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    April Reads & Listens

    April was a light month for reading. After my first physical read of the month, I struggled with what to read next, starting multiple books before finally settling on George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings (which will probably take me a few months to get through…so my reads are going to be light for a while!). Some unexpected listens this month, though. What I’ve Read Persuasion – Jane Austen This isn’t intentional, but for the last few years I’ve more or less read one Jane Austen novel a year, usually in the late winter/early spring. I still haven’t read everything by Austen…I have Mansfield Park left to go,…

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    March Reads & Listens

    At one time, I used to keep track of everything I read or listened to. It was fun to compare months and years, to see what my reading trends were, and see how many reads I averaged. It was also a great way to remind myself of authors I’d enjoyed or series I’d started. However, it also started stressing me out…if I saw my book count was low for a particular month, I’d feel bad and rush to read something, even if I didn’t feel like reading a particular book or reading at a fast pace. It made reading more chore-like, which is awful. So I stopped keeping track, which…

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    Audiobook Reviews

    Haven’t done one of these in awhile! Here are some quick reviews of some things I’ve listened to lately: Cinder/Scarlet – Marissa Meyer: I didn’t think I’d enjoy this series much because, while I like fairy-tale retellings, I’m not a big science fiction fan. After listening to Cinder, however, I found myself actually wanting to continue the series (which actually doesn’t happen much for me!) I freely admit that I would like these stories more without the science fiction aspects, but that’s solely my personal taste. I liked Cinder more than I enjoyed Scarlet, but I think this is primarily because of the narration. They were both narrated by the…

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    One More Day

    This collection of seven short stories all revolves around the idea of time suddenly and unexpectedly standing still. First of all, I have to say that I absolutely love the cover of this book. I had seen the collection mentioned on a few different blogs before it came out, and while I could never remember the name, I recognized the lovely cover immediately. It’s a simple but pretty cover, and the nice details of the front of the book are continued inside. This collection is laid out in a great way, in which each story gets its own title page, acknowledgements, and author page, so that the collection is like…

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    Love in a Day

    Last month I read/listened to two books dealing with the idea of falling in love in a single day. The two novels, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and Just One Day, were very different stories, but they each shared the common theme of love in a day. So I thought I would share my thoughts. Statistical Probability – This was a good, light read, although there is definitely some serious stuff going on in this story. Hadley and Oliver both have demons to face when they reach London, but their feelings for each other shine through all of the darkness of what they’re facing. I enjoyed this…

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    Year-End Reading Summary 2013

    2013 has come to an end, and I’ve counted up what I’ve read over the last year, and thought about my favourites. Here’s the summary! Photo from: www.edudemic.com 84 Stories Total 43 – Read 41 – Listened Top ten (in the order I read them): Sense and Sensibility – Jane AustenThe Fault in Our Stars – John GreenHarriet the Spy – Louise FitzhughSherlock Holmes (counting all as one title) – Sir Arthur Conan DoyleFlowers in the Attic – V.C. AndrewsIsland – Jane RogersTwo Boys Kissing – David LevithanPicture Me Gone – Meg RosoffFangirl – Rainbow RowellThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain So 2013 was a year of classics,…

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    Quick Reviews: Rainbow Rowell Edition

    I wanted to post some quick reviews of things I’ve listened to/read recently, so I thought I would lump my Rainbow Rowell experiences together! Warning: There are some mild spoilers! Eleanor & Park – Audio. I enjoyed this story, though I don’t think I liked it quite as much as a lot of people seemed to. I thought the build-up of the romance was great, and I absolutely loved how both of these characters were a lot more real than has often been my experience with YA love interests. What I didn’t like about the story was Eleanor’s constantly being a downer…I understand she is dealing with some serious stuff…

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    Touched – Cyn Balog

    Okay, so November is probably going to be a light month for blog posts, since my energy is all going towards NaNoWriMo! But that’s okay. I’ll do my best! For now, a review of Touched by Cyn Balog. Nick is cursed with the ability to see the future, which has led to most people thinking he’s a total freak. But just when he thinks he’s finally got his “future memories” under control, Nick goes off of his future script by saving one girl he’s never supposed to meet, and causing another girl to drown. This was a really interesting read. To be honest, I only picked it up because I…

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    Picture Me Gone – Meg Rosoff

    I don’t usually read books simply because of who writes them…even if I have previously enjoyed a work by a certain author, I need to have some interest in the actual story before I’ll read something else by them. However, if you know me, you’ll know that one of the few exceptions I have to this rule is Meg Rosoff. I will read anything by her, even if I have absolutely no interest in the story! So when I heard she had a new book coming out, I pre-ordered it right away. Picture Me Gone is about a girl, Mila, and her father traveling to the States in search of…

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    Audition – Stasia Ward Kehoe

    I stumbled across this book completely by accident, while I was testing our eBook service on one of the library’s tablets. I needed to download a title to make sure it worked, and this was the first thing I came across. It intrigued me, however, so I kept it checked out to my account, and read it later. This is a novel in verse. I have read a couple of these, but not many, so I wanted to read this story in an effort to expand my horizons a bit and experience something new. Audition tells the tale of a high schooler’s year at a professional ballet studio. Sara moves…