Book Review: Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes

The book that…perplexed me.

I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. I ended up giving it 3 stars on Goodreads. This book will be released on February 10, 2015.

The beginning of this book was a bit confusing yet extremely intriguing. About 30 pages in, I was very invested in it and although I wasn’t quite sure if I understood everything that was happening, I was enjoying the story. As I read, though, this excitement flagged quite a bit. There was a lag in the story around the middle of the book that lasted for a while because I felt like I did not know what the characters were doing and where they were going. By the end of the book, I was extremely confused. I don’t want to ruin the ending for anyone so I won’t say any more but it was a little flat for me.

This book takes place in two different time periods, modern day and late 1900sI thought that the author did a great job of tailoring the writing style to the time period. When I was reading the parts of the book that took place in the past, It felt like I was reading something that was written in the past which enhanced my reading experience.

I love the references in this book to famous authors such as Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, and the Bronte sisters. I just thought that this added a really fun element to the book. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. However, there was something in the way it was written or in the way plot unfolded that kept me from being completely sucked into the story. I felt like the author didn’t really flesh out the ending of the book and it left me more confused than anything.

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Friday Reads: 1/16/15

Hello, everyone!

This weekend, I have quite a variety of books that I am reading. The first is a book called Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes.

This is a book I received free in exchange for a review from Netgalley. You can be expecting a review if it sometime in the next week or so. I am about 25% of the way through it and really enjoying it so far.

I am also going to be picking up the third volume of the Sandman graphic novel series Dream Country by Neil Gaiman. I just recently finished the second one and can’t wait to read the next one.

I am also still working my way through Anna Karenina. I have hit a bit of a dry patch in the story and hope to get back to the more interesting points of the plot.

That is what I will be reading this weekend. Let me know what you will be reading down below

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Bout of Books 12: Days 2-5 Update

Hello, everyone!

Sorry I have been so spotty with my updates so far for Bout of Books. I was doing some traveling and visiting with some family the past few days so I have not read much.

What I have read so far: I have finished two books so far, Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy and Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography. I have read a total of 519 pages so far.

What I am currently reading: I just began The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows this evening. It is a pretty intriguing start and I hope that I will be able to read it quickly.

How is your Bout of Books 12 coming along? What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments.

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Happy Reading!



Boutof Books 12: Day 1 Update and New Year’s Resolution Challenge Winners


I hope that everyone is doing really well in their Bout of Books so far. I have started out a bit slow but I hope to start picking up speed as the week goes on.

On Monday, I read 120 pages in Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy. I hope to finish this one by Wednesday since Tuesday will be pretty busy for me.

I also wanted to thank everyone for all the responses to my New Year’s Resolution Challenge. I got a bunch of responses and they were all so fun to read. I also received a lot of wonderful, positive comments from people who enjoyed this challenge. Your kind words mean a lot to me!

As far as the challenge winners, I picked 3 of them because there were so many great ones that I could not choose just one check them out at the following links.

That First Line

She’s Got Books on Her Mind

Mesulli’s Medley of Musings

Keep on reading strong!

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Bout of Books: New Year’s Resolution Challenge

Hello, everyone!

I hope you are all as excited as I am about this read-a-thon. I am so happy to be able to help kick off the week with my New Year’s Resolutions Challenge. Make sure you click here to check out the other challenge for the day which be held by Caught Read Handed.


New Year’s Resolutions
Whether you have made reading resolutions or want to use general life resolutions you have made over the New Year holiday, pick books with titles that relate to each of your resolutions. You can post as many or as few as you would like. You can also check out my full reading resolutions for 2015 here.

For example:
Stephen King’s the Dark Tower represents my TBR pile resolution which is to get my TBR pile below 200 books by the end of 2015. My piles definitely look like some dark towers at this point.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult represents my Classics resolution. I want to read 15 books off of the list of classics I made with my sister and my friend. We have made a Pact to trying to dedicate our time to reading these books.

I chose The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel for my Big Book resolution which is to read 10 books with 550+ pages. The title Mammoth Hunters is pretty self-explanatory but I will be trying to read some of those huge books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while and I need to get to.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens represents my Series Resolution. This resolution is to finish reading 5 series. I chose Great Expectations because this is a good resolution and one that I would love to finish but it will be amazing if I actually complete this one.


Leave your resolutions down below or if you do a post on your own blog, leave a link to it so I can check them out. This challenge does not come with a prize but is just a fun way to talk about our New Year’s Resolutions for 2015. However, I will be picking a winner who has the most clever, best fitting, or funniest titles just for fun. I will be picking a winner on Tuesday probably once I have seen everyone’s resolutions.

Good luck in the read-a-thon! Let’s make the first day a great one!

Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 12: TBR


I thought I would bring you my TBR for the Bout of Books  12 which is beginning on Monday, January 5th. I am not sure how much reading I will be able to manage because I am going to be flying back to school during the week which means packing and a lot of travel time. However, I hope to get reading in before and after travel and even while at the airport and on the plane.

Here are the books I plan to read:

Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy – This is a very intriguing middle grade book that has be on my bookshelf forever. I love finding a great middle grade book and this one should be a pretty fast read.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows – I have had this one on my shelves for a long time and have wanted to read it but haven’t picked it up. It is a short book so it should be a great one to read during Bout of Books.

The Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snicket – This one should be a very quick and fun read to tackle during the read-a-thon. I love almost anything Lemony Snicket writes and this one should be much the same.

Intensity by Dean Koontz – I have a lot of Dean Koontz books sitting on my shelves so I am trying to work my way through a lot of them. This one sounds very interesting and so different from the ones I have read by him before.

If I happen to finish all of those books, I am not sure what I will pick up after that so I will probably leave that open for whatever book jumps out at me.

What are you planning on reading for Bout of Books 12? Let me know down below.

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Happy Reading!

2015 Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year!

I am here to bring you a review of my reading resolutions from 2014 and to introduce my reading resolutions for 2015.

My 2014 Reading Resolution:

Last year, I set a goal to read 25,000 pages and I did really well. I set that goal so that I could read longer books. I did pretty well at reading longer books and I ended up surpassing my page goal. I ended up reading 26789 pages and a total of 91 books. I consider 2014 to have been a success and look forward to doing just as well in 2015.


My 2015 Reading Resolutions:

1. Big Books – I want to read 10 books that have at least 550 pages. Last year, I did pretty well reading big books but I have a lot of them still sitting on my shelves that I want to get to this year.

2. Classics – I would like to read at least 15 classics off of the Classics Reading Challenge my sister, friend, and I are reading through. I think that 15 classics will be a really good accomplishment for this challenge.

3. TBR Pile – I will attempt to get my TBR pile of physical books below 200. It is currently around 250 or so. This includes books that I buy in 2015. I really want to spend this year reading mostly from my own shelves since I have built up a little library at home.

4. Series – Whether I have already started them or will start them in the new year, I want to complete 5 series in 2015. I own quite a few series and have a bunch more that I can get at the library. The top of the list on this is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I also want to finish reading the last 5 books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

5. Jessi’s Picks – For this resolution, I am going to have my sister pick 12 books from my shelves that she wants me to read in 2015. They can be any books at all and I will read at least one each month in 2015. This will help me read some books that I have been avoiding or just haven’t thought to pick up yet. I will not be limiting myself to one each month but I have to read at least one a month until they are all gone. I will probably do a separate post showing which books she has picked for me.


What are some of your reading resolutions for 2015? Let me know down below!

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Happy Reading!