Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Bucket List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “bookish bucket list.”

1. Work in a bookstore/library during university
I absolutely adored working as a student library page throughout high school, so if I could get a position like that during my university years, that would be wonderful. A bookstore seems like it would be a lot of fun too – especially if I get to have “Erin’s picks” or something like that!

2. Attend a book signing
Rainbow Rowell was in Toronto last semester, and I was heartbroken that I had to miss her signing due to exams. I’ve heard that signings are a lot of fun – and an excellent way to interact with authors and other readers – so attending one is something that I feel I need to do at some point.

3. Review more
I’ve been doing well with reading in my spare time, but I haven’t been reviewing as much as I should have. And it’s not like they were bad books either.

4. Read more classics
I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice or The Great Gatsby or very many classics in general. There’s just something so daunting about them, but I would really like to give them a try.

5. Have my own library
I’d love to have a library in my house with spiral staircases, shelves to the ceiling that are lined with books, and those sliding ladders that they have in Beauty and the Beast. And maybe a couple of secret passageways. I probably won’t ever have enough money to implement this, but a girl can dream, right?

6. Read all of the books that I own at least once
There are so many unread books sitting on my bookshelf at home, and yet I keep buying more to read. Eventually, I’d like to have read all of the books on my shelf at least once, if not more than that.

7. Use the Waterloo Public Library
I’ve been going to school in Waterloo for almost two years now, and I just got a library card. (I can’t believe I waited that long either). I’ve been using the DownloadLibrary site to get eBooks, but I would love to actually take out a paperback sometime since I miss the feeling of reading an actual book.

8. Read more middle grade / new adult / adult books
I occasionally read middle grade and adult books, and I’ve yet to really touch the new adult genre, but I spend a lot of time reading YA. While I definitely enjoy the YA genre as a whole, I’d love to expand my reading horizons a bit.

9. Get blurbed
My reviews are definitely nowhere near coherent and eloquent enough for this to actually happen, but how neat would it be to see something you said in a book?

10. Own all of the books on my wishlist
After all, how else am I going to get a library like Belle’s?

What are some of the items on your bookish bucket list?

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Friday Finds (August 16)

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Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, where you discuss books that you’ve discovered and added to your to-read list over the course of the week. These books don’t have to be ones that you’ve purchased – they can be books that you’ve borrowed, found online, heard about from a friend, etc.

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about one of these books, click on the picture and you’ll be taken to its Goodreads page.

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“A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.”

Doesn’t that sound cute?! I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I’m really excited to read this.

 

Gone With The Wind + Downton Abbey + Jane Eyre + a futuristic setting = a must read for me. It just sounds so neat!

 

 

 

When I was younger, I really wanted one of those virtual reality games. I wanted to be able to stand in my room, but feel like I was off exploring a jungle — that way, I could have the experience without getting eaten by vicious jungle creatures. When I saw that Elusion’s premise involved this type of virtual reality, it just had to be added to my to-read list.

 

A Snow White retelling… with a twist? That’s all I know about this book, but it’s enough to convince me that I need to read it. I love fairy tale retellings, and I haven’t read a Snow White one in a while.

 

 

 

There’s no proper cover associated with this one… but all of these Throne of Glass novellas (which are fantastic!) are going to be published in one book called The Assassin’s Blade! It’s not coming out until March 2014, but I’m already excited about it; I need this on my shelf.

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What books did you find this week? Leave a list or a link to your post in the comments below.
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Waiting on Wednesday (August 14)

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has an expected publication date of September 10, 2013.

From the author the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

After reading Attachments, which I loved, I came to some very important realizations:
1) I want Rainbow Rowell to be my best friend
2) Anything that she writes is automatically going to be added to my to-read list

While waiting for my hold on Eleanor & Park to come in, I decided to see if she had any more books out. I was excited to see that Fangirl was coming out in September, and as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to read it.

You see… I’m a fangirl.

Fictional characters and the actors who portray them have ruined my life on many occasions. I read and write fanfiction stories, and had many awkward moments in high school when my best friend and I were writing Merthur fics in the middle of English class. My high school teachers held Harry Potter themed dinners where we would dress up like the characters before attending the movie premieres (I was a pretty flawless Snape one year; another year I dressed as Malfoy and was convinced to roll down the aisle of the theater like Lauren Lopez does in A Very Potter Musical because I have no shame).

