Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Planner Coral Carpe Diem

Last year I had a gold Dokibook and it held up very well. This year I decided to go with the coral Carpe Diem. I was able to purchase it through Chapters, and it arrived very quickly. The dividers are from January through December, the months and weekly pages are not dated. The binder seems to be very good quality and the paper is amazing. I can write with a Pilot G2 pen and it doesn't bleed through. I'm very happy with the quality so far.

I'm not a huge planner decorated. I have a few MAMBI sticker books but living in Canada, I haven't purchased any stickers from Etsy. I found the shipping expensive. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. I think I'll try to find some affordable functional stickers, because I do enjoy functional stickers.

The reason why I went with an A5 binder again is because I love the flexibility. My planner is also my budget binder, blog planner, meal planner, and notebook. I like that I can put in and take out pages when I want. I also like that I can find free printables online, and insert them into my binder. Yes, it's a bit big but overall I love it.

I'm excited to jump into 2017 with a new fresh planner.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Scholastic Book Haul

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I love that Caleb's daycare allows us to order from Scholastic. The bundled books are usually what I choose. These books are used for bedtime stories and quick reads. We usually choose 2 books each night, and sometimes Caleb will try to slip in a third. I love that these books are short, but interesting reads.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Canada Reads 2017 Longlist





Canada Reads has announced the 2017 longlist and most of them are new to me. The question being asked this yeah is "What is the one book Canadians need now?" The debate will take place between March 27-30. I look forward to the debates each year. I don't plan to read all of these, but I will read the 5 on the shortlist. In the meantime, I might try a few on the longlist.

From CBC:
The Canada Reads 2017 longlist consists of:
The panelists and the final five books will be announced on Jan. 31, 2017.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Favorite Authors



If you're a reader, I'm sure you have some authors that automatically end up on your "need to buy" list. These are the authors that we close one books and can't wait to pick up their next book. I'm always on the look out for these authors next releases.


Amy Hatvany is definitely one of my favorite authors, each and every book I've read by her has left me sad to leave those characters. Her books are thought provoking, and very unique. Best Kept Secret was the first book I read that I loved. It dealt with an alcoholic mother who was starting to unravel and a little boy stuck in the middle. Outside the Lines  was another great read that portrays a father who has a mental illness, and a little girl who loves her father. His mental illness directly impacts her life, but it's not easy navigate their relationship.

The Language of Sisters (Review)
Somewhere Out There (Review)
Heart Like Mine (Review)


Richard Wagamese is a native author that I adore. His books bring me to tears, I see myself in his pages, I see my family in his stories. He writes both non-fiction and fiction, and both genres are written really well. I haven't read all of his books, but I will get through them. Medicine Walk was in my top 3 books I read in 2016. A son honors his estranged father's dying wish by taking him for a long journey through the woods. The father finally explains his side of the story, and the son is given closure. If you're looking for a great read, or wanting to learn more about native culture, pick up one of this books. 

One Native Life (Review)
Indian Horse (Review)


Kate Morton's books are always a solid read. Her stories are intricately woven, and masterfully told. Each of her stories are unique, and filled with twists and turns. The first book I read was The Forgotten Garden, and her books never disappointed me. They're longer reads, but worth the time.

The House of Riverton
The Secret Keeper


Friday, December 16, 2016

Top 3 Books of 2016



2016 was not a good reading year for me, but I did manager to read about 28 books. Looking back at the year, these are the top 3 books that will stay with me for a long time. You know it's a good book, when you finish and know it will stay with you. There are certain books that I see that will bring me back to a certain time in my life. If you're looking for a great read, try one of these out.

Medicine Walk 

Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He's sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they've shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son's duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner.     

What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and a journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon's end. From a poverty-stricken childhood, to the Korean War, and later the derelict houses of mill towns, Eldon relates both the desolate moments of his life and a time of redemption and love and in doing so offers Frank a history he has never known, the father he has never had, and a connection to himself he never expected.    

A novel about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing, Medicine Walk reveals the ultimate goodness of its characters and offers a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion. Wagamese's writing soars and his insight and compassion are matched by his gift of communicating these to the reader.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Reader Tag





Choose 1 word that describes you as a reader? 

Loyal

What's the first book you fell in love with? 

Matilda by Ronald Dahl I loved that Matilda was a reader, and her family weren't readers. As a teenager, I think the first book I fell in love with was A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I had a few friends also reading, and loving the book and it felt great to all enjoy the book and talk about it.

Hardcover or Paperback?

Actually, I'm an exclusive ereader. I have a Kobo Aura One, which I love. I do prefer hardcover over paperback, but I love the functionality and the compact library that an ereader allows me to have.


What book do you read when you need to be comforted?

Harry Potter. When I really don't feel like reading anything or i'm trying to get out of a slump, I turn to Harry Potter.

Who taught you to be a reader?

I'm the only reader in my family. My parents always gave me the opportunities to feed my desire for books. They would allow me to order from Scholastic books, and took the time to allow me to pick out books at the library. For as long as I can remember, I was a reader. When I started to read, teachers would allow me to take home the reading books because I wanted to read ahead. Who taught me to be a reader? It was the combination of my teachers and my parents.

Describe your reading lounge?

My living room. It's cozy, and my husband and I relax once Caleb goes to bed. My husband isn't a reader but I read while he watches hockey. I also have to have a cozy, fuzzy blanket when I'm reading.

What book changed the way you act?

I can't pick just one. Books continue to provide information that make me think and question me as a person. I'm always looking to improve myself and be open minded. Books allow me to experience things I would never have the opportunity to do in real life.

Monday, December 5, 2016

November Book Haul


These are the books that I accumulated during November. Most of them were ebook deals, that I was excited to get. I haven't read any of these, but I do plan on checking some of them out soon. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think about them?


Friday, December 2, 2016

November Wrap Up




November was a great reading month for me. I finally started to get back into reading during the evening. It also helps that hockey is back, and I don't feel bad reading when my husband is watching hockey. 2016 was not a good reading year for me, I don't think I'll end up reading 30 books this year. It's okay, I'm fine with that. I'm really hoping that 2017 is a better reading year for me. It's so enjoyable to dive into a book and get hooked. I've been reading alot of back list titles on my Kobo. I haven't been paying much attention to new releases.

I read some really great books that kept me reading. Joseph Boyden is an amazing writer, and Wenjack was a fantastic novella. I'm hoping to get around to a few more of his books in 2017. Sarah Jio was a new to me author that I had sitting on my Kobo for years. I'm so happy that I finally read some of her books. I really want to read all of her books. I believe she also has a new book coming out next year. A Christmas to Remember really wasn't my favorite, I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was edited a little more. The ending was good, but the story overall was okay. I would try another Jenny Hale book though. The last book that I read was Unwind, and it was really interesting. I really stayed away from YA books this year, because none of them really seemed like something I would like. I was really happy that Unwind was as good as it was.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Discussion: Gilmore Girls Revival


I watched the Gilmore Girls Revival, I binged watched all 4 episodes and was so happy to be back in Stars Hollow again. I watched Gilmore Girls when it was on the WB and then CW. Rory was always in the same stage as me school wise, and I related to her book loving ways. I loved that she was so motivated, and focused. When I finished that last episode, I felt disappointed. I could not longer relate to Rory.


First, Rory. What did Rory do in the last 9 years? She's now 32, living on different people's couches and doesn't seem to have the same drive. I'm okay with her not being sure about what she wants, but to be completely unemployed and not really doing anything about it, bothered me. Her relationship with Logan was also disappointing to me. I loved her and Logan together but to be the other woman again, and to be okay with that. NO, Rory... Why does she do this to herself again?? If Logan really loved you, he would forget about the "dynasty" and be with you. The life and death brigade coming back was great, but Logan ruined it by telling Rory he still planned to marry the Odette. Logan is to Rory what Christopher is to Lorelei. Jess seemed more mature than Rory. If the series continues, I would want her and Jess to be together.