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Hard to believe Halloween was just last weekend AND NOW IT’S OVER FOR ANOTHER YEAR! Ugh, it went by too fast. This YEAR has gone by too fast! I can’t believe that it’s almost 2016! So much has happened this past year and I am dizzy just thinking back about it.

So what did you guys do for Halloween? I made the BEST LIFE CHOICE ever and dressed up as my true self… er I mean…

H1Wednesday Addams!

I wore my costume to work the day before Halloween and won 3rd place in our costume contest! I was BEYOND pleased with how well this turned out!

Then on Halloween I went to a Halloween Book Swap at Mackenzi Lee’s (yes the author of THIS MONSTROUS THING GO BUY IT NOW) house. There were lots of bookish people there (as my husband calls us, “The Gang”) and everyone dressed up! I sadly didn’t get photos with everyone, but here are a few!

H3Mackenzi & I (She was one of the wives from MAD MAX: Fury Road)
H4Melissa & I (She was a Camp Half-Blood camper)H5Rachel & I (She was the Fox from the cover of FURIOUSLY HAPPY!)

There were like 10 or so of us in total and I’m really sad that I didn’t take more photos! Everyone looked so cool! We all ate and drank and chatted and relaxed and it was just a chill time with cool people and then…

H6BOOK SWAP! So I posted about our last book swap, back in June where a bunch of us got together, brought 10 books, and then laid them out on the floor. We then each got a number and went in a circle and got to choose a book! We decided to do this again and it was so fun! More people came so there were WAY more books this time. We all took turns, and sometimes people would steal books from each other (kinda like Yankee swap) and all while having really engaging bookish conversations. I am REALLY starting to love these parties!

H7Here are the books I ended up going home with! I am SO excited to read them all!

It was a really fun party and I’m so glad that I was able to go! I highly encourage getting your local book friends together and starting a swap group! It’s cheaper than #booksfortrade (postage wise), a great way to share books, AND it’s just fun to spend time with your people.

Did you do anything fun for Halloween? Tell me in the comments!

Sam’s July Book Haul

Another month, another pile of books. I really tried to control my buying, and in the end I only bought four books! Everything else was either sent by friends, publishers, or through a book swap. Let’s see what I got.

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I won two giveaways back in June, and the books arrived this month. I got Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng through a Goodreads giveaway hosted by Peguin Canada. The second came from Olivia @ The Candid Cover, and I won her June Giveaway Hop, so I was allowed to pick a June release. I ended up picking The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes which I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about. After Jennifer Mathiu’s Devoted, I’m up for another book that may be similar.


I ended up purchasing two books this month from Indigo. I flew through Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and I’m so happy I finally read it. I hope to see the film to compare differences and similarities. Hopefully I see it before it’s completely out of theatres. I also got the final book of the Paper Gods trilogy, Storm by Amanda Sun. I need to know how my new favourite anime-esque novel is going to end!


On July 11th I had the chance to attend the Toronto Book Swap @ The Central. Let’s just say, it was chaos! Lots of people trading books, sharing their love of literature. It was a good event minus some unfriendly folks who attended. In the end I gave five books to the swap and took three, which were: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, and From the Notebook of Melenin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson. I also grabbed The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa, which I finally found, meaning I can complete this series. I am beyond excited!

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Then more book swapping happened as my co-blogger, River, and friends Liz and Zach also sent me books!

From River:

  • The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
  • Prep School Confidental by Kara Taylor
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • A Curious Tale of In-Between by Lauren DeStenfano (!!!!!)

From Liz @ Consumed by Books

  • The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  • The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker

From Zach:

  • Machine of Death by Ryan North et al.

THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU GUYS! I cannot wait to read these!

simonteenThen Simon Teen Canada sent me this beauty, Stand-off by Andrew Smith. Which, omg I am excited for considering we just read Winger for our Summer Contemporary Fling event we just finished hosting! And uh, if you haven’t read Winger, GO DO IT NOW. NOW NOW NOW.


