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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Philippa 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