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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak Review

Long story short, I was given this book by a friend for my birthday and it came highly recommended. Expectations, set. A historical fiction? Yes. Lush character developments? Say no more. I became more than interested after learning that The Book Thief is categorized not just as a literary classic, but specifically a children’s contemporary classic. I was concerned that because I wasn’t necessarily its … Continue reading The Book Thief – Markus Zusak Review

Being Mortal – Atul Gawande Book Review

Not usually one to read a lot of non-fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Knowing that one of my favourite reads last year was When Breath Becomes Air (by Paul Kalanithi), my brother recommended this to me, and all I can say is YES. Yes yes yes. Shedding light on the inherent issues underlying healthcare systems when it comes to elderly patient care, Atul uses his … Continue reading Being Mortal – Atul Gawande Book Review

Invisible Privilege

The immigrant experience. is one that I cannot say is of my own. As I read through the pages of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, this was my visceral thought. As a second-generation Asian-Canadian,  I have not had to undergo the struggles that come with immigration firsthand, but instead have seen how my parents have been changed by the process and how it has shaped the dynamics of … Continue reading Invisible Privilege

7 Ways to Beat the January Blues

JANUARY. If you’re struggling this week, you aren’t alone. While we are expected to take the new year with stride, this month can signal the onset of general discontentment or depression. There’s so much pressure in January to set new goals, align the right motivations to get things done, and get back into the routine of work. It doesn’t help that the days become shorter … Continue reading 7 Ways to Beat the January Blues

Portugal: Landing in Lisbon

*Email subscribers: View on main website for the best viewing experience* Welcome to the land of sandy red rooftops, fish and seafood to no end, and ceramic tilework (otherwise known as azulejos). Being the capital of Portugal and the second oldest city in the world, I’ve learned that Lisbon (or Lisboa as the locals call it) is a force to be reckoned with, from its expansive arts and … Continue reading Portugal: Landing in Lisbon