3 Anticipated New Releases in May 2019  

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A new blog post time?! You’re damn right and now I got to catch up for lost time! So many blog posts planned for you dear reader, you’ll be spoiled with my silly little musings.

You guys, May was the hardest month to narrow down. There were so many good books getting published that month, how was I going to pick just three?

Let’s find out:

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7th 2019)

Elizabeth Acevedo is on my automatic buy list. I don’t need to read any synopsis. Whatever work she produces, I’ll be pre-ordering. Her first book, The Poet X, was phenomenal. As a person who doesn’t connect with poetry, this book moved me so much. I loved how an entire narrative was told through the poems. It read like a novel but with the added lyrical aspect of poetry. I already have read this book twice and listened to the audio because Elizabeth Acevedo has one of the best voice. I would love her to narrate all the books. 66395515_406389266636700_2387886694272598016_n.jpg The moment I heard about her 2nd novel, With the Fire on High, I was jazzed. Dancing around the room jazzed. This story is about Emoni (side bar, how gorgeous is that name?!) who got pregnant her Freshman year of high school and she dreams of becoming a chef. Food writing is one of my favorite, especially when well done. I love when the author describes a dish so vividly you can practically taste it. I can already tell I’m going to need snacks while reading this one.

Malibu Bluff by Janna King (May 7th 2019)

This one. The SECOND it was announced, I knew I needed to read this. I previously read Janna King’s first book, The Seasonaires, through NetGalley, and then it was chosen as a pick for my Book Club when it was released. So I’ve also read this author’s first book twice, within the year it was released (if you hear a faint yelling noise, it’s only my TBR bookcase screaming at me to be read and scolding me for re-reading books instead of picking them up, it’s fine, just ignore them). The Seasonaires was that book that has a bit of everything. It’s that book you want to read on the beach and just enjoy the ambiance. But the book isn’t just light and fluffy, there is intrigue and suspense, and criticism and commentary. It’s the whole package folks.66440594_2379990185611108_560312791961960448_n.jpg I particularly enjoyed how the use of social media in the book was actually a driving point and integral part to the story and was not just added as an afterthought to make the story feel current. This book was fantastic and then… we learn that a second book will be released! Hot damn! Firstly, the cover is gorgeous. It feels like by just touching it you’ll be transported into summer. I just know the magic of Janna King will mean that this book will have everything you want in a book.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling (May 28th 2019)

There is the word witch in the title. That’s it.

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Alright, alright. I’ll elaborate a bit more. It’s no secret, I love witches and everything related. Books, movies, TV series. I’m sensing a rise in witch-y novels and I am ready for it. This book deals with witches, real witches, Elementals they are called living in Salem, Massachusetts. It also LGBTQIA+ representation so I honestly didn’t read more of the synopsis cause I don’t need to! I know I will devour this beautiful story completely.

 

Honorable Mention:  Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson (May 21st 2019)

Surprise! That’s right, I had to add a forth book this month, cause I couldn’t bear passing up talking about this one. This book is the story about three friends getting together to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star. 66302654_962736717391112_427409770631135232_n.jpgIt’s set in the 90s which I kind of wish more books were set in this decade cause I think there is a lot of interesting elements about that time period that make for a great setting (yes, before you ask, I was born in the 90s so I’m biased) I’m really excited to explore this story and see the world of 90s rap and this tale of friendship.

Here you go Bookworms, my extended list for May. Honestly, huge shoutout to the covers this month, these are all incredibly well designed and stunning. Hopefully, I can get my shit together from now on to post more regularly. I have a few things planned, recommendation lists etc, my sum up of my Instagram challenge (which I’ve only read one book from so far). Anything you want to see, please let me know!

Now go curl up with a book and relax.

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in April 2019

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Remember when I said I was going to post this next week? Well I lied.

Remember when I said I’d have more time to read and be more active here? Well that also has changed.

Life meet roller coaster. It’s been a bumpy whirlwind past few months.

But now for the task at hand, April releases! Honestly, April wasn’t the busiest month for releases I had my eye on. These are the three that really stood out to me and I couldn’t wait to get my bookworm-y hands on.

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (April 30th 2019)

I don’t know much about this book other than one of my all time favorite authors, Becky Albertalli, highly, and I mean highly, recommends it and that’s all I need to know about it for it to make my most anticipated list. 64579410_454706618597000_4931757486815313920_n.jpgFrom what I can tell it’s the story of a girl, Lou, and she has a job as a hot dog at a carnival and the book will discuss her summer of work and her crushes and the fate of the Playland. My guess is this will be crazy adorable and funny. Perfect as a spring/summer read, the mood reader in me cannot wait for the weather to warm up and settle in with this gem. Thank you, Becky Albertalli for putting this book on my radar and keep up the beautiful recommendations, I will devour them all.

 

Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford (April 9th 2019)

Any book that deals with curses or magic or anything like that are automatically on my radar. And curses that deal with love and that result in people dying? 64225309_356425395062212_3790546176181272576_n.jpgJust fascinating. Reminds me of Practical Magic, my most watched movie of all time. Actually, once this is posted I’m going off to watch it again. Additionally, this book deals with a teen experimenting with drag and this has to be one of my favorite elements ever, and we don’t see it nearly enough. I would like to see more novels revolving around the world of drag. I don’t even need to sell this book more, I’m already on board.

 

You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno (April 23rd 2019)

Magpie’s life sucks. It really sucks. To deal with the suckery that is her life, she writes in her notebook about this alternate life in a place called Near. Everything is better in Near, all of the issues she has are non-existent. 64516664_362526771133403_1952596762459897856_n.jpgSuddenly, Near becomes real, Magpie can escape to Near and live in harmony. And then obviously shit goes down because that’s how stories work. The premise truly intrigues me, because I was that kid that was off to imaginary lands. I never had my feet planted on earth but instead would spend my time day dreaming about alternate realities for myself. Thankfully my story is not as dark as Magpie’s but when I heard about this story I knew I had to read it.

 

There you have it Bookworms! These are my April books, just two months later.

Stay tune for the May book coming up soon!

Now go curl up with a book and relax.

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in March 2019

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Jear Desus, I forgot I hadn’t posted this.

Another month has come and gone. This month flew by and dragged on equally. I’ve haven’t read as much as I would have liked, but soon enough, my days will be better suited for maximum read-age. I’m shaking with excitement.

March wasn’t the busiest months of new releases on my radar, which made compiling this list that much more easy. So let’s get down to it!

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I met Samira Ahmed last year at the first MTL YA Fest, and during one of the panels she discussed that she was in the process of writing this book, this book that was meant to be a far -fetched vision and instead with the political climate felt like writing modern history. Immediately, I knew I was going to buy this book when it was released. I think books like these need to be read by everyone. There are scary and traumatizing things happening to people every single day and books like these helps give us a glimpse into these horrors and maybe incite readers in getting more information.

 Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds (March 5th)

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This book looks like a sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary YA romance and I’m all for it. I saw Becky Albertalli recommend it on Instagram a long time ago, so it immediately went in my Wishlist. When one of your favorite authors recommends a book, you pick it up no questions asked. (Probably an idea for a new segment of this blog!). I’m really excited to see what Reynolds has in store for us.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (March 5th)

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Unless you’ve been of social media for the past months, you will definitely have seen this book around. Reese Witherspoon signed for the right to produce a TV show of this when this book was announced, and she also picked it for her book club. This book has been all over my Instagram, it’s no joke. I’ve had my eye on this one since it was announced because the authors previous novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, has made its way in to my all-time favorite books. It’s a novel that has everything, great pacing, great reveals, LGBT representation, I can go on and on and on and on about this book. But I’ll refrain, y’all are welcome. I’m most excited about this new book, it’s rock and roll, it’s a tell-all, it’s everything my like rocker chic self could ever ask for in a book.

There you have it folks, my most anticipated reads released in March. Very soon, like so soon, I am about to have so much free time to be able to catch up on my reading mountain, and have more time to post more regularly (though don’t trust me on this, I am a scatter brain)

I’ll be posting April by the end of next week (again don’t trust me on this, I suck)

Alright byeeee and Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe

Book Challenge: Instagram Followers Pick My TBR

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First things first, credit where credit is due section! This idea comes from the only BookTube channel I listen to: BooksandLala (click the link to check out her channel)

I’ll link the video which gave me the inspiration to attempt a similar challenge. (Click the link to see the OG video; also, Kayla mentions she got the idea for her video from Safyia N. Just trying to cover all the credit bases here!)

I stumbled onto this video from BooksandLala, in which she checks out the first five books that Instagram suggested, scrolling through her feed and buying those suggestions that she hadn’t heard of before and then reading the first few chapters to see if they recommended books were well designed based on her tastes.56191362_264909297725286_5552882428663562240_n.png

After seeing it, I couldn’t stop wondering how that challenge would work out for me, would the books be perfectly fitted with my interest? or would I get a bunch of books I wouldn’t have picked up if not of this experiment? I might try out the Instagram feed version of the challenge in the future, but for this first attempt, I decided to turn to my Instagram followers and have them pick out my TBR!

Using the sticker question option, I asked my followers to recommend a book. I got worried, wondering what would be suggested, wondering if I would regret launching this entire challenge.

Here are the first five books that were suggested:

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith

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(I received a few more recommendations after these, some of which I will most likely pick up at some point.)

So why let a bunch of different people pick out my TBR?

My thought it that hopefully, I’ll discover new books I haven’t heard of yet, or have books I noticed but wasn’t prioritizing and end up falling in love with. Also, I always find it fascinating to see what people recommend.

Predictions

So for funsies, I’ve decided to share my predictions, see if any of the picks will surprise me or if I end up enjoying them (or not) as I initially thought.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

56201243_430068357744847_5272773736884338688_n.jpgTo be honest, I have never heard of this book. I read the book “Room” by this author before the movie came out, and I had to read it in two days because I couldn’t sleep the first night while read it, it was giving me nightmares. That being said, I loved the book, I thought it was well written and really captivating. I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction, I don’t enjoy books set way in the past. I think I will enjoy this book due to the authors writing, but it might take me a while to get into.

 

 

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

55869435_454550778417825_7962786929181720576_n.jpgI’m not going to lie folks, I’m thrilled this book came up. I’ve got friends looking out for me for sure. I’ve been anticipating this read since it was announced. I pre-ordered this in January. I’ve been beyond excited to read the next book by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Her book, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” has become one of my all time favorite books. “Daisy Jones & The Six” seems to have just about everything I love. I love music and especially rock and roll. I love a tell all type story. I’m so excited to read this book it’s ridiculous.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman

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Disclaimer time. This was the cleverest submission I received. I borrowed this book from my mom ages ago, and she always asks me if I’ve read it and to bring it back to her and I keep pushing this book out. So she found a way to get me to pull it back up the top of my TBR and give it back to her. Kudos Mom, well played. I love Fredrik Backman, “A Man Called Ove” was such an emotional read for me and I fell so in love with the main character and his story. I think the only reason I’m putting off this book, was that Backman’s novel “Beartown” was extremely difficult emotionally, it’s an important novel, I think everyone should read it, but it was a hard one, and I think I wasn’t ready to dive back into his works. My prediction is once I get started, I’ll get wrapped up in this story and will end up loving it.

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

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This will be my first Zadie Smith novel. I’ve meant to read her some of her works but it hasn’t come up yet! This is perfect opportunity to dive into one of her novels. I’ll be super honest, I have no idea what it’s about, so it’s hard for me to predict if I’ll love it or not so the prediction will be a nice little middle grade range to be safe.

 

Within the next month or so I’ll be reading these five books, it might take me a while cause most of these a hunky novels. I think the greatest challenge for me will be just getting to it since I am what you call a MAJOR mood reader but I’m excited for this!

Thanks for everyone who helped picked out, those who suggestion I’m reading let me know on Instagram if you wan me to mention you in my wrap up!

Tell me which book you’d like to read first and let me know if there are any challenges you want me to try out!

Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in February 2019

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Guess who is late publishing her post yet again? That’s right, this gal!

It’s been a big couple of weeks, bunch of stuff happened, a lot of thinking and pondering going on and so some things got pushed back, but are we going to let that pull us down? No, we are not!

And now, without further ado, here are my three anticipated new releases from February!

