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Books for Bookworms

15 Dec

I read like mad. I always did. When I was a kid, I read so much that the local librarian called my mom. She was worried about how much time I spent reading. I think she thought I’d grow up to be weird.

Moving right along, I thought you might enjoy my favourite reads from 2010. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Room, by Emma Donoghue

Michelle gave me this book for my birthday, with her glowing recommendation. Even so, I was stunned at this book. I picked it up one afternoon for a quick break from work. I ended up skipping the rest of the day and played hooky from yoga that night. I wolfed dinner and crawled in bed until it was finished. I wish I’d read it slower so that I could’ve relished it for more than one day.

2. The Most Beautiful Book in the World, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

I attended a reading by Schmitt during the 2009 WordFest and I’ve loved him ever since. My favourite line: “That day she became categorically certain of two things: that he annoyed her, profoundly, and, if she could, she would never leave him.”

3. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

I picked this up for a feature I was writing a piece on happiness for the Calgary Herald. Rubin applies a lot of common sense ideas about happiness to real life. This book made me clean out my closet.

4. When A Crocodiles Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, by Peter Godwin.

Africa comes to life. Godwin is an amazing writer. The following passage reminds me of my family’s home in Cyprus:

“If I were a swallow, Chimanimani is the place that my avian navigation system would draw me back to. It’s my true north, the fixed
point by which I situate all other points, the closest place I have to a spiritual home.”

5. Born to Run:A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Fascinating for anyone who loves to run or for anyone who wants to love to run.

6. A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmerman

I wish there were more little kids in my life so I could buy them this book. I read in last weekend in Fernie. Gorgeous photos and some very funny Canadian-isms like curling squirrels and Maple Leaf’s a-leaping.


Book Worms

27 Jul

Sweet summer reads

Did you know that the August Long Weekend is not observed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and the Yukon?  A travesty, an absolute travesty. Thank goodness we’re in Alberta and off for the civic holiday.  The weather is supposed to be smokin’ hot and we’re driving up to the lakefront cabin of one of the Toque parents’. The packing couldn’t be easier: bikinis, sundresses and flip flops. And books, books, books galore. We tend to release our inner geeks anytime we get on vacation. (Case in point: one young sister was horrified several years ago when we insisted on bringing the big Bill Clinton biography — hard-cover version, hot off the press — to the beach for a double date with two hot, hot Greek soccer players. Turns out that soccer players don’t really dig political science).

Whatever, hot, hot soccer players. You were kind of sweaty anyway. We happily read on. Our choices for this weekend:

  • Come Thou Tortoise: a super funny first-ever novel from Newfoundland writer Jessica Grant. The intro’s so good that it’s driven our own first novel into hiding somewhere deep in our imaginations and it’s refusing to come out. Performance anxiety, you know?
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: one Toque read it and finished it in a day (she took the afternoon off and hid out in bed). Definitely worth passing on.
  • Degrees of Nakedness: Book of short stories by another favourite Newfoundland author, Lisa Moore. Good name for a vacation book, no?
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