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 ❤




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!?

Let’s Talk About Mental Illness

Hey Bookies! We’re back with another post and today we’re going to be talking about some of our favourite portrayals of mental illness in books that we’ve read. In honour of Canada’s Bell’s Let’s Talk Day on January 31st, we thought this would be a good time to post some of these books that deal with sensitive situations and more heavy content (although they are not all like that). We hope you guys can find some of these characters relatable and give some of these books a try! 

Recommendations by Bia:

Book One: This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

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This book is a young adult contemporary novel that follows the hardest point of a person’s life: adolescence. The main character deals with bullying, depression and has suicidal tendencies. While the subject matter of the book is quite heavy, the story is written with such fluidity and flow (kind of like a song) which makes the content easier to read without taking away any of its importance. I would recommend this to teenage readers who are going through depression brought on by the need to “fit in” and the overall devastating feeling of not belonging. If that is something that relates to you, then I think you will like this book. 

Book Two: The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

the yellow wallpaper.jpg The Yellow Wallpaper is one of those books that takes things to an extremely real but uncomfortable place. It takes place in the twentieth century where a woman receives the rest cure after giving birth. Essentially, this means she isn’t allowed to leave her bed until the doctor deems she is fit to carry on with her regular life. After a while, we learn that there isn’t any known reason as to why she needs to stay in this condition when she seems perfectly healthy. Locked in this room with barred windows and a ghastly swirling- designed yellow wallpaper, the woman begins to see images in the intricate lines of the wall. Over time, she becomes entranced with the “woman in the wallpaper” and it takes her to the brink of insanity (although some may say she went past the brink). I recommend this to young adults who enjoy a psychological illness that is almost haunting and atmospherical.      

Book Three: The Rescue – Nicholas Sparks

the rescue.jpg Ah… Nicholas Sparks. The man who fills our hearts and then breaks them. It’s a trend, let me tell you. The Rescue is, of course, a love story, however, it handles mental illness in a different way. The main character’s child, Kyle is a four-year-old boy who has a learning disability as well as a speech impediment. We learn a little bit about what Kyle goes through as a child living with this condition but what is really beautiful is how the mother, Denise learns to raise her son. The love she has for him is wonderful to read and I think this is a book that will touch everyone’s heart. I recommend this to parents who are learning to raise a young child with an illness or disability or to anyone who has a family like Kyle. 

Book Four: Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf 

Mrs Dalloway This is a book when you read you will never forget, and not because the writing is revolutionary or because the characters are outstanding (although both are true), but because Woolf decided to write this entire book without punctuation. That’s right, not a single comma, period or break. Not only that, but she also switches perspectives between main characters and DOESN’T TELL YOU… I swear my OCD could not handle this book. However, she does a great job writing a character going through PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) since this takes place shortly after the war. I would recommend this book to anyone with a sharp mind who is able to differentiate between the characters and to anyone who doesn’t want to throw the book across the room due to the lack of punctuation thing. 

Book Five: Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

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This is a fantasy duology and probably doesn’t scream mental illness but it is so much more than just an epic fantasy tale. Each of the main characters deals with their own demons and Kaz Brekker is particular tries to carry on with major PTSD. His circumstances force him to keep his hands gloved and have as little human interaction as possible. Another main character is Wylan who suffers from illiteracy, and not because he isn’t smart because he is a genius. I highly recommend this series to anyone, whether you are looking for a “mental illness awareness” type of book or not. Its a definite 5/5 stars for me. 

Recommendations by Cass:

Book One: Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone

every last word “I didn’t go there looking for you, I went looking for me. But now, here you are, and somehow, in finding you, I think I’ve found myself.”

Mental Health Issues Discussed: Purely Obsessional OCD, anxiety and depression.
+: This novel does not dress down or dress up, OCD. This was a book that changed my perspective, this book made me really fall in love with poetry and the power it has to restore a sense of power and acceptance. This book reflects true emotions, and it will most likely become your favourite book. Following the life of a teen who in everyone’s eyes is popular, happy, normal – breaks down what truly comes with having a mental health disorder.
– : Triggers: Anxiety, depression, explicit poetry.

Book Two: I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios

ill meet you there.jpg“It gave me hope: if you could make a beautiful piece of art from discarded newspapers and old matchbooks, then it meant that everything had potential. And maybe people were like collages—no matter how broken or useless we felt, we were an essential part of the whole. We mattered.”

Mental Health Issues Discussed: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder),  depression and alcoholism.
+: This novel is a powerful story of love, loss and acceptance. Following two teens in a misfit town, a town of typical expectations. When Skylar and Josh meet, their individual isolation seems to disappear and a friendship soon becomes more. With the power of art, Skylar speaks her mind in a town her mother despises.
– : Triggers: emotional and physical abuse, alcoholism, depression and PTSD. 

Book Three: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

the perks“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Mental Health Issues Discussed: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety and depression.
+: This novel shows the growth and changes Charlie our protagonist, goes through after a very traumatizing moment in his life. Following his journey through high school, being the wallflower of the group, falling in love, and loving yourself.
– :  Triggers: Sexual assault, sexual abuse, drug abuse, physical abuse and homophobic shaming.

Book Four: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

we were liars.jpg“They know that tragedy is not glamorous. They know it doesn’t play out in life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred. Its horrors are not attributable to one single person. Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.”   

Mental Health Issues Discussed: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and depression.
+: A story that is woven in itself full of secrets, tales, magic, destruction, lies and family. We Were Liars occurs in the lapse of one summer, a summer that changes the lives of both the characters and the readers. I would rather leave this story to interruption, as many have felt better to just dive into this story without a solid explanation.
– : Triggers: Hallucinations, PTSD, and self-harm imagery.

