#WayfaringReadsTheThousandthFloor

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee is so stunning, it makes me want to cry. The Wayfaring Bookworm feels the same way which found us gushing over it on each other’s bookstagram. Long story short…we were so excited about it we decided to buddy read but it felt selfish to keep all the excitement to ourselves. Which is how #WayfaringReadsTheThousandthFloor was born.

Here’s the deal, we’ve broken the book up into four parts and will be reading one section each week followed by IG chats about that section on either one or both of our pages (so be sure to follow us both!), followed by a Twitter chat at the end of the book.

We are creating a delightful contest but the prize is classified while we work out the details. Hint: It will be pretty awesome. Be sure to use the hashtag #WayfaringReadsTheThousandthFloor when you post your own photos to participate in the chat AND be entered in the contest.

The reading schedule:

  • October 3rd – 9th: Read up to page 109
  • October 10th – 16th: Read up to page 219
  • October 17th-23rd: Read up to page 327
  • October 24th – 28th: Finish the book!
  • October 28th: Twitter chat

If you read ahead that’s great, but our chats are a spoiler free zone so please be considerate.

Happy reading and we can’t wait to see your pictures!

Until next time,

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Rebel of the Sands

“They say she’ll always be more gun powder than girl. The desert has other plans.”

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Book Blurb from Chapters Indigo

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.  Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead. Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew. Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

Was this book another cover buy? You bet it was. Is this a common theme with me? Absolutely.

I was expecting a lot of spaghetti western and a little splash of Arabian mythology and I’m so glad I was wrong. It was such a wonderful mixture of cultures and mythology, with a touch of badass spaghetti western.

Amani, our sharp-shooting gun powder girl, was so very human – stubborn, unrelenting in her goals and quick witted. Not to mention, her tendency for impulse decisions kept the plot alive. And Jin- wonderful yet slightly vague Jin. He was such a delight. Although he was the obvious love interest (among other things- totally called who he was in relation to the rebellion), there wasn’t the repulsive insta-love I’ve come to expect and hate in YA. Their relationship started as one of convenience and turned from mild reluctance, to mutual respect, to friendship, to something much bigger than Amani ever expected. It was really enjoyable to read. The classic rom-com back and forth was just what I needed.

“Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand”

This was not a character driven book for me (although the secondary characters were fabulous as well). The most vivid part of the book for me was the mythology and atmosphere created. It’s not every day I come out of a YA novel being more jazzed about the mythology than I am about the character driven relationships. I find dijinn mythology fascinating and Hamilton did a fantastic job mixing it into the culture as both fact and fiction to the characters. To Amani, it had always just been old stories of immortals long gone, despite the occasional run in with ghouls and buraqi. To Jin, it was his life and family history. It should have been obvious to me, in that case, that Amani was the one who had dijinn blood in her veins.

Between the unravelling of everything Amani thought she knew, the rebellion, and the epic sibling showdown to end the novel, I was enthralled through all 300 and some odd pages.

I would definitely recommend this debut novel. It does follow a classic fantasy novel arch-type but I found it comforting rather than boring. I can’t wait to see how Hamilton continues to spin the mythology and rebellion in the second book, Traitor to the Throne.

Until next time-

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Heir to the Sky

Because who can resist floating continents in the sky as a synopsis?

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Book Blurb from Chapters Indigo

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

Let’s just start with this, the cover is stunning. I fell in love with it after seeing it on Harlequin Teen’s Instagram. What can I say? I’m a sucker for good cover art. Then I read the synopsis on NetGalley. An heir to a kingdom of floating continents? Phoenix mythology? Monster hunters? Ummmm…yes please.

This book and I have had our ups and downs. I was originally so excited for it but I received it right at the beginning of a major reading slump. It spent a couple months being moved around my TBR pile and thrown into different travel bags all summer. I finally started it two nights ago and i’m sorry to say but the floating continents…not that interesting (with pretty cliche/vague political plot).

The good stuff came after the fall.

