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Reading Diversely in 2017

And kinda failing at that in 2016... Partway through 2016, a coworker of mine wrote an article in a newsletter about the lack of diversity and lack of exposure for authors of colour in the publishing industry and what libraries can do to promote diverse reading. I took at look at my reading stats thus far in Goodreads and ...

That Book Girl – a 2015 Reading Recap

In 2015, I noticed that books and reading had become a fixture of my personality... well at least to my friends and acquaintances. It's not a terrible thing to be known as the book person. I've always thought of it as that I like to learn new stuff. You won't find me crafting Christmas ornaments out of books anytime soon. ...

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything by Timothy Caulfield book cover

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Pretty Much.

Gwyneth is way off base with all the health and beauty tips she shares with the world, but so is the vast majority of everyone else. It starts with the skin/diet/lifstyle 'guru' down to Gwyneth and every celebrity with a diet, in a magazine, or any other bullshit they are trying to push to consumers. And then it extends to ...

Rebel, Rebel, I like your… curiosity.

"Curiosity is unruly. It doesn't like rules, or at least, it assumes that all rules are provisional, subject to the laceration of a smart question nobody has yet thought to ask. It disdains the approved pathways, preferring diversions, unplanned excursions, impulsive left turns. In short, curiosity is deviant." - Ian ...

Blood, Bones & Butter: A Lesson in Badassery

Blood, Bones, & Butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton is a book that came to me at just the right time. I needed to find some "grrr" for my personal and professional life and Hamilton provided some tips in her memoir. I found it in an internet black hole of food blogs and ordered it ...

The covers of my Best Books of 2014

2014 in Books (the super and the meh.)

In 2014, I read more books than I watched TV series or movies.  Throughout the year, I noticed there is only a small group of quality films/series that appeal to me. I've been craving original stories and deeper research which lead me to a lot of great books. It's because of this shift that I was able to read 28 works, start ...

Covers of books recommended in the blog post. One has a sweet purple sheep on the cover.

Can-Lit Books for the Culturally Curious

I believe that one can learn a lot about a country by reading literature written by that country - at home or abroad. Every genre provides certain insights but my favourites are fiction, non-fiction, memoir, travel, and creative non-fiction. Canada is blessed to have many different cultures and ethnicities making up it's ...