What if the biggest threat to humanity wasn’t climate, disease, war, or monsters… but plants?
Thick, seemingly invincible black grass starts growing all over the world. It invades crops, destroys houses, and emits a dangerous pollen that everyone is allergic to. Everyone except for three young teens from British Columbia: Anaya, Petra, and Seth.… Read More YA Book Reviews: Bloom, Cinderella Is Dead, and Rules for Being a Girl
Albatross by Terry Fallis (2019) Delightful is the word that comes to mind. Terry Fallis books are funny – they always have a strong comedic premise – but they also have depth. They have a clear moral without being cheesy. And this book is my favourite of them all. Adam is a teenager who wants… Read More Book Reviews: Albatross, The Whisper Network, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and The Need
It has been over a year since I last did a What I Loved post. Where did the time go!? I have loved so many amazing books and experiences since my last post that I’m kind of overwhelmed! I’ve picked my very most favourite reads of 2018 to highlight. Sadie Sadie is a Canadian YA novel… Read More What I Loved #20: Victoria Schwab, Heather Smith, Courtney Summers, a puppy, and … a new job!
I have been on a roll lately with YA Lit! Since I order all the books for the children’s and teen sections, I’m always looking forward to the next great thing, and this month I found a bunch. Check these out if you love YA, and be ready to talk about them if you work… Read More What I Loved #19 New YA edition: Caraval, The Thousandth Floor, Queens of Geek, The One Memory of Flora Banks, Holding Up the Universe
It’s been a little while since my last What I Loved post. I’ve been planning summer reading, repeatedly testing out St. Catharines’ newest ice cream shop, hitting up the batting cages, enjoying free comic book day, playing at St. Catharines’ first board game cafe, and just generally enjoying the Niagara region! Oh, and reading a lot. Here we… Read More What I Loved #18: The Hate U Give, All Our Wrong Todays, Sam Roberts, Tiny Books
I am almost a year into my new role as Children and Teen Librarian! I’ve been visiting classes, running program after program, zipping out to conferences, buying piles of books, deleting piles of other books, and singing If You’re Happy and You Know It. There’s a STORYTIME EMERGENCY and I’ve got everything I need to fix… Read More What I Loved #17: Giant Days, Vinegar Girl, Batgirl, Barcelona, Marriage
February has been a huge month for me! I’ve been preparing for a major job change, hosting wedding-related parties, and getting ready to move to a different city. But I didn’t stop reading and listening and watching. Here’s what I loved this month, in the midst of all the chaos. What I Read Mr. Penumbra’s… Read More What I Loved #16: Mr. Penumbra, House of Anansi, Skyrim, and Engagement Parties
What I Read Slade House by David Mitchell Once every 9 years on the last Saturday in October, a specially chosen guest is lured into Slade Alley. They discover a small black door with no handle. When they touch the door it swings open and they discover an impossibly large, impossibly lush garden – and… Read More What I Loved #15 – Graphic Novels, Radio Radio, Pandemic Legacy, and…Diamonds?
Hi internet! I worked almost every day in October and this is what I did: Ran a DIY terrarium program, set up a book art maker station, ran another colouring and zentangle program for teens, interviewed Andrew Pyper on stage, attended OLA’s annual RA in a Day conference in Toronto, participated in 2 staff training… Read More What I Loved #14: The Demonologist, Scandal, and Night\Shift
School is back in session! And that means so are my 7:30am shifts. As I readjust to driving in with the sunrise, I reflect on all the fantastic books I’ve read this summer. My currently reading list is getting hazardously long, especially now that the Giller Prize longlist was announced (yay Andre Alexis and Heather… Read More What I Loved #13: The Martian, The Rook, Camping, Still Alice