Category: Books

A Life Update and Currently Reading

October 23, 2017     Marissa     Books, Personal   0 Comments

Life Update: Hey everyone, once again I’m writing a post about why I haven’t posted in so long. If you’re new to my blog, I should probably tell you that I’m bad at making time for reading when I have other things to do. Actually, I think I’m just bad at reading in general. I definitely have a case of magpie syndrome. I get new books and instantly want to start reading them even though I have piles and piles of other books to read. This causes problems for my reading, but if I’m busy, this also causes problems for me. I had a job throughout the summer, but I thought I was going to be able to read a lot after work. That didn’t happen, but I did manage to read on my commutes to work. After working for the summer, I started my Masters at University, which has been a little hectic. I have so much academic reading […]

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Moth Box Novel Edition, July 2017 | Review

September 13, 2017     Marissa     Books, Subscription Box Review   0 Comments
Moth Box Novel Edition, July 2017 | Review

Hey everyone! I received my July Moth Box in the mail a while ago, and it’s about time I wrote a review for you guys. I’m a bit behind in my posts, but let’s be real, I’m always behind. Anyway, let’s get into the review. If you guys haven’t heard of Moth Box yet, you should definitely check it out. It’s a bookish subscription box that was created by Mercedes, who you may know from her YouTube channel, which is called Mercys Bookish Musings. This box is now a monthly subscription with a bit of a twist. There are two different types of boxes available to purchase Every month, there’s either a novel box, in which you receive two novels, or a short story box, in which you receive two short story collections. All the books in the box are from indie publishers. You can check out the website here! This review is not sponsored, this is the fourth Moth Box I’ve […]

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell | Review

August 30, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell | Review

So, before I get into this review, let’s talk about reading habits, because you’ll need some context of why it took me soooo freaking long to read this book. If you look at my Goodreads progress for this book, you’ll notice that it literally took me 363 days to read it. This is not at all a reflection on the quality of the book itself, but rather an indication of my bizarre reading habits. I’m a terrible reader, I have book attention span problems. I almost always end up reading multiple books at once because I’m such a mood reader. I can start a book and really enjoy it, but if I’m suddenly in the mood to pick up another book, I will. This really just means that I start a bunch of books, make a some progress with each one, and then eventually just end up focusing on one. And the cycle repeats itself..  I basically have magpie syndrome when […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale | Television Show Review

July 14, 2017     Marissa     Books, Television, Television Show Review   0 Comments
The Handmaid’s Tale | Television Show Review

When I heard that they were making this book into a television show I was instantly excited about it. It motivated me to read the book (granted, I didn’t start until a few days before the first episode aired, and I was still reading the book while I was watching the show. We all know I’m a terrible reader okay, let’s not dwell on the fact that it takes me a million years to read a book.) I finished reading the book and I absolutely loved it. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on the book, check out my review of it here. Anyway, enough about the book, let’s get on to my review of the show. Like I said, I loved the book but something about seeing it onscreen just made it even better. Seeing the world of Gilead come to life and be made a reality through my television screen was all the more terrifying than the […]

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers | Review

July 5, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers | Review

I actually love this book so, so much. I heard a lot of people talk about this on booktube, and I really thought it reminded me of Fireflly. After reading, I can say that it does, and it doesn’t, in the best way possible. It reminds me of Firefly in that it features a cast of adorable and lovable characters who happen to live in space. It isn’t really a space-cowboy space romp at all. There’s more depth to it, in my opinion. Also, I must say that for a debut novel, this is absolutely amazing. She packed so much into a book that isn’t very long. It feels like you’re reading a lot more than what should be able to fit in 400 pages. Now, let’s get on to discussing this beauty. We first meet a woman named Rosemary, who is the newest member of the crew aboard the Wayfarer, a tunneling ship. Their job is to basically punch […]

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Series I’ve wanted to start but haven’t | Top 10 Tuesday

July 4, 2017     Marissa     Books, Top 10 Tuesday   0 Comments
Series I’ve wanted to start but haven’t | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This topic was technically for June 20, but I wasn’t able to get this post published in time. The topic for June 27 the best books I’ve read so far in 2017, but I’ve only managed to read 3 books so far this year.  Since there are currently no topics for July, as there is a hiatus, I figured I’d still publish this post. Even if it is 2 weeks late. 1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling Published by Bloomsbury on June 26, 1997 Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Fantasy Pages: 223 Format: Print, Hardcover Goodreads Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him whose parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | Review

June 2, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | Review

I’d had this book sitting on my TBR pile for over a year, and the arrival of the television show motivated me to get off my butt and read it. I’d heard so many good things about this book from other people, and so many good things about Margaret Atwood in general, that I figured this needed to happen. I really enjoyed this book. Now, this is definitely not the kind of book that will make you happy while reading it, it wasn’t that kind of enjoyment. This book is supposed to make you uncomfortable; the point is to show people what humans are capable of. This is a dystopia that feels like it could actually happen in the future. We are never told what the year is, which is why it’s so terrifying. We are told about bits of Offred’s life before she became a Handmaid, and it doesn’t seem that far off from where the world is today, […]

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Moth Box Novel Edition, May 2017 | Review

May 29, 2017     Marissa     Books, Subscription Box Review   0 Comments
Moth Box Novel Edition, May 2017 | Review

Hey everyone! I received my May Moth Box in the mail, and wanted to do a review for you guys. So, if you guys haven’t heard of Moth Box yet, you should definitely check it out. It’s a bookish subscription box that was created by Mercedes from MercysBookishMusings on YouTube. This is about to become a monthly subscription service. Every month, there’s either a novel box, in which  you receive two novels, or a short story box, in which you receive to short story collection. All the books in the box are from indie publishers. You can check out the website here! This review is not sponsored, this is the third Moth Box I’ve bought, and I’ve loved the way the books in each of them have sounded. I haven’t managed to read them yet, but I’m super excited to get to them! Anyway, let’s get into the review of this box! So, this is what the box looks like when […]

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Favourite Minor Characters | Top 5 Wednesday

May 24, 2017     Marissa     Books, Top 5 Wednesday   0 Comments
Favourite Minor Characters | Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey over at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. There are new topics every Wednesday and there’s also a Goodreads group open to everyone where you can find the topics. I don’t really have a lot of words for this week’s T5W, it’s more like me spewing little snippets of feels at you. 1. Dobby from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling I just absolutely love Dobby. I remember watching Chamber of Secrets and seeing Dobby on screen. He was just so cute, and I just love his story. For me the best part is when Harry gives him the sock. I really don’t think my love for Dobby needs any explanation. 2. Luna Lovegoood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Ugh, LUNA. Luna is so precious and weird, and wonderful. I just love her. This is another one that needs no explanations. 3. Olenna Tyrell from the Game of Thrones series by George R. […]

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Books I Want to Read This Summer | Top 10 Tuesday

May 23, 2017     Marissa     Books, Top 10 Tuesday   0 Comments
Books I Want to Read This Summer | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a summer freebie, so I went with my top ten books I want to read this summer. Here is my TBR list! 1. The Trouble With goats and sheep by Joanna Cannon Published by Scribner on July 12, 2016 Genre: Fiction, Adult, Mystery, Historical Pages: 368 Format: Print, Hardcover Goodreads Set in England in 1976, in a heat wave. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God—they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home. This book just seems like the perfect summer read. I heard about this from both […]

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