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1vancouverdeb
Jan 6, 2016, 6:45 pm

I am reading Man by Kim Thuy

2ted74ca
Jan 14, 2016, 8:05 pm

I just finished one in a crime series set in northern Ontario, an area my daughter has just moved to. By the Time You Read This by Giles Blunt

3LynnB
Jan 19, 2016, 8:34 am

I'm going to start my ER book, What We Hide by Canadian author Marthe Jocelyn

4LynnB
Jan 21, 2016, 9:22 pm

I'm reading John Vaillant's first novel, Jaguar's Children, having really loved his nonfiction writing.

5raidergirl3
Jan 22, 2016, 10:52 am

Our family on-line book club picked Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson from the Canada Reads longlist. I've just started it and although my 'critical' edition is somewhat annoying*, I'm quite enjoying the book so far.

* the footnotes are all about the difference in punctuation between the manuscript and the published version. I've stopped glancing down to see that Wilson had a comma there, or not. And then the book has actual typos in words! I'm pretty sure she sat down by the 'window' on the bus, not the 'widow.'

6mdoris
Editado: Jan 22, 2016, 4:49 pm

>5 raidergirl3:, What is a family on-line book club? I am very curious to know! I loved Swamp Angel and I read it this past year. It is interesting to do some research about the author as I believe she didn't start writing until she was in her 50's. She was the wife of a physician in Vancouver. I was disappointed when the book didn't "make" the short list. i found it riveting. >4 LynnB: I found Jaguar's Children riveting too!

7raidergirl3
Jan 22, 2016, 5:04 pm

We made a Facebook closed group for cousins (my generation) plus some aunts and uncles, in 3 different provinces. This is our second book. We vote on a book from the Cabada Reads long list; last year we read What We All Long For. We have lots of readers in our family!
My cousin who suggested the group posts questions or comments, and everyone adds their thoughts. It's pretty low key, and fun.
Our pre reading question for Swamp Angel was 'If you were to relocate, what geographical region would you chose, and what would you do?'

8mdoris
Jan 22, 2016, 7:46 pm

>7 raidergirl3:, Thanks for the explanation Elizabeth. That sounds like a great idea especially for a family of dedicated readers.

9mdoris
Jan 22, 2016, 8:53 pm

>7 raidergirl3: Thanks for the thread visit. I see we have many of the same books read.

10gypsysmom
Jan 24, 2016, 4:21 pm

>7 raidergirl3: Wow, that sounds like a great idea. Good for you.

11mdoris
Jan 25, 2016, 1:24 am

>4 LynnB: Hi Lynn Just read your review of Jaguar's Children}. What a great review! I thought the book was amazing too.

13ted74ca
Editado: Fev 6, 2016, 12:41 pm

Not brilliant writing, but a good synopsis of the political philosophy of Canada's new prime minster (his memoir written before the federal election): Common Ground by Justin Trudeau.

14raidergirl3
Editado: Fev 6, 2016, 12:47 pm

Picked up The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys from the library today. What a beautiful book! The pages, and art are lovely. I'm enchanted by the first few stories - little snippets and stories through history when the river froze.

15ted74ca
Fev 6, 2016, 12:49 pm

14. I too, loved The Frozen Thames.

16ted74ca
Fev 6, 2016, 11:06 pm

I'm a big fan of Linden McIntyre's novels and this one was no exception: Why Men Lie.

17alans
Fev 9, 2016, 4:21 pm

I'm trying to read through the entire Giller list of last year. I've read seven so far (I read the entire short list in time for the event)and so I have five left. I've decided to start Close to Hugh by Marina Endicott. I'm a little nervous about this read as it is quite long (over four hundred pages-I don't have tons of free time to read these days) and I've heard it can be a bit of a challenge. But I'm going to give it a go.
In case anyone is interested-there is also an excellent Canadian lit group on Goodreads called CBC
books. They do a monthly canadian book read which is great plus lots of other great things. The
moderators are excellent.

