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Sep 1, 2010, 10:55am Top

I just finished Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. While it is clear he is not a scientists his story telling is amazing and I greatly enjoyed the book. I decided it was time for another "fluff" book so I am reading The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry which I already know is going to be fun.

Sep 1, 2010, 11:09am Top

I borrowed the movie version of Never Cry Wolf from the library a few months ago. My husband and I hadn't seen it since the 80s and my kids had never seen it. I recommend it.

Sep 1, 2010, 11:58am Top

I am reading Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, a heart-warming tale on motherhood and adoption, balancing parenting and careers and living in two completely different cultures.

Edited: Sep 1, 2010, 7:59pm Top

I just finished Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas. I love her books with Inspector Adamsberg. Also finished Death in the Truffle Wood - it started a bit slowly but I found I was really enjoying it after a while. Two enjoyable mysteries but very different.

Sep 4, 2010, 11:46am Top

Yey another Vargas fan! I'm like you, I love Adamsberg.
I am way behind on the Canada Reads challenge and enjoying The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy. Better late than never.

Sep 5, 2010, 5:31pm Top

I really enjoyed The Jade Peony too and had hoped it might win Canada Reads. I was a young girl in Vancouver and remember the separateness of the Chinese from the locals. This helped to explain a lot of that.

Sep 6, 2010, 1:07pm Top

The Jade Peony looks good. Might have to go track down a copy.

I finished and reviewed the short story collection The Spot; stories by David Means. As it is a cold, rainy day where I live on Vancouver island - is summer now over? *Gulp* Where did the time go! - I plan to spend the day indoors relaxing on the couch with a warm cup of tea reading The News Where You Are, an LTER book. 80 pages in and so far it is turning out to be quite a fast read.

After that, I plan to read The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley.

Sep 6, 2010, 1:34pm Top

As it is a cold, rainy day where I live on Vancouver island - is summer now over? *Gulp* Where did the time go!

Rainy here in Vancouver too, and I thought exactly the same thing this morning! We were in Whistler on the weekend, and in the sun it felt like 30 degrees, but then the wind would gust through and it felt like 14--we didn't know whether to wear bikinis or polar fleece.

Anyway, I'm reading Garden in the Wind, which is a short story collection by the Canlit icon Gabrielle Roy.

Sep 6, 2010, 1:41pm Top

8: I read her book 'The Windflower' earlier this summer and very much enjoyed it. :)

Sep 6, 2010, 2:41pm Top

Yes Vancouver Islands weather could be better. I don't mind the rain but I could use a few more degrees. Still reading in bed this morning with tea was nice. I just started reading Drifting Home by Pierre Berton. So far so good

Sep 6, 2010, 5:43pm Top

I am trying in vain to get into The Polished Hoe by Clarke. It really is good but I just can't get into it. So far, I have read 3 other books in the meantime. Can someone convince me it's worth it to continue?

Sep 7, 2010, 12:11pm Top

I've finished Holding Still for as Long as Possible by Zoe Whittall and am now reading Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan

Sep 8, 2010, 10:12pm Top

Just started Alligator by Lisa Moore. Moore is very observant and her descriptions are beautiful. I only started reading it yesterday and I'm already 1/4 of the way through.

Sep 10, 2010, 5:22pm Top

I'm reading a book set in Saskatoon, which is where I'm spending a few days. It's called Aloha, Candy Hearts by Anthony Bidulka.

Sep 10, 2010, 8:46pm Top

I am reading a book called Gulag and the Life of Pi.(finally!)

Sep 10, 2010, 8:49pm Top

After finishing starting in the west with Drifting Home by Pierre Berton and jumping all the way to Newfoundland with The Girl From Away by Claire Mowat I am now in the middle although still north with People of the Deer by Farley Mowat. That and spending far too much at Russell's. The giant used bookstore in Victoria.

Sep 10, 2010, 8:54pm Top

That and spending far too much at Russell's. The giant used bookstore in Victoria.

Oh, lucky you!!!! I only had the pleasure of wandering in there once. When I'm in Victoria I always have family in tow, and their patience for bookstores usually lasts 10-30 minutes. And I can usually only get down the south aisle of Munro's in that amount of time!

