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DNF December Review Blitz: Introduction Post

Ever since 2015 when I decided to be more proactive and smarter about my TBR list, I’ve found myself DNFing more books than ever. I’m sure some people will read that and think “how awful” but I don’t see it necessarily as a negative thing; if anything, it has improved my reading life in an extremely positive way. Ever since I wrote a post explaining why I wanted to DNF more booksI’ve found myself in less reading slumps because I’m not reading books simply because I feel like I have to finish them. If I don’t find myself interested in one book, I simply stop it and read another until I find one that sticks.

>> SERIESous Discussion: DNFing ARCs

According to the “My Reading Habits by Month” post earlier this year, I nearly tripled the amount of books I DNF’d in 2017 compared to 2016 (going from 7 books to 17). Which also means I have more DNF reviews sitting in my “posts to publish” queue than ever before.

Which is how I came up with the idea for this review blitz! I had imposed a rule on myself to only post one DNF review a month–which is hard! And thanks to other commitments, I often moved those post around and they never seemed to see the light of day. I also found myself running out of spots for reviews I had fully completed and ready to go. So I needed a new solution. After I posted my Trilogy Termination Blitz in the Spring this year, I decided to do a similar thing with DNF reviews. And because I like alliteration (and the idea of yearly wrap-ups in December) , I picked December.

Now: what is a DNF’d review?

For me these are reviews of novels I never finished. Meaning I started them but stopped reading before I reached the end. These are not reviews for series where I read the first book completely and then opted to not read the sequel. Those get the regular “series review” treatment on my site as I have a conclusion card to tag them appropriately. I’ve also excluded those DNF reviews for brand new book series that had their inaugural title released this year. Those series get a special “Fresh Friday” review post.

These true DNF reviews get a bit of a different review format in comparison. In them, I list what I liked, what I didn’t and if I ever plan on finishing the series. I always find these reviews helpful when I’m deciding whether or not to add a book to my TBR and that’s what I aim for these reviews to do and why I publish them.

What Reviews are on the Way?

These are reviews that I wrote in 2017 and 2018. Some of these reviews were written a long time ago (ie early 2017) and got lost in various shuffles. But I wrote them immediately after I stopped the book so my feelings and thoughts are fresh.

Here are the reviews you will see over the next few days (note the links may be “broken” as the reviews aren’t published yet):

         

While I never want to DNF books (especially when most of these are ones I’ve spent my money to buy), I know it is an inevitable fact of being a book reader. I hope to make this more of a yearly feature as a part of my December year-end-wrap-up going forward but you might see the occasional one pop up throughout the year.

I hope you enjoy the reviews I post over the next week! And if you read and enjoyed these books, I would love to get your takes on them! Who knows, maybe I’ll pick them up again!

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Trilogy Termination Blitz: Spring 2018

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Spring 2018

This blitz has been a long time coming!

Close to 3 years ago, I thought up this great idea to help me get some previously started trilogies finished. See I had a lot of books where I had read the first 2 books but had yet to read the grand finale. These were series I had started in high school or just lost track of during university. Like most people with extensive TBRs, I never seemed to be able to find the time to get that last book read.

So this has been a project that I’ve been working on since my early days of blogging. And what you are about to get over the next 4 days is about half of what I have planned. I’m hoping that by posting this now, I can encourage myself to get the last half finished by the end of this year. It felt great to get some of those half-finished review out of my draft folder!

The Goal:

Finish 10 previously started (and completely published) series where I have read Books 1 and 2 but still have to read Book 3. I even added an extra series just as a buffer in case one of the books wasn’t available at the library*.

*which obviously was unnecessary because I read these books over the course of 3 years and not in a month span like I had originally planned.

Updated Series:

When I started this project, there were a few series that I ended up writing reviews for on my blog. Most of these reviews were from the early days when I would write posts for series even if I hadn’t finished them, simply so I would have some content for the blog. I’ve learned a lot since then 😉

So check out some of my previous reviews that are now complete:

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

Reviews Over The Next 3 Days:

So what series will you see over the next 3 days? You’ll have to click on the links below when the time comes (or just wait for them to show up in your reader feed). I hope you enjoy!

