The Virgin Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Virgin’s Lover is one of Philippa Gregory’s novels that focuses on Queen Elizabeth I (Tudor) and is from the perspective of Elizabeth, Robert Dudley, and Amy Dudley. This is the only one of her novels, to my recollection, that … Continue reading

No Mud No Lotus: The art of transforming suffering | Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who lives in France. He’s a spiritual leader, activist, and writer of many books, including No Mud, No Lotus: The art of transforming suffering. I loved this book; it was beautifully written … Continue reading

Reading List ~ February and March 2018

  ** I am still reading the Right to be Cold and Beyond Words (half done). The links to those blog posts will become active as soon as those are done and posted, so if you’re reading this in early … Continue reading

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimalineo

The Marrow Thieves is set in a post apocalyptic future where indigenous people are being hunted for their brown marrow. Set sometime after 2050, indigenous people in Canada are on the run. It sounds like things were good for a … Continue reading

Peru Vacation: Home to one of the great wonders of the world, Machu Picchu

I am actually shocked that it is approaching a full 6 years since I visited Peru. The vacation is still so fresh in my mind and I’d love to go back and explore the country more. I visited with my … Continue reading

Books about Canada’s national parks and wildlife by George Mercer

George Mercer was a park warden for 3 decades and he has another book on the way, probably to be published this year some time (2018). He worked in a bunch of national parks across Canada; judging by the contents … Continue reading

Podcast recommendations February 2018

Small Town Murder Murders. In small towns. ‘Nuff said… oh, the 2 guys are comedians who swear a lot. Their motto is “we’re assholes but we’re not scum bags” – because they make fun of small towns or murderers but … Continue reading

Beauty products I like ~ February 2017

Organic Matters shampoo level 0 I needed new shampoo because I hadn’t washed my hair for 2 days and that’s literally as long as I can get without getting some shampoo into my hair. I checked out a local store … Continue reading

Favourite recipes of February 2018

I occasionally see a naturopath because I have persistent and annoying digestive issues that I want to address but don’t need to be medicated for. I’m sure that changing things in my life will do the trick and a naturopath … Continue reading

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory is one of the few novel she’s written that I haven’t read yet. The novel features Margaret Beaufort as the protagonist. Margaret Beaufort is the mother of King Henry VII (Tudor, father of the … Continue reading

What does pop culture tell us about yoga?

Yoga is super hyped up in a lot of ways; we see it touched on a lot in popular culture from TV and movies, to magazines and social media. Yoga classes are offered at practically any gym that offers classes. … Continue reading

Things to do in Whistler in the winter

Whistler-Blackcomb is my favourite ski resort – given that it is a world-class ski resort, obviously I am not alone. There is so much to do in the village, on the hill, and otherwise near by besides just skiing and … Continue reading

Jasper Wild by George Mercer

Jasper Wild if the third book in George Mercer’s Dyed in the Green. Our main protagonist, Ben Matthew’s, and his girlfriend, Kate, who are both park wardens, have transferred from Wood Buffalo to Jasper National Park. In Jasper there are … Continue reading

The Last Tudor – Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor is Philippa Gregory’s latest book published in 2017. Many of you will know who Jane Grey is; she was the granddaughter of Mary Tudor, one of Henry Tudor’s (King Henry VIII) sisters. Mary Tudor was queen of … Continue reading

Make up and skin care products that I like – January 2018

Purity by Philosophy’s 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes & micro-exfoliating daily facial wash This is the first time I’ve bothered trying to take things like cleaners and exfoliators seriously. Sort of… ok, I use them when I bother to … Continue reading

Favourite recipes of January 2018

Refried beans– the Pioneer Woman blog (source( I wanted to try refried beans after I saw a picture of it posted to Siobhan Carrol’s instagram, also known as the nerdy naturopath. I probably could have just bought the canned stuff, … Continue reading

