Top Ten Tuesday – Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Unique Book Titles. Here’s my list:

1. Zero Repeat Forever

2. A Game of Thrones

3. The Upside of Unrequited

4. They Both Die At The End

5. I Have No Secrets

6. Crazy Rich Asians

7. Definitions of Indefinable Things

8. We Are All Made of Molecules

9. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

10. Everything I Never Told You

(All images taken from Goodreads)

Review: Literally Me

Title: Literally Me
Author: Julie Houts
Genre: Humour
Publisher: Touchstone
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:


Julie Houts has cultivated a devoted following as “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” (Vogue) by lampooning the conflicting messages and images women consume and share with the world every day.

A collection of darkly comic illustrated essays, Literally Me chronicles the exploits of “slightly antisocial heroines” (Refinery29) in vivid, excruciatingly funny detail, including:

-The beauty routine of a deranged bride who aspires to be “truly without flaws” on her wedding day

-What happens when Kylie Jenner has an existential crisis and can no longer “step out”

-A journey to Coachella by the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse

-The true dating confessions of a fembot

-The terrifying description for Alice Staunch’s book How to Be a Perfect Feminist 

-The diary of Fiddle Ficus, a tree that lives inside a CÉLINE store, and much more


Well this was an interesting book. Some parts were really funny, but some were just strange. 

I really enjoyed the journey to Coachella. Four girls meet in an Uber Pool. They’re the most unlikely people to see together and they don’t get along. Let’s just say, the car ride ends in pee in the backseat. 

The pictures were very unique. I liked the way they were filled in with water colours. Some of the illustrations told an entire story. There was also an unusual mouse that appeared multiple times. 

This book was original and unconventional. At times I didn’t know what was going on, but some of the stories were very funny. 

Review: Anne of Green Gables (Graphic Novel)

Title: Anne of Green Gables
Author: Mariah Marsden
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.


It’s been many years since I read Anne of Green Gables. As a Canadian girl, this was part of our “required reading.”

This is a great graphic novel adaptation. Marsden stays faithful to the original story. It is also very brief because a lot is said through the illustrations rather than words.

I loved Anne (with an ‘e’)! She’s funny, sarcastic, and dramatic. She kept me laughing through the whole book.

I liked the bright illustrations in the story. They would be very appealing to young children. Anne reminded me a lot of the girl who plays her on the most recent TV series, so she looks like the contemporary image of Anne.

This graphic novel would be great for fans of the original novel and new readers! I highly recommend it.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Oct. 23)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

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 If Only You Knew. It’s an exciting thriller. My review can be found here.

What I’m currently reading:


I’m currently reading Unqualified by Anna Faris. 

What I’m reading next:


Next I will be reading Eight Days on Planet Earth, for a blog tour.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Blog Tour: If You Only Knew


Title: If You Only Knew
Author: Cynthia Clark
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★


A wife, a mother, a killer.

One wrong decision, one terrifying night, leaves student Elizabeth with a stark choice – kill or be killed. And the consequences of that choice will shape her whole life.

Now a wife, a mother, and a lawyer, she must find a way to out run her past, protect her family and live with her secret. But is it really possible to live a happy life with such a huge shadow cast by the past? And as it becomes clear that someone else knows her secret and is hunting her down, time is running out for Elizabeth to keep her family safe.

In the bestselling tradition of Clare Mackintosh and Jenny Blackhurst, Cynthia Clark has written a heart-stopping story about the choices we make and how far we’d go to protect our families. Even if it means deceiving the people we love most…


I enjoyed this book!

I was hooked from the beginning. It opens with Elizabeth’s confession of murder, so I knew it was going to be good. Fairly early on, I learned the circumstances of Elizabeth’s crime, and it’s hard to blame her. I was sympathetic for her. 

I liked that there were two perspectives from Elizabeth, from 1998 and 2014. I could tell that she was the same character but she was more mature in 2014. 

I had figured out what was going on with Claire’s circumstances early in the story, but I was still excited about the story. I was very intrigued to see how it all ended. 

I liked this story. It was an exciting thriller! 

About the Author:


Cynthia Clark was born and brought up in Malta, where she graduated in Communications and went to work for a daily newspaper. She has since lived in the US, where she worked as a writer in online business journals. She and her husband now live in Philadelphia with their twin daughters.

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Twitter: @cynthiaNYC

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Review: Little Secrets

Title: Little Secrets
Author: Anna Snoekstra
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Mira Books
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

What happens when ambition trumps the truth?

A town reeling in the wake of tragedy

An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town’s courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside..

An aspiring journalist desperate for a story

The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn’t nearly enough to cover rent. Rose needs a story-a big one.

Little dolls full of secrets

In the weeks after the courthouse fire, precise porcelain replicas of Colmstock’s daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town’s already fractured police force.

Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose’s attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbor turns on neighbor and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed.


I really liked the beginning of this story. It was so creepy when the little girls in the town started to receive dolls that looked exactly like them.

I wish the story of the dolls was more prominent. I liked that idea but it really took a backseat to everything else that was happening.

I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. I felt that none of them had anything positive going for them. Things just kept getting worse for everyone. Even when Rose had her articles published, she still wasn’t happy.

I expected this story to be more suspenseful. Perhaps if the setting wasn’t so depressing, it would have made the story a little brighter. Everything seemed so run down, from the town to the characters, so I didn’t have anything positive to look forward to reading.

Blog Tour: Upstairs, Downstairs


Title: Upstairs, Downstairs
Author: Olivia Hart
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★


Secrets on your doorstep don’t stay secret for long… A romantic comedy perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

When Daniele Bracci – a musician at Rome’s Opera Theatre arrives at his new apartment, he is surprised by the warm welcome he receives from his neighbours. Giovanna however, is more preoccupied with introducing him to her daughter Anita. But what she doesn’t know is that for the last two years, Anita has been secretly seeing someone else.

When Anita is introduced to the new tenant, she has the shock of her life – Daniele was Anita’s first love at high school. Can she come to terms with the terrible way things ended between them?

Anita isn’t the only one with something to hide… and none of these secrets go unnoticed by Pina, the apartment gossip who writes everything down in her secret diary…


This story is very fast paced. A lot happens in a short period of time. It was also fairly short, so I read it in just a few hours.

I liked the diverse backgrounds in this story. Though most of the characters are Italian, Anita’s boyfriend is Japanese. This brought different ethnic groups into the story. They would also eat at restaurants that had culturally different foods, such as Japanese or Medeterranian restaurants.

One thing that I thought could be improved was the dialogue. Sometimes the characters had a conversation that described something that they already knew. It was unrealistic, since it was only there to give information to the reader.

The voices of the characters sounded the same, so I would get confused about who was speaking in the middle of the dialogue, since they didn’t sound distinct. Also, there was a lot of thinking out loud, which were thoughts in quotation marks, so I would get that mixed up with dialogue.

I would have liked to see more diary entries from Pina. She’s a funny character, because she’s so nosy. It would have been nice to see more from her perspective.

This was an interesting story, but I think it could have been polished to be more successful.

About the Author:

Olivia Hart is a collective group of authors who met five years ago on a writing course and then could no longer do without each other’s company. They decided to write a novel that would bind them forever.

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