Book of the Month: March 2020

I have finally caught up with all my March reviews – it did take a while 🙂 – and I wasn’t surprised to see that I had read a total of 15 books during the third month of the year: 12 were books or ARCs that I had on my shelves, 1 was a library book, and 2 were audiobooks that I had loaned from the virtual library.

I read a range of genres: middle grade, romance, thriller, historical fiction, as well as fantasy. So many were excellent reads and could have been chosen as my favourite novel for March. One book, however, does stand out from the rest: Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold.

The novel is a fantasy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and it captured my attention from the first page. If you are curious and want to know more about this tale, please head on over to read my review here.

As we continue with social distancing and the stay-at-home mandate given by our government, I may find myself reading as much in April. Only time will tell. 🙂

What was your favourite read during March?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Book of the Month: February 2020

I managed to read quite a number of books during February. During the month, I participated in five walkouts – which meant that when I got home feeling extremely cold, I made myself a cup of tea and cozied up with a book to warm up. I found myself gravitating towards the more lighthearted reads to keep my spirits up.

During February, I managed to read a total of 11 novels – many of which were 4 and 5 star reads for me. My favourite was an unexpected one: All The King’s Traitors by Keylin Rivers, an independent author. I am excited to read the next book in the series but have to wait until it has been published!

As I move into March and look at my teetering TBR pile, I look forward to some more reading – especially during the spring break.

What was you favourite read in February?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Book of the Month: January 2020

I am a little late with my monthly wrap-up. With all that has been going on in my work life, my routine has been a little skewered. 😦 As I have finished reading my first book for February, I thought I had best do my wrap up post before posting the review of my completed read.

During the month of January I managed to read 7 titles:

  1. Courtney Alameda & Valynne Maetani Seven Deadly Shadows – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars
  2. Rebecca Raisin The Little Bookshop on the Seine – Women’s Contemporary Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 stars
  3. Lamar Giles Not So Pure and Simple – Young Adult Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 stars
  4. Christina Lauren Twice in a Blue Moon – Romance ⭐️⭐️2 stars
  5. Martin Michaud Never Forget – Police Procedural ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars
  6. Abbi Waxman The Bookish Life of Nina Hill ⭐️⭐️⭐️3 stars
  7. Karen McBride Crow Winter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars

The title of my favourite book kept shifting as I read more books during the month. After reading Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne Maetani, I was sure that this amazing fantasy novel would remain my best read. However, Never Forget by Martin Michaud was just as good, though a different genre. After reading Crow Winter by Karen McBride, the novel immediately took first place as I knew it would be my favourite.

This debut novel touched me to the core in unexpected ways. The imagery used was beautiful; and I loved seeing the growth and development of a young woman as she overcomes her grief for her father and connects with the cultural traditions of her ancestors. The story also has a sub-story as colonialism is referred to. The Anishnaabe group are seen as grieving over the loss of their culture; and yet there is hope as the young people turn back to the ways of the past and the Europeans living on the traditional lands attempt to make restitution. If you are interested in reading more about my thoughts on this novel, you may find it here.

Many of the books I read in January were good choices and I look forward to seeing what February will bring me.

What was your favourite read in January?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Favourite Read of the Month: December 2019

During December, I read a combination of library books as well as some books I own. The library books were books I had put on hold as I had seen recommendations on Instagram.

The other novels I read were ones that I had at home. Three of them I chose because they were Christmas-themed and I felt they would put me in the mood for the Holidays.

My total for the month was 7 novels. Even though I was on break for the last week of December, going on a family vacation meant that I did not do too much reading and instead spent the time with my family. Below is the list of books 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. Joanna Goodman The Home for Unwanted Girls – Historical Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars
  2. Sarah Morgan A Wedding in December – Romance, Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars
  3. Sarah Smith Faker – Romance, Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars
  4. Melissa de la Cruz Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe – Romance, Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️ stars
  5. Kristen Rockaway How To Hack A Heartbreak – Romance, Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars
  6. Karen Swan The Christmas Secret – Romance, Women’s Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars
  7. C. J. Tudor The Taking of Annie Thorne – Thriller, Mystery, Horror ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars

Even though I read a number of enjoyable novels in December, the one that stood out for me was C. J. Tudor’s novel The Taking of Annie Thorne. Not only was the story perfectly paced, but the writing was spot on. I was really impressed.

I hope you enjoyed a number of novels in December. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, in the comments below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Favourite Read of the Month: November 2019

During November, I read a combination of library books as well as books I own. I had put in a number of holds in at our local library and four of them arrived during the month.

In addition to the four library books, I read two ARCs I had received from Harper Collins as well as three books on my shelves:

My total for the month was therefore nine novels. Below is the list of books 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. Adam Silvera Infinity Son – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  2. Jude Devereaux Met Her Match – Women’s Fiction, Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  3. Meg Cabot No Judgements – Women’s Fiction, Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  4. Jasmine Guillory The Wedding Party – Women’s Fiction, Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  5. Robert Bryndza Dark Water – Mystery, Thriller, Detective ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  6. Poppy Alexander 25 Days ‘Til Christmas – Women’s Fiction, Romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  7. Shelby Mahurin Serpent and Dove – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  8. Sara Ella Unblemished – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  9. Tarryn Fisher The Wives – Thriller Mystery ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars

I loved two books the most during this month – and both of them were Fantasy fiction: Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son and Shelby Mahurin’s Serpent and Dove. It is difficult to choose my favourite but I will go with Serpent and Dove as the content touched me more personally as a woman.

