Flashback Fangirling | Narnia Edition // It’s a long one!

Greetings readers!

SO a while ago I did a post on how The Hunger Games created a huge fangirling phase in my life. I really liked the idea of it so I decided to put out posts about all my odd obsessions that I’ve had in my life. Trust me that there are quite a few phases in my life and all of them have weird things that I did!

And of course I had to start with the biggest obsession I have: NARNIA

I debated with myself quite a bit about posting this because well it’s kind of embarrassing. Talking about the old things (and some current ones) I used to fangirl about just bloom this squishy feeling in my stomach. It’s part embarrassment, part old feelings of intense thrill and part nostalgia. It’s a crazy mix because when I was young, I fangirled hard to the point of obsession.

This is the official inauguration of the first Flashback Fangirling!

Narnia ~ A 13+ Year Obsession (and counting)

So I am going to start obvious. I have been (and still am) obsessed with this fandom for over a decade. It all really began with the first movie because I was not a reader when I was young (the books would come later).

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie came out in 2005 and I was both terrified and in love. The monsters were scary, but the magic, the battles, the world was amazing and I prayed, pleaded and begged for the chance to go to Narnia.

So I looked for it. I searched every closet in every relatives house. When my family moved homes, every open house we went to had their doors opened by little Rendz. No door was left unopened. None. I even opened doors in my schools! My friends didn’t even question me because they knew what I was doing.

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Speaking of my friends, I honestly had the best kind when I was young. I often made them play “Narnia” at recess. We would run and and scream into battle. We would fight evil witches and be friends with lions. We would have magic. Of course they got tired after a while, but I somehow managed to always make myself a Narnian-like character in whatever game we played.

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Making myself Narnia-like was a very serious deal for little Rendz. My mother had this lovely maxi red dress that I would often don when I was pretending to be Lucy. And since I had *some* artistic skills on my side when I was a kid, I fashioned Lucy’s silver crown out of pipe-cleaners and paper-cut flowers all painted silver. (I also made a gold version for when I played Susan)

But my arts and crafts didn’t stop at crowns. No way. I had to make the props, people. THE PROPS. There was no way my parents would ever buy me toy replicas from the movie when they came out, but little Rendz was resourceful and also very creative.

So for Susan’s bow and arrow. I painted a plastic bow I found at my local dollar store (I did have to beg my Mother to buy it). It came with suction cup arrows, but it was for the best since I am not an archer and my general aim is terrible. I never got the chance to make her horn, but one day maybe.

Lucy’s props included a little dagger and a vial with juice of the fire flower. Clearly my parents would not let me run around with a knife so I made a mini dagger out of paper toilet rolls and cardboard (this project was unfortunately never finished). I did however work really hard on the glass vial of fire flower juice. This prop was the most magical of all so clearly I had to have it. This project went through several trials, mostly because I could never get my hands on a good glass bottle. I ended up using an empty glue bottle and created the gold stopper out of a gold painted Styrofoam ball. I even dyed a little bit of water red to put inside to act at the juice of the fire flower. Yeah, I did that.

I did once attempt to make Peter’s sword and collected a lot of rolls, but I waited until Christmas to get my hands on a wrapping paper roll because they are nice and long. Unfortunately, some projects just never happen and this was one of them.

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Stepping away from my actual role playing, as I got older I just started drawing a lot more. I have a binder full of sketches of magical forests and bridges. (I have always been a hardcore fantasy lover) I sketched of Peter, Susan, (a very terrible) Edmund and I think an unfinished Lucy. I was just getting into portraiture so of course I had to draw my favourite characters ever!

c. 2011
c. 2014
c. 2014

I even drew the movie cover. Twice. Wow Rendz, wow.

c. 2012
c. 2012

OH WOW. I 1000% promise you my artistic abilities have improved immensely.

*Also these photos are atrocious XD*


As a teenager the obsession lived on.

For a senior art project I created a cardboard sculpture of the wardrobe. It has coats in it and a lamppost and everything. It is not an exact replica, but I put in a lot of Narnian detail.




I have read the books a couple of times now, but the first and second movie are what really stick with me. I have the entire first film memorized. I know every line and will randomly just start reenacting a scene. The scene where the White Witch kills Aslan is my best performance. (Morbid, I know) I even get my sisters to memorize some lines so I don’t have to play all the parts. It is, however, to my shame that Maz knows more lines from Prince Caspian than me.

I might do a post on how I feel about the books vs. movies thing. Interesting…

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I don’t think I do anything really obsessive anymore. I mean I am still very obsessed.

I am not one of those people to own a lot of merchandise and have 20 million copies of the books. I have one bind-up of the books. One copy of the first and second movie. Several homemade props and my imagination. I was just a kid and not owning any merch has never lessened my love for the fandom or makes my love for it any less.


So yeah. I just rambled on about all the things I used to do as a kid. I am sure I missed a couple things over the years, but this is the gist of what kind of fangirl I was in this Narnian fandom growing up. Who knows what I’ll do in the future. Frankly, I’m excited to find out.

