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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Secret Sisters by Joy Callaway

Publication Date: July 11th 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Beth Carrington is a sophomore at Whitsitt College, Illinois. She's the only female student attempting to major in medicine and begin her career as a physician- not a nurse. Beth is constantly surrounded by a sea of men, as the sole woman in all her classes.

  Beth has discoverd that although society is much more liberal in the 1880's than it was before, women studying male-dominated courses such as law, architecture and medicine are still frowned upon. To establish a closer connection between these isolated women, she sets out to create a women's fraternity.

Joined in her mission by three other women, Beth reaches out to a powerful senior who is also the president of the campus' only fraternity- Iota Gamma. Mr. Richardson makes clear his disdain for this "suffrage" movement, but due to his captivation by Beth he agrees to help the girls anyway.

What follows is a deeply moving story about the struggle for recognition, the passion and ambition of young students, the tangled relationships that further blossom, and a great depiction of life in an antiquated society.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Reads of 2017

I'm sharing with all of you my Top Ten Reads so far in 2017. I'm linking up with The Broke and The Bookish for this meme- they host Top Ten Tuesday every week. Without further ado, let's get into my list (which is not organized in any way)!

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I realize that only one of these books is a 2017 release, but I loved the rest of these books nevertheless!

Monday, June 26, 2017


I actually got a decent amount of reading in this week- because I was travelling by train, which gave me a lot of time to read (12 hours)! I'm linking up with Kathryn @ Book Date for this post- thanks for hosting every week!

This week I finished reading "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater. It's the first in the trilogy, and counts as one of my "Big Books" for the summer challenge. It's an interesting story, but I'm looking forward to the second book because I've heard that it's the best in the series.

I also finished reading "Unbecoming" by Jenny Downham. This was also one of my Big Books this summer. I loved this story- it was written extremely well and presented great points of view.

Another book I finished this week was "This is Where it Ends" by Marieke Nijkamp. I've been meaning to read this book for an extremely long time- and I'm so glad I finally did. I was crying by the end of the book; it was so emotional!

I'm currently reading "Secret Sisters" by Joy Callaway. This is the first book I've received from Edelweiss for review- so I'm very excited about it! The book is expected to be published on July 11th- so look out for my review sometime before July!

Next week, I'd like to read "Holding Up the Universe" by Jennifer Niven, and finally get started on the Sherlock Holmes Volume I book- which is 1000+ pages!

Here are my posts of the week: (not much blogging this week)
-Saturday Snapshot
-Gush in a Hurry
-Top Ten Tuesday 

Summer 2017 Comment Challenge

Some of you may remember that in March of this year, I participated in the Winter 2017 Comment Challenge, hosted by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna @ FLYLeF. This July, I'll be participating in the summer version of the challenge (hosted by the same bloggers)!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Mixed pictures from UK

Hey guys! I've got some more pictures of my trip to the UK (2009) to share with you today! I apologize in advance for the late sign-up and replies to comments, as I'm travelling this weekend. Thanks to Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads for hosting this meme!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gush in a hurry

Rushed, it speeds downhill,
Drowning anything in its way,
Wayward and upward,
Onward and downward, 
Warding off evil as it shines.

Gushing, blushing, nervous 
It lets out a roar of anxiety
Anxious of its intentions,
Intently the onlookers,
Look on at its velocity.

Fluid, it's beautiful motion
Moves its watchers,
Watching the spectacle,
Spectacularly performing

Gushed in a rush,
Rushing downhill,
Wayward and upward,
Onward and downward,
It rushes forever

-Poem Fanatic

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- Series I've Been Meaning to Start

Hey guys! Today I'll be sharing with you the Top Ten Series I've been meaning to start- but haven't. (This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish).

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass

2.Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

3. Daughters of Saraqael by Raine Thomas

4. Wild Orchid by Beverly Brenna

5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

7. Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain

8. Firebird by Claudia Gray

9. Heist Society by Ally Carter 

10. Soul Charmer by Chelsea Mueller

Have you guys read any of these books? Maybe you have some suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Brown Buildings in UK

Hey Guys! I'm back with yet another post about the family trip to UK in 2009. This week, I'll be sharing three pictures of brown, stone buildings we encountered in the UK, thanks to Melinda, the gracious host of Saturday Snapshot.

Here goes:
Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

War memorial, Edinburgh Castle

I can't seem to remember what the second picture is. Perhaps one of you can let me know in the comments? Have a great weekend guys!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Escape Artist by Dianne Chamberlain.

Publication Date: March 1st 1997
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery-Thriller
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

Susanna Miller has just lost custody of her beautiful eleven-month-old son, Tyler, but there is no way she is giving him away. Her ex-husband Jimmy and his new wife, Peggy, may be able to offer Tyler financial stability, but they will never be able to replace her motherly lvoe.

