Book report #28 (2020)

Permanent Record, by Edward Snowden. Pub 2019 This was the last of the vacation reads - a gift from my sister at Christmas last year, and long overdue to read. I've stayed up late a few nights this week with this one. Edward Snowden needs no introduction as the whistleblower of the US NSA mass... Continue Reading →

Book report #27 (2020)

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller. Pub 2012. I wanted to have a "sure thing" in my vacation library - a book that I knew would be good and that I'd enjoy, even if all the others were bad or boring. This seemed like the ticket (based on reviews by friends), so into the... Continue Reading →

Book report #26 (2020)

Always Home, by Fanny Singer. Pub 2020 This book was an unexpected birthday gift from a friend living in California. She knows of my love of good writing and good food (and of the annual reading challenge), and after reading some favourable reviews of this book, she kindly sent it my way. It came along... Continue Reading →

Book report #25 (2020)

Into That Darkness, by Steven Price. Pub 2011This is the second book I've read by Steven Price, and his debut novel (thank goodness for that, or it wouldn't fit into any category this year...). Into That Darkness is set in Victoria, BC, and tells of the days on and immediately following a series of massive... Continue Reading →

Book report #24 (2020)

I'm Thinking of Ending Things, by Iain Reid. Pub 2016 I don't recall when I ended up with this book, or why - I think I may have read a blurb online, but I know now that I mistakenly thought this was a different author (Iain Banks). Since I purchased it, the book has received... Continue Reading →

Book report #23 (2020)

Translated from the Gibberish, by Anosh Irani. Pub 2019I recognized the author's name as the playwright of something I'd seen years ago (the play was The Matka King). I was intrigued by the jacket description, so added this to the tsundoku back in January and took it along on vacation. Irani's book consists of six... Continue Reading →

Book report #22 (2020)

Dubliners, by James Joyce. Pub 1914I've had this slim old book for many years now, and since "a book you feel you ought to read" is one of this year's categories and Joyce is one of those canonical authors one feels should be read, I decided to add it to the vacation library. I was... Continue Reading →

Book report #4 (2019)

The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Armin. Pub 1922 I’ve been thinking about this book (as in thinking about reading it) for several years. I remember the film from 1991, and although I have not seen it since the late 90s, I recall that it was part of the era of “period” films based on... Continue Reading →

Item #23 – Green canvas shirt

This article about an article of clothing reminded me of this item of mine. This green canvas shirt by LL Bean was given to me by my Pop nearly 25 years ago, and has become a treasured item and an example of clothing that lasts. Pop gave it to me for Christmas in 1993 (I... Continue Reading →

Book Reports #2-6 (2018)

Being on vacation is a great way to catch up on reading: Book report #2: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. Pub 2014 A very thoughtful gift from a dear friend, this book was full of meaning for me. As I crest middle-age and look forward, considerations of aging – from where and how to live, and... Continue Reading →

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