Faustina Paustin

Faustina Paustin Faustina was reading when she popped out of the womb. Probably. Reading is her life, and she’ll read pretty much anything. After reading her way through primary, high school, and university, and finding she hasn’t gotten sick of it, she’s still reading now. Her favourite genres are YA, realist fiction, and magical realist fiction, with a strong focus on diversity. She believes that houses should have in-built bookshelves in all the rooms, and that ebooks and printed books can get along.

Books

How to Control the Annoying Adults in Your Life: Tips from Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl understands kids. He know what they want to read about, what they don't like, and what their problems are. And a lot of the time, their problems are their parents or caregivers who just won’t. Let. Them. Be. No one can summarily dismiss the adults in a story like Roald Dahl can. Persistent, [...]

Self-Help Books for the (Sort of) Helpless Fictional Characters

There are a plethora of self-help books out there. Anyone finding themselves at whatever kind of crossroad can probably find a conveniently titled self-help book to suit their individual needs. If you've experienced it, you can be sure someone's written about it. There are some truly bizarre titles out there. For your amusement, we've paired [...]

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko begins in Korean in 1911, when Koreans lived under Japanese rule. The novel starts with a humble fisherman and his wife, raising the last of their surviving sons. Hoonie who is quiet with a cleft lip, is not considered the best catch, but his family name is good, and while they are not wealthy, [...]

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Alex is on a mission to send his golden ipod into space. It will be like the Voyager Golden Records, except it will contain all the sounds Alex records of the life around him. To launch his ipod, Alex is heading to SHARF, or the Southwest High-Altitude Rocket Festival. He has booked his tickets, packed [...]

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

With her second novel, Amy Lukavics has set the scene for a delicious Gothic story. In an isolated Victorian mansion lives Lucy Acosta, with her father, her cousin, Margaret, and her aunt and Margaret's mother, Penelope. Lucy's mother died when she was three. Ever since then her aunt Penelope has been looking after the household. [...]

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s new collection of short stories arrives with much anticipation. With her debut novel, An Untamed State, and essay collection, Bad Feminist, Gay has established herself as a strong contender in the literary world. Her newest work displays this strength. The writing is clean and incisive. Gay uses deceptively simple turns of phrases to [...]

It’s Reigning Women: Favourite Female Authors and their Works

March 8th was International Women’s Day - a day to mark the extraordinary and ordinary achievements of women throughout the world. Being a book lover, there's no better way to celebrate brilliant womanhood than to compile a list of my favourite female writers. It goes without saying that compiling this list was a torturous process. [...]

Reading Between the Reels: Upcoming Screen Adaptations of Books

This year seems to be a good one for book to screen adaptations. While we bookworms like to complain loudly about the discrepancies between the page and screen we are always a little bit excited to see written stories take on cinematic life. The complaints and yes, praise, come afterwards, of course. Gathered below for [...]

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