Announcing Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2020 #MARM

The air is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to fall, the Giller list is out, and it's time to start thinking about what MARM goodies we're going to read this year. Margaret Atwood Reading Month is hosted by Marcie at Buried in Print and Naomi at Consumed by Ink and inspired by decades of … Continue reading Announcing Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2020 #MARM

Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Wrap-Up 2019 #MARM

Thanks to everyone who participated in Margaret Atwood Reading Month and contributed their enthusiasm, interest and experience to making the event a success. Last year, MARM consisted of five weeks with five themes: Beginnings, Cover Images, Favourites, Quotations, and Endings. This year, with the release of the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, we decided on … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Wrap-Up 2019 #MARM

#MARM: A 17-Year-Old’s Perspective of The Handmaid’s Tale

I just recently finished my re-read of The Handmaid's Tale. As always, it was entertaining and thought-provoking.  As Marcie says at Buried in Print, "For readers who read primarily for entertainment: this is a page-turner. And for readers who read primarily for information: the story being based on real-life events, invites historians and social scientists … Continue reading #MARM: A 17-Year-Old’s Perspective of The Handmaid’s Tale

#MARM: Intro to The Testaments Read-Along – No Spoilers!

The Testaments. What can I say that hasn't already been said? Missed all the hoopla around The Testaments? Want to know more about it before (or after) reading it? I've collected a few items for your perusal... (Some of these articles may contain spoilers.) CBC: Margaret Atwood unveils The Testaments, sequel to The Handmaid's Tale The … Continue reading #MARM: Intro to The Testaments Read-Along – No Spoilers!

#MARM: Intro to The Handmaid’s Tale Read-Along – Spoiler Free!

“Don't let the bastards grind you down.” “When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.” "Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so I will have enough, when the time comes.” … Continue reading #MARM: Intro to The Handmaid’s Tale Read-Along – Spoiler Free!

Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2019 #MARM

Margaret Atwood Reading Month is hosted by Marcie at BuriedInPrint and myself, and inspired by decades of reading Margaret Atwood’s words: journalism and fiction, poetry and comics. From November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019 we’ll be reading Margaret Atwood, and we invite you to join. (On the 18th, Margaret Atwood celebrates her 80th birthday … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2019 #MARM

Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Poetry and Food #MARM

Coincidentally, I had been reading one of Margaret Atwood's poetry books when we decided to go ahead with #MARM. I'm not a big poetry reader, but I was really taken with the poems in Morning in the Burned House (1995). Particularly the ones about a woman's ageing father, and memories of their time together. From … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Poetry and Food #MARM

Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Children’s Books #MARM

Once I knew Marcie and I were going to go ahead with MARM, I started collecting odds and ends of Margaret Atwood books and stories, including as many of her children's books I could find through my library. Up In the Tree, written and illustrated by Margaret Atwood (1978) The first book for children Margaret Atwood … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Children’s Books #MARM

Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Quotations #MARM

This month, I have discovered that Margaret Atwood seems to have a wise word for just about everything. Let's have a look... Youth: "When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Quotations #MARM

Margaret Atwood Reading Month 2018: Beginnings #MARM

Welcome to Margaret Atwood Reading Month. I'm looking forward to hearing from you, either in the comments or on your own blogs, about your first encounters with Margaret Atwood and/or her work. From what I hear, many of us here in Canada first experienced Margaret Atwood in school. Not me. I remember Alice Munro and … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month 2018: Beginnings #MARM