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January 2017

Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Pact comes out today and you should read it – even if you didn’t read The Dark Days Club

I got about a couple hundred pages into The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (Viking Books, $23.99) when I realized I was reading a sequel, and I might have the first book in my library. Sure enough, The Dark... Continue Reading →

Dreaming of travel with DK’s Eyewitness Travel Where To Go When and Firefly Books 100 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario and Backroads of Ontario

It's January. And it's cold. So should we go some place as almost as cold as Canada or should we say goodbye to winter, as weird as it has been this year, and go some place hot instead? Sadly, this... Continue Reading →

Eating healthy – and getting out of a food rut – with DK Books Super Clean Super Foods and Cook Healthy and Quick

Sometimes I tire of eating, and all the work that goes into it. I don't want to think about what to make, I don't want to buy it, I don't want to cook it and I don't want to clean... Continue Reading →

Reviewing The Meaning of Michelle (Obama) – and trying to learn about the person behind the first lady title

I am not a political person. That is not to say I don't know politics or don't have an opinion about it, it's just that it doesn't consume me. I listen, a watch, and I vote. Being Canadian, my political... Continue Reading →

Vancouver author Janie Chang’s Dragon Springs Road is a beautiful story with wonderful characters

One of my friends said she loves reading fiction books that offer a look at the past without feeling like you are reading a textbook. I agreed, and told her that Janie Chang's Dragon Springs Road, provided to me by... Continue Reading →

Enter for a chance to win one of two copies of What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

Have you read What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan (HarperCollins) yet? I really liked the book about eight-year-old Ben, who disappeared without a trace while out walking with is mom Rachel in the forest, and the search to find him.... Continue Reading →

Canadian Steph Jagger finds – and lives – an authentic life, sharing her journey in Unbound: Finding Myself on Top of The World from HarperCollins

Memoir is a funny look at Jagger's quest to follow winter, and ski four million vertical feet in one calendar year So why does a successful woman pack in her career, take a second mortgage out on her home and ski... Continue Reading →

Samson in the Snow and Piggy picture books show there is nothing better for loneliness then friends

Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook Press, $20.50) is about a lonely wooly mammoth who meets a red bird bringing flowers to a friend, who is having a bad day. Suddenly, a snowstorm hits and Samson,... Continue Reading →

Miscommunication is the root of all problems in We Were On a Break by Lindsey Kelk

“The story of Adam and Liv is heartwarming and relatable, and with Lindsey's (Kelk) trademark humour sparkling throughout, it will have you laughing out loud.” This quote, found on the back the copy I received from HarperCollins of We Were... Continue Reading →

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