The Blacksmith Queen by G.A Aiken What an enjoyable romp through the fantastical world of the Blacksmith queen. The book grabbed me and held me hostage from the opening pages where a king has died, and his offspring are murdering each other for his crown. The story quickly moves to the forest where the Smythe … Continue reading The Blacksmith Queen by G. A. Aiken
I wish I would have had a copy of Johanna Skibsrud’s Island 30 years ago when I was studying Heart of Darkness in British Literature class at university. If I did, I would have had the patience to read all the way through Joseph Conrad’s story of moral corruption. (20 years later I gave it … Continue reading Island by Johanna Skibsrud
A sisterhood born out of blood held together for survival; survival against parents, strangers and family. I sympathize for the sisters, they were, after all, products of their environment, an environment of isolation and abuse. Mother and King believe that pain keeps you safe. Emotional pain protects you from a broken heart, mental pain protects … Continue reading “The Water Cure” by Sophie Mackintosh
This is an important book. This is a disturbing book. This is a book where the voices of women can no longer be silenced by tradition and fear. Horrifyingly based on a true story, Miriam Toews tells a story of a group of Mennonite women, members of a traditional colony in Bolivia who are … Continue reading Novel: “Women Talking” by Miriam Toews
My book club list of titles for 2017-2018 I thought I'd post the list of books my book club read this year. Our book club has been in existence for over 15 years. Even though over time some members have sadly moved away We've always been able to collect a few wonderful additions to our … Continue reading Book Club Lists!!!
I never used to read Science Fiction. To recommend books to my students who are Sci-Fi readers, I decided to expand my repertoire of genres. Not knowing where to start, I went to the source, and I asked my students for suggestions. The first title proffered? Unwind by Neal Schusterman. Much to my surprise, I … Continue reading Go Ask the Kids
See What I have Done Sarah Schmidt Why are we so intrigued by parricide? Maybe it is because we cannot imagine a more profound love that exists between a parent and a child. There seems to be a resurgence of interest in one such relationship, that between Lizzie Borden and her father. With the … Continue reading Novel: See What I Have Done
The magic of a private library is something every child should experience. I had such a library when I was growing up. It was two book-lined shelves above the freezer deep in our basement. I was a farm kid born and raised near a small Northern Alberta town that for the longest time had no … Continue reading The Power of a Private Library
“There arose a perfume of tenderness, that ghost of passion which, in the most unexpected relationship, can make a whole lifetime devoted to irksome duty pass like a gracious dream” (pg. 74) The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. I have fallen in love with Thorton Wilder because of this quote. How wonderful … Continue reading Love: A Gracious Dream
Let's face it, those of us who are certified book nerds carry our obsession beyond the written word. Thankfully when circumstances are such that I can't sit and read I can indulge my craving for "all things bookish" by plugging in and listening to some pretty amazing podcasts. Here are some of my favouites (all … Continue reading Podcasts about Books and Reading
Fantasy isn't usually my "go to" genre but I've been trying to expand my repertoire so that I can reccomend a variety of titles to students. Various book podcasts expounded upon the wonder of this novel. Needless to say I was expecting great things the moment my eyes settled on the first sentence...but I was … Continue reading A Quick Review of Zen Cho’s “Sorcerer to the Crown”
Last night I couldn’t sleep. So I did what most people do I in the darkest, loneliest hours of the night... downloaded free books on my iPad. Now, I always knew the selection of free books available to the public was extensive but I never realized how wonderfully accessible it all is. So, like a … Continue reading An Attempt At Rationalizing my Book Addiction
I am someone who believes in the magic of books I am a passionate advocate for giving sharing, and buying books for every occasion. As a teacher I have a little classroom library and I’ve seen how a collection of books can create a safe place for my students. The shiest student can be standing … Continue reading Need Help Finding Books for Christmas Gifts?