How to make time to read

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME

I think this is one the most popular question my friends and followers have asked me. ”How do you make time to read? How do you have time at all? ” And I just look at them like : HOW DON’T YOU HAVE TIME?! 

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HAH kidding, I know it’s easy for me to say that books are in my everyday life. So here are few tips I’d like to share with you or maybe you can relate too  😀

1. Always have a book with you

This first step is very important guys😂 Do not leave your house without a book, even if it’s on your phone or a physical book in your bag. I always end up with like 3 books in my bag because I have that strange phobia where I  fear that I won’t have any book left to read…

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2. Take advantage of the public transportation

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Book Lover’s Day ft 4321, Spill Zone and The Heart We Sold reviews

How fitting it is that today is Women’s Day, Book Lover’s Day and my best friend’s birthday, WOO 😀 ! She’s an incredible woman and bookworm ❤ Shoutout to NHII  😀

I have decided to put together some reviews of the books I’ve read these past months but didn’t makea full review for it 😉

4321 by Paul Auster 

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I’ve been a fan of Paul Auster since his New York Trilogy, and oh my god he didn’t disappoint with this one.  Okay be aware, it’s a 900 pages novel with small fonts. Whenever I bring the book people thought I was bringing a dictionary around LOL. However, the long narrative justifies the beauty of Auster’s writing. He proved once again he can change from the detailed thought process of prose in New York Trilogy to a historical and storytelling style in this one. I loved the fact that he took that risk and produced a wonderful plot with a complex structure.

 “The torment of being alive in a single body was that at any given moment you had to be on one road only, even though you could have been on another, travelling toward an altogether different place”- Paul Auster

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

MY RATING: ★★/5  

“The easiest way to steal something, is for it to be given willingly.”
― Marissa MeyerHeartless

It’s really rare that I don’t finish a book. I always  force myself to finish a book to, at least,  say with certitude that I didn’t like it.  I read 241 pages of this novel and I had to stop. I couldn’t endure it. But then, my best friend was like okay aren’t you intrigued by the ending at least? So I went straight to the ending and read it. And damn, I LIKED THAT LAST PAGE. 

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But for me to endure 400 pages to get 2 pages in the end worth it? I DON’T KNOW. So y’all, here’s why I couldn’t finish it but I still rate it 2 stars for the ending.

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Summer Movies Review

You will go in for a treat today for I'll be reviewing 5 movies woohoo! 😀 Don't worry, I'll keep it short and straight to the point.

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Finally, another superhero movie with a female as the main character ❤ ! You get to see her childhood, to fully grown fierce woman who has to decide her own fate. Gal Gadot nailed it in every way.  Plus, women warriors kicking ass and fighting . I went out of the movies theatre and wanted to be an Amazon so badly.

I've never seen a superhero so empathic and having the biggest moral clarity ever, some would mistake it even for naivety.

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The only thing that I didn't like is the villain. As we discover his identity, I thought the character in the movie was not really fit for the real villain we should be seeing from the comics. He lacks..that OP VIBE you know? Also, too much bad CGI for Wonder Woman's fighting scene… so the fighting seems less natural in some scene,  I'm sure she'll be just fine without too much graphic effects. Continue reading

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – The True Story of Captain Hook

MY RATING: ★/5 

Lost Boy was my first novel from Christina Henry  and to be honest, I was not disappointed. I think Peter Pan has been one of my favourite classic tales. When I read it for the first time last year, I felt like a kid still enjoying the magical world of fairy dust, flying and never growing up. Christina Henry took all the essentials elements that made it magical for us and turn it to ashes, in a good dark and villain way.

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The main character here is Jamie (later known as Captain Hook) and we follow his story of how he met Peter Pan, how he ended up on the island and before he was Peter Pan’s enemy, how he became his best friend. His development was astonishing from beginning to start. What is even more interesting was, for the first time, we have a concrete measure of a character development : his growth. You know how all the children living in Neverland never grow up? Except this one. He’s growing up throughout the stories and all the turning points of his transformations are also the indications of his character development. Masterful move!

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

You know when you really like a book and you want to discuss with everyone but at the same time, you don’t want to spoil too much? YEAH. This is the one. I will try and make it a very not spoiler-y review but omg please read it people (just so I can talk about it with someone LOL).

5 reasons why this book is a 5 stars

Time Traveling. I’m obsessed with this concept and for the firs time, the author really challenges this ability. It sets in New York and even though it can be pretty hard to retrace the events at first, it will come naturally. You’ll get the big picture after the puzzle is complete.

