Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (November 2015 edition)


This month's mini reviews feature two from quite a few years ago that I hadn't read until now - plus a 2015 release as well! I'm not sure what I expected with the older titles, but they were definitely not what I thought it would be. This first one is a tad longer than just a "mini" review. As you … [continue]

Theatre Review: Sherlock Holmes


In Toronto for a two week run, David Arquette plays the iconic title character in Starvox’s production of Sherlock Holmes. The 2.5 hour run time for the performance takes the audience on a fast-paced ride into late 19th century London where a body has washed up and Lord Neville has gone missing. While the pacing […]


Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

In a world where parallel universes exist, Kell is one of a very small remaining number of magicians that can travel between the different Londons. Existing in varying states of calm and chaos, Kell as the ambassador for Red London has the dangerous hobby of smuggling trinkets to those in other Londons. It’s a seemingly […]


Blog Tour Review: The Searcher by Simon Toyne


While the people of Redemption, Arizona are at a funeral service, they notice a loud explosion in the distance. On the way to investigate the plane crash, Sheriff Morgan encounters a man running from the crash site. The shoeless man has no memory of who he is, only that he was there to save a […]


Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Madeline Whittier has a rare disease where she’s allergic to the world. Being housebound, home-schooled and with only her mother and a nurse for companionship, Madeline becomes intrigued when a new family moves in next door. The son, a tall boy who loves climbing up onto his roof, catches her eye and her thoughts become consumed with […]


Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2015


I love the October readathon every year, because it’s usually just chilly enough of an Autumn day that all you want to do is curl up cozy at home and spend the day reading with a warm drink. And today is just the day! (With a bit of Jays playoffs thrown into the mix too […]


Review: Yes, My Accent Is Real by Kunal Nayyar


Best known for his role as Raj in The Big Bang Theory, Kunal Nayyar opens up about his childhood and experiences leading up to his role on the hit sitcom. From his misguided assumptions after a first kiss to the lavish 7-day wedding extravaganza, Nayyar shares essays full of humour and honesty. This was a […]


Review: BabyLit Books


Jennifer Adams, with the illustrations of Alison Oliver, turn classic reads into educational books for young children. In The Secret Garden, colourful pages are adorned with one sentence featuring a flower, and the accompanying page highlighting just the flower it is referring to. Taglined as “A Flowers Primer”, the large drawings of the flowers and […]


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 raining and the imagery […]


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 […]


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