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 »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP – JOANNA CANNON

  Set against the backdrop of Britain’s 1976 heatwave, this is the story of two young girls who, during a slow-paced summer, decide to look into the sudden disappearance of their neighbour, Mrs. Creasy. But this isn’t just the story of what happened to Mrs. Creasy. In following the amateur detectives, we learn about the dynamics of their friendship and… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | CHARACTERS & AUTHORS WHO INSPIRED ME TO FOLLOW THEIR LEAD

  This week’s topic is one I’ve messed with and definitely made my own, but I had a hard time with the original topic (characters who would make good leaders). Not because it’s not a good topic, but because I just couldn’t think of enough characters I’d place in that category. I think the problem for me is that I… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | HENRIETTA’S WAR – JOYCE DENNYS

  I don’t enjoy much historical fiction as a rule. With the exception of WWII-era fiction, particularly if it’s set in England. I think it’s because it wasn’t so far in the past that I have trouble picturing, relating to or tolerating it. It helps that my own family was there too, so there’s a personal connection. Generally WWII writing… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BEST BOOK TITLES

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  This topic is unbelievably cool, because there are so many books I’ve picked up because of either a cool cover or a cool title. I’ve done a few posts featuring some of my favourite covers, but I can’t remember ever highlighting titles. And now I can’t for the life of me think why not! Of course, this means I’m… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | REBECCA – DAPHNE DU MAURIER

  I remember a battered copy of this book, mass market paperback, yellowed and curling pages, ugly cover, somehow making its way onto my bookshelves when I was a teenager. I can’t remember if I read the first few pages and decided it wasn’t my thing, or if I was put off by the cover. But whatever the reason, I… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL – EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

  Last Night In Montreal is Emily St. John Mandel’s debut novel, but you’d never know it. From pretty much the first page, it had me completely under its spell. I went into this not really knowing what it was about. Just a vague idea that it would be your basic relationship story, but a bit better because, you know,… Read more »

BEYOND THE BOOKS | WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2017

  Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. I hadn’t planned to write a post for it (hence being a day late), but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it was time to share a bit more with you all. A brief disclaimer: I’m nervous and writing this in a hurry, so if I don’t word… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | AUTUMN BOOK COVERS

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  After an uncomfortably hot summer that led to out-of-control forest fires inland and smoke that traveled here, making it hard to breathe (or see very far), it finally seems to be over. Much to my relief, as I much prefer cooler weather – the kind that makes scarves, fluffy socks, cosy blankets and copious tea appropriate. So consider this… Read more »