Book Bans: How Many Books Is Too Much?

So. It finally happened. I’m on a book ban.

Library book ban, specifically.

I have a really bad habit of bulk-ordering books from the library, usually 5-10+ at a time because I don’t understand the concept of self-control. My TBR is always growing and I like to power through new releases and older titles, making the library the ideal option so I don’t buy books I potentially hate. (I’m also broke.) Continue reading “Book Bans: How Many Books Is Too Much?”


Santa Montefiore – The Temptation of Gracie (ARC Review)

Gracie Burton has lived in her small English village for more than thirty years, rarely leaving. Her daughter, Carina, lives in London, preoccupied with her busy life as a businesswoman. She has hardly any time for her 17-year-old daughter, Anatasia, who attends boarding school. In all the ways that count, the three women barely know each other.

Then Gracie encounters an advertisement for a week-long cooking course at a castle in Tuscany. Unable to resist, she spends her life savings on the tripand Carina and Anastasia come along, bewildered as to why Gracie has made the uncharacteristic decision to suddenly travel.

Along the way, they begin to learn parts of Gracie’s past that she has hidden for the past forty years.

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March 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Happy April! I hope you all had an excellent March! This last month was pretty hecticlots of stress from schoolwork and my part-time jobbut I managed to finish 11 books!

Leigh Bardugo, Siege and StormLeigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm
Published: June 4 2013
Genre: Fantasy, YA

The Grisha Trilogy was my February reread (which obviously didn’t happen in February)!

I forgot how many people are murdered in this book LOL. So much murder. This book definitely does not suffer from middle-book syndrome, which I appreciated. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Alina-Darkling-Nikolai-Mal love triangle (square?). I got very tired of Mal half the time he was in a scene and will never understand the obsession some people have Darkling.

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Publishing Certificate Week 21 & 22: In Which I Proofread a Bug Book

Hello, hello. Wow, I haven’t blogged in two weeks, I really suck at this oops.

My second semester for this program is starting to wrap up (so many deadlines!), so here’s what been going on.

Substantive & Stylistic Editing

Like I mentioned last time, we have moved past substantive editing and have begun stylistic editing. Stylistic editing is about individual words and sentences and how it all fits together in the paragraph. It’s focused on flow, language, and clarity. It’s considered to be the hardest level of editing since you’re messing directly with the author’s words, versus substantive or copy editing.

Regarding the manuscript we’ve been working with, we got back our editorial evaluations, which were 5-6 page reports to our fake publisher outlining the manuscript’s real substantive issues. Next, we’ll be writing a letter to the author (well, not really), outlining the stylistic and substantive issues, and we also need to complete a stylistic edit of one manuscript chapter. I don’t feel super confident in stylistic editing yet, but I’m hoping for the best!

We also have another assignment, where we needed to act like acquisition editors (usually the same person as the substantive editor in-house) and “acquire” a book. We had to make it up, so I “acquired” the manuscript I am currently working on LOL. We’re going to have to “pitch” the book idea to the rest of our class at the end of the semester.


We’ve been learning a lot about pre-press, which is all the work that goes into a book before it’s actually printed, such as checking the proofs, adjusting colour, etc. We also learned about varieties of paper, different kinds of presses, and lithography. It’s not the most riveting stuff, personally.

I also just submitted the class’ second assignment, which involved checking fourth pages against third pages. Once a manuscript has been copyedited, a finalized version of it—looking as it will when published, with proper formatting, photos, etc.—is circulated to be proofread and edited as necessary by the copyeditor, proofreader, and author. This is called the first pages. If many corrections are made to the first pages, a second pages will be created, and so forth. Each time, the typesetter is responsible for keying the new changes into the manuscript. So we had to check the fourth pages of a book that the typesetter “fixed” based on the edits the author made to the third pages, ensuring that the author’s edits were inputted correctly. This was also the longest explanation ever but I hope it made sense. Overall, I thought it was a really straightforward assignment, though the book was on BUGS (and had very detailed, close-up photos) so *shudder*


The latest focus has been on organizing good author events and creating ideal partnerships to promote a book and author to a wider audience.

This is probably the class I’m least worried about currently. I have one more assignment to do, which is kind of cumulative. I need to basically redo my first two assignments (pitching a book to a radio producer/newspaper editor, and creating a one-day author tour in Toronto) for an entirely new book. I previously chose Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, and now I’m doing Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I’m looking forward to it!

Only four more weeks until the semester is over! I’m real excited to be done soon LOL.

Publishing Certificate Week 18, 19 & 20: Halfway There!

Hello and welcome back! It’s been a month since I wrote one of these (oops). I had a week off school and then I was absolutely swamped by schoolwork last weekend, so HERE WE ARE. And these last 4 weeks have been An Ordeal. Let’s recap:


This class has officially become the bane of my existence this semester. It’s a shame because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to give production a try in the future, but uh nope not anymore I’m good thanks. Continue reading “Publishing Certificate Week 18, 19 & 20: Halfway There!”

February 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

February is over! I read 13 books 🙂 (If the month was 3 days longer, I’d totally squeeze another book in, darn it February).

What was your favourite book you read this month?

Madeline Miller, The Song of AchillesMadeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
Published: September 20 2011
Genre: Historical Fiction, Retelling, LGBT

I absolutely ADORED this book. It’s a retelling of Homer’s Iliad but told from the perspective of Patroclus. He served as Achilles’ companion and was a minor character in The Iliad, despite doing something major at the end.

In this book, we see Patroclus as he grows up a disappointment in his father’s eyes, and eventually becomes Achille’s friend and companion. It spends a lot of time exploring their relationship as they grow upand how they also become estranged over the years of the Trojan War. Continue reading “February 2019 Reading Wrap-Up”

Lisa See – The Island of Sea Women (ARC Review)

On the island of Jeju in Korea, haenyeo are women divers who help support their families and communities through what they grow and find underwater. When they are old enough, best friends Young-sook and Mi-ja join the all-female collective for a life of excitement but also responsibility and danger.

Beginning during the Japanese occupation in the 1930s and 1940s, the novel travels through time to the present to show how life changes in the community—and how the haenyeo must adapt to hardship. It also shows how Young-sook and Mi-ja’s friendship becomes strained by their own pasts and outside forces. Continue reading “Lisa See – The Island of Sea Women (ARC Review)”