We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 4


Carrie Fisher: Shockaholic

Carrie Fisher died while I was on vacation in Florida and honestly,
before it was announced that she was in critical condition, I'm not sure I could have told you who she was. I'm a '91 baby sooooo the original Star Wars isn't exactly on my radar. I always get super depressed when celebrities die, perhaps this is normal, perhaps not. I went right away to a used bookstore looking for one of her books and they only had a small selection (with prices marked up of course). I picked Shockaholic over the fiction option but I was completely unfamiliar with the book beforehand. Yes, another celebrity memoir for my collection. 


We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 3


Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

This book was one of those rare occasions for me where I saw the movie before reading the book. I can only really think of one instance (The Reader) other than the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen books that were actually written AFTER the movies if you can believe it. Anyways, this is the kind of subtle science fiction piece that I really love. It was also one of the hardest cries I ever had while reading. For context, I listened to this song the entire time I wrote this review... it's featured in the movie.


We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 2


Author Spotlight: Nicholas Sparks

Yes, it is somewhat embarrassing to be writing about my love
for Nick Sparks book when I do consider myself to be a well-read human. What I will say is that if you aren't a fan of his books you likely just haven't read one. Yes, the movies are usually cheesy and crap. Yes, the books are better. If you've been thinking about reading some of his stuff or wondering if you can live with yourself if you like it, read this post and come with me to the cheesy-lovey-tear-filled land of reading that is Nick Sparks.


We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 1


Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections

I wrote a review of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections for fellow
Canadian Laura Frey's blog, Reading in Bed. This was my second time reading The Corrections with about a ~five year gap between my first time going through it. I talk about revenge, child rearing, family holidays, and comedy... you can read it here

If I don't get more than 100 views on this post I will not be able to get out of bed in the morning, so help me OK?


Drew Barrymore: Wildflower

I've always really liked Drew Barrymore but a lot of people aren't
into her. I find her to be sweet but then quickly very blunt and sarcastic and I like the roles she's chosen. If you watched her stand on the pitchers' mound in Never Been Kissed (1999) with that clock ticking and still don't like her, stop reading now, I don't like YOU. With her new show out on Netflix (The Santa Clarita Diet- which is not good if you were wondering) I've been thinking a lot about her book lately. It wasn't an amazing read but it wasn't bad either. I thought she chose perfect, sweet, and funny stories and if you're a fan I think you'll really enjoy it. It also has a very beautiful cover in my opinion.



Michael Ondaatje: Divisadero

I had listed this book as one of my three worst books I read in
2016, but that doesn't mean everyone will feel the same. I picked it up because The English Patient (1992) is my favourite fiction novel (which explains my weird crush on Ralph Fiennes) and I was hoping to love it, but was disappointed. The writing is still Ondaatje-good but the story was confusing and I almost even felt like it was a waste of my time. Reading about why I don't like it may be a waste of your time too so I apologize in advance...


Han Kang: The Vegetarian

This book came to me when I was in a very dark place. I was about ~200 pages into Moby Dick and saw no light at the end of the tunnel. We started daydreaming about other books to read and then Meg's friend Becca posted the New York Times' top 10 list to the bookclub's Facebook group and while reading all the descriptions I came across The Vegetarian.

I have been telling everyone I see this two sentence plot synopsis that sold me on the book: A woman becomes a vegetarian after having a series of graphic, violent dreams. It ruins her marriage.

If you haven't already gleaned, my favourite plotline is a failed or failing marriage.