My Favourite Books of 2017

Here are my favourite books I read in 2017 πŸ™‚

RenegadesRenegades (Renegades #1)

Together at MidnightTogether at Midnight

Dress Codes for Small TownsDress Codes for Small Towns

The Essex SerpentThe Essex Serpent

13RWanniversaryThirteen Reasons Why

lonely hearts hotelThe Lonely Hearts Hotel

small-great-things-hc-400wSmall Great Things



Books Under The Tree Tag


1. What book would you like to find under the tree this year?

Sleeping Beauties


I’ve been wanting this book for a couple of months, and lucky me – my Dad and Stepmom sent it as a Christmas present! Can’t WAIT to read this πŸ™‚








2. What is the best book you have ever received for Christmas?



I received Little Women as a gift when I was a young teen and absolutely loved this book. It’s one of the very few books I have read more than once.







3. What book gives you all the Christmas feels?



For some reason I love reading Harry Potter books around Christmas time.






4. What book do you plan on reading to put you in the Christmas spirit this year?

Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix



Currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix πŸ™‚








5. What book have you read this year that you would like to throw out with the Christmas tree after the holidays?

Remnant Population May 1996

Remnant Population, May 1996 Hardcover Edition (Goodreads photo)




I wish I didn’t waste my time reading this.









6. What is a book from this year that you would like to place under a friend’s tree?

7. Challenge: Create a stack of books in which the spines alternate green and red! Share the titles.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – red

Tommyknockers by Stephen King – green

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – red

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – green

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – red

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud


8. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag! Be sure to link to yours in the comments πŸ™‚

Happy Christmas!

Stories From The Vinyl Cafe (Spoiler-Free Book Review)

stories from the vinyl cafe.jpgStories From the Vinyl Cafe (Vinyl Cafe #1)

Published 2009 by Penguin Canada (first published 1995)
226 pages
Fiction: Short Stories, Canadian
Stories From The Vinyl Cafe is a collection of eighteen tales written by Stuart Mclean. There is a fantastic balance between serious topics and touching stories about losing pets, family relationships, marriage, overcoming fear, stinky skunks, a mom who got caught stealing sausage from the grocery store, doing the right thing and remembering Canadian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
“Everyone should get to drive a car with everything they own piled around them. All alone. Heading towards the horizon. Driving into the future”.
These stories may be short but they are packed full of emotion and authentic Canadian culture. This one was a page-turner that left me wanting to read more of Mclean’s work.

Friday Night Knitting Club Book Review

The Friday Night Knitting ClubThe Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club #1)

352 pages
Published January 2007
Fiction: Mothers and Daughters, Female Friendship, Knitting, New York
Shortly after Georgia and her boyfriend James broke up she found out she was pregnant. James took off overseas pursuing his career, while Georgia was alone, lost, without a plan. While knitting at Central Park, Anita complimented Georgia on her knitting, encouraging her to start her own business selling her work. That advice and new friendship led to Georgia opening her own yarn shop, Walker and Daughter. Twelve years later, Georgia’s business has done well, and her baby girl Dakota has grown into a beautiful twelve-year-old teen. Anita has become a great family friend, and working at the shop, picking up more hours there since her husband died. After twelve long years James has returned to New York and wants a relationship with his daughter. Georgia is going to need the help of Anita, her friends, and coworkers, to support her through this tough time.
When I first started reading Friday Night Knitting Club I felt annoyed by the style of writing and I didn’t think I was going to like the story. I’m happy to say, I was wrong. This is a great story about family, friends, love, and loss. I shed a few tears, and had a few good laughs. This cozy read is not just for knitters – like many have said, reading this story might make you want to learn how to knit.

The End of Year Book Tag

Original Creator Ariel

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! 😊

Questions: Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?




45% done…I lost my copy, my local library doesn’t have a copy, and I wasn’t enjoying this book enough to want to buy another copy. I would like to finish it, just to finish it…but not sure when that will happen.


Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix


I was reading the Harry Potter books aloud to my kids, we were about 21% of the way into Order of the Phoenix when they decided they don’t want me to read it to them, they want to read it on their own. And so, here I am, still 21% of the way into this one.




Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? No…

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Sleeping Beauties

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

A book that takes place in a location name that begins with the letter J, X, Y, or Z. I haven’t completed the Dewey Decimal challenge either and still want to read a book from the 400-499 section and 800-899 section. I was planning on going to the library today, but we had freezing rain and a mess of snow so I’m not making the drive into town.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year? Ummm…not really.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I enjoyed doing the challenges from the Goodreads groups, and I still have the Fantasy Bingo Challenge going on until March 2018, but I think next year I’d like to do TBR in a jar so I can finally read the books on my shelf, KOBO, and TBR πŸ™‚


Tis The Season Booktag

  1. Favourite winter read:

Last winter I read a lot of Non Fiction, Fantasy, and Contemporary.

