Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan


When The Switch happened, oxygen levels took a nose dive with both plant and human life dying off as a result. A lottery selected the “lucky” ones to live in an oxygen-controlled dome where the population are split into Premiums and Auxilary, which are basically the haves and the have-nots. Quinn, a Premium, and his […]

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green


As the illegitimate son of the most feared & violent witch in modern-day England, Nathan is neither a full White witch nor a full Black witch. He’s held captive in a cage and trained to kill in a world where the two sides are living, and fighting, among unsuspecting humans. In a race against time, […]

Recap: A Snowy Evening with The Enchanted’s Rene Denfeld


On yet another blizzardy day in Toronto a small group of book lovers gathered at the Harper Collins office to meet author Rene Denfeld and to hear her speak about her new book The Enchanted. Christa (More Than Magic) had really enjoyed the book and I was definitely excited to find out more about it. […]

Top 10 Tuesday 97

meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish

I haven’t done a Top 10 Tuesday in a while, and actually wasn’t going to today until I saw everyone’s posts and realized it’s a Spring TBR pile post today! Definitely need to compile this to keep me on track for upcoming Paris Month… BUT I don’t want to give away everything I’m featuring, so […]

Review: Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


A Fabergé egg, enchanted by magic with the task to protect the Romanov family, ensuring their power in Russia. Natalya Kutepova, in love with Alexei Romanov, learns of the egg’s power just as the Reds are set to attack St. Petersburg. In the chaos, Natalya and her friend Emilia run for their lives as they […]

Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick


Pat Peoples has just been released from a mental health facility, back to the care of his parents. He is consumed with working out and reading through a high school syllabus of books in a vain attempt to get back his wife Nikki, who has divorced him. Through friends, he meets Tiffany, a woman who […]

Recap: Matthew Quick & The Good Luck of Right Now


It’s true, I’ve been meaning to watch Silver Linings Playbook for the longest time – but my track record for keeping up with movies AND with reading all the books I want to read is not very good. So when Christa (More Than Just Magic) mentioned that she was reading The Good Luck of Right […]

Review: Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky


Shyima grew up in Egypt as the middle child of eleven children, enjoying her meager life with her siblings before one day, when she was 8 years old, her parents sold her to a wealthy family. From that point on, Shyima’s childhood became one of slavery that would last for many years, taking her from […]

Brunch Book Club: February Wrap-Up!


Last Sunday, Brunch Book Club (this month consisting of myself, Jenn, Christa, Wendy, Rhiannon & baby Sybil, and first time BBC-er Leora!) While finding this month’s location for brunch, Jenn and I said how much we love the bigger groups now (and it’s not just the two of us) but it certainly makes for more […]

Recap: Cress Book Tour with Marissa Meyer


Last Monday, Indigo Yorkdale welcomed back Marissa Meyer to Toronto promoting the release of the third book in her Lunar Chronicles series, Cress. It was almost exactly a year ago that the charming author was in town to promote Scarlet – how quickly a year flies by. While last year’s crowd was predictably big, especially […]

Harry Potter (re)read: Book 2


February definitely got away from me quickly! I left starting Chamber of Secrets to the second last day of the month… definitely won’t be able to do that for the subsequent books that get longer! Here’s a bunch of my thoughts while re-reading this second book, and some other fun things I’ve thrown in for […]

Review: Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow


Trent is obsessed with splicing together movies of his favourite actor Scot Colford and creating new mash-up videos. This hobby of illegally downloading movies gets Trent’s household cut off from the internet. Full of shame and guilt, he runs away to London and befriends a group of squatters and activists set on changing the increasingly […]

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (Feb 2014 edition)


Only two this month for my graphic novels mini reviews, one of which was actually out in January. Both, though, take on different cultures and themes, which I actually hadn’t realized until I was writing this post. With Dr. 2 set partially in Shanghai, and Ms. Marvel’s protagonist as a Pakistani-American girl. Dr. 2 | […]

Review: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak


Best known for his role as Ryan on NBC’s The Office, B.J. Novak pens his first novel of short stories. The stories vary greatly in voice, subject, tone and length, some featuring cameos by familiar names such as Tony Robbins, Confucius, and Nelson Mandela. I am not generally one for short stories but Novak has […]


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