Mystery Blogger Award

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I’d like to thank Maddie @munchreviews & LaRonda @flyingpaperbacks for nominating me! Please take a peek at their blogs when you have a chance!!

RULES:

•Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
•List the rules.
•Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
•Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

So I’m a bit of a rule breaker..lol. I couldn’t fulfill all the rules here. I was supposed to select 10-15 bloggers and ask 5 questions. Well, I think all of you awesome bloggers deserve an award and recognition. It’s not easy doing what we do, but it’s fun. So..I pick all of you! (I would be so fired if I had to hand out the Oscars) 🤣🙈

3 Interesting (or not so interesting) things about me:

  1. I have 4 kids-2 girls, 2 boys
  2. I’m a horrible cook. Luckily, hubby is an excellent one! I do bake though (from scratch).
  3. I love coffee

Maddie @munchreviews questions:

What is your ideal vacation?

Disney. I went there a couple of times when I was a child and would love to take my own kids there.

What is your favourite & least favourite smell?

Favourite smell-I have more than 1: Coffee and pizza (not at the same time though).

If a genie gave you 3 wishes, what would they be?

Hmm.. 1) I would want to ensure my kids are happy for the rest of their lives. 2) I would want to live till I’m at least 90 years old without any medical or health issues. 3) Never have to worry about finances.

Best piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

Have fun and write about the stuff that interests you.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

umm..hard to answer cause I’m someone that needs variety and can’t eat the same thing every day. But I suppose if the zombie apocalypse or bio warfare were to happen and the world was going to end, I could probably eat bread everyday. LOL.

LaRonda @flyingpaperbacks questions:

What is the saddest book you’ve ever read?

ooh..good question! I actually don’t like to read sad stories.

If you could replace one character in any book with yourself, who would it be and why?

Another great question! I’m not sure to be honest. Even if the character had a good outcome, I’m not sure I would want to endure some of the challenges they face before their happy ending. Know what I mean?
Book to movie adaptations… thoughts? Which one is your favorite?

Books, hands down. I feel like movie adaptations tend to miss the mark. There have been a few exceptions though. The LOTR series in movie form was just as awesome, and Sex and The City was way better as a TV series than the book was.
How photogenic is your pet (if you have one… if you don’t, then how colorful is your bookshelf)?

I feel like pics don’t do him justice, so I would say my dog Loki, is not very photogenic.

Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

After reading Illuminae, I have developed an appreciation for Sci-Fi. So my answer would be both. I like mixing things up.

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[#BookTag] This or That?

I was tagged by the awesome Bentley @bookbastion for this fun tag, so don’t forget to check out his blog when you have a moment.

Thanks for taggin me & please feel free to tag me anytime!! It’s been a while since I’ve participated in one of these, so here it goes:

Reading on the Bed or the Couch?

(If only my room looked like this 😜)

Definitely bed! It’s the only kid free zone I have in my house. LOL. Unless I’m at work. The I read at my desk when it’s not busy.

Male Main Character or Female Main Character?

I’m not picky as long as the story and writing is good. I feel like it becomes redundant when it’s always the same type of character, so changing it up is always needed in my books.

Sweet Snacks or Salty Snacks while reading?

oooh..salty..wait, sweet! umm..how bout both? It really depends on my mood, but I actually don’t really snack while I’m reading. I save those for movie nights.

Trilogies or Quartets?

With the exception of Harry Potter, 3 books would be the max I’d say..unless it’s a graphic novel. Otherwise, I find the story eventually fades and becomes pointless.

Reading First Person or Third Person POV?

I think this really depends on the storyline. I’m a fan of multiple POV’s, especially if it’s a mystery/thriller. Makes the characters a little more unreliable.

Reading at Night, or in the Morning?

It starts off at night and ends in the wee hours of the morning. My only free time is right before bed, and this is the time I always choose to read or watch something on the tube.

Libraries or Bookstores?

Again, this depends on the book. I have started to take advantage of the library this year to help pinch a few pennies. Now, I only buy books if it’s a limited edition or a comic book (yes..I’m old-ER and still refer to them as comics).

Ebooks have been quite popular for me out of convenience. Since I read at night and in my bed, I like using my phone to read. It’s probably the worse thing for my eyes, but I like it! I can read without turning on a night light and disturbing my hubby who’s a light sleeper.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Always laugh! I don’t like sad stories.

Black book covers or white covers?

HMM..I’m more drawn to black, but in the end it depends on cover art. If the book has a pretty cover, and let’s not kid ourselves here, we ALL love pretty covers! Then the colour doesn’t really matter. I’m all about variety.

Character driven or Plot driven?

I’d say this one is hard to answer, because again, it depends on the genre and nature of the story. If it reads like a soap opera, then character driven. If it’s a crime or YA novel, then you need a bit of both.

[#FictionFridays]

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It’s Fri-YAY..and you know what that means..it’s time for another episode of fave characters, except today, I am featuring my favourite villain.

DARTH VADER!! Funny enough, it also happens to be May 4th! (How fitting).

Why he’s so badass:

– Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith was my favourite. I loved the whole transition from good to evil. The scene where Anakin is saved and they put on his helmet..OMG. It gave me goosebumps!!

– He has very cool powers: Force choke, Force Push & telekinesis to name a few

-His armor & lightsaber

Who’s your favourite villain?

[#FictionFridays] Favourite Fictional Characters

Hello Lovelies! How’s everyone’s day going? Are we excited for the weekend? I know I am. It’s quite literally my Friday at work 🙂

I thought it would be fun to start a monthly, or weekly event (we’ll see how this goes) called “Fiction Fridays”, where we name one favourite fictional character we love. I’m sure there’s more than one! Which is why I thought it would be fun to host this either on a weekly basis, or monthly basis.

What do we think?

Ok..so here’s what you have to do. It’s almost like show & tell, or dress-up.

1) Name a character you love & would even dress-up as, if this were a classroom circle.

2) Include a photo so we can all see, incase we don’t know who it is.

3) Tell us which story, TV Series movie,etc they are from. And why this character is so bad-ass.

4) Don’t forget to link me (@buttoneyedreader) to your post.

Alright..ready to have some fun? Here we go!

My fave fictional character:

Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Why she rocks..

– She’s strong, witty, and a hero.

– She tricks the dragon so she can rescue her prince.

– When Prince Ronald turns out to be a total douche, she dumps him.

Who’s your favourite character?

Continue reading “[#FictionFridays] Favourite Fictional Characters”

Liebster Award ~ Discover New Blogs 


First off, I’d like to thank Naty from Naty’s Bookshelf for nominating me!  Please check out her blog when you get a chance! 

Here are the rules:

• Thank the person who has nominated you for the Award.

 • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

 • Nominate up to 11 people

 • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Okie dokey..here were go:

1. What is your favorite genre?

I actually have more than one.  But if I had to choose only one, it would be mystery/thrillers.

2. Which book of this genre would you recommend to someone who is trying to start reading it?

Ooo..that’s a tough one.  Either Gone Girl or The Girl On the Train.


 3. Is there a stereotypical plot from your favorite genre that you dislike?

Hmm..no not really.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have read books in this genre that haven’t been repeated..yet..

 4. Do you have a guilty pleasure book?

Yes..children’s books.  Lol.  I love Robert Munsch.  Especially The Paper Bag Princess.

 5. What is your favorite movie?

I’m a fan of Tim Burton, and my 2 favourite movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.

 6. What is your favorite color?

Blue.

 7. Do you have a system to organize your bookshelf?

Yes! I like to organize my books in alphabetical order by author last name.

 8. Which fictional character would you take to be your partner in adventures?

Good question! I would take Hermoine Granger.  She’s loyal, clever and logical.  Plus, she has a magic wand which could come in handy! 

9. What are you currently reading?

The Child by Fiona Barton

10. What is your bookish pet peeve?

My pet peeves..ooh, I hate predictable plots & endings.  It ruins the whole experience.  Overly descriptive stories bug me as well.  I end up getting bored and frustrated.

 11. Do you have a favorite author?

Yes!  Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss & J.K  Rowling 

My Nominees

I apologize in advance if you’ve already done this.

Erica Robyn Reads

Books, Vertigo & Tea

Eldon Farrell 

Jessica Jesinghaus

Jessica’s Reading Room 

Heather Cilley

Dinh G

Emie’s Nook 

Very Biased Reviewer 

Restless Soul

Chloe’s Books Blog

 
My Questions (copy & paste)

1. What is your favourite genre?

2. Who is your favourite villain?

3.  If you could be a character from a book, who would it be & why?

4.  Who is your favourite author?

5.  What are you currently reading? And are you liking it so far?

6.  Which genre do you absolutely hate?

7.  How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?

8.  What are your bookish pet peeves?

9.  Which do you prefer: Hardcover, Paperback or ebook?

10.  Have you ever bought a book without reading the description?

11. Where is your favourite place to read?

[#BookTag] Inside & Out @ericarobyn

Hello bookworms! Wow..it’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag.  Thanks @Erica Robyn Reads for tagging me.   Feel free to participate!  Please tag me in your post so I can see your answers. 🤓

Let’s begin, shall we?!

