What libraries mean to me

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Growing up, I used to think of libraries as these grand places filled with books (a seemingly infinite amount relative to my small-statured 7-year-old self). That’s it. Just books. Nothing less and nothing more. Age (and the wisdom that comes with it) would soon prove how naïve my way of thinking was. Granted, I was … Continue reading What libraries mean to me

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

What would life be like if we all knew when we were going to die? You're probably thinking you'd have time to fast-track your bucket list, or get in loads of quality time with your loved ones. Well, what if you found out your death date on your last day? That's the general premise of … Continue reading They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

The value of public libraries and their effects on societies

Given my blog title and stance towards all things literature & library related, it goes without saying that I love libraries. And yet here I am, shouting from a virtual rooftop that I LOVE LIBRARIES! What's not to love? They give so much to their communities simply by existing. Here in Canada's capital, with a … Continue reading The value of public libraries and their effects on societies

Think making friends as an adult is hard? Try keeping them as an introvert

As introverts, our love for personal time away from the world borders on obsessive. Have you ever seen an introvert after a long day/week of socializing? It looks a little something like those Snickers commercials, only it’s “have some alone time: you’re not you when you’ve expended too much energy around others.” Most of us … Continue reading Think making friends as an adult is hard? Try keeping them as an introvert

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

I like my chick lit like I like my men: witty, charming, lighthearted and, most importantly, complex. It's a tried-and-true formula that delivers quality romcom novels, and The Flatshare is proof of that. Tiffy and Leon become flatmates through necessity. Leon is desperate for some quick cash to help get his wrongfully-incarcerated brother Richie out … Continue reading The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

It's really nice to come across book covers that a) are absolutely stunning (even more so irl) and b) have characters that sorta look like me (hair and skin tone-wise). Emoni Santiago is a 17 year old Afro-Latino with seemingly otherworldly cooking skills. The book really drives this point home by consistently describing each character's … Continue reading With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media – Noam Chomsky

A profoundly relevant book, despite having been written 20 years ago. Chomsky outlines the general framework of propaganda in the US, and how the minds of the masses are molded to minimize dissent and pushback. An informed public is a force to be reckoned with, something that the higher ups understand all too well and … Continue reading Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media – Noam Chomsky