Monthly Archives: November 2012

NaNoWriMo Week 4

I’m standing on the edge of Day 30 and what a ride this has been. Although I’m quite delusional I’m also right on the brink of 50k and that’s about as real as it gets. Some updates: 1. Word Wars … Continue reading

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Books with buzz: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

At least once a month, I waste entirely too much time in one of my most favourite places: Chapters. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the triumph of the independent bookstore – I’ve watched the movie You’ve Got … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Week 3

I left Week 2 with a very important question – what comes after acceptance? This whole adventure has been uncharted territory for me so I never know what to expect. Fortunately, Week 3 has brought some enlightenment my way… ….and … Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker-winning novels

As a child, I was completely and utterly obsessed with the British monarchy and more specifically, Tudor England. I had a bookshelf filled with English history books, my favourite movie was Elizabeth, my hero was Anne Boleyn and my bedroom … Continue reading

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Reading Peer Pressure – how do you choose what you read?

I have been on a recent classics kick in my current and planned reading. I recently read Catch 22 and just finished 1984, both of which I somehow evaded in grade school. In addition, my “to read” list for next … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo – Week 2 (a.k.a. The Half-Way Point)

It’s official – we’re at the half way point of NaNoWriMo! I’ve had some successes as well as some setbacks this week, but overall Week 2 was characterized by a feeling of grim acceptance. Isn’t that cheerful? From my time … Continue reading

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October book review – Will Ferguson’s Giller Prize-winning novel 419 falls flat

Update: If you’re looking for discussion questions for 419, click here! Will Ferguson’s Giller Prize-winning novel, 419, was last month’s Unputdownable Book Club pick, plucked from the front-and-centre bookstore shelf by yours truly. Before you even ask, the answer is yes; … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo – Week 1

So the first week has come and gone. I can now say from (limited) experience that this is not for the faint of heart. I am quite literally mentally exhausted. Although I still fully believe that this will be worth … Continue reading

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How to store books

As we move towards a paperless world, books, and the way in which we read them, are changing. Through the marvels of technology, stories, once confined to the written page, now float in the digital ether – waiting to be … Continue reading

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Book of the month – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Halloween is over, I’m wearing a poppy and it was -2 degrees when I got into my car this morning. I know what you’re thinking – cue the Michael Bublé Christmas album and eggnog, right? Wrong. I am a firm … Continue reading

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