Recap: Ten Years of Nuit Blanche Toronto


I remember heading out for the inaugural all-night contemporary art festival 10 years ago with the rain coming down yet the art-loving crowds still ventured out. That year, the most memorable exhibit for me was a walk through one section of the University of Toronto, there was a fog machine, it was … [continue]

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir


Mark Watney is on a Mars mission with his crew when they encounter a disastrous storm. Everyone evacuates thinking Mark is dead, only to have him not only survive but have no way of telling anyone that he’s still alive. Finding himself stranded, Mark documents his day-to-day while trying to survive long enough to establish contact […]


Recap: Toronto Word on the Street 2015


This year’s Word on the Street festival moved from its usual Queen’s Park location and headed south to the Toronto Harbourfront. And I loved it. While the former set-up was more linear and made for easier-to-locate booths, this felt more comfortable and spacious to meander and discover new things. (That being said, I did get […]


Brunch Book Club: September Wrap-Up!


O hai! Remember us? Jenn and I have been a little M.I.A. over the summer, and while Jenn has been diligent with keeping up with our Brunch Book Club reads since May, I unfortunately have not. So to get us back in the swing of things, we picked our September book as one that Jenn […]


Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling


Mindy Kaling returns with her second book, collecting more of her essays that are infused with her personality & insight. She discusses everything from Hollywood’s obsession with looks to her “weird as hell” relationship with B.J. Novak. Full of hilarious anecdotes, Why Not Me? takes a tongue-in-cheek look at everyday (and some not-so-everyday) anxieties and experiences. […]


Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy


Willowdean Dickson, a self-proclaimed fat girl, is proud of her body despite the cruelty of some people at school. Will, or “Dumplin’” to her mom, discovers that her crush Bo reciprocates her feelings and she is both thrilled and surprised. Rather than be her usual confident self, Will retreats from Bo’s touch as she becomes fully […]


Recap: TeensRead Winter/Spring 2016 Preview with Raincoast Books


As Raincoast Books is based out of Vancouver, the previews have usually been online via Google Hangout for everyone outside of the West coast city. For the first time, with Vanessa & Jenn hosting a Toronto live stream, lots of (relatively) local bloggers gathered at the Toronto Reference Library for a Saturday afternoon of Winter/Spring […]


Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (September 2015 edition)


September means back to school for many and, unintentionally, this month’s graphic novels review features a lot of stories set in schools! I hadn’t even realized the tying theme until I started writing the reviews. So while you’re taking a break from homework, check out some of these fun reads – something for all ages! […]


Recap: Fan Expo 2015 (aka A Very Hogwarts Weekend)


Fan Expo Canada is held annually in Toronto, usually at the end of August, with this year being one week later. I try to attend every year, and especially knew I had to once all the Harry Potter stars were announced! Amidst all the scheduling changes, cancellations, re-bookings, NEW bookings, and four refunded/re-purchased photo-ops later, the weekend […]


Review: The Incarnations by Susan Barker


Wang Jun is a taxi driver in China who suddenly discovers that mysterious letters are being left in his cab. Letters that detail his past lives with the unknown author, centuries of history together as soulmates. With each letter, Wang becomes increasingly wary that someone is watching him and his family. The premise for The […]


Spotlight: The Girl From the Well & The Suffering’s Rin Chupeco


Fall is a great time for some spooky books, and Rin Chupeco is back this year with the follow up to The Girl From the Well. I reviewed The Suffering last week but today I wanted to spotlight Chupeco’s spooky series in anticipation of its release tomorrow! The Suffering By Rin Chupeco September 1, 2015; Hardcover ISBN 9781492629832; Trade […]


Review: The Suffering by Rin Chupeco


In the follow up to Chupeco’s first spooky novel The Girl From the Well, Tark and his cousin travel to Japan when their friend and a ghost hunting crew go missing within the Aokigahara forest. Infamously known as the “suicide forest”, they must venture in and search for a village that exists in legends in order to rescue […]


Blog Tour Guest Post: The Merit Birds’ Kelley Powell


The Merit Birds follows the story of 18 year old Cam, angry that his dad left and angry that his mom’s job is taking them away from Ottawa and over to Laos. However, his anger subsides as he adjusts to life in Southeast Asia befriending the locals and learning about earning merit (aka karma). That […]


Review: The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi


In her 40’s, Robin Rinaldi makes the decision that will change her & her husband’s lives. When her husband decides to get a vasectomy while Robin wanted children she proposes an arrangement. They would have an open marriage where she would move to her own place and see whomever she wants during the weekdays, and […]


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