Day 1 // Day 2 // Day 3


Do you have a lot of trilogies unfinished?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Books I Love but Will Never Re-Read

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a TTT post but I couldn’t resist when I saw this topic. It was definitely harder than I thought it would be to come up with 10 but once I started, I was able to round out my list.

The criteria is pretty simple. These books are books I enjoyed reading but can’t see myself reading again for a variety of reasons. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out (well, some of them at least).

(In no particular order):


Links to My Reviews:

Me Before You | Room | Forbidden | Red Queen | Little Peach | Fifty Shades of Grey | Release Me | The Forbidden | Throne of Glass | Breaking Dawn

What books do you love that will never grace your eyeballs again?

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Riffle Lists: Slow Burn Romance

Riffle is an independent book site that keeps track of what books you are reading and want to read. It’s similar to GoodReads but it keeps things simple and is super easy to use. One of my favourite features is the ability to create and share lists! It is a great way to create your own list of books that have a certain theme for your own records AND a fantastic way to discover new books through other users’ lists!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love (no pun intended) romance themed lists around Valentine’s Day every year. I’m a sucker for a good romance novel and I read them all the time.

This year, I was inspired by my recent Trope Thursday Feature where I looked at the slow burn romance. Normally, I want things to happen fast in my novels but the slow burn romance is the exception. There is nothing I love more than some great sexual tension between leads!

Here are some notable books with slow burn romances:

Read my reviews:

Smut | The Raven Boys | A Stardance Summer | The Wall of Winnipeg and Me | Defy the Stars | Duels & Deception | Unknown | To Win Her Heart | Idol | Play | Cross the Stars | Blackhearts | Schooled | The Mad Tatter | Lost & Found

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The Perfect Match: Winter 2018 Edition

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The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

I did a bit of a fail with this feature last year, forgetting to do posts for the summer and fall of 2017. But never fear! I’ve returned with some romantic reads just in time for Valentine’s Day!

This time I’ve paired up books with some of my favourite rom-com movies!

Why This Match?

All these stories feature lead heroines who are escorts who fall in love with the client. While The Arrangement definitely has a flare for the darker dramatics, whereas Pretty Woman and the Calendar Girl Series are much lighter. But all these stories have the same female empowerment vibe to them thanks to their strong heroines.

Why This Match?

Rush was a favourite from last year. Like Brokeback Mountain, it shows the relationship between two men who feel like they can’t share their true feelings for each other. Actually, Rush inspired Leveled to a certain extent but I actually read Leveled first (plus, it is a novella compared to the novel that is Rush). Regardless, it has a lot of the same themes of sexuality and societal pressures.

Why This Match?

Ok, I know I am cheating a bit with A Walk to Remember since it was a book first. BUT, the novel takes place in the 1950s whereas the movie is the 1990s so it has more “contemporary” themes. Pushing the Limits features a once popular girl who is now a bit of a social outcast falling for the school bad boy. Of course, there is more than meets the eye and these two find a deeper connection and understanding. It’s darker than the other two but features a great romance and story. Chloe from Where the Road Takes me reminded me so much of Jamie from A Walk to Remember. They are both these quiet, determined girls who suddenly get noticed by someone from the “in-crowd” and try their best to not fall in love.


Agree or Disagree with my picks?

Feel free to suggest some of your own in the comments below!

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2017

For me, 2017 was all about reading what I wanted when I wanted to.

Two years of attempting to curb my TBR had allowed me to go into 2017 with a more carefree attitude than I was used to. I got more comfortable DNFing books and learning to say no to every book I meet. Audiobooks became an everyday avenue for reading, cutting down my TBR one listen at a time. I even got to a few Jane Austen novels! My challenges might not have gone entirely to plan but I read more books than I anticipated so I can’t really complain.

> > Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2017) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that ended in 2017 –

– A series sequel book published in 2017 –

– Movie Adaptions Released in 2017 –

– Novels I read in 2017 that were hyped by the community & met expectations –

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2017 (not necessarily their publication year) –

– Favourite New Adult Series Read in 2017 –

– Best standalones I read in 2016 –

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2017 –

– Favourite Adult Standalones read in 2017 –

– Books published in 2017 that I DNF’d –

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2017 –

– Books that I enjoyed more than I expected! –

Have a fabulous 2018!

Do we share any titles? Agree or Disagree?

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Riffle Lists: Canadian Authors

Riffle is an independent book site that keeps track of what books you are reading and want to read. It’s similar to GoodReads but it keeps things simple and is super easy to use. One of my favourite features is the ability to create and share lists! It is a great way to create your own list of books that have a certain theme for your own records AND a fantastic way to discover new books through other users’ lists!


As you may or may not know, 2017 is a big year for Canada, my home country. We’re celebrating our 150th anniversary of independence and general awesomeness.

We’ve been celebrating since January 1st truthfully, in some way or another. All our National Parks are free for ANYONE to visit in 2017 and boy, are they worth visiting! Canada is a beautiful country that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. So if you’ve ever wanted to come visit, now’s the time!

But today in particular is super special because July 1st is our national holiday to celebrate the “birth of our nation”. So I thought it would be fun to list some of my favourite Canadian authors to celebrate the occasion!

Read my reviews on their works:

Lesley Livingston  |  Kelley Armstrong  |  Piper Lawson  |  Kelly Bowen  |  Cindy Anstey  |  Elle Kennedy  |  J C Hannigan  |  Alyxandra Harvey  |  Elisabeth Grace  |  Adrienne Kress  |  Helena Hunting  |  K A Tucker  |  Jacqueline E Garlick


I could go on and on about my wonderful country but I’ll let these videos do my talking for me:

Do we share some favourites? Let me know!

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The Perfect Match: Spring 2017

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Spring 2017 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

I’m taking a non-contemporary approach this time around and featuring some Science Fiction hybrids in the YA and Adult Fiction universe.

Why This Match?

Inherit the Stars focuses on interplanetary conflict between 3 royal houses. Two of the heirs find themselves in an arranged marriage in the hopes of bring some semblance of peace to their people. Of course, these two being to bond and see that there is more to the other person than the prejudices they’ve grown up with their entire lives. That premise there is the same one you can find in The Book of Ivy and its arranged marriage trope. I picked Academy 7 because the opposites attract relationship is strong in that novel and the secrets the characters are keeping has a lasting impact on the narrative.

Why This Match?

Aza’s lung condition in Magonia readily reminded me of Lily’s allergies in Trial by Fire. But once they leave their worlds, they become a completely different–and healthy–person. Across the Universe might seem like an odd pick but the setting of a mysterious ship that slowly uncovers its secrets is something both it and Magonia share.

Why This Match?

When you take the gritty, take no prisoners attitude of An Ember in the Ashes and add in an outwit and outlast challenge like The Hunger Games, you get the Red Rising Trilogy. Only elevated to a whole new level.

Agree or Disagree with my picks?

Feel free to suggest some of your own in the comments below!

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#ShelfLove Discussion: What Books Have Collected the Most Dust?

One of the main reasons I picked the #ShelfLove Challenge this year was the seasonal discussions it had. It’s a fun aspect and one I think will help keep the challenge fresh throughout the year for me.

Top Unread Books That Have Been On Your Shelf the Longest

Bring on the shame!