18Yells
Editado: Fev 9, 2016, 4:36 pm

>17 alans: - I haven't read Close to Hugh but I did read Good to a Fault and Little Shadows and both were fairly quick, easy reads. The first one I liked, the second one was okay.

Good luck on your quest! I try to read most of the Giller noms but last year got away from me.

19alans
Fev 9, 2016, 4:45 pm

I'm lucky that there is quite a bit of overlap between the Giller and the Governor General's literary awards this year, as I have read many of both lists. I thought the winner of the GG-Daddy Lenin was a terrible choice. It's not a very strong collection of short fiction at all.

20gypsysmom
Fev 10, 2016, 5:16 pm

>14 raidergirl3: I too loved The Frozen Thames and if you have not read Coventry you really should

21vancouverdeb
Editado: Fev 11, 2016, 12:37 am

>17 alans: I read Fifteen Dogs, If I Fall I Die from last years Giller Long/ short / Winner list. . I have A Beauty and Outline waiting to be read. Close to Hugh looks interesting. One of these days. Best of luck.

22LynnB
Fev 11, 2016, 9:21 am

I'm not sure if I'll read Fifteen Dogs; I gave it to my step-daughter for Christmas and will see what she thinks.

Meanwhile, I'm starting my ER book The Measure of Darkness by Quebec author Liam Durcan.

23Yells
Fev 11, 2016, 12:41 pm

I loved Fifteen Dogs and then gave it to my husband to read - he loved it as well. It's quite a unique and interesting book!

24raidergirl3
Fev 11, 2016, 2:26 pm

>20 gypsysmom: I loved Coventry - it was the first Humphreys I read. I wasn't as enamoured of The Reinvention of Love however.

I am definitely going to read Fifteen Dogs this year!

25vancouverdeb
Fev 14, 2016, 12:30 pm

Finished and reviewed Book Of Sands: A novel of the Arab uprising by Karim Alrawi. Really excellent I thought. He was born in Egypt and immigrated to Canada. Worth the read.

26Cecilturtle
Fev 14, 2016, 4:28 pm

I'm reading a Finnish book about couples in La guerre d'hiver by Philip Teir. I also finished The Happiness Industry by sociologist William Davies who posits that too much measuring and not enough philosophy is what is driving mental illness and malaise.

27mdoris
Editado: Fev 26, 2016, 11:21 am

I'm excited to start His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay . I have really liked her other books!

28raidergirl3
Fev 21, 2016, 7:29 pm

Started listening to A Mountain Story by Lori Lansen. I've loved all her books.

29LynnB
Fev 22, 2016, 9:19 am

I'm reading Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz for Canada Reads.

30LynnB
Fev 26, 2016, 9:00 am

I'm reading The Illegal by Lawrence Hill for Canada Reads.

31LynnB
Fev 29, 2016, 1:07 pm

I'm reading Birdie by Tracey Lindberg for Canada Reads.

32LynnB
Mar 2, 2016, 5:40 pm

I'm reading The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami for Canada Reads.

33LynnB
Mar 12, 2016, 5:08 pm

I'm re-reading Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter for Canada Reads.

34raidergirl3
Mar 14, 2016, 4:58 pm

Awesome, LynnB - all the Canada Reads. What's your pick?

I'm reading The Hero's Walk and quite liking it. I think hearing Badami read from the book and talk about it last week at the library has predisposed me to like it!

35vancouverdeb
Mar 14, 2016, 5:43 pm

A Jest of God by Margaret Lawrence. I've read four books by Anita Rau Badami and I can recommend them all! Enjoy!

36mdoris
Mar 14, 2016, 10:16 pm

i'm on a roll with Helen Humphreys and hope to finish The Lost Garden tonight. I'm really enjoying her books.

37LynnB
Mar 15, 2016, 10:17 am

For Canada Reads, I'd pick Birdie, but I have to say I liked them all this year.

38vancouverdeb
Mar 19, 2016, 10:22 am

Reading The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat for the Canadian author Challenge in the 75's group.

