Monthly Archives: April 2015

BOOK THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY | WHAT MAKES OR BREAKS A BOOK?

  The world of books is never boring. Every week (well, most weeks) I’ll discuss a different topic related to books, often inspired by or in response to what’s going on in the online book community (or something I’ve seen another blogger talk about). I call this Book Thoughts on Thursday. Feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | NOTHING LIKE LOVE – SABRINA RAMNANAN

  A sparkling, witty and confident debut from a rising Canadian star whose Trinidadian roots and riotous storytelling heritage inform her completely delightful novel. It is 1974 in the town of Chance, Trinidad–home to a colourful cast of cane farmers, rum-drinkers, scandal-mongers . . . and a bright 18-year-old schoolgirl named Vimla Narine. After passing her A-levels with extraordinary results… Read more »

MY WEEK ON WEDNESDAY | #10

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  My Week On Wednesday is a weekly link-up post in which I share with you what I’ve been reading, what I’m reading next, and any other bookish stuff I enjoyed in the past week! (Click on book images to view Goodreads page.) Just shelved:         All three of these were excellent, but they were all very different…. Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | FUNNY AND INSPIRING CHARACTERS

  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books That Feature Characters Who ____. I get to fill in the blank myself, and hmmmm. I think I’m going to divide this into two, because I can’t think of one category that’ll get me to ten. The first half will be “Have A Great… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | GOD HELP THE CHILD – TONI MORRISON

  The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in… Read more »

DEWEY’S 24 HOUR READATHON | PROGRESS REPORT

  Good morning and welcome to Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! At this point the Readathon is about 4 hours old, and I’m just getting started (I’m not a morning person. Sue me.). I’ve got my cozy socks, my comfy chair and a whole stack of fantastic books just waiting for me to dive in! Opening Meme: What fine part of… Read more »

STACKING THE SHELVES | #69

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  Time to look at the books I added to my shelves this week with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! Not necessarily books I bought – also includes books I borrowed, was given or otherwise ended up with. Weeks I don’t buy any books I’ll scramble around my shelves and find some I haven’t shared in an StS… Read more »

DEWEY’S 24-HOUR READATHON | HOW TO READATHON LIKE A PRO

    It’s nearly here! Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is coming up on Saturday April 25th (AKA tomorrow!). It only happens twice a year, so I spend a lot of time (about 6 months) counting down to the next one. In case you’re new to this wonderful bookish event, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is pretty much exactly what it sounds… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | BLOOD ON SNOW – JO NESBØ

  From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels—a new, electrifying stand-alone thriller set in Oslo in the 1970s: the story of an unusually complicated contract killer—the perfectly sympathetic antihero—that is, as well, an edgy, almost lyrical meditation on death and love.This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented “fixer” whose unexpected capacity for love is as… Read more »

MY WEEK ON WEDNESDAY | #9

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  My Week On Wednesday is a weekly link-up post in which I share with you what I’ve been reading, what I’m reading next, and any other bookish stuff I enjoyed in the past week! (Click on book images to view Goodreads page.) Just shelved:           A Little Life was epic. Both in length and content. I read it… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | FAVOURITE AUTHORS

  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Favourite Authors. It’s difficult to narrow this down. It’s easy to confuse a favourite book with a favourite author – but loving an author means loving more than just one of their books. Usually. Except occasionally when you read a book and you love it… Read more »

BOOK THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY | IN DEFENSE OF BOOK REVIEWS

  The world of books is never boring. Every week (well, most weeks) I’ll discuss a different topic related to books, often inspired by or in response to what’s going on in the online book community (or something I’ve seen another blogger talk about). I call this Book Thoughts on Thursday. Feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | CRIME SEEN – KATE LINES

  A criminal profiler, trained at Quantico, former Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Kate Lines recounts her remarkable story using pivotal cases she worked on in the course of her career. How does a farm girl from Ennismore enter a male-dominated field and become a top criminal profiler and groundbreaking leader? For Kate Lines, it started humbly,… Read more »

MY WEEK ON WEDNESDAY | #8

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  My Week On Wednesday is a weekly link-up post in which I share with you what I’ve been reading, what I’m reading next, and any other bookish stuff I enjoyed in the past week! (Click on book images to view Goodreads page.) Just shelved:       I’m finally caught up on #GreenGablesReadalong! Though I’m having trouble containing my enthusiasm… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | INSPIRING QUOTES

  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books. Umm… this one’s tough. I don’t underline my books. I don’t read a ton of uplifting books even if I did. And I usually write down quotes that are beautifully worded, interesting, or that I deeply connect to rather than ones… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD – JENNIFER EGAN

  Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel… Read more »