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Liebster Awards! So exciting!


Today I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow blogger William from Two Weeks from Everywhere. I’m a little shocked but honoured to be nominated! So, here we go with the responses to the questions asked!

As I read Two Weeks from Everywhere’s submission for his nomination I learned a bit about what the Liebster Award is all about!

It is:

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers …  and is a sneaky way to get to know the person behind the blog.

How did I get nominated??

Well, here are the rules for the award:

  1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
  2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
  4. Remember, no tag backs.


S0,  here’s my response to 11 facts about myself

  1. I live in Ontario, Canada with my mom
  2. My birthday is September 27 and I usually spend the entire Summer prior to it planning something extravagant
  3. I graduated from Humber College in 2010 and currently attend York University
  4. I’m absolutely terrified of raccoons! I scream like a little girl when I see them
  5. My dream profession is becoming a teacher but due to the over-saturation of the field I was forced to take a different career path
  6. I have 3 cats
  7. I work at Chapters Indigo and I can literally say it feeds into my reading addiction
  8. I prefer overcast days to sunny days
  9. I have an obsession with painting my nails, I absolutely love nail art!
  10. I’m an awesome baker, I bake all kinds of cupcakes and other sweet treats
  11. My favourite colour is green!

Anddd, my answers to Two Weeks from Everywhere questions!

Here are the eleven questions I would like you to answer:

  1. What is your favourite book of all time? This is totally the hardest question ever to answer! So, top 3! The Time Traveler’s Wife, Atonement and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
  2. Can you read with noise going on or must you have complete silence? I used to be picky and had to read in silence, I almost always read in my bedroom. I take public transit and now I read while I wait for the bus.
  3. Do you have a problem letting go of a book, even if it was one you didn’t particularly like? I had big issues after I read the Hunger Games trilogy. I didn’t like the ending to Mockingjay but I’m sure I’m not the only one. Also, for YA Book Club we read The Eleventh Plague and that book did not sit well with me! Ugh..
  4. What are your main interests outside of reading? I love baking, blogging, knitting and doing genealogy research
  5. Star Wars or Star Trek? Definitely Star Wars!!
  6. Who is your favourite author? James Dashner! He writes the Maze Runner trilogy. Can’t wait for The Kill Order, out in August!
  7. Coffee or tea? I’m definitely a tea lover!
  8. Do you ever listen to audio books? If not, why not? I haven’t listened to audio books before. I find I’m the type of learner that needs to read it myself rather than listen.
  9. Where is your favourite place to read? This is probably weird, but I love to read on the bus.
  10. Do you own an e-reader? If not, why not? I own a Kobo and a Playbook w/ a Kobo app on it. I still read LOTS of books and occasionally read off the Kobo.
  11. Do you always finish a book, regardless of whether you like it or not? I’ll put the book down and go back to it eventually. I usually do finish it, regardless how hard it is.

My nominations (For some nom’s I wasn’t sure what their follower count was at):

I Thought This Would Be Easier

Jeyna Grace


You’ve Been Hooked

600 Days of Sugarcubes




Dizzi is Blogging

Anissa Louise

Hardcovers and Heroines

My Questions For My Nominees!:

  1. What’s your favourite book?
  2. What’s your least favourite book?
  3. Have you met any authors?
  4. Do you own an e-reader? If not, will you make the switch to e-reading?
  5. What’s your favourite colour?
  6. What is your favourite childhood book?
  7. Do you have a favourite genre you like to read?
  8. Sunrise or Sunset?
  9. Favourite pass time, other than reading?
  10. What’s your favourite day of the week?
  11. Finally, two men walk into a bar.. ?


Almost done Mockingjay!!

I’ve been gradually making my way through Catching Fire and Mockingjay the last few weeks. I knew with my reading speed that I could easily finish these books in a matter of days but decided to have some self-control. Also, I had some exams and final papers to write, so pleasure reading had to be put on hold for the time being.

What can I say about books 2 and 3 from the BIGGEST trilogy right now??

