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Five Books I Want to Read This April By New To Me Authors

One of the reading challenges that was provided to me by a friend for the month of April was to read more books by authors who were new to me. I own so many books by authors I’ve never read before but having been dying to check out for years. I thought I’d share with you guys five books I hope to tackle this month but authors who are definitely new to me, or who may be debut authors who I may want to read more of in the future.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo (Release Date: May 30th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

I saw this book while I was at OLA back in Feburary, and had been at Raincoast Books booth. The cover really caught my attention, and when I read th back, I knew it would be the kind of contemporary story I’d adore. This book is for the Kdrama fans, and those who love fun romance fluff. I also like that the heroine feels like Kdramas are going to be the way to understanding romance and dating. I am very excited to read this book, and isn’t the cover adorable? IT’S ADORABLE.

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon (Release Date: May 30th 2017 by Simon Pulse)

This is an upcoming debut that I have been so excited to read since it appeared on my doorstep. If I am being honest, part of me wished I had read it as soon as I had gotten it, while the other half of me kept saying “No, wait until closer to release.” I’ve only heard positive things about When Dimple Met Rishi both as a romance novel and as a comedy. While I am not always the biggest romance lover, books like this one come along and they basically scream “SHUT UP YOU LIKE ROMANCE NOW READ ME.” Also I love reading about other cultures and this comes from the perspective of two Indian-American teens whose families want to instill parts of their culture that don’t necessarily work nicely with American culture. I feel like this is going to be a very fun read.

by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Released on January 31st 2017 by Dial Books)

So I am going to point out that I actually own two books by this author (the other being Counting By 7s) and somehow I haven’t read anything by her yet? Many of my friends who I trust and who love middle grade adore Holly Goldberg Sloan’s books. Short definitely caught my eye because it’s focuses on The Wizard of Oz, which I LOVE. Regardless, this month I am going to read one of her books. The ultimate question really will be which one!

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential #1)
by Kara Taylor (Released on July 30th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin)

Over the years, Molly my amazing co-blogger has sent me lots of books. This particular series is one she sent me her extra copy of and told me it was a fun and quick read. I’ve been needing more fun and quick in my life, and I feel like this is the kind of silly teen mystery novel that will just pass the time and be delightfully entertaining. It’ll be good to get some non-ARCs off my TBR this month!

The Girl with All the Gifts (The Girl With All The Gifts #1)
by M.R. Carey (Released on June 19th 2014 by Orbit)

So I have had my copy of The Girl With All the Gifts since last summer and still haven’t read it. Story of my life. The worst part is that this book has insane hype behind it, every friend who has read it has loved the living crap out of it, and I’ve been told it’s just one of those highly originally stories that seems to stick with you long after the story is over. I need to get back into reading more adult fiction, and clearly I need to make time to read this beloved novel. I feel like this book is totally up my alley and I keep going “I’ll get to it later!” Real answer however: NEED TO READ SOONER NOT LATER.

So these are five books by five authors I’ve never read that I’d like to tackle soon. Have you read any of these books? If so, please let me know in the comments of what you thought of any of them. I am always happy to hear varying opinions.


River & Sam’s Fave Books of July

It’s August! And August means insanity and hopefully lots of reading? River and I have been so swamped with our life obligations that I am super sure this is going to be the month where the two of us slow down a bit. Admittedly, I am still going to try that August ARC Challenge, but I have no idea if I was a bit overly ambitious with that list. We’ll see, ya know?

Anywho, July was a good reading month for the two of us, so here’s our favourite reads from July.

River’s Pick:



Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Are any of us really surprised by River’s choice? I am certainly not, though I admit I still haven’t read this book yet (cue River throwing crap at me until I do it), but I wasn’t huge on the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. However, because this is Maggie, I know I’m going to read it. River stated the following on her Goodreads:

“It is impossible for me to review a Maggie book. Don’t make me do it.  Or if you want, just imagine a lot of GUSHING! ADJECTIVES! LOVE! here. Also, Isabel is my second favorite Maggie character (after Ganseyyyy, of course). Maggie asked us to love it or hate it and I loved it.”

Yeah, that is the best response ever, I think.

