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

Canadian Book Challenge (10th Edition): Indigenous Writers

Even though the challenge officially begins on July 1 — and ends on the last day of the following June — it’s not too late to join The Book Mine Set’s Canadian Books Challenge.

This year is the tenth event, and John has calculated thousands of books reviewed for past challenges he’s hosted. This time, […]

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More Bookish Books

Alyson Books, 2009

It begins with “This book is not a canon!!!

And that’s fine with me. I suspect it’s fine with most of you, too.

There is nothing “representative” or “survey-like” about this volume.

The only rule that Richard Canning had in approaching the project was that each author selected could feature only once.

“As […]

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Sampling: Bookishness

Jonathan Yardley’s Second Reading: Notable and Neglected Books Revisited Europa Editions, 2011

Originally published in “The Washinton Post” between 2003 and 2010, these pieces were accompanied by this snippet:

“An occasional series in which the Post’s book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past.”

Well, what could be more wonderful than the idea […]

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Booklist: Social Issues by Valentine Cunningham

Good Fiction Guide, Ed. Jane Rogers 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) Charles Dickens’ Bleak House (1852-3) George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-2) Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure (1896) Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (1906) D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers (1913) Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925) Aldous Huxley’s Eyeless in Gaza (1936) […]

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The Heroine’s Bookshelf Challenge

The Heroine’s Bookshelf Challenge

Check it out here! Come on, you know you want to! (If all this is news to you, check out yesterday’s response to this sweet little volume.)

Or, if you’d rather, the book itself is structured in such a way that it invites a twelve-month exploration.

The website outlines 12 chapters, 12 heroines, 12 […]

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1001 Children’s Books (II)

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up Julia Eccleshare, Ed. Universe, 2009

This kind of reference makes you think about devoting an entire year to reading just children’s books. When you see so many favourites discussed herein, you only want to reread them. And when you see something completely new to you […]

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1001 Children’s Books (I)

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up Julia Eccleshare, Ed. Universe, 2009

Chances are that you’ve already heard of the voluminous list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. (I’ve spent even more time starting at this list, thanks to the 1% Well-Read Challenge, which requires that you read 13 of these […]

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Booklist: Humour

Anita Silvey’s 500 Great Books for Teens Houghton Mifflin, 2006

M.T. Anderson’s Burger Wuss (1999) 12-14 Joan Bauer’s Rules of the Road (1998) 12-14 Joan Bauer’s Squashed (1992) 12-14 * Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2001) 12-14

Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods (1998) 14-18 * Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries […]

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Booklist: Horror, Ghosts, Gothic (Anita Silvey)

Anita Silvey’s 500 Great Books for Teens Houghton Mifflin, 2006

As the reading year stretches on, I can’t help but start thinking about the reading-year-to-come.

(I’m not proud of my wandering reader’s eye. But I’ve accepted it because there are more serious flaws to eradicate first!)

So this time of year, even more than usual, […]

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Booklist: Supernatural

Good Fiction Guide, Ed. Jane Rogers 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Supernatural by Michael Cox  (12 titles) 1. J.S. LeFanu Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery 1851 2. Bram Stoker Dracula 1897 3. M.R. James Ghost Stories of an Antiquary 1904 4. Algernon Blackwood The Listener 1907 5. H.R. Wakefield They Return at […]

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