What I Read – June 2017

This felt like kind of a strange reading month for me. I started off by reading Alexie's memoir and Verghese' back-to-back, while also working my way through Chesterton's autobiography. While I enjoyed each one, it also felt like a lot of male experiences and I was itching for some feminine perspective to balance it out.… Continue reading What I Read – June 2017

Book Review: Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson

A couple of disclaimers first: This book will be released on July 11th by Knopf. I got an Advanced Reading Copy, with no expectation of anything in return. I did not finish reading this book. I made it to page 92/chapter 12 and gave up. I knew I wasn't the target audience of this novel.… Continue reading Book Review: Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson

Life in June

June is coming to a hectic end and we are heading full force into July without a break in sight. But the sun is shining and Peter's work schedule will (eventually) slow down so June is also getting really good. We spent a good portion of this past weekend at the beach, including a Saturday… Continue reading Life in June

Book Review: The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese

After a somewhat awkward incident of an acquaintance thinking I'd borrowed his copy of The Tennis Partner almost ten years ago and never returned it, I decided to take it as a sign and actually read the book. (I got it from the library, however.) Having read Cutting for Stone last year, I already knew… Continue reading Book Review: The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese

Book Review: Everything Was Good-Bye by Gurjinder Basran

For most of high school, I lived within walking distance of a Sikh temple in East Vancouver. A lot of my friends were Punjabi and so while there's still a lot I don't know about Sikh culture, I'd say I'm fairly familiar with it over all. So I was excited to read Basran's novel of… Continue reading Book Review: Everything Was Good-Bye by Gurjinder Basran

Book Review: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

  I'll start off by saying that I almost gave up on this book halfway through. I'm glad I didn't but it isn't a long novel and it took me most of it to feel truly engaged. The story is divided between two characters and times. Yuki is a teenager in New York in the… Continue reading Book Review: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

If you've read Sherman Alexie's work before, particularly The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (which I reviewed here) then you likely know a bit of Alexie's story already. His writing is infused with his own life experiences, particularly growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me… Continue reading Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

Book Review: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

You know how, as you get older, you begin to realize that your family is maybe not so normal? That all the things they do that you thought were average, might actually be a little crazy? That's what's happening to Matty Telemachus. Sure, Matty's always known his family is unique. Not many families once travelled… Continue reading Book Review: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

In the realm of Christian literature, Japan does not loom large. Yet for years, I've seen Silence listed amongst the classics. Having finally read it, I find myself both wishing I'd read it years ago and glad that I read it now, in my thirties, with a few years of experience behind me. The novel… Continue reading Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo