Best Book Written by Someone I Know

This category came to life when I was looking over the books I read in 2018 and realized how many were written by people I knew in real life. Having done a Writing degree and worked in the book industry I've worked, learned, and been taught by some fantastic writers. I did not include writers… Continue reading Best Book Written by Someone I Know

Book Review: Our Homesick Songs

I can faintly recall, as a child, watching the national news, noticing a lot of talk about fishing out east. The lack of fish, the death of an industry and a lifestyle. It was my own country but very far away and very removed from my own city childhood on the opposite coast. In 1992,… Continue reading Book Review: Our Homesick Songs

What I Read – October 2018

What I Read: Refuge - Merilyn Simonds (ECW Press, 2018) Our Homesick Songs - Emma Hooper (Hamish Hamilton, 2018) Currently Reading: A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth An Orchestra of Minorities - Chigozie Obioma Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster The Excuses: I'm just over 1000 pages into A Suitable Boy. I'm definitely enjoying it but it's big. It's absorbed a… Continue reading What I Read – October 2018

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 – April 2018

READ: Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains - Yasuko Thanh (Hamish Hamilton, 2016) I went to school with Suko and so was familiar with her unique style and had an idea of where her interests lie. This historical novel set in Vietnam lined up with my expectations and I love her short stories (Her collection Floating Like… Continue reading What I Read – April 2018

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

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: Autobiography by G.K. Chesterton

I've previously read Chesterton's The Man Who was Thursday (review here), Orthodoxy, and some of his Father Brown mysteries and generally enjoyed Chesterton's writing. So I thought it might be interesting to read his autobiography, first published in 1936. Autobiography is, perhaps, a misleading title. What this book really is is a series of essays,… Continue reading Book Review: Autobiography by G.K. Chesterton

What I Read – March 2017

I've fallen behind in reviewing books but am working to catch up and get some reviews posted next week. In the meantime, here's what I read this month: Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press, 2015) The Dark and Other Love Stories - Deborah Willis (Hamish Hamilton, 2017) She was glad that was done. What a… Continue reading What I Read – March 2017

Book Review: The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis

A quick disclaimer to say that I know Deborah Willis but only a little bit. We were in the same program at university but she was a couple of years ahead of me and we briefly worked at the same coffee shop and then we worked at rival bookstores. I read her first short story… Continue reading Book Review: The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis