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message 1: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3567 comments Mod
Good morning readers!

I am truly struggling with words this evening after the Ontario election of a premier who does not support libraries... and did not even know who Margaret Atwood is...

I guess that I will need a distraction from this thread and to focus on the positivity of escaping in a book!

What are you reading? Have you started the monthly group read of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada? What is next?


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1643 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "I am truly struggling with words this evening after the Ontario election of a premier who does not support libraries... and did not even know who Margaret Atwood is..."

Sigh...


message 3: by Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (last edited Jun 08, 2018 05:02AM) (new)

Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1643 comments Happy Friday folks! It's been a slow reading week for my with hubby out of town for a few days. I just get in my single mom flow when he comes back. Not complaining though! Hopefully I will find some time to spend with The Birth House this weekend. I was also reading The Color Purple, but I gave up on it. I wasn't enjoying the writing style or the plot and there are just too many good books out there!

I listened to the audiobook When Dimple Met Rishi and although it's YA and not usually my style, I thought it was cute. After waiting out a pile of library holds, I think I should finally (finally!) finish The Pillars of the Earth soon. I 've been listening to it on and off since March, but I should definitely get it completed during this library loan.


message 4: by ✿✿✿May (new)

✿✿✿May  | 671 comments Happy Friday and what a ride we had last night with the election!!

I finished for this week The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and Rebecca. I was a bit underwhelmed by Rebecca. It built up way too slow for me, but nonetheless I finally finished this book.
I am starting Americanah, highly recommended by many of my friends and still listening to The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy.
Have a great weekend everyone!


message 5: by Petra (new)

Petra | 682 comments Good morning!

It's been a busy week and promised to be a busy weekend. I haven't been reading much but I've been enjoying what I'm reading.

I finished Pearl Buck's The Mother. I enjoy her easy going writing style. The mother followed a mother (unnamed) from her early adulthood into old age. Throughout she faces problems and shows herself to be a strong individual with human flaws.
I also finished listening to Notorious Nineteen on my commute. It was fun! The last few books in this series were lame but this one was perky again. I continued right away with Takedown Twenty. I usually listen to these in pairs as they are short enough to fit 2 into a week of commutes but these are longer and I won't finish Twenty today.

I'm now reading the third book of the Cazalet saga, Confusion. It starts out very well.

I also started I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter and am so enjoying it. The love for his daughter and family shines through so clearly. I haven't read much yet and am enjoying his writing.


message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan | 743 comments Happy Friday!

This week I finished Looking for Alaska, which I liked but did not love. Then I read When The Saints, which I loved. It's such a fun book, with great dialogue and some memorable characters. I also used it for bingo and cross-Canada and am now up to 18 bingo squares and 8 cross-Canada completed!

I went a little bonkers at the library after the discipline of Mount TBR month and have had to put aside The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (which is very good) in favour of All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire. So far, it's a great read about one of my favourite TV series.

Next up in my fiction reading is Less, the recent winner of the Pulitzer.


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan | 461 comments Hello everyone! I haven't posted in a long time but I've been lurking around.
I had some health issues the past 6 months, got a new job and just general life stuff that's been getting in the way.

Right now I'm reading The Lesser Blessed and Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada. I'm really enjoying both.

I am DEVESTATED by the news of Anthony Bourdain's suicide. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly is one of my favourite books and I love all of his cooking/travel shows.


message 8: by ✿✿✿May (last edited Jun 08, 2018 05:25PM) (new)

✿✿✿May  | 671 comments Megan wrote: "Hello everyone! I haven't posted in a long time but I've been lurking around.
I had some health issues the past 6 months, got a new job and just general life stuff that's been getting in the way.
..."


@Megan, I am sorry to hear about your health issue and congrats on your new job! Totally shocked with the news about Anthony Bourdain this morning! I too loved his shows and his books!


message 9: by Rainey (last edited Jun 08, 2018 07:20AM) (new)

Rainey | 644 comments Well its been so busy on a personal front I haven't been reading so much. More on that after I list my books:

I am listening to book 3 in the Prada series. - and its hilarious - When Life Gives You Lululemons.

Also reading for my BDA book club - Parable of the Sower - we were supposed to read The End of Your Life Book Club - but 2 people who read it - gave it 2 stars - so we have decided to skip it.

