Category: Books

The Unseen World by Liz Moore | Review

May 15, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
The Unseen World by Liz Moore | Review

I heard about this book on booktube from Mercedes. Her review made me instantly want to read this book, so I quickly rushed to the Chapters website and ordered it. It was one of those books that I had a good feeling about, and was so anxious to read. I’m so glad I picked this book up, because it’s safe to say that this book is my favourite book of 2017 so far. I read this back in January, and I had a serious book hangover for about a month. This book is absolutely amazing. Plot wise, it’s not a thriller, but it is a bit of a mystery.  This book isn’t fast-paced, it is very much character driven. We first meet our main character, Ada Sibelius, who is 12 years old and her father, David Sibelius. David is a genius who home-schools Ada at his lab, the Bit, in Boston. He is a single father, though his colleagues are […]

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | Review

May 12, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | Review

This book was so addicting that I read most of it in one sitting. We follow a man named Jason Dessen. He is a professor at a local college, where he teaches quantum physics. His life could have taken a very different path than it did 20 years ago. He chose to have a family with the woman he loved, instead of pursuing his career.  Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had made a different choice? You should read this book.  This book starts out with Jason going to a bar where his old college friend is celebrating winning a prestigious award for his work in science.  On his way home from the bar, Jason is followed by a mysterious man who forces him to drive to an abandoned warehouse. Jason is drugged, and when he wakes up, he is in a world that isn’t his own. In this world, Jason is not married […]

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My Reading Wish List | Top 10 Tuesday

May 9, 2017     Marissa     Books, Top 10 Tuesday   0 Comments
My Reading Wish List | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is things we’d like to see more of in books. Here is my bookish wish list! 1. More queer characters While there are books that have been getting better with representation. I think we need more books about trans characters, bisexual characters, and ace characters. The fact that a character is gay should also not be the only thing that defines them. Just write a character and slip it into the conversation. Make it natural and not a big deal. 2. More disabled characters As a disabled person who uses a wheelchair on a daily basis, I tend to stay away from books, movies, and television shows that involve disabled characters. This is because the characters are either portrayed as paralyzed and bitter about the fact that they’ll never walk again. I’m also tired of seeing the books where the character is pitied because […]

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Shelter by Jung Yun | Review

May 8, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Shelter by Jung Yun | Review

This book starts off with the Cho family: Kyung — a 36 year old Korean man, Gillian — a Caucasian woman of Irish decent, and their son Ethan in their home, preparing for a visit from a real estate agent. Kyung is a 36 year old biology professor who can’t afford the house they are currently living in. His parents, Mae and Jin, reside in the wealthier neighbourhood near Kyung and Gillian, but from the outset, realize that the relationship between them is complicated and strained. This book was a really honest and raw account of the struggles of the Cho family. It was beautifully written. I wouldn’t say it was enjoyable, it deals with really difficult subject matter, but it’s really enthralling. It’s a sort of mystery/thriller. Kyung sees his mother bruised and bloody walking through his backyard looking for his help. From there, the mysteries unfold. These characters aren’t really likeable, but that’s the point of them. We as […]

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The Book Buying Tag

May 5, 2017     Marissa     Books, Personal   0 Comments
The Book Buying Tag

I saw this tag on Mercedes’ channel over on youtube. It was originally created by Megan Olivier on youtube. 1. Where do you buy your books from? I buy my books from a lot of different places. The one place I buy from most frequently is Book Outlet.  They have so many great books for such great prices. I also buy from Book Depository (free shipping, yay!), AbeBooks, Amazon, and Chapters. 2. Do you ever pre orders book and if so do you do this in store or online? I don’t pre-order books very often, but if I do, it’s generally online either from Book Depository, Amazon or Chapters. 3. On average, how many books do you buy a month? This number varies. It depends on whether there’s a sale on Book Outlet, and on how many book hauls I watch on booktube. It’s been lessening over the past few months because I haven’t had a lot of time to read. 4. […]

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Favourite SFF Covers | Top 5 Wednesday

May 3, 2017     Marissa     Books, Top 5 Wednesday   0 Comments
Favourite SFF Covers | 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. 1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell This book has one of the most gorgeous covers ever. When I ordered it I went on AbeBooks to specifically get this edition in hardback. 2. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers This book just screams space and science fiction, and it’s just really beautiful to look at the galaxy and the stars. 3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood This is another book where I had to get this specific edition because I love the cover so much. 4. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge This book is illustrated by Chris Riddell, and I absolutely love this edition. It’s beautiful. 5. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman This is my absolute favourite series, […]

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Eleanor by Jason Gurley | Review

May 1, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   3 Comments
Eleanor by Jason Gurley | Review

In this book we follow the three generations of women in this novel. The novel opens in 1962, which is where we first meet a woman named Eleanor. Eleanor, her husband Hob, and their daughter Anges seem like a happy family, until you read a little farther. We then notice that Eleanor is often off in her own thoughts, and she often has to find a place to be alone, a place where she can cry. It is clear that she is suffering from depression, though it’s not really a subject that people seem to know about. She finds solace in diving, and she does her diving off the cliffs at Huffnaggle Island. One day in 1963, Eleanor walks into the sea, and never returns. Reading about Eleanor and her struggles was so moving, it just made me feel so strongly attached to her character. Gurley was able to do this in such a short amount of space within the book, […]

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Divergent by Veronica Roth | Review

April 28, 2017     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Divergent by Veronica Roth | Review

So, it’s been a while since I read this book, but I’m going to try my best to remember my thoughts about this book. The Divergent series is one of my friend’s favourite series, and I always wanted to give it a go but I put off reading it. The more I put off reading it, the more I thought I really wouldn’t enjoy it. I hadn’t read YA in a while when I finally decided to pick this one up, and the ending had already been spoiled for me but I picked it up anyway, and ended up reading it really quickly. I gave this book 3 stars because I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, but I didn’t absolutely love it. I was actually quite surprised how hooked I was. We follow the main character, Beatrice Prior, a 16 year old girl who is a member of the Abnegation faction. The members of Abnegation live a […]

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Characters I’d want as family | Top 5 Wednesday

September 7, 2016     Marissa     Books, Top 5 Wednesday   2 Comments
Characters I’d want as family | 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. 1. Lyra Silvertounge from the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman I think Lyra would be a great sister. She’s so protective of her loved ones, and she is very selfless. She would do anything for the people she loves. I really love her fiestiness. 2. Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling Who wouldn’t want to have Molly Weasley as their mother? I don’t even feel like I need to explain this one. 3. Arya from the Game of Thrones Series by George R. R. Martin I don’t really have a specific family member I’d pick for Arya, but I would love her to be in my family. She’s so badass. And maybe I’d have a Direwolf and I could do the whole warging thing. It’d be […]

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | Review

September 5, 2016     Marissa     Books, Reviews   0 Comments
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | Review

I’m sure most people have heard of this book; it’s considered a classic and it’s probably taught in schools. This kind of made me shy away from reading at first. I thought it was going to be a difficult read because it was a classic. It was also compared to Brave New World, which I read in high school and didn’t really enjoy (it may be time to give that one another read, though). Eventually, I saw this book on booktube, and I finally looked up what it was about, to refresh my memory, and it sounded completely amazing. So, I gave it a try. At first, I found Bradbury’s writing style a little bit difficult to get into. He describes things in kind of an odd way. In some sections, it wasn’t entirely clear what was going on. Once I kept reading, I got used to his writing. It was eerie reading it in 2016, and thinking about how […]

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