In My Stacks, May 2016

2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00

How much of your reading is non-fiction? Does it fluctuate, or are you committed to reading (or not reading) it? When others were participating in non-fiction November last year, and actually reading a lot of the books that I'd been kinda-half-sorta thinking about reading, I realised that tending towards fiction

In My Stacks, May 2016 2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00

June 2015, In My Stacks

2017-07-24T15:25:24+00:00

My progress through Gabrielle Roy's works has been slow but steady, and this month I requested one of the children's books, which I held out for myself as a reward for finishing six of her novels. My treat was to be Cliptail, but the only copy available in the public

June 2015, In My Stacks 2017-07-24T15:25:24+00:00

Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories

2014-03-20T15:09:49+00:00

It's on the back of Canada's five-dollar bill: the opening lines of Roch Carrier's "The Hockey Sweater". 1979; House of Anansi, 2012 That's how central this story, only four pages long, is to Canadians. A short story about hockey, a 10-year-old French-Canadian boy's crowning disappointment, and the cultural

Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories 2014-03-20T15:09:49+00:00

BHM: Octavia E. Butler

2014-03-15T19:17:33+00:00

Dana is bookish; when we meet her in the opening pages of Kindred, she is unpacking books after a move. She is sorting the fiction into one of the bigger bookcases in the living room while Kevin finishes unpacking his office. But when she goes to the library

BHM: Octavia E. Butler 2014-03-15T19:17:33+00:00

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Her Mother (1979)

2014-03-14T19:32:58+00:00

Beverly Cleary's Ramona and Her Mother (1979) Illus. Alan Tiegreen HarperTrophy, 2002 What makes Beverly Cleary's stories work is that Ramona is more of a real girl than Pinocchio ever was a real boy. She ticks like a seven-and-a-half-year-old girl ticks. Here are some of my favourite quotes from my

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Her Mother (1979) 2014-03-14T19:32:58+00:00