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5 days ago

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams . Queenie follows a Jamaican British woman who definitely made me feel a whole range of emotions. She is a real and complex character and I loved reading about her. Queenie has a complicated relationship with some members of her family and she alludes to a challenging and possibly abusive past and this has definitely shaped the adult that she is. After Queenie and her long-term boyfriend go on a break, Queenie makes a series of questionable and self-destructive decisions as she looks for and seeks comfort. . I want to say that the comparisons between Queenie and Bridget Jone’s Diary are not accurate and kind of set me up to be confused about what I was reading going into Queenie. While Queenie does have some great humour and also takes place in London that is where the similarities end. Carty-Williams tackles topics and themes of growth, self worth, identity, racism, and mental health and how these can impact the decisions you make. These themes are much more at the centre of the novel than romance, which is what I was expecting after reading the comparison. The humour in this book does help to balance out the tone of the book and I liked and appreciated these moments to reflect and think about the heavier themes that were being discussed. There were definitely moments where I laughed out loud! I really enjoyed Carty-Williams’ writing and look forward to reading more from her in the future. . Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster Canada and Netgalley for an advanced copy of Queenie! . . Content warning: discussion of miscarriage, domestic violence, abuse, and mental health. . . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookreview #notjustaprettybook #queenie #candicecartywilliams at Canada

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5 days ago

. Happy Tuesday Friends ! . It is currently 21 degrees (Celsius) and I am loving this weather. Last week we had snow and today I feel like I will get a sunburn if I sit outside for too long. . I saw Paris for One by JoJo Moyes on sale at Indigo for $8 and I had to pick it up! I haven’t read any of her works and Paris is one of my favourite cities. I’m excited to try this short story collection out! I also love the colour and font of the cover! . #qotd : what was your last cover buy?! . . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #jojomoyes #parisforone #shortstories #prettybooks at Canada

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6 days ago

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 5/5 stars . . Invisible Man follows an unnamed narrator as he grows up and moves from the American South to New York where he becomes the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of ‘The Brotherhood’. I hesitate to call this a coming of age novel because if feels so much larger than that but our narrator is searching for the answer to the question of “who am I?” . There is so much symbolism throughout this book and I know I missed some being a tired mom listening to this novel. There are many realizations, discussions and examples of racism and race relations in this novel. I am not American but there is quite a bit of American news covered in Canada and though this novel was published in 1952 I believe many of the topics are still relevant today ( and not only for Americans). . This is a heavier read but it is worth your time and attention! It will leave you with a lot to think about and reflect on. . I wanted to mention that I listened to the audiobook of this novel. It is narrated by Joe Morton and he did an AMAZING job. If you’re feeling intimidated by this 600+ page book consider listening to it! . #bookstagram #bookreview #notjustaprettybook #read #americanliterature #invisibleman #ralphellison #unreadshelfproject2019 #igreads at Canada

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8 days ago

. Hi Friends ! . It is the last day of the #jennsrainbowchallenge hosted by @jennsbookvibes and today is the day for purple books! Thank you so much for creating this fun challenge! Purple is my favourite colour but I don’t have very many purple books!! . This challenge has been so much fun! I’m definitely going to try and take more bookstack photos in the future! . . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #bookstack #purplebooks #louisepenny #lmmontgomery #canlit #amytan at Canada

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9 days ago

. Hi Friends ! . It is day 5 of the #jennsrainbowchallenge hosted by @jennsbookvibes and today is the day for blue books! I have read all of these except for Dear Mrs. Bird and A Man Called Ove but I am really looking forward to reading them both this year! . #qotd : what are you all up to this weekend? We’re having a birthday party for my daughter this weekend and I’m going out with a couple of best friends for a birthday lunch for myself!! . . . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #bluebooks #bookstack #canlit at Canada

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10 days ago

. Hi Friends ! . It is day 4 of the #jennsrainbowchallenge hosted by @jennsbookvibes and today it is time for green books! We get both yellow and green today because my yellow wasn’t posting yesterday. I was trying to hold all of these and it was a bit challenging because they’re all different sizes but I actually like how haphazard my pile turned out! . #qotd : have you ever had a ‘mistake’ photo turn out better than what you actually planned out? . . . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookstack #bookpile #greenbooks at Canada

