The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

This was such a fun middle-grade read. It takes an irreverent look at some very dark subject matter - it felt like what I imagine A Series of Unfortunate Events would sound like without all of the breaking of the fourth wall.

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Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but has since moved over the That Artsy Reader Girl. Click through the link to find more Top Ten Tuesday posts. This week's theme is unpopular bookish opinions - and I honestly think the most interesting thing about these posts will be discovering …

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I am not usually a fan of murder mysteries. I'm not usually a fan of mysteries in general. I gave Murder on the Orient Express 2.25 out of 5 stars and then proceeded to give up on mystery novels. I either find the foreshadowing way too heavy-handed, the stakes not nearly high enough, too much time spent thinking and pondering, or I just lose interest in the mystery. That was not the case with my time spent at Blackheath.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett Received: Library Publication Date: September 18, 2007 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 4 out of 5 stars The Blurb: One day, while following her corgis out in the garden, the Queen comes across a traveling library. Not wanting to appear rude, she borrows a book - although she doesn't …

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

So my stats say that it took me 679 days to finish this book. This is only technically true. I started this book, and I did not finish it before it had to be returned to the library. Over a year later, when it made its way back into my hands, I was able to pick up right where I left off, and I was immediately re-immersed in the story. That is not a testament to my marvellous memory (because my memory is honestly not that stellar), but rather a testament to how well written this book was.

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

This was a book that I really needed to read when I was starting university. Shane has done everything by the book for her whole life, she is not very outgoing, and she feels left behind by the rest of her peers. I get that. Christine Riccio has given us a story where she really drives home the point that: wherever you go, there you are. The "magic" of a fresh start doesn't really mean much unless you're brave enough to make the most of it.