Faves and Stand-Out Reads of 2017


Every year, GoodReads does a nice job of summarizing my reading (I wish they hadn't been bought out by Amazon). This year comes up with 281 books or 68,124 pages. (How do I do it? I neglect many other potentially meaningful aspects of life.) The numbers alone might seem

Faves and Stand-Out Reads of 20172018-07-26T14:07:36-05:00

May 2014, In My Notebook


At the beginning of the month, I made a note to gather the last of Susin Nielsen's books. Because I absolutely loved Word Nerd (2008) and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen (2012). Tundra Books, 2008 Not realizing that the characters overlap, I started with the most recent

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Dennison Smith’s Eye of the Day (2014)


Look closely. HarperCollins, 2014 Things are not what they seem. Or, are more than they seem. Or, too much to bear if they are seen. Or, impossible to see. The Eye of the Day is an assured and sophisticated novel: disorienting, nourishing and powerful storytelling. (It is certainly

Dennison Smith’s Eye of the Day (2014)2020-09-30T08:26:10-05:00

The intersection between the Giller Prize and Scaredy Squirrel


Think there's nothing in common between this year's Giller Prize winner and Mélanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel series? Take this quote from Lynn Coady's Hellgoing: "You can only be vigilant, she thought, about a few things at a time. Otherwise it’s not vigilance anymore. It starts to be more like panic."

The intersection between the Giller Prize and Scaredy Squirrel2014-05-13T15:32:24-05:00

Janie Chang’s Three Souls (2013)


An engrossing story, a compelling narrative voice: Three Souls is an easy book to recommend. Because of the setting and romantic elements of the story, it's tempting to draw comparisons with the novels of Amy Tan and Ai Mi. Given the readability, one might think of Sue Monk Kidd's The

Janie Chang’s Three Souls (2013)2014-05-13T15:18:09-05:00
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