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About meThe basics: Happily married for 31 years, two wonderful young adult sons. Reading :I've always loved to read - and I'll read the back of a cereal box if it comes to that! I've read a lot mysteries over the years -but a couple of years ago, one of my son's took a CanLit Course at UBC - and since the books were around the house , I read all of them -and thus my love of CanLit began. Over the past couple of years, my taste in reading has really changed towards Canlit and more literary books. Favourites for me lately have been the Kitchen House, The Book of Negroes, The Jade Peony, Cutting for Stone -but I confess - I still like a good mystery every now and then.

I love a good browse in a bookstore, chocolate and a nice cup of tea!

2011 Reading here -
2012 Thread here - Part6/2012
2013 Reading thread here

About my library 2014 Reading here


Plainsong by Ken Haruf 4.5 stars *
Eventide by Ken Haruf 4.5 stars*
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley 4.5 stars*

A Guide to Living with & Training a Fearful Dog By Debbie Jacobs 4 stars
For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu 4.5 stars
Juvenile Delinquent Dogs: The Complete Guide to Saving Your Sanity and Successfully Living with Your Adolescent Dog by Sue Brown 4 stars

A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church 3.5 stars
Benediction by Ken Haruf 4.5 stars *
The Tie That Binds by Ken Haruf 4 stars

Longbourn by Jo Baker 4 stars
Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline 3.8 stars
Road Ends by Mary Lawson 4.1 stars
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson 5 stars
Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance by Denise Wong 3.5 stars
Burial Rites: A Novel by Hannah Kent 4 stars

The Other Child by Charlotte Link 3.75 stars
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee 5 stars favorite!
Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson 3 stars
The Watcher by Charlotte Link 3.6 stars
One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens 3 stars

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri 4 stars
The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd 4.75 stars
The New Woman: A Staggerford Novel by Jon Hassler 3.5 stars
Staggerford by Jon Hassler 3.5 stars
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Anthony Marra 4 stars

Far Side Of The Sky by Daniel Kalla 3.5 stars
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr 4.5 stars

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson 4.5 stars* favourite!
Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng 4.5*
Pastoral by Andre Alexis 4 stars

We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride 4.25 stars
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey 4.25 stars
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash 4.5 stars

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, Booker Prize, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge, Canadian Literature, CBC's Canada Reads Fans, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Orange January/Julyshow all groups

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Helen Dunmore, Karin Fossum, Kent Haruf, Darcie Friesen Hossack, P. D. James, Yejide Kilanko, Andrea Levy, Penelope Lively, Helen Simonson, Drew Hayden Taylor (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresChapters - Broadway and Granville

Favorite librariesRichmond Public Library - Brighouse (Main) Branch

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Deb, I am another who has missed your warm and spirited presence in the group this year. Real life has slowed me a little too recently so I can understand it's call upon your time. So pleased to see you back in an understated way via your posts on Nancy's thread as you were one of my earliest friends in the group.
Deb, I was weeding through my old profile messages here on LT and saw your name. It reminded me that I miss hanging out on your 75er thread and stealing book recommendations from you. I hope you are well and your reading and real life are treating you right.
Deb, I just came by to let you know I started Our Daily Bread by Lauren B. Davis last night and I remembered it was your thread way back when that I picked up the BB. My goodness the first couple of chapters really made me a bit sick to the stomach and probably not the best thing to read right before bed. I'm hoping the entire book doesn't make me feel that way. I don't know if I can stomach it.....
Hope you are doing well!
Great to catch up with you a bit on Nancy's thread. Congratulations on having the oomph to take on Poppy! I do miss the cute puppy years, but I think we'll always choose an older dog from now on. Our May has been completely satisfactory.
I see that I need to break down and read Haruf .... beautiful, spare prose is just my thing.
Happy Reading and Puppying!
Hi Deb- is it just the 75 group you are absent from? Or LT in general.
Just wondering how you are, and passing by to say hi.
Thanks for the tip regarding the Crooked Maid. I'll probably read it as a standalone, since it is now available at the library, but if I enjoy it enough, I'll look at the authors other work.

Wow I need to update my currently reading. I read that at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed it to some extent, but it didn't wow me.
Thanks for the encouragement on The Rosie Project, Deb. I may well succumb and take it to Bali. I normally avoid Australian books - I read to travel to other places - but I have been dithering over this one!
Hi there Deborah, it was so nice to hear from you. You're missed around here. Anyway, I'm glad I could oblige you in regard to The Wasp Factory. It's always nice to know that there's at least one book out there you don't have to read. I hope you're doing some great reading and enjoying a great summer:-)

Hi Deb- Did you abandon us? I haven't seen you in eons. I see you on a thread, here and there and that's about it, (not mine of, course. The Lone Ranger is currently playing in our theaters, (it is supposed to be awful) so of course I thought about Tonto and what she is up to. Hope all is well, my friend.

Hi Deborah,
Hmm, the wires have got crossed somewhere. I've only read one in the "Joe Sandilands" series, I seem to recall that it was my choice for Greece in the Europe Endless challenge. And no, I didn't review it.

I should take the opportunity to tell you that I really enjoy your reviews and appreciate them. I know if you like a book, I will probably like it too. Can't wait for my turn to read "Life After Life" although I'm disappointed that it wasn't chosen for the Orange prize.
Much appreciated! Books sell because of word-of-mouth and I really am grateful to you and all the other people on LT who have taken the time to read my books and talk about them. Have a great weekend, and keep in touch!
Thanks for that! Yes, there is a third in the series called Hungry Ghosts which I hope will be out this time next year that sees Ramirez and Espinoza reaching back into some cold cases. And I'm working on a fourth in the series which is a classic espionage thriller involving a CIA plot to assassinate Raul Castro - it's a challenge, but I'm having fun with it. Thanks again!
Thank you for your excellent review of Life After Life. I had mixed feelings about it from other reviews I have read, but your summary intrigues me enough to definitely want to read it. Thanks
Testing. Tried to send you a private comment and it's not working.
Thanks Deborah, I hope you enjoy it!

