2015 reads

I’m disappointed to say that I have read a bizarre and unrelated collection of books in the first half of 2015 and at 21 books read, am behind for  my goal of reading 50 books. With the summer ahead, I’m determined to get my numbers up again! Why have I had trouble finding the time…

Books read in 2014

Happy, happy new year everyone. Every year I try to read 50 books. The past two years, I was successful. This year, sadly, I fell just short at 48. The last month of the year was a real struggle for me in many ways, so unfortunately reading took a backseat. I want to share the highlights…

Review: Sweetland by Michael Crummey

I loved Michael Crummey’s Sweetland. It was one of those books where you turn the final page, and want to talk about it with someone else who’s read it. I didn’t have to wait for a friend to finish it, however. I was lucky enough to sit down with the author himself when he came through Toronto…

10 books you need to read this summer

I’ve been getting a lot of requests from friends for a list of books to take on vacation over the summer. As I’m starting my vacation this weekend with two of my best friends getting married, I thought this would be a great time to share some. I define a “summer read” as a book…

Recent reads

So far this year, I’ve read 17 books and according to Harper Collins Canada’s handy #50bookpledge website, I’m on track for 45. Looks like I’m going to have to pick up some of my slack to get back to being on track for 50! I’ve read some long books recently which has slowed me down…

Post-mortem: Canada Reads 2014

I thought Sarah Gadon took some cheap shots with her feminist perspective. I thought Donovan Bailey would have rather raced the 100m again instead of sit around the table with the other panelists. I thought Sam Bee was crazy thinking all Canadians would want to read Cockroach.  This year’s Canada Reads debates were particularly difficult….

On critique and The Orenda

As Canada Reads approaches, I’ve been following the #CanadaReads2014 hashtag. Wab Kinew, who is defending The Orenda in the debates, which take place next week, has been tweeting back and forth with a few people about the Haudenosaunee representation in The Orenda and the reception of the novel in the aboriginal community. I had read…

The book that could change Canada: Half-Blood Blues

Is Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan the book that could change Canada? Represented by: Donovan Bailey (with the cutest headshot, I might add.) I read Half-Blood Blues for my book club when it had just been awarded the Giller Prize. This book takes place in pre-war Europe, Germany and Berlin, and follows Hiero, a black, German trumpet player of extraordinary skill….

The book that could change Canada: The Orenda

It’s here. What a shortlist we have this year! I am thrilled that the book I thought could change Canada, right from the beginning, was The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden, and now it’s in the final five. Not to mention that two of my other most favourite books have made it! I will admit that…

Review: Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston

When I read the synopsis of this novel, I was a little taken aback. In a nutshell, Percy Joyce has a genetic disorder that has resulted in oversized hands, feet, lower lip and a port wine stain on his face (yes, that’s apparently the technical term).   Percy lives with his mother, Penelope, who’s the most beautiful…

Canada Reads: it’s a rant.

I’ve got a bold statement that I need to share with you. Canada Reads changed my life. Let me explain. Since the theme was announced for this year’s Canada Reads, there have been the usual grumblings of people who really dislike the competition. Sure, these people were grumbling last year, and the year before that,…

Review: MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. When the “August New Releases” email came around from the team at Random House, it was noted that very few ARCs were available for Margaret Atwood’s third and final novel in her recent series, MaddAddam. Surprise, surprise. Peg doesn’t need a random Canadian blogger reviewing…