Review: MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. When the “August New Releases” email came around from the team at Random House, it was noted that very few ARCs were available for Margaret Atwood’s third and final novel in her recent series, MaddAddam. Surprise, surprise. Peg doesn’t need a random Canadian blogger reviewing…

Trent McClellan, a man’s man, reads books by women

As most of you know, February was crowned this year’s winner of Canada Reads: Turf Wars. As championed brilliantly by Trent McClellan, February was chosen as the book that all Canadians should read in 2013, and that made me pretty darn happy. I simply adored the book. I found Moore’s writing haunting, simple, and so…

favourite food blogs

Ever since I went to see a nutritionist last October (post on that coming soon), I’ve been loving starting my day with a browse through some fabulous food blogs. From overly indulgent dessert blogs to raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free blogs, it’s been fun seeing new recipes every day and getting a chance to have a…

late night fig jam

In the past few months I’ve fallen in love with figs. Where have I been? Figs are not new. Figs have been hanging out on holiday cheese plates put together by my family for years, but I’ve never gone past the pear and blue cheese to try one. Until recently, that is. Now I understand…

about

Hi. I’m Allegra Young, and I’m from Toronto, Canada. Ever since I joined twitter and started exploring the internet, I’ve found so many places where my hobbies, interests and community can be fostered. Places where I can learn. People who can teach me new skills. Challenges I didn’t even know I wanted to take on. I’ve had…

ayoungvoice | can | read

I love Canadian books. I love to read. Here you’ll find a collection of posts about reading, publishing, or literary events in general. Some are reviews, some musings.

ayoungvoice | can | run

  So I might not be that good at running, but I’m trying. One of the reasons I always said I ran is because I wanted to learn to love it. That’s still true. I’ve found a great group of people I run with who are super supportive, but I’m never thinking “heck, this is exactly what…

ayoungvoice | can | craft

I’ve always been crafty, but not until I lived in Banff with few friends and fewer daylight hours in the Canadian winter did I really take on knitting. As episodes of terrible , terrible reality TV passed by, I knew it was all okay because I was making a scarf! A headband! A hat! As…

ayoungvoice | can| cook

I’ve always cooked. Well, since I had to cook for myself. My parents are both excellent chefs and my father, in particular, could easily open his own restaurant he’s such a good saucier. I was taught well. It was only in the last year that I saw a nutritionist and started to understand the science…

My thoughts on this year’s Canada Reads

I voted for: BC & Yukon: The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou Prairies & North: Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay Ontario: Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright Quebec: Ru by Kim Thuy Atlantic: (THIS WAS TOO HARD.) February by Lisa Moore It was a toss up between “Come, Thou Tortoise” by Jessica Grant,…