Monday, 19 November 2018

You are the Everything by Karen Rivers | Book Review, Q&A, and Giveaway | Blog Tour

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Mermaids in the Human Imagination | Guest Post by Sonia Faruqi, Author of The Oyster Thief | Blog Tour

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe | ARC Review

Saturday, 15 September 2018

House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker | Review & Playlist | Blog Tour

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Event Recap | #FrenzyPresent Fall 2018

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram | Blog Tour

Saturday, 11 August 2018

The Josephine Knot by Meg Bram | Play Review

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Small Talk by Carole Fréchette and John Murrell

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton | Book Review

Monday, 25 June 2018

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | Series Review

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Uncharted by Erin Cashman

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Friday, 8 June 2018

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno | ARC Review

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider | ARC Review

Sunday, 3 June 2018

My University Reading List

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

It's summer, and almost everything on my radar is YA Contemporary. And of course this one is top on my list. I cannot express to you how much I love Robyn Schneider. Like, it's kind of embarrassing how much I love that woman. Her words! Her stories! Her entire aesthetic!! She's so great. And while I've already read her newest novel, I cannot WAIT for other people to read it so that I can fangirl with them over how much I love it. 

Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider
Release Date: June 5th 2018 | 320 Pages | Published by Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) | Goodreads Link
Preorder on:

Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.

Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother's death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends--a group of magnificently silly theater nerds--while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.

Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life--and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn't telling her the whole truth.

All Rose knows is that it's becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn't ready to lose.

Robyn is also hosting a pre-order campaign if you're living in the US! Pre-order, or buy before June 11th, and receive some gifts! 

Link me to your WoW posts in the comments, and I'll be sure to check them out! Thanks for reading!

Friday, 25 May 2018

My Favourite Tarot Resources, TBR List, and Deck Wishlist

I've been reading tarot for a little over a year now, and while I'm by no means professional at it, I've found a lot of truth within the cards. I went against tradition and bought my own deck online (whoops), and since I first opened my deck, I totally fell in love with it. I read using the Wild Unknown deck, which is by Kim Krans, and my readings have always resonated with me and the friends I've read for.
But tarot is an old form of divination, and there's a lot to it. So the couple books I have, and a few of the other resources are a lot of help. But there are a lot more books that I want to read on the cards, and there are a lot more decks that I'm obsessed with that I want. So I thought I'd make a post on my favourite resources, the books I want to read, and the decks that I want!


The Wild Unknown Guidebook by Kim Krans

This was the guidebook that came with my deck, and while not the most indepth resource I've got, I really like how this one is specific to the art and illustration on my cards. The Wild Unknown is unlike most decks in the way that instead of people, the cards are filled with nature and animal imagery. I think the reason why I really connect with this guidebook is because it specifically references the art on my cards. It might not be the most intuitive guide, but it has some really interesting commentary to make on the cards.

WTF is Tarot? ... & How do I Do It by Bakara Wintner

Guys. My absolute holy grail tarot book. I don't know what it is about Bakara, but I want to be friends with her, but I also want her to be my wing woman in literally everything I do. This book is a take-no-shit explanation of the cards, and the way she writes about them  has been so helpful. Before I read this (and kind of still now) I had no idea what to do with the court cards. I genuinely had zero idea what to do with them. But the way she's grouped them into families, and given them each roles helps me understand who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are. If you want to start with tarot, start here. She's a fucking blessing, and my favourite HWIC (head witch in charge).

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot by Anthony Louis

This one I dip in and out of (it's on my kindle) and it's a really great basic, and has a lot of interesting history on tarot, and why we read it. While a lot of the other resources I have have taught me to trust my intuition, and given me skills to do that, I find this one good in giving me a lot of good grounding knowledge on the card meanings and tarot history.

Tarot for the Wild Soul Podcast by Lindsay Mack

This podcast has saved my life, people. I cannot tell you how many times I've listened to Lindsay give words to a feeling or emotion that I cannot express. She's a stellar lady, and an incredible teacher. I love her monthly medicines, and her recent conversations about the High Priestess and the court cards have given me so much great insight into the cards. If you take anything away from this, listen to Lindsay's podcast!!

Tarot TBR

Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings by Rachel Pollack

There are so many amazing readers that I follow online and look up to that swear by this book, or list it in their top books to read, and I should really get down to reading it. It apparently compares different tarot art, and different interpretations and that sounds awesome to me.

Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot by Melissa Cynova

This, just from looking at it, reminds me a lot of Bakara's book, in the way that it wants to demystify who can do tarot, and who it's accessible to. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this one, and I can tell that it will become a favourite.

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea

Another one of those books that I keep seeing referenced, and I've flipped through this one in a bookstore before, and it looks so thorough. I love the look and feel of it, and I'm, again, excited to get my hands on a copy of it.

