Showing posts from September, 2014

September Book Haul - 30 Books

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This is my September book haul! There is just way too many books to write something about each one, but you can check out my thoughts on Goodreads!

Monday Reviews - Perfect Chemistry

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I am back with another Monday Reviews and this week I am reviewing Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

As usual, a synopsis to start.

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. 

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes a…

Tag Thursday - Circle of Books Tag

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Recently, I was tagged by that.bookworm on Instagram to do the Circle of Books tag. If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should!) you will know I posted my photo a few days ago.

Monday Reviews - Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

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I am back with another Monday Reviews and this week, I am reviewing Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.

I really enjoyed this book, I finished it a few days ago and it was so amazing, I highly recommend!

Before I get to my full review, a quick synopsis:

This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one Septemb…

Tag Thursday - Book and Chocolate Tag

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I am back with another Tag Thursday! This week, I did the Book and Chocolate tag.

Top 5 Wednesdays - Top 5 Author Blurbs on Books

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I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This week, the topic is top 5 author blurbs on books. This one is a little confusing, but I am going to interpret this as author blurbs on books that I agreed with/represented the book well.

Let's get started!

5. The Program by Suzanne Young

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

And that's it! See you next week for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Monday Reviews - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I am back with another Monday Reviews and this week I am reviewing Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.


I was pleasantly surprised by this book. But before I get to my review, lets get a synopsis.

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong colour.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Mayb…

Tag Thursday - Favourite Book Fonts

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I am back with another Tag Thursday!

Last week, I was tagged to do the favourite book font tag, created by Hearts and Crowns, you can check them out on Instagram here or their blog here.

I just really love the skinny, easy to read fonts that seem to be super popular these days. Interestingly enough, I found it a little tricky to separate the font from the story, for example I felt like I had to put Eleanor and Park in there, because its one of my favourite books!

That's it for this week! See you next week for another Tag Thursay!

Top 5 Wednesday - Series I Won't Be Finish

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I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This weeks topic is top 5 series I will not be finishing! I am actually a little excited about this one, although I might have more than 5. 

5. Gone by Michael GrantI am a little iffy on this one. I feel like my main problem is that I don't want to commit to the series. There are 5-6 books and frankly, while I didn't mind the first one, I feel like there are other books I would rather be reading. I may take these books out of the library to see if I want to buy them, but for right know, I am in no rush to finish the series.

4. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick NessI feel like I am one of the few people who didn't like this series, or first book I guess. I had a hard time getting through the writing style and frankly it just wasn't my favourite storyline. I might pick the next book up at the library, I'm not sure.

3. The Archi…

TBR Tuesday - Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

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I am back with another TBR Tuesday, where I share the book I am currently and the book I want to pick up next.

About about 2 1/2 weeks ago, I picked up Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern. Basically, it is about a girl who is depressed and is sent to a mental hospital.

I was a little weary picking this up, there have been some controversy surrounding Julie Halpern. Basically, she wasn't too pleased with a few negative reviews, and got a little angry and said some mean things. A lot of people have boycotted her books, but I already owned it so I figured I would give it a shot.

I did find it difficult at first to separate the negativity surrounding the author from the book, so I put it down. I don't usually do that.

I recently picked it back up again and I have to say I am enjoying it. Its not my favourite but it is still quite good.

After I finish this Get Well Soon, I plan on picking up Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

That's it for this weeks TBR Tuesday! S…

Instagram Giveaway - Win a $15 Credit to the Book Depository!

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I am so excited to share that yesterday I hit 200 followers on Instagram! Now I know that that might not seem like a lot for some people, but I am so excited! I never dreamed of having 20 followers, let alone 200!

In honour of reaching this milestone, I have decided to host a giveaway for a $15 (CDN) credit to the Book Depository. If you win, you can choose as many books as you want, as long as the total does not exceed $15 CDN. 

Official Giveaway Rules 1. Must be following @ryleyreads on Instagram.
2. Repost the giveaway pic ONCE per account to be entered. You can only enter once or you will be disqualified 
3. Use the hashtag #ryleyreadsgiveaway 
4. This giveaway is open to where ever the Book Depository ships to. Please ensure they will ship to your location before entering. You can check their locations here.
5. If your account is private, or you are a giveaway account (you only post to enter giveaways) you will be disqualified. I cannot see those who enter with a priva…

Monday Reviews - Ignite by Lily Paradis

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So sorry I have been on a bit of a hiatus lately, with my last year of high school starting up, I haven't had a ton of time to blog, however, I am planning on getting back on track on the weekends, and maybe writing a few posts in advance.

Anyways, let's get to the review!

Recently, I received an free e-ARC of Ignite by Lily Paradis from the author/publisher to read and give an honest review. Let me just say that I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this book because it was a spectacular debut novel.

I feel like there just aren't enough positive adjectives to adequately describe this book. It was a stunning and beautiful debut that I plan on purchasing in physical form to add to my library, because it is just that amazing.

Ok, before I get too ahead of myself here, here is the synopsis.

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: h…

Monday Reviews - The Selection by Kiera Cass

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I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Before I get into my review, here is a quick synopsis of the book.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I thought it was b…

August Wrap Up

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I am here with my August wrap up! This month, I have been taking advantage of my library, so a lot of these books I got from there, others are mine. In total, I read 30 books! That was just a couple more then last month. Let's get started!

First, I read Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed this one, even though it is technically a children's book series, it was still entertaining and fun for anyone older.

Basically, it is about this boy named Percy who is sent away to boarding school to help protect him, but he gets kicked out again and lives with his mother. She decides to take a trip to Camp Halfblood, where he will be safer and he is ultimately accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt.

Brimming with Greek mythology, this was an entertaining, fast paced read that was fun and thrilling. I highly recommend you pick up this series, even if you are a little older than its intended children's audience. I gave Percy Jacks…