August Challenges: #ARCAugust & #TomeTopple

With the busyness of my Month of Canada last month, I’m looking forward to challenging myself with my reading! There are some great reading challenges coming up in August and I’m hoping they help me get my pile of 2017 books down that I’m currently hoarding collecting.


First up is ARC August. This challenge runs for the entire month of August and it’s where readers work on all the Advanced Reader Copies they may have. This read-a-thon is hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. Here are the rules from the official sign-up page:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

I don’t have a lot of these, but enough that I want to get them all read, reviews, and done. Here are my physical and e-copies of review books:


Plus, I’m throwing in this book by Jeff Zentner which I had won from a Chapters Indigo Twitter contest – it’s not a review book, but it was still a book that was given to me so it’s going on the list!

One thing I love is that all of these books are SO different. Plus, I have FOUR Canadian titles on the list!

I’m also expecting these two books in the mail, one from author Rebecca Phillips, her newest book that was just released this month, as a thank you for having her on the blog last month. AND my wonderful friend Ambur, over at Thomas Allen & Sons is sending me a copy of Elizabeth J. Church’s new book, The Atomic Weight of Love.


Ten books seems like a lot but hopefully I can make a good dent in what I have!


I participated in Tome Topple earlier this year and got caught up with a few big books, which was great. In case you haven’t heard of Tome Topple, it’s a two week-long read-a-thon where participants read books that are 500+ pages. This year it’s running from August 4th (tomorrow!) to August 17th. Typically it has been taking me 2+ weeks to finish a BIG book but I’m hoping the read-a-thon gives me motivation to read a little quicker.

From the official Goodreads page:

The whole point of this readathon is to read big books (over 500 pages). You don’t even need to read a lot of them. You don’t even need to finish one. The point is that we are all reading those big daunting books at the same time and supporting each other.

This time around I have a few books in mind that I’d like to read – all of them owned books that I’d like to knock off my reading list! I’m hoping to get to at LEAST two of these.

A Conjuring of Light – 624 pages
Lord of Shadows – 701 pages
Queen of Shadows – 648 pages

How funny is it that all these books are about light and shadows?

I’m one of those people who can’t read too many big books in succession but if I finish two of these I’m hoping to start the next book I have to read in the Outlander series.

This one clocks in at 1,149 pages since I own the mass market paperback – if I do get to it, I’m NOT reading that copy. Instead I’ll be reading the kindle version since it’s just too big a book to hold.

And that’s my full reading list! I have a feeling that there won’t be much room for anything else in August, reading-wise, but we’ll see. There are a few books coming out in August that I’m dying to read, but I am trying to prioritize the books I’ve bought so far this year and the books I’ve been given as gifts or for review.

Are you participating in either of these read-a-thons? What’s on your reading list? 

Month of Canada for #Canada150 Wrap Up & Giveaway!

Whew! It has been a crazy month of ALL Canada this month! I am so happy to have brought you, my dear reader, so many wonderful book reviews, interviews, recommendations, and so much more all month!

To thank everyone who came to visit my blog during the past month, I thought I’d have a giveaway! I’m not gonna lie, but Simon & Schuster Canada made this easy for me after I won a giveaway for one of my favourite Canadian books this year. They sent it to me without telling me I won and even though I read the book and own the book, I was still so excited to see it when I ripped open the package!

I was super excited after reading K. A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Lies to read her new book coming out this year that I had to drive out to the bookstore the day it was released and buy it! This was despite the fact that it was 50% online and not in-store, but honestly, her books are worth full price. This story was fantastic and just a feel good Cinderella-type story that I adored.

To enter, leave a MEANINGFUL COMMENT (Generic comments will not be counted!) on this post and let me know what your favourite post of this month was, why you love reading Canada, and what your favourite Canadian book this year has been. Be sure to leave your email address as well, so I can let you know if you win! I will choose a winner on August 15th. Giveaway rules apply. Open internationally!

