When it comes to book titles, there do seem to be some common elements. Words like ‘queen’, ‘shadow’, ‘bone’, ‘storm’, and ‘star’, amoung others. As well as similar patterns, such as ‘The Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ and ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’. Many are simply one-word titles that are obvious rather than poetic or mysterious. There are a few however that stand out in my mind as unique.
These titles might not leave the same impression on you but they strike a cord with me. I think a title should give you a feeling the moment you see it and resonates throughout the story as you read it – these titles did just that. They are all also excellent books. What titles have left an impression on you?
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Two weeks ago, I participated in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview and it was fantastic! I participate from home because Vancouver is the closest meet-up location and it’s still 8 hours drive away. I always enjoy their previews but this was my favorite so far, there are just so many incredible up-coming books! The chat #teensreadfeed is also a great time, I love to meet other Canadian bloggers and see what they’re excited for.
These are some of the books they previewed that I’m most excited for and sure a lot of you have heard of. In fact, Raincoast was kind enough to send out little goodie packages to everyone participating at home and Hazel Wood was in my package! I can’t wait to dive in.
Also, the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, Lianne Oelke was a special guest. She told the story of how her book came to be and so much of what she had to say resonated with me. And inspired me as well. I didn’t know much about her book before that day, and I still don’t to be honest, but after hearing her talk I knew I had to read her book. I really encourage you all to learn more about her and this upcoming release!
I read 1 book and listened to 6 audiobooks
For a total of 2,908pages The genres included Fantasy, Historical Fiction as well as Contemporary. Here are my thoughts for each one, click the title of the ARCs for a full review.
Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson (owned) ★★★★ Does anyone else finally get around to reading a sequel and then wonder what took them so long? I forgot how much I love these characters. I did find the middle to be a little slow which is where it lost one star but overall the writing is just so atmospheric you can’t help but get sucked in.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Owned) ★★★★.5 Another case of what took me so long! I don’t read a lot of contemporary but a lot of my friends love Jenny Han so I decided, why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did because immediately I loved Lara Jean and all of the song girls. I want there to be 10 books in this series, but I guess 3 will have to do.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Overdrive) ★★★★.5 I read the first book in 3 days and this sequel in 2! I have a hold on the final book and plan to buddy read it with a friend. I just can’t get enough! Seriously even if you aren’t often interested in contemporary you have to give this series a try.
The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (ARC) ★★★★ (SPOILERS) This is the sequel to The Alchemists of Loom which I LOVED and reviewed last year. In this sequel, the world expands, secrets are revealed and the stakes get intense! I really liked getting to know Florence better and watching her grow and gain purpose. Arianna and Cvareh didn’t develop as much as I would have liked as individuals, and Arianna even irritated me at times. (If you don’t want to be in a relationship fine but don’t be an asshole) I really need the final book Rebels of Gold to know how it all plays out!
Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz (Overdrive) ★★★ I borrowed this on a whim and basically knowing nothing about Hamilton (I know, what rock have I been living under) I didn’t have anything to compare it to. Having said that it was an enjoyable if predictable read. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life.
A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (Owned) ★★★★ I had greatly forgotten my love of these characters. In fact, I should have reread An Ember In The Ashes First but regardless I ate this up like ice cream. It was so good! By the end, everyone is in a role they weren’t expecting and now I have no idea what to expect in book 3! Sabaa Tahir is proving to be a really talented writer. (And also the greatest to follow on Instagram)
A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab (Owned) ★★★★★ OMG that ending! I loved Lila as a pirate and the Games but I was not prepared for that ending. Schwab is officially a new all-time favorite author of mine and I want to read everything she’s written.
It’s been likened to Harry Potter which is a nearly impossible pair of boots to fill. Before I knew that though, the cover gave me HP vibes while the synopsis set it apart. I have a really good feeling about this one and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
I recently took part in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview event. At the event was special guest Lianne Oelke. I hadn’t really heard of her or her book before that day but wow, she blew me away. She described the series of events that lead to her writing Nice Try, Jane Sinner as well as the process of getting it published. Everything she said felt like it was plucked from my own thoughts! It really resonated with me. Without hesitation, I will be buying this one on release day.
In Other News
I started school, I guess is my biggest news. I’m doing some upgrading to qualify for college next fall and so far it’s going really well. I’m surprisingly really enjoying math, no one is more surprised about that than me.
My son and I have been enjoying the fall weather, walking lots and frequenting the library more often. We recently fell in love with If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle, and if you have a toddler in your life I highly recommend it. Then we both got sick and spent a lot of time just watching movies and reaching for tissues.
Most of my free time was taken up by school and homework so I didn’t do anything exciting in September. I did, however, participate in Raincoast Books, Winter/Spring Preview Event and it was a blast! I have participated in three events like these and this was the best yet. There are so many incredible and diverse books coming out in the next six months and I really enjoyed the guest speaker Lianne Oelkle as well. Definitely look for my blog post recapping the whole event later this week.
Coming Up Next For Review
What was the best book you read in September? Let me know down in the comments!