Ep. 7 – The Oddmire Book One: Changeling

Ep. 7 – The Oddmire Book One: Changeling

 
 
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For today’s episode, I would like to share my thoughts on the first book on William Ritter’s The Oddmire series: Changeling. This is in anticipation for the release of book two entitled The Unready Queen.

I did not expect to like this as much as I did.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS SO IF YOU WANT TO READ CHANGELING SPOILER-FREE THEN I SUGGEST YOU SKIP THIS EPISODE.

Make sure to tune in on June 25th for my review and thoughts about The Unready Queen.

Thank you to Algonquin Books & Algonquin Young Readers for providing a copy of The Oddmire: Changeling.

Get a copy of Changeling: Amazon | Indigo.ca

Pre-Order The Unready Queen: Amazon | Indigo.ca

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Love, Victor

When I first heard of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I didn’t know then that it would end up as one of my favourite books. Like I-would-read-it-over-and-over-again favourite. It’s one of those books where loosing sleep is a given, and yet you won’t care because your heart strings will be pulled in so many directions that you will be in such a high and low all in a span of 10 minutes.

Then came Love, Simon, the movie adaptation that, in my opinion, we needed at the time. I remember celebrities posting about it in their social medias praising the film for its message. I immediately bought the DVD when it came out, and I asked two of my friends to come with me to watch it in theatres.

Now, we’re a few weeks away from having the sequel we were promised. In Love, Victor we follow Victor as he navigates through life, high school, his life at home, all while discovering his sexual orientation. I think the main thing I love about what the trailer offered besides the cultural difference is the stereotype defiance. Victor is a skinny brown dude, who appears to be a jock, and is also possibly gay.

Here’s to hoping it meets whatever expectations the fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (and Love, Simon) have for it.

Love, Victor will premiere on June 19 over on Hulu.

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The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade

The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade is an adorable book. We watch Lance Cottonwood pass his classes with flying colours: from wind resistance, photosynthesis to pigment changing. He’s easily the best in his class. However, during his final exams we find out there is one thing he worries about.

This is such a great book not just for little kids, but also for adults. It teaches us a few things:

  • We can only be ourselves. We not need to compare us to others as we all have our own unique traits that make us who we are.
  • We are all capable of different things.
  • We all are afraid or worried of something.
  • Hardwork pays off.

I think I read this book in just the right time. We’re all in quarantine: we’re advised to social distance; to not make any store trips unless absolutely necessary. And I think the one that this story touches the most: our kids are currently home from school. Lance’s teacher knew he could do it. His teacher understood the reason for his hesitation to complete his final exam and assures him that he’s worked hard for what he’s about to accomplish without forcing him to jump.

So this is for the students and the teachers out there. You guys rock!

Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2020.

Thank you Capstone for an advance copy. (via Netgalley)

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Life Bits No. 1

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Re-Opening The City

Last Monday was the first day of Saskatchewan’s five-phase reopening plan. Some people dread it. I’m one of those people.

For the past months, majority of the world’s population have adapted to what we currently call as the new normal as COVID-19 hits us hard. Here in Saskatoon, certain establishments have been closed for a while. Malls have been closed for weeks. Grocery stores functioning at maybe 50% capacity, going as far as having a person at the door controlling how many gets in. Restaurants only serving through drive-thru and delivery service. Our kids have been out of school since March, thus sending us in a little frenzy (just a little, I promise) of finding home school resources while we wait on the possibility of online learning (my oldest is in Kindergarten). Public playgrounds are closed. Extra curricular activities such as ballet, swimming, soccer, summer camps and story time at the public library are currently cancelled with some requiring refunds. We’ve been cooped up in the house, but we’re fortunate because we have a backyard big enough for the girls to run and get tired in. And also because our neighbours are pretty good with social distancing.

I’m worried. I’m not comfortable with already slowly reopening the city. I understand it will be good for the economy, but I hope they have a plan once the number of COVID-19 cases go up.

Listening

I feel as if I’ve been so behind the Billie Eilish train. Ive first heard of her through the Everything, Everything (Amazon|Indigo.ca) soundtrack which I’ve seen about a couple of years ago. And my kids have been so into Bad Guy since last year. It’s only now that I’ve actively searched for her songs in Youtube, and I’m slowly falling in love with Lovely (video above).

I’m also knee deep into watching TikTok video compilations of people professing their feelings by kissing their bestfriends. Most of these videos have PUBLIC’s Make You Mine and a co-worker was nice enough to google the title of this song for me after I told her I love this song. I can’t get enough of the acoustic version.

Reading

I’ve finally started the last instalment to Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles: Winter (Amazon|Indigo). I’m three chapters in and so far I’m enjoying it. My husband gave me the entire series for Christmas two years ago and I’m glad I’m finally getting around to finishing it.

I’ve started reading Flying Lessons and Other Stories (Amazon|Indigo) this week. Overdrive has this listed in their Asian Heritage Month list so I thought why not give it a try. I will let you know my thoughts on it once I’m done reading (or once I’ve decided the book isn’t for me).

To end this all off, I’ve finished The Hating Game (Amazon|Indigo) a few days ago. I recently joined an online book club our public library hosts and this was May’s book pick. Needless to say, I can’t put it down. The book had it’s own pros and cons but I will get to that in a different post. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot and it helped get my head off of the current pandemic situation in our city.