Dee x
I just checked your 'thumbs' on your review and you are up to 10 woman!~!
Thank you Deborah.
Some of the Oranges I've read: I loved The Light Between Oceans. I loved the storyline, the way it was written, the way the author grew the characters; just everything about it. And the ending was not what I expected so how does it get any better than that?
I've also read Gone Girl and thought it good. I enjoyed it but it was not a WOW of a read. However it wasn't at all what I thought it would be. It was quite suspenseful and there were things that I definitely didn't see coming around the corner. The only character I really liked was Go, the main male character's twin sister.
Right now I am reading The Red Book and it is pretty much written character to character to character, etc. I am finding that I am liking certain character's storylines and others are fairly boring but I am only halfway through the book so it will be interesting to see where it takes me.
Congratulations on your HOT REVIEW ON Family Album by Penelope Lively.
Excellent job.
Hi Deborah,

I usually love Kate Atkinson's books and have high hopes of this one. I'm often put off by very long books but with her writing, 500 pages should be a good thing! I've only just started but will let you know how I get on.

I've just noticed you've read and reviewed Family Album so will go and check that out now!

Thanks for the message, it's always great to hear from you.


And I just noticed your featured review of [The Age of Hope], which I am about half through and enjoying very much.
Hi Deborah,
Thank you so much for replying. That was very helpful and I think I will keep The Purchase on my list. I really did enjoy Our Daily Bread. I have never read Lauren Davis before but I think I'm going to try The Stubborn Season by her in the next month or so.I had to smile at your comment about reading dark books. I will admit that I do seem to be drawn to misery when I choose books. I don't do it on purpose but I find some of the best stories are usually steeped in tragedy of one kind or the other. My dear friend who is a big Chick Lit fan cannot understand my reading taste. We give eachother lots of good ribbing over our book choices. takes all kinds to make the world go round - doesn't it? Thanks again for the feedback about The Purchase.
After reading your review I put a hold on "How it all began" at the library. I'm looking forward to that one. I got a bookstore gift certificate a couple of months ago and just went to pick up some books. Of course, I should have made a list of the ones I want that our library doesn't have, but no, I relied on my memory - big mistake. That's how I ended up with "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (among others). I too loved the movie. Now, if I could ever get around to reading all that are on my shelves...

BTW, I'm in the Kootenays, previously Victoria.
Hey, Deb,
Glad you are joining us at ROOT.
If you want to update the group ticker, you can , if you would prefer to just do your own ticker, that's fine too. I gather all the data at the end of each month and update the group ticker, so as long as your personal ticker is correct, the group ticker will be taken care of.

Sorry for the confusion.

Merry Christmas, Deb! We do a big Christmas Eve party every year so I was very busy in the lead up to Christmas and it wasn't until late last night that I remembered I could now "safely" open your gifts. Thank you so much for your choices. I know I'll love reading both books and even though I'm in the middle of a couple of books currently I couldn't help myself and started The Yellow Birds last night. I'm hoping to spend more time with it today.

Hope you're having a wonderful time with your family. We're expecting snow later today so will actually have a white Christmas.

I'm stealing this from someone on LT but I liked the sentiment: Eat, read and be merry!

I'm off to work! I'll get back to you. I have your address already, right?
Morning Deb- It was so nice seeing you posting! Made my day. Were you going to join us on the Christmas Swap this year? Deadline is approaching. Let me know. Hugs!

Black skies wasn't my favorite Indridason (no Erlunder again!) but it was still a good story.
Thanks for stopping by
Thanks so much, Deborah! On my first glance at that page, I had not see the link to Post a New Query.

I found it! Thanks again for your time,
Hi Vancouver Deb - (or anyone else who sees this)
I'm trying to paw my way through this site to find a way to post a query. I would like to find a book from my childhood for which I do not know title or author. I can't see how to post my question, though.

Can you help me at all?

I just finished reading Tell It to the Trees because you reviewed it and mentioned in the forum. Thanks for introducing me to another great Canadian author.
Hi Deb- Just checking in on you! I haven't seen you around in quite some time. I hope everything is okay with you. We MISS YOU!


Hi Deborah: You've been doing a lot of reading. I hope your summer is going well. I see you added [Purple Hibiscus], one of my all-time favorites. I see you're reading [The Flight of Gemma Hardy]. I really enjoyed that, too. Beth
Hey, Deb -- I saw the Detour by Bakker on sale at Munro's Books in Victoria today, so based on your group read, I bought it. When I get around to reading it I'll have to check your thread with the comments. Thanks for the recommendation. - Joyce
Hi Deb, Thanks for the comment. There are only 12 LTers so far who have read it! I thought it was amazing, She used very original imagery and descriptions but nothing felt forced. Her stories felt so personal and heart felt. She has a food blog, you may know, as she is a food writer in the interior so I left a message on it to tell her how much I loved her book. Sure hope she writes more. Hope you're well! Mary
Hello Deborah,

I've just returned from my week away and haven't caught up with any threads yet but of course, I would LOVE to join in with The Detour group read- really looking forward to it!

A happy belated Easter to you too,

Thanks for reading my review. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book.
Hi Deb,
Those books are all ones I have requested at the library, and expect to come in in the next few weeks. I picked The Forgotten Waltz because a) it was available, and b) it is fairly short! Also, I really liked Enright's other book, The Gathering.

The Orange LL I'm looking forward to is Gillespie and I, which I picked up at Indigo's 4 for 3 sale last weekend.
A few, like 1222, I requested because they were shortlisted for the Edgar Awards. Then it turned out that there were already 11 requests for 1222, so it looked really good!

I did request The Buddha in the Attic from the library after reading your comments.

The only place I really hang out on LT is the Orange January/June group, so feel free to chat me up there!

Thanks for the heads up about [Midnight at the Dragon Cafe], Deb. I will look for it. I'll be interested in hearing what you think of [The Buddha in the Attic]. Beth
Why thank you! It was a surprising book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
You asked all the right questions in your "Harperland" book review. I sure am worried about our country and will deffo seek this book out now. Thanks, Deb.
Hi, Deborah! Yes! You can see predictions in the OJJ group:

The long list comes out in two days! I can't wait!!!!

