Books to Read in the Rainy Weather

My post for Monday is a bit late this week, work has been crazy busy and the weekend was even busier. Books to read during rainy days is a weird topic since we are in the middle of summer here in Toronto, but actually its raining really hard so I thought today is great time to post this.

During rainy days I prefer to read mystery novels. Well, technically I like to read mystery novels any time, but rainy weather is the optimal weather for this genre. Anyways, these are the books I would recommend to cozy up during those wet, dark and gloomy days.

The Break Down

The Breakdown by B. A Paris

I read this book last month and I thought it was a great read. It’s pretty much similar to all the other thrillers that I read last year, but this book started out one stormy night, so definitely a must read for the rainy days. The novels is basically about Cass, who drives down a dangerous road during a storm, as she nears the end of it, she notices a woman who seemed to have broken down. Due to the weather she decides to pass the woman and the next day she was found murdered in her car. Basically, this novel is Cass’ internal turmoil with herself and the haunting choices she made that night she saw the woman.

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You by Caroline Kepnes

This book would have to be the creepiest on this list, it’s technically not a horror novel, but rather its one of those bone chilling scare that can happen to anyone. This is a story told in the point of view of the stalker. Usually we read books from the perspective of the victim, but in You, Kepnes takes up to the workings of the Stalking. This totally give you the creeps, and makes you not want to go out for awhile.

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Another great thriller read for those gloomy days. This and the previous novel are books that makes you want to shut yourself at home and never go out. This is a story about Zoe, the protagonist of the story, who has kept her life in order. She leaves her house the same time, take the same train, seat in the same chair and takes the same path to work each day. She goes through her day in the same routine not knowing that she was being watched, until one day she sees her face in the newspaper ad. As she searches previous ads, she realizes that some of the woman who were featured have been murdered.

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The Girl Before by JP Delaney

A story about two girls, during two different times connected by one beautiful minimalist house. Those who wants to live in One Folgate must be screened by the creator of the house. Even as you are chosen, those must abide by the rules: no books, no pillows, no personal clutter, minimalist is key. When Jane was chosen to live in the house, she was ecstatic for the change, but the more she lives in the house, the more she uncovers the secrets that the house is hiding. Such a creepy novel for those who are alone at night. I may not have given it high ratings, but its definitely worth looking into.

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In a Dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware

I wasn’t impressed with this book as I was reading it, but it definitely sucks you in until the end. I didn’t even realize that I finished this book, until I turned the last page, definitely a page turner. A great read in those dark, wet days because of the setting of a house surrounded by the woods and civilization is miles away.

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So that’s it for me. I hope I gave you guys some more books to add to your never ending TBR. Definitely check these books out, especially those who wants to dip their feet into thrillers. I know I’m recommending these for those rainy days, but to be honest their good reads for any season. I would also recommend these books if you enjoyed A Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, to be honest, I actually enjoy these a lot more.

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City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Mystery

Goodreads Synopsis: Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

Review: It’s been awhile since I picked up an Armstrong novels and I regret not picking one up sooner. This author is actually deemed as one of my favorite authors, but technically I’ve only read her YA novels. I enjoy both of her YA trilogy, but never gotten around to reading her adult paranormal books, because that’s really not my genre. As time went by she kinda got lost from my radar and totally missed  this mystery series of hers. I’m really glad I participate in the Read-EH-thon, hosted by Books and Lala, because I was able to come across this book and all its greatness. I’m a great fan of this whole novel, the setting, the characters and the mystery.

Armstrong writes her characters very well. Even though she includes a lot of minor characters, she’s able to go in depth with their background in an effortless way and let the story flow seamlessly. I actually enjoyed the characters in this book a lot more than on her YA novels. I feel that she went deeper into their stories, which gave them more individual personalities. I especially love the main character in this book because she’s half Filipina and half Chinese, which makes her right up my alley. I haven’t read much books with this blend of race and for me it was quite exciting. I did have a problem with the relationships. Although she does create an environment that is realistic in small community, I wish that she toned down a bit on the promiscuity of the people, I found that to be a little bit questionable. I also wished that she change up a bit on the romantic dynamics of the novels. I think its too reminiscent of her other novels and it got a bit predictable. Personally, I enjoyed it, but a little bit of a shocker would have been interesting too.

