What I Read – May 2017

Silence - Shusaku Endo (Picador Classic, 2015) translated from the Japanese by William Johnston But Christ did not die for the good and beautiful. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt - this is the realization that came home to… Continue reading What I Read – May 2017

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant, thirty years old, works in an office, does things exactly how she wants them without worrying what others think. Eleanor Oliphant is perfectly fine on her own, thank you very much, and always has been. She goes to Marks & Spencer every Friday, talks to Mummy on the phone every Wednesday night, and… Continue reading Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Reading with Pearl: Janet & Allan Ahlberg

One of the fun things about being a parent is getting to re-discover things you yourself loved as a child and being able to introduce them to your own kid. The books of Janet and Allan Ahlberg definitely fall into this category for me. My favourites by the Ahlbergs were the Jolly Postman series -… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Book Review: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

David would have the throne, the crown, the line of descendants that the Name had promised him. But for the rest of his life, he would be scalded by the consequences of his choices. My task would be twofold: To stand up to him, and to stand by him. To awaken his conscience, and to… Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

What I Read – March 2016

There was a time when Spring Break and holiday and travel meant I had time to read more than usual. Not this year, my friends, not this year. Here's what I did read: The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday Canada, 2015) Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes (Penguin Books, 2003) (translated… Continue reading What I Read – March 2016

What I Read – February 2016

Music for Wartime - Rebecca Makkai (Viking, 2015) The Givenness of Things - Marilynne Robinson (HarperCollins, 2015) (Truth be told, I only read half of this before I had to return it to the library. But I really enjoyed what I read and I hope to borrow it again.) When panic on one side is… Continue reading What I Read – February 2016

Book Review: Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

This is Rebecca Makkai's third book, following two novels. This short story collection is cohesive, yet diverse. There's reality television and professional musicians and family legend. Indeed, fact and fiction are mixed together here. Spliced in between the fictional stories, Makkai includes interludes of her own family history, namely that of her grandparents. Her grandmother,… Continue reading Book Review: Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

Book Review – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

This book was okay. That's exactly what my dad always refers to as "damned with faint praise" but I can't muster up much more enthusiasm about The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Viking, 2014). I wish I could because I know a few people who read this novel and enjoyed it immensely. I simply don't… Continue reading Book Review – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin