One Year Blogging Anniversary!

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Yesterday was my one year anniversary of blogging! Over the last year, I have almost 400 followers and over 12,000 views! When I started, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I have virtually met and interacted with so many new friends and have gotten a ton of amazing book recommendations!

Thank you to everyone that has visited my blog in the past year!

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Harry Potter Spells Book Tag


Thank you to Miriam @ Shadowriverdaleharley for tagging me for the Harry Potter Spells Book Tag! I think this is a great tag to highlight different books that I’ve read in the past!

1. Accio – the summoning charm. An upcoming release you cannot wait to get your hands on.

I can’t wait for Karin Slaughter’s new stand alone – August 21st!

Pieces of Her

2. Alohamora – the unlocking charm. Favourite series starter.

I loved everything about The Hunger Games (the first book in the series) and it still remains my favourite book in the series.


The Hunger Games


3. Cheering Charm. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.

I re-read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants this year and there was so many fond memories that reminded me of my oldest and bestest friends.

The Sisterhood

4. Aguamenti – water-making spell. A book that made you ugly cry.

Such an ugly cry, omg that ending…

My Sister's keeper

5. Expecto Patronum – the patronus charm. A bookish hero or heroine you’d want around to protect you in real life.

Harry Potter!

Harry Potter

6. Lumos – creates light. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.

I read a Court of Thorns and Roses and then read spoilers for the other 2 books, which I most likely won’t read.

A Court of Throns

7. Imperio – the imperius curse. A book you wish you could make everyone read because you love it so much.

One of my favourite thrillers and I feel like everyone needs to read it!

Before I Go to Sleep

8. Engorgio – engorgement charm. A book series you wish never ended.

I could read 20 more Harry Potter books!

Harry Potter

9. Wingardium Leviosa – levitation charm. A book with an uplifting mood or message.

Love this book, so many inspiring women!

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10. Obliviate – memory charm. A book you wish you could forget you ever read.

I hated this book and every time I think about it, it makes me angry for the time I wasted reading it. Thankfully it was a very short read!

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11. Anapneo – clears the target’s airways. An author whose books always get you out of a slump.

Karin Slaughter all the way!

Pretty Girls

12. Jelly Legs Jinx. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine.

I don’t know if swoon is the right word, but I love Myron Bolitar! And he reminds me of my husband!

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13. Arresto Momentum – slows down the target. A book that caused you to drop everything and read it.

Anything Liane Moriarty! I always read her books so quickly since I can never put them down!

Liane Moriarty

14. Crucio – the cruciatus curse. A book that was painful to read.

This series got so painful to read.


15. Rictumsempra – the tickling charm. A book that made you laugh out loud.

Starting from the dedications page, I was laughing the whole time!

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16. Expelliarmus – disarming charm. A book that made you want to send it flying.

Hated everything about this book, especially the lack of conclusion.

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17. Portus – turns an object into a portkey. Bookish world you wish you could visit.

I would be happy just to visit London to see everything Harry Potter related!

Harry Potter

18. Stupefy – stunning spell. A book with a shocking twist or ending.

I loved that I knew it was a crazy ending going in, but I never expected it to be that crazy!

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19. Avada Kadavra – the killing curse. A character death that destroyed you.

I still remember one character’s death in this novel that just shocked me. I think it was because it was so out of the blue.

Friends Forever

20. Finite Incantatum – terminates all spells in the area. Best series conclusion.

I feel like I can’t go with Harry Potter again, so I’ll go with the Lunar Chronicles ending. I loved how you got to see all of the characters again and see how their stories were concluded.


I nominate the below bloggers and anyone else who wants to take on this book tag!

Berit & Vicci @ Audio Killed the Bookmark

Amalia @ The Opinionated Reader

Sandy @ Sandy’s Book a Day

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read.

In the past, I never re-read any books (only exception would be Harry Potter). This year, I wanted to re-read one old favourite every month and so far I loved the books even more then I did the first time.

