MARIA’S MAY TBR (2015)

mai_006I am in SUCH a reading mood lately and want to finish as many books as I possibly can, but ‘m just about to start my on the job training. I’ll be doing my practice teaching for the entire month of May and am feeling both excited and nervous. I want to put my 100% into this experience, so I’m not quite sure how much reading I’ll be doing. You never know though, I did end up having a pretty good reading month in April, even with the stress of final exams. Maybe I will need the reading break at the end of the day!

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Since reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, I have a huge craving for thriller books. So, I went out and bought The Bear by Claire Cameron and The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I am really hoping to enjoy these. The Bear is very good so far! The story is told in the perspective of a five year old girl and I am adoring her narration. The Killing Floor by Lee Child is more of an action type of thriller and is the first book in the Jack Reacher series. I borrowed this from a friend and promised him a review. I would also love to jump into some fantasy in the month of May. I’ve recently purchased the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson because i’ve heard nothing but crazy awesome things about it. I may not have time to read the entire series this month, but I would like to start it. And last but not least, I plan on reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, a new release by the wonderful Sarah J Maas. I will be buddy reading this one with Mackenzie.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of the books that I’ve mentioned. It’s weird for me to stay away from the young adult genre, but i’m just going with my reading moods. Also, let me know if you have any thriller book recommendations for me. I hope you have a great reading month!
maria

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BOOK REVIEW: THRONE OF GLASS

16034235Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
404 pages
Source: puchased
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Celaena is an assassin, trained by the best. She happened to be in the salt mines of Endovier, paying for her crimes, when prince Dorian finds her. He offers her something in which she could not refuse: to become the kings champion in exchange for her freedom. In order to get this position, Celaena must go through a competition. She must fight some of the best assassins and warriors from all across the empire. Ofcourse, Celaena decides to accept the challenge.

The best part: her competitors have no idea who she is. She keeps her true identity a secret as she plays the part of an innocent jewel theft and enjoys the the benefits of staying in the kingdom. It has been a long time since she’s had the comfort of food to eat and a bed to sleep in.

All is well until competitors start to die, one by one.

Like the majority of the people who have read Throne of Glass, I thought that Celaena was an AWESOME, BADASS, STRONG female character. She is someone that girls of all ages will no doubt be idolizing. Why is it always the boys who are written to be the strong, independent characters in young adult fiction? Celaena shows that she can be just as strong and intelligent as any guy out there.

Dorian is the prince of your DREAMS. He is being pressured into choosing a bride, but yet he finds interest in his fathers new assassin. Knowing that this is wrong, Dorian is constantly fighting his feelings for Celaena. He knows that there is more to her than the crimes that she has committed and is determined to get to know her better. When he does begin to see her true colours, he can’t help but fall in love with her personality.

Chaol is Celaena’s trainer and Dorian’s best friend. He guides and encourages her throughout the entire competition. Chaol recognizes her strength and abilities from the very beginning. He never goes easy on her in her training, but like prince Dorian he can’t help but fall for the assassin’s charm.

Throne of Glass was a pleasure to read. The world building was MAGICAL, ROYAL, BEAUTIFUL and set up perfectly for the rest of the series.

I gave Throne of Glass 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. Have you read this awesome YA fantasy series yet? If so, leave your comments below 🙂

FRIDAY READS (#14)

Today I am in a fantastic mood. I got some exciting test results back, it’s Friday and it’s snowing! What more could I want? 

This week, I finally picked up my reading pace a little bit with the help of two audiobooks. The first one being Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling, and the second one being Everyday by David Levithan. I just finished Everyday this morning and it was definitely worth the read! EVERYONE SHOULD READ EVERYDAY. Ha! The book and the action of course.

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I think my next read will be Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I loved the first book in the series and am working on my review for you guys. I heard that this series gets better and better, so I am looking forward to diving into book #2.

This weekend, I will be spending time with my soon to be step sister and hopefully getting some homework and reading done. I’d love to know what you’re weekend plans are. Comment below!

maria

FRIDAY READS (#12)

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I am SO happy that it’s FRIDAY! I was supposed to have class this morning, but my teacher decided to cancel it. It’s a good thing, because we are getting a ton of snow today here in New Brunswick! I am getting the most out of my wonderful snow day while journaling, reading, making lists and cleaning. This was my first official week back to school after the holidays and although I do have a great schedule this semester, I spent most of my evenings on pinterest and wordpress than I did cleaning my place up. I am trying to get organized and start crossing things off of my famous to-do list, but my couch is just SO comfy. I don’t want to move!

This weekend, I hope to FINISH reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This is such an awesome YA fantasy read. I really am loving it, so why haven’t I finished it yet? Hmmm, laziness I suppose. Once I finish that book, I am planning on picking up The Mine by John A. Heldt, which Mallory and I will be reviewing for the author. Mallory has been raving about this, so I am looking forward to starting it. You can find The Mine on Goodreads HERE.

How are you spending your Friday? Let us know in the comments below!
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