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November 2017 Book Haul

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Number of Books Bought: 11

Number of Books Sent for Review: 1

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra CLare

As many people know that is a second book in the series so that means that I have no idea what it is about. But it was the only one I was missing.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

I have never read an Adam Silver book before but when I heard about ‘They Both Die At The End’ on BookTube I was very interested. So this book is set in the future where on the day that your going to die a company calls you and tells you that today is your last day. At that point you can go on an app, The Last Friend app if I recall correctly, and meet up with someone else who is living their last day. If you couldn’t guess in this book our main character is living his last day. That’s about all I know.

A Series of Unfortunate Events books 1-4 Netflix Tie In Box Set by Lemony Snicket

If you don’t know I love this series. It was the series that really got me into reading. When Netflix made this into a show I was super excited and ended up really liking it. So I told myself that in my Accounting Fundimentals 1 course if I got an ‘A’ I would be allowed to buy this box set. Clearly I got an ‘A’.

 

Oryx and Drake by Margaret Atwood

I first read this book for my Grade 12 Honors English (like AP English) class. This is a dystopian novel where our main character calls himself Snowman. Though out the novel we have flashbacks starting from when Snowman was a child all the way up to why the world is the way it is. We also see Snowman trying to survive in this new world. I know this doesn’t tell you a lot about the book but the less you know the better. This the only book that’s a love hate for me. I was loving it to a certain point then something happens and I was not at all happy about it. After reading this book I understand why some of my other teachers called this a ‘Stick Your Head In An Oven’ book because I was so upset by this book.

My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins

I got this book for two reasons. One it looks like a cute holiday read. Two its an anthology and lots of the authors are very popular authors so I thought that this would be a good way to see if I like the writing style of these authors.

The Odyssey by Homer

I already have the Iliad but didn’t want to start to read it till I had the Odyssey. Now I can.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthoney Doerr

This is another book I first heard of on BookTube. So when I was at the used bookstore and seen this I just had to pick it up. This is actually about two different characters. The first is Marie- Lauren when is living in Paris when the Nazis occupy Paris. Her father and her end up having to flee to her Uncle’s house by the sea. The second character is Werner Pfennig who lives in Germany and is enlisted into the Nazis because he is a sort of expert at fixing electronics. We end up getting to see what happens when these two meet. I haven’t actually read many books that take place during WWII which is something that I want to change.

The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

This is a series that I heard of when I was younger but never read. I did see the movie for Inkheart and really liked it but it has also been years since I seen it.

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

If we are being honest this is a complete cover buy. I seen this at the used bookstore beside Inkheart and thought it was really pretty.

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Complicated Us by Ashlyn, Raju Jana, and Khushboo Rani Mahato

I am super excited to say that I was contacted by Khushboo Rani Mahato to review this book. Obviously I said that I would. I have actually already read this and really liked it. There are some grammatical errors so if that’s something that annoys you I wouldn’t suggest it. In this book we follow Ashwin and Khushi. We get to see how their relationship grows and they face challenges that many young couples face. Honestly this is very much an emotional rollercoaster. If you are interested you can find this on Amazon.

 

So that’s it! Going forward I’m hoping to try to get my TBR bookshelf (yes I have a whole bookshelf of books that I have to read) down because right now I have almost no space left. Other then that if there are any topics you would be interested in let me know! Besides that I hope you are all having an amazing day!

December 2017 TBR

In my November 2017 TBR I said that my TBR list for November and December were huge. When I said that I was not kidding because my TBR list originally for December was simply Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters book series. My plan was to read them in publication order. Which would mean that the order is:

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • Clockwork Angel
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • Clockwork Prince
  • City of Lost Souls
  • Clockwork Princess
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • Tales From Shadowhunder’s Academy
  • Lady Midnight
  • Lord of Shadows
  • The Shadowhunters Codex

Now things haven’t gone according to plan. Due to the fact that I am taking a course that takes up a lot of time and working I just didn’t have as much time as I had hoped. There is also the fact that I seen the news on Cassandra Clare’s Instagram that Queen of Air and Darkness is coming out December 4 2018. I am super excited about the release but that also changes my reading plans. So what is my December TBR now?

December 2017 TBR 2.0

I have kind of hit a point where I don’t know what I want to read. That being said my goal is to finish the Harry Potter series, ‘Vampire Knight Memories’ Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino and read ‘My True Love Gave to Me’ by Stephanie Perkins. For Harry Potter I need to read Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hollows.

I do plan to read more then just these 5 books but I don’t know which books. I do have a shelf on my TBR bookshelf that has books on it that I am interested getting to sooner rather then later.

So that’s it. I’m kind of confused about what I want to read. I guess you’ll have to wait to see what I read this month for the reviews and the end of month wrap up.

I hope you all have a great reading month!

November 2017 Wrap Up

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Goal: read all 7 Harry Potter books and Vampire Knight Memories Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino

Total Books Read: 5

Total Books DNFed: 0

Total Pages Read: 1,498

So I didn’t meet the goal. But that’s fine because I am really happy with all the books I’ve read. I did make it through about half of the Harry Potter series and because of that I can’t say what the books are about and I think most know what the series is about. Therefore I’m just going to give you my rating and some of what I liked.

