Top Ten Tuesday – Holiday Books on My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Favourite Bookmarks, but I decided to make my own topic of the Holiday Books on My TBR. Here’s my list:

1. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

2. Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4) by Jasmine Guillory

3. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

4. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

5. One Day in December by Josie Silver

6. One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

7. Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop by Kellie Hailes

8. Christmas from the Heart by Sheila Roberts

9. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Jane Austen Mysteries #12) by Stephanie Barron

10. An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow

(All photos taken from Goodreads)

What’s your list for Top Ten Tuesday?

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel
Author: Renée Nault, Margaret Atwood
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Everything Handmaids wear is red: the colour of blood, which defines us.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.

Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid’s Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.

Review:

It has been years since I originally read The Handmaid’s Tale, so I read this graphic novel as a refresher before I read the sequel The Testaments. This graphic novel is a great way to read the story.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a dystopian, but it seems a little too close to a possible future. It was relatable when Margaret Atwood wrote it, and it still is today. It’s an unfortunate aspect of the book, but it shows how cyclical history can be.

The illustrations were amazing in this book. It was mostly in black and white with lots of red. There were a few other colours when certain characters appeared, such as the wives in blue, which highlighted the distinction between the different types of women. The story was condensed to Offred’s main plot, but it gave a full picture of what was happening.

I highly recommend this graphic novel!

What to read next:

The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood

Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – November 11

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished Well Met by Jen DeLuca.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel by Holly Black.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Raven Lane by Amber Cowie.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – November 10

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… Well Met

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Well Met by Jen DeLuca.

Goodreads Synopsis:

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek. 

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Books With “Blue” in the Title

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Books With Blue Covers, but I decided to challenge myself a little more and do Books With “Blue” in the Title. Here’s my list:

1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

2. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

3. Gathering Blue (The Giver #2) by Lois Lowry

4. Something Blue by Emily Griffin

5. Leatherback Blues by Karen Hood-Caddy

6. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Books with Blue Covers?

(All book cover images from Goodreads)

Review: Guardians of Magic (The Cloud Horse Chronicles #1)

Title: Guardians of Magic (The Cloud Horse Chronicles #1)
Author: Chris Riddell
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

In Guardians of Magic the award-winning, 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a stunningly illustrated magical quest in which three ordinary children, with extraordinary gifts, come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses. This is the first title in The Cloud Horse Chronicles series.

The Kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don’t behave, and magic can be found in unexpected places. But magic brings danger to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba, because it is forbidden. 
Now, the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies: those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends. 
What can three ordinary children do to protect it?

Review:

This story follows three different narratives. Zam is a baker who discovers a magical spoon. Phoebe is a musician with a talking cello. Bathsheba is the daughter of a giant-slayer, who thinks giants shouldn’t be killed. They all come up against enemies who want to steal their magical items.

There were many common elements of fairytales that I liked in the story. Zam baked gingerbread people and Phoebe is a musician in a cat orchestra. There were also evil princesses, which defied the usual princess narrative.

I loved the illustrations that went along with the story. They were detailed and showed everything that was happening in the story. It also gave visual representation to some unusual creatures, such as the goat people and the giants.

This is a great story!

Thank you Pan Macmillan for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Goth Girl #1) by Chris Riddell

Have you read Guardians of Magic? What did you think of it?