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Happy Easter Everyone!

This is the first Easter I haven’t spent with my family in, perhaps ever. I live about an hour away from them, but normally make the mini-drive to have dinner with them and enjoy the chocolate eggs my mother still buys regardless of how old my brother and I get. Sadly, this year, my brother has exams and won’t be home and Jay and I were hoping to go away for the weekend which ended up falling through. With my family’s schedules conflicting, we decided to celebrate next weekend instead, and a celebration it will be! April not only has Easter, but four of my families birthdays. My little brother turned 21 last week (honestly, when did he stop being small and where was I when that happened!?), I’m hitting a quarter-century in a mere 3 days and share the day with my uncle and finally my grandmother was ushered into her 70’s earlier this month. Let’s just say, my family likes April.

But instead, I spent the day with my books. On Friday morning, I finished How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer (author of Shine, Shine, Shine), which was one of the weirdest books I’ve read in a while, but still one I felt compelled to finish. I loved one part of the plot and needed to know how the mystery unraveled there, though I have to say that even though I love quirky, Toledo may have been too quirky for me.  In the evening, I started Paris Letters by Janice Macleod; a tale of Macleod’s decision to quit her high-profile advertising job and move to Paris where she met and fell in love with a local butcher who couldn’t speak English.  I’ve been feeling so nostalgic about Paris lately and couldn’t pass this up when I saw it online for $8. So far, the story interspersed with Macleod’s artwork is adorable and has induced quite a bit of jealousy in me.

I’m also a good chunk of the way into Jenny Han’s newest book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Han’s Summer series is one of my favourite teen contemporary novels and though I wasn’t a fan of her collaborative work, Burn for Burn, I did want to give this one a try. Han will be in Toronto this coming week, and I want to finish the book before her arrival! It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a teen book and I forgot how compulsively readable they are! I’m really enjoying it so far.

I also threw Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the pile because I’ve been itching to read it for at least three months now. I also am halfway through East of West, a comic book about the four horsemen of the apocalypse and although I love the art, I am so confused right now as to what on earth is going on with the story. Will persevere!  Lastly, I included my next fiction read which will be I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum which a friend of mine randomly discovered on Goodreads and I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of. The author is a humour columnist and the story takes place in Paris. Sign me up :)!

And that’s about it over here for me! I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter with your families, and if you don’t celebrate, a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

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10 thoughts on “Sunday Updates

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was so cute – I loved it for some of the same reasons I love the Summer Trilogy! I’m pretty sure I can safely say she is the only author that could possibly actually make me look forward to a love triangle.

    I am dying to read How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky – I can usually handle things pretty quirky, but I’ll definitely be making sure I’m in the mood before starting it.

    • I’m so glad to hear you liked it, Allison! My friend said the same thing as you. Her collaboration with Sioban Vivian for Burn for Burn didn’t quite get me the way the Summer series did, but I’m 100 pages into All The Boys and really enjoying it so far :).

      I’m happy you’re still going to give Toledo a try too! It was weird because I wasn’t really enjoying it for the first 100 pages, but I couldn’t put it down either. It totally picked up for me when parts of the mystery were revealed and I would love to see what you think of it in the end :).

  2. Looks like you’re beating me to two local authors! Lydia Netzer and Jenny Han are both from the area, but I still haven’t read either one yet. I’m hoping to get to them soon! Love the idea of East West, definitely going to check out your post on it :)

    • East of West was fantastic! I hope you do end up checking it out even if for the artwork alone. Gorgeous!
      I do actually want to go back to Netzer’s first book at some point. I was intrigued by the quirkiness of Toledo. I look forward to your thoughts on it if you do read it :).

  3. Great update Chelsea! Too bad you couldn’t make it home for Easter dinner with your family. If it makes you feel any better I didn’t get to have dinner with my family either, I had to work lol! BUT that is here nor there; I love the graphic novel you’re currently or finished reading. I looked it up on goodreads.com and was thinking this is totally something I’d love! Also, I hear nothing but great things about Jenny Han’s new novel so I hope it lives up to all the hype everyone has been giving it!

    Happy (belated) Easter and have a great week!

    • Awww :(. Looks like we are family-less Easter buddies!
      East of West was pretty great. Natalie did a fantastic review on Goodreads which got me super excited for it :). Have a great week as well!

    • Aw, thanks Nat :). I miss getting to blog but just finally got a new computer (WOO!) and now I should be able to do stuff more often! I have LOTS of comments to catch up on for your blog, which I always read but hate not being able to type comments. Beware..the comments are alllll coming!

  4. Happy belated Easter and happy early birthday!! :) Paris Letters has really intrigued me, I’m interested to hear your final thoughts on it. I’ve been itching for some Harry Potter too, I read the first chapter of the first book tonight. I’m thinking I might start my annual reread pretty soon. Exam time has been killing me, I feel so guilty for reading anything other than my textbooks, but having my evenings free over the summer has some pretty exciting potential!

    • Thank you! :)
      Paris Letters is super cute. I’m really enjoying it! And it makes me seethe with jealousy lol.
      I totally get exam time being tough .. I remember feeling the exact same. But when it’s all over, you’ll feel so awesome :)!
      Best of luck on your exams and enjoy Harry Potter :)!

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