Book Chat: Reading Wish List for the Second Half of 2018

As you may know, I have been swamped with work and wedding planning for the past few months so the number of blog posts I’ve published has plummeted dramatically. Because of this, I missed the fun ‘top x books I want to read in the second half of 2018!’ posts that everyone did back at the end of June. So I’m going to make up for lost time and post the same list, just in August. Not quite halfway through the year, but better late than never.

My to-read list is longer than ever and the more I read other book blogger’s amazing reviews the more bloated it gets. So for the sake of not making a list of 80 books I want to read in the next 5 months I’m going to make a quick and easy Top 6. This isn’t going to include the 5 or 6 books I’m in the middle of reading, even though for my own sanity it should. Can I borrow Hermione’s Time Turner so I can fit in enough time for reading (and sleeping)?

1. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (2018)

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This is one of two books on my list that I don’t own yet and I’m reeeally hoping to change that soon. The only reason I initially heard of The Poppy War was because of a small Twitter war that I observed from afar around the time the book was released. No publicity is bad publicity, right? Regardless of the dispute’s outcome, I’m glad I looked into the book that everyone was talking about because an epic China-based fantasy with a strong female protagonist sounds like a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to devour it.

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top 5 wednesday: favourite literary fathers

Fatherhood is a challenge. And when it comes to books, some fathers are just plain terrible. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday post focuses on my Favourite Literary Fathers in order to celebrate Father’s Day this coming weekend. While I want to talk about some superb examples of fatherhood in books, it’s equally as fun to talk about the terrible fathers, so I’m going to do a little mix of both.

I admit it was a bit of a challenge to think of my top 5 favourite fathers since it’s so much easier to think of examples of mothers in literature that I love. I wonder why that is? Underrepresentation of the struggle of fatherhood? Who knows. But despite this, I’m pretty pleased with this list as I believe all of these characters deserve to be celebrated for many different reasons and not just for the role they played in their children’s lives (for better or worse).

So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Favourite Literary Fathers!

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award (2.0!)

I’ve been super MIA for the last month and I apologise! I have super exciting things happening right now that I can’t wait to share with everyone soon! In the meantime, I’m hoping to get back into the swing of blogging more regularly for June (starting with my new review for Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel). One of the things on my blogger ‘to do list’ is to complete the tags some of my favorite bloggers have been so kind to include me in. So a big shoutout to both Reader Voracious and This Dark Material for tagging me in The Sunshine Blogger Award! Be sure to check out their amazing book blogs and give them a follow!


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

I’m going to be super brave and attempt to answer both Reader Voracious and This Dark Material’s questions in this post. I don’t want to pick between the two so I might as well answer them all! Here we go!

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top 5 wednesday: favourite fandom items

I have a small problem and I think this is the safest space for me to confess.

I absolutely love knickknacks.

It’s difficult because contrary to this I hate being surrounded by clutter. But if I see a cute bookish item (or a unique looking plant) … I need it. Life is hard. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few pieces of fandom memorabilia. But luckily, for the sake of the limited space in my flat, a lot of it didn’t make the move with me from Canada to the UK. Regardless, there’s something a bit magical about owning a physical piece of something that only previously existed in your imagination. So it’s difficult to contain myself when I see an item from one of my favourite books for sale. I’m sure many of you can relate!

For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, I’ll be talking a bit about my top 5 favourite fandom items. For my fellow knickknack enthusiasts, Id love to hear about your own favourite fandom memorabilia in the comments!

So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Favourite Fandom Items!

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

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Top 5 Books of 2018 (So far!)

I have been terribly inactive this past week due to the resurgence of a Sims addiction I can’t seem to keep under control and my latest obsession with The Eye of the World, the first Wheel of Time novel. I had meant to write a post for A Little But a Lot’s ‘Six for Sunday’ prompt Favourite Books this Year So Far but I was 4 generations deep into my Sims’ dynasty and couldn’t tear myself away long enough to do any writing. So I’ve altered this prompt down to 5 books and I’m releasing it 6 days late. Better late than never, right?

Now the tricky part. I’ve read 11 books so far this year and other than an isolated instance, I’ve enjoyed them all very much. I definitely get trapped in the mindset that every book I finish is ‘the best book I’ve ever read’ immediately after completion, so it’s fun to reflect on them all weeks or months after the fact. So here are the 5 books that I consider to be the best of my 2018 reads (so far!).

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