Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a good holiday season. I am so blessed to have all of you as followers and support you give me. I have high hopes for reading in 2019. There is a few exciting things coming that I’m really excited about. I have read so many amazing books in 2018. It’s hard to narrow it down to just 10.

1. The Cruel Prince- Holly Black

2. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

3. Lets Talk about Love – Claire Kann

4. Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas

5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkens Reid

6. A very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahareh Mafi

7. Strange Grace – Tessa Gratton

8. What if it’s us – Becky Albertali and Adam Silvera

9. Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

10. Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi

Did any of these books make your list, if not what was some of your top books of 2018?


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December Wrap Up and Book Haul !

Hello bookworms!! It’s the last day of December, I cant believe its the end of the year already! It has been an amazing blogging year and I Have all of you to thank for that! I’m so amazed even one person wants to read what I have to say haha. Happy New Years Eve! I hope everyone had an amazing December and I will see you all in the new year!

Books Read

(You can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

When I heard there was a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol I was totally interested!! This was the perfect book to read for the Holiday season.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

This novella was such a wonderful addition the the Cruel Prince story and I loved seeing into the mind of Taryn, I still don’t like her but at least we got to see why she did some of the things she did. The writing is absolutely beautiful of course. Holly Black remains one of my favorite authors. I really loved this addition to the story and I’m so excited for The Wicked King !!

Merry Inkmas by Tailia Hibbert

I read this book for Tistheseasonathon, and it was the perfect fast paced romance. I loved the Holiday setting, and the characters I really felt connected to. This is a great book to read during the holiday season.

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

This book has been on my TBR for years and I am so happy that I finally picked it up. Its a middle grade fantasy, about two siblings who get transported into the land of fairy tales. I loved seeing all the characters and the setting. I’m planning on continuing on with the series in the new year! Full review to come.

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

This book was a reread for me, and I loved it, maybe not as much as i did when i first read it at the age of 12. Some parts felt rushed, but the writing in beautiful and gives off so many winter vibes.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Review to come soon! This series is such a wild ride and I love it with my whole heart and soul. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that i loved the final book so much ! i will say it does have problematic issues but since i am such trash for this series i can over look some of the problems. I have already written the review just tweaking it a bit so it should be up very soon !

Movies Watched

I won’t bore you all with all the Christmas movies I watched which there was a lot haha but here are some of the other movies I watched this month.

Mamma Mia 2: Here we go Again

I spent 90% of this movie with a huge smile on my face and 10% trying not to ugly cry.  I loved it!

Christopher Robin

This movie was amazing! Winnie the Pooh was one of my all time favorite stories growing up. This movie really tugs on your heart strings.

Dumplin

Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie, I had no interest in reading the book or watching the movie. Noah was home from school due to a snow storm , he said his friends were all watching this movie.

TV Show’s Watched

The Good Doctor Season 1

Parenthood Season 1

I just started watching the first few episodes and I’m in love !!Will be binge watching this series all of January.

Book Haul!!!

My fiancé got me The Tea Dragons Society, Girls of Paper and Fire, and The Throne of Glass Collectors edition for Christmas!

On Boxing Day I  had some Christmas money and went to Chapters. I  purchased Queen of Air and Darkness (which was 40% off !!) ,Dance of Thieves and Empress of all Seasons. I am so excited to get to all these books in 2019!

I hope everyone has a safe night and have fun ! I will be spending New Years Eve with my kids and watching a movie. I will see you all in the New Year !!


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Down the TBR Hole #6

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Renegades by Marissa Meyers

I really want to read this one, I think it’s going to happen really soon. I loved The Lunar Chronicles, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. Keep ✔️

Bad man by Dathan Auerbach

I was interested in this book, at forest but I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews by bloggers I trust.I am no longer interested. Delete ✖️

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

I honestly cannot remember what this book is about or why I added it. Delete ✖️

The Toy Theif by D W Gillespie

This was a Book I was originally interested in reading , I read the first two chapters and I found myself struggling to keep reading. Then I saw some reviews and some of the content Im not okay with. Delete ✖️

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

When this book was first released it seemed like everyone was reading it and loving it. I will keep it on my TBR for now, for when I’m in a romance mood. Keep ✔️

Saga Vol 6 by Brian K Vaughan

I can’t believe how far behind I’ve gotten with these graphic novels. I really want to read these. Keep ✔️


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Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Freaking Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my wonderful followers! I hope you all had an amazing day! I am so thankful for all of your support this year on my blog.

