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

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 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

The Heroes of Olympus: The mark of Athena (book 3) by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena is the third instalment in Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus series. After fighting a battle in the previous book, The Son of Neptune, the Greek and Roman demigods try to strike up an alliance at Camp … Continue reading

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 

Set in 1660’s Holland, Girl with a Pearl Earring is a fictionalized account of the creation of Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting. Girl with a Pearl Earring is a oil painting by Vermeer that many believe was painted around 1665 – 1667. … Continue reading

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz 

Something in Between is Melissa de la Cruz’s newest book. Those of you who are my age might remember the Blue Blood series, which is about vampires from 5 – 10 years ago. Something in Between is not a fantasy … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The son of Neptune (book 2) by Rick Riordan

The Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune is the second instalment in Rick Riordan’s series that follows Percy Jackson of Rick Riordan’s first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I forget where exactly, I think it was at the … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The lost hero (book 1) by Rick Riordan

The Heroes of Olympus: The lost heroes is the first book in Rick Riordan’s second series of books about Greek (and now Roman) mythology set in modern day USA. It starts with Jason waking up on a bus and having … Continue reading

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

Did you ever see Matilda? What about Mrs. Doubtfire? How about Miracle on 34th Street? Mara Wilson starred in all of those movies as a young child in the early to mid 1990’s. Well, to no surprise she has since … Continue reading

Until We Are Free: My fight for human rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi 

Until We Are Free by Shirin Ebadi is about her fight to protect human rights in Iran. This is something she has continued to do even while living in exile. Iran is a theocracy, or more commonly known as an … Continue reading

The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory

The Boleyn Inheritance came recommended to me from The History Chicks, which is one of my favourite podcasts. In The Boleyn Inheritance, Katherine of Aragorn is dead (from neglect and heartbreak they say), Anne Boleyn has been executed, and Jane Seymour … Continue reading

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Phillipa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens is Phillipa Gregory’s most recent historical fiction novel. Set during the Tudor era, Phillipa presents Mary in a much fairer light than history generally paints her, something she admits to doing on the basis that she … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The last Olympian, book 5 by Rick Riordan

Aaaaaaand this series that I am finding so much enjoyment in ended with a fabulous bang. Basically, the war is right on top of Percy and his friends. A few things happen beforehand, like the children of one god are fighting … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The battle of the labyrinth, book 4 by Rick Riordan

Those of you who’ve already read the reviews for The Lightning Thief, The Seas of Monsters, and The Titan’s Curse, know that I am absolutely loving the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In The Battle of the Labyrinth, 15-year-old … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse, book 3 by Rick Riordan 

I am addicted to this series, it’s so good and it’s such an easy read that it’s proving to be easy to just blow through the books at light speed. Ok so in Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Titan’s Curse … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The sea of monsters, book 2 by Rick Riordan

Wow, what a quick read that was, I read it within 24 hours. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the five part series about a demigod (half-god, half-human) named Percy, … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, book 1 by Rick Riordan 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a 5 book fantasy and young adult series that is written by Rick Riordan and begins with The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson is a 12-year-old boy who has never known his father and has … Continue reading

Good Omens by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett

1 sentence summary: The end of the world is coming, an angel and a demon band together to stop it and hopefully the antichrist won’t be so evil. 1 sentence opinion: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is … Continue reading

The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory 

Set during the reign of Queen Mary I (Mary Tudor) in the mid-1500’s, The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory melds history with Mary Tudor and her fool, Hannah Green. Hannah Green wasn’t technically a real person. She was based on … Continue reading

The Translation of Love by Lynn Kutsukake

The Translation of Love by Lynn Kutsukake is a moving story set in post-war Japan. 13-year-old Aya, one of the the main POV characters, has recently moved from Canada to Japan with her father. After spending years in interment camps … Continue reading

Working with You is Killing Me by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster

Working with You is Killing Me by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster is a wonderfully helpful about dealing with the emotional and political entanglements of the office / general workplace. According to the introduction of the book, Katherine Crowley is … Continue reading

Review: Leave Your Mark: Land your dream job. Kill it in your career. Rock social media. by Aliza Licht 

Leave Your Mark, written by Aliza Licht, is a great book for young people, or anyone from any walk of life, who would love a fresh perspective on career advice and personal branding. Divided into four parts, Leave Your Mark … Continue reading

Review — The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey

I’m not sure how I originally learned about Lindsey Stirling or her memoir, The Only Pirate at the Party. It was sometime shortly after seeing this book that YouTube recommended her music videos, maybe because of all the videos I … Continue reading

Review: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

ixar Creativity, Inc. was written by Ed Catmull, who is the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, with Amy Wallace. It was published on April 8, 2014. It is an great book that revolutionizes the way that leaders can lead and … Continue reading

Review: Bliss by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney

Bliss was written by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney. Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress Emily Fields in Pretty Little Liars and Michaela is her best friend who works in marketing. In Bliss, the main characters are Sophia, Demi and Leandra. … Continue reading

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamn Alire Sáenz, was a super thoughtful and interesting YA novel. I must admit, no matter how old I get, I still enjoy a well written coming of age … Continue reading

Review: The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory 

Many of you may remember The Other Boleyn Girl from the movie adaptation which was released in 2008, featuring Natalie Portman (Anne Boleyn), Scarlett Johansson (Mary Boleyn) and Eric Bana (King Henry). The book that the movie was based on was originally … Continue reading

Review: Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden is a great book, although not particularly cheerful. Niska is welcoming her nephew, Xavier, back from World War 1 and he has been injured in the war; he lost his leg, he’s suffering mentally, … Continue reading