Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Fresh bookishness!

**Please Note: My database is pitching a hissy fit. Turns out there might be such a thing as too much bookchat after all. The oh-so-smart-coder-types are sorting out the details, and things should be back to tickety-boo later in April, but in the meantime, there’s no room for any new words on this site. Not even comments. Many apologies. Back to bookishness as soon as possible. Meantime, good reading to you!**

So many books to talk about!

In 2013, I read more than 200 books, inspired by the 2013 Toronto Book Awardsthe year’s Giller longlist, the International Festival of Authors, and various personal reading projects. A good year: favourites here with standout reads here.

In 2014, I want to read more, more, more. In some cases, that means continuing with existing projects. Some more Fridays for installments of A Fainter Footprint. Some more stories in the Alice Munro reading project resuming March 15th with Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. (Schedule here.) Some Irish Short Stories. Some more mini-reading-projects.

The week of March 8th, a series of posts on first novels, including:
Greg Kearney’s The Desperates,
Kim Fu’s For Today I Am a Boy,
Carrianne K.Y. Leung’s The Wondrous Woo,
Lissa M. Cowan’s Milk Fever, and
Ghahib Islam’s Fire in the Unnameable Country.

A truly stunning compendium of style, content, and talent.

How about you? How are you enjoying your reading in 2014 so far?

(First time here? Please don’t be shy: there’s no such thing as too much bookchat! Please leave a comment, say hello, talk books!)

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