Looking Forward to 2015

I try not to get too caught up in the hype of new books but it’s hard to escape the magic! Here are some books I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year. This is not a comprehensive list. Just the books that jump out at me.

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DNF: “A Tale Dark and Grimm”

“A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm #1)” by Adam Gidwitz

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale

Source: Library

Other A Tale Dark & Grimm books

Summary from Goodreads:

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.


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This Week (135)

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Acquired Books*

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley and Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga [library]

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Discussion: Fighting Blogger Fatigue

let's talk Blogger fatigue is something all bloggers face if they’ve been at it for a while. I’ve been blogging for 3.5 years now and I’m really feeling it.

Blogging is becoming more of a chore. I love finishing books but I groan because that means I now ‘have’ to write a review or quick thoughts post for it (before I forget too much about the book). I just want to read a book. Then pick up another book without much thought.

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Book Review: “El Deafo”

“El Deafo” by Cece Bell

Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel



Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

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Behind the Blog: Kelly at lit, eats, and all of life’s treats

Behind the BlogSay hello to Kelly from lit, eats, & all of life’s treats!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Living in Toronto, I’m lucky enough to enjoy great people, delicious food, and continuing education. I work in the advertising media sector by day (and sometimes night), and I have officially finished my first New Adult genre novel. I am currently writing my second novel, while querying agents for the first.

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

Reading and writing have always been passions of mine, but over the past few years I have really dove in to my writing. It’s been a fun challenge, and continues to test my work ethic, dedication and thick skin (which is still pretty thin, but I’m a piece of work in progress at all times).

I’ve learned that through my writing journey, it is important to read as much as possible, especially within the genre I write.

My goal was to read 50 books in 2014, and I am already well past my goal. I love recommending books, and I love reading a variety of genres, although I am a bit addicted to YA!

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Listed: Under the Sea

Listed This originally started out as a mermaid list but I decided to include other things under the sea: sirens and sea monsters.


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