For this topic, I decided to break it down in a few different ways. The #ShelfLove Challenge is all about books I’ve purchased over the years and, right now, I have 3 “sources” so to speak. I have the books I buy for my Kobo, my Kindle and for my physical bookshelf. So I’ll be sharing some of those below:

Physical Bookshelf

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)

Publishing Date: October 2008  |  Date Purchased: Before 2010

This is one of those classic cases where I bought the book and then read a completely different series by that author first. I originally bought Lament because it was a faerie story and I adore those. But since then, I’ve read two series by Stiefvater and had mixed feelings on them. I’m not sure if this book will survive my cleaning purge but we will see.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Publishing Date: 2003  |  Date Purchased: 2009

Back when I was still buying physical books, this one was on sale for $5. I remember the movie had either just been released or was just about to be so I figured why not? I’ve actually loaned this out to at least 2 people and have yet to read it for myself.

Kobo Bookshelf

Love Struck

Publishing Date: 2011|  Date Purchased: December 26, 2011

Probably the most embarrassing one on this list because this novella is a total of 53 pages. I adored Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series so it was a no brainer to pick this one up during a Boxing Day sale. Hopefully I can find the 30 minutes it will take to read it this summer…

Stolen Away

Publishing Date: January 2012|  Date Purchased: February 7, 2012

Alyxandra Harvey is yet another author I adored as a teen and had to pick up during a sale. Surprise, surprise it’s about faeries! I’ve currently marked it as a “no-go” for now but I’ll probably attempt it in this summer because faeries are something I can’t resist for too long.

Kindle Bookshelf

Possessed by You (Torn, #1)

Publishing Date: May 2014 |  Date Purchased: September 2014

I actually bought the trilogy boxset when it was on sale for $1. I think at the time I was on an adult erotica/contemporary kick and I liked the deal. I’m not sure if I will ever get around to it but I’ll definitely give it a try.

Typist #1, Working for the Billionaire Novelist (Billionaire Novelist #1)

Publishing Date: November 2012 |  Date Purchased: November 2014

For some reason, I was able to get Books 2-4 for free and decided it was an interesting enough concept to get the first book which was only $1. They’re novellas so I think they will make perfect summer reads.


I’m sure you noticed a trend of “I’m not sure if I’ll read it but I’ll try”. Truthfully, a lot of these I’ve marked as pass on my TBR this year because I’m trying to reduce the number of books on my Goodreads “Want to Read” list. The idea was, if I’ve gone 5+ years without reading them, then I don’t need to hold on. But honestly, I’m such a mood-reader that I can never say never.

Have you read any of these? What’s your oldest TBR item?

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Perfect Match: Winter 2017 Edition

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Winter 2017 Edition

The Perfect Match: A seasonal feature where I play matchmaker but with books! What happens when you take Book A and combine it with Book B? The answer is Book C!

Happy Valentines Day! 

For this season’s edition of the perfect match, I thought I would keep it heavy on the romantic side of things. So here are some of my favourite romance combinations:

Why This Match?

While Dirty English is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I couldn’t help but find links to some more modern reads. The heroes in both Beautiful Disaster and Dirty English are fighters who have player-like reputations outside of the ring. But all it takes is a one night encounter with the girl who will change it all for them. But the relationship that forms between Elizabeth and Delcan in Dirty English reminded me a lot of the one in Losing It: where these two people have this great connection from the start that is more intellectual and emotion than just physical.

Why This Match?

As the title of The List implies, Annie (our heroine) is set out to do a list of things she thinks every college girl needs to do know that she is out of the house from her protective family. Bianca from All the Ways You Saved Me also has a list of things she wants to do left to her from her deceased BFF before she does her family’s plans for her. That’s how she Ian and Ian reminded me a lot of the hero from Confess, Owen. Both are super nice guys but both are hiding major secrets from their new lady friend.

Why This Match?

It’s been a long time since a book made me laugh out loud as much as Tangled did but The Matchmaker’s Playbook definitely succeeded. There’s just something so charming (and hilarious) about seeing a guy who thinks he knows it all get kicked on his ass by the girl who is his perfect match. But the concept of The Matchmaker’s Playbook–transforming a girl to get the guy of her dreams”–reminded me a lot of Crushed. I love when plans backfire!

Agree or Disagree with my picks?

Feel free to suggest some of your own in the comments below!

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