Best of Atlantic Canada 2017

Two years ago I decided to challenge myself to read more books from Atlantic Canada. Last year I read 22 books from the region in total. This year I read 30. 30 is a higher number, but it turns out that it still only makes up about 32% of my reading... same as last year. … Continue reading Best of Atlantic Canada 2017

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Giller Shortlist: I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters

Trucks play a big part in this story of a rural Acadian couple who have been together for almost 20 years. The only thing Réjean seems to love more than his wife, Agathe, is his black Chevy Silverado. The Silverado was reported sitting next to the highway with the driver-side door open just eight hours … Continue reading Giller Shortlist: I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters

5 Reasons Why I Shouldn’t Like The Blue Castle #ReadingValancy

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote The Blue Castle in 1924, at the same time as she was attempting to write Emily's Quest. Unlike the last Emily book, LMM enjoyed writing The Blue Castle. In The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Volume III: 1921-1929, she writes "I have enjoyed writing it very much. It seemed a refuge … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Shouldn’t Like The Blue Castle #ReadingValancy

The Boat: A Short Story by Alistair MacLeod #1968Club

Joining in on the 1968 Club this week seemed like a long shot for me until I came across this short story by Alistair MacLeod, published in 1968 and the first story in the collection Island. The Boat A Midwestern University professor looks back at his childhood in 1930s Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He grew … Continue reading The Boat: A Short Story by Alistair MacLeod #1968Club