The ABC Book Challenge | “E”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “E”

 

El Deafo by Cece Bell is a must read graphic novel. It transmitted a powerful message about hearing impairments, but also featured super adorable illustrations of humans as bunnies. It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of all things Jane Austen and Emma is one of my favourite Austen books. Endure by Sara B. Larson was the third book in the Defy trilogy. It was honestly the perfect way to end the series and by far the strongest of the three books.

Books Starting With “E” On My TBR

 

Another book that’s been on my TBR for ages is Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. I’ve heard tons of good things about it on Twitter and still can’t think of a good reason why I haven’t started it yet. I love the cover for Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. I have a copy sitting on my shelf and want to read it by the end of the year. Fingers crossed! Last year I downloaded a copy of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee for a read-a-thon but ran out of time and didn’t get to to. Then I forgot about it and that makes me sad. Add this to the list of books I really need to read this year!


Which memorable books that start with an “E” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

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The ABC Book Challenge | “D”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “D”

Defy by Sara B. Larson was so much fun to read! It reminded me a lot of Mulan due to its storyline featuring a young girl who disguises herself as a man to become a soldier. The Dark Days Club and The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman are two of my most favourite reads from the past few years. I adored the mixture of the Regency era with demons and magic. Speaking about demons, Kat Ross’ The Daemoniac is also a favourite of mine and a must read. Set in 1880s New York City, the book is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Books Starting With “D” On My TBR

I read Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller in a day, it was that binge worthy! So, I’m hoping that its sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen is just as good or even better. I’ve heard good things about Defiance by C.J. Redwine and finally downloaded a copy to my Kindle. I’m hoping to read it really soon. And finally, The Dark Days Deceit is the third book Alison Goodman’s series. It’s set to be released in November and the wait is slowly killing me! I need it NOW please!!!!


Which memorable books that start with an “D” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

June Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up

SOME THOUGHTS

Summer vacation (and maternity leave) has officially begun! There’s something so wonderful about waking up in the morning without an alarm, drinking coffee outside before the weather becomes unbearably warm and being able to take naps whenever I want. This time feels so special for me. My life is on the verge of changing forever and taking the time to reflect and care for myself has been precious.

As for the blog, I’m so happy that I’ve been able to keep things going. I’ve actually been able to schedule posts until mid-August and should have some more completed soon. That means that a break won’t be necessary when baby is born. I’m also trying to use this free time to comment more on other blogs. It’s something I’ve failed miserably at this past year. Throughout my commenting journey I’ve been able to stumble upon so many small and lovely blogs (perhaps a post in support of them is in order?). On that note, I also want to thank everyone for following and supporting Rattle the Stars. Your likes, tags and comments fill me with so much happiness. Have a fantastic July! ❤


BOOKS HAULED

 


BOOKS READ

The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember | ♥♥♥♥♥
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | ♥♥♥♥
Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert | ♥♥♥♥♥
Honeybee by Trista Mateer | ♥♥♥♥
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen | ♥♥♥
Soul Like Thunder by Sophia Elaine Hanson | ♥♥♥♥


July TBR

 


POSTS

Reviews:

My Name is Victoria · Ivy in Bloom

Tags, Blog Tours & Read-a-Thons:

Book Blitz: Dark Water · The ABC Book Challenge “A” · The ABC Book Challenge “C” · The ABC Book Challenge “B” · Book Blitz: Between the Sea and Stars · Book Blitz: Birth of Chaos · Blitz: Dating Rules · 20 Books of Summer 2018 TBR · Most Anticipated Reads: June Edition · Blog Tour: Burning Bright · Time’s 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time · Shelfie By Shelfie Book Tag · Blog Tour: Cinderella’s Inferno · Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

The ABC Book Challenge | “B”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “B”

If you haven’t read the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor then you NEED to go and pick it up right away! It’s unlike anything that I’ve read before. It’s complex, imaginative and touches on important topics such as racism, prejudice and discrimination. Best Left in the Shadows is a short story in Echoes of the Ascended fantasy series by Mark Gelineau and Joe King. I couldn’t get enough of it and then the authors stopped releasing books. I’m not sure what happened but I want more please! Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin made me cry for hours and I rarely cry while reading.  The ending just ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco was a book that took me by surprise. It starts off a bit slow but the buildup is more than worth it! I loved how dark and moody it was. Blood of the Prophet was the second book in The Fourth Element series by Kat Ross. The series is so underrated and I wish more people would read it. Ross is an unbelievably talented fantasy writer.

