Latest Posts

A Day Out At The Pee Wee

Only me and mine could take a day off work to meet up with friends at the 60th Anniversary of Pee Wee Hockey Tournament on the day a blizzard (and almost white-out conditions) hit Québec City. Looking out the window after breakfast we decided to call a taxi and were chauffeured to the newly built Videotron Centre, slowly, but in relative safety.

I’m glad we decided to go, despite the atrocious  weather, as we all had a really fun time yelling the kids on in their respective matches. And no, I didn’t play favourite. I yelled my encouragement at any kid who had the puck. As I really enjoy watching the faces of the kids both on and off the ice, having fun.

The first game we watched was the New England Prospects play the Detroit Red Wings (AAA class, not the NHL teams). The goalie for the Prospects was a young woman who courageously blocked all the shots, in a penalty shootout when the teams drew 1-1. The Prospects took home the Stanley Cup in that match.

There were also several international teams playing, and next up were LSA Peewee Select, a Swiss team, up against the Carolina Junior Hurricane, but the Hurricane didn’t live up to their name, as the Swiss won 10-4. While the LSA sister team, the Zurich Lions, also won their game later in the day, 6-0, against Canadian team, the Charlottetown Islanders.

Then it was the turn of Russia, and St. Petersburg to take on the Canadian team, the Semahmoo Ravens, in which the Ravens beat St. Petersburg 5-2.

If you ever get a chance to visit this fair city, and happen to come during February, then this is where you will find a large percentage of the population of hockey-obsessed fans, cheering on the kids.

Fabulous Friday Fun

What? No post today? Where the hell is that woman, I came here expecting a droll, witty post, a review, or a rant about middle-aged white dudes who can’t write female characters worth diddly-squat, not a blank page

Eh, okay, so I’m not out to lunch today… but I am at the hockey. The PeeWee Hockey to be exact.

Yes, shocking isn’t it, Alexandra watches hockey. Not only that, Alexandra loves PeeWee hockey and isn’t above talking about herself in the third person when telling you.

So, as you can see, nothing much happening here. I’ll be back Monday with another review, or even photos of kids playing hockey, centre ice, here in Québec City. Till then …

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy Book Blogger Valentine’s Day

What better way to share the love on this Valentine’s Day than to talk about some of my favourite book bloggers and the diversity of genres they read and review.

Covering literature, contemporary, and CanLit are:

BOOK JOTTER — Paula covers all sorts of news, reviews and books for readers who are passionate about their literature. And her Sunday Roundups are a must just for the link-fest she puts together. She also has a number of interesting features like ‘SHELFIES’, covers some of the UK’s more interesting book festivals, and participates in the Wales Readathon.

CONSUMED BY INK — Naomi is a Canadian with an eye for CanLit and will tell you everything you need to know about authors from her part of the world, in Nova Scotia, and on the literary scene, in general, across Canada. She highlights a great deal of diversity and offers up thorough reviews with plenty of insight, quotes, and commentary that make for an interesting read. I’ve learnt a great deal from her blog, and really enjoy her insight.

In the romance and contemporary section there’s:

BEWARE OF THE READER — The wonderfully romantic Sophie covers every kind of romance, and then some. But doesn’t just stop there; she also reads and reviews any number of other genre as well. What’s more, she always manages to add funny personal anecdotes and commentary to her blog posts that make you feel like you’re having coffee together.

WHAT’S BETTER THAN BOOKS — Zoe is another blogger covering a lot of romance and contemporary fiction, with a touch of mystery thrown in for good measure. She also does blog tours, giveaways, and enjoys a good meme as well. Her reviews are concise and to the point and always highlight the best bits of any good read.

BLUE MOOD CAFE — Hanging out in the cafe you will find Jonetta talking about love, romance, a bit of mystery, and contemporary novels, especially on audio, that have caught her eye. Her reviews are short, succinct, and tell you just what it is about her read, that she loved.

Lurking in the crime, thriller, and mystery section, we have a number of sassy book bloggers who know a thing or two about the art of murder. Check out:

READING UNDER THE BLANKIE — Norrie loves her crime fiction, and offers up a mix of memes and reviews with added sass that will make you laugh out loud, I know I do. She’s known for her sark as much as her wit, and writes a great review. And while her focus is mainly on crime and mystery fiction, Norrie also reads and reviews plenty of other genres as well. ‘What happens under the blankie, doesn’t always stay under the blankie.’ You better believe it!

THE BELGIAN REVIEWER — Inge, like Norrie, loves her crime and mystery fiction, but that isn’t all she reads and reviews, you might find the odd YA novel in the mix, along with a bit of chicklit. She also does an awesome BFF post once a month, in which she features her favourite blog friends from around the web.

If you want to discover more reviews about self-help books, contemporary, and assorted genre, check out:

UNFILTERED TALES — Vera has a little of everything on her bog, from YA and fantasy to the occasional murder-mystery and thriller, to self help and beyond. You can be sure she writes a thoughtful, detailed review highlighting what worked and didn’t work, with plenty of quotes and examples. By the end of her review you will know whether this is a book for you, or not.

For food and a review, you should check out:

RECIPE AND A READ — Christina, who loves to cook, doesn’t just give you a great review, she gives you a complete meal in the process! Most, but not all, her reviews come with an added bonus of a recipe she pairs with her review, and after reading her detailed posts, you can be sure you’ll be salivating . Christina covers YA, fantasy, crime fiction, and gives you a knockout meme post with the best of ’em.

For Sci-Fi and fantasy, you should check out:

EVERY DAY SHOULD BE TUESDAY — H.P digs deep into the depths of bygone eras covering golden era, noir, pulp, and a lot of SF and fantasy (contemporary and yesteryear). What’s also a delight is the Guest Posts featured on H.P.s blog from authors and other book bloggers alike, talking about everything from their favourite genre, to researching and writing. Always worth a visit to find out more.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, or not, as the case may be!

WWW Wednesday

Today I thought I’d take part in WWW Wednesday, which is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and share with you:

  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What I just finished reading:

If you are regular, you will know I just finished reading the drugs cartel shoot-them-up, TEXAS SICARIO by Harry Hunsicker, which turned out to be a novel left over from another era. This kind of ‘noir’ might have seemed exciting back in the day with screaming femme fatals, but by today’s standards, left a lot to be desired.

What I’m reading now:

I started reading BLACKLIGHT BLUE by Peter May last night and, while the story telling is much better than Texas Sicario, I’m beginning to think old white dudes in their mid to late fifties have got a problem writing female characters. As Peter May spends an inordinate amount of page space describing how ample a woman’s breasts are, among other sexist bullsh*t. I’m half way through and already I’m eye-rolling!

What I plan on reading next:

I have a choice of three books on the coffee table, all of which I have higher hopes for; KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny, US AGAINST YOU by Fredrik Backman and Alan Bradley’s THE GRAVE’S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE, a Flavia de Luce mystery. All three are screaming at me to read them next.

And you, what have you just read or are planning on reading next?