Be omnivorous, don't just read one kind of book, read everything. - Richard Wagamese

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 Favorites: You'll want to add these to your wish list.

These are some of my favorite reads of 2012. These books really stood out, and I have no problem recommending them to others.

The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood was an amazing read. Wood is an incredible writer.

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova will pull at your heart strings and you'll be wanting to ask everyone to read it.

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly was really well written, filled with twists and turns. I couldn't believe I waited so long to pick this one up.

Overseas by Beatriz Williams When I wrote my review, I stated this would be on my list..and it is! I loved this book. I'm not a huge romance reader, but I couldn't put this book down until I finished.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty lived up to all the hype. The plot was more intricate then I thought, and it really pulled me in.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What to buy for the ereader in your family?

I wanted to offer some suggestions for those who don't know what to buy the ereader in your family. Maybe you'll want to buy one of these for yourself... I usually order accessories on ebay.

As an ereader, I was really happy when I found a stand for my ereader. This is particularly useful when I'm on lunch by myself or cooking supper.

Both are compact, and fold up. I prefer the smaller one but both are great.

Not everyone has the new glo ereaders, I love my Kandle for my none glo eink readers. I paid 20$ on ebay for it. It also came with a case and extra batteries.

Some other suggestions would be a case. I love accessories, and I have multiple cases. It doesn't hurt to have a second case.

A gift card for an online bookstore! Make sure you know which store to get the gift card for.

A waterproof case. I don't have one but it would be great when reading in the bath.

*Please note I'm not affiliated with any of the online stores linked.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

In My Mailbox



I want to mention that my thoughts and prayers are with the victims families in Newtown Connecticut. Friday, I was glued to my twitter and CNN. I was shocked, and disgusted. I felt shaken and so, so sad... What happened to those children, teachers and faculty is unimaginable. My heart is broken and grieving with that community.


On the book front, I haven't been buying many because Christmas is around the corner. I'm not going to have any more reviews in the next coming weeks. I'm going to save them for 2013. I'm hoping to start the year with a few weeks of scheduled posts. I will continue to share some recommendations.

Review Books:

An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer

The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash



The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

Two Solitudes by Huge Mackennan (2013 Canada Reads)



What A Mother Knows by Leslie Lehr

The Eloquence of Desire by Amanda Sington-Williams

The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell


We bought and decorated our tree this weekend.



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Catherine McKenzie- Recommended Reading

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal. She's a graduate from McGill university. Her books are wonderful reads. Her plots are unique, her characters are likable and you won't be sorry you picked these up. I also recommend gifting these over the holidays for those who are looking for a fast-paced, original story. Honestly, I've read all 3 of her books this year, and I enjoyed each one more than the previous book. I can't wait for her forth book! She has proven that she's an amazing writer. I have no idea where she comes up with her plots...

Spin (review): A writer pretends to be an alcoholic to check in to the same rehab as a famous celebrity.

Arranged (review): A young women, dumped decides to give an arranged marriage a try. It's worked for some, maybe it'll work for her too. The process is expensive, exclusive and a little bit scary...

Forgotten (review): Emma's mother died and gave her a plane ticket to Africa. On her trip an earthquake hits, and it takes her six months to get home. When she finally gets home, she learns that everyone assumed she was dead.

Don't these sound like unique reads?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2012 Recap: Amy Hatvany- Have you tried one of her books?

During the month of December, in addition to  reviews, I will be sharing some of my favorite books and offer some suggestions to read for 2013. No matter how many books we read, there are some that slip through the cracks and I want to encourage you to read some of my favorite reads. 2012 has been a great reading year for me and I hope 2013 is just as good.

In this case, I want to share an author I discovered this year and I loved all 4 of the books that I read. Amy Hatvany is incredibly talented and her stories remain with me long after I close the pages. I remember seeing Best Kept Secret on Skrishna's Blog and I was really curious about the book. The book was about an alcoholic mother who never saw her alcoholism begin until it was too late. Since Swapna and I have similar taste in books, and I decided to give it a try. I found a book that I would be recommending over and over again. Hatvany offers characters who have unique circumstances and difficult family situations. Her characters are real, and they can be easily be someone you know.

"Best Kept Secret is one of the most thought-provoking, emotional books I have read in a long time. It’s real, honest and heartbreaking. Amy Hatvany had me glued to the pages."

Best Kept Secret (Review)

"Amy Hatvany gives a voice to all parties involved. The characters come alive, and their stories are so real and unbiased."

"Hatvany creates stories that cause readers to rethink a difficult situation, and be able to put themselves in those shoes. Her stories give readers a sense of the everyday lives and relationships of the characters, strong secondary characters are well developed and cement the story."

Heart Like Mine releases in March 2013. I received an egalley and I couldn't wait to read it. I thought it was another 5 star rated book, and my review will be upcoming.

If you haven't tried one of Amy Hatvany's books, do yourself a favor and pick one up soon. You will not be sorry. Her books are great, and you will be glued to the pages.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

In My Mailbox.

Christmas is coming soon! Montreal is gearing up for its first storm. I like snow for Christmas, but I don't deal well with cold temperatures. I wish I could hibernate in the winter. I'm really lucky the commute to work is short. I haven't received any physical Ebooks, but I want t start incorporating my egalleys. I use both Netgalley and Edelweiss.


Ebooks bought:

Away by Jane Urquhart (Canada Reads 2013)

The Age of Hope by David Bergen (Canada Reads 2013)

The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock


Leaving Everything Behind by Jacqueline Winspear

Easy by Tamara Webber

Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell

Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

A Murder at Rosamund's Gate by Susanna Galkins

The Smart One by Jennifer Close

A Christmas For Katie by Shelley Shepard Gray

True by Hilary Duff


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Canada Reads 2013 Upcoming reviews

For those of you who don't know, Canada Reads is an annual "battle of the books" held in Canada. Started in 2001, five Canadian's chose a book they though Canadians should read. They defended their choice through a series of debates, and eventually one winner was chosen. This year they shook things up, and the books were split into geographic regions; Atlantic, British Columbia, Ontario, Prairies & North, and Quebec, with Canadians recommending which novels they thought should be represented. I think the regions are interesting, but I'm not rooting for Quebec, just because I'm from Quebec. I'm more interested in reading and comparing the five books for myself. Every year I want to read the books, but this year I'm actually comitting myself to reading all five books. I will review each indiviually and then finally choose which one I think should win. The debates will be in February.

Here are the Five books that have been selected, including their panelists:

British Columbia and Yukon:
Carol Huynh defends Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Prairies and North:
Ron MacLean defends The Age of Hope by David Bergen

Charlotte Gray defends Away by Jane Urquhart

Jay Baruchel defends Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

Trent McClellan defends February by Lisa Moore

Will you be reading them?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 336
Released: 2012
Source: 4/5


Cara Hamilton lost her parents and soon after thought her brother was dead as well. When she received a letter from her brother, advising her that he was still alive, she boarded a boat to Ellis Island. When Cara steps foot off the boat, her brother, Eoghan (pronounced Owen) is nowhere to be found. The letter mentions for her to trust no one and wait for him to find her. Cara decides she won’t tell anyone about Eoghan, and prays that he’ll come find her soon. She befriends a man named Rourke, but decides to keep his knowledge of her limited. Cara faces many twists and turns, trying to find her brother. When the trust about her is revealed, her life is in danger.


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started No Safe Harbor, but I was immediately drawn to the story. I feared for Cara, and I wanted her to reunite with her brother. At the same time, I didn’t know what kind of trouble her brother had gotten himself in, and I questioned his character. I allegiance was with Cara and I wanted what was best for her, whether that was reuniting with her brother or trusting Rourke. It’s clear that there’s more to Rourke than Cara is aware of, and I kept wondering if she should trust him, and if their friendship would harm her.

Ludwig’s portrayal of 1890’s New York was fantastic. I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and although this is Christian Historical Fiction, I really enjoyed it. I do enjoy Christian Fiction, but I don’t like it to be very preachy, which this was not. No Sage Harbor was first and foremost, an entertaining read that kept me interested throughout the story. I will definitely be continuing this series. If you're looking for an interesting read, a plot that keeps you engaged, and a historical background, this one will be for you.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

In My Mailbox


December is here! I didn't get any review books this week, but I did buy a few Ebooks. I'm hoping to read 100 books this year, and I'm almost at my new goal. My original goal was 80 books, which would have maintained the same amount as least year and I'm already at 97 books read.


