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1ted74ca
Jan 4, 2014, 5:25 pm

Yesterday's read was a really good one A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout. Founding it utterly gripping; I'm amazed this reckless and rather naive young woman had the strength and courage to survive her ordeal and come out the other side still having compassion and hope for humanity.

2ted74ca
Editado: Jan 8, 2014, 8:25 pm

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3ted74ca
Jan 13, 2014, 4:27 am

I finished The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison today. I'm sorry to read that the author died last year; I thought her writing was great. The book definitely didn't live up to its billing as a "thriller" but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

4ted74ca
Jan 19, 2014, 5:20 pm

Definitely not a "light" read: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War In Afghanistan by Graeme Smith. A very interesting and sobering accounting about the role of and the effects of the Western forces in Afghanistan, written by a former foreign correspondent for a Toronto, Canada newspaper-The Globe and Mail.

5ted74ca
Jan 21, 2014, 10:01 pm

I really loved my latest read: Road Ends by Mary Lawson.

6LynnB
Jan 22, 2014, 7:52 am

I'd fogotten she was Canadian! I, too, loved her first two books.

I'm reading Underground by June Hutton

7LynnB
Jan 24, 2014, 4:50 pm

Undergound by June Hutton was wonderful. The writing is exquisite. I suspect this book will be in my "top 5" reads for 2014!

8ted74ca
Jan 25, 2014, 4:27 pm

#7 - Oh no, yet another book for my TBR list!

10Yells
Fev 6, 2014, 5:17 pm

9 - Good? Bad? Otherwise?? That one was piqued my curiosity.

11LynnB
Fev 9, 2014, 12:09 pm

I'm reading Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter.

12ted74ca
Editado: Fev 12, 2014, 5:11 am

10. I enjoyed it-the story of the crime itself isn't exactly riveting, but I liked reading about all the period details, the parallels between the court case and what was happening in Europe, the crime viewed in perspective of the class structure in Toronto at the time, etc.

13LynnB
Editado: Fev 26, 2014, 7:46 am

I've started reading the 3 Canada Reads books that I haven't already read. Up now is Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan.

I've just started The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

And, Cockroach by Rawi Hage to complete my Canada Reads prep!

14Cecilturtle
Mar 1, 2014, 7:05 pm

I finished The Boom Room by Rick Blechta, a quick punchy read. The book is based in the seedy Toronto night life... fun!

15Cecilturtle
Mar 2, 2014, 11:31 am

I finished a hilarious book today Condescendance et poignées d'amour by humorist Antoine Ross Trempe - a series of 170 vignettes which made me laugh out loud.

16ted74ca
Mar 5, 2014, 6:19 am

I stayed in bed far too long yesterday to finish The Bear by Claire Cameron. Really liked this novel, gripping story. I'm never camping again, though.

17raidergirl3
Mar 5, 2014, 10:34 am

You can camp on PEI - we have no bears!

18VivienneR
Mar 6, 2014, 1:44 pm

No need to camp here in the BC interior, we have bears on our streets.

19ted74ca
Mar 7, 2014, 4:35 pm

#17 and #18. I live in a small town in BC myself and have seen bears quite frequently on my street, up until they cleared a big green space to the north of me and built a bunch of townhouses there. Now no more bears, sadly. After reading that book though, I am almost glad my dear old dog is now no longer with me so I don't have to walk her down the sidewalk in the middle of the night for a "bathroom" break anymore, looking over my shoulder all the time to check for a bear emerging from the brush across the street from me.

20ted74ca
Editado: Mar 7, 2014, 4:39 pm

I just finished Underground by June Hutton. I really enjoyed it; lovely writing. Thanks to LynnB for the suggestion.

21LynnB
Mar 11, 2014, 8:13 am

22buriedinprint
Mar 12, 2014, 10:32 am

17 No camping in PEI either, not if you read The Troop!

@16 I found Claire Cameron 's novel gripping as well. Her first, The Line Painter was compelling as well, but told from the perspective of an adult. Still something of an insular experience, which heightens the tension for sure.

21 She was at a literary festival in Toronto shortly after publication and I really enjoyed the way that she spoke about this story. It reminded me a little of that film "Northfork", which is so odd but lovely.

I recently finished Know the Night by Maria Mutch, which is beautifully written and meditative, lyrical and deliberate. It will appeal immediately to those who recognize the burdens/joys of caring for another, but also those who appreciate and find beauty in a certain kind of solitude and curiosity.

23LynnB
Mar 15, 2014, 2:56 pm

24LynnB
Mar 17, 2014, 12:50 pm

Finished reading about Oscar, and am about to start Road Ends by Mary Lawson, who I'd forgotten was Canadian!

25vancouverdeb
Mar 23, 2014, 9:27 pm

I'm way behind in my reading and updating, but I read For Today I am A Boy by Kim Fu. Probably the best book I have read about transgender/ gender dysphoria that I have read, n terms of what it might be like for the gender dysphoric person. Debut Canadian novel by Kim Fu.

26ted74ca
Mar 24, 2014, 4:00 pm

1) A rather sickening read, but compelling nonetheless: The Troop by Nick Cutter

2) A must read for any Canadians who are at all concerned with social justice issues: They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

27LynnB
Editado: Mar 29, 2014, 10:08 am

I'm reading a YA novel, Who I'm Not by Ted Staunton.

And I'm about to start Hooks by Julie Oakes

28Cecilturtle
Mar 31, 2014, 9:45 pm

I have finished All the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, a rather disappointing flat story.

29vancouverdeb
Abr 6, 2014, 9:11 pm

Just 54 pages into Road Ends by Mary Lawson. It seems very promising so far. It will be the first book I've read by Mary Lawson

30raidergirl3
Abr 6, 2014, 9:26 pm

>29 vancouverdeb: Is that her new book? I just loved Crow Lake. I can't wait to hear what you think Deborah.

31mdoris
Abr 6, 2014, 10:59 pm

#29. I will be very interested to hear what you think about Road Ends Deborah. I did a bit of a "crabby" review of it as I got so upset with the characters. She definitely writes a solid setting and weaves the stories of the tribulations of life and tragedy.

32vancouverdeb
Abr 6, 2014, 11:32 pm

@30 and 31 - I'll let you know what I think of Road Ends once I'm finished. Yes Elizabeth, Road Ends is here new book. I own the two others books , but for some reason Road Ends " called to me. " ;) I've not read her other books as yet. Still TBR.

33LynnB
Abr 7, 2014, 7:14 am

Road Ends was my least favourite of hers, but still good. Ditto with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and, so far, We are Water by Wally Lamb. My favourite authors seem to be having a less-than-great year.

34ted74ca
Abr 11, 2014, 3:08 am

It's a long time since I read anything by Michael Crummey but I'm glad I picked this one up at the library: Galore. Really enjoyed it.

35vancouverdeb
Editado: Abr 13, 2014, 7:22 pm

@ 30 and 31, and 33 I have finished Road Ends by Mary Lawson. Though I'm not going to write a review, I did give it 4 stars. Initially I was a bit frustrated by some of the the characters, Megan in particular. I felt like some of her actions did not ring true at all. But I forgave that bit and further on in the story , things came together and I was really taken and touched by the story. I've now started into Crow Lake by the same author.

36ted74ca
Abr 16, 2014, 5:50 pm

I finished The Empty Room by Lauren B. Davis today. Not exactly an uplifting read for such a rainy, grey day off work, but I thought it an open and honest description of the thoughts of an alcoholic middle aged woman.

37ted74ca
Editado: Abr 17, 2014, 6:44 pm

A very quick, light read: Never Saw it Coming by Linwood Barclay

38ted74ca
Editado: Abr 21, 2014, 4:58 pm

39raidergirl3
Abr 21, 2014, 5:31 pm

I'm listening to Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood. I'm also reading The Penelopiad by Maggie as well. Atwood April I guess.

40vancouverdeb
Abr 21, 2014, 8:28 pm

41raidergirl3
Abr 21, 2014, 9:54 pm

Did you cry Deborah? I got so caught up in their lives in Crow Lake, I bawled and bawled. Which is why I loved it!

42vancouverdeb
Abr 21, 2014, 10:57 pm

41 Elizabeth, I really got caught up in the lives in Crow Lake, but no, I did not cry. I sometimes cry at things in real life, but I was raised in a "no - cry family" and I've stayed true to form. But it's a lovely sad book where everyone comes so alive!

43ted74ca
Maio 2, 2014, 5:18 pm

Does Your Mother Know? by Maureen Jennings. Somewhat disappointed in this one, though I liked her Tom Tyler series set in WWII and also her Murdoch mysteries.

44ted74ca
Maio 3, 2014, 8:18 pm

I'd taken both out of the library so I finished the second in this series today-again disappointed. I figured out who the murderer was in the first chapter! The K Handshape by Maureen Jennings

45LynnB
Maio 4, 2014, 5:31 am

I enjoyed Matadora by Elizabeth Ruth although some of the bullfighting scenes were hard to take.

46Cecilturtle
Maio 4, 2014, 6:06 pm

I finished a biting, noir fiction novel J'haïs les Anglais by François Barcelo. It's hilarious but not for the faint of heart.

47ted74ca
Editado: Maio 6, 2014, 3:26 pm

I have a new favourite read of the year: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews. I absolutely loved this book-would have started immediately re-reading it if I didn't have this huge stack of to-be-read books waiting.

48ted74ca
Maio 13, 2014, 5:30 am

49LynnB
Maio 13, 2014, 9:09 am

All My Puny Sorrows is on my wish list!

50ted74ca
Maio 24, 2014, 1:31 pm

I've been caught up with packing, etc. lately so haven't read much at all (I'm putting my house up for sale this summer and will be renting until I retire or move to Vancouver Island, whichever comes first!). The book I read this week was wonderful though: Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. Lovely prose, very moving story. Highly recommended.

51arcona
Maio 25, 2014, 6:25 am

Ted - I loved Medicine Walk too. Wagamese is such a marvellous writer and tells the story of Canada's Native People so well.

52LynnB
Maio 26, 2014, 3:32 pm

I'm starting Accusation by Catherine Bush

53vancouverdeb
Maio 27, 2014, 8:18 pm

I'm reading a kind of shallow but humourous memoir, One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens. It's a memoir of young woman ( Charles Dickens grandaughter ) training as a nurse during WW11. It's quick and fun sort of read. Just a change of pace.

54Cecilturtle
Editado: Maio 31, 2014, 7:22 pm

I'm reading The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler (2012 Giller nominee) which I am thoroughly enjoying.

55LynnB
Editado: Jun 9, 2014, 8:12 am

I liked The Imposter Bride, too. I'm now reading All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews.

And I'm reading The Poisoned Pawn by Peggy Blair for a book club.

56Cecilturtle
Editado: Jun 11, 2014, 6:46 pm

I've started Les Fausses couches by Steph Rivard, a harsh look at a dysfunctional family.

57LynnB
Jun 18, 2014, 3:14 pm

58Cecilturtle
Jun 21, 2014, 1:41 pm

I just finished a beautiful little book by Manitoban author JR Léveillé in Le soleil du lac se couche, a love story, but also a look at art and blended cultures - in this case Métis and Japanese.

59buriedinprint
Jun 24, 2014, 11:36 am

I just finished Tamai Kobayashi's Prairie Ostrich which I adored; I will be thinking about these characters for a long time, and although with that in mind I would have liked to have spent more time with them (it's a short novel), I also feel the story was the perfect length for its contents.

I'm also reading Steven Galloway's The Confabulist, which I find tremendously gripping when it is in hand (the spy activity in particular), but I keep getting pulled into other reads along the way.

57 Is Crossing the Continent connected to the series as well, LynnB?
@58 I'm going to track this down: it sounds lovely.

60LynnB
Jun 24, 2014, 12:47 pm

59: yes, it is. It is Nana's story.

I'm reading Maiden from the Sea by Nellie P. Strowbridge and Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

61Cecilturtle
Editado: Jun 29, 2014, 12:38 pm

I really enjoyed The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway. Of particular interest to me was Highway's biography at the beginning: I'm interested to learn more. He seems to be a man of great resilience and optimism - a true ambassador of his culture.

62buriedinprint
Jul 2, 2014, 8:18 am

I just finished the latest Harvey Kreisel lecture by Esi Edugyan Dreaming of Elsewhere via U of Alberta and noticed in the back that Highway will be doing the next one (which I believe was already given this year but will be published in book form in 2015). I'm really looking forward to it. His Kiss of the Fur Queen was just outstanding too.

63LynnB
Jul 13, 2014, 10:31 am

I'm enjoying The Shore Girl, a first novel by Canadian Fran Kimmel

64ted74ca
Jul 29, 2014, 4:11 am

A very so-so read, I just wasn't interested or impressed: The Sky is Falling by Caroline Adderson

65LynnB
Jul 31, 2014, 7:06 pm

I'm about to start For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu

66Yells
Jul 31, 2014, 9:42 pm

So why is it that Essex County by Lemire is about as Canadian as you can get and yet it contains American spelling? Really? I was pissed off the whole time reading it. Interesting collection but man, that is annoying.

67ted74ca
Ago 2, 2014, 4:29 am

A long delayed read, and I don't know why I waited so long-I loved it. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.

68LynnB
Editado: Set 7, 2014, 4:08 pm

I should read that one, ted. I'm reading River City by John Farrow.

ETA: Loved all 997 pages of River City and am on to a new-to-me Canadian author, Farzana Doctor, reading Six Metres of Pavement

ETA: I found a Bill Richardson novel at a second-hand store in Stratford: After Hamelin.

69ted74ca
Set 23, 2014, 1:55 am

Rockbound by Frank Parker Day. I thought this was really good.

70vancouverdeb
Set 23, 2014, 5:25 am

I'm way behind in documenting my reading, but I read a Giller Longlisted book, Watch How We Walk, by Jennifer Ludgrove. It was fabulously interesting, about a two daughters living within the confines of a Jehovah Witness religion and a dysfunctional family. It was gritty and hard to read, but it really grabbed me and was practically a page turner. I'd recommend highly. Tragic, but so interesting.

71Nickelini
Set 26, 2014, 2:22 pm

Recently finished Bluebeard's Egg, a short story collection by Margaret Atwood that didn't really work for me, and then Bear, by Marian Engel, which was amazing and a CanLit must-read.

72ted74ca
Editado: Out 5, 2014, 3:27 pm

Very good debut novel, about a very dysfunctional mother and daughter. Set in Alberta. Highly recommended. The Shore Girl by Fran Kimmel

73LynnB
Out 5, 2014, 5:25 pm

I second that recommendation, ted74ca!

74Yells
Out 5, 2014, 5:35 pm

I just finished Man by Thuy (good but not quite as good as Ru). And to continue my Giller journey: Us Conductors by Michaels (a fictionised look at the inventor of the Theremin) and Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Mootoo (another fiction book about a boy who goes looking for his father). I have Watch How We Walk lined up so I am hopeful that will be a good one as well (gotta love dysfunctional family sagas!).

75mdoris
Out 12, 2014, 12:35 pm

Last night I started Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson. It's an oldie but goodie!

76raidergirl3
Out 12, 2014, 5:21 pm

Loving The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson. I'm hoping the rest of my book club enjoys this authors smith as I do.

