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The Chaperone and a Tip

What?! It’s Monday already?

Apparently so. My, this past week was certainly out of the ordinary. I had not one but THREE interviews for an internship placement. I also, ironically, watched the movie “The Internship” with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn for the first time last night. It was alllrrriiighht. It had it’s funny moments.

Although, between work, school, interviews, and homework, I was able to finish yet another book off my April reading list, which was The Chaperone.

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This was such an enjoyable read. I literally could not put this book down. I woke up early and excited the last couple mornings so I could sneak in an extra half hour of reading before starting my day. However, this book made me realize what I was missing while reading Longbourn (a book I finished just before this one) and that was a feeling of connectedness to the main character. I’m not saying I have to relate to the characters, but I do need to feel some sort of connection or understanding. Cora, who is the chaperone, was such an interesting but average person. Her struggles, successes, and emotions felt very real to me. Throughout the book I felt invested in Cora’s story, cheering her on even. Ultimately, I was satisfied with how this story unfolded and remained engaged from the very beginning. This is a book I know my friends and my grandmother would enjoy. So a good read for everyone!

Next up is The Unbearable Lightness of Being. This book was recommended to me by a friend so I’m really excited to dig in this afternoon!

On another note, want to know my number one tip for finding good books?

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When I’m flipping through magazines or scrolling through instagram/twitter I always snap a picture of a book that interests me. My phone is filled with pictures of books I want to read or purchase. That way, next time I’m at the bookstore or on amazon, I just pull out my phone and scroll through. I find it’s easier then keeping a list because I’m constantly deleting and adding photos. This tip worked perfectly last night when I was at the bookstore with my dad.

Do you have any tips for keeping track of the books you want to read? Any tips for finding book recommendations? I hear there are some pretty nifty websites out there that help you find books to suit your taste.


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Thoughts on Longbourn

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Hello!

Last night I finished reading Jo Baker’s novel, Longbourn.

But before I get into what I thought about this book, I have to be very honest with you. I only just read Pride and Prejudice last summer. I felt compelled to read it before I officially graduated as an English major. Except, the truth is I did read Pride and Prejudice before last summer. Well, sort of anyway.

Okay, I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its sequel in high school. And I loved them. Yet, I knew I couldn’t go around boasting about how much I adored Pride and Prejudice if I didn’t actually read the original. Call me crazy, but if I were to call myself a true fan I felt like I needed to actually read the original book, you know?

So after loving the spin-offs and the actual book, I had high hopes for Longbourn. I certainly was not disappointed by this book. I really enjoyed it. Although, I did find that certain aspects of the book dragged on a little too long. I know the author was very precise in making the time-line of the book match up to the original, which was nice but perhaps forced her to carry on more then was necessary at times. I found that one section of the book felt disconnected and almost as if I was reading an entirely different novel from the one I was actually reading. If that makes any sense at all.

It was a good read but not my favourite. I still enjoyed the original more. I mean, the love interest in this version was no Mr. Darcy so can you blame me? Also, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is still pretty awesome.

If you like spin-offs of classic novels, this one may be for you. The ending certainly made up for some slower sections in the middle so I finished this book on a good note.

Happy reading!


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Weekly Wrap-Up

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What a week’s it’s been!

This week was full of highs and lows for me. Some highlights of the week included going to my favourite yoga class, trying reiki for the first time, pizza and wine with friends, working at the restaurant, and finishing The Luminaries (here’s my review). However, finding an internship so I can finish my diploma has proved to be quite trying to say the least. Applying for jobs is always a struggle for me but the search must go on! I spent a lot of time glued to my computer looking for positions and calling places. I wouldn’t mind so much if I felt like I was making progress and not running into a bunch of dead ends. Alas, as my good friends keep reminding me, these things take time. To be fair, I am QUITE an impatient person to begin with but I’m working on it. Plus, I had to go to the dentist, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t so bad, but boy do I dislike going. I guess I never really grew out of feeling that way.

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While perusing my phone during class this Tuesday I came across this article on the Darling Magazine website. I had to snap a picture of it because these words resonated with me and I wanted to save them. Just a little inspiration for you today!

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Bring on the greens! This week marked the beginning of SPRING. Also, I recently discovered black quinoa. My, my do I love the earthiness to it.

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I’m posting this no make-up, Saturday morning, mirror selfie only to point to the fact that my hair seems to be growing. Another reason to eat greens! I’m trying to avoid that whole awkward growing out pixie stage. I sense that it is inevitable though.

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely week! Hopefully, I’ll be back with my review of Longbourn this week too.

What did you do this week? Any exciting things planned for this week? 


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Book Review: The Luminaries

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I finished it!!! When I asked for this book for my birthday I had no clue how many pages it was and when I saw it for the first time, I admit, I was a little hesitant.

Crap, this is long, I thought. I don’t have a great history with books longer then 400 pages (I start to get bored). However, this was certainly not the case with “The Luminaries”. In fact, once I got past the first 50 pages or so I was hooked. Seriously you guys, I was. Catton succeeded in weaving many seemingly individual stories together while keeping things interesting AND not overwhelming the reader with tons of characters and subplots.

I’m really happy I read this book. Not only was it well-written but well-designed. The plot was laid out very strategically, which made for an interesting and challenging read. I liked having to dig a little deeper to discover the many layers of Catton’s story. Plus, it has a mystical quality to it even though it’s set in 1800s New Zealand. Oh, and I learned a little about New Zealand’s history of the gold rush. That was pretty neat.

This book is truly for book lovers though. I don’t know if I would recommend it to my friends. I’m just being honest here! I definitely enjoyed it but it’s for literature geeks. Although, if you think differently please share!

Next up: Longbourn!

Have you read the Luminaries? What’s currently on your nightstand? 

PS. I need SERIOUS help. Can’t. Stop. Reading. (I need a real life, you know one where actual humans are involved).


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Flashback: Fav Teen Fiction

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I spent a lot of time in high school reading. My friends and I would literally fly through book series, constantly passing off books, and racing to the end. We raved about certain books and authors and would happily spend our evenings reading.

If case you are wondering, no we were not popular. Apparently, spending our spares and lunch in the library reading books wasn’t “cool”. Apparently, other kids did something called “socializing”.

Anyway, back in the mid-2000s Meg Cabot books were where it was at. Is she still the queen of teen fiction?

Here were my top five reads as a teenager: 

1. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger

If you are a teenager experiencing any sort of teenage angst I bet you’ve read this book. As cliche as it sounds…this book kind of changed my life. It led to a deep obsession with everything J.D Salinger ever wrote. By that I mean, spending all my spares in the library at school reading his short stories. Most importantly, it’s what led me to discover “Franny and Zooey”, my all-time favourite book of life. 

2. The Princess Diaries Series, Meg Cabot (oh, how I loved this series!)

Ann Hathaway did a stellar job in the movie. When I saw it I immediately wanted to read the books. While the books are a little edgier I loved them even more. I related a lot to Mia too (except for the whole princess thing, of course).

3. The Mediator Series, Meg Cabot (my friends and I literally could not wait until each book was released.

Teen mediator out solving mysteries. Cute boy love interest. Strong female lead. Just a whole lot of fun to read! 

4.  A Great and Terrible Beauty (and the two sequels: Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing) by Libba Bray

Supernatural, mysterious. Took place in a female boarding school in the “olden days”. Well-written and very engaging. Even though fantasy is my least favourite genre, I really loved the story line and the supernatural elements. 

5. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares

All about the bond between best friends and growing pains. And yes, we certainly had that conversation of which one of us was most like the characters. I think I was declared the Tibby of the group? 

There was also a Twilight phase, but let’s not go there. I wonder what’s popular these days?

What was your favourite book/series as a teen? If you reread it would you still like it? 


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random weekend things

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Happy Saturday!

Within the last two days the weather has felt more like spring then it has all month. Which, let me tell you, says a lot. You bet I’ve been taking full advantage of the increase in temperature.

This morning my friend and I got up early (because we are not normal 23 year olds–more like 85 year olds at heart) and went for a nice long walk. We faced the puddled sidewalks and the melting snow to get our daily dose of fresh air. It was wonderful. I have no idea how far we walked but it took us a little over an hour. I’ve noticed that I feel much better, more optimistic and less bummed about winter when I make an effort to spend time outdoors. I’m sure many of you can relate!

I also woke up at 6:30 am and read for an hour. But let’s not talk about that lest you think I am weird.

Oh, and my obsession with soup is back. I think I’m going to make a red lentil and sweet potato soup for dinner tonight. Paired with a nice crusty piece of bread because bread goes with everything, obviously.

Also, I just stumbled across this poetry book. Perhaps not the most ideal choice when spring is just around the corner but I was intrigued. Plus I feel like poetry about nature always in season. I’ll have to make a note of it and revisit though. If I add one more book to my April reading list  my head will probably explode (and then how will I get any reading done??)

And on that note it’s time to sign off. But first I’d like to know…

What’s your favourite way to start the weekend? 


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Books for April

Hello!

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Thankfully, yesterday’s crazy blizzard subsided late last night and today we are graced with sun. It’s freezing mind you, but it’s sunny and fresh.

Anyway, this bright sun has me thinking about spring! April is typically a rainy month but their is a freshness in the air that lifts our spirits. Already my mind is reeling. After I finish The Luminaries, what’s next?

Well, here’s my book list for April:

1. The Chaperone, Laura Moriarty

2. How to Love an American Man, Kristine Gasbarre

3. Longbourn, Jo Baker

4. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosch

5. All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu

6. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

7.  The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

I know, seven books is quite ambitious. I doubt I will get to all of these but there’s no harm in trying! Also, I am trying to amp up my reading a bit to finish The Luminaries next week (also very ambitious). You really don’t need to read for hours and hours a day to whip through books. It’s really just about scheduling some quality time every day to knock back a few pages. It adds up! When I was an English student I never fell behind in reading because I made sure I read a little each day and never saved huge chunks right to the end. Even reading 10-15 pages a day is enough.

Have you read any of the books I listed? What’s the next book you want to read? 

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