What I Read – May 2020

READ: They Said This Would Be Fun - Eternity Martis (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) The Penguin Book of Mermaids - edited by Cristina Bacchilega and Marie Alohalani Brown (Penguin Books, 2019) Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson (Picador, 1995) Hold on to Your Kids - Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate (Vintage Canada,… Continue reading What I Read – May 2020

Book Review: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson (Picador, 1995) I've loved the three previous novels that I've read by Kate Atkinson - Life After Life, A God in Ruins and Transcription so when I found a secondhand copy of her first novel a few months ago I happily brought it home. While the… Continue reading Book Review: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

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 – 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: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015)

I wasn't familiar with Paul Beatty's work before this past year when he became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. Once I heard a little more about his style, I was eager to read The Sellout and it happily did not disappoint. The Sellout is satirical, uncomfortable, entertaining, eye-opening, and sometimes confusing.… Continue reading Book Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015)

What I Read – June 2015

Requiem for a Nun - William Faulkner (Penguin, 1961) Aside from As I Lay Dying, I haven't read much Faulkner so I can't say whether or not this book is typical of his style. The format is definitely unique. The action of the story is a play, centred around the death of a child and… Continue reading What I Read – June 2015