Favourites 2017-08-11T15:42:10+00:00

But It’s So Hard to Choose Favourites

My reader’s heart and mind holds different stories dearest

What I hold dear is consistent. But dearest? That’s another matter. On any given day, a favourite could change. Perhaps I am craving lyrical prose. Or spare and lean narrative. Maybe I ache to see injustice exposed. Or have someone witness an everyday miracle, like a bloom or an insect. Some days, it is the ink and the lettering on a page. Other days, the steady pace of unillustrated pages.

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Recent Bookchat

About the pages that I’ve been turning

Fresh bookishness!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION AUGUST 11, 2017  PLEASE COME AGAIN WHEN I'VE GOT THE PLACE TIDIED UP! So many books to talk about! Including what's currently in my notebook and what I'm

Margaret Millar’s The Fiend (1964; 2016)

From the outset, The Fiend has a creepy element which readers hadn't yet experienced in the fiction Margaret Millar had published theretofore. "She was about nine. Having watched

Mavis Gallant’s “Sunday Afternoon”

As in "The Other Paris" and "The Cost of Living", a nineteen-year-old woman's dreams of romance in the city are feathering away in "Sunday Afternoon". Robert Capa

August 2017, In My Bookbag

In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany and Callum Roberts'

Some of the stand-out reads and favourites from my 2016.

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Many of my favourites are rooted in nostalgia.
That’s complicated.

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Many of my favourites are as much about writing as they are about reading. You can search by tag for writing books as well. Here’s one to get you started.

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A 2017 Favourite

Sometimes you know a book will make your list, even early in the reading year

The table of contents is simple but thrilling for me, the book’s five chapters all themes and topics of great interest: Books and Islands, Islands, Rock Paintings, Books, and Home.

If the other titles in the series (from National Geographic)  are even half of what this volume appears to be, even at first glance, I’m not about to cross off one book from my TBR, but about to add twenty-three to it.

Nonetheless, I’ve plucked this book from my TBR not, in this instance, for its bookishness, but for its Louise-Erdrich-ness. Because this year I am making good on my promise to myself to read and reread her books.

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“You know when you hear a piece of music once, you haven’t heard it properly, you want to hear it again. A well-made book will reward you in exactly the same way as music does, in that you will understand and love a piece. You’ll feel the cadence and depth of it and hear things in it all the time. If you pay it a little more attention, it will reward you, like all art. Like everything, actually.”

Ali Smith

“I am even a bit afraid of the way I read. It’s like mother was when Rowley was coming, eating all the crusts off the bread. She just couldn’t stop eating bread. She’d set a loaf on the table and start cutting all its sides off, then turn it over and carve its bottom off. Then she’d say ‘It’s really dreadful the way I’m eating bread,’ and her arm would come reluctantly out and she’d start carving little bits off the slopes, until the bread stood all naked and white. And after a while she’d say, ‘Oh, dear, I’d love another crust.’”

Jane Gardam