Sep 10, 2010, 9:15pm Top

17: As my shopping is always with my 6 and 2.5 year old I can assure you I can count the seconds I am able to stay in any store of interest to me and not to them. I just make sure I hit Russell's every day of my visit here (followed by the bakery next door)

Edited: Sep 10, 2010, 10:30pm Top

I LOVE russels!! I have only been there once, but I am surprised they let me on the plane with all the books I brought back up north from Victoria :P Loved the second storey. :)

Edit: How did you like The Girl from Away?

Double Edit: Just read your review!

Sep 11, 2010, 4:48am Top

You make me envious being able to get to proper bookstores. More mr it is Folio, Chapters and Amazon. Not quite the same thing! :(

Sep 11, 2010, 1:53pm Top

Russell's is definitely one of the best used bookstores. I hear they've done some renovating upstairs - more room for even more books!

I'm reading The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger.

Sep 11, 2010, 5:45pm Top

I was back at Russell's this morning as my daughter "needed" more Daisy Meadow's fairy books e.g. Ruby the Red Fairy. Somehow she thinks she does not have enough but who I am to turn down a trip to the bookstore so off we went. I managed to find The French Isles by Claire Mowat that sequel to The Girl From Away so I was happy.

Sep 11, 2010, 9:27pm Top

Russell's book store - a favorite for me, and yes katylit, they have 'expanded the upper level by taking over the second floor next door! With the expansion they have the 'used' and some new books on the old side - left when you come up the stairs - while the 'new' side, to the right, is predominately new and discounted books. Still floor to ceiling in books even with the expanded space!

Sep 12, 2010, 12:39pm Top

I have finished and reviewed The Last of the Crazy People, a fascinating dark story of a family that falls apart with frightening consequences one fateful summer in 1964. I am surprised I am stunned that I haven't read this one, or anything by Findley, before now. Suffice to say, I will be reading more of Findley's works!

I am currently reading Elizabeth: The Golden Age by Tasha Alexander for the September Royalty theme for the Reading Through Time Group. It is proving to be a very quick read.

Sep 12, 2010, 1:59pm Top

Here in Edmonton it's a beautiful Autumn day. While on my drive to Timmy's for a steeped tea, I noticed the fall colours are already sneaking in!

I recently finished Masquerade by Nancy Moser, and ER book, and now finishing up No Country for Old Men. Also have The Girl Who Played With Fire on the go as well as Audition which I just had to read as it caught my attention just in the prologue!

Sep 12, 2010, 4:43pm Top

Cold, grey and rainy here in north central BC. I am mostly reading various psychology cources as I prepare for the classes I am teaching next week. In my breaks I am working my way through Foxfire 4 and The lost symbol.

Sep 12, 2010, 6:01pm Top

I am reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. It's a book that deserved attention and I'm frustrated by back to school and birthdays... A great escape when I can get a few minutes at a time!

Sep 13, 2010, 10:17pm Top

>24 lkernagh: I love Findley's work. I haven't read Last of the Crazy People though so I will check out your review. If you're interested in more Findley, I highly recommend The Piano Man's Daughter.

Sep 14, 2010, 1:42pm Top

I am also a major Timothy Findley fan!

Right now, I'm reading an autobiography, Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet. Mr. Tammet has synaesthesia, savant syndrome and Asperger's.

Sep 14, 2010, 8:40pm Top

I am going to start Ape House by Gruen shortly.

The only Findley that I have partially read is Pilgrim. I have absolutely no idea why I never finished as I was enjoying it immensely. I will have to rectify that soon.

Edited: Sep 14, 2010, 9:39pm Top

I see that Timothy Findley was a prolific writer and I have now added The Piano Man's Daughter and Pilgrim high up on my TBR pile for consideration based on the comments posted here! Thanks!

Sep 15, 2010, 12:08am Top

Those are both on my TBR pile, along with Not Wanted on the Voyage. I think my TBR pile is near reaching maximal capacity lol.

