2021 Highlights: Week 14

This is already old news, I guess, since Easter was a week ago but I can't resist an opportunity to share some cute pictures and it was technically a highlight of this week: Hand-me-downs! This is a form of recycling that makes me happy. We have some generous friends who have passed clothes from their… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 14

Book Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart (Grove Press, 2020) Oof. This book. Let me start by saying that it is worthy of the high praise and the awards it has received. But it's really hard to read. I started slow and came close to giving up after one particularly brutal chapter but pushed through and am… Continue reading Book Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

2021 Highlights: Week 13

...if I"m going to prescribe you a medicine of good words - I'm going to also have to say to you take it slowly, a spoonful at a time. This is sweet medicine, so savour it and really rest your mind in the beauty of language. It's not that we don't ever think about or… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 13

Book Review: Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

Satellite Love - Genki Ferguson (McClelland & Stewart, 2021) I received an Advanced Readers e-copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Satellite Love was released 2 March 2021. This is a charmingly weird book. There are four characters whose perspectives we see from at various points and one… Continue reading Book Review: Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

What I Read – March 2021

Read: Wuhan Diary - Fang Fang (HarperVia, 2020) (translated from Chinese by Michael Berry) Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2021) Butter Honey Pig Bread - Francesca Ekwuyasi (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020) Tom Jones - Henry Fielding (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004) White Ivy - Susie Yang (Simon & Schuster,… Continue reading What I Read – March 2021

Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

White Ivy - Susie Yang (Simon & Schuster, 2020) The blurb for this novel tells us that Ivy Lin is a thief and liar. And while these are certainly true of the main character of White Ivy, it doesn't tell the whole story. Ivy Lin is someone who wants more. At a young age, while… Continue reading Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

2021 Highlights: Week 12

We climbed a mountain! We climbed Mt. Daniel in Pender Harbour, a hike we've done several times before. This time Peter and I decided we were going to encourage Rose to hike as much of it as she could. Rose is 3 and a half and a perfectly capable walker and hiker. But she loves… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 12

Book Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2021) Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourite living authors and so as soon as I heard he had a new book coming out in 2021 I immediately pre-ordered Klara and the Sun. Last week, I had the chance to tune into a live,… Continue reading Book Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

2021 Highlights: Week 11

Outdoor playdates are allowed again! Lots of great vaccine news this week! A family member unexpectedly got their first vaccine dose this week and Peter and I both got rather teary-eyed when we heard the news. As well, it was also announced that essential workers will begin to be vaccinated in April which means Peter… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 11

Book Review: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Tom Jones - Henry Fielding (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004) This novel was first published in 1749; my copy from the library clocked in at 801 pages (before the notes). It follows the life and adventures of Tom Jones from the moment he is found in the bed of Squire Allworthy. Allworthy is as shocked… Continue reading Book Review: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding