CKs Book Reads

I like turtles and I have concerns.  Also books.

Me Before You

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes This was so lovely. The end.

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys - I really really liked this book. I love love the characters and liked the story and the urban fantasy world. I can't give it 5 stars because the ending was so...odd. It wasn't climactic or a cliffhanger and I actually checked if my copy was missing pages. I look forward to reading the next book because I want more of the characters and hopefully the story goes somewhere.

The King in the Window

The King in the Window - Adam Gopnik Really disappointing. Too long, not enough action, too wordy. This is supposed to be for 9-12 year olds, but I can't imagine too many at that age willing to put up with so much.


S.E.C.R.E.T. - Ridiculously entertaining. Didn't need 75 pages to sell me on the premise. I get it she's old (35) and single and could benefit from someone just wanting her. Not as good a story as 50 Shades, but much much better written...which is more important? You be the judge.

Drunk Mom: A Memoir

Drunk Mom: A Memoir - Jowita Bydlowska So like I said, a bit self indulgent. But I've never read an addiction story from this angle before and if you know who her and her husband are I think you might get even more out of the read. It definitely gets better the more you read. It's just the first 50-60 pages that are bit...long.

City of Dark Magic: A Novel

City of Dark Magic - Magnus Flyte This book had a lot of promise which makes its mediocrity all the more disappointing. The book tried to do too many things and in the end didn't do any of them well at all...romance - blah, mystery - meh, supernatural - so so.

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies - Mélanie Watt Thanks Melanie Watt for making an even longer Scaredy Squirrel! I read all the picture books to my daughter, but now she is 7 and loved reading this book to me. She loved all the little details, for example a quick appearance by Chester.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling I think this is at least the tenth time I've read this. I think it might be my least favourite, but I wouldn't skip it for the world.

Sittaford Mystery (Agatha Christie Signature Edition)

The Sittaford Mystery - Agatha Christie Meh.

The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie Got bored of this missing her usual cast of quirky characters. Poirot and Hastings on their own are a bit stuffy.Edit: Came back to it and it picks up and has it's cast of uniques.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré I just finished reading this with my 7 year old daughter. She didn't understand a lot of what happened, but she was more than happy to ask about the things she didn't understand which led to some great conversation and new vocabulary for her. I've read this book at least 10 times now and I'm so excited my daughter loved it just as much as me!

Throne of Glass

The Assassin and the Princess - Sarah J. Maas This book. I enjoyed it so much I stayed up till 5 in the morning to finish it and then was immediately broken hearted that it was over. High fantasy lite, love story, intrigue, backstabbing bitches, brilliant and delicious boys, all orbiting the sassy assassin girl we all wish we were. This was truly a delightful read and probably my favourite of 2012. I can't wait to read more of this author!

Casino Royale: A James Bond Novel (James Bond Novels, Book 1)

Casino Royale - Ian Fleming I'm surprised by the way this book played out. I was expecting a straight out spy thriller and what I got was definitely more complicated. I would say it was more of a 3.5 and I usually round down, but because the sexism (which was a pure reflection of the time it was written in) was written with such polite offensiveness I decided to round up. There is something decidedly delightful in the polish the Brits put on everything. I would certainly recommend this to everyone and think it would make a great book club pick.Edit: Canadians you'll have to wait to get them at your local Chapters store... The rights have changed hands and the new editions don't seem to be in stores yet.

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling A work of art that most certainly will not appeal to all.

The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife - Paula McLain Completely underwhelmed and quite disappointed. I wasn't expecting a thrilling plot, I was ready for the slow pace and somewhat directionless direction, but I thought the writing would be very pretty and make it a joy to read because really isn't that the point of a book like that?


Seraphina - You don't find a gem like this too often. Great adventure, amazing characters (yay, for the strong female lead), beautiful writing, and overall brilliance.

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William S. Burroughs
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Kristin Cashore
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The Son
Philipp Meyer
The Iceberg Express (Dodo Press)
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