These are the top ten books that I loved, but don’t have any desire to re-read them now.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – Is it bad that I won’t read a book again because of it’s length? It was a good book, but way too big and heavy. It was a before bed book since it was too large to travel!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han – John Tucker Must Die in book form! By the end of the series, the books got a bit weird, so I won’t be visiting the series any time soon.

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I really enjoyed the first book in the series, however based on the end of the series, I would never re-read the series. I think alot of people will agree with me on this one!

Friends Forever by Danielle Steel – I forget how I stumbled across this one. While reading on vacation, I was shocked by the tragic events in the book, especially when I thought it was about best friends. It’s one of those books that I really enjoyed at the time, but I don’t think I would enjoy if I read it today.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger – I loved this book because of all the twists and turns, but I don’t think I would enjoy it as much since I still remember the twists. Maybe I’ll re-read in a few years, when the twists are a bit hazy.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – I saw the movie trailer for My Sister’s Keeper and I knew I had to read the book. I cried my eyes out at the end of the novel and it’s not an experience that I would like to repeat!

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – I love this series and really enjoy the puzzle solving aspect using well known historical artifacts. I’m not in a rush to re-read this book any time soon.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – I gave the Selection 5 stars?! Haha I flew through this book and was super entertained. Don’t think I’ll be re-reading.

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella – I’m surprised I gave this one a 5 star rating on Goodreads, I think I found it really funny. It’s not one that I would ever plan to read again.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – The first book that I loved by Moriarty. It would be lower down on my list of re-reads, since I would re-read Big Little Lies or The Husband’s Secret over What Alice Forgot.

Do you like to re-read books that you previously loved? Are there any book that you loved but wouldn’t read again? 

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Trick or Treachery (Murder, She Wrote #14) by Donald Bain

Murder she Wrote

Did you know that there are Murder, She Wrote books? Similar to the TV show, each book Jessica ends up in the middle of a murder and eventually solves the crime. I’ve read a few of these books and they are perfect if you are looking for a light read with a side of mystery. Trick or Treachery would be a perfect Halloween read!

Jessica Fletcher and the town of Cabot Cove are eagerly waiting for their yearly Halloween party. Of course, the biggest dilemma at the start of the novel is finding the perfect costume to wear! The night comes and the party is cut short when a visitor of the town is found dead. No one knows the real reason why she was there, but now everyone is a suspect!

I didn’t love this novel as much as the earlier novels that I read in the series. I found that there was too many people to kept track of and it jumped without warning from past to present. It didn’t make for an easy transition.

Unless you are looking for a Halloween read, I would recommend another Murder, She Wrote novel. Both Gin & Daggers or Rum & Razors were some of my favourites!

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Disappointed that it wasn’t as good as other novels in the series.


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Faithless (Grant County #5) by Karin Slaughter


Not only was this an awesome book, but it only cost $1!

I’m so sad that I only have 1 book left in the Grant County series. However, it is nice to know that the characters (Sara, Jeffrey and Lena) in the Grant County will appearance in the Will Trent series (Slaughter’s other series).

The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods–then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty young woman. For them, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of life into the case.

For as Jeffrey and Sara move further down a trail of shocking surprises and hidden passions, neither is prepared for the most stunning discovery of all: the identity of a killer who is more evil and dangerous than anyone could have guessed.

There are lots of murders in this small town in Georgia. In this novel, a young woman is discovered murdered in the woods and Sara (medical examiner and local pediatrician) and Jeffrey (police chief) have to start from ground zero, including finding out who the woman is.

Once they have identified the woman, the case is just gets started. The family always get looked at first and this family is a doozie. From their lifestyle to their relationships with one another, there are a lot of family secrets! I really enjoyed the mystery and there is a very dramatic showdown at the end of the novel!

Faithless is entertaining from the beginning to the end. I liked how Lena (one of the town’s detectives) seems to be moving forward with her life, instead of backwards like in the previous novels. I really like the relationship between her and Nan.

I also really love Sara and Jeffrey and their relationship. They work so well together and I hope that they are able to put their past behind them and move forward. Similar to Lena, there are positive steps happening!

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Love this series and all the characters! Doesn’t get the full 5 because I enjoyed the last novel (Indelible) a bit more.


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