What I Read: Life, Animated

Life, Animated
Life, Animated by Ron Suskind

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first heard of this book thanks to the excerpt that appeared in the New York Times Magazine a few weeks back.

I picked up the book, interested to read the rest of the Suskind’s story.

The book blew me away.

As someone who doesn’t yet have kids, but has been surrounded by “different” kids all my life (my father used to work at a Community Living until I was 12, my uncle is mentally handicapped and my youngest cousin is autistic), I thought I was prepared for reading about Owen.

And for the most part, I was. I had no judgments about Owen, his behaviours, or anything like that. What got to me, and what I didn’t really understand before, was what it must be like for the parents. Sure, every parent loves their kid unconditionally, but the amount of unconditional love from Cornelia and Ron, Cornelia especially.

This book will warm your heart, and make you look at your life, and the sidekicks in it, with a different point of view.

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What I Read: Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re a cat lover, then you will totally love this book. It’s the story of a lost cat who is found, and its owner who is obsessed with finding out where the cat is going and what it is doing. So much so, she hooks up a GPS to the cat to track yet. Yes, a GPS. The book is wonderfully illustrated and a beautiful dedication to two cats in the loves of two women.

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What I Read: RRJ in Review: Thirty Years of Watching the Watchdogs

RRJ in Review: Thirty Years of Watching the Watchdogs
RRJ in Review: Thirty Years of Watching the Watchdogs by Shannon Clarke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Last spring, the Ryerson Review of Journalism announced it would only be publishing one issue a year, down from its usual two. This winter marked the first time there would be no issue since the magazine started publishing in winter and spring.

It was quite refreshing, and a great anniversary for the magazine’s 30th anniversary, to reprint some of the magazine’s best stories. This is a fun collection to have, and a must-read for any Canadian journalism student (or young journalist).

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What I Read: Arranged

Arranged
Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, it’s chicklit, but sometimes we all need a little chicklit in our lives, right?

Arranged tells the store of Anne, who decides to pay for an arranged marriage. The usual ups and downs come after she makes her decision and heads toward her wedding day. I didn’t see the twist coming, but it set up for a perfect fairy tale ending.

Arranged also made me think about this notion of romantic love and whether we place too much importance on it in our society. I wish the book had delved more into that, as it appeared it would be doing for a few chapters.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy read with a likeable heroine, this is definitely worth picking up.

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