2021 Highlights: Week 6

To Do Lists. To Do Lists basically help me function. I have a weekly To Do List and then write daily To Do Lists and I put the dumbest stuff on my daily lists. Stuff that I am absolutely going to do whether or not it's on my list. But I mix it in with… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 6

Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

How to Pronounce Knife - Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) How to Pronounce Knife is the most recent winner of the Giller Prize, probably Canada's most prestigious literary award. It is a collection of short stories, a common thread running through of The Outsider. More specifically, these are stories that detail elements of the… Continue reading Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Book Review: A Treasury of Short Stories ed. by Bernardine Kielty

A Treasury of Short Stories ed. by Bernardine Kielty (Simon & Schuster, 1947) This is a collection of short stories, spanning two continents and over one hundred years. The stories are organized first by century (19th and 20th) and then by region (European and American). Let's talk first about the flaws here because though they… Continue reading Book Review: A Treasury of Short Stories ed. by Bernardine Kielty

2021 Highlights: Week 5

Exploring new trails. The way little kids enjoy their own reflections. They just enjoy looking at themselves without vanity or shame and it’s wonderful to observe.Various hate groups (including one particularly famous one right now) being labelled as terrorist groups by the Canadian government.A long walk on a sunny day, including a visit to the… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 5

Book Review: A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

A History of My Brief Body - Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton, 2020) It's clear from the beginning that this is not going to be a gentle book. Right away in his Preface: A Letter to Nôhkom, Belcourt says, "Nôhkom, I'm not safe. Canada is still in the business of gunning down NDNs...Despite the stories of… Continue reading Book Review: A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

What I Read – January 2021

Read: What Kind of Woman - Kate Baer (Harper Perennial, 2020) The Arsonists' City - Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) A History of My Brief Body - Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton, 2020) A Treasury of Short Stories edited by Bernardine Kielty (Simon & Schuster, 1947) Currently Reading: On Reading Well - Karen Swallow Prior… Continue reading What I Read – January 2021

2021 Highlights: Week 4

Getting pictures printed. This is something I try and do every January. Just a whole lot of photos from the previous year. It's always fun to look through them, display them, and see how much our kids have grown! A surprise package from some dear friends in Germany. Which has also meant lots of delicious… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 4

2021 Highlights: Week 3

These princesses going for a ride: Rose's crazy hair in the morning: (plus Justin Beaver peeking out between us) Rose and I were walking through the neighbourhood on a sunny afternoon when we came across Pearl's class, on their way back from a local park. I saw them from a distance and was heading a… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 3

Book Review: The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan

The Arsonists' City - Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) I received an Advanced Readers' Copy of this as book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. This book will be available for purchase March 9, 2021. A family spread out across the globe is reunited in Beirut when their patriarch declares… Continue reading Book Review: The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan