Category: Books

Blog Tour: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

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I think that Susan Juby could write anything, and I would devour it. Her topics are always so varied -a chicken farm, a teen P.I, a young girl coming of age in BC- and all addictive. I even read her autobiography (I typically don’t read non-fiction) about alcohol abuse, and really enjoyed it.

In her new book,The Truth Commission, Susan brings her sharp humor, loveable characters and trademark wit to Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design.

Normandy Pale has tasked herself and her friends with chase the truth…no matter the cost. They aim to get to the heart of gossip, and to discover secrets.

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In true “Truth Commission” fashion, here are my two truths and a lie.

1. I was stuck in Egypt for days during the revolution in 2011.
2. I missed my connecting flight to Japan from Detroit.
3. I tried to get into the wrong car at a subway kiss and ride…repeatedly.

Find out the lie after the cut! (more…)

[Review] At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

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I received an ARC of Sara Gruen’s “At the Water’s Edge”. Having read and liked one of her previous novels (“Water for Elephants”) I was looking forward to reading this novel, and I was not disappointed. “At the Water’s Edge” is a great story about a trio; Maddie, her husband Ellis, and their friend Hank, who go hunting for the Loch Ness monster during WWII in an attempt to redeem themselves to their disapproving families. Neither man was able to serve in the war, a point that has not gone unnoticed by society in a time when everyone is expected to do what they can. After a harrowing boat ride to Scotland, they land only to find that their problems have followed them. Things come to a head after attempts to find the monster don’t go as planned and Maddie begins to worry that things are not what they seem. (more…)

[ Review ] The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins was a good read. Although it’s being compared to another book at the moment (ahem – Gone Girl), I thought that this one was unique. The story is told from the perspective of 3 different women; one alcoholic ex-wife, one currently married woman, and one victim. The timeline jumps around a bit because the victim has to tell her side of the story at the same time the other two are trying to move forward in their lives, so there were a few times I had to go back and look to see what time I was supposed to be in. The characters were complex and not all likable. (more…)

Favourite Books for February

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1. My American Duchess by Eloisa James (Eloisa James is definitely one of my guilty pleasures.)

2. Displacement by Lucy Knisely (I loved her graphic novels, French Milk & Relish. This one seems good too!)

3. Paris for One by JoJo Moyes

4. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link (She writes fantastically creepy fantasy stories, so this should be good.)

5. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (I LOVE Neil Gaiman. Looking forward to this short story collection.)

6. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (I’m so sad that this is the last book in this series. Super addictive and I’m in love with Adrian.)

7. Shadow Study by Maria Snyder (I’m so happy that this series has a new book! Excellent series for fantasy and romance lovers)

8. Sweet & Simple by Canadian Living (Filled with comforting recipes and desserts, perfect for winter.)

9. The Glittering World by Robert Levy

I Love DK…Rocks & Minerals!

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When I was younger, I wanted to be a geologist. (Along with being an artist and author). We had just moved into a brand new house, and the builders were still building new houses across the street. The neighborhood kids and I used to love to play on the giant mountain of dirt and tunnel tubing. It was an awesome (and probably dangerous) place to play.

My best friend and I would go rock hunting all the time, and would pretend to be geologists, collecting samples for our rock collection. I still have my rock collection to this day.

I loved to look up rocks in my DK Eyewitness Rocks and Minerals book. It listed all of the gems, rock types, formations, and even how to start a rock collection! It was the best book ever.

I was super happy to discover that this book is still in print! Of course it’s been updated with the newest info about rocks and minerals. It’s the perfect gift for a budding curious mind….or for a grown up blogger that still has a rock collection.

What DK book do you love? Share your favourite on Twitter with #ILoveDK!

 

 

Top 12 Books of 2014

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I read 70 books in 2014, and here are my favourites!

1. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison
2. Delicious by Ruth Reichl
3. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
4. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui
5. The Table of the Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips
6. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
7. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
8. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
9. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
10. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
11. The Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
12. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’ Malley

[Review] Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

book“The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas was originally published 20 years ago and I was lent the 20th Anniversary Edition to read. It’s amazing to think that one novel could inspire so many women to go out there and quilt, even starting their own quilting circles. Hopefully, though, none of them are hiding the same secrets as those in the Persian Pickle Club! Set in the 1930s, in depression-hit Harveyville, Kansas, each week the ladies gather to quilt and gossip, however, they are tied together by one big, dark secret. (more…)

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