My Top 5 Books of 2017!

Hey everybody! Wow, it has been a very long time. I know, I know… BUT I’m going to try really hard to post on here once a week even if it’s something short.

Today I’ve created a list of my top 5 favourite books that I read in 2017. ( This list is not limited to books that were released in 2017 but ALL books that I read throughout the entire year). Let’s get started!

I read a total of 35 books in 2017. (28 novels, 1 compilation of short stories and 6 graphic  novels). A little shy of my target but I’ve been going through a serious reading slump that I just can’t seem to shake.

Without further ado, let’s get onto my list! >>>>

No. 5 : P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

PS I like you



This book is all about first impressions and how people aren’t always what they appear to be. It’s a cute love story between two teenagers who really learn to be themselves and find each other through a common interest.



No. 4 : Midnight Jewel – Richelle Mead 

Midnight Jewel


This book is interesting because of its format. Yes, it’s the second book but it’s not a sequel. It tells the story of Mira and her experiences in the Glittering Court so while it does overlap the events that take place in the first book, this one is entirely its own. Three words: love, politics, pirates. If any of those intrigues you, then pick this up! 



No. 3 : The Cinder Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

(I know this isn’t one book but shh I’m not cheating!)

The Lunar Chronicles  This series is GOLD! Sci-fi is one of my favourite genres and this series did not disappoint. It deals with the ever present idea of technology replacing humans and the creation of true AI. We follow a 16 year old cyborg who tries to find her place in a society where she isn’t wanted, however, her greatest secret may just save the people who hate her. Each book brings new characters and new fairytale retellings that tie into Cinder’s overall story. 

(Alright fine, if I had to pick one my favourite was probably Winter)

No. 2 : Geekerella – Ashley Poston


What can I tell you about this book? It’s amazing! This book is for every fangirl or boy out there who has ever felt that their likes/interests have separated them in any way from the rest of society. It’s a modern day retelling of Cinderella and it is done so wonderfully that you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face. Definitely my favourite contemporary of the year.  



And finally, rolling in at number 1. My favourite book of 2017 was………………..







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No. 1 : Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows

I don’t even know why this is supposed to be a surprise. I’m sure this book is many people’s number one read of 2017, but holy guacamole! (That’s still a saying, right?) This book was a roller coaster of emotions in all the good ways that Cassandra Clare makes me feel. As usual, I was crying, laughing, gasping and overall thrilled with Lord of Shadows. I don’t know how she does it but with every shadowhunters book, she manages to make it better and better. 



And that’s it for my top 5 books that I read in 2017! I hope you enjoyed this little wrap up and I would love to know what your favourite books of last year were! 

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B ❤


If You Like This… Then You’ll Like That!

Hi everyone! So for today, I am going to try to recommend books based on other books you might have read and enjoyed. This is a popular Youtube video idea but it still works here! I’ve tried my best to choose different types of genres as well. Let’s get started!

1. If you like:                                                     Then you might like:

starflight  zenithBoth of these books take place in space with badass female characters and space pirates. I think they both give off the same kind of vibe which is why I have grouped them together. Starflight follows a girl who is trying to escape her planet and live life on the outer rim where she doesn’t have to follow absurd rules. she finds herself with a crew who are running away from less than friendly people and tags along for the adventure. Zenith follows a group of girls who are known in the galaxy for their piracy and gives-no-shit attitude. when their past catches up with them, they are given an ultimatum: help the governor find his missing son, or be executed. 

2. If you like:                                                    Then you might like: 

missing  need.jpgThese two books don’t share many similarities when it comes to plot, however, the feeling that I got when reading them both are the same. Missing is about a small town that no one who lives in really likes. The majority of teenagers in high school have a plan to leave the town once they graduate like so many did before them. When Winter discovers a body in the woods, threads of her smalltown life start to unravel and she begins to wonder if the people actually left or if they’re really just missing. Need, on the other hand, is all about this new social media app that grants you anything you wish for. you just ask for something you “need”, complete a task and your wish is granted to you. When the tasks start getting more and more extreme and the body count rises, Kaylee must discover who is actually behind this “game” and she learns how far people are willing to go to get what they need. Both books share a thriller type feeling that leaves the reader on edge. 

