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Reading List (October 2013)

27 Oct

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I have been quite busy this month, but I have still managed to get some reading done! Here are the books I have read so far this month:

  1. Haunting Violet – Alyxandra Harvey
  2. The Lives We Lost – Megan Crewe
  3. Halloween Trivia – Tonya Lambert

Haunting Violet

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I found this book rather interesting. One thing that I didn’t like is the overuse of the word SWOON. I hate when words are repeated too many times in one chapter! Drives me crazy.

Summary:

Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother’s scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she’s known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

The Lives We Lost

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As I mentioned in my last reading list, I was trying to get my hands on a copy of this book. Now I finally have it! I have not finished reading this one yet (I am near the end), but I love it!

Summary:

First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.

But she can’t look back—the life she once had is gone forever.

A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father’s abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Halloween Trivia 

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I absolutely adore this book! It is the cutest thing ever! I contains folklore, jokes, customs passed down through out the ages, and much more! It was definitely worth buying.

Discription:

Halloween is one of the most celebrated times of the year among North Americans. Find out in this fun-filled, fascinating collection of little-known facts about all of the odd customs of Halloween and where they originated.

(All summaries from Goodreeds )

That’s all for now! Feel free to leave some suggestions on what books I should read. Who knows, maybe it will be in next month’s reading list (plus credits to you for the suggestion). 🙂

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-Caitlyn

Update: Trip to Hamburg

19 Oct

*UPDATE* I am on a train to Hamburg as I write! I just wanted to ask all of you what you would like to see on my blog while I am there. Videos? Photos? 5 top restaurants to visit if you end up travelling to Hamburg? A Haul? Make sure to let me know in the comment section. 

When I get back to Toronto however, I have another Book List planned for all of you! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the books:

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Reading List (September 2013)

17 Sep

Here is a reading list that I have composed  for September. These are books that I have read and enjoyed this month.  I always find myself wanting to read new books but I never know which ones to read. If you are like me and have trouble finding new (or old) books , then I hope this list helps you out.

(Books from left to right: Carpe Diem-Autumn Cornwell, The Way We Fall- Megan Crewe, The Agency- Y.S. Lee, Book of Spells-Kate Brian, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs)

(Books from left to right: Carpe Diem-Autumn Cornwell, The Way We Fall- Megan Crewe, The Agency- Y.S. Lee, Book of Spells-Kate Brian, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs)

Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell

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I received this book for Christmas last year and I have only gotten around to reading it now – almost a year later.  I was surprised at how much I actually liked reading this book! Normally I hate when other people give me books because I am often very picky of what I read.

Summary: “I’ve got my entire life planned out for the next ten years — including my PhD and Pulitzer Prize,” claims 16-year-old overachiever Vassar Spore, daughter of overachiever parents, who in true overachiever fashion named her after an elite women’s college. Vassar expects her sophomore summer to include AP and AAP (Advanced Advanced Placement) classes. Surprise! Enter a world-traveling relative who sends her plans into a tailspin when she blackmails Vassar’s parents into forcing their only child to backpack with her through Southeast Asia. 

On a journey from Malaysia to Cambodia to the remote jungles of Laos, Vassar sweats, falls in love, hones her outdoor survival skills — and uncovers a family secret that turns her whole world upside-down.      

Vassar Spore can plan on one thing: she’ll never be the same again.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

The Way We Fall- Megan Crewe

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I absolutely adored this book! I am trying to get my hands on the second book in the Fallen World Trilogy. I was especially happy about reading something that takes place in Canada rather than the USA.

Summary: It starts with an itch you just can’t shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you’ll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you’re dead.

When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for the island’s dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

The Agency: The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee

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I bought this one in July. I wouldn’t have bought it if I realized it was the THIRD book in the trilogy (-series?), because I have not yet read the SECOND book! I just can’t find that second book anywhere! But I decided to read the third book albeit not reading the second (something I never do!!!), for the sake of this reading list. I enjoy reading spy fictions, so obviously this was right up my ally.

Summary: Get steeped in suspense, romance, and high Victorian intrigue as Mary goes undercover at Buckingham Palace – and learns a startling secret at the Tower of London.

Queen Victoria has a little problem: there’s a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency puts quickwitted Mary Quinn on the case, where she must pose as a domestic while fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales. But when the prince witnesses the murder of one of his friends in an opium den, the potential for scandal looms large. And Mary faces an even more unsettling possibility: the accused killer, a Chinese sailor imprisoned in the Tower of London, shares a name with her long-lost father. Meanwhile, engineer James Easton, Mary’s onetime paramour, is at work shoring up the sewers beneath the palace, where an unexpected tunnel seems to be very much in use. Can Mary and James trust each other (and put their simmering feelings aside) long enough to solve the mystery and protect the Royal Family? Hoist on your waders for Mary’s most personal case yet, where the stakes couldn’t be higher – and she has everything to lose.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

The Book of Spells by Kate Brian 

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The book of spells is a prequel to the series Private. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_(novel_series)

Summary: The year is 1915 when sixteen-year-old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton, Connecticut. Her parents expect her to learn the qualites of a graceful, dutiful wife. But Eliza and her housemates have a dangerous secret: They’re witches. After finding a dusty, leather bound spell book, the Billings Girls form a secret coven. Bonded in sisterhood, they cast spells–cursing their headmistress with laryngitis, brewing potions to bolster their courage before dances, and conjuring beautiful dresses out of old rags. The girls taste freedom and power for the first time, but what starts out as innocent fun turns sinister when one of the spells has an unexpected-and deadly-consequence. Magic could bring Eliza everything she’s ever wanted…but it could also destroy everything she holds dear.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Patiently waiting for the second book. I don’t think I can wait any longer.

Summary: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

That’s all for now,

Caitlyn

P.S- I am truly sorry that I haven’t written in two weeks! I have been extremely busy with school.