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

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

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

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

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

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

Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince

Taking Flight is an inspiring memoir written by Michaela DePrince with the help of her mother, Elaine DePrince. Michaela DePrince was born Mabinty Bangura in Sierra Leone. The tragic civil war in Sierra Leone left Michael orphaned and abandoned at … Continue reading

The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew is a broadcast journalist, musician and works at the University of Winnipeg. He is originally from Onigaming First Nation in north western Ontario before his parents moved the family to Winnipeg. He was the narrator of the show, … Continue reading

Colour Me Creative by Kristina Webb

I should preface this post with stating that I decided to commit to drawing or painting or otherwise participate in the artistic challenges found in Color Me Creative. I was pretty stoked when I found out that there were actual … Continue reading

Furiously Happy; A funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson has (or had at the time of writing) a taxidermyed racoon. This is possibly one of the most bizarre and hilarious things I have ever read about in the opening chapters of a book, and I must admit … Continue reading

Yes My Accent Is Real by Kunal Nayyar

Many people will recognize Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Ramayen Koothrapalli (or just Raj) in The Big Bang Theory. As a big fan of the show, I was pretty excited when I realized that Kunal had written a memoir, Yes My Accent … Continue reading

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I had a moment when I was half way through a book and it dawned on me that OMG THIS WOMAN IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS ON ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SHOWS (AKA Charlie Bradbury in Supernatural). I mostly picked … Continue reading

Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons 

I will be honest, I haven’t heard of Brittany Gibbons before reading this book, or more accurately, seeing her book featured in Cosmopolitan. Apparently she is famous for writing about sex, being over weight, and being a mom on the Internet. … Continue reading

Life In Motion: An unlikely ballerina by Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is inspiring. She began taking ballet classes at 13 and was dancing professionally by 15. She is the only Africwn American soloist for the American Ballet company in New York. It’s incredible, to think of what it must … Continue reading

The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl is a book I have wanted to read for a long time. I found it on the kobo app earlier this year for pretty cheap (less then $5 if memory serves me correctly) and … Continue reading

Pride Over Pity by Kailyn Lowry

Witnessing the experiences of teen mothers started young for me. There were probably 3 girls who had babies in my grade 12 class. 2 of my friends had babies the year before. In a little town, I think that teen pregnancies are more common. I’m sure sure if that’s true or not, it’s just that I knew a number of teen moms but my friends who lived in cities knew hardly any (if they knew any at all).

This is why I cheerfully read Kailyn Lowrys book Pride Over Pity. Teen Mom 2 had been a guilty pleasure of mine and I was interested in what she had decided to write a book about. I was shocked by how much she had to deal with by being on the show that had been behind the scenes. People were constantly criticizing her and stuff. I knew the show couldn’t show every last moment of her life. I always figured Kailyn had some things she needed to work though, but she’s still a human and if we didn’t know everything then we should have stayed shut up and apparently people didn’t think about that before saying horrid things about her. I really appreciate that this young women used her voice to share with others like that. It’s a momentous thing to be willing to expose yourself to be able share with people and to be willing to be an example and a story.

I understand the struggle because I’ve had friends who’ve been there and I’m glad that people will talk about it now. It wasn’t so long ago that pregnant girls would be hidden away. Literally. Kailyn is an impressive young woman. I would encourage everyone to read her book and hear her words. Until I read Pride Over Pity, I was unaware of the fact that she is bipolar, that she’s having (or probably had) another child, that she’s married and so on. I am really glad for how things have worked out for her. I think that her story is really impressive – parents, teenagers, and people who work with other young people could all stand to read this book.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is everyone hanging out without me? Well, no, I promise you this is not currently a concern that I have because people still seem interested in hanging out with me. In case you didn’t know (as indicated by the picture), … Continue reading