Monthly Archives: November 2016

Currently Reading

As of right now, I have 3 books on the go.

  1. Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle: As the holiday season comes to an open, I decided to re-read one of the Christmas books in one of my favourite series’.
  2. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman: This book intrigues me and even though I’m only a little bit into it, it’s interesting so far.
  3. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan: As a fan of Jenny Colgan’s books as a whole, I’m so far enjoying her news book.

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Quote of the Week

Life is itself is too great a miracle for us to make so much fuss about petty little reversals of what we pompously assume to be the natural order.

– Robertson Davies, Fifth Business (1970)

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Quote of the Week

Only in the real world do young people discover that many aspects of life are uncertain, mysterious and even unknowable.

–  Michael Crichton, Micro (2011)

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Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams Review

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(*This photo is my own)

Author: Jenny Colgan

Release: 2012

Genre: Chick Lit

Pages: 465

 Do you like the feeling of nostalgia that classic candy stores give you? The glistening jars, the old-style register and the memories evoked upon walking in? Well readers, look no further than Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams.

As a candy enthusiast, as well as a fan of Ms. Colgan’s work, I was enveloped in the sweet stories and idyllic scenery presented in this book. I myself have never travelled to the United Kingdom, but a village such as the book’s Lipton is exactly the type of place I’d want to go to.

The book presents its readers with two lovable protagonists; Rosie Hopkins and her great-aunt Lilian Hopkins. Rosie is a 30-year-old auxiliary nurse living in London with her childish boyfriend of 8 years. Lilian is the aging proprietor of her family’s sweetshop in the countryside village of Lipton. Lilian has her own backstory that is explained through heart wrenching flashbacks depicting the world during World War II, and how it affected everyone.

When Rosie is sent by her mother to help Lilian, she finds that her city life makes her a sort of exotic bird in the quiet countryside. The relationship between the two protagonists, and their love stories, is written elegantly with Ms. Colgan making the entire book relatable as well as hard to put down.

Rating: 5/5 sweets

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The She-Hulk Diaries Review

Author: Marta Acosta

Release: 2013

Genre: Superhero/Fiction

Pages: 328

I could not put this book down! Found on a fluke, I’ve never been so happy to give a book I haven’t heard about a chance.

In all honesty, I didn’t even know that there was a She-Hulk comic book character. Jennifer Walters is a lawyer by day who is often frustrated with the She-Hulk persona who takes over her consciousness in times when The Avengers, or New York City, need her.

The constant power struggle of humanity versus (super)heroism is a central theme in this book, with the two polar opposites existing as one yet finding it necessary to reach a agreement with one another. I know that sounds like a confusing sentence, but think of She-Hulk like a modern day Jekyll and Hyde and it will be easier to understand.

The characters jump off the pages, especially if you’re even the slightest bit familiar with the Marvel universe as Iron Man/Tony Stark makes a few appearances throughout.

This book has even motivated me to go out and buy some of the actual Sensational She-Hulk Comic Books, which are proving to be just as entertaining.

Rating: 5/5 comic books

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