TOP TEN TUESDAY | A FEW TAKES ON LOVE

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  As you know if you’ve been around this neck of the woods for any length of time, I’m not really much for romance. So asking me to share my favourite romantic books is an exercise in futility. So instead, I’m going to do a few different riffs on the general theme and see where that takes me. A book… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM – JOAN DIDION

  This was my first foray into Didion’s writing, and now I’m wondering what took me so long. Slouching Towards Bethlehem seemed to be a good place to start, comprised as it is of a selection of short essays on various topics. She covers everything from a murder case to hippies in San Francisco to Joan Baez to morality. Many… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | ANOTHER BROOKLYN – JACQUELINE WOODSON

  I’ve been meaning to read Jacqueline Woodson for a very long time. Her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, has been sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to get around to it, for years. I’m very grateful that this book was on sale, and that I decided to pick it up one day because of the cover and its low… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | BAD BLOOD – JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

  I’m a huge fan of the TV show Criminal Minds, and this book is like a YA cross between that and The Mentalist. It’s about a group of teenagers with “special” talents – reading people, profiling, analyzing information and detecting lies. It’s a premise I absolutely love and the plots have been real page-turners. This book was no exception…. Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS I DIDN’T GET TO IN 2017 (BUT TOTALLY WILL IN 2018… MAYBE)

  Well this week’s topic should be easy, considering the massive TBR I amassed in the past 6 months! Catch me another day and this list might be totally different, but these are the ones that stand out from a quick glance at my shelves tonight!                                    … Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | LOST FOR WORDS – STEPHANIE BUTLAND

  I picked this book up because I’d had trouble sticking with anything for a little while after a few books that failed to really impress me, and I wanted something light. I looked at the cover, saw it was about a bookstore (in England) and thought, great, that’ll do. I didn’t expect much. I was most definitely surprised. First… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS I DISCOVERED IN 2017

  I didn’t have a very impressive reading year, in no small part because I didn’t start reading again until halfway through. This TTT is a slightly harder topic since this asking me to pick a third of the authors I read. So I’m going to start with the ones I would have still picked from a larger pool of… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | GROUNDED – SETH STEVENSON

  I love reading travel memoirs. I’ve been a huge fan of the genre since reading Under the Tuscan Sun and several Bill Bryson books in high school. I haven’t read much in the genre for a few years, but felt like it was time to pick it up again – in no small part because it’s been such a… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS ON MY 2018 WISHLIST AND TBR

  I’m not super in tune with which boooks are going to be coming out in 2018 yet, but I have stumbled across a few I’m looking forward to! Here are the ones I can’t wait to get my hands on, as well as a few books I didn’t get to this year that I’d really love to pick up… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS I HOPE SANTA BRINGS ME

  There are so many books I’d be absolutely THRILLED to find under the tree, but here are the ones I’m coveting the most at this particular moment (it will probably have changed by the time you’re reading this!). Non-fiction             Graphic Novels and Picture-Based Books                       Books… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | RESTLESS – WILLIAM BOYD

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  I picked this book up because it’s a spy thriller with a twist – it’s the story of Ruth, a young woman discovering that her mother spent years working as a spy for the British government during the early years of WWII. Cool premise, right? It also won the Costa Novel Award in 2006, so, you know, bonus. This… Read more »

MY WEEK ON WEDNESDAY | #35 (DECEMBER 7-13, 2017)

  It’s been a long time since I’ve written a My Week On Wednesday post, because it’s been a loooooong time since I’ve finished a book. I’m not entirely sure why that is – maybe it’s the weather changing, maybe it’s that I’ve been busy, maybe I’ve just been more into watching TV and knitting. Whatever the reason, books just… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | FAVOURITE BOOKS READ IN 2017

  I’m tweaking this topic a little (as I seem to pretty much every week these days) because as you guys know, I’ve been behind on my reading in the last couple of years, and have only really gotten back into reading at all in the second half of the year. And because of that, I’ve read a lot less… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | A BEAUTIFUL, TERRIBLE THING – JEN WAITE

  This is a memoir, but it reads more like a romance novel turned psychological thriller. In it Jen Waite shares the harrowing story of her fairytale marriage to a man who starts off as her soul mate and dream partner, but who becomes, more or less overnight, someone completely different. The book is Jen’s struggle to understand why her… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOK SETTINGS I’D LOVE TO VISIT

  Oh man. This one is hard. I’m so tempted to just make this a list of travel memoirs and call it a day, but I want to try a little harder than that! (Though there will be some. I just have to.) First, a few fictional books based on real places I’d like to visit (or move to):     … Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS ON MY WINTER TBR

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  I don’t really read seasonally in the sense of reading dark-themed or scary books in the fall, books set in the northern hemisphere and about Christmas in the winter, hopeful books about romance and new beginnings in spring and books set on sandy beaches or about escape and self-discovery in summer. Sometimes I pick up a seasonally appropriate book,… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE POWER – NAOMI ALDERMAN

  This is one of the books I’ve heard most about in the past six months, since it was nominated for (and later won, much to the surprise of many, myself included) the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. This book is part dystopian fantasy, part sociological speculation. It brings to life a theoretical question many who study gender have asked… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS I WANT MY DAUGHTER TO READ

  Of course, the correct response to this prompt is a firm “anything she wants to read.” Because at the end of the day, I just want her to find what in this world inspires her – hopefully books will factor in, in some capacity, but I’m fine with whatever she is passionate about. But as that answer doesn’t make… Read more »