon, more than one family member is suspicious of Fleur’s true intentions.

    Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeves, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his lovable family. But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good and enjoying the ride of true love, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family. Fleur is thrown into a race against time to prove herself to Richard before it’s too late.  Can she trust her heart or will she cut ties and run away as fast as her Prada pumps can take her?

    Take a wild and marvelous ride with The Gatecrasher, whose clever, chic, and sassy style will leave you desperately wanting more wonderful Wickham!

  • Baby Proof by Emily Giffin 

    From the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

    First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want?

    Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.

    This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It’s about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was—and that there is no possible compromise. It’s about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it’s about the things we will do—and won’t do—for love.

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

    Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

    But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below.

Read-a-thons

Bout of Books 20: Master Post

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This will serve as my Master Post where I will keep track of my reading progress and any challenges I participate in. Best of luck to all those who are participating.

Day 4: April 24

Books Read: 
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (20 pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (23 pg)
Pages Read: 43

Total Pages Read:  287
Total Books Completed: 0


Day 3: April 23

Books Read:
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (32 pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (10 pgs)
Pages Read: 42

Total Pages Read: 144
Total Books Completed: 0


Day 2: April 22

Books Read:
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (30pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (10 pgs)
Pages Read: 40

Total Pages Read: 112
Total Books Completed: 0


Day 1: April 21

Books Read:
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (50 pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (22 pgs)
Pages Read: 72

Total Pages Read: 72
Total Books Completed: 0 


 

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Bout of Books 20 Sign-up

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I can’t believe that last Bout of Books Read-a-thon I participated in was a year ago! So its about time that I participate again. Not to mention that fact that I’m so far behind in my yearly reading goal. I’m hoping that this week will be as productive as can be.

Here is my tentative TBR:

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The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6.5) by Louise Penny

On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree.
The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible.
Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines.

The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Franchise Enguehard 

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Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield, et. al. 

There are many ways to define a woman: daughter, mother, wife, professional, friend, student… We are each special and unique, yet we share a common connection.

Wishing the best to those who are participating.