Book report #14 (2022)

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Pub 2005 I don't recall where I heard about this book, but it must have been in late 2021 because it was on the list I gave as Christmas suggestions. I am very glad I did and that it was included in that Christmas bounty, as it was excellent.... Continue Reading →

Book report #9 (2022)

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell. Pub 1949. As I saw on Twitter recently, satire writers are having a hard time these days keeping up with reality. In the current state of the world, reality seems like it must be satire, and writers have difficulty making up things that are too absurd. There are also plenty... Continue Reading →

Book report #15 (2021)

Maxwell's Demon, by Steven Hall. Pub 2021 This was a surprise find for me at the bookstore last month. I was looking for a copy of Hall's Raw Shark Texts that I read a few years ago to send to a friend (my own copy was a Kindle version). When I went online to order... Continue Reading →

Book report #35 (2020)

Landmarks, by Robert MacFarlane. Pub 2015 I have wanted to read something by Robert MacFarlane, and when I saw that I needed a language book to complete my list for 2020, he was a good choice. I opted for this book because I already owned it (otherwise, I would likely have chosen The Lost Words).... Continue Reading →

Book report #4 (2020)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. Pub 2017 This book was not even on my radar. But, a few weeks ago, I gave a presentation on goal setting at work, and mentioned some of my own goals (writing more blog posts, not buying more books). A friend and colleague left this book for... 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 →

Tackling the Tsundoku

Amazon tells me that I bought this book in 2015, which is likely shortly after I read about it at BrainPickings. This word in particular spoke to me, as my own book collection resembles the artist's rendering, down to the leaning piles on the floor. I have always loved books - both having them and... Continue Reading →

Book report #25 (2019)

By Gaslight, by Steven Price. Pub 2016 I have Steven Price’s most recent book (Lampedusa) on my “to read” list for 2020 (since I’m not allowed to buy it in 2019). I almost picked up By Gaslight during my trip to Munro’s in Victoria in September but was scared off by its size – at... Continue Reading →

Book report #12 (2019)

The Raw Shark Texts, by Steven Hall. Pub 2007 Like Wild Dogs, I’ve at last gotten to this long-ago recommendation. I can’t believe I waited so long. This book was fantastic – literally. Part The Matrix, part Griffin & Sabine, with definite shades of David Mitchell, this adventure paranormal mystery love story is a page... Continue Reading →

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