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January 2019 What Are You Reading?

I’ve really started 2019 with a major fiction kick!  I was sick at the beginning of the month so I read several books while staying home and trying to get better.

Nonfiction books:

  • None!

Fiction books:

  • Dredd: Collecting Dredd vs. Death, Kingdom of the Blind, and The Final Cut
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Prison of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

I’m not really sure which book was my favourite this month because I really enjoyed both Fair Game and Empire of Sand.  Fair Game is by one of my favourite authors, and I really liked how this chapter of her Alpha and Omega series played out.  Empire of Sand was really unique (in my experience anyway) because it was a fantasy written using Mughal India as a basis.  It had some really fun worldbuilding and magic, plus I really enjoyed the story.  So I’m not going to choose between the two this month – they were both fantastic reads! 🙂

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

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Dec 2018 What Are You Reading?

In the lead up to the holidays, I managed to read a few books (mostly nonfiction once again).  But once I got a bit closer to the holidays I wasn’t reading as much.  So here’s what I read:

Nonfiction books:

  • Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles
  • Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More… by Dianne Jacob
  • The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio

The Make Your Own Rules Diet was something I picked up at work that sounded interesting.  The other two books are nonfiction books I’ve had for YEARS.  I read Will Write for Food to learn about writing a recipe for Sustainably North; I’m glad I finally read it because it was super interesting to learn about the passion that goes into food writing.

Fiction books:

  • Tyke & Dusty by Bill MacDonald

I don’t know if Tyke & Dusty is 100% fiction, or if you’d classify it as creative nonfiction because MacDonald writes the factual life stories of his two cats, but puts in what he thinks they were thinking and saying.

This month, I’m finding it a bit hard to pick my favourite book.  Even though I didn’t rate it very well, I did enjoy reading the Make Your Own Rules Diet.  The other two books, while good, were a bit harder to just sit down and read (they read a bit more like text books I guess).  Tyke & Dusty was really well written too though, so I guess it’s a toss up between the two.

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

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Nov 2018 What Are You Reading?

I really slowed down on my reading this month because I wanted to really focus on the story I’m working on for the Make Your Way anthology (with the hopes of getting it written and submitted as soon as I can because it’s been two months since I decided to work on it).  So here’s what I did read:

Nonfiction books:

  • None this month!

Fiction books:

  • Rhubarb by H. Allen Smith
  • I, Death by Mark Leslie

I wasn’t a huge fan of either book, but of the two I’d say my favourite was Rhubarb.  It was kind of ridiculous and silly but I still found it to be a lot more fun than I, Death.  I read Rhubarb right before I, Death and between the two of them I kind of lost interest in reading for a bit.  Oh well, hopefully the next book I read is more my thing!

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

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Oct 2018 What Are You Reading?

Oooh, it’s Gate Night; Happy Halloween everyone! Are you going out tomorrow at all?  Are you dressing up?  I’m going to be working, so I’m going to just be wearing a hat of some sort (probably my blue cat ears that I got from Yunalicia last year at ThunderCon)

After reading The Millionaire Teacher last month, I was feeling a bit burnt out of reading nonfiction (although there’s still lots I want to read).  I guess that sort of translated into being a bit burnt out of reading because I only read three books this month:

Nonfiction books:

  • Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Fiction books:

  • Cocktail Time by P.G. Wodehouse

My favourite book this month was definitely Cocktail Time.  My mom recommended I read some Wodehouse because they’re fun and light-hearted reads, which was exactly what I needed after reading Don’t Even Think About It and Seven Fallen Feathers.  My brother brought me both Cocktail Time and Carry On, Jeeves; I opted for Cocktail Time because it’s the one my mom liked more.

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

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Sept 2018 What Are You Reading?

This month I continued my trend of reading mostly nonfiction books.  I did manage to squeeze in a few fiction reads as well (but they were shorter novellas rather than full novels; even though there were three books, the page count was way less than the nonfiction).

Nonfiction books:

  • Bolt and Keel by Kayleen VanderRee & Danielle Gumbley (this is more of a book that you flip through rather than read)
  • Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck
  • The Wealthy Barber: The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning by David Chilton
  • The Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School by Andrew Hallam

Fiction books:

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

My favourite book was definitely The Millionaire Teacher; even though I’ve read a fair number of books on finance over the last few months, I found Hallam’s advice superb (and the book really is rather like an updated version of Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber).  I also really liked Walkable City (which I review on Sustainably North if you’re interested); ever since finishing it I’ve been looking at the streets of Thunder Bay with totally new eyes.

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

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Aug 28 What are you Reading?

After reading Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered on Monday, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve read over the last month.  I don’t want to be making posts like this too often, so I’m going to give it a try once a month, on the last Tuesday (I’m going to repurpose the Tuesday Talk category for this!) 😉

This year I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction books, and August continued that trend.  I read 5 nonfiction books:

  • The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness by Ryan Dowd
  • The Anti 9 to 5 Guide by Michelle Goodman
  • I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Charandy
  • The Golden Boy by Grant Matheson
  • Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

I did manage to fit in a few fiction books too:

  • How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
  • Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety by Ann Y.K. Choi

I think my favourite nonfiction book was The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness; Dowd has some fantastic insights to the world of homeless people.  My favourite fiction book was How to Walk Away.  I was looking for a light and fast read and Center definitely delivered; I also really enjoyed the crazy dynamics of her main character’s family.

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

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Tuesday Talk – My Favourite Quotes from Books

I had a notebook where I wrote down quotes, mainly from books, that I really liked.  Unfortunately I seem to have lost it somewhere when I moved a year and a half ago.  I sort of stopped using it before that anyway; instead I started keeping track of quotes I liked in a Google Doc.

When I started thinking about this prompt, I realized that I haven’t come across a quote from a book that’s spoken to me in a long time.  The most recent one I can think of is from Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, which I read almost a year ago:

“Those two? We are not that different. We are not that changed. Though ages slip away, there are some things within one’s being which do not change, which do not alter, no matter how many bodies one puts upon oneself, no matter how many lovers one takes, no matter how many things of beauty and ugliness one looks upon or does, no matter how many thoughts one thinks or feelings one feels. One’s self stands at the centre of all this and watches.” -Kali, pg 178

Here, Kali was speaking to Sam (aka Mahasamatman).  She is trying to convince him to join with her once again.  In ages past, they were a couple and a team.  But over time (and we’re talking a great long passage of time in this book with these people), they drifted apart to the point that they are basically on opposing sides of the coming conflict.  Kali was speaking to Sam in an effort to remind him of who he was; she did not believe that he was fundamentally different now from who he was in the past.

Part of the reason that this quote spoke to me so much is that it has, in my opinion, so much story potential.  I found it last year when I was trying to reinvigorate Apocalypse Madness.  But even if I wasn’t looking for stuff for Apocalypse Madness, I still think this quote has amazing story potential. It makes me think of stories that speak to reincarnation (like Cloud Atlas).  Or stories that deal with gods and other supernatural or immortal forces.  But it also speaks to everyday people trying to convince a lost love that they still need to be together. If you’re interested, here’s the story I wrote for this quote, which speaks a bit more to that latter idea.

So what are your favourite quotes from books?  What sorts of quotes speak to you?

This Tuesday’s Talk topic came from the Tuesday Talks Goodreads group.

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