Edited: Sep 15, 2010, 9:31am Top

Bcteagirl, check out the group "Books Off the Shelf Challenge" if you want support in reducing that TBR pile!

I'm about to start an Early Reviewers book, You Comma Idiot by Doug Harris

Sep 15, 2010, 10:14am Top

I think my TBR pile is near reaching maximal capacity

and what would that be? I think mine reached capacity ages ago, but it still keeps growing.

Sep 15, 2010, 12:59pm Top

34: It looks like I have roughly 200 more books in my TBR pile than you, if your library is accurate ;)

Just started No Great Mischief which is set in Cape Breton

Sep 15, 2010, 1:16pm Top

#35 - I can't tell--we organize our libraries differently. My TBR pile is a combination of my To Read and Currently Reading collections, which today is sitting at 431 books. I think it's fairly accurate (within 3 books I figure). If I usually read 80-100 books a year, 431 is really too many! Especially since I live in a small house. And never mind my wishlist, which is over 600 books. I'm not sure what capacity is, but I think it's lower than this. What do your stats look like?

Sep 15, 2010, 1:51pm Top

About 650 TBR *Blushes* In my defence, a number of these are smaller cookbooks, and a few are classics I read long ago marked TBR again. :P

Sep 15, 2010, 2:10pm Top

Clearly I have to be careful. My TBR pile sits at a mere 78 but I see things can get a lot worse! I need to stop reading the chat groups I think. I spotted a commemorative hardback edition of The Piano Man's Daughter for $2 this morning and it looks unread. Of course I had to pick it up because of this group to read the dust jacket and into the basket it went!

I recently read The French Isles by Claire Mowat and am now reading Last Summer in Louisbourg the third book in that series. If anyone can find these books (along with The Girl from Away I recommend them for kids (or Adults) as I am really enjoying them.

Sep 15, 2010, 6:46pm Top

Amateurs... mine is over 1000 and growing. Clearly, the TBR challenge is NOT working for me :)

Sep 15, 2010, 7:15pm Top

Bucketyell - you make me laugh! In this case I'm happy to be an amateur. But if I ever move into a bigger house, you'd better watch out! Your coveted TBR prize will be in jeopardy.

Sep 15, 2010, 9:13pm Top

To continue the Findley thread, I also highly recommend You went away, although my favourite is Pilgrim. I had a really hard time with The Wars which was too emotionally grueling.

Edited: Sep 15, 2010, 10:08pm Top

> 41 - Adding you went away to the Findley TBR list that I am tracking in my head. Thanks for the recommendation! Hummm... I really should check to see what books my local library has on the Findley topic.

edited to add: on the TBR pile topic, I am an amateur at approximately 125 books. ;-)

Edited: Sep 16, 2010, 11:51am Top

-39: You made me feel slightly better. But only ever so slightly lol. At this rate we will have duelling TBR piles... (Cues duelling banjo music to go along with it).

Sep 16, 2010, 12:07am Top

43 - oh, I'm there cheering the underdog on!

Sep 16, 2010, 7:45am Top

You are on!!! :)

But I am warning you... U of T has 4 book sales coming up (I know, 4!! Can you believe it?) plus the Book Depot's all fiction half price sale plus the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra book sale this weekend. I am broke just thinking about it!

Sep 16, 2010, 11:52am Top

Ah. I accept your challenge ;)

Sep 19, 2010, 12:53am Top

Did someone mention booksales? At U of T? When??? I need dates.

I am reading The Case Against Owen Williams by Allan Donaldson

Sep 19, 2010, 8:57am Top

Here's a link to the U of T sales... http://www.booksalefinder.com/utuniversity.html (sorry, I have no idea how to insert a link and make it look pretty). The first sale starts next weekend.

Edited: Sep 19, 2010, 11:30am Top

Still very jealous!!

I am currently reading The end of food. Despite being described as such on the back cover, It had not clicked that the author was Canadian. So lots of Canadian stats/news used. Quite an interesting read so far.

p.s-47-How are you liking 10224244::The case against Owen Williams? Did you receive it as an early reviewers copy?

