Saturday, December 31, 2016

Books I Want to Read in 2017 πŸ“š

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and 2017 is upon us. I can't believe that tomorrow is gonna be 2017. This year was quite the negative one that took a toll on all of us politically, socially, and even having celebrities die before our very eyes. So because of this, I'm excited to start this new year and see what it has to offer. And since it's a new year, that means having new books to read. My TBR is clean and I'm starting off fresh with the books that I want to read in 2017. Now, there are so many books that I can list here but that's gonna make this post super long. So instead, I'm going to name my top ten books that I must/want to read in 2017. These titles are not in any particular order of significance but these are the books I need to get to before 2017 is over. And if I don't get to any of these, then I will be very upset. So without any further ado, let's get into my list. 


1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. 
I have heard so many amazing things about this book. At first I wasn't interested because it's not a genre that I'm normally into. But since I've heard so many people talking about it on book tube and Goodreads, I thought that it was now time to finally get my hands on this book. Honestly, this is my most anticipated read for 2017 along with Crooked Kingdom. I'm just excited to see what this book has to offer. 

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. 
My thoughts on this book are pretty much the same as the previous book mentioned. But this is the second and final book to Six of Crows duology. I'm just excited to buckle down and read this book (after Six of Crows, of course). Apparently this novel has broken the hearts of many people (according to book tubers, and book lovers alike). So, I'm afraid that if I read this, then I'm gonna go into some sort of book hangover and not want to read anything else after that. Anyways, lets see how it goes. 

3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 
I have heard such incredible things about this sic-fi book. But since it's not a genre I normally pick up, I've avoided reading this for quite sometime. But again, many book tubers have raved on about how amazing this book is and how everyone should read it. So, I thought I should give this book a read sometime during this upcoming year. It's interesting how this book is told through different forms of media, and even though its a thick book, it reads quickly so hopefully I'll read it soon and I'll enjoy it like everyone else has. 

4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 
This is the sequel to Illuminae. I've heard nothing but great things about this book as well and I'm excited to read it in 2017. Now, before I move on to another book, can we just talk about how beautiful the covers are?! I love how holographic they look and the colours look so well together on the shelf. It's very aesthetically pleasing. 😊

5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. 
This is another read that everyone has already read in the year of 2016 and this book was written by the same author who wrote the Lunar Chronicles series. I've heard amazing things about both Lunar Chronicles and this book. I love how this one is a stand alone book and it's an Alice and Wonderland retelling focusing on the Queen of Hearts and how she became that queen. I've heard that this is a very dark book about love, history, and one's self-discovery as to how she becomes so evil in the end. As you can probably already tell, I'm excited to read this book in 2017 and see if I'll enjoy as much as everyone else has. 

6. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. 
This book has been on my shelf for so long, that at this point I just need to get to it ASAP. This is a great contemporary book I've heard wonderful things about. Well, it's won multiple awards so it must be a fantastic book. Apparently it deals with serious issues that remain relevant to our society today and I'm super excited to get into this in 2017. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to read this more towards the summertime. 

7. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. 
I previously read Everything, Everything by her and I really enjoyed it. So, I want to give this book a chance because I've heard nothing but amazing things about this book even before its initial release this past November. This one deals with issues such as immigration and first love. It also deals with other issues that remain relevant in our society  (just like I'll Give You the Sun). So, yes I'm excited to get into this one soon in 2017. 

8. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. 
I've read All the Bright Places which was her debut novel into young-adult and I very much enjoyed it. I haven't heard a ton on this book around book tube, and I've also seen some mixed reviews on this book as well. However, that doesn't stop me from wanting to read it. Despite hearing and seeing these mixed reviews, I'm still willing to give this book a chance and see what it has to offer. 

9. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. 
This was an anticipated release for November this year and I've heard some mixed reviews about this book. But despite those comments I'm still excited to give this book a chance. I love how it's a fantasy novel with LGBT characters. That's not something we see often in young-adult and I'm glad it's finally coming to light. This is an author that I've never read anything from before so I'm intrigued to find out what her style of writing is all about, and how well her stories execute onto paper. 

10. The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee. 
The last book on this list and one I will hopefully get to in 2017. I'm very intrigued by the plot as it takes places in a futuristic New York and how it's been compared to shows like Gossip Girl (which I love). I've heard good things about this book and it's been on my mind for quite sometime now. The second book to this series or trilogy will be out sometime in 2017 so I'm excited to read this and then get my hands on the second book. 


That is it for this list and I hope you all enjoyed. What books do you plan to read in 2017? Let me know in the comments below. Since this is my last official post for 2016, I just want to wish you and your family a very happy new year and hope you have an incredible 2017! Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

White Light by Jay Asher and Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Genre: young-adult, romance, contemporary 

Published: October 18th 2016

Pages: 251

Publisher: Razorbill


Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love. (source)


Since it's the month of December I thought it was time to pick up some Christmas books and get myself in the Christmas spirit. Now, Jay Asher wrote Thirteen Reasons Why and I really enjoyed it. So when I found out that he had a new book out, I was completely on board. I was very excited to finally pick this up and I'm so glad I did. I highly recommend this if you want a sweet, fluffy, lighthearted Christmas book to get you in the mood for the holidays. 

I thought this was a lighthearted, fluffy, easy read that just gave me all of the feels. I loved the romance between Sierra and Caleb, plus the other characters were great as well. It was nice how Caleb was not your typical bad boy (the synopsis says he is one) and he knows that he's made some mistakes and owns up to them (like buying Christmas trees for families who can't afford them). He treated Sierra with respect and didn't just ditch her and make her feel like crap. However, I did find that their love was a little insta-lovey at first, but the actual romance developed slowly so I was okay with the slight insta-love. I also liked how Sierra's parents were very much involved in her life and not just pushed to side like they didn't exist (like in some young-adult contemporary novels). Many people have said this about the book, but I liked how she was established in both places and loved them both equally. She didn't choose one city over the other and (like I said) was established in both places, like having friends and family. 

Those are all my thoughts on this book. I loved it so much and I would definitely read this book again next year during the Christmas season. 

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Genre: young-adult, romance, contemporary

Published: October 18th 2016 

Pages: 215

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 


Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December. (source


I was super excited for this book to come out as it is a sequel to one of my all time favourite Christmas books (Dash and Lily's Book of Dares). The Dash and Lily books are great books to read during the Christmas season and I highly recommend you guys read the first novel. I was really hoping to enjoy this book but unfortunately I didn't love it as much as the first one. Don't get me wrong, I still liked the book, I just didn't love it as much as I wanted to. If you want a more lighthearted story then read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. You are not going to find anything fluffy within this book. This is is because the characters are going through a ton of changes and Lily is depressed because of her grandpa's declining health (I understand why she would be sad) but it was just a bummer to read about. 

I thought this book had the potential to be a great, happy Christmas book. But it was executed poorly and I didn't enjoy it as much. There was a lack of excitement and adventure in this book that didn't carry over from the previous novel. Overall, it's not one of my favourite Christmas books but it was still a good book that got me in the mood during the holiday season. 

That is it for my main thoughts. I really had high explications for this book and I was very disappointed with how this novel was executed. I would still highly recommend you guys go read the first book, and maybe not pick this one up right after. 

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First Book: 5/5
Second Book: 3/5 

December Wrap Up πŸ“š

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and it is that time of the month were I talk about the books I read in December. I only read six books this month which is great considering I had my final exams and it was Christmas and all. I still somehow managed to read all the books I planned to read, including an additional book I wasn't planning to read. 
Anyways, I know I said that I would be blogging a lot more this Christmas season but life got in the way and I wasn't able to blog as much. But it was also Christmas and I really wanted to spend time with my family and friends before I go back to school. So, without any further ado let's get into the wrap up. 

The first book I read this month was Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters. I planned on reading this in November but I didn't get around to it then. So I managed to read it now. This is an LGBT contemporary about a girl who loses her girlfriend very suddenly and Alix has to come to terms with her girlfriends death. However, she finds out some shocking news about her former girlfriend and another girl is involved. Alix and Liana (the other women) develop a bond which leads into a romance. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. It was relatable and realistic. However, there were a few frustrating parts about the book (I can't remember right now). But if you want to know my full thoughts on this book, I have a combined review (along with You Know Me Well) that is up on this blog now. So, go check it out. I rated this a 4/5 stars. 

The next book I read was You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan. I really enjoyed this book as well. This was another LGBT contemporary that I just impulsively picked up. This story gave me all of the feels (especially towards the end). The characters were slightly over the top at times, but the two main characters were extremely realistic so it worked out well. David Levithan is one of my favourite authors so I love getting the opportunity to read anything by him. And Nina Lacour is a great author as well. I read her previous book and it was very enjoyable. Anyways back to this book, it is such a wonderful read and I highly recommend it. I have a combined review with another book (previous one mentioned), and all of my complete thoughts on this book (and the other) are in my previous post. I also rated this a 4/5 stars. 

The third book I read this month was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. This book just got more intense as the book progressed. It was so dark, edgy and creepy and I loved every minute of it. I read this in the course of three days and it was such a great book. I'm so looking forward the second and final book to this duology and I just want to see how this story ends. The most refreshing part about this story was that there was no romance. It was so unique and different from anything I've ever read before. And the friendship between Kate and August was amazing. I will have a review up on this book very soon. I rated this book a 5/5 stars. 

The fourth book I read was What Light by Jay Asher. Now, since  it's the Christmas season, I was very much in the mood to read a holiday book. This was seriously one of the best Christmas books I've read in all the years I've been reading holiday themed books. This had all the romance, family and friendship. Reading this book was liking watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. It was such a cute, fluffy and lighthearted read that was perfect for the holiday season. If you want to know more of my thoughts of this book, then I'm doing a combined review with The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I rated this a 5/5 stars. 

The fifth book I read was The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I have been anticipating this release ever since I first heard about it. This is the sequel to Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, which I really enjoyed. This one however, I didn't love as much. I felt like it had the potential to be this great lighthearted story, but it was executed poorly. It lacked the excitement and adventure that was in the previous book. Lots of things between the characters were changing and Lily was depressing to read about. This story was not as enjoyable as the first one was, but I still liked it. I just didn't love it as much and overall it's not one of my favourite stories. I'm disappointed because I really wanted to love it, but that just didn't happen. Anyways, I will have a combined review up soon explaining more of my thoughts. I rated this a 3/5 stars. 

The last book I read this month (and for 2016) was My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton and Jodie Meadows. This was such a fantastic book. It's a historical fiction that is based off of the nine day queen Lady Jane Grey. But the history is not the most accurate but it's a story that's meant to entertain you, not educate you. But it was still interesting to get a little bit of background on the actual history, and I'm glad that's not all the story focused on. Going into this book, I thought it was going to be a very boring and bland book. But it turned out to be the complete opposite as it was full of wit and satire (which I love). It was hilarious and I even found myself laughing at some of the parts. I loved all three of the main characters, especially Jane. I felt that I could relate and identify with her thoughts, and I also loved her love for reading. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind and to say what she wanted. I really admire Jane for that considering the time period she lived in. I will have a full review on my thoughts very soon. Definitely one of my favourite books this year. I rated this a 5/5 stars. 

So that is it for my wrap up I hope you all enjoyed. If you've read any of these books then let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I can't believe this year went by so fast. Lots of negative things happened in the world (politically, socially, and even celebrity legends dying before our eyes). So even though I'm sad to see this year go, I'm still excited for this year to come and see what 2017 has to offer. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Currently Reading Thoughts

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I thought I would discuss with you guys my thoughts on my current read. I'm currently reading My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton and Jodie Meadows. This is a historical-fiction retelling on Lady Jane Grey (you know the one who was executed nine days after being queen?). Well anyways, this is based off the real history behind Lady Jane Grey, but there are a few twists, like people turning into animals kind of twist. 

Now, I won't go into too much detail on the plot other then what is already on the desk jacket. All of the following is paraphrased: Edward is a sixteen year old king who is dying and he rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit the throne next...While Jane, who loves books, is Edwards sixteen year old cousin who never would of thought she'd have (said cousin) marry her off to a man who is to secure her that line of being king/queen. However, something is rather odd about her intended....Gifford is a horse! He's a Ediun. Which means he's a horse by day, and a human at night. And he has no control of this change. The plot thickens as Edward, Jane and Gifford are drawn into this dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, they will have to delve into some planning of their own. "Can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?" (desk jacket words, not mine)

Now onto my thoughts. I love this book so much. Honestly, I didn't expect to love it originally going into this book. However, the more I read it, the more I fell in love with every page I turned. I initially thought this was going to be a serious historical fiction that was going to bore me to tears. But it actually turned out to be a very witty and satirical read that is very entertaining. This book is actually quite hilarious and sarcastic and I'm personally into that kind of humour in books. I'm almost halfway through this book and I'm enjoying every minute of it. 

Anyways, those are all my thoughts on this book so far. If you have read My Lady Jane then let me know your thoughts in the comments below (but no spoilers please). There will be a review for this book once I'm finished. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters and You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, LGBT, romance

Published: June 10th 2014

Pages: 256

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 


When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you."

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life--secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she's been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee's phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee's lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they'd thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to--but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too? (source)


I have read books by Julie Anne Peters before so I'm familiar with what she writes (which are LGBT related books) however, I liked her previous novels but I didn't love them. This book on the hand definitely took me by surprise. It was a lot better than her previous books (minus a few complaints I had about this particular book), but I really enjoyed this one better than I thought I would. This is a fast paced read, and it had a really cute and unexpected romance. So, if you guys are looking for a quick LGBT related read, then I suggest you pick this one up. 

I did have a few issues with this book, which is why I didn't give it a full 5 star rating. My first issue, was the dialogue. I thought that the dialogue was very forced throughout the novel, especially in the beginning. It didn't feel natural to me and the dialogue was slightly off at times. My next problem was the unrealistic emotions through the main character (again towards the beginning). Alix and Swanee have only been dating for six weeks, and Alix pretty much mourns Swanee's death throughout the entirety of the novel. Now, I understand the sad, depressed emotions. I do.But lets say, if she were dating Swanee for 6 months to a year, then I could understand a little more as to why she reacted the way she did. But it was only six weeks. So, because of that, the emotions that Alix felt for the first few chapters of the novel felt very overdramatic for me. Joss on the other hand, was Swanee's sister. So, I could truly understand how Joss was feeling throughout this book. They were sisters, they practically spent their whole lives together and now their other half is gone. Joss had every right to react the way she did towards Swanee's death. 

I loved the romance that developed between Alix and Liana. I thought they were so cute and some of things they did (like when they spent the day together at an art event), were so awesome. I felt that Alix and Liana were good to each other. However, I kind of thought that it was lacklustre a little bit. Now, I completely understand as to why this was the case (Swanee's death) but I still expected something more to come out of it. 
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Genre: young-adult, LGBT, contemporary

Published: June 7th 2016

Pages: 248

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more. (source)


I didn't have any intentions on reading this book for quite awhile. I most likely would've read this in the summer. But something just told me to read this book now. And I'm so glad I did. I can't believe I came across such a fantastic book at such a great time during the year. This book gave me all the feels and this was another book that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. I have read books by both of these authors before and they're great writers. However, I never thought that they would actually collaborate. But I am happy that they did because now I have this book to enjoy. I loved all the characters as they were very relatable.  The pacing was great and it never got boring. This book is very heartfelt but it is also a light read. I would highly recommend this book to all of you. 

I thought that Mark and Kate were very relatable characters and I felt like I could connect with them. They both had their own issues and they dealt with them in a realistic way. Mark had his issues of being in love with his best friend Ryan for years. While Kate has ran away from the potential girl of her dreams. Both Mark and Kate learn how to cope and learn from them as they ultimately makes things right with themselves and with their love lives. I also enjoyed the friendship aspect in this book. Not only is the romance important, but also the friendship is very significant as well. It made me realize that it's always good to have relationships that are just strictly platonic. 

While reading this book, especially at the end, it gave me all the feels. I felt really happy for them as everything worked out well for all the characters in the end. And I can't even begin to describe to you all my feelings on this book. 

Overall Rate 

Both books: 4/5  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Festive Christmas Book Tag ❤️πŸŽ„❄️

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I thought it would be festive and fun to do the Festive Christmas Book Tag. This tag was created by GirlReading on YouTube. There is a total of eight questions so without any further ado, lets get into it. 

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with? 

If I had to choose any family it would probably it would be the family from the Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray. They are such a loving but scientific family, and I think it would be cool to learn a lot about science from them while having Christmas dinner. 

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift? 

I think a reading journal would be really cool to receive as a gift. And also a bookish mug would be awesome to get as a gift as well. 

3. A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf? 

I had a really hard time with this one, but I would choose Penny from Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. She is so innocent and childish just like an elf. But she is also successful with her blogging and works hard on it like an elf would on Santa's Christmas presents. 

4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.

I would go with All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey and Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Their romance is literally goals and it's all I could ever want during the Christmas season. Okay, I know that putting a notebook in a bookstore and have someone else do the dares and not meet in person seems kind of strange. But it puts such a unique spin on a typical romance, I love it so much. 

5. Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you've been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list? 

I would say Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski. I had such high expectations going into this book. Unfortunately, it did not meet any of those expectations and I felt very disappointed with the book's outcome. I thought it had potential to be such a great novel but it just wasn't executed well. So yes, this book would have to go on the naughty list for sure. 

6. A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the nice list? 

I think that the Summer series by Michelle Dalton deserves more love and appreciation from readers. They are such great summer reads and I highly recommend you check them out. 

7. Red Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderful Christmas feel to it? 

Besides the Dash and Lily books, I'm gonna have to choose Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler. Even though this cover has no red, gold, or green on it, it still expresses such Christmas feels and the cover makes me so happy. It has the cookie and the powered sugar to look like snow. It is such a perfect Christmas cover. 

8. A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too? 

The series/trilogy I would choose is the Asylum trilogy by Madeline Roux. This is one of my favourite paranormal trilogies of all time and I would want everyone to read this because it is so good. I was captivated by the first book to read the second and third book plus, they are so addicting and gripping. This is the perfect trilogy to read during the month of October or anytime of the year really. 

So, that is it for the Festive Christmas Book Tag I hope you all enjoyed. I tag all of you to do this if you haven't done it already. And comment below your answers. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Currently Reading Thoughts

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I'm currently reading You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan. 
I didn't really intend on reading this book, but for some reason, something sparked my interest and I thought I would pick it up now. I'm about halfway done this book and so far it's pretty good. The characters can come off as being a little over dramatic sometimes but not in an annoying type of way. (*side note: When it comes to books, I'm slightly drawn more towards characters in a book than its plot, that's why I tend to write more about the characters*). Anyways, this book is extremely entertaining. 

This book is about two people Mark and Kate, who go to the same high school and have never spoken to each other. Until one night, Mark and Kate finally cross paths. Kate has ran away from the one person she's in love with, while Mark is in love with his best friend (who may or may not like him back), but he still hasn't told him. As a result, they develop this beautiful friendship and they grow to learn from one another. As they go through their own separate journeys, they still remain friends and share a bond to last a life time. 

Okay I know that last part sounded a little cheesy and slightly dramatic but its true. I really love the two characters, even though they appear to be overly dramatic (especially the supporting characters). I'm sort of annoyed that Kate's friends are not being very kind/supportive towards her at all. I don't know they just seem to brush her off when Kate really needs them. And Ryan (Mark's best friend) is kind of an asshole. Like why is Mark in love with this douche?! Anyways, this book is so entertaining and fast paced, I am enjoying every minute of it. I hope to finish this by tomorrow or even the day after. 

 *side note: I just finished Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters and I'm thinking of doing a review of that book and You Know Me Well together in one post. So that will definitely be up soon.* 

Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 😊

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Wonderland Book Tag ❄️❄️

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here. I am back again but this time, I'm doing a tag. This was apparently popular a few years ago, and I saw someone do this tag recently. So, I thought it would be fun to do this short and quick little tag. This tag was created by JackEatsBooks. Now, let's get into it.

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart? 

The first book that comes to mind is A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. This is just the perfect light hearted, cute read and every time I think about it, it warms my heart. It's a very cheesy and fluffy romance, but I think its good to read those kinds of books every once in a while. 

2. What is your favourite book with a white cover? 

One of my favourite books with a white cover has to be The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines. This is one is quite the steamy yet cheesy romance which I love. I read this in an entire sitting (that's very rare for me), but it was fantastic. It's not really a winter read, but it is the perfect book to devour in the winter time. 

3. You're sitting in a nice comfy cozy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading? 

Probably a book like Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff or Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I have yet to read Illuminae but I've heard amazing things about it and I can't wait to dive into it soon. And Three Dark Crowns was just incredible. I read it in October and it was the perfect cozy read for fall. 

4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character(s)  would you love to have a snowball fight with? 

Probably Marguerite, Paul and Theo from the Firebird trilogy. They are honestly such an amazing group of characters that I loved all throughout the series. It would be so much fun to have a snowball fight with all of them. 

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters to throw into the fire? 

I know I have said this book for numerous tags as an answer similar to this question. But I am going to have to say The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando. I hated this book so much, I would be more then happy then to throw the entire book into the fire. 

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn't read it before but wants to get into reading? 

I had a really hard time thinking about this one, but I would have to say Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I loved everything about this book and it made me feel so happy while reading it. And I want everyone else to read this and feel the same way. I also think it would be great for someone who wants to get into reading, because it's not so complex with its plot and it's also very relatable. 

Well, that is it for my Winter Wonderland Book Tag I hope you all enjoyed it. I tag you guys to do this as well if you haven't done so already. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December TBR ❄️❄️

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I thought I would do something a little different and share with you guys my TBR for the month of December. I have 5 books that I plan on getting to this month, but if I don't complete all of them then that's okay. I've already begun reading 2 books so I will mention those first (and finish first), as for the rest of the books, I don't plan on reading them in any particular order. So without any further ado, let's get into my TBR. 

The first book I plan to finish this month is Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters. I started this last month but I didn't get a chance to finish it. I'm actually almost done this book and I plan on finishing it very soon. I've read books by this author before and I actually like some of her books. They aren't my absolute favourites ever, but I still recommend them. With this particular book, I do find that the dialogue between all the characters seems really forced. And I don't really have a connection towards any of the characters either, so the book is sort of lacking in that department. I do like this book, but I don't love it. And I don't think I will have a full review for this one just because I don't have a ton of thoughts on it. Maybe I'll combine this book and another book and do two reviews in one post. Anyways, this book is pretty short so it is a bit of a fast read for me, and like I previously mentioned, I will finish this very soon. 

The next book I plan on finishing this month is You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan. I literally just started reading this tonight so I don't have an actual opinion on this book yet. But I do hope I enjoy it because I've heard great things about this one. I've also been wanting to read this for quite sometime now and I'm so glad I'm finally getting around to reading it. Also, I've loved both of their individual books so I'm excited to see how this turns out with them working together. 

The third book I plan on reading in December is The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This book was just released in October and I swear this is my most anticipated read for this entire month. This is the long-time-coming sequel for Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. I read the previous book a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. I don't believe I read it during the Christmas season, but it is still perfect to read all year round (especially during Christmas time). This will for sure get me in the Christmas mood, and like I mentioned, I'm so excited to read this! This book takes place a year after the first book and Dash and Lily are a happy couple. But things go weary and it all has to be solved. Anyways, I'm intrigued to see how I like this one. 

The fourth book I want to get into this month is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Now, I've heard incredible things about this book, and the author. And I'm so excited to finally be reading this. I was really intrigued by its plot to pick it up for myself. Apparently, this is the first book in a duology and I love the idea about there being no romance involved between the two main characters. It's refreshing to read a book that is like this. Hopefully, I enjoy it enough to pick up the second book. 

The last book I want to try to get to this month is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodie Meadows. Now this is a historical fiction retelling of Queen Jane who ruled for only 9 days. Except there's a twist. I don't really read a lot of historical fiction so I figured now would be the time to finally get my hands on this book and read it. I've heard some amazing things about this book, and like I said I thought I would read it now. Hopefully I will get to this in December. 

That is it for my December TBR I hope you all enjoyed. Let me know what books you plan to read this month in the comments below. Like I mentioned in my last post, I will be blogging a lot more this month as I lacked the previous month. So expect to see a lot more blogs coming soon. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November Book Wrap Up

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and it is time for my monthly wrap up. I apologize for not blogging in a little bit, November was just a very busy time for me and I just didn't have the time to blog anything, so again I apologize. I will be making it up to you by blogging a lot more next month! I read total of four books (despite it being a really busy time), and I can't believe I even read that much. Anyways, without any further ado, lets get into what I read in the month of November. 

The first book I read this month was Harmony House Nic Sheff. Now since I didn't get the chance to read any paranormal books last month, I thought I would take an advantage of it this month. Now, the issue about this one was that, it was like a typical horror movie in a book. There were a lot of horror movie tropes that I noticed and it was mostly cringe worthy to me. It personally made me enjoy the book a lot less. The overall book is about a girl named Jennifer who moves to a small town with her dad to this place called Harmony House, after her mother's death, and her job is to keep the house clean and maintain it. But while they are there, a lot of strange things start happening in the house and Jen is determined to find out more about what happened in it, and discover its past. I was intrigued to read this, but unfortunately I was let down with all the clichΓ©s. I will say that it was a fast read, so I will give it a good rating for that. So, if you want a fast read, then I suggest you pick this book up. I rated this a 3/5 stars. 

The next book I read in November was November 9 by Colleen Hoover. I have been meaning to read a book by her because I've heard amazing things about them. So, I thought I would give them a try. This plot intrigued me the most because it was most likely inspired by one of my favourite books ever! (One Day by David Nichols, duh). And the book takes place during one day in the course of 5-6 years (that day being November 9, hence the title). Fallon and Ben meet on this day and they instantly have a connection and fall in love. I loved this book so much, it was one of my favourite reads this month. But my only complaint about this book was Ben. I just thought that no 18 year old boy would ever think the way he does in this book. He was also slightly dramatic at times as well. But that didn't take away my love for this book, however Ben still did kinda bother me a little bit. I do have a full review of this on my blog here if you want to know more of my thoughts. Also, I will be reading a lot more of Colleen's work in the future. I rated this a 4/5 stars. 

The next book I managed to read was The Women in the Walls by Amy Luckavics. I didn't plan on reading this book this month. But I was very intrigued by its plot and I thought I needed another paranormal to read before this time of year was over. I actually really enjoyed it. It was definitely a lot more creepier than the previous paranormal book I read and a lot more gorier than I expected. It's about this family that has lived in this old Victorian house since Lucy was a little girl. But Lucy lost her mother at the age of three, and her dad is not a very kind man. In fact, he is very neglectful towards his daughter. She also lives with her aunt and cousin. When her aunt disappears into the woods one day, Lucy's cousin Margaret stars hearing these voices in the walls. Lucy is convinced that Margaret has gone crazy. But then she starts hearing the voices too... So yes, it was a very interesting read and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I would recommend this book if you want something creepy and gory, but if you want a fast paced book, then this is a good one to pick up. I rated this a 4/5 stars. 

The last book I read this month was A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray. This was my most anticipated read this month. I was very excited to get my hands on it, and I'm so glad I read it. This is the third and final book to the Firebird trilogy so I won't give you any source of an synopsis because it will spoil the two previous books. But I will say that it was so amazing! It gave me all of the feels and I just loved how everything worked out in the end. And I also loved how Marguerite developed so much since the first book. Now, I won't go to much into my thoughts, because there will be a full review coming on this blog soon. But it was such an amazing book and I thought that it closed up the series really nicely. I, of course, rated this a 5/5 stars.  

That is it for my monthly wrap up I hope you all enjoyed. Leave a comment below and tell me what books you've read this month. I will be blogging a lot more in December because I do have some time off, so that will be exciting. Happy reading and until my next post, goodbye for now. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Genre: romance, new-adult, contemporary, young-adult

Published: November 10th 2015 

Pages: 310 

Publisher: Atria Books


Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. (source


I have been wanting to read this book for quite sometime now solely because people have been raving and talking about this author non-stop. This book personally was the most intriguing to me plot wise, so that's why I wanted to give this book a read. So out of curiosity, I decided to give this book and author a go. This book was so addicting and it was very difficult to put down. Colleen's writing style was what made me keep reading. It was so easy to read and it was fast paced. The characters were also entertaining and I liked them a lot. I thought they were pretty realistic however, Ben seemed to come off as unrealistic at times because no guy who's 18-23 would ever think the way he does unless they were some kind of creepy stalker type. But that didn't take away my love for this book. I will definitely be reading more of Colleen's work in the future. And if you haven't read any of her books (or this one), I highly recommend you do. 

Thought number one: I really enjoyed reading about both characters and seeing how different their circumstances were. And I really enjoyed how realistic Fallon was towards the issues that she faced in the story. I thought it was very authentic for the story and how she reacted towards Ben in the end was also very real. I will say that even though I really loved Ben, I found him to be slightly unrealistic at times because (like I previously just mentioned) there is no way any guy ages 18-23 would be thinking the way that Ben does in this book. So in that sense, Ben was not the most realistic character I've read. But that still didn't take away my enjoyment of the book. 

Thought number two: This book was so addicting and gripping. It was so hard to put down, but when I did I just wanted to pick it back up again and keep reading. Her writing style was so easy to read and it was very fast paced I also thought this book was really intense and full of angst (like its supposed to be). I loved the inspiration behind this story, as it being based off the plot from One Day by David Nichols. In that book, there was a lot of heartbreak with a mix of happiness in between, which is exactly what I got from this book. It was amazing in so many ways, and I definitely want to read more of her work.