“Books are glamourous, books are sexy, books are FUN!”

Just for Fun, Toronto Adventures

Picture from Retreat by Random House Blog

Yesterday night was the first ever BOOKSTRAVAGANZA hosted by Chatelaine Magazine and Random House Canada. The event was located at the Ritz-Carlton on Wellington street and oh my was it grand!

Surrounded by book-lovers, writers, and head-honchos of the magazine and book publishing world, I stood back in awe. It was a little intimidating to say the least but everyone was friendly and welcoming. I even got to meet Lindsey from Random House Canada, the lovely lady who gave me the opportunity to review books for them.

After an hour of cocktails and lip gloss testing (got an awesome lips gloss from Bourjois Paris Cosmetics), we were settled into a lovely ballroom where and introduced to the amazing books coming this Fall from Random House Canada. I think I’m most excited about Sussex Drive by Linda Svendsen, I’ll have to get a copy of that one!

So many wonderful people spoke about new books, the reasons to love books, and the passion and dedication it takes to create a fabulous book. It was amazing to hear from the editor of The Purchase by Linda Spalding as well as the editor of Chatelaine magazine – so many successful, hardworking, women in one room, truly inspiring.

The authors of The Sweet Girl and The Selector of Souls were in attendance also. They spoke about their novels and at the end of the evening every attendee was given a copy of their books and the chance to have them signed. It was great to hear Annabel Lyon speak, since I just finished her novel. You rarely get to see or hear the person behind the words you’re reading. It’s funny because in those brief five minutes that she spoke, I heard the voice of her main character from The Sweet Girl, Pytho.

Oh, I forgot to mention that they gave away prizes all evening! I was the lucky raffle-winner of a Sony tablet (thanks again)! The raffle was an amazing surprise for all the ladies there. Then came the swag bag…

The swag bag contents are the two bottom pictures and the magazine 🙂 . My kind of heaven: books, notebooks, makeup, chocolate – oh my GOODies!

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I need to work in publishing. My life needs to be surrounded by books and I need to write my own on the side! #Bookstravaganza

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Thanks to Random House Canada and Chatelaine for hosting a great event and to my boyfriend for bringing me downtown and spending some time with me in a room full of ladies 🙂

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

"Books are glamourous, books are sexy, books are FUN!"

Just for Fun, Toronto Adventures

Picture from Retreat by Random House Blog

Yesterday night was the first ever BOOKSTRAVAGANZA hosted by Chatelaine Magazine and Random House Canada. The event was located at the Ritz-Carlton on Wellington street and oh my was it grand!

Surrounded by book-lovers, writers, and head-honchos of the magazine and book publishing world, I stood back in awe. It was a little intimidating to say the least but everyone was friendly and welcoming. I even got to meet Lindsey from Random House Canada, the lovely lady who gave me the opportunity to review books for them.

After an hour of cocktails and lip gloss testing (got an awesome lips gloss from Bourjois Paris Cosmetics), we were settled into a lovely ballroom where and introduced to the amazing books coming this Fall from Random House Canada. I think I’m most excited about Sussex Drive by Linda Svendsen, I’ll have to get a copy of that one!

So many wonderful people spoke about new books, the reasons to love books, and the passion and dedication it takes to create a fabulous book. It was amazing to hear from the editor of The Purchase by Linda Spalding as well as the editor of Chatelaine magazine – so many successful, hardworking, women in one room, truly inspiring.

The authors of The Sweet Girl and The Selector of Souls were in attendance also. They spoke about their novels and at the end of the evening every attendee was given a copy of their books and the chance to have them signed. It was great to hear Annabel Lyon speak, since I just finished her novel. You rarely get to see or hear the person behind the words you’re reading. It’s funny because in those brief five minutes that she spoke, I heard the voice of her main character from The Sweet Girl, Pytho.

Oh, I forgot to mention that they gave away prizes all evening! I was the lucky raffle-winner of a Sony tablet (thanks again)! The raffle was an amazing surprise for all the ladies there. Then came the swag bag…

The swag bag contents are the two bottom pictures and the magazine 🙂 . My kind of heaven: books, notebooks, makeup, chocolate – oh my GOODies!

______

I need to work in publishing. My life needs to be surrounded by books and I need to write my own on the side! #Bookstravaganza

______

Thanks to Random House Canada and Chatelaine for hosting a great event and to my boyfriend for bringing me downtown and spending some time with me in a room full of ladies 🙂

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Please, don’t call me ‘sweet girl’

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Last week I tweeted “don’t get offended so easily, (most likely) the world isn’t out to get you”. That was a note to self – one that I really needed. Sometimes I have really good advice, I just need to follow it once in a while. I need to stop being so sensitive. I need to speak up. I need to be strong. I need to let some things slide. I need to just take a nap and get over things, forget them. I need to stop giving merit to other people’s opinions.

I need to be more like the main character in The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon.

Pytho is smart, educated, and unafraid to be different. She is the daughter of Aristotle and she lives in a time where a woman who can think, read, write, or swim is considered unlovely – well then heck I must be the most unlovely woman of them all! Imagine if we lived in a time like that, a time where only the gods valued women.