Baroness by Susan May Warren

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

The Pilgrim by Paul Almond



Friday, November 30, 2012

Kobo Coupons

Kobo Canada

I love buying ebooks, and I love when coupons can be applied to books I would like to purchase. I'm always on the look out for the newest coupons.

This weekend, Kobo has a 30% of coupon for selected titles. Code: Nov30Save30

I've also found a few other coupons that are working:

Save40UK 40% Off. I used it in Canada and it worked
Thankyou2012 35% Off

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Atria
Pages: 400
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5


Ruth Saunders has been raised by her grandmother after a horrific accident killed her parents and left her horrible scarred. Her grandmother has been by her side ever since. Ruth has gone through many painful surgeries, she knows that people take a second look at her when they see her but she moves to Los Angeles, confident that she will make it in the world of television. Her grandmother decides she is ready for a change, and packs up all her things to move with Ruth. Six years later, Ruth gets the call that her script was liked by the network- the show was given the go ahead. Ruth learns that the world of television isn’t exactly what she expected. The script she wrote is now on the table for everyone to critique.


This was my first Jennifer Weiner book and I really enjoyed it. I thought the plot was original and the characters were likable. Ruth's story is sad and her disfigured body really plays with her moods. She has a hard time not thinking about what others think about her, and she’s really not confident in her appearance. Throughout all the hospital visits, and surgeries, television has been her constant. She’s escaped her world and go through her days by living vicariously through the characters on TV. Ruth wants to create a show that will offer someone else that escape. Her story is loosely based on her life, and she incorporates her grandmother into the plot line. The problem starts when the network wants to tweet her grandmother, and she knows her grandmother would be embarrassed by the changes. Ruth learns that television isn’t just about a story, it’s about ratings, advertisement slots and ultimately it’s a business that can be harsh.

The romantic element to the story was interesting; Ruth’s boyfriend dumps her as soon as he realizes that he doesn’t want to be a part of her new world. Ruth ends up secretly crushing on one of her bosses who has a beautiful girlfriend and she feels like she has no chance. Ruth decides to focus on her show and forget about men.

If you’re looking for a good story, fast-paced and original, I would recommend this one. I will try another book by Jennifer Weiner, I enjoyed her writing. I was rooting for Ruth and I really felt for her. She hasn’t had an easy life, and her relationship with her grandmother was admirable.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Publisher: Atria
Pages: 496
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5


Sixteen year old Laurel was hiding in a tree house during her younger brother’s birthday party, hoping to escape and dream about a boy she would later meet. When a stranger walks up the path to their secluded home, Laurel watches as her mother, Dorothy greet the man, and moments later plunges a knife into him. Laurel does what she thinks is best and covers for her mother, the police believe a scuffle took place, and it was self-defense. It doesn’t take the police much convincing to believe the whole story. Laurel is the only child who remembers and everyone moves on, never mentioning the incident again. Years later, and now an adult, Laurel realizes her mother’s past is filled with many secrets that she needs to figure out. She wants to know who the man was, and what could he have possibly done to deserve his death. Laurel has been haunted for many years and with her mother on death’s doorstep, now is the time to figure everything out.


Kate Morton is an amazing storyteller. Her writing is spellbinding; the stories are filled with twists and turns, impeccable attention to details, and unique plot lines. Her characters are multidimensional and enthralling. Morton uses a past and present narrative to convey Dorothy’s story, her technique is very effective and keeps readers hanging on to her every word. Near the end, readers will be left shocked, thinking “What just happened!”

Readers are brought back to 1941 when Dorothy was a vivacious seventeen year old, living during air strikes and in love with a man she intended to marry. As Dorothy is hanging on to her last few days, Lauren pieces together her mother’s past. Laurel’s conflict about what happened has stayed with her for years. Her mother seemed to be the perfect, devoted mother who would never harm anyone. She took care of her children and family first, and seemed to be perfect in every way. When Laurel begins to uncover her mother’s secrets, and hears her unconscious rumblings about people she doesn’t know, Laurel knows she is running out of time and she needs to find out what really happened that day.

