NaPoWriMo 2017

You might have heard NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month (November) where the aim is to write a whole novel in 1 month! I’ll admit I’ve been tempted to try it but right now it seems very daunting. However I was looking around and found NaPoWriMo or National Poetry Writing Month where you write 1 poem each day for the month of April based on a prompt which you can find here. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at poetry, what better time than now? This is my first year trying it- so far so good, it’s only been 2 days but at least I’m not behind yet!

Until next time, Emily

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The Happiness Project: Reading Questions

I loved reading The Happiness Project! I just posted a review on Sunday that you can read here. At the end of the book there are questions for a reading group, I thought about going over a couple to discuss them. Here are my thoughts, I’d love for you to leave yours in the comments even if you haven’t read the book!

Spoiler Alert: The discussion questions may reveal some of the concepts that appear in the book

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The Best Books I’ve Had to Read for School

In school I loved English, it was a great chance to pick up some books you might never have actually read. Although there were some misses, most of them were actually really great! Here are 5 of my favourites… not including Shakespeare which I always loved. Maybe that’ll be another post, favourite Shakespeare plays.

1. Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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I feel as if this book was made for high school students, in a time when you’re struggling to figure everything out this book speaks to you on another level. Most of my classmates had the same reaction.

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My 4 Favourite Books!

5 favourite books would’ve been a nicer number but I only have 4 favourites! Whatcha gonna do?

1. In the Skin of a Lion Michael Ondaatje
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A beautiful prose written by a canadian author, he’s known for the English Patient which is still on my TBR list. Based in Toronto too, there is just something to love in books written about where you’re from.

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Reading Questions for the Girl on the Train

I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl on the Train, if you haven’t seen I wrote a spoiler free review which you can read here. After I was done reading I thought up some discussion questions that I thought I might share. I’d love to hear your thoughts

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read the book yet and want it to be a surprise, don’t read any further! You’ve been warned!!

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Books from the Used Book Store

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More than half of my books in my bookcase are preloved, mostly from random book sales or passed down from friends and family. Recently a used bookstore opened up along my commute and I stop in at least twice a week. Even though I don’t buy a book every time I go in I find joy in looking through the stacks at all of the different titles. I thought I’d feature some of my finds.

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Emily’s Book Rating System

Welcome to Emily at the Library! My new blog about…. books!

The main reason I created this blog is to connect with other readers, share my love of reading and to review books. A comprehensive rating system is important to any book review so, like many book reviewers, I’m using the 1-5 rating scale. Ratings mean different things to different people. After a lot of thinking, I’ve determined what each rating means to me.

5 Rating

  • Amazing read! Do not miss picking this one up
  • I was constantly excited to read this book, I didn’t want to put it down
  • I couldn’t find a significant flaw in any shape or form
  • Generally the concepts and themes from the book stays with me for some time

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