“‘ The gods value women.  They understand the power of women… In their world, the greatest women are a match for the greatest men. Thinkers, warriors, healers,” (page 15).

Not in Pytho’s world, where she’s called “sweet girl”. A term that made her skin crawl. An ‘endearing’ term synonymous with “obedient girl” and “good girl”. Pytho did what she wanted,when she wanted- she was a strong girl. If this novel does one thing, it’s reaffirm my faith in the fact that women have come a long way, that we can do anything that a man can do. I think the fuel behind my quick reading of this novel was Pytho’s character, her determination. I wasn’t expecting where this novel lead, which direction her character took but I enjoyed it (even if I was confused at times). I enjoyed it because of the strength in her character and even though it was also a historical fiction, it wasn’t as strung up on details as The Purchase. I don’t know which novel I liked better but I will say that the The Sweet Girl is great if you want a quick read that isn’t too light.

OH! I’m off to the Random House Canada Bookstragaganza event tonight and looking forward to checking out their Fall must-read books. I’ll be sure to let you know how it went ;). I’m also stopping in at Roots before heading downtown, I have a gift certificate with my name on it and a blog post to write!

Thanks Roots!!

Have a fantastic Tuesday and if it’s a little shitty, remember this;

‘”The worst never lasts long. Especially if you’ve thought through all the alternatives, and you have a plan.” – The Sweet Girl

Love Always
Vanessa Xo
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Synopsis (from the Random House of Canada Limited website)
Pythias is her father’s daughter, with eyes his exact shade of unlovely, intelligent grey. A slave to his own curiosity and intellect, Aristotle has never been able to resist wit in another—even in a girl child who should be content with the kitchen, the loom and a life dictated by the womb. And oh his little Pytho is smart, able to best his own students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian philosophers. Is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really be? Pythias must suffer that argument, but she is also (mostly) secure in her father’s regard.
 
But then Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, and sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, most especially his famous Macedonian-born teacher. Aristotle and his family are forced to flee to Chalcis, a garrison town. Ailing, mourning and broken in spirit, Aristotle soon dies. And his orphaned daughter, only 16, finds out that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be played upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women. To safely journey to a place in which she can be everything she truly is, Aristotle’s daughter will need every ounce of wit she possesses, but also grace and the capacity to love.

Please, don't call me 'sweet girl'

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Last week I tweeted “don’t get offended so easily, (most likely) the world isn’t out to get you”. That was a note to self – one that I really needed. Sometimes I have really good advice, I just need to follow it once in a while. I need to stop being so sensitive. I need to speak up. I need to be strong. I need to let some things slide. I need to just take a nap and get over things, forget them. I need to stop giving merit to other people’s opinions.

I need to be more like the main character in The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon.

Pytho is smart, educated, and unafraid to be different. She is the daughter of Aristotle and she lives in a time where a woman who can think, read, write, or swim is considered unlovely – well then heck I must be the most unlovely woman of them all! Imagine if we lived in a time like that, a time where only the gods valued women.

“‘ The gods value women.  They understand the power of women… In their world, the greatest women are a match for the greatest men. Thinkers, warriors, healers,” (page 15).

Not in Pytho’s world, where she’s called “sweet girl”. A term that made her skin crawl. An ‘endearing’ term synonymous with “obedient girl” and “good girl”. Pytho did what she wanted,when she wanted- she was a strong girl. If this novel does one thing, it’s reaffirm my faith in the fact that women have come a long way, that we can do anything that a man can do. I think the fuel behind my quick reading of this novel was Pytho’s character, her determination. I wasn’t expecting where this novel lead, which direction her character took but I enjoyed it (even if I was confused at times). I enjoyed it because of the strength in her character and even though it was also a historical fiction, it wasn’t as strung up on details as The Purchase. I don’t know which novel I liked better but I will say that the The Sweet Girl is great if you want a quick read that isn’t too light.

OH! I’m off to the Random House Canada Bookstragaganza event tonight and looking forward to checking out their Fall must-read books. I’ll be sure to let you know how it went ;). I’m also stopping in at Roots before heading downtown, I have a gift certificate with my name on it and a blog post to write!

Thanks Roots!!

Have a fantastic Tuesday and if it’s a little shitty, remember this;

‘”The worst never lasts long. Especially if you’ve thought through all the alternatives, and you have a plan.” – The Sweet Girl

Love Always
Vanessa Xo
__ __
Synopsis (from the Random House of Canada Limited website)
Pythias is her father’s daughter, with eyes his exact shade of unlovely, intelligent grey. A slave to his own curiosity and intellect, Aristotle has never been able to resist wit in another—even in a girl child who should be content with the kitchen, the loom and a life dictated by the womb. And oh his little Pytho is smart, able to best his own students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian philosophers. Is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really be? Pythias must suffer that argument, but she is also (mostly) secure in her father’s regard.
 
But then Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, and sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, most especially his famous Macedonian-born teacher. Aristotle and his family are forced to flee to Chalcis, a garrison town. Ailing, mourning and broken in spirit, Aristotle soon dies. And his orphaned daughter, only 16, finds out that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be played upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women. To safely journey to a place in which she can be everything she truly is, Aristotle’s daughter will need every ounce of wit she possesses, but also grace and the capacity to love.