And recommended in the whole c*cky gate article (sent earlier in the week an update) as a good read: Cocky Nerd

So Personal Front - Did my AncestryDNA. Got the results back Tuesday. So my dad was married 5 times - so I expected siblings to pop up on this side. I never met my birth mother - dad was married - had an affair - my birth mother didn't want me - so dad and his wife (my mom) legally adopted me. My dad told me that my mom had 2 other children - brothers.

The drama has been with Birth mom. So Found out I had a half sister named K (on my mothers side - there are 5 of us apparently). She contacted me - and we thought we were first cousins (had a 98% match). She mentions her birth mom - had been put up for adoption - and low and behold - same mother.

I also had a first cousin show up - yep her mother is my aunt. I thought my mothers last name was King but she also went by Hayes. And my relative go by King and by Hayes and live in Kitchener and London area.

So I have been on Facebook and found my mother and she was under King - wow - she wont respond to my sister and prob wont if I contact her - which I have - did I mention I had no idea she was alive.

I have also been chatting with my Aunt and my cousin. And I will meeting my Sister, cousin and Aunt when I am in Toronto in August. Oh and I have been chatting with my other cousin (my Aunts son).

Found out the I am descendants of "Loyalists and and 3rd or 4th cousin is Pearl Hart who is famous in the US as the last women to rob a stage coach.

And our ancestors were among the original settlers of Quebec. (Someone in the office is from Quebec - we checked to see if we were related - not LOL)

Can I say MIND BLOWN.


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1643 comments That is a lot to absorb in just one week @Rainey! I hope you can make some meaningful connections with your birth mother's family.


message 11: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Penney | 539 comments Rainey wrote: "Well its been so busy on a personal front I haven't been reading so much. More on that after I list my books:

I am listening to book 3 in the Prada series. - and its hilarious - [book:When Life G..."


Wow, Rainey! That is an exciting discovery. Best of luck forming new family relationships! I'm sure it will take some time to wrap your head and your heart around it all. Wishing you the best in your adventure!


message 12: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Penney | 539 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "Good morning readers!

I am truly struggling with words this evening after the Ontario election of a premier who does not support libraries... and did not even know who Margaret Atwood is...

I gue..."


No comment on the political discourse. *Stomach sinking*


message 13: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Penney | 539 comments Well I utterly and completely failed the May TBR challenge. But I have some good reading time coming up this weekend as all my family members and my best friend are away. I am only committing to finishing By Gaslight, which I re-started for the umpteenth time last night. Wish me luck! :)


message 14: by Shannon (new)

Shannon White | 198 comments @Rainey - Wow....that's a wild ride. I hope everything works out for you.

This week I finished The Life She Was Given which was an enjoyable read. Sometimes I am fascinated by how many circus stories are out there. This was like "Orphan Train goes the the Circus" for me. :)

Now I am reading Tin Man which is quite short. My first impression is that it is a little to artsy for me, but we'll see.

Also my bookclub is just about done its voting. Looks like we will be reading these and possibly 1-2 more:
The Summer I Met Jack (I'm excited for this one)
I'll Be Your Blue Sky (not excited for this one)
Educated: A Memoir (surprised this got through but happy)
Warlight (not an Ondaatje fan)

Thoughts?


message 15: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3567 comments Mod
Greetings!! It has been a busy day back and forth from the pool to deliver and watch my two youngest at a swim meet so I am finally sitting down to read through the posts.

@Petra - I am looking forward to reading this book by Chariandy after really enjoying Brother. He seems to be such a kind, gentle soul and I so enjoyed meeting him!

@Megan - welcome back. I hope that you are feeling better!! I must be living in a book bubble as I didn't even know Bourdain... no cable here, but it is so sad to hear about another life lost to suicide. We (as a society) really need to support one and other, help those with mental health concerns, getting rid of the stigmas and treating mental health like any other health concerns. No one thinks twice about talking about cancer or diabetes but mental health challenges are often kept quiet. Maybe it is a good time to think about a monthly read to promote mental health!

@Rainey - Wow!! That is amazing. You could likely write a book about all this excitement. My aunt's partner (who is in his seventies) just made a similar discovering of his birth family and is in the midst of meeting a number of half siblings.