Sep 19, 2010, 12:30pm Top

I am reading un roman français by bad-boy French writer Frédéric Beigbeder, who has commonly been compared to Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney. Besides a lot of name dropping, it's actually a very moving, honest account of his childhood, with sad but not sappy memories of growing up, the good and the bad. Now I just have to figure out whether it's actually biographical or autofictional...

Edited: Sep 19, 2010, 9:05pm Top

Since there are a couple of us already reading You Comma Idiot, I thought I'd fast-track it on my reading pile. I've only read the first chapters, but I'm not overly impressed so far. I'd already read novels in the second person singular (a tactic used amply by Nicole de Buron in her humourous novels), but instead of creating connivance, I find it creates distance - frankly, whereas I might empathize with a unemployed male looser, I have a hard time being one...

Sep 20, 2010, 7:18am Top

I'm reading another Early Reviewers book: A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sep 21, 2010, 9:31am Top

I just saw the film made about De Rosnay's first book-Sarah's Key. i must say that I thought that the film kept all the best parts of the book.
I just finished This Cake is For the Party by Sarah Selecky. I just found out that the book is on the Giller Prize Longlist. I think that I have to read more from the longlist before passing judgement.

Edited: Sep 21, 2010, 11:13am Top

33: Just spotted your message now for some reason. I will check that out next year when I start new reading challenges :) I still have a couple books to read for my 'Books Won' reading challenge and 'Chunksters' reading challenge (Books over 500pgs).

Edit: Question: Around new years is there a general forum for all reading challenges so you can find out about them? I think that would be a lovely idea.

Sep 21, 2010, 12:28pm Top

oh the challenges. Every time I read about one I think I want to join but I know I have to be careful as I really don't read enough to take part in too many challenges.

I could not help myself and started a new challenge a while ago but have really done no advertising of it so it is still small. I wanted a more complicated global challenge then what I saw in the group 'Reading Globally' and I wanted to take into account that when I start reading about a country I typically move onto more books about the country. If anyone needs another challenge (without a deadline!) you can check it out here.


A general forum about challenges would be a great idea

Sep 21, 2010, 12:30pm Top

I'm starting into the Giller-longlisted Light Lifting (no touchstone) by Alexander MacLeod. I've heard Alex read twice now (and will again, on Friday), and he's fantastic.

Touchstones are always busted on small press books that aren't in a lot of libraries, it seems....

Sep 21, 2010, 7:35pm Top

55 - uh oh, fmgee, I've joined your challenge. Now I have reading for a lifetime...

Sep 21, 2010, 10:45pm Top

57: Great news Cecilturtle and yes it is a lifetime challenge

Sep 22, 2010, 10:09pm Top

I'm just about to start reading Late Nights on Air. It's an unsolicited loan; a friend is insisting that i read it. She feels that it's a particularly good autumn read. I've loved every book this friend has recommended to me so i have high hopes. And it's been a while since i've read an English Canadian book...

Sep 22, 2010, 10:49pm Top

I think I am going to be starting that book on Monday jfThing, so let me know how you like it :)

Sep 24, 2010, 7:39am Top

I just finished reading Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell . It's a very bleak story of homesteading in the Canadian Prairies in 1938. A compelling read - but also quite depressing in some ways.

Edited: Sep 24, 2010, 7:54am Top

I also read a fabulous psychological thiller/ mystery by a Canadian/ BC author Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. What a fascinating read!! It's her first novel -and I think it's becoming very popular outside of Canada as well. Great book!

I'm just onto Born Under A Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield. She's not a Canadian author, and it's not the Kite Runner - but so far - wow! What an interesting take on Afghanistan from a young boys point of view.

Sep 24, 2010, 4:06pm Top

On holidays behind the old Iron Curtain and just finished Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict. It was a good read and I'm kicking myself for only bringing one book. I'll have to canvass the bus for someone who had enough sense to bring more than one book!

Sep 26, 2010, 7:49am Top

I'm reading The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger for a book club.

Sep 26, 2010, 8:02am Top

I finished reading Room by Donoghue and really liked it. It's less about the actual kidnapping and more about the bond between mother and son. Very well done.

