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January 2019 Reading Round-Up
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January 2019 Reading Round-Up
Highlights from my usual eclectic mix of books this month include:Best in Translation:Flights by Olga TokarczukAudiobook 13 h; performed by Julia WhelanWhile Edmonton Public Library has categorized this existential, free-wheeling novel as short stories, I disagree. I'm not sure exactly what it is...
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My Top 18 Books of 2018
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My Top 18 Books of 2018
Out of 370 books in 2018... so hard to choose favourites. I agree with Neil Gaiman, who has said "Picking five favourite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose." Nevertheless, I go bravely forward. Here are eighteen books, not all of which were published in 2018, an...
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December Reading Round-Up
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December Reading Round-Up
My highlights from December include a designer box of short stories, world-class local poetry, a translated novella set in Ukraine, science fiction, historical fiction, a couple of memoirs, and lots of graphic novels.2018 Short Story Advent Calendar, produced by Michael Kingston and Natalie ...
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Timmies Times Three: More Tim Hortons in Literature
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Timmies Times Three: More Tim Hortons in Literature
I continue to document my encounters with Tim Hortons in Canadian literature. The first two installments of quotations can be found here and here. This time I've got a really long, really funny excerpt from Eden Robinson's Trickster Drift, so I'm going to stop at three instead of waiting for more...
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November Reading Round-Up
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November Reading Round-Up
Novels, poetry, nonfiction, audiobooks, picture books, graphic novels for adults and kids... here are highlights from the assortment of books that I tackled in November, in no particular order:Disoriental by Negar DjavadiKaleidoscopic storytelling swirls through the entire 20th-century history of...
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Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
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Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
Magnolia Table first came to my attention when I saw it on some cookbook awards longlist (can't remember which) back in the spring, then waited on a long list of library holds to finally get my hands on it this month. I wasn't aware of the existence of HGTV's Fixer Upper, which features Joan...
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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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