Maeg’s View Book Review: World Wild Vet by Evan Antin

It has been awhile! I’m back with the 3rd book of Maeg’s View Book Review! I first randomly found Evan Antin on instagram because he’s a good looking vet but then I saw he was into exoic animals which I find interesting since my boyfriend has had many reptiles and more. I saw he was releasing a book and I was interested in his adventures!

Millions follow Dr. Evan Antin and his wildlife adventures through social media and on his popular Animal Planet television show Evan Goes Wild. Now in his first book, World Wild Vet, Evan takes us to the deep blue seas, swimming with giant whale sharks with “puppy dog eyes,” to jungles filled with venomous snakes (who are more afraid of you than you are of them), to a race across the savannah and against the clock to save rhinos from the clutches of poachersall in the name of adventure and a deep love for the wild around us.

Equal parts memoir, travelogue, and conservationist wake up call, World Wild Vet is an unforgettable exploration of the world we all call home and a love letter to the creatures we share it with.”

Questions:

What do you think motivated the author to share his or her story?
At the start of the book I think he just wanted to share his story as he has so many adventures but I think the whole goal was to raise awareness on all these different types of animals, their safety and how to treat them.

What did you learn from hearing this person’s story?
I learned a lot from this book about different things. I biggest one is that wild animals are wild and you can never forget that. I know a lot of people, even me, love animals so much that we forget it is an animal and they can hurt us. For example, on one of his adventures he ran into wild elephants on the middle of the road. The driver of the truck stopped and immediately started to drive in reverse as fast as he could while the elephant charged at the truck. They were in their way and they wanted them gone. He said he didn’t even think the elephant would do that because they’re sweet creatures in our minds.

How does the book’s title work in relation to the book’s contents?
I think the book’s title is absolutely perfect for this book. When you think of a vet you mostly think dogs and cats, but for Evan Antin he is more than that, he’s snakes, reptiles, rhinos, whales and more. If you read this book take a look at his Instagram as it’s amazing and educational.

What surprised you most about the book?
The thing that surprised me most was how young and crazy he was. When you see his Instagram he talks about these animal and showing them the respect they deserve, but in his book when he’s young he does some stupid things. Just shows that everyone learns stuff the hard way and everyone does things they shouldn’t even when educated.

Would you want to read another book by this author?
Absolutely! If you look at his Instagram he is constantly going on adventures to help animals all over the world and that comes with stories and education for people to read.  

This is definately an easy read with some great stories (and photos) so take a look and answer the questions in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Maeg’s View Book Review: A Promised Land by Barack Obama

We’re back with our second book! It’s only fitting to read Barack’s book after reading Michelle’s book, plus I really wanted to see what he had to say. He did not disapoint – holy information! While I was half way through reading the book I looked up the website and realized this is volume one so there will be more book we will have to read! Let’s get into it!

“In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day

Questions:

Did you race to the end, or was it more of a slow burn?
I think it was a little bit of both. Some parts of the book were not that interesting but it was a major thing he had to overcome being the President. Also, I attempted to read as much as I could as fast as I could because I did find most parts interesting and it was 701 pages

Do you think the author was honest?
100% I thought he was honest and that was the best part of the book. While being president he has to watch what he says, how he says it or if he should even say it at all. With this book you get to hear his honest side of the story and his actually thoughts of what was going on at the time.

What did you think of the author’s voice and style? Did the quality of the writing match the story?
You know when Obama does his speeches and you try to focus on what he’s saying but all you really notice is how well spoken he is and the way he talks you could just listen to him for hours with his deep voice? That’s all I could hear in my mind as I read the book, I even told my Mum that this would be great to hear the audio version because it would be in his voice. I think it matched him perfectly, it’s long because he always has so much to say and the words were like the way he talks.

Of all the information presented in the book, what has stayed with you the most?
There’s a couple things that stayed with me the most, which are, I still hate politics, republicans prevent a lot of good things from happening and they make some laws that don’t make sense to me at all. The president is literally the one person who has stopped a lot of nuclear wars and they’re pretty much is the worlds business because they just straight up have to be. If you read the book you completely understand what I mean about all those things. There’s so much information in this book that it just blows your mind.

What did you Google while reading the book?
The one thing I noticed while reading this book was there’s A LOT of nuclear bombs in the world so I googled it. The little blurb that popped up said there is 3,750 nuclear bombs that are currently active around the world. In total there is 13,890 nuclear bombs but all except those 3,750 are in storage and not active.

What was your favourite part of the book?
My favourite part of the book would have to be the last chapter. Not because it was the end of the book but because it was about Obama getting Bin Laden. September 11th, 2001 was awful. I’ve watched and read a lot about this topic and would love to go to New York as it is an amazing place to start with but it’s a place that it strong as hell to come back from that. I’ve read a lot of books about Bin Laden and the planning; I’ve watched Zero Dark Thirty and all that but to hear the presidents’ side is interesting as hell. Not to mention Trump started to show up in this chapter so I’m assuming in his next book(s) that is going to be a topic

I know a bunch of you have read this book so answer the questions in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Maeg’s View Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Welcome to Maeg’s View Book Review!
I’ve never actually been in a book club so bare with me! I’m just a lover of books and wanted to share my thought and am curious to hear your thoughts! I’ll be answering a couple of questions about the book which I hope that encourages you to go out and read it then come back to answer the same questions in the comments! Lets get started with our very first book Becoming by Michelle Obama.

