A Birthday Party

This weekend we celebrated Pearl's birthday. We kept it simple, partially because we seem to be raising an introvert here but mostly because she's one and she won't remember this and so we're kind of mostly celebrating the fact that Peter and I made it through a year of parenting! So a simple lunch, some… Continue reading A Birthday Party

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What I Read – February 2016

Music for Wartime - Rebecca Makkai (Viking, 2015) The Givenness of Things - Marilynne Robinson (HarperCollins, 2015) (Truth be told, I only read half of this before I had to return it to the library. But I really enjoyed what I read and I hope to borrow it again.) When panic on one side is… Continue reading What I Read – February 2016

Book Review: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

If you're familiar with Yann Martel's work (and you probably are, because he wrote Life of Pi), you know that he does things a little unusually. He writes books with taxidermied animals as the main characters (read my review of Beatrice & Virgil) and he leaves you wondering about the truth of that tiger in… Continue reading Book Review: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don't teach boys to care about being likeable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn… Continue reading Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This Time Last Year…

One year ago today Peter and I were walking (very slowly) around Kerrisdale while I tried to figure out if my contractions were real or false labour (they were false). I can remember sitting in an armchair in a second-hand shop, wondering if the store would charge me if my water broke. We're currently eagerly… Continue reading This Time Last Year…

Book Review: Letters to Malcolm by C.S. Lewis

While I didn't find this to be Lewis' most compelling or convicting book, I think there's still a lot of good stuff here. It's no secret I'm a major C.S. Lewis fan. As well as enjoying his novels, he's one of my favourite Christian thinkers and he's had a major influence on my faith. In… Continue reading Book Review: Letters to Malcolm by C.S. Lewis

Book Review: Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

This is Rebecca Makkai's third book, following two novels. This short story collection is cohesive, yet diverse. There's reality television and professional musicians and family legend. Indeed, fact and fiction are mixed together here. Spliced in between the fictional stories, Makkai includes interludes of her own family history, namely that of her grandparents. Her grandmother,… Continue reading Book Review: Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai