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 email@example.com. You can also find me on Twitter @_ConsumedByInk.
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Looks like you are in your happy place in that photo! 🙂
Looking forward to reading your blog since it’s about one of my fave subjects: Canadian books!
Thanks Sarah! Hopefully I’ll be ready to start soon!
Soo..cool! You did it! You are doing it.
Nice going, Naomi! Great start! Excellent photos!
Yay! I love Can Lit too, my fave. YOu are brave and I’m so happy you’re doing this!
Hmmmm, how will you tell the 2 Sarahs apart?! If only I had a cool handle…
You have different symbols next to your names, so no problem!
Thanks Laura, Mom, Sarah!!
VERY cool idea 😀
Wow! I am very impressed! Way to go Naomi.
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!
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!
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. 🙂
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!
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
Thanks for visiting- I’m glad you found me! I enjoy your photos!
Thank you, very lovely to meet with you here. Will enjoy blog and have enjoyed your company. Looks like things are going to warm up for us ;D together Naomi
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!
Thanks for the reciprocal visit and follow! I’m looking forward to seeing how fast you can read 700+ books!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Oh no. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a bad experience. I hope it gets better for you!
It’s gotten better as the years progressed, but the hate will always remain in the shadows. I’ll be back home soon enough.
I am not Nova Scotian. Can I still support your blog?
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.
Looking forward to some great entertainment! 🙂
Very nice to meet you Naomi. A soul-mate, if there ever was one!
It’s nice to meet you, too! Thanks for coming over for a ‘visit’! 🙂
What book were you reading?
I’m guessing you mean in the photo? To Much Happiness by Alice Munro. Have you read it?
Not an author I’ve read much of. Did you like it?
Yes, but I don’t read short stories a lot, which is what she mostly writes. But, when I do, hers are good!
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.”
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. 🙂
Hullo Naomi! I’ve been cheeky and tagged you in a TBR meme. Qs are here: https://ellethinks.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/of-mount-tbr/
Feel free not to play, but I’d love to hear your answers 🙂
Hi Elle! I was actually tagged to do this back in February. Here are my answers:
Thanks for thinking of me, though. 🙂
Just want to wish you and your family a great New Year. Looking forward to more posts in 2016.
Thanks, Don. Same to you! 🙂
I know you are always looking for great books to read. An author I’ve followed for years, Mary Gaitskill, has a new book out that I think you will love. It’s called The Mare and here’s the link ohn Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mare-Novel-Mary-Gaitskill/dp/0307379744/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1456083963&sr=1-1
Thanks, Don! It sounds good. I’ve just added it to my list!
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
Thank you so much. I have saved this post on a Google document to have for reference later! I will check out some of your reviews and will hopefully get a chance to buy one of them this month when I go to the bookstore.
I really appreciate this 🙂
Thanks. I value my visits here and will return often.
Hi Thom! Thanks so much for taking the time to say so. I’m glad you enjoy your time here!
Hi Naomi! Thank you so much for the follow. I really appreciate it and I love your reviews. Will definitely be picking up a few of your recommendations. 🙂
Thanks, Anna! Looking forward to following you and finding out what kinds of books you like!
This is such an excellent idea! I know I need to read more Canadian lit:)
Thanks! It sounds like you’re already well on your way. 🙂
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,
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
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
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! 🙂
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~~!
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. 🙂
I have loved this community of book bloggers, and feel sure you’re going to love it, too!
Funny enough… I live 2 towns away from “Maine’s” Yarmouth! (Also a lovely coastal town here!). Every day my book list has grown dangerously long since discovering this book blogging community!
That is the danger of book blogging. 🙂
In high school I went on a band trip to Yarmouth, Maine! That was 30 years ago…
Now that is funny! My hairdresser is in Yarmouth!
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 🙂 I will keep following your content.
Thanks so much! Happy to have you! 🙂
What part of Canada would you like to see first?