TGIF! Though it was a short week for me it still feels like it has been a long one. I would say I am looking forward to a quiet weekend but it is going to be a busy one. But that’s okay, there are plenty of other weekends to do nothing.
I went to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald last night, I couldn’t wait and had to see it opening night. I really enjoyed it! I felt like it tied even better into the Harry Potter story that I already know and love. Supposedly it is getting mixed reviews but I quite enjoyed it! Continue reading →
When you finish a book, isn’t it so daunting trying to pick which one to read next? I always have a general idea of which ones I want to pick up next so I thought I’d share those with you today. Since I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month I’m going to be sharing lifestyle type posts like this one on Sundays to break it up from my usual beauty-focused content. Reading is for sure another passion in my life so it made sense to start off with some reading-love. Continue reading →
And just like that, the first month of 2018 is nearly behind us! If the first month is any indication of my reading pace this year, I think I’ll have a pretty successful reading-year! I’ve definitely picked up quite a few books lately that I’m super eager to read so I think I will have no problem continuing to make reading a priority in my life. I think my plan for this year will be to try to hit 320,000 words per month (equivalent of 4 average sized books). I use words as my measurement because I found when I was going just by number of books, I strayed away from reading longer books as it was preventing me from meeting my goals. Last year my goal was 240,000 words per month (3 average sized books). I decided at the last minute, as I was writing this to bump up my goal. So, let’s see what kind of start I’m off to…
Origin by Dan Brown
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November ended up being more of a reading month than I anticipated it would be. My book-wormy-ness took over and I had my nose in a book quite often last month. I think this had to do with how sick I was all month and how I wasn’t up for much else. I managed to finish four books in November so I think I should still remain ahead of my goal for the year! Let’s take a look at what I wrote…
Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It’s not that she’s judgemental, or fussy, or difficult – she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We’re not animals, are we?
But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.
So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg – of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it – and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she’s ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places. Source
After reading A Man Called Ove a couple of months ago I knew I had to pick up another Fredrik Backman novel. Britt Marie Was Here was very similar in style and I really quite enjoyed it. In fact, I may even call it the female version of A Man Called Ove.
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Hi guys! I think September might have be the month where I caught up on my reading goal, or perhaps even surpassed it! I’m writing this intro before actually checking the stats but I’m pretty sure I made it this month. While I didn’t read a ton throughout the whole month, I think spending the long weekend at the cottage and the pile of books I read there did the trick! I gotta pick up my reading at home game though because the fall/winter seasons at home are going to take me off track again. So, let’s check out what I read this past month!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads Source
This book suggestion came from Polished and Inspired and I’m glad she suggested it! I really enjoyed Big Little Lies and then also enjoyed binging the HBO series shortly thereafter!
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Hi guys! I decided to reformat Love of Reading this year and then I just kind of fell off the reading AND blogging train for a little bit. I was still reading a bit but just not nearly as much as I had intended. So, before this ends up being a massive post, let’s get caught up on what I read from February to May and see where I am with my reading goal. Did I fall behind? Did I somehow stay on track? Let’s find out…
My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I really love Sophie Kinsella books, they are always such a light and humorous read but I think this may be one of my favourites. My (Not So) Perfect Life really hits the nail on the head with regards to the world we are currently living in. The perfect Instagram feed vs. what reality looks like and the struggle to present a picture perfect life.
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Hi guys! The first love of reading post of 2017 is upon us! My goal for 2017 is to read three books per month, however, rather I’m going to measure this by word count. The average novel is 80,000 pages so I’m aiming to read 240,000 words per month. Since some books are longer than others, I feel like saying “I want to read 3 books per month” inadvertently has me reading shorter books so that I can achieve this. I feel like I missed my goal last year because I read some fairly lengthy books that took forever to finish. Anyways, I’m starting off on a good note as I met my goal! Continue reading →
Hi guys! As you may or may not have noticed, I did not do a Love of Reading post for September. Between coming back from my vacation and then getting sick, I just didn’t have the time or energy to read so I didn’t finish any books. October was just… busy so again, not a lot of reading was done so I only finished one book! I actually ALMOST had a second done, but didn’t quite cross the finish line in time. Anyways, since I enjoy sharing what I’ve read lately with you, I thought I would write this post anyways. Continue reading →
Hi guys! August was a bit of a slower reading month for me. I was so busy! I can’t believe how busy it was, I’m usually not that busy. So, I only finished one book, but it was a great one so, it’s all good!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jk Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
If you loved Harry Potter, you will enjoy this book! It is about Harry Potter as an adult and his three school-age children. It brought back so many wonderful memories of reading Harry Potter books as a child/teen. I thought the format would be hard to read since this is the script for the play, but it actually wasn’t difficult at all. I breezed through this book in one day at the cottage.
Well, sadly that was all I finished in August! I did start another book so hopefully I’ll have more in September! If you have missed any of my Love of Reading posts, you can find them all here!
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Hi guys! June was another decent reading month, I met my goal of reading two books. I think in July I’ll surpass my goal as I usually spend my weekends at the cottage reading up a storm, but we’ll see! This month I read two books that I absolutely loved and both are by Canadian writers!
Room by Emma Donoghue
I had wanted to read this for awhile and I promised myself that I would read it before watching the movie so this was high on my list of books to read (still haven’t watched the movie yet). I loved this book! It’s told from the perspective of five-year-old Jack whose entire world is one room. To him it’s the comforting place that he was born, but to his mother, it is the place she has been held captive for the past seven years. It’s a very powerful and emotional story that demonstrates the bond of a mother and her son who she would do anything to keep safe. I can’t recommend this book enough if you haven’t already read it! Continue reading →