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June 2022 – What Are You Reading?

Well, I did a bit better with my reading this month than last month!  I even managed to read a few books that I own (though they were both newer books – when I set that goal for the year, I was hoping to read some of the older books I own!)

Nonfiction books:

  • The Self-Care Cookbook: Easy Healing Plant-Based Recipes by Gemma Ogston

Fiction books:

  • Magical Boy: Volume 1 by The Kao (graphic novel)
  • Misrule by Heather Walter

My favourite was Magical Boy.  I thought the premise was really fun (a trans man who comes from a long line of magical girls, and has to navigate that heritage while also coming out as trans), and the book is adorable!  I really enjoyed it, and very much recommend it. 🙂

Also, if you’re interested, I interviewed The Kao on TBPL Off the Shelf – you can check it out here!

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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May 2022: What Are You Reading?

Wow, where did the month go???  I managed to only read one book during all of May!  Thankfully, it was really good!  At the beginning of the month, I went book shopping with my mom.  I stumbled on Heather Walter’s Malice, which sounded really good (it’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling – I love fairy tales and retellings).  I managed to tear through the book in about three days.  It was so nice to be that into a book again; I’ve been really struggling with reading over the last while, and I’ve specifically had a hard time getting interested in books (though I have still managed to read a few books every month).  While the second one, Misrule, was released a few days after I finished Malice, I haven’t started reading it yet (I’m hoping to start it on the weekend).

I’m hoping next month will be a bit better, reading-wise.  I’ve got a week of vacation for my birthday, and I’m hoping to read one or two books then for sure. 😉

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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April 2022: What Are You Reading?

April was another month that wasn’t really great, reading-wise.  I started off reading The Deep by Rivers Solomon on my Kindle (I’d been wanting to read it for awhile but just never got around to it).  Then….nothing for a couple of weeks.  Or I’d start something, and just never really go back to it.

But then in the middle of the month I decided to treat myself and buy a couple of graphic novels I’d been wanting for awhile, Living with Mochi and One of Those Days.  I’d come across both comics as curated lists online and really enjoyed them, so I was really excited to read them when they arrived!  They came at the perfect time too: the end of a particularly busy week (I had some training at work, and was really tired by the end of the week), where I wanted to just veg out.

Nonfiction books:

  • Own Your Morning: Reset Your A.M. Routine to Unlock Your Potential by Liz Baker Plosser

Fiction books:

  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, & Jonathan Snipes
  • Living with Mochi by Gemma Gene (graphic novel)
  • One of Those Days by Yehuda and Maya Devir (graphic novel)

I think my favourite was Living with Mochi.  Mochi is a pug who reminds me of Garfield and Pusheen.  Living with Mochi was a super cute read that had me laughing out loud – I definitely recommend it!

I also really enjoyed reading Own Your Morning. I am not (and have never been) a morning person, so this was a bit of a weird read for me.  But I liked Plosser’s writing style, and I found some tips that might help me make my morning a bit smoother.  It’s also a really easy and fast read because Plosser structured it a lot like a magazine (which makes sense since she is the Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health).

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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March 2022: What Are You Reading?

March didn’t have a great start to it, reading-wise.  I started reading a couple of books that, while interesting enough, honestly didn’t really grab me, so I haven’t finished them.  I also took out a whole bunch of library books that I then felt pressure to read, even though I wanted to focus more on books I already own (as per my reading goal for the year). While I did end up reading a few of the graphic novels I took out,  I otherwise sent all the library books back, unread.  From there I picked out a book from my shelf to read, got a chapter in, then just stopped.  But then in the middle of the month, I was talking to my brother, who recommended Karen Connelly’s book of poetry, which I happened to have from when she was here for the International Festival of Authors five years ago (here’s the link to the interview I did with her at that time, if you’re interested).  I ended up reading that in a night, and hope to go back and reread it another time. 🙂

Nonfiction books:

Fiction books:

  • Creepy Cat by Cotton Valent (graphic novel)
  • Iyanu: Child of Wonder Volume 1 by Roye Okupe (graphic novel)
  • Come Cold River by Karen Connelly (poetry)

I really enjoyed Come Cold River.  Connelly’s writing is really visceral and hits you in the gut.  I feel like this is a collection that will give you even more if you reread it (hence why I’m hoping to give it another read one day)!

Iyanu was also a really interesting read. It is inspired by Yoruba culture and myths, which I’m not at all familiar with.  I really liked the little extras included in the book, like the explanations of how the council worked and what the corrupted were, which were included between most chapters.  There was also a timeline of world events in the end pages, which was also really interesting.  I admit that it took me a little bit to get into the book, but by the end I was sad it was over already; I can’t wait for volume 2, which is due out this fall!

I also actually finished a Maclean’s magazine (January 2021 🤦)!  With how many of them I have to get through, and with a provincial election coming in a few months, I’m thinking I might start reading the newest ones I have and work my way backwards, at least for now. We’ll see how that goes!

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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February 2022 – What Are You Reading?

This month I read some different books, both nonfiction and fiction.

Nonfiction books:

  • The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford
  • Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots: The Simplest Personal Finance Strategy Ever by David Trahair

Fiction books:

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Starless by Evan S. Sullivan

I think out of the four, my favourite was The Secret History of the Mongol Queens.  It was admittedly a bit dry, and somewhat difficult to read in the middle due to the subject matter, but it was really interesting.  I didn’t know a whole lot about Genghis Khan to begin with, and reading about his daughters and subsequent Queens was pretty fascinating!

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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January 2022 – What Are You Reading?

seven editions of the Walleye
Seven of the thirteen Walleye issues I read this month.

Here we are, the first What Are You Reading? post of 2022!

At the beginning of the month, I discovered that I had over a year’s worth (13!!!) of The Walleye, a local magazine, stashed and waiting to be read.  I knew I had a lot of Maclean’s as well, but the sheer number of The Walleye came as a real shock.  So I dedicated the month to clearing these up, while also spending some time reading books (it’s hard to read so many of the same magazine one after the other).  Now that I’m done with The Walleye, I’ll have to start tackling all the Maclean’s starting next month.  

Nonfiction books:

  • Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need by Margot Leitman

Fiction books:

  • Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Return of the Valkyries by Jason Aaron and Torunn GrØnbekk (graphic novel)
  • Star: Birth of a Dragon by Kelly Thompson (graphic novel)
  • Crossover Volume 1: Kids Love Chains by Danny Cates (graphic novel)

I think my favourite book this month was Long Story Short.  I wasn’t expecting it to be a book specifically about oral storytelling (I thought it was about written storytelling when I got it).  But it is a really engaging read, and I think very helpful for anyone who is not comfortable with making oral presentations (even though it’s more aimed at people on storytelling shows in front of an audience).  

In terms of fiction, I think I enjoyed the graphic novel Crossover the most.  A friend of mine recommended it to me, and I didn’t know what to expect.  The story took some crazy turns that I wasn’t expecting, and I’m looking forward to one day reading volume 2.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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December 2021 – What Are You Reading?

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate, and a very Happy New Year!

This month, my reading really wasn’t going very well.  After finishing The Diary of a Young Girl, (and reading All About Anne, which filled in some of the history surrounding Anne Frank’s life), I intended to get back to reading Company Town.  But I wasn’t really enjoying it – I had just sort of started getting into it before stopping to read Anne Frank’s book for Remembrance Day, and couldn’t bring myself to go back to it afterwards (I firmly believe I would have finished it had I not stopped).  So I wasted a few weeks of thinking I should go back to it before I ultimately decided I wasn’t going to.  After finally making that decision, I started reading some graphic novels, which got me back into reading. 🙂

Nonfiction books:

  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • All About Anne by Menno Metselaar and Piet van Ledden

Fiction books:

  • Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge (graphic novel)
  • Estranged: The Changeling King by Ethan M. Aldridge (graphic novel)
  • Oddball by Sarah Andersen (graphic novel)
  • Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

I don’t even know where to start in terms of a “favourite” this month!  The Diary of a Young Girl really surprised me with how good it was.  The rest of my family has read it, but I hesitated because I thought it was going to be really depressing.  While the ending is (and the depressing part is more the afterword, not the end of the diary itself) it is a super good read!  It makes me so sad that we lost Frank during the war – what else would she have written had she lived???

Then I read Estranged, a super fun graphic novel about changelings.  When the faerie court is attacked, the human changeling (“the Childe”) escapes and seeks help from the only person he thinks can help him: the fae child who was swapped in his place!  It’s a fun read that I really, really enjoyed.

And then there was Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook.  Wow.  It reminds me a lot of Brom’s The Child Thief, which was an earlier super dark version of Peter Pan (which I also recommend, though I haven’t read it in years).  In this tale, Jamie (who we know of as Captain Hook) was the very first Lost Boy Peter brought to his island.  Through the events of the story, Jamie starts to see through Peter’s glamour, growing up and becoming the “villain” we know of today.  It’s an excellent read that I couldn’t put down. 🙂

So what have you read over the last month?  Did you have a favourite?

