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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

My 2018: Light, a mis-step,and a reflection

Let’s talk about the new year. For some, it’s a time to make resolutions, look back at the highlights of the year, but also for some, it’s reflecting on the hardest of hardships and things that left the air feeling insurmountably thin at times. 2018, you’ve been so full of joy but also a lot of heaviness..but most of all, you’ve taught me a few … Continue reading My 2018: Light, a mis-step,and a reflection

Why Do We Make Such a Big Deal out of “Chasing Your Passion and Dreams”?

Today, I bring you another written word by Jed Jenkins on the fine art of chasing your dreams. We’re told this by our parents, peers, and teachers and we’ve probably thought this to ourselves all the time – “What is the one thing that I’m passionate about?” You know, that thing we all so desperately chase in our lifetime, the thing we’re told that once … Continue reading Why Do We Make Such a Big Deal out of “Chasing Your Passion and Dreams”?