*My thoughts on “A tale of two Daddies” a review off Netgally

A Tale of two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

Hello book friends and welcome to my blog! If you are new here then thanks for visiting, I hope you find something you enjoy. If you’re a repeat I’d like to say welcome to my web ;-). I hope you find something interesting in my little space on the internet.

*Disclaimer, I recieved this book for free on Netgally in exchange for a honest review, these thoughts are 100% my own*

I was really looking for a quick read so I decided to see what Netgally had available. Childrens literature is NOT my usual “go to”, but I wanted to see what type of books they were making for kids these days. I was looking for something fresh (not anything like Caillou).

I wanted something about STEM, or non traditional families. That’s when I came across ” A tale of two Daddies” by Vanita Oelschlager.

The book is a conversation between two kids, a boy and a girl. The girl has two daddies. The boy (like any other child) is just asking her random questions about which daddies she goes to for which scenario.

When the book started I thought it was going to be one of those typical “this dad is the mom” sort of thing but I was wrong. Each scenario is fit with a Dad, and some scenarios don’t have a Dad answer, for some it’s both.

I thought it was a great non judgmental way for kids to talk about same sex couples. The female main character never got offended and just answered his questions.

It was a nice change of pace (this book came out in 2010). The illustrations were fantastic! Simple yet beautiful.

Who is this book great for?

I believe this book would be great for childcare centers or at home if you have little ones around. Or maybe you’re like me and just want a quick, breath of fresh air read.

My rating for this book is 4.5 stars

Till next time book friends!

Tanya xoxo

What ARCS are on my TBR?

Hello book friends! Like some of you possibly did/do, I joined Netgally and have been requesting ebooks to review. Well I may have been extremely slack with my ARC reading (shame, so much shame).

I decided to compile a list of the ARCS I have to read and review, this way I will have it written down and maybe someone will see a book that looks interesting to them 🙂

  1. What happened that night by Deanna Cameron. (Published on September 17, 2019
  2. The prized girl by Amy K. Green (Published on January 14, 2020)
  3. The Memory Theif by Lauren Mansy ( Published on October 1, 2019)
  4. Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose (Published on September 24, 2019)
  5. Never – Contented Things by Sarah Porter (Published on March 19, 2019) *hides head in sand*
My life as Marlee by Victoria Anders (published on September 18, 2019)
The Forgetting Flower by Karen Hugg (was published June 18, 2019)
Canni by Daniel O’Connor (published July 4, 2019)

Goode over Evil by Leslie Marshman (published date unknown as its been archived *hangs head in shame*)
Girl of Fire by Gabrielle Mathieu (published on November 3, 2019) *phew*
Northanger Abbey, a collection of Jane Austen stories (published on September 12, 2019)

So I have 11 ARCS I need to get a move on reviewing (I would of had 12 but I have already reviewed Bonjour Shanghai).

Do you have any ARCS you want to read? Let me know in the comments what they are. Also let me know if you want or have read any of the books I posted 🙂

Tanya xx

Reading plans for Hurricane Dorian

Hello my book friends! This is my second time writing this post because the first one disappeared. So ya, (insert frustrated face here). If this is your first time visiting my blog than welcome and thanks for visiting. If you are here for more then thank you!.

Today Saturday September 7, 2019 we are set to get Hurricane Dorian. Right now it is a category 2. Being in Eastern Canada I realize how lucky we are. I know this storm devastated a lot of people south of us.

So yesterday after my husband got off work we headed to the grocery store. It looked completely ransacked. There was no fruit, vegetables, bread, bottled water it was nuts!.

No bread
No fruit
This is the first thing you see when you walk in the store. All I could do was laugh (and obviously take pictures).

So we basically just ended up spoiling our cat (who HATES wind) and buying powerade, chips and fudge bars. So like nothing of nutritional value. Lol

I’m not sure how long we will have power (hoping we don’t lose it) but I have a couple physical books picked out and some ebooks.

We recently moved so of course we can’t find our candles or flashlights and naturally those items were bought up yesterday (everything is closed today).

I’m in the mood to read something creepy so for physical books I have The Chalk Man by C.j Tudor, and The Huntress by Kate Quinn.

If by chance I feel like reading something light hearted I also have Pokemon red and blue manga #1 on ebook :-).