I highly recommend The Secret Keeper. It’s sure to please readers. I have also read and loved The Forgotten Garden. I really need to get to The House of Riverton and The Distant Hours. Kate Morton’s writing is amazing! While her books seem long, you really don’t want to put them down.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: The Singles by Meredith Goldstein

Publisher: Plume
Pages: 256
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5


Beth “Bee” Evans is planning the wedding of the year. She wants everyone to have a good time, and she wants everything to be perfect. When looking at her seating chart, she’s shocked to find some guests coming alone. Single, you can’t come to a wedding single! Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe and Nancy didn’t use their plus one, and now she doesn’t know where to put them. She dubs them “the singles,” her father threatens to throw her seating chart away if she doesn’t figure it out soon. Beth’s wedding has its obstacles and readers are introduced to her guests.


The Singles is a fast-paced, funny, entertaining read. Hannah, Vicki and Rob all attended college with Beth. Hannah, her best friend, but not maid of honor is left panicked when she learns her ex-boyfriend is coming with his new girlfriend. Their break up was rocky, and she’s not ready to face him. Vicki, carries a depression lamp in her guitar care and hopes no one will ask her to see the guitar. Rob is at home, telling Hannah at the last minute that he won’t be able to attend, leaving Hannah desperate and even more nervous. Joe is Beth’s uncle and he decides to come alone. He’s divorced, an absentee father and he doesn’t want any further scrutiny from Beth’s mother. Nancy also replies as a single, but when she falls ill, she sends her son to represent her. Phil doesn’t know anyone and he’s sure he smells like chicken wings.

The Singles is filled with quirky and relatable characters. Goldstein gives readers each singles perspective, and shifts back and forth creating a fascinating read. She does the alternating perspectives very well, and it worked great. This story is all about the wedding guests, and offering the different perspectives really added to the story. I highly recommend this one. If you’re looking for a fast read, great characters and an entertaining read- this one is probably for you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review: Shelter Me by Juliette Fay

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 415
Released: 2008
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5/5


At thirty-eight, Janie Lemarche had a loving husband, a young son in preschool and a toddler daughter. Her family was complete, her career was on track but one night everything changed and her perfect world came crumbling down. Her husband Robbie died in a motorcycle accident, and Janie must learn to keep living. Her son doesn’t understand where his father is gone, and her daughter will probably never remember who he was. When a contractor shows up a few months later asking for Robbie, Janie doesn’t immediately tell him the truth. She learns that Robbie had plans to build a screened in porch, something that she always wanted. Janie is angry, grieving and just wants to be left alone. Once Tug knows the truth, he’s standoffish but tries to help Janie with the little things her husband would have taken care of. Father Jake Sweeney comes every week to talk to Janie, and she lashes out. How can he even pretend to understand what she is going through?


Shelter Me is a story about love, grief and finding friends in unexpected places. When readers first dive into Shelter Me, Janie’s emotions are raw and real. Through snippets of her journal entries, readers get a glimpse of how strong her emotions are controlling her thoughts. She wants to crawl into bed and never get up, but her son and daughter need her. She’s grateful that her aunt is always there when she needs her, as well as her extended family but they are constantly trying to tell her what to do; send her to therapy, signing her up for self defense classes, she just wants to be left alone. Her brother is always gone, he’s not very social and Janie expects him to stay away. Her mother on the other hand only stayed for a few weeks, and she went back to Italy, leaving Janie behind. She’s resentful that her mother isn’t here when she needs her.

I thought Shelter Me was a great read. It’s hard not to read this book and not care about Janie. She can easily be anyone you know, or yourself included. I wasn’t sure where the book would go or how Janie would progress. Fay did an amazing job portraying a grief stricken widow. Her age played into the book as well, because she couldn’t see herself remarrying or having another child. She was at a point in her life where she had everything figured out, and now everything is up in the air. I really enjoyed this one, and I highly recommend it. This was my first Juliette Fay novel, and I will be adding her other books to my wish list as well.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review: Gilded Age by Claire McMillan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 258
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 2/5


Eleanor Hart returns to Cleveland when her high-profile marriage ends in divorce. All of Cleveland is talking about her recent “rumored” stay in rehab and Ellie doesn’t know what she should do. It’s obvious when she walks into a room, the men can’t help but glance her way. She’s self-indulgent, wants nothing but the best but the man she spends more of her time with is not the type of man she can marry. Ellie feels like she’s on the outside of her social circle. Everyone wants to talk about her, but they don’t necessarily know what to say to her. Her best friend suggests that she marry for money once again.


Gilded Age is branded as a contemporary House of Mirth. I haven’t read House of Mirth so I can’t compare. The premise of the novel sounded really good, I thought it would be a great read but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I kept thinking the author was depicting a 1950's setting, then I would think about it and think “oh, no, it’s a modern book.” This kept happening again and again. I couldn’t really absorb myself into the story because I had to keep reminding myself about the setting. When something modern would be spoken of, it felt really out of place. The book is about old money, gender issues and class distinctions. In my opinion McMillan wanted to create a timeless book, but it didn’t work for me.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review: Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 376
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5


Emma Tupper, a young and dedicated lawyer is distraught by the death of her mother. She has no family left, and she feels very disconnected from everyone, including her boyfriend of many years. Her mother didn’t leave her much, but she did leave her a plane ticket for a trip to Africa, a trip her mother would have loved to take herself. She always had a fascination with Africa. Emma is reluctant to go, she’s been working towards partnership for many years and her firm warns her that a month away is not a good idea. Emma decides she needs this time to be away, and experience this trip for her mother. A month long trip turns into six months when an earthquake causes great devastation and traps Emma with no available communication. When she finally returns home, the lock on her door has been changed, and she discovers that everyone thought she was dead. Life went on without her, and Emma is forced to re-evaluate her life.


I’ve read all of Catherine McKenzie’s books and they seem to be getting better and better. I loved each one more than the last. McKenzie puts her characters into strange situations, and readers begin to feel invested in their lives right away. Her characters are likable and despite their odd circumstances, they are relatable. The prose flows easily, the pace is perfect, and the overall experience of the novel is very enjoyable. Each of her novels is uniquely memorable.

When Emma returns her life is upside down, and she has no one to turn to. It was really difficult as a reader to put myself in her shoes. Her emotions and mindset really resonated with me. I wasn’t sure where the story would go, and it wasn’t completely happily-ever-after which I really thought did the novel justice. Emma faced many ups and downs, and discovered that life doesn’t always work out the way you expected. She could sit and wallow or she could pick herself up and figure out how to make the best of it.

I highly recommend this one. I recommend all of Catherine McKenzie’s novels. They’re quick reads, especially because you’ll refuse to put them down. I can’t wait for the next one, which I’m hoping I won’t have to wait too long to read.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 336
Released: 2012
Source: Egalley/Publisher
Rating: 4.5/5


Serena Frome is the daughter of an Anglican bishop, she’s always loved books and literature, but her mother didn’t want her to become another educated housewife. When Serena showed signs of having a mathematical mind, her parents sent her to Cambridge to become a mathematician. When Serena has a brief affair with an older man, he constantly questioned Serena, and forced her to think outside the box. Unknowingly, Serena was being groomed for the Intelligence Society. When the affair ends, Serena takes an entry level secretary job with the Society with the intention of advancing her career. Soon Serena finds herself being briefed about a secret mission. She is to infiltrate the literary circle, and recruit Tom Haley, an up and coming writer. Serena quickly finds herself falling in love with him, and doesn’t know who she can trust within the society to help her out.


I’ve read a few Ian McEwan novels and I think this was my favorite. My second favorite would have to be Atonement. Perhaps, I prefer his novels with female protagonists. I thought the writing was solid, and the background historical knowledge really added to the story. McEwan’s writing is captivating; readers will easily be absorbed by his plot twists and entrancing characterization.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, and I found myself intrigued right from the beginning. Serena was a secret bookish girl, who was forced to study math. She used her time away from home to explore and figure out who she really is. Her father’s background as a bishop doesn’t really play into the novel too much. Serena isn’t a sheltered, good little girl, she’s explorative and determined which I really appreciated.

