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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

Book reports 5, 6, and 7 (2019)

Vacations makes such a lovely time to read… Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver. Pub 2018 After putting this aside after 2/3s done last month, I decided to stick it out till the end in the hopes that it would get better. It didn’t. Barbara Kingsolver‘s best writing is when her characters are in the wild – … 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

Book report #2 (2019)

Smut, by Alan Bennett. Pub 2011 Another point-of-purchase purchase, I had planned this as a Christmas gift, but decided after starting to read it that it was now mine. I have only read one other Alan Bennett (The Uncommon Reader), but have also seen the film based on his semi-autobiographical The Lady in the Van … Continue reading

Book report # un-numberable (2018)

The Only Story, by Julian Barnes. Pub 2018 “Sometimes you see a couple, and they seem bored witless with one another, and you can’t imagine them having anything in common, or why they’re still living together. But it’s not just habit or complacency or convention or anything like that. It’s because once, they had their … Continue reading