I’ve recently started branching out into the world of poetry, and was excited to get a copy of Midlife Action Figure by Chris Banks. I was even more excited when I learned that he lives and writes in Waterloo Region, where I currently live.
July is finally here, which means it’s time to kick off my summer reading! I know it’s felt like summer for a few weeks already, but to me, summer will always be July and August; it’s one of those things from being a student that I just can’t shake. And making summer reading lists has always been something I’ve loved doing.
The Marrow Thieves was the best book I’ve read (so far) this year, and I need to tell you why.
Every bookworm has a stash of books they haven’t gotten around to reading yet, right? I can’t be the only one with this problem. In an effort to make myself more aware of my staggering TBR pile, I’ve decided to dedicate every Thursday moving forward to showcasing a book that I own but haven’t read yet. Please don’t judge me.
Happy World Book Day, fellow readers!
I wanted to spend today talking about one of the best books I’ve read so far this year: Bellevue Square, by Michael Redhill. I read this story back in February for my book club, and have wanted to talk about it ever since. It’s been hard to put words down for this one, but I think I’m finally ready.
(I’m going to stop you right here and let you know that if you don’t want any spoilers about this book, don’t read this post. I’m sorry, but in order to write this review, I had to ruin the plot.)
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.
My February box from Novel Editions came almost a month ago, but I honestly haven’t even had time to think about it in between all of the amazing books I’ve been reading this month! From finishing Ami McKay’s The Witches of New York to laughing my way through Aziz Ansari’s Modern Love, to now crying over V. E. Schawb’s Shades of Magic series, it’s been a busy few weeks.
But now, days away from receiving my March box(!!!), I have found the time to review the beautiful books and bookish items that were featured in the February box.