Book Review: The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley (A Pregnant Wife On Life Support. A Families Decision On What To Do.)




Book Review: The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley  (A Pregnant Wife On Life Support. A Families Decision On What To Do.)




Matt and Elle grew up together and fell in love as teenagers. It took them a while to find their way back to each other but they found their way back, married and hoped to start a family. After a series of miscarriages and a stillbirth, Matt told Elle they would no longer try. When he was called into the emergency room because Elle had an accident, he wasn’t expecting to see her on life support and declared brain dead. Elle was adamant that she not be kept alive by machines. She watched her mother suffer from cancer and vowed not to have the same circumstance. Matt knew he had to make a decision, and his decision was made until he found out she was pregnant. If he kept her on life support, the baby had a chance to live. His mother loved Elle like a daughter and couldn’t support Matt on his decision. She threatens to take him to court and fight to take Elle off life support.

Book Review: Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz (5 Star Rating)

Book Review: Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz (5 Star Rating)

Sisters, Beena and Sadhana grew up in a loving home with parents of different cultural backgrounds. Their mother was born in North America and travelled the world, she was very much a free spirit while their father came from a conservative family in India. Their father owned and operated a bagel shop in Montreal, while their Uncle managed the day to day tasks. When their father suddenly passes away, the three of them are left to grieve and learn to cope. A few short years later, their mother tragically passes away and the teenage girls are suddenly orphaned and left under the guardianship of their strict, single Uncle.  The family never approved of their mother and Beena and Sadhana had no other relatives they knew nearby. Tragedy and grief seemed to always be around the corner for these sisters. Beena unexpectedly becomes pregnant at sixteen and Sadhana develops anorexia.

February Month In Review (Snowfall, Life Lessons, Vet Visit, Wet'suwet'en Strong, Racism in Canada)

February Month In Review (Snowfall, Life Lessons, Vet Visit, Wet'suwet'en Strong, Racism in Canada)

I was thinking about writing my month in review. and I didn't think I had anything to say. I opened my weekly planner that I use for quick daily journaling and I realized that February was filled with a lot more that I remembered.  This is why I started daily journaling, I love jotting down snippets of my thoughts throughout the week.

We started out February with 45 cm of snow and my city really dragged their feet in removing it. It made walking to school pretty difficult, and parking was a mess. I'm at the point where I want winter to finish up. I know we don't have that many weeks left, but I'm just over it.

Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (What happens when a pandemic hits North America?)



Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (What happens when a pandemic hits North America?)



Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic book, and the story starts out really strong and believable. Jeevan Chaudhary attends a play featuring, a famous actor named Arthur Leander. During the middle of the play, Arthur has a heart attack and dies. Jeevan leaves the theatre and heads home, and then he receives a phone call from his friend that he needs to get out of town, fast.  A plague has hit North America and within hours, those who are symptomatic are dead. Station Eleven tells the story of Arthur, Jeevan and a group of actors who roam around the ruins of this post-apocalyptic world.

Book Review: As Long as the Rivers Flow by James Bartleman (Indigenous Author)

Book Review: As Long as the Rivers Flow by James Bartleman (Indigenous Author)



At the age of six years old, Martha boarded a floatplane all alone and left for the residential school. Frightened and traumatized by the floatplane, her journey was just beginning, her screams were heard by no one. The moment she arrives at the residential school- sincere affection would no longer be shown to her. Children were to obey. Her language was no longer to be spoken or severe consequences would ensue. Stripped of all her clothes, she was showered by the nuns and sprayed with lice powder. Martha was to assimilate, and she would have no say in the matter. She soon began to understand that she was powerless. When the priest took a liking to Martha, she was summoned by the nuns and forced to visit the priest for her “special lessons.” This continued until Martha became a teenager, and he lost interest.  Martha would attend residential school for ten years. Over the course of her education, Martha had moments of laughter and joy,  and she forgave the nuns when she realized that they were victims too, doing what they were told and taught not to question their chain of command. In her final years of school, Martha appeared calm and resigned. She returned home and would be scolded for not trying to hang on to her language. Years of estrangement would take a toll on mother and daughter and Martha had a lot of resentment for her mother who refused to hear her stories.  Her father had passed on, and he remained a memory. Martha left school with a high school education, and emotional wounds so deep they would never fully heal. When the school closed its doors for good, the trauma had already been done. 

Book Review: Seven Fallen Feathers Racism, Death and Hard Truths In A Northern City (Indigenous Author) Non Fiction

Book Review: Seven Fallen Feathers Racism, Death and Hard Truths In A Northern City (Indigenous Author) Non Fiction




The month that I read this book, I had to take it slow. Seven Fallen Feather by Tanya Talaga., hurt my heart. As an indigenous woman, and a mother this was difficult to read. 

Over the course of 11 years (2000-2011) seven indigenous teenagers were found dead, 5 of those were found in the river. This happened in Thunder Bay, Ontario while these children were attending high school, hundreds of miles away from their families. Living in remote communities, these children were forced to leave their homes if they wanted a chance to finish their high school education. Beyond the eighth grade, these children need to leave home because their communities don't have schools set up to educate them. Why? the funding isn't there. Can you imagine sending your child away from home at such a young age? These young teenagers are vulnerable, in many cases living with strangers, and the system failed them.

Book Review: Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor (Indigenous Author)

Book Review: Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor (Indigenous Author)


35-year-old Maggie is recently widowed, her mother has just passed, and her teenage son is becoming increasingly distant. Virgil is still struggling with his father’s death and the fact that his mother is never home. Maggie took on the responsibilities of becoming the Chief of Otter Lake when her husband passed. She has held the position of Chief for three years now, her husband was the previous chief and she felt that she needed to finish what he started. Maggie didn’t realize how taxing this role would be, the people she governed were always around, and never fearing to voice their opinions of what needs to be done. Upon Lillian’s death, John, a white man, riding a vintage Indian Chief motorcycle came to town to say goodbye. No one knows their history, but everyone is curious about him. Virgil happened to be peaking into his grandmother’s window when he noticed the two of them kissing passionately. Virgil was shocked and told no one. Since Lillian has passed, John has stuck around, and Maggie has been spending more and more time with him. Virgil is suspicious of John, he knows that there is more to him and worries about his mother, he decides to enlist the help of his Uncle.

Weekly Recap: Life, Indigenous Racism is still alive, Knowledge is power, Wet'suweten strong

Weekly Recap: Life, Indigenous Racism is still alive, Knowledge is power, Wet'suweten strong

It's Friday, and I have another weekly recap. We started the week with my son having a cold, and we're ending it with my husband and I also sick. Things they don't tell you when you have a child, you ALL get sick. My son also lost his second front tooth and it's cute to see him without them. I did change the domain name on this blog, I really wanted to open it up to who I am as a person. The domain littlecornerofmine is about this blog being my little corner on the internet. I can share what's on my mind, I can share reviews and I can try to provide some insight into Indigenous issues.