The Girl Who Smiles Beads by Clementine Wamariya

In 1994, Rwanda experienced a massive genocide. Starting in April and lasting for 100 days, 800,000 people were murdered in a conflict between the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s. It’s awful; I’m not even all that sure that Hutu’s and Tutsi’s were … Continue reading

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

Son of a Trickster is by Eden Robinson. She is a member of the  Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations (details courtesy of Wikipedia). She has a BA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. She’s an award … Continue reading

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Joanna Goodman is a Canadian author, just thought I’d put it out there right off the bat because sometimes I feel like all my media (books, tv, etc.) is a certain “type” (whether it is nationally, culturally, racially, etc.) so … Continue reading

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Lethal White is the fourth of Robert Galbraith’s novels. Just as a quick preface and in case you’ve been living under a literary rock or just happened to stumble across this blog post at random, both of which are valid … Continue reading

Fat Gay Vegan by Sean O’Callahan

Fat Gay Vegan is the latest in a string of books (or podcasts) about being or becoming vegan. I learned about the book when Evanna Lynch and Robbie Jarvis interviewed the author, Sean O’Callaghan, on their podcast,The Chickpeeps (Episode 7: … Continue reading

21st Century Yoga: culture, politics & practice – edited by Carol Horton & Rose Harvey

21st Century Yoga: Culture, politics & practice is a book I grabbed at my yoga studio. I wanted to read about the book because there I have this internal concern I wanted (or needed) to resolve. That is if I … Continue reading

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll

Directorate S is a massive book of close to 700 pages (excluding sources and all that). It is Steve Colls follow up novel to Ghost War. In Directorate S, Steve Coll writes about the complicated relationships between the US, Pakistani, and Afghan … Continue reading

Favourite books of 2018 (so far!)

I read loads and generally I try to find good things to say about all the books I read even if they’re not all for me (I lay out some criticisms too, never fear!). I definitely have my favourite books … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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