Lily Collins’ UNFILTERED

 

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But I know now that there is a greater happiness to be attained in this world: the happiness of enjoying myself to the fullest during the one life I have and accepting myself for who I am while I’m living it.

Unfiltered is a collection of essays where Lily Collins talks about topics young women struggle with: dating, family, relationships, self-confidence and other things.

I remember seeing her announcement over at her Instagram account. I got excited. Books by celebrities don’t usually excite me but I was a bit interested on what her’s would be about.

It was an easy and light read. She shared experiences which made her seem more of a regular person instead of an actor we usually see in the movies. She shared heartbreaks which until now I’m trying to figure out which of them refers to Jamie Campbell Bower. She shared her eating disorder: when it started, why it started what she had to go through (and is still going through) to recover. She shared how she used to hate her eyebrows. YES. THE LILY COLLINS USED TO HATE HER EYEBROWS. That’s a bit crazy to think especially since her eyebrows is her signature look.

If there is anything I didn’t like about this is some topics seem to be repetitive when she starts on sharing her experiences. Nonetheless, this book is a great gift for teens and young women because in the end of it, she came out stronger with more love for herself, and more accepting of who she is.

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On “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

Earlier this year, I gave myself a more relaxed reading goal: re-reading books I love to rediscover why I fell in love with reading. I have slowly felt myself get bored and tired of reading because I was constantly trying to catch up with all the books book bloggers rave about. Not to mention, the number of book lists that pop up in my Facebook feed everytime I check it. I have a toddler, and “so many books, so little time” is only one of the many things I can describe how my life is going right now. I mean, just look at how dead this blog has gotten. (I’m trying, I’m really trying. *sad face*)

Close to the end of 2016, a list of book adaptations to be released in 2017 came out. I was excited but I didn’t feel pressured to read them all. I had this I’ll-read-it-and-watch-it-eventually mentality going at the time. And then I saw the trailer for Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything. And well, Nick Robinson.

 

Basically, I’m allergic to the world.

Nicola Yoon’s novel starts off with Maddy letting you know she’s never been outside. She lives her life as normal as she could between routines, regular (and sometimes hourly) check-ups. She has online classes, and she fills her time reading books. And then Olly’s family moves in next door.

I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.

Everything, Everything gave me that Hazel and Augustus feeling which I missed ever since I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars. It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact the characters (except Olly) are sick. It’s the us-againts-the-world thing while at the same time there is worry in the back of their minds.

I also enjoyed that Maddy reads. I found a Book Riot article which lists the books mentioned in the novel. Would I be adding those to my ever growing TBR list, YUP!

I constantly find myself gravitating towards young adult fiction which has a romance/love story line to them. It’s worse when I find the main characters are around sixteen to nineteen years old. For some reason, there is something inviting about meeting the love of your life (or someone you’re willing to go to extremes for) at that age.

The trailer for the adaptation looks great. However, if you haven’t read the book the trailer is pretty much most of it. Probably some parts of it would need more context. Hopefully the entire movie would live up to what I hope.

 

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2016 Word On The Street

Remember my previous post about the Saskatoon Expo? On the same weekend was a book and magazine fair held in downtown Saskatoon: Word On The Street.

I have first heard of Word On The Street last year by accident. I can’t remember how I even came across it. I do however remember making plans to go the following year. I was looking forward to it. I enjoy going to comic expos but books and reading is something I love and knowing where I currently reside celebrates this as well is a big deal for me.

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Meeting Yann Martel. Andrew made this happen. He bought me a copy of Life of Pi to get signed.
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David Suzuki. I don’t know who he is. Haven’t heard of him. However, his line for autographs was consistently long.
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They have a little area dedicated for kids. I believe it was called Literacy Lane. There were children’s activities all over this area for them to complete and when they do, they get a sticker for their passport (show here around Taylor’s neck). Once they’ve collected all the stickers, they get a free book.
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I remember Andrew telling me we needed to get a picture of Taylor with this cat so we can get a poster set of alphabets, numbers, colours, shapes and months of the year.

I was a little bummed out there aren’t any other authors I know or recognize. It got me thinking if this event is exclusively for Canadian authors (maybe I’m wrong) because if it is, I’m going to need to consciously start reading works by Canadian authors to better enjoy this.

Any suggestions on where to start?

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2016 Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo

Last week, me and family together with some of our friends attended Saskatoon’s Comic and Entertainment Expo which was held at Prairieland Park. I was particularly excited this year because of the media guests they have lined up. They got Carrie Fisher (yes, the Carrie Fisher), Bob Morley (The 100), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Tom Felton (Harry Potter Series), and Randy Havens and Shannon Purser (Stranger Things) to name a few.

As usual there were a lot of exhibitors. However, day 1 seemed to lack of people in costumes. I told Andrew we’d go during the first day since the costume contest usually happens on the first day. It did. There just wasn’t a lot of people in costumes compared to the last 2 years we went.

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Taylor as Supergirl for the expo.

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Pokemon cosplay was huge this year. There were a lot of Pikachu and Ash walking around. I even saw a person wearing a Charmander onesie pyjamas.

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I found Barb you guys! She made it out of the Upside Down. 🙂
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Mr. Clark! Anyone agrees with me he’s pretty much the reason the kids found Will? Right? 🙂
Bob Morley photo op
Andrew and I talked about starting a tradition of purchasing photo ops for celebrities we both like just to see Taylor’s reactions on every single one. Haha!
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