Author Archives: AYearOfBooksBlog

42. The Weekend Effect (Katrina Onstad)

The weekends always seem to disappear in a blur.  Hours pass running the kids to the pool, watching swim meets and getting organized for the busy week ahead.  Saturday and Sunday are packed full of activities with little time to, as … Continue reading

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41. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the intertwined stories of Henrietta, a poor, black woman who died of cervical cancer, the ongoing saga of her cells and the struggles of the remaining Lacks family.  Henrietta was mourned by her husband and … Continue reading

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Novel Questions: Nadia Hashimi

“Being a writer means being a spy” In 2015, I was privileged to meet Nadia Hashimi.  She is the amazing author of When the Moon is Low, The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell and The House Without Widows (on my TBR shelf), … Continue reading

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Cross-Canada Reading Challenge

Canadians will be celebrating it’s 150 birthday on July 1st! It is a time to celebrate our beautiful country and what better way to acknowledge the greatness, the challenges, the landscape and the history than reading a book set or written by … Continue reading

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40. Juliet’s Answer (Glenn Dixon)

Juliet’s Answer:  One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak is the heartwarming account of Glenn Dixon‘s struggles in relationships and his search for love.  This memoir will be featured at the 2017-18 Grimsby Author Series, in the … Continue reading

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Jennifer Robson: Author Event

It was inspiring to meet Jennifer Robson, in Burlington, on May 2nd.  She spoke of her latest novel, Goodnight from London at an event promoted by A Different Drummer Books as a fundraiser for a local church.  As a fan of … Continue reading

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39. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985 yet has been making the news in 2017! This dystopic novel has not only become a TV series but has frequently been discussed in relation to the dangerous political situation in the United States.  It … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

In celebration of Mother’s Day 2017, I am updating last year’s comments! Mother’s Day is a spring day to celebrate and appreciate our mothers and reflect on our own role as a mother.  Mother’s Day, as we know it, was … Continue reading

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38. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)

“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold” It seems like so long ago that I read The Outsiders.  I was in grade 8 when we read the book an watched the movie!  I have been listening to the story while my daughter (who is now in … Continue reading

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37. Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

Thirteen Reasons Why was published in 2007 but has been in the news since the Netflix series has debuted.  It is the story of  Hannah Baker, a highschool student who committed suicide, leaving a legacy of reasons in a shoebox full of … Continue reading

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