Mini Reviews: An Assortment of Paris Books


Well, this is a first… I’ve done mini reviews on graphic novels and e-novellas before but given that there are only 3 days left of April, and Paris Month is drawing to a close with so many books I still need to finish & review, I thought I would do a smattering of mini ones. […]


Brunch Book Club: April Wrap-Up!


This month’s Brunch Book Club wrap-up is a quick, spontaneous and unfinished one! For the first time in almost 2 years of Brunch Book Club, Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and I were unable to finish the book. Not because it wasn’t good, but because of our lack of time and the length of […]


Dewey’s 24-Hour (Birthday Weekend) Readathon 2014!


The Dewey’s Readathon happens every April and October, and while I intend to participate in both… it doesn’t always work out that way with schedules. Last year fell on my actual birthday, and it’s on the birthday weekend in this year’s case) What do I want to do for my birthday? Nothing but get through some […]


Review: Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod


Janice is tired of her job as a copywriter in Los Angeles and sets a goal to quit her job and travel Europe. While planning this ambitious journey, she discovers so much about herself and what’s important in life. She starts in Paris, with plans to head to Scotland, England, and Rome but while she’s in […]


Waiting on Wednesday 35


This week is a double-dose of Waiting on Wednesday since next week will be the wrap-up post for Paris Month (already!). Every year there seems to be no shortage of fantastic Paris books that have come out and are coming out, so while I don’t always do WoW posts throughout the year, this is always […]


Review: The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland


Claudette grew up in a theatrical family, her parents formerly players in a Parisian troupe. The world they live in is one very divisive between the nobility & religion vs actors & theatre. Through some chance encounters spanning many years, Claudette meets Athénaïs, a girl from a noble family who affects her life more than […]


Swoon-Worthy Sundays/Mini Reviews: Paris Coffee Table Books & Gifts


This week’s Swoon-Worthy Sundays post has me gushing over the beautiful coffee table books and notecard gifts that I’ve received from both Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and the lovely team at Raincoast Books. These five items are full of colour and decadence, all emulating the beauty and wonder that is Paris in different […]


Recap: The Ring & the Crown Signing with Melissa de la Cruz


Several weeks ago, Toronto had the chance to welcome back author Melissa de la Cruz to promote her latest YA novel The Ring and the Crown. This year, the signing was at Chapters Queensway out in the West end of the city, a welcome change for many attendees! While Yorkdale is perhaps easier to get […]


Review: Metronome by Lorant Deutsch


“A history of Paris from the underground up”, Metronome presents the creation of this now-iconic city from the view of the Metro system. Beginning from the first century at the Cité station stop and moving through each of the centuries until the twenty first at La Defénse, Deutsch unravels a tumultuous and often violent past of […]


Waiting on Wednesday 34


What a mouthful this week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is! I can never remember the full title except that it mentions Ikea in it. It is recommended for fans of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which I have heard was a delightful read (that I have yet to […]


Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender


Colette is headed to Paris on a class trip, ready to be immersed in the history and culture of the city but a series of murders makes their educational excursion a lot more anxious. With nerves already on edge, Colette sees a woman in a ballgown everywhere who looks a lot like Marie Antoinette. She […]


Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (Apr 2014 edition)


A few weeks belated on these March releases, but this month’s mini reviews features some interesting paranormal-type graphic novel reads as well as an upcoming April one that has an interesting take on superheroes. Dream Thief | The Undertaking of Lily Chen | Buzzkill Dream Thief, Volume 1 by Jai Nitz & Greg Smallwood After […]


Review: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira


Mary Cassatt moved to Paris with the hopes and dreams of becoming a successful artist. Dejected when her paintings are rejected by the Salon, she soon finds herself in the company of some of the artists she most admires including Edgar Degas. This meeting will throw her life into a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences, […]


Brunch Book Club: March Wrap-Up!


After we noticed a brunch menu at Cheesewerks during a dinner-time tweet-up a few weeks ago, Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and I knew we had to come back to try out the delicious menu items. So our March brunch book club discussion for Sarah Crossan’s Breathe took place at this King West-area restaurant. […]