I’ve enjoyed them a lot more than the first book. Although, not a lot happens in Catching Fire I felt a lot of plot occurs in this book. Lots of mind games, character development and you can see how the story is really unfolding. I’m not done Mockingjay yet (I’m at the part where they decide to abandon staying underground in the Capitol and go above ground to the streets.. Katniss just shot a chick with an arrow) but I do plan to write a proper combined review of Catching Fire and Mockingjay when I’m done. Everyone is making me sad by telling me that I’ll hate the ending. Purposely, I’m trying to figure out a way to love it to bits and pieces.

Anyways, have you read the trilogy? Did you start late like me? What have you thought of it so far?

What Can We Expect From Insurgent?! Out May 1st!

Insurgent will be released next month on May 1st. It’s been one year since Veronica Roth’s similar but different Hunger Games-esque dystopian was released.

In the debut novel, Divergent we’re introduced to Beatrice Prior who lives in a futuristic Chicago with her family. A futuristic Chicago that divides its society by 5 different factions. Each faction holds its own values and beliefs that must be upheld by those who reside in the faction’s district. At the age of 16 all males and females are put through a series of aptitude tests to determine which faction will best suit them as they enter adulthood. ‘Faction before blood’ is placed around Chicago to remind everyone that once you pick your faction, regardless if you leave your family behind you must obey your factions values and beliefs. Unfortunately, for Beatrice she feels she doesn’t completely fit into any 1 faction and she realizes she isn’t alone.

Last year I got the chance to meet Veronica Roth while she was touring. Everyone that I work with was totally mesmorized by the debut novel. We would discuss which factions we would rather and which would be awful. Luckily, we didn’t have to guess anymore but got the chance to take the Official Facebook Faction Quiz. If you’re a fan, definitely check this quiz out. It takes you through the actual aptitude test that you read about in the novel. It’s sort of neat and fun to do with your friends!

Anyways, after the hype of Divergent there have been many YA fiction to come and go throughout the past year. None of them have truly captured me since Divergent though. Once again, my coworkers and I got truly jazzed when 2012 rang in because it meant one thing.. The sequel to Divergent is coming in 5 months!! To be honest, my book store has a pretty good relationship with the marketers at the big name publishing companies in Toronto and the surrounding area. We seemed pretty confident that we would without a doubt get an ARC (advance reader’s copy) of Insurgent. I did some research to see what the odds were and creeped Veronica Roth’s web page with deets about HOW TO GET AN ARC. She had written a few blogs about how there weren’t many to be distributed this time around. This mean, I don’t want a lot of spoilers given out before the release date but I’m trying to be nice about it. I understood and got my manager to give a call to Harper Teen. We were told that they only received 5 ARCS of Insurgent and that they would be holding a contest of the stores who could prove they were the BIGGEST fans of the series. We got down to work and decided to create something amazing that the other stores would never do. So this is what we came up with..

We decided to recreate the tree that is on the cover of Insurgent and also represents the faction Amity in the novels. We got a bit creative and printed of the factions on small cue cards and decorated it. Both photos I merged are different vantage points of the tree in the store. I think it’s pretty sweet and earned us the right to 1 ARC of Insurgent. I’ve been pretty lucky to score dibs on reading it first. So, I’ll give you some insight as to what to expect in the next installment. I don’t want to say I’m going to make this a full out spoiler entry because I really want you all to have a chance to enjoy it. So what did I think of it??! Well..

1) Tris and Tobias’ (Four) relationship
Throughout Divergent we witness the budding relationship between Tris and Tobias (Four) developing. Of course, in Insurgent it definitely becomes a focal point but it doesn’t make us forget what exactly is happening in the destroyed world around them. At times, I wanted to stop reading because I’m not a fan of romance but as I keep reading and blogging about YA fiction it keeps resurfacing. I kept trudging along, with that being said I’m not saying that it’s a complete waste of a read! I actually enjoyed it more than Divergent.

2) The rebellion
If you remember at the end of Divergent there is a massive war breaking out and control serums are all over the place. Don’t you worry, that will be another element coming back again. Now it’s not only control serums but there’s a wack load of other futuristic mumbo jumbo that we’re introduced to as well. This novel pretty much focuses on the rebellion, allies and enemies amongst all the factions. Who will come out on top? Really, this novel builds up to an awesome finale that isn’t due out until next year.

