Goal Achieved: 200 Followers!!

Hey bookworms!

I just wanted to write a quick post because I am so grateful to all of you for reading the blog! I have reached 200 followers on the blog (it is up to 211 right now) and this was a personal goal of mine. I like to set goals to make myself push to achieve them and it is so cool when I do. But I wouldn’t have got to this point without all of you and for that, you have my thanks 🙂

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And stay posted because I will have another review coming this week from another of Mark Bello’s books!

What are your goals? How do you stay on track with your goals? Tell me in the comments below!

Talk to you later bookworms.


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Loop Giveaway

Hey everyone!

I am part of a loop giveaway that is being hosted on Instagram so if you have that app, go and check out this giveaway!

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Here are the full rules to enter:

It’s FriYAY also known as Friday to some! So in honor of surviving yet another week, I have teamed up with 11 amazing people to offer you 12 awesome prizes to 12 lucky winners!  I am giving away a free book that the winner will select from some options.

How to enter:
1. You must follow @breakevenbooks and all 12 people in the loop.

2. Like this photo, comment “me” and like and comment on the photo from the other accounts. “That’s your entry!” Psssst- you can tag 2 friends for extra entries 😉

3. Tap this photo to see where to go next in the loop.

4. When you get back to this page you’re done and entered in all 12 chances to win!
The giveaway ends on Sunday at 8pm EST. Winners will be announced within 24 hours.  Your account must be public for the entire duration of the contest to play. Good luck!

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Iceland Trip

I know I said I would post about this when I got back from my trip but I have been so busy with catching up at work and I went to Escapade Music Festival last weekend so there hasn’t been much time to write. But I have finally found some time to sit down and write a post about how amazing my trip was.

First off, we flew with WOW air to Iceland. The flight didn’t cost that much which was good but the plane had a weird smell to it (reminded me of pee) and the seats were very cramped (although they always are for me since I am 6’6). On the return flight home, the guy beside me was chugging beers when the flight attendants weren’t looking and then trying to hide the empty cans all over the place. I’m sure WOW air can be a good experience, we just didn’t have the best one with them. Nonetheless, we didn’t let this get in the way of our trip!

We arrived in Iceland at around 5am and went to pick up our car rental. We rented with Green Motion and got a little Mazda to drive around the country. The rules were very amusing for their rentals. We had insurance that covered for sandstorms because apparently, that is a big thing over there. The #1 rule was to not hit a sheep or goat. They are the equivalent to our deer here in Canada. I just want to say that I did not hit any animals although I did have to stop because there was a herd of sheep crossing the street. We had a staredown and I feel like the sheep blinked first so HA.

Then at 7 am, we went to the Blue Lagoon to enjoy the geothermal spa. It was so warm and we got a drink + mud mask with our admission. We spent a solid 2 hours just chilling in the giant geothermal pools and saunas. It was my first experience at a spa and I think it was great.

After that, we decided to explore the city of Rekyavik. It is beautiful and they have some really cool murals and churches.

There was a little gem of a museum that we visited too. Now, this museum was pretty special because it was a “penis museum“. It featured all different types of animal penises including whales, giraffes, zebras, elk, mice, etc.

We stayed in Airbnb’s for our entire trip because we could pay in CAD instead of Icelandic Krona. Some of them were good and some were just ok. Our favorite one was the first one we stayed in our first night. The host was so nice and got us to drink the pure Icelandic water. She also fed us some little baklava cakes which I kept accidentally calling balaclavas.

On our second day, we went snorkeling in the Sulfra fissure! This was my highlight of the trip. The water was super clear and you could see all the way down to the bottom. It was pretty cold and my hands went numb but it was so worth it. Our dive guide even let me free dive in the lagoon at the end of our snorkeling tour.

I drove a lot during this trip. I can actually officially say I have driven around an entire country. All of the landscapes were incredible and there were waterfalls everywhere you went.

We went all the way to the other side of the island to go whale watching in Husavik. I was very happy with this because we saw so many humpback whales. I had previously done whale watching in Nova Scotia and we never saw anything so this was a step up. The night before this, we stayed in a hostel because it was the only accommodations that we could afford and it was an interesting experience, to say the least. Our room was basically a little 9×9 box with and an open roof. Surprisingly, we slept pretty well. The Husavik harbor was a real sight.