39raidergirl3
Mar 19, 2016, 11:26 am

Listening to Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat.

40arcona
Mar 19, 2016, 8:27 pm

I'm on my last Canada Reads book The Hero's Walk and hope to finish it tomorrow in time for Monday's broadcast. I liked all the books this year, which must be why it's the first year I've read all five of them before the broadcasts start.

41ted74ca
Editado: Mar 24, 2016, 10:10 pm

42LynnB
Mar 29, 2016, 8:34 am

I'm reading A Good Baby by Leon Rooke

43mdoris
Editado: Mar 29, 2016, 1:52 pm

>42 LynnB: Many many years ago I read Leon Rooke books and really liked them. I will look this one up!
I remember reading Shakespeare's Dog by him and loving it!

I am reading The River by Helen Humphreys.

44ajsomerset
Mar 29, 2016, 7:29 pm

Shakespeare's Dog! That's a great book. I'll have to remember to steal my father's copy next time I visit the folks....

45LynnB
Abr 5, 2016, 5:53 pm

Re-reading Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese for a book club.

46LynnB
Abr 10, 2016, 3:21 pm

47Cecilturtle
Abr 15, 2016, 2:05 pm

I haven't read any CanLit in a while so I'm pleased to be back with The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel.

48mdoris
Abr 15, 2016, 11:58 pm

>47 Cecilturtle:, oh I 've heard good things about that one!

49gypsysmom
Editado: Abr 18, 2016, 1:23 pm

I'm currently reading a book of short stories by W. P. Kinsella called Red Wolf, Red Wolf. So far the stories are all set in the USA although there is one mention of Banff but Kinsella is certainly Canadian so I guess it counts as Canlit.

ETA: I have finished this book now and indeed a couple of stories are set in Canada including my favourite "Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck".

50gypsysmom
Abr 22, 2016, 12:53 pm

Now I am in the midst of two Canadian books. The Road is How is nonfiction by Saskatchewan naturalist Trevor Herriot about his three day walk from Regina to the Qu'Appelle valley. In it he muses about nature and climate change but also about male and female dynamics and religion and spirituality and many other matters. I realized I didn't want to rush through this book but I had Adult Onset to read for my book club meeting next week so I left Herriot after the first day of his trip experiencing a tremendous rain storm. Adult Onset is well-written but Anne-Marie MacDonald is so intense and sometimes I can't bear to read any more.

51rabbitprincess
Abr 23, 2016, 3:31 pm

Today I hope to make more progress in The Rebel Angels, the first book in Robertson Davies' Cornish Trilogy.

52LynnB
Editado: Abr 28, 2016, 9:58 am

I'm reading Wrecked Upon This Shore by Kate Story -- good name for an author!

53Cecilturtle
Maio 1, 2016, 12:43 pm

I just finished La Petite Fille qui aimait trop les allumettes by Gaétan Soucy: really harsh! I didn't expect something this starck and gruesome... very well written but not for the faint of heart

54LynnB
Editado: Maio 1, 2016, 1:19 pm

I read that, too, Cecilturtle and had the same thought. I also read another of his which was equally gruesome: The Immaculate Conception.

55gypsysmom
Maio 11, 2016, 8:26 pm

I read The Illegal, Lawrence Hill's book that won Canada Reads this year. It was good but not as good as The Book of Negroes; mind you, that is a pretty high bar to reach. Both my book clubs are reading it in June so it will be interesting to see what others think of it.

56srinadh
Maio 12, 2016, 1:35 am

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57raidergirl3
Maio 12, 2016, 7:59 am

I am reading Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel.

58LynnB
Maio 12, 2016, 12:18 pm

raidergirl3, I loved that one....it remains my favourite book by her.

59gypsysmom
Maio 13, 2016, 2:25 pm

Just finished reading a book which I picked up to get ready for my Canada Days release challenge on BookCrossing as the theme this year is French-Canadian literature. The Oxford Book of French-Canadian Short Stories is over 30 years old so it doesn't capture the more contemporary crop of French-Canadian writers but for an overview of writers who wrote in French as their first language it is excellent.

60vancouverdeb
Maio 16, 2016, 6:59 pm

Just finished reading The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka. It was was okay, but disappointing after his first book, Clara , which I really loved. It's piece of historical fiction that takes place in 1930's Canada, in Quebec.

61ted74ca
Maio 22, 2016, 5:12 pm

I'm hoping I can still include Lori Lansens as a Canadian author, though she now lives in California. I've never read her before but really loved The Mountain Story.

62raidergirl3
Maio 22, 2016, 7:25 pm

>61 ted74ca: All of Lansens' other books The Girls, The Wife's Tale and Rush Home Road are all set in Ontario and are wonderful. I think she's very Canadian, and she's one of my favourite authors.

63gypsysmom
Maio 23, 2016, 12:37 pm

>61 ted74ca: I agree with raidergirl3 that Lori Lansens qualifies as a Canadian.

I am now reading The Bishop's Man which is one of the books that CBC put on their list 100 Books that Make You Proud to be Canadian. It is fantastic. Linden MacIntyre gets inside the head of a priest who has been the bishop's hatchet man to get rid of all the priests who have been caught in sexual misconduct. When I say get rid of what I mean is that they are moved off to other parishes or institutions and the victims are abandoned. Disturbing but oh so well written.

64LynnB
Jun 2, 2016, 10:59 am

Man, by Kim Thuy

65ted74ca
Jun 3, 2016, 2:33 pm

The Hesitation Cut, a stand-alone thriller by the writer of the John Cardinal mystery series Giles Blunt. Dark and depressing but a good read.

66LynnB
Jun 9, 2016, 12:49 pm

I'm reading Banana Boys by Terry Woo.

67Cecilturtle
Jun 11, 2016, 6:05 pm

I'm reading Tout ce qu'on ne te dira pas, Mongo by Dany Laferrière about the immigrant experience in Canada and Québec in particular.

68LynnB
Editado: Jun 18, 2016, 2:14 pm

Just re-read All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman. What an imagination that man has!

Am also reading Twenty-one Cardinals by Jocelyne Saucier.

69gypsysmom
Jun 18, 2016, 7:29 pm

>67 Cecilturtle: Coincidentally I am reading The Return by Dany Laferriere right now. It is about his return to Haiti after his father's death in exile in New York. Dany has been away for 33 years and his father was away for longer than that. It is a mixture of poetry and prose and I am loving it. Original title is L'enigme du retour

70Cecilturtle
Jun 26, 2016, 3:34 pm

#69 I got to hear him speak a few weeks ago and just loved his dynamism and passion. The speech was around francophonie and diversity, so he's uniquely positioned to give a great speech! And hilarious too... I became a real groupie ;-)

71ajsomerset
Jun 27, 2016, 9:00 am

Just finished off We're All In This Together, by Amy Jones: the chaotic trials of an extended family whose matriarch is in the hospital in a coma, having become a viral video star after going over Thunder Bay's Kakabeka Falls in a barrel.

72ted74ca
Editado: Jun 29, 2016, 3:20 pm

Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens. Really liked this book and I still can't believe I'd not read anything by Lori Lansens before this month.

73raidergirl3
Jun 29, 2016, 10:55 pm

>72 ted74ca: I love Lori Lansens! Rush Home Road is wonderful! The Wife's Tale and ThecGirls are also great. It's so great to find a new author.

74ted74ca
Jul 2, 2016, 3:44 pm

@73 raidergirl3. You're right, it is great. I've just recommended her books for my daughter's book club reading list.

75raidergirl3
Jul 2, 2016, 9:08 pm

I finished You Went Away by Timothy Findley. It was good, short, set in ww2 Ontario. Quiet story.

Listening to Rilla of Ingleside by LM Montgomery. I've read it many times but this is my first audio. I've been listening to the Anne series this past year.

76gypsysmom
Jul 3, 2016, 11:32 am

>70 Cecilturtle: That sounds excellent. I had no knowledge of him until I read this book. I think I could become a groupie too. Wonder if he ever travels out to the prairies?

