About Me

My name is Naomi. I’m a mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend, pet-lover, reader, walker, camper, and Nova Scotian.

I originally started this blog to challenge myself to read more Canadian books, encouraged along by my A-Z CanLit Project. I have declared this to be a success, and am now intent on focusing even more on Reading Atlantic Canada.

I will also be reading books from other places as well. Believe it or not, writers from other countries write great stuff too (no, really, it’s true).

If you want to know even more about me, go here.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

If you wish to contact me for any reason, you can e-mail me at ndm88@hotmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter @_ConsumedByInk.

66 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Sarah says:

    Looks like you are in your happy place in that photo! πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to reading your blog since it’s about one of my fave subjects: Canadian books!

  2. ebookclassics says:

    One of my new goals is to read more Canadian books too, as I am woefully behind. My friend and I are putting together our own CanLit reading list for 2014 of 5-6 books. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!

    • naomi88 says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ve read lots of great Canadian books in the past several months. A few of my favourites have been The Orenda (obviously), Annabel, The Maddaddam trilogy, 419, River Thieves, The Purchase, and Inside. Soon I will be posting a list of some of my favourites from past years. Keep your eye out for it! I’d like to hear what you decide on for your final list!

  3. Charmaine says:

    I am impressed and very proud of you Na! One of my resolutions for 2014 is to read more books and your blog is a great guidance angel to me! I hope I can get the books you recommended in Hong Kong though, if not, I guess I can find them in Amazon. πŸ™‚

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Charmaine! I’m having fun so far with my new blog! I hope I’ll be able to help you find some great books to read! It’s so great to hear from you!

  4. artourway says:

    Finally found you ;D Still learning here. Sometimes I try to find a person by clicking their Photo.This did not lead me here. Now I know how to find you. Cool ~ have a great day Naomi

  5. Cathy746books says:

    Hi there, thanks for the follow! I look forward to reading your blog and hearing about books I’m not going to be able to buy until I’ve completed my 700+ to read pile!

  6. Lee-Anne says:

    Just discovered your blog, Naomi, and it looks as though we have a lot in common in our love of CanLit. I’ve been trying to read more Canadian fiction, and am especially intrigued by the New Canadian Library classics, some of which I studied at school but a great many which I missed. As a result I have been introduced to Adele Wiseman and Ethel Wilson and Philip Child and have revisited some old favourites like Davies and Atwood and Laurence. I look forward to following your alphabetical progression through CanLit!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks for visiting, Lee-Ann! It does sound like we have a lot in common, but I have a long way to go! There are many Canadian classics I have not read or even heard of. But I can’t wait to discover them. If you read any particularly good ones, be sure to let me know! Thanks for following!

  7. kbeezyisviral says:

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog. I too have to start reading more Canadian literature. No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod is one of the only novels that has really been instantiated firmly inside my mind. May he rest in peace!

    • Naomi says:

      That was a good one! I hope you’ll be able to find a few suggestions from my blog that will suit your interests. I think all Canadians should try to read more CanLit, just like I think that all Nova Scotians should support each other’s blogs! Thanks for visiting, and for the follow!

  8. Don Royster says:

    Well, you went and done it. You went and followed Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. You are now one of Uncle Bardie’s Band of Merry Followers. Just so you know, Uncle Bardie’s a hoot, and he’s got quite a few whoppers in his bag of stories. Some funny, some not so funny. But all told for your entertainment. Thank you for following his blog.

  9. Don Royster says:

    I posted this on Reeder Reads but it could apply to you as well. Maybe even more so. “I enjoy reading about how you experience a book and how it affects your life. I think this is the best part of reading your reviews. Things like rediscovering a book and how you related to it when you were younger. It’s like someone smelling an odor and the odor reminds them of a scene from their childhood.”