Last Christmas was a hectic day, Emmy was one day old and we were discharged from the hospital during a snow storm. This year Emmy is a year old, it’s amazing seeing the joy and excitement from her perspective. She wasn’t to sure what to do when opening the gifts, but still seemed pretty excited.

Noah got his first cell phone and is super excited. Also he got some new video games and a ton of new clothes. He was really happy with everything he received.

The holidays can be hectic and stressful so remember to treat you tmr self to some self care and I hope everyone had a good holiday! I’m so happy I participated in Blogmas but I’m kinda happy it’s done too. Haha it’s a lot of work, I hope you enjoyed it!


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Blogmas Day 25: The Christmas Tag

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!! I wanted to have something on the blog for Christmas today so I thought The Christmas Tag would be the perfect thing!


1.What is your favorite Christmas film?

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, I used to watch it each year with my Dad. And now I watch it on Christmas Eve with my little family.

2.Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Yes absolutely! I live in NB, Canada.

3.Where do you usually spend your holidays?

It changes from year to year, but most of the time on Christmas Day I go to my mom’s with my son, this year Emmy will come too.

4.What is your favorite Christmas Song?

My all time favorite Christmas song has to be Baby it’s cold outside. A new favourite is Santa tell me by Arianna Grande.

5.Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No, in past years we have always opened gifts on Christmas Day. However this year my fiancé works on Christmas Day, so we are going to open gifts together on Christmas Eve night when I get home from work.

6.Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Prancer,Dancer,Comet, Blistsen oh no! Haha

7.What holiday traditions are you most looking forward to this year?

Decorating the tree, I can’t wait to see what Emmy thinks of it. Also I really want pictures of the kids by the tree. Noah now knows about Santa and wants to help set up the room on Christmas Eve for Emmy to find on Christmas Day.

8.Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

It’s fake,we live in an apartment so real trees are a fire hazard. Plus fake tees can stay up longer 😄

9.What is your all time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

Peanut butter balls are my absolute favourite holiday sweet. As for holiday food I would have to say turkey and gravy!!

10.Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Who doesn’t love receiving gifts,it’s exciting to see what other people have picked out for you. I also love seeing people open gifts, seeing there reactions, is so fun!

11.What would be your dream place to visit during the holiday season?

A cozy cabin in the woods, with a fireplace. Snow lightly falling and lots of food!

12.Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

I am soooo bad. Like terrible!

13.What made you realize the truth about Santa?

I honestly can’t remember.

14.Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I mostly make reading and blogging goals. 😊

15.What makes the holidays special for you?

I love the holiday season so much, the anticipation leading up to the big day. The movies, decorations and the music. And of course all the food!


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Blogmas Day 24: Emmy’s First Birthday

My baby girl is one! This year has gone so fast. I know I say this each month but it’s true! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. I’m so emotional right now writing this post. Last year I woke up at 4am at 41 weeks pregnant with contractions, she was a week late but she was finally born at 7:11am in Christmas Eve.

I am so lucky to have you as a daughter, even though there has been some rough times, I wouldn’t change a thing. I wish I could keep her little forever, but she’s grown so much in this past year.

She is now 22 pounds, not sure on her length as she was weighed when she got her flu shot and not a check up. Her hair is starting to get longer, little pieces are now in her face. She is still wearing 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers.

Miss Emmy Has learned to walk this month!! She took her first steps all on her own, and since then she’s been walking so much more. It’s so cute seeing her walk around the room. She’s a little wobbly but is doing a great job!

She can now wave “Hi” and “Bye”, clap her hands. She is doing it all the time, she will even wave at the cats, haha she’s so funny. Shereally likes to share. She will bring us toys or anything else she finds. She has such a kind heart. She is also stubborn and adventurous, fierce and so smart. I can’t wait to see her continue to grow as a person.

I searched for months in advance for the perfect accessories for Emmy’s Cake Smash. I spend hours dreaming and planning of what her outfit would look like. In October I went to a consignment sale and I found the perfect outfit, made locally by Monkey Bum Designs. The dark purple fit my vision perfectly! I did the photo shoot myself as I couldn’t afford a professional photographer.

The majority of our decor was from Dollarama, I used a white vinyl table cloth for the background and a pink vinyl table cloth for the floor. Both banners were from AliExpress. Her cake was made by a family friend, who is raising money for a charity by making baked goods. Everything came together so beautifully!