“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
 
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.”

What was your favourite part of the book?
I would have to say in general getting to see how a First Lady’s life is as we don’t really hear about that in everyday news when it comes to a presidential family.

Did you race to the end, or was it more of a slow burn?
I did start to read this book awhile back when I first got it but for some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. On my second attempt at reading it, I raced to the end to finish it.

Did this book make you want to explore the subject matter more?
I would say yes. I personally don’t like politics and I think I related with Michelle because she doesn’t like them either. However, reading about an African American growing up with not much and making it all the way to being First Lady is an amazing story. She has overcome a lot and has a lot to say about helping others that came from the same place as she did. She did so much as a First Lady and that doesn’t really get talked about; I wonder what other First Ladies have accomplished.

Of all the information presented in the book, what has stayed with you the most?
The one part that blew my mind was when Michelle was talking about the Presidents Motorcade. Everyone knows the whole family gets Secret Service agents and bulletproof cars and such but learning what one man gets, everywhere he goes is absolutely insane. In the start she talks about how everything was insane and uncomfortable especially the men just following them around but you get use to it and they became friends with them. Its refreshing to hear someone who is in that position to be uncomfortable just like the rest of the world would be.

What did you learn from hearing this persons story?
I learned that the world has a lot of work to do when it comes to racism, sexism and in general just being a better place. When Michelle talks to her guidance counsellor, she was straight up told she wasn’t Princeton material just because of her skin colour even though she had the grades. Or when people judged her during her speeches saying she was an angry black lady even though she was a passionate woman. It sickening that all of these are still a problem in the world even though it’s now 2021!

Are there any people in the book whose perspective you wanted?
Well yes, the obvious one is Barack Obama, which we all get to read now that his book is out but I would like to hear the kids perspective. They were kind of thrown into this world and grew up at a time where they would remember all the details of living in the White House.

That was a first good start! Now if you have read the book, answer the same questions in the comments or add any other questions you want me/others to answer! Lets start a conversation!

Thank you for reading,

Maeg.

August Favourites!

Makeup Favourite:

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – Champagne

I actually got this as a sample but loved that it was a lip mask but with some colour! It is thick so your hair will get stuck to it but the colours are great. My sample came with the colours, champagne, natural and smashed. I tried them all and they’re great, the colours aren’t too bright so it’ll go well with everyone. You can get this at Sephora for $30.00.

Skin Care Favourite: 

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Tarte – Tarteguard 30 Vegan Sunscreen SPF 30

As most of you know by now I have sensitive skin so I was looking for something that I could put on my face without breaking out. I bought this and decided to give it a try, now I liked it, I didn’t love it. It did the job, my face didn’t get 3rd degree burn, however, my face was still incredible red after spending the day at the beach (and yes I did reapply every 30-45 mins). After not being in the sun (the hour drive home) my face seemed to not be as red but still I thought the burn will show up later. In the end my face wasn’t burn’t! I bought this product at Sephora for $40.00.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner

Cherry Almond is a softening shampoo and conditioner, it gently cleanses the hair all while maintaining natural lipids and oils. It’s creulty-free, vegan, colour safe and it smells amazing! I’ve used this on muiltple clients and they all love it. You can buy this at any Aveda salon or store for $21.00 for 250 ml.

Body Favourite: 

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Ombrelle SPF 30 Lightweight Sunscreen

Beach days are the best but you have to protect yourself from the sun. My Mum had just bought this but I needed sunscreen so she let me take it. Now sunscreen works my friends but you have to reapply it and that’s what I did. When I got there I put it on, sat in the sun for a bit and went in the water, after I got out of the water, I dried off, let the sun dry me out for maybe 2-3mins then I reapplied again. I did this all day, I was at the beach for 4 hours and didn’t get burnt! This product is thick so it works wonders, rub it in good but a little goes along way if you’re putting it on smaller areas. You can get this at Walmart for $20.00.

Home Favourite: 

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Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

I saw this movie on Netflix and decided to watch it and found out this was based on a true story. I love reading books, they give you so much more information than a movie can so I decided to get her book. I couldn’t put it down even after watching the movie and knowing what happens, this is worth a read. You can get this at Chapters for $21.00.

Music Favourite: 

Better Now by Post Malone

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

The Can’t Cook Book Trials

If anyone knows me they know that I can’t cook, I’m actually so bad at it – well I think I am.

I have many of cook books at home that are for teens, easy instructions and with lots of pictures but I still cannot cook on my own. This is how bad I am at it, the couple of things I am good at cooking is grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, egg sandwich and a Nutella and strawberry grilled sandwich for a dessert.

