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March 2021 – What Are You Reading?

March turned out a better reading month than I expected!  I started reading Life of Pi (actually back in February) and it was turning into another Starless Sea: I made it about 100 pages in then completely lost interest in it.  After it sat for weeks without me touching it (I read Atomic Habits and the two Starcraft graphic novels during this time), I had just decided to give up on it once and for all when I grabbed it again and actually finished it!

Nonfiction books:

  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  • Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Fiction books:

  • Starcraft by Simon Furman (graphic novel – and apparently a reread! I read it years ago but didn’t remember it at all until I found it marked as read on my Goodreads page!)
  • Starcraft: Survivors by Jody Houser (graphic novel)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Dungeon Born by Dakota Krout

Other Language books:

  • La Gentillesse, C’est… by Pat Zietlow Miller (French translation by Edith Cordeau-Giard
  • French Short Stories for Beginners and Intermediate Learners: Engaging Short Stories to Learn French and Build Your Vocabulary by Language Guru

I really enjoyed reading Atomic Habits.  I thought it had some really great advice for anyone who wants to be working on creating better habits for themselves.  I also really liked Dungeon Born, at least once I got through the big rules dump at the beginning of the book (that part felt like I was reading an RPG manual rather than a fiction book).  Once the story took off, it was really fun, and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series!

I’m also really sad that the second arc for the Starcraft series was apparently cancelled – I really wanted to know what happened next with these characters! 😦

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

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Feb 2021 – What Are You Reading?

I actually finished Architects of Memory just after posting last month’s What Are You Reading post. I was hoping I’d be able to sneak it on there, but instead it got to be the first book for this month. 🙂

Nonfiction books:

  • None!

Fiction books:

  • Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne
  • Jane Foster Valkyrie: At the End of All Things by Jason Aaron, Al Ewing, and Torunn GrØnbekk (graphic novel)
  • Aquaman: Manta vs. Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick (graphic novel)
  • Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider by Dennis Hopeless (graphic novel)
  • Short Stories in French for Beginners by Olly Richards and Richard Simcott

I really enjoyed Architects of Memory.  It’s been awhile since I’ve read any Science Fiction (probably since reading the last Murderbot book during the summer) and Osborne gave me a lot to think about regarding where human culture is heading (a lot of that came from the interview I did with her, too).  I’m looking forward to reading Engines of Oblivion, the second book in the duology, whenever I get the chance.

I was also a big fan of the second Jane Foster: Valkyrie graphic novel – I liked it a lot more than the first!

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

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Jan 2021 – What Are You Reading?

I got off to a terrible start with reading this year. At the very end of December, I started reading Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea.  A friend of mine recommended it to me, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it. I got about 100 pages in and just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading.  But because of the recommendation, I felt bad abandoning it.  And so it sat for several weeks before I finally gave up and sent it back to the library.  😦

What finally got me out of my reading slump was my friend, CJ Halbard, sending me an advanced copy of his newest Project Tempest novella, Her Mad Song.  It deals with some really interesting ideas (specifically emotional climate change – that there is an emotional/imaginative environment that everyone is connected to, which is perhaps permanently changing because of the emotions and tensions that have been building up, as shown through things like social media).

I did start reading another book after finishing Her Mad Song, but didn’t have time to finish it this week due to some work training I was doing (it was three full days, plus I spent a lot of time reviewing stuff from the textbook each evening after the class was over).

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

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Dec 2020 – What Are You Reading?

Happy New Year everyone!  How’s it going?  Unfortunately I didn’t have much time for reading this month…

Nonfiction books:

Fiction books:

  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network was alright.  I loved the stuff that happened post WWII, but had a hard time getting through the WWI stuff (the characters were a lot more fun in the 40’s).  But I’m glad to have read it (although I definitely preferred The Huntress).

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

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November 2020: What Are You Reading?

I took out a whole bunch of books from the library this month. Everything from fiction to nonfiction, graphic novels to memoirs.  So I made a real point of trying to get through a bunch of them, rather than just renewing them a bunch then sending them back unread.  I also read a few non-library books, including a novel my mom lent me (The Gown), and a few graphic novels I bought for myself (Power Rangers – I wanted to read Shattered Grid after playing through the Power Rangers game Battle for the Grid). Also, as I mentioned on November 10th, I wanted to read something related to the World Wars for Remembrance Day.

