The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle: Jeannette Walls

So I’m going to post about this book for two reasons: 1- because it’s amazing and 2- because it has been on all the top books lists since it came out years ago. Seriously, every time I go into Chapters I see it listed on all the tables like Heather’s Picks, 20 Books To Read Before You’re Twenty, Summer Reads, 30 Books To Read Before You’re Thirty… you get the point; this book is everywhere and it was publishes years ago. It’s a memoir of Walls life as she was growing up and what makes this such an interesting book is that her parents decided to live as homeless people basically. Her family moved around everywhere and it was so interesting to read how Walls grew up in rough, rundown places with parents who didn’t really want to parent too much. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother didn’t seem to concerned with being a mother. This book is just so inspiring as well because while Walls and her siblings grew up in an environment that was not supportive or really healthy, the siblings managed to overcome those obstacles which is really neat to read about. If you have not read this book, please do. It was amazing, inspiring and absolutely crazy to read about these insane situations this family got into. As you can maybe see from this picture, my copy is well worn and loved from the countless times that I’ve read this book. Haha. I l love this book and if you haven’t read it then get going! What are you waiting for?? This book has been top of the lists for years– you must read it!!

Teavana Tea Test

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Happy Sunday everyone! So I’ve decided to do a tea post because I am super excited to share my new discovery! For a bit of background, I have been on the hunt for years for some herbal/green teas that I like. This is because I am a huge tea drinker… if I’m drinking black teas. I’ve always been open to trying new teas but all the herbal teas that I’ve tried have just tasted like hot water with an after taste of grass and whatever berry/flower flavour was supposed to be incorporated. Until now. I was at Starbucks a few months ago and my sister convinced me to try the Youthberry tea instead of my regular cappuccino. I was so hesitant but loved it the moment I tried it. A few weeks later, my sister bought me the Youthberry and Pineapple Kona Pop for my birthday and, although I have been drinking them, I just started drinking them regularly recently and thought I’d share them with all of you. They are amazing! I love that I can actually taste the flavour of my tea and the colours are amazing which is an obvious plus. Haha. I mean, look at the colour of the Youthberry tea in this photo, it’s gorgeous. And the Pineapple Kona Pop tea tastes so sweet. Overall, ten out of ten for these teas. I don’t know if there are other people who have this same issue where they love the idea of herbal teas but the tastes always lets them down but if you do or if you are interested in finding new teas, I recommend these ones for sure. I find that I need a half a teaspoon of honey in my tea but I’n trying to wean myself off it because I don’t really need it but try these and tell me how you like them!

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

TheHauntingOfSunshineGirlThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Paige McKenzie

So some of you may have heard about this book already from the YouTube web series that it’s based around. To be honest, I didn’t. Haha. I was walking around Chapters one day and discovered this book and while I do plan on making time to discover what the web series is all about, I haven’t yet. Not because I’m scared or anything (I mean, I am but that’s beside the point), but because I’m just so busy with everything that’s going on in my life right now… well that’s the story I’m going to stick with anyways. 🙂

If you like horror then this is a book that I highly recommend you look out for. I am a huge fan of the horror genre in books but I’m the biggest chicken you’ve ever met when it comes to horror movies. That’s probably why I’m dragging my feet to actually watch the YouTube series… haha. I thought this book was amazing though. It’s about this girl, Sunshine Griffith who moves to Washington with her adoptive mother because her Mum got a job offer for work. Right away, and I’m talking the first chapter, you can just picture the house that McKenzie is describing and it is C-R-E-E-P-Y. You know that if this were a movie, bad signs are written all over this new house. Anyways, book continues with weird incidences that happen in the house that only Sunshine seems to notice. She never feels warm in her house and she keeps hearing this creepy laughter at night. It is such a thrilling book that I had to read it all in one sitting- there was no way  I was going to bed until I had figured out what was going on in this book. This book is about possession and spirits so if that kind of horror does not appeal to you then maybe this isn’t the book for you but I highly recommend this book to anyone! The descriptions in this book are amazing that when reading you can just picture the creepy things McKenzie describes happening. Overall 10/10 in the teen horror genre!