For Christmas 2013 my mum got me a cook book that is called, “The Can‘t Cook Book by Jessica Seinfeld.” It’s a cookbook that you have to read in the beginning because it teaches you all the things you need to know. For example, it teaches you what a paring knife, Chef’s knife and a offset serrated knife is, the difference between all the pans you could buy in the world, and even how to cut garlic, an onion, an avocado and even how to get fresh herbs off the plant. I mean this is the cookbooks of all cookbooks.

For tonight my mum told me that it was a “fend for yourself night.” Meaning that the people who usually cook, which are my mum or my sister, are too lazy to cook and you need to make your own meal. Usually this night involves me going out with friends, microwaving something, or sticking something from a box into the oven. Tonight I decided that I would give cooking a try, plus it would cure my boredom.

I actually did two different recipes to make one meal. The first one was Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast and the second one was Smashed Red Potatoes with Chives. I know this probably sounds so simple to some of you but remember I suck and to be quite frankly I’m scared of cooking.

I started off with defrosting the chicken in the microwave since I didn’t plan this, which ruined the chicken because my microwave is so damn strong – it’s a good one. I left that there and started the potatoes since it would take the longest, it didn’t involve much work besides boiling them, smashing them with a plate to be flat then putting chives on them; the boiling is what makes it take so long. As they were boiling I started to season the chicken like the book told me and got the pan ready with the oil. Oil really? Great one to start with I know, nothing scares me more then cooking with oil. To my surprise it went well until the end when I over cooked the chicken. As I was over cooking the chicken I thought my potatoes were ready to be smashed so I drained the water and got a plate only to notice that the potatoes were still hard as a rock, I was in fact, premature like a little boy.

My mum at this point came downstairs to see how I was doing and she gave me a little advice of these century, put things in the microwave if you took them out too early. This in fact worked and I was ready to smash away, which was actually really fun. Cooking fun? Who would of knew. I plated my meal, took pictures, sent them to my boyfriend and being a 22 year old, put them on instagram. I then enjoyed my over cooked chicken and smashed potatoes.

I will try the chicken again, some parts actually tasted really well but I want the whole breast to taste good. The potatoes were excellent and I didn’t even put ketchup or butter on them like I normally would – this is a good sign. Image

My goal is to try every recipe in this cookbook and actually be able to cook by the end of the year.

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More recipes to come!

No power on Christmas Eve

December 24th we go up to my dad’s for Christmas with him. This year I went up with my best friend and my sister. Before we left the house we knew he didn’t have power because of the storm so we had to dress warm, the only problem was it was the coldest night out of the week (-14). We left the house and went to a Tim Hortons by my house, when we got there it was jammed and the drive-thru was closed. We left and went to a different one, when we go there the line up for the drive-thru was long but we waited. When we were in line I remembered that I forgot my rum balls I made for everyone – we went back to my house to pick them up. Finally, we were on the road to my dad’s, which is a 45min drive. By the time we got there the sun had just gone down and it was dark, you could still kind of see the trees when we noticed that the big tree house we had was crushed because the tree fell over. Inside the house was pitch black, I couldn’t see where my dogs were and I don’t think they are like cats where they can see in the dark so you trip over them. My dad put the fire place on and lit all the candles – thank god my step mum has an obsession with candles. The house was freezing, none of us ate so we literally ate two whole chickens they bought from the store then we opened our gifts. 

We made my step mum, dad and step brother open theirs first and explained everything, my best friend opened hers next and then finally we opened ours. I hope I can remember everything they got me but I’m going to try. I got nail polish, perfume, two roots t-shirts, one roots sweater, two movies I believe, socks, eyeliner, lip scrub, a photo album, old bottle of coke, Blue Jays book, and The Great Gatsby book. 

From my best friend (since I opened it at my dad’s house), I got a yoga block, yoga ban, yoga DVD, Nutella cook book, Nutella, cookie spread, and a wooden spatula. 

After we opened all our gifts my step mum and brother were both so cold that they went to their friends house to warm up and sleep. My dad stayed with us and chilled until he could no longer stay awake – which was pretty early since he worked the night before – we said goodbye and left. 

Before we got into the car my dad told us to look up. Since the power was out in that little town the stars were so wicked, you could literally see all of them because he was a clear night too. It was actually so cool to see. 

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(Above – this is the tree house the fell down, it use to up standing up right and there was a slide on the other side of it.)

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(Above – this is some of the food we ate and candles we had so we could see.)

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(Above –  it was -14 inside the house, the whole time we were there even when we opened our gifts we had our winter coats on, with hats and mittens.)

20 favourite books.

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  2. The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell
  3. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
  4. Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey
  5. The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
  6. Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
  7. Petals in the Ashes by Mary Hooper
  8. The Girlfriends Guide to Hockey by Teena Spencer
  9. i am neurotic (and so are you) by Lianna Kong
  10. Can’t Get There From Here by Todd Strasser
  11. Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
  12. Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
  13. The end of the world as we know it. by Lesley Choyce
  14. Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
  15. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  16. Entwinded with You by Sylvia Day
  17. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
  18. The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
  19. Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi
  20. Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin