Category: Books

Blinkist, Read a Book in 15 minutes

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With a full schedule at work sprinkled with school, family and friends, it’s sometimes challenging to sit down to read a good book or to learn new skills. I personally try to squeeze in some reading/learning time when I’m in transit and during lunch breaks but, it’s not always optimal. Either I get distracted by loud passengers on the train or interrupted with urgent matters at the office. When it’s the end of a long day, I’m often too tired to use my brain cells and weekends go by way too fast when binging a good show on Netflix. (Definitely guilty and a little bit too often!)

When I saw a sponsored ad in my Instagram feed for Blinkist, I was intrigued. “2,500 titles of the world’s best nonfiction, distilling them into key insight summaries you can read in 15 minutes.” It didn’t take more than that to convince me to download the app to see what it was all about.

The Books of Oscars 2018

Roll out the red carpet, put on your best outfit and pop the champagne because it’s Oscars Weekend!

I’m pretty excited about this year’s nominees because of the diverse film genres and titles that you wouldn’t normally see making it to such ceremonies. Of course, my focus is always on book-to-film adaptations and I’m not disappointed at the ones that became blockbuster hits, and have been in the spotlight at film festivals and award shows this year.

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

“Fifteen Dogs” by André Alexis
Publication date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Coach House Books
Pages: 171
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

One thing that I love about taking literature courses is being assigned readings that are also on my TBR list. Though the professor gave us a little over a week to read the book, I finished it in two days. André Alexis was able to captivate me immediately within the first few pages of his novel Fifteen DogsIt won numerous prizes such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015 and was recently named the winner of the 2017 edition of Canada Reads.

Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters edited by Joseph Boyden

“Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters” edited by Joseph Boyden
Publication date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
Pages: 127
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Every year on June 21, we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. It’s a day to recognise, and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples in Canada. Though it’s an important part of our heritage, most Canadians don’t seem to know enough about the Indigenous peoples living on this land, their communities, history and reality today. Somehow, it’s not a popular and common interest.

Vi by Kim Thúy

Vi by Kim Thuy

“Vi” by Kim Thúy
Publication date: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Libre Expression (French edition)
Pages: 144
Rating: ♥ ♥ 1/2

When I first heard about Kim Thúy, a Vietnamese-born Canadian author, I was very excited to read her work and was proud of all the recognition she had received. To my disappointment, her debut novel “Ru” left me feeling empty as it lacked depth, and development both in her story and with her characters. You can read my review here.