Monsters, Griffin -our rugged hero- and Kali’s determination to be a badass kept me reading. Despite her constant naivety (I mean…come on, who doesn’t realize that they’ve been the target of two assassination attempts?) I have to admire Kali’s refusal to be helpless in any situation she was placed in. Griffin’s story was probably the most interesting part of the book. Other than the obvious discovery that he was one of the fallen, his Benu familial history and life on earth after the fall was a thrilling addition to an otherwise flat, hobbit like, march to the top of a mountain.

And the insta-love. Ohhhhh the insta-love. I realize the plot on earth was meant to be over a month or so but it was a lot for me. Perhaps they follow apocalypse rules? You know, the whole – they’re the right gender for me and don’t appear to be attached so I call dibs because most of humanity is dead- approach? In a world full of chimeras, dragons and leviathans… I would probably hop on that train too.

The ending had its share of excitement though and left me feeling rather content. Overall, it’s a fun and easy read in a world full of some really gut wrenching YA fiction. The concept: flawless. But it could have been so much more than it was. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I read a sequel? Probably not.

Until next time –

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Bookish Pet Peeves

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We all have our bookish pet peeves, whether it be folded page corners, broken spines, insta-love, writing style, etc…but I feel like we all have that ONE that can make or break a book for you. Mine broke Miss Peregrine’s and I’m super disappointed about it.

One of my big bookish pet peeves is a book that has an incredible concept but fails in 1st person execution. There are a lot of really wonderful 1st person books out there, a few of my favourites actually. However my big pet peeve is immature, underdeveloped 1st person. Unfortunately for me, Miss Peregrine’s fall in that category.

Stunning concept and great book atmosphere but horrible 1st person narrative. With the movie coming out soon (which looks stunning) I really wanted to love this series but I just can’t 😭😓.

What are your big bookish pet peeves?

Until next time,

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The Melting Library

My life is full of candles and bookish candles are my favourite.

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The Melting Library is having a rep search and I thought I would take a chance! They are only accepting one more international rep. I’d love for my little Canadian book blog to be the last rep. Although Regularly Reads is fairly young, my instagram and blog are growing at a phenomenal rate. I am so incredibly grateful to my followers, who have become good friends, for their constant support.

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How amazing is the name The Melting Library for a bookish candle brand by the way!? It’s stunning. My favourite candle I own from The Melting Library is Pippin’s Pint. It just smells like warmth and happiness.

It’s a long shot but I can’t resist their candles.

Until next time,

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Bookish Blind Date GIVEAWAY

My 1st GIVEAWAY (in honour of 500 Instagram followers) is a Bookish Blind Date!

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Same concept as a blind date except with books! Sooo hopefully less awkwardness and nervous sweating but may still cause uncontrollable feelings.

How it’s going to work:

There are two different blind date options. The winner (yay!) will pick which blind date sounds more like their kind of thing and then the runner up (still yay!) will receive the second option. Open internationally!

How to enter:

  • Follow @regularlyreads on Instagram (if you aren’t following you can’t win)
  • Repost this photo with the hashtag #RRBOOKISHBLINDDATE

And that’s it. SO simple.

You can get extra entries by:

Each entry will add your name into the proverbial hat to be drawn on Monday May 30th.

(If your name is different on various social media, make sure to let me know on your instagram repost or drop me a DM if you don’t want it publicized or else I won’t know who to assign the extra entry to. I PROMISE I will add every entry and look at every post)

Now to the most important part….

Option One: Dystopian/Apocalyptic (YA)

If you like…

  • The Maze Runner
  • The 100
  • Gone
  • Lord of the Flies

Option Two: Mystery/Detective (9-14)

If you like…

  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Alex Rider
  • A Study in Charlotte
  • Nancy Drew

So decide who you want on your date night and enter the giveaway!

*This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram/Tumblr/Twitter or Facebook*

Until next time,

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Slouching the Dream

Poetry for a generation of lost adults, only slightly bitter and confused but dealing with adulthood with a very real kind of humour. It’s intoxicating.

