Doodler’s Year in Review: Best Books of 2013

Hi! Doodler’s Year in Review continues, featuring my favourite music, books, articles, food, blogs, etc. of 2013. 

Next up is books! I’ve only read about 13 books so far this year, and not all of them were published in 2013. Below is my list of my favourite titles from the ones that were, click covers for more info. (Fox 8 is a short story, not a “book” really.) Enjoy!

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Doodler’s Questionnaire with Fox in Wolf’s Clothing

Fox in Wolf’s Clothing aka Paul has been a professional in the Canadian book industry for 6 years. From the local bookstore, to supply chain with a national retail company, and more recently the digital side of things with a publisher, he remains a self-described bookseller at heart.

A sometimes blogger, this sports fan and vinyl record enthusiast is an avid reader and book lover.

As I fancy myself a fan of books (I confess I need to make more time to read these days) and being a person who daydreams about being a writer one day, I was curious to hear about the “new normal” in the book world.

Fox was kind enough to answer Doodler’s Questionnaire! Thanks Paul!*


*Full disclosure: this is my real-life spouse

Doodler’s Questionnaire with Fox in Wolf’s Clothing

Aside from a good book, what are your “must have” items while you are reading?

Well, personally I have a really hard time reading without adequate light. Shadows really seem to distract me, even if its one page casting a shadow onto another. I guess if I’m reading at home, I like to have tall, back lighting. If not at home, I’d have to say a book mark - I can’t deal with page-bending to mark a page and I have a spotty memory at best (not a good combo). In a perfect world, I would also love to have a proper arm chair to read in (ideally well lit from the back! Lol).

Whenever I ask successful people how they got started they usually answer similarly, explaining to me that they simply “did it”. How and when did you personally know your love of books was more than a hobby?

I think it probably was about 8 years ago. I was really disenchanted with my career at the time and had taken a quick trip across the border to Buffalo for some shopping. On the way, I was talking with my mother who asked me what it was I really wanted to do with my life. I had always wanted to be an author, and I told her so, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that I could be happy just being around books. I think my Mom was probably the main factor in my love of books and the printed word - she always made time to read to me, take me to the library, and encourage me with my writing (no matter how poor I might have thought it was).

What is the most frustrating and what is the most rewarding aspect of working in the digital publishing industry?

The most frustrating part of the digital publishing industry is probably the gaps between established process. The industry is still relatively new to the mainstream, and as such many of the great ideas that come up require a “amazing - now how do we execute this” sort of step. Conversely, this is also one of the most rewarding aspects of working in digital publishing. There’s a real sense of accomplishment when you’re able to make something come together - whether it succeeds or flops - and learning something from it to move forward with. The other super rewarding aspect of this business is the lack of need for ‘stock’ - essentially, digital booksellers are working off of pure demand; knowing what the consumer wants, ideally before they know they want it.

In your opinion what is the most common misconception about e-reading and the current e-book market?

I think the most common misconception is that eBooks are killing physical books. I don’t believe that they are - I believe the two will ultimately compliment each other. See: vinyl and digital music as a model.

If you could only own 1 record what would it be?

The White Album by the Beatles - amazing quality and so diverse/eclectic in sound that it wouldn’t soon get boring.

If we went back in time to ask your 4 year old self what they want to be when they grow up what would they answer?

Paleontologist. :)


What is the most beautiful experience you can imagine?

Watching the sun set over the ocean from the deck of a (my) boat, dog at my feet, love at my side.


Anything to add?

Never give up on dreaming - without a dream to chase, I’d feel like I was standing still. And never let anyone else tell you what your dream should be - there’s nothing in that direction but emptiness.

Doodler’s Questionnaire with Laura Lee of Cupcake Heaven
Cupcake Heaven is an independently owned business that creates one of a kind, hand made sweet treats. Since November of 2012 Cupcake Heaven has been providing the Greater Toronto Area with delicious and beautiful cupcakes, cake pops, cakes, cookies and french macarons. I was lucky enough to discover and enjoy some of these delectable desserts for the first time this past Valentine’s Day and I have been a fan ever since.
With St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, Easter and wedding season right around the corner, there are so many reasons to keep Cupcake Heaven in mind for all of your sweet treat needs!
email: torontocupcakeheaven@gmail.com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cupcake-Heaven/165025353614168
instagram: http://instagram.com/cakeheavenly
twitter: https://twitter.com/Cakeheavenly
A huge thank you to Cupcake Heaven Owner, Laura Lee for taking the time to answer “Doodler’s Questionnaire”!
Doodler’s Questionnaire with Laura Lee of Cupcake Heaven
Aside from the essentials, what are your “must have” items in the kitchen while you are baking and decorating? My must have is my trusty Kitchen Aid mixer and pipping tools.Your cupcake, cookie and cake pop designs are so pretty! Where do you get your ideas and inspiration? 
I get my inspirations from day to day life like, paintings, fashion and sometimes a design just pops into my head. A cake is like a blank canvas, and I just add in my own work of art.Whenever I ask successful people how they got started they usually answer similarly, explaining to me that they simply “did it”. How and when did you personally know you that baking was more than a hobby? 
I started baking back when I was 8 or 9, my mom bakes and she taught me how to bake and cook. It’s fun baking with my mom. 
When I went to high school first thing I choose was baking which the professor taught me everything he knew. Won a few awards for baker of the year. From then on I knew baking was my calling card.
What is the most frustrating and what is the most rewarding aspect of providing people with sweet treats you have made by hand? 
The most frustrating is not getting the recipe right. But that didn’t stop me. I never gave up. I just try again and again. 

The most rewarding is seeing and hearing my clients and customers telling me that this cupcake is delicious!

If we went back in time to ask your 4 year old self what they want to be when they grow up what would they answer? 
It would be a cook and a baker.
What is the most beautiful experience you can imagine? 
The most beautiful experience would be able to open my own shop one day.Anything to add? 
For all cooks and bakers out there, my advice is never let failure get in the way. It takes U to succeed and make it to the top! 

CUPCAKE HEAVEN

Doodler’s Questionnaire with Laura Lee of Cupcake Heaven

Cupcake Heaven is an independently owned business that creates one of a kind, hand made sweet treats. Since November of 2012 Cupcake Heaven has been providing the Greater Toronto Area with delicious and beautiful cupcakes, cake pops, cakes, cookies and french macarons. I was lucky enough to discover and enjoy some of these delectable desserts for the first time this past Valentine’s Day and I have been a fan ever since.

With St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, Easter and wedding season right around the corner, there are so many reasons to keep Cupcake Heaven in mind for all of your sweet treat needs!

email: torontocupcakeheaven@gmail.com

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cupcake-Heaven/165025353614168

instagram: http://instagram.com/cakeheavenly

twitter: https://twitter.com/Cakeheavenly


A huge thank you to Cupcake Heaven Owner, Laura Lee for taking the time to answer “Doodler’s Questionnaire”!

Doodler’s Questionnaire with Laura Lee of Cupcake Heaven

Aside from the essentials, what are your “must have” items in the kitchen while you are baking and decorating?

My must have is my trusty Kitchen Aid mixer and pipping tools.

Your cupcake, cookie and cake pop designs are so pretty! Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?

I get my inspirations from day to day life like, paintings, fashion and sometimes a design just pops into my head. A cake is like a blank canvas, and I just add in my own work of art.

Whenever I ask successful people how they got started they usually answer similarly, explaining to me that they simply “did it”. How and when did you personally know you that baking was more than a hobby?

I started baking back when I was 8 or 9, my mom bakes and she taught me how to bake and cook. It’s fun baking with my mom. 

When I went to high school first thing I choose was baking which the professor taught me everything he knew. Won a few awards for baker of the year. From then on I knew baking was my calling card.

What is the most frustrating and what is the most rewarding aspect of providing people with sweet treats you have made by hand?

The most frustrating is not getting the recipe right. But that didn’t stop me. I never gave up. I just try again and again. 

The most rewarding is seeing and hearing my clients and customers telling me that this cupcake is delicious!

If we went back in time to ask your 4 year old self what they want to be when they grow up what would they answer?

It would be a cook and a baker.

What is the most beautiful experience you can imagine?

The most beautiful experience would be able to open my own shop one day.

Anything to add? 

For all cooks and bakers out there, my advice is never let failure get in the way. It takes U to succeed and make it to the top! 

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An old quartet of snapshots - winter in Montreal 2010.

The inside of Notre Dame in Montreal, snapshot taken by me.
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The inside of Notre Dame in Montreal, snapshot taken by me.

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A trio of my snapshots. Cinderella’s castle Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.
Orlando summer 2011.

A trio of my snapshots. Cinderella’s castle Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

Orlando summer 2011.

Doodler’s Revue MS Paint doodle: Flying Heart.
Yes that is my background.
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Doodler’s Revue MS Paint doodle: Flying Heart.

Yes that is my background.

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After one month of Tumbling Doodler’s Revue would like to thank 100+ followers for all of your awesome support! You’re so doodling great. Seriously.
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After one month of Tumbling Doodler’s Revue would like to thank 100+ followers for all of your awesome support! You’re so doodling great. Seriously.

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Doodler downloaded Critter Crunch from the PSN years before the security breach, and is still playing it wayyyyyy too often.

Doodler downloaded Critter Crunch from the PSN years before the security breach, and is still playing it wayyyyyy too often.

Would you say that you "caught vapours" on the J. Cole album? I heard a nasty rumour that your original review would have been 3 mics out of a possible five, but your husband pressed harder for 4... :)
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LOL! Sure, I can admit to your accusation of “vapours” - to a degree.

I definitely grew more fond of J. Cole's debut album Cole World The Sideline Story with each listen. 

5 mics!

Thanks for asking Doodler!


This song is catchy and has been stuck in my head. Despite the title’s  implications the lyrics are about time being more valuable than money. I  invite you to join me in this, (an intentionally funny) swag showcase,  wherein you gather every watch in your home and take a photo of it.  Enjoy Doodler's hilarious entry above :)

This song is catchy and has been stuck in my head. Despite the title’s implications the lyrics are about time being more valuable than money. I invite you to join me in this, (an intentionally funny) swag showcase, wherein you gather every watch in your home and take a photo of it. Enjoy Doodler's hilarious entry above :)

Since I first heard “Who Dat”, I have been a J. Cole fan.

His debut album, Cole World The Sideline Story, is available now.

Check it out doodlers!

Awesome. C’mon doodlers, this November we’ll finish something. Why don’t we write a novel?

From  nanowrimo.org :

NaNo in a Nutshell

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Where: You write wherever you’d like. On your computer, on your iPad, on a typewriter—-anywhere is fine, just as long as you’re writing! For a more in-depth NaNoWriMo overview, visit the devilishly handsome “What is NaNoWriMo?“and “How NaNoWriMo Works” pages.