RIP IX challenge – I’m in!

Posted by on September 5, 2014 2:02 am in Book talk | 4 comments


I am a little late posting this, but excited all the same. I think I have been waiting got the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge ever since it ended last year! It was so much fun in 2013; I had a blast, reading some of my favorite books of the year, and adding many more to my wishlist!

You want to join? It’s not too late, AND it’s easy and super not restrictive! Really! Any book fitting one of these categories can count :

Dark Fantasy.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

I’ve searched my shelves and came up with an early selection, a mix of books received recently and some last year. House of Leaves was on my list last year too… oops! Definitely need to get around to it this year!

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Are you joining the R.I.P. challenge too? What do you plan on reading?

Wordless Wednesday – Zoo Elegance

Posted by on September 3, 2014 1:44 am in My work | 9 comments

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Granby Zoo, Qc, Canada, August 2014

Just a bit of silliness this Wednesday!


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News from the Curio – 13

Posted by on August 31, 2014 9:52 pm in Book talk | 15 comments

Filling the Shelf – 155

Filling the Shelf simply is Mailbox Monday, but with a title that suits my blog! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello hello dear readers!

Great books arrived home this week! Two horror YA novels I had been eyeing for some time, in perfect timing for the R.I.P.! I can’t tell you how excited I am for this time of the year!

And also, two books (Animals and The Pink Hotel) from the library. Animals is a novel I discovered a few weeks ago while perusing the Mailbox Monday posts; I wish I could remember who’s blog featured it, but for whoever it was : thank you for the inspiration! I am starting it right now!


Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff – The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco


Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth - The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard

What books did you recently add to your shelves?


The end of summer


I know the calendar will have you believe that summer isn’t over; but for me, summer has always ended with the first of September. I’m pretty sure there’s many of us feeling like this, after years of going back to school as August ended. I’m not going back to school anymore, but it still feels like summer ends and fall begins at this time of the year!

It also coincides with the end of the Man’s vacation, sadly! We had a great two weeks of not doing much and spending a lot of time together – much needed time, if you ask me! I’m hoping, for the both of us, that when going back to work, things will be a little less crazy than they were and that we’ll get to see each other more; but I’ll be there to support him no matter what.

This weekend we did a one day trip to Burlington, Vermont. Had a stroll through the Farmer’s market and bought maple cotton candy (best.thing.ever!) Ate a burger and got chocolate and ice cream (we do love our sugar). Walked by the Lake Champlain, sat on rocks and enjoyed the sun. It had all the makings of a perfect day, and I absolutely loved it.

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Audio Review : Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

Posted by on August 30, 2014 1:25 am in 4 stars reads | 9 comments

guy in real lifeGuy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
Narrated by : MacLeod Andrews, Arielle DeLisle
Pages/Time : 400 pages / 9h33
Genre : YA, Contemporary
Stand alone
My Rating : 4/5

About the Book  :

It is Labor Day weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.

But they don’t.

This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other’s lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn’t belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren’t in order to figure out who we are. A story of the roles we all play-at school, at home, with our friends, and without our friends-and the one person who might show us what lies underneath it all.

My Thoughts :

When I finished reading Guy in Real Life, I immediately went on Goodreads to write a “review” that contained the following :


Yup, that’s it! This book made me SO happy! It was such a fun and heartwarming read, yet it had some very real moments too. Both Lesh and Svetlana were great, complex, likable, just enough imperfect characters I had a great time following. Their relationship didn’t feel forced and I loved that even though they thought about each other a lot, it evolved naturally (despite Lesh’s weird, uhm, obsession with virtual Svetlana – but that’s a another big part of the story!)

One thing I can say for sure is that the narration was fantastic. I connected both with Arielle DeLisle and MacLoed Andrews’ voices. Steve Brezenoff wrote a great story and the audio version made it shine. Both were expressive and well suited to their roles, and so on point they actually got a few out loud laughs from me! In fact, I am thinking that some of these jokes probably worked better in audio. I liked it a lot!

The RPG and MMORPG (online gaming) elements are very present in the book but I felt the author explained them very simply, making it approachable for those who aren’t familiar with these. This being said, as an occasional player of both, I loved how the author used them. The game Lesh plays online is very clearly inspired by World of Warcraft and oh gosh did it bring me back to my years playing it! So many memories! It’s a bit of the same effect Ready Player One had, though in a whole different genre!

The book looks like – and read like – a lot of fun, but there were some very interesting themes through it. Lesh plays a girl online and it does catch up to him, and it raises very interesting questions. Relationships and friendships are also central themes, done in a cute way without over-the-top romance.

Well, I guess overall Guy in Real Life was a really nice surprise! I was entertained from start to finish, to the point where I would find a lot of time in my day to listen to the audio (a lot of cleaning up and cooking was done during these couple of weeks!) This was my first time reading Steve Brezenoff and certainly not the last!