I feel like Fangirl is basically the story of my life, so I’m ridiculously excited for it. Hurry up and get here, September – I need this book!

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What books are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me a list or a link to your post in the comments below.
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Top Ten Books Set In Canada

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own “top ten” list.

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As a proud Canadian who engages in the stereotypical acts of saying “eh” and practically living at Tim Horton’s, I was surprised by how many books I read that are set in the US, the UK or a fantasy/dystopian world. There are so many beautiful places around here that would make the perfect setting for a story, so here are some of the books that gave my country some love:

Books I’ve Read:

Ultraviolet series by R.J. Anderson
I’ve already professed my love for these books on several occasions, but they’re just so good! Ultraviolet is set in Sudbury and Quicksilver is set in Kitchener, which are both parts of Southern Ontario. I’m moving back to Waterloo in the fall for school and it’s right next to Kitchener, so I really enjoyed reading a book set in that area.

Dark Inside series by Jeyn Roberts
These post-apocalyptic books are dark and somewhat terrifying in their examination of human nature. Dark Inside is divided between the US (Iowa and Montana) and Canada (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia), and Rage Within takes place completely in Vancouver.

Fallen World series by Megan Crewe
I’ve only read The Way We Fall, but the rest of this series is on my to-read list. The Way We Fall is set in Nova Scotia, where a deadly biological virus leads to an island quarantine. I’ve never actually been there, but there are lots of mentions of Toronto which is about two hours away from where I live!

Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong
I’ve only actually read The Gathering, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve read it. This series takes place on Vancouver Island – which is beautiful, judging by the pictures I’ve seen of it – and uses Native Canadian mythology, which is really neat.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
When I think of books set in Canada, this is the first book that comes to mind. Set on the beautiful Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables is a classic and enchanting piece of Canadian literature.

Because I’m out of choices and would like my list to consist of ten books/series…

Books I Have Yet To Read:

Anna series by Kendare Blake
This series takes place in Thunder Bay, Ontario which is quite a drive from where I am – and after I read these creepy books, I’ll probably be glad of that fact!

Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O’Malley
It’s kind of shameful that I haven’t read this series yet, especially considering I’ve seen the Michael Cera movie about ten times now. The Scott Pilgrim series is set in Toronto, Ontario, which I am very familiar with, so I can’t wait to give it a read!

Brian’s Saga by Gary Paulsen
Hatchet is a survival story that takes place in the Canadian wilderness. It was required reading for so many classes in my middle school, but for some reason, my class never ended up reading it.

Alice MacLeod series by Susan Juby
When I was in middle school, everyone seemed to love these books that are set in Smithers, British Columbia. I’m worried that I’m not going to enjoy them as much now that I’ve grown up, but I’m hoping to eventually give them a try.

Creeps by Darren Hynes
Set in Atlantic Canada, Creeps has been described as “a less angsty Perks of Being a Wallflower.” I’m a huge fan of Perks, so this just had to go on my to-read list.

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Which books have you read that are set in Canada? Leave me recommendations and a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post below.

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Saturday Showcase (August 10)

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Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about).

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This week’s featured book is Wildwood by Colin Meloy.

Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. That is, until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.

I really enjoyed Wildwood. It has the feel of a fairytale, is intelligently written, is accompanied by beautiful illustrations, and reads like one of The Decemberists’ songs.

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What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave me a list or a link to your post in the comments below.
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Friday Finds (August 9)

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Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, where you discuss books that you’ve discovered and added to your to-read list over the course of the week. These books don’t have to be ones that you’ve purchased – they can be books that you’ve borrowed, found online, heard about from a friend, etc.

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about one of these books, click on the picture and you’ll be taken to its Goodreads page.

I have a weakness for books with pretty covers, so when I saw these on Goodreads, I just had to add them to my to-read list.