I highly recommend this one. I really enjoyed the story and would love to read more of McEwan’s books. I’ve read Atonement, On Chesil Beach and Sweet Tooth. My least favorite was On Chesil Beach. If you have any recommendations for his books, please let me know. If you were wondering if you should give this book a chance, go ahead! I really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Kobo Glo Review From An Avid Reader

I’ve had the Kobo Glo for about a week now, and I’m really happy with it. I love eink because the battery lasts longer, and I can read outside in the daylight and inside. I usually read in the dark, and the Glo feature was exactly what I needed. I previously read on my Kobo Vox, which was very sluggish and the battery wouldn’t last the whole day. I really wanted to go back to eink reading.

Most reviews that I’ve read mention that the Kobo Glo has a slight blue tint to the light. I haven’t notice this. The light is very bright when turned all the way up. I turned it down a few notches and it’s perfect. I find it more comfortable to read with it turned down a bit. I usually keep the light on during the day as well, since it gives the text a black on white feel, without the light it’s still the black text on the grayish background. The text is very sharp, and I love Kobo’s advanced text formatting which lets you darken or lighten the text, in addition to changing the font style and size. Kobo is very customizable.

The Kobo Glo comes with 2 GB’s of internal storage. Only 1 GB is available to store content. Kobo states that it will hold up to 1,000 books based on books being 1 MB per book. The reality is not all books are only 1 MB. I currently have about 300 books stored, and I’m almost full. The Kobo Glo has the option to add an additional Micro SD card, which is something that I will be adding.

The battery has been impressive. I charge it every few days. I’ve never had the battery deplete more than 50%. I prefer to see if fully charge. I’m sure I can go a week before charging. Adobe Digital Editions was very easy to set up, and downloading review galley’s was very simple. The touch screen is very responsive, and I haven't had an trouble changing pages.

Kobo is very intuitive and easy to use. The Kindle is also easy to use, but I prefer Kobo’s menu. The library displays the book covers, which I really like. I believe the new Kindle Paperwhite does as well. My Kindle 4th generation does not.

Kobo really needs to improve on their book recommendations. Most books recommended to me are in my Kobo library. I don’t take any of their recommendations seriously, and tend to just laugh at my suggestions. The Kobo awards are a nice option, but I haven’t received a new award in a long time. I think I’ve gotten most of them. I wish Kobo would introduce some new ones. Sideloading book is very easily.

(One of these does not belong in the similar books category...)

I will admit I’ve had customer service issues with Kobo in the past. In the end, I’ve been patient with them and they’ve worked through all my problems. In Canada we don’t have many options with ereaders. The Paperwhite is currently not available, and the Nook is also not available. I could order them but I would be paying more for a third party company to ship to me. Since I have over 300 ebooks purchased through Kobo, I’ve stayed with them. I’m still looking for them to improve. Their store still doesn’t have a cart and no preorders. I’m really hoping they don’t release firmware updates that fix one thing, but break something else.

I bought the Pink Sleepcover, and I love it! I wasn't really sure if I would like it. I tend to enjoy sleeves more but the sleepcover is perfect for the commuter. When I'm on and off the metro or the bus, I can close it and it turns off automatically. I can open it and it wakes up. The elastic makes sure the cover stays closed, and I can bend it back all the way if I don't feel like using both hands. The Sleepcover was 40$ and I'm really happy with it.

If you are thinking about the Kobo Glo, and you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In My Mailbox

Hi everyone,
We welcomed a new basset hound into our home last weekend. He's cute and he knows it... Our beagle loves him but gets annoyed and the cat seemed very amused by this big eared, big foot dog.
Toby and baby Watson.
For review, I received 3 books this week.
Ebooks shopping is so hard to stop...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 368
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 2.5/5


Burn for Burn introduces readers to three characters who are looking for revenge. Mary has just returned to town after moving away for several years. The one guy that she trusted, hurt her tremendously and her overprotective parents moved her away. Mary is astonished that Reece doesn’t even recognize her and she sees an opportunity to get back at him. Kat’s ex-best friend Rennie is the Queen Bee of the school and everyone bows down to her. Kat still can’t get over how she turned on her and threw their friendship away. Spewing hateful lies, and turning everyone against her. Rennie ran to the new girl in town, and she and Lillia have been friends every since. Lillia recognizes that Rennie is not the best friend she can be; she’s selfish, arrogant and rude. She mostly ignores the situation. When Lillia learns that her little sister is dating someone older and Rennie kept it from her, she’s livid. This older boyfriend, seemed interested in Lillia all summer, and now he's with her sister? Despite Mary and Kat wanting to seek revenge against her friends, she jumps on board and decides to add her sister’s boyfriend to the list. Rennie getting what's coming to her is just a bonus.