Book Five: Looking for Alaska – John Green

looking for alaska.jpg“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die.

Mental Health Issues Discussed: Depression and Suicide.
+: A John Green classic, this coming of age story involves a boy on a summer journey to find himself. Through camp and an unlikely friendship between two odd teens, Pudge and Alaska form a romantic friendship. Between days of finding himself and nights shared with the girl of his dreams, Pudge grows and searches for more than just school and summer vacation. With Alaska’s wild imagination and Pudge’s sweet disposition, this story will truly make you fall in love with being a teenager again.
– : Triggers: Depression, suicide, and possibly social anxiety.

Unsurprisingly, a book we both recommend is:

Book Six: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl Bia: 

Fangirl definitely doesn’t scream mental health issues but taking a closer look into the story shows that this book is not just about a young girl going through university who loves to write fanfiction; but also about a completely socially anxious girl with separation issues from her father who frequents the hospital due to his condition. I love this story and it is great to see how Cath gets through all of these challenges and how she learns to live with her issues especially since I think all readers can see themselves in Cath. I would recommend this to any fangirl/fanboy or to anyone starting/currently in university/college. 


“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”   
Mental Health Issues Discussed: Social anxiety.
+: Fangirl follows Cath and her college experience as an introvert with social anxiety. There is no immediate clearness of Cath’s inability to react to college life, but it is shown in the behaviour she has towards the many college students she interacts with. With humour, teenage angst, Harry Potter-esque fanfiction, and a quirky love interest – this will soon be your next favourite contemporary!

And that is all for this week! Thank you so much for the visit and don’t forget to join in on Bell’s Let’s Talk Day on January 31st! And if you live outside of Canada and can’t join in, remind family and friends that mental illnesses aren’t something to be ashamed of and it’s okay. The best thing they can do is talk to someone about it because you’re not alone. Happy reading bookies, and until next week. 


B & C ❤  


Most Anticipated Releases of Early 2018

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far! Today, let’s talk about some of the amazing releases you should be excited for in 2018! I’ve separated this list into early (Jan-Jun) and late (July-Dec) otherwise it would be SUPER long! 

I’ve put the list in order of release date so it’s easier for everyone! (Please keep in mind that these are MY most anticipated releases of 2018 and that other people’s opinions may vary). Now, let’s get started! 


In case you don’t know what some of these books are about, I’ve included a synopsis (from my local bookstore’s website) to help you out.

Wires and Nerves 2.jpg Release Date: January 30th 

The world of the Lunar Chronicles comes alive in this thrilling continuation of Wires and Nerve. Iko-an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder-has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.
And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.
Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming. Questions of love, friendship, and mortality take Iko on an emotional journey that will satisfy and delight fans of this bestselling series.

Immortal ReignRelease Date: February 6th 

In the epic conclusion to the Falling Kingdoms series, sworn enemies must become allies as they fight to save Mytica.
Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo’s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

Sightwitch.jpgRelease Date: February 13th 

Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches.
Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…
Before Merik returned from the dead.
Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.
Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight-and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.
On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

heart of iron Release Date: February 27th 

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Obsidio.jpg Release Date: March 13th

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza–but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys–an old flame from Asha’s past–reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Timebomb Release Date: March 13th 

A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.
They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.
Told from multiple perspectives, Time Bomb will keep readers guessing about who the bomber could be-and what motivated such drastic action.

Royals.jpg Release Date: May 1st

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part-time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself. 

Isan.jpg Release Date: May 1st

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and the salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West— governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life— with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life-changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

warstorm.jpg Release Date: May 15th 

Victory comes at a price.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power . . . for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Always never yours.jpg Release Date: May 22nd

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are. and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

Aftermath.jpg Release Date: May 22nd

Three years ago, Skye’s brother Luka died in a mass shooting at the local high school. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim–he was a shooter. Now, Skye returns to the small town she had fled to start anew. But the scars of the past don’t heal easily. And there’s one person Skye dreads seeing most: Jesse Matin. Her childhood crush and former best friend until the massacre tore them apart. 
Told in alternating points of view, Skye and Jesse wade into the mystery of what took place that fateful day. But someone clearly doesn’t want Skye back in town, and when she and Jesse uncover new evidence that could clear Luka’s name, it becomes obvious that someone wants the past to stay buried. In the aftermath of violence, someone has to pay. Blood for blood.

Release Date: May 29th

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves…and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

Listen to your heart.jpg Release Date: May 29th 

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favourite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.
But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend . . . until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

little do we know.jpg Release Date: June 5th 

Next-door neighbours and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight-the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.
Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places-and people-for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.
No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.
Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all re-examine the things they hold true.
In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship and the boy caught somewhere in the middle.

The Emerald Sea.jpg Release Date: June 26th 

The Dazzling Conclusion. 
Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court’s hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.

Fawkes Release Date: July 10th 

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where colour power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the colour masks have been put on, there’s no turning back. 

Nadine Brandes has an awesome Bookstagram account! Check it out and give her a follow and support her first novel Fawkes! 

Okay, so technically those are all the books I’m super excited for that release this year BUT I do have two books I wanted to add to my list that I didn’t. These two books are parts of series that I haven’t finished yet and therefore felt like I couldn’t really add it to my most anticipated. The two books are:  

I haven’t read Traitor to the Throne or A Torch Against the Night (the second books in these series respectively) so I didn’t want to add these ones until I catch up! Even though I KNOW I’m going to absolutely love them!  

PHEW.gif That was A LOT of books! I hope you enjoyed my list of my most anticipated releases of early 2018 and I’d love to know yours! Leave a comment and let’s have a discussion! As always, follow me on Goodreads and Instagram to stay connected and I’ll talk to you guys next week!


B ❤