the reading pile

We spend a lot of time with books. No really, it’s a full-time job. There are countless perks to a job in the book business, but it comes with a downside too. The reading pile. The ever-growing, never-shrinking reading pile. We hear about more good books in a day then we could read in a lifetime, so whittling our reading list down to something achievable has become a bit of an art. We’re starting this year off with six reads that have had every editor talking.

1. Perfect: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. 2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. 3. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee. 4. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. 5. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. 6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

friday faves


1. We swoon over a beautiful printed magazine. Anthology is the bee’s knees.  2. Of a Kind promotes on-the-rise designers by sharing their stories and giving you access to their limited and unique pieces – clothing, jewelry, home goods etc.  3. Sadie Stein recently left her post as Editor at The Paris Review, and lucky for us she’s now a regular contributor.  We lose hours reading her witty and often personal essays on The Paris Review Daily.  4. We love the look of succulents tucked into a floral bouquet – Spring is coming!

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friday faves

friday faves

1. The Casual Optimist’s 50 best book covers from 2013, via Caribou Creative.  2. These adorable jewels from kris nations, available at Suasion.  3. Pretty flash drives from Son of a Sailor, available at Belljar.  4. Kid-friendly tee-pees from hip baby.

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Happy Friday.

beach books

Whether we’re heading for Waikiki or Witty’s Lagoon there are 3 things we won’t leave home without: sunscreen, more sunscreen, and a good book.  Picking a decent beach read is hard to do.  It has to be captivating enough to keep the pages turning, but not so challenging that it makes your beach day feel like work.   Because we don’t mind doing the heavy lifting, we’ve taken the liberty of picking 5 top-notch beach books for your reading pleasure.

Tender Is the Night1. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender Is the Night is set on the French Riviera during the roaring 1920’s, the perfect scenery for a summer beach read.  Beautifully written, the dramatic romance is played out by a myriad of interesting characters including a young actress and an older, married psychiatrist.

The Sun Also Rises2. Another product of the Lost Generation, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises follows a motley crew of expatriates through Spain, from bull fights to bar fights and of course through all the romance in between.  The hot Spanish scenes and endless adventure make it the ideal book for poolside entertainment.

Prodigal Summer

3. With a title like Prodigal Summer, how can Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling book not make the list? A celebration of wilderness and the many quirks and layers of the human spirit, Prodigal Summer is the story of three separate people connected through nature and history. Raw and captivating, it’s sure to keep you busy while you achieve that summer glow.

High Fidelity4. You’ve seen the movie again and again. There’s something endearing about pathetic John Cusack and his floppy mop of hair. Behind every great Nick Hornby movie there’s an even better Nick Hornby book. High Fidelity is simple, funny, and refreshing – the perfect recipe for a good beach book.

Divisadero5. Divisadero is exciting and heartwrenching. It’s romantic and painful, dark and beautiful. It’s one of Michael Ondaatje’s best reads, and one we will return to again and again. The story traces the lives of two sisters, their heartbroken father, and the boy who made his way into their family through love and tragedy. Read this tear-jerker behind sunglasses.

bc is awesome

BC is awesome.  We know this.  It’s why we live here.  It’s why anyone who doesn’t live here loves to visit, and it’s why the hit blog Vancouver Is Awesome launched BC Is Awesome earlier today.  The newest member of the Canada Is Awesome network, BC Is Awesome is an homage to our beautiful province and its organizations, municipalities and projects. The first BC Is Awesome series is an in-depth look at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum and runs from today until July 10th.   Today’s post takes readers behind the scenes (and into a creepy basement) where thousands of dermestid beetles (we didn’t know what a dermestid beetle was before today, either) feed on bird and mammal corpses.  The scavengers eat away at the meat until there’s nothing left but a skeleton for museum visitors to admire.  How awesome (okay, disgusting) is that?

We might already know how great BC is, but we may have forgotten a thing or two about our awesome history since our last elementary school field trip to the Royal BC Museum.  Come say hi to your favourite wooly mammoth and brush up on some interesting facts.  The RBCM is open late every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all summer long!

Find BC Is Awesome at & find the Royal BC Museum at 675 Belleville St., Victoria BC.