Book Talk: Burgling The Hobbit

People make inferences all the time, sometimes tinged with past experiences they miss something major, others times things give off a set of wordless vibes, tucked at the back of your mind until later. For instance, I knew my grade 7 Language Arts class, now called English Language Arts (ELA), had a different makeup of …

Honey, I Blew Up My (Public Library) To-Be-Read Pile

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a bookworm with good intentions, and poor time management skills, will end up taking all the books she took out back to the public library before her fine gets over 25 bucks.That bookworm is me.I get reading droughts, those long stretches of having 57 books and yet feeling like …

DIY Searchers And The Nearest Library

Note Time to bring this blog back to its roots. October is Canadian Library Month, and it's time to talk libraries. Let's start with when does self-taught end and 'pulling a Hermione'-running to the library-begin. Futher Note I want to make 'pulling a Hermione' a thing. I had periods the self-taught way to learning proved …

The Library TBR or When Time Outstrips Intent

I had 12 books out of the library at one time.  I had a plan, usually involving renewals, with three renewals the going limit until I finally read the book. This time, I decided to return the ten books I had out, including two that reached their limit but finally began reading.  Both books, Blackout …

Reading Binges and Busts

Winters mean moving indoors, on my couch, my nose in a book. (There's only so much Netflix to binge at this point.) It's no different from summer with me laid out on my new reclining chair, outdoors, letting out the occasional laugh then checking to see if my neighbours heard it. Between audiobooks, e-books, and traditional …

Emptied Out And In Full Swing

What's happened to me? In two words, I am alive In another two, maybe four, words, I had the stomach flu. Whatever your imagination just told you, I can assure you it's correct and hellish. I like chicken soup in small quantities and Gatorade even less. I subsisted on both of them in the next-to-last week …

Reading In Progress: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

It's my favourite story to tell from my bookselling days. An innocent instruction to a customer motivated me to read the book everyone talked about, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Long story short, during one of my early cash shifts at McNally Robinson Booksellers I told a customer the line-up began in the centre. The woman came to …