Jill =)
Hola! How is the year treating you?
Thanks Deb - it is almost always the case that I am kidding when Hani is mentioned! Your love for Dave and your family similarly shines through your postings! xx
Hi Deborah!

I was just on Linwood Barclay's website and apparently Last Resort is now available as an e-book from Amazon and Kobo. :)

Hi Deborah,

Congratulations for hitting the Hot Reviews column with your excellent review of Helen Dunmore's The Siege. If you haven't read it yet, I can recommend The Betrayal by the same author.

Thank you for complimenting my review of The Virgin Cure. As I practice reviewing, I find the depth in my favourite books that make them easier to review.
Hi Deborah

We're thinking of doing a tutored read of A Tale of Two Cities. There was some discussion of this last year, I think tutored reads will work differently to group reads although we're still trying to figure out how they will work! There's currently a discussion on this thread - please come along and join in.

Hi,Deb. I enjoyed Practical Jean. It is, as you know, a "dark comedy" and I think Trevor Cole excels at writing about people who have unknowingly lost their grip on a realistic perspective of life. Have you read Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life? That was my first Trevor Cole novel and what prompted me to pick up Practical Jean.

Jean spends a few months caring for her dying mother and, as a result, decides she must save the friends she loves from the possibility of old age and a lingering death. Her biggest worry? That she won't be unselfish enough to give up the company of her friends.

The idea of murder as an act of kindness is what drives this book, more so than the characters themselves, although they have just enough depth to make the action thought-provoking and -- in this novel at least -- plausible.

So, go for it. And read "Norman Bray..."
re: touch

I may hold off readin the book until the new year, but it does sounds like an excellent book
re: the finkler question

It seems a lot of people feel that way - oh well you like some and not som.
Hi Deb - thanks for the note on my profile! I hope you enjoy Gillespie and I :)
Hi Deb- Thanks for getting that book out! And no problem how long it takes. It's not like I don't have a book to read. LOL. I have a feeling I will like this book, so no worries there either. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, my friend! Hugs!

Hi Deborah!!

Thank you for your lovely comment and hello. I have a soft spot for Canadians. One of my very dear friends has gone back there to live...sob....she's in Oakville, Ontario though. Oooh you are a great reader aren't you? I wonder if I'll ever manage to read 50 books in a year. So glad you enjoyed Barbara Pym. Haven't started Barbara Comynys yet - she's in one of my TBR piles. I may move her to the top after your recommendation. Happy reading.
Heheh.. I was actually going to write you tomorrow to let you know about that book :P I got it an exlibrary copy at a booksale. I *may* have had a box of books that followed me home. Mostly the Deathlands series which I had not seen before, and I still have about a dozen books to add in. I need to stop buying books lol. This one is part of the 'What is Stephen Harper Reading?' challenge. Once the book awards season is over you should join us, we would love to have you! Quite a variety (Canadian, Classics, etc_).

I think I am actually a little burned out on books myself right now, which I agree, does suck!!
Thanks for your comment about the Linwood Barclay review. I noticed we have a lot of books in common in our libraries! :)
I was figuring out how to add book cover pictures in my 11 in 11 thread, and I got it finally! :P
OMG, never mind, I did it!!! Wohoo!
Gah! Ok so I know how to insert pictures into my thread, but where do you find the .jpg link? LInking from the picture on librarything does not seem to work. This will drive me crazy!!
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Curly haired Deb in younger days.
Good review :)
Thanks for the encouragement over writing reviews! Denise Mina is one of my very favorite authors, so I'm glad she's on your TBR!
Hey, did you know in the member giveaways there is a murder mystery set in Halifax for the Kindle? Just noticed that so thought I would drop you an FYI.
PS- If you want another good Graphic Novel (non-superhero type) I suggest Maus, which despite having animals as characters (Different animals for different nationalities) is a non-fiction story about one person's parents experience during the Holocaust.
Oooo you know we are too much alilke? I was looking at that precise book in the locally owned bookstore just on Saturday :P You will have to let me know how you like it!!

I am getting to the point where I have so many books in mount TBR that I have a hard time convincing myself to buy anything 'new'. I just need to work on buying fewer 'used' as well. :P I just started Hoar Frost and Cherry Blossoms which is set in the Yukon. Only a short way in, but it seems very fun!
I meant to mention about the privacy settings on the Kindle. I don't know how fussy you are, but I changed one on mine (I am very fussy when it comes to things like that). If you go to setting on the last page is an 'annotation backup' that is set to automatically remember how you sorted your books, what you have read, and how far you have read in books. You can turn that off if you wish. gain, you may more may not be bothered just thought I would let you know.

Do let me know when your first early reviewer book arrives :)
Morning Deb (daf61)- Glad you enjoyed "Stitches". Have a great weekend!

Hey, we're both getting copies of A Small Furry Prayer from ER. What would you want to bet that one of us will love it and the other will hate it?
Hey, that is great congratulations!! You have nothing to worry about at all yet. Book time to arrival varies greatly. When I first started I had a June batch win arrive before the May batch win lol. For example I won Running Away Home about Croatia in July that is not here yet, and I am not worried about. My August book is already here! (Go figure). If you go under 'see your list' on the main page under early readers, you can mark the book as not arrived after 60 days. Congratulations!! I hope you love your early reviewer books :) I won The KunstlerCast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler for September. :) Remember that in the member giveaways you can now enter for the ebooks ;)
Deb some of us discussed having a month of reading Nobel winners. I've started a thread for this and hope you can join in my struggles!
I kept reading "Drunken." And Landish B. Druken is an anagram for a key piece of information that Landish learns near the end of the book.
ps- Are you aware of bookcrossing? A great fun way to use your used books. Let me know if you want more info if you don't know much about it yet ;)
I can understand that. I love both. But, I have been trying to get rid of 70% of the books I read (Averaging 67% right now). So why not a Kindle in that case? Let me know how you like it, and if you want more book info :)
I am so glad you are loving your Kindle!! I was unsure, but mine was a gift and I do love it :)
Here are a few sites you will like:
Deb- You sure convinced me! LOL! Enjoy your weekend!

