My Top 5 Summer Reads of 2015

I thought for this entry I would do something a little different. Anyone who follows any of my social media feeds knows that I am an avid reader. I am always carrying at least 2 books in my bag with me at all times. One of my favourite summer pass times is sitting out in the sun with a good book, or inside a coffee shop with a good book because I live in Newfoundland and sitting outside in the summer isn’t always an option:

This was a local news story…in JULY

But I digress. In this post I wanted to list a couple of my current favourite summer reads, because I get a lot of folks asking me for suggestions. So, this is the list I came up with, in no particular order. Read em all you won’t regret it!

ydad1) You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart.

If you don’t know Mamrie Hart yet get thee to a computer and check out her hilarious YouTube series You Deserve a Drink, in which Mamrie will teach you how to make some pretty amazing cocktails whilst making you bust a gut with her amazingly terrrrrrrrrible puns. I was one of the nerds anxiously awaiting the release of this book and let me tell you it did NOT disappoint. You Deserve a Drink is a collection of short essays and anecdotes from Hart’s life ranging from spending Spring Break on an all-male gay nudist resort with her girlfriends to the bachelorette party where she accidentally hired a sixty year old meth head to teach the ladies pole dancing. This is one of those “will make you laugh out loud in inappropriate places” type books and I promise you will enjoy every minute of it. Each chapter comes with a cocktail recipe AND like her YouTube videos the whole book comes with it’s own built-in drinking game. I mean really, what more could a girl ask for?

Howtobuildagirl2) How To Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran

I love Caitlin Moran. I would like to put all of her books on this list, but for the sake of time and space I’m just going to give you her most recent literary offering. Described as “The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease, with a soundtrack by My Bloody Valentine and Happy Mondays”, how to build a girl is Moran’s new coming-of-age novel about a young girl trying to figure out, in her own terms, what exactly it takes to build a girl. I’m actually still in the middle of reading this book as I type this. but it’s so damn good I had to add it to the list. It’s such a joy to read, Moran’s writing is laugh out loud funny and incredibly charming. This is a great book for a day on the beach, or a rainy weekend stuck inside, guaranteed to make you smile!

relish3) Relish: My Life in the Kitchen – Lucy Knisley

This is one for all you foodies out there. Lucy Knisley has a fantastic collection of beautifully illustrated graphic novels but this is one of my favourites. Part memoir and part cookbook Relish brings together captivating anecdotes about Knisley’s life with incredible recipes she picked up along the way and had literally drawn out step by step for her readers. My words don’t really do it justice so here is a small sample of what you can find inside.

throughthewoods4) Through The Woods – Emily Carroll

Ok, I just want to start out by saying this book is BEAUTIFUL! Carroll’s illustrations are a feast for the eyes. This would be the book you wanna read while sitting around the campfire on a dark summer night. Through The Woods is a collection of spooky short horror stories from Carroll’s Web Comic. I read this book twice in a row. The first time for the incredible storytelling and the second time just to get lost in the mesmerizing artwork that covers it’s pages. This was easily one of the best graphic novels I’ve had the pleasure to read this year.

Lumberjanes-001-Cover-A5) Lumberjanes Vol 1 – Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen

Carrying on with the campfire theme the last book I’m going to mention here is the first of what I hope will be a long series. I love Lumberjanes. I wish this book had been out when I was a kid.  Lumberjanes follows the adventures of five best friends who are spending the summer at the Lumberjanes Scout Camp. Described as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls featuring five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake”, it’s a great story about friendship, girl power and the awesomeness of Summer! Plus it’s both written and Illustrated by a group of amazing female artists!

Let me know what you thought of this list! If people are into it maybe I’ll do a few more lists down the road.

Thanks for reading! Now get off the computer, go pick up one of these books and head to your favourite reading nook!


Summer in the City

Well here we are again ladies and gents. Summer is upon us – even though the weather may be suggesting otherwise…whats up Juneuary, so good to see you again…

This summer has been chock a block full of fun projects so far. June is the unofficial kick off of festival season here in St. John’s and I’ve been keeping myself busy working on the 15th annual Nickel Independent Film Festival. Over the past couple of months I’ve been compiling and creating all of the show reels for this year’s festival. Thats over 40 films from all over the world coming at you live from our very own LSPU Hall this week! That’s right friends! it’s not too late to catch the last couple of days of screenings! The festival clues up tomorrow night with a full roster of great films from home and away!

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Along with all of the fun festival festivities this summer has also been full of my other favourite f word…no not that one! Film shoots! I was lucky enough to get to wear a couple of different hats this summer. I was a camera assistant for a shoot with local production company Morag Loves Company and director Justin Simms…

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…as well as a Stills Photographer and Assistant Editor for the new film “The Tour” by Jenina MacGillivray which is being produced as part of the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmakers Award and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. As you can see not a drop of fun was had by anyone on set. Nope. none at all.

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I also recently came across this song, and it is one of my favourite things this week. If there are any other film folks who actually read this – particularily if you do or have done any assistant editing please have a listen. You won’t regret it. I promise.

The Assistant Editor’s Song

Summer isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either, there are some potential new projects coming up later in July that will be amazing and that I will hopefully be able to share here soon!

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