Q & A With Sonya Lalli

Q & A With Sonya Lalli

Q: To start off, can you tell me 5 random facts about yourself? 
A: OK, five random facts:
- I have an adorable dog named Munni (which means cute little girl). She is a Shitzu-Maltese-Bichon and when I moved out of my parents house I wasn't allowed to take her with me. 
- I studied law but now work in publishing. I'm the rights manager at House of Anansi Press/ Groundwood Books.
- I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- so a prairie girl through and through
- My favourite book is Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. 
- I have a Hatecopy phonecase 

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Tell Me A Story - Biannual Bibliothon Day 16 Blogger Challenge

Tell Me A Story - Biannual Bibliothon Day 16 Blogger Challenge

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Luna Lovegood met Blue Sargent? Or Cath met Harry Potter? Maybe you just think some sidekicks deserved to be the centre of attention. Well, this challenge is for you. 

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Top 5 Most Anticipated Spring 'Frenzy' Titles

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Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending Harper Collins Canada's Frenzy Presents - an afternoon spent talking about upcoming YA titles from Harper Collins Canada (HCC), with a special guest author appearance. 

This is an annual event through HCC, however this was the first year my Ottawa-Living-self was able to attend. 

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You need to check this out!

Hadley Dyer, author of Here So Far Away, a new YA about a spunky teenager who might get herself into a bit of trouble in the east coast of Canada, was at the event to talk about her new novel, answer questions, and sign our books, of course!

I started reading the book while in line to get my book signed - always a keener - and I am already in love with the main character. She is so sassy and confident. And definitely the kind of character to get into a lot of trouble if she isn't careful - which if she is anything like me, she rarely is. 

As a bonus, the book takes place in Canada's east coast, and is written by a Canadian female!

Make sure to check out my Toronto #FrenzyPresents vlog over on my YouTube channel!!

Now, instead of going over every single title from the event, I thought I would highlight the ones I immediately NEEDED to get my hands on. 

My Top 5 Most Anticipated Spring 'Frenzy' Titles 

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli 

Oh, I'm sorry, did I mention LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT!? 

Seriously, this is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 and I CAN'T WAIT. 

This companion novel to Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda looks like it may, MAYBE, be even better than Simon! 

1. As a bisexual girl, I am always looking for books that have bi girls in them, and let me tell you: They. Are. Rare. So, I am SO EXCITED for Leah to have her own book! 

2. We will get to see all the characters we grew to love in Simon, just from a new perspective! 

3. Becky Albertalli's writing is always so fluid and compulsively readable!!! 


For the full Goodreads description, click here.

Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

Keeping on the train of "I already love this author, give me more, please" ROBYN SCHNEIDER HAS A NEW BOOK. 

I know The Beginning Of Everything and Extraordinary Means weren't that popular by booktube/book blogger standards, but boy did I love them both. Schneider has a way of taking characters and making them both realistically flawed and lovable. She deals with dense, sometimes dark, issues in a way that feels real. She isn't about the 'happy ending' life, and instead is simply about the 'satisfyingly realistic ending'. 

This story follows Rose as she navigates teenage life with her best friend and brother, who happens to be a ghost, and her friend group, who has just gained a new member from Rose's past. 

What is a girl to do when she isn't ready to let go of her brother, but isn't ready to give up on her living her life either?

I want this book in my hands, like yesterday. 

For the full Goodreads description, click here

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

This book is being described as The Breakfast Club meets Saved!. Now, for those of you who, by some insane logic, have not seen either of these movies - they are both hilarious, heartfelt, teen dramas. So, basically, MY JAM! I'm going into this one with very high hopes for humour, heart, and maybe even high school antics. 

I feel like this book will be a quick, spunky, read - which is exactly what I want in a spring/summer read.

For the full Goodreads description, click here

Notes From My Captivity by Kathy Parks

What's a girl who wants to be a journalist, who's step-father believes there's a secret family of hermits living in the Russian wilderness, who's given the opportunity of a lifetime to travel and write the story that will kick-start her dream career, to do? Go to Russia and write the story, right? 

Or, maybe, be held hostage by the same hermits who could have made her career. Maybe pretend to fall in love with the youngest son to stay safe? Maybe struggle through a Russian landscape, and a language she has no clue about? 

This looks like it is going to be a great mix of dark and witty, and I have heard rumours that it has a 'magical realism'/'surrealism' element to it! 

For the full Goodreads description, click here

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno 

Twin sisters from a magical family. 1 with powers. 1 waiting for hers to show up.

A family of witches has lived on the island for as long as they can remember. The residents know something is up, but they don't ask questions. Sometimes favours, but never questions. Until tragedy strikes the small island... What is the true price of magic? 

This looks like a cute, magically charged, YA. With a summer setting, and a little magic, I think I'll be hooked!

For the full Goodreads description, click here


HERE SO FAR AWAY BY HADLEY DYER (which is already out and I already own!)
9 DAYS AND 9 NIGHTS BY KATIE COTUGNO (which I already have a copy of!)

I realize I unintentionally chose 5 book with female authors. I'm not sorry about it. 

Let me know in the comments if you are excited for any of the titles I talked about, or if you have your own Spring Must Reads! 

Happy Reading, 


Let's do this.

Let's do this.

I have started numerous blogs in my lifetime, (please do not search for them, my youthful self thanks you in advance) and every single time I struggle with what to post first. As if the first post is momumental - or defines the site as a whole. Forever. 

As you can imagine, that is both daunting and exciting. I want it to be perfect, but I also can't wait to get it over with. 

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