Wednesday, 12 December 2018

New Erotica For Feminists - Book Review



I am so excited about this one! I discovered New Erotica For Feminists on Instagram recently, and I immediately reached out to Penguin Random House Canada to see if they would send me a review copy of this excellent book. 

If you love romance, comedy, and feminism, this is 100% the perfect book for you. New Erotica For Feminists is a collection of short "erotic" stories where all women get their happy ending - equality.

To give you a flavour, here are a few of my favourites:



When I read this one out loud to my husband his reaction was, "That sounds like the perfect date, actually."

I also especially loved the rewrites to the stories of Adam and Eve and Romeo and Juliet. New Erotica For Feminists is a small, little book, but it packs a big punch and sends an important message: civil rights are sexy.

I hope you pick this one up when you see it out and about. It would make the perfect stocking stuffer!

xo
Jenn

Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of this book courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

One Day in December by Josie Silver - Book Review

Guys, I wanted to love this book. It is a @northernlightsreads book club pick, a Reese Witherspoon book club pick, a Book of the Month December selection, and it is very highly rated on Goodreads.

One Day in December begins on a snowy December evening under lamplight. The main couple, Jack and Laurie, have wonderful chemistry, and I am a serious sucker for happy endings.



I wanted to love this book.

I should have loved this book.

But I didn't.

Told in alternating perspectives between Jack and Laurie, this is a love at first sight story. Jack and Laurie share a moment at a bus stop and then don't see each other again for a year when Jack begins dating Laurie's best friend.

What follows is 10 years of terrible timing and broken hearts.

We all adore cheering for true love to overcome all obstacles; however, the obstacles in this novel meant that other innocent people spent years of their lives being half-loved because these two couldn't be honest with them, with each other, and especially with themselves.

For me, One Day in December dances uncomfortably close with the line of betrayal, which is never romantic, even if you are a OTP. Which is, really, too bad; I actually kind of liked Jack. Though, I found Laurie a frustrating character to root for. 

Ultimately, this novel romanticizes emotional infidelity, and I am not here for that. I feel as though the author could have used other tools to keep Laurie and Jack in each other's lives without involving the best friend.

Sigh.

If you pick this book up and love it (because I have a seriously unpopular opinion on this one), I hope you enjoy! Though be warned, it may not be the perfect romance for all readers.

xo
Jenn

Disclaimer - Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a complementary copy of this novel. I wish I had enjoyed it more!

Monday, 19 November 2018

GMorning, GNight by Lin-Manuel Miranda - Book Review

While I haven't yet been able to see a Hamilton production (gasp!), I still have so much love for Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter. Social media can be a catalyst for emotions of negativity and not enough-ness. Thankfully, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Twitter account is a bight light in what sometimes feels like dark noise.

Awhile ago, he started beginning and ending his day on Twitter with little pep talks. Phrased for us, but written also for himself, these short bursts of encouragement will fill your cup as you take on, or recover from, whatever life brings you. (Side note - Lin-Manuel Miranda was an English teacher once upon a time, so to all of the educators in the house, I'm sure he feels us!)



Now you can get many of these inspiring tweets all in one place with GMorning, GNight! little pep talks for me & you. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and illustrated by Jonny Sun (who is Canadian! 👏👏), this little book is charming and heartwarming, and your heart will be so happy you've picked it up.


No matter how you spend your day, whether it's in an office, or home with your little ones, or in a classroom, GMorning, GNight will be a meaningful and calming addition to your morning and evening routines. I know it has felt that way to me.

xo
Jenn

Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of this book courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory - Book Review




This spring, I gushed over The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. It is such a fresh and fun romance, and I immediately fell in love with the characters. Carlos is one of those characters. We meet him in a "best friend" role in The Wedding Date, and he now has his own story in The Proposal.

In The Proposal, the action of the story begins right in the first scene. Nikole is on the receiving end of a very surprising, very public, and very unwanted marriage proposal. Fortunately, Carlos is nearby to help her save face, and also turns out to be the perfect rebound!

Those who are familiar with The Wedding Date will experience Jasmine Guillory's same bubbly writing in The Proposal. I loved the genuine build up between Carlos and Nikole; however, my favourite thing about Jasmine Guillory's books is the diversity. Her novels feature characters who are black, latino, asian, LGBTQ etc. She writes representation well, and that alone is an excellent reason to try out her novels.

The Proposal wasn't the best romance I've read this year (the conflict/miscommunication used in the always-temporary-breakup-scene was pretty cheesy, even for me), but it was funny, uplifting, silly, and sweet which is really all I need my romances to be. The Proposal is available now wherever books are sold; however, I'd say it's one to pick up at the library if you can :)

xo
Jenn


Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of The Proposal from Penguin Random House Canada for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Bibliophile by Jane Mount



Bibliophile by Jane Mount may just very well be the most beautiful book on my bookshelves.

