The title of my post is inspired by the meme Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts, which, as far as I can tell, originates at Bookishly Boisterous.
1) The annual book sale. This is usually in May, but this year it had new organizers, a new location, and a new time. But I was still there. And, as in all the years past, I assumed there wouldn’t be much for me to find. And, as in all the years past, I was wrong.
2) Camping trips. Most of our vacation time has always been reserved for summer camping with the kids. And, now that they’re older, I can sometimes get some reading done while we’re camping. There’s nothing better than reading in the woods, by the lake/ocean, or in the tent.
3) A visit with TJ from My Book Strings. TJ and her family vacationed in Nova Scotia this summer, and although I have no proof (why didn’t we take a picture?!), we met for a quick visit. I can now say for sure that there is a person behind the butterfly. 🙂 Come again, TJ!
4) Thrift store finds. We have a good spot to find books for $1 each in our town, and I have a hard time staying away for it for more than a few weeks at a time. Here is my summer pile:
5) New book shelf. My 13-year-old son built me this book shelf all by himself using leftover wood he found in the basement, and I couldn’t be more delighted. It holds almost all of the books I had floating around in piles. The shelves are deep and sturdy, so I have books behind the books.
6) My 10 Books of Summer. This was my first year joining in on the 20 Books of Summer, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. I fully read and reviewed 8 out of 10 of the books on the list – and I liked (or loved) them all! To read my reviews, just go to my list of books and click on the titles.
I also read my extra bonus book, Unless by Carol Shields, but haven’t reviewed it yet. Hint: It’s lovely.
I partly read The Motorcyclist by George Elliott Clarke. I read about 50 pages in, and although the writing was poetic as always, the subject didn’t appeal to me (there’s a lot about the love he has for his motorcycle, as well as the love many women apparently have for his motorcycle, or him because he has a motorcycle. Also his love for women. But it is based on the real diary of a young man, so…) and I had no great desire to keep reading. But I did want to know how it ended, so I skimmed through the rest of it and read the end. I think the best thing about it is the look you get at the life of a young black man in 1959 Halifax. I’d love to know what you think if you’ve read the whole thing!
I did also (mostly) read through his poetry collections, Blue and Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues, and would recommend them for fans of poetry and George Elliott Clarke. I find them a mix of bold, confident, sensual, and uncomfortable (in a good way).
Looking forward to the Fall:
I was excited and honoured to be asked to participate in this year’s Giller Prize Shadow Jury that takes place every year at the blog Kevin From Canada. (You can read about the history of it here.) A big thanks to Kim from Reading Matters for carrying on the tradition that Kevin started.
It feels bittersweet to continue what has become an annual tradition without Kevin steering the ship, but we felt it was the best way to honour him and I’m sure it’s something he would like us to do given that championing Canadian literature was so dear to his heart. And, as the kicker says on Kevin’s banner above, “the show must go on…”
See the 2016 Giller Prize longlist here.
More on the Giller Prize to come…
Tell me about your summer – what did you do? What was your best book of the summer?