Month: April 2014

another read: the sisters brothers

I finished another novel this week. I love having a Kobo again, it just makes reading so much easier. I love that every spare minute can be used more effectively.

This week, I read The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. It was recommended to me by a friend and there was a lot of praise around the book PLUS it’s an historical fiction by a Canadian author, I was pretty excited to read it. Unfortunately, that only lasted until I started reading it. I had seen online that this was a dark comedy, but I had to say that the joke was lost on me. There were some parts of the book I liked but the real reason I finished the book so quickly was because I was excited to get on to the next one. I didn’t enjoy most of the characters in the book so I didn’t really care when something bad or good happened to them. I also thought I might enjoy this novel since I took an entire course about cowboys at U of T (yes, that was a thing) but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into it. But like I said, it could just be the joke was lost on me.

This book is highly recommended across the internet but I wouldn’t recommend it. Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?

April 11-13: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a nice week :) Here’s a few things going on this weekend in the city of Toronto.

Do: If you’re planning a wedding, this weekend has a bunch of events to help you create your dream wedding. All weekend at the Direct Energy Centre is Toronto’s Bridal Show. Discounted tickets are available online, there will be a lot of different vendors at this show as well as a daily fashion show. On Sunday, The Fermenting Cellar will be having a wedding open house, showcasing their venue as well as their preferred vendors.

See: This weekend is the Toronto Art Expo. Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this event will have a wide range of art on display including paintings, sculptures, and a variety of other unique pieces. Tickets are available at the door, $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students.

Eat/Drink: This Sunday is Boozy Bingo! at 2nd Floor Events. There will be food, drinks and of course bingo. Your first 5 cards are $5 and you can reserve your spot on their eventbrite site. Also, the first 50 people there on Sunday (bingo starts at 3pm) will receive a $10 voucher to Famoso Annex (which has some darn good pizza).

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and remember although Monday always comes quickly, so will the weekend as it’s a short week!

Today’s Friday song, because – I love Nelly. :) Just a Dream

thirsty thursday: orange mungus

Another week nearly behind us and the weather is getting better each day. I hit up my first patio this weekend and I will tell you it was glorious, sure it got cold at 6pm but that didn’t matter. The sun was gorgeous.

Continuing on my Spring Sessions inspired Thirsty Thursdays – this week’s beer is Orange Mungus from Flying Monkeys in Barrie. I’ve had them in the past and I think I just tried the wrong kind for me because I loved both that I tried at the festival. The Orange Mungus as you might suspect was orangey, it wasn’t overly sweet but it was a very light drink. I think the best way to describe it would be like mixing an orangina and beer. It was light and refreshing, perfect for the sunny days ahead (a girl can dream, right?)

Hope you have a fantastic Thursday evening!

my latest reads

I finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn on Saturday night, it was one of those times that I just absolutely had to finishing reading the book the suspense was killing me. Her novels definitely leave you guessing almost right until the end. Early on in the novel, I had decided I thought I knew who was responsible for the crime but I was wrong. Basically every chapter has you guessing it’s a new person because she is just so great at showing you the different perspectives to the story. This story was written in a similar style to Gone Girl, in that every chapter has a different narrator, except this book uses more points of view than Gone Girl. I thought this novel was great and would highly recommend if you’re looking for a mystery that really makes you think.

A couple of weeks before that I finished Gillian Flynn’s other novel, Sharp Objects. Her novels are in no way related. I found I didn’t like Sharp Objects as much as her other two novels because it was only written from one person’s point of view. Although the mystery is really good, and the novel does keep you guessing, I really enjoyed the different point of views in the other novels. If you haven’t read any of her novels, I’d suggest starting with this one because it was my least favourite.

I also read Orange is the New Black for my book club a few weeks ago but unfortunately our next meeting has been postponed because of everyone’s crazy schedule so I’ll talk more about that once I’ve had my meeting. I’ve also downloaded a bunch of novels from the library, so have lots of reading to do before they expire in three weeks.

Have you read these novels? What did you think? What are you reading now?

April 4-6: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Wow, we’re into April. It finally seems to have stopped snowing, Spring may actually be coming. Sunday is supposed to be wonderful.

Do: Although the game is sold out for tonight but it is the home opening weekend and there are still tickets available for this weekend. The jays coming back really make me believe that summer is coming, despite the gloomy weather I know sunny days are coming around the corner. If you are heading down tomorrow or Sunday, keep in mind Union Station is closed all weekend.

See: The ReelWorld Film Festival is taking place this weekend and next weekend at theatres in Toronto and Markham. These films showcase the talents of artists from diverse communities and backgrounds. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Eat: The Good Food & Drink Festival is happening this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door, which includes a show bag and a Govino wine glass. Sample tickets are $20 for 20 tickets which can be used for drinks and some food vendors. There will be a food truck alley and a variety of on-stage demos, check the site for details.

Drink: Steam Whistle will have a season opener party happening at the brewery all weekend long, including tonight until 11pm (perfect if you weren’t able to get tickets to the game). Caplansky’s Food Truck and Hot Bunzz will be on sight as well as a DJ Fields McQueen and of course, the $4 beers. Should be a great event to celebrate that summer is actually coming.

Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time!

This Friday song just seems too perfect today. OK! Blue Jays! Let’s. Play. Ball.

thirsty thursday: winter ale

Happy Thursday everyone!

I checked out the Spring Session of the Toronto Festival of Beers last Friday so have lots of beers to share with you over the next few weeks. I thought I would start with the Granville Island Winter Ale because it is seasonal and won’t be available soon and it was one of my favourites. I’ve had “chocolate” beers in the past but usually they’re a stout or way to o dark for my liking, this was not the case. This beer was a little on the darker side, but was smooth and was honestly like drinking chocolate. I really enjoyed this beer but was told that what’s available at the LCBO and Beer Store now are all that is left for the season. I highly recommend picking it up if you see it on your beer consuming journey.

Enjoy your evening!