I’m supposed to be on a self-imposed ARC requesting ban since I already have a fairly large pile to get through… but these were available to download on Edelweiss, so I just couldn’t help myself. Thankfully they have early 2014 publication dates, so I have a bit of time until I need to read and review these…

What books did you find this week? Leave a list of your finds or a link to your post in the comments below.
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WWW Wednesday (August 7)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading. To participate, answer the following three questions:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers:

Currently Reading:
I’m just about to start reading The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for it, so hopefully I’ll be counted among those who enjoyed it.

 

 

Recently Finished:

I recently finished reading SYLO by D.J. MacHale and What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. They were both okay reads, and reviews will hopefully be posted within the next few days.

What I Think I’ll Read Next:

Next, I plan on reading either The Demon Rolmar by A.V. Griffin or Rory by Ciye Cho. Both of these are review requests, so I should probably read them before I start on my huge pile of library books.

What books are you reading this week? Leave a comment with your answers to the above questions or a link to your WWW Wednesday post below.
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Waiting On Wednesday (August 7)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week’s release that I’m (not so) patiently awaiting is Vicious by Victoria Schwab, which has an expected publication date of September 24, 2013.

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and
superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will.

Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

I was lucky enough to receive approval for a ~100 page preview of this book on Netgalley – or unlucky enough, as the preview stopped right as things were getting even more intense, and I now desperately want to read the rest of the book. As a biology student and a comic book fan, I’m fascinated by this take on extraordinary abilities that blurs the lines between “good guys” and “bad guys.” I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy! (If you’re interested, you can read my review of the first ~100 pages here).

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me a list or a link to your post in the comments below.
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Top Ten Books That Should Have Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own “top ten” list.

This week’s topic is top ten books that should have sequels. There has been many a time where I’ve fallen in love with a book and its characters only to discover that it’s a standalone. Or where I’ve finished a series and found myself saying, “but this can’t be over… I want to know what happens to ___.” When a book is really close to my heart, I want it to continue forever – even if the ending was perfect. Here are some of those books:

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I know that she wrote seven books and a few companion books, but after reading this article about what happened after the series ended, my desire to go back to Hogwarts has returned full-force. I wouldn’t mind a series about Harry’s children or even a Marauder’s series… I just want more.

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I fell in love with Marco, Celia, Poppet, Widget, and the circus itself. I would love to read more stories set in Le Cirque des Reves, even if it’s just a description of what each tent holds.

 

 

 
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely loved reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails to one another. I want to see Beth and Lincoln go on dates – and read Jennifer’s thoughts about it, of course!

 

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Christopher is endearing, and I loved viewing the world through his eyes. It would be so much fun to go on another adventure with him, especially if he’s channeling his inner Sherlock Holmes again.

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Yes, I know that Lola and the Boy Next Door is a companion novel to this. And, yes, I did enjoy it. But I want a true sequel – after all, I need more Etienne St. Clair in my life.

 

 

Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
The ending of this series left me in shock. While the open ending seems somewhat hopeful, I need to definitively know what happens to Todd. I’d also like to see the new settlers arrive, and see more about Wilf since he’s adorable.

 

 

Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
This is another example of a final book in a series having an open ending. I didn’t mind the ending, but I would love to see what happens to the world, what happens to Alex and Lena’s relationship, and just more Alex in general.

 

 

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I know that Fire and Bitterblue are companion novels, but I’d love to see another book dedicated to Katsa and Po. Their relationship dynamic is excellent, and they’re both likeable characters, so I would be more than okay with visiting their world once more.

 

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
This series feels like it ended mid-sentence. I have a lot of questions that remain unanswered, so I would love to see another book just to finalize the Baudelaire’s story.

 

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
If Frankie managed to cause all of these shenanigans at her prep school, I can’t imagine what situations she’d get herself into in college.

 

 

What books do you wish had sequels? Leave a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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Teaser Tuesday (August 6)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, which asks you to grab your current read, open to a random page, and share two teaser sentences.

This week’s teaser comes from SYLO by D.J. MacHale.

Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late. 

“Marty sprinted to the back of the end zone, turned to the stands, threw his arms up in triumph… and dropped dead. Of course, I didn’t know that at the time.” – page 5

Leave a comment with your teasers or a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in the comments below.
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