Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I know it's Tuesday and normally I do Teaser Tuesday, but I haven't been reading much this week so I'm not overly inspired...BUT, I stumbled accross this book trailer that I just HAD to share because it is really really cool, and well done.  I heard about this book last week somewhere, I can't remember, in a magazine maybe?  And thought my 11 year old daughter might like it as she is into ghost story scary stuff at the moment.  But now I'm thinking I might like it too!

ANYway, the book is called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Eric Smith and the blog that posted a review and other cute things about it is over at Bloggin' about Books.

Here's the trailer!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia over at The Printed Page.  It is now hosted by a different blog every month, this month it is hosted by The Blue Stocking Guide.

I have received some books lately, and here they are in no particular order:

FOR REVIEW.. Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada!

Fury by Elizabeth Miles 
Publication date August 30, 2011

First thing I want to say is... HELLO!  IS THAT NOT A GORGEOUS COVER???!!!

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Publication date September 27, 2011

This is a pretty beautiful cover too, I must say, and the premise for this book is very intriguing.

Blurb from the cover:

Mara Dyer doesn't believe life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.                                                                                                                                                  
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.                                                                                                       
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


Peace from Broken Pieces by
Iyanla Vanzant

I saw Iyanla on Oprah and immediately ordered her book on my Kindle and basically could not put it down until I was done. She is such a powerful person to listen to, the things she said on Oprah just made me go, "Ah ha!" all over the place. Her book was very good, one of the most candid and absolutely raw memoirs I have ever read. This woman lays it ALL out there, she is so blatantly honest about every single moment in her life, but it's not just about that. This book is so much more. She gives us little lessons along the way, real soul lessons that we can actually take in and use. I truly read her book and felt that I had learned something about myself. 

It is a compelling read from a woman who once had it all, fame, fortune, a regular appearance on the Oprah Show, and then she lost it all. Everything. She was shaken to the very core of her being, and yes she was even angry at God whom she adored above all else. 

The only thing I will say that was a bit confusing was although I totally understand that Iyanla is a woman of God, sometimes I felt like her friends (near the end anyway) kept reassuring her that nothing was her fault. Her marriage ending, her career tanking, etc. That it was the pathology of her DNA that ran through her veins... it felt like, at those moments, that they all were giving her none of the culpability in her life. 

But other than that this is a  great book for anyone who is searching for meaning and purpose, you may not find all of the answers in it, but you will feel Iyanla's struggle, and may even see a bit of your own through her.  

Here is my favourite clip  from her last time on the Oprah show...


RATING:  4/5

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Welcome back to Witty Wednesday, I have been busy READING.. and enjoying my last couple of weeks while my two girls are in school (well, the little one is in only a couple days a week for a couple of hours.. but still) so I have been trying to soak in as much uninterrupted reading time as I can.  I am being very boring and going to my favourite "comfort" reading, Outlander.  I'm on my 3rd go round of the book and I'm about 1/2 way through and couldn't love it more if i tried!  So I have not had much to post, although I have received a few review books via Simon and Schuster Canada (thank you!) so I will post about those on Mailbox Monday coming up.  So, in the mean time, unless you've been living under a rock you may be familiar with today's Witty Wednesday... it happens to be a favourite around here and even our 4 year old knows every single word, with doggy voice, by heart.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Hi guys! Welcome back to Witty Wednesday! I have not been doing much reading these days, but plan on getting back on the wagon this week! Here is another video from Talking Animals...