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Favourites2019-03-20T14:29:58-05:00

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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Some of the stand-out reads and favourites from my 2018.

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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. Here’s one to get you started.

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Recent Bookchat

About Favourite pages that I’ve been turning

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Autumn 2018: In My Reading Log

These are some summer reads which left an impression; now my stack and library card are humming and wriggling, with all the CanLit prizelist reading – including

Thomas King’s Coyote Stories

I was just mentioning Coyote stories a couple of months ago, in my Spring Quarterly round-up of short fiction. But these illustrated coyote stories are inviting

In My Reading Log, December 2016

Once again, my idea of reading more non-fiction this year didn't materialize. During Non-Fiction November, so many people were actually reading books that I have been meaning to read

April 2016, In My Stacks

Having read through the first quarter of the reading year, how are your stacks? Reading projects Is the bedside stack turning over regularly? Are you struggling to

A 2018 Favourite

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

More about DuPont’s Epic

“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