Archive for November, 2010

The Globe 100

I’m not the only one making lists…  check out The Globe & Mail’s 100 best books for 2010. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to buy someone a great book. They usually have a good book section in their weekend paper so I respect their choices and I’ve kept this section – from the PAPER edition I will add!! – to consult when looking for a good read. But you can definitely find it online.

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So Much For That Idea

Well… reading a book on an electronic reader, or I should say attempting to read a book on an electronic reader, was one of the most unpleasant experiences I’ve had in ages. Eventually I just put the thing down and gave up. Even the story, THE Giller Prize winning book The Sentimentalists, couldn’t keep me riveted to that little machine. It probably was not a good choice for me to use for my experiment. I don’t think it’s an easy book to read even in book form. I can’t wait to get a glimpse of it in the store to see what it really looks like. That’s part of my problem I think – I’m a very visual reader. I had many issues with the reader as well as the book. For instance … why would they number the pages according to the chapter (Chapter 1, page 1 of 30 for example)? It’s a very peculiar way I think and I’m curious to know, is this only the way it’s done electronically, or is it like this in the book.  Who knows – it’s nowhere to be found in bookstores! And why would you do it like that? So… will I read a book electronically again – maybe, but I’d have to choose the book very carefully. Not just because it’s not available in REAL book form. That was a mistake on my part.

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Giller Prize Winner

Congratulations to Johanna Skibsrud. She has won the Giller Prize for her book The Sentimentalists.  There were only 800 copies originally printed and publishers are now printing fast and furious to get books out there for hungry Canadian readers to devour. I am not waiting. I’ve decided to make her book my initiation into electronic book reading. Wish me luck… now where is the darn “on” button. This may take some getting used to.

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I Feel Bad About My Neck

Nora Ephron is who I call the “author of the month”. We all know she’s a fantastic screen writer, but she’s also an author who’s book I Feel Bad About My Neck is well worth reading. It’s not new. I read it a few years ago. It’s a small book and I completely devoured it on a train between Toronto and Ottawa. It’s thought provoking, funny as hell, and you will recommend it to everyone after you’re finished. Guaranteed. It becomes like a chain letter, on and on the recommendation goes. The reason I’m telling you to read it now is that she has a new book out called I Remember Nothing and this book is the reason that it’s everything Nora Ephron right now. It’s on my winter reading list and I only hope I can hold on long enough to enjoy it when the snow flies and the temp falls. It will require real effort on my part. But I think you should read I Feel Bad About My Neck first. She wrote this book when she was 62 I think, and time has passed and she’s now 69. Read them in chronological order to get a real feel for the woman and her take on aging. We need more women like her who are willing to tell it like it is. Cheers Nora!!

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My Winter Reading List

Every year at this time I start making a list of books I want to read later. Winter is not my favourite season, and I need “a good read” to get me through the long dark nights, and the frigidly cold days.  So… these are on my “TO READ” list this winter. A few of them are by my favourite authors, some are writers new to me that I want to check out. Keep checking, I’ll keep adding to it.

  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
  • Beautiful Lie the Dead by Barbara Fradkin
  • The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
  • The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
  • I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
  • The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  • Far to Go by Alison Pick
  • Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

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