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

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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?

My Week On Instagram #1

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Hi everyone! Happy Sunday!

I’ve been wanting to do a kind of weekly round-up type post for a while but it took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do it. A few weeks ago I came up with the idea of talking about my week via the photos I share on Instagram (one of my favourite social media platforms), so I’ve decided to give it a shot (heh heh)! For the sake of this project, my weeks will start on Monday and end on Sunday.

I didn’t post too much on Instagram this week, but the things I did post make me so happy. The photo above was taken on my way to see Kazuo Ishiguro (!) at the Toronto Public Library. The sun’s rays were hitting my book in such a perfect way; it seems like spring has finally sprung! As a Vancouverite-turned-Torontonian, I can’t tell you how relieving it is to see the end of winter. It’s such a brutal season on the East coast!

I came home to some amazing bookmail this week. The ladies at Random House Canada were raving about Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon at their Blogger’s Conference last month and I was thrilled to see it in my mailbox (thank you!). I read it in a few sittings and loved it. It’s a young adult novel about a girl who is allergic to the outside (she hasn’t left the house in 17 years) who falls in love with the boy next door. She finds it harder and harder to be content with her sterile world but knows that leaving the house is probably going to kill her. This was a fast read for me (I couldn’t put it down) and I loved that 1. it features a protagonist who is half African half Asian (yay diversity) and 2. that the illustrations throughout the book were done by Nicola Yoon’s husband, David Yoon. I love the idea of a husband-wife collaboration so much!

Tonight I spent a great day leafing through Curtis Stone’s Good Food, Good Life cookbook, going to the market to get fresh ingredients, and playing around in my kitchen. This cookbook is a bit intermediate for a cooking amateur like me, but I was able to successfully make his Spaghettini with Lemon and Ricotta as well as the Quick-Braised Spring Vegetables. My photo doesn’t do them justice; they were delicious! I’m glad that I have this cookbook because I think it’s going to push me to be a bit more adventurous in the kitchen; I’m prone to recycling the same dishes again and again.

That’s it for my week on Instagram! I can’t wait to share more next week. Did you have a good week/weekend? What are you reading now?

December 2014

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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!)

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?

June 2014

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Books read:

*The House Girl by Tara Conklin
*Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Review)
*The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez (Review)
*We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Review to come!)
*The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta (Review)
*The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman (Review)
*This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Review)
*Tic-Tac-Tome by Willy Yonkers (Review)

So, since having to list soooo many books in the “books bought” section in my last monthly summary post, I did what any economically-sensible 20-something would do: I decided to not include that part in my monthly summary posts. 😛 This may change in the future because I do like sharing my TBR with you all but it just became such a hassle to keep track of!

Anyway, this month was a great one for me! I read 7 books, 4 of which were what I would consider 5 star reads (wow!), and got to attend some pretty great literary events like Luminato’s #ReadWomen2014 event, Luminato’s Literary Picnic, an advanced screening of HBO’s The Leftovers, IFOA’s weekly reading with Emma Healey, Tom Rachman, and Linda Holeman, aaaand I was lucky enough to be invited to have lunch with Emma Healey. I also made myself a list of 10 Things I’d Like to do This Summer (Besides Read)! I’ve already completed some of these tasks, so stay tuned for my update next week!

Outside of reading, my month has been pretty steady. The weather is finally feeling a bit more summery so I’ve been walking to the ice cream store and reading at the park a lot more! I love it. Those are probably two of my favourite things to do in the summer.

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How was your June? Did you read anything great? What are you planning to read in July?

May 2014

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Books bought/borrowed/received/won:

*Enders by Lissa Price
*This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
*Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
*No Relation by Terry Fallis
*Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
*The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
*The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
*Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
*Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
*Moving Sideways Forwards Like A Crab by Shani Mootoo
*The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
*Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne
*The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
*A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
*Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
*To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
*The House Girl by Tara Conklin
*Little Bee by Chris Cleave
*The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

Books read:

*Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (My Goodreads Review)
*No Relation by Terry Fallis (Review)
*The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill (Review)
*The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland (Review)
*The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
*To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Other reviews:
*Then and Always by Dani Atkins (Review)

Holy moly. I did not realize how many books I added to my shelves this month. I think a book buying ban might be in my future… *sob*

Anyway, this was a very busy month for me! One of the highlights was being invited to have lunch with Lissa Price, the author of the Starters and Enders duology. I was so excited, nervous, and honoured to be invited! This was my first author lunch event and it was such a great experience. Lissa was so friendly, and so were all the bloggers I met! The food was delicious and it was just such a great time talking about books! Thank you so much Random House Canada for inviting me! You can read more about my experience here.

In my personal life, I took a cross-country greyhound out to Vancouver this month and boy… was it an experience! The bus ride was three days long which was a bit challenging, as sleeping on the bus was difficult. But it was also an amazing experience; the prairies were stunning (also, very flat) and I felt so overwhelmed when we were being (what felt like) engulfed by the mountains in Banff. I never noticed or cared for the mountains when I was living in the west coast, but now that I’m living in mountain-less Toronto I definitely feel their absence. It was so wonderful getting to see my friends again, and I hope to see them again soon in the future.

Reading wise, I felt like my month was a little slump-y. It took a while for me to find my groove, but I ended up loving quite a few books! The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, No Relation, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before were standouts. I can’t wait to see what June brings!

Did you read any great books in May? Were there any standout moments this month?