Monthly Archives: June 2014

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

My grandfather was a ferry pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.  He died when I was too young to really discuss it with him, but essentially his duty involved flying new aircraft manufactured in North America over to Britain.  And this was at a time when trans-atlantic fligths were no […]
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My Top Ten of the Year (So Far)

In the last week, it seems like many “Best of 2014” lists have descended, from places like TIME Magazine and Chapters Indigo. While I have heard most of the books talked about or reviewed in one place or another, I do not exactly agree with the choices. However, I haven’t read all of the picks, […]
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June is National Aboriginal History Month

I first heard of John Demos’ latest book, The Heathen School on an NPR Books podcast. They featured a great teaser for the listeners and it certainly piqued my interest. The premise of this school was to bring in “heathens”— native americans and asians predominantly, educate in the language, religion and culture of a Christ-centic […]
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FILM VERSUS BOOK: The Fault In Our Stars

So I waited until two days ago to read the incredibly famous The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. On purpose of course; to maximize the amazing TFIOS concentration that I anticipated with today’s release of the movie based on the book. I read 200 pages of the book on Wednesday, and the rest […]
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Movies and Influence – Trying to Have it Both Ways

“We all know the power that a film can hold. It can inspire, enlighten, and even, at times, enrage. The ability of film to invoke strong emotions from a worldwide audience is seen time and again through successful film phenomenon: these are the kind of films that take the world by storm, grab our attention, […]
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Rebound Read: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

I heard a lot of good things about E. Lockhart’s May 2014 Young Adult release: outstanding reviews, recommended on Books On A Nightstand, Hyped on Book Riot, adored all over twitter; and the plot was all very hush hush. So as soon as it came out, I grabbed it. One of the tangental thoughts that […]
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Do you Skim?

Do you skim? I mean, when you read, do you actually process every word through your optic faculties? Or do you take in only a few words that your eye somehow deems important? Maybe even, for the sake of your life efficiency, do you actually process every sentence on the screen? Yes, I did restrict […]
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Counterpoint on Reviewing Bad Books – Calling a Spade a Spade

I’m going to take a break from reading to argue with my wife on the internet.  I don’t see how this could possibly go wrong. In her post “Not a Rant” on reviewing bad books, one of Gill’s key points is an early line, “I know the key to a good ‘bad’ review is constructive […]
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Armchair BEA Wrap Up

When I started this blog, I decided to do it on a bit of a whim. It was a completely conscious decision to not plan everything out in advance. I did not come up with any kind of schedule or S.M.A.R.T. goals. I had a lot of ideas, vague goals and some ideal directions, but […]
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Review: Children of the Depressed by Dr. Shoshana S Bennett

I grew up in a home where one of my parents was depressed. And I will go into my personal analytics another day. For the purposes of this book recommendation, I will disclose that in the twelve years since moving out on my own, I have done A LOT of work on myself to get […]
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