Fiction/Non-fiction

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day 3, Adventures

After a busy weekend of volunteering at a conference, I’ve finally gotten to my 3rd day of this challenge 🙂 This quote is about reading and how it transports us to wonderful worlds. In a lot of ways, reading is a lot like travelling: you’re exposed to a new and unfamiliar world, finding out along the way (as you get lost a couple times) that you really enjoy it. After a while, the unfamiliar becomes familiar… Continue reading “3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day 3, Adventures”

Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites: Birthday Faves

Lately, my blog updates have been a little sporadic. I’ve been trying to get back into my regular blog schedule for a while now. This week I missed my Wednesday Words of Wisdom update because I was busy celebrating my birthday.

Normally, I feature some of my favourite blogs that I’ve found on my Friday Favourites segment but sometimes I also share some Friday Favourites of my own. These include books, TV shows, movies, etc. Although this blog is about the craft of writing, I like to write about things that inspire me, entertain me and educate me, both as a writer and as a person.

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book tags

Monday Minute: 5 Signs You’re a Book Nerd (or bibliophile)

If you like writing, you also naturally like reading too. I first heard of the term ‘bibliophile’ when I started following book blogs. I think it’s pretty cool that there’s a proper term for all the book lovers out there. I was thinking about all the funny things I do as a bibliophile and came up with this list. Continue reading “Monday Minute: 5 Signs You’re a Book Nerd (or bibliophile)”

Book Reviews

Saturday Summary: The Serpent’s Tale

The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin is one of those books I bought when I was younger but that ended up on my “did not finish” list. I think it was a little out of my reading range at the time. Now that I’ve read it as an adult though, I see it with new appreciation.  Continue reading “Saturday Summary: The Serpent’s Tale”

Book Reviews

Saturday Summary: The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club is the first book by Amy Tan I’ve read and although I initially had mixed feelings about it, I found it funny, touching and beautiful. This was a reading experience outside of what I usually read because I rarely read contemporary novels, especially ones about other cultures different from my own. I encountered a lot of intriguing cultural differences but also a lot of universal truths that transcend culture, ethnicity and age.

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Book Reviews

Saturday Summary: Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water is one of those books that I didn’t initially like but grew to like the more I read it. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time and I’m glad I gave it a second chance. It’s one of those books you have to stick with to really get the essence of the story. Continue reading “Saturday Summary: Green Grass, Running Water”

Book Reviews

Saturday Summary: The Orenda

Author: Joseph Boydon
Published: September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My Rating on Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

The Orenda

The Orenda is a book that’s received a lot of positive reception. It was a candidate for two awards, the 2013 Governor General’s Award for English fiction and the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Orenda was also selected for the 2014 edition of Canada Reads and won. I can definitely say that this book lives up to its reputation.  Continue reading “Saturday Summary: The Orenda”

Book Reviews

March Summary: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green
Format: Paperback
Published: January 10, 2012
My Rating on Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

The Fault in Our Stars

 

This was supposed to be a Saturday Summary but my March got very, very busy all of a sudden. I’ve been doing volunteer work, completing an online course and looking for jobs. Even though it takes me forever to finish a book, my love for reading has been rekindled. It’s nice to be able to still fit in an enjoyable read though, like The Fault in Our Stars, despite a busy schedule.

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Book Reviews, Writing

January Summary: The Shining and Writing Goals

I originally said that I’d be doing a Saturday Summary at the end of each month for a book but it took me a little longer than expected to finish The Shining by Stephen King. I did really enjoy it though. Continue reading “January Summary: The Shining and Writing Goals”