I took a lot of scenery pictures along the way. We saw some glaciers, icebergs, and their famous black sand beaches while driving along the coastline.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The only thing I would say is that Iceland is very expensive because they have to import all their food in so be careful when eating out. Also, gas can be a pain in the ass to figure out. We bought prepaid cards to use the gas machines because they were giving us a lot of trouble.

But I strongly recommend visiting this beautiful country. You will not regret it.

 

 

May Giveaway Winner

Well the month of May has ended and that means that it is time to announce the winner of May’s giveaway. It was a month filled with trips to Montreal and concerts for me but I still had some time to get some reading in and be productive with some reviews. We have a bunch more reviews coming soon.

Now without further ado, the winner of the May giveaway is…..

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Congratulations on winning. I will get in touch with you to find out your mailing information and I hope you enjoy the book! Make sure to tag @breakevenbooks if you post a photo of your contest winnings 🙂

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Book Review & Giveaway: Rats, Mice and Other Things You Can Take To The Bank

I finished another book guys! I did it. I read a lot 😀

This one was called Rats, Mice and Other Things You Can Take to the Bank by Leslie Handler. If you read the blog regularly, then you would have seen my post on the book highlight.

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Synopsis: Part memoir, part essay collection, Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank is written with both wit and charm. It will take you on a ride from finding a mouse in the house to the mortgage crisis, from a smile to a chuckle and from a few tears to the feeling of being wrapped in a blanket sipping a warm cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s day. Handler offers a rich, touching, heartfelt and reflective read that will leave the reader with an indelible uplifting spirit.

I really enjoyed this book. Reading this book was like sitting down with a good friend and chatting about life while having a coffee. It reminded me of the nice warm evenings spent in playing games and spending time with family.

Leslie speaks about her life and all the things she has encountered such as battling cancer, raising a family (more than just children, lots of pets), how she met the love of her life and how to cope with trends and technology among other things. All of her writing is very humorous and I found myself laughing a lot. She has a lot of good advice and it comes at you with a comforting motherly tone.

I would recommend this book to give yourself a boost in your mood. It will have you smiling in no time as you relate to more than one funny instance that we have all dealt with just like Leslie.

And you have the option to win it! She sent me two copies so I am hosting a giveaway! Click on the link below to enter and a winner will be drawn on May 31st!

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Alright well thats it for now. Talk to you later Bookworms and goodluck with the giveaway! I hope you win …..yes you.

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March Giveaway Winner!

It has been a great month full of book reviews and blogging. Today I get to share with you the winner of the Star Wars sticker giveaway! There were a total of 19 entries into this contest and the person that will be adding some Star Wars Stickers to their collection is………. Valerie Venne! I will be in touch to get your stickers to you 🙂

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I was also notified today that my blog has reached 1000 likes on its posts so thank you to everyone who has been following along on this journey and for the continued support! You are all amazing and I couldn’t get to this point without you 🙂

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Talk to you soon bookworms!

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Book Review: Clemmie’s War by Rosie Boyes

Our reviewer Sara has another great recommendation for you bookworms. She recently read Clemmie’s War by Rosie Boyes. Read her review below 🙂

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Clemmie’s War is about a young girl named Clemmie who finds herself in a place called Heartease, which seems to function like an afterlife for children who have died. She meets a house full of warm and wonderful characters who are strange but kind. She is soon followed by her Grandfather, who is not a good man and is looking to get to her at all costs to complete his mission, which we learn about later in the novel. There are many twists and turns in the plot, revealing new aspects of how Heartease and its characters operate in this parallel world. We soon discover that Clemmie’s arrival has caused a time rift which begins to cause drastic changes as well as earthquakes in Heartease. Doctor Rose, the head of the Children’s House, and several other interesting characters must travel back in time to repair the damage done and save Clemmie.

This novel is similar to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in that it is a house in what seems like a parallel world to our own, where the children there are kept safe by their strange caretakers. Although all the characters here are essentially dead and living a second life in the afterlife, they are otherwise normal people. The characters are unique and strange, and well fleshed out by the author. If you are looking for a strange read that will make you smile, then this is a delightful book. There are constantly new developments and elaborations on the world of Heartease as you go along, ever-changing.

This is a cute story and I enjoyed the read. It was different than anything I have read recently. My only complaint is that it could have been better developed – there were often moments where it almost read like a synopsis of itself; instead of elaborating on a situation or conversation, it would glaze over it, where the story would have benefitted from more details. I would have loved to understand more about how Heartease and the subsequent time travel worked, and this would have been even better if the author had made the story more detailed.

Book Rating: 4/5

You can find this book on Amazon!

Disclaimer: We were provided a digital copy of this book by the author to read and give an honest review.

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In a galaxy far far away……

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If you like Star Wars and accessories for your laptop, notebooks, or whatever you like to stick things to, then you will love this giveaway. I have a pack of 4 unique Star Wars stickers up for grabs!

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All you have to do is like this post and follow BreakEven Books. That’s it! If you want extra entries, you could share the post. I will be drawing a winner on March 31st.

As for an update, I should have a new review soon for a genre of book I have never read before. It is a collection of erotic novellas so definitely something different from my usual favorite sci-fi books! Keep your eyes peeled for that review closer to the end of the week.

Talk to you later bookworms!

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Book Review: Ten Sheep To Sleep by Nidhi Kamra

Time for another book review!! I had the pleasure of reading this picture book directed towards children as a bedtime story. The book is about a young child that is counting sheep to fall asleep but she has too many sheep. She tries to find someone else to take some of her extra sheep so she can fall asleep after 10 instead of more.

Overall, it is a very short book but the illustrations are entertaining and the plot is very simple and easy for children to understand. There is even a reference to superheroes in the book so it won me over right there.

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Book rating: 3.5/5

You can check out the author’s website for more information or you can buy the book on Amazon.

Disclaimer: The author sent me a pdf version of the book for my honest review and I am not being compensated in any way.

Stay on the lookout for more book reviews coming soon, I have some new reviewers on the team that has all been given their first assignments! Talk to you soon bookworms.

 

Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was a breath of fresh air. I read this book in 2 days and found it very entertaining and a genuine reminder of how much you feel when you are so young and in love.

This book was about a young boy named Simon who is in love with another boy from his school. He has never met this guy, they have just exchanged emails back and forth and have been very secretive about their real identities. Until a boy at school see’s Simon’s email before he logs out on a computer. He then blackmails him to help him out with a girl at school.

This book brought up a lot of thoughts of how people perceive each other. I for one have gay friends and wouldn’t ever think to treat them any differently then I would my straight friends. But the book was from the perspective of a gay teenager that hadn’t come out yet, and it’s not that he was afraid to but that he just didn’t want it to be a big deal because everything he ever did was a big deal. But for a lot of people, it is a big deal and a very scary thing to do. There are so many different reactions that could come from someone coming out and that is kind of sad. No one should be afraid to be who they are. 

I come from a religious background and that made me think a lot about how that could go if I was in Simon’s position. My parents are amazing and I love them with everything I have in me. They have prepared/taught me everything I know and I don’t know what I would do without them. I would hope to never lose them over anything like this but that is a possibility for a lot of people. I am not in this position, but this book made me think about if I was and what would happen.

It would be terrifying because you wouldn’t know how the people that are supposed to love you the most would react. Your parents are your rock. They are your foundation; they build you up and prepare you for life and help you become who you are. To lose this would be world shattering and it gave me an insight into how scary it would be.

Love is love and everyone should be accepted for who they are.

The book was really great. The way his parents and everyone react when they finally find out is so supportive and uplifting. Simon has an amazing family. I would 100% be the dad if I was part of this family because every line he had in the book is something I would probably say. And everything he said made me laugh:P

Book Rating: 4.5/5

Disclaimer: I read this book because I wanted to and purchased it myself. This review is for me because I wanted to write it and that is that.

Let me know what your thoughts are on this book if you have read it and if not, what are your thoughts on having to come out. If you are straight, then just try and put yourself in Simon’s shoes like I did to get an idea of what it would be like.

Talk to you later bookworms.