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Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

MY RATING: ★/ 5 

defythestars_coverThis was a very refreshing read for me! I got into a pretty bad reading slump while traveling and I couldn’t enjoy my books as much. But now that I’m back to Montreal and I finally finished this novel, I wonder if I’d appreciate this book more while traveling :O

It is set in a distant future where humans are living on different planets, Earth seems to be depicted as a big villain here while they are in conflict with Genesis, another planet.

Our main character, Noemi, a soldier from Genesis is sent off on a mission intergalactic and she meets her new nemesis Abel while trying to take control of a deserted ship.

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Top Fcked Up Books

I was going to put up a review today but I feel like sharing my fcked up books instead haha 😉 The fcked up genre for me group the taboos, psychological thriller and weird plots that make you go omg…WHAT AM I READING.

The Whole Collection of Chuck Palahniuk Books

chuckpalahniuk-15 My favourite book from him is Invisible Monsters but all the other books are pretty fucked up to be honest. Haunted has some of the most disturbed short stories while Choke provide us with a solid story about sex addiction and the lies we tell ourselves and Rant is still about the extravagant and crazy imagination of Chuck while toying with the timeline.

 

 

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“And that’s how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.” 

Lazlo Strange is an orphan who got the most beautiful and interesting mind, he was attracted to stories, fairytales, the books were telling him all their secrets and he just kept coming back. Everybody was calling him Strange The Dreamer because his head was always in the clouds, in the books about a city that no one was interested : The Weep City.

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I fell in love with this book in the first pages, Laini Taylor’s writing was on point. She wanted tell us the story with a fairytale point of view, from a far away observation. She crafts a strong beginning like most tales start with Once Upon A Time, Laini Taylor made sure that her novel started with a bang. A strong beginning also includes an amazing intense atmosphere, where the reader can imagine himself being in the story, observing it like  watching a movie in his head. The details of her world-building and the character’s introduction are her strongest points. It’s an experience I’d invite anyone to witness. Lazlo Strange is a character you want to to get attached to, because he has such an unique perspective of his life, of his place in the city. We have enough information on his childhood, when he grew up, the pace was believable and not weird transactions like some YA novels. As a reader, I’m very satisfied with all the the beginnings and half of the book, which is the introduction to this new world. IMG_6054 Continue reading

13 Reasons Why TV Show Review |Cinedote|[Giveaway]

I think everyone has heard about this TV Show for a while now, but for those of you who haven’t, here’s a brief summary: Clay Jensen discovers a box of 13 tapes recorded by Hannah Baker. She committed suicide before recording those and explained to him the 13 reasons why she ended her life.  And of course, it was a book adaptation! *thumbs up for book magic * There’s a lot of controversies surrounding this show and I think this post was much needed to express my opinion about it.  I came to an agreement with myself that in this particular situation, I won’t read the book before watching it. Simply because I wanted to have an unbiased opinion of the TV show without having to compare the books vs. the movie feeling. I want this review to be only about the TV show.

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MY RATING: ★/5

Thirteen Reasons Why, as a cinematic piece, is an EXCELLENT show. think the acting of the teenagers were spot on, and on point.  They master the odd, awkward and ugly reality. Maybe that’s the reason people didn’t like watching it, because ”hey, reality sucks” and this show makes it happen in front of your eyes. I even cried in a particular scene because of how very difficult it was to watch. You can feel the struggles of the character, their pain and the injustice surrounding their situations. The central plot is very clear from the start, you have 13 tapes divided in 13 episodes (you can feel that some actions are repetitive but you can understand that they didn’t have a choice to make it as gap fillers). As Clay discover the truth about what happened, he decides to act on it and even seek revenge for Hannah.

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

MY RATING: ★/5

A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past and the truth about her mother’s death in this thrilling new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief.

“Everything breaks if you hit it hard enough.”

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Isn’t it weird how you love a book too much but you just run out of words to describe your love? This is the case for this novel. I don’t think I can ever express how grateful and deeply touched by this novel I am. If you liked the movie Logan, you’ll love this novel. It has the same father and daughter vibe but the dynamic is very special. We have a father Sam, who doesn’t know what’s good for his daughter Lou, because he always lived in the dark sides of criminal activities. The death of his wife is the turning point of his life and where he decides that he would never go back to those dark activities again and take care of Lou instead.  Continue reading

Top Spring Books 2017 | Science – Fiction

Hi guys ! 🙂

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The survey from the last Top Spring Books came out and the winner category is… SCI-FI !! I know that Bookstoge is happy gahha. Here are the scifi books that I would want to read this spring 🙂

I noticed that a lot of them are sequels as well, so I’ll be posting about the 1st novel as well 😉 scifibanner
legionThe Stars are Legion  by Kameron Hurley

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion.

They also mentioned Hyperion and Dune in the description which was a big attraction to me 😀 And from a Hugo Award Winner author  too !