TV shows set in Canada

Frontier Jason Momoa, we all know him right? Khal Drogo, Game of Thrones? The guy is a bad ass. In Frontier, he has taken up the role of Declan Harp, a Cree-Irish fur trader operating in 1700’s Canada, who’s made … Continue reading

The Hamilton Affair ~ Elizabeth Cobbs

The Hamilton Affair is a historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Cobbs (P.S. she’s a historian). I managed to snag it while it was on sale and it was a rather pleasant read. My American history is kind of shoddy; … Continue reading

Gut by Guilia Enders

You are what you eat. Or at least your insides… and your outsides… are influenced. You should probably read Gut and find out for yourself. Our overall gut health really is super underrated from everything I learned in the course … Continue reading

Feminism and popular culture by Andi Zeisler 

I totally forget how I learned about Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler; I listen to a lot of podcasts and ingest other forms are media that are feminist inclined. In any case, Feminism and Pop Culture was a … Continue reading

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi is a book I learned about from the Harry Potter Alliance. The HPA hosts a book club and this was one of their recent books. The books is about the titular characters, Rishi and Dimple, who’s … Continue reading

Girl in the Woods: Aspen Matis 

On her second day of college, Aspen Matis was raped. Traumatized and unable to realize justice because the college let the guy get away with it, she struggled her way through her first year of college, depressed, isolated, ashamed. She … Continue reading

Dyed in the Green by George Mercer

Dyed in the Green is a mystery novel written by Canadian author and (former) park ranger, George Mercer, who turned to writing mysteries set in Canada’s national parks. The book was published in 2014 or so and George Mercer has … Continue reading

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen by Philipa Gregory follows Elizabeth Woodville who married King Edward Let me just say right off the bat that this book is situated during the last chunk of the War of the Roses. You practically need a … Continue reading

Christmas gift ideas for the Harry Potter fan in your life

1. Hogwarts house themed spatulas by Williams Sonoma Hufflepuff ~ Ravenclaw~ Gryffindor ~ Slytherin 2. Or how about one of these Hogwarts aprons from Williams Sonoma 3. The Hogwarts Library box set books Conveniently purchased at Chapters in Canada. Featuring: … Continue reading

How is Game of Thrones similar to the real life War of the Roses?

This video focuses on the how the War of the Roses, which is supposedly the inspiration for some of the conflict we see in the Game of Thrones. This isn’t the first time I have heard this claim. So, ok, … Continue reading

Lord of Shadows, The Dark Artifices 2 by Cassandra Clare 

Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Can I skip the summary? Yes, I suppose, since it’s my blog. Here is a summary if you want to know what the book is … Continue reading

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Shoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies is Shoda Belleza’s first young adult novel told from the POV of Aly and Rhee. Around 10 years before, Rhee’s family was killed. It was a spacecraft “accident” that someone arranged to get her family out … Continue reading

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

“Every loss is unprecedented. You can’t ever know someone else’s hurt, not really — just like touching someone else’s body isn’t the same as having someone else’s body.” ~ somewhere in the book (yeah, I Googled the quote and THEY … Continue reading

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher 

 Carrie Fisher, who famously portrayed Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, is also an addict, lived with mental illness, a novelist, a mother, a daughter, and a performer (that’s a way of saying public speaker or comic if it’s … Continue reading

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 3: THE SHIP OF THE DEAD by Rick Riordan

The Ship of the Dead is the third book in the Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. It was just released on October 3, 2017, so it is brand new.  What happened? Loki escaped from his … Continue reading

“Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning teaching about Biblical women” by Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti

Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning teachings about Biblical women by Dr. Paula Trimble Familetti was a very interesting read in my opinion. I got the title from Our Shared Bookshelf,  which is Emma Watson’s book club (Our Shared Bookshelf) — … Continue reading

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Birth House by Ami McKay was recommended to me at a local bookstore. I can’t remember what the conversation was, but I think the extent of it was “historical fiction” “female protagonist” “thanks”. It was an amazing read and … Continue reading