I liked the concept of Burn for Burn but the plot wasn’t very well executed. The teenagers were a little too carefree for me to be able to relate to them. This would have fit a bit more if they were college age but that’s just my opinion. The book progressed slowly, and the shifting perspectives forced me to keep trying to remember who was who. The revenge stories were not very elaborate. The book was a little too simple, and the ending really threw me off. It hints at a sequel and adds a paranormal aspect to the novel. I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel. I'm not a fan of paranomal in every thing young adult.

Despite the slow start, I liked that three different perspectives were provided. It gave the reader a chance to understand where each of the three girls was coming from. I thought the characters were not very well developed but the story did keep me interested enough to finish it. If you’re interested in this one, and you enjoy a revenge story I suggest you give this one a try. It was just a little too simple for me and the ending ruined it. I think I need more complex young adult books to read. The genre has really been an issue for me this year.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Review: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Released: 2013
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5


Anne Morrow was the quiet daughter, the studious daughter. Her father was the US Ambassador to Mexico and she often stood outside the spotlight, and let her sister take the lead. When she returned home from college during Christmas break, she had the pleasure to meet Colonel Charles Lindberg. Lindberg was sought by everyone, he was the first aviator to succeed flying over the Atlantic and everyone wanted to be around him. Anne’s father was ecstatic to have him meet the family. Her sister was encouraged to entertain Charles for the evening, Anne was to tag along. The family was shocked to find Charles seeking out Anne. Anne herself couldn’t understand it, but she kept noticing him staring at her, and examining her. Their marriage would play out in the press, the media would follow them everywhere, and Anne Morrow Lindberg could no longer be the quiet daughter standing in the corner.


I didn’t realize this book was published in 2013, and I accidentally read it ahead of time. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. I wanted to write my review when it was still fresh in my memory, and perhaps contribute to some advance praise of the book. Melanie Benjamin really solidified her characters, and brought them back to life. Their story is filled with happiness, heartbreak, and finality. Written in the first person, readers are given Anne’s perspective. Her husband is on his death bed, and she has some final questions for him. Letters meant to be kept secret have been placed into her hands. While readers are waiting to find out what the letters include, Anne gives her audience a glimpse into her life with Charles.

Benjamin really transports her readers into their world. Anne was famous for simply being Charles wife but there was much more to her than just being a wife. She was the first female pilot, and she was constantly trying to prove herself to her husband. If you didn’t know much about their life before, you will be really interested in them when finishing the book. I didn’t know much about Charles before reading this one and much of the story was a complete surprise to me.

If you like historical fiction, you will love this one. It reads like fiction and at times will forget that it’s historical fiction. I will be looking for more of Melanie Benjamin’s works. This was my first time experiencing her, she is extremely talented! Highly recommended! I love the cover, it's perfect for this book. I’m sorry you will have to wait for this one to be published, but you won’t have to wait too long. It will be released in January.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

In My Mailbox


It's been a few weeks since I posted an updates to the books I've acquired. I've received some great books!

For review:

An Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

The Pleasures of Winter by Evie Hunter (unsolicited)

Elegy of Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Try The Morgue by Eva Maria Staal

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Napi's Dance by Alanda Greene

I also have a new Kobo Glo! So far I love it. For readers who want a long lasting battery and a screen that lights up in the dark, it's great. It's great outside in the daylight, inside in bright lights ans night time reading. I'll post a review in a few weeks. The Kindle Paperwhite and Nook Glow are not sold in Canada.

I've also been purchasing Ebooks:

A Love that Mutiplies by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Ruby Red by Kerstin and Anthea Bell

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Shelter Me by Juliette Fay

The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani