Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Pico Iyer

This week’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom come from Pico Iyer, a British-born essayist and novelist. I came across one of his books, The Art of Stillness and I saw one of the book’s quotes on Pinterest. This quote isn’t particularly based on writing… but for me, it translates to how I try to approach writing and life.  Continue reading

Saturday Summary: The Orenda

Author: Joseph Boydon
Published: September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My Rating on Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

The Orenda

The Orenda is a book that’s received a lot of positive reception. It was a candidate for two awards, the 2013 Governor General’s Award for English fiction and the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Orenda was also selected for the 2014 edition of Canada Reads and won. I can definitely say that this book lives up to its reputation.  Continue reading

Saturday Summary: Ru

Author: Kim Thúy
Format: Paperback, English translation
Published: January 17, 2012
My Rating on Goodreads: 5 out of 5 stars

Ru

 

“Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow–of tears, blood, money.” –Ru, Kim Thúy.

This is the opening line to Kim Thúy’s book summary. It’s a story of two worlds: Vietnam and Quebec. And two lives.
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March Summary: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green
Format: Paperback
Published: January 10, 2012
My Rating on Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

The Fault in Our Stars

 

This was supposed to be a Saturday Summary but my March got very, very busy all of a sudden. I’ve been doing volunteer work, completing an online course and looking for jobs. Even though it takes me forever to finish a book, my love for reading has been rekindled. It’s nice to be able to still fit in an enjoyable read though, like The Fault in Our Stars, despite a busy schedule.

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Monday Minute: Ghostwriter

Who would you choose to write your story?

In response to The Daily Post’s Ghostwriter prompt for today: “If you could have any author–living or dead–write your biography, who would you choose?”

This is an interesting question because it’s food for thought:

What author’s style do I like? How would they portray me? Why would I pick this writer?

If I could choose any author–living or dead–to write my biography, I would choose Jane Austen.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey are two novels that stick with me. Her whimsical writing, likeable characters and clever humour are trademarks.

Jane Austen’s work is memorable and that’s why it still resonates today. I would want my story to be an engaging one, full of humour and captivating characters. I would want it to be memorable.

I would hope that Jane Austen would portray me in a positive way. She had a way of perceiving the folly and frivolity in people, and their unique idiosyncrasies. I wonder what funny quirks or frivolous habits she’d notice in me. I saw a lot of myself in Northanger Abbey’s Catherine Morland, so I think she could write my character well. I think she’d be perceptive but truthful in her writing.

Why would I pick her over any other?

She’s simply one of my favourite authors. She’s funny, she’s timeless and she’s perceptive.


Who would you choose to write your biography? Why?

 

Follow Friday: Art is Everywhere

This week, I’ve gathered a collection of favourite posts where the content ranges from stories to photo essays to musings. Some people are fiction writers, others are photographers, while others are designers or artists. They all share the common talent of expressing themselves–whether through photographs, fiction pieces or meanderings about their life and day.  This week’s Follow Friday theme is art is everywhere.

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