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The Outlander
This one was another for book club, and I have to say that when I finished it I shut the book with a snap and said “That’s it?!”

This is the story of M
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
In the Skin of a Lion
I finished reading this book several weeks ago just before an interview at the National Arts Centre with Michael Ondaatje. In face, I believe I finish ...more
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Aug 21, 2008
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
Apparently this book was quite a departure for Mr. Follett, and I admit that when I hear his name I think low-brow mass market crime or mystery novels ...more
Apr 2008
May 26, 2008
Lullabies for Little Criminals
I seem to be on a kick these days for semi-autobiographical books about difficult childhoods. Like The Glass Castle, Lullabies is the story of a young ...more
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May 26, 2008
I Hate You, Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality
This book was recommended to me as a way of understanding some of the actions and behaviours of someone in my very recent past. Unfortunately, I didn' ...more
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Jul 12, 2011
What I Was
I miss books like this. It’s been so long since I’ve come across one. What I Was found me today at Chapters. I can’t even tell you where. Was it on a ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I'm not typically a mystery/thriller kind of person, and although I started reading this because it was another selection from my book club, The Girl. ...more
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Mar 10, 2011
The Petty Details of So-and-so's  Life
While an incredibly quick read (I finished it in 3.5 hours) "Petty Details..." is also incredibly rich. Gibb introduces us to Emma and Blue while they ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Bottle Rocket Hearts
Evie is a baby dyke, just coming out and discovering love and women in urban Montreal right around the time of the 1995 Quebec referendum. Bottle Rock ...more
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Mar 10, 2011
A Stolen Life
I did not give this book a star rating because I felt that would be awkward. Jaycee Dugard is not a professional author, so it seems unfair to judge h ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Good to a Fault
Good to a Fault is one of several of the Canada reads 2010 books that I plan to read this year. It was first by virtue of the fact that it popped up o ...more
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Mar 10, 2011
The Butterfly's Daughter
The Butterfly’s Daughter was one of the books chosen for my book club reads, which always brings me interesting books I might not have picked up mysel ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 17, 2013
People of the Book
**spoiler alert** This book surprised me. People of the Book is the fictionalized account of the Sarajevo Haggadah. The Haggadah is hundreds of years ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 03, 2008
1982 is the book equivalent of a "renter". You know, the movie you want to see, but not enough to pay to see it first run at the theatre? I enjoyed 19 ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
The Graveyard Book
This may just be the quickest turn around time I've had on a book in ages. I picked up The Graveyard Book just after Christmas at Chapters. I've been ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden is a book I accidentally bought twice, so clearly the blurb on the back was enough to get me interested. It's a very quick read ( ...more
Aug 05, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
I received my copy of Fiendish through a Goodreads ARC giveaway.

I have never read any other books by Brenna Yavanoff, but I definitely was intrigued b
Aug 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Once Every Never (Never, #1)
I'm imaging that this was meant for a YA audience. I don't have an issue with that, I read tons of YA myself. I just couldn't get myself to finish thi ...more
Jun 02, 2013
May 30, 2013
The Tenth Gift
**spoiler alert**

This one was for my bookclub. Generally speaking, if it’s historical fiction, my bookclub will want to read it. Generally this genre
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
I enjoyed this book for what it was, a lighthearted look at one man's journey to get healthier in every way possible. Jacobs appears to be good at thi ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
I very much enjoyed this book, and the reviews are quite correct in saying that Flavia is very much an engaging protagonist. It's quite refreshing to ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
The Paris Wife
I really, really enjoyed this book. I didn't expect to, as I knew very little about Ernest Hemingway and even less about his first wife, Hadley. By al ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
Terribly written book. Couldn't finish it. Even if William Davis' claims are true -- which I am doubtful of -- the way he presents them in this book m ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
What an incredibly fun book, and a great first entry into the Thursday Next series!

I am a huge fan of books about books. It’s very meta, I know, but w
Jan 11, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
A Long Way Down
I was recommended this book by a colleague at work. The premise seemed intriguing enough to get me to pick it up on one of my many trips to the local ...more
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Mar 10, 2011
The House at Riverton
This book was lent to me by a friend with no real commentary, just more of a "I just finished this, do you want to borrow it?" And do I did. And I was ...more
Mar 11, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
I first heard about Lean In as part of my job, which partly focuses on women in Non-traditional careers. My expectations were low to start with, as th ...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
The Lake of Dreams
Written by the author who gave the world The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Lake of Dreams is a perfectly acceptable piece of historical fiction. The p ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
That Night
I received my copy of That Night through an ARC giveaway here at Goodreads.

When I first received the novel in the mail I was not hopeful. The cover co
Jul 06, 2014
May 24, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Started this last night, finished it in 4 and a half hours. I actually think I see what the hype is all about. While the plot point is not super origi ...more
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
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