Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Shut Up You're Pretty - Téa Mutonji (VS. Books, 2019) This book isn't quite a short story collection and it isn't quite a novel. It's a collection of short stories all about one character that moves forward linearly from her chidhood to her young womanhood. (Except for one story which is from the perspective of… Continue reading Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Book Review: The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong

The Woo Woo - Lindsay Wong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018) I really wanted to like this book. It sounded like the kind of quirky memoir I would enjoy. I was curious to read Wong's portrayal of Vancouver and her story of her crazy Chinese family. I thought I'd find more here that was familiar, even… Continue reading Book Review: The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong

What I Read – April 2019

Read: The Lesser Bohemians - Eimear McBride (McClelland & Stewart, 2016) The Night Tiger - Yangsze Choo (Flatiron Books, 2019) Ordinary People - Diana Evans (Bond Street Books, 2018) The Incendiaries - R.O. Kwon (Riverhead Books, 2018) Leaving the Witness - Amber Scorah (Viking, 2019) The Woo Woo - Lindsay Wong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018)… Continue reading What I Read – April 2019

What I Read – August 2018

READ: The Boat Who Wouldn't Float - Farley Mowat (McClelland & Stewart, 1974) Farley Mowat is a difficult author to categorize because he covers such a wide variety of topics. This book was pure fun - a bit of adventure and lots of humour. A perfect book to take along on our island camping trip at… Continue reading What I Read – August 2018

What I Read – January 2017

Read: The Sellout - Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015) Reflections on the Psalms - C.S. Lewis (A Harvest Book, 1958) A vocation is a terrible thing. To be called out of nature into the supernatural life is at first (or perhaps not quite at first - the wrench of the parting may be felt later) a… Continue reading What I Read – January 2017

Book Review: Beauty Plus Pity by Kevin Chong

Kevin Chong writes about a Vancouver I recognize. While the city isn't necessarily a major player in the novel, it's an important background and well-evoked with a few simple settings and descriptions. And though this is what drew me to read Beauty Plus Pity I enjoyed the novel greatly for its characters and plotting. Malcolm… Continue reading Book Review: Beauty Plus Pity by Kevin Chong

What I Read – August 2015

August was a good reading month. Two things helped. 1) Having no internet for the first twenty days and 2) Long periods of wakefulness with a baby for the first half of the month. (The way I get through nighttime feedings is with a soft light and a good book.) Here's what I read: Half… Continue reading What I Read – August 2015