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

In My Stacks, May 2016

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 had shifted into reading almost […]


In My Reading Log

At the beginning of March, I was determined to keep my nose in a stack of backlisted books. Books like these are the kind that to keep my focus on my own shelves in this reading year.

Chad Pelley’s Every Little Thing (2013) “Every day, every hour, really, it was a new name and a new […]


Shyam Selvadurai’s The Hungry Ghosts (2013)

Shivan understands, years later, that his grandmother sees herself as the peréthi from the parable. She lives like a ghost, naked and hungry, surrounded by pleasures that she cannot enjoy.

Doubleday – Random House, 2013

“Everything she touched, everything she loved, disintegrated in her hands.”

Readers benefit from Shivan’s understanding and follow him back to […]


Shyam Selvadurai’s Swimming in the Monsoon Sea (2005)

Shyam Selvadurai’s Swimming in the Monsoon Sea Tundra Books, 2005

You may have noticed that I’m back to starting the reading weekend with kidlit and young adult novels once more. That, along with some of the other regular features was on holiday for the summer, but last week brought Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Adventures […]