Author Archives: AYearOfBooksBlog

95. The Party (Robyn Harding)

Robyn Harding described the Saunders as a perfect family, trying to keep up appearances and enjoy their wealthy lifestyle… until the party.  This novel describes a parents nightmare, a sweet 16 party gone bad.  Drinking, drugs and boys complicated a sleepover … Continue reading

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94. Fast Food Genocide (Joel Fuhrman)

I had read Eat to Live years ago and did learn from the follow up Fast Food Genocide.  It was written by Joel Fuhrman and I enjoyed the audio version which has inspired me to add more meatless meals to … Continue reading

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93. Transit (Rachel Cusk)

Transit was the 4th book from the Scotiabank Giller Prize short-list.  It is the second book in a trilogy including Outline which I reviewed recently.  I really wanted to enjoy this book but struggled to retain focus.  Every time that … Continue reading

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92. Make Your Bed (Admiral William H. McRaven)

A colleague lent me her copy of Make Your Bed:  Little Things that Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World.  It is a concise, easy to read manuscript of tips that he described at a 2014 graduation address at … Continue reading

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91. Zero Waste Home (Bea Johnson)

One of my goals, this year, was to listen to more books during my commutes.  I find that listening to non-fiction is sometimes a bit easier than complicated storylines with multiple characters.  If it is too detailed, I find it … Continue reading

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90. Bellevue Square (Michael Redhill)

As readers of this blog know, I am very excited about the Scotiabank Giller Prize event.  As part of my preparation for attending the Between the Pages Event  (held in Toronto November 6th), I have been reading through the short-listed … Continue reading

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Between the Pages Scotiabank Giller Prize Event

It was a fantastic evening with Rachel Cusk, Ed O’Loughlin, Michael Redhill, Eden Robinson and Michelle Williams at the Scotiabank Between the Pages Giller Prize event.  Koerner Hall was packed with book lovers, anxious to hear about the novels and … Continue reading

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89. Caroline: Little House Revisited (Sarah Miller)

Reading Caroline:  Little House Revisited was like a guilty pleasure.  It enabled me to revisit the lives of Charles, Caroline, Mary and Laura Ingalls as they travelled from the Little House in the Big Woods to Kansas in 1870.  As … Continue reading

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88. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Lisa See)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is my December book club pick.  My hold came available very quickly, from the library,  so I “read” it early (via audio book).  It is historical fiction set in the remote village of Yunnan … Continue reading

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87. Outline (Rachel Cusk)

In preparation to read Transit (as part of my Giller short-list reading), I chose to read Outline, the the first book of what will be a trilogy.  It is a unique book, that reads like a series of linked short stories … Continue reading

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