2022 Highlights: End of November and the Beginning of Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. In the church calendar, the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day are a time of reflection and preparation. Not just the busy prep of the holidays - decoration, shopping, baking - though those are all good things, but a time set aside to contemplate what it means… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: End of November and the Beginning of Advent

Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Elizabeth Zott is a brilliant chemist. She should be excelling in her field, pursuing her research, widely respected by her colleagues. The problem is - Elizabeth is a woman in the early 1960s and at every turn she is hampered not exactly by her gender but by men who don't believe she can do more… Continue reading Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

2022 Highlights: Halloween, snow, and vaccinations

I am delighted to announce that as of this weekend, our whole family is vaccinated against Covid-19! Rose got her first dose on Saturday, along with her annual flu shot. I had registered her through the online system as soon as she turned 5 in September but after not hearing anything back, I went ahead… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: Halloween, snow, and vaccinations

(Audio) Book Review: Away by Amy Bloom

When Lillian Leyb's whole family is killed in a Russian pogrom - brutally slaughtered by their neighbours simply for being Jewish - she boards a ship to a new country and ends up in New York City, sharing a cramped apartment with a cousin and a rotating cast of other roommates. A job at a… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: Away by Amy Bloom

What I Read – October 2022

Read: A Place for Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza (Random House Audio, 2018) The Daughter of Doctor Moreau - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey, 2022) Chivalry - Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books, 2022) Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday Canada, 2022) Pallbearing - Michael Melgaard (Astoria, 2020) The Collected Short Stories of… Continue reading What I Read – October 2022

Book Review: Ghost Eaters: Clay McLeod Chapman

I received an Advance Readers' Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Erin has never been able to disentangle herself from her complicated relationship with Silas. Alternating between friends and lovers, even when she tries to draw a hard line boundary with him, nothing seems to stick. He is the leader of their… Continue reading Book Review: Ghost Eaters: Clay McLeod Chapman

(Audio) Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A family is brought together to celebrate a wedding. Rafiq and Layla are celebrating the wedding of their firstborn, their daughter Hadia, who is marrying for love unlike their own arranged marriage. Rafiq and Layla met only a few times before their marriage, when Layla left her home and moved to the United States to… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Book Review: Buck’s Pantry by Khristin Wierman

I received an Advance Readers e-copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Three women's paths cross one night at a convenience store in small-town Texas. Lianna is a New York businesswoman in town for an important meeting, who already hates the whole state even before she is… Continue reading Book Review: Buck’s Pantry by Khristin Wierman

Book Review: The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This is the second book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia that I've read (the first was Mexican Gothic) and so I feel comfortable saying that she has a knack for taking a familiar style of tale and adding her own flavour to it. In particular, a knack for telling a story from a Mexican perspective as both… Continue reading Book Review: The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

2022 Highlights: October (so far)

I am not nostalgic for 2020 but sometimes I do miss the fact that none of our family got so much as a cold for months on end. Even with a child who started kindergarten that autumn. We have not been so fortunate this time around. (Huh. Looks like wearing masks and washing your hands… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: October (so far)