And then there’s Inspector Pancakes Helps the President of France. This is a… super inappropriate at times picture book that I Kickstarted and this was one of my backer rewards. It’s really funny, kind of disturbing, and some dark humour. It’s definitely not for kids, but look at how misleading it is! Inspector Pancakes, I still love you!


While I ended up already reading and owning a copy of this month’s July Uppercase Box, I decided I am still keeping up with the service. I LOVED Finding Audrey, so I am happy that I can give this extra copy to someone else who I think will love it too (and before anyone asks, it’s already gone and spoken for! Sorry!). But I love the amount of thought that goes into subscription boxes (and I never seem to have luck with OwlCrate, one day!). I loved the socks, which I can totally wear to my library job, I loved the book marks (they feature Paper Towns Quotes) and the little coffee sleeve was a great touch. Looking forward to what they come up with for August (MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!)



And finally Harper Collins Canada were super lovely enough to send me advance copies of What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler  and A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. Both of them sound absolutely fantastic and equally horrifying. Except reviews for both of them on the blog soon.

And that was everything I got in my mail box for the month of July. Did you get any awesome reads in the mail? Have you read any of these beauties above? If so, let me know, I’d be curious about your thoughts.

SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – July Edition Reviewed

Welcome to July’s edition of SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! Where River and I force books upon each other with the demand of “WTH IS WRONG WITH YOU?! WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THIS?!” Yes, we have all caps conservations sometimes, and no we are not a shamed to admit it. Here is what we challenged each other to read and our overall thoughts.

Sam’s Pick for River:


In the After by Demitria Lunetta

River’s Thoughts: I loved this! I wasn’t a huge fan of the way the story was told, but the tension was so tight and I was INCREDIBLY invested in Amy and Baby, so a full four stars! Man, that was tight, and everything just clicked along. I want to hug Baby and know that she’s okay after that ending. Next book now! (Sam’s Note: Yeah, In the End is pretty awesome. Also River hit on the head what I didn’t really enjoy about the book, but it really is all about the invest level given towards Amy and Baby.)

River’s Pick for Sam: 


Golden by Jessi Kirby

Sam’s Thoughts: So funny story, I bought all of Jessi Kirby’s novels thanks to River and weirdly read the other two before I had picked up Golden. This book sweeps you away on such a beautiful and thoughtful adventure. I loved the characters, particularly Parker and Kat, whose voices just melted into my head as I was reading the text. There’s a good ounce of mystery in the story and the ending? Perfect. Complete and utterly perfect. Everything is wrapped up in such a way where you feel touched and overall, this is just a really thoughtful story. LOVEDLOVEDLOVED IT.

SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – August Edition

Well, August is on its way, and for me its going to be a busy month of birthday, wedding, visitors and all that goodness. However, I don’t care! Because I will still find time to read, and River and I declared August to be Holly Black-fest! That’s right, this month’s SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! is all Holly Black books. Who knows though, maybe there will be a joint reading of The Iron Trial as well just to keep within the theme!

Here’s our selections!

Sam’s Pick for River:


Doll Bones by Holly Black

I absolutely loved this book when I read it last year, and it’s got a good level of creepy and thoughtful mixed in. Although I know River isn’t huge on middle grade, I know how much she adores Holly Black’s writing, and I think she will enjoy this book a fair bit (or at least, I HOPE so!)

River’s Pick for Sam:


Th Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

So for whatever stupid reason, I’ve had this book on my shelf since it released (it was gifted to me by Kiki). I adore Holly Black and she wrote one of my favourite series ever (Modern Faerie Tales) so how I haven’t read this yet is beyond me. Thankfully, River gave me a book bitch slap so this is the choice she made for me and she is the best because of it. THE BEST.

And there you have our picks for August. Who knows, this month could see us reading all the Holly Black we haven’t tackled yet. Exact our full report on these two books at the end of the month. If you’ve read either of these, let us know in the comments as we’d love to know what you thought of them!

SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – June Edition Reviewed

So originally I titled this feature “Book Swap,” and then River came up with a better name purely by accident that I like more. So now this feature is called “SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS!” where in River and I select one book that we want each other to read and then we give you some “high level thoughts” so to speak on the selection we gave each other. I think River won this round, as wasn’t as fond of the book I picked for her as I was of the one she picked for me. So let’s get onto this, shall we?