I hope you enjoyed a number of novels in November. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, in the comments below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Favourite Read of the Month: October 2019

During the month of October, my plan was to focus on thrillers. I did read a few – though I veered a little from the TBR pile next to my bed. Even though I went on vacation, I did not read as much as I thought I would as I spent time walking on the beach and chatting with my husband.

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

  1. Thomas Fenske The Fever – Adult Contemporary ⭐️ 1 star
  2. Gayle Woodson After Kilimanjaro – Adult Contemporary Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  3. Rick Mofina Missing Daughter – Thriller, Suspense ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  4. J.P. Delany The Perfect Wife – Thriller, Suspense ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  5. Dave Patterson Soon The Light Will Be Perfect – Young Adult Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  6. Hannah Mary McKinnon The Neighbors – Thriller, Mystery ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  7. Ruth Ware In a Dark, Dark Wood – Thriller, Mystery ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars

During the month of October, I managed to read a total of 7 books – not bad for a person who works full time. Most of what I read, I enjoyed. Only two books stand out for me though – The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney and After Kilimanjaro by Gayle Woodson. I loved Delaney’s thriller as it was an unusual story that kept surprising me. My favourite, though, would have to be Gayle Woodson’s novel. Her contemporary story is not mainstream and I loved that it took me to Africa and made me think of women’s issues that are so important in that part of the world. Her novel is definitely my favourite for the month of October.

I hope you enjoyed a number of novels in October. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, in the comments below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Favourite Read of the Month: September 2019

I know, September seems to have passed such a long time ago! My intention had been to post my favourite read of the month before going on vacation. However, all the preparations to go away took away the time I usually spend on blogging.

Below is the list of books 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. Nina Varela Crier’s War – Young Adult science fiction/fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  2. Laura E. Weymouth Treason of Thorns – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  3. Brian Francis Break in case of Emergency – Young Adult contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  4. Margaret Rogerson Sorcery of Thorns – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  5. Rena Barron Kingdom of Souls – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  6. Jessie Kwak Pressure Point – Science Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

With the start of the new academic year, time was taken away from reading. I did manage, however, to read 6 books. During September I focused on reading my favourite genre – fantasy fiction. The fantasy books I read were excellent though my absolute favourite was Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. Not only did I enjoy the story but the writing and imagery were absolutely beautiful. I have no hesitation in making this novel my favourite read of the month.

I hope you enjoyed a number of novels in September. 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: August 2019

As I am writing this, August seems to be a long way away as my days filled with reading have been replaced by the routine of the new school year. Squeezed in between my obligations at work, I have been trying to finish off the book reviews of the ARCs I read during the final month of my Summer Break. I managed to read an astounding fifteen novels and experienced a number of delightful stories.

Below is the list of books 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. Misa Sugiura This Time Will Be Different – Young Adult, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  2. Catherine McKenzie I’ll Never Tell – Thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  3. Jodi Thomas The Little Teashop on Main Street – Women’s Fiction, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  4. Abdi Nazeman Like A Love Story – Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  5. Sam J. Miller Destroy All Monsters – Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars
  6. Mhairi McFarlane Don’t You Forget About Me – Women’s Fiction, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 Stars
  7. Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry Hello Girls – Young Adult, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars
  8. Rachel Lippencot Five Feet Apart – Young Adult, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  9. R. Zamora Linmark The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart – Young Adult, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars
  10. Samra Zafar A Good Wife – Memoir, Adult Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  11. Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite Dear Haiti, Love Alaine – Young Adult, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  12. Meg Waite Clayton The Last Train to London – Historical Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  13. Sophia Money-Coutts What Happens Now? – Women’s Fiction, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  14. Jennifer Chiaverini The Christmas Boutique – Women’s Fiction, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  15. Dave Connis Suggested Reading – Young Adult, Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars

I still cannot believe I read fifteen novels during August – no wonder it took me so long to to complete the reviews! There were a number of 5 star reviews for me, making it difficult to choose my favourite:

  1. Abdi Nazeman’s novel Like A Love Story took me back to the past with the story’s conetnt. In addition, I enjoyed reading about his characters and their coming-of-age story.
  2. Samra Zafar’s memoir A Good Wife was such an interesting and inspiring read. This is one book all girls and women should read.
  3. Meg Waite Clayton’s The Last Train to London really pulled my emotional strings. Not only did I learn something new (about the kindertransport that saved thousands of children) but I very quickly became invested in the characters of the story.

Once taking some time to reflect, I feel that The Last Train To London by Meg Waite Clayton should be my pick of the month. Even a month after reading it, the story still resonates in my mind.

I hope you read as many wonderful stories as I did in August. 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: 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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