Right now I am participating in the Hogwarts-A-thon (see info and my tbr on that here http://confessionsofabooknerd.com/2019/09/01/hogwarts-a-thon-tbr/)

Well my book friends, I hope you all stay safe this weekend. Let me know in the comments below what you have planned or are reading this weekend.


8 bookish ways to practice self care

Hello, and welcome to my new book blog! This is my second post so thank you for taking the time to check out my little space on the internet.

Today’s post is about self care. Self care is SO important and honestly often gets put on the back burner for people. You spend your day at your job and then come home and take care of your family, home or pets. Where’s the “you time?”.

Here is a quick list of easy ways to practice self care.

1,  Do a face mask. Face masks are easy to do. You can even wear them while doing housework or reading a book. I suggest a detox or hydration mask.

2,  Read a book. This one is probably coming as a no brainer seeing as this is a book blog. Treat yourself to that new ebook you’ve been dieing to read. Have a book you’ve been eyeballing just sitting on your shelf? Give it a go!

3,  Take a bath. If you’re like me and put your arms in the bath water than obviously don’t read a paper or ebook. Lol. My go to for bath time reading is audiobooks. I tend to borrow mine from the library so I just listen to them on Overdrive. Its a great way to relax and read at the same time.

4,  clean out your inbox.  I know a lot of people (like my husband) do not regularly go through their emails. Why not take this chance to do just that. Delete all those pesky emails that are clogging up your inbox.

5,  Respond to those emails. While you are cleaning out your inbox why not respond to all those emails that are waiting for you. It may be a daunting task but you will feel so much better after it’s done.

6, Go through your bookshelf.  A few months ago I went through all my physical books and donated about 700. Yes, I got rid of about 700 books, and do you know what? It felt great! I found it very overwhelming having all those books. Now I have about 150 physical books.

7,  Organize your bookshelf.  Do you continually watch bookshelf tours on YouTube? Do you envy other people’s beautiful bookshelf layout? Why not do that for yourself! Always wanted to try rainbow shelves? Well theres no time like the present.

8,  Enjoy a hot beverage. With Autumn fast approaching (at least in the northern hemisphere) its getting to that perfect time to curl up with a fuzzy blanket, put on your reading socks and enjoy a hot beverage of your choosing. My go to is hot chocolate or herbal tea. I have this fantastic honeycrisp apple tea from David’s tea that is perfect for times like this.

Well those are just 8 ways to practice self care. What are some ways you practice self care? Let me know in the comments below

Till next time

Tanya xx

Hogwarts-A-thon tbr

Hello! and welcome to my new book blog. Today I found out about a new readathon happening right now. Its called the Hogwarts-a-thon. It runs from September 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

The challenges are as follows;

  • Platform 9 3/4 – Read a sequel (For this I chose Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof)
  • Welcome to Hogwarts- Read a book over 394 pages (for this I chose A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab)
  • Sorting Hat- Read a book with your house colors on it (I’m a Hufflepuff so I chose The Duff by Kody Keplinger)
  • Ghosts of Hogwarts- Read a contemporary (for this I’m doubling up and using The Duff)
  • Mr Olivander- Read a book over 2 years old (for this I’m doubling up and using Gemina)
  • Diagon Alley- Read a book with a lot of hype (for this I’m using The Chalk Man by C.J Tudor)
  • Flourish and Blotts – Read a random book off your tbr (Any of the above will work)
  • Bonus: Forbidden Forest- Read a book with dark themes (for this I’m doubling up and using The Chalk Man)

Let me know in the comments below if you are taking part in this month long readathon and if so what your tbr is.

xx Tanya

Review of “one day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter” by Scaachi Koul

One day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter by Scaachi Koul. A book of essays about life in a Indian family and growing up.

What a hilarious and sarcastic bunch of stories. I loved every minute of reading this book. Every word was perfectly written. The story starts off in Alberta Canada where our main character lives. After she finishes high school she moves to Toronto away from her family to start her new life. Still stuck under her parents rules even as a adult Scaachi yearns for freedom, while still respecting her parents wishes.

This book was hilarious and sarcastic, everything I love in a book. At 237 pages I wish it was longer. 5 stars for sure!

Till next time!