Favourite Read of the Month: July 2019

As expected, my summary of last month’s reads is late – just when I think I am on top of my reviews, I spend my time reading 😀 That is the best thing about my Summer Break – my routine is fluid and there is no need for me to stick to a schedule.

Below is the list of book that I read. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title and you will be able to visit my post:

  1. Alafair Burke The Better Sister – Thriller, Suspense ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  2. Margaret Stohl Red Vengeance – Young Adult, Marvel ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  3. Jessie Kwak Crossfire – Science Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  4. Marissa Stapley The Last Resort – Thriller, Suspense ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  5. Alexander McCall Smith The Second Worst Restaurant in France – Contemporary Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  6. Christina Lauren The Unhoneymooners – Contemporary Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  7. Cecelia Ahern P.S.I Love You – Contemporary Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  8. Cecelia Ahern Postscript – Contemporary Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  9. Joe Siccardi My Name is Sam – Christian Fiction ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars
  10. Laura Dockrill My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant – Young Adult Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  11. Uzma Jalaluddin Ayesha At Last – Contemporary Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  12. Kimberley Belle Dear Wife – Thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

Twelve reads! That is a record for me – but easy to do as I was at home resting. The heat encouraged me to sit in front of the fan and, therefore, encouraged my reading. I re-read a favourite as a buddy read with my friend (Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin) as well as Cecelia Ahern’s beloved title P.S. I Love You. I enjoyed my science fiction read during July, as well as some excellent thrillers. My favourite book, though, would have to be Ahern’s Postscript. The novel is a heartwarming tale about personal growth and helping others accept the loss of life. For me, it was the perfect sequel to a story that I have enjoyed in the past.

I hope you read as many wonderful stories as I did in July. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Favourite Read of the Month: June 2019

Book of the month in mid-July. I know – the only excuse that I can give is that I am in holiday mode and I am unable to sit for too long in front of the computer. 🙂 During the month of June I read 10 books in spite of it being a busy time. I was tired and would often come home and read to relax with a cup of warm tea. The last book in June, I devoured in a day as it was the first day of my Summer Break and I wanted to do nothing but read.

Below is the list of book that I read. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title and you will be able to visit my post:

  1. Anna Bright The Beholder – YA Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  2. Miriam Toews Women Talking – Women’s Contemporary Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  3. Blair Thornburgh Ordinary Girls – Young Adult Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  4. Erin Davis The One – Thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  5. Kurt Kirchmeier The Absence of Sparrows – Middle Grade ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  6. Roselle Lim Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune – Women’s Contemporary Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  7. Laura Steven The Exact Opposite of Okay – Young Adult Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  8. Alisha Rai The Right Swipe – Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  9. Linda Lael Miller The Yankee Widow – Historical Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  10. Beth O’Leary The Flatshare – Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

During the month of June I read a number of good stories but the one that stood out for me was Women Talking by Miriam Toews. The book was more than just a story but a commentary on the way in which women are treated in a patriarchal society. The novel describes a conversation between women as they decide what to do in response to a number of rapes that had taken place in their community. As I was reading Toews’ writing, so many of the lines in the book struck a place deep in my heart and mind. Women Talking is definitely my Book of the Month for June.

I hope you read as many wonderful stories as I did in June. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Favourite Read of the Month: May 2019

I cannot believe how many books I read during May – thirteen! I did spend the long weekend sick and I had no interest in watching TV, so I guess that accounts for it.

The first books I read were the ones I had grabbed from the library. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Phaedra Patrick The Library of Lost and Found – Contemporary Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  2. Jessica Barry Freefall – Thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  3. Kathy Wang Family Trust – Contemporary Women’s Fiction ⭐️ 1 star

The rest of the books I read in May were either novels I had bought or ARCs I had received from Harper Collins Canada.

  1. Maya Motayne Nocturna – YA Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  2. Dev Sonali Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavours – Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  3. Kaira Rouda The Favourite Daughter – Thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  4. Erin Davis Mourning Has Broken – Memoir ⭐️ 1 star
  5. Farah Heron The Chai Factor – Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  6. Amy Lloyd One More Lie – Thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  7. Sophie Kinsella I Owe You One – Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  8. Jessie Kwak Double Edged – Science Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  9. Anouska Knight Since You’ve Been Gone – Romance ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars
  10. Kirsty Manning The Song of the Jade Lily – Historical Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars

I read so many good books during May (with a couple of disappointing ones). My favourites were The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning, The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick, and Dev Sonali’s Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavours. Even though I loved the historical fiction and contemporary novel, my choice for the title Book of the Month has to go to Sonali’s Pride and Prejudice retelling. She did justice to Austen’s story and added her own spin to it. This is definitely a story I will re-read in the future.

