Book Review: Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker

Heartbroke - Chelsea Bieker (Catapult, 2022) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication date: 5 April 2022 As many do, I tend to picture California as a land of wealth and excess. Sun, surf, beautiful people. But of course California is large and full of many regions… Continue reading Book Review: Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Lassie Come-Home

Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight (Grosset & Dunlap, 1940) Rather than a regular book review, this will be more about our experience of reading a book as a family. For reference, my kids are 7 and 4 years old. Lassie Come-Home is the first chapter book I ever remember reading on my own. I recall… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Lassie Come-Home

2022 Highlights: Week 12

Spring Break has thrown my posting schedule all askew so this is my attempt to get back on track. I've been reading quite a bit but not reviewing. Will hopefully start getting caught up there next week. Some highlights: One of our spring break goals was to tidy up a section of our house we… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: Week 12

Book Review: The Lonely Stories edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

The Lonely Stories - ed. by Natalie Eve Garrett (Catapult, 2022) I read an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Pub date: 19 April 2022 This collection chronicles the experience of loneliness. Natalie Eve Garrett has gathered a series of essays on loneliness from writers, many of them well known.… Continue reading Book Review: The Lonely Stories edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

2022 Highlights: Weeks 10 & 11

We've made it through second semester and are now on Spring Break in our house! Peter and Pearl are both off from school and the girls have a pause in their activities so it feels like a real holiday around here. (Peter is still doing course work for his masters so he's not fully off.)… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: Weeks 10 & 11

Book Review: When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

When We Lost Our Heads - Heather O'Neill (Harper Collins Publishers, 2022) If you've read and enjoyed Heather O'Neill's novels before then chances are good you'll like her latest book, because you'll know what you're getting yourself into. While I don't know if I'd say I love O'Neill's work, I do have a lot of… Continue reading Book Review: When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

Book Review: Animal Person by Alexander MacLeod

I received an Advance e-copy of this book thanks to McClelland & Stewart and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. The stories in this new collection by Alexander MacLeod share a sort of unsettling quality. Moments in people's lives when things are not as they should be. Sometimes this shows up in something as obvious… Continue reading Book Review: Animal Person by Alexander MacLeod

Quotes from Here and There…

While I have a few book reviews mulling around in my head, I thought I'd share a few quotes from things I've read lately. I don't always include a lot of quotes in my reviews but when I read and something particularly strikes me as insightful or thoughtful or beautiful, I will copy it down… Continue reading Quotes from Here and There…

2022 Highlights: Weeks 7 – 9

I've shared the major highlight of recent weeks which was Pearl turning 7 but I'd like to share a few other things that have made me happy recently. March 2nd marked the begin of Lent this year and I'm taking the opportunity to do a social media fast and limit my news intake. I found… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: Weeks 7 – 9

Book Review: Jack by Marilynne Robinson

Jack - Marilynne Robinson (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) There is something about Marilynne Robinson's writing that cuts to the core of human nature. Her words are careful and thoughtful and she nails humanity and what it is to be human beings, especially humans in relationship with one another. In Jack, Robinsons explores the character of… Continue reading Book Review: Jack by Marilynne Robinson