I was also very impressed with the mystery in the novel. I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers/mystery novels and I’m really surprised that I enjoyed this a lot more than some of the popular ones out there. Although we do have a protagonist with excess baggage, she doesn’t really let that define her and overcame her obstacles. I mean running away helped, but at least she’s not a drunk and an unreliable narrator, who we find in so many adult thriller/mystery novels. I was also shocked that this book was a lot more gory than her usual books, but then again, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve only read her YA novels. Still, I didn’t really mind, it added to the roughness of the setting and whole roughing it in the bush. I’m not saying violence is right, but her inclusion of it is fitting to the whole scenario.

I wasn’t a fan of the ending. I really did wish that the person who needed to leave, left, but then I understood the decision of Armstrong to keep her. I’m interested on what lies ahead for the characters in this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. Hopefully, there would be more character development or even new characters to introduce, because I love reading the past of the characters involved in this series. Although in most cases they’re a bit violent, its still pretty interesting to see what Armstorng has come up with next.

Top 5 Future Classics

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Last year I did the same post and I really enjoyed it, so of course I had to do it again this year. This week’s top five is to pick books you think would be a classic in the future. If you want to see my post last year, please click here. I won’t include any books from last year in this current list.

 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one of my favorite read of last year. I love the story that Ness tells in this book and steps that the monster takes in order to teach the protagonist of accepting his reality. I really wish everyone will try to pick this book up and give it a chance. I definitely think that this will become a classic in the future.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I may not have been on the boat for this book in the beginning, and truth be told its still not my favorite of the series, but I do think it will become a classic in the future. Meyer does a very good job in incorporating old fairy-tales in a dustopian backdrop, with an amazing medley of science fiction and fantasy. I think this novel is a good book for those who wants to dip their toes in the two genre.

Maus by Art Speigelman

I always try to include graphic novels in this list because they are so popular. I especially love this graphic novel because it teaches the readers a deeper meaning on life. The story of the holocaust is no laughing matter but Speigelman is able to create this graphic interpretation on one of the darkest moment in our history. This is a great material for students, and others, who wants to learn more about the second world war without going through the political details.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is another story set during World War two and its another great representation of that time period. Since it’s told in a unique perspective, many readers, young or old, will enjoy this novel and it tells a story of people during that era. This is definitely a must read and an amazing one at that too.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I remember reading Nancy Drew as a child and over time it has become a classic. I think Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is going to be in the future. I’m not saying that they’re the same, but the mystery aspect and the adventure that the three kids go through are amazing reads that future children would definitely want to pick it up, read it and love it.

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So that’s it for this week’s Top Five. This was fun to create and hope you enjoyed it too. Let me know what other books you would include in this list. Hopefully, next year I would be able to add more adult novels rather than middle grade or YA.

 

 

 

Book Date Monday #6

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This week was a pretty successful week. I was able to finish two books for the readathon I participated in. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll keep reading this month.

Last Week

As previously stated, I participated in the Read-EH-thon from July 1-8 and I think I did pretty well.

This Week

Fifth to Die

I definitely need to finish this book by this week and have a review up before July 10. I’m cutting it a bit close, I’m pretty sure my review will be late, but its just been a really bad reading months for me. This book was given to me as an ARC by the publishers and I want to get to it.

Next Week

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I’m not trying to be overly ambitious, but I do want to be able to get this book read by the end of this month. I’ve been dying to pick it up, but like I said, not the best year for me in terms of reading.

Top 5 Best Books I’ve read so far in 2018

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The fact that I’ve read only 10 books so far this whole entire month it really won’t be that hard to pick my Top 5, so I’m going to slim it down a bit and only do my Top 3 best books I’ve read in 2018 so far.

 

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This was the first book that I read this year and it was an enjoyable read for me. I enjoyed the science fiction aspect of the book and the ending was nail biting. I’m really excited for the next book in the trilogy (series?) to come out next year, it just sucks that I have to wait so long for it.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

This is another book that I didn’t really have high expectations for because I’ve heard mixed reviews on it. Yet again I was pleasantly surprised on my reading experience with this book. I enjoyed the strong female protagonist and the female friendship that is shown all through the book. I was a bit confused at the ending, but eventually got it after reading it again.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner is starting to become one of me favorite authors, I’ve read several of her book which she co-authored and enjoyed all of them. This is the most recent that I’ve read of hers and I highly enjoyed it. I was invested in the story from beginning to the end and I was really glad I decided to pick it up. I’ve heard mixed reviews on it and was hesitant. I wish she would write more on this world and revisit her characters.