Sep 26, 2010, 2:02pm Top

Just realized I have lax in posting here. I finished The Frightened Man - a great Victorian murder mystery with some grit and attitude, Blindness - a compelling page turner about the collapse of society - for a Group Read over on the 75 Challenge Group and I am now reading Room. Not far enough into Room to have any thoughts but it is great to see others here have read it and liked it!

Sep 27, 2010, 9:56pm Top

>60 Bcteagirl:: I got a bit sidetracked and haven't picked up Late Nights on Air since chapter 1. Hopefully i'll get back to it this week... If you decide to read it, let me know what you think!

Sep 27, 2010, 10:48pm Top

Will do! I have an interlibrary loan due on Monday, so am hoping to start it next week :)

Sep 29, 2010, 12:11am Top

I finished Room by Emma Donoghue last night (a good story with a refreshingly insightful view through the eyes of the 5 year old narrator Jack), and the novella I'jaam by Sinan Antoon (a stunning piece of work about the oppressive lifestyle under the Iraqi regime before the American invasion).

I have the short story collection The Beautiful Red by James Cooper ready to go but I am waffling if that is really what I am in the mood for right now.

Sep 29, 2010, 3:57am Top

Thanks to all of you Canadian bookworms, I picked up a copy of Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright . I'm just a few chapters into it, and already hooked. jfThing - I could not get into Late Nights on Air.... let me know what you think. At least it's a library book for me - so maybe I can try to get into again.

Sep 29, 2010, 10:59am Top

I *loved* Clara Callan :)
Recently finished reading No Great Mischief which was a really great book.. the kind of book that includes both the good and bad in life, but doesn't leave you feeling all depressed.

Last night I finished Her Mother's Daughter for an early reviewers book. Really not my cup of tea... People who like the Southern sort of 'here is my screwed up family, but we all stick together' (Ok southern is just my stereotype for that sort of book) might like it, but it just rubbed the the wrong way throughout the book. While it does paint a picture of small town life (Small town almost anywhere, not necc. Cape Breton or even Canada), it is also a town where obesity is cured through harassment and introduction to online dating websites (Fatty websites of course), mothers actually talk their young teenage daughters *out* of putting babies up for adoption (Sure, there are good reasons for doing so, but what do you feel deep down?), and the running joke is fat people crushing each other when they try to be close (resulting in hospital trips). Almost all (alright all) of the characters just seemed annoying to me. I did like the last half of the book more than the first, so if you are reading it it does get a little better. This is not a book I would lend to my friends... going to have to find a way to soften it up a bit for review (And this version is already softened).

I am just a couple of pages into Late Nights on Air now, and have started Lost in the Barrens.

Sep 29, 2010, 11:25am Top

I too am very interested to hear about Late Nights on Air. It is on the shelf waiting.

71: Lost in the Barrens is my next Mowat book as I have yet to find a copy of The Regiment.

I am still reading People of the Deer and The know it all but I finished reading Alice in Wonderland with my daughter which we have been slowly working on for a long time inbetween all sorts of Fairy Books.

Edited: Sep 29, 2010, 11:41am Top

I loved Late Nights on Air. I think she did a fabulous job of capturing the north--both the people and the geography, and I especially liked how she captured the feeling of the air during those long summer twilights. I haven't been to Yellowknife, but I've spent a lot of time in Northern BC and also the Yukon, and I could really relate. If you're not crazy about the first half of the book, stick with it because it changes quite a bit when a bunch of the characters go on a canoe trip.

Sep 29, 2010, 11:46am Top

Will let you know about Late Nights on Air.. right now I am only about 3 pages in :P

I can tell you that I am loving Lost in the Barrens so far! The only reason I have not given it all of my attention is I wanted to get my Cape Breton books done. People of the Deer is one of the ones I want to read for my Cross Canada challenge shortly as well, how are you liking it?

