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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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My 2017 Reading Stats in Pie Charts
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My 2017 Reading Stats in Pie Charts
Goodreads makes the wonderful infographic above possible. I read 345 books in 2017, up from 323 last year.I like to examine my reading stats at the end of each year, to see how well I'm doing in my efforts to read as diversely as possible and to focus on reading books written by women. Looking at...
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Best of December 2017: A Round-up
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Best of December 2017: A Round-up
Highlights of the best books I read this month:The Kappa Child by Hiromi Goto"I just want to have a normal family! But I'm always tossed into this tornado, this Wizard of Oz meets Godzilla at The Little House on the Prairie." A lesbian protagonist + a dysfunctional Japanese immigrant family&...
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Best of November 2017: A Round-up
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Best of November 2017: A Round-up
Another thirty days, another thirty books. Here are the highlights of my November reads:Favourite book of November, and possibly of the entire year:The Heart's Invisible Furies by John BoyneSocial change over a span of 70 years in Ireland, as seen through the lens of a gay man who was born to an ...
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Speculative Fiction in Audiobooks
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Speculative Fiction in Audiobooks
Hiromi Goto spoke at the University of Alberta yesterday, as part of the Canadian Literature Centre's Brown Bag Lunch Reading series. Her talk reminded me why I love speculative fiction."the best of speculative fiction is not bound by the mechanics of the systems we’ve developed to date, nor conf...
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Where It Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw
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Where It Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw
These are powerful personal essays about living through pain and surviving loss of all kinds, and violence, and injustice. Beautiful, cathartic and bleak, like the remote British Columbia settings where author Sarah de Leeuw has lived."It is the early summer of 1989. For the two of us it is the e...
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Tim Hortons References in Canadian Fiction
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Tim Hortons References in Canadian Fiction
   "Darwin came home before the children went to bed, Lorraine asleep already. He had brought Timbits, assorted. The jelly ones, the tiny perfect jelly doughnuts, made Clara cry. Because they were so perfect and Lorraine was dying. She had salt in her mouth and powdery, dissolving sweet...
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