A Room of One’s Own

After being away for far too long, it looks like I’m back! And the reason why is that I once again have a room of my own in which to work. Virginia Woolfe was right, it really does make a difference. Done are the days of sandwiching myself into a corner of the kitchen or living room. We’ve recently bought a lovely little place, putting to bed our renting woes and allowing me the space I need, not just to write, but to exist happily.

Even though I’ve been away for most of 2017, that does not mean that I’ve stopped reading. I’ve kept track of the books I’ve read and will be posting a “Best Of” list soon. Unfortunately, since I didn’t review the books immediately upon finishing them I probably can’t even remember why I liked them. Such is my memory these days.

Hope to see you here soon.

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Shakespeare and Company

I wasn’t going to post from Paris, but then this happened

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Little Free Library – Woodstock

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Who among us is not obsessed with Little Free Libraries? They are the latest craze to sweep the nation and I for one could not be happier. How could I not support something that encourages and enables more people to read more often?

That is why I’m thrilled to announce that my mom has just unveiled a Little Free Library at her home in Woodstock, Ontario.

I know that I have fan base of loyal followers in Woodstock, so what are you waiting for? Go on over! Take a Book, Leave a Book!

The Muslims Are Coming by Arun Kundnani

the-muslims-are-comingDo you ever take the time to reflect on how your reading habits have changed over the years? In writing this blog I’ve come to realize that I am less of a literary snob than I used to be. I actually like stuff that I once would have considered “too light”. Instead of something truly challenging, I prefer a book that will take me away from the daily grid for a couple of hours.

And that brings us to The Muslims Are Coming by Arun Kundnani. There was a time in my life when I would have been all over this book. The topic – Islamophobia in the United States and Britain – is one that I think needs more critical attention and analysis and still appeals to me. BUT, maybe it’s because I am living the post-academic life, can you dumb it down a little? Continue reading

Cover Wars: The Changeable Spots of Leopards

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The Changeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma was one of the most unique novels I read in 2013, but for some reason it didn’t seem to attract the kind of attention I thought it deserved. Jennifer at The Relentless Reader mentioned the same thing yesterday. Continue reading

January Round Up

I feel like January was a whirl wind month in the blogosphere. There was a lot going on. To start with I read 10 books, which i feel is pretty good. But is it sustainable?

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. Shorecliff by Ursula DeYoung
  3. Promise Land by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro
  4. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  5. The Missing Shade of Blue by Jennie Erdal
  6. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
  7. Under The Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  8. A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
  9. Why Are You So Sad by Jason Porter
  10. The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

I also participated in Jazz Age January hosted by Leah at Books Speak VolumesBloggiesta – a weekend of working together to clean up our blogs, and I launch a new feature on my blog called Cover Wars.

Things don’t look to be slowing down for February. I will be hosting my first give away during the  Literary Blog Hop hosted by Leeswammes’ Blog, happening February 8-12. So far 39 bloggers are participating! This overlaps slightly with Literary Love hosted by Doing Dewey, From Isi, Estella’s Revenge and Love at First Book taking place from February 10-14.

I will also be in London for a week and will hopefully have time to take in some bookishness.

Mini-Bloggiesta: To-Do List

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Yep, it’s that time of the year again, time for a little house cleaning. Bloggiesta happens twice a year with two additional Mini-Bloggiestas to help all of us bloggers keep our blogs looking and working their best. This is my first time participating and I have quite a bit I’d like to accomplish.

  • fix links on author archive page
  • update author archive page
  • add other bloggers’ challenge buttons
  • catch up on reviews
  • make reading schedule
  • copyright my blog

In addition to the things listed above, I’m also going to try to participate in as many challenges as possible. They are a great way to learn new blogging skills, and let’s just say that I am not that techno-savvy to start with.