Hi Deb,
I have no idea how to create a thread. I am still navigating myself around this amazing web site. If you have a chance can you advise? thanks Mary
Wow, $38.00?! Yikes. I'm going to keep scouring the secondhand shops and hope I get lucky!
Hello Deborah,
Yes i'm down for 75 book challenges in 2011 but may not have visited it yet and not sure how it all works yet for communicating back and forth. I am a slow reader so no way would I read 75 books but it will be fun to peek at what people are reading and get ideas. I use the library almost exclusively and will put The Sisters Brothers on reserve. I see you gave it a very high rating! I peek too at Powells (bookstore in Portland) and am on their e-mail list and get some great ideas from there too. I'm from Vancouver too.
Mary (mdoris)
Hi, Thanks for the post. Just found it tonight Aug. 23. Yes, I am brand new to Library Thing and think it's wonderful. I will keep looking at what you're reading for ideas!
Great! I'm looking forward to it! Have you read his memoir, Last Resort? It's a bit difficult to find as I think it's no longer in print, but the library might have it. It's so good I am sometimes tempted to "lose" my library's copy...

And yes I have a great deal of affection for The Sisters Brothers. Must reread it soon. I'm glad you liked it too! :)

I loved Coventry. It was so good, it would have been worth it to buy it, because then I could share it with other readers. It's the kind of book to recommend to most types of readers. Historical, touching, short, literary, and British. Can't wait to read another of hers.

I don't keep a thread on LT where I keep track of what I read. I do have a blog though, that I post reviews to.
I'll keep hanging around the Orange Group though.
I thought I should remind you that in the Giller thread is a contest where you can explain which book you think should be on the shortlist (Trip to TO, Kobo etc up for grabs). Since you already have a great review of Bride of New France written up I strongly encourage you to enter! :)
Thanks for the kind words about my review! I hope you enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it.
My husband just picked it up for me at the library knowing I'd like it. And yes, it is interesting. I'm just at a point that describes difficulties with privacy and the press. Morton says the News of the World claimed the phone hacking experienced by William was a single incident by a rogue reporter. From current headlines we know differently. I recommend the book.
Hi Deborah,

Just added yours as an "interesting library". From group posts it appears we have similar reading interests and I love reading your reviews.

Hi Deb,
Thanks for your comment. I've read Fear the Worst, Never Look Away and now Too Close to Home. I found all three somewhat similar and a bit formulaic at times, but despite that, I just can't put them down once I start reading them! I found out Linwood Barclay is Canadian when our local bookshop invited him for a reading. Even though the books are set in the US, they definitely have a Canadian feel to them. I'm definitely going to look for his new one.


Thank you so very much for informing me of the halt to the postal strike. I was away in Brazil last week. Now that I'm back, I'll get to mail my friend's book next week.

hope you're having a good summer
Hi Deb. My thread is just "Ellen's 75 in 2011" - not very imaginative. I'll *never* complete 75 books in one year (especially with a job "promotion" coming up - in quotes because I'll be taking on more work but not getting more pay....), but it's a fun read. I like the TIOLI challenges and I enjoyed the group read of [Thousand Autumns]. It helped me process that very complex novel.

I actually read [Middlesex] a few years ago but it's still one of my favorites. I occasionally add "old" books to my library if I realize that, years later, I'm still remembering them.

Just got home from a Mariners baseball game. It was chilly and the Mariners lost. Oh well, still a nice day off from work.

I look forward to following your reading in the coming months.

Hi Deb- No apologies necessary. It looks like opinions on "Thousand Autumns" is mixed. Books for Group Reads should be challenging and divisive and I think this one fit the bill. You should post your comments over on the G.R. Thread. i'm glad you joined us.
BTW- I gave your review of the Fossum a Big Thumb! Good job!

Hi Deborah,

Thank you for the note. I checked in with my post office today to see if the strike was perhaps coming to a close, but they didn't have any information for me. Not that I really thought they might know for sure, but I thought maybe in the postal grapevine, or perhaps if they were following a Canadian postal Twitterer ... ;-)

I feel for you, because I've got a few books winging their way to me from Amazon and some kind bookmoochers, so if the USPS went on strike now, I'd be mighty unhappy.

I hope the strike ends so you get your books in the mail real soon!

Thank you for the note! And congratulations on your son's computer science program :) Hopefully now that the strike is over (I think?) for Air Canada things will settle down for you a bit. Now if we can just get this pesky postal strike done and over with!
Hi Deborah,

You mean to say that you don't really live in Igloos! *looks aghast*

What Arvind Adiga did was play on a stereotype to serve am international audience, maybe not so different than writing a dystopian novel. Even so, not so long ago, India was considered the land of snake charmers and elephants ( carried forward from the times of Around the World in 80 days), so I am guessing I shouldn't complain much.

Best regards,
Hi Deborah, glad I somehow helped prevent an international incident. But if I did, it was entirely by accident! LOL
I just finished chapter 5 of Thousand Autumns and I'm finally starting to see some kind of story emerge. I guess I should go comment on it on the GR thread, but I'm just afraid of seeing too many spoilers there! Will make my way, eventually.

I've visited Vancouver a couple of times and can safely say you live in a very beautiful part of the world.

Thanks for you kind note,

(from Montreal)
Hi Deb

Really enjoyed your review of Excellent Women. My first Pym was Some Tame Gazelle which made me smile and laugh as I listened to Pym's gentle mocking humour. The title comes from the lines of a poem (the author escapes me) "Some tame gazelle, some gentle dove, something to love, oh something to love" which to me seems to encapsulate the themes of Pym's novels. I notice you've added Jane & Prudence which I haven't read. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of it. I think Pym novels are a perfect foil for mysteries and the more literary novels you read.

Great review of Excellent Women! Going to have to keep my eyes peeled now :P
Hey Deb! I promise to - hand on a maple leaf - to always make careful distinctions between Canadians and US citizens! Thanks for the backgrounder - and sharing some of your background (love that!). I am really looking forward to Vietnam and Laos - last year I went to Thailand and Cambodia (well, Ankor Wat in Cambodia). I was enchanted by the Cambodian people - and Angkor Wat was every bit as spectacular as I imagined. You've made some interesting recent library additions....particularly wondering about Jane and Prudence - as Prudence is my full name. Please let me know if it is worthy of the WL!
Thanks! I will be excited to get it as well. :) I hope teh postal strike does not interfere too much, although I have heard that the post is actually moving faster than usual due to slow mail volume :P

I have some other Newfoundland books in my library, so I think that helped. It should get me back into my Cross Canada challenge. I seem to be behind in all my challenges this year :P

How are you doing?
Thank you!
Thanks for the welcome! Cara (Carod)
I'm glad my review was helpful, Deborah. Elizabeth Hay is one of my favourite Canadian authors. I'll look for your review when you're finished.
And now I've just added Grace Williams Says It Loud to the LIST!! I can't keep up to you anymore, hehe. I read your remarks in your thread and then hopped onto Amazon for a further synopsis ... sounds excellent!
Hi Deb : ). So far, I like The Promise of Rain; it's a good story. I think the other Milner novel you are referring to is After River (also on my WL). Interesting that Promise of Rain prompted you to read more about the Japanese/Chinese experience with the WWs. On that note, I must recommend Snow Falling on Cedars if you haven't already read it ... excellent book which I read a few years ago now ... 4 or 5 star read : ).

I have seen the Who Are You? thread; in fact, I was looking at it again today. Eventually, I'll make a post, hehe.

Hey there Deb - thank you for popping in with such a nice note. I hadn't discovered the Scandis until about a year ago and now I'm so totally hooked. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for other authors of Scandi mysteries. I've still got Hypothermia on my bookshelf to read. I'm sort of keeping it for a while until I know Indridason is about to publish another one because I think I'll be sad if there isn't another one to look forward to reading. ;-)

Have you read Jo Nesbo's books yet? He's another wonderful Scandi author. If you haven't yet read his books, start with 'Redbreast'.

Apart from Idridason and Donna Andrews, I don't tend to read a series in order. I haven't read 'The Water's Edge' yet but I have it in my TBR Tower, waiting to be read this year.

I'm going to try out another Swedish author, Helene Tursten. I've got her book 'Torso' and I want to read it for this M&M month.

What's your thread's name in the 75 books in 2011? It is difficult finding people there sometimes. There are just so many in this group now. I lurk a lot in some threads I like to follow but don't always comment if I don't have time. I wish I had time to follow more threads more diligently, but gosh, I could spend an entire day on LT doing that! haha

Hi Deb, Thanks for your comment. Yes, I loved Cutting for Stone, recommended by a friend of mine in Calgary last Christmas, but I'd never got around to reading it. Then, in March, my siblings and I had to make a sudden trip to the UK to see my elderly mom, who'd just been diagnosed with bowel cancer and was going in for surgery. My sister's partner had given her a copy of Cutting for Stone to read while away, but my sister lent it to me instead, after I spied it in her bag.So I whiled away many an hour sitting at my mom's bedside reading it. (Rather a busman's holiday-I take a leave from my hospital job to sit in a hospital room and read a novel with a medical/surgical theme! ) Terry
Hi Deb, I got Long Song today from our library. Looking forward to it ... Andrea Levy is new to me. Thanks for the rec on it and Small Island.
Hi Deb, thanks for the praise of my review. I know you love Scandinavian mysteries so I am positive you will love "The Redbreast", just what I need - another mystery series for my TBR shelves!

Citizen Girl was one I read awhile ago but forgot about so I just remembered to add it. Hotel de Dream, on the other hand, was a bad one. Started off interesting but fell apart real fast. Very strange and very dumb... I am in the middle of the new Jean Auel book and its going well so I am optimistic! :)
I think of the many, many books I've ordered from them, only once was there more than one book in the envelope. I've had mail days when I've had four envelopes all at once. Hope that helps.
Deb, I was at our library this evening and on the "Staff Picks" shelf was a new Henning Mankell [Daniel]. Written in 2000 but only translated in 2010, so it's not long in circulation. Thought of you; I know you are a fan. Me, too.
Ohhh, I did not catch the Swedish made films of the millennium trilogy. I will watch for these! Thanks, Deb.
Oh, and I just wanted to add that I saw a copy of Mennonites Don't Dance at the Blackbond Books out in Mission last week. So copies are around. You'll track one down yet.
I use all the time--I just use Book Depository if it's cheaper,or if I like the edition better. They aren't always cheaper--just usually. - J
Deb - I thought of you when I found a copy of Mennonites Don't Dance on the BC Ferries today! I didn't buy it because I have a copy in transit coming from and expected this week. I'm sure they'll be back in stock soon.
Me again, Deb. I just read your post @ Canadian Bookworms. I've seen The Book Depository in UK recommended too. Free shipping everywhere ... works for me! Let me know whether your experience is a good one. Thanks, Nancy.
Hi Deb, I don't think you'll be disappointed in Al Quiet on the Western Front. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts. I hope to finish it tonight. It is timeless; I think I am finding it even more powerful because our present world is in such conflict.
It really was wasn't it? I enjoyed it overall but I just felt that the writing style wasn't all that polished. But since this was her first novel, I could forgive that part of it. I do think that she will get better with time.

I found it interesting that the good husband was considered the criminal while the bad husband who should have gone to jail many, many times, was considered the good one by those around them. Interesting juxtaposition there.

