Saturday, 29 May 2021

Final Report - Rick Mercer

 


When you're looking for a good rant, no one does it better than Rick Mercer. Final Report is a collection of Mercer's greatest rants spanning all 15 seasons of his show, Rick Mercer Report. I listened to this book on audio, and I would argue that the audiobook is a must for reading this collection. Rick Mercer narrates it himself, so you get to hear the passion in his voice as you listen. The physical copy does have a few behind the scenes photos, but they aren't essential to the book.

Final Report was perfect listening for my daily walks in lockdown. The bite-sized rants meant I could pause whenever necessary, and I am certain I learned more about Canadian politics from the six hours I spent listening to this book, than I did in some of my undergrad classes at university. As I listened, I couldn't help but wonder what Mercer's rants would sound like in 2021. Between anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, and the 50 shades of grey lockdown Toronto was in for months, there certainly has been no shortage of content.

I definitely recommend this book. Rick Mercer's rants are sharp, witty, and straight to the point. I found myself laughing and nodding along to almost every one.

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending this copy my way.
xo
Jenn

Monday, 24 May 2021

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

If the movies Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Adventures in Babysitting had a book baby, it would be Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson.

Best friends and high school seniors, Kat and Stevie, sneak away to spend the evening in New York City. The plan: dinner and a show. What could go wrong? It turns out... a lot, especially when neither of them have their cell phone.

This is my first Morgan Matson book, and I quite enjoyed it! Matson's writing is bright and engaging. Take Me Home Tonight is a sweet story of friendship. Through meeting a fun cast of characters, and navigating a number of unforeseen challenges in one evening, Kat and Stevie discover what matters most as they begin to think about the next chapter of their lives.

Even with a plot hole or two, Take Me Home Tonight is such a fun read, and I would recommend it to any adult or teen looking for a light-hearted tale. I know those are the books to which I've been gravitating lately. It also made me excited to travel to NYC again one day!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending this copy my way.

xo
Jenn

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Sebastian: 9 Years Old and 20 Questions

 


And, just like that, Sebastian is 9.


The last entry into a single digit year squeezes my heart just a little bit tighter than the before. (Though, if you asked him, he'd tell you that you can put a 0 before the 9, and make it two digits anyways.)

At age 2 he loved puzzles and I Spy books.
At age 4 it was Peppa Pig.
At age 6 it was Scooby Doo and Chirp magazines.
More recently his two big loves are video games and red pandas.

He is forgiving, funny, an excellent snuggler and by far and away my proudest accomplishment.


Every year, I ask Sebastian the same 20 questions on his birthday. Enjoy!

1. What is your favourite colour? pink (for the seventh year in a row!) and red
2. What is your favourite toy? my Nintendo Switch  
3. What is your favourite fruit? kiwi
4. What is your favourite tv show? Scooby Doo
5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch? tacos 
6. What is your favourite outfit? footies
7. What is your favourite game? Super Mario Maker 2
8. What is your favourite snack? anything with sugar
9. What is your favourite animal? cat and red panda
10. What is your favourite song? Wannabe 
11. What is your favourite book? Diary of a Wimpy Kid 
12. Who is your best friend? Jude
13. What is your favourite cereal? Corn Pops
14. What is your favourite thing to do outside? go on my trampoline
15. What is your favourite drink? lemonade
16. What is your favourite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? stuffies: Adira and Ruby
18. What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast? waffles
19. What do you want for dinner? tacos
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? YouTuber that posts several videos every day

If you're interested, here are his answers from his 8th birthday7th birthday6th birthday5th birthday4th birthday, and 3rd birthday.

xo
Jenn 

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