77gypsysmom
Jul 3, 2016, 11:38 am

I just finished one book set in my home town of Winnipeg. Blue Vengeance: A Norwood Flats Mystery is set in 1964 so there is a fair bit of nostalgia for the way things were. For instance, the main character has a dog that accompanies him almost everywhere but never has to be on a leash and no-one complains. Quite an interesting if different mystery.

Now I am reading The Afterlife of Stars which has to do with the diaspora caused by the crushing of the Hungarian revolution. It was chosen by Amnesty Canada's book club and I thought it sounded interesting. I'm just at the beginning but I think I will like it.

78gypsysmom
Jul 8, 2016, 4:51 pm

Unbeknownst to me my next book is also set in my hometown. Quantum Night is sf set in the not too distant future of 2020 with flashbacks to 2001 so it is really interesting to me since I have lived in Winnipeg since 1971. Robert Sawyer is a favourite author of mine and I was thrilled to see he was awarded the Order of Canada in the most recent round. If you like sf then you will love this novel and, I think, you don't have to be a big sf fan to enjoy it because it is as much a psychological thriller as sf.

79rabbitprincess
Jul 8, 2016, 7:28 pm

My library ordered an e-copy of a standalone short story by Alistair MacLeod: Remembrance. Having read only his novel and not his short stories yet, I still recognized this as a very MacLeod story. Worth reading if you can find a copy.

80LynnB
Editado: Jul 9, 2016, 5:52 pm

I've discovered a new Canadian author, Jennifer Manuel and am reading The Heaviness of Things that Float.

81gypsysmom
Jul 12, 2016, 9:30 pm

Reading another book that is set, partially, in Manitoba. After Light is a story about four generations of a family. Grandmother Deidre grew up in Ireland, moved as a young woman to New York City with her infant son, Frank. Deidre had secrets in her past which she hid from her husband and her son. Frank wanted to be an artist but had to help support his mother and cousins when his step-father died in an industrial accident. Then World War II was declared and Frank went off to fight with the Canadian army. We know Frank ended up in Winnipeg, blinded in the war but I don't know how he got there. All will be revealed later. It's quite fascinating.

82ted74ca
Jul 15, 2016, 1:16 pm

Finished another novel by one of my favourite authors: The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens

83vancouverdeb
Set 3, 2016, 12:01 am

I read a debut novel . Kay's Lucky Coin Variety by Ann Y. K. Choi I put a short review of the book on the main page and there are a couple of professionally written reviews on the main page as well.

84raidergirl3
Set 3, 2016, 8:50 am

Finishing up The Englishman's Boy

85ted74ca
Set 4, 2016, 4:53 pm

Dead Ground In Between by Maureen Jennings-the latest in the WWII era mysteries series featuring Detective Inspector Tom Tyler. I really enjoy her novels.

86gypsysmom
Set 7, 2016, 4:40 pm

I am currently reading Gabrielle Roy's autobiography Enchantment and Sorrow which only covers the part of her life up until she came back to Canada from overseas. It is quite fascinating because she was very poor growing up. The poverty plus the discrimination faced by Franco-Manitobains at that time enriched her writing I believe.

87Nickelini
Set 11, 2016, 8:39 pm

Neuromancer -- not what most people think of when they think CanLit.

88ted74ca
Set 12, 2016, 12:31 pm

The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka. Thought this was beautifully written; really liked it.

89LynnB
Set 13, 2016, 10:04 am

I've just started Close to Hugh by Marina Endicott

90gypsysmom
Set 15, 2016, 4:22 pm

>87 Nickelini: I think Neuromancer is more WorldLit or maybe FutureLit.

91Nickelini
Set 15, 2016, 11:21 pm

>90 gypsysmom: I agree, however, I take note of where an author is from and he's been living in Vancouver since the 70s (and Canada since the late 60s), so I'm ticking him off on my Canadian authors list. It would work for the Giller prize, so it'll work for me.