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Book Blurb from Chapters Indigo

Slouching the Dream: Poems about love. Poems about lust. Poems about heartbreak and professional wrestling. Poems about getting fat and poems about ghosts. Poems about tattoos. Poems about losing your hair and losing your lunch. Poems about getting married. Poems about getting rejected. Poems about Bigfoot, heavy metal and watching too much TV. Poems about fist fights. Poems about having kids. Poems about (not) having a life. Poems about the past and the future and getting older and not having a clue what you’re doing with your life but knowing that it has to, probably, maybe, hopefully all get better somewhere along the line, right?

Slouching the Dream is an awesome collection of real life, witty, nerdy, adulting is hard kind of poetry by Spencer Butt.

Spencer and I were interns together at HarperCollins for all of a month (before he got a cooler, better job and my internship ended). Spencer has incredible comedic timing, in person and in his writing. Hours spent packaging book mail and making buttons were much more entertaining with Spencer around. He is the kind of person that makes you instantly comfortable, unless you are a conservative grandma type who judges people with tattoos. Lucky for me, I love tattoos and apparently I’m now fond of poetry too.

It’s poetry for the nostalgic and the slightly unhinged, for the lost, the lovers, the dreamers and the people slightly confused about the path adulthood has taken them down. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in because i’m not one for poetry but Slouching the Dream is full of relatable and hilarious poems. I was super into it. So into it that I couldn’t pick a favourite. My copy is tabbed with sticky notes, marking my favourite poems and lines. Seriously, I want to share every single poem with you and explain the nuances and kind of just make myself a cozy sweatshirt nest in the lines and live there.

Recommended reading of a few favourites:

  • Job Stoppers
  • These ARE My Cool Clothes
  • If I Ever Disappear
  • To Make A Better Map
  • Activate Now
  • Look At My Muscles
  • Time’s Up, Dummy

You can find it in the comedy section of a Chapters Indigo near you!

Until next time,

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Litsy: A Brand New Bookish App

I discovered Litsy yesterday and it is wonderful.

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What is Litsy?

Litsy is a place to share and discover your favorite books with your favorite people.

The Litsy community is a groundswell of passionate readers, authors, celebrities, and more. Share bookish moments with Quotes, Reviews, and Blurbs. Measure Litfluenceto discover your “bookprint” in the world. Explore recommendations from readers, not algorithms.

Oh yeah, want to organize your reading list? Our app has stacks for that, too.

It’s fun.  It’s simple.  It’s all about the book.

A friend of mine from my publishing days (Steffie, who works for Joe Books, check them out) recommended Litsy to me last week. It took me a few days to get around to it but I am loving it so far.

It will never replace bookstagram for me but it is definitely an awesome mix of goodreads, instagram and twitter. And it’s for books ONLY!

I have to admit that I’ve never really been a fan of Goodreads, I don’t enjoy the structure or the atmosphere. So I love that the book community now has a different outlet for reviewing and sharing reading experiences. The apps layout is easy to figure out so you can feel comfortable getting involved right away! I’m a fan of the rating system, it has moved away from the star system to a “Like, So-S0, Pan and Bail” system. Which I prefer, however I wish there was a “Love” option. Like doesn’t describe how I feel about some books, I need a stronger word.

Do I think it will replace Goodreads? No. It doesn’t have the format for long reviews, which people love. But it is a great way to keep track of my TBR list, as well as share my book photography and reviews on a broader format.

It’s only available for IOS users for now but it’s only a matter of time before it becomes available for everyone.

Come join me on Litsy, my username is RegularlyReads!

Until next time,

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The Fandom of the Month Club: April

“Things never happen the same way twice”- Aslan

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The Fandom of the Month was The Chronicles of Narnia 😍 ! I am over the moon about that choice. My 1st Fandom of the Month box did not disappoint.