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (February 26th)

In a society that is built around an ancient myth, distinguished girls are sent to an elite school to learn to fulfill their roles and become wives for the men (each man has two wives, mirroring the myth).  This story is filled with deception, rebellion, espionage and strong female leads.

Firstly, this must be one of my favorite cover designs. The silhouette and the ombré of colors is just so pleasing to the eyes, I can’t stop staring. It’s part of why I’m so late in posting this. I got distracted by the beautiful colors. 54268351_2142476056064731_3270280522575642624_n.jpg

Secondly, this books seems to have just about everything I love in a story. Espionage? Yes Please! Strong Female characters? I’m in! LatinX and LGBTQIA+ representation? Sign me the hell up, I’m sold!

The myth in the beginning of the story was so enchanting, it made me not want to put the book down.

Only little warning I’ll add is that the part about the Medio School for Girls is a very, very short part of the book, essentially the story starts when the main character Dani is about to graduate, so if you’re going into this book expecting a long stint at the school, that’s not what this book is.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (February 5th)

Bri dreams of becoming a big-time rapper and will work hard to make that dream a reality. After she goes viral, for all the wrong reasons, she’s got to build her way back up.

Angie Thomas is one of the best, most talented voices we have today in literature. Her voice is so incredibly powerful and important. She just sucks you into the story from page one and delivers important messages throughout.

Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, has been on the New York Best Seller’s list pretty much since it’s release, and guess what? It’s still up there! Currently, at the time I am writing this, it’s #2 on the list and guess which book is #3? One the Come Up! That’s right both her books, are way high up there! (To be honest, I just saw which book is #1 and I’m not that happy about it, but that’s a tale for another time).53685648_301619253816912_3664551708530311168_n.jpg

Basically, Angie Thomas is queen of literature and whatever she releases, I’m going to pre-order it. I treated myself to the Chapters Indigo Book Box and got a nice Book Sleeve related to the book, and the book came with a letter written by Angie and the book itself is signed. I could go on for ages about my love and admiration of Angie Thomas, but I will save all of us the embarrassment and move on to my next anticipated release.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson (February 19th)

Dino’s parent works at a funeral home and Dino often helps them out with the family business. One day, Dino’s best friend passes away and then… comes back to life.

I read my first Shaun David Hutchinson this summer. I got “The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza” and I really loved it. I thought he had a great style of writing. The characters had depth, and he had a way of asking very existential questions while moving the story along.54278825_402666710552572_4458538045976608768_n.jpg

When I saw his next book, I was immediately intrigued. The story seems like my jam, I love stories set in reality with a little speculative twist (shout out to BooksandLala for this phrase). And also… this is my second favorite book cover ever. I’m just in love these colors together, and the vibe. I’m also a sucker for anything with skulls so this cover is just perfection.

There you have it my lovely little bookworms!

I have a bunch of new post ideas planned so stay tuned. What are your most anticipated releases for February? Which book did you enjoy most last month? Let me know in the comments!

Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in January 2019

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I wanted to do this post last week but here we are. Late to the party is my way of life.

This past year brought us an abundance of new releases that were pretty phenomenal. Most of us bookworms and book addicts saw a significant increase in our TBR piles because there were simply so many good books to get our hands on. I wanted to share every month three of the books I’m excited for and anticipating. I’ll be sharing my version of the synopsis, it might be very inaccurate or roughly in the ball park. In certain cases, especially with thrillers, I don’t really read the synopsis as to not spoil the story before diving in. Just be warned, my version of what the book might be will be so off, and you get to enjoy how wrong I am as you read along. Here we go for three January 2019 releases that I cannot wait to read (and yet might take me a few months to get to, cause life).

 

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills (January 15th)

The reason this book is on my list is super simple. Emma Mills is one of my favorite contemporary YA authors. Voila, that’s it. I read her novel Foolish Hearts last year (thanks Owl Crate for selecting it for your December 2017 box) and just fell in love her style. Her brand of humour and her voice matches mine, especially when the age of the characters and reading Foolish Hearts was like reading a book narrated by my high school self. So Emma Mills has charmed her way into my insta-buy author list. The moment I found out she had a new novel coming out, that book made its way into my cart with the speed of Road Runner.DSC_8962.jpg

Famous in a Small Town is the story of Sophie and Megan. Sophie is part of the marching band and a big-time opportunity comes their way. She wants to make sure they deliver the best performance and to make that happen she wants Megan, a country singer from this small town, to come back and headline for them. However, Megan has made a vow to never return to the limelight. What will happen? Will Sophie convince Megan to make a come back?

