I’m always abjectly terrified reluctant to write about the really nerdy stuff I read. I’m not talking about Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones here. That’s pop culture nerdy, the kind that even image-obsessed women can get away with. There’s no fear of judgment because they’re so widely accepted. What I’m talking about are Dragonlance novels. Star Wars “expanded […]Read more "Weeks 13 and 14: The Stolen Throne and The Calling by David Gaider"
If you’re a book blogger, you know how this works. If you’re not a blogger, I hereby introduce you to the Classics Spin. The Classics Spin is a semi-annual event run by The Classics Club. For each spin they ask bloggers to pick 20 classic novels from their Classics Club list (you can find mine here). […]Read more "The Classics Spin #11: Going Rogue"
It would have been easy to consider this year’s Novellas in November event (ha!) a failure. Rather than the dozen or so books I’d planned on reading, I only read six. Rather than write a few update posts throughout the month, I wrote exactly one, that which you’re reading right now. I didn’t post a single thing […]Read more "Novellas in November 2015: A Wrap Up"
The legacy of Homer’s Odyssey is pretty staggering. It’s the second oldest work of Western literature in existence (behind its predecessor, The Iliad), having been composed in the 8th century BCE. It was performed orally (all 12000 lines), and was passed down for hundreds of years without ever having been read. It was referenced and built upon in […]Read more "Deep Dive: Exploring The Odyssey in 12 Books (and 1 Poem)"
I’ve been tagged by Laura at Reading in Bed, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m in the throes of a mild blogging funk (no issues to speak of, I just haven’t found the time this month), so what better way to bust through it than with a semi-mindless post that takes […]Read more "Book Tag / My TBR Pile"
The final of five 2015 Giller shortlist reviews, Fifteen Dogs is an examination of the gift/curse that is human consciousness. At times philosophical, at other times horrific, Fifteen Dogs is writer Andre Alexis proving that you can, indeed, teach an old form new tricks. “What is the good of so much thinking?” This question–asked by Atticus, […]Read more "Week 12: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis"
Daydreams of Angels is the fourth of five Giller-nominated books I’m reviewing before the winner is crowned on November 10th. Heather O’Neill’s distinctive style and voice fill these charming, sometimes dark, always beguiling stories. But is this short story collection good enough to take home Canada’s top prize? A few weeks ago I wrote, perhaps a little […]Read more "Week 11: Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill"