Category Archives: Reflection

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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A short (but true) story

A friend of mine gave me her copy of Maeve Binchy’s Victoria Line, Central Line, and told me that it was a really book by a wonderful author. Fast forward about six months, and here I was ready to read my first Maeve Binchy. I read the first chapter, Tottenham Hale, which I don’t remember […]
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Armchair BEA: Authors Interactions

Who knew authors were so accessible? Since I did not venture into the world of Twitter until starting this blog, I had no idea whatsoever. Would an author ever read the reviews that I write? If they did, could I expect a reply or acknowledgement? So far, the super star celebrity authors— not so much. […]
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Armchair BEA: More Than Just Words

I believe Audiobooks have the power to change the world. Can you imagine if all those who have difficulty reading were to discover that they actually loved reading, that books could open up a whole new world for them, and they could just listen to the words instead of struggling to make sense of the […]
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Literature– My Way

I am a contemporary kind of girl. Whether fictional or reality, present day or looking back in time— the style of storytelling or perhaps the lack of stylistic expectation, is what carries me along. It’s been a bit of a slog attempting to find some “classic” literature predating the 20th century that succeeded in captivating […]
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Armchair BEA: My Introduction

I am so excited to be participating in the Armchair BEA. Since I am unable/not allowed to head off to the actual BEA in New York City this week, I will have a blast learning and meeting new people through this fabulous online event. Now for the introduction.   1. Please tell us a little […]
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We Were Liars: Get Beyond the Hype

Multiple reviewers said, “the less you know the better it will be.” And so I went in blind. Ann Kingman says, “not just one of the best YA books I’ve read this year, but one of the best books I read this year in any genre.” And I generally love the stuff that the Books […]
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Across the Street

I grew up with the opportunity to spend time regularly at my family’s lakefront cabin. A four bedroom cabin set up from the lake, with huge sprawling sun deck overlooking the water, complete with built in fire pit. Our own private dock to dip our feet into the peaceful quiet waters. I took it all […]
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What I learned about writing from Amy Bloom 

Tonight I attended a reading with Amy Bloom at the Canadian Writing Conference at the University of BC. Ms. Bloom is an amazing oral storyteller, with a fabulous sense of humour and quick witted mind. She has written several novels; her newest, Lucky Us, will be released this summer and I am looking forward to reading it! […]
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