1. Inside flap/back of the booksummaries: Too much info or not enough? 

I always read the inside flap or the back, since I’m always interested to know what the book is about.  Sometimes I do find it lengthier then it needs to be.

2. New book: What form do you want it in?

I prefer trade paperback.  But lately, I’ve been reading ebooks for convenience.  

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

*gasp* OMG! No! I most certainly do not scribble in my books.  Because of my OCD, I like keeping my books in mint condition and looking like it was never cracked open.  I know..I’m crazy right?  But this is the beauty of ebooks.  You can highlight, bookmark, change fonts, etc.

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

Nope.  Gender doesn’t matter to me. As long as the story is good and it was well-written.  If I’m unsure whether the author is male or female, I usually Google them 😊.

5. Ever read ahead? Have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

OMG, yea.  I don’t do it often, but sometimes I get so into the book that I just want to know how it all ends.

6. Organised bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Organized in alphabetical order according to author’s last name. 

7. Have you ever purchases a book based on the cover alone?

No, not yet.  Since books can be pricey, I need to know what it’s about and whether or not I’ll be interested in it before purchasing.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?  

To be honest, I’m not much of an outdoor kinda gal.  I can’t stand bugs, especially flying ones.  So I like to read indoors..at my desk at work, or in bed fire I go to sleep.

What’s your reading style?  Do we have anything in common?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #INWAYR

Hello Everyone! It’s Monday..How was everybody’s weekend? Here in Canada it’s a long weekend. Today is Family Day.  A day the government created for families to spend the day together.  If you ask me, families should be spending as much time together as possible.  Creating a statutory holiday for that sole purpose was kind of unnecessary.  But hey, what do I know?!

Personally, I hate long weekends.  Most stores are closed and since I live in Niagara (tourist hotspot), it gets really busy here.

Anyhoo..IMWAYR was created by BookDate and features what you have been, are or about to read.

My Current Read..still..

I should’ve been done by now, but life has been busy and all 4 of my kids are sick right now 😞.  But I will finish it soon..so stay tuned for my review.

Up Next


I got a nice surprise when I opened my email today from Netgalley. My request for Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. 

Looks like I’m gonna have told hold off on The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter.

Have you read The Bone Witch? Thoughts?

What are you reading?


Standalone Sunday || 2•19•17

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend.  It’s my youngest son’s birthday tomorrow, so I’ve been busy finding gluten-free ingredients to make his birthday cake.

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan @bookslayerreads which features a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend.

If you want to join in the fun, head on over to her fabulous blog and add your link in the comments.

My feature for this week..drum roll.. 


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Quotes:

“For you, a thousand times over.”

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.” 

Synopsis:

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Goodreads

Have you read this book or watched the movie? What did you think?


[Book Memes] Waiting On Wednesday #WOW #Thriller #PsychologicalSuspense @PaulaHWrites

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking The Spine  that features upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting.

My want-to-read is Paula Hawkins’ Into The Water.  I really enjoyed Girl On the Train.  So I’m excited to read this one!
Is it May yet?!
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Synopsis

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.


Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

-Goodreads

Did you read Girl On The Train? What did you think?

What’s your next anticipated read?

[Book Tag] Good Reads

I’m not sure who or how this tag got started, but I wanna thank the awesome Orang-Utan Librarian for tagging me.  
I love Goodreads! I discovered the site about 3-4 years ago while bored at work one night.  It has become my go-to source for book information.

I invite you all to take part in this fun tag.  Just don’t forget to tag me in your post so I can see your answers.  There are 12 questions, so let’s get down to it! 

1.  What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?


I won an ARC through Goodreads Giveaway! Cool right? I thought so too, considering I’m someone who doesn’t win a lot of giveaways.

2.  What are you currently reading?


I started this last month.  I know..I’m a slow reader.  But it’s hard to find time to read these days.

3.  What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?


4.  What book do you plan to read next?


The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter.  Even though this is book #8 in the series, which I just discovered.  I’m hoping it won’t be too confusing and can be read as a standalone.

5.  Do you use the star rating system?

Yes! 5 stars means I LOVED it and can rave it about it all day.  1 star means I hated it and want to burn the book.

6.  Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

No.  I don’t have time for it this year, but I will probably try next year 😊

7.  Do you have a wish list?

Duh..of course I do. 

8.  What book do you plan to buy next?

Not sure.  There’s so many I want to buy!  But I’ve had my eye on The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.


9.  Do you have any favourite quotes? Share a few.

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

-Stephen King

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

-C. S Lewis

10.  Who are your favourite authors?

Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, J.K Rowling & JRR Tolkien.

11.  Have you joined any groups?

Yes.  I belong to a few groups.

12.  How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

Not sure. Maybe 4?