Holiday Reads

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to catch my breath and write a post. Sadly, this also came with the realization that I’ve read TWO books in the past 30 days. Obviously, this is a huge problem. I don’t officially have time off till week after next, but I decided to light the warm glow of festive joy a little early by rounding up my holiday reads. Let’s hope I can get through at least a few!

 

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Happy International Women’s Day!

This post is for my fellow bloggers and readers 🙂

Use the comments section to talk about your favourite female literary characters and why or favourite female authors and why!

To start this off, here are tidbits about my top three favourite women authors!

Enid Blyton defined my childhood as well as millions of others. She wrote 800 books in 40 years, targeting children of all ages. I cannot imagine my life or my library without her books.

Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, which happens to be one of my favourite classics. She explores the strengths and weaknesses of females through the characters of Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, Lydia, and Mrs. Bennett. I admire that her female heroines have flaws and her books are a journey of self-realization and exploration as much as social commentaries within an entertaining plot.

J.K. Rowling is my hero. She breathed new life into reading books, for children, adults, and everyone in-between. The richest author alive (or dead, right?), she began her journey on a cafe napkin. She gave us Hermione.

 

Your turn!

 

To a Boyfriend, From a Reader

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something special that incorporated books and love. Then I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could relive their favourite literary couples and moments?” So I began a hashtag: #literarycouples , and encouraged people to tweet their favourites. I loved reading all the answers because it brought back memories of some which I had forgotten and sprouted interest in others I hadn’t heard of before. I decided to pick five couples to feature based on a certain similarity they all had, as well as my personal affinity for them. Keep reading to see what I mean! Continue reading

Random House Blog Fest

Is there really anything better in the world than when authors can speak to their readers on a one-on-one basis? You could almost compare it to the bond that a mother and child have (unless you really hated the author….in which case, why bother?). There’s something immensely powerful about being able to take a book and turn it into a shared experience. The author invests years of dreams, hope, sweat, tears, and effort into a book which readers then open to laugh, cry, and get lost with the characters. For those few sweet hours that you become one with the book, you’re one with the author too. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Continue reading

Silver Linings

You know that saying, “every cloud has a silver lining”? Well I’m relating it to something a bit different today —laziness 🙂 I admit, with extra activities, cooking, school, and other reading, I have severely neglected to read the books on the Canada Reads list. I know, shame on me. I completely agree. However, after attending my first Canada Reads debate this morning, I’ve decided to turn that lazy streak into a positive thing. The panelists, especially Anne-France Goldwater, emphasized that the debates are meant to encourage people to read these particular books. The discussions, some being quite controversial, all work in favour of the books and boost sales. So here’s the conclusion I came to this morning:

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