Yet another book that I heard about on The Next Chapter, Mary Walsh’s debut novel Crying For The Moon was a great recommendation and had me engaged from start to finish. The story follows the first person narration of young Maureen in 1960s Newfoundland. It’s a poignant coming of age story crossed with a low key mystery wherein adult things start happening to the average, non-adult Maureen. She finds herself being forced to grow up sooner than any teenager should. Now, when I say she ‘grows up,’ I don’t mean right away, nor do I mean that she does it with responsibility or grace or confidence or smarts–quite the opposite actually, for the most part. Maureen’s simple, passive, and simultaneously reactive nature is partly what allows herself to become tangled up in these adult situations, and she learns quickly that no one’s going to help her get out of it, except herself.
At the beginning of 2017, I set my reading challenge on Goodreads to thirty books for the year. I was doing pretty well for the first six months, staying at least two-three books ahead of schedule, but in the second half it petered off as I went into a reading slump in the fall, and I ended up finishing at only twenty-two. Twenty-two books isn’t exactly a whole lot of selection to choose from when choosing a Top 5, but there were a few that stood out to me. When considering which books made it to this list, I looked at the rating I gave it on Goodreads, how fast I finished it, and how memorable it was for me. The books are in no particular ranking order.
Yep, that’s right. I now work in a publishing house!
Back in mid-May I was surfing the job boards online, hoping to find another part time job to go along with my part-time job at the bookstore – but I ended up stumbling across a posting for a full-time job at a local publishing house. Funnily enough, this was the same publishing house I’d looked at last summer right after I’d graduated. I had seen then how awesome it looked with its team of friendly looking people and the laid back but professional nuance of their website. I desperately wished they had some sort of job opening – but alas, they did not, and so I moved on to other things. Continue reading
That’s right – I no longer work at a bookstore. As of exactly a month ago, I’ve gotten a new job somewhere else, somewhere just as good as a bookstore – if not better in some ways. But it’s a secret for now; more shall be revealed later in a separate post. While I love my new job and am very excited for it, there are definitely things I’m going to miss about my old job… Continue reading
From my experience of reading The Vanishing by Wendy Webb, I’ve devised this handy list of How Not To Write A Gothic Ghost Story, though it could easily also be known as How Not To Write Any Story.
First, begin with a promising premise: Julia’s life is turned upside down after her husband’s suicide and societal uproar against him conning thousands of people out of their life savings. Alone and estranged from society, Julia hides in her own home when a man shows up on her door step, presenting a solution to her situation. She is whisked away to start a new life out of the public’s eye, working as a companion to a cooky, elderly horror novelist in a haunted mansion – but strange things start happening, and Julia questions why she was really brought to the house. Once you have that, proceed to ruin it by following these crucial steps (WARNING: minor spoilers): Continue reading
I’ve seen the rainbow bookshelf trend around online quite a bit and thought for today’s post I’d do something relaxing and try it out. I think it turned out okay – yes, the “Fiction” book end is supposed to go on the other side – but it was needed more on the left. Overall though, it definitely looks neater, and more aesthetically pleasing. Any of you book nerds out there ever done the rainbow bookcase?
I mentioned in my review of The Break that it was a finalist for the Canada Reads discussion, which just happened two weeks ago. The panel consisted of Candy Palmater defending The Break, Humble the Poet defending Fifteen Dogs, Chantal Kreviazuk defending The Right to be Cold, Measha Brueggergosman defending Company Town, and Jody Mitic defending Nostalgia.
The Break by Katherena Vermette has been quite popular in the world of books lately. A national bestseller, The Break has received an abundance of literary attention, from being a 2016 Governor General’s Literary Finalist to a 2017 Canada Reads Finalist, and much more in between.
The story centres around an extended family of Indigenous women living in Winnipeg’s North End. The synopsis on the back is as follows: “When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.” From there, The Break delves into several narratives of family, friends, and police, each connected in some way to the crime. Continue reading
This book was a staff pick of the month at the bookstore I work at, and wanting to be more well read and up to date on the latest book buzz, I decided to pick it up – but not just because it was staff pick of the month; I had read the synopsis and it actually sounded quite intriguing. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller is about a young woman named Flora who returns to her home to look after her father, Gil, after he has a bad fall. Twelve years previously, Flora’s mother, Ingrid, disappeared without a trace and Flora has always wondered what happened to her. Little does she realize, the answers to her questions are buried in the letters Ingrid wrote to her husband Gil. They reveal the truth of their marriage and just before she disappeared, Ingrid hid them in the massive book collection Gil accumulated over the years in the house they shared. Continue reading
Released March 22 of last year, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney was incredibly hyped up throughout 2016 with myriads of praise and best seller distinctions, also being named Book of the Year by Harper Collins. Working in a bookstore made this debut novel hard to ignore and once again like The Couple Next Door, I just had to read it and see what I was missing, if anything. Continue reading