Let me know what you think! Are you guys interested in reading about my old obsessions? I promise I’ll have more to come with a few embarrassing stories. Some are not all book related and some are just plain weird. What kind of fandoms were you obsessed with when you were younger? And of course I invite my fellow Narnians to prattle on about their fangirl/boy things they have done! Come my darlings, come!

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Happy reading!

~ Rendz


Most Anticipated Reads of 2017-Pt 1

Greetings readers!

The New Year has come! Hooray! Do, you know what that means? Amazing book releases every month and incredible bookish events. This year is going to be packed with amazing books and I want to share with you a few that I have been anticipating for months!!

Last year, has some pretty amazing book releases. It was filled with fantastical debuts and spell-binding sequels. Let’s not forgot the amount of reader tears that were spilled during 2016. Hopefully 2017 can live up to its legacy!

Some of these are debuts others are sequels to series I have already started in the past. I am literally jumping in my seat while writing this because I am so excited for all these book releases.

Without further ado…let’s get started.

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JanuraryCaraval (Caraval, #1)

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (One of my most anticipated reads EVER. Seriously I cannot wait!)


FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake (Canadian Debut I’m super excited for!)

ROSE BLOOD by A. G. Howard (Phantom of the Opera retelling…yaasss)

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)WIRES & NERVE by Marissa Meyer (IKO IKO IKO YAYAYAYAYAY!!)

POISON’S KISS by Breeanna Shields

FREEKS by Amanda Hocking





KING’S CAGE by Victoria AveyardThe Education of Margot Sanchez

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston

DAUGHTER  OF A PIRATE KING by  Tricia Levenseller

THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro



Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)March


BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves (I have an ARC so I get to read it early tehe!)


SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer

MayFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Adhieh (Its a The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2)Mulan retelling HELLO sign me up)

THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye


NOW I RISE by Kiersten White

ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew ShvartsUntitled Novella #1 (Throne of Glass, #5.1)

CHAOL’S NOVELLA–THRONE OF GLASS 5.1 by Sarah J. Maas (I’m dying to get my hands on this baby)

DIVIDING EDEN by  Joelle Charbonneau

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I am so excited for the first half of this year. So many amazing books are coming out and I cannot wait to get my hands on them all! *grabby fingers* I wish I could read them all as soon as they come out, but unfortunately I’m still catching up from 2016….

Part two will be coming your way later on. There might be some changes to dates of releases so please do not quote me on any of these, I may be wrong.

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What book are you most excited for this January? I would have to say Wires & Nerve and Caraval. I have been waiting F O R E V E R for these books to come out. So I am definitely excited to get my hands on these!

Happy reading!


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Teen Tour Experience

Greetings readers:

So this past Monday, a local bookstore Indigo Yorkdale, had the privilege of hosting a Teen Tour Event  with HCCFrenzy. Featuring the authors, Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake and M-E Girard.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance and meet the lovely authors myself and get my books signed!


The night started out with quick introductions from the authors themselves. Lauren Oliver was very funny when explaining, the many different ways in which you can read her new novel, Replica. Plus, I’m just quoting what she said but, “Technically, if you buy Replica for someone for Christmas, they owe you two books in return because this [Replica] is two books in one.”

Replica (Replica, #1)
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Kendare Blake then went on to describe her new dark fantasy Three Dark Crowns. It’s about three sisters who have to fight to the death to inherit their kingdom’s throne. It sounds so amazing, I cannot wait to pick it up.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)
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Lastly, we had the lovely M-E Girard introduce her debut novel, Girl Mans Up about a gender fluid girl who has to deal with people questioning her lifestyle.

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Each author has their own quirks and funny stories that they shared with the audience. They were asked questions about their novels, where their ideas came from and how they rewarded themselves for finishing a novel.

Lauren Oliver said that she rewards herself by writing another book. That women is constantly at work, she truly LOVES to write. M-E Girard says she loves to reward herself with pizza. (probably my choice of reward to!) And Kendare shared that she likes to eat as well. In fact her favourite food-or shall I say condiment-is mayonnaise! She puts it on EVERYTHING!

Afterwards there were some audience questions. My personal favourite was, “How tall are your characters?” Followed by a several strange faces from the authors, which was quickly replied with, “It’s not like some weird fetish I have!” by the audience member. It was probably one of the funniest moments of the night.

Next to the hilarious stories and outbursts that were shared by the authors, many of them by M-E Girard. They also  talked about their most anticipated reads of 2017. Lauren Oliver said Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer, Kendare Blake awaits for The Boneless Mercies (2018) by  April Genevieve Tucholke and M-E Girard is looking out to reading a revised draft of something she wrote!

