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Year in Review

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Another year has come to an end! It's time to look back at how well I did on the challenges I set for myself at the beginning of 2011.
Read 100 Books I aim for this every year. Last year I hit 99. So I figured this year I had it in the bag. And I ended up with.....88. What? I didn't get much reading done this summer, we were busy travelling and just enjoying the two months that no one had school or work. And I hit a nice little slump in December. So something to aim for again in 2012.
Canadian Book Challenge - 13 books I read 28 for this challenge. I discovered so much fantastic Canadian literature and of course I signed up for the challenge again. So far I'm at 8. (This challenge starts on Canada Day, July 1.)
POC (Persons of Colour) Challenge - 10-15 books This challenge involved books written by people of colour or involving characters of colour. I read 21, surpassing the goal I set for myself.
Christian Fiction Challenge - 12 books This challenge involves Christi…

Best Books of 2011

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It's time to take a look at the best books I read in 2011. There were a lot of great books but there were some that especially stood out:
Non-Fiction
Falling Backwards - Jann ArdenIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? - Mindy KalingIf You Ask Me: And Of Course You Won't - Betty WhiteCitizens of Nowhere - Debi Goodwin
Fiction
Touch - Alexi ZentnerThe Sky is Falling - Caroline AddersonDoing Dangerously Well - Carole EnahoroThe Bomber - Liza MarklundThe Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWittHalf-Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan
(Lot's of Canada in there! It was a great year for Canadian writers, in my opinion.)
And the honours of my favourite book of 2011 go to...

Advent With Austen Wrap-up

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Thank you to Yvann of Reading Fuelled by Tea for hosting Advent With Austen! I must say, I came into this with some pretty ambitious goals and I didn't achieve near what I wanted to. However, I can now FINALLY say that I have read Pride and Prejudice so I consider this a complete success!
In terms of achievement I reached Mr. Bingley status.
I read one book and watched two movies. The book as mentioned above was Pride and Prejudice. The movies were a film adaptation of P&P (the one with Kiera Knightley and though I enjoyed it, I really wish it had been Colin Firth playing Mr. Darcy) and the movie The Jane Austen Book Club (a group of women meet to discuss Jane's books...great idea, not great movie in my opinion.)
I wish I had read more however I have downloaded all of Jane's books to my e-reader and look forward to reading them in the future!

Fall Into Reading 2011 Wrap-up

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I went into Fall Into Reading 2011, hosted by Callapidder Days, with great intentions of clearing of my shelf of books I own but haven't read yet. And as the season comes to an end I look at my shelf and it still looks pretty much the same way it did back in September. I've done quite a bit of reading in the last few months, just not from my shelf. In fact, the pile on the shelf grew during this time.
I had two lists of books I wanted to read - one for this blog and one for my Christian book blog. I managed to read 3 books in total, one from my Christian blog and two from here. Which hey, that's still 3 off the to read shelf and permanently shelved on the big bookcase, right?
I had also wanted to read 50 French books with my daughter. Well, I kind of forgot about that so I didn't count. But we have done a lot of reading over the past few months and her collection of French books is always growing so I'm confident we did well in this area.
If there is one thin…

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Day 4

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The Holiday Break Reading Challenge 2011-2012 is hosted by Julie and Karin at Edifying and Edgy. It's day 4 of the challenge, and this is my first post. The challenge for today is to explore a blog that highlights your preferred genre.
The blog I have chosen is Read for Pleasure. I have come across the blog before never fully explored it. I'm glad I chose it for this challenge. The blog fits my reading personality perfectly! There a various genres covered but it's obvious there's a great love for chick lit. It also focuses on Authors of Colour and the blog author loves reading about different cultures.
I like that her reviews are short and to the point, no spoilers, and very honest. Makes choosing a book very easy (and is guaranteed to grow you TBR list by miles!) The layout and design is great. There's lots there, but it's not crowded, doesn't take a long time to load and has a clean, pretty feel. A new favourite blog of mine!

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

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I feel strange writing book reviews for classic books. Chances are you know the book (even if you haven't read it) so I'm not telling you anything new about it. And it's a classic so it seems pretty obvious there are lots of reasons to read it. So what else can I add?
Does this review of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen even need a plot summary? Here's a quick one: five sisters with a mother obsessed about marrying well; dashing, eligible suitor and his cold, prideful friend; vanity, prejudice, love. That should be enough to make anyone pick up the book.
Most people are shocked to find out that I have never read this book. I've always been pretty surprised of that myself and as I began reading it, I couldn't understand why I hadn't picked up the book sooner. Right from the start I was hooked. The characters are fantastic. Elizabeth is a strong, independent woman that everyone would love. Jane is sweet and endearing. Mr. Bennet is hilarious, I …

The Dreaded Reading Slump

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I am in the midst of a full blown reading slump. At first I thought it was just because of all the stuff going on here - Sinterklaas, my daughter's 5th birthday, her birthday party plus the usual school, appointments, errands. But as I began to get downtime to just sit and read, I still didn't want to. I'd sit down with a book (and a cup of tea) and after one page I'd be looking around for other things to do.
So I apologize if you don't see many reviews here in the next few weeks. I'll try to post about other bookish things, and hopefully I'll be out of this slump soon. I'm looking forward to the new year and the new books and challenges it brings.


"Children of the Waters" by Carleen Brice

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Raised by her grandparents, Trish Taylor always believed that her mother and younger sister died in a tragic car accident. Years later as she is recovering from a divorce and facing racism head on with her biracial teenage son, she discovers that her childhood was based on a lie. Her mother had fatally overdosed and her grandparents had put her baby sister up for adoption because the child was half-Black.
Billie Cousins has lead a charmed but difficult life. Raised by strong Black parents whose success came on the back of hard work, Billie has drawn on the strength of her ancestors to get her through her battle with lupus. Her dream of having a baby finally comes true but her pregnancy is a nightmare for her partner Nick. When Billie discovers that she is adopted and her racial heritage is not what she thought, her world threatens to come crashing down around her.
Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice is novel that covers a wide range of topics - abandonment and adoption, self-es…

"Celebrity Shopper" by Carmen Reid

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Personal Shopper Annie Valentine is back and she is busier than ever! Her television series How Not To Shop is in its second season, her husband Ed is at home taking care of her two older children and their baby twins, their house is under renovation (there are holes in the walls and the ceiling), and her mom is living with them. Just as she thinks she has things under control a nosy tabloid reporter begins snooping around her life and Annie finds out she's in danger of being replaced as host of her own show. So what does Annie decide to do to save her job? Walk in the Scottish hillsides in three-inch heels of course!
Celebrity Shopper by Carmen Reid is the fourth book in the Annie Valentine series. Annie is a personal shopper determined to provide a good life for her children while enjoying the many perks of working in the fashion industry. Life isn't always easy for Annie and she certainly finds herself in a lot of trouble, but it's nothing she can't handle!
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