Weekly Update #17 | 02/09 – 02/15

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. I’ll also be linking to Stacking the Shelves a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Happy Sunday! What a week. I am excited that it’s a 3 day weekend (Family Day on Monday in Canada) so that I get an extra day to decompress. On top of work I was but more social in the evenings and went out with friends after work for drinks and snacks. It’s nice to do that but my evening routine gets all thrown off.

Today’s plans are to do all the chores: groceries, laundry, dishes, cleaning every inch of the apartment, etc. I have to take my cat to my parents for the week because we are finally getting our bathroom replaced after the flooding in early January. I’m excited to get a new sink, vanity and tub!

I hope everyone has a great week 🙂

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Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #61

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

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A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Published on: October 17th, 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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Summary (from Goodreads): The most important thing is that Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend, even if Angie can’t see how she truly feels. It’s okay that Jess is the girl on the sidelines that nobody notices. That means she’s free to watch everyone else and be at Angie’s side. But when Angie starts falling for Margot, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can already see what’s going to happen. And suddenly her gift for observation is a curse.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess finds more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences. When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend. Continue reading

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Book Review | Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by
: March 5th, 2019 on Ballantine Books
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 355
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed from the Library

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Summary (from Goodreads): Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice

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ARC Review | The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
Expected Publication Date
: February 25th, 2020 by Harlequin Teen (US & Canada) // Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley

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Summary (from NetGalley): Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for the love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

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Book Review | The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Published by
: William Morrow on January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 455
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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Weekly Update #16 | 02/02 – 02/08

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. I’ll also be linking to Stacking the Shelves a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Happy Sunday! I had a good week. I got promoted to a new position in my company and started with my new team at the end of the week. We went out for drinks and pizza on Friday and it was nice to build that quick bond. The weather’s been up and down, rainy and snowy. Our apartment is slowly getting patched up after the pipe explosion earlier this year. Can’t wait until it’s all done so we can get our bathroom all situated again.

Looking forward to a new week and new opportunities!

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Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #60

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Published on: April 17th, 2003 by W. W. Norton Company

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Summary (from Goodreads): Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them. Continue reading

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