February 2016

Happy leap day everyone! I spent the day at work, which made it more or less a normal day, but I really can’t complain because I love my job and everyone I work with (even when they point out that I came in dead last in our Oscars pool…) That being said, I’m thankful for an extra day of reading! Speaking of reading…

This month, I read:

*The Illegal by Lawrence Hill (My first Canada Reads book this year!)
*The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
*Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
*Birdie by Tracey Lindberg (Canada Reads book #2!)
*A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
*She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
*13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

I feel like I read a good mixture of books this month: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and She’s Not There were really really great mysteries; The Illegal was a fantastic book that I had meant to finish a long time ago; Birdie was an interesting and tough read; A Little Life left me in pieces; and I hate to say that I was a little underwhelmed by Beautiful Ruins and disappointed by 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (or, more accurately, by its cover copy).

All things considered, if my reading matches these past few months, I’ll be very very happy.

Have you had a good reading month? Did you read anything that blew you away? Did you read anything that left you underwhelmed?

January 2016

Divergent, Finding Winnie, Lindsay Mattick

Happy Friday, friends! I haven’t done a monthly summary for a LONG time, so I thought that I’d start doing it again in the new year. This January I ended up reading a total of 11 books, which is way more that I’ve read in a month in a long time. To see my 2016 50 Book Pledge Read shelf, click here!

This month, I read:

*99 Days by Katie Cotugno
*How to Love by Katie Cotugno
*Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
*The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
*Divergent by Veronica Roth
*Insurgent by Veronica Roth
*Allegiant by Veronica Roth
*Catherine, Called Birdie by Karen Cushman
*Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg
*Finding Winnie by Lindsey Mattick
*Disclaimer by Renee Knight

I think one of the big reasons that allowed me to read so much was the #24in48 readathon, which encouraged me to read A LOT in one weekend. It also helped that I read a lot of young adult novels (and one picture book). This month, I started off with the opposite: the long and emotional A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize last year and I’ve heard so many great things about it. Since it’s finally out in paperback, I figured I’d give it a shot!

What are you reading this month? Did you read any of the books that I read? How was your January reading?

May 2015

May 2015 One More Page Blog Karen

Books read:

*The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
*Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
*Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
*So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
*Re Jane by Patricia Park
*In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
*The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Happy Sunday everyone! (And a belated Happy June!)

I can’t say May was the easiest or best month that I’ve had, but I think this is a time in my life where I’ll look back on and realize that it was a really important one. For one thing, I officially started publishing school! Publishing has always been something that I’ve been excited about, so it made sense for me to take the next step and learn what it’s all about. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, as well as meet like-minded classmates that will hopefully turn into future colleagues. It’s been a lot of fun! We’re doing something called “Pub Fight” right now, which is a fantasy football-esque game for books. ‘Nuff said.

Reading-wise, I slowly but steadily read 7 books this month. I actually had no idea I’d read this much until putting this post together! It’s so funny how that happens sometimes. I had another month of great reading. I’ve stuck to my goal  of reading more non-fiction this year, and read two non-fiction books this month. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy made me squee, and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed offered a really interesting take on how online shaming affects those involved. Fiction-wise, In The Unlikely Event was a stand-out, but I could have told you that even before reading it. I grew up reading Judy Blume, and I loved that this novel, while intended for adults, included younger voices. I read Re Jane while intense things were happening in my life, and I’ll be forever grateful for its ability to distract me from said things. It’s a modern Jane Eyre retelling set in New York and Seoul featuring a Korean-American protagonist, and I loved it a lot. Reviews for these books to come!

How was your May? Here’s to warmer weather, and a happy month of June reading!

April 2015

April Wrap Up One More Page Blog 2015

Books read:

*Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
*Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up With a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing
*The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
*Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
*Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

I had one of those rare and amazing reading months where I loved everything I read in April. In fact, according to my Goodreads ratings (which should always be taken with a grain of salt – but that’s a whole different topic), my lowest star rating this month was a 4 – for Anne of Avonlea (which I enjoyed but also felt was a bit of a drag at times).