@Shannon - some interesting choices for your book club! We have the next few months organized:

July - Cat's Eye - theme CanLit for Canada Day

August - books from the Evergreen prize list - we will all pick our own and talk about the short-list.
it includes:
All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey Into the Lives of Others
American War
The Clothesline Swing
The Dark and Other Love Stories
Glass Beads
Gone to Pot
The Last Neanderthal
Scarborough
Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
Son of a Trickster

September - The Sickness and our theme is Venezuela as one of our members has moved from there to Canada

As for the week, i have read very little, only finishing Emily Climbs on audio which has been sweet. I am just about done the last book of the trilogy, Emily's Quest also.

I am also about half finished Still Water the second book by Amy Stuart which is an easy and enjoyable read and want to start Circe.


message 16: by ✿✿✿May (new)

✿✿✿May  | 671 comments @Rainey, just read your "ancestry" drama, so wild!!

@Shannon & @Susan, congrats on your book club picks!


message 17: by Ann-Marie (new)

Ann-Marie | 158 comments @May -- let me know what you think of Americanah i recently bought used so have it on my list too.

@Susan -- curious on your thoughts of Looking for Alaska for a grade 8 to read? It's a YA fiction and on my possible list to encourage my kiddo to read but I haven't read it myself yet. It is too adult like?

@Rainey!!! You totally have enough content, twists & turns to write a novel with your family saga! Seriously amazing. (side note - I loved The End of Your Life Book Club even if your book club voted it out, worth a read).

I've been enjoying A House in the Sky this week. It's a slower read I think because I am absorbing the unfamiliar settings, names etc. I'm glad I read Sweetness in the Belly and A Thousand Splendid Suns recently, because I am more familiar with the setting of the memoir based on those reads.

Started library hold Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows as I needed something a little lighter to go with the House in the Sky. This is a light read and one of Reese Witherspoon's popular book club books, so it's easy and fun.

Have given up audiobook of Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia (such a dumb book, got tired wasting my time) and instead started listening to The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women. Interesting memoir so far.

Am reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian with my son and I think we may finish this week. Such a superb YA read. My son is 10, so I'm glad we are reading together, the themes are a bit advanced for him. However, we borrowed a group set from the library for my 13 yr old daughter's book club and apparently that group of 10 girls has flown through the book. I'm looking forward to their discussion next week.

Happy reading all! I hope you get some quiet time to enjoy this weekend!


message 18: by Rainey (new)

Rainey | 644 comments Ann-Marie wrote: "@May -- let me know what you think of Americanah i recently bought used so have it on my list too.
..."


I loved Americanah. She is such a good writer. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.


message 19: by Petra (new)

Petra | 682 comments Megan wrote: "I am DEVESTATED by the news of Anthony Bourdain's suicide. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly is one of my favourite books and I love all of his cooking/travel shows. ..."

I was so sorry to hear this news as well. Every time a suicide is on the news, I think of how sad it was that the person felt so bad. One has to feel so alone and devastated to make such a final move, I think.
Everything stated about Anthony on the news shows a wonderfully warm, kind person.


message 20: by Petra (new)

Petra | 682 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "@Petra - I am looking forward to reading this book by Chariandy after really enjoying Brother. He seems to be such a kind, gentle soul and I so enjoyed meeting him!..."

Susan, this is such a loving letter to a much cherished daughter. What a wonderful father to have. I am so enjoying this book.


message 21: by Petra (new)

Petra | 682 comments Rainey, wow! What an interesting discovery. I think about having a DNA analysis done occasionally. Since reading The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry years ago, I've wondered about my long-range ancestry. It's such an interesting field of science.


message 22: by Susan (new)

Susan | 743 comments Ann-Marie, in a way I’m the wrong person to ask about suitability of YA books. I don’t have kids and I was encouraged to read whatever I chose as a child/teen. The kids in Looking for Alaska are 16. There is some pretty heavy alcohol use in it and a few sex scenes (mostly kissing but one humorous blowjob scene) and there is smoking and some description of porno. Mostly, the book deals with death and grief. I would have read this in grade 8 and been fine but I guess it depends on the reader. :-)


message 23: by Mj (last edited Jun 10, 2018 09:10PM) (new)

Mj Lots happening this week in everyones’ lives and all around us!!

