Event: The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse: The Stolen Wings

A giant mythical dragon-horse and spider roam the streets of Ottawa this weekend. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the city of Ottawa organized an incredible event and experience like no other. The live performance is called: The Spirit of the Dragon-horse: The Stolen Wings. It was created by Francois Delaroziere, the Artisitic Director of La Machine, a French theatre production company.

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Books, Be Mine Event: Valentine’s Day 2016


Dear Book Lovers,

Whether you’re taken or single this Valentine’s Day, we will always have our books. Every time we turn their pages we’re taken to different worlds, exploring new places, falling in love with characters and cheering them on during their hardships and victories.

This February, Simon & Schuster Canada invites all book enthusiasts to their Books, Be Mine event from now until February 14. Connect with other readers and enjoy book recommendations, excerpts, quotes, and other bookish fun.

Join in on their event page: Books, Be Mine Facebook Event.

Here are a few of my Valentine’s day book recommendations:


What books would you recommend for Valentine’s Day? Leave a comment below.

Happy Valentine’s Day & Happy Reading!

The Penguin Hotline & My Favourite Book Recommendation


Sometimes, the best books are the ones that you haven’t discovered yet. I’ve been a reader and book lover for as long as I can remember. While I am picky about the books I read and trust my own judgments about which ones I’d like to read next, I do welcome book recommendations, especially from trusted book nerds such as myself. At times, it’s a hit and miss. But when someone shares a gem, it’s a wonderful experience to become a fan of a book other people have grown to love too.

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Book Haul: Ottawa Book Blogger Meetup 2015


On a hot and sunny Sunday, May 3, I attended the Ottawa Book Blogger Meetup. It took place in a private room at The Works in Westboro. In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, I ate lunch and talked about books with fellow book bloggers. I finally met a few of the Ottawa bloggers I’ve spoken to online. Continue reading

Penguin Canada’s Daily December Delights: An Advent Calendar for Book Lovers


Advent calendars are a running tradition in my family and it is a fun way to countdown to Christmas. The most common one is opening the tiny doors to little treats of chocolate. This year Penguin Canada is helping book lovers celebrate the holidays with their Daily December Delights holiday campaign.

Every day you can check their website, clicking on the appropriate day to find a different featured book as well as enter for prizes, exclusive giveaways, and partake in fun trivia and quizzes. Visiting the website often allows you a better chance to win their grand prize too – $750 worth of books!

I can definitely build a mini library for myself with that much.

The campaign runs from December 1 to December 31, so you have loads of time to enter to either expand your own book collection or win a few prizes for the book lover in your family.
Join the discussion on their social networks, using #PenguinDelights.

Leave a comment below if you countdown the days of Christmas with an advent calendar or share some traditions you enjoy doing during the holidays.

Book Event: Meeting Kat Kruger IRL


This post is long overdue, but I wanted to share my experience meeting the lovely and geek-tastic Kat Kruger, the author of The Night has Teeth.

On January 29, a very rainy night, I met up with a few friends and book lovers at the quaint book shop called Type Books. They hosted Kat’s book launch and set her up in a space of her own, where her fans could get their books signed and have a chat with her. There was a table nearby with goodies: cupcakes, wolf paw chocolates, and Fierce Ink Press stickers. Continue reading

Blogger Event: Adrienne Kress & Morgan Rhodes at Penguin Canada


I had the pleasure of being a part of Penguin Canada’s first blogger event last week with authors Adrienne Kress (The Friday Society) and Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms). Arriving in the conference room, it was filled with excited, chattering bloggers. It was awesome seeing a few familiar faces and getting to know new ones.

While nibbling on some delicious pizza and colourful cupcakes, everyone listened as an interviewer from Faze Magazine began an informative but informal interview with the authors.

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Contest & Event: Bringing YA to You

YA2UlogoHave you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here’s your chance for that wish to come true! YA2U is a program that features five award-winning and best-selling authors who are holding a contest to see what city they should visit in an exclusive tour stop!

The authors are collecting votes from January 1 to February 15, and any city in the continental US or any Canadian city that has an international airport can win an exclusive visit from all five authors, including an author panel and book signing! Entering is super easy–and if you help spread the word about the contest, you can also enter to win a signed copy of all of their books (TEN signed books in total!)–and the book contest is open internationally!


Marie Lu, the New York Times best-selling author of Legend and the upcoming Prodigy
Marissa Meyer, the New York Times best-selling author of Cinder and the upcoming Scarlet
Beth Revis, the New York Times best-selling author of Across the UniverseA Million Suns, and the upcoming Shades of Earth
Victoria Schwab, author of The Near Witch and the highly-anticipated upcoming The Archived
Megan Shepherd, author of the debut novel The Madman’s Daughter




And if you mention that you learned about YA2U from me, we both get extra entries in the contest!

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