So here’s what I was able to read this month:

Nonfiction books:

  • We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
  • D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

Fiction books:

  • The Gown by Jennifer Robson
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid by Kyle Higgins (graphic novel)
  • Aquaman: Unspoken Water by Kelly Sue DeConnick (graphic novel)
  • Aquaman: Amnesty  by Kelly Sue DeConnick (graphic novel)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (graphic novel)
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Beyond the Grid by Marguerite Bennet (graphic novel)
  • Ukrainian Folk Stories by Marko Vovchok, translated by N. Pedan-Popil

I managed to read 6 library books!

I honestly don’t know what my favourite was.  I really enjoyed reading The Gown; it was a very interesting historical novel (I especially loved the interview and notes Robson included from her research).  I powered through We Have Always Been Here in a night (I didn’t realize until after I finished it that it had actually won Canada Reads this year – I picked it up only because someone returning it to the library recommended it to me). And The Prince and the Dressmaker was a wonderful story about being true to yourself and your friends.

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

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October 2020: What Are You Reading?

I haven’t been reading a whole lot (in English, anyway) lately, but I did manage to read a few books this month:

Nonfiction books:

  • Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood

Fiction books:

  • The War of the Realms by Jason Aaron (graphic novel)

I’m also reading The Gown by Jennifer Robson (who I happened to interview last summer on TBPL Off the Shelf).  I’m really enjoying it so far. 🙂

I didn’t really have a favourite this month; I enjoyed both  Payback and The War of the Realms for different reasons.  Payback was a really interesting literary look at debt (lol and as I’ve been reading through all these Massey Lectures, I’ve discovered that I honestly do enjoy examining literature – guess that’s a hold over from school!)  And The War of the Realms was a great graphic novel that showed the end of the War of the Realms which was rampaging across the Marvel realms; as an extra bonus, Jane Foster got to be Thor again!

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

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September 2020: What Are You Reading?

I had a bunch of books I wanted to read for work this month (Massey Lectures), so that’s where most of my reading time went.  But I did manage to sneak in a bit of fiction. 🙂

Nonfiction books:

  • All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward by Tanya Talaga
  • Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa by Stephen Lewis
  • The City of Words by Alberto Manguel

Fiction books:

  • The Huntress by Kate Quinn

My favourite was definitely The Huntress.  My parents both read it and recommended it to me, and it didn’t disappoint!

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

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August 2020: What Are You Reading?

I haven’t been doing a lot of reading lately, but I was excited to get Martha Wells’ Network Effect, the fifth Murderbot Diaries book, from the library when they began offering holds again.

Nonfiction books:

  • The Truth About Stories by Thomas King

Fiction books:

  • Network Effect by Martha Wells

My favourite was The Truth About Stories. It was a fantastic Massey Lecture that I really recommend!

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

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July 2020: What Are You Reading?

This month I finished my 25th book for 2020 (not counting the few graphic novels I’ve read this year, too)!

Nonfiction books:

  • Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain
  • Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada by Elizabeth May
  • Educated by Tara Westover

Fiction books:

  • None!

I also read a few Maclean’s magazines.

I’m not sure what my favourite book was this month.  Both Who We Are and Educated were very interesting reads.  Elizabeth May looked at how the political landscape in Canada changed, particularly under Prime Minister Stephen Harper; I knew of some of these changes, but others were rather surprising.  Tara Westover’s book was about how she graduated with a PhD after growing up in a household where her father was paranoid and didn’t send his kids to school (his older boys went to school but were later pulled out). Her first day of school was her first day in university.

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

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June 2020 What Are You Reading?

This month I turned my attention to reading some of the many books people have lent me over the last few years.

Nonfiction books:

  • Life in a Thundering Bay: Voices from Thunder Bay’s Past. Edited by Tania L. Saj and Elle Andra-Warner
  • Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War. Edited by Anthony Arnove

Fiction books:

  • Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  • Jane Foster Valkyrie: The Sacred and the Profane  by Jason Aaron, AI Ewing, and Cafu (Graphic Novel)
  • Invisible Woman: Partners in Crime by Mark Waid and Mattia de Iulis (Graphic Novel)
  • Overlord: the Undead King by Kugane Maruyama

I’m not really sure what my favourite was this month.  Pretty much everything that I read was good in its own way.  Invisible Woman: Partners in Crime was a fun spy story (why wouldn’t Invisible Woman be recruited for espionage?), both Carry On, Jeeves and Overlord: the Undead King were hilarious, and the two nonfiction books I read were interesting.

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

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