Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

hundred-year-houseI feel like I’m going against the grain on this one, but I’m going to have to say I wasn’t that impressed with Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai. I went into it with high expectations, but overall felt it was unevenly written.  Continue reading

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

If you are Canadian, you have undoubtedly already read Us Conductors by Sean Michaels. I think everyone got it for Christmas. And even if you haven’t read it, you have heard amazing things about it and probably gave it to somebody for Christmas. It won the Giller after all, and for Canadians that is a big endorsement. Continue reading

Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley

running-like-girlPhysically, I hate running. Philosophically, I think it is the perfect sport. It is cheap, environmentally friendly and feeds my desire for solitude. That is why I sought out Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley. I want to love running. I want to feel the joy that my friends feel when they’re running. I want to push myself to the limit (kind of). Continue reading

Cover Wars: An Untamed State

You  had to know this was coming. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (review) has just been released in the UK, with a cover that is very different from the American one. I’m in no position to judge it objectively. The American cover has become burned on my brain. But what do you think?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


I don’t normally participate in the wonderful meme, It’s Monday! What are you reading?, hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, but my 2015 is getting off to a slow start bookwise.


communist-cookbookThe Communist Cookbook by Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury. Love the cover, love the title, but the book just did not live up to my expectation. In fact, I felt so blah about it, that I’m not even going to review it. Was it me? Was it the book? Who knows. It just didn’t work.






us-conductorsUs Conductors by Sean Michaels. This book has received a lot of acclaim in Canada, where it surprised everyone by winning the Giller Prize this year. I’m reading it as part of Jazz Age January hosted by Leah at Books Speak Volumes and to catch up with the brilliant CanLit podcast, Write Reads.

Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

bonita-avenueWhat is it about Dutch-Scando-wegian literature that makes me so uncomfortable? Admittedly, I have not read much, but what I have read always takes me to an uncomfortable place. It takes rather black and white issues and blurs them all together into innumerable shades of gray. Continue reading

Mini-Bloggiesta To Do List


I wasn’t going to participate in this Mini-Bloggiesta, but then I thought, why not? I’ve been so busy lately with other projects and travel that I’ve fallen woefully behind on EVERYTHING to do with my blog. I should take this opportunity to catch up with my blog and the blogging community.

So my To Do List:

  • write 2 reviews
  • update archives
  • clean out my feeder
  • organize my to read list
  • do one Bloggiesta challenge
  • comment on 5 blogs for Bloggiesta
  • tackle the chaos that is my Twitter

It’s not too late for you to join in too! Go to the Bloggiesta website for all of the latest news and the sign-up post. Best of luck!