Review: Literary Witches by Taisia Kitaiskaia (Illustrated by Katy Horan)

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Publication: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Seal Press
Pages: 128 pages
Source: Christmas Gift
Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism, Biography
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Literary Witches is an odd book. When one thinks of women writers one doesn’t usually think of them as witches (or at least all of them, arguably some of them have that aura about them). But Kitaiskaia and Horan saw something in women writers that was magical, and after reading their book I can’t help but see it as well. Continue reading

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Review: The Cake House by Latifah Salom

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Publication: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 336 pages
Source: Birthday/Christmas Gift
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Retelling, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Hamlet retelling where Hamlet is a girl? Yes please!

The Cake House has been on my TBR pile for at least four years and was a surprisingly hard book for me to find. Not online, it’s easy enough to find on Amazon. But I was never able to find it at my library or at Indigo/Chapters which surprised me. Luckily I got it as a birthday/Christmas gift and made it one of my first reads of 2019 and it did not disappoint! Continue reading

Review: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

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Publication: September 25th 2018
Publisher: Tor
Pages:  480 pages
Source: Amazon
Genre: Fiction, Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

BEWARE! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!

“Ask nice.
Play nice.
Marcella was so fucking tired of nice,” (Schwab 267).

Vengeful was definitely my most anticipated book of 2018 and it did not disappoint! I haven’t waited as long for the last (next? Please write more in this world Schwab!) book in the Villains series, I only read Vicious earlier this year forcing myself to wait so I could have matching covers for Vengeful’s release. But even waiting those few months for Vengeful was torture, but definitely worth the pain. Continue reading

Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Hooray, all of my holds are coming in which means I have more Library Loot to talk about! Good for my blog, not so much for my TBR pile. I only got one new book this week, The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas, which looks like a creepy read and one perfect to finish off October with. Continue reading

Review: The Lottery – The Authorized Graphic Novel by Shirley Jackson and Miles Hyman

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Publication: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Pages:  160 pages
Source: Birthday Present (for my Dad!)
Genre: Short story, graphic novel, fiction, classic, horror
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

How could I not love this graphic novel? It’s one of Shirley Jackson’s most well-known works AND it was illustrated by her grandson!

I had never read Jackson’s infamous short story before reading the graphic novel, but I did know what happened in the story. Still, know the story didn’t stop me from loving it, if anything it made me keener to analyze the story (and illustrations) for what was to come. Continue reading

Review: Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History by Sam Maggs

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Publication: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages:  272 pages
Source: Fan Expo Canada (ARC)
Genre: Non Fiction, History, Feminism
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

I was incredibly lucky to receive an ARC of Girl Squads at Fan Expo Canada this August. This is my honest review of the book.

When I received this book at Fan Expo (THE LAST ARC!) I knew it was the book for me. In recent years I’ve been looking to expand my list of feminist reads, and discovering that Sam Maggs had written a book looking at all the different girl squads around the world that have changed history was exactly what I was looking for.  Continue reading

Review: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Publication: July 17th 2018
Publisher: MCD
Pages:  308 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling, Contemporary, Mythology
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Here’s the truth of the world, here it is. You’re never everything anyone else wants. In the end, it’s going to be you, all alone, on a mountain, or you, all alone, in a hospital room. Love isn’t enough, and you do it anyway. Love isn’t enough, and it’s still this thing that everyone wants,” (Dahvana Headley 216-217).

Honestly, I don’t know a lot about Beowulf. I only read a snippet of it in high school, and picking up this book I knew I’d be reading it more as a book than as an adaption. I was intrigued by the idea of an adaption of Beowulf set in the suburbs, even if my memory on the original myth is fuzzy and incomplete. But still, I enjoyed it, and if anything it made me want to read Beowulf so that I could see the connections Dahvana Headley weaved into her work. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! I wasn’t into today’s theme (and I had to make a queue to prepare for my vacation) so here’s a theme from two weeks ago: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype! I’ve read a lot of “hot” books and am always disappointed when they aren’t as good as I hope they’ll be, but more often than not I get the reason they’re so talked about. So here are some of my favourites!

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Review: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

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Publication: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Harper
Pages:  368 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Adult, Adult Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Tamed. A word for a wild girl made obedient. A word for a hawk with clipped wings, a declawed tiger. A word that made me safe,” (Fine 245).

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. I wouldn’t say I’ve been in a reading slump the past few months, but I’ve read more blah books than good books. Sure the good books are there, but it’s maybe one book that really hooks me a month with the other dragging by. Not bad per se, but forgettable. Entertaining at the time but not in the long run.  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Here’s another theme I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while: Books You’d Mash Together. I ended up having a conversation with one of my friends about this, about what some of our favourite books were and what epic stories could come if they were all smashed together. This theme turned out to be a great kind of writing prompt, and I’ll probably look back to this list in the future for writing ideas!

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