What I Read – October 2017

Bellevue Square - Michael Redhill (Doubleday Canada, 2017) A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles (Viking, 2016) The End We Start From - Megan Hunter (Hamish Hamilton, 2017) Ghost Warning - Kara Stanley (Caitlin Press, 2017) Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin (A Harvest Book, 1983) All rivers run full to the sea; those who are apart are brought together; the… Continue reading What I Read – October 2017

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On Pregnancy

This is me the day I found out I was pregnant with Rose. I've now been pregnant four times. Nothing in my life has been as humbling for me as pregnancy. Nothing has reminded me more of how little I control. So while this fourth pregnancy was relatively "straightforward", it was a nine month exercise… Continue reading On Pregnancy

Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I'd heard so many rave reviews of Amor Towles' second novel that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. More than one person said it was the best book of the year for them. So it was perhaps inevitable that I would set myself up for disappointment. The book is certainly entertaining I… Continue reading Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Rose’s Story

Birth stories are one of those things that most people aren't interested in until they have their own. At least, that was my experience, so feel entirely free to skip over this if it's your experience too! It feels like you could hardly have two more different birthing experiences than Pearl and Rose. I shared… Continue reading Rose’s Story

Book Review: Lost in September by Kathleen Winter

"This book is so weird," was my almost constant thought as I read Lost in September. It wasn't until I was around three quarters of the way through that I felt I had a handle on what I was supposed to believe/see. Sometimes that made for a frustrating reading experience but overall, Winter handles it… Continue reading Book Review: Lost in September by Kathleen Winter

Book Review: The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

I wasn't sure about reading this short novella, about a woman who has a baby as London is flooded and she is forced to flee her home, while at home with my own newborn baby. The good news is the book is not disturbing or upsetting. The bad news is it's not much of anything.… Continue reading Book Review: The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

This collection of short stories focuses primarily on adolescent girls. The stories are compelling and readable and not at all familiar with my experience of being a teenage girl. Which isn't to say that they don't ring true but by the time I got to the end of the collection, it felt like the intensity… Continue reading Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer