A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A few weekends back, I was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer at an event that invited authors (and authorstrators) to present a talk and introduce some of the wonderful books that they had written, or in the process of writing. I received a book from one of the coordinators of the event called A Night…

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before….

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

I just want to start out by saying that this is one of those books that are perfect for mindless reading – a quick read that engages you through all the different perspectives it is written in and carefree enough that you do not have to commit to it. Lea and Gabe are in the…

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I thought that since today is Valentine’s Day, it is only fitting to have a Jane Austen book review. I recently (read: today) finally finished reading Persuasion. It took a while because I have been very busy with school and practicum things, but finishing the book made me realize just how much I missed reading….

Reading Challenge: The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley was another book that I read from our program’s “book club,” and I am so glad that I read this book. Once I started reading it, it was very difficult to put down – I was reading before class, during the breaks, and after class on…

Reading Challenge: The Breadwinner Series

In my program, we can choose to participate in a “book club” where we get to choose books to read from great authors. Although these books are targeted towards elementary students, it is still a good idea to read them so we know the material if we choose to use it later on in our…

Reading Challenge: Eligible

Eligible is a modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld, and it is a lot easier to read than the latter. Having read both books, I prefer the modern re-telling because it hooked me in right away, whereas with Austen’s original version, I had to pick it up again after the…

Reading Challenge: The Goldfinch

It feels like it’s been a while since the last Reading Challenge, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! It’s just taken a bit more time since The Goldfinch is not a light read. Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this incredible book, and I can see why. All the characters…

Reading Challenge: Jane Eyre

I recently finished reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte. It took some time as I only read a few pages at a time due to my busy summer schedule. While reading about Jane Eyre’s life, I was astonished by the up’s and down’s that she had to endure from a young, parentless age. I was…

Reading Challenge: Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #4) and The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #6) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are classics in the literary world, and are hailed as masterpieces by avid and leisure readers. I purchased these books a while back, but wasn’t able to fully immerse myself into Holmes’ world and mind…

Reading Challenge: Poles Apart

Another book, another amazing and enlightening read by Terry Fallis. Poles Apart tells the story of a gender equality supporter who isn’t able to enjoy that bliss of taking off their chest constriction device after a hard day’s work, but instead, swigs his beer while writing thoughtful and viral blog posts for Eve of Equality….

Reading Challenge: No Relation

After 15 years, a NYC copywriter is suddenly fired, and single. But his worst trouble? Meet Earnest Hemmingway, bedeviled by moniker of famous author Ernest Hemingway. Earnest’s father pressures him to come home and help run the family clothing business. As a complex familial battle plays out, Earnest’s inherited name leads him in unexpected directions….

Reading Challenge: Boo

Boo by Neil Smith. How I can do this book justice? Boo was written hauntingly beautiful, beautifully haunting. The story of the two boys, Boo and Johnny are mesmerizing right from the get go, and gives you a clashing feeling of warmth and fuzziness against a worrying tight squeeze of the heart. The story is undoubtedly…

Reading Challenge: Family Fang

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson was highly recommended by a peer, and even though at the beginning it was difficult to pick up the book each time to read, I’m glad I kept going at it. The story was overall very odd, but somewhat realistic – as if you can imagine this happening in…

Reading Challenge: Up and Down

Up and Down was a different kind of read – not because it was a different writing style than what Terry Fallis usually employed, but because it was about a totally different topic than one I was accustomed to: space travel. I had originally purchased all of Fallis’ books without reading any of their summaries,…

Reading Challenge: Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All

It was by coincidence that I came across this book at Chapters; I had no idea that Jonas Jonasson had published another story. I had read his first two books: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, and enjoyed both (although I prefer…

Reading Challenge: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette was a book that I did not expect to be so wonderfully written. But, before I knew it, I found myself really enjoying the style that the book was written in with all the different correspondences and perspectives presented using different characters. I was so immersed in the story that I managed to…

Reading Challenge: The High Road

Following The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, the characters in The High Road are again enveloped in the political sphere. The story narrates their adventures and all the interesting new characters that they meet. I was suppose to start reading this after my exams were over because I knew that I would be so immersed…

Reading Challenge: The Nest

I bought The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney on a whim as Chapters (or now Indigo) was heavily promoting it in-stores and online. I’m glad I picked it up because it was a very different sort of book. Usually, you can imagine how the ending of a story will be like or how the story will…

Reading Challenge: A House in the Sky

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett was an amazing read. I would put this under “a political memoir” because the genre of the book is a memoir, and Amanda was caught up in the politics of the world as she survives 15 months as a hostage. Although it was difficult…