Tarot Wishlist

I love my deck, I do. I know some people have issues with the Wild Unknown deck and it's creators (full disclosure: I've heard about issues, but I don't know what those issues actually are), but from the moment I saw it, I knew that that would be my deck. My ride or die. But I just want more of them. Have you seen some of the newer tarot decks on the market??? They're stunning! There are a few decks that I've had my eye on for a while, and I know that once I get a job, these will be on my list of things to buy.

The Linestrider Tarot, art by Siolo Thompson

The minimalism, and the clean, crisp white background of these cards is so beautiful. Every time someone pulls these cards, or I see pictures of this deck (or the sister oracle deck) on Instagram or Twitter, I find myself swooning. I just cannot get over how pretty these cards are. Plus, there is something about the Queen cards, and all the court cards in general, that just blows me away.

Impressionists Tarot by Corrine Kenner
Amazon | ChaptersIndigo

What can I say, I'm a sucker for the impressionist period. Also I think it's fascinating the way that these cards and the painting are paired up. I want to explore that a bit more.

Holly Simple Tarot Deck
Holly Simple Website

I don't find this art as traditionally beautiful, but I'm just so drawn in by this art work. I cannot get over how interesting these cards are, and they are just pulled to me. I want to get my hands on a copy of this deck, asap.

If you've made it this far, you deserve an award and a couple crystals, honestly. I love reading tarot, and learning about the art form, and if you read, or have any recommendations, whether they be decks, books, or anything else, leave them in the comments, or tweet them at me!

Thanks again for sticking around, and happy reading!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman | Book Review

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Waiting On Wednesday | Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Friday, 11 May 2018

My Favourite Plays

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | Book Review

Monday, 30 April 2018

Gertrude and Alice by Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry | Play Review

Friday, 6 April 2018

Blog Tour: The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding | Review, Burger Talk, and Giveaway! (CA Only)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Review: Memorial by Alice Oswald

Book: Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad

Author: Alice Oswald

Publisher: W. W. Norton Company

Pages: 90 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased through my university bookstore

In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad--the anger of Achilles, the story of Helen--in favor of attending to its atmospheres: the extended similes that bring so much of the natural order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war-dead, most of whom are little more than names but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten in the copious retrospect of Homer's glance. The resulting poem is a war memorial and a profoundly responsive work that gives new voice to Homer's level-voiced version of the world. Through a mix of narrative and musical repetition, the sequence becomes a meditation on the loss of human life.

Every once in a while, a book comes along and hurts you. It pushes you around, and it forces you to feel all the emotions that you don't want to feel, and when you think it's over, it pushes back harder and more intensely. And at the end of it, you can't do anything but thank it. You thank it over and over again, because of how beautiful and poignant it is.

This was my experience with Memorial.

Memorial is, as the title says, an excavation of Homer's Iliad, but the Greek epic is not required reading in order to get this book. What Memorial does is remember, grieve, and memorialize the fallen soldiers of the Trojan war. The collection starts by listing 200 names. Yeah. The first 8 pages are just names -- Greek and Trojan names intertwined, in the order in which they die in the Iliad. The book then goes to explain the deaths, and give context for almost each death that is just glossed over in the epic.

Each memorial is followed by a simile, which is then sometimes repeated. The way in which Oswald presents these similes makes them seem more important than the memorial itself, saying more about the death than the remembrance. The shift that Oswald makes from the first page to the last page, ignoring the main story in the Iliad, and ignoring the implications of the war in general, and focusing on the micro elements like the individual lives and bonds, and the small elements of nature, create an incredibly intimate retelling of the Iliad.

Oswald ignores the size of each character, giving Patroclus the same amount of time as a fallen horse, not letting any one character's memorial overshadow anyone else. And the time and emotion which she gives to each person is heartbreaking. This book is a eulogy for the victims of war, and this fact is repeated in the afterword by Eavan Boland. Boland writes: 

"They all die in front of us before the poem is over. And we shouldn't be surprised. There can be no other ending... But why, the reader might ask, do these young men need to die again? ... What we see above all is that the atmosphere of epic has no expiry date. The soldiers here are not ciphers any more than they are merely symbols in the Iliad. In fact, the opposite is true. They are the brothers, husbands, sons of every war. And as we put down Memorial, we wonder whether we first met them in Homer's epic or saw them on last night's news bulletin."

Reading this gave me chills. It's so true, and I didn't realize it until I read it. This story is giving a voice to, and memorializing those whose deaths are not publicized. Oswald turns the focus from the Gods, those who dominate over the war, and force us to realize how many deaths go unnoticed in these expansive fits of violence. It's eerie, heartbreaking, and ultimately brilliant.

I was utterly shaken by this book, and while I believe it is beyond a star rating since it really was a spiritual experience for me, I still gave it 5/5 stars. And I will leave you with my favourite simile from the book, in the hopes that it will hit you in the same way it hit me

Like leaves who could write a history of leaves
The wind blows their ghosts to the ground
And the spring breathes new leaf into the woods
Thousands of names thousands of leaves
When you remember them remember this
Dead bodies are their lineage
Which matter no more than the leaves

Happy reading