In the topic of Halloween these lovely ladies also shared their costume ideas! Lauren Oliver said Victor Krum, she said that the most random things always pop into her head. Kendare Blake answered “I would be Moby Dick. Yup. I would be very cozy and my face would stick out of its mouth all bloody, like someone it had just eaten.” M-E Girard was too flustered to answer, she could not think of anything it turns out she dislikes dressing up!

Finally, signing time came! When it was my turn I was so nervous, luckily courage found me and I was able to make some cool conversation. It turns out that Kendare Blake went home with multiple pictures of black squirrels because they are so uncommon in America. Lauren Oliver is a Narnia fan like me and there is a reference to it in Lyra’s side of the story, so should look out for it. I also spoke with M-E Girard about how she is just so fabulous and outspoken. She called it both a blessing and a curse because she has no clue what she said and will probably regret it later.

Over all I had a fabulous time. The signing line was long but totally worth the wait! Definitely pick up these incredible books!


Experience score: 9/10

My only problem was that I wished they had some trivia or more giveaways to entertain during the waiting time.

Stay tuned because next week, I will be  reviewing my time meeting Catherine Egan, Kiersten White, Morgan Rhodes and Marie Lu!

Happy Reading!




Greetings readers:

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Today I have decided to share with you some of my Favourites about reading. Some have been with me for long periods of time or in some cases are recently favourited. Each of these books or people have impacted my life in some way, shape or form. It could vary from being extremely entertaining or inspiring or the “reason I read” kind of book or author.

There a countless books in the world, so many I have yet to read. So while this may be a list of my favourites, know that this list will only grow bigger and bigger.


#1. Fantasy

I will admit it, when it comes to reading I will always, ALWAYS go to Fantasy first. I rarely read out of fantasy (but I do so no worries my other genre loving peeps). Fantasy (like many who use this cliche) is my escape. When I look around me and see how messed up this world of ours is, I want to leave. But I can’t, so I turn to books, with other worlds, with their own set of screwed up problems, with their adventure and resolution.

I go there for magic.

Any type of magic in the book world, whether it be elemental or witchcraft/wizardry or pulling rabbits out of hats, instantly has my attention. I love to read about magical human beings (or maybe not human), who have the ability to wield forces that are unrealistic. If I had a magical power it would be all magic (don’t you dare ask me to pick and choose).

I could go more in depth and reveal my soul deep love for fantasy and write how it has allowed me to grow, learn from mistakes and have courage. But that will come another time. For now I’ll let you know that most of my points will always lead back to my desire to wield magic.

#2. Science fiction and Dystopia

#3. Historical fiction (I have a sweet spot for Sherlock Holmes spin offs even though I have yet to read a Holmes novel)

#4. Contemporary. I will be honest I am not a big contemporary reader. The stories don’t bore me (at least not usually) but I am always looking for an adventure, something different and outside of realistic element aka fantasy. I do try to read at least one contemporary a month to explore the reading realm.

#5. Paranormal/Supernatural. I hardly read from this genre because I find each story to be the same. Guy is super hot and muscular (not a complaint) and is a powerful demon/vampire/angel who is sent to kill girl who has hidden power or guy spontaneously saves girl from enemy/herself as she discovers her power. Some fight scenes, kissing scenes and cheesy romantic lines later and they all lived as happily as demons can live! But I’m a hypocrite. This is my guilty pleasure genre. Something about the predictable end and well…MAGIC always keep me hooked!

Favourite Books/Series
As I said this is the current list. With time, some titles will change many more will be added but for now I will share the current list. (Note: Eventually each or at least some of these mentions will get their own appreciation post)

#1: The Chronicles of Narnia  by C.S. Lewis

#2: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

#3: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

#4: The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

#5: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

#6: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

#7: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

#8: Accidentally Fabulous series by Lisa Papademetriou

#9:  The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

#10: Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

And many more but I will cut the list here. There will be some huge rants about some of the books listed above.

Favourite Authors

#1. Marissa Meyer

#2. Morgan Rhodes

#3. Sabaa Tahir

#4. C.S. Lewis

#5. Leigh Bardugo

#6. Sara Raasch

#7. Marie Lu

#8. Sarah J. Maas

#9. Maggie Steifvater

#10. Marie Rutkoski 

Again there are so many more!

Favourite places to get books!

#1. That one time in a blue one moon when I win a giveaway! Hello free books!

#2. The Library– I am a TPL teen

#3. Overdrive–basically the library for ebooks

#4. Chapters Indigo –my home away from home

#5. BMV stores across Toronto– Hello cheap books!

Favourite places to read!

#1. My room –curtains drawn, window open, warm blanket if needed

#2. Living room couch

#3. Porch

#4. Library

#5.  School

Bonus: Favourite Guilty Pleasure Reads!

#1. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

#2. The Divinicus Nex Chronicles by A&E Kirk

#3. Anything by Catherine Fisher, especially her Chronoptika quartet and Incarceron series

Well that’s it for this week my friends. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about moi! Feel free to comment some of your favourites and I will write to you again next week!

Happy Reading!



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