I have written a post about the good highlights of my 2014 reading year so far. However, as with any reading year, there are bound to be some stinkers. Okay, maybe ‘stinker’ is too harsh a word, but let’s just say, these titles just fell flat. Some I had high expectations for, which is why the let down was even greater. In no particular order: Jeffrey Brown’s Kids Are Weird: And Other Observations from Parenthood. Now, I quite enjoyed Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, so I thought this non-fiction collection of comics about parenting would be fun. I…did not find it funny. To be honest, I do not understand the point of this book at all. (Hey, maybe that was the point? For it to be as non-nonsensical, head-scratching, or jarring as some of the nattering in the comics?). Guy Delisle’s A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting is, in my opinion, a much stronger and pithier graphic novel option on a similar topic. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Though I read through this YA graphic novel in one sitting, I did not have the greatest experience. I kept reading and flipping, waiting and hoping for something. Stronger dialogue between the main characters, some character development, a spark, something. I mentioned on my brief Goodreads review that the illustrations are pretty wonderful and expressive, but I felt that the written component really let the entire novel fall quite flat. […]
“I carried a watermelon” Do you have a particular genre or author(s) you favour over the summer months? I don’t entirely eschew heavier or darker reads over the summer, but I do have a tendency to enjoy comics, contemporary, old favourites, and the funny (…much like I do in the middle of our Canadian winters, actually!). Just some of my picks: Rose Cooper’s Blogtastic! series Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy, The Long Secret Lois Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik series Ellen Conford’s Seven Days to a Brand New Me The Spoiled series by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan Judy Blume’s Just as Long as We’re Together, Tiger Eyes Kit Pearson’s A Handful of Time Sophie B. Watson’s Cadillac Couches I Was a 98 Pound Duckling by Jean Van Leeuwen Jaclyn Moriarty’s Feeling Sorry for Celia Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer Jenny Han’s Summer series Vikki VanSickle’s Summer Days, Starry Nights Tera Lynn Childs’ Medusa Girls series (note: I still have book 3 left to read!) Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride, The Truth About Forever Enid Blyton’s Adventure Series Nina LaCour’s The Disenchantments Elinor Lipman’s The Inn at Lake Devine, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift Anything from Meg Cabot; The Boy Series in particular is a good, funny pick Sophie Kinsella’s The Undomestic Goddess, Can You Keep a Secret?, or the Shopaholic series Losing Joe’s Place by Gordon Korman Bill Amend’s FoxTrot comic strip series Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott’s Baby Blues […]
It’s August, so we’re already more than halfway through the year. For various reasons, I have not had as much time for reading as I would have wished. (…I also may have had to edit my Goodreads challenge a few times…cough). So, what have been the big kickers of my reading year so far? The surprises and goodies? From adult […]
Though I have not seen ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘ in its entirety, I have heard the gorgeous music multiple times, thanks to Mr. Fab’s raves. The soundtrack (produced by T Bone Burnett, featuring Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake & more) is, I think, pretty wonderful. Some standouts: Hope you enjoy!
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan Source: Hardcover, Published June 1, 2014 by Holder Children’s Division Verdict: Excellent Book Description: RULES OF SUMMER, is a deceptively simple story about two boys, one older and one younger, and the kind of ‘rules’ that might govern any relationship between close friends or siblings. Rules that are often so strange or arbitrary, they […]
Oy. Writer’s/blogger’s block. Having it is not conducive and/or helpful to writing book reviews. In the meantime, I will share a passage or two from Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, which I am currently in the midst of. (And which I am reading for the first time!). There are so many utterly lovely turns of phrases and descriptive sections […]
As Canada Day draws to a close, I thought I would talk a bit about my favourite Canadian reads and authors. Now, my list could go on forever, so I will narrow it down to twelve picks in children’s and teen. (I may cull together a more complete Canadian fiction authors list soon!). In no particular order, here goes: 1. […]
Happy Canada Day! While scrolling over at Pajiba, I read this article honouring Canada Day…and now I am borrowing/sharing one of their picks for ‘Top Ten Fictional Canadians’:
My last post: all about Seinfeld. This post: Stephen Merchant, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, lip synching with Jimmy Fallon. All good things. I know it’s a much-viewed clip, but it’s just so joyful and nuts. Bonus: Paul Rudd. His Tina Turner is quite awesome.
“The sea was angry that day, my friends…” Now, I am a fan of Seinfeld. I am especially fond of the first five seasons, and have watched episodes multiple times. I have alarmed my husband on more than a few occasions with my ability to recite lines and jokes from episodes… The following clip is from the most excellent ‘The Marine Biologist’. Much love. Always manages to make me laugh. Or chuckle.