Three Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Remember how I said last week I would read other books than the Dresden Files so that the reviews would be somewhat versatile? Well… you can see how that went by the title of this post. I have been completely obsessed with this series and I’m only on book 7/12 so I have some time…

The Joys of Boredom

When I have fewer things on my plate, one of the first things that comes to my mind is how much I miss writing. No, not blog posts or articles for Sub-Stances. What I miss is fiction writing. Back in high school and all throughout the different phases of my childhood, I was an obsessive…

Smoothies and Banana Bread (semi-healthy breakfast)

If you’re anything like the rest of the population, the beginning of the new year translates to some level of forced healthiness. Whether it means you work out more or you eat healthier, there’s some vague semblance of “trying” that goes around. I am no exception to this rule. Luckily, because the internet knows what…

Book Review: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Title: The Dresden Files Series Author: Jim Butcher Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction, Paranormal, Magic Publisher: Penguin ROC Goodreads Summary: Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for…

Starting 2018

Perhaps it’s cliché, but at the end of each year – I feel the inexplicable need to think back on what the past 12 months have changed in my life. It’s most definitely fuelled by the thousand blog posts I read about making New Years Resolutions and starting off another 365 days with good intentions….

Book Review: Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

Title: Girl in Disguise Author: Greer Macallister Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Adult Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Published: March 21, 2017 Page Amount: 320 pages Goodreads Summary: For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not. In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a…

Book Review: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink

Title: Welcome to Night Vale Author: Joseph Fink Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Humor Publisher: Harer Perennial Published: October 20, 2015 Page Amount: 421 pages Goodreads Summary: Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you’ve ever heard are actually true. It is here that the lives of two women, with…

That Tricky Balancing Act

Between stability and growth, there’s a kind of balancing act that I’m convinced only trained circus animals can do. Walking precariously on a wire between wanting change in your own life and finally being satisfied with where you are… it’s almost impossible. At least for me personally, it’s the struggle I seem to meet again…

Book Review: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Title: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well Author: Meik Wiking Genre: Nonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Denmark, Adult, Health, Travel, Philosophy, Reference Publisher: Penguin UK Published: November 16, 2016 Page Amount: 240 pages Goodreads Summary:You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa…

Thanksgiving Detox

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted anything this past week as of yet. Where’s the book review? Where’s the recipe? Jet lag and minor sickness will do a number on you. Admittedly, I hadn’t initially planned on taking a break, but now that I’m home surrounded by friends and family – I want to…

Book Review: The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Title: The Three Body Problem Author: Liu Cixin and Ken Liu (Translator) Genre: Science Fiction, China Publisher: Tor Books Published: November 11, 2014 Page Amount: 400 pages Goodreads Summary: The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against…