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Book Haul: Spring Releases 2016

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It’s been a few months since I’ve last done a book haul reveal. Life threw me a few curve balls. If you’d like to know about what I’ve been up to and a little update on what’s coming up next on my website, read it all here: Throwing Myself Back Into The Blogging Scene. Continue reading

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Throwing Myself Back Into The Blogging Scene

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Since February, I’ve had an impromptu hiatus from my website. A number of things contributed to it: winter blues (fueling a lack of motivation and sucking my creativity dry), work got busy (my co-workers and I had to prepare to welcome in and train seven new employees, and the pressures and deadlines I was giving myself for this website. I love to write and sharing my ideas and thoughts, but the last thing I want is having no fun during my blogging experience. I think the saying “Absence make the heart grow fonder” rings true. Like missing an old friend, I recently wanted to incorporate blogging back into my life.

So here I am, trying to get my groove back. The craziness at work has slowed down and the sunny, warm weather rejuvenated and re-energized my creativity and passions. If I learned anything, it is that it’s okay to take a break and realize I got burnt out. Sometimes too much of a good thing can get tiresome. Also, it is best to go at a pace I’m comfort at. It’s too easy to compare myself to other bloggers and content creators, getting disheartened and jealous of their success. I think sometimes it’s good to remind myself that some of these people have been doing this for years. They built their following and success on their own hard work. Instead, I hope to use them as inspiration and mentors without losing my own flare and personality.

As I get momentum, I’m hoping to introduce new ideas and projects I’ve been brainstorming and working on behind the scenes.

Here are a few of my goals:
  • Create a manageable editorial calendar
  • Blog at my own pace with flexible deadlines
  • Start publishing new features
  • Film and upload new videos for YouTube
  • Improve my photography skills & join Instagram’s #bookstagram community
  • Build my following
  • Work on dwindling down my TBR list
  • Try my hand at collaborations with other bloggers and content creators

I’m excited to delve back into something I love and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

My 28th Birthday & Birthday Haul

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On February 21, I celebrated my 28th birthday. It’s crazy to think how much time has gone by. Now, I don’t really go nuts with birthday celebrations. I like to keep things low key but try to still have fun and do a few things I enjoy doing. Continue reading

Books, Be Mine Event: Valentine’s Day 2016

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Dear Book Lovers,

Whether you’re taken or single this Valentine’s Day, we will always have our books. Every time we turn their pages we’re taken to different worlds, exploring new places, falling in love with characters and cheering them on during their hardships and victories.

This February, Simon & Schuster Canada invites all book enthusiasts to their Books, Be Mine event from now until February 14. Connect with other readers and enjoy book recommendations, excerpts, quotes, and other bookish fun.

Join in on their event page: Books, Be Mine Facebook Event.

Here are a few of my Valentine’s day book recommendations:

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What books would you recommend for Valentine’s Day? Leave a comment below.

Happy Valentine’s Day & Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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Revenge and the Wild
By Michelle Modesto

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 2, 2016.

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Book Haul: Winter Releases 2015

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Snow has finally arrived in my part of the neighbourhood! While it would have been wonderful to have snow on Christmas day, it’s better late than never. Living in Canada, I, as well as other Canadians, love their seasons and I was starting to miss the snow. Winter isn’t really winter without a little white on the ground. Now is the best time to curl up on the couch, sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows alongside a good book. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Wandering Star by Romina Russell

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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By Romina Russell

Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

But news has spread that the Marad–an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy–could strike any House at any moment.

Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there’s much more to her Galaxy–and to herself–than she could have ever imagined.

Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 8, 2015.

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?