Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, has been the best book I’ve read so far this summer. No joke. This is a book I would never have picked for myself, but it came in my July box from Novel Editions, so I gave it a go, and now I can’t thank Alex (the founder/curator of Novel Editions) enough for sharing such a wonderful story.
I love talking about books with my friends! Mostly because I am a huge book nerd, but also because a lot of my friends read different genres than I do, so it’s a great opportunity to learn about new types of books and expand my knowledge. I recently sat down with my pal, Brendan, to chat about a book he just finished: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews.
Dear fellow Canadian Book Nerds: How many of you look at book subscription boxes online, and wish that exchange rates and international shipping didn’t threaten your bank account’s existence? I felt this way for a long time until I discovered Novel Editions: an amazing Canadian-based book box subscription. I’ve been receiving boxes from them since January, and each month they keep getting better and better. The most recent boxes, from June and July, are solid examples of its improvement.
Growing up, I would always get excited to read in the summer. School would be finished, and I would have so much time to spend with my books. Now, as a twenty-something trying to find the perfect work-life balance, reading in the summer just isn’t as exciting; I no longer have more time to spend reading. Instead, I have the same amount of time, but less desire to do so, because I’d rather sit on a patio with a pitcher of sangria and talk to my pals. Finding good books to grab my attention in the summer is now a challenge, but so far I’ve been lucky enough to find two.
A couple weeks ago I grumpily walked home in the rain, and decided that my night was already ruined because I was soaking wet and got splashed by three different buses as they whizzed by me on the street. When I got home, though, my mood was immediately changed because I had book mail waiting on my door step!
Happy Towel Day to all my fellow hitchhikers!
I needed some magic in my life last week, but not just any old magic. I had a craving for a magical carnival. Something along the lines of The Night Circus or Something Wicked This Way Comes. A lot of bookstagramers had been posting about Stephanie Garber’s Caraval lately, so I figured I’d give it a go.