2. A Book With Blue on the Cover

the joy of doing nothing

3. A book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree.


A Clash of Kings would make the perfect star on a Christmas Tree thanks to the pretty gold colour πŸ™‚









4. A Fictional Place that would be perfect for a Winter Holiday



Scotland…I’ve never been, but would love to go. β™₯









5. A fictional character you’d take with you on your holiday.

Nova from Renegades by Marissa Meyer. She’s witty, resourceful, she’s had a rough life and deserves a holiday.

6.A book on your wish list.

Sleeping Beauties

7. Favourite holiday drink, treat, and movie.

Anything hot, Newfoundland Chocolate Coconut Snowballs, and Elf.


  • Do you have a favourite winter read?
  • A book with blue on the cover.
  • A book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree.
  • Pick a fictional place that would be perfect for a winter holiday.
  • A fictional character you’d take with you on your holiday.
  • A book on your wish list.
  • Favourite holiday drink, treat, and movie.


Find the original tag here:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer – Spoiler Free Book Review!

RenegadesRenegades (Renegades #1)

Published November 2017
552 pages
YA Sci-Fi Fantasy
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The author of The Lunar Chronicles has brought a brand new story about superheroes, villains, freedom, and power. The story takes place in Gatlon City – which reminded me of Batman’s city, Gotham. This world has prodigies – people with superpowers. The general public was not supportive of prodigies. Like many superhero stories, the prodigies are feared, unaccepted, and were hunted until Ace Anarchy decided that needed to change. He put together a group of prodigies, called the Anarchists, who tore the city apart. They destroyed government and law enforcement, thinking they were giving people freedom. The Age of Anarchy lasted for 20 years. Different gangs of prodigies were formed, and began fighting for control. In response, a band of superheroes called the Renegades formed, and worked together to stop the Anarchists.
Nova is a six-year-old girl, living with her mom, dad, and baby sister Evie in a small apartment. Nova has a gift, she can put people to sleep with one touch. Her father is also a prodigy who can “pull threads of energy out of the air” and sculpt objects with this energy. As Nova was watching her father making something new, she asked him what he was making. One evening, Nova’s family are killed by a man working for a villain gang. She managed to survive by putting the assailant to sleep. Nova’s father always told her that if anything bad happened the Renegades would come to save them. They let her down. Her Uncle Alec – also known as, Ace Anarchy, found her, raised her, and trained her to become Nightmare.
Ten years later, it’s the 9th anniversary of the The Day of Triumph, when the Renegades took on the Anarchists and won. To celebrate this day the city holds a Renegade Parade. Nightmare and her team of villains plan an attack at the parade to take out the Council, founding members of the Renegades. While at the parade Nova meets Adrian, also known as Sketch. He is also a prodigy, who can make his drawings come to life.
In the first couple of chapters there is a lot of action and we are introduced to a bunch of characters. Ingrid – The Detonator, Phobia, Honey – Queen Bee, Winston – The Puppeteer, Leroy – Cyanide, and Nova – Nightmare, are Anarchists. The Council are Hugh Everhart (Captain Chromium), Simon Westwood (The Dread Waren), Tamaya (Thunderbird), Evander (Blacklight), and Kasumi (Tsunami). At this parade we also meet more Renegades: Magpie, Red Assassin, Smokescreen, and the Sentinel. See what I mean? Way too many names! It would have been a lot better to have just their superhero/villain name, then introduce their real personas later on.
One cannot be brave who has no fear.
Because Nova wears a mask and a hood when she is Nightmare, the Renegades don’t know who she really is or what she looks like. She decides to compete at the Renegade Trials so she can become a Renegade and spy on them from the inside.
One of the most interesting Renegades is a boy named Max who lives in a glass room at Renegade Headquarters. There are so many questions I have about Max and I hope the next book gives me more about his story.
I also enjoyed the same-sex relationship between Captain Chromium and The Dread Waren, who adopted Adrian (Sketch) after his mother was killed. Adrian is convinced Nightmare knows who murdered his mother. He creates a secret alter-ego, the Sentinel, in an attempt to find Nightmare and hopefully get answers he’s been wanting for many years.
Even though there are info-dumps, and the first 100 pages are kind of confusing, I REALLY enjoyed this book and gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. There are a lot of questions to be answered, and I’m extremely interested to see what becomes of these characters. I am also hoping that we meet more villains because we met a bunch of Renegades, but not very many villains. The story is a little longer than it needs to be. The middle part slows down quite a bit, and there is a lot that could have been cut. BUT! It’s a fun read and I LOVED it!
During the last 10 pages my jaw dropped further with each page. I did NOT see that coming and I LOVE it when an author can blindsided me like that. If you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles you’re gonna like Renegades. Highly recommend this one!