77vancouverdeb
Out 16, 2014, 8:03 am

I've gotten behind. I've readWatch How We Walk and I just loved it! Dysfunctional family, yes, but quite a riveting read! Also read another bit of Can Lit, Interference: A Novel by Michelle Berry. I enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. I just finished up a shortlisted 2014 Rogers Writers Prize book, All Saints by K.D. Miller. The last book, All Saints was interesting in it's way, but I just felt quite depressed after I read it. It's more of a book of loosely intertwined short stories of quite a few people who go to a "dying " Anglican church in Toronto. For each of those books I've put published reviews on the main page of there books, but not written reviews. I feel a need for a cheerful read! :)

78vancouverdeb
Out 16, 2014, 8:08 am

@74 Danielle, I enjoyed Ru too. I'll have to keep a look out for Man. I do hope you enjoy Watch How We Walk as much as I did! It was a 5 star read for me. I'm trying to read Giller and Rogers prize listed books right now too, but I think I need something light.

79Yells
Out 16, 2014, 12:36 pm

I did quite enjoy Watch How We Walk. I can see why it didn't progress but it was really good.

If you want a somewhat lighter Canadian read, I would highly recommend Walt by Wangersky. It's a well written, psychological thriller set in St John's.

80raidergirl3
Out 16, 2014, 5:34 pm

I'm on a waiting list for Walt at the library. #9 maybe. I really liked his short story book and we just started getting Wangersky's column in our newspaper.

81vancouverdeb
Out 16, 2014, 10:09 pm

Thanks for the recommendation of Walt. On my wish list! :)

82LynnB
Out 19, 2014, 8:50 am

I'm reading The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina. Turns out I worked with the author.

83ted74ca
Out 27, 2014, 4:04 am

A disappointing read, depressing and far too tedious for me, this week anyway. Crimes Against My Brother by David Adams Richards. I've read other novels by Richards before and really enjoyed them-not this one.

84LynnB
Out 28, 2014, 3:45 pm

Just starting Planet Lolita by Charles Foran

85Nickelini
Nov 2, 2014, 5:24 pm

I'm just over an hour into the audio book of Y, by Marjorie Celona. Had no idea what to expect, but it's going from bad to worse. Can't believe this was published, let alone nominated for the Giller prize.

86Cecilturtle
Nov 2, 2014, 8:26 pm

I finished Bury your Dead by Louise Penny and loved everything about it. Apparently the Gamache series gets even better. I have a hard time imagining how Penny improved on this. Wow, I'm impressed!

87ted74ca
Editado: Nov 5, 2014, 6:06 pm

I know many do not consider mysteries/crime novels as "literature", but I really enjoyed this latest novel in the Tom Tyler series by Maureen Jennings. The book is No Known Grave.

88Cecilturtle
Nov 10, 2014, 2:55 pm

#87, the same thing is said of graphic novels, but I think it's a mistake. I've just finished Paul à Québec by Rabagliati and it was so moving it had me in tears.

89LynnB
Nov 17, 2014, 12:27 pm

I'm starting Studio Saint-Ex by Ania Szado

90ted74ca
Nov 20, 2014, 3:42 pm

I just finished the latest from one of my favourite crime writers (now Canadian, originally from Yorkshire)--Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson.

91LynnB
Editado: Dez 1, 2014, 8:49 am

92LynnB
Dez 3, 2014, 3:22 pm

Defining literature broadly, I'm reading a murder mystery: The Gifted by Canadian Gail Bowen

93ted74ca
Dez 13, 2014, 12:07 am

Today I finished my book's club selection for December: Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai. A bit of a disappointment, but not bad. I learned a bit about the history of Sri Lanka and I liked several of the characters, but there were just too many of them to keep straight and I felt the story's conclusion was far too rushed.

94Nickelini
Dez 13, 2014, 4:49 pm

#93 - I think Selvadurai's Funny Boy is a much better book.

95LynnB
Dez 13, 2014, 5:17 pm

I'm starting The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier which I've never read before.

96ted74ca
Dez 17, 2014, 3:37 am

#94, Thanks. I might try that one.

97LynnB
Editado: Dez 27, 2014, 8:54 am

I'm reading The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen.

And, George & Rue by George Elliott Clarke