Book Review: Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie

Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie is a story about Jane Quinn and her rise to fame as a musician. After Jesse Reid can’t perform due to an accident, Jane and her band are asked to perform in his place at the Bayleen Island Folk Fest. The performance was an instant classic, and catapulted…

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What I Read in March and April 2021

Let me preface this by saying I had a bit of a busy April. I would have liked posting this on May 1st, but sometimes life gets in the way. The past two months have been good reading months for me! I would liked to have read more, but considering I read over 2,500 pages…

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Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The second book I read in my Giller Prize reading challenge was Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. When purchasing this book, I didn’t know much about it. Typically, I don’t like reading summaries of books because sometimes they spoil the whole thing. However before reading, I knew it was a book about slavery, but it…

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Project Pan (2021)

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a project pan, but I’m bringing it back to my blog! (Queue the applause here). Ever since I started blogging, I’ve done a project pan. A project pan is where you pick beauty items you own, and try to use them up until you hit pan. Over…

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What I Read in January and February 2021

A little bit late in posting this, but I still want to do monthly wrap-ups on my blog. The first month of 2021 ended up being a great reading month, even thought I didn’t read a lot of books. I ended up reading almost 1,000 pages with 3 books completely read. I did read a…

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2021 Book Releases I’m Excited About

My birthday was about a week ago, and I started thinking about the different books I want to read this year. I’m already wanting to read all of the Giller Prize winning books, but there’s never enough books for a bookworm is there? With each new year comes new books, and I’ve been looking to…

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Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa was the first book I read in 2021. It’s a short story collection that explores the lives of various different people, ranging from older women to teenaged girls. Many of the characters are from Laos who have immigrated to Canada. Thammavongsa is Lao herself, and showcases many of…

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My Reading Goals for 2021

Like many of you, I am thinking of the reading goals I want to accomplish in 2021. Usually I keep my reading goals fairly simple and easy to complete. However, this year I want to up the ante by having multiple goals going on at the same time. Will this backfire on me? Possibly, but…

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I’m Going to Read EVERY Giller Prize Winning Book

As the title suggests, I’m going on a Canadian literary journey this year by reading every Giller Prize winning book. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is a literary prize awarded to the best fiction written that year. I started thinking about this idea a couple months ago when I was watching the Giller Prize on CBC.…

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Book Review: Ulysses by James Joyce

How do I count the ways that Ulysses by James Joyce challenged me? It seems like a fleeting task trying to condense a 933 page book into a blog post, but I’ll try. While reading Ulysses, I went on a roller coaster ride of enjoyment, confusion, and outright dread. Many moments in the novel, I…

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