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you, Don. That is exactly what it is like reading the Anne books again after all these years. Some of the parts I remember so vividly and others not at all. It gives me clues to what was important to me, and the kinds of experiences I had already had (or had not) when I last read them. πŸ™‚

  10. Read Diverse Books says:

    Hi, Naomi. Do you recommend any Canadian books by indigenous people or Canadian PoC? I’d love to read more Canadian literature! I’d generally be open to reading any Canadian authors but I would like to read a book that I could review in my blog as well. πŸ™‚

    • Naomi says:

      I’m so glad you asked – there are so many!
      Birdie by Tracey Lindberg (just reviewed it last week), Bone&Bread by Saleema Nawaz (review to come soon-ish), The Illegal and The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (he has a few other good ones too that I haven’t read yet), George and Rue by George Elliott Clarke, Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King (he also has quite a few other books), Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese (many more from him as well), Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, The Orenda and Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (JB is one of my favourites). Most of these are reviewed somewhere on my blog, or I read them before starting my blog. There are a lot more that I haven’t gotten to yet, but this list should do for now! πŸ™‚

  11. Naomi Beth Wakan says:

    Dear Naomi,

    I am also Naomi (Naomi Beth Wakan). I get confused with other Naomi s so wrote this tanka:

    the story of my life . . .
    always the wrong
    mistaken for my twin
    mistaken for myself

    And Naomi Foyle, the Canadian poet replied with a whole list of Naomi s that you can probably guess:

    The Other Naomi

    She’s blonde, Japanese, Black British,
    Palestinian-American, a Jewish New Yorker,
    but still people get us confused.

    She’s famous, an icon,
    falls off catwalk runways,
    lives on a small island in the Salish Sea,

    speaks from podiums to thousands,
    was beloved by Nelson Mandela, is a leader
    in the global Marxist, feminist, anti-Zionist revolution;

    she writes classic poems about kindness,
    and prize-winning bestsellers
    in a genre I have attempted,

    rides horses
    and sternly corrects people
    when they mispronounce our name –

    but when I joke she is the Greater
    to my Lesser, she looks aghast
    and whispers No . . .

    When people get your name completely wrong,
    I want to ask the Other Naomi,
    do they call you Fiona too?

    And when the Other Naomi’s
    mother dies,
    even though I never met her

    I’m invited to the funeral
    and know I must attend.

    All this to tell you about my latest book , On the Arts which is published by Shanti Arts. I have a couple of folks reviewing it at the moment (Michael Dylan Welch – the founder of Tanka America) and Michelle Benjamin (you may remember her Canadian publishing house- Polestar Press) and wondered whether you published reviews by other folks.

    Here are the details,



    On the Arts (cover attached) is a book of essays on art and creativity that encourages the reader to explore creative outlets and take their understanding of art and creativity to a deeper level. I thought your members might well be interested in this book and would be grateful if you would let them know that it is now available. Details of the book and purchasing information are below.

    Thank you for letting your members know of this title,

    Naomi Beth Wakan
    Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo
    Inaugural Honorary Ambassador for the BC Federation of Writers

    On The Arts – Shanti Arts 2020, http://www.shantiarts.co/uploads/files/vwxyz/WAKAN_ARTS.html

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Naomi! Thank you for the poem – I love it! Many people do say (and spell) my name wrong – including being called Fiona. I left your book information here in case any one is interested in checking it out!
      Take care! πŸ™‚

  12. staciachapmanbookish says:

    How fun to find your blog (through the rabbit hole of other amazing book bloggers!). I live in “nearby” Maine and am doing something similar here with reading, reviewing, and highlighting Maine books & authors. I am enjoying reading your reviews and happy to have found a group of like-minded readers in the world through book blogging~~!

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Stacia! I was just having a look at your blog, too, and noticing the same thing – that you’re highlighting Maine books on your blog. We’re not very far apart, either… I grew up in Yarmouth, which is only a ferry ride away! I also love winter. πŸ™‚
      I have loved this community of book bloggers, and feel sure you’re going to love it, too!

  13. Stacia says:

    Funny enough… I live 2 towns away from β€œMaine’s” Yarmouth! (Also a lovely coastal town here!). Every day my book list has grown dangerously long since discovering this book blogging community!

  14. louisasmith92 says:

    This is a great blog! Canada is one of the countries I would love to travel to the most so I love reading Canadian books because I feel like I am there πŸ™‚ I will keep following your content.

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