• My Favourite Read of 2017

    If you follow me on Goodreads, it’ll come as no surprise that I’ve been in the middle of a severe reading slump this year. With a conservative goal of 25 leisure reads (which I didn’t meet), reading has been tough. However, I did read a couple of fantastic books. My favourite read of 2017 was We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan. I found Sarah Crossan through her publicist, who sent me Apple and Rain, The Weight of Water, and One. Apple and Rain and The Weight of Water were really insightful, diverse reads. However, it was One that had me hooked (I reviewed it). If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do. It…

  • Book Review: “Identical” by Ellen Hopkins

    I first read Identical by Ellen Hopkins when I was in high school. I’d started with Crank (if you haven’t yet read an Ellen Hopkins book, I highly suggest you start there), and was so eager to get my hands on more. The first time I read Identical was an experience I have only encountered once since. I didn’t see the ending of Identical coming, just as I didn’t see the ending of The Fault in Our Stars coming. These are the only two times that an ending has surprised me so much that I still, to this day, wonder how their authors so masterfully left me dumbfounded. I think this is the most disturbing Ellen Hopkins book I’ve read…

  • In My Mailbox: Winter & Spring 2017

    In My Mailbox: Winter & Spring 2017

    This is what was in my mailbox: winter & spring 2017. Reading was hard this winter, but I’m optimistic that things are picking up. What did you take off of your TBR pile? I was sent a few books from publishers, which is always so nice. So, let’s get into it! We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan I totally recommend that everyone read this book. We Come Apart is written in verse (Ellen Hopkins fans, this one’s for you!). Published: February 9, 2017 (Bloomsbury Childrens). Description (from Goodreads): Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When…

  • Book Review: “Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous

    Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice is the first-person tale of an accidental downward spiral into drugs, alcohol, unwanted sex, and impoverished living. Go Ask Alice has been around for decades, and is even being used as reading material in high schools. This is my second read of Go Ask Alice, and I loved it just as much the second time around. I’m an advocate for banned stories that teach difficult lessons the easier way, and Go Ask Alice definitely falls into this category. This story is an honest account of a young person finding themselves accidentally in the world of addiction. Our protagonist doesn’t fall into this bottomless pit because she seeks out…

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Lovers: Literary Character Edition

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Ah, autumn. The weather is starting to cool, the atmosphere is shifting, and sweaters are making a rapid comeback. Finally, it’s time for colourful leaves, infinity scarves and the you-gotta-love-it Pumpkin Spice Latte. In honour of our beloved pumpkin spice latte (and one of my favourite seasons), I’ve rounded up some characters from our favourite books who would be total PSL lovers. These ladies are just like us! I got this post idea from my pals over at Quirk Books. Jessica Stanley of Twilight RIGHT? Can’t you just picture Jessica reaming Bella out after she took that sketchy motorcycle ride, nursing a PSL? On their roadtrip to Port Angeles, Jessica…

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