What is the one book that Canada needs right now?? This is the question being debated this week during the Canada READS broadcasts. I couldn’t be more excited! My husband and I joke that this is like my Oscars and I already have my favourites picked. I am READY! The broadcast will air on CBC, so check… Continue reading CANADA READS STARTS TODAY!!!
So this post was prompted by a decision where I live to cut provincial library funding by 50%. 50%!!!! That is absolutely UNTHINKABLE. So instead of ranting my anger (which, believe me, I have in spades), I decided that I would take the high road and let loose a fury of love for libraries. There is no… Continue reading Why We Should Fund Our Libraries
My rating: 4/5 stars As a reader, I always find marriage a tedious theme in literature. There are so many, after all: the happy marriages, the unfulfilling marriages, the doomed marriages, the volatile marriages, blah blah blah. So just imagine how thrilled I was to find a book, essentially about marriage, that made the theme… Continue reading Review: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
My rating: 5 stars There are a scant number of human experiences which are common to everyone. Death is one of these. We don’t talk about death. It is the looming, proverbial “elephant in the room” that no one is willing to acknowledge. Even now, seeing this post, people are shaking their heads and wondering… Continue reading Review: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
* Warning: I have tried not to include spoilers, but can’t guarantee a thing. You know how reality suspends itself in a dream, but no one in the dream (including yourself, the dreamer) seems to notice? That basically sums up the degree of reality in this book. Therefore, if you are willing to suspend your… Continue reading Review: The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman
There are few books that command attention and reflection as this one does. Martin Pistorius fell victim to an infection of the brain (to my knowledge, never concretely diagnosed) at the age of 12 and was left in a virtual coma. Everyone thought he was a shell of his former self, but around the… Continue reading Review: Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius
To say we’re busy these days is almost a pointless waste of words. It’s as is life has been taken over by a fast forward button and there are so many things competing for our attention that days can be overwhelming. And what happens when we get some extra time? We fill it. With something.… Continue reading Maximizing Your Reading Time