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 …

The War That Saved My Life

When we think of war, it’s difficult to frame it in a positive light. What good could possibly come of mass death and destruction? If pressed, we may offer technological advances developed during wartime, or the heroic actions of someone involved in the conflict. Think even smaller. Perhaps a family was able to better themselves …

The House In The Cerulean Sea

Have you ever read a book you enjoyed so much that you smile even thinking about it? For me, that book is The House In The Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. I discovered it while scrolling through Goodreads: a website which, among other things, suggests books you may like based off of the ones you’ve …

The Best Laid Plans

To most of us, Canadian politics are confusing and/or infuriating. What’s the big deal about the Throne speech? Why did our riding’s MP vote against a pro-choice bill? Do any of these politicians really know what they’re talking about? I generally share your views. With the exception of two months in Grade 7 when I …

The Coming Storm

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a book for the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival “celebrates the power of words- whether written, spoken, or signed- to ignite our imaginations and reveal worlds and ideas beyond our experiences. ” While the festival’s programming has been moved online this year due to …

Of Love And Death In Toronto

It was a cool summer night in Annapolis Royal, NS. A group of people 50-strong walked down the street in twos and threes, each carrying a lantern. The procession wound their way through a moonlit park, stopping in front of a weathered tombstone. The year was 2019, and these people were about to learn the …

Comfort Books

Is there a book in your life that you’ve read too many times to count? One that you turn to in times of strife, or when you need a break from a heavier topic, to cheer you up, or calm you down? A book that might not necessarily have won any awards, but is still …

The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes

Way back in June of last year, I was casually browsing the web when I discovered something that made my inner fangirl scream with joy. Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games series, was going to release a prequel novel in May 2020!!! Understandably, as a huge Hunger Games fan, I was stoked. But, since …

I Read Canadian Day

I live in Canada. While we do have lots of books, tv shows, bands, etc that are recognized globally, majority of the media content that we come across on a daily basis is from our neighbours to the south. Because of this, many of our great entertainers, inventions, and stories are often overshadowed by things …

What If? Some Of The Best Alternate History Books For Teens

Non-fiction books all tell the same story of an event, just with different narratives or focus points. When you’re reading for the thousandth time about how the Titanic sunk after colliding with an iceberg, do you ever let yourself wonder what might have happened if that iceberg had never been there in the first place? …