June Wrap-up and July TBR

Awful! I can’t believe its July already. I feel that June slipped through my hands and I didn’t even realise that the month has already ended. I haven’t read any books this month and I feel really bad. It’s not even so much as I don’t want to read or I’m in a reading slump, I’m just really lazy to read. Usually summer is my down time, but I’ve been dragging my feet this whole year that I’m so far behind on all my reading goals/challenges.

Anyways, as I said before I haven’t read anything for this month and so I think we should just skip the whole Wrap-up and move on to the TBR.

JULY TBR

For this month, since I’ve been doing really badly in my previous TBR, I think I’m going to wing it. I won’t overwhelm myself in a set of books, but rather just pick up any book that I feel like reading. I do have a book though that I need to read this month since its an ARC.

I also posted a TBR for the Read-EH-thon that I’m currently participating in, so please click here to check it out if you want to know the books that I decided to read for that readathon.

Fifth to Die

That’s it for my Wrap-up/TBR. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been reading a lot lately. I’ve been trying harder than usual to pick up books and give it a go. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that July will be a better month for me.

Read-EH-Thon TBR

So as many of you know I’m Canadian, and very proud of it, so when my favorite Canadian Booktuber, Books and Lala, created a readathon surrounding all things Canadian I had to represent. Here is her video announcement of the readathon, go watch it and then come back here to check out my TBR.

Assuming that you guys gave watched Lala’s video, I’ll do a recap of the Read-EH-Thon. It will be running from July 1-8 and it will be hosted by, of course Lala, and a lot more other Canadian Booktubers. There are challenges to this readathon, but you do not have to do any of the challenges if you think its not for you. Also, you don’t need to be Canadian to participate, the more the merrier. Anyone and everyone is welcome and should participate, in order for the world to be exposed to more Canadian authors. I really love this readathon because it will allow me to read more book written by Canadian authors, which I really want to do more of.

One part of the challenge is to read everything Canadian, so even if you are not participating in any of the challenges, your books must at least be written by a Canadian author. For those who does want to participate, here are the challenges:

  1. Read a book with a red cover
  2. Read a book by a Canadian woman
  3. Read a book with an “E” and “H” in the title (the two letter does not need to be together)
  4. Read a book by an indigenous author
  5. Read a book set in a province you’ve never visited

A few of these challenges are fairly easy, its really the last one that I’m having a bit more difficulty with. I’m really happy that Lala included the 4th challenges, because there should be more representations of indigenous people in books written from their own voices. I did have a bit of a hard time finding a book that I can read and when I did find one, there are a bunch of people who are on the waiting list. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get my copy in time for the readathon.

Here are the books I’ll be reading:

 

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Synopsis: Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

  • Armstrong is actually one of my favorite authors. I’ve read her YA novels when I was younger and fell in love with them. I haven’t really picked up her ‘adult’ novels yet, but this is a good time to do so. This novel allows me to check off the fifth challenge. Set in a fictional town of Rockton, but in the Yukon area.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

Goodreads Synopsis: This is the story of Offred, one of the”Handmaids” whose purpose is to breed. In the new social order in which women are told they are being controlled for their own good, Offred lives in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is sent out once a day to the food market, chaperoned; she is is not permitted to read; and she is hoping the commander makes her pregnant, because if not she’ll be sent to a toxic work camp, or end up as a sex slave in Jezebel’s. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, and a husband and a child. But all of that is gone now… everything has changed.

  • Ever since the TV show came out, I’ve been meaning to read this book. I’ve read Atwood’s other book, Alias Grace, and really enjoyed it. Hopefully, I’ll  enjoy this one as well. This book allows me to fulfill the first and second challenge.

Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson

Goodreads Synopsis: Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet— especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe— government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerrilla warriors— and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…

Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.

  • I’m really excited to read this book. I want to see how the author incorporates different stories drawn from different cultures. I’m really hopping I get this from the library within the readathon days. This book is for the third and fourth challenge.