Archie’s Return

I have a confession to make, when I was a kid, I was obsessed with Archie Comics. I’d like to think of myself as a voracious reader, talking true literature, but there was a time in my life when all I wanted to read was Archie Comics (I also went through a Sweet Valley High phase, don’t judge…). Every time we were at the grocery store I would beg my parents to buy me one. What a genius marketing ploy to put them at grocery store checkout counters, do they still do that?

So of course I was a little intrigued when I heard that they were making a show for Netflix. Then a little while later I read an article that the show was actually pretty good. Finally, the nail in the coffin, home by myself on a Friday night, wondering what to watch on Netflix. Lo and behold, Netflix thought it’d be something I’d be interested in, apparently since I’d watched Gilmore Girls.

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Big Little Lies

Did anyone watch the Oscars last night? Do people even watch the Oscars anymore? I usually tune in to watch part of the red carpet and the opening monologue. Apparently I missed all the drama!

I checked out of the Oscars to watch Episode 2 of Big Little Lies. I’ve been excited for this show to air. I liked the book, and they amped it up with a killer cast. I don’t have HBO so I missed last weeks episode and went to my mom’s house to watch the first two last night. I was definitely impressed.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Rewind

I’ve been a bit of a slacker at blogging these past few weeks. My initial excitement and momentum from starting this blog is wearing off a little and I’m having to put a bit more thought and effort into it. Not that I’m not enjoying it, I’m just trying to find my groove, my routine now, rather than just excited blogging. Not to mention the Olympics has started, and as I mentioned in this post I’m a little bit obsessed with the Olympics. So I’m sticking with my Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday is a link-up hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish and the theme for this week is *Rewind*, you can pick any previous weekly theme that you didn’t participate in.  That gives me a lot of options as I’ve just started participating. I’ve decided to go all the way back and pick the first one on the list, my Top Ten childhood favourites, because who doesn’t love to talk about the things we loved as kids.

1.Alanna – Tamora Pierce  I was obsessed with these books when I was younger and I think I read all of the Tamora Pierce books that came out (while I was a kid/teenager…). I was a tomboy when was I was younger so a story about a girl disguising as a boy to become a knight, right up my alley. Funny enough, I re-read this book recently and I remember finding it a bit racy when I was younger, but of course as an adult it seems rather tame now. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

I had so much fun doing my first Top Ten Tuesday, that I decided to do another one. Some of the books I’m putting on my list this week are inspired from people’s lists last week. Top Ten Tuesday is a link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s theme is the top ten books that you’d buy right now if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card. Shouldn’t be very hard to come up with ten books that I’d want to read right now, the hard part will be narrowing it down to ten only….

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – This one is at the top of my list, but I’m also a little conflicted about it. It’s not written solely by JK Rowling so who knows what sort of influence the other writers will bring. Also, sometimes it’s better to leave well enough alone. I have very good memories of the Harry Potter world, am I ruining it by re-opening the door? Continue reading

July Book Round-Up

Summer is a great time for reading. Whether you’re relaxing at the beach, the park, or a cabin in the woods, life just feels a little more low key. I like to keep my reading low key as well, light and easy and quick. I want to feel like I’m in control of the book, the book’s not in control of me. I’ll keep the heavy tomes for winter fireside reading. I made the mistake of reading Gone With the Wind last summer and while I loved the book, it felt like it dominated several of my summer weekends. This July my reading has a distinct, mystery/crime focus, although I wouldn’t call all of them light.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The latest addition to the Millenium Series was the first not to be authored by Stieg Larsson, the original author. This book is written by David Lagercrantz a Swedish author and journalist. Initially I had assumed  that this book was based on notes or plot developed by Stieg Larsson but it turns out that the material all belongs to Lagercrantz. Apparently it has been slightly controversial as Larsson’s estate is controlled by his father and brother who okayed the project, while Larsson’s long-time partner was against the idea. Additionally she possesses a partially completed fourth book in the series. Obviously the success of the series meant that there was significant motivation to continue the books. It is clear though that Lagercrantz, while staying true to the characters, didn’t attempt to simply mimic Larsson’s style, which may or may not have been successful. He imparted his own style onto the book and while good, to me it was not as good as the originals (that may just be nostalgia talking though). 

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Countdown to Rio

I love the Olympics. I get so excited for it every time, researching obscure athletes in sports I would never watch otherwise. I even had the opportunity to attend the Sochi games in 2014. Usually the Olympic ads start months before (at least in Canada) and you begin to be introduced to the latest crop of athletes who we will cheer for. But this year, it all feels a little bit deflated. It seemed Sochi had lots of problems leading into the games, but Rio is playing a whole different ball game. It’s just been one controversy after another. It’s actually hard to choose which issue is the most alarming. Of course there’s the Zika Virus which health officials are now saying is not a major concern to visiting athletes. A few high profile athletes have already dropped out of the games, notably golfers which is marring Golf’s Olympic return.  Continue reading

Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated recently by Em over at Em’s Beauty Blog for a blogger recognition award, which I am very excited about and honestly very surprised. I haven’t been blogging for very long and I can sometimes feel insecure about it. It’s nice to be told by someone else that they like what you’re doing. I do have a lot of improving still to do (like learning to make headers, I can pretty much only manage text at this point…) but I’m going along for the ride at this point.

The Rules

  1.  Write a post to show your award
  2. Thank the person who nominated you
  3. Briefly describe your journey as a blogger
  4. Give advice to other bloggers
  5. Nominate a deserving blog

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Top Ten Tuesday

I’ve decided to do something new this week and participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve never done one of these before, so bear with me here. They post a new top ten list every week and you have to answer the top ten of whatever the category is for that week. This week it’s books set outside of the US. I find that many novels, even though they are fiction, can tell you a lot about the culture and feeling of a place. So reading books set in different places in the world can add another element of interest for me, so here goes, my top ten books set outside of the US (and Canada, I’m Canadian so I’m excluding Canada to go a bit more international).

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30 books to read before you turn 30

I am continuing on my trend of 30 before 30 because why not? I’m not necessarily going to actually read all these books before I turn 30 because I really don’t have that much time left to go. You can find countless versions of this list in every corner of the internet but I went with the list posted at Goodreads because I figure it’s voted by multiple people and less likely to be skewed by one persons opinion. Or by one person showing off how intellectual and well-read they are by picking the most pretentious books possible. I suppose  it’s all down to what you consider must reads. Is it the most lauded books of all time? The classics? Or books that you should read because everyone else has read them and you’ll be left out (has anyone not read Harry Potter?). So here goes the list from Goodreads, there is actually more than 30 books on the list, I’m just going with the first 30.

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30 Countries Before 30 and other life goals

With my 30th birthday fast approaching I’ve been trying to distract myself with some before 30 challenges. I’m not really one to freak out about birthdays and getting older, but for some reason 30 is coming at me hard and fast. I don’t think it’s the number per say as much as this idea in my head of what life is supposed to be like when you’re 30. When I was younger and thought of a thirty year old I thought of someone who owned a house, was settled into a reliable career and probably had a baby or two. Maybe they lived in the suburbs and they probably had no fashion sense and a mom haircut. Obviously reality is always different than what you imagine when you’re young, I once thought 20 was old after all. But I also think the world is changing, at least if you live in a city in a western country. People have kids much later now, out of all my friends, only two have kids and one of them is a few years older than me. This idea of settling down doesn’t exist in the same way. People in their 30’s still care about fashion and go out for dinner at hot new restaurants. Not to mention that the real estate market in Toronto is insane, so you’ve got to be making well into 6 figures in order to buy a house. Continue reading