I wonder if this is because I’m getting really good at figuring out what kind of books are for me, or if I’m too liberal with my stars…

Anyway, whatever the reason, I really enjoyed this month’s reads. Spinster is a well-researched non-fiction title that aims to change the way we think about female singledom. (Psst… look out for a review and perhaps something for you? *wink*) Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is a heart-warming memoir about growing up with a gay dad as the gay rights moment is just beginning. The Mountain Story surprised me by how much I enjoyed it; it’s a very well-told story through and through. Anne of Avonlea, as I mentioned earlier, felt a little slow to me at times, but was a decent follow-up to Anne of Green Gables. In contrast, Anne of the Island made my heart grow three sizes; I couldn’t put it down.

Life wise, this month has been a pretty stressful one. Again, I think my blog has suffered a bit because of that, but I’m hoping the nicer weather is going to give me that extra push to stick to my posting schedule!

How was your April? Have you read any of the books that I read this month? What was your top read of the month?

February 2015

February 2015 One More Page Reading Wrap Up

Books read:

*Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
*A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install
*Boo by Neil Smith
*The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw
*Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
*Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny
*We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Man, did February fly by or what? I can’t believe it’s already March. (I also can’t believe how cold it still is in Toronto! There are flurries coming down as I type this. Brrr.)

I had a great month. From attending the Random House Canada Blogger Preview to celebrating my first blogiversary, it was filled with bookish fun and excitement! Plus, I read some pretty incredible books. Anne of Green Gables is always a fun book to revisit; A Robot in the Garden will have everyone falling in love when it comes out; Boo took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions; The Half Brother had a great setup even though I was disappointed with its resolution; Hausfrau touched on everything that interests me as a reader; Single, Carefree, Mellow reminded me that I do like short stories when done a certain way; We Should All Be Feminists was a powerful read that should be passed on to everyone you know.

Right now I’m reading Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend, his follow up to Crazy Rich Asians, as well as finishing up Kazuo Ishiguro’s newest novel The Buried Giant. They are very different books but have their merits all the same!

What are you reading right now? How was your February?

January 2015

January 2015

Books read:

*The Martian by Andy Weir
*The Gallery of Lost Species by Nina Berkhout
*The First Bad Man by Miranda July
*It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
*Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
*If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

I know what you’re all thinking: Why the hell is Karen bringing up January 2015 when it’s mid-February? I don’t really have a good reason other than my ever-present procrastination – so, so sorry! That being said, I posted my January 2014 post on February 18th (tomorrow, aka my blogiversary!!!!!), so let’s just say that this was my plan all along to celebrate my blog being (almost) one year old.

This month was a great one. It started out strong with The Martian, a sci-fi novel that finds a man stranded and trying to survive in Mars. It was my first five star read of the year! I actually had a great reading month, with 2 five star ratings (the second one being If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie), 3 four star ratings, and 2 three star ratings.

I also debuted my new feature: Things I Learned… I started with Amy Poehler’s Yes Please as it was full of teachable moments as well as heartfelt writing.

Overall, I’m excited for where this year is heading! January was a great start to a hopefully wonderful year.

How was your January? What was your favourite read from the month?

December 2014

2014 December Reads One More Page Blog

Books read:

*Little White Lies by Katie Dale
*Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
*All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
*Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
*Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
*Yes Please by Amy Poehler

It’s a little odd to be writing about December 2014 when the new year just started, but I didn’t get to my resolution to plan my posts better until a few days ago so let’s pretend this isn’t misplaced. 😉

December went by in a flash for me. Surprisingly, even with the running around and holiday festivities, I was able to keep my average of reading 6 books this month. These were a really strong group of books for me and I enjoyed them all in different ways. However, I will say that Yes Please was one of my top reads this month. Not only was it a perfect Christmas present, it was also a funny and inspiring read for the holidays. If you’re a fan of Amy Poehler, you’ll definitely want to give this a go!

Blogging wise, I slacked quite a bit this month. I’m hoping that January means a new start; I can’t wait to begin.

How was your December and holiday season? Did you discover any new favourites? What was your favourite book of 2014? (I have no idea what my answer for this would be – it’s too hard to choose!)

November 2014

November 2014 One More Page Blog Karen

Books read:

*The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
*The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
*Us by David Nicholls (Review to come)
*The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
*Alphabetique by Molly Peacock
*To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Not pictured because I completely forgot I had re-read it when taking this picture, but mentioned here.)
*Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood (Not pictured because I had to return it to the library.)

