• 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…

  • Go Ask Alice

    Book Review: “Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous

    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

    Pumpkin Spice Latte Lovers: Literary Character Edition

    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…

  • Cursed Child

    Book Review: “Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling

    I’ve taken a couple of days since finishing Cursed Child to write down my thoughts. It’s one of those books that I just didn’t know how to feel once it was over. Disclaimer: I approached Cursed Child as a separate entity from the rest of the Harry Potter series, and as such am able to appreciate it for its own merits. If you read Cursed Child thinking of it as the eighth Harry Potter book, you will likely be disappointed. Let us all remember that this is a play BY Jack Thorne, based on a NEW STORY by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling. Our beloved Rowling did NOT…

  • Deathly Hallows

    Book Review: “Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling

    I’ve come back to Deathly Hallows just in time for Cursed Child to come out. I figured now was a great time to not only refresh myself for the release of a new Harry Potter book (!!!), but also to review one of my favourite books of all time.

  • Inkheart

    Book Review: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

    Inkheart is among one of the first books I can remember really loving. I can’t remember how old I was when I first read it, but I imagine I was around Meggie’s age. Now, reading this again in my early adult years, I’m reminded of why I loved it so much.

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    Book Review: “Flirtin’ With the Monster” by Ellen Hopkins

    Every reader of Crank, Glass, and Fallout should pick up Flirtin’ With the Monster. If you haven’t read any of the aforementioned books yet, do it. Right now. We all have something to learn from this story. Ellen Hopkins has edited an incredible collection of essays. Our favourite authors and characters discuss everything from role models, the verse format, addiction in all its forms, and who addiction is really affecting: the user and everyone who cares about the user. Finally, the reality of drug abuse isn’t embellished, but accurately and honestly depicted by those who’ve witnessed it first-hand. The best and most effective parts of the book, of course, are the essays by Hopkins’…

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    Book Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a classic. Unfortunately, people hear the word “classic” and instantly retreat. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone, because I think everyone can be influenced by this story in some way. Charlie’s coming-of-age story is one that I believe anyone can identify with. There are extreme things happening in Charlie’s life, but these extremities don’t make the story any less relatable. It’s because Charlie writes letters, hypothetically to the book’s readers, that I think the story is one of a kind.

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