Category: Review

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

“The Summer that Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel
Publication date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Every so often, if you are lucky, you will be introduced to a book that will resonate with you like the timeless works of J.D. Salinger, Harper Lee and S.E. Hinton. The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel is a novel that should be assigned and studied in literature classes. Professors would praise it for its depth and sensitive subjects. Students would read it cover to cover and be forever changed by the story of Fielding Bliss and his friend Sal.

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

“The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield
Publication date: September 10, 2016
Publisher: Tundra
Pages: 48
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Who hasn’t fallen in complete adoration of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield when he began sharing images and videos on social media from…space? He gained popularity in 2013 by taking pictures of Earth as seen from his space station and chronicling his journey during Expedition 35. Not only is he a respectable space hero, but he’s also a talented musician and author of three books. One of them is The Darkest Dark.

Be Kind, Buy Local

Credit: BKIND Products

Last year, I decided to explore and support more local brands as I saw too many businesses go bankrupt and close their doors in Montreal. It’s not easy these days, and local entrepreneurs and creatives need all the support they can get. After all, it’s not just a business for them, it’s also a dream.

My coffee addiction and determination to use more cruelty-free products whenever I can lead me to this beauty brand called BKIND Products. It’s local, cruelty-free, uses natural ingredients and has a coffee body scrub. I was sold!

RECO, Indigo’s New Recommendation App

Indigo, the largest bookstore chain in Canada, launched a recommendation app last week called RECO. Similar to the beloved Goodreads, this new app allows its users to “share, discover, capture and discuss the books you love with friends and trusted experts.” Is it an app worth downloading to your smartphone?

Since Indigo is my favourite book retailer and I love everything that they do, I obviously had to try RECO. After only a week of playing with it, I think I’ve made up my mind whether it’s an app I’ll be keeping on my phone or not.

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Le Livre de Poche
Originally published by Éditions Stock
Pages: 183
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

In a previous book review, I shared with you my thoughts on Ru by Canadian author Kim Thúy (click here to read the review). I sincerely wanted to fall in love with her debut novel but ended up being disappointed due to the lack of…heart. The story was told in a perspective that I wasn’t able to connect with; the story felt like sunshine and butterflies when in reality, Vietnamese refugees did not experience an easy and poetic journey as the author made her character’s to be. This week, I thought I’d revisit another novel that shares a similar topic. It was never stated throughout the novel that the story was based on the Vietnam War but you can speculate by the name used for the main character and the circumstances.