Review: South of the Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun

My friend Brittany recently found out that I had never read anything by Haruki Murakami. She was shocked. Her immediate response was something along the lines of “And you call yourself a book nerd? YEAH OKAY!” I held my head in shame, because I knew I had one of his books at home. It had been sitting on my shelf for almost two years without being read; I just hadn’t gotten around to cracking it open yet.

#BookNerdProblems!

When I started debating what book to kick off my 2018 Reading Challenge with, I immediately tore my bookshelves apart, and found my copy of South of the Border, West of the Sun.

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Books With Friends: American War

My friend and fellow book-clubber, Jenny, loved American War so much she wanted to keep talking about it even after our book club discussed it! This novel, which was recently short-listed for Canada Reads, is amazing. It’s the only book I’ve read in my book club that I’ve rated as 5-stars. It’s beautiful and heart-wrenching, and if you haven’t read it yet you should go pick up a copy right now.

Don’t believe me? Then take a look at what Jenny had to say about it!

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Novel Editions: The December Box

Contents of the December box from Novel Editions

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Novel Editions box. For the past year, I’ve told anyone who will listen to me how amazing this book box subscription is! It has opened my eyes to so many new authors and genres, and I’ve met a lot of amazing people through the online community that it has created.

December marked the second-last box that Novel Editions will be sending out. While it is sad to see this wonderful Canadian book box go, I am forever grateful for having been a part of it.

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Fall Reading Roundup

Fall Reading Roundup

I know fall is long gone—it has already snowed a couple times in Kitchener-Waterloo—but I haven’t had a chance to review some of the amazing stories I read throughout my favourite season. Over the past month and a bit, I’ve not only started a new job, but also traveled to the other side of the world and completed some freelance projects, which all felt great. However, doing all of that also meant I had less time to write. Now, I’m slowly getting back into my regular routine, which means I have time (and energy) to tell everyone about two creepy books I read this fall.

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Books With Friends: Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying

My pal Chelsea took some time out of her hectic schedule for the latest edition of Books With Friends! Earlier this year we went to a used book sale together, and both filled up boxes with stories to take home. It was awesome. One of the books I got was Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying, by Wayson Choy. Chelsea actually put it in my pile for me, and told me I had to read it. I haven’t yet, but it is high on my TBR pile! In the meantime, I wanted to chat with Chelsea about why she adores this memoir so much.

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