The Canadian Reading Challenge: Manitoba

You know how you get excited about a particular book, but are disappointed when you actually read it? But sometimes it’s the other way around – a book you’re lukewarm about reading turns out to be amazing! That’s what happened to me with The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. My book club had read it before I joined, so when…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Alberta

Although my original selection for Alberta didn’t turn out as planned, there was no doubt that my next choice would fit the bill, since the front cover promises “A novel of strange adventure in the Alberta Badlands.” I don’t read many adventures, but the back cover description appealed to me, and I could envision the setting, having visited Badlands National…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Saskatchewan

Happy belated New Year! How is 2016 going for you so far? I thought I’d start The Canadian Reading Challenge in Alberta and work my way alphabetically through the provinces and territories. I’ve had Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott on my shelf for about a year, and thought it would do nicely, since the back page stated that the author lives in Edmonton and the…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge

I enjoyed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2015 Reading Challenge so much that I’ve been eagerly watching her blog to see what her topics will be for next year. She posted her 2016 Reading Challenge today, but I couldn’t get excited about the categories. When I set out to find another challenge that would be more up my alley, I realized I could…

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Challenge completed!

At the beginning of the year, I was excited to learn about a Reading Challenge posted by Modern Mrs. Darcy and decided it was right up my alley. There have been a couple of times where I wished I hadn’t, but determined to see it through, I persevered and am pleased to announce that I’m done! I’ve been posting my progress…

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A botanical garden of literary delight

I’ve never read Eat, Pray, Love, but I’ve seen the movie, and was underwhelmed. So when one of my book club friends suggested we read Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, The Signature of All Things, I was not enthused. It was definitely not a book I’d have chosen to read myself. But, as often happens, I absolutely loved it! It was the…

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In praise of reading – and other leisure activities

For some reason, I thought today was World Book Lover’s Day. By the time I realized it had taken place on August 9th, I’d already found this wonderful photo, but since I seem to blog about books more than anything else, I decided to use it anyway. There’s a strong possibility that I might be a workaholic. The main reason I started this blog…

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We Need To Talk About Kevin

I saw We Need To Talk About Kevin shortly after it came out on DVD, and I gave it 8/10 on IMDb, but it didn’t stick with me. Since then, two friends who don’t know each other both told me they read the book and loved it, but didn’t care for the movie. Since I did like the movie, I thought “this…

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