Book report extra #1* (2022)

A Sorrowful Sanctuary, by Iona Whishaw. Pub 2018 Book 5 in the Lane Winslow series looks at yet another slice of early 20th century Canada, bringing a national story to a local setting in King's Cove, BC. In this story, Whishaw explores the difficult history of displaced persons and enemy aliens, especially in the form... Continue Reading →

Book report #8 (2022)

On the Beach, by Nevil Shute. Pub 1957 My copy of this book is a remnant from my pop's library (he once told me that the things you never get rid of are books, which I think explains a bit of my bibliophilia). I recall reading this same copy in Grade 9, on his recommendation/requirement... Continue Reading →

Book Report #7 (2022)

Everything is F*cked, by Mark Manson. Pub 2019 This book was a gift from a friend and colleague, arising from a discussion last year wherein I'd said that I did not especially enjoy Manson's previous book as it didn't flow well (that book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, was essentially a compendium of... Continue Reading →

Book Report #6 (2022)

Play It As It Lays, by Joan Didion. Pub 1970 Joan Didion died in late 2021. While I had heard of her before – my impression was of an elite New York writer dissecting upper class America – I’d never been moved to learn more about her or her writing. Until I read an obituary... Continue Reading →

Book report #5 (2022)

Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie. Pub 1940 I read something in the past year that recommended this somewhat obscure Hercule Poirot story, but I can't recall what or where. As a result, I deliberately sought this one out from the local bookshop, and waited months for its delivery. Now having read it, I'm not at... Continue Reading →

Book reports #3 and 4 (2022)

Fallout, by Lesley MM Blume. Pub 2020 I read the "Hiroshima" issue of The New Yorker a few years ago, and like most people over the decades - from 1946 to now - I was spellbound by the issue and article. I was therefore intrigued to read Fallout to learn, as advertised, about the cover-up behind it... Continue Reading →

Book report #2 (2022)

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Pub 2014 I've wanted to read this one for a while, and so was glad to have the new prize category to push it to the top of the tsundoku pile. This book was excellent - complex, well researched, engaging characters, surprising twists, and clever connections.... Continue Reading →

Book report #1 (2022)

It Begins in Betrayal, by Iona Whishaw. Pub 2019 Yes, another Lane Winslow mystery, but I am quite hooked on this series. Unlike other murder mystery series, this is one that cannot be read out of order - each book links into the next, and the histories of the characters revealed in one book are... Continue Reading →

2022 Reading Challenge

Another year, another list. 2022's reading list takes us to 37 items, with some more new categories to keep things interesting. The list is below. For this year, we removed the category "new genre" (after a few years, there were no more genres to choose from), and added an old favourite, a prize-winner (Nobel, Pulitzer,... Continue Reading →

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