Like many, I am saddened by Anthony Bourdain’s suicide. Such a loss. I learned that suicide went up 10% in U.S. in the 4 months after Robin Williams’ reported suicide. Hopefully, this disturbing trend can be reversed all over the world.

@ Meaghan - glad to see you back and sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with health issues. Hope you keep seeing improvement in the days ahead.

@Natasha & @ Allison ༺ hikes the bookwoods ༻ - good luck with your progress on By Gaslight and The Birth House respectively this weekend.

@ Rainey - wow what an ancestry ride you’ve been on!! As @ Natasha and others have mentioned, here’s hoping it all ends with you forming some wonderful new family relationships

@ Susan - congrats on your challenge reading. Your 18 squares in 2018 Bingo is impressive!! Looks like there’s a few members keeping pace or hot on your heels.

@❀ Susan - fingers crossed that Doug Ford has changed his mind since the library brouhaha with Margaret Atwood seven years ago….or better yet he will consult with Ontario citizens and consult with others around him before making rash decisions.

@ Ann-Marie - A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my all-time favourite fictions. I really enjoyed Sweetness in the Belly as well and The End of Your Life Book Club
@ Rainey our book club was pretty split on the latter - at both ends of the spectrum - either loved it (my camp) or thought it was self-serving and incredibly boring. Go figure!!

@ May - I too was not a fan of the first half of Rebecca and put it aside for at least a year. Then I started over and ended up enjoying it much more, especially the second half, although it still isn't a book I would recommend without being asked for my opinion.

@ Shannon - quite an eclectic selection for your book club. I understand your feelings about Warlight. Am tired of war novels myself but have a feeling that due to Ondaatje’s great writing and reputation, Warlight might be on the 2018 Scotiabank Giller short list. I agree that Educated: A Memoir andThe Summer I Met Jack (especially the former) look interesting and I'll Be Your Blue Sky not so much. Am surprised that some of the other titles suggested didn’t make it through yet How many books in total does your club choose?

This week I completed Tomboy Survival Guide in E-book format for a Bingo Square and also to complete all 13 provinces and territories in the 2018 Cross Canada Bingo Challenge. Enjoyed the Cross-Canada challenge again - met some new authors and learned more about different parts of Canada. Tomboy Survival Guide was a 3 1/2 star read for me - some 4 some 3. Still considering which way to round.

Am currently reading Our Souls at Night for a book club and am loving it. Kent Haruf’s insight into human nature is terrific and his writing understated and yet beautiful at the same time.

Have another book club books up next and a few more 2018 Bingo Challenge books in hand, not to mention this month’s Monthly Book Club reading.

Have a great week reading and living everyone!!


message 24: by ✿✿✿May (new)

✿✿✿May  | 671 comments @Mj, I agree re: Rebecca! It did not wow me at all and even though the second half was better, the ending was a bit weird for me. I was like "come on....". lol!

@Ann-Marie, I really liked Americanah! I am going to try to read her other books Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus as well (apparently I purchased these books back in 2009, thanks for Amazon telling me I purchased these one, hahaha!!)


message 25: by Ann-Marie (new)

Ann-Marie | 158 comments Random question -- anyone read any books set on Lake Superior or Manatoulin Island? We are heading out that direction camping this summer & I always love to read books with a similar setting as we are.

I've already read Thunder Bay / Lake Superior set The Lightkeeper's Daughters. Curious if any others came to mind?


message 26: by Shannon (new)

Shannon White | 198 comments What about a little Black Fly Season....not exactly sure where Algonquin Bay is but it's gotta be close. :) Giles Blunt is pretty entertaining and is a Canadian author. light reading police-type books.


message 27: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) Maybe Perdita by Hilary Scharper? It's set in Georgian Bay...not so far away, I think?


message 28: by Gail (new)

Gail Amendt | 115 comments Ann-Marie wrote: "Random question -- anyone read any books set on Lake Superior or Manatoulin Island? We are heading out that direction camping this summer & I always love to read books with a similar setting as we ..."
I read Voyageurs a while back. It is set in that area during the War of 1812. I'm a history nerd and enjoyed it immensely.


message 29: by Ann-Marie (new)

Ann-Marie | 158 comments Great suggestions! Thanks!


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