 3. If you like:                                                   Then you might like:

Fangirl.jpg  Geekerella  These two books are super adorable, cute and so well written. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath who is in her first year of college. Cath is an introvert who loves to read and write fan-fiction and would rather be doing that than going out to parties like her twin sister. It follows her path to self-discovery and how she handles all the stress that comes with living away from home. Geekerella is a magnificent, modern-day retelling of Cinderella and was one of my favourite books of 2017! It follows Elle, a young girl living with her two step-sisters and step-mother after her father passes away. When she finds out there is going to be a remake of her favourite series, she’s less than happy to find out who’s playing the main character. it’s told from two points of view; neither of them knowing who the other one really is although they continue talking every day. When the series convention comes around, Elle will do whatever it takes to go but she is met with something she wasn’t quite ready to find. These books are just….😍 

4. If you like:                                                   Then you might like:

sea of shadows.jpg           the winner's curse.jpgBoth of these fantasy trilogies are action packed, fast paced and full of emotion. Sea of Shadows reads like a traditional high fantasy story with magic, political intrigue and badass characters. When the spirits of the damned are awakened, twin sisters Ashyn and Moira are faced with monsters they never thought were real. The world is being ravaged by mythical beasts and it’s up to them to set it right. grouped with an imperial guard and an exiled thief, they set out to warn the emperor of the future dangers, however, a frightening secret awaits them in court. The Winner’s Curse is more of an urban fantasy set in a different world. Kestrel is the daughter of the governor of her country so her only options are to join the military or marry; however, Kestrel has a different idea. When she connects with a slave up for sale, she instantly buys him, but she has to keep her feelings for him hidden. It isn’t long before she discovers that he has a secret of his own and the price she paid may have been more than she was willing to part with. 

That’s all I have for now. I hope you enjoyed this and hopefully, it helped you find some books you might enjoy. Until next week,


B ❤



Author Dedication!

Hi everyone! How’s your week been going so far? Get any good reading done this week? I’m currently reading Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings; showing some support for our fellow book lovers. I hope I enjoy it!

Anyways, today I’m here to talk about a certain author that has become an instant buy for me in the last few years. I am dedicating my post to the one and only Kasie West! In honour of International Women’s Day, I’ve decided to share my thoughts on one of my favourite female authors and rate her books from my least to my most favourite! 

Kasie West is an American young adult author of mostly (but not limited to) contemporary novels. She was born in California and enjoys Junior Mints. If you’re interested in learning more about Kasie West, I’ve linked her Goodreads profile here and her website, here. The awesome thing about her, (well awesome for us readers but maybe not our wallets haha) is that she writes really quickly; releasing a new book every year, sometimes even two! 

Without further ado, here are all of Kasie West’s books and my order of preference. (Reminder: this list is my own personal opinion and is not meant to offend the readers or the author. I thoroughly enjoy all of her books and with that, this is a very difficult decision). 

📚 Number 6: On The Fence
Release Date: July 1st, 2014

On the fenceOn The Fence is about a girl named Charlotte who grew up with three brothers and raised by her father. In all sense of the word, she is a true tomboy. She loves to play with all the boys at their favourite sports and usually wins at their own game. When she gets caught for speeding, she finds herself working in a little chic boutique in order to pay off the ticket. There she becomes the girly girl she never knew how to be and starts hanging around a boy who doesn’t know the real her. She finds solace in her best friend Braden when they share midnight talks through their backyard fence, however, Charlotte’s heart is betraying her and she begins to fall for the boy she can’t be with.
First of all, I will answer the question that I know is burning in your minds right now… Yes, all of her books have really cute covers 😝 I think this was the second book I ever read by her and I enjoyed reading someone who was very different than me. I wouldn’t call myself a girly girl but I am definitely not a tomboy so it was a lot of fun reading from Charlie’s POV. 

📚 Number 5: Lucky in Love
Release Date: July 25th, 2017

lucky in love Maddie is the typical super smart girl who always works hard for her grades and dreams of going to university even though she knows she can’t afford it. She doesn’t believe in luck, however, when she wins the lottery the first time she ever she plays it, she can’t say that it isn’t lucky. Now, Maddie has gone from the girl no one ever sees to the one everyone wants to know and while the attention is fun at first, when random people she’s never met start asking her for loans, she starts to think that the money might be more of a burden than a gift. The only place she can truly be herself is at her job; the local zoo and with a friend who doesn’t know her secret.
This is the most recent book of West’s that I read, just finishing it up in January of this year. With most of her books I find that they get better and better everytime she releases one, however, this one wasn’t my favourite. I am not sure why, but I can’t seem to love books that have to do with winning the lottery. For some reason, I get really anxious about how careless the characters are with the money and can’t just enjoy the story. This has nothing to do with West and it’s not to say that the book isn’t good, it’s just a personal thing I suppose. 

📚 Number 4: The Distance Between Us
Release Date: July 23nd, 2013

the distance between us Caymen has been warned against boys with money. Good looking teenage boys with so much money they don’t know what to do with it and ultimately spend it on things they don’t need and will never use. So, when Xander walks into her mom’s small porcelain doll shop, she thinks he’s just the same as all the rest, but Xander keeps coming around. Just when she starts to open herself up to loving him, he surprises her and she realizes that money was a bigger part of their relationship than she first knew and that she should have been asking her mother more questions about why she never trusted anyone with money to their name and why Caymen shouldn’t either.
This story was super fun and really easy to get through. I found Caymen enjoyable to read from and Xander was charming as all rich boys are I’m sure. I especially loved it because I actually didn’t put 2 and 2 together when I first read it because I was so enthralled by the characters. I love when books can surprise me. Just one thing… a porcelain doll shop? I mean talk about CREEPY. 😖

📚 Number 3: P.S. I Like You
Release Date:
July 26th, 2016

ps i like you This book follows Lily, a typical high school girl who has a hand full of close friends and a crazy family. While dozing off during a chemistry lecture, she scrawls some of her favourite lyrics on her desk, sure that no one would even know what the words were, but when she comes into class the next day, she finds that the lyrics have been continued and there’s a message. Lily and her new pen-pal become close as she juggles the struggles that come with high school. But who really is this guy? And is he actually the kind of person Lily can fall for?
This book was SO cute! Lily’s struggles felt like my own even though our lives are very different. The characters in this story have a lot of heart and their issues are real-life issues. I had a really good time reading this one and Lily’s counterpart is complex and pretty mysterious. 

📚 Number 2: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Release Date: May 5th, 2015

the fill-in boyfriend.jpg When Gia’s boyfriend dumps her right before her prom, she’s in trouble. She’s been boasting about Brayden to her friends all semester and this was her shot to prove to them that he’s real and not pretend like they think he is. When she spots a cute boy waiting for his sister in the parking lot of the rec. centre, she knows he’s her only hope. So, she recruits him to be her fill-in boyfriend for the night to convince her friends that he is Brayden. After the night, she finds herself thinking about the fill-in Brayden rather than the real one. As they start to hang out, she learns that he has secrets of his own and the real Brayden isn’t completely finished with her yet.
This was my first book by Kasie West that I ever read and it definitely holds a special place in my heart. This is the book that made me fall in love with her books so I can’t thank it enough. This one is super easy to get through, could probably read it in one sitting. The characters are all fun and the plot is just so funny! This book has a little more humour because of Gia’s personality but also some family aspects that are very interesting. 

📚Number 1: By Your Side
Release Date:
January 31st, 2017

by your side Autumn Collins is getting some last minute studying done at her public library before her and her friends head off for a fun camping weekend when she finds herself locked in the library with no way to escape. She thinks her friends will come back for her once they realize she isn’t with them but they never do. How can she survive an entire weekend in a library and how is she going to eat? Matters are made worse when she discovers that she isn’t alone and has to share the space with the bad boy at school Dax. He’s known for his bad reputation but Autumn and Dax have an unexplainable connection. Will that be enough once the weekend is over and they go back to their normal lives?
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I mean, it’s cute, happy, sad, emotions ring true and they’re trapped in a LIBRARY! Wouldnt that be amazing!? I mean maybe not the “I-can’t-escape-” part… but everything else. I loved Autumn and Dax’s relationship and I think it is one of West’s strongest pairing. The main character also has a mental illness which I can relate to on some level and I loved how the relationships with her friends and with Dax progress once they leave the library. 