I’m expecting to be as enchanted by this novel as I was with Foolish Hearts. Hopefully I will be able to get to her previous works as well this year. I have a feeling all of them will be big hits for me.

Also, a serious big shout out to the cover designer of all her novels, because boy-jolly they are each incredibly beautiful, very detailed and colorful and artwork-y.

 

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager By Ben Philippe (January 8th)

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is Ben Philippe’s debut novel. How did it end up being on my most anticipated for the month? Easy, peasy! I, too, was a North American Teenager once! I probably could have used a field guide back then cause I’m not too sure I did it right. Also the author was raised in Montreal, Canada. That’s where I live now! Crazy, eh? I always love a chance of supporting folks from around here.DSC_8971.jpg

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is about this Black French-Canadian teen who moves to Texas and his experience in high school there. I expect a lot of misunderstandings, awkwardness, and hilarious touching moments in this novel.

One thing I know is the school system in Canada and the US is different, and the school system in the province of Quebec is even more messed up. In the province of Quebec, when we reach high school, we don’t use grades to demark which level we are at. Instead it’s what we call “secondary”. High School lasts for five years, (Secondary One, Secondary Two, Secondary Three, you get the gist). So whenever someone tells me “Oh I was in grade 9 when blah blah blah happened to me” I have to do quick mental math to figure out what age we’re talking about in the history of said person, and I’m very awful at mental math. I normally zone out for a while in the conversation to make these calculations, often missing the essence of the story. It’s a hassle, and I have our unique school system to thank for this.

I’m very excited to see if the author will explore these differences, or brush by them. This book just seems to have everything I enjoy in a YA novel, and I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot about it.

 

No Exit by Taylor Adams (January 15th)

This will be the boring section because this next anticipated read is a thriller and as mentioned above, I don’t really read synopses of thrillers.  Why? Cause I don’t have to. Ok the real reason is often the synopsis will give away too many elements of the book and I like going in with a blank slate. It gives me a better chance of being surprised and that’s what I look forward in a thriller is to be surprised, to not expect what’s coming. You might wonder (or you might not care) how I choose my thrillers then, or how can a book that I know nothing about end up in a most anticipated list. Well, I don’t have much of an answer for you. I normally might base my decision on the author, or simply if I’ve heard of a book enough, or see it on social a bunch. I’ll very shallowly investigate. Now, this is where you get to laugh at my poor attempt to guess what this book is about.

Judging by the cover, this book takes place in the winter. And there is a road. So I’m thinking kidnapping and road tripping.DSC_8970.jpg

That’s it, that’s the whole book!

Honestly, I could not do a worse job of selling this book even if I tried, however I have heard great things about it. It’s the peak of winter where I live so I really want to get to it this month and just bask in the ambiance and the experience of the book while the weather outside really lends to the setting of the book.

 

There you have it folks, three books that came out in January that I’m looking forward to reading. Have you heard of them? Have you read any of them? Will you be reading any of them? Hit me up, let me know!

Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe

 

A Review About Reviews

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What’s on my mind today you ask? Well, it’s reviews.

It’s something that is unavoidable in the book community. Publishers will use reviews to get a feel of how to promote certain books, what books to focus on in the future. Some readers use reviews to decide what to read next or which books to avoid. I wanted to talk about my thoughts on reviews, the problematics I see, and basically manage your expectation on the reviews you’ll see on this blog.

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Firstly, full disclaimer, this blog will not be a review blog. Look, everyone has their strengths. Mine happens not to be writing a review. Hopefully, I will get better with time. No promises though, it’s just really not where I shine. I’ll be doing some reviews, but that will not be my main focus. When I will do reviews, my aim to be critical, say the pros and cons of a story and really try to explain why I liked or disliked an element.

Which leads to the trends I notice in the book community in relation to reviews.

Author Bashing

One of the trends is what I call “author bashing”. There are a lot of reviews out there that are just negative spew aimed towards the author, sometimes insulting their talent and intellect. I have seen authors on Instagram having to tell their audience not to tag an author on these types of reviews since it is just cruel. There is no purpose or reason to demean some in a review.50451965_280444272640973_5756810774412525568_n.jpg

Some reviews are just angry rants that are unnecessarily harsh. Some reviewers seem to take pleasure in bashing books in long post, trying to be “humoristic” or whatever, but there is no actual critique going on within said review.

I just don’t think you not enjoying a book warrants a personal attack towards the author. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect that. However just saying the author sucks and the story was stupid, just doesn’t count as an effective review in my opinion. However awful a book may be, someone did spend a lot of time and energy into it. Hate on the book all you like, just back it up with some reasoning not insults.

Readers Criticizing a Book Based on a Review vs Actually Reading it

Another aspect of reviews I always struggle with is how some readers cling to reviews to form their opinion of a book without even reading it. An example of which, let’s say a popular book blogger/booktuber/bookstagramer posts a review of a book they ended up disliking. Immediately the comments are filled “oh man, I was going to read this now I’m definitely not going to” or “ew definitely not picking this one then”.

What can end up happening is that those people go on to tell their friends not to read it or bash it without never picking it up.

Just form your own opinion!

The reviewers goal, in theory, should not to discourage you from trying out a book you were interested in. Their goal is to share their opinion. That’s it.

Even if you have the same reading taste as said reviewer, this could be the one book you disagree on and that’s perfectly ok. If a book looked interesting to you, try it out! Even if your favorite blogger didn’t like it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t just give it a shot.

What Makes a Good Review

In my opinion, for what it is worth, I think a strong review needs to be critical and analytical. Sometimes you just won’t connect with a book and that’s fine! But someone else might, so its best to just reflect on why it didn’t resonate with you instead of insulting the author for not making that connection.50628601_1507791819365855_8323772324750819328_n.jpg

When consuming reviews for personal use, just take each review with a grain of salt. Every review is someone’s opinion but it isn’t yours. Essentially, I think the best use of checking out reviews is to help manage my expectation of the story. Example: I tend to prefer a fast-paced thriller, when I check out reviews I look for comments on the pace, if I know in advance the book has a slower pace it helps me go into the book with the proper mindset.

Bottom line of this little article, when you’ll see a review on this page, my goal is to do my best to give you details of the pros and cons, and not just gratuitously bash the book.

Just be reminded that my reviews are just opinions, these critiques are personal taste not fact. I am such a mood reader so I can’t fault a book or an author when the less than stellar experience is on me. I want you guys to read the books and form your own thoughts on it! I love when a fellow reader has a different opinion than mine and we can debate on the strength and weaknesses we found and maybe make the other notice something they hadn’t before!

That’s it for me!

Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe

Welcome to Literary Leo Blog

Oh hi! Fancy meeting you here!

I’ll try to keep this intro short and sweet. Anyone who has meet me for more than five minutes knows I have a passion for books. It’s annoying really, it’s all I talk about. Instead of only talking about it, figured I could try writing about my love of anything literature.

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Why is the magnificent, marvelous world of books so important you might ask me?

Firstly, it’s a great escape. Life can be a scary shitstorm most days and cracking open a book and traveling to that universe can provide a quiet solitude and retreat away from it all. It brings a whole lotta comfort to be able to visit a new world just by reading some words off a page.

Secondly, it’s a good source of learning, not only facts and figures and new vocabulary. It’s also a chance to learn about someone else’s experience, someone different than you. It opens your view of the world and the people in it. Get to understand what others are going through and live it with them through their story.

Thirdly, it’s a way of connecting with other humans. The book community has allowed me to meet so many interesting people from all over the globe. It’s great to connect over a favorite book and to see it through their eyes.

A little about me? I’m a book addict living in Montreal, Canada. Currently working a full-time job and also going to school full-time so sleep be damned! Why not start another time-consuming project?

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My idea for this little blog is to combine my love of reading and my love of writing. Things you can maybe expect from this page are writing prompts, little exercises to help practice some skills for your craft, focus posts that might deal with book recommendations or suggestions, some reviews and other little ideas I have in mind for this project.

Join me, follow this blog, follow me on Instagram at @literary_leo and let’s enjoy the ride!

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