4 Bubble Teas, Cynthia Hand, Fantasy, HarperTeen, Holiday, Review, Young Adult

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Published by HarperTeen on October 24th, 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Holiday, Young Adult

Pages: 400

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“‘Stories let us see and hear and feel what someone else does,’ she explained. ‘They build bridges to the other islands. That’s why stories are so important. They create true empathy.’” 


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3 Bubble Teas, Contemporary, Jessica Brody, Review, Romance, Simon Pulse, Young Adult

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

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The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Published by Simon Pulse on November 28th, 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 406

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“The English language has over one million words in it, and none of them are good enough for Lottie. None of them will capture what I saw when I looked at her. What I see now when I remember her. How she will forever look through my filtered view of the world.”


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3 Bubble Teas, HarperOne, Jonathan Van Ness, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Review

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

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Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Published by HarperOne on September 24th, 2019

Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction

Pages: 269

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“Just because we mess up doesn’t mean all the lessons we learned are undone. Healing can be imperfect.” 


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Wrap Up

November 2019 Wrap Up

November was another great month! I did so many wonderful things that I have to distill it to bullet points:

  • I saw BuzzFeed Ben in conversation with Jayme Poisson talk about BuzzFeed News and the growth of his newsroom
  • Got to be a part of the live recording of my favourite podcast, The Allusionist
  • I went to hear Lauren Duca speak passionately about young people and what they can do to start a revolution and move the needle forward politically
  • It’s an annual tradition of mine to go to the Toronto Christmas market so I went with one of my good friends from university (we met our first week in university during frosh) and we saw Last Christmas in theatres. THAT MOVIE DID HENRY GOLDING SO WRONG!
  • The Indigo holiday shopping event was amazing and I picked up some books I’ve been meaning to buy (plus the 30% and 10% off didn’t hurt)
  • I attended my first drag show brunch at the Glad Day Bookshop and saw Erin Brockobić and Penelope Strange kill it
  • Erin Morgenstern did a reading from The Starless Sea and she signed my copy of that and The Night Circus 
  • I did my first sake bomb (and did many more after that) and did karaoke for the first time in forever with my coworkers
  • I saw The Room for the first time in a theatre and LOVED it! I want to make this an annual thing and I want to bring spoons next time to throw at the screen!
  • I heard Megan Twohey speak in conversation with Robyn Doolittle about their groundbreaking investigative reporting

What was your favourite moment from this month? Please let me know! I’d love to hear about it!

Now here’s what I read in November:

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4 Bubble Teas, Gretchen McCulloch, Language, Non-Fiction, Review, Riverhead Books

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch

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Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch

Published by Riverhead Books on July 23rd, 2019

Genres: Language, Non-Fiction

Pages: 336

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“Like the big collaborative projects of the internet, such as Wikipedia and Firefox, like the decentralized network of websites and machines that make up the internet itself, language is a network, a web. Language is the ultimate participatory democracy. To put it in technological terms, language is humanity’s most spectacular open source project.”


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5 Bubble Teas, Feminism, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Non-Fiction, Penguin Press, Review

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

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She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Published by Penguin Press on September 10th, 2019

Genres: Feminism, Non-Fiction

Pages: 310

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“But this was what everyone in the room, and more people beyond it now understood: If the story was not shared, nothing would change. Problems that are not seen cannot be addressed. In our world of journalism, the story was the end, the result, the final product. But in the world at large. The emergence of new information was just the beginning—of conversation, action, change.


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3 Bubble Teas, Flatiron Books, Gary Janetti, Humour, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Review

Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti

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Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti

Published by Flatiron Books on October 22nd, 2019

Genres: Humour, Memoir, Non-Fiction

Pages: 159

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“Let’s see, what else? Don’t go into debt over clothes. Hug your dogs while you have them. Know that you can skip most anything. You will fall in love eventually. Remember that. Also, the things you like aren’t weird. Don’t worry about being normal. It’s an awful thing to aspire to.”


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5 Bubble Teas, First Second, Graphic Novel, Lucy Knisley, Memoir, Review

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

Published by First Second on February 26th, 2019

Genres: Graphic Novel, Memoir

Pages: 248

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“There’s plenty of drama and comedy and bodily fluids!
And what’s a good origin story without all three?”


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2.5 Bubble Teas, Mystery, Peter Swanson, Review, Thriller, William Morrow

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

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All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

Published by William Morrow on April 3rd, 2018

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 287

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“He began to think about all the words his father read, all the plots he’d absorbed, and how they were all gone, but then he stopped himself.”


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