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Complicated Us by Ashlyn, Raju Jana, and Khushboo Rani Mahato

This is the lowest rated book for this month at four stars. This book does have grammatical errors fair warning. We follow Khushi and Ashwin and how their relationship develops and grows.  This is a kind of slice of life romance. We get to see both the high points and the low points. I was pretty emotional while reading this.

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

This was a five star read for me. I really enjoy the magic system and love how random it is.

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Another five stars. I really like that Rowling didn’t just write characters that we are ment to like. I love Dobby and was so excited that we meet him in this book.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Can you guess how many stars this got? That’s right! Five! Just like the other two books this was heartwarming. But this is the book where the series got significantly better.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Yet again another five stars. I don’t know what it was about this book but it made me feel really anxious and I really wanted to cry at one part. I know this is a sort of set up book for the rest of the series but it wasn’t the usual set up book where its not that interesting.

 

There you have it! So I’m almost half way through Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix but I’m just going to count it in my December wrap up. I want to keep my monthly wrap ups just about the books that I’ve completely finished and the total number of pages of the books that I’ve completely finished.

Any who! I hope that you are all having an amazing day.

Book Review: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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As I think most people know this is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series and because of that I can’t really say what happens. If your here for some spoilers your not going to find really any.

So I ended up giving this five stars. However, I liked Prisoner of Azkaban more. I was really surprised by this because its the opposite with the movies. I really liked how there was more insight into the wizard world with the World Cup, students from other magic schools showing up at Hogwarts, and some more about the Dark Arts. It was great that we found out more about Hagrid and see his character develop more. My favorite small thing that happened in this book was Dobby at Christmas. I don’t know if anyone could not like that part its just too adorable.

I want to start to include quotes that I really like form the book if I find any just because I already have a journal where I put them. Sadly for Goblet of Fire I don’t have any. There are some through the book that I found to be interesting and help to build the world but I’m not going to include quotes like that. I’m not sure how that’s going to work with manga but we’ll see. So keep an eye out for some quotes in the future.

What do you think of Harry Potter and the Giblet of Fire? Let me know what you think down below. Otherwise I hope you have an amazing day.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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As some of you may know I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series for the first time this month. I like to think that I’m not doing to bad with my TBR but I do know that there is pretty much no chance at this point to complete it. That is unless I magically get through the last four Harry Potter in the next 13 days and read Vampire Knight Memories Volume 1 before December first and finish off the course I’m doing. So I’m expecting that some of the series is going to carry over to my December TBR.

Anyways I ended up giving this book five stars. For me this is the book where the series just got all the better. It actually took me less time to read this one then the other two. Just like the first two it was heartwarming. Hagrid is so amazing and I loved him in this book. Of course I loved a certain scene between Harry and another character (if you have read this you know who I mean). The more I read these books the more I realize they read like a Stephan King book. Not with the writing style or topic but with the fact that the main “exciting” part doesn’t happen till the last half to last quarter of the book. This isn’t a bad thing at all its just something I have noticed but with this book it wasn’t as noticeable. I don’t know what else to say. There was no part that was super surprising but I have also seen the movies more times then I can count.

If you want to tell me what you thought of the book or how your TBR is going leave a comment down below. Otherwise have a wonderful day!

My Experience with 23andme

September 24, 2017

I was lucky enough to get a 23andme kit for my 22nd birthday. What not many people know about me is that I actually know very little about my ancestry. I’ve been told in the past when we had to do projects for school that I’m Danish, English, and Scottish. However, I’m not sure how true that is.

Here is what I do know for sure. Lets start with my Moms side. My Grandma is from Denmark and so where her parents and their parents and all the way back as far as we can trace back. Now we don’t know what my Grandpa is because we don’t know his moms ancestry and his dad was adopted. So my mom is Danish and who knows what else. What I know about my Father’s side is very little. All I know is that there is Danish on his side but I have no idea how far back or what else there is. Kind of sad? Yes but there’s not a lot I can do about that.

So why 23andme? Well to put it simply I don’t plan on contacting my Father’s side to find out what diseases and other medical conditions run in their family. Also I don’t think they plan on contacting me either. Plus that would still only tell me half of what I am. Now I do know about the argument that 23andme isn’t accurate but guess what! Its going to tell me more about myself on a genetic level then I actually know. Now if you have a problem with that that’s ok.

