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!