I love when books are unexpectedly amazing, and then you get to fall in love with a brand new author! Laura Dave has written a book that’s perfect for summer. It has food, love, heartbreak and wine. And of course, humour. What more could you want?
Eight Hundred Grapes captivated me. I devoured it and couldn’t put it down. Dave has a beautiful, descriptive writing style that really makes the main character, Georgia, come to life in many unexpected twists and turns. I found something endearing about each character, from her brothers right down to the new lawyer in town. Eight Hundred Grapes is laugh out loud funny in some parts and heartbreaking in others. It has a really satisfying ending that makes me want to read more of her books! You need to read it and I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do.
Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.
But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.
Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on June 2015
Another summer, another amazing graphic novel from Jillian Tamaki. Jillian is a truly talented illustrator, from embroideries to her previous works, she tackles a new angle each time and emerges victorious.
Super Mutant Academy is a collection of Jillian’s web comic. This (mostly) non-sequential collection of comics is hilarious, heartfelt and truly bizarre. It’s just like high school, if the hot girls, nerds and jocks had super powers. Take a look at the excerpts below. (more…)
I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been devouring books at an alarming rate this month and last. Maybe it’s the sunshine? I’m not sure, but I don’t mind…because now I can share my favourites with you! Take a look below for some of my top picks. (more…)
Portia Kane is not having a good time of it. She’s in a closet about to watch her soon to be ex-husband (perhaps…soon to be dead, husband?) do the deed with a much younger woman. I won’t tell you what happens there, but I will tell you what happens next.
Portia has a mini meltdown and thinks back to high school, to her favourite English teacher. She decides to find him…even if there’s no trace of him. Through a remarkable twist of fate, she ends up tracking down her old high school teacher, Mr.Vernon. (more…)
Oh, this book is just awesome. It’s a joy to page through its rainbow hued pages and dream of all the amazing looking cakes you could make. Author Rosie Aleya has a knack for creating fun and fantastical looking cakes. (Think Rainbow Brite.) (more…)
My first phone was a Motorola. I still remember that Motorola C333. We’ve come a long way since then, but my love for Motorola hasn’t wavered. If anything….with the addition of Android, it’s grown! I was very happy to get my hands on a Moto X 2014 to take with me on my trip to Japan earlier this month. I’m already a happy owner of a Moto X first generation.
One of the things that I loved about the Motorola X in the USA was that you could customize the back with wood, leather, or whatever colour you wanted. I was a little disappointed that in Canada, the first gen Moto X only came in black and white. When I was sent a Moto X with a bamboo back, I was thrilled! (Get one here!) (more…)
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.
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…)