Book Review: Discovering Wildlife In Toronto’s Don Valley

A Toronto Photographer named Jim Chung reached out to me back in November and asked me if I would like to review their wildlife photography book and of course I said yes! The book is called Discovering Wildlife In Toronto’s Don Valley.

I thought this photography book was marvellous! I jumped at the chance to see more nature from the Don Valley since I only see the outskirts of it when I drive past (when I visit Toronto). Nature has always intrigued me and as a kid, whenever we visited my Aunt’s house, I would always pull down all their books from their travels and look through all the wildlife pictures with fascination and wonder in my eyes.

Jim narrates the book by adding captions and descriptions to all the images and he makes it funny while also being very informative. I had no idea that there were that many species of birds in Toronto but he has shown me that there is hidden beauty in all places.

The book features rare shots of all sorts of Canadian wildlife. Blue jays are my favorite birds so I was happy to see some of them in there!

I am so happy to now have this book on my coffee table because I can escape to a world of wildlife whenever I want and it is great because it is a local area to me that is being highlighted (within reason, about a 4 hr drive :P).

Book Rating: 5/5

You can buy this book on Amazon and find out more on Jim’s Blog! Follow him on Instagram for lots of wildlife photography or check out his photography portfolio!

Disclaimer: I was sent this book in physical format by the author to read and give an honest review.



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It’s a new year and with it a new TBR! I will be trying to go a little easier on myself and have smaller TBR’s and I am going to be attempting to read more books from my TBR jar! Wish me luck! Let me know in the comments below what you will be reading for your January TBR or if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them! Check out the video below:

Book Review: Jamie James And The Curse Of The Ancestors

I have been reading a lot lately and managed to get another book on my July TBR completed! This one was called Jamie James And The Curse Of The Ancestors by Roy Aronson.

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Synopsis: Jamie wants to become a veterinarian. He travels to Nelspruit near the Kruger National Park in order to gain work experience with a wildlife vet. He has a secret mission that is, in fact, his primary mission. Two hundred years ago an ancestor of his whipped a black slave to death. The slave’s mother placed a curse on the family whereby all the male descendants will die violently before their fiftieth birthday.

Jamie endeavors to try and have his family released from the curse. In the process, he meets Samantha, the love interest in the story, and Shadrak, who becomes his friend and who is also the son of a Sangoma.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book because ….*intense build up*…. I judged this book on its cover *audience gasping*. I had an earlier version of the book and the cover is not what the current one is now. All covers aside, the book was really good! I really enjoyed the adventures that Jamie James embarks on in Africa and all the relationships he creates with the people around his father’s Vet office.

I believe that this book would be an amazing read for the middle grade level. It is not quite advanced enough for YA or Adults but would be great for ages 9 to 14. It reminded me of these books I used to read as a kid (don’t’ remember the names now but they were about a Vet’s daughter and her rescuing a bunch of animals). With proper marketing, I think this book could be great and I think it should be read by more people.

It is very vanilla (and by that, I mean there is no swearing in it). Another great thing about it is that it has a diverse range of characters. And I learned a little about the geography of Africa.

I do believe that the name Jamie James was a little odd. This may just be my personal preference but for some reason, when I hear this name, I picture a white rapper. Yep, this is definitely just a “me” thing.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and would pass this on to my little cousins to read because I believe that they would enjoy it.

Book Rating: 4/5

You can buy this book on Amazon and Book Depository or find it on Goodreads.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me in physical format by the author to read and give an honest review.


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