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November 2021 – What Are You Reading?

This month was not a very good reading month for me.  I currently have two books on the go, Company Town by Madeline Ashby, which I started before Remembrance Day, and Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, which I chose to read for Remembrance Day this year.  I’m really enjoying The Diary of a Young Girl, but I ended up on a bit of a video game kick lately (I’ve been playing a lot of Stardew Valley in French, which has been a lot of fun), and so haven’t finished it yet.  The other night when I was thinking about this post, I was a bit worried that I hadn’t read anything this month, but thankfully I actually did finish something before starting Company Town.

Nonfiction books:

Fiction books:

  • The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

I absolutely loved The Rose Code by Kate Quinn! I didn’t know a whole lot about the Enigma Machines and Bletchley Park, so I wasn’t sure what I would think when I started.  But it was so fascinating!  As usual, she also had some fantastic characters whom I was rooting for all through the book.  I loved it, and really recommend it!

So what have you read over the last month?  I hope you’ve had a better reading month than I have! 🙂

Hopefully I’ll finish both The Diary of a Young Girl and Company Town soon!  And once I’m finished with Stardew Valley in French, I’ll have to start reading something in French, too.

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October 2021 – What Are You Reading?

Last month, I mentioned putting aside Lean Out by Tara Henley so I could read Unreconciled by Jesse Wente.  Unfortunately, at the point that I put Lean Out down (about one quarter of the way in), I was losing interest in it, and after finishing Unreconciled, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I chose not to go back to Henley’s book.

Nonfiction books:

  • Unreconciled by Jesse Wente

Fiction books:

  • Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani
  • RWBY by Marguerite Bennett, illustrated by Mirka Andolfo (graphic novel)

Other Languages

  • 100 Easy Ukrainian Texts by Yuliia Pozniak

And some older magazines (two Chatelaines and a Family Circle).

As I already mentioned, I really enjoyed Unreconciled by Jesse Wente.  I wasn’t familiar with Wente at all prior to reading his book, so I was quite delighted by his humour.  While at times it is a bit difficult to read (it deals with hard subject matter regarding residential school survivors/their families/intergenerational trauma as well as the racism and slurs Indigenous people in Canada are subjected to), I found I couldn’t put it down.  It’s definitely something I recommend, especially to everyone living in Canada.

I also quite enjoyed Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani, which was a book of fairy tale retellings, often with a darker bend (they reminded me a lot of the original Grimms Fairy Tales). I love fairy tales, and retellings are often fun, so I was very pleased that this book didn’t disappoint.  (Full disclosure – I cried at the end of the Peter Pan retelling).

This was also the month that I finished my first book in Ukrainian!  I’m still very excited about that – if you want to see the video I made talking about it (I start out in Ukrainian too!), you can find it in my last post. 🙂

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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September 2021 – What Are You Reading?

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The first four Maclean’s I read this month

Last month I decided I was going to get myself caught up with Maclean’s magazines.  In August I read four, and just kept reading them into September.  But as I was finishing the October 2020 issue, the eighth issue I read in a row, I was in major need of a break.  It didn’t help that the issues I had just finished were all dealing with Covid-19 (which I honestly wasn’t able to read last year because I was not in a great place mentally due to the pandemic), Black Lives Matter, Indigenous injustices, the WE Scandal, and a shooting in the Maritimes (plus repeated requests for a public inquiry as a result) – all heavy and depressing things.  

At that point, I took a break to read a fiction book. That gave me the energy to read a few more issues of Macleans, though not as many as I originally planned to (I was hoping to get completely caught up with them before the election on September 20th). But I did manage to finish all of the 2020’s prior to the election, so that was something at least.

Going forward, I’m going to try to read an issue of Maclean’s, then a book (or two, depending on how well I’m doing mentally after each issue), in an attempt to get caught up with them (and hopefully keep more on top of them than I have been, too!)

Nonfiction books:

  •  none!

Fiction books:

  •  Dungeon Eternium by Dakota Krout

I also read six issues of Maclean’s Magazine.

I was really excited to fit in finishing Dakota Krout’s Divine Dungeon series this month, too. The friend who recommended it to me wants me to start another series set in that universe, but I’m going to go and read some other stuff before I come back to this world. 🙂

I put aside the nonfiction book I’m currently reading (Lean Out by Tara Henley), in favour of Unreconciled by Jesse Wente, which I decided to read for today, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation here in Canada. Unreconciled sounds really good (and was highly rated on Amazon), so I’m really looking forward to it.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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