I spent the nerdiest Sunday today watching Jeopardy! episodes on Youtube and then geeking out by reading Arthur Chu’s wife’s blog about the experience and learning an unexpected amount about Jeopardy! game theory and the whole taping process. I don’t know if you know this about me but I love playing games: board games, trivia games, card games, you name it. I also love learning about strategies and figuring them out for myself, so I guess I really admired Chu’s gameplay, even though my googling tells me it made a lot of Jeopardy! fans mad. It’s been a really good Sunday on the internet, I have to say.

Anyway, this month felt like a slow reading month, but looking back it looks like I managed to read quite a few books. I finally finished reading The Bell Jar after putting it down to read other things, and was charmed by The Strange Library and officially jumped on the Murakami bandwagon. I also developed a huge crush on Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, so there’s that. Of the books I haven’t reviewed, I can’t wait to write about Us. It was compelling and so human that it kept me up late at night unable to put it down.

I don’t have too much personal news this month; work has been keeping me busy, as have the upcoming holidays. I can’t wait to get a Christmas tree and start Christmas baking!

How was your November, friends? What are you looking forward to the most (bookish or otherwise) in December?

October 2014

October 2014

Books read:

*The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
*Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
*Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen
*We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
*Bye-Bye, Evil Eye by Deborah Kerbel
*Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Enter to win a signed copy here)
*The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
*The Children Act by Ian McEwan
*The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
*Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
*Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Hello again, everyone! Can you believe it’s already November 1st? This year is seriously flying by. I have to apologize again for the fact that I’m a little behind on my reviewing, but I’m really hoping to catch up soon. I particularly can’t wait to share my love for Susin Nielsen and Neil Patrick Harris’ autobiography with you all; I went into them with low expectations and they completely blew me away. Though, overall I’d have to say this was a great reading month. (The strength of the books I read may explain why I was able to read 11 books in October!)

This month was a busy one. I turned 24 this past Monday, and I’ve got to say: I have a lot to be thankful for. I’ve already expressed my love for blogging and the bookish community, but I really can’t stress it enough. This past year has been so much more fulfilling and meaningful thanks to this small corner of the internet. For fear of being repetitive I’ll leave it at that, but please know that I’m grateful to all of you who read my blog (and those who don’t, too).

I know I don’t talk about music that often on my blog, but I’ve been obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, since it released on my birthday (!!) and I thought that deserved a mention. I haven’t always been a huge Taylor Swift fan, but this album is really winning me over. (So catchy! So danceable! So fun!)

How was your October? Did you do anything special for Halloween? Did you read any scary books? (I’m too much of a scaredy cat to read anything too spooky…) What are you reading now?

September 2014

Karen Ma Monthly Summary September 2014 One More Page

Books read:

*Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (Review)
*Petty Theft by Pascal Girard
*The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter (Review)
*The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Discussion Part 1, Part 2, Part 3+4)
*Jane, the Fox, & Me by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Review)

Hello everyone! How was your September?

I spent a lot of my month trying to get over my book blogging/reading slump. I decided to let myself take my time with the books that I was reading instead of ploughing through books like I normally do (albeit not in a forced way). I guess we do have to take it easy from time to time!

That being said, I really enjoyed what I read this month. The standouts for me were The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter and Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault. They both had exceptional writing and really pulled me into their stories. Five stars for both!

At the end of September, I was shocked to find an email from Canada Writes (part of CBC Books) in my mailbox. They have a feature called Canadian Blogs and wanted to include me! I was completely floored and so thankful for the opportunity. The interview came out on October 1st, which technically isn’t September, but I’ve decided to mention it here anyway. The feedback has been very positive and I’m so grateful to have met so many like-minded friends here on the internet. (Thank you all!!) 🙂

cbc homepage oct 1 2014

Click here to read the article!

I feel like I’m slowly getting my blogging groove back now, so I’m excited for what October holds! This month is my birthday month (!!!) and also one of the most beautiful times of the year, so I’m really, really looking forward to it.

How was your September? Did you have any standout reads? Are you looking forward to October? What are you reading?