Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [17]: History's People: Personalities And The Past By Margaret MacMillian

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - spotlighting books that haven't been released yet!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is...
History's People: Personalities And The Past By Margaret MacMillian

Expected Release Date: October 13th 2015

In History’s People internationally acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan gives her own personal selection of figures of the past, women and men, some famous and some little-known, who stand out for her. Some have changed the course of history and even directed the currents of their times. Others are memorable for being risk-takers, adventurers, or observers. She looks at the concept of leadership through Bismarck and the unification of Germany; William Lyon MacKenzie King and the preservation of the Canadian Federation; Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the bringing of a unified United States into the Second World War. She also notes how leaders can make huge and often destructive mistakes, as in the cases of Hitler, Stalin, and Thatcher. Richard Nixon and Samuel de Champlain are examples of daring risk-takers who stubbornly went their own ways, often in defiance of their own societies. Then there are the dreamers, explorers, and adventurers, individuals like Fanny Parkes and Elizabeth Simcoe who manage to defy or ignore the constraints of their own societies. Finally, there are the observers, such as Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India, and Victor Klemperer, a Holocaust survivor, who kept the notes and diaries that bring the past to life.
(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

This one is quite different to my usual contemporary YA Waiting On Wednesday picks but I recently was introduced to this phenomenal book about the individuals in history that have shaped the world we live in today! I've been told that the book goes in-depth and analyzes details that haven't been looked at really in the past. Super excited to read this history non-fiction!

Leave a link in the comments below to your own Waiting on Wednesday I'll make sure to stop by!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE CREEPING!

Tuesday Thoughts & Talks [16]: Loyalty Doesn't Exist?

This is a meme hosted HERE that asks us to present something we've learned or thought about after we finished reading a book to anyone out there - sparking a conversation amongst us!

What I Read to Spark the feels:
Something Borrowed By Emily Giffin

It's always hard to talk to people or friends about loyalty to one another. I'd like to think that I'm a decent friend, one who is honest no matter the circumstance but where my loyalties tend to fall are constantly changing based on circumstance. I remember when I first read the book Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, I was maybe too young to grasp the full depth of the relationships and feelings but now that I'm a little older, I see the relationships that were in the book a little differently. To give those a little info on what I'm going on about today, there are two best friends in Something Borrowed, one of whom is engaged and about to get married. One night the non-engaged friend hooks up with the fiancĂ© of the best friend and then launches the entire story of how it all gets sorted out. I'm definitely not doing this story justice and painting a very skewed idea so just do us both a favour and read it when you get the chance ;) Anyways, what I wanted to discuss this week was the idea of loyalty to someone. Is loyalty a lie we let ourselves believe in? I asked this because when it comes to instincts or primal needs or various other reasons, loyalties become very transparent. From my own experiences and from seeing the relationships close by me, I find it hard to believe in the idea of 'loyalty' to someone. Let's discuss this further, let me know your thoughts down below in the comments!

Add a link to your response OR just leave a comment below on this week's Tuesday Thoughts&Talks!

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AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Sunday, August 16, 2015

M.I.A? Nope - Just Becoming One With Nature

Hello my fellow book lovers and book bloggers! I've been away camping in the great Northern Ontario Canada region this past weekend and so I haven't been able to post my usual Sunday Musings - I'll have a post up letting you know all about it tomorrow hopefully! I'll get back to all the buggies now ;) 

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-Sherry

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Reflect Thursday: Shining Books of Waiting on Wednesday [15]

Do you ever feel after a day like Waiting on Wednesday your list of TBR grows significantly? I wanted to mention a few titles that really caught my eye this week on the blogosphere after browsing the wonderful Waiting on Wednesday lists!

1. Blackmail Boyfriend By Chris Cannon
Released: August 11th 2015
Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…

Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he's being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's…well, difficult. And different.

Can something so fake turn into something real?
(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

I had to bring this one to everyones attention! I stumbled upon this book from one of the comments on my WoW post and boy was I super happy that I did! This story has the fun and lightheartedness that I long for in a contemporary YA book but also dynamic characters with different lives! I can't wait to get reading this one when I do get my hands on it! Check it out if you get a chance!

What books did you discover after WOW? Create a post and leave a link in your description for me to check out! 
& Much thanks to those who helped bring these books to my attention!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

PS - I am hosting a GIVEAWAY for the *SOON* to be released book The Creeping By Alexandra Sirowy so I hope you check it out! The lovely Alexandra Sirowy did an awesome and very interesting guest post as well  - CLICK HERE to see for yourself & enter for a chance to win some cool stuff ;P

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [16]: The Devil And Winnie Flynn By Micol Ostow

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - spotlighting books that haven't been released yet!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is...
The Devil And Winnie Flynn By Micol Ostow
Expected Release Date: October 13th 2015

Told as an ongoing letter to a friend, Winnie’s story is a heartrending mystery and a pop culture critique in the vein of Libba Bray’s Going Bovine and Beauty Queens—with illustrations throughout that recall the quirky, dark, and distinct aesthetics of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.

New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.

Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her. And, find out what she isn’t.
(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

The concept with this one is intriguing. There is definitely that 'dark' element to this story but also there is a sense of reality that seems to be in place amongst all the creepiness. As well as all the general intrigue of figuring out what went down with her mom. Can't wait for this release in Fall!

Leave a link in the comments below to your own Waiting on Wednesday I'll make sure to stop by!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

PS - I am hosting a GIVEAWAY for the *SOON* to be released book The Creeping By Alexandra Sirowy so I hope you check it out! The lovely Alexandra Sirowy did an awesome and very interesting guest post as well  - CLICK HERE to see for yourself & enter for a chance to win some cool stuff ;P