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

It Ended Badly: 13 historical relationships 

To say your last relationship ended badly could easily be the biggest truth of life, I mean, I don’t know you so… But let’s talk about a book with some historically awful breakups. Some of these historical relationships ended so terribly … Continue reading

I AM MALALA: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala is a book I read a while ago that I decided I would like to revisit. For those of you who do not know, Malala Yousafzai is possibly one of the most amazing girls around. Malala’s father … Continue reading

#WithoutHermione: Support Education for Girls

In Harry Potter, what would have happened if Hermione couldn’t have gone to Hogwarts because she was a girl? Think about it. She was the super-intelligent bookworm who Ron and Harry turned to when they needed to understand something, whether … Continue reading

There’s a problem with unpaid internships. Let’s talk…

Unpaid internships are pretty contentious. Are they good… bad… somewhere in between? Even after my experience, I feel like I fall into the “somewhere in between” category. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly  A lot of good companies need some … Continue reading

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is one of the best books I have read in a while. It is so significant and relevant to current issues that are being faced in the United States and around the world right now. In The Hate … Continue reading

Why you should take the Indigenous Canada course offered by UofA on Cousera

Indigenous Canada is being offered every few weeks on Courersa through out the fall. It was developed by people who work in the Indigenous studies department at the University of Alberta. I’ve recently finished the course and I loved it; … Continue reading

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 

The Song of Achilles was such an amazing novel. I went in knowing very little – only that it was the story of Patroclus and Achilles told from Patroclus’ point of view. The book begins with Patroclus witnessing the Greek kings signing … Continue reading

The Trials of Apollo: Dark Prophecy (book 2) by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy is the second book in one of Rick Riordan’s newest series, in which the god, Apollo, is cast down to earth as a mortal teenager as punishment for his indiscretions. Naturally, he experiences … Continue reading

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies Choir is a historical fiction novel by Jennifer Ryan. Set toward the beginning of the war, the women in the community of Chilbury are devastated that their choir is being shut down due to all the men … Continue reading

Playing Video Games If You Aren’t Good At Them….

Video games are actually pretty fun. Except for when you are rubbish at them because you don’t know how to play them very well, then it is just an exercise in patience and not throwing a controller at your screen. … Continue reading

“Hunting Girls: Sexual violence from The Hunger Games to campus rape” by Kelly Oliver

Hunting Girls; Sexual violence from The Hunger Games to campus rape by Kelly Oliver is a book that discusses the relationship between the sexual between of campus rapes and popular culture phenomenons such as The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. … Continue reading

Being Jazz by Jazz Jenning

Being Jazz was an amazing follow up read after The Harry Potter Alliance did Protego in the summer of 2016. Protego our campaign to promote trans rights and equality (you can Google it!). I think I might have heard about … Continue reading

Waiting for First Light: My ongoing battle with PTSD by Romeo Dallaire 

For those of you who don’t know, Roméo Dallaire is a Canadian who served in the army for a long time and was the commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994. He also served … Continue reading

Sorry Not Sorry; Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera is one of the actresses from Glee – she was Santana Lopez in the show. And now she’s written Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, mistakes, and growing up, a memoir of moments in her life up to this point.  … Continue reading

The Lady of the Rivers by Phillipa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers by Phillipa Gregory  is about a woman named Jacquetta. She’s somone I’ve never heard of before I read the book. Jaquetta is a predecessor to most of the women centred around the Tudor era that … Continue reading

The Trial of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle (book 1) by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle is the first book in Rick Riordan’s series where Apollo is the main character. After the last war in The Heroes of Olympus series, Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, music, poetry, … Continue reading

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson 

Beneath a Meth Moon is a relatively short and beautifully written novel about the horrors of meth addiction. I coincidentally decided to read the book at the same time that I was watching Breaking Bad. It’s 2 really different perspectives … Continue reading

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (book 2) by Rick Riordan

Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day, whether you’re celebrating or not, I am bringing to you some of my thoughts from the book 2 of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Published on October 4, 2016, The Hammer … Continue reading

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (book 1) by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer is the first book in Rick Riordan’s series about Norse mythology. I powered through the book over the last few days; it’s super good. Magnus Chase is the cousin … Continue reading

The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer 

The Nazi Officer’s Wife is an autobiography written by Edith Hahn Beer. It’s about her experience as a Jewish women during the Nazi regime and WWII. Coming from Vienna, she ended up being sent to a labour camp before fleeing … Continue reading

Some tips to find a great job post graduation (from someone who’s been there, done that, didn’t find it easy, tried it all yadayadayada)

Having to find an adult job when you’re about to graduate from university is basically the worst. It’s very intimidating and it can be really time consuming. If you’re like me, you probably find it really easy to get sucked … Continue reading

I think you should go to the Granger Leadership Academy! 

Are you thinking about going to the Granger Leadership Academy? Or did you find this post by accident? I think you need to think about going either way. For those of you who don’t know… The Granger Leadership Academy is … Continue reading

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

Weapons of Math Destruction is a pretty interesting book if you’re interested in social sciences or math typed things. Cathy O’Neil is a mathematician. She worked in academia for a while and then worked at a hedge fund. She was … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (book 5)

The Blood of Olympus is the fifth and final book in Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus series. The series is told from the POV of Reyna, Nico, Jason, Piper, and Leo. In The Blood of Olympus, the demigod heroes … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades (book 4) by Rick Riordan

Another Rick Riordan book done. I am really enjoying the books, which is a relief because I was feeling hesitant during the first two books and even part way into the third book. The House of Hades is the fourth … Continue reading

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist is Carrie  Fishers autobiography about her experiences starring in the original Star Wars trilogy. I feel like a lot of people are asking “why now?” especially with the Carrison revelation (we’ll come back to this), but I … Continue reading

Gilmore Girl: A Year In The Life – some thoughts **spoilers**

Do not read this if you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls yet and don’t want spoilers. I won’t exactly be holding back, and while I’m not exactly giving a detailed synopsis I’d feel really bad if I ruined this for someone, … Continue reading

5 lessons from Gilmore Girls ~*~*~*~*~(spoilers* seasons 1-7) 

The Gilmore Girls reboot is almost upon us. It will be on Netflix on November 25! Yay yay yay yay yay! So, Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite shows of all time. I have watched it and rewatched it … Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; The background and some thoughts on the matter…

Sometime while writing the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling also took the time to write a few companion books that were “real” wizarding books within the Harry Potter universe. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, The Tales … Continue reading

6 lessons from Harry Potter 

Fantastic Beasts (and Where to Find Them) is out in theatres! It was awesome and there were so many things that I liked about it. For those of you who do not know what Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them … Continue reading

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight 

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight is a (very) practical parody of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Literally subtitled “how to stop spending time you don’t have with people you … Continue reading