If you're not familiar with Jane Mount, she is the creator of the Ideal Bookshelf. She paints extraordinary bookstacks and book covers that allow us to admire our beloved books in a new ways and challenge us to try out titles that we may not have otherwise noticed. I ordered the Paris Ideal Bookshelf for myself this week. She even makes custom bookshelf prints, so you can have your own personalized ideal bookshelf!

Bibliophile - An Illustrated Miscellany is Jane Mount's latest book, and it is such a gem. This beautifully illustrated book is full of bookish trivia, quizzes, and people, along with the most interesting bookstores and libraries from around the world. Throughout the book you will also find her signature bookshelves with some of the most popular and compelling titles for every genre imaginable. Every single page in Bibliophile is overflowing with colourful literary information and images.

 


I love that this book is judgement-free about what people enjoy reading, and I've been savouring Bibliophile, working my way through it slowly. Bibliophile is a fountain of joyful bookish information, literary facts, and recommendations. Any book lover will be truly enchanted by this wonderful collection.

But be warned - reading this book will cause both your TBR and your bucket list to multiply tenfold. If you're okay with that, I'm giving away a copy on Instagram this week. Enter over here.

xo
Jenn

Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of Bibliophile courtesy of Raincoast Books. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, 8 October 2018

My 2018 Halloween Picks from Etsy


   


I love fall. Cozy socks, hot tea, apple-picking, scarves, cardigans, big books, and fireplaces. These are a few of my favourite things. Summer is relaxing, but autumn is beautiful. Etsy is one of my favourite places to search for seasonal decorations. They have curated some wonderful Halloween-themed selections on their blog and here are a few of my own favourites:


This printable is budget-friendly and 100% adorable.



I have a weakness for beautiful tea mugs, and I think this is going to be the next one I add to my collection!


I have a banner very similar to this that we hang up in our house every halloween. It's such a beautiful addition to our living room.



I'm not a huge costume person at all, but I could totally see myself wearing this cute shirt on Halloween.



Cozy plaid scarves are my jam. This one is stunning (and on sale!)



This trio of pumpkins is the perfect addition to your fall decor! 



Soft, cozy, warm socks are a cold-weather staple of mine. These would pair perfectly with tea, books, and pyjamas.



This pillow cover would look beautiful on your sofa or on your porch. It's also on sale :)

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season. It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, so I've been eating my weight in apple crisp and turkey. #worthit Happy fall, friends!

xo
Jenn

Monday, 1 October 2018

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy - Book Review

There is a chapter in Anne of Green Gables where Anne Shirley and Marilla Cuthbert are chatting about Gilbert Blythe and his father, John.

"What a nice-looking-fellow he is," said Marilla absently. "I saw him in church last Sunday and he seemed so tall and manly. He looks a lot like his father did at the same age. John Blythe was a nice boy. We used to be real good friends, he and I. People called him my beau."
Anne looked up with swift interest.
"Oh, Marilla -- and what happened?"
Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery

Marilla of Green Gables is Sarah McCoy's answer to that question. What did happen with Marilla and John? What was Marilla like as a young girl? What was Matthew like as a young man? How was the stage set for Anne to be such a perfect fit into their family?



Prequels are interesting. It's a little strange to read a book when you, essentially, already know the ending. I know Marilla and John Blythe do not have a happily ever after together at the end of this book, yet, I cheered for them anyways.

Despite my wishful and romantic thinking, Sarah McCoy takes us on another journey with Marilla Cuthbert. Yes, we learn the answer to Anne's question above, but we also learn that Marilla had many other gifts to share during a time of significant political unrest and that her strength of charachter helped others in profound ways during her time before Anne.



It was so lovely to be back in the world of Avonlea. Marilla of Green Gables has the carefreeness of the Anne stories we all know and love along with the emotional weight of them. I did not expect that this book would make me cry actual, real tears, but that's exactly what happened. Twice. Sarah McCoy does a wonderful job of capturing the voices of our beloved characters without endeavouring to copy L.M. Montgomery's writing style.

If you love Anne of Green Gables, your heart will be so happy you picked up this book. It is the story you didn't know you were waiting for, but will be so delighted you found.

Marilla of Green Gables is out October 23rd, 2018. Look for it wherever books are sold!

xo
Jenn


Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of Marilla of Green Gables for review purposes courtesy of Harper Collins Canada and William Morrow. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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