I putzed around for nearly a week at the beginning of summer looking for the perfect read to start my holidays. Not too fluffy. Not too deep. Last summer my genre of choice was murder mystery, the summer before that is was gothic. This summer’s genre was yet to be determined. Having close to 20 … Continue reading “Social Creature” by Tara Isabella Burton
My mind rejects numbers. I only do math if I have to: figuring out the tip at a restaurant, calculating the time of arrival for a drive to the big city. But now there are Apps for both. It’s sad but true, but there was a time when I would withdraw five dollars from the […]
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?
Yay! Another year of book cub. Last month my book buddies and I met to vote on books to read for the next 12 months and I'm so excited about the diversity of our list this year! We've got Sci Fi, Mystery, Fantasy, Literary, Historical...a plethra of genres. The competition was fierce but here is … Continue reading Book Club Suggestions for 2015-2016 (The List of All Lists)
Kino by HarukiMurakami Kino, having been hurt by the closest person he had, opened a bar that became his sanctuary. (Disconnect from reality) He is a character that was not in touch with his feelings, and doesn't know how to emotionally react to situations. An unusual man breached his defences by repeatedly visiting his bar … Continue reading “Kino” Short Story Review by student guest bloggers Khrystina and Megan
Our book club FINALLY met last week (thank you Pam for hostessing)! We are a month late because life was über complicated for several of us, as life is wont to be, but meet we did indeed! And it was a wonderful celebration of friendship and reading! So many book suggestions!! ALL of them calling … Continue reading More Book Club Selections for 2015!
My English students are studying Gatsby. For a writing assignment I get them to choose (and this is THE most difficult part of the assignment) their favourite quote from the novel.... then write. They can responded any number of ways, I just want them to write. Write unencumbered, Write with abandon. Here are some questions … Continue reading We are loving Gatsby!
I recieved this Advanced Reading Copy from goodreads. "Sleep in Peace Tonight" is a novel I didn't expect to like as much as I did. Sure,I enjoy learning history through the use of story but WWII has never been a favourite historical event of mine, and being a Canadian I never took interest in Roosevelt's … Continue reading Review “Sleep in Peace Tonight”