Books Starting With “B” On My TBR

Rosamund Hodge is one of my favourite fantasy authors and I honestly can’t believe that I haven’t read Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. What’s wrong with me?! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read so far by Elizabeth Wein and hope that Black Dove, White Raven is no different. Who doesn’t love a good story about espionage, adventure and history? I want to read Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman because PIRATES, PIRATES, PIRATES! I’m obsessed with pirates right now. I’ve most definitely watched too many episodes of Black Sails.


Which memorable books that start with an “B” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

The ABC Book Challenge | “A”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “A”

 

I recently read Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed and easily gave it a 5 star rating. It’s a beautifully written and challenging middle grade book about a young girl who raises her voice to create change. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan was another middle grade book that stole my heart. Its a story with important topics and a big heart. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins was just so darn cute! This is why contemporary romance has become one of my favourite genres. *fans self* Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole was hot, hot, HOT! Historic Scotland, diverse characters and steamy sex scenes. LOVED IT!

Books Starting With “A” On My TBR

 

Both Avenged and Allied by Amy Tintera have been on my TBR for what feels like ages. I loved Ruined, the first book in the series, and can’t explain why I haven’t continued with it. The cover for Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar is gorgeous! I feel like I could look at it forever.


Which memorable books that start with an “A” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

Most Anticipated Reads: June Edition

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363010231. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton: You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Why? OMG one mention of Jane Eyre and I am so there. Jane Eyre is one of my all time favourite books. Plus, I absolutely loved My Lady Jane and it’s humorous and magical twist on historical events. I can’t wait to see what these ladies have in store of Miss Eyre.

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357959402. Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi:
Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.

Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.

Why? The reviews look really good. It’s been described as intense, heartbreaking and very emotional. It hasn’t been getting much hype, but when I stumbled across its title/cover on Goodreads I automatically became intrigued.

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323333383. Save the Date by Morgan Matson:
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Why? I love a good romance novel and Morgan Matson has become one of my favourite authors in the genre. Her books are always a perfect balance between family drama, laugh out loud moments, swoon worthy romanic moments and friendships. I have loved everything that she’s released so far and can’t wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds like a perfect read to start my summer vacation.

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Which books are you looking forward to reading this month? Have you read any of these already? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them. 

May 2018 Wrap-Up

December Wrap Up

SOME THOUGHTS

I’m almost done with work and then I’ll be on summer break/maternity leave. Only 2 more weeks left! I can’t wait to be able to nap whenever I want and to not have to wake up everyday at 5:00am. It also means I have more time for reading…so yay to that!

I’ve been reading a lot of books and actually writing posts, so that break that I previously spoke about isn’t happening. It’s funny how sometimes you feel so unmotivated and then saying it out loud changes everything. I’ve found a love for blogging and reading again. It feels wonderful!

I hope you all have a fantastic June! Thanks for all of your continued love and support. ❤


BOOKS HAULED

 


BOOKS READ

Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi | ♥♥♥♥♥
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo | ♥♥♥♥♥
Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud | ♥♥♥♥
Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager | ♥♥♥♥
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | ♥♥♥♥
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran | ♥♥♥♥
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith | ♥♥♥♥
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed | ♥♥♥♥♥
Waiting on a Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang | ♥♥♥♥


June TBR

 


POSTS

Reviews:

The Jewel · True Storm · Spies, Lies and Allies · Night of Cake & Puppets · Song of Blood & Stone · The White Rose · Sisters’ Entrance

Tags & Read-a-Thons:

Bout of Books Sign-Up & TBR · Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag · My Blog’s Name in Books · Spring Fling Read-A-Thon · Love & Luck Guest Post · Bout of Books Wrap-Up · Extraordinary Means Book Tag · Blitz: Moonlight And Midtown · Blitz: Cinderella’s Inferno