Monday, 17 September 2018

My Favourite Books With a 500+ Page Count

Even thought it's been a million degrees this September, so it doesn't feel like fall quite yet, one thing I love about autumn is curling up with books the size of beasts. I think I prefer big books over shorter books anytime of the year, but something about cooler temps makes holding a huge book feel even cozier.

I love getting completely lost in a story and going on a long journey with the characters. I want to be completely captivated in their world. I cheer them on and cry with them and never let them go. It's also why I probably love reading books in series so much as well.

Here are nine of my favourite books with a page count cresting 500 or more (and two others I have on my TBR!)



A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - If there is one book from my required high school reading that I will always remember, it is this one. Owen Meany is one of my favourite literary characters of all time. He will make you laugh, and cry, and question what you believe about fate.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - The paths of a German boy and a blind French girl collide during WWII. This is a side of World War II historical fiction that is not often told, and I loved it so much. All the Light We Cannot See is a powerful novel about the innate goodness inside of people.

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne - The Heart's Invisible Furies follows the life of Cyril Avery. I love the structure of this book; you meet Cyril during his outrageous birth story and again every seven years. Set in Ireland when homosexuality was still illegal, Cyril is often at the mercy of fortune and coincidence throughout his life. A compelling read and tale of Ireland from the 1940s to today.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - A young, poor girl is sold into a high-end geisha house in Japan. She transforms into one of the most popular geisha of her time and reveals a world of full illusion and power struggles. A fascinating read, and the movie is also very well done.



The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton - This is definitely my favourite Kate Morton novel. Two women, generations apart, try to solve the same haunting family mystery. The Forgotten Garden is a sweeping tale across two continents. I also love the special book of fairy tales which gives this novel a story within a story feeling.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - An untraditional love story with a romantic time travelling librarian. This novel is a testament to the power of never-ending love.

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman - A collection of Neil Gaiman's non-fiction work. While it was trickier for me to connect with some of his pieces on older science fiction works, I absolutely love his essays on libraries and reading life.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas - If you follow me on Instagram, it's no secret that I love Sarah J. Maas. She is the author of two fantasy series, and I adore them both. Of all of the books I've read from her, A Court of Mist and Fury is my favourite. She is no stranger to BIG books and fantastic world-building. Her upcoming release, Kingdom of Ash, is clocking in with a page count of 992!!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I sincerely have never been able to answer the question, "What is your favourite Harry Potter book?" because I really find them all enjoyable. Though, one of my top picks is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire because I love the tournament in the book. Which Harry Potter novel is your favourite??

On my TBR:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - I feel like I am the last book blogger left who hasn't at least tried the Outlander series. I suspect I will love it and am determined to read it this winter!

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas - I don't know much about this one, but it came in a subscription box of mine earlier this year, and I love books about books!

What are some of your favourite door-stopper books?
xo
Jenn


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Brain Quest Canada Giveaway!


Do you remember the Brain Quest card decks? I absolutely had these when I was younger and loved them. Now, there are even more products in the Brain Quest line. We had the Pre-K Workbook a few years ago, and it was the perfect level for Sebastian before he started kindergarten.

This month, Brain Quest is releasing its newly revised Brain Quest Canada card set (5th edition). If you're not familiar with the Brain Quest card sets, each package includes two decks of cards with trivia questions and answers. The decks are attached to prevent cards from going missing, and the quality of the cards is high so they can endure frequent use from little fingers.


The new and updated edition of Brain Quest Canada is for Grades 5 and up and covers every aspect of Canadian history and culture in 1,000 questions and answers through seven categories: Notable Canadians, Geography, Arts, Science, Pre-1867, Post-1867, and This 'n' That. Brain Quest Canada is curriculum-based and teacher-approved. You can test your knowledge on everything Canadian, from the Indigenous Peoples to Sidney Crosby, as well as Sasquatch, Horseshoe Falls, the Great Lakes, caribou and grizzlies, Mounties, and the Canadian Shield. It's all about Canada, it's all about learning, and it's all about fun!

Sebastian has been in love with his Weird But True Canada book from National Geographic and was excited to play around with these Brain Quest Canada cards, even if the questions are a few grades above his level. I suppose that means we just need to pick up the Grade 1 set next for him :)



Brain Quest Canada would make an excellent addition to any home or classroom back to school shopping list. I'm taking my set to use at school with my students this week!

Thanks to Thomas Allen & Son, I have one set of this brand new, revised Brain Quest Canada to give away! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below.

Giveaway ends on Monday, September 10th at midnight.

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Good luck!

xo
Jenn

Disclaimer - I was sent a complementary set of Brain Quest Canada cards for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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