May Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! We’re having a tough time believing it’s June already; seriously, where does time go?? We did some pretty cool things in May, so let’s take a look!

Sasha read: 0 books (sigh!). She did, however, read MOST of ACOWAR. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sarena read: 3 books

  1. Trials of Apollo 2: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan — 4.5*
  2. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo — 4.5* (review here)
  3. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han — 5*

This month we also did something REALLY awesome. We signed with our literary agent, Pete Knapp (you can read our story here). We are so excited to get started on revisions for this new book!

On May 4 we attended a book signing for Nicola Yoon! I loved TSIAAS so that was really exciting!

nicola yoon signing

Nicola Yoon with the director of Everything, Everything!

On May 6 we were invited to the Raincoast blogger preview (which we watched from the comfort of our home, yay!). We are so stoked for the books coming this fall from Raincoast/Macmillan, like Renegades and Language of Thorns!

We also began interning for the awesome book packager CAKE Literary. (Seriously, they’re awesome.)

On May 21 we attended a signing for SJ Maas! We got to the mall location at 8:45ish and got one of the few final tickets for the signing at 1PM. The store was PACKED. (Photos below!)

Now let’s take a look at our month via Instagram photos:

Books we got from the Raincoast event:

Got this awesome book when we were out for Mother’s Day:

And we got these in the mail — STILL FLAILING.

From said signing with SJ Maas:

Also, we attended an awesome Penguin Random House book sale!! Check out all these awesome books!~

And finally, we got this awesome ARC from S&S Canada. Very excited for this!

We hope you all had a great month! Look out for a May book haul on our Instagram soon ๐Ÿ˜€


April Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! So we’ve gone on an accidental hiatus, mostly because in April we were super busy with school and exams, and after that we were busy revising our book. Still, we did get some reading done!

Sasha read: 

-Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (5*)

-Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson (4.5*)

-The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (5*)

-Saints and Misfits by SK Ali (5*)

-Second Born by Arnold Robinson

-Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (5*)

Sarena read:

-Imagination Bigger Together by Casey Rislov (5*)

-Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (5*)

-The Water and Murder Flow South by Ken Stichter

-Hosanna by Katelyne Parker (5*) must read!

-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5*) another must read!

Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson (4.5*)

-Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin (4*)


In April we finished exams and also participated in an awesome pitch contest called DVPit, which you should totally check out! Thanks so much to Beth Phelan for organizing it!

We also attended the Indigo YA Preview on April 5 at Indigo headquarters. It was so much fun! Here are some pics from the event & the ARCs we got:

There, we met SK Ali and got signed ARCs of SAINTS AND MISFITS! It was so great meeting her, especially since we’ve known each other via Twitter for a while!

Dinner + current read! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿด #amreading #saintsandmisfits #yalit #booknerdigans #bookstagram

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Some more Instagram photos:

Still haven’t read a Sarah Dessen book … woops!

We hope you all had a great April!

-Sarena & Sasha

March Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! Even though it’s already April (how?!) we decided to share our March wrap-up. Here it is!

What We Read


  1. Die Laughing (3*)
  2. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (ASOUE #3 – 4.5*)


  1. Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson (5*)
  2. Valpartha by Dale Shillito (3*)
  3. Empress of a Thousand Skies (4*)
  4. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (5* review to come!)

We also posted a guest post from author Karuna Riazi on social media.


What We Did

This was a really busy month for us since it was the last month of school. Basically, we did a bunch of homework. But we also hosted a launch for our club’s magazine, Scribes Slate, attended a launch for a journal Sasha published a short story in, and our club won an award at our university formal. So, some exciting stuff!

On March 3, we also presented our creative writing journey to 6th graders at our old middle school:

We got these awesome books in the mail:

And got these for review:

We hope you all had a great March as well! Until next time,

Sarena & Sasha

February Wrap-Up [2017]

February was a strange reading month; even though it’s over halfway through March, we needed to post a wrap-up! So here’s some cool stuff we did in February, along with what we read:

Sasha read: 0 books (sigh)

Sarena read: 3 books

  1. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  2. Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Some fun bookish stuff we did:

We visited the HarperCollins Canada offices to check out their YA preview for spring/summer books!

Chilling at HarperCollins Canada! Thanks, @hccfrenzy! #Zenith #HarperCollins #YAlit #scifi

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We also got awesome signed copies of THE HATE U GIVE for our university book club. That book, guys. *heart eyes*

Thanks so much again to HCCFrenzy for those! We also got this awesome book mail from Scholastic for Valentine’s Day:

We also spent our reading week doing a LOT of writing–not reading, haha. We wrote about 50,000 words that week … yeah. (How? I don’t know, either.) Our first draft wrapped up at around 100k, and now we’re planning to edit, edit, edit! Here’s a timelapse of a short writing session:

Timelapse of a mini writing session at indigo/starbucks! โŒจ๏ธ๐Ÿ“š #amwriting #yalit #bookstagram #timelapse

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Last cool thing, and this is SUPER cool. We saw our books at our university library!! All shiny looking, too ๐Ÿ˜€

We hope everyone’s having a fantastic March!

-Sarena & Sasha

A Very Late January Wrap-Up and February Releases [2017]

So. It’s February 19th (what?) but we still haven’t posted our January Wrap-Up. Woops! Maybe because we didn’t *read* a whole lot in January? Nevertheless, we still want to show you all what we read this past month, so here we go!

Sasha read three books:

  1. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (4*)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (reread – 5*)
  3. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (4.5* – review here!)

Sarena readย three books:

  1. Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (5*)
  2. Harry Potter and theย Sorcerer’s Stone (reread – 4*)
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

And now for the hecka awesome books that release (or released) this month! Starting with our most anticipated …

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas


KING’S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard










THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston




THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro








Which books are you most anticipating this month? Until next time,



2017 Bookish Resolutions

Hey, all! We’re already one week into 2017–how is that possible?! And yet we’ve already done so much: we started school (on Jan 2 …ย why) and kept working on our WIP, which we’re almost 20k into so far. (YAY!) It’s about time we shared our 2017 goals, book-wise!

Our reading goal:

-Read 50 books each (and make sure most of them areย diverse/#ownvoices)

-Read more indie books!

Our writing goal:

-Write 2 new books; the first is an #ownvoices WIP, the other we’re not sure of yet!

Our blogging goal:

-Update our blog once a week, unless we’re on hiatus

-Attend as many bookish events as possible, and interact with other bloggers!

-Leave comments / blog hop more often ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your 2017 resolutions?


2016 Highlights + Wrap-Up

2016 was … aย year, that’s for sure. There were some good things, and some very (very) bad things. However, we can’t forget all of the amazing things that DID actually happen, and that we accomplished in 2016. So we’re going to go through, month by month, and tell you 1 highlight, along with our favourite book we read that month. Let’s get started!


Ah. The beginning of 2016. The start of a new, fresh year. And let’s just say, we had a good month! (For both the reading andย school category, and lots and lots of editing!). We didn’t attend any book signings or anything, but it was a good month for reviews and blogging! Our favourite post of the month was definitely… Continue reading