In the Box:

  • Minimalist Aslan magnet from Half Blood Prints
  • Aslan (or just lion) earrings from The Geeky Cauldron
  • A Wardrobe pendant necklace from The Geeky Cauldron
  • A Narnia inspired bracelet from The Geeky Cauldron
  • Adorable Reepicheep jewellery bag

The excitement is real my friends!

I am so incredibly bias because I freaking LOVE Aslan and i’ve had to replace my Narnia books more than once from over-reading.

I was a little hesitant when I first subscribed for the box because it is mostly jewellery and I don’t wear a lot of it. I have a ring and a necklace, both from my Grandma, that I wear every day. Other that I own a few Fossil watches and bracelets but they are only worn on occasion. I was really just checking it out as a one time thing and hoping for some cool stuff to put in my bookstagram pictures.  I ended up being really surprised with how excited I was while unboxing.

I saw the Aslan magnet first and after an unfortunately long moment of realization on my part, I realized I wasn’t just staring at any old lion magnet. The next was the wardrobe necklace. I squeed a little when I noticed it open to a winter scene of the lamp post! It is sooo adorable, i’m in love.

I pulled out the bracelet next. It was the only item I was a little disappointed with. Each circle on the bracelet has a picture on it and it is actually kind of hard to tell what a few of them are? My roommate and I took a few minutes to decide what we thought each picture was.

I actually didn’t find the Aslan earrings until the next day. Whoops. They were stuck in the bottom of the jewellery bag. And they put me over the top with this box. They are flawless, such a subtle nod to an amazing character.

This box made me happy and reignited my love for Narnia. Which is exactly what a fandom box should do. Will I actually wear any of it? Not likely. Maybe the earrings, but my ears are unfortunately sensitive to anything not gold. Would I subscribe again? Yes. But not every month. Too much jewellery for this girl.

The only downside is that they have disabled the “skip a month” function. I understand why they made that decision but it forced me to have to unsubscribe for this month, instead of just skipping the month.

It’s now necessary for me to go watch The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Until next time,

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OwlCrate: Dystopian Style

My 1st OwlCrate has arrived! Dropped on my front porch like all good Owl Post should be.

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In the OwlCrate:

  • A WICKED decal for those Maze Runner fans created by Shailey Ann Designs
  • Mockingjay bracelet from the Geeky Cauldron
  • 1984 notebook from Manuscript
  • A Katniss minimalist magnet from Half Blood Prints 
  • Shatter Me inspired coaster from Evie Books
  • FLAWED the debut novel from Cecelia Ahern, author of PS I Love You

Who doesn’t love a good dystopian novel!? From George Orwell to Suzanne Collins, dystopian societies have been holding readers interests for a very long time. Obviously I was pumped when I heard April’s OwlCrate was Dystopian themed so I took the dive and subscribed for my first box ever.

I was a little disappointed?

Maybe it’s because two of the items were Hunger Games? I’ve been collecting HG memorabilia for YEARS so I was hoping the box would introduce me to some new favourites. In saying that, the minimalist magnets from Half Blood Prints are amazing and i’ve been wanting some artwork from this store forever! And I still love Hunger Games so the Mockingjay bracelet by Geeky Cauldron (one of my fave stores btw, Fandom of the Month anyone?!) is equally adorable.

AND Evie Books! What can I say? I drool over her Instagram daily. So excited to finally have a piece from her store.

The thing I was most excited about was the book selection. I love being introduced to new books and a debut novel from Cecelia Ahern sounds like absolute perfection. Unfortunately, I think the marketing team could have stepped up their game for the book blurb…Cecelia Ahern did a better job describing her book in the special OwlCrate letter. Regardless, I’m excited to read it! I’ve loved the majority of her adult novels so I can’t wait to see what she brings to a YA Dystopian novel. Should I prepare for tears like usual?

Overall I was happy with my first OwlCrate experience, it just wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. I am SO SO SO excited for Steampunk next month though. I haven’t really delved into Steampunk in any facet but video games so I can’t wait to see all the new surprises waiting for me in that box!

I’m an OwlCrate addict.

Until next time,

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