I hope you read as many wonderful stories as I did in May. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Favourite Read of the Month: April 2019

It was not surprising to me that I was able to read 10 books during the month of April as the Easter weekend gave me two extra days in which to stay in and immerse myself in stories. As well as a poetry collection, I read some contemporary romance, an historical novel, one young adult story, and a number of thrillers. Of the ten books I picked up, I was disappointed with only one.

The titles I read in April are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Joy Fielding All The Wrong Places – Thriller 4 stars
  2. Sonya Lalli The Matchmaker’s List – Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction 4 stars
  3. Falguni Kothari The Object of Your Affections
    Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction – 3 stars
  4. Michael Thomas Ford Love and Other Curses – Young Adult Contemporary – 4 stars
  5. Amy Stuart Still Mine – Thriller – 3 stars
  6. Stacey Halls The Familiars – Historical Fiction – 3 stars
  7. Minnie Darke Star-Crossed – Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction – 4 stars
  8. Jude Devereux A Willing Murder – Cozy Mystery – 5 stars
  9. Karen Cleveland Keep You Close – Thriller – 4 stars
  10. Julie McIsaac We Like Feelings. We Are Serious. – Poetry – 2 stars

I read so many wonderful stories in April but there are two that really stick out in my mind: Jude Devereux’s cozy mystery and Minnie Darke’s debut novel. As much as I loved Star-Crossed, the first in the Medlar series gave me much joy. A Willing Murder, therefore, is my favourite Read of the Month.

I hope you read as many wonderful stories as I did in April. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Book of the Month: March 2019

Favourite Read of the Month: March 2019

I have been enjoying my books which is why I am a little behind on my Book Of The Month post. I am also finding it a little difficult to sit behind my computer when I get home – all I want to do is relax. It is definitely that time of year when I feel tired and wish only to rest and recuperate.

During During March, I read 9 books towards my book pledge for 2019 which brings my total to 26 books.

The titles I read in March are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward – Thriller ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  2. Be My Love by Kit Pearson – Middle grade fiction ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  3. Operatic by Kyo Maclear – Middle Grade fiction, Young Adult, Graphic Novels ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  4. Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – Middle Grade fiction, Fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  5. A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux – Mystery, Romance, Contemporary ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  6. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐4 stars
  7. Remade by Danielle Novotny  – YA Fantasy, Science-Fiction ⭐⭐ 2 stars
  8. The Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds – YA Contemporary ⭐⭐ 2 stars
  9. The Rebel Mages by Laurie Forest – YA Fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

There were a number of books that I enjoyed during March – as well as two that were disappointing reads. However my favourite was definitely The Rebel Mages by Laurie Forest. Her story has captured my attention and the collection of novellas did not disappoint me.

I hope you read as many wonderful stories as I did in March. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Book of the Month: January 2019

Book of the Month: February 2019

Favourite Read of the Month: February 2019

I am way behind on my book reviews – which is why I am posting my favourite book for February mid-March! I am definitely in the mood for immersing myself in stories and haven’t been taking the time to write down my thoughts. During February, I read 9 books towards my book pledge for 2019 which brings my total to 17 books.

The titles I read in February are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Huntress by Kate Quinn – Historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  2. Inkling by Kenneth Oppel – Middle grade fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  3. I invited Her In by Adele Parks – Thriller ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  4. The Suspect by Fiona Barton – Thriller ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  5. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – Romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  6. Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner – YA Contemporary ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (illustrated edition) – YA Fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  8. The Light Between the Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – YA Fantasy ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  9. Heroine by Mindy McGinnis – YA Contemporary ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

There were so many good books that I read during February which makes it difficult to choose a favourite! I enjoyed re-reading the second story in the Harry Potter series. Heroine and the story of a girl’s addiction is definitely contemporary and an eye opener. Fiona Barton wowed me with her latest thriller – such a good story! My absolute favourite, though, would have to be the historical fiction written by Kate Quinn. The Huntress was the first novel of her that I had read – and I loved it. Quinn is a skilled writer and her story drew me in. It was difficult for me to put the book down and go about my daily responsibilities.

I hope you read as many wonderful stories as I did in February. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Book of the month: January 2019

Favourite Read of the Month: December 2018

During the month of December, I read a total of 10 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing me to a final total of 94. I was able to read so many books during this month because I was on a two week break from work. Even though I spent time with my family during the Holiday period, I was able to spend a couple of hours each morning reading on the sofa.

The titles I read in December are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Ahab’s Return by Jeffrey Ford – historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars.
  2. Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye – historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  3. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – psychological thriller ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  4. One Day in December by Josie Silver – contemporary romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  5. The Gown by Jennifer Robson – historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  6. Christmas at the Little Clock House on the Green by Eve Devon – romance  ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  7. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe – contemporary Young Adult  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  8. I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan – psychological thriller ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  9. Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance – romance ⭐⭐ 2 stars
  10. The Woman Who Met Her Match – romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

I read a nice mix of genres: romance, thrillers, and historical fiction. As you can see, my favourites were The Gown (historical), The Perfect Girlfriend (thriller), and One Day in December (romance). I loved all three of these novels and would recommend them with no hesitation. As my favourite for the month I would have to pick The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton because it was so twisty and surprised me more than once.

What was your favourite read in December? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Favourite Read of the Month: November 2018

During the month of November, I read 7 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 83. I am wondering whether I will be able to read 100 books this year – so near and yet so far! – but that means I will have to read 17 books total. Even though I am on break, I do not think I will manage it. Maybe 90 books.

 

The titles I read in November are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman – contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  2. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman – contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  3. The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey – dystopian, fantasy, vampires ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  4. Pride by Ibi Zoboi – young adult, contemporary ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  5. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold – young adult, fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  6. The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown – women’s fiction, contemporary ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  7. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris – thriller, psychological thriller, suspense ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month, I realise that I have two favourites: Beartown by Fredrik Backman as well as Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. Both novels feature the strength of women and how they find the strength within themselves to change what has been done to them by a man. Even though I love the fantasy novel Damsel, I do choose Beartown to be my book of the month. The novel focuses on so many issues, and it made me feel so many emotions while reading it.

What was your favourite read in November? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

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Favourite Read of the Month: October 2018

During the month of October, I  read 8 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 76 books. I may have to up my goal from 75 books this year to 100 🙂

The titles I read in September are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike – historical fiction  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars
  2. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer – contemporary, women’s fiction  ⭐⭐⭐  3 stars
  3.  Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars
  4. When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen – Young Adult fiction, historical, romance ⭐⭐⭐  3 stars
  5. If Not For You by Debbie Macomber – romance, contemporary fiction ⭐⭐  2 stars
  6. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris – thriller, psychological thriller, mystery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars
  7.  Man of War by Sean Parnell – thriller, military thriller ⭐⭐⭐  3 stars
  8. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – Young Adult fiction, contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars

Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month, I would say that I have chosen well. I read so many books that I enjoyed! Two of them, The Lost Queen and Shadow of the Fox, have sequels coming out (hopefully next year). I enjoy both of these genres (historical ad fantasy) and look forward to continuing with the stories. As I have to choose one for my favourite, I would choose Shadow of the Fox. Why? For the humour. Reading the story made me smile, and made me think of the anime that I enjoyed watching with my family a few Christmases ago.

What was your favourite read in October? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Favourite Read of the Month: September 2018

During the month of September, I  read 8 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 66 books. According to the 50 Book Pledge website, I am ahead of my goal – which leads me to wonder whether I read more books than I think I do 😀

The titles I read in September are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest – YA fiction, fantasy  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  2. The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest – YA fiction, fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  3. Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey – women’s fiction ⭐⭐ 2 stars.
  4. The Winters by Lisa Gabriele – thriller, suspense ⭐⭐⭐⭐  4 stars.
  5. Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – memoir, non-fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  6. P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – YA fiction, romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐  4 stars.
  7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – YA fiction, romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  8. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – psychological thriller, mystery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.

Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month,I would say that I have chosen well. It is difficult to choose my favourite: the choice is between Laurie Forest’s Black Witch Chronicles and Trevor Noah’s memoir. I think I will settle for Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch as this novel not only introduced me to a new fiction writer, but also to a fantasy series that I have grown to love (so much so that I am eagerly waiting for her next novel to come out).

What was your favourite read in July? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018