Read: Risen Motherhood - Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler (Harvest House Publishers, 2019) The Innocents - Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada, 2019) Here I Am! - Pauline Holdstock (Biblioasis, 2019) Every Little Scrap and Wonder - Carla Funk (Greystone Books, 2019) The Blythes are Quoted - L.M. Montgomery (Viking Canada, 2009) Frankly in Love - David… Continue reading What I Read – October 2019
Frankly in Love - David Yoon (Putnam, 2019) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Let's start with what doesn't work about this young adult novel. It's way too long. It's over 400 pages and it seems to cover almost everything that could possibly happen to a teenage… Continue reading Book Review: Frankly in Love by David Yoon
The Blythes are Quoted - L.M. Montgomery (Viking Books, 2009) As a kid, I loved L.M. Montgomery's books. They were cozy and sweet and always had a happy ending. I read and re-read each one; I owned most of Montgomery's books and got the others from the library. I read the series and the novels… Continue reading Book Review: The Blythes are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery
Every Little Scrap and Wonder - Carla Funk (Greystone Books, 2019) When I was in university, I had a professor with whom I took several poetry workshops. These were three hour workshops, often full of intense conversation. Sometimes they began at eight in the morning and we dragged ourselves out of bed, barely dressed, and… Continue reading Book Review: Every Little Scrap and Wonder by Carla Funk
Here I Am! - Pauline Holdstock (Biblioasis, 2019) I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I didn't initially plan on reading Pauline Holdstock's latest novel because, hey, I've The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and I felt like I'd heard this story before. Quirky, child… Continue reading Book Review: Here I Am! by Pauline Holdstock
The Innocents - Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada, 2019) Michael Crummey is an absolutely beautiful writer. His prose is evocative and thoughtful and unique. He does description of place in fresh and fascinating ways. His books are usually quite character-driven while also maintaining a certain distance between reader and character. His protagonists are eery, otherworldly, a… Continue reading Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey
October has not had a great start in either the book review or the book reading department. I've completed 3 books and DNFed 2 others and am contemplating abandoning a current read. In an effort to break the cycle, I'm sharing a bit of what I've read so far as well as some recent life… Continue reading Mid-Month Check-In and Happy Thanksgiving!
Lampedusa - Steven Price (McClelland & Stewart, 2019) Lampedusa is a quiet, contemplative novel about a man close to death. It opens in Sicily, in Palermo, as Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa learns that he is dying of emphysema. Giuseppe is an older but not old man, prematurely aged by both his smoking… Continue reading Book Review: Lampedusa by Steven Price
Rose is 2! We ended September with a party and a birthday to celebrate another whole year of our Rose. I'll admit, I'm sort of in shock over this one because how can my baby be entirely out of babyhood and into toddlerhood? Rose doesn't yet say her own name but refers to herself as… Continue reading Rose is 2!
The shortlist for the 2019 Giller Prize was announced yesterday. This is, arguably, the most prestigious of awards for Canadian literature. The announcement yesterday narrows the playing field from twelve to six. This year I've decided to read as many as I can. As it turns out, I've already read 4 of the shortlisted titles… Continue reading The Giller Prize 2019: Shortlist