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You Are So Very Beautiful – Vancouver Edition Wrap-up

The Vancouver Edition of the You Are So Very Beautiful Project took place on Sunday, February 7, and it went fantastically. It was a small gathering, but I know that the few people who joined me were really receptive. I… Continue Reading →

“You Are So Very Beautiful” Project—Vancouver Edition

Update: I have made a Facebook event for the Vancouver Edition art drop. I recently read about the You Are So Very Beautiful Project, having admired and followed Betsy Greer‘s craftivism work for many years. For those unfamiliar with the… Continue Reading →

Cranberry Orange Muffins with Oats & Applesauce (recipe)

I had leftover applesauce from Hanukkah, and it (unfortunately) wasn’t the nice homemade stuff. It was basic, store-bought, unsweetened applesauce. And because I prefer savoury latkes with sourcream and chives, there was most of a jar left over. I decided… Continue Reading →

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (book review)

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands is a middle-grade adventure novel, with a hint of darkness. It centers around Christopher Rowe, an apprentice to apothecary Benedict Blackthorn during the 17th century. I enjoyed reading The Blackthorn Key by debut author… Continue Reading →

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (book review)

I really wasn’t sure what to make of Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, which I picked up to read for the Forever Young Adult Book Club. The novel is a coming-of-age story which takes place during the apocalyptic breakout of… Continue Reading →

Scone Success with Homemade Clotted Cream

Don’t you hate it when you buy a bunch of obscure (or at least not typical to your household) ingredients for a recipe, and then plans change? This is how I ended up with buttermilk, mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, and… Continue Reading →

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (book review)

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, but I don’t know what it is about WWII, but I’m continually drawn to books set in and around the Second World War. I picked up Code Name Verity from the library a… Continue Reading →

Hazelnut Truffles: Homemade Ferrero Rocher

Every Christmas, my boyfriend and his brothers make chocolates. They make rum balls and Nanaimo Bars, and then Tiramisu and Chocolate Cake with a Rum/Brandy/Coffee-soaked sponge base. This year, I asked to add a new chocolate to the mix: hazelnut… Continue Reading →

The World Without Us by Robin Stevenson (book review)

Young adult books tread a fine line between sounding believable, being enjoyable for the reader, and appealing to the (mostly adult) purchasers. Unfortunately this can sometimes result in books hitting the reader over the head with morals and lessons. Because… Continue Reading →

FO: Third Time’s a Charm?

Color Affection by kikilemarteau After unravelling this pattern twice already, I have finally completed my Color Affection. I really really liked my friend’s Colour Affection, where she paired similar value colours together. It made it look like it all went… Continue Reading →

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (book review)

I picked this up from the library after seeing it was a Forever Young Adult Book Club pick for July. I knew Rainbow Rowell was a YA author with all the buzz around Eleanor & Park (which is on my… Continue Reading →

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (book review)

I didn’t really intend to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, as it didn’t really sound appealing to me. But as it became more of the “everyone’s talking about it” type of book, I made an impulse decision. I spotted… Continue Reading →

Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little

Vancouver is famous for our temperate rainforest climate, the beautiful mountains and ocean, as well as being called one of the “most liveable cities” in the world. However, the city also has unaffordable housing costs for many residents, is called… Continue Reading →

Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries (book review)

Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries is a gritty YA novel from the perspective of two sisters, one of whom is spiraling into trouble and hiding a painful secret. A brave and unflinching look at one vulnerable young woman living… Continue Reading →

April 9 is now “BC Book Day”

Today is the inaugural BC Book Day, celebrating the achievements and significance of BC’s book publishing industry. As explained in the press release from the Association of Book Publishers of BC, “On April 9th the BC Legislature will celebrate the… Continue Reading →

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (book review)

I’ve been dragging my heels on this review because I feel conflicted. I was excited about the sequel, even though I have qualms about the over-abundance of series, and I was thrilled when the publisher sent me a copy for… Continue Reading →

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (book review)

When the fifth book in Alan Bradley’s Buckshaw Chronicles, Speaking from Among the Bones, ended with a series cliffhanger I was in tatters. The book’s story arch had been resolved and then Bradley threw a curve ball at the de… Continue Reading →

Itching to Read… Spring 2014 Releases

I went to a nearby bookstore (which unfortunately is not an independent) to pick up two books that came out last week. I’ve been anticipating them since before Christmas—The Dead in our Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley and Hollow City… Continue Reading →

FO Report: Keeping Heads and Toes Cosy

Recently I’ve knit a couple hats and an object that looks like a hat but isn’t. So here is a triple FO report! First, the Toque of Secrecy for Andrew. The pattern is the Bus Hat, a free pattern by… Continue Reading →

FO Report: Choose Your Own Adventure Shawl, take 2

The yarn is Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Sock yarn and it was a gift to me from Ruth (aka scrabblequeen) many moons ago. The colourway is “Chocolate & Caramel” and the skein had a whopping 560 yards. I can’t believe how… Continue Reading →

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (book review)

I devoured this book in less than 24 hours during exams and really loved entering the realm of the Seven Kingdoms that author Kristin Cashore has created. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since… Continue Reading →

FO Project Report: Lingonberry Shawlette

I knit this in record speed—at least for me. I watched four seasons of Castle and just knitknitknit. I guess the mojo returned in earnest because I have been chugging away at projects. Here is one of my more impressive… Continue Reading →

Three Souls by Janie Chang (book review)

I kept getting this niggling feeling that I’d read something like this before, but that could just be that I’d read a number of reviews and/or that I read a preview snippet somewhere. That being said, I was enthralled by… Continue Reading →

Review: Grammarly service proofreads and advises

Grammarly is an automated online proofreader that calls itself a “grammar coach”. With an account—which does cost a monthly fee—you upload your text and then run a quick scan. There are free 7-day trial memberships, but I was provided with temporary… Continue Reading →

Book to Movie Review: The Book Thief

My friend Marina is a movie aficionado and podcaster and invited me to a special press screening for The Book Thief last week. After seeing the movie, we recorded a special podcast for Row Three: After the Credits (Episode 140:… Continue Reading →

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