It was an eye-opener to see the absolute poverty and cruel conditions though. I tend towards the "Little House in the Prairie" version myself so it's neat to get a glimpse of exactly how hard it was for some immigrants. Overall, I am glad I was talked into continuing on. Thanks!
Sadly, it's one that I really thought I'd like! Thanks for your comment - I'm afraid I am not one to sugar-coat things so it's nice to know that others appreciate it. :)
Hi! Yes, I grabbed the book, finally. It caught my attention earlier this year in my grocery store (Real Canadian Superstore, which surprisingly has a not bad selection of books), but I didn't bother with it. So I went to the bookstore and finally grabbed myself a copy. Looks promising, I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks, Deborah. Ooh, another good book tip sounds like with Beggar's Garden. Yes, I'm in the 75er group; thread is under lit_chick. You'll find me on our Wiki Away page under "The Threadbook." Nancy
Morning, Deborah ... I'm not stalking you, but it may appear that way since I was also your last message, LOL. Have been playing here again this morning (I'm obsessed now, I think). Anyway, read a comment of yours somewhere that our group threads were hard to find. Someone helped me with this recently ... from the 75er home page, click on Wiki Away ... you'll see The Threadbook which lists all 75ers alphabetically. SO much easier.

Hi Deborah, Got your rec for Still Missing from one of our Canadian Bookworm threads. My library just happens to have the ONLY copy that is checked in ... it's widely requested. I'm off this week, so I'll be waiting when the doors open this morning : ). Have been reading a heap of lit lately; this is just the break I need!
Also, I hope you get a chance to read Alias Grace soon, glad my review help move it up a notch. I know you said in the forums you weren't a big fan of her "feministy" stuff, and this one is nothing like that. Happy reading.
Thanks for the tip on the crime fiction. Character development is definite bonus.
Thanks for letting me know about sequels to Jar City, Deborah. I find it very encouraging that you and others think the Erlandur books just get better as you get further in. I'm looking forward to reading more. Jar City for me was a recommendation from Mark (msf59), among other good rec's he's given me.

Yes, Major Pettigrew is such a great book. I'm recommending it all over the place. Another "feel good" book I just read is "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen. If you haven't read it, it's another charmer.

Best wishes - Joe
Here it is!

I must put a link on my profile page... you know you can find anyone's thread in the Wiki, right?

Hi Deborah
It is amazing we have so many books in common, although Stephen Harper reads has probably contributed a bit to that! I live in Charlottetown and have for the past 35 years and, although married to an Islander, I will never be considered one because I wasn't born here. I have BC roots - I was born in Vancouver but was an air force kid and didn't live there long. I love PEI and think I was actually born on the west coast by mistake. I think our approach to reading is similar - I too will read a cereal box if there's nothing else around, and I do come back to mysteries fairly regularly.

I'm currently reading Pursuasion by Jane Austen as a replacement for the Watsons for SH Reads. I've found some of the SH Reads books to be less than exciting so I might be more discriminating about which of them I read in the future. I'm enjoying some of the classics I missed reading in the past and am enjoying the challenge.

Nice to meet you - I enjoy your comments.

Sorry, should have asked in first message ... how do I use RSS feed on comments? Thanks, Nancy
The entire series looks great! Can't wait : ). Thank you for those recs.
Yes, but 14 good books. Cutting for Stone is sitting here looking at me wondering when its time will come. Should I get to it sooner rather than later?
I know exactly what you mean about the Scandinavian setting/writers. The Millennium Trilogy had me hooked! It was from there that I decided to explore further and found Henning Mankell. I'd love to read his Wallender books at some point; is it necessary to read all of them, and in chronological order, or do they make good individual reads as well? Also, please let me know what the Icelandic series is that you've almost finished. Sounds like another collection TBR. Cutting for Stone will come from the public library and there's a quite a queue; but I'm on that list too.

Honestly, I've been at LT for about a month, I think ... and already I have NO idea how I will read all that I want to read!
Hi Deborah,

We have many books in common! Glad to hear you are so enjoying Cutting for Stone. I've put it on my list now too! Mankell is new to me, so I'm delighted to know you have read and enjoyed several of his; I'll be scooping your library for ideas : ). For some reason, I keep thinking his books would make great beach reads ...

Appreciate your message. I'm getting so many wonderful ideas "wandering around" through profiles and libraries ... your included!

Vernon, BC
You're right -- Mormon definitely equaled "very scary cult" when I was growing up! It was always really annoyed me when people confused Mormons and Mennonites--still does, actually! Not the same at all. Funny how people DO mellow. My dear brother and sister-in-law were missionaries and when they came home they wouldn't let their kids watch Scooby Doo (ghosts, occult, etc). Now when I go there they fix me a gin and tonic, and sometimes we go wine tasting (they live in Kelowna), and I pass on all my books to her. I think they'd just roar if I reminded them about Scooby Doo.

Mennonites have their issues, but at times can be non-conservative. I know a similar story to your friend's.
I wonder what your friend's mom would have said if she knew that Go Ask Alice is a fictional piece of anti-drug paraphernalia written by Beatrice Sparks, a Mormon youth worker!
After River was one of my favourite reads this year - and Canadian to boot. I read that the setting was based on the town of Rossland, B.C. where Donna Milner had lived before becoming a full time author.

My copy 'disappeared' when my YA's returned to university after their Reading Week. No actual reading is attempted during Reading Week of course. ;-) casaloma
Thank you for your recommendations! I will look into The Kitchen House. She is most interested in books about women with a similar writing style (Although not necc. books about slavery). I think it was the style of writing that really caught her attention :)
The review of Bride of New France showed up in my feed, what a lovely review! I am wondering if the writing style is similar to The Book of Negroes? I have a friend who just loved that book who is looking for something written in a similar style and I am not sure what to recommend to her.
Hi, Deborah

Here's a link to the article that completely changed my reading of As For Me and My House:

(Let me know if it doesn't work for you and I'll help you).

