It's Monday, February 29th. Whatcha Reading?!

What's up party people? I've been a bit of a slacker blogwise recently--but I warned you! I've been reading less and spending less time at home. I've been exercising more, watching more shows and movies rather than only reading, and I've been seeing people. Actual live humans. And I've even been interacting with them. It's crazy, really. But in a good way.

On top of that, I'm going on a trip! By the time you read this I've headed off to Mexico with my family. My brother and his family were supposed to come too, but my sister-in-law is pregnant. Because of the Zika virus that's spreading around in that area, the doctor advised them to stay home. It's quite disappointing really... But we'll make the best of it.

If These Ten Songs Were Books, I'd Read Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is songs that would make good books! So, here are some songs. And, if they were books, I'd totally read them.

It's Monday February 15th. Whatcha Reading?

Hey folks, what's up? Did y'all have a good Valentine's day? I certainly did. I got to spend some quality time with my family--including my super sweet little nephew. I then spent the evening with some of my favourite ladies: Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Mindy Lahiri. I also did some reading. So that's nice too :)

I've actually been trying to read less lately. That might sound odd, I know, but here's the thing. I have a tendency to turn into a hermit and read in all my spare time. And that's totally fine. But I want to build more relationships with people--not just read about them. You know? Because really, I can be quite the hermit. Because of this less reading, it is entirely possible that I will also be blogging less. But we'll see how it goes!

The Tsar of Love and AWESOMENESS

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 6th, 2015 by Random House Canada
[Goodreads] [Amazon] [Indigo] 
This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

My Top Ten Favourite Romantic Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is a pretty loose Valentine’s Day theme. I decided to share with you guys my favourite romance movies! When it comes to books, romances aren’t my favourites. But when it comes to movies, I could sit and watch romances or romcoms ALL DAY. And even though (or maybe because) I’m currently single, I foresee a Valentine’s Day movie marathon headed my way :P

So, without further ado, here are my favourites!

January Book Haul | When your "ban" is more of a "guideline"

I know this is a bit late, but, whatever. So, I tried really hard to take it easy in January, and I had been going well for the first half... But then... It just kind of went down hill. You know how it is. I went a bit overboard, but it could have been worse!

Anyway, here are the lovely books that I acquired over the month of January.

Hermes and Apollo Walk into a Bar... And Fifteen Dogs End up with Human Intelligence.

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

Literary Fiction, Can Lit
Paperback, 171 pages
Published April 14th, 2015 by Coach House books

" I wonder", said Hermes, "what it would be like if animals had human intelligence."

" I'll wager a year's servitude," answered Apollo, "that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence."

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks.

André Alexis's contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness. By turns meditative and devastating, charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.

A Quiet YA Mystery Thriller That Messes With Your Head | Pretty Girl-13

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Young Adult Psychological Mystery Thriller
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 18, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books (originally published in 2013)
Goodreads | Amazon | Indigo

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods on a Girl Scout camping trip. Now she's returned home . . . only to find that it's three years later and she's sixteen—or at least that's what everyone tells her. What happened to the last three years of her life? With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her lost time. She eventually discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: what do you do when you remember things you wish you could forget?

It’s Monday, February 1st. Whatcha Reading? | January Wrap-Up

In January I read a bunch of stuff! I’m pretty proud of myself because I managed to also have a pretty good social life this month. Well, at least for the second half. I’m also pretty happy because I read a bunch of different kinds of stuff. Adult, YA, paranormal, realistic, non-fiction, comic books. All sorts of different things!

Without further ado, let’s get into the books. I read 10 books and 8 comic trades in January!

Here are the 10 books that I read!