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2020 Reading Challenge – summary

I don’t know why I haven’t done this before – a summary of the year’s reading. Perhaps I’ve just gotten more organized in recent year. Here’s the final book list for 2020: 1 – Body part in title Any Human Heart – William Boyd 2 – Published before 1939 Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf 3 … 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 reports #10 and #11 (2020)

Keeping an Eye Open, by Julian Barnes. Pub 2015 Through the Window, by Julian Barnes. Pub 2012 Two non-fiction books by Julian Barnes. Keeping an Eye Open is a collection of essays on art (art history and art criticism) and Through the Window is a collection of essays on literature (more history and criticism). Each … Continue reading

Book report #1 (2020)

The Man in the Red Coat, by Julian Barnes. Pub 2019 A great start to 2020! Being a total Barnes-ophile, when I saw that this book was coming out in England in November, but not in Canada until end of February, I could not wait. I ordered two copies of the lovely first edition (one … Continue reading

Book report #19 (2019)

The Secret Lives of Colour, by Kassia St. Clair. Pub 2016 I’ll confess to having envy – I envy those who can see and use and interpret colours. Those artists who make something remarkable appear on a canvas or through a camera lens, those fashion plates who effortlessly look fabulous all the time, birdwatchers who … Continue reading

Book report #8 (2019)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Graphic Novel, by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault. Pub 2019 This dystopic story has been on my reading list for the last few years, in a world that sometimes increasing resembles these fictional horror worlds, familiar and other-worldly at the same time. Also, there are the recent mini-serieses dramatizing the world … Continue reading

Item #25 – Église De Stains, by Maurice Utrillo

This weary nicotine-stained lithograph-on-board has pride-of-place in my living room not because it is valuable (certainly not) or noteworthy. This print occupied a similar position in my grandparents’ home for as long as I can remember and likely before that, so it is a piece of my own history. This was my pop’s parents’ home, … Continue reading

Item #23 – painted rocks

Nearly 30 years ago, my mom began painting – first with watercolours but then in a variety of media that, in the mid-nineties, included painting on rock. She collects rocks of appropriate size and texture from the local beaches on Vancouver Island, as well as other locations that she visits in Canada and elsewhere. The … Continue reading

Book report #18* (2017)

The Griffin and Sabine Saga, by Nick Bantock. Pub 1991-2016 I started on this one when I recently purchased book 7, The Pharos Gate, published in 2016. I’ve read this entire series since it started, and so thought I should wrap it up, ticking off item 4 from the list (book published in 2016). But … Continue reading

Book of Treasures – Kindergarten and Grade 1: red, yellow, green

Kindergarten: 1972, Princess Margaret Elementary School, Winnipeg, MB. Teacher: Mrs. MacIntyre. This was the age of full-day kindergarten, complete with blackboards, reading time, nap time, arts and crafts. I remember lots of the basics – letters, numbers, chalkboard, colours, and construction paper. For those last two, I have one especially clear memory – frustration. We … Continue reading