I read the novel for my CanLit class and thought it was just okay. But then I read this article and suddenly the book made so much more sense. I went back and reread it and really liked the second time.
Deb - I see you have two books in your library that you haven't rated: February (Lisa Moore), which I'm currently reading and loving; and As For Me and My House (Sinclair Ross). Are these on your TBR pile, or have you read them? If you haven't read the Ross, let me know when you're going to read it and I'll send you an article about it. I was assigned it in my CanLit course, and I thought it was pretty "meh." Then my prof gave us this article and WHOA! I had a totally different idea about the book. Most of the students didn't buy into the article's reading, but they were a young and green bunch. After reading the article I did two assignments on it that were so fun. Let me know if you're interested.
Wups, happy belated birthday!! I hope you had lots of good cake and tea :)
Thanks for the information Deb.

All good wishes and Happy Belated Birthday!
Hi There. I'm a member of the 75 challenge group. I'm compiling a list of birthdays and sending messages to those whose birthday I don't have as yet. Would you please send your birthday either to the birthday thread, listed below,
or to my home page:
Yes, I am going to try to read more of The Birthouse tonight. I see that I had turned off Hot Topics and Hot Reviews on my main page... I was new, what did I know! :P I turned hot reviews back on and may do the same with hot topics :)
Hi Deb,

Thanks for leaving a message about A Sin of Colour, The Thirteenth Tale and Blodletting and Miraculous Cures. A Sin of Colour exceeded my expectations - I love it when a book does that! As for the other two books, those were great finds just this past weekend while scouring the bookshelves of some of my favorite used book haunts. The Thirteenth Tale is scheduled for a group read over in the 11 in 11 Group Challenge so lets just say finding a copy this weekend was a treat!

You have a lot of great books in your library.... need to go off and browse further.

Happy reading!

Thank you for the sympathy and hugs! That is very sweet of you. You are not even in Bookmooch and you are thinking of others :) How did you hear about this?

I see Ridgewaygirl's note, I am going to have to see which your hot review is! How does one find out what the hot reviews are by the way?

Will for sure have to include you in our Birth House discussion then! I am only 25pgs is, so more of a prep for discussion at this point :)

I just came back from the Value Village with a bag full of books.I managed to find a copy of The Last Crossing while I was there.. that is one of the books up for the CBC top 10 is it not?
Congratulations on your hot review! It was well deserved.
I try to read the intros and our interests look as if they overlap quite a bit. best, Lucy
Hi, Deborah . . . first have your friend make herself an account on LibraryThing. Then she should type "vancouverdeb" in the search box at the top right. From the next screen, she should click on "member" along the left side. Your name will be listed and then she can click on you and add you as a friend. I think that should work.
Hi there! I'm very flattered that anyone would get the idea that I understand anything about the technicalities of this site but I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help - all I did on that thread was to re-enter the name of the book because the original poster hadn't scrolled through all the possibilities of similarly named works to click on the correct one and her link kept leading me to a completely different book. As far as anything more complicated than that goes I'm afraid I'm completely useless.

There do seem to be quite a few books that don't have a touchstone link - usually the more obscure titles (though not always - I'm amazed to see some where the book is a classic and yet the 'first choice' touchstone refers to some wishy-washy bit if rubbish that doesn't deserve to breathe the same air) and I don't know what the reason could be. I do seem to remember some conversation about this kind of thing a while ago in this group - though I can't find it now - and I have a feeling there's something you can do that will make them work by adding some number to the title (this is just even more confusing, isn't it?) I bet a general enquiry somewhere in that group would get you to the right thread or, failing that, a new thread to ask the question all over again. It's annoying but I've just kind of accepted that sometimes touchstones don't work. I hope you get an explanation from those much cleverer than me. Good luck!
I'm glad Gold Diggers met your expectations! It definitely sounds like a book I need to read at some point. I read and really enjoyed a historical mystery by Vicki Delany for my Yukon book in the Canadian challenge. From your review, it sounds like Delany based her characters on real people. The main character, Fiona, seems to be based on Belinda Mulrooney, and there was a Mountie who figured prominently in the story, too.
Nice to "meet" you. I see that we have a few things in common: both Metro Vancouver residents (I am in Maple Ridge) and both of us are dog owners (mine is a very lovely, very old- almost 15 yrs- German Shepherd cross) Now that she's so old and can't do long walks anymore, I find I exercise less and less and read more and more! Good for the mind, but not for this aging body!
Deb- Thanks for the Mankell report! Yes, I heard a new Wallander is coming out and it might be the last, which means I can get caught up at some point. Yah! It's hard for me to keep up with series fiction and I admire the fact that you plow right through them. Have a good weekend!

Deb- I hope you enjoy this Icelandic series! I'm also glad you are enjoying the Wallander series. I hope to get back to it soon. See you on the threads!

Hi Deborah,

Thanks for the friend request! I'm looking forward to following your reading this year.


Good for you! I like to keep track too. And really, as I like to remind myself, it's the journey that counts--not the destination. I'll make sure to follow your reading thread.
I tend to be a little hard on ratings so 3 1/2 is actually good for me! 3 is average, 3 1/2 means that there is something above average about it. Anything 4 or over has to absolutely wow me. I should probably re-think the rating a little next year and not be so scroogy :)
Hi back! Have you heard of the 11 in 11 challenge? This will be my first year participating. What I like is that you can make your own categories for reading:

How was your holiday? I hope you are enjoying yourself and that the weather is nicer than when I left :P
Deb- Thanks for your comment! I loved "Dogs of Riga" too! I've just been swamped with books and keeping up with series fiction, is not easy. I see you read and loved "Major Pettigrew". I plan on reading that very soon, as soon as I wrap up "Fingersmith". Have you read that one? It's terrific. Have a nice Sunday!

1) The HST has already made them far more money than they expected
2) We have not received all of our incentive money yet, so don't have to pay it all back yet.
3) The gentleman who announced he is running for Liberal leadership said that he felt Craig James was fair impartial when asked about this recent event. Craig James is not an impartial leader of Elections Canada, he is a Liberal appointed by them, in the interim until they can find a leader agreed upon by all parties. If newer leaders of the Liberal party are not outraged, I have as little faith in them as I have in Cambpell (Which is none).

