17 September 2021

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

I was so excited to read this, especially in advance of the Amazon Prime adaptation that's airing weekly now, but it was a really big flop for me (the book and the show). I have loved Moriarty's writing in the past (Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret) and I really loved the HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies, but something about this plot felt way too out of touch for me even though the writing was still good. Even my sister warned me that this wasn't very good and she's not a huge reader.

9 September 2021

Book Adaptations at TIFF 2021

Another year we won't be making TIFF and it's even harder this year knowing they are showing movies but we just couldn't make it work so last minute with job changes and travel uncertainty. Mark our words, we will see 2022. 

The following book adaptations are showing at the festival over the next two weeks and I believe you can still get tickets.

3 September 2021

August Recap

We need more time to read books that we don't necessarily need for blog content so here we are trying something new and talking about some other stuff we enjoy. I know this post will make it sound like when we're not reading all we do is watch tv and look at our phones and that is exactly correct.

19 August 2021

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I picked this book up completely randomly when shopping for Christmas. It was stickered as $15 and when I took a closer look I noticed it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for fiction. I was hesitant to start it because the subject matter seemed so bleak, but when Colson Whitehead's other Pulitzer winner The Underground Railroad came out as an Amazon Prime series, I decided it was time to check out his writing.  

6 August 2021

What If We Were Somewhere Else by Wendy J. Fox

We were sent this book to read by the publisher and usually I'm pretty disinterested in the ones we're sent as PR. The privilege isn't lost on me but I always have 10-15 books unread that I've actually paid for and am overly excited to read, so it feels like a distraction to read something I haven't been obsessing over (and we aren't usually being sent "Heather's Picks" if you know what I mean). Anyways, I am so SO glad I took the time away from my shelves to read this book. It is so good. It's the exact type of book that makes me love to read. It's exactly what I want when a book says "stories".

30 July 2021

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

It seems hard to believe this is only my second Kazuo Ishiguro book, but after reading Never Let Me Go I knew I'd be interested in anything he puts out. My amazing UNB coworker Lindsey gave me a $25 gift card to Indigo and I saw this beautiful cover piled with dozens of other copies. I had no idea Ishiguro released a new book (March 2021) and decided to go for it. It was listed as $25, so it felt like a sign.

23 July 2021

Resting Beach Face by Siofan Davies

This photo was provided by the author LOL I have never had a bath this luxurious in my life but maybe I start? I saw a bunch of Canadian bloggers posting about this book and felt left out because hello! we are Canadian bloggers (lol). I love a good chick-lit novel and been a while since I've dug into one, and what better than a self-published first novel from an author in the GTA? Davies was kind enough to send us a copy of to my in-laws' Kindle, so this was her debut novel and also my debut Kindle experience.