Book report #21 (2020)

The Dangerous River, by RM Patterson. Pub 1966 This is one of my all-time favourite books about the outdoors (yes, I have read it before). A rollicking story of adventures in the Canadian North, Patterson details his summer and then full year in the South Nahanni region of the North West Territories in 1927-29. His … Continue reading

Book report #20 (2020)

Indian Ink, by Tom Stoppard. Pub 1995 I have had this slim lovely book on my shelves for a very long time, but had never actually read it till now. I purchased this book onĀ 05 April 1995, at the Aldwych Theatre in London where I had just seen the play. I was in England for … Continue reading

Book report #19 (2020)

Nocturne, by Helen Humphreys. Pub 2013 I have loved (or at least really liked) every book I’ve read by Helen Humphreys. I’ve had this one on my shelf for a few years now, and stayed away from it I think because it was likely to be very sad. I can now confirm that it was … Continue reading

Book report #18 (2020)

Any Human Heart, by William Boyd. Pub 2002 I picked this one based on the recommendation in The Diary of a Bookseller. It’s not something I would normally pick (author I’ve never heard of, middling reviews), but the recommendation from The Bookshop owner had me interested. I was pleased that I did. It was very … Continue reading

Book report #17 (2020)

The Lost for Words Bookshop, by Stephanie Butland. Pub 2017 I purchased this book entirely because the author’s name is the same as someone that I work with. I was interested in it as a novel set in a bookshop (always a favourite), and was not disappointed. Set in York, with side trips to Whitby … Continue reading

Book report #16 (2020)

The Goldberg Variations, by Nancy Huston. Pub 1981 in French, translated to English by the author, pub 1996. This is yet another leftover, found in the same pile as Nocturnes and so likely purchased about the same time. I don’t know why I didn’t finish it when I first started, but since I remembered little … Continue reading

Book report #15 (2020)

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Pub 2013. I’ve had this book for a while now, a recommendation from a friend. It has been avoided due to its size – >700 pages – and that it is a “check-out” book (as in, one that I frequently see amongst the pulp fiction collections at the grocery store). … Continue reading

Book report #14 (2020)

Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro. Pub 2009 I picked this book up right after I readĀ Never Let Me Go, as I was so taken with the story telling and Ishiguro‘s deftness with female characters. That must have been in 2013, because I found the Port Townsend ferry ticket (shown in the picture) marking just 25 pages … Continue reading

Book report #12 (2020)

The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters. Pub 2012 I can’t remember where I read about this book, someone else’s blog or book store posting on Facebook most likely. I picked it up (along with the rest of trilogy) on sale during my January stock-up. I can say that I am pleased that I did, … Continue reading

Book report #13 (2020)

The Diary of a Bookseller, by Shaun Bythell. Pub 2017 A gift from a dear friend, this one-year diary by Shaun Bythell was a delightful read, perfect for reading a few entries or pages just before bed. I especially like the excerpts from George Orwell as introductions to each month, confirming that bookselling has not … Continue reading