September Book Haul – I Broke My Book Buying Ban!

October 15, 2018     Marissa     Book Haul, Books   0 Comments
September Book Haul – I Broke My Book Buying Ban!

Hey everyone,  I’m back! It seems that every time I have a lapse with posting on this blog, I always come back with a book haul – SHOCKING. I was doing well with the book buying ban for the first few months. I hadn’t really bought anything since June, and then BAM, book buying sprees happened. Chapters tempted me with a multitude of ways to get Plum Points, and I’m almost at 35,000 which means that I’ll have $100 to spend soon. I’m going to wait until Christmas and see if I get any gift cards, then I’ll just give myself a massive book present. I also almost have 400 points at Book Outlet, which means I’ll have $20 to spend there as well. Anyway, now that I’ve given you my excuses for buying all of them (let’s be real, I just have an addiction) let’s just get into the books I bought in September! 1. Wordcrime: Solving Crime Through […]

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Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan | Review

July 12, 2018     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan | Review

I had been seeing this book in Chapters every time I went for quite a while. The cover always intrigued me. The picture of Susannah on the front along with the title always drew me in, but I never picked the book up because I don’t normally read a lot of non-fiction. Let me just say I’m glad I picked this book up because I now know that I want to read a lot more non-fiction. Anyway, let me tell you about the book. Susannah Cahalan recounts the story of what she calls her month of madness, this woman literally went mad for a month, she was showing signs of paranoia and psychosis, and the doctors had no idea what was wrong with her. Reading about this experience was kind of terrifying, but it just instantly gripped me. This doesn’t feel too scientific or info-dumpy, because the author herself is someone who had to learn about what was happening to […]

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A Quiet Place | Movie Review Monday

July 9, 2018     Marissa     Movie Review Monday, Movies   0 Comments
A Quiet Place | Movie Review Monday

I’m a little behind on my posts, but I still really wanted to talk about this movie. Also, let’s face it, when am I ever ahead when it comes to my blog. So, I’m not really a horror movie person. I usually hate watching them, and there’s usually no way you’d persuade me to go see one in a theatre. But my friend convinced me to go see this in theatres and I’m so glad I did. I wouldn’t call this a traditional horror movie; it doesn’t rely on gore and cheap scares. This movie actually makes you feel so unsettled and it’s so well done. I actually kept thinking that it reminded me a lot of Stranger Things, which is maybe what made me like it so much because I absolutely adore the show. We meet this family living in a world inhabited by strange monsters that will hunt down any sound they hear — hence, they live in a quiet […]

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At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen | Review

July 2, 2018     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen | Review

There’s something about Sara Gruen’s books, I just love her writing and will probably continue to buy everything she writes. I bought this book immediately after it came out because I was so excited to read it after I’d loved Water For Elephants so much. When reviews for this book started to appear on Goodreads, I put off reading it for the longest time because I didn’t want to hate it. I can safely say that I could have read this book immediately after buying it and I would’ve loved it. This story takes place during WWII, mostly in Scotland. Maddie and her husband Ellis, along with their best friend Hank travel to Scotland after Maddie and Ellis are disowned by Ellis’ parents. Ellis decides he wants to prove to his father that he is capable of doing what he could not: finding the Loch Ness monster and capturing actual footage of it. The trio set out to Scotland, travelling by […]

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May and June Book Haul!

June 28, 2018     Marissa     Book Haul, Books   0 Comments
May and June Book Haul!

Hey everyone! Of course, I’m back with another book haul — in other words, I have a book buying problem and I really need to stop buying this many books. I am officially putting myself on a book buying ban (that I’m actually going to stick to). I’ve seen people try various methods of culling their shelves and TBR, and I think I’m going to try to do something similar — more to come in a future post. Anyway, here are all the books I’ve acquired in the last two months. This is way too many to write about so I’m going to be lazy and post pictures and a list. 1. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan 2. Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I 3. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell 4. The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson 5. Robin by Dave Itzkoff […]

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Lady Bird | Movie Review Monday