Now, I will mention that there are three books by Kasie West that I have not read:

While I own Love, Life and the List and plan to read it this year, I probably won’t read the other two. Also, another one of her books is releasing this year so I can’t wait to read that one as well and figure out where it fits on my list! 

For now, that is all I’ve got. Remember that today is International Women’s Day so make sure you’re letting those lovely ladies in your life know that you appreciate them and that they are great. A unified world is a strong one! 

Thank you so much for reading this far and let me know if you’ve read anything by Kasie West! 


B ❤




Book Playlist

Hey bookies! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far. This week I’ve compiled a little playlist for you. I pulled out ten of my favourite series and found a song that reminded me of that book/series or gives me the same feeling the book did. I tried to keep the music varied in styles and genre so hopefully, there is something for everyone to like.

Let’s get started!

1. Falling Kingdoms Series – Morgan Rhodes 

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🎵 Warriors – Greg Hulme

This song is action-packed and badass, much like the series itself. It always keeps you on your toes with the different tempos and I feel it accurately represents the feeling I got when I read Falling Kingdoms for the first time; you never know if someone is going to die in the next scene.

2. The Infernal Devices Trilogy – Cassandra Clare

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🎵 Shatter Me – Lindsey Sterling & Lzzy Hale

I tried to find a song that had an intense yet soothing kind of sound. I realized that Lindsey Sterling’s style with a classical instrument was perfect for this. Lzzy Hale’s vocals added just the right amount of edginess that reminded me of the Infernal Devices and steampunk type of style.

3. The Lunar Chronicles – Merissa Meyer


🎵 Kara Remembers – Bear McCreary

This song gives off the perfect amount of danger meets space vibes. It really portrays the life or death situations that Cinder and her friends get themselves into. Originally I was trying to find a Star Wars meets Cinderella song but then a friend made me realize that this song would be perfect! Battlestar Galactica fans approve I’m sure.

4. The Darkest Powers Trilogy – Kelley Armstrong 

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🎵 Find Me – Sigma ft. Birdy

I love this song! When I heard it for the first time I was totally enthralled and it gave me such Kelley Armstrong feels! It is quick paced with lots of emotions. This series is fun and engaging even though it handles rather dark and potentially scary themes, it doesn’t come across that way at all which I love.

5. Geekerella – Ashley Poston 


🎵 Arms – Christina Perri

This song is super catchy and it’s got this feeling that I can’t really explain other than melancholy? It is definite Geekerella vibes, plus its a love song. It’s both upbeat yet sad at the same time which reminds me of the main character here.

6. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling 

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🎵 Audiomachine – Fate’s Compass

This song is perfect for Harry Potter! I can imagine hearing it as he’s exploring Hogwarts or running in the Forbidden Forest. it has the little twinkling sounds that are very reminiscent of the movie soundtracks, however, it is also very intense and screams FANTASY.

7. Illuminae Trilogy – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman 


🎵 Dark Skies – Robert Slump

This song is so intense and it is filled with cool sounds that seem perfect for a space-themed book. the build-up is awesome and suspenseful much like this series. [Spoilers] I can imagine this paying as our favourite characters try to escape from the zombie-like illness that plagues the first book.

8. Six of Crows Duology – Leigh Bardugo 

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🎵 Youth – Daughter

This song reminded me so much of the minds of the heist crew in Six of Crows. It almost felt like the song of their souls. It has so much power but it has a range of tempos that can also represent the range of emotions I felt while reading this series. It especially reminded me of the relationship between Matthias and Nina; the up and down they have yet they’re unwavering loyalty to each other.

9. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys 

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🎵 Ashes of Eden – Breaking Benjamin

This book broke my heart. I couldn’t believe that people had to suffer through something so terrible, and worse is that most people don’t even know that it happened. When I read this for the first time I was filled with such grief that I couldn’t stop crying. when I first heard this song I was on my way home from and this song came on through my car speakers and suddenly without reason I found myself crying. It reminded me so much of Salt to the Sea that I couldn’t NOT pick this one.

10. The Raven Cycle Quartet – Maggie Stiefvater The-Raven-Cycle-Series.png

🎵 Uninvited – Alanis Morissette

Maggie Stiefvater has a weird atmospheric feeling to all her books that it really hard for me to relate to music, however, I think Morissette’s eerie vibe from this song can fit that feeling I got when I read The Raven Cycle. It’s definitely there.


There you have it guys! I hope you enjoyed my little book playlist that I made. I’ll admit that it was quite difficult and all together probably took me 4 hours to do. Until next week!


B ❤

My Fictional Bucket List

Hey Bookies! Don’t you ever wish you could meet your favourite fictional characters in real life? Not only meet them but actually get to hang out with them!? Well, me too. So today I would like to share my fictional bucket list with you guys; just some activities I wish I could do with some of my favourite characters from YA literature. Let’s get started! >>>>>

(These are not in any particular order)

Create a book club with Hermione Granger, Tessa Gray and Becca Hatcher


Wouldn’t these be the best book club ever? I mean I can’t wait to discuss! 

Go to Comic-Con with Simon Lewis and Ella Wittimer 


These two together. I’m a big nerd but I don’t think even I could keep up with them! It would be so much fun though! 

Flying around with Jace Herondale (on a vampire motorcycle) and Superman/Clark Kent 


Wow… I can’t even imagine how thrilling this would be (insert heart eyes emoji here). Can this be real!?

A Classical Concert with Jem Carstairs 

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The Infernal Devices is my favourite series and Jem Carstairs is my favourite character in the series. Therefore, it is only fitting that on my fictional bucket list, we get to hang out alone… I think that’s fair xD I think a nice classical concert or opera type thing would be right up his style. Maybe we’d even crash it and Jem could perform for ME ❤


Pod Racing with R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Poe Dameron 

r2d2  obiwan kenobi  poe dameron

Although it is pretty obvious that Poe would win… I mean he is the “best damn pilot the resistance has ever seen” but it would still be awesome to fly around on pod racers right!?? 

Study magic with Magnus Bane, Sirius Black and Nina Zenik  

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If I took pointers from these amazing magic users I think I could be the greatest of all time. Don’t you think? 

Hack into some top secret files with Kady Grant and Linh Cinder 

cinder  Illuminae

With Cinder’s robotic enhancements and Kady’s brains, we could probably get ourselves into a lot of trouble! This would be some serious girl power besides, they would have a lot of experience running away from any government officials… right?


Doing any of these activities would be awesome! I would love to know if you guys have anything on your fictional bucket list. Even if it’s just going out for coffee with someone, I’d love to know! 

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll be back next Thursday!! 


B ❤


Childhood Favourite Books

I have been a pretty avid reader since I was very young and I thought now was as good a time as ever to share with you some of my favourite books growing up. There are some stories not mentioned that I did thoroughly enjoy as a child; Matilda, Paddington, Corduroy etc. However, I didn’t really read the stories but instead watched the shows/movies associated with them, so, I cant count it. 

I have included a list of books/authors I really loved to read between the ages of 5/6 – 12 years old. Hope this list brings you some nostalgia.

Magic Treehouse Series – Mary Pope Osborne

Magic Treehouse

This series follows two kids and their adventures. They had a magic treehouse that would transport them to different places around the world at different time periods. I learned a lot about animals and history in these short chapter books. After reading these, I always wished I had my own treehouse. 

Dr. Seuss 

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Dr. Seuss was such a classic and it is still revered today! The stories are unique and always had me giggling as a child. I loved the rhyming sequences and I would always end up having it stuck in my head. especially One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.  

