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October Reading Round-Up
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October Reading Round-Up
Out of the 34 books that I read this month, here are some highlights:Machine Without Horses by Helen HumphreysThe title comes from the name of a Scottish dance that replicates the movements of a steam train. This book is also a dance, a duet of nonfiction and fiction. Behind-the-scenes writing co...
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30 Books Hath September
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30 Books Hath September
There were mountains of tasty books in my reading diet in September. Out of 30 books, half of them were so good that I gave them 5 stars on Goodreads. Another eleven were almost as good; they were 4-star reads. What a stellar month! These are the top fifteen, in alphabetical order:Convenience Sto...
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Emma Hooper, Esi Edugyan and Kirsty Logan: All About the Jellyfish
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Emma Hooper, Esi Edugyan and Kirsty Logan: All About the Jellyfish
What serendipity to come across passages describing Atlantic jellyfish in three novels in a row.It started last week. My friends and I take turn hosting a monthly literary salon and the theme this time was "grace." I chose to share a chapter from the book I was reading at the time, The Homes...
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Forward by Lisa Maas
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Forward by Lisa Maas
Forward is a tender story of grief and emerging romance, set in the lesbian community in Victoria, BC. It's a setting that comics artist Lisa Maas obviously knows well. I could relate to so much in this graphic novel. These characters are people I recognize. The two central women are both in thei...
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Happy Birthday to Eric Karl Anderson
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Happy Birthday to Eric Karl Anderson
Eric Karl AndersonAuthor, book blogger and vlogger Eric Karl Anderson, aka lonesomereader, is 40 today and our mutual friend Shawn Mooney (Shawn the Book Maniac) has created tags to celebrate his birthday. I've not embarked on the booktube wagon, and have mostly fallen off the old-fashioned book ...
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Further Tim Hortons References in Literature
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Further Tim Hortons References in Literature
Now that I've started noticing references to Tim Hortons coffee shops in the novels I'm reading, I'm finding them everywhere."There were a lot of people in the parking lot: long, lean men with hips the size of ten-year-old girls, women with legs the size of Rose's arm, and an army of volunteers w...
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February Reading Round-Up
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Lots of diversity in my reading this month. Here are my top ten:Winter by Ali SmithAli Smith astounds me with each new creation, each unfailingly wise and full of heart. The central story here is about the thawing of frozen relationships, interwoven with current issues - Brexit, Syrian refugees, ...
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January Reading Round-up
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My January was full of poetry and books by New Zealand writers.I wrote about January's poetry highlights in a previous post. Other January highlights include:Electrifying Short Stories: What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah. Audiobook [5 h 20 m] narrated by Adjoa...
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Three New Zealand Poets: Dinah Hawken, Sue Wootton and Rhian Gallagher
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I am doing a poetry challenge on Litsy. It involves focusing on a particular poet each month, and I had a hard time choosing among the tempting possibilities recommended by my knowledgeable friend Claire, at whose house I've been staying in Auckland. I ended up choosing Dinah Hawken, and I read o...
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New Year's Reading Goal: More Canadian Please!
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New Year's Reading Goal: More Canadian Please!
Reading Envy podcaster and blogger Jenny, who lives in South Carolina, has set herself a goal to read more Canadian books this year. She asked some Canadian readers for suggestions and shared these on Reading Envy episode 107, linked here.I was one of the people she invited on for this show. It's...
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