My April Reading List

Hey guys! I got more reading done in March than in February, mostly because of all the extra time I had. Now I can go see the Emma movie, and I think that the story might be better brought to life on screen than on the page (I don’t even know who I am anymore because I’ve always believed that the book is better than the movie). Dear Evan Hansen was really moving and I liked it a lot, I definitely recommend reading it.

Even though I didn’t finish The Bone Houses this month like I wanted to, I still thought that I’d post My April Reading List. We’re falling on tough times in terms of reading material, and I’m preparing myself for a bit of a book drought. If you need advice on what to do during times like these, you can read my post on What to Do During A Book Drought by clicking the link;) On the other hand, this might be an awesome period of book rediscovery! It’s a great time for you to read a book that you’ve had on your shelf forever but never got to, or to rediscover some hidden book gems in those nooks and crannies in your house. I’m not quite sure when or where I’ll get some new supply, so I’m taking this advice myself and picking four books that I have at home already. One of them I’ve read already, but it was a long time ago and it can be a part of the book rediscovery process. It can be interesting sometimes to read a book that you haven’t read in awhile and find that it’s totally different than you remembered because your perspective and experiences have changed. Anyways, here’s my picks for April!

The Red Tent

In the process of cleaning out our office we pulled out this book, and my Mom suggested that I read it, so I’m planning on starting right after I finish The Bone Houses. It is written from the perspective of Dinah, who is a minor character in the bible. The author expands upon her story and describes being a woman in ancient times, and in the world of the Red Tent. This novel seems interesting and it has really great reviews, so I’m excited to read it. It’s available on Amazon, but I’m not sure how reliable they’re delivery service is right now.

Underground In Berlin

I got this book as a gift a while back, and started it, but never finished. So I guess now is a good time to finish it up;)) It tells the story of Marie Jalowicz Simon, and how she survived in Berlin during World War II as a Jew. This looks like it’ll be a pretty good read as well, as it’s told in Marie’s own voice and anything historical is a hit with me! This falls under my 2020 Reading List in the category of “is set during a war”.

Lord of the Flies

This is a “modern classic” that is about a group of boys who get stranded on an Island, and how they try to govern themselves and survive. This is a really cool concept, and should be super interesting. (I also found this one in our office).

Anne of Green Gables

I read this book a long time ago and remember it as a feel-good story that would be great for a time like this. It’s about a red-haired orphan named Anne who is taken in by two farmers in Avonlea, and all of the friends she makes and adventures she has as she grows up. If you haven’t read it, than I strongly suggest you do because it’s such a cute book! I also have the two books that come after this one in the series, so if this book drought extends further into the future I will be prepared!

That’s my list for April! I wish you luck in this time of uncertainty in the book world, and hope you discover some hidden treasures!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

March Reading List

Hey there;)) I really need to get back on my reading game, especially if I want to finish my 2020 Reading Challenge by the end of the year. This March I picked out 3 books that I’d like to finish, and while I’m in the midst of the first one, which is a bit slow, I’m excited to take some time to read and relax this month. Here are my picks for the month of March.

Emma

I started Emma towards the end of February. It’s by Jane Austen, so it’s over 200 years old and is considered to be a classic. It follows a young woman (Emma), who is smart, pretty and rich, and lives with her father. She enjoys matchmaking, and takes an interest into her friend Harriet’s love life. Although she doesn’t seem to want to find love, through trying to seek out mates for others she begins to explore her own heart. From what I’ve read so far, which is about 160 pages, this book is a bit dry and hard to get through at times. However, I’m trying to pay attention to the way Austen supposedly mocks the English upper class in this novel, and although I’m not quite sure where the plot is going, I’m going to power through this book because it fits into the “is becoming a movie in 2020” part of my reading challenge.

Dear Evan Hansen

This has been a pretty popular novel in the last couple of years, and is interesting because I’m pretty sure that it was adapted from a TV show, which is cool because it’s usually the other way around. This book is about a boy who claims to be a recently deceased teenager’s secret best friend, causing the grieving family to treat him like a son and for him to become more popular and feel like he belongs. Dear Evan Hansen just sort of grabbed my attention when I read the synopsis, and I’m excited to read it because I don’t usually read fiction that is rooted in the real world (unless it’s a murder mystery). I’ll be sure to let you guys know what I think of it.

The Bone Houses

The first time I noticed this book was on OwlCrate, which is an awesome book subscription service that I wish I was subscribed to (here’s a hint in case you want to buy me a gift someday), and it drew my eye because of it’s cool title and even cooler cover art. It’s about a girl named Ryn who looks after her family’s graveyard. But the dead buried their often awaken to become zombie-like-things called Bone Houses. Then this guy named Ellis comes into town, and the Bone Houses start attacking the town, like, more than usual. So they journey to the mountains to try and break this curse. I’m excited for this because it seems dark and deep and just really different, which is refreshing.

Those are the books I’ll be reading this March! Let me know which titles that you’re planning to read in the comments:) See you Wednesday.

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked:))))

2020 Reading Challenge

Hi guys! Hope your week is going well- mine feels really long but I guess that’s to be expected of the first week back. So far I’ve been sticking to my resolution of making my lunch the night before, so that’s made it a bit easier.

A new year is upon us, and that means that there are so many more new books to read! But, if you’re like me, it can be hard to branch out and read different genres and types of books. So this year I decided to set a Reading challenge for myself. There are twenty requirements for the books I need to read this year, which I have outlined in my bullet journal. Once I fulfill one of these requirements I’ll write down which book I read to meet it underneath. These are things like “written in the 1920s”, or “about food”.

I think that this will be a really fun and interesting way to challenge myself to read different kinds of books this year! Down below I have the full challenge.

2020 Reading Challenge

Read at least one book that….

  • Was written in the 1920s
  • Was released in 2020
  • Has less than 200 pages
  • Takes place during a war
  • Has a colour in the title
  • Has been banned previously
  • Was written by an author in their 20s
  • Has 20 or “twenty” in the title
  • Is set in Asia
  • Is becoming a movie in 2020
  • Has more than 500 pages
  • Is translated from another language
  • Was published in your birth year
  • Has more than 20 letters in the title
  • Has a bird on the cover
  • Is about food
  • Is about philosophy
  • Was written by a Canadian author
  • Was written by an author who has written more than 20 books
  • Is non-fiction

There’s the list! I recommend that you write it down somewhere and fill in the book you read to complete each item, so that you can look back on it at the end of the year.

See you with another recipe on Friday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

8 Gifts For Book Lovers (that aren’t books)

Hi guys! I’m so excited for Christmas! Only 10 days left! This post is for all of the last-minutes shoppers out there who don’t know what to by for their book-loving friends, and it’s also to give those book loving friends ideas on what to buy themselves. Sometimes you just need to give gifts to yourself, you know? You deserve it. None of the gifts on this list are books, because it’s hard to pick out books for people, plus books are something that are enjoyed every day of the year. For chritsmas its fun to receive a cool, unique and thoughtful gift. So lets get into this list of awesome gifts for the book lover in your life.

Book Embosser

I have one of these and love it! It basically imprints a customizable design into your books and lets everyone know who it belongs to;)) It’s a really nice touch, especially if you have some favourite books that you know you’ll keep forever and want to personalize them. The ones that I saw online range from $25 to $75, but I’m sure that you could find cheaper ones on Etsy or Amazon.

Transparent Book Weight

I think that this is super cool and really useful. It holds the pages of your book down for a hands free reading experience! This would also be great for cookbooks. I could do so much more reading if I had one of these… I could read while cooking, getting ready in the morning….. I think I need one. The one I looked at was $15.

Reading Light

My eyes have adapted to reading in almost all conditions, because I refuse to stop reading even in the darkness (long car rides in the night are the worst!). I could definitely use another reading light; actually I need more than one beacuase it would be good if I could keep one in my school bag, one in my room and one in the car. This one is a great stocking stuffer and also, your friend’s eyeballs will thank you. I’m pretty sure that you can find these at the dollar store for, like, a dollar.

Clip On Bookmark

Yet another contraption that would make my life a heck of a lot easier. Bookmarks are really handy but when I take them out to continue reading, I forget to put them back in again. This bookmark clips on to your book so that you don’t forget to mark your page. Although I have gotten pretty good at memorizing numbers. See, this is why people need to read; it gives you night vision and a super awesome memory. The bookmark above is $30, but I bet if you dug a bit deeper you could find one for cheaper (hey that rhymed), or you could make your own.

