Monthly Wrap Up | March 2018

I may not be posting that much on my blog as much as I’d like but I am still reading! Work is super busy and the weather is still cold and blah here. I read 1 more book than I did last month and as of April 8th I’ve almost completed 3 books. Go me.

# of books read: 6

# of pages read: 2,162

Average book length: 360.3 pages

Goodreads 2018 Challenge: 16/75 Continue reading

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Book Review | How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl: A Novel by Caitlin Moran
Published by: Harper on September 23rd, 2014
Genre: YA, Feminism, Humor, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased for the Kobo

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Summary (from Goodreads): The New York Times bestselling author hailed as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) makes her fiction debut with a hilarious yet deeply moving coming of age novel.

What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself.

It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit.

By sixteen, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock-stars, having all the kinds of sex with all kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.

But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all?

Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant, and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it. Continue reading

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Book Review | The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Published by: Simon Pulse on March 6th, 2018
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Witches
Pages: 322
Format: Electronic ARC
Source: Provided by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review

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Summary (from Goodreads): Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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Book Review | Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade

Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade
Published by: Touchstone on March 6th, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction. LGBTQ
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Provided by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review

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Summary (from Goodreads): From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 comes a fresh and intimate novel in the vein of Lilac Girls and The Alice Network about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love—inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant.

When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it’s because of his guilt over her father’s accidental death—and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert’s handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity.

New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a working woman living on her own terms—she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert’s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him—and to each other.

Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors. Continue reading

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Monthly Wrap Up | February 2018

February, the shortest month of the year… I still managed to read the same amount of books as I did last month and that is with taking the last week off from reading. I’ve been a little MIA on the blog here as I had to get through work before going on vacation to Iceland! I’m back now, the trip was lovely and a much needed vacation from life. It’s back to work on Monday so that means my reading will be back to normal as I read on the subway commute. I’m looking forward to it!

# of books read: 5

# of pages read: 1,574

Average book length: 314.8 pages

Goodreads 2018 Challenge: 10/75 Continue reading

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Book Review | Moonstone by Sjon

Moonstone by Sjon
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux on August 2nd, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction. LGBTQ,
Pages: 142
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): The mind-bending miniature historical epic is Sjón’s specialty, and Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was is no exception. But it is also Sjón’s most realistic, accessible, and heartfelt work yet. It is the story of a young man on the fringes of a society that is itself at the fringes of the world–at what seems like history’s most tumultuous, perhaps ultimate moment.

Máni Steinn is queer in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. His city, Reykjavik in 1918, is homogeneous and isolated and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which has already torn through Europe, Asia, and North America and is now lapping up on Iceland’s shores. And if the flu doesn’t do it, there’s always the threat that war will spread all the way north. And yet the outside world has also brought Icelanders cinema! And there’s nothing like a dark, silent room with a film from Europe flickering on the screen to help you escape from the overwhelming threats–and adventures–of the night, to transport you, to make you feel like everything is going to be all right. For Máni Steinn, the question is whether, at Reykjavik’s darkest hour, he should retreat all the way into this imaginary world, or if he should engage with the society that has so soundly rejected him.  Continue reading

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Audiobook Review | Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Published by: MacMillan Audio on September 5th, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Food and Drink
Pages: —
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra s 24-Hour Bookstore

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer s market, and a whole new world opens up.

When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?

Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan s Mr. Penumbra s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer. Continue reading

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