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11 days ago

. Hi Friends ! . It is day 3 of the #jennsrainbowchallenge hosted by @jennsbookvibes and today is all about yellow books! These books are all on my tbr. Have you read any of them? I’ve never really posted book stacks or photos just based on colour before this challenge but it is so much fun! I didn’t really notice how many colourful books I had before! . . . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookstack #yellowbooks #tbr at Canada

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12 days ago

. Happy Tuesday Friends ! . It is day 2 of the #jennsrainbowchallenge hosted by @jennsbookvibes and today orange books are up! Yesterday was a stack of books still sitting on my unread shelf but I’ve read all but one of these books! Defying Hitler is in my 2019 tbr. I love seeing everyone’s coloured stacks! Do you see any favourites in this stack?! I hope you’re all having a great day! . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookstack #orangebooks #classics #ya #fiction #nonfiction at Canada

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13 days ago

. Happy Monday Friends ! . I love a good bookstack, don’t you? When @jennsbookvibes posted about #jennsrainbowchallenge I thought it would be so fun. There is also a giveaway at the end of the challenge and each day you post a photo corresponding to that days colour you get an entry! Here is a stack of red books that are on my TBR! If you’ve read them please let me know what I should prioritize in my tbr! . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookstack #whendimplemetrishi #roseunderfire #frogmusic #secretdaughter #tbr at Canada

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14 days ago

. Happy Sunday Friends ! . Do you like to reread books? I love rereading! It helps me get out of or avoid slumps. I also am a mood reader so if I’m feeling like I need to read something to fit my mood I know exactly what I should pick up. Tell Me Three Things was my first reread of the year. I wanted something mostly light hearted and cute that would also make me smile. . #qotd : what do you plan on reread this year? . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #ya #contemporaryromance #tellmethreethings #juliebuxbaum at Canada

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15 days ago

. Happy Saturday Friends ! . I hope you’re all having a great day! It has been a hot minute since I shared my love for Louise Penny and her books so here is my plug to give this series a try if you haven’t! . . #qotd : I am also wondering if you have any mystery recommendations for me? I like mysteries that aren’t too scary - I am a big baby! I haven’t read too much of the genre. I read The Girl on the Train and really didn’t like it...is this an unpopular opinion? After reading that book I haven’t picked up much of the genre but I think I should give it another go. . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #louisepenny #threepines #canadianliterature #booksandflowers at Canada

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19 days ago

. Happy Tuesday Friends ! . I hope you’re all having a great day! I had such a fun time reading the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan. Rich People Problems was a great end to the trilogy but I would gladly welcome more books in this series. The audiobooks for this series are also fantastic ! Though there was still the humour and the ridiculous elements you expect from some characters in this book there was also a serious undertone and important takeaway messages. . I loved learning more about Su Yi and her history especially her involvement with the Japanese occupation of Singapore. I was upset at how judgemental some members of the family were being ( can’t say much more than that without giving things away!) and my heart definitely hurt for some characters! Important topics were brought up such as fertility (and it being no one’s business other than yours and your partners), Staying true to your own identity and forgiveness. . I highly recommend this series! It was great to see some parts of my own culture reflected in print though my family is definitely not as crazy or extreme! . . #qotd : if you’ve read this series what did you think about the conclusion? If you haven’t read it, is it on your tbr? . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #booksandflowers #crazyrichasians #richpeopleproblems #diversifybookstagram #notjustaprettybook #kevinkwan #bookreview at Canada

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22 days ago

. Happy Saturday Friends ! . I hope you’re all having a great weekend! It is sunny and warm today and there is no more snow in the forecast! Could we maybe be heading into spring weather? I went out in just a sweater and a scarf today and it was so nice! Here is a red book stack! I’ve read a few of these and some are from my unread shelf. . #qotd : do you see any favourites in this stack? Are any of these on your tbr?! . Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourites and Crazy Rich Asians and The Wedding Date are some books that I’ve recently read and really enjoyed! . . #bookishcanadiansmar19 : red books #readgushmar19 : #bookstack . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #shelfie #redbooks #prideandprejudice #theweddingdate #crazyrichasians #therosieproject #whendimplemetrishi #emmadonoghue #secretdaughter at Canada

