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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Why I haven’t posted in 8 months…

April 27, 2017     Marissa     Personal   0 Comments

Hey everyone! (If there are any of you still here, reading this) I know I’ve been absent for a really long time. I started this blog at the end of last summer because I wanted to motivate myself to read more during the school year. Well, you can see how well that went. I made a post about the books I was bringing with me to university, and I haven’t read any of them. I read two books in the last 4 months, one of them was at the end of January, and the other was at the beginning of this month. I wasn’t able to keep up with reading as much as I would have liked, but that is hopefully going to change. I am going to try and keep up with this blog again now that I’m done school for the summer. If I can get into a rhythm of posting, hopefully I can continue in the fall […]

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Books I brought with me to university.

September 24, 2016     Marissa     Personal   0 Comments

I am about to start my fourth year of university, and I wanted to bring a good selection of different genres of books with me. I am very much a mood reader, so I’m hoping that I stay in the mood to read at least some of these. I wanted to bring some thriller/mysteries for October; I love a creepy read near Halloween. I definitely wanted to bring some historical fiction and magical realism books for the winter; and sci-fi and fantasy are always  good for any time of the year. If you are interested in hearing what these books are about, keep reading! The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson This is an adult epic fantasy about a world where people are able to use magic, which is referred to as allomancy. The people in this world are able to use metals to help them perform magic. So many people love this book, and it sound so interesting. […]

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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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Favourite TV shows of all time | Top 10 Tuesday

September 6, 2016     Marissa     Television, Top 10 Tuesday   0 Comments
Favourite TV shows of all time | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is tv related in honour of the fall tv shows returning, and I chose to do my top 10 favourite television shows of all time. Aside from reading books, I also like to spend countless hours watching too many shows for one person to keep up with. Asking me to pick my favourite tv show will result in me being very indecisive; it’s impossible to choose. This is really in no particular order, because I love them all too much. 1. Orphan Black This show is so good. I’m always asking people if they’ve seen it so I can talk about it with them. And if the haven’t seen it, I kind of pester them until they do. I really don’t want to give a description of the plot because it’s seriously better if you go into it without knowing anything. It’s so good. […]

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