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The perfect reading spot

Is there anything better than a sunny campsite, a chair, and a great book? I’m just back from a weekend at Sasquatch Provincial Park, which (despite the lack of flush toilets) is my new favourite camping destination. A little swim in Hicks Lake took care of all my summer lake-swimming cravings. And Hicks Lake was approximately one billion times warmer than Kootenay Lake, where I grew up.

To top it off, I got in a few hours of reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, a YA recommended by fellow writer Kallie George.

The first chapters had a lovely, Hemmingway-esque style, but they were a little lacking in direction. Forget right now that I told you that, though, because once I was into the story, I wanted it to never stop. I wish Aristotle and Dante lived next door, so we could hang out. Maybe I could dog-sit.

It gets 5/5 stars, for making me laugh out loud and cry. Sometimes at the same time. Plus an extra star for most gorgeous cover ever. Wouldn’t you agree?