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23 days ago

. Happy March Friends ! . . I hope you’re all having a great Friday! Here is my March TBR. . ✨Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell ✨The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ✨Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (* reading this one as an 8 week buddy read organized by @ciannereads ) ✨ Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams - ebook ✨Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - audiobook . #qotd : what are you planning on reading this month ? . #bookishcanadiansmar19 #readgushmar19 : March #tbr . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookstack #annakarenina #cranford #thehandmaidstale #annakin8 #tolstoy #elizabethgaskell #margaretatwood #canlit #classics at Canada

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24 days ago

. Happy Thursday Friends ! . . I hope you’re all having a great day. Here is most of my February wrap up! I’m really happy with the reading that I was able to do this month! I passed on The Huntress to a friend for her to read because I loved it so much before I took my wrap up photo! . ✨The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (review to come!) ✨The Huntress by Kate Quinn ✨The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory ✨Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan ✨ Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke ✨Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum . #qotd : what was your favourite book that you read this month? My favourite February read was The Huntress! . . #bookishcanadiansfeb19 #bluelovesbookishfeb19 #readgushfeb19 : wrap up . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookstack at Canada

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25 days ago

. Happy Wednesday Friends ! . . I hope you’re all having a great day. Here is my little February book haul...😄🙈 . This stack includes some favourites and some books that have been on my tbr for a while! . #qotd : did you add any books to your shelves this month? . . #bookishcanadiansfeb19 #bluelovesbookishfeb19 #readgushfeb19 : bookhaul . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookhaul at Canada

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26 days ago

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory . 4/5 stars . Drew and Alexa meet in a hotel elevator that has lost power. The cute banter starts and Drew reveals he is in town to attend the wedding of his friend to one of his ex girlfriends...and to make the situation more awkward Drew is a groomsman! He is minus a plus one but Alexa agrees to be his fake date for the wedding. They have a great time together but should they continue to keep seeing each other once the wedding is over? . The actual wedding happened a lot earlier in this novel than I was expecting it to. I was thinking there would be more build up to it but there was actually more of the novel that centred around a will they, won’t they, continue the relationship. I liked that this novel was told in dual perspectives and how much Alexa loved food! I loved that Alexa and Drew were an interracial couple. I was a bit frustrated with the lack of communication and that Drew was a bit possessive at times...but I love that Alexa called him out on this! . I definitely recommend this one for anyone who is looking for a cute, light romantic read. It isn’t too dramatic and though it talks about steam it doesn’t actually go into steamy details. I am excited to read more from Jasmine Guillory! . . #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #read #booksofinstagram #bookishcanadians #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookishlove #readers #booksbooksbooks #instareader #bookphotography #bookworm #booksharks #bookreview #notjustaprettybook #theweddingdate #jasmineguillory at Canada

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27 days ago

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke . 3/5 stars . . I am a big fan of romantic comedies and romance books but unfortunately I was left a little bit disappointed with this one! I feel like this will be an unpopular opinion though and that many people will enjoy this read. When childhood friends Justine and Nick bump into each other Justine is hopeful that a romance will spark. Nick loves to read horoscopes and his favourite ones just happen to be printed in the magazine that Justine works for! Justine tries to give Nick some hints about his love life and his professional choices by taking his horoscope into her own hands at the magazine. Justine’s meddling not only influences Nick’s choices but also the choices of some other people who take their horoscopes very seriously. . . I thought it was interesting how Darke would write about Justine’s newly written/ altered horoscopes and then include information on other characters and how this also impacted their lives but I felt it was just too much for one book. There were too many characters introduced and this was done too frequently, for me, and I found that it really took away from the main plot and characters of the book. I was actually getting frustrated with all the brakes in the main story line. I found all of the added characters and their story lines made it difficult for me to make a connection with the main characters individually, let alone root for them as a couple. There were definitely some cute moments but I felt like there was a lot of ‘telling’ to progress relationships and not a whole lot of ‘showing’, and in my opinion, seeing relationships form and getting those warm fuzzy feelings are some of the best parts of reading this genre! I would read another book by Darke as there were parts of her writing that I did enjoy but the format of this book just wasn’t for me. . Thank you to Crown Publishing ( @crownpublishing ) and Netgalley (@netgalley ) for a copy of this novel! . Star-Crossed will be published May 21, 2019 . . #bookreview #notjustaprettybook #bookstagram #bookishcanadians #bibliophile #starcrossed #romcom #contemporary #fiction at Canada

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