In case you missed something, here’s the final wrap up of what happened on the blog this month:

My Intro Post To #MonthOfCanada

Canadian Book Lists & Interviews

Canadian Reading Challenge
My Top Canadian Graphic Novels!
Canadian Cover Capture: Books I’ve Added To My Reading List Because of Their Cover
Writing In Canada: Author Interview With Rebecca Phillips
My Top Canadian Children’s Books!
Indigenous Authors Spotlight!
Writing In Canada: Author Interview With Laura Langston
My Top Canadian Non-Fiction Reads!
Writing In Canada: Author Interview With Kelley Armstrong
My Top Canadian YA Reads!
Writing In Canada: Author Interview With Genevieve Graham

Canadian Book Reviews

All The Rage by Courtney Summers
The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston
Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (Audiobook)
Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1) by K. A. Tucker
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (Real Mermaids, #1) by Helene Boudreau (Audiobook)
99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky (Audiobook)
London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers
Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout (Audiobook)
Missing by Kelley Armstrong
Just Like Family by Kate Hilton
Undone by Katey Wolf
Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman (Audiobook)
Where Sea Meets Sky (Where Sea Meets Sky, #1) by Karina Halle (Audiobook)
In This Moment by Karma Brown
Saints And Misfits by S. K. Ali

2017 Canadian Book Release Spotlight Books

Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
The Lives of Desperate Girls by Mackenzie Common
Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker
Things To Do When It Rains by Marissa Stapley
Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin
In This Moment by Karma Brown
Promises To Keep by Genevieve Graham
The Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Wild Card (North Ridge, #1) by Karina Halle
Rituals (Cainsville, #5) by Kelley Armstrong
Even The Darkest Stars (Even The Darkest Stars, #1) by Heather Fawcett
Be Ready For The Lightning by Grace O’Connell
Beast by Megan Crewe
Seven Days In May by Kim Izzo
Where I Live Now by Sharon Butala
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby
Saints And Misfits by S. K. Ali
Me & Me by Alice Kuipers
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
Just Like Family by Kate Hilton
Mitzi Bytes by Kerry Clare
The Valiant (The Valiant, #1) by Lesley Livingston
Just Jen by Jen Powley
So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum
Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang
These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips
Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson
Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass

Bookish Canadians To Follow (Shared on Twitter – ignore the formatting, WordPress didn’t want to cooperate with me!):

On Twitter, I shared a whopping ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR bookish Canadians! From readers to bloggers to writers to publishers, there were SO MANY that I just had to share! If I had planned properly, I probably could’ve made it to 150!

Find all of the wonderful bookish Canadians I want YOU to follow by following this link! 

On top of all of these posts, I loved interacting with so many Canadian readers and authors, sharing other bloggers’, publishers’, and authors’ love for all things Canada, and reading tons of books authored by amazing Canadian authors! 150 is seriously a big deal and I’m so happy to have gotten to share everything I could about this amazing country.

What was your favourite post of the month? Did you pick up any new books by Canadian authors this month? What was your favourite Canadian book you read this month? 

2017 🇨🇦 Canadian Book Release Spotlight: Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass

This month I will be featuring new releases from Canadian authors! From indie authors to well-known authors, I want to share with you the books I’m most excited for this year — I hope you’ll add some of them to your own wishlist and TBR! 

Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass


Pajama Press | August 21, 2017

Angry over his family’s recent move and current enforced holiday in Halifax, twelve-year-old Laz Berenger rebels against a guided tour of the Citadel and sets out to explore on his own. In one dark tunnel, his St. Christopher’s medal burns suddenly hot. There’s a strange smell, and Laz blacks out. When he wakes up, everything happens at once. A sword is put to his throat. Men who look like extras from Pirates of the Caribbean hand him over to a ship’s captain who strips him and takes his medal. He is declared a French spy. Laz realizes, to his horror, that it is 1745 and he is trapped in time. These English colonists, still loyal to King George, are at war with the French. To earn his freedom, Laz must promise to spy on the French at the fortification of Louisbourg. But once in Louisbourg, Laz earns a job as runner to the kind Commander Morpain and learns to love both the man and the town. How will Laz find a way to betray the inhabitants of Louisbourg? How else can he hope to earn back his St. Christopher’s medal, which is surely his key to returning to his own time? The award-winning author of The Hill and Graffiti Knight has written an enthralling, swash-buckling time-slip adventure for middle-grade readers centered on a fascinating period in North American history.

I’ve known of Karen Bass for some time now and actually have one of her books on my shelf that I still need to read. A friend of mine had mentioned on Twitter about going to her book release so I checked out the book on Goodreads and oh my gosh! Time travel! I loooooove time travel books so I will definitely be checking this one out – it looks like so much fun!

What Canadian book are you waiting for?