Oh How I’ve Missed Lorelai

I remember randomly choosing Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham alongside Anna Kenrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody when I was looking for audiobooks for my commute to work. Our restaurant was closed for a week and I got to work on a different branch which was a half-an-hour drive each way. Talking As Fast As I Can is about how she got started on her career. From odd jobs, to side gigs, memorable auditions, and relationships formed on and off set. Since I’ve never watched Parenthood, the parts that hit me hard were when she talked about her […]

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Three Things I Learned In Fixing My Goodreads Bookshelves

A few weeks ago, as I was scrolling through my Goodreads profile, I noticed how dull my bookshelves were. All I could see were a number of “read-in-insert year here” in addition to the default shelves. So I decided to fix it. I deleted my yearly shelves and changed them to something more specific. Listed below are the three things I learned in doing so. Goodreads do count the number of books and pages you read per year. I found this out as I was randomly clicking links around my profile. As much as I wanted to get rid of […]

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Ep. 7 – The Oddmire Book One: Changeling

Ebook Cover: The Oddmire Book 1: The Changeling

*This post contains affiliate links* 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Life Bits No. 1

Follow my blog with Bloglovin 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. […]

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

Book Covers: The Library of Lost and Found, The Day You Begin, Thick, Goldie Vance Vol. 1, Fun Home, Shout, Binti, The Nickel Boys

*This post contains affiliate links* 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. Books mentioned in this episode: The Library Of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick | Indigo.ca The Day You Begin by Jacquelin Woodson | Indigo.ca Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom | Indigo.ca Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson | Indigo.ca Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel | Indigo.ca Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson | Indigo.ca Binti by Nnedi Okorafor […]

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

This post contains affiliate links. 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, […]

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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, […]

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

This post originally appeared on yvanagno.com (no longer exists) 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 […]

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