 

November 16, 2017

So yesterday I got my results! I just want to say that my results would have came in earlier but I had to redo the saliva DNA tube thing. Before I looked at my results I knew that my results probably wouldn’t be very shocking. I’m just going to give you all the percentage breakdown and my maternal haplogroup. I did do the test that gives you info about traits, wellness, and more series illnesses that your DNA can show if you have an increased or decreased chance (for lack of better words) of having/ getting. So here is my results:

99.9% European

  • 44.7% British and Irish
  • 23.5% Scandinavian
  • 13.8% French and German
  • 1.2% Finnish
  • 16.6% Broadly Northwestern Europe
  • <0.1% Broadly European

<0.1% South Asian

<0.1% Unassigned

Maternal Haplogroup: K1a4a1a

So how do I feel after getting these results? Well its interesting. Looking at what I said above the only thing that I knew for sure about where either side of my family comes from is Denmark. Which obviously is shown in the 23.5% Scandinavian. The French and German and Finnish part is interesting just because I’ve never heard anything about it and because of that I’m assuming that’s more from my Father’s side. As for the Broadly Northwestern Europe result I’m thinking that that has to come from Viking ancestors looking at the part of the map that is highlighted by clicking on this percentage and knowing about Viking history. I could be wrong but that’s what I’m thinking. The very slight percentage of South Asian is kind of shocking because I have no idea which side that could have come from. For those of you who don’t know what South Asian is (according to 23andme) its India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

Ultimately this doesn’t change how I see myself or my family. In the end I’m simply Canadian. I guess what it comes down to is the long argument of what’s more important nature or nurture. I also want to say that by sharing my results I don’t mean to be disrespectful in anyway. This is just something I find to be interesting and maybe other people would too.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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So it took me close to two weeks to read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but I did it! I’m so happy that I’m finally getting around to read this series and am really enjoying it.

I ended up giving this book five stars just like the first one. Since I seen the movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it hasn’t been my favorite out of the series. As for the book I liked it more then the movie. Significantly. I found this to be really heartwarming and pretty interesting. I ended up hating some characters but I think those characters were written to be hated. If you know have read this book you know who I mean. I’m just going to say that I absolutely LOVE Dobby and going into this series I was really looking forward to the parts where Dobby is involved in. Reading this I was way more emotionally affected by this book then I was with the first one. It wasn’t an emotional rollercoaster or anything like that but it still had a lot of moments that just get you in the feels.

If you haven’t guessed it I’m going to continue with the series. SO! Stay tuned for future reviews. Also follow me on instagram at comfortablyinbetween if you want to of course. Other then that feel free to comment down below if you want and have an amazing day!

Book Review: Complicated Us by Ashlyn, Raju Jana, and Khushboo Rani Mahato (Spoiler Free)

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I’m excited to say that I was contacted by Khushboo Rani Mahato to review this book. Of course I said I would and received the PDF file, thankfully since I don’t have an e-reader. Of course I looked this up on Goodreads and this book just came out October 30th 2017. So that’s really awesome that it’s a newer book. Anyways! Here is my synapsis of the book.

Our main characters, Khushi and Ashwin, are brought together by social media and start developing a relationship. We fallow these two as they navigate through life and the challenges that are involved. We get to see the way this teenage couple works through very common difficulties that couples their age go through but also we get to see the high points of their relationship. This couple ends up facing a truly difficult decision. What will they do and how will they handle it?

As a disclaimer this is a really short book which makes it a little hard to review and also there are some grammatical errors.

I ended up giving this book four out of five stars. I’m not being generous with my rating just because I was asked to review it. I honestly really liked it. Let’s start with the positives. This is an adorable book. Plain and simple. It was really interesting to see the relationship between Khushi and Ashwin and how they handle things. I found the relationship to be really relatable which means I was on an emotional rollercoaster. There were times when I was cheering on the couple, times where I wanted to slap Khushi and Ashwin and tell them to grow up, times where I wanted to yell at them, and times where I wanted to cry. This was really impressive since its only 71 pages. Now for the negatives. This falls into the insta love trope. Or at least it seems like it does because of the length of this book. As I said above there are grammatical errors. This bothered me a fair amount mostly because I love languages. The only other thing that I didn’t like was how short it was. When I finished it I was left wanting another 200 pages and for the story to be more in depth because I feel like it could have been a really good longer book or duology.

If you are at all interested in this you can find it on Amazon. I really do suggest it.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (Spoiler Free)

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I think at this point in time everyone knows what the Harry Potter series is about because they have seen the movies, read the books or both. So I feel like I don’t need to give a synapsis about any of these books. Since this is such a popular book series I thought I would write a review for each book and then once I read all of them do a whole series review.

The reason I didn’t read these books when I was younger like everyone else was simply because I didn’t have that much interest in any books back then. I was one of those kids who would rather play outside than sit and read. Clearly that has changed.

What did I think about the book? It was cute. I really like how random some of the things in the wizard world are. For example its 17 Sickles to 1 Galleon and 29 Knuts to 1 Sickle.  At times it did feel a little slow but I think that’s its mostly because of the world building and because its JK Rowling’s first book so I don’t really mind. Honestly you can’t be too hard on an author with their fist book. Otherwise, it was really good. I ended up giving it five stars. Once things really started to get going I didn’t want to put the book down. Part of that was probably because there was about a hundred pages left at that point. Which is good if your finding the first part slow because once you read the first half the second goes by really fast. Yes that’s suppose to be kind of a joke even if its a bit true. From what I remember about the movie since its been more then a year since I watched it last the book and the movie was pretty similar. Its really hard to talk about such a short book without giving away big events in the book. It definitely should be a book that everyone reads because I think that no matter how old someone is they will enjoy it.

Stay tuned everyone for the review of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to be up soon!

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