92vancouverdeb
Editado: Set 17, 2016, 11:36 am

Finished Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleline Thien. It is short listed for the Booker Prize and Long listed for the Giller Prize. Brief review on the main page Recommended, but a dense, complex read.

93LynnB
Editado: Set 24, 2016, 2:27 pm

94gypsysmom
Set 26, 2016, 2:47 pm

I just finished the graphic novel Susceptible by Genevieve Castree. Castree died this summer of pancreatic cancer and a blog I follow reviewed her book. It is Castree's memoir essentially of her first 18 years of life. Her mother was immature and alternately ignored her daughter or smothered her with love. Genevieve had many mental health issues (not suprisingly)but managed to come out of the time as an amazing artist and person.

95Nickelini
Set 26, 2016, 2:52 pm

I'm reading Swing Low by Miriam Toews.

96LynnB
Set 29, 2016, 2:29 pm

I'm reading Scattered Bones by Maggie Siggins

97ted74ca
Out 2, 2016, 11:01 pm

Loved this one! The Girls by Lori Lansens

98Nickelini
Out 2, 2016, 11:11 pm

It's October. I'm reading October by Richard Wright.

99gypsysmom
Out 19, 2016, 8:29 pm

I just finished reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien which is on the shortlists for the Man Booker prize, the Scotiabank Giller prize and the Governor General's prize for literature. It is the story of two families in China who live through the Communist Revolution, then the Cultural Revolution and then the Tianamen Uprising. Really well written and opened my eyes to the modern history of China. I'll be disappointed if it doesn't win at least one of those prizes.

100LynnB
Out 21, 2016, 1:30 pm

101vancouverdeb
Out 21, 2016, 7:47 pm

I finished reading and created brief reviews for The Wonder by Emma Donoghue as well as The Parcel by Anosh Irani. I preferred The Wonder to Room. The Parcel is a real eye opener and very gritty. Both are up for Can Lit awards for this year.

>99 gypsysmom: Agreed, I also will be disappointed if Do Not Say We Have Nothing does not win at least one of the prizes. I enjoyed it too. The Parcel will really open up anyone's eye to the sex trade in Mumbai, as well as I suppose Canada and anywhere. Really a gritty read. I think The Parcel is worthy of one of the Can Lit prizes it is up for.

102vancouverdeb
Out 29, 2016, 5:18 am

Read and reviewed Wenjack by Joseph Boyden. A must read at only 99 pages.

103ted74ca
Out 31, 2016, 12:59 pm

A reread of a novel I first enjoyed in 2012, and I think I liked it even better the second time around: Clara by Kurt Palka

104LynnB
Nov 1, 2016, 4:32 pm

105vancouverdeb
Editado: Nov 1, 2016, 5:05 pm

>103 ted74ca: I really loved Patient Number 7 aka Clara by Kurt Palka back in 2012 and I wish more people would read the book. It's excellent!

106ted74ca
Nov 3, 2016, 3:25 pm

>105 vancouverdeb:. I agree! I just suggested it to my daughter for her online book club.

107ted74ca
Editado: Nov 7, 2016, 5:47 pm

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill-just finished. A tad disappointed, maybe too much hype involved.

108vancouverdeb
Nov 7, 2016, 6:36 pm

Finished The Break by Katherena Vermette. It was up for a couple of awards this year - or maybe just the Roger Prize ? I forget. Anyway, what a fabulous look into life for First Nation living the North End of Winnipeg. Gritty but really a compelling story. 5 star read for me. I did not expect to love it as much as I did.

109gypsysmom
Nov 8, 2016, 9:38 pm

>101 vancouverdeb: Well, I guess we got our wish. Do Not Say We Have Nothing has won both the GG and the Giller. Too bad it couldn't have gotten the trifecta with the Booker too.

>108 vancouverdeb: I agree with you about The Break being a great story but I downgraded it from 5 stars to 4 1/2 because of numerous spelling and grammar errors. Nevertheless it should be widely read and maybe the publisher will correct the errors if there are more printings.