Sam’s Pick for River:


River’s Thoughts: My co-blogger Sam made me read this for our new feature where we tell each other to sit down, shut up and READ THIS. (Yes, we love each other).

Now, last year I LOOOOOOOVED Halpern’s The F-it List. Loved it. So I was really excited for this one and it just was a little flat for me. Maybe it’s because I’ve read a lot of books where the MC is depressed and tries to kill themselves, or get placed in therapy/ an institution and in those books the characters had really rich, deep, really, scary, sad problems. A few months ago I read an excellent book about a girl who cuts getting put into the hospital. Another amazing book about a depressed teen plotting her suicide and then following through with it blew me away earlier this month. So I guess in comparison this one just fell short. And Halpern’s sassy, witty writing wasn’t quite there yet with this book. So yeah, it was a good, fast read, but there are much better books out there dealing with issues that seemed a lot more real than the ones in this book. I’m not saying that Anna’s problems weren’t real, but they didn’t seem as serious, at least not serious enough for her to end up where she did.

River’s Pick for Sam:


Sam’s Thoughts: So my co-blogger and I have a crazy love for pretty-ugly people. It’s just a thing that any time we read a contemporary novel that has pretty rich kids being shitty we get oddly excited and they end up being perfect page turners for us. I can’t entirely describe to you WHY this is, just know that it is a thing we love. River bought me Dangerous Girls for Christmas and I had been waiting for an opportune moment because she said once I started reading, I wouldn’t be able to stop.

… and boy was she right. Dangerous Girls is messed up, but it’s got all these fantastic twists and turns and it’s a book that only gives you small threads at a time. You spend a lot of the novel putting pieces together and Haas does any amazing job of making you believe Anna throughout the story, even though you know there’s something a bit off. There’s always a looming feeling like nothing seems or feels right in this book, but you keep turning the pages because you have to know if your own theories you’re deducing are, in fact, correct. It’s a fun ride and I completely recommend this to anyone who likes reading a novel that feels like a whirlwind. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel Dangerous Boys, though I’m curious as to where Haas will go with the next book.

There you have it! Our first round of SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! has happened. Let us know if you want to read these books above or if you have read them, what you thought of them. Tune in because we’ll be sharing our July Picks for SDSURT (what a terrible acronym), as well as our fave books we read in June.


So River and I decided that June was a free-for-all month (well for River, as she’s stated she’s going to read what she feels like between now and when she moves, I’m waffling back and forth between a schedule and being like, to hell with it). But we decided to do a monthly no pressure feature called “Book Swap!” where we pick a book for each other that is in our backlogs and we go “READ IT!” at each other. At the end of the month, we’ll tell you how it went. This is a low pressure feature, so if we decided to DNF or bail, it’s totes allowed, no judgement and all that candy corn jazz. We even have special Goodreads shelves for crazy silly things like this and I love that River always plays along with my silly. Her shelf is totally “did-it-for-the-sammy” and mine for her is “river-made-me-do-it.” We have all the love for each other!

On with the book selections! So here’s what I selected for River…


Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

So I was in love with The F-it List last year, so much so that I beg/screamed/flailed/demanded that River read it, and she did (because I am a brat). I read this book earlier in the year and it was a quick read with the same signature sarcastic humor that Halpern’s heroines have. Hopefully River enjoys it (if not, she can give me crap and be like SAMMERS YOU STINK!)

And River’s pick for me…

17623143Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

This should be no surprise as this was the Christmas gift I got from my co-blogger and I am a jerk who hasn’t read it yet. It’s also one of River’s favourite books from last year! Plus she said I will probably get completely sucked in and then read it in a day. Those are seriously my favourite kind of books. Also this seems to have pretty-ugly-people which, if you notice on this blog, is something River and I lovelovelove. We can’t help it, we like reading about shitty people doing shitty things. It’s our thing, what can I say?

Have you read any of these? Think they are good picks/bad picks/omg why aren’t you guys reading The Fault in Our Stars right now picks? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll let you know what WE think at the end of the month.