#MazeRunnerFriday Twitter Viewing Party with James Dashner & a Giveaway!

It’s the Friday before the “big day” and if you’re like me, you’re stocked up on sweets and hot chocolate. So why not grab your warmest blanket, pop The Maze Runner in your DVD player and live chat your experience on Twitter using the hashtag #MazeRunnerFriday. Oh and the best part, James Dashner, the author and inspiration behind The Maze Runner will be jumping in the conversation as well!

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Based on the book by James Dashner that made The New York Times best-sellers list for more than 100 weeks, THE MAZE RUNNER brings together an up-and-coming cast of young talent including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf,” The Internship), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”) that do whatever it takes to survive.

In this heart-pounding survival thriller based on the best-selling novel, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” ) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn — especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night — Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose… and find a way out before it’s too late!

I’ve read The Maze Runner trilogy and thanks to my friends at Fox Home Entertainment, I’m excited to share that I am going to be hosting an affiliated giveaway so that YOU can enter to win a Blu-Ray copy of The Maze Runner and a copy of James Dashner’s book The Maze RunnerTHIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES RESIDENTS.

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The Maze Runner Prize PackGood luck and I’ll see you all on Twitter TONIGHT (remember to use the hashtag #MazeRunnerFriday) , at 8:00pm Eastern (5:00pm Pacific).

My Favourite Books in 2014 that I HAVEN’T Reviewed… Until Now!

When you’re a book blogger, sometimes you’re reading up to 3 or 4 books at a time. Sometimes you read just to escape and the last thing you want to do when you finish a book is write a review for it. BUT, now that it’s colder outside, all your favourite television shows are on hiatus until the New Year and you’ve got tubs of hot chocolate on hand to get you through the cold weather, it’s time to turn on the old computer and start writing. I really like writing, it’s cathartic and it helps me tap into the feeling and emotions I felt when I read a particular book. With that being said, I got behind on my reviews this year. Like, really behind. So I decided to take a different approach to ensure you hear about these eight books that I loved and really wanted to review. I made a video!

Who would have thought I could go on and on about eight books for twenty minutes (well probably anyone that’s met me in person), but I did. I suppose I had a lot to say, because I loved each and every one of these reads. And if you’re saying to yourself, I don’t have 20 minutes to spare to watch this girl yammer on about books for that long, just think, you might find a good holiday read for one of your family members or friends. I’d ALSO be very appreciative if you watched it, because I showered for the video and tidied up my bookshelf, so maybe just watch it to make me feel like all my efforts were all worth it. 25+ views will indicate I should continue to wear deodorant and brush my hair. hehe

Without further ado, here’s the video of the 8 Books I Didn’t Review on my Blog in 2014.

If you like these types of videos, be sure to let me know in the comments. I’d love to keep doing them if they’re something you’re all interested in seeing. And like I say in the video, I’m going to be getting better at posting book reviews when I read the books, so stay tuned for lots of upcoming recommendations!

- Happy Reading (& Reviewing)

[Video] Document Your Life – November 2014

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The thing about creating these document your life videos is that I make them to reflect on all the fun events, people and occurrences that took place in 2014. Up until November 2014, things have been great; trips, fun author events, picnics, etc, but if I’m being perfectly honest, November has been tough. Really tough. And you’re not going to see that in this video. I’m choosing not to share those memories on video, mostly because they’re personal and also because I didn’t feel like recording them or truth be told, remembering them. I think it’s true what they say though, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”, and even though things have been not so pleasant, I’m focusing on seeing the positive. SOOO, with all that being said, you’re going to see the fun things that happened in November, like,

  • My beautiful niece
  • Trips to the ROM
  • My best friend and her adorable baby bump
  • My weekend at the Toronto Inspire Book Fair
  • Birthday celebrations

So sit back, turn up the volume, because I chose a Lumineers song for this month and watch the fun bits and clips of November!

*The concept of the Document Your Life videos was created by Lauren Hannah. Her story, videos and a description of the project can be found here.

** The song in this video is Stubborn Love by The Lumineers: http://thelumineers.com

Why I Document Every Book I Read

When I turned 30 a year ago, I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 30 things I’d like to accomplish during the year. Some of the things on the list included,

  • Go ice skating
  • See a movie at the drive in theatre
  • Finally see a Raptors games

… and because I’m such a book lover, I had to include a book goal. So I challenged myself by setting a goal to read 75 books in my 30th year. Since I typically read about 70 books a year, I thought that this goal would challenge me, but not break me (which to me, was very important). So I created a folder on my GoodReads account called, 30 while 30 Reading Challenge (add me as a friend, if we’re not already pals) and I slowly plugged away at adding each book I read from November 18, 2013 to November 18, 2014.

I’m happy to report that not only did I go figure skating and see a Raptors game, but I read 85 books in my 30th year! So, yes, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself. But the reason I’m sharing this dorky/bookish achievement with you is that I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I categorized my year of reading. It’s now time for a confession (although it’s pretty obvious if you’re an avid visitor to this blog), I really like organization. I don’t know when this happened, I was not like this as a child, but I somehow operate better when there are lists, goals and spreadsheets. They give me a sense of purpose and in this case, it allows me to reflect of a time in my life when there were a lot of changes, development and achievements. Looking back at this list allows me to recapture experiences that happened while I was reading a particular book.

For example, when I see My Salinger Year on this list, I  immediately travel back to the summer, because I was reading this memoir when I went home this summer to say goodbye to my childhood home. Every morning I’d wake up and do a 5km walk around the neighbourhood that helped raise me and then I’d go home to read a little bit of Joanna Rakoff’s memoir about moving out on her own and starting her career in agency IMG_8157publishing. The similarities are outstanding, I know. But from now on, every time I see that book, it will always remind me of my childhood bedroom and those early morning walks.

I’ll always associate The Vacationers by Emma Straub as the book that I read in the park one afternoon while my friend and I sipped on warm beer and ate cucumber, tomato and avocado sandwiches.

Having this list of 85 books not only helps me reconnect with feelings and memories of reading in my thirties, but it helps me remember the books that had an impact on my mind and development. Woah! I feel like I’m getting pretty deep right now. What I guess I’m trying to say is document your reading. It’s the most rewarding way to reflect on all those little details and experiences that you might not otherwise remember.

Now my question to you book lovers, do YOU make notes of the books you read throughout the years? Do you feel it’s important? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please take the time to leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond.

Happy Reading ~