She was so gentle with her cake, just licking the frosting off her fingers. We had to show her she could dive right in and make a mess. I think she was so gentle with it because she has been eating solids for a few months now. Some of her favourite foods are pasta, Cheerios,apples, peas, bread, oatmeal and yogurt.

She is starting to wean herself from breastfeeding, I’m not ready for her to stop. But she’s not interested in feeding unless it’s bedtime. She does take a bottle of formula on the days that I work. And we have recently given her a little cows milk to try and she likes it enough to drink it sometimes. I will continue to offer to nurse her for as long as she likes, she will let me know when she is done.

Emmy is not talking yet. She will babble and baby talk but no real words yet. She tried very hard to say Kitty haha we can tell that’s what she’s saying but other people not not. She has a ton of books and we’re going to try and read to her more. I looked up studies about baby language and everyone of them says to read to the baby.

Happy First Birthday Emilia!!


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Blogmas Day 23: Down the TBR Hole #5

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’ve had this book on my TBR for ages and I do really want to read it. I just always pick up new releases to read, but hopefully 2019 will be the year I read this series. Keep ✔️

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

I have fallen so far behind when it comes to Rick Riordan books, I will keep it on my list for now because it’s available on audiobook. Keep✔️

Revel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

I’m really divided on this one, I wasn’t in love with the first book but so many people love this series. Keep ✔️

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I’ve wanted to read this one for so long now, even more now that I know it’s one of Julie’s favorite books! Keep ✔️

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I am super intrigued by this book and I’m so excited it’s going to a show/movie ? Starting Zachary Quinto!! Keep ✔️

Trick by Natalia Jaster

I really wanted to read this when I first heard about it, but I’ve lost interest. I have an Ebola copy if I ever feel like picking it up in the future. Delete ✖️

Is there any books I should move up my TBR ?


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Blogmas Day 22: 2019 Bookish Goals

I hope everyone is having s good day. I was stumped on what to write about today, so I decided to write about my Bookish goals for 2019.


Reading

1. My reading goal for 2018 was 50 and I’m happy to say I surpassed that goal. So for 2019 I would really love to be able to read 100 books!

2. I really want to read more Fantasy. It’s my favourite genre but I’ve had such a hard time getting into fantasy books this year. With having a new baby, reading contemporary was so much easier to get into.

3. I want to read all of Cassandra Clare’s books. This has been a goal of mine for sometime now and this is going to be the year I do it.

4. I also plan on finishing trilogies that I have started and have not finished. I actually have quite a few of these.

Blogging

1. I am going to try and start a blogging schedule. I want to post more consistently and more often in 2019.

2. I want to interact with the bookish community, I have made some amazing book friends this year. I would love to build on those friendships and connect with more book bloggers.


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Blogmas Day 21: Anticipated Books for 2019

Hello bookworms!! Happy Blogmas day 21. This month is just flying by, only 5 more days left until Christmas! I hope your enjoying Blogmas, I love receiving all your comments and I’m so happy that i decided to participate. Today’s post is the my top anticipated books of 2019.


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The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

January 8th 2019

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Slayer (Slayer #1) by Kiersten White

January 8th 2019

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King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

January 29th 2019

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

April 2nd 2019

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The Candle and the Flame by Nadia’s Azad

May 14 2019

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Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

June 4th 2019


These are not all the books I’m excited about but just a few because to write them all would take forever. What are some of your anticipated books? Let me know in the comments! 


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Blogmas Day 20: The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

1.) The Cruel Prince: ★★★★★

“Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.”

This is a novella following the events of The Cruel Prince, written in the formats of a letter to Jude from Taryn. She wants to explain why she did the things she did, and tell her side of the story. It’s a sort of an apology.

Taryn desperately wants to fit in and fade into the background, which is the complete opposite of Jude. This story allows the reader to see small glimpses of The Cruel Prince and the events that take place. Taryn isn’t as innocent as she believes, she has also made her choices even when she could see she was being manipulated. She is very selfish in my opinion.

It also confirms that Locke is the worst. He played both sisters, for his own amusement. He is manipulative and a complete jerk. He makes the girls crave his attention, and when he doesn’t give it to them they believe it is there fault. That they must have done something wrong.

The writing is absolutely beautiful of course. Holly Black remains one of my favourite authors. I really loved this addition to the story and I’m so excited for The Wicked King !!

“Faeries despise humans as liars, but there are different kinds of lying. Since you and I first came to Faerie, Jude, we’ve lied to each other plenty.


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