Sam’s Pick:


Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S King

I am a big A.S King fangirl, so I knew I needed to make the time to read my ARC of Glory O’Brien before I forgot to. This is definitely one of King’s more disjointed books, but I still found it to be an engaging and fascinating read overall. Glory’s “histories of the future” revolve around feminism and woman’s rights, and it’s a book that also looks personal identity and growth. I found myself really connected to this book, and Glory is totes Daria. I actually have a review written for this one, but you’ll all have to wait until closer to its October release date!

And there you have it! What was your favourite read in the month of July? Let us know in the comments.

River & Sam’s Fave Books of June

The end of June has come and gone, so it’s time to share with all you awesome readers, River and I’s favourite book(s) from June. Well, out top pick any ways! Sometimes we fail and have more than one (which is totes cool, right?).

River’s Pick:


Kiss Kill Vanish, by Jessica Martinez

So I’m a jerk, and I’ve scheduled River’s review for this one to closer to its release (which isn’t until early October). Needless to say, she did a lot of OMG! GASP! WHAAAAAT! throughout this one, and it seems like it’s got a good blend of mystery and WTF-ness, which to me is always a plus in a book.


Crudrat by Gail Carriger

This pick oddly shouldn’t come as a surprise, as I’m a big Gail Carriger fangirl. I listened to this one as an audio book because I backed the full cast audio book for it on Kickstarter last year and it was totally worth every penny. This book has got great humor, a fast-paced story, and quirkness up the yin-yang. Definitely check this one out if you love YA and science fiction. Also I highly recommend the audio book simply because the recording is phenomenally done.

What was your favourite read in June? Let us know in the comments!

A Few of Sam’s Favourite Canadian Authors

Happy Canada Day to those celebrate and live in Canada! To everyone else, happy Tuesday! I thought since it was a holiday today in Canada that I’d share a few of my favourite Canadian authors, and a little about their books and why I love them.


Vikki VanSickle

I admit, I’m new to Vikki’s novels, but not new to Vikki as a person. Vikki is my “book angel” and I’ve called her this ever since we started communicating with each other. She’s sweet and always has a knack of finding me books that suit my taste. Colour me surprised when I found out she was an author herself! Summer Days, Starry Nights was a perfect read for me because it was all about growing up and uncovering family secrets. Furthermore, this novel takes place in a campground/family lodge and having those types of experiences growing it made me appreciate the setting and the cast of characters so much more. This was a book that when I finished it, I cuddled it tight against my chest because so much of the story resonated with me. I still have yet to read her Clarissa series, but it’s high on my reading priority list — providing I can find them somewhere!


Lesley Livingston

I’m sure those who frequent the blog know my crazy love for Lesley Livingston. I’ve read nearly all her books except the Wonderous Strange series (which I will remedy soon!). Lesley has a knack for writing fantastically witty and quirky characters who have a great sense of humour. I LOVED her Never series, and I was so heartbroken that it was finally over this year (loved the last book though, it’s my favourite of the three). Funny enough though? My favourite book of hers might be How to Curse in Hieroglyphics simply because I couldn’t get over how crazy, whacky and humours it was. I really cannot wait for book two in the Wiggins Weird series. I mean, all of Lesley’s books are fantastic, but her middle grade effort still ranks highest for me!


Adrienne Kress

Another Canadian writer who I’ve read just about everything she’s written. What I love about Kress’ books is that she always writes these wonderfully kick ass chicks who, while flawed, always try to come out on top regardless of whether the odds are stacked against them or not. Outcast is easily my favourite of her books, if just for Riley shooting an angel IN THE FACE. I think what I appreciate about Adrienne’s books the most is that they are always tongue-in-cheek fun, and I cannot wait to see what kinds of craft and quirky characters she comes up with next.


Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers is my go to author when I want books about people being shitty to each other. She writes some of the most realistic and vindictive teens I’ve ever come across. Funny enough though, while I adored Some Girls Are, my favourite book of hers is still Fall for Anything, mainly because the characters in that story really made an impact on me, and I’ve been in a similar situation that Eddie has faced. I really am struggling to wait for All the Rage because based on everything Courtney tweets, it just sounds right up my alley.

