Reading List: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 

At little late posting this according to my other post about welcoming autumn but I can do what I want and the colour scheme for this photo is working for the weather we have had on the island for the past few days. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson was the perfect Contemporary YA novel to end off the last of the summer months with. From summer romances and secrets, to tested family and friendship dynamics. The Unexpected Everything gave me exactly what I hoped it would. A feel good summer read with some extra piece thrown in. Like dogs. All of the dogs, all of the time. Normally, I’m all about the cats in books but Bertie the dog is adorable and I want him as much as the fictional boy that comes with him. After all it isn’t the end of summer untiI I have a few fictional crushes. (My crush is on the guy not the dog. Just to clarify) 

Morgan Matson has filled my summer YA fix since I read, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, a few years ago. And though I still have yet to read her other two novels I will probably be picking them up for next summer because she definitely knows what she’s doing. 
Does anyone else want her to do what Rainbow Rowell did with Carry On from Fangirl and actually write “The Coin of the Realm” or is that just me? 

Also I will now be using the phrase “coin of the realm” often because it sounds cool. 


Reading List: Mother Love by Rita Dove

” This is how easily the pit/ opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground” 

Persephone Falling

        Just finished reading this collection of poems by Rita Dove! It was so wonderful.

 I’ve been trying to get my hands on it since studying a few of Dove’s poems in my Writing By Women’s class last semester. So I was very happy when I found it at @russellbooksvictoria last week. 

 Dove’s writing is brilliant and powerful. It’s no surprise that she was poet laureate for the U.S from 1993-1995. 

In this collection, Dove works with the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter to explore the relationships between daughters and mothers at numerous stages and settings. 

I would recommend to friends and acquaintances. Especially if they like poetry, modernized tellings of myths, and women writers who are just completely brilliant. 

Reading List: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who became something worse. What bound them together?” 

In Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo continues to add the world which she created in “The Grisha Trilogy”. A world the grips and pulls. The plot moves rapidly, sharing fragments of each characters past as the story builds. The characters and the relationships between them are intricate and woven together reaching in a grasping at the darkest of places. 

Six of Crows has grit to it that is hard to wash off even after the last page. I can’t wait for its sequel. 

Reading List: Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

I definitely wandered around the comic book store, slightly overwhelmed by the amount of stories in front of me, until I was drawn to this gorgeous cover. Steampunk Horror. Alternative 1900s Asia. Beautiful and terrifying art by Sana Takeda. Fantastic and dynamic storyline by Marjorie Liu. 

This graphic novel is worth the read. Monstress weaves together the ideas of science and magic, demons and gods, and other elements one would suspect in a graphic novel recommended by Neil Gaiman. 

Everything about the world created in Monstress made me want to keep reading. There were definitely dark moments. Okay,  the whole thing was basically dark but so good. 

Also female writer and artist team so extra love for that.

Reading List: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Vampires!!! It has been ages since I’ve read a book about vampires.

In “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” vampires burn in the sun like they’re suppose to. Holly Black takes on the vampire trope by mixing the old and commenting on the new. Creating a modern world where places like Coldtowns exists and vampire reality shows are a thing.

Black’s writing is occasionally dark and creepy – if you have issues with blood and open veins then be prepared because Black does not shy away from the gore- but she knows how to effectively create worlds that propel her characters and readers forward.

Would recommend this to a friend, one who wants to re-visit their vampire phase or who just generally enjoys YA fiction.

Reading List: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

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Every summer I seem to read at least one graphic-crime/thriller. The summer before last I read Sharpe Objects by Gillian Flynn. This summer I have at least two in my TBR pile.   

“Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter(a very fitting name for what she writes) being one of them. I finished reading this late last night/early this morning. It was definitely a bad idea to start reading it at night…

 Though it was a page turner and most parts of the story were intriguing, there were parts about it that took disturbing to the next level. Possible triggering moments for some. Basically, it reminded me of why I usually only read crime/thrillers during the summer and why I only read one. 
I have no idea how to rate it. I’m sure I will b falling asleep to sitcoms for the next few weeks.   But it has received much praise from other crime/thriller authors. So if you are a fan of the genre you’d probably enjoy this book. I suggest leaving the lights on and having something lite to read or watch afterwords. 

Reading List : No Matter The Wreckage by Sarah Kay

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 You are a woman. Skin and bones. Veins and nerves. Hair and swear. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies. Not excuses “

     – “The Type”, Sarah Kay

This collection of poetry is wonderful. Containing some of her older pieces along with new ones, “No Matter The Wreckage” reaches into every familiar and unfamiliar dark room and well lit place.

Sarah Kay was the first spoken word poet I ever remember hearing. A friend from university shared a few of Kay’s pieces with me and I was immediately hooked.
There is something enthralling about her poetry. Watching her TEDtalk and some of her other performances on YouTube, I became completely captured by her metaphors, imagery, and cadence of her voice. This feeling of her poetry translates well in this collection.
I highly recommend “No Matter the Wreckage” to anyone who enjoys poetry and to anyone who might need some wisdom and a little bit of connection.

Some of my favourite poems from the collection include:

  • “B”
  • “The Type”
  • “Dragons”
  • “Ghost Ship”
  • “Hiroshima”
  • “Astronaut”
  • “Evaporate”
  • “Postcards”