Reading in Recovery: Fourth of July Creek

As Gillian alluded to in an earlier post, we both took an extended break from writing for the blog due to a serious illness on my part, requiring a seven month hospital stay. I am happy to be recovering at home now. While initially I was in no state to read, physically or mentally, sometime around […]
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The Men Who Changed The World

     March 21, 2006. Around 9am. Hey! Did you just feel that?! Feel what? That shaking! Dude! I think there was just an earthquake somewhere nearby. Well, I guess we’ll hear about it on the news tonight. That’s ten freaking hours away. I need to know NOW if there was an earthquake a hundred […]
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Pulitzer Prize Anticipation

In anticipation of the upcoming Pulitzer Prize in Literature announcement, I decided to get down to business and take on Donna Tartt’s 700+ page The Goldfinch. I had been quite reluctant to read it for two main reasons. Firstly, I noticed a lot of contradicting opinions on whether or not this book actually merits such […]
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Why you should read Ruby, by Cynthia Bond

I have finally read an Oprah book pick before the title was selected for the honour! The reason I picked up Cynthia Bond’s Ruby is because it was nominated for the Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Award in 2014. I have read several of last year’s longlist actually, and they have all been wonderful. Ruby has […]
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Most Memorable Books

In 2014, I read more books than I ever have in the period of one year. Probably by at least double. Before I get into why that is, which will be another day, I want to take some time to acknowledge the books that have most affected me in the last year. Theses are not […]
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On Writing

As mentioned in my previous post, Reading In Crisis, my husband Mark is in the ICU. He has been in the hospital exactly 25 days now; 19 of them in Intensive Care. As you can imagine, this has turned almost everything in our lives upside-down. He obviously can not work, our three children (aged six, […]
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Review: Daddy’s Little Princess by Cathy Glass

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across Damaged, by Cathy Glass, and was completely sucked in. I read it in one day. It was the completely heartbreaking story of a child that Cathy took in as a foster child. Because the book was so intense, I did not run out to read another of […]
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Review: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

When I think of a good “thriller,” I think of an adventure story that is full of suspense and mystery. Usually, the outcome of the story is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes everything that came before, make sense. It doesn’t necessarily solve all the problems, but it allows us to understand why […]
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Reading In Crisis

Why do I willingly subject myself to such depressing reading material! Here is my pretty significant life problem right now— my husband of eight years, father to my three children, my best friend- Mark Hollett, is currently laying in ICU in critical but stable condition. He is 34 years old. What. The. Hell. I am […]
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Film Versus Fiction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

If ever there was a screenwriter’s ideal storyline on which to base their potential film, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story about the baby born as an old man has got to be it. I am sure there are others in existence adapted in a similar way, though I haven’t read any. In fact, in combination […]
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