Hope you all are having a great time this Mother’s Day weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, my mother-in-law, sister-in law, to my mom friends and co-workers, and to all other moms out there.

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Ep. 6 – 2020 | January – March Wrap-Up

Ep. 6 – 2020 | January – March Wrap-Up

 
 
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Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well amidst this pandemic.

In this week’s episode, I share with you the books I’ve read from the first quarter of the year.

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Resources to Help Kids Stay Busy During the Remainder of the School Year

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A few weeks ago, my oldest is suddenly home from school and my family and I decided to supplement what she’s learned from school by having a simple homeschool routine for her. As of this week (the week this post is going up) our school system is busy preparing for online learning. We’ll be haring from their teacher on Thursday to see how this new set-up will work for everyone.

Here are a list of resources I’ve gathered to help us through this transition. Keep in mind that links preceding a ($) were either purchased, or are subscription based.

These are the ones we use often. Please feel free to leave links to other resources in the comments section 🙂

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SPL March Book: The Nickel Boys

The capacity to suffer. Elwood — and all the Nickel boys — existed in the capacity. Breathed in it, ate in it, dreamed in it. That was their lives now. Otherwise they would have perished. The beatings, the rapes, the unrelenting winnowing of themselves. They endured. But to love those who would have destroyed them? To make that leap? . . . Elwood shook his head. What a thing to ask. What an impossible thing.

Whitehead, Colson. The Nickel Boys. p 172

When I found out our book club’s March pick was The Nickel Boys, I got excited. After all, I have heard great things about The Underground Railroad. The Nickel Boys follows Elwood and the other kids admitted to Nickel, a school based on the reform school which operated for 111 years. It also paints a picture of what the school is for and how it operates.

So a few things I enjoyed / liked about this book:

  • I love how the story opens up with a group of students finding out about a graveyard and an unmarked grave site, both by the school, and what it meant in relation to the students who attended Nickel. It upset me in a way because for some reason, I knew that those bodies belonged to the students. It made me wonder just what kind of school Nickel was, and what the students endured during their time there. Yes it was a bit grim, but that was a great opening for this book.
  • I liked that it was divided into 3 different parts: pre-Nickel Elwood (although how he got admitted was just wrong); Nickel Elwood; and post-Nickel Elwood.
  • And that TWIST closer to the end!

If there was anything I wished there was more of, I would’ve loved to see more brutality. It would’ve made me incredibly uncomfortable, but I felt like it was lacking a bit in that department. We hear stories, and in some cases we’re put in the environment of the punishment but we’re not supposed to talk about it. There are times when reading this book, I tell myself, “What happened??? I want to know!”

It was also would’ve been great if we were able to follow other kids as faithfully as we did Elwood. With him, we were able to experience his beating and how that affected his attitude towards Spencer, Nickel, and the other boys. With the others, we deal with the aftermath without fully knowing how we got there in the first place.

Have you read The Nickel Boys? What are your thoughts about it?

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

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I have decided to finally take on The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.

I spent a good amount of my teenage years watching Gilmore Girls. I’m not sure what drew me into this show. It might have been their fast conversations, Lorelai and Rory’s relationship, the small town and the weirdness of it and it’s population. One thing is for sure though, I adored the fact that Rory reads. and I mean READ. She may not always be seen with a book in hand but the show made it clear how big of a reader she was.

And because I’m a big fan of the show, I’m here trying to see if I can read through the books mentioned / referenced / appeared on the show. It’s a hefty list but I also enjoy reading. Plus in this challenge I will make it easier for myself to keep me going:

  1. There will be no time limit. I can do this challenge in my lifetime; and
  2. If the story doesn’t catch my interest enough, there is no pressure in finishing it. Why? Because one person’s favourite will not always be another’s.

So there it is. Below is a list I found which has been referenced in the show. I will be marking those I have read as I finish them, and those which I have already read before I even started this challenge.

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Ep. 5 – July Wrap-Up, Currently Reading, and August Reading Plans

Ep. 5 – July Wrap-Up, Currently Reading, and August Reading Plans

 
 
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In today’s episode, I share with you the books I’ve read in July, what I’m currently reading, and my reading plans for the month of August.

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Ep. 4 – Baby Teeth

Ep. 4 – Baby Teeth

 
 
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This week’s episode is coming in at you a few days late due to personal reasons and I deeply apologize for the delay.

This week’s episode is all about my thoughts on Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth (Indigo.ca).

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Ep. 3 – June 2019 Wrap-Up

Ep. 3 – June 2019 Wrap-Up

 
 
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In this episode, I talk about the books I read in June. Since June is Pride Month, I made a conscious effort to pick books which features LGBTQ authors and/or characters.

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Ep. 2 – Library Reads | May 2019

Ep. 2 – Library Reads | May 2019

 
 
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For my second episode, I wanted to introduce you all to a series which started as blog posts and I would now like to turn into podcast episodes.

Library Reads is a series about the books my daughter borrows from the library. We don’t necessarily end up reading all of the books we borrow from the library, but the ones we do sometimes would be read multiple times in the three weeks we have them.

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