I am also for consumption taxes actually. Those who use more pay, and they are harder to avoid than income taxes. However this tax was NEVER intended to pay for roads, education, health care, etc. Revenue neutral they keep saying. The money goes back to corporations with the idea that they then hire more people, lower prices, and become more competitive. Not one penny from the HST increas goes to running the province. Not one. So there will be no reason for cutbacks with the cancellation of the tax. Scare tactics, plane and simple.
Did you see this??

Extremely upset right now.
I do like the ice grips you can pull over your shoes. That reminds me, I need to dig mine out.
p.s.- -35 today! (with windchill) And we always have lanes disappear etc. We do actually sand though ;)
When I said the people who reviewed the Wars read a different book than I did, I meant they had a different perspective. Really different. I thought it was wonderful, and not in the least bit daunting. I guess it's just what you're used to reading.
Deb - the tickers are easy, although I do have to figure it out fresh every year. I think you just click on one and it'll take you to the Ticker Factory.Then click on Create New Ticker. Play around with the options until you have one you like. Then there should be instructions on posting it where you want it.
Yeah, those poor reviews of The Wars were written by people who read a different book than I did. I loved The Wars, and didn't find it incoherent at all. It is indeed different, but I thought it was very well done and clever. Look it up on Wikipedia and scan the article--whoever wrote that did a pretty good job of summing the book up. There may be a few spoilers--I honestly don't remember--but it's not the kind of book that you can really "spoil"--it's more about going along for the adventure than finding out what happens. It's definitely going to make my top 10 for this year (out of 90-100 books total).
As for teaching, I would like to stay at UNBC, or maybe Regina since I have lots of family there as well. :)
With bookmooch you post unwanted books, and get 1 point for each book sent within the country, 3 points for books sent internationally. Then you use the points to order books from anyone else (1 point with Canada, only 2 points internationally). I have mailed small books to the states for as little as 2-3$.

It really depends on the books.. In Canada because of our postal rates you can request that they ask for two books at once..For international books if they are multiple mooches it can really be as low as 3-4$ a book. You want to be careful not to post heavy/large books. I have found it wonderful for finding hard to find or out of print books etc. For example today I received a package that has Beatrice & Virgil in hardcover and The Wreckage. It is lots of fun to get books to your door.

I have heard that you guys are expecting snowfall (Tries not to snicker.. heheheh). About -20 up here today.

Health psychology includes things such as the negative effects of stress on health, Type A personality and heart disease (Which turns out to be more Hostility than type A), chronic pain etc. My area is chronic pain. My Master's thesis took a look at the way others often under-estimate the amount of pain a person with chronic pain is in, especially doctors.
Ps- Have you heard of bookmooch?
I think you would like The Life of Pi. Frankly I can't really read much of scifi/fanasty either :P When you get to the end of the book you realize there is this whole other 'level' you could interpret the book on, but as you are reading it it is more of an adventure story. It reminded me a bit of Lost in the Barrens but at sea. It was a fast moving book (Like The Book of Negroes which I just finished last night and loved!)

In high school I was in advanced english classes, so we read larger works (e.g. Anna Karenina) and spent just forever dissecting them.. but we didn't read as many works and I missed many of the classics others read in high school. The What is Stephen Harper Reading challenge is encouraging me to read more into classics than I would have otherwise, I believe I am up to To Kill a Mockingbird next.

When I was completing my PhD examinations I was reading for months from 8am-10pm trying to prepare.. when I finally wrote the exams (Which were easier than I thought) I was 'burned out' of even fun reading and left reading to the side for a while. I am working on my PhD in psychology... more the health psychology and statistics end of it. I am teaching university classes as I work so it takes a bit longer but is good experiences as that is what I want to do.

Sounds like you are having a good day! :) We have a few people joining in the new year, so if you decide to you won't be alone. I found my copy in a used book store in Montreal when I was there this summer.. they hadn't even had the chance to put it on the shelf before I grabbed it :P
That is an unusual combination of books :)
Have you tried The Life of Pi? The start of it is all about understanding between religions, or one boy who joins three of them :P The part on the survival boat is not dark if that is what you are worried about :)

You have made me feel better about my choices for the two NS books, thank you! It sounds like The Book of Negroes might remind me a bit of The Way the Crow Flies, set in Ontario. Have you read it?

As for New Brunswick books, I have 9 in my inventory (If you are having trouble finding books by province, check my tags lol). I wonder if you might like The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor:

I have not read it yet, but have a copy as it was recommended to me :)
Hello again! Sorry to hear that you gave up on the Hatbox.. I can understand that, it sounded a little depressing even to me. Child abuse and severely depressed seniors are two turnoffs for me when it comes to books :P
Winner of the Giller will be announced tonight? Awesome! I also have only read Annabel from that lot. I wonder if they will announce both the Giller and the CanadaReads today, that would be awesome.

West of Mars (A really nice girl) runs a book contest blog here:

Wide variety of books.. some are US only, but she usually posts that when she posts about the books. It helps to have a google reader/twitter to get entries, some of them require you to follow via google reader. However they do so many good book reviews that I am glad I am following them. Some do not require it. If you need help with either a reader or twitter just let me know, I have helped a few friends set their up :) (And have been adding in more BC political blogs as the Liberals continue to *Ahem word deleted* themselves.
Ps- Do you know about the Stephen Harper reading challenge? A few of us (More joining in Dec and Jan) are reading through the list of books that Yann Martel is sending to Harper:
And Book 8 and up here:

New members always welcomed :) I am starting on Maus, next up is To Kill a Mockingbird. I am getting through a lot of shorter classics this way that I would not have read otherwise (Or would have sat on Mount TBR for decades).
Thought you would be interested:
Welcome! I see that out of your library posted, we have half the titles in common - there some pretty goods odds :)
My sister went to see Stuart MacLean in Saint John, NB, loved it and highly recommends it. Enjoy a night out.
Hi back! Yes I loved the language in Annabel :) I read your review of Under this Unbroken Sky.. that is a book on my TBR list so was interesting to read about it. I see we are both Vinyl Cafe fans! He is actually coming up here in October, I keep trying to decide if I should buy tickets to attend :P
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