Robert Munsch 

Robert Munsch.png Ah, Robert Munsch was a classroom favourite. I remember the teacher would have the class pick a book for us to read that day and everyone always wanted a Robert Munsch book. His stuff is funny and silly and perfect for a young child. 

Eric Walters 

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Eric Walters was one of my favourite authors between the ages of 10 – 12. His books are engaging and interesting but also different. He wrote all sorts of genres, from true stories to fictional ones and the best part is that he’s Canadian so he came to my elementary school to talk to us about his books once. That was probably my first time getting a book signed. 


Goosebumps – R.L. Stine 

Goosebumps.jpgR.L. Stine is the perfect combination of scary and fun. While his stories are scary, they are geared towards children and since I was never really the type to get scared or have nightmares, I swallowed all these books. As I got older I started reading his Fear Street collection which is written more for teenagers. 

Junie B. Jones  – Barbara Park 

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Oh my goodness. These books were soo funny! I read them probably between the ages of 7 and 9 but I absolutely loved them! While there are some minor swearing; ex., stupid, they are so much fun. Junie B. Jones is a troublemaker type character who has a smartass attitude and a wild card personality. She does what she wants and that usually lands her in some sticky situations.


Airborn Series – Kenneth Oppel

airborn series.jpg I’ll admit that I got into Kenneth Oppel really late in elementary school. I was looking for something after having read almost every single book by Eric Walters and my librarian recommended me this. Airborn is a thrilling ride that I would suggest for an advanced young reader or for an older child. I think I read this when I was 12 or 13. And these new covers are GORGEOUS am I right!? 

That’s all I have for today. I would love to know what your favourite books as a child were and let me know if we share any ones in common. 


B ❤

My Favourite Love Stories!

That day is fast approaching. Dreadful for some, and exciting for others. Whether you hate the day with the passion or you can’t wait to share it with your special someone; here are some books to get you in the lovey-dovey mood. Valentine’s day is one meant to be spent with the ones you love, but since it is generally geared towards a romantic love story, that is what my list will consist of. 

So, let’s begin! 

anna and the french kiss Anna and the French Kiss is such a cute love story about a girl who moves to France because of her dad’s success. At her new school, she forms new friends and falls in love with Étienne, a boy who already has a girlfriend. Their relationship is super adorable and such a fun and easy read. The other stories in the series are equally cute and follow secondary characters. They ultimately all come together at the end. 

saint anything Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s twelveth release and it doesn’t disappoint. It is told in the point of view of Sydney, a teenage girl whose brother Peyton, whom she had always looked up to, is now in jail for a DUI. While her entire family is doing their best to protect Peyton, Sydney is more concerned about the victim and his family. When she finds solace in a boy and his crazy family, she learns a few things about the night of the accident and about herself. 

safe haven Nicholas Sparks does it again doesn’t he? Safe haven is a beautiful story about second chances and new beginnings. It definitely contains some heavy content; death, abuse, stalking and trauma. I love how effortlessly Sparks is able to make me attached to these fictional people. You will be rooting for these two from the very start. Keep in mind that Sparks write new adult fiction and not young adult, this doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautiful story, especially for Valentine’s Day. 

by your side

This should be on everyone’s TBR. We’ve got great characters and character development, a cute romance, mental health issues, and they’re trapped in a LIBRARY. When two teenagers get trapped in their city’s library over the entire weekend, they start to open up to one another and realize they’re a lot more alike than they first thought. This is my favourite Kasie West novel and what I especially love is that it’s super easy to get through. You fall in love with these characters and get totally immersed in their situations.

Geekerella I think I’ve recommended this book a million times already but maybe if I keep at it, everyone will read it! Geekerella is a modern day retelling of Cinderella and it works surprisingly well. It is an accurate tale of how technology affects the way we meet and communicate with people. The best part is that the main character is a total fangirl! This book is so relatable and what’s great about it is that it is told from both the girl’s and the boy’s point of view!

nowhere but here I had never read a Katie McGarry book before this one so I really didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! it follows a girl and her dealing with her separated parents. she goes to stay with her dad for the summer and he’s basically the leader of a “gang” like community; although the term gang is somewhat offensive. There she forms new relationships and begins viewing these new people as family, however, there’s a secret that no one is willing to tell her. 

