14 February 2019

Valentines Day Special: 10 of the Most Miserable Books about Marriage You'll Ever Read








There was some 'discussion' between us about whether or not to do this post, since one of us is getting married in June... but enjoying books with terrible marriage plots is one of the things we have most in common. We love to read about them, the same way people gleefully watch horror movies through the slits in their eyes. So, if you are not into Valentine's Day and are looking for something to take your mind off how cute everyone looks on Instagram, here's a list of books that will make you realize that nobody is actually that happy.

7 February 2019

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless


I almost feel awkward reading through my review of Jon Krakauer's infamous Into the Wild when it comes to my perspective on Chris and Carine McCandless' parents. I said they didn't seem "too bad" but that the movie eludes to something more. After finally reading Carine McCandless' memoir The Wild Truth (after getting it for my birthday ~3 years ago) I feel like I now know the full truth, and more light has been shed on why her brother Chris walked into the Alaskan wild all these decades ago.

1 February 2019

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks



Welp, consider this my official retirement from Nicholas Sparks. Not that the book isn't great, they always are, but I just can't read this same story anymore in a new landscape. As my dad so cleverly said when I opened this at Christmas, "why are you reading that, I can tell you exactly what happens... a guy and a girl fall in love overnight but one of them is hiding something"... if my dad can so accurately summarize the plot to EVERY book Sparks has written (having read none of them) then I think it's time for me to move on...

24 January 2019

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


I can't believe it took me this long to finally read Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. This is pretty much everything I love in books - research-heavy explorations of a young, solo "adventurer." Everyone knows this book and it's about time we review it. I have been wanting to do a very mini "series" on Chris McCandless where I read Krakauer's book and then McCandless' younger sister Carine's memoir The Wild Truth. So what follows will be a review of Krakauer's famous book and Carine McCandless' book will be my next review. Let's get started.

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: