Mystery Blogger Award

Mini Reviews-2Thanks to Athena at Priceless Books for nominating me! Please stop by her blog and show her some much deserved love. ❤ I think I’ve done this tag before but since there are new questions each time I’m more than happy to do it again!

The Rules:

  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question

Three Facts About Me:

1. My middle name is Courtney and I really, like really dislike it. Don’t mention it to me…EVER! 😛

2. I love watching hockey but don’t skate because I had an accident in PE class in elementary school that scared the life out of me.

3. I’ve dyed my hair tons of colours but I’d love to go the lilac route just to see what it would look like. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be allowed to go to work if I dyed my hair an “unnatural” colour.

Athena’s Questions:

1. What is one book you have read that you think is underrated? Why do you think it’s underrated?

Ryan Graudin is a brilliant writer and I adored the Wolf by Wolf series, but her 2014 novel The Walled City is even better. I don’t think many people know about it. It deserves a lot more love for sure!

2. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three books what would you bring?

Hmmmm…Persuasion by Jane Austen (my heart ❤), Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (the Dregs are just the greatest group of people ever) and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (because the banter between the two main character will keep me amused).

3. Which would you prefer: coffee, tea, or neither? Why? 

I’m all about the caffeine! I drink tons and tons of coffee, but also enjoy tea. It really depends on the situation and time of day. Coffee is usually for the morning and tea when I come home from work in the evening.

4. Do you keep the artist separate from the art? Or do you think they should go together? What I mean is, say an artist creates something that you absolutely love, but you find out they are a terrible person, would you still enjoy their art or would you boycott it?

I have a hard time separating the artist from their work. The work is kind of an extension of themselves, even if it’s a fictional book based in a fantasy world. Also, why would I want to support someone who is terrible? Twitter has really opened my eyes to a lot of authors who write books for young people but then attack them for their sexual orientation, race, beliefs, etc. I can’t support that! It goes against everything I believe in and besides, do we really want this person writing more books? Hell no!!!!

5. The weird question: If you had to do cartwheels or somersaults for the rest of your life which one would you choose?

I’m better at doing cartwheels so I’m going with that one!

My Questions:

1. What is your favourite book cover? Why is it your favourite?

2. If you could have two book characters (from different books) fall in love, who would you choose? Why?

3. Are books over 500 pages a turn off? Why or why not?

4. If you could pick one author to write a YA book based on your life who would you pick? Why?

5. What mythical creature should authors stop writing about? Why?


The Beauty and The Beast Book Tag!

Mini Reviews-2.pngThanks to Demi at Books Traveller for tagging me! She tagged me ages ago (waaayyy back in January) and I’m just doing it now. I’m so sorry it took me so long. I’ve really been struggling with posting and comments. But better late than never! Wooooo! Let’s do this…


  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Mention the creator → Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read (check her original post here)
  • Match a book to each of the songs/characters below
  • Tag as many people as you like

“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored with reading

I love the hate to love tropes in books. I think it’s because this trope usually leads to witty and at times comical banter between the main characters. Plus, it adds the will they or won’t they factor which I also adore. This was really well done in STJR ❤


Belle – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too


When the Moon Was Ours is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. If you haven’t read it yet, you really, really need to! It’s lyrical and magical and will make your heart burst into a million pieces.

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you


I honestly though Ruined would be like so many other YA books that I’ve read. The synopsis didn’t do it any favours but this book was AWESOME! I loved it so much. The romance, the fighting, the magic…I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!!!!

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t


Unpopular opinion time…I can’t stand Sarah J. Maas books anymore. I loved TOG at the beginning but now it’s all the same and oh so white. I did read the first book in this series but was bored out of my mind. And the abusive relationships? How is that even attractive? Please….someone explain it to me. Yuck!

LeFou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counter part


I really didn’t like the main character, Fallon. She was just…annoying. However, Elka, her best friend, was kickass! Can I just have a book featuring her? Please?

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumiere & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable


This book really hit home in so many ways. It’s beautiful and inspiring. Another must read, even if you don’t like poetry. This one will definitely change your mind about the genre.

“Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end


The Witch Who Came In From The Cold was a series that I liked at the beginning but only got really into about 5 or 6 stories in. Now I’m absolutely hooked and can’t get enough of it!

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner


Luna Lovegood is my favourite Harry Potter character! She’s different and weird and totally alright with it. She doesn’t change because other people think she doesn’t fit in. It’s one of the things I really love about her. Plus, she’d be so much fun to hang out with! 🙂


I’m not going to tag anyone because this particular tag has be featured on tons of blogs earlier this year. I’m just late to the party. But of course, if you haven’t done it yet consider yourself tagged. I’d love to see your answers. ❤

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Mini Reviews-2Thanks so much to Breanna at Pages Bound Together for nominating me to complete the Sunshine Blogger Award! Please be sure to visit her lovely blog ❤ I haven’t done many awards lately. Things have just been so crazy with work that the blog really hasn’t gotten the love and attention that it deserves. So, with a few days off I’m taking full advantage of not having any school related work to complete. Yay for awards! 🙂


1. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.
2. Nominate 11 blogs.
3. Ask them 11 questions.


1. What’s the book that got you into reading?

The Harry Potter series is what got me excited about reading. Before discovering the first book reading was boring or something I had to do for school. They really changed everything for me!

2. Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have a beagle named Toto. He’s a tiny little monster but I love him so much. With him there’s never a dull moment and I’ve been so happy since he’s come into my life.

3. What is your favourite hobby (besides reading)?

I enjoy running, making music playlists and traveling.

4. If you could explore one country, what would it be?

Ahhh…there are so many countries I still need to visit. I’d say Egypt. I’ve been fascinated with its history since I was really young. I actually wanted to become an Egyptologist when I first entered university. It didn’t end up being for me so I switched my major to history, but my love for all things Egypt hasn’t changed at all.

5. What’s the best thing about blogging?

I’ve met some fantastic people and have learned about a lot of books I probably wouldn’t have known about otherwise. The fact that I can interact with authors has been a huge bonus.

6. What book are you reading right now?

I’ve finally picked up a history book! It’s felt like ages since I’ve read one for fun. Right now, I’m reading The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones. Jones is a fantastic TV presenter and historian. I really loved his shows and his enthusiasm has really translated well onto the page.

7. Do you prefer reading the book or watching the movie adaptation first?

I always prefer reading the book first although it often ruins how much I enjoy the movie. The book is always better!! 😛

8. What’s your favourite genre of books?

Fantasy for sure! I also enjoy science fiction and graphic novels.

9. Which fictional world would you choose to live in?

It’s kind of dangerous but I would love to live in Ravka. Leigh Bardugo just created such an interesting and beautiful world.

10. How many languages do you speak?

I speak English, Arabic and I’m currently learning Spanish.

11. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate!

My Questions:

1. How often do you update your blog?

2. What’s the last book that you bought because of its amazing cover artwork?

3. Favourite historical time period?

4. Most disappointing read so far in 2017?

5. What did you do during your last vacation?

6. Pirates or assassins?

7. A series that you used to love but don’t anymore?

8. What’s the longest book that you own?

9. Which book do you plan on reading next?

10. Unicorns or mermaids?

11. Least favourite genre? Why?


The Book Fests Award

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Thanks so much to Tiana at The Book Raven for nominating me! Also, please go check out her blog, it’s beautiful! I’m really late in doing this but better late than never right? 🙂


  • It’s always proper and the right thing to do, when you receive something from someone, you thank them. It’s the same with this award. You can link the blogger who presents the award blog in the post you use to fulfill the requirements of the award.
  • Answer the award questions that will be listed below.
  • Write a Fifty Word Story, because it’s fun.
  • Award five or more bloggers with this award.
  • Ask them a question of your making you would like them to answer.


Q: What is your favorite quote from the book you most recently read? What does that quote mean to you?

A: I recently bought a physical copy of The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. It’s such a beautiful and very emotional collection of poetry. Every single poem made me feel something so deep. It’s difficult to completely explain. If you haven’t read it, you really should. Seriously!

This particular poem really stood out for me…


50ish Word Story:

Breathe in. Breathe out. She repeated those words over and over again inside her head. However, her body had other ideas. Her skin felt clammy, her hands shook and her legs felt wobbly. It was just a speech. It wasn’t as if it was the end of the world. She would stand up in front of the class, say a few words and then sit down. No big deal…right?

My Question & Nominations

Have you ever had a book, character or specific passage change the way you think about the world or yourself? If so, please explain how it impacted your life.

The Mystery Blogger Award


I wasn’t actually tagged to do this one but I saw it on The Jouska‘s blog and decided to do it as well. Go check out her blog if you haven’t yet. It’s totally wonderful. ❤


1. What’s your best quality?
I learn things very quickly. Once I’ve read about it or seen it once everything sticks. This has been very helpful when it comes to learning dates and statistics in history and computer programs for work. It also means that I can help others, which I love doing.

2.What’s your worst quality?
I’m terribly shy, especially in situations when I have to meet with new people. My shyness is often interpreted as being cold or uninterested, which is very far from the truth. So, people end up thinking that’s how I am as a person and I hate it. I can’t help it. I just need time to become comfortable. I’m really a nice and loving person. Ugh!

3. What’s the best excuse that you’ve ever made to get out of a meeting/event/party?
Oh, I’m totally the queen of lame excuses. Seriously, I shouldn’t even try. 😛

4. Would you rather have the ability to become invisible or have an invincible strength?
Invisibility would be a very cool ability to have! I could easily avoid things that I don’t want to do or become a really good spy. The options are limitless!