Susanna leaves Boulder, Colorado as a fugitive, who has defied the law to stay close to her son. She doesn't say goodbye to anyone, including the man she has always loved. 

Linc Sebastian has been her neighbor and confidante since she was a school-girl. She realized her love for him after her divorce. But confiding in him now poses too much of a threat to Tyler's safety. She hides herself in Annapolis, Maryland and finds herself drawn to a troubled artist.

When Susanna encounters evidence that could save lives, she debates approaching the police and revealing her identity over staying silent and watching people die. Sitting on the information doesn't seem to be an option, but should she give up her child for strangers?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Publication Date: January 1st 2015
Genre: Young-Adult and Middle-Grade
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Source: Own Copy

Stewart is the gifted and talented. He's also geeky and socially awkward. His mom passed away last year and he finds himself missing her quite often.

Ashley is gifted and talented. She's popular and stylish. She's also failing 9th grade. Her dad has just come out and divorced her mother.It's a year later, and both her parents have now found themselves boyfriends.

Enter the parents- Ashley's mom asks Stewart's dad to move in with them, creating the most awkward living situation for both Ashley and Stewart. Stewart's excited about this new adventure in his life. Ashley... not so much.

Stewart doesn't fit in at school and Ashley struggles at home. When both of them attract the attention of Jared, a popular boy at school, things start to go terribly wrong. Do they have a strong enough relationship to confront the problems together?

Monday, June 12, 2017


Hey guys! I'm back with an IMWAYR post after who knows how long! I'm linking up with Kathryn @ The Book Date for this post, as she graciously hosts this meme every week. Without further ado, let's get right into it!

I finished reading "Back Home" by Michelle Magorian. I picked it up from the school library and enjoyed it much more than I enjoyed another Magorian novel "A Little Love Song". The novel is about a young girl who was evacuated to the US during WWII who comes back to an unrecognizable Britain.

I'm currently reading "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Saenz.  This book has been on my TBR for the longest time so I borrowed it from a friend of mine. I'm really enjoying it so far.

I'm also currently reading "The Shock of the Fall" by Nathan Filer. It's not as great as I'd hoped it would be, but my friends and fellow readers tell me that it gets better towards the end of the novel...I'll stick it out and see how that goes!

So I didn't have a  great reading week, but I think I did well in terms of my blog-posts last week. In case you'd like to check them out, here they are:

Saturday Snapshot-10/06/2017
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
Top Ten Tuesday-06/06/2017
The Abode of Clouds

Hopefully this week, I'll finish both the books I'm currently reading. I'm hoping to pick up the Sherlock Holmes series next week as well, as part of the "Big Book Challenge" I'm participating in this summer.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-Shakespeare's Birthplace

So far, I've shown you the heights, the flora, the castles, some buildings, a museum and the natural beauty of the UK. Today's post will be about our visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace, back in 2009. I'm linking up with Melinda @Westmetromommyreads for this post.

 Hope you all enjoyed this post. Have any of you visited Shakespeare's birthplace? Let me know in the comments below and have a great weekend!

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Publication Date: February 17th 2016
Genre: Young-Adult (Contemporary)
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Own Copy

Maddie has just graduated from high school and she plans on spending the summer before college ticking items off her bucket list- or her "loose ends" list, as she likes to call it- with her best friends.

Her socialite grandmother, who's young-at-heart and fiercely passionate- calls a suspicious family gathering at her town house one day which changes the way Maddie looks at life forever. Her amazing grandmother has been diagnosed with cancer- and she doesn't want to be treated for it!

To spend as much time with her family as she can, the O'Niell Matriarch books an international family cruise. The up-side? Great food, interesting people, amazing destinations. The down side? Grandma O'Niell may not come home at the end of the trip.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary)
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

Julia finds something nasty written about her best friend on a wall at the Kingston School for the Deaf. As a true best friend, she covers it up with a beautiful graffiti mural. This so-called best friend snitches, and gets her expelled from her school.

Julia's two mothers send her to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an alien for being the only deaf student. The only thing she has left is her art- and although she promised her mothers she would give up graffiti, Julia finds herself being more and more dependent on her art.

Eager to let the world know that she's willing to declare art turf even in the suburbs, Julia paints everywhere. Soon, she realizes that someone is improving her tags, adding their own style to them. Julia has been dragged into a "full-blown graffiti war".

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-Books I've Added to my TBR Lately

Hey guys! I haven't participated in The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday meme in a while, but I've decided to put up a list this week. The topic this week is "Top Ten Books From X Genre that I've added to my TBR List Recently". My TBR list is honestly a muddle of various different genres, styles and time-periods. So I'm going to colour a little outside the lines and change the topic for my list.

Here are the Top Ten Books I've Added to my TBR List:
(in no particular order)

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng 

Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Seanz

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Have you guys read any of these books? Perhaps you have some recommendations for my TBR list? I'd love to hear them in the comments section below!
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