Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Hi pals!

I have had a busy couple of months and there have been a lot of changes going on in my life and that has meant that I’ve had to put a couple projects on the back burner for a bit. But I’m all moved into a new place, enrolled to start back up at school in a few weeks, and I finally have some time to come back to this lovely little space here!! It’s also now officially spooky season, which is my absolute favourite time of year, so keep an eye out for lots of cozy and spooky reads headed your way in the next little while!

I’m so excited to be back, and I thought that there was no better way to jump in than to share my TBR for teatimelit’s theatreathon! I am definitely going to cheat a little bit and I picked some books that cover multiple categories, but I will reevaluate after I have finished my TBR and see if I can add a couple of extras!

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Review: Hana Khan Carries On

From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants

Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters.

When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all.

As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be. 

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Review: Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.

Wren Southerland’s reckless use of magic has cost her everything: she’s been dismissed from the Queen’s Guard and separated from her best friend—the girl she loves. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate, Colwick Hall, to cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she seizes her chance to redeem herself.

The mansion is crumbling, icy winds haunt the caved-in halls, and her eccentric host forbids her from leaving her room after dark. Worse, Wren’s patient isn’t a servant at all but Hal Cavendish, the infamous Reaper of Vesria and her kingdom’s sworn enemy. Hal also came to Colwick Hall for redemption, but the secrets in the estate may lead to both of their deaths.

With sinister forces at work, Wren and Hal realize they’ll have to join together if they have any hope of saving their kingdoms. But as Wren circles closer to the nefarious truth behind Hal’s illness, they realize they have no escape from the monsters within the mansion. All they have is each other, and a startling desire that could be their downfall.

Allison Saft’s Down Comes the Night is a snow-drenched romantic fantasy that keeps you racing through the pages long into the night.

Love makes monsters of us all.

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My 2021 Reading Goals

Hi pals!

I hope that you’re having a lovely day! One big thing that I have been working on is reading with intention: paying more attention to what I’m reading, how I’m reading, and what I’m then recommending to customers in store. In order to do this I’ve set the following goals to help guide me in the right direction of becoming a better reader, bookseller, and person over the course of 2021.

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Hey, Hi, Hello!

Welcome pals,

Greetings from the night shift, my name is Taylor and I have loved pretty much everything to do with books for as long as I can remember. My life is peppered with memories punctuated with the book I was reading at the time. I still remember the first book that I stayed up until sunrise reading because I HAD to finish it, and countless times being busted trying to read by holding my book up to the hallway nightlight. Books have been my refuge when I have felt alone, and no matter what I was feeling, I’ve always found something to read that has an answer for me.

Reading is something that is really important and personal to me, however it is also something that has allowed me to connect with others and I have gained many friends through a shared love of reading. Especially now that I have the privilege of working in a bookstore and can share my love and enthusiasm for reading with others almost every day.

Over the course of this past year I have been slowly getting into the practice of not only reading a book and moving on, but thinking more critically about what I consume. So this blog is a space for me to share my thoughts on books, reading, and sharing recommendations.

Thank you for joining me, I think that this is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to share my love of reading with you all!

All my love,