May 7, 2018     Marissa     Movie Review Monday, Movies   0 Comments
Lady Bird | Movie Review Monday

Lady Bird is an amazing movie. It’s a coming of age story following Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson who lives in Sacramento, California. It’s set in 2002, which is definitely a nostalgic time period for me. I was only 8 years old in 2002, so it’s not nostalgic in the sense that I was the same age as her at that time or anything. I think it was more nostalgic for me because it’s a coming of age story, and it made me think about my childhood and my teens and the struggles I went through. Everyone goes through terrible teen years that we kind of wish we could forget, but we also go through some years that help shape and mould us into the adults we will become This movie is definitely more of a character-driven movie. You get to know Lady Bird over the course of a few hours, and it kind of feels like she becomes your friend. Like […]

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Bodies of Water by V. H. Leslie | Review

May 3, 2018     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Bodies of Water by V. H. Leslie | Review

This book is definitely a gothic one, I was even a little creeped out when I read it. We get dual perspectives in this narrative: we have Kristen, who lives in what is presumably the present, and Evelyn, who lives in the 19th century. Kristen has moved into Wakewater Apartments, which is a newly renovated facility that used to be a hydropathy sanitorium called Wakewater House. She has just gotten out of a serious relationship and wants to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Evelyn was sent to Wakewater House for hydropathy treatment for her “female hysteria.” Evelyn works with “fallen women” (basically prostitutes), helping them get their lives together. We get a lot of Evelyn’s backstory from reading through her perspective, but we also get information about what happened at Wakewater House from Kristen’s neighbour Manon. I really enjoyed this book. The imagery of the water surrounding the women at Wakewater House is really amazing. It’s pretty […]

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Winter/Spring Book Haul! (January-April 2018)

April 30, 2018     Marissa     Book Haul, Books   0 Comments
Winter/Spring Book Haul! (January-April 2018)

Hey everyone, here are all the books I’ve bought so far this year! I’ve been doing a lot better with my book buying. I haven’t accumulated nearly as many books as I would have last year, so I’m super excited about that! Anyway, let me tell you a bit about the books: 1. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh This is one that I’ve heard a lot about on Booktube because it was up for the Man Booker Prize a while ago. I’m interested to read this one because I’ve heard a lot I’ve kind of started reading this one, but I haven’t gotten very far and I’ve had to put it down because of school. I think I’ll just end up putting this one down and starting it over again at a later date. 2. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers I’m not going to lie, this was basically a cover buy. I saw this in the store, and the cover was so […]

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The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey | Review

April 5, 2018     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey | Review

This book tells the story of two sisters, Kate and Gwen Crane. They’re both dancers at the same ballet company in New York. The story starts with Kate injuring her neck while performing Swan Lake. The beginning of the book is Kate taking us through the ballet as she’s performing it. This is probably my favourite part of the novel. Kate is obviously consumed by ballet, and it impacts her personal relationships — including her relationship with Gwen. The reader is informed by Kate that Gwen had a sort of mental breakdown (though some of her mental health issues seem to resemble OCD as well), and Kate had her parents take Gwen back to Michigan, rather than taking care of her herself. However, it feels like there are other issues with Gwen that weren’t explained. Kate eludes to the fact that something happened with Gwen that resulted in her putting her leg through a door and injuring a number of […]

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Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman | Review

March 29, 2018     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman | Review

I saw this book come up a lot on Goodreads and the cover was what initially intrigued me, but a title like Girls on Fire sounds not only badass but also mysterious. I guess that kind of fits with what this book is. I don’t know if I’m going to give this book a rating. I was obviously intrigued enough to keep reading, which must mean that I didn’t hate it, but I don’t feel like I loved it. This book follows the intense friendship between two sixteen-year-old girls over the course of a year. It’s set in 1991, which is apparently the height of grunge and the Kurt Cobain hysteria. The two main characters, Lacey and Hannah come together after a student at their high school is found dead in the woods. It’s been ruled a suicide, but parents think it has something to do with Satanism. Hannah is very quiet, a good student, she never really gets into any […]

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