Owl Crate Subscrption

I found out about Owl Crate a few months ago and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the concept; each month, they’ll send you a box that includes a book and a bunch of book-related goodies that are created by small businesses. It’s a great idea and I would personally love one of these boxes! You can purchase a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscrption.

Cute Mug

Mugs are the perfect gift for the person who loves to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea. There are tons of cute and funny bookish mugs out there- the one in the picture above was given to me by a friend and it’s so awesome!

“1000 Books To Read Before You Die” Page-a-Day Calendar

This calendar looks friggin’ amazing! Everyday you rip out a page and get a new book reccomendation! This is a gift that book lovers can cherish for the whole year and guess what? It’s only $17 on Amazon!

Reading Journal

These look really interesting and I might incorporate something like this into my bullet journal next year. It’s a book that includes reading suggestions, pages to write reviews, and to keep track of what you’ve read. This is is great gift for the organized reader. It’s $8 on Amazon.

That should keep your voracious reader friends happy! I would love if I got any of these gifts so if my family is reading this HINT HINT WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE. Hope the rest of your weekend is great and I’ll see you next week!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Winter Reading List

Last week I finished off my fall reading list- and I enjoyed it SO MUCH! The three books on it were each unique and fun reads. First, I finished the Three Dark Crowns series by reading Five Dark Fates, which I think is a suitable ending to an intriguing story. All loose ends are tied up and all questions are answered. The second book that I read was House of Salt and Sorrows. It was an enjoyable read and is full of twists and turns that will definitely keep you guessing. The story wasn’t like what I expected it would be which was a little disappointing, and I know that sounds weird because usually you want a book full of surprises, but I kind of had it in my head how I wanted it to go and had made some inferences of my own, so that’s why I was let down. Overall though, it’s a great read. The Book Thief was the last novel on my list, and I absolutely loved it! It made me cry, and few other books have had that effect on me. It’s written from a unique perspective and makes you fall in love with it’s characters. I definitely recommend reading it if you haven’t already.

Onto this season’s list! On it are some new releases and some older ones, and they’re from all different genres. This list might help you with what to ask for for Christmas;)) Enjoy your holiday reading!

My Winter Reading List

The Beautiful

First up is The Beautiful. I actually just started this book a few days ago, and am enjoying it so far. It’s about a girl named Celine who comes to New Orleans from France in the late 1800’s to start a new life, and becomes involved with a sort of mysterious society. Murders begin to occur in the city, and Celine begins to suspect the society’s attractive leader. After a third murder, the killer sets their sights on Celine and she tries to discover them herself, only to become further involved in a battle between ancient dark forces. This book has been really hyped up on Instagram lately, so I’m hoping it lives up to all of the praise it’s getting! Also, who doesn’t love to curl up by the fire and read a good book about murder?

Lion

Lion was adapted into a film in 2016, and I remember that it was a big deal and got crazy good reviews. Movies aren’t usually as good as their novel counterparts, so if Lion the movie is good, then Lion the book has to be amazing. I got this novel as a gift recently and am excited to read it after The Beautiful. It’s about a boy living in India who gets lost on a train one day, ends up living in Australia, then finds his way back home twenty-five years later. The story sounds incredible, and I’m sure it will be.

Little Women

I’d like to read Little Women because I feel like it’s just one of those classic must-reads, you know? There’s also a Little Women movie coming out with Emma Watson (who I love), so I’d like to read the book before seeing it. I think this book is sort of like Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prairie; it’s a coming of age story about four girls that takes place in the 1860’s.

One of Us Is Next

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good picture for this one, but it’s Karen McManus’ third murder mystery novel and is the sequel to One of Us Is Lying. It takes place one year after the incidents mentioned in the first novel, and includes a dangerous game of truth or dare which leads to the spilling of dark secrets and crazy taunts. This book doesn’t actually come out until January 7th of the new year, but I’m really excited for the release date! In the meantime you should check out One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret, McManus’ other novels of the same genre.

Those should keep me busy all winter! Be sure to check my instagram for book updates and to let me know of any more novels you think I should read. Have a great week and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))