17 January 2019

Eden Close by Anita Shreve

I've been itching to read this ever since learning it's Shreve's first book when I wrote the author spotlight on her over a year ago. I have been hit or miss lately with Shreve's books, I loved The Last Time They Met, but I wasn't as into her most recent book, The Stars are FireEden Close was a big hit for me.

10 January 2019

Wildlife by Richard Ford

As soon as I heard that Paul Dano was making his directorial debut with an adapted screenplay co-written by long-time girlfriend Zoe Kazan I placed an Indigo order. Dano and Kazan are my favourite celebrity couple and I knew that whatever book they were interested in I would be interested in too. So I ordered Richard Ford's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Wildlife and read it in ~three days.

30 December 2018

Best and Worst Reads of 2018

Happy new year! As we enter 2019 we wanted to re-cap our favourite reads from 2018, and also the ones we didn't enjoy.

29 December 2018

Books We Got For Christmas 2018

What's wrong about being loved by your parents and getting way too many gifts in your late 20's? Here are all the books we got for Christmas this year.

20 December 2018

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

I wanted to read this book because of how much I love the movie adaptation by the same name. I think everyone loves the movie, it's amazing. My parents bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago (throwback to our 2016 Books We Got for Christmas list) but what really drove me to finally read it now is how much I have come to love sports culture.

13 December 2018

The End of the End of the World by Jonathan Franzen

For some reason I was living under a rock and by the time I found out Jonathan Franzen had a new book coming out it was only two weeks away from being released in stores. I went out the Tuesday it was released and bought it immediately. Franzen is my second favourite author of all time (after Joan Didion of course) and you can read my author spotlight on him here. His new book The End of the End of the World has maybe my favourite cover art ever, and it's a look at our environment's destruction and its impact on birds - Franzen's true love.

7 December 2018

The Winter Series by Elin Hilderbrand

This is the first time we've reviewed an entire series in one post on this blog, but it's probably the only time we've read a full series in the same amount of time as one book. I devoured these four novels. If you're looking for some light, romantic-comedic-dramatic-heartwarming fiction to read over the holidays then keep reading...

2 December 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Books are gifts we love to give ourselves... but also what we love giving anyone else who happens to be in our life during Christmas. Everyone has a handful of hard-to-shop-for people on their lists and let's be honest nobody actually needs anything anymore so books are a great token. Here are the ones we deem gift-worthy this holiday season:

22 November 2018

Continental Drift by Russell Banks

What follows is the origin story of how I came to own Russell Bank's Continental Drift AND THEN a review:

15 November 2018

When Men Murder Women by Rebecca and Russell Dobash

So, this is a textbook. A full blown, academic textbook that my sweet sister special ordered for me last year because I wanted to read it after reading about the study by Rebecca and Russell Dobash in Murder in Plain English. I didn't know it was a textbook, and honestly, it was too textbook-y for me to enjoy the way I wanted to. I expected it to be more like Murder In Plain English in that it's based on fact but it's still told to the everyday reader like a story... When Men Murder Women is written for sociologists, criminologists, and academics who understand statistics in a way that I did for about ~5 seconds while doing my MA but have since retained nothing. I did read it, however. I was still interested in the content and I really wanted to learn about the study they did. Since I would never recommend any of you read it, I will try to talk generally about the research and try to avoid it sounding like a thesis or literature review.

8 November 2018

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

I was really excited to read this book when I heard that Joel Edgerton was doing the movie and it was starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Stories about gay conversion camps are terrifying to me and I was interested in reading a first-person perspective on this. Earlier in the year Ben and I drove to Halifax to see four movies and one of them was The Miseducation of Cameron Post (a similar storyline but starring Chloe Grace Moretz), and as of right now the reviews for MCP are much better than Boy Erased. Oh well, the book was still worth discovering.

2 November 2018

Our 10 Favourite Young Adult Books

We've both been big readers for like, ever, and clearly big 'series' girls, with eerily similar tastes before we even knew each other. Reminiscing about the plot lines and characters that shaped our young adult years is a favourite past time for us, so we thought we'd share our 10 favourite YA books with you guys today. Our lifelong lack of interest in athletics definitely stems from us having our noses in a book 95% of our young adult lives.