And Let’s Not Forget…

There are so many other Canada authors out there who deserve some recognition for their works and awesomeness so I’m going to list a few more of my other favourites: Robert Munsch (I know, it’s cheating, but I don’t care), Rachelle Delaney. Eric Walters, Violette Malan, Karen Dales, Rachel Hartman, Eden Robinson, Thomas King, Cory Doctorow, Emily Pohl-Weary, Trent Seely, Amanda Sun, Eve Silver, A.M Dellamonica, Kean Soo, Mariko & Jillian Tamaki, and anyone else I’ve missed: THANK YOU! Thank you for keeping Canadian Literature fantastic and engaging. Thank you for gracing the world with your fantastic talents. You are the writers that continue to showcase to the world that Canada has something to prove in the literary world. Thank you for being awesome.

River & Sam’s Fave Books of May

Another month has ended and a new one has begun again. River and I have been eyeing so many books for the month of June that we want to read, and we’ve talked about it a few times — we’re pretty sure our ARC schedule is going to go out the win this month what with all the fantastic books that have recently released or are coming soon (Can I have Ruin and Rising yet?). Let’s take a look back though at our favourite reads for May.

River’s Pick:


Pills and Starships by Lydia Millet

So, I half expected River to pick something like #scandal or Say What You Will and yet I feel like I shouldn’t be surprised by this choice. Pills and Starships has a synopsis that just sounds to crazy to be real in some cases, and I love that cover. It makes me think of the Fallout series (the video games that is) based on the premise alone, and that definitely makes me want to check it out. SO CRAZY.

Sam’s Pick:

13206828Cress by Marissa Meyer

I had an amazing reading month in May and I struggled to pick something because I handed out a few fives with Summer Days, Starry Nights and The Unbounded topping my list, but Cress wins for being an almost six hundred page novel that kept my interest the whole way through. I find when I read chunky books my focus isn’t always there, let’s face it, chunky books demand a lot of attention because there’s always so much going on, though it’s also the worst offender for hundreds of pages of nothing happening too. I loved Cress and the characters were just so wonderfully engaging (the new ones, I mean, the old ones are still awesome), and just, I love this world. I don’t want it to end, but next year  it’s going to.

So there you have it! What was your stand out read in May? Let us know in the comments!

Five Books I Need to Get Off My Butt and Read

So River and I get a ton of ARCs that often take priority over our personal reading lists. This bugs me sometimes because I try to prioritize and it often never works because more goodies appear. I should never complain, and I am always eternally grateful that publishers love to hear from us. However, what about those awesome books I bought that have been neglected on the shelf? Well here’s five books that I clearly need to get off my butt and read because I am apparently missing out on some awesome.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

So everyone and their grandmother has read this excerpt me and I hear this series is one of the best in young adult fantasy right now. Also female assassin rising from being imprisoned to fight in the stead of a prince? Count me in. Seriously, I haven’t met a single person who has told me this book isn’t awesome.


Golden by Jessi Kirby

I have read Moonglass and In Honor by Jessi Kirby, and this is one of River’s favourite books. I don’t know why I didn’t get to it last summer and I know I need to remedy this because it’s looks and sounds amazing, plus it’s a road trip story and I LOVE those. Especially when it’s the story where a character is reflecting and coming to terms and even growing. Very excited to tackle this one.

17233800Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

This is the only book by Katie McGarry I haven’t read yet, and this one happens to be River’s favourite in the series so far. It’s about Isaiah, which baffles me that I haven’t gotten to it because he is one of my favourites in this series (doesn’t quite beat Beth, but pretty close). Sometimes I want an intense romance novel to read, and Katie McGarry just knows how to get it all right and make it so easy for me to just turn the pages. If you like intense contemporary young adult novels, she’s really an author you should check out.

11544476When We Wake by Karen Healy

One of my darling friends, Katherine @ VENTUREADLAXRE spoils me rotten (and vise versa, I am just as bad), and this was one of the last goodies she sent to me. The premise of this book sounds crazy and amazing and I keep staring at it. I love what-if stories and considering Tegan dies and wakes up a hundred years into the future, that is the kind of story that just sounds creepy and fascinating at the same time (though truthfully, I just want to read all the books Katherine sends me. They always have unique premises).


Crudrat by Gail Carriger

“Crudrat” was the first thing I ever kickstarted, so I am delighted that I have both an ebook and an audiobook to enjoy for this. I feel like I should hook the audiobook up to my mp3 player and just go for a walk and listen to a chapter a day. I feel like that would be motivating! Any ways, Gail Carriger is one of my favourite authors — she knows how to make readers laugh and feel completely entertained. I love authors that don’t always make every thing heavy handed or forced, and humor is always a plus for me.

So there you have it! These are five books I have been wanting to read for like, ever, and just haven’t gotten to. I’d be curious to see what River comes up with if she were to make a list. 😛 So I want to know in the comments! What are some books you’ve had on your shelf forever and feel like you need to make the time for?


Book Chat: Books I am Craving


First off, I am not taking any credit for the originality of this post. In fact, Liz from Consumed By Books shared over at her blog the “Top Ten Books I Plan to Read Before 2013 Is Over.” Her post definitely left me thinking: considering the backlog shelf of doom, what are some books I am craving to read before the year is through? I pulled a few off my shelf and decided to share a few that have been catching my eye.

1) Blood of Tyrants, by Naomi Novik — I’ve been a huge fan of her work since “Her Majesty’s Dragon,” and although I wasn’t fond of the last two books in this series, the idea of talking dragons never ceases to entertain, and I find myself always going back to this series willingly with each new installment.

2) The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson — My love for Sanderson’s world, characters and writing holds no bounds. I always know when I pick up one of his books I’m going to devour it, fall in love with it, and then try to pass it off to everyone person I know because I can. He’s just knows how to craft worlds with characters that feel so real, and it’s something I truly appreciate. Considering this came out in May, I’m truly shocked I haven’t dove into this one yet.

3) The Beginning of Everything, by Robyn Schneider — I feel like everyone and their mother has been gushing about this book. I adore contemporary, the buzz is hot, so I figured why not list it? I ended up winning a copy of it through Team Epic Reads.

4) The Inexplicables, by Cherie Priest — I am a huge Clockwork Century fan, this book released last year and there’s a new one on its way… what is wrong with me? You think this one would have been read right now, but actually, I binged read the first four books and hit a bit of a burn out. This series is tons of fun with a great cast of characters. I look forward to digging into this one and Fiddlehead when it releases!

5) Countdown, by Michelle Rowan — This is a newer book to have hit my shelf and was sent to me by Eve Silver, author of RUSH. Back in August when I was working at Fan Expo, I had the chance to interview Eve and we got on the topic of great books for teen boys (since I teach a lot of teens, boys in particular, I was dying for recommendations). Eve suggested Countdown as a title to check out, but what I wasn’t expecting was it to appear in my mailbox. Thanks again Eve!

6) Cold Steel, by Kate Elliot — I adore the Spiritwalker trilogy, and I’m afraid to read this book because it means the series will be over. I’m not ready for that, but at the same time… curiosity always gets the cat.

7) The Time of Contempt, by Andrzej Sapkowski — I adore the Witcher series, and it’s been so long since we’ve had a novel in English (last one being The Blood of Elves). My excitement for this book and getting back in the saddle (tee hee, saddle) with Geralt has been long overdue. Hopefully more of this series will reach North America! Now if I could just get off my butt and play the games that would be good too.

8) Fly By Night, by Frances Hardinge I have a friend who absolutely adores this author work and have been told that she has a very poetic style of writing. I have both this and Face Like Glass (on my Kindle), but have read neither. I suppose it will be a toss up between those two books?

9) In Stitches, by Trent Seely — I admit it, I’m a jerkface. Trent is a very dear friend of mine and this is his first published novel and somehow I have not prioritized time for it. So I want to! I LOVE the cover of the book and the premise sounds adorkable. Hold me to this one you guys, hold me to it.

So there you have it! These are the nine books I am craving, and hope to tackle before the year is out. I still also have the small pile of borrowed books, my e-ARCs (Never Fade is done, I just need to review it!), all which need to be tackled as well. I hope to have some new ARC reviews soon, as well as a few other goodies. I’m curious to know what books are hiding in River’s pile that she hopes to finish by the end of year. Who knows? Maybe in December we’ll host a giveaway showcasing our fave books of 2013! So I leave you all with a question: what are some books YOU want to tackle before the end of this year? Feel free to leave thoughts in the comments, a blog post, share it with us. We’d love to know what you’re excited to tackle before the year is up.