Buy it here @Amazon Canada!

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The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

MY RATING: ★ /5

Capture d_écran 2017-04-10 à 00.42.28Pulitzer winner,  Viet Thanh Nguyen came back with yet another amazing novel, a short stories collection depicting the lives of the Vietnamese refugees.

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March Movies Review // Cinedote

Damn what an original title 😀

March feels like the devil’s gift with all the movies coming out in theatres. I can imagine a group of managers and producers just gathering around and decide that the month where all the students need to concentrate and ace their finals will the perfect month for releasing all the exciting movies there is.

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I watched at least one movie per week, so 4 movies in total the whole month. Everyweek, there was a new movie coming out. It’s crazy!

Without further due, here are the movies I wil be reviewing today:

1.LOGAN

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Lashaan did an amazing post at reviewing the movie here, so I won’t be adding anything else. HAH joke joke. So for those who haven’t seen Logan yet, well.. GO AHEAD. Cauz I will be spoiling the hell out of it in this post. LET’S TALK ABOUT LAURA. I think this little girl deserves all the 5 stars in the world. I mean, she succeeds in bringing Wolveriney vibe while being a little puppy. Kick-ass professionnal check! My favourite aspect of the movie was Logan and his relation with Laura. Both have difficult in loving someone else but both have pratically lived the same thing: they were lab rats and ending up loosing everyone around them so they are afraid to get attached. The relationship between them was amazingly portrayed and THAT SCENE made me cry sooo much T_T

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How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh (ARC)

MY RATING : ★★/5

Lily Singh a.k.a Superwoman a.k.a. The Bad-Ass Female on Earth a.k.a. Our Canadian Proud a.k.a… Okay I should stop. But I’ve loved Lilly’s comedy videos since the beginning and when I learned she was releasing a book…

After this little fangirling moment, you will probably wonder: “GOD THIS REVIEW IS BIASED BY HER ADORATION FOR LIlLY”. Alright. Don’t get me wrong but even if it’s my favourite celebrity on Earth, I wouldn’t be dishonest and lie about a book if it’s mediocre (#bookidote oath).

BUT THIS BOOK IS GOLD. Just when I needed it the most, reading this book is like having Lilly near you as a friend and a supporter to reassure you and guide you through your life. I believe we all learn best from our own experience and this memoir a personal coach speaking from her own experience and the result is amazing.

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

MY RATING : ★★ (4.4)

Since Lullaby for Little Criminals, I loved Heather O’Neill’s writing. And the fact that the author is from Montreal made me even more proud 😀

The marketing campaign compared it to The Night Circus. Alright. Let’s get this straight. I’m sorry but this has NOTHING to do with The Night Circus. Yes I’ve read it and you can read my review for that book here.

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I’d say this novel is more like The Series of Unfortunate Events – Adult Version. Rose and Pierrot are two orphans from the most unfortunate circumstances. The first part of the book is how they live in the orphanage, the raw difficulty and hard times from that period: child abuse and violence. It’s not an easy read, that’s for sure. Continue reading

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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“If you strip away all the trappings of personality and lifestyle, what are the core components that make me me?”
Blake Crouch, Dark Matter

img_1756Alright folks, brace yourselves for Trang is about to geek out about this book. Jason Denssen, a professor of astrophysics living a comfortable life with his wife and his kid until one day… he’s abducted, drugged and woke up in the same city but nothing is the same. He doesn’t have a wife, nor a kid, but is a renowned researcher who just accomplished the most amazing breakthrough of the year:  he had succeeded in creating quantum superposition of an object that was visible to the human eye.

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5 Books about Mental Illness

Today, is the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign ! For every post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #bellletstalk they will donate 5cents to mental health initatives. For this purpose, I find it pertinent to list my favourite books having mental health issues and themes (they all have a rating of 4+ on Goodreads) 🙂

1.Norvegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 

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Probably one of the Murakami’s best work. Using his deeply visual prose, the author succeeded in bringing a character struggling with mental illness during one of Japan’s toughest times. The layers and the depth of the character are worth the shot. Murakami will offer you the most amazing reading experience ever.

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After Westworld : What To Read

Westworld is my biggest crush and favourite show of 2016 ! The show explores a theme park built on androids, where the ”hosts” (androids) can interact and entertain the ”guests” (real lives people). It’s set in the western area, and we discover the darkest secrets of this mysterious world. After finishing the whole first season, I thought it’d be interesting to explore the books that discuss the same matters. So for you fans out there who can’t get enough of Aritficial Intelligence and Androids !

  1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K.Dick 

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It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard’s assignment–find them and then…”retire” them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn’t want to be found

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