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[Retrospective] – A Rewind Of: March 2017

Retrospective is a monthly post to rewind all of the happenings here at thoughts and afterthoughts.


A Rewind Of:
March 2017

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[Review] The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz (+ Excerpt)

Book Title: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author:     Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Number of pages:  464


the-inexplicable-logic-of-my-life-benjamin-alire-saenz-book-coverSal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

(re: Goodreads @ The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Bnjaamin Alire Sáenz)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Adopted protagonist in a Mexican family who brings so much life to the page; themes of nature versus nurture
– Inexplicable lacks plot; is wholly character/dialogue driven
– Vicente is the best father figure in YA fiction you haven’t met
– Friendship/family driven; no romance plotline (love for love’s sake is more appropriate)
– Is extremely quotable

Initial Thoughts

Guess who thought this book was Aristotle and Dante book #2? This guy.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life from Raincoast Books.

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[Book Events] Books, Be Mine: Valentines 2016


What Is Books, Be Mine 2016?

VDay2016_YoureInvitedYou might gravitate towards paranormal or horror during Halloween and cozy up to a fluffy Christmas-themed story during the New Years, but with Valentines coming up, it’s time to send those candygrams to your favourite one true love book.

This is my way of inviting you to an online event hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada to spread the joy of reading during Valentines Day (February 14, 2016). It’s low key, chill, and if you read a page or two, you’ve already won (yes, it is now a competition).

[Link to the official Facebook event is here.]

What To Read?

Maybe you’re a book polygamist and have several books you’re hoping to put a dent in–go for it!

Maybe you’ve just been busy, in a reading slump, or getting over a hangover–try to read one page and see where that takes you! 

Or maybe you just don’t know what to read.

Since Valentines is all about romance…ish–a genre I actually don’t have much insight on–I’ve enlisted the help of  Brandie (Brandie is a Book Junkie), Deanna (A Novel Glimpse), and the Community to recommend some titles for you to dig into this holiday.

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