Ultimate Reading Challenge: 100 Days That Changed Canada

Maybe this is just a me thing, but I’m definitely a book procrastinator. I get distracted by shiny things at the bookstore, buy more books than I anticipated, and end up piling the ones I haven’t read yet wherever I can find room. Since I can’t read all of my new purchases simultaneously, I pick …

The Ultimate Reading Challenge: The Three Musketeers

I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to say that one of the biggest influences on my early development was the Barbie film series. My first-ever (and by default favourite) Barbie movie was Barbie and the Three Musketeers, which I discovered when I was about 3-and-a-half. Watching a scene from Barbie and the Three …

The Ultimate Reading Challenge: Ghost Liners

Have you ever gone through reading phases where you end up reading the same type of book over and over until you’ve gotten your fill for the rest of the year? Well, I’ve been reading a lot of books about disasters at sea lately. First it was A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by …

The Ultimate Reading Challenge: Billy Boyle

When brainstorming ideas for upcoming Ultimate Reading Challenge tasks, one of the toughest to figure out was “Read a never-before-read genre”. I like to think that I’m pretty adventurous with my reading choices, which is normally a good thing. But when I have to figure out a new genre to test drive? There aren’t too …

The Ultimate Reading Challenge: The Royals Next Door

There’s nothing better than reading outside on a summer day. Stretching out in the sun, basking in the breeze, a cool beverage within easy reach. I love relaxing this way with a lighthearted romance and getting lost in the pages. When I discovered that one of the tasks of the Ultimate Reading Challenge required me …

Lower The Voting Age

I’ve been interested in voting since I was four years old. Because I was young, I didn’t really understand what it meant to vote. I thought that each member of my family should vote for a different colour so that our support would be divided fairly and no one would feel left out. As I …

The Kingdoms

I’m taking a short break from The Ultimate Reading Challenge post series to talk about the incredible book I just finished reading, The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley. I first heard of The Kingdoms through an extensive Goodreads list which compiled some of their users’ top-rated alternative history (a genre which imagines different endings to historical …

The Ultimate Reading Challenge: Pumpkinheads

I’ll admit right off the bat that the second challenge I attempted for the Ultimate Reading Challenge threw me for a loop. The challenge involved a story-telling medium I had frequently used in my youth, but which I had then abandoned and hesitated to pick up ever since. My challenge was to read a graphic …

The Ultimate Reading Challenge: Bluebird

One of the worst habits I’ve gotten into throughout the two years I’ve been running this blog is abandoning drafts. Maybe I’m fighting with the words, or maybe I start second-guessing whether anyone would actually want to read what I’ve written. Several times I’ve simply forgotten to type a draft up in the first place. …

Sea of Ice: The Discovery of the Endurance

Photo credit: CBC.ca You know you’re a history nerd when a shipwreck’s discovery elicits an “Oh my God!” instead of an “Oh, cool.” I was ecstatic to learn yesterday that the wreckage of the Endurance, the vessel commanded by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his 1915 attempted expedition to the South Pole, had been discovered – …