Review: Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

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Publication: January 1st 1972
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart Lmtd.
Pages:  192 pages
Source: Bought (Used Bookstore)
Genre: Fiction, Canadian, Mystery
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

I’ve read a lot of books by Margaret Atwood, but none of them have been as strange as Surfacing was.

I heard of Surfacing a few years back when I was just getting into Atwood. My dad had read the book way back in university not long after it had been published. He hadn’t liked the book, had said it was confusing and strange, and it had completely put him off of Atwood until this year when he read The Blind Assassin and recognized how great a writer she really is (I kind of like Margaret Atwood okay!). I had just finished reading the Maddam series and couldn’t believe he’d said such a thing about such a Canadian icon, so when I found Surfacing in a used bookstore of course I had to buy it and prove my dad wrong.

Except it is kind of weird, and strange, and confusing, at least at the end. But it didn’t put me off Atwood! Continue reading

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Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Look at that another Library Loot! Well, I did mention last week that all my holds were coming in, now I just have to find a way to read them all before they’re due! Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday bookworms! I was looking forward to this week’s topic so much that I ended up using the theme Books With Sensory Reading Memories as a prompt to write a blog post on my personal blog. The theme covers anything from where you were reading the book, what you were doing, who you were with, what you were eating, etc. It’s an interesting topic, but I don’t have many books to relate it with (just the one I used for my personal blog post). So this week I’m focusing my Sensory Reading Memory on my love of books and how that came to be.

Books With Sensory Reading Memories Continue reading

Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Long time no Library Loot bookworms! By this point I’m never going to finish the Unread Shelf Project 2018, I guess I’ll always have 2019 to finish it. Right now I’m more interested in getting closer to my Goodreads end year goal (I’m crazy behind) so reading anything will help. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Another Top Ten Tuesday AND I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY PUMPED FOR THIS WEEK’S THEME I CAN HARDLY HANDLE IT!

This week’s theme is Top Ten Favourite Novellas/Short Stories and I absolutely love short stories! I’ve always loved reading a good short story that can hook me and make me think just as in-depth as any book can. For the ones I’ve listed this week I wrote a small non-spoilery summary and provided a link to each story. Continue reading

Review: House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

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Publication: June 1 2008
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Pages:  327 pages
Source: Bought (Amazon)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Children’s
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve finished the Howl’s Moving Castle series and don’t know how I’ll ever recover. House of Many Ways is the perfect end to Howl, Sophie, and the many new characters we get to meet adventures and a good farewell to Ingary. It felt very final, though Jones did talk before her death about more Howl stories she wanted to write. Still, I’m happy it ended with House of Many Ways in true Jones fashion: magic, humour, and sweetness all rolled into one magnificent book. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hooray it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Sorry for missing last week, we had a long weekend for Canada Day and it really messed me up. But I’m back this week and am digging this theme! This week’s theme is Ten Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far).I’m still new to regularly posting on this blog, so I didn’t know a bi-annual look at what book bloggers are enjoying so far was a thing.

Also fair warning, I’ve only read seventeen books this year (I am WAY behind on my Goodreads goal and it is slowly panicking me) so most of the books I’ve read will be on this list, but what can you do! Continue reading

Review: The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Publication: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages:  288 pages
Source: Bought (Indigo)
Genre: Fiction, Experimental, Ghost Story, Horror, Fantasy, Poetry
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“‘They cut every time,’ warned The Man With No Arms. ‘Every time'” (Danielewski 170).

I’ve been fascinated by Danielewski’s work ever since I read House of Leaves, an incredible, brilliant, and terrifying book that has never really left me. I’ve only read one of his books since reading House of LeavesThe Familiar: Volume 1 and though it didn’t scare me like House of Leaves it was a story that stuck with me just the same. Continue reading