Book report #29 (2022)

At Night All Blood is Black, by David Diop. Pub 2018. Translation by Anna Moschovakis published 2020. I selected this book knowing only a few things about it: it is an award winner (Booker International 2021), it is a translation from the original French, titled Frère d'âme, and it has a colour in the title. It... Continue Reading →

Book report #24 (2022)

And a Dog Called Fig, by Helen Humpreys. Pub 2022 I have read (almost) everything fiction and non-fiction that Humphreys has written, and each book has been wonderful. Back in 2019, I read her Machine Without Horses, an interesting combination of novel and writer's memoir, and I enjoyed the memoir part and noted that it... Continue Reading →

Book report #23 (2022)

Rosary Made of Air, by Joseph Massey. Pub 2022. I was led to this book through the circuit of poets and artists and other writers that I follow on Twitter (remarkable that Twitter can be a coming together rather than a sundering). Brief snippets of poems and insightful comments intrigued me and felt like gifts... Continue Reading →

Book report #29 (2021)

A Bookshop in Berlin (aka No Place to Rest Her Head), by Françoise Frenkel. Pub 1945, my edition pub 2015. This book was recommended by my book club partner, and while their praise of it was not effusive, it was sufficient to interest me as a book to check the "recommendation" box on this year's... Continue Reading →

Book report #13 (2021)

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kinsgsolver. Pub 1998 Another re-read of an old favourite, and another that I often claim as a favourite even though I've only read it the once. This book was both good and popular back in the day, and I read it along with many others in the last heady years... Continue Reading →

Good riddance, 2020

Like most people I'm sure, I'll be glad to flip the calendar from 2020. I started this blog in 2010, at the end of (for me) a tumultuous year. 2020 has been less personally challenging but still no picnic. I tried for a few years doing a year-end sum-up of things that made me laugh/cry/get... 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 #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 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 →

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