110LynnB
Nov 12, 2016, 3:43 pm

111LynnB
Nov 14, 2016, 3:59 pm

I'm reading No New Land by M.G. Vassanji.

112Nickelini
Nov 14, 2016, 4:48 pm

This morning I finished The Box Garden by Carol Shields, which was very good. Now I'm pulling an old one out of my tbr -- something by Sarah Ellis from my old ChildLit study days. She is (or was) a librarian from North Vancouver and a very talented writer.

113mdoris
Nov 14, 2016, 10:19 pm

A few more pages to go in Hag-Seed and it is faboulous.

114LynnB
Nov 16, 2016, 12:09 pm

I'm reading The Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston

115mdoris
Nov 16, 2016, 7:34 pm

>110 LynnB: Lynn just thumbed your review of His Whole Life Elizabeth Hay. I really liked it too.

116LynnB
Nov 20, 2016, 3:47 pm

I'm reading Wenjack by Joseph Boyden.

117gypsysmom
Nov 21, 2016, 8:02 pm

I just finished Donna Morrissey's latest book The Fortunate Brother which is a sequel to her book Sylvanus Now. If you have read Sylvanus Now then you should read this book. If you haven't read Sylvanus Now it is not really necessary to read it before reading this one but it does give you some background.

118gypsysmom
Nov 21, 2016, 8:03 pm

>116 LynnB: I want to get my hands on this.

119gypsysmom
Nov 27, 2016, 1:00 pm

I just finished Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains by Yasuko Thanh. It was set in Vietnam while the French were still in power there. I was quite eager to read it because I have been curious about Vietnam's colonial period for a long time. However, the author (who is Canadian but is of Vietnamese ancestry) infused the book with ghosts and spirits and that obscured the real facts of the book. I guess it would be called magical realism and I just am not a fan of that type of book.

120Nickelini
Dez 5, 2016, 3:35 pm

Just finished The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee. It's set in Vancouver 1940s - 2016 and I recommend it.

121gypsysmom
Dez 7, 2016, 8:22 pm

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue was "wonderful". It is historical fiction set in Ireland which I think Donoghue does very well. At the same time it reminded me a lot of Room although it won't get the same kind of recognition that book did. A young Catholic girl has supposedly not taken any food for four months. Two nurses, one a Catholic nun and the other an English nurse trained by Miss Nightingale, have been hired to keep watch on the girl for two weeks. Lib, the English nurse, knows there must be some fraud involved but she finds herself caring about the girl. As she gets more debilitated Lib has to solve the mystery as to how she survived before the nurses came on the scene and, more importantly, how she can save the girl from starving herself to death.

122rabbitprincess
Dez 7, 2016, 8:35 pm

Finished Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood. I hadn't intended to read any of the Shakespeare retellings, but the use of a theatre setting made this one irresistible.

123LynnB
Dez 10, 2016, 2:52 pm

124vancouverdeb
Editado: Dez 11, 2016, 8:38 am

Finished Kit's Law by Donna Morrissey. What a fabulous read. I purchase several other of her books at a 2nd hand shop. Great story about 3 women in outport Newfoundland in the 1950's. Three woman - Nan, her mentally disabled adult daughter " crazy Josie" and Josie's 12- 14 year old daughter, who narrates most of the story. After Nan's death , some of the townspeople want to send Josie to an asylum and Kit to an orphanage. Full of fabulous characters, the firebrand , starched Reverend Ropson, kindly Dr Hodgins and Shine, a psychopathic drunk. Donna Morrisey sure can spin a enthralling and meaningful story.

125arcona
Dez 12, 2016, 12:05 pm

I've just started Through Black Spruce - I know, I must be the last person who hasn't yet read it. Seems like a good read so far.

126LynnB
Dez 14, 2016, 4:17 pm

I'm reading Sleep by Nino Ricci

127LynnB
Dez 31, 2016, 10:17 am

I'm ending the year with The Bad Mother by Marguerite Andersen.