Sep 29, 2010, 1:49pm Top

I am enjoying People of the Deer. The subject matter is very interesting but something about it is not as good as the other Mowat's I have read (and yes that is only two but I only found out he existed two months ago!). I think I like it slightly less as it is less of a continuous story due to the frequent telling of tales. I am around 2/3 done and happy to recommend it but not if it is the only Mowat someone is going to read. I am very interested in comparing it to The Desperate People but as I am going to try and read all of Farley's books chronologically I have to wait a a few books.

Sep 29, 2010, 3:12pm Top

Oooo that sounds like a fun reading plan! I only found out about Mowat this summer really... I have been collecting his books like mad, but this is only the second one of his I have read so far. :)

Sep 29, 2010, 5:35pm Top

I did not like Late Nights on Air, but am definitely in the minority around here.

I'm currenting reading Game Change by John Heilemann for a book club.

Oct 1, 2010, 8:00am Top

I know it is now October 1st but this belongs in the September posts:

I finished, reviewed and surprisingly enjoyed James Cooper's short story collection The Beautiful Red. The surprise being that I am usually not a fan of horror genre.

Currently reading, and making very quick work of A Secret Kept, an LTER book by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Oct 1, 2010, 10:15am Top

I'm reading Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady. I started it yesterday, so I guess it belongs on this thread.

See you all on the October thread real soon!

Oct 1, 2010, 12:53pm Top

Last night I finished Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat and am going to give it 5 stars. I really did enjoy this book. It was realistic without being too extremely gory or anything (After all, it is aimed at higher level children) and gives you a introduction to Northern survival/way of life. Loved this book :)

Late Nights on Air is going slower. I think I am on pg. 5 now :P

Oct 2, 2010, 10:25am Top

#79 - love Henry James and that one's definitely one of his best.

I'm finishing Sweet Thursday by Steinbeck in an old French translation. The translation is only okay - it was back in the day when transposing culture was important. For example, they speak of Prisunic (the French equivalent of Zellers) instead of Safeway or whatever the original was. The story, however, is surprisingly funny and tender.

Oct 7, 2010, 6:55pm Top

#49...I thoroughly enjoyed The Cast Against Owen Williams} I was in the right mood to read a crime mystery, but was surprised on how the story escorted me throughout the story. It was magnificent. One of my top favorites this year.

Edited: Oct 16, 2010, 9:01pm Top

I'm nearly finished Annabel by Kathleen Winter. I'm really enjoying it. A part of me wants to give the parents and a few others a good shake and say - wake up and do something about the problem. I can't understand the inactivity of the parents , or even Wayne to not get more proactive. But that's just me!! :) I realize it's a good story -and there's a purpose for the slow unfolding of the story. Every one seems sort of lonely and distant. Still -I'll be giving it a good review. It's very thought provoking and probably true to life for that time and place.

Oct 16, 2010, 9:03pm Top

Has anyone else read any of the other Shortlisted Giller Prize books? If so - which ones, and what did you think? Anyone have a favourite? Or is that another thread?

Oct 16, 2010, 9:32pm Top

I will have to look up which ones they are, I think that would be a great idea for a thread!

In Annabel, I found the friend who travels (What was her name?) incredibly annoying. I know she is supposed to come across as the saner one, but she just rubbed me completely the wrong way. She seemed uppity and know it all to me. But thats just me.

Oct 16, 2010, 10:12pm Top

@#84 - There is a thread about the Giller books over in the Prizes group. I haven't read any of the shortlisted books. Here is a link to that discussion thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/98925

Oct 16, 2010, 10:18pm Top

84: Light Lifting is excellent. I reviewed it here on LT. Everyone I talk to is raving about it.

(Nice to see that the touchstones are finally working for it, too.)

Oct 17, 2010, 9:53am Top

Cities of Refuge wasn't bad but it's kind of disturbing.

Oct 17, 2010, 1:41pm Top

86: I didn't even know about that group, thank you!!

Oct 20, 2010, 5:20am Top

@86 Thanks for the link!84 I'm off to read your review of Light Lifting. I recently finished Annabel and I thought it was a wonderful book. I could see it getting the Giller - however, I have not read any of the others yet. 88 - I'll have to have peek at the reviews of Cities of Refuge too. Thanks!

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