Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books to Read on the Beach

Posted by on May 23, 2017 4:31 am in Book talk | 4 comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week is posted a new Top Ten list idea that all bloggers are welcome to discuss.

This week’s top ten is all about summer reading! I know I’m always on the lookout for good beach reads (even when I’m not actually reading them on the beach!), so I couldn’t resist making a list of my own. If you’re looking for a quick and entertaining book for the summer, maybe I can help you out. I selected 10 books I had a hard time putting down and were easy on my brain, going from YA contemporary to sci-fi thriller. Perfect for a vacation day!

And if you want to know more about these books, click the titles to read my reviews :)


1 – Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour : One of my favorite YA contemporary novels ever, Everything Leads to You is a LGBT novel filled with romance, friendship, love and movie sets; a perfect summer read!

2 – Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan : This is a favorite book of mine! Three generations of women, four point of views and one beach house. This is a quieter novel that is more of a character study, but I couldn’t put it down. My review is much more eloquent, if you are curious!

3 – The Hating Game by Sally Thorne : Looking for a spicy romance? Try this one! From enemies to lovers, Lucy and Joshua’s relationship is one funny, sexy and swoon-worthy ride!

4 – What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle : Another YA contemporary. This one takes place in summer and has a little bit of everything, from romance and cosplay to friendships and depression. It’s not too dark though, it’s well balanced without making light of things and full of summery moments!

5 – The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak : I read The Impossible Fortress this winter and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! If you want to read about a bunch of young teenage guys getting into trouble and romance, this is for you. It’s also full of humor and 80’s nostalgia, which makes it the perfect pick for a summer day.


6 – All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda : I read this thriller in a day last summer and absolutely enjoyed it. The story is good, and the narration, told backwards, will keep you reading from one chapter to the next.

7 – Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty : If you prefer your thrillers to be set in space, you’re in luck! Six Wakes has a super intriguing premise (six clones on a spaceship wake up to find their older bodies murdered, and need to figure out who did it!) and the pace is excellent.

8 – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch : Filled with action and twists, Dark Matter is an exciting sci-fi thriller that gets better every page. On top of it, it’s written in a way that makes it really easy to get into, even if you’re not familiar with science-fiction. Give it a try!

9 – Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel : Told entirely through interviews and journals, this speculative fiction novel filled with alien artefacts is easily read in one setting. Want more? The sequel just came out and I hear it’s excellent!

10 – In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware : Not a fan of the beach? Maybe this one will suit you more! Somewhere between psychological thriller and horror novel, here is a thrilling page turner. It’s just predicable enough to be fun, yet exciting enough to keep you reading under the sun.

What are some of your recommendations for the Halloween season?

Filling the Shelf

Posted by on May 22, 2017 2:25 am in Book talk | 6 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Good Monday everyone!

Another week, and I wasn’t planning on doing a mailbox. I’m just repeating myself at this point, but again this week, I didn’t do any blogging – unless one counts liking pictures of books on Instagram as blogging! I think it’s mostly a side effect of real life. The Man has been working a lot and it’s been hard on him, so I try to use my free time to either cheer him up as best as I can or take care of stuff (cleaning, cooking, etc.) I’m usually the anxious one, so this role reversal is kind of unsettling.

So, I wasn’t planning on posting a mailbox post, since the only book I bought for me this week was Underground Airlines (I love Audible’s 2 for 1 sales! Got one book for me and one for the Man, great deal!) I’d spotted Underground Airlines a while ago. It has the kind of premise (a version of contemporary America where slavery is still a thing) that sounds like it could go either really good or really bad, but the reviews I’ve seen let me think I’ll probably enjoy it. I also love the sample I listened to! It’s probably my next audiobook.

And then, my advance copy of Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown arrived. I had forgotten about it, so it was a bit of a (good) surprise! I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve read Nora Roberts. I used to really enjoy her romantic mystery novels as a teen, so… it’s been a while! Haha! This should be kind of fun/nostalgic.

I also received Do Not Say We Have Nothing and The Lost City of Z as gifts, which was super exciting since I’ve been wanting both books for a while.


Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien – The Lost City of Z by David Grann


Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (audio) Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

What books did you recently add to your shelves?


Filling the Shelf – 252

Posted by on May 15, 2017 12:08 am in Book talk | 8 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Good Monday readers!

It’s been a good week for reading, and I managed to finish reading quite a few things considering that my mom came to visit us this weekend. I was so happy to have her here for mother’s day! It’s been years since we spent it together. We had a very relaxing weekend, eating good food and doing a puzzle together, another thing we hadn’t done together for years. I loved it.


I also managed to post a sort-of review on Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie‘s two short non-fiction books on feminism. Both are absolute must read.

I also received some new books. Two new releases I had been waiting for a long time (Into the Water and A Court of Wings and Ruin) and two new audiobooks. I’ve been looking for an exciting new series to start since I completed Harry Potter, and Jodi Taylor and Rachel Aaron had been on my wishlist for long. They both have some really fun premises!


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (audio)


Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (audio) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

What books did you recently add to your shelves?


Thoughts : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Feminism

Posted by on May 11, 2017 4:00 pm in 5 stars reads | 2 comments

Today I’m stepping out of my usual review format to talk about two recent reads that were instant favorites, which are We Should All be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.

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I was already familiar with the author’s Ted Talk, We Should All Be Feminists, from which the text has been adapted. (If you haven’t watched it yet, I strongly encourage you to! You can do so on Youtube.) I had loved her speech and heard great things about her novels, so I knew I wanted to read her at some point. These two short texts (both under 80 pages, I believe!) seemed like the perfect place to start.

I’m not going to review them as I would a novel or some other non-fiction work, I simply wanted to share with you how much I loved them. With a simple but effective prose, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie puts on papers thoughts and questions most, if not all, women have had at some point in their life, and many men too, I’m sure. Her anger is vibrant yet full of empathy. Best of all, her writing isn’t “preachy”, as some would say, and the “all” of her title really means ALL. Not only all women, but all men and women, of all age, of all races.

I would have loved to have those two little books when I grew up. While my mom was definitely a feminist, people around me, while saying yes to “equality”, treated the word “feminist” as dirty, an equivalent to “man-hater”, and therefore it wasn’t a word I identified with as a teenager. It would have felt extremely validating to read these at that time. Hopefully, many young women (and men!) of today will get this opportunity. Really, if you ask me, everyone should be reading these!

And now, my next step will be to discover some of Adichie’s novels. If you have recommendations, I’d be happy to hear them! :)