5. Are you fond of pets?
Yes, I’ve always had pets growing up. I had a budgie, tons of fish and a golden retriever. Right now, my husband and I have a beagle named Toto.

My Questions:

1. Favourite fantasy sport or game from a book or movie?
2. Name 3 items that you always need to have with you when you leave your house.
3. What item do you constantly misplace?
4. Silver or gold jewellery?
5. Aisle or window seat while on an airplane?


The Totally Should Have Book Tag


Thank you to the lovely Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me. Please take the time to check out her blog, you won’t regret it ❤ I’m horrible at keeping up with tags. I see them, plan on doing them and then forget. Ugh! But I’m really happy this one was brought to my attention. It was tons of fun to answer.

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

This is really hard! I can’t think of a standalone that needed a sequel. If I liked the book it was probably because it was complete and well imagined. If I didn’t like it well…then why would I want to read the sequel?

Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series

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I would totally love to have a story featuring Inej as a kickass crime fighter. Or just based on any character form the Six of Crows series. Even better, can’t we just have more stories with everyone in them? A girl can always dream *sigh*

An author that totally should write more books

I loved Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Assassin’s Curse duology and as well as The Wizard’s Promise but she hasn’t released a book in a long time. I love her worlds and fascinating characters. There is hope though as she does have a few books scheduled for release this year. If you haven’t read The Assassin’s Curse then you are seriously missing out!

A character that totally should’ve ended up with someone else

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Alina totally deserved a better love interest! Mal was boring and an all around blah type of character. I would have loved to see her end up with Nikolai. He was all lighthearted and fun to her doom and gloom. Their interactions were some of my favourite in the books.

Totally should’ve ended differently


I loved this book but would have liked a different ending for the main character. I don’t want to spoil anything but she deserved better! My poor ship! But…if it ended differently then there would’t have been a sequel.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

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Action, romance, political intrigue…these books seriously have it all! I would totally be first in line to see them on the big screen. 🙂

Totally should’ve had only one point of view


Maybe if the story would have only been told from Elias’ perspective I would have liked it a lot more. I couldn’t stand Laia at all. She was whinny and made so many stupid decisions…like WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!?! Ugh! 😦

Totally should’ve had a cover change


This book, along with a dozen other medieval-fantasy and historical fiction stories, have used this cover model/image on their covers. ENOUGH ALREADY!

Totally should’ve kept the original covers

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The new North American covers are alright but these are just so much better. The cover for Rebel of the Sands was one of my favourite from last year. I love how it shimmers in the light. Why do publishers insist on changing covers midway through a series? I’ll never understand it.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one


I really enjoyed Divergent but hated the other two books in the series. BIG, MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENTS! I’m still not over how much I hated Allegiant.



The Happiness Tag


Thank you to the lovely Beth at Reading Every Night for tagging me!  If you haven’t visited her blog before, do it now! She’s one of the nicest people I have met while blogging ❤ So, this tag (as the title suggests) is all about things that make me happy. Believe it or not but I find these types of tags to be really difficult. What does make me happy? Why doe sit make me happy. I’m not good at talking about myself. It makes me feel all awkward but here are some of the things that bring some sunshine into my life…

List Five Things That Make You Happy

  • My morning cup (or I should say cups) of coffee. During the week I’ll have it in my classroom before all of my students come. I’m usually at work early to avoid the rush hour traffic and the school is super quiet. On the weekends I’ll sit outside with my cup and watch my dog run around the yard. It’s nice to have those moments of rest before the rest of day sweeps you up in its non-stop march of meetings, classes, emails, etc.
  • The feeling that I get when I run makes me beyond happy. I’ve now been running (and enjoying it) for eight months. I can’t even properly explain the relief I feel when I run. It’s as if all of my stress and tension completely disappears. I feel so free!
  • Singing along to music in the car always makes me happy. I seriously have the worst singing voice, but with the windows up nobody has to hear me and I can just sing along without a care. It’s especially great after a bad day at work. 🙂
  • Friday night date night or dinners with my husband never fail to make me happy. We are both so busy during the week. Friday night is our designated “us” time. We go out for dinner, dancing or to the movies. It’s something I really look forward to each week.
  • Putting together music playlists brings me a whole lot of happiness. I like sharing music with others and having been creating them for friends and family since I was in high school. My music tastes are all of the place. I listen to a variety of music, but R&B just isn’t my thing. So, if you have any music suggestions I’d love to hear them!

List Five Songs That Make You Happy

All of these songs, no matter what, always bring a smile to my face! Click on the link to hear the song on YouTube.

  • Shape of You by Ed Sheeran (x)
  • Laura Palmer by Bastille (x)
  • Nowhere With You by Joel Plaskett Emergency (x)
  • Love at First Sight by Kylie Minogue (x)
  • Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran (x)

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