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 →

Book report unnumbered (2021)

Coming Through Slaughter, by Michael Ondaatje. Pub 1976 I sought out this book earlier in the year after finishing But Beautiful, the lovely book of stories about storied jazz musicians. In several reviews of that book, people had gushed about the wonderfulness of Ondaatje's short novel/novella about jazz musician Charles "Buddy" Bolden, a short-lived and... Continue Reading →

Book report #27 (2021)

Death in a Darkening Mist, by Iona Whishaw. Pub 2017 This is the second book in the Lane Winslow series of murder mysteries, set in the Nelson/Kaslo area of BC. So as not to give too much away, I will say that this one was a good as the first, well written and with enough... Continue Reading →

Book report #21 (2021)

Rabbit Foot Bill, by Helen Humphreys. Pub 2020 I've had this one in the pile since January's annual purge-and-splurge (part of the book diet), and it was a perfect little short book to add to the vacation pile. Helen Humphreys is a favourite author, and I've read nearly her entire oeuvre of novels. I should... Continue Reading →

Book report #17 (2021)

A Scientific Romance, by Ronald Wright. Pub 1997 I first read this book pre-2000, so not too long after it was published. It became a Desert Island book, one that I always list as an all-time favourite. Like others on this year's list for me, it's a favourite that I had not read in many... Continue Reading →

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 #34 (2020)

Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice. Pub 2018 I chose this one based on one of those "staff picks" walls at a local bookstore (obviously, a while ago). It has been on my to-read list for a while, and so was on the list of books I gave to my sister for Christmas... Continue Reading →

Book report #21 (2020)

The Dangerous River, by RM Patterson. Pub 1966This 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 explorations... 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 →

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