And that’s all I have! I hope these love stories get you guys in the mood for Valentine’s Day and whether you’re single, dating or in a relationship, make the most of the day.


B ❤

Recommendations Based on Your Hogwarts House!

I think it’s fair to assume that everyone knows about Harry Potter by now. I mean seriously, it’s 2018 already! Even if you have never read the books (which you should), you’ve probably still heard about the Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin and maybe even taken the Pottermore test to find out which house you belong to. If not, well you can do it right here.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. 

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Done? Great, now that you know your house, let’s continue.

Each house at Hogwarts has a different set of traits that everyone in that specific house values over everything else. These values define the kind of person you are on the inside, even if you appear to be something else on the outside. For example, Neville is very loyal and hardworking which are traits of a Hufflepuff, however, what he values is bravery so he is sorted into Gryffindor. One person can have traits that describe all four houses but it is what the person values most that ultimately places them in their proper house.

That being said, I decided it would be interesting to recommend books based on what your Hogwarts house is. A way for everyone to see themselves in a main character of a YA novel. Let’s get into it!



Values: bravery, daring, nerve and chivalry.
Animal: lion
Element: fire
Motto: “Do what is right.”
“Where dwell the brave at heart,
their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”



These books are fast-paced, intense, action-packed adventures with main characters who are always looking to be the hero of their story. Red Queen is a high fantasy world with a dystopian arc/revolution. Percy Jackson is a middle-grade mythology story with the main character finding out he’s the son of Poseidon. Lastly, The Winner’s Curse reads like an urban fantasy which takes place in the middle of a war. Members of Gryffindor are sure to find their next favourite book in one of these. 

Ravenclaw crest


Values: intelligence, knowledge, wit
and creativity
Animal: eagle
Element: air
Motto: “Do what is wise.”
Quote: “Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”


I am a little biased to Ravenclaws because I am one so maybe these are just my favourites? Lucky in Love is a cute contemporary that follows a quirky girl who is super smart and determined to make her way to university. Rebel Belle is a superheroine tale where our main character is at the top of her school but one day discovers she’s meant to save the world. Finally, Illuminae is a science fiction novel written in an innovative format following a super genius technology nerd. Ravenclaws are sure to relate. 

Hufflepuff crest


Values: hard work, dedication, patience and loyalty
Animal: badger
Element: earth
“Do what is nice.”
Quote: “You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.”



These books are very different from each other but they each demonstrate an important aspect of Hufflepuff. Truthwitch is a high fantasy that follows two best friends who are so incredibly loyal to each other it’s almost a bad thing. The Raven Boys is an eerie, paranormal read with a group of boys and one girl looking for “treasure”. Gansey is the most Hufflepuff of them all, so loyal to his search and patience in the years it takes him to get there. Last but not least, A Book of Spirits and Thieves is an urban fantasy/high fantasy novel following two sisters who are doing everything in their power to find their way back to each other. Stand back because these Hufflepuffs are badass. 

Slytherin Crest


Values: cunning, pride, resourcefulness, ambition
Animal: serpent
Element: water
Motto: “Do what is necessary.”
Quote: “Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.”



These books are so captivating and I love that they feature some great Slytherin characters that are NOT evil! Alive is a science fiction young adult novel following a group of teenagers who wake up without any knowledge of who they are. Em is relentless and becomes a natural leader for the group, always doing what is necessary to survive. Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy which includes an overly ambitious prince with excess pride. Finally, Rook is a post-apocalyptic story which kind of reads like an urban fantasy portraying a character who is conniving and scheming, making you always second guess his intentions.  Slytherins are sure to get a bite out of these.

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And that’s all I have for this week! Let me know in the comments if you agree with my choices or if you have recommendations of your own for the Hogwarts houses! I would love to know your thoughts. (Remember, these books and their characters may have aspects of all four houses, this is entirely my own opinion)

Thanks for reading and until next week, keep reading bookies!


B ❤

P.S. Oh, and if you haven’t read Harry Potter yet… what are you waiting for!?