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Book Haul: Winter Releases 2015

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Snow has finally arrived in my part of the neighbourhood! While it would have been wonderful to have snow on Christmas day, it’s better late than never. Living in Canada, I, as well as other Canadians, love their seasons and I was starting to miss the snow. Winter isn’t really winter without a little white on the ground. Now is the best time to curl up on the couch, sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows alongside a good book. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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By Cordelia Jensen

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.
Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.

Publisher:  Philomel Books
Publication Date:  June 2, 2015

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Rethinking-Normal-coverThe first time I heard about Katie Rain Hill was during one of her many interviews on television. She’s been interviewed for CNN, ABC’s 20/20, Tulsa World and many other media outlets. I haven’t read many memoirs, autobiographies or biographies in my lifetime, but I was curious and thrilled to get a chance to learn more about Katie’s story in her first book: Rethinking Normal.

If you haven’t heard of her, you’re probably wondering by now: what makes her so special? Well, she’s a transgender woman, which essentially means she was born male, but identifies as female.

In her book Rethinking Normal, Katie shares her life story—everything from childhood until now. She talks about her home life and school, falling in love, her transition and gender re-assignment surgery, and being a part of the LGBT community, taking an active part in bringing more awareness about being a transgender person. Continue reading

Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Virgin-novelWarning: This review contains mature subject matter.

Being a girl in the 21st century can be overwhelming and confusing, especially due to the many pressures we get from society, our peers, and even ourselves.  In Western society, sex, or not having sex, is high on the list. We get mixed signals from the media and our peers. Girls and women are considered prudes if they’re virgins or sluts if they aren’t.

In Sanghani’s Virgin, it follows a twenty-one year old virgin named Ellie who decides to find someone to lose her v-card to before she graduates from college. It is one perspective, both honest and hilarious, that sheds light on the self-discovery and confusion of womanhood and sexuality. Continue reading