3) Who’s on who’s side??!
I found myself having to re-read some chapters since it seems there is a lot of broken promises and tyranny exploding in each chapter. There’s a lot of deception amongst the characters and at times I wanted to smack Tris around and tell her to stop being stupid! She really got under my skin, even MORE SO THAN KATNISS.. ugh. But with that being said, Tris is really a character you love to hate and really want the best for her. I know you will all enjoy the curve ball of characters being re-introduced/introduced in this story line. Everyone is kinda on the edge due to the rebellion, so no one is completely trustworthy.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy the novel! Let me know what faction you get in the quiz! And don’t forget to follow my blog and if you like you can follow me on the Twitosphere: @carlyofsuburbia

Also, when I did the quiz I got Dauntless! I get to wear this at work to show off my badass-ness.

Life After The Hunger Games

If you’re like the other lost avid readers of the Hunger Games series you’re probably asking yourself, ‘What now??’. Everyone I know over indulged in the popular series within days and now have no idea what to try out next. I shocked a lot of people when they would ask me if I have read the Hunger Games series. It was only recently (about a month ago) that I actually picked up the first book from the series. This is crazy to some people since they know I:
a) Work at a book store
b) Host the YA book club at my book store

I have a good explanation why I waited so long before reading the highly anticpated series. At my store, everyone was nattering on about Hunger Games this and that. This was about 2 Summers ago when Mockingjay came out. I decided to go a different route and read new YA fiction instead. I have read many YA fiction similar to The Hunger Games series. I’m going to go through a few novels that will help you avoid re-reading The Hunger Games and possibly fall in love with something new.

1. The Maze Runner – James Dashner
We are introduced to Thomas who wakes up in a lift only able to remember his first name and with his memory blank. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

I absolutely love this series. If you’re familiar with these novels you might be saying, ‘whaa.. this isn’t a series’. Last fall, after the release of The Death Cure it was announced that James Dashner would be writing a prequel to the first book of the series titled, The Kill Order. There also been major rumours that it is next in line to be turned into a major motion picture.

2. Divergent – Veronica Roth
The novel opens with 16 year old Beatrice Prior who lives in a futuristic Chicago with her family. A futuristic Chicago that divides its society by 5 different factions. Each faction holds its own values and beliefs that must be upheld by those who reside in the faction’s district. At the age of 16 all males and females are put through a series of aptitude tests to determine which faction will best suit them as they enter adulthood. ‘Faction before blood’ is placed around Chicago to remind everyone that once you pick your faction, regardless if you leave your family behind you must obey your factions values and beliefs. Unfortunately, for Beatrice she feels she doesn’t completely fit into any 1 faction and she realizes she isn’t alone.

I’m currently reading the ARC (advance readers copy) of the 2nd book from this series called Insurgent. Divergent came out last May and is the debut novel from Veronica Roth. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when she toured with Lauren Oliver. It was rumoured last year at her Q&A at my book store that there are talks about signing this to a movie deal. Veronica Roth is pretty cool and said that she would only sign if the producers would stay true to the novel. Unfortunately, for the millionaires in Hollywood she hasn’t liked any of the scripts presented to her.. yet! I won’t be surprised if something comes up after Insurgent’s release in May.

3. Delirium – Lauren Oliver
What if love were a disease? In Delirium we are introduced to Lena, where in her world love is considered to be an incurable disease. All young men and women are required to have a medical procedure to ensure that they don’t succumb to ‘Amor Deliria Nervosa’. Lena is ready for her procedure until the unimaginable happens – she falls in love.

Delirium is a fast-paced and enjoyable read. I couldn’t put it down for a second and it completely surpassed my expectations. This novel will keep you guessing, ‘What next?’. On Valentine’s Day, Lauren Oliver released a short story called Hana that links Delirium with Pandemonium (book #2 in the series). Just a warning, if you didn’t get it already from the synopsis.. This book is probably best suited to the female audience. The other two novels I suggested above are awesome for males and females alike.

Anyways,  I hope you enjoy the suggestions! If you have any comments about the blog feel free to leave a comment below. If you’ve read any of the 3 books in the blog tell me what you think of them!

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Happy reading!